Strangelets, Black Holes and the GOD Particle

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator that straddles the border of France and Switzerland, is quite busy lately playing with the most basic ingredients of the universe. Much of humanity is completely oblivious to what is taking place there, even though the elemental forces of creation are being manipulated as never before. Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at some of the more profound questions surrounding this type of scientific research. For the uninitiated, a more thorough description of the LHC with many informative links has been provided below.

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The LHC lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference, as much as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. This synchrotron is designed to collide opposing particle beams of either protons at an energy of 7 teraelectronvolts (1.12 microjoules) per particle, of lead nuclei at an energy of 574 TeV (92.0 µJ) per nucleus.[1][2] The term hadron refers to particles composed of quarks.

The Large Hadron Collider was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with the intention of testing various predictions of high-energy physics, including the existence of the hypothesized Higgs boson[3] and of the large family of new particles predicted by supersymmetry.[4] It is funded by and built in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.[5]

On 10 September 2008, the proton beams were successfully circulated in the main ring of the LHC for the first time,[6] but 9 days later operations were halted due to a serious fault.[7] On 20 November 2009 they were successfully circulated again,[8] with the first proton–proton collisions being recorded 3 days later at the injection energy of 450 GeV per beam.[9] After the 2009 winter shutdown, the LHC was restarted and the beam was ramped up to 3.5 TeV per beam,[10] half its designed energy.[11]. On 30 March 2010, the first planned collisions took place between two 3.5 TeV beams, which set a new world record for the highest-energy man-made particle collisions.[12] ” (Per Wikipedia)

Don’t forget to locate the worker at the bottom-center to gain perspective.

Should CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) be conducting research, which purportedly can produce black holes and other “serious” phenomena, that can have awesome, unintended consequences for the entire planet? We’re talking unforeseen, far-reaching ramifications that cannot even be conjectured … for the whole of civilization, mind you.

The link that follows furnishes us with a short description of what goes on within the workings of this Large Hadron Collider: (WARNING: Not for the fainthearted)

CERN to Start Up the Large Hadron Collider. Now Here’s How It Plans to Stop It

In the wake of the BP Gulf Oil Spill, many of us now know things that we were not aware of before the 20th of April. That applied science and applied petroleum engineering do not always keep up with the necessities and demands of the experiment or test or whatever it is that the scientists are subjecting to extraordinary scrutiny in their laboratories. In the case of the Gulf of Mexico, of course, the state of the art expertise and equipment, technology and methodology fell far short of capping an out of control oil well, as well as containing the spilt oil.

Does the vast majority of residents on planet Earth really want to allow a rich and powerful few to indulge themselves at the risk of unknown planetary consequences?

Should we be concerned about such license being arrogated unto itself by CERN in the name of scientific inquiry? Do these scientists really understand the unknown potential for inconceivable collateral damage, should these experiments go awry? Can there be unseen and unfelt toxic side effects produced in this type of particle physics research laboratory that can escape from the immediate environment and affect the surrounding French and Swiss villages and countryside? Do they really understand the implications of their unprecedented actions, should something occur in addition to the appearance of a strangelet(s)? Or a black hole?! Or the most elusive and sublime God particle? (1)

Artist’s depiction of a black hole with a clearly demarcated event horizon

We ask these questions because very few seem to be curious about any potential repercussions. Of course, the more serious question is what will be CERN’s response if unexpected contingencies arise that cannot be addressed appropriately in real time. Just as the equipment, technology and engineering of the Oil & Gas Industry had not been proportionately upgraded to respond to the challenges of the BP Gulf Oil Spill, the particle physics and nuclear research industry may find itself in a similar predicament, only with far greater consequences for humankind?

Perhaps it’s time to pause and ask, “Why?” Why does our civilization continue down this path of analyzing, and fracturing, and taking apart, and splitting, and dissecting, etc. until there is nothing left on the laboratory table but …. ?

A very prescient fellow once commented that all of these experiments ultimately had at least one or two very specific goals in mind for those who are actually behind them, and who pull the levers of power and money to guarantee their funding:

I. Their first goal is to play God. And to “play” with everything in God’s Creation.

II. Their second goal is to be God. And, especially to attain divine immortality.

He further commented that some at the very top of the pyramid really do want to live forever in the flesh without fear of ever dying. And that their inordinate fear of death arose from the way they chose to live their lives.

He goes on to say that these misguided ones fail to understand some of the most basic laws of the universe:

#1 Everything that is created (that would be the entire created universe) will undergo dissolution/destruction right down to the smallest particles and energies.

#2 All living creatures and organisms will likewise undergo their own unique life cycle, which will always end in the death of the physical organism.

#3 Even the cosmos itself undergoes a cycle of creation, maintenance and dissolution followed by a period known as the void, which is completely devoid of physical manifestation.

Furthermore, he declares that the objective of attaining earthly immortality is complete and utter folly, especially given the way these scientists are going about it. Immortality, he says, can only be attained by those who (i) follow a true path all the way back to the Godhead, and (ii) are lead by one who has already arrived there. Then, immortality is theirs “forever”. So are a lot of other things, but it doesn’t really matter anymore as the yearnings of an unenlightened human being completely dissolve and give way to a new state of supra-consciousness.

Perhaps it’s time to take back our power, and our planet.

In light of this understanding it is clear that those who pursue these very mundane technological goals are either besides themselves with fright about the prospect of one day having to meet their Maker. Or, drunk with the delusion that they can somehow outplay, and live as long as, their Maker. The truth be told, immortality can be attained, if only they would take a different tack and more rational approach. The aforementioned blueprint for Self-realization has been handed down through the ages by the enlightened masters, and would be a good place for them to start.

These souls have pursued the same impossible goals for millennia (with different means and method, of course) which have been defined by their ability, as well as the capacity of their crude technologies, to control and manipulate the forces of the universe, even though much of God’s creation is essentially uncontrollable. Due to fear, they have moved to a place of extreme polarity at the level of spirit, and have now backed themselves into the proverbial corner.

They are well aware of the 2012 effect, as conclusively demonstrated by Mayan calendrics and cosmogony, so they know their time is very short. Perhaps Mother Nature will, once again, gums up the works as she did in November of 2009 when the LHC attempted a restart of its testing program after being under major repair for more than a year because of a serious electrical failure in September 2008.

Just who are “They”?

Their (read The Powers That Be) long-held posture towards Mother Earth has become known as the patriarchal control matrix which seeks to dominate and control all of nature. It has been enjoined by many souls throughout this era and given rise to the current mad rush toward the power of technology. More specifically, technology which appears on the surface to confer the powers of creation, destruction, and the fountain of youth upon its owners. One need only look as far as the red planet to see what happened the last time these Men from Mars caused a planetary meltdown. We also have the legendary fate of Atlantis in our own back yard (now a big pond called the Atlantic Ocean) to consider.

Now, we in no way mean to indict with these statements the many good and curious scientists who have climbed on board this bandwagon. Probably none of them truly know who or what they’re really working for. They’re just being scientists who are trained and encouraged to do exactly what they’re doing. However, it is these technicians who also ought to evaluate exactly what they are playing with. When you are in pursuit of the most fundamental particles, and substance, of Creation, there does come a time when you start to push the edge of the envelope; except that, in this case, one may fall over the event horizon* if one pushes too fast, too far, or in ways that ought not to be pushed at all.

*Event horizon – “The boundary surrounding a black hole from within which it is impossible for matter or energy to escape the black hole’s gravitational pull, i.e., the escape velocity at the event horizon is greater than the speed of light. The event horizon is also the radius to which a spherical mass must be compressed in order to transform it into a black hole, and the radius at which space and time switch properties.”

(Per The Internet Encyclopedia of Science – event horizon)

The 27 kilometer long Large Hadron Collider complex on the Swiss/French border.

By the way, have the good folks who live in the immediate area of the LHC ever been consulted about the nature of these experiments? That it consumes nearly 10% of the total energy of the Canton of Geneva ought to be of concern to every Swiss citizen. Have they been apprised of the risks associated with the operation of a particle accelerator in their literal back yard which, according to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, can produce black holes? What really could happen every time they flip the switch on a proton collider that moves proton beams at virtually the speed of light?

November 11th of this year is set to become a defining moment in the life of the LHC. Some have referred to it as the tipping point of sorts, depending on the outcomes, most of which cannot be known because such a device can generate new fields of energy, cause a warping of the space-time continuum, and trigger a transmutation of matter. Additionally, for those working in close proximity to such an accelerator, there is always a very high probability that the human organism will be affected in quite profound ways (e.g. alteration of the morphogenetic field), many of which cannot be detected in the present moment and may not manifest for days, weeks, or years to come. Some of these time-delayed outcomes can even cross over into parallel universes and jump into time streams outside of the 3rd density of planet Earth.

Whether this particular event on the 11th comes and goes uneventfully, or with great scientific “success”, we will never know for sure how the earth has been changed because a few souls wanted to play God at a point of their personal spiritual evolution when they were woefully ill-equipped to do so.

We pray that the inhabitants of the Earth will be protected from such ill-advised scientific experiments and schemes which only ever benefit a very few – a self-tormented few who desire to ascertain that which can only be understood through meditation on the primordial force of existence.

(1) God Particle – Forever the Holy Grail of particle physics and nuclear research, the God particle is regarded as one of the fundamental forces (most theoretical physicists agree that it is much more force than particle) of the cosmos. Many religious philosophers believe it constitutes the very ground of being, while others assert that it is the fabric of creation upon which the tapestry of the universe is woven. There are some who refer to the God particle as the clay of existence, whereas the Shaivites of India know it as Brahman and regard it quite reverently as sacred Supreme Consciousness.

The great rishis of ancient times tell us that before the manifestation of physical reality there was sound, and that the primordial sound of creation is OM. Therefore, the original sound-stuff of the universe might be OM itself, which would makes it the ultimate source, and perhaps the immediate precursor, of the God particle.

Maybe it even is the God particle!

Posted by: We The People Grassroots
(With author’s permission)

What is really behind the global cellphonemania?

U.S. Sues to Stop AT&T Deal – A Surprisingly Swift Move or Disinformation?

By Katherine Smith, PhD

Background: Telecommunications began one hundred and fifty years ago with the advent of telegraphy. In 1843, Samuel Morse and Alfred Lewis Vail received funding from the U.S. Congress to set up and test their telegraph system between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland. On May 24, 1844, Morse sent Vail the historic first message: “What hath God wrought!”

[from the “Lost Science” by Gerry Vassilatos]

Telegraphic installations, initially, used an earth sense-oriented technique for determining the location of the telegraph wire lines. Linesmen understood the mysterious intelligence of the earth, and the lines followed winding trails through woods, across meadows, and sinuously along ridges, lakes, and streams. The locations were based on the now long-forgotten craft for raising the vital earth energy: “Geomancy.” [Ancient societies (Atlantis) understood Geomancy. Validated in the research of Dr. Albert Abrams] [1]

Geomantic energy … the earth energy … defies quantitative analysis. It unifies metaphysical and physical entities. When the telegraph first appeared, trade journals reported an anomalous ground energy: an earth “electricity” that was energizing telegraph systems without the need for battery power. [End of excerpt from the “Lost Science” by Gerry Vassilatos] [Appendix A]

The earth energy “sense” can be found in every pagan culture. But thanks to a twist of religious dogma during the Dark Ages, most of humanity in the West was prevented from worshipping the Earth (pantheism) and instead were told that the Earth was here to serve man (monotheism).

Until the Dark Ages, the “pagans” saw themselves as part of nature and shared the view that nature was not wild and hostile but a benevolent friend.

Especially Christianity, and specifically Pauline Christology, convinced man he was the greatest and most important part of creation and that the earth needed to be tamed in the name of “progress.” Specifically, technological progress would lead to a better, happier, safer life.

