Thursday, January 12, 2012
January 12 2012 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: South Asia Sitrep - Quite Simply We're Out Of Gas In Pakistan & Losing Badly In Afghanistan
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January 12 2012 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: South Asia/AfPak Sitrep - Quite Simply We're Out Of Gas In Pakistan & Losing Badly In Afghanistan
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[After the commentary, from another theatre, but a similar situation, a tanker truck driver's lament from Razer's favorite Marxist country musician Steve Earle (In a perfect world Steve Earle would rule rule Nashville...). Courtesy of the respective artists.]
«o» President Obama met the American corporatists and some labor representatives yesterday to discuss "insourcing". Insourcing is what it sounds like... the opposite of outsourcing jobs to other countries (hereafter known as 'sweatshop nations'). Obama's plan, which will be presented in a couple of weeks, will give tax cuts and breaks to businesses who bring their jobs back to the US. The teeth in that plan? The plan will take away tax breaks for companies that job out their labor, which many companies have noticed is a break even proposition anyway considering the increasing cost of transport from the aforementioned sweatshop nations, and fallout due to poor production quality. Which is what you get, even using US labor, when the workers are mistreated and work too many hours in substandard conditions.
«o» In the runup to the South Carolina primary elections Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are going after Mitt Romney for his business background as a corporate take over artist AKA Creative Destruction or Vulture Capitalism.
«o» The US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that people who work for religious organizations, in this case the Catholic Church, are not protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
«o» The Taliban has said they will not stop fighting during the peace talks which will probably occur in Qatar, and the State Department has sent a high level official to begin planning for those talks.
Meanwhile, on the front lines:
Both Karzai and the Taliban have condemned a video that surfaced this week and appears to show U.S. Marines in Afghanistan urinating on dead Taliban fighters, though the Taliban said the video would not break up talks with the United States (BBC, Tel, Reuters). The Pentagon is investigating the video, the content of which could constitute a violation of the Geneva Conventions (Tel, Guardian, CNN, LAT, Post, BBC, Reuters).«o» On the other side of the AfPak equation the US has begun drone strikes in Pakistan again after nearly two months and have killed 4 'foreign Islamists'. What that phrase means, and how it's determined that they're 'foreign' or 'islamists' from 15,000 feet is unknown.
[More, and still more about the negotiations from Foreign Policy magazine]
In OTHER News:
Ezra Klein @ the Washington Post's "Wonkbook" notices...
Thirty-four percent of Americans think there are strong conflicts between the young and the old. Thirty-eight percent say there are strong conflicts between blacks and whites. Sixty-two percent of Americans say there are strong conflicts between immigrants and native-born citizens. But topping the list is the number of Americans who think there are strong conflicts between the rich and the poor: According to a new Pew poll, fully 66 percent of Americans believe there's some serious class warfare in this country.
These perceptions are stable among different income groups: 64 percent of those making less than $20,000 perceive a conflict, and 66 percent of those making between $20,000 and $40,000, 71 percent of those making between $40,000 and $75,000, and 67 percent of those making more than $75,000 agree with them.
They're also relatively robust among political affiliations. Seventy-three percent of Democrats, 68 percent of independents, and 55 percent of Republicans see strong conflicts between the rich and the poor. That's a majority across-the-board... [In Full]
And remember... Capitalism has a gun at your head every moment you're alive.
Sometime's they don't even need to hold the gun...
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