Monday, September 22, 2014
Negligent Homicides: Over 100 American children died at the hands of their parents last year when they did not get vaccinated against the flu. Nearly half of all kids between 5 and 17 years got vaccinated. That over 35,000 adults die of the same stupidity is their own fault, but it should not happen to kids. Sure, some who get flu shots catch the flu and some die. But mostly these are preventable, both the illnesses and the deaths.
Know Your Enemy: Wealthy Arabs, mostly Saudis, continue to finance ISIS (As they did al-Qaeda). Maybe we are targeting the wrong terrorists with our drones.
Potato/Potahto: Various headlines report that 45,000, 60,000, 70,000 or possibly 100,000 refugees, Syrians, or Kurds (or refugee Syrian Kurds, descriptions vary) have crossed into Turkey fleeing ISIS forces advancing on the town of Kobane. Turkey either opened its border to allow them in or opened fire on them with tear gas as they tried to enter the country. It's called the fog of war.
Breaking Bad: GlaxoSmithKline admitted they had been bribing doctors and hospitals to prescribe and use their pharmaceuticals, but only in China. They paid nearly a half-billion in fines and promised not to get caught doing it again. In China.
Market Research: Which 'phablet' do you really need? Neither. Which is best? Probably the Samsung/Android version. Which one will you buy? Remember, an Apple a day makes you feel smug.
Debts To Society: Thirty-two FL Corrections Department guards have been fired in connection with “criminal wrongdoing” in the deaths of inmates in four different state prisons. By and large, there is supposed to be a difference between being sentenced to jail and being sentenced to death.
Sneak Attack: After six years of austerity to kick-start the economy and prevent inflation from too much borrowing, Europe is now scrambling to staunch increasing deflation that is in danger of spiraling out of control. Hopefully not by another round of austerity.
Just So Story: ISIS has released the 49 hostages captured from the Turkish embassy in Mosul, apparently out of the goodness of their hearts, because the Turks claim no ransom was paid for the release - unless you count their continuing refusal to take any part in fighting ISIS. Do you think it's going to rain?
Porn O'Graph: The 1%'s growth spurt.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:26 AM