Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Nature still has a few billion years left in which to see if intelligent life is a workable concept.
New Revised Version: Scientists, doing that science thing where they revise their predictions when they get more and better data, now say that our fossil fuel budget is only half as big as was thought when the Paris meetings said we were doomed. We're still doomed, only sooner.
Matthew 7: 16-20: Alabama's Senator Jeff Sessions has endorsed Trump, while Nebraska's Tea Party backed Senator Sasse says he'll
vote for a third party candidate rather than vote for Trump.
Dramatis Personae: For something new and different, Erdogan's army has begun shelling ISIS positions in Syria. This is news because a) Erdogan's been financing ISIS all along and giving them access to Turkey and b) most of Ergogan's military effort has been dedicated to killing as many Kurds as possible. Y'know, the good guys that American backs. Today's real news was that Russia is pushing to turn Syria into a federated republic, which would include a part of Syria governed by Kurds. Just part of a centuries old contest between the Russians and the Turks.
Clarification: How many $2700 a plate dinners has Sanders held? Clinton?
His Master's Voice: Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, says that we have learned nothing and changed nothing since the 2008 financial disaster, and are going to have another one right soon.
Noted: In the first 10 years of this century, America lost on average 15 factories a day. That's more than 56,000 factory doors closing. That's the glory of globalization.
Here There Be Monsters: They numbers are pretty clear, Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate. This is a disaster for the GOP. It is also abundantly clear than only Bernie Sanders would defeat him in November, yet the DNC is working as hard as possible to keep this from happening. If they run Hillary, it will be a disaster for us all.
First Cut: China plans to lay off nearly 2 million of the 12 million workers in the coal and steel industries.
Shocked, I Tell You, Shocked: The US has sold Turkey $12 billion dollars worth of bunker-buster bombs. Where they're going to find $12 billion dollars worth of targets is a good question – that's a lot of Kurdish houses.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:59 AM