Saturday, March 28, 2015

Local

Dayton police are still pushing that aerial surveillance program even though drones are so much cheaper. This is about making some crony rich.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Socialism

Rent controls and fascist gas delivery service intersect leading to building explosion.

Federal Reserve

Locked in a trap of its own making, the Fed fears raising interest rates by even 1/4 percent.

They're afraid they've lost control, and they probably have.
"The New York Federal Reserve officials tasked with prying interest rates off the floor have been meeting with bankers and traders to plot how best to do it, amid deep uncertainty over how much control they will really have over short-term lending markets."
The bankers and traders are making the decisions, but they're the smarter ones anyway.

Economy

Reasons why men, in general, earn more than women.
"Professor James Bennett found 20 differences between what men and women do in the workplace that influence income that aren’t found in the raw numbers — which is all the “77 cents on the dollar” takes into account. These reasons include,
  • Men go into technology and hard sciences more than women.
  • Men tend to take more stressful jobs that are not "nine-to-five."
  • Men are more likely to work longer hours, and the pay gap widens for every hour past 40 per week.
  • Women are more likely to have "gaps" in their careers, primarily because of child rearing and child care. Less experience means lower pay."
But there is a flip side to the gender wage gap.
"Indeed, when comparing never-married women with never married-men, the wage gap doesn’t just disappear, it flips. As far back as 1971, never-married women in their thirties have earned slightly more than similar men.[2] In 1982, never-married women on the whole earned 91 percent of what men do.[3] Today, among men and women living along from the age twenty-one to thirty-five, there is no wage gap.[4] And among unmarried college-educated men and women between forty and sixty-four, men earn an average of $40,000 a year and women earn an average of $47,000 a year![5]"
Funny how one size doesn't fit all.

Luddites fear technology in every generation.

Illegal immigrants taking white-collar jobs.

Millennial tech workers fall behind foreign tech workers.

War

US requires Iranian-allied Shiite militias pull out of Tikrit as condition of air support.

US interventions have drawn the Saudis into a war with Iran in Yemen. Lovely. Egypt to join war.

US troops to secretly infiltrate population in nine state training exercise.

Foreign Policy

Obama slams Netanyahu by declassifying information about Israel's nuclear program. More.
"In the declassified document, the Pentagon reveals supposed details about Israel’s deterrence capabilities, but it kept sections on France, Germany, and Italy classified. Those sections are blacked out in the document."
Ouch.

Politics

It's funny the same people who complained about Obama's birth certificate now back Cruz. I think he's a Canadian and is disqualified.

Appeals court throws out case against Argentine president as expected.

Gingrich admits he and his fellow Republicans don't want to repeal Obamacare.

Government statistics about food insecurity are as corrupt as other government statistics.

Tax and Spend

The bipartisan Medicare doc fix means more money stolen from taxpayers.

How big is government? Even the smallest measure is outrageous.

Northrop Grumman denies GAO accountants access to Webb Space telescope team.

The Feds collected record taxes so far this fiscal year.

War on Drugs

DEA agents hosted sex parties with prostitutes funded by drug cartel money.

Regulation

Amazon blasts FAA for being a typical bureaucracy.

Payday loans are a response to government regulation, and government wants to regulate them.

Police State

Co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing German plane.

List of government spying and lawlessness and getting away with it.

Technique for generating strong pass phrases.

Australia requires Telcos to store customer data for two years for government to warrantlessly access.

Local

Montgomery County continues to shrink while Butler and Warren continue to grow. And yet people are building new housing in the bubble.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Misc

Genetic father of humanity lived 239,000 years ago.

Socialism

Secret Service in a tizzy over whistleblower leaks of damaging stories.

Politics

It's OK to leak government secrets for political gain, but not if you're a whistleblower.

Environment

Americans still not worried about global warming.

War

Prediction that US warmongering, specifically arming Ukraine, will result in the breakup on the EU and the loss of US allies.
"I think that the U.S. aristocracy are shocking other nations’ aristocracies at how evil they are, and that this will cause those others to distrust the U.S. aristocrats so much, that the American Empire will end in shame, disgrace, defeat, humiliation, and collapse."
The EU is already in trouble because of euro problems.

Saudi Arabia has been drawn into the war started in Yemen by the US coup.

Crashing drones and captured files expose US intelligence secrets to Iran.

US providing air support for Iranian forces in Tikrit.

