Harvey Hits Houston Hard (August 28, 2017)

Posted in Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Environment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming on August 28, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The great philosopher Michael Tyson observed that ‘Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.’”

J          “Harvey packed that punch.  A right and a left right to the boca.  And no one ever really had a plan.”

K          “In Houston, ‘urban planning’ has always been an oxymoron and a national joke.”

. . .

K          “The four most populous cities in America emerged at the cardinal points of a compass and are the Mega-Metropolitan capitals of the four geographic regions.  Three of them, the (North)Eastern, Southern and Western anchor cities, are on salt water.  The polis up North in the heart of the Midwest is on fresh water.  New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are as vulnerable.”    

J          “From sea to warming sea, the storms are accentuated and accelerated by the warmer seas and the warmer air temperatures.”

. . .

K          “The formula is formidable and forbidding.  Unchecked Growth + Global Climate Change = Bad News.”

J          “And the news is bad.  Floodplains are so described because they are plains that are prone to flooding.  That should be a clue.”

. . .

K          “The area is now pickled with effluents and other toxins that are escaping from and perhaps being released by the chemical plants and heavy industry refineries.”

J          “All of the electrical connections are corroding in every house and substation.  All of the houses and buildings are developing mold and mildew.  All of the area may need to bulldozed.  They need to start over.  Elsewhere.”

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K          “Mother Nature does not seem happy with an area that is developing and overseeing the development of fossil fuels and other threats to her.”

J          “Many of Momma N’s kids who are otherwise merely trying to survive another day are experiencing a horror show worse than anything they have ever witnessed at the Saturday night flicks.”

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[See “Harvey Is a Major Still-Unfolding Disaster” in “Peak Prosperity” by Chris Martenson on August 28, 2017.]  

[See the e-commentary at “Beans and Bullets (April 6, 2009)”, “We Ain’t Ants; We Are Grasshoppers (April 9, 2012)”, “On Community (June 3, 2013)”, “On Roiling And Rolling Collapse (March 9, 2015)”, “Lights Out:  Renegade Nuclear Plants (September 21, 2015)” and “Prepping:  Public and Private Perspectives (April 27, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Planet Earth, we have a problem

Why not plan?  Why not prepare?

There is no PLANet B.

Equality On The Bench Today (August 21, 2017)

Posted in Courts, Equal Protection, Gender, Judges, Judicial Arrogance, Judiciary, Race on August 21, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The courts today are shining sterling models of equality and opportunity.  The female judges, the black judges, the brown judges, the red judges, the yellow judges, and the azul judges are now just as inept, arrogant and indifferent – no less and no more – as the white judges.”

J          “Now that is progress we can get behind.  Our society – at least the court system – has moved into a ‘post-identity’ politics world.  Will the Democrats get the message and get it?”

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[Richard “Dick” Claxton Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017)]

Bumper sticker of the week:

The “Just-Us” System

Charlottesville . . . Chancellorsville? (August 14, 2017)

Posted in Economics, Education, Military, Race, Schooling, Schooling Industrial Complex, Trumpi on August 14, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Hate may abate, but it will never sate.”

J          “Despite what is in the Constitution, hate is in our constitution.”

. . .

K          “Academia is one of the battlefields.  Education is part of the solution and may impart some tolerance and understanding.” 

J          “At core, the battle is economic.  To make it, one must be schooled.  Those not making it need to blame someone or something else for their circumstances.”

K          “Tolerance and understanding are easier to swallow if one also has some chow to swallow.”

. . .

K          “Two of the racist rabble rousers were schooled at the University that is still addressing and assessing its racist history.”

J          “So much for schooling.  Schooling can only do so much.”

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J          “At Chancellorsville, Lee divided his armies.  In the Charlottesville campaign, Lee’s contemporary clans united their armies under the sham pretense of protecting his statue.”

K          “Scrutinize the flags, banners and gonfalons carried by the goons.  The White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, Freikorps and other malcontents and discontents are mobilized and mobilizing for an uncivil war.”

J          “And awaiting the spark.  Donaldo Trumpi as President is doing nothing to provide them with economic opportunity and everything as the ‘Dog-Whistler In Chief’ to promote the conflict.”

. . .

J          “What heroes should we celebrate to replace Fort Benning and Fort Bragg?”

K          “Fort E. Shinseki and Fort S. Butler?”

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K          “And yet we as a society must do everything reasonable to promote and foster the right of peaceful assembly – even for the goons – subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions.”

J          “But they were not assembling themselves, they were intimidating others.  And the authorities knew what would erupt when the two groups were allowed to collide.”

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[This week, consider considering the e-commentary at “Rerouting History (February 15, 2016)”, “The Confederate Flag:  What Does It Mean To You? (July 6, 2015)”, “Celebrate Virginia’s ‘Celebrate Slavery Month’ (April 12, 2010)”, “King Daze (January 20, 2014)” “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)” and Brown Is The New Black (February 18, 2008)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Remove the statues; end the idolatry

Birthdays (August 7, 2017)

Posted in Society on August 7, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Birthdays are endings and they also are beginnings, but they are also increasingly just endings.”

J          “The ‘toilet paper roll theory’ of aging.  As the roll gets smaller, the roll spins faster.” 

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Bumper sticker of the week:

Live your life and forget your age.

