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America Wake Up! We’re On The Precipice Of WWIII

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Gina Flores

While most Americans continue to remain in a trance-like state, preoccupied with watching reality television and other forms of mass produced entertainment, it appears to anyone with his or her eyes wide open that the world is inching dangerously closer, each day, towards World War III.

The problem with most citizens living in the United States is that they secretly like to glorify war and have no real understanding about the horrors associated with armed conflicts. Americans watch too many war movies and television shows that intentionally glamorize war, violence and killing. It’s a form of sick and twisted entertainment that many people have become hopelessly addicted to.

Most American civilians have obviously not had to endure the terrible atrocities of war. They have not had to run for cover because of bombs being dropped in their communities. America is not a place where we have had to deal with bombs being dropped on us by jets or missiles (excluding Pearl Harbor). When Americans think of bombs exploding in a war scenario, they envision those explosions being detonated in the middle east or on some foreign soil.

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We Don’t Support the Troops…..We Support War and Corruption

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According to the NY Times, all 470 senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were rated as “fully successful” or better over the past 4 years and 80% of them received bonuses on top of their six-figure incomes in 2013. Yes, they are fully successful at Poor Management which caused the deaths of as many as 1000 veterans who did not receive proper medical care. The schedulers at the VA were “successfully” directed to keep secret waiting lists to delay medical care for sick and injured vets so that management could meet quotas which qualified them for bonuses.
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The VA paid out $2.7 million in taxpayer funds for senior executive bonuses last year. This was True Success…for VA Senior Executives. Bravo.

Gina Farrisee, the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources at the VA argued that the bonus awards were necessary to compete in tough labor markets for skilled personnel.

I find her defense of executive bonuses hard to believe as it is an employers’ market with a plethora of talented people looking for work. The Weekly Standard reports that the average federal employee made $126,141 in pay and benefits in 2012, more than double the private sector average. More “success” for Federal Employees..at the expense of the Taxpayer.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) says that the VA doctors have an easy job compared to their private sector counterparts. He says that the VA doctors see about 1200 patients per year, compared to private sector doctors who attend to 2300 patents per year. In Phoenix, private sector doctors do almost twice as much work while earning about half of what the VA doctors make, which is in excess of $300,000. Salary “success” for Federal Doctors.

This list names the employees of the scandal-plagued Phoenix VA facility and reveals their salaries, in a first step toward transparency:

As a result of the failed wars in the Middle East, VA expenditures have doubled over the past 12 years. The VA spent $61 billion in 2001, compared to funding in 2012 that rose to a whopping $125 billion. “Success” for the taxpayers who are bankrolling the corrupt system.

Meanwhile, the Senate is proposing throwing money at the VA problem that could cost taxpayers an extra $50 billion per year, instead of rooting out the corruption and fixing the system.

Tom Coburn says money is not the solution as the VA is expected to have $5.9 billion in unspent funds at the end of the year. He recommends that Congress provide better oversight of the VA, transparency, accountability and the firing of bad employees.

Senator Coburn’s assessment is right on target, but doesn’t go far enough. Any VA employe who committed a serious crime, especially management, should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Some “success” should be punished, and renamed criminal fraud and waste.

The objective of Congress should be to focus on reducing VA costs by eliminating war.

The beneficiaries of war are the elites who control the Military Industrial Complex. The elites and bureaucracies like the VA are enjoying the “success” of the wars in the Middle East that are profitable only to them.

The wars have brought only death, destruction and complete misery to American soldiers and to the countries that were “liberated”. American vets are committing suicide at a rate of 22 per day! US military operations are bankrupting America. Hundreds of thousands of innocents in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya have been killed as a result of US intervention. This is the real cost of war.

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Resources:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/new-report-describes-veterans-affairs-dept.-wracked-by-corruption-cover-ups/article/2550079

http://www.openthebooks.com/search/?PensionCode=840&F_fiscalyear=2013&F_Station=Phoenix&F_Name=&perpage=100&pg=2

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22897.pdf

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/21/us/every-senior-va-executive-was-rated-fully-successful-or-better-over-4-years.html?hpw&rref=politics&_r=0

 

 

The War on the US Economy

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John Boering (c)copyright 2011 All rights Reserved
 April 15, 2011

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“The USDA and Monsanto co-own the dangerous Terminator Seed patent together.  Therefore, we can expect a continuation of ‘business as usual’ with the USDA pushing GE food down our throats on behalf of their business partners in the biotech industry. “

