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Note from Darren: I'm happy to
welcome "Captain Anonymous" to the pages of cfidarren.com for his third
Captain is a pilot for a major airline which is considered by many to
be the largest in the US. He holds the position of Captain in a
widebody jet, just a few years from retiring, and is now getting things
off his chest.
He is considered a very senior pilot at his airline and holds a
schedule which has him traveling approximately 11 days per month.
The rest of the month, he spends thinking about the things he now
writes here. A little warning... he can come off as a little
opinionated and abrasive. I would expect nothing less from a true
gentleman who's been flying for 36 years. I am not responsible
for his opinions and they may not represent my values or opinions.
Capt Anonymous: Your $ Paid For
by Captain Anonymous
Wake up folks,
China is the world's next super power. Right now the largest
trading nations are USA, Germany, and China. In ten years, its
going to be China, USA, and Germany. They are clearly going to
eat our lunch. And they are doing it with OUR money. How
are they getting your money? In a word... WalMart. If
WalMart was a country, it would be China's 8th largest trading partner,
ahead of Russia and Germany (according to chinadaily.com). China
is WalMart's most important supplier and most Americans are too STUPID
to realize how its damaging our economy.
We never learn. We keep sending our money around the planet and
what are these countries doing with it? Well China is the only
other country in the world with a maglev (other than Germany).
Whose money do you think they used to buy it? We don't even have
a maglev operating in this country. Our trade deficit with China
is at an all time high. That means we buy more Chinese stuff than
they buy American stuff. How much? $250 billion dollars in
2007. That's not a fair trade.
think our defense spending is high with this Iraq war? Well
China's defense spending is the same as ours and they aren't in a
Some estimates put China's defense spending at three times our defense
spending. What are they doing with all that money? Well
this should scare the hell out of you. They're building a nuclear
blue-water Navy with aircraft carriers and subs. The USA
currently has superiority in blue water, but not much longer.
Wake up folks!!
According to Harper's, the world's most profitable bank was
where? New York City? Tokyo? Nope. China.
We really don't make anything in the US anymore and its going to come
back and screw us good. Onshore manufacturing is good for the
American economy but where is it? They make all our stuff, they
are the new military and economic power. We're screwed.
Look what's happening in the middle east. We're so dependent on
middle eastern oil, our money funds all kinds of terrorism. We
already know that story right. Well
here's two little stories for you. Our money is buying the most
amazing real estate development in modern times. It's a group of
three distinctive artificial islands called "Palm Island" in Dubai, a
self-declared 8th wonder of the world. Any idea what it takes to
create artificial islands? Hundreds of Billions of DOLLARS.
And they're not making just one of these developments, they're already
on their third. You don't see this kind of development happening
in the USA. We clearly have lost our status as a world leader
when things like this happen everywhere else in the world except
here. Wake up folks!!
How about the world's only 7 star hotel. Where is it? New
York City? London? Paris? Nope, not even close. It's
located in Dubai on this fancy island pictured above. Your oil
money created this. Are you getting ticked off now? You
paid for this last time you filled your tank. You should be
Here's another crazy example of what your money is buying in the middle
east. Remember that the entire middle east is a desert
right? Well that doesn't stop them from building an indoor ice
skiing venue in the middle of a desert! Yes, a desert, where
temperatures get up to 120 degrees F.
Crazy. Your last fill-up paid for this!
See the palm trees outside swaying in the
Look around the world. If not for American money flowing into
these economies, they would still be stuck in the dark ages.
We're exporting CASH instead of American goods. That's a drain to
our economy and I just don't know how much longer we can survive.
Why is Hugo Chavez such big news? Its all that gas you bought
from Citgo gas stations, owned by the government of Venezuela.
That funded and created this dictator that we'll eventually have to
Well I'm pissed off now, so that's it for this month... lets spool up
these engines and get
the hell out of here.