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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all the best. Gerard Manly Hopkins
THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
For some (like me) it's a religious holiday, but spring offers a natural sense of resilient hope to everyone. In the end, that is generally quite realistic.

So for interesting reading about Europe's Euro problems:
European companies are frantically investing in U.S. production capacity, which creates jobs and helps to reduce the $740 billion current- account deficit at the root of the dollar's woes. BMW, for example, is ramping up output at its existing plant in Spartanburg, S.C., by 50%. By 2012, BMW expects to create 500 additional jobs at the factory, where it makes its X series crossover sport- utility vehicles. Volkswagen, which manufactures in Mexico, is scouting for a U.S. site. Since EADS was awarded a contract to manufacture refueling tanker planes for the U.S. Air Force, Airbus plans to build civilian and military aircraft in Alabama. Smaller companies are bolstering their U.S. operations, too. Trumpf, a German maker of lasers used to cut sheet metal, in April is christening a new factory in Connecticut, where it already has a plant.

Meanwhile, European companies are trying to buy more parts from the U.S.
We have lost a very large part of our manufacturing base, though, and we still have the energy problem. I don't quite think that coal gasification is going to do it, although China is trying liquefaction and may move to gasification. Gasification is not new. It has been used for a long time, but it has never been economically competitive, and therefore has only been used in times of shortage such as WWII.

Happy Easter Mama! Wishing you the very, very best.
Happy Easter,Hopkins for breakfast was a pleasant surprise!
Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

Happy Spring time!
Tend toward Deism including great appreciation for Nature. Not theology any more.
Supplemented with varied symphony music.

It's hard for me not to feel reverent in a forest.

Ninety percent of theology is how not to leave the world worse than you found it.
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