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Сирия: США незаконно разместили у нас своих военных

Росбалт 18.01.2018

Присутствие американских военных в Сирии нелегитимно и нарушает суверенитет страны. Об этом заявили сегодня в сирийском МИД.


«Военное присутствие США на территории Сирии незаконно и является грубым нарушением международных норм», — говорится в сообщении.


Официальный Дамаск также обвинил Вашингтон в «защите „Исламского государства“» (террористическая группировка, запрещенная в РФ).

Ранее госсекретарь США Рекс Тиллерсон рассказал, что власти страны намерены сохранять свое военное присутствие в Сирии.


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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...


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Dictatorship USA – A Plundering and Predatory Nation

A. The plunder of the American people (7)

Personal Transportation...

Almost two in three Americans don't have enough savings to pay for a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room bill”... (PRNewswire, Jan 6, 2016). «Half the country is either living in poverty or damn near close to it. New reports indicate two thirds of Americans can no longer afford to fix their cars» (Salon, Dec. 23, 2015).


A functioning car is virtually a necessity in the US, as the public transportation system throughout the greater part of the country is in terrible shape: old, decrepit, grossly inadequate with long waits for passengers. “Only 5 percent of Americans report using public transportation "every day or most days," and a whopping 61 percent report "never" using it.” (“Why Public Transportation Is So Limited in the United States” - Truthout, Aug. 17, 2015). How else other than a private automobile to get to and from work in a reasonable time and to manage daily affairs?


According to the American Automobile Assocation (AAA), the annual cost of owning and driving an automobile in the US is $8,698 (Apr 28, 2015). That comes to $725 a month, or the equivalent to about 43,500 rubles monthly.

New York City is one of the very few metropolitan centers in the US that has an adequate large-scale urban public transport system. However, it is grossly inferior to Moscow's. The cost of a New York subway or bus ride is $2.75 and will soon be $3 (patch.com/new-york, Nov 16, 2016).

And what a decrepit and dangerous subway system it is!

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in the city’s subway system and called for a surge of spending on improvements, days after a derailment injured 39 passengers and forced the evacuation of hundreds from the disabled train. The derailment shut down service for hours on a system that’s been bedeviled for months by delays, due in part to deferred maintenance and the use of obsolete equipment.


«The terminus for hundreds of thousands of daily passengers from Long Island and New Jersey has been the site of two derailments in recent months. Part of the subway is more than 100 years old, and some cars are still in operation after more than 50 years. Hurricane Sandy flooded some stations and tracks in 2012, causing corrosion to electrical systems.” (State of Emergency for NYC's Troubled Subways, Bloomberg, June 29, 2017)

If you need to use both a bus and subway to get to work (the most common occurrence), you are talking about spending $11 a day or approximately $242 per month. In ruble terms, that amounts to 660 rubles a day or about 14,500 rubles a month. Every other trip costs an additional amount, of course. In Moscow pensioners like myself have unlimited free transportation here, on a public transportation system which is far superior to New York's.

Taxes...

For the average person in the US, taxes are monstrously high. “The average U.S. household that owns a home will pay about $14,000 in income, sales and real estate taxes this year — that’s about 27% of their total income.” (NerdWallet, Inc. Apr 8, 2015). Other estimates are higher: “The average American worker faces a total tax burden of 31.5%, according to new report from the Tax Foundation.” - (fedsmith.com, July 23, 2015)

Let us consider our median-income US family ($51,939 a year) which has an overall yearly tax burden of about 30%. That reduces spendable income by about $15,580 a year (roughly $1,300 monthly). Again in ruble terms, these means a income loss equivalent to 78,000 rubles a month!

Even unemployment benefits in the US are taxable!

College tuition costs...

A college degree has become a virtual necessity for young people seeking a decent-paying job.

For young high school graduates, the unemployment rate is disturbingly high: 17.8 percent. Add in those who are underemployed, either because they would like a full-time job but can only find part-time work, or they are so discouraged that they’ve given up actively searching, and the share jumps to more than 33 percent... low wages combined with rising housing costs make it tough to get ahead... If things are tough for high school graduates, for those without a high school diploma, the job hunt can be grim. (“It’s a Tough Job Market for the Young Without College Degrees” - New York Times,May 10, 2016)


So what does it cost in the US to get a college education?

