Do your own homework: 1/18/2011

Lining up post American world. FT article. post-America being center of it. we're arguing about Rush Limbaugh and Nancy Pelosi - people saying nothing will change with China. America isn't special. we're no different. we control culture. Bush would say freedom on the march. what happens when its' on retreat?

GE - sold to dems now to commie china. let's play this out. won't be peaceful election transfer. this is world changing

let's go through problems

citgo & china - sell directly to them in 3 years. leases will be up soon

gulf companies collapsing. since moratorum lifting, only 2 have resumed rilling. china 1.8B people, only 40k under poverty line - they say.

pics of bldg skyscrapers in shanghai and use bamboo scaffolding. closed its doors to bringing in world people. build apartments above world. (pic?) raise salary to $1 from 50cents. star trek reference. episode - half human, half machine. it would erase personalities so all thought the same, etc. comparing to China. move as one. can work against them with instability. labor strikes. talked to a friend in china - ideas spread quickly. fastest turnover of new rice varieties bc can reinvent themselves as farmers quickly. govt says you can make up to this much...political instability, city people rich, bamboo scaffolding, uprising. 2 world collide. double digit growth to keep that from happening. green movement bogus

side by side - new dam. tilted earth off axis. compare to hoover dam. built roots in africa now - investing in resources there. what have they purchaseD? mexico? idaho airport

dont' dishonor investment - here's his analogy. think you have friends go to bank of sicily. nice area, get good coffee. friends say run by mobsters, you say no! it's great. always loan me money. have to put up collaterol but keep giving me money. they just need my assets. when can't pay them back go after house, water reserves, coal, oil, etc. china is our bank of sicily

in few years self sufficient - plenty of people to buy goods they create. don't need rest of world to buy

they won't do for us what we did for others - they'll take our resources if we can't pay it. want their oil. stealth bombers now and money to buy them.  we can't tie up US and give to them with a bow. stop going to bank of sicily. thomas jefferson quote - fastest way to become a slave is to owe money.

China & Oil

(source: T Boone Pickens’ Plan)

  • Since Dec 2007 China has spent $262B on petroleum and “loan for energy” deals to secure future oil production
  • These contracts have potential to bring 7.8B barrels of oil to China
  • China has bid on or bought shares in over 25 international oil exploration & production companies
  • China has committed to exploration, production & petroleum infrastructure construction in more than 26 countries (some are US enemies)

Some of China’s business transactions include the following companies/countries

AUSTRALIA

  • ExxonMobil (Australia) – Exxon & Petrochina $41B contract
  • Sinopec has 60% stake in Puffin & Talbot (Australian co) for $559M

BRAZIL

  • Petrobras (Brazil) – China lent Petrobras $10B in exchange for crude oil for 10 years
  • Statoil (Brazil) Sinochem paid $3.07B for 40% stake in Statoil’s offshore Brazil field

IRAN

  • Sinopec & Iran agreed to $2B deal to develop oil field

RUSSIA

  • China lent $10B to Rosneft & Transneft (Russian companies) at 6% for 301,000 bpd at discounted rate for 20 years
  • Lukoil (Russia) – Lukoil will send 300M tons of crude to China via pipeline for $25B loan
  • OSO Rosneft (Russia) – CNPC & OAO Rosneft agree to $5B venture to build 260,000 barrel/day refinery

SYRIA

  • Shell (Syria) – CNPC paid $1.5B for 35% stake in Syria Shell Petro Development
  • Sinopec paid $2B for Tanganyika (which has interests in Syria)

US

  • US (Chesapeake) - CNOOC will pay $1.1B for 1/3 of Chesapeake’s Eagleford shale resources + $1B in drilling costs

President Wen Jiabao, March 2009

  • President Obama and his new government have adopted a series of measures to deal with the financial crisis. We have expectations as to the effects of these measures,” Mr. Wen said. “We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.”
  • He called on the United States to “maintain its good credit, to honor its promises and to guarantee the safety of China’s assets

Foxconn Says Two China Workers Injured After Personal Dispute

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-01-13/foxconn-says-two-china-workers-injured-after-personal-dispute.html

  • Police were called to disperse two rival groups after a personal dispute began Jan. 6 at the site, where Foxconn employs 22,000 people, the Taipei-based company said in an e-mailed response to questions today. The dispute wasn’t work-related and there was no disruption of business, it said without elaborating on the nature of the problem.

