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MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT RECOVERY?

MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT –Recovering? Maybe, but how rapidly? The WSJ reports.
This post is especially for my good friend, Nancy, whom I know as a thinking person who has much knowledge and always seeks more. She reads The Wall Street Journal daily, as I do. The WSJ has been our most reliable source for objective reporting of data and factual information, as well as analysis to assist readers understand the real essence of reports. A WSJ front page article yesterday, May 29,2012, begs scrutiny, not for facts, but for lack of informative analysis.....and perhaps a bit of false allusion. Some readers will make their own analysis, others legitimately will simply accept WSJ's write.
The front page headline “Flat U.S. Wages Help Fuel Rebound in Manufacturing” is followed by a lead line, “The celebratedrevival of U.S. of manufacturing employment has been accompanied by a less lauded fact: Wages .... aren't keeping up with inflation.” Fair enough! Take it at face value as we are want t…

MARUBENI BUYS GAVILON GROUP (grain traders)

 News alert from The Wall Street Journal -- 29 May 2012

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303807404577433622017227912.html?mod=djemalertNEWS

Marubeni said it agreed to buy the U.S.’s third-biggest grain handler, Gavilon Group, for $3.6 billion. The deal will make the Japanese trading company one of the world’s largest grain traders.

Japan’s fifth-largest trading house said the deal, its biggest-ever acquisition, is expected to be completed by September.
The deal marks the largest cross-border acquisition by a Japanese company so far this year, according to data provider Dealogic.



THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS, although it is likely to be played by the media and government as a good deal because foreign capital is being "poured" into the USA. But, there's a huge downside to this transaction.The huge Japanese trading companiesalready have control of many products in the world market. If they capture major parts of our raw material and agricultural products, th…

MISTAKES – SOME HAVE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES FOREVER

                                                               Some mistakes are forever -- Mann 2012
Some mistakes we make in life have everlasting negative consequences. Mistakes we make personally are our own. We are obligated to take responsibility for them and minimize their effects on others. But, some are made by our government and people who are supposed to be leaders. Their mistakes affect the masses, and they seldom take responsibility for them. For want of a more creative descriptor, I refer to these as “forever mistakes.” There are many “forever mistakes” by “leaders” but I want to focus on a few that affect our national condition now. These won't be discussed by those who control the message (the media) mainly because the mistakes don't fit their prejudiced and closed minds.
Carter and Iran: President Carter's throwing the Shah of Iran under the bus in 1979, as he favored Ayatollah Khomeini, relegated 40 million Persians and more to radical oppressive governan…

ETHANOL -- The worst mandate ever gets even worse

When politicians get control of science and the inept or dishonest scientists, nothing good comes of it. There are many examples -- global warming (aka climate change) is the most prominent. The ethanol mandate, although a part of the climate change mania, stands on its own as arguably the most ridiculous mandate of all time. President Jimmy Carter, who was influenced by a misguided college professor, can be charged with the mistake of promulgating the ethanol mandate.  Of course, Al Gore is the politician who played the global warming issue like a drum and has benefited financially from it. Use of ethanol in motor fuel is not a net positive either in costs or in impact on the environment.... enormous hype to the contrary notwithstanding.

Ethanol does not have the positive effect on the environment as touted. It has only about 60% of the specific energy of petroleum fuel, which begs use of more fuel to achieve the same energy as petroleum fuel. And, so it does. I have my own experien…

SISYPHUS VS. QUIXOTE -- politically speaking

In things political, I've come to realize that "If trying to persuade a prejudiced mind can be called SISYPHEAN, THEN TRYING TO OPEN A CLOSED MIND IS LEGITIMATELY CALLED QUIXOTIC. SISYPHUS AT LEAST GETS THE STONE UP THE HILL BEFORE IT ROLLS BACK ON HIM, BUT THE WINDMILL TOTALLY IGNORES QUIXOTE'S JOUSTING.

THE RESPONSE TO MY TRYING TO ADDRESS THE RACE ISSUE AS IT TRULY IS PROMPTED THIS THOUGHT. THINK ABOUT IT.

