Google is massive. Its power radiates from Silicon Valley warming the bank accounts of employees, shareholders, and politicians alike. It is as iconic a brand as Coke or Ford. And it has gained this status in a relatively short period. I remember when Google just happened to have the best search engine in the business but trailed Yahoo. That was just over a decade ago.
Orwellian, Bizzaro World, completely whacked out, whatever you want to call it, things have gotten really weird with Obama lately. Weirder than things were, and things were already pretty weird.
I have my issues with Mr. Netanyahu, with the foreign aid which flows to Israel, and Israeli policy in the Middle East in general. But for all the nastiness over the years (and there has been serious nastiness) Israel has proven an ally (aside from the odd spying scandal) and is by far the most democratic state in the region. It is fair to say that we have a “special” relationship with the country on par with and in some ways surpassing even the relationship we have with the UK. Ours can at times be a tumultuous relationship, but we are friends. (For the most part.)
That State Department money flowed into Israel to counter Bibi’s campaign for president is remarkable if the allegations are true. That a “community organizing” style effort was mounted in Israel with US taxpayer dollars to undermine Israeli leadership prior to the Israeli presidential election is not OK – if true.
This very odd interview with one of the founders of the Israeli community organizing group V15 is worth a listen. The guy gets all weird and defensive with an interviewer who seems (or seemed) generally open to hearing the guy. Very strange.
Sometimes Obama shills for the corporations. Sometimes the corporations shill for Obama and government. It’s the crony yin and yang.
Well why not? They are just making it official. Obama and Bush (toward the end of the Bush presidency) didn’t adhere to the regs anyway. So the White House just decided to “delete” them.
(From The USA Today)
The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.
“Cleanup.” That’s pretty good. Oh, and why would they want to keep emails secret?
Given that Washington appears to be utterly dysfunctional (this is good and bad) it’s not surprising that “government” polls as America’s biggest problem.
I don’t care who the president is, Obama, Bush, TBD, this sort of extravagance is an insult to taxpayers. $3.6 million? For air travel alone? The below article reminds me of the time Obama flew the family dog to Martha’s Vineyard, by itself, because he forgot it at home.
Granted the president has a little more to worry about when traveling than we do, but this is not a reasonable level of expense. Just because one is president does not mean that one has carte blanche with the taxpayer’s money. Sadly, I’ll bet expense to taxpayers isn’t an issue Mr. Obama concerns himself with. He’s the president after all. He deserves this.
One doesn’t need a poll to see this. During the Obama presidency the rich have done quite well. The so called “underclass” has been largely placated. (Obama got rid of Clinton era “workfare” for instance making welfare a “life choice” again.) But the middle class, the core of America, has been hurt. There is simply no denying it. (I mean one can, but one would be wrong.)
It’s not entirely Obama’s fault. He is only a part of the puzzle, if a big part.The Federal Reserve has fundamentally undermined the economy. It has rewarded those who already had assets before the 2008 Crash with an inflated stock market. Those without assets, or those whose only “asset” is their home? Well, too bad so sad.
This is a bit creepy.
Though it is true that there is lots of misinformation on the web, and that the quest for higher quality search results is very good one, that the most used search engine in the world may soon be in the business of defining what is “true” and what is not is of some concern.