Michael Snyder, The Truth

If you could go back and live in America during the 1970s would you do it? Has the United States become a better place to live over the past 40 years or have things gotten worse? Without a doubt there are arguments that can be made both ways.

For example, who really wants to go back to a time when you actually had to “dial” a phone or rewind a cassette tape in order to find your favorite song? On the other hand, wouldn’t it be nice to live at a time when virtually everyone could find a good job, when television was not so filthy and when you didn’t have to worry about locking your front door at night? Some would say that we have come a long way in 40 years. Others lament how far we have fallen. So what do you think? Read over the 28 points of comparison between 1970s America and America today posted below and then share your opinion by leaving a comment at the end of the article…

1. In the 1970s we had Disco. Today, we have Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.

2. In the 1970s we had Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. Today, we have Barack Obama.

3. In the 1970s, Americans fell in love with stupid fads such as mood rings, lava lamps and pet rocks. Today, we have twerking, “planking”, crocs, wedge sneakers and pajama jeans.

4. In 1970, a gallon of gasoline cost 36 cents. Today, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is about $3.27.

5. In the 1970s we still had rotary phones. Today, we have iPhones.

6. In the 1970s, presidents were tapping the phones of their enemies. Today, the government is recording all of our calls. In fact, the NSA intercepts and permanently stores close to 2 billion emails and phone calls every single day.

7. In the 1970s, gum chewing and talking in class were some of the major disciplinary problems in our schools. Today, many of our public schools have been equipped with metal detectors because violence has become so bad.

8. In the 1970s, you could sit down and watch television with your children in the evenings without being too concerned about what they were about to see. Today, not so much.

9. In the early 1970s, Pong was the hottest video game in America. In the late 1970s, Space Invaders took America by storm. Today, the video games have become so incredibly advanced and so extremely entertaining that video game addiction has become a major problem.

10. In the 1970s, most of the products in our stores were made in America and we barely conducted any trade with China. Today, it seems like almost everything we buy has “made in China” stamped on it and our yearly trade deficit with China is now about 300 billion dollars.

11. In 1973, the United States was #2 in GDP per capita. Today, the United States is #13 in GDP per capita.

12. In 1970, the average woman had her first child when she was 21.4 years old. Now the average woman has her first child when she is 25.6 years old.

13. In the 1970s, the “inactivity rate” for men in their prime working years (25 to 54) was less than 6 percent. Today, it is up close to 12 percent.

14. For most of the 1970s, the average duration of unemployment was less than 15 weeks. Today, it is more than 37 weeks.

15. In the 1970s, Star Wars was released. It is still far superior to any movie that has come out so far this year.

16. In the 1970s, redistribution of wealth was considered to be something that “the communists” did. Today, redistribution of wealth is the official policy of the U.S. government.

17. In 1970, about 18 million Americans had manufacturing jobs. Today,about 12 million Americans have manufacturing jobs even though our population has grown far larger.

18. In the 1970s, many Americans regularly left their cars and the front doors of their homes unlocked at night. Today, many Americans live with steel bars on their windows and gun sales are at record highs.

19. Consumer debt in the United States has risen by a whopping 1700% since 1971, and today 46% of all Americans carry a credit card balance from month to month.

20. In the 1970s, most Americans still respected the U.S. Constitution. Today, if you are a “Constitutionalist”, you may get labeled as a potential terrorist by the U.S. government.

21. Back in 1970, the five largest U.S. banks held 17 percent of all U.S. banking industry assets. Today, the five largest U.S. banks hold 52 percent of all U.S. banking industry assets.

22. 40 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.

23. In 1977, Elvis was found dead. Today, the entire U.S. middle class is dying.

24. Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about one out of every 6 Americans is on food stamps.

25. In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman. When you wanted to listen to a particular song, you had to rewind your tape to find it. Today, everyone has iPods and it takes just seconds to sort through thousands of songs.

