Monthly Archives: April 2016

Brussels is Massing ‘The Army’!

So many people are saying they have insufficient information with which to make their decision about the ‘In/Out’ referendum. To my mind this is stark evidence of the success of current political propaganda.

We, the taxpayers, are paying for the bureaucratic monstrosity that is now Brussels and the contempt with which we are being treated is staggering. It is political arrogance at its most despicable and highlights the total lack of integrity of the people we have given our power away to, to manage European Society.

The UK Referendum demonstrates that these people have abused us for too long, as well as showing up just how scared they really are!

Let’s step outside all of the dubious claims and counter claims for each side and look at the very much controlled theme being run here. I found the exercise quite enlightening. To my mind we are not immersed in a democratic debate about how Europe is managed but rather being subjected to a carefully constructed assault of financial antagonism!

It is as though an ‘army’ has suddenly been amassed to carry out this assault upon the British people, both on the home front and from abroad . . . A ‘Neoliberal Army’.

At its forefront is one of its biggest ‘battleships’, the IMF, with a destructive power that simply blew Greece out of the water last year and then went on to pillage its state assets, aided and abetted by the smaller ‘destroyers’ of the ECB and Brussels.

All of these forces have now turned their financial might upon the British people, sending salvo after salvo of financial data (lies, damn lies and statistics), describing how financial devastation awaits us if we dare to leave their kingdom.

(The latest being a veiled threat of financial punishment if Britain fails to tow the EU line by another of the army’s ‘destroyers’ the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Then we are confronted by our own financial ‘tanks’, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Bank of England and the Treasury, with the same battle song of financial Armageddon if we dare to leave the kingdom of Neoliberalism.

Do you see where I am coming from with all of this? Their combined fire power, together with their propaganda ministry – the media – is made up of financial ammunition alone! This is the sum total of their (‘military’) might. Not guns and bullets but debt driven obligation, pointed directly at each country through the barrel of ‘Austerity’.

Not content with this, we are then confronted with the assault troops headed up by ‘General’ Obama. His recent personal assault upon this country was supported by his legions of lieutenants in the US Senate, 8 former US Treasury secretaries of whom wrote an article warning on the dire financial consequences of a ‘leave’ vote. (The net result here was to increase the ‘leave’ vote by 3%!)

Financial values are the criteria by which the EU is being run by Brussels and hence the financial barrage now being directed at us. This aggressive mind-set was formulated by the Rothschild’s in the mid-18th century (this earlier piece covers it)  and has dominated right up to the present day.

Countries are viewed, not as populations of people with a cultural heritage but rather as a company with assets and liabilities. Neoliberal values dictate that people and their culture are irrelevant if countries are to be run efficiently and profitably. How successfully this was demonstrated in Greece last year with the despair and suicides, brought on by the Troika’s financial assault.

The problem with wielding so much financial might is the very narrowness of its scope. Life cannot be run by such constricting values. As a species we require much more variety to live fulfilling and purposeful lives and the rules of debit and credit come nowhere near meeting these fundamental necessities.

Last week it was reported that 500 migrants died when a large ship sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy. What an ideal opportunity to come out and call for the assistance of all people to work with Brussels to find a solution to this ongoing human misery.

Instead, not a word is spoken and the story, like so many others, is pushed under the vast media carpet. Brussels continued mismanagement of migrants fleeing war torn areas is particularly loathsome, because it is as a direct result of Western foreign policy, of which they are very much a part.

Neither is there reference to any configuration about how they are managing the other areas of their domain. Employment, social integration, religious integration and cultural integration are all important and obvious tools with which to combat terrorism, as well as having a profound effect upon ours and our children’s future.

Discussion about these fundamental areas of human interaction are simply not on the table. The best the people can expect is whatever crumbs our elected representatives are able to scrape up from the Brussels ‘operations room’, as it pursues its financial invasion of our lives.

There is a similar silence towards the European wide petition demanding the halting of the now infamous trade agreements being pushed through at the behest of ‘General’ Obama. Brussels refuses to listen to the people and in doing so is again missing (or ignoring) a prime opportunity to build much needed bridges of credibility. From this it would appear that TTIP is a ‘tactical’ financial objective and therefore brooks no discussion or criticism?

The financial Neoliberal criteria by which our lives are increasingly being run is the very reason there is now so much unrest across the EU and elsewhere in the world. This unrest is fuelled by the gradual lifting of the veil of secrecy with which all power has been conceived, developed and maintained.

Greater understanding about our banking system and the abuses of debt issued money supply, together with the flagrant theft of public money to prop up failing banks, is breeding a ‘Populist Resistance Movement’ out of the financial collapse of 2008.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the political successes of both Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Saunders in the US, whose common denominator is the needs of the people and not the financial needs of the rich.

Because of this, Neoliberalism is having to go onto a ‘war footing’ that is now being expressed in all of its cold aggression towards these contenders, as well as their growing legions of supporters. A repeat of tactics used against Greece last year.

Whether we like it or not we are in a ‘no holds barred’ confrontation, masked by clever propaganda that has us fighting over the merits of irrelevances, contained within a bogus war of ‘In/Out’. Its forces may be mighty but its cause is shallow, reducing credibility and support by its ever abusive and domineering tactics.

(As I write, just 1 hour ago news reports  are coming in of “Around 600 members of various European police and military forces have carried out a European Union (EU) funded training exercise, in preparation for major civil unrest and even war.” A worrying development from a very worried hierarchy.)

There is a lot hanging on the outcome of 23rd June 2016 my friends and I don’t for one minute believe we are alone in this.

In the meantime, the rain is getting warmer, the sun continues to shine and summer approaches. Something over which none of us have any control . . . Have a great weekend.

Until the next time

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Obama Visit . . . Some Afterthoughts

obama photo

I started off my last piece by stating how ashamed I was at being British these days. That our Prime Minister has found it necessary to beg for the assistance of the American President (amongst others) to argue his case for remaining in the EU, because he now has no credibility whatsoever with his own people, is humiliating in the extreme.

Brussels too, is losing credibility with the British people (and the Europeans for that matter) and hence unelected technocrats begging him to come over and argue their corner as well.

So much for modern leadership and government!

Instead of inspiring speeches we were treated to subtle threats. I thought we had been told we had a ‘special relationship’ with the US. What would have happened if that did not exist . . . Oh wait a minute, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan. Or maybe regime change, as is currently going on in Brazil. (Nearly happened in the UK after the CIA leaked the Panama Papers!)

Given this, I find myself questioning the credibility of the current leader of the birthplace of Neoliberalism, whose political agenda is evidenced in the country’s biggest debt mountain, achieved from the immorality of student loans. What is so reprehensible about this government sponsored lending is that a third of these youngsters cannot now repay those loans . . . we’re talking a trillion dollars of debt here!

Then we have the startling news this week that 1 in 5 US families have nobody working to put food on the table. Worse still the Federal Reserve has disclosed that 47% of all Americans would be unable to find just $400 without selling something, if an emergency occurred. The deadly result of Neoliberal policies that have exported so many US jobs abroad, whilst holding wages down to compete.

The US economy is in far worse shape than the media would have us believe, as corporate bankruptcies continue to escalate, caused by issuing trillions of dollars of debt to artificially hold up share prices in a huge Ponzi scheme that can only result in financial Armageddon.

Freedom of speech is also questionable in the US, as protestors, (it doesn’t matter where or what they are protesting), are commonly dealt with by violent police action or incarceration and sometimes fatality.

With these credentials, rather than being seduced into staying in the EU I feel we have been given “an offer we can’t refuse!” Much has been reported about us “getting to the back of the queue” for trade deals. If TTIP is the deal, we already know what our answer is. (Both Obama and Merkel say the pact will provide a shot in the arm to Western economies . . . how would we know, it’s so secret . . . more like another “offer we can’t refuse”!)

I don’t know about you but I feel we are being treated just like the people of Greece. Step out of line and you will get a slap! Democratic process . . . forget about it!

After the newly elected Greek government held a referendum, the results of which were ignored by the US backed Troika, unelected technocrats were installed to run the country and ensure interest payments on loans got priority over everything, including the people’s welfare.

Not only that but the terms of the new loans were even more punitive, as a Neoliberal ‘slap’ for stepping out of line.  (Remember also that the US backed former government shied away from a referendum after the IMF gave them a call, hence the election.)

It was the same with Cuba. Here the people revolted in 1959 and installed a communist regime. The US response has now become predictable. Break off diplomatic ties and commence covert operations to topple the regime and install their own puppet government.

In the case of Cuba, the people resisted, not just for a month or two but right up until 2015. The US worked out their tactics were going nowhere and eventually restored diplomatic relations, as well as now looking to lift trade embargoes. Is this what Greece can look forward to?

(Wasn’t it interesting how, after Obama’s official visit to Cuba, our very own Rolling Stones also visited and held a free concert to which 500,000 excited Cubans attended. “Upstaged” was a word I saw in one report. ‘Excited’ was not a word I saw used to describe Obama’s visit.)

Was Obama’s UK visit a warning shot across the bows? No meaningful observations. Silence also about TTIP and the frightening mess Europe in now in, with US style debt and immigration problems (which they deal with in their own country with barbed wire and military guards the length of the Mexican border).

