Thursday, September 1, 2016
Why are we still mining coal?
Tradition: Obama has renewed the 2001 “state of emergency” for yet another year – making it 16 years now we've been at war with a technique while sending arms and support to the people behind 911. But it's not so much about terrorism as it is about the executive privileges that the “emergency” gives the guy in the Oval Office. And it keeps the money flowing.
Vive La France! France's PM Manuel Valls says that naked breasts represent France better than a headscarf could. And here I thought it was wine, a baguette and 286 types of cheese.
Our Gangsters: US Special Operations Forces presence in Latin America tripled between 2007 and 2014. It was "the golden age of secret operations “ aimed at "gaining regional access with a minimal footprint”. Why? Is Nicaragua going to attack us? Ecuador?
will hold a hearing focusing on
the First Amendment rights of fossil fuel corporations, their
right to lie to us while killing us slowly.
The Dog Ate My.... In Seattle, thousands of police dashcam videos have mysteriously disappeared “due to a computer glitch.”
The Landscape: Following the Hillary sweep, the Dems will probably control a majority in the Senate, but not enough to be filibuster-proof. They will not take control of the House. The Republicans will still control most of the states. And the people who voted for Trump will be even more pissed off and ready to support the next demagogue. This will be called a victory.
Teaching Point: Health care is a right, not a business, not a profit opportunity. Making a profit from the sick is... sick.
One Not-So-Fell Swoop: The current kerfuffle over how much money insurerers are supposed to make from sick people may well lead to the widespread availability of the “public option” where everyone can pay a fair premium to the government (and be subsidized to do so if they are poor) to gain access to what will essentially be Medicare for all. This will simply doom the insurance companies. Boo hoo.
Dead Heat: Instead of banning burkinis, perhaps France – and the rest of the supposedly civilized world – should ban the wearing of suits. Men in suits are the real terrorists.
The Joke's On Us: Remember when the nations of the world promised to limit global warming to 1.5°C? Well, they did. For almost a year. The 1.5C is already locked in and they haven't even begun to do anything yet. And they won't, because corporate profits are far more important than the lives of your children. Remember the old line about “it'll get worse before it gets better”? Sorry, it is going to get much worse and it won't get better for a few thousand years.
Bleak Houses: Northern Russia – Siberia – is warming at twice the pace as the rest of the world. Massive sinkholes have become common as the permafrost stops being 'perma'. Methane is literally bubbling up from the tundra. Smallpox, anthrax and other viruses are being released. And we thought the cold and ice of the Gulag was scary.
Zero Sum: Capitalism and democracy are absolute enemies. We cannot have both, and capitalism (in the guise of globalization) is winning.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:35 AM