Wednesday, June 29, 2011
In his book Nemesis the late professor of Asian studies Chalmers Johnson stated the United States has over 700 military bases world wide. He further states that the military base is how our (the United States) empire is propagated. He asserts that to maintain an empire or to preserve our individual freedoms and culture without slipping into fascist dictatorship is the crossroad which all empires ultimately face. He represents in the case of England how this was accomplished successfully while in the case of Rome the divestiture of empire came in the form of collapse. Think of the power requirements of each one of those military bases. Think of the fuel costs to operate all of the vehicles in the air on land and at sea and the fuel for emergency power back up generators each base has or more regularly the monitary costs to receive that power from commercial grids in host countries. Factor in the cost of personnel and household goods in storage and the cost of accommodations for military families living over seas. Factor in the costs of readiness exercises and standard evaluation teams traveling around the globe to maintain the quality of that military presence. There are plenty of estimates how much all of this costs. It's going to cost even more now that our 10 year treasury bonds are not triple A rated. The same old politics needs more time and revenues for more military strategic planning.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I think we need to ask if innovation is only possible during a political crisis. Politics effects outcomes in technology all the time. Take the power grid for instance. When we had a coherent immigration policy, (substitute "more racist" here if you wish) it was thought that given time we'd need fewer power generation stations. Not only was there the foreseeable realization of zero population growth to limit power consumption; improvements in insulation and solid state transisters replaced older tube technology as control elements for relays, motor control and switchgear. Computers made further automation possible using less and less power until the winds in politics allowed more open (less discrimination at the ) borders. With population growth, (pent up demand for housing, education, healthcare, employment oh yeah- a spike in power consumption by the ever growing number of house holds and population) should have been challenge sufficient for innovation if the money was less debt loaded by war borrowing. However, the boom and bust cycles of economic tides always wash away large amounts of savings in debt service thanks to the innovation of war for profit by Neo-cons as well as financial malfeasance in finantial and public office. Constant wars edify politicians who want the larger budgets war always affords and also the financial sectors loaning monies for that economic process so as to extract the interest on those treasury bonds held as collateral. It now seems the resultant weak dollar policy has backfired, leading to a drop in manufacturing and the standard of living, an unaffordable infrastructure in our cities and on our roads, bridges and tunnels. This breakdown has been joined by rising unemployment and youth gang violence. Drug addicted criminals whose hard working parents (spending longer hours at work to store up money which buys less and less) failed to make time for imparting more recognized and legal work ethics in their offspring. While our racist preconceptions also got us into war after war, politicians enlisted corporate media in actually changing the grammatical useage & meaning of the word war so that it could be waged against conditions instead of armies. War on fear, poverty, drugs, prejudice and now terrorism,... perpetually! Technological advances in energy production have therefore been channeled into ever more efficient means of prosecuting these wars as our main export. I have no doubt that ending war & living within some multiple of accounts receivable will restore purchasing power to the dollar, allowing r&d money to go further. Such behavior can foster the development of sustainable energy production and greater self determined outcomes merely due to social rather than antisocial imperatives. Once our money gives each working citizen deserved breathing room as an entitlement, think of it -the actual prospect of social harmony! But, to get there we have to want this alternative to incessant wars and the profits we extract from the development, sales and deployment of killing machines. We have to want freedom enough to change our politics.
Monday, June 27, 2011
An outstanding example of religion and politics mixing with policy was when the religion of Lord John Maynard Keynes ( expand markets without controls on debt ) evolved into the weak dollar policy we have today. Dr Alan Greenspan embellished this religion with an additional item of faith (removal of the Glass Steagal act of 1933) which then allowed banks brokerages and insurance entities (corporations being persons legally ) to: 1). relax criterion on real estate loans for greater sales. 2). bundle bad mortgages into adjustable rate mortgage backed securities. 3). insure these cash pipes as though they were low risk derivatives and sell them to clients with an appetite for unknown risk. Without even mentioning the word war one need not look hard to find instance after instance where policy is run off of faith based beliefs. The road to fascist dictatorship is riddled with such belief driven policy orchestrated by a true believers trade off of the rights of individuals for religious or nonreligious collectivism.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Hi your honor. Congratulations on yours and your colleagues success at grappling with some of the most thorny issues on the contemporary horizon. I have always maintained that human behaviors found to exist before and during all recorded history must be faced up to cogently and responsibly, as they are part and parcel of our lot here in this life as people. Also it is known far and wide that to successfully tax a population requires both contract and jurisdiction which are at once agreeable to each of the parties as well as enforceable from an authoritarian perspective. When ever laws don't stand the test of time, it is these premises that have been given short shrift. Onward and upward then! Clarence Dember jr
The recent tragedy of the brutal and mindless Medford Drug store shooting on Long Island calls into question whether any security measures can stem the flow of this kind of violence involving murder by gun, addiction and theft of merchandise (in particular pain killing narcotic medication.) It has been said in the media that the victims: pharmacist Raymond Ferguson- Family and friends (f&f), mother of two Jaime Taccetta. (f&f), Student Jennifer Mejia (f&f) and loving husband Byron Sheffield (f&f) all died at the hands of a pain killer prescription addict and his get away car driver wife. The medicine they were after-a form of synthetic opiate. The one question in my mind is could these senseless killings have been avoided if counseling and treatment had been available to the alledged killers who clearly had run out alternatives visible to drug addicted chemically addled criminal mentalities. If the answer is no; I'll ask what about if medical marijuana were available? If the answer is still no, then maybe we should pass laws requiring armed guards at all such drug markets. Drug companies whose drugs are marketed under these tightly controlled conditions may pool resources and purchase contracts with any number of armed security firms so as to improve the safe and regular dispense of these trademarked and patented as well as generic compounds. This slaughter must not be repeated!
The 2 versions of this movie beggars the question. Are there forms of criminal behavior that smacks of mind control and agents of chaos? Or is this violence in contemporary society just the effect of every day conditioning?
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I have been using the internet from 2 computers. Both of these are sharing a wireless network. One is a tower I've built and the other is an imac I've purchased. Approximately 3 months now I've found it impossible to get online with the imac without login. The tower can go on line but is severely limited. Gone are the days when login was unassociated with EULA. For that kind of a journey, literacy and books are better.