Whats going on economically in Iraq will be coming to the US next and has actually happened to the US.Â Naomi WolfÂ explains The Shock Doctrine here
Archive for November, 2007
Defend the Constitution…take these War Criminals and throw them in jail!Â Story is here
Especially when it was used against Americans.Â Used for Americans is another story these days apparently.Â Story is here
And he tells it like it is.Â Story is here
Um…I guess not.Â Story is here
and thought the Moral Majority was both.Â Story is here
Wow!Â How obvoius is it that FOX News wants Rudy Giuliani to be President?Â It is about time someone spoke up.Â Story is here
The results go from a positive number for who you agree with to a negative number who you disagree withÂ according to how you agree with the candidates and their stances.Â I had a 92 for Kucinich, Gravel 69, Obama 64, Clinton 60, Edwards 59, Dodd 55, Biden 53, Richardson 43, Ron Paul a negative 3, Giuliani -26, Thompson -29, Cox -37, Brownback -50, Huckabee -57, Romney -71, Tancredo -75 and Hunter -84.Â Vote here
Are you wearing a flag pin?Â If not you are a terrorist.Â Here is how NOT to be a terrorist.Â Story is here
Your cellphone with its GPS receiver is a great way for criminals and all of us to be tracked by the police and whomever else wants to track us with or without a court order. You didn’t use those Civil Liberties anyway! Even on TV they always say on cop shows that they need to read the suspects their Miranda Rights and a warrant is needed before anything is done…BUT…that’s not the case anymore. Anything can be found out about you at any time for any reason without any due process and without your knowledge thanks to the Patriot Act. For those who are keeping score this would be a direct violation of your Fourth Amendment rights in the US Constitutionâ€¦if you remember that there is a Constitution.Â Video is here
#1 in the UN Human Development List
#1 in Literacy
#1 in Education
#1 in Health Care
#1 in Per Capita Income
#2 for women in government
and prisoners are actually rehabilitated and when asked to extradite a possible criminal to the US their court system refused saying the US prison system did not meet minimum humanitarian standards.
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Hmm…what’s on the minds of Conservatives?Â Story is here
Pirate radio, one of my favorite things in the world!!Â A movie has been made and I have yet to see it.Â The first 10 minutes can be seen here
Interesting look at how Liberals and Conservatives see media.Â Story is here
A majority of people believe Bush and Cheney have abused their powers.Â Story is here
Duh!Â When we are in the same league as Latvia, Poland and a couple other little countries like that something needs to be done.Â Story is here
Republicans are willing to say that 50,000 rich fat cats are more important than 21 million Middle Class folks in this country. At the time the Alternative Minimum Tax code was written it was designed to make sure that the rich people of our country did not evade their taxes through loopholes. However…this has become a horrible way for a family of 4 making $75,000 to see their tax bill double. Democrats want to raise the income levels dramatically but the Republicans simply do not want them raised. This is nothing more than a huge Socialistic movement of money from the poor to the rich. How is it not?
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I wish Bernie Sanders would be cloned and then he could be every Representative and Senator.Â He cares about the little guy and he cares about the nation.Â Video is here
A look at the US economy is very scary and one of the main reason stretches back to Ronald Reagan.Â Video is here
Thom Hartmann gives a great description of the beginning thought process of the Liberal and Conservative movements.Â Video is here
A graph showing the relative strength of the dollar is a scary one!!!Â Story is here
Stories like this may sound funny however it is a reflection of how the world sees the US economy at this point. If this thinking were to spread to nations as opposed to Supermodels it would not take very long for the Dollar to really take a tumble. There is truly nothing backing the dollar since our gold reserves are no longer the muscle behind the dollar as in the past so a dollar is just a dollar cuz we say so. So a dollar is worthless other than a perceived worth which is now getting beaten badly and economists see no reason for a reversal at this point.1 Dollar to Euro ratio
Supermodel ‘rejects dollar pay’Â
The model reportedly demanded euros for a Pantene advert
The world’s richest model has reportedly reacted in her own way to the sliding value of the US dollar – by refusing to be paid in the currency.
