Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Republicans Disinvite Palin to Major Fundraiser - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com

The decision to book Gingrich instead of Palin seems to be indicative of growing discontent in the party with the Alaska governor and her potential ability to lead the GOP. And it's the latest in a series of gaffes that have plagued her since the November.
Republicans Disinvite Palin to Major Fundraiser - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com
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Iran's offer of help to rebuild Afghanistan heralds new age of diplomacy with the US | World news | The Guardian

Iran's offer of help to rebuild Afghanistan heralds new age of diplomacy with the US | World news | The Guardian
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Monday, March 30, 2009

Boner Johnson Discusses Getting a Reporter Beaten Up -- That's Our Mayor

Below is a transcript of a conversation recorded about 15 years ago between Boris Johnson, then a reporter, and an old Eton friend of his who is now in prison. At the time, a reporter from another paper was investigating Boris' friend, with the potential to uncover things which, as it happened, eventually did come to light and led to Boris' old pal going to prison. Boris' friend wanted Boris to provide him with the address of this reporter so he, the friend, could have the reporter beaten up.

Darius and Boris: The conversation


Boris: How badly are you going to hurt this guy?

Darius: Not badly at all.

Boris: I really I want to know because ...

Darius: OK let me explain to you.

Boris: If this guy is seriously, I am going to be fucking furious.

Darius: I guarantee you he will not be seriously hurt.

Boris: How badly hurt will he be?

Darius: He will not have a broken limb or a broken arm and he will not, er, he will not be put into intensive care or anything like that. He will probably get a couple of black eyes and a, and a cracked rib or something like that.

Boris: A cracked rib.

Darius: Nothing which you didn't suffer in rugby OK but he will get scared and that is what I want him to do, I want him to get scared, I want him to have no idea who is behind it OK and I want him to realise that he's fucked someone off and whoever he's fucked off is not the sort of person he wants to mess around with. Because I guarantee you Boris I guarantee you these people are you know, if someone hurts their boss or threatens their boss I promise you its just total sort of, it's like they're like dogs, they are like Alsatians or rottweilers they love their masters, they are affectionate towards them they are evil bastards to everyone else.

Boris: Yeah. Yeah, good. Ok Darry now, yeah, I mean I but.

Darius: You must have faith in me Boris.
Darius, Boris and a blast from the past - Home News, UK - The Independent
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Syria Calling: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker

Annals of National Security: Syria Calling: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
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Tories Show their True Colours???

Cameron is simultaneously under attack from his pro-European wing for taking too hardline a eurosceptic stance, after it emerged the Tories had held talks about teaming up in the European parliament with a nationalist Latvian party, some of whose members attend ceremonies to commemorate the Waffen SS.
Anti-Europe donor drops Tories for Ukip | Politics | The Observer
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Deal Is Reached to Raise Taxes on Top Earners in New York - NYTimes.com

Interesting. Until very recently, we would have heard that a tax increase was the absolute worst thing you could do during a recession. Guess that idea's had its day. Long may it rest in peace.

Deal Is Reached to Raise Taxes on Top Earners in New York - NYTimes.com
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Opinion - The Independent

Opinion - The Independent
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Hush, Puppy!

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Rogues' Gallery: The Last Summit | The Independent

Opinion - The Independent
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Exclusive: Three Israeli Airstrikes Against Sudan - Political Radar

Exclusive: Three Israeli Airstrikes Against Sudan - Political Radar
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Marina Hyde asks why entertainers no longer know their place | Life and style | The Guardian

Once upon a time, the entertainment industry was an industry that made entertainment. Its workforce was required to do quaint things such as show up to movie sets, or make music, or go to wild parties. Today, that brief has expanded slightly. It now includes proselytising for alien religions, trying to negotiate with the Taliban, getting photographed in a manner that basically constitutes an unsolicited gynaecology examination, and being brought in to fix the Iraqi refugee crisis.
Marina Hyde asks why entertainers no longer know their place | Life and style | The Guardian
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Friday, March 27, 2009

Living in London






It does snow

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Sustainable Haringey


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The founding 'Sustainability Statement'
"Our lives, our communities and our society should be sustainable for generations to come.
We support the development of a Sustainable Haringey network. The network will promote and encourage:

* sustainable energy policies in all areas of society (including reduced general usage, and maximum use of renewable, non-fossil fuels and self-generated sources)
* reduced consumption and waste, and the maximum re-usage and recycling
* sustainable travel (including more walking and cycling, better public transport and less motorised traffic)
* local production of food and other necessary goods and services and appropriate allocation and sharing of limited resources
* protection and improvements to green spaces and natural habitats
* strong local communities, community spirit and mutual aid
* decision-making based on the maximum involvement of people, and on the long term needs of our communities and the environment


We will aim for a healthier, happier and more informed population with a much greater community focus and active involvement in all local affairs."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Obama Dow

Dow has now lost only a total of 30 points in the Obama Presidency so far. Awaiting new GOP line of attack.

