Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SAR #16181

We're not getting any less greedy or stupid. Steven Hawking.
In Memoriam: "The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now – with somebody – and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives. It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy ... This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed." Hunter S. Thompson, September 12, 2001
Word For The Day: Agnotology
Numbers of Numbers: There are any number of polls regularly assessing the relative standing of Trump and Clinton among… well, that's the question. Who are the polled? Does the poll represent some theoretical cross-section of Americans? Does it reflect some sort of electoral college potential voting cross section? There are only a handful of states that actually matter this fall, and neither Montana nor Maine count. Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and a couple of others… yeah. Who's leading there and by how much? That's what will matter.
Big Shocker: Many of those backing Trump are racists. Wowser!
Sound and Fury: The Republicans, after eight Benghazi investigations and over $7 million poured down the rat hole, cannot find one concrete thing that Hillary or Obama or anyone else did wrong. An immense waste of time, money sand public misdirection. Oh, wait that was the point. Throw mud and see if any of it sticks. Let's give Representative Gowdy a hand, even though he himself admits it was all a big waste of time, he got himself an awful lot of publicity during and we can look forward to the next round of the eternal Benghazi investigation in years to come.
Skin In The Game: About 65 million US adults have nothing saved for an emergency, much less for retirement. Pizza and a beer on Saturday is as good as it gets.
A Parting Shot:

1 comment:

George Anderson said...

'Bugs' of the sea but man they're TASTY!

Somehow I doubt coining a fifty-cent word [Agnotology] for 'deliberate misdirection' is going to put a stop to the practice...largely because too many of us live with our heads mired in our own affairs, few having a broader perview than said, 'Beer & Pizza on Saturday night' likely because for the many, that's as good as it gets!

That said we have idiots like myself, patiently waiting for the 'dissconnect' to get noticed by Joe Six-pack. That what they see on TV has less and less to do with reality [especially 'reality shows'] and the refrigerator light goes on...where they connect the dots and go 'hey, it's nothing like that! What are they trying to pull?'

Have I mentioned I sometimes suspect I expect too much?