Friday, February 19, 2016
“I don’t think it stands to reason that it’s a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many blacks as possible.” Antonin Scalia, RIP.
An Apple A Day: Continuing the assault on privacy, the head of the NSA makes the unprovable claim that Apple's Tim Cook is right, Apple’s fight with the FBI is bigger than just one iPhone - it's that encryption is making it “much more difficult” for the agency to monitor everything you do. To 'prove' their case the superspies claim they could have prevented the Paris terror attack if only they had an even bigger budget and all phones had 'back doors' so the surveillance state could monitor our every thought. Yes, we should be afraid, of the terrorists but perhaps more so of those who would save us from them..
Sum Numbers: On the Republican side, The Donald still polls way ahead of the pack, while on the Democratic side the Quinnipiac poll has Sanders beating the various GOP wannabes by 4 to 10 points. Hillary, not so much.
You Are Here: Janurary's index of leading indicators led downwards again, following a decline in December. The Philly Fed (negative for the sixth consecutive month) report joined the Empire State report of economic activity in pointing to decline. Neel Kashkari, newly minted head of the Minneapolis Fed warned that the US economy is “softer than expected.”
Hide And Seek: Your employer may know you are pregnant before you do, certainly soon after you know. You got a problem with that? Does your employer?
Redundant: Another group has just discovered that the TPP will put the coup de grace to American manufacturing.
Goal? Moscow is being plastered with posters proclaiming that 'Smoking kills more people than Obama.' Are they trying to get Russians to smoke less or Obama to kill more?
Lost In Transition: While the media pants after the Trump and Cruz show, off in a far corner of our country, without anyone noticing, our fifth largest state has slipped into bankruptcy. Illinois – which, granted, isn't the least corrupt of the bunch – has $8 billion in unpaid and pretty much unpayable debts. It's also got Chicago, but that's another problem.
Keeping Score: US 10-year Treasury bonds are selling at a discount that guarantees negative returns. Who's buying, and why?
History 101: The University of Texas now allows students to carry handguns in classrooms. Sorry, but I can't forget that many years ago I lived with someone who was in the plaza when Whitman began exercising his right to
bunch of people
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James Clapper mistakenly
now says about lying to Congress.
The Supremes: “The justices of the Supreme Court have shaped a nation where children toiled in coal mines, where Americans could be forced into camps because of their race, and where a woman could be sterilized against her will by state law. The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, and the dead hand of the Confederacy. Nor is the modern Court a vast improvement, with its incursions on voting rights and its willingness to place elections for sale.” Not to mention its continuing crusade to treat women as chattel.
Nice To Know: Rubio, distinguishing himself from his fellow wannabes, says “I wouldn't go as far as calling Clinton a 'traitor'.”
Keeping Score: In this, the Best of All Possible Countries, 51% of public school students come from homes deep enough in poverty to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Many of them get bags of canned goods to take home so they can eat over the weekend. Yea, capitalism.
Mirrors: Startup founder Justin Keller, one of our young elite, complains that “I shouldn’t have to worry about being accosted. I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day.”
Protecting The Self Serving: Tampa police are refusing to provide security and crowd control for a sold out Beyoncé show because they didn't like her Superbowl half-time program. Everybody's a critic.
The Parting Shot:
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