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Paul S

Good Article Elaine. I find it very difficult to understand how the American people could be so gullible as to elect the Bush crime family to public office (personal note: I was one of the gullible myself, so I was as foolish as the rest). Not just once, but numerous times. No one in the Bush family should be elected dog catcher let alone to high office. I think it boils down to marketing. The Republicans market themselves as the 'anti big government' party. This is a sick joke because NOTHING could be further from the truth. They are the party of the monied, corporate interests. HOW can folks who are seeing their living standards go down STILL vote for the Bush's and their ilk? Is it going to take 4000 MORE deaths in Iraq? Is the national debt going to have to double AGAIN before people wake up? How many checks are the American people going to let Bernanke write before there is a voter revolt? Of course, the system is rigged because--mostly--there isn't much difference between Repubs and Dems. This explains why Bush and Congress are neck and neck in the "popularity" polls. Voters are alienated by BOTH parties. Are there currently alternatives? No. The elites aren't worried. Hopefully someday soon they will start--AND before it's too late.

rockpaperscizzors

So, who's playing hardball with the Chinese?

Turned away, Chinese weapons for Zimbabwe head home
BEIJING — A Chinese ship carrying weapons for Zimbabwe's security forces that's been blocked from unloading in four African nations headed home Tuesday with its cargo still aboard.

The return of the vessel, the An Yue Jiang, is an embarrassment for China in Africa, where it has growing trade and political influence, and signaled new woes for Robert Mugabe.
The ship, reportedly carrying 3 million rounds of ammunition, 1,500 rocket-propelled grenades and 2,500 mortar rounds, was turned away from South Africa and Mozambique before heading toward Angola and Namibia, where it also apparently was denied entry.

Jiang lashed out at reports that the Bush administration had pressured Zimbabwe's neighbors not to accept the An Yue Jiang in their ports, saying that China's weapons trade is miniscule compared with that of the United States.

"China takes only a small portion of the world's weapons market," she said, noting research that the United States is ranked as the world's No. 1 arms merchant, Britain No. 6 and China No. 9. "Last year, we accounted for only 2 percent of world exports while the U.S. took 30 percent, so the U.S. is the world's biggest exporter."
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/34490.html

rockpaperscizzors

``I don't believe people are realizing how many benefits Nafta has brought both to the U.S. and to Mexico,'' Calderon said. Nafta ``has generated growth, it has generated jobs and it is decreasing the flow of immigration.''
*snip*
``There is prosperity on both sides of the border, and a lot of that has to do with trade,'' Bush said before a bilateral meeting "

Yeah, the sorta trade that keeps the economy running.... kidnapping and extortion. Gotta find a copy of NAFTA and reread it.


Kidnappings soar in Mexico as drug gangs seek new income
...Corporate security experts estimate that drug gangs are now responsible for 30 to 50 kidnappings a day in Mexico and that ransoms often run to $300,000 if the victim is returned alive. They often hold several victims at a time.

"It's a pretty darn good side business."

The phenomenon is spilling over into the United States. Phoenix police investigated more than 350 kidnappings last year, a 40 percent increase from the year before. Most are tied to crackdowns in Mexico, said Detective Reuben Gonzales of the Phoenix police department.

The rise in kidnapping helped prompt a recent warning from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City about the dangers Americans might face as they travel in Mexico. "Dozens of U.S. citizens were kidnapped and/or murdered in Tijuana in 2007," across from San Diego, according to the advisory, which was issued April 15. "Public shootouts have occurred during daylight hours near shopping areas."
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/34513.html

Violence in Mexico deterring tourists
The number of Americans kidnapped while in Mexico doubled in 2007 from the previous year.
http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/18/jumbo_loans

Canuck

Prey tell what camera did you choose?
Looks like a Digital SLR, Nikon perhaps? I've got a thing for Pentax myself.

Canuck

Prey tell what camera did you choose?
Looks like a Digital SLR, Nikon perhaps? I've got a thing for Pentax myself.

Christian W

Testing...

