Something is Better Than Nothing…

I still cant tell which one this is, however they are flying off the shelves due to Apples magic touch.

A week or so back I wrote about “disappointment”, in the context of the venerable announcement of the iPhone 4s in the light of expectation of a wholly new if you will iPhone 5.  Yes with the per-verbal tear drop shape, larger screen and just an overall goodness to be had. Yet the new Apple overlords offered us mere mortals nothing more than a few extra cycles with a retro fitted iPad processor (not even a new one of these either) and something call Siri.

Well insert a yawn here still as this is boring stuff however again Apple is proving logo power is the only power as the orders are coming in at record breaking rates so what gives here?  It’s almost as if they could slap that half eaten fruit logo on anything and people would wait in mile long lines just for a shot at owning it.

Yet what we are see here anthropologically is more interesting as it’s a culmination of several different paradigms colliding together.  As people are “culture” starved and the concept of “culture” is typically one of belonging or committing to a common item or ideology.  In turn that “common” item must be exclusive enough to be limiting and here Apple fits the bill with a matching [expensive] pricing structure and product line to boot.

Therefore even lack luster (ie something) is better than nothing when it comes to building a cult.  Also this goes to show the ole bait and switch is still alive as are beer goggles at closing time.  As with so much hype abounding about the potential of the iPhone 5, then boom its vaporware and in steps a remix of the prior version, what are (hot and bothered) people to do?  As they are now all dressed up with simply nowhere to go, conditioned as were Pavlov’s dog to salivate at the ringing of a bell.  The gadget consuming world too has also succumb to the Svengali spell cast by the Hogwarts trained sorcerer’s hidden away at 1 Infinite Loop.

It’s no wonder Apple has achieved the number one brand standing in the world given the fact it can create hype about the same ole, same ole and have millions pull their wallets out with a wave of their magic wand.

Here the other aspect is given the fact everyone was dressed up, and now there was no place to go, and nothing else in sight enabled a one two punch to be delivered to the consumers solar plexus. As while recoiling from this unexpected blow, it seems their wallets have become dislodged from their pants and purses.

So be it the waving of the magic Cupertino wand, or the brut violence of a quick one, two striking the unsuspecting consumer.  There is a lot to be learned here as this is a business dream, something for nothing and your checks for free…

The Mountain of Debt Grows as the Second Shoe Prepares to Drop…

Look Ma, no cash, no responsibly and I can still go shopping! Isn't America a great place?

Well folks the numbers are out, and personal credit debt grew by a whopping 18.9 Billion, yes with a “B” in the second quarter ironically as did unemployment as there seems to be no stopping the personal debt monster from growing out of control.  Assuredly you  all can guess what this means as yes folks we have not seen the last of the bad times and as much as I would like to sit here and prognosticate the world is headed back to the nirvana of the days of old, it instead is readying itself for yet another roller coaster dip.

While some might say, hey unemployment is driving people to the further evils of the plastic monster and while partly true, statistically it does not pan out ratio wise.  What is then we have to ask ourselves and the answer is one which is not that pleasant to face up as its one of entitlement and abandonment.  Yes folks have grown so accustom to “have, have, have” at all cost they have forgotten the costs and that the piper wants to be paid.  As this is the first part of “entitlement” the world owes them something for being, so therefore they feel the rights to take what they wish.

The second is the “abandonment” of the associated responsibility created by the “I deserve so therefore I will have” attitude.  As the new debtor views credit as a throw away commodity, to be used, abused and discarded just as yesterday’s newspaper as like the “newspaper” there will be another [credit card] at their doorstep the next morning.

Yet the issue here which is growing is the fact that the more people who are overcome by this debt based virus, the fewer people there are to feed the beast and trust me the “beast” will feed.  As many of these turn to this dump and run ideology may are justifying it as they are putting it to the man, yes they striking them with a swift upper kick to the family jewels which will assuredly bring them to their knees with tears in their eyes.

However in reality the ones that are taking it to the testicals are us, yes the working class folks who are keeping our plastic in our pocket, paying our bills and putting a few dollars away for a rainy day.  As with shop lifting (which is what this is) that appears victimless, is in fact simply making the rest of a victim of their entitlement based life style.

With this said, it’s also up to us (the working class bill paying folks) to speak up when we see this, as this has become a socially accepted norm which is a bad thing as would we sit there if someone we knew was a shoplifter and we said nothing about it as they did it…

Occupy Wall Street…

I've read the averaging reading ability in the United States is a 6th grade level, now I understand...

