Thursday, March 10, 2016
Abandoning fossil fuels will devastate our economy. Not doing so will devastate our world.
Inquiring Minds: There is this group called the US Financial Stability Council, which was formed in 2010 to help prevent another catastrophic collapse of the American financial system. They met with the President this week. Wonder why?
Creepy Federalism: Republican Twit Mike Lee of UT is blocking an emergency aid package worth $250 million for Flint, MI, because it is just welfare and they'll ask for more and more. Besides, it would lead to federal intervention in the state and local government's right to save a few bucks by poisoning the poor. And worst of all, this sort of thing could lead to the feds wanting to abolish slavery or grant equal rights to women and gays and, and, and.
There's An App For That: Many “health” apps share – for which read sell, trade, or use against you themselves, your medical information. Some also mess with your other software, burrow through your personal data and even turn on your smartphone camera and mike and ship the feed back to headquarters.
Look, Ma, No Hands: While their governor was running around trying to get someone to notice him over there at the far end of the debate stage, Ohio lost 112,000 jobs to TPP countries.
Taking It Easy: The military is flying spy drones over the US, but only for “non-military missions.” Posse comitatus anyone?
An Ounce of Prevarication: MI Gov. Rick Snyder, having poisoned most of the people in and around Flint in order to save a few bucks, is diverting $1.2 million of the taxpayer's money to hire attorneys to defend himself from criminal and civil charges.
Perspectives: Prescription painkillers now kill more Americans than illegal drugs do, nearly as many as alcohol does. Marijuana doesn't kill.
Speak Softly: The Fisa court has given the FBI permission to search the meta-data the NSA collects on Americans to see if they're doing anything silly like talking to ISIS recruiters. But it's not only “national security” - they can also “routinely” listen to conversations to determine if crimes unrelated to national security are involved. Gone fishing, indeed.
Trust, But Verify: If global interest rates on long term government bonds are to be believed, we are in for a decade or two of near-zero interest rates, which Mr. Market tells me implies near zero inflation. Or less.
Truth In Advertising: One thing that Trump's opponents cannot challenge is his claim that he's a big prick.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 6:45 AM