Sunday, June 30, 2019

America, a big country with low population density, How many people do we want?


One of the great things about America is that we are still pretty much a wide open low population density country.

How big is America? We are a whopping 3.7 million square miles and the 3rd largest nation on earth in terms of landmass size, behind #1 Russia with 6.6 million square miles and Canada with 3.8 million square millions.  However, much of Canada is a frozen tundra that is un-hospitable to human life.

What does size and population mean?  It means a lot because population density definitely affects the quality of life so let's look at some stats.

Nation               Square Miles In Millions        Population In Millions (2019 estimates)
         
Russia                6.6 million                             144 million
Canada               3.8                                           37 million
USA                   3.8                                         329 million
China                 3.7                                          1.4 billion
Brazil                 3.3                                         212 million
Australia            2.9                                           25 million
India                  1.2                                          1.35 billion
Argentina          1,1                                             45 million

Source: https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Geography/Land-area/Square-miles

Several things jump out.  China which is close in landmass size to the US has over 4 times the population.  Astoundingly, India is 1/3 the size of the US but has 4 times the population.

On a Wikipedia list of nations ranked by population density, America ranks 146 out of 194, here.

The population of the world is 7.5 billion and total landmass excluding Antarctica is 52 million square miles.  India and China alone comprise 37% (2.75 billion) of the global population while occupying a significantly smaller percentage of the global landmass.

Extreme poverty is widespread in India and China yet both nations have implemented economic policies that have lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty.  Photos like this are not uncommon for nations with huge populations.



While deplorable high density slums are common sights in China and India, extreme poverty is actually decreasing.

India’s pulled at least 170 million people out of poverty since 1990

In a little over two decades, starting in 1990, India pulled the second-most number of people in the world out of poverty. And the country is not done yet, as until 2020, it will lead the pack with its stunning GDP growth numbers exceeding 7% annually.
Despite reservations about the accuracy of its growth numbers, Asia’s third-largest economy is batting in the big league, according to a McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report released today (Sept. 12). It is ranked among 18 “outperforming” emerging economies that have cumulatively lifted a billion people out of extreme poverty between 1990 and 2013.

MGI’s study involved a 50-year (1965-2016) analysis of 71 countries.

India made the second-biggest impact by pulling 170 million people out of poverty between 1990 and 2013, reducing the number of its citizens living in extreme poverty by 25%. During the same period, life expectancy in the country rose by more than a decade.

China topped the chart with 730 million people.
Capitalism is making the world less poor and that's a good thing.  But let's get back to America.  America has never experienced high density populations and extreme impoverishment, although video clips of the homeless in CA are indeed alarming.  Still, the worst impoverishment in America is nowhere near as extreme or pervasive as it is elsewhere.

With immigration becoming a big issue in America, we need to ask ourselves this: How do we envision the future of America and what will we look like as our population expands or explodes?  It's a valid question.  Will more and more of our cities look like San Francisco and Los Angeles?  What are the social costs of alleviating poverty?  How does mass migration and open borders affect our poverty levels as well as demands for more extensive and expensive social services?  That's a tax burden forced upon the native population.

Do Americans want to remain a low density population nation with considerable open spaces or do we want to explode our population and eventually look like China or India?

Obviously, the decisions we make now relative to immigration will permanently affect how we live and what America will eventually become.

With 7.5 billion folks on the planet, many of them would do anything to get to America.   Frankly, I can't blame them because who wouldn't want a better life in a better country?   However, when a better life for someone else decreases the quality of the lives of our own citizens, that's a huge issue and a big problem.

It has nothing whatsoever to do with racism or nativism but everything to do with maintaining the quality of life for Americans. You can't import the 3rd world without becoming the 3rd world.












Saturday, March 9, 2019

Howard Schultz, NEOCON, & a clear and present danger to America.



Listening to Howard Schultz, the billionaire former Starbucks CEO, can be surprisingly refreshing.  There is a lot to like about what he says including criticism of Medicaid for All which he has called unaffordable.  Schultz has also called our monstrous debt the "greatest threat domestically to the country".

