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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

NO bailouts needed, just good accounting, they say....

We have clearly not been heard nor heeded. We have written, called, demanded accountability from our govt and rec'd what ? ignore-ance...been ignored and bankers, financiers are paid off instead on OUR saved scarce money. NO BAILOUTS !!! Get It back ! Here are some pertinent and clever quotes to copy & paste out to use to send to your own government officials. Speak and Write your own version. Dont let 'them' all rob us...and let us not be blind. Never ! Watch it ! our $$$$ go down the hollow dark hole - black hole of universal corruption.....

Just goes to show there's nothing new under the sun:


NO MORE BAILOUTS, TAKE IT BACK NOW !

IT'S OUR MONEY THIS GOVT IS 'SPENDING' !!!

No give-aways, only investments and nationalize what is broken to fix it, but get your best honest auditors and accountants first, or just "drop it "
...too rotten ... too hot.... too corrupt already !


1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a Congress. -- John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
-- Winston Churchill

5. A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. -- G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. -- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
-- Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -- Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
-- Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
-- Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J. O'Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. -- Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! -- Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
-- Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. -- Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. -- Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. -- Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. -- Mark Twain


(C) maryjanie 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

worried about your money or your freedom ? here are some thoughts from others....

this are a partial reposts of various sites below:

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Maverick News: Small Expectations
Maverick Media - 24 January, 2009 -on Pacificana.org

In describing the current economic crisis, for example, he said, "Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age." But the people suffering the most didn't "fail" to make "hard choices" about the greed and speculation on Wall Street. They didn’t get to choose at all. And they didn’t share in the gains that preceded the crash. Yet now they're being asked to take responsibility and sacrifice he also claimed that "our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred." This and other lines could have come from Bush's speechwriters.


Other troubling signs from Team Obama: calling for more US troops in Afghanistan without a clear explanation of what they’ll do there… giving a misleading impression about how soon and how many soldiers will be removed from Iraq by using the term "combat troops" – 100,000 mercenaries and up to 60,000 troops may remain… approving unspecified bailout amounts for unspecified purposes with unspecified oversight… picking a budget director who favors cutting Social Security for those under 60… picking an attorney general who supports continued immunity for illegal wiretapping and secret searches of library and bookstore data files… Plus, support for the war on drugs, the Patriot Act, and the death penalty.

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from http://pacificana.org/

THE STATE OF FREEDOM. Freedom House, an advocacy group founded in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt that fights tyranny around the world, says that freedom was in retreat in 2008. According to the group’s just released annual survey of political rights and civil liberties, this is the third year of decline in a row. Sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union led the way down, while South Asia showed some improvement.

The report, "Freedom in the World 2009" examines the state of freedom in all 193 countries and 16 territories. It analyzes developments that occurred in 2008 and assigns each country a freedom status – "free", "partly free" or "not free." Overall, 34 countries registered declines in freedom and 14 registered improvements.

The number of countries judged as "free" in 2008 was 89 – 46 percent of the world’s population. Sixty-two countries were listed as "partly free,” 20 percent of humanity. And 42 countries were classified as "not free; that’s the remaining 34 percent. Eight countries received the survey's lowest possible ranking for both political rights and civil liberties: North Korea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Burma, Libya, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea and Somalia. Two territories are in the same category: Tibet and Chechnya.

Eleven other countries and territories received scores that were only slightly better: Belarus, China, South Ossetia, Laos – all in Asia, Saudi Arabia and Syria in the Middle East, Cuba, and, in Africa – Zimbabwe, Chad, Eritrea, and Western Sahara.
[snip]

The most significant progress occurred in South Asia, where several countries saw improvements linked to elections. In addition to improvements in Pakistan, Maldives and Bhutan, progress was also seen in Nepal, Kashmir, Malaysia and Thailand. Declines were registered in Afghanistan, Burma, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Tibet. China increased repression instead of delivering the human rights reforms promised in connection with hosting the Summer Olympics.

In the Former Soviet Union/Central and Eastern Europe, non-Baltic countries continued their decade-long decline in freedom, now ranking below Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East on several survey indicators. Russia and Georgia, which went to war over South Ossetia, were among the notable declines, as well as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova. Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe remains strong, despite setbacks in Bulgaria and Macedonia.

