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Legal Ownership Of Money

November 13, 2014

I have run the idea of the legal ownership of money past a number of the people that have been responsible for my own awakening. But I have received no response at all.

The idea is getting no milage at all.

Yet, I don’t see how this concept is not the lynchpin of the entire construct.

The Kenynesians decry the glut of savings and argue for greater state intervention and centralisation. The Austrians decry the debasement of the currency and decry state intervention and the centralisation of power.

Neither theory however, takes into account the fundamental asymmetrical exchange brought about by the unilateral ownership of the currency.

Of course, the Austrians are closer to the mark because in advocating sound money they effectively advocate greater power for individuals and entities to freely interact. But as far as I can tell, even Austrians are not explicitly in favour of full unencumbered ownership of money by society.

The nature of money is the single fundamental construct upon which everything else is built. Politics, taxation, Collateralised Debt Obligations or Credit Default Swaps are all derivatives of the nature of money. Politics does not influence the nature of money but rather exploits it. Similarly, fiscality or any of the fancy credit instruments mentioned above, have no bearing on the nature of money. Quite the contrary rather. They exploit it.

Politics could of course take the upper hand in advocating a different monetary system. This would entail however taking some rather uncomfortable if not dangerous positions against rather powerful and entrenched interests.

In my view therefore, the fundamental reality of the exchange of something we own outright for something we do not own and owe interest on, is the ultimate driver of all political, economic and social development.

Not only that.

But the continuous exchange of something that is intrinsically valuable (skills, ideas and time) for something that arithmetically does not maintain its original value of exchange (money), must arithmetically and necessarily result in the concentration of wealth in the hands of the ultimate owner of the currency. Thus this is a dynamic that can only result in the concentration of power and the full dependence of society on a progressively ever more pervasive and obtrusive state with all the concomitant ramifications regarding personal liberty that entails.

The ultimate owner of the currency has successfully drawn a boundary around society. Regardless of what happens within that boundary at the political, economic or social levels, the owner of the currency will always and everywhere expand the amount of money and credit in circulation. Thus, regardless of what happens within the boundary, the owner of the currency will enjoy an increasing revenue stream fuelled by compound interest calculated on an ever increasing quantity of money and credit.

This monetary construct therefore, thoroughly neutralises the political process. Political infighting between the right, the center and the left is therefore but a distraction, albeit a very useful distraction. In fact, the greater the political polarisation becomes and the more complex regulation and fiscality become, the greater is the resultant revenue stream for the ultimate owner of the currency.

In this context, wars, famines, humanitarian interventions, economic depressions, unemployment and crisis are an absolute manna for the ultimate owner of the currency who stands to gain regardless the underlying conditions. The greater the activity, the more strident the politics and the larger the dislocation, the greater the revenue stream becomes for the ultimate owner of the currency.

This monetary system is arithmetically skewed to impoverish. It cannot be otherwise. Granted the time line may be rather long but the result is arithmetically inevitable and preordained.

This monetary system cannot contemplate prosperity for all because this would inherently distribute profit in the hands of the many.

The arithmetic of this monetary system are geared towards concentration. Politics has no bearing whatsoever in changing this fundamental dynamic. Politics only serve to bring about ever greater regulation, intervention and complexity thus driving ever greater profits towards the owner of the currency. And the evidence is everywhere.

And now for a bit of a tangential diversion… (The EU behemoth)

December 8, 2011

My wife and I had not traveled together in quite a long time. What with the wedding and the birth of our daughter, we just did not have the time or the possibility to travel together. But now that we are both well adjusted to our new routine, a friend invited us to spend a few days in his apartment in Cyprus.

I am an Italian citizen, but since we’ve only been married less than two years, Rula (my wife) does not yet have an EU passport. In preparing for our trip last September, Rula had to apply for  a visa from the local Cypriot consulate. Just for context, Rula has traveled extensively to Europe and the USA prior to our marriage.

Rula’s request for a visa resulted in a request on the part of the Cypriot Consulate for either of two things: a hotel reservation or an invitation from the Mukhtar of Limassol. Despite informing them that we would be staying with a friend and could produce an invitation letter from him if they liked, the Cypriot Consulate insisted we required either a hotel reservation or an invitation from the Mukhtar.

