Thursday, August 13, 2015
Game, Set & Matched: Jebbie wants to blame Hil and That Guy In The White House for ISIL. No way. Besides, no Bush should say anything about Iraq.
Ham Sandwiches: California has become the first state to remove grand juries from the investigation of police shootings – mainly because they are wholly creatures of the prosecutor who presents only carefully selected evidence, tells the jury what it means, then tells them what to decide.
With Two You Get Egg Roll: On Monday China devalued the yuan by 2% against the dollar. On Tuesday it devalued it another 1.6%. Nah, we're not having a currency war. Not yet.
Brownshirts: A British reporter in Ferguson wonders why white guys walking around with assault rifles and handguns are ignored by the cops, who are busy arresting peaceful black demonstrators. Or worse, charging reporters with “trespassing and interfering with a police officer” when simply reporting on the riots.
No Means No: Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Scott Walker want to ban all abortions under all circumstances. No abortion. Criminal penalties for the women and the doctors. No presidential nominee has ever held such a savage and unyielding position. Stock up on hangers just in case.
On Second Thought: A study published in the British Medical Journal adds support to the growing suspicion that most of the prevailing guidance on healthy diets is misguided at best - well-intentioned but not supported by evidence. Recent large scale studies have found no link between eating saturated fats (meat, cheese, butter, eggs or chocolate) and heart disease, strokes or type-2 diabetes. However, trans-fats, the darling of the food-like substance manufacturing folks, did not get a passing grade.
Nutshelled: In the US, worker productivity has surged while labor costs have dropped, so naturally the Fed is afraid of wage-driven inflation. Which is total nonsense, made vaguely palatable by the manipulated employment data.
Privatization Rules! Only 11% of US college students study at for-profit institutions, yet they make up 44% of those defaulting on their student loans. Maybe that's because employers are far less likely to hire applicants from for-profit online schools than graduates of boring old public colleges.
Rose By Any Other Name: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms declines to process Freedom Of Information requests because the Act applies to government agencies and it is a government bureau. Will was right, first we kill the lawyers.
Oops: At the moment, Mr. Sanders is outpolling Ms. Clinton among NH voters 44 to 37%.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:33 AM