If you can spare a dime, I’ll give you two cents worth of unvarnished wisdom in exchange…or at least stoutly stated opinions on life and the world.
What is it with all this dithering at the White House about which side to choose in Egypt? There are clear lines of demarcation. The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy as we know it and are definitely prone to violence and suppression. The Generals are a bunch of angels but at least there would be much more stability under their rule and a greatly reduced risk of violence and terrorism being spread from Egypt or indeed fomented by the Brotherhood. In the real world you have to deal with those in power and those more closely aligned with your own country’s interest. That doesn’t make the Generals are best friends forever but they are clearly the best alternative. Get on with it and support them and foster as much influence as we can in that region. The other course is self-destructive to our own interest unless we want even more terrorist attacks.
Go back a few months to those headlines in the Spring about the global warming threat de jour. You may recall that we were scheduled, due to global warming per the Al Gore ideologues,that we were going to have a really bad hurricane season with 11 predicted and four making landfall; also we were to have a very bad wildfire season and a significant increase in tornadoes. The facts so far this year–zero hurricanes, and in spite of the real problems for those directly affected, the wildfire season is much less than a normal year so far and lastly, even the NOAA folks have acknowledged that the tornado season has been remarkably quiet even with the tragedy in Moore. I predict boldly we will have extreme weather somewhere ever year. Giant blizzards and searing heat waves and outbreaks of hurricanes and tornadoes. Thus it has ever been in recorded history and thus it will be. Oh, the IPCC draft also owns up to the standstill in warming worldwide for the last 16 years. According to the wizards of smart it is the Sun (duh), ocean bottoms heating up or even as they admit, maybe, just maybe they overestimated the effects of CO2 in the atmosphere. Stay tuned, the report will change when the politicos at the UN get their hands on it.
Like bureaucrats everywhere ever time the Fed when it gets caught doing something generally viewed as wrong they simply re-define the issue. Bernancke with a straight face says he is not monetizing the national debt. Yet for two years now the Fed has been buying 75% of all the Treasuries issued. But he says that is monetary policy and investing and not simply allowing the US government to spend money it doesn’t have by printing more money every time it buys those Treasuries to fund deficit spending. It would be different if real investors from around the world were buying up those Treasuries and putting real money into the coffers but the Fed with a keystroke on its computer merely creates money out of thin air.
It is still hot as the devil, but you can look at the calender and take hope. Fall is approaching and the start of school, high school football and the hunting season. When all those get going it just feels cooler.
All that hype about Musk’s hyperlink or hyperloop transportation made us smile. That idea has been around for decades. Any casual reader of science fiction will have come across descriptions of such transportation methods. They all involve a tunnel and the carriage being suspended by magnetic opposing forces or air and they always travel in their own self-contained system because you couldn’t have two of those carriages traveling at those speeds passing each other. The wind vortex would dislodge them. It is a quite old idea and very feasible with one huge caveat. The cost would be prohibitive. Like the New York subways system on steroids but the tunnels even more structurally secure and the carriages would have to be more or less bullets in motion.
Anyone besides me remember that phrase the guy in the White House repeated ad nauseam in the run up to the passage of the Obamacare law where he stated over and over that “the average family will save $2500.00 a year in premiums”. All those who expect to save that much be advised we are meeting in the phone booth on the corner next week. Have ANY of you or any of your friends or relatives reported to you they are going to be saving $2500.00 next year on their health care?
In view of the alleged gas attacks in Syria I read like you did that our military was “updating” its target list for Syria to attack the manufacture or distribution of gas weapons. I suppose we’ll never get away from political spin and propaganda. They issue such press releases and nonsense to give the great unwashed the impression they are doing something special in response to those alleged gas attacks. Some facts and clarity–it is the military’s job to constantly “update” potential targets around the world. That is their job. Don’t know if they do it daily, weekly or whatever but the process is always ongoing. The Air Force and Navy intelligence guys are doing that as part of their regular duties. And no doubt our drones are watching carefully for any signs of gas weapon deployment daily. There is no “updating” going on just the routine duties of our guys in uniform.
“Truth is the greatest of all national possessions. A State, a people, a system which suppresses the truth or fears to publish it, deserves to collapse.” K. Eisner 19th century Bavarian journalist. http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com