Test Your Political Knowledge

Many bloggers and media people comment that the general public is out of touch, has no idea what is happening the world and certainly have no idea about the people and events in the world today. Its sad when we see on the street interviews being done by various shows – that showcase the “public” know far more about “reality TV” than they do about our country and our government. Not only do many of these people have no idea what is going on, they will make up comments about events that haven’t even taken place.

So – let’s take a look at a simple quiz put together by the Pew Research Center. Its only 13 questions. Feel free to click the link to take the quiz and then post a comment about how you did.

To get things going – I got 12 out of 13 – I misidentified the flag of China


This is a pretty good test.  It indicates that the majority of Americans don’t know what’s going on*.       It’s astonishing that so many people got less than half right.     These results say that 80% of the (voting) public doesn’t have a clue and that’s pretty scary.     There are no tricks here. Just a simple test to see if you are current on your information.

Click here: Test Your News IQ – Pew Research Center

How You Can Limit Consumption of Imports from China

I just got this in my e-mail. If you haven’t seen it, you will find some interesting information. I Googled it and this is quoted on many forums, websites, blogs etc –

Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China , and so are most of Europe ‘s Best. Arctic Gardens are Okay. So is Birdseye.
Never buy the grocery store garlic unless it is clearly marked from USA or Canada , the other stuff is grown in people poop (even worse than chicken poop). China is the largest producer of garlic in the world. U.S. Is next.
Buy only local honey, much honey is shipped in in huge containers from China and re-packed here.
Cold-FX is grown and packed in China and is full of fecal bacteria. Doesn’t work anyway, big scam. If the country of origin is not clearly marked beware. If produce, ask an employee.
Watch out for packages which state “prepared for”, “packed by” or “imported by”. I don’t understand the lack of mandatory labeling, especially the produce.
The country of origin should be clearly shown on the item in the store. I go to the local farmers’ markets in season and keep a wary eye open the rest of the year.
Please read this very carefully, and read to the very bottom. It’s important for all of us.
How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper than having it produced in the U.S. Or Canada ?
GOLD BRAND OR THE DOLE IS FROM CALIFORNIA . Beware, Costco sells canned peaches and pears in a plastic jar that come from China .
Recently The Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Government on how Chinese feed the fish: They suspend chicken wire crates over the fish ponds, and the fish feed on chicken s–t.
If you search the Internet about what the Chinese feed their fish, you’ll be alarmed; e.g., growth hormones, expired anti-biotic from humans. Never buy any type of fish or shellfish that comes from these countries: Vietnam , China , Philippines .
Check this out personally. I did. Stienfeld’s Pickles are made in India – just as bad!
Another example is in canned mushrooms. No-Name brand came from Indonesia . Also check those little fruit cups. They used to be made in Canada in the Niagara region until about 2 years ago. They are now packaged in China !
While the Chinese export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous toys, and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings its hands! Yet, 70% of North Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended! Well, duh! Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges?
Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says ‘Made in China ‘ or ‘PRC’ (and that now includes Hong Kong ), simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.
If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that’s a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor…fast!! The downside? Some Canadian/American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory.
Just one month of trading losses will hit the Chinese for 8% of their North American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness are worth it.
START NOW and don’t stop.
Send this to everybody you know. Let’s show them that we are intelligent, and NOBODY can take us for granted.

Cyprus Bailout – You Need to Pay Attention

You may have missed this in the news — but you NEED to pay attention —-

This is an article from Yahoo financial news —

You can be forgiven for thinking that you don’t need to give a hoot about what’s going on in Cyprus.

After all, it’s just a little island somewhere in the Mediterranean.

But what’s going on in Cyprus could actually matter — not just to the rest of Europe, but to the rest of the world.

Here’s the short version of what’s happening:

Some of Cyprus’s banks, like many banks in Europe, are bankrupt.

Cyprus went to the eurozone to get a bailout, the same way Ireland, Greece, and other European countries have.

The eurozone powers-that-be (mainly Germany) gave Cyprus a bailout and insisted that the depositors in Cyprus’s banks pay part of the tab — a startling condition that has never before been imposed on any major banking system since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008.

The deal did not touch the bondholders. Why the depositors? These are folks who had their money in the banks for safe-keeping.

When Cyprus’s banks reopen on Tuesday morning, every depositor will have some of his or her money seized. The current plan is that accounts under 100,000 euros will have 6.75% of the funds seized. Accounts over 100,000 euros will have 9.9% seized. And then the eurozone’s emergency lending facility and the International Monetary Fund will inject 10 billion euros into the banks to allow them to keep operating.

Cyprus’s government tried to explain this deal by observing that it was better than the alternative: Immediate bankruptcy and closure of the major banks. In that scenario, depositors would lose a lot more money. Businesses would go bankrupt. And tens of thousands of people would be instantly thrown out of work.

Not surprisingly, news that deposits in Cyprus’s banks would be seized triggered an immediate run on the banks.

Depositors rushed to ATMs and tried to withdraw their money before it could be seized.

But the ATMs weren’t working. And the government has now made it impossible to transfer money out of the country.

So, assuming Cyprus’s government approves the deal (still pending–with the vote now postponed until Wednesday), depositors will have some of their money seized.

Now, half of these depositors are said to be Russian oligarchs and other non-residents. And unless you happen to have the misfortune of having an account in a Cyprus bank, you may not care much whether these depositors have their money seized.

After all, that was the risk they took for storing their money in weak banks, right?

Well, yes, that was the risk they took.

But ever since the Great Depression wiped out a big percentage of the world’s banks, vaporizing the bank depositors’ savings in the process, banking system regulators have tried to do everything they can to protect bank depositors.

And they are smart to do so.

Because the moment depositors think that there is risk to their savings, they rush to banks to yank their money out.

That’s called a run on the bank.

And since no bank anywhere has enough cash on hand to pay off all its depositors at once, runs on the bank cause banks to go bust.

That’s what happened to hundreds of banks in the Great Depression.

And it’s what happened to Bear StearnsLehman Brothers, and other huge banks during the financial crisis (though, with Bear and Lehman, the folks who yanked their money out weren’t mom and pop depositors but other big financial institutions). It’s what threatened to bring the entire U.S. financial system to its knees. And it’s why the U.S. and European governments have been frantically bailing out banks ever since.

But now, thanks to the eurozone’s bizarre decision in Cyprus, the illusion that depositors don’t need to yank their money out of threatened banks because they’ll be protected has been shattered.

Depositors in Cyprus banks will lose some of their money.

They will be furious about this.

And they will, rightly, feel that it is grossly unfair — because depositors in the bailed-out banks in Ireland, Greece, etc. didn’t lose their money.

And they will feel like fools for not having taken their money out.

And … here’s the important part …

Other depositors at weak banks all over Europe, in places like Spain, Italy, and Greece, will rightly wonder whether this is the beginning of a new era of bank bailouts, an era in which bank depositors are going lose some of their money.

What do you think those other depositors in Spain, Italy, Greece, etc., are going to feel like doing when they realize that, if their banks ever need a bailout, they might have their deposits seized?

That’s right.

They’re going to feel like yanking their money out of their banks.

And if some of them yank their money out of their banks, well — then the financial condition of those banks will go from weak to insolvent.

And the banks will go rushing to their governments and the eurozone for help.

And the eurozone decides to seize the deposits of more bank depositors.. Well, then, a good portion of Europe might suddenly experience a good old-fashioned bank run.

That, to put it mildly, could be a disaster.

It could bring the European financial crisis, which has lurched from one flare-up to another for most of the past five years, to a rather sudden head.

How much would it cost for the powers-that-be to bail out all of Europe’s weak banks at once?

A lot.

More than the Eurozone has in its emergency lending facilities, certainly. And more than the International Monetary Fund has on hand.

So the U.S. would probably have to get involved. And, regardless of whether the U.S. got directly involved, the European economy would likely suffer the equivalent of a heart attack.

That wouldn’t be good for the U.S. economy.

Or the Chinese economy.

Or any other economy that sells things to Europe.

So, you can see, this little decision to seize a little money from bank depositors in the little island of Cyprus could be a much bigger deal than you think.

It could conceivably precipitate a run on weak European banks.

And a run on weak European banks could hammer the European economy and then the economy of Europe’s trading partners. And it could cause global markets to crash.

So keep an eye on what’s going on over there in Cyprus.

It’s potentially much more important than it seems.



$277,000 Per Year for The Calligraphers

With the advances in computer technology and the wide range of computer programs — why does the White House need a calligrapher, not to mention that there are THREE calligraphers on staff for an annual cost of $277,000?

I used to do some calligraphy and it is beautiful – but that was when we didn’t have the option of using a computer program to create the same effect. And even if the administration or one of Michelle Obama’s many assistants feel that she needs invitations hand written – why does she need THREE? Could it be that she does too much entertaining? I would guess that military families who are invited to the White House don’t care if their invitation is hand written. I would also guess that none of the Republican Senators or Congressmen who were invited to lunch would care if their invitation was hand written. Although I guess none of these people got the cherished hand written invitations.

So – what do these three people do??? I would love to hear if anyone knows….

For more details about the picture, visit – http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=248315

Hiring After Sequestration Furloughs

Let me get this right —

Various segments of the government are furloughing employees because of sequestration. Okay – I understand that and it makes sense.

On the other hand, some of the same departments are interviewing and hiring new employees. Hmmmm

Then, today I heard that various government agencies are advertising for interns. That would make sense, interns normally work for free in return for the experience they will gain or they work very cheap. So, imagine how confused I was when I heard how much these “interns” could make…

Here are a few examples of government intern positions…. and the administration insists that there isn’t a debt and spending problem….

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture, even as it warns it will have to furlough meat and poultry inspectors later this year, has recently posted 12 openings. One opening for a student trainee at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Iowa offers up to $24.16 an hour.
  • One NASA internship advertised on the site pays up to a whopping $83,126 — though that level of pay appears to apply only to those in a doctoral program.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is under the Department of Commerce, has posted an internship at the National Weather Service with a salary range of $31,315-$62,678.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is shelling out more than $61,000 for a “student extern.”

This will show you that it seems the people doing the hiring aren’t talking to the people placing people on furlough…

On a broader scale, there were more than 2,700 federal jobs posted in the past 10 days across a variety of agencies. This includes 327 jobs at the Department of Agriculture, 149 in the Department of Health and Human Services and 140 at the Department of the Interior. NASA has 23 openings.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/13/feds-offering-high-paid-internships-despite-sequester/#ixzz2NZtAZyy5

Raise the Debt Limit – Does this sound familiar to you?

The United States debt limit explained. A satirical short film taking a look at the national debt and how it applies to just one family. Watch the guy from the Sprint Ads, Ferris Bueller Superbowl Spot and plays Arwin! (also in the upcoming film PAIN AND GAIN) Produced by Seth William Meier, DP/Edited by Craig Evans, 1st AC Brian Andrews, Sound Mixer Gus Salazar, Written and Directed by Brian Stepanek. Help us spread the word by clicking ads or at http://www.debtlimitusa.org.