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2851  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 11, 2011, 09:59:11 AM
GM, I agree.  What amazes me is how the MSM makes it sound like the anger on the right is all being driven and stoked by talk radio and Fox, etc.
Quite the contrary.  I don't think many who listen to these shows are really that influenced.  I think most of the listeners are *already* the choir.  They are listening because they already have come to the same conclusions and we all tend to seek those who validate our views.

For example,  I have come to the conclusion that Bamster does not inherently like whites, Jews, or America.  I did not come to this conclusion after listening to talk radio.  I listen to talk radio because they have concluded the same and I listen to vent.  The left strategy is to belittle and deligitamize this frustration every way possible.  They decrie that it is "fringe", "hate", "bigots", "crazy" (birthers  angry), or misguided (Obama is really a moderate angry).

Even Joe Scarborough was essentially blaming Fox talk radio, Palin, Beck this AM.
I used to like that guy.  I don't know what has happened to him in his apparent quest to be seen as a moderate and fit in over there at MSNBC.
He must be having an affair with that broad.  What's her name?  The one who is the daughter of the ugliest national security advisor (to Carter- no less) we ever had in government.

I guess the only question remains is how is Bamster going to play this.  Probably his script is already written for him ala Clintonesque, "I feel your pain" and he will show "leadership" and avoid politics (let others do that) and triangulate.  The MSM will be adoring, drool and go orgasmic again, with quotes like, "this is what he ran on".

I guess I should be glad to have the President do that but frankly I am not because I know this guy is a radical dressed in sheeps clothing.

After being conned for years with Katherine's music by everyone and anyone I know a con (usually) when I see one.

Now that he doesn't have huge majorities in both houses to ram through his agenda he has ultimately been pulled kicking and mumbling towards the center by those around him who are desperately trying to keep him popular and relevant for 2012.

It is no accident the MSM made it a policy to show us how he read a biography on Reagan over his break in Hawaii.  No matter how hard they try this guy is no Reagan.
Yet the swing voters as I have pointed out are easy fodder for manipulation and persuasion and they will fall for all this as they always do.  You can fool some of the people all of the time.
2852  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / tu quo quo on: January 10, 2011, 03:38:03 PM
From Michelle Malkin's piece and explanation of "tu quo quo":

Tu quoque
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This article is about the logical fallacy. For the historical quotation "Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi", see Et tu, Brute?. For the play by John Cooke, see Greene's Tu Quoque.
 
A case of Tu quoque: "By Jove, what extraordinary headgear you women do wear!"—ironic reference in PunchTu quoque (pronounced /tuːˈkwoʊkweː/ [1]), or the appeal to hypocrisy, is a kind of logical fallacy. It is a Latin term for "you, too" or "you, also". A tu quoque argument attempts to discredit the opponent's position by asserting his failure to act consistently in accordance with that position; it attempts to show that a criticism or objection applies equally to the person making it. This dismisses someone's viewpoint on an issue on the argument that the person is inconsistent in that very thing.[2] It is considered an ad hominem argument, since it focuses on the party itself, rather than its positions.[3]

Contents [hide]
1 Illegitimate use
1.1 You-too version
1.1.1 Legal aspects
1.2 Inconsistency version
2 See also
3 References
 

[edit] Illegitimate use
In many cases tu quoque arguments are used in a logically fallacious way, to draw a conclusion which is not supported by the premises of the argument.

[edit] You-too version
This form of the argument is as follows:

A makes criticism P.
A is also guilty of P.
Therefore, P is dismissed.
Examples:

 :"He cannot accuse me of libel because he was just successfully sued for libel."
Person 1: It should be illegal to make clothing out of animals.
Person 2: But, you are wearing a leather jacket.
Person 1: Never smoke cigarettes. It is a terrible addiction.
Person 2: I just saw you smoking a few minutes ago.
[edit] Legal aspects
In common law, a legal maxim exists stating a person cannot approach the courts of equity with unclean hands. If there is a nexus between the applicant's wrongful act and the rights he wishes to enforce, the court may not grant the applicant's request. To illustrate, if a landlord breaches a term in a tenancy agreement and then issues an eviction notice to the tenant for the tenant's breach of a term in the tenancy agreement, the law might permit the tenant to stay because of the landlord's own breach of the tenancy agreement.

This argument has been unsuccessfully used before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in several cases when the accused tried to justify their crimes by insisting that the opposing side had also committed such crimes. However, the argument tu quoque, from the basis of international humanitarian law is completely irrelevant, as the ICTY has stated in these cases.[4][5][6][7]

Historically, however, at the Nuremberg trial of Karl Dönitz tu quoque was accepted not as a defense to the crime itself, or to the prosecution proceedings, but as a defense only to punishment.[8] Otto Skorzeny and officers of Panzer Brigade 150 successfully used tu quoque evidence at the Dachau trials to be acquitted of violating the laws of war by using American uniforms to infiltrate Allied lines in the false flag Operation Greif in the Battle of the Bulge.

[edit] Inconsistency version
This form of the argument is as follows:

A makes claim P.
A has also made past claims which are inconsistent with P.
Therefore, P is false.
This is a logical fallacy because the conclusion that P is false does not follow from the premises; even if A has made past claims which are inconsistent with P, it does not necessarily prove that P is either true or false.

Examples:

"You say aircraft are able to fly because of the laws of physics, but this is false because twenty years ago you also said aircraft fly because of magic."
Senator Smith: It is important that we all vote for this legislation.
Senator Jones: You just said last week that voting for it was a bad idea.
[edit] See also
Pot calling the kettle black
And you are lynching Negroes
Unclean hands
[edit] References
^ Random House Dictionary
^ Bluedorn, Nathaniel (2002, 2003). The Fallacy Detective. pp. 54. ISBN 0-9745315-0-2. 
^ Logical Fallacy: Tu Quoque
^ Judgment of the Trial Chamber in Case Kupreškić et al.. (January 2000), para. 765
^ Judgment of the Trial Chamber in Case Kunarac et al.. (February 2001), para. 580
^ Judgment of the Appeals Chamber in Case Kunarac et al.. (January 2002), para. 87.
^ Judgment of the Trial Chamber in Case Limaj et al. (November 2005), para. 193
^ Yee, Sienho (2004), "The Tu Quoque Argument as a defence to International Crimes, Prosecution, or Punishment", Chinese Journal of International Law, 3, p. 87-133.
[hide]v · d · eFallacies of relevance
 
General Absurdity · Accident · Ad nauseam · Argument from ignorance · Argument from silence · Argument to moderation · Argumentum ad populum · Base rate · Compound question · Evidence of absence · Invincible ignorance · Loaded question · Moralistic · Naturalistic · Non sequitur · Proof by assertion · Irrelevant conclusion · Special pleading · Straw man · Two wrongs make a right
 
Appeals to emotion Fear · Flattery · Nature · Novelty · Pity · Ridicule · Children's interests · Invented Here · Island mentality · Not Invented Here · Repugnance · Spite
 
Genetic fallacies Ad feminam · Ad hominem (Ad hominem tu quoque) · Appeal to accomplishment · Appeal to authority · Appeal to etymology · Appeal to motive · Appeal to novelty · Appeal to poverty · Appeals to psychology · Appeal to the stone · Appeal to tradition · Appeal to wealth · Association · Bulverism · Chronological snobbery · Ipse dixit (Ipse-dixitism) · Poisoning the well · Pro hominem · Reductio ad Hitlerum
 
Appeals to consequences Appeal to force · Wishful thinking
 
2853  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: January 10, 2011, 02:15:40 PM
"Are we to wonder why an angry, grassroots Tea Party spread -- or why it was instantly derided by our experts and technocrats as ill-informed or worse?"

Yet according to the media we should all stop our angry rhetoric, we should all hold hands and calm discussions,  "conversations" (using the term from the shameless Spitzer), all the while we are getting screwed from here to kingdom-come from the left and their elites, they steal our money, bribe voters with it, talk our country down here and abroad, fail to protect our boarders, unilaterally decide to alter our culture, our norms, our way of life, give our hard earned achievements away, and on and on.

That is why I say on the other thread that the right will not be silenced and that the responsibility for murders rests with the guy who commited them and why our politicians many of whom are certainly corrupt are owed no more special privileges.  Talk radio, Sarah Palin, Fox, Beck, and even Olberman bare no responsibility for the crimes.  End of story.

And like I pointed out my opinion on the other thread how brave some politicians are in Mexico who really do risk their lives fighting crime and refuse bribes can you imagine our politicians doing the same here?  Why they take bribes without their lives at stake here.

2854  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gender, Gay, Lesbian on: January 10, 2011, 12:40:45 PM
Not surprising.

This is the next step after gay marriage in the ascendancy of the gay lifestyle as a choice and simply an alternative and just as normal as heterosexual marriage, child rearing, etc.

I mean we already have the rich gay celebs having children and becoming parents.  Elton John, the lesbian comedian (what's her name).

The MSM *celebrates* this as part of its progressive agenda.

Anyone opposed, is a homophobe, needs couseling, is mean spirited, a bigot and the rest.

It used to be gays told us what they do in the bedroom is none of anyone else's business.  I agree.  But now they tell us it is everyone's business.
2855  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 10, 2011, 12:13:50 PM
Olberman worked on his usual day off over the weekend to immediately turn this into a rant against the evil right.

The fact that the killer appears to have had more politically in common with *his* opinions will of course be ignored.  I don't suppose he will get on the air and state he should tone down *his* rhetoric or of course try to pin the blame on himself.

A lot of people are angry in this country.  And with good reason.  Those to the right of the spectrum will not be silenced.

Like Doug posted, lets try, convict, and execute this murderer the one and only one responsible (as far as we know at this point) for murder.


2856  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 10, 2011, 10:33:08 AM
"We (who survive) will live our lives in and out of metal detectors and cameras with emptied water bottles because of nutjobs like this one."

And now the calls from our brave elected officials to pass more laws for their protection.

We don't need any more laws.  It is reasonable for major security for the President but we have enough laws already for them IMO.

