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Zalatix's Journal
Zalatix's Journal
January 31, 2012

Aw, boo hoo, the "globalism is not a zero sum game" scam is being outed as BULLSHIT... worldwide!

The old saw that "globalism is not a zero-sum game" is being seen through as the total pile of horseshit that it is.

The world is starting to wake up to the fact that it is a negative-sum game.


The End of the Win-Win World
Why China’s rise really is bad for America -- and other dark forces at work.

In my book Zero-Sum Future, written in 2009, I attempted to predict how the global economic crisis would change international politics. As the rather bleak title implied, I argued that relations between the major powers were likely to become increasingly tense and conflict-ridden. In a worsening economic climate, it would be harder for the big economies to see their relationships as mutually beneficial -- as a win-win. Instead, they would increasingly judge their relationships in zero-sum terms. What was good for China would be seen as bad for America. What was good for Germany would be bad for Italy, Spain, and Greece.

Now, as the paperback edition of my book comes out, the prediction is being borne out -- which is gratifying as an author, although slightly worrying as a member of the human race. The rise of zero-sum logic is the common thread, tying together seemingly disparate strands in international politics: the crisis inside the European Union, deteriorating U.S.-Chinese relations, and the deadlock in global governance.

This new, more troubled mood is reflected at this year's World Economic Forum. In the 20 years before the financial crisis, Davos was almost a festival of globalization -- as political leaders from all over the world bought into the same ideas about the mutual benefits of trade and investment and wooed the same investment bankers and multinational executives. At Davos, this year, the mood is more questioning -- with numerous sessions on rethinking capitalism and on the crisis in the eurozone. The European Union is an organization built around a win-win economic logic. Europe's founding fathers believed that the nations of Europe could put centuries of conflict behind them by concentrating on mutually beneficial economic cooperation. By building a common market and tearing down barriers to trade and investment, they would all become richer -- and, eventually, would get used to working together. Good economics would make good politics. The nations of Europe would grow together.

January 29, 2012

Is it possible for Occupy to bankrupt a city's police department?

How many people can any city's police department hope to detain? How much does one average jury trial cost?

We need to kill the funding for the police gangs in every city where they arrest Occupy activists. Drive them to the breaking point. Is this possible?

January 29, 2012

Australian politicians just don't get the irony of this, do they?

The indigenous people of Australia died by the droves as a result of colonialism. Now the cops there are mad because the indigenous people get rowdy in defense of their rights?



Cops rescue Aussie PM
Sapa-AP | 27 January, 2012 00:30

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stumbled and was caught by a security guard as riot police helped her force a path through a crowd of rowdy protesters following a ceremony to mark Australia's national day yesterday.

She appeared distressed as she was pulled away from the protesters but was unharmed. She later remarked that she was made of "pretty tough stuff" and commended police for their actions.

About 200 supporters of indigenous rights had surrounded a restaurant and banged its windows while Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott were inside.
January 29, 2012

One of many trends that Society cannot survive if we continue to allow this...

Just think about the future:

Your employer could demand to see what you're doing in your off time. Failure to prove that you are engaged in "optimal" activities could trigger an automatic dismissal. And under "at will" law it would be legal. And if that isn't legal today it can be made legal tomorrow with the application of a few campaign contribution bucks.


Five Lifestyle Activities That Can Get You Fired
By Larry Buhl, Monster Contributing Writer

Can having a bacon double cheeseburger and a cigarette put your job at risk? Maybe. It may sound surprising, but many off-the-job actions and lifestyles could put your job in jeopardy.

Fair Game?

Employment experts point out five key areas that a company may scrutinize:

Smoking, Drinking and Overeating: Due to the cost of health insurance, more and more employers view "unhealthy" habits as a threat to their bottom line.

Risky Behavior: Likewise, a company might see your bungee-jumping hobby as a liability.

Speech: Will your employer consider your blogging to be destructive griping?

Romantic Relationships: Dating someone at a competing company has landed employees in hot water. And some employers might take issue with unmarried coupling or even same-sex relationships. (Federal law doesn't protect employees from discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation.)

Political Activity: Volunteering for a Democratic candidate could be trouble if you have a Republican boss, and vice versa.