Since we were not about to request nor, if we did, were we going to get an invitation from the Mukhtar in due time, we reluctantly opted to make a spurious online reservation at a hotel.  Sure enough, cancelling said reservation created some complications necessitating amongst other things a call to an Expedia call center somewhere in South East Asia. But I digress.

Imagine my surprise when after complying with what can only be described as inane regulation Rula obtained a visa for… 8 days… one week…. A one week visa for the wife of an EU citizen to travel to a presumed EU member country.

So I thought I’d lodge a formal complaint with the local EU ambassador with the expectation that nothing would be done. But at least, I would make my feelings known officially.

Sure enough, my first email to ambassador Wronecka resulted in absolutely nothing.

I followed up the first email with a second email that was designed to convey mild irritation at being ignored by a civil servant and an institution that is supposed to look after our well being which, of course, should encompass passing judgment on just similar, albeit, silly situations.

Second email; no response.

I am not in the best of moods these days and if you read this blog you will know our respective governments in the West have become rather fascist in nature and it is beyond a reasonable doubt that the citizens of Europe and the USA are being robbed blind.  So, I decided to write a third email to my EU ambassador.

Now, keep in mind that I was not at all sure the email address I was using to contact the EU embassy was valid. It is a generic email that I thought was valid because I received it from a reliable source but, since my missives had not been acknowledged, maybe, just maybe, the email was not valid…

So this was my third email:

Dear Ms. Wronecka,

Further to my two previous emails over the past two months that have yet to be acknowledged, you will be glad to hear I have come to terms with both the prejudicial treatment the Cypriot consulate reserved for my wife and your condescending attitude towards my complaint of same.

I imagine that high officials in the neo EU Politburo such as yourself cannot entertain even the mere thought of having to deal with a citizen complaint. After all, in the new EU post Lisbon Treaty, citizens are but chattel meant to keep your masters in Bruxelles and you in the style of life you feel entitled to.

It is nonetheless difficult for me to fathom why you should so obstinately refuse to even acknowledge my inquiry. Even assuming you felt my complaint was groundless, standard procedure dictates that you should reply with any of the three form letters you have ready  for just such pesky citizens; if for no other reason than to appease the plebs so they should not notice how the EU Politiburo is hell bent on plundering them.

But sarcasm aside, I am genuinely interested in understanding what happened. Why not even bother with one of the standard replies full of pablum that administrations like yours are so well known for or, at the very least, just a stern “your complaint is groundless because that’s how we do business”? Has your contempt for the common citizen reached such a level that you cannot even bother to delegate this simple, albeit annoying, task to anyone in your bloated overpaid staff to carry out? Do you really feel so far superior to the mundane circumstances of the people that pay your salary that you feel no compunction to arrogate the privilege to dismiss us as inconvenient interruptions to your primary task of pleasing your masters in Bruxelles?

Let me assure you the sarcasm in my words is intentional. Allow me to illustrate what grieves me so that you could either pursue your professional prerogative and seek to rectify your supercilious stance or, as I suspect is more likely, so that you may have some entertaining reading material with which to endear yourself to your masters whom whilst sipping coffee at the office will undoubtedly delight at your condescending detachment from the every day reality of the citizenry. I will reduce my argument to the most basic terms so as not to confuse you with the details.

I have a grievance. I turn to you for judgment as you are my representative to other members of the EU. You may not feel my grievance has any grounds for being but even so, simple decency not to mention basic diplomatic practice is to acknowledge my grievance and either follow up or dismiss it.

You failed on all counts. In fact, in doing so, you prove that despite the EU’s self proclaimed status as holders of the moral high ground you are nothing but a kleptocracy.

Depending on how well you grasp the English language you may surmise I am not a happy camper.

Since I am at it, allow me to also get something else off my chest. I did not vote for a united Europe as it has been proposed. I certainly did not agree to the Lisbon treaty. As far as I am concerned, the entire EU idea as it has been conceived is nothing but a construct with blatant fascist tendencies. And you, my dearest Ms. Wronecka, are glaring confirmation of my fears.

