Hal Turner’s Amero sample

December 31, 2008

Hal Turner is a former New York talk radio show host. In this video, the outspoken, controversial Turner warns of the imminent collapse of the US dollar as currency, to be replaced by the Amero. To further substantiate his claims, Turner shows an amero coin, and  calls this “the biggest looting by the moneychangers in the history of the world”.

If this currency collapse comes about,  Canada and Mexico will also be affected, as the Amero would be the common currency of our NAU, similar to what transpired in Europe with the formation of the EU and the Euro.

While I do not agree with Hal Turner’s ideology and his bigotry, his  video and  blog posts about this topic deserve merit.

Watch video here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1954933468700958565&hl=es

Hal Turner’s blog: Hal Turner Show

Read Hal Turner’s blog post titled Confirmed: US government will collapse before summer* 2009; will repudiate national debt; issue new currency and devalue “old dollar” by 90%here.


Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, The Ultimate Election

October 7, 2008

Here we are, with ringside seats — far too close for comfort — at the Great Global Crash of ’08. Nobody’s quite calling it that yet, but what else could it be? All over the world yesterday stocks plummeted; the Russian and Brazilian stock indexes went down so precipitously — 19% and 13% — that exchanges in both countries were closed for parts of the day; the Indonesian index tumbled an unprecedented 10%; the Paris bourse, 9%; the London FTSE 100, a historic 8%; and the main German index 7%; while, at the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones dipped under 10,000 on its wild ride toward the depths.

In moments like this, if you’re an American, you look for ironies. And here’s one appropriate to Chalmers Johnson’s dispatch below. In the last year, the Bush administration’s top officials have sunk much of their increasingly lame-duck energy into pacifying Iraq, and so getting it out of the news and the spotlight at least long enough for election ’08 to happen (and undoubtedly long enough as well for them to get out of town in January). And then what happens? The administration is ambushed, not by Sunni militants or Shiite radicals but by its own people: investment bankers, lenders, hedge-fund managers, financial management types — the very people for whom they organized the world and who had long been playing fast and loose (and profitably) with our economic system. The ambush, of course, took the form of a financial meltdown of massive proportions for which, as in Iraq in 2003, the administration had clearly done no significant preplanning or war-gaming. And, as with the insurgency then, so now they operated by the increasingly worn seats of their pants. Their attempted $700 billion “surge,” as stock exchanges around the world indicated yesterday, wasn’t likely to pacify a global financial system near cardiac arrest.

And I’m getting to that irony, if you’ll just hang on. But first recall the administration’s dreams only five years ago. Then, they were convinced that they would create a Pax Americana globally and a Pax Republicana domestically that would last generations. Now, “Bush’s brain” Karl Rove is talking about an Obama November victory, while what Iraq started, the economic meltdown looks to be ending.

Here’s a sure thing: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney won’t make it out of town in time, their wars will remain disasters, their imperial dreams so much smoke, and domestically, they may have created the conditions for a turning-point election that could bring to Washington not only a resurgent Democratic Party, but the first black president of the United States. Quite a record for one “commander-in-chief” presidency. Chalmers Johnson, whose latest book, Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, warned of the possibility of a profligate, militarized U.S. going bankrupt, considers whether, in the ruins of Bush’s financial Katrina, an Obama victory and a reconfiguring election are possible, or whether deep-seated racism and embedded regional party loyalties will prove too much even for this catastrophic moment. Tom

Voting the Fate of the Nation

Will Economic Meltdown, Race, or Regional Loyalty Be the Trump Card in Election 2008?

By Chalmers Johnson

In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama called the forthcoming presidential election a “defining moment” in this country’s history. It is conceivable that he is right. There are precedents in American history for an election inaugurating a period of reform and political realignment.

Such a development, however, is extremely rare and surrounded by contingencies normally beyond the control of the advocates of reform. So let me speculate about whether the 2008 election might set in motion a political reconfiguration — and even a political renaissance — in the United States, restoring a modicum of democracy to the country’s political system, while ending our march toward imperialism, perpetual warfare, and bankruptcy that began with the Cold War.

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Global Research: The Real State of the US Economy

August 5, 2008

This is a brutally honest, sobering piece on the US economy, which your government or the mainstream media definitely won’t tell you:

When Henry Paulson agreed to leave his job as chairman of the powerful Wall Street investment bank, Goldman Sachs to go to Washington as Treasury Secretary in 2006 he demanded extraordinary powers as de facto economic czar. He got it. Paulson is also head of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets — the secretary of the treasury and the chairmen of the Federal Reserve Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The Working Group is the financial world’s equivalent of the Pentagon war room. Paulson, not Fed chairman Bernanke, is the person running the Administration’s crisis management. And his recent actions indicate he has lost control as the snowballing problems from the semi-government mortgage companies Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the collapse of the multi-trillion dollar market in Asset Backed Securities (ABS) to the real economy are compounding into the worst crisis since the 1930’s Great Depression.

‘The US banking system is sound…’
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Read rest of this article by William F. Engdahl on Global Research here.


Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Teaching Imperialism 101

May 2, 2008

The RAND Corporation was the ur-think tank, the Cold War granddaddy of them all, and it’s still with us. In the 1950s, nuclear war-gaming a conflagration for which the usual war games would have been ludicrous, it took the U.S. military into virtuality and science fiction long before there was an Internet to play with. (And it had a hand in creating the Internet, too!) In the 1960s, it helped several administrations plan and fight the Vietnam War, making antiseptic theory into an all-too-grim reality. And that’s just the beginning of the work RAND did on a range of hot-button imperial issues.

For a brief period in the 1960s, Chalmers Johnson was a RAND consultant. Now, the author of the prophetic pre-9/11 book Blowback and, most recently, of Nemesis, The Last Days of the Republic, which every news day seems to make more relevant, turns to the think tank that did it all. Tom

A Litany of Horrors

America’s University of Imperialism
By Chalmers Johnson

This essay is a review of Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire by Alex Abella (Harcourt, 400 pp., $27)

The RAND Corporation of Santa Monica, California, was set up immediately after World War II by the U.S. Army Air Corps (soon to become the U.S. Air Force). The Air Force generals who had the idea were trying to perpetuate the wartime relationship that had developed between the scientific and intellectual communities and the American military, as exemplified by the Manhattan Project to develop and build the atomic bomb.

Soon enough, however, RAND became a key institutional building block of the Cold War American empire. As the premier think tank for the U.S.’s role as hegemon of the Western world, RAND was instrumental in giving that empire the militaristic cast it retains to this day and in hugely enlarging official demands for atomic bombs, nuclear submarines, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and long-range bombers. Without RAND, our military-industrial complex, as well as our democracy, would look quite different.

Alex Abella, the author of Soldiers of Reason, is a Cuban-American living in Los Angeles who has written several well-received action and adventure novels set in Cuba and a less successful nonfiction account of attempted Nazi sabotage within the United States during World War II. The publisher of his latest book claims that it is “the first history of the shadowy think tank that reshaped the modern world.” Such a history is long overdue. Unfortunately, this book does not exhaust the demand. We still need a less hagiographic, more critical, more penetrating analysis of RAND’s peculiar contributions to the modern world.

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Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, How to Sink America

January 26, 2008

Within the next month, the Pentagon will submit its 2009 budget to Congress and it’s a fair bet that it will be even larger than the staggering 2008 one. Like the Army and the Marines, the Pentagon itself is overstretched and under strain — and like the two services, which are expected to add 92,000 new troops over the next five years (at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion per 10,000), the Pentagon’s response is never to cut back, but always to expand, always to demand more.

