Saturday, October 3, 2015

SAR #15276

If life's value is obvious to you, you are not a philosopher.
Summed Numbers: The Recovery® produced 142,000 jobs in September – not close to the expected 203,000. And August was revised downward 37,000 jobs and July took a 21,000 hit to the previously sunny reports, which means that jobs gains have been regularly overstated by about 20%. Unemployment theoretically remained at 5.1%, once 350,000 were removed from the workforce and added to the 94.6 million people “not in the labor force” - workers who have given up looking for work. The employment participation rate dropped to 62.4%, the lowest in 40 years.
Stuff Happens: Echoing The Onion, Jeb Bush said, “‘Stuff happens, there’s always a crisis. I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this.” After all, what is a tragedy in Oregon is just a typical weekend in Chicago.
Can't Get No Respect: Bernie Sanders has reached the 1-million-doners point faster than any candidate ever, and has raised $27 million in the last 3 months while Hillary gathered $28 million. She held 58 fundraisers over that time, Bernie held seven. Observers suspect that she has spent most of the loot while Bernie is sitting on a nice war chest.
Them That Knows: Not a single person who worked at HP during Fiorina's brief and disastrous reign is cited by her campaign as a donor.
Target Date: The Treasury Department expects to run out of money by November 5th unless Congress raises the debt ceiling. This will give conservative Republicans a chance to tank the economy in order to show their idiotlogical purity..
Get Hillary: House Majority Leader and presumptive Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Reprehensible-CA) has acknowledged that the Benghazi hearings were intended to damage Hillary Clinton politically and crowed that it had been successful: "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? What are her numbers today?” It was always meant to be a partisan political assassination.
Multiple Choice: Why did we ever replace paper ballots with hackable and unverifiable computer voting? a) It makes fraud ever so much easier.
Auto Zoned: There is a $32 toy that can open a car's keyless entry lock; a $17 fob that opens your Prius' door and lets you start up and drive it away; there are bugs in vrious manufacturer's firmware that lets hackers take over a car's steering and brakes via the Internet. There are also bugs that can travel from car to car via a mechanic's diagnostic tools via a $20 black box. There are probably more vulnerabilities, but it is a US felony to go looking for them, much less find them and tell others about them.
Ashes To Ashes: Moody's says that at least half of the coal produced world-wide is currently unprofitable, and production cuts are inevitable, as are bankruptcies in the coal fields similar to the financial distress in the US oil and gas fracking industry. Slowing economies do not use as much energy as healthy ones. Peabody Energy shares have fallen 85% this year while.
The Human Condition: The Moustached Kingfisher had been thought to be extinct and had not been seen in the wild for decades until researchers from the American Museum of Natural History stumbled across one - “a gorgeous, strong, and raucous” male - in the jungle. Naturally they killed it.
Porn O'Graph: Things that can't happen, do. Quite often.

Friday, October 2, 2015

SAR 15275

Accounting: The US has more guns per capita than any other nation. America has by far the largest percentage of its population in jail. The US has invaded more countries in the last 50 years than all other nations combined. Congress spends more money on the military than anyone else, by far. Cops in the US kill a couple of citizens every day. And today's dead student headcount was 15 dead, 20 wounded. Not a bad day, record wise, but not enough to win the coveted NRA cup.
Punt: Republicans in Congress have agreed not to shut down the government until December, by which time the far right, anti-government crowd hopes to have taken over the House.
All Together Now: Saudi Arabia has used its new postion on the UN human rights council to squash a Human Rights investigation of Saudi violations of human rights for killing civilians in Yemen. The Saudis also imposed their religion on the Council, demanding that LGBT rights be ignored because it runs counter to its Koranic persecution (and execution) of its own LGBT citizens.
Motivation: “I think the left wants slow growth because that means people are more dependent upon government.” Jeb Bush
Wait And See: The EPA has finalized a rule that would require that all coal-fired power plants clean up most of the toxic waste they poison America's rivers and stream with on a daily basis. Jeb Caramba! Bush wants to prevent regulations like this from cutting into electric companies' profits just to improve Americans' health.
Encoded Message: The Cameron government has said that while the UK will not pay slavery reparations to Jamaica, it would give them £25m to build a new prison to hold escaped slaves.
Say / Do: In his speech at the UN, President Obama warned the assembled leaders that they should not fall back into the pre-United Nations “belief that power is a zero-sum game; that might makes right; that strong states must impose their will on weaker ones; that the rights of individuals don’t matter; and that in a time of rapid change, order must be imposed by force.” With a straight face.
Live and Let Die: A year's supply of the cancer drug Gleevec costs $159 to manufacture and $106,000 to buy in the US. In Brazil you can get a year's supply for $8,000.
The Voting's Wrong Act: In Alabama a voter must produce a state-issued photo ID in order to vote. A driver's license or state ID issued by the DMV is the preferred documentation. It is unfortunate that Alabama's budget crisis has forced it to stop issuing driver's licenses and identification cards in those counties where 75% of the voters are not white.
Eat Your Veggies: A meta-analysis of 68 randomized trials of various antioxidant supplements showed that taking the supplements increased your risk of death by 5%.
Grab & Run: In most jurisdictions in the United States the police can confiscate your car, your house, your money without a warrant, without an indictment, with nothing more than a claimed suspicion that you are a criminal. Sure, you can go to court and try to get it back. Lots of luck.
Porn O'Graph: The downside.