Although my original email to you complaining about what I consider discriminatory behavior bordering on harassment on the part of the administration of a presumed EU member state may be considered an unfounded nuisance, the least one should expect is the standard answer replete with platitudes that the EU administration is so adept at dishing out. But the fact that you should not even have bothered to delegate the task of sending a trite reply to one of the minions in your ridiculously overstaffed administration indicates the degree of your contempt for citizens.

Fortunately, not all is lost for the common citizen. As I sit back to contemplate the all too predictable train wreck that is the EU (I run a blog on such matters too should you be interested), I rejoice in the knowledge that a large number of redundant civil servants such as yourself, whom have lost any sense of what their function should embody, will soon be forced off the gravy-train that is the EU. The reason you are about to be pushed off the gravy train is simple. That is, although the organization and power structure of the EU have borrowed liberally from the strategies of previous totalitarian governments such as the Reich and Nomenklatura,  because you have been more greedy, more arrogant and, let’s face it, more ignorant and short sighted, all you have been able to create is an organization that after only ten years is the laughing stock of the world. And now that the easy money has run out, you and your masters find yourselves at the mercy of Germany and the USA’s Fed. My how the self proclaimed great have fallen!

So enjoy your last few months in office at the EU and start working towards preserving some type of official position in your country of origin. Because from where I am standing, you can only keep plundering the EU for a very short period of time after which you shall either be out on your ass or you will have to beg the politicians of your country to find you another office from which you can keep suckling at the public teat.

You will not be missed Ms. Wronecka. As the German television video below shows, the people are on to you and your acolytes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnMtc_QJ4-E

The above email duly sent, nothing happened. That is, nothing happened for about one week.

Suddenly, a few days ago, “Caterina” a very pleasant lady with a mild Spanish accent called and identified herself as the EU Ambassador’s secretary. Caterina apologized profusely for what happened and went on to take the blame for the mishap saying she has just taken over the position and my emails “slipped through the cracks”.

Hmmm!… Considering there was one month between emails, I find that hard to believe but… anything is possible I suppose. Stranger things have happened. Nonetheless, for a secretary at that level to let things of this nature “slip” through the cracks twice is unlikely. Would you not say?

Better still. As I am typing this blog post today, I received another telephone call. This time it was Dana from the Cypriot consulate. Once again, Dana apologized profusely for what happened and even though she stated that they abided to current legislation, she was nonetheless sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused us. Dana also offered that I could visit the consulate and meet with the ambassador. However, Dana did not say what meeting the ambassador would achieve. I mean, since my complaint is groundless because this is current legislation, then what good would meeting the ambassador do? Maybe they think that I would be placated if I felt awed and rewarded to be in the presence of a high official? I guess we’ll never know.

The moral of the story

The moral of the story is this. I am a nobody. Legislation is legislation and at a personal level, there is very little I can do to influence it.

Very likely and as is standard procedure in Europe and particularly southern European countries, I suspect the ambassador planned to ignore my inquiry expecting I would go away. Southern Europeans are particularly inured to faceless unaccountable administrations.

If indeed that was her strategy, having ignored my first email, the ambassador should also have let slide the third one and nobody would have been any the wiser.

But true to the psychological profile of self absorbed public officials the ambassador could not let the third email slide because my tirade likely hit a raw nerve. The same nerve that animates public officials to believe they are essential, indispensible cogs of an administration rather than servants for the advancement of society.

And that is exactly the problem. High officials in the West today no longer seek office with the aim to serve the collective good. Rather, the aim of politicians and civil servants is to make a career that inherently means their primary directive is to advance the cause of the administration they serve. The Byzantine structure of the EU, the undemocratic system of appointments, the pettiness and the arrogance of its officials is glaring proof of the inanity, the wastefulness, the arrogance (for the second time) and, yes, the aberrant nature of this behemoth that today is overtly trampling on all those democratic principles it demands other countries (usually developing countries) to uphold. How can we justify a European president and concomitant body of apparatchiks that despite having executive power have not been elected by the people? How can we justify parachuting Prime Ministers into position without due process? How can the suppression of a popular referendum be justified? How can comments by EU officials like the one reported in the Telegraph article of February 2011 be justified when it states: “As Irish voters headed for the polling booths on Friday, the European Commission bluntly declared that the terms of the EU-IMF bailout “must be applied” whatever the will of Ireland’s people or regardless of any change of government.

