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Dwight D. Eisenhower in his exit speech on Jan.17, 1961, warned the American people about the military industrial complex.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY

I was just reading this message by Michael Moore that was in my inbox…and simultaneously received this nudge from a friend who sent the link of the same reverberating theme, covered in an interview by Amy Goodman in Democracy Now. “Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?”

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/2/22/matt_taibbi_why_isnt_wall_street_in_jail

In the meantime, here in Berlin, Germany, I encountered a former Spanish housemate whose parents, (like mine in the USA) had their savings dramatically sliced. Her parents had their money in an Icelandic Bank. Point is, that all over the world, hardworking, honest people have had their savings from a lifetime wiped away in a matter of months; while the robbers, who work in the banks, have gotten away with their pockets (assets) stuffed.

-.-.-. “America is not Broke” by Michael Moore -.-.-.

Here’s his speech live on video to the people of Wisconsin.

Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It’s just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.

Today just 400 Americans have the same wealth as half of all Americans combined.

Let me say that again. 400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer “bailout” of 2008, now have as much loot, stock and property as the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can’t bring yourself to call that a financial coup d’état, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true.

And I can see why. For us to admit that we have let a small group of men abscond with and hoard the bulk of the wealth that runs our economy, would mean that we’d have to accept the humiliating acknowledgment that we have indeed surrendered our precious Democracy to the moneyed elite. Wall Street, the banks and the Fortune 500 now run this Republic — and, until this past month, the rest of us have felt completely helpless, unable to find a way to do anything about it.

I have nothing more than a high school degree. But back when I was in school, every student had to take one semester of economics in order to graduate. And here’s what I learned: Money doesn’t grow on trees. It grows when we make things. It grows when we have good jobs with good wages that we use to buy the things we need and thus create more jobs. It grows when we provide an outstanding educational system that then grows a new generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and thinkers who come up with the next great idea for the planet. And that new idea creates new jobs and that creates revenue for the state. But if those who have the most money don’t pay their fair share of taxes, the state can’t function. The schools can’t produce the best and the brightest who will go on to create those jobs. If the wealthy get to keep most of their money, we have seen what they will do with it: recklessly gamble it on crazy Wall Street schemes and crash our economy. The crash they created cost us millions of jobs. That too caused a reduction in tax revenue. Everyone ended up suffering because of what the rich did.

The nation is not broke, my friends. Wisconsin is not broke. Saying that the country is broke is repeating a Big Lie. It’s one of the three biggest lies of the decade: 1) America is broke, 2) Iraq has WMD, and 3) The Packers can’t win the Super Bowl without Brett Favre.

The truth is, there’s lots of money to go around. LOTS. It’s just that those in charge have diverted that wealth into a deep well that sits on their well-guarded estates. They know they have committed crimes to make this happen and they know that someday you may want to see some of that money that used to be yours. So they have bought and paid for hundreds of politicians across the country to do their bidding for them. But just in case that doesn’t work, they’ve got their gated communities, and the luxury jet is always fully fueled, the engines running, waiting for that day they hope never comes. To help prevent that day when the people demand their country back, the wealthy have done two very smart things:

1. They control the message. By owning most of the media they have expertly convinced many Americans of few means to buy their version of the American Dream and to vote for their politicians. Their version of the Dream says that you, too, might be rich some day — this is America, where anything can happen if you just apply yourself! They have conveniently provided you with believable examples to show you how a poor boy can become a rich man, how the child of a single mother in Hawaii can become president, how a guy with a high school education can become a successful filmmaker. They will play these stories for you over and over again all day long so that the last thing you will want to do is upset the apple cart — because you — yes, you, too! — might be rich/president/an Oscar-winner some day! The message is clear: keep you head down, your nose to the grindstone, don’t rock the boat and be sure to vote for the party that protects the rich man that you might be some day.

2. They have created a poison pill that they know you will never want to take. It is their version of mutually assured destruction. And when they threatened to release this weapon of mass economic annihilation in September of 2008, we blinked. As the economy and the stock market went into a tailspin, and the banks were caught conducting a worldwide Ponzi scheme, Wall Street issued this threat: Either hand over trillions of dollars from the American taxpayers or we will crash this economy straight into the ground. Fork it over or it’s Goodbye savings accounts. Goodbye pensions. Goodbye United States Treasury. Goodbye jobs and homes and future. It was friggin’ awesome and it scared the shit out of everyone. “Here! Take our money! We don’t care. We’ll even print more for you! Just take it! But, please, leave our lives alone, PLEASE!”