From the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible we hear,

Let us make man in our image after our likeness: and let them have dominion over
the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the
earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth
.”

Of course, the operative word here is “dominion” which has been seized upon for centuries to justify all manner of environmental destruction.

Thanks to Churchianity (Judeo-Christian Tradition), The Powers That Be (TPTB), The Global Financial Elite (TGFE) aka The Federal Reserve and “progress,” humanity is now, according to a massive United Nations Report (the GEO4) at serious risk due to “the dangers of climate change, water scarcity, dwindling fish stocks and the pressures on the land and the extinction of species.” [2]

“The Federal Reserve isn’t evil because they print our money and make us (the U.S. taxpayers) pay interest on it. They are evil because, until October 2008, the Fed gave us a no-limit credit card that we used to buy houses, cars, RVs, TVs and DVDs—the “stuff” which put the planet at the“unknown points of no return. [3]

Geologists and engineers, in the name of progress, used powerful machinery to cut straight paths across the landscape building houses, office buildings, freeways, and cell phone towers making it impossible for man to live in harmony with the magnetic field of the Earth. [4]

AT&T a member of the Corporatocracy

We are conditioned to believe everything is about money, power, greed and corruption. Therefore we are not aware of the great lengths to which the six companies that control 96% of the media go to sell a Corporatocracy (another non-conspiracy term) driven agenda. An agenda to make sure we never suspect that electromagnetic pollution is the goal and not the unintended consequences of cellphonemania. [5]

AT&T isn’t trying to maximize profits but is determined (supported below) to collapse the Earth’s magnetic field with a magnetic dipole field reversalhttp://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2003/29dec_magneticfield/

The smart phone, a crackberry’s dream, powerful enough to send a man to the moon, is an electromagnetic nightmare for the Earth. [6]

Below is the image of the Earth’s magnetic field with a healthy dipole:

Now look at the Earth’s magnetic field when 4.6 billion humans argue on their cell phones about: how much they owe to their landlord, lovers’ quarrels, discuss in excruciating detail their own and others’ embarrassing medical conditions, details of recent real estate purchases, job triumphs, and awful dates as well as some of the most unsavory gossip. 

Click here to read why TGFE want to twist and tangle the magnetic lines of force in the Earth’s surface and collapse the Earth’s magnetic field.

And in one of those coincidences that doesn’t happen very often, Congress passed the telecommunications Act of 1996, a milestone in the history of telecommunications, the same year that seismologists from Columbia University published evidence of super-rotation in the Earth … the inner core was rotating between 2 and 3 degrees longitude per year faster than the solid mantle and surface. The Geodynamo by Gary A Glatzmaier – Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

U.S. Sues to Stop AT&T Deal – A Surprisingly Swift Move or Disinformation?

The Justice Department’s lawsuit is most likely Disinformation … deliberately misleading information announced publicly or leaked by a government, intelligence agency or other entity for the purpose of influencing opinions or perceptions.

The antitrust action to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA is intended to sow confusion and deceive the public about why everyone young, old, rich, poor, black, white, brown, yellow, and red … in just about every country has a cell phone. Worldwide cell phone subscriptions exceed 4.6 billion.

The government claims the combination of the second and fourth-largest cell phone companies in the U.S. would harm competition and likely raise prices for consumers.

Notice the words “likely raise prices for consumers.” [7]

AT&T has already been caught red-handed lowering prices in the face of increased demand. According to the U.S. government:

“The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the GAO-10-77 that reported — despite reduced competition — as the $150 billion industry was consolidated by AT&T Inc, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp and T-Mobile USA Inc. the price of wireless phone services declined each year from ‘99 to ‘08, consolidated.

And while the GAO study reported that Wireless Industry consolidation has made it more difficult for small and regional carriers to be competitive, it found that at the same time the biggest carriers offered more services for similar or lower prices while all of the time they keep improving the coverage.” Cell Phone Plans Get Cheaper wirelessguide.org/August 26, 2010

Is this a Ubiquitous Tin Foil Hat Conspiracy? [8]

To suppose a conspiracy to make cell phone usage ubiquitous, in order to force the Earth to listen to the details of loved ones contacted, appointments made, arguments aired, and gossip exchanged involving JP Morgan Chase (founding member of TGFE), AT&T, Lucent, Global Crossing and WorldCom, going all the way back to 1983, when Motorola, introduced the “DynaTAC” cell phone at a cost of $3,995 (1983 dollars) is absurd in the highest degree. [9]

However, knowing that telecommunications have transformed the way we live, work, and socialize, and there are many studies on the social impact of telecommunications but none analyzing the global impact on growth, jobs, and wealth creation [Appendix C], when you consider the following:

  • AT&T is only making profits on an operating basis (income less expenses) because TGFE financed and then wrote off the 1 trillion dollars it took to fund the transcontinental and transoceanic fiber-optic networks, infrastructure, as well as wireless research and development. The Great Telecom Meltdown

The TELECOM industry suffered catastrophic losses in 2003. JP Morgan Chase, the biggest loser with 46 trillion of derivative exposure [Appendix D], underwrote WorldCom and the Telecom industry and then in 2005 settled with WorldCom investors for an additional 4 billion. [10]

  • An evaluation of the cell phone industry and Motorola’s business plan concluded that the company “should probably not expect to raise venture capital for this venture” [Appendix B] rather than spend $100 million (in 1983 dollars) to develop a $3,995 device that weighed 2.5 lbs to be marketed to customers in the Chicago and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. service area. [11]
  • Cell phones are used primarily to give the “ignorant masses” access to Facebook, Twitter, the Weather Channel, Google Maps and the music service Pandora (as well as apps, apps and more apps). In June 2004, Cingular announced that women are more likely to use a cell phone “to talk to friends and family” while men use theirs for business—including, evidently, the business of mating. [12]
  • Convenience and safety—the two reasons people give for why they have (or “need”) cell phones—are legitimate reasons for using wireless technology; but they are not neutral. Convenience is the major justification for fast food, but its overzealous consumption has something to do with our national obesity “epidemic.” Safety spawned a bewildering range of anti-bacterial products and the overzealous prescription of antibiotics—which in turn led to disease-resistant bacteria.

After reading the above, you are flummoxed and realize that the average cell phone service at $63/month has a very, very low price elasticity because changes in price (upper or lower) have little influence on demand (PED). You realize AT&T knows as much as you do, and that they could increase your monthly bill by 1% or even a 5% without affecting the demand. Obviously the cell phone industry can’t be about profits. [You would have to increase the price of the phone and the service by 25% to affect the demand! [13]

Therefore, if it’s a choice between believing that magnetic dipole field reversal (triggered by massive and unprecedented electromagnetic pollution) is the goal, and not the unintended consequence of a business model based on demand for a device that gave everyone instant access to a news feed of the tooth-brushing habits of distant classmates they never never spoke with in high school, then I am forced to admit that a conspiracy between JP Morgan Chase, Motorola, the Telecom industry and The Global Financial Elite to make cell phones ubiquitous to change the earth’s magnetic field is a credible, viable theory.

Don’t know about you but we’re getting back our landline, and henceforth will only use the cell phone for emergencies.

Click here to read why cell phones and the service is so cheap only the rich can afford a land line.

Katherine Smith, PhD, is a regular contributor to the home of Thought Provoking Articles and can be reached at mandrell201@gmail.com.

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.” ~ Don Marquis


Endnotes:

[1] Telegraphy began long before there were agreed electrical units, and the early lines were constructed and operated without measurements or rational design of any kind, especially in the United States. The old linesmen trekked across woods in a careful manner, turning aside from natural barricades. When maps of these first telegraphic lines are consulted, it is seen that these lines meandered with natural features common to the earth energy paths. As the telegraphic lines twisted and turned through the countryside and wilds in twisting vines of iron on tar-covered wooden poles, they directly intercepted ground energy.

Early telegraph lines intercepted earth energy with great regularity, often connected distant sacred spots together. We find all too numerous anecdotes and collections of reports in telegraphic trade journals, which indicate that an anomalous ground energy was entering the system components at certain critical seasons. These reports affirm that an earth “electricity” was energizing telegraph systems without the need for battery power at all.

Other reports tell of strange, automatic telegraph signals, which suddenly manifested during night hours. Still others report the peculiar ability of telegraph operators to “know who would call … why they were calling … and what the nature of the message would be”. This phenomenon would be repeated in later years, when wireless operators began experiencing the very same things. The heightened consciousness experienced near these large grounded systems had everything to do with the reappearance of phenomena anciently observed along the meandering paths between sacred spots. The rediscovery of these anciently known truths was again making its appearance during the industrial revolution. http://mysite.du.edu/~jcalvert/tel/morse/morse.htm

[2] Replaced by the quantitative skills of geologists and engineers, we now scour across the land along quadrants and grids of our own design. No longer do planners observe the “urge” of the land. Few can afford the fees which truly gifted architects demand when demonstrating the geomantic skill. None will disagree however, that the geomantic skill does shape both mood and vision when properly executed in architecture. The released power exceeds the modern ability of measurement, evaluation, or quantification. The geomantic energy … the earth energy … defies quantitative analysis. It is an entity whose presence links both sensual experience, dream, vision, thought, imagination, and place. Numerous societies called this mysterious power by their own names. Chinese geomancers called this energy “Qi”. Anglo-Saxon geomancers called it “Vril”. Each is an ethnic name for the one earth energy. The organismic energy of earth, which manifests as a mysterious black radiance is seen throughout natural settings. It is observed beneath evergreen trees at noonday. “Earth Energy and Vocal Radio”   Nathan Stubblefield

[3] The Global Financial Elite (TGFE, a variation of TPTB, a non-conspiracy term coined by G. William Domhoff, a Research Professor at the University of California) are the Rothschilds of Europe, Lazard Freres (Eugene Meyer), Kuhn Loeb Company, Warburg Company, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, the Rockefeller family, and the J.P. Morgan interests. These interests have merged and consolidated in recent years, so that the control is much more concentrated. National Bank of Commerce is now Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Lehman Brothers has merged with Kuhn, Loeb Company, First National Bank has merged with the National City Bank, and in the other eleven Federal Reserve Districts, these same shareholders indirectly own or control shares in those banks, with the other shares owned by the leading families in those areas who own or control the principal industries in these regions. The “local” families set up regional councils, on orders from New York, of such groups as the Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission, and other instruments of control devised by their masters. They finance and control political developments in their area, name candidates, and are seldom successfully opposed in their plans.  Secrets of the Federal Reserve, The London Connection, Eustace Mullins

G. William Domhoff, a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz first coined the non-conspiracy acronym TPTB. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Miami and has been teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since 1965. Four of his books are among the top 50 best sellers in sociology for the years 1950 to 1995: Who Rules America? (1967); The Higher Circles (1970); Who Rules America Now? (1983); and the non-“conspiracy” critique and theory of the U.S. power structure, The Powers That Be (TPTB) in 1979.

[4] February 21, 2009 Ellen Brown writes: “Funding the government’s budget shortfall has usually been left to private lenders; but those loans are drying up, and servicing them is proving expensive. Both this interest burden and the need to continually attract new lenders could be avoided by tapping into the government’s credit line at its own central bank.” Monetize This!: Resolving a Spiraling Public Debt Crisis

However, since October 2008, The Bank of the Fed is Closed…Forever.

