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Internationalists Are Pushing The World Towards Globally Engineered Economic Warfare

Brandon Smith | Activist Post
usa russiaOver a year ago I published an essay entitled ‘The Linchpin Lie: How Global Collapse Will Be Sold To The Masses’. This essay addressed efforts by the ever malicious Rand Corporation to create a false narrative surrounding the possibility of global collapse. Linchpin Theory, as it was named by it’s originator and Rand Corp. employee, John Casti, is I believe the very future of propaganda.

Every engineered crisis needs a clever cover story, and in Linchpin Theory, we are told that all human catastrophe is a mere natural product of the “overcomplexity” within various systems. Yes, there is no accounting of false flag geopolitics or elitist conspiracy, no acknowledgment of deliberately initiated chaos; such things do not exist in the world of “linchpins”. Rather, the Rand Corporation would have us believe that the world is a massive game of Jenga, and the supporting pieces just remove themselves from the teetering structure by magical and coincidental causality.

Today, the linchpin lie is now being carefully inserted into the mainstream narrative. I can’t say I was shocked to hear Alan Greenspan use its basic premise when he recently stated that:

I have come to the conclusion that bubbles…are a function of human nature. We don’t have enough observations, but my tentative hypothesis to what we’re dealing with is that both a necessary and sufficient condition for the emergence of a bubble is a protracted period of stable economic activity at low inflation. So it is a very difficult policy problem. I do believe that central banks that believe they can quell bubbles are living in a state of unrealism.

It is important that we understand what Greenspan is actually doing here. The former Fed chairman is asserting that economic bubbles like the derivatives bubble of 2008 are a “natural function”, like the seasons, and are out of the control of central bankers. The truth is that central bankers have never tried to “quell” economic bubbles, they have been deliberately creating them in order to position the global economy into a crisis which they can then exploit. Greenspan is not only diverting blame for all the past and future economic crashes central banks have engineered, he is also setting the propaganda stage for a great change in the dynamic of the central banking concept – what the IMF’s Christine Lagarde calls the “global economic reset”.

The current central banking structure gives the illusion of separation and sovereignty. Most people who have not researched the nature of the international banking cartel believe that the Federal Reserve, for instance, is a separate national entity from the Central Bank of Russia, or the Central Bank of China. They believe that these institutions act of their own accord rather than in concert with each other. The reality is, there is no Federal Reserve. There is no Central Bank of Russia. There are no separate entities. There are no Western banks and there are no BRICS. All of these banking edifices are merely front organizations for global financiers, as Council on Foreign Relations insider (and friend to the Rockefellers) Carroll Quigley made clear in his book, Tragedy And Hope:

It must not be felt that the heads of the world’s chief central banks were themselves substantive powers in world finance. They were not. Rather they were the technicians and agents of the dominant investment bankers of their own countries, who had raised them up, and who were perfectly capable of throwing them down. The substantive financial powers of the world were in the hands of these investment bankers who remained largely behind the scenes in their own unincorporated private banks. These formed a system of international cooperation and national dominance which was more private, more powerful, and more secret than that of their agents in the central banks.

A “global economic reset”, I suspect, will consist of a grand shift away from covert cooperation between central banks to an OPENLY centralized one world banking system, predicated on the concepts put forward by the IMF and led by the Bank for International Settlements, which has always been behind the scenes handing down commandments to the seemingly separate central banks of nations.

In order for this “reset” to be achieved, however, the establishment needs a historically monumental distraction. A distraction so confounding and terrifying that by the time the public has a chance to examine the situation rationally, the elites have already tightened the noose.

I have been warning ever since the beginning of the derivatives/debt collapse of 2007/2008 that the international financiers and globalists who created the artificially low interest rates and fiat lending bonanza would one day be required to fashion a considerably dangerous event in order to trigger the final collapse of the dollar based monetary system and replace it with a new currency (or basket of currencies), along with a new centralized financial authority.

This distracting event would have to rely on three very important strategies in order to succeed –

1) The use of what I call the “scattershot effect”; a swarm of smaller crises growing exponentially until it blurs together to create one dynamic calamity.

2) The use of multiple false paradigms in order to confuse the masses and pit them against one another in an absurd fight over fake and meaningless causes.

3) The use of deceptive benevolence on the part of the financial elite as they tap dance in to act as global “mediators”, ready to save the public from itself.

The end result would be a new brand of “world war” rather unique to history.

When most people imagine WWIII, they immediately envision images of nuclear bombs and mushroom clouds; however, I believe that when world war erupts, it may progress far differently from our cinematic assumptions. Regional conflicts are very likely, there is no doubt, but if one places himself in the shoes of the elites, one realizes that all out mechanized nuclear Armageddon is not really necessary to achieve the desired result of global governance.

