We are a society of the self-deluded.
By Association: A lot of misinformed moralists are saying that Israel did not have the moral or legal right to attack Syrian targets. Don't they understand that through its association with the US, Israel long ago gained immunity to such piddling concerns. If the US does it - assassination, torture, random airstikes - then it must be okay because the US is the world's premier Good Guy. And state sponsored violence that resembles acts of war are okay for the US, they are certainly okay for Israel.
Unclear On The Concept: A Republican-convened NY Senate public hearing on campaign finance reform was closed to the public.
TV Guide: In Detroit, three women who were snatched off the streets and held in a house in an ordinary neighborhood for a decade have been rescued. Details are not immediately available, but will soon be saturating the airwaves like re-runs of Criminal Minds.
Stay Tuned: Word is that a course of antibiotics could cure up to 40% of cases of severe chronic back pain. Fine. Now the back surgeons can join the urologists in the unemployment line.
Line In The Sand: Obama says the US has a moral obligation to stop the killing of innocent (sic) civilians in Syria. Interesting idea; but if we start rescuing folks from internecine slaughter, where will it stop? Oh, right. Africa.
Playing House: US house prices rose 10.5% in March, y/y. Is there any way that any house, anywhere – much less most houses, everywhere – increased that much in value? If so, to whom?
Quick Hits: Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?" Yes.
Water Is Wet, Duh: A couple of researchers report that “stabilizing aggregate disposable income plays a 'negligible role' in stabilizing the economy” but changing available funds by redistribution is effective. Gee, letting the poor use the money the rich have just sitting around boosts the economy, who could'a guessed?
Snowcones: This winter's snowfall totals on Greenland's Western Ice Sheet are only 30% to 70% of normal, which makes it “more likely” that the 2013 melt will be significant.
Success Breeds: While the misery they caused through their financial chicanery drags on, two Cabinet posts are being delivered to people "who specialized in" financial rip-offs.
Certain Uncertainties: Between 2007 and 2011, there was a major "slowdown in the growth of health spending". If the trend continues, public-sector health care spending could be reduced by $770 billion over the next 10 years. Makes one question all those 'we're gonna die!' debt predictions.
Precis: “Unregulated capitalism is out of control.” Yes, and you just noticed? Good on details though.
Here Comes The Sheriff: New York AG Schneiderman says the big banks continue to skirt the law because they do not think law enforcement will target them for prosecution. He also said they are wrong. I'm not holding my breath.
Maneuvers: The head of the USAF Sexual Assault Prevention office has been arrested for conducting field trials... Quite why this was necessary is unclear - after all, there are 70 sexual assaults involving our soldiers every day; couldn't he have just been an observer? The phrase 'assault troops' used to be a description, not a directive.
The Parting Shot: