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15
Apr
16

The Trash Economy

In the trash economy, they even pay you for picking up trash.
You get fully state benefits, medical, and retirement. All
you have to do is vote!  The state will give you all you need
to live in one handy-dandy, little white-plastic shopping bag.

It’s all about the taxes. Without a balanced approach, states are left with serious problems economically to provide needed state services.  Seems the Republicans are buying power to budget cut their states at the benefit of big business by lower corporate taxation.  But there are serious consequences to this new right wing movement, and that is the cut trash economyof education and government services.

You see the logic used by these politicians was that if you cut the cost of government, people will be awarded with more jobs and less of a tax burden, but the tax burden was only lifted really for the businesses in those states. Were they afraid that businesses might move out of state to build plants and operations overseas, or even worst place their corporate headquarters under shell companies on remote islands and in places like Panama, so as not to pay any state or federal taxes at all. panama papers

The problem here is that American governance has been sold by power hungry politicians to those with the money, big money, especially Wall Street banks and investment banks.

States where the governments have been taken over by republicans are in the worst shape – and remember we aren’t yet even discussing federal level politics, though that is also a huge problem. But the states are in sorry shape with the mantra of “Cut Government Spending” has actually taken place, where prisons have been emptied, education budgets halved and all sorts of services have been trimmed.  So who is going to pick up your trash, keep your water clean, your roads fixed, teach your kids, and incarcerate your drug addicts and sellers?

The combination of corporate America taking its work out of the control to improve the bottom line and the trashing of governance and public services has really screwed up states. Tax revenues are down. Stagnation has occurred.  The reduction in revenues has impact what states and local governments are willing to pay people as well.  In one state no one will work at the community centers because they can make more money working elsewhere.  And who really wants to be a prison guard after all for so little pay? Shell bermuda companies

Whacked by our politicians

How whacked is it? Think about it.  If the jobs are in the public sector and not the private sector, than the money generation for state taxes is taxing those who work for the state – smells like socialism.   We are a socialist country already, as the government already controls too much.  And the real problem is that that government officials are not beholden to the people, but to those who finance their campaigns, and who pay them to pass legislation, or to pull old legislation.  Do you remember the Glass-Steagall Act?

Glass-Steagall Act

Remember or learn that BACK IN 1999, Democrats led by President Bill Clinton and Republicans led by Sen. Phil Gramm joined forces to repeal Glass-Steagall at the behest of the big banks. Yes, the big banks wanted to make more money by handling investments.  When they earn more money, no new jobs are created, only more money enters the hands of their companies, their shareholders and consequently the rich get richer and nothing improves for the poor. The original reason for the Glass Steagall Act was to protect the country from the conflict of interest between investment and banking which caused the great depression in part.  The great serpent, that lying beast, the economic devil in disguise of glad tidings raised its head back at the Bush administration bailouts.

corporate bribery.png

Corporate Bribery

 

Another reason things went south was by letting rich people and corporations hide their profits in shell companies.  That should be illegal.  Those con men selling that to the American people need to go to prison.  Also tariffs need to be place on foreign produced goods, so that manufacturing is driven back to American shores and so that real jobs are created for people to work at, and where they can get off government subsidies and aid. Just think about how many other panama type exposures could happen to reveal how much of America wealthiest hide their money!

 

The politicians have made their masters very happy, and they have gotten fat and rich, but they have devastated their local state economies, gutted state education and ruined state employees’ benefits and pay.  Educators need resources, people need education, and innovation comes from education, not in tax shelters, tax breaks and incentives to invest in the infrastructures of other countries.  Again the rich benefit, and they PAY THEIR FAVORITE POLITICIANS to keep it that way.  Just how the 2016 election is paid for by Wall Street.

Look at the following examples to see how screwed up state economies have gotten:

Misssissippi:

“County officials across Mississippi are warning of job losses and deep deficits as local jails are being deprived of the state inmates needed to keep them afloat. The culprit, say local officials, is state government and private prisons, which are looking to boost their own revenue as sentencing and drug-policy reforms are sending fewer bodies into the correctional system.”

Response; why should the local economy be tied to the working in prisons and drug law enforcement efforts. This is madness. Economies should not be derived from the business of government. Read the article about how screwed up Mississippi is here.

