The Tale of 2 Countries

WWII ended with Japan cities being devastated.  What has happened since then, both in Japan and in the USA?

I seem to recall being told that radiation lasts thousands of years. 

HIROSHIMA JAPAN   1945

 


 


 

  We all know that   Hiroshima   and   Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after the explosion of atomic bombs.  However, we know little about the progress made by the people of that land  during the past 65 years.


HIROSHIMA   – 65 YEARS LATER

   
 

 

   

   

   

   

 

   

   

 

 America….. Where unions destroy industries and jobs, while corrupted politicians substitute government welfare for those jobs, inviting wide dependency for hand outs for their “livelihood”.  You have eyes- use them to discern the fallout that always follows elitist, liberal social engineering policy and Union distortion of free markets.  The entire community where unions are allowed to dominate become ghetto’s, driving jobs overseas and bringing the next set of parasites.. corrupt politicians who “help” by creating an entire community that becomes welfare dependent, bring even more despair, crime and social backwardness.

 
DETROIT– 65  YEARS AFTER HIROSHIMA

   
 

   
 

   
 

   
 

 

   
 

   
 

   

What has caused more long term destruction… the  A-bomb, or U. S.  Government welfare programs created to buy the votes of those who want someone to take care of them?

            
Japan  does not have a welfare system.

The Stunning Contrast between Tea Party and ‘Occupy’ Protestors –

The Stunning Contrast between Tea Party and ‘Occupy’ Protestors

By Bobby Eberle

The media love to portray members of the Tea Party movement as out-of-touch hicks who are racist and only care about themselves. News outlets tried so hard to find something bad to report at Tea Party rallies, but try as they might, they couldn’t. Contrast this with the filth, crime, and vulgarities that often accompany ‘Occupy’ protests, and one wonders where all the news coverage is.

Check out this post from The Blaze in which they report on the hundreds of Occupy Oakland protestors who were arrested when they clashed with police officers.

Police Sgt. Christopher Bolton said the arrests came after protesters marched through downtown Oakland a little before 8 p.m. Saturday, with some of them entering a YMCA building.

At different moments on the livestream video, protestors could be heard yelling “Kill the police” and “F**k the police.”

The Christian Science Monitor reports that 300 protestors were arrested following incidents in which “Occupy Oakland demonstrators broke into the historic building and burned a U.S. flag.”

Saturday’s protests – the most turbulent since Oakland police forcefully dismantled an Occupy encampment in November – came just days after the group said it planned to use a vacant building as a social center and political hub and threatened to try to shut down the port, occupy the airport and take over City Hall.

An exasperated Mayor Jean Quan, who faced heavy criticism for the police action last fall, called on the Occupy movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground.”

It’s amazing how these protestors are portrayed and how the media tries to spin them as some kind of freedom fighters. Just look at the story at CNN.com. First, the opening paragraph has this line: “the culmination of protests Saturday that saw police and protesters trade allegations over who was responsible for clashes.” By writing it in this way, the attempt is made to put the “Occupy” protestors on equal footing with law enforcement. There’s a clash. There are allegations. Maybe the police are right; maybe the protestors are right. That’s how they spin it.

Then, the very next paragraph reads: “Undeterred, the protesters — who remained on the street early Sunday morning — said they will forge ahead with a planned “Rise Up Festival” at an area park later in the day.”

Undeterred? As if the police were somehow the ones in the way of progress??? Come on! And, of course, the protestors will “forge ahead” with even more protests. The bias is just so blatant.

At least the local video report on the CNN site appears more balanced:

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=us/2012/01/29/dnt-ca-occupy-oakland.ktvu

The “Occupy” protestors need to go home and grow up. “People not profit” might be a good slogan, but without business making money, there are NO jobs! These people should take a good look at the Tea Party movement and see what can happen through the power of a strong message and peaceful demonstrations.

From “The Loft”.. Any rational observer, with a thimbleful of discernment, can determine that the “occupy” squatters/social misfits embrace the old, familiar tactics of Marxism, Alinsky, and Obama supported self destruction. The Occupy movement is an good example of the hate filled, destructive core “values” that define this small group of rabble that should be held to account for their willful and increasingly hateful personal assaults, abuse of personal and public property, and flagrant disregard for respect for honest and reasoned debate. Because they cannot win the war of ideas, mobs like this resort to violence, anti social behavior of all kinds and complete disrespect for rational dialogue. It’s time we end this menace. While Obama is in office, this sort of radical, coordinated domestic terror will be encouraged and supported by the Eric Hoder/Obama “Marxist change machine”..