Howard Schultz: The $21 trillion national debt is the ‘greatest threat domestically to the country’

“I think the greatest threat domestically to the country is this $21 trillion debt hanging over the cloud of America and future generations,” Schultz tells CNBC.

He also says “the economy is strong” and gives Trump “some” credit for the gains.

Despite his criticism for the corporate tax cuts, Schultz also had choice words for what he characterized as the increasingly left-leaning economic policies of the Democratic Party.

“I will say that it concerns me that so many voices within the Democratic Party are going so far to the left, and I ask myself how are we going to pay for all these things in terms of things like single payer [health care],” he said.

“I don’t think that’s realistic,” Schultz added.
Schultz is a classic rags to riches American success story.  He grew up poor in the projects of Brooklyn and literally achieved the American dream. Although Schultz is critical of Trump's tax cuts, he's also opposed to the 70% tax rates proposed by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez aka Occasional Cortex (AOC).  AOC, a self avowed socialist-Marxist who birthed the Green New Deal, attacked the self made billionaire.

Ocasio-Cortez Slams Schultz Asking Why Billionaires Aren't 'Told to Work Their Way Up,' Prompting Some to Point Out His Background
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to criticism from former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Wednesday by wondering on Twitter, “Why don’t people ever tell billionaires who want to run for President that they need to ‘work their way up’ or that ‘maybe they should start with city council first’?” 
Her tweet was in response to Schultz’s comments criticizing her proposed tax increases on the wealthy and even citing them as the reason he’s considering a 2020 presidential run as an Independent rather than a Democrat.
Schultz is a lifelong Democrat and compared to the current crop of socialist-Marxist Dems who have tossed their hats into the 2020 POTUS ring, Schultz is definitely a moderate.  As a businessman he understand the economy, job creation and a lot of what is needed to lift the poor out of poverty.

As an independent voter who voted for Trump, I'd conclude that there is a lot to like about Schultz.

However, the dude has one FATAL FLAW, he's a neocon who likes and respects Trump hating Bill Kristol.  Schultz tweeted on Feb. 14, 2019:

Howard Schultz ‏ Verified account @HowardSchultz Feb 14 More A fantastic conversation with @BillKristol at the Philadelphia @FreeLibrary tonight. Thank you to all those who attended!

Anybody who would even been seen with the evil rat bastard Bill Kristol is probably a Never Trumper and a dangerous neocon.  Kristol is a diehard neocon warmongering psycho.   Schultz has foreign policy views that are definitely more aligned with Kristol and the interests of Israel.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on the Nation's Biggest Issues
Schultz called the decision to pull out of Syria a strategic mistake that was not in the interest of the country. First, Trump did not communicate with U.S. allies Jordan and Israel, he said. Second, he didn’t listen to military advisers like Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis to fully understand the consequences related to leaving. 
By leaving, Russia and Iran get a stronghold in the region, and the U.S. won’t discover the full effects of that for years to come, Schultz said.
Is Schultz a neocon Israeli Firster who is determined to wage war on Iran?  It would appear so.

As an antiwar activist who voted for Trump because I thought he would be less dangerous on the foreign policy front than Hillary Clinton, a proven Saudi Stooge and neocon, I'm hardly happy with Trump on foreign policy but still view Trump as less aggressively neocon than Hillary.  She destroyed Libya and Syria to appease her Saudi-Israeli masters, and even bragged about murdering Qadaffi.  Moreover, I believe that the real axis of evil on the planet today is the US-Israeli-Saudi Alliance because it not only promotes endless Middle East wars but it also spreads the evil known as Sunni Salafist Wahhabism, the sect of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia and spreading everywhere.  15 of the 19 911 terrorists were Saudi nationals and there is ample evidence that Saudi Arabia and/or rich Saudis funded that horrific deed.

