Sorrow in the voting booth

Sorrow in the voting booth

Another dead end election:

Either choice means more war, continuing erosion of rights

U.S. is making war on the world and most Americans don’t know it

By John Kaminski


It was the final nail in the coffin of hope, at least for this election.

Millions of people aghast at the behavior of the United States in recent years have been holding their breath in the tenuous hope that Donald Trump could win the election, become president, and rescue America from the clutches of the murderous neocons that his opponent Hillary Clinton so disgustingly represents in her uniquely corrupt fashion.

But when Mike Pence, Trump’s vice presidential candidate, came out yesterday and said former VP Dick Cheney was his role model as vice president, well, then we all learned that Donald Trump’s candidacy was not really an alternative to the insane policies of an Israeli controlled White House, and that fears Hillary Clinton would start World War III also very much apply to Donald Trump.

Which also means that all of the pusillanimous palaver that we have been forced to listen to throughout the presidential primary campaign has been utterly meaningless and disingenuous as both candidates are cut from the same corrupt cloth that is wrapped around the minds of the American people that prevents them from seeing they are in fact imprisoned in a social system they may not escape or control, because they are totally under the command of a foreign power intent on destroying the United States.

The vast majority of people on this planet have no idea that this is so.

Pence’s praise of Cheney lauded the domestic point man for the greatest crime in American history. It was an unthinkable imposture for any American to conspire in the murder of nearly 3,000 of his own compatriots in exchange for a convincing excuse to allow the war machine to crush a string of countries for not paying protection money to the Jewish American world control mechanism, the big Jew banks in Switzerland who are robbing all the countries on Earth with their patented Shylock swindles.

Trump’s effusive praise of the soulless butchers in Israel has warned off people who are aware of the true nature of the Jewish spin machine that not much can be expected from him in the areas of individual freedom or governmental honesty.

The wars for Israel will intensify and spread under an administration of either candidate. Basically, a Trump administration would adhere to the curdled policies of the Bush administration while Clinton would continue Obama’s demolition of American prosperity, both of which are the same essential programs of treasonous larceny on behalf of Jewish bankers.

Pence has just made the announcement that the Trump administration will continue Cheney’s policies. Hence, there is no longer any real reason to vote in the coming election. Just think of all the false flag crimes and phony terror provocation we will have the chance to undergo.

Chances are good our country will not survive all of them.

The financial crash will go down as scheduled no matter who wins this election, which is really merely a carbon copy of what transpired in the last seven presidential elections, two candidates singing the same tunes with only slight variations, all chosen by the international bankers as acceptable assistant managers of their financial control of the world.

Like the current campaign, all these intrigues of the past — from hanging chads to Ross Perot — have been deliberate amusements to remove the focus from the actual candidates never having any real differences on the foundational issues of America’s increasingly totalitarian government.

Remember only two things apply to government: it stirs up trouble to make more business for itself (through regulation and enforcement); and it keeps claiming more power for itself simply because it guarantees more job security for the people making these decisions.

If these nasty habits cannot be checked and monitored honestly, kept as free as possible from graft and corruption, the government will bring the country down, as is happening now.

Of course it didn’t take Pence’s pronouncement about Cheney to determine the Trump’s candidacy was not the answer to America’s problems. It just seemed that way compared to Hillary’s corrupt empire and her above-the-law status pertaining to the crimes she has committed.

Trump revealed his own bias at the very beginning of the primary process when he described Muslims from across the river cheering the demolition of the Twin Towers. Anyone with half a brain — and this might be revealing the percentage of brain damage in America — could have observed that Trump began his campaign by obviously, brazenly lying for Israel, since it was Jewish terrorists doing the cheering.

Trump seeks a return to Bush’s policies, which were based on lies.

Like the wars overseas contrived to steal billions in mineral and vegetable wealth, all these domestic false flag terror episodes, many of which are so clumsily staged to get the average person to fear ever criticizing the lies their government is telling them lest their lives be destroyed.

Things like the Patriot Act, the Department of Homeland Security, Obamacare, Common Core, TPP, NAFTA — these things all need to be repealed to set the American people free. Worst of all has been the Israeli-American setup of terror squads that pretend to be Muslim and necessitate incredible expenditures for military responses that keep the Jewish arms dealers smiling.

Trump is surrounded by neocon refugees of the Bush administration, led by the cross dressing arch dragon of the 9/11 coverup Rudy Giuliani. To see him on the same stage with Trump makes my skin crawl, and even worse is my reaction to Trump’s atavistic military adviser Michael Flynn, who keeps talking about “American exceptionalism” while the rest of the world throws up.

This Flynn dude is right out of Stanley Kubrick’s movie “Dr. Strangelove (or How I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb)”, the cigar-chomping Gen. Jack Ripper.

So what ultimately results from voting in 2016 is more sorrow for everyone, because of the universal inability to challenge the corruption of our own government, our most cherished belief system, as well as the hypocrisy of religious zealots who claim a holy sanction while they commit the most horrendous of crimes.