Last night on 60 minutes was the segment on the mayor of Santiago, Mexico who was kidnapped and killed because he refused to play ball with the local drug terrorists.
Now there is a hero!   Can you imagine any of our brave lawmakers in this country truly risking their lives to fight drug terror?  All the brave Mexicans who are trying to fight the terror they live with everyday because of the cowards and punks in this country who sell and do drugs.

Real courage is choosing between "silver and lead" as they are forced to do in Mexico.

2857  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politically (In)correct on: January 07, 2011, 03:12:56 PM
The interesting "Story of US" on cable pointed out many of the railroad crews were Irish.   They were apparently drinking while working - even when they were using dynamite to blast through rock to lay the tracks.

Some of them apparently wished they had been holding flowers after the many reported accidents including blowing themselves to bits.  I thought of the above famous photo when I heard this.  Hell they didn't need Al Quaida.

2858  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / what was political correct is now political incorrect on: January 07, 2011, 02:58:10 PM
I never forgot how my sixth grade teacher showed us a watered down picture of the following *true* picture in our history book.  In the book the picture shows the guys on the trains waving bouqettes of flowers!  The teacher told us that this was BS (He probably said it more nicely) and in the real picture the guys were holding whiskey bottles.  He was absolutely correct.  When the East and West transAmerica railroad line was finished these guys (many were Irish I understand) were getting sloshed on whiskey not throwing flowers at each other.  But when I was in sixth grade in the sixties political correctness would not allow school grade children to see the "great men of the American West" drinking booze - I suppose.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/1869-Golden_Spike.jpg
2859  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 07, 2011, 02:48:46 PM
Therefore they would still be "illegal aliens". 

Well good question.

 I am thinking about Reagan pardoning and granting amnesty to the hordes that were here in the 80s.  Now there are five times more here (at least).

My undestanding is the President has the power to grant amnesty or pardon criminals (of Federal Law?).

So if bamster pardons them they may not be automatic citizens but sure enough they are no longer "illegal".

Notwithstanding some liberals are trying to twist common sense on its head and lose the term illegal and call them undocumented.

"He doesn't need to do anything it's already been done."

True point.  I think though a pardon would even make the path to citizenship a moot point.  I guess I don't know the legal technicalities involved.




2860  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 07, 2011, 01:30:12 PM
PC,

"elite libs are absolutely sure they have all the answers and know what's best for the world and things like facts or the truth are just minor nuisances that they talk their way around"

Excellent point and how you expressed this.  They know best for the world and are going to shove it through no matter what.  They are adept at bribing just enough voters to keep them in power.

It is up to Repubs to be able to convince at least some of the Dems, particularly minorities, that crats are hurting them in the long run if buying them off in the short run.

I am convinced that if Bama cannot get some sort of DREAM act or something like it AND if he loses in 2012 he will definitely pardon the illegas during the lame duck period.   He will have nothing to lose at that point and his socialist agenda can then be rammed through with hordes of predominantly new voters who are more than happy to vote for us to pay for more of their benefits.  Alternatively, he will do it in a second term.  I have no doubt.
2861  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 07, 2011, 01:24:14 PM
PC,

"elite libs are absolutely sure they have all the answers and know what's best for the world and things like facts or the truth are just minor nuisances that they talk their way around"

Excellent point and how you expressed this.  They know best for the world and are going to shove it through no matter what.  They are adept at bribing just enough voters to keep them in power.

It is up to Repubs to be able to convince at least some of the Dems, particularly minorities, that crats are hurting them in the long run if buying them off in the short run.

I am convinced that if Bama cannot get some sort of DREAM act or something like it AND if he loses in 2012 he will definitely pardon the illegas during the lame duck period.   He will have nothing to lose at that point and his socialist agenda can then be rammed through with hordes of predominantly new voters who are more than happy to vote for us to pay for more of their benefits.  Alternatively, he will do it in a second term.  I have no doubt.
2862  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 07, 2011, 12:10:14 PM
Pelosi: Democrats Lost House Because of ... Bush!
"We still would have lost the election because we had 9.5% unemployment. Let's take it where that came from. The policies of George W. Bush and the Republican support for his initiatives, tax cuts are for the wealth, recklessness by some," Minority Leader Pelosi told CNN.

It is stuff like this that has me scratching my head.  There are a lot of Democrats who I disagree with but who do not say just utter nonsense and seem to have everyone behind the scenes terrified of her.  I can't believe it is just a wonderful "bedside manner" behind the scenes.

It must be mobster style politics with a LOT of powerful financed supporters.  Like play ball and we will get you the bribes to your constuents and send you money for your re election and get the money for the federal funded highway thru the district where you own real estate, or else we will reveal that you are downloading child porn, visiting prostitutes (that were set up for you by me "friends") or have a nice IRS audit of your accounts, etc.

There must be alot more than meets the eye.

Where is the journalism???  Or are they all in the tank or bought off too?



2863  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / poitical gamesmanship on: January 07, 2011, 11:10:46 AM
Just to deflate the crat rat argument:

I think Republicans should raise taxes on billionaires.  How many are there in the US?  100?
Just to stick it back into the faces of the crats who keep going on the tube complaining that the way to bring down the deficit is not to give tax breaks to "billionaires".

OK, so lets raise the rates on all those with a net worth of one billion or more.  Let's include Gates and Buffett and Soros.

Willl this then shut the rats up?
2864  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: January 07, 2011, 09:56:42 AM
It is only common sense to think that adding 45 to 50 million people to the rolls will only drive down health care costs.   huh  I have not read it but the CBO estimate or whatever it is called has to based on multiple assumptions about "preventative" and "quality" care which are really code words for restricted controlled care.  I can even in my armchair gaurantee that these assuptions are based on magical thinking and are not based in any reality.  The CBO estimate is all based on pulling the rug out from the argument that providing health care to 50 million people (at the expense of all the rest of us) will not drive up costs or the deficit.  That is like our government downplaying the Chinese military build up.  I don't know.  Did our leaders always lie like dogs to us?

There is just no end to the tales told in order to redistribute wealth from tax payers to tax benefit receivers.  As long as 50% of the country pays no Federal tax this country is screwed.  There is no end to those on the dole who are quite happy to vote themselves money from the treasury.  Answer:  all people have to pay income tax.  I admit I am not holding my breath though.

****CBO Says Healthcare Law Repeal Will Increase Deficit.
The CBO analysis of the economic effects of repealing the healthcare law garnered much press coverage on Thursday. Many sources characterized the analysis as another bone of contention between Republicans and Democrats that will only intensify the debate over health reform.

        The AP  (1/7, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports, "Repealing President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul would add billions to government red ink and leave millions without coverage, Congress' nonpartisan budget referees said Thursday ahead of a politically charged vote in the House." The AP adds, "In a letter to [House Speaker John] Boehner, budget office director Douglas Elmendorf estimated repeal would increase the deficit by $230 billion from 2012 to 2021," and that "about 32 million more people would be uninsured in 2019 as a consequence." But, "Boehner brushed off the Congressional Budget Office analysis as emboldened Republicans, now in the majority in the House, issued their own report arguing that Obama's coverage expansion would cost jobs and increase budget deficits."

        The Los Angeles Times  (1/7, Levey) reports, "House Republican leaders quickly dismissed the new projection from the Congressional Budget Office...as unrealistic," and "some analysts have also questioned whether all the savings in the sweeping health overhaul will be realized." Boehner said in response to the analysis, "CBO is entitled to their opinion. ... I do not believe that repealing the job-killing healthcare law will increase the deficit." Nevertheless, "the closely watched CBO, an agency which lawmakers from both parties have historically relied on, is widely considered one of the most important independent sources for information about the impact of proposed legislation."

        According to Politico  (1/7, Kliff), "Michael Steel, spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, brushed off the estimate as faulty accounting," saying, "There is no one that believes the Washington Democrats' job-killing health care law will lower costs, because it won't. That's why we pledged to repeal it and replace it with common-sense reforms that will actually work."

        The Washington Times  (1/7, Dinan) reports that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) also weighed in on the CBO analysis, saying, "CBO did the job it was asked to do by then the Democrat majority. And it was really comparing apples to oranges, because it talked about 10 years' worth of tax hikes and 6 years' worth of benefits. ... Everyone knows, beyond the 10-year window, this bill has the potential to bankrupt the federal government as well as the states." Yet, "CBO officials, in the letter, challenged that argument, saying the health care law will reduce deficits over the longer term as well," which "means repeal would increase the deficit in the long-term, too."

        The Washington Post  (1/7, Goldstein) reports, "The CBO's assessment, arriving as Republicans have mobilized to make the law's repeal the first major House vote of the new Congress, touches on a sensitive area for the GOP." Notably, "Republicans are vowing to take tough measures to reduce the deficit, although they already have exempted the health care measure from rules requiring that any spending increases be accompanied by offsetting reductions so that the net effect on the deficit is null." The Post says, "The CBO's analysis provided an early glimpse of the brute force politics spreading across Capitol Hill and beyond in the new era of divided government."

        The National Journal  (1/7), the Wall Street Journal  (1/7, Bendavid) "Washington Wire" blog, Reuters  (1/7, Whitesides, Cowan), and another CQ Today  (1/7, Ethridge) article also cover the story, as does The Hill  (1/7, Kasperowicz) in its "Healthwatch" blog and Medscape  (1/6, Lowes).

        Obama Vows To Veto Any Repeal Attempts. The Hill  (1/7, Youngman) reports, "President Obama officially drew a line in the sand Thursday evening, threatening to veto House Republicans' attempt to repeal Obama's landmark healthcare law." The Hill adds, "In a statement of administration policy released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the administration said that repeal would 'would explode the deficit, raise costs for the American people and businesses, deny an estimated 32 million people health insurance, and take us back to the days when insurers could deny, limit or drop coverage for any American.'"

Health Policy and Legislation
House GOP Unveils Several Bills To Repeal, Defund Healthcare Law.
The Hill  (1/7, Pecquet) reports in its "Healthwatch" blog, "Republicans have already introduced almost a dozen bills aimed at repealing, defunding and otherwise weakening Democrats' healthcare reform law since the new Congress opened for business Wednesday." Indeed, "in addition to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) bill to repeal the entire law, at least two Republicans -- Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Connie Mack (R-Fla.) -- have introduced straight repeal bills."