Kansas:

“The bulk of Brownback’s tax moves in 2012 and 2013 revolved around state income tax rates for individuals. Those cuts, which primarily benefited those already wealthy enough to shoulder a greater share of the cost of schools and roads in Kansas, are politically untouchable even in the current calamity. But Brownback’s other signature move has lost the support of several of his fellow Republicans and will likely be at the epicenter of any budget deal lawmakers ultimately achieve.”

Response: another case of cut taxes for the rich, and lose state services like education.  Who needs an educated population?  Voters need to be stupid to vote for republicans who slice the education budget in half.  Who needs trained engineers, nurses, scientists, doctors, civil servants and academics?

Final Thoughts:

What has destroyed state economies is the same thing that has created the Wal Mart American society, the trash economy. What has depleted the Middle class, made the poor dependent on Uncle Sam, and ruined the livelihood of regular Americans, is that the government is now in charge of ensuring the rich get richer.  Without productive jobs to go to, everyone can only afford to buy cheap foreign made goods.  The quality of American life, the American dream in is glory, is fading.  This is the Trash Economy.  Relying on jobs in the public sector where half the country, especially the darker colored ones, is the only economical solution, is bizarre at best. What has to be fixed is how we earn our money.  The rich need to have rules that apply to them.  Throw out congress and elect people who will change the rules on how profits are made, close the tax shelters.  Bring the jobs home, and make it unprofitable for companies to take their work overseas.

New Jobs for the Middle Class

Now hiring: Workers are seen sorting as the conveyor belt moves recyclables to be sorted at the Waste Management Elkridge Material Recycling Facility on June 18, 2015 in Elkridge, Md. D.C. and other local jurisdictions send their recyclable materials to the Waste Management facility in Elkridge for recycling. The cardboard and paper products are baled and shipped to China for new product production. The facility is a one thousand ton facility, where it takes in a thousand tons and sends out a thousand tons daily. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

 

Articles referred to in this blog piece

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mississippi-jails-are-losing-inmates-and-local-officials-are-devastated-by-the-loss-of-revenue/ar-BBrLU3D?li=BBnb4R7&ocid=SL5BDHP

http://sandiegofreepress.org/2012/08/how-mitt-romney-set-up-offshore-shell-corporations-bank-accounts-and-paid-no-taxes/

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2012/08/27/repeal-of-glass-steagall-caused-the-financial-crisis

http://www.thenation.com/article/what-happens-when-republicans-try-destroy-public-education/

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/secret-and-lies-of-the-bailout-20130104

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wall-street-is-putting-money-behind-these-presidential-candidates_us_55b143e7e4b08f57d5d414ad

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-25/what-s-destroying-middle-class-wages-china

http://usuncut.com/class-war/the-trickle-down-disaster-in-kansas-is-so-bad-that-even-republicans-are-trying-to-cover-it-up/

 

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30
Jul
14

The Death of Western Civilization

Picture of death symbolPeople came to the United States for the opportunity. They came to take advantage of the resources, the open territory, the ease of conquest, the moral and spiritual freedom. The Europeans killed off the Indians by hook, crook and by carrying biological diseases unknown to North America. These people weren’t Americans they were Europeans.

They didn’t cut ties with Europe, they maintained relations. Up until the 20th century the elite returned to Europe and considered European culture to be far superior. Americans were still just visiting.

The western traditions which use to be the staple of intellectual development in Europe and the United States has suffered a death blow lately, and the traditions which brought Europe from the dark ages into the age of enlightenment have been snuffed out.

Along with that tradition is the striping of all things religious, at least the Christian ideas from public life. Most notably the removal of the age long tradition of displaying religious items such as the ten commandments from courthouses. Other examples such as eliminating prayer from the opening of government run schools and at graduation ceremonies continuesdurer_revelation_four_2riders to erode the basic building blocks for a spiritual foundation of American society.

The Clash of Civilizations

Europe may have gone rotten sooner, and the dead tree churches of England are a glaring example of how the light of the spirit has gone out across the pond. Churches are in ruins, have been sold as nightclub locations, have been turned over to secular use, and have been leased by the Muslim hordes filling the porous pews with a radical faith centuries forgotten.

How long will the nation survive the dismantling of its foundations? How long will the people apathetically sit watching entertainment, the new God of the people? How long will truth lose its meaning and significance?

converted_churchesReferences:

James Kurth an educator from Harvard writes about Western Civilization. Here is a video with him speaking about western civilization.  He speaks of Samuel Huntington.

