Demographics, a science more dismal than economics.
Apocalypse Now: By the time you put all the pieces together, you'll see that the latest terrorist attack in the US was instigated by the FBI, planned by the FBI, the bomb was designed by the FBI and the components delivered to the designated patsy by the FBI. True, the accused seems to have wanted to do something, but he doesn't seem to have been allowed much free will in the matter. Ah, I love the smell of entrapment in the morning.
Data Mine: I went to the mall Friday, walked around, didn't even buy a cup of coffee. Apparently I had lots of company, traffic was up 2.2% but sales were only up 0.3% , small enough to be a rounding error.
In the Pouch: Why is anyone shocked to discover that US foreign policy is a combination of corruption, bribery, mendacity and double- It is not news that Pakistan's ISI invented and operates the Taliban, that billions of dollars in 'aid' are immediately stolen when they get to Kabul – if they get that far, that thieves run Russia, or that the Saudi's would love to see Iran bombed to pieces. That American foreign policy is run by a combination of right wingers and AIPAC is not earth shattering news. The big news is how insecure State Department security is – even though
they seem to have had NSA mount someone mounted a denial of service attack against WikiLeaks – to no avail.
More Wet Water: “Upper-Class People Have Trouble Recognizing Others' Emotions.” They have even more trouble pretending they might care.
Cart/Horse: In Ireland they plan on passing a budget that sells the Irish into four years of indebted servitude, then holding a referendum on whether they should have done so. Heads the banks win, tails the people lose. Modern democracy.
Bypass: A pipeline to carry crude from Abu Dhabi's largest oilfields to Fujairah, bypassing the Strait of Hormuz, has been completed. A small but important step in preparing the global petroleum delivery system for war with Iran.
Holiday Spirit: As you go through this festive season remember that 43 million Americans are on food stamps – an increase of 15 million since 2007. That's 14% of the population. Food stamps today are what soup kitchens were in the 1930's.
Goody Two Shoes: A lot of the alternative energy puff pieces imply that salvation is just around the corner, that we'll all have electric cars in a few years and the electricity they'll need will come from solar panels somewhere, somehow. Not true. The energy infrastructure is so complex and expensive that even as petroleum declines it will command the market. There have been few signs that alternative energy will be ready to play any significant role for decades, which is too bad because there will be a pretty nasty gap before a resolution is found.
People, speaking: Of 130 million potential voters, about 65% saw no reason to vote. Hard to claim a mandate for anything.
Quotas: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna is continuing its fight to save the Atlantic bluefin by setting its 2011 tuna catch limit at 12,900 tons, down 600 tons from last year. Of course tuna fisherman haven't been able to catch even that many because they've caught too many for decades.
Big Boys Don't Cry: A man in Miami is being charged with “resisting arrest” for covering his head with his arms while two Miami police beat him unconscious while he lay on the street trying to commit suicide, passively.
Bombs, Not Bombers: TSA should concentrate on stopping bombs, not bombers. We need a device that will reliably sniff out sufficient quantities of explosive to bring down an airplane. If someone wants to blow off their foot or castrate themselves while in the air, fine, it won't bring down the plane. The body scan thing is solving the wrong problem, as does restricting liquids and x-raying shoes and asking if you packed your own suitcase. The aim should be to detect high explosive in quantities that are sufficient to cause significant damage. When explosives are found, take the person concealing them out to an open spot on the airport and detonate them – the explosive and the carrier.
His Master's Voice: In a few well chosen words explain why Homeland Security is shutting down websites without a court order or other legal proceeding. “Because they can” is not an acceptable submission.
Porn O'Graph: Bargain Sale, lots of charts – see 2, 3, &4 !