Foxconn engineer jumps to death in China: media

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jZBFLSl5PHZ2AFfSmpXq_0oQy3eg?docId=CNG.206e9da30bbd9b6afd57691fa13ac2fe.571

  • Taipei-based Foxconn on Friday said the 25-year-old engineer died last week after falling from her brother's home in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, where the firm runs a massive complex, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
  • The unnamed employee, who had worked for Foxconn since 2005, had "been on sick leave" at the time of her death after factory officials rebuked her for an unspecified reason and said she would lose her job, Hong Kong media reported.
  • At least 13 employees at Foxconn -- the world's largest maker of computer components, which produces goods for Apple, Sony and Nokia -- died in similar circumstances last year, the official Global Times reported.
  • Following a number of suicides, Foxconn raised wages by nearly 70 percent at its China plants.

Something rotten at Apple's core? Shocking toll of suicides at iPad factory in China revealed

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1282481/iPad-factory-suicides-China.html

  • Some blame the harsh working conditions imposed by Foxconn for the deaths…Others accuse modern China's spiritual void. And it has been pointed out that in communist China, suicide is considered a crime against the state, so it is the ultimate form of protest.
  • The deaths have become so regular that bloggers have nicknamed the factories in the city of Shenzhen the Foxconn Suicide Express, while managers have set up a suicide hotline and even hired monks to exorcise evil spirits.
  • As well as setting up a suicide hotline and asking monks to bless the factories, it has been reported that the company plans to hire 2,000 psychiatrists and counsellors. Foxconn has also put up fencing to try to stop workers jumping from dormitory blocks. But few people believe the harsh working environment alone can explain the suicides. After all, people are free to leave their jobs.

Life Inside A Chinese Gadget Factory

http://www.businessinsider.com/life-inside-a-chinese-gadget-factory-2009-7

  • When Hu last visited the White House (April 2006), China held $321.1 billion of U.S. debt
  • When the Chinese president visits this week, China will hold $906.8 billion in U.S. debt--- a 182% increase in nearly five years
  • China currently holds about 6.4% of total U.S. debt

Economic Tale of the Tape

China U.S.
GDP
$5.7 trillion $14.6 trillion
Projected 2011 GDP Growth
10% 2.5%
Projected 2011 Inflation Rate
5.1% 2.5%
Unemployment Rate
4.2% (est.) 9.4%
Exports of Goods and Services as % of GDP
27% 11%
Value of Manufacturing Sector (2009)
$1.6 trillion $1.71 trillion
Labor Force
819 million 153 million
Public Debt as % of GDP
17.5% 95%

China’s interest in Idaho

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/10/11/1374846/chinese-politics-spotlight-idahos.html#

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/12/31/1472023/chinese-company-eyes-boise.html

  • Chinese national company is interested in developing a 10,000- to 30,000-acre technology zone for industry, retail centers and homes south of the Boise Airport. Officials of the China National Machinery Industry Corp. have broached the idea — based on a concept popular in China today — to city and state leaders.
  • They are also interested in helping build and finance a fertilizer plant near American Falls, an idea company officials returned to Idaho this month to pursue.
  • Hoku Materials Inc., a subsidiary of a Chinese energy firm, already has 500 people building its $400 million plant to make polysilicon for solar panels in Pocatello. It expects to begin production in 2011, employing 250 people, said Scott Paul, Hoku’s president and CEO.
  • “Idaho’s the last state that should say we don’t want to do business with Asia,” said Lt. Gov. Brad Little. “Asia’s where the money is.”

'A product of the past': China's president says dollar should no longer be world's top currency

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1347984/A-product-past-Chinas-president-says-dollar-longer-worlds-currency.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#

China’s president today raised grave questions over the future of the dollar by claiming it should no longer be used as the world’s reserve currency.

Hu Jintao said that using the American currency as the default for international trade and investment was a ‘product of the past’.

In unusually frank comments he said that even though the arrangement had stood in place since the end of Second World War, now was the time to reassess.

The statement will be seen as another sign of growing Chinese confidence after the Asian giant emerged relatively unscathed from the financial crisis.