This applies to both the Israeli agent posing as an Arab jihadi slitting the throat of an unsuspecting Syrian child and to the American voter pulling a lever without any cognizance of the impact of his vote on the lives of millions of people he will never meet.

America has been completely taken over by Jews, and its motto has been changed to “you will submit to the slavery we will allow you to have, or you will no longer be allowed to live anywhere. We will kill anyone we like and you may not protest because under Jewish law it is not a crime for a Jew to kill a non-Jew.”

And as has been the case in any era across time, your choice is to lay down and die or recognize the tyranny you are living under and fight it with every ounce of a desire for truth and justice that you have left in your soul.

To remain silent about the lies of your leaders is to be an accomplice to their crimes. And now you get to vote. Try to not cry. No real candidates are to be found anywhere.

The only candidates who are really real are the ones insisting we need a new 9/11 investigation immediately, because the truth of that event will change the composition of the U.S. government for the better, permanently and irrevocably.

Otherwise the country will die, choking on the toxic vomit of its own lies.

John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida, constantly trying to figure out why we are destroying ourselves, and pinpointing a corrupt belief system as the engine of our demise. Solely dependent on contributions from readers, please support his work by mail: 6871 Willow Creek Circle #103, North Port FL 34287 USA.


B’Man Notes: John Kaminski has held a slight amount of hope that Trump is genuine (as did many people). But all along, Mr Kaminski has eluded to the lack of trustworthiness in Trump (it goes without saying with Hillary). If you have followed my rantings, you realize that I came to the same conclusions a long time ago. And how could I not? It is so glaringly obvious.

Its why I cannot hold my tongue with people like John Friend, who are obviously shilling for Trump while simultaneously telling us that the jew power structure is our most pressing issue. No one can be that ignorant. No one can be that double-minded.

It is also why I think the Alt Right is a sham meant to control the mass of disillusioned rightys. I have not been able to take on that mantle, for good reason. They are hacks and gullible idiots.


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Fast Tracking Free Trade Agreements


We have a dismal, lying failure for a president (yeah, what else is new?). So, why in the world would the US citizenry want this intellectually deprived person negotiating free trade agreements in lieu of Congressional debate?

Why would we even consider free trade agreements at all, after what NAFTA and other agreements have done to our economy and way of life? 57,000 manufacturing facilities have left the US, taking their millions of jobs with them, yet we want more? Really?

Why would we allow these things to be discussed and planned in secret?

Thank this bastard and his predecessor

Thank this bastard and his predecessor

Under the US constitution, Congress has the right to engage in trade agreements prior to this, and to set negotiating parameters. For example, Congress might insist on parameters to protect the environment or public health.

But under Fast Track, Congress more or less relinquishes this right (and responsibility), letting the President negotiate at will instead. And, once the agreements are completed, you can no longer make any amendments. Congress simply votes for the agreement or against it, in its entirety.

They are going to ram even more, job depleting, right’s erasing agreements down our throats. Don’t think for a second this will benefit Americans in any way whatsoever. It benefits the large multinational corporations.

Right now there are two huge trade agreements being negotiated, both of which will have a major impact on the US economy and other aspects of public and environmental health:

  1. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which involves the United States and 11 other countries around the Pacific Rim. Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam are some of the bigger countries involved
  2. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is an agreement between the US and Europe

There’s a lot at stake here, as these two trade agreements are negotiating rules around medicines, local food programs, food safety programs, and even labor rights. According to Lilliston, there’s simply too much at stake to allow the President to negotiate these agreements on his own, and not be able to amend the agreements once completed.


SHAFTAI know many of you can’t help but believe the lying liars when they utter their nonsense on TV, but just think back to the jobs lost due to the NAFTA giant suck (and the other “SHAFTA’s“) and think to yourself about how much that actually helped you. The fact is that all of this is purposeful, with an intent to change America into some third world-like country with lower wages (we will accept the lower wages when we are all starving and then the jobs will come back, slowly).

In the above link I wrote:

And what does this mean for me (or you)? It means that I, a guy who has “pulled his boot straps” up COUNTLESS times and thought he found the answer by going back to college at 26, working hard (making the President’s List… 4.0… almost every semester, the Dean’s List… 3.9 the only other semester) to obtain THREE degrees, one specifically sought due to its expected long-term, high technology field (robotics and automated manufacturing technology), worked for decades to build my engineering and sales skills, become successful, own the big home and fine cars and do anything and everything I so desired…

… just to have it all sucked away for some world order scheme.

It means that others who did less or accomplished less have even LESS of a chance to do more than “get by”. It means that me and my family are being forced into poverty and those who have/had less are going to hurt even worse.

What I am saying is that it doesn’t matter how much you plan, how hard you work, if you are in or out of debt, if you go to college or not… what matters is “are you Big Money”? Are you one that will sell your soul for gain, knowing that you will profit while others will suffer?

This is nothing new and something I have ranted about for years. I wish I could reach more people and have influence.

Please read Dr Mercola’s article quoted above.

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7 Out Of 10 “American” Vehicles Are Made Anywhere BUT America

General Motors is becoming China Motors. Forget the spin. The evidence is clear and convincing. Did U.S. taxpayers save GM for China? Listen to the candid comments of GM’s CEO.

