Émission de L'Autre Monde du 22 janvier 2009: Les manipulations du pétrole, de l'économie et du système bancaire
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Inauguration royale de Barack Obama et de son gouvernement de continuité
Gaze on it and weep.
The Scariest Chart Ever
If this doesn't give you pause, nothing will. From East Coast Economics:
Here is a chart of federal borrowing through Dec. 2007.
The cost of shipping goods from Asia to
Shipping journal Lloyd's List said brokers in
Industry sources said they have never seen rates fall so low. "This is a whole new ball game," said one trader.
Berkeley, Ill.-based National Bank of Commerce was closed by regulators Friday, marking the first bank failure of 2009, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said in a statement. Republic Bank of
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a report showing that most of the nation's largest public companies and government contractors rely on offshore subsidiaries to do business and cut their tax bills. Some of these same firms — including big banks and insurers — have already received tens of billions in taxpayer money from the federal bailout fund.
Citigroup, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, American International Group, American Express have set up hundreds of tax-haven subsidiaries, the report states. All have taken billions from the bailout fund. Pepsi and Caterpillar, both of which have received billions in tax dollars from being major government contractors, also shelter revenue in offshore subsidiaries, The Washington Post says.
Which tells you a lot about the tax code.
Here is an interesting video news story from 60 Minutes that aired Jan. 12th 2009. It is being claimed that investment bankers speculating in the commodities markets were dramatically affecting the prices of crude oil and that the resulting price at the pump was due to the speculation and not supply and demand. In the end of the video it is stated that "regulatory lapses in the commodities markets that many believe fomented the rapid speculation in oil has still not been addressed although the incoming Obama administration has promised to do so." One has to wonder what kind of regulation on commodities will be coming and who will be doing the regulating. This appears to be another problem - reaction - solution scenario unfolding with the Federal Reserve grabbing more power.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock has batted 100% - for the time I've been reading his blog - in calling companies insolvent months or years before it becomes public knowledge.
Mish is now saying "Bank of America Is Insolvent".
Hold on to your hats, folks . . .
Obama Starts ‘Remaking
Ken Fireman and Edwin Chen | Bloomberg.com | Wed-Jan 21, 2009
The plunge in bank stocks yesterday added pressure on Obama to take quick action as he meets with his economic advisers today. While full details of a bank rescue haven’t been settled yet, people familiar with the deliberations said the package is likely to include a $50 billion-plus program to forestall foreclosures, fresh injections of capital into the banks and steps to deal with toxic assets clogging lenders’ balance sheets.
The plan for the banks may be twinned with an $825 billion economic-stimulus bill being negotiated with Congress.
How much is $1.186 trillion — or $1,186,000,000,000, written out the long way?
Why do I bring this up? Because that $1.186 trillion figure is the projected 2009 deficit, according to the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
And it is downright scary.
As the global financial crisis grew more severe this summer, foreigners sold almost $90 billion of
"We've had a global panic. Everyone is pulling their money home," says economist Adam Posen of the Peterson Institute in
State governments from
Assets for 109 state funds declined 37 percent to $1.46 trillion over the 14 months ended Dec. 16, according to the Center for Retirement Research at
“Not a whole lot of people get too excited about pension funds,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said in an interview. “But if you have to pay those costs, they do grab your attention.”
The Bank of England will be able to print extra money without having legally to declare it under new plans which will heighten fears that the Government will secretly pump extra cash into the economy.
The Government is set to throw out the 165-year-old law that obliges the Bank to publish a weekly account of its balance sheet -- a move that will allow it theoretically to embark covertly on so-called quantitative easing. The Banking Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament, abolishes a key section of the law laid down by Robert Peel's Government in 1844 that originally granted the Bank the sole right to print
Consumers anxious about the worsening economy might welcome the prospect of falling prices. But wide-scale price declines actually would accelerate the economic downturn, and a fear of possible deflation was one reason the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to near-zero last month.
There is no actual money. A Federal Reserve Note is an instrument of debt. It is created out of thin air when someone takes out a loan from a bank.
The problem with such a system is that the moment it goes into operation, more money is owed than actually exists. For each borrower to be able to repay their loans, new borrowers must be found whose loan applications will create new debt and creation of new money. It is a pyramid scheme, because it works only as long as there is an ever-increasing population of borrowers at the very bottom.
