Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Musical Interlude: David Gates, “Suite, Clouds & Rain”

David Gates, “Suite, Clouds & Rain”
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUwUKi9ouEc&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Following an ancient galaxy-galaxy collision 200 million light-years from Earth, debris from a gas-rich galaxy, NGC 5291, was flung far into intergalactic space. NGC 5291 and the likely interloper, also known as the "Seashell" galaxy, are captured near the center of this spectacular scene. The sharp, ground-based telescopic image looks toward the galaxy cluster Abell 3574 in the southern constellation Centaurus. 
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Stretched along the 100,000 light-year long tidal tails, are clumps resembling dwarf galaxies, but lacking old stars, apparently dominated by young stars and active star forming regions. Found to be unusually rich in elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, the dwarf galaxies were likely born in intergalactic space, recycling the enriched debris from NGC 5291 itself.”

The Poet: Wendell Berry, “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”

“The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”

“I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my
 inheritance and destiny, so be it. If it is my mission
 to go in at exits and come out at entrances, so be it.
 I have planted by the stars in defiance of the experts,
 and tilled somewhat by incantation and by singing,
 and reaped, as I knew, by luck and Heaven's favor,
 in spite of the best advice. If I have been caught
 so often laughing at funerals, that was because
 I knew the dead were already slipping away,
 preparing a comeback, and can I help it?
 And if at weddings I have gritted and gnashed
 my teeth, it was because I knew where the bridegroom
 had sunk his manhood, and knew it would not
 be resurrected by a piece of cake. ‘Dance,’ they told me,
 and I stood still, and while they stood
 quiet in line at the gate of the Kingdom, I danced.
 ‘Pray,’ they said, and I laughed, covering myself
 in the earth's brightnesses, and then stole off gray
 into the midst of a revel, and prayed like an orphan.
 When they said, ‘I know my Redeemer liveth,’
 I told them, ‘He's dead.’ And when they told me
 ‘God is dead,’ I answered, ‘He goes fishing every day
 in the Kentucky River. I see Him often.’
 When they asked me would I like to contribute
 I said no, and when they had collected
 more than they needed, I gave them as much as I had.
 When they asked me to join them I wouldn't,
 and then went off by myself and did more
 than they would have asked. ‘Well, then,’ they said
 ‘go and organize the International Brotherhood
 of Contraries,’ and I said, ‘Did you finish killing
 everybody who was against peace?’ So be it.
 Going against men, I have heard at times a deep harmony
 thrumming in the mixture, and when they ask me what
 I say I don't know. It is not the only or the easiest
 way to come to the truth. It is one way.”

- Wendell Berry


"Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road,
but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence."
- Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

“So Where Are We?”

“So Where Are We?”
by Zen Gardner

"We’re in the thick of it. My biggest concern? So many have been warned and so few have heeded. You can’t even count how many seriously weird things are going down, practically all of them carefully designed, and an intoxicated world dutifully falls into line robotically. That’s the weirdest thing of all.

The engineers we’re up against are in a very powerful position and are not afraid to use it. Besides the other idiocies transpiring in full frontal view, the MSM now joins the asteroid meme saying, “Get canned food, the asteroid is approaching..”, all while the government says preppers and hoarders are potential terrorists.

Push me, pull me. Typical. The world is such a shitty place to live right now if you listen to these morons’ interpretations and scripted propaganda. But what else can you get during this clampdown? Everything’s fear and control propaganda. Steer clear of it all is my advice. Financial scams, military scare tactics, phony baloney media plays…. stand clear.

It’s f****ed up to the core if you look at it honestly. Between EU declarations that you can’t grow your own seeds, to the UN gun control resolution while governments militarily wreck desired countries and arm extremists worldwide to overthrow their latest Malthusian inspired targets… we have a serious disconnect.

When Monsanto gets a free pass to not only deliver worldwide health crippling genetic changes in plant and animal life…but to even PATENT it… AND get governmental protection… we have a serious disconnect.

When police are allowed to incarcerate and kill at will any arbitrarily selected “suspect” or “dissident”, without due process… we have a serious disconnect.

When it comes to the beyond Orwellian global armed drone deployment for not just surveillance, but global almost random murder of untried “suspects” anywhere, including in the home countries of these insane “freedom defending” devices… we have a serious disconnect.

And there’s so much more. Damn.

Politics? Our NeoCon Zionist Masonic Illuminati infested governmental structure, here and elsewhere, is a sick joke on an induced psychotic, sedated humanity. And “it’s everywhere you wanna be”, you can count on it.

Don’t take anything for granted, it ain’t what you think it is. On top of it, we’re infiltrated to the core and lied to beyond comprehension. There are people around you that would sell you out for a Big Mac. That’s the world we’re “quantitatively easing” into, as they like to say.

Surreal. By your permission, mind you dear participant.

And the reason for the big terms, big concepts, “too big to fail” and the like? Mega bullshit to carry the unsuspecting MSG/GMO/Aspartame media addicts into the next spiritual torture chamber, something for further indoctrination, breeding, bleeding and seeding. “Energy tapping” if you will. We’re not really useless eaters, kind of useful feeders. Sorry, that’s the ugly truth about this dirty matrix we’re seeing this temporary full fruition of.

Take it or leave it. But I’m of a firm conviction that it’s either get this goddamn lie front and center in your focus and admit it’s real and do something about it, or it’s bye bye.

Time to decide. That’s the truth. Now act… and deal with it responsibly, lovingly, but truthfully. Just don’t be another ignorant, unresponsive lump of dead ass unlit coal. There’s plenty of that around doing no good to anyone including themselves. They think themselves into unresponsive oblivion while thinking they understand.

If you’re reading this I suspect you’re looking for affirmations of what you already know to be true. Light it up. Do it. Act on it. That’s the key. Never fear. Fear is their vibe, their control mechanism, to induce unquestioning  paralyzing thought and inaction. Be who you truly are. It’s that simple. The rest will follow. Simply be you.”
Source: http://www.zengardner.com/

"Manifest Your Potential"

“Come find a purpose in life... what you are good at and learn how to become a master or expert at it. This site is full of ideas, insights, and tools to help individuals, life coaches, career counselors, and job coaches. You can go on a journey of self discovery to learn about what you were born to do, with a recipe for defining your life purpose and area of mastery and life purpose statement examples to help you be inspired. Or you can explore ideas about what makes you unique, and then how to turn those ideas into an awesome work portfolio and master resume. I also provide my personal recommendations for books, tools, and online resources so you and your clients can take the next step and know you are doing the right thing for your life and career. Just look at the bottom of each page for ideas, as well as the side menus for inspiring quotes and movies.”

The Daily "Near You?"

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"How We Go Through Life..."

"It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with
dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very 
dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome."
   - Joseph Conrad, "Lord Jim"

Psychology: "The Rewards of Doing 'Something'"

"The Rewards of Doing 'Something'"
by Divya Menon, Association for Psychological Science
“People don't really care what they're doing- just as long as they are doing something. That's one of the findings summarized in an article published in “Current Directions in Psychological Science”, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. When psychologists think about why people do what they do, they tend to look for specific goals, attitudes, and motivations. But they may be missing something more general- people like to be doing something. These broader goals, to be active or inactive, may have a big impact on how they spend their time.

Author Dolores Albarracin of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says she started paying attention to people's different levels of activity in various countries and saw how much busier people are in the US relative to other areas. "People have this inclination to do more, even if what they do is trivial," she says. In recent years, she has been doing research on how people feel about activity, including how easily she could change the level of activity that people aimed for. In one set of experiments, for example, she found that getting people to think about physical activity made them more interested in political activity. Albarracin co-wrote the review article with Justin Hepler and Melanie Tannenbaum, also of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Experiments have shown that the desire for activity is quite strong; people will go to a lot of trouble to maintain their desired level of activity, which can include unhealthy behaviors. Many psychologists have "the idea that people have these highly specific goals," Albarracin says. "But quite often some significant proportion of our time is engaged in this global level- we want to do something, but what we do ends up not mattering much. You could end up with productive behavior, like work, or impulsive behavior, like drug use."