The UK is not a poor nation, like Cuba or Greece but the world’s fifth largest economy on whom other countries, like the US and EU rely for trading support. Threatening to take away our powers could, I would have thought, sent us into the arms of the rising BRICS group.

Here lies the Pentagons greatest nightmare. This powerful group of countries are looking to introduce their own monetary system later this year, backed by gold, rather than created out of thin air by financier backed government decree. When the existing fiscal Ponzi scheme ultimately collapses where will countries go for financial stability . . . You decide.

In our referendum debate, we’ve already had the ‘financial assault’ by the supposedly unbiased IMF and our very own Bank of England. Obama’s visit was to remind us of their other might, as an integral part of the Rothschild’s/US pact to seek global dominance.

There is no doubt, with the US fronting up to China and Russia in ever more belligerent terms, Europe is a strategic centre of critical military importance to both sides. And with the youth of this area jobless, there is a ready source of recruits to rapidly build a European army, something the US is dedicated to enacting.

Our referendum really isn’t just about ‘In/Out’, I would suggest but rather our attempted salvation from ‘debt drowning’ Neoliberal domination. It is the root cause of growing global unrest, from low wages, unemployment, eroding democracy and escalating immigration, to producing an ever increasing gap between rich and poor.

Interesting times my friends and much to weigh up as we read between the lines.

Until the next time

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Obama’s Visit and ‘Engineered Democracy’

I don’t think there has ever been a time in my life when I have felt so ashamed of being British as I do today. Never did I believe the exalted position of Prime Minister of Great Britain could be bought to such a low standing as has now been achieved by its present incumbent. From Disraeli to Churchill and beyond, they must all be turning in their graves.

Not only have we to suffer the humiliation of having the US President come and lecture us on which way to vote but also a ‘string of global policymakers’, as reported in the Guardian:

Downing Street has called on the support of a string of global policymakers, from the International Monetary Fund director general, Christine Lagarde, to New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, to add weight to the remain case. But David Cameron and his allies hope Obama’s star quality will help to win over waverers”.

(What Christine Lagarde has to do with this democratic process, as an unelected technocrat, is beyond me, unless it is a telling indictment of who is trying to run Europe . . . as it certainly is not the people at present!)

Surely this is evidence enough of a man who not only lacks the courage of his own convictions but even by the widest stretches of the imagination, has neither the confidence nor trust of the British people.

At this momentous time, we are leaderless, demotivated and lacking in any dignified treatment to help with our decision making whatsoever . . . And in the same manner to which the EU is run!

Remember, Cameron got into office with the support of just 24% of the electorate on an ’Austerity’ manifesto that those 24% were suitably duped by, as well as the BIG perk of a Referendum, offered not as an act of democracy but a gimmick to get him elected.

Sadly, it worked because of what I call ‘engineered democracy’, something he copied from Carl Rove, the campaign manager of George Bush Jnr. when he manipulated Dubya back into a second term in office. He did it by searching out first time voters, (the young and in the most part naive), who were duped, flattered and cajoled into giving their support to the Bush campaign.

With advisors from across the water, Cameron pulled the same stroke for his re-election and is applying it again with this referendum. It speaks volumes about his absolute lack of any integrity or leadership skills in this application of ‘engineered democracy’.

What our queen must think of it all is beyond me. Whether you are for or against the monarchy, this referendum is about giving up our sovereignty and whilst Cameron seems to be calling on the world to speak about it, the person most affected has to remain silent.

I would listen intently to what this lady had to say, if she were able to speak. Cameron, like all his predecessors, attends weekly meetings to keep her up to date and seek her wise counsel, accumulated from decades of experience. It appears she is now being left to her own devices, as he seeks the favour of all these foreign financial puppets.

Some payback for her advice over the years Dave! Perhaps that is why she is still respected by the vast majority of the people and you are not.

Now let us turn our attention to President Obama . . . where to start!

I remember when he was elected to office and how the tears streamed down the face of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who had campaigned all his life for the rights and equality of coloured people. He could not believe he was seeing a dream come true with the first black US president, who came to office with a strong message of ‘Change’.

What nobody realised was that Obama’s idea of ‘change’ was to usurp people’s democratic rights and hand them over to the corporate world, with odious trade agreements that have taken the whole of his two terms in office to bring to fruition.

Let us also not lose sight of the fact that this is the same man who counselled Cameron NOT to go for a referendum. Speaks volumes about his attitude to democracy! Can you imagine the conversation:

(“Referendum Dave? Why bother, I don’t involve the people. Just look sincere, talk nicely to them and smile a lot”.)

