China and its Rare Earths Dilemma – Part 1/2

Recently, the media released a barrage of criticism on China regarding rare-earth minerals, since China produces 97 percent of the global supply of these vital metals.

This happened when President Obama said he would pressure China through the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the media mob focused on this threat while ignoring many of the facts.

For example, on March 13, 2012, the National Journal reported, “Obama Challenges China over its Hold on Critical Technology Materials.”

However, all but forgotten is what Reuters reported in January 2011, that China “slashed its export quota by 35 percent for the first half of 2011 compared with a year earlier, saying it wanted to conserve reserves and protect the environment … new environmental standard (in China), described as ‘stringent’ by an expert who helped draft the rules, would limit the amount of permissible pollutants in each liter of waste water…”

In fact, China’s tougher environmental laws designed to clean up the air, soil and water within the next decade may be the real reason behind China cutting back production of these rare metals igniting global concern and criticism regarding supply and demand. After all, how many countries, including the Untied States, are willing to pollute their environments to produce these rare earth metals?

To understand how much pollution is caused by the production of rare earths, according to How Stuff Works.com, “In recent years, rare earth metals like lithium have been imported almost exclusively from China, which was able to lower its prices enough to monopolize the industry. One of the reasons China could sell lithium so cheaply was because it widely ignored environmental safeguards during the mining process.”

In addition, while China’s critics bash China for environmental pollution, these same voices also criticize China for attempting to do something about the pollution by cutting back production of rare-earth metals and enforcing China’s laws designed to clean up the environment, which will also cause the price of rare earth to increase and pressure other countries to produce their own rare earths.

For another example, How Stuff Works.com says, “In the Bayan Obo region of China … miners removed topsoil and extracted the gold-flecked metals using acids that entered the groundwater, destroying nearby agricultural land. Even the normally tight-lipped Chinese government admitted that rare earth mining has been abused in some places.”

Why are China’s critics and the Western media along with President Obama pressuring China to resume business as usual, which means continuing to pollute its own environment?

Follow the money/profit motive, and you may find your answer. After all, rare earth minerals are vital for electronics, clean energy technology, computers, wind turbines, electric cars and the production of America’s high-tech weapons necessary in its war against global terrorism.

Continued on March 20, 2012 in China and its Rare Earth Dilemma – Part 2

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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27 Responses to China and its Rare Earths Dilemma – Part 1/2

  1. Qomolangma says:

    Lloyd Lofthouse, William Wallace, Merlin, what interesting exchanges of ideas here.

    I don’t want to comment on the REE, but something much bigger issues such as the notion about the NEW WORLD ORDER (One World Government). The current trend of world affairs: the domination of military-industrial complex (MIC) and the sheer size of the USA military budgets even though amidst its economic difficulty; the Color Spring in many parts of the world resulted in the regime changes; and the endless wars that happen in one part of the world to another make me believe that such NWO idea is pretty real on the table and not simply another conspiracy theory!

    Some well-written books covering that agenda, which are worth the reading are:

    (in arbitrary order)
    - None Dare Call It Conspiracy (1971) – Gary Allen

    - The New Babylon (2009) – Michael Collins Piper

    - Fearful Master – A Second Look at the United Nations (1964) – Edward Griffin

    - The Rockefeller File (1976) – Gary Allen

    - Crossing the Rubicon; The Decline of the American Empire at the End of Age of Oil (2004) – Michael C. Ruppert

    - Tragedy And Hope: A History Of The World In Our Time (1966) By Carroll Quigley

    I wanna recommend you all to try to read the great books written by the great American authors such as GARY ALLEN (one of his classic: “None Dare Call It Conspiracy”) ; ANTONY SUTTON (one of his best: “The Best Enemy Money Can Buy”) and EUSTACE MULLINS (among his many works, “The World Order, A Study in the Hegemony of Parasitism”). Read those books, consider the evidence and conclusions within, and then decide for yourself.

    Here are the two famous quotes from Ezra Pound:

    “The Nomadic Parasites will shift out of London and into Manhattan. And this will be presented under a camouflage of national slogans. It will be represented as an American victory. It will not be an American victory.
    Until you know who has lent what to whom, you know nothing whatever of politics, you know nothing whatever of history, you know nothing of international wrangles.” — Ezra Pound (1885–1972)

    “The monopoly of money, or the restriction of its circulation, is merely a variation of this simple form of monopoly. That is all. The stupid fall into the trap. Wars are provoked in succession, deliberately, by the great usurers, in order to create debts, to create scarcity, so that they can extort the interest on these debts, so that they can raise the price of money (i.e., the price of the various monetary units controlled by, or in the possession of, the same autocrats), altering the prices of the various monetary units when it suits them, raising and lowering the prices of the various foodstuffs when it suits them, completely indifferent to the human victim, to the accumulated treasures of civilization, to the cultural heritage.” — Ezra Pound (1885–1972)

    In Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” one of the main characters is asked how he went bankrupt.
    “Two ways,” he responds. “Gradually and then suddenly.”

    Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read
    http://bit.ly/niXCzq

    • Qomolangma,

      Thanks for the list of books. I clicked over to your Website/Blog, Reality Zone, and attempted to access the YouTube video on how much the federal government has grown in the last 10 years but couldn’t open it. Do you have a direct html address for that YouTube Video? Thanks.

      • Qomolangma says:

        Lloyd Lofthouse,

        I couldn’t locate which youtube link that you mentioned in Reality Zone; however, a quick search at
        https://startpage.com/ gave few links as below, perhaps it’s what you look for.

        How much has the federal government grown in the past 10 yrs? (03/24/2012):

        http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/how-much-has-federal-government-grown-past-10-yrs

        http://howthehellshouldiknow-wallyworld.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-much-has-federal-government-grown.html

        both pointed to this youtube link:

        Btw, these sites below also give good reading with daily updates :)

        http://ricefarmer.blogspot.com/

        http://www.zerohedge.com/

        http://collapsenet.com/home

      • I watched the video that repeats a false claim that I have heard and read many times—that the federal government is too big and that it must cut the number of employees. That is absolutely not true. The federal government today is much smaller than it was in 1960. The problem is that the federal government is spending more money than tax revenues being collected.

        In 1962 the total federal workforce was 5,354,000.

        However, in 1960, the population of the US was 179,323,175, which means the federal work force was about 3% of the total population. In 1960, the federal Budget was 628.9 billion dollars (with tax revenues of $630.9 billion) or the US federal government spent $3,507.08 for each American citizen.

        In 2010, the total federal workforce was 4,443,000, while the population of the US was 308,745,538, which means that today the federal work force is 1.42%, which is less than half what the federal work force was in 1960 when compared as a ratio to the total population. In 2010, the federal budget was $3,066.7 billion dollars (more than $3 trillion—with tax revenues of almost $2 trillion), or the US federal government spent $9,924.59 for each American citizen.

        Between 1962 and 2010, the highest federal workforce was 6,639,000 in 1968.

        Source: http://www.opm.gov/feddata/HistoricalTables/TotalGovernmentSince1962.asp
        Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographic_history_of_the_United_States
        Source: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0469.pdf
        ______________________________

        The Washington Post calculated what the federal government lost due to the cost of the Bush tax cuts, which benefited the top 1 percent and 5 percent of U.S. Households. What the federal govenrment lost in tax revenues was more than one trillion dollars since 2001.

        Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/calculating-the-cost-of-the-bush-tax-cuts/2011/10/14/gIQADB7dkL_blog.html
        _____________________________________

        Then the Congressional Research Service reported that The cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War On Terror Operations since 9/11 is $1.283 trillion.

        Source: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33110.pdf
        ____________________________________

        Interest expense on the federal deficit in billions of dollars since 2000 is:
        2000 = $361.9
        2001 = $359.5
        2002 = $332.5
        2003 = $318.1
        2004 = $321.5
        2005 = $352.3
        2006 = $405.8
        2007 = $429.9
        2008 = $451.1
        2009 = $383.0
        2010 = $413.9
        2011 = $454.4
        The total in interest adds up to about $4.5 trillion

        Source: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm
        _____________________________________________

        Since this war on terror was declared following 9/11, the pay levels for the CEOs of the top 34 defense contractors have doubled. The average compensation rose from $3.6 million during the period of 1998-2001, to $7.2 million during the period of 2002-2005, according to an August 2006, report entitled, “Executive Excess 2006,” by the Washington-based, Institute for Policy Studies, and the Boston-based, United for a Fair Economy.

        This study found that since 9/11, the 34 defense CEOs have pocketed a combined total of $984 million, or enough, the report says, to cover the wages for more than a million Iraqis for a year. In 2005, the average total compensation for the CEOs of large US corporations was only 6% above 2001 figures, while defense CEOs pay was 108% higher.

        Source: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5337
        ________________________________

        In 1960, 1,047,000 civilian employees worked for the Department of Defense and 761,000 for civilian agencies.

        In 2002, 645,000 civilian employees worked for the Department of Defense and 1,173,000 for all other civilian agencies of the federal government. (this does not take into account the number of men and women serving in the military or working for the US Post Office)

        Note: The US Post Office is not supported by US tax payers since it must pay for itself through the money it earns through postage.

        Source: http://www.census.gov/statab/hist/HS-50.pdf
        _________________________________

        Conclusion: the Federal government work force is MUCH smaller than it was in 1960, while spending MUCH more in 2011 than tax revenues coming in.

