Politics Mar 2005
3/28/2005 Money / Technology / Freedom / Politics / Pop Culture. IRS May Consider eBay Sales Taxable Income. The freedom of communication and commerce the Internet gives the common person really bothers control freaks. They (in this case the FEC) even want to control what bloggers can and can't say, but controling free speech on the net is about as easy as controling people's thoughts. That is to say, it can be done, but it is expensive. And annoyingly for the power hungry, some minds will always slip through cracks.
3/20/2005 Money / Strange Ideas / Scams. NESARA / Dove / Omega Scam Yields Millions. NESARA is a real legislative proposal but it seems that it is being used by scammers. The NESARA site itself says ignore this trash. Your debts are not going to be forgiven and you are not going to get super rich by giving away your money to con artists.
"The scam artists have set up several websites .... pitching the coming debt forgiveness and new money system. These websites make some of the wildest, bizarre, and downright gut-busting statements ... For instance, at http://www.2012.com.au/ NESARA_Update.html the scammers claim that on September 11, 2001,
" ... at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Alan Greenspan, was scheduled to announce the new Treasury Bank system, DEBT FORGIVENESS for all U.S. citizens, and abolishment of the IRS as the first part of the public announcements of NESARA.
Instead, at just before and after 9 a.m. EDT, planes attacked the World Trade Center. The attack on the WTC served to stop the announcement of NESARA because a crucial banking computer center on the first and second floors of the WTC was prevented from carrying out a computer system download to U.S. banks which was scheduled to begin at 9 A.M. EDT."
"Former Connecticut Gov. John Roland was sentenced on Friday to a year and one day in prison for corruption. Rowland ... was considered a possible running mate for George W. Bush in his 2000 presidential run... Rowland will become one of only a handful of former U.S. governors to serve prison time ... Reading from a prepared statement [Roland said], "I had a sense of entitlement. I let my pride get in the way." "
How interesting. And all this time I thought it was the Liberals who had a sense of entitlement. Rush, care to comment? This sets a useful standard: Jail for former republican governors who took bribes. Do we know others? Sure we do. GW Bush was a republican governor, wasn't he? He sure was. We can read about how Bush's buddy Ken Lay's contributions were bribes, which resulted in sweet energy deals, for example. But this is just a conspiracy theory, isn't it? Why? Because Cheney refused to release details of his meetings with oil industries right after the Bush gang took office and at one point the GAO just gave up. More recently: Halliburton Contracts Illegal - Bush & Cheney Say So What? Conclusion of many: Bush & Company are (for the time being) above the law. When ethical people keep nailing corrupt lesser players, however, the gang has a much tougher time robbing us blind.
3/18/2005 Money / Politics. Persepctive. 1 billion is 1000 times 1 million, so when Ebbers (see story) ripped off 11 billion dollars, you could look at it as stealing 1 million dollars 11,000 times. If we assume there are 295,688,011 people in the USA, 11 billion is $ 37.20 from every person in the country. If the war in Iraq cost $156,876,000,000, (with no end in sight) this would be $530.54 from every person in the country. But lets look at the larger Bush defense budget. If Bush takes, oh, $2.57 trillion for one year, this amounts to $8,691 per person in the USA. Now you are starting to feel it... War is a vampire."Hey Bob, should America continue freeing the people of Iraq this year from the evil dictator we captured a few years ago?"
"Oh yes. We have to. It is our duty.""Great! I knew we could count on you. That will be $8,691 for yourself and an additional $8,691 for each member of your family for this year."
"No problem. Glad to help. I love freedom (and those wacky Iraqi people) so much. Just hide the cost in my taxes, skyrocketing medical expenses and gas prices. Oh, take my future social security savings too. That way I can pretend this cool war doesn't cost a dime. "
"Can do, Bob! Can do!!"
3/20/2005 Politics / Media. Note the differences in reporting on Bush's nomination of Wolfowitz to head the World Bank.
Wolfowitz Bid for World Bank Post Torpedoed. Europeans reject Bush attempt to unload Neo-con "architect" of Iraq war on World Bank. pej "... aside from an early flurry of negative comment the intended transformation of the neoconservative arch strategist of the Iraq war into the world's banker has not caused the expected shockwaves of protest from foreign governments, and his confirmation seems assured." wtimes Hostile reactions to Bush's bank head New Zealand Herald, New Zealand - Mar 18, 2005 Wolfowitz & the World Bank: A perfect fit Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA - 14 hours ago Don't deposit Wolfowitz with us, plead World Bank workers Guardian, UK - Mar 18, 2005 Don't discount Wolfowitz Newsday, NY - Mar 18, 2005 World Worries Over Wolfowitz Moscow Times, Russia - Mar 17, 2005 Europeans resigned to Wolfowitz appointment Financial Times, UK - Mar 17, 2005
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