Economic warfare alone could be extremely effective in initiating full spectrum fiscal implosion as well as mass starvation, mass panic, and mass desperation. All the signs lead me to believe that financial combat and 4th generation warfare will be used in the place of large armies and missiles.

The Scattershot Effect

Consider the sheer scope and number of crisis situations that have reached explosive proportions just in the past six months.

Syria continues to destabilize due to ISIS insurgents supported by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Israel; it is a horrifying storm which is now bleeding into other nations such as Iraq.

Iraq is on the verge of complete disintegration as the same western organized ISIS moves towards the outskirts of Baghdad. 

Libya has imploded, with the American embassy evacuated, as well as the French and British, as various militias battle for supremacy.

The Ukraine crisis is nearing mutation into another beast entirely after the attack on Malaysian flight MH17. In just the past week, the EU has instituted sanctions against Russia, fighting has become even more fierce around Donetsk, Russia has been accused of firing artillery into Ukraine, and the U.S. now claims that Russia has violated the terms of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

In the meantime, the Federal Reserve continues to taper QE3 while ignoring the unprecedented equities bubble they have birthed in the stock market, as well as refusing to answer the question as to who will actually buy U.S. Treasury debt if they do not? Our secret friend from Belgium? And what if this secret friend is, as I suspect,actually the IMF/BIS global loan shark duo? What then? Do we become yet another third world African-style debtor owing our very infrastructure to a financial bureaucracy on the other side of the world?

And what about the Baltic Dry Index, one of the few measures of global shipping demand that cannot be manipulated by outside money interests? Well, the BDI is back down to historic lows,falling 65% since January, signaling that the so-called “economic recovery” is not at all what it is cracked up to be.

Add to this the deluge of illegal immigration on the southern border, aided by the Obama Administration, as well as possible presidential impeachment and lawsuit proceedings, and you have a recipe for total chaos of the fiscal variety.

If the first six to seven months of 2014 have been this frenetic, how bad will the next six months be?

False Paradigms

We are all aware of the prevalence of the false Left/Right paradigm in American politics. Hopefully most people in the Liberty Movement understand, for example, that any impeachment or lawsuit proceedings against Barack Obama will be nothing more than a crafted circus designed to accomplish nothing – a con game to placate conservatives with useless top-down solutions while the country burns around their ears.

There are other false paradigms that are not so clear to some, though…

The false Israel/Hamas paradigm has certainly duped a particular subsection of Americans and even a few patriots, even though it is historical fact that the creation of Hamas itself was funded and supported by the Israeli government. Why do Israeli politicians put money and arms at the disposal of Muslim extremist groups like Hamas and ISIS, only to enter into brutal conflict with them later? Could it be that the Israeli government does not have the best interests of the Israeli people at heart? Could it be that Israel is being used by internationalists as a catalyst for chaos? It is vital that we question the intentions behind such contrary actions in the Middle East.

Why has the U.S. government (Democrats and Republicans), Saudi Arabia, and Israel put support behind the ISIS caliphate in Iraq after spending decades of time, billions in resources, and thousands of lives, attempting to overrun and dominate the region? Why are these governments creating enemies that will later try to harm us?

It is all about false paradigms; dividing the masses into numerous conflicting sides and pitting them against each other when they should be fighting against the elites.

The false East/West paradigm is perhaps the most dangerous lie facing free men today. It is a lie that may very well define our generation if not our century. I have outlined in multiple articles the substantial evidence that proves beyond a doubt that Russia and China are members of the globalist agenda, and that the tensions between our two hemispheres are completely fabricated.

The latest announcement of a BRICS bank to rival the IMF is yet another scheme to perpetuate the illusion that the elites of these nations are at odds. In fact, the BRICS conference mission statement makes it clear that developing nations have no intention of breaking from the IMF (and certainly not the BIS). Instead, the BRICS bank is meant to provide “leverage” to “force” the IMF to become more inclusive, and hand over more power and participation. Vladimir Putin had this to sayat the latest summit:

In the BRICS case we see a whole set of coinciding strategic interests. First of all, this is the common intention to reform the international monetary and financial system. In the present form it is unjust to the BRICS countries and to new economies in general. We should take a more active part in the IMF and the World Bank’s decision-making system. The international monetary system itself depends a lot on the US dollar, or, to be precise, on the monetary and financial policy of the US authorities. The BRICS countries want to change this.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff insisted that the BRICS were not seeking to distance themselves from the Washington-based International Monetary Fund:

On the contrary, we wish to democratize it and make it as representative as possible…

Putin and the BRICS commonly rail against the “unipolar” financial system revolving around the U.S. dollar, but in the end they are only controlled opposition, and their solution is to place even more power into the hands of the IMF (a supposedly U.S. government controlled institution), creating a truly unipolar world order.  If the U.S. loses its IMF veto status this year due to lack of allocated funds, and the BRICS dump the dollar as world reserve, this may very well happen.

