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Another reason for Cascadia! (makes good economic sense!)

Why do we Cascadians remain in this economic tragedy? We pay more in federal taxes and get back less. We have more national gaurd causalties than most parts of this corporatist system. Our lands and forests (our Mother) are seen as the profits of others. Our resources and commons are bottled, plastic wrapped, packaged, exported-to-be-imported and remarketed to be sold to us as something "owned" by filthy rich elite often from outside of Cascadia. We fear that our rights as states will be usurped by people who do not value our way of life or worldview such as the Oregon's Death with Dignity law or the repeated attempts to legalize pot. We watch as Fascists in the Whitehouse plan and plot the division of Cascadia by planting the seeds for gerrymandering western and eastern Washington or purposing the gerrymandering California or adding more restrictions along the US-Canadian border that divides Cascadia internationally.
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After the election fraud many individuals proclaimed "secession". That the various "blue" states should divorce either because the corporatists placed their first choice on the thrown of the the Amerikan Imperial system or because the "red" staters were so stupid to allow it to happen and even like lemming followed their "fearless" leader.

Well... lets face it there are two other major reasons to divorce the abusive Amerikan system. The first should be to use this as a stepping stone for a massive cultural paradigm shift that switches us from a consumeristic and anthropocentric worldview to a community based and eco-centered worldview. The second one (which relates to the post) is economics! This ship is sinking fast boys and girls! Please stay calm and proceed to the exits to your left and right making sure to help your neighbor with any assistence in the floation device that has been place under your seat. Please leave items and luggage behind as we exit the vessel. The "Pacific NorthWest" (here after should now be referred to as Cascadia or the "NorthEast Pacific") during the 1990s was the one of the main economic power houses of the Amerikan Empire if not the world. The NorthEast Pacific in the not to distant past was one of the vanguards of ecological awareness and over the last few decades slipped as outside coorporate interests eroded and divided public talk of sustainablity.

Of course the plastic faces that scare the television at 5:00 on the local channels and the 24 hour channels will tell you "Oregon is rebounding" or "jobs are up in Washington" while they pretend oil prices will not effect transportation of food or even food manufacturing/harvesting with machines.

What the "experts" neglect to mention is that the Amerikan Imperial dollar was based on speculation. Speculation that new technology in the pharmeceuticals, computers, engineering and many other cutting edge stuff. And they also neglect to mention that it was on the labour of the foreign graduate students that had the lower education in mathmatics to do graduate level research. Many of these potential students now are looking to other counties because of several reasons. One is that the universities and colleges are in constant budget cuts that have increased since the Bush group has robbed the federal government (deverting taxpayer money from the normal infrastructure to huge private military contracts and faith based groups). Another is that federal funded research at universities now have a stigma of being anti-science because of the Bush stand on stem cell research and evolution. This means that alot of research will now go to Europe, Australia, India or China. Added to this is the fear of coming to the USofA because racism in the post 9/11 world. All this means is that the Amerikan dollar which was strong due to speculation on cutting edge technology will loose that association especailly as the European Union and India take the lead of the scientific world.

So this is what we NEED to do is start focusing on local economy ideally sustainable and obviously locally owned (preferably co-operatives where we all empower our local stores). We can start this with simple memes "Support Local Economy" and "Proud to be Cascadian". Obviously Wal-Mart and the fact that PGE is not owned by the people are examples of the economic imperialism that has stolen not just local economy, but resoucres, livelyhoods and collective self-esteem in smaller communities.



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High gas prices here to stay, experts say
Updated: Monday, April 11, 2005 5:10 PM PDT

YREKA - High gas prices are so obvious and affect so many people that reporting on them is like digging up old news, or worse yet, reminding people of something they wish would go away.

Experts say that the high prices are here to stay and will likely climb to over $3 a gallon by summer. The questions that remain unanswered, however, are why the prices are going up and how high will they go?

"Sticker shock" at the gas pump is so common today that many people are now numb or resolved to the high costs as a fact of life. According to the latest consumer reports, the higher prices have yet to curtail the driving habits of Americans. Large gas guzzling SUV vehicles are still the most popular sellers and the demand for fuel has not changed due to the higher prices.

Those who live in Siskiyou County do not have to be reminded that the cost of gasoline in California is from 30 to 50 cents higher than the reported national average, with gas prices in this county almost always at the high end in the state. Nor do county residents need to be reminded that the average income levels here are at the lower end of the state's average.

What these facts mean is the possibility that higher transportation costs hurt lower income people more. While Americans as a whole have not changed driving habits due to higher costs, those most affected by the costs have already done so or are considering it.

Adjusted for inflation, high gas prices today at $2.76 in Yreka, are not a record high. The Department of Energy reports that gas averaged $3 a gallon in 2005 dollars when the Iran-Iraq war began in Sept. 1980. Assuming that everyone's income has increased appropriately with the cost of living, the cost of fuel is about the same as it has already been, so the experts and politicians rationalize.

