The Empire Nova
Feb 23, 2020 - Bernie Sanders is not a Socialist
Corporate America dislikes government regulation so dislikes Bernie Sanders. For example, he suggests that the government should set price controls on drugs, like all other modern nations. He suggests that billionaires should not pay a lower tax rate than working Americans. These are sane and popular ideas. Sanders does not argue that the US government should take over Exxon, General Motors or Boeing. That -- would be socialism. A large part of the American economy is already socialist, like public schools, police and fire departments, parks, roads, water supplies, and our military. Sanders main issue is Medicare-for-all. Medical care would still be provided by the private sector, but paid for via a simple government insurance scheme, rather that a profit seeking racket. I explained this a few years ago.
Mar 17, 2012 - America's Absurd Health Care System
For those fooled by our corporate media, America's health care system is a disaster. Compared to all other modern nations, ours costs twice as much and delivers below average care. Unfortunately, Obamacare makes things worse, since it was crafted by the insurance companies. It requires all Americans to buy their overpriced insurance plans. The great Wendell Potter recently wrote about a wealthy lady who sued Obama for the right not to be insured, but ended up in a hospital and skipped out on her bills. However, I do agree that citizens should not be required to buy private health insurance, or fined for not doing so.
We don't need coercion, but do need a taxpayer funded national health health care plan, like all other modern nations, because its far too complicated to function in the "free market." Insurance companies are out to destroy the extremely successful Medicare program, claiming that it has failed to control rising costs. However, Medicare is in trouble because it has succeeded in providing low-cost health care to seniors, so they are living much longer, and driving up costs. Should we solve the problem by raising the Medicare payroll tax from 1.45% to 1.80% to account for its success at increasing our lifespan, or institute a maximum age of 80? After age 80, you're past your expected lifespan, so your Medicare coverage ends -- good bye and good luck. I suspect most Americans would choose the tax increase, if only Obama had the courage to propose this choice.
Fixing our dysfunctional health care system is complex. The first step is for the federal government to get its own house in order. It funds separate, confusing plans that should be combined. For example, several million Americans are covered by Veterans Health Administration, several million through the complex TRICARE system for military families and retirees, and several million through a system for federal employees. These systems don't share offices, hospitals, computers, or providers. Thousands of Americans are covered by all three systems, and some hop around amongst them. The first step to fixing our national health care system is to establish "FEDCARE" to merge these three systems into one. That would save billions of dollars a year by cutting overhead and provide better care by sharing resources.
Corporate America fears the end to their insurance racket, yet knows that Americans have been programmed to hate socialists, so calls Sanders one. He is the only Democratic candidate who can defeat Trump. Sanders can excite non-voting Americans to come out and roll the dice for change. Trump got them last time, but did nothing, yet Sanders won't get a chance. Corporate America controls the DNC who will ensure Sanders does not get the nomination. The first step is to smear him as a crazy socialist who can't beat Trump.
Feb 22, 2020 - Blagojevich
President Trump just did something good! He commuted the sentence for a railroaded man. This is best understood by reading an old G2mil post:
May 27, 2012 - Three Felonies a Day
I just finished "Three Felonies a Day", a good book about our corrupt legal system. It details several recent court cases in our oppressive "justice" system, which this respected criminal defense lawyer, Harvey Silvergate, compares to that of the Soviet Union. The title reflects his observation that federal interpretations of criminal law have become so broad that the average professional (doctor, lawyer, administrator, officer, congressmen) commits three felonies a day.
If federal authorities want to dispose of someone, they investigate their recent activities and concoct vague charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, false statements, racketeering, mail fraud, or wire fraud. The target is indicted, demeaned by the cooperative corporate press, forced to resign, and usually imprisoned for years after a lengthy kangaroo court. Prosecutors routinely bribe witnesses through extortion or threats of imprisonment, while the judge pretends all is proper.
A recent example is that of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. I'm not sure why he was targeted for removal, but on December 8, 2008 he threatened to stop the state’s dealings with Bank of America after it suddenly ended its line-of-credit to a local business, which was forced to shutdown its factory in Chicago and layoff hundreds of workers. He directed all state agencies to stop conducting business with Bank of America to pressure the company to make the loans. John Douglas, a former general counsel for the FDIC and attorney for Bank of America, publicly called Blagojevich "dangerous."
The very next day, Governor Blagojevich was arrested at his home by federal agents and charged with corruption. The Justice Department's 20-count felony complaint alleged that the Governor conspired to "to obtain personal gain ... through the corrupt use" of his authority to fill Obama's vacated Senate seat, claiming that in wiretapped recordings Blagojevich discussed his desire to get something in exchange for an appointment to the seat. The Feds had wiretapped him for months, and all they learned is that he had a foul mouth. Perhaps the "powers that be" directed Blagojevich to appoint someone, and he refused. Then he threatened profits of Bank of America, which like most large American banks is quasi-criminal organization.
