Thursday, October 23, 2014
Protecting Democracy: Turkey, in a move aimed at "strengthening the guarantee of public liberties and security", will now jail demonstrators found to be in possession of banned objects such as “stones and other sharp objects” or suspected of possessing such things, or guilty of talking about demonstrations on public social media will be arrested, “without concrete evidence”, and then be sentenced to four years in jail. Presumably after being found guilty of something. That this law follows an ALEC model designed for the US states was not immediately verified.
Spineless: Half of the world's vertebrate wildlife population has disappeared in the last 40 years. We're winning!
Privatization: Maine Governor Paul 'Company Store' LePage wants to sell students' loans to their employers because it could be “a very profitable operation” for the state. Certainly would simplify garnishing their wages.
Tarred Heels: For 18 years athletes at the University of North Carolina have been guided into classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies which do not meet, have no professors, and give A's and B's to everyone, especially football and basketball players. The theory is that no one in the University's administration knew this was happening, and no one above the rank of water-boy in the Athletic department had a clue either.
Revisionism: Now the National Institute of Health says you should eat more fat. As far as the previous decades-long campaign against fat, well that “belief system didn't pan out.”
Loyalty: In KY, Senator Mitch McConnell's campaign (McConnell himself, as usual, knew nothing) paid his former campaign manager $100,000 this summer, some of it on the day he resigned because of his involvement in a bribery scheme in Iowa. In SD, Governor Mike Rounds (another Republican) acknowledged that he knew Richard Benda, one of his cabinet, was going to work for Northern Beef meatpackers when he gave the company a $600,000 low cost state loan, $225,000 of which went directly to Benda. The plant is now out of business; Benda is not.
Lunch Money: Russia wants Ukraine to get a couple of billion dollars from the EU or the US and give it to them. And soon. This week. Or no gas.
Rights, His, Yours & Mine: A California man with tattoos covering his arms, shoulder and neck thinks it should be illegal for employers to discriminate against him because of his tattoos. Tattoos are voluntary. Body piercings are voluntary. Being fat is pretty much voluntary. Declining to hire people because of the things they voluntarily do is also voluntary.
Margin: Republican MI Gov. Snyder has signed a bill banning Tesla from selling its cars directly to customers and saving them the money that Snyder's donors would make by jacking up the prices.
Spoiled of War: Pretty much in lockstep with the failure of the US war in Afghanistan, the effort to eradicate poppy cultivation in the country was also a complete bust; the $7.6 billion US effort has resulted a record-level opium crop this year.
Listen Carefully: The Australian government says that blocking websites is not the same as filtering web content. But then, of late the Australian government has been saying a lot of silly things.
Porn O'Graph: Send in the subs.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:22 AM