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Posted in: CNN mobilizes its news gathering troops for Japan, Middle East See in context

There is a lot of back patting and back slapping going on in the international media about how they are "exposing things that the passive Japanese media has avoided". Really? Then why have I learned nothing from them that I didn't know before March 11th. TEPCO is a corrupt company that uses dangerous practices!!! Oh my! That is not investigative journalism, that is cut and paste journalism. Reporting on things that have been ignored by the Japanese media? Then why did I come home on the 12th to see nonstop reporting and pictures on Japanese TV from Fukushima about the nuclear crisis?

They came to Japan with the story they were covering already decided, the angle that would work best for them, and didn't bother finding out what the real story was. That story is that the world's supposedly most prepared country wasn't prepared at all, and not only at the Fukushima plant. They missed it, and now, having seen first-hand how useless they are, I have no time for them in the future.

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Posted in: TEPCO dismissed important scientific evidence in planning nuclear plant's defense See in context

Moondog has it correct. They were presented a number of times with the latest seismological information (a science now far more advanced than the average person realizes),informed of the high level of risk, but refused to make the necessary changes. Didn't want to spend the trivial amount of money involved to move the generators and eliminate the risk, because the plants were not going to be in operation much longer. Pure criminal stupidity.

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Posted in: Wisconsin governor rebuffs Democrats' request for meeting See in context

@yabits- you are not going to win an argument with molenir by using logic, as he is a logical and bright guy. And you are not going to win an argument against Tea, as he will simply deny that he has lost.

Go back and look at the 1:29 PM post. The hole in the argument is a million miles wide. "If you build it they will come." That is what you are up against, 31 years of it.

Or to be more clear, reality is not ideologically based. It is just RealiTea.

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Posted in: Michael Moore rallies pro-union protesters in Wisconsin See in context

Obama doesn't and refuses to recognize that we are financially broke.

This is the kind of nonsense I was talking about. Unions must be broken up because the USA is financially broke. Building a shikansen will lead to "financial oblivion". Money is being stolen from hardworking people.

No country that has control over the issuing of its own currency can ever become broke. What happens is that when the money is issued in the form of a debt, the system has an upper limit on the size of debt that the economy can support, both through the real economy and speculation. The USA hit that limit, and the speculation bubble popped, but that is not the same as going broke. The USA, through the Fed, creates trillions of dollars all the time. The problem is not that they don't have the money, the problem is what they are doing with it.

Also, governments do not go into financial oblivion because they spend money on infrastructure. That is what the whole purpose of government is, and how money is injected into the economy. Whether they do that productively or not is a separate question. And money IS being stolen from hard-working people, and has been for a long, long time. It's just not going to unions.

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Posted in: Michael Moore rallies pro-union protesters in Wisconsin See in context

You refuse to accept that there is a breaking point where worker benefits can bankrupt the system.

You refuse to accept that the breaking point has been passed already, and that breaking point had nothing to do with unions.

Well that sums up the progressive/liberal position pretty well.

There is nothing "liberal" or "progressive" about anything I wrote. Refusing to understand the true situation is not "right-wing" or "conservative" either. Here is the score. We live in a world where we can communicate by 1's and 0's that magically travel through the air and move instantaneously around the world, we can travel the world in long metal tubes powered by fossils, and we can get blown up by either splitting or fusing atoms. And you expect me to believe that nobody has figured out how money and economics work??? No, the system has been intentionally designed to be faulty, only they overdid it and now you have a system failure. Unions didn't design the system, and didn't cause the failure. Attacking them is a completely pointless political game, and is not going to save anybody's butt.

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Posted in: Obama offers deeper spending cuts, appeals for budget deal See in context

This what you call being between a rock and a hard place. The dirty little secret is that US government spending was the smoke and mirrors trick that powered the US economy since 1980. It would be nice to have some adults in the room who would admit that, but none in sight. Just lots of screaming about "getting the deficit and debt under control". Sorry guys, but too late for that, horse already left the barn. Cut spending and you will crash the economy, or continue "borrowing" money that can never be paid back, which won't end well either.

Things should never have been allowed to get to this place of course. In a capitalist system those who lend money that can not be paid back lose the money, and if they lose too much money they go out of business. Capitalism 101, buy hey, the USA stopped having a capitalist system decades ago. Now too late, bubble was built and burst, and can't do that as banks are now too huge and too broke. Next solution is to write down the debts, but can't do that as political suicide. Those not in debt would justifiably rebel. Only solution then is for the US government to give people money. If you have debts it must be used to pay them off, if you don't you can spend it on whatever you want, but can't save it. That money would then flow back to the government through taxes, and the government debt would get paid down as well. But all that can't happen of course, because governments have to "borrow" money from "rich" people who they then pay interest to right? Actually they don't, but that is a secret too, heh heh!