The list goes on and on spanning the past decade and the aberration is gradually worsening.

Does it sound like I have a beef?

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Some hours after I wrote the above, I have received an email purportedly from Madame the Ambassador herself. Obviously, this should have been the response to my very first email. It is indeed a letter full of platitudes stating that that’s the way business is done and I have no grounds for my complaint. Had this letter been sent to me two months ago, I would have taken my lumps and faded into the night… Except that it wasn’t, so I got ticked off, and I didn’t…

Dear Mr Romero,

 I would like to thank you for your email and all details concerning visa application of your wife. I have immediately send your letter to the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Amman.

As you know Cyprus is not yet in the Schengen area, although many EU regulations apply to this country.

 Applications shall be examined and decided on by Consuls who are directly involved in visa process and each of them is obliged to take into consideration all information and documents provided by the applicant. During the examination process of an application additional documents and information might be requested. It is crucial in order to give the most adequate decision.

Multiple entry visa (Schengen or national, like in this case) should be issued to facilitate travel for frequent or regular travellers. The period of validity of a visa and the length of the authorised stay is always based on the examination conducted by competent authorities (Consuls).

 Decision that was taken by the Cypriot Consul does not contradict with the right of free movement enjoyed by third-country nationals who are family members of UE citizens. I understand that you and your wife are disappointed about the outcome of the case, therefore I expect that you will receive a separate respond from the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Amman clarifying your concern.

 Sincerely Yours,

 Joanna Wronecka

Ambassador / Head of Delegation

Delegation of the European Union

So, it appears that the Consul has ultimate say in how many days a visa should grant to a “third country” national.  Thus, although the decision taken in the instance of my wife’s application does not contradict her right of free movement, granting 8 days was clearly a daft decision in light of Rula’s travel profile prior to our marriage and the fact that she is now married to an EU citizen.

Germany shows the way… yet again!

August 31, 2011

Whether we like it or not, prostitution is a profession. As such it should be recognized, cleaned up, taxed and protected in that order.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/8731046/Bonn-prostitutes-to-use-parking-meters.html

Excerpts:

Inspectors will prowl the streets and any prostitute caught without a ticket [that can be bought from street vending machines] will receive a warning for a first offence, but after that faces the possibility of a fine or a ban from practicing prostitution. […] Along with the location providing a certain amount of privacy [closed off parking lots], they also come with alarms a prostitute can trigger if she gets into trouble. ”

My only observation is that the article implies that only women prostitute themselves.

Magnetic polar shift causing massive global superstorms

February 13, 2011

Anthropogenic global warming and climate change… HA! Four hundred years since the Renaissance and the emergence of the scientific method and man’s unwavering belief that we are the center of the universe has yet to fade from our collective narcissistic minds. The really sad thing is that politicians know the sheeple all too well and they play us like fiddles to enrich themselves and their cronies like Obama and Gore tried to very recently – https://guidoromero.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/sometimes-the-power-elite-does-lose-a-battle/

The truth of course is that we are mere men and the thought that our puny actions might influence or alter universal cycles is nothing but an exercise in pathological delusion.

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february042011/global-superstorms-ta.php

NASA has been warning about it…scientific papers have been written about it…geologists have seen its traces in rock strata and ice core samples…

Now “it” is here: an unstoppable magnetic pole shift that has sped up and is causing life-threatening havoc with the world’s weather.

Forget about global warming—man-made or natural—what drives planetary weather patterns is the climate and what drives the climate is the sun’s magnetosphere and its electromagnetic interaction with a planet’s own magnetic field.”

The shifting of the magnetic pole is also affecting our daily lives:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-tampa-airport-runways-renumbered-due.html

And here is something interesting. For millennia the only fixed point in man’s existence has been the certainty that the sun always rises and follows regular and predictable cycles…. till this year that is….