Given the current flow of conservative global desperation it will probably be major push for cutting taxes and spending, despite this being well known to have been a major factor leading to Great Depression. Specifically Bush ran deficits beyond war spending to fund tax cuts that did nothing to prevent it from coming.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Geithner plan arithmetic - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com

The only way to argue that the subsidy is small is to claim that there’s very little chance that assets purchased under the scheme will lose as much as 15 percent of their purchase price. Given what’s happened over the past 2 years, is that a reasonable assertion?
Geithner plan arithmetic - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com
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Metallica welcomes new 'Guitar Hero' fans - News, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent

"It seemed like the next step - a whole other platform for musicians to reach an audience. If we talk about this in five years, I think it will turn into an expected way to release an album," Ulrich said.

Metallica released its latest album, "Death Magnetic," through "Guitar Hero" as well as through traditional retail and download sites, and Ulrich acknowledged that it might have helped to bring a younger audience to the band. "What blows me away is six months into the (album) experience how young the audience continues to be," he said. "We see whole armies of 10-year-olds who weren't listening to music when 'St. Anger' was released. In a world where music has so much competition, this is a great gateway for them into the music."
Metallica welcomes new 'Guitar Hero' fans - News, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent
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City dwellers have smaller carbon footprints, study finds | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Boner Johnson can be counted on to do everything in his power to counter this pernicious trend towards lower per capita carbon output in London. He will start by pulling Bendy buses and replacing them with lower-capacity, higher personnel cost Routemasters. Based on stated capacity, these will require 3 units for every 2 Bendies. This will increase carbon, though in fairness he has pledged to make the new buses low emission. Still, three buses where there used to be 2 will offset at least some if not all the advantage gained by the higher efficiency of the new buses. Add to that the increase in the number of buses on the streets at any one time and the resulting increase in congestion and thus per capita carbon output from cars and you have at best a carbon neutral solution.

From here, we can count on numerous other car-friendly policies from Boner, such as letting motorcyclists use the bus lanes which will help drive push bikes off the roads, to further increase Londoners' carbon footprints.

Way to go Boner!!

City dwellers have smaller carbon footprints, study finds | Environment | guardian.co.uk
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Tory inheritance tax pledge put in doubt | Politics | The Guardian

A big shift in Conservative tax policy was blown into the open by the former chancellor Kenneth Clarke yesterday when he declared that a landmark pledge on inheritance tax is to be downgraded.
Tory inheritance tax pledge put in doubt | Politics | The Guardian
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Drug Cartel Violence Spills Into U.S. From Mexico - Series - NYTimes.com

Drug Cartel Violence Spills Into U.S. From Mexico - Series - NYTimes.com
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Science after Bush




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Coming Soon: Declassified Bush-Era Torture Memos | Newsweek Periscope | Newsweek.com

Coming Soon: Declassified Bush-Era Torture Memos | Newsweek Periscope | Newsweek.com
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U.S. may buy up banks’ toxic assets - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com

U.S. may buy up banks’ toxic assets - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com

Our big question at Chaosmonster: can the United States political system pull this off? After 9-11 the government had mass support but failed policy. This far far bigger crisis is seeing the largest test of US democracy since the Civil War.

Hey GOP: Bush failed your ideas are stupid and dead. You lost and you need to shut up for a few decades. Hey Democrats: until someone comes up with something better Global Capitalism is the order of the day and must be preserved, no matter has much that places a burden on ordinary tax payers over a few super rich. If the entire system collapses then imagine what will happen to the working class?
WASHINGTON - Struggling to contain the worst financial crisis in seven decades, the Obama administration wants to buy billions of dollars of toxic assets from banks to ease borrowing for consumers and businesses.
U.S. may buy up banks’ toxic assets - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com

Some industry officials familiar with the details said Saturday they expected the approach would try to remove as much as $1 trillion from banks' books. An announcement from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner could come as early as Monday.

If banks are not burdened by the soured loans, then they would be in better shape to resume more normal lending.

A Religious War in Israel’s Army - NYTimes.com

A Religious War in Israel’s Army - NYTimes.com
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Tories squabble over top tax rate as Labour shows signs of recovery - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

On Thursday Mr Cameron said the rich would have to pay their "fair share" to rescue Britain from recession. But Mr Johnson warned that "clobbering the rich" would punish the very people in the City who could stimulate the economy again after the recession.
Tories squabble over top tax rate as Labour shows signs of recovery - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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Andrew Purvis on the middle-class myth of healthy eating | Life and style | The Observer

Andrew Purvis on the middle-class myth of healthy eating | Life and style | The Observer
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Binge-drink women strain NHS | Society | The Observer

Binge-drink women strain NHS | Society | The Observer
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Gay's say sorry for their marraiges

Despair over financial policy - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com

