“If ye break faith with us who die”

Today, November 11, would be a good day to reinstate the military draft.  When we’re all in danger, we’re all much safer.

And happier, too.

Today would be a good day to stop calling our soldiers “heroes” — especially the soldiers who really could be heroes — and start finding some courage in ourselves.  Instead of flattering our young — and thus flattering ourselves, etc. — we should be apologizing for having taken advantage of all the ignorance we taught them.

It can be easier to blame a new-found idea on a new-found authority.  On truth and war, who better than Smedley Butler?

  • “I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General.  And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers.”

Today would be a good day to read War Is A Racket.  Today would be a good day to e-mail War Is A Racket.

War Is A Racket – by Major General Smedley Butler

William Polk is yet another voice of experience —

“Standing in an Adversary’s Shoes”

www.consortiumnews.com/2014/11/10/standing-in-an-adversarys-shoes

  • “Months before the Cuban Missile Crisis was upon us, I made a tour of Turkey.”

— with that quaint old-fashioned habit of thinking in complete thoughts.

I won’t quote any more from “In Flanders Fields”; everyone supposedly understands the poem.  But here’s one, quite nearly as appropriate, from Sassan Tabatabai:

I just want
to go to sleep

and wake up
not to a brighter day

but to one less
until I see you again.

Today, November 11, the United States of America will lose another $2.3 billion dollars in goods deficits.

Today would be a good day to buy something made in the United States, by American factories.

They just don’t make wars the way they used to.

 

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There would be 6,278,658 Computer jobs in America if it were not for the H-1B and B1 Visa Scam.

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Homeland Security maintains an interesting set of yearbooks showing visas.

http://www.dhs.gov/yearbook-immigration-statistics-2013-nonimmigrant-admissions

If you click on the link above, you will see table 25 that has some interesting totals in it.

I simply copied the rows for the H1B and the B1 to a new spreadsheet, and added in the existing totals that our Department of Labor maintains that shows the number of computer jobs 15-0000 for each year on the following link.

http://www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm

Experience has taught me that the number of computer related jobs in the LCA applications runs around 65%, so it is a simple matter to multiply the total row in the spreadsheet above by .65 to get a fairly good estimate of how many of these visas were used for computer jobs.

Then, we simply add the existing number of jobs that Americans in America have to the visa holders count and we get the bottom row.

Imagine if all of those Americans were put back to work in America.

Guarantee you our retailers would not be missing their earnings estimate as I myself could easily spend 50,000 per year if I could just buy a damned job.

 

It’s Only As Safe As You Want It To Be

“U.S. welcomes rise of a prosperous, peaceful, stable China: Obama”

[Xinhua link — November 10, 2014]

  • Speaking of economic cooperation among APEC members, the U.S. president said that “in the 21st century, the pursuit of economic growth, job creation and trade is not a zero-sum game.  One country’s prosperity does not have to come at the expense of another.”

Technically, of course, the U.S. president is correct — if the countries will tend to their own independent business.

I’m still slightly amazed when people call Obama a Democrat, as if this in actual practice is somehow different from Republican, as if Barack Obama is not the very modern model of Republican & Democrat.

Neither party, in practice, is willing to represent the long-term interests of anything but China.

Follow the money.

Cherchez la Chine.

Otherwise today I’m seeing the usual collection of articles by people who think their paychecks are safe — if they don’t really understand where paychecks come from.

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The evidence showing the displacement of American Information workers by offshoring and importing visa holders is overwhelming.

Every company with over 100 employees is supposed to file a EEO-1 report.

State by state, the colors (orange for down, and green for up) will show you what is happening in each state of our union.

Keep in mind that our corporations can’t find enough STEM workers (By the way, if you are a google or some other large company, my strong point is using your data against you and I am available for a fee if you are looking for an old hound dog that will follow the trail no matter where it leads).

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Make no mistake about it.

These are filed by large companies with more than 100 employees.

The situation is just as bad or worse at those companies having fewer than 100 employees.

This is why Americans like myself and the others I hear from can no longer buy an interview.

 

Energy Independence . . . Minus the American People

Ever notice how most people who advocate “energy independence” are philosophically opposed to any other form of economic independence?

What about consumer-goods independence?

Personally, I’m a big fan of energy independence, and I think American resources should be used to fuel American factories — not just foreign cars.

