Friday, June 26, 2015

SAR #15177

Our lives are built on the assumption that more is always possible.

Onward: The Supremes, at 6 to 3, have upheld Obamacare once again. This is an impressive victory for the people... the people who own stock in HCA, Tenet Healthcare, Community Heath Systems and any number of health insurers, whose revenue and profit streams will continue to be fed taxpayer dollars.

Mathiness: Pretty soon, in the US, the majority will be a minority.

Being There: NSA Chief Admiral Michael Rogers says that it is not enough for the NSA to capture all of our emails, phone calls and internet activity, it must expand its collection of “visual information about the earth and its residents.” He likes to watch.

The Recovery, Part 67: The number of homeowners in the US has reached a 20-year low, along with the labor participation rate. Funny, that. Probably just a coincidence.

Sermon: The G7 is urging its members to make “climate fragility” a priority in their foreign policy goals, citing the ongoing war in Syria as an example of the sort of thing climate change can cause. Note that this was for export; apparently the G7 saw no need for change within their own countries.

Impressive: Egypt, with 18 journalists now in jail, is second only to two-time world record holder (well, record journalist holder...) Erdogan's Turkey
House Of Mirrors: Take notes: Germany suspects that Russia is secretly providing funds to those working to convince the British to break with the EU. It's part, they claim, of Putin's evil plan to undermine Europe's leadership. Shucks, they're doing a pretty good job of that by themselves.

Over There: Nearly half of Texans are worried that the US Army is set to invade the state. And these are registered voters.

In The Bull Pen: “Both France and Italy would have to more than double their projected increase in GDP to meet the debt-to-GDP ratios that the ECB/IMF have decreed acceptable. Greece is just a warmup, France and Italy are the main event. 
Expected: Sales of the Confederate flag are soaring. Check out the next gun show in your neighborhood.

Here & There: Indiana's governor, citing some seriously misunderstood version of 'state's rights' is refusing to comply with federal regulations requiring reductions in CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants. In Holland, a Dutch court has ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% in the next 5 years as a public health issue.

Deep In The Heart Of: The main qualification the new head of Texas' State Board of Education has is that none of her children has ever spent a day in a public school – they're home-schooled.

Porn O'Graph: Good intentions.

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