After all, there are those disastrous Afghan and Iraqi wars still eating taxpayer dollars as if there were no tomorrow. Then there’s what enthusiasts like to call “the next war” to think about, which means all those big-ticket weapons, all those jets, ships, and armored vehicles for the future. And don’t forget the still-popular, Rumsfeld-style “netcentric warfare” systems (robots, drones, communications satellites, and the like), not to speak of the killer space toys being developed; and then there’s all that ruined equipment out of Iraq and Afghanistan to be massively replaced — and all those ruined human beings to take care of.

You’ll get the gist of this from a recent editorial in the trade magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology:

“The fact Washington must face is that nearly five years of war have left U.S. forces worse off than they have been in a generation, yes, since Vietnam, and restoring them will take budget-building unlike any in the past.”

Even on the rare occasion when — as in the case of Boeing’s C-17 cargo plane — the Pentagon decides to cancel a project, there’s Congress to remember. Contracts and subcontracts for weapons systems, carefully doled out to as many states as possible, mean jobs, and so Congress often balks at such cuts. (Fifty-five House members recently warned the Pentagon of a “strong negative response” if funding for the C-17 is excised from the 2009 budget.) All in all, it adds up to a defense menu for a glutton.

Already, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has said that 2009 funding is “largely locked into place.” The giant military-industrial combines — Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon — have been watching their stocks rise in otherwise treacherous times. They are hopeful. As Ronald Sugar, Northrop CEO, put it: “A great global power like the United States needs a great navy and a great navy needs an adequate number of ships, and they have to be modern and capable” — and guess which company is the Navy’s largest shipbuilder?

There should be nothing surprising in all this, especially for those of us who have read Chalmers Johnson’s Nemesis, The Last Days of the American Republic, the final volume of his Blowback Trilogy. Published in 2007, it is already a classic on what imperial overstretch means for the rest of us. The paperback of Nemesis is officially out today, just as global stock markets tumble. It is simply a must-read (and if you’ve already read it, then get a copy for a friend). In the meantime, hunker in for Johnson’s latest magisterial account of how the mightiest guns the Pentagon can muster threaten to sink our own country. (For those interested, click here to view a clip from a new film, “Chalmers Johnson on American Hegemony,” in Cinema Libre Studios’ Speaking Freely ser! ies in which he discusses military Keynesianism and imperial bankruptcy.) Tom

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Tomgram: Steve Fraser, Concocting the Perfect Electoral Storm

December 24, 2007

Back in February of this year, writing about the history of turning-point elections, Steve Fraser asked a question, but didn’t answer it: Would campaign 2008, he wondered, turn out to be a rare presidential election of historic proportions? After all, the Democrats had recaptured the House and Senate only months before — and mightn’t that have been “a signal” on the horizon of such an upcoming electoral turning point? Just ten months later, in a new economic moment, he’s ready to answer his question, definitively.

Even in an American culture notorious for its loss of memory, there are certain happenings no one forgets, and the Great Depression of the 1930s is one of those. Yet, in the media, just about no one dares to utter the “D” word because of its terrifying and toxic associations. And yet, Fraser argues, the onrushing economic crisis, now apparent to all, could indeed be hightailing in exactly that direction, while the Bush administration and leading Republican presidential candidates say virtually nothing about the economic storm clouds gathering. At the same time — as the recent headlines about the new National Intelligence Estimate on the Iranian nuclear program indicate — the politics of fear on which this administration has maintained so much of its power, and on which Republican presidential candidates seem to depend so completely, is eroding all around us.

Every week, almost every day, another clue suggests that we may be entering a new political environment. Only last week, for instance, the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center released a new poll, indicating that Republican gains of recent years among Hispanic voters have been more than wiped out. In July 2006, only 49% of such voters favored Democrats, while 28% favored Republicans, a gap of 21%. Less than a year and a half later, that gap is 34% and undoubtedly rising — no small matter in potential swing states like Colorado, New Mexico, and even Florida. So consider, with Fraser, who has written a striking history of Wall Street, Every Man a Speculator, just what kinds of political and economic storms may lie ahead in 2008. Tom

The Perfect Storm of Campaign 2008

War, Depression, and Turning-Point Elections

By Steve Fraser

Will the presidential election of 2008 mark a turning point in American political history? Will it terminate with extreme prejudice the conservative ascendancy that has dominated the country for the last generation? No matter the haplessness of the Democratic opposition, the answer is yes.