26. In the 1970s, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else. Today, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

27. In 1970, the U.S. national debt was about 371 billion dollars. Today, it is more than 46 times larger.

28. In the 1970s, hippies were smoking dope, attending rock festivals and singing protest songs. Today, they are running the U.S. government.

What would you add to this list? Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…


The Left “hates big corporations”: enter Eric Holder

Veteran reporter, Russell Mokhiber, who edits the Corporate Crime Reporter, lays it out in his article, “Holder the Hypocrite.”

“…[US Attorney General] Holder has perfected the government’s practice of offering deferred and non prosecution agreements to major corporations to settle major corporate crime cases.

“Under a deferred prosecution agreement, the corporation is charged with a crime, but if the company abides by the agreement for a period of years, then the government drops the criminal charges.

“Under a non prosecution agreement, the government just collects a fine. There is no criminal charge. There is no admission of wrongdoing.

“Since taking office in February 2009, Holder has dished out deferred and non prosecution agreements to more than 100 large publicly held corporations, including JPMorgan Chase (Madoff Ponzi scheme), Archer Daniels Midland(foreign bribery), Diebold (foreign bribery), UBS (interest rate manipulation),HSBC (money laundering), Pfizer (foreign bribery), Wachovia (money laundering), Tyson Foods (foreign bribery), Barclays Bank (Trading with the Enemies Act), Deutsche Bank (tax shelter fraud).”

That’s a tidy sample of Eric Holder’s work.

Of course, failing to prosecute Monsanto for fraud, criminal intimidation, poisoning the food supply, and other acts should rank high on the list as well.

But the Left hates big corporations, doesn’t it? Well, Virginia, ha-ha, that’s just a convenient myth. The Left loves and promotes big government, so it needs to accuse somebody of criminal behavior. Its favorite fairy-tale target? Corporations.

As you can see, that’s just a feel-good con. It attracts liberals and other Lefties, but only on the level of a slogan.

Politicians on both the Left and Right love big corporations.

“I’ll say love and you say hate, and we’ll argue and create the illusion of difference.
actors, security corporations, banks, media giants…they’re all

Unelected bureaucrats play a major role in carrying water for political administrations of both major Parties. The FDA, for example, enables Big Pharma and its array of killer drugs, no matter whether Democrats or Republicans are ruling the White House and the Congress.

Since 2000, it’s been known that medical drugs kill 106,000 Americans a year (a conservative estimate—see Dr. Barbara Starfield, JAMA, July 26, 2000, “Is US health really the best in the world?”)

Yet neither political party has forced a deep investigation of the FDA, which routinely certifies those drugs as safe and effective. And no Attorney General has lifted a finger to bring criminal charges against FDA employees or pharmaceutical companies.

Yet the myth lives on. Republicans hate big government and Democrats hate big corporations.

It’s a Disney production with politicians playing cartoon roles.

Actor Alec Baldwin was furious yesterday after the Transportation Security Administration singled his 5-month-old daughter out as a potential terrorist. The 30 Rock star was apparently traveling back to the United States from the Bahamas when his infant daughter was “randomly selected” for an enhanced screening. Despite numerous vows to curtail his use of the service, the Beetlejuice cast member took to Twitter to relieve his anger.

Adan Salazar

Did you see Katy Perry’s performance at the Grammys? It was essentially an Illuminati-themed occult ritual. Various media reports say that Perry “dressed up as a witch”, and her performance included a Knights Templar cross emblazoned across her chest, a beast with Moloch horns, dancers in dark robes with devil horns protruding from their heads, and pole dancing with a broom. At the end of the “ceremony”, Perry was “burned at the stake” as the song ended. All of this hardcore occult symbolism did not get into her performance by accident. The attention to detail that this performance exhibited shows that someone put a lot of thought and effort into it. So was Perry actually kidding when she said that she had “sold my soul to the devil” during a television interview a few years ago? The kind of stuff that Perry is doing now is not for amateurs. She is either working with someone who is deep into the occult or she is deep into it herself. And of course the elite absolutely love this stuff. Even if you don’t believe in “occult rituals” or “Illuminati symbolism”, it is important to remember that the elite do. In fact, many of them are completely obsessed with this stuff. And they are more than happy to promote any performer that embraces their world. That is why we see this stuff pop up in high profile public performances time after time after time. But without a doubt, Kary Perry has taken things to an entirely new level. A YouTube video that contains footage of her entire performance is posted below. However, it should be noted that this is not appropriate for children to watch, so please use discretion…

