Many Bonfires of Many Vanities

ΩΩMore about the Middle East later, first, we look at the evolving war of witless wills aimed directly at China.  That is, the US has openly decided to side with Japan in all matters including letting the Japanese openly manipulate their currency so they can dominate our domestic auto markets!  This suicidal siding with a dire trade rival who cynically takes advantage of our trade dilemma is typical of the US: the status quo must survive even if it is very poisonous.

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ΩΩThe hysteria about Iran’s president talking rather sensibly about 9/11 (suggesting that the US government’s secret agents knew about the conspiracy to hijack the jets and let it happen) is also amusing and predictable.  Since 90% of the world either gets money from US taxpayers via China and Japan buying our massive growing debts or has a trade surplus with the US, they all have to pretend to side with the US in various matters even if this is totally insincere or in the case of Saudi Arabia, cynically evil

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ΩΩAs the poor Nobel Peace Obama struggles to show rage about someone mentioning the possibility that Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US CIA were all onto what Atta was planning, ie, the hijacking, we see Obama also crowing about IAEA Rejects Move for Israel to Join Nuke Treaty — News from Antiwar.com.  That is, the US spent trillions of diplomatic dollars (so to speak) to openly stop anyone from examining Israel’s huge nuclear arsenal.

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ΩΩOn top of this, the feeble, toothless lion of the British Empire (RIP) British DM Promises US He’ll Keep Nukes — News from Antiwar.com says come hell or Hiroshima, even if he has to starve cute little British babies to death, he will fund a major nuclear arsenal so he can sit on the Security Council with satiated security knowing that his collapsing society can at least unleash annihilation on innocent civilian populations like, say, bombing Moscow.

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ΩΩWith these diplomatic victories under his Nobel Peace wing, the feeble President tugs at his leash and on all four legs, will now try again, to bite the master who owns the most US debts and holds the most US dollars, China.  Arf, arf!  Snarl and snap:  With Warning, Obama Presses Chinese Leader on Currency – NYTimes.com

But Prime Minister Wen Jiabao barely budged beyond his familiar talking points about gradual “reform” of China’s currency policy, leaving it unclear whether Mr. Obama’s message would change Beijing’s economic or political calculus….

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…Democrats in Congress are threatening to pass legislation before the midterm elections that would slap huge tariffs on Chinese goods to undermine the advantages Beijing has enjoyed from a currency, the renminbi, that experts say is artificially weakened by 20 to 25 percent.

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Mr. Obama’s aides said he was embracing the threat of tariffs and new trade actions against China at the World Trade Organization to gain some leverage over the Chinese, but was also trying to head off any action that would lead to a destructive trade war….

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The meeting with Mr. Wen came as the United States appeared to lean toward its longtime ally, Japan, in an increasingly heated standoff between China and Japan over who has claim on territory near the South China Sea.

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In Washington, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that China and Japan should sort out the issue themselves, but that “We would fulfill our alliance responsibilities,” a term that clearly referred to the American military alliance with Japan.

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But the United States also tried not to inflame the dispute. It barely came up at the meeting between Mr. Obama and Mr. Wen, Mr. Bader said, adding that despite the talk of America’s obligation to back its military ally, “we have no expectation in any known universe that this would escalate to that kind of a level.”

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ΩΩNeither the US nor China have any Archdukes to send off to be assassinated but world wars break out over the strangest things.  Japan just slapped us straight across the face just like Israel is pleased to do on a regular basis and the US didn’t slug the Japanese back, instead, our President and Congress rolled over in their Toyotas and kissed Japanese for this service just as we hand over billions to the Jews in Israel every time they insult us or put us in danger.

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ΩΩThe Chinese know they have a noose around our necks and are constantly considering how to pull the rope a tad.  Our vaunted ‘recovery’ will spin into total collapse if the Chinese choose to give the dollar/debt noose a hard snap:  Premier Wen expounds “real China” at UN debate

China remains a developing country and will stick to the path of peaceful development for the common good of mankind, Premier Wen Jiabao said here Thursday….Although China’s gross domestic product is the third largest in the world, the per capita figure is only one tenth of that of developed countries, he noted.

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China is a leading producer of many important products, but remains at the lower end of the global industrial chain; China is a big trading nation, but its exports are low in technology content and in added value, Wen said….Commenting on international finance and trade, the Chinese premier stressed that his country is “against protectionism in all its manifestations.”

