LIES, DAMNED LIES & STATISTICS

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Posted on 18th July 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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The government released their monthly CPI report this week. Even though it came in at an annualized rate of 3.6%, they and their mouthpieces in the corporate mainstream media dutifully downplayed the uptrend. They can’t let the plebs know the truth. That might upend their economic recovery storyline and put a crimp into their artificial free money, zero interest rate, stock market rally. If they were to admit inflation is rising, the Fed would be forced to raise rates. That is unacceptable in our rigged .01% economy. There are banker bonuses, CEO stock options, corporate stock buyback earnings per share goals and captured politician elections at stake.

The corporate MSM immediately shifted the focus to the annual CPI figure of 0.1%. That’s right. Your government keepers expect you to believe the prices you pay to live your everyday life have been essentially flat in the last year. Anyone who lives in the real world, not the BLS Bizarro world of models, seasonal adjustments, hedonic adjustments, and substitution adjustments, knows this is a lie. The original concept of CPI was to measure the true cost of maintaining a constant standard of living. It should reflect your true inflation of out of pocket costs to live a daily existence in this country.

Instead, it has become a manipulated statistic using academic theories as a cover to systematically under-report the true level of inflation. The purpose has been to cut annual cost of living adjustments to Social Security and other government benefits, while over-estimating the true level of GDP. Artificially low inflation figures allow the mega-corporations who control the country to keep wage increases to workers low. Under-reporting the true level of inflation also allows the Federal Reserve to keep their discount rate far lower than it would be in an honest free market. The Wall Street banks, who own and control the Federal Reserve, are free to charge 18% on credit card balances while paying .25% to savers. The manipulation of the CPI benefits the vested interests, impoverishes the masses, and slowly but surely contributes to the destruction of our economic system.

A deep dive into Table 2 from the BLS reveals some truth and uncovers more lies. Their weighting of everyday living expenditures is warped and purposefully misleading. Let’s look at the annual increases in some food items we might consume in the course of a month, living in this empire of lies:

  • Ground Beef – 10.1%
  • Roast Beef – 11.8%
  • Steak – 11.1%
  • Eggs – 21.8%
  • Chicken – 3.7%
  • Coffee – 3.4%
  • Sugar – 4.2%
  • Candy – 4.6%
  • Snacks – 3.5%
  • Salt & Seasonings – 5.3%
  • Food Away From Home – 3.0%

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I KNEW I WAS ABOVE AVERAGE

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Posted on 17th June 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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The average woman now weighs what an average man weighed in 1960. Who says women don’t have equal rights?

I find it fascinating that our weight started soaring at the exact same time that consumer debt began soaring in the early 1980’s. Corporate fascism and the banking cabal captured our economic system and used their propaganda machine to sell toxic processed chemicals, disguised as food, to the increasingly dumbed down and sedated masses. TV, iGadgets, carbohydrate rich corporate carb enriched crap, and suburban sprawl requiring autos to get anywhere have combined to create the Obese States of America.

Who benefits?

The mega-corporations peddling toxic faux food.

The medical industrial complex peddling pills to treat all the ailments created by the toxic faux food.

The bankers supplying the debt to consume the faux food and pay for the pills to treat the symptoms.

He ain’t heavy, he’s your obese brother.

Via Zero Hedge


ARE YOU RICH ENOUGH TO BUY A CONGRESSMAN?

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Posted on 6th June 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Rule By The Corporations

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Posted on 1st June 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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TTIP: The Corporate Empowerment Act

Guest Post by Paul Craig Roberts

The Transatlantic and Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages.

The first thing to understand is that these so-called “partnerships” are not laws written by Congress. The US Constitution gives Congress the authority to legislate, but these laws are being written without the participation of Congress. The laws are being written by corporations solely in the interest of their power and profit. The office of US Trade Representative was created in order to permit corporations to write law that serves only their interests. This fraud on the Constitution and the people is covered up by calling trade laws “treaties.”

