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Be an Entrepreneur vs. Letter to the Radical Left
« on: April 02, 2009, 08:08:32 pm »

* This thread was called "Catherine Fitts + Resource Based Economy". The new topic starts at the 4th post.
First this from Catherine Fitts; Next post is on Resource Based Economy
1st Qtr 2009: Looking Back [from www.solari.com]
In our year-end wrap up, 2008: Looking Back, I said that the big question of 2008 was the same one I have been asking as $4 trillion went missing from the US government: “Where is the money?”

With bailouts now approaching $12-14 trillion and counting (See Bailout Mo’ Money) the importance of this question continued to grow in the first quarter of 2009.  With the laws related to public and private financial management treated by insiders as mostly irrelevant, the global financial coup d’ etat underway is becoming more apparent.

Who is in charge? Why are they behaving this way? Where is this going? We know that the first bailout overcame Congressional resistance thanks in no small part to Obama’s intervention and support. Now in office for less than 90 days, Obama has proved himself to the bankers who financed his campaign to be the change on which they were counting. My prediction is that Obama will do more to help the bankers achieve centralized control and one world government than any US politician to date.

For many years, America has led the global economy through defense spending, consumption and financial engineering. At year-end, the US stock market represented 44% of total global stock market float.  American financial clout has depended on the dollar serving as the world’s reserve currency and central banks, sovereign wealth funds and global institutional investors buying ever-growing amounts of US Treasury and agency bonds.

I am reminded of one British investment manager who said at a private conference in 2000, “The question of whether or not aliens exist is rising in importance. Now that the Americans have borrowed 80% of all the capital on the planet, it appears that the only place they could go for more capital is off planet.” Actually, there is more that can be extracted on the planet and that is what my Slow Burn scenario and belief that the military holds the US dollar up is all about.

With sufficient military and intelligence force, we can keep financial assets subsidized and financial markets manipulated forever.  We just need to be willing to control and depopulate.  Which is, indeed, what we appear to be doing. Financial theft and drain can now simply be added to a long list of poisons and control technologies: fluoridation, chemtrails, junk food, TV entrainment and subliminal programming, narcotics trafficking, suppression of health care and energy technology and so forth.

Recently, the proposed health care data system (See The Data Beast) and a carbon trading system were added to the list of methods to accelerate corporate and banking control and general depopulation. The subtle onslaught of tactics to lower the birth rate and the average life expectancy continue in a manner designed to make the general population appear bad and to blame for their failing condition.

The last time the US economy had to work through a dump, in a significant “pump and dump,” I was serving as Assistant Secretary of Housing. The economy was kept going with band-aids through the presidential election in 1988. Things started to come unglued after the inauguration, with the disclosure and corporate and individual tax collection dates in March and April heightening the tension. As growing unemployment and falling state and local revenues resulted in greater and greater pain and bankruptcies, the summer and early fall brought real fears that the global financial system was going to crash.

I remember sitting at Treasury with the Secretary of Treasury Brady and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan as we began the government resolutions of failing banks in the third quarter of 1989.  You could have cut the fear in the room that day with a knife. I anticipate similarities between the events of 1989 and 2009.

Corporations and investors delivered a lot of bad news as they filed in March. The pension fund losses announced in the first quarter were significant. Now individuals are preparing their taxes for filing on April 15. A stock market rally is easing investors losses in the short run.  State governments have been temporarily supported with the stimulus package. However, I expect the pain at the state and municipal levels to rise and the increased interest in asserting states rights to rise with it. ( See States vs. Feds.) Watch for tensions to rise steadily between now and late summer and early fall as we move into the reconciliation of the 2010 federal budget in September.

In this week’s Solari Report (Thursday, April 2), I’m doing a 1st Quarter “wrap-up” looking back at events in the first three months of 2009 and discussing what they mean to our future. Here are some of the charts I will be using in our discussion.