There are a few issues in the video that I disagree with, but on the whole, this should be all you need to know about how $8BILLION of your tax dollars has been robbed, since you cannot seem to grasp the other sources of thievery. If you realize that your best jobs are being shipped to China, or that the factories are being sold to Chinese government supported corporations who care nothing for “Free Trade”, maybe you’ll get angry (but I won’t be holding my breath).

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I’ve watched over the last 4 years, and sometimes wrote and commented about how ‘bad’ things are in my neck of the woods. Some understood what I was talking about as they’ve watched many in their own areas struggle to make ends meet during this most recent depression. However, I dont think many understood completely what I was seeing in my area.

The city I grew up in, Columbus Georgia, which I now live 15 miles to the north of has been hit hard. While the local news along with the mainstream news continues to paint a rosy picture, many know the rose is dead.

Columbus Georgia in it’s heyday was a bustling textile / mill town. It was also called a military town due to the adjacent Fort Benning Georgia. In all respects it is now only a military town. The mills shout down and moved off shore. What local business that remained through the years, many have closed their doors, unable to compete with the big box stores, or off shored the labor as well.

There are a few big name companies in Columbus Georgia. Few of them hire folk that worked in the mills due to lack of formal education, or who recently left the military and stuck around. We have AFLAC which insures more than 60 million people worldwide. We have TSYS the largest processor of merchant acquirers and bank credit card issuers. We have Synovus which is a a financial services company. Synovus laid off 850 employees and closed multiple bank branches in early 2011. We have what is left of the W. C. Bradley Co. the maker of ‘Char-Broil grill’. I say what is left because W. C. Bradley moved Char-Broil grill production from Georgia to China in 2006. The Char-Broil division is still headquartered in Columbus but the jobs are in China. Columbus is also the birth place of Coca Cola and RC Cola. My how times have changed.

To be honest with you, there isn’t much left around here other than civilian employment at the Army base, Ft. Benning. This was one of the main reasons I am so pissed off about the illegal immigration situation in this country, let alone my neck of the woods. No jobs, yet they let the illegals stay and take them. I mentioned this countless times on my old blog. If it weren’t for Ft. Benning, as much as I hate the military industrial complex [MIC], Columbus in my eyes would have been another Detroit. Detroit is number 18 on the list, which I might add, most of us have heard how bad it is/was in Detroit the past year or so. Ghost town

Over on The Daily Beast, they have just released a list of 30, what they call ‘America’s Brokest Cities’. Four of Americas brokest cities reside in Georgia and many more are throughout the southeast.

VIA The Daily Beast

To find the most struggling cities in the country, we used three data points weighted equally: the most recently available unemployment rate (August 2011), median household income, and average debt. Data is from a recent report by Experian and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average credit score for each city is included in the gallery, though not taken into account to determine the final ranking. If this data is any indication, the cities struggling the most right now—the ones that may take the longest to recover—are clustered in the South and along the Pacific Coast.

#1, Columbus, Ga.

Unemployment: 9.8%

Median household income: $36,553

Average personal debt: $27,928

Average credit score: 721

#10, Augusta, Ga.

Unemployment: 9.6%

Median household income: $44,477

Average personal debt: $26,204

Average credit score: 709

#14, Macon, Ga.

Unemployment: 10.4%

Median household income: $37,507

Average personal debt: $23,775

Average credit score: 715

#25, Savannah, Ga.

Unemployment: 9.5%

Median household income: $46,755

Average personal debt: $25,561

Average credit score: 716

Of course the 1% in Columbus dont see it that way. Of course they have no idea what the other 99% are going through. Here is what the current Mayor has to say.

Via [local Columbus GA news station]

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson called the article “patently absurd” and “irresponsible”.

“We know for certain that their data is wrong. The median income figure and the employment rate are not correct. Accordingly, we have no reason to believe their so-called ‘personal debt’ level is current. Probably the most telling error is that even using their own incorrect data, their math is wrong. So, by the article’s own alleged three-pronged criteria, Columbus is not the ‘brokest’ on the list, much less America,” Mayor Tomlinson explains.

“The numbers presented show there is no rational basis for the approach used. The slightest change, such as using the more accepted debt-to-income ratio instead of the personal debt amount dramatically adjusts the ranking. Including the referenced, but mysteriously excluded, ‘credit score’ in the computation also dramatically adjusts the ranking. If there was any legitimate statistical point to be made here, the rankings would not fluctuate so when similar or related data is used”, continued Mayor Tomlinson.

Yep, just like the rest of the 1%, ‘those numbers are wrong’.

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The Mandate: Savage Austerity While Inflation Skyrockets

I think it is pretty obvious what is about to occur in this country. The unconscious American public is about to embark on massive changes to their social structure and welfare. We have basically fallen into the prescribed “sides” of the issues they want us divided into and have swallowed the bait and the hook is set.