Not only that but he will also be wishing our queen a happy 90th, whilst publicly telling her subjects to vote away her sovereignty, (something he would not dream of suggesting to his electorate!). The subtlety of this is, of course, lost on him and his entourage but not, I’m sure, on our monarch with her decades of diplomatic experience.

Then we have his ‘emotional plea to the British people to “stick together” with the rest of Europe’. Having waded through the political spin and emotional blah, what jumped off the page and left a most unpleasant taste in my mouth was his reference to:

“The tens of thousands of Americans who rest in Europe’s cemeteries are a silent testament to just how intertwined our prosperity and security truly are.”

Their death was not to do with money! How dare he abuse the memory of these brave men and women, who gave their lives fighting to keep us free, something he is now endeavouring to take away with his odious trade agreements. That he sanctioned and quoted such thoughts and words from his insensitive script writers and advisors speaks volumes about the man.

What has become clear to me now is that his financial lords and masters picked him to be the first black president because of his undoubted charisma. This has provided the necessary diversion away from the political and financial objective of getting these trade deals on the books.

We will, I am sure, see the first lady president, Hilary Clinton in November, to offer a similar diversion with which to further the Neoliberal cause through more ‘engineered democracy’.

Returning to his visit, what is also lost on him and his entourage is how his electors would react if we sent (God forbid) Cameron over to tell them how they should be voting. One of our national treasures, Billy Connolly, lives both here and in the US and I am sure people on both sides of the Atlantic would adopt his favourite two-word expletive to show these leaders the door.

There is still a way to go until the 23rd June and much to ponder. The British people have never been in such a powerful position as they are today. What they do with that power will determine the future, not only for them but also for their children and their children’s children.

Something to ponder this weekend my friends. Oh . . . and have a good one. Kindest

 

Until the next time.

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Panama . . . Manipulative Genius

Panama photo

In my last piece on this subject I postulated that this particular leak seemed different to other major leaks, like the Snowden revelations, because it somehow lacked focus.

Since the leak hit the global media we have been treated to a wide ranging variety of stories as to its purpose. These include the desire to blackmail world leaders and corporations, with the seeming exception of those from the US. Credible, if the almost immediate resignation of the Icelandic Prime Minister was anything to go by.

Then there was the assault on both Russia and China by the Guardian, along with revelations which have also affected the remaining members of the BRICS group – India, Brazil and South Africa – seen by the US as a serious threat to its global dominance, particularly now they are launching their own banking system.

It was then suggested that these leaks are part of a long term strategy to assist the Rothschild’s and the US to implement a single world currency. Only a few short years ago this would have been labelled ‘conspiracy theory’ but today less so, as more comes into the open about how the world is being run.

A new revelation has since come from Ellen Brown, someone who has fought the corner for Public Banking for years and for whom I have enormous respect. The Panama Papers, she argues, are another front in the move to eradicate cash and turn all currencies and money digital.

This will then give the Neoliberal cause complete control over a Society no longer able to preserve its financial independence and privacy and therefore subjected to absolute control over access to personal finance.

Ellen’s suggestion has a ring of truth to it. By leaking the dastardly tax havens and the people using them there is now a political momentum to score much needed brownie points by closing them down and taking us one step closer to the abolition of cash.

That is, all of them except those now operating in Nevada in the US, to which the Rothschild’s are but one financial manager secretly moving their clients’ money from elsewhere in the world to this new tax haven!

Given the trillions of dollars involved, this vast influx of funds would certainly boost the dollar’s value and concentrate the single biggest hoard of cash in one place . . . the US. It would then be an easy job to trap and eradicate a sizeable chunk of cash in one simple enactment of legislation.

However, we must not overlook the reason these tax havens came into being. It was John D Rockefeller who first used Panama, in the 1920’s, specifically to benefit his vast oil business. It had nothing to do with money laundering per se but rather to do with ‘profit laundering’.

He would buy oil from Saudi Arabia or elsewhere and sell it to his own tanker company, (whose fleet was registered in Panama), at a very low price.  With such a low price, little profit is made on this first transaction and therefore little or no tax is payable to government.

The tanker company then sell the oil (out of their tankers) to distributors in the US or Europe at a very very high price. With the ships being registered in Panama no tax is payable on the vast profit realised from this financial jiggery pokery.

So in essence, Panama was set up to register oil tankers and mineral ships in order to make the ships themselves ‘tax free profit centres’ for the oil and minerals they transported from third world countries and the like, to the US and Europe.

(That the IMF have just come out and stated “the world’s financial regulators had long been “alarmed” about Panama’s lax approach to taxation and corruption but failed to take action” I think we can all take with a HUGE pinch of salt!)