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Posted in: Michael Moore rallies pro-union protesters in Wisconsin See in context

I guess you know something that Ben Bernanke doesn't.

No, Ben Bernanke knows exactly what I know, his job is to pretend he doesn't. Extend and pretend is what it is called.

I agree with chotto's point above. I fail to see the point of all this nonsense. Scapegoating solves nothing, just means you are going to have to find the next scapegoat. What we have here is an incentives problem, not a political one, and nothing will get fixed until those change.

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Posted in: Michael Moore rallies pro-union protesters in Wisconsin See in context

Liberals/progressives believe there is an endless supply of TAXPAYER dollars that they somehow have a right to.

Man, this Harry Potter magic stuff is getting really boring. The USA does not have a "liberal vs. conservative" problem. Americans have a problem because they have suicidally trashed their economy and financial system, creating a money junkie class that thinks the answer to everything is not sharing the "money". Get it through your heads folks, money is not a collectible, that is not the point of money.

Liberals believe "yada yada yada". Conservatives believe "yada yada yada" How about some reality. Reality is this, there is no such thing as "taxpayer" dollars, and there is an endless supply of dollars. Economics and money work how they work, there is nothing political about it. That is how it works, fantasies are irrelevant except for how they screw things up even more.

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Posted in: Huckabee denies criticizing Portman's pregnancy See in context

“That’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock.”

There are a lot of things that society unfortunately glorifies and glamorizes, having a child "out of wedlock" is a long, long, way down the list of importance of them. Huckabee's friendly, nice guy, right-winger schtick is getting pretty stale, and personally I find his parroting of the usual "Hollywood" cliches and sticking his nose in other peoples' business to try and score some cheap points offensive.

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Posted in: Obama declares Gadhafi must leave Libya now See in context

"Zenga Zenga", if you don't know what it means, look it up. Bizarro world when a video seems to have more effect than the words of an American president, I mean is anybody still listening? Interesting times indeed.

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Posted in: Protesters leave Wisconsin Capitol after 17-day sit-in See in context

The biggest problem with scapegoating is that after you are successful, you have to find a new scapegoat. I get it, public sector unions are "What is killing America (TM)". OK, so who is next? Gotta move up the food chain here boys.

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Posted in: Protesters leave Wisconsin Capitol after 17-day sit-in See in context

Walker said he won’t compromise on the collective bargaining issue or anything that saves the state money.

Taking money out of the economy will not "save" the state any money. The hit to revenue will end up being as big or bigger.

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Posted in: Republicans win first budget skirmish; bigger fight looms See in context

Why not go with an even more absurd figure of 60 or 600 trillion? No one really believes anyway what you post about "conservatives" in a country you have never been to and know next to nothing about...

Apparently he knows enough about the USA to know what the figure is.

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Posted in: Big labor's last stand in the U.S. See in context

The NYC taxpayers then have to pay for an additional 1,500 substitute instructors, at the cost of 9 million USD per year, to actually teach the students.

Even if everything the anti-union types said was and is true, this is also true. The American government, through the treasury, federal reserve, and the FDIC have spent over 13 trillion dollars to "fix" the banking system, with more on the way apparently. Still no solution in sight either. I am not even going to bother figuring out what percent of 13 trillion that 9 million works out to, but if people want to worry about 9 MILLION dollars, hey go ahead.

Just don't expect me to take any of the anti-union stuff seriously. Or see it as anything other than either a diversionary tactic to keep alive the myth that what is going on is a left vs. right issue, or the actions of people who don't have any idea what they are talking about or doing. Freaking out about a pimple (imaginary or real) when you have a possibly fatal disease, and shouting "this pimple is killing me" basically.

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Posted in: Republicans win first budget skirmish; bigger fight looms See in context

TumbleDry: Abraham Lincoln too.

Just to be clear on my previous rambling post, and to save anybody from wasting their time with the usual "we are going broke" Keynsian bashing, just because I am saying solution A) "cutting spending" won't work, does not mean I think solution B)"continuing to spend" will work either. The correct answer is solution C) but not much point in talking about it as it will never be allowed to happen. That is why everybody argues about non-solutions A and B, because C is off the table.

