Thursday, August 1, 2013

13-08-02 Guardian: Snowden's asylum in Russia - hallmark of decline of US powers...

Like the case of US-China-Israel and the Bank of China case, the Snowden saga is a major indicator of decline in US power, directly related to irrational, unlawful conduct by the US gov.  jz


Edward Snowden asylum case is a gift for Vladimir Putin

Decision to grant whistleblower asylum is a humiliating rebuff that exposes the impotence of 21st-century US power

13-08-01 Meeting an Israeli icon - Azaryah Alon - nature preservation pioneer

Azaryah Alon is 95 years old, founder some 60 years ago of the Israeli Association for Preservation of Nature.  The first such organization in Israel.
He is known as a hiking guide and as a radio personality. For some 50 years he had a weekly radio show.
We met in the Jerusalem Hostel, and he got there by bus from Kibbutz Beit HaShitah, where he lives.  He said it cost NIS 18.00 for the trip from the Kibbutz to Jerusalem, and you can't beat that price... :)

13-08-01 Hello world!

8/1 @ 2:32 : Israel, IL
8/1 @ 2:20 : New Delhi, IN
8/1 @ 1:04 : Berlin, DE
8/1 @ 11:46 : Scranton, Pennsylvania, US
8/1 @ 10:54 : Vienna, AT
8/1 @ 9:16 : Guilford, Connecticut, US
8/1 @ 2:49 : Santa Monica, California, US
8/1 @ 2:35 : California, US
8/1 @ 2:05 : Oakland, California, US
8/1 @ 1:49 : Redmond, Washington, US

13-08-01 US: How much did the bankster steal from the Peopleo of the US? At least $14 Trillions!

That's why the US is f&$#@ up, with no way out!
Please note:
a)  Accounting is only for the years 2007-2009 - partial at best, since the robbing continues to this day.
b) Accounting does not even begin to account for risky derivatives, which are now US treasury backed, adding up to somewhere between $50-100 Trillion...
For comparison purposes, US GDP is about $15 Trillion


The Financial Crisis Cost More Than $14 Trillion: Dallas Fed Study

The financial crisis likely cost at least a year's worth of U.S. economic output, a new Fed study finds. Worse, it's hurting the economy even now and will hurt it for years to come.
That is the cheerful conclusion of a new study by economists at the Dallas Federal Reserve, entitled "How Bad Was It? The Costs and Consequences of the 2007–09 Financial Crisis."