Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wealth envy, or disgust for the wealthy?

Wealth envy? Someone's been listening to mainstream media. How about disgust for the wealthy in this country? I do get it with the free market ideals (I actually like them believe it or not), but they are just that-- *ideals*. What's happening in practice is neither a free market nor ideal. Multinational corporations have rigged U.S.A. Inc. to work for them and in their favor to extract wealth and destroy competition at home and abroad. At home, they have an army of lawyers and lobbyists who have used the law, regulators, politicians, and courts to make the system work for them and against the average person and small business. They own and control the media who only acknowledges the two parties (two factions of one Corporate America) and gives us the impression that we live in a democracy.

This is the overall effect that can be measured by income inequality. Talking about income inequality rings of trying to affect the outcome moving forward. In this case, I recommend looking at it at measuring the effect "Reaganomics" has had on our society looking back. So what if a few people are super wealthy? Am i jealous? I'm not jealous. I'm happy with my middle class life (lucky to still be middle class), but I think the super rich are sinking the ship. They are cutting off America's nose to spite its face. back in the day, the government employed anti-trust laws to reel in business. No one was prepared for this subtle yet advanced attack on the free market, and they've won. Game over...

...The ship has sailed; The two parties are too corrupt to fix this from the inside. Why do you think mainstream media marginalized the Occupy Wall Street movement? Because they are dead on about corporations, who of course run mainstream media, and about money running politics.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Why the United States will invade Iran

Since I'm talking about future events, this is clearly an opinion piece. I also base my opinion on some speculation, so if you don't agree with the speculation, you wouldn't agree with the conclusion. While I don't condone any of the speculated actions, I'm not interested in protesting any of this either. I consider myself of a scientific mind, and I'm just interested in knowing how the world works and whenever possible knowing the truth.

So, I believe that the US will invade Iran to secure its oil just like with Iraq. The USA doesn't simply want their oil (ie to enrich oil companies), they *need* that oil (see oil links below). Most people agree that the amount of petroleum in the world is finite, and some believe that production has already started declining. Oil for the US absolutely is a national security imperative. "The last country with oil wins." If any military power finds itself with little or no oil confronted with an enemy with more oil, they don't stand a chance in armed conflict. Oil powers jets, tanks, aircraft carriers, etc. Literally, the last country with oil will have an extreme military advantage over other countries.

Oil for the United States is also of extreme economic importance. It's not just so that it can be sold for a profit. It's the life blood of the economy and productivity. It's a significant part of the value of the dollar, too. Without the productivity gained from black gold, the economy stagnates, shrinks, and falters. That's eventual but hopefully way in the future, and sustainable practices will necessarily help mitigate the change in the way the economy will work.

So what of the supposed reasons we've entered Iraq and possibly in the future Iran? That's where things get quite messy. I don't even like to talk about it because I feel like there's quite a truth gap.

Me nuh like

Oil economy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predicting_the_timing_of_peak_oil
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2011/mar/01/addiction-oil-global-economy
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/09/peak-oil-international-energy-agency

Iranian threat:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pH8gCEZ4Ds

Iraqi oil:
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/7/16/fuel_on_the_fire_author_greg