The main obstacle to progress, according to Gurdjieff, was the mechanical nature of contemporary man, and his inability to carry anything through. From “In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching” by P. D. Ouspensky: "Everything happens. All that befalls a man, all that is done by him, all that comes from him- all this happens. Man is a machine. All his deeds, actions, words, thoughts, feelings, convictions, opinions, and habits are the results of external influences, external impressions. Out of himself a man cannot produce a single thought, a single action. Everything he says, does, thinks, feels- all this happens. Man cannot discover anything, invent anything. It all happens...

Everything happens- popular movements, wars, revolutions, changes of government, all this happens. And it happens in exactly the same way as everything happens in the life of individual man. Man is born, lives, dies, builds houses, writes books, not as he wants to, but as it happens. Everything happens. Man does not love, hate, desire- all this happens. There is another kind of mechanization which is much more dangerous: being a machine oneself. Have you ever thought about the fact that all peoples themselves are machines?" 

"Yes," I said, "from the strictly scientific point of view all people are machines governed by external influences. But the question is, can the scientific point of view be wholly accepted?"

"Scientific or not scientific is all the same to me," said G. "I want you to understand what I am saying. Look, all those people you see," he pointed along the street, "are simply machines- nothing more." "I think I understand what you mean," I said. "And I have often thought how little there is in the world that can stand against this form of mechanization and choose its own path." 

"This is just where you make your greatest mistake," said G. "You think there is something that chooses its own path, something that can stand against mechanization; you think that not everything is equally mechanical."

"Why, of course not!" I said. "Art, poetry, thought, are phenomena of quite a different order." "Of exactly the same order," said G. "These activities are just as mechanical as everything else. Men are machines and nothing but mechanical actions can be expected of machines." "Very well," I said. "But are there no people who are not machines? 

"It may be that there are," said G., "only not those people you see. And you do not know them. That is what I want you to understand."

"People are so unlike one another," I said. "I do not think it would be possible to bring them all under the same heading. There are savages, there are mechanized people, there are intellectual people, there are geniuses."

"Quite right," said G., "people are very unlike one another, but the real difference between people you do not know and cannot see. The difference of which you speak simply does not exist. This must be understood. All the people you see, all the people you know, all the people you may get to know, are machines, actual machines working solely under the power of external influences, as you yourself said. Machines they are born and machines they die. How do savages and intellectuals come into this? Even now, at this very moment, while we are talking, several millions of machines are trying to annihilate one another. What is the difference between them? Where are the savages and where are the intellectuals? They are all alike. But there is a possibility of ceasing to be a machine."
- http://www.sott.net/

Free download:
P. D. Ouspensky, “In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching” 

"We're All Waiting..."

"We're all sinking in the same boat here. We're all bored and desperate and waiting for something to happen. Waiting for life to get better. Waiting for things to change. Waiting for that one person to finally notice us. We're all waiting. But we also need to realize that we all have the power to make those changes for ourselves."
- Susane Colasanti

The Economy: “30 Charts Proving We’re In The Mother of All Financial Bubbles”

“30 Charts Proving We’re In The Mother of All Financial Bubbles”
by Craig Wilson

“Sentiment about the U.S economy continues to rise, but the looming threat of financial bubbles and economic crisis on a global scale could not be higher. “The ‘big, fat, ugly bubble’ that Trump as a presidential candidate identified in the stock market is real and is currently being allowed to fester. Financial bubbles have multiple facets (China, property market, etc) and could very well be expanded beyond this list. But selected below you will find 30 charts from government, private sector and independent research outlets proving that we’re in the mother of all bubbles. The higher these bubbles get, the more dangerous the fall.”
Please view this lengthy and highly informative article here:

"How It Really Is"

"Legend Has It: Winston Churchill vs. Nancy Astor"

"Winston Churchill vs. Nancy Astor"
by Madame dePique

"Once upon a time in the British Parliament, more precisely in the House of Commons,  the juiciest gossip topic apart the outbreak of a new World War and the perpetual conflicts with Berlin was the enmity between prominent politician Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965), then occupying the privileged position of Prime Minister, and the audacious Viscountess Nancy Astor (1879–1964 ), known to be the first woman sitting as a Member of the Parliament, who, from some reason or another, could not at all live in mutual tolerance.

The two were reputed for a series of sarcastic dialogues whose lines were ping-ponged on the halls of Westminster Palace to the delight of the many accidental witnesses that obviously couldn’t refrain a smile when hearing such virulent interlocutions like the following:

Nancy Astor: “Winston, you are drunk.”
Winston Churchill: “And you, madam, are ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning!”

Any other lady would’ve slapped him, offended by this type of rudeness which seemed as if taken from Oscar Wilde’s plays, but not our Nancy, no, for she was an adept of intelligent revenge and on numerous times had the chance to retort smartly a mocking proposition to equal the score. Thus, when the stout Winston attempted to both tease and ridicule her by stating that “having a woman in Parliament is like having one intrude” on him “in the bathroom”, she serenely replied: “You’re not handsome enough to have such fears”, provoking general dissimulated laughter amongst the stiff diplomats, we can imagine, to her satisfaction.

Also, at his impolite question about what disguise he should wear so that nobody could recognize him at the Astor’s “stupid” masquerade ball, Nancy ironically responded using rhetoric: “Why don’t you come sober, Prime Minister?”

Yet by far my favorite is the immortal exchange of witty words which Consuelo, Duchess of Malborough, registers in her “the Glitter and the Gold” autobiography: “Lady Astor and Winston were actuated by a strong antipathy one for the other, so much so that one never invited them together, dreading the inevitable explosion bound to occur. It was therefore unfortunate than on one of her visits to Blenheim, when my son was host, Churchill should have chosen to appear. The expected result of their encounter was not long in coming; after a heated argument on some trivial matter Nancy, with a fervor whose sincerity could not be doubted, shouted, ‘If I were you wife I would poison your coffee!’ Whereupon Winston with equal heat and sincerity answered ‘And if I were your husband I would drink it!’”

Legend has it someone once asked Winston Churchill how his wife was? 
The answer, dripping Churchillian wit: “Compared to what?” 

Musical Interlude: Little River Band, "Help Is On It's Way"

Little River Band, "Help Is On It's Way"

"Is President Trump Doing Management Wrong?"

"Is President Trump Doing Management Wrong?"
by Scott Adams

"I made the mistake of turning on CNN yesterday and saw all the hypnotized pundits trying to work the secret persuasion word “chaos” into every comment about President Trump. That’s your tell that none of the pundits are offering independent opinions. They are part of the hive mind led by some uncredited persuader on their side. Someone told them to say “chaos” a lot, and so they do. This might signal the return of Godzilla. Reminds me of “dark,” their hive-mind word for the summer of 2016.

It appears that Trump’s counter-persuasion for “chaos” involves framing his administration as “disruptive.” That’s a good persuasion move because it doesn’t deny the observations. A disruption looks a lot like chaos from the outside. Two movies on one screen.

The interesting question to me is this: How do we know whether President Trump is doing a good job or a bad one? What standard do we use for comparison? If you are not comparing Trump’s performance to some objective standard, you’re not saying anything at all.

Does it make sense to compare President Trump’s performance to an imaginary president who didn’t get elected? I don’t think science recognizes your imagination as the base case for an experiment. It just feels like it should be. That’s an illusion.

Does it make sense to compare President Trump’s performance to past presidents who got a lot done in the first week? Well, maybe, if such a person existed. No one has ever tried moving at Trump’s speed before. We expect the slow-moving traditional leader to create less “chaos” than the entrepreneurial and disruptive leader. But don’t you have to include the benefits in this comparison? The whole point of Trump’s flurry of activity is that he’s trying to create good outcomes. We don’t know if the good outcomes will pan out. All we know is that it was a bit messy at the start. 

Is being a bit messy a sign of a problem? Not if you’re the entrepreneurial, disruptive, candidate of change who just got elected.

