Go ???? Yourself IF this is your solution to unemployment

All of my life I have spent studying everything I can find about technology (both hardware and software) and business.

And I have done this willingly because I knew it would keep me employed for the rest of my life.

Granted, I never in my wildest imagination believed that somebody would do this:

The U.S.-based CEO of one of the world’s largest hedge funds told me that his firm’s investment committee often discusses the question of who wins and who loses in today’s economy. In a recent internal debate, he said, one of his senior colleagues had argued that the hollowing-out of the American middle class didn’t really matter. “His point was that if the transformation of the world economy lifts four people in China and India out of poverty and into the middle class, and meanwhile means one American drops out of the middle class, that’s not such a bad trade,” the CEO recalled.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/print/2011/01/the-rise-of-the-new-global-elite/8343/

So, like a frog in a pot of cold water, I was boiled alive like millions of others that I have heard from.

And I spend my days trying to find someway to get back in the game.

And all I hear from the experts on TV, our political representatives and my friends is find you a job where you will have a steady paycheck at the red level in this chart and be happy.

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I have one message for all of you, and you can find it in the title of this article.

 

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Owners of outlets that run articles critical of China, he added, jeopardize their business ventures on the mainland.

This is awful.  I’m in a public place — cup of coffee and my computer — and normally I can tune it out, but the conversation next to me is too painful.  A mother and daughter are discussing things, lots of things, including family.  Or maybe two actresses are rehearsing their lines.  Or maybe both — which means I’ve just answered my own question.  Still, it’s one thing to know where we learn how to live as human beings — and quite another to understand who we’re doing it for.

“The Remaking of Taiwan’s Media Landscape — And the China Factor”

www.tealeafnation.com/2014/04/the-remaking-of-taiwans-media-landscape-and-the-china-factor

  • Dyspepsia first struck in 2008 when Want Want Holdings chairman Tsai Eng-meng, who according to Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post “built up his fortune through the rice cracker business he established on the mainland in 1994,” made his entrée into Taiwan’s media world by buying the China Times, one of the island’s four major newspaper chains.  One year later, Tsai snatched up two Taiwanese cable news stations, which at the time were also part of the China Times Media Group, and formed the Want Want China Times Media Group (which this article will simply call the Group).
  • Beijing, Huang [a law professor] asserted, attempts to indirectly control media in Hong Kong and Taiwan through corporations and media groups with “huge business interests” in China.  Owners of outlets that run articles critical of China, he added, jeopardize their business ventures on the mainland.

To repeat myself, again, from last Friday:

“My fellow citizens are too self-absorbed to think.  Period.  They don’t think about themselves.  They don’t think about their children.  They don’t think about death.  They don’t think about life.  They don’t think.  Period.  They just do what they’re conditioned to do — and this is always something they’re not afraid of.”

 

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The evidence is overwhelming that the sub-prime mortgage market did NOT cause this nightmare.

Case in point.

Individual Taxes

Individual

Corporate Taxes

corporate

The above two charts were created from the Treasury Annual Reports which can be found by clicking here.

Now lets look at the Gross Private Domestic Investment portion of the GDP (What our businesses are investing in our country)

business_investment_gdp

If you don’t know how to chart the GDP components that the BEA.gov maintains, email me at vbiersch@gmail.com and I’ll step you through it.

Notice how every time they quit investing in America, we receive less individual and corporate taxes?

This means that our people in our country are making less as well.

Bottom line, a lack of investment in our country by our businesses caused the symptoms known as the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

 

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Britain [China], with an army [industry] to enforce her tyranny, has declared, that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER,” and if being bound in that manner is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth.

THESE are the times that try men’s souls: The summer [comfortable] soldier and the sunshine [comfortable] patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.  Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  What we obtain, too cheap, we esteem too lightly: — ‘Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value.  Heaven knows how to set a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated.  Britain [China], with an army [industry] to enforce her tyranny, has declared, that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER,” and if being bound in that manner is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth.  Even the expression is impious, for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

 

Your conduct is an invitation to the enemy, yet not one in a thousand of you has heart enough to join him.

 

America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion.
Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter [deindustrialization], when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, come forth to meet and to repulse it.

 

The heart that feels not now is dead: The blood of his children shall curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy.
There are persons too who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful.  It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice.

Mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; The cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolfe, and we ought to guard equally against both.

Howe [China] is mercifully inviting you to barbarous destruction, and men must be either rogues or fools that will not see it.

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Economists don’t rise to the level of 19th century French novelists when it comes to understanding the economy.

“It is only forty-five years since the Revolution of 1911, but the face of China has completely changed.  In another forty-five years, that is, in the year 2001, or the beginning of the 21st century, China will have undergone an even greater change.  She will have become a powerful socialist industrial country.”

– Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, “In Commemoration of Dr. Sun Yat-sen”

“The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the U.S. reactionaries use to scare people.  It looks terrible, but in fact it isn’t.  Of course, the atom bomb is a weapon of mass slaughter, but the outcome of a war is decided by the people, not by one or two new types of weapon.”

– Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, “Talk with the American Correspondent Anna Louise Strong”

Additional useful observations, these from economist Michael Hudson, translated from a German newspaper interview:

  • You are saving the gamblers who have accounts with the banks, not saving the banks.
  • Saving the banks means to achieve by financial terms what it took an army militarily to counter a thousand years ago.  Saving the banks thus is destroying society.
  • What if I say: “You have to make me rich in order to give me an incentive not to wreck society.”  What the banks are really saying is: “We will wreck the payment system, and we will stop paying, and we will cause a crisis if you don’t give us what we want.  We are holding you hostage.”  But all you really have to do is take them over and replace them with other people.
  • [Commercial banks] are essentially financing gambling.  That’s what derivatives and “hedge fund” trading are.  None of this funds industrial investment.
  • Banks are no longer part of the industrialization process; they are part of the de-industrialization process.  This is applauded as the post-industrial economy.
  • The basic principle when I talk to bankers is: You don’t know how far wages can be pushed down until somebody pushes back.  And so far, nobody has pushed back.
  • The Germans . . . tend to forget that the Weimar inflation was the result of Germany trying to pay reparations abroad.  They were ordered by the Allied powers to print Deutsche Marks not for domestic spending, not to run a domestic deficit, not to rebuild Germany, not to employ labor, but to throw reichsmarks onto the foreign exchange to obtain the foreign currency to pay the Allies, so that the Allies could turn around and pay the arms debts for what they bought from the United States.
  • [Banks] claim that they are the brains of society.  They say, there is no alternative.  But they are not the brain; they are something alien to industrial capitalism.
  • Today’s banks are playing upon anxiety and fear, like a high-pressure salesman threatening to bring on a collapse if industrial economies try to protect themselves.
  • This is the first time in history that people have believed they could get rich by borrowing money to buy assets that are increasing in price, or that they may get rich by the hyperinflation of property prices, and by the stock and bond prices that bank credit has inflated.
  • Banks have managed to prevent the government from regulating and preventing this hyperinflation — and they even have called it “wealth creation.”  It is really debt creation.
  • It is not a process of real growth.  So what banks are saying is that there is no alternative but to let debts grow, at compound interest.  This means reducing wages, as more and more must be spent on debt service.
  • What the national income account pretends to be empirical, pretends to be “earnings” of the banks and other rentiers, is actually a transfer function — and often, outright theft.

Adds Hudson: “It’s remarkable that French novelists realize this, such as Balzac, who said that behind every great family fortune is a great theft.  Economists don’t rise to the level of 19th century French novelists when it comes to understanding the economy.” – Fireside on the Great Theft

Or, remarkably, to the level of 20th-century Chinese visionaries.

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Xi Jinping says world has nothing to fear from awakening of ‘peaceful lion’

“Spring 2014: Revolutions”

www.laphamsquarterly.org/magazine/revolutions.php

“Who in Ukraine benefits from IMF bailout?”

www.michael-hudson.com/2014/03/ukraines-boomerang-aid

“2013 Executing Countries”

www.amnestyusa.org/images/dpreport2013_map.jpg

“Xi Jinping says world has nothing to fear from awakening of ‘peaceful lion’”

[South China Morning Post -- March 29, 2014]

“China, Germany vow to push for open world economy”

[Xinhua -- March 29, 2014]

“How Many Americans Does It Take To Pull a Plug?”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJkcAxn5Bc4

No matter who you blame—Washington, Wall Street, the Big Banks, Globalization—they all have at least one thing in common: they all get all their power from us.

 

Even a young child knows: when a machine goes haywire and the controls don’t work, you don’t form a committee, you don’t stockpile ammunition, you pull the plug.

 

When a contractor doesn’t perform as agreed—and this applies to social contracts, as well—you withhold payment until he does the job you hired him to do.

 

Beginning right now, I will do my part as an American citizen—and the guy you could have voted for—to enforce the American agreement of democracy and prosperity, and to prevent a possible genocide.

 

I’m glad you don’t like that word.  For decades now, this country has been in the business of transferring existing wealth instead of producing new wealth.  When the wealth has all been transferred, finally—what happens then?

