Sunday, December 21, 2008

HOW TO SAVE AMERICA




On 22 February 2005, at Counterpunch, Kirkpatrick Sale wrote about: the Collapse of the American Empire

Sale argues that all empires eventually collapse.

He gives 4 reasons:

Los Angeles by Diliff

1. The Environment.

Empires "always end by destroying the lands and waters they depend upon for survival".

Think of the car based culture and urban sprawl that began with Eisenhower.

Think of George W Bush's neglect of the environment.

Americans owe a lot of money, as a result of buying a lot of things they don't need.


2. Economic meltdown.

The USA spends too much on its military; it borrows too much; it manufactures too little (US manufacturing is 13% of GDP); it has a large trade deficit.

Americans waste a lot of energy on killing innocent people.

3. Military overstretch.

The US has become involved in costly wars that have not served its interests.

The USA appears to be run by criminals.

4. Domestic dissent and upheaval.

Empires can collapse because of corruption.

"It's ... hard to believe that a nation so thoroughly corrupt as this-in all its fundamental institutions, its boughten parties, academies, corporations, brokerages, accountants, governments-and resting on a social and economic base of intolerably unequal incomes and property, getting increasingly unequal, will be able to sustain itself for long."

So, how to save the USA?

Happy healthy Cuban - http://www.flickr.com/photos/silvergold/1093149506/


1. The Environment.

The US should copy Cuba.

Cubans have high life expectancy and literacy. Cubans do not use much oil.

A study of 93 nations has found that only one nation - Cuba - is developing sustainably.

Cuba is the only nation which:

(1) provides a decent standard of living for its people and

(2) does not consume more than its fair share of the world's resources.


New Scientist (World failing on sustainable development - earth - 03 October 2007 ... / Cuba Flies Lone Flag for Sustainability - Indymedia Ireland) provides the details:

"An international team led by Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network looked at how the living conditions and ecological footprints of 93 nations have changed in the last 30 years.

"They used the ecological footprint (EF) index, a tool devised in 1993 by Wackernagel and William Rees, his PhD supervisor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. EF quantifies the area of land required to provide the infrastructure used by a person or a nation, the food and goods they consume, and to reabsorb the waste they produce, using available technology."


Cuban taxi - http://www.flickr.com/photos/robinthom/2074691672/

In Cuba life expectancy is 76 years for men and 80 years for women. (UN)

Life expectancy in the Calton district of Glasgow in the UK is 54. ( In Iraq, life expectancy is 67. Minutes from Glasgow city centre ... )

"Mr Castro's supporters point out that he used his power to give Cubans world-class health and education services...

"Many Cubans praise their free health and education services." - (The Economist The comandante's last move )

Many Cubans make extra money from small market gardens, running taxi services and other small businesses. ( The comandante's last move )

There is no malnutrition in Cuba. (The Economist 21 February 2008 The comandante's last move )


Photo from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenmapsystem/649445907/

2. The Economy

The USA needs to:

A. Limit the federal government in Washington to controlling only a few minor areas such as transport.

B. Have a higher minimum wage and only trade with countries which have a decent minimum wage.

C. Invest more in infrastructure.

3. The Military

The USA should copy Costa Rica.

Costa Rica was the very first country to formally abolish military forces. The constitution has forbidden a standing military since 1949.

Too many of the USA's talented people have gone into the military industrial complex, rather into useful industries.

Berlin 1948. Peaceful change is better than revolution.

4. Upheaval and Corruption.

When leaders spend too much on wars, there can be revolutions.

In 1642, King Charles of England lost his head because he was unwilling to make necessary changes. Too much money had been spent on wars.

In 1789, there was revolution in France, because the King was too slow to understand the problems facing his country. Too much money had been spent on wars.

In 1917, there was revolution in Russia, partly because the government had been too militaristic.

By 1918, several empires, including the Turkish Empire and the Austrian Empire had more or less collapsed because of their involvement in World War One.

After 1918, the British Empire was heading for collapse.

In 1933, Hitler came to power and tried to revive the German Empire. He failed within a short space of time.

If the USA is to survive, it has to dismantle the corrupt military industrial complex.

A new political party might start to promote this idea.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Is your money being stolen and sent to Israel?

American vehicle

In the USA and UK, certain clever financiers fiddle with money, pay themselves large bonuses, and let companies like Ford and Leyland get into deep trouble.

