Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Murray Hill Inc. is believed to be the first “corporate person” to exercise its constitutional right to run for office. As Supreme Court observer Lyle Denniston wrote in his SCOTUSblog, “If anything, the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission conferred new dignity on corporate “persons,” treating them — under the First Amendment free-speech clause — as the equal of human beings.”
Murray Hill Inc. agrees. “The strength of America,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “is in the boardrooms, country clubs and Lear jets of America’s great corporations. We’re saying to Wal-Mart, AIG and Pfizer, if not you, who? If not now, when?”
Murray Hill Inc. plans on spending “top dollar” to protect its investment. “It’s our democracy,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “We bought it, we paid for it, and we’re going to keep it.”
Thursday, January 28, 2010
RIYADH (Reuters) - United Nations climate talks are a bigger threat to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia than increased oil supplies from rival producers, its lead climate negotiator said on Sunday.
Saudi Arabia's economy depends on oil exports so stands to be one of the biggest losers in any pact that curbs oil demand by penalizing carbon emissions.
"It's one of the biggest threats that we are facing," said Muhammed al-Sabban, head of the Saudi delegation to U.N. talks on climate change and a senior economic adviser to the Saudi oil ministry.
"We are worried about future demand ... oil is being singled out. We are heavily dependent on one commodity."
Saudi depends on oil income for nearly 90 percent of state revenue and exports make up 60 percent of its gross domestic product.
Rival producers such as Iraq and Brazil have plans for significant increases in output, with Baghdad agreeing deals that could raise its capacity to around 12 million barrels per day and threaten Saudi market dominance. The kingdom has a production capacity of 12.5 million barrels per day.
Climate talks posed a bigger threat, Sabban said, and subsidies for the development of renewable energy were distorting market economics in the sector, he said.
The SCOTUS decision makes no distinction between domestic and foreign owned or operated corporations. They all get to spend as much as they want. So the Saudis can and will lobby and campaign hard to stop any alternative energy legislation.
Politicians who are in favor of US energy Independence should expect Saudi financed attacks.
And even if a US politician genuinely holds a position that is being endorsed by a big corporation, he or she will be perceived has having been paid off, causing further erosion of the public's confidence in elected officials.
The only good that can come out of this is if, against all odds and expectations, Congress passes new restrictions on corporate charters that will limit direct influence and stand up to any court challenges int he face of the SCOTUS decision.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
But I think after the Supreme Court's historical fuck up--I mean
"decision"--on corporate campaign spending that I should speak out
with my puny, human right to free speach before Google decides to
drown me out. So here is my reaction to the court's edict that
corporations have 1st Amendment rights and that dollars spent equal
free speach: WHAT?????? Are they fucking kidding?
Corporations are not people. Corporations don't even have to be US
citizens. So now Hugo Chaves' Citco can spend as much money as it
wants to influence American politics? That makes no Constitutional
sense. Dow Chemical is a Pinnochio that does not deserve to be a real
boy. But the Supreme Court just played Blue Fairy and granted their
wish. US politics was already corrodid by corporate money. Now we can
look forward to full fledged corrosion.
I am 100% sure we cannot predict all the horrible ways this will screw
up our politics, government, laws, environment, society, and lives.
Oh some good news. Goldman Sachs had record profits, again. Pinnochio
will be so pleased.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Brilliant book on the advantages of trying and surviving dangerous activities.
Sorry, Just had to put that out there.
If you are lucky enough not to have heard his disgusting theories on why Haiti had a major earthquake, then you should keep it that way. Once you get garbage like that in your head it is hard to clear it out again.
But Pat seems to believe that a whole nation should be punished for the alleged sins of their ancient ancestors. That is some mean, small-minded, vengeful thinking. Jesus proscribed very different attitudes and actions toward the poor and downtrodden that those espoused by the “Reverend” Robertson.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
huge and it has an amusement park with roller coasters in the middle
of it. And an aquarium underneath.
Other than that it is just every mall you have ever been to. No, I
mean it is every mall in one giant space. Every mall store is here.
But not many unique things. Even the amusement park is just a smaller
version of Nickelodeon parks.
There is a big old Ikea store across the street, and it looks small
next to MOA. So I guess that is something if you can make Ikea look
Jay-- on the iPhone at MOA.
Friday, January 08, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
I hear Minneapolis is the home of the Mall of America, the biggest mall in, you guessed it, America. Not sure I will have time to go see it, or if I really want to.
With temperatures like that, I may never leave the hotel.
Monday, January 04, 2010
But mostly we sat around a table with some books, some pens and paper and way too many dice playing D&D.
We started a new campaign with new characters in a new world—always the most exciting part of D&D because in the beginning anything is possible and the story can go anywhere. We decided to be Private Inquisitors, PI’s, in a big city with a grimy underbelly where nothing is what it seems to be. That meant I had to start coming up with mysteries to solve and clues to follow, villains to chase and be chased by, unexpected friends and allies. And the girls had to discover who their characters are and what they want them to become.
We had a great time, exploring together, creating a new world together.
But now the calendar has turned a page and we must leave our fantasy world and return to the work and school world. We like our “real lives” but it is also nice knowing that our “fantasy” world will be waiting for us to visit again some weekend, hopefully not too far in the future.
We will see what the world of 2010 has to throw at us….
Echoes: I used to have that picture on my wall as a kid. I suppose Jung or Freud would have a thing or two to say about that. It was one of many pictures taped up next to my Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Bruce Lee posters. It is by Patrick Woodroffe. I liked the dual nature of it and the fact that you could turn it upside down.