A thread that wandered into a rewarding series of thoughtful posts

This thread began as a comment on an opinion article by William Kristof of the NY Times. It is no longer that. The community discussion has contributed some grander ideas that should be assigned precedence.

NY Times Aug 27, 2011, “Did We Drop the Ball on Unemployment?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/opinion/sunday/kristof-did-we-drop-the...

And, of course, mentioning the unemployed should bring up sympathy for the unfortunates with the hope that something could be done to help them. After all they are victims, are they not? Through no fault of their own, pushed aside as expendable, then told that their jobs would never come back. Where does that leave them?

The first response which called the Fed to task for its misleading assumptions and pretenses all generated out of its own mid-directed self-importance is hereby erased and we'll seque into the community discussion that resulted without attempting to classify it.

All are invited to read on and hope it continues to reward.

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Encouragement

Submitted by Veteran_Lender on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:49.

THANK YOU for chiming in just now, 5parts2ahorse... I hope it lifts Saldeck too! Let me tell you what I have been doing... I was the original financial professional job blockaded in 1999. I managed to make 3 more moves that kept me in play. The last required relocation. I moved but as I did, that employer had failed to disclose they were under a Cease and Desist Order (essentially out-of-business) so I worked a contract in place to cover my leases (1 year) and went through the motions. While there, I started up a counter-cyclical business. I sold what others were throwing away because it was plentiful and I could toy with margins and explore delivery channels. In English-- I built a business that works opposite of the trend and grew as the trend did- just in opposite directions. Where controlled financial tyranny has become a behemoth, my venture has not- it just became a stable reliable venue for the growing number of under and unemployed, small business and entrepreneur to rely on.

You have to grasp that I've learned a WHOLE lot doing this. Small business structuring is my specialty. Lending $300 is another. If you imagine it this way-- everyone qualifies for $300 in credit but if lent, the likelihood of getting it back is almost zero. Too small to collect, too small to sue over, too minute to matter on the bottom line BUT, collectively, it could make or break a business to extend and see it pay-off with interest. A $300 loan buys a strategic piece of equipment, critical process, marketing, etc. SO... my business is a market builder. I sell what you discard. People buy it from me every day. I use a lot of it myself as leverage for bigger ventures.

Now picture this... every town in America suffers the same exact way. It has a defunct Main Street and thriving mall or anchor store somewhere nearby. The Main Street struggles. The employees working in the anchor struggle (low wages). All chain entities in town do business daily, then have monies SWEPT away to other locations. The chains don't pay in local taxes what the Main Street used to. The employees don't make what they used. The towns lack enough revenues to maintain, so they steadily wilt and fall into blight or lack upkeep.

I made my counter-cyclical venture-- portable. I can relocate it to ANY town with higher-speed internet and it functions. In one normal apartment-sized move, I can relocate the entire active inventory and have it functioning in a couple of hours. The reserve inventory can be relocated anytime I choose to move it. NO degradation in activity. It supports in-town revenue generation completely. Within 90 days I can introduce anyone to what I do and for as little as $300 in target investment, help them create a functional business just like mine that is not in direct competition. In that same 90 days, I can take every hobby, craft, hands-on talent and skill, and with $300, turn that aspect into an income. THINK about it. The enterprises don't need major capital, don't require set hours, locations, anything. I'm even able to teach them how to play those national chain floor plans and inventory rotations against them for-profit. All fully legal without compromising anything that shouldn't be. After 6 years of it in Beta Mode, the clever part is, it's free enterprise on the viral level. It starts and spreads and as it does, the wilting town grows again. 5 years ago, my home town's USPS was a morgue at night. Today, it has a night STAFF processing thousands of small business shipping boxes and packages from hundreds of enterprises that don't need leased space. My own business leases, because it's grown significantly.

The key here, is that no one and nothing can back you into a corner if your existence is a cycle. The shape is round and without corners. That said, everything BIG is linear. It not only has corners but has to adjust significantly to achieve a contoured agreement with Earth.
I am self-employed. I am too small for Law or Accounting firms to target and leech off of. My CPA is a small business. When he figured out what I was doing he attended seminars and gets all giddy now about my potential.

OUR potential. ANYONE can do this. BIG... cannot.
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Every Town...

Submitted by Veteran_Lender on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:05.

Every town in the world had a same beginning... someone established it and a resource or vitality or craft or industry... and people came. The collective cooperation became the town and cooperation gave it life through opportunity. If you read the story of Levi Strauss, he bought denim and duck cloth from eastern mills, took it west to San Francisco. The design preceded Strauss but the riveted pockets was his idea. The book says-- he created the pattern and offered area housewives the chance to cut out and sew them. He would buy them ONLY if they followed his instructions perfectly. They did. He created the custom wholesale source of goods he flipped for significant (at the time) profit, establishing more of a milk-for-life enterprise. From a 30,000 foot perspective, he spread opportunity outward like a pancake, rather than upward like a spire.

Every town dying from the cancer of BIG has that same opportunity to rekindle a milk-for-life sub-economy. An acquaintance I run into at garage sales buys every used motorcycle he can find. He takes them apart and cleans each piece, fixes what is worth fixing, makes his own gaskets and offers them through web-commerce globe-wide. He sells 24/7/365 like I do. He pays you if you find a bike and get it to him cheap. He's reconstituting junk into enterprise.

I sold a person a coated-nut maker kit. It's a pan with a crank that turns the nuts over heat, coating them with sweeteners. She made them in her retail store and made a display for the fresh bagged product. The aroma she said, drew people into her store. They shopped. She now makes those in quantity on the side and sells them to other shops. Cash flow is best when it comes from other towns into yours-- invigoration is what makes things grow.

A man once told me that a battleship is nice, except when it has to maneuver down a winding river with sharp turns and submerged dangers. A canoe in the hands of a skilled stable paddler gets there first and gets out with "enough".
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The Mosquito And The Elephant

Submitted by saldeck on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 08:14.

Start small and stay close to home. Forge community ties, grow your own food locally and create alternatives that can eventually replace the current system with a sane, sustainable way of life. But can the power of global capitalism be undone through cooperatives, bartering, alternative local currencies, community gardens and small businesses? By what magic small businesses can eclipse giant corporations?

Today nothing, absolutely nothing, is produced and distribuited unless it creates a private profit. And that works very well for some, but always at a loss to far more. It happens because private profit making corporations are the rule, the norm and the only reality. Until they are replaced by democratically owned and operated businesses which are run on behalf of the greater good for the general population, the system will continue to get worse.

The propaganda campaign continues telling us making a few people rich is a great way to advance humanity. Yeah, right.

The alternative is a class struggle. Confronting crises, exploitation and oppression through collective action as the key process by which people gain the knowledge to transform the world and themselves. Struggle can be local or global. Such struggles must be confrontations that pose a challenge to the system, rather than localism's polite resistence, which is like a mosquito biting an elephant.

Words have power.

Speak Out: " Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

I Mean, Seriously...Speak Out: " A riot is the language of the unheard."

Be Radical, Be Extreme, Be Creative: "When you are right, you cannot be too radical..the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists...Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."

Martin Luther King's words. The real Martin Luther King, not the whitewashed product.
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Words... and Pictures Too!

Submitted by Veteran_Lender on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:46.

Grow a garden.

5 years ago I hand-wrote and illustrated a "zine" showing how you can turn a pair of old jeans into growing bags dangling above your in-ground plants to create a cubic garden. I used to draw cartons so my illustrations were clear enough to grasp without the words (did that on purpose). I sold out almost immediately and then-- nothing. Why? Because the original buyers copied it and sold it on E Bay. I have a rolling copyright registered so those folks weren't happy when I had them pulled but that is a problem with creativity today. By summer's end, I saw cube structures in yards near my home. My own kids handed the last copies out to friends who tried it. One mom told me... "it's the first thing my [kid] did without a handheld device". Another said- "I caught my son looking up: digging a hole on You-Tube". I've likely given away thousands of those "zines" now because I let my kids copy them and give them out. The cool part... the bags made out of jean legs are biodegradable. The commercial version is not.

An entire brewery can be had for $300. Distribution requires licensing only when you charge people for the product. One "club" I belong to has an exchange. You go to a meeting where the entrance fee is a six pack of home brew. All the bottles are lined up on tables and you take your six pack carton and refill it as you please. The "exchange" is so popular that the brewery where it's held (think about it from a marketing potential) has to limit the number of participants by Fire Marshall rule. They sell brewing supplies next to the brewery.

An apple press costs less than $1,000 for the industrial grade one. I make apple champagne using expired pure apple juice from the grocer. 5 gallons costs my less than $20. It fully meets 100% of all Food Handling laws.
Mother Earth Magazine features articles about food futures (freezing, canning, etc).

I showed a struggling restaurant the freezing article and suggested they look into packaging one of their tasty offerings. Two years later, she closed the restaurant and launched a catering business where all of the items are packaged and froze, delivered and steamed on location. They're her recipes. Location steaming is a local party favorite now. She collects orders for the food from guests and delivers the freezer packs now. The original restaurant was $150,000 in debt when I met her. She has a truck fleet and just remodeled an old building in town as her "headquarters".

People are FROTHING to do this stuff! People WANT to be active, excited, productive and accomplishing the stuff dreams are made of. GREED is the impediment. You can fire me, blockade me, suppress me and hold me captive... but you cannot defeat my creativity unless you kill me.

Creativity

Free spirits ( and you are ) are always creative even when the system imprisons everyone's creativity in the prisma of brutal economic " necessity ". Today's Beethovens are working at McDonald.