As sanctions between Russia and the U.S. snowball, a perfect rationalization for a dollar decoupling will be created that very few people would have believed possible only a few years ago.  It is only a matter of time before fiscal warfare escalates to destructive levels. Russia will inevitably cut off gas exports to the EU, and the BRICS will inevitably drop the U.S. dollar as a world reserve standard.

The U.S. relationship to the EU is also currently being presented as dubious, and this is not by accident. Failing relations between America and Germany are yet more theater for the masses to chew on. Western allies have been spying on each other for decades, but somehow the exposure of CIA activities in Germany is shocking news? The NY Fed suddenly attacks Deutsche Bank, seeking expanded monitoring and regulation? Germany’s business interests are highly damaged by U.S. sanctions against Russia? It would seem as though someone is trying to create an artificial divide between elements of the EU and the U.S.

I believe that the narrative is being prepared for a faked financial breakup between the U.S. and many of its former allies, isolating the U.S., and destroying the dollar, but to what end? To answer that question, we must ask WHO ultimately benefits from these actions?

The Rise Of The Hero Bankers

In June of last year, the Bank for International Settlements, the central bank of central banks whose history began with the financial support of the Third Reich, released a statement warning that “easy money” from central banks was creating a dangerous bubble in stock markets around the world.

The IMF, too, has been pushing warnings of stock bubble collapse into the mainstream.

In June of this year, the BIS, a normally obscure and secretive organization, released another statement pronouncing that government had been led into a “false sense of security” by easy monetary policy and low interest rates, making the world economy perpetually unstable.

For an organization so covert and occult, the BIS sure has become rather candid lately. Frankly, I agree with everything they have said. However, I do not agree with the hypocrisy of the BIS, which dominates the decisions of all of its member banks, publicly criticizing policies which it most likely scripted itself. Why would the BIS suddenly denounce fiscal methods it used to promote? Because the BIS is setting itself up as the great prognosticator of a collapse that IT HELPED ENGINEER.

After the great financial war has subsided, and the people are suitably poverty stricken and desperate, it will be institutions like the BIS and IMF that swoop in to “save the day”. Their offer will be to consolidate economic control into the hands of an elite group of bankers “not affiliated” with any particular nation state, thereby insulating them from “political concerns”. The argument will be that national sovereignty is a bane on the back of humanity. They will claim that the catastrophe will continue until we “simplify” and streamline our economic and political systems. They will present themselves as the heroes of the age; the ones who predicted the crisis would occur, and the ones who had a solution ready to save the day (after sufficient death and destruction, of course).

As long as people remain obsessed with false paradigms and faux enemies, the establishment’s goal of complete centralized dominance will be predictably attainable. If we change our focus to the internationalists as the true danger instead of playing their game by their rules, then things will become far more interesting…

You can contact Brandon Smith at: brandon@alt-market.com. Alt-Market, where this article first appeared, is an organization designed to help you find like-minded activists and preppers in your local area so that you can network and construct communities for mutual aid and defense. Join Alt-Market.com today and learn what it means to step away from the system and build something better.

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US Investor Sues Three Banks Over Silver Price Fixing

Rupert Neate The Guardian | July 27 2014 

HSBCDeutsche Bank and the Bank of Nova Scotia have been accused of attempting to rig the price of silver in the latest price fixing scandal to rock the banking industry.

The banks are accused of conspiring to rig the daily global silver price in a similar way to the gold price fixing scandal, which led to Barclays being fined £26m.

An investor this weekend filed a lawsuit in New York claiming the banks unlawfully manipulated the price of the metal and its derivatives in order to “reap large illegitimate profits”. The complainant, J Scott Nicholson of Washington DC, said: “The extreme level of secrecy creates an environment that is ripe for manipulation. Defendants have a strong financial incentive to establish positions in both physical silver and silver derivatives prior to the public release of silver fixing results, allowing them to reap large illegitimate profits.”

Nicholson is seeking to bring a class action lawsuit representing many investors who have bought silver futures contracts since 2007. The silver price is set in London once a day via a conference call between the banks.