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The federal government claims the debt is $14.3 trillion dollars, but other economists say the US debt is closer to $200 trillion (based on projected revenue and projected spending).  Either way, a $38 billion budget reduction makes no difference.  Especially when the federal government’s actual spending will decrease by a mere $352 million compared to last year- as reported by the National Journal:

“The astonishing result, according to CBO, is due to several factors: increases in spending included in the deal, especially at the Defense Department; decisions to draw over half of the savings from rescissions, which are funds previously authorized but not spent; cuts to reserve funds; and to mandatory-spending programs, such as certain farm subsidies.”

Here is a sample of some of the so-called budget cuts:

1.  Department of Defense budget-

The DoD’s budget for 2010 was $685 billion, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to WikipediaObama called for a reduction in the DoD budget by $400 billion….over 12 years, which averages out to $33 billion a year. This cut is still pending a Pentagon review which leaves Obama with some wiggle room. Compare the money that the US spends on military industrial corporate welfare and illegal wars to China, with the second largest military expenditure, in the amount of $150 billion.

Who is the DoD’s real enemy?  It appears to be the American taxpayer and the US economy. More

“The United States is a corporatocracy”

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Reprinted from MM NEWS

US-historian and author Carolyn Baker is a critical commentator of social justice and environmental events. In an exclusive interview for MMNews she discusses the connection between 9-11 and Peak Oil, the coming food crisis, Permaculture and the Sustainability Movement in the U.S.

Carolyn Baker holds a PhD in Counseling, has published four books, was Managing Editor for “From the Wilderness” (www.fromthewilderness.com) and for 11 years an adjunct professor of history and psychology. Furthermore, she manages Speaking Truth to Power at www.carolynbaker.net, a website offering breaking alternative news and options for navigating unprecedented transitions. She published in February of last year her latest book “Sacred Demise. Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse“, which is available at her website and at Amazon. She lives in Colorado, U.S.A.

 Ms. Baker, is it fine with you to kick off this interview with a little historical talk?

 

Certainly.

Okay, then seen from a historical point of view: are there similarities that you observe between the era of the Great Depression and the financial / economic crisis of our time?

 

Not only are there similarities, but in my opinion, we are in the beginning stages of the Second Great Depression. Anyone who reads the work of Ellen Brown, Chris Martenson, Kevin Phillips, Catherine Austin Fitts, Bob Chapman, John Williams, or Michael Hudson, knows that it is only a matter of time until the gargantuan debt bubble created in the past two decades will explode in the coming years or months, resulting in global economic cataclysm. In tandem with this collapse will be massive food shortages and an unprecedented crisis in food production worldwide. More

A gigantic fraud

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Founding Father 1776

Essay by Don Stott

What is a gigantic fraud? Washington D.C., that’s what. Just think about Obama’s speech, as a classic example, or for that matter, his and the George Bush entire four year term. Might as well throw in senior Bush, Carter, LBJ and back to JFK for that matter, because JFK was probably the best we have had since colonial times. Obama’s deep voice and expert reading of the teleprompter, makes me think of a Latin term, “Sine scientia ars nihil est.” Which means, “Without knowledge, skill is nothing.”

46 years ago, JFK was murdered by the CIA, LBJ, and probably a lot of others, because he was going to bring the whole mess down. He was going to get rid of the Federal Reserve, bring everyone home from Vietnam, and stop the incessant war making. Do you think the bureaucrats and powers that be, would have stood for that? Of course not. The whole Lee Harvey Oswald, Warren Commission, and bullet that made 90 degree turns, was so false and fake, that it was then, and still is, totally unbelievable. JFK was murdered because he was going to straighten out the mess in D.C. Eisenhower warned about the “Military-Industrial Complex,” and not be ruined by it. That’s exactly what has happened, READ MORE

America – A Bankrupt Empire

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As the stock market gyrates, and Federal Reserve Board

 

meets by videoconference to inject emergency

 

funds into the system, Chalmers Johnson’s warning that the US empire is not sustainable – that “this is the

way empires end” – resonates rather ominously.

“Over time, a commitment to both guns and butter has proven an unstable configuration. Military industries crowd out the civilian economy and lead to severe economic weaknesses. Devotion to military Keynesianism is, in fact, a form of slow economic suicide.”

Read the full article and watch the video here:

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=12259

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