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Panasonic plans home-use storage cell

Panasonic plans home-use storage cell

December 23, 2009 The Yomiuri Shimbun

Panasonic Develops High Energy Lithium-ion Battery Module  with High ReliabilityEnlarge

Panasonic Corp., which recently made a successful takeover bid for Sanyo Electric Co., plans to market a lithium-ion storage cell for home use around fiscal 2011.

“We’ll be the first to bring to the market a storage battery for home use, which can store sufficient electricity for about one week of use,” said Fumio Otsubo, president of Panasonic, in a recent interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun.

On Monday, Panasonic announced it has officially acquired a more than 50 percent stake in Sanyo.

It has become Japan’s second-largest electronics giant, next to Hitachi, Ltd., with anticipated combined sales of 8.66 trillion yen for the business year ending in March.

Stressing that Panasonic and Sanyo have already test-manufactured a storage battery for home use, Otsubo said, “We’re positioned closest [among firms] to realizing CO2 emission-free daily life.”

By making Sanyo its subsidiary, Panasonic plans to accelerate the development of the storage battery, while planning to sell it together with a system that will enable households to check electricity usage on a home-based TV display.

Solar batteries for home use and fuel cells can generate power but cannot store electricity, making the development of a storage battery an urgent task for related businesses.

“As we now have such power-generating products as solar power and fuel cells, there’ll be an opportunity to create a bigger business…In the area of automobile cells, we can deal with all kinds of eco-friendly cars such as hybrid cars or electric vehicles,” Otsubo said, emphasizing the synergistic effect of tying-up with Sanyo.

Otsubo said his company will announce its basic ideas with regards to reorganizing the two firms’ growth strategies and overlapping product lines–such as large household appliances–on Jan. 8, while presenting specific ways to deal with the overlapping lines of business when the company announces its settlement of accounts in May.

Conceding that product brands of Panasonic and Sanyo need to be unified at some well-timed point in the future, Otsubo said many things need to be considered, adding that the company’s new midterm plan would be worked out while keeping Sanyo’s brands in place.

With the rise of the yen and accelerating deflationary pressure, the corporate environment remains harsh.

“We’ll come up with products sought by middle-income people in such emerging countries as China and India, which haven’t been hit by deflationary pressure… We hope to introduce Sanyo products to Panasonic’s sales channels,” he said. | A big double standard for Obama

A big double standard for Obama

Bush took a week to talk about the shoe bomber and then tried him in court. So why is Cheney savaging Obama?

Joan Walsh

Dec. 30, 2009 |

(Updated with Cheney statement)

President Obama’s candor Tuesday describing the mosaic of warnings about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab that were mishandled by U.S. intelligence officials shouldn’t be noteworthy; it should be routine. But let’s be honest, it isn’t, and Obama deserves credit for bringing what he called “human and systemic failures” out into the light shortly after he learned about them. It seems intelligence agencies had enough information, some of it admittedly scattered, to keep Abdulmutallab from boarding a plane to the U.S. on Christmas Day. It’s hard to think of a comparable example of President Bush being so quickly forthcoming about facts that didn’t reflect well on his administration.

So it’s hard to know what to make of the difference between media and political reactions to Obama’s decision to stay on his Christmas vacation and wait three days to make a comment about the bombing attempt, and President Bush’s decision to stay on his Christmas vacation in 2001 — merely three months after the trauma of 9/11 — and wait a surprising six days to even mention Richard Reid’s attempted shoe-bombing (and then he only mentioned it in passing.) Even the New York Times raised an eyebrow at Obama’s delay in addressing the Christmas bomb plot, describing him as “having emerged from Hawaiian seclusion on Monday to reassure the American public and quell gathering criticism.” Republicans like Reps. Pete Hoekstra and Peter King have been nastier (and Hoekstra even had the gall to raise money around the attack).

And hours after this post went up, former Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from his hole and condemned Obama in a statement to his favorite stenographers at Politico: “ [W]e are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe,” Cheney said. “Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war? It doesn’t fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency — social transformation — the restructuring of American society.” Cheney also seems to be criticizing Obama for trying Abdulmutallab in criminal court — “He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war” — even though the Bush administration did the same with Reid and crowed about his conviction.

Too often Politico seems to see its mission as being an opposition mouthpiece in the age of Obama, but credit where it’s due: Josh Gerstein wrote the best analysis of the difference between Obama’s treatment and Bush’s, “President Obama Takes the Heat President Bush Did Not.” Gerstein notes that Bush never made a formal statement about the scare, but merely added a remark in a press conference on other matters. Among the media, only Agence France Presse bothered to remark on Bush’s silence, Gerstein found, and Democrats had no comment at all about the president’s handling of the threat.

We all understand what makes the right-wing noise machine attack Obama now, but what’s the excuse for the New York Times and other media? It’s partly that Bush was still wearing his post-9/11 halo, when media and Democrats were loath to criticize him for anything. It may also be our sped-up media cycle, eight years later.

It’s probably relevant that Bush was enjoying his highest approval ratings, ever, while Obama’s are his lowest, and there seems to be a kind of momentum to negative media coverage when a president hits a rough patch. There may well be fair criticism of the Obama administration when all the facts come out, although whatever happens, it will also be true that the alphabet soup of intelligence agencies the Bush administration assembled to track and find and thwart the bad guys didn’t work. Intelligence failures are usually bipartisan problems, given that so many of the players are careerists.