According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities” (www.collegedata.com) These figures translate to 2,009,000 rubles (yes, that's right – over 2 million rubles per year!), 579,000 rubles and 1,495,800 rubles. How about them apples?

So how do college students pay for their education. By working simultaneously with studying – an onerous task, to be sure. Recall our previous statistic that 80% of US college students have to work as they go to college.

But all this work is not enough, College students have to take out massive loans in order to continue their education!

Americans are more burdened by student loan debt than ever... Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 44 million borrowers. In fact, the average Class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from last year» (“A Look at the Shocking Student Loan Debt Statistics for 2016,” studentloanhero.com, 2016),


Again, please. 44 million American college graduates owe nearly $1.3 TRILLION in debt. How much is this? Note that this enormous figure is comparable to the entire Gross Domestic Product of the Russian Federation over the past few years: “Gross Domestic Product in Russia averaged 876.86 USD Billion from 1989 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 2230.63 USD Billion in 2013 and a record low of 195.91 USD Billion in 1999” (tradingeconomics.com).


According to new data published by the U.S. Department of Education, $137 billion of federal student loans were in default as of December 2016, a 14% year-over-year increase.” (“Balance Of Student Loans In Default Soars To Over $137 Billion”, ZeroHedge March 14, 2017)


I will let you figure out how much US student debt amounts to in rubles. Multiply by about 60.


And ask yourself if this information is every reported in Russia...


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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...

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Dictatorship USA – Part 12A

Addendum 1A: The Phony and Racist “War on Drugs”...

The Drug Pay-off...

Drug-related income has to be enormous for the CIA, narco-cops and related “law enforcement” agencies. They have to get their “cut”, both on an institutional scale and personally for their aiding and abetting the drug trade as narcotics flood the world.

In its 1997 World Drugs Report the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated the value of the market at $4 trillion, ranking drugs alongside arms and oil among the world's largest traded goods. An online report published by the UK Home Office in 2007 estimated the illicit drug market in the UK at £4–6.6 billion a year” (Illegal drug trade, Wikipedia)

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There is a long and dirty history of deep involvement of the US secret political police at home and abroad with the trade of harmful narcotic substances. For instance: “At two critical junctures after World War II, the late 1940s and the late 1970s, when America's heroin supply and drug addiction seemed to ebb, the CIA's covert action alliances generated a sudden surge of heroin that soon revived the US drug trade” (The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, New York 1991, Alfred W. McCoy, p. 17).

Major US banks are intimately tied in with the international and national drug trade. “Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money... Bank of America, Western Union, and JP Morgan, are among the institutions allegedly involved in the drug trade” (TheHuffingtonPost, Sep 22, 2014). Even when big bankers occasionally admit guilt, they are let off with just a slap on the wrist. No big banker in the US has ever gone to jail for massive drug-related financial activities!

The huge US gang structure – not only tolerated, but in fact sponsored and protected by US “law enforcement” - comprises the primary structure of American small-scale wholesalers and retailers of destructive narcotics: “Street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs are the primary distributors of illegal drugs on the streets of the United States. ... Gangs primarily transport and distribute powdered cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, MDMA, and PCP in the United States” (Drugs and Gangs Fast Facts - US Department of Justice).

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Drug “Enforcement” - a Powerful Weapon against Liberation of Oppressed Peoples in the US...

On the other hand, what purports to be “law enforcement” of dealing drugs is directed with special ferocity against the racially oppressed Black and Brown communities in America: «The Drug War, Mass Incarceration and Race... With less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world – largely due to the war on drugs. Misguided drug laws and draconian sentencing requirements have produced profoundly unequal outcomes for communities of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial and ethnic lines, blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be criminalized for drug law violations than whites» (Drug Policy Alliance, Feb 10, 2016).

Approximately 12–13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 35% of jail inmates, and 37% of prison inmates of the 2.2 million male inmates as of 2014 (U.S. Department of Justice, 2014)” (Statistics of incarcerated African-American males – Wikipedia). “One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001” ( NAACP | Criminal Justice Fact Sheet).

