By Ronald L. Ray —
In the ongoing “war for plutocracy,” by which the Rothschild dynasty of financial pharaohs and the weasels of Wall Street seek to separate the common people from their property, the debt-slavers normally count on the dutiful support of the courts when turning distressed homeowners into America’s homeless. But Snohomish County, Washington Judge George N. Bowden showed both courage and character on January 30 when he voided the foreclosure sale of Jacob Bradburn’s home by giant Bank of America (BOA).
In a sense, Bradburn’s story is that of the American “Everyman.” Following the 2008 economic collapse, caused by avaricious Big Banks, Bradburn fell upon hard times. He turned to his mortgage servicer for help in keeping his home, only to hear the advice given by seemingly every servicer and credit card company.
Because he was still current on his mortgage, he was told he had to “miss a payment” before he could qualify for refinancing. Like so many other debtors before him, Bradburn did so, but the conundrum of bank-induced consequences was such a “convoluted case in the minefield of mortgage foreclosure litigation,” wrote Bowden, that even the legally trained judge’s mind struggled with the muddle of facts.
Immediately after the missed payment, the BOA snake constricted around its prey. Bradburn was denied refinancing. A dispute arose over how much money he continued to owe on the house—not uncommon in the quicksand of additional interest andpenalties inflicted on delinquent homeowners, even when their delinquency was caused by a bank’s demand. And in the midst of Bradburn’s continuing efforts to seek assistance from the predatory lending institution, BOA foreclosed extrajudicially on his home and sold it out from under him. So much for helpful customer service.
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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,
This is how empires collapse: one complicit participant at a time.
Before an empire collapses, it first erodes from within. The collapse may appear sudden, but the processes of internal rot hollowed out the resilience, resolve, purpose and vitality of the empire long before its final implosion.
What are these processes of internal rot? Here are a few of the most pervasive and destructive forces of internal corrosion:
1. Each institution within the system loses sight of its original purpose of serving the populace and becomes self-serving. This erosion of common purpose serving the common good is so gradual that participants forget there was a time when the focus wasn’t on gaming the system to avoid work and accountability but serving the common good.
2. The corrupt Status Quo corrupts every individual who works within the system.Once an institution loses its original purpose and becomes self-serving, everyone within either seeks to maximize their own personal share of the swag and minimize their accountability, or they are forced out as a potentially dangerous uncorrupted insider.
The justification is always the same: everybody else is getting away with it, why shouldn’t I? Empires decline one corruptible individual at a time.
3. Self-serving institutions select sociopathic leaders whose skills are not competency or leadership but conning others into believing the institution is functioning optimally when in reality it is faltering/failing.
The late Roman Empire offers a fine example: entire Army legions in the hinterlands were listed as full-strength on the official rolls in Rome and payroll was issued accordingly, but the legions only existed on paper: corrupt officials pocketed the payroll for phantom legions.
Self-serving institutions reward con-artists in leadership roles because only con-artists can mask the internal rot with happy-story PR and get away with it.
4. The institutional memory rewards conserving the existing Status Quo and punishes innovation. Innovation necessarily entails risk, and those busy feathering their own nests (i.e. accepting money for phantom work, phantom legions, etc.) have no desire to place their share of the swag at risk just to improve sagging output and accountability.
So reforms and innovations that might salvage the institution are shelved or buried.
5. As the sunk costs of the subsystems increase, the institutional resistance to new technologies and processes increases accordingly. Those manufacturing steam locomotives in the early 20th century had an enormous amount of capital and institutional knowledge sunk in their factories. Tossing all of that out to invest in building diesel-electric locomotives that were much more efficient than the old-tech steam locomotives made little sense to those looking at sunk costs.
As a result, the steam locomotive manufacturers clung to the old ways and went out of business. The sunk costs of empire are enormous, as is the internal resistance to change.
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The United States government and the Federal Reserve must keep interest rates near zero – because if they don’t, there will be great difficulty in paying the interest on the debt they’ve accumulated, which could bring it all (the economy and our way of life) crashing down.
There’s one problem though. The only way the United States can maintain their zero interest rate policies is for the world to continue accepting the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. The thing is – they’re not, and plans are nearly implemented to circumvent the United States dollar for major countries such as Russia and China (and others).
The carrot and the stick approach (by the United States) isn’t working so well anymore. The carrot (the strength of the dollar) is becoming increasingly rotten and the stick (the willingness to use the military) has weakened considerably as Americans have grown war weary.
