Monday, October 5, 2015
Here & There: There used to be a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. It was staffed by Doctors Without Borders. It, the doctors, their staff and their patients are not there any more, collateralized by the US military much as the students in Oregon were collateralized by the NRA.
Unclear On The Concept: European auto makers want a 70% increase in the permitted level of nitrogen oxide emissions. Kinda because they can't meet the current standards without cheating but as long as they could game the system this wasn't a problem.
Good Old Days: When I was a kid you could say the Alphabet® without paying Google a royalty.
Apple Pie: Since the slaughter of the innocents in Sandy Hook in 2012, there have been at least 986 mass shootings (in which four or more people were shot) killing at least 1,234 and wounding 3,565 more. In the last 12 years guns have killed more Americans than have died of AIDS, illegal drug overdoses and all of our wars – combined. Stop pretending mass shootings will magically stop on their own if we wring our hands hard enough.
Hush! If a trial was likely to expose the use of StingRay technology, the Metro Washington police must notify the FBI which would make sure the case is dismissed rather than let the public know how widespread the use of warrantless surveillance is.
Having A Bad Day: Two anti-vaccination groups that put up $250,000 for research to prove the link between vaccination and autism were less than pleased when the research failed to find any connection.
Education Policy: In the US, more preschool kids are gunned down than are police officers in the line of duty – 82 to 27 in 2013.
An Allegory: If your freezer breaks down and the temperature rises from 31° to 33°. Bad Things will happen. Don't dismiss global warming just because it only amounts to 1.8°F so far. The change will not be gradual and linear, it is more likely to hit tipping points and lurch at us in sudden bursts. Predictions of extreme sea level rise, disastrous climate warming and massive droughts and migrations are more likely to be right than optimistic ones.
Exactly: “Kim Davis was not jailed for practicing her religion. She was jailed for forcing others to practice her religion.”
Das Emissions: VW's deceitful diesels have – so far – illegally dumped a million tons of emissions into the air we breathe. These vehicles are still on the road and most will be for another decade, spewing least another million tons of crap into our lungs. The VW diesel was supposed to have the same emissions as a Honda Civic. Turned out to be emitting the same amount of nitrogen oxide as driving 20 Ford F-450 Super Duty trucks.
Lazy Bums: The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta says that “the decrease in labor force participation among prime-age individuals has been driven mostly by the share who say they currently don't want a job."
Ignorance Is Bliss: US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the federal government should not require local police report on the people they kill, as long as they keep count locally, because improving police-community relations is more important.
Game of Nations: Obama says that Syria “is not some superpower chessboard contest.” He's wrong, it is, and Obama is playing checkers and is way behind.
Porn O'Graph: The good life.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:45 AM