Regarding financial independence, I’ll just say that people who invoke J.M. Keynes should bother to read his 1933 (“let goods be homespun and above all let finance be national”) lecture on National Self-Sufficiency.

Stories:

From former Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary Roberts:

“Another Fake Bin Laden Story”

www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/11/07/another-fake-bin-laden-story-paul-craig-roberts

  • Anyone who believes anything the US government says is gullible beyond the meaning of the word.

From former CIA analyst McGovern:

“The Mystery of Ray McGovern’s Arrest”

www.consortiumnews.com/2014/11/08/the-mystery-of-ray-mcgoverns-arrest

  • Someone thought that the thin-skinned ex-general might be discomforted by a less-than-admiring question.  His speech was to be another moment for Petraeus to bathe in public adulation, not confront a citizen or two who might pose critical queries.

From those intrepid corruption fighters in China (and Mexico):

“China Railway Construction ‘extremely shocked’ by Mexico’s scrapping of rail deal”

[Xinhua link — November 9, 2014]

From those intrepid corruption fighters in Mexico (and China):

“Report: Rail contractor owns Mexico leader’s home”

www.bigstory.ap.org/article/a3cac1d3287b43f9a430b5f4f8c29d85/report-rail-bidder-owns-mexico-presidents-home

From the U.S. Treasury:

“Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities — August 2014″

www.treasury.gov/ticdata/Publish/mfh.txt

  1. China: $1.27 trillion — up +$4.8 billion from July
  2. Japan: $1.23 trillion — up +$11.1 billion from July

Here’s the deal:

Countries like China and Japan lend us money to sell their goods.  They subsidize our government, our currency, our trade deficit, our consumer credit, our prices — and all we have to do is nothing, just keep doing nothing to defend ourselves.

For our enemies — our biological competitors — it’s a small price to pay to eventually own everything between our two oceans.

Minus the American people, of course.

 

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You do not need a EEO-1 Report from one company to prove that an entire industry of Americans are being displaced by visa holders

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I read an interesting article today about how many tech companies refused to release their EEO-1 Report to journalists that were requesting them via the Freedom of Information Act.

This made me curious, so I found the site where they are required to file in accordance with this:

All private employers who are:

  1. subject to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972) with 100 or more employees EXCLUDING State and local governments, primary and secondary school systems, institutions of higher education, Indian tribes and tax-exempt private membership clubs other than labor organizations;OR
  2. subject to Title VII who have fewer than 100 employees if the company is owned or affiliated with another company, or there is centralized ownership, control or management (such as central control of personnel policies and labor relations) so that the group legally constitutes a single enterprise, and the entire enterprise employs a total of 100 or more employees.

http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/whomustfile.cfm

And I begun to dig through the data which I’m quite good at for any employers that are complaining they can’t find data types.

It wasn’t long before I realized that I did not need an EEO-1 report from Microsoft to prove that an entire industry of Americans were being displaced by Temporary Visa holders brought to America to do just that.

Which is why I am starting with the total employment for NAICS-2 code 51 which is Information category

Notice how the total employment column has gone down over the last ten years even though you will hear our colleges, our corporations, and our government yell from the roof tops that they can’t find any qualified workers and we need more STEM workers.

Yep, blew that out of the water real quick didn’t we?

Now notice how the white, black, hispanic, and american indian column totals are going down.

That shows me how many of our jobs have been sent offshore.

Now notice how the asian and the two or more races columns have increased?

That shows me how many have been been imported to displace americans in america.

But, I didn’t stop there.

After all, that was for total employment, and I wanted to know more about the various job categories.

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Executive totals are fairly flat according to the first column.

But the white, black, hispanic, american indian and hawaiian columns are basically trending down considering that the total is flat.

Yet, here again we see that the asian and two or more races are increasing.

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Looks like the manager totals are decreasing.

as are the white, black, hispanic, american indian.

And as usual, the asian, two or more races, and even the hawian (almost) are increasing, and I say almost as it looks like they had a loss in 2013.

And finally we have the one I want to see most, which is the white collar workers like myself.

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Totals are fairly flat, aren’t they, and they have even increased a bit the last four years.

And even the white, black, hispanic, and american indian totals are fairly flat, aren’t they?

But, as usual, the asian and two or more races continue to climb, climb, climb.

