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February 6, 2017

The Deep Secret Truth About Donalds first weeks. Goldman Saachs, The Muslim Ban, and the Dems Impotent to do anything about it

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In this episode of Redacted Tonight, host Lee Camp uncovers the truth about why Trump banned travelers in those specific seven Muslim countries. Then he goes into the latest news on Trump’s cabinet picks and how they all have very curious overlaps on their resumes related to Goldman Sachs.

He covers breaking news about how one of the biggest flaws in our elections could be fixed: gerrymandering.

In the second half of the show correspondent John F. O’Donnell reveals the psychological effects on the American populace when they absorb a constant stream of lies.

Finally, correspondent Natalie McGill covers the questionable improvements of Flint, Michigan’s water system. This and more on Redacted Tonight.

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No terrorist attacks post 9/11 by people from countries in Trump’s travel ban? http://bit.ly/2jtxYeb

Trump’s Surprising Embrace of ‘Government Sachs’: http://bit.ly/2jHkfW6

Democracy Wins One as a Federal Court Strikes a Big Blow Against Gerrymandering: http://bit.ly/2kc10Tk

Trump’s Lies Versus Your Brainhttp://politi.co/2j1sry8

Lead levels for water in Flint, Michigan have fallen below federal limit: http://cnb.cx/2l5QpXx

 

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The Hated Ex UK Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher is now dead

April 8, 2013

The Hated Ex UK Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher is now dead

By Dark Politricks

It has just been reported by the BBC that the hated ex Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87.

A hero to the right and a hated enemy of the left the ex Tory Prime Minister was a divisive figure in UK politics.

Baroness Thatcher was the only female PM in UK history and she was responsible for the devastating privatisation policies of the 80’s.

Although her policies opened up many nationalised markets such as energy and telecommunications to private investment it also destroyed many working class communities all over the country, especially whole towns of people who relied on work at local mines or ship yards which were shut down.

She was responsible for the massive destruction of union power and her war with Arthur Scargill led to the closure of many mines, high unemployment figures and battles between soldiers dressed up as policemen and striking miners which were the highlight of news programmes although the early 80’s.

For the striking miners there were no other jobs for them to go to and after the mines were shut down and whole communities in the North of England, and Wales were put on the dole.

The cost analysis benefit of subsiding the mines versus the cost of putting whole towns on unemployment benefit, the crime from drugs and drink and other social ills that led from the hopelessness she created were undoubtedly pro-subsidy.

However the Tory right were only thinking short term and the destruction of the unions and the move to privatisation was more important than the high unemployment and social ills it cost the country.

Please don’t forget as the current Tory government is busy demonising people in receipt of benefits and busy moving people off disability allowance and back onto the much lower benefit “jobseekers allowance”. That it was in-fact the Tory government of Thatcher that was responsible for “massaging” the unemployment figures in the first place, by switching people from “the dole” to “the sick”, so that they could claim that unemployment was failing when in reality it wasn’t.

3 million unemployed was a regular figure heard on the news during Thatchers time as Prime Minister.

She was responsible for privatising the national railways which has been a massive failure as well as numerous other neo-liberal economic policies which the right claimed “modernised” the UK in comparison to the rest of Europe. In reality it has led to the current situation we have now in which all 3 major political parties are centre based leaving no real choice for the electorate.

There is no major party that can call itself left or right any-more. We just have a mob of centrist politicians all debating over how much austerity we should be suffering to pay for the banks mistakes.

It was the long years out of power during Thatchers reign that made Tony Blair decide to “modernise” the Trade Unionist Labour party all but destroying it’s links with the unions and making it another pro-war, neo-con leaning, bankster loving party of the centre right.

Some even say Tony Blair’s Labour government was to the right of Thatcher with his over bearing policies of police surveillance, anti-terrorism acts that removed peoples liberties and his alliance with the Americans in their multiple wars.

Today will be a day of sadness for many on the right of politics and I wouldn’t be surprised to see even supposed “left” wing leaders pay their respects to the ex Tory leader who helped destroy all meaning in voting Labour at the polling booths.

For others it will be seen as a day of celebration.

Baroness Thatcher was the hated figure that caused massive unemployment, high interest rates, Black Wednesday and our removal from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. She was also responsible for the Poll Tax riots, the Falklands war and the creation of vast wastelands in the north of England.

To people affected by her economic policies in a negative way I cannot see them visiting her funeral to see her off unless it’s to make sure she has really died!

From the BBC News report

BBC News

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died “peacefully” at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke while staying at the Ritz hotel in central London.

David Cameron called her a “great Briton” and the Queen spoke of her sadness at the death.

Lady Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold the role.

She will not have a state funeral but will be accorded the same status as Princess Diana and the Queen Mother.

The ceremony, with full military honours, will take place at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

The union jack above Number 10 Downing Street has been lowered to half-mast while Parliament will be recalled from its Easter recess on Wednesday to enable MPs to pay tributes to the former prime minister.

Obama tribute

After cancelling planned talks in Paris with French President Francois Hollande and returning to the UK, Mr Cameron made a statement outside No 10 in which he described Lady Thatcher as “the patriot prime minister” and said she had “taken a country that was on its knees and made it stand tall again”.

“Margaret Thatcher loved this country and served it with all she had. For that she has her well-earned place in history – and the enduring respect and gratitude of the British people,” he said.

BBC political editor Nick Robinson said Lady Thatcher had been a controversial politician who inspired “passion” among both her critics and supporters.

Her government privatised several state-owned industries and was involved in a year-long stand-off with unions during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5. She was also in power when the UK fought a war following Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982.

Lady Thatcher survived an assassination attempt in 1984, when the IRA bombed the Brighton Grand Hotel, where she was staying for the Conservative Party’s annual conference.

During her later years in office she became increasingly associated with Euroscepticism. She is also seen as one of the key movers behind the fall of communism in eastern Europe.

She stood down in 1990 after she failed to beat Michael Heseltine by enough votes to prevent his leadership challenge going into a second round.

The Life of Margaret Thatcher

  • 13 October 1925 – Born Margaret Hilda Roberts in Grantham, Lincolnshire
  • 1951 – Married businessman Denis Thatcher
  • 1959 – Becomes MP for Finchley
  • 1970 – Made minister for education
  • 1975 – Elected Conservative leader
  • 1979 – Becomes UK’s first female prime minister
  • 1982 – Falklands War
  • 1983 – Elected prime minister for second time
  • 1984 – Survives Grand Hotel bombing
  • 1984-5 – Takes on unions in Miners’ Strike
  • 1987 – Wins third term in Downing Street
  • 1990 – Resigns as prime minister
  • 1992 – Stands down as MP and accepts peerage
  • 2002 – Retires from public speaking
  • 8 April 2013 – Dies after suffering a stroke

World leaders and senior UK figures have been paying tribute to Lady Thatcher.

US President Barack Obama said the world had “lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty” and that “America has lost a true friend”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would “never forget her part in surmounting the division of Europe and at the end of the Cold War”.

Ahead of his return to the UK, Mr Cameron told the BBC: “Margaret Thatcher succeeded against all the odds. The real thing is she didn’t just lead our country; she saved our country.

“I believe she will go down as the greatest British peacetime prime minister.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family.”

Lady Thatcher was born Margaret Roberts, the daughter of a shopkeeper and Conservative councillor in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 1925.

She studied chemistry at Oxford University and worked for a plastics company before marrying businessman Denis Thatcher in 1951.

She gave birth to twins Mark and Carol in 1953, the year she also qualified as a barrister, and served as MP for Finchley, north London, from 1959 to 1992.

Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party’s leadership in 1975 and won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.

Sir John Major, who replaced Lady Thatcher as prime minister in 1990, called her a “true force of nature”.

He added: “Her outstanding characteristics will always be remembered by those who worked closely with her: courage and determination in politics, and humanity and generosity of spirit in private.”

‘Unique’

Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair called her a “towering figure”, while his successor Gordon Brown praised her “determination and resilience”.

Baroness Thatcher’s funeral route

Funeral route for Margaret Thatcher
  • Baroness Thatcher is to have a ceremonial funerala step short of a state funeral – with military honours to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London
  • The funeral parade will begin at Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at the Palace of Westminster
  • A hearse will take the body to the RAF Chapel at the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand
  • Baroness Thatcher’s coffin will be transferred to a gun carriage and drawn by the Kings Troop Royal Artillery to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The route is to be lined by all three armed forces

Labour leader Ed Miliband said Lady Thatcher had been a “unique figure” who “reshaped the politics of a whole generation”.

He added: “The Labour Party disagreed with much of what she did and she will always remain a controversial figure. But we can disagree and also greatly respect her political achievements and her personal strength.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg described Lady Thatcher as one of the “defining figures in modern British politics”, adding: “She may have divided opinion during her time in politics but everyone will be united today in acknowledging the strength of her personality and the radicalism of her politics.”

London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted: “Very sad to hear of death of Baroness Thatcher. Her memory will live long after the world has forgotten the grey suits of today’s politics.”

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage called Lady Thatcher a “great inspiration”, adding: “Whether you loved her or hated her nobody could deny that she was a great patriot, who believed passionately in this country and her people. A towering figure in recent British and political history has passed from the stage. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

Lady Thatcher, who retired from public speaking in 2002, had suffered poor health for several years. Her husband Denis died in 2003. She had been staying at the Ritz hotel since being discharged from hospital at the end of last year.

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Simon Jenkins believes we should be giving the printed money to the people NOT the Banksters!

July 28, 2012

By Dark Politricks

I saw an interesting interview with Simon Jenkins on This Week last week in which he described how at the moment we are stuck in a liquidity trap and the only solution we have is to print more money in the hope it sorts out the dying victim e.g the UK.

As he said:

“the government would be better off giving the billions of pounds it plans to pump into the UK economy to the public in the form of a Christmas bonus.”

“The columnist damned the government plan to get out of recession, claiming “it’s fraud, it’s a scam, it’s a lie”.

However as the Bank of England enters phases of printing money – or quantitative easing as they call it, Simon Jenkins believes that they are giving the money to the wrong people i.e the banks.

He believes that instead of increasing the deficit by the Bank of England buying bonds from the banks and paying interest and all the other funny business our economy actually behaves like we should instead be giving the money direct to the people to stimulate demand in the dead economy before we suffer a lost 20 years like Japan.

Keynesian, yes, but he believes that although printing money could eventually drive up inflation – which we are doing already by printing money to give to the banks.

We should instead be printing it and giving it directly to the citizens and tax payers of the UK.

The same people who are now paying for the mistakes of the bankers. He believes that by doing so it wouldn’t be adding to the national debt or increasing the deficit as it wasn’t money being borrowed but printed.

By doing this demand in the economy will be created as the people will use the money to buy goods and services which in turn would help businesses who will start to invest and grow for the future.

Whether you like the idea of not what we have at the moment is a case of the government taking tax payers money as well as printing and borrowing it to hand it over to the same banks who caused the financial collapse of 2008 in the hope that they will in turn use it to help businesses.

In fact what these banks are doing are using the money to shore up their empty vaults to meet Basel Capital requirements that they must hold a certain percentage of money in their bank.

The fact that nearly all these banks have no money and it’s just one big stack of cards waiting to fall down as soon as a country defaults and can’t pay back Bank A, who in turn cannot pay back Bank B who in turn asks the government for another bail out is irrelevant.

Anyone who knows how money is created knows that it is created through debt and new money is created every-time someone takes a loan out. That money is then multiplied and leveraged beyond belief even though it doesn’t physically exist apart from digits in a computer database.

If there was no debt there would be no money – simple.

It’s all one big ponzi scheme anyhow as we all know by now which is run by banksters who launder money for Mexican drug cartels, wide boys who fix Libor interest rates, and interchangeable politicians / bankers who move from one job to the other and then back again.

All as if there was nothing wrong with a politician developing banking policy that helps push millions of Brits over the financial cliff and then go off and work in one of the banks they created policy for once they are finally voted out of office.

Simon believes the politicians and those that demand we must be austere wince at the idea of giving money directly to people as it seems somehow vulgar. As if giving billions of our tax pounds direct to the same people who caused the mess so that they can carry on giving themselves huge wages and bonuses isn’t somehow!

So if we are already using a Keynesian economic policy that is being masked as an Austrian one through the use of the words austerity, the cutting of  public services, and all the other spending cuts that the millionaire front bench don’t rely on then why don’t we try to stimulate demand by giving the money to the people rather than the failed banks and businesses?

We could even tailor this arrangement so that it doesn’t seem so “vulgar” by declaring that the money is a once off (or yearly) dividend to all tax payers who helped bail out the banks. Banks we basically own anyway.

