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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  Werewolf on Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:33 am

    Compared to the so labbeled Dictatorship unter Putin you have an astonishing amount of blatant critics if you put on russian television, there are even nuts who say Putin is cloned 4 times and Putin can't do shit about this "news", after the fall of USSR it took only 6 month and already over 700 westerners with their "news networks" were established in Russia under yeltzin. Till this day the majority of russian television is payed by western countries not by russia.

    And the Patriot Act states you have no freedom, did you know Nazi Germany had a similiar law for Gestapo to arrest everyone they wanted without charge,trial or anything or anyone openly should allowed to know about who was arrested.
    Patriot Act can be used to jail every american citizen for nothing.
    You have no free speech like the video Fahrenheit 911 proofs, 1800 911 protesters put into a big warehouse by the police, surrounded with wired fences.
    So much about your free spech, you are only granted free speech as long you speek against those who the Pentagon dictates to be the enemies, never against its own never against its allies.

    You have less free speech than russia has.

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  GarryB on Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:49 am

    Well it is certainly more free than it is in Russia today.

    Sad but true.

    Russia today is probably not freer than the US, but at least it is honest about the lack of real freedom.

    Freedom in the west is a punish vote you get every 4-8 years that you can use to try to remove someone from power.

    In the real world freedom is actually having so much money you don't have to work for the rest of your life if you don't want to.


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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:32 pm

    As Sa'iqa wrote:Today no country i the world is close to such level of economic freedom that USA had during XIX century. There was no income tax until 1910 or so, no concessions for resources etc. And it was the greatest period of American economy, with prosperity unrivaled elsewhere in the world. Then it gradually befggan to shift to an interventionist economy, first by creating The Federal Reserve and then during FDR's times (FDR also loved Stalin)

    Ah, the good old guilded age argument
    Educate yourself:http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gilded_Age

    FRD loved stalin? Apparently so much that he originally wanted to wait the soviet union get destroyed if germany got the complete upper hand.

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  TR1 on Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:44 pm

    Prosperity for whom?

    The captains of industry? yes, very prosperous for them.

    For average workers? The improvement in their work-conditions has been gargantuan.

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    Post  GarryB on Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:07 am

    For average workers? The improvement in their work-conditions has been gargantuan.

    To the point where all the work they used to get is now sent to China or Mexico because it is too expensive to pay westerners to do it.

    To have a consumer society you need lots of cheap products, the problem is that you need to pay your workers too much to allow them to be able to afford those throw away consumables so you have to outsource the production to other countries where labour is cheap and workers have no rights...

    For US democracy to work you need a slave class that will work for next to nothing... when illegal immigrants don't fit the bill you use Mexicans or Chinese.

    Nothing new... for a while the cheap crap came from Japan, then lots of other under developed countries.... most of which used that income to develop and evolve beyond the slave role... eventually it gets more and more expensive so the western companies up and leave to cheaper places.

    The real kicker is that places like communist china and indeed North Korea are ideal slave labour resources for the west to produce stuff incredibly cheaply with no worries about workers rights or unions.


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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  flamming_python on Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:38 am

    TR1 wrote:Well it is certainly more free than it is in Russia today.

    Sad but true.

    Don't see any difference really, overall.

    In Russia the restrictions are more blatant. In America they are more subtle, or indoctrination performs the job instead - but the end result is the same.

    Putin though to his credit does worry about his popularity ratings a lot, he doesn't make unpopular moves.

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    Post  TR1 on Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:55 am

    Let's compare two thing:

    Iraq War- HUGE anti-war protests in big American cities. Go on freely.
    Ukraine- some Russians gather to protest against it in Moscow, promptly arrested.

    Seriously, fuck our current government.

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    Post  flamming_python on Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:54 am

    TR1 wrote:Let's compare two thing:

    Iraq War- HUGE anti-war protests in big American cities. Go on freely.
    Ukraine- some Russians gather to protest against it in Moscow, promptly arrested.

    Seriously, fuck our current government.

    Yep but that's actually what I mean

    In the US anti-war demos are permitted, but cynically ignored. In London back when I was living there, we had the biggest one of all in 2003. Over a million people, including many all over the country. 1/6th of the population of London at the time.

    And what?

    All these approval ratings, etc... they don't mean squat to Western political leaders. On the issues that they're determined to go through with, they go through with. Their ratings can be as low as 30%, 20% - they still carry right on. In France, by far the biggest protests it has experienced for decades was the outrage over the new law they instituted for gay marriage (in reality the protestors were more worried about giving lesbian couples artificial seminitation rights) or what was it. Hundreds of thousands marched in Paris. Result? Not a single compromise, dialogue, debate, nothing.

