Thursday, March 31, 2011

Japan Seawater Radiation 3000 Times the legal Limit.‏

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/03/30/Japan-seawater-radiation-3355-times-limit/UPI-73181301483708/ That stinks because I like Sushi and this will probably put a damper on that enjoyment. Radioactive iodine-131 3,355 times the legal limit was detected in a seawater sample near the damaged nuclear plant in Japan polluted seawater poses no immediate health risks because fishing isn't occurring in the evacuation-designated area within 12 miles of the plant and radiated substances would be "significantly diluted" by the time they are consumed. How comforting. I guess the fish automatically know not to swim into the toxic water. There is no way the radiation would move further then 12 miles. No sir! Not like they are detecting radiation all the way in NY. http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/official-trace-radiation-detected-in-ny-1.2788632 Or all the way in Mass. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/27/radiation-rain-water-massachusetts-radioactive_n_841188.html The toxic water will just automatically stay around the plant and everything outside will be fine. How nice! Just fish 13 miles out and everything will be healthy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tomahawk missile...Raytheon and Obama‏

The biggest winner in this Libya charade is going to be Raytheon who makes the Tomahawk Missile. The US military can't fire them fast enough and at 1.5 million a piece that is good news for Raytheon. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-29/libya-mission-cost-at-550-million-for-u-s-forces-so-far-1-.html Out of the approximately $550 million cost for the first 10 days of the operations -- March 19 through March 28 -- the Pentagon said about $340 million was for munitions, mostly Raytheon Tomahawk missiles, which cost $1.5 million apiece. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/20/3168574.htm?section=justin On the first day of the attack they fired 110 missiles at 20 targets. 5 missiles per target at 1.5 million a piece. Raytheon must be seeing $$$ in their sleep. 165 million dollars to take out 20 targets in one day. Not exactly cost effective. 1 Tomahawk can't take out 1 radar station. You need 5? From early on in his administration Obama has had a soft spot in his heart for Raytheon. As the revolving door goes round and round. http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2009/01/09/obama-picks-raytheon-exec-for-dod-deputy-secretary.aspx

Oil keeps Piling up‏

http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=201103301059dowjonesdjonline000242&title=us-oil-inventoriescrude-stocks-rise-by-29-million-barrels At $3.71 a gallon people are saying no thank you. You keep it. Lots of supply. Weak demand. Yet prices are still through the roof. Is anyone investigating this manipulated market? Nope! Crude oil stockpiles rose 2.9 million barrels to 355.7 million barrels The American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, reported a 5.7-million-barrel build in its weekly report released late Tuesday. Oil stockpiles have risen by nearly 21 million barrels since the beginning of the year, and have posted gains for four straight weeks. Distillate stocks, which include heating oil and diesel fuel, rose by 700,000 barrels to 107.9 million barrels, compared with analysts' forecast of a 400,000- barrel drop. Ridiculous!

Bickering Billionaires‏

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703806304576232051635476200.html Woven throughout the book is a bitterness Mr. Allen expresses for not receiving more credit for his work throughout his career and more shares in Microsoft. Billionaires who think they are underpaid. Gotta love it. Mr. Allen also reveals that his decision to leave Microsoft was prompted largely by his growing disenchantment with the behavior of Mr. Gates, whom he portrays as a confrontational taskmaster who clashed with Mr. Allen's low-key style. Mr. Allen says he eavesdropped on a discussion in the Microsoft offices in Bellevue, Wash., between Mr. Gates and Steve Ballmer, now the company's CEO, in which he heard the two men talking about Mr. Allen's recent lack of productivity and how they might dilute his equity in the company by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. Mr. Allen said he burst into the room and confronted Messrs. Gates and Ballmer, both of whom later apologized to him and backed down from their plan. "I had helped start the company and was still an active member of management, though limited by my illness, and now my partner and my colleague were scheming to rip me off," he says in the book. "It was mercenary opportunism, plain and simple." (Bill Gates is a jerk, who would have figured that) I'd thought that our partnership was based on fairness, but now I saw that Bill's self-interest overrode all other considerations. My partner was out to grab as much of the pie as possible and hold on to it, and that was something I could not accept." (Yet as owner of the Seattle Seahawks this is exactly the same thing he is doing to the NFL players. Trying to grab a bigger piece of the pie. When he does it is is OK)