        The Bush tax cut that benefited the top 5% of wealthiest Americans lost the federal government more than $1 trillion over the last decade, while the global war on terror after 9/11 cost more than $1 trillion.

        In addition, in the last decade, the interest on the federal deficit was about $4.5 trillion. The result: the US Federal government has subsidized the wealthy getting wealthier through tax cuts and the costs of wars that provide profits for the companies that supply the weapons used to fight those wars. A few are benefiting at the expense of the many.

        All we need do is look at who supports the tax cuts on the wealthiest 5% of Americans, and who started the war on terror to see who bears the most guilt—the answer is simple: while democrats are guilty of not doing enough to block these tax cuts and the increased costs of the war on terror, the GOP (Republican Party) must accept the most responsibility for the current economic crises in America. All the facts are there if one looks.

      • merlin says:

        I always thought it’s a bad idea to spend money on defense contracts. Is that different from our own military? We spend so much in the middle east it’s absolutely crazy. We are already pouring thousands into their pockets for oil to fuel our lifestyles. I cant imagine all the money we spent which now sits unused in the middle of an Iraq desert.

        We throw money to bail out the big companies which their execs are already some of the highest paid people in the nation. They never alter their prices for their products or services. Instead, they cut employees.

        The entire time we cut grant spending on creativity in school, cut grants on scholarships as tuition continues to hike up a mountain, and cut our federal mail system by putting all our eggs into an online email capable of failure with the flick of an electric switch. We offer to help the poor on medical costs, yet do nothing to stop the corruption or increasing costs.

        As a traveler, I see many wealthy americans keeping their business in the US, but living abroad. Yet for an average american, they’ll never be able to afford to leave their hometown since driving to the airport would eat a hole in their wallet. The car itself is one of the worst expenses a person will ever pay for in their lives due to the ever increasing cost of the vehicle plus the rollercoaster prices for fuel.

      • Merlin,

        Defense contracts are mostly purchases by the military for weapons, equipment, development of new weapons etc. from private contractors mostly in the US. There is an entire industry that supplies our war efforts. Everything from food, uniforms to amunition for weapons all comes from the private sector. These same industires, with permission from the Federal Government, sells weapons to other countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Germany, the UK, etc.

        The arms industry in the US is HUGE. Here’s a link to a Wikipedia site that explains it. Average people work in the arms industry making these weapons so that money does go back into the economy. Hundreds of thousands of Americans work in this industry.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_industry

        The next link will take you to information about the worlds top arms exporters for the period 2006 – 2010. Number one is the USA which this site says controls 30% of the global market for weapons. China is ranked number 7. North Korea and Iran do not even make the list. Israel is the 11th largest arms exporter.

        http://www.sipri.org/googlemaps/at_top_20_exp_map.html


        The US has not only the world’s most powerful armed forces, but also the biggest global weapons industry. Is the US weapons industry fuelling global instability and sparking another arms race?


        America may be being dragged down by record debt and unemployment filtering throughout the economy – but there’s one industry that’s bucking the trend. It’s a boom time for arms manufacturers right now, and they’re branding themselves as saviours of the job market…

        The next quote is from a post that was published by the Huffington Post on the subject.

        “When we examine which countries had the largest amount of arms sales, we see that American companies dominate the list. In 2009, the largest was Lockheed Martin, which accounted for $33 billion in arms sales and employed 140,000 people. The second largest company in terms of arms sales was BAE systems (United Kingdom) but the third (Boeing; $32 billion in arms sales; 157,000 employees; 47% of total sales being arms related), fourth (Northrop Grumman; $27 billion in arms sales;120,700 employees, 80% of total sales being arms-related) , fifth (General Dynamics; $26 billion in arms sales; 91,700 employees; 80% of total sales being arms-related), and sixth (Raytheon; $23 billion in arms sales; 75,000 employees; 93% of total sales being arms-related) are all American companies.

        “The numbers and American history are clear. The military is big business in America. The United States government accounts for a huge percent of the world’s military expenditures, American troops are heavily deployed throughout many countries in the world and American companies dominate the market in terms of military exports, military technology as well as overall arms sales.”

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-steven-friedman/worlds-largest-weapons-ex_b_1131202.html

        This post at Real Clear World.com shows who the world’s top five arms exporters sell weapons to.

        http://www.realclearworld.com/blog/2011/03/worlds_top_arms_exporters.html

        If war became obsolete, a lot of people would be out of work–the unemployment rate would sky rocket.

      • merlin says:

        I understand now. So it’s almost like Nicholas Cage’s film, Lord of War, or the Marvel based film, Iron Man. Great businesses producing and selling arms globally. Of course, both films show a recourse of what happens when weapons end up in the hands of those that would defeat the purpose of peace and turn them against the allies of the US. Equally comparable to real world events when Bin Laden turned not only the weapons we supplied him in the 80s, but even our own commercial jet airliners, against us.