After several years of modest gains, the Middle East and North Africa are experiencing trouble. Iraq was the only country to show improvement, mainly because of reductions in violence, political terror and government-sponsored Shia militias – although it’s still considered “Not Free.” Jordan, Bahrain, Iran, the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli-Occupied Territories also declined, freedom-wise.

Latin America managed to maintain its democratic character despite economic problems, an increase in violent crime in some countries and the rise of populist demagogues. Paraguay and Cuba saw improvements, although the Castro government continues to be pretty repressive. Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Venezuela were among the countries where freedom took a hit.

Western Europe and North America continued to get the highest scores. The election of Obama could lead to reforms of counterterrorism policies. But freedom did decline in two European countries: Italy and Greece. The survey also expressed concern about potential threats to freedom of expression in Canada and England.

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And now, the 10 Worst Corporations of 2008, courtesy of Multinational Monitor. Actually, it would have been easy to restrict the awards this year to Wall Street firms. But the rest of the corporate world wasn’t on good behavior, so this Top Ten list includes only one financial company. And since it’s pretty hard to say who’s really the worst, it’s alphabetical.. Here goes: AIG, Cargill, Chevron, Constellation Energy, Chinese National Petroleum Corporation, Dole, GE, Imperial Sugar, Philip Morris, and Roche. Highlights on some of the top offenders

For the full story, visit Multinational Monitor.

(C) maryjanie 2009

News is turning 'funny' and religious instead of being factual now....

the $170 MILLION INAUGURATION:

"OBAMA'S inauguration has been financed partially [but how much actually ?] by BAILED-OUT WALL STREET executives: [you did not know this either ? right !]

so while OUR country is in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but this isn't stopping them rich donors and the OUR government [read: our paid to govt taxes] from spending $170 million, or more, on the inauguration of the new Prez Obama . The actual swearing-in ceremony will cost $1.24 million, according to Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies."

Who is paying for what here ? Who agreed to those image-boosting fancy-militaristic ceremonial shows to be paid for by US, the ones who can barely afford that old TV?
and ARE OUR OLD NEWSPAPERS ARE SHIFTING ALLIANCES OR JUST BEING TORN UP TOO ?

It has been reported that "USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The San Jose Mercury News and The Kansas City Star have something in common, aside from some of the biggest names in an endangered industry. By the start of February, not one of them will have the same top editor it had when 2008 began. Most of them will have different publishers, too."

Does this mean we have a new slant and new commercial owners to tell us what is happening and how to think about our new "news"? Where do the truth & facts lie?
then, "the Vatican will soon have its own channel on YouTube, where the Catholic faithful or the curious will be able to see Pope Benedict or Church events."
Is that cool or more publicity for strict religious teachings to those who do not want to belong or be preached to or convinced of that Catholic or Christian point of view?

(C) maryjanie 2009

Mother Jones article about Obama and our concerns exposed now

this is a partial repost from
http://www.motherjones.com/interview/2008/12/eugene-jarecki.html
by Political filmmaker Eugene Jarecki


" I think a lot of people see in Barack Obama a chance to feel young again.....

Eugene Jarecki: America tends to fall victim to an overzealous belief in the cult of personality. For Americans, history seems to begin way back with Jesus, Mohammad, and Genghis Khan, and then sometime later there is Hitler and Martin Luther King, until we reach George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and now Barack Obama. That is a wrong-headed view of history. Surely the big individuals in our collective history matter, but they are always a reflection of mass movements underneath them. ....

What is happening right now is that the public voted for change, so it has a great deal of idealism invested. It is imperative that the public look at these appointments and ask itself, "So far, does this look like what I was expecting?" Instead, what is happening is that the public has gone lame duck. We cannot afford that. Left to its own devices, Washington will absolutely devour Barack Obama. .....

This country is a work in progress, you are a vital part of it, and it will go to hell in a handbasket without your vigilance," is hard…And yet it's true. "
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Has anyone yet admitted and explained to us, the gullible public, why most of the news media promoted Obama so fervently and diligently ? and how they definitely continously helped create his ordination into sainthood, also by using both FDR and Lincoln as collaborating pillars of the past- implying openly that he was now fulfilling their programs / missions too. Such significant forefathers to lean on for fame and fortune and future programs. my, my...

