The Eurofolk are indignant about our NSA peering into their communications per their news reports, somehow failing to notice their secret agreement to install the program. Or the fact that the French do it too. Or that Germany has been in on it from the get-go. Reminds of a classic Italian comic opera (by Mozart): “Cosi Fan Tutte.” Translates (more or less) to: “They All Do It!” (Which doesn’t mean that they should, of course.)
A recent trip by Joe Biden cost us $655,000 while his boss traveled for only $450,000 around the same time. More than usual seems somehow wrong there… We can, I think, be sure that it won’t happen again! (Too cheap?)
The peaceable kingdom of Chicago shot 6 to death and wounded 28 over the holiday weekend. Perhaps the union agreement requires a work minimum for ambulance drivers?
At 514 U.S. colleges, students are more likely to default on their student loans than they are to graduate. That’s dumb! Even dumber: those who loaned them the money in the first place…
Sarcastic types who ask the gun-grabbers why they don’t go after knives are having their day: In China. The Chinese government is rounding up all the weaponish cutlery, at least in the currently restive western China. At least, until the apparently peckish indigenes get the point.
It was Brazil a couple of weeks back, then it was Sweden and now its Cairo; you might think that the world’s cities are taking turns with riots. The newsfolk are selective on what they report; the fact seems to be more like the city dwellers of the world are angry all the time and everywhere, if this report from Business Insider is any indication. Remember back when civil order was a hallmark of civilization?
The U.S. Army, we’re told, is sending teams to 35 African countries. Is our President running the world, now? If so, one hopes he’ll have better results abroad than he’s been attaining in the U.S. And out of idle curiosity, where’s he finding the money?
Here at home, 76% of us are living from paycheck to paycheck, we’re told. I wonder what those Army teams in Africa will do to help them?
Real help beyond an Obamaphone is going to Los Angeles school kids though. The L.A. unfed–s’cuse me, Unified School District plans to hand out free ipads to the inmates if current plans are followed. What if a kid loses one? What if some are stolen? Sold for drugs? Dropped on the floor? Go ‘way, kid; you bother me!
Reality Sucks Department: The once 4th ranking, now out of the top 10, city of Detroit has defaulted on its bond issues on the orders of the emergency financial manager who recently took charge. Unrepayable debts aren’t limited to Detroit; what is this liable to do to the bond market? Who cares? Well, everybody responsible for rolling over city, county and state bonds coming due, to name a very relevant few. What happens to the U.S. economy when a bunch of cities and counties go belly up all at once? Maybe we’d rather not find out?
The gay marriage circus seems fixed on the center ring, buts it’s a three (or more) ring circus in fact. A point that came before us from CNN, in a report that pointed out this irrefutable fact: “Monogamy is unnatural for the human species!” as nearly as I can quote it. I was wondering whether one could get some headlines announcing that he was planning to marry his horse, but I’m guessing it wouldn’t be news, nowadays…
So those represent the times we’re living in; make of it what you will!