29 June 2012

An Apocalypse of Stupidity: One Possible Future

All you have to do is juxtaposition the different world maps below to see all the glaring correlations. If you compare the world IQ map to the birth rate and crime maps then you will also see the bleeding obvious....that which we can't say as we are brainwashed to believe that all cultures and races are equal and never the two shall part.....

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They will tell you that the world will end by nuclear holocaust, or by climate catastrophe. Or maybe they'll say the world will choke to death in its own pollution, or starve for lack of enough resources to feed an overpopulated planet.



But more likely to seal the fate of humanity, is the slow and steady loss of human problem-solving ability.
Regional Variations in IQ Test Scores

Over tens of thousands of years, separate human breeding populations evolved to meet divergent challenges in their environments (Kanazawa PDF). Some environments presented greater challenges to be solved, for the sake of survival. The farther from the equator a group migrated, the greater the seasonal challenges of survival. As greater intelligence evolved, humans devised sophisticated societies and technologies to shield them from the environment.

But in the course of becoming more intelligent, they created micro-environments of culture, with differential rates of divergent intellectual revolution.



Rates of Population Growth

Not all populations reproduced at the same rates. More affluent, more intelligent, and better educated women chose to reproduce at lower levels -- or not at all -- compared to women of lower educational attainment (on average). Higher birthrates among less intelligent populations began to affect overall average IQ levels.



And since IQ is strongly correlated with level of economic achievement (Gottfredson PDF), societies with lower average IQ levels tended to be the most impoverished societies.



Besides economic achievement, scientific and technological achievement tends to accompany high average IQ. Low IQ nations in the map above tend to be very tiny, unless they are lucky enough to have a high IQ smart fraction.

The higher IQ populations which are responsible for the economic, scientific, and technological accomplishments in the map above, are also the populations which are shrinking in size -- while lower IQ populations are growing.

Finally, crime and corruption tend to correlate with low average IQ levels. So that even low IQ populations lucky enough to have a smart fraction, will be less able to efficiently utilise that lucky bit of human capital. 



The violent deaths shown here are homicide (murder and manslaughter), but exclude deaths due to war.


Homicide per 100,000


There is no reason to expect the differential birthrates between the different strata of IQ and education, to change. The global decline in average IQ seen in the graph above, is likely to continue unless something significant happens to change the trend.

Many people are aware of the trend, but no one has a good answer for it. Good people may well think the answer may be found thru better education:

While the smart people know they must fight the tyrannical government or run away to another country, the not so smart grow in numbers. In our current state, we will not be able to hold government accountable and put a stop to the tyranny. We must overcome the stupid somehow. We must find a method to show them the folly of their ways. We must “educate” them on what their responsibilities are in society and we must show them how to exercise those responsibilities properly. _LibertarianViewpoint

But no one really believes that such "education" can be both effective and humane. And since we voluntarily limit ourselves to humane methods, we must admit that we will have to look for other solutions.

Here is an analogy: Realistic energy analysts generally accept that humans should use unconventional oil, gas, and liquids as temporary "bridge" fuels to better forms of power and energy such as advanced nuclear power. In other words, we must make good use of the next few decades to develop long term energy solutions that will last for many thousands of years.

In the same way, realistic students of the human future understand that brighter people must make very good use of the next few decades to develop bridge technologies which will see us past the approaching dysgenic bottleneck.

First, we must take the trouble to understand that the problem is real.

Genetics, Genes, Genomics, and g (Plomin PDF) _via Meng hus blog

g: Highly General and Highly Practical (Gottfredson PDF)

We must understand how differences in average intelligence between population groups influence quality of life issues such as crime, affluence, social trust, levels of corruption, etc. Such an understanding is likely to influence important life choices.

And we must be able to project current trends -- often contradictory trends -- into the near future. Then we must devise ways of best dealing with our conclusions for our own sake, and for the sake of our dependents.



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South Africa: ‘Whites must give up wealth’

Black South Africans are so cute when they stamp their feet and throw a tantrum when they want something for free. According to the new ignoramus ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola, White South Africans still live a Hollywood lifestyle and the ANCYL want to crash the party - for free of course. I'm not sure, but I can't recall where those living the Hollywood lifestyle get to live behind 8-foot barbed wire fences barricaded in their own homes behind burglar bars, safety gates, patrol dogs, panic buttons and armed response - as White South Africans have to live just to keep alive? Or where they're too scared to drive in the dark, not stopping at traffic lights to prevent getting high-jacked and/or murdered? Yeah, I must have missed that lifestyle memo. And of course this bumbling idiot thinks that the only solution to all of the Black's woes is 'expropriation without compensation' - or as I like to call it, stealing. They are not prepared to work at something, build it up from scratch and make it a success. No, that's too difficult - it's much easier to just take something that's already there and then berate those who dared make a success of their lives. Lamola says in the clip below that farmers were subsidised by the Apartheid government. Really? Apartheid came into being in 1948 - what happened before then? Who magically paid and subsidised the farmers before then? Whites have been in South Africa since 1652 and they colonised, bargained and fought for the land. The country was started from nothing and built up into a first world country with a functioning government.Whites didn't want to rule over the Black tribes and so they were given their own homelands to live as they wanted and govern themselves. And White taxes funded their upkeep. But that wasn't enough for them. They couldn't do anything for themselves. They looked with big eyes at the lifestyle Whites created for themselves and moved into their areas where there were jobs and soon that urban Black creep gave them the power to demand the entire country. And the international community backed their demands. And still today, after they were given the entire country - on a silver platter with all the infrastructure and riches you can only dream of - they still can't make it work. After nearly 20 years of being in government their own Black people are dumber and poorer than what they claimed was happening to them under Apartheid. Their life expectancy has plummeted 20 years. Their education is a joke. Their work prospects non-existent. And STILL they blame the White man with the PRESIDENT of the country, Jacob Zuma (who has NEVER produced anything apart from over 22 children) saying recently that the economy is still in the hands of White males. After 20 years they still can't start a successful company without raiding White companies. So, let's just sit back and think about this for a moment. Let's just give them everything they want. Let's give them the functioning farms; lets give them the successful companies, let's give them the houses, lets give them everything. What do you think South Africa will look like within a year? Disused, non producing farms; looted factories; starving people. That is the reality because African Blacks can't create wealth. All they can do is create babies, destroy success and commit crimes. Does this idiot Lamola really believe that by just giving them everything their little hearts desire, that the light bulb will suddenly go on and his fellow Blacks will all of a sudden be successful? Sadly, yes. They really are that dumb. IQ67 - that's all I have to say.




