Archive for January 2016

The U.S. Is At The Center Of The Global Economic Meltdown

I know I have shared a lot about the current unfolding economic train smash; however, it is if such all-encompassing scope and power that I’m drawn to continue sharing occasional articles. We are in new territory, and this article provides some insights:

While the economic implosion progresses this year, there will be considerable misdirection and disinformation as to the true nature of what is taking place. As I have outlined in the past, the masses were so ill informed by the mainstream media during the Great Depression that most people had no idea they were actually in the midst of an “official” depression until years after it began. The chorus of economic journalists of the day made sure to argue consistently that recovery was “right around the corner.” Our current depression has been no different, but something is about to change.

Unlike the Great Depression, social crisis will eventually eclipse economic crisis in the U.S. That is to say, our society today is so unequipped to deal with a financial collapse that the event will inevitably trigger cultural upheaval and violent internal conflict. In the 1930s, nearly 50% of the American population was rural. Farmers made up 21% of the labor force. Today, only 20% of the population is rural. Less than 2% work in farming and agriculture. That’s a rather dramatic shift from a more independent and knowledgeable land-utilizing society to a far more helpless and hapless consumer-based system.

What’s the bottom line? About 80% of the current population in the U.S. is more than likely inexperienced in any meaningful form of food production and self-reliance.

The rationale for lying to the public is certainly there. Economic and political officials could argue that to reveal the truth of our fiscal situation would result in utter panic and immediate social breakdown. When 80% of the citizenry is completely unprepared for a decline in the mainstream grid, a loss of savings through falling equities and a loss of buying power through currency destruction, their first response to such dangers would be predictably uncivilized.

Of course, the powers-that-be are not really interested in protecting the American people from themselves. They are interested only in positioning their own finances and resources in the most advantageous investments while using our loss and fear to extract more centralization, more control and more consent. Thus, the hiding of economic decline is enacted because the decline itself is useful to the elites.

And just to be clear for those who buy into the propaganda, the U.S. is indeed in a speedy decline.

In ‘Lies You Will Hear As The Economic Collapse Progresses’, published in summer of last year, I predicted that “Chinese contagion” would be used as the scapegoat for the downturn in order to hide the true source: American wealth destruction. Today, as the Dow and other markets plummet and oil markets tank due to falling demand and glut inventories, all we seem to hear from the mainstream talking heads and the people who parrot them in various forums is that the U.S. is the “only stable economy by comparison” and the rest of the world (mainly China) is a poison to our otherwise exemplary financial health. This is delusional fiction.

The U.S. is the No. 1 consumer market in the world with a 29% overall share and a 21% share in energy usage, despite having only 5 percent of the world’s total population. If there is a global slowdown in consumption, manufacturing, exports and imports, then the first place to look should be America.

Trucking freight in the U.S. is in steep decline, with freight companies pointing to a “glut in inventories” and a fall in demand as the culprit.

Morgan Stanley’s freight transportation update indicates a collapse in freight demand worse than that seen during 2009.

The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of global freight rates and thus a measure of global demand for shipping of raw materials, has collapsed to even more dismal historic lows. Hucksters in the mainstream continue to push the lie that the fall in the BDI is due to an “overabundance of new ships.” However, the CEO of A.P. Moeller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping line, put that nonsense to rest when he admitted in November that “global growth is slowing down” and “[t]rade is currently significantly weaker than it normally would be under the growth forecasts we see.”

Maersk ties the decline in global shipping to a FALL IN DEMAND, not an increase in shipping fleets.

This point is driven home when one examines the real-time MarineTraffic map, which tracks all cargo ships around the world. For the past few weeks, the map has remained almost completely inactive with the vast majority of the world’s cargo ships sitting idle in port, not traveling across oceans to deliver goods. The reality is, global demand has fallen down a black hole, and the U.S. is at the top of the list in terms of crashing consumer markets.

To drive the point home even further, the U.S. is by far the world’s largest petroleum consumer. Therefore, any sizable collapse in global oil demand would have to be predicated in large part on a fall in American consumption. Oil inventories are now overflowing, indicating an unheard-of crash in energy use and purchasing.

U.S. petroleum consumption was actually lower in 2014 than it was in 1997 and 25% lower than earlier projections predicted. A large part of this reduction in gas use has been attributed to fewer vehicle miles traveled. Though oil markets have seen massive price cuts, the lack of demand continued through 2015.

