Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Free, With Strings: Microsoft apparently gave away Windows 10 so it could install a spy system on millions of computers that can collect every keystroke made on the infected computer (and Windows 10 is an infection) as well as record and ship back to Bill every word said within its hearing. But don't worry, Microsoft promises to sell all your information only to people
pay for it
Selling Point: TPP and TITP are not trade agreements nor partnerships – they are suicide pacts that “make global corporations immune to laws and regulations” that “adversely impact their profits. … It makes no difference whether the laws protect the environment, the safety of food and workers or are part of the social fabric.” The Obama legacy.
Just Kidding: US Secret Service agents
kidnapped Roman Seleznev from an airport in the Maldives, a island
nation in the Indian Ocean hundreds of miles south of the tip of
India. Seleznev is a famous Russian hacker who is the son of a
famous Russian legislator. The US can do these sorts of things
because it is the US.
Odds: Puerto Rican official anticipate that 1 in 4 people there will be infected by Zika by the end of the year. Plan accordingly.
Finely Printed: The Corrections Corporation of America has a contract with the federal government that requires the taxpayer give CCA $1 billion over four years to operate a prison for ICE – even if the building is empty. It was a no bid contract.
Pattern Crimes: In an echo of travesties in Colorado and California, in Iowa a high school tennis star who sexually abused an autistic teen will do no jail time because “prison would not do this kid any good.” It's not supposed to.
Deep In The Heart Of: The Texas legislature has taken $1.6 million of the funds that should have gone to Planned Parenthood and given it to an anti-abortion group headed by a woman who believes that HIV is spread by fetuses flushed into the sewer system and wants women be required to pay to bury or cremate an aborted fetus.
Asked and Avoided: Some economists wonder if US labor productivity has permanently fallen. No one knows, yet. Better hope not.
Canary/Coal Mine: "Without an external economic shock it is hard to see policymakers being prepared to take dramatic, fiscal action to jumpstart the global economy... Ironically the shock that is needed would require a collapse in risk assets for policymakers to then really panic and attempt dramatic fiscal stimulus." In other words, we have to destroy the economy in order to save it.
Promises, Promises: It is claimed that if oil prices do not significantly increase, most Middle Eastern oil states will collapse. Okay.
Scam Artists: The Clintons, through their family foundation, took in $337,985,726 in 2014 and claim to have spent 87.2% of it on “program services.” that leaves about $30 million for “management and general expenses”. But looking at the foundation's tax returns suggests it is more like $300 million that doesn't find its way to “program services.” Or perhaps they have an interesting idea of who the program is supposed to service.
Our Gang: Israel has acknowledge that it bulldozed a group of EU-funded Palestininan homes that had been built on privately owned Palestinian land, because it wanted to. Remind me why we keep supporting these pricks.
Musical Chairs: In today's markets there are $100 in Paper Gold claims for each $1 worth of actual gold.
The Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:22 AM