Sunday, November 29, 2009

Anti-WTO Proterests In Geneva Go Violent - Avoid The Negative Chracterizations Of "Tea Party" People

Anti-WTO protest in Geneva turns violent

Note the differences in news coverage between these violent anti-WTO or World Bank protests as compared to this past summer's "Tea Party Protests".  The larger threat to many in the news media come from the domestic protests that, despite their peaceful disposition, are a larger threat to the interests of those who tell the news.  The negative portrayal was added to them by the media despite the fact that no cars were burned or windows broken.   The only issue was that "toes were stepped upon".

(CNN) -- Violence erupted in the Swiss city of Geneva Saturday as a scheduled peaceful protest of a World Trade Organization conference turned violent and police had to use tear gas and rubber bullets.
Thirty-three arrests have been made and police were on the streets working to maintain order, authorities said. There was one minor injury reported: An 80-year-old woman in a walker suffered a head bruise when she fell during the tumult of the demonstrations.
The demonstration started around 2:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. ET) and about 3,000 people turned up in the central part of town, Geneva police spokesman Patrick Puhl told CNN. World Trade Organization ministers will hold a conference next week.
"There were three groups who came seeking violence," Puhl said.
"The troublemakers quickly began attacking banks, hotels and shops, smashing windows and burning four cars, so we had to stop them using tear gas and rubber bullets," Puhl told CNN.
The general theme for discussion at the conference is "The WTO, the Multilateral Trading System and the Current Global Economic Environment."

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Child Molesters Should Be Shot On The Spot

This sort of video sickens me.  There is no cure for adults who think this way.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

No Shortage Of Blame As Haiti Struggles To Feed Itself

Haiti's Environmental Problems Pose Major Challenge

GRANMONT, Haiti -- With its rich delta soil and a year-round growing season, Haiti's famous agricultural region seems capable of feeding the entire Caribbean.

But Haiti is a net importer of food, spending about $400 million last year on purchases from abroad. The World Food Programme runs child nutrition and "food for work" operations. And fields in the nation's breadbasket, Artibonite Department, have been periodically swamped by flash floods and mud washed by tropical downpours off barren hillsides.

Farmers in the Granmont agricultural area, just outside Gonaïves, the department capital, say their plight is being ignored by the government and relief agencies focusing on defending urban infrastructure from flooding and strong storms.

"Granmont is the only place now in Gonaïves where you can produce all the food for the town," said Wilson Adeclair, a leader of a local community organization. "This place needs to be protected."

Though Gonaïves -- which was slammed by three devastating hurricanes and a tropical storm last year -- is the focus of extensive engineering aimed at curbing catastrophic flooding, Adeclair and his group have insisted that available aid money also be used to protect Granmont and other farming areas. They got their wish: 200 men and women are now digging a 4-foot-deep trench between the city and farmland aimed at draining floodwaters and protecting crops.

Workers here voice frustration at what they see as a lack of focus by the government and U.N. officials on their region, which produces rice, potatoes, tomatoes, leafy greens, bananas, cassava, peas, corn, cereals, papayas and mangoes.

Phase one of the canal is nearly complete, and the workers say they are confident it will get the job done. But they fear storm infrastructure in the city could send more water to farming areas than they can handle. They are also worried they won't have enough money to take the channel all the way to the sea.

"We are the only ones who are fighting every time to make a kind of presentation about the importance of this place, and sometimes it's very, very difficult for us," Adeclair said.

Haiti was the scene of food riots last year as commodity prices rose to record highs and the cost of imports soared.

Experts say the riots were a consequence of the misguided policies of aid agencies, especially the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which have for decades been telling Haiti to focus on exporting textiles and using the cash to purchase cheap food from the United States.

"Whenever they'd go to the World Bank and say, 'We need agriculture development spending,' they would say, 'No, that's not what we're doing,'" said Roger Thurow, co-author of the new book "Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty."

"It was under the whole Washington consensus 'food is cheap' policy that the word basically went out to Haiti," Thurow said in a recent interview. "So what happens in 2008? Prices of rice increase ... all of a sudden they can buy half as much rice, there's shortages in the country, the prices go up more, hunger follows, there's the riots, government falls."

'A long journey'

The 2008 storm season, when a tropical storm and three hurricanes slammed into the country over a period of four weeks, created a full-blown crisis as flooding and mudslides devastated crops. Hunger got so bad in some places that the poorest of the capital's slums literally resorted to eating dirt, in the form of baked clay "cookies."