And while the now Prez claimed he did not run a racially slanted campaign [except when he spoke in an obvious dialect to certain crowds, slyly laughing along with everyone who pretended they didnt get the joke on others ] and while he instead assisted and let 'others' say it for him - as all the pop talk was about being a "black president" vs. being a effective president - or we can use any adjective other than a color-bound one to describe what was now wanted.

He did not have to say or openly imply that race was an issue, everyone else was saying it for him and insuring that "America fulfill it's promise" to one group within it's national boundaries anyhow.And right after winning, everyone could say it aloud, like one of the 7 deadly prohibited words in TV, he was "black", not mixed, not mulatto, not ...well just "black", obviously so with a dark toned wife and children to prove his choice of lifestyle and genotype. But...he was not admitting to be that before the game was over. He won. Now he could be ...well, anything he chose to image and status himself as being, having won the power to rule. Wow. That's a great trick.

A small, if the USA census numbers are correct,the portion of USA - about 14% are African-American - our grouped populations [check the stats out please ]. So Obama's image as a minority is correct, but as representing more of the USA population is a questionable statement. He does not represent a majority across this nation, and his experience is also not full or wide. His intelligence, charm, charisma and personality is clearly a big benefit, especially as an American President. Diplomatically anyhow.

Of course, looks make images and our choices in marriage make our alliances & appearances seem stable too. Who do we CHOSE to be ? How wonderful to have these choices not every person worldwide has, to chose to be in this group or that one or another preferable group. But the adulation this man bought, in the pre-winning days, in the alternative Democratic votes and the obtaining the USA elections, was evident.

All the media was full of propaganda,and [not announced as ] PR,and all the hard-soft-any-but-sell-us promotions, along with fancy grandstanding... and lots of money-paid-for-campaign manuevers too [ all the advertising - selling - of an image to get those votes, and maybe more ? ]. And the clever sales stories like all consumer advertising was fed repeatedly and grandly by the [paid] news media and so people engorged on the ideal that many now may doubt any human man can fulfill.

But the work was not all done by one political party's due diligence or Democrat's appea. Some of the work was done by those voting against, the prior-old-ruler, opposing what was, as usual,as much wanting & voting for a 'new' image for America. After 8 years. Of course. Time for change, no matter who said it. It was an obvious and good line.

Bush insured that the next prez would not look like him in any way, especially in his last harsh sad years. The economic catastrophe also happening deep into the future insured that a "new" paradigm had to be presented, no matter if it doesn't work...yet...if when it can or ever does .... and the regeneration of younger voters via the internet and cell phone technology gadget proliferation helped turn the dream into a promise that instant change and improvement are as good as the consumerist stuff bought. And the fun & games of such media confirmation also gave Obama the advantage that prior presidents never even had - to be able reach their "millenium" little ones anywhere they happened to be at that moment, to come to vote and to wear colorful t-shirts advertising their dreams in full colored face [red,white & blue]. New times, but old advertising ploys, played well, once again.

and now... after the fact and the elections have been completed and shifted over
the results are ......?????? hmmmmmmmm......

fear and difficult worries and dismay are entering the public dialogues once again. even in the news media, that was so sure and repetitively conformist to PC idealism, is saying the same as has been newsworthy & sensationalist all along... we are not in a new millenium with new gadgets to get us to change out of our losses and difficulties.
welll
we'll see...sadly...but we must see clearly now.

no prez is powerful enough to make the changes he promised so blithely before.
not even if his race is now openly stated and used to build up his power. Black Power! the shout of 3-4 decades ago. Has it become a better reality ?

BBC explains part of what confuses us all, money down the drains

this is a partial reposting from
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7874667.stm

"Walden Bello is a university professor, senior analyst at Focus on the Global South, and president of the Freedom from Debt Coalition.

Week after week, we see the global economy contracting at a pace worse than that predicted by the gloomiest analysts.

We are now, it is clear, in no ordinary recession but are headed for a global depression that could last for many years.

The origins of the present crisis lie in the strategies adopted by economic and political elites to resolve the crises of stagflation - the coexistence of low growth with high inflation - which followed rapid growth in the post-World War II era, both in the G8 economies and in the underdeveloped economies.