This collapse in consumption is reflected partially in newly adjusted 4th quarter GDP forecasts by the Federal Reserve, which are now slashed down to 0.7%.  And remember, Fed and government calculate GDP stats by counting government spending of taxpayer money as “production” or “commerce”.  They also count parasitic programs like Obamacare towards GDP as well.  If one were to remove government spending of taxpayer funds from the equation, real GDP would be far in the negative.  That is to say, if the fake numbers are this bad, then the real numbers must be horrendous.

And finally, let’s talk about Wal-Mart. There is a good reason why mainstream pundits are attempting to marginalize Wal-Mart’s sudden announcement of 269 store closures, 154 of them within the U.S. with at least 10,000 employees being laid off. Admitting weakness in Wal-Mart means admitting weakness in the U.S. economy, and they don’t want to do that.

Wal-Mart is America’s largest retailer and largest employer. In 2014, Wal-Mart announced a sweeping plan to essentially crush neighborhood grocery markets with its Wal-Mart Express stores, building hundreds within months. Today, those Wal-Mart Express stores are being shut down in droves, along with some supercenters. Their top business model lasted around a year before it was abandoned.

Some in the mainstream argue that this is not necessarily a sign of economic decline because Wal-Mart claims it will be building 200 to 240 new stores worldwide by 2017. This is interesting to me because Wal-Mart just suffered its steepest stock drop in 27 years on reports that projected sales will fall by 6% to 12% for the next two years.

It would seem to me highly unlikely that Wal-Mart would close 154 stores in the U.S. (269 stores worldwide) and then open 240 other stores during a projected steep crash in sales that caused the worst stock trend in the company’s history. I think it far more likely that Wal-Mart executives are attempting to appease shareholders with expansion promises they do not plan to keep.

I am going to call it here and now and predict that most of these store sites will never see construction and that Wal-Mart will continue to make cuts, either with store closings, employee layoffs or both.

As the above data indicates, global demand is disintegrating; and the U.S. is a core driver.

The best way to sweep all these negative indicators under the rug is to fabricate some grand idea of outside threats and fiscal dominoes. It is much easier for Americans to believe our country is being battered from without rather than destroyed from within.

Does China have considerable fiscal issues including debt bubble issues? Absolutely. Is this a catalyst for global collapse? No. China’s problems are many but if there is a first “domino” in the chain, then the U.S. economy claims that distinction.

China is the largest exporter in the world, not the largest consumer. If anything, a crash in China’s economy is only a REFLECTION of an underlying collapse in U.S. demand for Chinese goods (among others). That is to say, the mainstream dullards have it backward; a crash in China is a herald of a larger collapse in U.S. markets. A crash in China is a symptom of the greater fiscal disease in America. The U.S. is the primary cause; it is not the victim of Chinese contagion. And the crisis in the U.S. will ultimately be far worse by comparison.

I wrote in ‘What Fresh Horror Awaits The Economy After Fed Rate Hike?’, published before Christmas:

“Market turmoil is a guarantee given the fact that banks and corporations have been utterly reliant on near-zero interest rates and free overnight lending from the Fed. They have been using these no-cost and low-cost loans primarily for stock buybacks, purchasing back their own stocks and reducing the number of shares on the market, thereby artificially elevating the value of the remaining shares and driving up the market as a whole. Now that near-zero lending is over, these banks and corporations will not be able to afford constant overnight borrowing, and the buybacks will cease. Thus, stock markets will crash in the near term.

This process has already begun with increased volatility leading up to and after the Fed rate hike. Watch for far more erratic stock movements (300 to 500 points or more) up and down taking place more frequently, with the overall trend leading down into the 15,000-point range for the Dow in the first two quarters of 2016. Extraordinary but short lived positive increases in the markets will occur at times (Christmas and New Year’s tend to result in positive rallies), but shock rallies are just as much a sign of volatility and instability as shock crashes.”

Markets moved immediately into crash territory after the new year began. This was an easy prediction to make and one that I have been reiterating for months — just as the timing of the Fed rate hike was an easy prediction to make, based on the Fed’s history of deliberately increasing instability through bad policy as the economy moves into deflationary spirals. The Fed did it during the Great Depression and is doing it again today.

It is no coincidence that global markets began to tank after the first Fed rate hike; no-cost overnight lending to banks and corporations was the key to maintaining equities in a relatively static position.  As the U.S. loses momentum, the world loses momentum.  As the Fed ends outright stimulation and manipulation, the house of cards falls.

I have said it many times and I’ll say it yet again: If you think the Fed’s motivation is to prolong or protect the U.S. economy and currency, then you will never understand why it takes the policy actions it does. If you understand and accept the fact that the Fed is a saboteur working carefully and incrementally toward the destruction of the U.S. to make way for a new globally centralized system, everything falls into place.

