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Monday, 12 September 2011

September 11 - A Decade On.

If you read nothing else today, please, please read this article from the New York Times - just follow the link.

Friday, 5 August 2011

The Economic "Crisis"

Is it just me, or do other people think, as I do, that capitalism just isn't working ? Countries appear to owe astronomical sums of money and suddenly can't afford to pay even the interest on these debts, and some look like having to default. What a bloody silly system ! We've put up with it for years because, by and large, governments have somehow managed to pay the interest, but now they can't. So who do they owe the money to ? Nobody ever seems to ask this question. I assume it is mainly to banks, or possibly other governments, as these are the only organisations that have this sort of money. So why not nationalise the banks ? Then we'd end up owing the money to ourselves and nobody would give a damn !
OK I know it's not that simple, but it ought to be ! Maybe some "experts" should sit down and rethink the whole world financial system, because if the don't come up with an alternative, things will get worse. The "Third World" is rapidly catching up with the west in terms of economic success, and in a few years may well go straight past us. And don't expect them to help or care very much as we didn't care about them living in poverty all these years.
I don't know what the solution is - do away with interest perhaps, or put a cap on it. Some buggers are making huge amount of money out of the US and European debts - who are they ? Let's find out and stop it. Then we can all borrow a little without worrying about how we can pay it back.

Monday, 18 July 2011

The Murdochs - Why Can't I Stop Laughing ?

For the last ten days or so the TV news has been the funniest thing on the box. I just can't stop laughing ! Every day a new nail in the Murdoch family coffin. These buggers have been trying to take over the world for years. Many of us have seen through their little games but haven't been able to do much about it - but now, at long last, they are getting what they deserve. I just hope now that the shareholders in News International will lose patience with them and chuck them out - good riddance to bad rubbish. Maybe Fox News in the USA will change fundamentally - fair and balanced my arse - or disappear altogether. Life is so good sometimes !

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

What the HELL is happening in Michigan ?

Please read this excerpt from an email by Michael Moore - and if you are sceptical, do your own research into this !

Governor Snyder, once elected, yanked off his nice-guy mask to reveal that he is in fact a multi-millionaire hell-bent on destroying our state and turning it over to his buddies from Wall Street.

In just 8 short weeks he has:

* Gotten the House and Senate to pass bills giving him "Emergency Management" powers such as the ability to appoint a corporation or a CEO who could literally dissolve town governments or school boards, fire the elected officials, nullify any local law and run your local governmental entity. That company then would have the power to immediately declare all collective bargaining contracts null and void.

* Proposed giving business a whopping 86% tax cut while raising personal taxes by 31%! And much of that tax hike he believes should be shouldered by -- I kid you not -- senior citizens and the poor! He says these two groups have not been "sharing the sacrifice" the rest of us have been burdened with. So his budget proposes a $1.8 billion tax CUT for business and a $1.75 billion tax INCREASE for the rest of us, much of it from the poor, seniors and working people -- even though the top 1% in Michigan ALREADY pay a lower state tax rate than everyone else does!

* Together with the legislature, introduced over 40 anti-labor bills in just the first two months of this session! They have wasted no time and have caught most people off guard. Much of this is being rushed through right now before you have a chance to raise your voice in objection.

These actions are breathtaking when you realize they will drive our already battered state straight into the ground. What we needed right now was an inspiring leader to help us reinvent Michigan and to find creative ways to create new jobs and lift us out of our economic depression. The rest of the country may call what they're experiencing the "Great Recession," but few argue that Michigan is suffering a "one-state Depression."

I know many of you are filled with a great sense of despair and a justifiable loss of hope these days in Michigan. But you must not let things get even worse. You must stand up against these Draconian measures and this outrageous attempt to rip our democratic rights from us by turning our state over to well-paid hacks from Wall Street and corporate America. They see our state as one big fire sale -- and they are licking their chops to get their hands on what is still a state rich in natural resources and industrial infrastructure.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Neocons and the Religious Right - No Comment (4)

In June 1999, the Southern Baptist Convention formally rebuked President Clinton for designating that month "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month", and called for him to revoke his appointment of James Hormel, an openly gay diplomat, as ambassador to Luxembourg.

Neocons and the Religious Right - No Comment (3)

George W Bush appointed the anti-gay lobbyist Richard Land to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Land declared "It is time to stop the sexual paganization of America....and boldly proclaim what God's intention is for man and woman in the confines of Holy Matrimony as God designed it."

Neocons and the Religious Right - No Comment (2)

From the Watergate tapes, 1972.
Billy Graham - This (Jewish) stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain".
Richard Nixon - You believe that ?
Billy Graham - Yes, sir.
Richard Nixon - Oh boy. So do I. I can't ever say that but I believe it.