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.


Earlier today, I mentioned that our President has passed Israeli nuclear secrets to Iran.  A quick refresher:

Obama sells out Israel to Iran – Vodka Pundit

Our peevish, petulant, and impetuous President has struck again:

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel’s nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.

The timing of the revelation is highly suspect, given that it came as tensions spiraled out of control between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama ahead of Netanyahu’s March 3 address in Congress.

The timing of the disclosure puts to rest any notion that President Obama acted out of spite for Bibi Netanyahu’s election win last week — but this is still a sellout of Israel, and the reason for it is plain.

Bad as that is, it gets worse.

If you want to know why Tehran has been so successful in stalling against Obama and SecState John Kerry, look no further than right here. They — and the rest of the world — were given, courtesy of the Obama Administration and free of charge, some of Israel’s most vital national security secrets.

And that was when there was still six weeks of negotiation time left to go. The mullahs must be drooling at the prospect of what Obama/Kerry might let them have going into the final hours. The March 31 deadline is just days away, and Obama and Kerry are more desperate than ever for a deal, any deal, no matter the cost to Israel’s security.

Never have such two sold out so many for so little.

And now, apparently, the deal is done:

U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together – Free Beacon

LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.

I am reasonably well connected.  The existence of those connections is the primary reason this blog exists.  I’ve been taught that what’s really going on rarely matches the headlines or the rhetoric.  I’ve become reasonably good at understanding what’s really happening in domestic and international politics and when I can’t figure it out, those sources point me in the right direction.  But on the Obama/Israel/Iran issue, I’m getting very little.  As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, the old playbook says that the U.S. and Israel both want to take out Iran and Obama’s rhetoric and actions are only cover to distance himself from Israel when they stop Iran’s nuclear program.  But what if that’s not it?

What if this is all real?  What if our President really is a Jew-hating anti-Semite?  He certainly wouldn’t be the only Democrat on Capitol Hill with that disgusting view.  What if our President really did exactly what it looks like:  Selling some of our strongest ally’s most confidential nuclear secrets to an enemy whose leadership regularly informs the Iranian public:  Death to America.

Barack Obama is a textbook narcissist.  One only needs to skim the DSM to ascertain that fact.  But what if Ben Carson is right?

Ben Carson:  Obama is a ‘Psychopath’ – WND

New allegations renew old questions about Saudi Arabia, 9-11 – AP

This article is a bit old, over a month now.  I had saved it for future use and forgotten about it.  Interestingly, it was originally ABC News’ site where I first saw it and bookmarked it.  I went back to it tonight and it’s been “memory holed”.  Hmmm…

And if that’s not a big enough dose of common sense– er, conspiracy theory I mean, take a look at an interesting article that Zero Hedge posted recently:

The 9/11 Commissioners Were Conspiracy Theorists – Zero Hedge

No opinion on the ZH article, just cold, uncomfortable facts.


7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray – Vulture

Step one to being more like Bill Murray: Sing. And really be into it. Murray is not his ironic Saturday Night Live lounge singer and he is not his Lost in Translation actor abroad, singing a half-asleep version of “More Than This.” He sings when the mood strikes him, and when it does, he means it. As he walked out onstage on Friday night at the Toronto Film Festival to the sounds of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” Murray grabbed a microphone and sang a few verses of the song. He would repeat the performance (sans mike) at an after-party later that night, where he would also lead a dance party, as he has been known to do in the past.

As someone who has slowly grown to despise Hollywood culture and our country’s sad obsession with it, it’s no small thing for me to say that Bill Murray is probably my most beloved celebrity across all art forms.   The list is more sincere than funny, and some pretty damn good advice.