To summarize, the U.S. economy as we know it is not slated to survive the next few years. Read my article ‘The Economic Endgame Explained’ for more in-depth information on why a collapse is being engineered and what the openly admitted goal is, including the referenced 1988 article from The Economist titled “Get Ready A World Currency In 2018,” which outlines the plan for a reduction of the dollar and the U.S. system in order to make way for a global basket reserve currency (Special Drawing Rights).

It is astonishingly foolish to assume that even though the U.S. has held the title of king of global consumption share for decades, that our economy is somehow not a primary faulty part in the sputtering global economic engine.  Economies are falling because demand is falling.   Demand is falling because Americans are not buying.  Americans are not buying because Americans are broke. Americans are broke because central bank policy has created an environment of wealth destruction. This wealth destruction in the U.S. has been ongoing, but only now is it becoming truly visible.  The volatility we see in developing nations is paltry compared to the financial chaos we now face.  Anyone who attempts to dismiss the dangers of a U.S. breakdown or the threat to the unprepared public is either an idiot, or they are trying to divert and distract you from reality. The coming months will undoubtedly verify this.

Brandon Smith

Free trade agreements are not for the benefit of the consumer or small business

The mainstream media (MSM) tell us that free trade agreements are good for everyone, especially consumers.

Sadly, they are not. I quote part of this article by Jon Rappoport that “gets it”:

For the moment, to avoid ad hominem arguments, let’s forget that Trump made the remark; and let’s also forget that truly free markets don’t exist on a macro scale.

Here is the obvious knock-you-in-the-face truth: you can’t have a level playing field if you allow US companies to go abroad, set up factories in places where their costs are minimal, and export those products back to the US. That kind of operation destroys companies who are making the same products in America, at much higher costs.

This isn’t economics. You don’t need algorithms to figure it out. You don’t need experts to weigh in with their fatuous bloviations. Anybody with three active brain cells can see the truth.

Here is the bottom line: free markets, to the degree they exist, were never designed for international trade. They were designed for national economies.

In order to make international trade work, you have (you had) tariffs. A company abroad, no matter who owns it, can only ship goods into the US for sale if it pays a big fat tax to level the field.

But then it all changed: no-tariff free trade entered the scene. This was the invention of Globalists, whose ambition was to “liberate mega-corporations” from any and all reasonable obligations, so they could roam the world minus any allegiance to their home countries, and basically act as predators.

This is GATT, the WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA, the upcoming TPP, and so on. Treaties.

Let’s say there are 50 companies in the US who make sneakers here. The average cost of a pair is $2. That’s the manufacturing cost. Four of these companies shut their plants in the US and go to China, where they make a pair for 16 cents. They bring all those sneakers back here for sale. What happens to the other 46 American companies who are still making their sneakers here? Get the correct answer and you earn an A in Globalism 101.

The free market wasn’t designed for this kind of commerce.

If you’re a double-talking scuzz-bucket Globalist, you argue: “But you see, people in the US can now buy cheaper sneakers. This is wonderful. It offsets the fact that lots of workers in the US who used to make sneakers are out of work. Those people can be retrained for other jobs…”

If that were true, we would see, on balance, a prospering US economy. But despite Obama’s assurances, we don’t. We see more and more people out of work, or working at part-time low paying jobs. We see more people on digital food stamps (SNAP, EBT). We see some of the 1.5 million Mexican corn farmers, who were bankrupted by NAFTA, which allowed cheap US corn to flood the Mexican market, coming across the border into the US.

Remember, Globalism doesn’t recognize the existence of separate nations. Here is what Zbigniew Brzezinski, David Rockefeller’s chief butler, and Obama’s foreign policy mentor, wrote on that subject in 1969:

“The nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.”

Yes, “far in advance,” if by that you mean “in order to destroy separate nations.”

Replacing nations, you have elite banks with their invented money, you have financiers, you have mega-corporations— moving in and out of places all over the world, setting up shop, and exporting goods anywhere they choose to, minus tariffs. Nice work if you can get it, and they can. Calling this capitalism or free market is more than a misnomer. It’s a purposeful deception. It’s a long con. It’s a betrayal.

And when the same Globalists talk about planned economies, constructed to make the world a fairer and more equitable place, they’re lying again—because their beloved mega-corporations are the leading edge, the prow of that ship. It’s part of the hustle.

