The Ati-thesis , Marxism


"By that definition, a state capitalist country is one where the government controls the economy and essentially acts like a single huge corporation, extracting the surplus value from the workforce in order to invest it in further production.[3] Friedrich Engels, in Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, argues that state capitalism would be the final stage of capitalism consisting of ownership and management of large-scale production and communication by the bourgeois state.[4]"

Quoted from Wikepedia

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries

Definition of Taylor Swifting 1 a : fearlessly using one's life experiences in a song, a blog, or whatever.... b :individualism c : a point of view or tenet put forth as in a personalized narrative Farenheit 2013- a contemporary version of Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury in which censorship takes the form of limiting the length of a thought process to fit in the space between a twitter and an elevator pitch

http://andersenstudiokisckstarterdiaries.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Mystery Of TideSmart Global Stimulus Funding and the Vanishing Media Coverage


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A while back in the post Maine State Enterprises VS The MicroEconomy, I introduced gubernatorial hopeful Steve Woods, and his advocacy for relocating the inhabitants of 108 Maine towns to urban centers. Mr Woods reasoned that the 108 towns were not contributing their fair share to Maine's economy.

As reported recently in the news, China also has a rural relocation plan to ultimately relocate 450 million rural inhabitants to urban centers. China is buying the co-operation of the inhabitants with a free apartments and money, where as Mt Woods is advocating that the inhabitants should be more or less starved our of their homes by depriving said communities of state funds for infrastructure and transportation to remote areas.

I illustrated the disconnect of Mr Wood's selective statistics by pointing our that most of the stimulus funding had gone to urban centers in Southern Maine with Augusta getting about 38% of the take- enabling Augusta to build an airport.

I also mentioned that Mr Woods is the CEO of TideSmart Global which had received both state and federal stimulus funds to build its new business campus in Falmouth,and referenced this article published by prnewswire

The headline of the PR Newswire article features President Obama ( not present)  and Governor Baldacci as honorees at the groundbreaking ceremony of TideSmart Global, all made possible by federal and state stimulus dollars.
The prnewswire article quotes from Mr Woods and mentions that Mr Woods presented President Obama and Governor Baldacci with a commemorative stone in appreciation of the support he received from the stimulus programs and how TideSmart Global  couldn't have built their campus without all the help received.

The article goes on to report that Governor Baldacci applauded the project with these words"
, "I've never seen so much enormous earth work done in the state of Maine."

However the article does not identify the amount of state and federal stimulus funds distributed to TideSmart Global to finance the large and impressive business campus. I could not find TideSmart Global listed on Recovery.Org.

Recently I put in a freedom Of Access request to David Heidrich, Jr, Assistant Director of Communications, Department of Administrative and Financial Services

I received the following in response to that request:

Dear Ms. Andersen:

There are no documents responsive to your request in the possession of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.


The State of Maine’s accounting system does not include a direct payment or direct payments to a vendor named TideSmart Global or any variation thereof.
The State’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 database does not include a subaward or an expenditure record for a vendor containing the name TideSmart.
 Finally, the Federal Recovery database does not include a recipient with a name containing TideSmart.
According to Recovery.gov, Falmouth was the site of 15 awards under ARRA. Six of these awards went to the Town of Falmouth, three went to the Governor Baxter School For The Deaf, three awards to The Student Conservation Association Inc., two to to Titcomb, R P & Associates, and one to the Maine Department of Transportation.
I hope that you find this information helpful.
Sincerely,
David Heidrich, Jr.
Assistant Director of Communications
Department of Administrative and Financial Services


I then did another search for the news story noticed that there were no articles about the TideSmartGlobal project to be found in the Maine media.

 I searched online at both the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News . The Portland Press Herald files did not appear to date back to 2010. The Bangor Daily News has no record of the TideSmart Global stimulus project.The Bangor Daily News does have a news story on record feature a stimulus program for the ports in Febuary of 2010.

If Tide Smart Global was not financed by federal and state stimulus funds, what reason would prnewswire, a reputable news organization, have for posting a false story that says it was?

 If TideSmart Global was financed by federal and state stimulus funds, why are there no records of it in the Maine State accounting system or on recovery.org?

If TideSmart Global was not financed with federal and state stimulus funds, then how was it financed?

Why is there no record of the Maine media reporting on the TideSmart Global

These are questions that need answers.

News Publications Featuring PR Newswire Article

Daily Finance
DM Foruns (article no longer available)
CNS NEWS MONEY WATCH ( By: TideSmart Global via PR Newswire)


Note Added Aug 30 2013. After discovering that code had been inserted into this post making all  links dysfunctional, I have corrected them and instituted other security measures. However the link to the CBS News Money Watch Story which cited TideSmart Global as the author, now leads only to an error page.I searched for it on the web again without success but a search for the title of the article leads to many web results. The title is President Obama and Maine Governor Baldacci Receive Commemorative Gift at Ground Breaking Ceremony for Construction Expansion Made Possible by Federal and State Stimulus Programs


Monday, June 17, 2013

The Chained Consumer Price Index: Standard of Living Spirals Downward As Cost of Living Decreases

I am taking a short break  from my story line to report of several other issues of import. the first being the new accounting method which the government has devised to calculate increases in the cost of living. Based on this new accounting devise alone, The government can now report that the rate of increase in the  cost of living is on the decline.

The new method is call Chained Consumer Price Index.  It is in the newly proposed budget for Maine but I believe that the source is the federal government:

Title 36: TAXATION Part 8: INCOME TAXES Chapter 841: INFLATION ADJUSTMENTS §5402. Definitions


This Part suspends the inflation adjustment for income tax brackets for tax year beginning in 2014 and 2015 and provides that the inflation adjustment calculation for tax years beginning after 2015 must be based on the Chained Consumer Price Index instead of the Consumer Price Index


Here is my layman's analysis based on this article:
Measuring Up:The Case for the Chained CPI
Moment of Truth Project, by Adam Rosenberg
Marc Goldwein
Updated December 12, 2012

One of the first thing ones learns is that without changing anything- such as the amount of paper money printed up by the federal reserve- that by using a Chained Consumer Price index instead of the standard consumer price index, the rate of escalation in  the cost of living slows and falls magically downward. Based on my quick perusal of the article linked above, this is done by calculating in changes in consumer spending habits- so if the consumer used to buy a certain item but found that they could no longer afford to do so because the purchasing power of their dollars would no longer accommodate such an item- and if the consumer then substitutes a lower cost item for the item they formerly purchased, then by using the Chained Consumer Price index, the cost of living did not go up as much as it did if the standard consumer price index is used . It is called a Chained Consumer Price Index because the index is calculated by chaining months together so that if in one month the consumer purchased the more expensive item but in the next month the consumer found a lesser expensive item- the cost of living increase will be calculated as less by using the Chained Consumer Price Index. This allows the government to report that the cost on the purchasing power of every one's money isn't as much as it used to be when the state takes worthless federal money and distributes it into the economy via benefits to targeted sector elite.

Using this accounting gimmick- without changing anything else, the government can then report that the rate of increase in the cost of living has decreased- thanks to all the ways that the consumer has found to make his dollar stretch a little further and the government doesn't have to change its own spending habits one iota to realize this improvement in the cost of living!

But even worse, this is a mechanism for a constant downward spiral in the standard of living, as the consumer finds way to adapt to a shrinking dollar, the government uses the adaptations of the consumer as a measure of the cost of living,  used to calculate the inflation adjustment on taxation, justifying higher taxes and then the cycle repeats itself. The Chained Consumer Index is not really a measure of changes in the cost of living but a measure of changes in the standard of living.