        In a sense, wouldnt it be the same if the government was selling drugs under the table in order to make a profit?

        I know the money coming in from the sale of weapons helps keep the economy on a half-aired floatation device, but isn’t it a dangerous risk that the weapons we sell might be used against us?

        Lockheed doesnt surprise me. They’re skunkworks division has been on top of the latest and greatest in aircraft engineering for years. Still, it’s interesting to think they sold equipment to foreign nations. I remember watching on the metro in Shanghai the news of the latest Chinese jet that can outmatch our F-22 Raptor if supplied with a Russian engine.

      • Merlin,

        “In a sense, wouldn’t it be the same if the government was selling drugs under the table in order to make a profit?”

        The US has done the drug selling too but to our own population to fund illegal CIA black ops. When the US Congress found out and investigated it after it became public knowledge, there were hearings and the CIA was forced to sell off the largest illegal private airlines in the world called Air America, which it owned.

        Two cases that illustrate that the intelligence services have been financing operations using heroin and cocaine sales since the end of WWII.

        The Golden Triangle and Iran Contra are two stops along the road of consolidation of the drug trade under US intelligence agencies that would have made Andrew Carnegie proud. Since the fall of the Taliban, heroin production in Afghanistan is now nearly 700 metric tons, enough for 120% of world demand. Follow the money…

        CIA drug dealing air america in the golden triangle, Nugan Hand bank fraud,the largest ever drugs, guns 1980′s.

      • merlin says:

        Another rush in Texas? I wonder if the oil in ND has anything to do with the massive ancient volcano sleeping under Montana? I saw pictures through google of the living conditions in ND. The biggest issue there is the cold weather. Just like in the CA rush many years ago, land that was once worthless is now selling for thousands of dollars per acre. A simple shipping container apartment cost 1000/room in a massive complex. I have nothing against compartmental living, but when stacked and sold as individual apartments it would be like living in a jail cell.

        So that’s what happened with the CIA. I’ve heard little about it, so thanks for enlightening me more. If that all happened in the 80s, I dont even want to imagine what they are doing today. Well, one factor to consider in everything is America is a massive force to reckon with which requires high maintenance. Although, it begs the question if it’s worth it in order to raise a pillar to hold up the roof. Without money, everything collapses.

      • Maybe the rush in Texas is not all oil but is also natural gas, and it is warmer in Texas.

        http://news.yahoo.com/natural-gas-glut-means-drilling-120019501.html

      • merlin says:

        Finding a job near Williston, ND is hard. Most jobs require some sort of certification or skill. A lot of posts on Craigslist are for truck drivers which requires a CDL license and a truck. Also, housing seems outrageous at 1000 for rental of a container apartment which is set for completion at the end of the year.

        I’m wondering if the oil rush is the reason why I’m seeing so many job postings in the local newspaper for local truck drivers (everyone must be going where the money is).

      • Merlin,

        According to what I’ve read, it is an “Oil” Rush sort of like the California Gold Rush in the 19th century with a sort of wild west atmosphere. I read yesterday, that a similar “Oil” Rush is taking place near one city in Texas–another area with lots of oil stuck in the same sort of shale rock. You may want to check that out too since the one in Texas seems to be taking place near a much larger city.

    • merlin says:

      NWO? My personal opinion is it will not be political. Business is multinational. As much as we hate to admit it, we are addicted to entertainment media and tech. The companies that dish out the television networks, computers, computer games, etc are the NWO in my opinion. Business can do what weapons cannot. It’s pried open China. Not only that, but with the power of the internet and multinational franchises; people on the other side of the world read the same blogs, watch the same comic videos on youtube(ku), and eat Pizza Hut/Mcdonalds. Remember when the natives refused to accept the white man’s lifestyle? In today’s world we have the same thing happening globally. That’s how I see it. You dont need a gun to force a person to abandon their traditional way of life and move to the bustling city to slave away in an office or factory setting. All you do is offer to feed them Mcdonalds hamburgers for lunch, pizza for dinner, and they can wear some fashionable (yet expensive) clothes.

      Thanks for the list of books, but I cant say I will read them since I’m currently skimming books on telecommuting jobs so I have a backup when I attempt my 2nd leap of faith. Just need to figure out how to sell the car in order to pay off the loan so I dont have any bigger problems. I focus more on my own life problems because I’m trying to solve some big questions in life. I’m not stuck up, I just feel there are better things to do with the limited time in life.

  2. william wallace says:

    LIoyd Lofthouse / We pass comment on a patient who
    is going to die / they are going to die / not because of
    the material ills / the reality death comes from lacking
    of spiritual progress in / understanding as experience.

    With regard to history western nations having re-wrote
    history for centuries // thus history in truth utter fiction.