But nearly after 100 years of the Federal Reserve, the entire nation is up to the neck in debt, and there are no new borrowers taking out loans which can be used to create new money, even with near zero interest rates. So, the government has embarked on a program of massive borrowing on your behalf, $8.5 trillion of it so far which works out to about $100,000 per taxpayer, but this is a holding action that cannot last because the ability of the government to repay those loans rests on the American people, who are barely able to pay their own debts, let alone take on another $100,000 each that the government borrowed for them.
This is why the actual use and destination of the money is irrelevant and why it's not really a big deal when Wall Street companies throw huge parties and pay executives bonuses with the money; the purpose is to force the population to borrow more, to allow the Federal Reserve to create new money to put into circulation.
And in the long run, it cannot work, because the end result is the plunge in the dollar and in all those treasury certificates the US Government is printing up as part of the dog and pony show.
This is why Bernie Madoff is getting a free pass for his Ponzi scheme. The whole system; the entire Federal Reserve has been a giant Ponzi scheme, lasting almost a century.
And it is starting to come apart.
One of the few things more troubling for an economy than government intervention is government intervention driven by panic. Time and again, history has shown that when governments rush to engineer solutions to pressing problems, unintended difficulties arise.
In the current crisis, there is growing evidence that
Folks, the ultimate problem is that the entire federal Reserve system is a pyramid scheme, and now that they have run out of fresh borrowers, the system is collapsing.
They can't fix it.
All they can do is loot what's left and stick you with the mess!
While the US Government lets the poor people freeze and ponders a carbon tax to suck even more money out of them.
Liquidation sales of $1.2 billion in inventory will start today at 567
A former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has predicted a massive collapse of the dollar within the next two to five years, warning that a government increase in spending under President elect Obama could be disastrous.
The Bank of England has cut interest rates to the lowest level in its 315-year history as it desperately attempts to prevent the
Those moves are expected to facilitate overseas trade, as Chinese exporters might face losses if they continue to be paid in US dollars, analysts said.
So if the People’s Bank of China used excess dollars to buy U.S. Treasuries, and didn’t buy the yuan on the Forex to sell to the businessman’s local bank, where did the People’s Bank of China get the yuan?
The long-held assumption that US assets - particularly government bonds - are a safe haven will soon be overturned as investors lose their patience with the world's biggest economy, according to Willem Buiter.
As if access to credit wasn't already tight, credit card companies are slashing consumer credit lines and closing inactive cards - a move that could harm borrowers' credit scores and restrict access to loans.
"Card issuers are playing defense, "trying to limit their risks in "the poor economic climate and against the prospect of continued consumer defaults," said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com.
But the lenders' actions could bring more worries for consumers.
Our financial institutions are fighting for their lives and the Treasury may not be able to bail them out. The government needs to get serious to avert meltdown
"Steal form the poor to give to the rich. It's always worked before (mostly)."
The government will take another step today towards nationalising the entire banking industry by offering to buy shares in those institutions which sign up to a scheme offering potentially unlimited insurance against losses on their assets.
Obama to unveil new rescue plan: Geithner
Treasury nominee offers no estimate of cost, signals more money needed
In testimony Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee, Geithner didn't say how much the new package would cost. He refused to give specifics [...]
Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve Board chairman, told the panel that the cost of fixing the banks would cost several trillion dollars.
More government assistance would be needed, Geithner added, because the crisis is far from over. More money also will have to be used to get credit markets back to normal.
The nominee also defended his actions related to the collapse of Lehman Brothers. [...]
(Bloomberg) -- Bank of America Corp., the largest U.S. bank by assets, posted its first loss since 1991 and cut the dividend to a penny after receiving emergency government funds to support the acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co.
The fourth-quarter loss of $1.79 billion, or 48 cents a share, compared with net income of $268 million, or 5 cents, a year earlier, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company said in a statement today. Results didn't include a $15.3 billion loss at Merrill, acquired this month.
The losses, coupled with the
Northern Rock employees will pocket a whopping 10 per cent pay bonus this Friday, it has been revealed.
The state-run bank will hand out £8.8million to its 4,000 staff after they met targets on repaying the bank's £26billion Government loan.
Unemployment is creeping closer towards the dreaded two million mark as record numbers of people are being made redundant, new official figures reveal.