Imagine a guy on a street corner with a little folding table and three shells and one pea. For a few bucks, you can guess which shell has the pea under it, after he quickly moves the shells around. Except the “you” in this equation is the world population, and the fee for guessing is mega-trillions of dollars. Of course, the guess is always wrong, and the guy with the shells and the pea is Mr. Global, and he always wins. This is called Peace, Tranquility, Equality, Greatest Good for the Greatest Number.

Of course, I’m just using the US as an example. The same facts apply to any industrialized nation. The same facts apply to any Third World nation where mega-corporations set up shop.

As long as you have nations who have a semblance of concern about their survival, you don’t have Globalism. Any claim that international trade, minus tariffs, is proper and good and just is a bald faced lie.

It’s setting lions loose to hunt mice in a sealed cage.

Free-market capitalism (aka the open exchange of goods and services for money) was never designed to work on a global scale. Most free-market advocates will never admit that.

You must have tariffs.

Globalists assure us that tariffs are pernicious obstructions to a free and open economy. Translation: tariffs obstruct a world-slave economy they want to control.

Yes, there is a downside in all this. If cell phones and computers for Americans were only made in America, or if they were exported here with added tariffs, they would be more expensive. But you have to weigh that against the overall effect of Globalism: the ripping apart of the American economy, with all its implications.

A few readers will see beyond what I’ve said so far. They’ll realize that Globalism is actually designed to torpedo the very corporations it’s supposed to be favoring. Through created unemployment, it’s purposefully shrinking the worldwide consumer base. This means, as time passes, that these corporations will experience a vast crunch. To whom will they sell their products?

The corporations don’t want to realize this. They’re in denial about where Globalism is heading. And where is it heading? The Globalists are planning to take us back in time, to far more primitive conditions. That’s their end game. They envision a depopulated future in which the remaining people of Earth, swimming in poverty, will be easier to control.

—Armed to the teeth and protected by robotic armies, possessing the most advanced technologies, feudal princes live high on the hills. Down below, privileged artisans assemble beautiful goods and artifacts for their masters. The poorest of the poor, the untouchables, live far away, in remote areas. Their numbers are diminishing.

The natural landscape of Earth is pristine and pure.

Joy to the “environmentalists.”

Jon Rappoport

The Occult Universe of David Bowie and the Meaning of “Blackstar”

Unquestionably, David Bowie carved out his own, unique place in the history of modern music; music loved by many.

Anyone who looked closely at some of his lyrics with some familiarity with the occult will know this, and some of it was very dark, as this article explains.

But anyone who watched the man with children or in some of his unguarded moments will know he was not only that. He had a spontaneity and a generosity of spirit that belied his fascination with the work of Aleister Crowley and the Golden Dawn.

And we know that Talmudic satanists control the music and film industries, to name just two, so he was doubtlessly encouraged down that path and, in my opinion, played his role in further breaking down the Western culture and values.

As Birgit Edwall outlines in this article, the occult just means hidden and has aspects that are of the light as well as of the dark, and as her book title indicates, aspects of her journey have had an association with those lighter aspects of David Bowie.

And what of Bowie’s recent album “Blackstar”?

To me, this video is clearly satanic.

However, this one, in my opinion, was Bowie saying goodbye to this world.

I’ll let you be the judge.

Bowie was nothing if not an enigma.

Fiona Barnett – Witness of VIP Satanic Ritual in Bathurst, 1985

In this video, Fiona Barnett recounts her experience of a satanic sacrifice at Bathurst on October 6, 1985 (Bathurst Race Day), and the consumption of the flesh and the blood of a baby that had been ripped from its mother’s body, which she reports had been cut open by one of Australia’s feted cricketers and cricket commentators, Richie Benaud, as well as the beheading of several hypnotised children. Fiona comments that this sacrifice and the consumption of the baby’s flesh and blood is the basis for the Christian consumption of the wafer and the wine in the communion ceremony, which is exactly the same conclusion I made in this post, when reading the account of another Australian witness of a similar sacrifice at Inverloch a decade later. The correlation between these two events is indisputable.

Take a few minutes to watch this video. It’s how our world is controlled behind the scenes and you need to know. You need to stop giving credence to politicians and the so-called democratic process that puts them into their roles. They’re all controlled by the same forces behind the scenes using these satanic practices, I suspect in every country.

Officiating at this event was Kim Beazley Senior, a former Australian Federal minister for many years and reportedly a key figure in the CIA’s activities in Australia and particularly the management of the satanic practices as used to control senior Australian politicians of the day. This included the trafficking of mind controlled children such as Fiona Barnett was at that time.