        Politico  (1/7, Brown) reports, "Republicans reopened their battle against President Barack Obama's health care law, using the first committee meeting of the new Congress Thursday to eviscerate the overhaul as a 'job killer' and a 'malignant tumor.'" Politico adds, "The committee's formal mandate Thursday was to write the terms of the debate for the repeal vote Wednesday," although "the meeting quickly turned into a rerun of the past two years in both tone and substance, with Republicans blasting Democrats for their handling of the law and Democrats accusing Republicans of flouting their own party rules to rush the repeal bill to a vote."

        Chicago Sun-Times  (1/7, Carlman) reports, "Newly installed Republicans in the US House of Representatives plan to make good this week on their vow to roll back the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the package of health reforms passed by Congress and signed by President Obama less than a year ago." But, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "called the repeal effort 'a huge step backwards' and said the act already has granted Americans freedoms they did not enjoy before it was passed, including coverage for pre-existing conditions, a reduction in employers' expenses and reduced prescription costs for seniors." Sebelius added, "Those are goals we've been talking about for years, and we're finally making some progress. ... We can't afford to take benefits away from families."

Senate Dems Seek To Counter Health Reform Repeal Efforts.
CQ HealthBeat  (1/7, Norman) reports, "Senate Democrats are joining in an all-hands-on deck effort to defend their embattled health care law with a series of hearings on the measure's benefits announced Thursday for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee." For instance, "Senate Democrats also launched their own hearings to counter the heat on the House side. HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said he'll convene the sessions during the next several months to highlight how the law benefits Americans. They'll probably include testimony from people who live outside the Beltway," and "administration officials will be asked to discuss implementation and experts will testify."

        The Hill  (1/7, Millman) notes in its "Healthwatch" blog, "The first will examine how the law protects consumers against health insurers. The committee also will examine how the law requires insurers to be transparent about rates and spend at least 80 percent of premiums on healthcare services; benefits small business owners; reduces the deficit; increases quality of care; reduces waste, fraud and abuse; invests in prevention and wellness; provides portable insurance; and expands coverage."

Conservative Groups Urge Dems Who Voted "No" To Support Repeal.
The Hill  (1/7, Millman) reports in its "Healthwatch" blog, "Groups opposing healthcare reform are urging 13 House Democrats who voted against the reform law to support the repeal bill next week." In a letter to the lawmakers, DeFundIt.org, Americans for Prosperity, Independent Women's Voice and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons wrote, "If you are really against ObamaCare, then you will vote yea for repeal."

Physicians Group Asks GOP To Strengthen, Not Repeal Healthcare Law.
The Hill  (1/7, Millman) reports in its "Healthwatch" blog, "A pro-reform physicians group is asking leading House Republicans to strengthen -- not repeal -- last year's healthcare overhaul." Notably, "Doctors for America on Thursday morning delivered a petition, signed by more than 2,000 physicians and medical students, to the offices of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) that urged the new House majority to improve the healthcare reform law." The physicians wrote, "We believe repealing or weakening the Affordable Care Act will move our healthcare system backward -- and we strongly urge against it." ****
2865  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 07, 2011, 09:29:07 AM
Doug, PC, BD, and Crafty,
Thanks for your input.  But none of you have really answered the question.

You all point out achievements.  What I don't get is, 'what is it about her or her skills or her methods that makes her so effective'.

Doug's comment,
"I guess they all have behind-the-scenes-skills"

And this goes to my question.

What are her skills.  Other than being a pushy full of shit ass I simply wonder what it is she does behind the scenes that makes her so succesful.

2866  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pelosi on: January 06, 2011, 03:15:16 PM
Does anyone understand or know what this lady does that makes her so "effective"  at shoving her will on everyone?

Other than being a world class liar I don't see any obvious great intellectual talents yet everyone seems to bend to her will and fear her behind the scenes.

What is the missing link that us regular people are not privy to?

I just don't get it.

2867  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US-China on: January 06, 2011, 01:57:03 PM
Crafty,
A lot of downplaying about Chinese military build up in the press.  It is obvious China is positioning itself to dominate the East.  While we cut our nuclear sub ballistic capability and our bombers with Start China continues to steal military secrets and build up their military.  Yet our politically correct MSM decides that the big issue is humorous gay bashing by our aircraft carrier commander. cry  The Chinese have to be laughing as hard as possible behind closed doors.
They are slowly but surely wiping the floor and catching up to us while the media is focused on gays and hollywood celebrities feelings.  And the ONE has feminized our military commanders.  They are no longer warriors.  They come across as mothers.

***Monday, July 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Jung-joon) By Bill Gertz
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The Washington Times
2:26 p.m., Monday, December 27, 2010
China's military is deploying a new anti-ship ballistic missile that can sink U.S. aircraft carriers, a weapon that specialists say gives Beijing new power-projection capabilities that will affect U.S. support for its Pacific allies.

Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, disclosed to a Japanese newspaper on Sunday that the new anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) is now in the early stages of deployment after having undergone extensive testing.

"An analogy using a Western term would be 'initial operational capability (IOC),' whereby I think China would perceive that it has an operational capability now, but they continue to develop it," Adm. Willard told the Asahi Shimbun. "I would gauge it as about the equivalent of a U.S. system that has achieved IOC."

The four-star admiral, who has been an outspoken skeptic of China's claims that its large-scale military buildup is peaceful, said the U.S. deployment assessment is based on China's press reports and continued testing.

The new weapon, the "D" version of China's DF-21 medium-range missile, involves firing the mobile missile into space, returning it into the atmosphere and then maneuvering it to its target

Military officials consider using ballistic missiles against ships at sea to be a difficult task that requires a variety of air, sea and space sensors, navigation systems and precision guidance technology - capabilities not typical of other Chinese missiles.

Asked about the integrated system, Adm. Willard said that "to have something that would be regarded as in its early operational stage would require that system be able to accomplish its flight pattern as designed, by and large."

The admiral said that while the U.S. thinks "that the component parts of the anti-ship ballistic missile have been developed and tested," China's testing has not gone as far as a live-fire test attack on an actual ship.

"We have not seen an over-water test of the entire system," he said.

Adm. Willard said he did not view the new missile as a greater threat to U.S. and allied forces than China's submarine forces, which also have been expanded greatly in the past decade.

"Anti-access/area denial, which is a term that was relatively recently coined, is attempting to represent an entire range of capabilities that China has developed and that other countries have developed," he said.

"It´s not exclusively China that has what is now being referred to as A2/AD capability. But in China´s case, it´s a combination of integrated air-defense systems; advanced naval systems, such as the submarine; advanced ballistic-missile systems, such as the anti-ship ballistic missile, as well as power-projection systems into the region," he said.

The new weapons can threaten "archipelagos" in Asia, such as Japan and Philippines, as well as Vietnam and other states that "are falling within the envelope of this, of an A2/AD capability of China," Adm. Willard said.

"That should be concerning - and we know is concerning - to those countries," he said.

Adm. Willard said the new weapons are "an expanded capability that ranges beyond the first island chain and overlaps countries in the region."

"For that reason, it is concerning to Southeast Asia, [and] it remains concerning to the United States."

Andrew S. Erickson, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, said the admiral's comments on the missile deployment confirm earlier reports that the Chinese are moving ahead with the DF-21D missile.

"China must have conducted a rigorous program of tests, most likely including flight tests, to demonstrate that the DF-21D [missile] is mature enough for initial production, deployment and employment," Mr. Erickson said in an e-mail.

Mr. Erickson estimates that at least one unit of China's Second Artillery Corps, as its missile forces are called, must be equipped with the road-mobile system.

"While doubtless an area of continuous challenge and improvement, the DF-21D´s command, control, communications, computers, information, surveillance, and reconnaissance infrastructure must be sufficient to support attempts at basic carrier strike group targeting," he said.

Mr. Erickson said, based on Chinese missile-deployment patterns, that the new missile system likely will be fielded in "waves" at different units to meet deterrence objectives.

Military specialists have said the DF-21D deployment is a potent new threat because it will force U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups to operate farther from hot spots in the western Pacific.

Currently, U.S. military strategy calls for the Pentagon to send several strike groups to waters near Taiwan in the event China follows through on threats to use force to retake the island. The lone U.S. aircraft carrier strike group based permanently in the region is the USS George Washington, whose home port is inYokosuka, Japan. A second carrier is planned for Hawaii or Guam.

Carrier forces also provide air power in the event of a new war in Korea and are used to assure freedom of navigation, a growing problem as the result of recent Chinese military assertiveness in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Yellow Sea.

Adm. Willard did not discuss what U.S. countermeasures the Navy has taken against the new anti-ship missile. U.S. naval task forces include ships equipped with the Aegis system designed to shoot down ballistic missiles.

Wallace "Chip" Gregson, assistant defense secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs, said in a speech earlier this month that China's new anti-access and area-denial weapons, including the DF-21D, "threaten our primary means of projecting power: our bases, our sea and air assets, and the networks that support them."

He warned that China's military buildup could "upend the regional security balance."

Richard Fisher, a China military-affairs specialist, said the new ASBM is only one part of a series of new Chinese weapons that threaten the region.

"When we add the ASBM to the PLA's [People's Liberation Army's] growing anti-satellite capabilities, growing numbers of submarines, and quite soon, its fifth-generation fighter, we are seeing the erection of a new Chinese wall in the western Pacific, for which the Obama administration has offered almost nothing in defensive response," Mr. Fisher said.

"Clearly, China's communist leadership is not impressed by the administration's ending of F-22 production, its retirement of the Navy's nuclear cruise missile, START Treaty reductions in U.S. missile warheads, and its refusal to consider U.S. space warfare capabilities. Such weakness is the surest way to invite military adventurism from China," he added.

Mr. Fisher said the Pentagon should mount a crash program to develop high-technology energy weapons, like rail guns and lasers in response to the new ASBMs.

Mark Stokes, a retired Air Force officer who has written extensively on the new missile, said the new deployment is a concern.

