Another Saturday, another selection from current events intended to provide food for thought, among those willing to think, anyway. Though my attitudes may leak through in places, I will not tell you how to think; I only urge that you do so. Your kids as well as mine will live with whatever is coming!
The currently hot Middle East, specifically Egypt, leads our newsparade: A migrating swan was arrested in Egypt as a spy, caught wearing an electronic device that turned out to be a French migration tracker. The ‘spy’ was turned over to the police, identified as harmless and later, found dead. My advice: when visiting Egypt, don’t wear a migration tracker…
California is still leading the U.S. on its path toward wherever it is headed. The (tarnished) Golden State is presently ranked 45th for its unemployment, (better than 50th) and has just legislated three new laws that may affect that. First, it has increased its minimum wage from $8 to $10 per hour over 3 years. Even Lefty economists admit that raising the price of labor increases the cost of living. Second, it has legislated to award drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens (who are involved in more than their share of accidents). That violates Federal law; do you suppose that Attorney General Holder will promptly sue the state as he has Texas and Arizona for their enforcing of such? I don’t, either. Finally, the Left Coast has legislated that those same illegal aliens are eligible to practice law in the state. California is leading the way, sure enough…to someplace.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is effectively, banning any new coal-fired electric power generation. Coal, short of (debated) environmental regulation, is the cheapest source of electrical power. Lots of cheap power built the U.S. so reversing that will do what? Your call…
Your government is demanding that social and behavioral data will be added to your healthcare records in the government data bank set up under healthcare laws. These records will be available to public health services (and hackers). Our President won’t even release his birth and school records!
Global warming update: An upcoming U.N. report will state that, not only has the warming forecast been cut back, but the amount of warming now expected, if it happens, may be a benefit to us. And the Canadian province of Ontario is paying a wind farm to not produce electricity; it’s cheaper than buying the electricity would be.
Schools with anti-bullying programs have been found in recent research, to have more bulling than do schools without them. And schools are now sending ‘fat letters’ home, pointing out that kids are overweight. An interesting follow-on for those schools’ long-standing concerns with student self-esteem.
New York, not to be outdone by California, has just allowed a leading gas producer to pull out of the state, abandoning its drilling leases in the face of New York’s now five year old anti-fracking moratorium.
Our President’s White House is not so white; it is apparently, home to, besides politicians, rats, mice and roaches. In quantity. Various Presidents have tried (and failed) to cope, Seems the GSA is responsible for interior vermin; the Department of the Interior is (about what we’d expect from government) responsible for the exterior. When a Prez nails a roach, the GSA claims it’s an exterior roach and so, u to the Interior to remove while Interior says it’s an interior roach and up to GSA. Right; who deserves that better than a U.S. President? It is, after all, his bureaucracy!
2,837 illegal alien convicted sex offenders have been released instead of deported by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) folk.
The Manchester Guardian, a British newspaper, is the fastest-growing newspaper in the U.S. That is, its’ Internet version is. The fact that it publishes more news (it was the primary source of the NSA scandal) and less government propaganda, has nothing to do with it…
A continuing mystery of government: How in the month of August, the Treasury’s National Debt total has remained unchanged, though spending created a deficit of $1.46B per the Congressional Budget Office. Maybe the two represent different governments?
The number of people not in the labor force (who could be) has reached a record. Wonder who’s supporting them all? And what such a load does to the standard of living?
New York, fighting back so as not to be outdone by California, has now allowed pet cemeteries to bury people alongside their beloved pets (assuming both are dead, one supposes). We don’t know how an elderly widow will make the choice between Fido and her erstwhile husband… and we don’t want to know, either.
You now have another handful of signals from our passing scene to think about… feel free to tell us where you think we are headed; we may or may not agree, but no one here is wrong until after the facts come in…