Imagine that.

Reckon that is why Americans in America can’t find software jobs?

Now, the EEOC department has the meat of the data at its disposal.

Surely they have noticed this, but if not, and they need some help digging, I’m available, for a fee.

Foreign Goods & Domestic Ignorance

Look it up.  Add it up.

In October we gained 1,064,000 Total nonfarm jobs:

  • 0 Goods-producing
  • +567,000 Private service-providing
  • +497,000 Government

The October trade report will be released on December 5, 2014.

In September we gained 701,000 Total nonfarm jobs:

  • -57,000 Goods-producing
  • -245,000 Private service-providing
  • +1,003,000 Government

The September trade report shows a goods deficit of $2.3 billion per day.

I’ve just got one question for the people who refuse to know where money comes from.

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It is time for our Annual Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas wish to InfoSys employees around the World.

When I switched hosting companies I made the decision to start with a clean slate so I didn’t migrate all of our old articles.

In preparing the previous article about Infosys, I realized that I was forgetting an annual tradition that I started after reading this back in 2009.

Infosys management routinely disparaged Americans, including Mrs. Awasthi, as not having “family values,” and stated that layoffs in America are good because the jobs will be outsourced.

Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthi for celebrating the American holiday of Thanksgiving, telling her that she should not celebrate Thanksgiving because she is Indian, and that therefore she must work on Thanksgiving Day.

Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthi’s children for celebrating Thanksgiving, and called them “ABCD” short for “American-Born Confused Desi,” and “IBCD” short for “Indian-Born Confused Desi,” insulting terms used to criticize people of Indian ancestry who are Americanized.

Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthi for celebrating Christmas, saying that “we” do not celebrate Christmas, and that she should not celebrate Christmas. Infosys management repeatedly discussed the quality of Mrs. Awasthi`s work by explicitly commenting on their expectations for “a woman your age.”

http://www.vdare.com/posts/infosys-employee-ridiculed-for-celebrating-christmas-and-thanksgiving

Bottom line, if you are an American and you love things like Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is time for you to stand up and tell your political representatives that you will NOT tolerate any federal or state contracts being awarded to companies like Infosys that are going to displace Americans in America and ridicule Americans for celebrating things that we believe in, and enjoy.

Normally I play them Christmas music, but this year, I think we will change it up a bit so that you will realize why it is important that we stand united and tell our government that enough is enough.

After all, you too could be singing the red, white, and pink slip blues, and you eventually will if we keep on this path.



And, in honor of this tradition that we started back in 2009, a little Christmas music to get you in the mood for saying Merry Christmas.



Why does InfoSys file so many LCA (H-1B) Visa applications if the bulk of their employees are offshore?

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I stumbled across this yesterday looking for an EEO-1 Report for Microsoft.

If we take their employees by country, we end up with this chart:

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As you can see, according to the data supplied by Infosys, 89.8% of their employees are located in India.

Yet, when we take a look at the LCA applications filed by Infosys, we find the following quantities.

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Especially when you consider that 60.7% of their revenue came from North America

http://www.infosys.com/investors/reports-filings/annual-report/annual/documents/infosys-ar-14.pdf

That statement can be found in their annual report.

If 89.8% of their employees are in India, and 60.7% of their revenue comes from America, that would mean that we are paying InfoSys to maintain and develop our software systems in India when Americans like myself desperately need work.

Why are we not hearing about this?

Want to look for yourself?

http://www.infosys.com/sustainability/documents/infosys-sustainability-report-2013-14.pdf

Click on the link above to view their sustainability report.

http://keepamericaatwork.com/?page_id=520

Click on the link above to view the LCA Applications.

You will need to select the 6100 Tennyson Parkway link.

For the journalists out there, if you need the ability to slice and dice the LCA data, let me know how you need to see it, and I will develop it just as soon as I can figure out how to pay my bills as my situation is pretty bad right now with no hope of a job.

Employment Reports vs. Ebola Reports

All of the reporters who tell us about jobs have jobs.  None of the reporters who tells us about Ebola has Ebola.

Here’s the headline:

  • “Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 214,000 in October, and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.  Employment increased in food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care.”

