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Probiotics, Immigration, Child Mothers, Home Theaters

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Probiotics. If you believe the advertising and some research into probiotics, the “delicious and healthful” way to help your digestion, you have to wonder ..why now?
In my mind the vast arrays of over-processed, over-antibiotic-ed, processed foods-meats, vegetables and fruits-have caused an evolutionary change in the ability of the thousands of bacteria in our guts to function efficiently and correctly. And did you know that a doctor-prescribed course of antibiotics affects much of your digestive system, very negatively for some. The cumulative effect of all that manufacturers and processors add to our foods is…big.
That’s why the growth in Organic foods departments in the major chains (in response to the outstanding growth of companies like Whole Foods and others), is equally significant. People instinctively want less chemicals, less everything that nature didn’t put there. It’s enough that chemicals are used for fertilizer and pest control; that chemicals are added as preservatives, flavor enhancers, colors for appearance, and all of it “aided-helped-enhanced” by antibiotics and growth hormones added to meat and chicken by the largest manufacturers.
The jury may be pending on probiotics, but it’s definitely Guilty regarding our food stocks.

Child Mothers. In Baltimore, a 19 year old woman was charged with various offenses including arson and multiple other counts in relation to an attack on her ex-boyfriend the father of her six year old girls, and his girlfriend.
A little math indicates the mother was 13, maybe even twelve at the conception. Why is the father not in jail for Rape? In spite of his new girlfriend is he paying child support? While we can guess at the motives for the attack, we shouldn’t have to guess at the reasons for this father’s lack of incarceration.

Arizona Immigration Law.It’s interesting to observe the “piling on” effect of Arizona’s new Immigration law, as other states contemplate doing the same. It’s also interesting that 70% of Arizonans supported the law and virtually all the demonstrators were illegals, according to reports. That would have been a great time to round them up, right? Why didn’t the police do just that? Because the demonstrations didn’t rise to the occasion of law-breaking is my guess for their excuse, and they contemplated the absolute chaos that would have occurred if mass arrests had been attempted. Stay tuned.

Home Theaters and Home Design Evolution. We’re almost there, here, whatever. 3D screens, with   3D glasses for home use (new tech may even eliminate the classes. Let’s go straight to holographic!); ever-increasing screen sizes and Entertainment delivery systems-Netflix, Cable, Internet, Wireless. What has been a small business may well turn into a significant addition to home builder’s plans for millions of new homes construction-the Home Theater Room for everyman, and an equal or greater number of home theater retrofits. It’s just too appealing to consider the convenience and cost savings of paying $20.00 for a New Release of  “Avatar Two, The Pandorum Gestalt.” We’re talking just a few thousand in equipment to add to a design that already includes a family room (now mostly used already for T.V.). Another room design change coming is the Home Office for Cloud Commuting. Efficiency and productivity will be maximized if the design considers the layout and equipment configurations at inception. How about your Home Charter School Classroom (which might include the same 3D big screen elements for the Virtual Learning experience to be at it’s best.
I really feel we are just at the beginning of what we can do with the Internet to improve and home and work, our education and health. Stay tuned.

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Online Newspapers- The New Way with E-Readers

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The Wall Street Journal was the first, but others are rapidly following. Doing what? Publishing a full-fledged Online version of the print publication, by subscription. They have decided to use the Apples and Amazons as Content pipelines rather than building their own “internet” Content pipeline by buying access time from the Comcast’s and Verizons of the world.
Of course Comcast and Verizon would likely refuse and that points out the disadvantage of Monopoly control over Content, the situation today.
 Mistake not to control your own future, in my opinion. But, of course they have a more short-term viewpoint, since the value of long-term planning and entrepreneurial vision died long ago with this industry.
  
 
 I value the Newspaper industry; the mission, the message and the “motion,” the process of gathering, evaluating and presenting “news.”
  I don’t have a need for Print as the end-all, be-all,  but the function, the  foundation of a free society, that I do value.
  In print or in “bytes,” that must be preserved, but must evolve.
  Like some survival skills, newspapers must go through the process of the “fight,” and learn the survival skills necessary to get to a prominent position  (an Alpha leader, if you will) in the Convergence marketplace.
  AnyThing, AnyTime, AnyWhere (AAA) leaves a lot of markets in which newspapers can participate, some of which they can dominate, and rightly so.
 
 A potential future for Newspapers (and Magazines) that doesn’t involve them going belly up?
  * One which proposes an “alternate lifestyle” for newspapers that remove them from “prey” status to “predator” potential?
  * That suggests a way to double or triple their daily “eyeball” count, offers a Portal to other profitable avenues, restores revenues for actual Journalism, and offers a news and information-gathering mechanism that gives them a “place at the Internet table?”
   Is it a fight for a seat apropos of the old “Musical Chairs” game (but they can’t hear the music)?
   Or, is there no stomach for the fight that it would take to get them there?
   Waiting much longer guarantees their demise; acting in a unified way with great force and skill can make a difference, however.
Stay “tuned.”
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News Muse Views

