People are not about to suddenly become rational.
In Memoriam: Every day, 18 US veterans kill themselves; more have died by their own hand than in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. One-third of post 9/11 vets do not believe either war was “worth the cost.” Only one-half of one percent of Americans have served in the military in this decade – which may explain why the wars, and the damage to our soldiers, continue. A record 45% of Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans – many having survived multiple deployments - are seeking compensation for their service-related injuries. Caring for these men and women will cost the country nearly a trillion dollars over the next 30 to 40 years – a cost that Bush never told us about.
Tariff vs. Bribe: Leon Panetta says the US will not be “gouged” by Pakistan to get it to allow transit of US supplies into Afghanistan. Wanna bet?
Behave, Or Else: The Germans say their will be no more money for the lazy, tax-evading Greeks until they settle down and submit to t
heir punishment austerity measures. The Greeks, in turn, point out that the half-trillion euros owed to Northern Europe will do serious damage if the EU/ECB/IMF don't come to their senses. Rationally, this standoff should end with a compromise. But rationality has been missing from this discussion for quite some time.
Egos and Immorality: The only part of the Romney/Gordon Gekko myth that is true is the part about making a lot of money firing people and looting pension funds.
The Six Words...Under a FOI request, DHS has been forced to release a list of the words and phases that will get you monitored as a possible terrorist. This blog, in discussing the day's news, regularly uses 17 of the first 25 'triggers'. Words like cops, authorities, recovery, attack, Homeland security, gangs, SWAT, not to mention (ha!) cloud, plume, outbreak, evacuation, and gas. Clouds? Gas?
Details: “For the first time, neither party’s candidate is a white Protestant.” So says Mitt Romney. So, Barak's a Roman Catholic?
Freedom To Fleece: Sen. Rand Paul (Nut-KY) wants a law prohibiting the FDA from interfering with claims by food or dietary supplement companies about the marvelous properties of their concoctions unless it can prove in court that the claim is false or misleading based on published peer-reviewed scientific studies. He calls it free speech and has some diet pills he'd like to talk to you about.
Lobster Rolls: Maine lobstermen have been landing soft-shell lobsters in large numbers since early April - 4 to 6 weeks ahead of normal. Warmer water temperatures and the increased availability of food for the lobsters that comes with the warmer currents may be responsible. No one wants to speculate where the warmer currents might have come from.
Porn O'Graph: On average, healthy is expensive.
The Parting Shot:
A pause that refreshes.