Friday, February 26, 2016
When a young person turns to crime, has he failed, or have we?
The Problem: The real problem with this country is that our taxes are way too low, our government budget isn't far enough in deficit, and we treat the rich and their minions as though they were our betters and deserve all they can steal.
Point Of Order: Coral will not survive into the next century because of the acidification of the oceans. Nor will any of the countless little thingys with shells that make up the base of the food pyramid in the seas. Imagine, no sharks at the beach. Also no shells, no fish, not much of anything swimming in the sterile ocean. Also no shrimp, no lobster. Got your attention yet?
Facts Not In Evidence: The headline reads: “It's time to admit that American intervention can't fix Syria”. This makes the unwarranted assumption that American intervention has 'fixed' anything since 1945.
Children Without A Country: Republican Illinois intends to make children into invisible stateless non-persons by denying them birth certificates if the mommy won't identify the daddy to the all-seeing state. Maybe the moms could just put down the names of various Republican legislators. The public good here was a little vague. If a kid doesn't have a birth certificate, does he really exist? Surely the little tyke couldn't qualify for food stamps or public education.
Cornucopia: House Republicans are considering legislation that would “return” much of the federal lands to the states, who would in turn “return” it to the private sector (for a modest campaign contribution) for mining and logging without regard for any environmental controls. It's a race to the bottom, sponsored by the bottom feeders for the bottom feeders and the public be damned.
Takes One To Know One: Mitt Romney, who famously refused to release his tax forms while running for president, claims that Trumps refusal to release his givers us “good reason to believe that there's a bombshell in Donald Trump's taxes.” The suggestion is that his reported income and wealth will not match his reputed income and worth.
Win/Win: Astronomers have solved the mystery of where fast interstellar radio bursts come from (about 6 billion light years over that-a-way, where two neutron stars crumple into one another). And in doing so they 'found' about half the missing 'normal' matter in the universe. Turns out it wasn't missing, just hiding. This does nothing to account for the dark matter and dark energy that makes up 95% of the mass of the universe. Gravity shows that it is there (and here and over there and everywhere) but we haven't the slightest idea what it is...
Lax Tax: Under Ted Cruz's tax proposal, the top 0.1% (average income $10 million) would see their taxes cut by nearly $2 million (1,994,000) on average. That 43,000 times more than the guys in the lower 20% of the income scale would get – combined.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:41 AM