The money could be in the form of a special coupon or voucher that was only redeemable in this country (to stop people putting it in offshore bank accounts or saving it in UK bank accounts).

The voucher would be accepted in any UK based shop or business as legal tender and that company would then be able to redeem it for cash if they so wished from the Treasury by taking it to a bank or a special government office.

To stop people just turning up at banks and transferring the coupons to cash there would be a stipulation that only businesses could redeem the vouchers and only as long as they had a receipt showing the goods or services purchased with said voucher. Other ways could be created to prevent fraudulent black markets transference we Brits are so good at.

Also we could have a “double the value” scheme in which if  the holder of the coupon bought goods made in the UK (not in China with a made in UK sticker on it!) then they would get the item, good or service at a discount. This would help stimulate the UK manufacturing industry.

Obviously this would only apply to tax payers and not people on the dole or those who have no intention of ever working.

Different sizes of voucher would be created just like paper money so that change could be given in other vouchers and there would be a “use by” date of one year to ensure it was spent within a certain time frame. It would basically exist like a dual currency alongside the existing fiat one we call the pound.

You might not like the idea or the theory for many reasons including it’s Keynesian nature but we are already in a double dip recession with no hope of growth on the horizon and a growing national debt due to all the dole money having to be paid out to the public service workers the Tory/Lib Dem coalition have sacked.

If they somehow expected the private sector just to zoom in and suck up all these workers they were poorly mistaken.

Our chancellor George Osborne has failed in what he set out to dogrow the economy and cut the debt so we need some kind of plan.

Giving money to the banks has failed so why not give it to those of us who have basically saved the country anyway?

If 20 million or so people all spending a few billion pounds in the UK economy this year doesn’t help it grow at all then we are truly screwed.

It’s only an idea but one which few people seem willing to consider for some reason.

How to fix the UK now we are once again in a double dip recession

April 29, 2012

By Dark Politricks

I have just watched the Andrew Marr show with his interview with David Cameron which covered an number of interesting matters such as the influence of lobbying and lobbyist especially his closeness betweeen the government and Rupert Murdoch, the economic crisis which has seen the UK enter a double dip recession.

Thinking of this interview and the state our country is in at the moment and with a bit of previous thought that has always remained in my consisouncess I believe we need to come up with a basic plan of steps that can help to restore our country.

These steps should not be ideologically bound and should be considered in a “what works, works” conceptiuial basis. Whether you are a Tory, Liberal or Socialist we all are suffering under the same problems and a solution that works should be considered whether or not it neatly fits inside your ideological view box or not.

The Economy

1. The private sector has not rushed into fill all the public sector jobs that are being lost. People are being put on the dole which increases government payments for jobseeker allowance and housing benefit and in turn increases the amount we need to borrow and therefore increases national debt. Therefore the question needs to be asked whether or not in makes more logical sense (and in turn basic mathematical sense) to keep on this track.

Many people might blame our tax rates and they might be right. If it can be proven that lower company taxes or a flat tax rate system will bring in more actual revenue to the governments coffers then I have no problem with it.

However corporation tax has already been dropped, our tax free allowance raised twice already, the higher rate of tax dropped from 50% to 45% and no influx of private sector jobs has occurred yet.

Here is something that ought not to be just a thought experiment. I would love to know if some university professor with too much time on his well paid hands has tried workig this out or not and please if anyone knows the answer let me in on it.

In the 1980’s our PM of the time Maggie Thatcher went to war with the miners. Many mines were unprofitable but they supported whole villages and towns and were often the only place for people in the local area to work.

Therefore when the mines were closed whole swathes of the country were made unemployed and in time due to the 3 million unemployed people on the dole the government told the employment agency to shift people onto disability allowance if there were eve the slightest thing wrong with them so that the figures were reduced and they could claim success in the war against unemployment.

This is the same government (although a different generation) that is now trying to get people off the disability allowance they had put them on to help win elections. Hypocrisy?

There were no private companies in these places for the people to go to work in and most of the miners were unskilled manual labourers with little other skills. The only “fix” given by the government of the time was from Norman Tebit who said “Get on your bike” and look for work.

Many of these miners are still jobless and many of the towns and villages that were based around the mines are now desolate wastelands full of empty or broken houses, drugs, drink and other social problems.

Now if someone at the time of this massive descission could have done the maths and worked out whether over the next 20-30 years the amount of money spent in dole money, sickness and housing benefit, extra police, court and prison costs and all the other long term costs that come with massive social deprivation and compared it with the subsidies or lost money from the mines which would come out on top?

Is it better to have a town full of people all working, all feeding their familes, all with a sense of pride in their community living in a town with lower social deprivation at the cost of a government subsidy?

Put aside your libertarian or socialist views and consider it from a basic mathematical point of view. Which do you think costs more?

This is the question we should be asking now with the current public sector cuts. Without knowing the actual true cost of the massive mine closure over 30 years I would surmise that it is cheaper to keep people working and off multiple government subsidies (dole, housing etc) and keeping a loss making mine open – another government subsidy.

So it comes down to a simple question of which subsidy is more benefiial for society? The ones handed out in dole and police wages or the one keeping open the mine and along with it the town that works there.

Remember that the higher cost of current government subsidies for unemployed people has brought our borrowing levels up NOT down and it is only our low interest rates that have kept our heads above water and not turned the UK  into a permanent London riot all year long like Greece and Spain.

Stimulating the Economy

Just a few off the top of my head.

  • Tax breaks for UK companies that make their products within the UK and don’t offshore them to slave labour camps like China.
  • Tax breaks for companies who hire long unemployed people – e.g if you have been unemployed for over 1 year or even 6 months.
  • More emphasis on ensuring companies are not hiring illegal migrants and keeping UK citizens out of jobs through the use of slave labour. A National Insurance card must be provided, photocopied and saved for every employee and provided on demand by people who’s actual job is to prevent slave labour from occurring.
  • Closing all tax loopholes and ensuring any international company who wants to sell their goods in one of the biggest markets in the world has a UK company setup on these shores and all relevant corporation tax paid to our treasury from that company.
  • Setting up a UK PLC company that is owned by all the taxpayers of the country who will recieve dividends from the company each year – used to stimulate the company. They would battle in the economy like any other company for private work but for government contracts they should get first dibs – and why not I ask? The Labour government has shown us through PPI how much money was (and still will be for the next 20 odd years at least) on these private public investment schemes. The UK PLC company would be filled with UK workers with valid national insurance cards, the long term unemployed, ex prisoners, other people struggling to get work AND any other workers who apply to vacacnies when required. The only benefits this company would have compared to others is in the non private workspace e.g government contracts.
  1. It gets first refusal on any government contract whether it be an IT system or new Hospital building or even just a maintenance role at a school. Why pay a private company hundreds of pounds to change a light bulb when we should be able to do it cheaply? Believe me through Gordon Browns PPI system we do pay hundreds of pounds to change light bulbs in hospitals and schools all around the country.
  2. If it makes a profit the profit is divided between expanding the company and paying dividends to us taxpayers who will then use that money stimulating the economy in the private marketplace.
  3. It is a first port of call for the long term unemployed and others seeking work to find a job working for their country.

