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Ok - is this just my imagination or are the opening bars similar (but jazzified) to the opening of "Soylent Green"?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlVczvB4FQk
Why is anybody quoting S@r@h P@lin? "Don't feed the troll" has been an established principle for a decade now. She is a nothing. An unelected nobody. Every line you write on her pushes her evil circus caravan up the Google.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2010 on Katrina and the Nabes at Obsidian Wings
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Just waiting for AIPAC to trot out John Bolton onto the airwaves again... been a while since I had a laugh.
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I can count quite a few times I've seen Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich talking in one voice on important issues. Integrity triumphs tribalism.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2010 on For Once...... at Newshoggers.com
It's a shame. The Osprey is a great idea and if it've been built by another manufacturer it'd be OK but Boeing is so totally bureaucratic and risk averse, they built a committee-designed lemon. Everything in its design is 1960's technology. Lockheed Martin would've done the job right.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2010 on Osprey Down at Newshoggers.com
More like the Borg. You will be assimilated... or ...Any attempt to operate the device outside our stated parameters will be blocked.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2010 on Lemmings! at Grasping Reality by Brad DeLong
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Where's Japan on that chart? The world's second biggest economy? I dislike right wing propaganda but I should remain vigilant to any left wing skulduggery too. Although I think Japan is lower than the USA in costs (from memory).
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2010 on Health Care Costs in America at Newshoggers.com
Is calling it "The Great Recession" an ironic/sarcastic note, or is that really what weasely economists think it is..?
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I'm confusing my incompetents, sorry.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2010 on Serious About Solar at Newshoggers.com
Yeah, well. I'm favour of all this but they built one in Spain and it doesn't even come close to paying itself off. Saw it on the BBC - sorry can't verify the story. But Prof. Lovelock (inventor of the Gaia concept) and one of the founders of Greenpeace both are staunch supported of nuclear technology. As Lovelock says, 3 years of nuclear waste from a French reactor can fit into the backseat of a taxi. Given the lack of alternatives these guys are being pragmatic environmental realists. Dispel any images you have in your mind of X-Files-like yellow drums leaking glowing green ooze. An older friend of mine who was a professional musician during the '60's loathed the hippies from up close experience. They were all just in it for the chicks and power, he said. Not a real soul in one of them. It seems they graduated to becoming the Dick Cheney scare-mongers of the environmental movement... reality be damned. What we need is 50 nuclear power stations. Preferably not built by GE who seem to turn the things into cracked concrete, cost overrun boondoggles before they even start. An' that sir, is MY 2 cents...
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2010 on Serious About Solar at Newshoggers.com
Sorry. Nowadays you have to minus 10 years to get your true age. 65 = 55.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2009 on Sunday Reading Followup at Newshoggers.com
Yeah, I got pretty badly "scarred" getting stuck in small town Australia after leaving Uni. Terrible recession - 2 years unemployed. So I ditched Oz for Japan.. and landed into the teeth of their 15 year long "lost decade". Even so, Japan has a "can do" attitude you don't see much elsewhere so at least I always have had a job... in an American company, of course.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2009 on Fish in a Barrel at John Robb's Weblog
Sorry... that's $12,000 per terminal(/month)... not $1200!!