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ΩΩSince both the US and Japan constantly profess to support free trade and since both denounce manipulating the currency for trade advantage, the US has an odd ally on its side in this insane dispute.  The Japanese have good reason to fear the Chinese: not one yen in reparations have been paid to the Chinese or Koreans after Japan raided, enslaved and looted the place during living memory.

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ΩΩThe arrest of a Chinese fishing boat staff has fueled great rage in China which has been broiling over in nearly every possible way.  Far from standing shoulder to shoulder with the US plan to harass and isolate China, this business was quickly resolved:  Japan To Free Chinese Boat Captain.  The Chinese celebrated this:   China to bring back skipper by chartered flight

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ΩΩIn the Japanese Nikkei news is another story about China’s aggressive moves to take charge of natural resources:  China May Be Drilling At Disputed Gas Field.  The Japanese yelled like this only to switch their tune rather swiftly to this:  Time to improve Japan-China relations: Japan’s top government spokesman.  This switcher-oo happened because of this news: Govt Probing China’s Rare Earth Trade Embargo.  Namely, China is playing commodity hardball.

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ΩΩAs it is also playing FOREX hardball with the hapless Japanese who assumed for 50 years, they controlled their currency and the US would be way too stupid to figure out how to buy up Japanese debts and yen and thus, strong arm Japan’s trade situation so they couldn’t undercut US industries.  Back in 2007, Japan boasted to China, they would drop the value of the yen to 120 to the dollar and thus, muscle out China in the all-important US trade markets.  But look at this latest yen news!  Yen Weakens To 85 Range On Intervention Speculation.

.ΩΩWe should be thanking the Chinese for driving up the value of the yen.


ΩΩSo, they are ecstatic to have a 85 to the dollar yen!  HAHAHA.  The exporters are clawing at the strong yen walls.  China laughs as it buys more and more yen and holds these dear just as it holds US dollars dear.  This entire matter is childishly simple and due to our lunatic foreign policy positions and our desire to have all our Cold War allies remain our buddies even as they act like vultures ripping up our carcass, ahem…there are no ‘allies’ when it comes to a trade deficit.

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ΩΩBit by bit, as I predicted back in 2005, China continues to insinuate itself into Taiwan:  Chinese mainland bank sets up first representative office in Taiwan.  True story: my dad was the very first person to fly from Taiwan to Beijing while doing a diplomatic mission 25 years ago.  Now, jets fly back and forth as if all is normal.  No longer is the Taiwan/China split a totality like the North/South Korea split or the older East/West Germany split.  These things can heal very suddenly!

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ΩΩBut the US is still very addicted to the Cold War and are very happy that North Korea seems eager to keep this going, too!  ROK, U.S. to hold anti-submarine drills next week.  China has made it very clear, they do not want US subs playing tag right next to China.  This is a very dangerous game to play right when we are also threatening a trade war.  Trade wars lead to hot wars.

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ΩΩBack to Merrie England, the tiny, dying imperial embers may burn nuclear hot still but the Queen is freezing cold and being a true Welfare Queen, she….tried to use state poverty fund to heat Palace

Ministers were asked if money earmarked for schools and hospitals could be used to meet soaring fuel bills

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ΩΩHer Majesty comes from a long line of cold footed fiends who would merrily burn heretics and peasants on bonfires.  Eventually, the masses have to decide what to do with these clowns.  I have a suggestion: nearly everyone else has done this already, time to catch up.

Revealed: The secret deal that changed the monarchy – Home News, UK – The Independent

The Queen has been forced to give up the ultimate right to manage the Palace’s financial affairs in a secret deal signed by Palace aides and the Government, The Independent has learnt.

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A “financial memorandum” formalising the relationship between the sovereign and ministers also sets out tough terms on how the Queen can spend the £38.2 m handed over by Parliament each year to pay for her staff and occupied palaces.

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ΩΩWhy was this secret?  What are these ‘tough terms’?  Does she have to put her children and grandchildren to work swabbing hospital hallways?  Does she have to fetch her own slippers or walk her own dogs?  How about all of these lay-abouts driving their own cars?  Or better still, stopping global warming by walking everywhere or using public transport?  Sell the royal train and include Charles with the deal!  So many things to fix and easy solutions.

