Today's Note From a Madman

Thursday, July 28, 2005



Stupid Quote in the Lead

"This agreement (CAFTA) will create American jobs, lower the trade deficit, help us win the textile war against China, and provide security and stability in our hemisphere. The momentum is building. I am confident that when a vote is taken this agreement it will pass."
-Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Hey Rep. Brady, I have some questions for you:

I'm confident about something, Congressman Brady. I'm confident in my appraisal of you.
You're a PUTZ! (it's Yiddush... look it up)


-Noah Greenberg

Today's good news: The Bush administration has done nothing to change Health Care.
Today's bad news: (see above).
-Noah Greenberg



Hey... Is Karl Rove in jail yet? has he lost his job? has President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush even asked him what his role in the releasing of Valerie Plame's identity was? Is GW even the least bit curious?

How about Robert Novak? When is he going to set up a cot in the cell next to Judith Miller's?

I just want to know one thing: How does telling the World that Ambassador Joe Wilson's wife is a CIA operative make US safer?

-Noah Greenberg

NOW there are cops on subways

I take New York City's subways. I take them about three days a week. Two of my three brothers live in Manhattan and take the subways at least twice a day, every day. Something strange happened on July 8, 2005... I saw New York City's finest on New York City's subways for the first time since 9/11.

Now I'm sure I saw an NYPD officer here and there on the "1" or "9"train from time to time before that I just can't recall. But certainly not in the kinds of numbers that I have seen lately. On every subway platform (all of them in Manhattan) there have been at least 2 police officers present. While no one has frisked me, they are checking many people before they get in the train. So what, you might ask, am I so ticked off about? Here goes:

1- It's almost four years since those terrorist bastards murdered three-thousand of my fellow New Yorkers (although some of US live in New Jersey or Connecticut, every one of US is a little bit a New Yorker). What took so long to get officers on the subways? We obviously didn't learn from 9/11. The Madrid attacks were taken out on people who don't speak English as their first language, so we said "Tsk, Tsk" and went on our merry way. But the London Underground is very much like our NYC subway, and if it can happen there to people who speak English over there, it can certainly happen to people who speak English (well, sort of)  here, too.

2- Two police officers on the underground subway platforms are a nice idea, but useless. Once a backpack bomb is underground, it can be detonated and the damage will be done. The officers should be placed at every entrance to every subway station. If that can't be accomplished, close some of the entrances and/ or some subway stations. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that its just as easy to get on a train in Coney Island as it is to get on that same train under Madison Square Garden.

The overwhelming sentiment shared by most New Yorkers is "It's going to happen. Let's just get on with our lives until it does." Well if that's the case, let's make it as difficult as possible for these bastards to get their "72 virgins".


We're so used to lip service with no substance that mediocre has become "good enough." Well it isn't good enough any more.

-Noah Greenberg

The McClellan Dance

Q Has Karl Rove offered to resign, in view of his problems?

MR. McClellan: Again, you keep asking these questions that are related to an
ongoing investigation --

Q Does he still have his security clearance?

MR. McClellan: -- and those are questions that have already been addressed.

Q No, they -- I've never heard this before. Have you?

MR. McClellan: The question has been asked before.

Q We haven't heard an answer.

Q What was your answer?

Q There hasn't been an answer.

-Robert Scardapane

Rhian's Crystal Ball

What occurred to me as the Prime Minister of India was laying his (private part) in the hand of our President, after all the rest of the 'accomplishments' of the Bush administration, in covert war against the US and Israel, was this:

When the US has become publicly as well as secretly the global power everyone must obey, and has established the American version of fascism (currently called democracy by the Bush thugs) throughout the entire population of the US by whatever means are necessary, and China rises to take the throne, what options will there be for citizens of the United States of America, who will, regardless of consequence, be Constitutional supporters (like Ron Paul in Texas for example), who will fight for neither US fascism, nor Chinese communism??? We are within five to seven years of such a predicament. All of us now alive, will still be alive.

Our children are and will be either used in foreign wars, their blood spilled, or imprisoned as traitors, if they won't go.

Shouldn't we, who will unite under the Constitution of the United States of America, organize now, set up headquarters and form what would be the third existing government in the United States? (One being the DC fiasco, the other being the shadow government, also fully organized and functional, but operating behind the public administration to accomplish global control)

I'm tired of being told, 'don't worry about it, there will be plenty of us men to take care of things.' (I sometimes wonder if women will ultimately bear responsibility for anything that happens on earth, before the judgment seat of
God, where we all will go)

If there is already an organization, the third government, based on the Constitution, could I sign up? If there isn't one, I'll start it. Volunteers? Anyone? We will need to elect a President of the People as the first order of business.


Advanced Economics

Economics is dense and frustrating because it can't be called a predictive science in the sense of classical Newtonian celestial mechanics. So-called dynamic systems may exist at the classical level like the atmospheric phenomena of weather (deterministic) or at the subatomic quantum level (non-deterministic), but at any level future contingencies in a dynamic system are only partially predictable because initial conditions may contain highly subtle variables (the so-called "butterfly effect") that may cause the pattern to diverge. These are called bifurcations, and can be graphed and computer-colored in several ways including the famous and beautiful Julia and Mandelbrot's "sets." The timing and actual pattern of a bifurcation can't be known until it actually occurs--and changes the original pattern.