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Posted in: Big labor's last stand in the U.S. See in context

Well said tkoind2, that pretty much sums it up. Unions were victims of both corruption and their own success. People thought I don't need to be in a union, since "I am middle class guy, not working class", without any idea of why they didn't need to be in a union in the first place. Hey, I am as guilty as anybody, I am upper middle-class, at least thought I was until the last few years. Now I see things are not that simple.

As for parasites killing hosts, I will just point out that a corporation is also a union. It is an owner's union which brings them limited personal liability. That limited liability then leads to passive ownership, which allows management to run wild lining their pockets. Parasites killing the host at a far greater level than any unions ever have.

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Posted in: Republicans win first budget skirmish; bigger fight looms See in context

“These cuts reflect this Republican majority’s continued commitment to significantly reduce spending, rein in the nation’s exploding deficits and debt, and to help our economy continue on the road to recovery,”

USA is a on a road but afraid it is not the "road to recovery". Also, how about asking the obvious question about why there are exploding debts and deficits in the first place? Because you don't want to know the answer, that is why. The debt was intentional, and nothing to do with party politics. This is Alice in Wonderland stuff, where everybody pretends that nobody knows how economics and money works. Pretend that you can fix things by stopping doing what you were doing to cover up things in the first place, and which is what screwed everything up. Two ways for this to go. One, they have no real intention of cutting spending, just shifting it so services are down but spending stays the same (and of course use the black hole called the Federal Reserve to top things up), or two, they really will cut spending and then face the shocking realization that that doesn't fix anything. Crazy times. And are they really spending their time talking about $4 billion? That is Dr. Evil money, less than peanuts in the overall picture.

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Posted in: Big labor's last stand in the U.S. See in context

Not sure why my post was taken down there, was just agreeing with the writer. The writer in the last paragraph gave an example of how the unions are also fighting against general apathy among the American public towards their cause. I gave examples of a couple of American celebrities and the media attention paid to their problems that back up what he was saying. No doubt the same applies to them in terms of awareness as to the example the writer gave of Lara Logan, probably more so.

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Posted in: Christchurch quake may portend major seismic activity for Japan See in context

Except Japan's anti-quake architecture technologies and required building codes being used for years, Most of other countries in Pacific Asia zones have less seriousness toward such important procedures in building houses and constructions.

It is not a case of less seriousness, it is a case of lack of awareness. Japanese people have been in Japan for many, many centuries, and have frequent earthquakes. They didn't need the relatively new science of plate techtonics to tell them they have earthquakes. New Zealand and also Canada and the US northwest are in areas of infrequent but potentially powerful earthquakes, and the cities were built long before the dangers were understood. Very different situation from Japan, and as we saw in Christchurch a very serious problem.

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Posted in: Madoff says U.S. government a Ponzi scheme See in context

Madoff should have never turned himself in, that was his big mistake. He provided a convenient scapegoat to make it look like something was being done while the really big fish continue raiding the piggy bank.

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Posted in: Police allow protesters to remain at Wisconsin Capitol See in context

Police are unionized, did Walker think they are idiots? They know what a "slippery slope" is, of course they were not going to force people out if they are acting lawfully.

It’s about time someone stood up and told the truth in our state and said here’s our problem, here’s the solution and let’s do this

Yep, and that someone is not you. Snake-oil salesman, nothing more.

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Posted in: Protesters across U.S. decry anti-union efforts in Wisconsin See in context

The unions are bankrupting the states

Man and Paul, you are entitled to your opinions about unions, you are not entitled to intentionally reverse cause and effect. States can't afford union benefits because they are bankrupt, not union benefits bankrupted the States.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. " Henry Ford, 1927. The US financial system could be cleaned up and all this worry about states going bankrupt could be tidied up in a few weeks. The way how to do it is understood. The reason it is not done is that doing so would expose the system as a fraud, and even the thickest individual would be able to see it. So instead you get union skapegoating, and those new taxes you worry about, and you will be getting them even if every union in the USA disappears.

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Posted in: Shape of new Irish gov't yet to emerge See in context

Hopefully a circle with the letter "n" in front of it. As in "no, we are not going to destroy our country just so you can continue to go on pretending that you didn't lose all that money you lost".

Money that can't be paid back won't be paid back. Pretending it will be is an IMF and ECB sham.

