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20110721 – Open forum – Tell us what you are working on!

Segment #1:  Alternative Energy News

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Sterling Allan’s show notes are available at

Segment #2:  News Rant – Austerity comes to the USA

Presenter:  an editorial by SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  15 minutes

On July 20th of 1969, mankind first set foot on the moon.

On July 20th of 2011, the last manned space craft in a once proud fleet was officially retired.

So much has changed in the United States in just 40 years.

Forty years ago, if you were a hard working individual with skills and/or a decent education, you could expect desirable employers to get into a bidding war to hire you.

Today, when you are applying for a low wage job you are competing against persons of questionable immigration status willing to work for wages most would find insulting.

Forty years ago, a good middle class job paid about $20,000 a year.  You paid about $1000 in various taxes and had enough left over to afford a middle class home that cost about $40,000 on a 20 year mortgage and a new car every two years that cost about $3000.

Today, a good middle class job pays about $100,000.  You will pay about $45,000 in various taxes and if you are lucky, might have enough left over to afford a middle class home that costs about $500,000 on a 30 year mortgage.  You might be able to afford a new car every five years that costs about $40,000.

The bottom line is that even though the typical income has increased substantially over the past 40 years, the standard of living in the United States has decreased dramatically.  

In the late 60’s the middle class was growing as even the poor found ways to advance themselves.
In the late 60’s, opportunities were out there for any willing to look for them.

Today, real opportunities are rare and the competition is tough. 

Today, most who are considered middle class cling to that status by their finger nails and the ranks of the poor are growing.

The government would have you believe that its your fault!

Those we elect to serve us say its OUR greed and laziness that has caused the United States to decline from its once lofty position.

hmmm … I seem to remember a funny looking Texan with big ears talking about a “giant sucking sound of jobs headed south”

So now the government, short on money and desperate to maintain their expenditures, says we need to tighten our belts!

If you thought maybe you would retire at 60 to 65 years old, maybe you start thinking in terms of 70 to 75.  

Instead of owning a home in the suburbs, maybe you should start thinking about a rented apartment in the city.

Instead of taking that 2 week vacation in the Bahamas, maybe you should be thinking about a long weekend watching TV at home.

But don’t expect the government to cut its spending on wars, support for the “too big to fails” and foreign aid to countries many of whom are in better shape than we are.

If there are to be cuts in government spending, it will have to be on services provided to citizens.
Roads, bridges, rails, other infrastructure and social services are the only items on the table being considered for cuts.

The continued build up of “Police State America”, the building of foreign empire and handouts to Wall Street are considered sacred cows that cannot be expected to participate in any sort of austerity plan.

So when you hear about austerity, grab hold of your wallet because it means the government is planning to take more from you, give you less in return, so they can continue to serve those who are paying them at your expense.

And as far as Social Security goes, this is what Dennis Kucinich put on the record recently

A quote from one of my favorite bloggers, Michael Rivero.

Most people prefer to believe that their leaders are just and fair, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which he lives is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it.

To take action in the face of corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones.

To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles.
Most people do not have the courage to face that choice.

Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.

You can follow Michael Rivero’s blog at

Segment #3:  Feature Presentation – Open forum – Tell us what you are working on!

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow & you?
Estimated time:  45 minutes

Tonight we have no scheduled alternative energy presenter.

Instead, the audience will be invited to participate directly in the show by coming on line via Skype and discussing their latest project. 

Hope is that between 3 and 5 will give brief 5-10 minute presentations on what projects they have working.

You Should add “TheSmartScarecrowShow” to your Skype contacts.

If you have a short 3-5 minute video that you would like played out, I must have that video not later than 7pm Thursday (show day). 

You can upload the video to YouTube and send me a link, or send it to me via Skype to either SmartScarecrow or TheSmartScarecrowShow. 

Each presenter will be given a total of 5-10 minutes to discuss their project including whatever time it takes to play out your video. 

Then there will be a brief 5 minute Q&A where the audience gets to ask questions.

This is intended to be a way for anyone working on an alternative energy project to brag a little and get some feedback from the audience. 

Have fun with it.

Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Estimated time:  10 minutes

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