Let me explain another management concept that the pundits don’t understand because, generally speaking, they don’t have the right kind of education or experience to analyze a business process.  There are two basic styles of management. One is the cautious style of Fortune 500 companies. The other is the rapid-iteration and A/B testing style of entrepreneurs. Trump is bringing the latter style to the office. The markers for this style of management include:

1. Rapid and decisive hiring and firing.
2. Bias toward action. 
3. Rapid A/B testing. Release the early beta version and judge reactions. Adjust accordingly.
4. Emphasis on the psychology of success. Entrepreneurial management includes lots of persuasion and bullshit because entrepreneurs have to fake it until they make it. In other words, they have to create demand via persuasion.

Compare that management style to a large company style. Big companies move slowly in both hiring and firing. They get caught in “analysis paralysis” because no one wants to be seen as making a mistake. And they don’t do rapid testing and iteration with consumers. They try to get it right before any customers see the product. 

The world is watching Trump trade some “chaos” to get the benefits of entrepreneurial management. It’s fast and messy, but he’s testing in real time. He’s watching protests. He’s watching news coverage. He’s watching social media. And he’s rapidly adjusting as needed. The net effect of Trump’s bias for action in his first week is that he created a presidential brand of being the most action-oriented president of all time. Your first impression will be sticky. If things work out for Trump, you will forget any temporary “chaos” and remember him as the most effective president in history. Success fixes everything. Every entrepreneur knows that.

The smartest person I know told me that the secret to business success does NOT necessarily involve hiring the right people. We just think it does. The real secret to success is firing the people that you discover to be the wrong fit until eventually you END UP with the right people. No one is psychic enough to do hiring right every time. Job applicants are good at misrepresenting themselves. But a good leader knows which employees to fire and does it quickly and humanely.

Trump fires well. We saw him fire campaign managers as needed to restaff for each phase of his campaign. Lewandowski was perfect for the scrappy first months. Manafort was the right campaign manager to get Trump through the nomination process. And Conway was the right pick as his closer.

I’m not suggesting that everything Trump does is the right move. Quite the opposite. I’m suggesting that he has chosen an entrepreneurial management style that is guaranteed to create more small-scale unforced errors than you might see from a boring Fortune 500 management style. If Trump quickly fixes his unforced errors, you’re seeing a style done right, not wrong. 

If you see a pundit crying “chaos” about Trump’s early moves, you’re probably seeing someone with no entrepreneurial management experience. In the startup world, speed has replaced intelligence whenever you can rapidly test*. Doing things quickly, and adjusting as needed, often gets you to a faster/better result than planning a moonshot that has exactly one path to success. 

Obviously you want to match the management style to the situation. The messy entrepreneurial style might work great for fixing “systems” in the government, such as healthcare and immigration. It should work against ISIS too. And I expect it will be great for negotiating with other countries because they don’t know what to expect. 

But sometimes you need to get it right the first time because the stakes are high. Those situations will be obvious to any president. I wouldn’t worry about President Trump launching some nukes just to see how it turns out. 

A good way to tell whether a pundit or citizen understands the field of risk management well enough to critique Trump’s performance is to ask how they view his history of bankruptcies. If a person thinks those bankruptcies are a sign of poor management, they probably don’t know much about business. But if they understand the few bankruptcies– out of hundreds of projects– as part of a diversification strategy with good risk management that siloed off the losers, you might be seeing someone who understands business."

Monday, January 30, 2017

"Arguing That You Don’t Care About The Right To Privacy Because You Have Nothing To Hide Is No Different Than Saying You Don’t Care About Free Speech Because You Have Nothing To Say"

"Arguing That You Don’t Care About The Right To Privacy Because 
You Have Nothing To Hide Is No Different Than Saying You 
Don’t Care About Free Speech Because You Have Nothing To Say"
by WashingtonsBlog

"Most Americans value privacy and oppose mass surveillanceThe minority who don’t– and who think spying is okay because they have “nothing to hide”–  are grossly misinformed (and don’t know that spying is meant to crush dissent and consolidate power… not stop terrorism).

Edward Snowden noted: "Some might say “I don’t care if they violate my privacy; I’ve got nothing to hide.” Help them understand that they are misunderstanding the fundamental nature of human rights. Nobody needs to justify why they “need” a right: the burden of justification falls on the one seeking to infringe upon the right. But even if they did, you can’t give away the rights of others because they’re not useful to you. More simply, the majority cannot vote away the natural rights of the minority. But even if they could, help them think for a moment about what they’re saying. Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say."

Alan Shore, “Closing Argument”

Musical Interlude: Arnd Stein, “Besinnlichkeit”

Arnd Stein, “Besinnlichkeit”

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Drifting through the one-horned constellation Monoceros, these dusty streamers and new born stars are part of the active Monoceros R2 star-forming region, embedded in a giant molecular cloud. The cosmic scene was recorded by the VISTA survey telescope in near-infrared light. Visible light images show dusty NGC 2170, seen here just right of center, as a complex of bluish reflection nebulae. 
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But this penetrating near-infrared view reveals telltale signs of ongoing star formation and massive young stars otherwise hidden by the dust. Energetic winds and radiation from the hot young stars reshape the natal interstellar clouds. Close on the sky to the star-forming Orion Nebula, the Monoceros R2 region is almost twice as far away, about 2700 light-years distant. At that distance, this vista spans about 80 light-years.”

Chet Raymo, “The Journey”

“The Journey”
by Chet Raymo

Here's a deep-deep sky map of the universe from "Nature." The horizontal scale is a 360 view right around the sky; the vertical gaps at 6 hours and 24 hours are the parts of the universe that are blocked to our view by the disk of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The vertical scale - distance from Earth - is logarithmic (10, 100, 1000, etc.) measured in megaparsecs (a parsec equals 3.26 light-years). Across the top is the Big Bang, and the oldest and most distant thing we can see, the cosmic microwave background, the radiation of the Big Bang itself. A few relatively nearby galaxies are designated at the bottom. All that stuff in the middle that looks like smoke or dusty cobwebs are quasars and galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

A smoke of galaxies! A universe cobwebbed with Milky Ways! Each galaxy itself a smoke of stars, hundreds of billions of stars, many or all of them with planets. My book, "Walking Zero", is about the human journey from the omphalos of our birth into the world of the galaxies, a journey many of us are disinclined to make. Here is how the Prologue to the book begins:

"Each of us is born at the center of the world. For nine months our physical selves are assembled molecule by molecule, cell by cell, in the dark covert of our mother's womb. A single fertilized egg cell splits into two. Then four. Eight. Sixteen. Thirty-two. Ultimately, 50 trillion cells or so. At first, our future self is a mere blob of protoplasm. But slowly, ever so slowly, the blob begins to differentiate under the direction of genes. A symmetry axis develops. A head, a tail, a spine. At this point, the embryo might be that of a human, or a chicken, or a marmoset. Limbs form. Digits, with tiny translucent nails. Eyes, with papery lids. Ears pressed like flowers against the head. Clearly now a human. A nose, nostrils. Downy hair. Genitals.

As the physical self develops, so too a mental self takes shape, not yet conscious, not yet self-aware, knitted together as webs of neurons in the brain, encapsulating in some respects the evolutionary experience of our species. Instincts impressed by the genes. The instinct to suck, for example. Already, in the womb, the fetus presses its tiny fist against its mouth in anticipation of the moment when the mouth will be offered the mother's breast. The child will not have to be taught to suck. Other inborn behaviors will express themselves later. Laughing. Crying. Striking out in anger. Loving.

What, if anything, goes on in the mind of the developing fetus we may never know. But this much seems certain: To the extent that the emerging self has any awareness of its surroundings, its world is coterminous with itself. We are not born with knowledge of the antipodes, the plains of Mars, or the far-flung realm of the galaxies. We are not born with knowledge of Precambrian seas, the supercontinent of Pangea, or the Age of Dinosaurs. We are born into a world scarcely older than ourselves and scarcely larger than ourselves. And we are at its center.

A human life is a journey into the grandeur of a universe that may contain more galaxies than there are cells in the human body, a universe in which the whole of a human lifetime is but a single tick of the cosmic clock. The journey can be disorienting; our first instincts are towards coziness, comfort, our mother's enclosing arms, her breast. The journey, therefore, requires courage- for each individual, and for our species.

