Sunday, October 03, 2010

"Morning Papers" - It's Origins

The Rooster


"Good Night NASA"

I would think at some point in time, as private contractors are setting their goals for the Moon, they would be interested in picking up some real talent and begin the 'enterprise' of developing advanced technologies.  It really  isn't up to the USA government to supply the technologies if it isn't going to be a government program any longer. 

I would think the National Security venue of NASA would pick up the slack to some extent.  But, if private industry is going to 'be serious' they need to promote their own advances as well.

The USA has just been through a huge economic collapse.  Can you tell?

...Also, the company that makes rocket boosters for the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle (click title to entry - thank you) said it laid off hundreds of employees Thursday because of uncertainty over the future of the U.S. space program. ATK Aerospace Systems dismissed 414 engineers, factory workers and other employees at three northern Utah locations, company spokesman George Torres told The Associated Press.
Separately, budget cuts are forcing NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to lay off 45 people for the next fiscal year.
JPL spokesperson Veronical McGregor told the Pasadena Star-News the layoffs will affect less than two percent of the total work force of about 5,000 employees. JPL is a federally funded research and development center in the San Gabriel Valley.

Rand Paul, unlike the Democratic opposition lacks real insight to the responsibility of government.

In his rant, Rand Paul has no answers, simply rhetoric about discretionary spending.  He is typical of every other conservative running for office.

The real answer to the National Deficit is to increase the country's tax base by expanding the Middle Class and allowing small businesses their fair share of the market place. 

The reality is that profound sacrifice by any age group is not necessary.  We simply have to bring back the vibrant Middle Class to balance the federal budget.  It is possible and it is necessary.  But, relyng on Wall Street to do that is the worst folly of all.  Wall Street was bailed and they left the country.  There isn't anything else to say.  The fiscal conservatives have no real answers, but, only rhetoric and empty promises. 

I just can't believe how much they lie.  No conscience.  Just using 'carrot and stick' to win elections.  The American people aren't puppets, but, maybe extremists haven't figured that out yet.  It might be why they are extremists.

...Actual fiscal conservatives acknowledge (click title to entry - thank you) that these steps do not come anywhere close to solving the long-term deficit. By 2035, the deficit (even without counting interest payments on the federal debt) is on course to reach $1.9 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. If you reduced domestic discretionary spending to its share of the economy under Ronald Reagan and then eviscerated it an additional 20 percent, you would shrink the deficit by all of $100 billion. The bulk of the deficit problem instead comes from three popular programs, Medicare, Social Security and the military, and they happen to be the ones the Republican pledge exempts from cuts. But it’s impossible to fix the deficit without making cuts to these programs or raising taxes. To suggest otherwise is to claim that 10 minus 1 equals 5....

The Attorney General was correct when he answered to the scope of the perscription drug abuse in Kentucky.

So, Dr. Rand Paul isn't interested in 'the truth.'  Just like his buddies at Murdoch's NewsCorp he is only interested in bashing the Democrats while insulting the electorate with rhetoric to mislead them.

Lynn and Sam Kissick discuss the tragic death of their daughter as a result of a prescription drug overdose.
By Mark Potter

NBC News NBC News

updated 7/6/2009 8:17:58 AM ET
MOREHEAD, Ky. — Late in the morning last New Year's Day, (click title to entry - thank you) Sam and Lynn Kissick received a devastating phone call that would tear their lives apart. The caller informed them their 22-year-old daughter, Savannah, was being rushed by ambulance to the St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Ky. She had long battled drug addiction, but it looked like this time, Savannah had overdosed on a combination of painkillers and sedatives while celebrating New Year's Eve.
After racing to the emergency room to be by Savannah's side, her parents were met by a physician with grim news. "I'm sorry, Mr. And Mrs. Kissick, but she didn't make it," he said.
Savannah had just become the latest fatality linked to prescription drug abuse, a fast-growing problem that killed more than 8,500 Americans in 2005, according to the latest available statistics from the Office of National Drug Control Policy....

...A regional ‘epidemic’

While the problem exists in every state in the country, Kentucky led the nation in the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes during the last year, according to the state's Office of Drug Control Policy. Officials said prescription drug abuse is particularly acute in the cities and rural areas of Eastern Kentucky.