While Schultz may be the sanest Democrat running or considering running for president, he's said that he will NOT run as a Democrat but as an independent.  Obviously, that has caused liberals and Dems to stroke out because if Scultz were to run as an independent he would indeed peel off a lot of independents and moderate Dems.  Right now the Democrat POTUS field consists of lunatics who are all out trying to 'Out Bernie Bernie' by offering even higher taxes, more government powers and the nationalization of many industries and even the entire economy.

What America really needs is a massive dose of LESS government enshrined in the principles of peace (end the damn wars), liberty (restore civil liberties & abolish the surveillance state) and prosperity (lower taxes and regulations to propel free markets).

Schulz isn't the answer - he would just feed the military industrial complex and its endless, murderous wars.

However, for anybody who loves US wars, death and destruction, Schultz is your candidate.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

#Facebook is Censoring Posts on the Green New Deal and Meat Being Banned


When I attempted to post a Daily Caller link on the Green New Deal on Facebook, it was flagged as offensive and would not post!  It's a harmless link that calls out the Green New Deal for its clear  intent to ban meat and dairy foods in a radical move to not only criminalize what we are used eating but to radically control what we will be permitted to eat.

Here's the offending link:

THE GREEN NEW DEAL ISN’T JUST ABOUT ENERGY, IT’S ALSO ABOUT CONTROLLING WHAT AMERICANS EAT

The Green New Deal isn’t just a climate change manifesto targeting U.S. energy, it also looks to drastically change how food is produced and, ultimately, what Americans eat.
“I think it’s pretty clear they want to change people’s consumption habits,” Nic Loris, an energy economist at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey introduced highly anticipated Green New Deal bills in early February, calling for “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions within 10 years through a radical transformation of America. The bills also call for a slew of new social justice and welfare programs totally unrelated to global warming.

The accompanying FAQ’s reference to eliminating “farty cows” sent ranchers into a panic, fearing Democrats were taking aim at their livelihoods. Environmentalists have targeted the beef industry for years, and concern over methane only gave activists more ammunition.

“Livestock will be banned,” Wyoming GOP Sen. John Barrasso, who represents lots of cattle ranchers, warned on the Senate floor after the Green New Deal was introduced. “Say goodbye to dairy, to beef, to family farms, to ranches.”

“Farty” was eventually deleted — in fact, most of the methane cows emit is from burping, not farting. The entire gaffe-riddled FAQ was eventually taken offline by Ocasio-Cortez’s staff amid the ridicule.

Speaking the truth about the Green New Deal is verboten on Fascistbook!  However, I did successfully post the link on Twitter.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Government Healthcare, Reaper Curve, the Complete Lives System and Healthcare RATIONING




The issues of late term abortion and post birth infanticide/abortion are now embraced by the Democratic Party.  Of course it's gruesome, genocidal, barbarous, savage and grotesquely immoral.  However, it's also the next related issue that is currently getting attention: Who is next? Well, the answer is obvious as it's the old and chronically ill who will be targeted next for planned extermination.

Sound familiar?  It should because the Nazis were the last folks to implement human extermination as a matter of government policy. 

Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel and brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has been dubbed the godfather and chief architect of Obamacare.  Rahm is a very close friend and associate of Barack Obama, as well as a former Obama Chief of Staff.  Dr. Emmanuel also developed what is known as the Complete Lives System.  Basically, it's a system of bureaucratic healthcare rationing wherein the old, chronically ill and 'expensive to maintain' will be denied healthcare services because they are expendable and viewed as worthless garbage because they are no longer tax contributors but significant tax eaters.

The American Thinker did an excellent job of explaining the Complete Lives System aka The Reaper Curve.

Ezekiel Emmanuel's Reaper Curve
Ezekiel Emanuel has written extensively, before and after he helped draft ObamaCare, about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs....
In numerous writings, Emanuel chastises physicians for thinking only about their own patient's needs. He describes it as an intractable problem: "Patients were to receive whatever services they needed, regardless of its cost. Reasoning based on cost has been strenuously resisted; it violated the Hippocratic Oath, was associated with rationing, and derided as putting a price on life. . . . Indeed, many physicians were willing to lie to get patients what they needed from insurance companies that were trying to hold down costs." (JAMA, May 16, 2007).

Of course, patients hope their doctors will have that singleminded devotion. But Emanuel believes doctors should serve two masters, the patient and society, and that medical students should be trained "to provide socially sustainable, cost-effective care."
Whenever you hear the words 'socially sustainable', it's a big red flag that screams genocide.  Medical care under socialized medicine is defined as a 'medical intervention' and only certain folks are worthy of that intervention.  Who makes life and death decisions regarding who lives, who dies and who gets medical 'interventions'?  Government bureaucrats of course! 

Obamacare was never anything but a back door to a government controlled single payer heathcare system.  Be careful what you wish for!  Meanwhile, a nationalized single payer healthcare system is being marketed by Democrats as a human right and voters are buying it.  According to nearly every poll, Americans want the government to nationalize the healthcare system into a single payer system.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dumbest Thing Ever - Destroying the Dollar as the World's Reserve Currency with SANCTIONS



Of all the powers that governments have, none is more potent and powerful than being the world's reserve currency because it's the primary driver of global trade and wealth.

Few folks in American can even comprehend that when the dollar loses its lofty status as the world's reserve currency then America becomes just another south of the border styled bankrupt banana boat republic.  Our standard of living crashes and burns.  Nobody in America believes that such a thing could possibly ever happen.  Delusion is extremely comforting for clueless Americans!

Of all the insidious and evil things that one nation can do to another nation, sanctions are among the worst because they destroy economies and always result in massive human suffering.  It's a tool that should never be used, let alone used lightly.  However, the US is sanctions obsessed. We've got sanctions against many nations including Russia, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Syria and more.  Sanctions are administered by the Treasury Department's OFAC or Office of Foreign Asset Control. The Treasury Department even proudly publishes its sanctions on its website, here.

Since the world justifiably fears the devastating effects of crippling economic sanctions, many nations also seek ways to bypass them.  That was damn near impossible because all financial and commercial transaction aka TRADE are settled through the SWIFT payment system.  SWIFT facilitates the transfer of money and a brief explanation of it is here.   The US controls SWIFT so if a nation doesn't comply with US demands including sanctions, the US will weaponize SWIFT by sanctioning non compliant nations.   It's also known as a monetary blockade and is worth understanding.

The Payments Network As Economic Weapon

What happens if the US Empire can no longer use SWIFT and sanctions as powerfully destructive blackmail weapons? Bear in mind that the US doesn't advocate for sound money and free trade because as a fascist corporatist nation we tend to favor protectionism and monopoly.  For instance, it's generally believed that we imposed deadly sanctions on Cuba, a major sugar producer, because the US sugar barons lobbied (bribed) Congress Critters for these sanctions that resulted in a very lucrative monopoly.  Consequently, not only do US sugar consumers get to 'enjoy' the highest sugar prices in the world but it's cost us dearly in terms of candy manufacturers who have literally been forced to relocate their operations outside the US because being globally competitive requires access to free market sugar prices.  Even more horrifying is that the US sugar industry is also responsible for the environmental disaster known as Florida's red tide.

How US Sugar Subsidies Bring a Red Tide of Algae to Florida's Shores

Anyway, the focus of this post isn't corporatism and the environment but how nations are bypassing SWIFT and how the movement will accelerate the demise of the dollar as the world's reserve currency.  I'm going to list several links worth reading.

E.U. Finalizes Deal with Iran to Evade U.S. Trade Sanctions
The European Union (E.U.) is ready to open an alternative channel to drive trade and finance with Iran that would sidestep U.S. sanctions against the Islamic republic, Germany’s foreign minister said Monday.

The “special purpose vehicle,” or SPV, is part of a joint E.U. efforts to keep alive international trade with Iran alive after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a previous Obama-era trade agreement last May, slamming it as a “horrible, one-sided deal.”
U.S. Sanction Power May Be Reaching Its Limit
Six years ago, in the course of investigating London-based bank Standard Chartered Plc over suspicions it had flouted U.S. sanctions against Iran, the New York State Department of Financial Services published an email from a senior executive to one of his counterparts in New York. “You f***ing Americans,” the message read. “Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we’re not going to deal with Iranians?”

