POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:
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3,300 BC: The beginning date of the Mayan calendar.
December 21, 2012: The ending date of the Mayan calendar.
TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND:
1. Sensibly, the Thai press and political leaders appear to be ignoring the downgrade of the US debt, preferring instead to concentrate on the election of Thailand’s first female Prime Minister. I agree with them. It is probably more significant. I have read somewhere that the debt imbroglio in the US congress would never have occurred if the Congress was 75% women instead of 75% men. I agree with that also.
2. The Thai press is still generally reporting only on opinions that if the minimum wage is raised to $10 per day the economy will collapse. Now understand what they are warning about. In complete violation of classical and neoclassical economic theory,if they are correct about the impact of raising the minimum wage, the capitalist economy then appears unable to respond to a change in circumstances. It is incapable of replacing a minor rise in wages (If would raise the monthly base salary for workers to that of China) with increased productivity. The US with a base monthly salary of more than ten times that remains competitive in many areas and would be in many more except for the financial subsidies in the US to encourage off shoring of production and the financial subsidies offered by the countries in which they are locating to relocate there. Businesses, according to theory, are supposed to be able to adapt to changes in the cost of supplies. It is more difficult, no well neigh impossible, to adjust to a drop in demand except by downsizing. And, that is what is happening in the US economy now.
3. The fear of conflict between the government and the military, primarily over job security for the current general staff, remains perhaps the primary concern regarding longevity of the new administration. No one, least of all the military general staff, believes the new administration could survive a conflict with the armed forces. Yet, it is the total independence of the military from civilian control that has riled Thai politics for generations and has stifled even the slightest of governmental, social and economic reforms. While the circumstances have had little impact on the general growth of the Thai economy, except to court periodic collapse, it has failed to deal with anyones expectations leading to social dissatisfaction. Sounds a little like the US doesn’t it.
POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:
Every afternoon now, the rains come. It cools the air and relieves some of the worst of the particulate pollution in the city, but it has also brought significant flooding to much of the country.
PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:
For those of a more lascivious bent, Papa Joe has begun the retelling of the tales of “The Geriatric Knights of the Oval Table.”
JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:
“Ike, did you bring me over here just to listen to this paranoid drivel” Vince shouted? “Secret organizations, vague threats, what crap!”
“Please Vince let him finish. I think you will have a better understanding of what is happening.”
Vince exhaled and looked back over to the old man.
“Yes,” the old man said. “Perhaps it is better if I explain, why you partners wanted you to take over management of the firm. You see, we believe that this group, we will call them the “Brethren,” since that is how they refer to themselves, set up “Red Star” as an operation to funnel money to them to further their goals. A defense auditor discovered some anomalies in their reports.”
“I have heard all about these so called anomalies. It is nothing more that the normal disagreements between the government and a contractor and should be, and I believe it is being handled by the attorneys for both sides. I know nothing about it and still do not understand why I am here.”
“Yes,” continued the old man his eyes hardening. “At first we believed that you were somehow involved, but Ms. Yeung believes that you may not be and have been brought back to take the fall for everything if it comes to that.”
“Unbelievable!” exclaimed Vince. “Why would you be telling me this? How do you know I am not a conspirator in this ridiculous conspiracy you have imagined? I have met Ms Yeung two or three times, what could she know?”
“Yes, umm,” the old man continued. “Both Mr Cohen and Ms. Yeung, who I respect greatly, believe you are not directly involved, but that is not really what brought us here today. You see you are becoming a danger to the success of our investigation.”
“Ha, how so, I have avoided the ‘Red Star’ investigation like a plague?”
“Yes, as I said we believe you will be blamed as the mastermind and our investigation will be thwarted, again.”
“Bullshit, I will deny everything.” Vince hesitated for a moment. “I guess, I should thank you for at least warning me. I am confident I can deny any accusations.”
“Yes, I am sure you probably can, but it will be more difficult if the incriminating evidence is documentary.”
“Even so, I am sure I could refute it if that is the case.”
“Ah yes, I am sure you could, but unfortunately not very well if you are dead.”
a. Eponymous laws:
Sturgeon’s law — “Nothing is always absolutely so.”
Derived from a quote by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon (1918–1985).
Absolutely not true.
b. Trenz Pruca’s Aphorisms, Apothegms, Epigrams and Maxims ( http:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/):
“Why would anyone be morally bound or wish to be morally bound to a civil society that does not share the goal that its citizens deserve a fair distribution of wealth, income and power? If the civil society is not dedicated to that end what else could it possibly be dedicated to? What is freedom, to those without wealth, income or power?”
c. Fort’s insight:
“I think we’re property.
I should say we belong to something:
That once upon a time, this earth was No-man’s Land, that other worlds explored and colonized here, and fought among themselves for possession, but that now it’s owned by something:
That something owns this earth—all others warned off.
I suspect that, after all, we’re useful—that among contesting claimants, adjustment has occurred, or that something now has a legal right to us, by force, or by having paid out analogues of beads for us to former, more primitive, owners of us—all others warned off—that all this has been known, perhaps for ages, to certain ones upon this earth, a cult or order, members of which function like bellwethers to the rest of us, or as superior slaves or overseers, directing us in accordance with instructions received—from Somewhere else—in our mysterious usefulness.”
1919 Charles Fort…
OMG! Could God be nothing more than an absentee landowner and we are all renters? This clears everything up. The universe is just capitalism writ large and its basic moral law is the sanctity of contracts?
d. You must be a Republican ( http:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/)if you believe that:
“Bullies are manly but peacemakers are not.”
“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion.”
Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Steven Weinberg