A few nice economic collapse images I found:
Eleven Reasons Overthrowing the Government Would Fix the Economy (g1a2d0067c1)
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ELEVEN REASONS OVERTHROWING THE GOVERNMENT WOULD FIX THE ECONOMY
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 67: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce’s Kleptocracy Chronicles for 21 Nov 2011 (g1a2d0067c1)
How many examples of greed and corruption must you see before you act?
"With revolutions all across the Arab world, riots spreading through Europe,
and the continued persistence of the economic downturn, it seems like
everyone’s coming to the consensus that perhaps the situation has become so
unthinkably bad that previously unthinkable solutions might be necessary.
Government solutions to catastrophic economic collapse have rarely been neat
or pretty, but at least in the past they tried to do something bold and
mostly succeeded – as opposed to our modern Congress who apparently can’t
even agree on the fact that they are responsible enough to spend any money."
"So how about we propose a tiny, modest, infinitesimal alteration: just
overthrow the whole f’n thing and start from scratch. After all, it’s the
young, well educated millennials that are getting the hardest shaft from the
downturn, and it’s the young, educated and unemployed who start revolutions.
There’s not much else that will kick off a revolution faster than grinding
poverty and an excess of free time, especially when you add in upward of
0,000 in student loan debt, piled on in pursuit of what ended up being an
empty promise given by baby boomers who have their healthcare paid for by
the government, but pale with horror when their children demand the same.
So whether we completely re-write the Constitution (which we can totally do
by the way), or violently storm the capital, here are 10 ways in which
overthrowing the government would help get the economy back on its feet…"
FIND THE FIRST 10 REASONS HERE:
THE 11TH REASON IS THIS:
The U.S. Air Force paid Lockheed Martin – the federal contractor that is
first in funding, first in fraud, and principal beneficiary of the
trillion F-35 boondoggle that eclipsed their F-22 disaster – about 412
million taxpayer dollars each for their problem-plagued and now
program-cancelled F-22 fighter jets. With some 170 [Cr|R]aptors still "in
service" – but never once used in combat anywhere in the world – that’s over
70 billion taxpayer dollars paid to Lockheed for planes that have been
absolutely useless militarily. And what did our Pentagon decide to do last
week to remedy the situation? Why, GIVE LOCKHEED MARTIN ANOTHER .4
BILLION to "upgrade" their grounded F-22 fleet, of course!
SHOW ME WHAT KLEPTOCRACY LOOKS LIKE! THIS IS WHAT KLEPTOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
Kleptocracy [klep-TOK-ruh-see]: A government or state in which those in
power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves. See
also the United States of America where, as Goethe said, "None are more
hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Want
documented examples of the corporate greed that corrupts our government and
fuels the Revolution? Find dozens here, with more to come:
IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT OF THE LAST 14 U.S. PRESIDENTS, 7 HAVE BEEN
DEMOCRATS AND 7 HAVE BEEN REPUBLICANS.
Our Kleptocracy-controlled media focuses on America’s two-year election
cycles as if who wins or loses in the swinging of the pendulum was a matter
of life or death, when in fact even at the Presidential level it makes no
more difference than the outcomes of Monday Night Football, American Idol,
Dancing With The Stars, Hillbilly Handfishing or the trial of Michael
Jackson’s doctor. U.S. elections are staged primarily to give Sheeple the
illusion of control so they will (a) vent their frustrations and expend
their energy, emotions and resources supporting or attacking the Puppet on
the Left hand or the Puppet on the Right, and consequently (b) never
recognize and challenge the common omnipotent Puppetmaster.
There was no real change in 2008. There was no real change in 2010. There
WILL be real change in 2012, but it won’t be coming from tele-brainwashed
couch potatoes, manipulated voter lists, rigged voting machines or
predetermined ballot counts. It will be coming from us…
The 99 Percent
I AM NOT ANONYMOUS. I AM AN AMERICAN.
I am not just a Consumer. I am a Citizen.
I will no longer be labeled Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative,
Demopublican or Republocrat.
I will no longer follow Puppets labeled Left or Right, Liberal or
Conservative, Demopublican or Republocrat.
I am the People. And I am coming for the Puppetmasters.
I am part of the 99 Percent. And I demand the following:
1. End the Fed.
2. Reverse Citizens United.
3. Repeal PATRIOT Act.
4. Expose 9/11 Truth.
5. End Profit Wars.
6. Refund Taxpayer Trillions.
7. Imprison the Kleptocrats.
8. Single Term Limits.
Or, if these demands are not addressed promptly:
1. Regime Change.
LABELS (A POEM OF PROTEST)
The parties of the system;
Puppets both, for sale their votes,
No character or wisdom.
For change or status quo?
Pick either one, the change is none,
All charlatans and whores.
Far "Left" we place the Anarchists,
Libertarians claim far "Right";
Yet both decry the government:
False continuum brought to light.
For oil, "We" bomb their mud huts,
Strip them bare, then offer "Aid";
And fake their retribution as
Pretext – a false flag raised.
Unarmed hundred thousands killed
By weapons of "Defense",
While rights are lost for "Freedom" sake –
On profit, all depends.
With stroke of pen, the "Patriot" Act,
And patriots’ gifts are taken;
Then "Citizens United" leaves
Our citizens forsaken.
We protest loss of liberties,
Put "World Wide Web" to use;
Cloudmark Authority censors us
For "messaging abuse".
They label us to finger-point,
With labels, "They" deride us;
Their labels keep us all at bay,
For with labels, "They" divide us.
JOIN THE GLOBAL REVOLUTION!
Occupy Wall Street/OWS:
Occupy DC/Stop the Machine:
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How many examples of greed and corruption must you see before you act?
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Planet of Slums
Image by Earthworm
Nobody should have any delusions about the global economy raising all boats, after reading this. Fascinating details, thoroughly researched and footnoted. Has a Dante’s Inferno quality to it as the author describes the conditions and peels back the myths about the poor and the neo-liberal free market solutions that have been bestowed on them.
This thesis exposes the fallout of the International Monetary Fund policies as it works its way through each third world country for the benefit of those fleecing the world for every last penny. Though I already knew about IMF policies wreaking havoc on local economies, agriculture and the environment, I had no idea that exploiting the poor could be so profitable, but because there are so increasingly many of them congregating in such concentrated areas, they are a large market for all the things that the IMF forced the host country to take away ie, housing, food, power and water.
One of the slums mentioned a number of times is Klong Toey which is within walking distance of my house in Bangkok. I never ventured into it, only drove past.
His parenthetical references to his sources breaks up the narrative a bit and he assumes that one should know where all these cities are. Quick where is Kinshassa, Dakar and Port-au-Prince? Being a British publication, the author may have assumed a higher level of education of his reader, but I appreciated the global sweep of his coverage.
The final analysis by the Pentagon is as revealing as their report on Global Warming was. Something here for everyone whether you fear economic collapse, terrorism or bird flu. A much needed perspective for anyone wanting to fathom solutions for planetary problems. Luckily he is working on another book about how the poor are resisting. After all, after the Inferno comes Purgatory. Would be nice to have a Paradisio too.