It’s a sentiment that has echoed through halls of power in recent weeks following President Trump’s May 8 decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and impose unilateral sanctions, despite all indications that the country was complying.
LOL, that's pretty damn blunt and frankly it's how the rest of the world perceives the US and its endless bullying.

Europe Unveils "Special Purpose Vehicle" With Russia and China To Bypass SWIFT, Jeopardizing Dollar's Reserve Status
Europe, Russia and China join forces with a new mechanism to dodge Iran sanctions

European Union's foreign policy chief announced Monday that the bloc was creating a new payment mechanism to allow countries to transact with Iran while avoiding U.S. sanctions. 
Russia's alternative to SWIFT payment system poised to eclipse the original – MP
Russia’s money transfer system, developed as an alternative to SWIFT is now more popular than the global network...

The Central Bank of Russia, which has developed the SPFS, said earlier that 416 Russian companies and government organizations had joined the system as of September. They include the Russian Federal Treasury and large state corporations, including Gazprom Neft, Rosneft, and others.

The development of SPFS began in 2014 in response to Washington’s threats of disconnecting Russia from SWIFT. The first transaction on the SPFS network involving a non-bank enterprise was held in December 2017.
India to trade with Iran using national currency, not dollars
The more the US tries to use its currency, financial systems, and market share as a club, the more the nations of the world seek independence from it...
And so it begins.  It's also critically important to know that the dollar is really a petro dollar.  So long as oil trades in dollars, the US can force the enforcement of the dollar as the world's reserve currency.  However, once that paradigm changes and it is changing, the dollar is in trouble.   The petro dollar itself is interesting and is explained here:

Petro Dollar = ISIS Dollar, Saudi Arabia, Sunni Salafist Wahhabism and US Foreign Policy - Connect the Dots

Here's the biggest problem that the US faces:  ARROGANCE ON STEROIDS.  America simply REFUSES to accept that the world is no longer unipolar where it calls the shots and controls everything.  A powerful multipolar world is rapidly emerging because other economic powerhouses like China and India, as well as energy rich Russia, are rising.   Economically, the Asian world is also an extremely powerful economic block.

These nations will NOT genuflect before the US and its stupid insanity.  They absolutely will do what is in their best national interests and today the entire planet EXCEPT for the US seems to be focused on peaceful trade and NOT war.

It's more than tragic that American leadership including every president in my lifetime refuses to accept the wise advice of Thomas Jefferson.



Because of the neocons and military industrial complex along with their bankster/corporatist partners in crime, America has entangled itself in shitholes all over the world and this ugly turn toward empire has left us bankrupt ($22 trillion in debt that can never be paid) and economically on the verge of collapse.  Moreover, we murdered millions in pursuit of unquenchable hubris.

Until we get back to Jefferson's foreign policy views, the downward spiral will continue to accelerate until we ourselves become a 3rd world shithole.

Therefore, the next time you read about 'World Reserve Currency' and SWIFT and sanctions, it's a damn good idea to pause and understand what is at stake here, what is happening and how America and Americans are about to be swallowed by the Evil Empire.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Warsaw Conference, Iran Obsession, Neocon War Drum Beating and European Snubs



A long, long time ago America was the most respected nation on the planet because the people were free and enjoyed economic and civil liberties. Those days are long gone and America is now viewed as a dangerous and menacing threat to humanity everywhere.  America is now viewed as a bully with a deadly military and a refusal to give up the empire, whatever the cost.

While Trump's presidency has been interesting to say the least, he's had some extraordinarily lucid moments like advocating for pulling out of Syria and Afghanistan.  On the other hand his neocon administration that includes Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton are all hardcore neocon interventionists.

One of the dumbest things that Trump ever did was nullify the JCPOA or Iran Deal. Iran agreed to NOT enrich uranium or build nuclear bombs in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.  Iran was in total compliance yet Trump and the neocons rescinded a very sane treaty that made the world a safer place.  It's my belief that the forces behind rescinding the JCPOA is the real axis of evil, the US-Saudi-Israeli alliance. 