With Richard Nixon’s victory in the 1968 presidential election, a new political order first triumphed over New Deal liberalism. It was an historic victory that one-time Republican strategist and now political critic Kevin Phillips memorably anointed the “emerging Republican majority.” Now, that Republican “majority” finds itself in a systemic crisis from which there is no escape.

Only at moments of profound shock to the old order of things — the Great Depression of the 1930s or the coming together of imperial war, racial confrontation, and de-industrialization in the late 1960s and 1970s — does this kind of upheaval become possible in a political universe renowned for its stability, banality, and extraordinary capacity to duck things that matter. The trauma must be real and it must be perceived by people as traumatic. Both conditions now apply.

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Forty Canadian (many Native) soldiers. Six nuclear bombs. One secret.

October 27, 2007

RESS RELEASE

Immediate Realease

Press Release

Forty Canadian soldiers. Six nuclear bombs. One secret.

Time Bombs

Airing November 10th at 10 p.m. on Global Television

In the spring of 1957 at the height of the Cold War, 40 young Canadian soldiers were sent to Nevada on a top secret mission – to serve as guinea pigs for the military in a nuclear test field. They played war games less than 1,000 metres away from detonated test bombs four times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima.

Several veterans fell victim to radiation, and children were born with birth defects. Today, 50 years after being exposed to dangerous nuclear radiation, the few soldiers who survived are fighting for justice. And Ottawa is trying to bury the affair.

Produced by Guylaine Maroist and Eric Ruel as part of Global Television’s “Global Currents” documentary series, Time Bombs turns a spotlight on this embarrassing and controversial page in Canadian military history. A team of journalists traced the few survivors of Operation Plumbbob. The documentary’s makers also tracked down never-before-screened film records of American nuclear tests involving soldiers. Using these stunning records, Time Bombs helps us relive the soldiers’ incredible experience.

In this real-life thriller, we follow Jim Huntley, the only veteran still in good health, as he puts his case to the government and confronts the politicians who are trying to dampen their efforts. As the controversy gains media attention, will policy makers listen to the plights of these veterans?

Screenings for the documentary will take place in several cities including Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal on the following dates:

* October 29 – Calgary

The 5 Calgary Downtown Suites

Aspen room

618 5th Ave SW

10:30 am

* November 5th – Montreal

Canal D

* November 6th – Ottawa

To Be Confirmed

“We’re proud to partner with Guylaine and Eric on this documentary as part of our Global Currents documentary series,” said Christine Shipton, Global Television’s Vice-President of Original Programming. “This documentary addresses an important social issue and we’re pleased to bring this to the forefront for all Canadians.”

”Canal D is happy to have helped fund this important film, both to help the soldiers gain recognition for their contribution, and to broadcast the surprising revelations the film makes. From its very beginnings, Canal D has supported documentaries by Canadian film makers that disturb generally accepted ideas, bring a new vision of the world, and allow the cast-offs their right to be heard. Time Bombs is such a film.” says Jean-Pierre Laurendeau, Vice-President of Programming at Canal D.

About Global Currents:

Global National’s Kevin Newman together with Global Television and CanWest MediaWorks present Global Currents, a critically acclaimed, unique series of hour-long, independently produced documentaries. The documentaries represent the talents of Canada’s best socio-political, environmental, humanist and scientific documentary filmmakers. www.globaltv.com/globalcurrents.

Media contact:

Eric Ruel, Producer

Productions de la ruelle inc

Tel: 514.899.0449

Yvonne Chiang

Global Television

Tel: 604-422-6736

ychiang@globaltv.com

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