Can't see other comments here for some reason :(

Elaine Meinel Supkis

testing

Royal Dutch

By the way saw Hillary on Tv tonight, she was talking like she already KNEW she was gonna win!
http://www.gold-eagle.com/editorials_08/leopold012508.html

An interesting link I posted above I read all this guys posts in the archive, and he is right on the numbers. The USA is going to turn into a GIANT money machine, even larger than japan. Fascinating, we are actually going to finance every country in the world with UNLIMITED money. the largest recipients are 1 India 2 Brazil 3 China. Amazing , absolutly amazing. The little guy here will die a slow death, not die really , just fade away. What if they held a depression and nobody knew it. Very wicked indeed.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

I hope I fixed the glitch here.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Sorry about the problems! There was some sort of bug which took some time to detect and delete. I wish to apologize to everyone for this. I saved most of the comments! Whew.

The postings here are precious to me. I hope this never happens again.

The camera, by the way, is a Nikon D40X.. It came with a very expensive telephoto lens and lots of goodies. A professional photographer sold it to me for the amount of money we raised here. It is a very awesome camera and I hope to learn how to to use it over time. Lessons this Saturday! It really is a huge step up from my last camera. Which was for snap shots.

Thank you, thank you everyone for the help! I can't appreciate the kindness and generosity enough. I do hope to do well with these new tools.

Christian W

yup can see the comments now :)

AF

Canuck-

I am also a Pentax shooter! You've got to love an SLR lens mount that gives access to 40+ years of choice glass.

In other news, it appears that the fix has been implemented in PA.

 Canuck

Agreed AF, I've been very happy with my pentax equipment. just waiting for a 10 Mpix body to drop down to a discounted price.

The 6.8 Mpix Sony I'm using now works fairly well but it's a real struggle in certain circumstances.

Blunt Force Trauma

Buy more Nikons. Japan needs it. Oh yeah. I forgot. No one has any money.

Japan trade surplus down 30%; export growth slows

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/japans-march-trade-surplus-falls/story.aspx?guid=%7BBA0D5D70-0E30-454D-8957-4FD572E40543%7D&dist=msr_1

Elaine Meinel Supkis

I used to buy US cameras. Guess what?

Can't no more.

And yes, Japan's trade surplus stank when the yen got stronger.

Calvino

orry, but I can't resist this one. "Dubaya" was sharing his beliefs about NAFTA yesterday. He said that NAFTA has been a smashing success. And really, I hate to admit it, but "Dubaya" is right. It HAS been a stunning success--if the interests you are a slave to are a multinational corporations and your overriding goal is cheap labor. NAFTA proponents have been proven right; we do not have an illegal immigration problem in the US. I recall Ross Perot saying something about a giant sucking sound. THEN, on Hannity, that great advocate of free markets was telling his listenenrs what a fabulous legacy Dubaya will leave: courageously sticking to his guns in Iraq (although "Dubaya" evaded the draft himself), HUGE job creation and low interest rates in the domestic economy. I thought it was very big of Sean to admit that, sure, there have been SOME bad things business has done like Enron, but overall, the free market a la Hannity is the perfect system. It's always those LIBERALS who want to destroy the economy with their "nanny state". For some reason, Sean forgot to mention that "Dubaya",THE most financially irresponsible President in history, nearly DOUBLED the national debt. IMHO this is a minor oversight. I'm still waiting for Sean to come out against corporate welfare! HAHA! There is NO limit to how outrageous guys like Hannity can get. Guys like hannity, limbaugh and the like continue to just stun me with what they say.

Elaine Supkis

OOPS the posting above is from Paul

the comments on this posting isn't operating quite right yet.

Calvino

Richard, good to see you posting. I enjoy your blog. The euro/jpy is getting to a breaking point. I am surprised that european manufacturers have allowed this absurdity to reach these levels again.

avan

i think everybody benefits for the Nafta, except instead of trading goods they trade cheap workers (semi-slaves) in exchange of the now not so powerful dollar, even canada is seeking for this now days, and with stronger money the states might turn in just a road to glory

Gary W

I thought today, Anzac Day, would be a fitting time to quote Australia's last World War 1 veteran, one of the blokes who saw the horrors up real close:
"one great condition that should have been put on them, that Japan should have been isolated from the rest of the world, trade wise, money wise, any way and that would be the end of warfare cause all warfare is all money"
http://www.australiansatwarfilmarchive.gov.au/aawfa/interviews/138.aspx
http://tinyurl.com/4urmvu

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