Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lady Bugs and Bees

See:
Lady Bugs and Bees
http://avt777.blogspot.com/2011/12/lady-bugs-and-bees.html

AVT

A Nouveau Tax Collection and Revenue Generating Initiative for California?

December 6th, 2011


From what I hear from a good friend in California, it appears that the nearly financially bankrupt government for the State of California has recently taken upon what seems to be a new initiative in tax collection tactics – at least new to me.

It seems that the Franchise Tax Board (The California State IRS type agency), will take it upon themselves to determine what a citizen should pay in taxes and then will assess a lien/levy against any monies the resident may hold in any bank accounts up to the amount the Tax Board has unilaterally determined that is due from the resident. This unilateral determination and subsequent lien is irrespective of whether the Californian actually owes any taxes or not – which my good friend did not, I know for a fact!

When the detrimented Californian eventually realizes that the Franchise Tax Board has taken the money from his (/her) bank account, the Californian is then forced to wait endlessly on hold on the telephone to speak to a representative of the Franchise Tax Board to determine what exactly has happened. Upon ‘realizing’ or being ‘informed’ that the tax payer owes no money, the Franchise Tax Board then tells the Californian that the money will be refunded, but the Board can not say exactly when the monies will be refunded. And, when the monies are refunded, it will be in the form of a bank check. Meanwhile, the Franchise Tax Board and the government for the State of California then get to ‘sit on’ and control the held money and collect any interest the unjustly held money may generate until the somewhat-robbed Californian eventually cashes the check representing the refunded monies. (Wasn’t there once some type of legal privilege in the recapture of chattels, I wonder?)

Anyway, so I am now curious: How wide spread is this practice in California, anyhow? Is this happening to any significant degree in other states as well, I have to wonder?


For reasons such as the unjust tax lien story as told above in this blog entry, I again state: REPEAL THE ELEVENTH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. FEDERAL CONSTITUTION. Furthermore, ALSO REPEAL ANY SIMILAR STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS OR ANY CODIFICATION THEREOF WHICH MAY IMPART ANY IMMUNITY FROM LEGAL SUITS TO THE GOVERNMENTS ACROSS OUR NATION!! Make the governments liable for wrongdoings currently protected by the Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity – such a doctrine appears as a very bad thing for our health and welfare of our Nation!!

Adam Trotter / AVT


PS. Suddenly the study of tax law seems as an interesting subject. I'll let you know how it all turns out in the end.


See:
11-11-11 Day, Repeal the Eleventh Amendment, I say!
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/11/11-11-11-day-repeal-eleventh-i-say.html

See also:
REPEAL THE ELEVENTH (11TH) AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. FEDERAL CONSTITUTION!! Fix Our Dysfunctional Governments and Make Them Liable!
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/02/repeal-eleventh-11th-amendment-to-us.html

A Naked Promise

See:
A Naked Promise
http://engineeringandcommerce.blogspot.com/2011/12/naked-promise.html

AVT

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Occupy Protesters: Ignore Labor Unions and New Deal-ists

November 23rd, 2011


A few days ago, when the Occupy Los Angeles protesters were facing the first threat of arrest if they did not leave the city hall park they have recently called home, it seemed during the majority of the television news spots highlighting the anticipated show-down that most of the individuals interviewed and causing a ruckus were actually labor union employees. Additionally interviewed on a local L.A. television station was a simpleton wearing a t-shirt with a picture of F.D. Roosevelt. The interviews inspired me to blog a message to the legitimate Occupy protesters and about the hypocrisy of the aforementioned interviewed ‘protesters.’

To any legitimate Occupy protesters I suggest: IGNORE THE LABOR UNIONS AND IGNORE ANY F.D.R. NEW DEAL-ISTS TOO!!!

It surely appears that the nation’s labor unions have done little during the last several decades to help the economic plight of the typical American. As such, the labor union leaders appear even more inept and/or disinterested about the economic difficulties of Americans than the average career politician. The unions seem have to done nothing to prevent the off-shoring of our industries and jobs. The leadership of the unions appear as nothing but a bunch of greedy individuals preaching the benefits of long-term nepotism. Even those union members who appeared to support the Occupy L.A. movement during the recent day of arrests were union workers who most likely took paid vacation or sick leave from their jobs to attend the event – which surely appears as not relevant to the plight of the protesters who cant find jobs and are frustrated by the never-ending nepotism, favoritism, and unjust practices displayed by those in power over recent history.

Then there was the interviewed individual with the New England accent wearing a shirt displaying a picture of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He commented to the news reporter: “yea…, F.D.R, the greatest American and we need another hero like him here now,” - or something like that. Either the individual was a socialist or merely ignorant. Because, clearly it was F.D.R. who allowed the Federal Reserve System to take the reigns of the U.S. government during the last Great Depression of the 1930s. When the Federal Reserve took over the nation’s government, it was thereafter that the banks rose to the level of political power that they now enjoy. So, don’t be fooled by any idiot preaching the benefits of socialism or the New Deal program/theory of the last Great Depression.

We need some level of reform in the nation, yes! We don’t need anyone else to give power to those who were never elected while these same individuals line their own pockets at taxpayer expense all the while preaching how what they do is for the benefit of the populace. Don’t listen to self-serving liars, socialists, or mere idiots that can not even ascertain the truth of history.

Adam Trotter / AVT

Friday, November 11, 2011

11-11-11 Day, Repeal the Eleventh Amendment, I say!

11/11/11

On this eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year, November 11th, 2011, I say:

REPEAL THE ELEVENTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL CONSTITUTION.


The beauty and simplicity of the U.S. Federal Constitution and its associated Bill of Rights, is quite remarkable. At no time in history has such a significant document for mankind ever been duplicated and it is unlikely that at any time in the future will such a document be rivaled. Additionally, it is also unlikely that such a group of intelligent men in positions of power as the Founding Fathers and the Framers of the Constitution, who had the wealth and the resources of the young U.S. nation at their finger tips merely for their taking, likely will ever again decide that such wealth and power was not Rightfully theirs for the taking and that this new-found wealth, power, freedoms, and even the government itself was properly to be left for, and vested in, the People of the Nation. Of course the men were likely geniuses who had lived in the face Tyranny and were of the mind set to never allow tyranny to rule in the new Nation of the United States of America.

Yet the most beautiful facet as well as its most simple one, is the Constitution's ability to change. And, hence, this is why We still subscribe to the Document to this day! This long-standing Document - with its ability to change to meet the needs of the Nation - makes the United States of America the longest standing democracy in the world.

Now it appears that at least one more change is necessary:


Ironically, and by comparison, it seems nearly blasphemous that the first follow-on amendment ever added to the spectacular U.S. Federal Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the Eleventh Amendment, would so hideously display the more natural inclination of those in positions of power in that it invoked sovereign immunity for the governments of the U.S. Nation. (That is, immunity from law suits, particularly on a Federal level. For instance it is unlikely that a lone, individual citizen could sue a state government in Federal court.) Because, up until the point in time that was the Eleventh Amendment, the Constitution had granted and vested in the American People the Rights of a Sovereign (essentially). Then, at the first sign of any possible trouble, i.e.: the state governments might actually have to pay their outstanding debts and could be held legally accountable for any outstanding debts (say, accountable in a Federal court), those actors who more-or-less amounted the first congressional replacement crew taking the reigns of government from the Framers of the Constitution decided to grant sovereign immunity to the governments of the land – as if the governments had now become King.* That is to say, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights originally granted Sovereign status (and the government) to the People**. Then, reality or fear or something set in and the U.S. government officials in Congress decided to grant King-type status to itself and the States of the Nation.

The Eleventh Amendment, as I have attempted to explain above, was clearly opposed to the spirit of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. By the time the Eleventh Amendment was ratified, unfortunately, many of the Framers and original signatories of the Constitution had left the Federal government – apparently deciding that to stay in power for more than a few years would amount to a new class of nobility (hear that, modern-day career politicians?). Obviously, those of the replacement crew were more concerned for the welfare of the governments than for the welfare of the People of the Nation – as evidenced by their ratification of the Eleventh Amendment.

At sometime during the early 1800s, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Marshall informed the governments that they were liable in equity (and Law per Article III section 2) nevertheless and in spite of the garbage spewed forth under the guise of the Eleventh Amendment. Not surprisingly, the courts within the United States have never since referred to that decision. (Can we see a trend forming here?)

The Eleventh Amendment itself experienced a delay of proclamation “…because of delays that occurred in certifying the ratification.” I would put forth that such a delay was due to the fact that Congress of that time knew well that the Eleventh Amendment was contrary to spirit and contrary to nearly every aspect of the Federal Constitution. Such would surely seem to have been an embarrassment to all involved. The amendment was ratified in February of 1795 but not proclaimed until 1798.  For instance, was it merely coincidence that about this same time Congress passed The Sedition Act of 1798?  I would think not!  (See: Relevant to: The Sedition Act of 1798, 1 Stat. 596.)

So, on this day of 11-11-11, November 11th, 2011, the time is now at hand to rid the Nation of this hypocrisy that is the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Federal Constitution. As are the Peoples and corporations (albeit possibly to a lesser extent) of the nation liable for their misgivings, mistakes, and wrongful behavior, it is time to make the governments of our land live up to these same standards and make them responsible for the wrongs of government as well. That is to say, get rid of the document (amendment) that allows the governments to act without reproach: RID THE NATION OF THE ELEVENTH AMENDMENT TO THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION!!!!!! MAKE THE GOVERNMENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS, BEHAVIOR, AND INEPTITUDE!!! (I firmly believe such would make Chief Justice Marshall proud.)

Should I be able…..

Adam Vernon Trotter / AVT



* 'long about 1812, the King of England for his part, put the governments of the new U.S. Nation on notice as to what would happen when they didn’t pay their debts to him, mind you – regardless of how the governments now saw themselves above the American People; these entities were clearly not beyond the reach of the King and his armies in red, nor beyond reproach by the King’s ships on the high seas, it should be noted.

** Worthy of note, several signatory officials did not sign the Constitution claiming that it vested too much power in a centralized form of government. "On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention came to a close in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... While offering incredible contributions, George Mason of Virginia, Edmund Randolph of Virginia, and Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts refused to sign the final document because of basic philosophical differences. Mainly, they were fearful of an all-powerful government and wanted a bill of rights added to protect the rights of the people." They were probably a bit ahead of their time, methinks. Also of interest, "There were 70 individuals chosen to attend the meetings with the initial purpose of amending the Articles of Confederation. ... Rhode Island opted to not send any delegates. ... John Delaware was absent but had another delegate sign for him. ... [A]nd ultimately only thirty-nine delegates signed the Constitution." "On September 25, 1789, Congress transmitted to the state legislatures twelve proposed amendments of which the first two dealt with Congressional representation and Congressional pay. Numbers three through twelve were adopted by the states to become the Bill of Rights in 1791."

(Facts from "The U.S. Constitution And Fascinating Facts About It." http://www.amazon.com/U-S-Constitution-Fascinating-Facts-About/dp/1891743007/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321054943&sr=1-1. Buy it!! At about three dollars ($3), it will likely be the best book you ever purchased. Tell 'em at Amazon that I sent you and maybe you can get a discount on the price.) :)

A Just Government Fears Not…
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/just-government-fears-not.html



REPEAL THE ELEVENTH (11TH) AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. FEDERAL CONSTITUTION!! Fix Our Dysfunctional Governments and Make Them Liable!
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/02/repeal-eleventh-11th-amendment-to-us.html

Renegade U.S. Military Death Squad Leader Convicted

November 11th, 2011 – Veterans Day.


The military is an odd entity. It first must judge a recruit to have enough moral character to know that killing is wrong and immoral. Then it trains the recruit how to follow orders and how to best kill when ordered. The military then sends the recruit to some foreign and hostile area of conflict and the recruit is told to kill whenever necessary for offensive or defensive purposes. The military then seems shocked when a few sociopaths make it to the front lines of combat.

In the end, I don’t understand how it is that so many of our combat troops reportedly degenerate to the point that they believe themselves above the law and seem to feel the need to play God – either for the ‘success of the mission,’ for survival of themselves and comrades, or even for sport – as the case is reported to be here.

Ultimately, all I really know is that I am tired of seeing troops sent into a ‘theater of conflict’ only to subsequently return home as criminals. I mean…, if the military can not prevent the urge or necessity (or whatever) of these individuals to play God or prevent these individuals from feeling the apparent necessity of indiscriminately killing seemingly innocent civilians for the protection of themselves and fellow soldiers (or for whatever the reason), then maybe our troops should not be there at all – certainly not at U.S. taxpayer expense, in my opinion.

Bottom line is this: WE DON’T EVEN NEED PEOPLE TO FIGHT OUR WARS ANYMORE!!!!! So, why send our troops into combat if any are going to return home as convicted murderers and criminals? JUST LET THOSE CRUISE MISSILES FLY!!! The cost of the cruise missile stockpile is surely a sunk cost for the taxpayer anyhow. So, why increase the cost to our society and to the taxpayer by sending our troops into combat if any of them will returning home only to be further housed at taxpayer expense in Leavenworth Federal Prison – or wherever? Isn’t a billion dollars a day for the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq enough of a cost already?

Besides, I would have to think that much of the U.S, nation has now become in tune with the likely reason we are really fighting in Afghanistan: to control the gold, lithium, and other rare-earth metals present in that land. So, that being said, such is all the more reason to let the cruise missiles fly: pulverize the crap out of those hills so it will be all the easier for corporate America (and the likes) to come in and sweep up the gold, lithium, and whatever other rare-earth metals are present in those hills to such an extent that we would risk the lives of thousands of our countrymen to control – not to mention trillions of our dollars. No doubt, one cruise missile can do the work of a lot of steam shovels anyhow, right?

Maybe DoD would be better served to hire me as a consultant than to pay the hundreds of millions of dollars every month in salaries to the Pentagon Brass. I would probably do a better job obtaining the ‘nation’s goals’ with less ‘collateral damage’ and less societal costs to America and to the world as a whole.

Well, anyway, at least we can be proud that the U.S. military doesn’t stand for just any killings of innocents in the field. Regardless, We owe it to our veterans who fought and died for our Rights to further the cause of Justice wherever We are able.

By the way, happy Veterans Day.

AVT


PS. This blog entry was not intended to come across as arrogant. It was merely an attempt to show the idiocy of the long-standing and continued Pentagon paradigms which bring situations like this ‘death squad’ to bear on the American nation.


A Just Government Fears Not…
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/just-government-fears-not.html


Soldier Is Convicted of Killing Afghan Civilians for Sport
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/11/us/calvin-gibbs-convicted-of-killing-civilians-in-afghanistan.html

Calvin Gibbs, Leader of 'Thrill Kill' Soldiers, Guilty of Murder
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/leader-thrill-kill-soldiers-found-guilty/story?id=14924863


'Kill team' US platoon commander guilty of Afghan murders
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/11/kill-team-calvin-gibbs-convicted



Taliban ambush 1st platoon 3rd squad 12 B.co afghanistan 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbUoRlDQ7QI&feature=related


U.S. Military 'Death Squad' Investigated
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSSPyasUH7A



Gold Mine Deal in Afghanistan Equates to Things Are "...on track to achieve our goals" for the U.S. Presidential Administration?
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/12/gold-mine-deal-in-afghanistan-equates.html


Rare-Earth Metals Abundant in Afghanistan?
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/06/rare-earth-metals-abundant-in.html

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Federal Reserve : Banks : Citizenry : Volcker Rule :: Fox : Sharp Teeth : Hens : Hen House Door.

November 3rd, 2011


It is interesting that at this point in time the Federal Reserve, SEC, Comptroller of the Treasury, and the FDIC have all reportedly supported an effort to curtail the investment activities of the nation’s banks. The Volcker Rule reportedly aims to prevent the banks from investing for their own benefit (proprietary trades) and the Rule is to allow the banks only to invest funds in the markets on behalf of clients – with some exceptions, of course. The Rule is part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; with the Act totaling 848 pages, http://www.sec.gov/about/laws/wallstreetreform-cpa.pdf - see page 245 for the Volcker Rule. Whether such a plan as the Volcker Rule (and maybe the banking act in general) has any worthwhile effects to benefit the American nation and its people is anyone’s guess and only time will tell.

One can surmise that the aforementioned government-type* entities have supported such an effort as the Volcker Rule to force the banks into lending money to consumers and businesses again – just like the banks of yesteryear. The Dodd-Frank Act, with its Volcker Act, also claims to be an attempt to head off future credit crises, should a recovery ever materialize from the current crisis. However, one must wonder why the SEC, the FDIC, the Comptroller, and the nation’s favored private banking cartel (the national bank we call the Fed*) did not assert such a plan when the banks were given trillions of tax dollars over the last several years.

We are all well aware of the potential of our often inept governments across the land – when taking any action – to make any given situation worse. As such, one can only wonder what may result from the current initiatives. For example, it would seem that to quash the profits of the nation’s banks via the Volcker Rule (or whatever) would only incite the banks to squeeze the consumer for more banking related fees – or any other fees the banks can dream up to increase their profits. Such a goal of squeezing customers for more money may well have been the impetus behind the recently proposed fee increases and charges for purchases made with bank issued debit cards (which the banks appeared to have abandoned as a result of public outcry concerning the topic), and such abandoned efforts may have been a result of the upcoming banking regulations.