Think of an economist. What is the first adjective that springs to your mind? Seriuos? Conservative? Boring? Not " creative ".
But the right economic tools can be applied to gain a deeper understanding of creativity: the realm of originality, imagination, experimentation and expressiveness, all values which are core to this institution.

What educational practices nurture creativity? What is the relationship between the creativity of a country's population and its economic growth and how does an individual's creativity contribute to that of others in society?

One thing is for sure: when creativity helps imagine and build the society of the future in the present, it is at its very best.

Widening our vision. . .

I Want...

Submitted by Veteran_Lender on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 07:53.

I want:

- A single tax rate on everything gained and earned with no exception, shelter or deduction.

- A single credit extension rate on any and all types of credit and the maker must service it.

- A recognition of the individual ONLY. Let no group have any control over any individual.

- A government of the People, by the People, for the People with no adverse group influence.

- A Federal Budget based solely on our revenue generation.

- A currency employed solely for revenue generation, penalized when it stops moving.

- Laws that can be followed. Let no law exist that cannot be read and comprehended in 5 minutes.

- A public education system only.

- A separation of politics and religion. Religion is a business, tax it like one.

- An elimination of exceptions to these rules. To deviate is to relocate.

- A restoration of Freedom, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

- An elimination of adverse influence against Freedom, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

$$$$$$$$$ You are correct about the "war" on everything, being fought by administrators who craft the battle to ensure they are not involved. Offering incentives like zero income tax for small businesses that start-up and hire in these zones and promise police protection would help us more.
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Millionaires' Club

Submitted by saldeck on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 03:38.

American leaders and the rich don't think the way you and I do. They don't feel the way you and I do.

U.S. Congress became a Millionaires' Club. For the first time in history, most U.S. lawmakers are worth $1 million-plus.

The fact that now a majority of members are millionaires represents a watershed moment at a time when lawmakers are debating issues like unemployment benefits, food stamps and the minimum wage, which affect people with far fewer resources.

Clean up the world, knock them off their pedestal!

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Why The $10.10/Hour Minimum Wage Fight Should Stop...

History suggests that each time we raise the Minimum Wage Rate, a subsequent abuse in raising the Elite Pompous Bloated Arrogant Fool Rate- soon follows. We actually enjoyed a far better economy when the Minimum was $2.25 and the Elite got hit with a 93% TAX for excessive ridiculousness.
I propose we LOWER the Minimum Wage Rate to $2.25 an hour BUT along with it, we eliminate salaries and any other exception wage rate except-- HOURLY. Every employee-- and that includes everyone from top to bottom in ANY entity that no longer has the original Founder in place, gets an hourly rate. ANY hourly rate position can be challenged. So... if you believe you can do better the Tillerson at running Exxon Mobil and are willing to do it for less than the $10 BILLION an hour rate that pompous arrogant bloated fool will set for himself... CHALLENGE him. If an arbitration board (random selection from registered voters in America) chooses you over him, you step into his office and he leaves the company. Since we are all paid hourly without other compensation, he does not take his golden parachute with him.
It's time to stop bickering stupidly and save America from killing itself. The wealthy have NO additional rights and government is totally dysfunctional from wealth control and influence. We don't need unions to represent us, we need competent practices- like lucrative hourly rates for genuine craft and skill, and literally nothing for paper and button pushers. Set the mark at competence and do away with glass ceilings, entitlements, inheritances and lobbies (the pay rate for lobbyists is a guillotine swipe at the neck). Stop targeting the poor or this color or that sexual preference and start creating a fair and legitimate competition where the best at what they do-- RISE TO WHERE THEY SHOULD BE and the rest of the artificial playing field becomes fertilizer. Two things matter in America-- citizenship and the right to vote... NOT financial tyranny and political divisiveness. You say-- we can't do THAT? War is the inevitable solution (see Ukraine) and then it happens anyway. LIVE with the pain of change that we are supposed to believe in, NOT the change that crushed the lives of MILLIONS for sport and financial grubbing. You want to text peck your day away-- only if someone chooses to pay you $2.25/hour-- you aren't worth more. Smoke? Same thing. Lecture students on Law? Same. Build an enterprise? GO MAN OR WOMAN GO!!! The Top 5% of Earners in America need illumination and a cell at GITMO. Not because they are prisoners, but because they have made a lethal mistake and need protection... a re-assessment of situation and the chance to retrace with checkbooks open. Give them 7 days to get real or end them. No big deal. Over half of this country has been condemned to slow death. We WILL have war if we DON'T make changes that suit us all. No selections, no exceptions, no games. Bring it down to simple, stupid. TODAY.

Why the $10.10 goal will not be abandoned.

Plain and simple: it is a matter of measuring our system's progress.

Whether they know it or not, too many entrepreneurs, managers, executives and even low level labor take pride in the "growth" exhibited in GDP, or whatever cost of living barometer demonstrates our improved conditions. What they don't realize is that which contributes to the index numbers is "bandied" about carelessly.

If you consider the banking industry's toxic paper and the nine figure bonuses for issuing paper that turns useless in six months unless the Fed purchases it as LOLR, measuring income or expenditures is a farce. In a system that once consisted of upwards of 48% production which has now dwindled to a 12% share, it can only be asked, "What production?" Yet the GDP is still rising exponentially while we are mired in this "moderate but lagging" recovery.

GDP has been calculated on three different levels: as a measure of production, income or expenditures. Just last year - it may have been early summer - the method of calculation was revised. The means and manner are inconsequential, the reason appears to be no more than to show that we are making more progress in recovery than was demonstrated by the older methodology. Slight modifications were proposed and the outcome looked more presentable than the slow, too often halting "progress" under the older method. Somewhere in the bureaucracy the judgment was rendered that changing methods would make the sun shine brighter which then sent them off on another quest to deliver euphemism of another sort to the scribes who carved numbers into our granite tablets.

By the controls created by way of the newly rebuilt mode, we now have a moderate, but slow "recovery" solidly under way. Didn't we have that before?

The idea behind the modifications is identical to the periodic release from an older base in reporting inflationary affects of introducing more currency into circulation. In my lifespan I saw generic cigarettes selling for 10¢ a pack, packaged white bread for less the 20¢ a loaf and vegetables by the 10 and 20 pound bag for little more than half a dollar. Compare that with current prices and someone's brow furrows in disbelief.

So instead of reporting inflation in the 1000's of par cientos, we stop, take a breath and re-establish the base every decade or some such interval to make the figures more easily accepted.

The same is being done for GDP which has experienced untold revisions since Simon Kuznetz developed it for Washington back in the early FDR administration during the Great Depression (1934?). To begin with, he never intended to measure production, income or expenditures to make commerce feel good about itself; his intent was to measure the quality of life for the general citizenry. But, politics being what it is, some souls saw the convenience of having a measurement of performance swinging out in the breeze of changing times, good or bad, that would create a feel-good attitude about our condition and we ended up with the GDP measuring production by one number or another which then called for succession of alphabetical variations to accommodate different aims.

At one point in the tsunami, reminiscing overcame an old man's presentation and he mentioned that skilled workers during the Depression were fortunate if they were making close to a dollar an hour. (They actually had a one in four chance of not working at all!) One skilled employee in my father's small shop bragged to me - a young, impressionable neophyte - about his 96¢ an hour wage rate. Going into WWII, a foreign student enrolled in a local business college, bragged to me that with his $105,000 brokerage account provided by his Brazilian family, he was set for life. If that sum had been invested continuously since that time, no question several zeros would have been added given the exponential performance of the markets over the last seventy plus years. But, the actual value of $105,000 has slipped considerably.

Eventually, our currency will be recalled and reissued as was done during the Depression here in the States and has been done elsewhere (personal experience in Mexico in the 1990's) with fewer zeros attached to the end of the denomination. People with pension funds that could total in the seven or eight figure range as things stand now will be relieved to know that the burden will be lightened by several zeros before they retire. We all assume that prices will be lightened at a comparable rate, but they won't; they never have been. No more than have wage rates kept up with inflation. Just ask those in the disappearing middle class of skilled workers now wrapping burgers coming off the assembly line how that has worked out for them.

In order to change everything as you suggest, co-operation from the legislators - who go to Washington not to do good by the constituents but to get rich and famous - is needed. Such an outlook never fit into their agenda.

So regardless of what manipulation supports the deception, we'll never be able to properly measure "adjustments" in our "progress" in quality of life issues (as some economists are currently attempting) which is the only barometer that really counts.

The Only Genuine Bona Fide-- Hedge.

"Eventually, our currency will be recalled and reissued as was done during the Depression here in the States and has been done elsewhere (personal experience in Mexico in the 1990's) with fewer zeros attached to the end of the denomination. People with pension funds that could total in the seven or eight figure range as things stand now will be relieved to know that the burden will be lightened by several zeros before they retire. We all assume that prices will be lightened at a comparable rate, but they won't; they never have been. No more than have wage rates kept up with inflation. Just ask those in the disappearing middle class of skilled workers now wrapping burgers coming off the assembly line how that has worked out for them."

You wrote the truth here. Indeed, gold, bonds, stocks, dollars and real estate cannot survive this. They have been exploited beyond credibility BUT, the simplest of commodities are enduring and because they are, the price is as enduring. Too high- stagnation, too low- evaporation in supply. It's literal existence as a constant is the TRUE economic indicator. Well Said, O&G.

What is being proposed in CO on a statewide level

Thought I would share what is being placed on the ballot for CO residents to consider: An amemndment to their State constitution for the citizens. If you page down on this link you shall see it, would like to hear thoughts!
http://celdf.org/section.php?id=448

A Never-Ending Struggle

5parts;

Thanks for the lead.

