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And now the real truth comes out: "Peak Everything"

Watch for this code phrase to start working its way around the Plutocrat social circles and then the media: Peak Everything.

It means the theory that overpopulation is causing scarcity and this is driving up the cost of everything.

Mind you this might be partially correct - but the problem is the working class and the poor of the world will be the ones who get their populations targeted by these rising prices. The rich won't have to sacrifice anything. They'll get their gas guzzler vehicles and endangered tuna and drinkable water for free while the world's 99% pays through the nose for it until they start dying off.

This is the part of population control that you're never told about - it's all about controlling the 99%. Bend over and find something to bite down on, folks, because here comes the big one.


Peak Everything -- Why Everything Costs More
BloombergBy Tom Randall and Eric Roston | Bloomberg – 11 hours ago

Peak Oil -- No Longer the Right Question

A Shell Oil geologist named M. King Hubbert predicted in 1956 that U.S. oil production would peak in the early 1970s. When it did, Hubbert became the geologist equivalent of a rock star and gave the young environmental movement evidence for something it was seeking: a limit to growth.

When is -- or was -- peak world oil production? It's just not the right question anymore. Deepwater drilling, tar sands extraction, and the shale gas boom have extended the supply of hydrocarbon fuels. The new question: What's the smartest way to use them?

The iconic Peak Oil example has inspired parlor-game questions about other resources. Some, like coal, are finite; others, like water, are renewable but have limits to how quickly reserves can be replenished. Can Earth keep up with our demand? Call it Peak Everything.

Offshoring jobs bite companies in the rear, logistics is forcing jobs back. Maybe.

Well, at least a handful.


After "lemming" exodus, manufacturers look to U.S.
By Scott Malone | Reuters – 1 hr 1 min ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Big manufacturers moved their production out of the country too quickly over the past decades and now see a competitive advantage in building up their footprints back home, top executives said on Monday.

The chase for lower-paid workers drove the migration, which resulted in employment in the U.S. manufacturing sector falling by 40 percent from its 1980 peak. But big companies including Boeing Co and General Electric Co are now finding that the benefit of lower wages can be offset by higher logistics and materials costs.

"We, lemming-like, over the last 15 years extended our supply chains a little too far globally in the name of low cost," said Jim McNerney, chief executive of world No. 2 planemaker Boeing. "We lost control in some cases over quality and service when we did that, we underestimated in some cases the value of our workers back here."

Boeing in particular ran into extensive delays in the launch of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft, handing off much of the manufacturing responsibility to outside suppliers, leaving the launch of the fuel-efficient aircraft some three years behind schedule.

"You are going to see more (manufacturing) come back to the United States, and that's in part for business reasons and in part because we want to be good citizens," McNerney said.

McNerney spoke at a Washington event organized by GE aimed at promoting the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. The nation has been slow to recover from a brutal 2007-2009 downturn and high unemployment -- 8.3 percent in January -- stands as one of the main barriers to a brisker recovery.

American programmers, ever wonder why it's so hard to find a job?

Perhaps this should answer your question.

Apple's secret outsource: 'Even more software to be made in India'

Is Cupertino getting internal software from Bangalore?
By Anna Leach

Posted in Developer, 13th February 2012 15:41 GMT

A visit by Apple's CIO to India in January has resulted in some hefty software deals for two Bangalore-based firms, according to The Times of India.

Apple's top internal software guy, Niall O'Connor, met with executives from India-based Infosys and Wipro on a visit to Bangalore from 29 to 31 January – and apparently some juicy contracts have resulted, the English-language daily reports.

The Times reckons Apple currently outsources $100m worth of back-end software to India, but over the next few years will increase the investment to $400m.

Both Infosys and Wipro already have contracts with Apple. According to the paper, Infosys – which boasts of its "15-year association" with Apple on its website – currently provides $50m worth of software services to Apple, while Wipro tests apps for the company. The Register spoke to a spokesperson at Wipro, who confirmed that Apple is a client, but would not detail what software or services the company provides for Cupertino.

And now people who send jobs overseas are starting to hide their behavior, because America so stridently opposes this:
A further incentive for Apple to keep schtum about the new Bangalore contract is that it is already suffering criticism for outsourcing its hardware jobs to China. If more of the software jobs start going to India, the fruity firm could come in for for some more flack from the American press.

Michigan U.S. Rep Gary Peters is joining the fight against offshoring

We've bled our country dry to give jobs to the poor in other nations. Now it's time to stop the bleeding and bring those jobs back.


Bill would clarify which companies outsource jobs
Published: Saturday, February 04, 2012

By Daily Tribune Staff

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, has introduced the Outsourcing Accountability Act with lead cosponsors U.S. Reps. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., and Jerry McNerney, D-Calif.

The legislation would help consumers and investors make informed choices about whether they want to spend their dollars on companies that create American jobs or companies that outsource them.

Now, when publicly traded companies file their annual SEC reports, they are required to disclose the number of employees they have. The Outsourcing Accountability Act also would require these companies to disclose these same figures except they would need to break down the numbers by country and state in the Americas.

From 2000-2009, multinational corporations cut 2.9 million U.S. jobs while adding 2.4 million overseas.

“We need to do everything in our power to fight the outsourcing of American jobs and this bill gives consumers and investors the information they need to make an informed choice,” said Peters. “The families I represent in Michigan want to see their hard-earned dollars supporting American jobs. By making corporate outsourcing data transparent, consumers will have the power to stand up for American companies while holding outsourcers accountable.

“People have the right to know which companies are shipping jobs overseas, and which companies are creating jobs for well-qualified Americans,” said Peters.

Yeah, Papademos, I think it's a little too LATE to avoid that.


It's bailout or chaos, PM Papademos tells Greece
By Harry Papachristou and Matt Robinson | Reuters – 2 hrs 39 mins ago

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos has told lawmakers to back a deeply unpopular international financial rescue in a vote Sunday or condemn the country to "uncontrolled economic chaos and social explosion."

He made the statement in a televised address to the nation ahead of the vote on 3.3 billion euros ($4.35 billion) in wage, pension and job cuts - the price of a 130-billion-euro bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Papademos said parliament had a historic responsibility to back the bill, or face catastrophic consequences if Greece misses a March 20 deadline to service its debt.

"A disorderly default would set the country on a disastrous adventure," he said. "It would create conditions of uncontrolled economic chaos and social explosion."

Europe sends a ton of jobs to India, while threatening cheap HIV drugs for the world's poor


NEW DELHI (AP) — Efforts by India and the European Union to strengthen trade are threatening India's ability to deliver lifesaving medicines to the world's poorest, analysts say as the two sides push through protracted negotiations on a free-trade pact.
The two sides said after a summit Friday in New Delhi that they would speed up efforts to reach an agreement this year.
Health industry workers and activists worry India may bow to EU demands for strict intellectual property protections and investor guarantees, which could close down the world's generic drug supply.

And I don't think these concerns are exactly unwarranted.

The EU is India's biggest trading partner, accounting last year for $92 billion in bilateral sales. The trade pact, they say, would lift that to an annual $237 billion by 2015.

Imports from India are going up over 150%. That's a LOT of jobs leaving Europe.

Which Roosevelt would you want to see take over in 2016?

Teddy or FDR?

Is it time to have another JAM ECHELON day? Fire up the Anonymous bat signal!


Echelon Rising: Everything you Say, Write, Or Tweet Is Analyzed, Processed and Prioritized
Mac Slavo
The Daily Sheeple
February 1st, 2012

According to the Sun newspaper, Leigh tweeted at a friend, “Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?” He later tweeted a reference to Family Guy: “3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA p*ssing people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe up!”

DHS saw his messages and detained him and his friend upon their arrival at LAX. They were held and questioned for five hours before being handcuffed and transferred to prison cells guarded by armed officials.

Leigh says he tried to explain that ‘destroy’ is slang for partying hard in Britain but the DHS officials held the two on suspicion of planning to “commit crimes.” The story goes that they thought Leigh’s friend Emily was there to act as a look-out while Leigh raided the crypt of Marilyn Monroe. They even checked their luggage for shovels. The two were sent home on a plane the next morning, but Leigh was also issued with papers detailing the reason he was refused entry to the U.S.

