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The problem is in the structure of the society we want - and in a vertical society with a "god-father" who will decide and think for everyone, or a horizontal society.
The late 20th century will go down in world history as a period of global impoverishment marked by the collapse of productive systems in the developing world, the demise of national institutions and the disintegration of health and education programs. This "globalization of poverty"--which has largely reversed the achievements of post-war decolonization--was initiated in the Third World coinciding with the onslaught of the debt crisis. Since the 1990s, it has extended its grip to all major regions of the world including North America, Western Europe, the countries of the former Soviet block and the Newly Industrialized Countries (NICs) of South East Asia and the Far East.
The overview suggests that the standards development process organized by national, regional and international standards institutions is progressively evolving. The role of international bodies has gained prominence. The national standardization infrastructures of most industrialized countries are now integrated into the network of international standardization. In Europe, for instance, adoption of European standards is mandatory for national member bodies and European standards organizations transpose the international standards into European standards. The World Trade Organization: WORLD TRADE REPORT 2005 C pg 114 thru117
The harmonization of laws, regulations and standards between and among trading partners requires intense, complex, time-consuming negotiations by CFSAN officials. Harmonization must simultaneously facilitate international trade and promote mutual understanding, while protecting national interests and establish a basis to resolve food issues on sound scientific evidence in an objective atmosphere. Failure to reach a consistent, harmonized set of laws, regulations and standards within the freetrade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreements can result in considerable economic repercussions. www.cfsan.fda.gov...
Originally posted by jibeho
reply to post by andrewh7
Last I checked Obama had 53% of the popular vote. I would hardly call that overwhelming. What is overwhelming are his plummeting poll numbers. Down Down down. The swing voters are waking up to a nightmare that they helped to create.
A little money helps in the process as well. Obama was a marketing master.
Obama spent $513,557,218
McCain spent $346,666,422
[edit on 16-10-2009 by jibeho]