Stagflation, however, was but a symptom of a deeper problem: the reconstruction of Germany and Japan and the rapid growth of industrialising economies like Brazil, Taiwan, and South Korea added tremendous new productive capacity and increased global competition, while income inequality within countries and between countries limited the growth of purchasing power and demand, thus eroding profitability.

Dilemma
This produced the dilemma of overproduction.
One "escape route" from the conundrum of overproduction, and for maintaining and raising profitability, was "financialisation".

Unsold Japanese cars in a UK showroom
Overproduction: many cars made, but no-one to sell them to
With investment in industry and agriculture yielding low profits as a result of over-capacity, large amounts of surplus funds have been circulating in or invested and reinvested in the financial sector - that is, the financial sector began turning on itself.

The result has been a divergence between a hyperactive financial economy and a stagnant real economy.

This was not accidental - the financial economy exploded precisely to make up for the stagnation owing to overproduction of the real economy.
Profits, not value

One indicator of the super-profitability of the financial sector is the fact that 40% of the total profits of US financial and nonfinancial corporations is accounted for by the financial sector although it is responsible for only 5% of US gross domestic product (and even that is likely to be an overestimate).

The problem with investing in financial sector operations is that it is tantamount to squeezing value out of already created value. It may create profit, yes, but it does not create new value - only industry, agriculture, trade, and services create new value.

Because profit is not based on value that is created, investment operations become very volatile and prices of stocks, bonds, and other forms of investment can depart very radically from their real value.

Profits then depend on taking advantage of upward price departures from the value of commodities, then selling before reality enforces a "correction", that is, a crash back to real values. The radical rise of prices of an asset far beyond real values is what is called the formation of a bubble.

Virus
We are far from over the worst of this crisis.

In the US real-estate sector, millions more mortgages are likely to go into default over the next few years.

Securities with a value of as much as $2 trillion dollars (£1.4 trillion) have already been injected, like a virus, into the global financial system.
Massive injections of taxpayers' cash have failed to kickstart lending again. Not surprisingly, with global capitalism's circulatory system seizing up, it was only a matter of time before the real economy would contract, as it has with frightening speed in the last few weeks.

Globalisation has ensured that economies that went up together in the boom would also go down together, with unparalleled speed, in the bust, the end of which is nowhere to be discerned. [snip]

Discussions at the World Social Forum in Belem focused on many aspects of the financial crisis that are not being publicly discussed at official or business level.
For instance, while strong calls for re-regulation are made, none of these proposals address the fact that the General Agreement on Trade in Services (Gats) - a treaty created under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) - actually seeks to deregulate trade in services, including financial services.

These liberalising international treaty rules deprive governments of the right to intervene.

The calls for re-regulation would require a dismantling of the whole architecture of treaties agreed over the past 10 years, mainly through the WTO

Governments' hands tied
Under Gats in the EU, governments cannot limit the size or the value of the financial services operations.

This prevents governments from intervening to ensure that a financial service company does not become "too big to fail" or have a destabilising effect on the country that hosts it.

Industrialised countries have gone further by committing themselves to more liberalisation and deregulation under a Gats annex that precludes regulation and opens the way for any new financial service, however speculative
agreements which have been working towards opening up the financial sector, and which were backed by the US and the EU.

Pigeons against backdrop of City of London
The City of London's success was based on deregulation

These were subject to concerted and secretive lobbying of negotiators by financial corporations, resulting in negotiators collaborating closely with the financial industry.

The liberalisation of financial services was included in trade treaties without any guarantee of whether the right regulation and supervision was in place.

In fact, the EU requested many countries to eliminate particular prudential rules, some of which had been put in place after the Asian crisis." [snip]

(C) maryjanie 2009

Letters to Editors re No More Bailouts, please !!!!

Move on.org sent letters to editors of various Los Angeles & OC newspapers. I was happy to join in this effort and gain access - maybe- to being a larger shout to our media who inform our govt representatives who vote any way they please anyhow....

"Please inform "our" govt officals and politicians - who do not seem to care what their Public thinks or wants - to stop saving their precious friends in banks, hedge funds, ratings companies, and all sorts of colluding greedy actors: we, the people, who work to save for our independent older age, refuse to give another 1c to any "business" that makes a profit at OUR EXPENSE.