 

Beginning right now, you can do more than just complain and feel helpless.  You can pull a plug.  Join me—follow me—in providing incentive by simply withholding payment:

 

  • Not another penny in income tax—personal or corporate.
  • Not another penny in payment of student loans.
  • Not another penny to any Big Bank—or to any corporation that has taken American money and betrayed American interests.

 

I am not saying we should all become irresponsible deadbeats.  I’m advocating a higher form of financial responsibility, one that considers the difference between virtue and vanity, virtue and cowardice.  When our democracy is acceptable, America’s real economy acceptable, when the game is no longer rigged against us, we should be delighted to once again extend our cooperation and financial support—under conditions acceptable to the common man.

 

Americans in a democracy are all common men.

 

Every day, somebody tells me our country is doomed, our children are doomed, there’s no future, not a thing we can do about it, and we shouldn’t even try.

 

They say America is in her final stages of disunity, that Americans couldn’t pull together now if their lives depended on it.

 

I say they’re wrong.

 
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They just do what they’re conditioned to do — and this is always something they’re not afraid of

“You’re led to your graves by fools and knaves” or some such romanticism was what I woke up with this morning, but I decided to leave it alone for today, except to ask you to please try to imagine what the words “I woke up” can mean to a guy who can’t take them for granted.

I’m still frustrated — and very, very angry — that my fellow citizens are too self-absorbed to think.  Period.  They don’t think about themselves.  They don’t think about their children.  They don’t think about death.  They don’t think about life.  They don’t think.  Period.  They just do what they’re conditioned to do — and this is always something they’re not afraid of.

A reader’s e-mail rescued me this morning.  In response to yesterday’s article, she wrote:

“The importance of telling the truth shines through your message.”

I’m still frustrated — and very, very angry — that my fellow citizens are too self-absorbed to think.  Period.  They don’t think about themselves.  They don’t think about their children.  They don’t think about death.  They don’t think about life.  They don’t think.  Period.

They just do what they’re conditioned to do — and this is always something they’re not afraid of.

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Have You Ever Wondered Why Things Are Getting Worse?

We’re still complaining, in the same ways, about the same things and the same people.  Still, we support them with our money,  our cooperation, and repetition.  We buy what they sell — and they sell what we buy — no matter what.  Goods and Services.  Institutions.  Ideas.  Excuses.  We work for the people and things we complain about.  Literally, we’re working for them.  Our effort — and our lack of effort — are spent in their service.  We never dare think, much less ask, what is to become of us, much less our children.  We deny reality and the millions already dead.  Fear-fallen children couldn’t say no.  Where did the money go?

Here’s something we can do that’s not scary at all:

Put lots of these stickers on other people’s bumpers:

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Any contribution (“non-tax-deductible payment or gift”) of any size gets a 3″ x 12″ vinyl sticker in return.

  • Check — payable to Robert Hall and mailed to the postal address displayed on my Facebook campaign page: PO Box 59288, Schaumburg, IL, 60159

Please identify yourself clearly.  I will accept money only from U.S. citizens.  I will not accept money from corporations, organizations, anonymous donors, or non-citizens.  Be sure to include a mailing address for your bumper sticker.
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Donations Needed…

I haven’t done this in a long time, but it is time once again for us to ask for help in doing our part to Keep America At Work so that we can Keep The World At Work.

We are trying to get set up now so that we can start doing a daily video cast so that we can show how this game of musical countries is destroying all of our futures, no matter the country you live in.

Whether you are in Jordan, Port Gentil, India, Thailand, China or wherever, if we continue to let our leaders play musical countries with our jobs, more and more of us will find ourselves without jobs, or if we have them, without the ability to even provide for our families.

This is unacceptable to me, and I believe to you.

So please click on the donation button as every penny helps us to build a site where all of us around the world can work to build a better future for our families, no matter the country we live in.

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The media absolutely must not report without authorization on the accidental death of State Council Information Officer Deputy Director Li Wufeng.

Even self-critics who can prove we’re as bad as the worst have to admit we’re also as good as the best.  The U.S. is a great nation that is also a good nation.  This is rare.  Some people would love to be as childlike as Americans, but they can’t, so they take advantage of us instead.  Funny how this doesn’t make them feel alive, not really.

“Even If Hobby Lobby Wins, We Lose”

www.theamericanconservative.com/hobbylobby

  • Largely ignored is the fact Hobby Lobby is a significant player in a global economy that has separated markets from morality.

“Edward Snowden’s unintended Internet revolution”

www.salon.com/2013/10/15/edward_snowdens_unintended_internet_revolution

  • The most sustained criticism of U.S. Internet dominance has been generated by China, Russia and a half-dozen other authoritarian states that want to wrest control over the Internet from the U.S. so as to be able to more effectively police their own citizenry’s online expression.

