An interesting experiment is underway in New York. As a result of two policemen being executed, for which we express all condolences to the families of all who have been murdered by guns, the Police are working-to-rule (a Union term for Going Slow), and their productivity has plummeted.
However, the already very low crime rate has not jumped by an equivalent amount.
There is a theory that violent crime was a direct result of in utero and early childhood exposure to lead from paint and gas, and the declining use of lead paint and leaded gas has a 20 years lag in crime reduction (children have to grow up to adulthood to become criminals).
Thus the police force size should be dropping, but is has not. Indeed the Police Department budget is the largest city department budget in any City in the US, and the police and jails building larger than any non-police city buildings. Read More
The first “developed country” to join the institution – although we’d not call New Zealand ‘Developed,” but would agree it has Western Values. Superior values because it plays Rugby, 45 minutes each half without stopping every 30 seconds, does not allow forward passing, and it is a foul to interfere with any player not holding the ball, and New Zealand plays Rugby with considerable skill! I’d like to see a 300 lb America Football player run continuously for 45 minutes.
For those of you who don’t follow Imperial minutiae, the US has control of the dollar through the IMF and World Bank, where it stacked the boards of both institutions so that the US always has a majority of the votes (based on one million dollars one vote, more or less). And you believed the Republicans recently invented dollar based voting – nope, the Supremes are just adhering to the precedent, based on old American Imperial Values.
Obama recently listed what he’d like to accomplish in his last two year, or as he referred to it as his last quarter. It’s a given that congressional support for any policy of Obama’s short of re-introducing slavery, indentured servitude or other actions rolling back both the 20th and 10th centuries will be opposed by Republicans to a man.
Republican women might baulk at such an agenda. Time will tell.
Obama has also embarked on actions which can be completed by the executive alone. His one slight step on immigration is one such, as is his beginning the neo-liberal re-conquest of Cuba.
A further set of deals which Obama can bring to their conclusions are TPP, TTIP and TISA, the secret trade treaties. Secret because their provisions appear so awful that there’s be open rebellion in the streets of the world, including at home, if they were made public.
The US is blaming North Korea for damaging Sony, thereby executing the best PR campaign for a limited release “B” rated movie ever seen.
This follows the Hollywood mantra “There is No Such Thing as Bad PR.”
Before this incident many had not heard of, nor intended to see “The Interview “and it was scheduled only for geographically limited release.
Following this stunningly successful (albeit malicious) PR stunt by some third party, the movie’s title is now a household name and when released will be a must-see and will probably be released worldwide. The complaints from Sony about huge losses fall into the category of “We Think They Doth Protest Too Much.” Read More
In a new long range weather forecast designed to predict the spread of Neo-Imperialism from West to East, a severe new cell of potential Neo-Liberalism is being reported in the Caribbean, and is expected to make landfall on Cuba, so Batistering the Island Nation into a Neo-Liberal dream.
The Bateristing of this new Ukraine Storm is being fomented by US foreign Policy apparatchiks.
President Obama mentioned this new cell, caused by a secret gust of desire for the Oil off Cuba’s North West Coast; he averred that in such cases, the traditional American method of political weather forecasting, (simply denying there was any weather,) does not work.
The process is explained in this quote by President Obama:
After all, these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It’s time for a new approach.
Nice idea. New approach to what objective, one asks? Read More
Is the United States fascist? Is it becoming a Fascist state?
Such accusation are freely offered, and thrown around, often without the discussion of the full meaning of Fascism. We need to start with a definition, because the term ‘fascist’ is often misused, leading to confusion. Here’s what George Orwell said, in 1944:
…the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley’s broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else … Except for the relatively small number of Fascist sympathizers, almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’. That is about as near to a definition as this much-abused word has come.
Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests..
(Palmerston, who was no slouch when it came to Imperialism).
Let’s examine the evidence:
Middle East in Chaos
US Pushing NATO to Russian Borders
US Oil & Gas Production rising sharply
Russia major energy supplier to Europe & China
Middle East Oil Production at or past peak
This is a theory, constructed to fit the set of facts listed, and to try to provide an Hypothesis which meets the facts, explains the US’ behavior, lists the possible outcomes and discusses the probabilities of those outcomes.
