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26 июня, 16:20

health care thralls

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Who's programmed to choose sides that don't differ significantly? "...ideas such as universal healthcare exist, but they’re only allowed a quick 3-minute shout-out by Bernie Sanders before MSNBC plays him off like he’s an Oscar speech that has gone on too long. “I’m sorry! That’s all the time we have for the only rational, moral course for our country to take on healthcare. Coming up next, 4 hours of Obamacare vs. Trumpcare! The battle of the titans!...” http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/06/lee-camp-heres-no-legitimate-healthcare-debate-country.html

22 июня, 01:40

The Dinosaur Threat

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Reactionary dinosaurs may well be as great a threat to us as the planet killing asteroid that took out the earlier cold blooded reptilian monsters. I can't rail enough against the Republicans, now that they're hiding the content of the heath care bill that will take a greed broken system and reduce the number of Americans who can receive even that overpriced low quality big pharma poisoned (and misdirected) service. It's their evil intent to give tax cuts to billionaires and further bloat the Medical Insurance and Management fraud that's impoverishing the rest of us that hyper inflates my usually high pressure outrage. If you disagree with conservatives on health care or anything else that profits their rich owners, they will do whatever it takes - including violence - to shut you up. The Kent State and Jackson State murders in Nixon's 1970 Amerika demonstrated that to me when I was 24 years old. I have never forgiven the Republicans/fascists for those crimes against humanity. I never will. How could I? They've grown more dangerous, even if at times subtle, every year. Trump is the worst yet. I've said it all before. You can't compromise with conservatives. There's no honesty or sincerity in them. And this becomes more apparent as events occur like candidate Trump's thuggish supporters beating protesters with his approval and a congressional candidates body slamming a reporter. And whoa! For the first time I'm aware of in the 21st century, one of the usually meek and passive opponents of growing fascism [stupidly] took up arms against corporatist representatives. What's this world coming to?

16 июня, 16:34

Trust Fund Perfidy

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FICA tax withholding from our paychecks is the source of the social security trust fund. The mostly conservative politicians borrowed and spent the the trust fund on regular government expenses at the same time they gave tax cuts to their wealthy patrons. Now they tell us that social security is broke, because they don't want to tax the rich to get back the money they stole from us. (A loan that one has no intention of repaying is a theft.) They say social security and Medicare are a great part of government expenditure. The reality is they owe that money to us because they already taxed us to get it and spent it on the military industrial complex and other corporate welfare programs and/or tax cuts that also make their handlers richer. Who are they? Paul Ryan is one. http://www.cbpp.org/research/the-ryan-budgets-radical-priorities If you've been paying attention, you know others. If you haven't, you'd better start educating yourself on the 2017 economic realities in America. The attack on social security is only a hint about what's going on in neoliberal times. Eventually people will see that most politicians and especially conservatives serve only the rich masters. Perhaps more frequent mass shootings are a sign of that change, like more frequent storms indicate climatic upheaval. What follows is most of the last paragraph of seven by Gaius Publius: "The Collapsing Social Contract" "... The country is already in a pre-revolutionary state; that's one huge reason people chose Trump over Clinton, and would have chosen Sanders over Trump. The Big Squeeze has to stop, or this will be just the beginning of a long and painful path. We're on a track that nations we have watched - tightly "ordered" states, highly chaotic ones - have trod already. While we look at them in pity, their example stares back at us." Take 30 seconds and read the whole thing: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/06/gaius-publius-collapsing-social-contract.html

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12 июня, 00:01

trade and the price of fruit

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The price and profit on domestic foods increases when their are profits from exports. So if Trump does fix the trade deficit, what happens to the prices for the goods we consume domestically? Think plums from Chile in the winter and to Chile in the summer. Milton Friedman's Chilean miracle.

07 июня, 17:12

A Bad Conquest

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The human story is one of conquest. Therefore, it will come to a bad end. When too many raid or raiders kill all the producers and there's nothing left to steal, such an economy will fail. Those who depend on it will die. It's not just military conquest. Economic conquest, since the time of Joseph in Egypt, has been more devastating because less recognized as a threat. Usurers and rentiers are not seen as conquerors and economy/livelihood destroyers. Yet they live by raiding their neighbors hard works and do no productive thing, just like military or terrorist raiders. They take until there is no more. How can such a world continue, when everyone takes from those who make until the latter are no more. Slaves die when masters take everything and leave nothing for the former to live on. The poor in Africa starve, while the poor in America live ten years less than average and suffer from malnutrition related diseases like diabetes. The middle class are languishing and only the top ten percent are doing well in the market economy. Yet conservatives always imagine a dystopia worse than the one they impose by their greed if the system could be changed to improve lives at the bottom. They think no one sees through their libertarian sophistry and hypocrisy. Everything is what conservatives want for themselves. They don't think far enough ahead to see that when they have it, those of us who actually do the work to make it will die. In the end, as in the beginning, the cons will have conned themselves. And the human race will be extinct.

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03 июня, 05:03

Controlling the Narrative

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After not posting on this forum for years I thought I'd come back and have a look. Almost all of my original posts have been deleted from this site, and someone has conveniently lowered my contributor points to about 1/5 of what they actually were. As I thought when I left, no forum subject to this much censorship is worth contributing to.