Banking.

  1. We need to create a national bank that has proper interest rates for savers and encourage people to save money again at a rate that makes it worthwhile.
  2. We need a bank that is owned by the people of the country and is willing to loan out money to small businesses who are the companies who give people jobs.
  3. We need a bank that is owned by the people that’s job isn’t to make money purely from money e.g gambling, as we know all the big players do with their high frequency trading and front running.
  4. We need s bank that is owned by the people where the profit is given out to the shareholders of the company each year (the taxpayers of the country) and not in million pound bonuses to a few of their best AND most of their worst gamblers.
  5. We already have huge stake-holds in more than one bank. We should take the whole thing over and turn it into a bank run for the people of the nation for the benefit of the nation.

Can you imagine as a working tax payer being given a yearly cheque for a few thousand pounds to spend as you wish because you as a taxpayer are also a shareholder in a national bank?

This is one way to stimulate the economy as well as incentivise people without jobs to get jobs and to start paying tax.

The European Union

We should leave the European Union as soon as possible. We should give them an ulimatium either make the whole shaky house of cards what is should have been a free trading zone, with free movement of people and goods and not a semi quasil supra government in which unelected people can weild enormous power and the elected EU government can weild little.

The Euro should never have gone ahead as it was clear to many people at the time that the North and South European countries were two totally different systems that would never mesh together and it was only with the help of the criminals at Goldman Sachs that allowed countries like Greece to hide their huge debts and get on board the Titanic with no-one noticing.

We will save money and keep our own embassies and seats at the UN instead of what is surely on the EU’s roadmap a huge polical union like the USA in which the EU is the only embassy in each country and the EU Foreign Minister makes descisions for all European nations.

Whilst there are some good things in the EU there are plenty of bad and I cannot see the balance being tilted the other way anytime soon.

The case of Abu Qatada has shown our weakness in the face of unelected European judges and whilst I am happy
to know that an appeal lodged at the European Court of Human Rights will take up to 7 years to be heard and maybe prevent Gary McKinnon from being deported to the USA the flipside is also true and it prevents us from deporting dangerous criminals like Abu Qatadar.

Law, Equality and Liberty

The case of Abu Qatadar brings me onto the legal system in the UK.

We should create our own Bill of Rights on the same lines as the US Bill of Rights and that every single person wether they be a policeman or royal is covered by the Bill and everyone in the UK is equal under the law.

I want to know 100% that I will be given the same treatment by the judiciary as the Queen if she let her pack of Corgi’s maul a child to death or drink drive into a bus stop full of people killing many of them. Only when we are all equal under the same law – a British made law and one that is the highest law in the land can we call ourselves free and equal.

Alongside this the true “Freedom Bill” should be implemented post haste not the weak and feeble cut down version making its way through parliament at the moment. It is a disgusting stain on the Lib Dem’s character that they allowed the Tories to rip out everything good about the bill and turn it into a wheel clampers justice bill.

These reforms will rebalance our extradition treaty with the USA, restore our right to silence under police interview, give back our right to protest near parliament and many more important laws the pro-surveillence governent of Labour (and now seemingly the coallition) had brought in.

The English should have their own parliament to solve the West Lothian question and to prevent Scottish MP’s voting to raise UK students tuition fees whilst they can keep University free in their own country.

We should do away with this mismash of devolution which Tony Blair started and go the full hog. We should have full devolution for all 4 parts of the UK in which citizens of those countries vote for their local MP to sit in their countries parliament on matters that affect their country alone and then sit within the Westminister parliament when the matter is UK wide e.g whether to go to war, to sign treaties with other nations and other important UK matters.

The English parliament can sit in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster and matters covering the whole UK will involve members of parliament from the Scottish parliament, the Welsh parliament and the Northern Irish one.

Immigration

I live in a town that due to Joanna Lumley is no longer recoognisable due to the ex Gurka veterans (who I have no problem with at all) bringing their whole families over to live in this country. This would be fine if:

  • They could speak English.
  • They were not all given houses straight away, houses some of us have waited decades on the housing list for.
  • They were not overloading our already strained and mercilessly cut public services.
  • They would at least try and learn our culture and fit in. A thank you wave when you let someone through at a junction is not too much to ask – I know a little thing that many other people don’t do but it’s little things like this that really grind my gears (quote Peter Griffin)

People come to the UK from Africa with HIV and turn up at the nearest hospital and then given the best treatment around for free whilst someone who has live in this country their whole life and can trace their history back hundreds of years is treated contentably by the NHS when they have a serious illness.

I am not against immigration as it was badly needed after World War II and when English people won’t take the jobs someone needs to do them.

  • What I am against is the fact that whole swathes of the UK are now ghettos where a white person would feel threatened to walk at night.
  • Where on a bus ride in certain towns you can hear a myriad of conversations, that is apart from English.
  • Where if you open a door to a woman in a head scarf or let her pass in the street she won’t even look at you in the eye let alone say thank you. I know their culture forbids it but this is Britain not Saudi Arabia and we treat women as equals not slaves therefore we should expect some modicum of “fitting in” if we are going to allow tens of millions of people all from various cultures into our country.

I feel that we should have tigther border controls and that anyone wishing to migrate to this country should be able to pass an entrace exam on our history as well as basic English before being allowed on our soil.

Once they have completed there exams they should be given a citenship ceremony in which they are presented their national insurance card. A card by the way which should be mandatory display at any doctors, hostpital or benefits agency. We all got them when we were 16 and any new immigrant should be proud to achieve the right to hold one. They are not national ID cards but they are a sign you are entitled to work, pay tax, claim benefits and this should include health care.

Not only will this help social cohesion it will install a sense of pride at achieving British Citizenship. We should abolish the stupid tests Labour brought in which were more about how to claim benefits than history and our existing culture. Labour ruined this country in more ways than can be counted.