Here’s the data from the same report:

“The Employment Situation — October 2014″

www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf

  • Total nonfarm: up +1,064,000 in October
  • Total private: up +567,000
  • Goods-producing: no change
  • Manufacturing: down -5,000
  • Private service-providing: up +567,000
  • Retail trade: up +180,600
  • Finance and insurance: up +9,900
  • Legal services: up +8,000
  • Temporary help services: up +47,600
  • Health care and social assistance: up +103,800
  • Child day care services: up +17,500
  • Leisure and hospitality: down -162,000
  • Food services and drinking places: down -34,700
  • Government: up +497,000
  • State government education: up +140,700
  • Local government education: up +388,200

Also FYI:

  • Not in Labor Force, Want a Job Now: up +115,000
  • Persons at work part-time, All industries, Part-time for for economic reasons, Slack work or business conditions: up +143,000

Kill the messenger — or help the messenger — or just do something before this economy recovers and kills us all.

 

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It is a simple matter to show how many Americans have been forced out of computer jobs by H-1B Visa Holders

After studying the data for sometime, you begin to see patterns.

To figure out how many Americans have been forced out of computer jobs, we simply need to know:

  • Quantity of LCA applications that were for computer jobs by year
  • Quantity of Computer jobs by year
  • Quantity of H-1B visas issued per year

From that, we can put together the following spreadsheet:

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Now let me explain it to you.

As many of you know, I have been mining the LCA application data and developing custom programs to browse the data and make it available to journalists should they have need of it.

Which means I have created a file for each year, so starting with 2010, we have a number of applications in the second column that shows the total quantity of applications that were filed.

In the third column, I simply enter a query like this one that gives me the total quantity of computer jobs which means the left two digits are ’15’.

SELECT * FROM `lca_import2010` WHERE left(m,2) = ’15’

It is then but a simple matter to divide the third column  into the second column to get the percentage of applications that are for computer jobs.

Now we need the total of computer jobs for each year, and we can find them by clicking on the following link:

http://www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm

To find out how many more computer jobs we have each year, we simply subtract the subsequent year from the previous year which gives us the fifth column.

Now we turn to the visa data and you can find that by clicking on the following link:

http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/AnnualReports/FY2013AnnualReport/FY13AnnualReport-TableXVIB.pdf

Please note that I have not added in the “PERM” visas or any other types of visas so the picture is actually worse than what I am showing you.

Now we can multiply the quantity of H-1B visas issued by the percentage in the fourth column to get a pretty accurate estimate of how many were for computer jobs.

Which leaves the final column as computer jobs for Americans.

Now, a sharp news organization that had more resources than an unemployed software developer would take this and add to it by going back to 1976 when yours truly graduated from high school and our corporations began to send our jobs offshore and import visa holders to replace Americans in America.

All Politics and No Government

There’s something powerfully emotional — and therefore reliably profitable — about the sports bar business.  Most everyone knows an alcohol-addicted fan who gets drunk when his team loses and gets drunk when his team wins.

This pretty much explains our politics — and most everybody knows a voter who claims to know better.

Americans are still too comfortable for their own well-being, but you needn’t worry for long.  The October jobs report will be released tomorrow morning — and then there’s the People’s Liberation Army.

“US-China trade deficit hits record high”

[China Daily link — November 6, 2014]

  • Economists are calling the development the result of macroeconomic shifts in the world’s two largest economies.
  • “US imports from China increased and that’s consistent with people having more income and the US economy growing well.” — David Dollar, [economist and] Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center in Washington
  • “The trade deficit with China is all in the processing sector and it’s driven by US electronic firms.  On a trade-weighted basis, the dollar has been rising since mid-2011.  What has changed is the weakening economic situation in other countries.” — Barry P. Bosworth, an[other] economist with the Brookings Institution
  • “If we look at the dollar-RMB exchange rate, the appreciation of the dollar has been less dramatic.  The weak demand from China and Europe also contributes to the drop in US exports and the widening trade deficit.” — Yun Sun, a fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center [and recently at Brookings]

Please note that this article appeared in China Daily.   Never buy anything from China Daily.

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A Much Better Title and The Willing Suspension of Dysfunction

Today’s “Baby Step #1202: ‘Don’t Look at Your Feet!'” could be called something else.  But don’t miss it.  The information is staggering — and clear — and staggering.

The same goes for this must-see documentary:

“The Day Israel Attacked America”

www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2014/10/day-israel-attacked-america-20141028144946266462.html

  • [Google it.  You’ll find a free video that you’ve paid for every day.]