Us “lefties” and you “righties” (or vice versa, whichever side you think we belong will suffice, for in reality it all means nothing) will go to the polls next Tuesday and we will vote for the lesser of two evils (AGAIN). The Republicans have hijacked the Tea Party making it nothing more than the Corporate Republican scalawags and you people have totally dumped the ideology that made you attractive to real patriots who are trying to change the system. How you could allow it is beyond me, but you did it. You let those fools co-opt you into becoming the same old Corporately fed, Zionist fawning, Imperial backing Republican Party that Dr Paul speaks AGAINST (but sadly won’t leave, making him moot, as well).

Then we have that other side of “Socialists” (yeah, right) that back a Kenyan infiltrator (lol) who is nothing but an extension of the last asshole that held that position. You forgot all your bitches about illegal wars, about torture, about loss of liberty and have swallowed the Dem Party storyline of “at least we aren’t Bush” (even tho nothing of any substance has changed).

You people keep us in the never-ending ping-pong game of  lesser evils, all-the-while never figuring out that evil is evil. Period. I live amongst the most gullible lot of nincompoops, if this is the best you can do.

As for me, if and when I go into any voting booth, I will write in…


…if confronted with an R or D choice.

Of course, the sycophants from the left will say, “But that is a vote for the Republicans” and the righty sycophants will say, “You are voting for a Democrat.” But that is what ignorant sycophants do. They conveniently forget how we got to where we are and that these fools they follow and idolize are simply two sides of the same tainted coin.

I haven’t forgotten:

I remember it vividly, whereas the sycophantic rightys can’t seem to muster two brain cells together to recall the 8 years previous to the latest disaster POTUS administration. For God’s sakes, you are flirting with that idiot, Newt. WTF? Have you no shame?

I am not endorsing the D’s by putting up that video. Like I said, I’ll not vote for either, ever again.

You see, I haven’t forgotten the lies the D’s told us all to get control of Congress and the POTUS-ship. I haven’t forgotten all the outrage of the wars from “the left” which mysteriously disappeared after electing your favorite PARTY CLOWNs. I haven’t forgotten how angry you were with illegal wars, but how quickly you embraced them when the Savior was elected. I haven’t forgotten your idols that bitched and moaned about our military forays in the ME, just to have them rally for the sanity of MORE war and murder.

You see, we are too far gone. There really is nothing more that someone like me can do to spread any sanity… to try to educate you as to what the hell you are getting US in to.

But I do want to make a prediction. I will predict that by your playing their games by their rules, you will give the Republicans a massive victory next week. Enough to change the majority makeup of the House. Not by much, but enough. Enough for what, you ask?

Enough for them to claim they have a mandate from the people of America.

This mandate will entail savage austerity, according to Zerohedge:

And, it is coming soon to America.

In the US, the intensity of the Austerity-For-Workers program will depend partially on the size of Republican gains in the November 2 mid-term elections. More seats going Republican—particularly the loss of the House—means more momentum for attacking working families’ social safety net.

What does this mean to poor rednecks, like myself? It means that IF you think you will get any Unemployment benefit extensions, forget it. Those 99%ers you have read about are about to become 24%ers or a bit more. How about that pension you acquired via hard work? How would you feel if the Gubment took it and reallocated it in Gubment (worthless) Bonds and “promised” you that you will get your money, but on their timeline? What if this austerity includes remaking the Social Security System, radically cutting benefits that are already far underfunded for normal life in America? What if that Medicare that you count on to keep you alive is stripped down to nothing? What if this austerity causes even more job losses in America and that we will NEVER recover the ones already lost?

We are about to embark upon the hardest times of your life (unless you are the mega-wealthy). Our elected officials are about to strip us of social programs that we count on and we will be left to fend for ourselves or die.

Charlie McGrath has one of the best run-downs of what is about to happen that I have seen. Well worth the watch, if you haven’t seen it yet:

Simultaneously, we are about to see inflation jump like never before. It is already happening, as I write this, but the real storm is a month or so away. As one example, College Tuition is going up again. But everything else will, as well. Especially food.

From CNBC:

Food Prices Expected To Rise Sharply

Corn is up 45 percent the last three months. We haven’t seen cotton prices this high since after the Civil War. Soybeans are up. Oil is up. Metals are up. So are coffee and cocoa.In this era of massive liquidity, everything is up, except for food prices—specifically processed food (made from many of the same commodities and other ingredients whose prices have risen).

According to the USDA, that is going to change. In its most recent CPI report for food, the USDA reported that prices are expected to rise in 2011.

For all food, prices are expected to rise two to three percent, which is double the levels of 2010. Meat prices are expected to rise up to 3.5 percent, and dairy 5.5 percent.

And it is a global phenomena (h/t Guardian UK):

Global food crisis forecast as prices reach record highs

Another warning is that crime is on the rise in America and will continue to do so as people get hungry. The Economic Collapse Blog has a list of 12 Statistics That Make You Wonder What Is Happening In America

#1 The murder rate in New York City has increased more than 15 percent in 2010, and the number of rapes has shot up from 943 in 2009 to 1075 so far this year.

#2 In the city of Detroit, crime has gotten so bad and the citizens are so frustrated by the lack of police assistance that they have resorted to forming their own organizations to fight back.  One group, known as “Detroit 300”, was formed after a 90-year-old woman on Detroit’s northwest side was brutally raped in August.

