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More on USA and Korea Free Trade Agreement American Job Loss

January 12th, 2011

The USA/Korea free trade deal will proceed to congress shortly. Our government is still sticking to its position that this agreement will cause a net gain of jobs in the USA.

Sadly, they have not come forward with any facts to back up that position.

More soundly the Economic Policy Institute has issued data indicating 159,000 American jobs will be lost if this deal is approved. They also show this agreement would, far from the government position that would reduce trade deficit; this agreement would actually increase our trade deficit by $16.7 billion.

It is time to stop approving these deals unless they can prove that there is actual net gain in both the number and quality of jobs.

Todd Lipscomb
Founder
MadeinUSAForever.com

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MadeinUSAForever.com On Facebook!

December 4th, 2010

Hi Everybody! I am happy to announce that MadeinUSAForever.com is finally on Facebook!

Here is a link:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Made-In-USA-Forever-MadeInUSAForevercom/137443706309785?ref=ts&v=wall#!/pages/Made-In-USA-Forever-MadeInUSAForevercom/137443706309785

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Computer Virus Hits Iran Nuclear Effort

November 24th, 2010

According to news reports, Iran’s effort to enrich uranium to build nuclear weapons has been dealt a setback by a complex, difficult to eradicate computer virus that has brought down their computer systems.

In one bit of good news in the effort to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, Iranian government and industrial computer systems overseeing advanced industrial equipment have apparently been brought to their knees by the so called “Stuxnet” worm.

The computers that run the actual centrifuges have been among those infected. That is the actual device that enriches the uranium were among those infected. The process has, temporally at least, been brought to a halt.

The question of who developed the Stuxnet worm remains a mystery, though fingers are being pointed at the USA, Europe, and Israel’s secret service departments. It could in fact be some other third party that does not want the world brought closer to nuclear war.

Whoever gave us this temporary respite, our government still needs to act to insure a peaceful, nuclear weapons free Middle East.

Todd Lipscomb

Founder of MadeinUSAForever.com

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Chinese Made Shopping Bags Contain Dangerous Lead

November 15th, 2010

According to multiple news reports this morning, reusable shopping bags made in China contain dangerous amounts of lead.

Here is one article: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/45963/

Please check and do not use reusable shopping bags that are made in China. They should be returned to the store where they were purchased. Due to the lead, they probably should not be put in the normal garbage or recycling bins, but may need special disposable handling, or hopefully returned to China.

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Chinese Defense Ministry Builds World’s Fastest Supercomputer

October 29th, 2010

New reports indicate China’s Defense Ministry, working with their Education Ministry, as built the world’s fastest supercomputer.

The new machine is reported to outperform the fastest American computer by 40%.

No word on the intended usage of the new device. Obviously their Ministry of Defense would be utilizing such a powerful computer for military purposes. China has been very rapidly upgrading their military capability.

This effort underlines China’s efforts to exceed the USA.
Buying imported products from China supports their efforts.

Todd Lipscomb
Founder of www.MadeinUSAForever.com

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Pakistan Gets Billions in Aid, Yet Supports Taliban

October 21st, 2010

It is very well documented that elements Pakistan’s military intelligence organization, roughly like our CIA, supports the Taliban, our enemy, in Afghanistan.

Officially, Pakistan denies supporting the Taliban, but that either means they truly do not control their own intelligence service or they are lying.

Our troops fight the Taliban everyday in Afghanistan, yet our supposed ally, Pakistan supports them with cash, resources, a haven, and likely arms too.

It gets more ironic, as we give Pakistan over $3,100,000,000 annually in military and humanitarian aid, excluding recent flood aid. That is $1.6 billion in military aid and $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid, yet they refuse to cut off support for the Taliban.

Pakistan plays a game with Washington – Give us more and more money and we will pretend to listen. For twice the money, we will even pretend to act.

Sadly, Washington gives into their act again and again. It seems clear now that tacit support of the Taliban is an extremely lucrative business for Pakistan. They pretend to be willing to act and we shovel more and more money at them. That must end.

We need to remove aid for Pakistan until the Taliban support is ended in all forms.

We have been played the fool long enough.