MEDIA BIAS -- More on Norfolk Va reporters and Trayvon Martin

In the last two days, information has finally surfaced changing the media's presentation of the Norfolk, VA case of two white reporters being beaten by a mob of black youths. Today, news reports confirm George Zimmerman's assertions that he was beaten before shooting Trayvon Martin.

What is most pertinent here is the dialogue that accompanied the reporting of the Martin/Zimmerman case. Zimmerman claimed his head had been beaten into the concrete walkway, yet reporters asserted there was no evidence of trauma to the head. After photos were published showing the back of his head to be covered with blood, pundits went to the extremes of trying to analyze the "flow pattern" of the blood and concluded it was probably "manufactured."  Now reports confirm injuries to the back of his head as well as a broken nose and other facial injuries. A bit late, it would seem! Why?

Now, in the Norfolk case, at least two young men have been arrested in spite of The Virginian P…
RACISM – SOME TRUTHS NEVER PUBLICIZED OR EVEN RECOGNIZED
Racism is a societal ill that will never be resolved absent a miraculous event. We shouldn't anticipated that. It's not likely to happen. Why?
First, too many individuals depend on the “Racial Industry” for power, financial benefits, political clout and more. Include such characters as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton as most notable, but there are many more. Under the guise of “fighting” for equality, they thrive on arousing anger and never miss an opportunity to incite the masses to demonstrate. It's not arguable that they thrive on racism for political power , and even livelihood. It will remain so. I suspect Dr. Martin Luther King would be very disappointed to know how they have abused his work and marred his legacy.
Second, the expectation that Barrack Obama would be a “trans-racial” president has been an empty expectation, as many of us anticipated. But, it was so hyped that the expectation was appealing to many. He'…

RACIAL BIAS IN THE MEDIA -- By Dr. Robert Warren, PhD

IS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA RACIST 

In January 2007, Christopher Newson and Channon Christianwere jumped at gunpoint in Knoxville, Tennessee. They were bound, blindfolded and brought to a rundown rental home in an inner-city neighborhood. Newsom wasn't there long before he was taken away, sexually assaulted numerous times, shot in the back of the head, set on fire, and left beside some railroad tracks a few blocks away. Over the next day, Christian herself was repeatedly raped in every possible way. Bleach was sprayed in her mouth to destroy evidence and she was eventually put in a trash bag where she suffocated. The case has drawn little national media attention – the defendants are poor and black, the victims, middle class and white. It is virtually unthinkable that a crime of this magnitude and severity would go unnoticed nationally except for the racial bias of the mainstream media. And I use the term racial bias because political correctness is too generic and too innocent a…

MY ASSESSMENT OF OBAMA IN 2008 SAME AFTER 4 YEARS

I invite readers to go to my first post to understand why I started this blog and opposed Mr. Obama for President. He has vindicated the judgement of those of us who made the assessment that nothing in his background suggested he was qualified to be President of the United States. Now we're going to be exposed to the worst in the media trying to remake him and to disparage Mitt Romney. 
Please go to an August 8, 2011post. Search "Obama and the Debt Ceiling" to get the whole post. Thank you.

ROMNEY'S YOUTHFUL INDISCRETION ??

ROMNEY'S YOUTHFUL INDISCRETION – A MEDIA BUZZ but after 4 years we still know nothing in the media about Obama's sealed records and his associations
Soon we will have heard from the Obama media more about a youthful prank by Mitt Romney some 50 years ago than we've heard about all of Barrack Obama's activities and associations up to his being elected president. Even the alleged “victim's” family disputes at least part of the story about Romney's allegedly cutting a portion of his hair. Is this the fatal flaw that brings Romney down? Of course, this should be an absurd thought. However, given today's political environment, the attitude and mind-set of a large part of the voting population and the extreme bias of the media, the true absurdity is that it would be possible.
It's unfortunate, to use a political euphemism, that Romney didn't use Obama's model and have all of his records sealed from public view. Oh, but on second thought, Obama is un…