Friday, January 6, 2012
January 06 2012 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Cancerous Growth - The Dogs Of Mavericks, Garlic Festivals, Rock Shows, Have 'Had Their Day'
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January 06 2012 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Cancerous Growth - The 'Dogs' Of Mavericks, Garlic Festivals, HUGE Rock Shows, Have 'Had Their Day'
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After the commentary, The Original "Pipeline"... Led Kaapana. Courtesy of the respective artists... Who would all instantly understand the significance of this bumper sticker, seen at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market Drum Circle a couple of years ago:
«o» The vote rigging begins early when you're a Republican - One of the people counting the votes for the Iowa Caucus has publicly noticed that the number of votes he counted in a district he was responsible for tallying had extra votes added to Mitt Romney's 'tab' that weren't there when he counted them. The runner-up Rick Santorum was apparently the winner.
«o» The joint maneuvers by the US and Israeli navy in the Persian Gulf have been postponed even as the Iranians finish ten days of naval exercises to sharpen their tactics for shutting off the preeminent oil shipping channel through the Straits of Hormuz, which they claim they WILL do if there are any further sanctions placed on them by the UN or Western nations.
«o» The employment numbers are in and there appears to be 200,000 new jobs, which pushed the unemployment rate down from 8.6% nationally to 8.5%. However there is more than one way to measure those numbers. The Center for Economic and Policy Research suggest there are problems with the US government's calculations and suggests modifications:
Down and Out: Measuring Long-Term Hardship in the Labor MarketEconmist Dean Baker, also from CEPR further suggests that "Unemployment Falls to 8.5 Percent, but Job Growth Remains Weak" and notes that "The unemployment rate for women edged up slightly to 7.9 percent."
January 2012, John Schmitt and Janelle Jones
From peak to trough, the United States lost almost nine million jobs in the most recent economic downturn. What was completely unprecedented about the most recent recession, however, was the explosion in long-term unemployment. The depth and length of the recession pushed the long-term unemployment rate – the share of unemployed workers who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer – to over 40 percent throughout the entirety of 2010 and 2011. The official concept of “long-term unemployment,” however, is incomplete and, in some cases, even potentially misleading. As tracked by government statistics, the long-term unemployed are only a relatively small part of the population facing extended, sometimes permanent, spells without work.
This paper proposes rethinking our understanding of long-term unemployment in two ways. First... [More @ CEPR]
He also shows:
White men have gained much more than black men over the last year, with a 1.4 percentage point drop in their unemployment rate to 7.1 percent. For black men, the decline has been 1.1 percentage points to 15.7 percent. The unemployment rate for black women has risen by 0.9 percentage points over the year to 13.9 percent, while their EPOP has fallen 1.6 percentage points. [More from Dean Baker]«o» The Republicans are showing their outrage as Obama's recess appointments, which they say are unconstitutional, allows the National Labor Relations Board to hold meetings once again and the Consumer Financial Protection Board begins operating with one of the people who designed the program at it's helm.
«o» Surf's Up on the California coast as the Mavericks surf contest begins with major sponsors and media attention in an attempt to profiteer on what used to be one of the most clandestine surfing events in the world. More on this in the commentary.
In OTHER News:
«o» A correction to the tragic story of the youth in Texas shot to death by law enforcement personnel at a middle school while brandishing a pellet gun.
He was NOT shot in the back of the head. Got that? Just two bullets... Both to the torso.
The head wound was a 'laceration' as a result of the child falling down dead.
Just thought you'd like to know that...
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Texas... Gee! A job, medical care and a place to live? Just for being a wrongly deported citizen (of Colombia)?
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The grandmother of a Dallas teen who was deported to Colombia is hoping the 15-year-old can come back soon and says U.S. officials should have done more to identify the girl after she gave a fake name and claimed to be an adult.The puppet gets uppity... citing the Afghan Constitution which apparently protects his citizen's human rights more vigorously than the US Constitution:
U.S. immigration officials say they're investigating the circumstances of the case involving Jakadrien Lorece Turner, but that they followed procedure and found nothing to indicate she wasn't who she claimed to be — an illegal immigrant from Colombia.
The girl, who ran away from home more than a year ago, was recently found in Bogota, Colombia, by the Dallas Police Department with help from Colombian and U.S. officials.
The Colombian government said the U.S. embassy on Thursday submitted the necessary documents for Jakadrien to return, but it wasn't clear exactly when she might be back in the U.S.
U.S. immigration officials deferred questions about when the teen might return to the State Department, which said it was aware of the case but declined to comment further, citing privacy reasons.
According to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the girl was enrolled in the country's "Welcome Home" program after she arrived there. She was given shelter, psychological assistance and a job at a call center, a statement from the agency said. When the Colombian government discovered she was a U.S. citizen, it put her under the care of a welfare program, the statement said. [In Full]
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai demanded Thursday that the U.S. detention center at Bagram Air Base be handed over to Afghan control within a month, along with all Afghan citizens held by the coalition troops across the nation.More from Foreign Policy's AfPak Channel where some of the details of the Afghan government/Tailban negotiating points are noted as well:
A presidential statement said Thursday that keeping Afghan citizens imprisoned without trial violates the country’s constitution, as well as international human rights conventions.
The prison, inside the sprawling U.S. base at Bagram north of Kabul, abuts a a well-known public detention center known as Parwan, which is run jointly by Afghan authorities and the U.S. military.
It’s unclear how many high-value detainees are being held at the U.S. facility. Human rights groups have claimed that detainees were menaced, forced to strip naked and kept in solitary confinement in windowless cells.
A statement from Karzai’s office said he issued instructions to a commission consisting of the ministers of defense, interior and justice, as well as other top government and judicial officials, “to complete their job regarding the handing over of the (Bagram) prison and other prisoners who are held by foreign forces.” [Continue Reading @ Salon]
"...a spokesman for Karzai told the AFP Friday that the Taliban had demanded that Taliban prisoners at Guantánamo Bay be transferred to Qatar as part of negotiations with the United States, but that Karzai insists they be sent instead to Afghanistan (AFP).Let it ALSO be noted that Blackwater IS NOT the only mercenary outfit still in Afghanistan, and still getting into situations that cause international incidents in that now ostensibly sovereign state:
The Afghan government also announced Thursday that it was revoking the license to operate of the Canadian private security firm GardaWorld, one of the largest security firms in Afghanistan, after two of its contractors were arrested this week with a large number of AK-47 rifles (NYT, Tel, Reuters). The company says that the guns were properly licensed and were being taken to a firing range for testing at the time of the arrests," [More @ Foreign Policy AfPak Channel]
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