The Federal Reserve are now making generous interest payments to the banks for “parking” their TARP (The Troubled Asset Relief Program) and other taxpayer bailout money instead of making loans to struggling Americans living in their cars and in tent cities. The Federal Reserve is paying banks NOT to make loans to struggling Americans!, Dennis Kucinich    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkf8VG3HL_8

[5] Corporatocracy, in social theories that focus on conflicts and opposing interests within society, denotes a system of government that serves the interest of, and may be run by, corporations and involves ties between government and business. Where corporations, conglomerates, and/or government entities with private components control the direction and governance of a country, including carrying out economic planning notwithstanding the ‘free market’ label. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporatocracy

Six Companies Own 96% of the World’s Media, National Vanguard Books, Who Rules America? Who Controls The U.S. Media? G. William Domhoff, a research professor at the University of California.

[6] Your cell phone has more computing power than NASA circa 1969

Today, your cell phone has more computer power than all of NASA back in 1969 when it sent two astronauts to the moon. Video games, which consume enormous amounts of computer power to simulate 3D situations, use more computer power than main frame computers of the previous decade. The Sony Playstation of today, which costs $300, has the power of a military supercomputer of 1997, which cost millions of dollars.

[7] U.S. telecommunications corporation was established as a subsidiary of Bell Telephone Co. (founded by Alexander Graham Bell in 1877) to build long-distance telephone lines and later became the parent company of the Bell System.  The Bell System was the American Bell Telephone Company and then, subsequently, AT&T led system which provided telephone services to much of the United States and Canada from 1877 to 1984, at various times as a monopoly. In 1984, the company was broken up into separate companies, by a U.S. Justice Department mandate.

Monopoly, isn’t that suppose to lead to higher prices?

1984 “AT&T reduces long distance rates by 6.4 percent, as non-traffic sensitive costs begin moving from rates to local-company administered access charges. This was the first in a series of rate reductions over the next six years that totaled approximately forty percent.” [AT&T: History: Milestones]

Federal Efforts to Control Monopoly

Critics believed that even these new anti-monopoly tools were not fully effective. In 1912, the United States Steel Corporation, which controlled more than half of all the steel production in the United States, was accused of being a monopoly. Legal action against the corporation dragged on until 1920 when, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. Steel was not a monopoly because it did not engage in “unreasonable” restraint of trade. The court drew a careful distinction between bigness and monopoly, and suggested that corporate bigness is not necessarily bad.

The government has continued to pursue antitrust prosecutions since World War II. The Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department watch for potential monopolies or act to prevent mergers that threaten to reduce competition so severely that consumers could suffer. Concerns about the enormous power of the Standard Oil monopoly in the early 1900s, for instance, led to the breakup of Rockefeller’s petroleum empire into numerous companies, including the companies that became the Exxon and Mobil petroleum companies. But in the late 1990s, when Exxon and Mobil announced that they planned to merge, there was hardly a whimper of public concern, although the government required some concessions before approving the combination. Gas prices were low, and other, powerful oil companies seemed strong enough to ensure competition.

[8] Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: Telecom Industry Front Groups and Astroturf

Wolves in Sheeps clothing, August 10, 2006, is an expose about the underhanded tactics used by telecom companies known as “Astroturf lobbying” — creating front groups that try to mimic true grassroots to further corporate money, not citizen power.

According to the article and Common Cause’s vice president for communications Mary Boyle, these sorts of campaigns are dangerous for our democracy.  Corporations that already have significant economic clout and influence  are trying to co-opt the voices of everyday citizens and think tanks, and use them to their own advantage and support the industry’s agenda… the bottom line.

Common Cause believes that when Congress wrote the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the law that gave us less competition, higher prices and more concentrated media.

I contacted Mary and pointed that since 1999 the price of wireless phone services declined each year. She got angry and hung up the phone.

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Mary Boyle 202-736-5770, 202-487-0518 cell, mboyle@commoncause.org

[9] In 1946 (October) – first “car phone” – Motorola communications equipment carried the first calls on Illinois Bell Telephone Company’s new car radiotelephone service in Chicago, Illinois, USA. On April 3, 1973 Martin Cooper won the race when he placed the first cell phone call to his rival at AT&T. In 1977 cell phones went public. Chicago was the first city to trial cell phones with 2000 customers. In 1983 Motorola, with the help of Martin Cooper, introduced the 16-ounce “DynaTAC” the first truly portable cellular phone. This phone took 15 years and a cost of over 100 million dollars to come to market. The cost to the consumer was $3,995. It weighed 2.5 lbs., took 10 hours to charge and allowed 35 minutes of talk time. Features were limited to dial, listen and talk.

[10] Ted Butler, noted silver analyst has already found JP Morgan Chase guilty of Downward manipulation (DM). DM Downward-manipulation is an uneconomic aberration discovered in the precious metals market. We are conditioned to believe that prices are always inflated so the greedy corporations can make more money but Ted Butler’s research confirmed the price of silver had been manipulated to stay at the $4-5 price range for years. The beneficiaries of this type of manipulation are the consumers since industrial users can sell their products cheaply and still make a profit. ((The Real Story, Theodore Butler, Silver But No Silver Lining, The Myth of the “Free” Enterprise Economic System)

Behind every consumer society is the reality of a credit-based monetary system and a fiat currency. Behind every fiat currency is a Federal Reserve or a Central Bank controlled by The Global Financial Elite (TGFE). TGFE include, Rockefeller, Kuhn, Loeb and J.P. Morgan, Ted Butler’s prime suspect in the “ongoing intentional not accidental” great crime of keeping the prices low so just about everyone can have that glamorous, smart or dumb phone of their dreams, an electromagnetic nightmare for the planet.”

Downward manipulation is an uneconomic aberration first discovered in the precious metals market by the noted silver analyst, Ted Butler. We are conditioned to believe free enterprise supply and demand would lead to inflated prices so the greedy corporations can make more money, but Ted Butler’s research in the silver market concludes the opposite.

The beneficiaries of this type of manipulation are the consumers because corporations can sell their products affordably and still make a profit. The Myth of “Free” Enterprise Economic System

Butler’s investigation has identified JP Morgan Chase, one of the founding members of the Federal Reserve, as the prime suspect, in the “ongoing intentional, not accidental” great crime of keeping the price of commodities low so the middle class can afford the cell phone American dream, an electromagnetic nightmare for the planet. The Real Story, By: Theodore Butler

[11] I’ll get right to the point. Venture Capitalists wouldn’t survive long enough to be called vulture capitalists if they made a 100 million dollar investment in a business model that when evaluated by The Finance Authority of Maine and Masthead Venture Partners concluded Motorola should “should probably not expect to raise venture capital for this venture”

See Appendix B Financing Bright Ideas, A Primer On Venture Capital In Maine to understand why the cell phone industry never made “cents.”

[Excerpt from Federal Over Nightmare Express]

June 18, 1971 – Smith founded Federal Express with his $4 million inheritance (about $21 million in 2008 dollars), and another $91 million (about $484 million in 2008 dollars) in venture capital. Fred Smith on the Birth of FedEx

Whoa, Venture what?

Venture Capitalists wouldn’t survive long enough to be called vulture capitalists if they went around making a $484 million investment in a business model that received a mediocre grade from a Yale Economics professor.

Even a child without a degree from Yale knows that for Fred to be successful, a massive investment in infrastructure would be required. An investment made in anticipation of a mass market for an overnight service, in which the pricing would have to be downward manipulated low enough…to create demand. The Myth of “Free” Enterprise Economic System

Fred didn’t bother with any market research to justify the investment because in 1973 there weren’t millions of Americans saying to them selves, “Damn, I forgot it was Grandma’s birthday tomorrow. Why the heck isn’t there an affordable overnight service to get Granny’s birthday card delivered, before 10 a.m.?”

Or better yet, you are the ex-Tennis Pro, Michael Zausner. Michael invented Solar Recover, a natural spray to rehydrate skin when people spend too much time in the sun. Michael wants to start a business that will employ three full-time and 10 part-time employees, but his customers won’t order Solar Recover unless they can get that hydrating spray delivered overnight…for $9.95.

The overnight delivery market exists because of a downward manipulated price (cost-effective) created the demand. Silver, but no Silver Lining

You don’t send that overnight letter because it’s $9.95; it’s $9.95 to get you to send it to Granny. [End of excerpt]

 [12] “Despite the almost unlimited nature of what you can do on the web, 40 percent of U.S. online time is spent on just three activities – social networking, playing games and emailing leaving a whole lot of other sectors fighting for a declining share of the online pie,” said Nielsen analyst Dave Martin. What Americans Do Online: Social Media And Games Dominate Activity

[13] Even a child without a degree from an Austrian School of Economics knows the Cell phone industry can’t be about profits unless you believe AT&T doesn’t know about The Price Elasticity of Demand (PED). Economists use PED to measure the rate of response of quantity demanded due to a price change.  A very high price elasticity suggests that when the price of a good goes up, consumers will buy a great deal less of it and when the price of that good goes down, consumers will buy a great deal more.

The handset/phone subsidy, an initial loss

Most people, however, do not want to pay hundreds of dollars for what they consider to be an average phone. So, to help customers, wireless companies will discount their phones when you sign up for a new plan. What this means for you is that the wireless carrier actually may have paid $250 for a phone that they then sell to you for $100.  That difference of $150 is called the handset/phone subsidy, and actually represents an initial loss.

Does anyone really think the cellphoneaddict would give up his smart or dumb phone if it was only subsidized by $105 instead of $100? Multiply $5 x millions of phones sold per year and you get the profit the greedy cell phone manufacturers gave up because they didn’t hire me to do a price elasticity study. http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com/subsidies.html

 Is this free Enterprise?

Don’t bother trying to argue the price is based on the reduced competition [already admitted to by the Justice department] because that would imply we have a “Free” Enterprise Economic System, an economy governed by the laws of supply and demand, not restrained by government interference, regulation or subsidy; because then you would have to admit that you and Arianna Huffington don’t believe that Wall Street Shafted Main Street and that corporate greed and political corruption are undermining America, Pigs at the Trough, BTW a Free Enterprise system wouldn’t be filing antitrust lawsuits to prevent the merger between AT&T and T-mobile.

Ours economic system is a Command economy, basically a slave enterprise where supply and price are regulated [downward, not upward as you would expect] by the government [really the Federal Reserve] rather than market forces.

The only thing I will agree with about the “law of supply and demand” is that supply at a downward-manipulated price, can create demand.

 Capitalism Never Made “Cents”

The ideal and the principle of the market economy of Capitalism was never fulfilled.

What is called capitalism is a distorted, twisted and deformed system of increasingly limited market relationships as well as market processes hampered and repressed by state controls and regulations. And overlaying this entire system are the ideologies of 18th-century mercantilism, 19th-century socialism, and 20th-century welfare statism.

Professor Ebeling, the Ludwig von Mises professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, understood something was wrong when he wrote: “the perverse development and evolution of historical capitalism, the institutions necessary for a truly free-market economy have been either undermined or prevented from emerging.”

But when he claimed, “it is the principles and the meaning of a free-market economy that must be rediscovered” in order to overcome the burden of historical capitalism and save liberty, He should have written principles must be rediscovered in order overcome the burden, according to the GEO4, the pressures on the land and the extinction of species due to “the dangers of climate change, water scarcity and dwindling.”  It didn’t matter if we listened to Keynes, Friedman or Mises; or for that matter anyone from the Rothschild-funded Austrian School of Economics, consumerism never made economic, environmental, or common sense.

Appendix A

Earth Batteries http://www.icehouse.net/john1/stubblefield.html

Those who are familiar with the lure of scientific archives understand very well that more potential technology lies dormant than is currently addressed, discussed, or implemented. Much of modern scientific research is the weak echo of work already completed within the last century. The notion of drawing up electrical power from the ground sounds incredibly fanciful to conventional scientists, but numerous patents support the claim. A number of retrieved patents list compact batteries, which can operate small appliances by drawing up ground electricity. Others describe methods whereby enough usable electrical power may be drawn out of the ground itself for industrial use. The existence of these devices is concrete, documented in several unsuspected and unstudied patents.

“Earth batteries” have been detailed in a previous article. Their history can be traced back to experiments performed by Luigi Galvani on copper plates in deep stone water wells. Currents derived through these gave Galvani and his assistants “shivering thrills and joyous shocks”. Thereafter, a certain Mr. Kemp in Edinburgh (1828) worked with earth batteries, so that we know these designs were already being seriously studied. They demonstrate the validity of very anciently held beliefs concerning the generative vitality of earth itself.

Several of these devices were employed to power telegraphic systems (Bain), clocks (Drawbaugh), doorbells (Snow), and telephones (Meucci, Strong, Brown, Tompkins, Lockwood). Earth batteries are an unusual lost scientific entry having immense significance. Developed extensively during Victorian times, the earth batteries evidenced a unique and forgotten phenomena by which it was possible to actually “draw out” electricity from the ground. The most notable earth battery patent, however, is one, which operated arc lamps by drawing “a constant electromotive force of commercial value” directly from the ground. In addition to this remarkable claim, a vocal radio broadcast system … through the ground.

Geomancy http://www.lauralee.com/antenna2.htm

In truth, the art of wired and wireless communication began in a reawakened appreciation of geomancy and geomantic energies. This remarkable reminder came about with the replacement of the original 2-wire telegraph line (Reusser, 1794) by the 1-wire method (Aldini, 1803), the latter requiring far less wire and several ground plate terminations. The telegraph stations of Morse used grounded plates, a means by which engineers imagined the “necessary return current…through the ground”. Wired code on a single overhead wire was thus “matched” by an opposed ground return of charge, a condition which fulfilled the prevalent model of electrical closure.

The metaphysical earth currents were both observed and described in great detail by Fr. Athanasius Kircher. His writings preserve an ancient knowledge which concerned itself wholly with the vitality of the earth. The metaphysical telluric currents were known to permeate the world, the energies which mediating vitality. Maps of telluric currents were the prized possessions of geomancers, permitting the knowledge of vitality control on earth. It is said that wars were fought by the selective elimination or exaltation of specific veinworks in the telluric circulatory system. The science of Geomancy thus formed the mysterious historical backdrop against which a wide variety of natural observations were subsequently made.

With time, the experiential appreciation for the metaphysical earth energies was systematically lost. The more qualified scientific observers replaced their sensitive experience of telluric energies with a merely superficial observation of geoelectric currents. This schism has provoked the controversial thesis upon which our present discussion is therefore based. While some will be defiantly confident that experiential telluric energies are resolved into geoelectrical currents, we remain just as adamant in our absolute conviction that the experiential telluric energies precede and define the observed geoelectric patterns. This schism has not, and will never be resolved. So long as there are those who insist on observing the superficialities of natural phenomenon, completely obsessed with the kinematics of otherwise experience-filled phenomena, there will be a scientific conflict.

When the subject of long-distance communications was compelled to shift thematic emphasis away from the vitalistic foundations, it lost touch with an energy which did not cease exerting strong influences on the developing electrical technology of the time period. Only a few, now legendary researchers, continued the geomantic tradition. From the very first moment in which ground connections were established in a telegraphic signalling line, inventors and operators of electrical systems noticed anomalous energetic behaviors in the ground. The very first attempts at long distance telegraphy involved the burial of highly insulated double lines (Morse and Vail). Upon first closure of the telegraph key, the signalling components became so thoroughly suffused with charge that the exchange of signals became an impossibility.

Appendix B

[From Financing Bright Ideas A Primer On Venture Capital

In Maine, Cell Phone Business Development answers below are in Bold]

Venture capital n.  Money for investment in innovative enterprises or research in which both the risk of loss and the potential for profit may be considerable.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

Capital is the lifeblood of businesses.  While no amount of money will make a bad business successful, no business can survive without enough money to develop products, hire employees, establish markets and attract customers.

For many businesses, particularly in the early stages before profits become predictable, traditional sources of capital such as banks and credit unions are simply unavailable.  For those businesses, venture capital may be the best hope to raise the money needed to succeed.

Are You Ready For Venture Capital? A Self-Assessment

There is no magic formula for determining when or whether a business is going to get funding from venture capital investors.  However, the following table will give you an idea of whether you might be well received by investors and where you need to focus your attention on improving your Business Plan. Simply give your business an honest assessment on each of the questions and circle the highest applicable score in the column on the right.  When you are done, add your scores.  The key at the end of the assessment will give you an idea of how prepared you are for venture capital.

PRODUCT OR SERVICE

1.  How badly does your customer need this product or service?

A “must-have” that solves an important problem  3

A compelling and unique product or service  2

The product or service is an improvement over the competition  1

Customers might want it but do not necessarily need it  0

I don’t know whether there are customers for it  -2

2.  Is there any protection from competitors?

Patent protection is in hand or in process  2

Copyright protection or hard-to-discover trade secret  1

By the time competitors wake up, I’ll have the top name in the market  0

No barriers to competition, or the product is already available in the market  -2

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

3.  At what stage is your product development?

The product is available and has been proven in the marketplace  2

There is a working prototype and it is ready for production  1

The product is developed but needs more work before it can be sold  0

We will develop the product as soon as we get venture capital  -2

4.  How much progress have you made in developing key customers?

We have strong customers who are advocates for our products  2

We have identified key customers and are making good sales progress  1

We need to further develop the product before generating sales  0

5.  Is your venture a business or a project?

The business is operating, has growing revenues and happy customers  2

Everything is in place to launch the business as soon as we get funded  1

I need funding to finish product development and testing  0

MARKET SIZE AND SHARE

6.  How big is the potential market for your product?

More than $500,000,000  2

$75,000,000 to $500,000,000  1

Less than $75,000,000  0

[DynaTAC’s retail price, $3,995 ($8807 in present-day terms, ensured that it would not become a mass-market item]

7.  How fast is the market growing?

Greater than 20% per year  2

10% to 20% per year  1

Less than 10%  0

8.  How big a share of the market can you realistically get in 5 years?

Greater than 15%  2

5% to 15%  1

Less than 5%  0

MANAGEMENT

9.  How experienced is the Chief Executive Officer?

Has run similar companies that have had successful exits for investors  4

Has built and run a similar company successfully  3

Has extensive experience in the industry and is well known  2

Knows the product well  1

A CEO will be recruited  0

I can learn on the job  -2

10.  Is the founder ready to relinquish control if necessary to make the business achieve its full potential?

Yes, the business needs to be run by the best possible management team  2

Theoretically yes, but I do not plan to let that happen  0

No, this is my business and I know best how to make it successful  -2

READINESS TO PURSUE VENTURE CAPITAL

11.  Do you have a business plan?

Yes, it is well researched, very complete, and customers are anxious  2

Yes, although I am still filling in some details  1

Only a rough outline, but the product is great  0

This idea is so good it doesn’t need a business plan  -3

12.  Are you willing to allow investors to be involved in business decisions?

Yes, they will serve on the Board and play an influential role  2

I will put them on an Advisory Board  1

No, I really don’t think they can help me right now  0

13.  What percentage of the ownership in your company are you willing to give up?

I will give up one-third or more for the right investors  2

I would rather not give up more than a quarter of my company  1

I will give up a small amount of ownership if I have to  0

RETURN POTENTIAL

14.  What return on investment can your investors expect?

Ten times their investment or more  3

Six to nine times their investment  2

Four to five times their investment  1

Less than four times their investment  0

15.  How long do you realistically think it will be before the investors can receive their return on investment?

Five years or less  2

Five to seven years  1

More than seven years  0

16.  How do you realistically expect the investors to get their return on investment?

We will be an attractive IPO candidate or candidate for sale to the leaders in our industry  2

We will be acquired by a similar company in our industry  1

We will pay dividends and the company or I will buy their stock back  0

OTHER

17.  I plan to use the money raised to:

Further develop the business  0

Pay my living expenses  -2

Pay off debt or other investors  -3

18.  When this money is spent, I will:

Be profitable and growing rapidly  2

Be at cash flow breakeven and growing, with profits in sight  1

Be at cash flow breakeven  0

Need to raise more money to keep going  -3

Grand Total: 9

Point total 30 to 38:  You have an interesting proposal that should garner the interest of venture investors.

Point total 23 to 29:  Your business has possibilities and might be of interest to angel investors, but probably needs more work before you will be able to raise significant venture capital.

Point total 16 to 22: You may be on to something here, but you probably have a way to go to attract investors.

Point total 10 to 15: A long shot.  Reread this Primer and go back to the drawing board.

Point total below 10:  You should probably not expect to raise venture capital for this venture

Appendix C

Hemant K. Sabat, author of The Network Investment Economics of the Mobile Wireless Industry serves as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coscend Communications Solutions.  I contacted Mr. Sabat and offered to engage him as a consultant to confirm or refute my belief that the Telecommunications industry was never a rational or viable business model based on the risk due to the massive investment required for the infrastructure to provide adequate service and coverage.

He was unable to consult with me privately and referred me to a number of companies, institutions and research firms that he thought would be able to handle my request.

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore,

University of New South Wales Haresh Luthria, Fethi. Rabhi

Giri K. Tayi, Ram Ramanathan, S. S. Ravi and Sanjay Goel

Nan Hu

School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University, 178902 Singapore. E-mails: {hunan, cyma, yjli}@smu.edu.sg

School of Business, State University of New York at Albany, Giri K. Tayi

College of Business Texas Tech University, Dr. Rajiv D. Banker, Merves Chair in Accounting and Information Technology

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Harbinger Capital Partners, Gartner, Inc., Forrester

I sent them the following email:

Mr. Sabat (currently the CEO of Coscend) suggested I contact you about the research I am doing on the telecommunications industry. I am prepared to engage you on a consulting basis.

I need someone with your expertise and background to either confirm or refute my premise that the Telecommunications industry was never a viable rational business model.

I believe the capital came from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley (basically the Federal Reserve).

The business model could only be successful if the investors anticipated a demand based on a downwardly manipulated price for the products and services. I am a published author and have written about this aberration numerous times at The Market Oracle and other popular websites.

12 Dec 2008 – Silver, But No Silver Lining

20 Dec 2008 – The Future of Silver- TELEPATHIC interview with Adam Smith

05 Nov 2009 – The Great U.S. Housing Market Foreclosure Robbery Of The 21st Century

29 Oct 2009 – The Myth of “Free” Enterprise Economic System

As you know the industry struggled until the last few years and the wireless guide article below points out the illogical pricing of the industry.

Cell Phone Plans Get Cheaper:[From http://wirelessguide.org/

The price of wireless phone services declined each year from ’99 to ’08, despite reduced competition as the $150 billion industry consolidated, a U.S. report said on Thursday. The Government Accountability Office, the audit arm of the U.S. Congress, said consolidation has led to domination of the sector by AT&T Inc, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp and T-Mobile USA Inc. The GAO study found that wireless Industry consolidation has made it more difficult for small and regional carriers to be competitive. However, consolidation may have helped the biggest carriers become more efficient, allowing them to offer more services for similar or lower prices while improving coverage, it said.

Major findings are include:

  • Just four companies — AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Verizon and T-Mobile — control 90% of the U.S. wireless market. Cellphone plan prices have dropped 50% since 1999. Coverage is better too.
  • There are about 285 million U.S. wireless subscribers. Nearly 40% of households rely primarily on wireless devices. The cellphone industry generates more than $150 billion in annual revenue.
  • There are at least 60 mobile virtual network operators in the U.S. These are companies such as TracFone, which do not own any cellphone towers. Instead, they buy bandwidth wholesale from a bigger company, such as AT&T, repackage it, and sell it to consumers.