America by comparison is more than $14 trillion in debt, a sizeable chunk of it financed by the Chinese.

Tomorrow Mr Hu and Mr Obama are due to meet for talks at the White House in which the so-called ‘currency wars’ will be among the topics up for discussion.

China claims that America keeping its interest rates low is causing inflation around the world, including to its own currency, the yuan.

America argues that it must do so to encourage the U.S. economy to grow, which will be good news for China and the rest of the world.

U.S. officials also claim China is deliberately keeping the yuan lower than it should be, which is harming competitiveness for poorer countries.

In the interview Mr Hu issued a veiled attack when he said that U.S. monetary policy ‘has a major impact on global liquidity and capital flows and therefore, the liquidity of the U.S. dollar should be kept at a reasonable and stable level’.

But he added: ‘The current international currency system is the product of the past’.

Elsewhere Mr Hu sought a more conciliatory tone and tried to paper over some of the differences that have divided the U.S. and China of late.

‘There is no denying that there are some differences and sensitive issues between us,’ he said.

‘We both stand to gain from a sound China-U.S. relationship, and lose from confrontation.’

And he admitted that it it is unlikely the yuan will take over from the dollar any time soon.

‘It takes a long time for a country's currency to be widely accepted in the world,’ he said.

It is unusual for Mr Hu to speak to foreign media and only responded to written questions asked by the Wall St Journal and the Washington Post that were handed to him by his foreign ministry.

The last time he spoke to the American media was in 2008, whilst his latest comments to Western media in general were to a French and Portugese newspaper in November last year.

Tensions between Beijing and Washington have recently flared over China’s refusal to condemn North Korea for its attack on the South.

Chinese officials reacted with fury when the White House congratulated Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

In addition, the first clear pictures recently emerged of China’s prototype stealth fighter in a further sign of the country’s growing military power.

A strategy to straddle the planet

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b852a826-2272-11e0-b6a2-00144feab49a.html

Anil Ambani was in ebullient mood last October when he arrived at a luxury hotel in Shanghai to sign one of the biggest business deals of the year. The Indian billionaire's Reliance Power had just agreed to purchase $10bn of power generation equipment from the state-owned Shanghai Electric."It is the largest order in the history of the power sector," proclaimed Mr Ambani, "and the largest single business relationship between India and China."The size of the deal was not its only notable aspect. Shanghai Electric was offering its equipment at about 30-40 per cent below the cost of an equivalent turbine from General Electric of the US. With the generous financing deal offered by China Development Bank and a group of other Chinese banks, the discount was in fact closer to 60 per cent.Welcome to a new era of globalisation, China-style. As the financial crisis recedes, one of the big fears is that the process of increasingly closer links among big economies worldwide will go into reverse as governments and countries look inward. The message coming from the world's second-largest economy for the past year has been clear: China wants to accelerate the integration of the global economy, but on its own terms.Over the past few decades, China has benefited hugely by hitching itself to a process of globalisation where the rules were written in Washington and the American consumer was the buyer of last resort. China prospered by making first the socks, then the washing machines and finally the iPods sold at Walmart.Coming out of the crisis, China wants to forge a new phase of globalisation where many of the roads – financial, commercial and perhaps eventually political – converge on Beijing. China is not seeking a rupture with the international economic system (although some foreign companies are fearful of a technology grab). But it is looking to mould more of the rules, institutions and economic relationships that are at the core of the global economy. It is trying to forge post-American globalisation.

Survivors of drilling moratorium on Gulf face new hurdles

http://www.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/2011-01-18-oilreport18_ST_N.htm

