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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Former Timothy Geithner Testifies On Wall Street Bail Out

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testified at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday on the bailout of the giant insurance company, AIG. It was great to finally see someone having to answer some questions about what, in my opinion, was the biggest rip off of the American people since the inception of the Federal Reserve Bank.

At one point during the hearing, after a particularly tense round of questioning, Mr. Geithner made a great effort to appear indignant, saying to one of his questioners, "....you are suggesting that we weren't acting in the public's interest...!" 

Pretty comical, Mr. Geithner! Of course he knows that is the reason for the hearings in the first place.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Obama Takes All Questions From House Republicans

President Obama gave a courageous and brilliant performance today, when he spent an hour and a half on camera taking questions and discussing hot-button issues with house Republicans. Click to see it on C-SPAN.
In contrast to former President Bush, who never dared put himself in situations where he might actually have to form his own sentences in a debate format, President Obama answered all of his critics' questions competently and with pure logic. The Republican representatives, kept trying the same old tactics of political jockeying and inserting rhetoric and political attacks into their questions, but the President rebuffed them every time while answering their questions with perfect clarity.

Good job, President Obama!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


"Support Our Troops." Used early in the invasion and occupation of Iraq as a counter to the growing anti-war movement, this patriotic slogan has since undergone a metamorphosis. As the scores of injured and mentally disturbed soldiers return from the battle fields to their home-towns and try to re-integrate into society, their friends and families are learning that no amount of support can ever heal the psychological wounds that soldiers suffer.

Although I have respect for people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect others, I believe heroism should be associated with a just cause. The illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq has caused such widespread destruction that any glory claimed from taking part in cleaning up the mess, should be carefully examined. Don't tell me they are fighting for my freedom, because in my opinion that is pure garbage! The war was sold to the American people with lies and propaganda. Even among the right-wing there are few who will now deny that the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have had much more to with energy resources and geopolitical strategic posturing than anything else.

There is no justification for the illegal, immoral invasion and occupation of a peaceful country.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

State Of The Union Address

During the President's speech tonight I noticed something that surprised me. Although, I always thought that illegal immigration was one of the right-wing's favorite personal peeve's, when the President talked about reforming our county's immigration policy, very few of the Republican attendees stood up to applaude; conversely, nearly all of the Democrat attendees were on their feet clapping immediately. The Republican side of the gallery only grudgingly stood up when the President spoke of ending the war in Iraq: why do Republican's love war so much?

Although it has long been my position that both parties have been ripping off the American public for generations, it has been demonstrated that the Democrat's policies lead to a healthier economy and a freer society. It is clear that the right-wing's bottom line is always profits; they appear to be against anything that might threaten corporate profits.

The President's speech was strong and well delivered; he made a lot of sense. By contrast the Republican rebuttal was weak: The Republican's complain a lot about the President's ideas, but they always seem to forget that it was their irresponsible fiscal policies that led to the economic disaster the world is now facing.

Friday, January 22, 2010


The United States Supreme Court shocked the nation yesterday, when it decided to overturn it's own 1907 decision limiting corporate spending in political elections. This decision essentially puts the United States government securely in the pockets of the biggest corporations in  the country! 

It may not be a coincidence that the Court has done this at a time when corporate oversight is more crucial than ever: Health care reform is big in the public's mind and it is no secret that the insurance and drug companies have a lot to lose; Wall Street has been asked to return the money that our "government" gave them just before Bush left office, and they have given most of it away already in executive bonuses; also, it is imperative that we take action globally to prevent the pollution that has led to global warming and could possibly destroy human life on Earth.

With the Supreme Court's latest ruling, any efforts to curb harmful corporate activities can easily be squashed by corporations that feel such efforts will interfere with their profits. Elections will be decided by corporations, who will install whatever politicians best favor their interests.

Democracy in this country is now only a dim memory, if it ever really existed at all...  

Thursday, January 14, 2010

World War III, Get Both Sides Of The Story

After reading books such as George Orwell's, 1984, or Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, and seeing movies with the same general message like Brazil, THX-1138, Wag The Dog, etc., I have had little trust in the mainstream sources for world news. Accordingly, I spend a lot of time looking for alternative information sources whenever I am trying to find the truth on global political matters.

The PAK-ALERT PRESS stands out as an excellent source for independant stories and articles out of the Middle- East and especially with respect to the situation in the region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The photos and stories that I find there, give a realistic perspective to the stark reality of a distant war that most Americans are insulated from by our sterile and impotent media giants.

Here is the article that inspired me to write this: The Anatomy Of America's Defeat In Afghanistan

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Muse Yourself

Life begins at forty I have heard, but I could be mistaken. Maybe it was "life begins at fired". Both these occurred within about three weeks of each other so my actual delivery date is ambiguous. As far as work is concerned, I can't say I'm really "missing" it. I graduated with a romantic desire to work in some new green technology. My enthusiasm collided with a faltering economy and I ended up working for a Dutch software company writing code to simulate oil field production. OK, I did it for the money. Somewhere between graduating and the job that would kill my passion, someone told me that true responsibility lied in a steady paycheck, health insurance (see Flu as a pre-existing condition), and giving up my bicycle as transportation for a car. I became a proper consuming, polluting, and productive member of society. This is what happens when you do not follow your muse.
First, what exactly is your muse? What they don't tell you is that there are more than one. There are, in fact, nine muses according to the Greeks or Romans. Your choices range from Calliope (epic poetry) to Melpomene (tragedy) and variations in-between possibly involving dancing or playing the flute. I believe we could create more modern versions of these muses such as: Blogonia (politics), Yogaerpe (holistic health), or Ployspamnia (web development). We may even create hybrid muses for specific interests, such as: Thaliablogonia (political humor). One kind of muse you will not find is one centered around social stability or the pursuit of money which brings me back to my last employment.
My boss decided to task me with scheduling lunch hour lectures. My co-workers grew to hate me as my task turned into cajoling them into standing in front of the entire company and talking instead of eating. The upshot was we could talk about anything we wanted with special butt kissing points awarded to anyone who could make our miserable job look exciting. My own lecture was on the compelling topic of "peak oil". For those who are unaware of what this means, it's when the easy oil is taped out and the remaining oil fields become economically unfeasible to develop (think tar sands). The term develop is actually a misnomer. oil is not developed but removed from the ground and replaced with seawater, but developed sounds more creative and innovative. The United States hit peak oil back in the mid seventies. That's why we import so much now. Anyhow, my lecture, complete with graphs and figures, comes to an end and all I see are stunned co-workers and supervisors. "So what you are saying Charley is we are in a dying business?" I hate to give happy go lucky geeks bad news but I thought it might be important. To the main boss this was almost treason. Lectures were meant to raise moral, rally the troops, and to develop a sense of guilt and servitude toward the company. Whatever reason my boss had for terminating my contract doesn't really matter. The point is that I am free. I can only blame myself if I get into another working situation that drains the hemoglobin from my vitals. I might do better becoming a carbon neutral street performer or following the muse of Ecobuskina .