Long/Shortly: Q: Why will Big Pharma keep breaking the law? A: Profits.
Short And Sour: The Transatlantic Trade Deal is an all-out assault on democracy. It also manages a substantial attack on the idea that citizens should have a say in what happens to them. Details, if you care.
Party On! Every Democratic candidate for federal office next year should be asked: How much should we expand Social Security? Put the other guys on the defensive, make them justify their compulsion to impoverish the elderly. It's smart politics. More importantly, it's the right thing to do.
Scare-Mongers: Scientists say that the Pacific Ocean is heating up faster than at any time in the past 10,000 years. So? What has the Pacific done for me lately?
Who Is This Guy & How Did He Get Elected? Pope Francis has asked Catholic bishops to come up with ways the Church can increase pastoral care for the new realities of family life “from the widespread practice of cohabitation... to same-sex unions.
Take A Note: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: ‘”Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine, probably in one of my drunken stupors.” Pass it on to your defense attorney.
The Beatings Will Continue: The executive arm of the EU says that economic growth will remain miserable and unemployment will stay high for years. Which is the same as saying that austerity is not working, but they are not allowed to say that. Also unmentioned and unmentionable is the basic unworkability of the euro and that eventually – after years of can kicking – the euro experiment will fail, bringing back the social and economic problems withing and between member states.
Layer Cake: As The Recovery TM continues [sic] median wages in the US reached the lowest level since 1998 in constant dollars. You are not being left behind, you are in the great majority. The few, on the other hand, the very few, those at the top, saw their wages soar. More than half of all Americans made less than $27,519 last year.
Porn O'Graph: Move along, nothing to be seen here.
The Parting Shot: