ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
One Nation, under thumb, totally divided, with liberty and justice for none, save the ruling class.
How apropos given the current administration’s tendency to drive for a merger of state and corporate powers, not to mention its devotion to Chairman Mao and all things that defy the framers and the document to which they gave birth, known as the Constitution of the United States of America. I trust some Americans still remember that there was such a document, even if they don’t remember its content or purpose.
Yes, failed states! You know, countries in which criminals are an integral part of the government, working as one against the people. Now, I know that many readers will heretofore brand me as a crackpot conspiracy theorist. However, conspiracy theorists come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life and are without exception branded as crackpots by the mainstream media machine, save one. Indeed, the gentle readers might remember President John F. Kennedy, and I trust that none, including the mainstream media, would dare brand him as a crackpot. Yet, there is no doubt that he believed in a conspiracy of monumental proportion that was designed to enslave. For those old enough to have forgotten, I offer a refresher, and for those too young to have witnessed, I offer enlightenment.
"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed."
"And so it is to the printing press--to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news-- that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent."
JFK was assassinated only 5 months later. It is taken for granted that he was speaking of the Soviet Union in the midst of the cold war which was raging at the time, even though he had never hesitated to mention either in past speeches when referring to them. If our country as the target of his assault remains nebulous, it serves today a prophetic dissertation of its present state and institutions. By definition, a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more parties to perform an unlawful act. How profoundly that definition coincides with the policies of today, dating from the course of JFK’s time and before, when Eisenhower praised the seminal actions of the CIA in the 1953 deposition of the democratic rule of Mohammed Mosaddeq in deference to the royal rule of Shah Reza Pahlavi – many more followed, like the assassination of Patrice Lumumba in the Congo. Didn’t we wage a revolution to free ourselves from the yoke of autocratic rule?
I can imagine God, as He was tending to Godly things, suddenly perk at the insignificant crewman’s assertion, taking final umbrage at all the chatter about the big boat, and thinking: “So this is what it’s come to… Hmmm….” And then there was that iceberg.
Raise capital – Create wealth – Allow people to have jobs. Then repeat the process, just like the sowing of seeds, a virtuous cycle.
This requires just a brief introduction to what I call the Great Interloper – The Fed. The Federal Reserve was created in 1913, largely as a response to a series of financial panics or bank runs, particularly the severe panic of 1907. Over time, the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System have expanded and its structure evolved. Its duties today, according to official Federal Reserve documentation, fall into four general areas:
1. Conducting the nation's monetary policy by influencing monetary and credit conditions in the economy in pursuit of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates.
2. Supervising and regulating banking institutions to ensure the safety and soundness of the nation's banking and financial system, and protect the credit rights of consumers.
3. Maintaining stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets.
4. Providing financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions, including playing a major role in operating the nation's payments system.
Well now, “Over time… the responsibilities have expanded.” To be sure! Can we not more properly call this both an understatement and a misnomer? Perhaps “The System of Imperial Financial Control” would be more suitable.
The Federal Reserve System is described as subject to the Administrative Procedure Act. It is not "owned" by anyone and is "not a private, profit-making institution.” It further describes itself as "an independent entity within the government, having both public purposes and private aspects." In particular, neither the Federal Reserve System nor its component banks are owned by the US Federal Government. At this point, the boys at Goldman Sachs might lend a slender giggle
Just suppose I told you that you could borrow one million dollars for one month at .6% annum (please note the decimal). After one month, you must return it with interest, a hardy five hundred bucks. Would you take that deal? In a situation of manifold rising markets, anyone would be crazy not to. Perhaps you’re still apprehensive - risk to principle is there nonetheless… Let me then offer you this – if it doesn’t work out and you lose money, I’ll give you another million next month to try again. How’s that? Still uneasy? Okay, if in month two you lose both Boardwalk and Park Place, we’ll roll everything over into month three with an increase in principle to really shore you up for your next venture.
Ah, I can hear some readers laughing incredulously, but that’s exactly how the banks have been treated in this scandalous affair of bailouts. And what have they done with the dough? Goldman says they Create Jobs, but in reality they have been chasing rising assets to Create Wealth, not for us or for those phantom enterprises, but for themselves as they manufacture yet another asset bubble rife with greed and corruption – the virtual hot potato baked red hot on cheap money finding its way into every market conceivable other than that of building anything for the creation of jobs. What do you suppose will happen in the end? – the same people who lost more than they thought they ever could in the last debacle will again place their confidence in current obscure remedies and feigned congressional outrage to reinvest once more at the heels of Goldman Sachs, to make up that lost ground, and yet again be caught on another unsinkable ship.
If God works in the lives of men, dispensing due recompense according to their deeds, His work no less, have the players on Wall Street not taken notice of the euphemistic icebergs it has hit already? Whether one believes in an ethereal power or is ardent in disbelief of anything beyond the parameters of human endeavor, simple physics should burn a warning into the heart – banging into icebergs repeatedly not only sinks mighty ships, but soon finds them bearing no passengers at all, a more pungent euphemism for decline and abandonment.
The U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency is in peril as it steadily falls in the wake of perpetual printing by The Fed to fund illegitimate wars and lifestyles of excess; it is a precursor for the failing confidence in America as a responsible leader, and brings her ever-closer to the precipice of disintegration and leaves it fading in the distance with its beacon of hope and promise so ingrained in its history and extolled by the Statue of Liberty – the first grand sight of all immigrants who enter her harbor. All for a few dollars more, forsaking the best of life, scoffing that those things might be free, in exchange for cheap imported trinkets. Quick, pass me that shiny object.
“Oh, by the way,” Blankfein asks, excited at the prospects, “about that Golden Rule… Is it really made of gold?”
And the Virtuous Cycle Continues.
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