The sweeping plan includes a large amount of funding for advanced battery development, investment in an electric car charging infrastructure, and tax credits for the adoption of electric cars and plug-in hybridsGermany Wants One Million Electric Cars on the Road by 2020 : Gas 2.0
Saturday, November 29, 2008
In the beginning there were no Islamists - they came later and took over the country. They started throwing us in jail and did to us what the shah had been doing.Brothers in arms: An unexpected camaraderie across the Iranian and Iraqi borders | World news | The Guardian
Security chiefs confront prospect of new tactics adopted by highly trained and motivated terrorists | World news | The Guardian
The attacks demonstrated how a small number of well-trained terrorists could paralyse a city and stymie the local security forces.Security chiefs confront prospect of new tactics adopted by highly trained and motivated terrorists | World news | The Guardian
Russell Brand: Hammering Hitler with Boleyn Barry | Sport | The Guardian
Talking Business - Out of the Spotlight, an Industry Copes With Crisis - NYTimes.com
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Why are we interested in famous people? Evolutionary psychologists have suggested that social information served as gossip is inherently interesting for us - information about alliances, personal hatreds, couple formation and splits, is intrinsically rewarding to our brain - wherever it comes from, irrelevant though it might be to our own lives. Here, philosopher Ophelia Deroy sketches a different point of view."Fame" by David Bowie and John Lennon (1975) .Perhaps it’s the imaginativeness of tabloids titles which surprises me every morning – anyway, stardom system remains very puzzling to me. I assume it serves a function – and even if it is obviously orchestrated by the medias and business companies (sponsorship for sport celebrities, brand names for singers, etc.), there must be something it appeals to in people...Fame!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Reality-based programming predicated on the vicarious thrill of watching people buy stuff has been around for six or seven years, having emerged (coincidence?) in the wake of the post-9/11 presidential shopping imperative.Reality Bites
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The IMF's chief economist has warned that the global financial crisis is set to worsen and that the situation will not improve until 2010
The IMF's chief economist has warned that the global financial crisis is set to worsen and that the situation will not improve until 2010, a report said Saturday.Olivier Blanchard also warned that the institution does not have the funds to solve every economic problem."The worst is yet to come," Blanchard said in an interview with the Finanz und Wirtschaft newspaper, adding that "a lot of time is needed before the situation becomes normal."
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IBM has announced it will lead a US government-funded collaboration to make electronic circuits that mimic brains.
Part of a field called "cognitive computing", the research will bring together neurobiologists, computer and materials scientists and psychologists.
As a first step in its research the project has been granted $4.9m (£3.27m) from US defence agency Darpa.
The resulting technology could be used for large-scale data analysis, decision making or even image recognition.
"The mind has an amazing ability to integrate ambiguous information across the senses, and it can effortlessly create the categories of time, space, object, and interrelationship from the sensory data," says Dharmendra Modha, the IBM scientist who is heading the collaboration.
"There are no computers that can even remotely approach the remarkable feats the mind performs," he said.
"The key idea of cognitive computing is to engineer mind-like intelligent machines by reverse engineering the structure, dynamics, function and behaviour of the brain."
IBM will join five US universities in an ambitious effort to integrate what is known from real biological systems with the results of supercomputer simulations of neurons. The team will then aim to produce for the first time an electronic system that behaves as the simulations do.
The longer-term goal is to create a system with the level of complexity of a cat's brain.
Prof Modha says that the time is right for such a cross-disciplinary project because three disparate pursuits are coming together in what he calls a "perfect storm".
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Neuroscientists working with simple animals have learned much about the inner workings of neurons and the synapses that connect them, resulting in "wiring diagrams" for simple brains.
Supercomputing, in turn, can simulate brains up to the complexity of small mammals, using the knowledge from the biological research. Modha led a team that last year used the BlueGene supercomputer to simulate a mouse's brain, comprising 55m neurons and some half a trillion synapses.