    Putin does what he wants too, but only if he knows the population will support him.
    He does stop to crash the anti-war demo on his way there though; just for the hell of it, old habits and so on.

    Honestly I'm not sure what is worse; crushing the anti-war protests off-hand, or letting them continue but simply pretending they don't exist.

    Another example; control of the TV media. What I mean about blatant vs. subtle. In Russia they are just owned by the state. In America, they are owned by oligarchs, who are affiliated to one of two political parties, and these channels are subordinated to the political elite of the country overall.

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  Werewolf on Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:17 pm

    TR1 wrote:Let's compare two thing:

    Iraq War- HUGE anti-war protests in big American cities. Go on freely.
    Ukraine- some Russians gather to protest against it in Moscow, promptly arrested.

    Seriously, fuck our current government.

    A) Due the constant western payments and organizing of "demonstrations" there is a good right to ban demonstrations especially when they don't critic valid points but same made up bullshit for western televisions like a suppossed russian demonstration against "ban of gays from russian streets" like they portrait the anti gay propaganda law. Telling people gays are now jailed and such bullshit.

    How many of this demonstrations in last 2 decades were major bullshit lead by NGO's and George Soros oligarchs.

    Demonstrations are ignored in the west, they are just there to give you a feeling that you have some kind of freedom while it's total bullocks. Just wasting time and demonstrations have never changed anything as long the government decides to ignore them anyway and grant "demo" right just as a ventile for the unhappy group.

    Russia should be much harsher on "demonstrations" as soon there is proof or solid indication that this is again a western made up bullshit, jail the westerners in the groups and ask them why the heck they are in russia demonstrating.
    Same as Anna Rosenfeld, or just Anna Rosa, a jewish ukrainian that was found among russian "demonstrants" paying them thousand or something rubbles to shout out against putin.

    Not everything is a demo and i personally don't believe this nonsense that every demo in russia is cleared by police.

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    USA: This is A Major Road in St. Louis

    Post  nemrod on Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:34 pm

    This is only the begining of the incomming mega crisis.
    The US military budget cuts are only at the beginingn too.





    Other major cities in US are in worst conditions than St. Louis.

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  TR1 on Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:36 pm

    Have you seen Russian roads?

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  nemrod on Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:57 pm

    TR1 wrote:Have you seen Russian roads?

    Very Happy

    Good remarq!  Very Happy 

    However whos was invaded Iraq ? Afghanistan ? Where are the origin of troubles in Syria, Ukraine, Tibet, Myamar, Libya, Venezuela, Bolivia ? Who support Israel ? Who create Guantanamo concentration camp ? Who disrupt the election in Mexico ? etc....

    The great difference between Russia and USA, is Russia does not try to make troubles everywhere in the world because of its moribund's money.

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:47 pm

    TR1 wrote:Have you seen Russian roads?

    Very Happy

    And what does that have to do with America's lack of critical funds for infrastructure? Fact of the matter is that America has a larger economy than Russia (America was prosperous in the 90's, while Russia was going through a depression), with a significantly larger budget (the largest economy, the largest budget), and yet we have the infrastructure of a 2nd world country, and in a rare but dangerous cases comparable to 3rd world countries!

    America has an infrastructure rating of "D+" according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the U.S. govt. would have to at least spend $3.6 trillion on infrastructure by 2020 for sustainability reasons:

    http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/

    The best American infrastructure rating surprisingly going to train rail at a mediocre "C+", and the worst rating goes to levee's at a terrible rating of "D-", even after the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, due to the lack of modern levee infrastructure, there still isn't any movement to update America's levees!

    http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/a/#p/home

    Bottom-line is that U.S. Congress can allocate trillions for defense, trillions for banker bailouts, so the "D+" grade is totally unacceptable.

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  Werewolf on Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:19 pm

    American infrastructure is underaverage, actually it is horrible.

    The absolute majority of american houses are made of plywood at best, some parts of US are very well known to be hit by catastrophes like hurricanes. Building houses entirely made of plywood which you can knock down with your fists only, are build in tornado areas, electric power lines are going above ground which will be knocked out several times within a decade instead of investing a little bit money to burry the powerlines in the ground like every european country has.