Uniquely of all animals, humans have the capacity to let our minds expand into the space and time of the galaxies. No other creatures can number the cells in their bodies, as we can, or count the stars. No other creatures can imagine the explosive birth of the observable universe 14 billion years ago from an infinitely hot, infinitely small seed of energy. That we choose to make this journey - from the all-sustaining womb into the vertiginous spaces and abyss of time - is the glory of our species, and perhaps our most frightening challenge."

The Poet: Margaret Atwood, "The Moment"

"The Moment"

"The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,
is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can't breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming. 
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.

It was always the other way round."

- Margaret Atwood
"Morning in the Burned House"

"I Wish You Enough"

"I Wish You Enough"
by Bob Perks

"I never really thought that I'd spend as much time in airports as I do. I don't know why. I always wanted to be famous and that would mean lots of travel. But I'm not famous, yet I do see more than my share of airports. I love them and I hate them. I love them because of the people I get to watch. But they are also the same reason why I hate airports. It all comes down to "hello" and "goodbye." I must have mentioned this a few times while writing my stories for you.

I have great difficulties with saying goodbye. Even as I write this I am experiencing that pounding sensation in my heart. If I am watching such a scene in a movie I am affected so much that I need to sit up and take a few deep breaths. So when faced with a challenge in my life I have been known to go to our local airport and watch people say goodbye. I figure nothing that is happening to me at the time could be as bad as having to say goodbye. Watching people cling to each other, crying, and holding each other in that last embrace makes me appreciate what I have even more. Seeing them finally pull apart, extending their arms until the tips of their fingers are the last to let go, is an image that stays forefront in my mind throughout the day.

On one of my recent business trips, when I arrived at the counter to check in, the woman said, "How are you today?" I replied, "I am missing my wife already and I haven't even said goodbye." She then looked at my ticket and began to ask, "How long will you... Oh, my God. You will only be gone three days!" We all laughed. My problem was I still had to say goodbye. But I learn from goodbye moments, too.

Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish you enough." She in turn said, "Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy." They kissed and she left. He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?" "Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing.

"Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?" I asked. "I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back would be for my funeral," he said. "When you were saying goodbye I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?" He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more. "When we said 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them," he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory...
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."

He then began to sob and walked away. My friends, I wish you enough!"

The Daily "Near You?"

Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Deep State's Doomsday Bug"

"The Deep State's Doomsday Bug"
by Bill Bonner

"My contact- a former CIA Director- died mysteriously, just after revealing a powerful network of insiders who pull America’s strings. This is my attempt to expose what they’ve done… and why It cannot be stopped.

On May 6, 1996, a body was found floating face down in the shallow water of the Chesapeake Bay. It was the body of a former CIA director, a man who used to consult for me. The Charles County, Maryland police department logged it as an accidental drowning. But many of us suspect otherwise.

The surprising truth behind this mystery, strange to say, affects your life here in America… Your privacy, your community, your money, your vote in the next election… Seems incredible that one high profile “cold case” could explain so much. But as you’ll see, it’s that loose thread in the fabric of a world that’s typically invisible to you and me. A world where the money we use, the government that “serves” us, and the officials- both elected and unelected- look roughly the same as they did 50 years ago, but beneath the surface are corrupted. This story is essential to understanding what is going to happen in this country over the next couple years, and what steps you can take today to prepare yourself and your family.

Hi, my name is Bill Bonner. In the 70s, I ran one of the most important lobbying groups in Washington D.C.- the National Taxpayers Union. We fought for the American taxpayer and we fought against government waste. We tried everything, including suing the government and pushing a constitutional amendment requiring balanced federal budgets. After ten years, I realized it was hopeless. The waste we rallied against was the lifeblood of the system itself.

So I left Washington, and started a research outfit, with dozens– now hundreds– of different researchers and different points of view. It’s called “The Agora.” You’ve probably never heard of it, because it is completely private, almost underground. There are no sports stadiums with our name on them. You can’t buy our stock. We keep a low profile because it suits our business, and our personal lives. Besides, you learn by watching, not by being watched. And yet, we are now the largest financial publisher. With 2.18 million clients, we have more paid online subscribers than the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post combined.

In 1995, we hired former CIA director Bill Colby as a consultant. Bill was one of the most careful and prudent men on the planet. He had won the Silver Star twice. He had parachuted twice behind enemy lines in WWII. He had run the CIA’s Saigon headquarters in Vietnam and then directed the controversial Phoenix program. And, of course, he had run the CIA for two and a half tumultuous years. They were tumultuous because members of Congress, led by Senator Frank Church, wanted to know what the CIA was up to. Colby told the truth, which is rarely a good idea in Washington. Colby got fired.

We had turned to Colby to try to understand what was going wrong in Washington. Our private research service– offering financial analysis to everyday Americans– needed to know. We weren’t getting answers from the mainstream media. As Colby himself pointed out, the CIA had its “own men” in the media at that time.  “Just open your eyes,” he said. But his own eyes closed forever just weeks after he began consulting for us. 

On May 6, 1996, Colby’s body was found, half floating in the marshes at Rock Point, Maryland. The local coroner ruled it an accident. Maybe. But it wasn’t like Bill Colby to get up in the middle of his dinner and go for a moonlight canoe ride, alone, without his life preserver. And there was no believable explanation for why his body should wash up, 9 days after he went missing, at a place that was contrary to the currents in that area of the Chesapeake Bay.  In his death, probably more even than in his life, Bill Colby helped us to understand how the system worked. He didn’t have to reveal any secrets. As he said, we just had to open our eyes.

The system? I’m talking about the way important decisions are made... and by whom… and why. It is not the way it is described in the high school civics books. Yes, there is a Congress, an executive branch headed by the President, and a court system too. And yes, they are important parts of the puzzle. But there is a lot more.

I’m talking about the group of insiders who have real power in Washington and America. Some are elected officials. But most are not. Some live in Washington. But many do not. Some are Americans. But there are many foreigners too– from all over the world. It sounds sinister. It sounds like a conspiracy. And yes, with so much at stake, it is no surprise that this group has its enforcers and its thugs. But most of it takes place in plain view. By consensus, not force. As Bill Colby said, all you have to do is open your eyes to see it.

In the rest of this presentation, I’ll show you:

• How this group of insiders seized economic control of America more than 40 years ago; their plan to hijack your wealth today; and some basic steps you can take to protect yourself now while there’s still time.
• What really happened to Bill Colby- his connection to this powerful group, and its connection to JFK.
• The “Achilles Heel” of this group of insiders: a fatal flaw in our money system may soon lead to a complete economic breakdown.
• Why your job, your pension… your savings… your stocks and bonds… your Social Security and your medical care… even your house… could all be wiped away in this coming crisis. 

These are strong claims I know. And I accept the burden of proof. I know I must now prove them. But I will also show that it hardly matters what our “trusted leaders” think. The handwriting is already on the wall. The system cannot be saved. It will blow up, maybe very soon. I will prove that too.

Trump’s Swamp in 9 Disturbing Images: Let’s begin with the most basic facts. From the end of WWII until the mid-‘70s, almost everyone in America got richer. Then, something changed. After the ‘70s, only some people got richer.
As you can see, the typical American man is poorer today than he was 40 years ago. But the top fifth percentile [or 20%] is 50% richer:
And the top 1% have increased their income by 200%:
What happened that would cause the rich to get so much richer? Let’s look at what else was going on. Interest rates were coming down:
Which caused people to borrow a lot more money:
And here we see something else. Much of the borrowed money entered the financial sector, pushing up stock and bond prices.
This, too, helped make Wall Street and the rich richer. But all this debt and stock market wealth did NOT help the economy. In fact, it hurt it:
And it greatly reduced the number of real “breadwinner” jobs, the kind of jobs that allow you to support a family. I’m talking about teachers, engineers, construction workers, lawyers, and plumbers.
In other words, most people were going deeper and deeper into debt, and earning less money, while the economy was slowing down. What could possibly cause such a thing? At the peak of 2 millennia of progress, with more than 15 million PhDs, 25,000 universities, trillions of dollars’ worth of capital, mind boggling technological advances, and almost all the world’s knowledge available on the internet… Why would growth stall?