We want people who want to live here and accept our way our life. I don’t want our government sending troops to foreign lands so that they can say that “we fight them over there so we don’t fight them over here”  whilst at the same time we have thousands of men and women within our shores looking at our culture in disgust and planning payback for all that “collateral damage” we do across the world. It goes both ways and I definitely don’t agree with the wars we are in.

There are so many other things I could go on about including stopping the wars, ending the surveillence state, removing our tongue from the USA’s ass and much more but I think I have said enough for one morning. Lets cross our fingers and pray to the great big Spaghetti monster in the sky that some of it becomes true.

What would you do if you were a Greek citizen

November 2, 2011

By Dark Politricks

The news that the Greek PM George Papandreou has seriously “pissed off” the German and French leadersNicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel, by jeopardising their bailout plan through his decision to allow the Greek people to decide what to do in a referendum is not much of a surprise.

Apparently the leaders of France and Germany are fuming that he has gone back home after agreeing to the huge bailout that would have put Greece into even more debt whilst “saving the euro” by daring to ask the people who will be most affected by this decision what they think.

How dare the Greek people have a choice to decide whether to jump into decades of austerity, low growth, huge debt repayments, job losses, service cuts and much more.

Greece, the ancient home of democracy, now giving it’s people a chance to decide whether to be a free nation or to succumb to their new European masters in Berlin and Paris. How dare they do such a thing!

In a true democracy the people should have a chance to make their voices felt about the most important decisions their political leaders make. Here in the UK we have only once had a referendum on Europe and that was whether or not to join the EEC back in 1975.

That was nothing to do with the EU, the Euro or the dream of a European Super State some globalists wish to see. The politicians dread letting the people make a decision in case they make the “wrong one”.

As the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street protests in the USA, Occupy London protests and student riots in the UK, and the massive demonstrations all round Europemake abundantly clear – the people understand a lot more than the politicians give them credit for and they are certainly not happy with the status quo.

Piling more debt upon an already larger debt is never the answer and the only things Sarkozy and Merkel care about is saving their precious dream of United States of Europe.They are so furious with the Greek PM’s decision to delay plans to “calm the markets” and stabilise the Euro that they have demanded he attend the head masters office to be told off in person on Wednesday when he attends the G20 meeting.

I would love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting as I am sure the Greek PM is going to get such a massive telling off by his new overlords he will blush for days. How dare he ask the Greek people for their opinion on such a huge decision.

Do they still believe the EU is actually a grouping of sovereign states that can make their own decisions?

Or do now see the European Super State as a reality which makes their demands legally binding with no scope for dissent by member countries parliaments or the people they supposedly represent.

On news of the unanimous decision by the Greek cabinet to back Mr Papandreou’s plan for a referendum the markets crumbled – as they usually do on a weekly basis on news of the next “Euro rescue plan”.

In Germany the Dax index, the major stock market average, lost 5%, while the French stock market closed down 5.4%, the Italian 6.7% and London 2.2%.

No doubt a lot of people in brokerage houses all around the world got even richer from this news as volatility in the market enables traders to make money on the dips and rises. Who wants stability when their is scope for money to be made by the banksters!

In fact as always, the banksters of the world will do okay whatever happens and the people of Europe will suffer whatever happens. But whatever your opinion on the Euro, the EU or the current debt crisis surely the Greek people, those most affected by any decision should have the final word on the matter?

Economists, politicians and commentators all over the world believe the Greeks should reject the EU bailout plan and go down the route of Iceland which if we remember was one of the first countries to suffer due to over leveraged banks after the financial crisis first started.

Iceland, a country not in the Euro but with all the benefits of free trade and movement of people, something many Brits wish we had instead of full EU membership, experienced a massive collapse in their banking system during 2008.

Relative to the size of its economy, Iceland’s banking collapse is the largest suffered by any country in economic history.

Their main 3 commercial banks were over leveraged to an amount that equated to 11 times the size of the whole GDP of Iceland (about £130 billion). The collapse caused a run on their banks by UK depositors who had been attracted to invest by the high interest rates offered and the crisis threatened to tank the whole Icelandic economy.

Their currency fell sharply in value, foreign currency transactions were virtually suspended for weeks, and the market capitalisation of the Icelandic stock exchange dropped by more than 90%. The countries GDP dropped by over 5% and the country went into recession. As a result of this crisis the UK and Dutch governments decided to bailout their own citizens who had invested in the banks many of which were local councils trying to get the best return on their savings, something the Labour Government at the time had suggested they do.

However despite threats from the UK and DutchAnti-Terrorism laws being used to freeze Icelandic assets in the UK and lots of pressure from the world community the Icelandic people basically chose to stick two fingers up at the world and reject their own governments choice of bailouts, debt and austerity.

Instead of pouring good money after bad by injecting capital into their banking system to prop it up like the USA, UK, Ireland and others did they decided to let capitalism run it’s natural course by letting the banks fail, choosing short term recession over long term depression and lengthy austerity measures. They chose to ignore pleas to protect the creditors of those banks and instead placed the banks into receivership whilst at the same time protecting Icelandic savers money.

After their President had vetoed a number of controversial bills that would have meant paying back the creditors of the failed banks the decisions were put to referendums, a choice now facing the Greeks, and the people of Iceland chose to vote No and No. Shortly afterwards the current government was thrown out of office.

Obviously this disgraceful act of people power and referenda were anathema to the UK and Dutch governments which had basically been turning the screws on Icelandwanting them to re-pay for their own bailing out of Icelandic investors, something they shouldn’t have done in the first place.

In the year or so that followed Iceland went through a painful period but now they out the other side and doing well which cannot be said for the countries that chose to bail out the banks rather than protecting the people from the banks.

As Washingtons Bog article explains, even the IMF now praises the Icelandic strategy:

“As the first country to experience the full force of the global economic crisis, Iceland is now held up as an example by some of how to overcome deep economic dislocation without undoing the social fabric.”

So maybe there is a chance for Greece to escape the years of gloom that awaits them if they decide to pile more debt on top of their already weak economy.

However unlike Iceland, Greece is already in the Euro, with all the straight jacket mechanisms that entails. Without being able to leave, return to the Drachma, devalue and take back control of their own interest rates they will basically have to hand over full control of their economy to the ECB and the main Euro players i.e Germany and France.

