Sunday, July 31, 2011

Captain America vs Corporate America

When Captain America throws his mighty shield,
All those who chose to oppose his shield must yield..


It is bizarre that the new Captain America movie is hitting the silver screen at a time in America'a history when the country is on its knees. In 2 days time they reach the deadline for extending the debt ceiling. The country must choose between default on their loan repayments, massive cut backs on spending or raise the limit on the credit card and delay the inevitable. Either way, the future looks bleak. A default will have devastating repercussions for the world economy. Australia will not avoid the shock wave.

I grew up watching Captain America and the other Marvel super heroes on Saturday morning TV. So it was these 40 year old memories that formed the basis of my expectation of the new movie. I was not disappointed.

This movie is easily one of the best of its genre...and one of the most ironic. Set in a alternative WW2 history, Captain America is by nature a good guy who hates bullies and uses his powers to thump the evil Nazi Red Skull and spare the world from doom.

There are numerous references to the New World Order. Red Skull's aim is to evolve his race into super humans and rule the world through a scientific technocracy. He declares that he is leaving the rest of humanity behind. He loathes Captain America's fidelity to his country and his love of the flag. He says "There are no countries".

The sad reality is that Corporate America has adopted Red Skull's domination through military technological superiority, weird animal/human hybrid gene splicing technology, destruction of national boundaries and trade barriers. And strangely enough, it was the commandeering of Nazi scientists at the end of the war through Operation Paperclip that has given the US the technological edge ever since.

As a movie, Captain America is captivating and inspiring. The character's superhero powers are cleverly developed without resorting to incredulous feats eg Hulk's flea jumping and Spiderman's stretching arms. The storyline nicely weaves in Tony Starck's (Ironman's) father as the genius behind the technology. The shield is cool. How they get from WW2 to modern day to make the upcoming Avengers movie possible, is brilliant. Not to be missed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Carbon Tax - Sins of Emission

Prime Minister Gillard has finally laid her Carbon Tax cards on the table. This is despite the fact she promised us before the election we would not get a carbon tax. It was interesting to see a poll conducted on Channel Ten Sydney last night. The immediate reaction to the question “Will the carbon tax be good for Australia?” 81% said “No”.

Another thing I’ve noticed. Gillard has spoken a lot about the tax, but only now is she mentioning “carbon credits”. It’s one thing to have a tax. Even if the premise is bogus, at least the money is collected by government and is redirected back into the Australian economy. However, if the tax is used to purchase carbon credits on the international market or set up the economic infrastructure to make it possible, that’s just opening the door for our prosperity to be sucked out of our country.

We are being taxed for producing carbon, something which, to the average person, has no tangible substance. This “nothing” is somehow measured and quantified. This turns into a penalty notice or a sin. We absolve ourselves by purchasing an indulgence or a carbon credit to expunge our guilt. We show our indulgence to the climate papacy and they grant us forgiveness for our sins of emission. This was a cruel scam in the middle ages. It is no less so today.

exerpt from "Fall of the Republic" - carbon trading scam in a 6 min nutshell

The banks will love it. Look how they have wrecked the world economy with dodgy derivatives and toxic assets whilst feathering their own nests through the digital mayhem. Carbon trading is so nebulous it will be a playground for scammers. Where are the countries that are planting hectares of trees and sucking up all the carbon that they can afford to sell “carbon credits” anyway?

Europol uncovers European carbon trading scam in 2008

What's really tragic is the fact that this carbon fiasco gets all the airtime whilst other real crises get little or no coverage: peak oil, US dollar collapse, US debt default, global food crisis...and any of these can spark world war or turn our world upsidedown very quickly indeed. When the food shelves at Coles start to look empty you won't be worrying about the thermometer.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

In Australia, we don't celebrate July 4th. It's just another day. But in the "land of the free" and "home of the brave"'s time to celebrate a country that was founded on personal freedom bought with the blood and courage of rebels pitted against a tyrranical British empire.

Here are 6 examples of what freedom means in America today...

And where are the brave?