How could most people get poorer, even without a depression? And this happened even as the authorities ‘stimulated’ the economy with more money and credit than ever before in history. Yes, you can see that too, in this chart of central bank holdings:
As you can see, something is wrong. The economy is slowing. Debt is growing. And most people are getting poorer, while the rich gain more than any time in history.

Keep reading- we’ll see who’s behind these changes, and how they’re going to cause a complete breakdown in this country… But first, let’s circle back to Bill Colby. To understand why the future in America is so predictable we need only take a glimpse into our recent past.

Memories of Bill Colby came back to me this summer, as I was “connecting the dots” of the Presidential race. Donald Trump had pledged to shake things up. Was it true? Could Mr. Trump win? And if he did win, could he put a brake on the system that was destroying the US economy and its middle class? At the time of Colby’s death, in 1996, I brushed off the incident. Spies made enemies. One of them must have whacked him. Since then, our view of ‘the system’ has become clearer. Now we have a clearer idea of who those enemies were and why they might have wanted him out of the way.

Unlike his predecessor, Colby cooperated with the Church Commission, investigating the Watergate break in. Then, he fired James Angleton. Angleton is a legendary figure in the intelligence community. This is where several dots need to be connected.    

In 1963, Angleton went on the hunt for imbedded Soviet agents. The hunt got to be a bit of a mania, and may have led Mr. Angleton off the rails. We don’t know for sure, but it was alleged that he was involved with Lee Harvey Oswald and that he kept a rogue group of assassins ready to do his dirty work. When John F. Kennedy was murdered, fingers pointed in Angleton’s direction. A Soviet defector, Yuri Nosenko, claimed to have worked with Oswald in Moscow and claimed to have information that implicated Angleton. Lawyer Mark Lane was more direct, accusing Angleton of conspiring with assassins to kill Kennedy.

I don’t have any further knowledge of this than I have told you here. Like so many stories from the intelligence agencies, there is a counter-claim for every claim, and a double agent for every loyal one. You don’t know what to believe.

But we do know that Kennedy died less than 3 years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of a behind-the-scenes shift in Washington DC that had “grave implications” for America. On January 17, 1961, after 46 years in public service, Ike delivered his farewell address to the American people. He referenced the 3 wars America had just fought. He expressed pride in America’s strength and wished the best for his successor, John F. Kennedy. But Ike also issued an unprecedented warning that almost no one paid attention to at the time. He exposed a group of unelected insiders that threatened to take full control of the U.S. government. He revealed the dark side of American power…a shadow government. In 1961, General Eisenhower continued his prescient warning:”The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Just three days after Ike’s farewell speech, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy took Eisenhower’s farewell warning seriously, and took on this unelected cabal of powerful insiders. JFK even wanted to disband a major part of the shadow government for good before they grew too powerful. Following Eisenhower’s warning, he threatened to: “Splinter them into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds…”

Soon after, JFK was assassinated. There are many controversies around JFK’s murder. Who did it? Why? We don’t know. But we do know that, 10 years later, Bill Colby fired Angleton and seemed to be dismantling the rogue elements of the CIA from the inside. Then, he was abruptly relieved of his post in what was called the “Halloween Massacre” in 1975.  He and Defense Secretary James Schlesinger were replaced by two people considered more ‘reliable’ assets – Donald Rumsfeld at the Defense Department and George H.W. Bush at the CIA. 

All we know for sure is that, since then, no other president and no other CIA director has dared challenge what has been called the “Deep State”… the Parasitocracy… or the Kleptocracy. These words all refer to the same thing – the people who have real power in Washington and America.

But these cloak and dagger stories are not really of interest to us in themselves. They show the reach and ruthlessness of the Deep State’s enforcers. And they suggest that no one politician– even a president– is likely to be able to make substantial changes in the way the country is run.  In fact, a half-century after the Kennedy assassination the insider elite is now so well established at every level of government and in every major industry, there would be no need to assassinate a president. The revolution has already happened. Congress, the administration, the Pentagon, the intelligence agencies, the medical sector, education, Wall Street– it is all under Deep State control. There is no further need for violence. 

If a true reformer were elected, neither Congress nor the bureaucracy would support his proposals. The mainstream press would sneer at them. And university professors– especially Ph.D. economists– would oppose them.  And experts from tax-exempt think tanks would explain all the reasons why they were ill advised and unworkable.  

When Eisenhower warned about the military-industrial complex he was referring to what he knew best– the Pentagon bureaucracy and the companies that depend on military contracts for their revenues. But today, there is a much larger “complex” of public agencies, elected representatives, private businesses, global banks, universities, non-profit and do-gooder organizations…

The “Deep State”: Consider Timothy Geithner, Obama’s former Treasury Secretary. His biggest accomplishment? The 2008 bailout of Wall Street. Instead of allowing big bankers to get what they deserved, or even throwing CEOs in jail, he was the guy who helped take $350 billion from taxpayers and put it in the pockets of America’s biggest financial institutions. 

After leaving the Treasury Department, was he blacklisted? Investigated? Shamed? No, he was rewarded. Geithner received an offer to work at Warbarg Pincus, one of the world’s most successful private equity firms. Robert Rubin, one of Geithner’s mentors, is another example. After leaving his post at the Clinton White House as Treasury Secretary, he worked as a “senior counselor” at Citigroup from 2007 to 2009. During that two-year period, the Treasury Department- headed up by his protégé Geithner- bailed out Citigroup with taxpayer funds. Rubin personally walked away with $126 million.

This sort of ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ takes place throughout the whole system. And it’s not just the bankers. Just look at what happens to America’s generals. You remember when General MacArthur told the country that “old soldiers just fade away.” Times have changed. Consider General James Cartright. After retiring in 2011, he joined the payroll of Raytheon, a major defense contractor. At the same time, he also went to work for the Defense Policy Board. He was working on both sides of the aisle- public and private- and getting paid for both!

Open your eyes and you will see an entire system… of bankers, politicians, military contractors, consultants, non-profit organizations, universities, media, Wall Street… all cross-wired to make sure that the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful.

I was immersed in this network in the 70s, but didn’t realize it at the time. I went to work in politics out of college. That’s how I wound up running the National Taxpayers Union (while attending law school at Georgetown, at night.) During that period, I attended Reagan’s inaugural ball. I met Ron Paul. Gave Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform and one of the most powerful lobbyists in our country today, his first job in the city. I found myself having lunch with Margaret Thatcher and Nobel-Prize winning economist Milton Friedman– at the same time, I’ll never forget it...

It was the high life in the nation’s capital city. But something was wrong. Despite our efforts to hold it back, the federal government kept growing. And the line that separated the private and public sectors continued to fade. Typically, Deep State insiders represent large, established businesses and industry groups. You can get a hint about which ones simply by looking at where the money has gone.

Take a look at the lobbying dollars America’s biggest industries have spent this year to gain influence:
• Big Pharma has spent $3.395 billion…
• Oil and Gas has spent $1.847 billion…
• Education has spent $1.47 billion…
• But no industry has done better than Wall Street. The big banks have grown bigger and bigger, while bank regulation has squeezed off competition. Over the last 5 years, more than 190 banks have closed. Only 4 new ones have been started. In those that have remained, the five biggest ones now make up fully half of the entire industry. These big banks have been considered so important that in the crisis of 2008-2009 they were judged “too big to fail.” They could engage in all the risky speculation they wanted. They could pay out enormous salaries and bonuses, and no matter how reckless, irresponsible and incompetent they were– the government would save them. Not a single banker lost his job.  Not even a week’s salary was given up.

Now consider this. Guess what kind of company is number 1 in terms of federal lobbying?  A bank– Wells Fargo. And guess which industry also has the most people revolving through the doors of government? In fact, a single large financial group– Goldman Sachs– has an astonishing reach throughout the top ranks of governments all over the world. But, with Wall Street, there’s more going on than just old-fashioned corruption and a ‘revolving door.’ Much more.

