Saturday, October 3, 2015
If life's value is obvious to you, you are not a philosopher.
Summed Numbers: The Recovery® produced 142,000 jobs in September – not close to the expected 203,000. And August was revised downward 37,000 jobs and July took a 21,000 hit to the previously sunny reports, which means that jobs gains have been regularly overstated by about 20%. Unemployment theoretically remained at 5.1%, once 350,000 were removed from the workforce and added to the 94.6 million people “not in the labor force” - workers who have given up looking for work. The employment participation rate dropped to 62.4%, the lowest in 40 years.
Stuff Happens: Echoing The Onion, Jeb Bush said, “‘Stuff happens, there’s always a crisis. I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this.” After all, what is a tragedy in Oregon is just a typical weekend in Chicago.
Can't Get No Respect: Bernie Sanders has reached the 1-million-doners point faster than any candidate ever, and has raised $27 million in the last 3 months while Hillary gathered $28 million. She held 58 fundraisers over that time, Bernie held seven. Observers suspect that she has spent most of the loot while Bernie is sitting on a nice war chest.
Them That Knows: Not a single person who worked at HP during Fiorina's brief and disastrous reign is cited by her campaign as a donor.
Target Date: The Treasury Department expects to run out of money by November 5th unless Congress raises the debt ceiling. This will give conservative Republicans a chance to tank the economy in order to show their idiotlogical purity..
Get Hillary: House Majority Leader and presumptive Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Reprehensible-CA) has acknowledged that the Benghazi hearings were intended to damage Hillary Clinton politically and crowed that it had been successful: "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? What are her numbers today?” It was always meant to be a partisan political assassination.
Multiple Choice: Why did we ever replace paper ballots with hackable and unverifiable computer voting? a) It makes fraud ever so much easier.
Auto Zoned: There is a $32 toy that can open a car's keyless entry lock; a $17 fob that opens your Prius' door and lets you start up and drive it away; there are bugs in vrious manufacturer's firmware that lets hackers take over a car's steering and brakes via the Internet. There are also bugs that can travel from car to car via a mechanic's diagnostic tools via a $20 black box. There are probably more vulnerabilities, but it is a US felony to go looking for them, much less find them and tell others about them.
Ashes To Ashes: Moody's says that at least half of the coal produced world-wide is currently unprofitable, and production cuts are inevitable, as are bankruptcies in the coal fields similar to the financial distress in the US oil and gas fracking industry. Slowing economies do not use as much energy as healthy ones. Peabody Energy shares have fallen 85% this year while.
The Human Condition: The Moustached Kingfisher had been thought to be extinct and had not been seen in the wild for decades until researchers from the American Museum of Natural History stumbled across one - “a gorgeous, strong, and raucous” male - in the jungle. Naturally they killed it.
Porn O'Graph: Things that can't happen, do. Quite often.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 8:42 AM