The Hanging Offense Of All Stupid Ideas

Our so-called “leaders” — I’d so-called “hang” the lot of them — wage war so they don’t have to admit that deindustrializing an industrial nation is the hanging offense of all stupid ideas.

Also they are proactive.  You can see what they’re doing to the country before the country can wake up and do to them.

After the War, American industrialists told Harry Truman that we just can’t make it, we can’t turn swords into not-swords, we can’t meet Americans’ material expectations without a permanent war industry and its wartime production.

And so the (permanent, hopefully) Cold War was created.

Keep in mind that American industry, at that time, was still American.  And that the demands of economic inequality were not nearly what they are today.

The demands of economic inequality were not nearly what they are today.

So, yeah, the story that we need a war industry to support our standard of living was pig-poop then and it’s pig-poop now.

Now, however, we have very little industry of any kind, having very much deindustrialized since then.

So whenever you’re wondering why our peace-loving people are always at war, take a good look in your foreign-made mirror —

— but don’t just stand there gawking.

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Penniless again and no idea where my next dollar will come from

That my friends is the state of the union for American software developers that have been displaced by this.

If I had done it to myself, you wouldn’t hear a peep out of me.

But since it was done by corporations, government and media that were unwilling to ask themselves these questions, I will never shut up.

And I am bound and determined to expose the ones doing this to Americans in America via work such as I am doing on this page and the subsequent drill downs into the data.

It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill

“It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill.” 

— Mao Tse-Tung during a government-sponsored famine that killed another 45 million of his own great apes.

I beg you to consider that the U.S. and China are biological competitors.

“Murder ‘comes naturally’ to chimpanzees”

www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29237276

  • It was the basic characteristics of each community that made the biggest difference: the number of males within it, and the overall population density of the area.  These parameters link the violence to natural selection: killing competitors improves a male chimp’s access to resources like food and territory — and crucially, it will happen more frequently when there is greater competition from neighboring groups, and when the males can patrol in large numbers, with less risk to their own survival.

“The Obsolescence of the Nation-State”

www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/19/the-obsolescence-of-the-nation-state

  • “Nationalism was a European idea.”

I’m including this Uri Avnery article on the “obsolescence” of the nation state because:

  • It is unwise and potentially dangerous.
  • For some reason it reminds me of large bankers.
  • My Asian readers will think it’s hilarious.

Avnery, a normally decent professional Israeli, here completely ignores most of the world’s population and power.  Beijing and Tokyo are doing just fine with their nation states, thank you.

Come to think of it —

Weren’t we also coached on the obsolescence of American manufacturing?

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Some officials in Washington are concerned that by lifting the arms sales ban in order to quell Chinese aggression, they risk losing leverage on human rights issues.

Have fun —

“Over 6,500 officials punished for extravagance”

[Xinhua link -- September 20, 2014]

  • The August report noted that 2,673 cases concerned about violations of working rules, while 973 concerned luxury goods consumption with public funds.  Other cases include gift giving and taking and luxury government building projects.  The report did not specify how the officials were punished.  However, under Party rules, punishment can extend up to expulsion from the CPC.  As of the end of August, 74,338 officials had been punished for rule breaches since the introduction of the rules.

“U.S. Debates Removal of Weapons Ban on Vietnam as China Asserts Territorial Claims”

www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=1587

  • Some officials in Washington are concerned that by lifting the arms sales ban in order to quell Chinese aggression, they risk losing leverage on human rights issues.

“ISIS calls for attacks on Americans, says Obama is ‘mule of the Jews'”

www.jta.org/2014/09/22/news-opinion/world/isis-calls-for-attacks-on-americans-says-obama-is-mule-of-the-jews

  • Meanwhile, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said that she had received threats from ISIS during her weekend meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis.

“Obama Sleeping With Louisville Slugger Under Bed Now”

www.theonion.com/articles/obama-sleeping-with-louisville-slugger-under-bed-n,36986

  • “We live in a dangerous world, and it’s important to be prepared to protect your family,” said the president, referring to the 32-ounce wooden baseball bat he recently retrieved from the White House basement.

