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  • Joan Denoo

    Some good news for a change! 

    Diablo Canyon to close rather than extend operating license, sooner...

    "environmental groups led by Friends of the Earth, labor unions, and the California electric utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE)," "reached an agreement that Diablo Canyon that the Diablo Canyon nuclear generating station in San Luis Obispo will permanently shutdown in 2025 rather than seek a twenty-year license extension."

    This, and other nuclear power plants closures will cause a high ruckus with pro-nuclear power people.  It will mean we will have to resort to other energy sources.

    When the G. W. Bush administration came into power, he brought in a whole gaggle of neocon, 

    Prominent neocons in the Bush Administration included Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Elliott Abrams, David Addington and Richard Perle.

    From the media: Bill Kristol and Norman Podhoretz. 

    From academia: Bernard Lewis and Victor Davis Hanson 

    The main characteristics of neo-conservatism are:

    • a tendency to see the world in binary good/evil terms
    • low tolerance for diplomacy
    • readiness to use military force
    • emphasis on US unilateral action
    • disdain for multilateral organizations
    • focus on the Middle East

    To my horror, I watched as Obama name his cabinet, he brought in a flock of Bush neocon leftovers as well as the gang of 

     

  • Joan Denoo

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    Obama's Financial Advisors, March 31, 2009

    Ben Bernanke: Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, central bank of USA. South Carolina macroeconomist

    Pete Peterson: businessman, investment bankerfiscal conservative, author, and politician, United States Secretary of Commerce, 

    Chairman of the Council on Foreign RelationsSenior Chairman of the private equity firm, the Blackstone GroupIn 2008, he was ranked 149th on the "Forbes 400 Richest Americans" with a net worth of $2.8 Billion. In 2008, he established The Peter G. Peterson Foundation 

     

    Henry Paulson: 74th United States Treasury SecretaryInternational Monetary Fund Board of Governors, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs.,Time magazine named Paulson as a runner-up for its Person of the Year 2008, saying, with reference to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008: "if there is a face to this financial debacle, it is now his".

    Franklin Delano Raines: former Fannie Mae CEO, received $50 Million bonus, White House budget director under President Bill Clinton, His role leading Fannie Mae has come under scrutiny.

  • Joan Denoo

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    Rahm Emanuel: White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. He served on the board of directors of the federal mortgage firm Freddie Mac at a time when scandal was brewing at the troubled agency and the board failed to spot "red flags," entire board was later accused by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) of having "failed in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention." Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 5th congressional district, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 mid-term elections. chairman of the Democratic Caucus, member of the New Democrat Coalition. Noted for his combative style and his political fundraising abilities

    He articulated his view on the role of government as a positive force to face difficult challenges and solve national problems, notably combating global warming through green energy policies and completely restructuring the healthcare system. Citigroup executive at the center of the current meltdown. 


    Chris Dodd:  #1 recipient of Fannie Mae contributions

    Larry Summers who pushed the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act, 

    Tim Geithner who masterminded the bank bailout, 

    Robert Rubin, a disgraced Citigroup executive at the center of the current meltdown. 

    Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006.

     

    This flock of financial, banking, monied individuals do not look like a balanced cloud of advisors to me.

    Immediately after his election, and again to my horror, Obama let go his progressive advisors, leaving him nesting with a brood of neocons.  

    No wonder 2007-8 came so quickly.