"Non sono i Terremoti ad uccidere, ma le Strutture che crollano."
"Earthquakes do not kill, but the Collapsing Structures" (Chinese Dictum)
"Quanta Conoscenza abbiamo perso nell'Informazione?
Quanta Saggezza abbiamo perso nella Conoscenza?"
"How much Knowledge we have lost in Information?
How much Wisdom we have lost in Knowledge?"(T.S.Eliot)
"The Bureaucratic Mentality is the only Constant in the Universe"
(Capt. Jim Kirk - Starship USS Enterprise - Star Trek)
"Once upon a time there was the Album of Family; now there's Google+. Let's hope it lasts as long as the Album" (Rick Balbusso)
"Se volete sapere qualcosa sul Papa, non chiedete in Vaticano" (Rick Balbusso)
"La più efficace e più economica lotta contro la corruzione è la trasparenza."
"The most effective and cheapest fight against corruption is transparency"
Keiser Report (II)
EU Rejects Transaqua Water-Transfer Project for Africa
October 2, 2013 • 10:10AM
In response to a Member of the European Parliament Cristiana Muscardini, the EU Commission has rejected water-transfer projects for the Sahel on the pretext of environmentalist concerns. Thus, by rejecting the only policy that can save Africa, the EU has exposed itself as an enemy of Africa and an enemy of mankind.
On July 17th, Mrs. Muscardini filed the following interrogatory, based on a report published by the EIR Strategic Alert newsletter:
"As a result of drought and war, more than 11 million people in the Sahel are threatened with famine. According to the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Robert Piper, the fighting in Mali has displaced thousands of people and is having a devastating effect. Because funds have been diverted away by the Syrian crisis, even the UN contribution, in terms of emergency aid, has been falling short of what is needed. The humanitarian crisis is claiming its toll of victims and causing great suffering to the African peoples endeavoring to survive in the Sahel. Their suffering could, however, be alleviated if a way were found to bring water to the region.
"Developed by IRI in 1972, the Transaqua project consists of a 2,400-km canal spanning 5% of the tributaries of the Congo River that would carry between 70 and 100 billion cubic meters of water a year to Lake Chad, enough to restore the lake to its original size: It has shrunk to less than one-twentieth of what it was only 50 years ago. In addition to refilling the lake, Transaqua would halt desertification, create an agricultural development area the size of Lombardy, and generate substantial hydropower production capacity. When they met in N'Djamena in 2010, the countries bordering Lake Chad agreed to implement water transfer on a more modest scale. Colonel Qaddafi, who attended the meeting, offered Libya's support for the project.
"1. Does the Commission know about the 'Transaqua' water transfer project?
"2. Has the scaled-down version of the project got under way, and — assuming that the case applies — how far has the work progressed?
"3. Why has Transaqua not been taken into consideration?
"4. Does the Commission have information about any humanitarian operations carried out by the EU?
"5. If there have been no such operations, can it explain why not?"
On August 16, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs replied:
"The EU is aware of the water-transfer project from the Ubangi River to Lake Chad (Transaqua). Preliminary feasibility studies, however, indicate that the project would involve major environmental risks." Piebalgs reports that the EU is examining "32 proposals" and part of the EU development funds "could include a contribution to safeguard Lake Chad."
Reached for a comment, Transaqua author Marcello Vichi remarked that so-called environmentalists have alleged that the Transaqua canal would prevent wild animals from moving freely in the Congo region. "It is as if when in Italy, the North-South motorway was built in the '50s, they had said: 'stop it, because it divides the country in two.'" Most outrageous is the fact that so-called environmentalists are always good at "defending nature in someone else's home," Mr. Vichi said.
In July, E.I.R. news service reported on the severe drought-caused food crisis in the Sahel, which would have been relieved, for humans and animals alike, by restoring Lake Chad through implementation of the Transaqua project.
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT or Modern Money Theory), also known as neochartalism, is a descriptive economic theory that details the procedures and consequences of using government-issued tokens as the unit of money, i.e., fiat money.
MMT aims to describe and analyze modern economies in which the national currency is fiat money, established and created exclusively by the government. In MMT, money enters circulation through government spending. Taxation and its Legal Tender power to discharge debt establish the fiat money as currency, giving it value by creating demand for it in the form of a private tax obligation that must be met using the government's currency. An ongoing tax obligation, in concert with private confidence and acceptance of the currency, maintains its value. Because the government can issue its own currency at will, MMT maintains that the level of taxation relative to government spending (the government's deficit spending or budget surplus) is in reality a policy tool that regulates inflation and unemployment, and not a means of funding the government's activities per se.
Teoria Monetaria Moderna
(Da Wikipedia, l'enciclopedia libera).
Teoria monetaria moderna (Modern Monetary Theory, MMT) è il termine moderno per indicare il corpo teorico del cartalismo (chartalism in lingua inglese, dal latino "charta" cioè "carta", in attinenza alla natura della moneta cartacea prevista nel sistema della moneta a corso legale e in contrapposizione con la teoria monetaria del metallismo) e con esso si fa riferimento a una teoria economica che intende descrivere nel dettaglio le procedure e le conseguenze dell'utilizzo della moneta a corso legale rilasciata dallo stato.
La teoria fu presentata per la prima volta dall'economista tedesco Georg Friedrich Knapp nel 1895, con l'importante contributo di Alfred Mitchell-Innes. Tale teoria influenzò negli anni trenta ilTrattato sulla moneta di John Maynard Keynes, che cita Knapp e il cartalismo nella pagina di apertura. La teoria economica è sostenuta da alcuni economisti post-keynesiani.
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by Kesha Rogers, LaRouchePAC Policy Committee
While most Americans realize the crisis in our nation and world is nearing a tipping point, they are still inhibited by a belief in the fraudulent value of money as the basis of the cause and solution to this crisis. The fiat money system of the European oligarchs is bankrupt, so they are going for end-game, running terror operations and banking coups, to kill off the population. Saving civilization from this mass genocide, requires the immediate reinstatement of Glass-Steagall (H.R. 129) and the American credit system; yet, these solutions to put them out of power are not just banking reforms and different economic policies. Understanding this requires a revolution in your mind, and your concept of how our founding fathers established a principle of credit, within the powers of the Constitution, so you could create a world free of empire, where mankind would flourish by using its innate ability to create more wealth than it consumes.
As Alexander Hamilton understood, we could beat the British militarily, but if the minds of their coming generations (i.e., you) were not capable of producing the machines, growing the crops, and exerting dominion over our biosphere, then we would not keep this republic. Thus, his invention, the nationally regulated commercial banking system, broke completely with the British Empire's definition of money and economics. Today, after decades of cultural warfare, most Americans think of "credit" not as how the future is built, as Hamilton intended, but as the oligarchy does. By convincing you to reject the principles stated in our Constitution and its Preamble, falling victim to the foolish belief that you can survive if you have your money, you were then tangled in the web of an ugly queen spider. That is how the majority of the people in our nation were duped to destroy it, and that has been the destruction of all sovereign nations of Europe by the European Union.
To think like an American, to produce more than you consume, to subdue the earth and replenish it, requires inventing new technologies that increase the output of labor. Money as such, becomes the slave of increasing human progress, as when we built the transcontinental railroad, and landed a man on the moon. The oligarchic view, arbitrarily inserts money as the limit of progress; if you have access to it you can prosper, if you don't, you can die as a slave for those who do; if you buck their system and create your own means of exchange, dedicated to facilitating a republic "of, by, and for the people", then you've launched the American Revolution.
Putin ha fatto di tutto per non immischiarsi nel caos ucraino e un intervento militare era l’ultima delle sue necessità (poiché sa bene che comunque l’Ucraina senza i finanziamenti russi e con le chiacchiere UE non va lontano) ma l’escalation di provocazioni sempre più gravi contro la Russia da parte del governo insediatosi a Kiev non gli ha lasciato scelta e, sollecitato dalle richieste d’aiuto del parlamento della Crimea ha chiesto al Senato russo l’autorizzazione ad usare le forze armate per difendere cittadini, militari e interessi russi nel paese confinante e senza legge.
Cosa avrebbe potuto fare? Mosca non ha fatto nulla per bloccare la resistibilissima rivolta di piazza a Kiev, non ha mosso un dito per evitare la caduta del presidente Yanukovic e dopo aver partecipato alle trattative con i delegati della UE si era detta d’accordo per la formazione di un governo di unità nazionale con la partecipazione degli oppositori al fine di riscrivere la carta costituzionale e indire nuove elezioni.
Nemmeno 24 ore dopo le opposizioni hanno tradito il patto, hanno nominato un governo ferocemente antirusso e la UE, venendo meno alla parola data, ha detto che tutto era regolare: Mosca non ha alzato la voce ma ha chiesto di evitare misure punitive contro i milioni di cittadini ucraini russofoni. Per tutta risposta il nuovo governo ha annunciato che le lingue minoritarie, tra cui la lingua russa (parlata da una buona metà della popolazione) non sarebbero più state insegnate a scuola e usate negli uffici pubblici. Le minoranze ungheresi, polacche e romene hanno protestato e Mosca non ha gradito, ma ha preferito non alzare troppo la voce, sperando in una boutade. Non era così: il giorno dopo il parlamento di Kiev discuteva una legge per spegnere le TV russe e vietare la trasmissione di film e programmi in lingua russa e il giorno dopo ancora progettava l’eliminazione dei partiti tradizionalmente votati dall’elettorato russofono e parlava della necessità di derussificare la storia ucraina.
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Space Oddity by Chris Hadfield in Space