As you will see, the big banks control the vital juice– the credit– that makes the whole system work. You will also see how this credit has brought the entire system– our whole economy– to the brink of an inevitable collapse.

Most people won’t be prepared for what’s coming, you see. Your brain actually won’t let you believe that major change or disaster can happen, even when the evidence is clear that a major upheaval is on its way, even when it’s a simple matter of common sense that danger is near.

In the 37 years of my network, The Agora, we’ve seen this several times. For example, in 1987 one of the publishers in our network predicted the fall of the Soviet Union. Back then we wrote: “The same hidden megapolitical forces of decentralization that broke up the European empires are doing their work... the Soviet Empire will inevitably crack apart.”

Remember that at the time our politicians in Washington had amassed huge weapons stockpiles to guard against what they thought was superior Soviet technology. The famous “Team B” report commissioned by the CIA years earlier had claimed the Soviet economy was booming, that they were capable of mass-producing bombers and missiles, and that they wouldn’t hesitate to attack America.

Yet, in 1987 we contradicted the CIA. We wrote: “We have no doubt that sooner or later, but probably sooner, many of the characteristic features of the Soviet system will be abandoned. To put it simply, communism is in its twilight.” Sure enough, two years later the empire started to break apart. By 1991 it was all over. Yet scholars and politicians here in the U.S. had been unwilling to believe it was possible. Even a report commissioned by the CIA– and approved by George H.W. Bush– had warned about Russia’s economic and military strength. People just could not imagine that a world superpower would suddenly become irrelevant.. Just as people could not believe that Japan would ever break down... or that the tech boom would ever stop... or that housing prices would fall.

The publishing network I mentioned earlier- “The Agora”- has tracked nearly every great world event of the past 3 decades. Even the government has acknowledged it. After 9/11 the CIA requested copies of a note I had sent subscribers warning about trouble ahead for America, and years before that, the CIA actually tried to convince me to use The Agora as a front for their international operations. (In case you were wondering, I said “no.”)

Yet despite all that, we’ve encountered the same resistance each and every time we release new research. In fact, we’ve actually studied it. And there’s a very good reason why human beings are so resistant to the notion that things can and will change, often in ways you never expect. You see, human beings need to believe that things will happen more or less as they always have. That the sun will come up every morning... that plants will grow... that the rains will come... Lawyers call this “willful blindness”... psychologists call it the “normalcy bias.”

That’s why, while I was warning our subscribers about the Dot Com bubble, plenty of people thought it would never end. A famous book at the time, “Dow 36,000”, argued that the stock market would soar. An article published by the Atlantic read, “Stock prices could double, triple, or even quadruple tomorrow and still not be too high.” Then suddenly, the NASDAQ started falling... and eventually wiped out 77% of its value.

Today I’m seeing the same “willful blindness” here in America. Almost no one is willing to face up to the facts– that the America we live in today is not the same as the one we grew up in. It’s changed. As I will show you in a minute, at the heart of the change was a revolutionary new money system,  a system that would enrich America’s Deep State at the expense of nearly everyone else.

Sunday, August 15, 1971 was the day it all changed. At 9 p.m. that day, Richard Nixon appeared on live, primetime TV and told the world that the U.S. dollar would no longer be backed by gold. From that moment on, the whole world’s money system was different. The U.S. dollar began losing purchasing power from the moment Nixon made that announcement. This event- now known as the “Nixon Shock”- affected everyone in America.

Decades later, we’re still reeling from it. That single event sent the world’s currency markets and global economy into a tailspin. And it’s a big part of the reason why a home that cost $25,000 in 1971 costs $256,000 today. Every money-related event since then… and the state of the world’s economy today… can somehow be traced back to that one announcement.

For the first time in 2,500 years, real money was out. Debt was in. And here I must beg for a few minutes of your careful attention. This isn’t easy to understand. It took me 30 years to get a handle on it. And most of the economists you read, including Nobel Prize winners, have no idea what is really going on. They mistakenly think the problems we face today are caused by capitalism.

But here is what is really going on: The first thing to understand is what money is. You could have a pile of money. It wouldn’t matter if they were dollars, euros, or gold. Imagine you were at the North Pole. If there was nothing to buy with it, you would be out of luck. Money is not wealth. It just measures wealth, like a clock measures time. We know that a clock is not time. You can’t add time simply by painting an extra hour onto the face of your clock.

Also, you have to understand that ‘money’ is not money just because the government says so. At the height of Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation in 2006, the government of that country printed up 100 trillion dollar notes and called it ‘money.’ It was the legal tender of the country. By law, it was the one and only money that people were allowed to use.

And yet, it was not really money in any meaningful sense. Real money has three major attributes: it lets you buy things (transactions), it records and reports what things are worth (information), and it allows you to store wealth in a convenient form (wealth preservation). The Zimbabwe dollar, like Venezuelan Bolivars today, wouldn’t do any of those things. It couldn’t be used to buy anything– there was nothing much left to buy. The prices it reported changed by the minute, and were astronomical. And it was no store of value (or wealth); whatever it might still be worth on the day you got it would disappear within minutes. 

So you see right away how ‘stimulating’ an economy by giving it more of this kind of money is a fraud. Money is only valuable or useful when it fulfills its role as money. Real wealth is made real by its connection to what it can buy, that is, what has been produced. It is what you can buy with money that counts, not the money itself.

You hear economists say that a “high dollar” is good, or a “low yen” is bad.  It is nonsense. The one and only thing you want from money is that it be honest. Like a clock, you just want it to tell you the right time. Money must connect to the real economy, where goods and services are actually produced. If the economy produces more, you want your money to buy more. If the economy produces less, you want your money to tell you the truth; your money becomes less valuable as output falls.

But in 1971, Richard Nixon– advised by the ‘monetarist’ Milton Friedman– made a fateful error. He cut the dollar loose from the real economy. The important thing is that gold connected the dollar to the real world of savings, investment, and wealth. Take away the gold backing, and things start to get loosey-goosey. 

For one thing, prices get out of whack. You can see that clearly here. 
Note how much more inflation we have had since the Post-1971 dollar was introduced. In fact, you can see everything getting a little out of whack after 1971.
And you also can see, how basic goods– such as a Ford pick-up truck, for example – rose in price I used a Ford F150 as an example, because it was basic transportation for the working man in 1970… and still is today. Look at the pick-up truck in terms of the number of hours a man has to work to own it.
You see the real value of a working man’s time went down. This is the economic reality that Americans felt– but that the elite didn’t understand– going into the elections of 2016. And here’s something else the Deep State elite refuse to admit. In an honest money system, debt is limited. You can’t borrow if there’s nothing to lend. Gold is limited. Time is limited. The real world is limited. And savings are limited too. In an honest system, you can’t lend out money without saving it. So debt cannot get out of control.

Look at this chart…
You will see that the level of debt to goods and services (GDP) was fairly constant after WWII – until about 1995. Then, debt soared. The pre-1971 system kept money connected to the real economy– with a chain of gold. After 1971, the sky was the limit. The new system created a new form of money– fake money, based on debt, not on accumulated wealth.  It passed this fake money off as though it were savings. You no longer had to earn and save wealth, in other words. If you wanted more money to spend, you could borrow it.

I warned you that this wouldn’t be easy. But let’s review the basics:
• Money is not wealth; it just measures and represents wealth, like the claim ticket on a car in a parking garage.
• Our post-1971 money system is based on fake money that represents no wealth and measures badly.
• Since this new money enters the economy as credit, the credit industry (Wall Street) has privileged access to it. The workingman still has to earn his money, selling his work by the hour. But Wall Street, and elite borrowers connected to the Deep State Establishment, get credit money without breaking a sweat or watching the clock.
• This leaves more of this new money concentrated in and around the credit industry, pushing up asset prices, raising salaries and bonuses in the financial sector, and making the rich (those who own financial assets) much richer.
• Credit helped the middle class raise its living standards, even as earnings stagnated. But it also raised debt levels throughout the economy. And that made it possible for the average American family to spend American money that Americans never earned and buy products Americans never made. Instead, Walmart’s shelves were stocked with goods ‘Made in China.’ The middle class lost income as factories, jobs, and earnings moved overseas. Debt stayed at home. 

