Saturday, August 13, 2011

SAR #11225

Supporting tyrants is always wrong.

One Size Fits All: When the eight Republican presidential candidates were asked “Is there any ratio of cuts to taxes that you would accept? Three to one? Four to one? Ten to one? Would you walk away from a 10 to 1 deal?” They immediately, as a group, all raised their hands. No brain cells were harmed in this experiment.

Keeping Score: The CIA maintains that none of the drones it has fired into Pakistan in the last year have harmed a single non-combatant civilian. Opinions vary.

One From Column A: Cameron considers shutting down social media. 'London Police Say 1,051 Arrested Over Riots.' NPR. 'Widespread policy failures have bred a feral British underclass.' Sydney Morning Herald. 'Panic on the streets of London.' Penny Red Blog. 'Caring costs – but so do riots.' The Independent. 'Anarchy and Austerity: Why London Won't Be the Last City to Burn.' The Atlantic. 'It is too simplistic to blame the coalition’s cuts for these riots.' New Statesman. 'Police chief attacks ‘irrelevant’ politicians.' The Times. And last but not least: 'U.S. would deal with UK-style riots... by sending the Army to areas with 'large numbers of minority groups'. The Daily Mail.

The Beat Goes On: Syrian security forces fired into protesters as they left a main mosque in Deir al-Zor after Friday Prayers demanding President-for-their-lives Assad step down. In Yemen, hundreds of thousands poured onto the streets in cities and towns across Yemen, demanding President step down. In Israel, 88% of the public support the ongoing demonstrations demanding cheaper housing, education and health care.

Sin Banned: Thinking the banks are going to collapse Short-selling financial stocks has been banned in Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, South Korea and Turkey. They are allowed to make money from your troubles, but turn about isn't fair play.

Risk Free Loans: Once upon a time a banker was expected to be an excellent judge of character, protecting his depositors by only extending loans only to those he had good reason to believe would repay the money. Today a banker is expected to get the government to cover any lapse in judgment made by the bank in making loans. Since it is a risk-free business, why pay these people so much?

Point: In real dollars, the average worker's wages have been stagnant for the last 30 years, and actually fell 15% from 2007 to 2009.

All's Fair: Michele Bachmann promised to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits for all future enrollees, starting immediately . “We will reform the entitlement programs now, not five years from now, not 26 years from now, [but]now.” Rick Perry, on the other hand, says God told him Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional.

Homework Assignment: For a good weekend read, a list of things not to read.

Less Is Not Less: Yes, the number of new foreclosures is down, but that's because the banks are pretending to get the actual paperwork together instead of fraudulently filling with forged documentation. It takes longer to do these things right legally. Once they do, they can't sell them because title insurance companies cannot figure out who has the legal right to sell them.

Pot/Kettle: Russia urges Ukraine not to politicize gas deliveries.

Crime In Progress: The American political and financial overlords intend to see their theft of the Social Security Trust Fund through to completion. Back in Ronnie's days they conned the public into overpaying FICA taxes and promised that the overage would go into special Treasury bonds so the money would be there when it was needed. But they spent the money on current budgets instead of paying their fair share of taxes. The intention was to raise your taxes and cut taxes on the rich. And so they did. If we could raise taxes to repay the money borrowed from Social Security, the fund would be fully funded for another 25 years. And then we could raise the taxes on those making over $125,000 or so and the system would remain solvent. But that's not the plan. The plan is to finish stealing the money, then stiff the public.

Shocker! From deepest Iowa comes the startling revelations that few of the GOP presidential wannabes support gay rights. Few?

Porn O'Graph:Correlation may well be causation this time.


rjs said...

re the porn o'graph

there's been some confusion in the media as to how consumer sentiment could be at a 30 year low with retail sales up 5%...

its a point ive made before; 90% of the country can go to hell, but the top 10%, controlling 70% of the wealth, will keep the gross numbers rising all by themselves...

CKMichaelson said...

Precisely, rjs. I recently read the same data (may not have blogged it...) to the effect that we are no longer needed either as workers or consumers. Nor as voters...


kwark said...

cmk - Oh, we're needed all right, who else would the top 10% milk for the majority of their profts?

Re One from Column A . I'd guess it would be in the form of drones and helicopter gunships. They've been so successful elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

The sales figure is from July, and I believe that consumer sentiment is more current (i.e., after the debt ceiling fiasco and the market plunge). Let's see the August sales figures. I'll bet it's going to more accurately correlate with the current consumer sentiment.


Anonymous said...

One From Column A:

Ah, the Posse Comitatus act canceled for lack of interest.


I'm Not POTUS said...

RE: One from Column A

I submit as evidence the following:

News Item #1 Column A

London is burning

News Item #2 Column B

Beatlemania hits CUBA

News Item #3 Column C

Japan hides radiation evidence

Reports heard one right after another on the AM radio news six days ago.

I start humming in my head the bass beat of the Clash song London Calling.

Dum Dum DUm Da-dity Da Dum.
Dum Dum DUm Da-dity Da Dum.

Change to FM and lo' and behold Clash song "London Calling" is just about finished playing.

I submit this into evidence that this entire existence is but an elaborate thought experiment by a "Greek god", conjured up for his bemusement.

Art can't imitate life with such precise irony. Not possible. Nope.

Supporting evidence below.

London Calling

London calling to the faraway towns
Now that war is declared-and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look at us
All that phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing

The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
London is drowning-and I live by the river

London calling to the imitation zone
Forget it, brother, an' go it alone
London calling upon the zombies of death
Quit holding out-and draw another breath
London calling-and I don't wanna shout
But when we were talking-I saw you nodding out
London calling, see we ain't got no highs
Except for that one with the yellowy eyes


Now get this
London calling, yeah, I was there, too
An' you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!
London calling at the top of the dial
After all this, won't you give me a smile?

I never felt so much a' like
a' like
a' like
a' like

{FYI, did you know that an inspiration for Joe Strummer to write the song was the "nuclear error" at 3 Mile Island.}