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IS THE US DOING GREAT, OR IS IT IN CRISIS? Thoughts?

Below, read several different points of view and leave your opinion!

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This is the discussion from yesterday’s post: Record-Breaking Number Of Americans Want To Get Out Of U.S. Forever! Thoughts?

OPEN DISCUSSION! More thoughts and opinions welcome! FEEL FREE TO POST IN COMMENTS! Please be nice and courteous!

1EarthUnited 

Reblogged this on 1EarthUnited and commented: Taxes, taxes, taxes! If US citizen, then move to Puerto Rico and pay only 4% corporate, Act 20 & 22! Lowest tax rate if you don’t want to give up US citizenship.

Aeyrie 

If they want to leave I say, “Adios! Don’ let the door hit ‘ya… If they either can’t or won’t help then getting out of the way is the right thing to do. As for me, I’m staying. She’s the land of my birth for better or worse. I’m not going to abandon her when the going gets tough. I think she’s worth saving, and evidently a lot of other people have thought so too. They gave their lives for her.

I like the quote by Hunter S. Thompson: “When the going gets weird the weird turn pro.” (That man knew something about weird.) There’s a lot of spiritual-type work to do here. I was weird enough to come to help, so maybe by the time we’ve gotten the ‘ol gal going in the right direction I will have turned pro.

Pearl 

Well…what I’m seeing here is a mass of Trump Haters…as far left as anyone can get. They have ZERO idea of the truth about DJT. What he’s done FOR our nation is absolutely unfathomable, and last night, during the State of the Union Address Trump had a 76% approval rating. But what made it greater, is that the Main Stream was forced to report the truth…it was their polls. Even many on the Dem side had no idea of his successes. Why? Because our main stream media LIES….and lies, and lies, and lies even more.

Take 90 minutes and listen. You’ll know exactly ‘why’ conservatives and former democrats who’ve switched over to Republican, love him so much. He ‘is’ a man of peace, he does ‘not’ want wars, and is why he’s pulling back all of our troops, no matter what they say.

Lada Ray 

Pearl, I’d agree with a lot of what you say about neo-libs, democrats and mass media. But how’s Fox any better?.. And c’mon! Trump ‘is a man of peace, he does ‘not’ want wars, and is why he’s pulling back all of our troops’ ?..

Pulling from where? From Syria, only because the US simply lost there to Russia and couldn’t unseat Assad? And only after Trump tried and failed to bomb Syria several times!

OR NOT pulling out and continuing to turn Ukraine against Russia?

OR preparing an invasion of Venezuela, which Trump cannot do only because Venezuelan army and Russia/ China won’t let him? That’s your ‘man of peace’?

OR, what about Trump announcing the biggest ever Pentagon budget?

PLUS! The NEW SPACE ARMS RACE TRUMP INTENDS TO START!

PLUS! TRUMP UNILATERALLY PULLING OUT OF NUCLEAR AGREEMENTS WITH RUSSIA, SO TO UNTIE THE US MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX’S HANDS FOR A NEW ROUND OF EVEN MORE DESTRUCTIVE ARMS RACE!

Man of peace? Really?

Robert 

Considering the dire state of the US I would be glad to get out with just the shirt on my back and abundantly good health.

Pearl 

A question or so, Robert. Why do you hate the U.S.? What is your problem? You’re free to leave anytime to want to. No one is holding you back. What is the DIRE state you are referring to? I’m not seeing anything like that, and I’m 69 years old. I’m happy that Trump is doing what he’s doing…finally…someone to clean up everyone’s dirty mess. He’s literally finishing up the plans that John F. Kennedy was trying to do. If you’re into drugs, get help. Want money for school because you don’t have it, Apply for a Pell Grant. I used that as well. If you need a job, then go apply. There’s 300,000 new ones available. What is so horrible other than N.Y. with the new Infanticide Law? That’s what’s horrible. Murdering innocent babies when they’re literally born! Trump is writing the NO Partial Birth Abortion Law…and Democrats don’t want that. These are the things that make a lifestyle horrible.

He’s done totally amazing things in 2 years. He’s busting his hump on Trade Deals that are fair. He’s creating Peace in other nations…or trying to. He got China to stop stealing our intellectual property rights…and created 4 million new jobs total. The Employment Rate is record setting; Tax cut first was corporations, to bring them back to the US. For 2018 was for individuals…remember, the Crumbs?

We’re the #1 Oil Producers/exporters now. Trump is rebuilding this country as it was meant to be, and that’s a Republic. We are NOT a socialist nation, Robert and we never will be. Socialism doesn’t work. The LEADERS get it all, and dish out to the masses Crumbs. Look at what happened in Venezuela. People are starving…and he kept all the money that the U.S. gave them. You have ALL the Constitutional rights in tact.