#3 Crime in Miami Beach was up almost 11 percent during the first half of 2010.

#4 The murder rate in Tempe, Arizona is now the highest it has been in 10 years.

#5 Shoplifting is completely and totally out of control.  According to the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, every single day Americans steal more than $35 million worth of goods from retail stores.

#6 Today, there are approximately 400,00 registered sex offenders in the United States.

#7 U.S. authorities claim that there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs operating inside the United States. According to federal statistics, these 1 million gang members are responsible for up to 80% of the violent crimes committed in the U.S. each year.

#8 The median age of the victims of imprisoned sex offenders in the United States is 13 years old.

#9 The crime rate in the San Diego school system is escalating out of control. The following is what San Diego School Police Chief Don Braun recently told the press about the current situation….

“Violent crime in schools has risen 31 percent. Property crime has risen 12 percent. Weapons violations (have gone up) almost 8 percent.”

#1053 percent of all investigated burglaries in the states of California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens.

#11 Law enforcement officials estimate that about 600,000 Americans and 65,000 Canadians are trading dirty child pictures online.  They also say that the total profit from creating and trading these images is approximately two to three billion dollars every year.

#12 Each year, one out of every five people in the U.S. is victimized by crime.  No other nation on the planet has a rate that is higher.

I also read from my home town weekly paper that a very small town in my home county has a Chief of police who is apologizing to residents over the weekly road blocks that they set up in town every Sunday (now becoming renowned for it). As I read thru the list of “arrests” it couldn’t be more clear what they are going after… weed smokers. The vast majority of the arrests were drug related and the biggest proportion, by far, was for marijuana. The fine for less than 1 ounce (1st offense in MS) is about $1,000. After everything is said, done and paid for, it might cost a person $1800 to handle it in court. Fine and dandy, except for the fact that it costs the country $2800 per case.

Not only are these people arresting young folks (ruining their lives) over a weed, they are losing money EVERY time they do it. And the tax payer yawns and scratches his hinder parts and turns on American Idol while sipping his illegal beer in that dry county.

Of course, nothing new on all the break ins and thefts. But never mind that. We stopped those hippies from smoking a little weed.


Look. I know I am experiencing my own hardships (no job, no prospect for a job), but I can’t bury my head. No matter how hard it gets, I believe I will be able to take care of my family utilizing my network I have been setting up for a couple of years (you know who you are). I am not totally prepared, but I have most of what we need to survive. So, I am not just some crazy person freaked out over my own circumstances. This shit is real, people. It is happening right before our eyes and we better be ready for it when it comes… for IT IS COMING.

Let me share with you this list of 30 Reasons Why People Should Be Getting Really Nervous About The State of The U.S. Economy (again from the Economic Collapse blog):

#1 Corporate insiders are selling off stock at a blinding pace and are looking for the exits.  Alan Newman, the editor of the Crosscurrents newsletter, examined a number of the top performing stocks in the market including Google, Apple and Target and found that the ratio of corporate insider stock sold to corporate insider stock purchased over the last six months for those companies was 3,177 to 1.  At the group of firms that Newman looked at, corporate insiders had purchased 38,000 shares of stock over the last six months and yet had sold off over 120 million shares.

#2 Analysts at both Bank of America and Goldman Sachs both believe that the U.S. Federal Reserve is going to initiate a new round of quantitative easing in November.  It does not take a genius to figure out that this is very likely to push up inflation and have very serious consequences for the U.S. dollar.

#3 Economists at Goldman Sachs are projecting that the Fed will have to purchase at least $4 trillion in assets during this next round of quantitative easing to get the U.S. economy moving in a positive direction once again.

#4 In the United States today, there are 5,057 janitors with Ph.D.’s, other doctorates, or professional degrees.

#5 Investors have very little faith in the U.S. dollar (and in paper currencies in general) at this point.  Precious metals are soaring to obscene heights.  The price of gold has increased more than 20 percent in 2010.  The price of silver has skyrocketed about 40 percent this year.  These are not signs that indicate that the U.S. financial system is stable.

#6 Robin Griffiths, a technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC on Monday that the U.S. dollar is in danger of becoming “toxic waste”.

#7 In the United States today, 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees.

#8 U.S. lending institutions repossessed an all-time record total of 102,134 homes in the month of September.  That was the first time that home repossessions in the U.S. had ever exceeded the 100,000 mark during a single month.

#9 According to a Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price report that was released on Tuesday, single family home prices in the United States declined  for a second straight month in August.

#10 In the United States today, over 18,000 parking lot attendants have college degrees.

#11 During the months of August and September, the state of Nevada had an unemployment rate of 14.4 percent, which was the highest in the history of the state.  Not that the rest of the country is doing any better.  The state of California has become a complete and total economic disaster zone, and the city of Detroit, Michigan is literally dying.

#12 The “official” unemployment rate in the United States has been at nine and a half percent or above for 14 consecutive months.

#13 The number of people unemployed in the state of California is approximately equivalent to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

#14 According to the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, there are approximately 3 million more vacant housing units than usual in the United States.

