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Book: "Life Inc: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back" by Douglas Rushkoff
August 6, 2009
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- published just recently on 6-2-2009.

The author starts with an innocent, local blog about what happened to him.

That he was mugged. In the process of being mugged, he remembered something that he heard in that when you pretty much fear for your life, that if he were to ask the assaliant to at least let him keep his insurance card - that that would kind of change the whole dynamics in that it makes it real and humane and personal (I am para-phrasing here....)

So, the author gets mugged and is able to fend and come out of the situation alive.

So now, here is the kicker.....the author just innocently shares his experience on a local blog and instead of being congratulated with being able to finnagle (sp?) his way out of what could have in fact been a deadly encounter and was able to escape with his life.....INSTEAD is bombared with responses with other locals bereating him for posting the actual address where this whole encounter took place with the contention that posting such an event could very well decrease the property values in this particular neighborhood!

Can you believe that? That the obvious priorities where the possible decrease in the neighboring propety value because of his noting where this event occurred is outweighed
by this man being able to escape a mugging where his life was very much at stake??????

Incredible to me. Absolutely incredible to me the priorities of his so-called neighbors!!!!!

Scary folks. Pretty fricking-fracking scary!!!!!

August 6, 2009
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tbt:

Life as we knew it is gone. Everything seems so out of whack.

Reported on CNN a few days ago:

Part of the $787 billion stimulus was $1 billion to the Arts. Well, 2 pornographers in CA received grants out of that stimulus- one for $50k and another for $75K. Does this even make sense?

Who is wartching over how our money is spent?

sd

August 6, 2009
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Have to get vigilent and REMAIN vigilent!

I am a part of and support many, many organizations along these lines.

Mainly:

http://bravenewfilms.org/

(Robert Greenwald)

http://action.citizen.org/sign.....ack=CD41SU

(Founded by Ralph Nader)

http://www.acorn.org/

(Quite instrumental and organized in bringing about real change via grassroots and increasing the minimum wage in many states)

http://www.taxpayers.org/

(In your face type organization)

http://www.howtobuyamerican.co.....ndex.shtml

(Kudos to the tireless efforts by Roger Simmermaker!!!!!)

I think that these are pretty much the 'heavy-hitters.' as far as I am concerned.

I subscribe to and support all.

See - here is the thing that really gets my goat....how it seems and appears to me that most Americans nowadays just nonchalantly fricking 'throw in the towel' way too easily and quickly and would rather just shrug their shoulders and say - well, you know - that's the way it is so yada, yada, yada, bitch, bitch, bitch - than to actually fight back and organize in order to change things.

To me, that is the saddest thing of all. To not even TRY!

Did this country all of a sudden just lose hope that change was not even possible? Or did we just all of a sudden get so lazy and complacent and well, basically, decide to do what the ostrich does and just bury our damned heads in the sand????

How idiotic, really. Just take for example, in my state of GA this past week-end where the taxes for buying school-related products and clothing and shoes were temporarily suspended, barring particular mandates.......

In my neighborhood, they all turned out in droves - ready to cash in - or out, as the case may be - out of a mere 7% or so.......

That is just a drop in the bucket as far as I am concerned.

If this country really wants to get serious about 'taking back our country' they won't HAVE TO look to congress to do this for us on our behalf - but could instead 'vote' via willing to do the necessary and tedious research required right now to just say NO to buying anything made from China or any other foreign country and INSIST on only buying "Made in the USA' products!

But maybe that is just too much of an inconvenience.

I'll tell you somethin' what, personally, at this stage of the game, there just might be a whole heap of money coming my way and you can just bet your bippy that I am considering very seriously the very real possibility of becoming an "ex-pat" and just moving the hell out of this screwed-up complacent and lazy-ass country altogether!!!!!

August 6, 2009
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I hear you, tbt.

The next election (or can I possibly call it a cleansing) will be very interesting. I hope then we see some change.

Buy American? How about Cash for Clunkers that doesn't even require purchase of an American car? Autos are about the second largest purchase a person makes besides a home, and yet we can sunsidize the purchase of a foreign vehicle?

I think many people are afraid, worn down, feel powerless. They're not used to speaking up and being heard.

I have never in my life been so political but now I am and have even written letters to the Prez and well as folks in Congress. I know it won't accomplish anything- maybe even get my name on some secret list- but it makes me feel better and feel I have a voice.

sd

August 7, 2009
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On the 6-Aug-09 you wrote:

"If this country really wants to get serious about 'taking back our country' they won't HAVE TO look to congress to do this for us on our behalf - but could instead 'vote' via willing to do the necessary and tedious research required right now to just say NO to buying anything made from China or any other foreign country and INSIST on only buying "Made in the USA' products!"