Last year alone, at least 485 people died in Kentucky from prescription drug overdoses, according to the state's Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Medical Examiners' records indicate the drugs most commonly found in those death cases were methadone, the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone, alprazolam (Xanax), morphine, diazepam (Valium) and fentanyl.
"It's an epidemic and I'm afraid we're losing a whole generation," said Beth Lewis Maze, the Chief Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit in Kentucky. "These pain medications are so highly addictive that these young people are digging themselves a very deep hole."
In the region's newly formed drug court, Maze sees the ravages of prescription drug abuse at all levels of society. "I see good kids from good families, doctors, lawyers, teachers," she said....

Dr. Rand Paul states the Kentucky State Police aren't do a good job.

Dr. Rand Paul is lying in order to attack the current Attoney General running for the US Senate.

KY Dwellings Involving Active Methamphetamine Labs  (click title to entry - thank you)
Although not required by state law, this page is a public service of the Kentucky State Police and includes a listing, by county, of all dwellings in which an active methamphetamine lab was dismantled. This list dates back to June 2007. Only affected counties are listed....

In his ? debate ? on Murdoch's station, he stated there has been an increase in the number of Methamphetamine labs in Kentucky.  What the Attorney General is stating is that the reporting of these labs have increased because their intelligence regarding their location and prevalence has increased.  Therefore, the Kentucky State Police are actually doing a better job and exposing more criminal activity which leads to many more prosecutions.

As a matter of fact, the laws of Kentucky have focused on children in stopping Meth Lab Offenders from returning to 'the street.'

The meth law states that anyone who uses meth while a child is around, will be taken as a form of child abuse.

So, the Rand Paul Campaign is not only misinforming the electorate of Kentucky regarding the record of the Attorney General, they are simply and rhetorically ranting words to seek influence where there should not be.  That is integrity by an opthomologist?  A licensed opthomologist? 

This would be Dr. Paul's idea of adequate health insurance for his speciality of opthomology.

To begin with Rand Paul is simply a liar and a poitical hack.  He refers to "The Affordable Care Act" as Obamacare.  That was coined ages ago by Murdoch's tribe and the Tea Party and Republicans view it as a means to leverage their 'attitude' regarding this incredibly important legislative victory for the American people.  So, to realize a optomologist can't bring himself to call the legislation what it is, speaks to his lack of integrity.  Just that simple.
Now as to his 'approach' to the issue?  What approach?  He never speaks to effective change to any entitlements and refuses to be 'pinned down' as to what he views as necessary shifts in SSI, Medicare and Medicaid.  He goes on to 'insult' the American people and their Affordable Care Act by saying illegal immigrants are eligible for care under this legislation simply if they don't admit they are illegal immigrants.

He never makes a truthful statement about anything.  Where will illegal aliens get coverge if they can't prove they are here legally?  That is the most hideous statement I have ever heard in my life.  The Affordable Care Act is very specific about QUALIFYING as a legal citizen of the USA.  Rhetoric from a licensed opthomologist.

Okay, then he goes on to say that there are a lot of people that could qualify for Medicaid but simply don't bother.  He sees government assistance as are real potential for covering the uninsured. 

The issue of increases in cost of current policies has been addressed by Secretary Sebelius at every turn when it presents itself.  We know the 'Free Market' system that is at work now allows the insurance companies to ruthlessly raise rates in anticipation of the new laws coming into practice. 

The increased costs currently is more about CEO bonuses than any real reason for them to increase. 

Rand Paul is a conman. It is just that simple.. Conway would make a well informed Senator with a clear vision for what Kentucky needs.

October 3, 2010
Kentucky Senate Showdown on 'FNS'  (click title to entry - thank you)

Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway square off in their only national debate.

Rand Paul speaks only rhetoric.  No different than most of the Tea Party candidates, they are rehearsed

Paul doesn't believe in the Constitutionality of the Executive Branch.  Defames the Cabinet to the President because it suits his political ambtions.  He is Anti-American and Anti-Constitutionalist.

...and China makes $4.00 US on a retail price of $299.00? Really?

Well, that was more than an interesting statement by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.  It implies many things, but, the primary issue is the exploitation of a global economy.

With the cost of an iPOD being $4.00 US the populous of China should be able to afford them and the Chinese government should consider wholesale of these items to their people.

Secondly, that statement only goes to prove how much Capitalists 'scaple' the American people of their income.  And that is CLASSIC Wall Street.  It is even considered 'good practice' in most Board Rooms.

Reality check !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I refuse to spend that kind of money on electronic technology.  I was never traumatized by the iPhone and its need for bumpers either. 

Don't need it, don't want it.

I have far better use of my money than that.

This is an excellant example of why LOCAL ECONOMIES must replace 'The Big Box Stores,' and China won't like that at all.  But, look.  If China develops its domestic market, it would not be so hypervigilant of the USA and its currency rate.  I mean that.  China's people, over one billion strong could increase the treasury of the Chinese government with taxes paid no different than most other First World economies.  Isn't that what China really wants?  I know it is.  The Chinese government is not simply looking for domination of the global economy to prevent nuclear confrontation, it wants to 'be among' the major nations that have high quality of life standards for their citizens.

I think it is time, China and India begin to build their domestic markets to provide their own economic stability.  Practicing 'cheap labor' and 'robbing jobs' from the USA has destroyed the market place in the USA.  It wasn't good thinking.  It was pure greed and nothing more by Wall Street CEOs.

I heard today that JP Morgan is working with homeowners to prevent foreclosure.  That is a good thing.  Admirable and makes consumers want to value them.  But, what Morgan still may not understand is that "keeping jobs in the USA economy" rather than outsourcing will increase the likelihood foreclosures aren't necesssary.

And there is that whole 'danger' of the USA appointing the President of the World Bank.

What is the sense in 'getting the stability of the global economy' right if the Neocons can come along and appoint a war monger to the World Bank?

FIX IT !!!!!!

More democratic with a nomination process and a voting body.

Humiltiy is bullshit.  Reputation matters.  The World Bank saves lives depending on it's policies.  This can't be taken lightly.  How many African wars did Wolfowitz stop while he was the President.  I already know.  None.

Geithner get out of the way !

...He knew they had doubts about him, (click title to entry - than you) Wolfowitz said, not least because of his role in designing the Iraq war. But he told them he was committed to the bank's goal of reducing world poverty, that he would learn from them and rely on their guidance.
According to several attendees, they were won over by his humility. "I went back and reported to my staff that I didn't see any horns," one senior official recalled. "He was personable, charming, intelligent and said all the right things. None of which he lived up to."
Thursday, two years later, Wolfowitz resigned from the World Bank, effective June 30. He had become a virtual pariah, forced out by the bank's executive board for ethics violations and reviled by much of the staff as an arrogant intellectual who cared more about his ideas and image than about the institution or its customers....

With active engagement of a strategy to sincerely stabilize a global economy, the WTO may prove to be invaluable.

BUT, there are huge shifts that need to take place.  While China may be a member, Russia still hasn't achieved that status along with many other countries, including Iran I believe.

So, when trying to 'invoke' the WTO to seek policies that actually stabilize a global economy and remove 'RISK' from populous a greater involvement by many counties has to take place.

That does not preclude the WTO from moving in that direction and using the currency issues with China and the USA as a springboard to that resolve.

I mean if China is sincere about national security is needs to be built on better human rights records and a stable economy while raising citizen wages and improving the quality of lfie of the Chinese people, otherwise, that simply states China has a government of capitalists that profit off the blood, sweat and tears of its people.  That is enslavement, not a government.

China needs to control its capitalists in balance with the well being of its people.  To state China has a bigger economy than Japan is simplistic in definition. 


That is not true.  Japan is able to support a generous minimum wage while China's primary wage payments are below most other minimum wages in the First World and does not support any Middle Class.

China might be seeing a lot of 'cash flow' through it's treasury, but, to compare it to Japan isn't even reasonable.

I believe China is more interested in 'filling in the gap' of decency and loyality to its' citizens than simply being the 'biggest economy' on Earth.  By the way, this is not simply a Chinese issue, India is right on China's heels in regard to its citizens quality of life and wage status.

So, with the reality of China's posturing in regard to currency and economy, there needs to be a resolve within the WTO.

China's response to the USA's tariff was to try to undercut the tarrif.  That is a very aggressive move that dictates only one motive and that is China is using it's fiscal policy to dominate global stability. 

Now, given the collapse of 2008 I can understand it's movtives, but, the USA has a new administration that isn't interested in 'sinking' it's economy, but, trying to work in harmony even if that is a unilateral effort.

I believe China presents an interesting challenge to the global community and also brings about a very healthy discussion about 'How do we prevent the Plutocrats of the USA when 'occupying' power within the USA government from destroying a stable global economy for their own purposes?" 