The “War on Drugs” in the US is not in the slightest directed against the massive sale and usage of harmful narcotics in the country. This “war”, however, serves as a pretext to terrorize and further oppress the Afro-American and Latino-American population of the country and thereby suppress strivings to liberation from oppressive poverty and racial persecution. In particular, young people in the massive US ghettos and barrios are viciously harassed and arrested – and not infrequently murdered - on virtually any pretext. Their common lot – long-term imprisonment, where they simultaneously are forced to work for semi-slave wages as a mass source of ultra-cheap labor for American corporations. (“How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it», Return to Now, June 13, 2016)

The US has exported an adaptation of drug-and-mass-oppression polices to neighboring countries, especially Mexico. In Mexico and Central American countries the US stimulates ferocious drug wars, supplying ample weapons to both drug cartels and subservient governments which encourage massive reciprocal murder. “By November 30, 2012, the official death toll of the Mexican Drug War was at least 60,000. Estimates set the death toll above 120,000 killed by 2013, not including 27,000 missing” (Mexican Drug War – Wikipedia)

The result: oppressed peoples torn apart by internecine wars and thereby incapacited in liberating themselves from US imperialist domination and puppet national governments.

US imperialism in the raw. Democracy anyone?

DICTATORSHIP !!

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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...


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Пентагон: США приготовили план войны с Северной Кореей



ИА Красная Весна 18.01.2018

США рассматривают военное решение конфликта на Корейском полуострове, но пока отдают приоритет дипломатическому решению проблемы, заявил министр обороны США Джеймс Мэттис, 18 января сообщает ТАСС.

Мэттис сделал свое заявление на ужине перед началом состоявшейся 16 января в Ванкувере встречи по проблеме ядерной программы КНДР. Во встрече приняли участие главы МИД 20 стран, поддерживающих позицию США в вопросе о Северной Корее.

«США готовятся. У нас есть и план войны», — заяви Мэттис. «Если нынешняя встреча министров иностранных дел не даст результата, то следующей мы проведем встречу министров обороны», — добавил он.

В ходе ужина госсекретарь США Рекс Тиллерсон, глава МИД Японии Таро Коно и другие министры поддержали политику давления на Пхеньян, с целью вынудить его отказаться от своей ядерной программы. Они также выразили уверенность в необходимости усиления санкций против Северной Кореи, даже если это будет сделано в обход совета безопасности ООН.

Напомним, США регулярно заявляют о готовности военного решения корейской проблемы. В апреле 2017 года они отправили к берегам Северной Кореи авианосную ударную группу, а в октябре того же года провели совместные учения с Южной Кореей у берегов Северной Кореи. Не смотря на угрозы в свой адрес, правительство КНДР продолжает развивать свою ракетно-ядерную программу.

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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...


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Dictatorship USA – A Plundering and Predatory Nation

A. The plunder of the American people (6)

Healthcare...

In Russia, basic health care is free. A product of the once-socialist system. In the USA...

The total cost of employer-sponsored health coverage for an average American family of four is $25,826” (Forbes, May 24, 2016). Employers pay about 57% of the cost IF THE PERSON IS EMPLOYED.

Even with the employer's contribution “In 2016 the average American worker personally paid $6,717 yearly for his health insurance, and in addition paid $4,316 out of pocket for a total of $11,033 in yearly medical expenses!” (CNBC, May 24, 2016). That is an average of $919 a month. In ruble terms (X 60), 55,000 rubles a month in medical expenses!


And if you are not working?? Remember the 93 million Americans without work. They have no employer to help cover medical expenses. Remember the additional 28,420,000 Americans who work part-time and almost never receive employer-sponsored health coverage.


More on healthcare: Medicare and Medicaid...


In the US, there are the governmental Medicare and Medicaid supplemental health programs to “cover” the indigent. What do they offer?


Medicare: “United States Medicare is funded by a payroll tax, premiums and surtaxes from beneficiaries, and general revenue. It provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system through the payroll tax. It also provides health insurance to younger people with some disabilities... In 2015, Medicare provided health insurance for over 55 million—46 million people age 65 and older and nine million younger people. On average, Medicare covers about half of the health care charges for those enrolled... No part of Medicare pays for all of a beneficiary's covered medical costs and many costs and services are not covered at all. The program contains premiums, deductibles and coinsurance, which the covered individual must pay out-of-pocket» (Medicare, Wikipedia).


So you have to have “paid into the system;” you personally pay half of the medical costs and some treatments are not even covered at all.


Medicaid “is a social health care program for families and individuals with limited resources... all U.S. citizens and legal residents with income up to 133% of the poverty line, including adults without dependent children, would qualify for coverage... Medicaid does not pay benefits to individuals directly; Medicaid sends benefit payments to health care providers. In some states Medicaid beneficiaries are required to pay a small fee (co-payment) for medical services” (Medicaid, Wikipedia).


However, Medicaid is far, far from a guaranteed health program. Many states in the US have opted out of the current Medicaid expansion known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. «As of January 2014, confirmed opting out states include Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia & Wisconsin» (Medicaid, Wikipedia).


Even worse, all too often physicians regard the government's payments as too low and will not accept Medicaid patients! “Medicaid insures more than 70.5 million Americans... Largely low-income health care consumers, these patients have had a notoriously difficult time finding physicians to treat them, and in a reasonable amount of time” (USNews, May 26, 2015).


If you are poor and urgently need medical help...


Yes, the US has something like public medical care for the indigent. What is it like? “Almost one in three Houston (Texas) residents – more than a million people -- lack health insurance, and about 400 are turned away from the county hospital district’s call center every day because they can’t be accommodated... Those seeking care at the public hospital’s emergency room, meanwhile, arrive with blankets and coolers full of sandwiches and drinks in anticipation of waits that may go 24 hours or longer.


«'“Seventy percent of the people we see here are employed,” said Dr. G. Bobby Kapur. 'They’re hourly wage earners, nannies, working in lawn care services or dry cleaning or real estate, or people working two part-time jobs and neither will pay for health care,” he said... The number of uninsured in the city is four times the 300,000 patients they serve. They can’t possibly meet the demand for services, no matter how efficient they are.” (“High rates of uninsured burden public system,” mcclatchydc.com, June 21, 2012).


Unless you are an member of the millionaire-billionaire-wealthy class in the US, the lesson for the out-of-work and part-time workers is: DON'T EVER GET SICK OR REQUIRE MEDICAL CARE! You cannot possibly afford $25,826 for your family's yearly medical expenses and the governments' medical programs are far, far from adequate.


And it gets worse...


What if you suffer a medical emergency? “Emergency room costs vary based on treatment, but a 2013 National Institute of Health study put the median cost at $1,233” (Urgent Team, Apr 15, 2016). Health insurance may cover part of the costs, but about 29 million Americans are uninsured healthwise (www.thefiscaltimes.com).

What if you need an ambulance? “For patients without health insurance, ambulance service cost typically depends on location, whether the trip is for an emergency or scheduled transport, how many miles the patient travels and whether basic life support or advanced life support is needed. The cost usually ranges from less than $400 to $1,200 or more plus mileage” (CostHelper.com).

Some figures are even higher: "According to a 2012 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, an ambulance ride can range from $224 to $2,204 per transport...” (Consumerist, Feb 22, 2016)

If we take the average of these figures, an ambulance ride in the US costs about $1,000. That would be 60,000 rubles, thank you very much. In Russia, скорая помощь is free.

God Bless America...

In the US, “the about $700 cost of an iPhone comes nowhere near the average annual cost of health-care spending, or about $10,000 per person... a new survey shows that Americans have trouble affording most unexpected medical bills, even in smaller amounts. For a majority, or 52%, an unexpected medical bill that cost more than $500 would be out of reach. And unexpected medical bills that cost more than $100 would be unaffordable for 37%, or more than a third, of Americans” (“Forget iPhones — many Americans can’t pay a $100 medical bill” MarketWatch, Mar 24, 2017).



Saving for College...


«New baby? This is how much college will cost in 18 years

You’ll need to save a whole lot of cash if you want to fully fund a new baby's education. Using Rutgers University as a state school example, the total cost of a four-year undergrad degree including room and board will be $463,812 when this child attends college.


«To be able to pay for that in full you will need to save $1,231 per month or $14,775 per year through the year 2037 given reasonable assumptions.


«Using Princeton University as a private school example, the total cost of a four-year undergrad degree including room and board will be $611,641 when your child attends college. To be able to pay for that in full, he said, you will need to save $1,624 a month or $19,484 a year through the year 2037.


“These are sobering numbers indeed (MarketWatch, July 5, 2017).

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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...

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Dictatorship USA – Part 12

Addendum 1: The Phony and Racist “War on Drugs”...

A discussion of Dictatorship USA would not be complete without discussing the phony “drug war” in the USA (and in most of the world). An enormously profitable “war,” which also is used to impose additional dictatorial control on the oppressed Black and Brown populations in the US.

In June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants” (A Brief History of the Drug War | Drug Policy Alliance).

More than 46 years later, the “war” has proven to be a total failure: “Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older—9.4 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug in the past month. This number is up from 8.3 percent in 2002” (National Institute on Drug Abuse, June 2015).

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It is impossible to believe that the US government – with its massive police and secret political police apparatus - could not effectively block the drug trade – if that were the aim. The production and marketing of harmful “illegal” narcotics is a complicated procedure, which could be decisively interrupted or even closed down at multiple points. Narcotic substances are often grown and harvested in one area or country – usually outside the US, often processed elsewhere and then sold through a complicated international marketing process. There are established routes for the transport of the substances and for wholesale and then retail sales. None of this could possibly be some unfathomable mystery for “law enforcement.”

In spite of the fact that approximately 1- 2% of the Amgerican working-age population serves as part-time agents of the US secret political police and although there are well over one million uniformed law inforcement personnel in the country (Law enforcement in the United States, Wikipedia), drug use is not only not being stymied, it is in fact increasing! It is common knowledge that in the US harmful narcotic substances are readily available to anyone who wants them.

In fact, the production, unending distribution and massive sales of harmful narcotic substances are promoted by the US secret political police and drug “enforcement” agencies.

When the US government wants to block something or harass, arrest or terrorize someone, nothing stands in the way! My personal history is testimony to that! (Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the US, http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com)

Yet in spite of the decades-long “War on Drugs”, the big-shot producers and dealers rarely get touched! The narcotics business always proceeds as usual.

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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...


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What if L.A.'s homeless population were a city?

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 16, 2018

Fifty-seven thousand eight hundred. That’s approximately how many people are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night. If they all came together, they would constitute a city the size of Arcadia.


If we walked through Homeless City, we would see that more than two-thirds of its residents are male. Four of every 10 people we meet would be African American — many more than in the surrounding areas, where only 9% of residents and 12% of those living in poverty are African American.

We wouldn’t get very far before being struck by the children of Homeless City. One of every 10 city residents is a child. We ought to be particularly worried for these 5,370 youths because experiencing homelessness as a child powerfully predicts later homelessness.

The average homeless woman in the city experiences as much major violence in a single year as the average American woman experiences in her lifetime.

Homeless City’s elderly population is also visible, vulnerable and growing. Nearly one-quarter of its residents are 55 or older. Over the last five years, average rents in Los Angeles County have increased two times faster than the median income of senior households. Squeezed by soaring rents and fixed incomes, more seniors move in to Homeless City all the time.

Homeless City’s population is exploding. Though many people find housing and leave the city, about 400 others arrive daily. Homeless City is growing far faster than Conroe, Texas, which is the fastest-growing U.S. city with a population of more than 50,000. In 2016, Conroe grew by 7.8%. Homeless City grew by 23%.


Most residents rest uneasily in Homeless City. Only 26% sleep in shelters. The other 42,000 or so sleep in places not meant for human habitation. Day and night, we’ll find people sleeping in one of the 15,000 vehicles, tents or makeshift shelters spread throughout the city.


It’s unhealthy and unsafe to live in Homeless City. People who are homeless use the emergency room four times more often than other low-income residents.


Death is ever present. Last year, 805 people died in the city. Whereas Californians, on average, can expect to live to 80, the average age of death in Homeless City is just 48.


Perhaps most striking, we know that our quick walk through Homeless City at a particular point in time dramatically understates its population. Over the course of a year, more than 200,000 people experience homelessness in Los Angeles.


There are many reasons why so many people end up in Homeless City. To name just a few: poverty, institutional failures, racism, greed, indifference and an inadequate safety net. As we walk through Homeless City, we can be overwhelmed by manifestations of these injustices.


Statistics alone can’t capture the heartbreak and horror of homelessness. Every one of these numbers reflects a human being — someone's son or daughter. 14% of likely voters in Los Angeles report having been homeless at some point in their lives.



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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com


Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...


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Dictatorship USA – A Plundering and Predatory Nation

A. The plunder of the American people (5)

What a dollar is worth...


Insofar as the American standard of living is concerned, the CIA-controlled Russian mass media employs a gross and deliberate monetary falsification to mask the widespread poverty of many tens of millions of Americans.


An absolutely falacious dollar-ruble correlation is routinely used to “prove” - over and over again in Russia - the superiority of the American way of life!

Let us begin with housing.

Housing: Renting an apartment or home...

National median rent prices for November 2016 came in at $1,100 for a 1-bedroom and $1,260 for a 2-bedroom; this is 1.7% higher than November 2015.” (Apartment List National Rent Report)


Renters should assume that utilities will equal about 18% of their rent, with a range of 11-21%, depending on their location and the type of rental.” (My First Apartment, 2016)


Thus, the rent + utilities for just a 1-bedroom apartment or home is about $1,300 a month. In ruble terms (times 60) we are talking about a квартплата of around 78,000 rubles a month!

Now you should be getting an idea of why our typical University of California worker (see previous material) needs to cut down on food expenses. He or she reportedly makes $26,000 a year or about $2,167 a month. And yet pays $1,300 for a small apartment – which eats up 60% of his or her total income! What about everything else: transportation, medical care, taxes, clothes, home furnishings – and food and..?

Housing: Expenses of privately-owned homes...

Instead of renting, suppose you decide to buy a home. First, there is the down payment on a residence. “The minimum down payment could be 5%, 10%, 20% or more” (www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/down-payment-1.aspx, Mar 29, 2016 ). The US existing home median sales price in November 2016 was $234,900. For new homes, the price was higher. The median price for April 2016 was $321,300 and the average price was $380,000. So it is reasonable to assume that the average price of a home in the US is roughly $300,000.

In New York or San Francisco, it could cost you well over $1 million to purchase a home (“Here’s how much housing prices have skyrocketed over the last 50 years” - CNBC, June 23, 2017).

Then, home owners have to pay a substantial monthly mortgage as well as property taxes and utilities and have maintenance and insurance costs, to boot. What is the total bill here?

Mortgage payments: It is not easy to obtain exact numbers on what the average American family pays for a monthly mortgage on a privately owned home. These figures vary greatly depending on the cost of the home, the amount of the initial down payment as well as on location and mortgage rates. However, a reasonable estimate is possible.

Typically, lenders like to see that 25 to 30 percent of an applicant’s income can go towards housing costs. There are instances, though, where mortgages may be approved even if up to 40 percent of a borrower’s income is going towards home expenses. Overextending the family budget may leave you vulnerable, especially when unexpected financial expenses arise, such as an unforeseen medical bill” (MoneyTips.com, Dec 20, 2016).

On the 25-30% basis for our median-income family ($51,939 a year), the mortgage would amount to (27.5% of income) about $14,300 yearly or $1,190 monthly.

Property taxes: According to the US Census Bureau, the average American household also spends $2,127 on property taxes for their homes each year (averaging out to be about $177 monthly).

Utilities: Approximately the same utility costs as for renters or about $200 a month.

Home maintenance costs: “Set aside 1 percent to 3 percent of your home's purchase price each year specifically for home maintenance and repairs. For example, if your home cost $300,000, set aside at least $3,000 each year” (www.hgtv.com). We have indicated above that $300,000 is a reasonable average home cost, so that average maintenance costs are about $3,000 a year or $250 a month. If one assumes the 3% number, then repairs would cost approximately $750 a month!