In current dollars, for example, gasoline prices peaked in March 1981 at $3.12 a gallon, the government said. At that time, gasoline accounted for about 5 percent of overall consumer spending; today the figure is less than 3 percent.

"We just don't see oil prices as being the critical issue in the economy at this point in time," said Christopher Thornberg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast.

One Siskiyou County family reported that they gauge the cost of gasoline by comparing their daily commute cost to work in relationship to how long they have to work to pay for it.

"Twenty years ago I had to work for an hour to pay for the gas to get to work and home again," a family member said. "Yes I am making a lot more money now, but with the higher cost of gas I have now returned to working for one hour each day to pay for my commute to work."

One Yreka resident said his sticker shock event came on Friday when it cost him $96 to fill up his diesel pickup truck. He is definitely considering cutting back on his travel activities.

Most experts say prices will have to go a lot higher, and stay that way, before Americans trade their traditional SUVs for super fuel-efficient hybrids.

"People simply haven't felt the pain adequately to change their behavior," says John Tobin, director of the Energy Literacy Project in Evergreen, Colo.

It will take a crystal ball to determine just where that threshold is. Many experts are now saying that it will take much more that $3 a gallon before Americans will change their habits.

A survey done in March 2004 by CNW Marketing Research Inc. in Brandon, Ore. found that at $1.75 a gallon, the high a year ago, no one planned to get a more efficient car, now or in the future. But if prices went up significantly more, attitudes did start to change.

The survey reported that at $2.75 a gallon, 16.5 percent of the 3,981 people surveyed would eventually purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle and 8.9 percent would drive less. If gas prices reached $3.75 a gallon, 36.4 percent would consider a more fuel efficient vehicle and 27.7 percent would drive less.

It appears that many consumers calculate transportation costs by considering it as a percentage of household expenses rather than actual cost.

Because overall incomes rose steadily during the 1990s and gas prices remained relatively stable, the percentage of income consumed at the pump remains relatively low. In 2002, the average U.S. household spent 2.9 percent of its income on gas. With high prices this year, gas is expected to consume 3.4 percent of the household budget.

The cost of gas is 5 percent of a low-income consumer's budget, but food is 20 percent. After adjusting for the normal seasonal move up in prices this year, gas would still cost about the same as it did a year ago.

What's more, U.S. gas consumption has actually picked up over the last month and some oil analysts are predicting that this spring and summer will produce higher demands for gas than ever before. So if the U.S. consumer is planning to cut back, there's little proof of it yet.

Due to our capitalistic method of business, the cost of products are often in relationship with what consumers are willing to pay. It appears that Americans do a lot of complaining about the cost of gasoline but are still buying it.

 http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/articles/2005/04/11/news/news2.txt

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Gas prices in Wash. & Ore. reach record highs

10:06 AM PDT on Thursday, April 7, 2005

By kgw.com and AP Staff

Gas prices have reached record highs in Oregon and Washington and the cost could surpass $3 a gallon by this summer, industry officials and monitoring groups say.

The statewide average for self-serve regular unleaded in Wash. reached $2.319 a gallon Wednesday, a penny higher than the record set last year, AAA Washington reported.

"If history repeats itself, we'll be at $2.75 by the time school lets out," said Tim Hamilton, executive director of a statewide independent gasoline dealers' association. "If there's a small refinery disruption, we could go over $3."

The statewide average in Oregon was $2.33 Wednesday, compared to the previous high of $2.32, which was set on May 26, 2004, said AAA spokesman Elliott Eki.

The highest overall price in Oregon was reported in the Medford-Ashland area, at $2.476 a gallon.

"You want to feel what a buck's worth of gas feels like?" said White City resident Frank Marshall, after purchasing gas for his lawnmower at the Astro station in Medford. "It won't even start the car ... It'll start the lawnmower and only do half my lawn."

The national average Wednesday was $2.228, a further increase after breaking an all-time record last month.

Within Wash. state, average prices ranged from $2.431, in the Bellingham area to $2.20 around Bremerton.

"This is pretty early in the year to have reached the peak," said Janet Ray, AAA Washington spokeswoman for in Bellevue. "It's very probably going to keep increasing until sometime. I wish I could say when."

AAA Oregon also reported a statewide record average price, $2.33 a gallon, a penny higher than the record set in May last year. Adjusted for inflation, however, prices have been higher.

Back in Oregon, Medford resident Barbara Bransford estimated she was paying almost twice as much for a tank of gas as she paid a year ago.

"I think it stings," Bransford said.

Oregon's gas prices are the fourth highest in the nation. California has the most expensive gas at $2.48 a gallon.