There’s No More Gold
It is likely that there is little gold left in United States coffers to back up American debt. Technically the dollar is not backed by gold anyway (since Nixon in the ’70s) but the gold for the most part is believed to have left the country while much of it has gone east to Asia and beyond while the FED and gold central banks have suppressed the dollar price of gold – while it is gobbled up in the world market (apparently other nations still value this ancient relic as real money) – [sarcasm]. The United States was recently only able to deliver a tiny fraction of Germany’s gold after they requested (demanded) it – exemplifying the likelihood that there is barely any gold left on reserve. The FED refuses to audit their (supposed) gold.
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It almost happened in 2008… but as this excerpt from Casey Research’s Meltdown America documentary notes, it appears the US military is preparing for the potential collapse of the US dollar. As Scott Taylor warns, “…if the carrot (of credit worthiness) is fading, and the stick (of military threat) is weak, that empire is going to come down in a hurry…” which leaves a serial economic mis-manager only one option to ‘secure’ the empire.
To see what the consequences of economic mismanagement can be, and how stealthily disaster can creep up on you, watch the 30-minute documentary, Meltdown America. Witness the harrowing tales of three ordinary people who lived through a crisis, and how their experiences warn of the turmoil that could soon reach the US. Click Here To Watch It Now
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”—John F. Kennedy
John W. Whitehead
Those tempted to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion. This goes far beyond concerns about grazing rights or the tension between the state and the federal government.
Few conflicts are ever black and white, and the Bundy situation, with its abundance of gray areas, is no exception. Yet the question is not whether Cliven Bundy and his supporters are domestic terrorists, as Harry Reid claims, or patriots, or something in between. Nor is it a question of whether the Nevada rancher is illegally grazing his cattle on federal land or whether that land should rightfully belong to the government. Nor is it even a question of who’s winning the showdown— the government with its arsenal of SWAT teams, firepower and assault vehicles, or Bundy’s militia supporters with their assortment of weapons—because if such altercations end in bloodshed, everyone loses.
What we’re really faced with, and what we’ll see more of before long, is a growing dissatisfaction with the government and its heavy-handed tactics by people who are tired of being used and abused and are ready to say “enough is enough.” And it won’t matter what the issue is—whether it’s a rancher standing his ground over grazing rights, a minister jailed for holding a Bible study in his own home, or a community outraged over police shootings of unarmed citizens—these are the building blocks of a political powder keg. Now all that remains is a spark, and it need not be a very big one, to set the whole powder keg aflame.
As I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, there’s a subtext to this incident that must not be ignored, and it is simply this: America is a pressure cooker with no steam valve, and things are about to blow. This is what happens when a parasitical government muzzles the citizenry, fences them in, herds them, brands them, whips them into submission, forces them to ante up the sweat of their brows while giving them little in return, and then provides them with little to no outlet for voicing their discontent. The Rest Of The Story Here
The ongoing Bundy Ranch controversy is a test, and we’re the ones being tested.
Never before in human history have a people just voluntarily laid down their liberty and property without bloodshed. The statists know this, which is why they’ve spent the last generation investing heavily in conquering media, academia, and pop culture. They’re hoping those influential platforms can condition us to become so numbed out and dumbed down that we won’t even notice when our liberty is gone. Or that by the time we do it will be too late.
Bundy Ranch is a test case to see if their plans have sufficiently silenced us or not, because in this day and age of alternative media and viral marketing they can’t rely on mainstream media to spin another Waco or Randy Weaver story for them. Especially since the Bundy family are more sympathetic figures than either of those two stories were back then, and the country has become much less trusting of government than it was back then as well.
The statists want to see if there’s still enough of us willing to stand up to them if they try and apply their boot to our throat. In Nevada over the weekend they didn’t get the answer they were hoping for, obviously, so they have decided to stand down. Translation: they’ll wait us out until we’re bored with the story and moved on to something else, and that’s when the hammer will drop. So expect another “coming out” party for a pro athlete or a celebrity sex scandal soon to replenish the Idiocracy.
No, I’m not saying they plant these stories or make them up for the purposes of distracting us, because that would be giving these people way too much credit. If they were capable of such subterfuge, they would’ve given us an Obamacare website that worked. But I am saying they will attach themselves to one of these stories once they occur in order to distract us from what’s really going on.
Case in point: Google “Russia Ukraine” and about 1.46 million results show up. Google “Miley Cyrus twerking” and over 30 million do. Like any good drug dealer would, they have conditioned us to prefer what’s bad for us, and then they dutifully supply it to us in bulk once it becomes available.
The Bundy Ranch showdown is a shot across our bow; as were the “Barry-cades” during the government slim down last fall; as was the Toomey-Manchin gun grab last year; as are a lot of the things you’re seeing in the news these days.
See, the statists are growing impatient.