Guess my first question would be why, however I digress before even getting started because as I write this I’m sitting here in Asia.  In fact I’m in Taiwan watching the international version of CNN as well as the BBC, as there aren’t a lot of English speaking channels here if you know what I mean.

However the reporting here is wholly different then what we get in the United States as the reporting of both portray America as a land of capitalistic greed with the “upper social classes” stealing from the mouths of those perceived to be lesser fortunate.  Which really gets me thinking as what do these protesters really expect to gain out of this?  While to a certain extent I have to admit part of Wall Street is flawed, yet it also provides for something amazing and that is to allow the little guy to get in on big things.  As just try this elsewhere in the world, I say these folks should move to China and the first thing they will find is they can’t protest and by the way they get what the government wants them to have so forget about investing.

While in this same vein, the right to protest is a key liberty we as Americans have, however there needs to be a point exercising the right. There needs to be a goal and it needs to be valid for society and not just a bunch of grudged up Gen-Yers who’s parents have supported them based upon the same machine which they are protesting the evils of.  Even based upon the news reports, one could easily question if they realize how the stock market works and why it exists at all.

As mentioned the system isn’t without its flaws and if they want to call attention to those so they can be improved that’s a fine and supportable endeavor as even I lose sleep that even after the debacle of 2008 and the mortgage melt down that the regulators have not eliminated nor cracked down on the use of “synthetic” investments.  Also, while I’ve seen some movements towards a return to GlassSteagall type rules, banks should have been immediately banned from trading activities as I said it in the day and will say it again, banks should not trade!

However aside from this, anywhere else, where are you going to get this [the ability to invest], having traveled the world I can tell you that we in the states have it the best when it comes to the open access of financial markets and the ability to profit from them.  So why are these folks protesting, should they instead be grateful that they have a chance few people in the world have?  As they have the right to participate in the greatest capitalistic market in the world which allows them the creation of their own destiny…

Do They Have Us By The Short Wires…

Our world is a different world then that of our fathers...

A recent Wired article indicated that someone (insert name of a foreign government here) has us by our short wires so to say the least.  As it appears that a computer virus of sorts has infiltrated and infected the remote cockpits of America’s new darling weapon system, yes a scary thought isn’t it?  That “someone” has the ability to compromise a US military weapon system right under our nose.

As its appears now that the famed Predator and Reaper drones systems we’ve reading so much about lately seem to have been compromised with software that is logging the remote pilots’ every move as they fly missions at a distance over Afghanistan and other war zones.

Its reported that this virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, under what conditions of discovery is not clear.  However the infection has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada where the drones are piloted from, from flying their assigned missions overseas. Nor have there been any reported incidents of classified information being lost or sent to an outside source which is confusing as if it snuck in with them not knowing how can they be so sure nothing is getting out?

Additionally, it appears the virus has resisted multiple efforts to remove it from Creech’s computer systems making it one thought bug per network security specialists charged with exterminating it.  Yet the infection itself underscores the ongoing security risks involved with what has become the US military’s most important weapons system in the war against terror.

It also high lights the risks in general to the world as, in the past Information Technology [IT] systems where enablers to the process or function.  However today they are the process or function itself, as no longer is the task separated from the technology which performs the “task” as now both are one in the same.  As with the compromise of the drone system, industry must be concerned with the same so much of what they all do courses thought the arteries of various “open” networks including the internet and too many firms (including the US government) poke their heads in the sand and hope for the best.

Yet the world is a far different place with again far different set of hoodlums many of which are back by the power and money of nation states as the game is far past that of the  Mathew Broderick’s days of “Let’s Play a Game, how about Thermonuclear War?  As today the game is real and not just on the motion picture screen for entertainment, as it invades our life’s far deeper then we care to think…

Obesity and the Economy…

One mans calories is another's paycheck...

Being fat these days is BIG business (yes I used the “BIG” word) as they get us both coming and going (again the funeral business is booming as people are dying to get in).  Think about this, Madison Avenue drives us to some place like McDonald’s or Star Bucks for a high carbohydrate; low nutrition meal which if you live in the United States is even subsidized with your tax dollars to promote a cheaper selling point.

Then after you finish that juicy burger (loaded with artery clogging fat), and those delicious golden brown fries (again packed artery clogging grease, and tons of calories) you now sit back sipping your high calorie cola with an afterglow your cardiologist is going to love.  As he is now in the process of cracking your chest open with what looks like large bolt cutters to perform a quadruple bypass.

