Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Consequences of Globalization and Neoliberal Policies. What are the Alternatives?

The Consequences of Globalization and Neoliberal Policies. What are the Alternatives?

A not-too-complicated article on free markets and their disastrous results.

It's So Obvious, No-One Is Talking About It

The Wages of Peace

The US us whining away about a great depression being just around the corner - and they spend over $8
Billion a month on a war that even the hardest-core Republicans are now starting to oppose.

I would hold this against the American people except, of course, it's not up to them. This is a key post in the plan to intentionally bankrupt America.

It wouldn't be the first time:

From the film Zeitgeist, shockingly almost always the #1 video on Google Video! There's hope yet!

Take Back Wiki!

I have used Wikipedia many times. Overall it is as good a reference as any encyclopaedia, but like its written counterparts, Wikipedia all too often offers up the glossed-over, pap version of history.

After watching Michael Rivero of WhatReallyHappened.com fame go through hell trying to get a fair Wikipedia entry, I have become convinced that we should change Wikipedia - one article at a time.
Those of us who seek truth - no matter what the result - need to storm Wikipedia and set the record straight on many topics.

Take a couple hot topics of interest: capitalism and suicide bombings in Iraq: recently I was appalled to see Wikipedia's listings for "Suicide bombings in Iraq since 2003‎" and "Capitalism." There was no balance to the articles. Beliefs were stated as fact.
So I clicked "edit this page" and added some balanced counter disucssion and facts to what I considered to be one-sided, ideologically driven articles in what should be a fact-driven website. You'll notice in the above articles on Capitalism and Suicide bombings in Iraq since 2003, there are now sections at the tail of the first sections that show a little balance.

Wikipedia seems to show a definite slant toward favouring the establishment view, deleting articles that skew against commonly accepted beliefs. The worst they can do is delete your additions. After that, just write another addition with a more conservative slant - perhaps with more mainstream media links (they really like those).

Remember, read the rules and find as many mainstream media articles to bolster your views.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

In A Shocking Development... Morgan To Buy Stearns

JPMorgan says to buy Bear Stearns for $2 a share (sic)

This is exactly how the banksters make their fortunes expand over the years - they cause massive financial "crises," then buy up the most affected banks, insurance houses, and other corporations for pennies on the dollar.
That the SEC won't investigate this and other similar events shows their implicit involvement in these schemes.

What really burns my behind is that these corporations and their founders & CEOs are sold to us as "paragons of free-market capitalism," when in fact, they are communists - the biggest, baddest commies around!

"Morgan, a communist?!?" you say, "But he's a
paragon of free-market capitalism!"

Notice that, in this transaction, JP Morgan is being helped by the Fed. They're getting $30 billion in underwriting on this deal! And this is after the Fed has given billions to shore up several of these lending-shark corporations!

When decent working people are laid off from these corporations, what happens when people demand protection and job security? They are told that they are simply victims of the "market," and that it would be "socialist," or "communist" to receive reimbursement or social protection of their jobs and income!
But when it's in the form of handouts to corporations, somehow it's not communism.

We have to stop getting dragged into these black & white debates about "free-markets" and "communism" and decide for ourselves what is good for our own communities. The debate is rigged - and guess who it's rigged in favour of?

Not you.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Elliot Spitzer's True Crime - Honesty?

Elliot's Mess

Often, when I complain about the double standards in justice - one standard for rich white folk, another for everyone else - I am given examples, such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Conrad Black's trial, in which powerful rich white folk are brought to justice. They're just like everyone else!

Take Elliot Spitzer (please): he would seem, on the surface, to be a shining example of how no-one is above the law. He committed a crime and he has been caught. Add to this his public humiliation and it's all the better.

But did you know that Spitzer was in the process of suing all those predatory-lending banks that are now responsible for the "sub-prime" crisis in the States that threatens another Great Depression?!?

Bush's people fought and slandered Spitzer hard - but he would not back down. Could it be that they finally found a way to make him back down? Like, blackmail?

Read yet another excellent article from Greg Palast on the subject: Elliot's Mess

White-Collar COPS?

In all the years of so-called "investigative journalism," especially "crime journalism," no-one has ever done a series on corporate crime?
I'd like to pitch an idea for a TV show (all rights reserved, in case there are any TV producers haunting this blog!!!):

How about a one-hour crime doc on A&E (in the spirit of American Justice, or Crime 360) except, instead of focussing on working-class and poor street criminals, they focus exclusively on white-collar criminals?!?

White-collar, or corporate crime and fraud cost the US alone, way back in 1990, $100 Billion per year! Imagine what it is now? And this doesn't include things like the savings & loan scandal that hit right after that! That "scandal" alone will cost the US taxpayers $1.4
Trillion!!! That is 1.4 thousand thousand million dollars! The cost of all street-level crime for any decade added-up does not come close to this one crime alone!

So, let's get a TV show going! Let's follow around a different community's Corporate Crime Task Force each week.... eh, what's that? Your community doesn't have a Corporate Crime Task Force? Wait... let me do a Google search...
Ok, I was unable to find a Corporate Crime Task Force. Isn't that odd?