You have a good point here. The problem is that you are asking people, who are struggling to maintain their relatively low standard of living by comparison to the profiteering 'fat cats', to buy the more expensive US made articles in preference to cheap Chinese produce. This seems to me to be a choice between further fattening either US or Chinese 'fat cats'.

Then you have China 'warning' the US about its trade deficit in regard to China. In other words, China appears to be worried that the US will default in making the interest payments to them if the US is not able to sell sufficient quantities of their US products on the world markets. I doubt that China is altruistic enough to care about the US trade deficit for any other reason.

Soon the world will be so indebted to China that China will control the world economies completely. Then, if they don't already, Chinese products will predominate on all the shelves in the world's super-stores. What choice will the masses have then?

Karl Marx said that capitalism has its own inbuilt self-destruct mechanism. I believe that the recent world financial crisis and the instability of the world's financial markets amply demonstrates the truth of this statement. This mechanism is based upon human greed, plain and simple.

Swapping capitalist masters for socialist ones will solve nothing. Humanity as a whole has to learn at our deepest personal level that greed is a poison that destroys hapiness - as does anger and ignorance!

August 10, 2009
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Oh what a lovely world we've left for our sons & daughters to inherit, huh? Hate to think of the possible hardships that they may have to endure during their lifetimes. It's difficult to be optimistic at times, in the face of all this chaos. Getting of the grid seems to be the only real solution but, so much easier to say than to do for sure.

Hmm, wonder what's up with the "Venus project" these days?

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x78rr7_
the-venus-project-designing-the-fut_news

August 15, 2009
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Tez,

As always, your points are very well taken and to which I have allowed myself to 'chew on' for the better part of 2 weeks now!

See, it is probably no surprise to you that history does indeed repeat itself, if we care to take a hard look.

By that I mean that once, back in say the 1960's and 1970's - in the US, 'stuff' that was "Made in Japan" carried with it a cheap quality 'persona', if you will, about it. (Think of this popular song:)

Paul Revere & the Raiders
Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) Lyrics:
They took the whole Cherokee Nation,
Put us on this reservation.
Took away our ways of life,
The tomahawk and the Bowie and knife.

Took away our native tongue,
And taught their English to our young.
And all the beads we made by hand,
Are nowadays made in Japan.

Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe.
So proud to live, so proud to die.

They took the whole Indian Nation,
Locked us on this reservation.
Though I wear a shirt and tie,
I'm still a red man deep inside.

Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe.
So proud to live, so proud to die.

But maybe someday when they've learned,
The Cherokee Nation will return.
Will return.
Will return.
Will return.
Will return.

So, OK - these lyrics, in part:

...."And all the beads we made by hand, are nowadays made in Japan."

See, that is way back when buying something made in Japan BACK THEN was considered really, REALLY substandard. (I think that you are probably old enough to remember this - no?)

(Quite contrary to my 1994 Hoinda Accord which sits in my driveway today!)

So, that was then....this is now - and what is now?

What actually IS NOW is that it is really hard to even TELL nowdays when purchasing a automobile as to what % exactly IS American-made and what % is Non-American made because, as you well might know - it's all split up.

It has become a system of percentages.

Some parts might be manufactured in one country another percentage assembled in another country etc.....right now - it is aLL blurred, in this regard.

I might THINK that I am supporting the American economy when I purchase a Chevy - simply by name brand alone....but what if that Chevy has like 80% of the parts manufactured and assembled in another country and conversely, with Honda, who has a major plant here is the US might just well be more 'American" in terms of % manufacturing and parts than the Chevy.

See, it's all spread out nowadays.

Hell, even now when I pick up prcatically anything anymore and look at the label - its all split off.....a certain portion manufactured and/or assembled in this country....another portion printed in yet another country etc.....it is very confusing, to say the least!

The thing is - and I actually DO have a point here, ALL THAT being said and taken into consideration....my point is that there seems to be this gross misconception whereby purchasing non-American made products would just naturally be ASSUMED to be more expensive!

And while this might have well been the case in the past.....please know that it is NOT the case now.

Far from it actually, if you care to look long and hard enough.....

This tide has shifted.

This mindset simply no longer applies in a very large degree.

Case in point, please do read (copy/paste) and consider this particular link:

http://www.howtobuyamerican.co.....0715.shtml

See, the thing is, I suspect, is that perhaps - AT ONE TIME - chinese goods were in fact cheap to come by...but given the great stides in such said "Nudge Economics" to some degree - this is sadly the mindset that most Americans STILL think is the case and perhaps at one time, it actually was - but right now, here today - it is not the case any longer anymore than the cheap Japanese products as outlined in the above song simply just no longer apply.

Well, I have finally said my peace!

(If I had a peace pipe - you can well bet that I would certaintly shove this in my pipe and smoke it!!!!! 🙂

tBt

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