Dynasty Politics Is Recycled Garbage: Who Needs That Experience?

Demotivational: Gullibility

The media spin meisters and some political candidates seem to think experience is all that matters, and it happens to be that very same experience got us all into this mess in the first place. It's time for fresh ideas, not more recycled crooks and their cronies in office.

Hillary Clinton declared the other day -- apropos of whom, she didn't say, or need to -- "We can't afford on-the-job training for our next president." Barack Obama immediately retorted, "My understanding is that she wasn't Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration. I don't know exactly what experience she's claiming." As wit, that round goes to Obama. Clinton was elected to the Senate in 2000, her first experience of public office. Obama was an Illinois state senator for seven years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. In terms of experience in elective office, this seems to be a wash.

Who Needs Experience? Washington Post
Warren Buffett likes to say, when people tell him that they've learned from experience, that the trick is to learn from other people's experience. George W. Bush will leave behind a rich compost heap of experience for his successor to sort through and learn from.

Judgment Trumps Experience Wall Street Journal
Leadership is, at its marrow, the chronicle of judgment calls. These will inevitably write the leader's legacy. Don't get us wrong. We are not discounting the importance of experience. Seminal and appropriate experiences must be drawn on and understood before judgments can be informed. But experience is no guarantee of good judgment. There is a huge difference between 20 years of experience that advances one's learning and one year of experience repeated 20 times.

In fact, there are numerous times when past experiences can prevent wise judgments. Barbara Tuchman long ago observed how generals tend to fight the last war, refusing to face new realities, almost always with disastrous consequences. And often, especially in today's dizzying world, we need to understand what Zen Buddhists call the "beginner's mind," which recognizes the value of fresh insight unfettered by experience. In this more contemporary view, the compelling idea is the novel one. Perhaps no one articulated the nature of the beginner's mind better than the composer Hector Berlioz when he said of his more popular rival Camille Saint-Saƫns: "He knows everything. All he lacks is inexperience."

Putin Power Grab: Flexing Muscle is Bad for the People

I would say Putin is needing a lesson in humility, before he goes to the point of no return.

200 detained in new anti-Putin demo in Russia
SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) — Russian riot police detained another key opposition figure among 200 demonstrators in Saint Petersburg Sunday, a day after a court jailed opposition leader Garry Kasparov for a similar protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

US says troubled by Kasparov arrest in Moscow
"We are troubled that Garry Kasparov and other leaders of the opposition have been arrested and detained. We call for them to be given proper access to legal counsel and fair treatment in processing," he said in a statement.

The former world chess champion and leader of the Other Russia opposition party was arrested in Moscow on Saturday when police broke up a march of about 3,000 protesters.

This muscle flexing is starting to look more like the dance of insane clowns.

Honey Bee Massacre: The Blame Game Continues

Super Beeman

Lucky for humanity that the honey bee can not exact a vengeful counter attack for the millions of bees who have died due to human ignorance and greed, or we might see something like this.

Imported Bees Not Source of Virus Associated with Colony Collapse Disorder
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that the Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV), a virus recently shown to be associated with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) of honey bees, has been in the United States since at least 2002, according to a note published in the American Bee Journal.

Scientific Kerfuffle Over Colony Collapse Disorder
Australia Gets Mad, as Cause of Disease Remains Elusive
First, there was the study that seemed to shed light on the problem of colony collapse disorder, highlighting an intriguing link between an Australian virus and the U.S. hives that were inexplicably emptying of bees. It called into question the imports of Australian bees that had been approved to bolster the honeybee population even before the onset of the mysterious collapse.

Then, there was another study, showing that the virus had been present in U.S. hives for several years before colony collapse disorder. That threw cold water on the Aussie virus hypothesis.

Do Drugs: Get a TV Show, Movie and Famous

Paris Pez Cocaine

You ever wonder why Hollywierd rewards drug using wierdos with more contracts? Orwell would probably say because a drug addict is easier to control and oppress. So enable drug users and watch the world turn into an addiction driven society. Got slaves?

