Mass transit was an enemy to the car, tire, and energy monopolies in the US. Companies would buy trolley, train, and bus lines to put them out of business, to bolster their main line. If you’re a racist owner, you don’t want inferior races in your neighborhood. Again, not having mass transit as much as was possible, was American covert backroom policy. What we now see in the aging, broken, unreliable, dirty, and inefficient mass transit system in New York City is American government in a nutshell.
Taxes, fees, and revenue collected is being mismanaged, diverted, stolen, and used to abuse.
Traveling around Manhattan is still pretty pleasant. Go outside to Queens, Brooklyn, and other outer lying areas and lines, routes, and mass transit is unreliable, ancient, dirty, inefficient, and looks almost 3rd world compared to most nations in Europe and of the industrialized world. I used mass transit in many points of Europe and even in the former USSR just after the fall of the wall, and haven’t been so disgusted with mass transit as I am with what I am faced with in the USA.
There is peeling paint, broken concrete, leaks, smells, noise, rivets in aging iron, wagging tracks, and overwhelming evidence that the US government in charge is slacking, out of touch, corrupt, mismanaged, and is falling behind the rest of world is evident to all, just in New York City, evidence of an entire broken USA.
The police dressed in Star Wars Storm Trooper goon attire is only more proof of where the US is heading. Orwell’s Winston Smith would at home in modern America, except the Police State would be more obvious than in the novel.
I drove in to Queens from Connecticut, I had to wait in traffic for over an hour just to pay $5.50 for the pleasure of driving in. How much business, productivity, and enjoy of life is stolen each day from all those people just to wait in line to be further ripped off by an out of control government? I was further annoyed getting pulled over by New York City Police just outside of the tolls for a “random stop”. I overheard two New York City Police officers talking about me after they pulled me over, saying, “He’s highly annoyed that we pulled him over, he’s okay, let him go.”
Besides, the minimum of two illegal wars of occupation, war crimes included, it is harder, and harder, to be a proud American inside of America.
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Interesting conversation in the below videos, regardless of how you feel about conspiracy theories and Alex Jones:
Tunisian Wikileaks Putsch: CIA Touts Mediterranean Tsunami of Coups - Webster Tarpley 1/3
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January 17, 2011
The Arab world needs to learn a few fundamental lessons about the mechanics of CIA color revolutions, lest they replicate the tragic experience of Georgia, Ukraine, and so many others.
Washington DC, January 16, 2011 -- The US intelligence community is now in a manic fit of gloating over this weekend's successful overthrow of the Tunisian government of President Ben Ali. The State Department and the CIA, through media organs loyal to them, are mercilessly hyping the Tunisian putsch of the last few days as the prototype of a new second generation of color revolutions, postmodern coups, and US-inspired people power destabilizations. At Foggy Bottom and Langley, feverish plans are being made for a veritable Mediterranean tsunami designed to topple most existing governments in the Arab world, and well beyond. The imperialist planners now imagine that they can expect to overthrow or weaken the governments of Libya, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, and perhaps others, while the CIA's ongoing efforts to remove Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi (because of his friendship with Putin and support for the Southstream pipeline) make this not just an Arab, but rather a pan-Mediterranean, orgy of destabilization.
Hunger revolution, not Jasmine revolution
Washington's imperialist planners now believe that they have successfully refurbished their existing model of CIA color revolution or postmodern coup. This method of liquidating governments had been losing some of its prestige after the failure of the attempted plutocratic Cedars revolution in Lebanon, the rollback of the hated IMF-NATO Orange revolution in Ukraine, the ignominious collapse of June 2009 Twitter revolution in Iran, and the widespread discrediting of the US-backed Roses revolution in Georgia because of the warmongering and oppressive activities of fascist madman Saakashvili. The imperialist consensus is now that the Tunisian events prefigure a new version of people power coup specifically adapted to today's reality, specifically that of a world economic depression, breakdown crisis, and disintegration of the globalized casino economy.
The Tunisian tumults are being described in the US press as the "Jasmine revolution," but it is far more accurate to regard them as a variation on the classic hunger revolution. The Tunisian ferment was not primarily a matter of the middle class desire to speak out, vote, and blog. It started from the Wall Street depredations which are ravaging the entire planet: outrageously high prices for food and fuel caused by derivatives speculation, high levels of unemployment and underemployment, and general economic despair. The detonator was the tragic suicide of a vegetable vendor in Sidi Bouzid who was being harassed by the police. As Ben Ali fought to stay in power, he recognized what was causing the unrest by his gesture of lowering food prices. The Jordanian government for its part has lowered food prices there by about 5%.
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