Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Self-preservation tempers sincerity.
The War Lovers: After 15 years of nearly non-stop propaganda, Americans have come to accept a corrupted version of a free democratic state. Armed soldiers patrolling public places, minimum-wage TSA tyrants herding travelers, the government listening to every phone call, reading every email and tracking everyone 24/7 have become accepted as 'necessary'. Transnational Capitalism now dominates the entire planet and determines what is and is not “reality”. Their motto is 'conform or die' – preferably off-screen, by drone. And we conform.
Timing: The Wells Fargo executive who oversaw the bank's 'phony accounts' division cleverly retired in June, and will walk away with $125 million for her troubles while WF gets to pay a $185 million penalty for her successes. Had she waited for the regulators to catch her, she wouldn't have been so lucky – nor so rich. Never mind, the shareholders get to fund both the fine and the retirement.
Pressing Freedom: A noted journalist who filmed security guards setting dogs onto DAPL protesters is wanted for trespassing while reporting the news. Erdogan's Turkey continues to hold the record for jailing journalists.
Angels/Pinheads: Conservatives say that Hillary can't plead ignorance as a defense for her various missteps, but that corporate leaders can. Isn't Ms. Clinton the leader of a gigantic – although private - corporation?
Clearly Present Danger: President Obama, citing national security and about $750 billion in Treasury notes, says he will veto any bill that would permit 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in killing Americans.
Proportion: It is okay to take your ticking-bomb Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on a plane, but not 4 oz of shampoo or a half-empty bottle of spring water. No wonder most of us view TSA as pointless harassment.
Entrails: There has been a spirited discussion among economists trying to explain the decline in labor force participation by prime age men (ages 25-54) and women. I'd suggest that a piss-poor economy might have something to do with it, but that's reality and economists don't do reality.
Temptation: North Dakota has legalized the use of armed drones by police agencies. What could go wrong?
Collateral Damaged: The USGS is urging Kansans to prepare for future earthquakes like
Californians do, and
to send the bill to the frackers.
Black, Being White: Trump has ageed with Netanyahu that the Palestinians, in resisting being expelled from their homes, are guilty of ethnic cleansing. Yes, it makes no sense – but look where it's coming from.
Diagnosis: Hillary must be very, very sick; she's skipping a fundraiser.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 6:32 AM