Wednesday, June 3, 2015
These Boots Were Made For Walking: The Patriot Act was never going to go away, it's just had its name changed. It's now the USA Freedom Act. Even the names are repellent.
Kill Yourself After Reading: Australian members of parliament are being allowed to read – but take no notes, just like members of the US Congress – the text of the top-secret TPP, on the condition that its contents remain secret for four more years. Even if gets passed.
Greater Good: For decades, Great Britain's MI5 blackmailed pedophiles into cooperating with the security service “for the good of the nation” in return for being allowed to keep molesting children.
Follow The Bouncing Ball: Qatar, which submitted the winning bribe, says that the FIFA corruption investigation and arrests are racist, anti-Arab, and the result of jealousy on the part of countries that did not offer big enough bribes to win the 2022 World Cup games. The FBI is reportedly investigating FIFA's Sepp Blatter, who has Sepped down as chairman.
Asked And Obvious: Why would a bank give a second mortgage to a homeowner who is having trouble paying his first one? Because you can't get rid of a secondmortgage through bankruptcy.
Impossibilities: One of those ISDS tribunals that Obama says don't exist and couldn't interfere in a country's government even if they did; is hearing – in secret - a challenge by Philip Morris to both Great Britain and Australia's anti-smoking efforts. It'll be interesting to see if the same Star Chamber process is invoked by the three tobacco firms that were just fined $15 billion for killing Canadians.
Glitch: All United Airlines Flights in the US were grounded for an hour or more Tuesday morning due to an unidentified glitch. It wasn't because their computer system was hacked, they say. They just had trouble getting the right flight info to the pilots... like where to fly and when.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 5:56 AM