The Dumbest Man On Earth‏

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/he_out_of_luck_SFNCcaLtOfTb8ry5Pj6WKK "Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid."- John Wayne

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Egyptian Cobra On The Loose‏

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/29/catch-deadly-runaway-cobra/# The female cobra, who zoo officials say has no name, can grow up to 8-feet long and produces a venom that is deadly. Snake experts describe the poison as "neurotoxic" and say the venom can kill a human by causing complete respiratory failure. Experts, however, say the snakes aren't likely to attack people unless the reptiles feel threatened - Threatened like if you are trying to capture it? My guess is that they have it totally under control, assuming the room is escape-proof," Escape proof like the case they had it in? Earlier in the story they said. "Snakes are escape artists,"

Pepsi Throwback here to stay‏

http://www.walletpop.com/2011/03/18/pepsi-throwback-is-back-permanently/ It's sweetened with real sugar as opposed to high-fructose corn syrup. The company is bringing the drink back for good, due to "overwhelming consumer demand, including tons of feedback on the Throwback Facebook page," People are getting educated to the scurge that is HFCS. "Every time we would put it out as a limited time offer fans would drive for miles to find the product and load up their pantries." I don't even drink Pepsi but I bought it just to support the idea. And it worked. Yay sugar!

GE still paying NO US TAXES‏

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/business/economy/25tax.html Not only does GE not pay taxes but the US Government actually owes them 3.2 BILLION. That is what happens when you run GE right out of the Oval office. Look at the picture of Immelt standing next to his whipping boy Obama. You think Immelt lets Obama sit at his oval office desk? Probably not. "Oh Pardon me Jeff I didn't know you were in here. I was going to do some work on Afghanistan but I can come back later. Sorry if I disturbed you. Won't happen again". G.E.’s giant tax department, led by a bow-tied former Treasury official named John Samuels, is often referred to as the world’s best tax law firm. Indeed, the company’s slogan “Imagination at Work” fits this department well. The team includes former officials not just from the Treasury, but also from the I.R.S. and virtually all the tax-writing committees in Congress. President Obama has said he is considering an overhaul of the corporate tax system, with an eye to lowering the top rate, ending some tax subsidies and loopholes and generating the same amount of revenue. He has designated G.E.’s chief executive, Jeffrey R. Immelt, as his liaison to the business community and as the chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and it is expected to discuss corporate taxes. The fox guarding the hen house.

GE creating even more jobs overseas‏

http://machinist.in/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3151&Itemid=2 Jeffrey Immelt at it again. (GE) plans to invest an initial $50 million to set up a multi-business manufacturing facility in India. The company's energy business would be the principle user of the facility, which is expected to create more than 3,000 jobs. "The total investment will be $200 million including expansion The facility is expected to be initially established over 400,000 sq.ft. This can be expanded to 700,000 sq.ft later with additional investments. Immelt said that rapid growth in India is expected from wind, solar and gas. He said that GE has some new designs for bigger steam turbines."we are quite hopeful that we will get some work here ("here" meaning India) and also do some production joint venture," he said. GE is now open to manufacturing bigger steam turbines in India. The expansion of the facility also depends on the company's ability to expand it's locomotive business in India. Jeffery R. Immelt said that GE is very interested in setting up a deep-rooted manufacturing base in India for the locomotive business GE is also considering the option of manufacturing some of the products from its global product lines in the manufacturing facility in India. Jeffery R. Immelt was in the capital to attend a meeting of GE's corporate executive council, which comprises leaders from across the company. It is the first time in GE's history that the executive council meeting is being held outside the US.GE currently employs around 12,000 people in India. Obama must be thrilled with these results from the Head of His Jobs panel. Unemployed people must rest easy at night knowing Immelt is on the case.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Jim Calhoun - All the critics have gone quiet.‏

