Monthly Archives: March 2013

국회원의 재산이 계속 늘어나고 있다

우리 모두 아시다시피 국회원의 재산이 물론 늘어난다:

국회의원 10명중 7명은 지난해 경제 불황 속에서도 재산이 늘어났습니다.

국회 공직자윤리위원회가 공개한 2012년 국회의원 재산변동 신고내역에 따르면 전체 의원 296명 가운데 71.6%인 212명의 재산이 늘었습니다.

MBC뉴스

사회 규칙을 잘 알면 그 규칙을 오용할 수 있잖아요? 온라인게임처럼 이다. 어떤 사람들은 규칙을 잘 아니까 악오나 해킹같은 것을 하고 계속 이기는다.

경제가똑같다.

어려운 경제에 관한 규정들은 왜 있을까? 우리가 더 공정하게 경제하기위한 일이냐? 물론 그 것이 아니다. 부자들이 계속 부자로 살기 위한 것이다.

미국에도 영업하기 위해 규칙이 많다. 이유는 소-중기업들이 시작하기 매우 힘들고 이익을 얻기 위해 힘들다. 대기업만 경쟁할 수 있는 시장이 만들기 위해 규직을 세운다. 이 것도 ‘순수한 자본주의’ 아니고 단지 부자들 위한 법이고 자기 자신의 힘과 영향을 보존하기 위한 법들이다.

멸종위기 흰 소 ‘체세포 복제’

내가 보통 과도한 과학적인 것을 싫다. 이유는 단지 나에게 인명 존엄성에 믿고 있다. 그렇지만 이런 이용법은 좋다:

【 앵커멘트 】 멸종 위기의 흰 소를 체세포 복제를 통해 복원해 내는 데 성공했습니다.

멸종위기에 빠진 다른 가축들도 되살리는 길이 열렸습니다.

김태욱 기자입니다.

【 기자 】 누런 황소들 사이로 갓 태어난 흰 소들이 한가롭게 풀을 뜯고 있습니다.

어른 소들과 겉모습은 다르지만 같은 핏줄을 지닌 한 식구입니다.

국립축산과학원이 체세포 복제에 성공하면서 멸종위기에 빠진 흰 소를 복원해 내는 데 성공했습니

매일경제

멸종 위기에 빠진 동물을살려주기위해이용하기가 좋다. 그렇지만 인명의 종엄성을 위반하는 경우가 당연하지 좋지 않다.

Chavez To Be Embalmed & Displayed

A lot of people say positive things about Pres. Chavez — you know, he stood up for his people, or you know, he really tried to help the poor

But he is joining the ranks of the insane — Evita, Mao Tse-tung, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Lenin, etc. in these great halls of permanent worship.

This is always just a miserable idea — the setting up of legends and hero worship and promoting it with this eternal corpse sitting there. It insures some aura of personality cult remains and it implies the continued domineering of the government through extraconstitutional means by his comrades.

 Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro has announced that the late President Hugo Chavez will be embalmed and his body displayed forever in a Caracas military museum.

Mr. Maduro compared the late president to other revolutionary leaders whose bodies also have been preserved, including Russia’s Lenin and China’s Mao. He said President Chavez will lie in state for seven more days to give more Venezuelans the chance to pay their respect.

President Chavez will be honored at a state funeral Friday, attended by 30 heads of state. The United States is sending a diplomatic delegation.

Thousands of grieving Venezuelans waited for as long as 10 hours to look at Mr. Chavez’s body in Caracas.

Mr. Maduro will be formally sworn in as acting president late Friday. He will likely face off in elections to be called within 30 days against opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who lost to Mr. Chavez in the October presidential polls.

Voice of America

Any society which is interested in practicing democracy but also wants to set up cults of personality and embalm a controversial ex-President for permanent display has some soul searching to do.

North Korea’s Illicit Economy: Insurance Scams Included

I was aware of the dastardly nature of north Korea in several other ways but…

On Tuesday, the Republican-led House foreign affairs panel will examine how criminal activities support North Korea’s authoritarian regime. That could buttress the case for leveraging the vast reach of the U.S. financial system to pressure international banks that deal with the North.

