One of the more impressive feats of US propaganda is how many Americans have been convinced that their country is simultaneously (A) an unstoppable superpower that should be in charge of the world and (B) a poor widdle victim bullied by Russians, North Koreans and terrorists." Caitlin Johnstone
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe that they are free."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
would re-cast Russia’s preparations, as noted in this article:
When Greece’s ‘rebellious’ political party Syriza threatened to ‘haircut’ Western (DeutscheBank) loans, Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis noted that the nation could not succeed in facing-down the banksters without an in-place currency alternative to the Euro and an in-place financial-processing system indigenous to Greece. And so it turned out. The banksters were able to cut off funds, thwart transactions, and generally bully/terrify the public into submission…
Russia’s ‘preparations’ could be seen within the above lens. The article sees these preparations as ‘defensive’; weathering an outside storm. Alternatively, it could easily be that Russian leaders learned from Greece and Varoufakis. They are preparing for an ‘offensive’; a preparatory stance to changing their financial system.
The current Russian financial system was put in place by western capitalists during the ‘turbulent years’. Some have noted that this system might be more beholden to western bankster interests than the good of the Russian people. If so, any fundamental changes to this system would be expected to be ‘vigorously’ pushed-back against by the banksters. Hence, the need for the two in-place systems mentioned by Varoufakis.
In my eyes, Russia is slowly and thoughtfully preparing for an ‘offensive’ to take back its financial sovereignty, whatever the exact details may turn out to be…
Refined Oil Exports by Country June 3, 2018
Those countries that posted declines in the international sale of refined petroleum oils were led by: India (down -64%), Belgium (down -47.6%), Russia (down -46.8%), Netherlands (down -42.1%) and Canada (down -38.6%).
With Gold reserves as of November 2017, 1828.6 (in metric tons), and a decline in the international sale of refined petroleum oils down -46.8%, it is imperative for Russia to be Prepared for a “Perfect Storm” in the Global Economy. Hope for the best, but prepare for the Worst.
The western-eccentric economies are on the road to nowhere since the whole system is kept going by a Ponzi scheme. That is to say that debt – private and sovereign – continues to growth faster than national income. In short the apparent cure for debt is more debt. Sovereign debt in the US is now 105% of GDP. Normally this wouldn’t matter since a stimulus would enable the US to grow its way out of debt. However, what we are witnessing is the return of David Ricardo’s dreaded symptom of diminishing returns to scale. This means that each additional input of stimulus results in smaller and smaller outputs. US GDP stands at $20 trillion, unfortunately the sovereign debt stands at $21 trillion. Add in private, household and corporate debt, in addition to unfunded future liabilities and you have a very big problem. Moreover this debt is not necessary productive. Much of it goes on consumption rather than productive investment and what investment which does take place is in financial instruments – stock buy backs and mergers and acquisitions. The trend line of debt to GDP is very worrying getting wider by the year and shows no sign of reversing.
This is clearly not a viable business model and the whole thing will hit the rocks sooner or later.
Trump is a near perfect reflection of the American herd.... he simply doesn't know WTF has really been going on and why. He's done his thing, worked the system, used bankruptcy court often when that became the new standard... He doesn't know about the dollar empire, he just takes it for granted. He knows not what he does... which is why the SG find him so useful in their current engineered script of 'Out with their OWO, in with their NWO'.
the Romans could finance their armies by levying taxes on the growing trade of their empire, the U.S. is not able to do so as it does not actually govern the nations it dominates. However, the worldwide use of the U.S. dollar does allow America to gather the wealth needed to fund its military in a manner reminiscent of the tribute payments commonly paid by nations dominated by the ancient Near Eastern empires of the Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians.
As other nations need U.S. dollars to buy oil and other imports, they also need to hold U.S. dollars as foreign currency reserves. The simplest way to acquire dollars is to sell goods and services to the U.S. while accepting dollars (which will never be used to purchase American goods) in payment. Looking at the flow of goods and services, we can easily detect a pattern of tributary states sending treasure to the imperial power. Oil from the Middle East, electronics and apparel from East Asia, minerals from Africa, tropical fruits from Latin America and automobiles and automobile parts from Canada, Mexico and the E.U. all flow into the U.S. from around the world in exchange for dollars which will henceforth be used only outside the U.S. As I wrote in a previous column, the U.S. is the only country in the world able to write cheques (issue dollars) which will never be cashed (used to purchase American goods and services).