Manufacturing has boosted the American economy, jobs, and wages for generations dating back to World War II. Recently, it has fallen on very hard times. Nearly one in four manufacturing jobs has vanished since 2000, and 40,000 factories have closed since 1998.
The Time Warner Inc., citing the worldwide financial downturn and the current forecasts, will lay off about 600 employees, with half of those cuts to be made in the coming weeks. Another 200 jobs currently open at the studio will not be filled, the Warner Brothers spokeswoman said.
GM dethroned as top automaker
AMERICANS enter the New Year in a strange new role: financial lunatics. We’ve been viewed by the wider world with mistrust and suspicion on other matters, but on the subject of money even our harshest critics have been inclined to believe that we knew what we were doing. They watched our investment bankers and emulated them: for a long time now half the planet’s college graduates seemed to want nothing more out of life than a job on Wall Street.
This is one reason the collapse of our financial system has inspired not merely a national but a global crisis of confidence. Good God, the world seems to be saying, if they don’t know what they are doing with money, who does?
Incredibly, intelligent people the world over remain willing to lend us money and even listen to our advice; they appear not to have realized the full extent of our madness. We have at least a brief chance to cure ourselves. But first we need to ask: of what?
I commented on this a while back. Our big mistake as a nation is that we abandoned the idea of making products to make money and started treating the money itself as the primary product. Money became a commodity to be bartered, repackaged, reformatted, bundled, leveraged, arbitraged, greenmailed, derived, and in general shaken back and forth with great energy in the hopes it would magically grow all by itself. and, as long as new suckers, I mean "investors" could be brought in at the bottom, the system seemed to work.
But it was all a giant Ponzi scheme. The only difference between Bernie and the rest of them is that Bernie got caught!
My conclusion is that the USFed and the Federal Reserve Banks themselves are orchestrating a collapse of sorts for the USEconomy. Their purpose is unknown, but if the Great Depression Era is any teacher, this elite group of banksters harbors great lust for consolidated power.
The number of jobs lost during the year reached
Factory output slumped in November at its fastest annual pace since 1981, increasing the likelihood that the economy shrank sharply at the end of 2008 and faces a deep recession in 2009.
By Karen Jacobs and Emily Chasan
ATLANTA/RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - Bankrupt electronics retailer Circuit City Stores said on Friday it will liquidate its assets and shutter hundreds of stores after failing to reach a deal to sell the company.
Sony, a bellwether of corporate
SYDNEY (AFP) – The world's biggest miner, BHP Billiton, said Wednesday it would cut about 6,000 jobs because of the global economic downturn and weakening demand for its products.
As the number of jobs across the nation dwindles, more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training.
As shoppers feel the pinch, more Britons are tearing out the decking and turning their lawns into vegetable plots.
This is a GOOD idea for those of you with enough land around your homes.
And it will confuse things for those very expensive helicopters flying around looking for marijuana patches!
Fresh concerns about the British economy and fears for the stability of the
One of the world's leading investors voiced the markets' concerns. Jim Rogers, of the Singapore-based Rogers Holdings and co-founder of the Quantum fund with George Soros, told Bloomberg Television: "I would urge you to sell any sterling you might have. It's finished. I hate to say it, but I would not put any money in the
It's a race to the bottom.
Sanctions against bankers deemed responsible for the financial crisis could include more legal action abroad, as the
The lack of activity by the FSA, which last year conducted its first prosecutions for insider dealing, could be mitigated by extraditions to the US where prosecutors have been more active in investigating banks and senior executives.
Imagine my shock.
Folks, they WANT this guy to flee to
Relatives and close friends turned out in force Wednesday to support Joseph Shereshevsky 's request for release on bond.
At the end of a three-hour detention hearing, Miller ordered the co-owner of the investment firm to remain in custody until his arraignment on charges of securities fraud.
So why does Madoff get a free pass here?
Bill Gross is managing director of the world's largest bond fund, Pimco, which manages some $790 Billion Dollars in assets. Pimco also is managing the commercial-paper assets for the Federal Reserve as part of the government's Commercial Paper Funding Facility program. As such, Pimco is in many ways an insider.
In his January 2009 Investment Outlook, Gross writes that it is not only Madoff who ran a Ponzi scheme, but the entire
To some experts, that sounds like a bailout, a word that resurfaced this year after the
Relying on government help raises ethical questions for the press, whose traditional role has been to operate free from government influence as it tries to hold politicians accountable to the people who elected them. Even some publishers desperate for help are wary of this route.
