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Pentagon submitted request for improvements to be made to the Bunker Buster bombs over concern that well fortified strongholds would not be effectively destroyed. Gee O heck of a thing to have and now decide it wouldn't be adequate. I think this is "out" as a signal to Israel that we are seriously gearing up for military action on Iraq......once we have munitions - allowing more time to pass.

An articulate explanation why Gingrich is bad news.

Iran - Fighting sanctions with sanctions in a test of strength with the West over its nuclear ambitions, Iran warned on Friday it may halt oil exports to Europe next week in a move calculated to hurt ailing European economies. The Tehran government grappling with its own economic crisis under Western trade and banking embargoes, will host a rare visit on Sunday by U.N. nuclear inspectors for talks that the ruling clergy may hope can relieve diplomatic pressure as they struggle to bolster public support.

Russia continues to be an ally to Syria's Assad which I wonder if part of the reasoning is Putin's desire to stem the swing of political uprising from flowing into Russia. If Russian citizens who are truly unhappy with the Putin games see that Assad too falls I think it will encourage the angry in Russia.

This week we had the first death of a Sweathog :0( Epstein will always be remembered...
icubud: (Default)
Pentagon submitted request for improvements to be made to the Bunker Buster bombs over concern that well fortified strongholds would not be effectively destroyed. Gee O heck of a thing to have and now decide it wouldn't be adequate. I think this is "out" as a signal to Israel that we are seriously gearing up for military action on Iraq......once we have munitions - allowing more time to pass.

An articulate explanation why Gingrich is bad news.

Iran - Fighting sanctions with sanctions in a test of strength with the West over its nuclear ambitions, Iran warned on Friday it may halt oil exports to Europe next week in a move calculated to hurt ailing European economies. The Tehran government grappling with its own economic crisis under Western trade and banking embargoes, will host a rare visit on Sunday by U.N. nuclear inspectors for talks that the ruling clergy may hope can relieve diplomatic pressure as they struggle to bolster public support.

Russia continues to be an ally to Syria's Assad which I wonder if part of the reasoning is Putin's desire to stem the swing of political uprising from flowing into Russia. If Russian citizens who are truly unhappy with the Putin games see that Assad too falls I think it will encourage the angry in Russia.

This week we had the first death of a Sweathog :0( Epstein will always be remembered...
icubud: (Default)
Surely this story will end up as a book and movie.
icubud: (Default)
Surely this story will end up as a book and movie.
icubud: (Default)
The entire region is now on tenterhooks for the next move, with US, Iranian and Gulf armies on the highest war alert. American and Iranian war planners both accept that their advantage lies in surprising the enemy – without, however, catapulting the Persian Gulf into a full-dress war.
 

The armies of Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states stood ready Thursday Jan. 5, for Washington to stand up to Iranian threats and send an aircraft carrier or several warships through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf. Riyadh has been leaning hard on the Obama administration not to let Tehran get away with its warning to react with "full force" if the USS Stennis aircraft carrier tried to reenter the Gulf or Iran's pretensions to control the traffic transiting the world's most important oil route.

Wednesday night, the Iranian parliament began drafting a bill prohibiting foreign warships from entering the Gulf without Tehran's permission.



whole article here
icubud: (Default)
The entire region is now on tenterhooks for the next move, with US, Iranian and Gulf armies on the highest war alert. American and Iranian war planners both accept that their advantage lies in surprising the enemy – without, however, catapulting the Persian Gulf into a full-dress war.
 

The armies of Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states stood ready Thursday Jan. 5, for Washington to stand up to Iranian threats and send an aircraft carrier or several warships through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf. Riyadh has been leaning hard on the Obama administration not to let Tehran get away with its warning to react with "full force" if the USS Stennis aircraft carrier tried to reenter the Gulf or Iran's pretensions to control the traffic transiting the world's most important oil route.

Wednesday night, the Iranian parliament began drafting a bill prohibiting foreign warships from entering the Gulf without Tehran's permission.



whole article here

Newspapers

Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:54 pm
icubud: (piles of documents)
One of the most enjoyable times I had on our recent SF trip was going to the Hudson News shop and purchasing the WSJ, NYT & USA Today papers for our trip to CA. Then on the flight to SF I read each of the papers the "old school" way, meaning not online or e-versions but the way you crinkle the paper, fold it, make marks for saving and getting the black ink on your fingertips. It was so enjoyable ~ the whole experience of actually reading the newspaper. If I was in marketing at the newspapers I would market/advertise the reality of that experience. Online/internet/tablet/etc will not reproduce this experience.

Here is one of articles that I saved.

