Reading, writing, and politics


I am down to reading two books, according to my mood. I began The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo evening before last. I’ve read four chapters and the one thing that troubles me is a plethora of characters are being developed along with a story line and plot. It is a good book so far and will make a very good read if it doesn’t become over populated with character mannerisms. I’ve also had to (didn’t have to but thought it was best) do a bit of research on Sweden’s financial relationships with Eastern Europe and Poland in particular when Bolsheviks lost control with the fall of communism. I found that Sweden and Germany seemed to be the two main players in the attempt to make the former Soviet Bloc nations into capitalist societies. France, Italy, Switzerland, and England were also highly involved. The articles were interesting reading on their own. Anyway, with the background and what I’ve so far read in the book; this looks to be an involved and convoluted mystery. It is supposedly based on fact.
It is 12:45pm and the rain has just changed over to snow. I had my doc’s appointment rescheduled for nest month; my schnoz is fine and the scar is nice and pink; it will soon turn snow white. If it looks too bad, I can comb my mustache up over it.
“As the President said last night, the most important contest we face as a nation is not between our political parties – it’s a contest among our competitors across the globe for the jobs and industries of the future. It’s about winning the future.
To win that contest, we must out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.  We must take responsibility for our deficit and reform the way government works, so that it’s leaner, smarter and better equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

The above is from an email propaganda which I received from the president’s press secretary. All I can say is he better concentrate on fixing the problems at home before he saves us from the world. He should have jumped off his bipartisan horse when the Republicans treated him the way they did over medical reform. He needs to kick some corporate ass and grab some political  short-hairs. Make these jerks state their true case in public and point out every inconsistency in their words and actions. When Obama gets some control of our domestic fiasco, he can concentrate on our place in the world markets. He must move decisively and quickly.
Have a good’un, my friends.

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  1. We (Poland) made ourselves into democratic and capitalist society. We didn’t need a help of Sweden; and we didn’t ask for such help and we didn’t receive it.
    Yes, three countries helped us to overcome some of our economic troubles – England, Italy and Ireland. In bad years 2004, 2005, 2006 many of Poles could work in these countries. I think about legal jobs, of course.

    We all in Europe heard about parliament speech of Barack Obama. We admire his amazing energy. It’s really good to have such leader, such president!
    Gentle kiss for your pink nose, Ken. 😉

    • When I say countries going into Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 1990s, it is mostly business investors, some trying to make quick money and others there for the long haul. As you know, there was much confusion at the time with everyone with aspirations of money and power trying to make their fame and many outside business interests were willing to exploit whomever and where ever they could. I really do not know what happened as I wasn’t there; I just read some interesting articles about foreign investments and a few unscrupulous investors from the West.

      Obama is young and energetic for sure, but his leadership qualities aren’t very good. He has turned out to be what I predicted he would be three years ago; just another politician.

      Your gentle kiss makes my nose blush. 🙂

      Thanks, Jola.

    • Here is one example of what I read; it is from Polish government:

      The foreign capital coming into the Polish economy has fulfilled a very important role in the process of privatisation and restructuring. The majority of foreign investment to Poland has taken the most desirable form – direct investment (FDI). Such investments have meant new companies starting from scratch or enterprises already existing on the Polish market being taken over.

      Before 1989, foreign companies did not operate in Poland (except for so-called ‘Polonia’ firms). Today, 95,6% of capital coming into the country comes from OECD countries (more than $85 billion). According to PAIIZ, about $11 billion of FDI came into Poland in 2006. The total value of FDI coming into Poland in the period 1990-2005 is $89 billion.,investment,468.html

      • Why do foreign companies operate in Poland so willingly? Much more willingly than in Hungary or Romania? They operate here because we are ready to absorb such potential. Our workers are good qualified, we are rather well-educated ad our currency (zloty) is strong. Yes, foreign investors (honest) are welcome here. If we can teach us new modern things, oh, it’s wonderful! Nevertheless I save my money in Polish bank, and my insurance company is also Polish.

        Very good research, my friend. Thank you. 🙂

      • Foreign investment is very good; just do not allow your country to be completely owned by foreign investments like we have in U.S. Nearly all the largest American corporations are either out-right owned or mostly owned by foerign money. The American people have little to offer except strong backs and weak minds Thanks, my friend. 🙂

  2. I will be interesting to see if we innovate or just continuw down the same path. Of course if we keep cutting education then we are screwed.

    • I suppose we will go where our corporate leaders take us; so far it has been a muddy road for the tax payers.
      Thanks, Mark.

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