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[Perceptual framework] China, Saudi Arabia and the US: Shake Up and Shake Down
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ltlee1
2017-12-05 01:56:03 UTC
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http://www.unz.com/jpetras/china-saudi-arabia-and-the-us/

"Three countries are shaking the world in different directions:

In Saudi Arabia, MBS is engaged in a region-shattering shakedown, picking the pockets of Princes for a trillion dollars of unearned and pilfered oil rents to finance more cholera, starvation and mass murder in Yemen and beyond.

Through China, there is a Eurasian ‘shakeup’ as Beijing expands modern Silk-Roads everywhere and with everyone to connect markets, develop supply chains and increase prosperity at home and among its trade partners.

And the US just shakes . . . and trembles as its leaders rush to further enrich the ultra-rich, conspire to uncover conspiracies upon plot, scandalize the scandalmongers and tell us that freedom really means the freedom to expose and gnaw over the sordid acts of petty perverts while hiding much greater truths and reality. Official truth has become a stinking mound of offal.

One can only hope for a great ‘shaking off’."
Resty Wyse
2017-12-05 04:29:51 UTC
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In Saudi Arabia, MBS is engaged in a region-shattering shakedown, picking the pockets of Princes for a trillion dollars of unearned and pilfered oil rents to finance more cholera, starvation and mass murder in Yemen and beyond.
Through China, there is a Eurasian ‘shakeup’ as Beijing expands modern Silk-Roads everywhere and with everyone to connect markets, develop supply chains and increase prosperity at home and among its trade partners.
And the US just shakes . . . and trembles as its leaders rush to further enrich the ultra-rich, conspire to uncover conspiracies upon plot, scandalize the scandalmongers and tell us that freedom really means the freedom to expose and gnaw over the sordid acts of petty perverts while hiding much greater truths and reality. Official truth has become a stinking mound of offal.
One can only hope for a great ‘shaking off’."
There is only one road for the future; BRI!!! Get on it fast!!!
ltlee1
2017-12-06 06:02:27 UTC
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In Saudi Arabia, MBS is engaged in a region-shattering shakedown, picking the pockets of Princes for a trillion dollars of unearned and pilfered oil rents to finance more cholera, starvation and mass murder in Yemen and beyond.
Through China, there is a Eurasian ‘shakeup’ as Beijing expands modern Silk-Roads everywhere and with everyone to connect markets, develop supply chains and increase prosperity at home and among its trade partners.
And the US just shakes . . . and trembles as its leaders rush to further enrich the ultra-rich, conspire to uncover conspiracies upon plot, scandalize the scandalmongers and tell us that freedom really means the freedom to expose and gnaw over the sordid acts of petty perverts while hiding much greater truths and reality. Official truth has become a stinking mound of offal.
One can only hope for a great ‘shaking off’."
Of course, James Petras is only one among many who writes from the "China UP, US DOWN" frame. How about the reality?

The following graph tells a great story.
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Median US incomes had stagnated versus labor productivity since its defeat in the Vietnam War and did not really recover. Big and highly successful US corporations had since then given up on the US. More recently, Trump's winning the election means a large segment of the population are also given up on the US.
w***@yahoo.com.sg
2017-12-06 06:20:07 UTC
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Not true. Most Americans have not given up on the US.

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ltlee1
2017-12-09 10:07:24 UTC
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In Saudi Arabia, MBS is engaged in a region-shattering shakedown, picking the pockets of Princes for a trillion dollars of unearned and pilfered oil rents to finance more cholera, starvation and mass murder in Yemen and beyond.
Through China, there is a Eurasian ‘shakeup’ as Beijing expands modern Silk-Roads everywhere and with everyone to connect markets, develop supply chains and increase prosperity at home and among its trade partners.
And the US just shakes . . . and trembles as its leaders rush to further enrich the ultra-rich, conspire to uncover conspiracies upon plot, scandalize the scandalmongers and tell us that freedom really means the freedom to expose and gnaw over the sordid acts of petty perverts while hiding much greater truths and reality. Official truth has become a stinking mound of offal.
One can only hope for a great ‘shaking off’."
Of course, James Petras is only one among many who writes from the "China UP, US DOWN" frame. How about the reality?
The following graph tells a great story.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/Productivity_and_Real_Median_Family_Income_Growth_1947-2009.png
Median US incomes had stagnated versus labor productivity since its defeat in the Vietnam War and did not really recover. Big and highly successful US corporations had since then given up on the US. More recently, Trump's winning the election means a large segment of the population are also given up on the US.
Most corporate leaders nowadays don't believe Charles Wilson's famous words "what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.”

Of course, some Christian fundamentalists also gave up on the US government and what it represents per the media since the early eighties. And this segment is getting larger although at present less covered by the media.

In Arlie Russell Hochschild's book, "Strangers In Their Own Land", he found it necessary to view those in the South as foreigners in order to fully understand them. In short, many simply don't see the US government and political process contributing to their well being. They would still participate in the "democratic process" but not because what the candidate would do or politics would help but per their faith.

"Like other friends and family, the Arenos are Republican and had voted in the presidential election of 2012 for Mitt Romney. “He’s a big business guy, of course,” Harold explains. “If he were here he’d be having friendly visits with the CEOs of the companies around here. He wouldn’t be cleaning up the mess.”
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But Republicans put God and family on their side and “we like that. The Scripture says Jesus wants us to be about his Father’s business,” Annette says. Their faith had guided them through a painful loss of family, friends, neighbors, frogs, turtles, and trees. They felt God had blessed them with this courage to face their ordeals, and they thanked Him for that. “I don’t know what people do if they don’t know Him,” Annette adds. For the Arenos, religious faith has moved into the very cultural space in which politics might have played a vital, independent role. Politics hadn’t helped, they felt, and the Bible surely had."
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2017-12-09 16:26:53 UTC
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There is only one road for the future; BRI!!! Get on it fast!!!
So, Yale Guen Mar, do you intend to get on it fast enough to reach your physician, Dr. Long Dong of Cambodia, in time for proper treatment of your STD-infected middle fingers and your bipolar disorder?

Yale Guen Mar, do you know your greatestr problem?

You are unwanted by your Hmong neighbors, and rightfully so.

But they are a gentle people. That is why they are trying to get rid of you in a way that will be least excruciating. In fact, it will be to your benefit to move out from Twilight Avenue in Merced, CA.

Rolida Lee and other Hmong neighbors have raised a fund to finance your relocation to Cambodia so that you can get alternate medicine treatment from Dr. Long Dong for your infected middle fingers and also your bipolar disorder.

Yes, there os a catch. To avail yourself of that fund, you'll have to promise your Hmong neighbors never to come back to Merced, CA or even to the USA for that matter.

Yale Guen Mar, go for it. This is an offer that is as generous as it can get.

Get on the BRI as fast as possible to reach Dr. Long Dong's sanatorium. That may be your best hope.
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