about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.
60 minutes explains the financial meltdown in less than 15 minutes
watch an excellent 60 minutes analysis of the recent financial events.
I just finished watching it, and the story is one of the best 60 minutes has ever done. You come away with a good understanding
of what happened, why it happened, and who is really ultimately responsible.
One of my favorite lines ... when asked by the narrator (Steve Kroft), an ex-Wall Street analysis says of the mathematics that was
used to justify the diversification of risky investments,
You can't model human behavior with Math.
As a a math teacher and recreational mathematician myself, I agree.
Math can only model based upon repeatable and
quantifiable events. Randomness cannot be completely isolated and put into a formula. Assuming that any one human is
understood at any given time during the entire life span of a certain individual : what model could possibly evince the true spirit
or the essence that is individuality. Math seeks to control rather than understand. Math puts fences around events that cannot
be controlled, but the distance between the fences cannot ever achieve an exactitude of precision. This would be equivalent to
following one molecule of oxygen as it traversed the hemisphere over the course of a week. You might be able to follow that one
molecule, but how could you also keep track of zillions of other molecules and aggregate events at the same time, with such
effective control that you transcend God in your perspicacity of all knowing?
Remember: Avogadro's number of molecules per mole is 6.02 times 10 raised to the 22nd power. A Billion is 10 to the 9th
power. A trillion trillion is ten to the 24th power. 6.02 times 10^22 is a little more than a billion trillion. This is the number of
molecules or atoms with a certain volume unit called a "mole". A mole is the amount of volume containing that many molecules
or atoms for any given molecule or atom. It's different for every molecule and atom. It depends on the temperature and
pressure, and what form of matter the molecule or atom is at any given temperature and pressure. One mole of oxygen at
standard temperature and pressure is 22.4 Liters, or nearly 6 gallons (5.92).
Math cannot effectively model the path from an interactive nature of entities whose randomness and imperfect understanding is
quantifiable, or dependent upon events which can not be foreseen. The bias or the imperfect knowledge of the human who uses
math to model such events cannot help but create anything but an imperfect replica in such a situation. Things work merely
because we ignore the exceptions, or disregard other effects. The noise or the minor errors might be due to the imperfections of
estimation, or they might be significant factors waiting to explode. We can never be certain, and if we develop an attachment to
the imperfect model we will of course ignore the factors and presume estimation errors.
Math might be useful. It might interesting to create a logical universe, or to push an idea to a conclusion. However, Math has to
be reality driven and responsive to events or it will always be just another island inhabited by an anti-social hermit whom
everyone hears about but few persons ever understand; and most of those only claim to understand because the hermit is
nonetheless a celebrity, like a wizard who performs tricks, and the claimants want to associate themselves with the mystique
without pretense to authenticity.
Friday, 3 October 2008 at 17h 14m 0s
The same one who got us into this mess
From New York Times
"Many events in Washington, on Wall Street and elsewhere around the country have led to what has been called the most serious
financial crisis since the 1930s. But decisions made at a brief meeting on April 28, 2004, explain why the problems could spin
out of control. The agency’s failure to follow through on those decisions also explains why Washington regulators did not see
what was coming.
On that bright spring afternoon, the five members of the Securities and Exchange Commission met in a basement hearing room
to consider an urgent plea by the big investment banks.
They wanted an exemption for their brokerage units from an old regulation that limited the amount of debt they could take on.
The exemption would unshackle billions of dollars held in reserve as a cushion against losses on their investments. Those funds
could then flow up to the parent company, enabling it to invest in the fast-growing but opaque world of mortgage-backed
securities; credit derivatives, a form of insurance for bond holders; and other exotic instruments.
The five investment banks led the charge, including Goldman Sachs, which was headed by Henry M. Paulson Jr. Two years later,
he left to become Treasury secretary.
Labaton | New York Times | 3 October 2008]
In other words, Paulson moves into the government from the private sector to use government to serve the interests of the
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 at 21h 45m 15s
Nawlins Napsters wins
Its official. The Nawlins Napsters win for the second year in a row.
This year was much more competitive than last year. I also had a lot more injuries to contend with, but pulled out the distance in
the last 3 weeks.
Saturday, 27 September 2008 at 14h 4m 28s
Jack Cafferty rips Sarah Palin
Jack Cafferty is the last of two dying breeds : a real conservative, and a real journalist who does his homework.
Saturday, 27 September 2008 at 14h 0m 26s
John McCain and Charles Keating
"Never before have 5 US Senators get involved with Federal Regulators to help a campaign contributor... The Senators ...
Federal Regulator Edwin Gray to go easy on Keating", from NBC broadcast in the above video.
"Senator McCain was unique among the 5 Senators in having a direct financial conflict of interest involving direct financial
investments. On judgement, ethics, and truthfulness, he failed this test as badly as you could fail"--former Fed Regulator
William Black was one of the Federal regulators at the meeting the Senators had to try to convince
the regulators to "go easy" on Keating. John McCain was a Freshman Senator from Arizona when the event took place.
Friday, 26 September 2008 at 13h 40m 7s
Depleted Uranium is the Modern Agent Orange
A US Marine speaks out ...
The segment on Depleted Uranium begins at 4:10.
