Monday, October 7, 2013

Shutdown and parasitic money

The shutdown is supposedly about Obamacare and separately about the debt ceiling (or rather money).  So what is money?  Does it have value?  Did you know it's created out of debt in the first place?

We actually have a parasite on our economy called the Federal Reserve.  This private institution, owned mostly by a secretive cartel of bankers, creates money out of thin air and lends it to the government to spend or to banks to lend it into existence.  Our income taxes go directly to the debt service of the money the government has spent.  The US used to print its own money debt-free at various times in our history until the last time we stopped in 1913, when the Federal Reserve Act passed Congress.  Do you ever wonder how much of your work goes to paying off this debt to this banking cartel?

Congress could complete change the talk of the debt ceiling by addressing our money problem, but Democrats and Republicans are largely dependent on Wall Street and other power elite interests to fund their campaigns and privately become wealthy.  Our two parties have us divided and conquered fighting about social issues while both parties give Wall Street practically free reign to gouge all the capital it can from any person, government, business, or country that has any left.

Here are some questions everyone should want the answer to:

* Why can't we audit the Federal Reserve?
* Why wasn't anyone punished for the irresponsible behavior that caused the housing bubble?
* Who profits during each economic shock?
* Why won't network news outlets mention 3rd party candidates or allow them in debates?
* Why do the biggest corporations pay less (net) taxes than churches?
* Why are portions of SOPA being resurrected in the TPP?
* Would we be better off as a country to print our own money, debt-free?

Me no like none of this

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Drug war assassinations in the U.S.A.

So it's been all over the news, political assassinations of law/prison related officials in Colorado and Texas.  In case you missed it:

So how does it feel?  Are Americans happy with this?  The alleged perps are Aryan Nation folks who make their money in black markets running drugs.  What does this say about our drug war?  Doesn't it sound a little like the cartels in Mexico?

Assassinations like this have happened thousands of times over in Mexico due to the drug war the U.S. has imposed on them.  This is a consequence of prohibition pure and simple.  This is further evidence of the laundry list of failings of the drug war.  Where are the successes?  Oooops there aren't really any, unless you consider who's profit(eer)ing substantially from the drug war.

It's time to tell the WELFARE KINGS (weapons manufacturers, private prisons, BANKS*, pharmaceutical industry)  to stop the drug war, to make an honest living without wasting our tax money on a useless drug war and without ruining the lives of millions of people in the process.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

HEART The Rock (one depressing breakfast with mtvu)

Ate breakfast on a college campus this morning.  MTV-U was being pumped out of flat screen TVs all over the dining area.  I was a bit disturbed by the one minute that I watched.  I still enjoyed my breakfast though in case the reader was concerned with my eating pleasure.

First up:  Advertisement for the movie G. I. Joe.

<beginsarcasm> Yay!  They've remade the old cartoon starring The Rock.  Support the troops! </endsarcasm>

OK.  Do you love our military?  Have you ever wondered why?  Would you love your military as much if you didn't watch TV and sporting events?

Some articles about Iraq to show some further cynicism:

Second up:  Advertisement for St George University.

<beginsarcasm> Yay!  Student debt!  Universities are using increased tuition to compete with other universities to increase enrollment and tuition which increases need for student loans! </endsarcasm>

If you don't know that student debt is a huge problem, then under what rock are you hiding?  Even THE Rock knows that student debt is a problem.  But did you know that student debt has reached ONE TRILLION DOLLARS and as surpassed credit card debt?  Did you know that you cannot bankrupt out of student debt?  Did you know student debt can even garnish Social Security if it isn't paid off before collecting benefits?  Did you know that the promise of getting a well-paid job with a college degree is less true than ever?  Does anyone think this isn't a mess?

Some articles to make us feel bad about universities and student debt:

Finally:  Advertisement for Snickers.

<beginsarcasm> Hungry?  (Yes!)  Is Robin Williams coaching a football team?  (Yes!)  Will scarfing down very sweet candy satisfy his hunger and make him healthy?  (Yes!)  What would The Rock do?  (Yes!) </endsarcasm>

Is Snickers a gas station PBJ?  No, it's candy not food.  It's making people sick not healthy.  It's making people fat not healthy.  Much of our food is making us sick.  I saw someone say recently that if it's advertised on TV, then definitely don't eat it.  I've heard others say not to eat anything out of a box.  Are convenience, shelf life, and sweetness the properties we're most concerned with in our food?  Not if we care about our health.

In conclusion: <beginsarcasm> Support attacking other countries, go into debt, and make yourself sick.</endsarcasm>

Or maybe just stop and think about what you do and why.  What would The Rock do?  Put down that Snickers.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Walmart in NYC? NO THANKS

I wrote this in reply to comments in the Reason article:

New York City Council Wages War on Walmart

The latest dumb idea from politicians in the Big Apple.

(Click link above to read the article, read below to see a comment I posted (in 3 parts due to the limit on comment size))


First of all (apologies if any heads explode), Walmart isn't *all* bad.  They are simultaneously a marvel of capitalism and an example of most of the major problems of capitalism.  I would argue (and a real debate would actually be nice) that Walmart is more bad than good, for America, for Americans, for the world, for the ecology, for other businesses big and small, and for good taste (the most subjective part so it’s pointless to address this as taste is personal).  

While Walmart isn't a monopoly, it is anti-competitive.  For example, it operate any individual store at a loss until it claims a sufficient portion of market share.  How does the average business compete against that?  Books have been written about how Walmart is anti-competitive, so I won't belabor this, but I'd *love* to hear any arguments about how Walmart is good for competition.

For those who can take off the idealist hat for a moment and look objectively at government regulation and protection, wouldn't it make sense to protect your voters from an organization that would make your voters' lives worse?  (One must rant...)  It sucks to work for Walmart.  It sucks to supply Walmart.  It sucks to own a business or live in a community near a Walmart.  It sucks to be a supplier to Walmart.  Walmart sucks wealth from everyone/everything it touches. Walmart isn't anyone's friend, and it's a bad neighbor.  If we had a mutually beneficial relationship with Walmart, it would be one thing.  Walmart acts much more like a parasite.  (To name a few reasons to oppose them.)

Many American small towns that have lost agriculture, manufacturing, and mining jobs are kind of on life support through welfare and social security.  Some would argue that these towns might crumble (economically speaking) on their own.  Many do manage a sort of equilibrium or (at least over time) can evolve and possible develop new industries or populations, ...unless Walmart shows up.  They turn on the wealth vacuum and suck up a large chunk of the money people have to spend in the area.  If it tips the balance and the area's economy goes down the toilet, Walmart has been known to leave the market just as quickly as it entered.  Also conveniently, above and beyond the locals on welfare and ss, 44% of Walmart employees are on government benefits.  How do you feel about Walmart profiting immensely from your tax money given to its customers?  How do you feel about Walmart externalizing its employees hardships on the rest of us instead of paying them a little better?

Are Walmart's extra low prices good for America if they destroy other business and competition?  I'll check back for answers more profound than simple free market idealism.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Let's be outraged by corporate job deletion

Corporations behaving badly

"Georgians to Legislature: Make job creation top priority" was the headline of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution this weekend.  Why wasn't the headline "Georgians outraged at multinational corporations for automating, outsourcing and exporting way too many jobs"?  Is it better for the world to build stuff half way around the world and transport it here?  It's only better for the corporate bottom line not for you and me.  Unfortunately our system rewards this behavior, and we tolerate it.