Thursday, May 5, 2016
-->So far this morning I've found stories that tell me: The banks rig every market and every interest rate as well as most commodity prices. The cops will beat, tase and shoot you without fear of prosecution. Car safety measures can kill you, and if they don't doctors and hospitals will. The profits of oil companies are more important than the earthquakes they cause. The US conducted military combat actions in at least seven countries yesterday but is not at war with anyone. And the Democratic Party isn't. ←-
Asked & Answered: Can Trump become the President of the United States? Yes, which ought to bring into question the whole idea of democracy. Obviously Trump supporters are unfit to decide the fate of the nation. But equally, the Dem's superdelegates are an affront to the concept of democracy. Me, I think Venice is not all that bad a model. The Venice of the Doges.
The Race To The Bottom: Eight years ago large numbers of voters went to the polls full of hope. This year most will go to the polls full of fear and loathing, voting for the lesser evil. Heck of a way to chose a leader.
Freedom From Information: The National Pork Producers, The Cattlemen's Beef Association and the United Egg Producers want congress to change the FOIA law to explicitly hide their lobbying activities from the public.
Eat Two Apples: Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US. Stay out of hospitals – a surprising number of people die there.
Sure Things? We are supposed to be comforted by the fact that Hillary leads Trump nationally by a 6.2% margin. Right. That was her lead over Bernie Sanders in Indiana on Monday evening.
Perspective: Nationally, US house prices increased by about 7% last year – and at that rate will double in price (but not value) within 10 years. Is this reasonable? How much did your income increase?
Conform: A straight A student in Tomball, Texas is being forced to cut his hair because it is “too long for a boy.” Because, according to the school district, the other boys find it distracting. The school district also has a written prohibition against students disagreeing with its pronouncements, so there is no appeal.
Solving Poverty: Alabama has reduced the number of people depending on food stamps by 70% in the last month by the simple expedient of throwing them off the SNAP program. They are still poor and still hungry, they're just not getting food stamps. It is called welfare reform, a Clinton specialty from the 1990's.
Differences: Not only do the rich have more money than we do, they live longer. Much longer.
A Parting Shot.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:32 AM