"But the real challenge is then to manifest what will be learned from future simulations into real electronic devices - nanotechnology," Prof Modha said.
Technology has only recently reached a stage in which structures can be produced that match the density of neurons and synapses from real brains - around 10 billion in each square centimetre.
Researchers have been using bits of computer code called neural networks that seek to represent connections of neurons. They can be programmed to solve a particular problem - behaviour that appears to be the same as learning.
But this approach is fundamentally different.
"The issue with neural networks and artificial intelligence is that they seek to engineer limited cognitive functionalities one at a time. They start with an objective and devise an algorithm to achieve it," Prof Modha says.
The ultimate goal is to create a circuit with the complexity of a cat's brain
"We are attempting a 180 degree shift in perspective: seeking an algorithm first, problems second. We are investigating core micro- and macro-circuits of the brain that can be used for a wide variety of functionalities."
The problem is not in the organisation of existing neuron-like circuitry, however; the adaptability of brains lies in their ability to tune synapses, the connections between the neurons.
Synaptic connections form, break, and are strengthened or weakened depending on the signals that pass through them. Making a nano-scale material that can fit that description is one of the major goals of the project.
"The brain is much less a neural network than a synaptic network," Modha says.
The fundamental shift toward putting the problem-solving before the problem makes the potential applications for such devices practically limitless.
Free from the constraints of explicitly programmed function, computers could gather together disparate information, weigh it based on experience, form memory independently and arguably begin to solve problems in a way that has so far been the preserve of what we call "thinking".
"It's an interesting effort, and modelling computers after the human brain is promising," says Christian Keysers, director of the neuroimaging centre at University Medical Centre Groningen. However, he warns that the funding so far is likely to be inadequate for such an large-scale project.
That the effort requires the expertise of such a variety of disciplines means that the project is unprecedented in its scope, and Dr Modha admits that the goals are more than ambitious."We are going not just for a homerun, but for a homerun with the bases loaded," he says.
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Mortgage lending rose slightly in October, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).Total lending rose to £18.7bn, 7% up from the previous month.However, last month's lending was still 44% lower than in October last year, just before the credit crunch triggered the current mortgage drought.
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Lord Mandelson says he is concerned about the "alarming" treatment of small businesses by some bank managers.The business secretary welcomed Royal Bank of Scotland's announcement that it would freeze overdraft charges for small firms until the end of next year.But he said there was concern some banks were summarily changing the terms of loans to small firms.
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Iran has hanged a telecoms engineer convicted of spying for Israel, reports from Tehran say.
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The Georgian and Polish presidents have accused Russian troops of firing near a motorcade carrying them close to the breakaway republic of South Ossetia.
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Marina Niznik, a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, says some young Russian-speaking Israelis are being influenced by a rise in fascism in their former homelands.
"Some of this generation are completely lost in society. They don't feel an affiliation with Israeli society, they feel like strangers," she says.
Comment: I guess if you want to rebel in Israel, this is the perfect way.
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Eight teenagers have been sentenced to time in jail by a court in Israel for carrying out a series of neo-Nazi attacks that shocked the nation.The eight, aged from 16 to 19, were found guilty of attacking religious Jews, gays and drug addicts, and the desecration of a synagogue.
The group, immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union, were sentenced to between one and seven years in jail.
But their links to Judaism are slender, with most qualifying for citizenship through grandparents or distant family connections.
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Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
WASHINGTON—After emerging victorious from one of the most pivotal elections in history, president-elect Barack Obama will assume the role of commander in chief on Jan. 20, shattering a racial barrier the United States is, at long last, shitty enough to overcome.Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Study Shows "Center-Right Nation" Narrative Spiked Immediately After Election Day | OurFuture.org
This articles shows how language games are deployed as power. How discourse is a scene of ideological warfare. America right now is suffering from a bit of a lack of imagination. Obama's election has improved that, but it would be very easy for media and culture forces to re-assert the standard line that America is like this and will always be like this. For most Americans its impossible now to think of much beyond complete Capitalist control.
