Category: Economy


Well, well, well . . . isn’t this interesting?

Far and away, my most popular post has been Did We Do This? (Haiti Earthquake, part 2) Sure, it was interesting to me too, at the time.  But it has been a little puzzling to me, in light of all the other events that are more in the forefront these days, that this particular blog should receive so much attention.

So, with that question in the back of my mind, when I came across The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti (by F. William Engdahl, 30 January 2010), I had to read it.  All of the following excerpts are taken from it–all emphases are mine.  (Please read the original article in its entirety, it contains links to all sources cited.)

“Behind the smoke, rubble and unending drama of human tragedy in the hapless Caribbean country, a drama is in full play for control of what geophysicists believe may be one of the world’s richest zones for hydrocarbons-oil and gas-outside the Middle East, possibly orders of magnitude greater than that of nearby Venezuela.

Haiti, and the larger island of Hispaniola of which it is a part, has the geological fate that it straddles one of the world’s most active geological zones . . .

This vast mass of underwater plates are in constant motion, rubbing against each other . . .

The regions of convergence of such plates are also areas where vast volumes of oil and gas can be pushed upwards from the Earth’s mantle.”

(Could it be that we did indeed use HAARP to give the unstable geology there a little ‘push’?  And, I wonder if an earthquake might help bring the oil and gas a bit closer to the surface, where it would cost less to tap it?  )

“Aside from being prone to violent earthquakes, Haiti also happens to lie in a zone that, due to the unusual geographical intersection of its three tectonic plates, might well be straddling one of the world’s largest unexplored zones of oil and gas, as well as of valuable rare strategic minerals. The vast oil reserves of the Persian Gulf and of the region from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden are at a similar convergence zone of large tectonic plates, as are such oil-rich zones as Indonesia and the waters off the coast of California.”

“Notably, in 2005, a year after the Bush-Cheney Administration de facto deposed the democratically elected President of Haiti, Jean-Baptiste Aristide, a team of geologists from the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas began an ambitious and thorough two-phase mapping of all geological data of the Caribbean Basins. The project is due to be completed in 2011. Directed by Dr. Paul Mann, it is called “Caribbean Basins, Tectonics and Hydrocarbons.” It is all about determining as precisely as possible the relation between tectonic plates in the Caribbean and the potential for hydrocarbons―oil and gas.

(Now, who was it that had ties to Texas . . . ?)

Notably, the sponsors of the multi-million dollar research project under Mann are the world’s largest oil companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, the Anglo-Dutch Shell and BHP Billiton. . .

it is surprising that the region had not been mapped earlier. Now it emerges that major oil companies were at least generally aware of the huge oil potential of the region long ago, but apparently decided to keep it quiet.”

In October 2008 a consortium of oil companies led by Spain’s Repsol, together with Cuba’s state oil company, Cubapetroleo, announced discovery of one of the world’s largest oilfields in the deep water off Cuba. It is what oil geologists call a ‘Super-giant’ field. Estimates are that the Cuban field contains as much as 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the twelfth Super-giant oilfield discovered since 1996. The discovery also likely makes Cuba a new high-priority target for Pentagon destabilization and other nasty operations.

No doubt to the dismay of Washington, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev flew to Havana one month after the Cuban giant oil find to sign an agreement with acting-President Raul Castro for Russian oil companies to explore and develop Cuban oil.

Medvedev’s Russia-Cuba oil agreements came only a week after the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to meet the recuperating Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. The Chinese President signed an agreement to modernize Cuban ports and discussed Chinese purchase of Cuban raw materials. No doubt the mammoth new Cuban oil discovery was high on the Chinese agenda with Cuba.”

(Could competition be a motive to move quickly on this?)

“The remarkable geography of Haiti and Cuba and the discovery of world-class oil reserves in the waters off Cuba lend credence to anecdotal accounts of major oil discoveries in several parts of Haitian territory. It also could explain why two Bush Presidents and now special UN Haiti Envoy Bill Clinton have made Haiti such a priority. As well, it could explain why Washington and its NGO’s moved so quickly to remove– twice– the democratically elected President Aristide, whose economic program for Haiti included, among other items, proposals for developing Haitian natural resources for the benefit of the Haitian people.”