"China's ability to place at risk U.S. and other nations' maritime surface assets operating in the western Pacific and South China Sea is growing and closer to becoming a reality than many may think," Mr. Stokes said.

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About the AuthorBill Gertz
Bill Gertz is geopolitics editor and a national security and investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He has been with The Times since 1985.

He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.***
2868  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: california on: January 06, 2011, 01:40:32 PM
"it is also true that the Great Depression was a period of above average unemployment."
In  the 30's there were not 20 million illegals here working like there are now.
2869  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 04, 2011, 03:09:12 PM
"officials hastily blamed either Al-Qaida or the Israeli Mousad"

Perhaps we can "reach out" to the dastardly but poor uneducated disenchated youth who do these deeds and prove our love by allowing a mosque be built on ground zero.

All we need is love.  The pepsi generation.

We need to get past the hate mongering.  That is all.

Well this is what we get with a bunch of 60's hippies running the world now.


 
2870  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 04, 2011, 11:33:11 AM
***Perhaps you are right, but if they are so self sufficient, I think America should save the billions upon billions of dollars we give to Israel each year (America needs the money!) and also let's forget our veto in favor of Israel at the UN which we do at great cost to America.***

I've said I don't know if we can ask or expect non Jews to give a shit about Israel to the extent of money or blood.

You express your feelings quite clearly on this.

***I was pleased to see that many responsible Jews in Israel and worldwide agreed with me.***

Good for you.  I have already also sad youcan have your opinions and I don't care much.  Pleaseing you is not paramount.  What is is that the Jews don't get slaugtered again.  If your view counted,

or for that matter the Jew hating President we have now than Israel is doomed.

As for Israel's reliance on the US for aid I am sure they would wish they don't need it.  It does come at a price.

 
2871  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Unions on: January 04, 2011, 10:38:43 AM
And this is why FDR even in the 30's was against public employee unions.  They hold taxpayers hostage.  No surprise. 

As ususal the taxpayers are spit on by our complicit elected officials and the unions who have this attitude they are entitled:

***Union Snow Saboteurs Caught on Tape: Criminal Investigation Launched
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Call it the "blizzard backlash."

Criminal investigations are under way to find out why it took so long to dig out from last week's massive snow storm.

Videos released exclusively to CBS 2's Marcia Kramer suggest that the clean-up job may have been dirtier than once thought.

One video is now in the hands of prosecutors. It shows two sanitation trucks driving down 155th Street in the Whitestone section of Queens after the blizzard without removing the snow.***

2872  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 04, 2011, 10:08:23 AM
JDN,
You've made your opinion clear.  I like you and have nothing personal with you at all.  But -
My opinion is that I am offended and annoyed and angry that Israel cannot be left alone by one billion Muslims.  I am offended that Jews cannot be left to live their lives in piece on one tiny spot on Earth the size of New Jersey.  I am offended by Arabs and other types of Arabs whose endless hatred of Jews never ceases.  I am offended that despite their haveing one thousand times more land that a few million Jews that is not enough for them. 
They have no more claim or rights to Israel or Palestine or whatever or whosever name you want to use for that small property on Earth then Jews who have lived there for 3,000 years ALWAYS having to fight for their lives.  Philistines, Syrians, Persians, Babylonians, Hittites, Egyptians, Turks, and probably a dozen others.

Leave the Jews alone.

Israel is not the US and not founded or supposed to be maintained the same political structure as here.  So what if the Jews intertwine religion and politics.  Let them run the country and defend it and PRESERVE it the way they want.  They know what is best to protect themselves - not you.  Like I said you don't like it don't go there.

I see no problem with Rabbies trying to encourage Jews to marry Jews anymore than the Pope need not go around telling Christians to marry Muslims or Jews, or HIndus or Muslims encouraging their young to marry Muslims.  So what?

2873  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Stock Market on: January 03, 2011, 03:58:50 PM
Yes it is venture capital.

I wish I had listened to Khosla when he predicted 90% of tech stocks would fail before the tech crash of 2000.
I thought it interesting that he feels the climate change pundits are totally off base by predicting that solar, wind electric cars will dominate.

He thinks it will more likely be a major advance in some already established energy not a whole new source that will be the big winner.
2874  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 03, 2011, 10:01:15 AM
" Clinton, and I think he did wrong, had consensual "sex".  Or whatever he did..."

No, I was referring to the woman who stated Clinton beat her, held her arms down and raped her and was afraid to come forward because he was Governor of Arkansas at the time she alleged he did that to her.

As for Israel they have every right to protect itself as a Jewish state. 

You don't like it don't go there.

You think it racist, who cares.
2875  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: January 03, 2011, 09:38:39 AM
"Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

Yes and they are setting up the Republicans now.  Notice now that the Repubs control Congress the mantra throughout the media is< "the big question are the Republicans going to compromise with Obama which is of course what the voters want (wink wink) or are they going to be the party of 'no'"?

I don't recall hearing anything like this when W was President and Pelosi controlled Congress in '06 to '08.

Notice the bias difference.  This IS the hurdle the Republicans must surmount.  If they cannot voice why they are better for America than the Radical progressive agenda pushed through by the academic, union, lawyer, media cabal than they will not win.
2876  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Vinod Khosla2 on: January 01, 2011, 06:32:24 PM
Unintended consequences:
Q: Policy choices can have unintended consequences—but so, too, can technologies. You are clearly a technology champion.
Khosla: A technology bigot. A religious, technology bigot.

Q: Are you comfortable with the unintended consequences of your investments?
Khosla: I'm fine with that.

Q: But what if those consequences fall on other people's shoulders?
Khosla: Look: I sincerely believe there are risks with technology. But I also believe that doing business as usual and not taking any risks may be the biggest risk we take. I don't believe we have the option of being conservative, of continuing to do what we've done. The only choice we have is which risks we choose to take. And generally, technology risks are more controllable risks: they're patchable.

Q: Do you want to make money doing this?
Khosla: Absolutely.

Q: Aren't you rich enough already?
Khosla: No, it's not that. I have come to the view that unless somebody makes money at doing something, the idea won't be deployed broadly or quickly. Competition keeps ideas fresh and draws improvements. Almost every well-intentioned effort fails in the face of human characteristics. So I do believe capitalism is the only way to solve the world's problems.

I am definitely an optimist-- a technology optimist. Hopefulness is a key part of my message. We don't just need to grapple with inconvenient truths—we need to keep our minds open to radical solutions, the more convenient truths.



05.24.2010
Khosla Ventures Announces Tony Blair Associates as Senior Advisors
Former British Prime Minister to help innovative cleantech startups achieve a global impact
MENLO PARK, Calif., May 24, 2010 — Khosla Ventures, a venture assistance firm that focuses on cleantech and information technology startups, today announced a strategic partnership with Tony Blair Associates. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his team will leverage his advocacy for environmental issues and his global relationships to help Khosla's broad portfolio of clean technology companies maximize their effectiveness in achieving their environmental goals. Founded by Vinod Khosla in 2004, Khosla Ventures is developing one of the largest, most diverse, and eclectic cleantech portfolios. Khosla Ventures views partnerships with large corporations, environmental and governmental organizations essential to maximizing its environmental impact. As part of the relationship, Mr. Blair accompanied Vinod Khosla yesterday to tour the Calera green cement demonstration plant in Moss Landing, Calif.

Tony Blair Associates will offer strategic advice to Khosla Ventures' green portfolio companies, drawing on his considerable geopolitical, political, organizational and environmental expertise. With Mr. Blair's support, Khosla Ventures will continue to foster innovations that can cost-effectively reduce carbon emissions — in areas that include solar, batteries, biofuels, lighting, mechanical and energy efficiency, and building materials. Mr. Khosla dubs their area of focus "maintech" rather than "cleantech," as he believes the infrastructure of society will be substantially impacted by technologists and entrepreneurs supported by his and other similar portfolios.

"Solving the climate crisis is more than just a political agenda item — it's an urgent priority that requires innovation, creativity, and ambition," said Tony Blair. "I share a clear vision with Vinod, one of the earliest leaders in cleantech investment, that entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and beyond will have a tremendous impact on our environmental future. Vinod's portfolio companies are galvanizing scientific and technological know-how into businesses that can make a huge difference in reducing carbon and other emissions, and I look forward to dedicating a portion of my time to help them move us toward a more sustainable tomorrow. The Khosla Ventures organization is particularly effective in assisting entrepreneurs to develop and deploy their technologies all over the world."

Mr. Blair has long led on climate change issues, both in the U.K. and worldwide. He was the first major head of government to bring climate change to the top of the international political agenda at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 summit. He is a proponent of pursuing practical solutions to tackle climate change through technology and energy efficiency. Tony Blair now leads the Breaking the Climate Deadlock initiative, a strategic partnership with The Climate Group, working with world leaders to build consensus on a new comprehensive international climate policy framework.

"I have always admired Mr. Blair's early and consistent commitment to addressing climate change," said Mr. Khosla. "His goals align so well with our own mission to support disruptive startups in the cleantech space and to find technology solutions that can achieve unsubsidized market competitiveness for green technologies. We believe in attempting to achieve the 'Chindia price point,' the price at which even developing countries will voluntarily adopt these carbon efficient technologies. It's a price that is either cheaper than fossil alternatives or can achieve less than one year payback for efficiency investments, and is the key to scalable global adoption of environmentally beneficial technologies. With Tony's advice and influence, we will create opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to devise practical solutions that can solve today's most pressing crisis at a global scale while creating new jobs, new businesses and new sources of sustainable growth. Many more Google, Apple and Facebook-like new companies will be created in the environmental space based on breakthrough black swan technologies."

Mr. Blair's appointment was announced today as a part of the Khosla Ventures Limited Partner Summit near San Francisco, Ca. While on location, Mr. Blair will participate on a panel with Vinod Khosla and executives from selected cleantech startups in Khosla Ventures' green portfolio. Featured companies include Calera, which creates carbon-negative building products; Cogenra, developer of highly efficient solar solutions; EcoMotors, developer of high-efficiency internal combustion engines; KiOR, a leading biofuels company that converts biomass to high-quality bio-crude oil; New PAX, Inc., an inventor of high efficiency HVAC technology; and Soraa, innovator of highly efficient and affordable LEDs. Later that evening Mr. Blair and Bill Gates will speak to the Khosla Ventures entrepreneurs and limited partners.