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/2009-02-24-202500738_x.htm 2009 Govenor Rell criticizes Jim Calhoun for yelling at a reporter who questioned how much money he makes. (In 2011 Rell is no longer govenor. Critizing Jim Calhoun is a quick way to end ones political career.) http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3937624 2009 Lawmakers lined up to have Calhoun reprimanded. Those same lawmakers will be front and center at the parade if Uconn should win the National Championship. They will do whatever it takes to have their picture taken with the winning coach. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/seth_davis/01/20/calhoun.leave/index.html 2010 Wild speculation that Jim Calhoun is ill and it is time for him to retire. His best days are behind him and it was time to hang it up. “I hope he steps back, looks at the big picture and decides to retire at the end of this season.” Here we are in 2011 and Jim is back in the final 4 for the 2nd time in 3 years. The fourth time in his career. This week nobody will be writing Jim has lost his ability. Nobody will be calling for him to step down. As you watch Uconn discussed(and written about) in every news show, talk show, radio show, sports column across the country. As the University and state are front and center for countless free publicity (everyone should remember) it is thanks to Jim Calhoun. His hard work and dedication is why Uconn will he highlighted nationwide. The State Legislature should get to work on getting Jim a pay raise because he deserves it. Unlike any of them.

Friday, March 25, 2011

X-51 WaveRider‏

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hypersonic-missile-20110324,0,377247.story

The U.S. Air Force plans to launch an experimental aircraft Thursday that could potentially reach speeds of 4,000 mph

X-51 WaveRider is being developed to deliver powerful warheads at tremendously high speeds with pinpoint accuracy almost anywhere on Earth.
supersonic means that an object is traveling beyond the speed of sound, or Mach 1, "hypersonic" refers to an aircraft blasting through the air at five times that speed or more.

The 14-foot aircraft was launched midair off the coast near Point Mugu, slung underneath the wing of a B-52 bomber. The WaveRider detached, falling about four seconds before its booster rocket engine ignited and propelled the aircraft to more than 70,000 feet. It then separated from the rocket and sped across the sky, powered by an air-breathing combustion engine, for more than two minutes, reaching about 3,500 mph.
The idea is to quickly deliver a conventional warhead that's capable of striking a terrorist on the run, a stockpile of chemical weapons or a ballistic missile on its way to being launched.The X-51 is a forerunner to the military's hopes for a "prompt global strike" system, which can hit anything on Earth in an hour or less
Technology like this avoids the possibility of getting into a fair fight" with an enemy.

They pretend this is about killing terrorists but really it is about staying technologically ahead of China. Our real enemy.

It is not Fructose...It is religion.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42256829/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/

I apologize to the corn growers. Turns out it was religions fault the whole time. If you want to stay thin stay away from church.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

GM recalling workers so they can lower wages‏

http://www.detnews.com/article/20110324/AUTO01/103240394/

GM is recalling laid off Union workers so they can hurry up and lower the wages of new hires.

During bankruptcy, GM shuttered 11 plants, eliminated four brands and dismissed tens of thousands of workers.

As of December, it employed about 49,000 hourly workers and 28,000 salaried employees. At its peak, in 1979, GM employed 618,000.

GM has gotten rid of 541,000 US employees in the last 32 years and the result was bankruptcy. That lesson should be taught at every business school across the country. 541,000 unemployed workers did not buy new GM vehicles. So lay them off if you like but nobody should be surprised when your company files for bankruptcy. There will be a quiz on this tomorrow.

Once all workers are recalled, new hires can be brought in at about half the traditional wage — between $14 and $16 an hour. (Race to the bottom)

Ford has brought more work previously performed by outsiders back into its fold, creating more than 2,000 jobs since 2007. (Good for them)

UAW has success stories at GM, such as shifting work from South Korea to the Lake Orion plant, thereby creating 1,000 U.S. jobs (Good for them. The Union has a lot more work to do to get back to 618,000 employees. I guess you have to start somewhere).

Friday, March 18, 2011

Even The Exxon CEO admits Oil prices are Bullsh*t‏

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gpASrr6qWjpy5YmsyURukse_6TJQ?docId=6193659

"Tillerson pinned the rise in oil prices on the perception of future shortages rather than actual problems. He said traders are pricing in a "risk premium" to account for Libya's political situation. Oil executives in both Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have made similar statements.
At an energy conference in Houston, Youcef Yousfi, the Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines, said, "There is no shortage of oil in the market." (Exactly what I have been saying for the last 11 years. It is all complete bullsh*t)

"When people see that the supply is at a normal level, the price will go down," he said. (The supply is at a normal level and the price isn't going down.)

