Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

The Koch Brothers want inside your pocket.

Koch Industries — the conglomerate owned by the billionaire industrialists who spend millions of dollars each year trying to make the Republican Party sound populist as it fights for the interests of oligarchs and corporations — recently completed its purchase of electronics component manufacturer Molex. The aim of the acquisition is to play a part in the new economy centered around mobile computing.

“As technology becomes more user-friendly and machines become wired to be more proactive — whether that be industrial robotics and automation, or you have automobiles doing more for you and telling you more and keeping you out of accidents — we think Molex is really well positioned to capture that growth,” Koch CFO Steve Feilmeier recently told Fortune magazine.

Molex also has the benefit of creating millions of products that consumers purchase as part of other devices or for ancillary use with other technology. You’ll probably have no idea you’re supporting the Kochs when you purchase something Molex makes.

Even if you never see the name “Koch” on a product, you may already be helping to finance the Kochs’ agenda if you purchase any of these products, according to KochProducts.com:

– Angel Soft
– Angel Soft Ultra
– Brawny paper towels
– Dixie cups (& napkins & plates)
– Insulair cups
– Perfect Touch cups, paper products
– Quilted Northern
– Sparkle paper towels
– Stainmaster
– Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
– Mardis Gras napkins
– Zee Napkins
– Georgia Pacific products
Home/Office papers:
– Advantage
– Image Plus
– Spectrum

Other:
– American Greetings
(Kochs own minority
share)
– Guardian Glass
(Kochs own 44%) 

– Stainmaster
– Lycra
– Teflon
Building supplies:
– Georgia Pacific

All of these brands have helped Koch Industries become one of the largest privately owned corporations in the world. And if you’re purchasing their products, you’re aiding and abetting the brothers in their goal to kill Social Security and what’s left of the social safety net, whether you like it or not.

Photo: twodolla via Flickr

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)