“In an interview with a Santo Domingo online paper, Leopoldo Espaillat Nanita, former head of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (REFIDOMSA) stated, “there is a multinational conspiracy to illegally take the mineral resources of the Haitian people.” Haiti’s minerals include gold, the valuable strategic metal iridium and oil, apparently lots of it.”

” . . . when Aristide was President — up until his US-backed ouster during the Bush era in 2004 — he had developed and published in book form his national development plans. These plans included, for the first time, a detailed list of known sites where the resources of Haiti were located. The publication of the plan sparked a national debate over Haitian radio and in the media about the future of the country. Aristide’s plan was to implement a public-private partnership to ensure that the development of Haiti’s oil, gold and other valuable resources would benefit the national economy and the broader population, and not merely the five Haitian oligarchic families and their US backers, the so-called Chimeres or gangsters.

Since the ouster of Aristide in 2004, Haiti has been an occupied country, with a dubiously-elected President, Rene Preval, a controversial follower of IMF privatization mandates and reportedly tied to the Chimeres or Haitian oligarchs who backed the removal of Aristide. Notably, the US State Department refuses to permit the return of Aristide from South African exile.

Now, in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 12, the United States military has taken control of Haiti’s four airports and presently has some 20,000 troops in the country. Journalists and international aid organizations have accused the US military of being more concerned with imposing military control, which it prefers  to call “security,” than with bringing urgently needed water, food and medicine from the airport sites to the population.

A US military occupation of Haiti under the guise of earthquake disaster ‘relief’ would give Washington and private business interests tied to it a geopolitical prize of the first order.”

Why Afghanistan?

American Empire

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Consider this:

Presidential Executive Order 6102 Issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 5, 1933

(For Fair Use and Educational Purposes Only)


Confiscation of Gold and Silver and All Bank Safe Deposit Boxes Sealed by Law
“I, as President do declare that the national emergency still exists; that the continued private hoarding of gold and silver by subjects of the United States poses a grave threat to peace, equal justice, and well-being of the United States; and that appropriate measures must be taken immediately to protect the interest of our people. Therefore, pursuant to the above authority, I hereby proclaim that such gold and silver holdings are prohibited, and that all such coin, bullion or other possessions of gold and silver be tendered within fourteen days to agents of the Government of the United States for compensation at the official price, in the legal tender of the Government. All safe deposit boxes in banks or financial institutions have been sealed pending action in the due course of the law. All sales or purchases or movements of such gold and silver within the borders of the United States and its territories, and all foreign exchange transactions or movements of such metals across the border are hereby prohibited…” Proclamation by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

Source: A Simultaneous Worldwide Depression, and a Worldwide Famine, and World War III  by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.


Folks, our current economic problems have been planned, and carried out, with the deliberate intention of transferring your wealth to the government and the international banking cartel.  Do you really think they forgot that you might invest in gold?  Or, in this high-stakes game of strategy, is it possible that’s exactly what they wanted you to do . . . ?



Collapse of US States?

The Philosophy Of Liberty

They want to drive us to our knees.

Well, actually, I don’t think they care how it affects us.  (But maybe once we are ‘on our knees’ we will begin to repent . . .)  I have believed, for quite some time, that the plan of the elite has been to break and humble America.  And with the level of arrogance and sinfulness we display (and are virtually unaware of), it is probably warranted.  Here’s a good article about the tanking of our economy by so many ‘inept’ leaders and ‘bad luck’ and ‘coincidental events’.  Yeah, you get my drift.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/sardi/sardi146.html

(I know nothing about this author or website  and cannot confirm or deny anything found there.)


I believe we are living through the beginning of the fulfillment of the destruction of the capitalist world economy (Whore of Babylon). . . ‘they will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.’

I believe that the prophecies will be fulfilled both figuratively and literally.  Keep in mind, what is happening can’t happen without God’s permission.  The sinfulness of our nation has become a stench to God and the time of His judgment has come to us.  Right now, we are in the  ‘eye of the storm’–a brief requiem of peace, a time for contemplation and, hopefully, repentance.

But ‘brace yourself’, ‘hide yourself in God’, because if America doesn’t repent–and soon!–the world’s capitalist economy will fail beyond remedy, and you will go down with it

.  As The Beast (New World Order) rises up beneath the Whore of Babylon (capitalist world economy), in prophecy, the rest of the Scripture will also be fulfilled:  ‘ . . . they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.  For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose . . .’