Tillerson said Exxon Mobil Corp. was recently forced to stop buying Libyan oil because of U.S.-imposed sanctions, yet the company didn't have trouble finding other sources of crude.
"And we're unaware of anyone who is having difficulties." (No supply problem of any kind.)

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/150027-democratic-leaders-want-obama-to-tap-strategic-oil-reserve-as-republicans-see-traction-in-rising-gas-prices

So when Democrats start talking about tapping the strategic reserve to increase the supply they are either naive or lying about what the issue is.

When Republicans start talking about we need more offshore drilling they are also naive or lying.
The only thing that needs to happen is all the speculation need to be removed from the market. No more speculators period. The price is the price and the market should not be a roulette table. Congress should make it a priority to make this illegal.


Too bad I am the only one talking about it. Since I am everyone should enjoy the $3.80 gallon of gas.

GM closing plants because of Japan‏

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/18/gm-plant-idUSN1726229920110318

More proof that JIT (Just in time) is a very bad business model. It only works if there are never any issues. Of course there are always issues which is why who ever came up with the idea should be fired.

If GM was smart they wouldn't wait for the 10,000 years it is going to take for Japan to no longer be radioactive. Instead they should start planning to manufacture these parts in the USA. There are millions of unemployed Americans who would love to go work for GM. This is their opportunity.

Of course they won't do that.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Don't worry they are going to hook up External power‏

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0316/Japan-nears-key-fix-for-nuclear-plant-but-could-it-come-too-late

They are going to hook up external power to run crucial pumps........ Look at the picture in this story. Where exactly are they going to hook up the power? There have been multiple hydrogen explosions. The infrastructure of these reactors have been decimated. Fuel rods are out of water and exposed to the outside. What kinda fairy tale bullsh*t are they talking about? They are dropping water from helicopters and not even coming close.

I heard on the news that if these things heat up they can get above 10,000 degrees. Water boils at 212. Think about it. This whole situation is so far out of control it makes Chernobyl look like a day at the park.

"the utility faces a long road to what several nuclear engineering specialists say will be the eventual closure of the plant."

You fricken think? That is some expert analysis they got going on.

Japans disaster is GE's Fault‏

As a follow up thought.......

Now everyone should clearly understand why Obama is pushing so hard for Nuclear Power. I didn't even know GE made reactors, but now that I do it is very clear why it is such a priority for Obama to push it through as fast as possible.

His BFF is counting on him.

He better hurry up because the tide is quickly turning. http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2011-03-17-rw_nukepoll14_ST_N.htm?csp=34news

Japans disaster is GE's Fault

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/-/wa/9022650/ge-boss-quizzed-on-japan-crisis/

Jeffrey Immelt (head of President Obamas task force on American unemployment) is currently in Australia investing 80 Million dollars to create jobs down there. When it comes to creating new jobs everywhere except America Mr. Immelt is a champ. Good thing Obama put him in charge.

He is in the news (again) because it is his company that is responsible for the crappy Nuclear Reactors currently all melting down in Japan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16contain.html

The Giants unbelievable Gall‏

On March 4th The Giants were pushing their ridiculous PSL's and inflated ticket prices on the fans. Quick send the Giants your money for games that might not even be played. That shouldn't stop you from writing them a check for tens of thousands of dollars.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Giants-hawking-PSLs-at-the-wrong-time.html

If you’re interested in those PSL’s, they’re available in three price ranges: $7,500, $12,500 and $20,000 per seat. Tickets for those seats then range from $400 to $500 to $700 per game. Do the math real quick and that’s $11,500 for one seat to 10 home games in 2011 on the low range. On the high range, you’re looking at $27,000. Who said the owners weren’t making enough money?

On March 15 The Giants owner apologized to the fans for the work stoppage. A work stoppage that they created by opting out of the current CBA and locking out the players.
http://online.wsj.com/article/AP1d10d6af2e71430f8dde2db7764bb614.html

On March 16th the owner of the Giants rips the players for being unreasonable in not wanting to make less money. How dare them. How dare them not agree to make less money for a team currently raping their fans for $27,000. Then pleading poverty. The nerve.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2011/03/16/2011-03-16_new_york_giants_coowner_john_mara_rips_players_union_tactics_says_nflpa_is_court.html

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nuclear Power in The USA is full speed ahead.‏

In German they get it. "Hey look there is this monumental disaster happening over in Japan. Maybe we should review our situation and make sure everything is all set."