‘We need to break the apartheid economy we received in 1994. White people are still living a Hollywood lifestyle.’

WHITE people in South Africa should volunteer to give what they have to be able to assist the nation.
This was said by ANC Youth League (ANCYL) deputy president Ronald Lamola yesterday at the league’s economic policy dialogue at Unisa, Pretoria.

The dialogue was titled ‘‘The Role of Civil Society in attaining Economic Freedom in our Lifetime’’.

Lamola said: “The only thing we are asking is to share the natural resources.

Why must we not get angry if white people continue to benefit?”

He also said young people must be given a platform in the mainstream economy so they can play a meaningful role in society.

“If young people are leaders of society why are they outside the mainstream of economy?”, he asked. South Africa will only be united through the economy.

South Africans are already living like people are in Zimbabwe,” Lamola said.

He said maximum participation in the economy was class-based and allows a particular class to participate in the mainstream economy.

Lamola also called for Section 25 of the Constitution to be amended, saying nothing had changed since 1994, the first time a government was elected democratically in South Africa.

“We need to break the apartheid economy we received in 1994. White people are still living a Hollywood lifestyle.

‘‘The majority of black South Africans were relying on social grants. They needed to start playing a meaningful role in agriculture, mining and society,” Lamola said.

Lamola slammed the willing buyer, willing seller€ approach to land restitution.

“The only solution is expropriation without compensation,”€ he said.
National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chairman Andile Lungisa said: “We are not enjoying Christmas as black people in this country.

“The lives of our people have not changed in the countryside.

“The confusion we have is a leadership that is not decisive. That’s why we have a debate about nationalisation of mines and we are told about investors,” Lungisa said. 

Greek debt explained

In case anyone is still in the dark about how the financial mess in Greece occurred, then puzzle no longer. Here is a very easy to understand explanation below. No one seems to know where this text originated, but whoever put this together deserves a round of applause for they manage to explain a very complex problem in an easy to understand fashion. Of course, there is a lot more to the collapse than this (namely other banks hedging bets against the original loans), but that's for another day. All that we can be sure of is that when this ponzi scheme explodes it's going to be very nasty for everyone. The Euro has to fall, it's as simple as that - and by pumping more and more money to keep this grand socialist experiment going - is a very short-term solution, with long-term consequences. The sooner the Euro is dismantled and buried forever the better for all countries involved. However, I suspect it will be cold day in hell before the idiot European fascists allow this to happen. Pride comes before a fall.....



Helga is the proprietor of a taverna in Greece. She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed Greek alcoholics and as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar. To solve this problem she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later.

Helga keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers’ “loans”).

Word soon gets around about Helga’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Helga’s bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume (but no actual money) for any bar in town.

By providing her customers freedom from immediate payment demands Helga gets no resistance or complaint when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer – the most commonly consumed beverages.

Consequently, Helga’s gross sales volumes and paper profits increase massively. A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognises that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Helga’s borrowing limit. He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral…

He is rewarded with a six figure bonus for being a clever little banker.
At the bank’s corporate headquarters in Athens, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS. These “securities” are then bundled and traded on international securities markets in Madrid, Dublin, Rome and Berlin.

Naive investors who buy into these DRINKBONDS don’t really understand that the securities being sold to them as “AA Secured Bonds” are really debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the leading brokerage houses across Europe including London.

The traders all receive a six figure bonus.

One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank in Greece decides that the time has come to demand some kind of payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Helga’s bar. He therefore informs Helga. Helga is in turn then obliged to demand payment from her alcoholic patrons but, being unemployed alcoholics, they cannot pay back their drinking debts. Since Helga cannot fulfill her loan obligations to her local bank she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and Helga’s 11 employees lose their jobs.

Overnight, DRINKBOND prices drop by 90%. The collapsed bond asset value destroys the bank’s liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community. This contagion rapidly spreads upwards to the parent bank in Athens and the bank collapses.


These local and national financiers of Helga’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms’ pension funds in the DRINKBOND securities. They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt a losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds. Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations; her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local brewery and lays off 150 workers.

Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multibillion Euro no-strings attached cash infusion from the government in Berlin.

All these bankers and brokers involved in the “Rescue Plan “receive a six figure bonus.

The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers who’ve never been in Helga’s bar. Most of them don’t even live in Greece.

Now do you understand?



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15 June 2012

On holiday.....

I'll be off for the next two weeks on holiday recharging the old batteries.  


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Israel arrests 300 in migrant crackdown

Israel has an African problem. A 60 000 person problem and they have now started listening to their citizens who want them gone. If only Europe and other Western countries would do the same. Africa loves exporting their problems around the world, only to set up exactly the same culture of crime and don-nothing mentality in their new host country. Well, at least Israel has the guts to start doing something about this. Parasites, the lot of them.


Jerusalem - Israeli immigration authorities said on Thursday that they had arrested 300 African illegal immigrants since the start of a nationwide crackdown on Sunday and that the operation was continuing.

"Three hundred were arrested and more than another 300 signed a pledge to return voluntarily," Population and Migration Authority spokesperson Sabine Hadad said.

She did not give a breakdown of nationalities, but said that the majority of both groups were South Sudanese.

"Those who signed were almost all from South Sudan," she said. "Those who were arrested were mainly from South Sudan, but not only; there were also people from Nigeria, from Ghana, from the Ivory Coast, from Moldova, the Philippines."

