Deindustrialization–Death Sentence for the American Republic

19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind

The Economic Collapse Blog

The United States is rapidly becoming the very first “post-industrial” nation on the globe.  All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing.  It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution.  It was America that showed the world how to mass produce everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes.  It was the great American manufacturing base that crushed Germany and Japan in World War II.  But now we are witnessing the deindustrialization of America.  Tens of thousands of factories have left the United States in the past decade alone.  Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the same time period.  The United States has become a nation that consumes everything in sight and yet produces increasingly little.  Do you know what our biggest export is today?  Waste paper.  Yes, trash is the number one thing that we ship out to the rest of the world as we voraciously blow our money on whatever the rest of the world wants to sell to us.  The United States has become bloated and spoiled and our economy is now  just a shadow of what it once was.  Once upon a time America could literally outproduce the rest of the world combined.  Today that is no longer true, but Americans sure do consume more than anyone else in the world.  If the deindustrialization of America continues at this current pace, what possible kind of a future are we going to be leaving to our children?

Any great nation throughout history has been great at making things.  So if the United States continues to allow its manufacturing base to erode at a staggering pace how in the world can the U.S. continue to consider itself to be a great nation?  We have created the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world in an effort to maintain a very high standard of living, but the current state of affairs is not anywhere close to sustainable.  Every single month America does into more debt and every single month America gets poorer.

So what happens when the debt bubble pops?

The deindustrialization of the United States should be a top concern for every man, woman and child in the country.  But sadly, most Americans do not have any idea what is going on around them.

For people like that, take this article and print it out and hand it to them.  Perhaps what they will read below will shock them badly enough to awaken them from their slumber.

The following are 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind….

#1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.

#2 Dell Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.

#3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November.  Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

#4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide.  So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States?  Zero.

#5 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economywill lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

#6 As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.

#7 The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.

#8 According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.

#9 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.

#10 Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford’s new “global” manufacturing strategy.

#11 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing.  The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

#12 In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.

#13 The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#14 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use.  Today it ranks 15th.

#15 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#16 Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products.  Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.

#17 The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.

#18 One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

#19 The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.

So how many tens of thousands more factories do we need to lose before we do something about it?

How many millions more Americans are going to become unemployed before we all admit that we have a very, very serious problem on our hands?

How many more trillions of dollars are going to leave the country before we realize that we are losing wealth at a pace that is killing our economy?

How many once great manufacturing cities are going to become rotting war zones like Detroit before we understand that we are committing national economic suicide?

The deindustrialization of America is a national crisis.  It needs to be treated like one.

If you disagree with this article, I have a direct challenge for you.  If anyone can explain how a deindustrialized America has any kind of viable economic future, please do so below in the comments section.

America is in deep, deep trouble folks.  It is time to wake up.

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Weasly Words Cannot Change the Fact That the Durand Line Is a “Red Line”

  • Zahid Hussain and Catherine Philp
  • From:The Times

ISLAMABAD has warned the US their counter-terrorism alliance will be broken if Washington attempts to expand its ground war.

There are fears the war will move across the border from Afghanistan into Pakistani territory.

The warning came yesterday after the US military reportedly pressed for permission to open a second front against militants by using special forces in cross-border raids into Pakistan. One officer said: “We’ve never been as close as we are now to getting the go-ahead.”

US military officials told The New York Times that commanders had drawn up plans to attack Taliban and al-Qa’ida sanctuaries in Pakistan.

They had concluded that Islamabad had no intention of dislodging the militants, who are concentrated in the lawless tribal area of North Waziristan.

The officials said they were pushing for the White House to adopt the plan as a means of allowing a troop drawdown to begin as scheduled next year.

Abdul Basit, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman, reacted angrily to the suggestion that Islamabad would allow such incursions. “We have drawn a red line and any move to cross it will have a serious consequence,” he said.

Major-General Athar Abbas, Pakistan’s chief military spokesman, insisted: “There is a clear understanding that the Pakistani and US-led coalition forces will operate on the respective sides of the border.”

