Thursday, January 7, 2016
The right to bear arms should never trump the right to live. Anthea Butler
Pants On Fire: Despite Mr. Trump's claims and his inability to tell North Africa from South Texas, since 2009 more Mexican immigrants have snuck out of the US than have snuck in.
Test Case: “It occurs to me that the best move right now, for everyone else, is for (unarmed) groups of blacks, Muslims, and OWS-types to go occupy a federal building near them. Right now. Mirror the wingnuts, except without weapons, and peaceful but firm, and without secession threats but rather calls for justice and sanity.” [HT: McMike in 'Comments', SAR 16006]
Call Me In The Morning: Apple is scaling back its production of the latest versions of the iPhone by 30% for the first quarter. Sales apparently haven't matched projections. The last time this happened, back in 2013 with the 5C model, Apple shares fell over 50%. Watch and learn.
Good Hands: Cars now come equipped with sensors that record (and can transmit- but only if you agree, they say) nearly everything you do; how fast you accelerate, how sharply you brake, how fast you are going (and they can compare that to the posted speeds), where you go (and how often you park in front of a bar), how far you drive and when. And your insurance company wants you to send them that information. For your own good, they say.
All Ye Need Know: Politics is all about money. Even in the Middle East. Or, rather, especially in the Middle East.
War Chests: Why are the Republican wannabes backing Saudi Arabia in its confrontation with Iran? 1) They're in favor of war, anywhere, anytime. 2) They want to punish Iran for Obama's nuclear treaty. 3) Israel. 4) Money. And the answer is 'all of the above', but 'money from American Jews' gets full credit..
You Pays Your Money, Or Not: Bloomberg reports that new car sales in the US in December were “down, exceptionally weak.” Over at the WSJ, the same car sales for the same period were seen as “up and strong.”
Self-determination, Not self-delusion: The only way a sovereign people can control their destiny within a sovereign nation is for that nation to control its own money. That lets out every member of the eurozone. Ask a Greek. Or the people of Ireland, Spain, and Portugal.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:35 AM