In Economics, Human Rights, Police State, Society on October 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm
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So far, America’s role is fairly limited. But if thecrisis continues to grow and the U.S. takes on a wider role, U.S. consumers
and taxpayers could feel a bigger impact. The biggest exposure could come from America’s status as the single largest source of money for the International Monetary Fund
The latest round of American
financial assistance came Thursday with a promise by the Federal Reserve
to swap as many dollars for euros as European bankers need. In the short run
, those transactions won’t have much impact because the central banks
are simply swapping currencies of equal value. If the move helps avert a wider crisis, it could help spare the global economy
from another recession.
But over the long term, consumers could feel the impact of central bankers flooding the financial system with cash, according to John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics
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In Human Rights, Police State, Society on April 24, 2011 at 7:32 am
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According to officialdom, the color-coded alert system was dumped because it didn’t provide enough information on supposed threats. Under the new system, an “elevated” threat will include a “credible” threat of terrorism while an “imminent” threat would warn of a “credible, specific and impending threat,” according to DHS bureaucrats.
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The new system, called the National Terrorism Advisory System, is necessary according to Napolitano because the old color-coded system did not communicate enough fear-based information. “What was the threat? What were you supposed to do? Where were you supposed to go to get up-to-date information?” In addition, the older system “had no natural way to be reduced if a threat dissipated or was removed,” she explained.
In addition to ferreting out exaggerated and fictional threats to the corporate media – threats easily ignored under the old system – the new system will feed them to Facebook
as well. Government engineered fear-mongering will soon invade social networks and become more personalized.
Instructing the cops how to profile citizens as terrorists.
Napolitano also announced a new DHS web page. According to the page, the National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, “recognizes that Americans all share responsibility for the nation’s security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do.”
In other words, according to the government, it is your responsibility to be in a heightened state of anxiety and fear over non-existent terrorists who hate us for our freedom and are at this very moment preparing to strike under the tutelage of the FBI and its legion of informers and agents provocateurs.The DHS began researching more effective ways to induce irrational fear back in 2003. Steve Cooper, chief information officer of the Homeland Security Department, said during a keynote address at the Federal Office Systems Exhibition that the government was exploring how to exploit wireless technology and disseminate fear-based propaganda. “Our goal is to make it work all the time,” he said. “We want to be faster, better, cheaper.”
A 2003 beta test in Virginia included sending local residents “free subscriptions to emergency alerts, which are delivered to personal digital assistants or mobile phones,” wrote Elsa Wenzel of PCWorld. The technology was designed to tailor messages to specific zip codes, alerting residents to supposed dangers – white al-Qaeda lurking about with cameras, for instance (see the above cop training video) – in their own neighborhoods.
The new DHS system reveals a larger plan by the government to install a sprawling fear-based electronic matrix that sends text messages over our wireless devices and posts terror warnings using the full range of social media, including microblogging services, Facebook and Twitter instant messages. In the not too distant future, we can expect endlessly issued and fatuous terror alerts to be accompanied by increased presence of goons in full black-clad regalia of the militarized police state at public buildings and the local mall as the control grid expands from the nation’s airports and travel infrastructure to local neighborhoods. Intrusive pat-downs and mobile naked body scanners at the mall are on the agenda in the months ahead.
The goal of endless harebrained terror alerts is to get us acclimated to the presence of cops and a network of tattletales, snoops and informers serving the larger Stasi-state America has become.
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In Activism, Economics, Human Rights, Police State, Society on March 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm
End of America?
Each time we begin to approach the end of an announced QE period, the nervous jitters of financial markets start to set in. Will Bernanke continue with QE (n+1) or won’t he? Now it’s true that professional traders live and die by their ability to front run rumor and perception, but for long term investors who fret over such decisions, it demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of what QE really is. To put it succinctly, QE is an economic deal with the Devil. Once it is begun in earnest there can be no turning back. It must be played to its ultimate conclusion.In Bernanke’s 2009 interview on 60 Minutes, he suffered a momentary lapse into honesty and stated that Quantitative Easing was effectively money printing. So why then the complicated euphemism of Quantitative Easing? Because that is what modern central banking sponsored economics is all about – the intentional obfuscation of otherwise simple economic principles to cause the eyes of normal people to glaze over. Once accomplished, the central bankers (and their financial community brethren) are able to pursue policies that greatly benefit themselves but are devastating to everyone else. .
