Monday, November 24, 2008

Barack Obama Introduces His Economics Team

Tough Team Needed For Obama's Big Jolt

People who complain about Barack Obama picking experienced insiders rather than political newbies can't be serious about change. It's not that he has moved "center-right", but that he is getting ready for the Big Bang, the Big Jolt!

If Obama were interested in mainly posing as a radical president, he could very well have started to stuff his coming cabinet with ideological lefties, but such an Obama administration would hardly have survived half it's political honeymoon. There will be missteps, but if you assemble an inexperienced team in a time of crisis, and then launch a program of radical change, you are setting yourself up for failure.

Instead, Obama is picking out a team that instills confidence even among his political enemies, and makes the conservative columnist in New York Times, David Brooks, burst out that "I find myself tremendously impressed by the Obama transition".

"Obama seems to have dispensed with the romantic and failed notion that you need inexperienced 'fresh faces' to change things. After all, it was L.B.J. who passed the Civil Rights Act. Moreover, because he is so young, Obama is not bringing along an insular coterie of lifelong aides who depend upon him for their well-being.

As a result, the team he has announced so far is more impressive than any other in recent memory. One may not agree with them on everything or even most things, but a few things are indisputably true.
First, these are open-minded (.........)
Second, they are admired professionals. (....)
Third, they are not excessively partisan. (....)
Fourth, they are not ideological. (....)
Finally, there are many people on this team with practical creativity. (....)

Believe me, I’m trying not to join in the vast, heaving O-phoria now sweeping the coastal haute bourgeoisie. But the personnel decisions have been superb. The events of the past two weeks should be reassuring to anybody who feared that Obama would veer to the left or would suffer self-inflicted wounds because of his inexperience. He’s off to a start that nearly justifies the hype."

The team he is putting together is a team that can handle the Big Jolt necessary to jump start the American economy and lead the world economy out of the recession, and out of the disastrous Bush/Cheney Era.

"We need a clear break," Austan Goolsbee, one of Obama's top economic advisors told CNBC, CNN and MSNBC on Monday morning, in advance of the President-elect's announcement of his economic team, which is expected around noon today.

Goolsbee made clear that the new president will "come in with a bang... a one-two punch" in terms of a huge economic rescue package, which some experts believe could reach a trillion dollars if not more. Obama will cut taxes for most Americans, investment in the country's collapsing infrastructure, as well as in schools and green energy, just the kind of investments that can create jobs and raise the economy's efficiency over time, as well as make the U.S. more independent of foreign oil and make a contribution to fighting global warming.

Getting an experienced team in place does not mean sacrificing "change". Having Barack Obama in place as the "decidererer" means that change reached the top. The rest is execution, and it better be executed well, or we are heading further down the slope.

Hans Sandberg

Sunday, November 2, 2008

On Gizmondo's Promised Revival, Rusty Car Batteries & the Medieval Treatment

It’s hard to please everybody. Hence I'm facing a gruesome threat from a blogger who seems to lack both good taste (see his screen name) and common sense (a rusty car battery may not do the job). But, he assures me, if I "told the truth" he might spare me the “medieval treatment” (did they use car batteries back then?) or a free trip to Gitmo (medieval enough I guess.)

on Sept. 11, 2008
I'd like to see this journalist Hans Sandberg hooked up to a lie-detector while his balls were connected to a rusty car battery. If he told the truth about actually seeing and experiencing the Gizmondo 2 then its all good. If he lies then he gets the medieval treatment to his gonads. Or just send him down to Guantanamo for a little "enhanced interrogation".

This vitriol followed a blog post by Jeff on Giant Bomb Video Game News hoping to abort the arrival of Gizmondo 2 (or 1.5 if you so prefer that).

“Self-described Swedish-American journalist Hans Sandberg has the inside track on the zombie handheld that just won't die. Yes, he claims to have seen the Gizmondo 2,” Jeff writes and continues: ”The new device, weirdly enough, seems to look exactly like the old one. The insides, however, will apparently sport a newer Nvidia graphics chip and will offer a choice of operating systems. So it'll be able to run Windows CE 6.0 or Google's upcoming Android OS. But you'll have to choose at purchase--you won't be able to change back and forth.”

On September 9th, Rich Jenkins, CEO of Media Power, unpacked and showed me a Gizmondo, which he said was part of the first shipment to reach the U.S. I admit that I made a mistake in not having him turn it on, but it was already late, I had a train to catch, and besides, I couldn’t see what he had to gain by pulling out an old Gizmondo.

People who say that the new Gizmondo looks exactly like the old one are right, because it does. Carl Freer told me a year ago that they decided to use the old design rather than to start on a new one in order to bring it to the market fast and inexpensive. After my September post about the December arrival of the re-launched Gizmondo, Carl Freer clarified that it still uses the first version of the chip set, but that he plans to upgrade it in a second release. With that clarification, the rest of my report stands as reported on my blog. Whether Carl Freer and his team manage to deliver on time is not up to me. The October launch of the website has obviously been postponed, but I would not rule the whole thing out because of that. October has after all been a rather rocky month for all of us, so if it forced Freer to push back his plan somewhat, I would give him the benefit of doubt.

Hans Sandberg

PS. Here is a real medieval tool for torture.
I found it in Siena in Italy and it works fine
without car batteries.

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