The GAO report urges the FCC to collect better data on special access rates and other issues. [End of Excerpt]

Let me know how we can proceed. I am looking forward to working with you.

Robert Singer, skype rds2301@yahoo.com, cell phone 818 571- XXXX [End of Email]

No one accepted my offer of a consulting assignment. Linking the Federal Reserve to, and questioning the funding of the Telecommunications industry would be a problem for industry leaders. 

Appendix D

When the American economy headed into a recession at the end of the dot-com bubble, the Federal Reserve began slashing short-term interest rates until they reached a historically low one percent. The move re-inflated the economy by allowing homeowners to extract $750 billion in equity from their homes—up from $106 billion in 1996—and apply the dollars toward a multitude of consumer items and other credit card debt.

As interest rates plummeted and alleged home equity artificially soared, buyers were able to afford first and second homes, and they did it by taking out risky mortgages with “teaser rates” similar to those offered by the credit card industry. Even as interest rates adjusted upward, the sponsoring banks used complicated financial derivatives to resell the risky mortgages as “asset-backed paper.”

As housing prices edged downward and mortgage rates inched upward, the recession was put on hold with the help of an astonishing 10 to 12 credit card offers per month being delivered to some consumer mailboxes. The credit card companies issued 1.5 billion cards to 158 million cardholders and promised an improbable zero percent interest—some deals for up to 18 months. (Similar to mortgage debt, the credit card debt is put into pools, also known as derivatives, that are then resold to investment houses, other banks and institutional investors.)

Direct and Indirect Money Creation

Not only is virtually the entire money supply created directly by the Fed, but a mere handful of very big banks indirectly create hundreds of trillions of dollars using a massive innovative “risky” investment scheme known as “derivatives.” Click here to read The Economics of Derivatives

According to the Comptroller of the Currency, the books of U.S. banks now carry over $180 trillion in the form of derivatives.

The derivatives represent the money created world-wide since 1910—out of thin air. About 40 percent of the $10.5 trillion U.S. national debt is owed to the Fed. But the loss to TPTB, if the U.S. defaults on that debt, won’t be $4.2 trillion or even $180 trillion, but about $500 trillion–money created out of thin air over the past 100 years to pay for our consumer society.

To make absolutely sure we don’t ask any questions about where this massive amount of monopoly money is coming from and who benefited, the banking system has been contrived so that these big banks always [appear] to get bailed out by the taxpayers when in actual fact TPTB directly and indirectly is picking up the tab.

The Federal Reserve is guilty of manipulating the short-term interest rates and the money supply until October 2008, but the beneficiary of this almost unlimited liquidity crime was the American consumer. Was the 2008 Financial Collapse An Inside Job?

Essays on how TGFE are losing billions.

The Myth of “Free” Enterprise Economic System

12 Dec 2008 – Silver, But No Silver Lining

20 Dec 2008 – The Future of Silver- TELEPATHIC interview with Adam Smith

19 Nov 2009 – Show Me the Money

05 Nov 2009 – The Great U.S. Housing Market Foreclosure Robbery Of The 21st Century

20 Nov 2009 – Farms, Hamburgers, and “Free” Enterprise

OCCUPY WALL STREET . . . And Here’s Why

The FOUR HORSEMEN of 2008 and Beyond

     Herald the Death Knell of “Free Market” Capitalism

The global money matrix, worldwide financial architecture and planetary economic landscape most closely resemble the proverbial House of Cards in the form of a Pyramid-Ponzi scheme superstructure built on quicksand.  Therefore, any sober and sane inhabitant of planet Earth would only want to be rid of it all.  And that’s exactly what the FOUR HORSEMEN of 2008 and beyond, aim to do.  Trample it all under, so that we may finally be rid of it all.

Why the FOUR HORSEMEN and just who, or what, are they?  The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse quite aptly resembles the forces that have already been “let loose upon the land”.  The consequences, and aftermath, of what will be left in their wake are listed below, and the challenges and adversities that will accompany each of them will last well into the next decade baring deus ex machina.

I.             ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON          

II.            FINANCIAL APOCALYPSE

III.           MONETARY MELTDOWN

IV.           FISCAL COLLAPSE

The hooves of these FOUR HORSEMEN will be felt in every corner of the globe, as each of them knows no boundaries and has been empowered to act with complete impunity.  They know neither rich nor poor, neither strong nor weak, neither clever nor dull.  The HORSEMEN will spare nothing, and no one, in their zeal to completely level a multi-millennia old system that has brought so much pain and suffering, wreck and ruin, trial and tribulation, to the masses of the world.  Every continent, nation, state and province, city and county, village and town will be profoundly affected and fundamentally altered … forever.

By what names are their HORSES known?

We all know the names of these horses, as their hooves have become louder and louder with each passing month of 2008 and 2009.  They are also known as the four agents of economic, financial and monetary destruction, since by their very destiny, calamity and catastrophe are all they have ever wrought upon the earth, and wreaked upon humankind.  The names emblazoned on their saddles are as follows:

(1) DOLLAR

(2)  DEBT

(3)  DERIVATIVE

(4)  DEFLATION

Let’s take a closer look at these four bucking broncos before they completely break out of the rodeo pit.  Each of them alone may appear to be fairly harmless, but when married up with their cruel and ruthless horseman, they take on a wholly different temperament.

I. DEVALUATION OF THE DOLLAR; DEMISE OF THE DOLLAR AS RESERVE CURRENCY; DEATH OF GLOBAL DOLLAR DOMINANCE

Of course, the perfect storm within this Perfect Storm can be easily identified as the inevitable devaluation, and eventual collapse, of the once Almighty Dollar.  Inasmuch as it has functioned as the primary reserve currency for the world, it is quite easy to understand the many negative ramifications of its rapid demise.  As nation after nation has let it go as a means of exchange, the ultimate effects on the US currency can best be described as “that giant sucking sound”.  However, the real problem with this giant sucking sound is not just the effects on the US DOLLAR, but that it will be deafening to hear throughout the economies of the world.

The US Dollar interpenetrates not only the financial structure of the industrialized nations, but also the many economies of the 3rd world, so that its fall will serve to radically undermine the entire worldwide financial architecture.  “Too big to fail” simply has no relevance anymore now that this genie is out of the bottle.  Just ask Iran, or Venezuela, or China, or Russia, or Dubai, or Ecuador, or Bolivia.  Or any of the many other nations just waiting for the right moment to break free from this monetary yoke.  Sorry to tell you, but the dollar has now caused so much damage throughout the land that it can’t fail soon enough.  And the longer it is artificially propped up, and forcefully kept in place, the more damage it will ultimately do.

The ‘Almighty’ do not die very easily, as we have seen with this note – um – dollar.  Just look at what happened to Iraq when they attempted to decouple their oil exportation business from the US dollar.  Their expressed intentions to follow through on this initiative in 2001 brought them a foretaste of armegeddon – USA style.  Likewise, the establishment of the Iranian Oil Bourse has brought a similar curse upon that country, with even the same false accusations being leveled at them as a pretext to military invasion, and a future oil industry takeover.  Of course, what further inflamed this tension between those committed to global dollar dominance and those wishing to be free of its tyranny was Iran’s request to be paid in non-dollar currencies by all of its petroleum customers.  Not quite sure if they deserve an ‘A’ for audacity, an ‘F’ for foolhardiness, or both.  Nevertheless, they are doing what is best for the world by breaking free from the planetary plantation and the $$$ master.  Quite courageously, they have set a GREAT example for the rest of US dollar addicts, debt slaves and derivative junkies.

The crux of this issue does lie in the fact that the Federal Reserve Bank is nothing but a printing press.  The FED can continue to print its Federal Reserve Notes all day long, exactly as it has done for decades; however, history is replete with similar printing presses of money, and they all have the very same destiny.  As a matter of fact, fiat money by any name, or run by any game in town, can only produce one outcome in the end – complete and total degradation of the nation’s currency, and eventually its     financial architecture and economic infrastructure.  Welcome to the USA (and UK) in 2009 ! ! !

It is truly shocking that so many businesses (privately held companies & public corporations), managed funds (pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, trust funds, sovereign wealth funds, etc.), governmental entities (villages, towns, cities, counties, states, provinces and nations) and people everywhere, both smart and stupid, bought into this game.  Of course the game of GREED knows no bounds or limits, and certainly crosses through all socioeconomic barriers with the greatest of ease.  The practitioners of greed neither adhere to the generally accepted principles of ethics and fair play, nor sound business practice and accounting methodology.  Nor do they hold in high regard the philosophical bulwarks of Western civilization – reason, common sense or even sanity, for that matter.

Particularly since 1971, after the US dollar left the gold standard behind for good, was this worthless instrument systematically shoved down the world’s throat whether it was wanted or not.  The greedy accepted it with gleeful and wanton abandon; the wise did all they could to minimize their exposure to it.  In the end, it will be known as the poisonous seed (read GMO) of corrupt, corporate, crony capitalism that was planted so far and wide that not a living thing could claim to be untouched by the fruit of it’s tree.

The long awaited DEATH of the Almighty Dollar is finally here, my friends.  Oh, yes, the devaluation process will speed up and slow down, and slow down and speed up, but, in the end, the result will be the very same. It will soon be time to hold a hasty wake, and even hastier funeral service, before this monster tries to come back to life.

DISCLAIMER:  We bear no grudge against the original US dollar that was backed by the gold standard.  We have no quarrel with the US Government (with the exception of the outgoing and incoming administrations), and we harbor only good will toward the American people.  It is the Federal Reserve System, and its fatally flawed practice of debt-driven, fractional reserve banking that is the object of our scorn and derision. Likewise, it is the Federal Reserve Bank (FED) that deserves our condemnation and searing criticism.  Why?  Because the FED is not legitimate.  It is not a properly constituted or legislated organ of government, and is actually a privately owned consortium of banking agents whose ownership is more foreign than domestic.  The FED is legally unfit to conduct business on behalf of the American people since, as a private entity, it lacks the congressional oversight necessary when appropriated funds have been allocated by the legislative branch of government.  The printing presses of the FED produce notes – as in promissory notes – which are nothing but instruments of indebtedness for all who possess them.  Not too unlike credit cards, actually.  Therefore, the money that it prints is counterfeit.  Is it surprising that an international, privately owned crime syndicate, which issues fake money, would be the biggest player in the worldwide funny money monopoly game that is bringing the entire world of commerce, finance and business to a virtual standstill?  We are talking about the greatest financial crisis in recorded history, you know?!?  And the FED is institutional PUBLIC ENEMY #1 responsible for this multi-decade crime spree.

II. DESTRUCTION OF DEBT; DESTRUCTION BY DEBT; DECLINE BY DEFICITS & NATIONAL DEBT; DEFAULT ON DOLLAR BASED DEBT

Here’s a horse that’s already broken loose and kicked over ‘half’ the public and private sectors of the world.  Their initial plan was to simply transform (read destroy) the debt, if you will.  We all know very well by now just one of their many schemes – hide it by repackaging it, and then somehow convert it into securities (CDO’s).  That’s one plan that really screwed things up.  Of course, this little scam began with the whole sub prime mortgage fiasco.  Sub Prime!!!  Questionable adjustible rate mortgages granted by dubious mortgage lenders to unqualified mortgage applicants.  Really brilliant!  Then they sold the CDO’s all over the world as triple class AAA “securities” that would round out a conservative investment strategy like the portfolio that was administered (and subsequently decimated by CDO’s) in the town of Narvik, Norway.

The bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers with debts totaling $613 billion is perhaps the greatest example of what’s around the corner.  The subsequent unraveling of this single bankruptcy has yet to be felt in all the places where 613 billion dollars are owed.  It represents an amount that is still too staggering to comprehend, and yet there have been others since, and many more to follow.  The absorption of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America, as well as the purchase of Wachovia by Citibank, are only a couple.  However, AIG is perhaps the biggest sleeper of them all in this debt limbo only because of how it intermeshes with so many other businesses, nations, corporations, industries, banks, etc.  Insurance, you know, is everywhere.  Required to do business, everywhere.  And the way AIG wound itself around so many enterprises makes its total exposure, in all of its many and varied forms, one of the most serious debt bombs in town.  Whenever you mix ‘unheard of risk’ with the insurance industry, you know you’re playing with fire.  Watch for this pyrotechnic display very closely; it will dwarf those of last year’s Olympic opening in China.

Even though this ‘pandora’s box’ has been open for quite some time, the DEBT piece of this current phase of capitalism eating itself is often conveniently unacknowledged, or casually underestimated, or grossly misrepresented.  For several months now, there are massive, unprecedented multi-billion dollar writedowns (and writeoffs) by the ‘blue chips’ of the banking and investment world.  Likewise, many formerly solid companies have gone into the debt divestment business faster than you can say bankruptcy.  Massive corporations with humongous debt loads are acquiring huge corporations with gargantuan liabilities.  The bigger the debt burden, the quicker a suitor is found, and then they’re hitched without so much as a honeymoon.  We always thought that a dowry went in the opposite direction.  You know, it’s about what you bring to the marriage, not what you take away, that makes you attractive.  WHEW ! ! !

And we haven’t even discussed the specter of the consumer debt bubble burst, or the anticipated fallout from its ensuing mushroom cloud.  When you add this looming scenario to the myriad toxic waste sites of incorporated debt, innumerable landfills of national & government debt, and countless hazardous waste dumps of securitized mortgages, you begin to see that the entire economic landscape has become one vast, unbroken disposal area with the typical assortment of garbage dumps, junkyards and recycling stations to handle any type of debt you want to get rid of.  The brokerage houses ultimately became transfer stations for all of this financial refuse.  Is it any wonder that they all had to disappear, and did so in the span of a just a few months!?!  The stench coming from the rot on Wall Street was getting worse than the foul odors in a Neapolitan neighborhood.

Of course the real megilla in regard to DEBT concerns the looming and inevitable default on the US debt owed around the world.  How can this possibly be stopped?!  It really does represent a conspiracy of circumstances that is so complicated and convoluted that even someone in the know would be hard pressed to present a credible case as to how this titanic will sink in one brief moment of time.  So many forces have been silently at work to ensure that this financial cataclysm takes place that it defies the imagination.  For one, who has not played with the fire known as US Treasuries, be they bills, bonds, notes or securities?  They are the most ubiquitous of their kind, and been produced in the greatest amount, for a long, long time, to finance LOTS of wars.  And Uncle Sam, don’t you know, is the greatest salesman of all time.  He can sell cow paddies as delectable, sumptuous caviar, and probably has at least once or twice.

Not only did the Iraq war drain the US Treasury that had nothing left to drain, but the same war only stirred up fiercely anti-American sentiment abroad – everywhere!!!  The wholly illegitimate war in Afghanistan didn’t help matters much either.  When feelings run this strong, it is much easier for the spectator nations of the world to cheer on the slow motion collapse of the undisputed global bully, even when it is may not appear to be in their best interest.  Sounds crazy, but just take a look at the millions of American voters who consistently vote against their own interest each and every election cycle.  Can you believe that, in the so-called American democracy, the debt slaves vote for their plantation masters year after year, and even contribute their hard earned money which further guarantees their continued enslavement!?!  No wonder it’s still called the American Experiment since we, still today, make such compliant and docile guinea pigs.

Now we know that the DEBT bomb has always been a major part of their strategy.  Therefore, the only conclusion one could reach is that the decision-makers, as well as those who implemented the decisions, knew that these, and other wars in the works, would break the country by the newly incurred debt.  As of January of 2009 the “official” National Debt exceeds 10.6 trillion dollars, which translates to over $35,000 per capita (US citizen).  These wars have also ratcheted up the annual federal budget deficits to the $500 billion to $1 trillion level – clearly unsustainable for a comatose national economy on life support.  The extremely sad piece of this story is that it was actually some of the traditional adversaries of the USA who chose to finance these illegal, immoral and highly offensive wars.  This little fact will make it that much easier for the US Corp to default, since the pain will be felt far and wide, especially by those who are considered ‘enemies’.  These poor folks will pay dearly twice – when the dollar goes belly up, and when the US debt goes into default.

When all is said and done, the monetization of debt by the leading central banks of the world will be regarded as the single greatest financial fiasco in modern history.  Ultimately, it will be viewed as the wooden stake that was driven into the very heart of the vampire known as Anglo-American capitalism.  Vampires, you know, are notorious for sucking blood, and no one has perfected this process like the killing machine that has been labeled the Military-Industrial Complex.  Only through the relentless issuance of mountains of debt, continuous and massive deficit spending, and forcibly maintaining the hegemony of the US dollar were they able to keep this zombie alive and running for so long.  Now that the DEBT is coming due, and there is no more blood to be found, this Dracula will be forced to enter his coffin for a good long time.

III. DEMOLITION BY DERIVATIVES; DISINTEGRATION OF THE DERIVATIVES MARKET; “DERIVATIVE DEATH STAR’ IMPLOSION

This is where Wall Street high finance meets the blackjack tables of Las Vegas – both literally and figuratively.  This marriage of convenience represents the ultimate fusion of everything that was wrong with the MO of today’s (yesterday’s that is) investment bankster and all the ways that the gambling casino is always rigged by the house (aka the guvment).  Just as the house fixes every game in town so that it never loses, the fat cats at  Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley never walk away from the table without a belly full of fish.  Even though many of their bets fell right through the floor, they still, somehow, feel entitled to multi-billion dollar bailouts.  Experts at privatizing profits and assets, and socializing losses and debts, they are.  Also unparalleled in their ability to turn the entire world into one colossal betting parlor.

Derivatives are the dirty little secret in this whole story.  You talk about a wild card – man oh man – it doesn’t get any wilder than the card stamped with “D” for DERIVATIVE.  This tangled mess has touched every nook and cranny on every continent, in every nation, in every corporation on planet earth.  They don’t even know – We don’t even know – No one knows, if the notional value of the total sum of derivative instruments issued worldwide is closer to 500 trillion dollars or, get this, ONE QUADRILLION dollars.  Can you imagine the high intensity hawking that had to happen to get to a place of  $1,000,000,000,000,000.00 of highfalutin bets?!?!  Oh my gosh!  All the gambling casinos in Vegas, Atlantic City, and every reservation in the lower 48 put together couldn’t come close to a mere fraction of that number.

The real challenge concerning this megilla was how to make it respectable, and legal, and salable, and acceptable, all at the same time.  But somehow they did it.  Of course they set this little charade up completely outside the normal framework of:

(i) governmental regulation, (ii) monitoring by financial analysts, (iii) legal due diligence, and (iv) scrutiny by the financial news media.  How many people have even ever heard of a credit default swap, forward rate agreement, or turbo warrant?

We’re talking about the outhouse of the financial industry here, so one must really give them credit for their ability to turn crap into caviar.  And then sell it as such, as we mentioned earlier.  These crap conversion factories (aka hedge funds) became the ultimate in new age financial alchemy.  The hedge fund lab directors somehow managed to transform pure lead into pure gold.  Mind you, we’re talking about the proverbial philosopher’s stone, right here, in the midst of the modern financial marketplace.  Wonder who the MERLIN was that thought up this scheme which will ultimately ensured the downfall of an entire civilization?  We know who the Federal Reserve Chairman was that aided and abetted the perpetrators, as well as helped implement the entire scheme.  Probably ought to start there and follow the trail back to those that conceived the whole plot, so that we might at least confiscate their piggy banks.  Never has the phrase – pigs at the trough – been more apropos.

The reality was, is, and will forever be that this instrument of high finance – the DERIVATIVE – transformed the entire realm of international finance into a Turkish opium den.  Anyone who entered had to be high to get in, and would most assuredly be higher when they left.  They all smoked the same crack derivative, could never get enough of it, and, like every addict attempts to do, wanted to turn everyone else onto it.  They knew that only through widespread addiction would this habit become institutionally acceptable.  And do you know that this ploy worked like a charm!  Of course, whole national, and regional economies, will never, ever, be the same, just as gambling has always been notorious for bringing total ruination to the home of an addict.

The saddest part of this story concerns the referral effect which ensured that the real pain from this financial stratagem would be referred to the worker or company or entrepreneur or office worker or small business owner who really does work for a living.  And who, in the process, produces a real good or service untainted by hedge upon hedge, bet upon bet, swap upon swap.  For it always is the salt of the earth that becomes the unsuspecting fodder, especially in a perpetual war economy that only knows how to sacrifice the “weak” for the benefit of the “strong”.

Here again, demolition by derivatives will prove to be the surest way to bring down virtually every corner, of every floor, of every building, of every financial institution on planet Earth.  The derivative casino will go down in history as the most pervasive, unregulated and ‘successful’ gambling establishment of all time.  It broke the bank (the FED, the Bank of England, among numerous other central banks), busted up the ‘street’ (Wall Street, cobblestones of the City of London, among other national financial districts) and wreaked havoc within the US & UK governments, among many others throughout Europe, the Pacific Rim, etc.  In time it will prove to be the primary reason why whole populations will find themselves broke, busted and disgusted.  Truly, the Derivative Death Star will soon glow like a supernova for all future generations to gaze upon.

After this “controlled demolition” runs its course, the only logical and natural consequence will be the complete disintegration of the worldwide derivatives market.  Trust will have been so thoroughly diminished in the wake of so many derivative caused disasters that they will become not only the pariah of the financial world, but also rejected by any and all who can say or spell the word D E R I V A T I V E.

IV. DEPRESSION BY DOWNWARD DEFLATIONARY SPIRAL; DETERIORATION OF NATIONAL ECONOMIES BY DEFLATION; DEFLATION MORPHS INTO HYPERINFLATION

 The planet is hardwired by one, and only one, global money matrix.  Although seemingly diverse, there is in reality, only ONE worldwide financial architecture.  It has been purposefully designed, fastidiously engineered, painstakingly constructed, and put into place over many centuries, everywhere national economies have been born and died.  Likewise, the planetary economic landscape, which once upon a time sat on a fairly seamless and monolithic bedrock, has been shattered and pulverized so much throughout the past 100 years that it is now a mere desert of shifting sands

Since the early 1980’s the US economy began to morph back into the same shape as the one that preceded the Great Depression.  Only this time the BUBBLE economy became an amalgam of many more, and much larger, bubbles than in the 1920’s.  The dot.com bubble burst at the turn of the century is only a small example of this phenomenon, but also an excellent illustration of what would follow.

The Bubble Burst of 2008, 2009, and 2010 have their roots in the same forces and dynamics of those that contributed to the Crash of ’29.  Only this time there exists a conspiracy of circumstances that simply overwhelms the imagination, as much as it challenges credulity.  For starters the overall economy today is exponentially larger than ’29.  The sheer number and variety of financial instruments is likewise so much greater that a meaningful comparison with the first Great Depression is practically irrelevant.  Globalization has created a much more complex world economy that has completely blurred national boundaries, created an imperceptible financial superstructure, as well as an economic infrastructure, which inextricably intertwines the commerce of all nations.

What does all of this have to do with the current DEPRESSION through a downward deflationary spiral?  What isn’t allowed to burst due to inordinately high pressure will inevitably deflate by way of a steady and sometimes quickly accelerating downward spiral.  All of the major markets are so artificially propped up by hot air that they have only one way to go -> DOWN !  So, no matter what anyone else tells you please be acutely aware of the asset deflation which has been plaguing the residential and commercial real estate markets, the equity and bonds markets, the commodity and currency markets.

