Our Gifts to Our Children and Future Generations
Without a corporate bill of rights and science freedom:
1. Bill of Rights – (not government control) for Corporations and the Economic System (note, we the people have to live by a common sense bill of rights)
2. Science Freedom, specifically the energy sector.
See "Revisiting the Nature of Power" http://www.relaxspa.net/Revisiting_Power.htm
Which Possess the potential, the promise, of a future foretold a half century ago for today: Appleby's world, "a world where he never had to pay a power bill, where heating and cooling were free of energy costs, where his water was pure and veggies local and fresh, and where a four hour work day allowed him ample spare time to indulge in his writing fantasies. Outside, the air was fresh and the streets clean. Everyone had a job, and in this world-the real world-there were no clandestine powers holding back progress. All received a fair share for their efforts" An Impossible World? Excerpt from The Energy Solution Revolution by Brian O'Leary http://freedomtimes.blogspot.com/2009/04/impossible-world.html
Our Gifts to Our Children and Future Generations become:
Full Retirement available at 105 years “may you enjoy your remaining hours of life, and enjoy all the things you have wanted to do after a century plus of ever more productive, cost/benefit-cutting, cubicle/labor slavery that maximized profits for our 2% golden greedy guts masters"
With the “trickle down” economic principle almost dried up, and the “waterfall up” principle at 98%, never in human history, have totalitarian feudal systems been so large and powerful as in “too big to fail” corporations, what NYTimes called 2% greedy guts, owning 98% of the world’s wealth, with total direction of scientific funding, no bill of rights, and only one goal: MAXIMIZE PROFITS
Through continued M&A (mergers & acquisitions), all competition is being destroyed. From milk cartels, to oil cartels, to agribusiness, to pharmaceuticals – all which are economic necessities for Life. With competition gone, price gouging (economic strangulation) to the hilt has become an ongoing standard operating procedure.
In my discussions with countless people, who still claim “capitalism” is the best, I ask “WHERE THE HELL DO YOU SEE ANYTHING RESEMBLING CAPITALISM OR DEMOCRACY OR SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING in the major players causing worldwide economic damage? The only goal these (Ralph Nader’s Term) Frankenstein CORPORATE monsters have is maximization of profits at all costs, including human. 'Capitalist Pig and Proud' seems oblivious to how many Americans are destroyed, lose their homes, their retirement savings, lose their jobs, go hungry, - or those working, continually having to increase productivity in spite of downsizing, while sacrificing benefits, insurance, and salary, as their bridges fall down and local governments run out of money even with DOUBLE TAXATION (selling services for which we continue to pay taxes, to private firms who charge hundreds of times more for the same services). THIS USED TO BE CALLED SURFDOM IN A FEUDAL SYSTEM, NOT FAR FROM ABJECT SLAVERY.
Updates from the News (this is not about surface trivia, twiddledee winks and clothing styles of republicans or democrats all in bed with the same Masters, all pre-selected, chosen by big money, whence the public subsequently plays the extreme hyped-up and staged kindergarten "I choose" game, called Freedumbland Voting by our media controlled masters)
Sept 6, 2009 How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? By PAUL KRUGMAN
I. MISTAKING BEAUTY FOR TRUTH It’s hard to believe now, but not long ago economists were congratulating themselves over the success of their field. Those successes — or so they believed — were both theoretical and practical, leading to a golden era for the profession. On the theoretical side, they thought that they had resolved their internal disputes. Thus, in a 2008 paper titled “The State of Macro” (that is, macroeconomics, the study of big-picture issues like recessions), Olivier Blanchard of M.I.T., now the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, declared that “the state of macro is good.” The battles of yesteryear, he said, were over, and there had been a “broad convergence of vision.” And in the real world, economists believed they had things under control: the “central problem of depression-prevention has been solved,” declared Robert Lucas of the University of Chicago in his 2003 presidential address to the American Economic Association. In 2004, Ben Bernanke, a former Princeton professor who is now the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, celebrated the Great Moderation in economic performance over the previous two decades, which he attributed in part to improved economic policy making.