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33 responses to “Many Bonfires of Many Vanities

  1. nah

    building 7…. if it isnt enough that the media is a tool of the elite… they have to pretend that they are
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    to be honest i dont know what happened on 9-11… cuz noone will tell me, and the media wants to keep it that way… did the subway collapse? were there gas fires? IS NYC SAFE BY ITSELF
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    who cares
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    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-53565441845289277&q=nuclear+fision&total=185&start=10&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0
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    let them eat shrimp

  2. nah

    http://covert2.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/islam-expose/
    In the West World ( America and Britain ) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.
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    WHATEVER!!! why be a muslim slave then… owait i forgot… pussy
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    if America is letting Muslims enslave people then grow up

  3. nah

    WHERE ARE MY CARTOONS

  4. nah

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68L3KZ20100922
    “Everything was great in France. I took the kids every day and went begging,” said Banica. “The money we raised, we used it to build our house here that was close to collapse. Now we want to go to Spain to raise money …”

    Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has said that France must stop its “illegal” repatriation of Roma to eastern Europe and called on the Europe Union to provide funds to end the region’s “worst case of social exclusion.”
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    BEGGARS blah blah blah blah… comeon, the euro is not a republic, noone is helping the romanians not even the romanians and they are a member of the bloc
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    keep that in mind you Amero… sociopaths dont make no societys… oyeah theres a big Constitution out there and stuff, REALLY…

  5. DM

    @nah

    Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce

    It’s doubtful that you could be so stupid or ill-informed, so I have to assume that you are just a nasty little shit-stirrer.

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    ELAINE: Yes, you are right. And yes, there are many, many liberal Muslims and they do marry outside their religion like Jews do all the time and so do Christians. Thank god the US is very liberal about this. I married a Jewish guy and then a Catholic guy! 100 years ago, this would have been very difficult. Both men were, of course, very liberal.

    Liberal attitudes means dropping ethnic identities and being a citizen instead. I heartily endorse this.

  6. Aussie

    @ Elaine
    Re: Many Bonfires of Many Vanities

    Your title is so right and insightful … destitute US and the West thru force of habit continues to harangue and impose on our “solutions” on a world that is no longer willing to be subservient.

    We in the West do have much to be proud of but the time has come to change to preserve our capacity to survive well amongst new equals.

    A CHINA perspective
    Some thoughtful Australians are trying to understand how to live with China by removing our prejudices and civilizational baggage.
    The process will take time.

    Clinton Dine lived in China for 30 years and his observations are worth considering because they reveal how our prejudices have prevented insight into how they have succeeded to date and how they regard Australia, US and Europe.
    Elaine’s Meta-theme is generally corroborated.

    http://www.themonthly.com.au/china-changing-three-decades-transformation-clinton-dines-2319
    Clinton Dines

    A Iran perspective


    ‘9/11 was an inside job’: Full speech by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at UN

    http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/cpc-pubs/farr.htm
    THE THIRD TEMPLE’S HOLY OF HOLIES: ISRAEL’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS
    By Warner D. Farr, LTC, U.S. Army

  7. JT

    I think Elaine might enjoy this bit of news.

    “But a request for assistance from a government fund that provides subsidized heating to low-income Britons has caused a spot of bother for Queen Elizabeth II, long one of the world’s wealthiest women.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100924/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_queen_s_bills

    We think the elites have at least some shame.
    But they don´t, none at all.
    They only feel entitlement.

    Ordinary people are far more honest and beautiful than most of the elites we adore.

  8. Joseppi

    China keeps up the pressure in it’s newest chess move in a long game where the advantage of time belongs to China…..

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68I06520100925

  9. nah

    DM
    September 25, 2010 at 7:00 am

    It’s doubtful that you could be so stupid or ill-informed, so I have to assume that you are just nAstY
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    finger of god man

  10. Joseppi

    I found this to be a fascinating article on the currency conundrum and the causes of inflation in China……

    “….as international pressure for revaluation intensifies, yuan revaluation looks more and more like a “one way bet” – without downside risk. By this perception, anybody holding yuan is guaranteed an eventual payout of 25% if they can only hold on to it long enough to buy dollars at the more favorable rate after the revaluation goes through.

    The prospect of this return is enough to tempt the most virtuous economic actors to evade China’s capital controls to speculate on the future of the yuan. Even with China awash in foreign exchange, Chinese enterprises that can borrow dollars overseas do so – in order to gamble on a yuan/US$ revaluation.