    That there freedom of the press in a USA is stretching
    reality unto illusion a USA media under an tight control
    oversteping the mark one soon be found unemployed.

    The british BBC but a propaganda machine for the govt
    which funded by a fraudulant tv licence / any refuse pay
    a yearly licence ( in watching any tv channel ) then they
    are fined or imprisoned.The BBC coffers overflowing to
    the tune of $billions yearly ( top staff whom are many)
    award their own salaries ( $millions yearly) also award
    themselves an GOLDEN BONUS that equal to salaries
    the british people have no say in the matter // as it rare
    common ordinary people ever allowed appear be seen
    on a BBC in putting their point of views.With the BBC
    what they have is BBC staff interviewing BBC staff / or
    interview politicians // as their friends in the newspaper
    realm // all spinning out the same govt propaganda……

    Such the arrangement that the govt uses the BBC as a
    platform spinning out the usual pro american nonsense
    in return for their use of BBC // the govt allows the BBC
    continuing to collect its fraudulant tv licence fee / thus
    every home in britain is forced in funding the BBC with
    threat of a $3,000 fine or imprisonment. Being poor
    a BBC does not accept as a reason / not to fund them
    thus a heartles BBC in having the poorest imprisoned..

    The BBC is a private company // which nobody should
    be forced fund. / The TV licence is an appalling fraud.

    One can understand the british govt in supporting the
    american govt as it’s military force. One not supporting
    them then britain would be added to the list of nations
    to bomb as any nation in danger not supporting a USA
    the reality being USA govt’s as military having long lost
    the plot / they live in their own twilight zone where seek
    world military domination // in such a goal the media in
    having beeen used in the brainwashing of the people’s.

    It is not that Euro leaders as british leaders having not
    warned the USA govt’s as military // they take a course
    in bringing the destruction of humanity / as themselves.
    However USA military leaders /as politicians / have long
    lost the plot they (listen to none) Euro leaders as British
    leaders know / they can only watch as a USA brings it’s
    own destruction. It’s as iceberg & TITANIC fated to meet.

    • William Wallace wrote, “With regard to history western nations having re-wrote
      history for centuries // thus history in truth utter fiction.”

      No argument with this statement and here are a few quotes that support what you say:

      “to the victor the spoils” – U.S. Senator William Marcy 1832

      “History is written by the victors.” – Winston Churchill

      “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” – Winston Churchill

      “A lie told often enough becomes truth” – Vladimir Lenin

      “Present-day champions of the noble lie are (American) neoconservatives.” – http://libertydefined.org/issue/33

      Liberty Defined, org says, “The principle of lying and deception for the people’s ‘benefit’ is endorsed by each administration regardless of party. The lies are considered noble since a cohesive society is sought. Modern-day neoconservatives have been largely influenced by Leo Strauss, who studied and was influenced by Plato and especially by Machiavelli.”

      Herman Goering, second in command to Hitler, wrote this while in his prison cell in Nuremberg in 1946: “it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a communist dictatorship…that is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifist for lack of patriotism and expose the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

      “I don’t believe the American people should ever be told any lies, publicly or privately [that is, by the government or by the movies]. I don’t believe that lies are practical. I think the international situation now rather supports me. I don’t think it was necessary to deceive the American people about the nature of Russia.” – Ayn Rand on October 20, 1947 when she gave testimony to the House Un-American Activites Committee.

      ________________

      I have a question: Is your name really William Wallace or is that just your pen name, which allows you to stay anonymous? I ask this because there was a Sir William Wallace (died August 23, 1305), a Scottish knight and landonwer who was the main leader during the War of Scottish Independence and you are writting from Scotland so I wondered if there is a connection. I’ve seen the movie “Braveheart”, which starred Mel Gibson. The script was written by Randall WAllce and was filimed in both Scotland and Ireland. From what I understand it was a higly fictionalized account of Wallace’s life, but the film won five Academy Awards.

      In fact, “the legacy of subsequent ‘biographical’ accounts (of the historical William Wallace), sometimes written as propaganda, other times simply as entertainment, has clouded much scholarship until relatively recently.” It seems even when one is dead, the history of that individual may be written as lies to make him bigger than life. The poem written by Blind Harry in 1470 of William Wallace “borrowed” from the exploits of others to inflate Wallace’s historical image.

      • merlin says:

        1) Somebody else is using a pen name besides me?

        2) That’s a REALLY great point that history can be fictionalized accounts since as we’ve discovered in ancient China, the new emperors would change historic accounts to portray their revolution as an act of the Mandate of Heaven against a ruthless “dictator”. Makes me wonder why I ever take History class and why is it not combined with literature?

      • william wallace says:

        In regard to william wallace as of the 1280 or thereabouts.

