Friday, December 28, 2007

Mike Huckabee: Clueless Moron

Mike Huck-a-bee’s recent unbelievable comments that used the volatile situation in Pakistan Friday, to make an argument for building a fence on the American border with Mexico, revealed the true quality of his presidential credentials. He told reporters in Orlando, Fla.: “We ought to have an immediate, very clear monitoring of our borders and particularly to make sure if there’s any unusual activity of Pakistanis coming into the country.”

Comments like this clearly indicate that once again, the most ignorant turd is rising to the top of the Republican presidential cesspool. Perhaps Republican presidential candidates should be at least required to point to “important” countries on a large map. This exercise could be easily integrated into the next scripted Republican, “debate”.

What is truly amazing about this entire process is the fact, that after almost 8 years of suffering with an idiot in the White House, the Republicans seem to want to nominate yet another clueless moron. They evidently need 4 more years of failed leadership to help them understand what most of us already know: Religion, ignorance, and ideology can never replace knowledge, intelligence, and leadership.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Just Say No to Mike Huckabee

So, how do you spell desperate if you are a Republican? Apparently their most recent mutation of the English language involves substituting Mike Huck-a-bee, when the word desperate would normally be used. Now usually, I would not object to a minor alteration of a word or words in the context of their normal linguistic evolution. But this time the Republicans have just pushed the envelope far beyond the limits of good taste. The logical and nightmarish extension of this linguistic abomination would be to then use Mike Huck-a-bee as a substitute for the time tested words, the President of the United States. A nightmare of all nightmares might then be possible with combining of both these time tested words with the new Republican mutation, to produce the words, President Huck-a-bee.

We can not under any circumstances allow the Republicans to run roughshod over our language. Accepting Mike Huck-a-bee as a substitute for the word desperate would be linguistically misguided and illogical. Contact your elected Republican representatives today. Say yes to maintaining the integrity of the word desperate and no to Mike Huck-a-bee!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Iraq and Climate Change

Michael T. Klare | December 7, 2007
Foreign Policy In Focus

When our grandchildren and more distant descendants assemble in such classrooms as may be available and ask their teachers, “Why did our ancestors not take effective action to prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change?” one of the answers will surely be, “The war in Iraq.”

Long after this war is over, its legacy will live on in terms of this nation’s abject failure to address the climate change challenge during the early years of the twenty-first century, when it was still possible to avert global warming’s most horrendous effects. When these effects became more widely apparent, in the decades ahead, humanity will no doubt take vigorous action to deal with the problem – but by then it will be too late to prevent some of its most damaging consequences, such as dramatic sea-level rise, widespread drought and desertification, increased severe storm activity, and the collapse of vulnerable societies. Read entire article here


Saturday, December 01, 2007

Non-job Unions of the 21st Century

There is a tsunami headed for the shores of the United States. Instead of a massive wave of water, it is an ever growing wave of technological change.

Ray Kurzweil - an inventor, an entrepreneur, an author, and a futurist explains the realities driving the oncoming technological tsunami: The whole 20th century, because we’ve been speeding up to this point, is equivalent to 20 years of progress at today’s rate of progress, and we’ll make another 20 years of progress at today’s rate of progress equal to the whole 20th century in the next 14 years, and then we’ll do it again in seven years. And because of the explosive power of exponential growth, the 21st century will be equivalent to 20,000 years of progress at today’s rate of progress, which is a thousand times greater than the 20th century, which was no slouch to change.

This very rate of change itself dictates and then necessitates major changes in both our workforce and the way it will potentially be organized. Increasingly, workers of the 21st century will be required to become adaptable skilled full time learners who are comfortable working simultaneously in both the real and the virtual world.

Needless to say, the workers who have 20th century skill sets and an aversion to change and/or education will be unable to compete in this new world. This unfortunate and potentially disastrous byproduct of this exponential growth rate will leave millions of low and middle skilled workers in untenable economic situations.

Traditional models for 20th century labor unions were organized by either trade or by industry. The protection of workers necessitated the formation and then the execution of principals or policies that deliberately slowed the rate of trade/industry changes.

The unions in the 21st century will evolve into decentralized web based affiliations that will organize the power and voice of like educated, like skilled workers. As opposed to their 20th century counterparts, these affiliations will feed off the change and evolution of technology. Instead of being organized in trades or industries, they will be focused around education, skill sets, and work experience.

Finally, traditional labor unions are for all intensive purposes, dead! And in their place, web based brotherhoods will nurture the workers of the future and help them to ride the coming wave of technological change.

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