No more bailouts...in fact, let's take some of what was wrongly promised by the Paulson crowd BACK INTO OUR TREASURY SAVINGS.

and let's nationalize the Federal Bank that issues money based on No thing that increases our debt and diminishes our so-precious-long-held-savings every time they print up so-easily more cash to 'save' themselves.

Please do not let anyone continue to put our working persons and retired persons at risk of begging on the streets of our urbanized world. Stop the free-giving-
-and-guessing and let those who 'didnt know' or 'made a small mistake' or 'didnt look' or 'misunderstood' their professional duties...let those lose their highly paid positions and return what they received but did NOT EARN [on the job].

If there is a mass fall out of no-back-up of our long-held cash and savings, then let the blame be put and pained on those who allowed this or created this to happen.
Be it government, lobbyists, banks, businesses, funds, rating companies, SEC officials, or hogs...may they fail, fall, recind and reinburse the places where they took money for services that defeated the USA people.

Chips may fall and for one, I am willing to now decease and leave this crumbling scene as long as those who helped 'cause' and collude to make this USA 'bubble' a fake delusion of wealth and growth.

Stop the repaying of thieves now !


(C) maryjanie 2009

Salon.com's Greg Greenwald on Obamania and now.....

this is a partial reposting from
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/02/14/brooks/

this was written in salon.com and is also about Greg Greenwald's talk on Bill Moyers PBS show about how media operates with political interests
[snip]
"Indeed, if one reviews most of the political controversies of the last decade, one finds exactly this dynamic: the political and media establishment joining together to deliberately distort American public opinion [snip]

The overarching role of the Beltway journalist is to obscure and distort those widely-held views on the part of the citizenry and thus prevent them from having any impact, protect political power from those beliefs.

What makes this journalistic servitude to the Washington establishment most repellent is that these same pundits generally -- and David Brooks in particular -- endlessly hold themselves out as the Spokespeople of the Ordinary American, even as they work tirelessly to protect the Washington political class from their beliefs, interests and sentiments. That's how people like David Brooks pile media deceit ("we speak for ordinary Americans") on top of political deceit

The most significant fact of American political life is that political journalists (of all people) see their role primarily as defenders of, servants to, spokespeople for the Washington establishment. That's how they obtain all of their rewards and remain relevant. The concept of journalists as watchdogs over political power has been turned completely on its head by power-revering servants

Brooks is about as typical and illustrative as it gets. They benefit substantially from the prevailing rules of political power and, thus, their only concern is to preserve and strengthen it and protect it from the growing dissatisfaction and anger of the peasant class. The more they do that, the more they are rewarded."
[snip]

"Shrillness" – the first cousin of "Unseriousness" – is the conceptual instrument used to deter and (when that fails) demonize those who view the political and media establishment as corrupt at its core. It's a way of demanding that everyone just calm down, avoid impetuous and inflammatory language, and stop acting as though there's anything seriously wrong with our political and media elites:

But it's not as though there's anything to get excited or angry about

And fine: there are some narrow disagreements among people of good faith and some small problems here and there that require some modifications -- little things like torture, chronic high-level lawbreaking, immunity for the political class (juxtaposed with the sprawling prison industry for ordinary Americans), rampant domestic spying, sky-high walls of government secrecy, full-scale economic meltdown, massive and growing inequities in wealth, endless wars, sleaze and corruption oozing from every Beltway pore, complete media complicity with all of it -- but there's no reason to get all indignant or agitated by it or act as though crimes are being committed or radical changes are needed or anything.

[snip]

During the 2008 election, Obama co-opted huge portions of the Left and its infrastructure so that their allegiance became devoted to him and not to any ideas. Many online political and "news" outlets -- including some liberal political blogs -- discovered that the most reliable way to massively increase traffic was to capitalize on the pro-Obama fervor by turning themselves into pro-Obama cheerleading squads. Grass-roots activist groups watched their dues-paying membership rolls explode the more they tapped into that same sentiment and turned themselves into Obama-supporting appendages. Even labor unions and long-standing Beltway advocacy groups reaped substantial benefits by identifying themselves as loyal foot soldiers in the Obama movement.