After the Arab oil embargo that began in 1980, the national average price of a gallon of unleaded regular reached a high of $1.35 in 1981 $2.89 in today's dollars, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' inflation calculator.

Steve O'Toole, executive director of Oregon Petroleum Association, said crude oil prices were hovering between $56 and $58 a barrel Tuesday.

Southern Oregon had some of the highest prices in the state because it is the farthest from the gas pipeline, which ends in Eugene, he said.

Oregon doesn't have refineries, which makes it a more expensive market in general, he said. The closest refineries are in Washington.

 http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_040705_biz_gas_prices.1b49242d0.html

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Oregon economy couldn't maintain January gains
4/7/2005, 1:05 a.m. PT
The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon's economic recovery has lost a bit of steam, according to the latest University of Oregon Index of Economic Indicators.

he index, which tracks eight different measures to provide a monthly snapshot of the Oregon economy, fell 0.3 percent in February to 106.4.

The base year for the index is 1996 when the indicators equaled 100.

Timothy Duy, the UO economist who authors the index, said Oregon's economy remains healthy even though five of the eight indicators declined in February.

"The decline is not troubling or completely unexpected," Duy said. "It would be unusual to maintain the strong momentum of January."

Indicators that lost ground were: Oregon initial unemployment claims, help wanted ads in the Oregonian newspaper, Oregon weight distance tax revenues, U.S. consumer confidence and real new orders for manufactured goods.

Two indicators were unchanged from January: Oregon residential building permits and the interest rate spread between 10-year Treasury Bonds and the Federal Funds Rate.

The final indicator, total nonfarm payrolls, showed strength in February, with Oregon employers adding 10,100 workers the largest monthly gain since April 2004.

Duy expects the state economy to perform well in the spring and summer, despite rising interest rates and oil prices.

So far, Duy said, neither of those factors has substantially weakened consumer demand or economic activity

The index is a service of the Oregon Economic Forum, a series of initiatives launched by the university last year to highlight research by UO economists and encourage dialogue between business leaders and policy-makers.

The UO index uses the same methodology as The Conference Board, an independent, nonprofit research organization that compiles the U.S. Leading Indicators.

 http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/business-0/1112860927200220.xml&storylist=orlocal




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Mahathir: US dollar collapsing
B.K. SIDHU, MUGUNTAN VANAR and RUBEN SARIO at the International CEO conference in Kota Kinabalu

THE US dollar is facing an imminent collapse, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad warned yesterday.

The former prime minister told a conference of some 650 chief executives from 30 countries in Kota Kinabalu that a standard gold currency was the best alternative for international trade.

The dollar was only retaining some value because of fears of a global economic catastrophe if it was rejected as a currency of trade, he said in his keynote address, Leadership in the Age of Uncertainties � The Effect of Global Events in Business.

�But the catastrophe will come one day, because even the most powerful country in the world cannot repay loans amounting to US$7 trillion,� Dr Mahathir said at the closing of the three-day international CEO conference.

�The uncertainty is with the timing, not whether it will collapse.�

Noting that the dollar had devalued by as much as 50% against the yen, he said it was doubtful if the greenback could recover to its old strength. Instead, it would continue to slide, as the present American administration under President George W. Bush did not consider deficits worth reducing.

Dr Mahathir said, due to America�s huge deficit, the US currency had no backing, but continued to be in use because some people still accepted payments in dollars.

�But there will come a time when we will switch away from the dollar, and we have suggested the use of gold for international trade,� he said.

He added that if companies did not want to be �short changed�, they should insist on payments in alternative currencies such as the euro, or be paid in US dollars but in euro-equivalent in value.

Dr Mahathir later told reporters that he was giving his personal views after having studied the current depreciation of the dollar.

�Unless they (Americans) change their president and have a more responsible president who will try to reduce the deficit, they will have serious trouble with the US currency,� he said.

On whether Malaysia should reject the use of the greenback for trade, he said it was up to the Government to decide.

�But it has to be seen if the US will be responsible enough, and start to reduce its deficit,� he added.

Dr Mahathir said he believed central banks worldwide were reducing their US dollar reserves, and he suspected that Bank Negara was also switching to other currencies.

He also said that local companies going abroad should form an association open to credible members who can deliver the job.

 http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2005/3/30/business/10547137&sec=business



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Mahathir: US dollar collapsing
Wed, 30 Mar 2005 15:34:28 -0600
Summary:

These dire warnings about the dollar from Malaysia's former PM take on added significance when we recall that Malaysia was one of the few countries in the world to ever successfully withstand an assault on its currency by George Soros. The Malaysians are not amateurs in the world of finance. That same George Soros has recently been pouring undisclosed millions into three other countries: Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. All three have had coups or tainted elections within the last year and pro-US factions have emerged on top. I'd take this warning seriously. - MCR
[Posted By ShiftShapers]
By B.K. Sidhu, Muguntan Vanar and Ruben Sario
Republished from The Star - Online
The US dollar is facing an imminent collapse, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad warned yesterday.