Hypothetically, maybe the outlook from this legislation is not entirely bleak. Though not very likely, the Volcker Rule effort could cause the wealthy banks to gather the required gumption to legally challenge the constitutionality of the Federal Reserve System. If so, in the end, the Volcker Rule could lead to an actual win-win situation for the American consumer. Though given our government’s apparent favoritism with respect to the nation’s banks, it would seem not wise to anticipate any significant benefits to the consumer from our government or any other entity which has been sleeping with the banks throughout our nation’s history.

At best, maybe the apropos cliché is: ‘better late than never.’ Either way, this latest effort of the government entities and the Fed seems to conjure up another cliché, something like: ‘the fox closing the door to the hen house after all the chickens have been eaten.’

Adam Trotter / AVT


* Of course, we are all aware that the Federal Reserve, the banking cartel which runs the U.S. economy, is not a government agency. For those interested, see:


Volcker Rule
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcker_Rule

Volcker Rule
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/v/volcker_rule/index.html


Volcker Rule, Once Simple, Now Boggles
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/business/volcker-rule-grows-from-simple-to-complex.html?_r=1&ref=volckerrule

Volcker Rule Is Out, How Much Will It Hurt? http://www.forbes.com/sites/halahtouryalai/2011/10/12/volcker-rule-is-out-how-much-will-it-hurt/


MF Global’s Collapse Exposes Prop-Trading Risk That Volcker Wants to Curb
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-31/mf-global-exposes-prop-trading-risk-that-volcker-wants-to-curb.html


Regulators release plan for Volcker Rule limits on bank trading
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/regulators-release-plan-for-volcker-rule-limits-on-bank-trading/2011/10/11/gIQAjVacdL_story.html




Selected Sections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
SEC. 343. INSURANCE OF TRANSACTION ACCOUNTS.
http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/reform/dfa_selections.html#619



Thomas Jefferson and the Federal Reserve System.

http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/06/thomas-jefferson-and-federal-reserve.html


Concerning the Federal Reserve System and Fiduciary Responsibility….

http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/10/concerning-federal-reserve-system-and.html

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wall Street-Type Protests Spill into L.A.

October 4th, 2011

The on-going and growing Wall Street protests in NYC, which claim to be against corporate greed and against financial and banking sector excesses/corruptions, have now begun to form in Los Angeles as well. I would certainly be among the first to tell you that the policies of our inept governments have facilitated and enabled – if not essentially mandated – the apparently unjust excesses and absurdities repeatedly seen on the corporate level in our nation while ‘average’ Americans have been left on the sidelines unemployed during this latest Great Depression of the New Millennium. However, as I know little about these protesters or of their true demands/wants, let’s hope that their cause is just, genuine, and forthright as they claim and not merely another orchestrated political ruse for whatever the reason. I mean…, who knows, maybe these protesters can eventually effect worthwhile change where many of their baby-boomer grandparents’/parents’ generation dropped the ball and sold-out to the greed which has forever since maintained its strangle-hold grip our nation.

AVT

See:
"Occupy L.A." Protesters Demonstrate Outside City Hall.
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-protestors-descend-on-city-hall,0,5794094.story



See also:
A Just Government Fears Not…
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/just-government-fears-not.html

The Baby Boomer Generation: The End-All Hypocrites for the Ages?
http://avt777.blogspot.com/2011/04/baby-boomer-generation-end-all.html

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Central Banks Only Cause the World’s Economic Problems, Not Solve Them.

August 11th, 2011


According to Bloomberg News, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota stated: “Central bankers alone cannot solve the world’s economic problems.” One thing WE citizens all can be sure of, however, is that Central Bankers alone can cause the world’s economic problems – and seem to do so with the blessing of national politicians who typically appear as nothing more than lackeys and errand boys of the central banks, of course.

The Federal Reserve System has enabled and brought about the devaluation of the U.S. Dollar/Federal Reserve Note. The massive devaluation of the U.S. currency is readily evidenced by the all-time-high dollar value of gold. (The Fed holds much of the nation’s gold – worth noting.) Also, the massive devaluation of the fiat dollar helped to cause the real estate bubble. The massive devaluation of the dollar clearly has caused the difficulty with the U.S. Bond – its rating and down-grading. So without a doubt, the central banks – or at least the Federal Reserve System – can and have caused the world’s current economic problems.

Adam Trotter / AVT


PS. Please remember that the likely unconstitutional Federal Reserve System is not a government agency. "Shred The Fed!!"


PSS. I will argue in support of these statements in blog entries to follow. AVT


See:
Fed’s Kocherlakota Hinted at Willingness to Break Ranks on Policy in 2010
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-11/fed-s-kocherlakota-hinted-at-willingness-to-break-ranks-on-policy-in-2010.html

Fed to Hold Interest Rates Steady and Low – Fed Appears as Stupid and Slow!

August 9th, 2011


While the nation is in the throws of the Great Depression [and liquidity trap] of the New Millennium and with the recent [and probably long overdue] down-grading of U.S Government bonds, The Federal Reserve announced its plan to hold interest at all-time-low rates for two years. While history debatably has shown that lower interest rates during economic down-turns helps to increase dollars in the marketplace to spur economic growth, the present circumstances seem unlike anything in the nation’s history.

The Federal Reserve – while claiming to be acting in the nation’s interest – is quick to keep more and more dollars in the marketplace as this apparently allows the Fed to continue to ‘have its cake and eat it too.’ What I mean by such a statement is that the Fed clearly has a long-standing policy which includes the massive devaluation of the U.S. Dollar/Federal Reserve Note for any number of reasons of which I repeatedly have blogged. Now the Fed can try to flood more dollars into the marketplace through lower interest rates in a claimed attempt to help grow the economy out of this depression while also further devaluing the Dollar which appears as what the Fed has wanted for years. And, of course, it is likely the extremely devalued Dollar has led to this latest Great Depression [and liquidity trap]. This announced and extended low interest effort probably will be fruitless anyhow as the banks seem unwilling to lend money. In the end, Citizens should seek to understand why the Fed desires to appear as helping the nation while, in fact, it ultimately will continue its long-standing policy regime that has surely led us to this Great Depression [and liquidity trap] of the New Millennium – again, such a regime which includes as its cornerstone the extreme devaluation of the U.S. Dollar/Federal Reserve Note.

To continue along the same economic path that the Fed has invoked in the past and which likely caused the current economic difficulties surely seems foolish – in my opinion. So foolish does the policy regime of the Federal Reserve seem that it would appear that President Obama would do better to hire me as Treasury Secretary than to allow the Fed to do its own bidding and to continue its current policy regime with the apparent blessing of the Administration and Treasury Secretary Geithner (a Secretary who appears no more than as a mouthpiece for the Federal Reserve). Why do I say this? Read on….

What should the Federal Reserve System be doing in the midst of the Great Depression [and liquidity trap] of the New Millennium to help the nation? Well…, I think I know what they should be doing during this liquidity trap which has maintained this economic depression and I have blogged about my ideas in the past. Furthermore, without any doubt, I believe the nation would be better served to ‘Shred the [unconstitutional] Fed.’ The apparent fact remains, however, that the nation’s politicians are unwilling to ‘buck’ the all-mighty Federal Reserve System. (Ask me why, if you don’t think you know already.)

Of course, I am aware that no one may really understand how the nation’s and world’s economies function and interact. Regardless, in light of the Federal Reserve’s recent track record there appears one thing that we can all be sure of, such being that the nation would be in a better position economically if the Federal Reserve was to do exactly the opposite of what it thinks is best!!! Again, why do I say this? Because, given a liquidity trap compounded by an ever-devaluing Dollar, the low bond rates are the likely source of the economic problem!!! At the risk of sounding as arrogant as the Federal Reserve and our nation’s politicians, I find it odd that one such as I would even believe it necessary to explain such an issue to the fat-cats of the Federal Reserve that run and own our nation and its economy!!! As a result, I believe it is clear that The Federal Reserve and all those that endlessly support the Federal Reserve System are either stupid, in denial, or really don’t care about the welfare of the nation and its populace! It is clear at this point in time that the Fed doesn’t know what to do or doesn’t want to do as it should to fix the nation’s and world’s current economic mess.

Adam Vernon Trotter / AVT


See also:
Fed: Low rates to stay till at least mid-2013
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fed-low-rates-to-stay-through-at-least-mid-2013-2011-08-09


U.S. Federal Government Debt Difficulties? What Should a Citizen Do?
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/07/us-federal-government-debt-difficulties.html


Incompetence and Confusion: Federal Reserve to Raise Interest Rates? U.S.Dollar, Liquidity Trap, Inflation, and Savings.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/06/incompetence-and-confusion-federal.html


A Just Government Fears Not…
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/just-government-fears-not.html

Monday, August 1, 2011

I blog, therefore I am.

