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Kopernik

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment

I am glad that Mikolaj Kopernik was here.

Picture source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dc/Mikolaj_kopernik_pomnik_park_jordana_krakow.jpg.jpg

“Polish astronomer and mathematician Mikolaj Kopernik, known in English as Nicolaus Copernicus, was born February 19, 1473.” http://www.kopernik.org

Read more:

* We can use the Sun’s power to charge our homes, offices and cars, and at the same time reduce carbon emissions. http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Under-Sun-Justin-Bass/dp/1479135259

Everything Under the Sun

http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2244746/Nicolaus-Copernicus-Animated-Google-Doodle-Models-Heliocentric-Solar-System

From searchenginewatch.com: “Nicolaus Copernicus Animated Google Doodle Models Heliocentric Solar Systemsearchenginewatch.comA Google Doodle today celebrates Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer who pushed forward the (at the time) radical idea that Earth wasn’t the center of the universe. Instead, he theorized Earth and other planets revolve around the Sun.

It’s time to break up the big banks

February 8, 2013 Leave a comment

[Now that the banks are healthy again] “let’s break these suckers up…so we can actually have justice for all, including bankers.” Go to minute 1:00 of the Daily Show interview to hear Neil Barofsky speak the words inside quotation marks.

[* My idea in brackets]

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-7-2013/exclusive—neil-barofsky-extended-interview-pt–2

The $700 billion TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) bailed out Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and on and on. President George W. Bush and ex-Goldman Sachs CEO turned U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, said TARP would be used to buy up bad mortgages and help underwater homeowners in order to clear the “toxic assets” from the real estate industry and free up consumer credit again. Nope, didn’t happen that way. That’s why you always have to remember: Republicans and Conservatives will lie, cheat and steal.

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/business/economy/02fed.html

EXCERPT:

“At home, from March 2008 to May 2009, the Fed extended a cumulative total of nearly $9 trillion in short-term loans to 18 financial institutions under a credit program….

Even bedrock corporations like Caterpillar, Harley-Davidson, General Electric, McDonald’s, Toyota and Verizon relied on a Fed program that supported the market for commercial paper….

So did the California Public Employees Retirement System, the nation’s largest public pension fund, and several insurers and university endowments.”

Read more:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-28/secret-fed-loans-undisclosed-to-congress-gave-banks-13-billion-in-income.html

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/national/200904_CREDITCRISIS/recipients.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/oct/15/goldman-sachs-record-bonus-pot

Picture source: http://www.amazon.com/Bailout-ebook/dp/B00818J57W

Bailout

Open Letter to President Obama

February 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Mr. President,

No Mary Jo White.

Your Fellow American,

Justin Bass

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Read more:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/new-sec-chief-mary-jo-white-thinks-the-government-should-bring-cases-to-a-point-20130130

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/01/30/mary-jo-white-sec-obama/

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2013/01/send-mary-jo-white-to-justice-not-the-sec.html

The Beatles Unplugged – John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison perform an acoustic White Album of sorts, with other songs you may enjoy

February 2, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s so good that I had to share it. : )

Track listing thanks to The Wall Breakers…

http://thewallbreakers.com/culture/1398-the-beatles-unplugged-album

0:00 Intro
0:15 Cry Baby Cry
2:42 Child of Nature (an early version of Lennon’s later solo work, Jealous Guy)
5:25 The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
8:15 I’m So Tired
11:24 Yer Blues
15:00 Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
18:00 What’s the New Mary Jane
20:39 Revolution
24:49 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
27:29 Circle
29:47 Sour Milk Sea
33:22 Not Guilty
36:36 Piggies
38:42 Julia
42:47 Blackbird
45:02 Rocky Raccoon
47:49 Back in the U.S.S.R
50:50 Honey Pie
52:54 Mother Nature’s Son
55:09 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
58:08 Junk
1:00:46 Dear Prudence
1:05:27 Sexy Sadie
1:07:52 Spiritual Regeneration
1:10:22 Spiritual Christmas”

Open Letter to President Obama

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Mr. President,

Dr. Richard Swanson should be our next Secretary of Energy.

Your fellow American,

Justin Bass

“Dick Swanson Retiring From SunPower, But Not Done” (October 8, 2012); published in Greentech Media; written by Eric Wesoff

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/SunPowers-Dick-Swanson-Retiring-Still-Looking-For-Trouble