HSBC and Deutsche Bank declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Nova Scotia told Bloomberg: “We intend to vigorously defend ourselves against this suit.”

Deutsche Bank is withdrawing from participating in setting gold and silver benchmarks in London on 14 August. Since March, a series of separate lawsuits have been filed, accusing banks of rigging the daily gold price. The banks named in those lawsuits have denied the allegations.

In May, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) fined Barclays £26m for failing to prevent manipulation of the gold price in London. The FCA also banned a Barclays trader, Daniel James Plunkett, from working in key roles in the City – for which he would need to be authorised – after he was tempted to make a “quick buck” from a client. Plunkett was fined £95,600.

Barclays was also fined £290m for rigging the Libor rate, an important bank interest rate that influences the cost of loans and mortgages.

City heavyweight Sir Richard Lambert is expected to be appointed this week to oversee a government-led investigation into financial markets in the wake of the scandals. Lambert, a former director general of the CBI, will, according to Sky News, be made an independent member of the fair and effective markets review, announced by the chancellor, George Osborne, last month.

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One Day In 1913, Woodrow Wilson Had A Shocking Thought

Jon Rappoport | Activistpost | June 26th 2014

woodrow wilsonPresident Woodrow Wilson was one of those men who saw a horrible danger to his country, looked it in the eye, and decided that, instead of trying to decentralize and dismantle that overarching power, he would hope against hope that greater cooperation among leaders of nations would bring sanity and peace and freedom of the individual.

Of course, he was wrong.

Wilson knew he was entangled with those very powers that were destroying the best of what American stood for.

Nevertheless, no modern President has made more revealing comments on the existence and nature of the shadow government, the real rulers of America.

This was his 1913 thought:

“…the control of credit…has become dangerously centralized…The great monopoly in this country is the monopoly of big credits. So long as that exists, our old variety and freedom and individual energy of development are out of the question.

“A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men who, even if their action be honest and intended for the public interest, are necessarily concentrated upon the great undertakings in which their own money is involved and who necessarily, by very reason of their own limitations, chill and check and destroy genuine economic freedom.
“This is the greatest question of all, and to this statesmen must address themselves with an earnest determination to serve the long future and the true liberties of men. This money trust, or, as it should be more properly called, this credit trust, of which Congress has begun an investigation, is no myth; it is no imaginary thing.

“It is not an ordinary trust like another. It doesn’t do business every day. It does business only when there is occasion to do business. You can sometimes do something large when it isn’t watching, but when it is watching, you can’t do much. And I have seen men squeezed by it; I have seen men who, as they themselves expressed it, were put ‘out of business by Wall Street,’ because Wall Street found them inconvenient and didn’t want their competition.”

(From “The New Freedom—A call for the emancipation of the generous energies of a people,” Chapter 8, “Monopoly or Opportunity,” 1913)

Actually, six years earlier, Wilson had another compelling thought:

“Since trade ignores national boundaries and the manufacturer insists on having the world as a market, the flag of his nation must follow him, and the doors of the nations which are closed must be battered down. Concessions obtained by financiers must be safeguarded by ministers of state, even if the sovereignty of unwilling nations be outraged in the process. Colonies must be obtained or planted, in order that no useful corner of the world may be overlooked or left unused.” (unpublished paper, 1907, quoted in “The Rising American Empire,” by Richard Warner Van Alstyne, 1960)

In a speech delivered on September 5, 1919, about the Peace Treaty ending WW1, Wilson stated:

“The real reason that the war that we have just finished took place was that Germany was afraid her commercial rivals were going to get the better of her, and the reason why some nations went into the war against Germany was that they thought Germany would get the commercial advantage of them. The seed of the jealousy, the seed of the deep-seated hatred was hot, successful commercial and industrial rivalry.”

And from “The New Freedom,” 1913, we have this blockbuster:

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. They know that America is not a place of which it can be said, as it used to be, that a man may choose his own calling and pursue it just as far as his abilities enable him to pursue it; because to-day, if he enters certain fields, there are organizations which will use means against him that will prevent his building up a business which they do not want to have built up; organizations that will see to it that the ground is cut from under him and the markets shut against him. For if he begins to sell to certain retail dealers, to any retail dealers, the monopoly will refuse to sell to those dealers, and those dealers, afraid, will not buy the new man’s wares.”