Indeed, Congress is not even permitted to know what is in the laws and is limited to the ability to accept or refuse what is handed to Congress for a vote. Normally, Congress accepts, because “so much work has been done” and “free trade will benefit us all.”

The presstitutes have diverted attention from the content of the laws to “fast track.” When Congress votes “fast track,” it means Congress accepts that corporations can write the trade laws without the participation of Congress. Even criticisms of the “partnerships” are a smoke screen. Countries accused of slave labor could be excluded but won’t be. Super patriots complain that US sovereignty is violated by “foreign interests,” but US sovereignty is violated by US corporations. Others claim yet more US jobs will be offshored. In actual fact, the “partnerships” are unnecessary to advance the loss of American jobs as there is nothing that inhibits jobs offshoring now.

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CORPORATE STATES OF ONE AMERICA

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Posted on 12th May 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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A Multinational Trojan Horse: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Posted on 7th May 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Dave Pruett

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” James Madison in The Federalist Papers.

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You don’t have to know much about the “trade” deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be more than a little suspicious.

First, there are the very peculiar bedfellows. Supporting the TPP are President Obama and most Congressional Republicans, the same Republicans who’ve vehemently opposed his every initiative for the past six and one-half years.

Against the TPP are most (but not all) Congressional Democrats, Ford Motor Company, virtually all trade unions and environmental groups, watchdog groups such as Public Citizen, and usual Obama allies such as Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, who, in a testy open letter to the President on April 25, called for greater transparency on the TPP.

Furthermore, when asked to lend his support for so-called “Fast Track” authority for the TPP, Obama water-carrier and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid chafed, “So the answer is not only no, but hell no.”

Also opposed: liberal icon Noam Chomsky, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, Republican hopeful Mike Huckabee, many Tea-Party groups, and conservative Republican editorialist and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan. Conspicuous by silence: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

What’s going on here? Why the strange alliances?

Peel back the layers of the TPP and you’ll find what some believe to be a “corporate Trojan horse.” Disguised as “free trade,” the TPP’s provisions and tactics undermine Constitutional safeguards and national sovereignty. But there’s also a silver lining. The TPP exposes who, in the marbled halls of political power, is working for whom. It forces politicians to put their cards on the table, and by their hands you will know them.

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Ultra-Secrecy Surrounds Barack Obama’s New Global Economic Treaty

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Posted on 7th May 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Barack Obama is secretly negotiating a global economic treaty which would destroy thousands of American businesses and millions of good paying American jobs.  In other words, it would be the final nail in the coffin for America’s economic infrastructure.  Obama knows that if the American people actually knew what was in this treaty that they would be screaming mad, so the negotiations are being done in secret.  The only people that are allowed to look at the treaty are members of Congress, and even they are being banned from saying anything to the public.  American workers are about to be brutally stabbed in the back, and thanks to all of this secrecy and paranoia they won’t even see it coming.

The name of this new treaty is “the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, and it is being touted as perhaps the most important trade agreement in history.  But very few people in this country are talking about it, because none of us are allowed to see it.  An article that was just released by Politico detailed the extreme secrecy that is surrounding this trade agreement…

If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.

 

If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving.

 

And no matter what, you can’t discuss the details of what you’ve read.

This treaty is going to affect the lives of every man, woman and child living in this nation, and yet it is deemed so “important” that none of us can know what is in it?

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CORPORATE “INVESTMENTS”

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Posted on 8th November 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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UNITED CORPORATIONS OF AMERICA

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Posted on 28th June 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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If you want to know whose vote really counts in your state, examine this data. Do you think your Congress critters care what you think? Guess who fills their campaign coffers with millions? The game is rigged. It’s a club and you’re not in it.