The Geithner plan has now been leaked in detail. It’s exactly the plan that was widely analyzed — and found wanting — a couple of weeks ago. The zombie ideas have won.
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Mike Tyson on women, boxing and the voices in his head | Sport | The Guardian

He smiles, and points to his head, suggesting that the last thing you should ever expect from Mike Tyson is consistency. "There's a committee going on up there." And he laughs, a little desperately. "A committee! A committee going on up there! Oh God help me!"
Mike Tyson on women, boxing and the voices in his head | Sport | The Guardian
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Statehouse Journal - A Governor Says No to Money, and Reaps Boos - NYTimes.com

Mr. Gibbons has said he opposes taking the money because he fears that once the stimulus bill expires, states will be forced to reduce benefits to prestimulus levels or raise taxes to continue them.
Statehouse Journal - A Governor Says No to Money, and Reaps Boos - NYTimes.com
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Odds Of Geithner Ouster Jump To 15%

Odds Of Geithner Ouster Jump To 15%
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The once and future mayor of London



Its truely hard to state in words the sudden ugly collapse the London government with the election of Boris Johnson.

Johnson was driven a great deal by black cap drivers and individuals in the City, and watching both groups suffer economic collapse as King Boris is utterly indifferent to their plight does not make the full extension of evil of this leader any better. Boris's main concern seems to be playing with his little toy double decker buses, the latest design actually will mean London could end replacing existing buses for ones that carry less persons per bus.

But we all know pretty much who Boris is. Despite the fact that everyone know London simply can not support a growth in cars Boris and the Tories want to imagine it is so, and piece by piece they are taking away all other options. Not only has Boris's bus toys stopped any real solutions to the problem, he allowed London's infamously piss poor motor bikers to share the bus lanes with normal bikers. This has been very effective to scare most bikers off the road.

But I could go on, why bother. Most nations get the governments they deserve. Looking at Cameron that is very terrifying. As an American living in Britain I can sum Britain up in one expression "the English can't come to terms with how their worlds have changed and live mostly in a politics of hatred and imagination where keeping the Pound over the Euro critical, Polish emigrants are causing some kind of terrible crime wave, people under 18 are all a threat to civilization, Gordon Brown (who is now the first global leader the UK has had since Thacher or maybe even Churchill) is attacked for anything, including selling Gold reserves., yes that is true Britain still has Tories who want to be on the gold standard."

Think Progress » Colin Powell’s former chief of staff: Cheney is ‘evil,’ his fearmongering is ‘assisting’ al Qaeda.

Think Progress » Colin Powell’s former chief of staff: Cheney is ‘evil,’ his fearmongering is ‘assisting’ al Qaeda.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tijuana: Caught in the cocaine crossfire - Americas, World - The Independent

The violence has left Mexico, a nation that boasts the world's twelfth largest economy, in danger of being declared a "failed state". Tourism, one of its largest industries, has collapsed. Whole regions are under the control of drug cartels, and hobbled by rampant corruption. Two months ago, the US Joint Forces Command declared that, after Pakistan, it was the world's most likely nation to suffer a "rapid and sudden collapse".
Tijuana: Caught in the cocaine crossfire - Americas, World - The Independent
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Robert Fisk: Why Avigdor Lieberman is the worst thing that could happen to the Middle East - Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent

But the growth of such an extremist administration in Israel and the hopeless response of the Obama administration to the so-called supporters of Israel who destroyed Freeman's career, can only be dangerous news for the Middle East. The Jeddah-based Arab News called the Freeman disaster "a grave defeat for US foreign policy". But while uttering all the usual platitudes, the Arab press has been playing up the pusillanimous remarks of US press secretary Robert Gibbs when asked why Obama was "standing mute" in the Freeman affair. "I've watched with great interest how people perceive different things about our policy and during the campaign about whether we were too close to one group or too close to the other. So I don't give a lot of thought to those." Asked for "straight answers", Gibbs said: "I gave you as straight a one as I can get."
Robert Fisk: Why Avigdor Lieberman is the worst thing that could happen to the Middle East - Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent
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Governor Palin's Big Energy Battles - Executive Articles - Portfolio.com


Forget “Drill, baby, drill.” Sarah Palin says she’s building a $40 billion gas pipeline, which even President Obama wants. The only problem: It isn’t there. And it’s her fault.

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Fear of youth is worse than ever, says says psychologist and TV presenter Tanya Byron | Education | The Guardian

Fear of youth is worse than ever, says says psychologist and TV presenter Tanya Byron | Education | The Guardian
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Strategies for Success (Comics)

Strategies for Success (Comics)
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'Drop hacker case' - Terry Waite





Mentally ill UK hacker Gary McKinnon could be said to be a likely Gitmo inmate of the US cyber security madness.

Campaigner Terry Waite was held hostage for more than four years, so he knows what a US prision would be like.


Source BBC


Human rights campaigner and former hostage Terry Waite has called on the US to drop charges against British computer hacker Gary McKinnon.

Glasgow-born Mr McKinnon, 42, from Wood Green, north London, faces up to 70 years in prison if found guilty in the US of breaking into military computers.

He has Asperger's Syndrome and claims he was looking for details of UFOs.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Death Was Punk Before Punk Was Punk - NYTimes.com

Death Was Punk Before Punk Was Punk - NYTimes.com
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America cheers as satirist, Jon Stewart, delivers knockout blow to TV finance gurus | World news | The Observer

America cheers as satirist, Jon Stewart, delivers knockout blow to TV finance gurus | World news | The Observer
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The families torn apart by teenage skunk epidemic | Society | The Observer

This talks about so-called 'skunk' which is strains of pot that are significantly stronger than what was out in the 1970's or, in fact, is still out now. I doubt if I've ever smoked skunk. But people still react by wanting legislation. Why not legalise it and treat it like alcohol? Don't bother to ask. Alcohol can devastate people's lives and we think we need social programmes -- which we do. Super strong pot does it? We need to make it illegal.

Every alcoholic drink you consume in the UK tells you the percentage of alcohol by volume. Legal pot could do the same, could help people stick with the mild stuff if in fact this other type is so addictive.

The families torn apart by teenage skunk epidemic | Society | The Observer
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Simon Jenkins: This Thatcher mythology condemns her strengths and excuses her failings | Comment is free | The Guardian

Thatcher was one of the great "nationalisers" of all time, taking control of the public housing stock, the rating system, a previously devolved hospital service, the universities, the courts, crown prosecution and, during the miners' strike, the police. It was Thatcher who turned Whitehall from an elite administrative corps into a demoralised, politicised officialdom which, under Blair and Brown, became besotted with targets, initiatives and useless IT systems.
Simon Jenkins: This Thatcher mythology condemns her strengths and excuses her failings | Comment is free | The Guardian
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Republican now implies Iraq behind OKC attacks



Well since it was done be right winger, I can see how they would want to connect it to iraq

The truth about the media and Obama


Opinion of Bob

For background read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_tax_in_the_United_States


Why the media suddenly turning on Obama for his economic policy? So far Obama has inherited a massive economic disaster from Bush left Obama.

Why? Because after finally dealing with the crisis in a pragmatic way and saving the US economy for utter collapse 2 more years of Bush would have caused, Obama is moving (after winning the largest set of victories in congress in about 60 years on the Stimulus) to needed tax reform.

Because someone making $750,000 dollars a year is facing an increase of about $37,ooo a year in taxes. This should cover the taxes of about 100 lower income people and allow tax cuts to the middle class unseen in recent US history, but guess how much people who own TV stations make. As CNBC shows us these guys make news with themselves in mind.

For those who don't know after Reagan and 2 Bushes the US tax system has been transformed so that the super rich have income locked in at 35% tax rate. So as you make more and more tax increases level off.

Also notice in the above graph married people get a tax benefit for being married.

So how is it that people who are making $4,000,000 they will never pay more than 35% tax.

But it gets worse. If you invest in real estate and the stock market the tax you pay on money you make simply because you are rich enough to make money is less than the tax rate for earned income. To state it so honestly clear as to be almost Marxist, for the richest who have enough Capital to invest and make profit they will pay less tax in America than if they worked for the money.

Aren't low taxes good for the economy?

In this case its a matter of how the structure impacts everyone else and warps the economy. Present tax structures in America have the following problem:

1. A under 35% tax rate for the richest of the rich no matter what (see graph) means that lower income individual have to pay higher taxes to fund revenues not coming from the rich.
2. Low Capital gains rates mean that the government taxes GDP at wage level.
3. Since taxes for married people are low than single, single people who are more stressed on money also have to pay more taxes.
4. Lower tax rates on Capital gains and property promote booms since wealthy individuals will go in to these fields hunting lower tax rates.

How would I reform the system, with some basic principles:

1. Moral Values, lets return to the principles of Victoria and see that WORK has a noble value. Someone who has inherited a massive amount of money and does a massive real estate bubble in Florida does not deserve a lower tax rate and should pay more.
2. Being single, especially being a single parent is not a moral hazard and in fact single people face far more problems with buying hones and cost. Marriage has economic advantages, therefore the fed should not be taxing married people more.
3. The purpose of the system should not be keeping the richest people in America in a 35% tax base. Someone making $100,000 a year is paying no more than 35%, this has to be paid for by lower income and more numerous workers who have to deal with the struggle of paying taxes on low incomes.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pictures of the day: 11 March 2009 - Telegraph

Pictures of the day: 11 March 2009 - Telegraph
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Fate of the rainforest is 'irreversible' - Climate Change, Environment - The Independent

Fate of the rainforest is 'irreversible' - Climate Change, Environment - The Independent
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Jim Cramer admits to trying to use media to fix market



In light of the current economic crisis, and with the hullabaloo ignited recently by Jon Stewart over the accuracy of CNBC's reporting, we thought it might be useful to revisit this shocking 2006 interview Jim Cramer gave to TheStreet.com's Aaron Task.

