Understanding the Reality of Income Inequality and Why It Is So.

We have all heard recently of the startling OXFAM report that found that the 85 richest people in the world have more wealth than 3.5 billion poorest among us. That, in and of itself is a startling statement, and those who have read this probably thought that it was sad, interesting, but didn’t really impact their lives, Thank God.

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Here are the facts as they are currently in the world:

1). The great majority of the 3.5 billion have no net wealth at all.

2). Hundreds of millions of them have jobs that hardly pay enough to feed their families.

3). Millions of them rely on supplements from private charity and public assistance when they can.

4). Hundreds of millions are undernourished, suffer food insecurity, or go hungry each month, including many among the very poorest in the United States.

5). The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate than the world’s population.

6). Most of the 3.5 billion earn an average of $2.50 a day.

7). The poorest 40 percent of the world population accounts for just 5 percent of all global income.

8). About 80 percent of all humanity live on less than $10 a day.

These are staggering, sad facts, but as you ho hum about these facts, there is something these people have the next 20% of those “who are better off” don’t have. They have a ZERO net worth. The NEXT UPPER 20% actually have a NEGATIVE net worth and are in fact worse off really than that pitiful 3.5 billion.

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They have a car, but a debt associated with it. They have a home, but a mortgage debt they will carry for 20 or 30 years! They have an education, but a college tuition debt they will carry for an average of ten years or more.

The point here is that as sad as the situation is for these bottom 3.5 billion, they are freer now that their economic rape is complete. Most of us however, are NOW in the process of being drained of any hope of achieving middle or upper class status, because we are the ones who are now willingly enslaving ourselves to feed the insatiable need for power to accrue more wealth and more control of everything.

The superrich in America and in many other countries find ways, legal and illegal, to shelter much of their wealth in secret accounts. We don’t really know how very rich the very rich really are. Can we really compare private jets, mansions, landed estates, super luxury vacation retreats, luxury apartments, luxury condos, and luxury cars, not to mention hundreds of billions of dollars in equities, bonds, commercial properties, art works, antiques, etc.—can we really compare all that enormous wealth against some millions of used cars, used furniture, and used television sets, many of which are ready to break down?  Of what resale value if any, are such minor durable-use commodities?

This is the illusion we are all buying! The truth is 90% of us could not survive 30-60 days without an income! We are the working slaves supporting this continually growing obscene oligarchy. The 3.5 billion are really the devoured cadavers of this reality and they can no longer speak up. We are the still viable and able bodied that can stand up and say ENOUGH. It is time to end this obscenity. We need to realize that the end reality of this trend is, as history has repeatedly taught, a violent and unnecessary bloody revolt and a step back for humanity as a whole. In fact, when we look around it has already started in places like Egypt, Yemen, Ukraine, India, Venezuela, and Africa.

If we do not speak now, we will never be able to speak out. If we do not act now to weed out the political reality we are now subject to, we will not have the right to even pretend we have a democracy. Can we not see that believing these realities of the poor are not our realities is exactly what is allowing this reality to continue to grow and exist? Think about these things the next time you, in your delusion, you rail against governments regulating the banking industry or governments providing social services such as health care or social security. Think about this when you think about those of color who are growing up in jail, instead of schools as the bane on society, while the greatest criminals are sipping champagne and eating caviar on Wall Street, bragging about how little it took to bribe this Senator or that Congressman, and what fools they were when they passed this bill or that that gave these oligarchs carte blanche over our lives.

For the love of God and humanity, we must THINK for ourselves and not allow “our opinion” to be piped into our brains from talking heads! If we can accomplish that honesty with ourselves, we will take our civilization and our evolution to the next level—Recognizing we are all sovereign human beings. In accomplishing that we will no longer need governance or standing armies because we will all fully understand the self-evident fact that ALL men and women are created equal.  We will understand the reality that we can only be successful as the least among us.

We cannot allow this inequality to continue unchecked. We all know what needs to be done to correct it. Let’s get to it.

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Homelessness In America-The Real Shame of the Greedy Elite and of Our Silence

We are by any measure still the richest nation on the planet, but yet between our prison population and our homeless citizens, nearly 10-15% of our population live in untenable conditions. The MSM, as mouthpieces for the elitists, would have you believe that this population represents criminals,drug addicts, and “takers”. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Congress continues to cut holes in the safety nets and increases spending on the war machines, refuses to correct laws that allows banksters to continue their criminal raping, and subsidizes their corporate cronies and makes fun of the 47% percent called slackers. Ah.. 47% represents nearly HALF our population! Think about that for just a moment.

Here are some disturbing facts:

Nationally, median household income decreased by 1.3 percent between 2010 and 2011, from $51,144 to $50,502. On the whole wages haven’t risen, adjusted for inflation, in the last twenty years.

Between 2010 and 2011, the national poverty rate increased from 15.3 percent to 15.9 percent. This represents an almost 5 percent increase in the number of people living in poverty; more than 48 million people were living in poverty in 2011. Today it is estimated to be closer to 50 million.

Nationally, the number of Americans now living in hunger is an unbelievable 31,000,000.

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40% of the homeless are veterans.

12,000,000 children are living below the poverty level.

25% of the homeless have a FULL TIME JOB!

While the government claims unemployment at 6.7%, the real rate is near 37%. This means nearly 30% of those unemployed have NO safety net at all. It also means that the rate of unemployed is 5% above what it was during the peak of the last great depression.

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Also, due to the recent foreclosures crisis, homelessness has been on the rise.  In the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 2008 Report, 12 of the 25 cities surveyed reported an increase in homelessness due to foreclosures and another 6 didn’t have enough data to be sure.  So what is it now in the winter of 2014? What is government’s solution to the problem?

  • City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates.
  • Last year, Tampa, Florida — which had the most homeless people for a mid-sized city — passed an  ordinance allowing police officers to arrest anyone they saw sleeping in public, or “storing personal property in public.” The city followed up with a ban on panhandling downtown, and other locations around the city.
  • Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it.
  • Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.

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Is this what we have become? We really don’t like to continually report on these realities. We don’t like what we see and know. However, until we collectively stand up, this reality will get even worse. Have we all forgotten who we are as individuals? Do we not have any longer a sense of justice, a modicum of compassion? Where did our sense of civic responsibility go? Where did our pride in ourselves, our community, and our nation go? How did we lose it?

Most of the nation is in a deep freeze as we write this article, tonight at least 2,000,000 children are huddled in whatever shelter they can find to keep warm, mostly cars parked just out of sight. When are we going to finally say no more? When?

So For Our Families, So for The World – The Standards We Should be Demanding

Higher standards of any ADVANCED community are based on ease and pleasure, efficiency and safety, cleanliness and health, love and friendship, cooperation, spirit, community and togetherness. These are the elements of a higher dimensional society, and these are the seeds that we should be demanding be the planks of any government.  All parents want to guide, nurture, look after, and protect their children as they grow and mature. Throughout the world there are no exceptions to this reality.

Children who have the opportunity and now, in this dysfunctional society, the privilege to grow up in such a nurturing family go on to achieve great things in their lives.  Ask any Nobel Prize winner, great athlete, or great leader that we admire and they all point to their parents and teachers as those who inspired them to achieve the goals they eventually do achieve. It is this very environment we should now demand for our global society.  As I pointed out in my article on the myth of scarcity, we can create a “norm” for our global community where such a nurturing environment for the next generation and beyond is a reality.  It is simply a matter of equal distribution of wealth and a strong universal desire to make it so.

When you examine the current state of affairs in the world, all of the uncertainty, danger, and suffering is based on greed, power struggles, and hubris of “being special”, whether that is because of station or religion. Really, what is wrong about being equal and equally entitled to being able to achieve what we dream to be or do? It’s a simple question with a simple answer-nothing!

Let’s consider for a moment how we protect our families. We wish no harm to ever really come to ourselves, our loved ones or friends, and we try to ensure this by acting in concert. Our little one gets bullied at school and big brother shows up to stop it.  Someone in the family loses their job and they move in with relatives, or at least we all make sure they have food, etc.  It is simply what family is all about.  Now tell me why we can’t seem to extend this attitude to city, state, country, or global?  What are the real barriers?  We know what the “created barriers are (artificial borders and religion mostly), but what are the real physical barriers to achieving this goal? It really is just a matter of our mindset.

When one really does a sincere self-reflection on these questions, you are confronted with some self disturbing questions like why is right for my child to have health care, but not the child in Africa? More importantly why do we argue the contrary to that right?  Why do we feel entitled, but the family in the ghetto is somehow less entitled to opportunity.  The real answer is disturbing because it is an intentional programmed propaganda very subtly administered. By whom and for what purpose is the question.  There are two elements to this successful load of crap.  One, the real purpose behind it is that it creates the elite, and two, the reality we “buy into it” because we secretly desire and hope someday to be the “elite”.  The reality is there wouldn’t be an elite class if the 99% were elite, would it?  Get it!

