notes july 25, 2008
July 25, 2008 § Leave a comment
Obama can set a field of force of reason without specifics. Thisis important.
From CNN: 2.2 million vacant homes for sale
The percentage of vacant homes available for sale remained relatively flat in the second quarter, but still hovered in record territory.
Some 2.8% of homes, excluding rental properties, were empty and on the market from April through June, according to Census Bureau figures released Thursday. The vacancy rate hit a record high of 2.9% in the first quarter of 2008. It was 2.6% a year ago.
That so many are empty and so many are homeless. What is hard in this society is it costs so much just to have a place to be. You are forced into the money economy. We should handle the basics differently. It is not a question of cash. A guaranteed income without very high housing costs still leaves people out in the cold. What if we had a guaranteed living space. you could trade but you cannot sell…
and from huffington
it’s with a similar perspective that Brzezinski now doubts the that the answer to what ails Afghanistan is more troops. “I think we’re literally running the risk of unintentionally doing what the Russians did. And that, if it happens, would be a tragedy,” Brzezinski told the Huffington Post on Friday. “When we first went into Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban, we were actually welcomed by an overwhelming majority of Afghans. They did not see us as invaders, as they saw the Soviets.”
However, Brzezinski noted that just as the Soviets were able to delude themselves that they had a loyal army of communist-sympathizers who would transform the country, the U.S.-led forces may now be making similar mistakes. He said that the conduct of military operations “with little regard for civilian casualties” may accelerate the negative trend in local public opinion regarding the West’s role. “It’s just beginning, but it’s significant,” Brzezinski said.
His own program for improving the state of affairs in Afghanistan — where U.S. casualties have surpassed those in Iraq for two months now — revolves around pragmatism. He believes Europe should bribe Afghan farmers not to produce poppies used for heroin since “it all ends up in Europe.” Moreover, he thinks the tribal warlords can be bought off with bribes, with the endgame being the isolation of Al-Qaeda from a Taliban that is “not a united force, not a world-oriented terrorist movement, but a real Afghan phenomenon.”
and the new New Yorker two articles, young chinese nationalist and looking at the site of insight inthe brain.