It seems that everyone is preaching investment in gold.  That’s great–if our national economy goes back to the gold standard.  But as a personal hedge–I don’t know.  I may very well be wrong, but my gut tells me gold will not be your savior.  I seem to recall a verse, somewhere in the Bible, about people throwing their worthless gold in the streets . . .

If this is an orchestrated collapse of our economy (which I believe it is) and judgment from God (which I believe it is)–those who put their trust in gold will be dismayed.  Neither God, nor the elite, is oblivious to the fact that many people are investing in gold–the very sort of middle and upper-middle class people the elite are deliberately trying to bankrupt.  My suspicion is that they will ‘cut you off at the pass’.

Who will be making the rules for the change to a new, world currency?  The same people that have orchestrated the dollar’s collapse!  This is their plan to equalize standards of living worldwide while, of course, enriching themselves even more.  I don’t think you’re going to find a way around it!  Especially if it’s a judgment from God!!

(Just a thought–who are you buying your gold from?  Might it be from wealthy bankers?  From the elite?  Who stands to profit now?  And who is the final winner if gold, somehow, loses its value before you can cash yours in?)

If people would spend half the time searching their hearts and praying, that they are now spending on trying to outsmart things they are seeing on the horizon . . .

Over and over again, God stresses that He will take care of those who put their trust in Him–that nothing else can be trusted.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills . . . He feeds the sparrows and clothes the lilies . . . He fed Elijah in the wilderness . . . He brought water out of a rock-twice-for the children of Israel . . . and sent them manna every morning for forty years . . . He brings you rain . . . and sunshine . . . and causes all the processes that create soil, fertile soil, for you to grow your crops in . . .

Please wake up!  Part of what we are being judged for is our arrogance, and putting our faith in ourselves . . . not remembering the God that is above us.

‘In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’  Strange words . . . what do they mean?  How about this for a translation:

In her arrogant heart she believes, that because she is married to the king, she will see no hardship.

Can you see how this applies to America?  The western world is the origin of  The Whore of Babylon.  America is at her heart–American multinational corporations, our government (and our military, in the service of our economic ‘interests’), our economy, etc.  America has seen great prosperity and blessing from God, for so long that we take it for granted.

I believe, deep in the American psyche, we have beliefs that we may not even be consciously aware of–but our actions and attitudes betray them.  We rightly believe we are married to the King of Heaven*.  We know He will never divorce us.  We know He will never die.  Therefore, we live as though we will never see hardship or judgment, because we know we are the ‘apple of His eye’!  But we err greatly, because our hearts have strayed far from Him!

How long would a queen endure if she denied the king admittance to her chambers?  If she ran around with other lovers?  If she condoned horrible acts to be committed in his kingdom?  If she laughed, and scoffed, at the authority of her king?  If she exalted another as king, in his place?  (Think $$$$$ . . . )

So, to conclude the Scripture above:

‘In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’

Therefore in one day  her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine.  She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.’

‘When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.  Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry . . . They will say, “The fruit you longed for is gone from you.  All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered“.

The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment.  They will weep and mourn and cry out:  “Woe!  Woe, O great city . . . in one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!”

Every sea captain and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.  When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, “Was there ever a city like this great city?”

‘This woman that you saw (The Whore of Babylon) is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.’

And what is this great city, that rules over the kings of the earth (by way of the almighty dollar)?  Where was the ‘World Trade Center’?  Where is Wall Street? New York City.  Not only is our economy going to crash and rise no more–great judgment is promised to the city where her power lies.  Today, that is New York City.

It is clear to me that New York City will perish in a nuclear attack.  Everyone will ‘stand far off’, ‘terrified at her torment’.  ‘They will eat her flesh and burn her with fire’–an apt description of nuclear devastation.  ‘With such (great) violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.’

‘. . . Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done.  Mix her a double portion from her own cup.  Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.’

note: the verse does not say ‘the great city Babylon’, it says ‘the great city of Babylon’–Babylon being the corrupt, worldwide capitalist economy that is based in America.

I don’t know how soon it will happen.  If you live in, or near New York City, God may have begun to speak to your heart:

‘Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.’