“Is Europe Cracking Up?”

www.buchanan.org/blog/europe-cracking-6301

  • What the children of Europe are rebelling against is what their fathers, paralyzed by political correctness, refused to prevent.

“Ukraine: Manna From Heaven for the Green Line and Beyond Crowd”

www.chuckspinney.blogspot.com/2014/03/ukraine-manna-from-heaven-for-green.html

  • The overwhelming assembly of facts proves a significant level western involvement is in play.  There is one highly convenient coincidence he only alludes to, however: The American people are war weary, and the pivot to the China threat has no real traction.  The domestic policies of fear unleashed by 9-11 are running out of steam.  The possibility of a new cold war with our old nuclear armed adversary is just the ticket needed. . . .

“Snowden and The Politics of Internet Governance”

www.cdt.org/blogs/matthew-shears/2102snowden-and-politics-internet-governance

  • Most commentary linking surveillance and global Internet governance conflates two important issues in inaccurate — and politically motivated — ways, driving long-standing and potentially damaging agendas related to the management of the Internet.

“America’s Internet Surrender”

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303563304579447362610955656

  • By unilaterally retreating from online oversight, the White House pleased regimes that want to control the Web.

“A Rumor About Michelle Obama’s Visit to China”

www.tealeafnation.com/2014/03/a-rumor-about-michelle-obamas-visit-in-china

  • Yet Kong’s anecdote, while false, has touched a genuine nerve among Chinese web users.  A steady stream of revelations about sweeping surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency — most recently its secret infiltration of the Chinese tech giant Huawei, revealed on March 22 by the New York Times and German newspaper Der Spiegel – has made Obama’s championing of Internet freedom seem somewhat ironic.

“Will the US really relinquish control of the Internet?”

[People's Daily link -- March 26, 2014]

  • When the NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the PRISM program and other intelligence supervision programs last year, this proved that international concerns about Internet security were not unfounded.  [. . .]  But if a U.S. company wins the tender, the U.S. government will still control the company in accordance with its domestic laws, and it will therefore continue to dominate the Internet.  In an era of network integration, Internet security needs participants from all over the world.

“Chinese information official ‘falls to death’”

www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-03-26/chinese-information-official-falls-to-death/1285776

  • Another Chinese news outlet, Caixin, reported the death on its website, but later deleted the article.  There are few reports of his death and it remains unclear whether it was the result of suicide or foul play.

“Information Official Li Wufeng’s Death”

[China Digital Times link -- March 26, 2014]
  • From the Central Propaganda Department: “The media absolutely must not report without authorization on the accidental death of State Council Information Officer Deputy Director Li Wufeng.  Internet media must delete related speculative and accusatory comments as soon as possible.”

Americans are good people.

 

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H-1B = SCAB

As I study the Union busting techniques of the last generation where SCAB’s were brought in to break the Union Picket Lines

As I study how former business people are being given big multimillion dollar severance packages when they accept government regulatory positions.

I realize that no matter how much the STEM proponents say that they need H-1B’s, they simply are the modern day SCAB’s brought in to reduce wages in America.

A simple country boy such as myself would think that surely the Government Agency that is attempting to prove that these STEM type corporations that have colluded on wage busting in the past are doing the same now?

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How Many Americans Does It Take To Pull a Plug?

Now Available!

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How Many Americans Does It Take To Pull a Plug?

How Many Bumper Stickers?

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“How Many Americans Does It Take To Pull a Plug?”

[Library of Congress Registration Number TXu001877451]

No matter who you blame—Washington, Wall Street, the Big Banks, Globalization—they all have at least one thing in common: they all get all their power from us.

 

Even a young child knows: when a machine goes haywire and the controls don’t work, you don’t form a committee, you don’t stockpile ammunition, you pull the plug.

 

When a contractor doesn’t perform as agreed—and this applies to social contracts, as well—you withhold payment until he does the job you hired him to do.

 

Beginning right now, I will do my part as an American citizen—and the guy you could have voted for—to enforce the American agreement of democracy and prosperity, and to prevent a possible genocide.

 

I’m glad you don’t like that word.  For decades now, this country has been in the business of transferring existing wealth instead of producing new wealth.  When the wealth has all been transferred, finally—what happens then?

 

Beginning right now, you can do more than just complain and feel helpless.  You can pull a plug.  Join me—follow me—in providing incentive by simply withholding payment:

 

  • Not another penny in income tax—personal or corporate.
  • Not another penny in payment of student loans.
  • Not another penny to any Big Bank—or to any corporation that has taken American money and betrayed American interests.

