Monday, April 17, 2006

Getting Out The Vote

Last week, the Federal Reserve released the transcripts of its meetings from 2000 (the Fed releases its transcripts with a lag of at least five years). This may say something about me, but I've found that transcripts of Fed meetings from almost six years ago can make for interesting reading. Here's an exchange from the November 2000 meeting (page 94 of the transcript) which took place against the backdrop of the Florida recount in the presidential election:

Chicago Fed President Michael Moskow (joking about the possibility of a recount of the Fed's decision on rates): "And finally, I just want to say that if there is going to be a recount, I would like to speak first because those of us in Chicago know how to handle recounts!"

Chairman Alan Greenspan: "I've heard that if you rig the numbers in the beginning, you won't have to do a recount."

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

TCR, i'm guessing you're not married yet :) otherwise u'd NOT be reading Greenie from circa 2000
but, i must admit, that is a great comment he made.

i'm single as such i downloaded and will read the entire document.

4/17/2006 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May say something about you......?

As to the other point, Greenspan is saying something about himself by that comment as much as reading the whole thing says something about you.

4/18/2006 9:13 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

"This may say something about me, but I've found that transcripts of Fed meetings from almost six years ago can make for interesting reading. Here's an exchange from the November 2000 meeting (page 94 of the transcript)..."

Speaks volumes, actually.

4/18/2006 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Greenspan pen a book about his view on the political situation during his tenure...without ever commenting on the economics.

That would be a worthwhile read.

4/18/2006 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Kevin Wohlmut said...

Why would anyone assume these people were joking? Often my bosses in the office use a grin and a chuckle to make bad news go down easier.

4/18/2006 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Antonie said...

In view of the fact that Greenspan was entirely on Bush's bandwagon, I have to think that his remark, even if delivered jokingly, was dead serious. As the linked article points out:

..the numbers [of visits to the White House] indicate "a stunning rise and increase in the level of communication, and one [can] only wonder what they were talking about..."

and

"There's the appearance that [Greenspan] might not just be affected by economic winds, but possibly by political winds.."

4/18/2006 7:56 PM  
Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

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4/18/2006 9:05 PM  
Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Since Greenspan was an Ayn Rand disciple, would you put anything past him? I know I've heard some very unflattering Rand/Greenspan stories.

4/18/2006 9:06 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

I meant to respond to this comment the other day to but I got distracted researching one of the voting machine companies, Global Election Systems. I don't know anything about the software in those machines but I can tell you unequivocally the guys running Global Election Systems were crooks.

But something more sinister than putting phony receivables and obsolete inventory on the books was going on. I just don't what it was yet. In the year before the 2000 election, Global claimed to be collaborating with Soza & Company on an internet voting project.

Soza & Company was a rapidly growing consulting firm based in Fairfax VA. Almost all of Soza's business came from various federal agencies including the Defense Dept.

On December 30, 1999, Global issued a press release to announce that John W. Larmer II, CDP and CPA, had become a Global director. At the time, Larmer was president of Soza.

In June 2000, Global and Soza issued a press release about the project and announced that Integrivote.com had been formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Global. That was not true. Integrivote.com, Inc. was registered in Nevada in April 2000 and then merged into Global in June 2001.

Howard T. Van Pelt, Global president, and Maurice E. Sokulski, Global treasurer, were officers of Integrivote.com. The other officers were Lanny D. Messersmith and Schuler Messersmith. I think the Messersmiths are brothers. They both live in Albuerque and some of their other ventures are noteworthy.

Lanny Messersmith is the long time honorary counsel for New Mexico and West Texas to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2005, he traveled to Germany with Governor Bill Richardson to persuade the German defense minister to leave 800 German military and civilian personnel stationed at Holloman Air Base. German pilots train to fly to fly the Tornado jet. The defense minister not only agreed, he suggested he might have pilots train to fly the new Eurofighter plane there, too.

Also in June 2000, the chairman of the board, David H. Brown, resigned ostensibly because a $50 million merger with a Michigan company, Brelsh Holdings, fell through. You sort of have the impression that the two most senior guys were anxious to get out of Dodge.

Schuler Messersmith is a director of Asian Technology Consultants, LLC. The other directors are Dr.David Kahaner and Wallace H. Long.

Dr. David Kahaner, a former numerical analyst at the National Bureau of Standards, is the president of the Asian Technology Information Program. ATIP is a US taxpayer funded think tank.

In 1994, while on sabbatical in Japan with the Office of Naval Research-Asia, Dr. Kahaner wrote a short report expressing his concern about the Japanese acquiring supercomputers. He listed all of the Japanese government agencies which ordered them including the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute.

I am wondering when the Bush administration is going to get around to telling us that the Japanese have nuclear weapons. Anyone with half a brain who gives the issue two minutes of thought already knows it. Japan is not going to idly sit back while China increases its military strength. The Japanese are not morons.

Me, I don't care if Japan has nuclear weapons but I don't want to hear any crap from the right wing about a need to increase our military strength because Japan has nuclear weapons.

That large, color photo in the New York Times of the entire Bush administration decked out in their Sunday best on the White House lawn fawning over a Communist dictator like he was f**king royalty made me want to puke.

These right wing conservative so-called Christians would sell spare oven parts to Hitler if they could make a buck. They had no qualms about killing tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis so they could all cash in on a war. None of them are off my 9/11 suspect list.

Wallace H. Lopez formerly was in charge of promoting technology-based economic development at the University of New Mexico and then became a co-director of UM's National Science Foundation. In 1993, he later organized a UM US-Japan Center, one of ten national programs funded by the US taxpayers (who never benefit from these handouts to right wing corporate welfare queens).

In 1995, Kahaner and Lopez established ATIP which also is funded by the US taxpayer. ATIP's objective is to "help bridge the technology information gap by promoting collaborations and other profitable interactions between the West and Japan". In other words, both sides get together and sell government information to each other and keep the profits for themselves.

One of the biggest right wing swindles going is the sale of technology developed using US taxpayer money. No one should ever listen to right wing crap about social programs ever again. F**k being polite to them. Those days are long gone.

In 2003, William H. Mermagen Sr. became an ATIP director. Mermagen is the director of weapons program at the Army Research Lab at Aberdeen.

Kahaner, Lopez and Mermagen were all raking in consultant fees paid by ATIP. At the same time, ATIP was paying salaries to Kahaner and Lopez. All three of them were busy making business deals using ATIP resources to boot. Nice work if you can get it.

Getting back to Global Election Systems, I suspect that Soza & Company provided some sort of software to Global. The software may have been provided by the Defense Department. In an old version of the Integrivote.com website, a selling point of the internet voting system was encryption at the level used by the military.

I am stopping here because I ran out of steam but I have more to say about Global Election Systems, none of it good.

4/23/2006 9:29 AM  
Blogger 277fia said...

BTW, Soza & Company was bought out by Perot Systems in 2003. I can't find the site at the moment but William Soza is now the head of a $50 miliion engineering firm in, I think, North Carolina, which specializes in ordinance removal for the DoD.

Mr. Soza is a CPA.

And the going rate to fix an election is ...?

4/24/2006 6:30 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Oops! Cancel that last comment. I mixed up Soza with Zapata.

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