        He faced the situation where ENGLAND / SCOTLANDS
        Larger neighbour / wished in making the ISLAND secure
        ( as they were looking unto the future ) nought wrong in
        that) however they used the most appalling brutality as a
        means in hold power (via fear). // In seeing such brutality WALLACE was enraged & took the decision to teach the
        English a lesson by fighting fire with fire. An decision not
        easy yet there little choice in such matter. One could not
        just stand back close one’s eye’s to the crimes committed
        by England its military & govt ( then be an king as queen
        holding power. Parliament in taking / much time in coming
        (thiough beginning it must be said / parliament had good
        intentions yet corruption soon took place / and politicians
        became corrupt as any king / queen when in power. Such
        seen today in Britain & USA as worldwide political power to politicians be as drugs to the drug addict /as a craving for another cigarette to the smoker / a drink to the alcoholic))))

        Original concept being politicians were the servants of the
        people in protecting their rights through time as corruption
        the situation reversed itself/ where now it be its the people
        having become the servants of the politicians // politicians
        whom do not protect their rights but strip them of all rights
        thus a situation so bad many nations wish to see a return
        of royality in power / to improve situation under politicians.

        HOWEVER BACK TO WALLACE>>> WALLACE WAS in a difficult situation / he understood the aim of the English in
        having a island they could defend from invasion /such was
        sound policy // yet the brutality used in achieving such one
        could not just close ones eyes unto // thus WALLACE took
        the same brutality unto the ENGLISH and butchered man
        woman as child // no mercy was shown // to teach a lesson
        not only to the English king / but to the people of scotland
        it be better to die in a bid of freedom than to live in slavery
        thus a lesson was taught unto ENGLISH as to Scotland as
        to every people whom live with injustice / fear of their lives.

        HOWEVER there being another side to that coin. In death
        as standing before the Almighty and having to account for
        the wrongs one done in life / having wronged one in deep
        trouble. In taking anothers life (there’s no excuse) saying
        one was challenging brutality as corruption is never / NOT
        accepted by the Almighty. Life a precious gift / one taking
        anothers life as to harm others / the Almighty looks upon
        with great grave disappointment as wrath. Thus t’was for WALLACE on death of the human frame / coming to face
        the Almighty was the darkest hour /the wrongs WALLACE
        done were grave / as great in their number. The Almighty
        was enraged his wrath / great. There was no way to plead
        for justice / as one had not shown others justice or mercy.

        The fate of wallace /the soul the spirit was cast into a dark
        pit / where remained alone in the most horrific suffering for
        hundreds of years // till the Almighty in mercy granted him another human form / another life // with the most sternest
        of warnings // that should he harm another human being…
        then there would neither be cave or a stone to hide under
        throughout the universe // from the ALMIGHTIES ANGER.

        Did WALLACE learn his lesson ?. Indeed he having,such
        WALLACE of today would not harm a fly far less a human.

        Regard to BLIND HARRY there more to that tale than told
        however in the main BLIND HARRY but tried to inspire the peoples in dark times / a martin luther king ) or an Joan of
        Arc.(per’aps not Joan so much as she did turn to violence
        as once again against the English // Of course on death of her body in facing the ALMIGHTY she faced / great wrath ..
        for turning to violence in turning to death / destruction / to
        claim it done in a good cause / such t’was no defence unto the ALMIGHTY the fate of Joan similar to that of WALLACE
        cast into a dark pit for centuries before getting another life
        other lives Joan took to singing you’ve most likly heard her.

        Some of these present & past USA politicians as military…
        upon death of the human frame / facing a tough time in
        their coming before the ALMIGHTY. One would not wish
        to be in their shoes / when the ALMIGHTY in asking they
        explain their behaviour/ when being gifted a human form.

        My advice to all is to live the best life one can / in treating
        others with respect // thus at the end of a life / on it being
        judgement day / One stands proud before the ALMIGHTY
        that one not facing the ALMIGHTIES wrath // but rather the
        ALMIGHTY grants another human form / that ones re-born
        within 24hrs // No centuries of cowering in a dark pit in an
        state of hopelessness / crying out for forgiveness & mercy.

  3. william wallace says:

    Lloyd Lofthouse / In regard to the picture one taught to see as believe based upon the past few previous centuries / in reality
    such does not give one a complete picture. The USA being an
    young nation / and as a young nation it’s lacking in its greater
    depth of understanding. China in it’s knowledge far advanced
    to that of a USA / thus a USA profile of China is greatly lacking.

    Thus my comment unto perception simply that China / Muslim
    nations / as many people’s / being misunderstood by the USA
    more so the case of CHINA / a USA is but no match for CHINA.

    The problem arising / if a USA continues on its present course
    then such older nations as Russia / China in having no choice
    in having no alternative // than in taking such needed defence.