Providing government support can muddy that mission, said Paul Janensch, a journalism professor at
"You can't expect a watchdog to bite the hand that feeds it," he said.
Many media experts predict that 2009 will be the year that newspapers of all sizes will falter and die, a threat long predicted but rarely taken seriously until the credit crunch blossomed into a full-fledged financial meltdown.
Some papers no longer print daily, and some not at all.
We recently noted how the RIAA has created an entirely new organization tasked with pushing the idea of collective music licensing, applying a $5-$10 "piracy tax" to consumer broadband bills, regardless of whether you pirate or not. The idea has several critical problems, not least of which being that it rewards the music industry for their failure to adapt, but it also opens the door to every single industry impacted by piracy (music, film, porn, gaming, literature) to begin demanding their own tax.
Mike Masnick at Techdirt notes that it didn't take long for other collapsing business models to start putting their hand out. Canadian website Macleans recently published an article suggesting that because it's getting harder to make money in the news business, failing newspapers should be compensated for their losses by applying an ISP tax. Of course the ISPs won't pay it, you will.
Another major American industry is asking for assistance as the global financial crisis continues: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis said Wednesday they will request that Congress allocate $5 billion for a bailout of the adult entertainment industry.
This is a joke, right? No? It SHOULD be!
A nationally televised meeting between
Chrysler decided to use $100,000 of taxpayer money to buy a full-page "Thank You" ad in USA Today.
Max Keiser with some straight talking.
part 2 here
All hopes of Gordon Brown managing to save the world with October's great banking bail-out have proved tragically misguided.
The £37billion injected into the banks last autumn might have helped save the financial system from instant meltdown. But its effects have proved at best temporary, and now the money has disappeared without trace.
The last official act of any government is to loot the nation.
The second bailout shows that the Government has acted as imprudently as the banks themselves
“I’ve found that credit losses could peak at a level of $3.6 trillion for
Now, Bloomberg notes:
Indeed, as the Financial Times writes:
The cost of buying credit protection for the sovereign debts of the
BBC Business News | Staff Reporter | Fri, 16 Jan 2009
Global oil demand is due to fall for the second year in succession in 2009, the first consecutive annual declines in 26 years, a report has predicted.
The IEA, which represents the main oil consuming nations, said the expected fall was due to the global slowdown.
"Global oil demand is reducing at an alarming rate," said Rob Laughlin, senior oil analyst at MF Global in
After two hours of interview I had four legal pages of notes. I am going to relate as best I can the highlights of that interview. Some of you will get duplications because some of you are on more than one of my mailing lists. Please understand. I consider this matter to be extremely important!
This will be rough, since it will be stream of consciousness, right off of my note pad. But it is the message that is important and not the delivery.
Lire les différents points dans le document
While American political judgments have often proved controversial, the American prescription for a world financial order has generally been unchallenged. Now disillusionment with the
- par Bill Van Auken - 2008-12-30
La représentation sans précédent du corps des officiers au sein du gouvernement d'Obama est une indication de la croissance du pouvoir politique de l’armée américaine qui menace sérieusement les droits démocratiques fondamentaux.
Filling the atmosphere with Greenhouse gases associated with global warming could push the planet into a new ice age, scientists have warned.
The global warming cult, otherwise known as the "Carbon Tax Traders", are getting desperate. They have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to create a great global warming scare and linking it to human activity in order to impose new taxes and controls over our lives, and to make a fast buck brokering in the trade of carbon tax credits.
But, despite their best efforts, the Earth is actually getting cooler, sea levels have slowed their already minuscule rise, and all the dire warnings of imminent baked homo sapiens are not coming to pass.
So now, rather than lose all those taxes and control over our lives they have "worked" so hard for, the cultists are now trying to regroup and claim that those icky greenhouse gases put out by the even ickier human beings are causing the Earth to COOL, and perhaps (horrors) enter a new ice age!
The fact is that history is full of people predicting the impending doom of the Earth, always for personal power, aggrandizement, or greed. The human-caused global warming crew is no different. Their goal is not a better Earth but their hands in your pockets and their fingers on the switches inside your house. They are part of a larger agenda os tricking you all into making do with less so that they can have more.
The earth's climate has been significantly affected by the planet's magnetic field, according to a Danish study published Monday that could challenge the notion that human emissions are responsible for global warming.
"Our results show a strong correlation between the strength of the earth's magnetic field and the amount of precipitation in the tropics," one of the two Danish geophysicists behind the study, Mads Faurschou Knudsen of the geology department at Aarhus University in western Denmark, told the Videnskab journal.
"We need a magnet tax!" -- Al Bore
Avant l’ère industrielle, le taux de CO2 était à peu près le même qu’aujourd’hui. Pourquoi nous raconter le contraire ?
January 8, 2009
The 2008 annual temperature for the contiguous
Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.
Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but rapidly recovered in the last quarter. In fact, the rate of increase from September onward is the fastest rate of change on record, either upwards or downwards.
In May, concerns over disappearing sea ice led the
More bad news for the cult.
New Brunswickers woke up to one chilly morning as the province experienced frigid temperatures that set records Friday morning.
Claude Cote, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said communities across the province broke some long standing weather records.
The mercury dropped to
It brought to an end a week which will be remembered for some time in
"We need a
Over the last week, record-breaking low temperatures and heavy snow have crippled a vast area of the
The Wednesday night showing of "An Inconvenient Truth" has been canceled.
The Wednesday night showing of "An Inconvenient Truth" has been canceled.
Extreme temperatures — in Johnson's case about 60 below zero — call for extreme measures in a statewide cold snap so frigid that temperatures have grounded planes, disabled cars, frozen water pipes and even canceled several championship cross country ski races.
Alaskans are accustomed to subzero temperatures but the prolonged conditions have folks wondering what's going on with winter less than a month old.
"Al Gore told us this was all going away!" -- Sarah Paling
One of the heaviest snowfalls in decades closed
Sun Jan 4, 2009
By Jim Macdonald, The Canadian Press
A blanket of frigid air moving across part of the
As the bitter cold moved south and combined with snow and ice in some areas, the sudden plunge in temperature fueled farmer fears that vulnerable young wheat plants could suffer, and ranchers fretted over how to keep weight on cattle and hogs for market.
"Everything is harder when it is cold," said Kevin Gilbert, a hog producer in
The global warming protest has been CANCELED. Repeat. The global warming protest has been CANCELED.
Temperatures plunged so low today that the sea actually began to freeze as Arctic conditions continued to grip the
A rare, week-long stretch of subzero temperatures has transformed the canals and lakes of Holland into a frozen wonderland, prompting more than two million Dutch citizens to don their blades and participate in the age-old pastime of ice skating across the flat country. An interesting Reuters item explains that increasing global temperatures have made thick natural ice rare in the
"An interesting Reuter's item", as in despite the fact that the canals and lakes have frozen for the first time in 12 years we're still gonna shove rising global temperatures at you because Al Gore won't be able to get rich trading carbon tax credits unless we convince you that all this ice is somehow your fault!
Al Gore’s side may be coming to power in
Forty-four percent (44%) of
And that is only among the people who think the planet is actually getting warmer, a rapidly dwindling percentage as of this winter!
Compact fluorescent light bulbs are filling home and office environments with dangerous electromagnetic pollution, causing devastating health effects on some people. Neurologists are increasingly taking notice of the headaches and migraines being reported by people exposed to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Ministers claim the switch will reduce carbon dioxide by around five million tons each year.
But experts have questioned whether or not the new bulbs, far from being environmentally friendly, are actually harmful.
The low-energy fluorescent bulbs can trigger skin rashes, migraines and epilepsy.
There is also concern because the fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which makes them dangerous to get rid of.
There is a disturbing trend for the environmentalists to drive through something that sounds like really good idea at first thought, but without thinking the matter through.
To take an example form the ethanol controversy, it sounded like a good idea to convert crops to ethanol and use it blended with gasoline to reduce petroleum usage. Cool idea, right? But the diversion of farmlands to produce ethanol crops resulted in food shortages and higher prices, and because ethanol contains less energy than gasoline, consumers had to buy and burn MORE of it to travel the same distance. Then
So, now we have the mandatory push to force us all to use compact fluorescent bulbs. Now, I actually like them and use them here. The only remaining tungsten bulbs in our house is the light over the TV and the desktop tensors. BUT, they are far from an ideal solution because as the above article points out, they do contain mercury which is highly toxic if not disposed of properly, and the history of recycling and proper disposal of toxic trash (in particular old computers) is not a reassuring one.
