Other News, Articles, Or Links Of Interest
If you have read Dr. Martenson’s article, America Is Being Looted, then consider the following to be a story from the trenches…
The Woman Who Knew Too Much
"Millions of Americans hoped President Obama would nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the consumer financial watchdog agency she had created. Instead, she was pushed aside. As Warren kicks off her run for Scott Brown’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, Suzanna Andrews charts the Harvard professor’s emergence as a champion of the beleaguered middle class, and her fight against a powerful alliance of bankers, lobbyists, and politicians."
It really lays out the story of how hard the banks fought against regulations.
Rena: Shipwreck That Shook A Nation
"The 21-year-old, 47,000-tonne box ship left Napier laden with 1386 containers 11 carrying hazardous substances, including ferrosilicon, which can ignite when in contact with water. The ship’s fuel tanks the main four located low in the now-damaged hull – contain 1700 tonnes of fuel oil and 200 tonnes of diesel. The vessel settles on a 10-degree list in a slight swell. It is the start of an unfolding disaster…"
Three complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, combined the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world’s transnational corporations (TNCs).
Revealed – The Capitalist Network That Runs The World (October 2011)
"When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a "super-entity" of 147 even more tightly knit companies – all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity – that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. "In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network," says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group… Concentration of power is not good or bad in itself, says the Zurich team, but the core’s tight interconnections could be. As the world learned in 2008, such networks are unstable. ‘If one [company] suffers distress," says Glattfelder, "this propagates.’"
Passionate, eloquent words from a Greek housewife. Watch the video on BBC News…
Greeks Will Have ‘Bulgarian Salary With London Prices’ (November 4, 2011)
"Ilia Iatrou, a housewife and mother-of-two in Athens, said she could not afford to buy fresh milk anymore."
This is cool IMHO!!
Thank you so much for sharing that. A most excellent listen.
Music – especially good music – will be one of the precious and wonderful thing we will still have with us if we succeed in managing the decline from all things peak as a species. I imagine glass harps will always be around so long as we have master glassblowers, and a musical education will once again be worth far more than it is worth today.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D was played by a master solo violinist as my bride walked down the forest path to where we were all waiting for her in the hollow of a two-thousand-year-old redwood tree. After the ceremony, we walked away as a new husband and wife to Haste To The Wedding.
This is cool IMHO!!
Today, Guatemala. Tomorrow, the United States?
Dangerous Work: "The Mine" Tn Guatemala City (November 15, 2011)
"In Guatemala City, a place called ‘The Mine’ can deliver both a means of survival and a grisly death. Every day, dozens of residents salvage a living by scouring the massive dump for scrap metal. Facing the threat of mudslides, collapses, and disease, they can potentially earn twice the daily minimum wage. Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd documented their efforts."
Lessons In Food And Life: ‘We Knew How To Be Poor’ (November 10, 2011)
"I thought about being poor. I thought about what it means, and how many of us are feeling just like that these days. I thought about the skills required to do it well – to be poor with dignity, poor with meals on the table, poor with enough to pay for the rent. These are real concerns for so many, and my own attention goes there on a daily basis. Marilyn thinks about it too, because she’s afraid folks aren’t prepared. ‘I don’t know what folks are going to do,’ she said ‘because they don’t know how to be poor.’ She went on to tell me stories of the local food pantry set up to help those in need. Evidently people came for everything but that bag of potatoes or big hefty winter squash. They left good food, she said; they wanted things in cans or mixes. One woman wanted instant pudding, but would not take the stuff in the box that you had to mix with milk and cook. That was too much work; she wanted the stuff in cups that was already made. Marilyn just shook her head. She was worried. Really worried. I thought about it, too. What are we going to do?"
Poet , trying not to be too bossy here and I know it looks pretty to have the jars out where you can see them ,but I found if I put the jarred food in the box it keeps them clean and do not rust as easily . Another thing My husband put a little board across the front just incase of earthquake or something. I know most people are not worried so much about this but to me no place is safe from such an emergancy . Anyway if the jars are already in the box you could move them a lot easier . I just finished 200 quarts of pears, pear sauce , pear butter , pear juice, pear honey .. PEARPEARPEAR .. I do not want to see one for some time !
I just taught 7 families how to make jelly /jam it was fun to do together evryone broth ingred. and at the end of the afternoon we had 7 kinds of jelly to take home . Today we were taught and made the WOOL DRYER BALLS . A practical thing to have and much more fun to do together as a group . Having it multi generational will help these things get passed down . These get togethers are a part of home school but anyone could do it with friends .
A good story about getting a good job at a good company that makes a good product–here in America! I found the products to be interesting from a preparation standpoint. Full story here: http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=25342
…………………………………………………………………I was quite surprised three weeks ago when my phone rang at 6:30pm on a Thursday evening (in itself a surprise since no one ever calls me anymore) and it was the company asking me if I could come out for an interview. Right then. Well, sure! Why not? I haven’t got anything else going on so I went. Long story short, the impromptu interview went well enough that I started on Monday. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was being tapped to take over for the …………..
…….Well, it didn’t take very long until I became aware that this company is structured to be exactly the solution that we here at TBP and the similar sites have been advocating for years. The owners are completely committed to using US made components in every possible application – even if it costs more………
The product line may or may not have relevance to your situation but I would request that you at least take a look at the site and realize that there still are companies doing business here in what’s left of this country, successfully, without exploiting foreign labor markets or importing cheap junk parts from countries most people couldn’t find on a map. If we’re going to have any sort of respectable country going forward, please help identify and promote any US owned and operated companies you know of. Quit shopping at the big box stores. Tell the big banks to suck it. Get a garden started using non-GMO seeds. Think, speak, act.
**If anyone is offended by the plug, consider how many times Casey’s letter gets free ads ’round here…**