And again, from “The New Freedom”:

American industry is not free, as once it was free; American enterprise is not free; the man with only a little capital is finding it harder to get into the field, more and more impossible to compete with the big fellow. Why? Because the laws of this country do not prevent the strong from crushing the weak. That is the reason, and because the strong have crushed the weak the strong dominate the industry and the economic life of this country. No man can deny that the lines of endeavor have more and more narrowed and stiffened; no man who knows anything about the development of industry in this country can have failed to observe that the larger kinds of credit are more and more difficult to obtain, unless you obtain them upon the terms of uniting your efforts with those who already control the industries of the country; and nobody can fail to observe that any man who tries to set himself up in competition with any process of manufacture which has been taken under the control of large combinations of capital will presently find himself either squeezed out or obliged to sell and allow himself to be absorbed.”

In case there is any question about whom Wilson is referring to, when he suggests that people of talent are being edged out of the marketplace, here is a follow-up quote, from The New Freedom:

“The treasury of America lies in those ambitions, those energies, that cannot be restricted to a special favored class. It depends upon the inventions of unknown men, upon the originations of unknown men, upon the ambitions of unknown men. Every country is renewed out of the ranks of the unknown, not out of the ranks of those already famous and powerful and in control.”

And finally:

“The dominating danger in this land is not the existence of great individual combinations, — that is dangerous enough in all conscience, — but the combination of the combinations, — of the railways, the manufacturing enterprises, the great mining projects, the great enterprises for the development of the natural water-powers of the country, threaded together in the personnel of a series of boards of directors into a ‘community of interest’ more formidable than any conceivable single combination that dare appear in the open.”

The suppression of Tesla, Royal Rife, Dr. William Frederick Koch, Dr. Joseph Gold, the FDA’s war against natural health, the sidelining of many energy solutions, such as tidal projects for the production of electricity, the alignment of universities and giant corporations with the National Security State, the trashing of the public education system, the federal backing of pseudoscientific and destructive medicine, the centralized control of major media…these and many more developments are covered by Wilson’s statements.

The shadow power Wilson refers to are the “framers of reality” for the masses.

Jon Rappoport is the author of two explosive collections, The Matrix Revealed and Exit From the Matrix, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com

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WikiLeaked Doc Reveals Wall Street Plan for Global Financial Deregulation

Jon Queally | Commondreams | June 16th 2014

The 'WikiLeaks Mobile Information Collection Unit' created by artist and activist Clark Stoeckley (cc/flickr).

The ‘WikiLeaks Mobile Information Collection Unit’ created by artist and activist Clark Stoeckley (cc/flickr).

WikiLeaks published a previously tightly-held and secretive draft of a trade document on Thursday that, if enacted, would give the world’s financial powers an even more dominant position to control the global economy by avoiding regulations and public accountability.

Known as a Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), the draft represents the negotiating positions of the U.S. and E.U. and lays out the deregulatory strategies championed by some of the world’s largest banks and investment firms.

According to WikiLeaks:

Despite the failures in financial regulation evident during the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis and calls for improvement of relevant regulatory structures, proponents of TISA aim to further deregulate global financial services markets. The draft Financial Services Annex sets rules which would assist the expansion of financial multi-nationals – mainly headquartered in New York, London, Paris and Frankfurt – into other nations by preventing regulatory barriers. The leaked draft also shows that the US is particularly keen on boosting cross-border data flow, which would allow uninhibited exchange of personal and financial data.

TISA negotiations are currently taking place outside of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework. However, the Agreement is being crafted to be compatible with GATS so that a critical mass of participants will be able to pressure remaining WTO members to sign on in the future. Conspicuously absent from the 50 countries covered by the negotiations are the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The exclusive nature of TISA will weaken their position in future services negotiations.

Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said the deal described in the draft, if approved by national governments, would be a disaster for any regulatory efforts designed to put a check on global finance.

In a statement responding to the TISA draft released by WikiLeaks on Thursday, Wallach said:

“If the text that was leaked today went into force, it would roll back the improvements made after the global financial crisis to safeguard consumers and financial stability and cement us into the extreme deregulatory model of the 1990s that led to the crisis in the first place and the billions in losses to consumers and governments.

“This is a text that big banks and financial speculators may love but that could do real damage to the rest of us. It includes a provision that is literally called ‘standstill’ that would forbid countries from improving financial regulation and would lock them into whatever policies they had on the books in the past.”

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Agricultural Shortage: A Giant Nail in the Coffin of the Status Quo

Simon Black  Sovereign Man  | June 17 2014

Reporting from Shanghai, China

Here’s the good news: Nie Zhenbang, a Chinese agronomy expert and former director of the Chinese State Grain Administration, recently announced that 2013 was a record year for Chinese grain production.

