Climate change is our greatest accomplishment;
in less than 100 years we've made the planet poisonous.
Mirabile Dictu! In a startling reversal of eight years of unconstitutional lawlessness at the White House, a Federal Judge has ruled that the President's advisers - former and current - cannot ignore Congressional subpoenas. Will wonders never cease?
Cookie Monsters: Israel is bulldozing Palestinian houses again. Explain to me again why the US treats these thugs as untouchable friends. Besides the guilt, I mean.
Mirror Image: S&P predicts a further 17% fall in British house prices, which would leave 15% of UK homeowners with negative equity in their mortgage. One report used the word 'apocalypse'.
De-Nile: Eight square miles of ice crumbled off an ice shelf in the Canadian Artic last week; more is expected to follow as summer progresses. This particular ice shelf had been stable for at least the last 3,000 years.
Beachhead: The assault on Social Security is starting up again. This time "a group of actuaries" wants the retirement age raised. Last time I looked at the topic the simple solution seemed to raise the FICA tax about 1/2% and tax all income. And to enforce honest bookkeeping, no more counting Social Security as part of the gov's income. Tax the rich? Honest bookeeping? Fund a social program? Never happen.
You Know Things Are Bad When... US Airways is charging $2 for a glass of water and $1 for coffee. The price of the key to the lav depends on urgency.
Country Hick: GM reported a $15.5 billion 2nd quarter loss, citing a 20% sales drop in North America, no demand for SUVs coming off lease contracts, and continued incompetence in the executive suites.
Social Science: Scientists have developed a simple, cost-effective process to freeze mouse sperm and later thaw it to achieve high fertilization rates. Other researchers are studying these scientists to figure out why.
Laboring: Unemployment reached 5.7% in July; fewer Americans had jobs in 2008 than in 2007, and there were fewer Americans then.