Obama and Biden share a meal: “D’Anjou pear salad and Chilean sea bass” . What, no blood pudding? Anyhow, . “Fight ISIS together with whom?” . Kerry says we’ll have a “broad coalition” . Haven’t we tried that? Kerry says we’re going to train Iraqi security forces . Haven’t we tried that? (We so dodged a bullet in 2004.) Reid: Equip and train Syrian rebels . Haven’t we tried that? But propaganda works, Americans feel “far less safe” . And it’s the only thing that does, apparently. I’ll be walking round town looking for “sleeper cells” tonight, and then checking under the bed . No doubt is organizing one or several. Or perhaps they’ve privatized that function. Ka-ching .
“The truth is a powerful weapon. We know how we overwhelmed the Atreides. Hawat knows, too. We did it with wealth.” –Baron Harkonnen, Frank Herbert’s Dune.
Even more impressive is the county map: Green for Teachout/Wu, blue for Cuomo. That should give county chairs more degrees of freedom, even if Cuomo’s on the phone this morning blustering and threatening. And Cuomo doesn’t seem to have been especially ethical in his choices for putative endorsements in his marketing collateral .
“Damn good show,” as Teachout says . Late start + no name recognition + very little money + establishment corruption + leftish policies = 34% of the vote against an extremely powerful sitting Governor .
If only Brooklyn and Manhattan had listened . Oh, and Working Families Party dumping Teachout was “a gift to us all” .
Personally, I regard the outcome in Ferguson as one small victory for strategic non-violence, however achieved . And when I say “however,” I do mean “however” . The Ferguson City Council meets for the first time since the cops whacked Michael Brown and then left his body in the street in the summer sun for four hours; more eyewitnesses have come forward . The Council has hired a PR firm and is proposing reforms , including a police review board . Attendance was good . So take the reforms, ask “What have you done for me lately?” and demand more. Immediately. Meanwhile, the Senate is reviewing the militarization of the police . Finally, “Local police dept. receives sur aircraft carrier from Pentagon” . And From the Department of Propositions That Prove Themselves, see the story here, then the comments .
The Dutch Safety Board’s preliminary report . The nut: “High energy objects” . The cockpit suffered some of the worst damage . Investigators did not visit the area because of fighting, but used photographs of the wreckage . The scene was picked apart; the truth will probably remain “elusive” . Except to the intelligence agencies of all the powers, who had the airspace wired to the gills.
New of the Wired
- First on list of “winners” from Apple rollout: “Winners: American Express, Visa, and Mastercard and a bevy of financial partners” . As I said.
- George R.R. Martin continues to publish the wrong book . WTF?!??!??!?!
- Strawhenge and woodhenge . Here’s a handy map of all the new discoveries .
- Cameron to Scots: “Don’t break my heart” . Assuming facts not in evidence.
- Bank of America introduces new “underdraft fee” .
If your Internet is even slower and flakier than usual, despite its high cost, here’s why .
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