Thursday, March 3, 2016
We may become the first species to die out from simple inattention.
At Last: The FBI has acknowledged that the reason they so badly want Apple to unlock a certain cell phone for them is that they tried and messed it up rather badly.
Cause And Effect: The Republican-dominated Utah state senate has passed a bill requiring that the poor complete a “self-reliance” course in order to receive government assistance. They'll teach 'em how to handle their money. Okay, but the problem is the don't have any money; by and large the poor are far more careful about budgeting than their betters in the statehouse, who could use a few semesters of basic economics themselves.
Just So Story: Trump’s supporters want the same things that Bernie Sanders’ do. But Trump's tramps only want them for themselves.
Eavesdropping: Baltimore MTA buses are equipped with microphones which record passengers' conversations. Because no one has an expectation of privacy when sitting on a bus, do they? Maybe they could put up some bus-stop shelters where hidden cameras could monitor people before they got on. And they could track their cell-phones, too. Maybe...
Simplefication: Exxon is cutting its capital investment budget by 25% for 2016. Quick, how much GDP will disappear just from capital expenditures not expended?
Waiting For Godot: If you are waiting for the November elections to produce a leader who will deal with abortion, college tuition, healthcare, taxes or anything else We The People are concerned about, get over it. Better to be disillusioned now rather than get all hoped up only to discover that nothing has changed. The rulers will rule and we'll watch TV and discuss cats and wine on Facebook. This election is no more important than any other, and no less. Elections are harmless – they wouldn't let us have them if they would actually change anything. Make some popcorn, enjoy the games.
Noted In Passing: Aubrey McClendon, founder and former CEO of big-deal fracker Chesapeake Energy (which has tumbled from darling to damned along with the price of oil) died when he drove his car into a wall “at a high rate of speed,” one day after being indicted for conspiring to rig bids for oil and natural gas leases.
Fractions: Do you have any idea how much advertising affects your behavior? How about one particular ad, say on a billboard? Clear Channel does. Working with ATT, it records how many times you (well, your cell phone) passes a particular billboard with an ad for XYZ. Then they couple that with your buying history and can tell the advertiser – by age, gender, income, family size, etc. etc. who is seeing their ads and how effective they are at getting you into the checkout line of a store, clutching their product. Now, about those computerised adds on the endcaps at the local mega-mart...
Ah, Texas! It appears that Mary Lou Bruner will face Keven Ellis in a run-off election for a seat on the Texas Board of Education. Ms. Bruner thinks that the UN has a plan to exterminate two-thirds of the world's population, that sex education “stimulates” children to experiment with sex, the Obama has promoted a gay agenda because he was a gay prostitute in his 20's to raise money for his drug addiction, and – as required – she is a creationist and wants to ban all Muslims from entering the US. She is expected to win. Texas' children are expected to lose.
Porn O'Graph: Safe at home.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:31 AM