She said that the authority had now ended a week-long offer under which those agreeing to be repatriated receive a plane ticket and a grant of $1 250 per family.
The first planeload of South Sudanese to be sent back was to leave on a flight for the capital, Juba, on Sunday evening, Hadad said.

Israeli figures indicate there are some 60 000 Africans in the country illegally, most of whom are living in the poor neighbourhoods of south Tel Aviv, although up to a quarter are in the southern Red Sea town of Eilat.

South Sudan

Only a tiny fraction of them are from South Sudan, with rights groups putting their number at some 700, although Israeli officials say the number is at least 1 500.

Until last week, the South Sudanese were shielded by an Israeli policy giving them protection as a group from deportation.

But on 7 June, a Jerusalem court overturned that long-standing policy, ruling that they were no longer at risk in their homeland and clearing the way for their mass expulsion.

Rising tensions over the growing number of illegal immigrants exploded into violence last month when a protest in south Tel Aviv turned ugly, with demonstrators smashing African-run shops and property, chanting "Blacks out!"

Israel, which reportedly backed South Sudan through its 1983 to 2005 war with Khartoum, recognised the new nation and established full diplomatic relations with its government shortly after it declared independence in July last year.

The Jewish state does not have relations with Sudan, which it has accused of serving as a base for Islamic militants.


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14 June 2012

Hilarious! PJTV’s Trifecta crew reacts to Madonna exposing her nipple in Turkey

Pretty funny from Bill Whittle and PJTV....


Kids at Blue Man Group’s Ultra-Lib Trendy School Can’t Read a Lick

Do you have $32 000 lying around, wanting to throw it away on a good Liberal cause? Well, the Blue School in New York will take your money for the honor of not educating your child in return. See, they are 'Progressives' who believe that children shouldn't be tested or have access to creepy things like books to learn from; nor should they be saddled with a set curriculum or proper school times - kids should just be able to pitch up when they feel like it. And then parents get to pay through their ears for the privilege of having their child in the school of non-structure and non-results. And surprise, surprise, at the end of the day the kids can't read and are bored to tears. No, say it isn't so! I thought Liberals were all-knowing and all-seeing and would at least make a success of a stupid thing like a school. Yet, they have managed to stuff even that simple task up. Parents are finally realising what a con the 'school' is and are yanking their kids out. Can you believe that these Liberal parents didn't realise sooner that their kids were being treated as an experiment in stupidity? Guess they know now!



The Blue School is one big play date in desperate need of adult supervision.

Parents are yanking their kids out of the “progressive,” $32,000 per-year private school founded by the Blue Man Group — which has no books and no tests — because their kids are barely learning to read.

One mother, who is yanking her son at the end of the school year, complained that the school is “unstructured.”

“It’s true,” she said when asked if her kid was struggling to read.

In all, she added, four of her son’s first-grade classmates are leaving the Financial District institution.


Another parent who dropped her first-grade son off yesterday said he’s not coming back next year — because he’s got nothing to do.

“When a 6-year-old says they’re bored, there’s a problem,” the mother said. “I think they bit off more than they can chew.”

Other moms have taken to a popular message board to vent.

“It’s all fun and games until you realize your second-grader can’t read,” a parent wrote on Urbanbaby.com.

And parent Marina Brolin added, “I think they don’t push [reading] as much.”

Earlier this year, parents complained that their students weren’t ready to take tests, so third graders were given private school admission practice exams.

“You’ve got to give kids some experience with testing,” admitted Don Grace, the interim head of school.

Eight teachers are leaving the school at the end of the year — and the head of school will be replaced in July with public school veteran Allison Gaines Pell, who founded the Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters.

“We’re going to try to decrease the attrition,” Grace said, explaining one of the teachers is moving. “One of the things we’re going to do next year is going to look at teacher attrition.”

The Blue School, founded by members of the theater troupe and their wives as a play group in 2006, got its independent-school charter in 2009.

The school holds an annual fund drive for parents — 72 percent contributed during the most recent one, officials said.

School officials say students decide their own curriculum, and have no set arrival time. 

Grades run from kindergarten to third grade. A fourth grade is being added next year.

Some experts said parents who choose progressive schools shouldn’t expect to see the same results as they do from a conventional school.

“A majority of my Upper East Side clients, if they took a look down there, their heads would explode,” said education adviser Terri Decker of Smart City Kids. “Literally, their brains would be on the pavement.”

There will also be a new position created next year to pave the way for Blue School kids to get into other independent schools, like Horace Mann and Calhoun School.

“Parents are understandably anxious about being patient if their child is developing at a slightly later time,” said Steve Nelson, head of the Calhoun School, who advised parents to remain calm.


Soldier returns from Afghanistan and surprises his son while leading the Pledge of Allegiance at school

Something to pull at the heart strings....




I have a plan to destroy America

Whilst listening to a 'shock jock' this morning on the radio (the Australian government's term for any radio host that doesn't meekly bow down and pander their lies to their listeners), I heard an interview with Richard Lamm. Richard Lamm is a former Democratic Governor of Colorado and served for three terms from 1975-1987. Gov.Lamm gave a speech in 2004 which was extremely well received at the time. I had never heard of the speech before today and have re-posted it below for your reading pleasure. Gov.Lamm sure knew what he was talking about. Although the speech was about destroying America, it is relevant to every Western country on this planet. It's all very easy to follow and carry out. His first point is to make America a bilingual-bicultural country; then to promote multi-culturalism and encourage these cultures to retain their identity. Next step is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. Then, you encourage the fastest-growing demographic to be the least educated and allow a high school drop-out rate. Next you get big business and foundations to throw money at the new underclass and start the cult of victimology. Sounding all too familiar?? Next step is to phase in dual-citizenship and promote divided loyalties i.e celebrate diversity. And then you slam any form of debate about this and make it taboo, or 'politically incorrect' to talk about. No debate, no problem! Use words like 'racist' or 'xenophobia' to stifle any form of dissent or conversation. Then you stop implementing immigration laws. How's it sounding so far? This is the blue-print for all our Western nations and it's being followed to the T. We are a suicidal people never having learnt from the past. All great nations fail at some point and it seems as if our Western societies are only too eager to comply. What to do and how to stop it is the million dollar question...


