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Fri Dec 22, 2006 at 02:16 PM PST

Thanks!

by Gegner

Greetings good citizen, this will be my last post on Dkos.

Apparently I’ve worn out my welcome and it’s time to move on. Yes good citizen, this is a GBCW diary. That said, I am not giving up the fight but embarking on a search for a better venue.

I think the tune, ‘Subdivisions’ by Rush best describes my predicament.

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Wed Dec 20, 2006 at 02:09 PM PST

The Game

by Gegner

Greetings good citizen, although common sense dictates against these exercises in futility, the situation is such that I must persist in doing that which flies in the face of what passes for ‘conventional wisdom’.

So, if reading me in ‘Don Quixote’ mode stresses you out, you may want to bail right now.

Before I go off the reservation let’s examine the facts of the matter:

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Anti-exploitation

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Sun Dec 17, 2006 at 08:51 PM PST

Tis the Season

by Gegner

Greetings good citizen, not only has the calendar dwindled to just one page but a week from tonight the Christian world will celebrate Christ’s birth.

Regardless of your individual upbringing (or perhaps because of it) year’s end brings with it a period of reflection, a mental regrouping if you will, as we ponder not only the year just past but the year yet to come.

Front and center in our musings, a topic we feel comfortable discussing openly here, is the ongoing occupation of Iraq.

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The fabric of society

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Sat Dec 16, 2006 at 05:25 PM PST

Fact or Fiction?

by Gegner

Latest Consumer Price Data Ease Fears of Inflation
By JEREMY W. PETERS  Published: December 16, 2006

The latest report on consumer prices showed that inflation was following an arc that must give some relief to the Federal Reserve.

Prices fell last month on everything from a gallon of gasoline to fresh vegetables and children’s clothing, helping to contain the overall rate of inflation at zero, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

Link

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What say you?

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Thu Dec 14, 2006 at 12:10 PM PST

First things first

by Gegner

Greetings good citizen, welcome as we embark on yet another journey into the recesses of your mind.

Presented here for your consideration are not topics any of you actually dwell upon so much as items that have likely given you pause as you flip through the dairies.

It has been said that organizing liberals is a task akin to herding cats.

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Our current vehicle is...

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Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 11:45 AM PST

What to do?

by Gegner

I finally finished reading the 428 page historical report by Mr. Kevin Phillips and my initial reaction is to wonder how different the outcome of the 2004 election might have been if this work had received the recognition it deserved! [Wealth and Democracy was published in 2003.]

For those of you who missed my first diary regarding this work, a diary that only touched on one of the book’s central themes, let me bring you up to speed.

Wealth and Democracy is a sweeping work that examines historical events from the discovery (and subsequent rape) of the New World to present day with an eye towards finance and the role it played in shaping not one but four distinct ‘empires’.

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Global 'government'

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Sun Dec 10, 2006 at 12:27 PM PST

Wealth and Democracy

by Gegner

I finally finished reading the 428 page historical report by Mr. Kevin Phillips and my initial reaction is to wonder how different the outcome of the 2004 election might have been if this work had received the recognition it deserved! [Wealth and Democracy was published in 2003.]

For those of you who missed my first diary regarding this work, a diary that only touched on one of the book’s central themes, let me bring you up to speed.

Wealth and Democracy is a sweeping work that examines historical events from the discovery (and subsequent rape) of the New World to present day with an eye towards finance and the role it played in shaping not one but four distinct ‘empires’.

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Democracy

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Thu Dec 07, 2006 at 01:34 PM PST

Red Flags

by Gegner

For all the economic happy talk coming out of the main stream media these days, I offer three ‘red flags’ from today’s NY Times:

Report Says Oil Royalties Go Unpaid
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS  Published: December 7, 2006
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 — An eight-month investigation by the Interior Department’s chief watchdog has found pervasive problems in the government’s program for ensuring that companies pay the royalties they owe on billions of dollars of oil and gas pumped on federal land and in coastal waters.

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Red Flags

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Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 11:30 AM PST

What’s troubling you?

by Gegner

What’s troubling you?

I have a pretty good idea but you can’t solve a problem if you are unwilling to look at it realistically.

On one hand we have people who work very hard (definitely you!) but nothing much seems to come from it...worse, it seems like the harder you work the worse things get.

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Direct democracy

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Sun Dec 03, 2006 at 03:29 PM PST

Deja vu

by Gegner

Do you understand the significance of ‘3 years’? 3 years could mean anything so I need to provide some context.

3 years is how long it took the stock market to ‘unwind’ after the 1929 October crash.

Yes good citizen, while many of us have a mental image created by reports of stockbrokers leaping to their deaths on 'Black Friday' that the stock market had somehow ‘crashed’ in a single day...but this was not, in fact, the case.

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Is it happening again?

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Fri Dec 01, 2006 at 11:04 AM PST

Loansharking

by Gegner

Can anyone tell me why This shit isn’t illegal?

Efforts renewed to control excessive cost of payday loans

Posted 11/30/2006 8:40 PM ET

By Sue Kirchhoff, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — One of the nation's top banking regulators Thursday announced new efforts to develop alternatives to payday loans and other high-cost products, citing an "astonishing" gap in the cost of credit that is penalizing disadvantaged borrowers.

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Loansharking

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Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 01:42 PM PST

On the border

by Gegner

From behind the NY Times firewall the new guy gives us all something to chew on. [Don’t click the link unless you subscribe to NYT select]

Speed Bump at the Border
By THOMAS B. EDSALL
Washington

Democrats preparing to take over Congress appear to have a perfect issue for the party of the left: the rich are getting richer, but sizable productivity gains and rising corporate profits are not paying off for the working and middle classes. All boats are not rising with the tide.

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Globalization

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