#15 China has reduced the export quota on rare earth elements for the second half of 2010 by 72%, thus strengthening their position in the world economy even more.  Rare earth elements are absolutely crucial to the manufacture of a vast array of high technology products, and now even more of them will have to be made in China.

#16 In 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 6 million dollarsfor the entire year.  In the month of August alone, the U.S. trade deficit with China was over 28 billion dollars.

#17 Wheat, corn and other staples are absolutely soaring in price on world markets.  These higher food prices are going to hit U.S. consumers hard.

#18 In 2007, 3 U.S. banks failed.  In 2008, 25 U.S. banks failed.  In 2009, 140 U.S. banks failed.  Last Friday, it was announced that 139 U.S. banks have failed so far this year and it is not even the end of October yet.

#19 Total student loan debt in the United States is climbing at a rate of approximately $2,853.88 per second.

#20 Back in 1980, the United States imported approximately 37 percent of  the oil that we use.  Now we import nearly 60 percent of the oil that we use.

#21 According to an analysis by the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, the health care reform legislation that Congress didn’t read but passed into law anyway will generate $409.2 billion in additional taxes on the American people by the year 2019.

#22 Median household income in the U.S. declined from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009.  That was the second yearly decline in a row.

#23 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in a government anti-poverty program, and yet the number of Americans signing up for food stamps and other social programs just continues to set new all-time records month after month after month.

#24 The number of Americans working part-time jobs “for economic reasons” is now the highest it has been in at least five decades.

#25 American 15-year-olds do not even rank in the top half of all advanced nations when it comes to math or science literacy.

#26 According to a recent poll conducted by CNBC, 92 percent of Americans believe that the performance of the U.S. economy is either “fair” or “poor”.

#27 After analyzing Congressional Budget Office data, Boston University economics professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff came to the conclusion that the U.S. government is now facing a “fiscal gap” of $202 trillion dollars.

#28 A trillion $10 bills, if they were taped end to end, would wrap around the earth more than 380 times.  That amount of money would still not be enough to pay off the U.S. national debt.

#29 According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. national debt is rapidly closing in on 14 trillion dollars and and will climb to an estimated $19.6 trillion by 2015.

#30 At our current pace, the Congressional Budget Office is projecting that U.S. government public debt will hit 716 percent of GDP by the year 2080.

You want to know what doesn’t stop? Military Spending and the expansion of the Empire. We got all the money in the world for murder and mayhem.

You May Not Have a Job, But We’re Getting a $12.6 Billion Military Base on Guam That Nobody Wants

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Crucial Lists

I have been preaching about being ready for the fall for quite some time (that link is but one of many examples). But I have not only preached to you, I have lived by my sermons. I run across various lists and only on a few occasions have highlighted them here. But maybe it is a good idea to share some of these, in case you learn something new.

Today, my buddy Ed at Not Another CONspiracy shared a list of 19 facts from The Economic Collapse Blog that addresses the de-industrialization of America and how this is affecting us, the poor folk in America.

#1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.  About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people when they were still in operation.

#2 Dell Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.

#3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November.  Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

#4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide.  So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States?  Zero.

#5 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

#6 As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.

#7 The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.

#8 According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.

#9 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.

#10 Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford’s new “global” manufacturing strategy.

#11 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing.  The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

#12 In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.

#13 The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#14 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use.  Today it ranks 15th.

#15 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#16 Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products.  Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.

#17 The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.

#18 One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

#19 The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.

I gotta ask you rednecks if you have ever worked in some manufacturing plant? Most of the people who I know do or have. Many are telling me about even more plant lay-offs and factory closings that were once the very bread and butter of a small town (or, at least one of the key employers). I attended a “Job Fair” in Mississippi last week and saw a very old friend who had been working at World Color and she told me that they are shutting down that plant.

I spoke with representatives from Caterpillar who told me that even tho they were attending and manning the booth at this Job Fair, they didn’t have any active jobs available, except in their temporary operator program (this is code for “we don’t have to pay any other perks or guarantee even 40 hours per week”). There was a booth for a local plastics company, but they didn’t have any viable positions open, either.

As a matter of fact, I am not sure why they bothered to hold this event, if the truth be known. I must have asked 25 people, at least, if they got anything out of the event. Not one person told me they did. And this venue was PACKED out with every sort of person you can imagine, looking for a job.

There were countless community colleges and technical schools present and the spiel was that if you could get the grants, they could teach you something and you could use the rest of the money to take care of your other needs (I am not saying this is a bad thing, but the quest SHOULD be to gain knowledge that will put you to work later, I would think).

The entire group of unemployed workers, by and large, looked like a bunch of beat-down zombies looking for brains to eat. Unfortunately, all the non-zombies have already been eaten.

So, it is apparent to me that there will be little in the way of industrial jobs available any time soon. What does that mean? Well, you can always apply at the Carlisle Group’s table and get a job at Wendy’s. Or take any of the many sales jobs that pay commission only and hope for the best (lame assed insurance jobs).

Or maybe, JUST maybe you need to get prepared, just as I have been warning you for over a year.