It’s understandable that the Environmental Defense Fund had its beginning in Pennsylvania, the home of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Benjamin Franklin. There's yet another reason: over the past fifty years, more or less, drivers through central and western Pennsylvania witnessed quite a change in landscape due to strip mining. The evidence of millions of years’ of massive plates moving, colliding, subject to stretching and compression was plain to see. But, with strip mining we managed to “smooth out” the irregularities and replacing them with miles and miles of man-made boring, rolling hills; a loss, no matter how you think of it.

Something to think about? A majority of states east of the Mississippi have an underlining of coal - enough to last hundreds of years and if people feel the desperation, the "rolling hill" landscaping conversion will be common.

My son, the geologist, may have learned something from those earlier experiences. Later, he spent a great deal of time touring and studying the West from Canada to Mexico and the Great Plains to the Pacific. Colorado remains of particular interest to us. The difference between Denver and Boulder and its surroundings is just another run-of-the-mill awe-generating view of Nature’s work. The rapid transition from the flat mile high plain to the higher "foothills" of the sudden, rough elevation (the Arapahoes?) and the attention-getting higher peaks beyond is an outstanding wonder of the western Rockies. In one day’s drive you could have seen it all.

In both locations, PA and CO, the “taming of Nature” is a loss. We can explain it simply enough by calling up the Malthusian population explosion manifesting itself in our search for resources, food or living space. No matter where a traveler goes, changes to the landscape are evident.

Even if man is not at work everywhere, Nature is still busy: deserts continue to expand, reducing arable land; seas erode developed, populated centers; rain forests of Brazil are diminished. Great Lake states have been involved in a struggle to prevent depletion of that fresh water for several decades. Wherever Mother Nature is not at work with her constant make-overs or her natural wonders are not protected by law they are defiled in order to provide for “life style” advances. Sometimes the scenic wonder is gone between visits and we no longer can appreciate, first hand, the struggle Mother Earth had to endure in order to become the intriguing beauty she is.

When you get to my age, the realization of the changes we’ve forced onto our environment for the sake of convenience is more than casual. What was a peaceful stretch of woodland or open field is now covered with buildings and busy people trying to cope with the basics and those basics include the struggle between the pursuit of a normal life and a need and an opportunity. The promise of profits for development whether just to provide housing or the greater need for resources lures us on sometimes beyond what is reasonable, often leading us to predictable but somehow unexpected consequences, like the pollution from “fracking” or even less profitable abuses of nature, or covering the finest arable soil in the Eastern US with macadam to make parking lots for shopping centers or work places. . . and then sending off to Chile to get frozen strawberries or blueberries because it’s too expensive to reclaim the macadamized planting grounds. . . Someday it will be justified.

About fifty years ago, Colorado experienced something similar to the current "fracking" episode when they sought to dispose of waste by drilling down several thousand feet and injecting waste using water as the bearing medium. It didn’t take long for Nature to object. Where the area had tremors on a daily double digit basis prior to the injections, they grew to a four digit daily frequency – a hundredfold increase. Mother Nature had indigestion. We forget past experiences like that when dollar signs collide with reason.

It’s impossible to not notice the effect we have on Nature over the longer span. To the young the conflict with Nature and necessities leads to only one conclusion, change for progress; to the older the tragedy is in the denial or loss of an exhilarating experience, seeing the marvel of Nature in our neighborhood first hand.

So we end up with a group of people, nature lovers, environmentalists, activists banding together to attempt to teach moderation in our struggle to survive in a struggle to save the stimulating outcrops of Pennsylvania or the massive thousand feet high ruggedness of the West.

The CELDF was one such group. It started in Pennsylvania in 1995, was effective, and now the focus is on the Colorado branch and the news-worthy “fracking” process. Your link brings up this quotable passage a couple of pages into the website -

The proposed Colorado state constitutional amendment was drafted at the request of COCRN by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). CELDF project director Ben Price stated, “Today, our structure of law elevates corporate rights over the unalienable rights of citizens and usurps the consent of the governed. Corporations have court-conferred constitutional privileges which they wield against communities to subjugate local aspirations that interfere with corporate agendas. The wealthy minority hiding behind the corporate form dares to use our local, state and national governments as their privatized proxies and through the doctrine of preemption override our local governing authority to protect the health, safety and welfare of people, their communities and the natural environment.

Shale oil has been of interest for a long period. The wait was forced by the wait for market prices to justify the expensive extraction. We’ve arrived. And, just like the rush to the crude oil fields and the resulting spoilage, we’re rushing to the “fracking” process – as usual, half-prepared and too impatient to wait for the problems of “unexpected” effects to be solved – if they can be.

That’s why we have activists trying to motivate legislators who have no more of an idea of what to do or how to avoid the undesired side effects of “fracking” than do the people in the field. So, a lot of million year old rocks – mountains if they need be – will be drilled into and communities riled. After the resources are exhausted, the developers will move off to set up shop elsewhere, leaving the problems of sink holes, contamination, defilement and whatever else results behind.

In another couple of hundred years when the search for resource takes developers into developed communities razing buildings and displacing settlements in search of some essential material we do not yet recognize, those displaced people will be looking back at the primitive, peaceful life we have today – wishing – trying to reach a compromise that may be unattainable – just as we look back on the bucolic years in our past.

Who Are The Developers?

In this case developers are corporations. Stop treating them like people. Tanks to a late 19th century America's Supreme Court decision, corporations are legally treated as persons.
If we acknoweledge how profoundly corporations have assaulted the eco-system and shaped daily life, all that's left is to do is rid the planet of their toxic presence...once and for all. It is unbeliavable how these developers are developing their own science, technology and information tools as weapons.
Time for us to:
- Unite to bring down the dominant corporate culture. They need us more than we need them.
- Occupy an inner doorperson and break open the gates to a more compassionate, equitable and sustainable future.

It is time to evolve. The real threat to our future is peak water, not peak oil. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water.

For the record: Colorado, first State to clamp down on fracking methane pollution. ( Bloomberg)

QE.... FIVE!

All speculation aside... quantitative easing has-- factually not worked. One reason is as Saldeck says- incorporated business platforms are destroying us. What she didn't say is-- they are also destroying themselves. It is also a fact that there are very few actual players in the markets. New fund groups are not generating any momentum for the same reason small businesses are not. The odds do not favor the incumbents regardless of Party and the majority aren't going to vote as it is. No one is guessing at what a Ukraine addition to the EUC will bring... it is far larger and way more dynamic than Germany and France combined, so guess where influence will come from. I reminder that those folks just ripped out it's government. Crimea is also falling... it's a tropical paradise for incredible potential. Why do I add Eurasian Influence to a QE5 post? Because the move will be to exploit this region to offset losses in the rest of the world. It won't go that way. I would not be surprised to see this region kill off the billionaires who attempt to conquer it as they have done elsewhere. Look to this intolerance as a means to end financial tyranny. It has the sheer will power to make it happen. Meanwhile, back at the fiat printed money ranch... the cry for recovering the former Middle Class rings loud, but there isn't one single solitary initiative actually doing it. Anything, but. The catastrophic failure historians know is on the cuff was historically-- funded EXACTLY like this one has been so far. The charts for the Great Depression's onset and event are identical to current trends. BIG-- cannot make a move without dashing the puddles of prosperity that remain. Subtract the steerage articles (10 funds that survive any crash)(3 stocks for weathering the storm)(why you should be all-in equities now)... and you can easily see that the markets are out of frontiers to rape and pillage and must turn in on their own. It appears that there are an incredible-- SIX key core players each in THREE competing categories for the control of all currencies. That's just 18 units to eliminate so reconciliation can happen. When just 85 people have the same assets as 3.5 BILLION other people worldwide, the conclusion isn't a pipe dream, it's a Tsunami of Reality. (Hard not to do that one O&G).

Much ground covered in that one, V_L!

It’s sometimes difficult for us to relate to realities in different cultures.

Back in the nineteenth century Crimean War, Britain, France (under Napoleon III) and Italy went into Crimea to settle religious problems that appeared to be resolved before hostilities began! The rift between Catholics and the Orthodox churches had been patched and they were prepared to live together, but that made no difference to the invading allied nations or the defending Russian consorts.

Between war casualties and health problems about a half million people died over a more or less fabricated armed protest by unhappy outsiders. One truth, Russia did want to assert its authority in the area and was heavy-handed; but, then, that was not unusual in the mid-East for more than half a century if you begin with Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt before the turn of the century and the English transition into their own empire building fever same place, another time. Couldn’t those invasions of cultures be considered a forever situation? – Think Crusades, or, even further removed, the Roman presence in Biblical times, Alexander before that.

Your comment on a movement to “kill off the billionaires” demonstrates the difference in cultures’ acceptance of the idea of freedom and acceptable behavior in different parts of the world. I’m reminded of an economic paper of a few years ago – (Sorry, no time to look up the authors) - who argued that Capitalism as we know it is not circulating into the rest of the world. As though that was a matter of importance! Of course not! Why should that be expected? Their scholarly reasons were based on the differences between the enforcement of law and what is socially accepted as "normal" behavior - in another culture! - basically what is hated and punished in one culture and accepted in another – that would include commercial activity as well as social or community acceptable standards. Isn’t that culture itself? And, has human nature changed in that respect? Think 9-1-1.

And when did heavy-handed politics backed up by guns, or any force, resolve such issues? Ever? Suppression through oppression never was good policy unless there’s no alternative to keeping up the appearance of accomplishment. For that reason alone we should be grateful for QE 5 or QE ∞, it keeps the kids occupied and avoids gang wars – even if we mix economic metaphors in the doing and the monetary policy has no chance of success from the start.