Here’s the not so good news:

“Although the number is huge,” said Nie, “it still could not satisfy domestic consumer demand. In recent years, China’s food imports have been increasing. Agricultural product imports are roughly equivalent to the productive capacity of 47 million hectares of planted area.”

47 million hectares is 181,468 square miles.

To put this number in context, if you could cram together all the farmland and pasture that it takes to grow the food just being imported by China, the total area of this land mass would be larger than the entire state of California.

Seem far-fetched? Let’s walk through the numbers.

Consider that China’s 1.4 billion people consume an average 2,970 Calories per day; this means that the Chinese population requires a whopping 2 quadrillion Calories each year.

With an average 8 million Calories per year for an average hectare of land (1 hectare = 2.47 acres), this means that China’s population needs over 250 million hectares, or nearly 1 million square miles, to sustain itself.

Between drought conditions, soil pollution, and a raging dustbowl, China doesn’t have anywhere near that much quality land available to grow crops and raise livestock. They have to look abroad. So Mr. Nie’s estimates are definitely in the right ballpark.

There’s more.

The chief economist of China’s Agriculture Ministry, Qian Keming, estimates that in the coming years, Chinese grain demand will increase by 10 million ADDITIONAL tons each year.

Based on the global average yield of 3.11 metric tons of grain per hectare, China’s growing grain demand will tied up 12,000+ additional square miles of farmland per year, every year.

Bear in mind that 12,000 square miles is more or less the size of the Netherlands… just to satisfy China’s growing demand for grain.

And all we’re really talking about is one country, one food product.

This says nothing about imports of meat, fruit, nuts, etc. Nor does it speak to the growing food demand for literally billions of other people across the developing world.

It is a fact that daily calorie consumption is directly correlated to per-capita GDP, and the data supports this conclusion.

A 2011 study authored by researchers from the University of Minnesota and UC Santa Barbara demonstrates “a simple and temporally consistent global relationship between per capita GDP and per capita demand for crop calories or protein.”

Simply put, as a nation becomes wealthier, its people consume more Calories and more protein.

Taiwan, for example, increased per capita meat consumption from just 13 kilograms annually in 1951 (when it was totally destitute) to 66 kilograms annually in 1992 (when it was an industrialized ‘Asian Tiger’).

This is important because it takes a lot more land to grow a kilogram of meat than anything else.

So as nations become wealthier, it takes much more land per-capita basis to feed them.

China is experiencing this growth right now. And this demand is only the tip of the iceberg.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the supply-side of the equation… and show you why the absolute BEST case scenario is substantially higher food prices.

This is what makes agriculture THE no-brainer investment for the coming decade.

In one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted of China’s bubblicious property market, Professor Gan Li at Texas A&M University estimates that there are a whopping 49 million vacant homes in China right now.

As a percentage, this is twice the vacancy rate that the US housing market experienced at the peak of its recent bubble… suggesting that China has a rather painful housing collapse in store.

This should be a brutal blow to the economy given that housing comprised 15% of GDP last year. And the slowdown is already apparent.

In fact, China’s president Xi Jinping uncharacteristically announced a ‘new normal’ recently, declaring the heady days of 10% GDP growth to be over. His vision of China is moderate growth and less stimulus.

But I’ve identified a far greater problem for China… one that few people are talking about. And frankly I’m not sure they can fix it.

We discussed yesterday that China does not have the capacity to feed itself. By the estimates of one state official, the country’s agricultural imports require more land to grow than the entire land mass of California.

The reasons are simple. For one, China doesn’t have enough fertile land in production to support its population’s growing food demand.

Theoretically this is fixable. With a bit of time, patience, and technology, barren soil can be rehabilitated In other words, China doesn’t have enough enough productive land capacity to support its population.

But the far greater issue is China’s massive freshwater deficiency.

Chief Economist Qian Keming of China’s Agriculture Ministry summed it up by telling the audience at the Third China International Agribusiness Forum:

“Fresh water resources are only 2100 cubic meters per capita, which is only 28% of the world’s average level.”

and

“The shortage of [water for agricultural irrigation] each year is about 30 billion cubic meters. China imported about 148.6 billion cubic meters of water in 2013, which was equivalent to 38% of China’s agricultural water.”

Here’s that number in perspective: China water imports of 148.6 billion cubic meters last year handily exceeded the 569 MILLION (0.569 billion) cubic meters of oil that the United States imported.

Water is THE critical resource in agriculture. Without it, you’re not producing. This makes China’s deficiency a long-term headwind to their food production dilemma.

It’s not something they can import their way out of either, because all of this comes at a time of flat (and even declining) yields, particularly from the world’s largest food exporter… which just happens to be the United States of America.

