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Neilehat
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The Time too cross over and rest in the shade of the trees has come. All questions can now be answered. May you rest in peace...
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Terry, Why all this paranoia about Castro and the July Revolution? Fidel has been forced into retirement by age related medical conditions, Che died in a muddy ditch in Bolivia and Raul is simply trying to carry on. Had it not been for the U.S.'s irrational response to the July Revolution that overthrew Batista, his cronies and the Mafia and put the Socio-economic resources back into the hands of the Country; Cuba would have never been driven into the arms of the Soviets... Don't blame the Cuban people for our ignorance and mistakes.
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Jim, Really? I have a good friend whose Grandfather and Father owned a Shoe Factory in Cuba. Too hear him tell it, "If Cuba hadn't been under the thumb of the Mafia, Batista and his Cronies (stealing everything they could get their hands on); Castro, Guevara and the July Revolution would have ended up stuck in the hills with the mosquitos. As for the Shoe Factory, it would have ended being bankrupted by the Asiatic shoe industry instead of being Nationlised". Your appeal to "Justice" reminds me that many times "justice is nothing more than the province of scroundels".
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The Cuban Embargo? Is that thing still in effect? Talk about a relic from the Cold War. We now have better trade relations with our primary adversary of that old time period; Russia (provided the trade agreements don't get torpedoed by the current Ukraine/Crimea "crisis"). As for the "pork" handed out to a voting block in Florida, talk about the "tail wagging the dog". From a purely economic viewpoint, what are the benefits from continuing it as opposed to ending it. This is the only analysis that should be followed in dealing with that relic...
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Even with Guzman out of the picture (hate to say this, but someone's already replaced him and he may yet disappear due to corruption and bribes to various officials. Not too mention, how many acres were under pot cultivation in Wisconsin and these are the acres we know about). It comes down to a simple question of "Product", "Supply" and "Demand". Whether it's "Elastic" or "Inelastic" is immaterial. As we have seen, if a product is criminalized, the "Smugglers" and "Blackmarket" take control. If legitimate, the "Retailers" and "Whitemarket". As for costs, don't forget the Criminolgy costs and the Penology costs that have been incurred by the criminalisation of "the product". As we say in the Chicago area, "Statesville is just another "Charm School" or Institution of "Higher Learning" depending on who you talk to. Remember, the "Drug War" has created a Boom in the Penal, Criminolgy and Enforcement Industries. "Cost and Benefits"?...
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How does one square this analysis with the examples of the likes of Warren Buffet (a college dropout) Bill Gates (also college dropout) and many others. Perhaps the Ancients had a better insight and understanding into this phenomena than us by attributing it to Fortune, Destiny and Lot (as Ulyses was well familiar - the Gods do play with us). As some today would call it, "just plain dumb luck". No matter how well educated or uneducated one is; we all still have to pull a stick. Some get the long ones, others the short. Oh well, such is Life and the Gods do like their games...
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Sequel, As for SCOTUS, the Legislature and the Executive; an age olde Legal Maxim applies, "The Courts can never make a mistake in Law, because it never was Law". Certain cases come to mind, such as, "US v Libellants & Claimants of the Schooner Armistead", "Prigg v Pa.", "Strader v Graham", "Dred Scott v Sanford", "Abelman v Booth" to name just a few. After a four year "Power Struggle" these cases were considered "Not Law" and ended up on the Scrap Heap of History. As for SCOTUS, "OOPS"! Which again proves another Maxim, The Law must be stable and consistent, but it must not stand still"...
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Jd, Someone should have checked the Standards and Spec's on Eyewash Sta.'s before installing it. Clearly it was outside the allowable radius from the hazard. There is a reason for Standards and Spec's and the requirement for enforcement. But I won't go into the details of it all... ;) Sequel, That's why SCOTUS exists. Too Referee the "Power Struggles" between Congress and the Executive or the "Power Struggles" between the FED. and the States. There is also the Extra-legal or Extra-Judicial approach like Washington had to use in the "Whiskey Rebellion and Lincoln had to use on various Seccesionists. Or Roosevelt on various Corporate Executives at the startup of WWII... ;)
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Jack, Ahh... yes, the technology fix for governmental organization, ends and action. I still use a slide rule (mine's circular) to back check CAD and CAE calculations. If both come within an allowable tolerance I know the Computer answer is correct. I remember one instance when we had some EIT's doing design by computer and having to walk down to the Comp. Room and ask, "What formula's and data tables is that software using"? The response, "We don't know, we input the data and the Computer provides the answer". "Well, you better find out - because the answers are coming out wrong" and this was after two days of running the calc's by hand via slide rule. Good thing we did too, otherwise that plant would have blown up and scattered debris all over the East Coast. Ahh... Yes, "All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace" once again... ;)
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I find the comparative analysis of Corporation's and National Government's organizational structure, development and ends a bit quixotic. To me it's more like trying to compare Apples and Oranges. If I remember correctly, Aristotle made an analysis of various methods of Political organization from Dictatorships on one end of the spectrum to Anarchy on the other end and in the end opted for an Aristocracy as the "best" method of organization. Something the Founding Fathers found odious and ended up saddling us with a Democractic Republic. But in the end, that organizational document called the Constitution is not cast in stone it's merely a scrap of paper and we must recognize it as such. Much like the Founders did when they first wrote it in response to the conditions and temper of their times. If we don't, we're going to end up like the infamous Dodo Bird...
