Thursday, July 08, 2010

Transatlantic Financial Information Sharing between the USA and the EU Resumed

The sharing of financial and other personal data information across the Atlantic is a major issue in the European Union for criminal intelligence agencies as well as for privacy advocates, each with a strong point of view. See Europe Resumes Financial Data Sharing with U.S. - NYTimes.com.

The Netherlands vs. Spain in the World Cup Final : Who Will Win?

Although the Daily Mail headlines that Germany coach Low backs 'wonderful' Spain to win the World Cup, we disagree.

At the beginning of the World Cup we predicted as the coming World Cup Champion the team from the Netherlands, which enjoys a form of "home" advantage in South Africa via the history of the Boers.

But there are also "football" reasons for this opinion. We believe that the Dutch team will play the aggressive football necessary to beat the Spaniards.

Low as the German coach followed a very poor strategic plan against the Spanish team, which excels in ball control and defense.

Low should have come out offensively in the game and tried to score an early goal to get the advantage both in score as well as in momentum. He should early have run a game plan to disturb the well-oiled Spanish passing scheme, but did not, letting the German players stand around, doing nothing.

Indeed, instead of aggressively using the offensive juggernaut that the German team can be, Low followed the loser's philosophy of playing it safe and had his team looking like harmless schoolgirls in the first two-thirds of the game, as the team was apparently under command to play it defensively - a stupid decision and a game to forget, full of boredom, bad passing and poor football.

In other words, the German team was playing "not to lose" rather than playing "to WIN". As we have pointed out time and again, CHAMPIONS play only to win and do not worry about losing. See The Key Secrets of Good Coaching & Leadership : Winning can be Taught & Learned : Personnel : Recruiting : Mentoring : Preparedness :
"Studies show that the difference between equally-talented champions and non-champions is the absence of fear in champions - they are not haunted by the fear of losing, but concentrate on the process of winning, doing what it takes to win, regardless of the specter of losing."
Apparently, the German Coach Low is not a champion, otherwise he would have had his team play much differently.

Epstein Lambasts Hastings Law School All Comers Policy : McClatchy blog: Suits & Sentences

As reported at McClatchy blog: Suits & Sentences, Chicago law prof Richard Epstein lambasted the Hastings Law School mandated all comers organization member policy in a discussion at The Heritage Foundation on the bizarre Supreme Court CLS Case decision:
"I have never heard of a stupider, less coherent and indefensible property than a take-all-comers policy with respect to an organization that maintains any form of intellectual coherence."
We agree with Epstein entirely and predict that the idiotic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in this case will come back to haunt freedom of speech cases in the future.

Essentially -- to our view -- in principle, according to that stupid decision, ANY organization receiving federal monies of any kind is subject to challenge if they do not have an all comers policy for admitting members to that organization. Yikes!

USA.gov, New Look at U.S. Government's Official Web Portal

USA.gov, the U.S. government's official web portal, has been redone. See A New Look for USA.gov

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