Tuesday, September 6, 2016
What if it's already 'tomorrow'?
The Big Show: The US and China, who emit about 40% of the world's CO2, are making a big deal out 'formally joining' the global climate suicide pact reached in Paris last April. The pact is voluntary and unenforceable in any realistic way. It pretends to be a plan to stop global warming at 2°C and says some nice things about 1.5°C – which is pretty disingenuous in that 1.5°C is a sure thing and a 2°C rise will be here before any actual steps will be taken. And how binding is Obama's signature is on the “agreement”? It certainly is not a legally binding treaty, which the Senate would have to bless.
Macho Men: Like so much else in our modern consumer society, antibacterial soap is useless, or worse. The FDA has given manufacturers a year to
fleecing the gullible
Insincere Insecurity: An Egyptian MP acknowledges that Muslim men are so sexually insecure that women “must accept” genital mutilation so they won't know how poorly their men perform.
For Ever And Ever: Volunteers who want to work for Donald Trump's campaign have to sign a 2,271-word nondisclosure agreement, which prohibits them from criticizing Trump or his family for the rest of their lives. Sure most of it is unenforceable and some of it is illegal, but hey, it's the Donald.
Half-time: Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student sentenced to six months in the local lockup for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, was released from jail early Friday after serving half his term – for Good Behavior, supposedly.
Harvesting: Hillary, Inc. raised $143 million in August. This weekend she threw a $100,000 a plate dinner in the Hamptons. Some of the money will be spent on her campaign.
Just Reward: Ramsey Orta, the scumbag who filmed NYC cops killing Eric Garner for selling cigarettes, is going to jail for four years. Actually he's going to jail for filming the cops and will have to stay there four years. If he survives.
Rounders: We play the national anthem – and indulge in lots of martial hoo-hah – before sporting events... because we play the national anthem and bathe ourselves in cheap 'patriotism' before sporting events. Somehow it makes sitting on our asses drinking beer, eating pizza and watching our gladiators seem patriotic.
Slippage: A law in Iowa requires actual jail time for people such as teachers, social workers and psychologists who are convicted of sexually abusing students. Like many laws, this one seems to be optionally enforced.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:50 AM