It is a conversation that is not only as necessary at tackling the Climate Crisis, but, paramount to nuclear disarmament and securing a PEACE that will last generations while propagating a real strategy to defeat poverty.

The relations with North Korea and China cannot be ignored in the Six Party Talks.

...After years of speculation, Kim's youngest son, Kim Jong-un, (click title to entry - thank you) was rolled out to North Koreans this week and appointed to senior political and military posts in the isolated state....

What has this got to do in ANY way with China's monetary policy and economic global domination?  You really don't know?  Could be you live in Wascilla, Alaska then.

But, at any rate, there is a lot of security for China in 'overseeing' the Brinkmanship of North Korea.  China and to a less role, Russia, are important voices both for the USA and for North Korea.  China leverages power for North Korea and considers itself an ally to North Korea.

In the interview with the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao it seems all to clear to me there was a naivety on China's part as to 'the DEVELOPMENT' of their own 'domestic' marketplace.  In other words, while China wanted to be a strong economic power in the world, which it is all too clear it is, it has not addressed the domestic growth of its own markets for its own products produced in its own manufacturing sector.  It also seems very clear to me the reason for that was the advice China was receiving in order to grow its domestic markets was grossly missing.  Why?  BECAUSE 'cheap labor' controlled by a communist government was a Capitalists dream come true. 

Basically, why would all the Western and European companies that came to China to exploit dirt cheap labor actually encourage the Chinese to improve the quaity of life of their citizens when it served their CEO bonuses so well. 

There is also a postive feedback for the communist government in China to continue cheap labor and domiante global markets.  It is a lack of being able to ENVISION their sovereign authority as 'secure' in the absense of nuclear war or the threat of same.  What occurred with permission of Western and European Captialists was a substitution of global economic domination for 'real' possibility of nuclear war.

That 'economic brinkmanship' by China is very dysfunctional and lacks 'real world' meaning.  After all, why would a country like China that continually 'pulls the plug' on its own currency actually believe that is not as much a threat to global stability as nuclear confrontation?  Would such fiscal policies perhaps lead to a confrontation war?  I believe there is an element of that which would track with any reality, simply because if hte economic base of the USA was dictating it was facing a National Security Problem, the obvious 'action' in the face of intractible international cooperation in currency markets and export markets would dictate a certain path.

The China response to tarrifs by the USA. China is attempting to remain the dominant economy force globally. I think the WTO needs to convene.

US and China developing dangerous trade war  (click title to entry - thank you)

Beijing News.Net

Saturday 2nd October, 2010

A potential trade war between China and the United States would be economically catastrophic, according to Fareed Zakaria, who is Editor-At-Large of Time Magazine and the host of CNN's “Fareed Zakaria GPS”, his comments came following a rare interview with the Chinese prime minister.
The economic and international relations analyst has said that the two largest economies in the world are mutually dependant on one another for continued growth and stability.
“The consequences of a significant trade war between China and the United States would be very dramatic,” Zakaria said. “We need the Chinese to still have enormous faith in the U.S. economy, not just to buy Treasury bills, but to maintain all the links they have with the U.S. economy.”
His comments came on back of growing tension between the US and China over what the US government perceives as significant undervaluing of the Chinese currency in order to make Chinese exports more competitive than American exports....

The "GPS" interview is here.  There are many interesting things said and I'll cover what I believe needs to be covered, but, basically it is time to take on the bull-oney.

Added On October 3, 2010

Fareed Zakaria sits for a rare and exclusive interview with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. (click here)

There are dealy few songs about 'Fiscal Policy' and it is there I want to focus tonight.

Of course, I sincerely believe the Tea Party gets completely confused between PHYSICAL policy and FISCAL policy.  Somehow, 'fiscal policy' escapes them, but, the idea of violence in their 'physical policy' doesn't.

So, to start, I think China and Rand Paul is a good place.  One oppressive and the other 'without a clue.'

It's Sunday Night
Now, you know this woman has to have public hair.  She likes to cover herself up, except, for her figure.  I'd like to do some research as Playboy to find out exactly when women were considered more sexy when they look as though they were just moving out of puberty.  There has to be a pictoral record of the 'changing' paradigm of public hair and women.  Has to be.  I think all the mass populous move to depilatories and lazer hair removal started with the 'thong.' 
I don't know there is something about mystery that is important.