North Korea long has been believed to have derived hundreds of millions of dollars a year from criminal activities such as counterfeiting of cigarettes and U.S. currency, drug trafficking and insurance scams. Its sales of missiles and conventional weaponry are also outlawed under existing U.N. resolutions.

Very strange… I would have never thought that they are so desperate that they are now engaging even in the more low end scams there are out there.

I do imagine that they are aiming for big targets in these but nonetheless… this is not even cool crime.

Imagine being recruited by the north Korean government to go and rip off insurance companies for the Dear Leader. Now, that is just comedy!

Targeted U.S. financial sanctions have been tried before and have had a significant impact but upset China, the North’s main source of economic support and the country where it conducts most of its trade and financial transactions. The U.S. wants Beijing to exert more pressure on North Korea, and China’s willingness to agree to more U.N sanctions shows its patience is wearing thin. It remains to be seen, however, whether diplomatic action on more sanctions translates into their implementation on the ground.

Washington Post

Of course it would be nice for China to just get on board with the disenfranchisement of north Korea and to abandon all support of it. That should be the goal that we are all working for and Xi Jinping, hopefully, is right on board with everyone.

After some glances around the internet there is apparently nothing known of how Xi and the Chinese government will proceed with their relations with the North.

It’s all up in the air, isn’t it?

Certainly, we will see.

유명한 연예인 되기 전에…

아직 유명 못하지만 벌써 성폭행 혐의로 유명해집니다…

시후야, 축하해요:

연예인 지망 20대 여성을 성폭행한 혐의를 받고 있는 배우 박시후가 자신을 피해자라고 주장한 연예인 지망생 A씨를 무고 등의 혐의로 맞고소했다.

4일 경찰 등에 따르면 박시후의 변호를 맡고 있는 법무법인 푸르메 측은 이날 오후 서울 서부경찰서에 박시후를 성폭행 혐의로 고소한 A씨, 그의 지인 B씨, 박시후의 전 소속사 대표 C씨 등 3명을 무고 및 공갈미수 명예훼손 등 혐의로 고소했다.

머니투데이

제가 연예인 세계에 관심이 대부분 없지만 이런 뉴를 읽을 때 조금 웃겠습니다. 미국에도 비슷한 뉴스가 나오지만 사실로 조금 생각해보면 뉴스가 아니라 바로 엔터테인멘트 같아요.

매일 여러가지 범행이 이러나지만 평범한 범죄자가 유명해지지 않아요. 그렇지만 잘 생긴, 미래가 밝은 젊은이들 범행을 저지르면 유명해진다. 박시후는 유죄나 무죄는 알 수 없지만 미디어가 이런이야기를 좋아합니다… 평범한 사람의사건보다 흥미로운 것 같아요.

Obama Administration’s Press Relations Worstening

A good article covering the on going issues with the Obama administration’s press relations:

The brouhaha between journalist Bob Woodward and the White House appears to be dying down, but it offers a window into the unhealthy antagonism that exists between the West Wing and the mainstream media.

White House economics adviser Gene Sperling spent much of Sunday trying to make nice toward Woodward after their earlier blowup, which got extensive media attention last week. It probably means little or nothing to most Americans, but the fact remains the Sperling-Woodward dispute has raised larger questions about White House-media relations.

Like previous administrations, Obama’s advisers are trying to force-feed the press corps with their version of reality, and they sometimes give the impression they don’t respect the men and women who cover the presidency. Their tactics include bullying, hassling, and, yes, threatening reporters in an effort to get them to back down from their stories or their lines of inquiry. The threats can include warnings that a reporter will lose whatever access he or she has to Obamaworld. In other cases, administration figures or Obama’s allies outside government threaten to publicly challenge a reporter’s credibility, sometimes with the accompanying use of foul or insulting language…

U. S. News

The article goes on to talk about how the White House exactly rubbed the legendary Woodward the wrong way as well as how Obama is media savvy and is able to get unfiltered messages, free from criticism, out to millions of Americans who subscribe to his ideology already (and who certainly are uninterested in being swayed).