I have pondered whether this means to come out of New York City, or out of the capitalist money system.  I think it means both. (If you don’t live near New York, yet God is speaking to your heart about depending less and less on the capitalist system, then that confirms it.)

If God has been speaking to your heart about any of this, please comment.  What you say may be the confirmation someone has prayed to God for, about what they feel He is speaking to their heart.

It is clear that New York City, being the seat of the world capitalist economy, will sustain the physical attack–but not all the sins were committed in or by New York City.  I think, by being involved in the capitalist system (especially by way of Wall Street investments etc.) we become complicit in the crimes and atrocities committed by our multinational corporations, with the money we invest in them.  And, if we are involved, we will receive the plagues of judgment.

Now, to what extent do we need to ‘come out’ and when?  I don’t know.  You will need to seek God for wisdom in that.  You already know, that at some point you will have to come out of it, if you don’t want to take The Mark of the Beast’.  The first step of such a radical change in your life has to be making the decision to be willing, and getting used to the idea.  At the very least, I would say this warning reinforces the idea that you should not put your trust in gold but rather, in God.

It is always better to trust God sooner than later, and I believe there are blessings in store for those who do, that will be missed by those who wait until the last minute–if they are even able to discern what is going on, by that point.  (Remember, God will send a ‘powerful delusion’ upon those who don’t love the truth.  How do you know that what I’m telling you today isn’t the truth He is trying to send to you?)

* There is much evidence that America is descended from the ‘lost’ ten tribes of Israel.  If this is true, it confirms that we are most certainly experiencing God’s judgment!

More info on that can be found here:

http://stevenmcollins.com/html/articles.html and

http://books.google.com/books?id=_7nnI5h_JU0C&dq=ten+tribes+genealogy&source=gbs_navlinks_s

(The book download is free)

(Again, I have no affiliation with these websites or the authors of these materials.  I make no profit from referring people to these sources.)


We Will Turn The World Upside Down!!

The God Factor

Do appeals for donations turn you off? They never bothered me before, but lately they do. I’ll share my thoughts on that, and I’m interested in whether any of you feel the same, for the same reasons.

I feel, deep in my heart, that selling the truth of God is wrong! I understand that there are basic costs that ministries incur, costs of websites, printing books, making DVDs, mailing, etc. Those costs are legitimate. I have no problem with charging what things cost–selling books and DVDs at cost, for example, but I believe it is wrong to put a dollar value on the truth itself!

Over the past few months, I have found websites that are invaluable sources of information. The Lord has led me to many sites in response to my prayers for wisdom. Lately, even those that seem to present the most truth have begun to request donations. I don’t mean they’ve just put a ‘donations’ button on their site for people who want to give, but they are explaining their hardship and asking people to give.

(God help me if I’m wrong about this, and God forgive me if I succumb to the temptation myself. I think it would be easier for Him to forgive me, than for me to forgive myself.)

Again, I understand there are costs involved, and how frustrating it is when funds are lacking! (I won’t share my personal experiences or situation because that is irrelevant–but please trust that I have lived a life of financial hardship.) Out of that comes my conviction that if you put your faith in God for the resources to do what God has called you to do, He will provide what you need to do the job, and meet your needs as well!

It was with God that the idea originated that ‘a workman is worthy of his hire’, and that you don’t prevent your ox from stopping to nibble while he is pulling the plow for you (or something to that effect). God knows what you need, and He can provide it. He can also inspire people to give, if He so chooses. Even so, if no one gives, and nothing is provided, and you are sure you are doing the will of God, then you continue and you sacrifice and cover the costs yourself. Rest assured that in so doing, you are ‘laying up treasure in heaven’!

As I have constantly prayed for wisdom and understanding of certain matters, the Lord impressed upon my heart that if He granted me understanding, with it would come a responsibility to share it. (If you are indeed sharing God-inspired truth, then please remember that the Lord gave it to you for free, and the ones who need it the most may be the ones who can’t afford to pay for it. The Lord’s design has always been to have people that would be conduits of His blessings to an unbelieving world. He gives them to us to pass along to others, yet He gives us a portion too.)

The Lord lays out the responsibility of a watchman-that if he warns the people and they don’t listen, their blood is on their own heads, but if he knows and doesn’t warn them, their blood will be upon his head. I believe it is time to speak out boldly.

I believe the Lord is raising up an army of people to share His word in these ‘last days’ (right now, via the Internet). It will be able to penetrate places where a missionary may never be able to set foot. We, in America, are strategically placed, and divinely endowed with the freedom of speech, technology, time, resources (compared to billions of others in this world) and credibility as a free people in a God-inspired country, to be able to reach the world with the truth about what is happening as the ‘days of grace’ draw to a close.

I believe America was divinely ordained to put an obstacle in the way of Satan’s plan at this very point in time! I believe we are called to use our freedom & constitutionally guaranteed rights to resist and expose the truth about Satan’s plan to the world, at this very hour, while we still have those rights! This is the fulfillment of Christ’s words in Matthew 24:14:

‘And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’

I believe the words ‘for a witness’ hold special significance. I believe this means that we, while the events spoken of in the end times prophecies are unfolding, will be explaining them to people throughout the world, and sharing the gospel message! Those who hear will not be able to say they didn’t understand what was happening, and who was its author, if we do what we have been divinely appointed to do–in this very hour! Our message will be the ‘witness’ to them whereby they will later be judged as to whether they understood what they were participating in!

So, when I see these blatant appeals for donations, it is a HUGE red flag to me! Maybe it is not that these folks are sinning, or out of God’s will in general. Maybe it is just a barometer of their faith in God’s provision. But if they do not believe that (without them ‘helping’) God can provide for them to do what they believe He has called them to do–then how can they trust that He will provide for more mundane things, such as their own personal needs, or those of their family? I’m just sayin’ . . .

It may simply be that all the changes that are occurring in our economy, and the fact that we are under God’s judgment, have not fully penetrated most people’s understanding. I believe that, as with grief, there are certain stages or phases we go through in coming to this understanding. I believe that most people are still in the ‘denial stage’ of grief over the loss of America and life as we have known it. We are all in different stages of our ‘paradigm shift’. So, I can certainly understand and leave room for that. I don’t judge these people. However, I still believe, deep in my heart, that this is a step in the wrong direction.

Things are going to be ‘tough all over’. Our economy is going to crash. You MUST start seeing things differently!! Capitalism is being purposely destroyed–and it is the will of God for this to take place!!

The sins that have been committed under this system, and justified by it, the way it has been misused and corrupted, the way it has deceived and corrupted so many and led them into sin, have brought about its judgment!!  We are experiencing a brief reprieve, but things are never going ‘back to normal’ again!!  Rather, things are going to get much, MUCH worse in the days ahead!!!

Now is a good time to get your beliefs about money in line with God’s Word. I know it is hard to conceive of a non-capitalist way of using money, but capitalism is not ‘God’s Way’ any more than communism is. These are constructs and traditions of men. We have strayed far from God’s plan for trade and commerce.

Jesus had much to say about money. This would be a good time to go back to The Word and establish a Godly foundation in regards to your beliefs about money. Again, let me say, go back to The Word of God, not to the ‘prosperity’ messages and other doctrines of men that took hold in the church in recent times.

Ultimately, each of us will be confronted with the choice of continuing to partake of the world’s system of trade, or being left to trust in God to provide for our needs. Your beliefs about money, and lack of understanding of God’s will in this area, could very well be what ensnares you into accepting the ‘Mark Of The Beast’ (because you believe you have ‘no other choice’).

One other point, in regards to those who have books, DVDs, etc. to sell, that purportedly contain revelations of truth that God has given them, and who request ‘donations’ in return:

Taxes should be paid by a nonprofit organization on materials that they sell. However, in an underhanded way of trying to escape our tax laws (we should ‘render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s’), many ministries request ‘donations’ in return for these materials. (In a broad sense, true donations are not taxable, but there are certain guidelines regarding what is considered a true donation).

This has been a commonly accepted practice, but is it really handling money in an upright way, that serves as a witness to the unbelieving world that Christians operate under a set of ‘higher laws’?

Furthermore, I would apply my own criteria to determine if it is really a ‘donation’ that is being requested, or if you are in fact being sold the item:

  • If you do not have the ability to pay the amount of the ‘requested donation’, will the ministry still send you the materials, upon request?

