Deep fog covering the northern California landscape this early Tuesday morning, but it does feel a bit warm, keeping hopefully the streak of great weather up here going — the fog always burns off early on leaving a beautiful day.
Not so with a bat-shit crazy world I encountered online — some stories that pierced the eyeball.
And yes, indeed, it was a wild animal and not murder: “No longer will Australia be able to say that dingoes are not dangerous and only attack if provoked.”
(Illustration found here).
In Ohio, a real bat-shit crazy murder: “My dad just killed my mom. He just told me to call you guys,” the son said, based on a recording of the 911 call released by the Grove City Police Department. “He just ran outside and killed my mom. And she’s laying in the grass in front of the apartment.”
A not-so-happy household to be recalled in children’s nightmares.
Beyond the grisly and to the just ghastly, the US Federal Reserve reported yesterday the middle class — the real backbone of the national economy — have really, really suffered financially, leaving them with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity.
Via the New York Times:
A hypothetical family richer than half the nationâ€™s families and poorer than the other half had a net worth of $77,300 in 2010, compared with $126,400 in 2007, the Fed said.
The crash of housing prices directly accounted for three-quarters of the loss.
Familiesâ€™ income also continued to decline, a trend that predated the crisis but accelerated over the same period. Median family income fell to $45,800 in 2010 from $49,600 in 2007.
All figures were adjusted for inflation.
â€œIt fills in details to a picture that we already knew was quite ugly, and these details very much underscore that,â€ said Jared Bernstein, an economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who served as an adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
â€œIt makes clear how devastating this has been for the middle class.â€
Of course, no one seems to mention who was in charge during the previous decade.
One wonders why the living shit President Obama doesn’t hammer, and hammer hard, the reality of the horror George Jr. and his cohorts inflicted upon this nation and how two wars, terrible financial decisions amongst enormous arrogant incompetence destroyed the US way of life.
Mitt Romney would have to really create some heavy-duty lies to counter that shit.
And George Jr.’s legacy will haunt for years and years, leading to such as this from Harvard University professor Michael Sandel that almost every aspect of life in the United States was being â€œsold off to the highest bidder.â€
Via Raw Story:
â€œA market economy is a tool, a valuable and effective tool, for organizing productive activity,â€ he said on PBS Newshour.
â€œBut a market society is a place where almost everything is up for sale.
Itâ€™s a way of life where market values seep into almost every sphere of life, and sometimes crowd out or corrode important values, non-market values.â€
No shit, sherlock.
And speaking of George Jr. and war — US troops had horrible intelligence on Iraq and Afghanistan and was even worse in trying to spin the error.
And if U.S. troops failed to understand the countries they fought in, they also failed to communicate their missions to the outside world.
The report assails the military for clinging to an outdated media paradigm that attempts to â€œtightly control and limit information,â€ while news organizations kept â€œnews stringers on fast-dial from an insurgent/terrorist cell phone.â€
From a journalistâ€™s perspective: Thatâ€™s a copout, and one that inaccurately and offensively suggests that the public got its news from journalists who were complicit with American enemies.
Still, the effect the study identifies is a valid one: The U.S. military frequently saw insurgent narratives take shape faster than the military could refute them.
Yet the report elides the critical question of whether the proper target of â€œinformation operationsâ€ — that is, spin, or even propaganda — is a foreign civilian populace, which determines the outcomes of irregular wars, or the U.S. media, which doesnâ€™t.
And the sky is falling.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
A chunk of ice that tore through the roof of a Fremont home Sunday evening may have plunged from an airplane, authorities said Monday.
The basketball-size piece of ice landed on a home on Wichitaw Drive in the Warm Springs neighborhood about 6 p.m., shaking the house, the homeowner told police.
No one was injured, but the ice damaged a “manhole cover-sized” area of the roof, police said.
It did not penetrate the interior of the two-story, four-bedroom home belonging to Rong Zhang, 44, and her family.
Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said agency officials were looking into whether the ice fell from a plane.
“It’s very rare, but not unheard of,” he said.
The ice probably didn’t come from an airplane lavatory because such ice is usually blue, Gregor said.
Whew, that was close — don’t eat the yellow stuff, or the blue.
Hello, the rest of Tuesday!