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Toys or Life?

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I have met several people lately whose life outlook is, to say the least, bleak. They believe that there is no hereafter, no Creator, and that we are here merely to procreate, eat and sleep, and whoever gets the most toys before he dies wins. I must say, where is the incentive? Toys wear out, if you eat too much you get fat and can’t enjoy the toys, procreating only lasts so long, and you always wake up from sleep. These goals are just not enough for me. Boring.     

I choose to believe in a higher authority than almighty man. I look around and see the miracle of life. The masterpiece of creation. I see us as evolving beings that can use our freedom of choice to become like our Creator – perfect in every way. I choose to reach for the stars, not stopping until I get there. I can think of no worse an existence than that of thinking that life is nothing more than a collection of toys. When the toys are gone, life is gone – utter destruction, nothing left. I choose life.      

Toys are not bad things, but they are not the reason for existence. We exist because our Creator made us. He made us to be like Him, and we can become more like Him through the choices that we make. This earthly existence is not all there is; if it were, I would choose to die – to exist no longer. I live to gain the crown of everlasting life. I choose to obey my Father. I choose life. 

Copyright (c) 2004 – 2007 Barbara Peterson

China set to Flood America with Cheap Textiles

The American Dream  Concerned about Chinese toys that contain lead flooding the market? We ain’t seen nothin’ yet, folks! “According to an agreement between China and the EU, exports of China’s textile products to the EU countries will not be subject to any quantity limits starting this year, and textile export quotas to the US will be abolished in 2009” (CCTV, Jan. 11, 2008).

Let me repeat: In 2009, all quotas on Chinese textile exports to the U.S. will be abolished.

What does this mean to us? According to Bloomberg (2008), “When the U.S. lifts quotas on Chinese textile imports in 2009, ‘China is likely to demolish the competition,’ says Cass Johnson, president of the textile council.”

Columbia is already feeling the pinch, as “Chinese textiles are displacing products in domestic as well as export markets, says Ivan Amaya, president of the Colombian Association of Textile Producers. Textile imports from China have risen more than fivefold since 2001, according to Amaya” (Bloomberg, 2008). Martin Reano, general manager of the textiles committee of Peru’s industrial lobby, the National Industry Society, in Lima says, “the Chinese sell their wares at prices that don’t even cover the cost of the raw material. No one can compete with that.”

Now the U.S. is about to be flooded with Chinese textiles that are so cheap, that our local manufacturers simply will not be able to compete. This equates to loss of jobs, and increased consumer risk.

How can we protect ourselves? One of the ways to protect U.S. manufacturers is to tighten free trade definitions on the import market. “Product-specific safeguards can be invoked up to 2013…these can be implemented by the International Trade Commission (ITC), which is composed of three Republicans and three Democrats appointed by the US president and confirmed by the senate” (TDC, 2008). Another is to impose anti-dumping provisions to “curb Chinese imports if the prices of goods can be shown to be less than those offered by domestic producers for the same items. The ITC can determine whether anti-dumping duties should be imposed on the imported goods” (TDC, 2008).

There you have it folks. The bottom line is, China is getting ready to flood the market with cheap textiles, and the local U.S. producer is dependent on the ITC, “which is composed of three Republicans and three Democrats appointed by the U.S. president, and confirmed by the Senate,” to stem the tide, at least up until 2013.

Be prepared for more Americans to go hungry. Globalization – gotta love it! As I have stated in previous articles, now is the time to start becoming more independent. It is clear that the war on the middle class is not going away, just getting stronger. If we are to survive, we need to tighten our belts, dig in, and do as much as we can for ourselves. That includes making our own clothing, growing our own food, getting off the grid, and for goodness sake, BUY AMERICAN!

Copyright 2007, Barbara H. Peterson

References:

Bloomberg. 2008. Retrieved from:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=ar_m7AGPgNlA&refer=home

CCTV. 2008. Retrieved from:
http://www.cctv.com/program/bizchina/20080111/102186.shtml

TDC Trade. 2008. Retrieved from:
http://sme.tdctrade.com/sme_content.aspx?contentid=605193&src=sme_tm&sec=Antidumping&w_sid=194&w_pid=903&w_nid=11606&w_cid=605193&w_idt=1900-01-01&w_oid=207&w_jid=

USA Fabric Mills. 2008. Retrieved from: http://www.apparelsearch.com/World_Clothing_Industry/United_States/Fabric_Mills_USA.htm

The “Elections” Distraction

Daffy for President  Focus, America! Do not lose track of the goal. The goal is to expose the elite traitors in our “elected” government for the terrorists that they are and to drag the bums out of office, not to dive headfirst into an elections game that only serves to keep we the people distracted while the thugs in office use our Constitution for toilet paper.