The elements of our world that have caused us so much pain, grief, destruction, destitution, hardship and struggle are not necessarily unavoidable or without purpose.  However, these realities should not be permanent in our lives, but instead, a means to achieve a goal.  So what is the goal?

As we begin to awake we should realize we are internally and spiritually bound to uphold the ideals, morals and the integrity of our personal efforts and actions which are the vital bloodline through the life of any civilization. There are no civilizations in this universe without means to share information from being to being, from culture to culture, nation to nation or any point on a planet. This world is not unique in its infrastructure of media and communications, this is a surety.  What is unique to this world is the level in which the media has been controlled by the elite, this we can also say for a certainty. How many avenues of media and communications are completely contained within a pyramidal structure of power, control, influence and persuasion?

Here is a real place we all can do something to begin developing the society we all have a vision of within our being.  We need to start demanding equal time for the good things that are going on all over the world.  99% of the news is doom, gloom, blood and gore, or fame and bling bling. We need to retake control of the “content” of the news.  How? Don’t watch what’s on and support any efforts for alternative media.  Let sponsors know we don’t like the unbalanced “news” we are now watching.  We want the truth about the banking scandals, the corruption of the political process, and the justice system that fails us.  We need reporters who have the journalistic integrity to demand of their employers the freedom to report what they find and see.  We need commentators that will tell it like it is.  A little like this:  Telling the Truth

What If? What If We Could End the Economic Crisis Tomorrow?

What if we could eliminate our economic crisis tomorrow and we could instantly raise the world’s standard of living by 100 fold.  I know, you think I have finally gone over the cliff.  Well if I have, then I am in the company of a growing number of scientists and engineers.

What if we had free unlimited availability of energy.  No transmission lines, no meters, just you tapping as much energy as you want and delivered in any wattage, voltage, and amperage you desired.  Sounds really fantastic doesn’t it? Well, what if I said there is evidence that just such a source of energy has been understood and available since 1902!

I started researching this topic about six months ago and quite frankly thought I would run into the usual Tesla myths and a lot of theoretical material, but nothing of any substance.  Six months later and I must tell you there is a helluva of lot of smoke!

Just so we are clear here, I am NOT talking about new and improved solar power, or hydrogen power, or wind technology.  The following summaries of technologies that I AM talking about in this article.

1. Transitional technologies. These are devices or processes that enable existing energy sources to be much more efficient, reduce pollution or clean up existing environmental hazards. For example, add-on devices to retrofit cars and trucks with a technology that significantly increases fuel economy.

2. Electromagnetic energy devices that are overunity. These include generators, solid-state devices and magnetic plasma devices that perturb the zero point energy field (or quantum vacuum flux field) to tap electromagnetic energy and create usable power, without a net external fuel source or pollution.

3. Advanced propulsion systems that use electromagnetic fields to alter the mass and space around an object to allow for lift and drive. These “electrogravitic” systems will enable travel to be pollution free, rapid and without the use of fossil fuels of any type or use of surface roads.

17 years of research by Dr. Greer, Dr. Loder and other members of The Orion Project, who have been studying energy generation and propulsion technologies have identified a number of new energy technologies that within 6 months to several years, given proper funding, may be ready for marketing. A number of these technologies were presented at a briefing for the US Senate EPW in 2001 at the request of the Chair of the EPW, Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) (Loder, 2001).

In Ocotober of 2009, the Orion Project wrote a briefing that was submitted to President Obama.  The full text of that report can be found here, theorionproject.org.

If there are working technologies out there, why haven’t they been brought forward.  The answer to that question can be traced all the way back to Tesla for sure.  As the story goes, Tesla sought financial support for just such a device from John D. Rockefeller.  After Rockefeller saw Tesla demonstration, he said, “where do I put the meter?.”

According to the Orion Project, there are a number of ways these technologies are being suppressed. For example:

Acquisition of the technology by ‘front’ companies whose intent has been to ‘shelve’ the invention and prevent the device from coming to market.

Denial of patents and intellectual property protection by systematic action by the US and other patent offices.

Seizure or suppression of the technology by the illegal application of section 181 of the US Patent law or other illegal applications of national security provisions that result in the technology being classified or deemed “of significance to the national security”. Note that these applications are illegal actions taken by rogue, unsupervised individuals and entities who are working in collusion with interests to suppress these technologies.

Abuses by other regulatory or licensing entities, including but not limited to rogue elements within the Department of Defense, CIA, NSA, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Energy and others.