    Foreign investors and domestic business both inflate their capital needs to import dollars, convert them to yuan, and hold them against a future exchange rate bonanza. In 2009, as the undervaluation debate gathered steam, perhaps US$200 billion of hot money poured into China.

    In 2010, the monthly flow of hot money has fluctuated between $12 billion and almost $50 billion per month, according to Shanghai Securities News. ”

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/LI25Ad01.html

  11. Claire Voyant

    By hoarding US dollars, rare earth minerals, and (increasingly) oil, the Chinese are indeed playing hardball. So are multinational corporations, who have been hoarding/offshoring cash since the Reagan years. As David Hume said in his 1752 essay Of Money: “If the coin be locked up in chests, it is the same thing with regard to prices, as if it were annihilated.”

    To look at the effects, let’s look to history. While traditional theory holds the U.S. tightening of the money supply in 1928 as one of the triggers of the Great Depression, recent analysis suggests that French gold hoarding may also have been responsible for worldwide deflation during the ’30’s. After WWI, both France and the US were hell- bent on importing gold from any and all sources. When the franc was undervalued in 1926 (the way China’s renminbi is artificially undervalued) France began accumulating gold at an astonishing rate. France’s share of world gold reserves soared from 7% in 1926 to 27% in 1932, while from 1929-1931 the rest of the world lost about 8% of its gold stock. Although the U.S. was the world’s largest holder of gold and accumulating reserves briskly at that time, its share of worldwide gold reserves fell during those years, from about 45% in 1926 to 34%.

    Neither France nor the US put the gold hoard into circulation, effectively shrinking the money supply and putting economies all over the world under huge deflationary pressure. In 1930, when the US and France together held about 60% of the world’s gold stock, they were sitting on about 11% of the world’s gold stock relative to 1928.

    Fast forward to 2010, when deliberately depressed currency again touches off a trade war. Today the valued commodities are oil and the rare earth minerals used in solar panels and wind turbines, cell phones and computer screens, missiles, car batteries and lasers. These have been accumulated by China with undervalued currencies the same way France accumulated gold 80 years ago.

    For years China worked to put the rest of the world out of the rare earth minerals business, dumping cheap minerals on the market and in 2002, forcing the closure of California’s Mountain Pass, once the biggest mine in the world. Now that it has finally cornered the world market with underhanded tactics, China is tightening the screws.

    What is the economic and social impact of removing rare earth minerals from world markets? What is the impact of multinational corporations’ hoarding cash while evading taxes?

    In China’s case, the consequences can be dangerous. As Elaine observes, trade wars lead to hot wars. Economic chaos in Germany inflamed militant extremists. Hitler’s National Socialists screamed about how France was strangling trade. In 1940, Germany invaded France and occupied it.

    In 2010, we see militant anarchists (Tea Partiers) on the rise. Last year the U.S. military budget accounted for 40% of worldwide arms spending, 6 times larger than China’s. Defense Secretary Robert Gates remarked, “What all these potential adversaries—from terrorist cells to rogue nations to rising powers—have in common is that they have learned that it is unwise to confront the United States directly on conventional military terms.” That’s true, but as Elaine points out, our adversaries have re-framed the issue in economic terms and are winning the war decisively.

  12. adamm

    So are rare earth minerals the new “super gold” of the 21st century? Or does that title fall to esoteric “scientific advanced technology” hoarded by military powers for use in war? Would a “device” like an H bomb but controllable as an infinite power source; be worth more than all the gold on earth? Or some form of computer intelligence? We might go back and discover that the ultimate wealth and power, is an “ark like device” that channels information from “god”. Then what? My feeling is that real power does not reside in the material realm. But in the ability to directly influence men in ways that are undeniably… esoteric per today’s science.

  13. CK

    There are many sources of rare earth minerals. They are widely dispersed over the earth. The easy sources have been found and exploited, the less easy sources have also been found. If China can keep the short term price high, some of these less easy sources will be developed. As the market prices for 15 lanthanide series elements rise, sources not currently online will be brought on line.
    Thus it always is. Mankind has searched for Gold much longer than it has searched for the lanthanides. Luckily, except for a few pounds of gold launched into space on various satellites, all the gold there ever was is still here, likewise all the rare earths, all the iron, all the copper, etc. etc.

