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Friday, April 3, 2009

Beware Bean Counters' Changes

U.S of A.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123880085634588515.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123880085634588515.html

unemployment 8.5

job losses month of march/2009 over 600,000 (0.6 Million)

treasury dept still drilling holes in the floating boat to let the water out with everybody in it.

Gunman blocks N.Y. center's door, kills 13, self

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http://www.mercurynews.com/crime/ci_12068204


http://www.mercurynews.com/crime/ci_12068204

"Adam" can conduct experiments and form hypotheses to explain the results.

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Could robot scientists be politically incorrect?

He can come up with a hypothesis, plan an experiment, reason about the results, and then plan his next steps.

Now ADAM is the first robot - but maybe not the last - to have independently discovered new scientific information, according to scientists who recently built themselves the mechanical colleague.

ADAM quickly set to work, formulating and testing 20 different hypotheses. The robot eventually identified the genes that code for enzymes involved in yeast metabolism - a scientific first for a robot.

[ It isn't rocket science to prove the nonsense of politically correct pseudo-science. A robot could be made that would conclude Darwinism makes more sense than Lysenkoism or Creationism. Would such robots be insulted as "racists" or their inhuman status be considered proof of their invalidity in making conclusions that affect our views on humanity? ]

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http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=216402727

http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=216402727

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Is a global super-currency on the agenda?

It started out as a call from the likes of George Soros and Ted Truman.

But the IMF's little known international accounting system of special drawing rights [SDRs] has now been propelled straight into the limelight thanks to both China and Russia. However, while Soros and Truman saw the units as a means to help induce a global helicopter cash drop to kick-start the world economy and save the peripheral states from financial implosion, the Chinese and Russians are advocating the accounting system as a means towards a new global reserve currency.

And this does make some sense. Many months ago, when the topic was firmly off the agenda we asked Ken Rogoff, Harvard economics professor and former chief economist of the IMF, about the role of SDRs in the future. His said they were basically not very meaningful in the absence of a consensus to have a world currency. So is that really what China, Russia, Soros and Truman are advocating?

[ In other words: so is that really what those who say they oppose the unipolar New World Order and also those who have worked towards the NWO all their adult lives are advocating? What is going on? ]

global power struggles

The latest bailout came as AIG admitted to having just posted the largest quarterly loss in American corporate history - some $61.7 billion. In the final three months of last year, the company lost more than $27 million every hour. That is $465,000 a minute, a yearly income for a median American household every six seconds, roughly $7,750 a second. In addition, all this happened in the end of eight straight years in that America devoted to frantically chasing the shadow of a terrorist threat to no avail, eight years spent stopping every citizen at every airport to search every purse, bag, crotch and briefcase for juice boxes and explosive tubes of toothpaste. Yet in the end, our government had no mechanism for searching the balance sheets of companies that held life-or-death power over our society and was unable to spot holes in the national economy the size of Libya (whose entire GDP last year was smaller than AIG's 2008 losses).

Therefore, it is time to admit it: We are fools, protagonists in a kind of gruesome comedy about the marriage of greed and stupidity. Moreover, the worst part about it is that we are still in denial - we still think this is some kind of unfortunate accident, not something created by the group of psychopaths on Wall Street whom we allowed to gang rape the American Dream.

People are pissed off about this financial crisis, and about this bailout, but they are not pissed off enough. The reality is that the worldwide economic meltdown and the bailout that followed were together a kind of revolution, a coup d’├ętat. They cemented and formalized a political trend that has been snowballing for decades: the gradual takeover of the government by a small class of connected insiders, who used money to control elections, buy influence and systematically weaken financial regulations.

[Great article. More evidence that we have allowed ourselves to be taken over by psychopaths and still we refuse to see it or put the blame where it should be. ]

The public voluntarily comply with many Orwellian developments

Jade Goody was propelled to a very strange form of modern stardom by the reality TV show Big Brother, and even learned of the cancer that finally claimed her life last weekend on the Indian version of that program. The title of the show was Orwellian. However, what the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four could never have predicted is that the citizens would subject themselves to the scrutiny of the cameras voluntarily. The deeper threat to human dignity in 2009 is not state surveillance but pathological exhibitionism.