I’m afraid that “The Day Israel Did Not Attack America” or “The Day China Did Not Attack America” would be very short films.

History does not record what does not happen, and so we’ll never know how good American life would have been if we’d only heard George Washington say goodbye:

  • “A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.  Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.”
  • “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”

I respectfully challenge my readers to observe yet another great rule of conduct  — [see my title, above] — and the cautionary wisdom of a great country song:

“From a child’s illusion to a young man’s confusion / To an old man’s burden of pain / There isn’t much time, little reason or rhyme / And we don’t get to live it again”

Now is America our country or not?

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Baby Step #1202: “Don’t Look at Your Feet!”

Every day, people tell me they hope to die before it happens. . . .

Oh, well — so much for personal character — Americans are unusual among nations.  In principle, and in most practice, we’re a commercial entity.  With no ancient histories or blood loyalties, it’s easier for complex commercial entities to become conflicted.  What’s best for the U.S. economy and American citizens is also good for local bankers.  What’s best for multinational bankers and money changers is ultimately disastrous for the U.S. economy and American citizens.

September 2014 is the most recent month for which American citizens have access to both the employment and trade reports.

From the September 2014 employment report, we can learn:

  • Goods-producing jobs: down -57,000 from the previous month.
  • Manufacturing alone lost 27,000 jobs.

From the September 2014 trade report, we can learn:

  • Goods deficit: up +$10.6 billion from the previous month.
  • We shattered our all-time record deficit with China by more than 15 percent.

Please learn everything you can about your own commercial entity.

If you would rather just let it happen  — or rather help to make it happen — at least please have the guts to apologize to your family and friends.

Good luck with your manufacturer.

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Essays, Election Day, and a Poem To Sing Out Loud

Of interest this Election Day:

“Why Innocent People Plead Guilty” — by Judge Jed S. Rakoff

www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/nov/20/why-innocent-people-plead-guilty

  • The criminal justice system in the United States today bears little relationship to what the Founding Fathers contemplated, what the movies and television portray, or what the average American believes.

“A Brief History of US-Israel Relations” — by Ambassador Andrew I. Killgore

www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/04/a-brief-history-of-us-israel-relations

  • Now that Israel has been around for more than 60 years and its virtues are sung in the American media, it is easy to forget, or not even to have heard, that the country is extremely adverse to American national interests and its policies enormously destructive and dangerous to America’s well-being.

“Presidential Crimes: Then and Now” — by former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts

www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/11/03/presidential-crimes-now-paul-craig-roberts

  • Writing for Americans is not always an enjoyable experience.  Many readers want to have their prejudices confirmed, not challenged.  Emotions rule their reason, and they are capable of a determined resistance to facts and are not inhibited from displays of rudeness and ignorance.  Indeed, some are so proud of their shortcomings that they can’t wait to show them to others.  Some simply cannot read and confuse explanations with justifications as if the act of explaining something justifies the person or event explained.  Thankfully, all readers are not handicapped in these ways or there would be no point in trying to inform the American people.
  • [. . .]
  • Americans have become a small-minded divided people, ruled by petty hatreds, who are easily set against one another and against other peoples by their rulers.

“Too numb to know it didn’t have to be this way.” — by “Dollar to the Giant”

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Echoing rust. Factory line.
Dead-child memory of another time.
The sign said this spot was USA—
Too young to know it didn’t have to be this way.

Sweat-stain genius, practical hands,
Built factories, built the goods, built the land.
First steps forgotten. History blind,
We’re connected to our roots by a credit line.

Wakening giant. Hunger and rice.
Caught the scent of our money, knew we wouldn’t fight.
Slippery giant. History wise.
Put down his guns, put on a friendly disguise.

We closed our eyes

And the Giant from the East woke up from a sleep, hunger for the heads of our young.
No suspicion of war, through the open door, manifest of Mao Tse-Tung.
Ulterior plans in the giant’s hands, steel cages hit our shores in a flood.
And all we received for a moment of greed was paid for with our children’s blood.

We gave up our future, families and friends.
Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.

Agreeable climate: pickpockets and noise.
The bankers jumped to the giant like little boys.
Economy experts selling their time,
But nothing made nothing. Can you spare a dime?