 

I am not saying we should all become irresponsible deadbeats.  I’m advocating a higher form of financial responsibility, one that considers the difference between virtue and vanity, virtue and cowardice.  When our democracy is acceptable, America’s real economy acceptable, when the game is no longer rigged against us, we should be delighted to once again extend our cooperation and financial support—under conditions acceptable to the common man.

 

Americans in a democracy are all common men.

 

Every day, somebody tells me our country is doomed, our children are doomed, there’s no future, not a thing we can do about it, and we shouldn’t even try.

 

They say America is in her final stages of disunity, that Americans couldn’t pull together now if their lives depended on it.

 

I say they’re wrong.

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An update on the status of Keep America At Work

It’s been a rough couple of weeks so I’m behind.

The VRAP program ended on 6 March which left me with no income and since it costs about $2,000 per month to pay for the land, shack, and essentials, I’m scrambling to figure out what to do to say the least.

Got the generator back saturday evening, and spent sunday and monday getting it running, so now I have power at the shack, but that has problems as it puts out too many volts and its already fried one of my monitors, so when I can figure out how to buy a battery back up unit, I will put that inline and that should help lower the voltage, or at least I hope so.

Out of beer so the stress level is increasing, but it is what it is and I’ll deal with it.

That is the bad news.

Now the good news.

I may be able to make a little bit of money in a few months that will allow me to focus on Keep America At Work, and if so, we are going to take Keep America At Work to youtube with a daily news segment, and if this happens, I want to find a way using skype or google to have real live people tell their stories, and hopefully we will have guest’s as well.

Don’t get me wrong, it is going to take a bit as I still need to find the money to get electricity and running water installed as we are a bit primitive at the moment, but we are headed in that direction, and I could use your help.

If you have a story to tell, get in touch with me at vbiersch@gmail.com so I can start working with you.

If you can make a donation, you can do so via the “I work for tips” button on the left hand side which will take you to paypal, and as always you can reach me at Virgil Bierschwale, 288 E. Kroll, Harper, TX 78631

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This is State-sanctioned whistleblowing.

This guy’s a “hero”?

Last June I wrote:

  • Edward Snowden, “whistleblower,” has already said that China is not an enemy of the United States and that we their peoples trade with each other freely.
  • (No, I am not making this up.)
  • Edward Snowden blew his whistle, moved away to Hong Kong in the People’s Republic of China (where citizens are safe from surveillance?), and sat for his dramatic interview while Presidents Obama and Xi were meeting over costly cyber-security issues in California.
  • I’ll need to know a little more about Snowden’s deal with the People’s Republic before I join the media frenzy declaring him a “hero.”  Meanwhile, I’ll try not to let them distract me from the life-and-death economic issues, especially our trade with China.
  • If you’re really worried about your privacy, then don’t use electronics made in China.
  • There’s always a chance the U.S. government won’t spy on you.  The People’s Republic of China can offer no such reassurance.

FFC #709

See also:

  • “Why China Let Snowden Go” — FFC #727
  • “The Huawei Security Threat” — FFC #82
  • “Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE” — FFC #430

Today:

“Huawei Condemns NSA Hacking”

[China Daily link -- March 24, 2014]

  • . . . as reported by the New York Times [www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/world/asia/nsa-breached-chinese-servers-seen-as-spy-peril.html] and the German magazine Der Spiegel [www.spiegel.de/international/world/nsa-spied-on-chinese-government-and-networking-firm-huawei-a-960199.html] over the weekend.  The report provided by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor who has since last June been revealing NSA’s massive global surveillance programs, showed that the NSA has created “back doors” into networks maintained by Huawei.
  • Huawei has long been a bogeyman for the US government and lawmakers in their attempt to vilify China as a source of cyber espionage.  In October 2012, a US House Intelligence Committee report advised US companies to avoid doing business with Huawei and ZTE, another telecom giant from China, due to possible national security threats, an allegation unsubstantiated by evidence.  Huawei has dismissed the allegation as groundless.  However, its business has been negatively affected over the years due to fear-mongering in the US.

“Edward Snowden, Tattletale”

www.powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2014/03/edward-snowden-tattletale.html

  • Snowden’s formulation, and the adoption of his methodology by the “responsible journalists” involved, mean only one thing: these are, ultimately, State-sanctioned leaks.  This is State-sanctioned whistleblowing.
  • As for these heroic, trail-blazing, State-coddling “responsible journalists” . . . hmm.  Patsies.  Jerks.  Contemptible fools and, hardly incidentally, themselves seekers of wealth and power.