Last year, everything came apart.
Few economists saw our current crisis coming, but this predictive failure was the least of the field’s problems. More important was the profession’s blindness to the very possibility of catastrophic failures in a market economy.
Sept. 2, 2009 Productivity up 6.6%, Highest in 6 Years. Businesses Produce More with Fewer Workers
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/02/business/main5281537.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody AP) Worker productivity, the single biggest factor determining living standards, grew at the fastest pace in nearly six years in the spring while labor costs fell by the most in nine years, as companies slashed costs to survive the recession. But economists worry that such aggressive cuts will make it harder to mount a sustainable recovery. That's because the lack of wage growth and shortage of jobs will depress household incomes and make the prospects for a sustained rebound in consumer spending less likely. Consumer spending is critical to the recovery since it accounts for about 70 percent of total economic activity.
Sept 2,, 2009 Pfizer to Pay $2.3 Billion, Agrees to Criminal Plea By REUTERS NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/09/02/business/business-us-pfizer-settlement.html?scp=1&sq=Pfizer%20to%20Pay%20%242.3%20Billion,%20Agrees%20to%20Criminal%20Plea%20&st=cse Pfizer Inc agreed on Wednesday to plead guilty to a U.S. criminal charge relating to promotion of its now-withdrawn Bextra pain medicine and will pay a record $2.3 billion to settle allegations it improperly marketed 13 medicines.
The world's biggest drugmaker was slapped with the huge fines by the U.S. government after being deemed a repeat offender in pitching drugs to patients and doctors for unapproved uses. Pfizer pleaded guilty in 2004 to an earlier criminal charge of improper sales tactics and its practices have been under U.S. supervision since then.
August 20, 2009 Independent Farmers Feel Squeezed By Milk Cartel "We all worship at the altar of the free market — that's what we're taught as good Americans," Goodman said on the air. "But I don't know what is free about a handful of companies destroying competition, controlling the process from beginning to end." http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112002639&ft=1&f=1006 Behind that pure, wholesome, nourishing glass of milk, there's an insurgency - by John Burnett "That's why we have reached, in my opinion, the point we have reached, where farm prices are so abysmal," Hardin says. "And we know the money is in the marketplace — we see what the consumer's paying for these dairy products. If the farmer would get a fair share of that, we wouldn't be having this discussion." Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose home state of Vermont has lost 32 dairy farms so far this year, has gone on the offensive. "Dean Foods controls about 90 percent of the milk supply in Michigan, 80 percent in Massachusetts, over 80 percent in Tennessee and 70 percent in northern New Jersey. That's not a free market." Sanders says.
Aug. 20, 2009—Oil Speculator: 'Capitalist Pig and Proud' Are Oil Traders to Blame for Your High Price at the Gas Pump? http://abcnews.go.com/Business/blaming-oil-speculators-high-gas-prices/story?id=8366397 By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
John Wesley McPherson, Jr. is an oil speculator. While most Americans were suffering last summer from an economic double whammy -- $4-a-gallon gas and a plunging stock market -- McPherson was profiting. And in the fall when oil prices plunged, McPherson cashed in again. Betting on oil is a very risky business. But get it right, like McPherson did, and there's a gusher of money to be made. In 2008, McPherson and the other principals of Sequoia Financial Advisory Services turned a 32.4 percent profit, according to International. Members of Congress and the trade group representing the major U.S. airlines have blamed speculators for run-ups in the price of crude.
April 15, 2009 The big business/big government axis of evil
By Chuck Baldwin http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/baldwin/090415
Self-proclaimed "conservatives" love to tout themselves as ardent supporters of the "free enterprise" system. In the name of "capitalism," they support any and every piece of legislation or governmental decision that caters to business — especially Big Business. Favorite policies of these folks include anything and everything that calls itself "free trade." Furthermore, these same "conservatives" will support just about anything and everything that is said to advance the so-called "global economy."
