Submitted by ubetchaiam on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 3:25pm
"An engineer, a chemist, and an economist are stranded on a deserted island.
They are starving, when miraculously they find a box filled with canned food.
What to do? They consider the problem, bringing their collective lifetimes of
study and discipline to the task.
Being the practical, straightforward sort, the engineer suggests that they
simply find a rock and hit the cans until they break open.
“No, no!” cry the chemist and economist, “we would spill too much food and the
birds would get it!” Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 3:40pm
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 3:30pm
"Next time you hear that voting machines are reliable and safe "because they have been tested and certified," think of this important article, which reveals
proven corruption, payoffs and bid-rigging connected to Ciber, Inc., a firm that signed off on our voting machines. Ciber's okay was the foundation for federal
acceptance of voting machines all over the USA." Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 8:56pm
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Submitted by ubetchaiam on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 4:55pm
"What happened in Darveshpura has divided scientists and is exciting governments and development experts. Tests on the soil show it is particularly rich in silicon but the reason for the "super yields" is entirely down to a method of growing crops called System of Root Intensification (SRI). Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 4:55pm
That ,at least in Europe, there is someone to actually stop the merry go round that is government and lobbying. Too bad we don't have a similar functionary OR a media
that doesn't accept the bovine excrement that Congress critters need lobbyists to 'educate' them on complex subjects OR that such is some sort of 'free speech'(if it was 'free' why are these lobbyists so well paid?)
EU Commission probed by ombudsman over lobbyists Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 4:59pm
Fitch said Iceland's debts had been upgraded to BBB from junk after a strong recovery from the financial crisis.
Reykjavik's meteoric recovery comes after its 300,000 residents were told they would be locked out of the world's financial markets for decades after they refused to rescue a group of bankrupt banks in 2008.
Unlike Ireland, Portugal and Spain, the Icelandic government let the country's banks become insolvent rather than spend tens of billions of pounds on bailout funds. Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 2:53pm
The next dog and pony is the Dem convention where the platitudes and non-specific proposals will fly fast and furiously across the tv, radio,net, and printed media.
And will change very few peoples perceptions.
And then, just to keep the commoners amused, that will be followed by what is called 'The Presidential Debates'. As someone who took a few course in argumentation, it truly pains me to have these scripted shows be called 'debates'.
AND, neither Dems nor Repubs will speak out about this:
OPEN DEBATES CALLS ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE COMMISSION TO MAKE SECRET CONTRACT PUBLIC Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Sun, 08/26/2012 - 9:27pm
"Not long after the start of the 21st Century, we like to tell ourselves an uplifting story in which freedom expands whenever tyranny is overthrown.
We believe that freedom and democracy are inseparable, so that when a dictator is toppled the result is not only a more accountable type of government but also greater liberty throughout society. "
Obviously, such a point of view is fallacious as can be easily evidenced just by looking at the results of such a perspective in the actions of nations. And what's sad is that the meme is NOT one that those in positions of power actually believe. Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 6:17pm
The headline reads: "Study: Pop music becoming louder and less original" ; I knew that ! In fact it is easily discernible for any fan of rock and roll. And that study also reflects an overall affectation of U.S. culture.
There really isn't much in the way of current lyricists that paint pictures like the older songwriters did. Or music that complements such lyrics. Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 5:15pm
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Sat, 07/21/2012 - 8:55pm
As the saying goes ""It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes.". And considering all the hoopla over Olympic apparel being made in China, it's incredible to me that there is simply no media coverage or outrage about the fact that the means by which elections are held in the U.S. is on systems made in countries other than the U.S. And that doesn't even take into account all the issues associated with electronic voting.
So to that end, publishing with permission: Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 7:53pm
With all the hoopla people have been subjected to ,including court cases, regarding Obama's birth certificate, why oh why aren't the klaxons sounding about Romney's likely inability to run for the Presidency?
"No one who has received amnesty for a serious crime, such as tax evasion, can be president. "
Yet, it cannot be told with any certainty that Romney did NOT receive amnesty for tax evasions.
Not until he releases all his returns going back to 2002. And his wife says that just isn't going to happen. Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 7:10pm
Read this and the phrase 'Freudian slip' came to mind:
“I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot,” Clinton said at the opening of the consulate."
"In Egypt" ? So the U.S. DOES choose winners and losers, just not in Egypt. Let's see, Haiti and Honduras come to mind easily. And like the withholding of aid or forgiveness of debt has nothing to do with whether the U.S. 'cannot'. Read below the fold...