We debate endlessly over contrived speeches made by professional liars that rely on opinion polls to determine just what the public wants to hear, then draft lies as truth and spew the vomit out like it is gold. They lie like crazy to appease voters and ride the crest of public opinion to accomplish what? To successfully manipulate the public one more time to advance a preset hidden agenda that no one will challenge. Why? Because the same power-base of elitists have all the money, and have been getting their way for hundreds of years. The candidates are puppets. They do what they are allowed to do. They are actors playing a part. Even if one or two of them appears to be honest and truthful, just how long will that honesty and truthfulness last in the face of the corporatist structure?

Would I like to see someone get elected that represents the people, makes good on his/her promises, and tells the corporatist leaches that are sucking the world dry to take a hike? Sure, I would. Do I think that a person like that has a rat’s hind end chance of succeeding in our present system? No. Maybe if we the people start ignoring this charade of elitist-controlled elections and come together as a shadow government comprised of Americans who give a rat’s hind end about Americans, we might make a dent in the elite corporate structure. I don’t know. Is it possible? Maybe.

The Banker’s Manifesto is a document that changed the way I think forever:

The Bankers Manifesto of 1892

Revealed by US Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh, SR from Minnesota before the US Congress sometime during his term of office between the years of 1907 and 1917 to warn the citizens.

“We (the bankers) must proceed with caution and guard every move made, for the lower order of people are already showing signs of restless commotion. Prudence will therefore show a policy of apparently yielding to the popular will until our plans are so far consummated that we can declare our designs without fear of any organized resistance.

The Farmers Alliance and Knights of Labor organizations in the United States should be carefully watched by our trusted men, and we must take immediate steps to control these organizations in our interest or disrupt them.

At the coming Omaha Convention to be held July 4th (1892), our men must attend and direct its movement, or else there will be set on foot such antagonism to our designs as may require force to overcome. This at the present time would be premature. We are not yet ready for such a crisis. Capital must protect itself in every possible manner through combination (conspiracy) and legislation.

The courts must be called to our aid, debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible.

When through the process of the law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of the government applied to a central power of imperial wealth under the control of the leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders.

History repeats itself in regular cycles. This truth is well known among our principal men who are engaged in forming an imperialism of the world. While they are doing this, the people must be kept in a state of political antagonism.

The question of tariff reform must be urged through the organization known as the Democratic Party, and the question of protection with the reciprocity must be forced to view through the Republican Party.

By thus dividing voters, we can get them to expand their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us, except as teachers to the common herd. Thus, by discrete action, we can secure all that has been so generously planned and successfully accomplished.”

http://www.federalobserver.com

This document has not become obsolete over time. This is a declaration of war on the American people by the elite bankers of the time, which is playing out today. If you don’t believe me, look at the current housing crisis, our two-party system, and America’s quest for imperialism. How much clearer does this have to be?

Wasting time playing the “elections” game by focusing on who is the better manipulator, and running to the elections booths to cast our vote for the lesser of the evils, only to accept in the back of our minds that promises made by professional politicians are not meant to be kept, is futile. Might a better use of our time be to find out just what the power elites are doing behind our backs while we are engrossed with the “elections” distraction, or to learn what we can do personally about making a difference in our world?

It is time to shed the blinders and realize that the political system is not broken. It is functioning just the way the thugs that we the people have allowed to come to power over us want it to, and the worst part of all is that we have let it happen. Maybe it was inevitable, I don’t know. What I do know is that the future is going to be very different for a lot of people who thought they were set for life with their middle class pensions, health care, and sub prime mortgages, no matter what puppet is “in charge” at the Whitehouse. This is the way our economic state of affairs has been “so generously planned and successfully accomplished” (Banker’s Manifesto, 1892).

It is time to spend our time wisely by planning an alternate lifestyle. We need to become more independent by growing our own vegetables, possibly raising some of our own meat, making our own soap, and weaning ourselves from going to the grocery store every other day. We need to take back this nation one person at a time. By becoming more self-sufficient, we not only become healthier and stronger, but also, as icing on the cake, stick it to the corporatists. This is not an armed rebellion, but an economic one. After all, that is how the government is hitting us, with economic WMDs. We can be effective as a people by withdrawing from the game. If we the people refuse to purchase from corporations what we can make for ourselves, we can change our lives for the better, and reduce corporate profits. If a person does not make enough money to cover going to the grocery store for tomatoes, then that person either does not eat tomatoes or learns to grow them him/herself. It is that simple. We have to re-learn what we can do for ourselves, and make the break from the corporate teat. Refusing to waste precious time buying into the “elections” distraction is a good start towards not only personal independence, but national as well.

A nation is comprised of individuals, and as individuals, we need to act. If we don’t, then I suppose we can just sit back in our lounge chairs enjoying the parade of candidates, then act surprised when we can no longer afford the six-pack of beer to accompany our popcorn. The choice is ours. As Morpheus said in the Matrix: “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” Eyes open, or slammed shut, enjoying the ride until it ends and you are flushed down the drain. Some choice, eh? I think I’ll start growing some tomatoes. By the way, the red pill tastes just fine, but is a bit difficult to swallow.

    

Copyright 2007, Barbara H. Peterson

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