Blogjevich was charged with trying to trade political favors, something all American politicians do on a daily basis. One can review President Obama's foreign ambassador appointments to learn that most were major donors to his political campaign, yet that is not considered criminal. Congressmen push through "earmarks" to reward specific political backers with federal contracts, but that is not considered corrupt.
Blagojevich was never charged with taking a bribe, like suitcase of cash. The criminality of the charges were so vague that his first trial resulted in a hung jury, so he was put through the ringer for a second year and finally convicted. The prosecutor's key witness was his former chief-of-staff who was arrested and threatened with five years in prison for "conspiracy." He agreed to plead guilty and testify against Blagojevich in return for just a 10-day jail sentence. As in all cases, his plea agreement was contingent on satisfactory testimony that resulted in a conviction of his former boss, an open form of extortion that the judge endorsed.
Blagojevich is now in federal prison for 14 years, as a non-violent, first-time offender -- for what? Trading political favors, something everyone in Congress and the White House does every day? He never even received a favor for filling the senate seat; he was convicted of conspiring to get something in return, which was never specified. One thing is certain, no one in power has threatened a major U.S. bank since Blagojevich was crucified. And who ended up in that Senate seat? CIA agent Mark Kirk.
Feb 18, 2020 - Army Incompetence
Here is a book review of interest, from a West Point whistleblower. Taxpayers spend a half million dollars to produce each graduate, yet the school is second rate.
Feb 16, 2020 - Skip Breakfast
Even television star Dr. Oz now says to skip breakfast. I started four months ago due to the logic presented by the great Dr. Berg. Eat perfectly healthy all the time and you can eat breakfast, but very few people are willing to eat perfectly. I like to eat a couple cookies a week, a donut, some ice cream or candy, a few alcoholic drinks ect. I exercise and watch my diet, but this cheating will add a couple pounds a year. That sounds okay, but means ten pounds added in five years and twenty in ten years.
The way to burn fat is not to exercise or take strange pills. Your body burns fat when it has no more food. This means not just the stomach is empty but the intestines and the extra sugar stored in the liver. For most people this does not occur until after they haven't eaten for ten hours, just as they start eating breakfast. So skip that to allow a few hours of fat burning time to get rid of the ounce of fat you added yesterday.
This is difficult at first, but drinking two cups of coffee (without sugar) and adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to suppress appetite and one of MCT coconut oil for fat energy makes it easier. After a few weeks your mind adjusts and skipping breakfast is normal, and saves time and money!
Feb 10, 2020 - I Love Hypocrisy
This reminds me of stories of First Lady Obama taking large military jets to attend global warming events, and Al Gore's mansion using 20 times more electricity than the average American.
Feb 9, 2020 - Another Hyped Virus Scare
Remember the absurd Ebola virus scare of 2014?
Oct 25, 2014 - Please Stop the Ebola Stories!
Our media barely mentioned that the nurse who contracted Ebola from a patient in Dallas has been cured and released from the hospital. She was flown to the White House for an Obama hug.
Ebola is like the flu. It can kill those in poor health who don't get prompt medical attention, except it is much more difficult to spread than various strains of the common flu that kill 36,000 Americans each year. Everyone should accept that this was a massive media hoax and demand that "news" outlets go back to reporting news.
Now we have the coronavirus scare of 2020 that has killed fewer than 400 Chinese, and just one American. Meanwhile, the 2027-2018 flu season killed 79,000 Americans.
Feb 2, 2020 - Creating Trillions of Dollars
Whatever the Federal Reserve is doing to keep the American economy from crashing is massive, as this article points out:
"According to the data made available on the public website of the New York Fed, since September 17, 2019 it has funneled a cumulative total of $6.6 trillion to some of the 24 trading houses on Wall Street that are known as its “primary dealers.”
Feb 1, 2020 - A Penny for Your View
I've been reading and watching about the Youtube pay formula. It depends on the country of viewers (because viewers from wealthier nations have more income to spend), and demographics (older people are less influenced by advertising). Basically it comes down to around a penny per view.
But one can't just sign up and start collecting pennies. One must have 1000 subscribers first. This may seem unfair but a corporation hasn't the time and customer service people to deal with millions wanting to collect a few dollars each month. This also means that a popular video may not earn anything. A viral video may get a million views, which is $10,000 at a penny a view, but without a 1000 subscribers beforehand it earns zero. Subscribing costs nothing and causes a notification to be sent whenever a new video is posted. A viral video may attract a couple hundred prolific subscribers, but most viewers will first look to see if good videos are posted regularly.