But so far the partisan and media reactions to Obama feel predictably negative, and unfair. Meanwhile, as television, print and Web journalists pore over every fact about Abdulmutallab’s confused journey to jihad, there’s relatively scant coverage of our escalating attacks on Yemen.

Finally — and this is the sort of thing you’re not allowed to say if you are, as Glenn Greenwald notes, a Serious Journalist — but every time I see Abdulmutallab’s face I’m struck by how young and vulnerable he looks. His troubled Web writings left the same impression. I’m not sure what that means. He is, increasingly, the face of young militants — the product of a good home and education, even wealth, not of slums and deprivation (although the poverty and chaos of Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia certainly contribute to al-Qaida’s strength and appeal there). Abdulmutallab reminds me more of a troubled American school shooter than, say, Mohammed Atta. Al-Qaida’s appeal to such lost souls may well be high, but it’s a misery that crosses boundaries of religion and race.

Predictably right-wing gas bags are as hung up on Obama calling Abdulmutallab an “extremist” and not a “terrorist,” as they were about the administration (and some of the media’s) failure to brand Fort Hood killer Maj. Nidal Hasan with the same label. Appallingly to the right, some coverage of Hassan’s horrific assault focused on his mental health problems, and the signs of psychological trouble that his colleagues and superiors either missed or ignored. “Terrorist” provides a label that absolves us from paying attention to things like mental illness — let alone whether our expanding war against Islam might be creating more “terrorists” than it’s killing.

That’s all too complicated: Let’s just focus on why Obama took so long to talk about Abdulmutallab, OK? Then nobody needs to really think about what we’re up against in any meaningful way.

The 2009 Balance Sheet of Change

The 2009 Balance Sheet of Change

posted by Kai Wright on 12/30/2009 @ 11:32am

We’ve covered a lot of complicated policy debates in 2009, the year of change, and it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. But for millions of American families, this year’s story is quite simple: It’s been a terrifyingly difficult time that few will look back upon fondly. Except maybe the handful of corporate criminals who created this mess — they’ve partied like it’s 2007. So here, to sum things up, is the 2009 balance sheet of change, as I see it.

For the untouchables of industry…

Wall Street had a banner year… President Obama’s “fat cat bankers” are fatter than ever. Bailed-out Goldman Sachs is expected to log record profits and its 2009 compensation and bonus pool is expected to top $20 billion. Yes, that’s billion. The top managers have kindly offered to take their publicly financed windfalls in stocks rather than cash, which will deprive New York City of about $20 million in tax revenue for every $1 billion not paid in cash.

K Street had one, too… Special interests are expected to break last year’s record of $3.3 billion spent lobbying Congress and the federal government. Call it the graft bubble.

Health insurers cashed in on “reform”… As John Nichols pointed out last week, major health insurers saw their stock prices shoot up by as much as 30 percent in the weeks between when Joe Lieberman vowed to filibuster a public option and when the White House and Senate caved to his demands. No duh. They’re getting tens of millions of new customers to bleed.

While credit card issuers got a step ahead… Congress passed fancy new regs to rein in predatory lending back in May. But our lawmakers were nice enough to give credit card issuers until February 2010 to figure out how to skirt the rules before they even kick in. Oh, and they jacked rates by as much as 46 percent. Guess that K Street money was well spent.

Meanwhile, for the rest of us…

Millions of people lost homes… Foreclosures kept churning by the hundreds of thousands a month, the president’s $75 billion payout for mortgage servicers notwithstanding. More than 1 million homes were in foreclosure in the third quarter, the highest quarterly count ever. The core problem remains unchanged: Servicers can’t and won’t stop foreclosures voluntarily.

Millions of workers lost jobs… The White House insists its green shoots are visible in the slowing rate of job loss. Of course, we’re still losing jobs. The year-long hemorrhage has left 15.4 million people out of work and a whopping 5.9 million of them have been jobless at least six months.

Millions of families went hungry… The number of Americans on Food Stamps is now up to 11.9 percent. That’s in part because the stimulus made more people eligible for assistance. But the Department of Agriculture says a record high of 14.6 percent of Americans, or 17 million households, had trouble putting food on the table at some point in 2008. More than a quarter of black households couldn’t eat at some time in the year — no surprise, given the density of unemployment and foreclosure in black neighborhoods. The dramatic rise in unemployment in 2009 surely means the number of “food insecure” families has increased sharply as well.

And millions more fell into poverty… The Census Bureau reported in the fall that the 2008 poverty rate hit an 11-year high, jumping to 13.2 percent or nearly 40 million Americans. Here again, the rapid job loss of 2009 has likely driven the poverty rate to an historic high as well. The Economic Policy Institute suspects a quarter of all kids are living in poverty at this point.

We’ll likely debate for some time whether 2009’s horrors are solely George W. Bush’s legacy or also the result of Barack Obama’s no-we-can’t leadership failures. Whatever the cause, it ain’t pretty. And unless the president steers a radically different course in 2010, there’ll be no debating who’s to blame this time next year.

Here his wife is injured and the condition is fatal.
She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.

Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.

He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead.
He tried to move her….a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again,
he cries with adoring love.

He stood beside her, saddened of her death.

Finally aware that she would never return to him, he
stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow.

Millions of people cried after watching this picture in
America and Europe and even in Asia .
It is said that the

photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the

most famous newspaper in France .  All copies of that
newspaper were sold out on the day these pictures were published.

And many people think animals don’t have a brain or feelings?????