Hmmm.. A Possible Cause for Racism – NOT

29 Sep 2011

This is from the UK

Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nuseries, expert says

… white paper – has also been questioned by Anne O’Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.

Children should be provided with paper other than white to drawn on and paints and crayons should come in “the full range of flesh tones”, reflecting the diversity of the human race, according to the former teacher.

Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer “black” or “brown”.

It continues…

If children develop positive associations with dark colours, the greater the likelihood that the attitude will be generalised to people, it says.

The advice is based on an “anti-bias” approach to education which developed in the United States as part of multiculturalism.

I hope they did not get this from us.

And then there’s this.

What we want for future generations is a sense of self that does not deny everyone else’s sense of self.

She added that helping to develop empathy in children should be central to the curriculum and not an add on or tick box exercise.

“People who are feeling defensive can say ‘well there’s nothing wrong with white paper’, but in reality there could be if you don’t see yourself reflected in the things around you,” she said.

“As an early years teacher, the minute you start thinking, ‘well actually, if I give everyone green paper, what happens’, you have a teaching potential.

I needed a good laugh today. Thanks UK.


Bank of America to Start Charging Debit Purchase Fee

29 Sep 2011

Bank of America to charge $5 debit card fee

Bank of America plans to start charging customers a $5 monthly fee for using their debit card for purchases.

The fee will be rolled out starting early next year.


Anne Pace, a Bank of America Corp. spokeswoman, said Thursday that customers will only be charged the fee if they use their debit cards for purchases in any given month. Customers won’t be charged if they only use their cards at an ATM.

The fee will apply to basic accounts and will be in addition to any monthly fees
customers are already being charged.

The return of the check book is near.

Or maybe there’s another option.


Census 2010: Number of same sex married couples inflated by 160%

29 Sep 2011

Federal government inflated census figures for same-sex married couples

The 2010 census overestimated the number of households with same-sex married couples by more than 160%, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday.


The inconsistency apparently occurred because residents may have checked the wrong box when responding to questions about their relationship to the householder and the sex of each person living there.


The 2010 census first reported that there were 349,377 same-sex married-couple households and 552,620 same-sex unmarried-partner households across the country.

On Tuesday officials said they had revised the count to 131,729 same-sex married-couple and 514,735 same-sex unmarried-partner households.

It’s always someone else’s fault, isn’t it?


In Context – LightSquared

22 Sep 2011

2011.09.21 – LightSquared: Obama’s Dangerous Broadband Boondoggle [National Review]
2011.09.21 – Soros turns up in Obama’s LightSquared imbroglio [Wash. Examiner]
2011.09.20 – Issa to launch probe of Obama actions on Solyndra, LightSquared [The Hill]
2011.09.20 – Politically-connected LightSquared pushes wireless Internet plan despite GPS concerns [Center for Public Integrity]
2011.09.19 – White House’s Testimony ‘Guidance’ [The Daily Beast]
2011.09.16 – Emails show wireless firm’s communications with White House as campaign donations were made [Center for Public Integrity]
2011.09.15 – White House Pressure for a Donor? [The Daily Beast]
2011.03.16 – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski “The Clock is Ticking” – Remarks on Broadband [US FCC]
2010.11.13 – Authorities Probe a Top Hedge Fund [Wall St. Journal]
2010.09.23 – E-mail from LightSquared lawyer Henry Goldberg [Document Cloud]
2010.09.23 – E-mail from LightSquared rep Dave Kumar [Document Cloud]
2010.07.17 – Philip Falcone – Campaign Donations [News Meat]
2010.04.12 – FCC – JOINT OPPOSITION TO PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION OF AT&T INC. AND TO PETITION FOR PARTIAL RECONSIDERATION OF VERIZON WIRELESS [US FCC]
2007.03.07 – Obama Says His Investments Presented No Conflicts of Interest [NY Times]


