Friday, April 1, 2016

SAR #16091

The Republican Party today is a joke maintained by the media.” Bernie Sanders
Greasing The Wheels: Halliburton, Rolls-Royce, Samsung, Hyundai, Leighton Holdings and lots more have been identified as practicing capitalism by bribing their way into contracts, creating political instability, turning citizens against their governments, and fueling the rage that would erupt during the Arab Spring — and be exploited by terrorist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Companies and individuals pay at least $1 trillion in bribes to public sector officials annually. That's what public service is all about.
The Money Quote: “America’s infrastructure is so bad the self-driving cars can’t even find the lanes on the road”. Experts estimate that 65% of US roads are in poor condition, and rate the US transportation infrastructure as, at best, 12th in the world.
Knock Knock: In an attack on Sanders, Clinton insists that Americans cannot “hold out for the perfect,” then offers herself as being less than perfect. Far less.
The New Economy: One way of looking at the new, gig, Uberized economy is that it is something it is not – it is not new and it is not exciting and we certainly hope it is not the future – for nearly all of the growth in employment in the US in the last decade has been in the use of self-employed contractors and 'temps'. Day laborers, one and all; no benefits, no future, no power.
Ribbons, Booties? Mississippi, like a bunch of the other slave states, has passed a law making it explicitly legal for both private and public sectors to discriminate against LGBT people. It is not clear what will happen if they chose to refuse service to a gay who turns out not to be gay. How are the good people of Mississippi to know who they are to discriminate against, now that color alone won't do? Will the targets be required to wear different colored ribbons, or patches?
If Only: The FTC is suing VW for over $15 billion for its false advertising - when will they get around to Trump and Cruz?
Once Around: Fort Worth officer indicted in shooting of man holding barbecue fork Woman killed by Arizona officer held scissors... Arizona Capitol protester booked on felony charge for safety pin on his pants... Denver Police Seized Phone As Woman Recorded Arrests... Fort Worth police office claims he used mace on bikers because he "couldn’t safely approach" the truck he'd pulled over... ‘Please don’t shoot me,’ unarmed man begs — before being shot dead by Arizona police... Officers not charged in Minneapolis police killing of Jamar Clark... California deputy accused of bribing witnesses who saw colleagues beating unarmed man... Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year... Since 2000, at least 143 people in Minnesota have died after being shot, tased or restrained by a police officer, to date, not a single officer has been charged in any of those deaths... Maui officer arrested 5 times in 1 year; still on force... Alabama police officer arrested, accused of sexually assaulting woman while on duty...
A Parting Shot:


Anonymous said...

"The FTC is suing VW for over $15 billion for its false advertising - when will they get around to Trump and Cruz?"

....and HRC??

George Anderson said...

Thanks CKM for this spotlight on a civilization gone mad, driven there by a rudderless corporate owned media and the single-minded, relentless [did I mention insane because money is worthless?] pursuit of the buck.

Hard to say which is more disturbing, the fact that it's all attributed or that nobody is doing anything about it?

No irony should be lost that 'greasing the wheels' drives this whole charade.

Gross mismanagement nurtured by people with too much money and not enough mental about a sad state of affairs!

We totally mismanage money because almost all of us are clueless as to what it is/is supposed to represent.

We're driving ourselves to extinction over the mindless pursuit of a 'legal construct'/idea. How insane is that [although truth be told we have the ignorance factor at play again] we were all taught only a tiny fragment of the truth.

THe laws surrounding money must change or we will destroy ourselves.

Archie said...

To: Mississippi (& other religious freedom states)

The Sneetches is about two types of creatures, separated by having or not having stars on their bellies. The Star-Belly Sneetches think they are the best, and look down upon Sneetches without stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches remain depressed and oppressed, prohibited from associating with their star-bellied counterparts, until Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes along with his Star-on and Star-off machines. He begins to give stars to the Plain-Belly Sneetches, and soon they are happy, for they look like their elite counterparts. The original Star-Belly Sneetches are angry at no longer being different and special, so they get Sylvester to remove all their stars. This continues back and forth until no one can remember which Sneetches were originally what, and an epiphany strikes them all at once: that it really doesn’t matter whether a Sneetch has a star belly or not - they are all really the same, and can coexist and be friends with one another.

Someday you all will be enlightened as well.