Robert…plainly stated? Our lives are what WE make them. WE are the sole OWNERS of our Lives, and our lives are the sum total of OUR own decisions. No one can live our lives for us. But you wanna know what I do when I slip out of my good mood? I look at other people who’s image of reality is not as good as it could be. And every single one of us are in charge of that. Sometimes I dwell too much on the bad things. Then I pick up my bible, or read another book, or watch a video about a subject I’m interested in. I make this escape for a little while, and then reach inside to get those answers.

No matter what side of the political fence you’re on…it doesn’t matter. I could not stand Obama…so you know what I did? I pleased myself…I looked inside then had a silent conversation with myself and I found more answers about me, and that made me happy.

Our lives is not about money, position, power…it’s about what it means to us to be here. We can experience a Heaven on Earth…but we need to choose and desire it to happen for us. Everything else is just external baggage, that has no place running our lives. We need to focus on our needs, and greatest desires, then look for very creative ways to fulfill those. And sometimes, we can have more literal ‘fun’ with that than anything else.

On my own…I’m a very poor woman. Yet…I have many things that I want in my life that make me much happier than glorious wealth. I go outside and look at the wonders of the sky above, the vibrant colors that I’m so blessed to see. The simple things in this life mount up, and after awhile…a lot time I wasted on feeling sad just evaporates. Try that. Think about you…and the things you love the most. Come spring, take a very long walk in the woods and look how simple things are for life there. Life is easy, if we choose to make it that way.

Much love kiddo…and I pray you find what you’re looking for, because the way I see it at my age?…every single day that we live and draw breaths from the air, we have been blessed by heaven. Take care, kiddo. :)…and always remember…we are ‘not’ our politics. If we stand with that?…then your life will be lost in the world that you were pushed into, by trying to figure it all out.

Just think and care about you…and those you care about. I walk away from ALL of it many days. I’ve literally thrown my phone on the floor because I’m sick and tired of hearing the same stuff from the same people all the time..Always remember…it’s all about you, and no one else. I suggest you read “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield…and if you can, purchase the CD…they made a movie from the book. It’s THE most beautiful representation of learning to feel hope and fulfillment. And when I’m down…I just pick up that movie at night and watch it. How many times doesn’t matter…it’s all about ‘taking care of ourselves and our future’…and creating our own ‘heaven on earth.’

Lada Ray 

‘it’s all about ‘taking care of ourselves and our future’…and creating our own ‘heaven on earth.’

Pearl, what if you see that something is wrong with the country around you? Would you still ‘take care of yourself and care about your own future, as long as you live well…’ And who cares what’s happening around you? This is what the marvelous book you are recommending is about, isn’t it? Sure, it’s great for individual personal growth and for your personal peace of mind too. And for your internal energy the peace of mind and inspiration is a must. Each of us has to take care of our inner world.

But it doesn’t help with the situation in the country or the world at large, as bad things happen when good people are silent. I can tell you that caring about your happiness alone and not caring about the world around you will eventually lead to a complete disaster, as is proven by the example of Ukraine.

What if some people see what’s happening around them as wrong, in their best consciousness? Are they bad people in your judgment?

What if they are right and you are wrong?

Or what if there is no right or wrong and everyone has their own karma and destiny to experience?

Lada Ray 

Pearl wrote: “We’re the #1 Oil Producers/exporters now”

This is a complete nonsense and it’s apparently based on untruthful data circulated by Trump and/or republicans to make the sheeple feel good. Good thing the world doesn’t listen to the US any more.

US is very far from being ‘the number one exporter of oil.’ Producer, maybe, but strongly debatable. Most of oil produced in the US, so you know, Pearl, is consumed BY THE US, and only a little exported. Moreover, US still imports oil, by the way, from hated by you Venezuela.

Don’t even get me started on the terribly harmful for the environment fracking process, which is mostly used for natural gas in the US, but a little for oil, too.

Not to mention how bad oil is for the environment, about which you seem to forget, Pearl.

And don’t get me started on the US gas wars in order to grab, like a highway bandit, the share of other countries, while subduing EU in the process.

Nothing to be proud of, Pearl!

Lada Ray

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Year 2012 Predictions

Reblogged from source: LadaRayBlog

Year 2012 Predictions

What qualifies me to predict the future? In the past decade, I taught a number of my proprietary Feng Shui courses and did lots of consultations, in addition to writing about Feng Shui and spirituality for various publications around the world. As part of my speaking and writing, I made predictions about certain events in society and our lives, as well as advised clients on various real estate and investment-related matters.

My various predictions usually came true. As a quick example, I sold my own real estate property in 2005 – at the top – and advised my clients to do the same. Those, who followed my advice, cashed in very nicely. To find out more about me, check out my bio.