Following up on “China, We Fear You” from FFC #978:

“More than 150 injured as police evict student protestors from Taiwan parliament”

[SCMP link -- March 24, 2014]
  • Defiant students, some bleeding and bruised, pledged to continue their protest over the ruling party’s decision to renege on a promised line-by-line review of the trade agreement.
  • China’s government has not commented on the protests, although an editorial Monday in the Global Times was harshly critical.  “The Taiwanese students lack the courage and determination to commit to regional economic integration, fear losing out and change and only wish to defend the status quo,” the editorial read.

The reader will please note that China’s government has never “not commented” on anything.

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P.S. from Mr. Fish:

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The evidence is that the U.S. agencies have proved increasingly pliant in accommodating Beijing’s agenda.

Last night, I reviewed a few (hundred) of my early articles and links, and it seemed to me that Americans — citizens, and especially the media — have lost some of their spirit for the struggle.

I get it — and I’ll put my exhaustion up against anyone’s — but we simply cannot afford to rest, much less give up, not now and maybe not ever.

Since I wrote “Dollar to the Giant” in 2008, China’s GDP (& etc.) have more than doubled — easily done when the U.S. (alone) bought $2.26 Trillions’ worth of Chinese goods (alone) from the People’s Republic of China (alone), of the People’s Liberation Army, of the Chinese Communist Party, of Mao Tse-Tung, of 70 million murdered Chinese (alone).

Lately I’ve been a little stingy with the compliments, to the point of being disagreeable.  But before I can agree to admire a fellow patriot, I hire a detective to find out whether he or she wears Chinese clothes and drives a German car.  If it turns out my fellow patriot is self-destructive, I’m reminded of my fellow citizens, and their struggle, and their children, and this gets me through the day.

For your careful reconsideration:

“Changing Fortunes: How China’s Boom Caused the Economic Crisis”  [see FFC #734 and #735]

http://repub.eur.nl/pub/34930

  • “China purposely flooded U.S. financial markets with cheap money to wash away the very foundations on which the United States was built.” — Dutch economist Heleen Mees

“Housing: One Chart Says It All”

www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/21/housing-one-chart-says-it-all

  • [Another good rant from Mike Whitney -- but I think it needs the Changing Fortunes dissertation along with my compendium and its articles on China-funded Blackstone.  E-mail me for a free digital copy of Fear-Fallen Children.]

“The Answer to Homelessness: Why conservative Utah gives away housing”

www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-answer-to-homelessness

  • When Utah officials added up the amount going into medical treatment and law enforcement, the cost to the state per homeless individual was more than $216,300 a year.

“JPMorgan’s top China banker Fang Fang to retire, as colleague Frank Gong gets promotion”

[SCMP link -- March 24, 2014]
  • Currently, Fang is also a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s top political advisory body.

“Your Tax Dollars At Work — Subsidizing China’s Rise: Is This The Feds’ Craziest Idea Yet?”

www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2014/03/23/your-tax-dollars-at-work-subsidizing-chinas-rise-is-this-the-feds-craziest-idea-yet

  • With few exceptions, American, European, Japanese, and Korean car-makers participate in China-based joint ventures.  And such joint ventures make many models that are sold in the United States at much lower prices.  Thanks to the high Chinese prices, the foreign partners share in prodigious profits, which helps buy their cooperation.  The Beijing authorities probably work particularly hard to ensure that foreign partners are rewarded for transferring technologies to Chinese joint-ventures.  All this means that almost everyone is on the same side in keeping “unauthorized” imports out of the Chinese market.  The evidence is that the U.S. agencies have proved increasingly pliant in accommodating Beijing’s agenda.

And there you have it in two words: Beijing’s agenda.

We blame who they want us to blame.  We spend where they want us to spend.

“But don’t we feel brilliant when we look back and wonder how any society could have so misunderstood the writing on the wall?”

(FFC #138)

 

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Mao’s way of thinking and governing was terrifying. He put no value on human life. The deaths of others meant nothing to him.

The other day, in private correspondence, a valued colleague wrote:

“I’m just about to give up.  We are simply too . . . dumb to be allowed to continue.”

The challenge, I’m learning, is to convince American people that life and death are as much a matter of life and death as, for example, whatever.

Here’s hoping my valued colleague is wrong, this time.

“China, We Fear You”

www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/03/21/china_we_fear_you_taiwan_trade_pact_essay

FP editor’s note: On March 18, thousands of students began a sit-in of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan in the capital, Taipei, a historic first that has paralyzed the island’s lawmaking body.  Students have amassed to protest an attempt by the Kuomintang, the island’s ruling party, to push through a trade pact with China.  The essay below was written by a Taiwanese attorney, Richard Chiou-yuan Lu, and has gone viral on Facebook, Taiwan’s social network of choice.

