Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Hope is a soporific.
Dark, Whistling In The: “A United Nations independent expert today called on States and Parliaments to ensure that all future trade agreements stipulate the primacy of human rights and to align existing treaties with the duty of States to fulfill binding human rights treaties and meet environmental and health goals”
Takes One to Know One: Convicted insider trader Martha Stewart says ‘I’m voting for Hillary Clinton'.
Blow The Bugles! The UN General Assembly has convened the first-ever summit Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. Since this is an assembly essentially identical to the people who have done so well with CO2 emissions, Human Rights, Global Warming and Peace In Our Time, confidence is high that a strongly worded proclamation will soon appear.
Precisely: A couple of days after accidentally killing 80 of Assad's soldiers during a cease fire, a US airstrike has killed eight Afghan policemen. Another airstirke in Syria, this one apparently by the Russians, has destroyed a UN food and medicine relief convoy that was headed for refugees west of Aleppo.
Creaming The Crop: Turkey is blocking Syrian refugees with college degrees from being resettled in the US.
Balking In North Dakota: The Death of the Great Bakken Oil Field has begun. Just a few years ago, the United States was on its way to “Energy Independence.”` thanks mainly to fracking, and particularly to fracking in North Dakota's Bakken Play and the Eagle Ford play in Texas. We've been led to believe that the frackers would produce massive flows of cheap oil thanks to tecnology and entrepreneurial expertise and God's love of Americans and their automobiles. Production from the Bakken is down 25% from its peak, headed down the far side of the bell curve to bankruptcy. Production from Eagle Ford is already down 40%. Plus it seems entirely possible that the shale producers have not made a penny from all the hithering and yoning and earthquakes. And wait till they have to settle the lawsuits...
Quoted: If you don’t give a damn about children and grandchildren, then of course there’s less to worry about.
Ingrates: After winning a Pulitzer Prize for their detailed reporting of the secret NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden, the Washington Post is demanding he be prosecuted for providing them with secret NSA documents. Nope; he should be pardoned and lionized.
Head Start: An Egyptian court has sentenced a 3 year-old to 4 years in prison for resisting arrest.
Cruise News: The Navy's newest littoral combat ship (LCS) suffered two two catastrophic engine failures in three days, forcing it to abandon its planned voyage and limp towards Florida. This is the third LCS to suffer “significant engine problems” in the last three weeks and the fifth in the last year. The LCS go for $480 million a copy – although 'go' seems not quite the right word. The entire class has been recalled to port.
Homesick: Archaeologists from Denmark’s Museum Silkeborg have found a 3,000 year-old cooking pot with the remains of supper still burnt onto the bottom - a failed attempt at making cheese.
Place Your Bets: An expedition to study effects of microplastics on the smallest creatures in the oceans, the tiny zooplankton that form the base of the aquatic food chain, will soon set sail. Guess what they'll find. Guess what good it will do.
This, Just In: Hundreds of Buddhist nuns trained in Kung Fu are biking through the Himalayas to oppose human trafficking
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:31 AM