This is the second side of the obesity industry, as in the day quadruple bypass (surgery) was rare, yet today I know of cardiologists performing 6 to 8 a day!  Yes folks in a pseudo assembly line fashion they wheel them in, pop their chest like a lobster’s tail and move them on through with a shout of Next!

Does the aggregated medical establishment want you to lose weigh when they are raking it in, heck no as look at the piles of money they are making assuming of course you have some form of insurance.  So economically there is no winning [for them] by you losing weight and I haven’t even factored in the tube (TV) into this mix as they advertise both the medical as well as the fast food side comfortably into your living room as you sit on the couch and stuff your face with more of those “cheap” carbohydrates.

So the only one who wants you to lose weight is your insurance company, as they are the ones footing the (medical) bill for your bad habits.  So the question is how long can this go on, as obesity has a number of add on affects as while your off for six to eight weeks recovering, you’re not working, your employer is losing output and a your now a burden on the productivity of the national GDP!

Well you get the Idea as in systems think one can keep going, yet the picture only draws out to be bleaker as you go.  In short this is looping unfortunately into a viral pattern, which will only stop when one of the main loops fails and can you guess which one it will be?

If you guessed medical, you’re a winner as the economic side of the equation is far more finite then the carbohydrate side so you will (no matter what) see a degradation in medical services, which will lead to a greater (negative) impact on GDP, which will drive earnings down, which will drive more people to cheap high carbohydrate food to become yet even fatter.  Just something to think as you sit there and lift that next French Fry to your mouth…

The Wimpy Effect…

I Will gladly pay you for a hamburger on Tuesday...

Wouldn’t you just love to have something today with the promise to pay on Tuesday?  Sure you would, as this is why credit cards are so popular as we want what we want, and we want it now.  No sense waiting as no one is getting younger right, as the hand of time marks the minutes as they slip through our fingers so we should enjoy what we want, right?

This is the same for our ole friend Wimpy, you remember him don’t you, he use to grace the frames of the PopEye (The Sailor Man) cartoons as a filler character  who would typically end up in the way of things sort of.  However he had a neat little stick for the day, as he use to beg some unsuspecting restaurant proprietor for “a hamburger today, and a promise to pay next Tuesday” as yes while lovable, Wimpy was really a freeloading Freddie.

Yet the under tone of this post depression era character poked fun at the issuance of credit as being a bad thing as all “good” folks paid their debts promptly for the services rendered.  Yet here we are today with credit defaults running wild, and people running back out racking those same cards up as buying  things is good for the economy right?

Well not if you can’t pay for them, however that isn’t the most concerning aspect of this as what is, is the lack of deferral of gratification (in society) as this has been a staple of man across the ages, yet it’s now in a matter of three generations or so been wiped out.  As deferral meant the application of discipline, discipline meant “control” then leads to planning.  The lack of this therefore leads to sloppiness, lack of attention and an inability to apply discipline in a constructive manner. This in turn affects our rote ability as a society to improve as the plan, do, check, act cycle is now broken.

As we’ve wained in these pages before, this breakdown will lead to a fundamental loss of social affluence as this was built upon the model of compounding forward.  As much like the financial concept of compounding interest, the same is true for the social building block which has brought us the things we have today via a combined “affluence”  model which now in the process of serious erosion.

As today, too many people are vying for that hamburger today yet with the full understanding and realization that Tuesday will never come for them, nor the provider of the hamburger…

Let’s See Virgins, Gangs and a Lawyer in Virginia…

Its been said "I know Art When I See it" as well as "Stupid is as Stupid Does"...

In Richmond, Virginia  you might find D. Wayne O’Bryan walking the streets with his dog, he might even be your neighbor, or that guy sitting next to you in church on Sunday morning.  However what you may not know is Wayne happens to be a member of the world’s second oldest profession, as yes he is a lawyer.   If you look at his website he says his offerings are, “a small law firm designed for personalized and professional legal services for dog attack injury and negligence claims.”.  Which makes O’Bryan look a lot like one of those ambulances chasing lawyer who advertises during the day time soaps to catch the attention of the unemployed who wish to make a fast buck for nothing more than faking a fall in the local super market.