Here’s an outline:

    * Davos, G-20 and The Midianite Thing
    * Geography is Destiny
    * Obama: Change Bankers Can Count On
    * Your Pension Fund and 401k
    * Local Crime, Disinformation and Covert Ops
    * Print Media (and Lots More) Consolidates
    * Russia, China & the Shift to Global Governance
    * Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Is the Dollar Going to Fall?
    * Opportunities Round Up
    * April Solari Reports: Exploring the Worst Case
    * Living with the Ostriches in Your Life

Following the first quarter wrap-up, throughout April, we will be exploring the worst scenarios for the economy and how you can successfully prepare and navigate them with Franklin Sanders of The Moneychanger in our precious metals update on April 9th, Dimitry Orlov, author of ReInventing Collapse on April 16th, and Clif High of Half Past Human: Adventures in Future Viewing on April 23rd. One of the many benefits of contemplating the worst case is that it inspires you to take those actions which diversify your resources and build local resiliency. These actions are an excellent investment of your time and will serve you well even if the worst case does not happen.

You can learn more about The Solari Report and subscribe monthly or annually here. Subscribers can access our complete archive of MP3 files.

I hope you’ll join us.

paul ross replied,
Apr 2nd, 2009 at 3:41 pm:

The real question is not “Where is the money going?” but rather, what do “they” plan to do with it?

You can’t sit on dollars or whatever forever. Sooner or later, it has to be turned into something tangible or useful.

My guesses:

I. exotic technology:

Who knows what the trillions in defense research is actually creating? 1. Exotic propulsion technology for vehicles, flying and otherwise. 2. Exotic energy sources for all sorts of things: vehicle propulsion, weaponry 3. Exotic communication/storage and artificial intelligence. 4. Exotic research into thought-control, behavioral influence etc. See: Operation Mind-Control by WH Bowart

II. massive hidden wealth funds to come in a buy up real assets on the cheap:

real estate

natural resources(water, water, water, farmable land, minerals, oil etc)

equipment belonging to now bankrupt companies

controlling interests in rescuable industries that can be made profitable after major union/employee concessions

III. political power:

slush funds to buy warlords, media influence, politicians, churches

IV. financing illegal operations that turn more hidden profits:

sex slave trade
drugs
gambling
assassination for hire/mercenaries

Catherine, any additions or suggestions?

PR

catherine replied,
Apr 2nd, 2009 at 4:26 pm:

I would include:

1. private armies.
2. funds for social programs and state and local government that is flowed in through the back doors in a way to ensure that real opposition does not emerge.
3. Ditto backdoor funding to corporations to keep them going. A form of government contracts payola with no work involved.

I would add that I believe the advanced technology category is quite significant. A great deal of money is needed to fund weaponry and facilities that can not be disclosed to the Congressional intelligence committees and which are intended to be corporately owned.

One of the more unusual hypothesis I have heard was in early 2006. I was having dinner with two physicists about their personal experiences working with or observing free energy technology. One mentioned that he had gotten a call from a colleague who worked at NASA. The NASA physicist explained, he said, that they were quite under the gun. They are invested trillions in creating a sustainable colony for humans on Mars. However, they could not figure out how to get the planet core reenginergized.

Was the NASA call disinformation? I don’t know. However, the money is going somewhere and these mega space projects, electromagnetic weaponry and mega underground facilities and transportation systems that have been alleged would cost on the order of magnitude of the amounts going missing.

If you watch the documentary Phoenix Lights, ask yourself how much would it cost for the US government and Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Boeing, et al. to build such an air ship?
I suspect it was pretty expensive.
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Resource Based Economy
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009, 04:53:01 pm »

- These videos seem to describe pretty well a sensible science-based economy, except that much of conventional science seems to be unscientific:
http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3932487043163636261
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What is the Zeitgeist Movement?
The Zeitgeist Movement is a grass roots campaign to unify the world through a common ideology based on the fundamentals of life and nature. This movement ignores politics, religion and the like, and instead attempts to communicate how all humans are the same at the fundamental level and how it is time we start to work together on a global scale to end the seemingly perpetual conflict and suffering in our current world society.

Who funded / created the films exactly?
Peter funded the films with personal funds generated from his commercial work.

Some say the film attacks Christians. What is your response to this?
The idea that the film is against any group is a fallacy. The only thing the film addresses is ideology and beliefs. Sadly, many don't realize that one's ideology is not them. We are emergent beings and everything we believe is taught to us one way or another. Therefore to say the film is attacking "Christians" is about as absurd as saying the film attacks people with baseball caps. This is a serious problem in our society, for identity is erroneously associated with belief. Once again, propagandists against the project use this idea that the film "attacks" a group in order to try and manipulate their surroundings into not thinking critically about the information. The same kind of propaganda has materialized where the project has been called "new world order", "satanic" "marxist" and other irrational, thoughtless distinctions not worth bringing up.
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Resource Based Economy
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009, 08:03:17 pm »

This stuff seems to make a lot of sense, though I've only seen a few of the videos so far:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=Zeitgeist&aq=f
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Who Wants Libertarian Seed Money?
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 07:13:41 am »

Who Wants Libertarian Seed Money?
« on: April 14, 2009, 11:15:43 am »
* By seed money I mean money to help start or do a project. I have a little money saved and would like to put it to good use promoting Libertarian projects in NH. If anyone else would like to also make seed money available, you could discuss in this thread what kinds of Libertarian projects you'd like to support.
* Some of the things I'd like to provide seed money for [without interfering in such projects myself] are:
- getting a little cheap land in NH where Free Staters could move to cheaply and camp out or stay in campers, trailer houses, or self-built structures etc [either temporarily or permanently];
- starting a Libertarian school to teach teens and young adults Libertarian lifestyles;
- teaching parents and others how to raise kids Libertarianly;
- helping unify progressive, libertarian and minority young people, similar to the way left, right and centrist Libertarian, anarchist, socialist & communist FSP members are unified;
- starting or expanding alternative healthcare or health food projects.
* For the last category I'd be willing to provide seed money for making products available for sale or trade, such as vinegar, kefir, eggs, home-grown fish, certain herbs and similar items that I think are especially valuable.
* Last fall I learned how to make vinegar. My family's farm had some Kieffer pear trees with lots of pears. Kieffer pears are resistant to bugs, so they don't have to be sprayed. So I picked most of the pears and used my brother's cider mill to mash them up and press the juice out of them enmasse. Then I put the juice in a plastic barrel that had previously been used for citric acid, after I cleaned it out well. I stored it indoors over winter and it fermented nicely. My family has a restaurant and bar also, so I got a lot of free beer bottles and washed them out in the restaurant's automatic dishwasher. I was planning to strain and bottle the vinegar and sell it. That was when I was living at home near St. Louis. But then I decided to move to NH, so I'm now south of Manchester. And I didn't bring any of the vinegar with me, since I came by bus. The cider mill press has a screw press, and cranking that by hand is pretty hard work for a large amount of fruit, especially Kieffer pears that have tough skin. So I thought the next time it would be better to use a hydraulic jack to press the fruit. It might eliminate the need to pre-crush the fruit. By the way, almost any fruit or natural sweet can be used to make vinegar. Even maple sap can be used. And almost any vegetable can be pickled raw in vinegar and made more nutritious. I initially thought that vinegar was acid-forming in the body, which is not good, but it turns out it's alkaline forming, which is very good. Vinegar ended my chronic fatigue last year.
* Free beer bottles and soda bottles could be used to bottle a lot of health food type items. Herbs can be stored indefinitely in vinegar. They can be blenderized with vinegar and set for a couple weeks [shaking the bottles every day] and then the pulp can be strained out. The main nutrients of the herbs will then be in the liquid vinegar, which can be stored indefinitely in the bottles. I thought of using pieces of corn cobs as bottle stoppers, but it's a bit labor intensive to process the cobs. Cobs were used in the past to cork jugs.
* Kefir is a nutritious food similar to yogurt, but much easier to make and much more versatile, as it can be used to make saurkrauts, pickles, relishes and even beer.
* If anyone wants to apply for seed money for any similar Libertarian project, you can email me at LKINDR@yahoo.com - You'll need Libertarian people as references. I'd prefer that the money be paid back after a year or so, so the money could be used again for further seed money loans. But payback wouldn't be a requirement.
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Re: How to be an Entrepreneur in a Recession
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 07:42:09 pm »

     How to be an Entrepreneur in a Recession
April 24, 2009, 07:45:48 pm
   
* The following doesn't make any sense, so I guess it's good advice.

Six Counterintuitive Ways for Smart Entrepreneurs to Handle the Recession
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/04/16/Six-Counterintuitive-Ways-for-Smart-Entrepreneurs-to-Handle-the-Recession.aspx

In contrast to the common perception that the Great Depression was a time of suffering for all Americans, in fact about a third of the population maintained their standard of living, and another third of the population did better in the course of the 1930s than they had done before.

Hard economic times can provide excellent strategic opportunities for entrepreneurs who are willing to buck conventional wisdom. With this in mind, here are six counterintuitive principle-based ways for wise entrepreneurs to thrive during recessions.

1. Raise Salaries

While most businesses use downturns as excuses to cut back on investments in employees, smart business owners will do the exact opposite and capitalize on the opportunity to build leaders. The principle behind this is that people are the only true assets. Show strength, vision, and most importantly, gratitude to instill a culture of production and loyalty, rather than fear, and to get the best out of your people. It's common sense that people who feel valued perform better.

2. Spend More

There are two general types of liabilities: consumptive and productive. Productive liabilities are attached to a corresponding asset that provides an increase in cash flow. The common tendency is to shrink budgets when hard times hit. The smart approach, however, is to identify where your money will have the most impact and increase your spending in that area -- even if it means borrowing money to do so.

3. Meet Less, Empower More

Far too many business meetings are unproductive, too lengthy, and involve unnecessary people. Empower your people by setting clear expectations and boundaries and then letting them make decisions and lead in their sphere of influence. Give them more responsibility and then follow through by holding them accountable.

4. Liquidity, Liquidity, Liquidity

Many businesses fail because of the classic "asset rich and cash poor" syndrome. When money is tight, and especially when you're uncertain when the situation will change, you can't afford to lock your money up in retirement plans; you need control and liquidity. Ultimately, your business is a far better investment than a 401(k), especially since it can provide ongoing cash flow without the worry of depleting principal.

5. Focus, Not Diversification

When times are hard and people become fearful, they will often take a shotgun approach to business, shooting as much as possible and crossing their fingers and hoping they will hit something. The best entrepreneurs, however, pick up a rifle, identify the right target, and nail the bull's-eye. The more difficult the economic environment, the more important it is for you to focus on your core passions, values, and competencies.

6. Embrace Change Through Education

Recessions are times of great change and upheaval. Those who struggle often do so because they cling to the past. It's critical for you to stay on the cutting edge of innovation through a lifelong pursuit of education. The most successful entrepreneurs are those who are constantly reading, attending seminars, engaging with mentors, and exposing themselves to new adventures and ideas.

Sources:

  AdvantEdge Newsletter 2009
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PATRIOTIC RETIREMENT PLAN
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2009, 07:44:51 pm »

* Would this work?

Subject: PATRIOTIC RETIREMENT PLAN
This is from an article in the St. Petersburg ,  FL Times Newspaper on Sunday.
 
The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix the Economy?"
I think this guy nailed it!
 
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Dear Mr. President:
 
Please find below my suggestion for fixing  America 's economy.
 
Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following  plan.
 
You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:
 
There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force.
 
Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:
 
1) They MUST retire.  Forty million job openings -
 
Unemployment fixed.
 
 
2) They MUST buy a new American CAR.  Forty million cars ordered-
 
Auto Industry fixed.
 
 
3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage
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Housing Crisis fixed.
 
 
It can't get any easier than that!
 
If more money is needed, have all members of Congress and their constituents pay their taxes...
 
 
If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.
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Letter to the Radical Left
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2009, 01:21:38 pm »

Wade Frazier's "An Open Letter to the Radical Left – Let’s Truly Get Radical and Heal the Planet"
http://www.ahealedplanet.net/radleft.htm

After more interaction with various people in 2006, something I had seen Herman and Chomsky write about finally became clear: most people are incapable of being rational when their survival-based ideologies are challenged, especially those who fancy themselves to be intelligent and educated; their defense mechanisms are just slightly more sophisticated than most. ... The reasons for such responses from the scientifically trained, I believe, are several.  One is that many scientists have mental and physical attributes that have been described by many terms over the years, including “nerd.”  As psychology has been “advancing,” they have found that the qualities that make people “nerds” are ... in the autism spectrum [so they] relatively easily understand the abstract concepts common to math and science, but can be oblivious to body language and other cues required to socially navigate.  They consequently tend to have poor social lives and a stunted understanding of the human condition.  That dynamic is probably related to the naiveté of scientists that Fuller observed.

Another reason is their political indoctrination.  About half of all American scientists work for the military-industrial complex.  If we add the medical-industrial complex and civilian high technology, that group probably includes more than 80% of America’s scientifically trained.  I work in the civilian high-technology field myself, and right wing political views predominate.  The military-industrial complex is also heavily right wing in its political orientation.  I have many friends and relatives who work in those environments.  For instance, one relative works for a military contractor and recently said that the only show that played on the lunchroom television was Fox News, and nobody really seemed to mind.  One day, he changed the channel and fled the room when nobody was around.  It was turned back to Fox News almost immediately.  Most people will never overcome their indoctrination, and when their bread is buttered by a highly slanted political culture, there are few incentives to ever learn any differently – except a love of the truth.  The likelihood of a scientist waking up to political reality in that environment is almost zero.  I have subscribed to Z Magazine since the early 1990s, and have read all manner of progressive periodical and book.  I cannot recall ever seeing an article in any of those publications that was authored by a scientist in the physical sciences.  As Noam Chomsky has discussed for many years, the U.S. military establishment heavily funded American universities during the Cold War, and his fellow MIT faculty are mostly right-wingers.

Ironically, Chomsky’s peers at MIT find his political views strange but non-threatening, but a few miles away at Harvard, the seat of the liberal establishment, Chomsky is regarded as the devil incarnate.  That is because Chomsky is a true leftist, and his positions expose the liberal left’s fraudulent stances, which are every bit as imperialist as right-wingers’ are, but they concoct more humane rhetoric.  That Chomsky’s work even exists demonstrates that the liberal left’s work is not very left at all, and is just more apologetics for empire.

Related to the political indoctrination of the scientifically trained is their economic indoctrination.  I work near Microsoft, almost in sight of Bill Gates’ house, and the prevailing economic viewpoint of Microsoft employees is a belief in the unbridled “free market” as they try to get rich by working for a monopoly.  They also have strongly “libertarian” views.

In summary, scientists and technical professionals receive ample rewards from their membership in America’s more lucrative establishments, and rarely have the motivation, ability or opportunity to successfully study evidence that contradicts the paradigms they have been indoctrinated into.  In addition, there is often a genuine fear of straying from the herd, and great rewards reaped for quietly serving in their soft berths.  That is not a pointed indictment of scientists, as this dynamic has long been observed to be common to all Americans, if not all people.  Few have ever had a productive reaction to the evidence of how the energy racket really works.  The danger is thinking that scientists are less susceptible to such irrationalities, when sometimes they are more susceptible.  Very few of them have what it takes to effectively investigate/evaluate/pursue free energy.
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Re: Be an Entrepreneur vs. Letter to the Radical Left
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2009, 08:46:00 pm »

Good article. Thanks 4 posting.  :)
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