“Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.”
~ Spike Milligan
OMG Dollar

-- "In Communism, people exploit people, in Capitalism it's the other way around."
    -- Beyondananda

 The Middle Class
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Living In Beverly Hills - Or at least that's what we thought ;)  An excellent article on where the American 'standard of living' went wrong.  It includes many very useful graphs

I really hope I'm wrong, but I suspect that like Stephen Stills says, we're just "Buyin' Time"
Oh well, Ronnie Milsap says people should keep the "Homefires Burning"

Hey, let's take a vacation and go down to Joe Vitale's "Plantation Harbor"
(with a little help from Mr. Joe Walsh on guitar and producer for The Eagles Bill Szymczyk)

"The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They've got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying -- lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else."
    ~ George Carlin
"Imagine a man who takes money out of a child's piggy bank
and puts in I.O.U.'s"
So Long Suckers
~ from the W.C. Fields movie "The Bank Dick"  President Bush and the National Debt Clock
On January 20th, 2001 our National Debt was $5,727,776,738,304.64
(that's 5.7 Trillion) 
W.C. Fields had no concept...   

I suppose once Shrub has left office there will be a litany of complaints about what he and his friends did to this country economically.  Perhaps an old Steve Miller song sums it up best:
Go on, "Take The Money" Enron - to pull off such a scam takes quite a bit of Skilling ;)

It's OK, we've still got our Great-Wal-Of-Credit Card!
ohhhh-k....  How about a little music from Hank Williams, Jr. called "The American Dream"

Current U.S. National Debt Clock (moving up on 10 Trillion , folks, and that's before the "Bail Out")

Ross Perot - remember him from the 90's elections when he went on TV holding charts showing just how bad the economy really was?  Well, he's done it again with a really good Flash presentation describing just how deep we've sunk into the outhouse.  It's at Perot Charts.  Kudos, Mr. Perot :)

Bush: "Wall Street Got Drunk" [VIDEO]


Lucky Ducky Mortgage
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Mark Fiore animations
Wall Street Executive Air
- The New New Deal

What To Do in the Depression [AUDIO]

Financial Meltdown 101
Everything you ever wanted to know about the biggest economic meltdown since the Great Depression but were afraid to ask

Michael Moore, your heart is in the right place, but... - says Todd Steinberg

Watch Mark Fiore's animation, "The Clapper"
Turn Capitalism On And Off!
"Hopping Mad" - a primer on Frog-Backed Securities (or, the AIG story)

Fuel Guage
Articles on the Economy

If This Isn’t Inflation, Then What Is? - Paco Ahlgren writes about the dangerous effects of the huge increase in the money supply in recent years.
3rd World USA - Ron Paul on what the corporate, counterfeiting state has done to us.
The Most World's Important Unanswered Historical Question: "What Changed in 1800?" - a look at the rise of the industrial age
Bernanke Is Riding the Tiger - He's pulled us up there with him, and the ending will not be pretty, says Gary North, especially for your retirement.
The Establishment Is in Despair - As it should be, says Gary North, who has the goods.
Obama's Greatest Betrayal: The Coming Sell-Out to the Super Rich and What It Means for the Rest of Us
China Scorns US Funny Money - Eric Margolis on snake oil on the Potomac, which has lost its power to fool.
The $200 Trillion Millstone Around Our Necks - That cannot be named.
1, 2, 3 – How To Prove The Truth About The U.S. Economy To Anyone In Three Easy Steps - it's uggggly, folks
There Is No Money - Too late, a politician tells the truth. Gary North on what to do about your own future.
How To Run a Federal Budget Surplus -  It's simple, says Gary North.
The Great Fakeroo Recovery - Lew Rockwell on "prosperity" through the printing press
Aug. 22, 2009 World Economy Emerging From Worst Recession Since World War II - I place this article here with the same regard as I would have had for the newspaper headline which stated "Dewey Beats Truman" in the 1944 Presidential election; an historical marker, if you will.  I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt it ;)
Don’t Put Your Money on a US Recovery - Cash for Bankers! Cash for Clunkers!  Don't count on a recovery quite yet, says Bill Bonner.
Romulus, Remus, Stimulus: A Brief History of Monetary Madness
Thrill, Risk, Struggle - Jeff Tucker on that classic capitalist flick, Wall Street.
Oh Yes, Your Cash Has Got Us Very 'Stimulated,' Indeed - Thanks, Obama. Article by Vin Suprynowicz.
"The Worst Is Yet to Come": If You're Not Petrified, You're Not Paying Attention [VIDEO] - Howard Davidowitz, who is nothing if not opinionated (and colorful), paints a very grim picture
Inflationary Sinkhole Ahead - Peter Schiff on what the Fed has done to us
No, the Free Market Did Not Cause the Financial Crisis
Is the Future Going Down the Drain? Baby Boomers Going Bust
U.S. Taxpayers: The Few. The Proud. The Unprofitable
They Done Us Wrong: Spending Our Way Into Greater Depression
The United States: The Largest Ponzi Scheme in the World - Bill Bonner on the United States
The Hoax of Invention History - a good argument against patents
Money and Our Future - by Libertarian Lew Rockwell
Yard Sale Nation: The Change Required to Salvage U.S Society Runs Much Deeper Than Most Imagine - Say goodbye to the 'consumer society.' Familiar touchstones of contemporary American life have to go. No more fast money and no more credit.
The Nouveau Poor Have Reached Numbers Too Large to Ignore - As the poor and the formerly middle-class become the new American majority, will they finally have enough status to get their needs met?
The Upside of Our Coming Economic Depression - a tongue-in-cheek look at the bright side
How This Happened: Living Through New Deal II - Lew Rockwell on the insanity, and why there's hope
Toxic Paper - Fiat money is the mother of all toxic papers
Toxic Anger. Dr. Ron Paul Has the Cure, But Will Anyone Listen?
Toxic Anger 2: Getting Angrier and Ron Paul’s Cures
Understanding the Crisis - Lew Rockwell on the real villain
Meet the Economist Who Thinks We're Doomed - Dr. Nouriel Roubini believes we face a housing bust, a huge credit crisis, an oil shock and a deep recession. Just for starts.
Can You Trust the FDIC? - Gary North on Ben Bernanke's hush money
Credit Card Debt: This Popping Bubble Is Really Going to Hurt - While everyone's watching the housing meltdown, few are paying attention to the next bubble expected to burst: credit cards

Things You Can Do

20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins
Saving in the Hard Times, for the Harder Times, by Mrs. C.J. in San Diego
Checklist for Hard Times - an excellent list of essential items
Frugal before it was fashionable - Art of living cheaply spares Maine worst of downturn
Make purchases without cash - In a tough economy, more business owners are conserving cash by bartering for the stuff they need.
5 Low-Tech Ways to Manage Cash - Five simple ways to save more now, as we must.
I'll Never Retire - It's a government snare and delusion, says Bill Diehl. And bad for your mind and body.
The Amazing Wonder Product for the Frugal - Vinegar
Family Finances: Unearthing even more ways to save money
How gardening became fashionable again - There is one good side effect of the recession: the surge in popularity of allotments, gardening and growbags
Finding Joy in Frugality
Want to Save? Put It on the List - You know times are hard when the shopping list makes a comeback
Join the newest rage: save money!
Spend less on everything - Consumer Reports' money-saving advice can help you weather tough times
        Consumer Reports' "Smart Moves For Tough Times"
Big night these days: karaoke and a 24-pack - Beat the recession with trailer tacos and charades
Everything Still Looks the Same, But We've Become a New Country - The political theater of the moment in Washington is focused on the illusion that we can find new ways of keeping the old ways going.
When Technology Fails: How to Survive the Long Emergency - Finally, a book for the millions of people who realize that making the shift to sustainability is a matter of economic and ecological survival.
David Korten: “Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth”
How You Can Start a Farm in Heart of the City - Sick of flavorless, genetically modified, pesticide-drenched frankenvegetables? It's time to start growing food in your back yard.
The Joys of the Cinched Belt
Tolerating Spiders, Using Your Credit Cards, and Other Depression Survival Tactics
Surviving The New World Economy - lots of good articles & links to self-help sites
Stuff Does Not Equal Wealth
The Greater Depression and What You Should Do About It - by Doug Casey
Reverend Billy and The Church Of Stop Shopping - an anti-consumerism site
For those of us over 50, the AARP offers some serious deals on Health, Auto and other insurance
    Thinking about retirement planning?  This article entitled "Retirement Planner: Money for Life" isn't a bad start

Educational Material and Videos on Monetary Systems

The Biggest Scam In History - the Federal Reserve

The Money Masters - How International Bankers Gained Control of America

Money As Debt

Fiat Empire - Why the Federal Reserve Violates the U.S. Constitution

Creature From Jekyll Island - A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve

Conquering the Spirit of Debt

Introduction to Austrian Economic Analysis


Pay Attention
Mental States of the Meltdown
Stimulus Check
Arrrrrrrr Matey
Who could have ever seen this financial mess coming?
Debt Purchase
Red Ink Boarding
We're Not In A Recession
The Credit Crunch
Naughty, naughty CEOs
Farewell, my lovely economy
CEO's Answer to Slumping Sales
Psychological Recession
Awards for CEO Failure

Bookkeepers Wanted
Pentagon investigators discovered in August that a small South Carolina company fraudulently collected $20.5 million in shipping costs, including one invoice of $999,798 for sending two washers (cost: 19 cents each) to a base in Texas. According to Bloomberg News, the Defense Department was said to have a policy of automatically and unquestioningly paying shipping bills labeled "priority." [Bloomberg News, 8-16-07]

What is the truest definition of Globalization? Princess Diana's death, and here’s
why: An English princess, with an Egyptian boyfriend, crashes in a French tunnel in a
German car with a Dutch engine driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whisky,
followed closely by Italian Paparazzi on Japanese motorcycles. She was treated by an
American doctor using Brazilian medicines.
This was sent to me by an American using Bill Gate’s technology. You're probably
reading it on your computer with Taiwanese chips and a Korean monitor assembled by
Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant and transported by Indian lorry-drivers,
hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen and trucked to you by
Mexican illegals!
That, my friends, is Globalization…

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