Yet,   it makes perfect sense for him to take up the rightful protection of virgins who wish to gang bang by filing a federal copyright lawsuit on their behalf this summer.  However  luckily O’Bryan met another prominent Irish man by the name Murphy as his cases went [terribly]  wrong as a federal judge demanded that O’Bryan “show cause” for why he should not be sanctioned [read as kicked in the ass] by the court for running a “shake down” on the anonymous defendants.

As O’Bryan filed the cases on behalf of the defenseless virgins at K-Beech, Inc the makers of this ground breaking documentary film which is in question.  To do this he sued a few dozen IP addresses for allegedly sharing the film on BitTorrent networks.  To help his cause he even tried to cover his bases a bit by using some of that new fangled geolocation technology to ensure that the anonymous defendants actually lived in Virginia.

However how can you sue an “anonymous” defendant?  As isn’t this just the abuse of the offices of the Court as an inexpensive means to gain the “anonymous” defendants’ personal information and extort payment from them under duress.  As O’Bryan in fact also has no interest in actually litigating the cases, but simply using the Court along with its subpoena powers to obtain sufficient information to firmly sake down the virgin loving John Does.”

However Judge John Gibney, Jr. severed all of O’Bryan’s cases to a single defendant yesterday, saying that the Doe defendants were improperly joined in the case then went on to say that “the plaintiffs’ conduct in these cases indicates an improper purpose for the suits.” As in most “mass-copyright lawsuits” of this kind, the plaintiffs file lawsuits using only IP addresses, get permission to subpoena Internet providers for the real names and addresses of those users, and then attempt to settle with defendants for a few thousand dollars.

As what’s refreshing to see here is that the judicial wing is finally pushing back on this non-sense as while pirating is a bad thing, it’s a bad thing in a way in most people miss.  While this is a long discussion, the point is if there is a high level of piracy [as there will always be some level] this is a sign of a flawed business model and not a court case.   As to make the field equal, say you where to sue each and every person which pirated something, the system would implode and this mental proof, proves out the concept that the issue is miss laid with the court system.  It’s further worth noting that one too many (one plaintiff to many defendant)  is far different then class action where there are “many” plaintiff’s and only one defendant.

In the end the message is clear, as the record industry discovered you can sue some of the people some of the time, however you can’t sue all of the people all of the time.

Apple Disappoints…

Introducing the iPhone 4S, oh wait, maybe its the just the "4", I cant tell! Oh well buy it any ways its got the Apple Logo on it!

Well the big day has come and gone that being October 4th, as there were hopes around the world that this day would leave another “mark” in the tree of technological revolution.  However at best it provided no more then maybe a “nick” on the evolutionary walking stick, and even one could say just another ho-hum day in the Silicon Valley.  As what was their big news, well of course the iPhone 4, oops meant to say iPhone 4S.  Wow (insert yawn here), a faster processor yippee now we are competing with the PC market where we whip it out to see who’s transistors are bigger (in numbers of course).

Now what our venerable friends in Cupertino missed is it’s not how big their thing is, rather how it is you use their “thing” which counts.  Ok, fair enough you say this was all done for the love of Siri right.  Well, maybe however, remember Siri has been out on the now legacy iPhone 4, so to me Apple simply used this as a reason to create traffic to a not so much needed upgrade path so why do it rather than waiting for the real iPhone 5 to show up?  You know the one with all the tear drop cases floating around China, oh wait they must be for the new Samsung phone, yea that’s it let for it instead!

Also, yes I know Christmas is coming and there has not been a good Apple buzz since March with the launch of the iPad 2, however how much hype can you have before it’s no more than crying wolf?  Watching the keynote, the crowd was truly stunned in the unveiling of the latest darling and not in a good way!  If I was in the crowd my thoughts would have been “how in the hell am I going to explain to my boss the cost of this trip as there is no story here”!

What would have been interesting is to do a Tweet info-graphic of all the Twitter Tweets fleeting the room as bet you dollars to my favorite donuts that the number 1 word on the list would be “Lame” followed by “waste of time”!  Well Apple if you’re listening chalk this one up with Mobile Me & Ping while slapping the big “L” (sign)to the forehead as this one is a Big Loser! Let’s hope your next try is better, as Windows 8 Metro might not be looking so bad any more…

Microsoft is Now a Third Class Company, Sort Of…

Its clear that Apple is the once and future king, however the view from the top is always the furthest to the bottom...