August 1st, 2011



‘I blog, therefore I am,’ (a phrase/quote taken from a Sunday newspaper cartoon sketch given to me by a friend sometime ago and I don’t remember which cartoon).


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To blog is different from other types of writings. As books and the likes are often called ‘living documents,’ a blog is much more so. While I personally make a reasonable attempt to not significantly change any of my writings after I publish them on-line, a blog often invites the author to revisit and reassess the subject matter of the writing long after it is initially written. As republishing any blog is as simple as a computer click, blogs may often evolve and change with the passage of time – whether such changes are readily apparent to any reader or not. Obviously then, editing a blog can occur at anytime after it is initially published and no addendum or new edition is ever required – so blogs typically can be considerably different entities than writings in a printed format.


Adam Trotter / AVT



Also posted at:
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/08/i-blog-therefore-i-am.html

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

U.S. Federal Government Debt Difficulties? What Should a Citizen Do?

July 26th, 2011


To me, solving the long and short-term financial debt levels of the U.S. Federal government appears as an easy-fix. In my opinion, the debt levels could be drastically reduced while government agencies maintained sufficient funding to perform their required functions and no tax increases would be necessary. However, OUR nation’s governments and the politicians who populate those entities seem unable to recognize how to concurrently attain these goals – goals which may seem as a dichotomy to those blinded by long-standing and unnecessary government paradigms.

With our politicians and governments seeming as ignorant or as maintaining motives for not solving the nation’s economic difficulties, the American Citizen is then left in a quandary. Should the Citizen denounce and reject the U.S. [Federal] government, its politicians, and its typical way of business, or should the Citizen demand action within the allowances of nation’s current framework to rectify the many ills of the nation’s on-going economic problems? Essentially, I would tend to the latter choice and some combination of the following actions/changes within the nation's framework are what I would offer as demands to help to bring back the overall economic well-being of the Citizenry – in keeping with our nation’s current framework which allows for such changes:

FIRST, the Citizenry should DEMAND THE REPEAL OF THE ELEVENTH (11th) AMENDMENT to the U.S. Federal Constitution. The First ten amendments to that sacred document are what WE in America recognize as OUR Bill of Rights. It’s ironic that the first follow-on amendment added to the Constitution – after the first ten – is so opposed to the spirit of the Bill of Rights. The first ten amendments, of course, being brilliantly authored to reflect what is known to be Right and proper. Then along comes the Eleventh Amendment which attempts to do its best to negate much of the first ten amendments when such is applied to a U.S. state or government agency (and its officials) in our Land. By allowing the politicians, officials/bureaucrats, and governments themselves to stand in opposition to what is known to be Right and proper and true, and then for the Constitution to provide a shield from any liability for the governments’ negligence/ignorance, appears as contrary to the American way – with the American way being that WE are accountable for our actions and WE attempt to correct our mistakes. However, there is no denying that the Eleventh Amendment allows for absolute negligence from OUR governments. As they are not liable or held accountable for their actions, the government entities and officials then have little reason to care of negligence or ineptitude, apparently.

The SECOND DEMAND that the American populace should put forward to fix OUR current economic mess, in my opinion, is to DEMAND THE REMOVAL OF ANY POWERS ENUMERATED TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM concerning OUR nation’s economic well-being – powers which would appear as improperly/unconstitutionally enumerated from OUR Federal government. Aside from the nation’s current economic mess, even former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan himself stated in his book that the economic boom years of the President Clinton era were a testament to the inability of the Federal Reserve to properly control the nation’s economy. Forgoing his explanation for his statement, such a statement nevertheless shows the Fed is not as all-knowing as it would hope to appear concerning our nation’s economy in spite of having the better part of a century in which to practice its economic operations. So it would seem to this day that the nation would probably be better off without the Fed – as was the nation for much of its history. Whatever the Fed might be doing to better the nation’s economy, such does not appear to be bettering the matter for the nation and the populace. Then again, maybe the Fed does not want to better the economy of the nation – as it is not a government agency, it maintains no fiduciary responsibility to anyone other than itself, nor does this federal/national banking cartel seem to be required to uphold the nation’s Constitution either, as would be required of Federal government employees/entities.

As a possible THIRD DEMAND to be in the best interest of the populace to fix the American nation’s current economic mess, I might suggest that AN INTRINSIC/REAL VALUE BE SET FOR OUR NATIONAL CURRENCY. I am aware that we have all heard (or been told) that a non-fluctuating [U.S.] currency or fixed exchange rate could not function in the modern financial era. Of course, for many years, OUR nation had no nationally recognized/issued paper currency. Once adopted, OUR printed currency then generally maintained a fixed-exchange rate for significant periods of time. Then, long about the 1970’s, or so, the American/U.S. Dollar (or Federal Reserve Note) became a traded commodity – and from the People’s perspective, the nation has slipped down the hill of economic well-being ever since. All the while during the nation's economic slide, the value of the Federal Reserve's gold holdings have likely increased ten-fold. Of course, the currently traded fiat Dollar and its varying exchange rate is essentially managed by the Federal Reserve System (with our dollar also being known as the Federal Reserve Note) – which brings us back to the first two demands as delineated above in this writing.


So again, I would suggest that its time to dump the Federal Reserve System and probably time to repeal the Eleventh (11th) Amendment to the U.S. Federal Constitution as well as fixing OUR currency. I can’t guarantee that these steps will immediately solve all the nation’s economic difficulties nor do I claim that there exists no other valid idea(s) for bettering OUR current economic well-being. However, I could guarantee that such steps/demands as explained above would likely go a long way toward fixing much of the nation’s current economic woes.

Adam Trotter / AVT



The Economy is Bad. Where is The Fed?
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/07/economy-is-bad-where-is-fed.html

The U.S. Federal Government: Its Debt and Its Apparent Stupidity.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/07/us-federal-government-its-debt-and-its.html

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mass Murder in Norway – A Nation Where Few Civilians Are Allowed to Carry Guns for Self-Defense. What Say You, Mayor Bloomberg?

July 23, 2011

In response to yesterday’s tragic and senseless mass-murder and killings in Norway, I regrettably must ask: will we also be seeing similar / continued incidences of mass-murder in the U.S.A. when folks like Mayor Bloomberg and his anti-gun coalition get their wish to prevent the American citizenry from carrying defensive weaponry such as handguns in a manner as such laws seem to suggest in Norway?

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From Wikipedia: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Norway_attacks)

“…Approximately two hours after the Oslo explosion, … he took a ferry to the island of Utøya, the location of the Labour Party's annual Workers' Youth League (AUF) youth summer camp. Once there, he engaged in a systematic shooting spree amidst the campers before finally being apprehended. …

WHILE DRESSED AS A POLICE OFFICER, [the killer] asked people to gather round him BEFORE INDISCRIMINATELY FIRING HIS WEAPONS, KILLING AND INJURING NUMEROUS PEOPLE. He first shot people on the island and later started shooting the escaping people in the water. … MOST OF THE CASUALTIES WERE YOUTHS OF ABOUT 15 AND 16 YEARS OLD; …

According to an eyewitness, … IT TOOK POLICE MORE THAN TWO HOURS TO ARRIVE AT THE SCENE. WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THE SURVIVORS WERE BEGGING THE OFFICERS TO THROW AWAY THEIR WEAPONS, AS THEY WERE FRIGHTENED THAT THESE MEN IN UNIFORMS MIGHT ALSO OPEN FIRE on them in a manner similar to the act of the perpetrator. …”

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Apparently, private gun ownership by citizens of Norway for the purpose of self-defense is “…practically never accepted as a reason for gun ownership. …” (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_Norway - remember about quoting Wikipedia) However, for a likely more reliable site concerning gun control laws in Norway, see: http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/norway.


Would the sickening mass-murder and killings in Norway have progressed to such an extent if a few individuals in the crowd of innocent victims maintained defensive weapons to end the carnage by returning fire at the violent killer/creep? OF COURSE NOT!

Mayor Bloomberg of New York City, as a U.S. politician who would seem to prefer the American citizenry to remain as individually defenseless against crazed violent creeps as currently appears is the case with the citizens and laws of Norway, I wonder, what say you on this most recent matter of the cowardly mass-murder of the defenseless innocents in that nation? Of course, I am aware that it is much of your apparent anti-gun position that crazed individuals should be denied firearms. But what of the instance where the crazed individual appears no less sane than anyone else? What of the continued theft of guns from governments and armies with those guns landing who-knows-where? Until you are able to obtain your Utopian and idealized world wherein only despots, tyrants, and all-powerful armies have exclusive access to your idealized world’s limited amount of ‘defensive’ firearms, the citizenry must be able to defend themselves against attack from violent creeps who seem able to obtain firearms regardless of any law intended to stop the creeps from obtaining these weapons!

The Law of the bygone Wild,Wild West of yesteryear appears as much more realistic and more effective as well – when it comes to dealing with crazed and violent creeps walking among the law-abiding and decent folk of the world!

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Regardless of all else, may I hereby be allowed to pass along my sincere sympathies and condolences to the families of those murdered as well as to the nation of Norway. May the innocent dead rest in peace.


Adam Trotter / AVT



Also see the following about Norwegian gun control laws:

ACT NO. 1 OF 9 JUNE 1961 RELATING TO FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION
http://www.ub.uio.no/ujur/ulovdata/lov-19610609-001-eng.html


Norway — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law
http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/norway


The Norwegian Register of Hunters
http://www.brreg.no/english/registers/hunter/index.html

Norwegian Laws in English
http://www.lovdata.no/info/lawdata.html


Lov om skytevåpen og ammunisjon m.v. [våpenloven].
http://www.lovdata.no/all/nl-19610609-001.html


Lov av 9. juni 1961 nr 1 om skytevåpen og ammunisjon m.v. [våpenloven].
http://www.lovdata.no/for/sf/sf-19610609-001.html

Norwegian law in foreign languages
http://www.ub.uib.no/avdeling/jur/norlaw.htm


Handguns Save Life and Property, While the Defenseless Can Lose Everything.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/07/handguns-save-life-and-property-while.html


Fuck the Stupid Drug War; Let’s Start a War on Violent Creeps!!!http://avt777.blogspot.com/2010/03/fuck-stupid-drug-war-lets-start-war-on.html

Stop the Violence on Our Streets and in Our Society!!! If It Takes Violence to Do So, Well.... Damn the Torpedoes, Full Steam Ahead!!
http://avt777.blogspot.com/2010/03/stop-violence-on-our-streets-and-in-our.html

Monday, July 18, 2011

I’m Not Afraid to Take a Stand, Either!

I’m Not Afraid to Take a Stand, to Voice my Opinions, or to Defend a Just Position Either!



AVT


Eminem - Not Afraid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s

The Economy is Bad. Where is The Fed?

July 16th, 2011


The national U.S. economy seems really bad. Where is The Federal Reserve System [/The Fed] and what are they doing about the nation’s current economic situation? As The Federal Reserve System has had the better part of a century to practice running the nation’s economy and while concurrently/potentially owning OUR Federal government, what is the U.S. central bank (who we call ‘The Fed’) doing to make the situation better and to end the on-going “Great Depression of the New Millennium?”

Is The Fed merely inept – as seems most of the national-level, government-type entities which run OUR country? (The Fed is not a government entity, however.) Is The Fed attempting to reduce the U.S. nation to “third world developing nation" status – with The Fed’s endless devaluation of the American Dollar? Or, is The Fed attempting some other clandestine undertaking of which the rest of us are unaware and such an operation requires the concurrent devastation of the “American way of life”– as we are all aware The Fed essentially is not required to answer to anyone for its actions?

I understand attempting to run a nation’s economy has many challenges, no doubt! Nevertheless, the apparent long-standing and on-going policy regime of The Fed currently [and long since] appears as ineffectual at protecting the nation’s economic well-being.


Unless some rational and verifiable excuse exists for the inability of The Federal Reserve System to better the nation’s economic condition – other than an excuse of its own ineptitude, clearly the time is at hand to “SHRED THE FED!!” Surely, the nation’s economy would be better off with no national banking cartel acting as a central bank while said cartel concurrently controls our currency and financial institutions and while this same central bank/cartel (The Fed) routinely seeks “arbitrage opportunities” for itself in addition to claiming no fiduciary responsibility to anyone – seemingly the least of which would include a fiduciary responsibility to the American people and the U.S. nation!


Adam Vernon Trotter / AVT


PS. The Fed appears content to have its New York mouthpiece, Mr. Timothy Geithner, running the U.S. Treasury Department while handing trillions of dollars to its banking buddies in ‘stimulus’ monies. (See: Geithner Said to Consider Leaving Treasury After Debt Debate; located at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-30/geithner-said-to-weigh-leaving-treasury-after-debt-ceiling-debate-resolved.html)


Also see:
On The Federal Reserve’s Plan to Buy-Back $600B in U.S. Government Debt…
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/11/on-federal-reserves-plan-to-buy-back.html


Thomas Jefferson and the Federal Reserve System.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/06/thomas-jefferson-and-federal-reserve.html


Incompetence and Confusion: Federal Reserve to Raise Interest Rates? U.S.Dollar, Liquidity Trap, Inflation, and Savings.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/06/incompetence-and-confusion-federal.html



Definition of Terms: "Shred The Fed"
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/02/definition-of-terms-shred-fed.html



The Great Depression of the New Millennium
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/great-depression-of-new-millennium.html


The Time to ‘Shred the Fed’ Appears to be At Hand.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/08/time-to-shred-fed-appears-to-be-at-hand.html



Allow the Federal Government to Control America’s Currency.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2009/06/allow-federal-government-to-control.html


What Would Happen With No U.S. Federal Government Debt?
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/11/what-would-happen-with-no-us-federal.html

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Handguns Save Life and Property, While the Defenseless Can Lose Everything.

July 5th, 2011

Off-duty police officer brandishes service revolver and sends would-be violent creeps/robbers fleeing to be arrested shortly thereafter:


Mineola Man Arrested in Connection with Attempted Robbery.
http://mineola.patch.com/articles/mineola-man-arrested-in-connection-with-attempted-robbery


Other [NYC] news outlets simply refuse to note that the victim was armed with a weapon/hand gun – as if no one would know the revolver likely saved the would-be victim.

Group of thieves nabbed after targeting off-duty cop
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/long_island&id=8216286


Luckily for the intended robbery victim he had a weapon/hand gun to defend himself against the four attackers.



NOW,
Contrast the story above with what happened a few miles away and a few days earlier in two separate incidents wherein the victims were not armed with defensive weapons:


Innocent and defenseless lives lost:

Long Island bloodbath: High school senior among four bodies found at pharmacy after botched robbery
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-06-20/local/29704368_1_pharmacy-father-s-day-prom-and-graduation

Robber Kills 4 in L.I. Pharmacy; One Victim Is a 17-Year-Old Girl
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/nyregion/gunman-kills-4-in-a-long-island-pharmacy.html

David Laffer indicted in deaths of 4 during Medford pharmacy shooting
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20075372-504083.html



Property and cash taken:

Long Island Pharmacy Robbed Of Drugs And Cash
http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/long-island-pharmacy-robbed-of-drugs-and-cash-20110626-apx



Given such evidence as can be readily deduced from the stories above, who in their right mind can legitimately state that worthy citizens should not be allowed firearms to defend themselves against attackers?

Adam Trotter / AVT



See also:
Armed Jewelry Store Robbers Sent Fleeing By Armed Store Owner In the Bronx. …
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/02/armed-jewelry-store-robbers-sent.html



NYC Mayor Bloomberg Calls for Tougher Gun-Control While Elderly Staten Island Couple Is Nearly Beaten To Death In Apartment Building Lobby.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/01/nyc-mayor-bloomberg-calls-for-tougher.html

The U.S. Federal Government: Its Debt and Its Apparent Stupidity.

July 5th, 2011

The decision makers in Washington appear to have never actually worked as an employee of the Federal government or don’t understand how the Federal bureaucracy actually spends its money or, for some unknown reason, don’t really want to reduce the Federal debt levels.

While once again having to stare in the face of near-imminent collapse unless it again raises its debt ceiling, the U.S. Federal government and its Law Makers appear at a complete loss of how to curtail the U.S. Federal debt – or as a result of mental deficiencies or loyalties to others rather than to the American people, the politicians/lawmakers simply do not really care to curtail the debt. Clearly, by merely revamping how the government spends its funds allocated to government agencies and contractors, the U.S. Federal government could likely save billions of dollars per fiscal year and could likely do so in a “win-win” manner for all. Changing the way the government spends its money/allocated funds would, most likely, significantly decrease Federal deficits which would in turn significantly reduce the Federal debt.

But then again, the lawmakers in Washington appear to be totally ignorant of where the likely majority of government waste actually exists. Such an ignorance as is currently apparent with the lawmakers could be a result of never having worked as a typical government employee – as many of the lawmakers have surely never worked as a regular government employee and appear to only have had the U.S. Federal government work for them.


Adam Vernon Trotter / AVT

PS. At the risk of sounding arrogant, if anyone wishes for the thoughts herein to be expanded/explained further, just ask.