Closing this loophole would upset a very powerful lobby indeed and so one wonders, in amongst all of the seeming contradictory stories, what the hell is going on and who is telling the truth?

For me THEY ALL ARE!

It is a stroke of sheer genius by the CIA (who are credited with the leak, according to another report). In one fell swoop they have achieved several mighty objectives for the Neoliberal cause.

Firstly, they have scared the hell out of the wealthy and powerful around the world by attacking the heart of their wealth. Secondly, they have created the need for those wealthy to move their money to the US.

Third, they have diverted global attention with propaganda at its most sophisticated which, like Terrorism, holds our attention for a while by the sheer enormity of its outrageous behaviour.

In the meantime, the Neoliberal cause is furthered by slipping in legislation (TTIP) and ‘Austerity’ measures that can only benefit the rich, whilst tightening control over Society by constantly removing their democratic rights.

I cannot for one minute believe the end result of this attack on tax evasion will come to any good. Once our attention has been again diverted by some equally headline grabbing disclosure, the tanker companies, in particular, will remain ‘profit centres’ and the dismantling of cash will continue.

The only fly in the ointment at present is our own Prime Minister, ‘Dodgy’ Dave Cameron, who has become embroiled in the tax avoidance scandal and this could harm his efforts to coerce us to remaining in the EU, with his equally dodgy referendum.

That his mate, Barak Obama, is coming to his aid with a personal appearance in the UK to make an impassioned plea for us to ‘Remain’, speaks volumes about just how worried the financiers are.

Let us not forget, this is the same Barak Obama who, for the whole of his two terms in office, has been negotiating and pushing through, in secret, the most evil of trade agreements that will take the unprecedented step of handing the democratic rights of the people over to the corporate world.

The sheer manipulative genius with which our attention is being diverted and confusion manifested, whilst the Neoliberal agenda is furthered demands respect, if it were not so loathsome in its attack upon the hard working people of the world.

They are already paying more than their fair share towards Society’s infrastructures of Health and Education etc., something the rich are able to constantly avoid.

The 99% don’t have any options when it comes to paying their taxes. It is stolen out of their pay packets and then used to subsidise the rich, supported by an eroding democracy which gives them less and less say in the matter.

Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds change.

Until the next time.

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Referendum – HONESTY AT LAST!!!

We are now told by the Electoral Commission we have the ‘official’ referendum campaigns. I don’t know about you but their final choices smell a bit to me. ‘Vote Leave’ is simple enough but ‘Britain is Stronger in Europe’ seems loaded beyond belief.

It may be the cynic in me but there is also a helping of ignorance about our being Stronger ‘In’ or Weaker ‘Out’.

It was not until Open Democracy published their new report “Where next? A liberal free-market guide to Brexit” that I realised just how little relevant information has previously been easily available and on which people can make an informed decision. (Media control is working efficiently, as always!)

It is not a lengthy tomb but crammed within its 53 pages are facts and unbiased information to assist in helping make decisions. I’m not saying it’s the be all and end all of what the referendum is about but it certainly makes it much clearer to me, including the fact that it will not be the end of the world for the UK if we vote ‘Out’.

To give you a flavour of the unbiased and to my mind truthful nature of the content of this document, here is what Open Europe’s Chairman Lord Leach of Fairford has to say:

“The referendum campaign so far has been underwhelming and voters are little better informed about what the future might look like inside or outside the EU. Brexit will not be an economic disaster and it will not be a utopia. There are tough choices involved in Brexit – nothing comes for free. Withdrawal from the EU is likely to result in an initial economic cost but Britain can prosper if it takes a liberal approach to trade, immigration and regulation post-Brexit.”

“Staking out a liberal and free-market course post-Brexit would mean taking on vested interests and making tough political choices. This referendum should be an opportunity to debate the political and economic trade-offs involved. Voters can then determine for themselves whether they are willing to take on the challenge of making Brexit an economic success.”

I found these words inspiring in their honesty, something in short supply from Westminster and Brussels. Simply stating that if we come out it will not be “a walk in the park” provides a truth, I personally, can work with.

And today 38 Degrees published their Factsheet about the governments leaflet shoved through every letterbox this week, carrying out a ‘True or False’ assessment of its contents. More honesty we desperately need now!

My regular readers will know I am no fan of Brussels and its gradual erosion of democracy, which even Jeremy Corbyn, in his constant honest political approach, has often referred to. As time passes I become more convinced that, after Greece got its ruthless mauling and TTIP is going ahead without even an acknowledgement to the biggest petition in history against it, Brussels has become a tool of financiers vested interests and has to go.

Not for one minute either, do I believe that Europe can go back to being a collection of single countries, evolution will simply not allow it. The people have come too far now and the requirements of a ‘united Europe’ are incontestable in this modern globalised world.

My constant bone of contention is not the EU but the manner in which it is being managed by Brussels and their use of unelected technocrats who have a withering contempt for the people who pay for it all.

When it comes to honesty and truth, the very Referendum itself is a device by which Brussels can consolidate its power. By adopting this ‘In/Out’ stance, we are being told in no uncertain terms that the technocrats are staying and if we don’t like it we can go!

That’s ‘democracy’ Brussels style. There is not even a hint of how they might bend to the wishes of the people. It is as though they have a predetermined course they are following, (that the rest of us are not worthy of being informed about) and nothing will deter them in their mission.

Arrogance of this nature is good Soap Opera television but in a world where people are now being abused on a global scale, by the financial and political powers they keep in place as electors and customers, the situation is becoming untenable.

I become more convinced by the day that 23rd June is so much more than a simple ‘In/Out’ vote. It is about halting the progress of the growth of Neoliberalism*, which is the purpose and intent of Brussels as it too panders to global financiers.

For Jeremy Corbyn, as the only honest and trustworthy political leader in this country, to talk about “building allies to deliver change” is the correct approach but I simply do not believe it is possible after ratifying Brussels power with an ‘In’ vote.

Once we signify we are ‘In’ we will have lost the only serious bargaining position we will ever have to challenge the growth of neoliberal power. My recurrent nightmare is that after we vote ‘In’ the reaction of Brussels will be “Whatever. Now where are we with getting TTIP on the books?”

We are not alone in our concerns and have the chance to consolidate the groundswell of public opinion across Europe, which is something Brussels, the IMF and even our own Bank of England are terrified of and something I will write more about shortly.

The new report from Open Europe is worth a read. For those challenged by time, just look at the Conclusions: what are the implications for a new UK-EU relationship on page 53. It’s honesty, in amongst all of current political rhetoric, is refreshing and empowering. The 38 Degrees factsheet too.

There will be more my friends but in the meantime have a thoughtful and enjoyable weekend. Kindest

Until the next time

*There was an excellent piece in today’s Guardian, by George Monbiot, comprehensively describing what Neoliberalism is all about. I would suggest we all owe it to ourselves to read this and understand how democracy is being dismantled in the world, along with our freedoms.

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

1865 . . . ‘Austerity’ Is Invented!

I am half way through an incredibly well researched book: The House of Rothschild . . . The World’s Banker 1849 – 1999 by Niall Ferguson. It has opened my mind to so much I have never thought of, nor considered before.

What has jumped out of the page is the mind-set of this family. Whilst I find loathsome their narrow focus upon getting their full dues from debt – compound interest and asset stripping – I admit to a grudging respect for their devoted loyalty to each other and their religious faith.

They rocketed to wealth and power after the battle of Waterloo in 1815, when their speedy lines of continental communication (mainly carrier pigeons) told them of Wellingtons victory when the rest of the UK believed he had lost.

They purchased every stock and bond within their means at rock bottom prices and when the news of victory finally arrived the value of their holding went through the roof. This formed the foundation of their financial empire and by remaining close, as a family, they have been able to grow that fortune and power across the globe.

As a part of this mind-set, it is apparent how quickly they adopted an utterly ruthless stance to the acquisition of their money and power. Also, how calculating they have been in applying their talents to the extremely profitable support of the (varying) successes of governments, in waging incessant wars with each other across Europe.

In 1859 Austria suffered a defeat in Italy from which it did not recover and would never again be regarded, in financial terms, as a great power. Indeed, Austria’s reputation continued to decline as it became more insolvent struggling to finance its needs and cover the costs of its past aggressions.

With its credit rating on the floor, the Rothschild’s saw the opportunity to provide Austria with its much needed funds. However, there was the question of the country’s existing debt, which also needed financing and it is here we see the introduction of ‘Austerity’. To the family the solution lay in selling off state assets to finance debt, of which they had their particular eye on the Austrian railways.

The Rothschild’s had seen the lucrative future of the railways and focussed upon building a rail infrastructure across Europe. In providing cash strapped Austria with loans the family could acquire further rail stock, at a cheap price, to enhance their investment.

It is here that we gain a further and profound insight into the mind-set of this banking family and their attitude to the global arena in which they operate. Less and less did they look at countries as national infrastructures of people and cultures but rather that each country simply represented a ‘business’ with assets and liabilities, of which state assets offer huge potential.

In the case of Austria, the family realised that its desperate need for funds created the opportunity for a complex of interdependent transactions of loans and asset acquisition that gradually liquidated what had become an unsustainable empire.