In that case, the tragedy, instead of those of war and health casualties as a direct result of hostilities, is of another kind – destitution and cultural falloff from ideals and true progress; a social and community regression, and the need to start over again to regain what was lost in the nastiness of the greedy competition between artificial “social” or “cultural” levels. “If we can’t take it away from you, we’ll destroy it!” That’s the unmentioned motto of the aggressors, muttered rather than declared, feeding festering souls until the tolerance is breached and the response rings out, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!”

“They” are worried. Frenetic activity in a lot of areas: and, it surfaces in markets sliding up or down sometimes on less than an hourly basis; searching for some kind of a foothold on the slippery slopes of weak hopes more than rationalization; over-looking or forgetting everything they ever knew or learned; blind leading the blind. . .

Economists are beginning to use the same words we do! There may be some soul-searching revisions under way in the trade. What happens to the society when shamans run out of explanations? What was good news just a moment ago has curdled. Futures are green in double digits at opening, markets close in the red. Next morning futures are red and markets close up after ricocheting through the spectrum like an uncontrollable missile. That’s when hearts harden and war councils form and begin developing oppressive policy, worsening matters. It’s sickeningly defensive, turning the onus onto those not even involved in the market manipulations they suffer. All over something unreal having its value undermined – by the very people who inflated the value at the start.

Is it just confusion, or is it spilling over into madness?

The New Crimean War...

How convenient... masked rebels attack in Crimea Region and Putin responds with a primed-for-Office puppet and army to protect his assets. Screw the Ukraine... it's just cold windy Steppes in the middle of nowhere... much like conquering the US South if the Gulf were fresh water but still had oil under it, abandoning the rest of the nation as wasteland. What psychotic nutcase could ask for more?!
I can name one... our own resident psychopath- Obama. As you state- O&G... QE funds those who would be rioting otherwise, or does it? The youth who would- are destitute. The youth best BBQ'd because they are tender, useless and brainless-- have made a fortune in the markets while retaining the skill set of a Fry Cook.
I pulled my copy of: Fiat Money Inflation in France (Andrew Dickson White) out... only needed to get to pages 10-11. Yep... that describes our current circumstances to a tee. A convenient war in Crimea for the sake of diversion, excursion and delusion. It's an election year. My bet is-- we don't get to the ballot intact. As for Capitalism... pretty broad-based word these days. Opt for-- Inflationism and you describe the movement better. What exactly do we do with a 1 ounce version of something that used to package in a 1 pound container?
Correction-- before election-- before protection-- feel free to initiate defection-- and if I don't mention it, leave your assets behind. An infuriated America is a force to reckon with... it will eat it's own first and by then be so wild that no other nation can stop it. Those who cause it will be gone... having figured out how to take it with them.

Under Leaden Skies

Something absolutely huge has just happened in Russia: the Russian Council of the Federation has just passed a resolution allowing Putin to use Russian armed forces in Ukraine. Before the vote took place, Russian senators said that Obama had threatened Russia, insulted the Russian people.
I hope and I pray that Obama and his advisers stop and think carefully about their next step because no mistake about that Russia is ready for war.
In the past days nobody even suggested that Russia should intervene militarly. So what happened since?
- Some kind of attack on Crimea overnight
- Obama's reckless threats against Russia.
The USA and the EU have dangerously overplayed their hand in Ukraine. They have used neo-Nazis to overtrhow a legitimate President. They have wrecked the Ukrainian state apparatus by allowing so much violence and racist slogans. That is a total disaster of the Obama presidency. " Washington and Brussels...used a Nazi coup, carried out by insurgents, terrorists and policians of Euromaidan to serve the geopolitical interests of the West". -Natalia Vitrenko, the Progressive Socialiste Party of Ukraine.-

I hope and I pray that the US Joint Chiefs are going to have a frank exchange of views with him as soon as possible.
If Russia is attacked its response will be devasting, think 08.08.08 but on a vast scale.

The leaders of the USA and the EU have to understand that they are playing with fire and that is not a "Ukrainian" problem, they themselves are at risk of ending up in a war against Russia. They created this situation and the responsability for it is fully theirs.

Oh if the Kiev students had listened to the Hungarian rock group instead of the Washington's NGO's!
The title is "Disappointment with the system change". Here are the lyrics:

Over twenty some years now
We've been waiting for the good life
For the average citizens
Instead of wealth we have poverty
Unrestrained exploitation
So this is the big system change
So this is what you waited for
No housing no food no work
But that's what was assured wouldn't happen
Those on top
Prey upon us
The poor suffer everyday
So this is the big system change
So this is what you waited for
When will real change occur?
When will there be a livable world
The ultimate solution will arise
When this economic system is forever abandoned.

Oh if the Kiev students had listened to the rock group instead of the imperial warmonger, the neocon French philosopher Bernard Henri Levy! He came to Maidan like he came to Lybia and Bosnia. Whenever he comes, war is following. I hope I shall be away from every country he plans to visit.

The Fall Of France, Rome, Greece and Petra...

My daughter put it this way... it takes millions of ingredients and a number of conditions for a flower to appear where none should be or was, and for it to grow to full splendor and magnificence. It only takes one greedy cold-hearted narrow-minded loser to come along and stomp it to death or yank it out of it's foundation and cast it aside to be starved to death. The flower is life- the loser is business or politics or a degree given power before commonsense. It was King Henry the VIII that set the borrowing rate for all credit regardless of any aspect at- 12% in England. It pissed bankers off to no-end but crossing him cost you your head. In the 267 years that came after Henry VIII, England enjoyed it's most prosperous and wonderful years. Simply, he forced the crooked to obey by a discipline and because they had to, enterprise gave birth, grew, matured and declined. The younger more able less wise enterprise competed, tripped up, learned and then experience replaced as old died naturally. It was and remains a discipline worth having... unless you are our current Congress (pledges to a Party) or King Barrack of Legalese. Our woes are foes of simplicity. One rate, template terms, one file structure, one servicing law and a regulatory body with one job-- make sure all the other ones are intact. From this 'one' will come all other stabilities. Without poor lawyers there can only be corrupt law practices. GAAP isn't a guide, it's an instruction for corruption. If it's Too Big, it must be a weed. Change is inevitable... sometimes it has to destroy all comforts to make the point that those weren't entitlements, they were graves. Crash the markets today. See if Yellen makes a good fry cook. Bet... not. See if Boehner makes a good waiter. Bet... not. See if McConnell can assemble anything from a kit. Bet... not. See if Obama can talk to regular people like a regular person. Bet...

The Rats Are On Deck Looking Over To The Sea Below...

The Power of Observation is actually more potent than the Power of Arrogance and Omnipotence combined. THEY- have tremendous cash invested in every bastion and bandwagon on Earth. Rackets are completely- Sold Out! To be trumped-- by inevitability. No ship sails long when it's all mast and sail and no base or ballast.

The Western Looters Are Already At Work

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.

Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.

The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF austerity plan.

The austerity plan will cut social services, funds for education, layoff government workers, devalue the currency, thus raising the prices of imports which include Russian gas, thus electricity, and open Ukrainian assets to takeover by Western corporations.

Ukraine’s agriculture lands will pass into the hands of American agribusiness.

One part of the Washington/EU plan for Ukraine, or that part of Ukraine that doesn’t defect to Russia, has succeeded. What remains of the country will be thoroughly looted by the West.

The other part hasn’t worked as well. Washington’s Ukrainian stooges lost control of the protests to organized and armed ultra-nationalists. These groups, whose roots go back to those who fought for Hitler during World War 2, engaged in words and deeds that sent southern and eastern Ukraine clamoring to be returned to Russia where they resided prior to the 1950s when the Soviet communist party stuck them into Ukraine.

At this time of writing it looks like Crimea has seceded from Ukraine. Washington and its NATO puppets can do nothing but bluster and threaten sanctions. The White House Fool has demonstrated the impotence of the “US sole superpower” by issuing sanctions against unknown persons, whoever they are, responsible for returning Crimea to Russia, where it existed for about 200 years before, according to Solzhenitsyn, a drunk Khrushchev of Ukrainian ethnicity moved southern and eastern Russian provinces into Ukraine. Having observed the events in western Ukraine, those Russian provinces want to go back home where they belong, just as South Ossetia wanted nothing to do with Georgia.

Washington’s stooges in Kiev can do nothing about Crimea except bluster. Under the Russian-Ukraine agreement, Russia is permitted 25,000 troops in Crimea. The US/EU media’s deploring of a “Russian invasion of 16,000 troops” is either total ignorance or complicity in Washington’s lies. Obviously, the US/EU media is corrupt. Only a fool would rely on their reports. Any media that would believe anything Washington says after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney sent Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN to peddle the regime’s lies about “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,” which the weapons inspectors had told the White House did not exist, is clearly a collection of bought-and-paid for whores.

In the former Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, Putin’s low-key approach to the strategic threat that Washington has brought to Russia has given Washington a chance to hold on to a major industrial complex that serves the Russian economy and military. The people themselves in eastern Ukraine are in the streets demanding separation from the unelected government that Washington’s coup has imposed in Kiev. Washington, realizing that its incompetence has lost Crimea, had its Kiev stooges appoint Ukrainian oligarchs, against whom the Maiden protests were partly directed, to governing positions in eastern Ukraine cities. These oligarchs have their own private militias in addition to the police and any Ukrainian military units that are still functioning. The leaders of the protesting Russians are being arrested and disappeared. Washington and its EU puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore, Washington is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.