It’s about “MEE”: Money, Energy and, Empire. Read More
Rebuttal to BroadbandforAmerica’s letter to the FCC regarding Regulation for the Internet
We have responded by appending our comments to their letter. Our comments are below:
For more than a decade, America’s broadband companies (including companies that depend on the broadband ecosystem) have worked to ensure that their customers can enjoy access to world- class broadband services consistent with the Commission’s clearly articulated core Internet freedoms.
Huge college debt, poor no job prospects and declining wages is no recipe for success.
And while we are at it, Where are the Prosecutions on Wall St, Single Payer, Jobs, Ending Wars Quickly, Control of the Intelligence Community, Full disclosure of trade Treaty Drafts, and Amnesty for Immigrants?
All these are Executive (Presidential) Actions. Actions as in results, not Inactions.
What’s this nonsense about ‘Controlling Government spending’? Can’t you read how badly Europe is doing with Austerity?
Do you, or do you not have your Husband’s ear (aka: Shower Power)?
We believe there is a strong case for Internet Providers to be regulated as “Common Carriers” by the FCC. Our reasons follow.
Over the last several years, there has been some controversy over the role that the FCC should play with regard to telecommunications companies. In part, this controversy has been fuelled by the right-wing’s love of laissez-faire capitalism: they demand that government avoid regulation, even when such regulation would ‘even the playing field,’ as between large corporations and individual subscribers. For years, the FCC has caved in to these demands, and has ‘forborne’ to act on its appointed role as communications regulator, with regard to these ‘new’ Internet services. Read More
This is the centrist viewpoint (from the Nelson Report) in DC regarding the Ukraine:
SUMMARY: the only unambiguously good news we can report on Ukraine is that US Embassy dependents and “non-essential” staff seem to be safely evacuated, many to Warsaw, where by all accounts US Emb Warsaw has done a fabulous job setting up host families, food, even play groups for the children all ready to go.
That’s about it.
Some observers here, if not also in Europe, warn that “the West” may be underestimating Vladimir Putin, mistakenly assuming that he won’t use force to try and resolve the situation. In fact, expert Loyal Readers assure us, the Administration fully appreciates that losing Russia’s version of Ukraine is simply not acceptable to Putin.
French President Francois Hollande and President Barack Obama full of themselves
What has been happening in Syria for the past three years? According to NATO and GCC media reports, the “regime” has shed blood to suppress a democratic revolution. However this version is contradicted by the current support for the government estimated at, according to sources, between 60 and 90 % of the population. The truth is quite different: NATO and the GCC have successively lost a war of succession and a fourth generation Nicaraguan-type war. It is they, and they alone, who organized and financed the death of 120,000 Syrians.
One of the challenges of preparing for the Geneva conference is to write the history of Syria. The NATO powers and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are trying to impose their version of events which would give them a clear advantage at the negotiating table. Hence a sudden avalanche of articles and summary reports in the Western and the Gulf press. Read More
Did Hurricane Sandy change the discussion about climate change in the United States? In this latest episode of the Wilson Center’s Dialogue program, Senior Wilson Center Advisor and Ohio University Professor Geoff Dabelko joins host John Milewski to discuss the potential impact of Sandy on climate policy and dialogue in the United States with Darryl Fears (The Washington Post) and Bob Deans (Natural Resources Defense Council).
Purchased in 1998, the Kutznesov Class 60,000 ton aircraft carrier, previously named “Varyag”, will be used to test qualify Chinese pilots flying with the navalised J-15 as well as to test and validate procedures, equipments for another future operative aircraft carrier (expected no sooner than 2020).
Hence, not only China is currently the only country known to be developing two stealth fighters simultaneously (the J-20 and the J-31) but the successful landings on Liaoning have put its Navy on track for a future role as a maritime power capable to pose a threat to the U.S. naval forces in the Asia-Pacific theatre.