I have a secret plan to destroy America. If you believe, as many do, that America is too smug, too white bread, too self-satisfied, too rich, let’s destroy America. It is not that hard to do. History shows that nations are more fragile than their citizens think. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and they all fall, and that “an autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.” Here is my plan:



1. We must first make America a bilingual-bicultural country. History shows, in my opinion, that no nation can survive the tension, conflict and antagonism of two competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. One scholar, Seymour Martin Lipset, put it this way: “The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with its Basques, Bretons and Corsicans.”
2. I would then invent “multiculturalism” and encourage immigrants to maintain their own culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal: that there are no cultural differences that are important. I would declare it an article of faith that the black and Hispanic dropout rate is only due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out-of-bounds.
3. We can make the United States a “Hispanic Quebec” without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently, “The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved, not by tolerance, but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically, and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.” I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with a salad bowl metaphor. It is important to insure that we have various cultural sub-groups living in America reinforcing their differences, rather than Americans emphasizing their similarities.
4. Having done all this, I would make our fastest-growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50 percent dropout rate from school.
5. I would then get the big foundations and big business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of victimology. I would get all minorities to think their lack of success was all the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.
6. I would establish dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties. I would “celebrate diversity.” “Diversity” is a wonderfully seductive word. It stresses differences rather than commonalities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other–that is, when they are not killing each other. A “diverse,” peaceful or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together, and we can take advantage of this myopia.
Look at the ancient Greeks. Dorf’s “World History” tells us: “The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshiped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games in honor of Zeus, and all Greeks venerated the shrine of Apollo at Delphi. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet, all of these bonds together were not strong enough to overcome two factors … (local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions …)” If we can put the emphasis on the “pluribus,” instead of the “unum,” we can balkanize America as surely as Kosovo.
7. Then I would place all these subjects off-limits–make it taboo to talk about. I would find a word similar to “heretic” in the 16th century that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like “racist”, “xenophobe” halt argument and conversation. Having made America a bilingual-bicultural country, having established multiculturalism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of “victimology,” I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra –”because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good.” I would make every individual immigrant sympatric and ignore the cumulative impact.
8. Lastly, I would censor Victor Davis Hanson’s book “Mexifornia” –this book is dangerous; it exposes my plan to destroy America. So please, please–if you feel that America deserves to be destroyed–please, please–don’t buy this book! This guy is on to my plan.
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” –Noam Chomsky, American linguist and U.S. media and foreign policy critic.

13 June 2012

US Attorney General Eric Holder gets slammed

Cornyn basically asked a few questions and then went into a monologue laying out all of Holder’s lies and deceptions with regard to Congress and the Senate. He then told Holder that he must join those in calling for him to resign and ended with “it is my sincere hope President Obama replaces you.”





Lindsey Graham does a fantastic job in exposing the hypocrisy and disingeniousness of Holder and the Left in not considering the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate these high level leaks coming out of the Obama administration. He takes Holder apart quite well:

12 June 2012

Swedish party wants sit-down urination for men

Not sure why they don't just ban any form of maleness in Sweden. Sweden is fast becoming a gender-less, cultural-ess, equality sanctuary where anything that is uniquely male or female is bad, bad, bad, but anything that is neutral is good, good, good. It must be the cold weather that is freezing their brains and making them loopy. And note their reasons for wanting men to sit down whilst urinating: more hygienic and medical benefits by reducing the risk of prostate problems, which leads to a healthier, longer sex life. I kid you not! Wow, amazing that it also doesn't cure cancer and stop earthquakes! And their goal? Why, they want all this sticking-their-noses-in-where-it's-not-needed to lead to sitting-only bathrooms. WTF? Do they want to ban standing eventually as well? What a bunch of Wally's. Thanks for the entertainment Sweden. Know that we mock you in our minds.



Left Party members of a Swedish county council said they want to encourage men using the council's toilets to sit during urination.


Left Party members of a Swedish county council said they want to encourage men using the council's toilets to sit during urination.

The Left Party in Sormland said it wants the Sormland County Council to pass a motion requiring toilets reserved for stand-up urination to be labeled, Swedish news agency TT reported Monday.

The party said sit-down urination is more hygienic and reduces the risk of bathroom users having to negotiate their way around puddles en route to the toilet.

The supporters of the motion said sitting during urination also has medical benefits, including reducing the risk of prostate problems and leading to a healthier and longer sex life.

Viggo Hansen, a substitute member of the council and author of the motion, said he wants it to eventually lead to sitting-only bathrooms.

USA: White Student Returns $1,000 Scholarship Intended For Black Students

Only Whites can be racist, right? Well, next time you hear that remember this article where a 17-year old White student 'returned' a scholarship because it was only intended for Black students. Next time you hear about White privilege then show them this article about how Whites are openly discriminated against by Blacks. Whites need to start looking after their own with 'White-only' scholarships seeing as it's acceptable amongst the 'minorities'. 


A 17-year-old student at King High School in Riverside has returned a $1,000 scholarship intended for black students because he is white.
Jeffrey Warren and his father Rod returned the scholarship from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club the night the teen was announced as the winner of the African-American student scholarship, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
Jeffrey, who has a 4.25 cumulative grade-point average, applied for 27 scholarships and won three others in addition to the award from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club, which only specified that African Americans were “encouraged to apply,” the newspaper reported. School counselors were informed that the scholarship was for black students.
The club intends to change the language on next year’s application to clarify who is eligible, according to the Press-Enterprise.
The returned scholarship was later awarded to an African-American girl at King High School.
Jeffrey plans to take his scholarships – two for $2,000 and another for $500 – to San Diego State University in the fall, where he will double major in English and business, the paper reported.

Obama Releases New Ad Campaign Targeting Black Voters: “We’ve Got Your Back!”