Productivity’s children sleeping in chains.
Giant kept our credit up, kept us entertained.
Fear-fallen children couldn’t say no.
Wouldn’t read label made in Chinese. Where did the money go?

Detoured discussion about manufacturing trade.
Instead we’re led to every trap the giant made.
The future decided at the giant’s store—
Took every dollar we had and loaned us money for more.

Who are we doing this for?

The Giant from the East, a billion-head beast, feeding on the hopes of our young.
No resemblance of war, through the open door, mannequins of Mao Tse-Tung.
Invisible plans in the giant’s hands, temptation hit our stores in a flood.
And all we received for bargains we believed was paid for with our children’s blood.

We traded in our future, families and friends.
Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.

Reckoning rust. Factory line.
Lost-dream memory of a better time.
All the signs say this choice was Made in USA—
Too numb to know it didn’t have to be this way.

 
© 2008 Robert Hall – Music By Robert Hall (ASCAP)

Election Day Trade Report & The Party Could Not Be Happier

Today’s trade report was released on Election Day.

This might be poetic, if not quite so poetic as the question “Why?”

“U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services — September 2014″

www.census.gov/foreign-trade/data

  • Deficit, U.S. Trade in Goods: $69.3 billion — up +$10.6 billion from August 2014
  • Deficit, U.S. trade in goods with China: $35.6 billion — up +$5.4 billion from August 2014
  • Previous all-time record deficit, U.S. trade in goods with China: $30.9 billion

(Census basis, not seasonally adjusted.  The reported deficit with China — that is, with the Chinese Communist Party — does not account for Chinese goods labeled “Made in [Mexico, Canada, or any other country].”)

William Carlos Williams, M.D.:

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.

“Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies”

www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/11/how-to-read-poetry-a-step-by-step-guide/380657

  • Reading a good poem doesn’t give you something to talk about.  It silences you.

“Why?” can also be a very good answer.

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More Human Beings Protect Their “Parents”

In “Different Ways of Looking” I wrote:

Female bears protect their offspring.  Human beings protect their “parents.”

You might keep this in mind while you purchase and endure the extraordinary:

“The Anatomy of a Great Deception”

www.agdmovie.com

  • [I appreciated the subtle reminder that NIST — National Institute of Standards and Technology, the laboratory that explained all 9/11-related collapses — is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.]

Regarding 9/11 and such, a credentialed adult American once told me he would never question the government because his father told him not to — and he would never question his father.

Alright then. . . .

Let’s question the Chinese Communist Army:

“China develops anti-drone laser”

[Xinhua link — November 2, 2014]

  • The machine is able to shoot down various small aircraft within a two-kilometer radius and can do so in five seconds after locating its target, said a statement released Sunday by the China Academy of Engineering Physics, one of the system’s co-developers.

“Group accused of attempting to blackmail Hunan officials with sex tapes”

[SCMP link — November 3, 2014]

  • Having extramarital affairs, though not against the law, constitutes a serious violation of Communist Party disciplinary codes.  The official rhetoric describes it as “living a degenerate lifestyle”.  Scrutiny of officials’ personal lives by party officers has become more strict lately in the wake of the extensive anti-corruption campaign.

Does Chinese blackmail remind you of any U.S. presidents who got caught taking campaign money from the Chinese Communist Army in 1996?

Cherchez la Chine.
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Who wants to save the world?

My song is still available, by the way —

“CPC command of military must be upheld”

[Global Times link — November 3, 2014]

  • In recent years, calls to nationalize the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have become increasingly popular.  But given the development of the Party and the military since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, such calls should end.  The principle of the Party leading the military is known to all Chinese.  Some people claim that since the military belongs to the country, such a principle has no legal basis.  These people have obviously been influenced by the West and they are echoed by people from within China.  If the West wants to create disturbances in China, nothing is more effective than weakening the CPC’s leadership.

“Alibaba says its trading volume to exceed Walmart in two years”

[Xinhua link — October 30, 2014]

  • In 2013, Alibaba reported a gross merchandise volume of 248 billion dollars on its three major trading platforms, more than those of eBay and Amazon.com combined.  The sales of Walmart in the 2014 fiscal year reached 437 billion dollars.

“US experts hope China joins trade partnership”

[China Daily link — October 31, 2014]

  • “In a way that is reminiscent of China’s decision more than a decade ago to join the WTO, the path today to continuing those reforms is to join the TPP,” he said.

