Daily Archives: July 13, 2016


Loretta Lynch Refuses to Say Whether It’s Illegal to Lie Under Oath

Mediaite  has the article Loretta Lynch Refuses to Say Whether It’s Illegal to Lie Under Oath. The article has the video of her testimony.

“Is it legal or illegal to store, house or retain classified information in a non-secure location?” asked Chaffetz.

“I would refer you to the statute,” she responded. “One could in fact have liability, again depending upon the nature, facts and circumstances.”

Chaffetz missed pointing out to her that he was reading the words of the law to her.  This performance should be rated right up there with Bill Clinton’s infamous remark , “It all depends on what the meaning of the word is is.”


By the way, I  warned about what a mistake it would be to appoint Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General. See the previous post President Obama Lies About Loretta Lynch.


Meet the Middle Precariat

Naked Capitalism has the article Meet the Middle Precariat.

Precariousness is not just a working-class thing. In recent interviews, dozens of academics and schoolteachers, administrators, librarians, journalists and even coders have told me they too are falling prey to an unstable new America. I’ve started to think of this just-scraping-by group as the Middle Precariat.

The issue is that automation will eventually make human labor almost completely unnecessary. That could usher in a golden age for the people of the world. All people’s needs met with no need to work. We do not have a social system that knows how to operate under these circumstances. How do you distribute wealth if no work is required to create it?

This requires thinking so far out of the box, that “little” issues like H1-B visas are only a distraction. The 0.1% don’t want the rest of us to question how society distributes wealth and income now, and how it should be changed in the future. However, it is an issue that all of us should be concerned with.

Perhaps this quote that I recorded in 2015 will convey the problem in ways that I don’t seem able to do.

Scott Santense – posted here June 3, 2015 – source
If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life. If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?”

Gaius Publius: Picking Up James Comey’s Pieces — What He Did, What He Should Have Done & Why

Naked Capitalism has the post Gaius Publius: Picking Up James Comey’s Pieces — What He Did, What He Should Have Done & Why.  This article was posted by Yves Smith with the following introduction:

Yves here. This post is detailed and carefully argued, so get a cup of coffee. If you want a companion piece as to why Comey’s arguments for letting Clinton off the hook were indefensible, the best one-stop shopping is 5 Reasons The Comey Hearing Was The Worst Education In Criminal Justice The American Public Has Ever Had. Please send this post and that link to Clinton defenders.

Another big difference is whether or not the higher ups have a social relation with the accused. If they have never even met the accused, they have no personal feelings about ruining the life of the accused and the lives of the relatives of the accused. If they have socialized with the accused and are in the same social class as the accused, they can believe the accused is such a nice person that the accused does not deserve severe punishment. Of course, when someone of your social class violates the norms of your social class, then the retribution can be as severe as the person not in your class.


Why I must Abandon Bernie Sanders

I posted many comments and signed many petitions telling Bernie Sanders not to endorse  Hillary Clinton.

I placed this post in the category of Greenberg’s Law of Idle Threats.

Greenberg’s Law of Idle Threats

Never make a threat you don’t intend to carry out. If you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the threat, do not make it.

Corollary:

If you never test the opposition about whether they make idle threats, then you enable them to ignore this law.

 

If I broke this law, I would lose all my credibility, just as Bernie has.