With the hot heels of Apple whipping past the energy giant Exxon Mobil to become the most valuable business in the world, there appears to be another shakeup a bit lower on the radar screen which isn’t getting as much press. As Big Blue, yes IBM is now the second-largest tech company by market cap just behind guess who?  That would be right, Apple and nudging out just by a hair that venerable stalwart of Redmond Washington, Microsoft.

This is the first time in 15 years that the likes of Big Blue is standing taller than the folks in Redmond (you the know that company who talked IBM out of MS-Dos). As the clock ticked over at the turn of the millennium (wow! That’s been over a decade ago), Microsoft’s market cap was pegged at three times the size of IBM’s leaving them a bit blue in the face as it topped out at a whopping $600 billion at the peak of Microsoft’s powers. Coincidentally that was also the apex of the dot-com bubble and it surely ain’t the same any more as things have changed since then.

While neither IBM nor Microsoft could hold a candle to the recent growth spurt of our Cupertino friends at Apple, which passed IBM’s total value a mere two years back and then leap froged the bald head of Steve Ballmer at Microsoft’s in the summer of 2010.

However in the last five years, IBM’s market cap has nearly doubled yet the Redmond Microsoft clan as gone the other way by dropping get this an amazing 30 percent, is there a message here? While clearly there were times when this nip and tuck position flipped back and forth it looked inevitable that with its service and hardware platforms that the blue-ness would in the end yield black as in ink.

However in fairness to Microsoft, they had their time in the sun, back in the day when Apple didn’t seem to matter and CD players where all the rage.  However what is interesting is that money can be made in services and the value of software is likely to go the way of the PC down commoditization alley.

However it’s also clear that dominant technologies turn over about 3.5 years (trough to peak) so we are looking at complete cycle time of about 7 years.  What does that mean, well in a about a year or so its time to start shorting Apple, as yes the steam is running out as how much more revolution can they drive before it just becomes repackaged evolution?

The HP Revolving Door at the Top…

Corporate Culture is so "Selectric" it isn't funny! Can you say "Old School"?

I’m sure everyone has heard the news that the Beanie Baby hawking auction Queen Meg Whitman now holds the former CEO “Carly” (Fiorina) seat which was simply being held warm by a few successors.  However an Economist article got me thinking as they fault the [HP] board for hiring yet another outsider supposed “Superstars” instead of hiring from within as culture is key, or at least so says the Economist brain trust.

However the HP life style is something I do know a little about and while it’s been three years since my departure, I’m sure it’s maintained the course [southward] as the same as when I’ve left it. As also in my time there, I got to meet Lou on his way out, and Carly on the way in.  In addition, had spoken with Carly several times afterwards on business topics (one was not so positive, least you think these were all fun town hall meetings).

Yet one of the interesting points is that of “culture” as after the sale of Agilent (the former test and measurement group), life changed.  Then came the Compaq acquisition, where the [culture] change was even more stark as we went from a long haired hippie commune culture, to that of a button down ruthless business environment.  As this is the point, “culture” no longer exists as a whole in corporations, as in today’s world the concept of “Corporate Culture” has gone the way of the Selectric typewriter replaced instead by discrete “cultural environments”.

As when I entered corporate America, you typically didn’t hear from the CEO save for once in a blue moon via a corporate (printed) news letter.  Therefore the “word” made it down the chain via the “telephone” game from manager to underling.  It’s here where “Corporate Culture” played its role much as “social norms” do in the [efficient] conveyance of information.

Fast forward to today, where the CEO sends out emails to the entire company, has a blog and even responds directly to employee communications.  It’s much like the weather, that we can now attain a more affective distribution of “culture to task” rather than one painted with a broad brush.  This in turn improves the overall effectiveness of the company by allowing the various units to adapt as needed instead of being shoe horned into a one size fits all model.

While I’m not sure of what Ms. Whitman’s success will be, as she appears to be more of a start up gal, then “run and grow” juggernaut. However the jury is still out till she gets a couple months under her belt, yet believe the Economist has it wrong when it comes to culture as those days have gone the way of the typewriter…

Austerity, The Forgotten Word…

Give me austerity or give me default! Hmmm, let me think about that one...

A recent Economist article indicated (graphically) the world’s financial situation as a “black hole”, or was it a flushing toilet?  Can’t seem to remember, however both are the same when comes to the current world economy as the story goes on to say one should be “afraid” until action is taken by our political leaders.  However if this isn’t a catch 22, I don’t know what is as the worlds people simply want more while paying less and if their elected officials don’t deliver then to the street they go to make room for the next “sucker”, oops did I actually write that.