Monopoly government labor unions

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Union Goons continue their effort to use mobs to impose their outrageous “demands”. When will America stop slumbering and say enough is enough? This vermin attracts and encourages intimidation over true negotiation.. They are like playground bullies that must be turn away at the door so civilized society can function free of the poisonous, decaying infection desperately trying to stay relevant in an America that years for freedom..not mob rule.

Children, Teachers, and Monopoly Labor Unions…

American student scholastic performance, as compared to the rest of the world, has been declining for 4 decades. Today, the USA is second among all countries in spending per student.

In fact, spending on “education” has mushroomed! Skyrocketed! Exploded!

Now, in the real world, decades of increased spending by an organization has a reason. We expect the investment to pay off. And if it doesn’t, we re-evaluate our goals, procedures, expectations and personnel who are charged with getting the job done. The education establishment resists all of that, especially since the monopoly labor unions have taken over the monopolistic “public education” industry. The labor unions reward mediocrity and give lip service to real innovation- innovation that is deemed to be a threat to union perceived interests.

Since monopoly labor unions have gained control (National Education Association), assuring mediocrity has trumped the old fashioned idea that we should reward our best performers. American education (specifically the public school system) has become a social “re-engineering” cess pool where academic excellence has become secondary to leftist social/political indoctrination. When American students performance is compared to students from around the world, the results are clear- our students are failing..badly. American schools have become over run by leftists, overpowered by leftist union organizers (ala Saul Aliinsky) and left to do there deeds on our next generation due to a passive and uncaring generation of parents who have been “dumbed down” themselves by this system for at least two generation now.

Read this report for details concerning the decline of American education

Here is a particularly telling observation from someone who knows a bit about the problem..

from “The Blaze”:

A recently “outed” teacher union manual is just another example of the mountain of evidence supporting the fact that monopoly labor unions are denying our childern the education they deserve, considering the enormous tax burden we have applied to this industry.

Revealed: Michigan Union Manual Instructs Teachers on How to Use Children as ‘Propaganda

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 4:03pm by Becket Adams

“For more than two years, the Michigan Education Association [MEA] has had a manual that urges its members to use students as propaganda in contract negotiations and also lays out how to organize strikes,” writes Tome Gantert of Michigan Capitol Confidential.

Considering the fact that teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan, some may find it odd that the MEA has been encouraging this sort of behavior. In fact, the MEA has done a lot more than just “encourage” potentially illegal activity. As Gantert reports, the organization produced an anonymously written 28-page manual titled, “Building Full Capacity Locals — Crisis Planning, It’s Never Too Early…”

While much of the rhetoric in this “crisis planning” handbook is unsettling (”The worst time to plan for a crisis is when you are in the middle of one, so crisis planning should commence at the same time that planning for actual bargaining begins”), perhaps the most disturbing moment occurs when one section appears to quote almost verbatim Saul Alinksy’s “Rules For Radicals.

Alinsky instructs his followers to “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Likewise, the MEA manual instructs teachers to “Pick a target—personalize—and polarize the opposition [pg. 17].” And those are just the verbatim quotes; the entire manual is a handbook for creating, managing, and profiting from crises. (Actually, Rules For Radicals” is one of the few books sold and featured on the NEA union website.)

Representatives of the MEA were unavailable for comment when The Blaze contacted them for more information.

“What’s really troubling about this publication isn’t what’s inside, it’s right there on the cover. This organization has decided it is above the law that has empowered them so much in so many other ways,” said Paul Kersey, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, according to the Michigan Capitol Confidential article.

“We have given them the authority to represent employees who individually may not support them, and to collect dues and agency fees from them and have them fired if they refuse. But the union does not feel it is bound by the law’s prohibition of government strikes,” he said.

The manual states that the “MEA…supports and defends its members who engage in a strike,” which, again, is illegal in Michigan.

But if an out-and-out strike isn’t your thing, don’t worry! With a variety of passive aggressive protest methods, the manual has you covered. One of the passive methods suggested by the MEA is “Work-To-Rule” actions where employees refuse to do anything outside of what is included in their contract.

“Understand that a local is limited only by its collective imagination when it comes to specific work-to-rule actions,” the manual states. “If you carefully examine your contract you will probably find a number of work-to-rule opportunities. Keep in mind, however, that you don’t want to violate the contract or past practice; you want to adhere to it … exactly!”