About Khosla Ventures
Khosla Ventures helps entrepreneurs deliver lasting change through technological innovation. The firm, founded in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital to entrepreneurs with the audacity to take on what others may call insoluble dilemmas. Khosla Ventures' team members have known the stress of working through a crisis and the thrill of growing an idea into a multi-billion dollar company. The firm leverages that experience to help entrepreneurs turn technological risk into new opportunities. Today Khosla Ventures has one of the largest and broadest clean technology portfolios (including solar, energy storage, nuclear power, wind and high-efficiency engines), as well as holdings in traditional technology sectors such as mobility, Internet and silicon. Copyright © 2010 Khosla Ventures.
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2877  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Vinod Khosla1 on: January 01, 2011, 06:31:57 PM
06.01.2010
Interview in late May 2010 with journalist Elizabeth Corcoran
Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is investing in energy projects from nuclear power to cheap battery chargers. His biggest bet: that all the energy pundits are dead wrong.
Leading clean-tech investor, Vinod Khosla, stepped up his game this week when he announced that former U.K. Prime Minister, Tony Blair, signed on to advise venture fund, Khosla Ventures. Blair will provide strategic advice about navigating the international politics surrounding energy production as well as make introductions between energy entrepreneurs and world leaders. Beyond the usual solar, wind and efficiency investments, Khosla's firm has been investing in a diverse and eclectic mix of ventures from precision agriculture, internal combustion engines, water, satellites to nuclear technologies.

Khosla, who began investing in clean technology deals in 2004 using his own funds, broadened his reach last year when his venture firm raised $1.3 billion from private investors. On the eve of announcing his alliance with former PM Blair, Khosla invited journalist Elizabeth Corcoran to speak with him about his investment philosophy, his belief in technology and his search for the elusive but powerful "black swans."

Q: You started Khosla Ventures as a private operation with your own money. Now it's a $1.3-billion fund with private investors. What's driving you?
Khosla: Six years ago, I didn't know how much innovation and renovation could be done to the energy infrastructure. Larger change is possible than I had ever imagined. We're working on everything from a nuclear reactor to a $4-cell phone charger for rural Africa built in an Altoid mint box that charges when you throw it into a cooking stove. That diversity boggles my mind. What's very, very clear is that when creative minds start working on problems, there are many more solutions than experts and pundits ever predict.

Q: You say the experts are wrong -- and wrong a lot. Can't we learn anything from the past?
Khosla: I personally only like to look forward.

Q: But surely there's something we learn from the past?
Khosla: What makes me a better mentor—a genuine "venture assistant"--to an entrepreneur, is that I have probably made more mistakes in building technology companies than most people on this planet. But I try not repeat past mistakes.

The problem with forecasts are the embedded assumptions. We make assumptions based on extrapolations of what exists today. Inventing the future is about upending those assumptions.

In 1995, there were billions of dollars investing in the existing telecommunications infrastructure. I was told by almost every major telecom company that the combination of that investment and other forces -- from the unions to the fact that the latest technology had to work with the most outdated switch in rural Iowa -- meant there was no way the Internet would change telecom. Less than 10 years later, the companies that hadn't adjusted to change were severly depressed. Even stalwarts like Lucent and Nortel were facing bankruptcy. AT&T itself was sold for a song to a wireless company. Invention drives that kind of change.

I have an almost religious belief that we're about to see that kind of invention and change in the field of energy.


Q: We had great predictions for alternative energy back in the 1970s. Those fizzled. Why will now be different?
Khosla: The underlying technology wasn't mature enough. The ecosystem wasn't there to support significant entrepreneurial activity. Nobody would fund a nuclear reactor as a startup. And most importantly, the intellectual horsepower wasn't there.

For the last 30 years, there were no fresh candidates for PhDs interested in energy. Today it's the hottest topic at schools like CalTech, MIT and Stanford. Five years after those students graduate, we'll see an explosion of innovation. So getting the attention of the smartest minds is key—and we've never had that in energy.


On black swans—and loons
Q: You say you're looking for intellectual "black swans," those rare ideas that can turn the world upside down. But how do you tell the difference between a black swan and a crazy loon?
Khosla: You don't. Arthur C. Clarke who said: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." You can't tell what's crazy and so we encourage crazy. I often suspend disbelief and listen to a story that sounds crazy and impossible. The answer lies in taking more shots on goal -- not trying to predict which shots will go in.

Black swans are extremely rare. We have something like 75 potentially revolutionary technologies in our portfolio. If there were 100 such investment portfolios around the world - 10,000 ideas - then five or six would succeed in changing the world's energy picture.


On Tony Blair and world politics:
Q: Energy policy, especially worldwide, is deeply political. How are you grappling with that?
Khosla: Creating new technology is a necessary but not sufficient condition for creating global change. Understanding local and global politics is now important for us, techie nerds. This is where our relationship with (former U.K. Prime Minister) Tony Blair can really help us. Tony understands far better than I ever will the political and geopolitical forces, as well as organization behavior and social behavior and change.

Q: Your former venture firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has relationships with former U.S. vice president Al Gore and former U.S. secretary of state, Colin Powell. Is this association with Tony Blair just trophy hunting?
Khosla: Absolutely not. If I'm going to build a new technology, I look for the world's experts in that technology. If we're going to interact with policy makers in Europe or Asia, I need a world expert in politics. I'm particularly looking forward to his advice about China, Europe and Africa because of my personal ignorance on the topic. This is about gaining a perspective we don't usually get in Silicon Valley. And that's become critically important in this industry.

Tony and I have a shared passion for the topic of climate change. That's our bond. He was one of the first world leaders to embrace climate change as a priority. He also has a serious interest in Africa, in China, in the Mid East -- all areas critical to the energy infrastructure. I think he's excited about using the lever of innovative technology in the global fight against climate change and in understanding how innovation and policy interact. I've seen his eyes light up when I put him in front of a young PhD student with an idea about how to make a battery that's ten times better than lithium ion batteries. This isn't about making money but about catalyzing change. I expect Tony's contributions to be significant.


On subsidies and the 'Chindia test':
Q: You say you're not a fan of government subsidies. But aren't some of your biofuel companies helped by government support and subsidies?
Khosla: I don't have a problem with taking advantage of subsidies if the government offers them. I'm a capitalist.

But we will not ever invest in a company just because it operates in a subsidized marketplace. Subsidies, quotas, incentives all help new technologies get started. They can be very good policy tools. But if the technology can't achieve unsubsidized market competitiveness within five to seven years of starting production, we won't invest. We believe we're working on global companies. Technology has to work in countries where there are no subsidies or supportive policies.


Q: Do you consider yourself an environmentalist first and an investor second?
Khosla: No. I call myself a "pragmentalist." You can't ask people to buy the more expensive product just because it's "green." Sure, you'll get 5% of wealthy San Franciscans or Germans to buy but you won't have that great sucking sound of massive technology adoption if the economics doesn't work.

Economic gravity always wins. I call it the "Chindia test"— what's the price that will convince people in the developing world to adopt these technologies? Nothing that takes more than 12 months to pay for itself works in India. Electric cars wont be broadly adopted in India anytime soon.

This is something that environmentalists just don't get. They've done a very good job of raising awareness of the problems. But most of the solutions they've proposed are poor, naive, and uneconomic. And they may, in pushing for such solutions, may have hurt more than helped.


The downside of environmental activism
Q: What's an example?
Khosla: Look at electric cars. We'll ship 1 billion cars on this planet in the next 15 years. But the chances that people will pay an extra $5,000 to $25,000 more per car are very slim so a majority will be gasoline or diesel engine cars. And if we do have electric cars, chances are they're be essentially fueled by coal (which is still supplying most of the power for the electric grid).

The focus on electric cars has reduced technologist's interest in reinventing the common gasoline or diesel internal combustion engine even if a new internal combustion engine could reduce carbon emissions far more than a hybrid can. By the way, we are aggressively investing in radical battery technology too.

So instead of supporting "electric cars," we should have policy calling for a certain level of emissions per mile. That would be a technologically neutral policy. Or in electricity—instead of calling for "renewables," policy could set a goal of so much carbon emissions per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated. That policy would open the door for innovations in nuclear power, in "clean coal" power and other areas.


Q: But I thought you said early subsidies could help a new idea get started.
Khosla: And I want to emphasize that the policy maker's job is very complex.

It's even hard to know when you're saying "geologic sequestration" that a more general form of it would be "permanent sequestration," which should have been the policy. No other form of sequestration was on the table at the time. Our transportation policy should be around "low carbon" transportation. That would let every type of technology—from electric cars to novel internal combustion engines—compete against each other. And competition is always good.


Game changing technologies:
Q: Some of these are technologies you're supporting. For instance, you have just invested in a nuclear startup, right?
Khosla: Yes. We just invested in a nuclear reactor technology. It is an unusual bet for us but we got convinced it could be a good rate of return.

Q: What are other investments that you've made that could be game changers?
Khosla: There's a company in Houston called KiOR that can make crude oil from a wide variety of biomass including wood. We are not talking ethanol, but crude oil, which can be dropped into any refinery in the world, just like oil out of the ground. Our cellulosic biofuel investments are all doing well too.

Q: How?
Khosla: The Kior plant uses a standard technique called the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process. The innovation—the magic—lies in the catalyst technology. The resulting crude oil can be processed in existing facilities, moved through existing pipelines and mixed into regular crude in any proportion. Unlike an oil refinery, which takes about seven years to build, we are just starting construction on a plant that we hope will be online by mid next year. By the time we build our third or fourth plant, we expect that the cost of this fuel - unsubsidized - will be competitive in a market where crude costs $65 a barrel.

It has no carbon footprint because we're taking wood chip waste as an input. You will get carbon emissions when you burn the fuel. But if the feedstock was naturally grown and harvested locally, then the carbon emissions are balanced by the carbon absorbed when the plants grew.

