Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fun Bush Facts

Family Connections-

Prescott Bush - George W. Bush's grandfather had a luminous career in government despite the fact tha in October of 1947, the Union Banking Corp, which he was an owner and director of, was seized under the 'Trading With The Enemy Act' Executive Order No. 9095. Interestingly, Prescott attended Yale University and is member of the Skulls and Bones* fraternity. (see notes on bottom) Before becoming a big part of the international bank Harriman & Co. (now known as Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.), he had very little luck during his various positions in Corporate America. Luckily for him, his father-in-law, George Herbert Walker, as well as his fellow bonesmen E. Ronald Harriman and Knight Woolley, let him in on an initial investment in 1912 called Harriman & Company. It was later in 1924, with no real individual success, that he was appointed as Vice President of Harriman & Co. In fact, it was through the bank that E. Ronald Harriman and Prescott both were involved and entangled in the UBC's seizure and scandal.

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush - The 43rd Governor of Florida, in a term that ended January 2nd, 2007. Jeb attended the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa . Phi Beta Kappa** was founded on December 5th, 1776, and it's ten original members were Freemasons. We all know the scandal of 2004, and lesser known issues in the 2000 election, with the electronic voting booths, widely supplied by Diebold Election Systems. Ultimately voting was most clouded in Volusia County, Florida.

It was proven in the Documentary, Hacking Democracy, that these e-booths can be hacked and formulated in such a way, that you can change the actual final vote, without a trace. Finnish computer security expert Harri Hurtsi, discovered the flaw, which was denied several times by Diebold. It is widely known as the 'Hursti Hack'. In fact, in the film Kathleen Harris, Associate Director for nonprofit election group Watchdog, captured footage of the groups Director Bev Harris, acquiring original voting machine tickers (records) in a Volusia County trash bag; after requesting them and only being supplied copies. Those tickers did not match the copies she was initially supplied by the Voting administration. Secret footage was also captured of Cuyahoga County elections workers, admitting that the initial 3% recount ballots had not been randomly selected during the 2004 presidential election recount.

George H. W. Bush - George W. Bush's father is also the 41st President of the United States of America. Just like his father Precott Bush, and son, H.W. attended Yale University and became a branded member of Skulls and Bones. There is much to say about him, which I will in further posts, but I just wanted to post a quote that he wrote, in his 1998 book, co-written by Brent Scowcorft called A World Transformed (ISBN 0-679-43248-5). The memoir of sorts, documented foreign relations during his 'Bush Administration'. On the topic of possibly invading Iraq, in 1991, Bush wrote:

Dirty Business - The Carlyle Group is a private investment firm, which currently has $91.5 Billion in assets. The Bush family along with the Bin Laden Family are big investors in the company. Ironically enough, the firm acquired the United Defense Industries in 1997; which is the largest provider of war materials during our war on terror. Making billions off an illegal war, initiated by George W. Bush. It was only in 2004, and after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld canceled production of the high priced XM2001 Crusader self-propelled howitzer, and stock fell 27%, that the firm decided to leave the United Defense Industries.

Alert! Postal Service to Cut Delivery By One Day!

Alert! Postal Service to Cut Delivery By One Day!

Everyone one who has ever received a extremely late, mishandled, or incorrect mail delivered, has yet another reason to hate the Postal system. In 2008, the US Postal Service, or USPS, as they preferred to be for marketing purposes, suffered a 9 Billion decrease in mailed items; which ultimately has the future of the convenient 6 day delivery policies in jeopardy.

With the looming rising costs, and a $2.8 Billion deficit, Postmaster General John E. Potter, said during his testimony for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs,"It is possible that the cost of six-day delivery may simply prove to be unaffordable...I reluctantly request that Congress remove the annual appropriation bill rider, first added in 1983, that requires the Postal Service to deliver mail six days each week."

2008, which marked the largest drop of mail volume, in the history of the postal service, seems to only foreshadow even more losses for 2009. Potter added, "if current trends continue, we could experience a net loss of $6 billion or more this fiscal year,". It is obvious that the internet generation and e-mail are having the same impact on the Postal Service, that pirating and Mp3s are having on the Music Industry.

Total mail volume was 202 billion items last year, more than 9 billion less than the year before, the largest single volume drop in history. Usually, annual rate increases provide a safety net, so that even with a decline in revenue, profits out do every previous years. However, Potter predicts that 2009 will be the first time since 1946, that increasing products and services, will fail.

Studies in the past indicate that although one day may be removed from the mailing schedule, Saturday may not necessarily be cut. Many insiders have looked into the possibility of skipping another traditional mail date. Personally I feel that they might as well change the traditional work schedule if they do that. Imagine what will happen to booming businesses who can not overnight a contract on a Monday to the other side of the Country.

But Potter, being the good mouth piece that he is, tries to defend the notion of halting mail in the middle of the average American's work week; "The ability to suspend delivery on the lightest delivery days, for example, could save dollars in both our delivery and our processing and distribution networks. I do not make this request lightly, but I am forced to consider every option given the severity of our challenge,".

The agency has insisted that this will not mean the change will be imminent; noting that they are still trying to cut costs and find other answers. But honestly, time is running out.

In a world where corporations find a way to enter in Federal Affairs, (i.e. the Federal Reserve Bank), I can see where there would interest in making the USPS private. With a generation more focused on instant messaging, texting, not to mention social networking sites, then writing letters, circulation will continue to dwindle. It seems almost scarcly near, when sending mail will be expensive, and private intrests control circulation.

Alert! Postal Service to Cut Delivery By One Day!

Massive Layoffs! Kodak Loses Big In the 4th Quarter

Massive Layoffs! Kodak Loses Big In the 4th Quarter

It doesn't seem the economy is being nice to anyone. Kodak has announced that due to massive decreases in sales and profits, of both their digital and film based photography products, up to 4,500 employees, will be out of jobs.

Kodak, which posted a $137 Million loss during their 4th quarter, reported that their average stocks are now 51 Cents a share. In 2007, the company boasted a $215 Million profit, and shares starting at 75 Cents. There net loss was only at $21 Million; which is equal to only $8 Cents a share.

Overall sales fell $2.43 Billion, or 24%. More specifically, traditional film products fell 27%, as revenue from their digital based products plummeted 23% . It hard to believe, that in this recession, on average, analysts surveyed by Thomas Reuters, expected a profit of 21 Cents and an increase in sales of $2.81 Billion.

The layoffs, which are estimated to affect 14& to 18% of their payroll; will hit 3,500-4,500 employees.

Massive Layoffs! Kodak Loses Big In the 4th Quarter

Blurb- The Economy

I have some projects that I am working on right now to post. But to me it is apparent that I must shed some light on the economy. Expect lots of little updates on job cuts, and economic changes, that may impact the country, during this recession.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Video: Chief Justice John Roberts Switches Up Presidential Oath on Obama!

Please don't give me the bullshit that this was accidental. First of all, so much money was spent on Obama giving his god damn oath into office. In fact the event; which was budgeted at $150 Million was the largest National Security Event in history, and most expensive inauguration ever. You'd think that since they spent that amount of money, during a recession larger than the one that fueled the depression, that they'd at least start the ceremony on time. But I guess 2009 wanted to make history, as the first time since Chief Oliver Ellsworth swore in John Adams, to have a President swear in to oath late. Notice how on top of all of that, Chief Justice Jon Roberts, omits the word honoralby. If Obama had not caught that slip up, or requested to re-take the Oath in the White House; who knows what anything he did, would mean.