Deficit Spending and Debt
Let’s say that economically speaking, deficit spending to induce economic prosperity might be OK IF, and this is a big IF, it is directed at the only areas of the U.S. economy that drives our consumption-based society-tax reductions for Consumers and Business.
If people have more money, they spend it; that helps the economy create jobs and guess what? Pay more taxes.
However, it’s important to repay the debt incurred in deficit spending beginning as soon as the economy moves into positive growth for two quarters.
The problem is that Washington has an insatiable appetite for revenue, most of which comes from taxes, and cannot, even under pain of death, reduce spending and evidence fiscal austerity through debt reduction, which by the way, would help to keep interest rates lower than they would be otherwise.
Any idiot who argues that national debt is not a problem because “we owe it to ourselves,” and that interest payments on debt aren’t a drag on the economy overall has just not looked at the empirical evidence to the contrary. An economy driven by national debt has a very weak engine for propulsion.
Absent a time machine to change history, I can’t prove it, but considerable research seems to have proved that government spending is the “least productive,” creates the least jobs, and takes away major incentives for new capital investment in business overall,and specifically in enterprise-building, entrepreneurial investments.

Green Energy and NIMBY.
Isn’t it hilarious? Nantucket, the home of the Kennedys, an area so liberal overall regarding Energy Policy that they overwhelmingly support Cap ‘N Trade-blow-the-economy-to-hell-legislation, is fighting tooth and nail to keep an offshore wind farm away from their private territory.

Wow! The Supreme Court decides that Free Speech considerations offer much more sanctuary to corporate “Citizens,” having conluded that corporations have expanded citizenship rights regarding speech directed at the political process. The ACLU gets apopolectic, politicians drool at the expanded resouces potential (translate contributions to campaigns and to cause-related advertising), politicians of every stripe worry about the advantage for the “other” guy.
My worry? I don’t believe corporate citizenship is a Constitutionally-authorized construct. Corporations are a legal construct, to be sure, but extending Citizenship rights opens a doorway to a future I just don’t want to contemplate because I see the balance of power between consumers and business, already slightly out of whack, being further bastardized by unrestrained influence. We continue to hurt our potential as a nation of free market entrepreneurs if indiividual rights and opportunities are minimalized by louder voices, ironically enough, funded with the profits generated by selling to thosse very same individuals.
We’re giving them the bullets-the ability through contributions to expand their political voice- for their guns-advertising programs and contributions- to use fo further their interests! Since when is a collective-a corporation, a partnership-of many individuals, suddenly entitled to an extra “vote.” The Founding Fathers fought ferociously to establish individal rights as the foundation of our society and government; in no place have I read, and I looked, for the phrase “Artifical Citizens as embodied in a legal framework of corporations.”

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News Muse Views

How long before Cable, Telco and Wireless realize that “metering” charges for Content, not controlling both Content and Broadband infrastructure, offers the most profit opportunity, Content diversification including Services and Cloud applications, and relief from constant Congressional and regulatory, and now consumer complaints about monopolies?

Maybe Goldman Sachs did nothing wrong a la Gordon Gekko, “Greed is Good,” but they certainly turned admonitions to Calpurnia-Caesar’s wife- regarding appearances, into a perception of being a high-priced hooker. From widest admiration into Excess’s whipping boy overnight.

Since when are we shooting the messenger-the Standard and Poor’s and other Investment Rating organizations- for saying what needs to be said about not only U.S. Bond and Investment Ratings, but those of other countries as well? We whined about how the Rating houses seemed to be asleep and uninformed about risks associated with CDO’s and Derivatives, securitized Mortgages and other obligations, now we whine again when they try to do their job. But, let’s not be confused, we need more, not less transparency in these huge, I mean really big- Sixty Trillion plus-marketplaces. That’s Trillions with a big “T” folks! No wonder Buffet and the banks are scared to death that being forced to “mark to market”- value at real market prices-would cause huge losses, and drive many banks out of existence.

Financial Reforms in Congress-That’s why I feel that regulation  requiring much higher levels of equity capital-not debt, not off-balance-sheet-financings- pure equity capital requirements that increase as financial institution size increases, are the best way to force Prudent Man investing and Risk policies. Financial institutions will ALWAYS find ways to take risks and manage money profitably; they have for thousands of years, and yet still provide admirable Rates of return to shareholders. That way “too big to fail” becomes a vestige of the past; failures will occur, but losses will always be covered by shareholder and investor equity, not depositors and taxpayers.  limiting Leverage by requiring limits of ten percent or less in any one investment, or in any one class of investments, and equity reserves of ten percent-increasing to twenty percent for institutions above five hundred billion in “assets” -would prevent the complete failure of any one investment from doing more than eating up shareholder equity, allowing the institution to survive, even if under new management. This way, banks and financial institutions of all design and philosophy, including insurance companies, could design investment products to meet the needs of the marketplace and world trade, without putting taxpayers at huge risk.

Google’s “everything in the world” digitization effort looks even more prescient in view of the current and anticipated demand for E-readers and other “convergence” devices -AAA-AnyThing, AnyTime, AnyWhere, that will deliver multiple streams of Content-voice,data, entertainment to you on multiple devices at the same time wherever you are. Now, organizing all that data into Internet-based education and training in the “Cloud” offers more opportunity than ever.

School? School is where the E-reader happens to be. Textbooks and curriculum? Internet-designed and based in Cloud applications that allow Learning (instead of Teaching), anywhere you happen to be, at any time you want to be learning. What’s not to like? (See my article, “They Can ALL Be Geniuses”).

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