    People over there lose everything they have after a single tornado, it doesn't even have to be a big tornado even a small tornado will knock out entire streets without big problems.

    Just like the story of the 3 pigs and the wolf, the first builds his house made of straw, the second makes his house made of wood and the last one makes his house of bricks and at the end they end up in the brickhouse.

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:23 am

    Werewolf wrote:American infrastructure is underaverage, actually it is horrible.

    The absolute majority of american houses are made of plywood at best, some parts of US are very well known to be hit by catastrophes like hurricanes. Building houses entirely made of plywood which you can knock down with your fists only, are build in tornado areas, electric power lines are going above ground which will be knocked out several times within a decade instead of investing a little bit money to burry the powerlines in the ground like every european country has.

    People over there lose everything they have after a single tornado, it doesn't even have to be a big tornado even a small tornado will knock out entire streets without big problems.

    Just like the story of the 3 pigs and the wolf, the first builds his house made of straw, the second makes his house made of wood and the last one makes his house of bricks and at the end they end up in the brickhouse.

    In the Caribbean their houses are built to withstand and survive hurricanes, all the concrete on a Caribbean home is reinforced with steel rebar, and all there windows have steel shutters attached to them.

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  Werewolf on Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:18 am

    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    In the Caribbean their houses are built to withstand and survive hurricanes, all the concrete on a Caribbean home is reinforced with steel rebar, and all there windows have steel shutters attached to them.

    http://www.newsweek.com/aftermath-built-brick-house-110351

    Matching my comperision of pigs and the wolf this little article.

    It's a lesson understood by anyone who's read the story of the Three Little Pigs: the stronger you build a house, the less likely it is to blow away when a wolf--or a hurricane--starts huffing and puffing. So as builders begin reconstructing the homes destroyed by Katrina, they're taking steps to increase the odds that the new houses will survive future storms. Says engineer Tim Reinhold of the Institute for Business and Home Safety: "[Builders] need to be thinking about how you'd build this house if you were going to hold it upside down and shake it, to keep things from falling off."

    Before Katrina, neither Mississippi nor Louisiana had statewide building codes. Last fall Louisiana adopted one, modeled partly on practices used in Miami-Dade County, Fla., which requires more hurricane-protection measures than anywhere else in the United States. In Louisiana, framing carpenters now use metal clips to supplement the nails that hold roof frames to walls. Builders wrap the entire house in plywood, underneath the siding, instead of the foam insulation that some previously used as sheathing. On the roof, they're using more nails and gluing down the corners of shingles. To protect windows, builders are choosing between pricey impact-resistant glass or, more frequently, installing bolts on window frames and pre-cutting custom plywood shutters, which the new homeowner can fasten on when hurricane warnings are announced.

    The new building practices won't prevent flood damage, which caused more harm than Katrina's winds. Protecting homes from storm water requires rebuilding outside of flood plains, or at higher elevations (often on stilts). That remains controversial: last week the Biloxi City Council rejected the recommendation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to expand the city's flood-plain map, and to increase the elevation for homes from 13 feet above likely flood levels up to 18 to 25 feet. "How would you like to tell your 80-year-old constituent that she was now going to have to climb up 18 feet of stairs ... to get in and out of her house?" says councilman Mike Fitzpatrick.

    The extra protection comes at a cost. New Orleans builder Randy Noel says the codes are adding about 8 percent to the expense of the homes he's building. A study by Louisiana State University, however, found that if Mississippi enacted a Miami-style building code, it could save $3.1 billion in damages in a future Category 3 hurricane. Says Noel: "It may be overkill, but if it makes the insurance guys happy and makes them want to cover us, it isn't that big a deal." The next time hurricane winds start huffing and puffing, new homeowners may be able to rest a little easier.

    I mean living in an area that is very likely to have tornadoes it would be wise to consider investing a little bit more money building a brickhouse for only a little bit more than a useless house where the door frame is the strongest part of house for 400.000 USD what is the average figure for most houses in the US which we can see so often destroyed after tornadoes. I mean this houses can be ripped apart by F2 tornadoes which are considered light and have a frequency of already 20% of 5 different catagories of tornadoes.

    Even that this are plywood houses a roof still weights several hundred kilograms and just because someone is stupid and doesn't want to spend little bit more money on a safer house it to bad that even such mild tornadoes can kill a lot of people which would have done little to a brickhouse.