After decades of growth, grain yields in the US have topped out. Farmers have managed to extract all that the earth is capable of providing.

Many developing markets are no help either. Most people don’t realize that Africa, despite its legendary agricultural potential, is actually a net importer of food.

So between the supply constraints and the constantly growing demand, it’s clear where this trend is going.

The BEST possible scenario to unfold is rising food prices. The worst case could be shortages.

All of this is potentially destabilizing. History shows that while human beings will put up with a lot of sacrifices at the behest of their governments, starvation is not one of them.

This approaching ‘food crunch’ is the reason why agriculture is THE investment for the next decade and beyond.

But more importantly, it’s another gigantic nail in the coffin for the status quo. And there are plenty more.

Nearly every ‘developed’ western nation is bankrupt. Most major central banks are insolvent… and they’ve created bubbles everywhere. The century-old monetary experiment is starting to draw to a hasty, inevitable conclusion.

Meanwhile apathy is at high tide. You can see it in voting booths and streetside revolutions around the world– people are sick and tired of the status quo… of thieving politicians… of war… of getting spied on… of being told what they can/cannot put in their bodies.

They’re finally now starting to wake up and demand real changes– not just changing the players in charge, but changing the game itself.

Politicians will fight with every resource they have to maintain the status quo. But in conjunction with the fundamentals of food, the confluence of all these forces together is more than any system can possibly withstand.

It might not be today. It might not be this decade. But at some point in our future, there will be a complete reset in the way society organizes and governs itself.

Just make sure you’re wearing your seat belt.

About the author: Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler, free man, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter and crash course is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom.




How the Fed Works: A Massive Conflict of Interest

Simon Black Sovereign Man | June 9, 2014

Henry Ford once said, “It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

He was right about at least one thing– it’s true that hardly anyone on the planet really understands the monetary system… or the way that central bankers manipulate the entire global economy.

I’ve met some seriously smart people who are very high up in finance. Senior bankers, traders, fund managers, etc. And even -they- don’t really understand it.

Everyone just presumes that there are some really smart guys and gals who make policy decisions from their ivory towers. We’re told that they know what they’re doing, and we’re just all supposed to trust them.

People erroneously believe that it’s somehow controlled by the government… in the US, for example, the President of the United States appoints members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Right now there are 4 presidentially-appointed Fed governors. 

Meanwhile there are 12 Federal Reserve Bank presidents who influence the decisions of the all-powerful Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

Remember, the FOMC is the body within the Fed that essentially dictates monetary policy. It is the FOMC which decides how much money to print, and whether or not to loan this money to commercial banks at basically 0%.

All 12 Fed bank presidents sit in those meetings. 5 of them are actually voting members. 

It certainly begs the question– how are the Fed bank presidents chosen? 

Simple. Each of the 12 Federal Reserve banks has a board of directors… 9 directors at each bank. And the board selects the bank president. 

So who gets to pick the Fed bank directors? The government, right? Wrong.

The majority of the directors are chosen by the commercial banks themselves. JP Morgan. Bank of America. Citigroup. Etc.

It is the BANKS who pick the directors who pick the presidents who dominate the committee which decides to loan money back to the banks at 0% interest.

How is this not a MASSIVE conflict of interest? Are we to believe that the interests of JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Citigroup are aligned with our own interests? I highly doubt that. 

It is this topic that I explore in today’s podcast. And I highly recommend it because it’s critical that anyone participating in this system really understands how it works, and from whom it is rigged (spoiler alert: it isn’t rigged to your benefit).

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve recorded a podcast, so today’s is an extended episode, with both audio and video versions available. You can download it in the iTunes store, or from our website here:

https://www.sovereignman.com/podcast/010-how-the-fed-works-and-its-massive-conflict-of-interest-14543/

When you’re finished with that, I also recommend checking out what my colleague Tim Price wrote on the European Central Bank’s recent decision to bring interest rates down BELOW zero. Again– just think about who benefits from this…

You can read Tim’s piece here: 

https://www.sovereignman.com/finance/little-by-little-we-went-insane-14553/

 




Margin of Safety Dwindles at Federal Reserve

Sovereign Man   
Caribbean coast, Honduras

, March 11 2014

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But this price of money is incredibly influential around the world. Interest rates affect the prices of shares in the stock market. Oil. Agricultural commodities. Real estate. Automobiles.

 Almost everything we touch is affected by interest rates.


We have somehow been conned into believing that the path to prosperity is for the grand wizards of the financial system to conjure paper currency out of thin air.


I bring this up because I want to share a chart with you that I presented yesterday to a savvy group of investors.