The major problem now is that these entities -- the ones that ought to be applying pressure on Obama from the Left and opposing him when he moves too far Right -- are now completely boxed in. They've lost -- or, more accurately, voluntarily relinquished -- their independence. They know that criticizing -- let alone opposing -- Obama will mean that all those new readers they won last year will leave; that all those new dues-paying members will go join some other, more Obama-supportive organization; that they will prompt intense backlash and anger among the very people -- their members, supporters and readers -- on whom they have come to rely as the source of their support, strength, and numbers.

As a result, there is very little political or media structure to Obama's Left that can or will criticize him, even when he moves far to what the Beltway calls the "center..[snip]

Part of the political shrewdness of Obama has been that he's been able to actually convince huge numbers of liberals that it's a good thing when he ignores and even stomps on their political ideals, that it's something they should celebrate and even be grateful for. Hordes of Obama-loving liberals are still marching around paying homage to the empty mantras of "pragmatism" and "post-partisan harmony" -- the terms used to justify and even glorify Obama's repudiation of their own political values

Political ideas and values that have no meaningful pressure being exerted on their behalf will always be those that are most ignored. That's just the most basic rule of politics.

clever news bits found...

The Securities and Exchange Commission said it could not account for $8 billion in assets held by the Stanford Financial Group

body scanners at Tulsa airport : For the first time, some airline passengers will skip metal detectors and instead be screened by body scanning machines that look through clothing for hidden weapons


British researchers have found that stock traders tend to take bigger risks when their testosterone levels register at higher levels. Morning saliva tests were used to track the changing levels. What all this suggests, of course, is that when guys are in heat, we may start making bad decisions


When images of bulls-eyes, houseflies or other targets are etched into the bottom of a urinal, spillage is reduced by 80%.

A study of candy bars from eight major retailers found the average confection sat for 140 days, or about 4.5 months, before reaching the consumer.

In California, laws are copyrighted, which means a digital copy of the states Code of Regulations costs $1,556 and a paper version costs $2,315. The state generates about $880,000 annually by selling its laws.

21% of American with salaries of $100,000 or more say they are living from paycheck to paycheck.

29% of American who are in a committed relationship lie to their partner about their spending habits.


what more information of Value could you ask for ?

Bank Bail Outs are not for us, Americans, but for elite financiers only

a Letter sent to Senator Barbara Boxer:

Thank you for actually working on the working-person's behalf....I have heard you in person at UCLA Public Affairs and knew then I could trust you to do your best...
and while the list of how our billions are spent that you sent finally telling us of what was voted on ... all that put everyone in the USA for the next 4-5 generations in debt....those $$$ intended to make more programs and also keep up the ones that were created and funded before, when we THOUGHT ERRONEOUSLY we were a rich nation...

I am dismayed at funding so many, just to "keep up with prior projects"
and so much is going to BANKERS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUIONAL TYPES AND THOSE WHO WORK with our money and who then take it for themselves or just hold it for their profiteering on our cash later.

I am against the original proposition of bailing out the banks and financiers.... those who worked so hard to earn for mostly themselves and did cheat the rest of us by their later-claimed-naivitee and their so called 'mistakes' = = = they are =unforgiveable === as they had profited ....before the fall of this empire!

I am still against the bailing out of companies that profited before, pocketed or even reinvested monies and who only later - now - find their risks have failed. They have failed, all of us.

We do not need to SAVE OR RESCUE FAILED managers or board members of any kind of institutions from their own stupidity.

There is no actual accountability revealed or admitted... but only scare tactics are repeated in their sad stories told on most new media.... to coax us to make our giving them 'stability' or whatever nice word it is to insure their continuation.

If an earthquake happens, whatever is in it's path may collapse.... so be it with the earth changes that have taken place with the lies and from professionals not-looking at faked ratings and fixed bundles...let the collapse first happen, even if it affects us alllllllllllll.... or else there will be no correction made.Nothing learned.

Criminal behavior [even if not unlawful, still criminal in essence] repeats as it gets away with it's games and ploys. To bail out the failures is to ally ourselves and prop up those who have failed us. This is a failing manuever.