In so many respects, what Orwell foretold has happened - with the crucial difference, consumers not imposed upon them by the totalitarian state have embraced that it. The controversy over Google Street View in recent days overflows with excitement at the technological wizardry that enables us to see eye-level panoramic images of places all over the world. It is a service provided by an internet search giant, not a sinister intrusion by the Thought Police. Orwell envisaged language drained of poetry and passion by the state's imposition of Newspeak. In the event, it was the citizens themselves who invented this lifeless shorthand, in the text language that now routinely appears in the examination papers of our teenagers. As for the Junior Spies of Nineteen Eighty-Four, today’s children are already culturally primed to berate their parents for smoking, breaching environmental guidelines, or buying products that are not Fair-traded. The state does not have to get involved.

[The ability to make Heaven seem like Hell and Hell, as if Heaven makes the public cooperate with a tyranny, that oppresses them, while, convincing them it is doing them a favor.]

Violent extremists take insult to their own objection

While we are on the subject of gullibility, what I would like to know is why this Binyam Mohamed is taken at his word when he claims he underwent medieval torture in the hands of the Americans conspiring with the Brits. The other thing I would like to know is why I, a poor little Greek boy, cannot insult militant Muslims who boo British troops in Luton by calling them towel heads, yet they can call the troops murderers and child killers? I realize the sainted editor has to adhere to certain modern conventions, but being called a towel is less of an insult than being called a murderer. Muslims vilify Christians and Jews, seek death for apostates, and call for Jihad against the West, yet only Taki is silenced for pointing out the fact that they wear tablecloths on their heads. A Dutch MP is banned from entering England, and a British MP is banned from entering Canada (lucky him), both men judged to be dangerous to the peace, as ridiculous an excuse as the one about Madoff's wife not being in on the con.

Freedom of speech is not for everyone, certainly not for those who dare point out that militant Islam is the greatest danger to our way of life in the past two centuries, and that what Israel is doing to the Palestinians constitutes war crimes and genocide. Incidentally, I am very proud of my betrothed, the deputy editor of The Spectator, whose dispatch from Gaza was as fair as it was timely. Their secular brothers-in-arms for killing unarmed civilians, women, children and babies exposed Israeli ‘religious’ soldiers. Moreover, this from a country conceived to shelter the weak from just such crimes. Religious nationalist elements in the Israeli army have totally changed the principles of the occupiers, and it will get worse now that Netanyahu and his gang are in power. 'Iran is Germany, and it's1938,' said Netanyahu on CNN in November, 'except that this Nazi regime that is in Iran wants to dominate the world, annihilate the Jews, but also annihilate America.' Nothing like framing the issue in Holocaust terms in order to get American Jews to open up their wallets. Heaven help the Palestinians.

[You cannot really blame the Muslims or Jews for feigning deep distress when we criticize their murderous agendas - if the effect is that we feel terribly sorry and crawl into a hole. It must be a source of never ending amusement to them. ]

organic revolution

As worries about "peak oil" grow in developed nations, the communist republic is proving to be an increasingly popular example of how to cope when the spigots run dry, for the simple reason: they have already been there.

With the loss of supplies from oil-rich Russia in 1991, and a U.S. embargo preventing imports from elsewhere, Cuba was plunged into a severe recession in the early 1990's, referred to as "the Special Period."

Suddenly their society dramatically reduced amounts of hydrocarbon energy, and the result was a fundamental reorganization of food production, leading to a boom in urban organic agriculture, which requires fewer inputs than conventional farming.

[Let us hope the west does go this way rather than going in the direction of more genetic modification and control of agriculture by evil corporations who have an integral interest in agriculture and chemicals]

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