  • Japan would not give us these favorable terms because it would insist on equal exchange and not give an inch in negotiations.  As economists say, there’s no free lunch.  Why should China act any differently?  Kids, we all know China “loves” us.  They want us to return to the “motherland” as soon as possible.  But first they have to seize our economy by its lifeline.
  • The Taiwanese companies that can afford to set up branches in China are large conglomerates, and those Taiwanese profiting the most from the CSSTA [trade agreement] are tycoons and their families, not your family or mine.  As far as Chinese companies are concerned, their investment in Taiwan is a drop in the bucket that won’t affect their overall operations.  And those Chinese companies are deeply influenced by their political system.
  • If one day our [. . .] become Chinese-owned, our [. . .] records are sent to headquarters in Beijing, and our [. . .] are replaced by Chinese, can we accept that?
  • The Chinese government might order its companies to cease operations in Taiwan.  For example, our convenience stores would close and our taxi service would stop, assuming they had Chinese investment, and Beijing would have our credit card records and hospital records in hand.
  • Why is it that when it comes to China, we won’t give an inch?  It’s because we’re afraid of you, China.  Really.  We’re very afraid.

“Mao Zedong”

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mao_Zedong

  • The Chinese government continues to officially regard Mao as a national hero.
  • Li Rui, Mao’s personal secretary, goes further and claims he was dismissive of the suffering and death caused by his policies: “Mao’s way of thinking and governing was terrifying.  He put no value on human life.  The deaths of others meant nothing to him.”

The semi-alert reader will note — as did this semi-alert writer in FFC #975 “Carrying Pictures of Chairman Mao – that the mass murderer is proudly displayed on every current-series Chinese banknote.

For the sake of . . . well, I just hope we’re not as dumb as we look.

 

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Most people in the path of oil and gas development find themselves helpless in the face of the industry’s deep pockets and political affiliations.

The future’s coming over, so we should probably get up and get the kids ready.

“Bloomberg Hints at Curb on Articles About China”

www.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/business/international/bloomberg-should-have-rethought-articles-on-china-chairman-says.html

  • Bloomberg, the financial data and news company, relies on sales of its terminals, which are ubiquitous on bankers’ desks around the world, for about 82 percent of its $8.5 billion in revenue.  But sales of those terminals in China declined after the company published an article in June 2012 on the family wealth of Xi Jinping, at that time the incoming Communist Party chief.  After its publication, officials ordered state enterprises not to subscribe to the service.

“Censorship Instructions: ‘Crimea Votes to Join Russia’”

[China Digital Times link -- March 17, 2014]

  • Central Propaganda Department: “All media must refrain from hyping or exaggerating the referendum in Crimea.  In your coverage, you may not connect the story to our own country’s issues with Taiwan, Tibet, or Xinjiang, and you must not comment without authorization on the Foreign Ministry’s position on and handling of the Crimean issue.”


“Michelle Obama’s Visit to China Aims to Focus on Shared Values”


[Caixin link -- March 21, 2014]

  • “So in my family’s experience, I hope the people of China see a reflection of the commitment we all share to leave something better for our next generation to give our children and grandchildren opportunities we never dreamed of for ourselves.”


“Michelle Obama and family staying in $8,000 suite in China”

[China News Service link -- March 21, 2014]
  • It is the hotel’s only Presidential Suite and costs 52,000 yuan ($8,350) per day.

“China to resume Canadian canola meal imports, first in a year”

www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/21/canola-meal-canada-china-idUSL2N0MI0S120140321

  • China has agreed to resume imports of Canadian canola meal from Richardson International Ltd, the first from Canada in about a year, a Richardson official said on Friday.

– see also FFC #941, #974, or #976:

“China to relax green card policy”  


[Xinhua link -- March 21, 2014]

  • “We’re working on adopting more flexible policies of granting Chinese green cards, with the hope of attracting more overseas Chinese back to the country.”


“Koch Brothers Are The Largest Land Owners Of Canada’s Tar Sands”

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/20/3417175/koch-brothers-are-largest-land-owners-of-canadas-tar-sands

  • Koch Industries has held the line that they have no financial stake in the Keystone XL Pipeline and “are not party to its design or construction,” or “a proposed shipper or customer of oil delivered by this pipeline.”   Most people in the path of oil and gas development find themselves helpless in the face of the industry’s deep pockets and political affiliations.

“Rash of finance-pro suicides baffles experts”

www.nypost.com/2014/03/18/string-of-suicides-rocking-financial-world-baffles-experts

  • “The suicide-research literature doesn’t help very much with the question of why the method of these suicides is so out in the open,” she added.

Now here’s something that really would “help very much”:

“How Many Americans Does It Take To Pull a Plug?”