So, scrap that idea.

We'll pick up cold case files of all the biggest ongoing investigations into corporate crimes... Hunh? What now? You say all the records for the biggest investigations in the States were housed in the SEC's offices in World Trade Center 7... and that it collapsed on its own on September 11th, 2001 destroying said records? Shit!

Maybe we'll just forget it. I understand that the focus should be on how
any neighbor of mine might be a rapist or child-abductor; how blacks and Hispanics and Muslims are just waiting for their chance to mug me or go Jihad on me. If I'm not reminded of this every night, I might forget!

And what kind of world would we live in if I wasn't afraid of everybody?

Wish I'd Bought In When I First Wanted To...

Gold futures soar to record above $1,000 an ounce

My buddy and I figured out long ago that it was high time to get out of any and all market-dependent investments (RRSPs, Mutual Funds, Pension Funds, etc.) and get into precious metals and coins.

But I didn't have the liquidity to act on it then. He did. He's gone on to make a good profit. Ergh.

At this point, people, it's not even worth it to have your savings in a bank. At any moment, the depression could hit, and when that happens, ALL savings will be wiped out - either blocked for withdrawal by the banks and the partners-in-crime, the government or the dollars that you can withdraw will be worthless.

I think silver is the place to be - gold just might be over-valued right now.

Run For Tha Hillz!!!

I wish it weren't so, but this guy is right...

"Clean 'Em, Load 'Em, Stack 'Em, and Prepare to Use 'Em!"

For so many years, I was influenced by the neo-liberal agenda, as so many young folk are, and I thought that "guns are bad." As I have grown up and observed how the world really works, I realise that, if it came down to it, I would need a gun to protect myself and my family - not from "criminals" on the streets - but rather from my own govenment, should they get too big for their boots.

With the passage in the US and Canada of so-called anti-terror legislation - which is really just legislated dictatorship, there is every possibility that people like me, just for posting my (unpopular) views publicly, could be identified as "potential domestic terrorists," arrested without warrant, refused legal representation, have my property seized and my children become wards of the state...

That mountain shack is looking more and more inviting each day!

Iran Doesn't Strike Me As Being That Bad...

Reuters: Jews Vote In Iran Election

You know, for all the grief that the US and its allies (including Canada, unfortunately) are constantly giving Iran, my detailed studies of the country since its Islamic revolution show that it is really not that bad of a place (relatively speaking, of course - you couldn't pay me to live in a religious state of any kind)!
Iran, while overwhelmingly Muslim, harbours sizable Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian communities - each of which claims no significant discrimination or harassment!

The supposed "anti-semitic" statements attributed to their president were all taken out of context and/or distorted to make it sound as if he wants to kill all Jews. When you see his comments in-context they are hardly shocking coming from a country which is threatened with extinction regularly by Israel (who, of course, is allowed to randomly threaten whomever they wish!). Amenijad was only calling for Israel's political leadership to be "wiped from the map." Big difference. Opposing Israel, a political entity, has nothing to do with irrational hatred of Judaism - a religion.

In the war against Iraq (where Iraq was really just a client substitute for the USA - who were too chicken to fight Iran themselves), Iran was the victim. They had high moral standards for their troops, and even refused to cross into Iraq's sovereign territory for the first years of the war. Of course, over here, Iran was portrayed as the aggressor, and this stigma has lasted ever since.

We can clearly see that Iran respects other ethnic groups and religions within its borders. We have also seen that, time and time again, Iran has proven to be telling the truth concerning its civilian nuclear programs. Amenijad even sent a personal letter to George Bush asking for a dialog to be opened - it was completely ignored by the Americans.

How evil could Iran really be? Who really is the aggressor?

These Are Not Just Hippie Nuts Talking Here...

You can pretend that a bunch of young, misguided hippies are responsible for all the opposition to the "war" in Iraq; try to throw away any argument against it by claiming that we don't know what we're talking about; that we don't "support our troops."
But deal with this:

'We Reacted Out of Fear, and With Total Destruction'

These are the
troops talking here, folks! Now certainly you can't argue that they don't know what they're talking about.

A sure sign that the effort in Vietnam was fruitless was when veterans started to say the very same things.

Give it up, warmongers. You've lost.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

See? It's Not Just "Conspiracy Nuts!"

A.P. Chief Warns of Erosion of Freedoms

Every time I make an accusation of a "restricted," or "corporate-controlled," or "hamstrung" media, people glaze over. They react as if I am over-reacting!

The above link shows clearly that even the most mainstream journalists are finding the erosion of their freedoms unbearable.

5 uber-rich men own ALL the major TV and print media in the "Western democracies." That is a
fact - not a "conspiracy theory." Almost all of the media conglomerate corporations that own your nightly news also are directly benefiting from the "War On Terror" because they also own defence contracting firms, engineering firms and high-tech security firms. What are the chances of them reporting anything that would seriously jeopardise their war profits?!?

