Thursday, August 11, 2016
Damn. Donald Trump described those 50 GOP former national security officials who are supporting Hillary as “nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power,” and thanked them “for coming forward so everyone in the country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place.” I hate it when Trump is right.
Pot/Kettle: Vladimir Putin, who knows whereof he speaks, asks “Do you actually believe US elections are democratic?” Well, the Supreme Court vote was pretty open...
Motivation: In order to continue the very profitable global war on terror, a continuing supply of terrorists is essential. The GWOT isn't about terrorism, it's about maintaining a perpetual state of emergency that justifies continuing erosion of our civil liberties. Sounds cynical, but explains a lot of Afghanistan/Iraq/Syria/Libya. [Hat tip to George Anderson, in Comments]
Thumb On The Scale: Under the TPP, violations of environmental or labor standards cannot be challenged by environmental or labor groups, but if a company doesn’t like the environmental or labor regs it can go to court and seek billions of dollars in “damages”.
Long/Short: 'Jokes' about assassinating Hillary Clinton are not jokes and cannot be condoned or explained away with 'just joking.' They are a call to action for the group that understands exactly what Trump was suggesting.
Oops: The Bureau of Labor Statistics would like to apologize for overstating 1Q2016 hourly wages by 4.7%, which means that instead of labor costs zooming up 4.5% they actually decreased by 0.2%. Sort of takes the wind out of the wage-inflation meme.
Bricks Without Straw: An agreement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) swindle will not be reached by the end of the year, despite the desires of Merkel and Obama. Seems that the negotiators haven't been able to finalize even a single chapter of the proposed agreement.
Trumpmanship: Philippines leader calls US ambassador 'gay son of a whore'. This is the sort of foreign relations that Donald Trump would bring us.
About Time: Obama is accused of putting US national security ahead of promoting democracy abroad. The biggest threats to the US are global warming, energy dependence, inequality, and Wall Street.
Magic Elixir: If the government funded pharmaceutical research and put the results in the public domain, we could cut healthcare costs immensely. Of course that would keep investors and Wall Street from extracting every penny you have for your medications, and there's no way we can let people stand in the way of profits. Pay up or die, that's their motto.
A Quote: “Paying someone to borrow your money [negative interest] sounds like a questionable idea on paper, and seems not to be working out so well in practice.”
Near And Dear: Aaron Persky - the CA judge who gave Stanford swimmer Brock Turner six months for rape so as not to damage his life, and sentenced a man who violently beat his girlfriend to a single weekend in jail so as not to interfere with his job - has sentenced a married father of two to a single night in jail for possession of images of sexual abuse of minors, including the rape of an infant – then promising to reduce the crime to a misdemeanor if the guy didn't get caught diddling children for a whole year. Has anyone checked the judge's hard drive?
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:03 AM