Have a listen to Obama's latest radio advertisement and see how racist this man is. How about ALL American's backs, or don't the White ones count Mr Obama? Let's dare imagine what would happen if a White President made a similar advert targeting only the Whites. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and The Congressional Black Caucus would wet their pants! What is wrong with the American media and commentators - and politicians - that they can't take this man to task with this blatant in-your-face  racism? This is purely the result of Affirmative Action, where a mediocre Black person with a iffy public record can become the President of the USA - without accomplishing much or without being thoroughly vetted. 

The Liberal Super Nova

A really good article and well worth the read, discussing the unreal world Liberals inhabit and how they believe in spending to grow  economies - be it in Europe or America (could apply to Australia too unfortunately). The author also points out Liberal hypocrisy - something that I'm passionate about blogging about. However, one thing I don't agree with is that the author thinks that liberalism is dying out. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even in Europe, where various countries are on the brink of bankruptcy, they still insist on spending money that they don't have. It's just too difficult for them to see that you can't go on spending borrowed money, because somewhere down the track the bill needs to be paid. Taking out another credit card to pay the first one isn't the answer. Pretty soon you have 20 unpaid credit cards. Liberalism is alive and well and will be with us forever. With every generation the wackiness of the Liberals moves more and more to the Left, dragging the Conservatives with them. Where once it was regarded a major embarrassment to have a child out of wedlock, today it's quite acceptable, and in fact encouraged by our governments with welfare payouts in the form of 'child grants' or 'baby bonuses'. The 'unintended' consequence is that these children don't grow up in a balanced home, knowing who their father is. Instead they usually grow up in poverty to a single, stressed-out mother, who is absent in disciplining her offspring by multiple fathers. As a result, the crime rate goes up as the school attendance rates fall and social structures collapse in the community. The Liberal answer? More money is thrown at the problem in the form of education incentives (which have proven not to work, no matter how much money is poured in) and more welfare for the moms to continue her behavior. Before long her uneducated offspring are also on welfare or in prison. Not many escape this unending cycle. But, they will be Democrat voters their entire lives. Liberalism is a disease which we need to end. How to do it......that's the million dollar question!
Two parties, left and right, are central to good consensual government — one the perennial check on the other, both within the general boundaries of constitutional free-market capitalism.