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AP - Britain is considering a ban on "happy hour" discounts at bars and restaurants to curb drinking, a spokesman said Saturday, as health advocates warned that a rise in liver-related deaths among young people may signal a future epidemic.
Oliver Stone's has gained a reputation as something of a nut. Movies like Natural Born Killers, JFK, Nixon, the Doors, Wall Street, and Alexander have raised questions on many who remember Savador, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of July. Many of us hoped to have a film maker who also could express a leftist point of view in a way that could sell from Hollywood.
So when I heard Stone was going to take on the greatest villain of the left George W. Bush during the President's term I was full of hope. The film has flown through the theaters and has only got a rating of 6.9 with IMDb.
It could be easy to say that Stone seems to pull punches on Bush. This is strange since the movie does cover the major issues of the Presidency: torture, Iraq, his drinking, his failures, the dysfunction of his administration and the poor quality of his executive abilities.
Beyond this Bush seems like a admirable person truly. He is introduced to his fellow frat brothers during hazing as a "working brain here". When speaking with Cheney on methods to be used on terrorists Bush states clearly that torture is not to be used. Bush is shown speaking Spanish even. How many of us speak two languages?
If Stone has any faults on Bush it is motivation and poor executive abilities. Bush is shown as lacking a rewarding relationship with his father and having problems finding his identity within the space of the Bush family. Bush is also shown being a poor executive during the Iraq war and though trying failing to have the instincts as much as the intelligence for the work.
For those wanting a hate fest against Bush save the money. W. is a Tragedy and not a show trail. Stone's desires are as much to make known history make sense as drama then to push his leftist agenda. Iraq is shown as a tragedy that results from a failure of a team to work effectively under a leader. Bush in the end is the victim of a group of yes men who and one woman. Even his wife is shown as a support. Bush is surrounded by a cluster of people who help him, support him, approve his views and respect his potential. That is the problem.
And here is the political power of this film. Bush's father is a product of the industrial age. He is the carried of a legacy that he reminds Bush in a dream that makes up the center of the tragic drama that the family contains 200 years of work. The son is Information Age product. His Presidency is full of TV screens. His company is like a Internet company. Bush does not have the focus of his father on substance but rather on other's reactions to the object: the symbolic value of an action.
And it is this construct of reality that causes the Tragedy. Bush's administration contains no substance. The influence of the oil energy is shown clearly through Cheney. But in the end the failure of the TV show to do reality is the failure. In our Information Age power can deploy simulation to push through extreme ideas of power. In the end the ability of Bush to produce a TV Presidency and convince many Americans that he was a President didn't make him President.
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A Florida teenager who used a webcam to live-stream his suicide Wednesday was reportedly encouraged by other people on the Web site, authorities told ABCNews.com.ABC News: Florida Teen Live-Streams His Suicide Online
Friday, November 21, 2008
Now that it's considered a foregone conclusion that Sen. Hillary Clinton will be the next secretary of State, the chattering class is weighing in, including legendary reporter Bob Woodward. FishbowlDC has obtained an advanced transcript of this weekend's "The Chris Matthews Show", in which the famed Washington Post reporter had this to say about Clinton's nomination as SoS:
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(CNN) -- Armed men entered a Congolese camp for displaced people Friday to kidnap and rape a girl, but when the girl screamed, the gunmen fired shots, killing a 20-year-old woman, a U.N. spokesman said.
The camp in Kibati, near Goma, is home to thousands of people seeking refuge from warfare between a Tutsi militia and Congolese forces. The fighting is an offshoot of the Hutu-Tutsi animosity that culminated in the 1994 genocide of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus in neighboring Rwanda.
The U.N. Security Council has approved 3,000 troops to bolster the 17,000-strong peacekeeping force charged with the daunting task of stemming violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province.
