Friday, October 9, 2015
The First Cut Is The Deepest: Joe Biden says that if he doesn't run for President “I'll be demoted to Secretary of State or something like that.”
Truly True Truthiness: The CEO of Volkswagon USA [who admits knowing about the deceit for over a year] is sure that the decade long successful effort by the company to circumvent emissions regulations was “ a couple of software engineers who put this in for whatever reason.” Dealerships in the US are running out of cars to sell and may not even get next year's diesel models.
Asylum: After Dick Cheney gave him the kiss of death, Kevin McCarthy withdrew his name for consideration to become the next Speaker of the House, throwing House Republicans into an uproar and the rest of us into a panic. All we know for sure is that it will be someone worse than Paul Ryan.
Secret Recipe: Verizon has improved its cellphone tracking Zombie Cookie by merging it with AOL's ad tracking network to match the ads you see to your offline life, the better to fleece you.
First Crack: Deutsche Bank warns that their 3Q results will show a $7 billion loss. It also hinted you could kiss its annual dividend goodbye this year. It also said it needed to raise more cash to strengthen its balance sheet.
Place Your Bets: How long before a group of US Special Forces runs afoul of Russian troops on the ground in Syria?
Clarification, Please: Marco Rubio says that “there is sea level rise” in Florida, and that some short-term preventive measures should be taken against flooding. But there is no need to do anything about global climate change because The Market will take care of the long range problem and “numerous pieces of legislation that sought to regulate the matter” were not needed.
A Man Of Principle: When Ben Carson, who wants the rest of us to stand up to nuts with guns, was held up at gunpoint, he told the robber to rob the employee at the register.
Whether Report: A study by the Fed that attempted to replicate previously published economic research was unable to replicate most of the papers, even with help from the original authors, leading to the unstartling conclusion that economics is not a science
a form of political posturing.
Dreamland: Israel has resolved to give full access to and all rights over the “enormous oil deposit” it has discovered in the illegally occupied Golan Heights. Not.
Point/Counterpoint: China is not going to sit by and let the US-led TPP push it out of the Pacific marketplace. Negotiations on its Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will be concluded by the end of the year, and will include many of the same countries as the TPP, including the ones with the largest economies - Australia, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. Economic warfare, gloves off.
Whose Ox? South Carolina's own Senator Lindsey Graham – famous for strongly condemning federal relief for the victims of hurricane Sandy has seen the light – or in this case the rain – and wants all the federal funds possible to be sent to South Carolina.
Simplicity: All the drama about Hillary's erased and missing emails could be ended if someone would just ask the NSA for copies. They've got them.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:39 AM