    Of course you can not make a brickhouse 100% safe to all tornadoes but considering that F4 and F5 tornadoes have a frequency of only 1.1% for F4 and 0.1% for F5 tornadoes i think a brickhouse is quite good to safe money and more important lifes with a offerdable amount of money.

    Scale and frequency of tornadoes.

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

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  nemrod on Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:47 pm

    Werewolf wrote:American infrastructure is underaverage, actually it is horrible.

    America has not enough money to feed the military complex, but not enough for its citizens. And we were obliged to idolize this system who transfer the wealth from people, to the richests. If they don't find enough money in US, they will assault poor countries that could not defend themselves, in order to loot them.

    However, the game are over for this system.

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  As Sa'iqa on Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:08 pm

    So now write a dissertation describing how this "stealing" looks like and by what mechanisms it is achieved. So far you contradict yourself in the same sentence (poor countries by definition have nothing worth of stealing. Otherwise they would not be poor)

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    Re: US economic recession:

    Post  TR1 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:28 pm

    As Sa'iqa wrote:So now write a dissertation describing how this "stealing" looks like and by what mechanisms it is achieved. So far you contradict yourself in the same sentence (poor countries by definition have nothing worth of stealing. Otherwise they would not be poor)

    Many poor countries are quite resource rich.

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    Post  nemrod on Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:40 pm

    As Sa'iqa wrote:So now write a dissertation describing how this "stealing" looks like and by what mechanisms it is achieved. So far you contradict yourself in the same sentence (poor countries by definition have nothing worth of stealing. Otherwise they would not be poor)
    Indeed, it seems to be a contradiction.

    Sudan for example is a poor country, nevertheless, very rich because at first of its youth, its people, aside the population, the basement, full of oil, uranium, gold etc...
    But poorly defended hence an easy prey.
    Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Camerun, ivory coast, Indonesia, etc...in fact most of asian, middle-east, and african countries. Because they have not nuclear weapon to defend themselves.

    As Sa'iqa wrote:So now write a dissertation describing how this "stealing" looks like and by what mechanisms it is achieved.
    I could not describe the mechanism here in this forum, it would be too long to explain, and noone could read this post -I think even you  Very Happy , you won't read this post-
    Internet is full of links, circumstantial reports, with many proofs, many explanations, full of videos, full of blogs, etc....
    May I suggest to read this book :
    Confessions of an Economic Hitman : John Perkins.
    I think you could find most of the mechanisms in this book. However, I think you are already aware about most of them.

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    Why America is in bankruptcy.

    Post  nemrod on Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:24 pm

    As we've already said several times America -among several european countries many of them are among the most hostile against Russia- is following the soviet path's collapse.



    See the case for example Estonia that is one of the most agressive against Russia. Isn't a way to deviate the people anger against its bad leaders ?

    In that context, how could you avoid the Budget defense collapse ?
    America is no longer the hyper power, America is a power like others Russia, China, Japan, etc...

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    Is Marcellus Shale production in decline ?

    Post  nemrod on Sun May 04, 2014 2:35 pm

    What I understood, Marcellus is one of the most important gas Shale' field in USA. If this field is on decline, the all shale gas and oil area's bubble will burst. Hence, all US economy that already is into depression should collapse.
    It explains why US leaders are trying to trigger 3th world war, if no war occure, they could steal -free- all gas shale fields situated in Ukraine,  and most of the important fields are located in east of Ukraine. Undoubtedly the rogue junte that has the power in Ukraine is ready to sell out all the fields to US gangsters as Texaco, Mobil, etc...
    I don't know whether, Marcellus Shale field is on decline or not regarding its production, however what iam sure is, whatever reports come from US Energy Information Administration, or every so-called UN organisations, all is only hype, we won't know if it is thruth or lie.  We will have to monitor Marcellus shale production' status with sucritiny, it will determine what should be the US behaviour.

    Another link explaining the overall shale status in USA
    or here :
    http://www.marcellus-shale.us/Marcellus-production.htm









    http://www.nofrackingway.us/2014/02/02/peak-oil-meet-peak-shale/




    Marcellus Shale Sees Large Production Declines
    Jan. 23, 2014 6:20 PM ET |

    The EIA monthly tight oil drilling productivity report forecasts a very large jump in Marcellus shale gas legacy production decline month-on-month of 49 MMcf/d for February. It is a huge increase in the trend, which in the previous three monthly EIA reports only came out to a 10MMcf/d increase in decline rates on average.