I say that those who don’t, lack integrity in regards to finances–and are most likely in violation of tax law. As with most things, what is visible may only be the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

Think about this next time you hear a request for a ‘donation’ for an item that claims to be God’s truth and revelation that we ‘all need to hear’. It may be the ‘American Way’ or the ‘Capitalist Way’–to sell God’s truth for a price–but it is not God’s way!!! I daresay, if Jesus were to visit today, He would ‘overturn the tables’ of these merchants!

You Can’t Be A Follower Of Jesus And Follow The Crowd

You Can’t Be A Follower Of Jesus And Expect To Be Popular

 

We, in America, are a people who feed and dress our pets as if they were kings.  Meanwhile, we share the planet with millions of people who haven’t had a meal in days and don’t even have a pair of shoes–people who watch their children die, in front of their eyes, for lack of a few pounds of rice.

But the day is coming to us, that the hunger in their belly will drive grown men to fight to the death for a can of dog food.  Because of our rebellion and sin, we will find out what life is like, without the blessing of God.

In your pride, you think you got where you are all by yourself.  Well, as requested, by an overwhelming majority, God is going to depart from America.  You’ll get to see how far you can get without His blessing.  Hopefully you’ll realize that He was a lot more involved in your life and circumstances than you ever thought possible.

When you have had enough of sin, enough of trying to make it on your own, without God, look Him up.  His door is always open.  Well, for a little while longer anyhow . . .

 

God Damn America?
Unconditional Salvation?

 

PLEASE Wake Up!!

I am including a link to a very important post on a blog I have been following for several months.  Please read it! It covers what currently is a very likely future scenario for America in regards to China, our borrowing, the value of the US dollar, and your family’s freedom and welfare.

CHINA TO DECIDE THE U.S. HEALTH CARE OUTCOME?

China is trying to put pressure on Obama in regards to the excessive spending required by his new policies, and the decision to simply print more dollars as a response to our economic crisis, but he is responding defiantly. Why is this a problem?  If you aren’t aware–most of our national debt is owned by China, followed by Japan.

Japan is a friend of the US and I have not heard one objection raised, or warning given in relation to the amount of our debt that they hold.  China, however, is a communist country that does not share the same values as America.  While China has not acted aggressively towards America, that does not mean they are ‘safe’.

It is a peculiar American trait that we assume everyone to inherently have the same values, dreams and motivations that we have.  They don’t.  We tend to have a naivete towards others, imputing a character of loyalty, altruism, and generosity to them, until experience proves otherwise.  However, this assessment may  not be accurate.  We also assume that we are perceived, by others, to have those character traits, and that is often not true.

The result of this can be a very big  difference in the perception of our relationship, by the US and whoever the other party may be.  As anyone who speaks a second language knows, you cannot simply translate the words into the hearer’s language and get the intended message across.  It is important to have some understanding of the values, beliefs and taboos of the other party.  It may also be good to have an idea of how they perceive you.  Without taking these things into account, you blunder along like a bull in a china shop.

All that is to say, I don’t believe we should automatically trust the Chinese government (which is both communist and oppressive towards its people).  Especially not when the balance of power is not equal (such as us owing them HUGE amounts of money).  Nor should we assume they are our friends because they ‘were nice enough’ to loan us money when we wanted it.

As soon as we borrowed from them, the balance of power shifted.  They have leverage over us, proportional to the amount we are indebted to them, and compounded by our present inability to pay the balance in full.  Does that make sense?

Just in case, I’ll try to give an example.  Let’s pretend you have a guy you work with, that you get along fairly well with, but sometimes things are a little tense.  He’s quiet and a bit moody, and you have a feeling that you don’t see eye to eye on everything, but he never really comes out and says when he disagrees.  Let’s say that the positions you hold make you competitors within the workplace–not an outright contest, but an awareness that your superiors are always evaluating you against one another.  But, all in all, everything is on an even keel.

Now lets say you’re short on lunch money one day, and he offers to loan it.  You agree and pay him back the next day.  From time to time occasions arise that you borrow a little bit and repay it, then, over time, you find yourself borrowing more money and more often.  Eventually it becomes a habit, and you start borrowing in order to make investments, even gambling a bit.