I enjoy creating content for my new video channel: Tales of the American Empire and post a new one every two weeks. At this time it has 308 subscribers for the first ten months. I recently learned that 10-year Youtuber Joe Rogan is the most popular talk show host in the USA, attracting more viewers than any of the television talk show hosts. Each show usually exceeds a million views! His formula for success is to invite interesting guests, rather than celebrities promoting corporate entertainment.
Jan 30, 2020 - Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders is leading in the polls and some are excited that he might win the nomination. I doubt it. He must have 50% of the delegates going to the convention to win. If he has less, after the first vote corrupt Democratic party rules allow the unelected corporate sponsored “superdelegates” to vote who are all against Sanders. Since the other leading candidates are all corporate funded, they will cut deals and one will emerge as the Democratic party candidate. Meanwhile, Trump will survive impeachment because he does 90% of what his fellow billionaires want. He is their best candidate to run against Sanders. If Trump is ousted, the Republicans will nominate a corporate clown and lose millions of voters, some of whom would vote for Sanders to upset the system.
Jan 20, 2020 - EMALS
Two years ago, I wrote about the US Navy's biggest scandal, the EMALS disaster. The Navy's newest aircraft carrier can't reliably launch jet aircraft. It continued to fail and after a two year break to fix problems, has just began launching and recovering aircraft again. We are told all problems were fixed with a software update. I hope so, but after reading about problems with its elevators EMALS may be unfixable.
It sounds simple to input the aircraft weight and the system provides the exact electrical power needed to properly launch an aircraft, and this works at land bases where the launch rails never move. The problem with the elevators and EMALS is that a moving carrier moves. It twists and rolls and bends every so slightly and so do the electromagnetic rails. But just a .5mm shift reduces the launch output, and up to 5mm misalignment eliminates launch power. There is no way to know the precise alignment of the rails for each launch since they constantly flex. There is also the huge maintenance issue of electrical cables exposed just below the deck, but it seems the only way this new carrier can reliably launch aircraft is in dry dock.
Jan 19, 2020 - America's Fundamental Misunderstanding of China
Here is a great 4-minute video of Kishore Mahbubani explaining basic change in China. Note his other videos to the right.
Jan 12, 2020 - Did Pompeo Graduate from High School?
Commenting on the assassination of an Iranian leader, American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the world:
“There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being by plotted by Soleimani. We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where — but it was real.”
Jan 6, 2020 - American Media Control
The current crisis in Iraq provides an excellent example of how information is controlled in the USA. No one on corporate TV criticized the assassination, some just noted it was problematic. Then big media ignored key follow on stories. These were carried by the somewhat independent government funded "Stripes."
So they quickly retaliated but Trump did nothing, and this is not mentioned.
Note that "Stripes" only allows a few page views before requiring a subscription. But if you delete your browser history you can view several more pages.
The USA now faces two big problems. Iraqis want American troops out and most Americans agree. Now the spinmasters must explain why American troops must stay. The US military now faces a tough logistics problem. Bases in Iraq are supplied via trucks driven by local Iraqis. Most drivers will refuse to work in sympathy with protestors or fear of them. Resupply by airlift is not practical, so thousands more American troops will be needed as drivers who will be vulnerable to attack.
Jan 5, 2020 - No Rights for GIs
I am disturbed that no one in Congress or the media is disturbed that our military now kicks out servicemen for belonging to legal religious and political groups. They did not violate any law or military order, but if some radical doxers file complaints they are kicked out. Here are recent examples that include:
“Army investigators started looking into Dalton Woodward and Trent East, both members of a neo-pagan sect called the Asatru Folk Assembly, earlier this year after the activist group Atlanta Antifascists published a report linking the two men to the controversial sect of paganism identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.”
I know nothing about these groups and don’t care what they discuss. But what happened to freedom of religion and association in the USA? It is okay to be white, and okay to be a nationalist, but not both? Too bad the ACLU no longer attempts to protect everyone's rights after it was overrun by communists.
Jan 3, 2020 - Pushing the Youtube Envelope
My Youtube series is doing well so I've done a few on recent history that may upset the powerful. For example, my latest is: The Empire's Fake War on Terror.
Jan 2, 2020 - 2 SS Panthers vs. 21 US Shermans
Mark Felton's Youtube channel produces excellent historical videos. The volume and quality is so good that it must be a production team. Best of all he doesn't dodge unpleasant history. For example, this shocking video highlights a 1945 battle where two German Panther tanks attacked 21 American Sherman tanks. The Germans destroyed several and the rest of Sherman crews quickly surrendered.
Jan 1, 2020 - The Empire Nova
This year's theme compares the American Empire to a star that glows brightest just before it quickly burns out. The US government can no longer borrow all the money it needs to grow. The US Congress and President work with the Fed to create hundreds of billions of dollars each year in computers that it spends for real things. This has destabilized world markets and most nations are developing options to function outside the US dollar.
Carlton Meyer editorG2mil@Gmail.com
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