    • William Wallace,

      Yes, the USA is a young nation (founded 1776). However the CCP is younger (1949). Both nations have access to the roots and histories of their cultures. For China, that written history goes back thousands of years to the first dynasty. For the USA, that history reaches back thousands of years through the British Empire, The Roman Empire, the Greeks, Christianity, and Jewish history. However, the current cultural and moral foundations of the USA and China are not the same as what those histories show us in the past. Time changes all things and most people often forget what history teaches us and that rule applies to both the USA and China, which explains why ancient East Asia dynasties fell and Western empires expired.

      I propose that the age of a country has nothing to do with which country has more wealth, is more powerful or will last longer. Instead, family values, culture, morality and political beliefs and the level of corruption in each nation and the rule of law that controls that corruption has more to do with the longevity of a nation state.

      Another factor that predicts the end of a nation state is how a nation deals with crime and moral corruption.

      History shows us that nations with laws that do not turn a blind eye to corruption and criminal actions such as what caused the 2007-2008 global financial crises starting in the United States tend to be more stable and have a longer lifespan. It appears that being soft on crime and too forgiving leads to an untimely end.

      If that is the case, then the United States, which started out as a country harsh on crime but became too soft and even passed laws that allow criminal/corrupt activities to flourish, will have a shorter lifespan as a nation. In fact, democracy as we now know it may be the cause of the demise of the USA as a country. The Founding Fathers of the USA despised democracy and built a republic that limited who could vote because they did not trust the mob.

      In fact, George Washington, in his farewell latter to the American people, warned of multiple political parties struggling to control the nation would lead to what we see happening today in America — a population divided over political, religious and moral beliefs, while China seems to have followed the advice of America’s Founding Fathers and its first president by maintaining one political party and limiting how many people may vote, which decides the fate of a nation.

      • william wallace says:

        LIoyd Lofthouse / The USA broke away from Britain blinded
        by their own stupidity / in such understanding an USA does
        not have the thousands of years of history as you suggest,

        I can only repeat the USA is a very young nation not only in
        age but that of brain development / the majority of people’s through a 24hr media brainwashing having lost the ability of independent thought / ongoing govts treating them as mere sheep to be fleeced / their children being lamb for slaughter.

        Politicians are bought as sold / as serve the agenda of whom ever offers the highest bid / any concern for the people being brushed aside. USA ongoing Govts / military /have long since
        abandoned international law / now a law unto themselves / in
        doing as please / resulting in their committing of mass murder.

        As of late fraudster BARACK who nought more than a criminal
        with stroke of the pen removed people’s right to a fair just trial.

        Any american can now be arrested No Charge brought / there being no court case / No legal representation / the individual is
        simply left to rot in an prison cell // deprived of all human rights.

      • All nations have all of mankind’s history to learn from. When a nation is born, it is not the same as a baby since its citizens are of all ages and may learn from history as it is written in books. In fact, the Founding Fathers used the history of other nations (they learned from the failures of the Greek republics and the Roman Empire and others) to draft the US Constitution hoping what they wrote would keep the US from failing in the future as so many empires and nations have. Besides the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, we have the Rise and Fall of the British Empire to learn from. At one time, the sun never set on the British Empire and that is no longer true.

        However, few seem to learn from history and when I say history, I mean all of history for thousands of years covering all of mankind since humans of any country may study what happened to others and learn from it.

        For example: Barbara W. Tuchman wrote about this in “The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam”.

        “Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Barbara Tuchman now tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance Popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain’s George III, and the United States’ persistent folly in Vietnam. THE MARCH OF FOLLY brings the people, places, and events of history magnificently alive for today’s reader.”

        Barbara Tuchman defines folly as “Pursuit of Policy Contrary to Self-Interest.” In THE MARCH OF FOLLY, Tuchman examines 4 conflicts: The Trojan Horse, The Protestant Secession, The American Revolution, and The American War in Vietnam. In each example an alternative course of action was available, the actions were endorsed by a group, not just an individual leader, and the actions were perceived as counterproductive in their own time. Many individuals are guilty of folly (Tuchman also calls this woodenheadedness), but when governments persist in folly, their actions can adversely affect thousands, even millions of lives. Folly is a child of power. “The power to command frequently causes failure to think.”

        As you can see, it doesn’t matter how old a nation is. What really counts is the wisdom and common sense of its leaders, which is often missing.

        The reason China was not ruled by one government for more than two thousand years was because stupid emperors would come along and ignore what history teaches us. The reason the Founding Fathers of the United States created a limited republic and built in checks and balances was an attempt to avoid what Tuchman writes about in her book, but it appears that America has managed to circumvent those protections.

