Being Prepared: Google's CEO says the company has outgrown its “don't be evil” motto and from now on will simply drop the pretense and be vile.
Politically Incorrect: Islam has always been mainly spread by the sword. Believe or die. Or be sold into a whorehouse. Whatever. ISIS is certainly not a religious movement, nor a political one in any but the loosest sense. It is a bunch of guys who can't get a job and can't get laid, acting out. To the outsider, this seems the essence of Islam.
100% False: It looks like McConnell will win. He shouldn't.
Our Gang: While the US proclaims its “unequivocal” opposition to Israel's continuing encroachment on Palestinian East Jerusalem, Israel goes forward, adding another 500 units to the 1,600 it is currently building. Somewhere in the exchange is lost the simple fact that without US funding, Israel would not and cannot exist. They're ours. Sadly.
Final Exam: Motivated by the IPCC informing us that fossil fuel use must decrease rapidly and be totally eliminated by 2100 means that: a) we won't do anything.
Secret Ballot: Over 50 countries have declared that banking secrecy is 'obsolete' and should end. Missing: Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Bahamas. Signing, with fingers crossed behind their backs: the Caymans, Virgin Islands and Lichtenstein.
Guilt by Association: The giant iPhone that Russia erected to honor Steve Jobs has been removed because his successor is gay. Should have been for the i6.
Embarrassment: A judge has ruled that the federal government's claim that defending the constitutionality of the no-fly list would expose TSA to ridicule was not sufficient reason. Nor was the claim that national security would be harmed if the country found out that the list was based mostly on hearsay, illegal communications intercepts and Facebook.
Line in Der Sand: Sure, Britain's PM says they'll ignore the EU demand for another 2.1 billion euros that's due December 1 – but that's not what Chancellor Merkel is upset about. It's the silly insistence the Brits have on curbing immigration. EU rules say citizens of EU nations have the right to live and work in any EU state they wish. Merkel says Germany would rather see the UK leave the EU than let it get away with breaking that covenant. Which is a brier patch many in the UK would prefer.
Location, Location: If patients really could shop around, everyone from Monterey Park, CA who needed a hip replacement ($223,000) would go to Ada, OK for the procedure ($5,300, including bus fare).
Descriptors: Reports from people on the ground in Sierra Leone characterize the spread of Ebola there as “vastly under-reported”, “catastrophic” and spreading “frighteningly quickly”, with entire villages dead and the rural healthcare systems overwhelmed. If there is but one trained nurse for 10,000 people and ten or twelve nurses die... the math works, even if nothing else does.
Dictionary: According to an AZ school board member, redacting information is not the same as censoring it...