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2009 on Behavior Shift at John Robb's Weblog
I'm working in Thomson Reuters on a month-by-month renewable contract. Every 30 days I have to sweat to find out if I'm coming to work the next week. And it IS seriously reviewed. This from a company that holds a virtual monopoly on deal trading making about $1200 per terminal per trader. Morally I've always thought it to be "wrong" to mouth allegiance to a critical program that's mid-way while actively hunting for a new position. I feel like sh1t talking about being a "team player" while desperately fixing to dump the department into the cr@pper which is what will happen if I leave but I've learned the hard way now. My landlord isn't a team player, neither is my supermarket manager. Naked capitalism has triumphed and the manager will be shocked (SHOCKED!) when I "abandon" them. The crazy thing is; I'm such a rube if they bothered to even give me a 6 month contract I wouldn't have felt the need to split on their sorry organisation.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2009 on Behavior Shift at John Robb's Weblog
The problem is the narrowing down of markets to mono-industries reduces employment to the best ten players in the room with a million unwanted on the sidelines. Like NBA wanna-be's or Hollywierd's struggling actor market. Like blogs. There may be 10,000 out there but I only have 4 hours in the day to dedicate. So me and everyone will just gravitate to the top 10. And then there will ONLY BE 10 after a while. So mono-production, like everyone buying an i-Pod, will result in one factory with reasonably paid workers to churn out the killer-prod and a million unemployed unable to buy the damn thing. And that's the flaw with meritocracy. You end up with a very small pool of big earners. That's what fragmented cottage industries prevent. The Balkanization of a giant economy into many small pieces allows for many market leaders and their entrained following of people employed in support. It's less efficient than a mega-provider, but at least everyone has a job.
I don't understand America's tolerance with illegals. I'm a foreigner in Japan myself. If I overstay I get 60 days in jail and handcuffs to the airport. I accept that reality and work with it. I mean, do Americans feel sorry for these people, or something? It'd be strange since illegals simply push real Americans out of work and no-one seems to feel sorry for them. Sounds like an acceptance policy incited by business owners just for their own financial gain. "Illegal". Kinda says it all doesn't it?
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2009 on ILLEGAL at John Robb's Weblog
"Free trade is an ephemeral concept" That's right. For the doubting posters above I ask; Why do you think one of Free Trade's greatest Rah-Rah, pom-pom waving supporters (Paul Krugman) has fallen silent on the issue now for the last 18 months? Coz he finally realised he was a rube. And had been taken on the issue. Free trade was never there to serve capitalism. It was simply a means of off-shoring good jobs to Asian sweatshops like Mumbai and Guangzhou. I know. I've been to these places and seen it myself. Poor bastards sitting there with tin snips in their hands cutting computer component backings out from a giant roll of thin sheet steel, their hands raw from the effort. Paid with room and board and some "pocket money". It was sheer abuse.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2009 on Chimerica at John Robb's Weblog
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!" Let's see what happens to Obama if he tries to say this. There'd be a necktie party from the nearest Cherry Tree before you could say "uppity".
Professor Henry Louis Gates is not the victim of racism. Professor Henry Louis Gates is the member of the "frou-frou blancmange" elite and untouchable class unfortunate and mistaken enough due to an unfortunate incident to be the recipient of the arm of law enforcement as it is applied to the plebeian and/or common citizenry. I can imagine well enough that the newly-capped, highly-placed, intellectual class would be outraged (OUTRAGED) at this handling. They long ago sold their souls to the ruling elite in return for some shelf space on the gated community compound's trophy display wing. Now they're being man-handled by these common centurions? Outrageous! To give you today's anecdote as enlightenment: When I worked in CitiGroup it became abundantly clear that every... OK - my respects to Alberbtacowpoke (ACP) an' all but this case has annoyed me for some time and it's time I set this straight. Professor Henry Louis Gates is not the victim of racism. Professor Henry Louis Gates is the member of the "frou-frou-blancmange" elite and untouchable class unfortunate and mistaken enough due to an unlikely incident to be the recipient of the long arm of law enforcement's "standard practice" (intimidate and take no sh1t) as it is applied to the plebeian and/or common citizenry. I can imagine well enough that the newly-capped, highly-placed, intellectual class ensconced in Boston, the Hamptons and other fine areas would be outraged (OUTRAGED) at this handling. They long ago sold their souls to the ruling elite in return for some exclusive shelf space on the gated community compound's trophy display wing. Now they're