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U.S. Treasuries could be rated ‘junk’ in August: Fitch | Economy | Financial Post   Leave a comment

The role that governance plays in our organizations , Institutions and Governments  is under estimated Not only should there be benefial rules but also well defined roles of the representative leadership of the members and stakeholders. In the current case of the US debt ceiling negotioations this model of governance is being put to a key test of its efficiency and effectiveness of its leadership, neotiatiating and decision making abilities.

   “The idea of a brief U.S. default, sometimes called a technical default, has been growing among some members of the Republican Party, who believe it would be an acceptable price to pay if it forces the White House to deal with runaway spending.

Even a so-called ’technical default’ would suggest a crisis of ’governance’from a sovereign credit and rating perspective,” Fitch said in a statement.” ”

via U.S. Treasuries could be rated ‘junk’ in August: Fitch | Economy | Financial Post.

Posted July 16, 2011 by arnoneumann in Governance, USA

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Obama confidant on Murdoch’s misdeeds – The Globe and Mail   Leave a comment

Murdock’s misdeeds…the view from an Obama confidant … and yes , the feeding and the dining at the table of the media slant from Fox  News etc does affect  a certain significant portion of the USA public’s views on political issues.

And they wanted to create a ” Fox News Canada”….

 

“Here’s Mr. Podesta on troubles at a media company that has made a mission out of harassing the U.S. President:

“Fox in particular … is a significant factor in the structure of the dialogue and media in the [United] States … if you look at people’s attitudes by where they get their news from – you can go back to the Iraq war, climate change, a number of factors – regular Fox viewers’ knowledge of just the factual basis of public debates, you see it’s quite different from people who get their news from other sources.

“So there’s no question that it’s been significant in public life and political life in the United States …”

via Obama confidant on Murdoch’s misdeeds – The Globe and Mail.

Posted July 14, 2011 by arnoneumann in Media, Politics, USA

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Vaccination Ruse Used In Pursuit of Bin Laden – NYTimes.com   Leave a comment

Another twist reported in the behind the scenes intelligence gathering re Ossama bin Laden. Quite facinating what glimpses  we get in these reports.

“In the months before Osama bin Laden was killed, the Central Intelligence Agency ran a phony vaccination program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, as a ruse to obtain DNA evidence from members of Bin Laden’s family thought to be holed up in an expansive compound there, according to an American official.

The vaccination program was set up as the C.I.A. was struggling to learn whether Bin Laden was hiding in the compound, and adds a new twist to the months of spy games that preceded the nighttime raid in early May that killed the Qaeda chief.”

via Vaccination Ruse Used In Pursuit of Bin Laden – NYTimes.com.

Posted July 12, 2011 by arnoneumann in USA

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Fixing America’s Economy: Nine Ideas from Around the World – BusinessWeek   Leave a comment

Good public policy does not always have to re-invented. 

 

“It may finally be time for Americans to consider ideas from a place that they don’t usually look to for inspiration: the rest of the planet. The U.S.’s economic predicament does present some unique dilemmas. The Obama Administration has already pushed hard on the levers that countries usually use to get out of a slump, to little discernible effect. Short-term interest rates are near zero and fiscal stimulus is aggressive, judging from a budget deficit of about 10 percent of gross domestic product. David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff & Associates, a Toronto-based wealth-management firm, says of the U.S.: “We’re basically in uncharted territory.”

Maybe so. But there are guideposts that can help point the way out. The U.S., after all, is not the first country to wrestle with how to restart growth despite budget deficits that constrain big-spending solutions. The challenge is how to apply lessons from other countries to shore up American weaknesses, without sacrificing the strengths that make the U.S., for all its troubles, the world’s biggest economy.

To prod the conversation forward, Bloomberg Businessweek scanned the world and found innovative economic ideas in countries as diverse as Germany, Brazil, Singapore, and Thailand that are applicable to America’s mess. The focus was on short-term solutions, but since there aren’t a whole lot of miracle fixes to be had, we also considered some longer-term reforms that create a better environment for years of sustainable growth.

There’s no guarantee that all of these ideas would work in an American context. But it’s clear that some fresh, non-ideological thinking is needed. ”

via Fixing America’s Economy: Nine Ideas from Around the World – BusinessWeek.

Posted July 1, 2011 by arnoneumann in Economic, USA

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Next stop, the food desert: Fresh produce gets on the bus | Grist   Leave a comment

If you had any question that we need creative solutions to get healthy food to people in American cities, watch this. The problem is all too real.

via Next stop, the food desert: Fresh produce gets on the bus | Grist.

Posted June 2, 2011 by arnoneumann in food, USA

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Drugs: High-profile panel urges noncriminal approach to world drug policy – latimes.com   Leave a comment

“Calling the global war on drugs a costly failure, a group of high-profile world leaders is urging the Obama administration and other governments to end “the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but do no harm to others.”

A report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and past presidents of Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, recommends that governments try new ways of legalizing and regulating drugs, especially marijuana, as a way to deny profits to drug cartels.

The recommendation was swiftly dismissed by the Obama administration and the government of Mexico, which are allied in a violent 4 1/2 -year-old crackdown on cartels that has killed more than 38,000 people in Mexico.”

via Drugs: High-profile panel urges noncriminal approach to world drug policy – latimes.com.

No analogy is perfect  but the best precidence shown that this approach        ( suppression of product and repression of person ) does not  work was decades ago … Prohibition in the USA.

Here is the official line : “Making drugs more available — as this report suggests — will make it harderto keep our communities healthy and safe,” said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Although the Obama administration has emphasized a “public health” approach to drug policy, officials have taken a hard line against legalization.

“Legalizing dangerous drugs would be a profound mistake, leading to more use, and more harmful consequences,” drug czar Gil Kerlikowske said this year.

This is some of the rational approach that needs to be heard and considered:

“Vanda Felbab-Brown, a fellow at the Brookings Institution who has examined U.S. drug policy, said the Obama administration has pushed the issue in a “considerably better direction. Nonetheless, she added, “a lot of it stayed at the level of strategy and rhetoric.”

“If [Obama] is going to spend his political capital on something, it won’t be drug policy,” said Felbab-Brown, author of “Shooting Up: Counterinsurgency and the War on Drugs.”

Gaviria, the former Colombian president, said he saw signs of a shift in opinion last year, when Californians voted on a ballot measure that would have legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. Although the measure failed, “people are changing their minds,” he said.

The new report said the world’s approach to limiting drugs, crafted 50 years ago when the United Nations adopted its “Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs,” has failed to cut the supply or use of drugs. The report, citing figures from the world body, said global marijuana consumption rose more than 8% and cocaine use 27% between 1998 and 2008.”

Posted June 1, 2011 by arnoneumann in Drugs, USA

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