Report from the International CEO conference in Kota Kinabalu.

The dollar was only retaining some value because of fears of a global economic catastrophe if it was rejected as a currency of trade, he said in his keynote address, Leadership in the Age of Uncertainties - The Effect of Global Events in Business.

"But the catastrophe will come one day, because even the most powerful country in the world cannot repay loans amounting to US$7 trillion," Dr Mahathir said at the closing of the three-day international CEO conference.

"The uncertainty is with the timing, not whether it will collapse."

Noting that the dollar had devalued by as much as 50% against the yen, he said it was doubtful if the greenback could recover to its old strength. Instead, it would continue to slide, as the present American administration under President George W. Bush did not consider deficits worth reducing.

Dr Mahathir said, due to America's huge deficit, the US currency had no backing, but continued to be in use because some people still accepted payments in dollars.

"But there will come a time when we will switch away from the dollar, and we have suggested the use of gold for international trade," he said.

He added that if companies did not want to be "short changed", they should insist on payments in alternative currencies such as the euro, or be paid in US dollars but in euro-equivalent in value.

Dr Mahathir later told reporters that he was giving his personal views after having studied the current depreciation of the dollar.

"Unless they (Americans) change their president and have a more responsible president who will try to reduce the deficit, they will have serious trouble with the US currency," he said.

On whether Malaysia should reject the use of the greenback for trade, he said it was up to the Government to decide.

"But it has to be seen if the US will be responsible enough, and start to reduce its deficit," he added.

Dr Mahathir said he believed central banks worldwide were reducing their US dollar reserves, and he suspected that Bank Negara was also switching to other currencies.

He also said that local companies going abroad should form an association open to credible members who can deliver the job.

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 http://www.gnn.tv/headlines/1787/Mahathir_US_dollar_collapsing

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nvest in rural Oregon
The Legislature should restore funding to agriculture and forest research and the Extension Service
Saturday, April 09, 2005

S urely a state built on farming and forestry still understands the risks of cutting one's own roots.

That's why it's important that the Legislature tend to the withered budgets of Oregon State University's Agriculture Experimental Station, Forest Research Lab and Extension Service. Lawmakers must not overlook these three line items totaling less than $100 million in the state's $12 billion general fund budget.

Farming, forestry and fishing are not the Next New Thing in Oregon, and no one in Salem is proposing to shower them in tax incentives. Yet Oregon's agriculture, forests and marine resources create more than $24 billion in annual economic activity and provide 345,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state.

These traditional industries are still powerful driving forces in the Oregon economy, especially in rural areas. The Legislature needs to invest more, not less, in the research and technology that help them innovate and grow.

OSU's three statewide public service programs took a 12 percent hit on their budgets when state revenue collapsed in 2001. Those cuts were unavoidable; legislators had no choice then but to whack away at every program. Now the economy is perking up and revenues are improving, but the governor and the Senate leadership still are proposing further reductions in spending on ag and forest research. House Republicans are properly trying to shelter the three programs from further cuts.

There are strong arguments for fully funding each of the OSU programs.

The Agricultural Experiment Station, which dates back more than a century in Oregon, is a statewide network of scientists funded by a combination of state support, federal grants and private contributions. The ag stations around the state help come up with new seafood and farm products, solve pest problems and provide other crucial research for the agriculture industry.

The Forest Research Laboratory, established in 1941, does research on the sustainable use of the 28 million acres of forested land in Oregon. Its work is important to private woodlot owners, land-managing agencies, wood processing firms, scientists, conservationists and government policymakers.


The Extension Service is the conduit that delivers much of this research to farmers, foresters and the rest of the public. Extension also operates the venerable 4-H youth programs that remain significant across Oregon. At 90 years old, 4-H is still hugely popular -- last year participation reached an all-time high of 100,619 members. More than half of 4-H participants live in urban areas, and one-third of the projects involve environmental education. More than 30,000 Oregonians now volunteer with Extension education.

It would not require much money to put these three valuable programs back on solid financial footing. In 2001 the three had a total budget of $102 million, which has since fallen to about $90 million. The Legislature should find another $10 million to $12 million to invest in OSU's statewide services.

There's a century of history showing the money would be well spent. These programs create innovative products, good jobs and strong communities.

Oregon needs them today as much as ever.

 http://www.oregonlive.com/editorials/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1113040823135121.xml
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What we need is to foment a long-lasting counterculture that will represent our movements globally. We need to begin discussing the idea of seceeding from the capitalist structure in order to construct the world we wish to live in.
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