Friday, October 29, 2010

The Fed Ex bomb attempt today make our Global American program Saturday even MORE on point

29 October 2010

The Fed Ex bomb attempt today make our Global American program Saturday even
MORE on point - the one antidote to mindless terrorism.

It's an American secret not even Americans realize we have. 9 am Central time on
Business 1110 AM (Houston), streamed on

Listen in and learn about an American secret -- a project that very will could
help us reduce and avoid future episodes of terror..Yemen should be included in
this program, based on events today!

If you miss it you can catch it at our "Favorite Program" Archives at

Our future security depends on our eliminating the source of the problem. In
this program you will discover what that is...and how we can build a new
strategy for AMerican global success.

Michael Fjetland*
GLobal American Series
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*Former Fortune 500 trained international attorney, conducted business
interactions in over 50 countries, international child kidnapping negotiations
in the Middle East, fraud in Europe, etc. and founder of Armor Glass
International. He has a book in process called "Better Times Ahead: April Fool"
- journals from a quarter century of travels around the world into places like
China, India, Brazil - now all leading global powerhouses. Chapters include:
"Night Train from Shanghai" which compares a rocky passenger ride -- by a laid
off entrepreneur gambling on a trip to China in 1984 -- versus the bullet trains
of China today, and much more...

The book will give Americans insight on the threats and opportunities facing us
-- at a critical time in the worst financial situation in our history. It will
offer solutions.

Our future is on the line.

In his book, Michael outlines how we can win this global Category 5 coming our
way...with countries like China and India pulling ahead of us unless we make
some smart moves NOW.

Standby for updates.

America’s Hidden Asset No One Knows About

Global American Series

America’s Hidden Asset No One Knows About

What if America had a hidden asset that builds global goodwill and bridges, but no one knew about it?

Did you know a key reason that Al Qaeda has been able to recruit suicide bombers? Because in places like nuclear-armed Pakistan, parents (mostly poor farmers who get little or nothing from their government) can’t afford to send their kids to schools, which often don’t have books, so they send them to the “free” Madrassa’s – which teach hate instead of math and science.

The situation was made worse when 20 million Pakistani’s were displaced by historic flooding this year. What if these kids had real textbooks to learn from instead? Al Qaeda thrives on ignorance and fear by people who never see a real book to learn about America or anything else. Only books can free them from extremists’ attempts at mind control.

Have you ever wondered what happens to America’s used school books?

Most end up in the trash. Yet schools in underdeveloped countries around the world have no books and can’t afford to buy even used ones. Or their latest book is forty years old! As the saying goes “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

This week on Global American radio we talk to a Seabrook, Texas couple who founded a unique program called “Books for the World” as a result of a dinner they had with a visiting Rotarian friend from South Africa. When they asked him what his country needed most, he said “books.” And so it began as a Rotary International project that is building bridges between people on a one-on-one basis. It wasn’t a government program but governments have not opposed it. You can bet the billions our government gives to the Pakistan government will NOT trickle down to the ordinary folks! This program serves those on the bottom.

Tune in this week to hear how it started in South Africa, and how schools and people from around the U.S. have participated – and how this non-government program could help Americans raise the standard of living of people with nothing who are eager to learn – generating trust and goodwill, and possibly even preventing the next terror attack on the U.S., by spreading knowledge instead of hate.

Global American radio airs Saturday at 9 am Central time on Houston Business 1110, streamed on the Internet at and available 24/7 on our website at (Click Favorite programs and then “Books for the World”).

You can find out how to help donate books, time or money at

Rotary wishes to acknowledge the following companies and individuals who have made this project possible: Angie Jimenez, Second Wind Foundation (501c3), Michael Larsson of Total Quality Books, Exel Logistics - La Porte and their customer Dow Chemical for the warehouse, handling, and loading and securing the containers, Clark Freight for collecting books and moving the containers for us, TransGulf Transportation for storing loaded containers, Seven Seas Shipping for booking all our shipments, West Gulf Container and Advanced Container who gives us the best price they can on purchasing containers and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

Michael Fjetland
Global American Series
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The 30% tax credit (up to $1,500 of the materials cost) for installing solar security film expires December 31, 2010. Don’t wait! The recent historic storm that swept the middle of the country produced massive winds that broke windows – which results in structural failure from internal wind pressure. You have until December 31, 2010 to act, since there is no guarantee the next Congress will extend this beneficial, energy saving program.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Energy Efficiency + Renewable Energy = Green JOBS by the Thousands

Energy Efficiency + Renewable Energy = Green JOBS by the Thousands

Want to cut waste and save money? Need a job? This week Global American radio talks about how average Americans can cut waste and put money in their pockets -- and ride the new Green Job industry at the same time! But an important tax credit that makes this possible is about to expire unless action is taken soon.