This is a dilemma for Putin. His low-key approach has allowed Washington to seize the initiative in eastern Ukraine. The oligarchs Taruta and Kolomoyskiy have been put in power in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk, and are carrying out arrests of Russians and committing unspeakable crimes, but you will never hear of it from the US presstitutes. Washington’s strategy is to arrest and deep-six the leaders of the secessionists so that there no authorities to request Putin’s intervention.

If Putin has drones, he has the option of taking out Taruta and Kolomoyskiy. If Putin lets Washington retain the Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, he will have demonstrated a weakness that Washington will exploit. Washington will exploit the weakness to the point that Washington forces Putin to war.

The war will be nuclear.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/06/looting-ukraine-begun/

Better Living...

Saldeck, you are correct.

5parts... I don't have the space here to reply fully! Red Rocks- viewing pollution (smog) pockets from CA hover and then settle over towns because they are wind-blocked by foothills. Estes- seeing ice caps trickle melt water at the top that just drains into flood canals and is carried away. GMO crops. I am STILL looking at Golden as a potential relocation! Colorado could easily balance back from what Big Business has exploited. I recall "luging" down a naturally-smoothed chute full of icy water in my blue jeans for more than 300 yards, then being thrown out into a 45-degree accumulation pond! I was stupid then (a she dared me), but the natural water course harnessed with a passive paddle system could would make energy. Enhance it with wind and collect it in battery caverns below. Literally, you would enable natural energy generation akin to what Alberta, Canada has developed (+80% natural energy reliant). As for food-- glass roof farms with air filters-- no pests, no pollutants, naturally nourished and fed). Nearby solar panels stabilize the temperature. I have been researching Michigan's Porcupine Mountains area for these same innovations. Conversion to natural doesn't just restore balance with nature, it's tremendous job potential is unlimited. Engineering, science, helper-tech not tech-replacement and so many small enterprises to make it happen that a prosperity BOOM is inevitable. For everything going on in the fracking world (destruction), a Colorado conversion to a natural future is a gold mine. What's the potential for seeing this happen?

Fracking Is Safe. So Long As..

The ExxonMobil's CEO claims fracking is safe. The exception is when his property might be harmed. Tillerson has joined a lawsuit that cites fracking's consequences in order to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower next to his Texas home.
It is about devaluation of his property and noise, says his lawyer.
In shale regions, less wealthy residents have protested fracking development for impacts more consequential than noise. Exxon's oil and gas operations not only sinks property values, but the spills have leveled homes and destroyed regions.

The Potential

Can the potential exist for a battle of big against the many?
Effectively, Veteran_Lender,it is not a battle of the big greens against big oil. It is not big against big. This is a citizen revolt against oligarchy. What is the potential for seeing this succeed?
How much responsability do the politicians and the regulators bear for allowing this sort of plundering of the earth and its habitants under the guise of economic development? And how much responsability do people bear if they allow it to continue?
Or is responsability a word many people have forgotten?

A Ray Of Light

In capitalist societies, growth and wealth in one place, almost always come at the expense of another, with a costantly changing cast of victims.

" No longer willing to submit to state and corporate pressure. "
I think this has a lot to do with Veteran_Lender's concession living: you are what you aspire to be.

Be the mountains that I see in the picture. They aspire to remain pure.
Be the flowers that I see in the picture, they aspire to attract birds, insects and...you.
Be the water that I see in the picture. It aspires to remain fresh for fishes, for plants, for animals, for you.
Be the change.

The time to reverse these developments is now, before a future worth living becomes a dream that can no longer be realized.

Rich People Cannot Be Objective...

A (Bush) Tax Cut for just the rich was a violation of our Constitution (We the People... not We Wealthy People), so to cut and enjoy that cut was terrorism. Deal with THEM like it is.
We vote for representation in Congress, not party favors. To pledge to a party over representation of the People who voted you in- is terrorism.
These aren't "cease and desist" crimes, they are hanging crimes of national constitution violation.
I was one of the mass terminated that Bush and then Obama ignored. Since then my career field has not recovered or performed to stability or standard. That HAS to mean that those who took my career away and stayed in it, are terrorists. To ignore my plight, fight and circumstance is to condemn me to genocide. That is terrorism too. This "was" America. It obviously isn't while these terror acts and terrorists rule us. If you aren't willing to fight for what is right and civil, then you must not want or believe in civil rights. I do. Give us the ability to stand back up, grab the throats of terrorists and rip them out. We're at war out here. Where are you?

Where Am I?

It is hard out there for a Millennial.
Millennials now have the highest generational unemployment in the world. Those who do manage to find jobs are struggling.
As a result, Millennials are not taking on debt or making economy-boosting purchases. Young people are not buying houses or cars and they are delaying marriage and children.
Young people have harder time finding employment than their adult contemporaries.
And what about retirement? For Millennials retirement may never be a viable option.
Where am I? I am among this Lost Generation.
While things don't look great for my generation, we are not hopeless...possibilities are boundless. When we have nothing to lose, we can try everything.

No More Kool Aid, Please...

To Obama & my Senators:
"WASHINGTON- Ready to put an economic spotlight on his State of the Union address, President Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and making a case that, even against a divided Congress, he can still be relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery. With two weeks left before his message to a joint session of Congress, Obama is showcasing how he can advance his economic agenda administratively and through his ability to coax action from important interest groups. On Tuesday, Obama is meeting with his Cabinet to discuss measures that can help the middle class. On Wednesday he will go to NC to draw attention to industry steps to increase high-tech manufacturing. On Thursday he has invited college presidents to discuss ways to improve workers' skills. Later this month, he is convening CEOs at the White House to lay out plans for hiring the long-term unemployed."
$$$$$$

Wed: TT businesses using technology to by-pass human personnel.
TH: TT college presidents who spent millions redecorating offices and make millions outside of the economy.
Leter: TT the glass ceiling.

When do we get a REAL President?

If you unglued your butts from those DC seats and came to MI (remember, we voted for you). You'd find that at least 95% of towns here suffer from the same malady: no Main Street vitality caused by BIG, no economy caused by bank Sweep products and no jobs that pay family sustaining wages. Destitution is CAUSED and the moron cliques Obama wants to talk to can't help. WE CAN. I can transplant my enterprise anywhere, teach it and create ENTERPRISES which are better than jobs. CAN YOU? If you can't, why aren't you on the phone with me now? There's a WAR coming. It hurts us all but somebody must fall off the Kool Aid glass and crash to Earth. You've killed all of us "little" people. Guess who has to crash? Start with POTUS Kool Aid. BIG is a cancer. Nothing has ever prospered controlled by BIG and the remainder as minions. To Obama: YOU GET IMPEACHED IF TALKING TO THOSE DEADBEATS DOESN'T BRING US INSTANT VITALITY. Maybe you should cancel those worthless talks and start talking to We the People. YOU ARE the worst President EVER.

Active Users

Without active users I am not sure what the point of a forum is.
I read your posts, Veteran_Lender, here and there on MSN Money.

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. Every generation had its way. Why not us?

The Invisible.

When I moderated in MSN Money for Jim Jubak's article forum, the background manipulators were clearly in place. Southern anarchists had tainted the political forums. I actually was offered that role as a way to get me to stop thwarting them. The forum dictators were part of that whole manipulation. While writing in JJ's forum and being beaten up for it in the moderator forum (hidden from all of you), I learned an awful lot about the power of words. ANY words. No matter where they are written. Over these years I have received some amazing support. In today's hit-and-run style of Comment forum structure, to get a message out there is like putting it on a moving flatcar and hoping others take care as it moves cross country. If you've read, then you've read the abusers. They are associated with that same group- most believe they are the Tea Party. If so, if not... EVERY word of commonsense- helps. They will get read and they will give someone hope.
For as much lately, as you seem downtrodden, realize it typically comes in the tail-end of the Mature arc of any cycle. It breeds two wills-- one to motivate change, the other to succumb. I believe we are nearing the breaking point for bad. Grasp that ancient stubborn greedy minds attempting control now, are sapping the last energies their bodies can muster. Successors cannot generate equal energy, they were bred too well to do so. We can all say that we can handle change up to the moment we have to. It is always difficult. This time it will be extremely so.
Stop assuming you will fall short of or miss out on something, embrace the universe of somethings yet unknown and prepare to be marveled. From the ashes rises the Phoenix... a mythical bird who's story is a lesson.

Perseverance

As many of you know I am checking in often and Yes, V_L as with the MSN site I continue to learn and get Hope from all that everyone here shares. It is true many have not the strength to perserver, however by the words that are shared here it gives the sense and by watching the many "Who's new" and knowing that others are reading too allows for many of us to bring home the message as you stated- to our local area and work hard on a level that supports the education of those around us. Hoping again, that will lead to the community, culture and environment that Main Street can be.
There is alot in the past(MSN days) that although we were not privy to, I thank you for standing up in words, as we know the "power of the pen"; I remember the adversity from one individual that may have been a bit "challenging", (if my memory serves me alot of talk of PIIGS flying and Singapore) however, this too was educational for today's events taking place.
I would not like writers to stop!
You all have so much to share which energizes and allows for the bigger picture to come into view.
On one other note just a thought...
Recently, I came across a HHS mandate for "Ablebodied Adults without dependents 18-50 yrs." that mentioned if these individuals were to receive food stamps, they were mandated to volunteer 20 hrs. per week, 80 hours per month-if within 3 months the criteria was not met, it would be another 36 months before re-applying.
Now this is great for the younger ones who are under the assumpion that handouts are free and they deserve it, but I have a question one step further...Whereas, volunteering constitues employment; will this be bringing the numbers of unemployment down and interest rates up- subsequently, rationalizing the data in order to raise rates?
If so, is this tomorrow's P/T work world?
I have been working on locally submitting a proposal of accepting $26. as a rate of labor in my municipality toward any municipal debt; for a program like: Municipal Volunteer Programs. In my proposal I suggest this rate, because if incentive is to be there and effort to encourage participation, then I say my town citizens are worth way more than minimum wage! Plus, in history isnt this We will see-
Just asking and thanks to you all- Keep posting!
Happy New Year!

