Friday, August 26, 2016

SAR #16239

Aren't most religions based on faulty death perception?
Noted: While you are sputtering about Mylan's $600 EpiPens, consider this: The American taxpayer funded 100% of research used to develop this no longer affordable lifesaver.
Let's You and Him Fight: In Syria, Turkish-backed rebels are fighting US-backed rebels in Aleppo, and on the border, US-supplied Turkish tanks are attacking US-supplied Kurds.
Quick Draw: On the UT campus in Austin students are openly carrying holstered dildos, carrying signs that say “Cocks not Glocks.” It will turn out to be illegal to carry a dildo without a license.
Lowest Bidder: Thousands of helmets produced for the US military by federal prisoners turned out to be defective.
Clarification: The Clinton Foundation is not gag-me gross because it pressures domestic and foreign outfits to 'donate' in hopes of getting access, but rather because they call it a charity. It is not. It is a combination lobbying firm and an employment sinecure for their family and friends. What they are doing is at least marginally acceptable in Washington. What isn't is pretending it is a charity. It is not. What Jimmy Carter does is charitable.
Interesting: The GOPers are trying to make a big deal out of the US returning $1.3 billion that it had been holding for over 35 years after failing to deliver arms that Iran had paid for before they deposed our guy in 1979.
Either/Or: While armed French cops are forcing middle-aged Muslim ladies to remove their burkinis, the RCMP has unveiled a rather attractive hijab that makes up part of the official uniform for Canadian Muslim women who want to become police officers.
Empire: The US Treasury is telling the EU not to force Apple to comply with their tax laws, because they don't have to here in the US. But why should they pay US taxes? Apple is a Chinese manufacturing outfit with some design offices in California and sales worldwide. Apple pretty much doesn't pay taxes anywhere, certainly not in the US.
Headline:Turkey makes first major foray into Syria with assault on IS.” I'm sorry; going into the woods to pick blackberries is a 'foray', as is venturing into a mall on back to school weekend. Invading another country is not a 'foray'.
Bless 'em: The University of Chicago tells its incoming freshmen that the whole point of going to college is to be challenged, and that UC intends to do that – without much attention to “safe spaces” or political correctness. You want your mommy, stay home.
General Nonsense: A man, angered that a neighbor's tree was dropping sap on his car, grabbed his chain saw and felled the offending tree. Right onto his own house. A Swedish cop refused to investigate a case of alleged groping because the victim had “gigantic breasts.” Back in the US of A a homeowner called the police to report his car being stolen. The cops promptly responded and shot the homeowner; he was black. Some cops in Colorado have been reprimanded for playing Pokemon Go on duty. In Cormorant, MN, Doug has been reelected to a third term as mayor. Doug is a dog.
A Parting Shot:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

SAR #16238

Not everyone has your good taste.
Third Time's A Charm: There is a humongous crack spreading across the Larsen C ice shelf, leading to fears that it will break off like Larsen A (1995) and Larsen B (2002) did. The crevasse was first noticed in 2011 and by 2015 had grown to be about 600 feet wide and 18 miles. Now scientists report that the crack has grown another 13 miles in the last 4 months, reaching a total length of 80 miles and nearly 1,000 feet wide. The shelf will eventually fall off. Place your bets.
Inspiring, Very Inspiring: After Mrs. became Secretary of State, Mr. Clinton got $17.6 million from a for-profit university, for going around the world “inspiring people.”
One More Time: For all of you who are wondering why Mylan Drugs (formerly a US company) can sell 60 cents worth of epinephrine in a 27 cent dispenser for $608, repeat after me: Capitalism. There, feel better? Senator Manchin's daughter does, she's the CEO and makes $19 million a year – without a graduate degree.
For Your Enlightenment: “The broader national economy is in good shape: We’re at full employment, and inflation is well within sight of, and on track to reach, our target. Under these conditions, it makes sense for the Fed to gradually move interest rates toward more normal levels and begin throwing people out of work.” John C. Williams, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, ignoring the fact that central banks appear not to have the faintest clue about how the economy works. But they are pretty sure that the next crash – and thre is always next crash – will require another $4 trillion in Quantitative Easing – it worked so well the last time.
Dough Nation: About half of the people Secretary Clinton held private meetings with at the State Department had donated money to the family employment/retirement scheme.
Right Again: "It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history." Damn, Donald's nailed another one..
D'ya Want Fries With That? Hillary Leave-the-cash-on-the-Dresser Clinton held a person-to-person event for about 55 people at Justin Timberlakes's home. Only $33,400 per person, lunch included.
War, What War? US attack helicopters are providing close air support in battles against ISIS in Libya. Quite who we are rooting for isn't real clear, but there's always the oil.
The Headline: The Fed Is Now Hostage to Wall Street. Now? Really, just now?
A Parting Shot: