Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bombay Dabbawalas: Low Tech Human Delivery Service

Here's something that will make UPS management drool. Here's a look at a convenient, neglected, and often forgotten tiffin delivery service by the 5000 Dabbawalas in Bombay (Mumbai). This organization was founded all the way back in the 1890's. This is what honest day's work for honest day's pay used to look like. The monthly service fee is 400 rupees which is less than $10!

I think what is missing are Goldman Sachs, derivatives, or maybe even some MBAs at the exective level. LOL. Cooperatives are the enemy of top down corporations!

Btw, here's a mind boggling observation by me: Education has very little to do with income. Does it mean that people without an education should go without an income? Who is really the production engine of the economy? What if all the illiterates of India suddeny; graduated with a masters in IT, or how about a MBBS? Would it mean the majority of them would go unemployed? What would it do to the salaries of the existing IT workforce? What about the doctors? Would a lot of existing doctors go unemployed? Let's not get high and mighty about education now. It's a SCHEME to subjicate those who do not have the opportunity to be educated. I mean, think about all the unskilled or low skilled workers who bring quality to your lives. I mean if you really think about it, who's more important to your life? That farmer or that IT manager? Who should we really be endearing and respecting?

[Youtube] Bombay Daddawalas: Six Sigma Certified

[Youtube] Bombay Daddawalas: More footage

Charlie Veitch goes back to Canary Wharf 09-27-2009

Charlie Veitch goes back to Canary Wharf (UK) and exposes the matrix and the swine flu H1N1 vaccine. Hilarity ensues.

[Youtube] Charlie Veitch goes back to Canary Wharf Part 1

[Youtube] Charlie Veitch goes back to Canary Wharf Part 2

Howard Zinn: Interviewed by Cynthia McKinney on Cindy Sheehan Soapbox 09-27-2009

Here's Howard Zinn interviewed by Cynthia McKinney on Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox. I haven't heard anyone, not even Howard Zinn, until now, touch upon the true intentions of the founding fathers, which was to protect their own privileges. Tune in! The Howard Zinn interview is in the second half of the hour.

Well that explains the leftover artifacts from the birth of the country and what needs to be mopped up by us. Slavery is gone but the privileged class is still with us, protected and immunized by intent via laws made by their brethren.

[MP3] Howard Zinn: The Founding Fathers in it for themselves 09-27-2009

G. Edward Griffin: The Creature from Jekyll Island (audio version)

Ok ok, so I didn't make it one week, or even half a week, without touching google reader or adding to this blog..

Here is the audio version of G. Edward Griffin's book. Actually he covers the book in a 1998 lecture. He explains the origins and purpose of the insidious Federal Reserve!

[MP3] The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look At the Federal Reserve (Compressed .exe file)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

William K. Black: Deregulation and Control Fraud 05-2009

I'm going to disappear from the online world for a week. I won't even touch google reader during this time! Cya then!

William K. Black is interviewed in GritTV by Laura Flanders. Topics covered are deregulation, control fraud, greed, ponzi schemes, and Gresham's Dynamic. It's surreal who's responsible for the destruction of the economy and who's in power.

[GritTV Video] William K. Black interviewed on GritTV by Laura Flanders 05-2009

Joe Berlinger interviewed by Alex Jones - Movie CRUDE - 09-04-2009

Go watch the movie Crude.

Here's Joe Berlinger interviewed by Alex Jones on 09-04-2009. Joe's made the film Crude. It's about the irresponsible oil operations by Texaco in Ecuador that have produced massive oil spills and have destroyed the nearby environment and livilhoods.

[Youtube] Joe Berlinger, maker of film CRUDE, interviewed by Alex Jones 09-04-2009

Rest of the interview here.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Janet Tavakoli: Ponzi Scheme Profits by Wall Street Banks

After watching Janet Tavakoli, there should be no doubt this was a premeditated plan by Wall Street banks to rob the public. It was not a mistake and did not take place by chance. Please watch the last video which is 60 minutes long that explains a lot more in detail.

Take it from the horses mouth. Janet Tavakoli still works for Wall Street arbitrating conflicts and distrust between the big banks and their contract counterparties.

Janet Tavakoli summary:
There was no black swan. It wasn't a subprime problem. It was a ponzi scheme by Wall Street bankers brought upon the American public. They created financial meth lab that were value destroying securizations. We're bailing out A LOT of bad guys. Wall Street thinks they can get away because the public can't follow the scheme.

[Youtube] Janet Tavakoli: The most dangerous bill (the bailout)

[Youtube] Janet Tavakoli: Wall Street Ponzi Scheme

[Youtube] Janet Tavakoli vs captured former FDIC Chairman. Notice the belligerence!

[Youtube] Janet Tavakoli: 60 minute Q&A **MUST WATCH**

Tom Woods: Asks Why? 09-20-2009

George4Title shortens Tom Woods' speech at the Ron Paul BBQ Bash last weekend. Tom Woods asking some really well thought out questions. The video's 30 minutes long.

[Youtube] Tom Woods: Why? 09-20-2009

Shadow Secrets (2008): Revisiting 9/11

I believe I got this documentary recommendation off ronpaulforums.com's Must Watch Documentaries thread...

We revisit the September 11 and the people involved with 9/11.

Why is Ali Muhammad, a CIA double agent with Al Qaeda, involved with trainign Al Qaeda and involved in surveillance gathering for the African embassy bombings, allowed to continue to be CIA and then have his name kept under covers from the news media?

What? Muhammad Atta is CIA? His 9/11 buddies and him are able to get visas and roam freely even though their records indicated a security threat while being on the watch list?

Why did Bin Laden and his buddies get a free pass? The Taliban and Al Qaeda was air lifted by pakistan from the mountains in Afghanistan and transported to Pakistan safely, all under US radar.

It turns out the Pakistani ISI Director, General Mahmood Ahmed, authorized the transfer of $100,000 to Muhammad Atta. That Pakistani General was in the US during the week of 9/11. He's buddies with the Bush Administration and Muhammad Atta. What does that mean?

Guess who was funding the Taliban? The US and Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian official responsible for funding al Qaeda was also in town the US during 9/11 along with the Bin Laden family was sending money to Bin Laden. They all got a free pass to go home. Leads investigating funding point to Saudi Arabia were squashed from the top.

Why? Because the circle encloses both Al Qaeda and the CIA.

Follow the money: CIA => Pakistan ISI => Taliban / Mujahadeen / Al Qaeda => 9/11
The head of the beast is CIA.

[Google Video] Shadow Secrets (2008)

Paul Craig Roberts: Belief Retention vs. Truth

Here's a great article from Paul Craig Roberts about people living within their version of the world and the difficulty of getting truth accepted.

Here are some excerpts:
Researchers examined why big lies succeed where little lies fail. Governments can get away with mass deceptions, but politicians cannot get away with sexual affairs.

The researchers explain why so many Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, years after it has become obvious that Iraq had nothing to do with the event. Americans developed elaborate rationalizations based on Bush administration propaganda that alleged Iraqi involvement and became deeply attached to their beliefs. Their emotional involvement became wrapped up in their personal identity and sense of morality. They looked for information that supported their beliefs and avoided information that challenged them, regardless of the facts of the matter.

In Mein Kampf, Hitler explained the believability of the Big Lie as compared to the small lie: “In the simplicity of their minds, people more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have such impudence. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and continue to think that there may be some other explanation.”

What the sociologists and Hitler are telling us is that by the time facts become clear, people are emotionally wedded to the beliefs planted by the propaganda and find it a wrenching experience to free themselves. It is more comfortable, instead, to denounce the truth-tellers than the liars whom the truth-tellers expose.

The psychology of belief retention even when those beliefs are wrong is a pillar of social cohesion and stability. It explains why, once change is effected, even revolutionary governments become conservative. The downside of belief retention is its prevention of the recognition of facts. Belief retention in the Soviet Union made the system unable to adjust to economic reality, and the Soviet Union collapsed. Today in the United States millions find it easier to chant “USA, USA, USA” than to accept facts that indicate the need for change.

The staying power of the Big Lie is the barrier through which the 9/11 Truth Movement is finding it difficult to break. The assertion that the 9/11 Truth Movement consists of conspiracy theorists and crackpots is obviously untrue. The leaders of the movement are highly qualified professionals, such as demolition experts, physicists, structural architects, engineers, pilots, and former high officials in the government. Unlike their critics parroting the government’s line, they know what they are talking about.

Those who believe the official 9/11 story and dismiss skeptics as kooks can test the validity of the sociologists’ findings and Hitler’s observation by watching the video and experiencing their reaction to evidence that challenges their beliefs. Are you able to watch the presentation without scoffing at someone who knows far more about it than you do? What is your response when you find that you cannot defend your beliefs against the evidence presented? Scoff some more? Become enraged?

[Article] Paul Craig Roberts writes about the acceptance of truth by the public

Weekend in Las Vegas - September 2009

No, I wasn't hit by a bus. I'm still here. Yeah, I haven't posted in awhile. I do apologize. I've been busy with other things on my mind.

I was in Las Vegas over the weekend. Had a great time. There seemed to be less people this weekend. Maybe because I didn't go during a holiday weekend? Anyways it seemed like there were 20%-30% less people. It made walking through the casino and strip sidewalk much more pleasant. And the driving was much nicer too as the 15 freeway was reasonably smooth. We did hit a few rough patches but it was much nicer than our previous attempts.

I watched a few shows. That's what I do actually.. I watch shows and eat. I don't really gamble, as I don't understand the exhilaration of the act of putting money into a slot machine and trying to get it back out. I'll review all the shows I saw. I watched Matsuri, Rick Thomas, and David Copperfield in one day and went to the Titanic exhibit the next day. I had already seen the 'Chinese Executed Prisoner' Bodies Exhibit which is more fascinating that the Titanic one.

Matsuri @ Imperial Palace - Not my type of show. It featured about 15-20 performers (half guys, half gals, all japanese) on stage doing basic gymastics (bouncing off the horse and onto a rubber mat) to basic dancing. They did bring out the dancing dragons (with 2 guys in them) at the end. Something ethnic and authentic like that is far more interesting than generic gymnastics and dancing. There was also some basic magic performed by one guy with a mask. They need to have more than one person printing tickets at the box office! And I almost didn't make it (made it 9 minutes before the show started) as I got stuck (standstill!) in construction on Koval, coming from Tropicana. After I spent 10 minutes not going anywhere, I decided to turn around and go around the mess. I found out Paradise is one way on Tropicana. I found out later that if I turned into UNLV, it would joined with Paradise again. So I went to the next street and finally back to Koval and entered the Imperial Palace parking area and garage. Btw, the garage and entrance to IP were mutually exclusive. You had to jump, skip, hurdle, and drive through various passages and doors to get to the IP casino. I paid about $40 for the ticket. Being cheap, I always use Tix4Tonight and their $2 off coupon off a $5 per ticket service charge. Their location next to Riviera is always convenient as we usually stay at Circus Circus. They're the only casino on the strip that gives free rooms on the weekends anytime we call up. Anyways, you have to show up in person to the tix4tonight booth the same day of the show. They don't sell tickets through the website.

Rick Thomas @ Sahara - Great magic show! I'm a big fan of magic. When I think magic, I think of Ben and Tim disappearing trillions of dollars in front of me. Hahahaa. Apparently, Rick is a award winning dancer all they way from his youth. You will see him integrate a lot of dancing into his his performance. Apparently, he has a 'zoo' on this property where he breeds and brings up tigers, and it's somewhere around Las Vegas. Anyways, it was a great show (great for the whole family) and not that expensive. Apparently, my parents did will with the slots there. I paid $25 for the ticket (see tix4tonight above). I do recommend the show for those on a budget.

David Copperfield @ MGM - There was a boxing match that Sunday. They were exhibiting the ring near the parking garage entrance inside the casino. They had a 3-4 guys sporting white robes with the name Mayweather on the back. There was one guy that everyone was posing with to take pictures. But he looked too scrawny and he was short (~5'9") to be a boxer? Could that be him? He looked like another person off the street. He didn't look that beefy, not like Tyson, George Foreman or Holyfield. I thought I might shake the guy's hand and ask him if was the boxer, cause he didn't look like it. But then that would be taken the wrong way and I wouldn't have known what the outcome would've been, plus he was busy with pictures, so I left to find the box office. Coming back out of David Copperfield, I noticed a really good, attractive, buzz/atmosphere at the MGM casino. They sure know what they're doing! Anyways, back to the David Copperfield show. The horror of chairs around a small round table or bench seating with 3 other people at a table! No stadium seats! Looks like they were banking on drinks ($8 a pop!) and compact seating! Luckily, I got a bench seat with 3 great UK visitors (parents and a college guy). We talked about Vegas and the various shows and how I'm not attracted to gym shows like O. I mentioned that Monty Python's Spamalot was the greatest show on the strip ever! Anyways back to the show.. The show was half entertainment from audience participation and half magic acts. David does have an ego! And I noticed he's the only show with all male assistants. Hmmm... Anyways, there's something about David's performance that make him so desirable to watch. I think he's mastered theatre! He's more special effects and show and entertainment and comedy than actual magic. Lance Burton is a refined master magician, David Copperfield is a refined entertainer. I do notice Steve Wyrick's acts ring similiar to David's. I don't know who copied who. David does a few magic acts. He starts off by appearing in a box on a motorcycle. He makes a goose appear in a bucket, and second time, in 'slow motion'. He also shrinks himself into a mini me, and shows from a safe, numbers and phrases that 3-4 participants tell him beforehand. Somewhere in the show, he shows a film on his hanging from burning ropes trick. Somehow the ropes don't break where the fire is (near the top of the tied bundle) but where his left leg is tied. And it just so happens to break at x time. What a showman lol. The last act is disppearing 13 audience members sitting in chairs in a box and having them appearing at the side of the theatre. It's quite quick. What technique did he use? I still remember a red theme of the theatre. The ticket was expensive. I paid $77 at tix4tonight. The regular price is $100. It was fun and David sure knows how to suck hard earned money from you! I would recommend the show to those who want to see some spectacular special effects combined with some magic, and funny audience participation.

What did I eat?
First night we stopped off at Whole Foods to grab some food from their bar. It's $7.99 per pound so it does get expensive. They don't call it Whole Check for nothing! It was quite good and the parents enjoyed the samosas. Of course they're not to 'Indian' standards. I prefer the 'American' version anwyays.

Next morning we went to the Green Valley Ranch casino just to eat at the Original Pancake House. Their quality is high. Their price is only slightly higher compared to other breakfast places. Maybe there's a better place in Vegas? I've tried a few and like this one. We had cinnamon raisin pancakes (which weren't that cinnamonny), and the famous apple pancake. My mom had the cheese melt sandwich. Of course, their large orange juice is freshly squeezed and always excellent/ Everything was good but I think I prefer thin pancakes like the Swedish ones. Next time, I'll get those. The leftovers got me all through the next day until Origin .

Next night we were Origin Restaurant, which is opposite the Hard Rock Casino, on Paradise, in a retail shopping center. Accoding to me, their food is high quality except for the samosas. There was some grumbling that the food wasn't indian enough and their lassi drinks were not up to par according to others at the table. Anyways, the 'sak' quantity was much smaller than other restaurants. Their naans and rotis were the same size as other places and quite good. I think that's their sweet spot as they are priced reasonably. The prices are higher than other indian restaurants. So if you want to eat at a good indian restaurant in Vegas that's about 30-50% higher in price, then Origin's your place. I used a $25 off coupon (which cost me $4 with code ENJOY) from restaurant.com which saved some money.

Next day, which is our exit day, we hit the Red Rock casino buffet as we had a 2 for 1 coupon that we had received in the mail. The buffet is $17 per person with their players card and the coupon cuts that in half. For the price the buffet is unbeatable. It's on par with Silverton's offering. They had lamb. I had lamb. Their mexican stuff, like the chimichanga, was quite flavorful. Of course, the king of buffets for the common folk is Wynn, which was great when it first opened years ago. It's gone straight downhill since then, perhaps due to complaints from competiting restaurants at Wynn. Yes, it WAS that good! I did try Bellagio's. It was good but I remember Wynn's being superb. But maybe that's because I tried Bellagio's a year later than Wynn.

The parents liked Red Rock because my dad came out ahead by $70 on the slots. Seems like Saturday is the purge day for casinos and the rest of the week they loosen the slots for the locals. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.

[Youtube] Here's a David Copperfield act. He didn't perform this one at the show I was at.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Nassim Taleb schools Congress

There's something funny about his clip that cracks me up. Is it the blank faces of Congress or that stubbornness that kicks in later which will ignore Nassim Taleb's precious advice that get to me, I don't know?

[Youtube] Dr. Nassim Taleb cracks Congress's knuckles with his ruler

Ahh! There's more! Dr. Nassim Taleb also discusses risk and modeling. VAR = Value At Risk

[Youtube] Dr. Nassim on Risk

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Michael Hudson: How Europe scammed Latvia

There was a plan in place by Western Europe to fleece Latvia. Michael Hudson details how they did it through a flat tax policy and having the banks be the central planners. The plan was to take any disposable income from Latvians and transfer to the Western banks. Latvians thought their standard of living would increase after adopting ideas and plans from the Central European Committees but all they got was colonization. Suffering is not crises. Crises happens when people wake up, fight back, and expect change for the better to occur.

[Youtube] Michael Hudson: How Western Europe conned Latvia (Playlist Parts 1-14)

Click the link above to play all 14 parts.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Elizabeth Warren: Goes after Tim Geithner

All I can say is WOW! Up until now I didn't have a very good opinion of Elizabeth Warren. However, this clip clearly shows that she is NO LONGER going to play the role of 'USEFUL TOOL'! (see my previous blog entries on Elizabeth Warren) She finally came out of her cacoon to tell all about the shenigans and fraud perpetrated by those in charge of the monetary system. I commend her! BRAVO BRAVO!

Watch as little Timmy dances around the questions. i don't think he's been grilled like this ever!

Will we live to see the day when Tim and his criminal friends end up in jail?

[Youtube] Elizabeth Warren makes Little Timmy walk on hot coals

Catherine Austin Fitts: How to better your local economy's Popsicle Index

Catherine Austin Fitts details how to improve the economy of your local neighborhoods and cities and to raise the Popsicle Index. There's lots of ideas and bulletpoints in this formal document. It shows how Solari Stock Corporations can be setup for investment purposes. It's a long read with some repetion but it's filled with loads of good tips and advice. Once again the theme is a decentralization.

[PDF] Catherine Austin Fitts: Improve your dilapidated local surroundings using this document!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Panama Deception: George Bush invasion to 'get' manuel Noriega

Here's a good, old, documentary on the Panamanian invasion by George Bush to snatch the uncooperative CIA asset Manuel Noriega. Does that sounds familiar?

Notice the US Marines suppressing the local people's protests for change. What are they doing off base? What/who are they exactly supporting?

Notice that they bombed and destroyed the poor's buildings and neighborhoods, and not the Panamanian oligarchy. The oligarchy supported the invasion. A war is being waged against goodness and humanity around the world. Are there enough people with morals to riseup?

The last clip by the lady was something to ponder. Do Americans really know what's going on, or are they happy to go along with the priviledges and material attainted through empire, through its wars and suppression of dignity and humanity of the poor people around the world?

[Google Video] The Panama Deception - The Invasion

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Mainstream Media covers the news

What can we say about the made up news from the corporate mainstream media? The way they covered 9/11 you'd think they scripted it.

[Youtube] Mr. Show covers the news

How to better your protest at Townhalls and Tea Parties

This video from Mr. Show demonstrates effective protest strategies for your next Townhall or Tea Party. It's an how-to on getting your bribed Congressman to pass YOUR legislation.

[Youtube] Techniques that will make your protest a massive success

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Pete Starks: No Economics Lesson :(

Here's Democractic House of Congress Representative Pete Stark, from (East Bay) San Francisco's 13th District, refusing to give peon interviewer Jan Helfeld a economics lesson. The interview happened 17 years ago.

I want to congratulate the folks who've kept this guy in office to represent them for over 37 years. Congrats to Pete for being the sixth most senior Representative as well as 8th most senior member of Congress.

If I was interviewing Pete Stark, I'd let him know that he doesn't have a degree in economics either. HAHAHA.

[Youtube] Pete Starks keeps economics lesson to himself