Balance of Power: President Obama is right, if we do not act quickly to stop spewing carbon into the atmosphere, the effects of climate change will be horrific. As is the amount of money the carbon-burners can pour into Congress to make sure that day comes.
Mistaken Identity: The 1% think they are investors. They are not, they are pickpockets.
Well, Damn: An APA study has concluded that teen marijuana use does not lead to depression, lung cancer, other health problems. The kids turn out just fine. Mine did, and so did I.
Bring Back “The Club”: In addition to certain Chryslers, hackers can also use GM vehicles on-board computer systems to locate the car, unlock it, and start it. Gone, as they say, in 60 seconds.
Misdirection: As Greece shows, squashing the use of cash and 'encouraging' the use of credit cards allows those in power to not only monitor what you are doing, but to limit the cash market and increase their tax take. And teach you docility.
Cheap Shot: A decade ago the National Cancer Institute urged physicians to immediately adopt an inexpensive treatment for ovarian cancer that had proven remarkably effective in prolonging patients' lives. Today fewer than half of ovarian cancer patients are receiving that treatment. Not because a better treatment has been developed, but because more expensive – and thus more glamorous (to the doctor if not the patient) – ones have been.
Dumb & Dumber: The South Bend, Indiana school board – claiming that “If we can keep another student from dropping out because of sports and academics, then that's helpful for South Bend Schools," has lowered the academic minimum average for athletes to continue to participate in sports to 1.5. Well, schools have other things to offer than just sports and academics, right?
Post-It Note: When reviewing the increase in your medical insurance premium next year, bear in mind that the year/year increase in “personal health care services” - which is what your health insurance covers – was only 5.4%. All the rest of the increase in premia goes to the executive wing.
Minority Report: In Pennsylvania you will soon be sentenced not only for the crime you have committed and been convicted of, but also for the crimes you are deemed likely to have committed in the future if you were not already in jail.
Barn Door: A federal appellate court has ruled that Idaho's ag-gag law that prohibits secretly filming animal abuse at commercial facilities is unconstitutional. It would be nice to see these laws repealed across the land as fast as the bans against gay marriage were.
Sportsmanship: A superb basketball team from Charlottesville, VA, which had completed a five game winning streak at a national tournament in Myrtle Beach, was disqualified and sent packing because one of its players was a girl. Was... A... Girl.
First Step: Under current Oregon law all eligible voters are automatically registered to vote unless they actively opt out. Now to make voting mandatory...
Sonderkommando: In detention facilities where unauthorized immigrants are incarcerated pending whatever fate eventually descends on them, some inmates are paid between $1 and $3 a day to keep order and make the facilities function. Other than the pay rate, the Nazi's did pretty much the same thing.