Friday, June 8, 2012

Things to Know - 9 June

1.  Polls are even talking about how the Supreme Court performs.   Less than half those polled are approving of them.  However, I would think that Mr, Warmth (Clarence Thomas) could not care less about what people think of him:

2.  A cool look at a couple of great cities that have structural monuments that give their existence an iconic class:

3.  Every day you turn around, and there is money, bribes, payoffs and corrupt practices in our political system.  I just finished reading a Matt Taibbi article on how Big Money stripped the Dodd-Frank legislation into oblivion by an avalanche of 
Wall Street lobbyist money and bribes - and that was a sickening and difficult read.  No sooner do get over that, then there is this piece of crap about some buy who is Boehner's aide who got $100,000 from a medical lobby to oversee legislation that Boehner was close to.  Will this ever stop?  No....we are pounded with this stuff day after day, to the point that it becomes normal to our acceptable standards.  This is the slippery slope decline of our nation:

4.  Banks and what they do, how they do it, and what supports them is one big giant mystery to most people.  This article tries to explain the process, and basically points out how we, the non-bankers, are getting ripped off in very real and large terms.  Embedded in this article is a video of a young 12-year old Canadian girl, who explains it.   Read and see for yourself:

5.  There over 6 million young people who qualified for affordable insurance under their parents plan as a result of Obama's Affordable Care Act.   Over 71% approval rate exists for this program.  Now, along comes Mitt and his mealy-mouthed right-wing blabber who says he is going to"get rid of Obama care".   This should be an interesting result:

6.  This is a very long read.  It is written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - the two who wrote the investigative masterpiece with the Washington Post - that eventually forced Richard Nixon to resign.  This is their look from 40 years out, and what they say is that Watergate was really worse than what it was back then.  To those readers of this "Things to Know" who were not of this Watergate era, you should read it and learn about one of the darker moments in our history:

7.  One way to bypass the death penalty and not wait for state legislation to overturn Capital Punishment, is to not have district attorneys and other prosecutors seek the death penalty in the first place:

8.  We end it all with this humorous piece from Dick Cavett.  He takes us back to the craft from which he earned his living until he got his own show.  It is typical Cavett humor:

"I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight."  
       -- Rita Rudner
"Without the aid of prejudice and custom I should not be able to find my way across the room." 
       -- William Hazlitt
"Silence is the virtue of fools." 
       -- Sir Francis Bacon
"Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another." 
       -- H. L. Mencken
"Every crowd has a silver lining." 
       -- Phineas Taylor Barnum

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