Original Sin: America pretends to be a much less racist nation than it used to be. It is not. Yes, a marked measure of progress has been made on the public level, but on a personal level we are still in denial. That's why we're talking about the Confederate flag and not about our racism, our denial of the pervasive discrimination, fear and hate that silently dominates our public spaces and political discourse. It is probably the operative factor in our disdain for helping the less fortunate. It certainly is the basis for 22 states refusing to extend healthcare to their citizens through the ACA. And the great impetus to resist gun control can be traced to the white fear of black reprisal. We like to think we're better than that. We aren't.
There's An App For That: Seems that Uber's handy little app tracks you 24/7. Just how smart is it to have a smart phone?
Mystery Meat: The essence of every trade deal between the US and the third world in the last 25 years has been to let ever more goods from lower wage nations replace US jobs. People working for a few dollars a day cannot afford US products, and US consumers cannot resist cheap salad spinners. We export jobs, they stock WalMart, auto row and the electronics stores. Yes, it improves – ever so slightly – life in Asian sweat shops. Tell me again why I should care, if it comes at our expense. How much sovereignty is cheap clothing worth?
History Lessened: The idiot brigade is claiming that banning the Confederate flag would be un-American.
Done Deal: This fall, before the Cameron government can dismantle Britain's National Health Service, the UK will become the first country in the world to begin a publicly funded immunization drive against meningitis B. Imagine what it must be like to live in an oppressive socialist country where the government interferes in people's lives like that.
Final Score: Corporations 1, Constitution 0
Reflection: Facebook is now valued higher than Wal-Mart. That's the difference between selling you things and simply selling you.
And So It Goes: In 2007 a global financial crisis resulted from years of excess debt, artificially low interest rates and a determined refusal to recognize risk. The central bankers and financial giants have addressed the problem by increasing debt levels, lowering interest rates to zero and below, and continuing to ignore risks throughout the system. It's not so much that they don't have a Plan B to fall back on, it's that they never had a Plan A.
Negotiations; The Greek crisis is not a matter of principle – neither side can be accused of having any. Greece is a sideshow. The eurozone has failed.
Rightly Wrong: Republican wannabe Scott Walker claims that equal pay for women is a ploy by the Left to “pit one group of Americans versus another.” He's right, women against the men.
Noted: “Slowly, like the proverbial frog in a saucepan, Britain is sliding towards a dictatorial rule by the state, very much along the lines of that predicted by Aldous Huxley 50 years ago”.
The Company We Keep: Documents released by Wikileaks reveals that it's not just us and Angela, the NSA also eavesdropped on the last three French presidents.
Interpretation: New home sales are up 2.2% while new home prices are down 2.9%. What kind of “seller's market” is this?
Porn O'Graph: Family ties.