  14. Aussie

    @ Joseppi

    Re: ….Foreign investors and domestic business both inflate their capital needs to import dollars, convert them to yuan, and hold them against a future exchange rate bonanza…..

    Thank you for the website and your observations.
    Again it reinforces the intellectual failure of the US and Europe blinkered by politics and contra-factual economic superstition posing as “economic orthodoxy”.
    Elaine’s meta-theme and the website you cited (below) correctly observe the US solution is return to the former balanced economy based on manufacturing and a rump FIRE sector with optimum employment and savings WITHOUT EMPIRE and STAY AT HOME MILITARY.

    A First step would be to diagnose the ruling elite for, say, bipolar or psychopathic or schizophrenia, and prescribe appropriate medication and a stay at a psychiatric ward somewhere?

    The damage they have caused will require great pain to many in main stream even when wise solutions are implemented.
    Unfortunately, the present default position will cost at least as much and preclude a return to former prosperity for a long time into the future.

    “Many Bonfires of Many Vanities”…and many tragedies for the many indeed.

    Thank god we have the internet and bloggers such as Elaine to share insights ….at the very least to remain sane in the face of a delusional ruling elite.

    Joseppi cited website: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/LI25Ad01.html
    “…When jawboning failed, president Richard Nixon and the European economies summoned Japan to New York and negotiated the Plaza Accord, which committed Japan to a currency realignment. The US dumped dollars and the Bank of Japan undertook to buy them, ultimately driving the yen from levels around 250 up to 122….

    …The weaker US dollar primarily reaped a diplomatically export boost in the markets of Washington’s European allies instead…
    …The US did not gain clear and massive benefits from the Plaza Accords and Japan didn’t do too well, either…
    …- Japan continued to run large trade surpluses with the US and indeed does so to this day….
    …The trade deficit with Japan remained stubbornly high, so US policymakers insisted on the opening up and deregulation of the Japanese financial sector…

  15. Joseppi

    “we see militant anarchists (Tea Partiers) on the rise.”

    Don’t you think that by calling Tea Party folks ‘anarchists’ you are giving them too much credit for conceptual cohesiveness?

  16. Joseppi

    Cooking chickens on the bonfires of the Vainaholics will be raging hotter than climate change controversies….

    China’s government says it will impose import duties on US chicken products it says are being unfairly dumped on the Chinese market.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11415036

  17. melponeme_k

    “Don’t you think that by calling Tea Party folks ‘anarchists’ you are giving them too much credit for conceptual cohesiveness?”

    They are at the nascent stage right now. Right now, Fox News and it’s keepers think they have it on a leash. They think they can short circuit the Fuhrer creation by installing Palin in his/her place. It won’t work. As soon as things become really bad, a charismatic will turn up. And that person won’t be the sanest of beings. But he/she will be considered a “holy” person. Powers that be help us all.

  18. if

    The Collapse Of Western Morality
    … And we have what appears to be a new thrill: American soldiers using the cover of war to murder civilians. Recently American troops were arrested for murdering Afghan civilians for fun and collecting trophies such as fingers and skulls.
    This revelation came on the heels of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s alleged leak of a US Army video of US soldiers in helicopters and their controllers thousands of miles away having fun with joy sticks murdering members of the press and Afghan civilians. Manning is cursed with a moral conscience that has been discarded by his government and his military, and Manning has been arrested for obeying the law and reporting a war crime to the American people.
    The Americans have even devised a title for themselves to rival that of the Israelis’ self-designation as “God’s Chosen People.” The Americans call themselves “the indispensable people.”
    http://tinyurl.com/2f66yr5

  19. nah

    Joseppi
    September 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm
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    Don’t you think that by calling Tea Party folks ‘anarchists’ you are giving them too much credit for conceptual cohesiveness?
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    HAHAHAHA… i love the tea party and party at the gatherings… but in that they lend their name to REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES…
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    face it, they dont know the first thing about tax policy… big government is a republican whore! google the FDA, ‘Deregulation’, Mineral Management Service, or whatever other Frankenstein government body the republicans create and subsidize to rape and pillage
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    sleeping with the enemy or just another whore