As we are in a “no win loop” folks as we are living in what I call the “Wimpy Era” as everyone wants their hamburger today, and fully happy to pay for it on Tuesday.  However, when “Tuesday” does come around there they stand pockets empty asking for yet another burger.  This “Wimpy Side Economics” quickly starts to break down as not only are we seeing this in the United States; however our friends across the pond in the European Union are also suffering too.

As in countries such as Greece, where their national deficit has imploded, the people are taking to the streets in protest demanding yet more from a system which has given yet to much.  Least we think ourselves different in the States; we are not as the Goldman bailout alone dwarfs the entire debacle in Greece, and as our elected officials attempt change people take to the streets claiming unfair treatment and demanding their re-call as their free ride on the health care has come to its final stop.

So why should any politician do anything about the issues, as they walk a tightrope which is unraveling at both ends as they are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.  Which brings me to my point, as why do we as people expect our politicians to be the sole owners of the solution?  As we are the ones with our drunken expectation, and adopted need to suckle from a social tit which has gotten us here.  So where is our ownership in taking action as if we wait for others, the wait will be infinite.

As this is where austerity comes in as walking through London’s Heathrow Airport, noticed a small shop selling replica “war memorabilia” and one was a card saying “Mend and not Replace”.  Which struck me as we live in such a consuming world, as it seems to be nothing more than simply one large landfill.  As Madison Ave has in the post war era conditioned us that buying is good for us, the economy and therefore the country.

However that was in the days of closed markets, when a dollar spent meant a dollar in circulating within a given country’s economy.  However today this is not the case, as the majority of every dollar spent leaves their respective shores never to return.

So instead of looking to others to solve our problems, charity needs to start at home and “we the people” need to take the ownership for our own actions as well as their results and outcome’s and quit depending upon some white night in our daydreams to save the world, as that’s just not going to happen as someone has already hit the flusher…

The US Gets Left Behind (Again)…

The End of a Legend...

As since the 1980s, the  Chicago based Fermilab has been the leader of high-energy physics, in large part thanks to the Tevatron which was the first machine which reached the energies to discover the last quark in the elusive Standard Model.  However the Tevatron has come to the end of its life as at 2pm on Friday September 30th, it will be shut down for the last time.

This move will shift the focus of physicists’ to across the Atlantic, and on  the new darling being the shiny Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. As the LHC is likely to enjoy a long life at the top of the particle physics heap, however in time it too will be superseded by the next big thing.  However what is it that might come next?

With any luck the now unemployed Fermilab scientists might get their way as particle physics could migrate from the world of hadrons to that of muons.  Yet the path to getting there will take not only time, along with serious research, but also one of my favorites being the application of time-dilating relativity.

However as enticing this may be, it has been preceded by a series of bad options starting with the cancellation of the American Superconducting Supercollider (SSC) in the 1990s which gave particle physics here the states a solid kick in the man jewels.  As even with CERN taking the lead,  It still took over a decade for the next big accelerator (LHC) to be built.  Yet even when it reaches the ability to operate at maximum power, it still won’t reach the energies once planned for the mighty SSC.

Additionally the LHC is also fundamentally restricted as its built in tunnels originally designed for an earlier collider and required financial input from just about every country with a physics program to speak of.  Which leaves us with  the harsh question which is whether any machine more powerful than the LHC can or will ever be built.

Yet necessity is also the mother of invention as It has also forced scientists to ponder other new and interesting ways to get particles up to high energies using approaches which are out of the box from the ones used by their forefathers.

Yet all of this is still well off into the future and if it took over a decade to build the world’s largest machine (LHC) then should America want to jump back in with the SSC, it would not be seen in the life time of many reading this post.  However you know what this means?  Yes we are now a “follower”, we are no longer a leader as over the past several decades we have let go of our leadership reins.  While yes you can’t always be the leader all the time, and in everything.  However as a world leader you must be a leader in many things and often (this is what makes you a leader).

Also Mr. Obama, science is the great economic engine of a country, not road construction, or public welfare programs as yes a project like the SSC comes with a major price tag!  However it also comes with major returns as this will lead to high paying domestic job growth, which will lead to foreign investment as they won’t want to be left out of the discoveries, which means money coming back to American shores as Mr. Obama this is why capitalism works and socialism fails as those who do are reward and those don’t and sit on the obese backside to enjoy the Jerry Springer show should not…