Yet the hard-Left takeover of the Democratic Party has meant that there is no longer a credible balance in our system, as almost all the tenets of contemporary left-wing ideology are blowing up, imploding super nova style — unsustainable ideas that are contrary to human nature and demand coercion for their implementation, given that they are increasingly anti-democratic and have to be implemented from high by an elite technocracy whether in Brussels, Sacramento, or Washington.
Far too much is always seen as not enough: Greeks are angry that there was too much “austerity” and not enough of the old borrow and spend; Obama is blamed for only borrowing $5 trillion for too “little” stimulus; Democrats threaten to withhold from the community-organizer Obama because he was not hard enough on “fat cats” and the capitalist state; in California, a 10.3% income tax is too low, not too high. When the remedy is seen worse than the disease, then the patient is indeed terminal.
Let me do a brief survey of the fissuring liberal world in which we live:
Economics
All of Europe to some degree is democratic socialist, but some states–the PIGS, for example — are more so than others. So the current meltdown is a morality tale of those nations and regions that sought to stay fiscally responsible — say, Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands — and those that did not: France to some degree, and, of course, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Cite geography, Catholicism versus Protestantism, weather, geography, history — any cultural barometer you like — but the truth is that one workable paradigm reflects human nature, of spending only what you make, and the other does not.
The latter insolvent states now call for “growth” instead of “austerity,” but what intellectually dishonest euphemisms! The choice is really between “borrowing to spend” and “fiscal discipline.” Frame it like that, and would Obama be demanding that Greece and Spain “borrow” more and not be fiscally disciplined? (OK, yes, he still would.)
The liberal model — borrowing huge sums, rigging interest and the currency to enable state profligacy, turning large swaths of the population into less productive unionized government workers or dependents on the dole who vote in thanks to political hacks — simply does not work. How could beautiful blue-state California lose almost a millions refugees to arid Texas? I like Texas, but Dallas had far less of nature to work with than did San Francisco. (It takes a lot of human failure for thousands to give up verdant California to move to Utah or the Nevada desert.) What we are witnessing is nothing short of surreal: in the manner that Tijuana was a different universe from San Diego, so too the entire state of California is becoming a different world from its neighbors. Whether one examines its near dead-last schools, its oppressive income and sales taxes, its decaying roads and infrastructure, its absurd prison system, its dysfunctional state offices (try the DMV), or its priestly public employee caste, California is becoming Detroit.
Do any believe pre-Walker Wisconsin was more viable than it is now? Did union memberships of public workers soar after Wisconsin state employees were given the chance to join or not join the union, or did they dip precipitously among the very class who protested the reforms? (So is it to scream publicly against Walker and then quietly go home to quit the union and get your dues back?)
From Greece to Italy to California to Wisconsin to Obama’s Washington, the verdict is in: the democratic statist model of trying to provide cradle-to-grave benefits, administered by an elite technocratic class, using demonization to bully the opposition and redistribute income, not only does not work, but cannot ever work. Note that President Obama — $5 trillion in new debt, “stimulus,” millions added to food stamps, unemployment benefits vastly expanded, near-zero interest rates, enormous subsidies for wind and solar — never concedes his blue-state neo-socialism is not working (even though it is almost impossible to stymie the U.S. economy).
Instead, the tsunami did it. No, it was the Republican Congress that after 2011 stopped all the good things he did between 2009-2010. No, it was automation like ATM machines. No, of course, George W. Bush damaged Obama’s economy in the manner that Reagan could not do anything because of Carter’s legacy. No, it was the EU and its failure to spend and “grow” more. No, the private sector is “fine”; the problem is cutting back like Walker is doing in Wisconsin.
Green
Everyone understood that industrializing economies were hard on the environment and at some point ecology and conservation would have to restrain the idea of unchecked development. Without a green force, we get 1970s Lake Erie. But the present liberal green orthodoxy has become an absurd paradox.
Why? Because it cannot resolve two mutually contradictory impulses: the romance of a pristine pre-industrial paradise and the reality of all the appurtenances that go with the present affluence. Even environment-correctness is not exempt. Want a solar farm in the desert? Not if you disrupt a turtle migration path. Aren’t windmill farms the answer? Not if you shred red-tailed hawks on occasion. Don’t you want to put nuclear waste in a safe place rather than above ground? Not if you wish to endanger salt formations hundreds of feet below. Radical environmentalism is nihilistic: it cannot progress or regress, a victim of its own contradictionsof wanting nice things to spontaneously generate ex nihilo.
No one believes that Al Gore lives his life according to nature, or that Bay Area communities do not flush their treated wasted into San Francisco Bay, or that professors and actors pass up granite counters, hardwood floors, and cell phones. Take three or four emblematic careers of well-known liberals — a George Clooney, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, or John Kerry. In the environmental sense, does any doubt that they are both green and indulgent? In the economic sense, both populist and, in terms of their own lexicon, overpaid? In the social sense, both egalitarians and one-percenters?
Look at greens in Germany: all the nation’s nuclear plants are to be shut down. Its sizable coal reserves are too hard on the environment. There is little domestic natural gas or oil. Solar is a joke under cloudy skies. Huge windmills look like frozen dinosaurs on the landscape stuck in tar. Where then comes the power to make matchless BMWs, where the electricity to run sleek “mass transit”? I suggest that soon, if the mentality does not change, Germany will buy electricity from France, or import natural gas to power its dynamos, or quietly rely more on coal. Again the essential truth: free-market Western democratic capitalism is sustainable, both environmentally and economically, and alone gives us the affluence and freedom to allow a sizable minority to divorce itself from the gritty daily tasks of production to critique and revile the very system that nourishes them.
As long as we realize that parlor paradox, we are fine. But once we allow the poseurs to run things, we are back to Icarus of myth. In other words, it is only annoying that a Senator Obama on the back bench from time to time is grandstanding and demagoguing Guantanamo, calling for “millions of green jobs” in subsidized solar and wind industries, or insisting on “cap and trade”; but no one in his right mind would ever vote such a megaphone into power, no more than young Phaethon would be given Helios’s chariot or Narcissus would be pried from his reflecting pool.
The current multicultural paradigm in the West simply does not work, again due to its innate contradictions of wanting what is supposedly wrong. Ostensibly because of past imperialism, colonialism, racism, and privilege, dominant so-called white (if any can define it) culture in the West must not only apologize for Western influence, but assume it exists only through ongoing exploitation of the “other.” And, second, due to endemic bias, so-called minorities must be given exemption from social norms — different requirements for hiring and admission, politically correct no-go zones in discussions of crime and pathologies, and a general culture of self-censorship about why, say, a Detroit looks like Hiroshima did near 70 years ago, or why millions flock to a Cologne, Los Angeles, or London, but no one is dying to reach Cairo, Algiers, Oaxaca, Lagos, or San Salvador. Race is not the reason, but culture most certainly is.
Consider just two news items that reflect the modern liberal implosion: the Trayvon Martin case and the Elizabeth Warren fraud. Both tell us a lot about liberal notions of race. In the former, the media did all that it could to construct a racial fantasy: on the one hand, Martin was to be a preteen model student, eating Skittles, when gratuitously assassinated; Zimmerman, on the other hand, was a white gun-toting German vigilante out to racially profile blacks and shoot them “like a dog.” The goal was to prove again that America is a dangerous place for young black men, given the ubiquity of roving white shooters, and, in a larger sense, to remind us of the ongoing need for the entire liberal idea of guilt and reparations.
Absent, as it had to be absent, was the truth: Martin was a suspended, not a model, student. He bragged in social network pages of both drug use and violence, and was kicked out of school for possessing “a burglar” tool from school. He likely beat Zimmerman to a pulp and did not cry for help, but rather was on top of one who far more likely did. Zimmerman suffered head wounds and a broken nose. He was Hispanic (had he spiced up his name to Jorge Zimmerman, he would probably not be in jail). He was not a racist vigilante, but a nervous neighborhood watch monitor who assumed that black youths had recently burglarized his middle-class community. He found himself in a fistfight with a 17-year-old, fit youth who was pounding his head to the pavement. And then he shot the attacker who was not armed.
Whether that act was reckless endangerment, self-defense, involuntary manslaughter, or second-degree murder, a jury — not the commentary of Al Sharpton or Barack Obama — will decide. What we do know, however, is that almost nothing that the media and the Congressional Black Caucus told us about the case proved true. The notion of a white male berserker on the hunt for preteen candy-eating blacks lost in the rain was critical to the racial narrative. And in a larger sense, there could be no collective worry about frightening statistics of black-on-black crime, vastly disproportionate black-on-white crime incidence, and soaring illegitimacy, incarceration, and single parenthood. The pathologies of the underclass minority community, then, are critical arguments for compensation and reparation for an elite careerist class such as the Congressional Black Caucus — all of which brings us to the Warren embarrassment.
You see, in our sick world the two incidents are somewhat connected. Because of the pathologies of the inner cities and disparate rates of success for some minorities, a pink Elizabeth Warren can con victimhood. There are impediments, of course, to inventing a victimized identity: intermarriage and immigration have made irrelevant the neat distinctions of black/brown/white. The soaring success of Punjabis, Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asians has rendered the old liberal dogma — non-white=a bleak future of racist oppression without massive government intervention — obsolete. There is a rising awareness that Great Society remediationworsened, not ameliorated, the struggle of the underclass. Millions of so-called white youth who grew up under affirmative action are unlikely white oppressors, who daily stifle the aspirations of minorities, or who perpetuate 19th-century oppressions, or who have helped created a Western system that no one seeks to join or wish to benefits from.
Yet Warren — pink and blond — managed to con Harvard University and the law profession in general. What was brilliant about her scam was its utter cynicism about modern liberalism.
“Race” for Warren is a Foucauldian construct. It did not even matter that she lied about the meaningless 1/32 drop from a mythical great, great, great grandparent. It did not matter that she did not even attempt the Ward Churchill-like effort of dressing up in buckskin and playing Indian. Instead, she knew the university and so she knew it was essentially a racial fantasyland where upper middle class elites can fabricate oppressed backgrounds, often through mere assertion, hyphenation, and accentuation, to take a guilt-ridden class to the cleaners, in the unspoken bargain that in return the latter can continue to enjoy their rather insular lives apart from the world of Trayvon Martin.
The result was that Warren was a minority with all its accruing perks because she said she was and to question that would be racist, reactionary, you name it. When pressed, family lore and high cheekbones were cited. But no matter, in postmodern thinking there are no facts, just competing discourses. And hers was just as valid as the old white male doctrinaire reductionist creed of asking for proof of ethnic heritage.
Warren, you see, was the twin of Trayvon Martin. Because we as a society, despite a trillion dollars spent, have a poor track record of keeping Trayvon Martin, and fifty-percent of the urban minority class, in school, away from drugs, and prepped for an equal shot at the good life, we compensate by allowing an overdog like Elizabeth Warren to be a safe surrogate Trayvon Martin — especially because she is white, blond, fuzzy, non-threatening. And so, presto, the Harvard faculty has a pet “Native American” to feel good about. The dimensions of that fact of race and affirmative action were well known to Barack Obama throughout his career, and are not hard to fathom in his own memoir.
We could go on forever with illegal immigration, the therapeutic university, or the media, but the message is universally the same: we are coming to the theoretical limits of liberal orthodoxy. Detroit is liberalism’s Nagasaki; California its Greece — and the hated Scott Walker its Angela Merkel.
All the old shiny chrome is rusted and crumpled: Harvard? Knee-deep in the Elizabeth Warren scam. The Nobel Peace Prize? Neither Al Gore nor Barack Obama had a record of bringing peace to anyone. The postmodern EU and its vaunted euro? The mystery is how even technocrats could design such a suicidal currency. The paper of record? The New York Times has become a sort of shopper’s insert, its op-eds and news accounts synopses of yuppie and baby-boomer angst.
Like a super nova, contemporary liberalism is imploding through its own irreconcilable forces.