Newspapers

Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:54 pm
icubud: (piles of documents)
One of the most enjoyable times I had on our recent SF trip was going to the Hudson News shop and purchasing the WSJ, NYT & USA Today papers for our trip to CA. Then on the flight to SF I read each of the papers the "old school" way, meaning not online or e-versions but the way you crinkle the paper, fold it, make marks for saving and getting the black ink on your fingertips. It was so enjoyable ~ the whole experience of actually reading the newspaper. If I was in marketing at the newspapers I would market/advertise the reality of that experience. Online/internet/tablet/etc will not reproduce this experience.

Here is one of articles that I saved.

Good stuff

Dec. 17th, 2011 08:55 am
icubud: (pulsing star)
Some news bits that are of good news...

Anonymous donors pay strangers' Christmas layaways

Ex-con returns lost wallet full of cash
(you need to watch the video and see the guy who returned it - gave me "squishies")





Good stuff

Dec. 17th, 2011 08:55 am
icubud: (pulsing star)
Some news bits that are of good news...

Anonymous donors pay strangers' Christmas layaways

Ex-con returns lost wallet full of cash
(you need to watch the video and see the guy who returned it - gave me "squishies")





icubud: (Earth from space - a NASA photo)
A story late in getting my attention.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tallblue for posting.

Apple's been all over the news these days, and not just because of
the iPad. For weeks, reports have been emerging about a high number of
worker suicides at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China. The
Taiwanese-owned company is the largest final assembler of mobile phones
in the world, producing phones and other electronics for Sony, HP,
Nokia, and Dell, along with Apple. More than a half million people work
for the company in China alone.


Many first equated Foxconn with suicides last summer when Sun
Danyong, a 25-year-old worker who allegedly lost a prototype of the
fourth-generation iPhone, jumped to his death. Now, the suicides have
built into a crisis for Apple and Foxconn, one that activists could push
to crack the abusive relationship between between corporations and
their suppliers that drives wages and working conditions ever downward
across the globe.


A shocking 12 Foxconn workers have now ended their lives this year,
mostly by jumping from the massive multi-story dormitories they live in
during the precious few off hours they have. The crisis is so deep the
company has installed safety nets between dorm buildings.

rest of story here

icubud: (Earth from space - a NASA photo)
A story late in getting my attention.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tallblue for posting.

Apple's been all over the news these days, and not just because of
the iPad. For weeks, reports have been emerging about a high number of
worker suicides at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China. The
Taiwanese-owned company is the largest final assembler of mobile phones
in the world, producing phones and other electronics for Sony, HP,
Nokia, and Dell, along with Apple. More than a half million people work
for the company in China alone.


Many first equated Foxconn with suicides last summer when Sun
Danyong, a 25-year-old worker who allegedly lost a prototype of the
fourth-generation iPhone, jumped to his death. Now, the suicides have
built into a crisis for Apple and Foxconn, one that activists could push
to crack the abusive relationship between between corporations and
their suppliers that drives wages and working conditions ever downward
across the globe.


A shocking 12 Foxconn workers have now ended their lives this year,
mostly by jumping from the massive multi-story dormitories they live in
during the precious few off hours they have. The crisis is so deep the
company has installed safety nets between dorm buildings.

rest of story here

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An interesting article a couple days ago in the USA Today.
A lot of what it is saying you probably already know, yet it is further a quick look because it does delve a little deeper by speaking to average citizens about their status.

A very sober statement that is true that needs to be called out:
Look in the opposite direction, and there are families such as David Silver and Sarah Washburn, tourists from Oakland who brought their 2-year-old daughter, Siena. "It's a misperception that we're not part of this because we're not uninsured or unemployed," said Washburn, 39, who works for TechSoup, which distributes donated computers and software to non- profits. "We're all on the precipice of being unemployed or uninsured."


icubud: (Default)
An interesting article a couple days ago in the USA Today.
A lot of what it is saying you probably already know, yet it is further a quick look because it does delve a little deeper by speaking to average citizens about their status.

A very sober statement that is true that needs to be called out:
Look in the opposite direction, and there are families such as David Silver and Sarah Washburn, tourists from Oakland who brought their 2-year-old daughter, Siena. "It's a misperception that we're not part of this because we're not uninsured or unemployed," said Washburn, 39, who works for TechSoup, which distributes donated computers and software to non- profits. "We're all on the precipice of being unemployed or uninsured."


icubud: (pulsing star)
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi opened a very unique restaurant in New Jersey. If you're looking to dine at the new Soul Kitchen, you can leave your wallet at home because the menu is filled with meals but no prices. Diners have the option to pay what they can afford, work at the restaurant or perform community service in exchange for a meal. The effort made by the musician is to help feed the hungry without the brand of "soup kitchen."

When you click on hyperlink scroll to the bottom of the page and watch the Today show video from a couple days ago.

I really like this business model. I am going to investigate this further. This could be exactly what I am looking for.
icubud: (pulsing star)
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi opened a very unique restaurant in New Jersey. If you're looking to dine at the new Soul Kitchen, you can leave your wallet at home because the menu is filled with meals but no prices. Diners have the option to pay what they can afford, work at the restaurant or perform community service in exchange for a meal. The effort made by the musician is to help feed the hungry without the brand of "soup kitchen."

