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The US Mood: Gloomy

Posted by msrb on October 15, 2008

[Surprise, Surprise!] The Public Has NO faith in U.S. Institutions

“People feel like nothing in the country is working—the president, Congress, corporations.”

The global economic crisis has shattered the public’s faith in U.S. institutions, and dampened their confidence about the future, according to a new Reuters/Zogby poll.

The Reuters/Zogby Index, a measure of “the mood of the country,” fell to 89.7 in October from 96.3 percent in September, when 7 of the 10 indicators of “public opinion used in the index dropped.”


[Swapping Dirty Jokes!]
President George W. Bush and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi share a toast at the official dinner honoring Berlusconi at the White House in Washington October 13, 2008.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque. Image may be subject to copyright.

President [sic] George W. Bush’s job performance rating nosedived to a record low of 21 percent and the approval rating for U.S. Congress fell to 10 percent, near its all-time low.

“It’s a double-whammy—people are concerned about today and they are worried about tomorrow,” said pollster John Zogby, who likened the public mood to the early years of the Great Depression.

“It is safe to say this is the worst crisis in confidence in this country since 1932,” Zogby said. “People feel like nothing in the country is working—the president, Congress, corporations.”

Only 18 percent of the Americans believe the country is on the right track (down from 25 percent last month).

Approval ratings for the Bush administration’s foreign and economic policy nosedived to 7 percent (from 13 percent). More …

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Mandelson: Duplicitous to the Grave

Posted by msrb on October 15, 2008

Submitted by a reader:

Mandelson stunt, which impressed Wen Jiabao, prompting his promotion, ends in kidney ‘failure!’

Politics of Kidney Stone

Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Lord Mandelson, a British Politician and a former European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner, was rushed to hospital with kidney complaints and subsequently diagnosed with having kidney stones, said the British media.

Nothing to it: White, clean and full of protein (!) Peter Mandelson Drinking the local milk during a televised press conference in China.

In an otherwise carefully calculated political stunt, Lord Mandelson in his former role  as an EU Trade Commissioner gulped a glass of Chinese milk on television during a press conference on September 26, a move which prompted the establishment to appoint him as Britain’s Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to appease Beijing.

Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier was overwhelmed by Mandelson’s selfless act of health sacrifice and said: “He committed this act because he not only sees the present, but also the future.”

Alas, it was a short future indeed for Lord Mandelson since it lasted only 9 days before he was rushed to the hospital.

Lord Mandelson’s spokesman said: ‘He won’t want to comment.’

At least 56,000 Chinese babies needed treatment for kidney stones and 4 died [we may never know the exact number of the dead, a state secret] when Chinese companies added melamine, an industrial chemical, to make watered-down milk appear nutritious and used the tainted milk to manufacture infant formula.

The worst contamination case involved infant formula manufactured by a joint venture operation owned by China’s Sanlu and New Zealand’s Fonterra.

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