All of these things are fairly well known. People complain about inequality and globalization, but the most of the real problem is right here– in the money system itself.

This system is doomed. Debt can’t grow faster than income forever. When debt contracts, as it must, the whole structure of debt-supported stocks, bonds, businesses, lifestyles, retirements, and living standards will collapse. It is inevitable. Unavoidable.That’s why America’s insiders have gone to extremes to protect this system of debt growth. But they’re failing… In 1987, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2008, the U.S. Federal Reserve manipulated interest rates to prevent economic collapse.

Again, twice this century, the economy has tried to correct excessive debt. And each time central banks have responded with the only real tool they have– more money at lower interest rates (more debt.)  So, each time there is a problem caused by too much debt, central banks lower interest rates and add more debt. The magnitude of the real problem increases. And the eventual blow-up is delayed.

In 2009, debt growth moved to the corporate sector. After 2009, a high percentage of stock market growth could be attributed more to corporate borrowing and share buy backs. But corporations, like consumers, are still connected to the real economy. Even at ultra-low interest rates, they still have to finance their debt. And as the world economy slows, so do their earnings. Already, we’ve identified over 100 brand-name US corporations that have borrowed too much. Without access to cheap credit even America’s most successful and profitable corporations can’t stay in business. 

For instance, Coca Cola– arguably America’s most recognizable and successful brand– will be bankrupt in a month if their access to cheap credit is turned off. I’m not just saying this. I’ve seen the balance sheet. It’s because Coke– like over one hundred other major US corporations operates using short-term debt. And every few months that debt must be rolled over. The bills can never come due. In 2015, for example, they had short-term debt of nearly 16 billion dollars. They couldn’t have paid that back if they wanted to. That same year their balance sheet shows only around 7 billion of cash or near cash items– 9 billion short.

Without cheap credit, these corporations cannot function. It’s all there in the public record. Just as we saw with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before them in the lead up to the housing collapse, the heart of this crisis is on the balance sheet of America’s greatest corporations, and something’s already smoldering.

Consumers are insolvent. Corporations are no longer able to borrow. GDP growth rates have fallen to near zero. And the whole global economy is staggering under the weight of $300 trillion of debt. That leaves only one sector still able to borrow. It is the government, the only sector not directly connected to the real economy.

Government is the last sector able to borrow because it will only go broke if it chooses to. Otherwise, it can simply ‘print’ the money needed to make good on its financial commitments. The trouble is, it can’t control the value of the money. Ultimately, millions of people will go broke. Trillions of dollars will disappear. Large corporations will go bankrupt. For most of us, it won’t be the end of the world. But our living standards– especially for retirees– will be cut back sharply.

The key to this new system is the dollar. If you want to understand it: Just open your eyes and follow the money. The insiders now control all major industries in the US– education, medical care and drugs, think tanks, the military, major corporations, Wall Street, the press, and through global organizations like the UN, IMF, the World Bank, the Clinton Foundation they dominate much of the world.

But there is one thing they can never fully control. Money. The Deep State can print it. They can call it money. They can control the quantity and monitor prices. But they can never completely control the value of it. That is why ‘good’ money systems– like the “Bretton Woods” gold-backed system put in place in 1944, or the pure gold-backed system that existed from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the Great Depression of the 1930s– rely on gold.

The yellow metal ties the currency to the real economy of scarce resources and limited time. It makes sure the money does its job– providing a means of exchange, correctly reporting price changes, and storing real wealth for future use. Without a sure connection to the real economy, any currency is bound to fail. But this new, post-1971 dollar has a particularly dangerous flaw.  It is like a ‘doomsday bug’ that was built into the system from the day it was created. Serious economists worry about it, and suggest ways to deal with it. The press ignores it. And the politicians don’t even know it is there. But there it is. And I will show you why I believe, this ‘bug’ is going to bring the whole system to a crashing halt. 

You will experience it in person one day when you go to your local grocery store to get some cash. A few yards away, the cashier’s drumming her long red nails on the counter, next to your groceries. There’s a long line of people waiting to pay. You turn back and swipe your card for the third time... Nothing happens. Behind you, someone in the line lets out an exasperated sigh. You apologize to the cashier.

Annoyed, you head back to your car, where you fish out your cellphone and give the bank a call. It takes three tries till a woman’s voice finally answers. But it’s just a pre-recorded message, so garbled you can’t make out a word.

You hang up and start your engine. On the way home you stop off at the gas station. The attendant comes out as usual, but before you can speak he asks a strange question: “You buying or selling?” Confused, you tell him you just want to fill ’er up, but when you try to give him your credit card, he suddenly backs away. “Sorry, we’re closed man. Sorry.” You sit there for a moment, wondering whether you should argue with the guy. Finally, you just head home.

You tell your wife what happened. Definitely strange, but she figures it’s probably just a computer problem at the bank. They’ll have it sorted out by morning. You agree, but as you watch the evening news you realize that something big is happening. ATMs aren’t working. Credit and even debit cards aren’t working either. No one seems to know why. 

Then, after you fall asleep… something doesn’t feel right. If it’s just a computer problem the bank would have called you, but instead there was that strange message. And what about that gas station attendant? 

First thing next morning you take a trip to the bank. It doesn’t look open. A piece of paper taped to one of the doors tells you that it has been temporarily closed. No explanation, just a phone number to call and what looks like a government logo, but not one you recognize. You give the number a shot, it’s that garbled message again. You hang up. Around the side of the building, there are a couple of dented ATMs with broken screens.

As you head back to your car you notice a man kneeling down by a pickup truck parked nearby. He’s got a hose running from the truck’s gas tank into a jerry can. Suddenly he looks up and catches you staring at him. The look in his eyes tells you not to linger. He watches as you get in your car and drive off.

Everything’s closed. It’s that same piece of paper everywhere, and the same dark screens on every ATM. You start running into other people, trying to deposit Social Security checks, or take out cash, or find out why their cards suddenly aren’t working. This is not just a problem with your bank. Your whole town is essentially shut down.

By the time you call off the search and head home, Main Street is jammed with traffic. Your wife’s relieved as you walk through the door. Apparently people have been coming by all day, asking if she’s got any cash, trying to sell her things. And they’re not people from the neighborhood either. You turn on the TV. But all you see are the same images of closed banks, smashed store windows, and talk of some kind of “crisis.” No one really knows what’s happening.

And then your screen goes blue. Text at the center reads, “Service Interrupted: Please Update Payment Info.” You shut off the TV and go look out the window. Your wife wonders aloud whether you should invite the neighbors over. You agree. This is looking like a time to stick together. The sun is starting to set. There’s a black helicopter skimming along the horizon. You can’t deny it anymore. This is it. The beginning of something you’ve expected for a long time now. Except that you never really knew when, or what form it would take, and maybe you even gradually stopped believing it would come at all... except that now it’s here. And as you stare into the coming night, you wonder how long the food in the pantry will last, and what you might have to do if this situation doesn’t get resolved quickly.

“Literally, your ATM wouldn’t work. You type in your code, no money comes out. You get your paycheck, you can’t cash it.” Those are the words of the architect of the 2008 bank bailouts, Treasury department insider Neel Kashkari. If what he’s describing sounds similar to the scenario I just described... it’s for good reason. Every part of that scenario was based on an actual event that we came very close to experiencing just a few years ago, and a threat that our government has been forced to admit is all too real.

Former secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner has stated, “We came exceptionally close, you could hear the fear and the panic because anybody living in that world at that time running a business at that time knew that they were at the edge of losing the capacity to function.” This has been confirmed by former secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson, as well as two US congressmen. And while President Obama assured Americans that “the shadow of the crisis has passed” in his State of the Union speech, I recently came across video footage of Janet Yellen, the current chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, openly admitting that the U.S. is facing a very real threat. “We could find ourselves in a devastating spiral,” she said.