One thing that I would also like to consider is the MSM, in general, is breeding a baser, lower form of communication that is, in and of itself, a bit rewarding to p partisan politics. Facebook has become an unending splurgefestival of one sided opinions from many people while, oddly, I am not even involving myself too much in this field but, alas, so be it.

Remind me to write on this topic more, later. 

France Retreats From Crippling Tax Rate

Good news for Capitalists — and I guess people who enjoy applying a bit of logic to their economic policies?

France could never have hoped to sustain such a tax rate — as we are already aware,  since the summer of of 2012 there was talk of the French millionaires leaving the country (Daily Mail) — something that not only affects the tax bracket but affects the very philanthropy of France, of which their 1% of millionaires give 30% to all of charities (Forbes).

And now the official retreat is sounding as the French government plans on being more reasonable with tax policy:

 France’s Socialist government is considering replacing its stricken 75 per cent top income tax rate on earnings above €1m, with a 65-66 per cent rate on households earning more than €2m.

The proposed new rate is working its way through the National Assembly as part of budget measures aimed at redressing France’s growing public deficit.
But it has come under fire from Christian Eckert, the Socialist head of the assembly’s budget committee, who said it did not fulfil President François Hollande’s emblematic manifesto promise.

In an interview with Le Monde newspaper published on Friday, Mr Eckert said: “It seems to me that we are in danger of losing two symbols: that of incomes above €1m and that of the 75 per cent rate, which will be dropped to 65-66 per cent.”

The finance ministry has neither confirmed nor denied the proposed new rate.

Mr Hollande’s 75 per cent rate was struck down by the constitutional council on New Year’s eve, just before it was due to come into force. It said it was unfair to apply the rate to individuals, not households, as is the norm under French income tax rules.

However, simply imposing a €1m threshold on households could pose a political problem, since the number of people affected would rise from about 1,500 to more than 10,000.

Financial Times

While this is all unofficial it seems to be a likelihood as the 75% tax has already been struck down.

Hagel Announces Initial Spending Cuts

The whole sequestration affair is hard to follow because of the sheer volume of coverage that it is being afforded to it. There is also a lot of conjecture all around but this is the sort of stuff that we know is happening for certain that came out in Hagel’s speech:

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that civilian military employees will be told this month they will be furloughed in April because of automatic budget cuts and inflexible spending rules hitting the Pentagon.

Automatic spending cuts required by the 2011 budget bill went into effect Friday because of the failure of the White House and Congress to reach a deal to stop them.

The Pentagon is also operating under a budget plan, set to expire March 27, that is a continuation of the 2012 budget. Hagel and other Pentagon officials say that spending plan has not been adjusted to reflect changing conditions in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Hagel said he knows “the budget cuts will cause pain” but said they would not allow the military’s “capability to erode.”

Among the immediate actions to save money, Hagel cited:

  • The Navy will idle four wings of aircraft.
  • The Air Force will limit pilot training.
  • Army units not deploying to Afghanistan will have limited training.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said eventually that will lead to a loss of readiness “that’s not safe.”

Hagel avoided the more dire tone of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who said the cuts would make the United States a “second-rate power,” and said he hoped a solution can be reached that will “avert tremendous damage.”

The United States, Hagel said, has the world’s most capable military, and despite the problems caused by the spending cuts, he and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will not let that capability erode.

“I will do everything in my power to make sure America upholds its commitment to its allies,” Hagel in a news conference at the Pentagon.

USA Today

There is osme terrific double speech here — they are going to make sure that it will hold up its commitments and they will not allow our power to erode while they are preventing the very training that makes  it possible for us to be a first rate power.

Of course, this is going to have some major effects and the longer that it drags on the more that it could destroy the capability. Curtailing pilot training and other aspects of American air power does not bold well.

Assume that America’s enemies will be ready to take full advantage of this. It would be the only logical reaction.

God, how did we get into this mess?