Monday, September 21, 2015
Most of us use credit to postpone reality.
Bought And Paid For: Saudi Arabia will chair “a panel of independent experts” on the UN Human Rights Council. Saudi expertise in the area of human rights comes solely from their long and bloody history of repressing them. Only bribery or blackmail could possibly explain such an astonishing insult to common decency.
Yes, But: Secretary Kerry says that the US will increase the number of refugees admitted to the country to 85,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2017. Wait and see what the GOPers say.
Parallel Universes: The Democratic wannabes talk about college costs, climate change, workplace equality for women, addressing income inequality, improving healthcare for all and expanding gay rights. The Other Guys talk about abortion, bombing all and sundry, increased military spending, lower taxes for the rich, rounding up immigrants and building a wall along the Canadian border. Reality check: Voters mostly vote based on how they personally perceive the economy.
Bastards: Turing Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to market the 1950's drug Daraprim and overnight raised its price from $13.50 a pill to $750 each. No new nothing, except price.
German Engineering: Engineers at Volkswagen designed software for VW diesels that gave false readings on emissions tests. The EPA is not amused and wants $18 billion in penalties and all 500,000 of the cars recalled and repaired to conform to the emission standards laws.
Factoid: The typical man in the US, assuming he has a job at all, earns less today than he did in 1973.
Times, Changing Yet Some More: President Obama has nominated Eric Fanning, formerly an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, acting under-secretary of the army, previously the undersecretary of the Air Force, deputy under-secretary of the Navy, and a long time openly gay citizen. Guess what the Republicans would like to focus on in his confirmation hearings...
Shoe, Dropping: After several months, authorities in Waco are finally acknowledging that law enforcement officers shot at least 12 rounds into the assembled bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant. So far they have not identified who the cops shot or whether the shots were fatal. Stay tuned – we'll be shocked, of course, to learn that all of the dead were victims of a police riot.
Per Capita: The British Secret Police are paying Muslims in Great Britain to rat out their co-religionists. It was that sort of pay for play that led to Afghans naming people they didn't like to the Americans, who forked over cash while filling up the American torture gulag with mostly innocent bystanders.
Child's Play: A NC teen is being prosecuted as an adult, charged with 5 felony sex offenses for having nude photos of himself on his phone. It seems he was exploiting himself. He was apparently caught during an warrantless search of his cell phone and will not be labled a sex offender for life. Avoid North Carolina if at all possible.
Dumb & Dumber: Two Republican backwoodsmen think they have the power to exempt Tennessee from following the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality by declaring that "Any court decision purporting to strike down natural marriage, including (a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision), is unauthoritative, void, and of no effect." Their cousins on the Alabama Supreme Court want their 12 minutes of fame for ruling that Alabama does not have to recognize adoptions made in Georgia, because lesbians... What part of “equal rights” and “Supreme Court” don't these folks grasp?
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 8:15 AM