My predictive methodology is complex and consists of several parts.

  1. As a former financial consultant with Smith Barney (Citigroup,) I understand the market movements.
  2. Having lived in various countries, under various social systems, including socialism and capitalism, and having observed and studied the geopolitical mechanisms that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as those in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America, I understand the driving forces in the world today.
  3. I also draw on Western Astrology, which, together with other predictive methods, is a great tool.
  4. Feng Shui, especially the Theory of Five Elements, along with Chinese Astrology,  is also helpful.
  5. An important element in my predictions is the powerful Oriental System of Long Cycles, very little known, and even less understood today. Feng Shui, in its most profound and true manifestation, shares the same philosophy. I studied this system with revered Hong Kong Masters of Feng Shui. Since space in a blog post is limited, I intend to talk more about it in the upcoming BOOK OF PREDICTIONS.
  6. Last, but not least: While I do not consider myself psychic, although some may beg to differ, in my predictions, I rely heavily on my intuition, which has never let me down.

Without further ado, let’s get to the core of the issue. The Year 2012 is theYear of the Dragon, according to the Chinese system, and it also has been called the Year of Elections. So, what does this year hold in store for us all?

First, something that has been done to death (no pun intended) in books and film: Should we expect the End of the World on 12/21/12?

The short answer is – ABSOLUTELY NOT! The above date, when Earth forms a direct line with the Galactic Center, will be a non-event and will go absolutely unnoticed by most humans. Some may feel more emotional and high strung, but it could be because these people are feeling the nervousness of others around them. However, the world will keep spinning, and life on Earth will go on.

The long answer is more complex. There are very powerful, LONG TERM changes at work. Those of us who are currently involved with, say, Indie Publishing, or Social Media, and some other areas, are actually at the forefront of these changes.

Suffice it to say that humanity is going through a massive transformation of consciousness, which will last for the foreseeable future, and at times, may be painful and confusing.

But these changes are gradual, although some manifestations are visible in cataclysms and events of today. Examples include: Japanese tsunami and Fukushima disaster, Gulf of Mexico oils spill, the Occupy Movement, Egypt Revolution, US/Europe Economic Problems, The BRICS, Kindle and Indie Publishing Revolution and many others.

Please read more about these events and changes in my upcoming books: THE EARTH SHIFTER (a fantasy/thriller) and BOOK OF PREDICTIONS (non-fiction.)

For more about my books, please visit: LadaRay.com

What to expect in the YEAR OF THE DRAGON? How does it differ from the other years of the Chinese Zodiac?

Year of the Dragon is considered one of the most powerful years for business and innovation. It ushers in more Yang – aggressive, assertive – energy, than almost any other year in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle. Therefore, this year we should expect new developments in various revolutionary and alternative technologies. By the way, fellow Indie authors, this could be the year for you!

In general, starting your business is considered especially auspicious during the Year of the Dragon. This year will also be good for anything alternative.

On the other hand, the Year of the Dragon could signify more turmoil in both social and political spheres, as well as in nature. Sorry to say, natural, as well as man-made disasters won’t subside.

Read more about the powerful Dragon in my tomorrow’s post, right here, on Lada Ray Blog!

2012 is called THE YEAR of ELECTIONS, with something like 40 countries going to the polls to elect new Heads of State. This includes the big three: Russia, USA and France.

My friends will tell you that I could talk for hours about geopolitics, but due to the confines of the blog space, I’ll be brief and discuss the big three. Also, just to mention, I am a ‘political atheist’ and do not participate in any political party. My analysis is based on logic, facts, intuition, Chinese Astrology and Theory of Long Cycles.

I will go with plus 2, minus 1.

RUSSIA, Presidential Elections, March 4, 2012Vladimir Putin will win easily enough, although, due to the crowded field and according to the Russian electoral rules, he may only get clear majority in the second round. Protests on part of the Communists and assorted opposition will continue, and electoral fraud will be alleged again, whether it took place, or not.

However, between now and March, Putin and the ruling United Russia Party will make all the right moves, and Putin will end up securing anywhere between 55 – 68% of the votes. 55% may be way too low. Low to mid 60s is probably the right percentage.

While Russians could afford to play around with the results of the Duma elections in 2011, they’ll treat Presidential Elections much more seriously. Putin means stability, and everyone will remember that. Russian social, economic, political, financial, police and army reforms will continue in a controlled fashion during Putin’s Presidency. I will try to discuss Russia’s future in detail in my BOOK OF PREDICTIONS.