See also:
What Would Happen With No U.S. Federal Government Debt?
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/11/what-would-happen-with-no-us-federal.html

President Obama, Cut Whatever Budget You Want, We Are Accustomed To Such.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/01/president-obama-cut-whatever-budget-you.html


U.S. Credit Rating Has Been (or is being) Downgraded?
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2009/06/us-credit-rating-has-been-or-is-being.html


A Just Government Fears Not…
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/just-government-fears-not.html

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Paul Revere’s Ride



June 8th, 2011


As I have been spending a significant amount of time within ear-shot of Paul Revere’s ride, I can only wonder if he were here in the modern day and a cause were to exist to warrant such a ride, of what would Mr. Revere warn us? For any such possible cause, I would lean towards the People’s need to be warned of the invading army of fascists who attempt to appease one another by quashing the lawful Rights of others.


AVT



The Midnight Ride in Revere's Own Words
http://www.paulreverehouse.org/ride/words.html



Longfellow's Poem
http://www.paulreverehouse.org/poem.aspx


Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.

Incompetence and Confusion: Federal Reserve to Raise Interest Rates? U.S.Dollar, Liquidity Trap, Inflation, and Savings.

May 31st, 2011


The Federal Reserve System appears as an organization at odds with itself. On one hand it claims no fiduciary responsibility to anyone while on the other hand it claims to be concerned for economic welfare of the United States – while maintaining no apparent or mandated constitutional authority for its power, it should be noted. Furthermore, while employing the most arrogant of economic experts from the nation’s most arrogant of educational institutions, The Fed appears as completely incompetent while knowing no more of how to fix the currently listless U.S. economy than does the average simpleton. Additionally, The Fed appears as an organization which has been dishonest and has lied to the American people for so long that The Fed surely now takes the American public for complete idiots as well, all the while professing to the nation of how it cares for our economic welfare. Now, “A top Federal Reserve official says it is time to raise interest rates to avoid causing inflation and economic problems.” (See WSJ link below for quote source.)

The Fed has completely devalued the dollar to a fraction of its prior value (review the historic price of gold). Such currency devaluation was apparently done for any of several arguable reasons (to compete with cheap labor from other nations, to create a currency war, or most likely, to ‘swindle’ Chinese creditors). Not the least of these possible reasons for devaluing the dollar, it seems, was to artificially increase prices in an attempt to superficially – and by definition – put an end to any current economic depression (by artificially bolstering the U.S. GNP as a result of increased prices due to the devalued dollar) - which would help any politician running for reelection, btw.

As for raising interest rates to alleviate inflation pressures, clearly, the devalued dollar would be the only true driving factor for any increased pressures of inflation – as the majority of the population has long been unemployed or underemployed. Consequently, consumer demand and spending could not be causing any inflation. While some may counter that the increased price of fuel has caused inflation pressures to rise, it is likely that the increased price of fuel is also largely a result of the devalued U.S. Dollar (Federal Reserve Note) – a point which I will show at a future date when I have the time. Additionally, anyone that knows anything about economics knows that our government welcomes inflation for its contracting purposes in addition to its [and The Fed's] apparently concerted seigniorage efforts (see inflation tax, fiat dollar/money, and printing money).

As a testament to the level of fools for which The Fed apparently assumes comprises the majority of the U.S. populace, during the midst of the heightened and escalating devaluation of the Dollar – a devaluation resulting from The Fed’s actions, The Fed now wants the populace to increase its savings (according to the WSJ article below which quotes the head of the K.C. Fed). That is, The Fed apparently wants us to increase our savings levels while it continues to devalue the dollar – as if the U.S. populace could be as stupid as the Chinese creditors to allow the banks to hold our money/wealth while the central bank (The Fed) devalues the money to a level where it is worth less than when the money was put into any savings account. Even the Chinese fools/creditors eventually caught-on to what was happening in that regard. Now The Fed (apparently with no more foreigners around to swindle) expects the average American to be just as stupid as the Chinese had been. And additionally, of course, few Americans have jobs which would allow for saving any money, anyhow. What’s more, as a result of the economic depression, depressed real estate values, and nonexistent demand for workers, many retirement savings of aging Americans has long since been wiped-out – all the while during recent years The Fed maintaining an apparent historic position of desiring any such retirement savings to be invested in the equities markets and not kept in savings accounts.


Nevertheless, I must admit, given the listless U.S. economy and the liquidity trap which appears to have gripped the same, The Fed surely needs to do something different (other than lining its own pockets while increasing the value of its gold reserves which it has done superbly well over recent decades with the devalued dollar). Clearly the U.S. economy is in the throws of a liquidity trap. Few, other than myself – apparently, are even willing to admit the possibility of such a liquidity trap in the U.S. Most probably won’t admit such a possibility because they fear reprisals and retribution for stating such from the all-powerful Federal Reserve System and its government lackeys. When corporations pursue capital investments in infrastructure, for example, such typically increases the need for workers (which is a good thing). However, when corporations make these capital investments – say in new facilities, they often secure/sell bonds to ensure the financing of the capital improvement effort. There in lies the rub and the basis of the liquidity trap as well. Because, when interest rates are at an all time low rate of return (as they are currently), the interest rate ultimately has nowhere to go but up. When one buys a bond at one rate of return and then the rate is increased for new bonds, the value of the bond at the lower rate of return is then worth a lesser face value than when it was purchased. Therefore the holder of that bond at the lower interest rate has now lost money due to the availability of a bond at an increased interest rate. So in other words, no one wants to buy any bonds with such low rates of returns as they currently stand because such would surely be a losing investment to the purchaser of bonds. Furthermore, according to some, increased savings only worsens a liquidity trap – and, in fact, any economics textbook will tell you to throw money at a liquidity trap.

So what is The Fed’s true intent in this matter of seeking increased interest rates? Given its lack of fiduciary responsibility to anyone other than itself and its minimal transparency to observers, it is unlikely that any outsider will ever know what is the true intent of The Federal Reserve System. Given the hold and power The Fed has over our governments and politicians, it is unlikely that our governments and legal establishments will help us in this regard either. To be clear, the Nation's Founding Fathers stood against a national/Federal Bank and included no such allowance for a delegation of financial power/authority to a non-government agency/banking cartel [such as The Federal Reserve System] in our American Nation's Constitution.

Surely, it is probably best to let the economy drive itself rather than to let this banking cartel known as The Federal Reserve System make economic policy. After being in existence for nearly one hundred years, if The Fed has not determined by now what to do during times of economic woes to benefit the nation, what is the point in having it run our money supply and setting monetary and fiscal policy? As such, the time is clearly at hand to “SHRED THE FED”!!!


Adam Vernon Trotter / AVT


PS. Should time/history prove The Fed System to be less than forthright, let us hope that ultimate justice exists in the universe and that those bankers who were reported to have secretly met at Jekyll Island nearly one hundred years ago to frame The Federal Reserve System are now being subjected to that ultimate justice – as we can also hope the same ultimate justice will exist for the politicians, lawyers, and judges who continue to allow for the perpetuation of any seemingly corrupt and incompetent Federal Reserve System to this day.





Kansas City Fed's Hoenig Sees Need to Lift Rates
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576353393578116276.html


Liquidity trap
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquidity_trap


How Much Of The World Is In a Liquidity Trap? (Krugman)
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/how-much-of-the-world-is-in-a-liquidity-trap/



Liquidity Trap
http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/liquiditytrap.asp




Definition of Terms: "Shred The Fed"
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/02/definition-of-terms-shred-fed.html


Concerning the Federal Reserve System and Fiduciary Responsibility….
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/10/concerning-federal-reserve-system-and.html


Thomas Jefferson and the Federal Reserve System.
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2010/06/thomas-jefferson-and-federal-reserve.html

Thursday, May 19, 2011

If I Made the Educational Decisions…. “The Adam Vernon Trotter Experimental Education Program.” (Initial Draft Copy)

May 18th, 2011


If I were the official making educational decisions for any affluent/middle to upper middle class township, community, county, or city, I would invite some predetermined number of desirous and deserving underprivileged children/students from a potentially less-affluent nearby community to attend my well-funded school systems. Of course, any such program could be started on an experimental basis and the results could be assessed after a set length of time. As the adoption of county-wide [or the likes] school systems to level the educational opportunities available to all students across economic borders appears as a never materializing non-reality in much of the American nation, such a program as what I put forth herein potentially could provide fantastic returns for all parties involved in the educational effort.


So, as some examples (with no intended offense to any listed community or school system), if I were the Township of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, I would invite say twenty children from nearby Camden to come and attend Cherry Hill High Schools. If I were Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, I would invite a handful of students from Philadelphia. Garden City, New York, could invite some children from Hempstead. Andover, Massachusetts, could take on some students from nearby Lawrence. And, Palos Verdes and Torrance, California, could educate some students from South/South-Central Los Angeles. This list of cities is merely meant to delineate a few examples, of course; but the list could go on endlessly throughout the states of our nation.