"It's extremely volatile," said Andrej Mahecic, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees' spokesman in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mahecic said he did not know whether the gunmen involved in Friday's attack were with the Tutsi militia or Congolese military.
"We have seen both sides doing this," he said.
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What happened in Russia also happened in the US. In the 1980s and 1990s a few super-rich raped both nations' economies. Russia had a strong enough state to crush the Oligarchs. We in the the democratic state are facing a massive crisis. We need to not enable them but crush their power.
Now all these Oligarchs are coming to Washington begging for Public funds. These people are shedding jobs, flying 36 million dollar planes, living hidden lives of vast wealth on a level that only monarch in Islamic Gulf nations can match.
America has been taken over by these Oligarchs and now they have all failed. So they are getting the money from taxes. They have cut wages, shipped jobs overseas, lined their own pockets and now they want tax money to keep their process of transfer of wealth from the public to a few super rich people.
Lets hope that is not what happens.
We need a returned to the mixed liberal state insured economy. The government can not just give these firms money. Aid to American business is now like Aid to Africa. It won't help workers because the corruption of modern business is so high that it will be stolden.
It is time the US faces the fact and it needs a partially SOCIALIST economy with the government investing money, proving regulation and being a owner.
The neo-fascists will say governmetn can't manage anything properly. This is certainly a joke as we watch companies failing and coming to Washington for help. Greedy anti-social freaks who bully and fight their way in to power only to line thier pockets with the profits of companies and live like modern kings can not manage businesses either.
It is time to stop the transfer of wealth from the middle class to a few super-rich.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Found a really amazing blog based on a class in, well I cam not sure what the class is on but this is really a must see blog http://www.andrewmurphie.org/3102/lectures-notes/
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TV is not an information machine. Rather it is a killer of information, it is a nose machine that makes information's transformation in to meaningful knowledge impossible. Ideology effectively uses TV to uninform its viewers, to reduce their ability to form knowledge. Rather it merges a profane set of ads and stories in to meaningless batch of space.
Latvia's economy, which grew by 50% between 2004 and 2007, shrank 4.2% in the third quarter of this year - the sharpest economic contraction in the European Union.BBC NEWS | Business | Latvia to seek support from IMF
Bush is now a joke in the world. George W Bush once the bully, now no world leader will shake his hand. The failure of a broken man, a sad joke.
But Obama in a strange way saves Bush, or makes Bush make sense. Obama's light makes Bush a necessary darkness. Obama has transformed him from just a failure to a dark period that sets the light around Obama. Obama is brighter because he stands after Bush. In this Opera of Loss and Hope, Bush starts with a sad pathetic sick lost America. A wrong America. Not even America, a man holding a stolen election who stoled the election from a great man Gore. Gore went on to become a world hero. Bush provides the darkness in which the great American lights emerges: Gore, Obama and the American people.
Lets face the facts right now. The GOP has become the part of the Confederacy. No reason to bullshit this. And the Confederacy has a tragic problem: it can not and never will be able to form a Union or a nation. It is always about violence, division, hatred and racism. And this terrible side of America is what has procured ALL our great leaders. Lincoln, Kennedy, Eisenhower and now Obama are great because they stand up to this sickness in American politics. Eisenhower's greatest moment was send nation guards to let small black children go to public schools. Kennedy's greatest speech was his call for civil rights. Robert Kennedy has risen to a hero because he furthered the cause of civil right. Lincoln defeated the Confederacy in its effort to form a Fascist state. And Bush is the flag of this side of the nation, and now Obama has sent on light to the world.
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Objects on display illustrate the continuity of the Canaanite culture of the southern Levant throughout this period. They highlight the indigenous origins of both the Israelites and the Phoenicians.
The display compares this culture with that of the peoples of central inland Syria, the Amorites and the Aramaeans.
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Babylonian, about 539-530 BC
From Babylon, southern Iraq
A declaration of good kingship
This clay cylinder is inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform with an account by Cyrus, king of Persia (559-530 BC) of his conquest of Babylon in 539 BC and capture of Nabonidus, the last Babylonian king.
