Saturday, June 23, 2012

GM Why did we bail them out?

I know it was about jobs and such.  Too bad there wasn't a buyer so they could have gone Chapter 7.  GM has been a lousy car company for at least two or three decades.   Whenever you think they might have learned a lesson or three, well they come through and show us that they really should have gone under a long time ago.  Oh, we, the U.S. government, is still in the red on GM stock.

Engine fires force GM to recall more than 475,000 Cruze compact cars

This Explanation Makes Sense

Why did the early Brits put bunch of rock slabs in the ground in a circular pattern?  We call it Stonehenge, who knows what they called it.  There have been all kinds of whacked out guesses about who and why it was built.  Druids, aliens, witches and so on.   The proposed uses have been as equally fantastic.  Don't forget the Brits also gave us crop circles.  They are second only to us in gullibility.

Okay, how about seeing the rocks as a monument to themselves and their politics.  That seems very, very human.

Stonehenge was built to unify Britain, researchers conclude

Where's the MAD?

After we developed the bomb the Commies/Russkies followed suit.  We ushered in the Cold War.  Mutual assured destruction is about the only thing that kept us from blowing the crap out of each other and the world.  Now we done a bit of cyberwar on Iran.  Are we at war with them?  It's similar to what we did with the bomb.  I wonder where's the MAD thing that will check our worst behaviors?  When will the tat for our tit occur?

Stuxnet and the Bomb

We're #1 in human biomass!

Hot damn, we're 6% of the world's population but our lard butts let us make up 34% of the world's total flesh. Now that's some serious fat.  We may not keep the title for too long, other nations are larding up too. Of course we may all starving puddle of goo when the AC and food run out---

Global Shift to Obesity Packs Serious Climate Consequences 



If you look at the table below, you should note that federal employment has declined over the years. It's been flat for the past decade or two. We also should not that the Federal budget is much, much bigger in 2010 than it was in 1962. In any other context we be talking about a rather remarkable efficient and productive workforce. Instead government employees are usually vilified by the GOP and sometimes by the Jackasses. It's most odd.
YearExecutive branch civilians (thousands)Uniformed military personnel (thousands)Legislative and judicial branch personnel (thousands)Total Federal personnel (thousands)
19622,4852,840305,354
1963 22,4982,732305,260
1964 22,4702,719315,220
19652,4962,687325,215
19662,7263,129335,888
19672,9683,413346,416
19683,0203,584356,639
1969 33,0403,499366,575
1970 42,9443,104386,085
1971 42,8832,752405,675
19722,8232,360425,225
19732,7812,289445,113
19742,8472,198465,091
19752,8482,164495,061
19762,8332,119505,002
19772,8402,112535,005
19782,8752,099555,028
19792,8232,063534,939
1980 42,8212,090554,965
1981 42,8062,122544,982
19822,7702,147554,972
19832,8202,163565,039
19842,8542,178565,088
19853,0082,190585,256
19862,9662,206555,228
19873,0302,213585,301
19883,0542,176595,289
19893,0642,168605,292
1990 43,0672,106615,234
1991 43,0482,040645,152
19923,0171,848664,931
19932,9471,744664,758
19942,9081,648634,620
19952,8581,555624,475
19962,7861,507614,354
19972,7251,439624,226
19982,7271,407624,196
19992,6871,386634,135
2000 42,6391,426634,129
2001 42,6401,428644,132
20022,6301,456664,152
20032,6661,478654,210
20042,6501,473644,187
20052,6361,436654,138
20062,6371,432634,133
20072,6361,427634,127
20082,6921,450644,206
20092,7741,591664,430
2010 42,7761,602644,443
Table Source: Historical Federal Workforce Tables