Bergdahl charged with desertion. Obama's stooge Susan Rice said he served with honor and distinction even though they knew US troops died while searching for him.

Economy

Steve Wozniak joins the chorus fearing AI.

Police State

This bill repealing the Patriot Act won't pass.

TSA behavioral screening slammed as junk science.

Health Care

Sugar is poison, and the industry and government buried the evidence.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Police State

Feds already tracking Americans with drones.

Media

Reporters give Hillary standing ovation.

Immigration

Hispanic activists rally for tougher immigration laws. I've always said this.

Tax and Spend

Federal workers own more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes.

Greece raids public health programs to pay bills.

Economy

New Ford car won't break the speed limit. This is dangerous.

Ground beef hits record high price.

Environment

Mann's latest paper debunked in a day.

FEMA blackmails governors into promoting global warming fraud.

Politics

Republicans love the welfare state.

Google averages one white house visit a week.

Favoritism at DHS.
"A Department of Homeland Security watchdog report issued Tuesday blasted the agency’s No. 2 official for repeatedly intervening on behalf of well-connected participants in an investor-visa program, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) and Tony Rodham, a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."
This is what government is for.

War

The Iraq war never ends.

Defense spending is much higher than we're told.

War on Drugs

The war on drugs is destroying Mexico much like war destroyed Afghanistan.

Foreign Policy

Government experts seem to be wrong about everything.
"Having experienced several more weeks of mainstream media jingoism about the “Iranian threat,” culminating in the outrageous Joshua Muravchik op-ed advocating war with Iran as the “best option” for dealing with that country, one has to ask why it is that a gaggle of self-proclaimed “experts” has been able to capture the foreign-policy narrative so completely, in spite of the fact that they have been wrong about nearly everything?"
Not just war with Iran.

Israel accused of spying on negotiations with Iran.

Health Care

Measles vaccine more deadly than measles.

Recently vaccinated individuals spread disease.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Economy

Google's attempt to be arbiter of truth will backfire.

Politics

Since 2011, when Boehner became speaker, I've pointed out he's President Obama's best ally. The mainstream media is finally catching on as they report Democrats back Boehner. Obviously the press has known this all along. They're just now letting the cat out of the bag to undermine Republicans in the 2016 race.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tax and Spend

Greece continues to claim Germany owes it money from WWII.

A month ago they were afraid Greece would run out of money in March. Now they're afraid it will run out of money in April. Yet it never runs out of money.

A Greek bank run was reported in January, yet it's business as usual.

Local

Stormtroopers line Kiefaber St. to intimidate UD students.

Dayton cops use obscure ruling to justify stealing cameras.

Dayton rejects court, continues to steal people's money based on illegal cameras.

Federal Reserve

The Fed is caught in a catch-22 of its own making.
"But unlike the financial media’s dopey dithering about “dot plots”, Yellen at least has something to hide behind all the gibberish.  Namely, she and her merry band of money printers are becoming more petrified each month that they will trigger a thundering Wall Street hissy fit if they move to “normalize” interest rates—-even as they are slowly beginning to realize that continuance of ZIRP much longer will only intensify the market’s addiction to rampant speculation, free money carry trades and the associated risks to financial stability."
Zero interest rates are unsustainable, so rates will rise.
"Needless to say, that has generated a dangerous and ever widening disconnect between the real main street economy and the nominal value of assets in the financial system. This rupture has been called “financialization”, but it amounts to this: Fed attempts at monetary stimulus are now short-circuited; added liquidity essentially becomes sequestered within the financial system where it generates persistent inflation of existing asset values. That is, stimulus never leaves the canyons of Wall Street."
This is always true. It's why the Fed gives money to banks, not people.