Snort Coke, Get Reality Show

On Monday former American Idol star, Jessica Sierra agreed to a plea bargain for felony battery and possession of cocaine and by Wednesday she’s become the star of a new reality television show.

Lindsay looking forward to 'Ugly Betty'
Earlier this month, Lohan also served a prison sentence after admitting to drunk driving and possessing the drug cocaine. However, she was released only 84 minutes after being put behind bars at the same jail at which Paris Hilton served a 23-day sentence.

Cocaine use rises sharply in Europe: EU report
BRUSSELS (AFP) — Whether it's to numb the nightmare of prostitution, cope with work pressure or simply to party, cocaine use in Europe has risen alarmingly and more people are seeking treatment for abuse, according to a report released Thursday.

An estimated 4.5 million Europeans are likely to have used cocaine in the last year -- up from 3.5 million a year ago -- while seizures of the drug have soared by almost half over 12 months.

New World Order Means Dynasty Diseased Politics

NWO Bush Sr.
HW Bush, "Read my lips, New World Order!"

If "we the people" keep electing the same old recycled clannish garbage, then the US Constitution actually becomes just another piece of paper.

A dynastic disease in American politics
This creeping tendency to see elected office as a family heirloom is not just present in the executive. Congress is littered with the spouses and sons and daughters of former congressmen who wanted to keep the position in the family. The father of Representative John Dingell of Michigan served in Congress for 22 years and then handed the job to his son in 1955. The debate recently has been whether the incumbent will hand it to his wife or one of his sons.

Dynasties and Democracy
America's royal families battle for power
A huge shift is taking place in the American landscape, as we cross the boundary that separates a republic from an empire, and that is the emergence of dynastic politics. No American seems to have yet noticed that American presidential elections seem to be morphing into combat between rival royal families, but Chrystia Freeland, the managing editor of the Financial Times and a Canadian citizen, has:

"What's really interesting for me in looking at the international reaction to the U.S. presidential race and the American one, is outside the United States, people are a lot more concerned about this idea that America is being governed by two dynasties. And yet, that notion doesn't seem to have captured the public attention or really to be being used by Clinton's opponents."

Earth Climate: A Frying Egg

This is your Earth on global warming...

I wonder how long people can stay in denial, just like crack users that can't face the horror of their addictions. I would say it will take a brick wall to smash the face of humanity, before they will make real changes. Meanwhile, do you want your Earth fried, poached or scrambled?

You think it's warm now, just wait for 2011-12:

A world dying, but can we unite to save it?
Drawn up by more than 2,500 of the world's top scientists and their governments, and agreed last week by representatives of all its national governments, the report also predicts that nearly a third of the world's species could be driven to extinction as the world warms up, and that harvests will be cut dramatically across the world.

Up in smoke? : Threats from, and responses to,
the impact of global warming on human development

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (pdf file)

Bilderberg Group: Enslave All or Kill Them

Bilderberg HQ

The meeting in Istanbul is over and the plan is to create a global war economy and expand the slave class to all but a few. Oil prices will continue to escalate, OPEC said no to production increases, and the US middle class will be destroyed. Most can't fathom it, nor will they believe it, and thus most will be the victims of these diabolical plans.

Book on 'secret clubs' shoots up Amazon charts
Exposes how CFR, Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commission win White House
The new book that exposes the connection between secretive organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission with winning the U.S. presidency is soaring up the Amazon best-seller charts. Daniel Estulin's "The True Story of the Bilderberg Group" is now ranked No. 9 on the list of non-fiction best-sellers, and is No. 57 overall.

According to a variety of sources, the following presidential candidates are either members of one of the groups or have strong ties: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Fred Thompson, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and Bill Richardson.

SIV - Super Dung Fund: Who Wants a Load of Crap?

Super Dump

The Super Fund SIV is to prevent the credit markets from choking on their own waste at the end of 2007. So now we have a $75 billion ton dead elephant under the rug that is stinking up the room, and the new plan is to find another room with a new rug to hide the rotten elephant under. I suggest people take all their funds out of Bank of America, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, or you deserved to lose it all along with their SIV repackaged dung plan.