What is going on?  Usually, when central banks experiment with ‘paper’ money, unbacked with gold, the results are predictable. As soon as the insiders realize they can make themselves richer simply by printing more money, the system soon blows up. They print a little. Then, they print a lot. Prices rise. And soon, inflation turns into hyperinflation. 

For instance, a few years ago I bought an isolated cattle ranch up in the Andes Mountains of South America. I passed through Buenos Aires regularly on my way there. Walking down the streets you’d see decaying subway trains– state of the art many years ago... big beautiful buildings covered in graffiti, windows broken, old cars– top of the line in their day– sitting junked by the side of the road. It was as if a war had broken out.

The currency was controlled, so you could barely get any money out of ATM. You had to trade your dollars on the black market to get a fair rate, and dollar-sniffing dogs at the airports checked to make sure you weren’t trying to smuggle out any of your own money. And in fact, when you look at the damage that hyperinflationary events can cause, it’s no small wonder our own government has already put $4.5 trillion– more than it cost to liberate Europe from the forces of Fascism– toward stopping it.

As another example, in the ’90s, riots killed 1,500 people and destroyed 4,000 buildings, when a country in Asia got hit with a similar economic disaster. But worse than the property damage, the violence, even the food shortages, events like this have a strange power, greater even than a wide-scale physical disaster. A power to not only make your wealth, and the stability you’ve grown accustomed to, disappear, but also your very way of life... the traditions... the values... things passed down for generations.

Imagine for a second... Truckers can’t get the gas for their rigs. Grocery store shelves start to go bare. Homebuyers can’t get loans, and prices crash. Bonds become worthless... IRAs and 401(k)s can’t be cashed out. Stocks fall dramatically before the markets close altogether. Prices swing widely out of control. People take to the streets demanding action from the government. Strikes paralyze our industries. Rioting destroys homes, shops, even entire neighborhoods.

This is not just a financial problem. Money is more than “just information.” You can work all your life. You save your money. And you expect that money to preserve the wealth you created. If it doesn’t, you feel (justifiably) cheated. Part of your work… your life… has been stolen from you.

But it has been more than 45 years since the new money system was created.  We have seen no hyperinflation in the dollar. Instead, prices have risen…but more and more slowly.

Why? The genius of the new money system was that it did not require ‘money printing.’ Money was created, not by the printing press, but via credit. That’s why we have seen such an explosion in credit since 1980. The authorities didn’t have to print. They could allow the banks to create the biggest pile of debt the world has ever seen.

This has had two major consequences. First, it turned the monetary system into a predatory scheme – in which as much as $8 trillion of real wealth was transferred from the real economy to the Deep State establishment.  Second, it left the entire economy vulnerable to a hellish depression.  The first has already happened. And it will be partially corrected when the second happens, and asset prices collapse. But it is this second reason that has prompted this presentation. When it comes, it will be the worst financial shock ever. It may also cause widespread riots and social upheavals that are now unimaginable.

The more the banks lent, the more ‘money’ people had. You can see it here:
As the banks lent, the amount of ‘money’ rose. It was used to buy cars, houses, stocks, bonds – everything. In this sense, it worked just like any money printing scheme. It drove up prices– particularly in the financial sector. Had this been a typical Zimbabwe-style story, we would have seen a big run-up in consumer prices too. 

But this is not a case of traditional inflationary money-printing. This is where the ‘doomsday bug’ comes into play.  You see, this wasn’t like old fashioned “printing press money.” The money was borrowed, not printed, into existence. So, instead of taking a wheelbarrow of notes to settlement, you just showed up with an electronic verification that the ‘money’ had been transferred from buyer to seller. 

Where did the money come from? Not from the printing press. It never actually existed, except as a form of electronic information. And now you are the owner of the house, and you owe the bank the amount of the mortgage.

Now, imagine a crisis. Expansion always leads to contraction. Bull markets always end in bear markets. And booms always end in busts. But not all busts are the same. In an inflationary bust– like the one in Zimbabwe– the economy collapses, but the money is still there, dumpsters full of it.

In a deflationary bust– like the one we see coming– the economy collapses as the money disappears. This is the critical difference between money printing and credit money creation. If you had bought your house with paper money, you own it. In a crisis, you can live in it, even if the price of houses gets cut in half.

A credit money crisis will be very different. Like a house with a big mortgage on it, a crisis can be a catastrophe– not just for the economy, but for you personally. The house quickly turns from an asset into a liability. Instead of enjoying a safe and secure place to live, you are paying a mortgage on a house that is only worth half what you are paying. And in a credit crisis– such as the crisis of 2008– you may also lose your job.

This is the Big Surprise you should prepare for. It may lead (probably will) to hyperinflationary money printing later. But the initial stages of the crisis will see a deflationary collapse. Money will not be carried around in wheelbarrows. Prices will not soar, out of control. Instead, they will fall, out of control, as money disappears.

It will disappear because it was never really there in the first place. It was just credit. And credit can vanish in the blink of an eye. All it takes is a single major bank, or simply a crash in the stock market, and the contagion can spread in seconds to the rest of the economy.
• millions of houses could be foreclosed…
thousands of businesses could be bankrupted…
the entire credit system could seize up…
You could be unable to use your credit card… unable to get cash… unable to buy food or medicine.

A whole economy, depending on credit for nearly every transaction, will be brought to its knees when the credit fails. That is the ‘doomsday bug,’ in a nutshell: a credit-money system is prisoner of the credit cycle. And it can turn down fast, and hard.

The fact of the matter is, you should not trust money you can't hold in your hand. In the beginning of this crisis, before people realize what's going on, I expect physical dollars to become very scarce. Numbers on a screen will do you no good in a credit collapse. That's why if you ignore everything else from this presentation, I would hope that you maintain an emergency cash reserve at home, one month's worth of expenses at a minimum.

We’ve all heard the stories of people using worthless paper money to start fires or wallpaper their homes. But that’s not what happens here. Instead, it will be more like what physicists call an “event horizon.” That sounds like science fiction I know, but it’s actually quite simple. And very real. When a massive star collapses and creates a black hole, the event horizon is the closest you can get without being sucked into its center and destroyed. Once past the event horizon, it does not matter what you are or what you do– you will disappear into the black hole.

In the same way, when the credit system collapses it will create a pull that money will be unable to resist. This is how real dollars become so scarce so fast in a crisis like this. This is our own financial “event horizon.” With no real money around, prices begin to crash. Businesses fail. Jobs vanish. Anything connected to money– your house, your retirement portfolio, and even your gold– is exposed to these powerful forces.

Almost everyone will be surprised when it happens. Millions of fortunes, reputations, social positions, and retirement plans will be destroyed. 

In 1961, president Eisenhower said that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence” by the Deep State. And his warning has never been more urgent than it is today, because, as you’ve seen in this presentation, the Deep State holds immense– and growing– power over you.

And the economic crisis the Deep State brought about has never been a bigger threat to your wealth, freedom and privacy. After all, the Deep State’s tentacles reach into almost every part of your life– including into areas you probably wouldn’t expect. They’ve insinuated themselves into the far reaches of the American government, using that power to radically alter our money system, the banks, the dollar, and the stock market itself.

But it doesn’t stop there. Because the Deep State has also extended its control into the U.S. military and intelligence services. When you dig into these shocking facts, you’ll start to see why America constantly gets involved in aggressive overseas wars that have nothing to do with self-defense or America’s national interests. You’ll see why America can’t seem to end these wars even though they bear no benefit to the taxpaying public. And you’ll also see how the Deep State gets rich- in money and power- from these endless interventions and nation-building misadventures.

The Deep State has an extreme amount of control over the public school system, too. And the implications of that are as terrifying as they are astounding. In many ways, education has become yet another extension of the government. Even private schools often must comply with certain Deep State laws, so it’s almost impossible to escape this…

It’s not a topic generally discussed, but the Deep State has enormous influence over the medical system in the United States, as well. You need to know these facts before you schedule your next doctor visit. And they’ve crept into American farms, ranches and the food supply, too. From the FDA to the various farm cartels enforced by the government, the Deep State has infiltrated your dinner table and the local grocery store. So they can exert control over the foods you eat, if you’re not careful."