But what the above article does not mention is that compact fluorescent bulbs also contain a radioactive isotope; a tiny alpha emitter that helps the bulbs start operating. While harmless outside the body, an accumulation of this radioactive material getting into landfills and ground water could trigger a new cancer epidemic, just as radioactive polonium in industrial tobacco fertilizers produced an outbreak of cancers in the 1950s through 1980s.
In the end, it should be left to the individual to choose for themselves, only because the government choices are so often botched cock-ups based on politics rather than science.
DAILY SUNSPOT NUMBERS 2008
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Yr Day
7 11 0 16 7 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 2008 01
7 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 2008 02
7 9 7 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 2008 03
10 8 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 7 10 0 2008 04
8 0 0 0 8 9 0 0 0 0 8 0 2008 05
11 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 2008 06
11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 07
9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 08
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 09
8 0 9 0 0 9 0 0 0 7 0 9 2008 10
8 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 7 9 12 8 2008 11
0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 11 14 9 2008 12
0 0 0 7 8 8 0 0 0 9 9 0 2008 13
0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 9 8 0 2008 14
0 0 7 0 9 7 0 0 0 8 8 0 2008 15
0 0 7 0 14 7 0 0 0 12 8 0 2008 16
0 0 7 0 12 7 0 0 0 8 7 0 2008 17
0 0 0 0 15 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 2008 18
0 0 0 8 11 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 19
0 0 0 0 7 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 2008 20
0 0 0 0 0 8 0 7 0 0 0 0 2008 21
0 0 0 8 0 8 0 8 8 0 0 0 2008 22
0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 2008 23
0 0 19 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 24
0 8 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 25
0 8 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 26
0 8 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 27
0 0 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 28
0 0 30 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 2008 29
8 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 30
8 25 0 0 0 9 0 2008 31
3.3 2.1 9.3 2.9 3.2 3.4 0.5 0.5 1.1 2.9 4.1 0.8
Values are preliminary after Jun 08.
Alors que la planète subit une chute drastique de la production de biens indispensables au maintien de sa population, le Fonds mondial pour la nature (anciennement World Wildlife Fund) a publié le 29 octobre son Rapport Planète vivante (Living Planet Report 2008), affirmant que, puisque « les besoins des hommes en nourriture, eau, énergie et matériaux » représentent la plus grande menace pour la biodiversité, la consommation humaine devrait être réduite d’au moins 30% — pour commencer.
Selon ce rapport, plus des trois quarts de la population mondiale vivent dans des pays dont la consommation dépasse leur bio-capacité (exprimée sous forme d’« empreinte écologique »). Les auteurs en viennent à demander la « réduction de la population, de la consommation individuelle et des ressources utilisées ou des déchets émis pour produire des biens et des services ». Pour la première fois, le WWF s’en prend même à la consommation d’eau.
Ce rapport, dont les recommandations, si elles étaient appliquées, conduiraient à la mort de centaines de milliers d’hommes, a été co-rédigé par des membres de
Le critère d’« empreinte écologique » dont se sert le WWF fut élaboré par une fondation britannique, l’Optimum Population Trust, qui fait ouvertement campagne pour réduire des deux tiers la population mondiale afin de la ramener à deux ou trois milliards d’individus.
Motorists are driving less and buying less gasoline, which means fuel taxes aren't raising enough money to keep pace with the cost of road, bridge and transit programs.
That has the federal commission that oversees financing for transportation talking about increasing the federal fuel tax.
"Instead of calling it a gas tax, call it a carbon tax," Whittington said.
No matter what you do, the government will raise taxes.
Maybe it's time for a new government?
I keep telling you all, Global Warming is just a scam to get more money from you and more control over you.
Energy-guzzling flatscreen plasma televisions will soon be banned as part of the battle against climate change, ministers have told The Independent on Sunday.
I keep telling you that this whole global warming hoax is just a scam to trick you into accepting a greatly reduced lifestyle so that the rich and powerful can keep theirs!.
For decades, scientists have urged funding research into new forms of power, primarily hot fusion power (which
And once the fossil fuels really do run out, and having avoided preparing the replacement, technology will fail and the world will descend into a new dark age that will last a very long time indeed.