Cyrus claims to have achieved this with the aid of Marduk, the god of Babylon. He then describes measures of relief he brought to the inhabitants of the city, and tells how he returned a number of images of gods, which Nabonidus had collected in Babylon, to their proper temples throughout Mesopotamia and western Iran. At the same time he arranged for the restoration of these temples, and organized the return to their homelands of a number of people who had been held in Babylonia by the Babylonian kings. Although the Jews are not mentioned in this document, their return to Palestine following their deportation by Nebuchadnezzar II, was part of this policy.
This cylinder has sometimes been described as the 'first charter of human rights', but it in fact reflects a long tradition in Mesopotamia where, from as early as the third millennium BC, kings began their reigns with declarations of reforms.
P. Michalowski, 'The Cyrus Cylinder' in Historical Sources in Translat (Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, 2006), pp.426-30
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Sales on the UK's high streets fell by 0.1% in October, lower than expected, Office for National Statistics data showed.BBC NEWS | UK | October UK retail sales fall 0.1%
The decline was much less than the 0.9% drop that most analysts had expected after sales fell by 0.4% in September.Retail sales grew at an annual rate of 1.9% compared with 1.7% in September.
This is my take on the UK economy: people are so addicted to consuming not just to have but also to tell themselves that the economic crisis of the 1970s is behind them that as long as money flows consumer spending will continue to expand. These numbers though down confirm what people have been saying to me who see the street: people are still buying in London.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
According to Forrester analyst Rob Koplowitz, author of the report, "There are some basic factors that will drive an organization to move in the direction of Notes or SharePoint." For example, Notes provides integration with the broader IBM product family, including all Lotus products, IBM FileNet P8 platform, and IBM Content manager. On the other hand, SharePoint provides deep integration with the entire Office product line as well as products such as its Performance Point BI offering and Dynamics Business Applications. Therefore, a natural choice would be to lean in favor of what applications your company already runs.Koplowitz also notes that IBM has a large partner ecosystem, in which IBM partners, as well as ISVs are working to integrate their products with Notes and Domino. However, if you want to go the single-vendor route, SharePoint would be a logical choice because it's built on .NET, with a SQL Server backend; it runs on Windows Server and uses Active Directory (AD) for authentication and permissions; and you can control it with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM).SharePoint or Lotus Notes
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Carl Rove who put political power over concerns of the well being of the nation. Helped to steal the 2000 election. Pushed policy for empty political power.
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George Bush: War Criminal. Invade Iraq under false pretexts. Failed to manage Al Qaeda issue. Ignored economic issues. Assumed power beyond his ability, vanity, insanity, stupidity and evil. Bush was born with the face of a fool and turned it in to the face of a villain.
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What can be said? Imposed insane Ayn Rand idiocy as state policy. Kept interest rates low despite economic growth causing the sub-prime bubble, potentially to cover the impact of Iraq War on economy.
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Phil Gramm believed that giving the rich and powerful more power and riches would somehow regulate the system. Just plain stupid. Obama will essentially need to go through everything this monster did and end it.
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King of the villains, without question the origin of our major problem. Reagan merged Ideologies of American exceptionalism, right wing religious feelings and the Cold War to create the war of Ideologies that includes religion and has no tolerance for other systems. It all started with this monster. Take a good look at him, he is a good looking guy, but a monster America should be deeply ashamed of.
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The neo-cons, who created an American brand of fascism.
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Cheney who saw himself as an Empire builder who wished to impose American power on the world regardless of local desire.
Olive Stones W shows how the network society had already entered a pathological state of compulsive destruction out of our vanity, our end of history, our hatred of the world and ourselves.
Bush, as presented by Stone is a shattered refuge of a collapsed order of while male dominated Power. Father Bush stands over George as a man of long term plans, of rational thinking, but a man inserted in to at time where age and wisdom has no point, no value.
chaosMonster (The Mind of Bob 2.0) The Architect of a New Neo-Nazi age which demanded the Depression as a profit engine.