Can the shifting of the magnetic pole have something to do with this?
http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/astronomy/story/44335/sunrise-two-days-early-in-greenland.asp

The essence of this blog

January 28, 2011

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1351037/Airport-bans-toy-soldiers-inch-rifle-plane–safety-threat.html

His three-inch, plastic toy gun was branded a ‘firearm’ and banned from a transatlantic flight.”

To be fair, although most reasonable people would find the above amusing, what this incident underscores is how far state propaganda has reached into the psyche of the common man.

Propaganda works best when the public perceives there to be a degree of truth in what government says is the reality of everyday life. In this regard, television shows like CSI, Bones, The Unit or Criminal Minds are an absolute bonanza for the state because they inculcate in the heads of the masses the idea that military and security spending along with the curtailment of personal freedoms are a real necessity to “preserve” our way of life.

Generally speaking, people cannot understand a problem if their livelihood depends on them not understanding it in the first place. A security agent’s job depends on there being a threat. Whether the threat is real or imagined is a matter of perception.

But give the masses enough tv shows highlighting potential threats and hire enough security personnel and in quick succession you have a paranoiac society begging to be protected even if that means the total invasion of one’s private life.

Christian and Islamic extremists must be high-fiving and patting each other backs seeing what our open societies have been reduced to.

 

 

I’m a daddy…

January 19, 2011

… Lea was born at 9:00am this morning in Amman…

Realities and costs of “green” energy

January 14, 2011

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2011/01/12/evergreen_solar_to_cut_800_jobs_as_it_tries_to_compete_with_china/

Evergreen Solar Inc. will eliminate 800 jobs in Massachusetts and shut its new factory at the former military base in Devens, just two years after it opened the massive facility to great fanfare and with about $58 million in taxpayer subsidies. The company announced yesterday that it will close the plant by the end of March, calling itself a victim of weak demand and competition from cheaper suppliers in China, where the government provides solar companies with generous subsidies.

Evergreen itself has a factory in Wuhan, China, built in collaboration with a Chinese company, Jiawei Solarchina Co. Ltd., and with money from a Chinese government investment fund. The company had previously said it would shift some production from Devens to the Wuhan plant but yesterday was the first time it said Devens would be closed.

You think subsidies using taxpayer’s money is not a big deal? Ok, then try this next one:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1342032/You-dont-need-weatherman-know-way-wind-blows.html

Over the past three weeks, with demand for power at record levels because of the freezing weather, there have been days when the contribution of our forests of wind turbines has been precisely nothing.

It gets better. As the temperature has plummeted, the turbines have had to be heated to prevent them seizing up. Consequently, they have been consuming more electricity than they generate.

This next one typifies the West’s tendency to reward failure and cronyism in order to implement expedient and often detrimental policy, all in the name of attaining their perceived right to their own version of the raison d’etat.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/8269907/European-carbon-market-suspended-over-fraud-fears.html

But it [carbon trading scheme] has been plagued by fraud, with Europol estimating that carbon trading criminals trying to play the system may have accounted for up to 90pc of all market activity in some European countries during 2009. Fraudulent traders mainly from Britain, France, Spain, Denmark and Holland pocketed an estimated €5bn. Carbon allowances are particularly susceptible to fraud because they are high value, intangible and easily moved between different countries.”

And what do we do with politicians that preside over failure of galactic proportions?

http://opinion.financialpost.com/2010/12/05/lawrence-solomon-the-7-billion-carbon-scam/#ixzz17RIo17Jm

Aided by lax rules, the Danish emissions registry became the world’s largest, with 1256 registered permit traders, most of them fake. As one example, a registered trader used a London parking lot as his address. Following the discovery of the scam, some 1100 of these have been de-registered, leaving scant few traders in the Danish market.

The Danish Minister of Climate and Energy who oversaw the illusory growth in the carbon market, Connie Hedegaard, has since been promoted to the post of EU Climate Commissioner. She is now in Cancun, representing the EU’s interests and arguing for steps that the global community needs to take for the carbon industry to regain credibility.