Michael Snyder

In other words, NSA hires its future scapegoat Kit Daniels Infowars.com January 29, 2014 Instead of reading and understanding the Fourth Amendment, the National Security Agency hired a former Homeland Security employee today as its first “Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer.” In a statement released this morning, NSA Director Keith B. Alexander said that “well-known privacy expert” Rebecca Richards will “provide expert advice” and “oversight” of the NSA’s “privacy-related activities” and that she recently worked as the “Senior Director for Privacy Compliance” at the Department of Homeland Security. Richards’ hiring is simply a PR stunt by the NSA to make the agency appear that it actually cares about the privacy of millions and it’s especially amusing considering her previous employment at DHS. “An internal privacy officer does not solve the privacy and other problems revealed in the last seven months,” Michelle Richardson, legislative council for the American Civil Liberties Union, told Mashable. “It will take legislative changes and court rulings to make real substantive improvements to the law.” The NSA hired her so it could have someone to take the blame once more leaks about its domestic surveillance are revealed; the agency has no intent of stopping its abuse of the Fourth Amendment. For one thing, after whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the massive extent of the NSA’s dragnet, Alexander told Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that the NSA wanted to collect even more phone records than ever before. “I believe it is in the nation’s best interest to put all the phone records into a lockbox that we can search when the nation needs to do it,” he said. Alexander doesn’t just limit his abuse to the Fourth Amendment, either: he also targets the First. “I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these [Snowden] documents, the 50,000 – whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these –you know it just doesn’t make sense,” Alexander stated in an interview with the Defense Department’s “Armed With Science” blog. “We ought to come up with a way of stopping it.” But let’s ignore all these statements for a second and assume that Alexander is not a liar. If we were to believe his claim today that the NSA cares about privacy and that he simply needs a “privacy officer” to tell him that eavesdropping on private conversations is wrong, wouldn’t that, in itself, suggest he is too incompetent to manage the NSA?

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neoliberalizm i wolny rynek

Niewolnicze warunki pracy, konieczność emigracji zarobkowej, najniższa w Europie liczba urodzeń. Zastanawiałeś się, jak temu zaradzić? Wiadomo, że ile opcji politycznych, tyle możliwych rozwiązań. A może przyczyna tkwi zupełnie gdzie indziej?

Zadam więc inne pytanie. Czy zastanawiałeś się, jak sprawdzić, czy dana profesja jest ważna dla gospodarki, bezpieczeństwa i integralności państwa? Sposób, by to sprawdzić, jest niezwykle prosty, ale, w dobie gospodarczego neoliberalizmu – niezwykle niepoprawny politycznie.

Aby sprawdzić, czy dany zawód jest realnie ważny dla gospodarki, bezpieczeństwa i integralności państwa, wyobraź sobie, co by było, gdyby wszystkie osoby wykonujące ten zawód, nagle znikły. Po prostu wyparowały, a kadry trzeba by szkolić od nowa.

Co by było, gdyby zniknęli dobrze opłacani: windykatorzy, komornicy, prawnicy, telemarketerzy, urzędnicy państwowi, urzędnicy skarbówki, różnego rodzaju “specjaliści od przekładania papierków z miejsca na miejsce” w korporacjach? Czy gospodarka dałaby radę? Oczywiście że dała. Ba, uważam, że…

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