They know the failures of their statist champion in the White House threatens to kill their chances in 2014, and perhaps even 2016. They can see their overreaches have resulted in a backlash from the American people. More and more families are opting out of their government indoctrination centers masquerading as schools. Faith and values-driven entertainment is re-asserting itself at the box office. Perhaps the best organized political demographic in the emerging generation are anti-statist libertarians.
Regardless of their false bravado, the statists are concerned their window of opportunity may be closing here. Despite a record number of anti-constitutional actions from the current regime in the White House, they still haven’t been able to disarm us or impose the blanket amnesty for illegals they were counting on, either. Previously harmless groups like Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor are hitting them back in the courts and the court of public opinion.
It appears the only people left in America still afraid of these statists all happen to be running the Republican Party.
Thus, they must up the ante, like they recently tried at Bundy Ranch. But not only did they run into an ornery cattle rancher, they also stirred up a hornet’s nest of peeved patriots from around the country that have had their Howard Beale moment. They’re mad as Hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore.
However, it won’t stop here.
The statists have only been able to make the gains they’ve made because our complacency allowed it. As Glenn Beck has said, these statists are really just “patient communists.” They will keep coming and coming; awaiting the day that when they poke and prod us we finally lack the willpower to respond accordingly. Unless we display the same consistency and courage of conviction we cannot defeat them.
This is what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
Pick up Steve’s new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.”
Delivered by The Daily Sheeple
In the last three years, a few colleagues and the Jackass’ have investigated reasons why people do not investigate or show interest in the decayed financial structures and depleted economy. Many go farther and hold firm to odd indefensible beliefs, while mocking those who display curiosity and put forth theories for test. We examine why they choose to remain uninformed and in the dark, even to hold firm on slippery ground. This is a new intriguing aspect of human psychology, and as fascinating as disturbing. Here are some conclusions after a couple of years.
a) We conclude that some people wish to believe the leaders, laws, and system protect them, another sacred belief. Like the USGovt is there to serve, the bankers to invest, the laws unswerving, the military to defend the people and nation rather than the elite and the corporate giants. To me, this is utter nonsense as evidence blows it away to the contrary.
b) We conclude that some people have over-arching belief systems for their lives that are sacrosanct and not challenged. Like how good prevails over evil, how solutions are pursued, how the United States always prevails, how the system will correct itself. To me, this is utter nonsense as evidence blows it away to the contrary.
c) We conclude that some people are so frightened by certain threats, that they wish to ignore them in order to avoid a deeply rooted sense of insecurity. They might choose to minimize the threats, since horrifying. They stick with illusions in a dream world. To me, this is sticking one’s head in the sand while exposing ones hind quarters to the full impact of the impact that has become utterly obvious.
d) We conclude that some people are successful in their work, and deeply invested in the current system, that they do not wish to alter the system in which they succeed. However, doing so has already resulted in significant loss of business even for the successful and diligent. To me, this is sticking one’s head in the sand while exposing ones hind quarters to the full impact of the impact that has become utterly obvious.
e) We conclude that people come from different eras within the national history, the older folks with more trust in the system to rebound like after the Great Depression and World War II, the military veterans replete with loyalty rooted in trust, the Vietnam Boomer generation absent trust entirely, the youth mostly disillusioned about the future and struggling for a path to a job. To me, the stratified divisions of society will always be present, and always exert hugely different conditioning factors. The Jackass passed through the Vietnam Era and saw the betrayals to my generation. To me, after a few years of holding firm from a conditioned response, the position of loyalty to the system seems untenable.
These justifications and phenomena are not comprehensive or exhaustive. They are a work in progress, which go together with the Stockholm Syndrome and the Warsaw Effect. These two forces address the emotional integration between victim and assailant, and the denial of threat while trapped within contained walls. Such defense mechanisms are not new to the human species, but they are finally more commonly discussed and studied. However, integrate the five described items and something more perverse emerges. What appears is defense mechanisms for a nation undergoing systemic failure, along with delusional defeated masses not coping too well during the collapse. Too many people have succumbed to the pressures, and remain hidden in their little anal caves.
The following are the key world indicators that we monitor closely and statements.
Israel – This very small Middle Eastern country is not the key to Middle East peace or world peace.
Middle East tensions – Most Middle Eastern countries are at different stages of internal conflict. Many of the battles are between the Sunnis and the Shiites. A peace deal in Israel will not improve a single conflict.
Iran – The leadership in Iran believes they are to usher in the coming of the 12th Imam, the Muslim Messiah.
Russia – The Putin led government wants to be a major world player. They want to control the world’s major oil assets. Russia is rapidly increasing their Middle Eastern influence and providing military weapons.
US economy – The US financial catastrophe and contagion has numerous sources: Wall Street greed and the lack of regulation; US banks’ lending practices and the funding of corporate takeovers; corporate greed; record low savings due to cost of living increases and materialism; health care costs; the lack of a national energy plan; years of ill-advised legislation, deficit spending, a nine-million word tax code, 11,000 Washington lobbyists, Congressional ineptness and White House policy.
World economy – The world economies have been devastated by the US sub-prime fiasco and Wall Street greed. Just under $40 trillion of worldwide stock mark capitalization has been wiped out, $10 trillion in the US.
US moral condition – Man’s free will in opposition to God’s will. Civil rights are replacing morality.
Radical Islam – Radicals cannot be defeated so they have to be managed.
One-world order – Russia, China, Iran and radical Muslims will never participate in the move to one-world order.
Global Warming – Princeton University physicist Dr. William Happer told a congressional committee hearing in February 2009 that global warming fears are “mistaken” and that the earth is currently in a “CO2 famine now” when you look at carbon dioxide (CO2) levels through geological time.
He said, “At least 90% of greenhouse warming is due to water vapor and clouds. Carbon dioxide is a bit player. The current warming period began about 1800 at the end of the little ice age, long before there was an appreciable increase of CO2. Research papers with scientific findings contrary to the dogma of climate calamity are rejected by reviewers, many of whom fear that their research funding will be cut if any doubt is cast on the coming climate catastrophe.”
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By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
Financial expert Rob Kirby says global central bank fraud is propping up the economy. Kirby contends, “The amount of fiat money that has to be created on a go forward basis rises exponentially over time. So much, much money is being created whether the Fed says they are ‘tapering’ or the Fed says they’re not ‘tapering’ is irrelevant to what is really happening. The money is being created, and they have to find places to hide it. What else has happened? Internationally, we see the likes of Russia and China basically setting up to trade in other than dollars because they know what’s going on with the dollars, and they know too many dollars are being created. They know this story of too many dollars being created ends very badly. . . . Fiat money by its very nature is designed to fail. Fiat money by its nature needs to be increased. Fiat money at the beginning has a very shallow incline, and then you hit an inflection point where the amount of fiat money being produced literally has to go vertical. We are into the vertical part of that curve now.”
Kirby thinks the inflection point was the 2008 financial meltdown. Kirby, who has 15 years’ experience as an international derivatives broker, charges, “The only thing the monetary elites can do to prolong or delay that inflection point is by lowering rates. By pushing rates to zero, which they did roughly 7 years ago, basically bought them some time. A lot of things the central bankers have been doing are nothing but buying time. In terms of the money that is being created, it’s really starting to hit home, and it’s really starting to become apparent the true scale of this Ponzi scheme. We see a little nation like Belgium, with their $480 billion GDP, in the last three reporting months . . . put $141 billion worth of U.S. government securities into their reserve account. They are now holding something like $340 billion in their reserve account. This is absolutely absurd. This is something that wouldn’t pass as a prank in the schoolyard. This is an international game of hide the salami. The dollars have to be created, and the central bank is running out of places to hide it.”
Kirby goes on to explain, “People think it’s outrageous that the Federal Reserve has a $4 trillion balance sheet. Try a $10 trillion balance sheet, and try a $10 trillion balance sheet in another sovereign’s debt. It’s absolutely absurd and ridiculous. This is high fraud. What it shows is that this is not a problem that is with just America anymore. It shows the real problem is with central banking and fiat money itself. Fiat money and central banking are not the offspring of capitalism. They are the central planks of the communist manifesto. They are socialist and communist in nature. The real problem is with the money itself. We need to revert back to real capitalism which is real weights and measures and honest commerce. Otherwise, we are going to devolve into a very dark period of feudalist oppression.”
Why is this happening? Kirby thinks, “It doesn’t really matter who occupies the Oval Office. The office of the President has been captured, and it has been captured by the bankers. We are living under banker rule. This is a big problem. Bankers are soulless. Bankers have no nation. Bankers are a religion unto themselves. It’s a cult, and it’s dangerous.” Kirby goes on to say, “At this point, there is going to be pain no matter what we do. . . . At some point, the whole thing will unwind, and hopefully it will not do so in a cataclysmic fashion. I hope it will not do so with a push of a button that will start a nuclear war. You can get truly dark when you start thinking how this might end. I’d like to think saner heads might rule the day. What we are witnessing in real time is this experiment with central banking, and fiat money is failing. The evidence is written all over the walls. It’s completely clear. Anyone who is not paying attention to this, at this point, is delusional.”