And now for something completely different…

November 19, 2010

… just to lighten the mood. Humanity is capable of great intellectual endeavors too. Some will argue that these discoveries may not have happened in the time frame they have in the absence of a fiat monetary system. They argue that any other monetary system would not allow the same speed of development hence, despite the eventual drawbacks, fiat money is the way to go.

For my part, I guess we’ll never know. The road not taken and all that. But, what I will say is that if indeed we end up in a contrived global war as I expect (the drawback of the inherent limit of debt based fiat money), would this not be a case of the means justifying the end rather than the other way around? Does anyone know what Macchiavelli had to say about that? If anything?

Anyway. Are the interesting bits for today.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8142894/Giant-extra-galactic-planet-discovered.html

For the first time, astronomers have detected a planetary system in a stellar stream of extragalactic origin. Because of the great distances involved, there are no confirmed detections of planets in other galaxies. But this cosmic merger has brought an extragalactic planet within our reach.

And since we’re at it:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/8142104/Antimatter-discovery-how-physicists-explore-science-fiction-frontier.html

When something good works against personal freedom

October 22, 2010

Some of you may know I recently married and that my wife Rula is expecting our first child. As we pre-plan our child’s early life, one of the things we came across was the possibility of saving and storing the baby’s umbilical cord so that he/she may have access to his/her own stem cells if and when needed in the future.

We live in Jordan, in the Middle East. When Rula first mentioned the possibility of saving and storing the baby’s cord, I thought that whatever company would do that would store the cord in the same country where the baby was born or, at any rate, in the country of nationality of the baby. The reason I thought that, is due to the controversy that surrounds all things DNA, stem cells and biological identity. As things turn out, the companies that operate in Jordan in fact store the tissue in the UK. In fact, there are a number of companies that are licensed to carry out this type of work globally and it seems that China is at the forefront  of storage and use of stem cells. However, China not being recognized neither by the FDA in the USA nor the European body (which name now escapes me) nor the UK’s Human Tissue Authority, their work is not included in worldwide statistics.

Interestingly, we are told that in the early stages of this activity in the UK, companies were being licensed by a body other than the Human Tissue Authority. But eventually, government questioned the relevance of this private body issuing licenses for the collection and storage of human tissue and set up the HTA as a government agency.

At the individual level, as parents, both Rula and myself are naturally naturally inclined to do something that improves the chances of survival of our child. If saving the kids’ cord may help him/her one day fight some lethal disease then what’s a few thousand Dollars for peace of mind and for our child’s survival?…

The long and the short of the story is that Rula and I will do this. We do it willingly because it is a good thing.

Nonetheless, I cannot but be torn by my awareness that I am willingly giving up a significant portion of my child’s freedom… without my child’s consent.

Readers of this blog know I maintain our economic/social model evolves according to a logic dictated by two overarching dynamics: the first is the choice of monetary system and the second the choice of political system. As you by now know, though symbiotic, these two dynamics do not affect our lives equally the monetary system being the ultimate driver whereas the political system is subordinate thus is the proximate driver of all human dynamics. Moreover, despite the fact that the monetary system is the ultimate driver, the choice of system is not subject to society for ratification. In other words; governments, particularly Western governments, ergo governments of open democratic societies, retain the exclusive and arbitrary right to impose the monetary system.

Throughout the Western world, all be it at different times, our respective governments have imposed a debt based fiat monetary system upon society. Though not necessarily destructive, the political process ensures that debt based money always and everywhere will end in a catastrophic collapse. The only variable is time.

The reason is that debt based fiat money is predicated on inflation and inflation is a dynamic that conforms to the laws of diminishing marginal utility. This means that you progressively need more inflation in order to obtain the same result. This is not opinion. It is a mathematical truism.

What is relevant here, is that as the debt based fiat monetary logic evolves and as inflation loses traction over time, the only way more inflation can be brought to bear is if government progressively becomes more involved in society and the economy.

Thus as the effect of inflation inevitably wanes, the end of a debt based fiat monetary system is characterized by big government. But big government is inherently and by necessity intrusive thus ever more statist thus ever less democratic.

This is nothing new. It has happened before so this should not be and is not a surprise to anyone that can grasp the very simple logic of debt based fiat money.