01 июня, 16:06

Debt Death Spiral

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Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism posted a short Michael Hudson essay about student loans and debt in general on June 1, 2017: "A lot of people forget that having debt you can't pay back really sucks. Debt is not just a credit instrument, it is an instrument of political and economic control. ..." Yves Smith "Bankers sit on the boards of the leading universities – not simply by buying their way in as donors, but because they finance the transformation of universities into real estate companies. Columbia and New York University are major real estate holders in New York City. Like the churches, they pay no property or income tax, being considered to play a vital social role. But from the bankers' vantage point, their role is to provide a market for debt whose magnitude now outstrips even that of credit card debt!..." Michael Hudson http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/06/michael-hudson-students-class.html Austerity measures are imposed to reduce debt. Spiraling debt grows and wealth becomes more concentrated because of the interest, which is the profit of those who invest in debt. We go into debt, as does our govt. because we have insufficient income. Debt dividends are the income of the banksters and billionaires who own everything. Do you really think the banksters and billionaires are going to let us or our government, their two biggest cash cows, get out of debt through austerity or any other means we poor mortals can devise? The debt spiral that feeds the parasitic monsters who own everything is the death spiral for the economy and the human race.

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27 мая, 16:05

Don't worry so much about Trump.

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Don't worry about Trump. He's just in passing. Worry about what is going on in the Democratic party. The Hag and her cronies are still there and operating. They're making all that Russia hacking stuff up to deflect the fact that they are non-starters in any sort of election where democracy works. What really needs to happen is that the rank and file of the Democratic party needs to boot them out. Get rid of them like one needs to get rid of a bad cancer. Otherwise, we can kiss the Democratic party, and our Nation good bye.

25 мая, 08:53

It's Time for an H-1B Presidency for the U.S.A.

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The protection costs for Trump's private properties to be paid for by the taxpayers are mounting: https://www.yahoo.com/news/secret-budget-asks-25m-protect-trump-tower-182124669--politics.html So are the costs(some say about $3 millions per weekend trip) for most of Trump's weekend retreats to his Florida resort, Mara-a-Lago, to relieve his golfing itches for ho'es-in-one. "Grab them golf clubs as if you're holding a sausage of girth," said the golfing instructor to my child. "Fore!" The classic corporate strategy for cost control is to outsource so we taxpayers need to clamor for bringing in an H-1B Presidency from India, China, Iran, or Saudi Arabia. India knows information technology so it can patrol pornography consumption in the U.S. well, with a native cultural passion for Kama Sutra. India knew how to achieve a great population despite the strict control on sex which certainly produced great hordes of wantonly sex-starved young men bent on raping and killing women(patriarchical societies' sexpots). China knows the intricacies and the stolen trade secrets of manufacturing technologies. Great, great choice for the Department of Commerce. Iran is a former British colony destined for regional dominance. It can speak English well and build the first Shi'ite nuclear-tipped ICBM to counterbalance the Sunn'i nuclear bombs of Pakistan. That will stabilize the Middle East. Ah Mad Dinner Jar said that Iran had no homosexuals because it "executed them." Pity Iran's beautiful young women who love a sense of humor! Saudi Arabia knows how to deal with dissents - it doesn't have Any, just ask al-Qaeda and ISIL. I just love looking at their beautiful green(what a distinctive color to evoke a desert emotion) flag with the baculum symbol underwriting it all. My mind is already drifting to the harem that will surely promote inbreeding in isolated small population tribes(some tribes institutionalized royal cuckoldry and others created elaborate and meticulously kept clan lineage records and intricate mating rules - the Australian aborigines, being so isolated and few on such a vast dry fire-shaped continent, have probably evolved age-old inbreeding-preventing customs). Oh yes, I recall the succulent tales of the classic 1001 Arabian Nights with pleasure. The Navigator asks, "Isn't Trumpanzia a great, Great harem taken altogether?" 'Tis. "'Twas mine but was not mine alone," said the red Queen. Yes, all things happened in the Mind of God. With multispectral multisensory integration to reach for God, taste with all the colors of the wind, not to own or control but to guide.

24 мая, 16:18

Austerity Hopium

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Cuba is 32nd, 1 position lower than US in average life expectancy. That is: 79.1 and 79.3 years respectively. The top income earners in America live 4.5 years longer on average than most, who are a lot closer to the bottom than the top. That fact is missed if all you see is the overall mean life expectancy. My guess is that our median is probably closer to 75 years LE, while Cuba's is closer to 79. If the median life expectancy is closer to the average in Cuba, does that indicate a more equal income distribution or a society in which health care is the same for everyone, because there's a single payer? If so, that's a strong argument against for profit medicine, especially the big pharma extortionists. Exercise: similar comparison wrt infant mortality rate. In Britain, Theresa May calls the austerity cuts to NHS that's been said to be causing 30,000 unnecessary deaths per year, "... living within our means." Of course the cost savings all go into the pockets of the ruling aristocracy and wannabes like May love it. Austerians are hopium addicts. http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/05/government-austerity-demands-die-within-means.html How many deaths are at the door of the perpetual austerity promoted by Ronald Reagan during his cruel reign of wealth concentration?

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18 мая, 17:35

Straw Man

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Revealing classified information to the Russians is a straw man. The Republicans are desperate to distract us from Trump's criminal blunder. They've been accused of using "weapons of mass distraction" in the past. We must always remember: there's no honesty or sincerity in conservatives. The most serious Trump crime is obstruction of justice. He fired Comey, because of his failure to drop the Flynn investigation. The Donald waited long enough for the fact to drop from his and his base supporter's consciousness. With his and their 3 minute attention span, forgetting important details is easy. We're dealing with 2 year old mentalities after all. Obstruction of Justice is what brought Nixon down. If, unlike sociopaths and psychopaths, conservatives actually had consciences, the Republicans would be impeach Trump now!

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17 мая, 16:25

Right-nut funding networks conspiracy thwarts American prosperity

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http://www.salon.com/2017/05/17/documents-reveal-a-powerful-secretive-foundations-blueprint-for-spreading-right-wing-ideology-state-by-state_partner//