From his father's defeat Rove seduces Bush's petty vanity to create a monster of the 21st Century. In this monster the root of Reagan become the full curse of the world. Bush memorizes a few neo-liberal, Christian and neo-conservative platitudes. After the long period of cynical real politics Bush comes on to the stage after 9-11 as the Leader of Belief. As was said about Stalin the people of Russia would have been better of is Stalin was more cynical.
Under Bush, the true believer, the man with a higher father. The man who killed his own Father in the name of the Other father, the man of pure ideology determined to make good happen. And what is the results of this true believer, this son of American ideas and Democracy.
To date hes destroyed Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. The collapse of Somalia has has given rise to a new age of pirates. Our trade is challenged by warlords that exist on all levels: in the 3rd World, on the high seas, in our banks and businesses. We have already collapsed in to an age of warlords and slaves.
The collapse of the Communist alternative only ushered a new age of dictatorship and slavery. Billions of people, who Reagan said we had some religious duty to transform have been transformed in a mass of slaves. And these slaves have taken the jobs away from the people who could build a better future. Rather than building wealth in the free worlds of EU and the US power under Bush has seen a division of the world in to rich and depressed. The hopeless conditions of India and China were tapped in to provide profit margins. As for the people of America Capitalist in the US and Europe feed them credit from the vast profits they could make.
And as the 1980s and 1990s played on the transfer from productive humans to consumer debt weighted children turned the people of the "Free World" in a cattle to be harvested. Make a million moving production to China were slaves can be used. Take the profits and invest it in high interest loans to the west.
chaosMonster (The Mind of Bob 2.0) The Depression was a long running strategy to consolidate power.
The Depression has been happening for some time now. We now live in a world where on one side a mass of slaves allowed to be worked in their home countries but unable to come and meet demands in Europe and the US has been imposed. A wall has been established that the Capitalists don't see, we move freely, but the slaves are surfs we exploit. And we have been made children filling our time Goggling our names, blogging our hobbies, Flickring our flowers but producing nothing against the rot of division and cynicism.
But the Despression broke out of the 3rd world and has now infected us all. Strange it was in America that the virus spread.
But this brings us to the point of Zizeck's utopia: we must imagine worlds in which this evil monster must be overcome. We must face the state of our own un-freedom. We are like the stupid bitches in Sex And the City: slaves of our bodies, slaves of society we can not see or understand.
Hope must come from the insanity of laughter. With the age of Global warming we must learn the power of the joke. One thing we lost when we lost the Communist world is the great sources of humor that make conditions of rigid order visible. Me must learn the hidden joke that opens a glimpse of our unfreedom.
In the former GDR there was a joke about a worker who took a job in Siberia. Knowing conditions were hard he told his friend that everything he wold write in red ink would would be a lie, everything he would write in blue ink would be the truth.
In a couple of weeks his friend gets a letter:
Everything here is great. Flats are large and well heated. Food is excellent and the stores are fully stocked. They show Western movies in the theater and there are lots of single girls. I even have a lover. Only one problem, you can't get red ink.
We trapped in the neo-liberal nightmare can't make such jokes. We have lost the ability not only to resist but to state our situation in jokes. With the circuit of political jokes that get to the heart of the problem we lack the insight that people in the USSR or GDR had, the abiliity to laugh at a reality, to see it and state it.
We are drowning in political humor like SNL on Palin, but we lack the wit to get to the heart of the issue.