Long story short, one day you borrow a lot of money from him and sink it into a VERY risky investment because the possible gain is incredible.  He finds out and expresses concern, because he expects you to repay him in a couple of weeks–like you promised.  An honest assessment shows that you are deeply indebted, to someone you don’t know well, who has the ability to undercut you or sabotage you in your career.  Hopefully you wake up and realize because, at this point, and difficult as it may be, you can restore the balance of power between you, and safeguard your career.

There are a couple of ways you can do this.  You can withdraw the money from the risky investment and repay him in full, or you can sell some of your company stock and use that money to repay him in full.  Just having the ability to do so makes the balance of power equal.

However, if you don’t have any stocks or other means to repay him immediately, and if you can’t withdraw from the risky investment, you are on very shaky ground.  EVERYTHING depends on the success of your risky investment.

That, obviously, creates a great deal of stress for you and between you, until you learn the outcome of your investment.  The longer that drags out, the more uncomfortable he may become, and the more pressure he may put on you.  Because you both know you presently have no means of getting out of the deal between you (the short-term loan), he has all the leverage and can change the terms as he chooses, threaten you, or pressure you to do other things. (Blackmail is another illustration of an imbalance of power).

Living with that level of stress, and worry over any number of unknown actions he can take, really can make your life unbearable.  And God forbid that your investment not pay off as you had hoped. . .

That is what it can be like to live with an imbalance of power, in a relationship with someone you don’t know you can trust.  And that is where the United States currently is in her relationship with China–if an honest assessment is to be made.

CHINA TO DECIDE THE U.S. HEALTH CARE OUTCOME?
Selling Out Poland
Oh Yes He Does Get It!

 

update 1/7/11:

USA, China, Russia and the New START  Treaty

Collapse of US States?

I keep hearing that different states are going broke.  Ok, sounds scary, but my question is: what does that mean?  What happens when a state goes broke?

I guess it could play out in a lot of different ways, depending on what the people in that state’s government decide.  I’m no expert on how government works, so I don’t even want to speculate.  However, apparently a decision maker in one of the states in peril (California), had actually checked the US Constitution to see if the state could go back to territorial status  (CA never was a territory, although most states were).  I don’t know whether this is an option for these states or not.

Apparently there are four types of territories, depending on whether they are ‘incorporated’ or not, and ‘organized’ or not.  The type that looks the most likely to me, if a state should yield its sovereignty, is the ‘unincorporated organized territory’.  Today, this type is represented by:

That gives you an idea, if a state becomes a territory (if that is even an option), of the potential status of its citizens.  If you click on the links above, you will find more info on the type of government each of these territories has.

Here’s something to consider if you value the right to free speech, to peaceful assembly, practice of religion, right to bear arms, etc.:

‘The Supreme Court ruled that territories belonged to, but were not part of the United States. Therefore, under the Territorial clause Congress had the power to determine which parts of the Constitution applied to the territories.’

What is common to all territories is that their citizens, while residents in that territory, cannot vote in presidential elections (but can vote in primaries), and they have one non-voting representative to the US House of Representatives.  (That delegate can, however, vote on matters while they are ‘in committee’.)

Otherwise, government of an organized territory roughly parallels the government of a US state.  In general, an  ‘organized’ territory has (or is permitted to have) its own constitution, (appointed or elected) governor, legislature, law enforcement and courts.

They say every cloud has a silver lining–although Nancy Pelosi would probably still hold her post in the House of Representatives, and could talk as much as she wanted, she wouldn’t be able to vote on bills!

No, not really, unfortunately.  The people in power don’t play fair, nor do they ever cede their power.  You can be sure they would make some kind of provision for each state-turned-territory to retain their privilege of having voting representatives.

One other thing I suspect, is that they would not let the opportunity go to waste to take federal ownership of the land and resources of any states that go this route (if that doesn’t already, automatically happen).  In fact, the federal government would pretty well have the leverage to force the state to comply with whatever terms they laid down for them, in exchange for granting their request.



Is The Transformation To Communism Already Well Underway?
Is The President AWOL?

Incidentally–I wonder if the huge number of illegal immigrants in California may have had anything to do with its financial collapse . . .