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7024700323?Germany%20to%20shut%20down%20seven%20nuclear%20plants%20for%20safety%20review#

In the USA no such intelligence exists. F*ck it..... lets keep the ball rolling. No point in staring at Japan. There is nothing to be learned over there. Full speed ahead. Obama is in the pocket of big business and the almighty dollar waits for no one. Especially not safety concerns.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/15/nuclear-usa-idUSN1526586520110315

Not like there are ever any safety concerns in the USA.

Like a month ago in VT http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/90074/

Or a year ago in VT. http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/89067/

Or a year ago in NY. http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/01/08/2010-01-08_nuclear_steam_leak_intentional_response_to_indian_point_plant_shutdown.html

Or 16 years ago in CT. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,984206,00.html

It is always full steam ahead. Got to get those $$$$$$$$

Japans Nuclear Disaster - Not Good‏

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2011/0315/Radiation-exposure-How-big-is-the-threat-in-Japan

On Tuesday, a fire broke out at the fourth reactor and there were reports that the storage pond, holding spent fuel rods, had boiled over. (Not good)

more radiation was released as a result and that "now we are talking about levels that can damage human health." (Not good)

radiation close to the reactors measuring four times higher than the maximum allowable limit of 100,000 microsiverts per hour (Not good)

As of Monday, the plant was emitting as much radiation in one hour as it normally would in six months (Not good)

"The possibility that a large amount of radiation has been released is low." (Huh?)

"If the fuel in the reactors overheats and melts through the bottom of the steel containment vessel, it may reach an underground water source and create much more dangerous radioactive steam." (Not Good)

One of the spent-fuel pools where the used radioactive rods are normally cooled has already released steam. The condition of the pools and their cooling systems after the hydrogen explosions are unknown and experts say that if the pools have been compromised, they could release more radiation than a reactor meltdown. The pools have far more radioactivity than the reactors, and do not have the protection of a containment building. (Not Good)

plutonium particles found in MOX are far more harmful than other emitted elements. With a reported three yards of a MOX fuel rod exposed in one of the reactors, these plutonium particles may be mixing with escaping gasses. (Not good)

IAEA inspector and Swiss nuclear engineer, said he doubted a complete meltdown would happen and that a partial meltdown, such as those that have happened already, "is not a disaster." (Huh? Not a disaster. Really? That is good to know because it all seems like a disaster to me.)

given the potential risks, authorities have evacuated 210,000 residents within a 13-mile radius.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nuclear Power....

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/business/energy-environment/17nukes.html

A year ago Obama was exclaiming the new age of Nuclear Power. Sure there were issues (with safety) in the past but that was 25 years ago.

Today everything is safe. Don't worry about nothing. It is all good.

Just look at how safe Nuclear power is in 2011.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/13/japan.nuclear.reactors/

Explosions, Meltdowns, Nuclear radiation escaping. Pumping sea water as a last resort. Sounds awesome. What could be safer.

You can be sure whatever Japan is saying today will be much, much, much worse when the real facts come out.

It is always worse then they first admit.

Just like the BP oil spill. Obama says off shore drilling is safe. Then there is a spill. Just a little spill. Ok it is a little bigger then we first thought. Ok it is really big. OK we can't control it at all. Ok it is the biggest spill the world has ever seen.

Here we go with Nuclear power.

Obama has to learn everything the hard way.

If he just stuck with his campaign promise of Solar panels and windmills. Nope it is offshore drilling and nuclear power plants.

The only lucky part is this instance is in Japan. It could very easily be here. Earthquakes happen in the US too. Power goes out. Backup generators fail and the meltdown begins.
Awesome!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Oil - The never ending scam‏

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/09/us-markets-global-idUSTRE71H0EB20110309

Oil is going up and up and up and up because everyone is sooooo concerned about the 2% worlds supply coming out of Libya. How will they ever make up that 2%.

