Wacky Wednesday

Harley Davidson is in the house at work today. It’s slightly less classy than normal.

More importantly, the market tried to rally to new highs yesterday, but ran out of steam by the end of the day. The tech sector especially ran out of bullets, AAPL went from +12 to -2….YUCK Looking for more choppy action today. Let’s see what that hammer brings us.

Rocks

Both of these men have rocks in their heads.

Krugman is just plain and simple, off the deep end stupid. Holy fuck! Who gave him a degree?

Ron Paul, you tout “Inflation is theft” yet, never do we hear about you stopping the debasement of our currency by private banks. End the fed, audit the fed, be the fed, fed this, fed that, competitive currency? How do you plan on doing this with private banks destroying it at the governments will? You have lost your mind. And shut up about gold already. Yes, it has been a good investment against the dollar since the crisis, but short of buying shares of Netflix, so has everything else commodity related. That inflation is partially YOUR fault. Shut the fuck up! All of you: Obama drama, Paul, Krugman, Romney, EVERYONE!

Make the left side of this image return. Then I’ll listen.

MLK

I think like most people the famous “I Have A Dream Speech” was my favorite of all of Dr. King’s work.  That has changed after reading a few articles on MLK today.   Here is an excerpt from Dr. King’s speech  in New York’s Riverside Church protesting the Vietnam war.  1 year before he was assassinated April 4th, 1967.

Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments.

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.

A true revolution of values is still needed. I, like you Dr. King,  still have a dream.

Someone Had To Say It

Fantastic read!

On Friday, April 8, as members of the U.S. Congress engaged in a last-minute game of chicken over the federal budget, the Pentagon quietly issued a report that received little initial attention: “A National Strategic Narrative.” The report was issued under the pseudonym of “Mr. Y,” a takeoff on George Kennan’s 1946 “Long Telegram” from Moscow (published under the name “X” the following year in Foreign Affairs) that helped set containment as the cornerstone of U.S. strategy for dealing with the Soviet Union.

The piece was written by two senior members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CAPT Wayne Porter, USN and Col Mark “Puck” Mykleby) in a “personal” capacity, but it is clear that it would not have seen the light of day without a measure of official approval. Its findings are revelatory, and they deserve to be read and appreciated not only by every lawmaker in Congress, but by every American citizen.

The narrative argues that the United States is fundamentally getting it wrong when it comes to setting its priorities, particularly with regard to the budget and how Americans as a nation use their resources more broadly. The report says Americans are overreacting to Islamic extremism, underinvesting in their youth, and failing to embrace the sense of competition and opportunity that made America a world power. The United States has been increasingly consumed by seeing the world through the lens of threat, while failing to understand that influence, competitiveness, and innovation are the key to advancing American interests in the modern world.

Courageously, the authors make the case that America continues to rely far too heavily on its military as the primary tool for how it engages the world. Instead of simply pumping more and more dollars into defense, the narrative argues:

By investing energy, talent, and dollars now in the education and training of young Americans — the scientists, statesmen, industrialists, farmers, inventors, educators, clergy, artists, service members, and parents, of tomorrow — we are truly investing in our ability to successfully compete in, and influence, the strategic environment of the future. Our first investment priority, then, is intellectual capital and a sustainable infrastructure of education, health and social services to provide for the continuing development and growth of America’s youth.

 

Will our politicians listen?

This of course comes to light in regards to the outrageously huge defense expenditures the US takes part in. But defense has many different faces and can be used strategically in many different ways other than just pure military might. Domestic energy keeps our cash in our country, thereby choking the money supply for irrational behavior overseas in some of our “less friendly” nations. Better teachers lead to better students which in turn leads to a smarter workforce and better innovation, essential components for a sound, growing economy. Social service and health, reduce crime, wasteful spending and harmful behavior among citizens. Providing a higher quality of life while burdening the budget of ones government much less.  A better, less forceful  investment now can lead to a much better ROI tomorrow.

$1.5 Trillion.   Thats the amount we currently spend on defense (domestic and international efforts).   Imagine what could happen if just 1/4 of that could go into domestic energy production and education.  $375 billion a year more than triples the current budget for energy and education in this country.  

For what it’s worth, this is an opinion coming from someone that happily works within the US defense industry.

London 2012 Olympics

So the mascots for the 2012 Olympic games in London were just released recently. Well, uh, I’ll let the comments from the English paper The Guardian  do the talking from here. 

Here is a picture of the mascots.
 

The Article 

“In the end they were neither animal, vegetable nor mineral. Nor, as some cynics had predicted, did they resemble white elephants.” 

“The unveiling of the bold London Olympics logo in 2007 was controversial, with many criticising its graffiti-like design. Organisers, who hired Wolff Olins at a cost of £400,000 to design it, stood firm, arguing that it was supremely adaptable and perfect for the digital age. But they were forced to withdraw a launch film after it emerged that it had the potential to trigger epileptic seizures.” 

-FAIL 

The comments 

obby obby 19 May 2010, 7:07PM 

 

I think I speak for everyone when I say:  

Jesus Fucking Christ 

doppel doppel 19 May 2010, 7:08PM 

 

Well, the one in blue has gone and soiled itself.. 

timbloke timbloke 19 May 2010, 7:09PM 

 

Is Matt Groening on our Olympics committee? First the 2012 logo looks like Lisa Simpson giving head to Bart, and now we have Kodos & Kang as our mascots? 

JahLion JahLion 19 May 2010, 7:11PM 

 

Bloody hell, they’re terrible – I couldn’t really care less to be hionest but is that the best they could come up with?  

And the main logo looks like a gorilla sat on the toilet whilst waving his arm 

Nibblewooder Nibblewooder 19 May 2010, 7:13PM 

 

Before they released them did they not look and them and think??? 

PaulBowen PaulBowen 19 May 2010, 7:18PM 

 

Because nothing says “Britain” like a creepy bipedal showerhead/penis thing with lobster claws. 

10 points to Griffindor for best  mascot design.  FAILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.

Oh Fox News

You and your comments regarding an article about the BP oil rig exploding:

bj777
I THINK THE ROTTEN CORRUPT DEMOCRATS HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THIS OIL RIG EXPLOSION–THERE NEEDS TO BE AN INVESTIGATION TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANY MEMBERS OF GREEN PEACE-THE SERRIA CLUB-ETC ON THE RIG AT THE TIME

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 5:41 AM

secondopinion
spill? – try Explosion. questionable timing and unknown source. like calling a truck destroyed by an IED an accident.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 6:02 AM

jhenrymc
Considering the propaganda concerning “global warming” and this administrations agenda, I would not be surprised if this had been planned. Call me paranoid, but nothing surprises me anymore.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 9:04 AM

YUP! In the middle of our presidents campaign to begin offshore drilling again, he destroyed an oil rig.  Brilliant people everywhere.

Palin 2012.