Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thousands of UK public workers protest welfare cuts.

A sad example of how the UK has fallen into a welfare state with people..sorry.. parasites who believe its their right for the public to pay them no matter what happens elsewhere

Will Obama sellout central Asia to Russia for his own legacy

Via Ace of Spades who brings up the notion. This would be the first serious test.

Turmoil in Kyrgyzstan has thrust the fate of the Manas air base -- which is crucial for fighting the Afghan war -- to the forefront of rivalry between the United States and Russia.

Russia has long dreamed of evicting the United States from Central Asia and a Russian official said on Thursday that Moscow would urge the interim Kyrgyz government to shut the U.S. base.

Suspicions of the Kremlin's hand in the unrest were raised when Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin became the first world leader to recognize the authority of the self-proclaimed government, just hours after it took power.

Washington has been more guarded, refusing to endorse either President Kurmanbek Bakiyev or the self-proclaimed government leaders, some of whom have already raised the specter of shutting the base.

China, which shares a land border with Kyrgyzstan, has been largely silent.

"Russia was very quick to act. Both China and the U.S., by comparison, were caught on the hop," said Nick Day, chief executive of business intelligence firm Diligence LLC.

"Russia is going to dominate Kyrgyzstan and that means problems for the U.S," he said. "Russia will use this as a lever in negotiations with America."

Liking the new Dr. Who "Hello.. I'm the Doctor..Basically....Run."

Doctor Who warns the Atraxi to never come back to Earth. I have a soft spot for the Doctor acting like a badass. Matt Smith from the 1st episode left a good impression as well as Karen playing Amy Pond.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Turkish PM tells French Turks to never assimilate.

He urged Turks in Germany to do the same which seems to be a call for Turks living elsewhere to be a fifth column to advance Turkish interests in a foreign land.

Integrate into a society by learning its language and becoming involved in its social life but never assimilate, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said while addressing the Turkish community in Paris.

The prime minister spoke to an audience of 6,000 ethnic Turks living in France at the Zenith Arena late on Wednesday, the second day of his visit to France. Met with great applause when he stepped onto the stage, Erdoğan talked about the rise of Turkey and urged the French Turks to become better represented in the economic, political and social life of the country they are living in.

Stressing that assimilation is different from integration, Erdoğan said no one can demand that a person assimilate. “The demand to assimilate is a crime against humanity,” he said. “No one can ask you to abandon your values, your culture.” Erdoğan said if they want to live in harmony with the society they are living with, they need to integrate into the society in the best way possible.

Reminding his audience that France allows dual citizenship, Erdoğan criticized those who do not apply for French citizenship. “Apply, my brothers. Apply! Use the right to vote and to get elected that France has granted you. This is a great asset, make use of it,” Erdoğan stressed. The prime minister said being a French citizen will not deprive them of their identity. “Why shouldn’t there be some amongst you running for the European Parliament?” Erdoğan asked, urging the Turkish community to be better represented and integrate into French society.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

If Obama would lash out at America's enemies like he does Sarah Palin.

Seriously he has kissed up to the mullahs when they were busting heads last year better than this little temper tantrum at Sarah Palin.

Apple shuts out Adobe from iPhone OS 4.

As the Apple feud with Adode continues..

What does that mean, exactly? Well, it means that technologies like Adobe's iPhone compiler in Flash CS5 won't be allowed, simply because the source code of the app that you're writing isn't in a language Apple's comfortable with. The compiler had been seen as a potential boon for Flash devs that had already been blocked out of the iPhone ecosystem for lack of a true Flash player, but Apple's found a way to block even this workaround -- technically you don't need to be using Apple's own tools, but you've got be using one of three variants of a single programming language. It's hard to say why Apple cares, exactly, but we suspect that the company would have to analyze your app pretty closely to detect variances in how the compiler produced your machine code in order to determine that you'd violated the rule.

This could be a blow to publishers -- Condé Nast included -- who'd been banking on Adobe Air to lead the digital push, since those guys presumably won't be able to bring their issues to the iPhone (and, more importantly, the iPad) without violating the terms of Apple's agreement. Protectionism is a core element of the iPhone's success, in Apple's view -- but ultimately, this might come out as a decision that's difficult to defend, unnecessarily sours publishers to the platform, and turns Flash devs' heads just a little grayer than they already were.

Jobs is trying to lock down the iPhone/iPad the same closed way back with Macs in the 80's. It failed back then and I am now cheering for it to fail again.

Obama Admin Denies Visas to Israeli Nuclear Scientists

The anti Israel block in the Obama admin seems to be gaining a lot of ground to turn Israel into the Middle East problem while giving leeway to America's enemies.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

IRS: Yeah we could take your refunds for Obamacare penalities.

The enforcers have arrived to make sure you feed Obamacare well.

The Internal Revenue Service could tap individual tax returns to collect fines against people who fail to buy health insurance as required under recently enacted healthcare legislation, the U.S. tax commissioner said on Monday.