Encouragement

THANK YOU for chiming in just now, 5parts2ahorse... I hope it lifts Saldeck too! Let me tell you what I have been doing... I was the original financial professional job blockaded in 1999. I managed to make 3 more moves that kept me in play. The last required relocation. I moved but as I did, that employer had failed to disclose they were under a Cease and Desist Order (essentially out-of-business) so I worked a contract in place to cover my leases (1 year) and went through the motions. While there, I started up a counter-cyclical business. I sold what others were throwing away because it was plentiful and I could toy with margins and explore delivery channels. In English-- I built a business that works opposite of the trend and grew as the trend did- just in opposite directions. Where controlled financial tyranny has become a behemoth, my venture has not- it just became a stable reliable venue for the growing number of under and unemployed, small business and entrepreneur to rely on. You have to grasp that I've learned a WHOLE lot doing this. Small business structuring is my specialty. Lending $300 is another. If you imagine it this way-- everyone qualifies for $300 in credit but if lent, the likelihood of getting it back is almost zero. Too small to collect, too small to sue over, too minute to matter on the bottom line BUT, collectively, it could make or break a business to extend and see it pay-off with interest. A $300 loan buys a strategic piece of equipment, critical process, marketing, etc. SO... my business is a market builder. I sell what you discard. People buy it from me every day. I use a lot of it myself as leverage for bigger ventures.
Now picture this... every town in America suffers the same exact way. It has a defunct Main Street and thriving mall or anchor store somewhere nearby. The Main Street struggles. The employees working in the anchor struggle (low wages). All chain entities in town do business daily, then have monies SWEPT away to other locations. The chains don't pay in local taxes what the Main Street used to. The employees don't make what they used. The towns lack enough revenues to maintain, so they steadily wilt and fall into blight or lack upkeep.
I made my counter-cyclical venture-- portable. I can relocate it to ANY town with higher-speed internet and it functions. In one normal apartment-sized move, I can relocate the entire active inventory and have it functioning in a couple of hours. The reserve inventory can be relocated anytime I choose to move it. NO degradation in activity. It supports in-town revenue generation completely. Within 90 days I can introduce anyone to what I do and for as little as $300 in target investment, help them create a functional business just like mine that is not in direct competition. In that same 90 days, I can take every hobby, craft, hands-on talent and skill, and with $300, turn that aspect into an income. THINK about it. The enterprises don't need major capital, don't require set hours, locations, anything. I'm even able to teach them how to play those national chain floor plans and inventory rotations against them for-profit. All fully legal without compromising anything that shouldn't be. After 6 years of it in Beta Mode, the clever part is, it's free enterprise on the viral level. It starts and spreads and as it does, the wilting town grows again. 5 years ago, my home town's USPS was a morgue at night. Today, it has a night STAFF processing thousands of small business shipping boxes and packages from hundreds of enterprises that don't need leased space. My own business leases, because it's grown significantly.
The key here, is that no one and nothing can back you into a corner if your existence is a cycle. The shape is round and without corners. That said, everything BIG is linear. It not only has corners but has to adjust significantly to achieve a contoured agreement with Earth.
I am self-employed. I am too small for Law or Accounting firms to target and leech off of. My CPA is a small business. When he figured out what I was doing he attended seminars and gets all giddy now about my potential. OUR potential. ANYONE can do this. BIG... cannot.

Every Town...

Every town in the world had a same beginning... someone established it and a resource or vitality or craft or industry... and people came. The collective cooperation became the town and cooperation gave it life through opportunity. If you read the story of Levi Strauss, he bought denim and duck cloth from eastern mills, took it west to San Francisco. The design preceded Strauss but the riveted pockets was his idea. The book says-- he created the pattern and offered area housewives the chance to cut out and sew them. He would buy them ONLY if they followed his instructions perfectly. They did. He created the custom wholesale source of goods he flipped for significant (at the time) profit, establishing more of a milk-for-life enterprise. From a 30,000 foot perspective, he spread opportunity outward like a pancake, rather than upward like a spire.
Every town dying from the cancer of BIG has that same opportunity to rekindle a milk-for-life sub-economy. An acquaintance I run into at garage sales buys every used motorcycle he can find. He takes them apart and cleans each piece, fixes what is worth fixing, makes his own gaskets and offers them through web-commerce globe-wide. He sells 24/7/365 like I do. He pays you if you find a bike and get it to him cheap. He's reconstituting junk into enterprise. I sold a person a coated-nut maker kit. It's a pan with a crank that turns the nuts over heat, coating them with sweeteners. She made them in her retail store and made a display for the fresh bagged product. The aroma she said, drew people into her store. They shopped. She now makes those in quantity on the side and sells them to other shops. Cash flow is best when it comes from other towns into yours-- invigoration is what makes things grow.
A man once told me that a battleship is nice, except when it has to maneuver down a winding river with sharp turns and submerged dangers. A canoe in the hands of a skilled stable paddler gets there first and gets out with "enough".

The Mosquito And The Elephant

Start small and stay close to home. Forge community ties, grow your own food locally and create alternatives that can eventually replace the current system with a sane, sustainable way of life. But can the power of global capitalism be undone through cooperatives, bartering, alternative local currencies, community gardens and small businesses? By what magic small businesses can eclipse giant corporations?
Today nothing, absolutely nothing, is produced and distribuited unless it creates a private profit. And that works very well for some, but always at a loss to far more. It happens because private profit making corporations are the rule, the norm and the only reality. Until they are replaced by democratically owned and operated businesses which are run on behalf of the greater good for the general population, the system will continue to get worse.
The propaganda campaign continues telling us making a few people rich is a great way to advance humanity. Yeah, right.
The alternative is a class struggle. Confronting crises, exploitation and oppression through collective action as the key process by which people gain the knoweledge to transform the world and themselves. Struggle can be local or global. Such struggles must be confrontations that pose a challenge to the system, rather than localism's polite resistence, which is like a mosquito biting an elephant.

Words have power.

Speak Out: " Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

I Mean, Seriously...Speak Out: " A riot is the language of the unheard."

Be Radical, Be Extreme, Be Creative: "When you are right, you cannot be too radical..the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists...Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."

Martin Luther King's words. The real Martin Luther King, not the whitewashed product.

Granny D Walk

Seldek,
Thought I would share this...
Remember Granny D?
Who at 88 to 90 walked for reform?
The fine lady who walked to stand up and bring attention to the corruption in the capital? Well, right now here in the state many are walking north to south in rememberence of her efforts and the purpose she stood for, they are a small group (& growing!) however they have not forgotten all the words you speak of, and in many ways have become: the mosquito in the room while you are trying to sleep!
One must remember the Whiskey Rebellion too! Heck, that too was just a small group-

PS Sounds like you had a lovely holiday! WOW.

A Very Fine Lady

Thank you for sharing. Now I am curious to know more of her. She looks great.

Whiskey Rebellion...The tax bore more heavily on the smaller distilleries. As result, many large distilleries supported the tax as a means of crippling their smaller and more numerous competitors. But they got angry. They rebelled.

Thus The Premise For The Exchange...

There are numerous attempts afoot to shut down and out the local brewer. BIG has tried to compete, but the idea of sitting down in an older part of town establishment that smells like fermenting grain in water and sugar and sampling powerful taste that never a drop goes to waste... with friends who don't text all day, is a treat beyond compare.
We use our words like rifles here, but let me make one thing perfectly clear... bullet holes in a body eke blood, while the carefully deployed word poling holes in bad greed plots simply illuminate for all to see. Cockroaches don't like that. What appears solid because of it's size, is false in stature because of it's lies.

Words... and Pictures Too!

Grow a garden. 5 years ago I hand-wrote and illustrated a "zine" showing how you can turn a pair of old jeans into growing bags dangling above your in-ground plants to create a cubic garden. I used to draw cartons so my illustrations were clear enough to grasp without the words (did that on purpose). I sold out almost immediately and then-- nothing. Why? Because the original buyers copied it and sold it on E Bay. I have a rolling copyright registered so those folks weren't happy when I had them pulled but that is a problem with creativity today. By summer's end, I saw cube structures in yards near my home. My own kids handed the last copies out to friends who tried it. One mom told me... "it's the first thing my [kid] did without a handheld device". Another said- "I caught my son looking up: digging a hole on You-Tube". I've likely given away thousands of those "zines" now because I let my kids copy them and give them out. The cool part... the bags made out of jean legs are biodegradable. The commercial version is not.
An entire brewery can be had for $300. Distribution requires licensing only when you charge people for the product. One "club" I belong to has an exchange. You go to a meeting where the entrance fee is a six pack of home brew. All the bottles are lined up on tables and you take your six pack carton and refill it as you please. The "exchange" is so popular that the brewery where it's held (think about it from a marketing potential) has to limit the number of participants by Fire Marshall rule. They sell brewing supplies next to the brewery.
An apple press costs less than $1,000 for the industrial grade one. I make apple champagne using expired pure apple juice from the grocer. 5 gallons costs my less than $20. It fully meets 100% of all Food Handling laws.
Mother Earth Magazine features articles about food futures (freezing, canning, etc). I showed a struggling restaurant the freezing article and suggested they look into packaging one of their tasty offerings. Two years later, she closed the restaurant and launched a catering business where all of the items are packaged and froze, delivered and steamed on location. They're her recipes. Location steaming is a local party favorite now. She collects orders for the food from guests and delivers the freezer packs now. The original restaurant was $150,000 in debt when I met her. She has a truck fleet and just remodeled an old building in town as her "headquarters".
People are FROTHING to do this stuff! People WANT to be active, excited, productive and accomplishing the stuff dreams are made of. GREED is the impediment. You can fire me, blockade me, suppress me and hold me captive... but you cannot defeat my creativity unless you kill me.

