Why We Fight – the Documentary

A look at the “military-industrial complex” (a phrase coined by the late Dwight Eisenhower). This film sheds light on the ‘money effect’ of war, and is very pertinent to this website’s focus. I would highly recommend this film for viewing by all audiences around the globe.

I share a quotation from Charles Lewis, Center for Public Integrity, who says in the film:

I think the history of the US, as a work in progress in our attempt at democracy here, is a constant struggle between capitalism and democracy, and there have been ebbs and flows where democracy looks like it’s winning – you reign in those powerful forces — but the fundamental reality is, that most of the government’s decisions today are substantially dictated by powerful corporate interest. Clearly, capitalism is winning.

May we all live in peace and harmony with each other.

To your prosperity,

Sue

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One version of the history of money

When the Money Effect concept first entered my mind a few years back, I realized that I had never known the history of money — when it started, what was used initially, etc.  Since then, I’ve come across different pieces of information that has given me a bit more insight into it’s origins.

I don’t recall ever having been taught in school about money – where it came from, how to work with it, saving strategies, etc, and in a few money-making workshops I’ve attended, some attention has been put on this from members of the audience.  In a future post, I’ll provide some information that is helpful to kids.

In the meantime, here is a link that provides one perspective on the history of money.

To your prosperity,

Sue

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Who Killed the Electric Car — the Documentary

I love this documentary because it brings up so much for discussion.

During the course of history, we’ve had some amazing inventions that have been extremely beneficial to everyone and everything — people and the environment — and yet, the inventions have been thwarted, or actually eliminated. In this case, they actually destroyed all the cars they created.

So, who IS really at fault for this situation? In the movie they list a bunch of possibilities. They are:

  • Consumers
  • Batteries
  • Oil Companies
  • Car Companies
  • Lack of Maintenance Profits
  • Government
  • C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board)
  • Hydrogen

Allegedly, the consumers didn’t provide enough demand for the new technology, plus liked the spaciousness and convenience of the old technology. Allegedly, the batteries weren’t as efficient as everyone would like them to be, and were more of an inconvenience. Allegedly, the oil companies didn’t want their business taken away. Allegedly, the car manufacturers didn’t want to be told what to do by a regulatory board. Allegedly, the car parts of the old technology generated huge amounts of income and they were concerned about the loss of that income. Allegedly, the government (most likely pressured by the oil industry and the car manufacturers) did not enforce a zero emission standard. Allegedly, C.A.R.B. reneged on their initial stance because of pressure from both the government and the car companies. Allegedly, the hydrogen fuel cell is touted to be better than the EV technology, yet there are so many barriers to production, it could take 20 years for it actually be something people are able to buy and use. It was also argued that the coal emissions from producing the electricity that would be required to keep these cars on the road would be worse for the environment that leaving things the way they are.

Hmmm…and how does money fit into all this?

To your prosperity,

Sue

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Housing prices and relationships

When I read this article yesterday, by a Wall Street Journal writer who was trying to sell his home, I was reminded of my own situation over ten years ago when I was getting a divorce and needing to see our ‘marriage’ house sold. Our house was a four level split, two levels developed, about 14 years old at the time we were ready to sell, quite run down (we had not done any upgrading) and we had absolutely no desire to fix it up – not even to put a can of paint to the walls.

We had finished one of the basement levels a short while before we decided to sell, so it was  in relatively “still new” condition at the time we decided to sell, but the house mirrored the breakdown of the relationship and lack of love flowing in the house. In order to just “get er done” we ended up taking the first offer given to us, and only ended up with less than a $20,000 gain over that whole time period. In desperation, people are willing to do and accept many things.

A few years later, I decided to purchase my very own house — my very first house — that belonged to me. It was an older home (late 1950’s), and needed some stuff done, but there had been an addition to it, and it looked actually quite amazing once I redid the floors and had a few other things completed. After spending only about $3,000 in improvements, I sold the house a year later for a $50,000 profit. At that time, I was also in a somewhat desperate situation (I was ill at the time, my financial situation was overwhelming, etc.) yet in this case, I was able to feel good about the outcome, and pay down most of my (remaining) debt as a result. Unfortunately, my financial priorities did not allow me to buy another property, which would have been the best situation, and I did learn a valuable lesson. However, I always feel that everything happens for a reason, and am currently very happy with my life the way it turned out.

I know the mortgage situation is really being talked about a lot lately, since the financial impact hits “home,” literally. We all need to have a roof over our heads, and to feel safe in that space. It should always be our sanctuary.

To your properity,

Sue

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Corruption in hospitals

I think of a hospital as a place of nurturing and care when I, or loved ones, get severely ill.  I do not envision them as money-making “businesses,” nor do I look upon them as ever being out of integrity.  Perhaps it’s because I live in Canada, and it may not be as much of an issue here, or it could be that I am just really, really naive.  🙂

So, when I come across articles like this one that speaks to homeless people being used as pawns so that a hospital can make money, it makes me really wonder what is actually happening in all the areas of the “business” of health care.  There is lots of info already out there on pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, etc. etc. etc.

Perhaps the people involved don’t see themselves as being out of integrity, since they are actually giving a homeless person a place to live for a few days every once in awhile, with meals and fluids, etc.  However, the overhead costs of them doing so in a hospital setting surely exceeds a regular shelter meeting those same needs.  And, who is ultimately paying for all this?  Hmmm…

To your HEALTH and prosperity,

Sue

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