“NATO and US forces responsible for reducing Afghanistan’s production of opium poppies, a key precursor to the illegal drug heroin, are only targeting ‘drug barons’ allied with the country’s Taliban-led insurgency, Ivanov said.
“This policy has left untouched members of Afghanistan’s illegal drug industry that are allied with either local warlords or the central government – which has led to a massive narcotics production spike in the country, Ivanov said.
“‘We see the results, and they are saddening. Narcotics production (in Afghanistan) has increased by a factor of 40. There is a humanitarian catastrophe and collosal unemployment, and this has created ideal conditions for the narcotics trade,’ he said.”
“One of the most important steps that we could take to bring prosperity back to America would be to nationalize the Federal Reserve. Doing so would allow the federal government to quit borrowing money, dramatically reduce taxes and eventually pay off the entire U.S. national debt. Instead of inheriting the largest debt in the history of the world, future generations would actually have a chance at economic prosperity because they would not be forced to pay off the horrific debt of previous generations. The Federal Reserve is a perpetual debt machine, it has almost completely destroyed the value of the U.S. dollar and it has an absolutely nightmarish track record of incompetence. There are no good reasons to keep the status quo. Our current debt-based monetary system will inevitably lead to a complete and total economic collapse. We desperately need to make a change while we still can. As you will see below, there are a ton of good reasons why we should nationalize the Federal Reserve.
“Right now, most Americans believe that the Federal Reserve is actually an agency of the federal government. But that is simply not the case. The truth is that the Federal Reserve is about as “federal” as Federal Express is.
“The Federal Reserve openly admits as much. For example, in defending itself against a Bloomberg request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Reserve stated in court that it was “not an agency” of the U.S. government and therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.”
“About 20.5 million Americans, or 6.7 percent of the U.S. population, make up the poorest poor, defined as those at 50 per cent or less of the official poverty level.
Those living in deep poverty represent nearly half of the 46.2 million people scraping by below the poverty line. In 2010, the poorest poor meant an income of $5,570 or less for an individual and $11,157 for a family of four.
That 6.7 percent share is the highest in the 35 years that the Census Bureau has maintained such records, surpassing previous highs in 2009 and 1993 of just over 6 percent.”
So sorry, it was all a terrible mistake, which just happened to grossly enrich the coffers of the fed’s owners. Of course they couldn’t be so brazen these days with the internet watching over their shoulders, so they resorted to a very clever sleight of hand: lure the job-starved middle class into mortgage loans at the top of greenspan’s mortgage fraud megabubble and then frame them as deadbeats who destroyed confidence in the credit markets. But that was just random corruption right? Deregulation and all. Well, sort of:
Milton Friedman on the Origins of the Great Ripoff
The great depression completely, systemically reorganized the american economy from a rural-based network of economically autonomous, largely locally governed federation of states to an urbanized, centralized top-down economic pyramid of migrants and refugees from the countryside. Orwell would have been proud at the political accomplishments of this massive application of the shock doctrine. And now they’re doing it again. Only this time people don’t know how to garden and feed themselves anymore. They don’t know their constitutional rights, they can hardly even conceive of the right to organize or assemble. Heck, they have a hard time getting away from the control of their brainwashing machine (their TV) long enough to meet their neighbors and organize into a community. We’re already plugged into the matrix. And whether you have a job or are on welfare, you are under the centralized control of their corporate-fascist economic system. Obey or starve. This is what the banksters have done to this former federation of sovereign human beings. And it’s all based on fear, scrambling for tissue paper money issued by the wizard behind the curtain. In other words, it’s a paper tiger. There is no pyramid of power. It’s a mind game, an illusion. It’s sustained by your belief in its existence.
How the global drug trade works in Wall Street and Washington