    This is a very important development given that currently, if we are to take shale gas production from all other fields combined, production is in slight decline mode. It is hard to tell exactly by what magnitude the decline is occurring, because aside from the six fields covered by the EIA in its newest monthly report series on tight oil and gas, we do not have up to date data. We know that other major fields such as the Barnett in Texas and Fayetteville in Arkansas are in decline while the Utica field is just starting to come online.

    The thing that seems to get lost in all the noise regarding the shale gas revolution is that we are now down to a one field revolution, with the rest of the industry already in stagnation mode just half a decade into it. A few bright spots aside from the Marcellus field, such as Eagle Ford, which is mainly talked about as a liquid fuel play, are still in production increase mode and will be for a few more years most likely, but it is not enough to make up for the decline in four other major shale gas fields.

    What this jump means for Marcellus and shale gas in the future.

    The most common counter-argument used by shale gas enthusiasts to deflect arguments that the boom will be short-lived has been to point to the falling natural gas spot price as the main reason for declining shale gas fields. If we look at the EIA data however, there is now reason to believe that natural gas price bottoming and moving up again will not have as great an impact on production as hoped. Natural gas prices bottomed at just under $2 per million BTU’s in the spring of 2012 and has since increased to over $4 and we are now possibly looking at $5 per million BTUs, given that as of today the spot price is at $4.80. Yet, if we look at the production profile of fields such as Haynesville where production has been in decline for a few years now, we see no reverse of the declining trend as a response to the price increase.

    The Haynesville field peaked a few months before the price of gas bottomed at just under $2 in April 2012 at a record production rate of about 10.5 billion cubic feet per day. Field production is now down to 6.3 billion cubic feet per day and as the chart shows no evidence of a decline rate slowing significantly, never mind reversing the decline in response to growing natural gas prices.

    While a one month increase in legacy production decline rate does not tell us a lot about specific future monthly increase trends for the Marcellus field, it does tell us the obvious, which is that the net increase in production from month to month will be affected going forward. For instance, if from now on we were to assume that the rate of legacy production decline rate and the total gross monthly increase due to new production were to be the same (10 MMcf/d for instance), the monthly net increase in production will stay the same as in February. In other words we can assume the net increase each month to be 388 MMcf/d, which is about 10% less than the average increase we had in the Nov-January period. I believe Marcellus shale still has some way to go before it reaches a peak, but if we will have more such jumps in legacy decline rates, or this large decline from existing fields becomes a new monthly trend, the end of the shale gas revolution will come much faster than most expect. I don’t think there will be much of a gas revolution left once the Marcellus reaches a peak.

    It remains to be seen whether a further increase in natural gas prices will have the expected desired effect of unleashing a second round of shale gas recovery from these fields. I have no doubt that price will have an effect on production and it will be a positive one. Given the lack of response so far on the production side in fields that are already in decline, despite steady upward price momentum for almost two years now, I believe the size of the price effect on production will be very disappointing. Combining the two conclusions, it seems clear that we might be just a few short years away from the shale gas revolution stalling out.

    Possible side effects:

    There are currently many companies investing in the United States with the expectation of relatively cheap and abundant natural gas supplies available for perhaps decades to come. As I pointed out in a previous article (link), there is currently 18 Bcf/d worth of NGL export capacity being planned. A company like Cheniere (LNG), which is heavily invested in building such capacity, could get hurt if supply of natural gas will turn out to be either too expensive or simply unavailable.

    Sasol (SSL) is planning to build a $14 billion gas to liquids (GTL) plant in Louisiana, which will not be profitable if natural gas price rises over $6 according to various estimates. In order to retrieve the capital investment involved in building the plant, Sasol will need low natural gas prices for a few decades to come. Shell canceled a similar plan for a GTL project in Louisiana in 2013.

    Much was made last year of Dow Chemical (DOW) investing in the United States once again in order to take advantage of the low price of natural gas, which is the main feedstock in its plastics production operations (link). If this is the main reason Dow Chemical is investing, it might end up being a poor decision.

    There is no doubting the fact that much economic activity depends on the expected shale gas boom, which is still forecast by many prestigious organizations such as the EIA to continue for decades to come, despite early evidence of potential for us to be left disappointed. It is not only about some companies which decided to take this projected increase in natural gas supplies for granted, which can easily end up suffering great loss as a result of making very large investments based on these projections that can get hurt. The US economy is in desperate need of some engines of growth given that the consumer is squeezed by high debt and declining median household income for a decade and a half already. Shale oil and gas was a just in time arrival on the economic scene and based on increasing indicators could also be a faster than expected departure, leaving everybody very disappointed.