“Hispanics only group to see its poverty rate decline and incomes rise”

www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/09/19/hispanics-only-group-to-see-its-poverty-rate-decline-and-incomes-rise

  • From 2012 to 2013, the number of Hispanics in poverty dropped from 13.6 million to 12.7 million, even as the Hispanic population grew by 1 million over the same time period.  Meanwhile, the median household income of Hispanics increased by 3.5% to $40,963, the first annual increase since 2000, according to the Census Bureau.  Income changes for whites, blacks and Asians were not statistically significant.

“Top political advisor urges adherence to China’s democracy”

[Xinhua link -- September 22, 2014]

  • According to Xi’s speech, which was delivered on Sunday, consultative democracy helps Chinese people take part in the country’s governance and makes sure that diverse voices can be heard, ensuring that consensus can be reached and that the demands of different interest groups can be incorporated into decisions smoothy.
  • Socialist consultative democracy is not only a unique embodiment and advantage of democracy with Chinese characteristics, but also a reflection of the “mass line” of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the political realm, said Yu [Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference].
  • “We must understand that the CPPCC is is not an organ of power, but a platform to promote democracy, improve political consultation, and unite all walks of life,” said Yu, adding that consultation with political advisors can help enhance the process of decision-making.

— just not too much fun.
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You Don’t Have To Be A Hero, A Patriot, Or Even A Good Citizen

A personal message to [. . .]:

What about this?

“If you’re not part of the problem, then you’re automatically part of the solution.”

This should make it easier for you.  You don’t have to be a hero, a patriot, or even a good citizen.

Just stop making things worse.  And grow up, for (anyone’s) God’s sake.  Show some gratitude and perspective.  Would you be alive today — would you ever have been born? — if your ancestors were as useful to their enemies and competitors?

If your ancestors were anything like you?

I’m sorry to sound so harsh, but everything you say you love is at stake: life, your life, the people in it, even your material possessions.

If you’re going to spend your time trying to justify selfish choices —

Begin here.

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Can I get a great big attaboy for MetLife and the Dept of Veterans Affairs for their dental insurance?

A few months ago I signed up for this because my teeth desperately need fixing and I can’t afford to have it done since I can no longer find work in the Software industry where they say they need more and more Software, or STEM workers.

va_dental_insurance

 

Problem is, I have no job, and no way to pay for it even though I need it.

A month ago I got $140 bucks for something so I mailed them a money order for one payment as I wanted to keep it.

Today I received the money back and apparently they have cancelled it.

vjb_MetLife_VA

 

Oh well, Don’t need teeth anyway when you can’t find work that pays more than minimum wage, and yes, there are those that say I should take a minimum wage job, but when I ask them how I am supposed to pay for the necessities of life such as rent, utilities, food, gas, etc., and pay for this at the same time, they have no solution.

boehner_reid_pocket_pool

Why do I tell these little tales?

It is very simple.

You need to realize that these things are happening to real people and they are happening to more and more people as we send more jobs offshore and import more visa holders to take the place of Americans in America, and that it is NOT IF, but when it will happen to you if we keep on this path.

 

What are we going to do with Home Depot?

Walter sent this in to me this morning:

Was sent to their website opinion (homedepot.com/opinion ),  resulting from their Saturday morning’s  Cash Register Tape request for  FEEDBACK.   My UserID of 2PX2 205102 198958 and my Password of 14470 198899 was circled with a RED INK FELT TIP MARKER right in front of me,  by their cashier.    Home Depot seriously asks for the customer’s opinion.

They already own 43 writings of my opinion.    Enough to fill a smoldering file cabinet,  or fill another computer SERVER box.

However, they asked for more this weekend.

Maybe, with Home Depot’s name splashed in a headline on every news station and news paper, they will pay attention to their customer’s opinions this time.

W

And here is a picture showing his comments in their opinion poll.

walter_home_depot

As for myself, I still shop there from time to time, but every single time they attempt to force me to use their self checkout system, I think of all of the people that could use that job, and I leave my basket and walkout.

Thankfully they still have a person manning the checkout line near the lumber section or I wouldn’t shop there at all.

Even U.S. consumer prices, when subsidized by foreign governments like the Chinese Communist Party, represent a form of debt that must be repaid — one way or the other.

Breathe.