Imagination gallops; judgment merely walks. (Proverb)

I find this an enlightening time for the many that are choosing to look to the community around them and offer to grow it! As you both are showing the spirit that built this country! Yes I come from a founding New England family, so the roots to the land run deep, everyday ingenuity is the solution to a problem at hand, that makes work better, easier or do-able. Interestingly, all over our world this happens as you have both stated and being as we are not of a league of wait and see; others have too, benefited from the mere struggles or ideas shared- isn't this the way it is supposed to be?
I understand the frustration as we look outside at the business models that are strangling the economy as a whole, the education system may be subsequently "simpling" things for the next generations too, however we don't have to be part of that- as V_L stated: Turn it around, help them (as many have here on this page), the creativity is abounding, returning to the main street and sharing skills that are needed in your local environment- the feeling that a different/added value perspective on the young woman's business or the neighbors reeping the benefits of the garden "bounty" deserves a sense of pride knowing the creativity shared has made the world a better place.
I am under the belief that the many individuals that you have lent to in the various endeavors you support V_L; that your beneficiaries are eager to repay and have/will not forget. That Sir, is character- I admire that.

Simply remember...A man's wealth is in his labor. John Locke

50 Years Ago

Another day comes for you to make a difference. Will you piss it away like so many others lately?

I find hope in the articles talking up an America in 1964. What was freed then needs redefining today. People are overly organized in groups that bend minds and wills to conform and not free-think. We wholly rely on the attributes of handheld devices and a college education, instead of being a real being using devices to enhance our self-cultivated intelligence. In a sense, we have come full circle and it's led us to a crossroad. During the last 50 years, we exploited too much and did too little to temper greed and avarice. Now both are poised to take us down. Back then the protest was- antidisestablishmentarianism, today it's simply group-forced order vs. the individual's freedom. Government is the key factor. Johnson pushed forth agenda to sustain the poor (give the man food stamps for fish), university taught man- administration instead of enterprise, and called it business. In 50 years, we replaced the American Will to rise from nothing, to having a ladder laced with entitlements and privileges turned into requirements. The Elite want unions abolished, but actually, inherited entities are a more dangerous pariah. Both cultivate the delusion of requirement. We cannot employ American Ingenuity today, it is suppressed by Law Domination. We cannot pioneer or enterprise without organized finance usurping by terms and contractual obligation. It's too bad you cannot take a moment to reach out of your safe zone and talk with me. I will prevail or die trying. You... you will be paid more salary from the tax revenues of a cancer-ridden USA, that 50 years ago this year, made a Leap of Faith and failed to remember where it leapt from.

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The Times-- They Are Stranger Than Fiction

Submitted by Veteran_Lender on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 19:31.

I hear the NASDAQ was besieged again by hackers. There is a lot to contemplate in what is being attacked and whatever ultimate purpose. My words remain my rifle... don't tread on me it gets you a shot in your crotch.

I see these times as unraveling. I used to remind Decoy409 to keep his eye on the prize. The prize isn't gold or jewels or money... it's integrity, ability and competence. Things are falling apart much faster now. There is no economy. 90 million Americans un and under employed will play a stronger part in the coming elections than any career politician or lobby can imagine. It's about destroying wealth that thrives on financial tyranny. Every Board member of Exxon Mobil is over 80. The Franchise Circular for Mobil gas stations ties Exxon Mobil to JP Morgan Chase but does not adhere to common American Law. When monsters get too big, they run out of fuel. The global economics cannot support the sheer capacity of these "bigs" and the sub-economy I refer to often is gaining because of it. Three currencies in play today are: cash, debt instruments and derivatives. Bill Gross says bonds are failing globe-wide. $7.7 Billion already removed. Where do you put $7.7 Billion if all the bastions are full of fiat? You don't put it anywhere, you pay it. I questioned the anomaly of TIPS funds losing money while inflation has clearly accelerated. The answer is-- the shift of monies is deflating the value of the instruments in the funds. There is no historic reference for it but if you grasp financial viability, the longer it all stagnates, the more it evaporates into thin air. Imagine THAT revelation.
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And as it evaporates...

Submitted by Scared Shirtless on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 09:27.

They destroy the savings and the ability to save for 3 generations of Americans - of which I'm one. I've saved my whole life and its still not enough. My latest calculations - taking a pragmatic view of 2 revenue streams I formerly thought could be counted on...

I'm gonna need the little business I have on the side or I don't think I'll make it. Its a good business plan - I sure hope it holds up. Its gone from a hobby to vital in my plans.

They ARE destroying everything!!!
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90 Million Americans

Submitted by saldeck on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 09:25.

From what I have been able to discern, American government is not influenced by the voices of the people. Most certainly America, today, is not a democracy in which government is accountable to the people. America is a country where a tiny elite has all power and does as it wishes.

90 million Americans and the entire world have lost all confidence in Washington...but they don't care about that.
That tiny elite does as it wishes. Destroy it. before it is too late. They need a fabricated Apocalypse....exactly what they are trying to do, now. A fabricated Apocalyps.
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Voting

Submitted by Scared Shirtless on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 09:36.

Please remember Saldeck. I believe Samuel Clemens said it:

"If voting really mattered, they wouldn't let us do it!"

(One of my heroes...)
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We Need Heroes

Maybe one day, before it is too late, we will see that from the anger and hopelessness, the pain and dispair will emerge not a thug or a criminal but a future leader, a hero that will make history proud of the citizens of the 21st Century.

V_L; You must have some

V_L;

You must have some familiarity with Chicago, can you supply info to satisfy my curiosity.

What is that large, unmarked building on DesPlaines between Washington and Madison? Appears to be an office building of some sort.

Chicago... The Hard Way...

So one day both of my goof-off bosses showed up in my office. I excused myself and got a small box from the copier room and set it outside my door. They refused to sit down and looked like both were going to wet their pants. One started rambling on about something that didn't matter. I told the other to cut to the chase. He did-- I was fired for less than legitimate reasons. Box. Stuff. Keys on desk. Bye. In the next week I said YES that I was familiar enough with Chicago to run it for somebody else and bought me a Tom Tom. Two weeks later, I was living in an apartment there. Know... that I've worked nationwide in all sorts of places, but few with the traffic congestion Chicago has. I changed the voice in my Tom Tom to Lori Lori so a woman's voice could berate me for missing my turn, exit or otherwise tell me how to drive my own car. I actually only visited DesPlaines-- once. Not my kind of business there. So... I am sorry but I don't know that building. It could be the Conference Center, which is in that vicinity. I miss Chicago Land more than Chicago. I'm a sucker for two Portillo hotdogs minus onion and a root beer, no ice. Besides Detroit (area), Chicago (area) is my second longest life in one place. Go ahead and ask the question... so how is stuck in one place going? You have no idea... born to go places.

My Rifle Is Made Of Words...

I loved BOTH of your posts, Saldeck! Thanks for reprising my- Their Rifles Are Made Of Paper. There is proof...

http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post.aspx?post=f24be500-2f2f-4679-8658-9...
http://money.msn.com/politics/post.aspx?post=f0ee0238-3229-4809-912c-130...

Be fascinated by something all too obvious. The first link is about the market rallies. If you read the Andrew Dickson White book- Fiat Money Inflation in France and validated that over half of recent gains are actually caused by our compressing Dollar (which can only depress if more is printed without public disclosure)... you know that they are printing bailing buckets for a hole-ridden ship. The End is near for Wall Street and big banks worldwide. Someone will lose. They have all the money. Go figure.
The other link is about jobs not returning. So... we won't be growing food, building anything, plumbing pipes or toilets, selling anything... just pumping financial vessels from now on. Not. Actually, it is a second validation that- the End is near for Wall Street and banks worldwide.

You want funny... scroll down and read the blogs. Wince at the paid political postings and focus on the money talk. No one in the audience is buying the articles. Looking to invest? Keep your eye on the sub economy. It won't be sub much longer. Saldeck-- interesting analogy to religion. It was lying fallow so many years, who might have guessed that Satan's minions would have found it habitable. Like Rockers in hotel rooms, they never leave them quite the way the entered them. I suspect age-old dinosaurs will go by the wayside come 12/21. Regardless of your take-- aliens, loss of gravity, acts of God... it appears that the Mayans, Egyptains and races without names that existed 5,000 years earlier than those, had endured a shift of such great magnitude that it was worth telling the future about it. Not aliens just changes in mindsets, thinking and believing. He with all the gold sinks fastest.

Slowly Slowly

Your words hit like a rifle. Don't slow down. This moment could be the last.
The End is near(Black Elk does not lie). The election is near. In November Americans will again give their approval to one of the oligarchy's two candidates. That said...

Please, correct me if the following reasoning is wrong. But, please, don't point your words at me!

The US Federal government is currently spending about $300 billion per month. If this continues forever, then the US Dollar will become worthless.
The US is bleeding money in other ways: wealthy individuals are moving abroad and renouncing their US citizenship in increasing numbers, like so many rats fleeing a sinking ship.