The Ten Things You Should Be Doing NOW and Everyday

TIP ONE: Get Real. You must realize you are being lied to by the media, the politicians and the experts. If you don’t accept this reality, then you will not be serious in your efforts to change your situation.

TIP TWO: Be Prepared. Figure out what you’ll need to survive and examine what you have. This will tell you what you don’t have. Start a plan so you can get what you need, but don’t yet have.

TIP THREE: Become Self-Sufficient. The more dependent you are on others, the less likely your chances of survival. Start with the basics: food and water. Do you have a plan for feeding yourself if the food supply chain breaks down, supermarkets go out of business and your cupboards are bare?

TIP FOUR: Be Secure. As things get worse, those that have will become targets of those who have not. Is your home secure? Are you hiding your “wealth” and looking poor? Are your assets easy to get to but securely protected?

TIP FIVE: Get Off the Grid. As resources dwindle a steady, reliable source of power will become a necessity. Solar, wind and hydropower are all within the reach of the individual, depending on your location. Transportation
needs also must be considered, especially if you are reliant on public transit. Do you have a bicycle?

TIP SIX: Get Out of the Dollar. You will need an emergency fund. Dollars are not the currency you want this fund in. Think precious metals and buying a safe to store them in as your bank may not be around much longer.

TIP SEVEN: Think Individually, Act Privately. Be brutally honest about your skills. If your skill set will enable you to do things that others are going to need, you’ve just improved your odds of survival.

TIP EIGHT: Educate Yourself and Your Family. Go old school. Read books. Don’t satisfy yourself reading just those who mimic your beliefs; read about alternative viewpoints, too. The more you know, the more you grow. The wise man learns something new every day. When was the last time you learned something new?

TIP NINE: Investigate the Opportunities. Every situation has opportunities, even our current economic climate. Keep your outlook positive, surround yourself with upbeat people and keep your eyes open for opportunities to present themselves. They will. Just make sure that you seize them when they do.

There is a Tenth Tip, but I won’t feature it here, for if you are hurting for money, one of the last things you (or I) can do is buy a video. Maybe this site will find some way to offer the video in some other format, if they are serious about helping. But, as I review the other hints, I can’t find much to argue with and have done most of it, personally.

I am actively working to set up my “network” or “community”. This is nothing more than trusted friends who have something to offer the community when the SHTF. I am becoming much more vocal in real life (as an example, I recently turned on my next door neighbor to the eBook, “Earth’s Forbidden Secrets” that I featured here by Max Igan. This work is a preface to understanding my goal of community and how we can defeat the current, corrupt system. You can also access it from the sidebar on the right.

Asia Wins Again and Again While The USA Loses

I have been in sales for a long time. High end automation. Over the years I have watched the decline of manufacturing (and discuss it here often enough) and always listened as those folks responsible for NAFTA, CAFTA and every other “SHAFTA” they could think of to enrich corporations (to the detriment and loss to the American worker) as they told us that we will focus on high-tech manufacturing and allow general industry and heavy manufacturing to go off shore.

It was for the betterment of the country, don’t ya know?

I have sold multi-hundred thousand dollar machine tools and virtually every type and level of automation (including robotics, etc). I even had some very good years in 2003 and 2004. But, I knew it was slowly dissolving… disappearing into other lands. With our government’s help (doing the bidding of the Corporations that own them lock, stock and barrel), they dismantled one key industry that we had superiority in and allowed China and other Asian nations to develop their engineering and products until we cannot compete. In most, if not all cases, their high-tech manufacturing is protected by their government, where here, not so much (not at all, in actuality).

In Manufacturing and Technology News, Richard McCormack shows us how we lost the advantage and explains who has it in his article U.S. Precision Machine Tool Industry Is No Longer A Global Competitive Force:

U.S. producers of some of the most technologically advanced machine tools are in trouble, according to an assessment by the Department of Commerce. Sales of high-precision five-axis machine tools are declining. U.S. share of global exports is in a freefall. Foreign companies in China and Taiwan have caught up with U.S. technical capabilities, rendering stringent U.S. export controls moot. U.S. companies are being purchased by foreign rivals. A lack of training programs has created a shortage of skilled workers able to use the complex machinery. Commercial and U.S. government customers prefer foreign machine tools. Export controls are hampering foreign sales. The entire U.S. machine tool industry spends only $1 million a year on research on five-axis machine tools.

These are some of the findings from a “Critical Technology Assessment” conducted by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

U.S. producers of five-axis machine tools had sales of $253 million in 2008, down 11 percent from 2005 sales of $284 million. That was before the U.S. machine tool industry suffered a meltdown in 2009, when domestic consumption tumbled by 60.4 percent, according to the Association of Manufacturing Technology.