Gisele BÃ¼ndchen is said to be keen to avoid the US currency because of uncertainty over its strength.
The Brazilian, thought to have earned about $30m in the year to June, prefers to be paid in euros, her sister and manager told the Bloomberg news agency.
However, Ms BÃ¼ndchen, 27, declined to comment on her pay arrangements.
Last week the dollar hit long-term lows against the euro, the British pound and the Canadian dollar.
According to Brazil’s weekly magazine Veja, when Ms BÃ¼ndchen signed a deal to represent Pantene hair products, she demanded that the brand owner, Procter & Gamble (P&G), paid her in euros.
P&G was reported as saying that it could not comment on details of the contract.
There are also reports that she will be paid in euros for a deal with Dolce & Gabanna to promote its The One fragrance.
“Contracts starting now are more attractive in euros because we don’t know what will happen to the dollar,” Patricia BÃ¼ndchen told Bloomberg.
Last month, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said that he was not confident about the strength of the dollar.
“We are still negative on the dollar relative to most other currencies so we bought stocks in companies that earn their money in other currencies,” he said of his Berkshire Hathaway investment vehicle.
And Jim Rogers, a former investor partner of George Soros, told the BBC that if he was buying currency now it would be the Chinese renminbi, the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc and not the US dollar.
The dollar has slipped amid US interest rate cuts which have been trimmed to 4.5% after standing at 5.25% in September.
This means that investors are looking to buy other currencies that will give a higher rate of return.
Pakistan’s dictator Musharraf is scolded for denying Constitutional rights by the Bush Administration who has denied Constitutional rights since 9/11Monday, November 5th, 2007
Q: Is it ever reasonable to restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism?MS. PERINO: In our opinion, no.
Since 9/11 the rights of Americans have been infringed upon by the people that have sworn to uphold the Constitution AS IT IS.Â They did not swear to defend a Constitution as they thought it SHOULD be.Â If you look at the hopes of the terrorists those hopes of destroying America from the inside have taken huge steps towards coming true thanks to the present President.Â This story shows the list of rights that have been infringed upon areÂ as is video of White House spokesperson Dana Perino shaking her finger at Pakistan strongman/coup leader/military dictator/American buddy Musharraf for removing rights from the people of Pakistan and the collecting of his political opponents.
This op/ed piece below is by Pat Buchanan. I find the one line denying it is Bush’s fault interesting because Pat describes how the national deficit is making things worse but he denies that Bush is creating a deficit. The NeoCon dream is to cripple the US Government so everything needs to be outsourced and privatized. When this is done all oversight is removed and things run by those corporations become profit and huge overhead as we have with the Health Care Industry and Blackwater…the leaders making millions and lawyers making millions while patients are denied coverage. With the sagging dollar doesn’t it make sense that paychecks should go up to keep up with this pace of rising costs for us? No, paychecks have not gone up for 95% of Americans but rather it has inched down. The top 2% of income earners of course have seen massive increases in their paychecks so they are doing fine. With our currency dropping while other currencies are rising, our cost of imports are rising, the outflow of currency due to deficits in trade rising and America doing nothing how long can Rome last while our Nero fiddles?
Sinking Currency, Sinking Country
Fri Nov 2, 3:00 AM ET
The euro, worth 83 cents in the early George W. Bush years, is at $1.45.
The British pound is back up over $2, the highest level since the Carter era. The Canadian dollar, which used to be worth 65 cents, is worth more than the U.S. dollar for the first time in half a century.
Oil is over $90 a barrel. Gold, down to $260 an ounce not so long ago, has hit $800.
Have gold, silver, oil, the euro, the pound and the Canadian dollar all suddenly soared in value in just a few years?
Nope. The dollar has plummeted in value, more so in Bush’s term than during any comparable period of U.S. history. Indeed, Bush is presiding over a worldwide abandonment of the American dollar.
Is it all Bush’s fault? Nope.
The dollar is plunging because America has been living beyond her means, borrowing $2 billion a day from foreign nations to maintain her standard of living and to sustain the American Imperium.