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Tom, once again you misread and misinterpret. Use your brain for something other than keeping the inside of your head warm... As for Buffet , Gates et al., they are the modern equivalent of the "Gilded Age" Philanthropists. As for Carnegie's Libraries and other Public Institutions (that "raised everyone's boat")developed by Philanthropy; they have become the victims of a failed Tax base due to tax cuts to placate the greed of others along with Congress's complicity. And we wonder why we have problems breaking the slavery imposed by the "Bell Curve"... "ignorance is no excuse".
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As has been said, "With great wealth comes great responsibilities", including Socio/Economic development and improvements. Something Andrew Carnegie (one of the top out of sighters) of the Gilded Age recognized when he penned the "The Gospel of Wealth", which was to become one of great philanthropic and social programs of the U.S.. Unfortunately, we no longer see such social attitudes and beliefs by the top tiers of the Socio/Economic stratum. Hence the rise in the belief, "Get your hands off my stack - it's mine, mine, mine!" And so a coruupted Congress responds in kind... Although there are exceptions, like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates...
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Ahh Yes... The "Gilded Age" meets the "Bell Curve" or "Normal Distribution Curve". We handled and somewhat corrected the excess's of the Gilded Age by a dynamic, progressive, social attitude and policies that "raised the boats" of most everyone except a small percentage. Now we're confronted by the "Bell Curve". As for solving this problem, we need to discover the root causes of this statistical anomaly and deal with them in the same dynamic and progressive manner in which we dealt with the "Gilded Age". Hope always springs eternal...
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Dave, And so ... We can all become watched over by "Machines of Loving Grace". As for myself, I prefer the old "Human System", even with it's inherent flaws. As the old Cybernetic Rule states, "Things might be screwed up, but to really screw things up takes a Computer". Case in point, the "Affordable Health Care Act"... ;)
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Slight correction, I was just reminded that it's no longer the 13th District, but is now the 11th District. So much for "Gerrymandering" to increase Republican influence...
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Jack, 08:30? Nah... during Election time it runs 24-7. Just go down to the local Tavern and check in with the Precinct Captain. In my Congressional District (the 13th), we just sent our first Democrat to Congress since the days of the "Wigwam" up on Wacker/Lake and the founding of the Republican Party in the backrooms/standup bar of the Berghoff. As the times have changed, so the Party has changed, and it has become time, too think anew and act anew" - so much for "Republican" "Gerrymandering"... ;)
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Jack, I prefer "my solution" to the "Gerrymandering" problem: Remember, "Get out and Vote and Vote often" and don't forget my pint... ;)
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It's called Hard Core Politics. "To the Victor goes the spoils". Or to put it another way, "We've got the Power and we aim too keep it". To eliminate "Gerrymandering" will require a fundamental change in Man's or Woman's basic Human Political Nature - GOOD LUCK!
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Terry, Having lived in Sicily, Ragusa/Siracusa as a matter of fact, I can tell you that you don't want a bridge between Sicily and the Mainland (if the bridge had been needed, they'd have put one in thousands of years ago). As for the "Mafia" response from a "local contact", that's a common Sicilian response to most Tourists. Especially "Ugly Americans" and other "invaders" throughout the Centuries... ;)
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Simply because we can do something, doesn't necessarily mean we should do it. Socio-economic benefits many times outways our ability to do things. QEI was once advised by her Counsel to throw open the Nation to vast imports. Her response, "But then what will our Craftsman and Artisans do"? And so, a Golden age was born. Or, when the Emperor Augustus and cohort Agrippa was approached by their construction Engineers who told him that they had machines that could drastically reduce the amount of Labor and time required to rebuild Rome. Augustus's response, "That's not the point" and so another Golden age was born. Talk about "Deja Vu"...
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Terry, Once again, Beware. That "contamination" in the feedstock may very well have been a "proprietary secret ingredient" (only known by those with a "need to know") in the feedstock recipe or a secret secondary byproduct or additve necessary for safe further processing (they're called Desensitizers, Catalysts, etc.). Without which the entire reaction string can go critical with catastrophic results. That is why some organizations cannot allow individuals to behave in a "willy-nilly" fashion on their own authority. Either in the production facility or R&D Lab...
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Terry, Having worked in the Oil, Gas, Petro, Chem Industry dealing with extremely Hazardous/Toxic Materials there is much more going on behind the scenes than your example shows regarding the termination of your friend the "Chemist" and quality control. I can tell you from experience, that an aggresive Individualism and taking actions on ones own intiative is akin to being a "loose cannon" with all it's potential hazards. As for the "Root Cause" of that Plant Explosion, are you completely sure that it was due to your friends termination, potentially contaminated feedstock (a lot of these plants are large bombs just waiting to go off - it's not a question of "if" but "when") and not some other root cause. Beware of using examples that are clearly "Colored" and missing important and pertinet details...
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"Bureaucracy and or Efficiency"... Hmm... I've always believed, "That for every problem, there is a solution - of sorts". Democracy and Bureaucracy are two oganizational approaches to a "Problem Set". Yet, they are not the most efficient approaches. If it's Efficiency you're looking for, your best bet is a Dictatorship. Some are good, some are bad, take your pick...
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Jack, Hey, the "Black Market" is part and parcel of the overall Economy for a lot people. Whether we like to recognize it or not. And I won't mention Colorado - they may be moving in the right direction considering Industry appears to be dying.
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Another radical Domestic Policy change South of the Border. We've seen these before and they all seem to go nowhere. My attitude, let's take a "wait and see" attitude before we say "Yea" or "Nay"... Jack, Some like to play at the "Neocon/Hayek/Anarchocapitalist" -thinking that it will give them some traction and an inside track here in Hyde Park and on Campus. Nothing could be further from the truth. At least from what I've seen and experienced... ;)
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