There is one more, esoteric, reason for Putin’s win: He is a DRAGON, according to his Chinese Zodiac sign. 2012 will be much better for Putin, than 2011, as the power of the Dragon is fully behind him this year! ;)

USA, Presidential Elections, November 6, 2012: Republicans will pick Romney, who is perceived as the man of the middle, and therefore, appears a safe bet. And Romney will NOT beat Obama. Because, as one rapper said, speaking at Occupy Wall Street, “Obama is ten times the campaigner, as he is the President.” The rapper, whose name I won’t mention here, added, “And I mean it as a compliment, Mr. President!”

In short, USA will remain sharply divided along partisan lines. Obama will narrowly win another 4-year term.

Meanwhile, various protests will continue and intensify. Emergence of a third party is very possible, fueled with disillusionment with the establishment and election results.

What happens during Obama’s second term is another story altogether, and I’ll  discuss it later in my BOOK OF PREDICTIONS, as well.

Ah, yes, in case anyone’s wondering, Barack Obama’s Chinese Zodiac sign is the OX, considered along with the Dragon, one of the most powerful signs. Obama is in good company here, as the Ox is the sign of a world leader and can also be rather charismatic. He shares it, infamously, with Saddam Hussein. But also, with Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and Jane Fonda. ;)

France, Presidential Elections, April 22-May 6, 2012: French President Nicolas Sarkozy, together with Angela Merkel of Germany (whose re-election is not until 2013, and I’ll talk about her chances on another occasion) will do everything in their power to reassure the Europeans and the markets in 2012, and will pull a rabbit out of the hat, if necessary. Watch for various announcements from the Eurozone, directed at flooding the system with cheap money, more bailouts, etc.

However, the Eurozone crisis will deepen, with more countries teetering on the brink of collapse, and French elections will happen at the most inopportune time for Sarkozy. Openly right wing and considered the only neo-con, able to win the election, he’s deeply disliked in his country, and will lose.

Again, in case anyone’s wondering, Sarkozy’s sign is the HORSE. Maybe, that’s why the long face. ;) Just kidding, all you, fabulous Horses, out there! The Horse is a very cool and fortunate sign!

Wishing you a terrific and auspicious Year of the Dragon! Please like and comment to let me know what you think about my predictions!

P.S. On 1/13/12, only two days after I posted my prediction about Sarkozy losing the French elections, S&P downgraded French debt, stripping it of it’s coveted AAA rating. France was downgraded along with 8 other Eurozone countries. This move, as analysts unanimously agree, spells disaster for Sarkozy in the upcoming elections. And it also signals that the Eurozone problems are bound to intensify this year.

Update 10/28/12:

Russia and France voted exactly as I originally predicted on 1/11/12, GOP nominated Romney, and there are clearly 3rd parties emerging in the USA. Two Third Party Presidential debates are being hosted by Larry King and aired by RT America (First debate took place several days ago and is available on Youtube; second – foreign policy – debate will air and be posted on Youtube on 10/30).

Upcoming US Presidential Elections: no change from the original 1/11/12 prediction! Obama wins narrowly, with less than 5%, possibly less than 3% advantage.

It is interesting to note that, while in the USA the vote will be very close, abroad it’s not even a contest. Based on multiple surveys and polls from over 20 countries, Romney gets more support only in Pakistan, which is attributed to the Pakistanis’ irritation with deadly drone strikes, not so much to their preference of a specific candidate. Most countries have Romney in single digits, with Western Europe, especially France, favoring Obama by the widest margin.

My prediction: while Obama is far from ideal, no world leader (except, perhaps Israel’s Netanyahu) wants Romney as US President, in fact he scares everyone with his bellicose posturing. Foreign perception is that his angry rhetoric, lack of reason and restraint would make his presidency into Bush 2.0. By the way, this is also perception of much of the international investment community – and international investment community is seldom wrong.

It is naive to think that American elections happen in a vacuum. In our globalized and interconnected world, it should not be underestimated how much influence other countries and global community hold over any country’s policy and elections. In fact, I noticed that global opinion is the most accurate barometer of presidential election results in any country. For example, the international community at large (excluding USA and UK) wanted Putin to win (of course, there was really no contest anyway). In France, both the country and international perception were against Sarkozy, and sure enough – he lost.

Read my follow up articles/predictions regarding the elections in Russia, France and USA.

1. Russia Votes: Crash Course in Russian Politics

2. 2012 Predictions Update: Russian Elections

3. 2012 Predictions Update: French Elections and Eurozone

4. 2012 Predictions. Year of Elections: Russia, France – USA next!

I will be posting a follow up after the US elections, including my new predictions regarding the very important for the Eurozone German Chancellor Election 2013, including Angela Merkel’s chances.

Many have asked me to expand my predictions and talk about the future of financial markets, economic outlook for various countries and continents, as well as the future of world peace. I will try to post more of my predictions going forward. Stay tuned!

Copyright 2012, Lada Ray

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