The prime suspect in the death of the dollar is the massive trade deficits America has run up, some $5 trillion in total since the passage of NAFTA and the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1994.
In 2006, that U.S. trade deficit hit $764 billion. The current account deficit, which includes the trade deficit, plus the net outflow of interest, dividends, capital gains and foreign aid, hit $857 billion, 6.5 percent of GDP. As some of us have been writing for years, such deficits are unsustainable and must lead to a decline of the dollar.
A sinking dollar means a poorer nation, and a sinking currency has historically been the mark of a sinking country. And a superpower with a sinking currency is a contradiction in terms.
What does this mean for America and Americans?
As nations realize that the dollars they are being paid for their products cannot buy in the world markets what they once did, they will demand more dollars for those goods. This will mean rising prices for the imports on which America has become more dependent than we have been since before the Civil War.
U.S. tourists traveling to the countries whence their ancestors came will find that the money they saved up does not go as far as they thought.
U.S. soldiers stationed overseas will find the cost of rent, gasoline, food, clothing and dining out takes larger and larger bites out of their paychecks. The people those U.S. soldiers defend will be demanding more and more of their money.
U.S. diplomats stationed overseas, students and businessmen are already facing tougher times.
U.S. foreign aid does not go as far as it did. And there is an element of comedy in seeing the United States going to Beijing to borrow dollars, thus putting our children deeper in debt, to send still more foreign aid to African despots who routinely vote the Chinese line at the United Nations.
The Chinese, whose currency is tied to the dollar, and Japan will continue, as long as they can, to keep their currencies low against the dollar. For the Asians think long term, and their goals are strategic.
China â€” growing at 10 percent a year for two decades and now growing at close to 12 percent â€” is willing to take losses in the value of the dollars it holds to keep the U.S. technology, factories and jobs pouring in, as their exports capture America’s markets from U.S. producers.
The Japanese will take some loss in the value of their dollar hoard to take down Chrysler, Ford and GM, and capture the U.S. auto market as they captured our TV, camera and computer chip markets.
Asians understand that what is important is not who consumes the apples, but who owns the orchard.
Other nations that have kept cash reserves in U.S. Treasury bonds and T-bills are watching the value of these assets sink. Not fools, they will begin, as many already have, to divest and diversify, taking in fewer dollars and more euros and yen. As more nations abandon the dollar, its decline will continue.
The oil-producing and exporting nations, with trade surpluses, like China, have also begun to take the stash of dollars they have and stuff them into sovereign wealth funds, and use these immense and growing funds to buy up real assets in the United States â€” investment banks and American companies.
Nor is there any end in sight to the sinking of the dollar. For, as foreigners demand more dollars for the oil and goods they sell us, the trade deficit will not fall. And as the U.S. government prints more and more dollars to cover the budget deficits that stretch out â€” with the coming retirement of the baby boomers â€” all the way to the horizon, the value of the dollar will fall. And as Ben Bernanke at the Fed tries to keep interest rates low, to keep the U.S. economy from sputtering out in the credit crunch, the value of the dollar will fall.
The chickens of free trade are coming home to roost.
To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2007 CREATORS SYNDICATE INC.
If you lived in one of these nations would you be very happy with the US and its foreign policy?Â Story is here
This video is pretty amazing…amazingly on target and doubly amazing that it was on FOX News.Â I wonder if Judge Napolitano got a spanking for it?Â How many other FOX News broadcastersÂ or FOX News watchers agree with this?Â Video is here
This is such a good post that really highlights what has been going on in our country since 9/11 and the false Patriot Actors that believe that they are patriots when they say waterboarding is ok.Â Story is here
One of the tenants of Fascism is to keep the populace in check by keeping them in a constant state of fear and suspicion.Â This report by the Telegraph shows Rumsfeld did just that to the American people in regards to Iraq as well as Iran.Â When people say that the Bush Administration is not a Fascist regime it must be remembered that this is precisely what a Fascist regime does.Â Story is hereÂ Here is a great list of what a Fascist regime can be defined by.Â Story is here