Checkmate, Socialists!

socialism vs capitalismPlease stop blaming capitalism for America’s problems! Capitalism is something we used to have in the past. It helped build us into the greatest country on Earth. But then it gradually became corrupted, and evolved into some bizarre combination of crony-capitalism/corporatism, socialism, and fascism. Suddenly we became a country ruled by big banks, big government, big corporations, crooked politicians, Wall Street, special interests, and the military industrial complex. That’s not capitalism! Therefore socialism cannot fix the ‘problem,’ it’s only going to increase the size and scope of government! More programs, more taxes. More money out of your paycheck and given to some of the most inept and corrupt people in the country! Not only have our politicians spent every dime ever taken from us, they have also put us nearly Twenty Trillion dollars in debt! They have already stolen our future, and the solution is to give them even more money?

But wait, don’t we need big government to regulate and protect us from the big corporations? Maybe, remember when the corporations cut off the clean water supply in Flint, Michigan? And they gave them the highly corrosive river water instead? And it dissolved the old plumbing structure leading to a dangerous lead infestation that poisoned the population? All so they could save a measly one-hundred dollars a day? But then a big government bureaucracy swooped in to expose the scandal and save the day? No, because that’s not what happened! It was the government that both caused and covered-up the catastrophe! And it was local citizens who ended up exposing it. The reality is this: big government can create as many problems as it solves, and can be every bit as bad as the big corporations. So how will socialism fix our problems when government becomes the problem?

BP, the government, and the whistle-blowing submarine that caught them in bed together:

Wow, you mean BP and the government are lying about the oil spill?

I'm the U.S. Oil Compensation Czar!

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Here are some fun highlights about the event:

“That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill compensation czar that said nearly all will be well by 2012.”

“Magic microbes consumed maybe 10 percent of the total discharge, the rest of it we don’t know,” Joye said, later adding: “there’s a lot of it out there.”

“The head of the agency in charge of the health of the Gulf said Saturday that she thought that “most of the oil is gone.”

“And a Department of Energy scientist, doing research with a grant from BP from before the spill, said his examination of oil plumes in the water column show that microbes have done a “fairly fast” job of eating the oil.”

“And even more troublesome was the tremendous amount of methane from the BP well that mixed into the Gulf and was mostly ignored by other researchers.”

“Kenneth Feinberg, the government’s oil compensation fund czar, said based on research he commissioned he figured the Gulf of Mexico would almost fully recover by 2012”

“I’ve been to the bottom. I’ve seen what it looks like with my own eyes. It’s not going to be fine by 2012,” Joye told The Associated Press. “You see what the bottom looks like, you have a different opinion.”

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It must be easy keeping a secret and then keeping the public in the dark about it when we can’t actually see the problem. Are you wondering what it is that they don’t want you to see? Remember all the fuss about a dispersant called “corexit” that roused up some issues with the EPA?

Well here is a more enlightening picture of what corexit does and what really happened in the gulf: (I’ll outline highlights below)

18:10-18:35 What corexit is, and how you can use it to get away with saying “most of the oil is gone.”
19:35-20:10 just how toxic is this corexit stuff anyway?
21:05-22:20 A BP spokesman’s boat ride nightmare part #1
23:29-26:15 boat ride nightmare part #2 and the answer to, “why would BP use corexit when there were safer and more effective solutions?”
26:50-27:10 one more poke at the BP spokesman before he gets to sulk all the way home (at least it appears that way).
33:25-35:50 Two questions: are BP and the government sleeping in a giant bed together? And ‘climatic’ speculation that may have just explained one of the craziest winters in American history?

Funny, it took a respected scientist riding around in a frickin submarine to prove it, but it appears that the oil isn’t really gone, is it? But whatever your view, it looks like this gulf spill mess is quite far from over. 2012? As a Vegas guy, I’d say the smart money is on the over…

More analysis on the gulf spill here.

Mubarak, Groundhog Day, and the Economic Hitman:

It’s really discouraging to see the reaction from Washington regarding the revolution in Egypt, but hardly surprising to me either.