“As long as there are people who believe in these principles that practice and promote them, that people will be western civilization. And as long as there are a people who uphold western civilizations ideas, there will be a clash of civilizations.”

29
Jul
14

Moth to Flame: Thrill Seekers

thrillseekersOn the dangerous side of a heartbeat dwells the super thrill seeking sensations!

Some allusions just work. People who are stupid and bored are drawn to dangerous situations. They hear a helicopter buzzing by and they run out to the street to see. The gunfire can get you inside the house, so why go out and be a moving target for a trigger happy cop.

Some of us get a thrill at standing close to the edge of a cliff. We want the excitement, the adrenaline rush. We stand on a live wire, we walk the die_hardtight rope. The certain chance of beating death crawls through our veins. The movies portray the rush of beating the scythe of death. The Bourne series, the Taken, Die Hard series, etc. Are you addicted to the cocaine of thrill seeking? If you are you might like to know why.

 

I find that when my heart palpitates, I’m nauseated. What some call life, I call sickness. Why place yourself in harm’s way. Aren’t you more productive alive. You can’t change the world in the grave.standing on a plane

snow boardIf you live in southern California you have many attractions to draw you to. You have roller coasters, water slides, theme parks, etc. If you like physical thrills you have skiing, if we have snow, surfing, sky diving, ind surfing, etc. There is also a bunch of Hollywood adventures they don’t have anywhere else in the United States like obstacle courses designed by stunt men.

Unnecessary References

Moth to Flame Band:

Moth to Flame, a four piece electric jazz quartet, are performing throughout the New York City area. Moth to Flame has been thrilling audiences in the Northeast, from intimate music clubs to large jazz festivals, through an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, rhythm & blues/soul and rock. More on this band.

mothtoflame

04
Apr
13

School: Breeding Contempt of God

The government of the United States has at its core to enforce the constitution of the United States.  The problem is that the government reaches into the very homes of Americans because it (sort of ) enforces the practice of no religion in the schools.  The separation of church in state was about government, not education.  There is no more personal space in our lives than the education of our children.  The government has no right to educate our children, and they have no place in telling us what our children should believe.

The separation of church and state has been violated due to the governance of education in this country.  Teachers and children should not fear that they will be mistreated in any way when they practice religion.  Yet, teachers are in fear of losing their jobs for voicing religious opinions.  Kids are afraid to speak up about their beliefs for fear of lower grades.  This is especially relative when talking about the origins of the universe, a highly philosophical question, and one that most religions have dogma for.  Science cannot prove of disprove the existence of God nor can it define why life exists without becoming religious – for you have to have faith to stomach their answers to the “Why” question of life.

evolutionThe public schools have become a breeding ground for contempt of religion, especially because of the humanist philosophical teaching in the sciences, where the origins of life are taught to have come from natural processes.  Even atheists contest the metaphysical theory of humanism that supports Darwinism.  To discuss a religious view-point on creation or anything that differs with the philosophy inherently embedded in Darwinism is to call scorn upon yourself from the scientific community.

Is time for our children to be equipped for the battle, clothed in anti-government slogans, and bearing the proclamations of the religious or atheist?  Wouldn’t it be better to have them openly discuss philosophy and religion openly?  Don’t most people want to know what the ages have produced as to why the universe exists or why humans have consciousness?  Isn’t it more disturbing that they are taught the answer to these questions in science, and told the science has no philosophical underpinnings?

Truth is that standing up for what you believe once was a cherished and honorable position.  What honor is there in cowardice?  People need to be encouraged to defy the government like Gandhi.  Kids must learn how to best survive an educational system that doesn’t teach truth.  Yet the tentacles of humanism reach all the way into the very heart of the academic world, with their pulpit being the lecterns of our great colleges and universities.

stomp_on_JesusStudent who defy the atheism of the “enlightened”  and the “educated” suffer when they stand up for their faiths and beliefs.  They are mocked in the classroom.  Their grades are deflated, and sometimes they are failed do to their beliefs, I hear this from students every year, so I tell them that letting the faculty know their beliefs is the most certain way to have lower grades.  Student especially should know not to write about religious and political beliefs.  You know you are in an oppressive religious organization when you can’t question the faith.