Most individuals are required to get health insurance under the new law, or face penalties that would be phased in over time. By 2016, people without coverage could see fines of 2 percent of their income.

Subsidies would help poorer people buy coverage, and states would set up exchanges to allow individuals and small groups shop for insurance.

People who do not comply would be levied penalties, and if they don't pay them the penalties could be taken out of their tax refunds.

Volcker: Time for America to get Euro style VAT.

Charles Krauthammer nailed Obama's strategy to change America into Europe Jr when he said this bit.

Obama set out to be a consequential president, on the order of Ronald Reagan. With the VAT, Obama’s triumph will be complete. He will have succeeded in reversing Reaganism. Liberals have long complained that Reagan’s strategy was to starve the (governmental) beast in order to shrink it: First, cut taxes — then ultimately you have to reduce government spending.

Obama’s strategy is exactly the opposite: Expand the beast, and then feed it. Spend first — which then forces taxation. Now that, with the institution of universal health care, we are becoming the full entitlement state, the beast will have to be fed.

Volcker being vocal about taxes which will skyrocket to feed Obamacare and the new culture of Dependency that is crucial to Obama and the Dems continued political success.

Volcker, answering a question from the audience at a New York Historical Society event, said the value-added tax "was not as toxic an idea" as it has been in the past and also said a carbon or other energy-related tax may become necessary.

Though he acknowledged that both were still unpopular ideas, he said getting entitlement costs and the U.S. budget deficit under control may require such moves. "If at the end of the day we need to raise taxes, we should raise taxes," he said.

NYTIMES: Just say yes to restricting health care from Americans.

Death Panels!!!! But this is an inevitable and needed component of any healthcare to keep costs down especially as Obamacare is going to be a bigger part of our lives. Now Obamacare is law, watch for more articles like this to be written to educate the masses on the need to just say no.

How can we learn to say no?

The federal government is now starting to build the institutions that will try to reduce the soaring growth of health care costs. There will be a group to compare the effectiveness of different treatments, a so-called Medicare innovation center and a Medicare oversight board that can set payment rates.

But all these groups will face the same basic problem. Deep down, Americans tend to believe that more care is better care. We recoil from efforts to restrict care.

Managed care became loathed in the 1990s. The recent recommendation to reduce breast cancer screening set off a firestorm. On a personal level, anyone who has made a decision about his or her own care knows the nagging worry that comes from not choosing the most aggressive treatment.

This try-anything-and-everything instinct is ingrained in our culture, and it has some big benefits. But it also has big downsides, including the side effects and risks that come with unnecessary treatment. Consider that a recent study found that 15,000 people were projected to die eventually from the radiation they received from CT scans given in just a single year — and that there was “significant overuse” of such scans.

From an economic perspective, health reform will fail if we can’t sometimes push back against the try-anything instinct. The new agencies will be hounded by accusations of rationing, and Medicare’s long-term budget deficit will grow.

So figuring out how we can say no may be the single toughest and most important task facing the people who will be in charge of carrying out reform. “Being able to say no,” Dr. Alan Garber of Stanford says, “is the heart of the issue.”

Live Science - 13 Glaring iPad Shortcomings.

This covers almost all my complaints about the iPad and why paying so much money for something that has less functions than a 300 dollar netbook is stupid. The most glaring mistake is not to have mulitasking out of the box. You can't tell me that no one at Apple played with the iPad and not think maybe the ability to read e-books while music is playing in the background wouldn't be cool?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Making fun of Hank Johnson is racist against Blacks.

This is why I love the Guardian Comment section. When you need entertaining white liberal guilt this is the place.

I mean honestly. Hank Johnson. I guess I probably must have heard of him when he won the seat, but I've never heard his name since. There are dozens of such people in the House. You just never hear of them.

He doesn't represent the Democratic Party or its level of collective intelligence or lack thereof any more than Blaine Leutkemeyer of Missouri, of whom I've also never heard until I sat down to write this post, represents all those things about the GOP. Besides which, if I spent my time writing posts about every ill-considered word that came out of a member of Congress' get the idea.

I will highlight dumb statements if they're laced with hatred and uttered for the sake of lying to people and whipping them into a state. But this doesn't qualify. And anyway, it sure looks to me as if the point of all the hubbub around this in the conservative blogosphere is for the purpose of demonstrating implicitly that Johnson and therefore black people, and therefore Obama, are stupid and don't deserve to be where they are in life.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Donavan Mcnabb to the Redskins for 2nd round pick.

Just breaking by Adam Schefter.

The two sides still must finalize language, but McNabb is now headed to Washington. Sources said the deal involved the Redskins' second-round pick in the 2010 draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year, depending on several factors.

The move means the Redskins now have a new starting quarterback and the Eagles have a new one as well in Kevin Kolb. Michael Vick is now in line as the team's backup.