Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy Lets Stop Murdering Earth Day

This is an international get together day:
On 24 October, people in 181 countries are coming together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history. At over 5200 events around the world, people are gathering to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.
(350 Org). There are serious ramifications to the current policy of governments concerning global impact to the earth's environment.

Let's get together and put some pressure on them to change from a Halloween approach to an Earth Day approach concerning these matters which are critical for humanity to survive as a species.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Economic War Of The Pacific

Cash Flows East
Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990.

Lee Kuan Yew is currently an official mentor to the government of Singapore, his son is the current Prime Minister. Lee Kuan Yew can be said to be an expert on Asian affairs and world trade, since during his tenure the Port of Singapore became the busiest ocean port in the world.

Singapore is the smallest country in south east Asia yet has the busiest port in the world, and one of the top per capita GNP's of any nation on earth.

Lee Kuan Yew recently visited the Charlie Rose Show which airs on PBS.

He predicted that the U.S. is on its way to losing dominance in the Pacific, where according to Yew, the economic game of the future will take place:
“The 21st century will be a contest for supremacy in the Pacific because that’s where the growth will be,” Lee said. U.S. President Barack Obama, he said, must understand this.

“If you do not hold your ground in the Pacific you cannot be a world leader,” Lee said, “That’s number one.”

“Number two, to hold ground in the Pacific, you must not let your fiscal deficits and dollar come to grief,” he said.
(Bloomberg)[Bloomberg "lost" the page, no Way Back machine copy, so here, here, here, and here are other mentions of it]. He indicated a great concern, which we have mentioned time and again on this blog, which is the war against the use of the U.S. currency as the world's business currency.

He fully expects India and China to become economically dominant through cold, calculating, economic pragmatism.

As the United States diminishes to third-rate, then less, I should add.

The next post in this series is here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Admiral Can Empty GITMO In 10 Days

The Baghdad Bobs of the MSM have put on a campaign at the behest of the military oil media complex to deceive the public into believing GITMO cannot be closed.

They do this all the time because propaganda has been their forte for generations.

But someone who should know says that he can clear the infamous torture prison in ten days if given the order:
The military can comply with a White House order to empty the detention center and clear all 221 war-on-terror captives off this remote base "with 10 days notice,'' the prison camps commander said Tuesday.
(Miami Herald). The neoCons that infest the Pentagon, the congress, and the White House do not want the cess pool closed for some demented reason.

Too bad, close it already.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NeoCons Poll Downward Worldwide

Some years back, some time before the 2000 elections, the neoCons took over control of the rhetoric, machinery, and mantra of the Republican Party.

They continually moved the party to the right, castigating and forcing out most of the moderates.

They tried to brand themselves as "conservatives", but the conservative intellectual moderates like William Buckley knew better.

His son William Buckley Jr., while head of a famous conservative publication, openly voted for Barak Hussein Obama instead of John McCain for President of the United States.

While the neoCons fooled some of the people some of the time, they could not fool all of the people all of the time.

The public knows that the neoCons started a disastrous cowboy policy which destroyed the United States' reputation in the world, destroyed the economy, destroyed two countries, left the nation broke and battered, and still struggling to extract itself from two idiotic wars.

They started out with a national budget surplus, national prosperity, peace in the world, but left with historical deficits, highest unemployment, much more hate in the world, and a great loss of homes everywhere.

Now they have reaped the whirlwind causing their poll numbers to go down to all time lows:
Less than one in five voters (19 percent) expressed confidence in Republicans' ability to make the right decisions for America's future while a whopping 79 percent lacked that confidence.

Among independent voters, who went heavily for Obama in 2008 and congressional Democrats in 2006, the numbers for Republicans on the confidence questions were even more worse. Just 17 percent of independents expressed confidence in Republicans' ability to make the right decision while 83 percent said they did not have that confidence.
(Washington Post, The Fix). Now the neoCons are grinding out the hate speech, political propaganda, and are cranking up the slime machines filled with bile.

They ignore the fact that even President Reagan in 1983 prosecuted a republican Texas Sheriff for waterboarding, sending him to prison where he died of cancer.

Were all republican moderates destroyed in this neoCon process or is Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck all that is left of the neoCon's shame-filled legacy?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Office of the Prescient of the U.S.

There are people who warned of the financial problems and saw them coming before hand:
A vocal critic of rivals Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poor's, Egan has a track record of warning investors about poor credit quality long before the Big Three ratings agencies...

In 2005, Roubini said home prices were riding a speculative wave that would soon sink the economy. Back then the professor was called a Cassandra. Now he's a sage...

Mayo said in 1999 to sell banks stocks and has not wavered from that call, which cost him his job at Credit Suisse and friends on the Street...

Anticipating an economic slowdown, Rodriguez began moving his stock mutual funds into cash in 2004. Big warning signs for him included the mania in the mortgage market and lax corporate lending covenants. "We clearly no longer had lending standards," he says...

[Poole] warned in 2002 that Fannie and Freddie didn't have the cash to weather a storm, and he's pessimistic about their future ...
(CNN). And on and on. We seem to have become a people that will not take warnings if it has to do with the future.

It is as if "no one knows the future" has been warped into the notion that there is no such thing as vision.

But obviously there is such a thing as vision, and those who have it most often can articulate the details that form their vision for how things are going and also how things are going to go.

Even the poets and musicians can do that, although more often than not it involves more mystery than those used in the above example and article linked to. Katrina was foreseen by many, as are other disasters. Notice:
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests,
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans,
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin',
... the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin',
Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin',
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin',
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin',
I'll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
(Hard Rain, by Bob Dylan). A verse about ecological disaster, people hurting as a result, and as always, the warnings going unheeded.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The One Was Texas Medicine

Did you hear that Poppy Bush I was unhappy with Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann?

He does not like this name calling and mean spirited talk on "the cables". So the sick poppy called them "sick puppies".

Wonder why he did not mention the "innertube" (a.k.a. internet) that Senator Ted Stevens once talked about?

He could have done "the google" Bush II talked about you know.

Sometimes a riff explains a presidency and sometimes lyrics will do the job competently:
Now the rainman gave me two cures,
Then he said, "Jump right in."
The one was Texas medicine,
The other was just railroad gin.
An' like a fool I mixed them
An' it strangled up my mind,
An' now people just get uglier
An' I have no sense of time.
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.
(Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, Bob Dylan). Another Dylan song about these fellows would be Masters of War.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Watch Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC

The only problem I have with Dylan Ratigan is that he is not exposing the foreign government links to the current plunder of the United States Treasury (a.k.a. your tax dollars).

His expose on what he calls the theft of the taxpayer's money is excellent as far as it goes, but his aversion to the explosive facts we have exposed here is probably because of who he works for.

Keep up the good work Dylan, Keith, and Rachel.