The digital economy has become synonymous with the large amount of global data, often blindly called information, that the world creates through life on the internet. Those corporate rustlers in the data storage business are doing very well indeed even though the immediate rewards of this investment remain mostly in the future while the world endures the continuing fallout from a global financial meltdown.
Most of this corporate benefit has been on the backs of corporate slavery in the backrooms and factories of the third-world as the increasing strength of a global corporate fascism grows and concretes influence in the world. Jobs in America and any economic powerhouse have been sold to the lowest bidder, typically overseas by corporate junkets that claim to have your best interests at heart. They have sold you their truth that life is simply about consumption of goods. Live for the moment. Just do it. Obey your thirst. Corporate fascists are there to rake in the profits while that opportunity exists in the hope of building a global society that they can further rule, influence and plunder.
Right after 9/11, George Bush did not instruct Americans to pray or to unite in common purpose in religious temples. Instead, President Bush encouraged America to go out and shop in temples of commerce. America must not allow terrorists to divert the economy that defines ‘our’ society and power. Through that very economic engine and toil, corrupt and cynical corporate executives of financial institutions have plunged the economies of virtually every nation into the tailspin of recession and employment stagnation. This action of corporate fascists has not been truly recognized and they remain in control as never before as the controllers of currency and commerce. They remain central to ongoing efforts to revive the decimated global economy.
Fascist corporatism now defines the world. America and much of the modern world has a fear of any lack of consumption like the global economy is enduring now. We must be convinced that we must buy now and pay later for the very system in place depends on this reality. Even worse, America has come to realize that the rest of the world has been funding this endeavor in recent years as the fever of fascist consumerism broke with the economic overheating. Much of the world and notably most Americans can no longer continue to eat at the trough of ardent consumerism that has been propelled into superstardom over the last several decades. Credit has been maxed out and personal income commandeered by corporate and government fascists as they stoke the temporary delusions of their bottom line.
The human race has turned the space race into the information age of science and technology, an endless storage bin of computer space into which we cast our hopes, dreams and fantasies, even our futures and of course, the corporate bottom line…for better or worse. We are addicted and will be manipulated to meet the needs of the current powers in place or those that reside in the future.
Is there any other reason for the expansion of millions of terrabytes of digital power out there? Does home video really make that much money for corporate fascists? Hardly. Do personal blogs hold the purpose of the world? Unlikely. We are simply human lobsters in what will be a boiling pot given enough time. Humans are food for government control and corporate fascists. We haven’t realized the plans of the power structure in place just yet, even as the plans of those in influence continue to evolve and materialize. It is all about the power of psychology and what information global corporates can mine from your life to benefit themselves, their financial structure and to build their future. Google has only begun to mine data from your life. They may well know more about you than you do. Once that data is used to influence and manipulate, advertising and data mining achieve their pinnacle of success in the name of convenience and customer service.
The American miracle of the internet now holds the building blocks of a new global economy and global manipulation that has never been seen before. The ‘new fascists’ proclaim innovation in technology and processes with the idea of world domination for their own good. The rights of the individual mean nothing in the grand scheme. The small businessman must be crushed or controlled by higher powers. You are simply a means to their end: record profits and control of the market at any cost. The internet will be their social tool. The digital economy is an expansion of the human third-world flesh factory as billions of human lives continue to pour into a global mechanism of control and manipulation.
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The U.S. government is in denial of classic facts the majority of the time. Even though Barack Obama has been reasonably honest concerning the immediate future, the figures he used before the inauguration to promote his plans to Congress are hopelessly underestimated and fail to add up on a mathematical level. In the meantime, Americans have the magic and charisma of a new president to chart the uncertain tragic waters of what will ultimately be a recovery given enough time. However the bad news and underlying economic factors coming out of 2008 do not speak of a speedy recovery on any level. When Barack Obama suggests that the American population in general will sacrifice, he isn’t kidding. Even the most optimistic reports paint “a bleak economic landscape ahead” with real unemployment approaching 18% with a sudden increase expected (see recent Digital Economy articles for more details).