This new attitude to their moneylending has prevailed right up to the present day, as we have seen recently in the case of Greece. Here state assets, from water to islands, are being purchased at knock down prices, as an asset stripper would dismantle a bankrupt company.

A bankrupt company however, does not have a whole nation of people dependent upon it. The despair of the people, in seeing any way forward for their future employment potential and quality of life is of no concern. As with Greece, its cultural heritage and demeanour are of no relevance. The country is a ‘business’ that is failing and therefore the appropriate remedial financial action is necessary to protect loan revenues and capital repayments.

From this it can be seen that we now have an environment in which the needs of the people are disregarded. Financial return is everything and something that is increasingly evident across the globe.

It is a testament to just how powerful this family have become that their beliefs and values now dominate our global Society. There is an overbearing mind-set that eschews social values and the wider perspective necessary to live Life to the full on Planet Earth. It would not be too dramatic to say that our freedom is being ‘ring-fenced’ by these dominating financial beliefs.

Life cannot be lived by such narrow rules and regulations, which are already causing mass unemployment, the widening gap between rich and poor, food and water shortages and adding to the threats now coming from climate change. It is here that we face our greatest challenge, as the need becomes apparent to reverse this trend and reinstitute broader based values and beliefs into our world.

Such values have always come in the past from our religious beliefs, in providing the necessary moral code by which we live Life and interact with each other. They formed the foundation of the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ by which business used to be conducted and whose morality and integrity have now been abandoned.

With the decline in the credibility of our traditional religions there is now a void, allowing narrow financial values to dominate and for which there is currently, no credible and effective counter belief.

‘Austerity’ may have been a clever and astute device to enhance the coffers and power of the few but it will cause the downfall of our species, something those few will not be immune from either.

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

‘Panama’ is Getting Weird!

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In my last piece some of you expressed cynicism at my suggestion that ‘Openness’ is the New World Order and from which we can only benefit. If I have got it wrong, I will hold my hand up. Certainly I got it wrong with my rather romantic view of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ (ICIJ). It was shoddy research on my part for which I apologise.

Far from the ‘Panama Papers’ being a first for them, it was a repeat of what they carried out (believe it or not, in April of 2013) and have continued ever since. In fact, tax havens exposure seems to be all this organisation does, if their website is anything to go by.

So, an obvious but perhaps misguided choice for a whistle-blower with this sort of information. Sadly, through the ICIJ, these revelations lack the focus achieved when the Guardian published the Edward Snowden leaks. What dominated then was the content of the leaks and an embarrassed US direct assault on Snowden for showing integrity, moral fibre and courage.

This week we have been treated to a plethora of claims, all of which seem designed to divert attention from the odious behaviour of those taking money out of the system and hiding it, at a time when the gap between rich and poor is at its widest historically and with no signs of change.

The claim that it has been done to blackmail many world leaders and people of influence, who do not have the interests of the US at heart, seems credible. There are few, if any US corporations or leaders brought to light and so, either they are particularly incorruptible and a credit to the rest of the world, or there is a dirty tricks campaign going on . . . You decide.

If, as is suggested, this blackmail alludes to the resignation of the Icelandic Prime Minister, after the revelations of his offshore activities, with the inference that this could happen to anyone else who is on the list and fails to support American foreign policy, it is crude beyond belief.

Firstly, we are now told by his party that this Icelandic sleaze ball has not resigned but merely stepped down temporarily. Second, if this is a credible threat, how come it is directed at David Cameron at a time when he is fighting for his very survival, in trying to coerce the British people into voting the way he wants over our membership of the EU?

Here we have a supposed ‘best mate’ of the US fighting to support US policy on Europe and getting a canning by them for his efforts. I’m not the brightest but this really doesn’t make any sense at all to me.

Then we have the assault on Russia and China by the Guardian. Fair enough they are hot targets for the US but the papers’ attempt to smear President Putin, when no one can find any legitimate evidence he is an offshore fund user, is pathetic and not in keeping with the high standards of reporting conducted by the paper over the Snowden revelations.

By contrast, their ‘gang banging’ of China was way over the top, compared to other countries leaders and begs the question whether they are in the pay of the US. However, it must not be forgotten that China banned the Guardian two years ago when it reported on the country’s top officials who were making use of offshore companies in the Caribbean. The paper has bided its time and now appears to be wreaking retribution . . . Nice one!

Then we have the fact that much of the information has been selectively culled to direct attention to the biggest cause for US concern over its current status as the global superpower . . . the BRICs countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

There is no doubt they now pose an increasing threat to American dominance, particularly as they will shortly be opening their own bank for business in direct competition to the present Rothschild run system. This is a serious threat to the current world order and given the state of the global financial system it could be very well received.