Targeting the inventor or company with financial scams, illegal financial arrangements that lead to the demise of the company, and similar traps.

Systematic interception of funds and essential financial support needed to develop and commercialize such fundamental new energy sources.

A pattern of harassment, bomb threats, theft and other shadowy actions that frighten, intimidate and demoralize those inventing, holding or developing such technologies; significant bodily harm and murder have also apparently occurred.

Inducements through significant financial buyouts, offers of positions of power and prestige and other benefits to the owner of such technologies to secure their cooperation in suppressing such technologies.

Scientific establishment prejudice and rejection of the technology in light of unconventional electromagnetic effects thought to be not possible by current scientific conventional wisdom.

Corruption of scientific entities and leaders through clandestine liaisons with rogue classified or shadowy private projects that intend to suppress such devices.

Corruption of major media entities and key figures through clandestine liaisons with rogue classified or private shadowy projects that intend to suppress such devices.

My research seemed to confirm that there were a lot of “mysterious events” including freak accidents and loss of life involving scientists and engineers working on the basic science and technologies related to the types of energy we have been discussing.  Nearly 125 such incidents have occurred in the last five years.  I also found evidence that these technologies are discussed openly and as a given in places like NASA and DOE.

I think we can understand how suppression of such technologies may happen, given big oil and the fact that the entire world’s economy is based on fossil fuels.  However, given global warming, tension in the Middle East, collapsing world economies, and expanding world poverty, hunger, and disease we can no longer afford such “privilege”.

What Dr. Greer and his colleagues are asking of the President seems very reasonable to me.  Basically they asked the President to take the following actions:

In addition to the science and engineering aspects of developing these technologies, there will need to be active development of commensurate policies and strategies in the following areas:

• Application of these technologies in the developing world and the granting of such technologies to abate widespread poverty and environmental decay in those regions;

• Understanding the financial, economic and industrial implications of these technologies and determining how to best transition from a carbon-based industrial society to a clean, so called ‘free energy’ society, with minimal disruption;

• Determination of the national security and international security implications of these technologies and how to best empower existing governmental and international institutions to ensure a smooth transition to a new economy and geopolitical order;

• Development of higher order applications of these technologies such as combining new energy generators with advanced desalination processes for fresh water production;

• Determination of the long-term social, cultural, and geopolitical implications of these technologies as they help eliminate poverty, empower economies at the local/village level, and alter the zero-sum game of limited resources such as fossil fuels;

• Determination of medical, telecommunications and space travel applications of these technologies;

• Determination of methods to avoid and if necessary, contain the weaponization of such energy and propulsion technologies;

• Determination of the implications of these technologies for social justice, peace and the creation of a long-term sustainable civilization on Earth, among others.

It seems also apparent to me that even if there was only a slim hope that these technologies can deliver what is claimed and in some cases, well documented and demonstrated, then we absolutely must direct our collective resources to develop the applicable technologies.  I present this information for you to consider, and if you come to the same conclusions I did, we need to inform our representatives to act on this hopeful potential.  Given the state of the world it is simply immoral to do otherwise.  What if?

In The Middle Of This Depression The Rich Are Getting Richer

The 99ers are facing homelessness.  Our troops are returning to no jobs.  Our recent college graduates are going back home to live. However, there is good news for some of us. Michael Snyder from BLN looked into the facts. http://www.blacklistednews.com/news-10366-0-5-5–.html As of 2007, the top 1 percent of all Americans was taking home 24 percent of the national income.  This was a level that had not been seen since the days of the Great Depression.

Incomes have been growing in the United States, but those at the very top of the pyramid have been gobbling up almost all of the income growth.  According to Harvard Magazine, 66% of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.

Even official government figures bear out the fact that the rich are getting richer.  An analysis of income-tax data by the Congressional Budget Office a few years ago found that the top 1% of all American households own nearly twice as much of the corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago. Since money supply is finite that means they TOOK that wealth from somewhere and I think we all have a sense of where that is.

Most Americans have suffered during the last few years, but not the boys and girls down on Wall Street.  New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008. 2008 was the most lucrative year for bonuses on Wall Street.  No one on the “Street” got the memo the rest of us are really hurting out here.  It speaks volumes to lack of morality in the Halls of Money. Greed has always been with us, but this is getting to the point of vulgarity.