— if there’s a recording artist out there who. . . . *
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*

 

Echoing rust. Factory line.
Dead-child memory of another time.
The sign said this spot was USA—
Too young to know it didn’t have to be this way.

Sweat-stain genius, practical hands,
Built factories, built the goods, built the land.
First steps forgotten. History blind,
We’re connected to our roots by a credit line.

Wakening giant. Hunger and rice.
Caught the scent of our money, knew we wouldn’t fight.
Slippery giant. History wise.
Put down his guns, put on a friendly disguise.

We closed our eyes

And the Giant from the East woke up from a sleep, hunger for the heads of our young.
No suspicion of war, through the open door, manifest of Mao Tse-Tung.
Ulterior plans in the giant’s hands, steel cages hit our shores in a flood.
And all we received for a moment of greed was paid for with our children’s blood.

We gave up our future, families and friends.
Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.

Agreeable climate: pickpockets and noise.
The bankers jumped to the giant like little boys.
Economy experts selling their time,
But nothing made nothing. Can you spare a dime?

Productivity’s children sleeping in chains.
Giant kept our credit up, kept us entertained.
Fear-fallen children couldn’t say no.
Wouldn’t read label made in Chinese. Where did the money go?

Detoured discussion about manufacturing trade.
Instead we’re led to every trap the giant made.
The future decided at the giant’s store—
Took every dollar we had and loaned us money for more.

Who are we doing this for?

The Giant from the East, a billion-head beast, feeding on the hopes of our young.
No resemblance of war, through the open door, mannequins of Mao Tse-Tung.
Invisible plans in the giant’s hands, temptation hit our stores in a flood.
And all we received for bargains we believed was paid for with our children’s blood.

We traded in our future, families and friends.
Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.

Reckoning rust. Factory line.
Lost-dream memory of a better time.
All the signs say this choice was Made in USA—
Too numb to know it didn’t have to be this way.

 

 

 

© 2008 Robert Hall – Music By Robert Hall (ASCAP)

 

 

 

Different Ways of Looking

I just spent some time in a well-heeled college town where people quote NPR and The New York Times to believe in themselves.  I’d sooner get between a brown bear and her cubs.  This is good to remember for wilder places, where biology can be more important than psychology.  Female bears protect their offspring.  Human beings protect their “parents.”

One thing about the rich and powerful: they get off their butts and into the game — and no it’s not just because they’re rich and powerful.  There is no such thing as “getting the money out of politics” — there never has been, and there never will be — and it’s a naive and distracting preoccupation.  People whining about money in politics need to wake up and realize they’re being brainwashed to stay on the sidelines and whine about money in politics.  Almost 100% of Americans have never contributed any time or money to a political campaign.  It cannot possibly help our country to increase this percentage.

I think you’ll appreciate the following article, but proceed cautiously and please remember that “recession” and looting are also features of deindustrialization.  This is no recession we’re in.

“15 Reasons Why Americans Think We’re Still in a Recession”

www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/31/15-reasons-why-americans-think-were-still-in-a-recession

  • “Judging by the info in the 15 links above, they’re probably right.”

I just remembered something else about the well-heeled college town.  People were quick to criticize the toys of people with whom they disagreed.  For example:

“American firearms are a threat to our society; I’ll give up my Chinese electronics when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.”

“Xi stresses CPC’s absolute leadership over army”

[Xinhua link — November 1, 2014]

  • “The Party commands the gun,” said Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman, at a military political work conference held in a former revolutionary base in the township of Gutian, Fujian Province on Thursday and Friday.

I’m too tired for a decent conclusion, so I’m going to let Meghan Trainor have the last line:

“We know that shit ain’t real.  Come on now, make it stop.”

 

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A High Price For Trade

No wealth is created by Wall Street gambling.  Wealth is transferred from losers to “the house.”  Money markers are concentrated and enhanced, enhanced and concentrated.  We the People have been trained to regard these markers as legitimate claims on goods and services.  It makes no sense.  Our global adversaries — manufacturers and exporters — understand why it makes no sense and so they encourage our fictitious economy.  They are happy to send us real goods in exchange for real wealth someday.

Keb’ Mo’ —

“More For Your Money”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBu3nmmcE8U

  • “It was a high price to pay, to get more for your money today.”

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