This is no "conspiracy theory:" just fact. This fact is more commonly known as:
conflict of interest. In other walks of life, for instance, judges are expected to recuse themselves from hearing a trial if they have any personal stake in the outcome. We need to demand that these media super-corporations divest themselves of their other interests - and be forced, by law, to only own media companies.
Better yet, ignore the nightly news and find your own sources - on the 'Net - where you can double-check and independently verify each claim made in any article.

We need to stop and ponder what all this really means about the "news" we receive every night.
For all we know, there is not a shred of truth to
any of it!

All the more reason to walk away from the mainstream media "news."

Monday, March 03, 2008

TMZ Must Die!

For the love of all that is sacred, people...
Stop watching TMZ!
Stop buying US and People!
Stop worrying about Brangelina and Bennifer an TomKat!
What do their lives have to do with us? With... anything at all?
Imagine how an Iraqi or Afghan or malnutritioned African would feel, as they claw through the horrors of their existence, to see us devoting so much precious time to wondering whether or not these "stars" will get divorced, or whether Paris Hilton will go to a certain club tonight?
Those of you who are buying into this inane view of what is important in this the world are killing us all! There are only so many hours in the day one can devote to learning anything. Every hour spent watching stars get out of their SUVs on TMZ is an hour spent not learning about the facts of history and the present.
For all of our sakes, just stop... NOW!

Big Surpise - Harper Signs SPP

Wow. Didn't see this coming:

"Did Harper just commit treason? Canadian government authorizes American troops to occupy Canada"

Now, look for reasons to declare an "emergency." Possibilities include:

  • -"Bio-Terror" - All biological terror attacks have been sourced to American sources - proving a conspiracy. Take the much-ballyhooed anthrax attacks of fall 2001 (which helped to usher in the Patriot Act and the illegal invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.) Any bio-scare (smallpox, influenza, hepatitis, AIDS, anthrax, et. al) could be used as a means to cow people into any of the massive, privatised concentration camps that have been slowly and secretly built up over the decades.
    Video Proof of US sourcing of anthrax
    Article of US sourcing of anthrax
  • -Natural Disaster - Take Katrina (please)... No effort was made on the part of the US Govt. (specifically FEMA) to protect Katrina's poor, black masses. That was reserved for the rich whites - who received armed National Guardsmen. National Guardsmen were indeed sent to black neighbourhoods - but only to disarm them and herd them into concentration camps (by mercenary forces too, nonetheless!).
  • -False-Flag Terror - Just like the 9/11, 7/7, Madrid, and Indonesian attacks, watch for the first "Al Qaeda" terror attacks on Canadian and Mexican soil soon.
Stay smart - question any declarations of an "emergency." Protect yourself with arms.

Killing In the Name Of...

I am sure that this is what all the innocent victims of 9/11 and their families really wanted done to best remember them: create a warship of death & destruction out of the 9/11 ruins.


Funny they can find enough steel to forge a warship, but couldn't find enough to do a proper analysis of the fallen towers!

9/11 Widows Call For New Investigation


Everyone's A Critic (But Where Are They?)

As many of us have heard, Marie Cotillard believes what millions of us around the world do: that we have been lied to about aspects of 9/11 . Comparisons to Rosie Odonnell spring to mind.

In Rosie's case - the first out-in-open, detailed criticism of the 9/11 Commission and the US's War On Terror - the Mainstream Media (MSM) actually undertook a massive smear campaign (including high-profile TV personalities calling for Rosie's DEATH).

Now, after showing what happens to dissidents, they don't even have to be bothered to go through with it. All that are needed are "hints" of "controversy;" or that the star will be "facing harsh criticism;" or "a backlash."

Note in the following links that, in the headlines, Mme. Cotillard is said to be facing criticism or a backlash, but no such criticism is actually leveled toward her by anyone! The shills at these corporate-owned hegemons simply insinuate that Cotillard is about to be fed to the wolves - and that she must be insane. Usually, when there is controversy, there is no lack of the criticism leveled against those causing controversy - but where is the criticism?

Notice also the inclusion of "did-we-go-to-the-moon" doubts at the very end - just to make her look more loony. That she is French is just icing on the cake. (For those of you not familiar with the French-hate in the USA, the current regime has fostered hatred for the French - their greatest ally in the war of independence - ever since they rightly refused to help with the illegal invasion of Iraq).
Don't believe me? Check this out.
Cotillard Has Regret About 9/11 Remarks

This one is an example of all the above and more. Note the final paragraph.
Conspiracy beliefs come back to haunt Marion Cotillard

"Cotillard is well known for believing in the fantastic. In her Oscar acceptance speech she said that her best-actress victory was proof "there is some angels" in Los Angeles."

This is pure smear! First off, it is absolutely mainstream in America to believe in angels. You will not see this paper attacking any middle-America Christians or Jews for their belief in angels. Not to mention, she is arguably not even voicing such a belief - Los Angeles means, "The Angels." Cotillard was making a good-natured and clever pun!
As for being "well known for believing in the fantastic," the Oscars were a week ago. This hardly constitutes a pattern of belief in the fantastic.

Note the complete lack of any criticism!!! Yet the titles of these articles would have you believe that there was some terrible storm of controversy created by her remarks!

Shame on you, Tom O'Neil and the LA Times.