Geese and Ganders: Nine of the ten Atlanta school staff convicted of cheating on standardize tests have been sentenced to one to seven years in jail. Not a single senior banker from any of the Wall Street banks that have admitted to cheating by rigging interest rates, rigging FX markets, rigging the international price of gold, defrauding homeowners of billions of dollars, and conducting massive and varied frauds in the mortgage markets to the extent of crashing the US economy have been tried, much less gone to jail. Here endeth the lesson.
Secret Secrets: The US Trade Representative's office claims that the TPP treaty's actual content cannot be released to the public nor to Congress because to do so would endanger US national security. Or corporate profits, which is much the same thing.
The Middle Did Not Hold: Research by the St. Louis Fed shows that median incomes in the US have fallen 16% between 1989 and 2013.
Crime and Retirement: A former Chicago police commander who supervised cops who tortured confessions from at least a hundred mostly black victims was allowed to retire and draw a pension. The city is setting aside $5.5 million to bribe his victims to shut up and go away. Except, of course, for the ten tortured onto death row - four of whom have been pardoned by the governor.
Showdown: Turkey's President Erdoğan has warned Pope Francis to be careful what he says about those ridiculous Armenian claims about genocide, because Erdoğan has god on his side while Francis is merely on god's side. It's hard to understand what definition of genocide doesn't include what the Turks did to the Armenians. Or what Americans did to Native Americans. Or what the Israelis have been doing to the Palestinians.
He Said/She Said: The 2016 election is not a choice of this Republican or that Democrat. It is not even a choice between a particular man and Hillary Clinton. All of the Republicans are running on a promise to kill Obama Care, minimize if not abolish or privatize Social Security and Medicare and make deep cuts to Medicaid while cutting taxes on the rich. The Democrats will maintain if not extend the reach of these programs as well as seek to tax the rich and super rich at much higher levels. For once we will be given a real choice.
Technical Skills: Why do people like economists and politicians think that training more refrigerator repairmen will create jobs for refrigerator repairmen?