When you click on hyperlink scroll to the bottom of the page and watch the Today show video from a couple days ago.

I really like this business model. I am going to investigate this further. This could be exactly what I am looking for.
icubud: (how I often feel)
Here is a classic example of the stupidity of our current administration. When you think of  Islamic extremism do you think of embracing diversity? When you think of Iran's president Abdim.... do you picture a compassionate soul who is concerned with equality of religion? How about the big pooba Aaytol.... whatever his name is of Iran, does his name bring images of the saintly kind grandpa?

So....

The White House condemned the conviction and possible death sentence for an Iranian pastor who refuses to renounce his Christian faith onThursday, saying the execution would further demonstrate Iranian authorities "utter disregard" for religious freedom.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/28/iranian-pastor-faces-execution-for-refusing-to-recant-christian-faith/#ixzz1ZNgkYsV3

Really? That is the wise words from our government? Out of touch? How about just offering "lip service"?

icubud: (how I often feel)
Here is a classic example of the stupidity of our current administration. When you think of  Islamic extremism do you think of embracing diversity? When you think of Iran's president Abdim.... do you picture a compassionate soul who is concerned with equality of religion? How about the big pooba Aaytol.... whatever his name is of Iran, does his name bring images of the saintly kind grandpa?

So....

The White House condemned the conviction and possible death sentence for an Iranian pastor who refuses to renounce his Christian faith onThursday, saying the execution would further demonstrate Iranian authorities "utter disregard" for religious freedom.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/28/iranian-pastor-faces-execution-for-refusing-to-recant-christian-faith/#ixzz1ZNgkYsV3

Really? That is the wise words from our government? Out of touch? How about just offering "lip service"?

icubud: (Default)

To my way of thinking this is more proof positive that TPTB and that includes the Republican Party do not want real POSITIVE change to occur in our government. The full story is here and here is a few jaw dropping blurbs:

As The Daily Beast put it: “The new top tier of Bachmann, Perry, and Romney — created by Bachmann’s Iowa straw poll win, Perry’s entry into the race and Romney’s lead so far in many national and state polls — has unleashed torrents of talk about the reshaped race.” Paul’s name was not mentioned in this piece nor in many others. A Wall Street Journal editorial Monday magnanimously granted Paul’s showing in the straw poll a parenthetical dismissal: “(Libertarian Ron Paul, who has no chance to win the nomination, finished a close second.)” But “close” does not fully describe Paul’s second-place finish. Paul lost to Bachmann by nine-tenths of one percentage point, or 152 votes out of 16,892 cast.
 

 There was a deliciously intriguing line in The Washington Post’s fine recap of Ames on Sunday. It said had Paul edged out Bachmann, “it would have hurt the credibility and future of the straw poll, a number of Republicans said.” So don’t blame the media. Here are Republicans, presumably Republican operatives, who said if one candidate wins, the contest is significant, but if another wins the contest is not credible. Amazing. And disturbing. “Well, yes I can get discouraged and dispirited,” Paul told me. “We came so very close. To come that close to winning, it shows my views are very mainstream. And if we are worth our salt and our message is sound and we tell it honestly, we will do well.” Though possibly no one will notice.
icubud: (Default)

To my way of thinking this is more proof positive that TPTB and that includes the Republican Party do not want real POSITIVE change to occur in our government. The full story is here and here is a few jaw dropping blurbs:

As The Daily Beast put it: “The new top tier of Bachmann, Perry, and Romney — created by Bachmann’s Iowa straw poll win, Perry’s entry into the race and Romney’s lead so far in many national and state polls — has unleashed torrents of talk about the reshaped race.” Paul’s name was not mentioned in this piece nor in many others. A Wall Street Journal editorial Monday magnanimously granted Paul’s showing in the straw poll a parenthetical dismissal: “(Libertarian Ron Paul, who has no chance to win the nomination, finished a close second.)” But “close” does not fully describe Paul’s second-place finish. Paul lost to Bachmann by nine-tenths of one percentage point, or 152 votes out of 16,892 cast.
 

 There was a deliciously intriguing line in The Washington Post’s fine recap of Ames on Sunday. It said had Paul edged out Bachmann, “it would have hurt the credibility and future of the straw poll, a number of Republicans said.” So don’t blame the media. Here are Republicans, presumably Republican operatives, who said if one candidate wins, the contest is significant, but if another wins the contest is not credible. Amazing. And disturbing. “Well, yes I can get discouraged and dispirited,” Paul told me. “We came so very close. To come that close to winning, it shows my views are very mainstream. And if we are worth our salt and our message is sound and we tell it honestly, we will do well.” Though possibly no one will notice.

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