It seems to me, that to convert a government that has a free enterprise, capitalist economic system to a communist, state run system, some important things would have to be accomplished:

  • To have only one bank for the country, through which all monetary transactions are routed
  • To consolidate companies so that each product needed is supplied by only one company
  • For the government, one way or another, to take control of all the companies it deems ‘necessary’ and eliminate the rest
  • For the government, one way or another, to take ownership of all of the land and other resources
  • To have one official, national news source
  • To abolish all accumulated wealth
  • To start everyone out with a predetermined amount of a new currency
  • To quash all opposition
  • To be able to identify and keep track of all the citizens
  • To ensure that everyone participates
  • To have a strong system of law enforcement that will ensure compliance

Now, the question is:

  • Are things happening in America that fit the above descriptions? (Lay aside the conditions that led to the choices, the justification is not important.)
  • If so, are enough of them happening to warrant the suspicion that our free enterprise, capitalist economic system is being converted to a communist, state run system–or, at least, that the things that are happening could make us more vulnerable to such an outcome?

Everyone sees things differently, but from my perspective, I think a lot of these things are starting to be fulfilled:

  • To have only one bank for the country, through which all monetary transactions are routed–EXISTENCE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, THE OTHER BANKS FAILING OR BEING BAILED OUT/TAKEN CHARGE OF BY THE GOVERNMENT, PLAN FOR NONBANKING FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO BE ELIMINATED
  • To consolidate companies so that each product needed is supplied by only one company–THE AUTO INDUSTRY, NEW NATIONAL HEALTHCARE PLAN
  • For the government, one way or another, to take control of all the companies it deems ‘necessary’–BAILOUTS AND REGULATIONS FOR COMPANIES THAT ‘ACCEPT’ THE MANDATORY (?) BAILOUTS-and eliminate the rest–POSSIBLE COLLAPSE OF PRIVATE INSURERS ONCE NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PLAN TAKES EFFECT? (THIS IS PREDICTED BY MANY KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE, ALBEIT MANY OF THEM WEALTHY & WHITE)
  • For the government, one way or another, to take ownership of all of the land and other resources–GOVERNMENT PRESENTLY HOLDING 55% OF MORTGAGES VIA FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC, BUYING STATE PARKS, ETC.? (THIS IS WHAT I HAVE HEARD)
  • To have one official, national news source–THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS TIES TO THE WHITE HOUSE THAT REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT CONFLICT OF INTEREST; OPPOSITION TO NETWORKS, LIKE FOX, THAT DON’T LIMIT THEMSELVES TO STORIES, DETAILS OR VIEWPOINTS APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT
  • To abolish all accumulated wealth–CRACKDOWN ON OFFSHORE INVESTMENTS, SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS, ETC.  THE ‘FORTUITOUS’ COLLAPSE OF THE ECONOMY; SIGNIFICANT TAX INCREASES ON THE WEALTHY (by the way, I am quite poor-so, no agenda here.)
  • To start everyone out with a predetermined amount of a new currency
  • To quash all opposition–MILD SO FAR. HAS STARTED, BY MARGINALIZING AND DISCREDITING CITIZENS THAT ARE IN OPPOSITION
  • To be able to identify and keep track of all the citizens–‘NATIONAL ID HEALTH CARE CARD’? (IT WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS END, BUT IS IT THE MEANS THAT IS INTENDED TO FULFILL THIS END?)
  • To ensure that everyone participates–NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PARTICIPATION WILL BE MANDATORY.  NATIONAL HEALTH CARE INTEGRATES EVERYONE’S: FINANCES, HEALTH CARE, ALL RECORDS, AND ID WITH THE GOVERNMENT.  (See my blog:  ‘Will America’s New National Health Care ID Card Eventually Morph Into ‘The Mark Of The Beast’?’ for more information.)
  • To have a strong system of law enforcement that will ensure compliance–OBAMA DID TALK ABOUT HAVING A STRONG CIVILIAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE.  in Obama’s own words

I’m not trying to persuade those who disagree.  It seems there are many people who have a very different perspective from mine and think all of this is a good thing,  and many others who just don’t care.  I don’t think it’s even possible to persuade them.  They don’t want to see this from the same viewpoint I have, and I don’t even know if it is possible for them to.

I am writing this for people who do understand, are very concerned and are paying attention, and for those who do care, yet are still not convinced of what is happening.  I especially hope to distill things for those who are having trouble understanding. It can be hard to see the big picture through the haze of fear and the jumbled, overwhelming number of details of all that is happening simultaneously.

 

Is The President AWOL?

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