Senseless Data: There are 15 neighborhoods in Baltimore with life expectancies lower than North Korea. Those born in a wealthy neighborhood can expect to live to 84, well above the U.S. average of 79. Those born at the same time a few miles away will die 19 years earlier at 65 - 14 years below the U.S. average.
Them That Has, Gets: The clever civic boosters of Lockport, NY have given Yahoo a half billion dollars in subsidies for creating 200 jobs. That's $2.4 million per job. Even Jerry Jones didn't get that good a job.
Simon Says: A federal task force stole a truck from a small company, got one of its drivers to try to smuggle a load of drugs into Texas from Mexico. Didn't work out well, the klutz was killed by the cartel and nothing good came from the operation. The truck, shot to pieces, was returned to the company. The company tried to sue the DEA for the damages, but the judge ruled that you can't sue the government, even if they steal your truck and get it shot up.
Relax: The US Senate, by a vote of 50 – 49 decided that climate change is not caused by humans. Which is some sort of comment on the Koch brothers.
Grammar Test: Parse this: “In the end, the staff forecast of economic activity during the Great Recession should be judged by how useful it was to the conduct of monetary policy at the time.” From the Forecasts Governors of the FED, explaining the usefulness of all those bad forecast they've made over the last decade or so.
It's In There: When (not if – they'll keep hammering until they get their way) TPP passes, another two or three million jobs will be “offshored, permanently lost.” Because trade and profits...
Noted: The WHO has pointed out that most countries have no plans for how to handle the health crisis that will arise when antibiotics stop working. Not if, when.
Plankton: “The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all? Are we prepared to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class, or do we continue to slide into economic and political oligarchy?” Bernie Sanders.