Bankers have seen the massive destruction of their net worth and the ability to conduct business. As a result, so have we all. What was your hard-earned 401K last year? What was your net worth two years ago? The Bush administration had only seen to slowly respond to the crisis in addition to adding sweet Federal Reserve liquidity to keep failing institutions and most of the relevant power structure in place solvent. They used laissez-faire economics as an excuse to do little or nothing until their hand was forced by extreme circumstances and the national plight of total economic failure. Henry Paulson admitted his team’s inability to find and deal with the real scope of the national banking toxic-debt, instead choosing the easy course of simply recaptalizing bank with nationalized capital from taxpayers. As a confessed seasoned professional insider, Paulson was unable to determine or realize the full extent of the national collateral damage or he simply isn’t saying, which may be closer to the truth.
America has this plight to look forward to in 2009 barring other unforeseen issues:
* A huge rush of residential housing mortgage failures due to ‘housing resets’, the blight of unemployment and the inability for Americans to qualify for loans because of tightening banking rules which were conveniently ignored previously.
* A tsunami of commercial mortgage foreclosures.
* Billions in credit card defaults that threaten to further decimate the banking system coupled with banking cutbacks in anticipation of the same.
* As unemployment skyrockets, a tsunami of auto repossessions and loan defaults.
* Economic decimation through toxic banking instruments and complex debt instruments combined with $500 trillion in unmanageable credit default swaps.
25% real unemployment is realistic by the summer of 2009, near the estimated high of depression unemployment charted in the 1930s. Unhappily, the resulting fallout will simply get worse and the economy spirals downward as more unpredicted events occur. Some areas in close relation to the Big Three automakers could see unemployment much higher than that. This commentary just touches the beginning as municipalities and states sink into further debt this year. The nation that used to live on credit will truly be living on credit in order to sustain America on any level. The profitaking of the last decade coupled with predatory banking designs has truly taken its toll. The U.S. economy didn’t have enough energy to maintain a stagflation last year. Deflation will be the ultimate result as the nation pulls into recovery years down the road. These are likely the unpleasant facts unless central bankers have a better idea. That is unlikely unless they start thinking outside the box they have built. ~ E. Manning
Times are not good for the United States right now, but this recession has not made a decisive turn for worse just yet this year. The unemployment rate, (see poll) 7.2 percent in December, remains below the average peak unemployment of 7.6 percent during the previous 10 post-World War II recessions. The nation has been in similar straits before, but has a measure of hope in focus today with the inauguration of a new president (see poll).
What has been so menacing is the real feeling coupled with the likelihood that the nation is headed for far worse. Indicators are that an enduring recession or depression is likely. The published government unemployment rate is expected to climb to 9% this year and is likely to eclipse that figure, even though the reality is that unemployment is much higher. Incomes are stagnant or declining. Jobs are scarce, with a decline of full-time employment that will actually pay the bills. Getting enough part-time jobs to get through this crisis isn’t an option. Business is down with little hope of any improvement for some time. The business economy is looking at lean times with capital goods purchases almost non-existent compared to the norm. Economic contraction is the only news that America has to look forward to for the next 2 years. Politicians say that Americans are now confronted with the fact that sacrifice is essential as Congress spends more taxpayer money than ever before. (more…)
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What the Bush administration thoroughly disregarded as a possible solution for toxic banking assets and mortgage foreclosures for the last year, Obama and the new government order in Congress have picked up as a gold card solution.
Perhaps the FDIC is no longer a lonely stepchild agency calling in the political wilderness. Calls by bankers and lawmakers to use the remaining bailout funds for the “original purpose” of buying toxic assets have resulted in new political impetus. The view of the FDIC is that the government’s financial rescue efforts have not gone far enough and that troubled asset relief is necessary to get banks lending at more normal levels and to attract private capital.
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2008 ended with an economic whimper mostly because of huge and underestimated American job losses, resulting in further economic collateral damage. Retirement savings that millions have poured their souls into have lost substantial value. At the December FOMC meeting, the Fed spent a considerable amount of time mourning and recounting the flailing job market and resulting economic damage.
