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Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest private employer, is eliminating paper payroll checks in the U.S., transferring workers' earnings to a debit card if they decline direct deposit to a bank. Wal-Mart is the biggest company yet to make the move that it said will save paper and money. It estimates the move will save 257,572 pounds of paper a year. It declined to specify the savings but said the shift will reduce its payroll costs. Government agencies such as the Social Security Administration have recently begun using similar cards to dispense payments to benefit recipients. Some Wal-Mart workers last month received earnings electronically in the form of credit to a MasterCard Inc. debit card. The program will roll out nationally this month, though many of Wal-Mart's 1.4 million U.S. workers will continue to receive paper checks for months while it is fully implemented. About half of its U.S. workers now receive paper checks
According to the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org) which has been tracking executive pay since 1994, there's a widening compensation gap between U.S. CEOs and American workers, and there's no end in sight. In a brief article on the topic by Yahoo!'s Heesun Wee, the average ratio between salaries for CEOs and the American worker in 2007 was 344 to one. This figure dipped slightly last year, 2008, to 319 to one. But according to the Institute, this figure is set to rise, which, according to IPS's director John Cavanagh is "really worrisome." "If nothing is done -- if the federal government does nothing this fall in terms of CEO pay, the ratio will likely go up this year and there will be huge stock option gains by the CEOs of some of the worst-run companies," Cavanagh proclaims.
Hey, interestingly enough, Blackwater XE seems to be filling the gap quite nicely in the USA!! We need, I mean the Elite need someone to act as the sheep dog of the herd, and I present XE; already in action.
The National Intelligence Council report, Global Trends 2025, stated that many governments will be “expanding domestic security forces, surveillance capabilities, and the employment of special operations-type forces.” Counterterrorism measures will increasingly “involve urban operations as a result of greater urbanization,” and governments “may increasingly erect barricades and fences around their territories to inhibit access. Gated communities will continue to spring up within many societies as elites seek to insulate themselves from domestic threats.” Essentially, expect a continued move towards and internationalization of domestic police state measures to control populations.
These People have it right on the money, but I think their time frame is a little off. I give it another 2 months MAXIMUM until the USA(that's us) will be thrown into a war with Iran.........Just watch!!!!!!!!
Further, the prospects of war are increasing with the deepening of the economic crisis. It must be noted that historically, as empires are in decline, international violence increases. The scope of a global depression and the undertaking of restructuring the entire global political economy may also require and produce a global war to serve as a catalyst for formation of the New World Order. The National Intelligence Council document, Global Trends 2025, stated that there is a likely increase in the risk of a nuclear war, or in the very least, the use of a nuclear weapon by 2025, as, “Ongoing low-intensity clashes between India and Pakistan continue to raise the specter that such events could escalate to a broader conflict between those nuclear powers.”
Holy Cow Batman, did You just read what I did??? Basically it is straight from the book 1984. To keep the populace=sheeple, and economy in line, and functioning as the Elite need, a global war is needed. Hence the coming reason for a war in the Middle East, and more than likely as well in the Russian Satellite nations...See the Caucasus.
War should not be understood as a recent phenomenon in regards to accelerating capitalism through expansion and transition, as this has been a continual theme throughout the history of capitalism. The notion of “surplus imperialism” is what describes the function and role of war and militarism within capitalism. The concept is built around the function of “constant war.” Ellen Wood explains the notion of ‘surplus imperialism,’ in that, “Boundless domination of a global economy, and of the multiple states that administer it, requires military action without end, in purpose or time.” Further, “Imperial dominance in a global capitalist economy requires a delicate and contradictory balance between suppressing competition and maintaining conditions in competing economies that generate markets and profit. This is one of the most fundamental contradictions of the new world order.”
Order Out Of Chaos; will a New World Order become a reality. We are seeing the developing stages of the final stage play necessary to bring the Elites dream to fruition. Just look at all the "hair trigger" disasters, and plagues mentioned in ATS; You don't think the Elite use these very things in a slight of hand to control the outcome??? It really will appear almost like magic to us.
The new system being formed is not one based upon any notion of competition or “free markets” or “socialist morality”, but is, instead a system based upon consolidation of power and wealth; thus, the fewer, the better; one government, one central bank, one army, one currency, one authority, one ruler. This is a much more “efficient” and “controllable” system, and thus requires a much smaller population or class to run it, as well as a much smaller population to serve it. Also, with such a system, a smaller global population would be ideal for the rulers, for it limits their risk, in terms of revolt, uprising, and revolution, and created a more malleable and manageable population. In this new capitalist system, the end goal is not profit, but power. In a sense, this is how the whole capitalist system has functioned, as profit has always acted as a means and lever to achieve power. Power itself, was the goal, profit was merely the means of achieving such a goal.
Ouch!!! few phrases for this one. Smoke, and Mirrors using Divide, and conquer, to further the Order Out Of Chaos. Watch Your backs, and think through all interactions; use Your Heart, and Intuition. Ferment Your own reality, and truth.
Currently, we are witnessing, in the wake of the massive economic crisis, a revolution in the global political economy. This revolution, like all revolutions, is not simply a top-down or a bottom-up revolution. Historically, revolutions are driven by a combination of both the grassroots and the elite. Often, this materializes in clashes between social groups, such as with the American Revolution. Although, the American Revolution itself was primarily waged by the American landed elite against the foreign imperial elite of Great Britain. The French Revolution was the combination of the banking and aristocratic elite co-opting, manipulating and controlling the grassroots opposition to the established order. The Russian Revolution, also being able to see rising social tensions among the lower classes, was co-opted by an international banking elite.
Ponder on this final point. Think about it, and understand this is what the Elite are doing to us all.
As George Orwell wrote, “Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”