70 Terrifying Facts About The US Economy

Here are some fun facts about the US economy. A tad depressing if you ask me, but then, I don't live in the USA - I only look on from afar and watch as this country, which I grew up being in awe of, has slowly eroded into a financial and political mess. When I was younger I was always amazed at the patriotism shown and the can-do attitude of Americans. As a child I watched, with my mouth open and goose bumps as the Colombia Space Shuttle was launched. I watched as everyone who was anyone wanted to go live in America - land of the free and opportunity. And sadly today the country is a shell of itself. And why is this? I would guess the ever-growing government is at fault. As the government gets bigger and bigger, more and more interest groups want power in exchange for votes. More and more promises are made that can never be delivered. Consequences are never felt, just voted away. Schools are used not as education incubators, but as brain washing tools to grow even more dependency and bigger government. Where American history and achievement is sacrificed on the alter of political correctness. Where coming last is now also celebrated with trophies and awards; mediocrity is now encouraged; American exceptionalism is frowned on; and where patriotism is bad and shameful. Where Liberals, who make up not even 20% of the population, are in seats of power at every level of local, state or federal government departments, making decisions which the country has to live with forever. These same Liberals who equate feeling good with doing good, even though all their feeling good policies have enormous unintended consequences (or maybe intended) down the line and where someone will end up paying for them. And so today, America sits with a broken economy, a citizenry in denial of their financial reality, and no one willing to make the hard decisions in case someone's feelings gets hurt and votes are potentially lost. Shallow is as shallow does. America needs some tough love but alas only when it's reached rock-bottom will that tough love come into play. The media are in denial, willing to overlook what is in their faces just to keep up appearances and protect those who don't deserve it. It's never bad in their books - just look the other way and hey presto, there are no more worries. And they do the American people a disservice of not doing their jobs and reporting what is really going on in their country. Yes, God bless America, because they sure are going to need it. 


Space Shuttle Columbia
Columbia Space Shuttle

Why is the economy going to collapse?  Have you ever been asked that question?  If so, what did you say? 