Source: Tom’s Guide

Romania's government collapses in the face of anti-austerity protests! Hoorah!

I hope the bankers and corporate elite who bet on these austerity cuts get absolutely positively ZIP out of this.


Romania's government collapses after protests
Associated PressBy ALISON MUTLER | Associated Press – 1 hr 11 mins ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government has collapsed following weeks of protests against austerity measures, the latest debt-stricken government in Europe to fall in the face of raising public anger over biting cuts.

Emil Boc, who had been prime minister since 2008, said Monday he was resigning "to defuse political and social tension" and to make way for a new government. Thousands of Romanians took to the streets in January to protest salary cuts, higher taxes and the widespread perception that the government was not interested in the public's hardships in this nation of 22 million.

President Traian Basescu quickly appointed Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu, the only Cabinet member unaffiliated with a political party, as interim prime minister to serve until a new government is approved.

Basescu also nominated Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, the head of Romania's foreign intelligence service, as the country's new prime minister and asked him to form a Cabinet. Parliament must approve Ungureanu and his ministers in 60 days, or the legislature will be dissolved and new elections held.

So we've reduced our pollution footprint? Really? Uh, not really. (Pic, video and text heavy)

Frankly, I don't know how much I can say that will get people to realize the horrendous magnitude of hypocrisy present in America's environmental policy. It's even worse when you consider the contributions to environmental degradation from our half of America.

Democrats pushed America to reduce industrial pollution and carbon emissions, we led the fight on this. Yet we're being hoodwinked into believing that we have made big progress in this area. On the surface, we have. Factories in America, while still being sources of intolerable levels of pollution, are nonetheless held to far stricter emission standards and pollution controls than they were decades ago.

However, if Democrats seriously realized how this was achieved, we would be staggering under the emotional weight of remorse and guilt. And those wise folks among us who wouldn't feel guilt over the truth, would at least know fear of the inevitable price that all of humanity will at some point pay.

First, let me make up a story for you to read.

Imagine you are the President of the United States. A mysterious stranger breezes by the Secret Service, comes to you in the Oval Office, and hands you a box with a red button on top. All you need to do is push the button and you will make TRILLIONS of dollars for your nation. But a number of people have to die in the process. They won't be anyone in your country, of course. It would be like this movie:

Now for the details. Your country will receive trillions of dollars. In exchange for this, people in another nation will die. All you or your successor in the Oval Office has to do is open the glass and push that red button within the next 60 years and the money will be yours.


You call for the Secret Service but no one hears you. He leaves, and you and your Presidential successors are the only people who can see the box on your desk.

Would you accept the deal? Of course not. You're a Democrat. You would never endanger someone else's life for a profit. Nor would your successors.

So the box sits there on the table and gathers dust. No President pushes the button; they pass the message onto their successors, who avoid that box like the plague. Finally, the mysterious stranger returns to visit your successor 60 years down the line and pick up the box. To his/her surprise, the mysterious stranger says that a President of the United States did in fact push the button, and hands them a multi trillion dollar check.

How in the world did one of the Presidents over the last 60 years push the button when you left it completely alone?

Well, he says, your nation has been reaping trillions of dollars in the form of huge savings in the form of cheaper prices for consumer goods. Part of your savings came from not having to enforce stricter emissions standards on domestic factories. Significant amounts of the pollution that your country previously choked on to produce your goods domestically were moved out of America and moved elsewhere, which also means your people have become healthier and as a result you have also saved billions in medical expenses. You also gained higher productivity due to having a healthier workforce.

In exchange for this, people in other nations were plagued with this pollution that you would normally have to choke on or pay through the nose to reduce.

Having explained this to your successor 60 years down the line, the mysterious stranger picks up the box and leaves.

The reality we live in is not much unlike that of this made-up story I just wrote.

The fact is, we're contributing to the destruction of the world's ecosystem... but instead of generating the pollution in our own back yard, we've tricked the Chinese into doing it in their own back yards.

In doing this, we sidestepped the expensive task of forcing industries to clean up their act and produce goods with a lower carbon footprint and less pollutants going into the air, water and soil. Industries told us this was far too expensive and when we didn't back down, they took their factories overseas, where emissions laws are more relaxed. We said fine, go ahead, and as a result computers and consumer electronics (with the help of Moore's Law as well) started dropping in price. We closed factories here and sent 100% of our pollution over to China. Our life expectancy went up, and goods became cheaper.

Meanwhile, in China and other nations, people commit suicide in ultra harsh factories and leave work to get sick from the pollution we've outsourced to them. The Chinese Government cares little, if any, and is at best sluggishly creating committees to look at the problem. Meanwhile many people, particularly those who live in factory cities and those who consume water downstream from them, are dying of things like lung cancer and emphysema, their water is increasingly becoming poisoned, and the problem is even endangering their soil for agriculture. That's their food supply.

But we don't have to worry... all that is happening in China, not here.

Is this a good attitude for America to take? Of course not. But what is America doing about it? We're certainly not pressing China to adopt Western anti-pollution standards for their industries. Why? Because it would make consumer goods a lot more expensive, primarily, and you know what the argument is about consumer goods becoming more expensive - it makes America poorer. Who cares if China's environment becomes our industrial toilet - we need our cheap goods. We can't bear to take the hit on our standard of living, so we make the Chinese take the hit on their environment instead. Who here wants to say this does not make us poor global citizens? We may not be arguing that pollution is okay, but our actions clearly say it is... as long as it happens elsewhere, that is.

Now, you must also ask, is this for real? Is Zalatix just being alarmist? That's a legitimate question. Do I have an agenda? HELL YES. Free trade is flawed at its core. There, it's out in the open. Now what's your agenda? Do you care about the environment as all of us Democrats are called upon to care, or not?

If you do care, then these hard numbers should grab you, real fast.


A new study by scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science finds that over a third of carbon dioxide emissions associated with consumption of goods and services in many developed countries are actually emitted outside their borders. Some countries, such as Switzerland, “outsource” over half of their carbon dioxide emissions, primarily to developing countries. The study finds that, per person, about 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide are consumed in the U.S. but produced somewhere else. For Europeans, the figure can exceed four tons per person. Most of these emissions are outsourced to developing countries, especially China.

1) Almost 25% of China's pollution is created by making goods for other nations.

2) You, as a Democrat party member of the United States of America, produce an average of 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide not in America, but in other nations, such as China, India, Mexico, etc. The third world is the first to pay the price for your standard of living; America and the world, of course, pays the price later, in the form of global warming.

Peoples in other nations have a right to a better lifestyle. They're not going to maintain that increased standard of living, though, when they cannot even see the sun or stars because of smog and an increasing percentage of their water is too dangerous to even wade in, much less drink. We're destroying other countries for our benefit. How is this being a good global citizen?

What can we do about this? We can demand that President Obama and the Democrats in Congress make a big stink about using other nations as our industrial toilet. Demand high pollution control standards for all nations that we buy goods from. Free trade is one thing... but taking an industrial-sized toxic dump on other peoples is terrible negligence when you are unaware of it, and downright criminal once you are made aware and refuse to stop.

Until then, someone needs to compile an outsourced pollution footprint website to match the slaveryfootprint.org website. Call it the environmental hypocrisy index, or something.

You wouldn't want this in your country, would you?
Then why would we inflict this on foreigners? Don't they have a right to a healthy environment, too?

Let's get real. Cheap consumer goods, produced here or abroad, have a terrible, measurable price when they are produced with relaxed emissions and pollution standards. America should never be allowed to consume stuff made by factories ANYWHERE that pollute more than technology has the power to control. Again that means here, or abroad. We may be afraid of TVs going up in price but we'll pay a bigger price if we don't knuckle down and deal with it.

Other nations should be pressured into curbing their emissions and pollution standards, too. We are in a position to apply that kind of pressure so they can have a better standard of living that doesn't include mortgaging their environment in the process. We can still have globalism and free trade, but we can have it without turning other nations into our toxic dumps. However it will mean far less production is sent out of the country (especially that which is done to escape pollution regulations), and other countries' factories will be producing more for themselves and not just for export: which means prosperity for everyone.

If this doesn't raise awareness to our environmental hypocrisy, well, I dunno what will.
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