October 20, 2011
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The American-Chinese Trade War Heats Up
After years of American solar panel producers giving the cold shoulder to sizzling Chinese competition sequestering colossal sales with unscrupulous warlike tactics. Now at the brink of extinction seven American solar panel producers banded together to defend American manufacturing.
How Will the Americans Save Their Industry?
Seven Solar companies, led by SolarWorld Industries America, have filed a broad trade case before Commerce Department to institute tariffs that would double the price of imported Chinese solar panels. This protectionist tax wall would inflate the price of Chinese imports. Demand for Chinese solar panels would elastically erode with the price increase. The supply of Chinese solar panels in the American market would also deteriorate. Meanwhile, American panels would be substituted into the fair playing field.
Critics question the damage this move could do to the blossoming solar market. This will doubtlessly raise the price of solar panels and reduce quantity. However, everyone agrees it will funnel money to American industry and build American jobs to compete with the Chinese.
Chinese solar panel manufactures have already captured over fifty percent of the international market and eclipsed the United States’ production. Only a scant six percent of sales remain in American hands. However, with recent blows to domestic companies such as the bankruptcy of Solyndra, it appears the Chinese seek to monopolize the market.
This cannot stand. America is in a trade war with China; mobilizing in support of the American companies is the first step in retaking our own economy
How are the Chinese Acting Illegally?
Nationally, the Chinese government is stacking the deck. Chinese companies are able to outbid American manufactures at extraordinary rates that far outpace Chinese technical development. Their government sabotages laissez-faire and gives the Chinese produces a disproportional advantage with no interest loans and free land. This is a definitive trade violation. America reaps bittersweet sorrow with the Chinese criminality. Early solar energy adapters are excited by the prospects of cheaper solar panels in the short-term. Meanwhile, their neighbors lose their domestic alternative energy jobs and cannot afford anything more than unemployment will allow.
Each company itself is also rife with corrupt affairs. Accusations of corporate fraud against Chinese companies rival the gross output of #OccupyWallStreet. Chinese panel output is hampered intermittently by furious strikes that threaten Chinese manufacturing and international sustainable energy.
Bernie Madoff would be proud; not since his bankrupting of charities has such wholesale criminality at the expense of the American public. The Chinese parallel this infamous criminal on a transcontinental scale. First, trust is built on the quicksand of an inflated currency and illegal tactics. Second, in the darkest days of the recession the criminal is unmasked. An empty husk of charitable hopes and broken panels of the alternative energy dream are all that remain.
How Must America Retaliate?
America is in a trade war with the Chinese. Action must be taken. Currently, Both sides symbiotically cooperate for shared prosperity. However, nibbles of this analogy are being eaten by the Chinese as they consume the American economy for their own benefit. Already, China has simply cut off trade of rare-earth metals to the United States. In Libya, they opposed NATO by attempting to arm the Pro-Gaddafi forces with over two hundred million dollars in weapons.
Whether the politicians like it or not America is at war with the Chinese. Protect our own industries is the only way to insure the continuation of the American dream. The only alternative is to watch the lights across the United States go dark, one by one, as we are blotted out by the Sino smog.
October 5, 2011
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Apple’s Ipad 2: $499
Amazon’s Fire: $199
India’s Aakash: $35
Connecting 220 million students with the world’s cheapest tablet: Priceless.
India drives to connect rural students
What is The “Aakash“?
It is a low-cost, high-performance computer tablet, price at $35 per device.
It is designed to proliferate knowledge through education in India, especially in rural regions. Despite its rock bottom price it still displays a 7 inch screen, plays high-definition video, streams video chatting, hosts word processing, runs Android 2.2 operation system, possesses 32 gigabyte memory, uses GPRS for connecting to the Internet from anywhere, and uses WiFi for Youtube streaming in hot spots. The Indian government will subsidized each table down to $35. This is ideal for university students because it allows them to build better human capital with their limited resources. Previously, many have been cut off from the rest of the world due nonexistent infrastructure.