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State City Top company by revenue Revenue (billions)
Alabama Birmingham Regions Bank $5.89
Alaska* Juneau First National Bank Alaska $2.4
Arizona Phoenix Avnet, Inc. $25.45
Arkansas Bentonville Wal-Mart Stores $476.29
California San Ramon Chevron Corporation $228.84
Colorado Englewood Arrow Electronics, Inc. $21.35
Connecticut Fairfield General Electric $146.04
Delaware Wilmington E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company $36.14
Florida Doral World Fuel Services Corporation $41.56
Georgia Atlanta Home Depot International, Inc. $85.53
Hawaii Honolulu Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. $3.23
Idaho Boise Micron Technology, Inc. $9.07
Illinois Decatur Archer Daniels Midland $89.80
Indiana Indianapolis WellPoint $71.02
Iowa Cedar Rapids Transamerica Life Insurance Company $19.64
Kansas Wichita Koch Industries, Inc. $115
Kentucky Louisville Humana, Inc. $41.31
Louisiana Monroe CenturyLink, Inc. $18.09
Maine Scarborough Hannaford Bros. Co. $3.98
Maryland Bethesda Lockheed Martin Corporation $45.35
Massachusetts Boston Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc. $38.50
Michigan Detroit General Motors $155.42
Minnesota Wayzata Cargill, Inc. $136.65
Mississippi Laurel Sanderson Farms, Inc. $2.68
Missouri St. Louis Express Scripts Holding $104.09
Montana Billings Stillwater Mining Company $1.03
Nebraska Omaha Berkshire Hathaway $182.15
Nevada Las Vegas Las Vegas Sands Corp. $13.76
New Hampshire Portsmouth Sprague Resources LP $4.60
New Jersey New Brunswick Johnson & Johnson $71.31
New Mexico Albuquerque Presbyterian Healthcare Services $2.05
New York New York Verizon Communications $120.55
North Carolina Charlotte Bank of America $101.69
North Dakota Bismarck MDU Resources Group, Inc. $4.46
Ohio Dublin Cardinal Health $101.09
Oklahoma Oklahoma City Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. $26.09
Oregon Beaverton Nike, Inc. $25.31
Pennsylvania Chesterbrook AmeriSourceBergen $87.95
Rhode Island Woonsocket CVS Caremark $126.76
South Carolina Hartsville Sonoco Products Company $4.48
South Dakota Sioux Falls Sanford Health $3.10
Tennessee Memphis FedEx Corporation $44.28
Texas Irving Exxon Mobil $438.25
Utah Salt Lake City Huntsman Corporation $11.07
Vermont Waterbury Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. $4.35
Virginia McLean Freddie Mac $81.22
Washington Issaquah CostCo Wholesale $105.15
West Virginia Morgantown West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc. $42.73
Wisconsin Milwaukee Johnson Controls, Inc. $42.73
Wyoming Gillette Cloud Peak Energy, Inc. $1.39

(Source: Hoover’s, via Broadview Networks)

Robert Hare: What a Psychopathic Corporation Might Be Like

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Posted on 1st April 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Jesse

Dr. Robert Hare is describing what a psychopathic corporate culture might be like, not what all corporations are.

Corporations can have personalities if you will, based on the character of their leadership, and the traits and tendencies which they tend to seek out and reward.

Governments may have the same character traits, whether they choose to call it culture, or tone, or philosophy. Certain behaviours are rewarded, and others are suppressed and discouraged.  Quite often a few like-minded and powerful personalities may set the character of the organization, and choose subordinates who are either servile or of a simple mind.

Otherwise corporations are not people, and do not deserve the rights of people because it grants to the corporation mangers a power that makes most other individuals unequal under the law.  It is an extension of power and rights by proxy, greatly leveraged.

If an individual has a voice, the individual managers of a major corporation can obtain a much greater voice, one applied by the power and money of a large organization.  These are the modern übermenschen that we are unwittingly raising like titans over the world of real people.

And when they are singularly amoral, or focused for anti-social purposes, or criminal activities, the resultant damage of which they are capable can be devastating, not only to individuals, but even to towns, cities, and small nations.

BIG FOOD CORPORATIONS PURPOSEFULLY CREATE OBESITY THROUGH ADDICTIVE INGREDIENTS

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Posted on 27th October 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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