Sunday, April 22, 2012

Things to Know - 23 April

1.  As a companion to yesterday's entry on the waning of China and other third-world cheap labor, and the cost of petrol to transport, today we have this story.   Exports from the USA abroad have increased more that 30% in the last two years.   It would appear that economic trends are returning to favor the USA:

2.  Time to get down and grovel in the muck that passes for journalism and see how Fox talk shows try and support the reading that Citizens United is fine and dandy and that corporations are entitled to swamp the political system with secret piles of cash:

3. In Texas, there are small shanty towns, or neglected barrios of larger cities in poor counties, and mostly populated by residents of Mexican ancestry, and a small percentage of them are undocumented.  Suffice it to say, they have no supporting infrastructure for government, utilities, or services.   Neglect is all they have.  So, Tea Party have not met a real grass roots movement until you see what the Latinas (the empowered ladies) in the community have done.   Progress is one stop light at a time:

4.  This column is too long to read.  I could not read it all.  However, if you are interested in the details on how WalMart de Mexico bribed its way to build its empire in Mexico, without the knowledge of the illegal corporate strategy being known to the chiefs in Arkansas, and totally against federal law...have at it.   Apparently, Bentonville leaders got so fed up with it, that they avoided the whole issue by just shutting down the investigation:

5.  The WashPost editorial board is very suspicious of Mitt Romney and why he has not released more of his tax returns, and has filed for an extension of this 2011 taxes.   So, what is he hiding and why?   This could be something that nails him down to a place where he would not like to be:

6.  I don't know about you, but frankly I am not following the canonization of Charles Colson to sainthood like everyone else seems to be doing.  I vividly recall the reign of shabby and corrupt government under Nixon, and all the sleaze that was brought to the Office of the Executive branch.  Charles Colson was a first class dark figure then, and all the conversion and "good work" he did after his time in prison does not change my opinion:

7.  Paul Krugman points out that Romney's campaign strategy to blame Obama for the ailing economy is based upon his desire that voters do not remember Bush or the free fall mess that he passed on to his successor:

8.  Here is a good example of corporate money buying a state - everyone in the executive and legislative branch.  All of them; governors, assemblymen (persons), state senators, and agency officials - every damn one of them.   AT&T charges obscene rates and fees, because it needs the cash to fill the goody bags for all, even preening its PR image with goodies to charitable and you-name-it service organizations.  AT&T buys its path to whatever it wants.  So how is this any different that Walmart's conduct in Mexico?:

"The saying "Getting there is half the fun" became obsolete with the advent of commercial airlines." 
       -- Henry J. Tillman
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." 
       -- Blaise Pascal
"Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come." 
       -- Matt Groening
"If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves there wouldn't be enough to go around." 
       -- Christina Stead

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