Saturday, February 27, 2016
“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Spock.
Innocent Bystanders: It's kind of amusing to watch the GOP reaping what it spent so many years sowing. Now that Trump is gathering in the racist, xenophobic, government hating rank and file that's been crushed by the rich who think they own the party, the national leadership has discovered that most Republican voters are not really Republicans. Faced with a Trump triumph, the Old Guard is wondering if the Democrats will save us. Nope, because the Democrats are bent on self-destruction too, with Hillary. Barnum was right, no one ever went broke underestimating the American public. Or its politicians.
Definition: Frau Merkle is now pushing for ‘market-conforming democracy’, which is Eurozone-speak for 'more austerity'.
It's The Money, Stupid: “International terrorism is a strategic foreign-policy tool, which, in almost all instances, is applied by fundamentalist Sunni Islamists, whose operations are financed by fundamentalist Sunni royal families of the Arabic nations. The royals (and their billionaire friends who receive state contracts from them) in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, and Kuwait, are the main financial backers of jihadists. Actually, those royal financial backers are terrorism’s controllers, and the jihadist fighters are merely their soldiers — soldiers who are well paid by their controllers, but who fight not only for the pay: they fight also because they share the same fundamentalist Sunni faith as their controllers do. Their clerics tell them to obey their royal masters, and it’s a ‘holy war.’” It's not ISIS-controlled oil fields we should be bombing.
Academic Fleedom: Now that students can tote guns into classrooms, Texas universities have advised faculty members to “avoid sensitive topics”, wear bulletproof vests and get adjuncts to teach the rowdier students.
Herd On The Street: Last year was the worst year for world trade since the Recent Disturbance, with the value of international goods shipments declining 13.8%. The first two months of this year have not been encouraging, either.
Easy Come, Easy Go: Personal income increased 0.5% in January. So did personal spending.
Report To The Commissioner: “Looking back on almost 15 years in which the United States has been engaged in something like permanent war in the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa, one thing couldn’t be clearer: the planet’s sole superpower with a military funded and armed like none other and a “defense” budget larger than the next seven countries combined (three times as large as number two, China) has managed to accomplish -- again, quite literally -- absolutely nothing, or less than nothing.” So why do we keep droning on?
Footnote: While making the world safe for America back in 1965/66, the US helped Indonesian forces kill a million or so civilians. See, you thought it was a new thing with us, right?
Creative Destruction: There’s too much of everything, its far too cheap, and that’s not good for anyone. It’s hurting everyone. Oil costs almost nothing. Copper, iron ore, all that stuff – nobody wants it, but they keep mining the stuff anyway. More surplus. Lower prices. Can't even sell enough to pay the interest. But nobody has any money so even though stuff is nearly free we can't buy it. We got so good at making stuff without humans that the humans can't afford to be consumers. The only way to save the economy is to crash it. Time to start over.
Open Call: US District Judge Mark Kearney, auditioning to replace Scalia, has ruled that the First Amendment does not give the public the right to record their employees as they go about their public functions in pubic. For example,according to Kearney yo do not have a Constitutional right to film cops in the execution of their assigned duties. They're legally invisible.
Porn O'Graph: It's not just wages...
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:14 AM