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Watch a live webcast of the State Department and @USAID #budget rollout at 1:30 pm EST Feb 14: http://go.usa.gov/grZ

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My Note –
There have been 7 million jobs lost in the last two years or something in that neighborhood, according to what I read a few days ago. So at 1.30 pm the State Department is going to have their discussion about the budget for the USAID – well, there’s no good news.

The cuts proposed by the Republicans in this year’s budget have literally declared war on the poor, disadvantaged, elderly, disabled, the children, the families, the public, the unemployed, the barely employed and others in America suffering from the economic crisis – not because they are criminals nor undesirables, but rather because they are not bankers or Wall Street tycoons as favored by the Republican Party. What a shame. (my note)

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2011/02/house_gop_proposes_deep_cuts_t.html

cuts veterans’ housing by $7 million (in DC area alone for this year) “House Republicans’ proposed cuts — the full list of which can be found here -”

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, cutting grants from the Federal Transit Administration by $150 million just as the agency is preparing to cope with a forthcoming budget gap of $72 million.

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Below are some charts from my files from researching this economic crisis – and the same sources have a variety of charts available as well – didn’t look up the links for them – (sorry about that, will have to do it later, my note)

There are also some great charts that show what real incomes actually became through the Bush years before President Obama had a seat in the Oval Office – those are through a Congressional study – I’ll look them up. It means that we, the American people started at a disadvantage in the first place while all these economic gurus in Washington and New York were playing games with our money and economic policies. (apparently, the enemy of the Republican Party as far as they are concerned, are the American people who are wasting the Republican cronies’ free and pervasive use to suit their own desires and enrich themselves from the taxpayer’s funds.)

– cricketdiane

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US Labor Department Jobs / Employment / Government Employment 2010

US Labor Department Jobs / Employment / Government Employment 2010

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US Bureau of Economic Analysis - 2010? - Personal Real Income Chart - US

US Bureau of Economic Analysis - 2010? - Personal Real Income Chart - US

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StateDept StateDept
Watch a live webcast of the State Department and @USAID #budget rollout at 1:30 pm EST Feb 14: http://go.usa.gov/grZ
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TED Conference
February 28 – March 4
Long Beach, CA

noted by Wired Magazine

http://conferences.ted.com/TED2011/

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Communicate if Your Government Shuts Off Your Internet

http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Communicate_if_Your_Government_Shuts_Off_Your_Internet?mbid=wir_newsltr

This offers a comprehensive list of common sense and how to if a natural disaster or an event occurs which shuts off the internet, such as Egyptian government officials chose to do a few days ago.

There are a lot of scenarios in which this can happen – and this article is worth reading, saving, using, and sharing about it. Written as a common sense approach to it rather than an “end of the world” scenario as some are done.

– cricketdiane note

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I also found a nifty thing where DARPA is calling for designs through March 3 for a get-around vehicle to do a number of flexible job details from carrying equipment and personnel to urban warfare and evacuation scenarios – well, worth a look and maybe enter a design.

There is a frame that it requires the designer to use and a specific engine/ drive train but otherwise it is open season on how the design can be created. They will accept hand made sketches to CAD work ups. Probably could even use Google SketchUP for that matter.

Sounds pretty nifty. It reminded me of the two guys who built an all-terrain tank for the Army in their backyard which is now in use, I believe. It is very fast, very flexible and very maneuverable. They are doing second generation stuff with it now. Very nifty.

Anyway – this DARPA call is a public call to anyone and everyone that would like to join in and put their design ideas into an applied military need to help our troops and increase their safety. It sounds pretty good. They will be micro-manufacturing them through a company that is already involved.

– cricketdiane

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From the GizMag article describing the DARPA call for designs –

The challenge is being conducted with Local Motors, a Phoenix-based company that lets a community of car designers and engineers collaborate on designing cars, which can then be bought and built in regional micro-factories. Local Motors’ first “open source” production vehicle is the Rally Fighter, which was developed in 2008 using a crowd-sourced process. The XC2V design submissions must be based on the lightweight, tubular steel chassis and the General Motors LS3 V8 powertrain found in that vehicle.

Budding designers must also devise a vehicle that meets two mission sets – combat delivery and evacuation and combat reconnaissance. To meet the requirements of combat delivery and evacuation missions, the judges will be looking for flexible vehicle body designs that allow supplies, people and equipment to be transported around a potentially hostile battlefield in the quickest and most efficient way possible.

http://www.gizmag.com/kalashnikov-ak-47/12306/
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# Inventions that changed the world: Mikhail Kalashnikov’s AK-47

http://www.gizmag.com/darpa-xc2v-design-challenge/17863/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=efcaf89bee-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

[The XC2V must be designed around the tubular chassis found in the Local Motors Rally Fighter]

DARPA asks public to design new combat support vehicle

By Darren Quick

23:13 February 13, 2011

Entrants must be over 18 with full competition details and entry guidelines available at Local Motors’ website.
http://redirectingat.com/?id=3971X639606&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.local-motors.com%2F&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gizmag.com%2Fdarpa-xc2v-design-challenge%2F17863%2F%3Futm_source%3DGizmag%2BSubscribers%26utm_campaign%3Defcaf89bee-UA-2235360-4%26utm_medium%3Demail