Things get bigger and bigger, then suddenly stop. Let us look at the example of US retail. Once upon a time there was local industry, which sold products through small shops. Over the course of a few decades, the industry moved to other countries, mostly to China, and the small shops were put out of business by department stores, then by malls, culminating with Walmart, which practices “slash and burn retail”: since most of what it sells is imported, it empties the local economy of money, and is then forced to close, leaving devastation in its wake. Walmart is now expanding in China, having finally realized that it doesn’t work to sell stuff in a country that doesn’t make stuff once that country is fresh out of money. In places where retail has ceased to exist, the remaining recourse is Internet shopping, thanks to UPS and FedEx.

Similarly with US banking. Once upon a time there were small neighborhood banks that took in the people’s savings and then lent it out to individuals and businesses, helping the local economy grow. Over the course of a few decades, these small neighborhood banks were replaced with a few huge megabanks, which, after 2008, became, in effect, government-owned. Once the megabanks close their local branches, local access to money is lost.

And the moral is...

I am going to see the shooting stars and I will express a desire.

P.S.
This thread is so untidy,isnt'it? It is hard for readers to understand...In this untidy maze of posts they need Arianna's wire!

Fiction

FATHER

It was as if time had never been allowed inside the room. There were no windows and no picture on the walls. The syntetic fur covering the floor purred along with the movements of the President's feet over it. The President looked around the room. He wished that his were still the times of ticking clocks, counting the cascade of minutes as mothers repeat their lullabies night after night. But sound also seemed to have sunk silently into the rug, in the pores of the wallpaper. It had to look like his decision had been taken through doubt and suffering, and he needed the proof of passing hours.
It was just a matter of killing time. Not far off from what he was about to do, once he would have executed the remaining time needed for proof of torment of his soul.
Killing the time of the cities, in which he was brought up, killing the time of the farm where he was born. Another time would reign, after the vanishing of that night. By giving his order to his attendants, he would have given birth to a new epoch. Like all good parents, he was only marginally saddened by the fact that would not have been included into it.

A timid knocking on the door.
"Yes?" asked the President, with a grave voice.
"Mr. President, I am sorry to disturb you."
"Go on" replied the President, without turning.
"Mr. President, the generals asked me to enquire whether a decision has been reached about the missiles. There are forty-nine orbiting stations ready to launch at your order." The attendant hesitated a moment. " Or....to withdraw to the upper atmosphere, if you wish to call the operation off."
The P resident silently counted until seven, then sighed.
" Indeed, I have reached a decision."
The attendant clenched his fists.
" But I need more time, before I can communicate it to generals. This night will change the future of this planet. Tell the generals not to be in hurry. Tell them to go outside of their meeting rooms and look at the world outside. It might be the last time they will have a chance to see it as they have always known it."

There was still a remote chance that history books in the future, if indeed there was going to be a future, might have passed the memory of his decision as the pinnacle of fearless patriotism. It was not a slim chance if one considered the stupidity of official history, yet it was not even worth thinking about. The future the President was concerned about, on that lonely night in his underground bunker, was not that of human history. Once he would have given his order to the generals, and the generals would have transmitted it in numeric sequences to the forty-nine nuclear satellites orbiting around the globe, the future of humanity would have become a minoritarian affair. Two nukes per satellite, travelling faster than sound speed through the atmosphere, lighting
ninety-eight simultaneous explosions on the other side of the planet, calling for the immediate response of as many explosions on this side of the Earth. For few seconds, he thought, this lump of space rock will become a new Sun. Once the nuclear dawn would end, days would no longer be counted on our same od clock.

Of course, the current war was just an excuse . The ghost of the Fathers could finally be killed. In its place, a new Father would give light to a new world.

" Give the order," said the President.
" The....." he mumbled, as it trying to delay the inevitable.
" Yes, the order to fire. Tell the generals".
" I will tell the generals," repeated the attendant, motionless.

The President clicked again and the door shut. Standing between the end of history and the birth of a new radioactive world, the President felt what his fellow citizens were about to experience in a few days, once the radiations would have sealed off the entire areas of the globe.
Looking straight into the future, the President could see the beautifully glowing land of the future. He felt like a good Father.

Is It?

Your post reminds me of Kate Bush's early album material.

American Problems

Why would the unemployed, homeless American, with forest fires raging, want to fight a war with Syria? Costs of a Syrian war come from food stamps, education, health care, environmental protection and so on. Is this what the people want? To destroy themselves, neighbors and the planet so that the idle rich can keep gambling with the stock market?

Send Bush , Obama, Camerun along with all the hedgefund bankers to Abu Graibe and let the Arabs deal with them as they see fit. Make them clean up the unexploded cluster bombs.

While the drumbeats of war can be heard, Obama and Bernanke continue their dangerous fallacies. They are a perfect model of chaos and misery and Europe and Japan are forced into the same model.

Who knows why they don't take a look at Say's Law of the Market.

Damascus Bombing Has Already Made An Illustre Victim: Obama

Bashar Assad didn't do nothing. It wasn't him. It was the UK Conservatives votes. It was the nuclear missile of The Guardian through the rivelations about the NSA.
Bashar didn't do nothing. He didn't even launch gas. Neither his brother.

Indeed...

Most people grasp that a "sudden" incident worthy of global retaliation is generally staged to sway and draw attention away from gross negligence, willful misconduct and illuminated irresponsibility. There is a tremendous FINANCIAL TYRANNY problem in America and breaking it reveals corruption that figured it could slide by in anonymity indefinitely. Not. I do not like Putin, but I admire him as a player. Patton said: the object is not to die for one's country, it's to get the other guy to die for his..." If you can find it-- The Loan Pushers by Darity and Horn. Incredibly documented review of banks making business by triggering wars then getting the nation to bail them out while collecting charged off loan proceeds under the table. JP Morgan did it 5 times in the 20th Century and bought out Chase Manhattan, who did it at least 3 and once so far in the 21st. I used the references to plot the course of Subprime Lending. Syria tracks the same plot criteria.

The Loan Pushers

Some years ago, somebody gave me a good advice: " Read The Loan Pushers". And I followed his advice.

"Veteran_Lender, do you remember me? "The Loan Pushers" book has been useful to me. I have my degree! Thank you." ( from "The Tsunami Thread 9/19/09.)

I was 25 years old. I was full of dreams and hopes. My dreams are still alive. But no more hopes. There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock.

Painted Into The Corner

I am censored right now. I can only go certain places on the Internet. Getting here was a snap. Getting into any number of other blog sites was met by blockage. It doesn't depress me, I am elated! You have to consider how powerful my words must be, to be singled out and suppressed for purpose. The President is on his way out. A sad reminder that you can be book-smart and socially-accepted for only so long. It comes down to your deeds. My guess is- it will be about who pulls who's strings. I heard yesterday that the City of London pulls Obama's strings. That he is the puppet who orchestrates the terrorism that has put wealth maintenance above national (and global) sustenance. The key to 100% recovery trashes bankers and crushes financial tyranny. Syria is about oil-mongering, not chemical warfare. Collective "rents" are on the rise in America... not job recovery, not actual hike in wages, a forced medical program and a President who doesn't get it that pinching poor people gets your ivory towers leveled. The one lesson in The Loan Pushers that comes by reading in-between the events is-- somebody always has to pay for the money folly-- it's usually us. This time, the book-smarties drained the us and raised the them to an undeniable schism but didn't read the label on the box it came in. Sustaining rules; suppressing- fools the makers of the suppression into believing they can sustain without actual participation. It isn't possible. It paints you into a corner or hangs you. The years wasted on the pursuit can never be repaid.

Against Censorship

You, Veteran_Lender and all who devote their words to peace and justice, who stand against the silent tides of humanity that want to recede in silence, do what you do because you must, because you cannot let these maniacs go unrecognized, because the others need to know that some care, that there are humans who testify against the soulless creatures that crawl to power like worms.
Against censorship.

Duffminster Under Siege

One way or another, a poster, no matter how lengthy his experience, is no match for the pros with a destructive attitude and the financial support of megalomaniacs.

O&G's principal internet program was invaded, and devastated by an aggressive worm that simply devoured and rendered inoperative the Operating System. Now, there is an attempt to invade this site. To this point the Drupal system (provider of the basic platform on which Duffminster Times was constructed) and its defense system has resisted the hackers.

It all started when a list of nations and a couple of entities were mentioned in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield forum entry. Someone among those mentioned must have considered that a personal identification. Not so, the list was taken from the air and tossed in as a blind attempting to make a point. There is no known connection between any on that list and any entries, posts, attempts to enter this site, or anything that has happened to O&G or VL, nor
was there any intent to indicate so in that fictional list posted. Though apparently someone in there had some problems which needed tending.

It's been my experience that those who'd upset the calm of discussion running counter to their ideology operate out of the shadows to start. Thus, there are likely no footprints or fingerprints, or even shadows left behind to indicate who might have done anything unusual. Those types are never seen until the plane goes down in flames and then they emerge only to declare, "Serves them right." And slink off to the next target feeling powerful in their small nether world.

The destroyed material, OS, etc. was not irreplaceable. Matter of fact, it may have been a Godsend in that several different starts by way of the unsatisfactory approaches to the Business Cycle series caused indecision and writer's block on O&G's part. With those crutches gone, it's easier to stand up and walk straight to the goal at this point; so a measure of gratitude should be extended toward whomever is responsible for the supposed "destruction". It cleared the air. We'll be off again, winging our way freely toward a now clearly visible end along a path less encumbered and more enjoyable. It always works out for the better this way.

Vindictiveness never pays, never really gratifies.

Sorry to hear you've been hit with this, too, VL. But, as you say, yo have the satisfaction that your words are important enough to cause the rage of guilt and pangs of conscience. We must be on to something worthwhile here. . . otherwise known as TRUTH.