There’s a Way to Fix It

What’s amazing is that there’s a way to fix it.  To fix all of it- in a very short period of time.

I’m talking about condensing humankind in ways that are so distorted, the vast majority of the world’s treasure and power are now held in the top 5% of all human beings.  The top one percent controls 40% of everything.  It’s true, the number of people who rule over your existence are really that few.

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It’s also true that they could not have done it without you.

Here is an approach we could use to change it all.  It doesn’t matter, because you won’t do it.  Your neighbor won’t and probably a significant portion of your immediate family would think you were crazy for even talking about it.

Instead, most of us give the current system our consent.

We vote with our dollars, every day.  We vote for the very evil corporations’ that we say we want to see disappear.  We enable their very existence through our direct action.

Your individual direct action is likely to constitute the most power you’ll hold in this lifetime.

What if tomorrow you & your local community:

  • Began to spend every dollar you could, regardless of the price point, on goods that produced within 100 miles, complemented by a larger network from other regions.  This would likely involve re-use and repair instead of buying new imported goods.
  • Innovated the manufacture our own electronic devices locally.  With something called a 3D printer, plastic objects could be manufactured as needed locally, instead of traveling across the Pacific.  Open source projects such as Ubuntu already allow outdated laptops to become new again.  In this way, old devices can be reborn instead of thrown out.
  • Produced as much food as we could, using our yard space and trading it with local mobile apps.  Right now only 2% of our population is involved with producing food and most areas are capable of local micro-farming.
  • Created a local currency to further trade in this new local economy, which also has the benefit of protecting your savings from losing value via inflation.

We don’t have to figure out or understand the mess at the top if we start at the bottom and work up from there.  These concepts are based on some simple economic facts-

  • More things produced locally means more local jobs
  • The more local jobs there are, the less money goes to ‘evil corporations’
  • The large globalist consumer schemes that are wreaking havoc on our bank accounts, the integrity of our government and the earth’s natural resources can only exist if you participate

Where we spend our dollars determines the future- if only we could all practice this and give ourselves what we want- better jobs, economic stability and communities of neighbors that know each other, instead of just driving past each other each day.

If we could set our beautiful Pacific Northwest on this course- it could all improve so quickly…

Obama’s Achilles Heel: Banksters in the White House

I like President Obama.  My opinion is that he is an honest politician, with good intentions- a rare thing.  The appointees for his cabinet however, made me groan out loud.  The longer certain members of Barack’s staff are allowed to continue whispering into his ear, the greater the potential for disillusionment amongst the Hope Movement.  In a groundbreaking interview on PBS’ ‘Bill Moyer’s Journal’, Author and former S & L watchdog William Black discusses the ugly truth about the financial crisis and those within the Obama administration who have taken an active roll in ‘managing‘ the aftermath.  I invite you to watch the interview below, if you think you can handle the truth…My advice?  If you love Obama, then fight to have these crooks removed from his team. Continue reading “Obama’s Achilles Heel: Banksters in the White House”

Merrill Lynch Bonus Scandal Exposes Inefficacy of US Media

My hat is off to AFP for bringing this news of American ethics abuse nearly THREE FULL WEEKS before the US Newsrooms got a hold of it.

Way to go Frenchies.

It seems that the first article that Google indexed on the $3.6 billion in (TARP funded) bonuses paid out to Merrill Lynch employees was published by none other than the Agence France-Presse. Merrill Lynch paid out nearly 22 times as much as AIG did and yet until now avoided almost any of the damning feedback AIG has experienced recently.  My hat is off to AFP for bringing this news of American taxpayer abuse before even a mention in the illustrious New York Times.  Has American reporting really slipped this much since Woodward & Bernstein took down Nixon? Continue reading “Merrill Lynch Bonus Scandal Exposes Inefficacy of US Media”

Tooth Fairy Economics

Tooth Fairy Economics

originally posted at Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty

Tooth Fairy Economics
By Tom Woods

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So the “stimulus” package, a dagger through the heart of the economy, has passed. The geniuses who govern us, who insist that seizing the produce of the voluntary economy and devoting it to arbitrary projects will make us wealthy, have had their victory.

Much of the debate turned, unfortunately, on how much “pork” was in the bill. This or that spending program was silly or an obvious waste of money, critics said. All too true, of course, but unless we’re looking to be hired by the Titanic’s Department of Deck Chair Rearrangement Continue reading “Tooth Fairy Economics”

Change You Can…Huh?

Well, though I voted for neither Bush or Obama, I have been rooting for the Democrat controlled congress and white house to really look different from the previous and infamous eight years.

What we have seen so far…looks more Republican than Democrat.

Can someone please explain to me why, despite having a comfortable margin in the Senate, that the Republicans seem to still be calling the shots?

The Stimulus Bill, which I grudgingly supported back when it had populist measures such as executive salary caps, incentives for American goods and help for the clueless American auto industry has been gutted to just look like another gift to the Corporatocracy.

Couple that with the free ride all of this is getting from Corporate media pundits and my belief in Obama’s promised change has become very faint.

Paul Krugman and the Latest Myth of Corporate Media

Olbermann and Maddow’s first journalistic failure of the Obama age.

If you have watched the MSNBC news stars lately (Olbermann, Maddow), you have likely seen this face:

Paul Krugman
Paul Krugman

This is Paul Krugman. His boyish, impish grin and his Nobel for Economics has been too much for TV news producers to resist ever since the financial crisis became a front page story.

Along with Krugman’s vague (and sometimes contradictory) ‘guidance’, you are likely to also hear this come through the lips of Maddow and Olbermann:

“Every economist in the country agrees that this stimulus package is required to prevent the recession from becoming another Great Depression.”

There are around 1500 professional economists in the country and 200 of those most CERTAINLY disagree with the statements of Krugman, Olbermann and Maddow. Continue reading “Paul Krugman and the Latest Myth of Corporate Media”