Quotes from this video:
…this is the Agent Orange of this occupation. This weapon has no purpose in Iraq granted this was during the initial invasion. So
I, maybe, can understand its deployment. But, let’s be clear here depleted uranium is an anti-armor weapon… the Iraqis do not
have armor. They don’t have tanks. They don’t have bombers. Why are we using this? And again I urge you to do the research
yourselves. I can quickly say that we’re using this because it’s a way to get rid of atomic waste. We do not know what to do with
We’re poisoning our soldiers, we are poisoning the people of Iraq, but make no mistake we are poisoning the people of the world.
I can test every single person in this room and I can find depleted uranium in your hair.
The VA has continually denied my request to be tested for depleted uranium. This letter clearly shows that they’re saying a test
doesn’t even exist. And I will say for the record, a test does exist, it’s the wrong test. It’s the urinalysis that’s used to detect
exposure, immediate exposure. The problem with depleted uranium is that these particles dig deep within your body, and you
will not find them in your urine after a couple days. You need a very expensive test… one the VA us certainly not willing to pay
for. But I would also like to point out that the VA does recognize the danger of depleted uranium, while they might not want to
test for it, or talk about it, or give us any briefings on it.
That round on impact aerosols and vaporizes and these particles go up in the air, and that’s why I was saying I can test every
single one of you and find it in your hair. These particles blow up into the atmosphere and are disseminated all around the entire
globe. They have found depleted uranium on the skin of NASA vehicles in space. We are changing the entire genome of our
planet: human beings, cats and dogs, plants. We are changing the genetic makeup of our planet by using these munitions in Iraq
Friday, 26 September 2008 at 17h 15m 34s
Tampering with an investigation
Because that's what mavericks of integrity do ....
ANCHORAGE — Today a State Representative called on the Alaska State Troopers to look into possible criminal witness tampering
in the state’s bi-partisan legislative Troopergate investigation. Since Gov. Sarah Palin was named to the McCain ticket on Aug.
29, the McCain campaign has sent campaign workers to Alaska to obstruct this investigation.
“Until McCain campaign staffers flew to Alaska to stop this investigation, the Governor and her staff agreed to comply with what
we all know is a bi-partisan investigation. After Aug. 29 the campaign started working to block this investigation, and witnesses
began joining that effort by ignoring their subpoenas and risking jail time. Something obviously changed the minds of these
witnesses after Aug. 29th,” said Rep., Les Gara (D-Anchorage), a State Representative and Former Alaska Assistant Attorney
Alaska’s witness tampering statutes prohibit any person from “inducing” a witness to fail to comply with a subpoena. Almost
daily, McCain staffers have called press conferences and made efforts to stonewall the legislative investigation. Prior to Aug. 29
no witness had stated they’d refuse to comply with the investigation, and the Governor in fact promised she and her staff would
In the first minute of the pastor's speech, the pastor mentions "The Israelites were like this" when he was referring to "Bankers."
isn't clear if the pastor is saying that "Israelites" are a version of bad, money grubbing bankers in the context of his speech.
At the end Sarah Palin is standing before the church with two men at her side, and the pastor is bellowing a mantra of "in the
My question: is this a cult or a church? Is this a house of the lord, or a house of the upwardly mobile being blessed by some
accented black man who is living well off the donations to the church?
Personally, I think the role of the church is to harmonize social relations within the community. Standing before the church and
getting blessed by some holy man is not my idea of the role of the church. Being blessed by someone who speaks the right
not indicative of becoming holy.
In my opinion, whatever God whom may exist would judge us by our intentions and our good works, not because we stand
the flock and have some official man of god rain jargon on our heads.
Saturday, 20 September 2008 at 20h 4m 44s
Nawlins Napsters on the verge of another championship season
With one week left in the season, its looking good for the Nawlins Napsters in the Espn Fantasy Baseball League. Unless my team
takes a nose-dive over the next week, the Nawlins Napsters will repeat as champions this year.
Friday, 19 September 2008 at 16h 3m 37s
Plastic containers are poisoning you
The additive Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an artificial sex hormone that is used to manufacture plastics. They are banning the additive in
Canada. In the United States however, the multi-billion dollar chemical industry has effectively censored this news from the
...scientists have known since the 1930s that BPA mimics estrogen in the body, for unrelated reasons, the chemical serves as an
essential building block of hard, clear polycarbonate plastics and tough epoxy resins, ubiquitous materials in the modern world.
... a research team from a Yale University medical school research team has come up with some of the most troubling data yet:
after injecting African green monkeys for 28 days with BPA at the level the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says is safe for
people, the researchers found the chemical "causes the loss of connections between brain cells." "We observed a devastating
effect on synapses in the monkey brain," says Yale scientist Tibor Hajszan. In humans, these losses could lead to memory and
learning problems and depression.
The monkey study is only the latest in a sequence of independent studies. One scientist at Washington State discovered the eggs
in her control group having more mutative effects than the experimental group. And ...
[ a] search for lab contaminants led to a temporary lab aide who had washed the plastic cages and bottles with a caustic floor
detergent, unleashing enough BPA into the control animals' food and water to scramble the chromosome alignment in their eggs.
This appears to be serious. Click on the source to read the entire 2 page article for yourself.