Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Agreement requires disagreement.
Revelations: Trump says that over 200 generals and admirals have selected him to be president. Strange, I thought it was supposed to be the other way around.
Going, Going, Gone: In Paris the US pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels (about 6 billion tons of CO2) by 2025. Even if Obama's Clean Power Plan were enacted promptly, it would miss that goal by well over 1 billion tons and maybe as much as 1.8 billion tons of CO2 emissions. And the Clean Power Plan is unlikely to get past our Republicans or our courts. The always cosmetic 1.5°C goal is not going to be met. Neither is the 2°C level. MIT scientists say that even with the proposed cuts global temperatures will pass a 3.5C increase in average global temperatures by 2100. That's a 6.5° F increase, which is pretty much curtains on civilization as we know it.
Rainy Daze: Among US households nearing retirement (age 55-65) the median retirement account holds about $14,500.
Sleeping Around: The Trump campaign is said to be planning on diverting attention from the poor debate showing by Their Donald by attacking the Clinton's marriage. A spokesman claimed that Trump's repeated adulteries don't count against him as a negative character trait because he's still 'friends' with his ex-wives.”
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: The WHO says that 9 out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, which kills more than six million of us every year.
Doing Our Part: Automobile exhaust is one of the top contributers to global warming, and it is heartwarming to know that we Americans are doing our part – burning a record 9.7 billion barrels of gasoline every day.
The 7% Solution: Trump professes, "Believe me, I started off with $1 million," in 1975. This is probably true, but overlooks the fact that over the next ten years Daddy gave him another $13 million.
Indoctrination: The Tennessee State Board of Education Standards Recommendation Committee wants to remove information about Islam – the third largest religion in the world - from the state's middle school curricula because it isn't “age-appropriate”.
Achievement: Donald Trump was recognized as “the most improved bigot” on the stage Tuesday night. He also won the consistency award for his ongoing misogyny.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 6:56 AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Pundits talk about 'the next recession' as though the last one was over.
Think It's Gonna Rain? Reports make it obvious that chemical weapons are being used in Iraq (and Syria), yet the US refuses to address the issue. Makes you wonder what the Pentagon is being so shy about.
First Things First: Having sex with prostitutes is now illegal in Germany unless you wear a condom.
Tidbit The American Enterprise Institute's Nicholas Eberstadt claims the reason that 1 out of 7 'prime working age' men are not in the labor force is that their wives or girl friends support them while they stay home playing video games.
Enlightened Self-Interest: Tony Blair, who was in charge when the crimes were committed, has called for an end to investigation into the abuses committed by British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Noted: if the minimum wage had kept pace with productivity growth over the last fifty years it would be over $18 an hour now.
Refrigerator Note: “Today’s Democrats have become the Party of War: a home for arms merchants, mercenaries, academic war planners, lobbyists for every foreign intervention, promoters of color revolutions, failed generals, exploiters of the natural resources of corrupt governments.” … “We have broken one Middle Eastern nation after another. Hundreds of cities and villages lie in ruins, hundreds of thousands are dead, millions are refugees; and, for all the press and political thundering against the menace of ISIS, Al Qaeda, or Islamic terrorism generally, our military leaders offer no prospects of victory. They cannot tell us what victory would require or mean; though they are quick to assure us, as in Libya today, that this conflict will go on indefinitely. They cannot even explain how some of our current allies (example Turkey) are bombing and shelling others of our purported allies (example the Kurds). So a Democratic administration, carrying on the work of the Bush presidency, without thought and without question, year after year, has kept sending more young men and women into the grinder.” … It is “a Democratic president who sends an endless parade of drones to nations all over the world … with complete carelessness in how that technological prowess destroys people and nations.” A vote for Hillary 'Regime Change' Clinton is a vote for war, which is not to excuse Trump but to suggest we examine her record if only to dampen our already tepid enthusiasm.
Scene On The Street: Have you noticed how many Americans are celebrating The Recovery™ by living in their vans and checking out the sales at the dollar store for a new pair of jeans?
Tied For First Place: The UN has declared antibiotic resistance – greatly due to the use/abuse of antibiotics in the food system – to be one of the greatest and most urgent global risks. Along with AIDS and Ebola. And global warming, the migrant/refugee crisis, overpopulation and American military adventurism.
Clarification: Hillary doesn't lie, although she often resorts to carefully engineered statements that accommodate a certain flexibility.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:03 AM