Interesting Items 12/29 - by Alex Gimarc
Monday, Dec. 29, 2008
Interesting Items 12/29 -
Howdy all, a few Interesting Items for your information. Enjoy -
In this issue:
3. Global Warming
4. Silicon Valley
1. Correction. Got some feedback last week regarding my paragraph on native suicides in Bush Alaska. The correspondent has been studying the issue for decades and points out that high suicide rates among the Eskimo is nothing new. And there is no issue with modernization, as it has been going on for over 40 years. What is going on is the devaluing of the native male via the Nanny State , hiring practices that hire females first, and an increase in anti-white sentiment in the Bush. They are being transformed into wards of the state, not unlike the inner city poor. The correspondent then ends with the observation that the problem in the Bush is the abandonment of classical western cultural values by those that implement and practice the politically correct Nanny State . Thank you for the additional information and correction. It appears I was sucked in by one of the ADN's periodic ‘Everything’s awful in the Bush and it’s all your fault’ articles.
2. Stevens. A senior FBI agent who worked with the FBI and the Justice Department during the Stevens investigation and trial filed a complaint with the federal court overseeing the trial and investigation alleging significant malfeasance among investigators and prosecutors handling the case. Among the complaints were allegations that the investigators had gotten too close to the prosecution’s main witness, Bill Allen, who famously said he would say and do anything to protect his family from prosecution. The whistle blower also accused at least two investigators of intentionally violating standing Justice Department policies during the investigation and trial. The whistle blower said that investigators had received multiple items of value from “sources cooperating in the investigation” – which was essentially what Senator Stevens was convicted of doing and not reporting. The report, which was handed to the presiding Judge Sullivan on December 11, tends to support Stevens defense allegations of investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in the trial. The prosecution tried to keep the report secret, but was overruled by the judge. The Court and the Justice Department will investigate this mess. Stevens’ lawyers are demanding that the feds immediately drop all charges, and that the conviction be thrown out, or at least a mistrial ordered and new trial scheduled. This poses an interesting problem for the feds, as all of their recent successful prosecutions of sitting legislators here in Alaska have relied to some extent on Bill Allen shilling for them. Should their malfeasance in the investigation and prosecution of Ted Stevens be proven, it will put all those other plea bargains and convictions at risk. This is particularly troubling, as it demonstrates that the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department is corrupt, and has knowingly prosecuted an innocent man. It also puts newly elected US Senator Mark Begich (D, AK) in something of a difficult position, as his single issue during his campaign was Stevens’ legal troubles, and the single reason he bested Stevens in November was due to the conviction, which taints his victory. There is reportedly at least one state legislator here in Alaska looking into the possibility that if someone is wrongly indicted and convicted and loses an election because of it, the state will order a special election after wards. I don’t think that will fly very far, but it is pleasant to contemplate and a lot of fun to watch. This makes the democrats look really, really bad up here, having stolen a US Senate seat via wrongful prosecution. And if they can do it to the most powerful sitting Republican in the Senate, they can do it to anyone. ADN, Sun.
3. Global Warming. This week’s global warming story comes out of US Global Warming meeting in Poland . Participants in this scare were Canadian Native leaders who claimed that caribou numbers were dropping due to the effects of manmade global warming. Perhaps they should have looked westward across the border into Alaska , where caribou numbers have more than tripled over the last three decades on the Alaskan North Slope. The reason for that massive increase in caribou numbers is the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. Apparently there is not enough oil and natural gas exploration on the Canadian North Slope on the traditional native grounds. ADN, Thurs.
4. Silicon Valley . One of the new sources of democrat cash has been the successful entrepreneurs and new billionaires out of Silicon Valley . A WSJ article last Monday describes how new regulations and government reporting requirements are strangling the Golden Goose, making it extremely difficult for new companies to start up. As usual, government intrusion in the marketplace tends to limit innovation, move effort, money and resources from innovation and competition to satisfy government paperwork, reporting and compliance requirements. In the effort to prevent yet another Enron, congress passed Sarbanes – Oxley, which loaded an enormous batch of reporting, analysis, auditing and other paperwork onto publicly traded businesses. It takes a lot of time and energy to properly complete all those requirements. Result? In 2006, there were only six new Silicon Valley companies going public (IPO, Initial Public Offering). Compare this with 1999 with 269; 1996 with 272; and 1986 with 365. We are not running out of entrepreneurship or innovation. We are burying them in paper. LGF, Tues.
5. Intelligence. Ed Morrissey in Hot Air Friday wrote about an improved intelligence gathering effort in the tribal areas of eastern Afghanistan . It seems the CIA has figured out what to offer tribal chieftains to encourage their support and to improve intelligence gathering activities. The vehicle for this increased support? The little blue pill; Viva Viagra!
6. Holdren. Obama nominated Harvard Professor John Holdren as his science adviser last week. Holdren is an acolyte of Limits to Growth guru Paul Erlich, and has co-authored at least two books with him. Erlich was famous in past decades for running around the nation preaching doom and gloom and blaming it all on the number of human beings trashing the planet and using up all the resources. He lost a number of bets predicting future scarcity and prices of various natural resources with Julian Simon, and was thoroughly discredited. Unfortunately, Holdren is completely on board with Erlich’s views and will bring them into the Executive Branch with him. Additionally, Holdren is one of the leading proponents of politicizing science, something we are sadly seeing with the global warming garbage, where those researchers that are producing results in support of manmade global warming keep getting federal grant money and those that don’t, don’t. Having a guy in charge of the federally funded science apparatus who believes that there are too many people, that economic growth is unsustainable, and that the world is out of resources is one of the best ways I know of to completely destroy that apparatus – which may not be all that bad of an outcome after all. But there will be a lot of wasted money while this thing dies. Hot Air, Weds.
7. Seattle . There are some very real costs to be paid when a government chooses to worship at the altar of the environmental gods (these are lesser gods). The latest example comes out of Seattle , which got slammed with a pretty large snow storm last week. In most northern cities, the municipal response is to plow the roads down to the road surface, and then distribute some combination of salts, sand and gravel in and near intersections so that vehicles in motion don’t do the ballistic routine on the ice and keep on going in a straight line when they are supposed to turn or stop. Seattle has chosen another path, that of only plowing down to the point where the road surface is hard packed snow (white – or not so white ice) so the roads are passable via four wheel drive vehicles or those with chains. Seattle doesn’t get enough snow every year for local drivers to have to switch over to studded snow tires. The reason for this decision is that they didn’t want to befoul the ocean water surrounding Seattle with dirty, salty runoff when the snow melts. Imagine that: the City Fathers would rather have drivers plowing into one another at all speeds on ice streets than discharge dirty salty water into dirty salty water. Your tax dollars at work and your insurance payments on the way up.
8. Lott. Professor John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime” published in 2000 gave some insights into his interactions with Barack Obama last week in an interview on Dennis Prager’s radio show. Lott and Obama were at the University of Chicago as Professors for a while and their paths crossed several times. Lott said that Obama told him that he did not believe that people had the right to own guns of any kind. And Lott observed that Obama tends to greatly dislike anyone who he disagrees with, up to and including refusing to even discuss differences in opinion. Obama simply turned and walked away after Lott offered to discuss their different gun control views. Interesting observations, as it will be difficult for Obama to hide these things for an entire four years while in office. Add to this his complete lack of a sense of humor, and he will be a lot of fun to watch over the years. We have already seen it during his vacation in Hawaii over the last week or so.
More later -
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