Many small regional businesses along the Gulf Coast have largely weathered last year's moratorium on deepwater drilling but could fail if the pace of such drilling doesn't pick up soon, according to a new economic impact study by a non-profit group that studies economic trends.The report, released late last week by Greater New Orleans Inc., says businesses that directly and indirectly cater to offshore drilling rigs — from equipment suppliers to diners — outlasted last year's six-month moratorium by tapping a $20 billion compensation fund created by BP, the oil company responsible for the massive spill that fouled the Gulf of Mexico. As that money dries up and the pace of permitting for deepwater drilling remains slow, those companies may soon collapse, it says."If we don't get some certainty around regulations, we can begin to hit that wall and see that real steep increase in unemployment," said Michael Hecht, the group's president and chief executive officer.The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana in April, killing 11 crewmembers and unleashing the greatest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.The Obama administration in May issued a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling after the BP oil disaster. The moratorium shut 33 deepwater rigs, affecting more than 13,000 workers, the report says.Although the moratorium ended in October, only two deepwater permits have been issued since then, compared with 5.8 per month issued before the spill, the report says.If the pace of permitting doesn't pick up, more businesses will suffer and the number of unemployed will increase within six months, Hecht said. Businesses used several tactics to survive the moratorium and retain employees, including restructuring business plans, selling equipment, digging into savings and cutting salaries, the report said. They also benefited from the BP compensation fund, Hecht said."But that's ending," he said. "That false economy is going to go away."Deepwater drilling contributes about $2.3 million to $3.2 million in direct tax revenue to state and parish governments each month and more than $7 million in indirect monthly revenue to state and local governments, the report says.The report found no direct link between the 25,000 jobs Louisiana lost since June and the moratorium. At Port Fourchon in southern Louisiana, however, crane operators and other companies that serve the offshore drilling industry have been extraordinarily quiet lately, port director Chett Chiasson said. More than 20 workers recently were laid off from their jobs at companies at the port, he said.

GB Underfunded pensions

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/36585/#

GB TARP cost more

(2/19/10)

State governments are also doing it as well. You got 21 states now currently have underfunded pensions and entitlement programs. Look at this -- I want to show you this map. OK?

State with serious pension problems -- remember, these are union problems. Coal miners, just corruption. Home of ACORN.

Now, even if you are in one of the safe zones -- I mean, this looks like a safe zone to you, really? I mean, California, their annual retirement contributions in 10 years. Look at this -- in 10 years, in 2000, their pension benefits have gone from $320 million. In 2010 -- are you ready -- $7.3 billion.

The state is crumbling. I mean, they've gone, they're spending like crazy. This is like you going out and just maxing out everything, you're completely bankrupt. You've lost the house. You've lost the car. You've lost the family. But you still say, "Hey, I'm still paying for that boat!"

Are you kidding me? "No, it's rock solid!" I got news for you: you're going to lose the boat.

But it's not just the states. Oh, it's deeper than that. It's you and me really.

We have to understand there is no such thing as a free lunch. If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. Somewhere along the line, the last 70, 80 years, we let people convince us that there is a free lunch. We've also been convinced we're entitled to that free lunch.

Jefferson Debt Quote

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The maxim of buying nothing but what we have money in our pockets to pay for lays, of all others, the broadest foundation for happiness. (Thomas Jefferson, 1787)

China population below poverty line

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ch.html
2.8%

note: 21.5 million rural population live below the official "absolute poverty" line (approximately $90 per year); an additional 35.5 million rural population live above that level but below the official "low income" line (approximately $125 per year) (2007)

China, U.K. Sign $4 Billion in Deals

The Wall Street Journal Online, 11 January 2011

LONDON-U.K. and Chinese companies signed deals valued at £2.6 billion ($4 billion) in the energy and automotive sectors Monday, the British government said.

The deals were announced after a bilateral meeting between China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang and British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the second day of Mr. Li's visit to the U.K. aimed at fortifying the two nations' commercial ties.

Mr. Li, who is widely expected to succeed Wen Jiabao as China's premier next year, also held talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday and is set to meet Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and speak at a dinner with business leaders on Tuesday before concluding his nine-day tour of the European Union, China's largest export market.

The deals signed include an agreement between BP PLC and the China National Offshore Oil Corp., known as CNOOC, on deepwater exploration in the South China Sea.

PetroChina Co., China's largest listed oil firm in terms of capacity, agreed with Ineos Group Holdings PLC on the basic principles of a joint venture that will engage in crude-oil refining and trading using assets at Scotland's Grangemouth refinery and France's Lavera refinery. U.K.-based Jaguar Land Rover, a unit of India's Tata Motors Ltd., committed to sell 40,000 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, valued at more than £1 billion, in China in 2011.

Messrs. Li and Clegg discussed global issues on which the U.K. and China work closely together, such as international security and climate change, the U.K. government said.