  20. nah

    enjoy your $3 a gallon gas AFTER deregulation AND a war for oil

    LOL

  21. nah

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2010/09/tom-friedman-embraces-the-electric-car-15-years-late.html
    China is doing moon shots. Yes, that’s plural. When I say “moon shots” I mean big, multibillion-dollar, 25-year-horizon, game-changing investments. China has at least four going now: one is building a network of ultramodern airports; another is building a web of high-speed trains connecting major cities; a third is in bioscience, where the Beijing Genomics Institute this year ordered 128 DNA sequencers — from America — giving China the largest number in the world in one institute to launch its own stem cell/genetic engineering industry; and, finally, Beijing just announced that it was providing $15 billion in seed money for the country’s leading auto and battery companies to create an electric car industry, starting in 20 pilot cities. In essence, China Inc. just named its dream team of 16-state-owned enterprises to move China off oil and into the next industrial growth engine: electric cars.
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    chinas leading the world man… no seriously, china is now leading the world man… chinas going to lead the world in all the esoteric sciences

  22. nah

    talking about republican Frankenstein’s… CHINA is another one thx nixon
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    THX TEA PARTY

  23. nah

    Edwards returns in time to help Jets hold off Dolphins
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    i think that means I rule AGAIN!

  24. nah

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3id8b4313a40c3bc118a12784c67f1640f
    The House majority leader said Sunday that Stephen Colbert embarrassed himself last week with his “inappropriate” testimony on immigration.
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    encapsulated thieving morons are more important than prime time entertainment

  25. Wu Wei

    Nah, thanks for the article on China and electric cars. Very interesting.

  26. MikeM

    I’m so far behind on necessary reading, I’ll likely never get caught up. At least the woodpile looks way better…which is unrelated to this latest posting of yours:

    Some time ago you posted that the increase in solar activity this cycle would increase Earth’s warming. As I understand it, it is actually the reverse.

    While Earth will certainly be bombarded with proton particle blasts (MCEs) that could have some very dramatic effects on our electrical grids and satellite systems, supposedly the increase in sunspots actually decreases the thermal radiation that we receive here, causing generalized cooling.

    La Nina, volcanoes, sunspots…time to head back to the ranch and fire up the chainsaw!

    Better to be over-prepared than dead!

    A tip of the hat to you, and all other followers here, bar none.

  27. Joseppi

    Stop paying your mortgage – Mortgage lenders, the rating agencies, and investment banks knew that they were engaging in fraud. Investment bankers knowingly bundled these non-performing mortgages that failed to meet the underwriting standards into securities, and then sold them as if they contained high quality loans. The moral imperative is to stop supporting a system run by criminals.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/business/27ratings.html?pagewanted=1&hp

  28. emsnews

    It has been a very difficult day for me today.

    First, a mouse got into my car’s innards and was eating up my air filter. After 5 hours of chasing after this mouse as it moved from one area of the car to chew up to another, my oldest cat, Fluff, came crawling to me, he is 20 years old and had a stroke this evening.

    His right hind leg is now useless and all the other cats came running up to him and surrounded him and as he crawled to me, they came bounding in to announce something was very wrong.

    I have noticed all my life that animals ‘know’ death and are very nervous about losing a member of a ‘family’.

    Right now, Fluff is lying on my lap, purring but he is also shivering and I know the End is coming. A great friendship: will write about this later.

  29. recluse

    Sorry to hear about Fluff.
    20 years is a very long time.You must be very attached to him.
    Today was my first visit to your blog.
    I found it remarkably well written and informative.
    I will be visiting often,and will refer my friends to it.

  30. Aussie

    Dear Elaine,

    I am sad for you anf fluff.
    We had a shitzu that recently died of old age in my wife’s arms.
    Yes animals do give unconditional love and friendship that enrich our lifes.

    at least Fluff will know she is surrounded by a loving you and other animals within your family.

  31. nah

    I have noticed all my life that animals ‘know’ death and are very nervous about losing a member of a ‘family’.
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    i deal with health care from time to time… and i think its funny that all the nurses say omg the animals know someone is dying…
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    so i joke to my coworkers… how do they know the animals arent sitting on their face
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    supposedly the animals know ‘who will die’ days in advance… however its just a joke people just plain die, animals live in utopia, and the dead are prime time

  32. JT

    So sorry to hear about Fluff.

    “Maybe we should learn to enjoy our relationships without the yearning for eternity.
    The sorrow from a death of a pet is pure and sharp. It usually involves no guilt or grudge.
    The mourning of death of a pet is a deep but not solely a bad emotion.
    It is a clear sharp sadness.”
    -Yrsa Stenius-

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