What is even more appalling is predictions for Oil back in December were they would keep going up. Back in December there was nothing going in in Libya or Egypt. It was all quiet and yet everyone had prices skyrocketing. ("Everyone" being the masters of the universe at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan)

http://www.liveoilprices.co.uk/oil/oil_prices/12/2010/oil-price-forecast-for-2011-will-oil-hit-150-by-summer.html

"Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and other large banks are forecasting higher oil prices in 2011. In fact, it’s hard to find any trader or analyst that expects oil prices to head lower anytime soon."

"Our point of view is that oil futures will remain bullish and may well see $100 a barrel in the first trading week of January 2011. Shocking that over $100 is exactly what has happened.
Libya is just a nice excuse. If it wasn't Libya it would be some other totally unbelievable excuse.
The worst part is that prices are over $100.00 even though supplies are at a record.

So when supply is high, and prices are also high you can be sure the whole thing is bullsh*t.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-09/brent-crude-for-april-rises-on-libya-concern-merrill-lifts-price-forecast.html

"Cushing supplies climbed 1.69 million barrels to 40.3 million last week, the highest level since the Energy Department began gathering data at the hub"

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

9,000 Apps

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9213804/Microsoft_says_Windows_Phone_apps_growing Windows

phone 7 has 9,000 apps. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

They are releasing 100 apps a day. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Apple has 350,000 apps. At this pace it will take Microsoft 9 years to catch up. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH And Apple isn't sitting still. They are movin on.

Microsoft has 32,000 developers who have so far come up with 9,000 apps. Those are some efficient programmers they have over there. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Microsoft paying Nokia 1 Billion‏

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/03/microsoft-paying-nokia-1-billion-to-use-wp7-cheap-at-twice-the-price.ars

Microsoft is paying Nokia 1 Billion Dollars to sell windows phone 7.

"Please....Please sell Windows Phone 7. We will pay you. We will pay you lots and lots of money..... just please sell it. We know it sucks. You know it sucks. The customers know it sucks. But please we are begging you to please sell it."

Can you imagine Verizon asking Steve Jobs for a Billion dollars to sell the iphone. Can you imagine the stare Steve would give right before he burst into laughter.

Verizon was drooling over the opportunity to sell the iPhone. Apple didn't need to pay anything.
Of course Microsoft is a different story. Microsoft is like the Titanic 20 minutes after it hit the iceberg. Everyone knows it's bad but nobody wants to admit it. This is the Titanic...... Greatest ship ever built...... This is Microsoft........ the greatest company in the world.

In the end they will both suffer the same fate.

Wisconsin is broke....But nobody ever mentions why.‏

http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/mar/03/scott-walker/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-says-wisconsin-broke/

So the Governor of Wisconsin says the state is broke and Public employees (teachers) need to pay for the problem.

But nobody ever talks about why Wisconsin is broke.

I bet I could figure it out real quick.

1) What do they do in Wisconsin? Well according to Fortune magazine the biggest company in Wisconsin is Johnson Controls.
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2010/states/WI.html

2) What has Johnson Controls been doing to help the Wisconsin economy?

Oh look they have been closing 10 plants and laying off untold numbers of workers. What a surprise.....
http://www.employmentspectator.com/2009/03/johnson-controls-to-close-10-plants/

3) Then they have been opening up lots of new plants in Communist Red China. I am sure everyone is shocked by this.
http://www.jsonline.com/business/104436798.html
As a reward for helping the local economy Johnson Controls collected hundreds of millions of dollars in Obama stimulus giveaway. http://www.jsonline.com/business/52561282.html
Now you know why Wisconsin is running short on tax revenues. Definitely blame the teachers. It is clearly their fault.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Windows Tablet not till 2012‏

http://www.toptechreviews.net/tech-news/windows-tablets-delay-launch-date-to-2012/

Microsoft delays the release of Windows Tablets to the back-to-school season of 2012. While there’s no official word as to why the company is delaying its tablets release......

I can tell you why. Their low cost replacement programmers half a world away can't multitask. They need to focus on fixing all the glitches to windows phone 7 before they start programming new glitches to their doomed Windows tablet.

Meanwhile over at Apple they just keep pulling away. Leaving all competition in a cloud of choking dust.

Steve Ballmer can barely see the back of Steve Jobs azz as he heads over the horizon and out of sight.

As he hunches' over breathlessly muttering. "They are just too fast...... Can't keep up....Can't breath..... Damn that Steve jobs."

