This is one of those times.
Just three stories did it to me this morning, in this order:
1. At Powerline: “THE POST: DEPANTSED BUT NOT DELOUSED”
Long story short: Two Washington Post reporters published a pack of Koch Brothers-related lies, proven beyond doubt. Not only have they not corrected their work, they apparently have no intent to. They’re essentially giving the finger to those who have called them out, and daring someone to do something about it. If the Post won’t, its reputation will be in tatters. Imitators will come out of the woodwork with a disinformation campaign at the level of Tass, Izvestia, and the old Pravda.
That’s obviously very bothersome, but not enough to send one over the edge.
The next item got me much closer.
2. At Pando: “Revealed: Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees”
If you can stand it, read the whole thing. It presents overwhelming proof that there has been a clearly orchestrated scheme to suppress wages and prevent “poaching” of high-tech talent for nearly a decade. It should deservedly tarnish the reputations and legacies of virtually every industry pioneer during the past decade, from Steve Jobs at Apple to Google’s founders to Meg Whitmnan, Michael Dell … it goes on an on.
The idea that over a million workers deliberately had their wages suppressed and lost opportunities they had sought to improve themselves, while hosannahs have rained down on the companies and founders involved, should be very tough to take.
Here’s the one that finished the job.
3. At the UK Telegraph: “Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals”
The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as ‘clinical waste’ by hospitals in Britain with some used in ‘waste to energy’ plants
The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.
Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.
Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’
At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.
The health minister’s outrage can only rise to the level of “totally unacceptable”? I’m still waiting for “savage,” “barbaric,” or even “abhorrent.”
So what’s next? Fetal remains as food? Fetal blood for transfusions?
I wish I could just go back to bed, wake up, and pretend I didn’t see these three things … obviously and especially the third.
Unfortunately, they, and their separate implications relating to the state of what we still bravely call “civilization,” will still be there.