The executives in the board rooms and hedge funds could not contain their laughter, their glee, and within three months they were writing each other huge bonus checks and marveling at how perfectly they had played a nation full of suckers. Millions lost their jobs anyway, and millions lost their homes. But there was no revolt (see #1).

Until now. On Wisconsin! Never has a Michigander been more happy to share a big, great lake with you! You have aroused the sleeping giant known as the working people of the United States of America. Right now the earth is shaking and the ground is shifting under the feet of those who are in charge. Your message has inspired people in all 50 states and that message is: WE HAVE HAD IT! We reject anyone who tells us America is broke and broken. It’s just the opposite! We are rich with talent and ideas and hard work and, yes, love. Love and compassion toward those who have, through no fault of their own, ended up as the least among us. But they still crave what we all crave: Our country back! Our democracy back! Our good name back! The United States of America. NOT the Corporate States of America. The United States of America!

So how do we make this happen? Well, we do it with a little bit of Egypt here, a little bit of Madison there. And let us pause for a moment and remember that it was a poor man with a fruit stand in Tunisia who gave his life so that the world might focus its attention on how a government run by billionaires for billionaires is an affront to freedom and morality and humanity.

Thank you, Wisconsin. You have made people realize this was our last best chance to grab the final thread of what was left of who we are as Americans. For three weeks you have stood in the cold, slept on the floor, skipped out of town to Illinois — whatever it took, you have done it, and one thing is for certain: Madison is only the beginning. The smug rich have overplayed their hand. They couldn’t have just been content with the money they raided from the treasury. They couldn’t be satiated by simply removing millions of jobs and shipping them overseas to exploit the poor elsewhere. No, they had to have more — something more than all the riches in the world. They had to have our soul. They had to strip us of our dignity. They had to shut us up and shut us down so that we could not even sit at a table with them and bargain about simple things like classroom size or bulletproof vests for everyone on the police force or letting a pilot just get a few extra hours sleep so he or she can do their job — their $19,000 a year job. That’s how much some rookie pilots on commuter airlines make, maybe even the rookie pilot who flew me here to Madison today. He told me he’s stopped hoping for a pay increase. All he’s asking for now is enough down time so that he doesn’t have to sleep in his car between shifts at O’Hare airport. That’s how despicably low we have sunk! The wealthy couldn’t be content with just paying this man $19,000 a year. They had to take away his sleep. They had to demean him and dehumanize him and rub his face in it. After all, he’s just another slob, isn’t he?

And that, my friends, is Corporate America’s fatal mistake. But trying to destroy us they have given birth to a movement — a movement that is becoming a massive, nonviolent revolt across the country. We all knew there had to be a breaking point some day, and that point is upon us. Many people in the media don’t understand this. They say they were caught off guard about Egypt, never saw it coming. Now they act surprised and flummoxed about why so many hundreds of thousands have come to Madison over the last three weeks during brutal winter weather. “Why are they all standing out there in the cold?” I mean, there was that election in November and that was supposed to be that!

“There’s something happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you …?”

America ain’t broke! The only thing that’s broke is the moral compass of the rulers. And we aim to fix that compass and steer the ship ourselves from now on. Never forget, as long as that Constitution of ours still stands, it’s one person, one vote, and it’s the thing the rich hate most about America — because even though they seem to hold all the money and all the cards, they begrudgingly know this one unshakable basic fact: There are more of us than there are of them!

Madison, do not retreat. We are with you. We will win together.

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Some more Insights on the Corporate Greed Abuses behind the Gulf Oil Crisis

What is scary, is that Amy Goodman informs that President Obama had two weeks ago, authorized drilling of oil in the waters off the coast of Alaska as well as in the Gulf of Mexico, opening up these areas to drilling for oil for the first time

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/30/spewing_5_000_barrels_of_oil

More Crude Awakenings re: Corporate Slime & Bankers’ Greed sleeping with the Government & the BP | Halliburton Gulf Oil Disaster

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0513/gulf-oil-gusher-ten-times-worse-prior-estimates/

This letter written by Martin Luckett to my friend, who authorized spreading the information around.

“When this thing blew up, BP told us it was 500 barrels a day, now we know 26 days later they had a video that Obama made them release, showing tens of thousands per hour. Now they are estimating it’s the equivalent of one Exxon/Valdez spill every four days! And they admitted to Congress they knew the blowout preventer had a dead battery and could not do the job if called on.

I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to place some blame here. Those energy state Texas shitheads Bush and Cheney relaxed all the safety regulations the last decade, let the Kenny Boy’s of Enron game the markets, staffed the Fed Minerals and Resources with idiots who literally, literally slept and snorted coke with employees from the oil companies. And, oh, I’m gonna die from surprise, the same company that got billions in no-bid contracts to build infrastructure in Iraq that featured showers that were electrocuting the soldiers, was in charge of laying the concrete to seal the well, and was confirmed to have failed a test 22 hours before the explosion. This company is Halliburton.

This situation is a CLUSTER FUCK. The world economy is FUCKED, Europe is FUCKED, California is FUCKED, Goldman Sachs FUCKED Europe by allowing Greece to massively borrow to stage the ’04 Olympics without anyone knowing it was Greece doing the borrowing, something they never would have done if they knew Greece was the borrower…Goldman Sachs were the shitheads behind the first Big Depression, allowing simple investors to buy stock with only 10% down, so when the margin calls came they were wiped out. It was Reagan who repealed all the laws on the books that came about to stop another crash, and immediately we get the Savings and Loan debacle, the Junk Bonds crash, the Internet Bubble crash, and now the Housing Market Wall St. crash.

I’m sorry…feel free to plagiarize the shit out of this, clean it up if you have to, Tell Bob to put this in his pipe and smoke it.”

Amy Goodman’s Look Into the Corroded Politics beneath the BP Oil-Ill Calamity in the Gulf

This link to Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” broadcast, reveals detailed information about not only the 20,000 square mile oil slick caused by the BP oil well leak casualty, in which the oil continues to bubble up from its’ source at 5,000 barrels per day, but also about the politics gushing to the surface.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/30/spewing_5_000_barrels_of_oil

What’s disturbing, was hearing in her report that President Obama had two weeks ago authorized a plan for a vast expansion in oil drilling, opening up large areas in the Atlantic as well as off the coast of Alaska, for the first time in decades. Uh, did I hear this correctly? There had been a 27 year moratorium against off shore drilling and Obama just wooshed it into non-existance? Now I flash back to when I was exhilarated hearing Barrack speaking before an excited crowd in Berlin, Germany two summers ago, and shocked when he mentioned something about maintaining a military presence in Afghanistan…I thought, did he really just say that? Is this the President elect who stated firmly that he’s against war?

And now I’m thinking about the bank bailout, and wondering, is it perhaps true what Eva Morales of Bolivia stated in a previous interview on Democracy Now. Regarding whether he sees a difference between Bush’s presidency and that of Obama’s, he retorted, “only their skin color is different.”

Now I really don’t want to point the finger at Barack Obama, as I’ve always felt intuitively that he genuinely does want to empower people and make massive positive changes. And I always felt that he spoke from the heart, that he means what he says and has integrity…did.

What I do believe, is that for him to have gotten to where he is, and to maintain his position, that he has to do an enormous amount of bending-over, to the corporate globalized powers that be, who continue to throttle and persuade and bottleneck any wayward opinions from their vision and path of ascendancy. However a downward spiral of reckless fallout is what appears to be sneaking into our faces.

What can we do about this? I guess it’s a matter of willingness to listen and understand what is going on, and then to let our voices be heard – through whatever means – individually or through joining with groups mobilizing to simultaneously inform us and give us a voice. Specifically, we all need to take actions, which reflect being clear and knowledgeable about the repercussions of whatever we do, what we purchase and the activities we participate in. Whatever sort of ‘direct action’ we can make, towards responsibly making our voices heard and changing our habits, towards supporting more environmentally sustainable practices, are examples for others to follow as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_action

To Your Health,

Carol

“You are not here to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.” Woodrow Wilson Address at Swarthmore college, 1913.

Keep your thoughts positive, because they become your words.
Keep your words positive, because they become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because it becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because they become your values.
Keep your values positive, because they become your destiny.
Mahatma Ghandi

• An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
• Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
• Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
• Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.
• Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The Future of Food” & Halliburton’s Globalization Chess Game

I just saw this informative film “The Future of Food”, with attention raising inferences to genetic engineering. But even more disturbing were the scary insights into the company Halliburton, this time playing under the guise of an agricultural giant. In this role, they have been involved in not only manufacturing pesticides, but also the genetic engineering of seeds and a reign of terror over small farmers’, accusing them of stealing their patented seeds and trying to force them to destroy their own generationally cultured seed banks – a blatant attempt to monopolize the agriculture industry.
http://www.thefutureoffood.com/

“Halliburton’s major business segment is the Energy Services Group (ESG). ESG provides technical products and services for petroleum and natural gas exploration and production.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halliburton
This role is probably why, with Iraq’s oil reserves, they had big interest in nudging the American public into getting involved in a war with Iraq in the first place. However, they also managed to profit from America’s involvement in the destruction which has taken place there, performing in their role as ‘private military contractors’. “In the latest in the long line of corporate scandals involving the Bush Administration, Halliburton, the energy giant formerly run and still largely influenced and controlled by Vice-President Dick Cheney (the former Chairman and CEO), has announced that it will repay the US government over $27.4 million after it was discovered that it had grossly overcharged for the meals it supplies to the US military in Iraq.” The overcharging discovery involves Kellog, Brown & Root, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Halliburton. In a controversial “no-bid” contract, KBR was awarded a total of $8 billion to provide laundry, food supply, and build bases for the US military in Iraq. ”
http://www.socialistappeal.org/usa/halliburton_scandal.html

“In one of the many examples of abuse, Greenhouse said that military auditors caught Halliburton overcharging the Pentagon for fuel deliveries into Iraq. She also complained that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s office took control of every aspect of Halliburton’s $7 billion Iraqi oil/infrastructure contract.” “Cheney retired from the company during the 2000 U.S. presidential election campaign with a severance package worth $36 million. ”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halliburton#Involvement_in_the_Iraq_war

“In the early 1990s Halliburton was found to be in violation of federal trade barriers in Iraq and Libya, having sold these countries dual-use oil drilling equipment and, through its former subsidiary, Halliburton Logging Services, sending six pulse neutron generators to Libya. After having pleaded guilty, the company was fined $1.2 million, with another $2.61 million in penalties.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halliburton#Involvement_in_the_Iraq_warAfter

“Halliburton has its headquarters in the North Belt office in Houston, Texas, and in offices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (opened March, 2007) where Chairman and CEO David J. Lesar works and resides.” http://www.socialistappeal.org/usa/halliburton_scandal.html

One can’t help thinking that perhaps it was yet another business deal gone awry or more ethical misconduct by Halliburton that lead to the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the United States. “The hijackers responsible for 9/11 were not illiterate, bearded fanatics from Afghanistan. They were all educated, highly skilled, middle-class professionals. Of the 19 men involved, 13 were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4582.htm

“Osama bin Laden is believed to be the 17th child of Mohammed bin Laden (1908 – September 3, 1967), a Yemeni immigrant to Saudi Arabia who was a wealthy investor, businessman and patriarch of the bin Laden family.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_bin_Awad_bin_Laden

“The involvement between Halliburton and the Saudi Arabian company, owned by the father of Osama bin Laden, “The Bin-Laden Group”, has existed for years. “What should make us all feel insecure about our newfound homeland security is that Dick Cheney’s old company, Halliburton, bought H.C. Price Company (now called Bredero-Shaw http://www.bredero-shaw), a Texas-based oil company that supplies anti-corrosion coatings for oil pipelines and is a joint partner of the Saudi Bin-Laden Group http://www.sbg.com.sa, a construction company that is owned by the
Bin-Laden family and builds crude-oil pipelines.”

“Logic would indicate that the Bin-Laden Group has the heavy equipment in the region near Afghanistan that would facilitate the building of the pipeline through Afghanistan. And, Halliburton–Cheney’s old oil-drilling company–can drill for the oil that is to be fed through the pipeline.”….”Bush had appointed a former advisor to Unocal (an oil company that builds oil and gas pipelines) as the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan.”
http://elandslide.org/view.cfm?id=6458

“Halliburton is the only company mentioned by Osama bin Laden in an April 2004 tape in which he claims that “this is a war [in Afghanistan] that is benefiting major companies with billions of dollars.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halliburton

“The Future of Food” reveals Halliburtons’ slimy corporate practices and proposes questions concerning the implications of the practice of genetically modifying food. My subsequent mini investigation of the big H, reveals the lack of transparency of Halliburton’s intentions; strategically playing an international chess game with board-room inbreeding practices and calls for war, in the name of profit. Various members of its’ board have bounced back and forth to seats in various US government regulatory agencies such as the EPA and US Dept of Agriculture…to ‘police’/watch-dog the same companies with whom they had been imbedded!!

For more information of Halliburton and their corporate practices visit http://www.halliburtonwatch.org.