Zbigniew Brzezinski on China 1/4/2014

12:11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Ydn0WoTNeHk#t=732

“In my just published book, which deals in part with the American-Chinese relationship, but not exclusively, called Strategic Vision, I argue that in the American-Chinese relationship we have to address three very serious strategic, tangible issues: 1) the scope of our ongoing air and naval controls right up to Chinese territorial waters. We’re conducting this, there are risks involved in this. The Chinese sent out aircraft to monitor our aircraft. They come awfully close to ours. There could be incidents. I don’t think we would be happy if the Chinese were conducting such air patrols and naval patrols next to let’s say, San Diego“.
http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/TWTCTW/TWTCTW_BRZEZINSKI.pdf

The American Empire, c. AD 475 (2012), or the upcoming bloodshed

 “I’m here to kick ass and chew bubble gum … and I’m all out of bubble gum“.

“The venom of snakes is under their lips. Their mouths are full of bitterness and curses. And in their paths, nothing but ruin and misery. And the fear of God is not before their eyes! They have taken the hearts and minds of our leaders. They have recruited the rich and powerful, and they have blinded us to the truth! And our human spirit is corrupted. Why do we worship greed? Because outside the limit of our sight, feeding off us, perched on top of us from birth to death are our owners. Our owners — they have us. They control us. They are our masters. Wake up. They’re all about you, all around you!“.

“Our impulses are being redirected. We are living in an artificially induced state of consciousness that resembles sleep. (…) The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society, and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain. Please understand. They are safe as long as they are not discovered. That is their primary method of survival. Keep us asleep, keep us selfish, keep us sedated.”

The economic impact of the firearms industry is up 66 percent since the beginning of the Great Recession, providing an unexpected shot in the arm for the economy, according to a new study.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation says the economic impact of firearm sales – a figure that includes jobs. taxes and sales – hit $31 billion in 2011, up from $19 billion in 2008.

Jobs in the firearms business jumped 30 percent from 2008 to 2011, when the industry employed 98,750.

The industry paid $2.5 billion in federal taxes in 2011, up 66 percent in three years.

“Ours is an industry with a rich history and heritage that remains vital and important to the American economy today,” NSSF Senior Vice President Lawrence G. Keane said in a statement. “To millions of Americans our industry’s products represent liberty, security and recreation.”

Some in the industry attribute the jump in sales to fears the Obama administration will tighten gun control laws in a possible second term.

“There’s a concern that in the second term the Obama administration would lead an attempt to restrict gun ownership,” Mr. Keane said.

That concern, known in the industry as “the Obama factor,” has led many gun owners to purchase now in hopes of avoiding more restrictions and regulations later.

“Some people jokingly refer to [President Obama] as the salesman of the year for the industry,” Mr. Keane said.

Mr. Keane said the president doesn’t deserve all the credit for the sales growth.

He said more young people and women are getting into gun ownership.

“You cannot attribute all the increase simply to the Obama factor,” he said. “It’s a factor, it’s an important factor, but it’s not the only reason.”

Although there is no single indicator that tracks the number of firearms sold in the country, the FBI reported that a record 14.4 million criminal background checks were requested for gun purchases in 2010, and that preliminary numbers project the figure to be above 16 million for 2011.

According to the NSSF’s numbers, requests for gun-related background checks was up some 17.3 percent for the month of January 2012 compared to the same period a year earlier – the 20th straight monthly increase in background check requests.

FBI officials say that just over 1 percent of such background checks result in denials, and not every background check results in a final gun purchase. But the numbers are widely considered a reliable proxy for gun sales trends generally.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/19/gun-sales-skyrocket-during-recession/print/

The Big Squeeze – US and UK income drop (2002-2013)

Prices: 10 years ago (2002)

oil ($22 / barrel)
gasoline ($1.45 / gallon)
bread  ($2.00 / loaf)
milk ($2.00 / gallon)
gold ($300 / ounce)

Prices: today (2012)

oil ($110 / barrel)
gasoline ($4.00 / gallon)
bread  ($3.75 / loaf)
milk ($3.75 / gallon)
gold ($1,700 / ounce)

Prices: percentage increase

oil (500%)
gasoline (276%)
bread  (188%)
milk (188%)
gold (567%)

“In a grim sign of the enduring nature of the economic slump, household income declined more in the two years after the recession ended than it did during the recession itself, new research has found”.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/us/recession-officially-over-us-incomes-kept-falling.html

 

UNITED KINGDOM

“An Institute for Fiscal Studies analysis predicted that average incomes, adjusted for inflation, will fall by 3% this year and further in 2012. The director of the IFS, Paul Johnson, said: “In the period 2009-10 to 2012-13, real median household incomes will drop by a whopping 7.4% – a record matched only by the falls seen between 1974 and 1977Pay growth for workers in Britain hit a record low between 2010 and 2011, according to official data last week. Pay was up just 0.4% on a year ago in terms of gross weekly earnings, meaning that incomes are tumbling in real terms, given that inflation stands at 5%. The Office for National Statistics also said the gap between Britain’s highest and lowest paid workers had widened dramatically over the past year“.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/nov/30/austerity-biggest-fall-family-income

 

MEANWHILE…


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