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CNN just reported on the 22nd of December that the US population reached 308 million, the slowest growth since the Great Depression. Most of this growth came from legal and illegal immigrants. The U.S. is still the only western nation with that has not reached replacement fertilization only (meaning births and deaths are equal). This is due to teen pregancies (national embarrassment) and the high birthrates of illegal immigrants. But, this news means two things, that people are actually determining the environment around them before having children, and also the legal citizens are at replacement birth rate.

More importantly, National Geographic issue for November cover was on the Earth’s population reaching 7 billion soon. It was an excellent article bases solely on scientific analysis. The article brought to light, the efforts of India and China to bring their populations to zero population growth.  The better news, except for Africa, most nations in the world are striving to balance their populations. It is going to be hard for a a couple of decades because there are so many women entering child bearing ages. But, what is important, as I have cried, the threat of overpopulation is being recognized. Again, the U.S. is behind in openly recognizing the number one crisis facing our earth.

While 71 percent of citizens polled by CNN believe the country is already too crowded, the corporate controlled media allows the subject very little press.  It is because of two factors, one religious and the other corporate greed. Most religions misinterpret the bible and do not match rhetoric with reality in regards to preserving life, but don’t worry about where the resources are coming from to support new mouths to feed and waste to take care of. While corporate America does not want the resevoir of new consumers to ever dry up, even while resources do.

Still, I am hopeful given that other nations are trying to deal with the problem. First, they have admitted to the problem, and now they are finding solutions. That is the only way we are going to bring people out of dreadful poverty, once we balance our population with zero growth, then nations are not constantly trying to play catch up, as the U.S. is currently doing. Just look at the joke about trying to create new jobs, a constant race with growing population.

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Kudos for Ron Paul’s summary of Wikileaks:

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From my friend Chuck Spinney: “Joseph Stiglitz outlines a very sensible approach for placing the United States on a pathway toward correcting the problems paralyzing our political economy. Of course, his ideas will never be seriously considered by the let-them-eat-cake oligarchs now running Versailles on the Potomac, because to put this plan into action, someone must smash the Hall of Mirrors that is distorting what passes for reality in our collective OODA Loops. CS”

Enough said, I agree with Chuck.

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This Budget Would Never Pass
A five-part plan to cut the deficit, narrow inequality, and strengthen the economy—and why special interests would block it.

By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Slate
Posted Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at 4:54 PM ET
http://www.slate.com/id/2276960/

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The insight that must precede reform of America

Fabius Maximus 

8 December 2010 at 5:00 am 

http://fabiusmaximus.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/23804/

Summary: The last few weeks have produced news confirming that the Constitution is dead, the still heart of the Republic. Realistic planning for reform must start with that grim fact or remain pie-in-the-sky fantasy. From the mailbag: “There is only one peaceful solution to our great crisis, form a third party, a Constitution Party, and […]

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There is hope?? The middle class must take a moment to think beyond the shopping and holidays, about the country. We need to vote all these assholes out of office, while forming a new third party. It will be built on making the  nation a meritocracy again, while replacing the new nation’s values systems of time, money and things. The obligation of being a citizen must be stressed, while individuals pursuit happiness. Our citizen obligations is not just paying taxes, but getting involved intelligently about the world around us, so we can give effective input to our elected officials, and also know when they are bullshitting us. A good citizen also is willing to argue with something it loves to make it better. It is not about self, but about giving something more outside of yourself. I am not against free enterprise or people getting rich (within ethical bounds), but when we judge elite as equating to making a lot of money, then we will go down than Rome in the 4th and 5th Century.  I measure success of a person on doing well in their chosen field, being a good citizen, and if they chose to do so, raising and taking care of the family responsibilities.

If the below article does not fire you up, then nothing will!!

Have a Merry Christmas,

Don

The New American Oligarchy
Thursday 02 December 2010

by: Andy Kroll | TomDispatch | Op-Ed

http://www.truth-out.org/andy-kroll-the-new-american-oligarchy65597

(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Sean McMenemy, Paula Bailey)
There is a war underway. I’m not talking about Washington’s bloody misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, but a war within our own borders. It’s a war fought on the airwaves, on television and radio and over the Internet, a war of words and images, of half-truth, innuendo, and raging lies. I’m talking about a political war, pitting liberals against conservatives, Democrats against Republicans. I’m talking about a spending war, fueled by stealthy front groups and deep-pocketed anonymous donors. It’s a war that’s poised to topple what’s left of American democracy.

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Michael Hudson is brilliant. I am not an economist, but I read a lot and I am a historian. I think Mike Hudson is right on about economy, as well as the very selfish and greedy actions of our government and the financial sector, which are destroying our country. We can learn from the ancients.

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Attached is a first rate essay that should be studied carefully. My good friend Al Gill and I have said this for years. I have also posted earlier how our own fellow citizens who were behind the current recession, the housing collapse by selling worthless mortgages, and reselling them as investments around the world, are more evil and an enemy that al Qeada. Until WE the PEOPLE starting voting our worthless leaders out and put real leaders in office, we will continue to get ripped off. When 44% members of Congress are millionaires, lobbyists outnumber everyone else in the beltway, and the Supreme Court last spring gave free reign to contributions from the elite, the middle and lower classes are screwed in our country. Metrocracy exists no more. We have the worst of an aristrocacy, one that is self serving. As I say, when is a enough enough? We need a new third party, that defends the Constitution, and restores our values of being a good citizen, while advancing one’s self, is also concerned with helping others.

Don

ANNALS OF ECONOMICS
WHAT GOOD IS WALL STREET?
 
Much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless.
by John Cassidy, New Yorker
NOVEMBER 29, 2010

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