Todd Lipscomb
Founder of www.MadeinUSAForever.com

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New Crash Test Standards Hit Toyota & Nissan

October 8th, 2010

The US Transportation Department recently made crash test standards tougher and more realistic. Results were just released.

Some imported models that had scored very well in the past now score much worse. For example, the Toyota Camry and Nissan Versa both dropped from five stars to just three stars for their 2011 models in the key frontal crash ratings.

The Subaru Outback, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Ford Taurus all dropped from five stars to four in the same test. The Chevrolet Tahoe remained at five stars.

Why the sharp drop off for Toyota and Nissan? It could be these automakers were engineering their cars to do well on this specific test, rather than be actually safer in real life conditions.

It is important that folks buying cars be aware of the new crash test results for their and their family’s safety.

In many cases, the American-Made vehicles are a better choice from this important perspective.

Todd Lipscomb
Founder of www.MadeinUSAForever.com

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Former Rep. Gephardt & James Wolfensohn Join Board of Directors of Chinese Company with Possible Military Ties

September 23rd, 2010

Former Rep. Gephardt and James Wolfensohn who headed the World Bank from 1995 to 2005 (nominated by the USA) are latest examples of Washington insiders on a Chinese company’s payroll.

Huawei, long said to be controlled by the Chinese military, has been trying to break into the USA market for telecommunications equipment via its subsidiary Amerilink Telecon. The USA telecommunications market could be worth many hundreds of millions of dollars to them.

Gephardt and Wolfensohn have both joined its board of directors.

The Chinese military actually owns all or portions of hundreds of Chinese companies, many with assets in the USA. Some have been accused of acquiring technology that could be used for China’s military.

Huawei has also been accused of selling telecommunications equipment to both Iraq and Iran in spite of international sanctions against them.
It saddens me that not just that these two men would join such a foreign effort to penetrate the USA market for money, in effect influence peddling, but also that this is so common in Washington.

(The Wall Street Journal article on this topic: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704416904575501892440266992.html?KEYWORDS=gephardt )

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Toledo Ohio Glass Museum Built Using Imported Chinese Glass

September 8th, 2010

The recently built Toledo Museum of Art’s “Glass Pavilion”, a structure meant to honor the area’s glass making heritage, was actually built using imported Chinese glass.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the $30 million facility was indeed constructed using cheaper foreign glass in spite of the sharp irony of its purpose being to show our history as glass producing nation.

In my opinion, this unfortunate situation headlines what is wrong with the USA today – those willing to take the low bid no matter the consequences of their actions to our nation, workers, and people.

I find it very hard to believe that the facility’s management did not make this structure using American-made glass.

It is likely that the donors and government bodies that were involved in funding this facility assumed the glass for a museum honoring American glass makers would be made here in the USA. This really needs to be investigated by the appropriate authorities.

We are making good progress on increasing awareness of the importance of buying American-made products, but as long as setbacks like this Glass Pavilion fiasco can occur, we clearly have so much more to do.

Todd Lipscomb
Founder of MadeinUSAForever.com

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China Introduces New “Aircraft Carrier Killer” Missile

August 6th, 2010

The Associated Press is reporting today that China will soon be ready to deploy their new “Aircraft Carrier Killer” missile, a weapon specifically designed to destroy our super aircraft carriers in case of a conflict with China.

Here is the article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100805/ap_on_re_as/as_china_us_carrier_killer

Since WWII, our navel strategy around the globe has depended on our ability to deploy large aircraft carriers around the globe. The planes they carry being able to challenge potential enemies within their home territory.

Rather than try to match us by building their own aircraft carriers, China is cleverly developing a specialized missile meant to attack our aircraft carriers. The Dong Fong 21D will be a serious deterrent when the missile’s accuracy is improved.

Even more seriously, this weapon could eventually be sold to countries like Iran and others.

We will need to develop much better defense systems if our carrier groups are to be secure.

In the meantime, as a low tech defense, it occurs to me that huge oil tanker ships could be filled with water and sail around our aircraft carriers. That would provide decoys and a shield around our sailors.

Todd Lipscomb
Founder of www.MadeinUSAForever.com

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