Sales of five-axis machines to domestic customers from U.S. producers declined by 19 percent from 2005 to 2008, from $242 million in 2005 to only $195 million in 2008. There are six American companies dedicated to producing five-axis machine tools, and at least 20 in China. Five-axis tools are used for the production of precision components in the aerospace industry, in making gas and diesel engines, automobile parts, and throughout the medical, textile, oil, glass, heavy industrial equipment and tool industries. “Many other industries are discovering the advantages of these machines,” says the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

This is not new, but devastating, nonetheless. It happened with robots (only a handful of US manufacturers to compete with very good foreign brands). It happened with PC Board chip mounting equipment. It happened with 3 Axis routers (similar to the 5 Axis stuff Robert discusses). It is happening, even tho we were told that it was this stuff we would keep. We would let the small, mass-produced stuff go offshore and focus on high-tech, leading edge products and manufacturing.

Again, we find that either they made ANOTHER monumental mistake (does it seem like our government is the most inept entity on the face of the earth, or what?)…. ORRRRRR…. they do this shit intentionally. I have to ask folks, can our leadership make THIS MANY mistakes? Do we continually elect the most ignorant and foolish leaders or are they intentionally doing this stuff? For the life of me, I find it hard to believe they are this stupid.

Whatever. Its leaving the US, no matter what the reason. And so is another highly touted industry: the solar panel building companies.

Evergreen Solar Heads To China ‘As Quickly As We Can’

If you can’t beat China and can’t get the U.S. government to understand what you’re up against, then you may as well join them.

That is what Evergreen Solar has decided to do, shifting production of solar fabrication and assembly from its factory in Devens, Mass., to Wuhan, China.

Evergreen Solar CEO Rick Feldt went to Washington, D.C., and met with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. He told them Chinese government policies made U.S. production uncompetitive. But the Obama appointees do “not quite [have] the understanding that we think is necessary about what’s actually happening in this industry,” Feldt told financial analysts on Feb. 9. “The United States keeps talking about keeping jobs. You go to the President’s State of the Union Address and he said, ‘I want to keep jobs in the United States.’ It’s easy if you say it, but you’ve got to do something to do that.”

Without an adequate response from the U.S. government to counter competitive forces working against domestic production, “we are going to China as quickly as we can,” Feldt told the analysts. “The issue for us is just how long does it take to get there. We’ve got the China operations underway as we speak.” The company expects to spend $50 million this year on its Wuhan, China, facility.

Now read the rest of the article and think about that for a minute. Think about this statement:

In response to the Chinese competitive challenge, Evergreen Solar has two options. It can try to counter China’s advantage by reducing its costs in Massachusetts as low as possible, or “get to China as fast as we can,” said El-Hillow. “We’ve tossed internally about becoming more aggressive in Washington, trying to get them to understand the situation that we face as a solar manufacturer and leveraging our wafer technology. There’s no silver bullet here. It’s an incredibly tough situation.” Added CEO Feldt: “The issue for us is just how long does it take to get [to China].”

And you would think that since the government offered Big Money to help them get started, they would have some sort of patriotic duty to stay… some small bit of conscious that would do whatever they could to stay here, or, our government do more to help level the playing field. But, no, this company took that money, developed the processes and manufacturing systems with that money, and now will do whatever it can to get out of the USA.

And you silly rednecks think that the problem is “liberals”…

In 2007, the company received $23 million in grants from the State of Massachusetts to build its facility on state-owned property in Devens. It also received $17.5 million in low-interest loans along with a 30-year lease on the property.

For now, the company will keep cell manufacturing in Devens. “We think we’re extremely competitive making wafers any place in the world,” said Feldt. “We have this fixed investment in cell manufacturing so it comes down a little bit to cash versus GAAP accounting depreciation [and] amortization.” Even if the company continues to improve its Devens, Mass., plant “it’s not all clear to us that we’d be better off by buying a whole new set of equipment in a salvaging operation in China and scrapping the equipment we have here. These cell lines are not easy just to pick up and move — of course it’s possible — so we’ll have to play that one by ear. We think that we will continue to reduce wafer and cell costs efficiently that would make sense given our fixed investment here. Of course if it doesn’t we would take other action.”

You may not give a damn about manufacturing. But you should give a damn about how money is taken, used up then the corporations shit on you by going elsewhere. THAT should bother you. But that is the entire problem across the board. These very same big corporations don’t give a f#ck about you. They don’t care if you or some little chinese f#cker make the shit that we gobble up.

THEY DON’T GIVE A F#CK ABOUT YOU (see the Carlin video to understand), yet they are considered “persons” by the courts in this land. These very same corporations that will take the money and run are considered the same as you. Can you believe that shit? And how do they get by with it? They own the “parties”, especially the leadership within those parties.

Let me explain something to you by using some old guy’s own words. I know most of you think that this guy isn’t worth hearing about, but it might help you in your search for “why” (go to the link to read the entire thing, well worth the education). I want to focus on a couple of points that he addressed regarding political parties and how they culminate in what we are now experiencing first hand (we should have paid attention to this old coot):

From: Washington’s Farewell Address

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true— and in governments of a monarchical cast patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest instead of warming it should consume.

Did the man wake up, dig out from his grave and write this yesterday? Either that or he predicted what would happen. Whatever. The man was right and if we were to seriously believe in the Constitution, we would dissolve those two complicit evil and murderous parties that have melded into one monster that is (from every indication) purposefully tearing America apart and giving the crumbs to the rest of the world.