My personal opinion is that Washington is really hoping to keep Mubarak in power and desperately trying to figure out a way to keep him in place. It’s just a matter of whether or not they can convince themselves that the Egyptian people will believe a really well constructed bullshit story or not. Since said story will have to involve Mubarak’s stay in power, I’m guessing it’s not going to work; and judging by the reaction I’ve been seeing on TV, I’d say that after thirty years, those people have pretty much heard it all by now.

Shutting down the internet was completely chicken-shit, and has only made things worse. All the people want is truth, transparency, and an end to senseless brutality and corruption. Cutting off their communication is only causing confusion, unnecessary violence, and showing how desperate and out of touch this dictatorship is. Hey Mubarak, you want to win your people back? Why don’t you turn the net back on and start answering questions like; was all of the tyranny necessary over the last thirty years? Did your people really deserve to be treated that way? Was it possible that they could have been freer and more prosperous? Why did you allow your people to live under harsh control for so long when you had the power to literally change it overnight?

Should Mubarak be pitied instead of prosecuted? Since Groundhog Day is coming up, I’m reminded of the movie and starting to wonder; if Mubarak switched places with Bill Murray’s character from the movie, and he had to keep redoing the same period of time over and over (just before the protests), how long do you think it would be before he finally got things right?

I think it would be very difficult to guess because it could go on an extremely long time. I’m not saying that to try to be mean or funny, my reasoning is because I think Mubarak’s mind is so far removed from reality, that his natural instinct would most likely be to keep trying to perfect his dictatorial control until he got things “right” (and by right, meaning he had the perfect system in place to stay in power).

However you view it though, Mubarak wasn’t alone. What could we, as American allies, have done differently?

Unfortunately, our government isn’t exactly the role model of the world anymore. Most likely our view was; who cares if he’s a horrible dictator? And who cares that the Egyptian police were hated for being notoriously cruel and corrupt? As long as their country helped to serve OUR military and economic interests, and could keep their people under control, who really cared about their rights and personal freedoms?

Don’t believe me? Or maybe you’re wondering why I feel this way? Because I’ve got news for you; your government has been in bed with corrupt dictators and nefarious foreign economic and military policies for decades, and we the people have been turning a blind eye towards it in the name of false security and cheap foreign goods and labor for quite a long time.

I want to introduce you to a man named John Perkins. He is a self-described “economic hit-man.” According to him and his book, he was one of the guys sent by our country to persuade world leaders to play ball with us, or else… but I’ll let him explain this concept in this very informative and thought provoking attached video.

Whether we share some of the blame or not with the events in Egypt, there is a truth about America’s dark side of foreign policy that they do not want the world to see.

I hope the Egyptians and the good people of the Middle East can forgive us for our country’s misbehavior and realize that it is not us everyday Americans that are their enemy.

Like Mubarak, our American leaders also have some serious questions to answer, and all good people are going to have to unite and stand together against this corruption if we ever hope to create a better world.

Peace and Love…

(originally posted 1-29-11)

Shameless Political Strategy?

Okay democrats, I’m not making any accusations. I’m just going to take some mental notes and call it a day. But if this is true, and you top level strategists think you’re going to get away with it…

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extra notes:

I would agree that this is an opinion piece that I don’t want to take a hard stance on. I’m just absorbing the information and putting it on the back burner. Like I said, I’m not making any accusations.

I completely understand that it’s Obama’s job and he had to say something. However, I also see the other side too, and let’s be honest, Obama is in serious danger of becoming a one-term president, and the national democratic think tank knows that.

I don’t want to think they would try to turn a tragedy into a political rally, but in this day and age, I think it would be foolish to think they definitely would not. The next election is fast approaching and the democrats are coming off a serious beating while limping into 2012.

I think Obama is a terrific speaker, but I also believe he is completely controlled by the banks, wall street, and the mega-corporations etc. He may not be a bad guy, but at the end of the day, I believe he does whatever he’s told. I think everything about him is carefully scripted, and that he’s more of a symbol than a truly independent man that represents the entire executive branch of our government.

I consider the democrats to be the lesser of the two evils, but I think both parties are so dirty and competitive at the national level that whatever the result, I won’t be surprised. However, if Obama’s next presidential campaign revolves around “together we thrive,” I think some serious questions need to be raised.

(originally posted 1-14-11)