Home insurance... The average annual home insurance premium in the US is $952 (www.valuepenguin.com) or about $80 a month.

Total private housing costs: The average homeowner family on a monthly basis pays more for lodging than the average renter. In addition to the $thousands for the down payment, there is an average of $1,190 for the monthly mortgage, another $177 for property taxes, about $200 a month for utilities, $250 monthly minimum for maintenance and $80 monthly for insurance. A grand (minimum) total of $1,897 a month. In ruble terms, this would amount to about 114,000 rubles monthly.

How does that compare with your квартплата??

And for the millions of Americans who have no real home...

An estimated 20 million Americans live in mobile homes, according to new Census figures...the cheap housing of choice for so many people” (BBC News, Sept 23, 2013). Mobile homes, accomodations which can be moved by car or truck, are almost always much smaller and inferior to non-mobile housing.

About 1.56 million people, or about 0.5% of the U.S. population, used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009... One out of 50 children or 1.5 million children in United States of America will be homeless each year. In 2013 that number jumped to one out of 30 children, or 2.5 million... A 2000 study estimated the number of homeless people to be between 2.3 million and 3.5 million... vacant houses outnumber homeless people by five times." (“Homelessness in the United States,” Wikipedia)

California City Erects 'Prison Camp' To Deal With Homeless” (ZeroHedge, Feb 17, 2017). “There are two major problems; first, the level of homelessness, poverty and idle populations in California and across the country, and second, the divided world between the 1% and the struggling 99% is coming to a head... The City of Santa Ana has come up with an innovative and despotic way of keeping their homeless population in check — imprison them... Every time a group homeless community finds a safe spot, located out of the way, they are targeted for removal, or, in this barbaric case — imprisonment.”

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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com


Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...

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Dictatorship USA – Part 11

Dictatorship USA!

Let us summarize what we know about the political system in the United States of America.

The United States is a political dictatorship. Without a massive, surging peoples' movement for real change, the US will remain bound by the ultra-reactionary two-party vise. There are no fundamental differences between the dominant Republican and Democratic parties.

The American people “got rid of” vile George Bush and obtained vile George Bush Barak Obama. Any difference between the two administrations was purely superficial. US policies change from time to time because the world changes and the US is not in a position to control everything. The individual sitting in the White House is a secondary figure who has to adapt to this changing reality.

The “election” of swindler, thief, liar, racist, neo-fascist, war-monger Donald Trump as US president is a forceful step in the direction of outright fascism.

Political “debate” in the US usually is centered around reactionary official positions and very often even more reactionary positions of the opposition. Who can be more anti-labor, pro-business, pro-police, pro-militarism and war? The peoples' interests are effectively shut out, although occasionally – apparently and weakly - are more-or-less defended by a handful of fake “progressive” representatives. Who change nothing.

The basic line of the US mass media is controlled by the US secret political police. As dictated by the principles of psychological warfare propaganda, there have to be stylistic variations in the enunciation in the official line, but very rarely is there any deviation from the standard theses. Pro-US imperialist propaganda is massive and constant. It forms mass consciousness and generally succeeds – unless harsh reality rudely intrudes.

The United States loudly proclaims that it is a political democracy, but genuine opponents to the US imperialist policies are harassed, terrorized and sometimes outright killed. In the stead of genuine political dissent and organization, the US secret political police set up and populate a huge variety of fake opposition organizations. Such outfits serve the purposes of (1) falsely demonstrating US “democracy” and (2) trapping, identifying and misleading honest people and activists, thereby enhancing the opportunities of harassing, terrorizing or killing them.

The US secret political police directly pays off some 10,000 – 20,000 full time stooges who ostensibly head up all sorts of “revolutionary,” “progressive,” “activist, ” etc. organizations and “movements.”

At the same time, the US secret political police massively interfere in the economic and social life of the country, paying off hundreds of thousands and more likely millions of “part-time” accomplices by offering them a better status in life. These part-time stooges provide the bulk – and sometimes the entire – gaggle of “activists” who vociferously (but sometimes quietly) make up the mass of “protestors” at demonstrations and the “membership” of “opposition” outfits.

The US “labor movement” is controlled by the US secret political police. It is a zero in opposing official polices.