A senior Afghan official told The Times that the US cross-border plans were real, although he suggested that they were intended more to exert pressure on the Pakistanis than to prepare for an imminent incursion. “It is true but mainly symbolically and a mere warning,” the official said.

The New York Times report was denied yesterday by NATO’s deputy chief of communications in Afghanistan, US Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, who said there was “absolutely no truth” in it.

He added that NATO and US forces had developed a strong working relationship with the Pakistani military to address shared security issues.

“This co-ordination recognises the sovereignty of Afghanistan and Pakistan to pursue insurgents and terrorists operating in their respective border areas,” he said.

Signing off on special forces operations into Pakistan would effectively authorise the opening of a second front in the Afghan war, a high-risk strategy about which the White House remains highly sceptical.

Vice-President Joe Biden has previously advocated stepping up a campaign in Pakistan that could include special forces raids, but did so as an alternative to the current troop surge in Afghanistan rather than as an added extra. White House officials fear the political backlash from expanding the ground war into Pakistan would far outweigh any military or intelligence benefits. Pressure is mounting on the Obama administration over how to ensure the promised troop reduction can begin on schedule next northern summer, with increasing concerns being voiced about Pakistan’s failure to tackle the source of the conflict — the presence of Taliban sanctuaries on its soil.

In recently leaked diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Islamabad, the American ambassador predicted “no amount of money” could force Pakistan to withdraw support for the Afghan Taliban. Military officials, however, told the New York Times that several recent combat operations had been carried out by members of the CIA’s covert Afghan militia based in eastern Afghanistan.

The Times

The Return of Fascism

[Fascism is driven by fear and impossible to bear economic conditions.  The more fearful and frustrated that people become, the more vulnerable they become to demagogues who know how to convince them that their troubles are caused by too many foreigners or dark-skinned people.  The key to negating the seductive power of fascism is the same as the key to a better future for all mankind--hope and opportunity.  Take away the power to strangle people into submission and turn it into a mechanism for giving people a real economic foothold and together we will all climb up the hill.

Hope it the only answer, people; find ways to multiply it.]

The Return of Fascism

There was nothing unexpected about the racially motivated rioting and attacks that took place in Moscow and other cities during the past 10 days. But many people are still shocked by the image of Russian youth giving Nazi salutes against the backdrop of the Kremlin wall and by reports of an angry, blood-thirsty mob sweeping through metro cars and beating dark-skinned passengers.

The rioters had no political agenda or ideology other than their hatred for non-Russians. Even the most demagogic of the mobs did not chant a single slogan calling for social or political change.

The fact that both sides turned out in large numbers in several cities within a very short span of time creates the strong impression that their actions were coordinated in advance.

Regardless of whether there was a screenwriter behind the rioting, the scenario that is playing out suggests only one possible ending: the collapse and destruction of Russia.

The logic of Russian fascists has always stood in sharp contrast to the logic and traditions of the development of the nation. The problem is not that most ultranationalists are poorly acquainted with the history and culture of the people in whose name they claim to speak, which is true of fascist movements in all countries. The problem is that, historically, Russia developed as an imperial nation for which ethnic and cultural diversity is the natural and only form of existence. If fascist propaganda in ethnically homogenous societies could claim to be an ideology unifying the majority of the population, then Russian fascism never even attempted to present itself in that light.

From the moment it first appeared in the 1920s, Russian fascism has been an ideology of national division focused on opposition to and destruction of the existing Russian state.

It was natural for Russian fascists to fight with Nazi Germany against their own country. Hitler’s plan to eliminate the Russian state did not contradict the ideas of Russian fascists. That plan called for the existing Russian nation with its history and traditions to give way to a new ethnic community of pureblood Slavs and Aryans. This group had nothing in common with the larger Russian population — ethnically, culturally or even religiously, because Christianity supports a unity based on common faith, not shared bloodlines or tribal affiliations.

But where did all these fascists come from? How is it possible that they prefer Hitler to taking pride in their own country and its history?

Surprisingly, a significant number of those who turned out to beat Russia’s “blacks” are from well-to-do families, and they are graduates of respectable schools and universities. The cause of the unrest does not lie in the poverty or lack of privileges suffered by certain individuals or social groups, but in the larger social crisis gripping Russia. The mobs of modern-day Black Hundreds and the gangs of North Caucasus natives are the product of the general breakdown of the processes of social integration and education.

Many years ago, Erich Fromm in his book “Escape from Freedom” described how the unraveling of social ties in a society that lives according to the principle of every man for himself would create a psychological and cultural breeding ground for fascism. If the economic processes moving in that direction are not stopped, we will be headed not for a totalitarian nightmare.

Boris Kagarlitsky is the director of the Institute of Globalization Studies.

The Dictatorship of Chavez–Vs- the Power of People

Venezuelan opposition decries Chavez ‘coup’

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez

CARACAS: Incoming opposition legislators decried as a “coup d’etat” new laws that clamp down on press freedoms and grant President Hugo Chavez sweeping new powers.

The mood was echoed in Washington, where an influential US lawmaker urged the regional Organization of American States (OAS) bloc to stand up against the Chavez “tyranny.”

The calls come after laws were pushed through Venezuela’s National Assembly by the ruling Socialist Party just weeks before a new assembly, in which pro-Chavez legislators lose their supermajority, takes office on January 5.

The measures include granting the president temporary power to decree laws, restricting Internet content and broadcast media freedoms, and punishing legislators who switch parties.

“We energetically condemn the coup d’etat that is taking place by the regime,” read a statement from the 67 opposition legislators set to take office in January.

They believe that supporters of Chavez, a key ally of Communist Cuba, “intend to implant a communist system in Venezuela through a totalitarian and militarized state.”

The statement called on the Venezuelan people “to unite, to reject and peacefully activate themselves” against the “absolute concentration of power in the hands of the president of the republic.”

The government “has become a tyranny that the Venezuelans should defeat, and will defeat,” added the statement.

Opposition legislators won 67 of the 165 seats in the single chamber National Assembly in September elections, shattering a five-year streak in which pro-Chavez legislators had an overwhelming majority.

Chavez supporters say the authority to govern by decree was necessary to handle a weather emergency, and that the media laws are designed to prevent abuses as well as regulate, not censor, the Internet.

Chavez said Wednesday that his opponents are “calling for someone to kill me.”

Speaking at a military base and surrounded by military officers, Chavez said that opposition leaders “have been driven mad, and are calling on the armed forces to refuse to recognize” the government.

In Washington, congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, soon to become chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, blasted the OAS for doing little about events in Venezuela.

“Choosing to take no side in the battle between tyranny and democracy in Venezuela only helps the tyrannical side,” Ros-Lehtinen, who left Cuba as a child, said in a statement.

“It is shameful that Chavez’s actions to usurp power and impose Castro-style control over the media have been met with barely a whimper from most member-states of the Organization of American States, an organization that is supposed to promote and protect democracy in the Western Hemisphere.”

Ros-Lehtinen, 58, is a fierce critic of the Castro regime in Cuba, as well as the leftist regimes of Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

The Republican, who represents a south Florida district that includes thousands of Cuban exiles, has in the past proposed channelling Washington’s OAS dues instead to US programs.

The Washington-based OAS comprises the 35 independent states of the Americas, though Cuba and Honduras are currently excluded. Its goals include strengthening democracy and defending human rights.

Her call comes days after Washington warned that US-Venezuelan ties will suffer now that Chavez has formally rejected US President Barack Obama’s nominee for ambassador.

Meanwhile Chavez and his supporters “are once again ratcheting up the government?s power to punish critics,” said Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Americas director at Human Rights Watch.

HRW described the new measures as “an assault on on free speech (and) civil society.”

The new media law now gives Chavez “legal cover to expand its longstanding practice of bullying local human rights defenders and trying to keep international advocates away from the Venezuelan public,” Vivanco said.

-AFP/ac

Man Claims To Possess Video of 17 People Being “Disappeared” Near Peshawar

Petitioner tells PHC he has video of killing of missing people

* Claims 17 people, including his two sons, three relatives, shot dead by security agencies

* DAG directed to submit written reply about missing people

By Akhtar Amin

PESHAWAR: A father of two missing students on Wednesday informed the Peshawar High Court (PHC) that his sons and three relatives were shot dead along with 12 other missing people, who were allegedly picked up by the military and Frontier Corps, on suspicion of being Taliban during an operation in the Frontier Region (FR) Peshawar about 10 months ago.

Asghar Khan, the father of Rahim and Abid, students of 10th and 9th classes respectively, informed a division bench that he has a video of execution of 17 people. Among the executed were his sons and three youngsters, Dad Khan, a first year student, Noor Khan and Samiullah.

Asghar said about three months ago, a man met him at the Kohat bus stand in Peshawar and introduced himself as an MI personnel by the name of Sajid, and took the video from him. He told him that there was pressure on military officers concerned from Islamabad and they were sending the video to Islamabad.

Asghar said he had received the video from some people from Darra Adam Khel who told him that the youth and others were shot dead in Tor Spin Ghar, a semi tribal area of Darra Adam Khel and buried in a mass grave. Counsel for the missing people, Arif Jan, submitted that the video was made through a mobile phone, and the father of the executed students would provide it on a CD in the court on the next hearing. He contended that according to the family members of Saeed Nazir, he was still in the military’s custody.

When the court asked about the video, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Iqbal Mohmand, who is representing intelligence agencies and the federal government in the case, showed his ignorance and said he would get details from the defence and interior ministries.

The court directed the DAG to submit a detailed written reply about the missing people on January 18.

Earlier, Mohammad Yousaf filed a petition submitting that on February 25, military and Frontier Constabulary personnel arrested his six relatives from his hujra during a joint operation in the area and detained them at an undisclosed place.

The counsel for the petitioner contended that the arrested men were neither involved in any anti-state activity nor had affiliation with any terrorist group. They had been unlawfully detained, which was a violation of Article 4 of the constitution. He prayed the court to direct the authorities concerned to produce the detainees before the court if they were involved in anti-state activities.

In another case, the bench issued notice to the MI directing it to submit a written reply regarding the whereabouts of a missing man. Abkar Ghani, a resident of Shah Dheri in Kabal tehsil of Swat district, had filed the petition claiming that the military had picked up his brother Roshan Ali in May for suspected links with the Taliban and his whereabouts were still not known.

Maj Majid, commanding officer of 24 Baloch Regiment of Pakistan Army, showed his ignorance about Roshan Ali.

US Penalizes China for Pakistani Reactor Construction

US-China firm fined $3.75m for Pakistan nuclear exports

WASHINGTON: The US on Tuesday fined the Chinese subsidiary of a US firm $3.75 million for exporting coatings to a Pakistani nuclear site.

PPG Paints Trading in Shanghai, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PPG Industries, agreed to pay $3.75 million over the exports – from which it had earned just $32,319 – the US Justice Department said.

The fines “represent one of the largest monetary penalties for export violations in the history of the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security” established in 1987, it said.

The company was accused of “illegal export, re-export and/or transshipment of high-performance coatings from the US to the Chashma 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Pakistan via a third-party distributor (in China)”, it said.

In addition to the maximum criminal penalty of $2 million, the two companies agreed to pay an additional $1.75 million in civil penalties and submit to a US audit.

US Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen said in a statement that the case should “serve as a warning to corporations that would violate US export laws”.

“It is not only unlawful, it is also bad business. In this case, the millions in fines to be paid by the corporate defendant are 100 times more than the gross proceeds generated by the unlawful export scheme,” he said. afp

 

Massive Arms Cache Seized from Bugti Convoy, Bugti Claims Govt. Set-Up

By Saleem ShahidQUETTA, Dec 22: In a deve- lopment with far-reaching implications, paramilitary troops arrested on Wednesday Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, a grandson of the late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and president of the Balochistan chapter of Jamhoori Watan Party, along with several personal guards, after finding a huge quantity of illegal arms and ammunition in vehicles of his convoy coming from the border town of Chaman.

The arrest of one of the high-profile Bugti heirs on charges of possessing and smuggling arms and ammunition sparked tension in Quetta and other parts of the already volatile province, with people fearing a negative political fallout and a possible violent backlash.

Inspector General of Frontier Corps Maj-Gen Obaidullah Khan, addressing a press conference along with Inspector General of Police Malik Iqbal, said that acting on information provided by security agencies, FC troops intercepted the convoy of Shahzain Bugti in the Baleli checkpost area in the outskirts of Quetta.

He said that FC personnel informed the JWP leader that they wanted to check the vehicles but he allowed the checking of only three vehicles of the 16 vehicles in his convoy. He said Mr Bugti refused to allow them to look into other vehicles.

After three hours of negotiations the FC personnel took all the vehicles into custody and detained Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti and his guards after disarming them. He said that during the search of the vehicles a huge quantity of illegal arms and ammunition was found in the smuggled vehicles.

Gen Obaid said that the arms and ammunition recovered from the vehicles included anti-aircraft guns, rocket-launchers, mortar guns and other advanced weapons.

“Mr Bugti and his armed guards did not offer any resistance when security forces took them into custody,” General Obaid said, adding that the JWP leader could not produce licences of the vehicles and permits for carrying such a huge quantity of arms and ammunition.

“Such a huge quantity of arms and ammunition cannot be carried for personnel protection,” the FC inspector general said, adding that Mr Bugti and other arrested people would be handed over to police for legal action.

Balochistan IGP Malik Iqbal said that Interior Minister Rehman Malik was closely monitoring the situation and ordered formation of a joint investigation team.

“A joint investigation team headed by the DIG investigation will conduct a probe into the recovery of illegal arms and ammunition from Mr Bugti`s motorcade,” he said, adding that the accused would be given full chance to prove their innocence.

The arms and ammunition recovered from the 16 smuggled vehicles included 50 SMGs, 4 LMGs, two 12.7mm AA guns, two 14.2 mm AA guns, one SPG-9, one 9mm pistol, one AUG, 46,000 rounds of SMG, 1,600 rounds of 12.7/14.5, 570 rounds of AUG, 880 rounds of sniper rifle, 39 rounds of 9mm pistol, 17 mobile phones and 16 vehicles.

DIG Operation Hamid Shakeel, DIG Investigation Wazir Khan Nasar and DIG Frontier Corps Brigadier Shahzad also attended the press conference held at the headquarters of Ghaza Band scouts (A wing of FC).

Meanwhile, JWP`s central President Nawabzada Talal Bugti, termed the allegation of smuggling of illegal arms and ammunition a conspiracy against his son and demanded an independent inquiry by a tribunal of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference, he claimed that the case against Shahzain Bugti had been registered at the behest of Interior Minister Rehman Malik because Shahzain had unveiled his corruption.

He said that Shahzain had gone to Qila Abdullah for party work and when he was returning to Quetta three vehicles of secret agencies carrying arms and ammunition joined his motorcade. He said it was a big conspiracy hatched against his party.

However, Talal Bugti said if his son was found guilty by an independent inquiry tribunal set up by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, he would oust him from the party. “I will oust Shahzain Bugti if he was found guilty for smuggling arms and ammunition,” he told reporters while replying to a question.

He said he had no confidence in inquiries conducted by secret agencies, FC and police investigation teams.

He said his party would resist attempts to produce Shahzain Bugti before an anti-terrorism court.

“We are looking at all legal aspects of the incident and will fight against this conspiracy at all forums,” he said, adding that the JWP would not abandon its mission.

Meanwhile, Shahzain Bugti said that the drama of arms smuggling had been staged to stop him from holding a march to Dera Bugti on January 28.