The Jury Talks Back

12/3/2008

Serious Inflation In Zimbabwe (I mean SERIOUS inflation)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Justin Levine @ 10:40 pm

[posted by Justin Levine]

I thought it must have been a bad typo when I read news accounts that Zimbabwe was currently experiencing an annual inflation rate of 231-million percent.

Apparently this is not a typo….231,000,000 %.   Yowza!

The only typo was this news account that mistakenly lists it as only 213-million percent (instead of 231-million).

This site claims the inflation rate in Zimbabwe is actually much worse than that. I don’t know how authoritative it is, but it has some amazing pictures of people in that country hoarding stacks of bills large enough to re-create the scene in The Dark Knight where the Joker slides off a giant mountain of money that he eventually burns.

Astonishing.

A trillion here, a trillion there…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 8:37 pm

What Fred Thompson is saying below isn’t new. As far back as the late 80’s people were getting very worried about the then-$2 trillion national debt and the prospect of endless deficits to come. Ridley Scott’s created The Deficit Trials 2017 A.D. as a commercial to follow President Reagan’s State of the Union address.

The commercial never ran on network television — all three networks refused. Some thought that it was “too controversial” (read: it might land them in trouble with the powers-that-be). Here’s Dan Rather reporting on something his network was too chicken to run:

Seems so quaint today, getting all upset over $2 trillion dollars. But at the time the deficits of the 70’s and 80’s were enough to allow the very flawed Ross Perot to get 19% of the popular vote in 1992. Now we’re at what, $10 trillion? Like Fred, I’ve lost count. Especially with Congress and the new President thinking they can spend anything now.

Or, to paraphrase Sen Dirksen: “A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money”?

Fred Thompson on the Economy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 8:58 am

There is no part about this that is not classic satire.

Guess what my favorite part is…

Long, but well worth your time.

Carleton Student Council: “Ok, maaaaaaaaaaybe that was a bad idea”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 7:51 am

So, one week ago I told you about Carleton University in Ottawa Canada, and how they had decided to stop raising money for Cystic Fibrosis.

Well, it appears that perhaps they acted a bit rashly, as both internal and external pressure has caused them to reverse the decision.

In addition, they shall do the following:

  • Support next year’s cystic fibrosis fundraiser, called Shinerama.
  • Donate at least $1,000 to the organization.
  • Issue a formal apology.

*chuckles*

In addition, the student councillor who crafted the controversial motion to drop the fundraiser resigned.

Donnie Northrup received hate mail and death threats after he suggested the council find a new charity to support during Orientation Week instead of participating in the same fundraiser as other universities across the country.

Ok, death threats are over the top here, but I personally think that hate mail is 100% appropriate in a situation like this.  When you do something so stunningly idiotic as what they did, you have earned the ire of, well, apparently everyone.

One other councillor, Sean Maguire, also resigned.

“I love this university,” he said, sniffling, his voice choked with emotion. “And it pains me to no end to know that we have damaged its reputation.”

Delicious, I tell you.  Next time, perhaps your replacement should stop and think “are we sure this is accurate information we’re getting here?”

I mean, just because someone who’s a minority says something doesn’t actually make it true.  In fact, in Ocarter’s case, it strongly suggests that it isn’t true.

But I digress.  Back to the mockery at hand.

Meanwhile, a group on campus has submitted a petition signed by 1,000 students calling for the student association president, Brittany Smyth, to be impeached over the incident, which they are calling “Shinerama-gate.”

Only if she voted for the measure would I suggest this is a good idea.  I think every dunderhead who voted to stop participation in the fundraiser should be booted from the Student Association, and if Brittany was one of them, she should get booted out the door extra hard.

I still find it staggering that this ever happened in the first place.  Are the meetings closed?  Does no one from the student body attend?  How the hell did the “affects only white people” even SOUND like an actual fact, and why did no one demand someone actually check a book?

Yet further evidence that – as Another Drew explained elsewhere:

A classic example of the battle between liberals, whose base operating mode is “feelings” (“I feel that…”); and conservatives, who deal in “facts” (”The data shows…”

Meanwhile, I’ll just be over here, wondering exactly how doomed Canada is, if those kids are the “future”…

(H/T to QandO)


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