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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We cannot stand for Right if we are this wrong.

How many of you remember the Geneva agreements that we signed?

I believe that all of us realize that we have lost our way as evidenced by the worshiping of corporations rather than society by our political representatives.

How low will we sink before we realize that we have turned into those that we are fighting with?

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/18/jeffrey-st-clair-explains-obama-conducts-freedom-democracy/

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How do we create a better world using creative job destruction?

Slaughter didn’t deny that the H-1B visa program can also lead to some job displacement. Last year some 2.4 million net jobs were created in the U.S., but that net job creation number “masks a tremendous amount of gross job destruction and gross job creation,” he said.

Compete America’s latest effort won’t sway the contentious debate. The visa issue is too emotional, too intense and too real for many people in IT.

Underlying H-1B use are the experiences of U.S. workers, particularly those at risk of job loss because of offshoring or age.

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/540930/h-1b_visas_produce_net_it_job_boost/

The signs of why this is not working are all around us.

Sadly most people choose to ignore them which is why it grows worse.

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Where do you suppose China gets the money to buy so many American dollars?

Are you sure you want to go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao?


China is working hard to replace our money with theirs.  Sometimes they just buy up our money.  If they can demand enough of it –

“Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities”

www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Documents/mfh.txt

– they can drive up the price.  This means that American dollars cost more and fewer people can afford to buy them or the goods and services they represent.  This delights our global competitors, many of whom will continue to buy overpriced American dollars, often through anonymous proxies, for the sole purpose of keeping American products comparatively expensive in the global economy.

If you ever wanted to know who some of these global competitors are, and how underpriced their currencies can be, try looking here:

“Current Account Balance”

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2187rank.html

The U.S. and its way-overpriced dollar are last in the rankings, of course.  Otherwise, quite usefully: the higher the country’s rank, the more underpriced the country’s currency.

(Yes, this applies to Germany’s euro.)

Amazing, I think, just how easy it is to manipulate consumer prices (and eventual outcomes) in global commerce — or how the “strongest” currency can in fact be the weakest.

What really matters, it should seem obvious, is the real economy behind a country’s currency.

OK, I’ve said enough for now.  Just two quick questions:

Where do you suppose China gets the money to buy so many American dollars?

And:

Are you really, really sure you want to go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao?  I’m beginning to think there might be a reason his head is on every Chinese banknote.

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With a click, you can search a thousand pages for background material and context — making yesterday’s money manipulation and today’s minister manipulation make a little more sense.

An up-to-date PDF of my FFC is always free for the asking — and useful and handy for the both of us.  With a click, you can search a thousand pages for background material and context — making yesterday’s money manipulation and today’s minister manipulation make a little more sense.

“Jim Flaherty, federal finance minister, leaves cabinet”

www.cbc.ca/news/politics/jim-flaherty-federal-finance-minister-leaves-cabinet-1.2577567

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement that he accepted Flaherty’s resignation reluctantly.  Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will be named Flaherty’s replacement on Wednesday.

(See also FFC #941: “Our Banks for China’s Factories”)

“Wealthy would-be Chinese migrants get judicial review of axed Canada visa scheme”


[SCMP link -- March 19, 2014]

  • The June 4 hearing date makes it likely that the case would be decided upon before the decision to axe the immigrant investor scheme and dump the backlogged applications is passed into law as a provision in the Conservative government’s budget bill.

“Field-evolved resistance by western corn rootworm to multiple Bacillus thuringiensis toxins in transgenic maize”

www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/03/12/1317179111.abstract

  • Crops genetically engineered to produce insecticidal toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) kill pest insects and reduce the use of conventional insecticides.  However, the evolution of Bt resistance can diminish these benefits.  The widespread planting of crops genetically engineered to produce insecticidal toxins derived from Bt places intense selective pressure on pest populations to evolve resistance.

E-mail me for a current copy of my compendium:

Fear-Fallen Children: “Dollar to the Giant” Chronicles & Comments June 2008 to Date notably resisting America’s Shift from Wealth Creation to Wealth Transfer and Surrender

Zipped, the PDF is currently 6 MB.