being man-handled by these common centurions? Outrageous! To give you today's anecdote as enlightenment: When I worked in CitiGroup it became abundantly clear that every single trader was a member of the upper class (the "jet set" as they are now known as). I supposed this was a necessary component to speaking both Japanese and English fluently. The requirement that they'd lived in both California (or other parts U.S.) and Japan (e.g.) pre-supposed some form of mobile, disposable wealth. After a year and a half CitiGroup's FOREX floor finally got its first Indian Trader employee. Long overdue in my opinion since (everyone will agree) their agility at mental maths is like a magician's trick compared to everyone else. Inventors of the "0" and all that. Well... you should have heard the cheer that went up amongst my colleagues in the IT department. Every single one of them (excluding me) recent hires from Mumbai by CitiGroup as a new cost-control measure. I was conflicted about the process but I liked all of them. Each one was a variegated individual with his own dreams and quirks, I genuinely felt happy in their company despite the implied job threat they represented (I was axed a 1/2 year later). I turned to them in Pyrrhic triumph and noted the following: "You don't get it do you? This guy is no more a representative of you lot than Sonia Gandhi. You and I have more in common than you do with him. Haven't you listened to his conversation? Holidays as a child in Hawaii, Skiing in St. Moritz... He'S just another member of the elite. The fact he Indian is just a happy coincidence. He looks down on us the same as the rest of them." True to my description and to the chagrin of the other IT staff, our new hire made a point of asking for me (the only white person) exclusively on every PC troubleshooting call, avoiding the Indian staff like the plague. Why? Who knows. Maybe he preferred the English intonation. Maybe he was embarrassed to be mingling with his own kith and kin in that prestigious environment. But it served the lesson to these guys well. The issue is not race but class. To return to Professor Henry Louis Gates. He will be the recipient of much "you Poor Dear" shoulder massaging amongst his community and I imagine he will write the odd polemic or two on how hard it is to be a "black man" in the USA. But the fact is, he got a shock introduction into what life is like for ordinary people even though he got kid gloves treatment (due to his address) compared to what would've happened to "normal" citizens. Haven't we read enough about 72 year old women getting tasered at speeding checks to know what the real issue is? I have zero sympathy for this pampered elitist, skin colour be damned.
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The Burma junta is purely a kleptocracy of financially-motivated criminals who shuck and jive behind varying political and nationalistic issues to simply stretch the money-making racket as long as it can go. Every time I see the media discussing Burma in any other sense I bark out loud laughing at the fools who're being taken for idiots. The US or anyone could smash their regime in 10 hours and this time, the people really would greet their liberators with flowers. But corrupt elements in the Chinese govt. who are reciprocal dealers in the scam simply enable it's continuance through saber rattling and political bluff to the west not to intervene. It's the perfect crime.
Max is the king. He had every opportunity as a trader to simply go with the flow and make cash but he's loosed his morals and made a name for himself standing up to the corruption, nepotism and greed.
"Each 1000 MW [megawatts] of nuclear power that is forced into the supply mix would cost between $16 billion to $41 billion more than a mix of efficiency and renewables." This is pretty disingenuous which suggests there's an axe to grind and invalidates the rest of the data for me. Of course increases in efficiency are cheaper. They're cheaper than anything... by definition. Why not do both? These efficiencies won't supply the increases in power needed by themselves anyway. So you're gonna need to create new energy sources from somewhere. Nuclear is much more friendly than coal or oil, can we admit that? And there's plenty of space in that godawful, desolate mountain range in Nevada to bury the waste.
Pull up a chair and warm yourself by the fire of schadenfreude... hur hur hur...
Toggle Commented May 27, 2009 on Woe Be My Lost Riches at Newshoggers.com
"...should almost always defer to the existing power relationships in society." Hey, that's Obama exactly. if you ever wonder what "backdown" Barack is gonna do on any given issue then just apply the above mantra and determine who represents the top party in the given situation. Sure, there'll be the small ribbon of cosmetic change wrapped around in the liberal colours but the package itself will be the pure, 100% concrete of Status Quo.
I don't get it... If Don Siegelman is innocent, surely there'd be a truckload of influential politicians angling to help him get out. He must personally know quite a few. Are they all just so spineless to help if the case is so overwhelmingly a miscarriage of justice? I find it hard to swallow.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2009 on New DOJ same as the old DOJ? at Newshoggers.com