Foreign Policy

The US has no power over Israel.
"Not so long as Israel and its American advocates control both the Congress, the Republican and Democratic parties – and Hillary Clinton. The late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon reportedly said to an aide concerned about a negative US response, “don’t worry about the US, I control the US.”
Israel’s partisans hold important influence over France’s  government and ruling Socialist Party. France secretly supplied Israel with nuclear weapons capability in the 1950’s.
Both Britain’s parties are similarly beholden to pro-Israel donors. Germany remains very timid in foreign policy and does pretty much what Israel demands, even supplying Israel with submarines to carry nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
Russia’s Vlad Putin is quite pro-Israel and never forgets there are one million former Russians now living in Israel. China has wisely stayed out of the Arab-Israeli dispute. So short of the US, no power can force Israel out of its annexed lands."
Israel has all the power of the US.
"As for the Palestinians, they don’t seem to have much hope. Chances for even a rickety, feeble Bantustan state on the West Bank are gone. Netanyahu declared no Palestinian state at the end of the elections race. He will, of course, continue flirting with the US and EU over this worn-out question, making small tactical concessions to allow his western allies to continue going along with the charade that “peace talks” are still alive. They are not and have not been for a decade. It just suits the western powers to continue this deceitful game while Israel relentlessly annexes the Occupied Territories."
This has always been true.Neither Israel nor Palestine's rulers wanted peace. They profit from war.
"Israelis have shown they don’t want to be part of the neighboring Arab world, any more than many white South Africans wanted to join black Africa. They want to stand alone behind their high walls, their restive Arab populations locked away in tribal reservations. Israel has the land, the water and now the energy, and intends to keep them all."
It worked in the US. I imagine that was the model.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, warning Israel should beware Obama.
"First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.
He lies to the public, ignores the Constitution, inflames race relations and urges Latinos to punish Republican “enemies.” He abandons our ­allies, appeases tyrants, coddles ­adversaries and uses the Crusades as an excuse for inaction as Islamist terrorists slaughter their way across the Mideast.
Now he’s coming for Israel."
This is a good litany of bad acts.

War

A Ukrainian oligarch bought a coup and war in Ukraine by donating to the Clinton Foundation.
"Although the Wall Street Journal didn’t play up the connection, I was stunned to see that of all the oligarchs connected to foreign governments who donated to the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State, Ukraine was at the very top. I thought this to be strange, but as I read on I just couldn’t believe how connected the main donor was to the current regime in power."
I think there's more reasons the US instigated the Ukrainian coup. Most like the opportunistic Clintons just profited from it.

Ron Paul reminds us of the never-ending Iraq war disaster.

Police State

Former prosecutor apologizes to man he wrongfully convicted 30 years ago.
"Stroud, 63, was the lead prosecutor in Ford's 1984 murder trial. Even though it was a jury of 12 people who unanimously voted to convict Ford of the Nov. 5, 1983, shooting death of Shreveport, La., jeweler Isadore Rozeman then chose the death penalty as his punishment, Stroud takes responsibility for the decision — one he now admits was flawed with inaction on his part and coupled with the admitted "arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself" attitude of the attorney he was then.
In perhaps an unprecedented move by a former prosecutor, Stroud is offering a public apology to Ford in a three-page letter to The (Shreveport, La.) Times in response to the newspaper's coverage of Ford's plight."
The reason prosecutors don't apologize is they care about convictions, not justice.

UK government admits it has granted spies the authority to hack any device anywhere for any reason. It's like James Bond's unrestricted license to kill.

SWATting in front of a live audience.

Health Care

WHO claims glyphosate "probably" causes cancer, sending Monsanto on the war path.

Socialism

Socialists discover the function of prices in California drought.
"Today California exports about six trillion gallons of virtual water, or about 500 gallons per resident a day. How can this happen amid drought? The problem is mispricing. If water were priced properly, it is a safe bet that farmers would waste far less of it, and the effects of California's drought—its worst in recorded history—would not be so severe. "A free market would raise the price of water, reflecting its scarcity, and lead to a reduction in the export of virtual water," say Davidow and Malone."
But there will be no free market.

Misc

This article about the discovery of molecular nitrogen on comet 67P by Rosetta has many problems.
"“Identifying molecular nitrogen places important constraints on the conditions in which the comet formed, because it requires very low temperatures to become trapped in ice,” says Martin Rubin of the University of Bern, lead author of the paper presenting the results published today in the journal Science. "
What ice?

Regulation

FTC doesn't go after Google (and shouldn't have).
"Previous attempts to go after big companies — such as the Justice Department's long-running antitrust case against Microsoft in the 1990s — loomed large in regulators' minds at the time of the Google probe, according to a former official who worked at the agency then. "Even if we were in the right and could win," said the former official, "it could take a lot of resources away from other enforcement.""
Less burdensome regulation for the big guys, more for the small guys.

Environment

If Obama is so worried about rising oceans, why did he just buy a beachfront mansion?

Paris's rulers decree traffic must be cut in half because of pollution.so they will allow only even and odd license plates on roads on alternate days.

The predictions of severe weather from global warming are wrong.