Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Sometimes “tomorrow” is an unwarranted assumption.
Sunshine Units: Wikileaked documents show that the NSA bugged meetings between various EU ministers and their Japanese counterparts discussing secret trade negotiations, meetings between our friend Frau Merkel and UN chief Ban Ki-Moon, as well as discussions between Netanyahu and Berlusconi, as well as private meetings between Sarkozy, Merkel and Berlusconi. Only to fight terrorism, of course.
A rebuttal: I have owned several puppies, seen a number of rainbows and lived where single payer health systems worked just fine; deal me in.
They're Rich, Not Crazy: Since at least last fall, the rich who had supported Romney in 2012 were already donating more to Hillary Clinton’s campaign than the combined amount they had given to 11 of the original 17 Republican tools. This suggests that the main difference between Clinton and the Republican candidates is the rhetoric that would gain her the White House, not the reality of what she would do once there.
Danger, Will Robinson: “Household wealth is increasingly dependent... on home-price appreciation.” Been there, done that.
Pick & Chose: Economist Timothy Taylor has mined the OMB's latest opus and presents a marvelous list of did-you-know's that'll let you pick a couple of supporting facts for whatever it is of yours that needs supporting, from inflation to life expectancy, infant mortality to GDP growth and the increase in the number of Donald Trumps.
Pieces, In Our Time: The sale of arms to dictators, rebels and other scum contines to set new records, up 14% over the last five years. The US corners most of the market.
Tide, Rolling In: Scientists report that the global rate of sea level rise during the last century was the fastest in 2700 years, and the rise continues to accelerate. Except in North Carolina and Oklahoma, where it is illegal, and Miami where it might slow the building of beach front condos. Other scientists expect that the continuing acidification (through CO2 absorption) of the oceans will result in terminal deformities in at least half of all juvenile corals in the near future. Go snorkeling now.
Priorities: LA County taxpayers spend over $233,000 a year for every kid kept in lockup.
Infrastructure Investment: Ted Cruz says he will
and train enough storm troopers
personnel staffing and infrastructure – both fixed facilities and
the requisite transportation and logistics systems
– to locate, arrest, process and deport 12 million immigrants.
This, he says, will free up several million minimum wage service and
maintenance jobs for our indebted college graduates.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 8:15 AM