Why are Americans so pissed about the economy when the macroeconomic data is decent? How are polluters trying to get you to pay to clean up their mess? Where is the country’s most corrupt government? When did we get within one congressional vote of a vastly better future? Who should never show their face in public but is now trying to once again protect the rich?

The answers to these questions and much more can be found below in today’s edition of Sirota’s Signals, a weekly dose of must-read stories, missed nuggets, and fun-but-worthwhile distractions from Lever founder David Sirota, exclusively for paid subscribers.