“Passing On”

www.thesmartset.com/article/article09171401.aspx

  • 100 years ago, the last passenger pigeon died.  Her name was Martha.
  • Placed between Gorilla World, Cat House, and World of the Insect at the Cincinnati Zoo is an aviary pagoda.  That’s where Martha spent her final days.  There are three stuffed passenger pigeons on display in the pagoda, alongside Incas, the last captive Carolina Parakeet.  Incas died at the museum in 1918, inside Martha’s cage.  On the path to the pagoda, a bronze memorial statue of Martha stands frozen on a rock.  Her head is cocked and she’s walking toward something.  Or, she could be walking away.

“Xinhua Insight: GSK China hit with record fine, apologizes”

[Xinhua link -- September 19, 2014]

  • In Friday’s closed-door trial, Changsha Intermediate People’s Court in central China’s Hunan Province ruled the firm guilty of “bribing non-government personnel” and imposed the fine, the biggest ever by a Chinese court.  Five individuals with the firm were sentenced to between two and four years in prison with reprieves.
  • The company will continue to invest in China and support research.  It will continue to develop new medicines in China and increase access to its products in rural areas “through greater expansion of production and through price flexibility.”

“Alibaba’s IPO to end US dominance in technology sector: expert”

[Xinhua link -- September 19, 2014]

  • “Alibaba’s growth rate of more than 30 percent shows that the gap between the Chinese companies, Alibaba and Tencent, and U.S. companies is getting ever closer,” said Qing Wang.
  • [Please note that Alibaba is already bigger than Amazon and eBay put together.]

“Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities — July 2014″

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

  1. $1.26 trillion: China, Mainland
  2. $1.22 trillion: Japan
  3. $0.35 trillion: Belgium

Our trade deficit is also a type of loan.

Our country is broke, so we have to borrow money to pay for our wars.  Even U.S. consumer prices, when subsidized by foreign governments like the Chinese Communist Party, represent a form of debt that must be repaid — one way or the other.

Why would countries like China and Japan lend us money for seemingly endless war?

(Breathe.)
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Like you, I worry about people who ridicule what they’re too frightened to understand.

Like you, I worry about people who ridicule what they’re too frightened to understand.

The world is changing more quickly than its weather —

“Climate Science Is Not Settled”

http://online.wsj.com/articles/climate-science-is-not-settled-1411143565

  • The crucial scientific question for policy isn’t whether the climate is changing.  That is a settled matter.  The climate has always changed and always will.
  • Policy makers and the public may wish for the comfort of certainty in their climate science.  But. . . .

— but everyone notices the weather.

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Wouldn’t You Be Happy To “Lend” the U.S. All The Money It Needs To Destroy Itself?

Correcting yesterday’s:

“China Tells Domestic Companies — Go Make Overseas Acquisitions”

[Agence France-Presse via Industry Week -- September 16, 2014]

  • The 112.1% year-on-year increase in ODI announced by the commerce industry ministry was a dramatic contrast to the 14% fall in FDI, which sank to $7.20 billion.  Both sets of figures exclude investment in financial sectors.

Adding a second secondary bullet point:

“U.S. International Transactions: Second Quarter 2014″

www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/transactions/2014/pdf/trans214.pdf

  • The [$3.6-billion] decrease in the current-account deficit was largely due to a decrease in the deficit on secondary income.  In addition, the surpluses on services and primary income increased.  These changes were partly offset by an increase in the deficit on goods.
  • Secondary income receipts increased to $39.9 billion from $31.7 billion, reflecting an increase in fines and penalties paid to the U.S. government (a component of U.S. government transfers).  Secondary income payments decreased to $61.3 billion from $61.7 billion, reflecting a decrease in U.S. government grants.

(I thought you might be curious.)

And now, as antidote to annoying latecomers, from 2005:

“Braveheart, Edward I, and Bush”

www.consortiumnews.com/2014/09/18/braveheart-edward-i-and-bush-2

  • For many people in the world, grievances of past centuries can be as real as the events of last week and often more powerful.  Animosities born of brutality and perceived injustice can distort relations even between countries with strong economic and cultural ties.
  • Leaders with deep historical perspective really do treat war as a last resort, rather than a casual means for achieving some geopolitical end.

Yesterday a favorite young reader asked me to:

  • “Keep reminding people that our country has fertile soil, fresh water, clean air, and room to grow — all protected by two oceans — and this is what the Chinese want from us.”

Done.

Some more good advice:

If you were the People’s Republic of China, wouldn’t you be happy to “lend” the American citizenry all the money it needs to destroy itself?

— this in the form of a question.
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