The uproar over the looming election for President of the US Knesset government is in full bellow as the media and politicians who service Israel unite to try to stop him, we get struggles to see if we can be distracted by side issues. War and peace: this is the #1 issue facing our nation. Our looming bankruptcy is directly tied to our wild war spending, for example. Social Security will cease to exist if we persist in warmongering all over the planet. Our diplomacy is in tatters because it no longer does smart diplomacy, it is nonstop threats of war interspersed with actual attacks.
The nightmare of our present situation is clear as day when we look at what is happening in Israel: While America shuts down fire houses, cuts infant nutrition, US subsidizes Israel army sushi courses | The Electronic Intifada
Demobilized soldiers will be able to study Asian cooking this year at the government’s expense, as part of an effort to reduce the number of foreign workers employed as cooks in Asian restaurants by training Israeli professionals to replace them.
The main funding for the IDF comes from Uncle Samuel in DC. These people firmly believe that the US public is a golden goose that lays daily golden eggs which can then be shipped overseas. Our value as a nation is seen as a golden goose which can support infinite imports and the offshoring of nearly all jobs. Congress, rather than fighting these people, is working for them. So, whenever Israel wants something of ours, they get it. This is a minor but telling example.
As US soldiers go insane like the man who murdered and then died on Mt. Rainier in Washington, as they struggle to find jobs which are hard to get since many of these have been sent overseas, we see our tax dollars supporting the welfare and future employment of Jewish soldiers in Israel! This should infuriate all vets in the US except virtually none of them will ever hear this news. Only by searching foreign news services online can one find these stories.
It’s shocking for two reasons – one is the xenophobia that is rising to astonishing heights in Israel: not even the cooks of foreign cuisine can be foreign (I’ll come back to this) – but because of what it says about how Israel is using US military aid at a time of drastic cuts and austerity for American citizens.
And yes, one of the ‘distract everyone’ ploys this winter aimed at eliminating the only antiwar candidate, Ron Paul, is ‘racism’. This, from a gang that enthusiastically supports rank racism in Israel. The debate should be about this racism. It is hyper-important since it has infected our nation fatally. The idea that ethnic cleansing is OK is a terrible evil that can turn the US into an assorted collection of hate-filled states engaged in vicious civil wars where people of various tribes or beliefs battle each other for physical territory.
The inability to discuss pressing, important issues afflicts our NATO allies in Europe. Deeply Divided : New Greek Government Runs Out of Steam – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International
Instead of getting down to business, they are absorbed in policy wrangling that seems absurdly trivial given the scale of the tasks they face. At a cabinet meeting last Thursday, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Transport Minister Makis Voridis of LAOS fell out over a draft law to accelerate amicable divorces. Marriage, Voridis argued, was “a central component of our value system” — therefore LAOS could not agree to the law. Papademos remained silent.
This is so like the US! We have had many debates about the sanctity of marriage even as the institution crumbles under the feet of gay-hating Christians. In many countries, it is disappearing entirely. But it is a social force, not a political issue! Saving ‘marriage’ is like saving someone who is a drunk. No one is really interested in saving the Victorian-style marriage because they mostly hate it! Virtually no politician worried about divorce hesitates for one minute to divorce their spouses and run off with a new edition!
So why bother even worrying about it? The loss of jobs, unfair taxes on families can impact marriages and be important for political discussion but only if this means talking about why the upper 1% of the NATO countries is suddenly so filthy rich while the middle class which is the marrying class, is perishing! Marriage isn’t dying, the ability to be married is too expensive!
The transitional government started out with a lot of goodwill from the Greek public, but it has lost that trust in record time. When it was formed, some 48 percent of Greeks said they had confidence in the government — but only 26 percent still do today. And the proportion of Greeks who distrust Papademos has surged to 65 percent from 38 percent. Almost four out of five Greeks now think their country is heading in the wrong direction.