Sometimes it is difficult to communicate dozens of complicated economic and financial concepts in a package that the average person on the street can easily digest. 
It can be very frustrating to know that something is true but not be able to explain it clearly to someone else. 
Hopefully many of you out there will find the list below useful.  It is a list of 70 numbers that show why we are headed for a national economic nightmare.  So why does the title of the article single out Barack Obama?  Well, it is because right now he is the biggest cheerleader for the economy. 
He is attempting to convince all of us that everything is just fine and that the economy is heading in a positive direction.  Well, the truth is that everything is not fine and things are about to get a whole lot worse.  Certainly others should share in the blame as well. 
Congress has been steering the economy in the wrong direction for decades, the "too big to fail" banks have turned Wall Street into a pyramid of risk, leverage and debt, and the Federal Reserve has more power over the financial system than anyone else does. 
Our economy has been in decline for quite a while now, and soon we are going to smash directly into an economic brick wall.  Unfortunately, a lot of Americans are in denial about this. 
A lot of people out there doubt that an economic collapse is coming.  Well, if you know someone that believes that the U.S. economy is going to be "just fine", just show them the list below.
The following are 70 facts that Barack Obama does not want you to see....
$3.59 - When Barack Obama entered the White House, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $1.85.  Today, it is $3.59.
22 - It is hard to believe, but today the poverty rate for children living in the United States is a whopping 22 percent.
23 - According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities permanently shut down in the United States every single day during 2010.
30 - Back in 2007, about 10 percent of all unemployed Americans had been out of work for 52 weeks or longer.  Today, that number is above 30 percent.
32 - The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.
35 - U.S. housing prices are now down a total of 35 percent from the peak of the housing bubble.
40 - The official U.S. unemployment rate has been above 8 percent for 40 months in a row.
42 - According to one survey, 42 percent of all American workers are currently living paycheck to paycheck.
48 - Shockingly, at this point 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be "low income" or are living in poverty.
49 - Today, an astounding 49.1 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives benefits from the government.
53 - Last year, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.
60 - According to a recent Gallup poll, only 60 percent of all Americans say that they have enough money to live comfortably.
61 - At this point the Federal Reserve is essentially monetizing much of the U.S. national debt.  For example, the Federal Reserve bought up approximately 61 percent of all government debt issued by the U.S. Treasury Department during 2011.
63 - One recent survey found that 63 percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. economic model is broken.
71 - Today, 71 percent of all small business owners believe that the U.S. economy is still in a recession.
80 - Americans buy 80 percent of the pain pills sold on the entire globe each year.
81 - Credit card debt among Americans in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket has risen by 81 percent since 1989.
85 - 85 percent of all artificial Christmas trees are made in China.
86 - According to one survey, 86 percent of Americans workers in their sixties say that they will continue working past their 65th birthday.
90 - In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.
93 - The United States now ranks 93rd in the world in income inequality.
95 - The middle class continues to shrink - 95 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were middle class jobs.
107 - Each year, the average American must work 107 days just to make enough money to pay local, state and federal taxes.
350 - The average CEO now makes approximately 350 times as much as the average American worker makes.
400 - According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.
$500 - In some areas of Detroit, Michigan you can buy a three bedroom home for just $500.
627 - In 2010, China produced 627 million metric tons of steel.  The United States only produced 80 million metric tons of steel.
877 - 20,000 workers recently applied for just 877 jobs at a Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Alabama.
900 - Auto parts exports from China to the United States have increased by more than 900 percent since the year 2000.
$1580 - When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850.  Today an ounce of gold costs more than $1580 an ounce.
1700 - Consumer debt in America has risen by a whopping 1700% since 1971.
2016 - It is being projected that the Chinese economy will be larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2016.
$4155 - The average American household spent a staggering $4,155 on gasoline during 2011.
$4300 - The amount by which real median household income has declined since Barack Obama entered the White House.
$6000 - If you can believe it, the median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.
$10,000 - According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 46 percent of all American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement, and 29 percent of all American workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement.
49,000 - In 2011, our trade deficit with China was more than 49,000 times larger than it was back in 1985.
50,000 - The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.
56,000 - The United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.
$85,000 - According to the New York Times, a Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs $27,490 in the United States costs about $85,000 in China thanks to all the tariffs.
$175,587 - The Obama administration spent $175,587 to find out if cocaine causes Japanese quail to engage in sexually risky behavior.
$328,404 - Over the next 75 years, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars.  That comes to $328,404 for each and every household in the United States.
$361,330 - This is what the average banker in New York City made in 2010.
440,00 - If the federal government began right at this moment to repay the U.S. national debt at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take over 440,000 years to totally pay it off.
500,000 - According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.
2,000,000 - Family farms are being systematically wiped out of existence in the United States.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms in the United States has fallen from about 6.8 million in 1935 to only about 2 million today.
$2,000,000 - At this point, the U.S. national debt is rising by more than 2 million dollars every single minute.
2,600,000 - In 2010, 2.6 million more Americans fell into poverty.  That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.
5,400,000 - When Barack Obama first took office there were 2.7 million long-term unemployed Americans.  Today there are twice as many.
16,000,000 - It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.
$20,000,000 - The amount of money the U.S. government was spending to create a version of Sesame Street for children in Pakistan.
25,000,000 - Today, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.
40,000,000 - According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.
46,405,204 - The number of Americans currently on food stamps.  When Barack Obama first entered the White House there were only 32 million Americans on food stamps.
88,000,000 - Today there are more than 88 million working age Americans that are not employed and that are not looking for employment.  That is an all-time record high.
100,000,000 - Overall, there are more than 100 million working age Americans that do not currently have jobs.
$150,000,000 - This is approximately the amount of money that the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress are stealing from future generations of Americans every single hour.
$2,000,000,000 - The amount of money that JP Morgan has admitted that it will lose from derivatives trades gone bad.  Many analysts are convinced that the real number will actually end up being much higher.
$147,000,000,000 - In the U.S., medical costs related to obesity are estimated to be approximately 147 billion dollars a year.
295,500,000,000 - Our trade deficit with China in 2011 was $295.5 billion.  That was the largest trade deficit that one country has had with another country in the history of the planet.
$359,100,000,000 - During the first quarter of 2012, U.S. public debt rose by 359.1 billion dollars.  U.S. GDP only rose by 142.4 billion dollars.
$454,000,000,000 - During fiscal 2011, the U.S. government spent over 454 billion dollars just on interest on the national debt.
$1,000,000,000,000 - The total amount of student loan debt in the United States recently surpassed the one trillion dollar mark.
$1,170,000,000,000 - China now holds approximately 1.17 trillion dollars of U.S. government debt.  Yet the U.S. government continues to send them millions of dollars in foreign aid every year.
$1,600,000,000,000 - The amount that has been added to the U.S. national debt since the Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives.  This is more than the first 97 Congresses added to the national debt combined.
$5,000,000,000,000 - The U.S. national debt has risen by more than 5 trillion dollars since the day that Barack Obama first took office.  In a little more than 3 years Obama has added more to the national debt than the first 41 presidents combined.
$5,000,000,000,000 - What the real U.S. budget deficit in 2011 would have been if the federal government had used generally accepted accounting principles.
$11,440,000,000,000 - The total amount of consumer debt in the United States.
$15,734,596,578,458.59 - The U.S. national debt as of June 7, 2012.
$200,000,000,000,000 - Today, the 9 largest banks in the United States have a total of more than 200 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives.  When the derivatives market completely collapses there won't be enough money in the entire world to fix it.


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