The English translation of Aakask is “sky.” This tablet’s release will mark the beginning of a new dawn in education in India and the world.
What Does Aakash Mean For The Tablet Market?
Datawind, the private company manufacturing Aakash, announced that the tablet will be priced at $60 dollars for the commercial market. It will be on shelves by November. This will encroach on the tablet war already progressing in India; currently Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7 holds just under half the market and less than one in five tablets is an Apple Ipad. Dozens of other models struggle for niches. The vanguard shipment of Aakash tablets numbers 100,000. When this large-scale field test proves successful eight to ten million more will be bought by the Indian government.
Undercutting the more expensive tablets the Aakash will force innovation and a price war. Aakash forces a technological survival of the fittest; the best and cheapest technologies will overthrow the more expensive models. The economist term for this is creative destruction.
Unless other companies build a better tablet they very simply will be locked out of the market. The cunning Indian government will disseminate cheaper and higher quality tablets, with internet access, by forcing the hand of the private sector.
What Does This Mean for the Future of Indian Education?
At the unveiling today Kapil Sibal, the Indian Human Resource Minister, aptly described Aakash’s historic significance,
“There are some moments in history that will be milestones recognised by future generations. This is one such milestone. Today, we see the beginning of a dream realised, a dream in which every student in every corner of this country will have access to technology that defines the 21st Century.”
By bringing the world to the fingertips of their students schools towards increasing the quality of education exponentially. Answers to impossible questions will be just a click away.
It also forces the hand of Western education. Already, towns and cities across the Western world have already launched similar educational initiative. This is not enough; every statistic points to American and European students falling behind their Chinese and Indian counterparts. Many American colleges already distribute laptops, tablets must be given to the coming classes if American schools are to stay competitive. Otherwise, American education will fall victim to creative destruction.
October 2, 2011
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What’s wrapped in orange netting, tastes like pepper spray, and is synonymous with “revolutionary?” The Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Police Officers Arrest Over 500 Occupiers
What Happened Today?
With chants like, “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho. Corp-rate Greed has got to go!” Hundreds of Occupiers moved from New York City towards Brooklyn, across the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Many took the pedestrian walkway and protested unmolested. An undetermined number of demonstrators were entrapped in the traffic lanes, by police officers. They were cordoned for hours as police officers arrested a few at a time. All were arrested. By 8:05 the Brooklyn Bridge was reopened, much to the inflamed bemusement of commuters.
Growing numbers of Occupy Wall Street protesters, initially it was announced that 400 were arrested, then 500, and now more than700, were arrested in The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge. Many of those who have been arrested have been released with a mere summons. The NYPD is simply running out of resources such as, as many dark humor activists have pointed out, cable ties.
The Aftermath Facts
The precincts are full, the 700 protesters arrested today it is said they have been left on buses for the time being. No water, no food. Apparently, international photographer to Monica Lopez has taken photos of a twelve-year-old girl getting arrested. Several marines, in organized fashion, are coming to support the cause, have are coming to support the protesters. At least one legal observer was arrested. These revolutionaries are in it for the long haul. There is no sign of them halting, their momentum only gains.
How is the Protest Progressing?
For hours a live feed of the Occupy Wall Street protests have streamed, live, their demands. The growing multitudes voice their demands in call and response pattern; one leader speaks their beliefs and the congregation echoes their concern. Their concerns are simple; protect our environment, protect our security, protect our jobs, and above all protect the rights and political power of the “99%.” The 99% refers to the everyday American, not the Wall Street Broker or the Hollywood Big Shot, but instead the everyday hero.
They fight for every teachers, every soldiers, every salesmen, everybody who has ever worked in a cubicle, and even every police officer. Our jobs have been leached from America, globalized by corporate greed as our national stability is endangered by an increasingly polarized Congress. They are speaking out because the system of checks and balances is out of balance and too many good people are getting hurt for the benefit of a few fat cats, who have bankrupt this once great nation, can lounge in their penthouses. This will not continue, the Occupiers will have victory.
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