While there are already other iPad competitors in the market today, there’s really no real rival that can dethrone the Apple tablet from its place. Some hoped that Motorola Xoom running on Android Honeycomb would be the one but it shipped without Flash, 4G wireless connectivity and a MicroSD slot.
Apple recently unveiled its iPad 2, which is lighter, thinner and faster than the original. HP’s TouchPad and RIM’s PlayBook are not yet released but it looks like they’ll be battling for second place instead of competing with the iPad.

Windows Phone 7 Even more issues‏

http://www.product-reviews.net/2011/03/07/windows-phone-7-update-error-code-800705b4-on-samsung-omnia-7/

Microsoft had issues. They said they fixed those issues. But there are even more issues. What a surprise.

"Following on from the somewhat embarrassing problems (There is nothing somewhat about it. It is just plain embarrassing) for Microsoft and their first software update for Windows Phone 7 devices, it has been reported that users are still having issues, with Samsung once again coming off the worst."

"It’s not exactly the best advert for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 (You think) as a whole, as who would want to commit to a new handset and contract if software update problems are going to continue?" Which they will. You can bet on it.

Doesn't Microsoft test their sh*t. Isn't testing part of their standard programming protocol. You develop something. You test it. You test it some more. You test every possible scenario. Then when everything passes you put it into production. Don't they know that over their in Bangalore. Maybe someone should teach them the product development lifecycle. I guess when you are always coming from behind (which Microsoft always is) you have to cut corners. The results are evident.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Tom Brokaw telling lies‏....

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41894670/ns/business-consumer_news/

Tom Brokaw.... the once trusted reporter for NBC news. A man with a distinguished career of several decades, is trying to tell us that the reason we have so many unemployed is because we DON'T have enough H1B visas. I saw this story and I felt queasy.

If only we let more genius Indians into the USA they would create more US jobs and everyone would be saved. How did we survive before the H1B.

There he was on the NBC Nightly news spewing these lies. Snap deal would rather be in the USA, paying employees a higher wage, if only there were more visas. It is because there aren't enough that this company is in India. It wouldn't have anything to do with the impoverished wages they have over there. No sir.

I don't know what it is with NBC and their pro India stand. It started with their prime time comedy "Outsourced" (as if there was some humor in sending US jobs to India) and now has trickled into their once respected news cast. (Outsourced btw is about to be cancelled in its first season. America just hasn't gotten the hilarity)

If this keeps up I may have to go see what Katie Couric has going on over at CBS. I mean if I wanted to watch fake news I would watch Fox News. I watch NBC because it is suppose to be honest. Maybe those days have past.

J. I. T.

In the old economy (the one run by smart people who hired Americans and built the biggest, most thriving economy the world has ever seen) companies had warehouses which stocked parts for whatever was being produced. When a part was needed you went out to the warehouse and grabbed it. Then you were back in business.

In the new economy (the one run by total idiots who thrive by laying people off and hiring Communist Chinese, inturn driving the economy into the toilet) there is no warehousing. Everything is J I T - (Just In Time) All the parts arrive right when you need them. (Or so you hope)

UPS is all about J. I. T. with their love of logistics. You see Ben but he sees logistics (Turd)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egDUrL0eby0

a "smarter supply chain".

Sounds fantastic until the supplier burns to the ground, and you have no parts, and no hope of getting parts. That leads to plants shutting down. Oops I bet you wish you had some warehouse now.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Fire-at-parts-factory-forces-apf-2861346832.html?x=0&.v=2"

A fire that closed an auto parts plant near Detroit earlier this week is now having ripple effects on five automakers, forcing two of them to close plants or cut production because they've run short of parts."

How are those logistics working out?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

NFL owners worth 40 Billion and want more‏

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6177574

This guy sounds like me.

Their estimated combined net worth is well over $40 billion, which is more than the GNP of 150 nations. Paul Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks, has a 414-foot yacht called "The Octopus" with two helicopters, two submarines, a swimming pool, a music studio and a basketball court. He also has two backup emergency yachts.

Daniel Snyder? He's worth $1.1 billion and yet, two years ago, the Redskins sued a 73-year-old grandmother for not keeping up on her season-ticket package payments.

Nine NFL owners inherited their teams. There's no easier path to permanent hot-and-cold running jets than your dad handing you an NFL team.

Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, owns an 18-bedroom estate with a three-hole golf course, two-lane bowling alley, two-story recreation center and indoor tennis court.

Stan Kroenke, owner of the St. Louis Rams, owns four homes, four ranches and three vineyards. He once ordered his employees to destroy $3 million in wine because he didn't think it was up to his standards. His wife is a Wal-Mart heiress.

Malcolm Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, once bought a $14 million Palm Beach mansion and never moved into it. He later sold it for $24 million.

Jennifer Lopez, part owner of the Miami Dolphins, has offered to auction off her twins' clothes because they're not allowed to "repeat" outfits.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Incredible Shrinking Paycheck‏

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2050019,00.html

Those geniuses over there at Time Magazine are starting to see the problem.

"A lot of Wall Street data crunching, for example, is now done in India, and the number of high-end strategy jobs in fields like consulting is increasing there too."

"from 2002 to 2008, employment abroad by U.S. multinationals abroad 22.6%, while employment at home increased by a mere 4.9%. What's good for U.S. companies and what's good for U.S. labor and wages are no longer always the same thing. The discrepancy may become an increasingly contentious political issue."

I am pretty sure I have expressed this sentiment over and over and over and over for many years going back well before 2002. Nice to see them catch up.

Their brilliant conclusion is to train for a new job. Unfortunately that is a bunch of pie in the sky. The reality is there are no new jobs. They have all left or will be leaving soon. This nonsense that there are these other jobs (green jobs) that people just don't know about (or aren't trained for) is garbage.

The jobs are the jobs. They are either here or they are in India and China. It is what it is.

Rewarding failure by Johnson and Johnson.....‏

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=13000229

In 2010, J&J's stock fell 4 percent

In its last quarter the company reported a 12 percent drop in profit,

Sales of the company's over-the-counter medicines fell more than 19 percent for the full year.

the company cut Weldon's annual bonus 45 percent to $1.97 million from $3.6 million in 2009. Oooooooh so harsh.

That will teach him. I wish I got a 1.97 Million dollar bonus for f*cking up everything I touch for an entire year.

Recall.... after recall......after recall...... after recall...... No consequences.

I would have told him to pack up his desk and get the f*ck out. But not corporate America.

For 2009, Weldon received total compensation of $25.6 million, which includes stock options, bonuses and other perks. Must be nice!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rajat Gupta Officially Charged‏

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/former-goldman-director-charged-with-insider-trading/

Former head of McKinsey (The company that specializes in taking your job and sending it overseas) and Goldman Sachs Director has been officially charged with insider trading.

Fantastic!

He is going to really enjoy jail.

Republicans want to lay off 700,000 people‏

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/28/AR2011022802634.html

Republicans want to lay off 700,000 workers. That is why you should never vote for Republicans. They fight a fire by dumping gasoline on it. When that fails their solution is to dump even more gasoline.

"the most likely scenario is "a political compromise" that raises the debt limit and "roughly splits the difference between the administration and House Republican proposals with spending cuts in fiscal year 2011 of closer to $30 billion."

30 Billion...... That is what they are looking to save..... No problem. I could save that in 2 seconds.

First please explain why GM pays no taxes. http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2010/11/gms-tax-break-worth-as-much-as-45-billion.html

Once you are done explaining it just close that loop hole. There is 45 Billion in Savings. I saved you 15 billion extra.

Problem solved. And you are welcome!

If you want more savings that is not problem either. Have Obama turn to his left and ask Jeffrey Immelt why his company pays $0.00 US taxes.

http://money.cnn.com/2010/04/16/news/companies/ge_7000_tax_returns/

Then tell him he is going to have to pay his fair share.

You want even more savings...... No problem. Figure out why Ultra Poor Exxon Mobile pays no taxes. http://www.politicolnews.com/exxon-pays-no-taxes-in-usa/

Then close that loop hole too and make them pay their fair share.

See Republicans are always saying corporate taxes need to be dropped. I am not sure how you drop them lower then zero.

The problem here is clear and government workers are not part of it. Corporate America getting a free ride is. These Giant corporations pay nothing into the system and then take out ever chance they get in bail outs and stimulus money.

Fix that problem first.....Then we can talk about what else needs to be done.