Needless to say, in the name of "free trade" millions of American jobs and thousands of American manufacturing plants have been outsourced to foreign countries and interests. And leading the charge for "free trade," outsourcing, and the "global economy" is the international cabal known as Big Business. But Big Business does not play this game alone. Joining Big Business is its pernicious partner, Big Government.
Together, Big Business and Big Government form a tyrannical tandem that is squeezing the breath out of our once-great republic. In fact, people need to understand that what is passing for "capitalism" in America today is nothing more than "Corporatism."
Aug. 28, 2009 Banks 'Too Big to Fail' Grow Even Bigger
Washington Post: Behemoths Born of the Bailout Reduce Consumer Choice, Tempt Corporate Moral Hazard The pursuit of profit was put ahead of the regard for safety, soundness and human life.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/28/politics/washingtonpost/main5271210.shtml (Washingtonpost.com) This story was written by Washington Post Staff Writer David Cho.
The new 21st Century Golden Rule for Advanced Civilizations: maximize profits, delete scientific facts and understanding Sept 7, 2009 U.S. Share of Worldwide Arms Market Grows http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/07weapons.html?_r=1&hp
By THOM SHANKER WASHINGTON — Despite a recession that knocked down global arms sales last year, the United States expanded its role as the world’s leading weapons supplier, increasing its share to more than two-thirds of all foreign armaments deals, according to a new Congressional study.
The annual report was produced by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress. Regarded as the most detailed collection of unclassified global arms sales data available to the general public, it was delivered to the House and Senate on Friday in time for their return from the Labor Day recess.
August 11, 2009 FINDINGS The Earth Is Warming? Adjust the Thermostat
By JOHN TIERNEY Originally called geoengineering, this approach used to be dismissed as science fiction fantasies: cooling the planet with sun-blocking particles or shades; tinkering with clouds to make them more reflective http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/science/11tier.html?scp=1&sq=The%20Earth%20Is%20Warming?%20Adjust%20the%20Thermostat%20&st=cse
Aug 4th, 2009 (IANS) US firms look beyond India, China as offshoring surges
China News.Net - US companies are increasingly turning to offshoring their functions to achieve cost savings with small companies looking for new talent clusters beyond India, China and Eastern Europe, according to a new survey. The number of US companies with a corporate offshoring strategy in place more than doubled from 2005 to 2008, according to the fifth annual report on offshoring trends, published by Duke University in collaboration with the Conference Board, a nonprofit business research organization Monday. http://www.chinanews.net/story/527045
July 20, 2009— $23.7 Trillion to Fix Financial System? In New Report, Neil Barofsky Says It's Possible Government Could Spend $23.7 Trillion to Fix Financial System http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Politics/story?id=8127005&page=1 By MATTHEW JAFFE Sitting down? "The total potential federal government support could reach up to $23.7 trillion," says Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, in a new report obtained Monday by ABC News on the government's efforts to fix the financial system.
Yes, $23.7 trillion. "The potential financial commitment the American taxpayers could be responsible for is of a size and scope that isn't even imaginable," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "If you spent a million dollars a day going back to the birth of Christ, that wouldn't even come close to just $1 trillion -- $23.7 trillion is a staggering figure."
July 19, 2009 Why Are Banks Raising Fees? As Citigroup and Bank of America Post Huge Profits, Why Are Bank Fees Going up? By Anthony Mason http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/19/business/19dimon.html?_r=1&hpw
July 19, 2009 In Washington, One Bank Chief Still Holds Sway By JACKIE CALMES and LOUISE STORY http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/19/business/19dimon.html?scp=1&sq=In%20Washington,%20One%20Bank%20Chief%20Still%20Holds%20Sway%20&st=cse