That's just one. After coal and oil, cement and steel companies are the largest emitters of carbon. We are investing in a cement plant here on the coast of California built by a startup called Calera, that captures massive volumes of carbon dioxide and other emissions from electricity plants and turns it into cement like building materials and aggregate. This company has the potential to lower the lifecycle carbon emissions of a coal plant to below zero, making it "cleaner" than solar, by capturing the emissions from the plant in addition to offsetting the emissions created in existing cement manufacturing. Today it isn't applicable to every coal plant but our technology matrix at Calera is expanding rapidly making more and more plants viable candidates.

A company in Troy, Mich., called EcoMotors, is reinventing the combustion engine. They have an engine that they've run for hundreds of hours that improves efficiency by 30-50%. And then there's New Pax, with an HVAC design that uses 75% less than current technology, and Soraa in Santa Barbara, Calif., that has been working on semiconductors to come up with a light bulb that uses 80% less power than conventional incandescent bulbs, which pays for itself in less than a 12 months. Soraa expects to start selling its light bulbs in 2011. There's no reason not to save power with those kinds of economics.

We're talking about innovations that are one or two years -- not 20 years -- out. I can't even imagine what kinds of answers we'll invent in the next 20. That's the power of entrepreneurship.
2878  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: December 30, 2010, 08:00:15 PM
"Did you see the article in the Times on Israeli President Moshe Katsav." 

I doubt that any high up official in any Arab country would have been convicted of such a crime.  This holds Israel to a higher standard.  Kudos to Israel for holding even this guy responsible.

"Not addressing his crimes, but I found his defense interesting.  "Katsav contends that he is innocent and a victim of a political witch hunt, implying that he was a target because he represents Jews of Middle Eastern origin"

I agree, a poor defense.  Reminds me of every single poltician in the US who is ever accused, or proven guilty of any crime.  Their defense is always to claim it is all just politics.
And if they are Black they cry it is racism. 

Perhaps the difference between Moshe Katsav and Bill Clinton is the former case must have had more evidence than just an unsubstianable allegation.
2879  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Flu is here on: December 30, 2010, 07:49:17 PM
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm
2880  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: December 30, 2010, 01:33:15 PM
"Many Russians here aligning with Republicans"

A number of physicians I work with are from Eastern Europe and generally as far as I can tell they are quite shocked at the left turn this country is taking.
They will tell me they fled Eastern Europe to get away from this and now Obama et al are doing it here. cry

I am so proud of my fellow Jews and their historical accomplishments but I am also so disgusted by the liberal progressive socialist types of which there are many and they absolutely ARE a loose cabal it seems in the MSM and in acadamia, and in politics behind the scenes working incessantly and relentlessly to shove their agenda down all out throats.

For goodness sakes Communism was invented by a Jew.

It was one thing as a well intentioned theory in, what the 1850's, but ain't it obvious by now it doesn't work?

We need someone who CAN convincingly make the case is that we ARE giving the country away. 

 
2881  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: December 30, 2010, 01:25:20 PM
Crafty points out:

"he had help - Republicans clearing his path and sprinkling it with rose petals."

Yes and were not many of them the "establishment" 'cans who were voted out?

Agreed, good point and just as, or even more outrageous then the liberal crats.

It has all the appearances of them vengefully "sticking it" to their consituents before they had to leave.  I can only assume they are doing their best to loot everything they can before they go back to their law practices, or lobbying companies to make a killing.

2882  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: December 29, 2010, 12:58:48 PM
Moving discussion from education thread to here I found this on illegals in military.  It is from 2005.  I am not clear how prevalent it is but it certainly occurs and obviously the military is not going to come clean publically with this so no one knows for sure, I doubt anyone is seriously looking into this with any real diigence. 

http://www.villagevoice.com/2005-09-27/news/marines-looking-for-a-few-good-aliens/
2883  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Education on: December 29, 2010, 10:23:19 AM
Well how is it ILLEGAL aliens are serving in out military?

Isn't that one of the scams of the DREAM law?

"Well if they are good enough to risk their lives for this country than don't they deserve citizenship?"

First question I have yet to hear one talking head ask is, what in the hell are people who are in this country illegally doing serving in our military?

The foreign invaders keep coming with no control in sight. 

Mark my words:

Bamster if push comes to shove will grant amnesty.  I don't know when but he will.

If far as I am concerned Kalifornia, you are on your own.  You made your bed now lie in it.

2884  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: December 27, 2010, 12:41:14 PM
Krauthammer has started a new fad.  Blessed are the liberals to have a conservative lead the charge praising Obama.  Of course they pick up the fumble and are heading for the endzne with it.  See Estrich's column after Krauthammer.  Sound familiar.  Thanks Charles with you on our side why do we need liberals?   I just don't see that there was any genius on Obama's part.  Someone said they give Obama more credit than Congress for DADT and START and the rest.  Why?  In any case as long as we have a MSM that is so biased the Republicans have to do better at PR. 

****Obama's new start
 
By Charles Krauthammer
Thursday, December 23, 2010; 8:00 PM

Riding the lamest of ducks, President Obama just won the Triple Crown. He fulfilled (1) his most important economic priority, passage of Stimulus II, a.k.a. the tax cut deal (the perfect pre-re-election fiscal sugar high - the piper gets paid in 2013 and beyond); (2) his most important social policy objective, repeal of "don't ask, don't tell"; and (3) his most cherished (achievable) foreign policy goal, ratification of the New START treaty with Russia.

Politically, these are all synergistic. The bipartisan nature of the tax deal instantly repositioned Obama back to the center. And just when conventional wisdom decided the deal had caused irreparable alienation from his liberal base, Obama almost immediately won it back - by delivering one of the gay rights movement's most elusive and coveted breakthroughs.

The symbolism of the don't ask, don't tell repeal cannot be underestimated. It's not just that for the civil rights community, it represents a long-awaited extension of the historic arc - first blacks, then women, now gays. It was also Obama decisively transcending the triangulated trimming of Bill Clinton, who instituted don't ask, don't tell in the first place. Even more subtly and understatedly, the repeal represents the taming of the most conservative of the nation's institutions, the military, by a movement historically among the most avant-garde. Whatever your views, that is a cultural landmark.


 Then came START, which was important for Obama not just because of the dearth of foreign policy achievements these past two years but because treaties, especially grand-sounding treaties on strategic arms, carry the aura of presidential authority and diplomatic mastery.

No matter how useless they are, or even how damaging. New START was significantly, if subtly, damaging, which made the rear-guard Republican opposition it engendered so salutary. The debate it sparked garnered the treaty more attention than it would have otherwise and thus gave Obama a larger PR victory. But that debate also amplified the major flaw in the treaty - the gratuitous reestablishment of the link between offensive and defensive weaponry.

One of the great achievements of the past decade was the Bush administration's severing of that link - first, by its withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, which had expressly prevented major advances in missile defense, and then with the 2002 Treaty of Moscow, which regulated offensive weapons but ostentatiously contained not a single word about any connection to missile defense. Why is this important? Because missile defense is essential for protecting ourselves from the most menacing threat of the coming century - nuclear hyper-proliferation.

The relinking that we acquiesced to in the preamble to New START is a major reversal of that achievement. Sure, Obama sought to reassure critics with his letter to the Senate promising unimpeded development of our European missile defense system. But the Russians have already watched this president cancel our painstakingly planned Polish and Czech missile defenses in response to Russian protests and threats. That's why they insisted we formally acknowledge an "interrelationship" between offense and defense. They know that their threat to withdraw from START, if the United States were to build defenses that displease them, will inevitably color - and restrain - future U.S. missile defense advances and deployments.

Obama's difficulty in overcoming the missile defense objection will serve to temper the rest of his nuclear agenda, including U.S. entry into the test-ban treaty, and place Obama's ultimate goal of total nuclear disarmament blessedly out of reach. Conservatives can thus take solace that their vigorous opposition to START is likely to prevent further disarmament mischief down the road. But what they cannot deny is the political boost the treaty's ratification gives Obama today, a mere seven weeks after his Election Day debacle.

The great liberal ascendancy of 2008, destined to last 40 years (predicted James Carville), lasted less than two. Yet, the great Republican ascendancy of 2010 lasted less than two months. Republicans will enter the 112th Congress with larger numbers but no longer with the wind - the overwhelming Nov. 2 repudiation of Obama's social-democratic agenda - at their backs.

"Harry Reid has eaten our lunch," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, lamenting his side's "capitulation" in the lame-duck session. Yes, but it was less Harry than Barry. Obama came back with a vengeance. His string of lame-duck successes is a singular political achievement. Because of it, the epic battles of the 112th Congress begin on what would have seemed impossible just one month ago - a level playing field.

****Susan Estrich 
Obama the Genius
 
Was it only a month ago that the chattering class was writing off the president as being almost as thoroughly defeated as the lame duck Congress, as the failed leader who had lost his way, popularity plummeting, accomplishments vulnerable? Insiders worried about who was up next. How much worse could it get? Did he really want to be a one-term president? Any Republican could beat him, friend and foe asserted. (Well, maybe not any Republican, but almost any). And then, like the weather in New England, everything changed.

In politics, the distance between idiot and genius, especially at the highest levels, can be measured in days.

In the past 30, this president has put in place a tax deal that also extends unemployment benefits - and made clear to House Democrats that they could like it or lump it. He pushed to a vote a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia, signed into law the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and even got some judges confirmed. That's just off the top of my head.

Even without Rahm, it turns out the president knows his way around tough negotiations and games of chicken, not only forging a compromise but landing himself squarely in the middle. "Triangulation" minus Dick Morris. He has been decisive, tough and confident. When House Democrats revolted, he stood up to them and told them what was what. The once unified Republican bloc splintered. He found the votes he needed. The issue that threatened the early days of Bill Clinton's presidency — gays in the military — was resolved with the stroke of a pen.

Who is this genius?

Who is this natural-born leader?

None other than last month's beaten man.
The man we would wish were president if only he weren't.

