China on the verge of unemployment explosion
Four years ago, the former World Bank President James Wolfensohn warned Chinese leaders that they had to address the widening social gulf between rich and poor. "That way," he said, "unlike the French [aristocrats], you will not be taken to the guillotine on July 14." The idea that the French Revolution could occur in contemporary China may have seemed farfetched at the time when the economy was experiencing an unprecedented boom—expanding at more than 10 percent each year.
Wolfensohn's warning can no longer be considered an exaggeration. After 30 years as a giant cheap labour platform for the world's major corporations, China cannot avoid being dragged into the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. With the economy slowing rapidly, unemployment is set to skyrocket and social discontent will explode.Well, politicians have lots of words--which they are very quick to forget as soon as they get elected to office. Actions always speak louder, as the axiom goes. And Barack Obama’s voting record as an
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Livni's Final Solution for Christmas!
Oy, I love our Tzipi'le as much I loved her father, Eitan.
This is what Christmas means for us, a time to bring Hannuka to the arabs and let the goyim see the light through our candles. I hear some of the Gazans have even started eating grass, so I bet those shnorrors will appreciate a little firework display after such a long fast.
more - Aunti Ziona
Juan Cole cites some Iraqi weapon purchase:
Then he adds:
These new weapons for the Iraq will be delivered in 2013, and they are sophisticated and difficult to operate and maintain, so will require training and technical help from the US military.We warned what would happen and sure as the sun shines, millions of good paying jobs have vanished since unconstitutional treaties like NAFTA, GATT and CAFTA were passed by corrupt Congresses controlled by both parties. Union and non-union jobs went over seas to our enemy the communist Chinese; Americans were left standing in unemployment lines.
Under NAFTA, hundreds of thousands of jobs, including auto industry jobs, were lost to Mexican employees south of the border doing factory work that used to belong to American workers. The result for me was junk parts and endless time at the Ford dealership's repair facility. Ford lost a lot of money on that one vehicle and the general manager told me that since NAFTA, they had nothing but substandard parts come out of Mexico costing a king's ransom in warranty work.
more - Devvy Kidd
"Death on a pale hores with hell following after": The Civil War Remembered
Mark Twain said of the Civil War that it "...uprooted institutions that were centuries old... transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations." Twain's description of it as "death-on-the pale-horse-with-hell-following-after" remains the most vivid, the most haunting, the most relevant.
more - Len Hart - The Existentialist Cowboy
I wuz robbed!
My opponent should never have come up with Qxe7+ unless he was on steroids or pot or something
Via RoguePundit comes this news
Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk refused to submit a urine sample for a drug test at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden and is now considered guilty of doping. The world of chess is outraged that he could face a two-year ban.
Good for Vassily for refusing to submit to such an outrageous requirement. I've always felt that the World Chess Federation is a useless bunch of twits for instituting a drug testing regime in the first place. Theirs was a pathetic attempt to suck up to the IOC in the stupid desire to make chess an olympic "sport."
Drug testing is a stupid idea to begin with. But to take it to the level of testing chess players and competitive frisbee tossers or to attempt to deny a medal to a snowboarder for testing positive for marijuana -- these are examples of rank stupidity that exceed credulity. We've got to reverse this moronic idea that the content of our urine is anybody else's business (except our own doctor, at our own choice).
more - Pete Guinther at Drug War Rant
The most racist site you'll see today
It’s not a white site. Yours truly just did a little word replacement with the mission statement for Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, which claims that “The key to Jewish continuity in the United States is in enhancing and instilling Jewish pride in our children”, a program now suspended due to the fall of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.
Oh well. Some racists are better funded than others.Did you, too, get that frisson of déjà vu when you first heard about the bank bailout and its rationale? If you don't hand over untold trillions of dollars in the next five minutes, the economy is going to explode. This was how the PATRIOT Act got rammed through Congress in record time, before anyone had a chance to even read the voluminous bill, surrendering what's left of our liberties and giving the president dictatorial powers: give us your freedom, or else the terrorists are going to blow the country up. This was also how the Bush administration and its neoconservative amen chorus whipped up war hysteria against Iraq: "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." Unless we invaded Iraq immediately, we were told, Saddam would unleash his legendary "weapons of mass destruction" – yes, even against the continental United States.
more - Justin Raimondo at antiwar.com
Raids on Seeds (Life, itself)...by Monsanto
I have been reporting on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's raids on Mennonite dairy farmers, on the recent Ohio Department of Agriculture SWAT team raid on an organic coop, on the USDA's terrible weapon against all farmers with animals (NAIS - the National Animal Identification System) - trying to give an idea of the destructive forces being used intentionally against non-corporate farming.
But unless one sees what is happening to seeds themselves, one misses the scope of things.
Life itself depends on seeds.
more - Linn Cohen-Cole
World condemns man for missing Bush's face
Just a few of the shoes that world leaders would like to throw at Bush.
International leaders and commentators have called for the "harshest possible punishment" to be used against the man who failed to hit George W Bush in the fucking face with his shoes. At a press conference with Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki, an Iraqi journalist was wrestled to the floor by security guards after he called Mr Bush "a dog" and threw his footwear, just missing the president. Politicians around the world have expressed shock and awe that he missed the president's grinning face, and insisted that if they had been there, there would have smashed the bastard's nose right in.