I know Bush just okayed another $200 million to the world food program but I hate to tell you is is worthless and though this is just a small prt of the whole dire picture developing for our future like everything else it is just beginning and everything period will get a lot worse. I refer you to yesterdays video but anyway the US at least average Americans are not exempt as we are finding out As paychecks shrink, consumers cut back on most non-essentials, polls say. Monique Blake won't be shopping for new clothes. William Acosta got rid of his cell phone. Paula Rockwell put off buying a home. In ways both large and small, Americans are doing without. Squeezed by lofty prices for gasoline, food and other products, worried about their jobs and rattled by talk of a recession, people are hunkering down.
Each person's decision to give up something and trim spending can collectively carry crucial implications for the economy.
Personal spending accounts for the single-biggest chunk of gross domestic product, which measures national economic activity. Because of that, people's behavior is important in determining whether the country will survive the economic turmoil or fall victim to it. Sixty percent of the public say they are now less comfortable about making a a big-ticket financial commitment, such as buying a home or a car, than they were just six months ago, underscoring their more circumspect behavior, according to the RBC Cash poll conducted by Ipsos, an international polling firm, in early April. A year ago, 48% said they were less comfortable about making a major purchase. "I'm feeling more cautious about buying a house. We were thinking about that, but we'll be waiting a little bit longer than we otherwise would have," says Rockwell, 53, a homemaker in Baltimore, Md. She described the current economic climate as being fraught with insecurity. "A larger number of people are really hurting and even people fairly well off are feeling insecure," she says.
BIG research, a firm that tracks consumer behavior, said 53.6% of people they polled focused more on what they needed, rather than what they wanted, during their shopping trips over the last six months. "It's more about cutting back rather than cutting out. Like taking your family to Pizza Hut versus Applebee's," says Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at NPD Group, a consumer and retail research firm. Moms' new battle: The food price bulge, Clothing stores, furniture and home furnishing retailers, electronics and appliance stores, building materials and garden supply places, and health and beauty shops were among the merchants who saw their sales drop in March, according to a recent government report on retail sales around the country. Americans tightening their belts
I hate to tell you but the entire just developing crisis is going to get a hell of a lot worse as soon as Bush finds the excuse to attack Syria and Iran. I have to laugh! The IAEA wants to know why Bush waited so long to say anything about Syria's supposed Nuclear program: The head of the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency on Friday criticized the U.S. for not giving his organization intelligence information sooner on what Washington says was a nuclear reactor in Syria being built secretly by North Korea. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei also chastised Israel for bombing the site seven months ago, in a statement whose strong language reflected anger at being kept out of the picture for so long. The White House broke its silence about the issue on Thursday, just hours after top U.S. legislators — members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee — were briefed on the alleged reactor. U.S. intelligence officials said evidence included dozens of photographs taken from ground level as well as footage of the interior of the building taken by spy satellites after the Israeli strike.
The IAEA's mission includes trying to keep nuclear proliferation in check, and it depends on member states for information in trying to carry out that task. The agency is investigating allegations that Iran tried to make nuclear weapons, and it is using not only its own research but intelligence provided by the U.S. and other members of the 35-nation IAEA board. "The director general deplores the fact that this information was not provided to the agency in a timely manner, in accordance with the agency's responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to enable it to verify its veracity and establish the facts," said an IAEA statement, issued a day after ElBaradei was briefed. Additionally, "the director general views the unilateral use of force by Israel as undermining the due process of verification that is at the heart of the nonproliferation regime," it said. No kidding! US criticized for holding back intel
It serves Bush's purpose to say something now as he is racing to find an excuse to attack Syria and Iran this fall. Criticism or Iran's interference is stepping up as Petraeus prepares to take over enabling all of this to get under way! The U.S. military says it has found caches of newly made Iranian weapons in Iraq, leading senior officials to conclude Tehran is continuing to funnel armaments into Iraq despite its pledges to the contrary, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Officials in Washington and Baghdad said the purported Iranian mortars, rockets and explosives had date stamps indicating they were manufactured in the past two months. The U.S. plans to publicize the weapons caches in coming days. A pair of senior commanders said a presentation was tentatively planned for Monday, the paper reported. "You can see the manufacturing dates right on the armaments themselves," one senior commander in Baghdad said. "These are very clearly weapons that were made in the last month or so." Discovery Shows Iran Still Sending Arms to Iraq
* I haven't had a chance to check on it yet but I was just informed that a Military contractor's ship just fired on an Iranian boat. The excuse for war will be found and soon. It is my belief we will do so from the Gulf including Pakistan if necessary. As soon as it happens the food and fuel situation around the entire world will worsen exponentially and the United States is no exception. just be prepared this is just beginning. Last night I figured out what to do for my little area of Massachusetts. We will be all right as we have everything we need right in the immediate area. I can organize and get a system set up. There is a new role to be played in small town America with State Colleges, Golf courses, and local Government. Growing food and taking care if each other. We will be okay!