I wonder who’s managing it today? It will be just as much in place today as it was then. I wonder how many children they sacrifice every year?

And of course neither of these women have recourse to the judicial system since that system, including the police, is controlled in the same manner and both of them, unsurprisingly, have been treated for mental health issues (who wouldn’t have them after these experiences) and hence are not considered credible witnesses.

How convenient.

Once more, I honour Fiona Barnett for having the courage to go public, including naming public figures who are still alive and in so doing risking legal action against her.

How a man accused of million-dollar fraud uncovered a never before seen, secret surveillance device

This a great article about how one very determined man, Daniel Rigmaiden, who knew he’d been sprung by some form of hidden surveillance technology that spied on cellphone signals, exposed the technology known as the Stingray:

To track Rigmaiden down, the investigators had used a secret device, one that allowed them to pinpoint their target with far more accuracy than Verizon could. They called it a cell-site simulator, or by its trade name, Stingray. Neither term was found in the court order that authorized its use. The device had to be kept secret, even from the courts.

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It is in widespread use in the US and probably globally, though probably now superseded, as the article suggests. Its use was long suppressed by the police, the FBI and prosecutors and was being widely used without a warrant. Rigmaiden’s work has brought it out into the open.

The Bail-in: Financial Collapse To Steal Your Money

The GFC of 2008, triggered by the illegal leveraging of the US housing market, saw the reserves of countries drained around the globe.

The next round, just getting underway, will drain the reserves of medium depositors through bail-in provisions that have recently been activated in most countries. I say medium because the big guys are always forewarned and take protective action, whilst the smallest depositors, at least in some jurisdictions, are protected by threshold protections put in place of, say, $100,000.

This model was given its test run in Cyprus in March/April 2013.

The global bail-in model was given the go ahead at the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November 2014 and endorsed by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), one of those secretive global banking organisations that you probably haven’t heard of and which coordinates policy for the central banks of the world, in its review document of April 2013 (the timing of this report illustrates that the Cyprian bail-in was very clearly a test run). It was implemented in Europe and the US effective January 1 this year (just in time for the unwinding that began from the first day of stockmarket trading in 2016). Australia appears to have not yet got its legislation over the line, in part because of proactive pushback by the public. This example from Italy, however, suggests that in some jurisdictions it has been in place for a while and may have no small depositor protection.

This recent video from David Icke puts the bail-in practice into its broader context, joining the dots in the actions of the global elite to fleece the public of their assets. As David explains, none of this, including the global financial crises themselves are by accident and are carefully planned over a long period of time.

Fiona Barnett reveals the litany of her failed efforts to expose Australian elite paedophilia

In this brief video, Fiona Barnett reveals some of her failed efforts to see action taken over the sexual abuse and child sacrifice that she witnessed and experienced at the hands of Australia’s elite politicians and others.

Studies of Identical twins show homosexuality is acquired, not genetic

For no scientific reason, we’ve all been brainwashed into believing that homosexuality is not by choice, that homosexuals are born that way.

But eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the United States and Scandinavia during the last two decades all have arrived at the same conclusion: homosexuality primarily and overwhelmingly (90%) is an acquired disposition, instead of genetic.

The findings of those studies are presented in Chapter 10, “Twin Studies: the strongest evidence,” of Neil E. Whitehead, Ph.D., My Genes Made Me Do It! – Homosexuality and the scientific evidence (Third edition, Oct. 2013). (You can download the book, free, in PDF format here; or buy a copy here.)

Dr. Neil Whitehead is the author of over 140 published scientific papers. His Ph.D. is in biochemistry, 1971, New Zealand. He was employed as a scientist with the New Zealand government for 24 years, at the United Nations for 4 years, and more recently as a scientific research consultant to Japanese universities on the effects of radiation exposure.

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The rest of the article fleshes out the details behind this conclusion.

What is ‘Taharrush gamea’? Arab ‘rape game’ spreads to Europe from Middle East

Protests follow NYE’s in Cologne and other German cities where hundreds of women were harassed by men of foreign origin, asylum seekers. Germany has faced a phenomenon of ‘Taharrush ja-mie’. This Arabic word describes a group harassment committed by young men during mass gatherings.

Shipping Said to Have Ceased… Is the Worldwide Economy Grinding to a Halt?

The last part of this video is a marketing blurb, but the first couple of minutes share some extraordinary data. Given such low current freight rates, shipping companies are not shipping and there are reportedly NO freighters in the Atlantic and perhaps further afield.

When will this turn up as shortages?

What is it telling us about the state of the underlying global economy?

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