Public sentiment is unlikely to be improved by the publication of the private assets of the country’s 572 leading politicians. It’s no surprise that party leaders and members of government are well-off — all lawmakers have had to disclose their finances for years.
But attention has focused on 11 politicians whose 2009 asset statements reveal that they withdrew substantial sums from their accounts, and who are refusing to say where the money went.
The media’s favorite candidate for the GOP race is a multimillionaire hedge fund monster. He is exactly what is wrong with our society. The questions about his wealth, how he has actively destroyed US jobs and is destroying our finances is a pressing issue. Yet, it is barely mentioned here. In Greece, it is increasingly a huge issue! So, the politicians fiddle a wedding song while the masses burn the barricades outside. Let them eat a wedding cake!
The recent earthquake to shake Japan has caused more problems at Fukushima: TEPCO says water level in tank at Fukushima nuclear dropped due to quake – The Mainichi Daily News
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on Jan. 2 that the level of water in a tank for the No. 4 reactor at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant dropped “abnormally” after an earthquake measuring up to 4 on the Japanese scale of 7 struck the Kanto and Tohoku regions on New Year’s Day.
According to TEPCO, the water level in the tank drops about 1.6 centimeters per hour under normal conditions due mainly to natural evaporation. But after the earthquake on Jan. 1, the water level was dropping by eight to nine centimeters per hour.
Every time they assume things are under control, this happens. Japan is a stupendously unstable geological entity. It should never, ever had even one nuclear power plant. Not that the US is that much better, we did the same thing! Corruption is rife in the Japanese nuclear arena just like here: Nuclear safety panel received donations from industry: report ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
Almost a third of commissioners and examiners at Japan’s nuclear safety commission received donations from the country’s nuclear power industry, the Asahi Shimbun reported Sunday…The donations totaled about 85 million yen, the daily said…Haruki Madarame, chairman of the commissioners, received 4 million yen from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries between 2006 and 2009 when he was a professor at the University of Tokyo before assuming the commission’s post last April, Asahi said.
The issue of energy systems is one that attracts a great deal of violence, corruption and game playing in politics. All systems need energy to operate. Everyone involved in supervising or educating people about nuclear power who accepted money from the nuclear power corporations should be arrested for accepting bribes. The Japanese people should wake up and demand a revolutionary change in government, too.
But they have given up. They recently overturned the one-party rule of the one party to only see the identical policies of the party that replaced it. Same as we see here. In the EU, the issue of energy and pollution has led to con artists playing the global warming fear game. Several have been put on trial and Six jailed in EU-wide carbon tax conspiracy | Business | Deutsche Welle | 21.12.2011
The men, aged between 27 and 66 and from Germany, Britain, and France, were found to have evaded around 300 million euros ($391 million) in value-added tax (VAT) between August 2009 and April 2010. Using a so-called carousel trade, buyers imported emissions permits inone EU country without paying VAT and then sold them to each other, adding tax and keeping the difference.
“The convicted were fraudulently involved in tax-evading trades. … They have brought the carbon market trading scheme into disrepute,” said Judge Martin Bach in the Frankfurt district court on Wednesday.
They were buying and selling essentially nothing. So naturally, this being a perfect ‘Emperor with no clothes’ moment, it was irresistible to collect profits from this nothingness. The carbon trading scheme is a scheme and can never have any reputation to disrepute. It is, by definition, a scam. Global warming may be real but this solution is not real.
One last thing today: Mexico, eyeing end of China duties, wary on trade | Reuters. Reuters doesn’t allow us to quote them so all I can say is, the free trade machine will now roll over Mexico. Mexico, like Japan, has thrived on one way trade with the US but this meant signing on to the WTO rules. So now comes the Dragon. This year is the Chinese Year of the Dragon. And it will continue to uncoil and take over things. And the Mexicans know this and fear this. And can’t stop this. Talking about marriage won’t do the trick, either.
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