For this type of ‘experimental’ educational program, some simplistic application process could be developed which could then be followed by a lottery to determine which students from the less-affluent region were chosen to attend the more-affluent region’s school systems. If it were up to me, I would provide free transportation from a set location to the destination school. The states of the schools could maybe even help to defray some of the costs for, say, transportation – for starters.

The invited children/students would have to agree to the terms of no truancy, no troublemaking, and the maintaining of a decent/respectable grade-point average. Failing these terms, the child would be replaced by another more desirous underprivileged student. (Additionally, in extreme cases of behavioral difficulties, any severely misguided and dismissed student could even be billed for the costs of the opportunity – just as a penalty to keep everyone honest, so to speak.) This program would have no resemblance to the forced racial ‘busing’ programs of the 1970’s (etc.) – as the students of the subject hypothetical program would want to go to the other school and the students would be welcome in the host school as well.

The envisioned main and stated goal of any such ‘experimental’ educational undertakings would be that any benefits gleaned from these educational opportunities by the students would hopefully be taken back to the underprivileged students’ home neighborhood to help foster an improved educational and business environment in the less-affluent region. While such a program may have some amount of increased initial costs for the host-school communities, it is likely in the long-term that such a program would provide beneficial and even immeasurable returns for all.


And, I mean..., what the heck..., some of the more affluent school systems spend exhorbinant amounts of dollars per capita student. So, what’s the harm to show the benevolence to educate an additional handful of students who may otherwise never have been privy to a better-funded and possibly more-enriched public school educational opportunity as would likely be available in the better-funded school systems? Has it not been said: “Cast your bread upon the waters and it will be returned to you…,” or something to that extent? I think such prophetic logic would apply to this experimental educational program as I hereby propose.


Currently, I am not aware of any existing or on-going educational efforts to undertake such a program to offer higher-quality secondary school educations to underprivileged students as I have described herein – though that does not mean any such programs necessarily do not already exist. However, as I know of no such plan of widespread spreading of the educational wealth in the nation’s public school systems, maybe I will dub this plan as the “Adam Vernon Trotter Experimental Education Program.”


Adam Vernon Trotter / AVT



PS. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones … he will certainly not lose his reward."


Follow-on note, August, 6th, 2011:
I have since learned that some amount of benevolent communities across our nation have educational programs in-place and operating to the end of which I blogged herein - such being the allowance for under-privileged youth from other communities entry into the more affluent and neighboring communities schools. Maybe I should change the name of this blog entry?

Friday, May 13, 2011

BOYCOTT PRODUCTS FROM COMMUNIST CHINA!!!

BOYCOTT PRODUCTS FROM COMMUNIST CHINA!!!

May 13th, 2011 (Friday)

As reported this evening on “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” Communist Mainland China (Peoples Republic of China) has continued and increased its detainment of anyone seeking political change or human rights in that nation. Artists, religious figures, and political dissenters have been disappearing as these individuals are regularly taken into police custody with no legal proceedings to justify the detainment. Police beatings have also been on the rise concerning these individuals as well. Harassment of foreign news/media/press reporters is also said to be on the increase. Furthermore, the term ‘Jasmine’ (as in ‘Jasmine Revolution’) has also become taboo/illegal in that nation according to the CBS News report.

The government of Communist Mainland China (Peoples Republic of China) has apparently authorized these actions in an attempt to bolster the communist regime’s stranglehold in that nation.

Clearly the time is at hand for the decent peoples of the world to stand up in unison and in opposition to the tyranny regularly displayed by the government of Communist Mainland China (Peoples Republic of China). Personally, I would think that any corporation from the free world that would open operations in that nation must be mentally deficient (regardless of cheap labor and regardless of how many employment opportunities this statement may cost me). Additionally, I believe it is imperative that the free peoples of the world speak for those oppressed in fascist [/communist] states such as for those in Communist Mainland China (Peoples Republic of China).

I HEREBY SUGGEST THAT THE FREE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD BOYCOTT ANY PRODUCTS FROM COMMUNIST MAINLAND CHINA (PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA) – due to the many reasons explained above.

Adam Trotter / AVT



See also:
China cracks down on gov't opposition
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7366029n

Mainland/Communist China Should Become Part of Taiwan! Taiwan Should Not Become Part of Mainland China!
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/mainlandcommunist-china-should-become.html

Foreign Companies Operating in China: Do Those Firms Support Oppression or Freedom and Individual Rights?
http://adamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/foreign-companies-operating-in-china-do.html

A Just Government Fears Not…
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/just-government-fears-not.html


Jessamine.
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/jessamine.html

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Comedy and Free Speech or Kiddie Porn? Either Way, Plea Bargains Suck!

(Re-posted here in this blog due to popular demand by blog readers. Originally posted at: http://avt777.blogspot.com/2011/04/comedy-and-free-speech-or-kiddie-porn.html )

April 13th, 2011


The Youtube comedian/jokester, Evan Emory, who edited his video to make it appear he was singing a sexually-suggestive song to a group of young school children agreed to a plea bargain whereby he will serve a sentence of a sixty day jail-term (among other things). The said individual pleaded ‘no contest’ to "unlawful posting of an Internet message with aggravating circumstances” – according to the Village Voice. Apparently the young man/comic agreed to the plea bargain to avoid any possibility of a conviction of "manufacturing child pornography."

Clearly, the young man and video jokester didn’t think his joke through to any possible conclusion – especially how the video might be perceived/received by any of the young children’s parents, let alone how it might be perceived by a prosecutor or judge. If my child had been highlighted in the video, I also probably would have been perturbed. Nevertheless, in this day and age, it would seem nearly anyone would agree to spend a month [or so] in jail [to appease any upset parents or bureaucrats] before they would risk being labeled and nationally listed as a ‘sex offender’ – assuming they ever wanted another job.



What is of issue here, in my opinion, is this matter highlights how the plea bargain process seems improper. Maybe this matter should have been heard to clarify what speech is illegal and what is not – regardless of what is improper or in poor taste or what jokes of what subject should be avoided. Of course, such a hearing/trial would have meant a considerable increase in workload for all the legal entities and personnel involved.

Then again, what probably prevented this matter from being heard is the apparent and often improper nature of mandatory type of sentencing, particularly so concerning any national blacklists – such as any National Bad Drivers List, No-Fly List (unless the individual is a verified terrorist) and dare I say it, any sex-offenders list (because it can apparently blacklist for life any such simplistic comedian-wanna-be, for one example).

It would seem mandatory sentencing or labeling should only apply to violent criminals, in my opinion, if at all. Sentencing guidelines would appear as a better alternative. It would seem that any honest and competent judge could distinguish those that should be removed from society and incarcerated and those for whom such a sentence of incarceration may not be warranted. However, of course, not all judges are fair, honest, and competent – as history has shown us time and time again throughout the land.

I mean, regardless of all else, maybe this matter should have been heard/tried to clarify what is Free speech and what is not. Such a clarification appears as necessary for some, obviously. This Youtube comedian was not intending to make child pornography, in my opinion, he was merely attempting to make a [poor or improper] joke. However, any mandatory sentencing and blacklisting of this Youtube comedian likely also would have been improper. (Be aware, I don’t know the individual personally.)

As a result of no clarification of legal speech in this matter, would any viewer of the joke Youtube video also be guilty of watching child pornography? Are/Were any news/media outlets then providing child pornography by allowing anyone to view the video on their websites or broadcasts? Was Youtube guilty of posting child pornography when it allowed the posting of this video to its massive website?

As with any legal ambiguity, by this plea bargain, Freedom of Speech has essentially been weakened as to what Free Speech is legal or illegal – again, as such a clarification appears as necessary for some and, in the end, such a legal clarification could help all. Is the Village Voice breaking the Law by providing the video for viewing – which it chose not to do by the link below? I don’t profess to have or know the answer for dealing with pedophiles and I wish such individuals were not ever among the free and decent peoples of the world, of course. However, when one is talking about Freedom of Speech without any violent intentions, well…. Maybe, at a minimum, our tax dollars would be better spent by not putting misguided and simple-minded comedians in jail for jokes – regardless of the inappropriate nature of the joke.


AVT



See:
YouTube Kid Gets 60 Days in Jail For Sex Joke Song
By Joe Coscarelli, Wed., Apr. 13 2011 @ 5:13PM
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/04/youtube_kid_jail_child_porn_joke_song.php



On the other hand, for reference on my position on such matters, I have also previously posted:
Should We Execute Violent Sex Offenders Regardless of the Degree of Murder? Body of Missing Female High School Student is Recovered
http://avt777.blogspot.com/2010/03/should-we-execute-violent-sex-offenders.html



Also posted at:
http://avt777.blogspot.com/2011/04/comedy-and-free-speech-or-kiddie-porn.html

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bats facing extinction?

April 11th, 2011

Are bat populations/species facing extinction as reported predictions anticipate?