At a time when government is clearly, blatantly and overtly flouting the black letter of the law for the ostensible good of “the system”, how much more proof do you want to realize that we are now well into dictatorship territory? How about a candid admission of manipulation at the highest level?

http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/plot_thickens_cftc_judge.php

http://www.futuresmag.com/News/2010/10/Pages/CFTC-judge-claims-colleague-is-biased-.aspx

If you don’t find the above worrying at several levels, how about this then:

All this is a reminder that the most informative element of any spy agency’s website is its Kiddie Korner, where spycraft meets the schoolyard for an awkward, barely appropriate encounter.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/10/nsa-cartoon-animals-lure-youth-into-the-surveillance-arts/

Recruiting children to spy on your neighbor. That’s what the champion of freedom and open society has come to.

So if you understand the dynamics brought about by debt based fiat money, then the fact that today we are effectively living under a developing dictatorship should not be a surprise. We may not have reached the acute stage yet but the mathematical character of the monetary system ensures an accelerating dynamic so that events will follow at a quickening pace.

Back to the point of this post: my child’s biological identity.

Today, “security” is everything and everywhere. Our lives have been turned upside-down and inside-out by threats real and perceived and often by threats that are contrived and carried out by a myriad anonymous “security” agencies that have no overall supervision from any institution civic, military or government it may be. Personal freedoms are being curtailed at an increasing rate, youth organizations are being militarized, teenagers are being encouraged to learn the craft of spying and identification data is being forcibly collected and stored about individuals before they are even suspected of doing anything suspicious.

This is what happened to innocent till proven guilty.

Today, we are all guilty till proven innocent.

The implications are profound.

Once upon a time the “old country” was a land where people could only do what was allowed by law so that America, the land where people could do anything provided it was not forbidden by the law, flourished. The difference in the two approaches ensured that in upholding the presumed inherent goodness of man, America allowed people to imagine and create things that did not exist whereas in the old country, government would give guidelines in what to imagine and what to create.

To be sure, both approaches created some degree of wealth and somehow advanced society and both approaches can be deemed to have succeeded depending on what the parameters for success are. Nonetheless, the personal freedom approach was much more prevalent in America than in Europe hence no doubt contributing in a significant manner in turning the USA in the global hegemon.

But I digress. I am now about to give up what could very well turn out to be a significant portion of my unborn child’s identity and place it in the hands of government. Sure the company that will collect the cord claims that nobody but the parents have access to the tissue but in light of Western governments increasing and proven inclination to hold themselves above the law, I know the genetic identity of my child will wind-up on a government database. From there, government through any of the myriad agencies under its presumed control will have significant latitude in using and misusing this information. Some of the possibilities have been illustrated by authors young and new. Some their work was deemed fiction or science fiction when it was first published. But today, we see the long dark hand of government stretching over society ostensibly to provide protection; protection that can only be offered by curtailing your personal freedoms to save you from yourself.

In recent years a minor movie I thought was deserving of attention, if not recognition, was Gattaca.

Though dramatized and no doubt “a bit out there” for the time it was shown, today government has come a long way to achieving just that objective. You no doubt heard about Echelon. Echelon has been running for a good many years and it has collected phenomenal amounts of information on all and sundry globally. Most of the information collected though, pertains to faceless or even nameless individuals. Now think about this. Since the events of 2001, large numbers of people worldwide have their finger prints taken at certain airports regardless of whether they are staying in that particular country or whether they are just transiting. Innocuous enough right? It is no different than handing over your passport right? Enter biological information. Within a few years, government will not only have full access to your name and know exactly what you are made of and what illness you may suffer from, but it will also have a comprehensive data-bank of whom you’ve spoken to, what documents you have ever requested and exchanged, with whom and why, where you’ve been, whom you’ve seen, at what time and where…

The Berlin wall only came down twenty years ago. That was the point at which “free” society thought it had overcome by wielding truth, justice and personal freedoms.

We are fully back to square one but this time it is global.

That is what is occupying my mind these days.

Never knew clergy were celebrities…

September 17, 2010

Pope Warns Children Over Celebrity Culture

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/the-pope/8009029/Pope-warns-children-over-celebrity-culture.html