Friday, January 9, 2015

SAR #15009

The first rule of investing is to save what you have.

Europe, Nutshelled: German Unemployment Falls to Record Low on Strengthening Economic Recovery vs. Italian Jobless Rate Rises to Record Amid Growth Outlook Concerns

Crapification: United has replaced 650 baggage handlers at its Denver terminal with minimum wage “contractors.” Naturally, baggage now has even less of a chance of getting where its supposed to. But you still get to pay for the privilege of losing it.

Barter System: An attorney bartered a no-contest plea to misdemeanor marijuana possession and distributing obscene materials in return for a probated sentence and having no felony charges relating to his offer let a client pay his fee by letting the lawyer have sex with the client's 13-year-old daughter.

Edited Version: There are still 28 pages of the congressional 9/11 investigation report that are being kept secret because the government claims it would imperil national security if the American public learned that their suspicions were right; that not only had 15 of the 19 hijackers come from Saudi Arabia, so had their funding. As has much the funding for al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Perks: After a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer took a drunk woman to jail, he went home and changed his clothes then went back to the station, took her out of jail and drover to his house “to pursue a personal relationship.” He was docked 7 days pay and put back on his horse.

Really, Seriously, For Sure: Texas claims that the 80% reduction in abortion clinics that its new anti-abortion laws caused does not actually infringe on a woman's right to drive 550 miles for an abortion or to abort with the help of a friend or a coat hangar. 
Sucking Up: Israel's ambassador to Azerbaijan has emphasized that Israel will not “recognize” the Turks slaughter of Armenians a century ago any more than it will admit its own genocidal wars against Palestinians.

Ulterior Motive: The head of MI5 claims that recent disclosures have hampered British intelligence's ability to snoop on everyone and is asking for “new powers” to “fight extremism.” And resume watching everyone, all the time. For their own safety.

Noted: “There are no great religions — they’re all stupid and dangerous.” Bill Maher

Porn O'Graph: As good as it gets.


Matte Gray said...

Regarding MI5 wanting new powers to fight extremism: This is a bandwagon onto which every Heimat Sicherheit on the planet will be jumping. Goebbels had it right.

Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III said...

I'm not sure which Goebbels quote Matte had in mind, but I see this as basic marketing strategy: Create a need (fear) and sell the solution (electronic surveillance).
I do like the "Think of the press as a great keyboard
on which the government can play.” Goebbels quote.

Matte Gray said...

Matte's getting senile and can no longer tell one Nazi from another. He went digging around in lists of quotes from Goebbels and finally discovered that the quote he had in mind was by Goering: " the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."