In the aftermath of the storms, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development organized a $10 million emergency distribution of seeds and plants to get farmers back to work as soon as possible.

After two harvests, the effort has yielded impressive results, FAO said, but that program is scheduled to end in January, and there is no word on whether it will be extended.

At last year's annual FAO meeting, national and international aid agencies vowed they would end their decades-long neglect of food production and prioritize building healthy agricultural industries in the developing world. But the residents of Gonaïves who depend on agriculture say they see no evidence of that new commitment.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Death Row Inmate Sent To Hospital After Suicide Attempt - Wait A Minute

Death row inmate hospitalized after apparent suicide attempt

Isn't it in the interest of the state to:

  • Leave Potentially Deadly Tools and Pills In The Cell For A Killer To Kill Himself?
  • Encourage Fights between convicted killers so that he might be a homicide victim from another killer?
I am not understanding why they would bring a killer back to health after his suicide attempt.

Death row inmate Timothy Woodrow Pruitt is in critical condition at a Spalding County hospital following an apparent botched suicide, a Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman confirmed Friday to the AJC.

Pruitt, 43, apparently tried to hang himself in his cell around 8 p.m. Thursday, said Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joan Heath. "Any time something like this occurs, we have an internal investigation, but right now we're treating it as a suicide attempt."

Details about Pruitt's condition were not made available Friday night. His attorney, reached by phone, declined comment. Pruitt has been on death row at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson since 1996, when he was sentenced for the rape and murder of a 10-year-old Lumpkin County girl.

The April, 1992 attack followed an argument with his ex-wife, who kicked an intoxicated Pruitt out of the couple's mobile home. He broke into the trailer next door, where he raped and murdered Wendy Nicole Vincent. Pruitt slit the little girl's throat so deeply it nearly severed her head. DNA and blood evidence linked Pruitt to Vincent's murder, though in a 2006 interview he continued to claim his innocence.

"The darkness and despair of death rows can swallow you up, destroy your spirit and will to live," Pruitt told the web site, "Contact with the outside world brings light into an otherwise dark world."

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rainy Week In Georgia - Forget "Rainy Night"

I can't take this rain any longer. I am going stir crazy.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Ida is pouring rain upon the entire southeast.
We have had 3 straight days of rainy weather.

As I exited my car and opened my back door to get my umbrella - my back became soaked. Despite my large umbrella my pants get soaked because the winds are blowing the rain.

Driving while the heavy volumes of water is on the ground is also hazardous. Even on recently upgraded and repaved sections of the Interstate there are puddles of water that cause your car's traction to be compromised. I can feel the steering wheel jolt upon hitting the puddle. I envisioned myself hydroplaning and then a truck behind me smashing into my car because it couldn't stop in time.

I feel bad for the people who were flooded out in September and now likely face more flooding.
In the places that I have gone it seems that there is far more rain now than back in September. Luckily there has not been as much flooding. So maybe its just that my perceptions of the quantity of rain is just wrong.

In Georgia we have "feast or famine". The 3 year drought has turned into a soaked, muddy mess - at least for now.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hugo Chavez's Failure To Invest In Infrastructre - Water Rationing During Drought

Venezuela rations water supplies

The water infrastructure in Venezuela has come into question. Where are the reservoirs that were needed to avert this situation?

Video Link

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Kia Motors Opens GA Plant - The South Is Rising Again

AJC: Kia set to rev image, sales

As Kia Motors attempts to raise its image as it improves its quality - so too is the Southeastern region of this nation. I am making note of both.

People don't realize that Honda and Toyota and Datsun (Nissan) and Sony where all once seen as "cheep Japanese products with inferior products" decades ago when they entered the American market. After much research and commitment toward achieving better ends - all of them are now known for their quality and connectedness with the demands of the American consumer. Both Kia (Westpoint Georgia) and Hyundia (Alabama plant) are doing the same with their billion dollar plants built in the South.

The South is rebranding itself just as well.

My legacy is in the South. My parents are from South Carolina. They both moved North where I was raised. I now live in Georgia, having returned back to the south where living is better - in my view.

The South is continuously maligned by some. They won't be happy until the South becomes liberal, just as their states are. Though their own states have the same problems in certain zipcodes and though the South has excellence in certain zipcodes, leftist operatives such as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow seek to tar and feather then entire South as backward. This is only because the South remains as the only remaining Republican stronghold in the nation. Thus they must be racist.

They would do well to explain the failures in the places where they dominate.