Thus, in chaos-ruled fields, which includes most of nature including human nature, scientific "predictions" have to be a combination of information gathering, rational analysis, and art (creative hunch, seat-of-the-pants educated guesswork). Some prime examples:

--weather prediction
--Brownian movement of molecules in non-solids
--quantum level particle behavior
--mass/mob human psychology
--connectivities and electric discharges in the brain
--movement of the earth's crust
--AND. . . macroeconomics.

I've long been interested in chaos theory*, and that's why I'm an incurable economic Keynesian. Cambridge being one of the world's top science and math universities and J. M. Keynes having been a friend of many artists like Clive Bell & Virginia Wolf, the Bloomsbury Group included both artists & physicists, including quantum physicists. While chaos theory didn't come into full bloom until popular use of the computer starting in the 1960s, the odd problems in thermodynamics that led to quantum physics & fractal math were both in full swing in the 1920s-30s. Keynes and his friends and advisors understood that it was randomness and sudden random change that made economic prediction so perilous. They taught that economic policy makers, futurists, and all others who attempt to "prophesy" for society, must avoid dogmatism and "micromanagement". Which is why, despite China's success, democracies like Sweden are better at it over the long haul than dictatorships. (Also why smart prophets like the Sibylline Oracle and Nostradamus were so cryptic and vague!)

The watchword of Keynesian economics is flexibility, a deep understanding that although some contingencies are more probable than the rest, many others are possible--and the only future certainty is that there will be change. Keynesianism's policy of "choosing the economic system to suit the situation, then changing direction as needed to meet the next situation" is the only approach that could possibly work in a fractal universe. (Like a cat, twist in the air, land on all four feet and live out nine lives.) It did work in the US as long as the government wasn't locked into unchangeable capitalist & monetarist (voodoo economics) policy.

Flexibility appears to work in China. They seem savvy to it, despite the rigidity of Marxism. Except for that awful episode of the Cultural Revolution, China has always seemed more economically flexible than Soviet Russia. Maybe it's because of China's thousands of years of shrewd merchandising experience, longer than any other country's. For 25 years, since Reagan closed the door on thinking in this country, China's been more flexible than America--both tragic and dangerous.

-Jenny Hanniver

In response to my call into Air America Radio's Morning Sedition (Wednesday, July 27), Mitch Weiss sent me a little note:

We heard you on Morning Sedition today. Yeah!!!! Keep doing the big work.

My call in to the show was in response to their asking for anyone with real answers to possible terrorist threats in New York City and in our airports. My answer went something like this:

TAG 'em

In order for someone (not a US citizen) to come into our country, we should have a way of keeping tabs on them. Some sort of electronic tag could be used to track people that come here for all of the various reason people come to the United States, particularly our metropolitan areas, like New York. My suggestion was some sort of bracelet to be used as a tracking device. My brother, Perry suggested an electronic identification card that tourists, foreign workers, etc must keep with them at all times. I don't care what the device is, as long as we know who is here and when they are leaving.

That's when Mark Maron, one of the Morning Sedition hosts said, "You mean you want to put a chip on everyone's head?"

I responded, "That'll be an awfully big staple gun, but no. I just want to keep tabs on people that are our 'guests'".

I then went on to quickly explain an idea centered around gate security at our nation's airports. The idea is simple: Since we all have to be at the airports two hours before our flight, why not take that time to inspect everyone's bag and person while they wait at the gate? In a brief table (, we note that it would cost no more than $3.00 extra per ticketed passenger to pay for this expense. El Al has put in extreme measures that appear to be working, so why can't we?

The "Marks" on Morning Sedition said their farewells to me by calling me "An excitable guy."

I guess I am.

A third idea would be to make responsible a named government official for every person coming into the US. In order for a foreign national to come into the US, they would have to be interviewed by someone in their native country, and approved by that person first. Then there would have to be a contact that is responsible for that individual here in the US. If that "tourist" is planning on staying in the US for more than their stated time, they'll need to check in with their country's US contact.

Granted, these are rough ideas and many might not agree with them. Even though I am a member of the ACLU myself, I can hear them cursing me now. I think my views are pragmatic, and I'm open for suggestions.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to training Iraqi forces outside of Iraq, Justin Green writes:

So, if you want to know why the U.S. has not accepted the offers from nations to train Iraqi security forces, perhaps you should find out which companies have the contracts to train those forces, the value of the contracts, and the political loyalties of the managers. Certainly, they could not keep the contract and conduct training outside of Iraq, no nation would permit it. So, if they are going to make the money, the U.S. must decline the help of its allies and train at home in Iraq - unlike everyone else in the world. Bringing the trainees into bases or camps, as the Army, etc., do here and elsewhere, just makes for a bigger, more enticing target.


Oh, great. More homework. -NG

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-Noah Greenberg