Saturday, February 22, 2003

Amazing that the Right has jumped on the anti-French bandwagon.France is tied at the hip to the U.S.A., as we are to them. So ultimately any sanctions against France will surely come back to haunt us. Just a few random stats:
1. Among foreign imports, the United States is one of
France's top suppliers of agricultural machinery, only behind
Germany, Italy and Great-Britain. American agricultural
equipment took a 12 percent share of the import market in 1997.
2. U.S. merchandise exports increased by 8.8% in 1999 amounting to:
$25.0 Billion (according to French statistics)
9th largest trading partner of the U.S. worldwide
3. The total French market for software packages (office,
technical, applications, leisure, etc.) represents $2.4 billion
with a growth of 10.9% in 1997.
American firms control the French packaged software market with
products for databases, spreadsheets, CAD/CAM systems and word
4. American recruitment firms figure most prominently in executive
search, where they represent some 25-30 percent of the market
and account for about 40 percent of revenue.
Estimated at USD 30 billion, the French IT market ranks second
in Europe and fourth in the world.

Bush and company may enjoy a secret snicker at the French and some of the anti-French rhetoric, but American business and American workers have been hurt and may be hurt more by this adminstration's ongoing diplomatic blunders.

and let's not forget the Chinese and GLOBALISATION’S SURPRISES . There are several emerging brands of globalization, this is the Bush/Cheney brand and it's not good.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

a tribute to the life & work of British
painter John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).

....and speaking of the liberal press, did the Wall Street Journal, a Bushie supporter orchestrate news
in a way that made Bush look better in the face of growing job dissapproval ratings? "It reminds one of the old adage: If you don't like the news, go out and make some yourself,"

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Iranian-backed forces cross into Iraq

Republicans have tried to paint this whole rush to war crusade as a simple matter. Yea right.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

"10 Questions the Major News Media Didn’t Ask in 2002" concerning Latin and South America

Fred Barnes writes in the Weekly Standard, the coming war with Iraq is definitely not about oil," the United States doesn't need Iraqi oil anyway, what with Russian oil production coming on line. At the moment, America's problem is the cutoff of oil from Venezuela. A war for oil would oust President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Of course there is no such war planned, nor is there one to cut the price of oil. The price favored by Bush and the domestic oil industry--and producers like Saudi Arabia--will be restored when Venezuela is pumping fully again, probably soon."
Well we might be getting that oil because of the continued hypocrisy of the Bush administration. The U.S.A. according to the current administration is going to war with Iraq in order to bring democracy to a brutalized suppressed people, yet does not support Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías, and the corporate American press followed the administration's line. What was Chávez big sin? He wanted a more equitable distribution of the countries oil revenue, especially to the nation’s working poor.

Monday, February 17, 2003

"The U.S. government has asked Internet users and businesses to practice 'safe computing' "
Too bad they don't feel the same way about promoting "safe sex". No question about it, abstinence is a great
way to avoid STD's and people will start abstaining from sex the same day the sun burns out
and the earth becomes a barren wasteland.

In an 1813 letter to John Adams, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents... There is also an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents; for with these it would belong to the first class... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provision should be made to prevent its ascendancy."

Credit card conservatives like George Bush, who never earned anything in his life based on merit, might want to read Jefferson sometime. Jefferson was the architect, not just of the constitution, but the of the implications behind the words.