In Germany, on the other hand, the financial system's job is to grow great German companies, like Volkswagen.

(Spend or save? Free-marketeers and the Keynesians row over the road to salvation )



German vehicle

What has been happening in the USA and UK?

Are certain financiers stealing your money and sending it to places like Israel?

According to The Truth Seeker - Voice of the White House October 2, 2008 :

“Very large amounts of money from various banks and financial institutions and the owners and controllers thereof were, and are being, sent outside this country to a secure area.

I am speaking most specifically of American business frantically sending, electronically, huge amounts of money to banks in Israel.

The three banks that are getting most of the stolen money are: Hapoalim group, Bank Leumi group, Discount Bank group. It is not necessary to mention that the senders are all Jewish..."

Milken

In March 2002, Dr. William Pierce wrote:

"Remember Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Marty Siegel, Dennis Levine, and the insider-trading scandal that nearly wrecked Wall Street a dozen years ago? ... Every major actor in that scandal was a Jew...

" Do you remember Martin Frankel, who stole more than $200 million dollars from insurance companies in five states...

"Do you remember Sholam Weiss, the ultra-Orthodox New York rabbi who plundered $450 million from the National Heritage Life Insurance Company in Florida, in the largest case of insurance theft in U.S. history? He stole the life savings of more than 25,000 mostly elderly Americans who had all of their retirement money invested in the insurance company."
(Enron, Fastow, and the Looting of America -- Free Speech, March 2002)

Rubin, one of the secret rulers of the world; Obama's economic team consists of Rubin's proteges

In an article entitled "Ponzi Scheme at CITI," ('PONZI SCHEME' AT CITI - New York Post) the New York Post reported:

"A new Citigroup scandal is engulfing Robert Rubin and his former disciple Chuck Prince for their roles in an alleged Ponzi-style scheme that's now choking world banking.

"Director Rubin and ousted CEO Prince - and their lieutenants over the past five years - are named in a federal lawsuit for an alleged complex cover-up of toxic securities that spread across the globe, wiping out trillions of dollars in their destructive paths.

"Investor-plaintiffs in the suit accuse Citi management of overseeing the repackaging of unmarketable collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) that no one wanted - and then reselling them to Citi and hiding the poisonous exposure off the books in shell entities.


"The lawsuit said that when the bottom fell out of the shaky assets in the past year, Citi's stock collapsed, wiping out more than $122 billion of shareholder value.

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However, Rubin and other top insiders were able to keep Citi shares afloat until they could cash out more than $150 million for themselves in 'suspicious' stock sales" calculated to maximize the personal benefits from undisclosed inside information," the lawsuit said.

Madoff

Bernard Madoff, who is Jewish, is one of the secret rulers of the world.

According to Christopher Bollyn :

"Like Richard Fuld of Lehman Brothers, Sanford Weill of Citibank, and Maurice Greenberg of A.I.G., the major culprits behind the $2 trillion bail-out, Madoff is another New York Zionist Jew who has committed a massive financial fraud and cheated Americans and others out of untold billions of dollars...

"Cheat the 'goyim,' i.e. non-Jews, and steal their money?

"That is exactly what the Talmud teaches, make no mistake about it. It is the main reason that Jews have been despised and expelled from so many nations throughout history." (
Who is Bernard Madoff? )

Jewish American Lansky.

In December 2008, Bernard Madoff, a prominent Wall Street trader, was arrested and accused of running a £33 billion pyramid or Ponzi scheme. (Possibly the biggest fraud in corporate history )

It fooled top bankers and fund managers in many parts of the world.

Charles Ponzi was an Italian-American swindler who made more than $1m a week in the summer of 1920 by persuading people to invest in his fraudulent company.

Reportedly, Madoff had been paying “profits” to established investors with money from new investors.

The biggest victim is probably the Fairfield Greenwich Group, an American asset manager, which has $7.28 billion in danger.

Other victims include Santander, Union Bancaire Privée, BNP Paribas, the Tokyo-based Nomura Holdings and Neue Privat Bank in Zurich.


According to lawyer Brad Friedman, the alleged fraud has “swept up some of the most prominent and wealthy Americans”.

John Coffee, a professor at Columbia Law School, said: “It is very rare that a fraud of this proportion could be handled by just one man. There are trades and redemptions to be done that a 70-year-old man would have to work 20 hours a day to do.”

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