Even as the number of Americans living in poverty sky-rockets, the number of millionaires just keeps growing.  In fact, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million during 2009. The contrast to this is that 1 in 6 Americans are receiving some kind of government assistance and homelessness among families has tripled in the last 18 months.  Government anti-poverty programs are exploding in size in response to the recent economic difficulties.  USA Today is reporting that a record one in six Americans are now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program.  Over 50 million Americans are on now Medicaid.  That figure is up more than 17 percent since the beginning of the recession. The number of Americans in the food stamp program rose to a new all-time record of 40.8 million in May.  That number is up almost 50 percent since the beginning of the recession.  The number of Americans who cannot afford even the basic necessities is absolutely staggering.  A whopping 50 million Americans could not afford to buy enough food in order to stay healthy at some point over the last year.

The amount of money some of these Wall Street hot shots are making is incredible.  Back in 2005, the top 25 hedge fund managers earned a total of 9 billion dollars.  That would be bad enough, but even in these hard economic times the rich just keep getting richer.  One year after the recent financial collapse the top 25 hedge fund managers earned a total of approximately $25 billion.  That breaks down to an average of $1 billion each.  I am supposed to support continuing the tax cuts to the rich because……  Really, where is our collective head?

Compared to other industrialized nations, the United States is doing very poorly.  The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  The saddest part of this is what we are doing to our children.  According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.

But the American people cannot provide for their families if they don’t have jobs.  Today there are not nearly enough jobs for everyone.  In 2010, it takes the average unemployed American worker over 8 months to find a job.  Approximately 10 million Americans are currently receiving unemployment insurance, which is a number that is nearly four times higher than what it was at back in 2007.

The truth is that we are creating a permanent underclass of Americans that cannot get jobs.  The number of Americans receiving long-term unemployment benefits has increased over 60 percent in just the past year.

Increasingly, the wealth of the United States is being held in fewer and fewer hands.  One study found that as of 2007, the bottom 80 percent of American households held about 7% of the liquid financial assets.  It is not a good time to be living in “the bottom half” in America.  The size of “the pie” being divided up among those at the low end of the wage scale is becoming really, really small.  In fact, the bottom 40 percent of all income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.

Even those Americans that still do have decent jobs are seeing their wealth fade rapidly.  For example, U.S. families have $6 trillion less in housing wealth than they did just three years ago.  Home ownership used to be a sign that one had arrived in the middle class, but in 2010 an increasing number of Americans are finding out that they simply can’t afford their homes anymore.  One out of every seven mortgages were either delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010.

The reality is that incomes have just not kept up with housing costs.  This has put an incredible amount of pressure on the middle class.  Just how much pressure?  Well, only the top 5 percent of all U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975. The debt binge middle class Americans have been on over the past couple of decades has drained many of them completely dry, and now more Americans than ever have bad credit scores.  Over 25 percent of Americans now have a credit score below 599, which means that they are a very bad credit risk.

A rapidly rising number of Americans are actually choosing bankruptcy as a way out of their financial problems.  Nationwide, bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12 month period ending this past June 30th.  The middle class manufacturing jobs that once defined so many American cities are rapidly disappearing.  Despite the fact that the U.S. population has dramatically increased, less Americans are employed in manufacturing today than in 1950.

These days it seems like almost everyone is looking for a good job, but very few people are finding them.  According to one recent survey, 28% of all U.S. households have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job.  Even many of those Americans that still have decent jobs have been hit hard by this economic downturn.  A recent Pew Research survey found that 55 percent of the U.S. labor force has experienced either unemployment, a pay decrease, a reduction in hours or an involuntary move to part-time work since the recession began.

The number of jobs that are evaporating is absolutely stunning.  According to one analysis, the United States has lost a total of 10.5 million jobs since 2007.  So where are the jobs going?  It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out.  China’s trade surplus (much of it with the United States) climbed 140 percent in June compared to a year earlier.

The truth is that “globalism” and “free trade” have put middle class American workers in direct competition with the cheapest labor in the world.  This is what middle class American workers must now compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour.

Due to these difficult economic conditions, the middle class is being squeezed as never before.  According to a poll taken in 2009, 61 percent of Americans ”always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck.  That was up significantly from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.

So what kind of future do our young people have in front of them?  Unfortunately, things don’t look pretty.  Many fresh college graduates can’t even get a job that will allow them to be independent.  One recent survey of last year’s college graduates discovered that 80 percent moved right back home with their parents after graduation.  That was up significantly from 63 percent in 2006.

This is the real picture.  The question is what next. When do we, as a nation, come to the Pearl Harbor moment.  To realize we are in deep do-do and come together, put politics aside and get down to the business of restoring our economy. When is enough enough?

Here is Uncle Willie’s thought: