day nine of a chinese traffic jam that was 100 km long at this point. at the time this photo was taken it was believed the jam could continue for weeks… the slowdown was caused by road construction.
isn’t our government thoughtful? the next occupy demonstration can be broken up with only a 2 in 11,000 risk of even minimal injury thanks to this new heat ray/pain weapon developed by the good folks at raytheon!
a core group of extremely wealthy elite are actually pulling the strings.
adam smith (author of “wealth of nations,” generally recognized as the first modern textbook of economics) wrote of an “invisible hand” that guided the economy.
he was referring to a rational system where if all actors behaved in their own best interests the global outcome would be ideal for all participants, that ideal outcome achieved as if by “an invisible hand.”
his reference was not to the power of fantastically concentrated wealth acting as that “invisible hand.” yet so it is. the article linked above indicates that as few as 145 individuals collectively control as much as $32 trillion. for perspective, the GDP of the us is about $15 trillion, and the national debt $16 trillion. this group of 145 individual could literally buy the us and all it’s debt! they >own< this country! for a perspective on this (language warning!) watch george carlin’s “the owners of this country.” *
*this is the most complete video i could find of this performance of carlin’s; it has mistakes that aren’t edited or corrected and it goes on long after it’s usual stopping point. the beginning drags a bit and as far as i’m concerned, the good part’s over at 6:18 or so…
there is now a lapse in leadership at the very top of the pentagon.
this afternoon republican senators filibustered (prevented the full senate from voting on) the nomination of chuck hagel to the position of secretary of defense even though hagel had himself, in the past, been a republican senator!
can there be any real reason other than that he was president obama’s choice for the job? the minority party is still running the senate even after getting their @$$ kicked in the polls in november… it beggars the imagination!
this republicans hating democrats and vice versa thing has become absurd and is SO immature! i don’t like either party. color me dissident!
what good does it do to vote? really??