DARPA link –
http://redirectingat.com/?id=3971X639606&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.darpa.mil%2Findex.html&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gizmag.com%2Fdarpa-xc2v-design-challenge%2F17863%2F%3Futm_source%3DGizmag%2BSubscribers%26utm_campaign%3Defcaf89bee-UA-2235360-4%26utm_medium%3Demail

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My Note –

And I found this from the New York International Auto Show

(later this spring)

LeMay: America’s Car Museum to Return
Celebrating Mini and Micro: Always a crowd favorite, LeMay will be returning to this year’s show with their popular “Heritage & Horsepower” exhibit plus an exhibit celebrating Small,Mini and Micro cars from private collectors.  Born from  a need for reliable and efficient transportation following WWII, these prized cars are the predecessors of today’s hottest offerings from the world’s manufacturers. The exhibit will only be open the first weekend of the show (April 22-24) so be sure not to miss it!

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Register to watch the four-day TED2011 webcast »

TED Conference
February 28 – March 4
Long Beach, CA

noted by Wired Magazine

http://conferences.ted.com/TED2011/

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And this is very nifty –

The thermal Casimir force – whereby two objects feel an attraction caused by thermal fluctuations of the electromagnetic field – has been measured for the first time by physicists in the US. The tiny attractive force was detected between two gold surfaces separated by at least 3 µm. This is too far apart to have been due to the more familiar Casimir force that arises from quantum zero-point fluctuations.

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Lamoreaux and colleagues mounted the flat surface on a horizontal beam suspended from its centre by a wire to create a torsion pendulum. The sphere was brought up slowly to the plate and, as a result of the Casimir force, the pendulum twisted towards the sphere. The team then measured the electrostatic force that had to be applied to the other half of the pendulum to balance the beam as the sphere was slowly moved from 7 to 0.7 µm from the plate and then back again.

After correcting for the residual electrostatic forces between sphere and plate, due to imperfections in the gold surfaces, Sushkov and colleagues found that the zero-point Casimir force dominated, as expected, at separations of less than about 3 µm. However, at greater distances, where the zero-point force is expected to drop off rapidly with the inverse cube of the separation, the team measured a force that fell more slowly with the inverse square of the separation.

(from)

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/45048

Thermal Casimir force seen for the first time

Feb 8, 2011

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I just thought it was nifty – and the applications that could be derived from it are inspiring. But, the Casimir force that it measures has been known. The nifty way they have measured it is pretty inspiring. (has a picture of it, too.)

– cricketdiane

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And, I looked at this video on bloomberg which shows an absolutely beautiful mall – said to be the largest in the world in China – mostly standing empty and the original developers that built it went bust – but it is beautiful –

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/65822094/

Dongguan Ghost Mall Haunts China’s Property Boom

from Jan. 12 (includes an incredible video describing it with photos of the mall spaces and multiple stories of storefronts almost completely empty.)

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Wonder how much US money went to help built it – I would not be surprised if it did. Looks like just the kind of USAID project that millions are poured into around the world. Kind of like the tent city in Haiti that was built with portable showers and everything so far away from anything that no one would even go live there, also built by USAID money. Worthless waste – and it didn’t even help the people of Haiti. I don’t know if any US money was in the Dongguan project or not, I just wouldn’t be surprised knowing how they do things with our money.

The USAID has had all kinds of projects in Egypt for the last thirty years – guess who advantaged out of that> It wasn’t the people of Egypt, nor a push for democratic reforms that were accomplished, obviously.

Who are these people making decisions? Long before the current group in Washington got their say about it, we have been spending our taxpayer money left and right to support the damndest things around the world that served no one except big corporations who could’ve supported themselves, and industries that had profits and pools of massive amounts of money along with funding brutal and horrific dictatorships and programs in their nations which they could’ve been funding themselves (or funding regionally.)

But, no – the first thing the Republicans want to do is to further that funding and cut funding to American domestic spending. It figures. They are the same bunch that sponsored, funded and favored Enron, put Bernie Madoff into the seat of power at NASDAQ and gave trillions of dollars to bailout banks and AIG – maybe they contributed to the debt of our nation when they did that – Hmmmm……….. let’s see, what good did it do for any of us?

– cricketdiane

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My Note about the budget cuts from above and the ones for Metro DC –

The cuts proposed by the Republicans in this year’s budget have literally declared war on the poor, disadvantaged, elderly, disabled, the children, the families, the public, the unemployed, the barely employed and others in America suffering from the economic crisis – not because they are criminals nor undesirables, but rather because they are not bankers or Wall Street tycoons as favored by the Republican Party. What a shame. (my note)

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2011/02/house_gop_proposes_deep_cuts_t.html

cuts veterans’ housing by $7 million (in DC area alone for this year)

“House Republicans’ proposed cuts — the full list of which can be found here -”

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, cutting grants from the Federal Transit Administration by $150 million just as the agency is preparing to cope with a forthcoming budget gap of $72 million.

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So, instead of adding jobs – the Republicans are decimating the few that are around and insuring that America is a blight upon the landscape.

Good going – I would expect nothing less from the Republican Party as it stands today than to be a greater enemy of America than the Russians were during the Cold War or the Japanese were during Pearl Harbor.

Figures.

– cricketdiane

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