One of the nagging difficulties we have with trying to communicate our view of things is in conveying to others that actions and decisions have consequences.
Our society has avoided reducing hours of work, and is now suffering the latest in string of such consequences, which we will try to detail below. This is only a first attempt, so criticisms are welcome.
1. The first consequence of a too many hours of work was the Great Depression;
2. The second, which was made unavoidable by the first, was the debasing of money from gold;
3. The third was the growth of government, in the form of the New Deal, to cope with the massive unemployment produced by the Great Depression, and which was made possible by the debasement of money;
4. There followed the massive preparations for World War II, and the outbreak of the conflict, which was made possible by massive pool of labor made available by the unemployment created by the Great Depression;
5. The above was followed by the implementation of National Security Memorandum 68, and the creation of the Cordon Militaire to contain the Soviet Union and establish the American Empire, made possible by the great pool of untapped superfluous labor which caused the Great Depression;
6. Which was followed by monetary instability, as the United States began pulling in global resources in the context of fixed exchanged rates;
7. Which finally forced the United States to abandon the dollar’s peg to gold, and a decade of monetary instabilty;
8. Which triggered the de-industrialization of the Rust Belt, and produced an unbroken string of trade deficits to this day;
10. Which, to control high interests rates, led to the manipulation of markets for various commodities – most importantly gold – by the American government;
11. Which led Washington to deregulate the derivatives market, even as those markets had nearly killed the global economy, and produced the Asian Meltdown, the Russian Financial Crisis, and the Argentina Crisis;
12. Which led to the monstrous overhang of CDS and other financial instruments of mass destruction;
13. Which led to last year’s Wall Street Meltdown, and the emergence of the greatest economic crisis since;
14. The Great Depression, which is not really a depression, but merely Mister Market’s way of saying you are working too hard…
Florida’s commercial real estate market is dying.
You have to follow the clock on the photos: the person who took these pictures drove about two minutes between each site.
“Power law distributions incarnate the notion that extreme events are not exceptional events. Instead, extreme events should be considered to be rather frequent and to result from the same organization principle(s) as those generating other events: because they belong to the same statistical distribution, this suggests common generating mechanism(s). In this view, a great earthquake is just an earthquake that started small … and did not stop …”
Didier Sornette, Dragon-Kings, Black Swans and the Prediction of Crises
Question: When does 1 + 1 not equal 2?
Answer: When Washington does the counting.
According to the Department of Slavery Labor, there were more than 522,000 initial claims for unemployment for the week ending July 11 – a decrease of 47,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 569,000.
Of course, this is only how the DOL counts people: a very complicated process requiring quantum mechanics, a trained monkey, fourteen economists in matching bowties, and a fifth of tequila.
The sober practice of counting the newly impoverished the old fashioned way will likely find that, in fact, 667,534 actual human being walked into an unemployment office somewhere in the country, and filed a claim during that same week – an increase of 86,389 from the previous week, and nearly 150,000 real, living, and potentially homeless job seekers than the Department of Chattel Labor circulated to the media as the headline you will likely take as truth.
(It’s on television, so it must be true!)
The above number, as you might expect, does not include those who lost their jobs, but do not qualify for benefits. And, the reported total figure of 6,135,066 persons claiming unemployment – an increase of 63,714 from the preceding week – does not include persons who are still unemployed but have exhausted their benefits.
The Nation’s Washington, D.C. Correspondent, John Nichols, explains how the rising rates of unemployment could imperil The Obama Presidency. Nichols looks at the political risks of joblessness…
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For your viewing enjoyment.
Watch as Congressman Stearns, (Republican, Florida) fits Hank “Munster” Paulson, (Bankster, Goldman Sachs), with a bloody new asshole in front of a very amused audience.
According to the Wiki:
Paulson was Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense at The Pentagon from 1970 to 1972. He then worked for the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon, serving as assistant to John Ehrlichman from 1972 to 1973, during the events of the Watergate scandal for which Ehrlichman was convicted, and sentenced to prison.
The Wiki also tells us that, at Goldman, Hank Munster succeeded:
… Jon Corzine, Stephen Friedman, and Robert Rubin … Corzine [later went on to become] a U.S. Senator (later Governor of New Jersey), Friedman [became] chairman of the National Economic Council (later chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board) under President George W. Bush, and Rubin [served as] both chairman of the NEC and later Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton.
Which pretty much means that Goldman Sachs has been running US economic policy for almost 20 years…
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10 states above eleven percent … and Michigan, at 15.4 percent unemployment, is now the first state to ever have higher unemployment than Puerto Rico. (At least since 1989 – Our chart only goes back that far)
While you are digesting the horrid figures above, consider the case of Arkansas, where the chief economist of the state thinks something is fishy about BLS reported unemployment figures for his state:
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate last month was 7 percent, a significantly lower figure than the national rate of 9.4 percent and a statistic that on its face suggests the effects of the recession have been less severe in Arkansas than in much of the country.
Arkansas’ chief economist isn’t so sure.
“I think there is a technical problem with the indicator for Arkansas,” said John Shelnutt, administrator for economic analysis and tax research at the state Department of Finance and Administration. “That problem is causing (the reported unemployment rate) to be low compared to the nation and most of the region.”
You might also factor in another misleading report of declines in jobless claims, which, owing to Washington’s manipulation, showed 47,000 fewer people applying for unemployment, when, in fact, 86,000 more applied:
The Labor Department said new applications for unemployment insurance dropped by a seasonally adjusted 47,000 to 522,000, the lowest level since early January. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters expected claims to rise to around 575,000.
A department analyst said the drop in new claims didn’t point to improvements in economic conditions. The second straight weekly decline reflected problems adjusting layoffs for temporary shutdowns at General Motors and Chrysler plants to retool for new models.
The unadjusted figures actually showed that new claims rose by 86,389 last week, which would push the total to 667,534.
The department’s seasonal adjustment process expected a large increase in claims from auto workers and some other manufacturers, the analyst said. Since that didn’t happen, seasonally-adjusted claims fell.
Those adjustment difficulties also were behind a big drop reported for people continuing to draw unemployment benefits, the analyst said.
The number of people still collecting benefits fell by a seasonally adjusted 642,000 to 6.27 million, the lowest level since mid-April.
The unadjusted figures for continued claims showed an increase of 63,714. That data lags initial claims by a week.
Why Washington would be adjusting a hard number like how many people actually APPLIED for unemployment insurance is likely one question you are asking yourself right now.
When we figure out the answer, we’ll post it.
Oh yeah, we found the answer: They just lie – all the time, about everything…
Somewhere in Washington – right now as this is being typed – there is a Washington bureaucrat lying about something or other.