From the daily archives: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

As folks on the left lick their wounds and pick up the pieces from the dumbest election ever, they’re understandably looking for bright sides. And there are a few — some important local tax levies passed in Ohio, medical and recreational marijuana was legalized in six more states and the Democrats are rebuilding to become more progressive and reflective of working people’s needs. However, there’s another sweet treat hidden amongst the negatives of 2016, one that stands out more than the rest for us here at Plunderbund — by the end of 2018, John Kasich’s political career will be dead.

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Wells Fargo Bank is already feeling the wrath of consumers who are letting the lending giant know that the kind and scope of bogus, profit-driven consumer accounts bank employees were driven to pursue as part of their jobs is a big turn off.

New customer account openings fell 44 percent in October from a year earlier, a new report says, while account closures rose 3 percent from the previous year, the AP reported. Meanwhile, the bank saw a 50 percent drop in credit card applications with “customer loyalty” scores dropping to 52.3 percent, down more than 10 percent from […]

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OK, so nothing about the headline to this article is accurate or even relevant. I just wrote it to get the clicks. It’s meaningless. But apparently, that’s what passes for “news” these days, and the only things that matter anymore are clicks, likes, shares, retweets and attention-grabbing lies for headlines, truth be damned. What a chump I’ve been!

I did this totally stupid thing and went to journalism school. I studied the greats. I have, “The Journalist’s Moral Compass,” on my bookshelf. I’ve read it repeatedly and referenced it throughout my career. I used to have hours-long debates in coffee shops […]

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Fake. The very sound of the word can unnerve us. And we’re getting more accustomed to finding out the sheer enormity of countless fakes out there.

Well, perhaps not quite totally accustomed. A lot of us might have been fooled recently by something or other that was fake – while others might still not realize that they’ve been conned. A recent New York Times story, in fact, detailed how quickly one fake story traveled the day after the election, literally at warp speed.

The words fake and fast are inextricably linked in today’s world.

In the past few decades, […]

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