US industrial output rebounded in October after a sharp fall in September, the Federal Reserve says.Output rose by 1.3% during the month, compared with a fall of 3.7% in September - the sharpest fall in production for over 60 years.BBC NEWS | Business | US industrial output bounces back
BBC NEWS | Business | Global liquidity crisis 'is over'
The head of Japan's largest brokerage, Nomura Holdings, has suggested the global liquidity crisis is over.Nomura chief executive Kenichi Watanabe said the main problem now was how to revive the real economy."The next issue depends on how the nations of the world apply financial support," Mr Watanabe said.BBC NEWS | Business | Global liquidity crisis 'is over'
BBC NEWS | Politics | Police and teachers on BNP list
Serving and former police officers, teachers and soldiers are listed as members of the British National Party in a leaked document published online.BBC NEWS | Politics | Police and teachers on BNP list
The list, which dates from 2007, has the names, addresses, jobs and phone numbers of more than 10,000 people.
Since 2004, police officers have been banned from being members of the BNP.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
McALLEN, Texas — A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County's federal detention centers.The indictment criticizes Cheney's investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and "at least misdemeanor assaults" on detainees by working through the prison companies.Gonzales is accused of using his position while in office to stop an investigation into abuses at the federal detention centers.Another indictment charges state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. with profiting from his public office by accepting honoraria from prison management companies.The indictments were first reported by KRGV-TV.Vice president, former AG, state senator indicted | AP Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The Brazilian government will begin using a plane equipped with body-heat sensors to locate — and protect — uncontacted Indian tribes in the Amazon, officials said Tuesday.Lost tribes tracked with body-heat sensors - Science- msnbc.com
THE newly named strategic planning director of Google's Creative Lab in New York says the web giant will place greater emphasis on consumers' needs rather then simply inventing things and throwing them into the market in the future.Google looks to users' needs | Australian IT
The IoD used to be one of the most Thatcherite business organisations. At one stage, while the CBI was cosying up to New Labour, the IoD was virtually alone in holding out for sharp cuts in government spending.But today, in a news release, it said that the "once in a generation financial crisis means that aggressive use of fiscal policy is needed to support monetary policy in reducing the severity of the recession".Institute of Directors backs Gordon Brown's tax cut plans | Politics | guardian.co.uk
AFP: Saudi super-tanker taken to Somali pirate lair
MOGADISHU (AFP) — A hijacked Saudi super-tanker, carrying 100 million dollars of oil, anchored Tuesday off a notorious Somali pirate port as sea gangs struck again and seized a Hong Kong cargo ship.The biggest act of piracy yet by the marauding Somali bandits has stunned the international community. The Saudi Arabian foreign minister called piracy a growing "disease" and experts said few ships are now safe in the Indian Ocean.AFP: Saudi super-tanker taken to Somali pirate lair
A Washington in the hands of Democrats offers online pundits on the right a fresh political target and a chance to vent against their ideological opponents. The reverse scenario allowed their liberal counterparts to blossom during the blogosphere’s infancy, when the GOP controlled the Congress and the Bush administration held power between 2003 and 2006.TheHill.com - Right-wing bloggers see their chance
The lawsuit alleges Microsoft deceived customers in 2006 by certifying computers as Vista compatible, although it knew the computers could only run Vista Basic -- a version that could not run some of the heavily-marketed features of Vista, ComputerWorld said.Angry e-mails show up in Microsoft lawsuit - UPI.com
By looking at what we know about how society and commerce would slow down, and how people respond, it's possible to envision what we might face. Unlike the 1930s, when food and clothing were far more expensive, today we spend much of our money on healthcare, child care, and education, and we'd see uncomfortable changes in those parts of our lives. The lines wouldn't be outside soup kitchens but at emergency rooms, and rather than itinerant farmers we could see waves of laid-off office workers leaving homes to foreclosure and heading for areas of the country where there's more work - or just a relative with a free room over the garage. Already hollowed-out manufacturing cities could be all but deserted, and suburban neighborhoods left checkerboarded, with abandoned houses next to overcrowded ones.Depression 2009: What Would It Look Like?