(Perhaps this is another reason Cameron is included in these revelations, because his mate George has put money with the bank and is currently cosying up to China at the cost of our Steel industry.)

Whilst I am no political strategist, if the other reports, which suggest these revelations and the ICIJ are a tool of the US/Rothschild plan to take over the world and introduce a single world government and currency, I would have assumed you need friends to carry out this herculean task.

The net result of their current endeavours appears to be alienating everyone, making them entirely dependent upon global debt and US military might to carry out the task . . . Hmmmmm.

Whatever is actually going on, I remain with my belief that none of what I have described above would we be aware of if it were not for the New World Order of ‘Openness’. You can’t fight what you cannot see.

The Old World Order is having its veils of stealth and secrecy torn down and they can do nothing to stop it. That alone is providing people with more power than they have ever before had in the history of our species.

Something to ponder over this weekend . . . Have a good one my friends.

Until the next time

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

 

OPENNESS . . . The New World Order!

 

 

 

For millennia, secrecy and stealth have been the primary ingredients in the acquisition and maintenance of power within our species. It is how the 1% have ruled, whilst setting the people against each other to keep them from turning on their rulers.

We have now moved into a whole new world where maintaining the ignorance of the people is becoming more difficult. From WikiLeaks to Edward Snowden, the odious Trade Agreements and now the ‘Panama Papers’, human morality, supported by the internet, is driving a coach and horses through the very heart of the traditional power base of the Old World Order of the ruling few.

As far as this latest revelation is concerned, reports suggest that sums of between some $1 to $2 trillion have been taken out of circulation and hidden away. Whilst we have all been aware that this sort of thing goes on, the sums now brought to light are truly staggering and could resolve the current plight of the poor if put back into circulation.

When you consider that this money was originally created out of thin air and then passed to the very people who already have more of it than the rest of us and who then take it out of circulation and hide it away (often legally), the whole current financial system is corrupt.

It is not only the credibility of the financial system itself that is now in question but also the governments who condone and support it. After the American Senate bullied Switzerland into opening up its secrecy rules, “to subvert further tax evasion”, we now find that the game has been moved to, of all places, Reno, Nevada, USA!

Rothschild has opened a trust company here and is moving clients from places like Switzerland and Bermuda, where new international disclosure requirements are now required, to Reno where they are not. You really couldn’t make this stuff up!

What we have here is a lack of any morality whatsoever, as the rich and corporations use and abuse the services of Society at a greater level than the rest of us but, unlike the rest of us, are not made to contribute their fair share to support those services.

At a time when technology is putting people out of work and with no solutions being attempted by governments, rather they are focused firmly upon supporting neoliberalism, it makes this type of financial abuse not only criminal but morally obscene.

In amongst all of the reporting on these latest revelations, are the various interpretations of vested interest. These range from a conspiracy to unseat the Icelandic Prime Minister (11.5 million pieces of dynamite information to do this? Hmmm!), to discrediting President Putin who, it would appear, does not use this type of financial service (although I am sure he is not ‘lilywhite’!).

Attempts have even been made to undermine the authenticity of the global group of journalists involved. I’m not sure this group have an ulterior motive, although the media they supply certainly do. Sadly, the Guardian, in spite of its valiant support of Edward Snowden, has introduced the red herring of Putin in its reporting of the whole affair.

The fact that all of this information, from WikiLeaks up to the present, has been made available without profit being sought speaks volumes about the integrity of the people involved. Whistle-blowing has become the last bastion of morality and integrity in an increasingly corrupt neoliberal world. Its values represent something inherent in all of us and something we deeply respect . . . the truth!

What, for me, is the most significant aspect of this whole story is that 370 journalists from 70 different countries supported these latest disclosures and worked in an unprecedented scale of co-operation for over a year to bring these revelations to light. It is a development of unparalleled importance in the current balance of power within Society.

It may be that their efforts will be suppressed by global media in the hope that the story will fade and business can continue as usual. I am not so sure, if Ed Snowden and WikiLeaks are anything to go by. In this 21st century we are no longer ignorant, nor are we misinformed (for very long), as the world of Information Technology opens up the secrets of the increasing levels of abuse that currently run our world.

The Old Order know what is going on but are, I would suggest, helpless to stop it (even with Surveillance), because their world has been constructed and can only succeed through stealth and secrecy and our new world of ‘Openness’ is simply not conducive to supporting or tolerating this.

Perhaps the worm has now found an effective way of turning, as we seek a return to a world in which the needs of the 99% receive the compassionate attention and support that is currently directed at the 1%.

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes