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29th April 2010 | Interesting Random Blogs

America’s Debt to Income Ratio as Compared with Other Countries

Seven of the top ten debtor nations are included in the world’s top ten economies. Not surprising. This is largely a result of widespread availability of affordable credit, and relatively large middle classes in these countries, and consequently a large ratio of home/property owners. Most popular rhetoric on the topic would claim that wealthy countries have grown accustomed to being wealthy and they are enthralled by consumerism – it could be argued that this high level of debt could be a result of a culture that is used to and willing to buy now, and pay later…even if it means with interest.

Roubini: “In A Few Days Time, There Might Not Be A Eurozone For us To Discuss”

Companies relying on fair use generate $4.7 trillion in revenue to the US economy every year. The report claims that fair use — an exception to the copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted materials — is crucial to innovation. It adds that employment in fair use industries grew from 16.9 million in 2002 to 17.5 million in 2007 and one out of eight US workers is employed by a company benefiting from protections provided by fair use.

Guide to Repair and Maintenance of Buildings

More than 10% of the buildings worldwide are approaching their end life. Structural elements in buildings are made of materials like concrete, steel and wood, which get weaker with time. Fatigue and other external elements might cause those structural elements to crack. So, it is important to protect these buildings by maintenance and repair.


On May 18th, Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch Ikaros, a fuel-free spacecraft that relies completely on solar power. The spacecraft’s 46-foot-wide sails are thinner than a human hair and lined with thin-film solar panels. After a rocket brings the craft to space, mission controllers on the ground will steer Ikaros by adjusting the sails’ angles, ensuring optimal radiation is hitting the solar cells. If the mission proves successful, the $16M spacecraft will be the first solar sail-powered craft to enter deep space.

Israel, a New Decade

I turn on the television just before dinner. Prime-time. An Israeli series: “The Pilots’ Wives” (“Meet the Women behind Our Heroes”, said the promo), interrupted occasionally by a commercial depicting a soldier missing his mother’s soup (“disclaimer: the actor is not a soldier”). After the series, a short public service broadcast showing a group of young men, each in turn boasting his military service, until they notice one of them – a violent zoom-in – keeps quiet; the message is clear. Then the news, with at least one public relations item pushed by the military: “teen-age girls eager to become fighters”, “a remote-control watch-and-shoot system on the Gaza fence”, “a unique glimpse into a top-secret air-force base” or the like. Not to mention the real news, be it about the Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Iran, or even the billions of terrorists disguised as miserable African refugees allegedly waiting on the Egyptian border to inundate Israel: all these issues, and many more, are predominantly managed and framed by the military.

The Costs of Complexity

Despite cheerleading and doctored statistics from within the Beltway, the US economy is in deep and deepening trouble; foreclosures continue to climb, commercial real estate and second mortgages are shaping up to be the next big shocks, and the rolling collapse of state and local government finances shows no sign of slowing down. The Goldman Sachs flacks who moved into power with the Obama administration promised to fix things; they have pretty clearly failed; and as the neoconservatives learned not long ago, intolerance for failure is very nearly the only thing on which the squabbling factions of the American political class can agree.

Reason Magazine: Peak Everything?

When you really need something, it’s natural to worry about running out of it. Peak oil has been a global preoccupation since the 1970s, and the warnings get louder with each passing year. Environmentalists emphasize the importance of placing limits on consumption of fossil fuels, but haven’t been successful in encouraging people to consume less energy—even with the force of law at their backs.

But maybe they’re going about it all wrong, looking for solutions in the wrong places. Economists Lucas Bretschger and Sjak Smulders argue that the decisive question isn’t to focus directly on preserving the resources we already have. Instead, they ask: “Is it realistic to predict that knowledge accumulation is so powerful as to outweigh the physical limits of physical capital services and the limited substitution possibilities for natural resources?” In other words, can increasing scientific knowledge and technological innovation overcome any limitations to economic growth posed by the depletion of non-renewable resources?

RC Aircraft (Remote Controlled UAV) – LAVI/ J10 Fighter Plane (Youtube)

This is a Full 3D flight. This exact aircraft is the Israeli LAVI, which was later copied by the Chinese and called the JC-10. It has thrust vectoring. The R/C LAVI you see here is manufactured by JD Enterprises and the pilot modified the intake and added a red star to make it look like a J-10.



Pakistan is in the throes of an energy crisis, with Pakistanis now enduring about 12 hours of power cuts a day, a grueling schedule that is melting ice, stopping fans and enraging an already exhausted populace just as the blast furnace of summer gets started.
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George Carlin on Politicians | The Republican-Democrat divide

“You may have noticed that there’s one thing I don’t complain about: Politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says, “They suck”. But where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. No, they come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, American businesses, and they’re elected by American voters. This is the best we can do, folks. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out…

Ignorant citizens elect ignorant leaders, it’s as simple as that. And term limits don’t help. All you do is get a new bunch of ignorant leaders. So maybe it’s not the politicians who suck; maybe it’s something else. Like the public.

That would be a nice realistic campaign slogan for somebody: ‘The public sucks. Fuck hope. Fuck hope.’

Put the blame where it belongs: on the people.

I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around.

They say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain”, but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.”

George Carlin was a left-leaning Libertarian.

Israeli Apartheid is not Fiction!

Open letter to the organizers and attendees of Sci-Fi-London International Festival 2009

Israeli Apartheid is not Fiction!


Cancel the special tribute to Israel in the London Sci-Fi Festival!

Open letter to the organizers and attendees of Sci-Fi-London International Festival 2009

Ramallah, 29 April 2009

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is writing to the organizers of the Sci-Fi-London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantasy Film to urge you to cancel the special “Focus on: Israel” in your festival in London from 29 April – 4 May. We also urge the attendees of this festival, if its organizers insist on the special tribute to Israel, to protest the inclusion of this session and to boycott the focus on Israel. Honoring Israel in any field right after its massacre in Gaza shows either apathetic disregard for the lives and rights of the Palestinian people or, worse, complicity in Israel’s grave violations of international law and human rights principles.

We understand that the focus on Israel is organized in cooperation with the British Council of Arts in Israel as part of the British Israeli Arts Training Scheme, BI-ARTS, which is funded by Israel’s Ministry of Science, Culture and Sports and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The latter, it is worth noting, is currently headed by the ultra-right racist Israeli politician, Avigdor Lieberman, who in response to the struggle of Palestinian citizens of Israel for equality and full citizenship rights has continuously advocated their ethnic cleansing, notoriously stating that “minorities are the biggest problem in the world.” By organizing this session celebrating Israel’s contributions to the field, you will be effectively welcoming into your highly esteemed international forum a state that maintains the world’s longest regime of occupation and colonization as well as the only surviving apartheid.

On the festival’s website it states that the focus on Israel aims to examine the sci-fi “what if’s” being explored in other countries. Yet, we wonder if you are aware of Israel’s over 60-year old colonial history of brutally subjugating the Palestinian people. Israel’s recent war on Gaza is the latest chapter in this history of colonial oppression. In this brutal military campaign, Israel killed over 1,440 Palestinians, of whom 431 were children, and injured another 5380 [1]. Israel subjected the besieged population of Gaza to three weeks of unrelenting state terror. Israeli warplanes targeted and bombed densely populated civilian areas, using illegal munitions, such as white phosphorous, and reduced whole neighbourhoods and vital civilian infrastructure to rubble, not to mention its wilful mass destruction of agricultural land. In addition to this, Israel also partially destroyed Gaza’s leading university and scores of schools, including several run by the UN and used as civilian shelters during the war of aggression. The UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territory has described the Israeli attack on Gaza as “a war crime of the gravest magnitude under international law.”

Israel’s war on Gaza was not an anomaly but an integral part of the systematic policies of ethnic cleansing and colonial oppression that Israel has carried out against the Palestinian people. The state of Israel was established in 1948 by forcibly expelling the overwhelming majority of Palestine’s indigenous Arab population. For 60 years now, Israel has continued to deny the millions of displaced Palestinian refugees their UN-sanctioned rights to return to their homes of origin. For the last 41 years, Israel has maintained a repressive military occupation over the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, violating Palestinians’ most fundamental human rights with impunity. Israel extra-judicially kills Palestinian activists and leaders; subjects Palestinians to daily military violence; routinely demolishes Palestinian homes and illegally confiscates Palestinian land. Israeli continues to expand illegal Jewish colonies on occupied Palestinian land, linking them to an apartheid system of Jewish-only roads, and the Wall that was declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004. Israel’s policies of repression systematically target all aspects of Palestinian life and are designed to crush the Palestinian will, creativity and human spirit. Since the early 1970’s Israel has targeted and routinely closed Palestinian universities and cultural centres in the West Bank and Gaza, and imposed a repressive system of censorship, banning scores of books – effectively imposing a stranglehold designed to prevent Palestinian cultural expression. From 1979 to 1992, Birzeit University was closed 60% of the time by Israeli military orders [2].

The injustice and the violent suppression of the Palestinian struggle for freedom have lasted too long. To bring an end to this oppression, Palestinian civil society has called on people of conscience throughout the world to take a stand and support our struggle for freedom by adopting boycott, divestments and sanctions, BDS, against Israel until it fully complies with international law and recognizes our inalienable rights [3]. This BDS call has received resounding international support, and has been endorsed by a number of prominent international cultural figures and Israeli artists, including Aharon Shabtai, John Berger, Ken Loach, Arundhati Roy, Roger Waters, John Williams and others. Other high profile artists have also heeded our call by cancelling gigs in Israel; these included Bono, Bjork, Snoop Dogg and Jean Luc Goddard.

In calling on artists to support the cultural boycott of Israel, John Berger urged artists to adopt the boycott as a mechanism of protest and a means to end the silence surrounding the impunity with which Israel violates international law and denies Palestinian their basic human rights [4]. In endorsing the boycott, the prominent Israeli poet, Aharon Shabtai, said:

“A State which maintains an occupation and commits daily crimes against civilians does not deserve to be invited to whichever cultural week. We cannot accept to be part of that. Israel is not a democratic State but an apartheid State. We cannot support that State at all” [5].

To claim the cultural field is “neutral” in the face of systematic and persistent injustice is to effectively side with the oppressor. International solidarity and support for the boycott of South African played a pivotal role in helping bring down the apartheid regime. Similarly, we sincerely hope you will take a moral stand and cancel your tribute to Israel, until it meets its obligations under international law and recognizes the Palestinian people’s right to live in freedom and equality in their homeland.

Yours truly,

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
www.PACBI.org
pacbi@pacbi.org

[1] http://www.ochaopt.org/gazacrisis/index.php?section=3
[2] http://www.mediamonitors.net/parry1.html
[3] http://www.pacbi.org/campaign_statement.htm
[4] http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=415
[5] http://www.countercurrents.org/cattori260208.htm

George Carlin on Politics/Voting

“You may have noticed that there’s one thing I don’t complain about: Politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says, “They suck”. But where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. No, they come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, American businesses, and they’re elected by American voters. This is the best we can do, folks. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out.

….I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain”, but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain.

I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.”

George Carlin was a left-leaning Libertarian.

Friedrich Hayek | The Road to Serfdom Analyzed | Free Market Economy

Source: http://www.freedomworks.org/informed…?issue_id=2933

Source: http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?p=7302810

Source: http://www.informationpile.com

Nobel Prize winner Friedrich Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom” has influenced countless people on the subjects of collectivism and totalitarian rule.

Hayek was a world class Austrian Economist, debating and debunking early Keynesian theory. FA Hayek was a champion for liberty, classic liberalism, free market economics and limited government.

In 1944 Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom was published, first in England and six months later in the United States. The following year, Reader’s Digest published an abridged addition that was perhaps the most widely read economic tract of the time, reaching more than half a million readers in one format or another. World War II, the harsh realities of Nazi Germany, and the emerging communist state in the Soviet Union provided Hayek with an especially powerful insight into the horrors of collectivism and the rise of the totalitarian state.

Yet, in both academic and literary circles, Hayek was a voice in the wilderness. The collectivist left was on the rise, enamored with the visions of a Soviet, communist-style utopia, while most academic economists were emboldened with a new set of policy tools they claimed would allow governments to allocate resources far more efficaciously than a market ever could. Hayek was one of the few to advocate the principles of limited government in a world increasingly characterized by an encroaching state.

Hayek’s ideas emerged from simple, but powerful, economic insights. The most basic economic issue is the allocation of resources. There are far more demands for resources than possibly can be met—scarcity haunts every decision. Every society, then, must determine how these resources will be allocated, and there are only two choices: voluntary exchange or coercion. Either the government controls and allocates resources by force, or individuals, exchanging freely in the marketplace, determine how resources are used.

Hayek argued that voluntary exchange was preferable and superior to a government allocation of resources and that no government could replicate the efficiencies of the market. For Hayek, the market was a discovery process that not only allocated resources, but also coordinated the plans of millions of individuals living in a post-industrial society. Hayek described a “spontaneous order” that allowed individuals to prosper and nations to develop in the absence of government coercion.

Key to Hayek’s vision was the price mechanism. Prices carry far-flung bits of information about the relative scarcity of specific goods and services that allow both consumers and producers to adjust their use of scarce resources. Markets are voluntary, dynamic, and evolving, which allow individuals to adapt to a constantly changing world.

The government, on the other hand, is unable to capture the information flowing through the economy and is too large and rigid to adjust easily to new circumstances. When a government allocates resources by fiat, there is no price signal reflecting the degree of scarcity. The struggle between visions first appeared in the Socialist Calculation debate of the 1930s, with economists such as Ludwig von Mises and Hayek arguing against the collectivists that governments would fail in their attempts to improve upon the market. Government price controls—direct and indirect—distort the information conveyed by prices. Coordination breaks down, and economic activity becomes less efficient. This is often followed by even more government intervention, which seeks to undo the damage of the first intervention. As a result, government expands at the price of economic liberty. Little by little, more power is ceded to government, and each loss of liberty is another step on the road to serfdom.

That is the basic message Hayek outlined in his seminal work. Government is coercive by nature. Resources can only be allocated by taking from one group to give to another. Taxes are collected from all, and then spent by the government on particular programs that benefit particular people. Politics, rather than markets, is used to make important decisions about the allocation of resources. Progress suffers as innovation in the marketplace yields fewer rewards, while political power and control of the encroaching state become more important.

Political markets are zero-sum games at best; when the cost of government is included in the transaction, they may even be negative sum games. That is, political actors engage primarily in redistribution, which means when one person gains, someone else loses. Add in what it costs the government to shuffle resources, and the economy may be shrinking.

Hayek’s work examined the critical nexus between markets and governments, between individual freedom and government authority. The Road to Serfdom presented a compelling case that the central government cannot replace the market’s ability to communicate vast amounts of complex information. Hayek demonstrated that the state-led economic model is far inferior to the market’s ability to generate economic growth and prosperity. Even worse, the loss of liberty that occurs under command-and-control regimes can eventually lead to totalitarianism and holocaust. Communism, socialism, fascism, and other forms of centrally planned economies have been in vogue at various times with the intellectual elite, and Hayek’s work was a direct challenge to those endorsing such ideas.

The Road to Serfdom was both a warning and a plea to understand the inevitable link between collectivism and totalitarianism. The 20th century is marked by costly experiments in alternative forms of government that took a horrific toll in terms of human life. Despite the prosperity and liberty created by market economies, the push for a larger state persists. Government continues to grow and the coming election may see renewed efforts to expand its scope. Hayek’s message is just as valid today as it was more than half a century ago when The Road to Serfdom was first released.

Crooks and Liars » Vice President Dick Cheney HATES the American people?

Crooks and Liars » Why does Dick Cheney hate the American people?


The audacity of Dick Cheney never ceases to amaze me. Check out what the Veep says in response to a question by ABC’s Martha Raddatz about 2/3 of Americans thinking the war was not worth fighting.

Raddatz: Two-thirds of Americans say it’s not worth fighting, and they’re looking at the value gain versus the cost in American lives, certainly, and Iraqi lives.

Cheney: So? <sinister smirk>

Raddatz: So — you don’t care what the American people think?

Cheney: No, I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls. Think about what would have happened if Abraham Lincoln had paid attention to polls, if they had had polls during the Civil War. He never would have succeeded if he hadn’t had a clear objective, a vision for where he wanted to go, and he was willing to withstand the slings and arrows of the political wars in order to get there. And this President has been very courageous, very consistent, very determined to continue down the course we were on and to achieve our objective.

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An you imagine what a bastard son-of-a-bitch this guy is! Dick Cheney should be FIRED!

Vote for Ron Paul… Join the Revolution! 

Insane John McCain is unfit to be a Republican nominee

I’ll tell you the truth. I was very impressed by John McCain. He was a POW, an active politician, an independent thinker & very impressive credentials. Until, I decided to research more about John, who could be an option considering the fact that MSM has virtually omitted any reference to Dr. Ron Paul.

I was very disappointed by what I read. The article here is an eye-opener.
http://www.amconmag.com/2008/2008_02_11/cover.html

With Super Tuesday behind us, more and more conservatives are desperate to find a real Republican and McCain is not the answer for he is as liberal and insane as they come………..

God bless Ron Paul

McCain is a militarist suffering from acute narcissism, armed with the Bush Doctrine and he is not fit to be commander in chief. McCain is running on a platform that says your jobs are not coming back, the illegals are not going home, but we are going to have more wars. Romney is in love with Romney. Obama and Clinton are now kissing each other, planning their partnership to install a Socialist government that forces you to pay more taxes for benefits for everybody else. Don’t You Get It Yet?

There is a Solution…..Ron Paul. Stop pandering and seriously read about this guy.

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