Can Latin America Weather the Death of the Blue Model? – The American Interest

Some call it “The Second Machine Age,” some call it “post-Fordism,” and some herald the emerging “information economy.” But no matter what you call the coming change, the march of technology will require a fundamental reorganization of how human capital is deployed in the economy, and nobody quite knows how to prepare for it. Latin America is especially vulnerable, and while the region’s economic leaders are officially optimistic, there’s also an unmistakable note of fear. . . .

Moreno is right to be sounding the alarm bell. Latin America never really managed to develop a successful and inclusive social and economic system in the age of the blue model—the “First Machine Age” when industrialization supported armies of well-paid manufacturing workers and clerical employees. The first-world countries of Europe, North America, and Japan built an age of middle-class mass prosperity in those years—and Latin America mostly had its nose pressed to the window, looking on enviously from outside.

Now, a new industrial revolution is challenging the blue model Fordist utopias of the First World—and Latin America faces changes for which it is poorly prepared. Let’s hope some of Moreno’s good advice is taken, and it’s certainly likely that some Latin American economies (like Chile’s) will do better than others. But from the standpoint of geopolitics and foreign policy, the most likely outcome is that in a large number and perhaps a majority of those economies the challenges of transition will not be met, or at least will be met more slowly than in other parts of the world.

My guess is that many areas won’t.  The valuable part of this tragedy is that it foreshadows what’s going to happen here in the United States.  It’s very difficult for a country to withstand a corrupt, elite class at the controls.  Even more difficult when half of your citizens are rooting those same plutocrats on.

Harry Reid’s appalling defense of his attack on Mitt Romney’s tax record – Washington Post

“Romney didn’t win, did he?” Reid said in response to Bash’s question of whether he regretted what he had said about Romney.

Think about that logic for a minute. What Reid is saying is that it’s entirely immaterial whether what he said about Romney and his taxes was true. All that mattered was that Romney didn’t win.

But isn’t this a microcosm of the modern day Democrat party?  The ends always justify the means.  And that’s why we’re now living in a Progressive Panacea.

Acceptance of a semi-public digital life worries privacy advocates – McClatchy DC

The government can know about your phone calls, your emails, the way you use the Web.

Private business tracks your clicks. Your boss knows your digital trail. Your online activity is more public than private.

Almost all Americans now realize this. Most still aren’t bothered by it.

I’ve had conversations with a few friends who are highly successful professionals, extremely intelligent and yet all of them to a person has an alarmingly cavalier attitude about the loss of their privacy.

Perhaps if those people and the public at large knew what was being done with that data, they’d be more inclined to fight back.  What people don’t understand is that data never goes away.  Innumerable companies and Federal entities have been collecting data since the inception of the internet and that data never goes away.  No company or Federal agency ever says “Well, we’ve had this data for 7 years now.. time to purge it.”  Data is more valuable than cash now.  Back in the early 00’s, the NSA could predict the data of your death with reasonable accuracy based solely on your browsing habits.  The fact that they can do that isn’t what’s scary, what’s scary is that someone decided it would be a good idea to build that algorithm.

Privacy companies need to spend their time and energy on bringing to light just what these private and federal entities are doing with the data.  Perhaps then a few people will wake up.  Although my guess is all it will take is a Republican President.  Then the half of the country that’s been asleep on this will suddenly decide that the Federal government spying on their own people is horrific.

Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama’s policies – NY Post

A former Google officer is the president’s chief technology adviser. Google employees contributed more to President Obama’s re-election than did employees of any other company except Microsoft. Google lobbyists met with Obama White House officials 230 times. By comparison, lobbyists from rival Comcast have been admitted to the inner sanctum a mere 20 or so times in the same period.

Oh, and on Election Night 2012, guess where Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt was? Working for the president. In the president’s campaign office. On a voter-turnout system designed to help the president get re-elected. Obama lieutenant David Plouffe boasts: “On Election Night [Schmidt] was in our boiler room in Chicago,” he told Bloomberg News, in a story that revealed that for the campaign Schmidt “helped recruit talent, choose technology and coach the campaign manager, Jim Messina, on the finer points of leading a large organization.”

Schmidt was especially fond of a madcap corner of the Obama campaign office known as “the Cave,” where, at 4:30 every day, staffers would dance madly under a disco ball to the tune of a mashup of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and an automated campaign phone call made to prospective voters.

Favors beget favors. And hey, presto, the FTC, in 2012, ignored the recommendations of its own staffers, which accused Google of abusive trade practices for burying competitors in their search results and recommended a lawsuit.

Same thing I mentioned last week.. This Administration is the very definition of “pay to play”.  This is only one example of many (something the author of the piece seems to be unaware of) but I would be hard pressed to find another corporation that has the same level of influence on the White House than Google.  I’m not sure I can think of a worse company than Google to wield such enormous influence on our lives. Originally, Google’s internal company motto was “Don’t be evil”.   This seems to have evolved over the years:

1. Don’t be evil

2. Ehh, evil is hard to define.

3. Is investing in killer robots evil?

4. Being evil is more profitable.

Now, this sort of thing has gone on for at least the past 150 years of our “Republic”.  But never has the influence of outside companies been so obvious and never has an Administration been so brazen about not hiding it.

No Copies of Clinton Emails on Server, Lawyer Says – New York Times

WASHINGTON — An examination of the server that housed the personal email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used exclusively when she was secretary of state showed that there are no copies of any emails she sent during her time in office, her lawyer told a congressional committee on Friday.

After her representatives determined which emails were government-related and which were private, a setting on the account was changed to retain only emails sent in the previous 60 days, her lawyer, David Kendall, said. He said the setting was altered after she gave the records to the government.

“Thus, there are no emails from Secretary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state on the server for any review, even if such review were appropriate or legally authorized,” Mr. Kendall said in a letter to the House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

And the Hillary faithful yawn.

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

“War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength“. – Orwell

I highlighted the “Ignorance is Strength” fragment because nowhere do we see this psychological operation more clearly than we do with Global War-, er, Climate Change.

How many times have we heard Barack Obama say “The debate is over”?  Translation to the Obamabots: “There’s no need to critically look at the data or god forbid, listen to what other people are saying.”

Al Gore recently stated that Climate Change deniers “should be punished”.

Joe Biden recently said on an HBO show: “I think it’s close to mindless. I think it’s like, you know, almost like denying gravity now.”  Only stupid people would deny gravity and you don’t want to be stupid, right?

Every statement is designed to keep the people currently on their side away from looking at the data or using their critical thinking skills.

Which leads me to a blog I’ve followed for some time by a man named Tony Heller.  He’s a lifelong environmentalist, has degrees in Geology and Electrical engineering, and is a climate change skeptic.

He was also recently banned from Twitter for having the gall to regularly tweet about climate matters from a skeptical perspective.  He will very likely be banned from WordPress soon as well.  So, he’s in the process of moving to his own hosting and I’d invite you to read his work regularly.  It’s heavy on data, just as a good climate blog should be:

Apparently there’s no more open debate in this Democracy.  You’re either on the correct side of the issue, or you’re squashed.