Some related articles

Removing Jesus from public life due to political reasons

Atheist argues against the philosophical foundation of evolution:

Wearing your beliefs on your shirt
“This is not about the T-shirt — it’s about our children and our grandchildren having the right of freedom of speech and religion,” he said. “That’s being taken away in our schools.”

If you want to buy your kids that shirt “Life is Wasted without Jesus.”

Removal of Jesus from public school

Communists removed prayer from public schools

Rights of school teachers:

Students suspended over religion:  didn’t want to wear tracker/mark of the beast

Stomping Jesus:

Teaching Religion in the Secular Classroom: Nothing to Fear

 

21
Mar
13

Inflation and why you should fear

Value of dollarThe money supply in the past few years has tripled.  What is the result of that tripling?  First the government has basically said a dollar is now worth 33 cents, or one third of what it was worth a couple of years ago.  You should be scared.

What does that mean?  You use to page $1.50 for a gallon of gasoline, and now what are you paying?  Here in CA at a shell station close to where I ride the train, the cost was already $4.37.  What’s means the $1 in 2007 is now worth 34% cents today.  The price is showing you the true inflation rate.

I also see that reflected accurately in my pay buying less.  don’t you.  So what happen to truth in reporting.  The government doesn’t want you to think about it.  They are using it (inflation) to effectively decrease their debt, by making the money’s value decrease.  So if they own 17 trillion dollars, and they keep pumping money into the money supply, then they really only owe one third of the value of that debt.

Real Inflation RateThink about how that works for your debt.  Let’s say that you owe $10,000 and now you want to pay it off.  Well the drop in value of the dollar is great for you, because in real terms you are only having to pay 33 cents on the dollar, or $3333 for the $10,00o.  This works for all debts.

Weird how your debt is better than your earnings.  But that’s the scary part.  Debt is a promise, and you are not really paying what you promised.  It makes you a big liar, like the government.  No integrity, like the white house.

The rich corporations and banks don’t want to inflate things, but the government is over its head in debt.  Because what happens next is that everyone raises their price so they can have more value to cover the rising costs.  But, at the same time, the pay for jobs will go down, because the profit margins for the rich, the stockholders and the CEOs won’t go down.  They need  higher prices and lower pay to keep their greedy little accounts growing with worthless money.

Gas PricesIn real terms, the government is owned by corporate america and the banks.  They are beholden to floating the economy.  Because of that, they lie constantly about what things are worth.    Lance Roberts has written a solid piece in how those figures have been compromised.

The fabric of American society is totally immersed in the deception.  This series of lies and alteration of consistency in reporting inflation; the fact that the media doesn’t report these adjustments shows that corporations have something at stake in not reporting it; the fact that what the American government did in bailing out the automakers, AIG, and the banks was totally illegal.  This huge system of capitalistic control of government where both parties are owned by wall street and the banks, really should spin your head.  This total disregard for the law shows you how bad the situation really is.

Corporate america has we the people by the balls.  They own the news media and the government in which most people trust.  As Ralph Nader stated, ”

It isn’t just the government under the CONTROL of corporations–the government IS the Corporation now! The corporation IS the government!”

The Media you watch is controlled by corporations!

6 companies

6 media companies

Suggested readings:

Aftershock by Robert Reich

20 biggest Donors for 2012 election — Mother Jones

Deadly Monopolies — P2P Foundation’s Blog

Ralph Nadar on Corporations

 

 

 

31
Aug
12

Civilization Requires Borders

Have you ever thought about the significance of borders?  This is a real question of unexpected value for those of us living in the world today.  Borders, and the crossing and crisscrossing, whereupon cultures pour in to change the mix of society.  The illegal immigration of millions should have brought some reason to think about this issue.  Why do we have borders, and what are their value to society or more importantly to civilization.

History is doomed to repeat itself, or so they say, so what is inherent in the downfall of American society is the porous nature of the borders she holds.  When  Rome fell, there were years of using cheap outside labor (slaves acquired though various wars),, so are Mexicans the slave labor of today’s world of Americans?  I certainly looks that way sitting here in California.

Other global ramifications of borders is that borders control the flow of goods and services.  The controllers of the gates control the flow of money back and forth.

