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Posted on August 31 at 9:40 p.m.
Regarding my earlier point that the increasing tempo of support for terror regimes all over the world (cannibals in Syria, ISIS wherever useful, neo-Nazis and oligarch private armies in Ukraine) by the "USA empire of chaos, destruction, and death" is a sign of the desperation of a dying empire — the post I excerpt below nicely summarizes the current well-deserved fall of the west versus the rise of the east.
In my opinion, the best way for an individual in the USA to prepare is the same as what a majority of the planet (BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization [SCO], non-aligned nations, etc) is now doing:
• In all ways possible, reduce dependency on the US dollar
The Great Uncouplinghttp://rocksolidpolitics.blogspot.ca/...
"...When the Berlin wall fell, Russia and China became "quasi-capitalist" societies ...Western corporations, began to rely on cheap Chinese goods to drive their economies, and endless supplies of Russian natural resources to feed their production. Over time, the West accumulated huge trade deficits with the East, and more importantly huge debts to cover it. The debts were financed by the East.
"Now China is on the verge of becoming the largest economy in the world. Similarly, Russia is the great energy warehouse for Europe. Both have highly developed space programs, defence programs, and technology in general…
"The United States reaction to the Ukraine crisis has been to financially act against Russia. However, that has suited Russia's purpose. It's given Russia the reason it needed to secure itself from financial instability. It also gave Russia the excuse it needed to take the next major step in the "Gold War" - namely, *isolate the indebted countries of the West from the demographic market places of the East.* Russia and China immediately started this process by creating, in a sense, a sheltered monetary union between themselves…
"The lesson to learn from these actions is quite simple: Now that Russia and China have the West in an indebted position they aim to starve Western production of markets… They will lend, etc to the developing world…The currency involved with their IMF will be the Chinese Yuan - not the US dollar. Their primary market will be the BRIC countries - which also have the largest demographic markets for consumption of goods.
*The West will be faced with a limited market for its goods - a market dominated by heavily indebted countries, whose debt is primarily owed to the East, and whose populations are the fastest aging in the world*…"
On Wake Up, America
Posted on August 31 at 7:08 p.m.
My comments generally are intended for those already aware that, particularly regarding international affairs, CNN-NYT-HuffPost-WSJ-ABC-NBC-BBC-WaPo-CBS-MSNBC-NPR et al lie incessantly, as 90% of USA corporate media is controlled by five transnational corporations that make $billions from war.
Regarding Ukraine, the extent of lying from the western corporate media is unprecedented, perhaps, positively, because the USA empire is gasping its last breaths (good riddance to it). From independent media, a selection, about 1% of what I've archived over the past six months, most posted in August:
Ukraine: Nazi NATO Setting the Stage for a Proxy War on Russiahttp://canspeccy.blogspot.ca/2014/08/...
Ukraine - The Bee Warhttp://rocksolidpolitics.blogspot.com...
The Beginning of World Shifthttp://www.voltairenet.org/article185...
[VIDEO - 10:51] Sergei Glazyev: US is militarizing Ukraine to invade Russiahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWT5H...
[Six Big Lies About Ukraine: Washington’s Narrative Is Pure Propaganda]http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2014/08...
Will the US succeed in breaking Russia to maintain dollar hegemony?...http://www.clivemaund.com/article.php...
More than 50,000 U.S.-Backed Troops Are Fighting in Ukraine’s Civil War. Why?http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/0...
The WAR for Ukraine: What’s the real story?http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=4993
Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/...
Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukrainehttp://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/2...
Posted on August 31 at 3:15 p.m.
DavyBrown wrote: "…cooperate via NATO and choose how to deal with a roguish Russia, etc…"
NATO, just like the USA, is a monstrously aggressive international terror organization. It should have been disbanded more than 30 years ago when the USSR broke up.
Of 248 armed conflicts since World War II, the USA instigated 201, killing between 20 and 30 million people, more than 90% of whom were civilians.
'Earth: 248 armed conflicts after WW2; US started 201 (81%), killing 30 million'http://www.examiner.com/article/earth...
So, on average, and considering that the USA's involvement in every one of these 201 conflicts was illegal, the USA has murdered between 350,000 and 500,000 people per year, every year for the past 70 years, and maimed and driven from their homes multiples more.
But *Russia* is "roguish"?
Posted on August 31 at 8:45 a.m.
One Thorn managed to get the same naive empty-headed rubbish posted on Noozhawk three days ago that two Thorns have now posted here.
Posted on September 21 at 10:33 a.m.
italiansurg wrote:"While cars are a lot more dangerous…"
Motor vehicles have been the least threat to me while bicycling, though I'm including my beach bikeway stats and so this isn't relevant if comparing only motorists versus bicyclists; also, the downtown area where I do much of my bicycling is particularly safe for bicyclists because motor vehicle speeds are low in comparison to other areas.
In ten years of nearly daily bicycling downtown and on the beach bikeway I've been involved in three minor accidents, only one of which — the least serious — was with a motor vehicle:
(1) A skateboarder on the beach bikeway suddenly veered into my lane; I was knocked down and hit my (helmeted) head on the ground.
(2) A child bicyclist on the beach bikeway suddenly veered into my lane causing a non-injury collision which necessitated replacing my rear wheel.
(3) A car traveling northwest on State Street approaching Victoria Street apparently misread my legal speed as I was traveling southeast (i.e. downhill), and initiated a left turn in front of me, causing a non-injury collision which did not knock me down and caused no damage to either vehicle (one of my rear panniers slammed into the car). (I replaced my brake pads the next day after I realized that, though the motorist was at fault, I probably could have avoided that accident with better brakes.)
On Police Crack Down on Bad Bicyclists
Posted on September 21 at 8:01 a.m.
italiansurg wrote:"...if drivers were doing the same thing we'd have 20 people per day run over..."
Probably more road rage as well.
My favorite, while bicycling State Street downtown, is the very frequent occurrence of bicyclists who seem to suddenly become stupid when stopping at a red light, moving from the bike lane to the right turn lane for no useful purpose, thus blocking motorists from turning right on red.
As this is only annoying rather than dangerous, I'd support a fine of less than $400 ;-).
Seriously, I agree with italiansurg that traffic fines have become much too high, though maintain my view that they should be the same for both classes of traffic, as they have the same rights and responsibilities and are using the same space.
Posted on September 20 at 2:12 p.m.
I’ve lived three blocks from downtown State Street for ten years, use a bicycle exclusively for transportation every day, and follow the rules of the road 100%, including the State Street mid-block lights.
I’m thoroughly sick of the rogue bicyclists who not only endanger all three classes of travelers, but also cause motorists, with good reason, to treat all bicyclists they encounter as the criminal, rogue, and rude bunch until proven otherwise, thus slowing traffic for all.
Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles, including using left turn lanes and, in fact, taking entire motor vehicle traffic lanes (not sidewalks, most particularly in a pedestrian-heavy business district) anytime the bicyclist has good reason to not feel safe otherwise, or to pass.
A little courtesy wouldn't hurt as well; I routinely signal motor vehicle drivers when appropriate and when knowing doing so will expedite the motorist's travel.
Regarding the fines: they're the same as for motor vehicles, as they should be, especially in an area where a rogue bicyclist could seriously injure or kill a pedestrian.
Posted on August 3 at 9:24 a.m.
Sure, Priceless, what's occurring in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria is all happening due to insufficient local law enforcement.
But congratulations for showing us what watching the corporate nightly news does to one's view of the world.
On Chalk Body Outlines Appear on City Sidewalks