If you think it’s scary, you haven’t heard the alternatives.
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No matter who you blame—Washington, Wall Street, the Big Banks, Globalization—they all have at least one thing in common: they all get all their power from us.

 

Even a young child knows: when a machine goes haywire and the controls don’t work, you don’t form a committee, you don’t stockpile ammunition, you pull the plug.

 

When a contractor doesn’t perform as agreed—and this applies to social contracts, as well—you withhold payment until he does the job you hired him to do.

 

Beginning right now, I will do my part as an American citizen—and the guy you could have voted for—to enforce the American agreement of democracy and prosperity, and to prevent a possible genocide.

 

I’m glad you don’t like that word.  For decades now, this country has been in the business of transferring existing wealth instead of producing new wealth.  When the wealth has all been transferred, finally—what happens then?

 

Beginning right now, you can do more than just complain and feel helpless.  You can pull a plug.  Join me—follow me—in providing incentive by simply withholding payment:

 

  • Not another penny in income tax—personal or corporate.
  • Not another penny in payment of student loans.
  • Not another penny to any Big Bank—or to any corporation that has taken American money and betrayed American interests.

 

I am not saying we should all become irresponsible deadbeats.  I’m advocating a higher form of financial responsibility, one that considers the difference between virtue and vanity, virtue and cowardice.  When our democracy is acceptable, America’s real economy acceptable, when the game is no longer rigged against us, we should be delighted to once again extend our cooperation and financial support—under conditions acceptable to the common man.

 

Americans in a democracy are all common men.

 

Every day, somebody tells me our country is doomed, our children are doomed, there’s no future, not a thing we can do about it, and we shouldn’t even try.

 

They say America is in her final stages of disunity, that Americans couldn’t pull together now if their lives depended on it.

 

I say they’re wrong.

 

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Why does the VA play games with jobs when there are so many vets without jobs?

Follow along class.

On 18 Dec 2013 I applied for the following job:

SALARY RANGE:

$21.61 to $25.21 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

WG-2606-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time – Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Kerrville, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q – Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1004896

And on 15 Jan 2014 I was informed that I was eligible for the position but not referred.

Veteran Preference:
Announcement Number: VHA-671-1004896-14-MP-KYL
Date Issued:
Social Security Number:
Phone:
VIRGIL J BIERSCHWALE,
January 15, 2014
Kerrville, TX
Spec Code: Spec Title: Grade: Rating:
001 Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic 11 ILNR
Rating Code: Rating Message:
ILNR We have reviewed your application and found you qualified for this position. However, you were not
among
the most highly qualified candidates. Therefore, your name will not be referred to the selecting official
at this
time. If we receive a request for additional candidates within the next 90 days, your application will
again be
reviewed for possible referral.

As you can tell, I was not even given a interview even though I am over 50 and apparently unemployable as I have been long term unemployed for nearly a decade since the software jobs were sent offshore and the H-1B Visa Scabs were imported.

The first time I applied for it, it was open to “Status Candidates”.

Now follow along class as it looks like the job is once again available.

SALARY RANGE:

$21.61 to $25.21 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 to Tuesday, April 01, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

WG-2606-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time – Agency Employees Only

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Kerrville, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

CURRENT, PERMANENT VA EMPLOYEES NATION WIDE ONLY

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1073071

See where it says “Who May Apply”?

Yep, Unemployable veterans need not apply.

Imagine that…!

Hell, they might as well relax as I’ve given up ever getting a job in private industry or civil service.

Doesn’t mean I’ve given up climbing the ladder called opportunity because I’m going to get to the top.

It just means that I realize when the game is rigged, and I’m not going to play with a stacked deck.

 

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How cool is it that the Party is letting so many people with so much money leave the People’s Republic for a resource-rich, underpopulated country on the U.S. border?

How cool is it that the Party is letting so many people with so much money leave the People’s Republic for a resource-rich, underpopulated country on the U.S. border?

“Canada immigration chief says door is still open to Chinese migrants”

[SCMP link -- March 20, 2014]
  • Canada’s immigration chief admitted yesterday that the flouting of residency rules by mainlanders was one of the reasons its investor visa scheme was axed.
  • Announcing stricter criteria for a new investor scheme to be launched later this year, Alexander said the required amount needed to qualify for the new immigrant investor venture capital pilot would be more than double that of the previous visa’s C$800,000 (HK$5.6 million).
  • Alexander said the new fund would be privately managed and a competition would be held to select the managers.  The funds would be invested in “at-risk” start-ups for more than five years, longer than the previous scheme.
  • He said money would be directed into industries such as the internet, biotechnology, entertainment, animation, film and television.

That’s an interesting selection of industries.  I can’t wait to meet the managers.

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