(Let's Get) Physical sung by Olivia Newton John

I'm saying all the things that I know you'll like,

Makin' good conversation
I gotta handle you just right,
You know what I mean
I took you to an intimate restaurant,
Then to a suggestive movie
There's nothin' left to talk about,
Unless it's horizontally

Let's get physical, physical,
I wanna get physical, let's get into physical
Let me hear your body talk,
Your body talk, let me hear your body talk

I've been patient, I've been good,
Tried to keep my hands on the table
It's gettin' hard this holdin' back,
You know what I mean
I'm sure you'll understand my point of view,
We know each other mentally
You gotta know that you're bringin' out
The animal in me

Let's get animal, animal,
I wanna get animal, let's get into animal
Let me hear your body talk,
Your body talk, let me hear your body talk

I believe CNN took the wrong approach with Rick Sanchez.

This has nothing to do with Eliot Spitzer's program.  I am looking forward to hearing from Eliot.  He is NECESSARY to hear from.  An American Landscape without Eliot Spitzer's point of view is grossly 'lacking.' 

That said.

Rick was very much trying to 'give voice' to those rarely 'cared about.'  Seriously.  By alienating Rick's voice there are many, if not thousands that will fall silent.  I mean that sincerely.  His approach was to 'mine the truth' and 'make it count.'  He was NOT  'seeking the truth' for his point of view which is best known as BIAS.

Contrary to Murdoch's industrial strength 'truth' which 'defines words' rather than providing their meaning in 'real lives,' Rick Sanchez was a gathering storm.  His recent book completely rejects 'conventional knowledge.'  So, for him to be on a Serius radio station where commentators like Howard Stern makes a living out of being outrageous, Rick was 'on message.'

One cannot become a lightning rod without causing controversy.  For CNN to drop the hammer on this Hispanic man without sincerely FIRST mitigating his statements and bringing to focus 'the truth' Rick was seeking is only making the 'conventional' methods of 'employee relations' permanent and not enlightened.

Recently, a female CNN journalist seeking to find the movement of the right wing young activist was victimized.  Every effort was afforded by CNN to expose her experience.  Rick Sanchez is less of a person than this journalist?  I believe their circumstances are similar in that the actions and words of both could have and probably did contribute to 'difficult managerial' positions for CNN.

If outrageous words are deeply felt by a journalist as a personal experience and conventional management discards it 'by convenience' while seeking its own integrity, then there are other forces at work and oppression is the bottom line. 

If ratings were the issue.  If appearing 'fair' by controlling words of hate and bigorty is the only purpose for the actions of management of a media network then a lot is lost.  Murdoch has made vast fortunes through allowing bigotry justify his media services.  In other words, Murdoch's biggest justification for his hideous commentators is "At least they have a voice somewhere."  Bigotry has lived within the USA since its inception.  I think the country will survive it.  Confronting it changes the face of the human experience within this democracy to the extent democracy exists void of Plutocratic Oppression.

When Mr. Sanchez stated he felt the Hispanic experience in the USA was different than that of the Jewish populous within the USA, he is correct.  Whether it is words of bigotry Mr. Sanchez is espousing is a good question, however, I refer to the history of the immigrant experience in the USA.  The most overtly classic immigration experience that incorporated people into the American Landscape was that of the Irish in Boston.  They were segregated.  They found 'democracy' and 'an electorate' a 'handy commodity' to move their populous to places of power to improve their circumstances.  That power at some level became corrupt and the suffering of the Irish in United Kingdom was backed by weapons and the like sent from somewhere in the back streets of Boston.  But, that isn't the point.  SEGREGATION is the point. 

Segregation happens in the USA because ethnicities 'at some level' give up their attempts of complete incorporation and choose to be alone in their culture preferences.  Until people of notoriety are allowed to express their personal experiences we really don't know the 'percent' oppression exists in the greater dynamic of a generous society and democracy.

If Rick Sanchez were to go his own way, the least CNN should have done was to mitigate those difficult words to come to understand why they existed in the first place, no matter how bizarre that might be.  There has been some interesting conversations among the minority members of the CNN network as of late including exploring the 'idea' of the Media Harlem/Ghetto.  I believe Mr. Sanchez from his own perspective was trying to promote that discussion.  I think we all could have survived the 'joint experience' without segregating him or his words.

CNN should not be its own Plutocratic Oppressor.