[Sources: EIA, International Energy Statistics // http://www.eia.doe.gov/country/country_energy_data.cfm?fips=CH

  • China's oil consumption is 8.2 million barrels per day
  • US oil consumption is 18.7 million barrels per day
  • China Coal Consumption - Almost 3.5 billion short tons in 2009
  • U.S. Coal Consumption - Just over 1 billion short tons in 2009
  • China is the second largest oil consumer behind the United States
  • Coal supplied the vast majority (71 percent) of China's total energy consumption
  • Oil is the second-largest source, accounting for 19 percent of the country's total energy consumption

China claims supercomputer crown

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11644252

  • The title has gone to China's Tianhe-1A supercomputer that is capable of carrying out more than 2.5 thousand trillion calculations a second.
  • China's Tianhe-1A (Milky Way) has taken over the top spot from America's XT5 Jaguar at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee that can carry out only 1.75 petaflops. One petaflop is the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

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  • He added: "I would say it's 47% faster than the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's machine, 1.7 Pflops (ORNL system) to 2.5 Pflops (Chinese system)."

NASA's Hansen prefers rule by decree to fight 'global warming'

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/17/china-style-dictatorship-of-climatologists/

  • NASA laboratory head James Hansen's anti-democracy rants were published while he was on a November junket in China, but they didn't get much attention until recently. On Jan. 12, the hyperprolific blogger Marc Morano put them on his Climate Depot site, and within hours, the post went viral. In a former life, Mr. Morano was chief global-warming researcher for Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican.
  • According to Mr. Hansen, compared to China, we are "the barbarians" with a "fossil-money- 'democracy' that now rules the roost," making it impossible to legislate effectively on climate change. Unlike us, the Chinese are enlightened, unfettered by pesky elections. Here's what he blogged on Nov. 24:
  • "I have the impression that Chinese leadership takes a long view, perhaps because of the long history of their culture, in contrast to the West with its short election cycles. At the same time, China has the capacity to implement policy decisions rapidly. The leaders seem to seek the best technical information and do not brand as a hoax that which is inconvenient."

China faces wave of strikes after Foxconn pay rise

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/7818406/China-faces-wave-of-strikes-after-Foxconn-pay-rise.html

On Wednesday, Taiwanese media reported that 2,000 workers at a Taiwanese-owned machinery firm in the city of Kunshan near Shanghai took to the streets demanding better pay and conditions, sparking clashes with police in which 50 were injured.

Analysts cautioned against over-reacting to fears that the new pay demands and awards would unduly hit foreign companies in China, pointing out that low wage increases in recent years had been comfortably offset by productivity gains.

Power Grows for Striking Chinese Workers

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/business/global/09labor.html

Foxconn said Sunday that it planned to double by October the salaries of many of its 800,000 workers in China to 2,000 renminbi, or nearly $300, a month. The announcement of a big raise by one of the country’s biggest exporters seems likely to put pressure on other companies to follow suit, analysts say.

Life Span: Cottonwood is not a very long-lived tree. As with their close relative, willow, cottonwoods usually live about

70 years. A 120 year old cottonwood is a very old tree.

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Significance

Wood of the cottonwood is light. It was important as a construction material for the American Indians and European settlers.

Cottonwood, because of its abundance, was used to build barns and houses. Occasionally large cottonwoods, 4 to 6 feet (123

to 183 cm) in diameter, were cut down and burned out to form a crude canoe. Today cottonwood is used for pulp and

sometimes lightweight furniture. Cottonwood is also used as a windbreak species although it is not highly recommended due

to its short life expectancy. Two common windbreak cottonwoods used today are Siouxland (P. deltoides 'Siouxland') and

Northwest (x P. 'Northwest'). Siouxland is a cottonless male cultivar developed in South Dakota. It is losing popularity due

to susceptibility to several diseases. Northwest is a hybrid of P. deltoides and balsam poplar (P. balsamifera ). It is fast

growing and has a longer life span.

Info on roots

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The cottonwood tree is one that is genetically programmed to produce shallow roots because it grows naturally in flood plains. In a flood plain, the area that dries first after a flood is that area nearest the surface. Since tree roots require oxygen, the area that dries first is the area that is best for tree roots. Hence, the cottonwood is programmed to produce shallow roots.

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



Women's March Leader Tamika Mallory Doubles Down On Love For Louis Farrakhan youtu.be


Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.