        As for politicians brainwashing the people of America through the media, of course. This is nothing new under the sun. All governments for all of human history have used the media in whatever form it takes to manipulate public opinion. What is happening in America today is no different from what happened in the UK when Britain, France and other Western powers drummed up public support for the Opium Wars in China. Sterling Seagrave in his book Dragon Lady discovered evidence of lies printed by the London Times reporter in China during that era when the British Empire was forcing China to agree to concessions against its will.

        To this day, Japanese school children are not taught that it was Japan that started World War II with America by bombing Pearl Harbor.

        However, in America there is a difference due to the Wild West circus of freedom of the press. There are many political factions and the larger, more powerful factions all have a slice of the media pie. Conservative in the GOP control conservative talk radio while the New York Times is liberal and proud of it while Fox news is considered more conservative in its reporting and has been caught lying to the public to further the conservative cause. In America, there is not one voice attempting to brainwash the people — there are many voices competing for the opinions of the mob, which causes some confusion in what to believe.

        On the other hand, who owns the BBC in the UK?

        I found this possible answer: “Ownership of the BBC has never been settled, but if it went into liquidation, the government or public purse would be the one getting all the remaining assets. But while it is not ‘owned’ by the government. it is nevertheless the national broadcasting company and is the mouth-piece for the government in some crucial areas. That is not to say it cannot assert an independent voice, as when some of its reporters criticised the government over Iraq or other matters. But there are unspoken lines beyond which, if crossed by the BBC, the government will be able to resort to ‘behind the scenes’ powers to use. Also, in certain areas of foreign policy, the government can use the BBC to broadcast codes, messages, instructions, etc., to agents, groups that are working in the UK’s interest. This is done by all governments. In that sense, the BBC is the UK’s mouthpiece, and sometimes it has a big boot in that mouth, as over certain Far Eastern issues.”

        In the US, the media is privately owned and operated. If the owners of media corporations partner up with politicians (conservative or liberal) it is a choice not a mandate from the govenrment. In the UK, no telling what goes on behind closed doors when it comes to the BBC. In fact, the BBC may be closer to the way the media is controlled in China.

  4. swissecon says:

    Thanks for posting these videos!

  5. william wallace says:

    There was an dire need for CHINA in making progress
    yet the progress needed was not that as perceived by
    americans. Americans think on an level / as perceiving
    a situation that CHINA passed many moons in the past.

    The nets now tightning around RUSSIA unto the stage
    where its nuclear defence is no defence / it twill not be
    able to lauch an attack // its missle defence destroyed
    long before leaving the ground its becoming worthless.

    The USA military as govts in having wasted the nations
    wealth on its military agenda of world domination……..
    $Trillions upon $trillions simply wasted on the folly of a
    illusion of world domination /rather than having as work
    towards world peace. So minded unto world domination
    but blinded unto how corrupt how stupid how laughable
    in having become // where now only directed unto WAR
    as the MEDIA SPINS OUT ITS PROPAGANDA / it’s LIES
    DECEIT 24 / 7 brainwashing justifying growing madness.

    Even one having only the one flickering brain cell it but
    pretty clear / what laying in store for humanity. It as the
    TITANIC sent on its journey & iceberg upon its journey
    t’was their fate to meet / nobody on watch / nobody but
    believing / they had boarded the ship to HELL. Its fate
    sealed / long before their booking as gathering aboard.

    • William Wallace,

      What does this have to do with the production of rare earths? Please be more specific in what you mean by China’s progress compared to what Americans perceive it should be. Maybe it is just me, but I’m not sure what you mean.

      • merlin says:

        I dont see anything about rare earths, but I THINK they are saying that we fight for peace when we have achieved global military domination. We are brainwashed by the media. Humanity is on a collision course similar to the Titanic. At least that’s what I got out of it.

        Anyways, since I’m here, I wondered if you’ve heard about North Dakota Oil Rush. Ma was just saying that apparently people are striking it rich in new oil fields up in North Dakota and many are flocking there either to strike it rich or get a job. Too bad I dont have the money or the knowledge, but it seems like a fun adventure similar to the California Gold Rush of the pioneer days. I’d join in, but I dont have a clue where to start or what to do (besides driving to North Dakota).

      • Merlin,

        On a collision course with disater is sort of what I got out of it too.

        As for the Oil Rush in North Dakota — Yes, I read about Boomtown U.S.A in the March 2012 edition of the AARP Bulletin. Here’s the link to that piece.

        http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-02-2012/north-dakota-boom-town.html

        Read the piece first and don’t rush off without a plan. In fact, you may be able to apply for a job from your home. However, finding a place to live may be a real challenge.

  6. merlin says:

    Why cant we in the US learn to use what we have? Somedays I feel if you give a Chinese a lemon they’ll create a robot that runs on the lemon juice in the lemon. If you give the lemon to an American, we hit it with a rock to see if it will react so we can declare war on it.

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