Job- or industry-specific behaviors can lead to termination as well. A Ford worker who drives a Toyota is probably safe -- unless he is president of Ford. But a bank employee who bounces a personal check could get the boot.
January 27, 2012

*tire screech* Wait, WHAT? Ok I know Chicken McNuggets can be bad for you, BUT...

Let's see who here can spot the OTHER alarming part of this story.


Chicken Nuggets: How Bad Are They?

By Lisa Collier Cool
Jan 26, 2012

When the kids are wailing, the boss wasn’t happy with your presentation, and the kitchen is anything but pristine, what mom hasn’t thrown up her hands and given in to demands for chicken nuggets? Like, three times a week?

Maybe Mom should tell the kids: Be careful what you wish for.

Read about celebrities who dealt with eating disorders.

This week 17-year-old British factory worker Stacey Irvine was rushed to the hospital when she collapsed, struggling to breathe. During the exam, doctors were stunned to learn that Ms. Irvine had never in her life eaten fruit or vegetables; instead she had eaten almost nothing but fast-food chicken nuggets since she was two years old.

Her mother, Evonne Irvine, told reporters she had gone to great lengths to try to feed her daughter more nutritious food, at one point even trying to starve the girl, but it hadn’t worked. Stacey responded that, once she started eating nuggets, she “loved them so much they were all I would eat.”
January 26, 2012

I know this is an old subject but I just want to ask

Why, in 2009, when the Tea Party was holding their giant rallies against Obama's health care plan, did liberals not show up in equal force?

Aren't there millions of us? Why didn't we show up?

Why did we wait until 2011 to start protesting in Wisconsin and Zucotti park?


January 26, 2012

Instead of sending tacos to that idiot Connecticut Mayor Maturo, how about this?

How about some DUers buy or make tacos to give to the poor and homeless and Tweet their disgust toward Mayor Maturo?

I'd tweet this, but I don't mess with Twitter (too many hackers).

January 25, 2012

Turn ballparks and stadiums into homeless shelters? Hmmm...

Not sure what to think about this.

DUers, any thoughts?


Florida law would turn its publicly funded ballparks and stadiums into homeless shelters
By 'Duk | Big League Stew – 3 hours ago

Could the new Marlins ballpark or the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field serve as a homeless shelter for the 270 or so nights a year that they're not used for baseball?

If two Florida lawmakers have their way, they might. As reported by the Miami Herald, state legislators have unearthed an obscure law that has not been enforced since it was adopted in 1988. It states that any ballpark or stadium that receives taxpayer money shall serve as a homeless shelter on the dates that it is not in use.

Now, a new bill would punish owners of teams who play in publicly funded stadiums if they don't provide a haven for the homeless. Affected ballparks would include the Miami Marlins' new ballpark in Miami's Little Havana, the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and several spring training facilities. It also includes the homes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Miami Heat, Jacksonville Jaguars and Florida Panthers.

January 25, 2012

I watched the SOTU. But what I care about is


Talk is cheap to me. Deeds are currency.

Nonetheless... Obama AND a liberal Congress in 2012!
January 25, 2012

Americans, you should be happy to lose your job to help the third world. (Satire!)

How DARE we Americans try to keep our jobs and put our jobless back to work when there are people in China and India who need to make a better life?

If you've lost your job you should be overwhelmed with joy that you helped make someone in China earn better than $1.50 an hour. You may earn $0 an hour as a result but that's what dumpster diving cuisine is for! Behold the great American wealth of half-eaten apples and rotting chicken in the trash cans outside in the freezing Michigan cold! When you bite down into that half-moon of a discarded cheeseburger, remember that's worth more than someone in India makes in an hour!

Out of work Americans, stop being selfish! Would you rather be huddling by a trash can fire, waiting for the cops to come and drive you off, or would you rather deprive someone in Mexico of a living?

As you shiver in the winter cold and listen to listen to your kids complain about being hungry, it can be tempting to give into the racism and xenophobia of wanting to find work again in America. Instead rejoice in the sacrifices you are making to help the poor in other nations.

Be a good citizen of the world. Tell your hungry kids that their pain is the third world's gain.

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