NYTimes: Agreement Reached for SIV Super Fund Cleanup
Originally the Super Fund was going to buy only the best assets from the SIVs to provide liquidity - but I guess people realized that wouldn't help. Now, apparently, the Super Fund will buy anything:

Dollar Crisis: None dare call it 'conspiracy'
On Tuesday, the U.S. national debt topped $9 trillion for the first time in history, according to the U.S. Treasury Department's daily accounting of the national debt. Nine trillion dollars! The number is so staggeringly high that it exceeds our ability to comprehend it in monetary units.

Let's put all these "illions" into perspective. A million seconds is roughly 12 days, whereas a billion seconds is approximately 32 years.

We understand dollars. And we understand time. So it would take 12 days to pay back a million dollars at a dollar a second. But if you started right now, you'd pay back a BILLION dollars, at a dollar a second, in the year 2039.

Pakistan Chaos: US Supports Nuclear Pirates

Pirate Pervez Musharraf

So much for global stability and national security, as the US wasted and is still wasting billions supporting Pervez Musharraf's nuclear armed pirate dictatorship, were only nations of fools, tools and cannon fodder support such nonsense.

US 'nightmare': Will Pakistan chaos let al Qaeda get nukes?
"In the war on terror there is no country more strategically critical than Pakistan," ABC's Terry Moran said on Nightline Monday, "and tonight Pakistan is on the edge of a political abyss."

The nuclear state, which is battling encroaching al Qaeda fighters at its borders, has descended into chaos after President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency and suspended Pakistan's constitution. Taliban fighters and al Qaeda terrorists who had sought refuge in the mountainous border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan are moving into more populated regions of Pakistan and they appear emboldened by the chaos erupting from Musharraf's crackdown.

Thousands Face Down Pakistani Police
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Police fired tear gas and clubbed thousands of lawyers protesting President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose emergency rule, as Western allies threatened to review aid to the troubled Muslim nation. Opposition groups put the number of arrests at 3,500, although the government reported half that.

Musharraf's Military Aid Flows On

THE Bush administration signalled yesterday it would keep billions of dollars flowing to Pakistan's military, as President Pervez Musharraf insisted "free and fair" elections would be held on schedule despite his assumption of draconian state of emergency powers at the weekend.

Get used to paying more and having less, since the idea that any side of the US two party system supports you is the biggest joke of all.

Dems Prepare Yet Another Blank Check for Wars
Democratic leaders in Congress are quietly preparing to give President Bush essentially everything he wants to keep the Iraq war going for at least another six months without forcing any change in course.

Coming Soon: WWIII with Russia News

War with Russia

War insanity is still on the rise along with the price of oil, so how long before the media starts running stories on the waging nuclear war with Russia? I predict we will see that sort of propaganda hitting the headlines in the next several weeks, if it hasn't already. Watch Pakistan...

The Neocons' Crazy Dream of World War III
In February 2002, neocon journalist Norman Podhoretz (a leading warmonger who is currently senior adviser to Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani) wrote an article calling for a new World War. He did it again in an article titled "World War IV: How It Started, What It Means, and Why We Have to Win" (Commentary magazine, September 2004), calling for what he called "World War IV", i.e. a war against the country of Iran that he demonized by calling its leaders "Islamofascists", who cannot be trusted with having nuclear weapons as can some other countries in the region that already have them (Israel, Russia, Pakistan, India).

What's going on? Is the world getting crazy or what?

Let us remind ourselves that 25 years ago, neocon Podhoretz and other dimwits wanted President Ronald Reagan to launch a (preventive) nuclear war against the Soviet Union. Indeed, in the early '80s, some neocon advisers around Reagan were deluding themselves and were arguing that the Soviet Union was preparing for a pre-emptive attack on the United States. They opposed President Reagan's efforts at rapprochement. They were pushing for the U.S. to achieve ''nuclear dominance'' and argued that only a ''strategy of strength'' matters. —Mr. Reagan ridiculed them with their hairy plan and he was wise enough to dismiss these exceptionally naive and warmongering "advisers".