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Money Manipulators & . . . Belgium?

Belgium?

“Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities” — January 2014

www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Documents/mfh.txt

  • #1 China, Mainland:  $1,273.5 billions — down -$43.2 billion or -3.3% from November 2013
  • #2 Japan: $1,201.4 billions — up +$15.0 billion or +1.3% from November 2013
  • #3 Belgium: $310.3 billions — up +$109.7 billion or +54.7% from November 2013

“Chinese Government Devaluing Renminbi Even More”

www.tradereform.org/2014/03/chinese-government-currency-price-fixing-weakens-value

  • The Chinese have said they will “widen the trading band” for the currency as compared to before.  Some people are actually fooled by statements like that.  And have been for many years.  As if they like chasing “shiny things” when faced with a core uncomfortable problem.  But the new “shiny thing” is that their government has devalued the yuan (or renminbi) by 1.6% against the dollar this year.

“January 2014: Euro area international trade in goods surplus 0.9 bn euro — 13.0 bn euro deficit for EU28″

www.epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/6-18032014-AP/EN/6-18032014-AP-EN.PDF

  • The EU28 deficit for energy decreased (-381.6 bn euro in 2013 compared with -422.7 bn in 2012), while the surplus for manufactured goods increased (+390.5 bn compared with +356.5 bn).
  • Concerning the total trade of Member States, the largest surplus was observed in Germany (+199.6 bn euro in 2013), followed by the Netherlands (+55.2 bn), Ireland (+36.8 bn), Italy (+30.4 bn), Belgium (+14.1 bn), the Czech Republic (+13.6 bn) and Denmark (+10.3 bn).  The United Kingdom (-84.7 bn) registered the largest deficit, followed by France (-76.0 bn), Greece (-19.3 bn) and Spain (16.9 bn).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the “U.S. trade in goods with European Union” deficit was -$8.8 billion in January 2014 and -$125.0 billion in 2013.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Belgium’s current account deficit in 2013 was -$9.1 billion, making it #175 of 193 countries.

Belgium?

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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.

“One places one’s trust, it is true — or at least one pretends to do so — in the spontaneity of the masses.”  – Oppression and Liberty

Simone Weil on “revolution”:

The worker who, when in the factory, “finds the hours drag,” bound as he is to passive obedience and a dreary and monotonous task, or thinks himself not intended for manual work, or is harried by a superior; or who, outside the factory gates, resents his inability to stand himself such and such a treat available to customers well supplied with money — his thoughts run on the revolution.  The unfortunate small shopkeeper, the ruined rentier, turn their eyes towards the revolution.  The bourgeois adolescent in rebellion against home surroundings and school routine, the intellectual yearning for adventure and suffering from boredom, dream of the revolution.  The engineer, whose reason and amour propre are alike offended by the priority given to financial over technological considerations, and who wants to see technology ruling the world, longs for the revolution.  The majority of those who seriously take to heart liberty, equality and the general welfare, who suffer at the sight of miseries and injustices, await the arrival of a revolution.  If one were to take one by one all those who have ever uttered hopefully the word “revolution,” to seek out the true motives that have turned each of them in this direction, the precise changes, of a general or personal kind, which they genuinely look forward to, one would discover what an extraordinary variety of ideas and feelings can be covered by the same word.  One would see how one man’s revolution is not always that of his neighbor — far from it; how the two sorts of revolution are even very often incompatible.  One would also find that there is often no connection between the aspirations of all kinds that this word represents in the minds of the men who utter it and the realities to which it is likely to correspond if the future should actually have a social upheaval in store.

At bottom, one thinks nowadays of the revolution, not as a solution to the problems raised at the present time, but as a miracle dispensing one from solving problems.  The proof that it is so regarded is that it is expected to drop from the skies; one waits for it to happen, one does not ask oneself what is to bring it about.  Few people are simple-minded enough to count in this respect on the big organizations, whether trade union or political, which with more or less conviction continue to claim to represent it.

Your Brain on “revolution”:

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

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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