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Have no problem with hunting

This was not hunting. This was a canned hunt where a lion which was used to the presence of people was lured into a spot where he could be ambushed.

I feel about this the way I feel about people who lease land and spread deer corn around and then kill the deer from a deer stand while they're feeding. That is not hunting.

The only saving grace of the deer killers is that at least they eat their kill.

This jack hole killed for a trophy. This is the latest in a series of kills that he is very proud of. He has killed a leopard, a bear (for which he was charged with bagging illegally but let off with a years probation), a rhino, and a beautiful elk... He also got a writeup in either the New York Times or the New Yorker as some sort of bow hunter extraordinaire. He had already bagged a lion, but I bet Cecil's head was going to make a better trophy. The other lion didn't look as good.

He's not right in the head.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 12:56 PM (0 replies)

Got my vote

WilliamPitt is a valuable voice.
Posted by Moral Compass | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:17 PM (1 replies)

He just won the stupid contest

My former governor, Rick Perry, just won the stupid contest between the candidates.

I've given up expecting there to be any impetus for change (we are the only developed country where mass murder is routine)--so I was not surprised when Bobby Jindhal declared that now is not the time to talk about solutions to this mass murder problem we have in our country. I'm resigned to the fact that there is no good time to discuss gun control in our country.

But I thought that maybe, just maybe--no one would try and contend that this would have all been avoided if the other movie patrons had been able to return fire.

I won't go into how quickly these incidents happen and how, especially in this case, there was no time to return fire. Or how it is really, really dark in a movie theater and how that might make it really, really hard to figure out the appropriate person to shoot. Or how many, many more might have died if everyone was armed and started shooting.

But, hell, this thinking thing is just hard and takes up too much time when you can be shooting off your mouth.

So, Rickie wins the contest. He's dumber than all the rest. Yay, Rickie P.!
Posted by Moral Compass | Mon Jul 27, 2015, 04:26 PM (0 replies)

K&R

I evaluate whether something is a "wedge issue" by giving it the economics test. In other words, is being for or against whatever is being proposed as a solution to the given wedge issue have any economic impact?

If the answer is "no" then almost always it is a "wage issue".

For example, the latest dustup with Planned Parenthood purportedly selling fetal tissue. This has a great gross out quotient but if they are constrained from selling fetal tissue will that improve anyone's life or allow anyone to get a job or pay their bills?

I can reel off a list of other wedge issues: prayer in schools, second amendment rights, display of the 10 Commandments in public buildings, the Confederate battle flag, "partial birth" abortion, bible study in public schools etcetera etcetera etcetera.

My only advice is to not take the bait. There is going to be a lot of chum in the water in the next year or so.
Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Jul 24, 2015, 11:13 AM (1 replies)

We are always at war with someone

The media is failing to point out that the alternative to this agreement is war.

We've become a proxy for Israel. Iran is the last middle eastern power standing. If we take the Iranians out there's no one left for Israel to worry about. And that, of course, is what Netenyahu wants.

Look at the map. Syria is not even a functioning state. Egypt? No, they've been crushed by Israel too many times to try again. The Saudis? Powerful economically but not militarily.

We will show ourselves for true fools if we allow Israel to goad us into war. Unfortunately, many of these Republican candidates are fools. Witness the words of Walker and Ted "I didn't vote for him" Cruz...
Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Jul 24, 2015, 11:00 AM (0 replies)

70 to 85% of any population are followers

this is true of any organization anywhere. Most people are followers. End of sentence.

This means that if the leadership of an organization condones brutality then most of the people in that organization will behave brutally.

If the leadership of an organization condones racism and then most people will let their racist flag fly.

I firmly believe that, in spite of some inherent and obvious problems, Police Departments need to have a civilian oversight board. In other words the power needs to reside outside of the police leadership.

I believe that really everything is tribal. We go with our tribe. And, I've got news for all of you, the police do not view us as a member of their tribe. We are the "other".

That is why when we see these incidents that there is always an automatic circling of the wagons. Shortly after that, no matter how obvious and how heinous the incident the police leadership invariably decides that it was a good shoot or policy was followed.

The McKinney incident where Eric Casebolt lost his mind and started brutalizing teenagers amazed me. The reaction of the McKinney police leadership with swift and sure. However, it is also an anomaly.

Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Jul 23, 2015, 12:53 PM (0 replies)

It is becoming clear that climate engineering on a global scale is our only alternative…

It is a very unpleasant and very very uncertain alternative. But it is becoming increasingly clear that if we do nothing we as a species will probably become extinct along with many other of our fellow species.

I'm not certain what sorts of things could be done to start reflecting back some of the solar energy pouring into our system but I'm pretty sure that there are some things that we could entertain. One of them would be to sow the upper atmosphere with reflective materials. Similar to what a large-scale volcanic eruption does. We would probably have to do it over and over and over again. Possibly for centuries . But that may be our only chance. Would it be better to do that than quietly die.

There are all sorts of ethical issues that will instantly arise if something like this is proposed. One of the problems with this sort of climate engineering is that you could end up making some areas very very dry and some areas very very wet. In addition you could bring on a mini Ice Age in northern climates that would make life very very unpleasant if not impossible for people living in those latitudes.

Some of the changes would probably result in famines and other forms of mass death. However, with the threat of extinction looming what choice for you matter to we have?

What do you think? Should we quietly die? It won't be particularly quiet. The resource wars that will and are already breaking out are going to be brutal, bloody, and utterly violent.

Or should we try to re engineer our climate to try and cool our world? We won't be able to completely predict the outcome whatever methods we use. The climate is an incredibly complex system that we are only just now beginning to understand. But we do understand enough to know that we are in the process of drowning in our own heat.



Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Jul 16, 2015, 04:43 PM (4 replies)

Featured in the Dallas Morning News

I'm surprised, but this ran on page 5A of the Dallas Morning News.

What struck me is that the feature clearly identifies out and out racism as the cause for the utter paranoia in Bastrop and in Mr. Ellison's mind. Racism is also the root cause of the complete and total disrespect shown for President Obama.

A well done piece that lets the quotes from those interviewed tell the story.

Posted by Moral Compass | Sun Jul 5, 2015, 10:41 AM (0 replies)

Too bad this isn't funny

There have been a lot of these Nil Admiari posts.

Too bad they aren't believable on any level and so don't rise to the level of satire.

Meh.
Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 07:43 PM (1 replies)

Our Manchurian President

We've been waiting for the final term of the Obama administration. When it came it started off well. Even though he had to deal with a Republican Congress and Senate he started issuing executive orders when nothing else was getting done. Immigration? Check. Opening relations with Cuba? Check. A full throated defense of the ACA? Check. Women’s rights? Check.
But then things started getting wonky. There was this thing called the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and it had been classified so that even members of the appropriate legislative committees could only read the draft provisions of the agreement but were legally enjoined from revealing anything about them. The groups drafting the TPP were composed of representatives of the largest corporations in the world and represented virtually every industry from pharmaceuticals to oil and gas.

It was very strange indeed.

Then Obama started pushing for fast track authority on the TPP (it will extend to other agreements as well). Hard. Harder than he ever pushed for anything.

He wanted fast track authority that would allow him (or his successor) to push through the TPP without modification of any kind. No amendments. No nothing.

When the Democratic leadership balked because of some of the details on extra-national tribunals, intellectual property rights, and a complete lack of anything to compensate those that will most likely lose their livelihoods if the TPP is enacted (if you thought there was a giant sucking sound when NAFTA was enacted wait until the TPP)well he joined up with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Yesterday, 6/23/15 it looks like Obama got his fast track authority.

Which brings me to my central metaphor—Obama is the Manchurian Candidate made flesh.

But the plot is not by the Communists. It is being run by the corporatists. If you look back at the last 50 years it has been the large corporations that have been pushing for everything from financial deregulation to the granting of constitutional rights to corporations.

I always thought that it was awfully damn easy for Obama, a freshman Senator from Illinois, to ascend to the Presidency. The national media (owned by a small handful of the largest corporations) got behind him. The Republicans ran a completely inept campaign that was doomed once Sarah Palin was selected as McCain’s running mate. The most powerful people in the land jumped on board without hesitation. The election was a complete rout. And so was the next.

Throughout it all the Republicans played the heavies--fighting Obama tooth and nail on everything—even the things they agreed with him on.

If Obama was for it they were against it.

The ACA was patterned on a plan put forth by the Heritage Foundation that was actually implemented by Romney in Massachusetts. The outrage—the vitriol and bile heaped on Obamacare was (and still is) unrestrained. Mitch McConnell publicly said that his number one goal was to ensure that Obama did not serve a 2nd term and worked hard on delivering that. Boehner , well he’s like Mikey, he hated everything that Obama ever did.

Until the last couple of weeks.

Suddenly, he and Mitch and Obama well…they’re working together now to get that fast track authority and then the TPP. Boehner, who has tolerated all sorts of bad behavior from his tea party crew dropped the hammer on three of the most uncooperative and yanked them off their committees. Obama all of a sudden looks like LBJ on this issue—twisting arms and making late night phone calls.

McConnell, who has never met a filibuster he didn’t like especially if it is to stop something that Obama wants to do—well, he’s helping line up his entire caucus and helping line up Democratic votes.

It makes me wonder… what if it was all just theater all along?

The TPP, based on the little I’ve been able to get to, allows for the creation of an extra national power structure that can sue and win against national governments if a corporation’s ability to make profits is constrained. The ruling body will be extra judicial. The proceedings will be binding to the signatories. The proceedings will also be secret.

Intellectual property rights will be vastly expanded and lengthened. Patents on drugs will be extended with ease if small modifications are made to the existing formula. If local regulations and law get in the way they can be challenged in a secret tribunal—a tribunal whose rulings are binding on signatories.

Barriers between countries will be erased.

The little I know about the TPP leaves me with the impression that the largest global corporations in the world were given a seat at the table and they have written a draft that is the wish list of every corporation in the world.

This is an agreement that could fundamentally alter the balance of power between governments and large, globe spanning corporations.

The TPP did not just start this year or the year before. This has been going on a long time.

What if this was the end game all along?

What if this was Obama’s primary task—to make sure that this became solid reality. What if that is why his way into the White House was so smooth and his inauguration almost a coronation? What if all that happened after that was to distract us from what has really been the goal all along—cementing globalism into place?

I feel that sickening feeling that tells me that the other shoe is dropping. Based on the little I know I see a global, corporate based hegemony being established. This hegemony will exist completely independent from the nation states that have negotiated it into existence. I believe that we are seeing the creation of a system of global corporate governance that will render much of our law, customs, and traditions moot.

What if this is what was planned all along and Obama was our Manchurian Candidate? It would explain a lot. His selection of Rahm Emanuel as he Chief of Staff. His selection of Ben Bernanke as head of the Fed. His extreme linkage with all of the financial powers that be. His selection of Eric Holder and the complete failure to pursue any criminal charges against any of the major banks despite overwhelming evidence. I've been wondering about all of these things for the last six years.

What if this has been his job?

That’s sure what it looks like from here.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Jun 24, 2015, 10:12 PM (7 replies)
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