Monday, 25 November 2013

Simply Observations

There was a comment over the weekend about talks between the Fed and major US banks.  The Fed has desired to unease this gimmick Fed rate used for the past couple of years, and go back to a regular routine (real rates).  Well....the banks have countered that they can't make it under the old "norm".  The hint of a threat?  Banks actually said something about charging people....for any type of account.  You can imagine the get a letter from your bank that a savings account is $2 a month, and a checking account is $4 a month.  You'd be furious, and then the Credit Unions would step in to note they aren't going to fall into the charging scheme.  Then everyone would jump to credit unions, and the whole US banking system would collapse in six months.  It's odd how threats work and fail.

There's some report today of science-minded folks who found a way to bottle up the effects of marijuana, for their sick pets.  These folks have determined that their pet is bad off, and that the effect of the marijuana helps the pet to sustain some form of doped-up life.  They think they are doing a good thing.  Generally, if your pet is in that bad of's best to visit the vet and just let them put the animal down.  I just can't see weeding-up some dog as part of his daily life being positive.

This episode on Iran, the nukes and the agreement?'s simple.  Iran is screwed up on various economic scales.  They were bad before the nuke business came along, but marginally making it with dimwit Muslim leadership running the business sector.  If you walked into Iran today, you'd come to say that no one is talking peppy over the business sector, jobs, or the sale of anything beyond the border.  So the leadership bent over backwards to work up a fake deal.  It gets rid of the economic sanctions, and for one brief year.....brings relief to Iran.  Meanwhile?  Israel and Saudi Arabia are both about to work up some military arrangement, where the nuke sites will be bombed....sooner or later.  All this friendly happy-peppy video from the signing of the agreement?  It's mostly bogus stuff where they drink over fake agreements, and congratulate each other for being good at faking diplomacy.  Fake journalists will interview the guys, and someone will even talk of some Nobel Peace Prize.  But it's mostly all fake stuff.

Fake trends?  The Wall Street Journal put up a piece over the weekend....fake social media trends.  Guys buying up fake Twitter accounts, and massive trends being started....but all fake.  Nothing illegal.  Maybe there's an ethics issue.  But society ought to be smart enough to admit that trends are mostly fake to start with.  Maybe this is how bigfoot got to be such a big deal....just a fake social trend by some guy in Montgomery, Bama.

Someone wrote up a science piece for publication on global warming.....basically saying if we went ahead and fixed our carbon issue and did everything "right"....the effects of the damage would continue on for centuries....if not longer.  This kind of analysis....kinda leads one to ask two stupid questions.  Are we saying that if we were a perfect society....we'd just have to suffer through global warming, global cooling, and climate change anyway...for thousands of years...(the answer being this means that we'd have perpetual alarmists always amongst us)?  The second question would be....why bother (the answer being you have to do something)?  It's the kind of report that usually requires two six-packs instead of the traditional one.

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