Honesty And Efficiency . . . In Life And Law (July 31, 2017)

Posted in Courts, Economics, Judges, Judicial Arrogance, On [Traits/Characteristics], Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty on July 31, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Economists are indifferent to honesty yet revere efficiency as a fetish.  Look at how inefficient the practice and pursuit of dishonesty is in our daily lives.  I have enough experience and am confident that one out of every ten of her statements is false.  Confirming the veracity of her statements consumes resources, both in time and money.  Of her ten statements, which one is false?  The seventh statement?  The second statement?  The fifth statement is the one in the middle and surely must be false.  Surely.  Probably.  Possibly.  Likely.”

J          “If you cannot rely on the veracity of every statement, then you cannot rely on the veracity of any statement.”

K          “The dilemma.  The expensive dilemma.  After nine honest statements, the next statement must be a lie.  Then, if or when it is a lie, can I rely on the next nine statements as truth?  However, the very next statement may be a lie followed perhaps by nine honest statements.”

J          “They are right.  Inefficiency is so inefficient.”

. . .     

K          “I have seen the handiwork of a judge who probably is not a fundamentally dishonest person who nonetheless wrote at least one blatantly dishonest decision.  He could not know.  And I know the truth, the facts and the law.  If that is the only data, is the judge accurately characterized as dishonest?”

J          “If someone is dishonest only ten percent of the time, is the person honest?”

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J          “Joe DiMaggio said ‘There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time, I owe him my best.’  The judge did not care that you would only be seeing him once.”   

K          “And no camera lights were on him to keep him honest.”

J          “When you get right down to it, someone who is dishonest only ten percent of the time is presumptively dishonest.”

K          “Challenging the presumption is expensive, both in time and money.  Over the decades I have discovered that judges, all on the public payroll in America, are more dishonest more of the time than any other profession except real estate agents and used car salesmen.”   

J          “They are in the private sector and are expected to cant their sales pitch.  Judges may forget that they are in the public sector and are paid by the public.”

K          “Their power is unchecked.  There is no ethos of ethics or honesty in America today.”

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[See the e-commentary at “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015)”, “The Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ) (August 29, 2016)”, “Assigning Blame:  The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and “Perjury, the American Way (February 20, 2006).”

Bumper sticker of the week:

If it feels good, do it

Salvaging Our Blue Marble (July 24, 2017)

Posted in Environment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Plastic, Population on July 24, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We need to salvage our Blue Marble.  Even if we are required to sacrifice humanity.”

J          “The great challenge is creating an appreciation of our planetary circumstance without overwhelming the person.  Someone can easily shut off emotionally and shut down intellectually.”

. . .

K          “Leaving the planet in better shape than I found it . . . is getting vexing.”

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[See “The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth:  Plastics” in “The New York Times” by Tatiana Schlossberg dated July 19, 2017.]

[See “The Uninhabitable Earth:  Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us:  What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think” in New York “Magazine” by David Wallace-Wells dated July 10, 2017.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Save The Blue Marble

Save the Marble

Restraining Google/Alphabet And Damming Amazon (July 17, 2017)

Posted in Amazon, Antitrust, Google, Monopoly, Technology on July 17, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Google/Alphabet is restraining trade and needs to be restrained.  Google is the behemoth gatekeeper restricting, controlling and directing entry to the Market.”

J          “Hard to dispute the observation that there has never been a time in American history when as many industries are dominated by one company in the industry.  In most industries, the player is the industry.”

K          “The NASDAQ is a menagerie of monopolies.”

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K          “Google is buying professors.  Medical professors are subject to ethical constraints.  Law professors, like the students they teach and the law they profess, are amoral and available to the highest bidder.  Google is the highest bidder.  Amazon cannot be far behind.”

J          “So there may be some competition to buy law professors.  They also buy legislators and legislatures and may get a volume discount.”

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K          “The compelling need to regulate Google/Alphabet is as simple as A, B, C.”

J          “As simple as it is impossible.  The regulatory agencies are as captive as the law professors and propagandists.”

K          “America will not respond or regulate.  America is the current failing Empire of the century on the planet.  The former European Empires need to step up and do it.”

J          “The Kleptocracy in America will not stand for it.”

K          “I may need to revise the ‘Manual For A Constitutional And Sustainable Post-Empire America’ in the next few weeks.”

J          “The former Republic could use a self-help book.”

. . .

J          “Rumors suggest that Amazon may consume Whole Foods.”

. . .

K          “When only Google and Amazon are left, which one will kill and devour the other?”

J          “God-zilla will ravage and ingest King Kong.”

K          “And which one is God-zilla again?”

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[See “Google Fined Record $2.7 Billion in E.U. Antitrust Ruling” in “The New York Times” by Mark Scott dated June 27, 2017 and “Is It Time to Break Up Google?” in “The New York Times” by Jonathan Taplin dated April 22, 2017.]

[The Campaign for Accountability released a report on July 11, 2017 titled Google Academics Inc. detailing Google’s extensive acquisition and appropriation of law professors and policy propagandists in America and abroad.]

[See the e-commentary at “Less Government Regulation Series:  Google (November 30, 2009)”, “The Great Google Wall (June 27, 2016)” and the e-commentary under the Category “Google” and “Amazon.”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Do The Right Thing:  Break Up Google And Amazon