In it, the host of Mad Money says he regularly manipulated the market when he ran his hedge fund. He calls it "a fun game, and it's a lucrative game." He suggests all hedge fund managers do the same. "No one else in the world would ever admit that, but I could care. I am not going to say it on TV," he quips in the video.

He also calls Wall Street Journal reporters "bozos" and says behaving illegally is okay because the SEC doesn't understand it anyway.

Here are some gems:

-On manipulating the market: "A lot of times when I was short at my hedge fund, and I was positioned short, meaning I needed it down, I would create a level of activity before hand that could drive the futures,"

-On falsely creating the impression a stock is down (what he calls "fomenting"): "You can't foment. That's a violation... But you do it anyway because the SEC doesn't understand it." He adds, "When you have six days and your company may be in doubt because you are down, I think it is really important to foment."

-On the truth: "What's important when you are in that hedge fund mode is to not be doing anything that is remotely truthful, because the truth is so against your view - it is important to create a new truth to develop a fiction," Cramer advises. "You can't take any chances."

Special thanks to our tipster Henry Chukuka! Keep those tips coming team!

For more on Jim Cramer and shorting stocks, click this.

Yahoo Answers interesting, but just a chat board



Yahoo answers is evolving to be just a USENET, there is no structure to information creation as there is in Wikipedia.

Rush Limbaugh: Icon of Anti-Morality

When Michael Steele, the hapless chairman of the Republican Party, lost his bearings and called Rush Limbaugh's style ugly and incendiary, everyone knew it was the truth. But it was a perfect example of an inconvenient truth. The right wing has long used ugly, incendiary speech the way baseball players use steroids: to artificially pump themselves up. Limbaugh has taken to saying that he wants Obama's policies to fail because they spell the end of an America based on personal freedom. This isn't just a grotesque exaggeration; it disguises the very thing the right wing has been doing when it curtailed civil liberties in the name of national security.

Yet I know people who listen to Limbaugh every morning. They don't believe a word he says. They deplore his rhetorical sins. They detect the whiff of hypocrisy. Basically, they tune in out of sheer incredulity.

Limbaugh has been plowing the field of moral outrage for decades, but unlike Billy Sunday and the other hot-headed radio preachers who cashed in on social resentment in the Great Depression, Limbaugh threw out God. With no religious tradition to anchor himself, he can swing wider. Anything Limbaugh judges against is condemned, not by scripture, but simply by him being pissed off. Whatever Limbaugh hates -- however petty, personal, and arbitrary his animus -- is ipso facto wrong.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Republican Party is becoming a cartoon.

Where to start?


Bobby Jindal: "I'm certainly not nearly as good of a speaker as Obama." Good OF a speaker? How about not as good at eighth-grade grammar either. It's embarrassing.

Sarah Palin? Billing the taxpayers for her kids to travel to official events the children weren't even invited to? She finally agreed to pay back the state for that money she took.

Her per diem charges to the state in the amount of $17,000 while she was living at home instead of in the governor's mansion? She has now agreed to pay the taxes owed on that money. Another tawdry grab at a few dollars that didn't belong to her.

Michael Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, down on his knees apologizing to the helium-filled poster boy of the conservative right? Pathetic.

If the Republicans are ever to emerge from the long dark night they have created for themselves it will have to be without pandering to the right wing nuts that comprise Rush Limbaugh's radio audience. Didn't they learn anything in the last election?

All of which is to say the GOP is blowing it big time. They were handed a golden opportunity to redeem themselves with the election of Barack Obama -- a chance to line up and in unison condemn the evil their party put in the White House the previous eight years.

The country had had a bellyful of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of the messengers of darkness in Washington who had sold out the principles of the Republican Party in favor of huge deficits, a doubling of the national debt, and a growing intrusion of the federal government into people's private lives.

But instead of getting on board the change train and recognizing the incredible amount of damage their people had done to the country, Republicans go blithely along as though nothing has happened. They're busy obstructing Obama's programs and criticizing the Democrats' spending plans that are aimed at trying to bring the country out of a horrible recession.

I hate to break it to them, but a lot has happened. And they're not going to like any of it.

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the Republican Party's favorability rating at an all-time low. President Obama's is at an all-time high. The same poll shows that Republicans are getting most of the blame for the partisanship that hinders governmental progress. And perhaps most telling, when asked which party is best equipped to lead the country out of recession, the Republicans trail the Democrats by a stunning 30 points.

And while all this is going on, the GOP ran a straw poll on who the party's nominee should be for president in 2012. Ready?

Mitt Romney finished first followed by Bobby Jindal, Ron Paul and Sarah Palin.

The Republican Party is marching double-time down the road to irrelevance and they don't even know it.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jack Cafferty.

John Stewart vs. CNBC and NBC; guess who is winning?











Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Guardian launches Open Platform service to make online content available free | Media | guardian.co.uk

Guardian launches Open Platform service to make online content available free | Media | guardian.co.uk
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How Kennedy Won the House and Lost the South - 100 Days Blog - NYTimes.com

How Kennedy Won the House and Lost the South - 100 Days Blog - NYTimes.com
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A nation divided by the recession - Home News, UK - The Independent

The spectre of a "two-nation Britain" – a subject talked of by Benjamin Disraeli in Victorian times – is conjured up again by the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies, which points out that older and poorer households are facing much higher average inflation rates than younger and richer ones, because the former have tended to suffer most from continued high annual inflation in food and domestic energy costs, while the latter have tended to benefit most from cuts in mortgage rates and falling petrol bills. Richer households, and in particular those with mortgages, now have very low inflation rates, on average below zero, says the IFS. But the poorest pensioner households, usually with no mortgage, are still coping with inflation at 6.9 per cent.
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Cash for cars scam is nothing but a handout for motor companies | Comment is free | The Guardian

Cash for cars scam is nothing but a handout for motor companies | Comment is free | The Guardian
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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Did Reagan Try to Convert Gorbachev? - WSJ.com

Gorbachev tried to switch the subject. Perhaps the United States and the Soviet Union might open the way for greater cooperation in space, he told the president. But the president wasn't to be diverted. According to the transcript, Reagan told Gorbachev that space was in the direction of heaven, but not as close to heaven as some other things that they had been discussing.

As the meeting ended, Reagan became even more direct and personal. He noted that his own son Ron did not believe in God either. "The President concluded that there was one thing he had long yearned to do for his atheist son. He wanted to serve his son the perfect gourmet dinner, to have him enjoy the meal, and then to ask him if he believed there was a cook."

What an idiot.

Did Reagan Try to Convert Gorbachev? - WSJ.com
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Jobless Rate Tops 8%, Highest in 26 Years - WSJ.com

Jobless Rate Tops 8%, Highest in 26 Years - WSJ.com
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Beatles game planned as iTunes scrap continues - News, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent

Beatles game planned as iTunes scrap continues - News, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent
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Fairness Doctrine, BRING IT BACK

Why can Rush Limbaugh talk for hours every day on the radio and no one can call up their local station and demand a chance to respond? Because Reagan's thugs removed an excellent policy that had insured freedom of speech and had prevented companies like GE from buying tones of media outlets and turning them in to propaganda tools. Its time to bring back this excellent policy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was (in the Commission's view) honest, equitable and balanced.

The Fairness Doctrine should not be confused with the Equal Time rule. The Fairness Doctrine deals with matters of public importance, while the Equal Time rule deals only with political candidates.

The United States Supreme Court upheld the Commission's general right to enforce the Fairness Doctrine where channels were limited, but the courts have not, in general, ruled that the FCC is obliged to do so.[1] In 1987, the FCC abolished the Fairness Doctrine, prompting some to urge its reintroduction through either Commission policy or Congressional legislation.[2]

Must Jews always see themselves as victims? - Middle East, World - The Independent

Nothing illustrates better how we are in thrall to the uniqueness of our suffering than the shocking silence from most Jewish leaders that has greeted the rise of Avigdor Lieberman – a politician who, in Haaretz's words, "conducted a racist campaign against Israel's Arab citizens and is suspected of grave criminal acts" – to king-maker for the next Israeli government. It's sickening that the leaders of Israel's three largest parties have courted him and conferred respectability upon him, with not the slightest hint that they might be metaphorically holding their noses.
Must Jews always see themselves as victims? - Middle East, World - The Independent
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Friday, March 06, 2009

That Dow Thing

Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE DOW-JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE since the passage of the stimulus bill. Looks like a vote of “no



The above graph of the Dow since the passage of the stimulus package whas presented by conservatives as part of an ongoing Right Wing strategy where unlike a war in Iraq, which we still need to wait to see the final outcome, the economic policies of Obama can be judged in weeks.

Well I wondered why a image was posted when so many great widgets can not only graph the economy but allow you to navigate over time.

Oh right. Lets talke a look at the past 6 months to get some context on the Dow

Dow Jones Industrial Average Share Price Chart | ^DJI | XC0009694206 | Yahoo! Finance UK

But even this is a bit misleading since it is not linear and makes it look as though the current Dow downturn is in scale with the 4 months before Obama took office.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Share Price Chart | ^DJI | XC0009694206 | Yahoo! Finance UK

So we can see that the current Dow downturn is NOT the largest period of Dow drop in the past 6 months.

Strange.

But then again clearly Wall Street is a perfectly rational instrument only guiding the economy in the best possible direction right? Oh and I have this bridge, just send me 10 million dollars.