What has really garnered attention is their revised picture regarding economic expectations for 2009. The economic gross national product is expected to fall much more sharply in the first half of 2009 than previously anticipated by the Fed. They expect a slow recovery of GDP over the remainder of the year depending on the political stimulus “from monetary and assumed fiscal policy actions.” That is “Greek” for government intervention.
“GDP was projected to decline for 2009 as a whole and to rise at a pace slightly above the rate of potential growth in 2010.” In economics, economic growth or economic growth theory often refers to growth of potential output or production at full employment, which is caused by growth in aggregate demand or observed output. Since all the relevant figures are skewed, the Fed’s statement is pretty much meaningless as far as content, but is designed to inspire hope in the psychological realm.
Americans are taking a beating where their personal wealth is concerned. Interbank lending and bank lending in general remains frozen, the system continues as broken, a creation of the unprecedented greed and misuse of the economic system during the Bush administration as they cheered on the economic boom as true prosperity. Instead, the boom years of the Bush administration has proved to be a manipulation of the system for corporate and personal goals by those in power without supervision and little regulation.
The problem of transparency continues to be the single major issue in all finances across the board. However, the process of making the financial process more transparent will put someone in more control, with the potential to not only to observe and manipulate, but profit directly from the any new process of transparency. Additional transparency creates power for the administrative body that deals with transparency issues, likely creating a fascist influence. The Federal Government isn’t likely to jump at the task of dealing with the prospect of increased transparency that is being heralded. Congress has proved that they don’t really deal with the reality of money.
The process and the profit from any additional transparency will likely fall to the Federal Reserve, a corporate body with their own profit and global agenda: a brotherhood of central bankers. They have received the power so far because of the lack of discipline and direction offered by U.S. government officials, whether executive or legislative. ~ E. Manning
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U.S. authorities allege that Bernie Madoff delivered consistently strong returns to clients by secretly using the principal investment from new investors for payments to previous investors, in what is known as a ‘pyramid fraud.’ The Securities and Exchange Commission has known about irregularities for nearly a decade and declined to do anything beyond ignoring the likelihood of fraud.
Laura Cohn of Kiplinger’s, in typical elitist style, asks the question that bears asking. In light of Bernard Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme, are you taking steps to ensure that your financial adviser is on the up and up?
The good news is that if you are asking that question, you are still financially solvent (probably) and have still have money concerns like investing. That is good, especially for you. However, all this drama must have you asking the question about why you need to trust all these high-powered frauds with your hard-earned cash rather than gaining investing knowledge yourself. That would be bad for the industry because you wouldn’t need them. Ultimately, that is the economic solution for the fraudsters that put this economy where it is today coupled with the plight of government regulators that couldn’t find their way out of a paper shopping bag. Do it yourself.
To be certain, hundreds of blogs have already been consumed with the utter stupidity of government entities that need to be eradicated entirely because they don’t have a real purpose beyond squandering taxpayer dollars. Perhaps we can look to President Obama to take some meaningful swipes toward ineffective and largely useless government agencies. The fascinating preponderance of economic, investment and banking fraud that has come to a head should have your head spinning. The fact that these overeducated opportunists and complacent politicians have brought this nation to its’ knees bears repeating.
For years we have been gleefully taught that we can trust others with our money: our blood, sweat and tears. Could we have been duped? Whom do you trust? You’d better think twice bright eyes. The new President of the United States will be setting the tone for cleaning up the fraud on all fronts. What tone Barack Obama chooses has great importance for anyone that cares about this nation. ~ E. Manning
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The taxpayer cost of the mortgage refinancing should be limited to about $1.7 billion according to U.S. government sources. The problem is that few that qualify will actually be helped.
The proposal, authored by House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, passed the House with a 266-154 margin, with 39 Republicans joining virtually all Democratic House members to support the measure. The Bush Administration and many members of Republican leadership oppose the bill and are proposing other measures.
Congress feels that the country should be reassured by this paper tiger measure. The reality of the plan dictates otherwise. Very few at-risk homeowners will be able to get help. Because of the limited scope (more…)
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