Many people believe Greece should have never been allowed to join the Euro in the first place and it was only the massive cooking of the books by Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan that enabled it to meet Europe’s strict deficit rules while continuing to allow it to spend beyond its means.

That choice to choose the Euro over the future of their people has come back hard to bite them in the ass as many people are now seeing an end to the dream of a United States of Europe in the near future.

A decision by the Greek people to stand up for themselves and say no to more debt and austerity like the Icelandic people did, might just help move that dreamy future forward a bit for everyone else who sees the Euro and EU as a globalist plan that has been forced upon the people of Europe without their say and is bound to ultimately fail anyway.

As with all referenda it all depends on the way the question is formed. Obviously the Greek PM Mr Papandreou wants to shift any blame from himself to the people if it all goes tits up which undoubtedly it will.

However despite all their current strife, the daily riots and lack of jobs, apparently the Greek people are still in favour of the Euro so maybe a straight “Are you in favour of remaining in the Euro or not?” question might lead to a YES – face saving vote for the Greek PM, and then the focus can move down the Mediterranean to Italy or Spain.

However if the question was posed in more realistic terms such as the one below I wonder what the Greek people would vote for.

What would you do if you were a Greek citizen being asked the following two questions.

Question 1 – Straight In or Out of the Euro question

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Question 2 – Austerity and Debt or Drachma and devaluation.

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Please provide comments for the “other” selection if you have any in the comments for this post.

 

Liberals and Conservatives support the Occupy Wall St protests

October 16, 2011

By Dark Politricks

A lot of people, mainly Republicans or anti-Obama supporters, are making a lot of the symbolism shown by a small section of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

People have complained about their lack of transparency, their secret huddled meetings that involve chants and “mind control” symbolism that they believe shows the group to be a zombie like tribe of Obamatrons just out to cause havoc and make a mess of Wall Street and the park they are staying in.

I haven’t seen any statistics that show the links between those that don’t support the Occupy Wall St movement and any previous linkage or support to the Tea Party but it would be interesting to compare and contrast.

Even though it seems on many right wing TV shows, web sites and radio shows that Republicans see the Occupy Wall Street protests as some kind of left wing anti-capitalist plot to ensure a 2nd term for Obama. In reality conservatives and Tea Party supporters are, AND should be, on the side of the protests.

We all know that during the Tea Party protests and the Town Hall meetings during last years health debate the left wing media made much of those protesters who turned up with guns or signs linking Obama with Hitler.

They criticised the Tea Party movement as everything from racist, fascist, astro-turf and nothing more than a Republican puppet dancing to the tune of the Koch brothers pipe.

In a similar manner we are currently witnessing FOX and other right wing media outlets criticise the OWS protests for the same sort of behaviour they were vehemently supporting only a few months back.

This is a perfect sign of the hypocrisy that surrounds the main stream media as well as those people who have fallen for the false right / left paradigm that keeps most countries locked in the grip of the super rich.

These are the 1% the OWS are protesting about who fund both sides of the political debate and thus always achieve their aims no matter which “commoner” sits upon the temporary throne of President or Prime Minister.

Just as I didn’t dismiss the Tea Party protests because of the actions of small minority I will not dismiss the Occupy Wall Street protests for similar acts by individuals or sub groups of people. Yes many people might have voted for Obama at the last election but I would suspect a large proportion of them are now regretting that decision.

Obama is the literal embodiment of the Wall Street machine and to support him whilst attacking the people who control him seems confused at the least. Maybe they just don’t read enough about where his election funds came from and cannot see beyond their two party conditioning that blinds them to the fact that the USA now has their very own Tony Blair.

Just like we Brits voted in Labour in 1997 to get one of the most war loving, civil liberty hating, right wing politicians of all time the Americans voted in 2008 their own version. Falling for the “change we can believe in” patter of a politician that had a political compass as bent as Blairs.

No true left winger could support Blair or Obama’s love of war, destruction of liberty and subservience to the city bankers that swooned, sweet talked and funded them.

How can you call yourself a true man of the working class when you went to the best schools money can buy and only witness council estates on televised “walk throughs” designed to show how “in touch” you are with Joe Bloggs the builder. The same builder whose job your financial buddies are shipping offshore because it saves them money.

So whilst it is true that the Occupy Wall Street crowd has it’s fair share of Obamatrons, and uneducated left wingers who believe he really is sticking up for them against their common foe it is not and should not be indicative of the whole movement who’s aims cross all political parties.

So to witness right wingers like Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck and the rest of the usual suspects attack the Occupy Wall Street protesters as:

“tattooed, body-pierced, sunken-chested 19-year-olds getting in fights with the police for fun.” – Ann Coulter

“directionless losers [who] pose for cameras while uttering random liberal clichés lacking any reason or coherence.” – Ann Coulter

“Liberals are now pointing the finger of blame at successful employers under the guise of fairness, but when they utter phrases like ‘fair share’ you just know, heh, they’re once again playing fast and furious with the truth.” – Rick Perry

“growing mobs” – Rep. Eric Cantor

“I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare.”  – Mitt Romney

“I see the president’s rhetoric of envy inflaming the public and saying, Go get yours because rich people don’t deserve it. ” – Rand Paul

“Well, if you look at what they’ve been telling in the media, they don’t know why they’re there, they’re just mad. And I see people angry in my district too, but this attack upon business, attack upon industry, attack upon freedom, and I think that’s what this is all about.” — Paul Broun

“What are these people for? To the degree that they’re for anything, it’s left-wing nuttiness.” – Karl Rove

and people that “will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you.” – Glenn Beck

The same people who were recently admiring the FOX sponsored Tea Party protests as brave Americans standing up for their constitutional rights and defending their right to protest as distinctly American are now flip reversing because a number of the protesters are obvious Obama supporters or left wingers.

It seems it’s only okay to stand up for you believe in if you believe in the right things – literally.

I have no truck with either the right or left in the USA. Mainly because I am a Brit but in all countries most populations have fallen for the false left/right political paradigm. However when you have Libertarians like Ron Paul and Liberals like Dennis Kucinich both supporting the Occupy Wall St protests, an End to the FED and an end to the foreign entanglements the US founding fathers warned against then it should be clear that the OWS protest group is not and should not be seen as just a tool of the left.

It might have left wing and Obama supporting groups trying to co-opt it, and control it from within just like the Tea Party got screwed from within by Republicans. However as much as some may not want to admit it, it is clear that both liberals and conservatives support the Occupy movement and this includes original Tea Party founders and arch anti-statists alike.

Karl Denninger who helped found the Tea Party before becoming disillusioned with it once it had been co-opted by the Republicans supports the protests and sees similarities with the original Tea Party protests saying:

“The problem with protests and the political process is that it is very easy, no matter how big the protest is, for the politicians to simply wait until the people go home,” financial blogger Karl Denninger observed. “And then they can ignore you.”

“Well, Occupy Wall Street was a little different,” he continued. “And back in 2008, I wrote that when we will actually see change is when the people come, they set up camp, and they refuse to go home. That appears to be happening now.”

Along with the Oath Keepers and other big names such as Alex Jones – groups and people who are definitely not left wing Obama supporters. They are hoping to help steer the protests towards the most important central aim which is to End the FED. The Oath Keepers recently said:

Oath Keepers sees good reason to stand in the streets with these awakening souls and protect their right to free speech, to peacefully assemble, and to redress their grievances to their government, as the Constitution prescribes for all Americans. That is one thing. Another facet of our initiative is to use these public gatherings to reach and teach many who now hunger for the truth we can show them how the Constitution will protect them better than an over sized, bloated Federal behemoth hell-bent on controlling every aspect of each citizens life.

To point this out to the masses, Oath Keepers is organizing a joint effort along with Alex Jones of Infowars.com (who himself called for an Occupy the Fed movement); Steven Vincent of End The Fed; Danny Panzellas Truth Squad TV; Brandon Smith of Alt-Mkt.com; Gary Franch of Restore The Republic; and others as quickly as we can contact them. Remember Bob Dwyer, the guy who started the first Tea Party to launch the Ron Paul revolution? Hes in. The forces of Constitutional rule of law must muster now to deflect the bile being belched forth by the socialist/statist extremists …. Oath Keepers has the message American youth need. If we do not go out into the street and give them the truth, can we really say were still honoring our Oath?

Therefore it should be clear to anyone with half a brain cell that when the official mainstream media TV stations and pundits like those on FOX attack the protesters as “Anti-American” they are not only talking out their ass they are being totally disingenuous having previously supported Tea Party protests as being the epitome of true American spirit.

Hopefully enough people are now gathering their news sources from alternative sources and can see through the bullshit that TV shows like those on FOX are spitting out in the direction of the protests.

Remember – In a free society the public can and should protest when their government becomes nothing more than the executive arm of the banking industry.

Civil disobedience is moral and just when the cause is right and just like the civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid protests, the boycott and divestment campaign and other worthy protests of note the Occupy Wall Street protests should be applauded and supported whatever your political view.

People from all sides of the political spectrum should be demanding real change and I think this video with Dylan Ratigan says it all. Both Democrats and Republicans are corrupt and until a new system is created nothing will change.

UK Government tries to divide and conquer the public. Don’t be diverted from the real targets of our misery – the banksters!

June 30, 2011

By Dark Politricks

I am in agreement with those who are striking today in the UK over the governments proposal to cut their pensions, extend the age in which you can retire and increase the amount of money you must pay for the privilege.

A lot of people working in the private sector look at public sector workers and resent the fact that their taxes go towards paying their pensions which in many cases are still larger and better funded than those available to themselves and I have sympathy for their point of view.

However it seems to me that what is really happening here is that a big game of divide and conquer is being played out by our leaders – all of whom are public sector workers with very cushy pensions indeed!

Trying to pit private workers and public sector workers against each other is a brilliant way of diverting our attention away from the real problems and root causes of our current financial mess which our banksters gambled and lied our countries way into.

Plus they want to push the blame on to the weakest in society and hypnotize us so that we forget our leaders decisions to make the poor pay off the deficit through massive spending cuts and tax hikes instead of the real culprits who actually deserve and can afford to if so forced.

Yes some of us may be living longer but the average life expectancy in this country varies so much from the South to North, from London to Scotland and from poor to rich neighbourhoods it really is a weak argument especially for any manual workers who will have to work until they are basically 70 years old before being able to retire.

Our politicians are trying to frame this as a case of fairness. Why should private workers who are struggling to pay for their own expensive pensions fork out for the pensions of public sector workers through their tax?

Well that is a question we could spin around many ways.

Why should my taxes go towards paying for £400k Tommahawk missiles to be fired into Libyan cities or bombing raids on Afghan villages?

Why should my taxes go towards paying for the police to waste their time chasing and locking up drug offenders only for the cycle to repeat itself infinitely until death or forced withdrawal and miracle rehabilitation into society.

Why should my taxes go towards paying for the royal family to live in a dozen mansions and spent their time travelling first class around the world waving to crowds from expensive cars protected by ex SAS soldiers.

Why should my taxes go towards paying for the anti-democratic EU an entity most of our country doesn’t want to belong to and one in which even though we are not part of its single currency we are still obliged to pay for bailouts to bankrupt Eurozone countries and subsidise French farmers to the tune of billions.

There are so many things that every person in this country if given the choice whether or not our taxes should go towards would say no but I estimate that only a small percentage of people would choose to abolish teachers, nurses, policemen and doctors over expensive imperialistic wars.

Have we forgotten that it was the banksters and their paid for politicians who screwed this countries finances up and not our primary school teachers or nurses.

Yes our country might be skint but we seem to have forgotten that our current austerity plan which involves asking everyone to work longer (many until they die) and pay more for a lot less is a choice not a necessity. We could choose to change our Attack Industry into a proper Defence Industry who’s primary role is to defend our own nation from attack not invade others under false pretences.

Looking back since World War II when the Geneva Convention made wars of aggression illegal under international lawhow many wars has our country been involved in that were actually cases of defending our nation from a foreign invader or attack?

From the Suez Crisis to Kosovo, Iraq to Afghanistan and Iraq again plus Korea and now Libya the only actual war
which was a defence of our realm from an outside attack was the Falklands war in 1982. This was a clear case of our territory being invaded by a foreign country and we were legally within our rights to fight Argentina to reclaim those wind swept islands full of sheep.

Just imagine how much money our country could we saved over all those years if we didn’t go to war on a whim or because the USA clicked their fingers?

Leaving aside the billions wasted by our Ministry of Attack we have already spent more bailing out Ireland, Greece and Portugal than we aimed to save from our austerity measures at home.

And on top of that if we actually got our tax code simplified so that any company doing business within our borders has to setup a UK based company and pay full corporation tax instead of using a mailbox in the Cayman Islands and expensive lawyers to pick holes and dodge their moral responsibility and fair share of tax we would have another huge pot of cash to pay off our debt.

And as for our overcrowded jails that are just warehouses for dyslexics, the mentally ill and those with drink or drug problems we are shooting ourselves in the foot by always going for short term solutions instead of thinking long time.

Why can we not build proper treatment centers and offer solutions for the majority of criminals who are inside due to a mixture of poor backgrounds, poor schooling and little job opportunities and leave our jails for the violent criminals who deserve to be locked up for decades for their murders, rapes and child abductions.

For the large number of people who see prison as a free board and food and go in and out like a yo-yo we should be training them up for all manner of skilled manual jobs from plumbers, electricians, carpenters and many more positions that mean not only could we use their skills during their time of punishment for cheap labour so that they get real life work experience but when they leave prison they have a proper chance of being able to go straight by working legally.

I talked some time back about an idea for “UK PLC” in which all taxpayers were shareholders and to which all government tenders are first offered to before being offered to private companies. Not only would this company serve a useful purpose in providing work for those who need it, but it would offer people who have been written off a chance to rejoin society, as well as hopefully making a profit that all tax payers could benefit from.

However thinking outside the box is not something our controlled press are interested in and they seem more keen onattacking Ken Clarke when he actually offers possible solutions than debating their merits. They are also more interested in pointing the finger at the small percentage of benefit fraudsters and large family claimants than those banksters who are still paying themselves multi million pound bonuses with tax payers money.

The same papers are attacking the strikers as just mindless thugs out to inconvenience private sector workers who will have to pay for child care or take time off work due to their children’s schools being closed.

We expect it from them by now as they are the mouthpieces of the establishment and if we are hoping to see any kind of social justice discussed which doesn’t start off with benefit scroungers, immigrants, the Human Rights Act all being hung drawn and quartered as the bankers are given a free pass then we are going to be waiting a long time.

Anyhow it seems that Gerald Celente, Alex Jones, Max Keiser and all the other “doomsayers” were right last year when they predicted that 2011 would be the year of massive social breakdown, street riots, massive protests and strikes as the IMF, World Bank, EU and all the other forgers of last resort dangle bundles of freshly printed fiat currency in front of indebted countries in return for the opportunity to buy up all their family silver at bargain prices, privatize everything and use the publics pensions, benefits and jobs as payment for a year or two’s grace before their sovereign debt re-financing cycle comes round again.

So far we have seen riots and massive protests in Greece, the UK, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. How many more  countries literally tearing themselves apart at the seams will it take before our leaders get the message?

Only when the west starts to suffer will the real revolution begin

January 30, 2011

By Dark Politricks

This is a beautiful quote from an inspiring man Ken O’Keefe who wrote yesterday:

“I am loving the “financial crisis, loving the fact that people are suffering in Europe and America, let it get worse and worse, please God I pray for a storm of discomfort.  Let the middle and upper class people of the West in particular live like the Bedouins of Gaza I met today, nothing will jump start their conscience more.  Let them feel a fraction of the pain and suffering we have dealt to the rest of the world. Soak it up, embrace it, live in the street, go hungry and homeless and get beaten for seeking shelter in the wrong place.  Then look in the mirror and see the world you created in your own eyes.”

How true is that.

Whilst we live comfortably in the west, drugged up on cheap debt and various state sanctioned pharmaceuticals. In our nice houses with our new cars and wide screen TV’s and the next new gadget or celebrity story to distract us we will never be stirred up enough to realise the true nature of our reality.

Only when you have had nothing can you appreciate the things you now have.

Only when you lose everything you thought you owned will you realise that you actually never owned anything at all.

We live in a world in which we are taught that anything is possible but only if you play by the rules that have been decreed from above.

We live in a world in which a tiny percentage of the population control the majority of the wealth and land and whilst we spend 50 years to pay off increasingly large and hard to obtain mortgages we need to realise we are really only tenants in another persons property.

An English mans home was supposed to be his castle but how can that be true if a multitude of authorities can storm the castle at any time with the filmiest of reasons.

Ken is right in hoping that the financial crisis if it gets worst might be the best thing for the western world. For it will only be when the majority start to endure the hardship and pain that occurs with high unemployment, homelessness and social unrest that they will stop to ask themselves why.

Our government believes that it is more important to pay billions in loan interest payments on worthless fiat currency and wars of aggression against a people who have no clue to why we are attacking them than ensuring our society is cared and provided for.

Whilst self reliance and limited government is an admirable aspiration we must ensure that the focus of it’s limits are are towards a healthy, educated, cohesive, fair and happy society and not to prop up the established and entrenched rich minority who profit immensely from the suffering of those around the globe.

The Middle East is finally stirring up against it’s own rulers who have for too long been corrupt dictators that our own governments have denounced for their human rights abuses in public but have been all too happy to do business with in private.

Ken is right in that our world is a sham built on a dreamland that is about to topple down as a house of cards always does. Certain economists have been saying for years that our current fractional reserve monetary system could not last for ever. That the amount of debt accrued so far by governments and people all over the world is so much that it can never be paid off.

The monetary masters will never allow the people to just wipe the slate clean but maybe that will eventually happen anyway. If the revolutions in Africa spread and the austerity measures in the west finally kick in and people start to really suffer then the year of rage might become a good turning point in our history.

U.S. May Lose 824,000 Jobs as Employment Data Revised: Analysis

February 3, 2010

Bloomberg News

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg Multimedia) — The U.S. may lose 824,000 jobs when the government releases its annual revision to employment data on Feb. 5, showing the labor market was in worse shape during the recession than known at the time.

Click here for a Bloomberg Multimedia interactive visual analysis of the economy’s job losses.

No Help in Sight, More Homeowners Walk Away

February 3, 2010

DAVID STREITFELD

New York Times

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

In 2006, Benjamin Koellmann bought a condominium in Miami Beach. By his calculation, it will be about the year 2025 before he can sell his modest home for what he paid. Or maybe 2040.

“People like me are beginning to feel like suckers,” Mr. Koellmann said. “Why not let it go in default and rent a better place for less?”

After three years of plunging real estate values, after the bailouts of the bankers and the revival of their million-dollar bonuses, after the Obama administration’s loan modification plan raised the expectations of many but satisfied only a few, a large group of distressed homeowners is wondering the same thing.

New research suggests that when a home’s value falls below 75 percent of the amount owed on the mortgage, the owner starts to think hard about walking away, even if he or she has the money to keep paying.

Full story here.