Today’s Top Stories:
*NASA and NOAA scientists recently reported the smallest ozone hole ever observed since its discovery nearly four decades ago. The rapidly increasing size of the ozone hole was the crisis du jour and the source of great panic among experts and laymen alike in the 1980s and 1990s, as it was thought to pose serious health threats to human beings. The use of fluorocarbons in aerosol cans was banned in 1979 as fluorocarbons—or PFCs—were thought to be depleting the ozone shield that protects the Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
The hole covered the equivalent of 6.3 million square miles as of September 8th but shrank to under 3.9 million square miles by October according to satellite measurements. It normally grows to around 8 million square miles by early October.
Paul Newman, chief scientist for Earth Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said: “It’s great news for ozone in the Southern Hemisphere. But it’s important to recognize that what we’re seeing this year is due to warmer stratospheric temperatures. It’s not a sign that atmospheric ozone is suddenly on a fast track to recovery.” Of course it isn’t. Killjoy.
The ozone hole is expected to dissipate even further in the coming weeks. However, experts say the small ozone hole is more than counteracted by the ever-growing number of ass holes……in academia, the media, Big Tech and government. These ass holes are potentially more damaging—and harder to get rid of—than the previously life-threatening ozone hole.
*Socialism has created such a worker’s paradise in Venezuela that the country’s paper currency, the bolivar, has been rendered virtually useless, due to an inflation rate nearing 200,000%. This has caused businesses to refuse to accept the cash, resulting in consumers paying for goods such as gasoline with whatever items with which they can barter. The country, formerly the jewel of South America in its pre-Socialist days, subsidizes its abundant gasoline to such an extent that it costs next to nothing, though every other consumer good is exorbitantly expensive. Cashless drivers frequently hand over a bag of rice, a cannister of cooking oil or a lone cigarette to gas station attendants as payment for their petrol.
More than 4 million Venezuelans have fled the country in the last several years due to low wages, lack of basic services, broken hospitals, and spreading chaos and violence. People in some areas have resorted to eating their pets and zoo animals. Power failures have left countless thousands in darkness for extended periods. Clean drinking water is scarce in many places.
Socialism has led to such “progress” that the barter system, the preferred method of trade in the Middle Ages, is once more a necessary feature of what’s left of Venezuela’s economy.
*The Office of Management and Budget projects that federal spending programs “designed to transfer income…to individuals or families” are set to hit a record $3,223,943,000,000 in fiscal year 2020. That would account for an incredible 67.9% of all federal spending for the fiscal year. This staggering avalanche of largess from the haves to the have-nots will no longer be possible if a Democrat becomes president in 2020, as the policies every single one of the party’s possible nominees are promoting would radically curtail investment, collapse the stock market, put countless businesses out of business (and countless individuals out of work), thereby utterly destroying the economy. Ironic? Idiotic.