The average American house uses twice the electricity of a typical European house and four times the power of an Asian house. It’s not just that we have more electrical gizmos laying about but it is also due to our construction codes that have produced poorly insulated, inefficient buildings – they lack radiant barriers and have plain glass windows that allow tremendous amounts of heat into the structure – heat that must be air conditioned and paid for by higher power bills.

The silver lining is that all that “fat” makes it possible, in Texas for example, to eliminate 75% of the power plants needed in the next fifteen (15) years, simply by becoming more energy efficient in our homes and commercial buildings. According to the Texas Energy Conservation organization, it is far cheaper to cut energy use through efficiency upgrades than it is to build new power plants.

Add the growth of renewable sources of energy, such as wind power and solar, and it is possible that states like Texas could double in population the next 20 years without having to build another power plant that adds to our air pollution–while creating thousands of new green jobs and millions of dollars in new revenues that will help us compete with the likes of China -- and with other states who are pushing the efficiency envelope. A group called “Power to Save” estimates that Texas could generate over 22,000 jobs and over $300 million in revenues just from green jobs like installing solar panels and wind turbines in the next decade. Being an energy state, it is a natural extension into 21st century green technologies.

“Energy Efficiency and Green Jobs” is what we discuss this week on Global American radio at 9 am Saturday on Business 1110 AM, streamed on and also available 24/7 on our website at:

Right now there is an energy efficiency race between countries and between states. Texas, for example, is a leader in the generation of wind power but has fallen from 11 to 32nd in the most energy efficient states in the past few years. Why?

Did you know that you can get a 30% tax credit up to $1,500 to make energy efficient upgrades to your house – from adding a radiant barrier, solar security window film on your windows or a more efficient air conditioner?

Did you know that this tax credit will expire on December 31, 2010 unless people urge their Congressional representatives to extend it?

Unlike the income tax cut, this tax credit helps the little guy as much as the rich one. Energy efficiency upgrades can cut up to 30% off your utility costs – enough to pay for itself even without a tax credit!

However, the law needs improvement – it only applies to buildings with double pane windows and vinyl or wood frames – when single pane windows need solar heat relief just as much or more, regardless of frame type!

If you want to keep this tax credit that is helping the U.S. become more energy efficient and saving taxpayer’s utility costs, let your Senator and Congressional rep hear from you. You can look up your representative at

Listen in to our program this Saturday (or online) -- and give your representative a call on November 3rd (they all seem to be out of town until then!)

Michael Fjetland
Global American Series
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Saving Energy + Providing Security for Your Weakest Link

Remember the shooting at the Pentagon this week? Our security film was installed on the Pentagon after 9/11, along with the FBI building, etc. We installed it on a retired lady’s house a month ago. Five days later someone tried to break into her house while she was out. She said they were only able to make a 2” x 4” hole before they gave up and went away…! It’s on our blog at

Saturday, October 16, 2010

U.S. Military Spending: More than Next 45 Countries COMBINED – Time to Cut the Fat?

In these tough economic times one item that seems to be off the table is the Pentagon budget – despite the fact that we spend more on our military budget than the next 45 countries COMBINED. Why is it not on the table, since we are spending ourselves into bankruptcy?

Check out this spending chart compiled by Global Security:

For example, the numbers line up like this:

United States $623 billion FY08 budget [see Note 6] China $65.0 billion 2004 [see Note 1] Russia $50.0 billion [see Note 5] France $45.0 billion 2005 United Kingdom $42.8 billion 2005 est. Japan $41.75 billion 2007 Germany $35.1 billion 2003 Italy $28.2 billion 2003 South Korea $21.1 billion 2003 est. India $19.0 billion 2005 est. Saudi Arabia $18.0 billion 2005 est. Australia $16.9 billion 2006 Turkey $12.2 billion 2003 Brazil $9.9 billion 2005 est. Spain $9.9 billion 2003 Canada $9.8 billion 2003 Israel $9.4 billion

So my question is WHY is the Pentagon budget off limits to budget cuts during these tough times when it is so out of proportion to the rest of the world, at a time when our deficits are sky high?

The recent dustup over NASA’s budget involved a measly $3 billion/year increase that would have given it the resources needed to do all the space missions we have given it. Yet Congress strained at gnats to come up with that $3 billion. Yet, the payoff from commercialization of space technology is well documented – the laptops and smart phones we use today are a direct result of our push into space. There is more power in the chip that runs the auto focus for a video camera (just that chip) then in the entire Apollo 11’s computer used to take it to the moon and back in the 60’s. This advancement in our technology came from NASA, not the Pentagon.

It’s time we brought the Pentagon’s budget back down to earth, and sanity, after spending nearly $1 trillion on two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Spending the same $1 trillion on our lagging education would produce a real return that would strengthen us. In the last decade the U.S. has dropped from No. 1 too No. 12 in the number of college graduates; Texas has dropped to No. 49 out of 50 in the percentage of high school graduates). In a high tech, global economy, that is bad news.

So we have to get spending under control, especially since the ship of state hit the financial reef in 2008 when our financial markets locked up and the entire world economy took a dive.

In this day and age, how can we justify spending more on military operations than the next three dozen countries combined?

How does this make sense in terms of fiscal sanity?

Michael Fjetland
Global American Series

Friday, October 8, 2010

Decision 2010: Americans Aren’t Asking the Right Questions

8 October 2010
Global American Series

Decision 2010: Americans Aren’t Asking the Right Questions
Telling Americans What they NEED to HEAR (vs. What They Want to Hear?)

It’s Decision 2010. Are Americans asking the right questions? Our political discourse has been incredibly shallow and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ when the same people who are against spending are insisting at the same time on the top 2% getting a $700 billion, covered with borrowed money (e.g. spending!) It’s a joke, or would be if it wasn’t our future on the line.

As always, politicians are telling people what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear.

The “Global American” radio program is about what people need to hear – and asking questions Americans should be asking themselves in considering WHO to vote for.
Such as, WHY did America fall from No. 1 in Education to No. 9 in the last decade? HOW do you think we’ll lead the world when eight other countries have a higher percentage of their citizens becoming college graduates – and engineers, scientists, etc?

Why is Texas 49th of 50 states in the number of high school graduates?
HOW can Texas or anyone without skills compete in a high tech, global 21st century without leading in education and technology? By making up more credit default swaps?
Why is it that China has a global plan and now controls all the rare earth metals used to make the tail fins on bombs our jets are dropping in Afghanistan and for laser sights, while the Pentagon had no plan and now must buy the metal from a one-country monopoly?

Has any American politician explained to the American people, or even understood, why BRAZIL has boomed in the past decade, bringing millions out of poverty and into the Middle Class – while the U.S. middle class dwindled and more fell into poverty?
Have U.S. policies concentrated wealth much like Mexico’s pyramid, where a few at the top control everything -- and the rest have no economic opportunity other than being a drug mule or, if lucky, a police officer?

WHAT will it take for America to regain its No. 1 lead?

These and other thought-provoking issues voters really should be asking in this week’s “Global American Radio” program. Host Michael Fjetland saw Brazil in 1980 when it had nothing; now it has floated the largest transaction on is stock market that beats any on NY or Europe’s. Is there a lesson for America here?

What are the solutions? We discuss those also. Tune in this Saturday at Houston Business 1110 AM, streamed on and available 24/7 in our archives on

Sign up for future insights – and tune in again next week. Our goal is to get America back to No. 1 -- even when it means telling people the uncomfortable truth instead of Alice in Wonderland stories masquerading as truth in our election decisions.

Michael Fjetland
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And read the story on our blog about the lady who had someone try to break in to her house 5 days after our security film was put on her windows – and what happened!