For the common American is the plight of the common Roman may be quite similar.  Bread and circuses, food stamps and television: both contain the roots of a moral decline in the citizenry.  The devaluation of the dollar – and the coinage.  Clinton pennies are so cheap today, that once the hit the streets, almost no one picks them up – what can you buy with on any way.

Borders  were first established to keep the bad out of the good; like a way of fencing of the barbarians from the edges of civilization.  But the bad roams the streets here in the U.S.A, so what good would propping up a dead republic from the immigrations of people just looking for a better life.

The world, many muse, is headed toward one world government, and with it the elimination of borders, but don’t let the logic fool you, their will be controls, and controls between people is always a border issue.  Controlling the immigration of people is always part of the master plan of the rich to control the poor.  If the rich had ultimate power, they would demolish whole cities, and rebuild, and then they would need to police out the scum – the poor.  Ever heard of imminent domain?

The morals of capitalism is that rich equals a moral citizen, and poor equals a wretch who must be pushed outside of the few of the rich.  I’m honestly surprised the rich aren’t getting the cops in LA to escort the homeless out of their view.

However, rich have no master of moral life.  According to Christ it is the poor man who has the best chance to enter heaven.  The rich have their own heaven, one of their own making.  Funny the dichotomy between wanting to live a good life in the United States,  the land of milk and honey, and living the better life in the next world, but even then isn’t there a gate at the border?

29
Aug
12

The Truth about Chickens

Cows protesting Beef eating

The Chick-Fil-a debate which recent hit the press clearly exposed a fundamental truth about the liberal establishment, showing a dangerous disregard for truth.

The fact is that the protest was not over chicken, it was not over gay rights, it was about freedom to bash Christians.  The fact that people in America will support the Christian belief that homosexuality is a sin.  This is a scripturally sound belief that has been held up for centuries. 

The media showed the protestors saying that those who give money to Christian organizations are bigots and bigots must be boycotted.  But who are the real bigots in this scenario?  Those who have the freedom to support a truth and who are working to be a bulwark against the rising tide of lies and hostility are not bigots, but they are within their rights in a free society.

The real fact is that the antichristian venom of the gay rights activists is turned against anything promoting that truth.  Did Chick-Fil-A do something immoral, dishonorable or were the promoters of gay marriage bashing an organization that supports Christian ideas.

Logically, gay marriage is not a God-given right, and only in the antichristian climate would this rhetoric be considered plausible.  2000 years since Christ walked the earth, and the world is still a place where he is crucified.  The scriptures tell Christians that they will also be treated by the world as criminals: abused, beaten, imprisoned, murdered.  It hasn’t been since the days of pagan Rome that there has been such a turn against those in the church of Jesus Christ.

In my humble opinion, this is a good sign.  Many churches are filled with non-believers, the judgmental type of religious persons known in Christ’s day as the Pharisees, and sinner who never experience the joy of having God’s Holy Spirit activated in their lives, because they are still gods themselves, beholden to no one.

Lesbian Chickens married in Massachusetts last friday.

Standing in line to buy a chicken sandwich is not much of a sign of faith, is it?  You can always tell the way Christians treat others whether they are true to the beliefs they uphold by what they do with their money.  Do they live in luxury while others are suffering?  Do they judge others, and walk around carrying secrets sins.  Only God can judge the homosexuals for their sins.  They are no worse sinners then the Christian who cheats on his taxes, drives drunk, cheats on his wife, reads pornography, abuses people, and shows up every Sunday in a three piece suit. It is a God-given-right to choose whether to sin or not.

But this article is about the truths or lies behind the protest, which  was clearly antichristian, and not about Christian bigotry. It was really about secular bigotry against those in society who support Christian churches and organizations.  It like them saying you have no right to oppose gay marriage, like that was a God-given right.  Is this a portent for the big doomsday?  I think not.

References

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/chick-fil-a-president-says-company-opposes-gay-m-1/nQXM8/

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/07/27/chick-fil-as-controversial-gay-marriage-beef

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/us/gay-rights-uproar-over-chick-fil-a-widens.html

http://gaymarriage.procon.org/ (has both pro and con for/against  gay marriage

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/25/Rahm-Emanuel-latest-to-fight-Chick-Fil-A

 And who is the AntiChrist:?

Against Gay Marriage, Contraception, Runs Organization that covers up abuse against boys, never eaten a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, and speaks many languages.




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