This is a journey into sound

Alleged al-Queda suspect finally faces court – and I say finally because while he was charged with credit card fraud on his arrest, over five years ago he’s just now seeing a judge.

He was arrested shortly after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001 and charged with credit card fraud.
Two years later, the US authorities deemed him an enemy combatant and under powers allowing the then US President, George W Bush, to detain terrorism suspects indefinitely without charge, he was transferred to a naval jail in South Carolina.
The US authorities have alleged that he met Osama Bin Laden and volunteered for a suicide mission while he was a student in Illinois.

Oh, and at first glance, apparently the maximum charge for credit card fraud is thirty years. Actually, at a brief hearing, he’s now actually been charged with supporting terrorism and conspiracy; it’s expected he’ll be transported to Illinois for trial, where he was indicted last month on charges of conspiring with al Qaeda and providing material support for terrorism.

NATO plots strategy to fight al-Queda (Since when?) Actually, no such thing occured. The Biden was hauled out to go meet with the North Atlantic Council in anticipation of an April meeting. So the headline should read – Biden talked with NATO higher ups; though if Joe Biden is involved I fear that military engagement will be based on the presence of Afghani convenience stores….

Speaking of – you know how we’re done in Iraq, right? I mean, the administration says so. In that light, and in the light that Afghanistan is going to be just as successful as Iraq, Baghdad has returned to the good old days of mass death by suicide bomb – and I admit I can’t resist the urge to mention that the most recent bomb (the third since Thursday) occured in Abu Ghraib. If I still believed in karma I’d probably site some sort of “KARMA BITCHES!!!!” type thing in much larger type and centered.

Getting away from terror and the tatters of the constitution for a moment, while addressing the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Obama pitches an overhaul of the US public school system. (Mr. President, if you don’t start paying teachers significantly more, you can kiss education reform good bye. Capitalist paradigm folks, it’s not going away anytime soon. Unfortunately, growing up in Dallas, I have ‘fond’ memories of money allocated to school districts going to the board of education, new office furniture, and all sorts of other nonsense places that aren’t teachers salaries.) Might I also suggest losing the paradigm of fifty five thousand standardized tests in favor of a curriculum wherein the students are shown to have actually absorbed the material? I’d be really happy if he has a sincere and informed concept of education reform but we shall wait and see if he does anything besides talk about it.

You know, as sick as I am of the phrase “the first hundred days” and the constant media coverage of everything President Obama does (Do I really need C Span to tell me that at 11:47 am EDT it’s time for the Presidential Poo? I think not…), I think the way the media is presently micromanaging the Presidency is a good thing (if only it were to keep up). It, far more than any policy, is responsible for the degree to which there is transparency in my opinion. Would that this became a constant (and expanded to other areas of government). That’s democracy!

Now some doom and gloom. Texas voting reform might require additional paperwork no doubt as some kind of GOP measure to cut down on the number of people (young people) voting (though political parties are even less differentiated in Texas politics than elsewhere I find).

Attention small businesses – lock up your doors and close your windows because Tim Geithner is ready to help you – the “assistance” which is due to be announced next week, will likely take the form of (wait for it)…making it easy for small businesses to borrow money! Yet another spectacular plan for FAILURE by the Geithner!.

The plan is modeled on the Federal Reserve’s existing Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility and would expand the credit to target small business loans, student loans, car loans and commercial mortgages.
Geithner also plans to increase government backing of Small Business Administration loans and expedite SBA loan approvals to jump-start small business lending.

Again, this is to help lending markets, not small businesses. Remember trickle down economics? How about trickle….up economics? Or trickle sideways? I think Geithner could write a whole book on this novel new branch, Zero Gravity Economics!
With any luck, the rag tag fugitive fleet called the GOP will take some kind of dumb outrage and turn it into tax cuts, which would be at least a little better.

United Technologies group to cut over eleven thousand jobs worldwide while, supposedly, Shittigroup is having the best quarter since 2007! (You know, when we were in a recession but no one was allowed to talk about it?) Seriously, do these moneymonkeys want a damn cookie or something? With all the money they’re being given how could they NOT show some improvement? (Oh I know, they have ways. Still, I’m not buying that these numbers aren’t in some way ‘massaged’.)

And in the wtf category….
The state of Connecticut is considering a bill that would legally change the internal structure of the Catholic Church (…what?) Now, I’m no great fan of religion, organized or not, and certainly not of the antiquated dark ages relic that is the Roman Catholic Church* BUT as legislation goes, that bill is both WAAAAAAAAAAY out of line in terms of exercising powers the government just doesn’t have and is complete pork – wasteful spending on a bill that goes nowhere and does nothing.

“For reasons that are unclear, Connecticut has had generations-old laws on the books singling out particular religions and treating them differently from other religions in our statutes,” said the statement issued by Lawlor and McDonald. “That doesn’t seem right. In fact, many of our existing corporate laws dealing with particular religious groups appear to us to be unconstitutional under the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If that is correct, any changes to that law would likely also be unconstitutional.”

Ecologists state that previous predictions regarding rising sea levels were optimistic – and the climatologists are back to predicting a meter rise in the next 90 years (which I think they stopped predicting back in the 90s, but all of the government studies I read back in the 80s predicted a meter rise, EASY, by 2100.)

Scientists at a climate change summit in Copenhagen said earlier UN estimates were too low and that sea levels could rise by a metre or more by 2100.
The projections did not include the potential impact of polar melting and ice breaking off, they added.
The implications for millions of people would be “severe”, they warned.
Ten per cent of the world’s population – about 600 million people – live in low-lying areas.

* I feel as though I ought hear the Imperial March every time I give the full name.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on March 10, 2009.

2 Responses to “This is a journey into sound”

  1. Yeah, the UTC job cuts are real…and really scary. I know that I’m safe (I think I’m safe) but it will mean more work at less pay…yay!

    Oh, and yes, I received your birthday email, and I picked you up a little something for your birthday this past weekend. I’ll need your current address to get it to you.

    • “More work for less pay is always the order of the day” – its sounds better in the register of “All work and no play makes Homer something something.” Hopefully nothing terrible will come of it.
      Aie, ye didn’t have to do that, but if you want my address that’s not a problem I’ll get it to you at the same email addy.

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