And of course, what union protest would be complete without the exploitation of children in the bargaining process?

“In terms of a bargaining message, the public responds most positively when we talk about children, quality in the classroom and the future,” the MEA manual states. “There may come a time when it’s appropriate to talk about money and benefits, but lay the groundwork first.

The manual even suggests one slogan that it claims has worked for other locals: “It’s not about dollars and cents; it’s about our children.”

See the Entire Manual Here.

More articles concerning teachers, unions, and education.

 

 

Energy Scam.. change in the wind?

The Great Renewable Energy Scam: Is There A Change in the Wind?

by Patrick J. Michaels

 

This article appeared in Forbes.com on January 19, 2012.

 

 

People don’t like being forced to purchase things they may not want, which is why over half of us are hoping that the Supreme Court throws out the individual insurance mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

There’s also a worldwide rebellion brewing against being forced to purchase expensive electricity produced by so-called “renewable” sources, now being exacerbated by the availability of very cheap natural gas from shale formations.

But, here in the U.S. there are some 30 different statewide “renewable portfolio standards” (RPSs) that also mandate pricey power, usually under the guise of fighting dreaded global warming.

RPSs command tha. a certain percentage of electricity has to come from wind, solar, geothermal, or biomass. Given that this power generally costs a lot more than what comes from a modern coal or gas plant, your local utility passes the cost on in the form of higher bills, which the various state utility commissions are only too happy to approve in the name of saving the planet.

When are governments going to learn that they ought to butt out of the energy business?

RPSs generally do not include hydroelectric power, which produces no carbon dioxide. It’s also much more predictable than solar or wind, and costs about the same as the average for gas and coal combined. It’s not in the portfolio standards because dams are soooo 20th century, and it isn’t a darling of the green lobby, like solar, wind and biomass. But hydro can deliver more juice than solar is ever likely to.

Nor do RPSs allow for natural gas. There are massive quantities in shale formations around the country, and new horizontal drilling techniques are releasing so much of it that it is now the cheapest source of electrical power. If our environmentalist friends were at all serious about climate change, they would enthuse over it becaus. it produces significantly less carbon dioxide than an equivalent quantity of coal when used for power generation. Instead, they are horrified that cheap gas will destroy solar and wind.

Their worries are quite well-founded. In November, NextEra Energy, the country’s largest wind-energy producer, said it would develop no new wind projects this year, as utilities sell cheaper gas power.

 

Patrick J. Michaels is a Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies at the Cato Institute.

More by Patrick J. Michaels

When are governments going to learn that they ought to butt out of the energy business? RPSs that specify certain technologies are essentially picking winners and losers based more upon political pull than market logic.

One needs to look no further than ethanol as a motor fuel, mandated by the feds. Sold as “renewable” and reducing pernicious carbon dioxide emissions, it actually produces more in its life cycle than simply burning an equivalent amount of gasoline. It also—unconscionably—consumes 40% of U.S. corn production, and we are the by far the world’s largest producer of this important basic food.

The popular revulsion against ethanol has succeeded in cutting its massive federal subsidy, of $0.54 per gallon, which ran out on Dec. 31. But that doesn’t stop the federal mandate. Last year it was for roughly 14 billion gallons from corn and it will be nearly 15 billion in 2012. By 2022, up to 20 billion gallons will be required — all from corn — unless there is a breakthrough in so-called “cellulosic” ethanol, which, no matter how much money the government throws at it, hasn’t happened. Indeed, the largest cellulosic plant, Range Fuels, in Camilla, Ga., just went bankrupt. The loss to American taxpayers appears to be about $120 million, or about 25% of a Solyndra.

Don’t expect Congress to zero the ethanol mandate anytime soon. Farm country tends to be conservative on pretty much everything except propping up corn prices, which is what ethanol mandates do.

Having seen the ethanol debacle, will the states put solar and wind in their rightful (small) niches by repealing the RPSs? Increasing utility bills with renewable mandates is politically dangerous, and there is less and less political will to subsidize and otherwise prop up energy sources and technologies that cost too much.

Look for a movement in the many state legislatures that approved the outrageous RPSs without asking people how they liked being forced to buy something they don’t want. Or will cheaper natural gas and hydro be allowed in the standards in the place of wind and solar? There is likely to be some legislation introduced this year and a lot more in the future, as the U.S. catches on to the great renewable energy scam.