Yes, the US is still plotting against Iran and would love nothing better than to go to war.  However, Americans are sick of the never ending wars and Europe isn't cooperating either.   Europe was devastated by 2 world wars.  America, protected by 2 big oceans, was spared the devastation that ravished European cities and soil.  A war on Iran would constitute WW 3, a major conflagration involving the US and ???? against Iran and probably Russia, China, Turkey and others.



Europe, Russia, China, the Middle East, Turkey and Iran are all close to each other, and some within easy missile striking distance. Most of these nations have also been destroyed by wars and revolutions.  As the US turns more militaristic, the rest of the world is turning to peace and trade.

Based on the trajectory of valid national interests, largely TRADE, being a motivating factor to avoid war at all costs, the US remains the immovable object that just dishes out endless ultimatums, threats and sanctions.

The latest, beside the Trump Administration attempting to engineer a coup in Venezuela, evolves around ratcheting up ally support for War on Iran.  Pompeo and the Trump Administration have organized what is called the Warsaw Conference which is being held in Warsaw, Poland in February.  It's was expected to be a critically important foreign policy event attended by foreign ministers and very high ranking government officials.  The purpose of the event was to dupe traditionally allies into a war on Iran.

There's only one problem.  Europe is pretty much shunning the event by keeping high ranking official away and sending low ranking nobodies.  This is indeed a slap in the face to America's neocons.

The American Conservative has a very interesting piece on the Warsaw Conference.

Another Setback for Trump’s Bankrupt Iran Policy
An international backlash has forced the Trump administration to back away from describing next month’s gathering in Warsaw as an anti-Iran conference...

Much like Nikki Haley’s failed anti-Iran Security Council meeting last fall, the Warsaw conference has been rebranded to avoid calling attention to how internationally isolated the U.S. is in its hostility to Iran...

The damage to the administration’s conference has already been done, and many other governments aren’t sending representatives or will probably send only low-ranking officials. Russia has already announced that their government is boycotting the event. The fact that Iran still isn’t invited to participate tells everyone that the gathering was intended to be an anti-Iranian one.
More importantly, everybody is noticing something that rarely happens.  Other nations, especially European nations, are finally standing up to and actually defying bully America and for damn good reasons.  News sites that specialize on the Middle East are also taking notice.  Al Monitor, a DC based site that specializes on the Middle East, also comprehends that the purpose of the Conference was to rally support to tougher measures against Iran.

US allies try to dilute anti-Iran agenda for Warsaw summit 
An international conference in Poland next month that the Donald Trump administration had intended to showcase global unity and resolve to isolate Iran is instead highlighting wariness among US allies. European allies are scrambling for excuses to send lower-level diplomats instead of their foreign ministers to the Feb. 13-14 Warsaw conference and also are looking for ways to dilute the agenda... 
What is really happening?  The negative response of the international community to the real purpose of the Warsaw Conference, ratchet up support for War on Iran, has been changed by the US to a less incendiary purpose like promoting peace and stability in the Middle East. LOL, what a freaking joke...the US NEVER intends to promote peace and stability anywhere.  US foreign policy really hasn't changed much and the neocons still control it.  However, what has changed is the courage of the world to stand up to the US and reject its dictates and threats.

Europe understands that trade is the path to peace and given it's proximity to all the players in the region like Russia (loaded with gas), Turkey, oil rich Iran, India (buys Iranian oil) and even further away oil/gas hungry China, these folks share a monstrous landmass that houses most of humanity.  As the EU plans for its own military for purposes of defense, the US no longer controls Europe and Europe no longer fears its neighbors.

Meanwhile, everybody fears the crazy US and they are scrambling to assert their own sovereignty and national interests by disobeying their long time masters. It's a very wise decision.

The neocons haven't lost yet but they are beginning to lose because the American people and the world are just sick of these evil rat bastards.




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