Yahoo! To Replace Founder Jerry Yang As CEO
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer huffily withdrew the offer after Yang sought $37 per share. The negotiating breakdown triggered a shareholder revolt led by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who called for Yang's ouster in July. Icahn reached a truce that put him and two allies on Yahoo's 11-member board, but he still has been lobbying for Yahoo to pursue a deal with Microsoft that would either involve selling the company in its entirety or just its search engine, which ranks a distant second to Google Inc. An Icahn spokeswoman said the financier had no comment Monday.Monday's shake-up comes as no surprise, given the challenges facing Yahoo."The shareholders were ready to pick up pitchforks and torches," said technology analyst Rob Enderle. "If Jerry wasn't a founder, he already would have been gone" months ago.Yahoo! To Replace Founder Jerry Yang As CEO
SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo Inc. co-founder Jerry Yang is stepping down as chief executive, ending a rocky reign marked by his refusal to sell the Internet company to Microsoft Corp. for $47.5 billion _ more than triple Yahoo's current market value.Yahoo! To Replace Founder Jerry Yang As CEO
Monday, November 17, 2008
The US economy probably went into recession in April in a downturn likely to last 14 months, according to a survey of forecasts released Monday by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve.The 51 economists on average predicted an annualized drop in US economic output of 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter and a 1.1 percent decline in the first quarter of 2009, the Philly Fed said.More than half of the panelists say their outlook is based on the assumption that Congress will pass a new stimulus package, with a size estimated at 211 billion dollars.According to the forecasters, the stimulus package will begin to affect real growth in the first quarter of 2009. They saw modest growth of 0.8 percent and 0.9 percent returning in the second and third quarters, respectively, improving to 2.3 percent in the fourth quarter.But they predicted unemployment will continue to rise to 7.7 percent of the workforce by the fourth quarter of 2009.The results were similar to a survey released earlier Monday by the National Association of Business Economists, which predicted a 2.6 percent contraction in fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) and a 1.3 percent decline in the first quarter of 2009.The NABE panel also expected a modest 2009 rebound with growth averaging 0.7 percent next year."Just over 60 percent of the NABE respondents expect that the depth of the recession should be relatively contained, with a peak-to-trough decline in real GDP of less than 1.5 percent, with the balance expecting a harsher contraction," the organization said.
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"I think we would see the last quarter of 2009 - in other words a year from now - at the point where hopefully we would just begin to get back to steady growth and then a beginning of an upturn in 2010.
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The operating system Ubuntu has found its way to the netbook. Chip manufacturer ARM and Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, have teamed up to run the open source system on low-power ARM technology based computing gadgets. This will also enable netbook and hybrid computers to deliver an ongoing mobile computing experience ‘without compromising battery life’. The new partnership is believed to carry first results at the Computex Show next year.
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“She’s going to be a much bigger story in the short run,” said Gingrich, explaining Palin’s higher media profile compared to other GOP governors. “But, I think, as she goes back to being governor and as she works in Alaska, you’re going to see a group of governors emerge, not just Sarah Palin.”TheHill.com - Gingrich: Palin won't be future GOP leader
Atlanta - In rural Georgia, a group of high-schoolers gets a visit from the Secret Service after posting "inappropriate" comments about President-elect Barack Obama on the Web. In Raleigh, N.C., four college students admit to spraying race-tinged graffiti in a pedestrian tunnel after the election. On Nov. 6, a cross burns on the lawn of a biracial couple in Apolacon Township, Pa.After Obama's win, white backlash festers in US | csmonitor.com
WASHINGTON - The country is sinking deeper into an economic hole, and it's likely to stay there for a while.That's part of the latest outlook from forecasters in a survey to be released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics, also known as NABE.Economy sailing into rougher waters - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com
In his new show, “Taking Over,” Danny Hoch addresses a subject bound to make some New Yorkers more than a little uncomfortable.The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia
More Americans slipping into bankruptcy - International Herald Tribune
The deep troubles of the U.S. economy are pushing a growing number of already struggling Americans into bankruptcy, often with far more debt than those who filed in previous downturns.