Wednesday, July 30, 2003
The United States AssemblyTo consider A third body of the US Congress, an United States Assembly. The ideal number of representatives of a population of 291,650 ,000 is about 17, 078 (the square root of population) (it's math, maybe I misunderstood. It relates to strength of the voter and strength of the assembly. Square root maximizes both) The Constitutional maximum (Art I Sec 2) is population divided by 30,000, or 9721. It should be population over thirty thousand as long as the American population is below, get this, 900,000,000 people. No pay. No authority. Meeting by Internet. It is a form of permanent popular referendum, but classier. It is a popular body that is more proper than polls. Ekections each two years. If a bill passes out of hte Assembly, two year cycle after two year cycle, the upper Houses should consider it, now shouldn't they? No one who does not volunteer their name will appear on the ballot. People over 24 who live in the Congressional District are eligible. 22 are elected per Congressional District. It is entirely Aristocratic-Republican, but it, being the largest body, with the least requirements (24 versus 25 for the U.S. House) it will be the most Democratic. It is a great potential proving ground for future United States House Members (i.e. A person could spend 6 years in the Assembly and 4 in the House before running for the U. S. Senate. It is better than any poll, and the members of the upper two Houses can propse any motion, the Chair of the Assembly will dispose of all motions. The rules of an Internet Assembly must be different than that for a regular Assembly. Motions can not be accepted and ruled upon in the strictly linear fashion that they might in a real-space Assembly. I know many of the other rules. The speaker will have power to control the debate, buit there will be a form of discharge petition. The two leaders for and against the debate can be joined by other factions, can agree on points to further debate, control which of their members peices will join their argument, will control which amendments from their caucus reach the chair. A regular motion can admit a new leader in a debate. The speaker is "attending" to only one debate at a time. If a debate has a quorum, it could "call the chair" Bribing large numbers of these reps will be difficult to conceal. The district is divided by computer algorithm, beginning at a point on the border as directed by the nortthernmost, westernmost GRS-84 point in the distict.
The President and the President's Son, the PresidentOn November 19th, 1999 former President George Herbert Walker Bush said he wanted to avoid being on the Boards of any Corporations, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. I guess sitting on the board of Defense Industry Giant The Carlyle Group during his Son's War doesn't count. A complete switch in position in 4 years that results in a massive windfall to you, as a result of your son's policies, which, not so pleasantly, are involved with the deaths of 10s of thousands of brown people living near oil.
What happens when you have plenty of #1 priorities?"My first concern is for those people who are looking for jobs." --The Honorable President George Walker Bush, at his third press conference, July 29th, 2003 Gregorian. "We, like everyone else at the table, were streched thin in September. The war against terrorism was our number one priority. We had about five number one priorities. And we had to balance what we were doing against all of them.... -- someone from the Intelligence Community, regarding why September 11th could not be stopped. From the 911 page 9/11 report, an edited version of which was made available to the public on or about July 25th, 2003. I thought his first concern was for the war on terrah. And of course his number one priority is education. And, if you check the reality scoreboard, tax cuts are his number one priority.
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Executive Order 13303Halliburton and Bechtel are to be free from any and all lawsuits, in the interests of National Security, as far as any criminal conduct they might engage in, in Al-Iraq. I wonder if knowing they are free from prosecution might have an impact on their behavior Thanks to Big Medicine, W. David Kubiak, who got this article, "An Oily Immunity" from CommonDreams.Org writers Steve Kretzmann and Jim Vallette, analysts with the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network of the Institute for Policy Studies. Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003
I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find that the threat of attachment or other judicial process against the Development Fund for Iraq, Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products, and interests therein, and proceeds, obligations, or any financial instruments of any nature whatsoever arising from or related to the sale or marketing thereof, and interests therein, obstructs the orderly reconstruction of Iraq, the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in the country, and the development of political, administrative, and economic institutions in Iraq. This situation constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.
I, the Lord's President,, find that any judgement or suit against anyone trying to make a buck in Iraq,, prevents even the infants of Iraq, from breathing. This situation constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.
The difference between the craftiness of criminals and the perspicacity of the regulatorsThis used tp be about the details of Enron, Mahonia and JP Morgan. Strangely, all other links to the article, which originally was on reuters.com, have been removed. In the article, a regulator was quoted as saying the malfeasance was an "incredibly complex artifice." Out of context, at least, it made them sound real dumb.
"anywhere on earth, anyone I want dies."It is not civilized. This link should not be clicked by United States Federal goverment workers,including the Armed Forces, for their own protection.
Friday, July 25, 2003
Paul Bremer, on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 "Iraq's state owned enterprises (SOEs) hobbled economic growth, and because they didn't face market discipline [?they were inefficient?]. We have imposed hard budget constraints on these SOEs, and are now doing analysis to see which should be closed immediately." If the Iraqis don't kiss our asses for laying off 100s of thousands of government workers, 100s of thousands of their military personnel, and then starting an austerity program for all of their businesses, well, we should just bomb them until they do. A lot of industry in Iraq was a SOE.