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Long term investors who worry about whether QE will continue clearly recognize the fact that everything is now correlated to the Fed’s balance sheet. What they don’t understand is how QE is related to the larger economic cycle and its mission of preventing economic recessions.
Keeping the tent inflated
Sometimes physical analogies are the most helpful in understanding complex relationships. Let’s think of the economy as a large inflated tent. The extent of the tent’s inflation is the health of the economy. Under normal economic conditions the tent is fully inflated. In the course of time, events take place that cause the need for a correction to the economic system. New technology can come along which obsoletes old industries, bad investments and debt must be liquidated etc. When this happens a free market economy will correct itself. Capital tied up in failed industries will be reallocated and invested in new businesses. New jobs will ultimately be created and people will go back to work. Of course this reorganization takes place over time and this is what a recession is – a healing process for the economy. In our tent we can think of this as a tear that forms in the fabric. While this hole is being repaired, air escapes and the tent begins to sag a little. The extent of the drooping is the extent of the recession. Once fixed, the tent and the economy go back to normal.
QE is a wholly different method of keeping the tent propped up. It does not repair the hole, but rather attempts to keep the tent inflated by pumping more air in than is escaping through the hole. This is the new money being created and pushed into the economy to offset the credit destruction in the banking system. This is a dynamic process that must be maintained. The catch is that the hole doesn’t just stay a fixed size. The tear begins to lengthen allowing greater amounts of air to escape. The economic tent begins to sag until the volume of air being pumped in is increased to overcome the outflow. This is why QE can never end. To stop now, with such a large hole, would result in a severe and frightening recession. The tent would lose a tremendous amount of air in the time it takes to make such an extensive repair.This process continues until eventually the hole is so large that the tent collapses around the massive flow of pumping air. This is the ultimate fate of money printing as policy – a currency crisis – the endless flow of new money loses purchasing power faster than it can be created. We are left with an inflationary depression in which savings are decimated and the standard of living of most Americans is dramatically lowered.
QE is economic central planning
When an institution such as the Federal Reserve is allowed to create as much money as it wants and do with it whatever it pleases, without any oversight or transparency, then the free market and its self correcting mechanisms no longer exist. How can capital from failed business and banks be reallocated to more efficient uses when these institutions are bailed out and not allowed to fail? Prices and interest rates are the nervous system of a free market economy. They are the feedback mechanisms that direct all of the individual participants to behave in the most productive and efficient manner. There can no free market when prices and interest rates are de-linked from supply and demand. We are now a centrally planned economy run by our central bank.
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But here’s the really insidious part of QE that almost no one in the general public understands: A free society cannot exist independent of free markets. There is a disequilibrium that occurs between the two and over time one will win out over the other. And so here we are, stuck in a decaying economic system that prevents resources from being used in their most efficient manner. We simply can no longer compete with freer markets in other parts of the globe. We are saddled with the weight of central economic planning much like the old Soviet Union was. There will be no recovery and no rush of new jobs created. We will live under the burden of a burgeoning Federal government that operates completely independent of the will of its citizens. It is now beholden only the money manufacturers at the Federal Reserve and will spend money as fast as Bernanke can add zeros to its account.The problems we are experiencing have been a long time in the making. They began in earnest in 1913 with the formation of the Federal Reserve. It’s taken several generations for the Federal government and its central bank to usurp the world’s monetary system and as such few have noticed. But what’s different now is that we have hit the knee in the curve, the point at which events start to accelerate dramatically as we approach the end of the line. Those who understand QE realize that America as we knew it is already gone. Over the next decade the rest of America will become painfully aware of that fact as well.
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