    Source: Marcellus Shale Sees Large Increase In Legacy Production Decline


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    101 Million Americans Receive Food Stamps

    Post  nemrod on Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:32 pm

    Far from figures, the hype, the so-called economic recovery, the reality is here, 101 millions of americans are receiving Food stamps program. No worth to add more details about the propaganda, the facts are here.



    http://www.occupycorporatism.com/home/usda-101-million-americans-receive-food-stamps/


    101 Million Americans Receive Food Stamps

    The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that 101,000,000 Americans are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the domestic US at a cost of $114 billion annually as of 2012.

    For perspective, the number of US citizens receiving food stamps surpasses the number of employed workers in the private sector.

    The Bureau of Labor (BoL) statistical data shows that in 2012 an estimated 97,180,000 full – time workers were accounted for.

    The USDA said that the surge of Americans accepting SNAP benefits is at a “historically high figure that has risen with the economic downturn.”

    Earlier this month, the USDA Food Nutrition Service (FNS) preformed an audit that revealed American families are combining benefits from multiple federal agencies such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); Women, Infants and Children (WIC); the Summer Food Service (SFS); and the Special Milk Program (SMP) to help them meet their nutritional needs.

    The audit points out: “With the growing rate of food insecurity among U.S. households and significant pressures on the Federal budget, it is important to understand how food assistance programs complement one another as a safety net, and how services from these 15 individual programs may be inefficient, due to overlap and duplication.”

    Shockingly, “food-stamp use rose 2.8% in the U.S. in April from a year earlier, with more than 15% of the U.S. population receiving benefits.”

    The House of Representatives voted down the $940 billion Farm Bill last month. Contained in the bill was $743.9 billion allocated to SNAP; which was also the biggest and most controversial part of the legislation.

    This would have led to a $2 billion cut to the SNAP program and made receiving benefits all the more difficult for struggling Americans.

    The Obama administration threatened to veto the House version of the bill should it pass.

    It is assumed through statistical data that 200,000 children receive free meals through the NSLP.

    Recently First Lady Michelle Obama, along with the USDA, announced their plans to severely restrict the caloric intake of students receiving meals through NSLP.

    The USDA released “Smart Snacks in School” that outlines federal standards for nutrition stands for “students, parents, school stakeholders and the food and beverage industries to implement the new guidelines, and make the healthy choice the easy choice for America’s young people.”

    Caloric restrictions mandate that snack items can contain no more than 200 calories and entrees cannot contain more than 350 calories.

    While low-calorie diets cause weight loss, they are also extremely dangerous because they decrease metabolic rates which throws the human body into survival mode and could lead to health problems such as heart disease, less muscle development, hypo-glycemic conditions; including the development of diabetes.

    Caloric controls for school nutrition programs state that “kindergarteners to fifth-graders, lunches must contain 550 to 650 calories, and for ninth- to 12th-graders, lunches must have 750 to 850 calories.”

    Using “science-based nutrition guidelines” with recommendations from the National Institute of Medicine (NIM) children and parents will have choices that are pre-approved by the federal government and Michelle Obama.

    Tom Vislack, secretary for the USDA said: “Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children. Parents and schools work hard to give our youngsters the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong, and providing healthy options throughout school cafeterias, vending machines, and snack bars will support their great efforts.”

    Michelle Obama has endeavored to:

    • Create national health standards for children
    • Admonish parents and caregivers for not following those guidelines
    • Control what food is available in schools
    • Bar access to food not approved by the federal government
    • Demand that children participate in physical activity

    As of 2012, according to the Census Bureau , 15% of the US population descended into poverty in 2011. That amounts to 46 million Americans at or below the poverty threshold with an average household income of $23,200.00 annually for a family of four.

    Socialist programs like social security benefits assured that 21 million people were kept out of poverty. At the same time unemployment benefits floated 2.3 million people from being totally destitute.

    The fact of low-paying jobs and the unemployed are causing our American economy to continue to flounder. This is a direct causation to the destruction of the middle class in America.

    Retirement and investments is the last thing on American’s minds when they are trying to make current ends meet on $4000 per month.

    As the majority of Americans become impoverished, the wealthiest 1% have seen their net worth skyrocket above 288 times the average median household.

    - See more at: http://www.occupycorporatism.com/home/usda-101-million-americans-receive-food-stamps/#sthash.p1s08lWd.dpuf


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