In Context – Solyndra

22 Sep 2011

2011.12.26 – Solyndra docs: Politics infused energy programs [CBS News]
2011.12.01 – The Solyndra Scandal’s Key Players [National Review]
2011.10.13 – Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison resigns [Washington Post]
2011.10.07 – Warning about legality came from within Obama administration [Wash. Post]
2011.10.07 – Obama Fundraiser Pressed on Solyndra Aid at Energy Department, E-Mails Say [Bloomberg]
2011.10.06 – Wall Street Corruption, Solyndra, and Fast & Furious: Today’s Q’s for O – 10/6/2011 [ABC News]
2011.10.06 – Amid Solyndra controversy, head of federal loan program resigns [Wah. Post]
2011.10.05 – E-mails show Energy Department was moving toward second loan for Solyndra [Wash.Post]
2011.10.05 – Obama blames career bureaucrats for Solyndra loan [Wash. Examiner]
2011.10.03 – Obama was advised against visiting Solyndra after financial warnings [Wash. Post]
2011.09.29 – Chu takes responsibility for a loan deal that put more taxpayer money at risk in Solyndra [Wash. Post]
2011.09.29 – Obama Fundraisers Tied to Green Firms That Got Federal Cash [ABC News]
2011.09.28 – Solyndra violated loan terms in 2010 but got more federal money, DOE confirms [Wash. Post]
2011.09.22 – Solyndra employees: Company suffered from mismanagement, heavy spending [Wash. Post]
2011.09.22 – Solyndra Deal Violates ‘Fundamental Laws of Economics’ [Fox News, Cong. Ryan]
2011.09.20 – Law firms representing Solyndra executives are major Democratic donors [Yahoo/Daily Caller]
2011.09.19 – House Judiciary chair: Justice should probe Solyndra bankruptcy [Wash. Post]
2011.09.19 – Skipping safeguards, officials rushed benefit to a politically-connected energy company [Center for Public Integrity, updated from 2011.05.24]
2011.09.08 – FBI searches offices of Solyndra; lawmakers say they were misled about firm’s finances [Wash. Post]
2011.09.02 – Solyndra Filing a Disaster for Obama [NBC Bay Area]
2011.09.02 – Solyndra to Declare Bankruptcy [NBC Bay Area]
2011.09.01 – Obama Stands by Renewable-Energy Aid After Panel Maker Solyndra’s Failure [Bloomberg]
2011.09.01 – Bankrupt solar company with fed backing has cozy ties to Obama admin [Daily Caller]
2011.08.31 – China’s solar rise seen in Solyndra’s fall [EE Times]
2011.08.31 – Solyndra Suspends Operations to Evaluate Reorganization Options [Solyndra]
2011.08.19 – Chris Gronet Takes on Advisory Role for Solyndra [Solyndra]
2011.07.14 – Lawmakers seek White House documents on Solyndra loan guarantee [Wash. Post]
2011.06.25 – Obama’s focus on visiting clean-tech companies raises questions [Wash. Post]
2010.07.xx – GAO Report – Further Actions Are Needed to Improve DOE’s Ability to Evaluate and Implement the Loan Guarantee Program [US GAO]
2010.07.10 – Our Tough-Luck President [Barrons]
2010.05.26 – Remarks by the President on the Economy at Solyndra [The White House]
2010.05.26 – Obama at Solyndra: I’ll Fight to Pass A Climate Bill This Year [GigaOM]
2009.03.21 – U.S. Offers $535 Million Loan Toward Solar Energy Plant [Wash. Post]


Dept. of Labor Files Minority Hiring Lawsuit

13 Sep 2011

US Labor Department files complaint against Colorado-based cheese producer for discriminating against minority job applicants at California facility

This is Jesse Jackson shakedown tactics on steroids.

A competency test was given involving “math, workplace observation and information location skills related to the essential functions of on-call laborers.” 72% of whites pass the competency test. 49% of minorities pass the same test. Therefore, the test is racist – so the government sues.

The government can sue because the company has a $5 million contract with the government supplying mozzarella cheese to the Farm Services Agency.

The government is using Executive Order 11426, signed in 1965 by President Johnson, as the basis for this lawsuit. The order “prohibits federal contractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”

So is this the way the government is handling high minority unemployment? By funneling minorities into jobs they may not be qualified to do?

More attacks on business. More division of interests where minorities are put against non-minority interests. Instead of creating an environment where more businesses can exists, the administration tries to favor his supporters and punish others.


Popular Mechanics Study on 9/11

12 Sep 2011

Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report

The following content is from an in-depth investigation of the conspiracy theories surround the attacks of 9/11, which was published in the March 2005 issue of Popular Mechanics. That cover story was expanded and published in August 2006 as a book titled Debunking 9/11 Myths. The fully revised and updated 2011 edition of the book is now on sale.

Just posting for information.