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Posted in: Protesters across U.S. decry anti-union efforts in Wisconsin See in context

I forgot to add that it was not only to buy off the citizens, it was also, needless to say, to make those with access to the taps VERY,VERY RICH. Rich in paper and numbers in a bank account that is. They now think that if they take away other peoples' money and numbers by weakening unions, and cutting salaries and spending, they will be to keep theirs.

But that ain't the way things work. The con-men have forgot what the con is.

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Posted in: Protesters across U.S. decry anti-union efforts in Wisconsin See in context

Private business pays private business workers.

So what you are saying is that the private sector pays its workers with private sector money which is then taken from them in taxes and given to public sector workers, and this process causes the States to go bankrupt.

You really have no idea where the money comes from in the first place do you. You see no connection between out of control government spending and all the millionaires and billionaires that have appeared out of nowhere the last 30 years. You see nothing weird in the fact that the "powerful unions who are wrecking America" have not taken a cut in any of the money, and that salary levels have not budged in 30 years. You are no doubt too young to have sat down with your Dad to watch "Wall Street Week" on PBS, where Louis Rukheyser was given 30 minutes a week to beg people to pay attention to this boring place called "Wall Street", or have laughed in the movie Frost/Nixon when Nixon jumps up and down because he is going to paid $250,000, shouting "I am going to be a rich man!!!".

The only economic policy of the USA and other rich countries since 1980 has been to increase the money supply through the issuance of government debt in order to buy off the citizens. That is where ALL the money comes from. Now that the Ponzi scheme has blown up, the fraudsters are desperately trying to keep things going, and some of them have come up with the crackpot idea that they can do that by attacking unions and promoting the delusional idea the problems are all in how the system is operated. No, the problem is that the system is now inoperable.

The problem is also not that the elites have plans, elites always have plans. The problem is that the plans now are insane. If you think things are ugly now with the attacks on unions and the middle class, just wait until the rich start firing on each other. Because that is where things are headed.

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Posted in: Irish opposition on brink of election win See in context

iruaustralia - you are right, they are, in effect, state-owned now. I meant they weren't state-owned when all the damage was done.

The alternative is for banks who lose money to lose the money. Otherwise there is no point to banking. How we managed to get to a "harmonized global financial regime" that doesn't reflect that basic economic concept is what is spooky.

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Posted in: Protesters across U.S. decry anti-union efforts in Wisconsin See in context

These public employees continue to fail to realize that they are servants of the taxpayers, who pay their salaries.

No offense intended sarge, but that is nonsense. They are the people who do the jobs that are unprofitable for the private sector to do. Whether their union does a good job for them or is just an organized crime racket, that is another question. But the money they are paid by the "taxpayer" all comes from the same place that the "taxpayer" gets it from. It all comes from government spending. And excessive government spending, to support "banks" that have blown all their noney, that is the whole problem.

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Posted in: Christchurch holds prayers for quake victims; death toll 147 See in context

In other buildings maybe, hopefully sarge is right. But judging from the pictures on NHK news tonight, nobody is coming out of the CTV building.

Think maybe something more than just a building design problem happened there. Liquefaction, or some kind of freak wave and resonance combination hit the building, physics stuff that I don't understand. Sad for so many people to lose their lives in just one building, looks to be about 30 or 40% of the total fatalities.

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Posted in: Facts overshadowed in debate over union bill in Wisconsin See in context

Washington is broke no more Federal money to the rescue

sailwind, it is known that the Federal Reserve has recently put over 12 trillion dollars into the international banking system. It is not a question of being broke, it is a question of having access to money. Where do you think this money comes from?

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Posted in: Facts overshadowed in debate over union bill in Wisconsin See in context

So in other words, the state should keep things the way they are, and when the budget does hit a deficit just tax people to make up for it is what the writer is saying? That type of thinking is what has gotten us in the mess we are in now financially.

Uh, no, that kind of thinking has nothing to do with what got you into the mess in the first place. You are in this place because banks were allowed to make loans without caring if the loans were paid back, which destroys an economy, which destroys a government's revenue. Destroys the whole point of a bank when they get bailed out, too. But whether people ignore why they are in this mess because they are unaware (no shame in that, it is confusing stuff), or because they are trying to keep other people unaware (because they are stalling for time, and hoping for a miracle) is not really important.

As GW once said "this sucker is going down". And unless somebody somewhere wakes up real soon, Bush will go down in history as a visionary, just a little early on his call. Meanwhile keep arguing over unions and pretending they are the problem. That will keep you safe.

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