One has to wonder what is causing the latest manifestation of all the unsavory realities throughout the world (bees disappearing, bat-kills, bird-kills, fish-kills, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.). Have any such unsavory conditions in the world always been present to the latest degree and our latest concern is more a result of the speed and quantity of reported information? Could these recent conditions be a result of global climate change or possibly the testing of a massive science-fiction type of electromagnet weaponry? Or did these types of calamities always happen from time to time and to such an extent in nature and the populace didn’t have access to high-tech or high-speed news media to be informed of the matter (immediately or otherwise)? Then again..., is something more ominous afoot – albeit of mankind or cosmic origin?



AVT


See:

Fungus sweeps across the country, killing bats

By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Staff Writer
Friday, April 8, 2011



PS. Should I include or mention widespread political unrest as well? Do the news media sources have nothing but calamities to report because reporting such appears as the only way for the media sources to increase ratings, readers, and therefore advertising revenues? Although the bat-kills seem have been given only minimal attention, I must admit.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

TSA Agents Arrested for Theft at JFK Airport in NYC. TSA: Thieving Scoundrel Admin. of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security!

April 6th, 2011


Approximately a week and a half ago, reports were broadcast telling of the arrest and confessions of at least two [if not several] TSA Agents concerning theft from airline travelers at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. The agents of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration, or was that the Thieving Scoundrels Administration) were apparently stealing material items from passengers’ checked baggage; the same checked baggage that the agents were responsible for verifying as safe and flight-worthy and not containing dangerous or terroristic devices/contraband. Apparently, arrests of TSA Agents from JFK had been made several weeks ago. However, I heard no report of the story until last week. Very briefly, I heard the reported story on WABC Television Late-Night News Sunday March 27th, as I recall.

Does it seem odd that this story was not given more attention by the mainstream press/media outlets? TSA, the U.S. airport security folks who x-ray and search baggage at the airports and screen passengers as well, are - of course - U.S. government employees (U.S. Department of Homeland Security / insecurity). I would venture to guess that many would not want the populace/consumer/airline traveler to know that some of these TSA folks who are entrusted with helping to verify our safety while traveling via commercial airliners are no better than common thieves. Again, that is to say, I am sure many governmental-type entities would not want us to know that several of the government agents entrusted with our safety are merely low-life criminals – those who have neither apparent need nor desperation but choose to steal to better themselves financially, nevertheless.


Are incidents such as this which involved the apparently government sanctioned thieves at JFK Airport more prevalent and more widespread than the average American consumer may know? Or, is this merely an isolated series of incidents or another in the long list of our Federal government’s ineptitude? Lest we forget, these TSA baggage checkers and security personnel [and thieves] have supposedly gone through rigorous background checks to ensure any trust placed in the TSA personnel is warranted. Apparently, the numbers of common thieves among the TSA has grown and thefts of this sort have continued across the nation for a significant period of time, btw.

In my opinion, another of the huge ironies with this story - and another reason why I no longer enjoy traveling via commercial airliners anymore - is that when traveling by air, the traveler can no longer lock their checked baggage to prevent theft of valuables. Baggage can not be locked, of course, so that any of these potential thieves/TSA Agents can go through/inspect the checked baggage – all in the name of security, anti-terrorism, and passenger safety. (Search and seizure/Fourth Amendment Rights therefore being suspended, no doubt.)


With the irony marching forward: If these TSA Agents can not be trusted to not steal from the unsuspecting airline passengers, one must logically wonder, what else might the corrupt TSA agents put a price on? Could the corrupt thieves amongst the TSA inspectors be bribed into letting dangerous or terroristic items/weapons on the planes?


Obviously, any trust in the recently arrested TSA-common-thieves was ill-placed. One has to wonder if any faith of somewhat assured safety concerning the airplane, cargo, and the planes’ passengers was also ill-advised – given the actions of these TSA agents at JFK Airport.

Adam Trotter / AVT


PS. As another interesting personal oddity to this story, I am aware of a friend who was on business travel to a non-stop destination, leaving from JFK Airport in New York a few weeks ago. Upon arrival at their destination, my friend then discovered that a lap-top computer which was in their checked baggage had been stolen. They reported the theft to the authorities a few days prior to the recent re-reported arrest of the TSA agents/thieves which was broadcast last week. So in other words, there are likely to be more/other thieves working for the TSA at JFK which have yet to be caught - as the thieves of this latest reported story had been arrested prior to the theft of my friend's lap-top computer. Regardless, I’m sure my friend’s missing computer has long-since landed in some Gotham City stolen-computer chop-shop and will likely never be seen again.





Though there are a surprisingly [or not surprisingly] few/limited number of media reports on this latest TSA related theft at JFK Airport, nevertheless, also see:


Two TSA agents busted at JFK Airport for stealing $160,000 from checked bags
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bags_tsa_agents_busted_checked_jfk_FRka1bq83wcuV1xwkEwUJK


Coumar Persad & Davon Webb, JFK TSA Officials, Admit To Robbing Passengers (POLL)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/16/coumar-persad-and-davon-w_n_824105.html



Investigation into alleged TSA thefts at JFK Airport (An article from Like a year ago)
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=7447038
TSA Under Fire for Rising Theft by Baggage Screeners (An article from seven years ago)
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=266573

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Engineering and Commerce

Engineering and Commerce Issues.

Please see:

http://engineeringandcommerce.blogspot.com/


Thanks,
AVT

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mainland/Communist China Should Become Part of Taiwan! Taiwan Should Not Become Part of Mainland China!

March 11th, 2011

Regardless of the current falsehoods posted on the internet on sites such as Wikipedia.org – likely posted by the Western governments as well as likely being posted by others, no doubt – it would surely appear that the seemingly imprisoned peoples of mainland/communist China (Peoples Republic of China) would be better served to be under the rule of the nation of Taiwan (Republic of China), not the other way around. Taiwan does not block Freedom of speech internet sites such as Twitter and Facebook as does mainland China. Taiwan does not seem to repeatedly round up dissidents and human rights lawyers/activists and take them away to prisons from which they are never heard from again – as does mainland China. More than likely, mainland China probably executes any collected dissidents merely for the dissidents’ crime of wanting freedom of speech, justice, and human rights for the populace of the nation.

As far as I know, the people of Taiwan are free to state their thoughts on the internet on sites such as Twitter and Facebook and the Taiwanese can search the internet via Goggle for whatever unfiltered information they may desire. The residents of mainland/communist China can not use any of those sites to gain uncensored information or to openly speak their minds as the government of mainland/communist China either blocks or filters those internet sites from its populace. It would appear that if the populace of mainland/communist China were under the rule of the Taiwanese government, at a minimum, the mainland Chinese would be more free than they are currently.

Don’t even believe the politically correct ‘crap’ put on the internet that Taiwan is, and should be, part of mainland China. The Western governments appear content to support [the government of] mainland/communist China and the westerners also appear content to sell any support for the Freedoms of the one to two billion people in mainland/communist China in exchange for a seemingly never ending source of cheap [slave-wage] labor in addition to also gaining the ability to have western manufacturing operations in mainland China - which apparently are not subject to any anti-pollution laws nor subject to western employment laws either.

This blog entry is merely to state that the government of mainland/communist China appears as unjust and apparently needs to go away. This blog means no ill will to the good people of mainland/communist China. This blog reflects my opinion, my knowledge of the situation, and reflects reported news on the matter as well. Because, where I come from we are allowed and often encouraged to voice our opinions.

A Just Government Fears Not….


Adam Trotter / AVT


See also:
A Just Government Fears Not…
http://poetrybyadamvernontrotter.blogspot.com/2011/03/just-government-fears-not.html


China cracks down to prevent 'Jasmine Revolution'
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-03-04-chinajasmine04_ST_N.htm


China tries to stamp out 'Jasmine Revolution'
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110220/ap_on_re_as/as_china_jasmine_revolution


Calls for a ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in China Persist
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/world/asia/24china.html


Activists Detained and Harassed After Online Calls for Jasmine Revolution
http://abcnews.go.com/International/activists-detained-harassed-online-calls-jasmine-revolution/story?id=12969088


Mainland China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mainland_China



People's Republic of China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Republic_of_China


Republic of China (Taiwan)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_China

A New Approach to China (Official Google Company Blog)
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-approach-to-china.html


(Should I note - Dec. 4, 2016 - that Google owns this blog site: blogspot.com / blogger.com? And that I thank them for this venue/avenue/channel as well.)




Following links added here on Dec. 4, 2016:

A Note / Disclaimer on Mainland China

Dissident Chen Guangcheng Sent Back – No Assylum in U.S.! (Not Yet Anyhow) (Not updated as the Dissident is now reportedly studying law in NYC, NY.  Good for him!)

BOYCOTT PRODUCTS FROM COMMUNIST CHINA!!!



Jessamine.