Jim Cramer can only advise caution



Oh my God!! Caution. Do you mean investors should use caution in investing!!! What a shit. Caution. I guess Jim Cramer is saying that once Obama takes his lead from great minds like Cramer and Sentelli then you can throw caution to the wind eh?

Maybe a little caution 6 years ago would have been good.

AIG described

Charles Ponzi, a "hero" for our times



Charles Ponzi (March 3, 1882 – January 18, 1949) was one of the greatest swindlers in American history. His aliases include Charles Ponei, Charles P. Bianchi, Carl and Carlo. The term "Ponzi scheme" is a widely known description of any scam that pays early investors returns from the investments of later investors. He promised clients a 50% profit within 45 days, or 100% profit within 90 days, by buying discounted postal reply coupons in other countries and redeeming them at face value in the United States as a form of arbitrage.[1][2] Ponzi was probably inspired by the scheme of William F. Miller, a Brooklyn bookkeeper who in 1899 used the same pyramid scheme to take in $1 million.[3]

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Letterman on Limbaugh; Calls him a bonehead thug with Katie Couric



David Letterman had CBS News anchor Katie Couric doubled over with laughter when he referred to Rush Limbaugh as a "bonehead" and described his shirt-unbuttoned appearance at the recent CPAC conference as that of an "East European gangster."

Though Couric didn't take the bait during her guest appearance on Monday night, she did admit to feeling uncomfortable to hear the words Rush Limbaugh and flesh in the same sentence and joked with Letterman, "So much for my interview with Rush."

Link from Huffington Post

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Brown's call to US: Seize the moment to tackle world crisis | World news | The Guardian

The prime minister's 36-minute speech won 19 standing ovations but was, at crucial moments, received in silence on the Republican side of the aisle as he made the case for a united global effort to revive economies and to turn away from the Bush doctrine on the environment.
Brown's call to US: Seize the moment to tackle world crisis | World news | The Guardian
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Fears of a Clown - Timothy Egan Blog - NYTimes.com

Once upon a time, you could drive to the most remote reaches of the United States and escape Rush Limbaugh. But from the Mogollon Mountains of New Mexico to the Badlands of South Dakota, where only the delicious twang of a country tune or the high-pitched pleadings of a lone lunatic came over the AM dial, there is now the Mighty El Rushbo.
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Meta, looking in to indo-europen roots

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Fujitsu India Limited appoints Tata Elxsi as its National System Integration Partner

Fujitsu India Ltd., a leading provider of customer-focused information technology and communications solutions for the global marketplace, has appointed Tata Elxsi Ltd., the technology arm of Tata Group as the national system integration partner.

As per the alliance, Tata Elxsi will take the entire range of Fujitsu India products including the business of Servers, Workstations and Steerage's to the market from the system integration perspective. Tata Elxsi has multi location presence spread across the country which will provide Fujitsu with a wide market reach. Both the companies will focus on helping each other for growing Fujitsu business in various geographies in India as the domestic market continues to show growth.


http://www.indiaprwire.com/pressrelease/information-technology/2008082812497.htm

Alaa el-Aswany

Alaa el-Aswany (Arabic: علاء الأسوانى‎)(born 1957) is an Egyptian writer, and a founding member of the political movement Kefaya.

Trained as a dentist in Egypt and Chicago, USA, el-Aswany has contributed numerous articles to Egyptian newspapers on literature, politics, and social issues. His second novel, The Yacoubian Building, an ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. It has been translated into English, French and Norwegian, and was adapted into a film (2006) and a television series (2007) of the same name.

Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January 2007.

El-Aswany participated in the Blue Metropolis in Montreal, June 2008, and was featured in interviews with the CBC programme "Writers and Company"

Quick and easy way for Republicans to say they are sorry to Rush

Politico Video

Obama tracker

PollingReport.com

I'm Sorry Rush

I'm Sorry Rush - Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee


Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA):

"I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don't have to try to do what's best for your people and your party. "

I'm Sorry, Rush
“I clearly ended up putting my foot in my mouth on some of those comments and I just wanted to tell you, Rush, [...] that I regret those stupid comments.”

Rush Limbaugh: Patsy

Rush Job: Inside Dems' Limbaugh plan - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com

Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party, a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.

The strategy took shape after Democratic strategists Stanley Greenberg and James Carville included Limbaugh’s name in an October poll and learned their longtime tormentor was deeply unpopular with many Americans, especially younger voters. Then the conservative talk-radio host emerged as an unapologetic critic of Barack Obama shortly before his inauguration, when even many Republicans were showering him with praise.

Soon it clicked: Democrats realized they could roll out a new GOP bogeyman for the post-Bush era by turning to an old one in Limbaugh, a polarizing figure since he rose to prominence in the 1990s.

Limbaugh is embracing the line of attack, suggesting a certain symbiosis between him and his political adversaries.

"The administration is enabling me,” he wrote in an e-mail to POLITICO. “They are expanding my profile, expanding my audience and expanding my influence. An ever larger number of people are now being exposed to the antidote to Obamaism: conservatism, as articulated by me. An ever larger number of people are now exposed to substantive warnings, analysis and criticism of Obama's policies and intentions, a ‘story’ I own because the [mainstream media] is largely the Obama Press Office.”

The bigger, the better, agreed Carville. “It’s great for us, great for him, great for the press,” he said of Limbaugh. “The only people he’s not good for are the actual Republicans in Congress.”

If Limbaugh himself were to coin a phrase for it, he might call it Operation Rushbo – an idea that started out simply enough but quickly proved to be deeply resonant by a rapid succession of events, say Democrats inside and outside the West Wing.

The seeds were planted in October after Democracy Corps, the Democratic polling company run by Carville and Greenberg, included Limbaugh’s name in a survey and found that many Americans just don’t like him.

“His positives for voters under 40 was 11 percent,” Carville recalled with a degree of amazement, alluding to a question about whether voters had a positive or negative view of the talk show host.

Paul Begala, a close friend of Carville, Greenberg and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, said they found Limbaugh’s overall ratings were even lower than the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s controversial former pastor, and William Ayers, the domestic terrorist and Chicago resident who Republicans sought to tie to Obama during the campaign.

Then came what Begala called “the tripwire.”

“I hope he fails,” Limbaugh said of Obama on his show four days before the president was sworn in. It was a time when Obama’s approval ratings were soaring, but more than that, polls showed even people who didn’t vote for him badly wanted him to succeed, coming to office at a time of economic meltdown.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was the first to jump on the statement, sending the video to its membership to raise cash and stir a petition drive.


Rush Job: Inside Dems' Limbaugh plan - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com Read Full Story

Mark Steel: So, Karl Marx was right after all - Mark Steel, Commentators - The Independent

Mark Steel: So, Karl Marx was right after all - Mark Steel, Commentators - The Independent
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GOP strategy has flopped so far

Just 26 percent view the Republican Party positively, which is an all-time low for the party. That's compared with 49 percent who have a favorable view of the Democratic Party.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/187342

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Ex-Countrywide Leaders Profit on Loans Gone Bad - NYTimes.com

But to some, it is disturbing to see former Countrywide executives in the industry again. “It is sort of like the arsonist who sets fire to the house and then buys up the charred remains and resells it,” said Margot Saunders, a lawyer with the National Consumer Law Center, which for years has sought to place limits on what it calls abusive lending practices by Countrywide and other companies.
Ex-Countrywide Leaders Profit on Loans Gone Bad - NYTimes.com
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RIA Novosti - Russia - Obama 'ready to drop shield plans for Russian help on Iran'

RIA Novosti - Russia - Obama 'ready to drop shield plans for Russian help on Iran'


MOSCOW, March 2 (RIA Novosti) - Washington has told Moscow that Russian help in resolving Iran's nuclear program would make its missile shield plans for Europe unnecessary, a Russian daily said on Monday, citing White House sources.
RIA Novosti - Russia - Obama 'ready to drop shield plans for Russian help on Iran'



RIA Novosti - Russia - Obama 'ready to drop shield plans for Russian help on Iran'

International Sex Worker Rights Day, March 3rd

International Sex Worker Rights Day, March 3rd

Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA
www.swop-usa.org

invites you to celebrate:

International Sex Worker Rights Day

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Monday, March 02, 2009

In Legal Memos, Clearer View of Power Bush Sought - NYTimes.com

The use of the military envisioned in the Yoo-Delahunty reply appears to transcend by far the stationing of troops to keep watch at streets and airports, a familiar sight in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. The memorandum discussed the use of military forces to carry out “raids on terrorist cells” and even seize property.
In Legal Memos, Clearer View of Power Bush Sought - NYTimes.com
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R.N.C. Chairman Apologizes to Limbaugh in Flap Over His Role - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

R.N.C. Chairman Apologizes to Limbaugh in Flap Over His Role - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com
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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Boris jumps on board France's 'hire an electric car' scheme - Green Living, Environment - The Independent

Boris jumps on board France's 'hire an electric car' scheme - Green Living, Environment - The Independent
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Conservatives Accept Their Future is ... Well, In the Future

CPAC brought in the future of conservatism, and he's 13 years old. This would mean the future of conservatism is at least 10 years away, probably longer if we assume this kid is it.

What's more sad, though, is to see the way he apes conservative talkers: his cadence, his delivery, it all sounds so familiar. And what does he have to say? Conservatism is about 4 things: respect the Constitution, respect life, less government and personal responsibility. Apparently the future of conservatism is exactly the same as its past.



YouTube - Jonathan Krohn Addresses CPAC
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Opinion - The Independent

Opinion - The Independent
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