Severe, unprecedented and permanent asset deflation is the real killer of this faux economy.  It’s easy to understand when looked at through the prism of leverage.  After all everything – and we mean just about every asset under the sun is currently being used to leverage another asset, investment or speculation.  That’s just the way the financial world has worked during this reign of the Almighty Dollar.  Just look at the current official debt of the USA to get a hint of what we speak.  Can you imagine how much the debt service alone is on this multi-trillion national debt?!

However, it is the degree to which everyone who’s playing this monopoly game is leveraged throughout their personal portfolios which will cause this universal scheme to unwind so quickly.  The ease of securing home equity loans and lines of credit, as well as 2nd mortgages, made sure that every homeowner would dig a grave just deep enough to be sufficiently buried.  Of course this very same principal can be applied to every other market to the extent that those assets have been systematically used to collateralize other debts, investments, etc.

Of course there is also the other kind of deflation.  Let’s see now, it starts with decreases in price, which will then lead to lower production, which will cause lower wages that will then translate into lower demand, which will again cause prices to come down even further.  This economic vicious cycle, which inevitably occurs when a systemic problem exacerbates it own cause, is merely a protective mechanism that ensures that the entire hopelessly flawed system will ultimately end in failure.  And so it has.

For those who didn’t catch it, the global stock market did crash in the Fall of ’08 in what will be forever known as the “CRASH OF THE MILLENIUM”.  Actually, it crashed numerous times from mid September to the end of October, only the media forgot to tell anyone about it.  There was a manufactured sucker’s rally after each and every crash to present the appearance that the market returned to normalcy.  How else to explain the massive volume of stock purchases right in the wake of the worst financial/economic news and data reporting cycle in memory?  Since there were few real suckers to be found, the central banks and their henchman did all the fake buying with fake $$$’s in order the keep the markets artificially propped up.  As they’re still doing today!

Now, all we can do is sit back and watch the relentless erosion of every economy on earth through deflationary downward pressures, and all of its consequent stages of devolution.  The fungus of deflation will guarantee that every national economy will deteriorate.  This most pernicious variety of deflationary mold is known for the many phases of deterioration it brings upon the host nation, so we know there will be periods of both hyperinflation and stagflation, mini-booms and maxi-busts, commodity-specific buying sprees (e.g. gold) and unprecedented market blowouts, runs on the banks and flights to foreign currencies.  In the end, the nations of the world will be thoroughly decimated by the plague known as deflation.  The economies of the regional financial unions/economic superstates (e.g. European Union) will be particularly vulnerable to the extent that they chose to play this game of BUBBLE monopoly (see the EURO).

It’s an extremely unfortunate fact of modern economic and financial life that when there is a tremor in the City of London, countries like Iceland get hit with a 100 foot tsunami right after a 10.0 earthquake.  Conversely, when the US sub prime mortgage market tanks, small towns all over the world can go bankrupt, just as small nations can go under, because of their investments in things like CDO’s.  When the American consumer stops buying, China has just lost its largest customer, as well as a huge and highly profitable marketplace in which to dump their many toxic wares.  This is how national economies are so tightly interwoven in the postmodern age. Because they share the same warp and woof of all that binds them together economically and financially, they will descend together into this GREATEST DEPRESSION of all time.

There is a bright side to this part of the story which is best illustrated by a bit of humor.

We all know that what goes up, must come down.  And, we know full well that the bigger they are, the harder they fall.  Therefore, in the case of our current planetary Humpty Dumpty sitting – actually teetering – on the wall, we are seeing what is categorically the biggest bubble-head, bubble-belly and bubble-butt in history, all ready to pop when this poor chap takes his great fall.  We know it ain’t gonna be pretty, but at least we’ve been assured for many generations that “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again”.

By their trademark BLACK HATS, ye shall know them.

Just who are these FOUR HORSEMEN???  Undoubtedly the greatest CON MEN of all time ! ! !  And their names will be forever and indelibly etched and engraved, written and imprinted, digitized and coded in the annals of global criminal history.  Their MO, of course, is quite familiar to us, and precisely portrayed by the black hats that they wear which further distinguish them by the following traits, tactics and techniques:

(1)  DECEPTION

(2)  DUPLICITY

(3)  DECEIT

(4)  DOUBLE-DEALING

Now it is extremely important to understand, as well as highly instructive, just how these HORSEMEN operate, as well as how such a state of affairs could have evolved.  The operative words that well describe the MO of all who had a hand in its creation, once again, begin with “D”.  The handiwork of those responsible for the creation, maintenance and destruction of the now legendary corrupt, corporate, crony capitalist system will eternally be known for its DECEPTION, DUPLICITY, DECEIT and DOUBLE-DEALING.  At every level of formulation and implementation of the aforementioned policies were these 4 dubious characters employed with perfect timing and extraordinary cunning.  From the US Senate to the US House, from the POTUS & VPOTUS to the SCOTUS, from the US Treasury to  from the World Bank & IMF, from the SEC to the FTC, from the Federal Reserve Bank to the Bank of England, from the Council on Foreign Relations to the Trilateral Commission to the Bilderbergers, from the last of Wall Street Investment Banks to the still standing(?) major Commercial Banks, from the Big Four Auditors to the Big NYC & DC Law Firms, from the K Street Lobbyists to the DC Think Tanks, from the transnational Oil Companies to the Military/Security/Industrial Complex, as well as the rest of Corporate America, they were all materially invested and substantially complicit in this CON job of the millennium.  From  the NYSE to the NASDAQ, from the Dow Jones to the S&P 500, from the WSJ & NYT & WASHPO to FORBES & FORTUNE & FINANCIAL TIMES, from Bloomberg.com to CNNMoney.com to Economist.com, they all enthusiastically participated in the making of this bubble of BUBBLES.  That’s right, the one that’s now deflatin’ faster than you can say The Hindenburg.

Really, thicker than thieves says it better than anything else in the English language.

So many hands in this cookie jar at once it gives new meaning to sleight of hand, doesn’t it?!  Really surprising they went through all the effort as the jar has been empty for so many years!  One has to really stretch to wrap one’s mind around the degree and profundity of so much intentional fraud, systemwide malfeasance, misappropriation of any vulnerable fund with value, routine embezzlement of the public purse, outright theft of shareholder value from equity accounts as well as bondholder value from bond account, swindling of all retirement accounts within reach, and the looting of any national and corporate treasury not yet the victim of a heist.  From the US Treasury to the US taxpayer, from 401K’s to Keough’s and IRA’s, Pensions to Annuities, from CalPERS to NYSLRS, savings accounts to checking accounts, from central banks to piggy banks – nothing has been spared a fleecing by these four very dubious con men.  We mean nothing.  And if you think something has somehow escaped, it just hasn’t happened yet.  Or maybe you haven’t figured it out yet.

You see bubbles, whether dollar, debt or derivative, don’t just happen, and then somehow deflate; they were created by an extraordinary amount of ongoing institutional misrepresentation, incessant prevarication from officialdom and a continuous flow of calculated fabrication from the top level controllers.  Wall Street, alone, can be tagged with enormous criminal activity that touches on every aspect of the banking, investment and financial industries.  The degree of market manipulation (stock, bond, commodity, currency, derivative, etc.), insider trading, price fixing, price gouging, executive stock option abuse, securitization of bad debt, setting up rogue investment managers, publishing false prospectus claims, insufficient liquidity to meet investor cash-outs, robbing Peter to pay Paul (illegally mixing funds), etc. is so great as to be inconceivable.  Calculated and premeditated naked short selling has also played its part in bringing down some of the biggest titans of the global financial sector.  And then there is the Street’s never-ending penchant for exaggerating (and illegally hyping) profits; revenue streams; income projections; dividend payouts; capital gains & appreciation estimates; business outlooks; product expectations, etc. which has become so commonplace that the most serious felonies associated with this behavior have to exceed grand larcenies in excess of a hundred million $$$’s in order to be prosecuted with the same vigor as jaywalking.

The flip side of this conduct, however, has been responsible for the downfall of many an investor throughout the current bear market. This concerns the willful nondisclosure by your broker of lots of bad corporate news, including everything from hidden bad debts to bad management, unreported losses, financial statements prepared with bad accounting, tanking revenues, runaway operating costs, unpredictable energy costs, uncontrollable overhead, debt defaults, loss of lifelong credit ratings, imminent bankruptcies, looming criminal prosecutions, labor unrest & union demands, unpaid taxes, top heavy debt/equity ratios & miniscule return-on-equity ratios, and on and on.  Additionally, many of the financial analysts, themselves, are either withholding accurate information or fudging the prepared data in their service as part time shill for their real corporate masters.  So oftentimes the brokers don’t even have a chance to get it right.

Here’s how an author at The Market Oracle recently spoke about the trade secrets that are currently being ‘protected’ by the US Federal Reserve concerning the lawsuits filed against the FED by both Bloomberg and Fox Business News.

“The trade secrets pertain to money laundering, fraudulent bond issuance, influence peddling of debt ratings agencies, collusion with regulatory bodies, maintenance of double book accounting, insider trading with JPMorgan & Goldman Sachs, and financial genocide of hedge funds. Those are trade secrets worthy of keeping secret and protecting.”  — Jim Willie

Since many of these practices became standard operating procedures for the entire brokerage industry over the course of many decades, the very dynamic between broker and investor changed as well.  Suffice to say, this relationship changed in such a way that the typical investor became a much more engaged and active player in the game and, therefore, a much more interested and invested party to the process (Remember day traders?).  How responsible we are as an investor playing in a game that thrives on an ever ballooning bubble economy remains to be answered.  If we buy into the game, are we culpable as well, even if we are to a lesser degree?  We’re quick to take our profits, count our days to retirement, check out the IRA balances, add up our quarterly dividends, calculate our annual appreciation, assess the pension plan, and so on, never really considering how we ourselves have benefited from, or perhaps contributed to, the various bubbles.  How the bubbles have grown so fast, or why the get-rich-quick schemes never seem to slacken is rarely considered by the beneficiary during the good times.  Truly, the $64,000 question is, and always has been, “Where is all of this unearned money, wealth, income, revenue, appreciation, etc. going to come from in the end?!?”

The convergence of so many of these co-factors, together with the agenda of the underlying control matrix that runs through all of the financial and commercial capitals of the world, have given rise to the Mega/Ultra/Super BUBBLE of 2009.  Add to this mix a past and present Federal Reserve Chairman who both very purposely and deliberately encouraged the formation of one bubble after another – in real estate (residential and commercial), stock, bond & commodities markets (relaxed margin requirements as well as critical regulation), currency and, of course, derivatives, Derivatives, DERIVATIVESThrough formal and targeted policy adoption, as well as selective policy elimination, a highly conducive environment was systematically massaged and methodically finessed into place so that only ‘bad’ things could happen.  Since this overarching scheme was meticulously sculpted, orchestrated and implemented over a twenty-five + year period, and well after the original bubble burst should have burst in the first place (Many of us financial planners fully expected a major bubble burst in the mid ’80’s.  When it turned out to be only a minor pop heard during the Stock Market Crash in August of ’87, we knew they were hard at work postponing the BIG ONE.), one starts to get a sense of proportion and begins to see the enormity of the events that we are facing.  This is HUGE beyond belief, beyond comprehension and beyond the ability/capacity of anyone, any nation or group of nations, any consortium or international body to fix.  This is really HUGE ! ! !  As a matter of fact, it doesn’t get any bigger.

