Friday, December 25, 2009

Jimmy Carter Offers Apologies To The Jews. Some Not Accepting It

Ex-President Carter offers apology to Jews

The problem with Jimmy Carter's analysis about Israel being an Apartheid state is that he is not able to take the same model and apply it to no other state in the region.  They are far more religiously intolerant than anything that he and others can peg upon Israel.

They realize this and chose to focus upon Israel.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"The WebVan Economy" But This Time With The Government As The Venture Capitalist

WebVan - Wiki link

Do you all remember the company "WebVan"?
I do.  I made one order from them while they were still in business.

They came to life through the magic of two resources - the Internet and Venture Capitalist Money.

They started off in one town.  The idea was attractive and in the context of anything with a "dot com" after their name getting funding - they blew up large.  They expanded to multiple cities while riding high on venture cash.  Recall that during this time it was not about profitability it was all about grabbing marketshare in this new Internet commerce space before the next guy.

I give WebVan credit - they definitely created jobs and they were a positive mark on our GDP because they purchased a fleet of vans and a complex order management system in every city. This included a conveyor belt for sorting and massive warehouse space for food storage.  Remember GDP does not care about the viability of a commercial enterprise it only measures the values of transactions within a given interval.

We all know that WebVan imploded.  Unfortunately it was true that profits do matter.


Today we have a similar effect except there are no classical "VC" or "angels" dropping money into the marketplace for startups.  Instead we have the GOVERNMENT filling this role.

This notion was made clear to me yesterday as I listened to an employee of a state Department of Transportation on the radio.  He told of all of the projects that are being funded.  Many of these projects were shelved for years.  They were either too expensive or failed the "cost/benefit" analysis.  Bottom line when it was the state's money - they were more prudent.

Today we have Federal "Funny Money" flowing in and, as with WebVan - all bets are off.  The game now is to spend the money as quickly as possible so that the employment situation and the GDP look good for the targeted interval.

Friday, December 11, 2009

That's Gonna Leave A Mark: ACLU Loses $19M Per Year Donor

ACLU loses its biggest donor: $19 million a year

Justice in America is saved!!!  The ACLU has its disruptive capacity trimmed in this struggling economy.    One day quasi-socialists will see how dependent upon capitalism they actually are.

NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union has lost a quarter of its yearly donations after a major donor cut off $19 million in annual donations because of economic difficulties.

David Gelbaum, a wealthy California conservationist, said he was indefinitely stopping the donations that had made him the New York-based group's largest anonymous donor.

"For a number of years, your organization has received very substantial charitable contributions from me," Gelbaum said in a statement. "My investments in alternative, clean energy companies have placed me in a highly illiquid position as a result of the general credit crisis in the American and world financial systems."

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Kids Sexiting Via Mobile and Internet Increases

Poll finds sexting common among young people

Sexting — sharing sexually explicit photos, videos and chat by cell phone or online — is fairly commonplace among young people, despite sometimes grim consequences for those who do it. More than a quarter of young people have been involved in sexting in some form, an Associated Press-MTV poll found.

That includes Sammy, a 16-year-old from the San Francisco Bay Area who asked that his last name not be used.

Sammy said he had shared naked pictures of himself with girlfriends. He also shared naked pictures of someone else that a friend had sent him.

What he didn't realize at the time was that young people across the country — in Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania — have faced charges, in some cases felony charges, for sending nude pictures.

"That's why I probably wouldn't do it again," Sammy said.

Yet, "I just don't see it as that big of a problem, personally."

That was the view of nearly half of those surveyed who have been involved in sexting. The other half said it's a serious problem — and did it anyway. Knowing there might be consequences hasn't stopped them.

"There's definitely the invincibility factor that young people feel," said Kathleen Bogle, a sociology professor at La Salle University in Philadelphia and author of the book "Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships on Campus."

"That's part of the reason why they have a high rate of car accidents and things like that, is they think, 'Oh, well, that will never happen to me,'" Bogle said.

Research shows teenage brains are not quite mature enough to make good decisions consistently. By the mid-teens, the brain's reward centers, the parts involved in emotional arousal, are well-developed, making teens more vulnerable to peer pressure.

But it is not until the early 20s that the brain's frontal cortex, where reasoning connects with emotion, enabling people to weigh consequences, has finished forming.

Beyond feeling invincible, young people also have a much different view of sexual photos that might be posted online, Bogle said. They don't think about the idea that those photos might wind up in the hands of potential employers or college admissions officers, she said.

"Sometimes they think of it as a joke; they have a laugh about it," Bogle said. "In some cases, it's seen as flirtation. They're thinking of it as something far less serious and aren't thinking of it as consequences down the road or who can get hold of this information. They're also not thinking about worst-case scenarios that parents might worry about."

Sexting doesn't stop with teenagers. Young adults are even more likely to have sexted; one-third of them said they had been involved in sexting, compared with about one-quarter of teenagers.

Thelma, a 25-year-old from Natchitoches, La., who didn't want her last name used, said she's been asked more than once to send naked pictures of herself to a man.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Information Leaks - Barbara Boxer's View On "Climate Gate" vs "Leaked War Memos"

Boxer Suggests Leaked E-Mails Represent 'Criminal' Hacker Conspiracy

So people who worked in the intelligence community and leaked out actually classified information were "working in the service of their country".

However those who saw the fraud that was going on regarding the admissions of manipulation of data and critique in the climate debate, hacked into the servers and released the e-mails deserve to be punished as the information is swept under the rug?

Please Carlie - I hope you beat this woman.