Looked at as a whole, the system works. The U.S. provides security and a common currency to the world and in return the world, made prosperous by American protection and financial integration, provides the U.S. with goods and services.
However, when examined through the lens of national accounts these flows of goods and services are identified as trade deficits. To Trump and many of his supporters, these persistent trade deficits have caused the de-industrialization of America and the elimination of millions of American manufacturing jobs. To bring these jobs back, Trump is determined to renegotiate America’s trade deals to try to bring America’s trade accounts back into balance.
As an imperial power and as the issuer of the world’s reserve currency, though, America can never have a balanced trade account. This dilemma was first noted by the Belgian economist Robert Triffin in the 1960s. If America’s trade account was in balance, foreigners would not be able to access the additional dollars needed to purchase imports from one another and to hold as reserves. Without reliable access to dollars, global trade would become very difficult as 80% of global payments are made in dollars. Were global trade to collapse, so too would global prosperity. Finally, without the tribute payments represented by its persistent trade deficits, how could America continue to fund its military commitments?
As wise man once instructed Giant Meteor many moons ago, there are two eternities in every mans lifetime. One is called yesterday, the other, tomorrow, and those two eternities can, and will, drive men insane ..
Live in the day .. and stay sane, even, and especially when, other's all around you, are losing their minds.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. (Edmund Burke).
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. (Voltaire).
Oh for Christ's sake, the US is running up it's debt over a trillion a year with 21 trillion already on the books and promises to it's retiree's and social security recipients of another 200 trillion. Who the fuck thinks that is getting paid without MASSIVE printing and IF they decide NOT to print, the whole fucking charade comes tumbling down anyway. What fucking moron hasn't gotten the message on this after all these years of the Tylers covering it? It isn't "IF", it's "When".
1-Duck Rule: If it walks like a duck, squawks like a duck and has feathers, it probably is a duck.
2–Sherlock’s Rule: When considering a problem, remove everything from consideration which seems untrue. What is left is probably the truth.
3-Occam’s Razor: In considering a complex phenomenon with many factors and a variety of explanations, remember that the simplest explanation that accounts for the factors is probably correct.
4- The KISS principal” “Keep it Simple, Stupid.” (Army Rule)
and dont you forget it BITCHEZ
"What the American public doesn't know...is what makes them the American public."
If you're emotionally invested in the outcome of a ball game in which you have nothing at stake, you're living in serious delusion.
“If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” -Mark Twain
Stalin: “It does not matter who votes, it matters only who counts”.
Cryptos are not a mortal threat to fiat currencies. They are symbiotic. Crypto enthusiasts talk about how much they've made in fiat. Cryptos are proxies for fiat, for which they can be exchanged. Cryptos are vehicles for moving fiat to circumvent capital controls. But imagine if fiat went to zero. Gold and silver would be used in commerce. How much gold or silver do you think cryptos would buy in such a circumstance?
Question:Dad, why do I have to go to school?
Answer: So you can be molded into a state approved homogeneous drone that cannot think outside the prescribed consensus. You will learn to repeat information instead of thinking for yourself so that you do not become a threat to the status quo. When you graduate you will get a job and pay taxes in order to perpetuate the corporate system of indentured servitude for your political overlords.
Again, what is the "petrodollar". The idea was championed by Henry Kissinger in 1973 as a way to create ongoing demand for US dollars by maintaining the pricing of crude oil in dollars only. The effects of this were two-fold: To create constant demand for dollars...dollars which were now completely unhinged from any gold backing...and this demand would soak up any excess supply of new currency being printed in the US for military and social purposes. To force oil-exporting nations to keep their foreign currency reserves in dollars, thus creating an ongoing demand for US treasury bonds. This constant demand for bonds would help to keep interest rates...and thus the US debt service cost...unnaturally low. As a result, any threat to this system, whether it has come from Iran, Iraq or Libya has been squashed either politically or militarily over the past 40+ years
We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy.
The days of "MOAR" are numbered Better to be prepared for a problem that doesn't happen than to be un-prepared for one that does.
It's a big club and you ain't in it BITCHEZ
“The world says: 'You have needs— satisfy them. You have as much right to it as the rich and the mighty. Do not hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.' This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, and for the poor, envy and murder.”
Domesticated animals are intelligent but certainly not as smart as the wild variant.
“There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.” ~Ludwig Von Mises~
“Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value-zero” -Voltaire