Why did they do it?  And why does it matter so much?!  Let’s revisit a previous commentary on the matter to get just a glimpse of their intentions:

“HINT:  Let’s get serious for a moment.  Most of us know by now that the Crash of ’29, as   well as the Great Depression that followed, were the main events of an intricately engineered financial/economic armageddon calculated as a necessary prelude to the real Armageddon known as WWII.  Historically speaking, a man without a job, or prospects for employment in his homeland, is much more likely to hire himself out to his “guvment” as a mercenary fighting in a foreign land.  Hasn’t this been their (TPTW)* formula for both war and wealth creation for eons?!  Although it has always worked like a charm, wethinks the charm has finally worn out.  Yes, that old fashioned Hegelian dialectic based ‘problem – reaction – solution’ MO has seen its final days.  It really does appear that their misbegotten plan to foist WWIII upon us has somehow been thwarted by the real TPTB.  Yes, they’ve finally been snoockered!”

*TPTW = The Powers That Were

Has “Free Market” Capitalism already crashed and burned ?

We sincerely regret that we paint not a pretty picture through this assessment of the future.  In all likelihood, it is a picture that will only get uglier in the short and intermediate terms, especially by the looks of the day to day deteriorating circumstances and developments.  Just as our friendly investment broker, Mr Madoff, made off with all the goods and ensured they conveniently found safe haven abroad, so too will many others at the top of the food chain do the same.  This is, after all, the last phase of self destructive capitalism eating itself.  The dog eat dog world will never have more relevance than now in the upper echelons of global financial decision-making and implementation.  Every day seems to bring to light a new drama in the realm of international finance, especially for once highflying investment fund managers and hedge fund crackerjacks. (Sir Allen Sanford presents a nice copycat example.)

At the national and regional levels we can point to numerous conflicts as evidence of “Free Market” Capitalism experiencing its final death throes. Certainly the economic warfare being waged against Russia is demonstrative of the desperation of those who would maintain the energy status quo. As is the financial battleground on which Iran has found itself, because of its new oil bourse and burgeoning oil and gas revenues.  Of course, Iceland has already become a victim of this hoity-toity cannibalism having recently been eaten by the UK, just as Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece and as well as most of Eastern Europe are about to become victims of the European Union.  Then there is the Dubai Multi-Commodity Center challenging all the traditional commodity exchanges that have been routinely and flagrantly fixing the prices of gold, silver, platinum and the like.  Let’s not forget Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and a handful of other South American countries taking on their former North American taskmaster and its corporate thugs.  Zimbabwe has surely taken a beating ever since they confiscated (actually repossessed) the land that was once theirs from the recently evicted British land squatters.  Likewise, Iraq, Sudan, The Congo, and Nigeria have all been the site of violent confrontations between those who want resources by force and those who actually possess them.  How could we ignore the ‘disaster capitalism’ acting out in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, Burma, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia?  Virtually every nation in the Caucasus, as well as the other former Soviet republics, have likewise come under fire for either their (un)fortunate location or something of value they sit upon.  Even Mexico, like Columbia, has had a very rough time lately in its attempts to secure and efficiently transport the various commodities that comprise the illegal drug trade, as is Afghanistan with their again blossoming poppy fields and opium production/trade.  What recently occurred in Gaza is a glaring example of what certain states will do for more land.  The whole of Palestine, of course, has become the victim of a modern day land grab that is at the very heart of the ‘free market’ philosophy.

Incidentally, less recent history is also packed full of examples of what will happen to a nation, or group of nations, when they fail to heed the commands of the planetary overlords.  On the military side, we all saw what they did to Yugoslavia to secure and control energy conduits (oil and gas pipelines) throughout the Balkans by way of the Bosnian War of ’91-’95, the Kosovo War from ’96-‘99, as well as the smaller skirmishes before, during and after.  On the financial side, we all witnessed the financial catastrophe that was imposed on many of the Asian Rim nations in what has since been labeled the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.  Not only were Thailand, South Korea and Indonesia ruined, but the Philippines, Laos, Malaysia and Hong Kong were wrecked as well. And Japan went through a 10 year period of major asset devaluation, especially the real estate and stock markets.  On the economic side, Argentina, the USA of South America at the time, was practically destroyed in a week and a day in 1999 when the same overlords decided to economically collapse a nation in order to see how the population would react.  Fast forward to the US and the UK in 2008 & 2009 for a replay now that they think they know how we’ll respond.

The real war, however, is the oil & gas revolution that’s been simmering everywhere lately, especially between Saudi Arabia/Iran (OPEC) and the Anglo-American juggernaut.  The altercations on this battlefield have been fast and furious regarding oil pricing, supply, transport, stockpiling and dwindling demand.  It may very well turn out to be the shot heard around the world if it breaks out in the open like the recent conflict between Russia, the Ukraine and the European Union.  The slaughter in South Ossetia by Georgia was just a small example of just how volatile and precarious things have become throughout the worldwide geo-political realm.  It also underscores just how much self restraint will be required by the Russians to avoid a full blown theatre of war from developing over competition for natural gas supplies and transport pipelines.  Ditto for the Iranians, only for oil in their case.  No one can deny that these are heady times!

Just how bad will it get?  Well, since many of the practices of our current fascist corpocracy, as well as the kleptocratic oligarghy, find their roots in Imperial Rome, we might look there to see what might lie around the corner here, that is, if they are allowed to go unchecked.  As long as they continue to define “free market” as free and unfettered for themselves, but at a cost – often severe – for everyone else, there will be unprecedented friction and great conflict.  The good news is that we are now at the end of a long and arduous cycle, and at a point on the evolutionary spiral where there is significantly less karmic slack – for each and every global citizen.  Therefore, the divide and conquer strategy will not only no longer work, it will boomerang on all who attempt to use it to their advantage.  Hopefully, the deceivers of DAVOS will realize this truth sooner than later for the sake of the entire planet.

There will undoubtedly be some feedback/discussion about whether this portrayal has a tinge of doom and gloom.  By no means is this the author’s intention. But, let’s face it, sometimes a reality show can be quite difficult to watch, except that this is not a reality show, it’s a very serious reality check.  Therefore, we would like to pose the following question, especially to the fainthearted, for serious consideration:

When you’re watching an 18 wheeler, with a supposed full payload of newly minted gold that was switched in a double cross with a cargo of gold painted lead bars, barreling down a very steep and winding mountainside road, and the steering wheel is broken, the brake lines have been cut, the windshield’s been shattered, 16 of 18 wheels have come off, the driver has just suffered massive cardiac arrest and the guy riding shotgun has just finished his 4th six pack   …  …  …  and now it’s careening toward a cliff side overlooking a deep, dark chasm.  I think we all get the picture, don’t we?!

The real good news in this whole story, of course, lies at the other end of the abyss.  It is always darkest before the dawn, you know?  Yet the shining dawn will only appear after we emerge from this darkest part of the tunnel.  While that may be difficult for most to understand, or appreciate, it is nevertheless how the end of this story will unfold.

Real prophecy is only ever uttered with the purpose of catalyzing a process of contemplation in order that a substantive reformation/transformation might take place, so that one’s downfall may be averted.  Much of what has been stated in this ‘revelation’ has either already occurred, or should be perceived as forgone conclusion.  For instance, the crashing and burning of the current financial/economic order has been happening in slow motion for many years.  Likewise, the current and obvious freefall of the world economy will inevitably lead to many of the stated foregone conclusions.  Therefore, any predictions that one may read into this depiction should focus on the following:

The ash heap that remains from the self destruction of “free market” capitalism will contain just the right stuff for the ongoing rebirth and regeneration of civil society.  However, inasmuch as the bipolar world of the past 100 years was defined by both capitalism and communism, it is very likely that the coming New World Order will emerge from the ashes of the latter as well.  Just as the PHOENIX of ancient lore was consumed by the flames of its self-created funeral pyre, so too shall humankind raise a more enlightened civilization from the ashes of both Anglo-American capitalism and Sino-Soviet communism.

Neither the death of the old “system”, nor the birth pangs of “A New Earth” will be quick and easy.  Nevertheless, we hold within US and around the globe, the collective wisdom, and will, to get the job done right this time around the spiral.  So that social and economic justice may prevail, environmental and ecological awareness may predominate, and all nations – the peoples of the world – may enjoy a lasting peace and prosperity.

T. Anthony Michael

1/19/09 

“We the People” Grassroots

“We the People” Grassroots seeks to represent a vast coalition of organically grown, locally produced, grassroots organizations which share common ground concerning the current condition of the USA’s political, economic and social soil.

This collective fully acknowledges that the USA and all of its citizens face extremely serious challenges over the next several years. Profound and fundamental issues have gone unresolved for decades on virtually every front of society.  Our dire concerns about the current state of the environment, as well as the health and well being of every individual, are at the very top of our agenda.

“We the People” Grassroots was initially organized around two central organizing principles:

I.  The physical environment (e.g. lakes and rivers, forests and woods, oceans and gulfs, marshes and wetlands, mountains and valleys, plains and deserts) of the USA must be protected by everyone if an acceptable quality of life will exist for future generations to thrive and flourish.  The totality of this environment does include all manmade structures to include every office building and industrial plant, all residential housing (including single family homes, apartments, condominiums, townhouses, cottages), roads and bridges, airline and railroad infrastructure, malls and shopping centers, hospitals and prisons, schools and places of worship, etc.
The ecological balance must be maintained everywhere possible, if the human population is to expect support from the natural order.  Only responsible stewardship, which leaves the ecosystems throughout the nation intact, will guarantee this.

II.  Every citizen possesses the inalienable right not to be harmed, injured, threatened, poisoned or killed by either governmental conduct or corporate behavior.  Therefore, such practices as sky chemtrailing, water fluoridation, introduction of GMOs into the food supply, irradiation of the food supply, school vaccination programs, mercury amalgam use in dentistry, aspartame-laden beverages, circumcision of infant boys, and the indiscriminate and wide area insecticide spraying of subdivisions must be stopped immediately.  Likewise, biomass plant sitings in residential areas, deepsea drilling for oil/gas into precarious geology, hydrofracking for natural gas, construction of fatally flawed nuclear power plants as well as coal fired power plants are just a few of the energy paradigms that need to be carefully re-examined and systematically phased out for the good of the body politic.

Regarding the first principle, our mutual concerns revolve around the constant degradation that each of these components of our natural heritage continues to experience without adequate protection, maintenance and improvement.  Our finite natural resources are likewise at risk of being depleted, especially those which are not renewable or are utilized in an unsustainable manner.  Also, the acceleration of technospheric breakdown makes the nation’s metropolitan areas an increasingly dangerous place to live, work and play which ought to be addressed by any civil society if it intends to survive.

As for the second organizing principle, when government and corporations fail to live up to their end of the poverbial social contract they not only violate the public trust, they also terminate this contract and effectively nullify their very existence.  After all government’s primary purpose is to protect and safeguard the citizenry.  Concerning the social responsibility of Corporate America, how can the culpable corporations and other blameworthy business entities endure, when they knowingly participate in the aforementioned, ongoing crimes against We, the People?

The answer is simple: They cannot and should not endure.  And it is up to We, the People to both individually and collectively take back our power (as well as their power) from them before there is no more opportunity to do so.  The clarion call has been rung. Are you up to the task?

If so, all that is required is that you begin to take responsibility for your own life, stand in your own truth and find the courage to speak truth to power whenever the occasion necessitates.  This is how we begin to take back our power.

By the way, remember how difficult it was to remove a patch of real strong and healthy lawn to make way for a new shrub or tree?  The more grassroots and intertwining they are, the more formidable the movement will become … the more difficult it will be not to take We the People very seriously in November of 2012!

To learn more about “We the People” Grassroots please email us at:
we_the_people@fastmail.us