Hillary has probably never been more popular. (Sometimes I wonder how she ever lost the nomination what with all the folks who now claim they were for her and were right, to boot. But then, I can remember when public opinion polls during Watergate showed that McGovern must have beaten Nixon.)

It's easy to read the daily polls and see the entire public as a fickle lot constantly racing in one direction or another, radiating anger as they do. But the reality is that it's mostly the middle that's swinging, if and when they pay attention. And that middle — the group that either likes Obama no matter what he does or doesn't like him, on the same terms — is mostly in the ideological middle, not to mention, by definition, nonpartisan.

So when the president acts in a nonpartisan way, when he forces a compromise that keeps the tax cuts for everyone and extends unemployment benefits for folks who really can't find work (even if our grandkids will pay for it) and ends the bickering and backstabbing and intolerable paralysis, those folks are more likely to swing in his direction.

And when Republicans like Susan Collins are willing to be in the picture, when the aisle doesn't bind, he gets points with people who are sick and tired of what mostly sounds, from a distance, like bickering bullies. And even if folks don't see all of it themselves, all the chattering about the president being back on top shapes the coverage and ultimately tends to nudge them in that direction.

And so Barack Obama ends the year not vanquished but firmly at the head of the table, which isn't bad for a guy who last month was taking heat from every direction.

He's on his way up. Mark my words. He's a genius — until, that is, the weather changes.

To find out more about Susan Estrich and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM****

2885  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / great idea for study on "sinus health" on: December 24, 2010, 03:14:52 PM
Next step.

Get a Federal grant to study this.  (tax payers would never know)

It must be for a university from a Democratic district.

One study group must hum a total of two hours a day.  Another study group three hours a day.

A control group with no humming allowed.  The groups would  be monitored for a year.  at the end of the year compare sinus trouble rates between the groups.

Think of the jobs created with this money.  A professor who does nothing but put his name on the paper at the end and take credit even though he/she did nothing.   A phD candidate or medical fellow who does ALL the work, and one nurse (who is already employed by the univeristy ENT department).  Eventually a statistician could be consulted, a secretary to type it up, the study sent in to the NEJM for publication.   

This would undoubetdly get money for a professor who has to get government grants to keep his post at the university, the phD candidate works for free, or for little pay, or even pays into his training, and the secretary and statistian could continue to get minimum wage.

And like ALMOST ALL studies in medicine the results whether positive or negative in their findings of a link between humming and "sinus health" the conclusion WILL BE more study is needed to investigate this further!

Sinus health, prostate health, breast health, colon health, healthy heart.....well at least Americans do have healthy appetites.

2886  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / correction on: December 24, 2010, 02:56:27 PM
"do aspire to achieve"

correction:

"do not aspire to achieve"

But I would add, that they can anytime they want.
2887  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: December 24, 2010, 02:54:29 PM
GM,

Really remarkable how the MSM is manipulating us.

They never mention that this Congress has been probably the most unpopular and least admired of any in history.

Not that that should matter.  Why they have been the most "productive".

I think most Americans, even the swing voters would correct the word productive to "destructive".

Again all I can say is thank God for Fox and talk radio.  If not for them we would all be scratching our collective heads asking could we be the only ones with any common sense in the sinking country.
2888  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gender, Gay, Lesbian on: December 24, 2010, 02:49:02 PM
In the medical profession it is well known that female doctors do aspire to achieve the same in their careers as the men.  They want fewer hours, they want to spend more with family.  Not all of course but more than with male colleagues.  But that is their choice!  No one is holding them back.  I believe the numbers of females in medical school is over a third now.  And aren't there more women in law school these days then men?

Aren't there also more women going to college?

We always hear how there are less women in science, engineering and so forth.  And we get countless females with phDs telling us from their latest studies that it is due to the way we bring up our children, the culture, socialization, etc.  Differences in male and female brains of course has nothing to do with it.

And in any case who in the world is stopping any female from becoming a mathemitician, a civil engineer, a hedge fund manager, coming up with their own internet company?

I guess it is the same people who are destroying the lives of all Muslims, gays, blacks and Latinos?  We all know this to be true wink nod smiley face etc.
2889  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Swing voters - go both ways??? pun intended on: December 24, 2010, 02:38:22 PM
"if and when we do engage, we keep getting snowed over with bullshit like this"

Yes.  And if not for Fox and talk radio we would never had even known, heard or had any hint of who Bamster associated with including Rev. Wright.

Not one peep, not one ioda, no questioning, no vetting of this from the MSM who gladly, willingly were accomplices in covering up this guy's past.  And of course cover for him now.

Yet the swing voters don't seem to care.  I don't get them at all.  Some must be THAT stupid.  Others I guess want "compromise", others go with the the "flow".
I can't figure them out.  Obviously they are not monolithic and are a heterogenous group.   (Am I allowed to use that word, "hetero" or did I just commit a poltically incorrect crime against humanity) rolleyes
2890  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: December 22, 2010, 11:34:25 AM
Doug writes:

"Does anyone remember the scramble of news as the Clintons were exiting the White House."

Yes, and I remember how Clinton gave departing speeches at every single stop along the way of his departure.
At the White House, at the departing airport, at the arriving airport.  It was as though this guy would just not step off the stage (and shut up).
And the MSM loved every second of it.  They still adore him. 

While Bamster folded (as I predicted) he would once he couldn't get his way what has happened is every crat around him is adivising him, pleading with him to "move to the middle" and play the same BS game Clinton did to capture the short memoried swing voters.  It worked for one of the world's great con artists Clinton and therefore Obama must do it.

This was on display when one day Bama is reeking with anger calling tax cuts the holy grail for repubs and the next day he reluctuntly steps off the stage to let Clinton (do what he can't) and discuss the tax cut "compromise" bill.   And then, of course we get some in the MSM attempting to make the case that Obama has been a moderate *all along*.  Did anyone hear Walter Shapiro trying to explain how Obama is misjudged and he is really a moderate centrist Democrat and always has been?  If Obama seemed far left, it was of course, only to play to his far left base.  Not that he is one of them.  Obama is really just left of the middle.

Crat revisionism has no bounds.  No truth.  No honesty.  No reality.  Just whatever suites the promotion of their agenda. Unfortunately swing voters seem to have short memories and wil go the way of the prevailing winds.  I am unconvinced there is some conservative wave overtaking this country.  It is all dollars and cents and whose pockets it goes to or from.   As it always is.  IMHO.
2891  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Buying time till Obama is gone (hopefully) on: December 16, 2010, 04:45:24 PM
ISRAEL’S SECRET WAR
By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann12.13.2010
 
The big question in the Middle East these days is: Who has time on their side?

As Iran races to develop its nuclear bomb-making capacity, we have always assumed that time was on the Ayatollah’s side. The Iranian strategy of delay and obfuscation in its negotiations with the West seems to have succeeded in buying Teheran the time it needs for its spinning Centrifuges to produce enough highly enriched uranium for a bomb. The possibility that Iran may acquire advanced anti-aircraft systems from Russia – even though the Kremlin denies it – seems to make the military option of an air strike on Iranian nuclear plants harder and harder for Israel.

But on the West Bank and Gaza, time has always seemed to be on Israel’s side. Time to build settlements, time to expand those already there, and – most important – time to wait out Obama’s four year term in office all work for Netanyahu.


Then the worm turned! The Stuxnet worm, a Windows-specific computer worm that spies on and reprograms industrial systems. Iran has acknowledged that its nuclear program – the target of the worm – has been damaged significantly. In fact, some speculate that the worm may take a year for Iran to work through. But, since this is the most important use of cyber warfare thus far in history, nobody can really know its full impact.

When one considers the worm in the context of a cruder form of secret war – the targeted assassination of three Iranian nuclear scientists in recent weeks, the agents of the Mossad may have been very busy! And effective! Who knows?

And the United States has finally gotten focused on real sanctions against Iran. Doing what Bush should have done but didn’t, Obama and Hillary (yes – words of praise) have gotten the international community to sanction Iran where it hurts by undermining their capacity to produce oil, reducing their access to gasoline, and curtailing their ability to borrow money.

When we worked for Netanyahu as he approached his election as prime minister last year, we were both deeply impressed by his understanding of the danger an Iranian nuclear weapon would pose to Israel. “It is 1938,” were his prophetic first words when we met in a Manhattan hotel to begin our work. 1938. The war, the holocaust, the slaughter of the Jews seemed to be approaching.

That’s why Bibi’s seeming willingness to play the clock has been puzzling. By waltzing Hillary and Obama around the dance floor of Middle East negotiations, an on-again, off-again settlement building policy, and making noises about peace without actually giving anything up, he appears to be playing for time. And, given Obama’s and Hillary’s inexperience and incompetence in first demanding a settlement freeze and then deciding it had been a mistake to do so, Netanyahu is dancing rings around the pair.

But wasn’t time on Iran’s side? Maybe not.

Perhaps what Bibi is doing – we have had no contact with him since his election – is influenced by the progress he sees in undermining Iran’s nuclear program on the one hand and in keeping Obama to a single term on the other.

Netanyahu watches American politics very, very closely. He probably understands that Obama is inimical to Israel’s interests and likely fully grasps his pro-Arab tendencies. But he also realizes the magnitude of the defeat inflicted upon the president in the midterm elections and sees the probability of his replacement by a staunch Republican friend of Israel in the offing.

So between the worm and the Tea Party, he may figure that time is on his side, after all.

And it may be!

2892  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / CNN discusses the lapband on: December 16, 2010, 04:34:34 PM
My quote from Dec. 4:

"someone was bribed or owns stock options"

Well here it is,

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2010/12/16/ac.weight.loss.surgery.questions.cnn?iref=allsearch

Gee I wonder who were the ones to vote for enlarging the population of people elligible for the lap band.   They don't give the stats here but the evidence is the lap band fails for more than it succeeds over a couple of years.
2893  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Only getting worse on: December 11, 2010, 12:21:13 PM
It is impossible to secure anything electronic.  Impossible.

And not only via internet.  Everything is going wireless.  Everything is being connected.  And with that everything can be accessed.

In our house we are not wireless or connected to internet though we are still being hacked through our home because the wiring has been rigged.

I read article in Scientific American.  It was about how electronic components are made all over the world and shipped around from one fab to another where the final product is put together.  In the article it explains how the chips are so small, so complex, the circuits so confusing that NO ONE could possibly figure it all out.  Even one sitting in an FBI lab.  There is no question espionage whether state sponsored, criminally sponsored or some jerk like Assange could embed into the hardware chips that could sit in wait for years before they start spying and sending out information or someone who is bribed get it off the computer device.  It used to be the final electronic devices were made at one fab so at least there could be some control some oversight.   Now with devices made from parts from many countries there is zero chance for quality assurance with regards to security.  Only an idiot could imagine the Chinese are not giving us parts with "gifts" buried deep inside.


With regards to my own experience I have spoken on message boards for years how no matter what we do we cannot stop the cyberthieves who are well funded, well connected, some dedicated hackers some PHDs (John Joseph Leeson - Central Florida computer Phd.).  Indeed the music industry is flooded with computer geeks.   Disney, Sony, Dreamworks have all done many songs with Katherine' stolen lyrics.  For God's sake these companies invent the devices we use.  Anyone think for one second people connected to them cannot figure out how to steal data?

There is NO hope of stopping this.  Forget it.  One thing for certain is the laws are too slow and will liely never be harsh enough.  We need to make punishment for such crimes as severe as possible.  Assange should certainly be facing life in prison or the death penalty.  We need to make examples of the very very few people who commit these acts and who get actually do get caught.  We do need a branch of the military dedicated to this.  We also need to beef up our law enforcement in this area. 

Forgive me my fellow law enforcement officers but I would rather see them be retrained in computers and continue working till 65 helping with this area.  Forget early retirement but pay for training give a good raise.  We need you to fight the stuff going on right under our noses
2894  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: December 10, 2010, 12:43:06 PM
This can mean only one thing.  While it may be good for the country in the short run it could mean four more years of the Bamster.  I'll never forget how Limbaugh would explain his shock how Clinton's approval rateings would go from 40 to 60 "overnight" with "one speech" just by out of no where suddenly sounding like a conservative and after years of being a big lib.  The swing voters are obviously not about ideology.  The time for "big government is over" so said SWift Willie with a perfectly straight face as though he had been that way all along.   I hope we don't see a redux of this:

****White House mum on Obama, Clinton agenda on Friday
             FOX News – 1 hr 25 mins ago
WASHINGTON – The White House is saying little about the agenda of the meeting Friday between President Barack Obama and one of the few people alive to have held his job, former President Bill Clinton.

The two leaders will meet Friday afternoon in the Oval Office. No media access will be provided.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs says Obama is reluctant to discuss details of his talks with Clinton, even with Obama's own White House advisers. Gibbs says Obama wants to keep such presidential conversations "appropriately private."

The spokesman said only that the two men would discuss a range of domestic and foreign matters.

Obama is having to adjust his tactics to deal with an ascendant Republican Party, just as Clinton had to do in the middle of his own first term.****


2895  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Who is going to look out for the "little guy?" on: December 09, 2010, 03:00:09 PM
"There is no such thing as a "free" government benefit"

As long as we have a large proportion of the "little guys" voting themselves benefits from the treasury those of us who pay for this have apparantly no rights.  Obama is for the "little guy".  Yet taxpayers like myself seem to have no say, no rights, are constantly being hounded about helping out and on and on and on.

 **** Small-Biz Killers: Who Pays for Jobless Benefits?

By Michelle Malkin

 http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There is no such thing as a "free" government benefit. Ask small-business owners who are footing skyrocketing bills for bottomless jobless benefits. While politicians in Washington negotiate a deal to provide welcome temporary payroll, income and estate tax relief to America's workers, struggling employers wonder how long they'll have to pay for the compassion of others — and whether they can survive.

The Beltway deal hinges on extending federal unemployment insurance for another 13 months. This would mark the sixth time that the deadline has been extended since June 2008.

State unemployment benefits last up to 26 weeks. Bipartisan-supported Washington mandates have raised that to 99 weeks. The current proposal would raise the total to 155 weeks. The cost of the joint federal-state program is borne by employers who pay state and federal taxes on a portion of wages paid to each employee in a calendar year. (At the federal level, employers must pay 6.2 percent of the first $7,000 of income to keep the system afloat.)

The combined burden of these hidden state and federal payroll taxes has exploded during the recession as President Obama's economic recovery interventions backfire and the jobless rate remains stuck near double-digits. State unemployment insurance funds have gone broke in nearly half the states. As of April 2010, unemployment tax analyst Douglas Holmes testified before the Senate, 35 states and jurisdictions had unemployment fund-related debts worth $39.5 billion. Anti-fraud efforts to prevent scams and overpayments are woefully underfunded.

In an interminable money shuffle, these bankrupt state unemployment insurance funds are now borrowing money from the feds, whose own regular unemployment benefits account and extended benefits account are both in the red. Washington is relying on transfers from the federal general revenue fund to cover loan obligations related to all these hemorrhaging accounts.

Who pays? Dentists, tavern owners, maid services, mom-and-pop shops — small businesses that are the backbone of the American economy. In my home state of Colorado, small and mid-size firms have been saddled with eye-popping unemployment insurance bills that have doubled, tripled and more in the past year. The businesses that have the lowest claims histories are getting punished the most to make up the jobless benefits fund deficit.

Greg Howard, owner of McCabe's Tavern in Colorado Springs, told the Colorado Springs Gazette his bill spiked a whopping 600 percent. "It's enough to T you off a little bit," Howard told the newspaper. "The dollar amount isn't tremendous, but it's going up six times."_

A small commercial painting contractor told me this week that her nine-person company's 1st quarter UI bill has gone from $1,000 to more than $6,500 over the past three years. "It's killing us!" she told me. "How can we hire additional employees? This is a big increase in addition to the health insurance annual increases, etc. We had to reduce our employees' wages by 10 percent this year, and who knows when we will be able to bump them back up?"

Lon Gibson, owner of Legalpool, Inc., told me how perverse unemployment insurance incentives led him to shut down his business in Philadelphia:

"We placed legal staff, especially temporary secretaries and paralegals. Part of our business was to place a secretary at a law firm for a short period of time. … Invariably, however, the temp would apply for unemployment benefits after the assignment. The agency would make a profit of $6 to $10 an hour from the assignment. Later, the bill would come in from unemployment for the temp and thus eliminate the profit we made from the temp! Ultimately, unless the temp didn't file, the money we made on the temp was completely subtracted by required unemployment payments. It was exactly like, to use a football analogy, making a 10-yard gain and consistently having it eliminated by a holding penalty. … I can only imagine what other agencies are going through now with this administration."

__John S., president of Vinyl Headlights Inc., shared his plight:

"We are a variety rock band that travels up and down the East Coast. Yes, everyone thinks we're lefty rockers, but that could not be further from the truth. We're all businessmen, and we provide a service. Since Obama's term, I have been watching our cost of business going up (UI, fuel, licenses, etc.), and we've had to modify our rates lower to keep us profitable. … We have let an employee go to further reduce costs. The last resort is to dissolve the company and send every man for himself. More than likely, all employees would take unemployment. If the government just got out of the way, I could employ people and provide the government revenue, but I am better off employing no one to keep from paying UI and the taxes. If a musician can get it, why can't (Obama)? Oh, wait: He's never had to make a payroll, and private enterprise is the enemy."

These unsung Obama jobs death toll stories are amassing across the nation. Alas, the victims of government wealth redistribution never earn as much of Washington's attention as the beneficiaries.****


2896  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Cyberwar and American Freedom on: December 09, 2010, 01:51:02 PM
***We should think of cyberattacks as guided missiles and respond similarly—intercept them and retaliate. This means we need a federal agency dedicated to defending our various networks. You cannot expect the private sector to know how—or to have the money—to defend against a nation-state attack in a cyberwar. One suggestion recommended by Mr. Clarke is that the our government create a Cyber Defense Administration. He's right. Clearly, defending the U.S. from cyberattacks should be one of our prime strategic objectives.***

Ironic that th internet was born from the military.  (DARPA?)

A single little twirp tucked away in some small bedroom can bring down whole portions of our economy, military, governement, etc.


2897  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: December 09, 2010, 01:43:01 PM
"Obama still has said nothing about the largest security breach in American history"

The silence from him is deafening.

Absolutely remarkable.  He should be declaring war on these people; instead silence.

I am at a loss to explain why other than that he ideologically agrees with these enemies of our country.

2898  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Iraq on: December 08, 2010, 12:36:52 PM
The WMD were there.  They were smuggled to Syria or elsewhere at some point.  Or hidden somewhere and not found.
Of course MSM will ignore this.  The opposite of endless coverage of the water boarding of three terrorists as though it was some sort of scandal.

The biggest tragedy of this leak is as pointed out on cable is is highlights just how weak our country is.

A single guy with some computer skills can do such damage and yet, there still has to be a public *debate* as to can we, should we, even do anything to stop him.

More evidence of our decline.  I agree with Doug - not inevitable but clearly the result of idiot policies.

This guy is an enemy of the US.  We should simply put a bullet in his brain to make an example.  And anyone who helps him.

The NYT is not off the hook either though the liberals will force our courts to give them immunity.



2899  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: December 08, 2010, 12:03:46 PM
Update from CDC on influenza.

One can go back in time to see how it is spreading throughout the US over the past month up to 11/27:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/WeeklyFluActivityMap.htm
2900  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire-1 on: December 08, 2010, 11:27:02 AM
The difference between unempolyment in the 30's and now is that in the 30's people would do any kind of work.

Now there are jobs available but no one wants to work at these jobs.  It is understandable that no one wants to get up in the AM if they can sit home and get unemployment for around the same amount of money.  That is human nature.   The endless unemployment benefits are making things worse IMO.  And all the while we have people who don't belong here getting and taking work.

Our country is falling apart from within.   Our schools are failing.  Our family situation is crumbling thanks to "progressivism" thus education which really starts at the home is not preparing children for a much more competitive world.

All the while big liberalism is making it worse.

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