Phony “dissenting” publications and internet sites are thoroughly monitored by the US secret political police. The NSA mines all visitors and responders to the offerings of the fake “alternate” media. A blacklist is thereby established to facilitate further actions against the “offenders.” From the standpoint of US imperialism, the internet is the perfect “Big Brother is Watching You” machine.

The internet likewise is a vehicle for the secret political police to issue many thousands of blogs, photos, clips, commentaries... to, among other things, mimic mass “support” for one or another reactionary cause.

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Approach to Peoples' Struggle...

No matter how you cut it, in the USA the path of struggle for genuine for genuine progressive activists is very, very difficult. Notwithstanding that brutal fact, struggle must and will proceed.

While the United States of America is a dictatorship, it is not – yet - a fascist dictatorship.

Therefore, whatever rights exist – even if only on paper – must be utilized to the utmost. The progressive individual must therefore organize and continue organizing, propagate progressive and genuine revolutionary ideas, create struggle movements, etc. - even use the internet – notwithstanding the enormous obstacles created by the US secret political police. Whenever possible, it is best to communicate on personal and organizational-political matters by non-electronic means – although clearly that is not always possible.

Just be prepared – psychologically and practically – for a lot of false “comrades” and “friends” along the way. Expect lots of difficulties, harassment and even terror.

If – when - the United States' rulers finally resort to outright fascism, then different approaches will be necessary.

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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com


Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...


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As No One Watched, Trump Pardoned 5 Megabanks For Corruption Charges

The Free Thought Project, Jan. 15, 2018

While Americans celebrated the holidays, President Trump followed in the footsteps of his predecessors by acting in the interest of Wall Street. He pardoned five megabanks for rampant fraud and corruption, which is especially notable because of the amount of money he owes them.

Trump has been using Deutsche Bank since the 1990s, and Financial Times has reported that he now owes the bank at least $130 million in outstanding loans secured in properties in Miami, Chicago, and Washington. However, the report claimed that the actual number is likely much larger at $300 million.

Reports claimed that Deutsche was the only bank willing to lend Trump money after his companies faced multiple bankruptcies. The relationship has continued over the years, and an analysis from the Wall Street Journal claimed that Trump has received at least $2.5 billion in loans from Deutsche Bank over the last 20 years.


There have been concerns about Trump’s ties to the bank becoming a conflict of interest, dating back to the 2016 election, and the evidence to support those concerns is now becoming clear.


During the week of Christmas, the Federal Register announced that the Trump Administration had issued waivers to Citigroup, JPMorgan, Barclays, UBS, and Deutsche Bank - all megabanks facing charges of fraud and corruption.

The banks were involved in the LIBOR Scandal, in which they colluded to deliberately depress the rate at which they paid out on investments. By suppressing the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) at the beginning of an economic crisis in 2007, the megabanks were able to boost their earnings and to give their customers a false sense of security.


Deutsche Bank pled guilty to wire fraud in a U.S. court in 2015, and it went on to pay $3.5 billion for its role in the LIBOR scandal—more than any other bank involved—before it reached a $7.2 billion settlement with the Justice Department in early 2017.


Then in June 2017, Deutsche Bank trader David Liew, who is based in Singapore, pleaded guilty to conspiring to spoof gold, silver, platinum and palladium futures in federal court in Chicago, confirming that the biggest banks in the world have conspired to rig precious metals markets.


While Trump granted 5-year exemptions to Citigroup, JPMorgan, and Barclays, and 3-year exemptions to UBS and Deutsche Bank, it should be noted that his administration is not the only one to have done this. As International Business Times noted, “In late 2016, the Obama administration extended temporary one-year waivers to five banks,” which just happened to be the same ones Trump has now extended the exemptions on—revealing the real rulers in the US.


Not surprisingly, the latest decision to pardon the banks comes in stark contrast to one of Trump’s most applauded campaign promises - that he would finally stand up against Wall Street and demand that the most powerful banks be held accountable to the public.


“I’m not going to let Wall Street get away with murder. Wall Street has caused tremendous problems for us. We’re going to tax Wall Street,” Trump said during a campaign rally in January 2016.

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Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com


Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...

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