Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Headlines below the fold

A bus fell off the skyway here in the Philippines and 18 killed.

sigh. Bald tires and rain led to hydroplaning...so who is at fault: the driver who went too fast, the bus operator who didn't keep the buses in good repair, or the gov't for making inadequate railings to stop such things?


related item: I just bought some LPG gas to cook, and found the cost had skyrocketed. "there is a "shortage" (?) so the price is up even in the areas hit by the typhoon.
For this month, the price is around P900 per 11-kg. cylinder from the previous range of P680 to P760 per 11-kg. cylinder tank.

The alternative to LPG gas is wood: so more coughing kids, and home fires.

and since diesel/gasoline are also going up, it means higher tricycle fares/lower wages for tricycle drivers, and higher prices for fuel to use the handplow at the same time folks are planting the second crop of rice (and can't afford to pay because the last crop was destroyed by our typhoon, which hit two weeks earlier than the big one). They use "Hand plows" to till the fields before planting.

I suspect we'll be asked for a lot of "vale" (early payment of salaries) or loans when the "hunger season" starts, before the next harvest comes. Sigh.

However, it hasn't stopped shopping in the Palenke, which is full of shops and people yesterday, when the weekly market was running. This is good, since a lot of small kiosk owners lost their stock in the flooding and may finally break even.


The latest Colorado school shooter was not only a socialist, but was stopped by an armed guard at the school.


All your phone calls belongs to us? No, says a court.
 “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systemic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval,” he wrote.
and the White House is upset.

thanks to Snowdon we know about this. Too bad it wasn't discussed before the last election.

Come to think of it, a lot of things weren't discussed during the last election cycle...Benghazi, Obama care's regulations, plans to stop Iranian sanctions, the fact that many "regulations" that will affect Americans would be made and implemented after the election...and that these regulations would be made by bureaucrats, not congress...

Rightwing blogger Gateway pundit links to a story saying that Obama plans to divide Jerusalem and have the place run by the Saudis.

The exact composition of the international mandate is up for discussion, the sources said, but Kerry’s plan recommended a coalition that includes the Vatican, together with a group of Muslim countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Wonderful: The Saudis, who won't allow a single church for the 2 million Christians working in that country.
And if you think the Israelis will be mad, just wait until the Russian Orthodox church finds out that the Vatican is part of this. Putin won't stand for it...

for later reading:
StrategyPage on Iran

the Israelis and Arabs are angry at the "recklessness" of the Obama administration. And if you read the whole thing, you will find Iran is sending their fanatics to Assad, to counter the fanatics on the other side.

 The Brits are lamenting it is a catastrophe. Yeah. Welcome to the post American world that the European left wanted.

related item: Why the Arab spring was a failure. 

it's  the culture, stupid. Clans and corruption and people used to dictatorships taking over.
Yet despite this, Iraq so far has become a democracy...but true stability might need an ethnic cleansing of the Sunnis who support terrorism...


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