Tuesday, November 3, 2015
There is a big difference between a business and a movement.
No Show, No Tell: The last person jailed in the Waco biker shootout is being released. There were nine deaths and 20 injuries that day, yet no one has been charged. Of course we haven't been told whose guns fired the fatal bullets.
No, Really: Larry Lessig has ended his quest to become the Democratic presidential nominee.
And the Winner Is: The FBI has pointed out that the “new” chip cards are pretty much not a great improvement over the old cards, but that chip and PIN – like used in the rest of the world – are the real deal. But US customers can't get access to the more secure cards because the card companies are afraid they'd lose money keeping you from losing money.
Fieldwork: Maybe Jeb's guys should have run his new slogan past a focus group. It turns out that “Jeb Can Fix It” does not actually apply to his campaign.
Smugly Satisfied: On average, the states that rejected Obamacare's Medicaid expansion ended up spending $2 billion a year more on their Medicaid program while rejecting $20 billion a year in federal Medicaid tax funding. What kind of people would refuse to extend healthcare to their poorer citizens and pay $22 billion a year to do so? Republicans, proudly.
It's A Gas: The Pentagon spent $43 million to build a compressed gas filling station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan, anticipating a huge increase in environmentally conscious motorists.
Summation: What is it like to “attend” an on-line charter school? It is exactly like not going to school at all. So says a Stanford University study. “The average student who attends might as well not enroll.”
The Washing Of Hands: TOTE Maritime, the owners of the El Faro, in a preventative strike, have filed their own lawsuit claiming it was not their fault that they rushed the freighter into the path of a monster hurricane, and besides they lost money too.
Free-Agency: Marco Rubio has been optioned by billionaire investor and would-be kingmaker Paul Singer for an undisclosed amount rumored to be in the mid 8-figures.
Barefoot & Ignorant: The Texas Supreme Court is to decide if parents who believe the world is soon going to end in The Rapture actually have to teach their homeschooled kids anything at all. Like being able to read.
Stirred, Not Shaken: New research confirms that East Antarctica’s biggest glacier is melting from below and West Antarctica, which would raise global sea levels over 10 feet were it all to melt, is going to melt. The only question is how soon.
The Wrong Arm Of The Law: The FBI had compelling and convincing evidence that Jared Fogle was molesting children for over four years before they got around to arresting him. Can the kids sue the Bureau for criminal facilitation?
Logical Conclusion: A Texas judge ruled that a cop cannot be charged with murder for murdering an unarmed black man because the cop was working “with the FBI” at the time. And apparently the FBI can kill anyone, anywhere, anytime...
War And So On: Over 90% of those killed and wounded by our weapons being used by the Saudis against Yemen are civilians. Mostly women and children.
Office Work: A woman who accidentally called a Senate committee office was conned out of several thousand dollars by the man who answered the phone. Comes natural to 'em.
Porn O'Graph: The talk.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:48 AM