Counterintuitive, But True: February 2015 has been the coldest month on record of a number of places in the United States. This cold spell is the result of global warming. We've now had, globally, 30 years of above average temperatures, a period long enough to conclude that it is not the weather that has changed, but the climate.
Point Taken: The more information surfaces showing Fox's Bill O'Reilly to be a serial fabricator, the more the Fox audience likes him. Because if you are one of theirs, facts are immaterial.
Damned Christians: Pope Francis has launched a fresh attack on the economic injustice stemming from capitalism's 'throw-away culture' and is calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society that go beyond self-centered overconsumption. Wonder what he's been reading...
You Are Cordially Invited: As part of his effort to remain Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu be delivering a campaign speech to Republican Congressmen this week. Nearly 90% of his campaign funding has come from the US.
Higher Education: The University of Michigan's Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity is "unwilling to accept liability and pay restitution" for the $430,000 in damage its members did to the Treetops Ski Resort because... well, their privileged college students and simply don't know better. Maybe some of them are from Hartland, Wisconsin, where the public high school just spent $662,000 renovating a locker room.
Protect & Serve: More victims of the Chicago approach to solving crimes have come forward to recount their experiences in the city's secret prison. In Cleveland, the city is claiming that 12-year old Tamir Rice caused his own death by his behavior in the two seconds between the time the cops arrived and their shooting him.
Just So Story: “When bond yields are very low and declining it’s an indication that the same is happening to inflation and that economic activity is weak. The bond yields are not here for any fluke of reason. They are here because business conditions in the US and abroad are quite poor."
The Next War: Washington is reportedly discussing a joint ground force with Egypt and Turkey to attack ISIS, while the US and Turkey have begun training 5,000 Syrian rebels (certified jihadist-free) in Kirsehir, Turkey. Various conditions, like reality, have intervened to delay for several months the planned attempt to retake Mosul from ISIS, while the Pentagon speeds up withdrawal from Afghanistan by sending 2,300 more US troops there this spring and summer. Don't ask.
Point of Honor: If our employment participation rate is still minimal yet wages are growing does that suggest that the participation rate has become permanently lower and the labor market thus much smaller, and – further and more disturbing – that greater numbers of our population simply are not part of the economy?
Clear and Present Danger: The Medal of Honor is awarded for personal acts of exceptional valor above and beyond the call of duty. Giving this recognition to a sniper who killed his victims from hundreds of yards away would be no different than giving it drone pilots at Creech AFB in Nevada.
Echo: Research has repeatedly shown that vitamin supplements are a waste of you money, that they are not helping you, and that's not really why we beat the Nazis.
Porn O'Graph: We are here.