And all the threats that are announced repeatedly ::: about "losing American jobs", "losing YOUR houses", losing YOUR banks...INSTEAD OF saying more honestly " you are losing those who lost your security," [if we ever really had any before ? ]

It is a gaming gambling act to help the greedy managers and institutions/corporations continue to do some more of their greedy acts.

I am NOT FOR ANY BAIL OUTS.none! and I am very sorry that those we elect, before and now again, were perhaps forced to agree to give-away ALL our future for programs that look-like they are "necessary" [ tho maybe not so true as is propagandized tho ] - i e. why is the taxed public paying for day care and forcing real parents to give up their children for 'another job' ? And why are helping the disabled and elderly who are discriminated against in employment with ageism and stigmas called "entitlements" when they are just being helped to survive instead of burden their families or live homelessly on city streets and beg ? Why are foolish mortgage purchasers being helped while the majority responsible ones are being ignored and left to their own earnings to pay only ?

Why are more college tuitions being paid for by govt instead of offering pay-back-loans, or work-study programs and part time work by students while they study ? It was so before, why not now ? It is not a gift, an entitlement, but an assist only to the poor working class level, not to anyone earnings more than $50,000, which is not poor at all !!!! Let's get our numbers corrected here !

Not give-aways... but cautious loans carefully taken on that MUST BE REPAID before any more credit is allowed. No more purchasing for fun and technological- keeping -up-with-their-peers with gadgets. No more easy-take-outs but honest work and real food. Like most of the people on this small globe do still, as before, because it keeps people on the ground, in actual life, counting their change and then sharing it.

And why are those who foolishly bought big houses they could not afford the payments then - or in 1 year or two when interest rose more could pay less so - why are they given credits and help ? Because they "hoped" to get back more and gambled ? and lost? Because they were sold a false bill of housing goods and now need to bailed out of their errors and dreams ? when all the rest of home-payors who did not act so conspicuously consuming greedily are not helped at all?

None should be so "assisted" - and let the housing market, and most of new construction that feeds on the myth of "everyone must own their own big house on that hill" be stopped dead in its greedy development by contractors tracks. Let people rent like they did before.... and join their families in housing units ..... instead of having 'separate rooms separate houses' to luxuriously prove something they are not - self-sufficient w/o debt... at least not given more than the responsbible accountable usual affordable old mortgage interest of ages before.


NO MORE MONEY OUT OF OUR POCKETS TO ANYONE !

jobs are needed and can be created and given to Americans, not doled out of country, not manufactured elsewhere, not luring illegal people to come here and work more cheaply... but not paid for by taxpayers. Let those who will surely privatize those projects for creating more labor, and then make the profits, let those corporations create the jobs. Let the organizations who benefit with profits and risks, return a fair share of the benefits to THEIR communities, or move out. We can imagine who will profit from 'the jobs created'...it's not the strangled middle class or surging numbers of working class stiffs and tired laborers.

NO MORE BAILOUTS OF ANY KINDS, PLEASE !!!!!

I heard back in Fall 2008 that USA Today said 70% of USA did NOT want bailouts, and their so-called representatives went ahead and agreed with Paulson et. al to just go ahead and do it..why not ? What is this ? what happened here ?

Where is the voice of the people polled or representated....why are Americans afraid or too complacent to cry out, to strike or even walk in a protest with pretty signs and get photographed ? Where is the active, rebellious, audible voice ? or is that never again to be relied upon as a voice-heard at all ?

who knows what is wanted by the greater than it's 51% majority ? so the hell with the rest of us ? huh ? 49% is not small number in any group.

This is not personal to you,Senator Boxer, but my deep fury and hurt and fear and dismay at the whole of 'our govt' as it appears to us from any media we have access to.

Even the BBC news says the same story....we don't count for anything nothing - because it is done - but Not In Our Name- all done...completed, decided, voted on and paid by lobbyists, politicians, govt 'officials' and then merely reported by the docile reporters. They,we, tell us what we did not want. Or we did not vote for. Or maybe no one asked us directly about our concerns ? Those presumptions of how we and our children want our tax dollars wasted, spent, sunk into more debt are incorrect.

Sure wish I could leave this sinking empire !

(C) maryjanie 2009