Bear in mind first that a central bank, like any bank or business, has both assets and liabilities.


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The lower this line goes, the more the Fed gets pushed into insolvency.



Wall Street Deceit: Slum Lording

Ben Hallman & Jillian Berman | HuffingtonPost.com | March 4 2014

Housing and consumer activists warn that Wall Street is about to crash the housing market — again.

The activists said they are particularly concerned about the growing number of companies looking to issue bonds backed by rental properties — bonds that a coalition of groups described as “eerily like” those mortgage-backed securities that helped fuel the last housing bubble.

“We are poised to experience another crisis if federal regulators fail to recognize and take corrective action to address red flags that are all too familiar,” more than 75 housing and consumer groups wrote in a letter Tuesday to federal bank and housing regulators.

The 2008 housing crisis happened because banks were willing to give even risky borrowers a mortgage, driving home prices to unsustainable peaks. Those mortgages got sold into bonds that defaulted once homebuyers stopped making their monthly payments.

This time, gun-shy bankers are hard-pressed to give anyone but the most stellar borrowers a mortgage, said the groups, which include California Reinvestment Coalition and the National Consumer Law Center. Yet, home prices are rising again.

That’s because Wall Street investors with deep pockets and the ability to pay cash for homes are muscling out ordinary buyers in places hard-hit by the housing crisis, like Phoenix and Atlanta. Once these wealthy investors have bought the homes, they flip them into rentals — often covering up large issues like plumbing and mold with cosmetic fixes.

The letter demands “immediate federal intervention” to rebalance the housing market in favor of qualified borrowers who currently can’t get affordable mortgage loans, and away from Wall Street and other cash investors who in some markets are buying nearly half of all available houses.

The activists cited a previous HuffPost report that described how large investment companies sometimes prove to be lousy landlords.

The letter warns a housing market dominated by all-cash buyers may keep lending standards high, allowing big companies to further tighten their grip. The letter is addressed to the Federal Reserve, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The origins of the threats described by the groups are complex, and have their roots in the 2008 financial crisis. After the crash, the government bailed out two of the biggest players in the home loan market, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and committed to helping them return to profitability. That vow came at the expense of ordinary homeowners, advocates argued, because Fannie and Freddie will only back loans for buyers with the highest credit.

In the years since, Wall Street-backed companies have swooped into markets like Phoenix, Atlanta and Memphis, buying houses that had plunged in value and then renting them out. The biggest company operating with this business model is Dallas-based Invitation Homes, backed by Blackstone, the biggest private equity firm in the world. Other prominent investment companies are American Homes 4 Rent, based in Agoura Hills, Calif., and Colony American Homes, based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Some housing experts credit these buyers with spurring a housing price recovery. But with that recovery has come fears of a new bubble.

Blackstone announced in October it would sell the first bonds backed by income from single-family rental homes, valued at $479 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In November, Colony, which owns and manages more than 15,000 rental homes, announced it was exploring doing the same. American Homes 4 Rent is working with Goldman Sachs to set up a bond offering of its own, Bloomberg reported in January.

The rental income for these bonds comes from the more than 200,000 homes these companies have flipped into rentals. The market for the new bonds is predicted to top $70 billion a year by 2016, according to the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.

Critics say the bonds are risky.

Continue reading to learn why




12 Banker Suicides Linked to JP Morgan Investigation for Forex Manipulation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyUiXgtHR8E

Source: AMTV

In this video, Christopher Greene of AMTV explains the link between 12 banker suicides and JP Morgan Chase.




Following a Wave of Banker Suicides, 3 Former Barclays Bankers Now Charged in LIBOR Scandal

Melissa Melton | Activistpost | Feb 19th 2014

jpmorgan_man on ledgeThree former Barclays bank employees have now beencharged with “conspiracy to defraud” in the continuing LIBOR scandal, bringing the total to 13 people charged in America and the U.K. It has been reported that three ex-ICAP brokers are next on the list for helping traders manipulate interest rates.

Three former Barclays bankers have been charged “in connection with the manipulation of Libor” interest rates, the Serious Fraud Office said.

The SFO alleges the three – Peter Charles Johnson, Jonathan James Mathew and Stylianos Contogoulas – “conspired to defraud between 1 June 2005 and 31 August 2007”.

They will appear at Westminster Magistrates court at a date to be confirmed. (source)

LIBOR is an interbank benchmark used to set the interest rates on trillions in loans all over the world.

The investigation into LIBOR’s deliberate manipulation began in 2008, and it has come to light that traders at various banks all over the world have benefited financially from turning in false interest rate reports since.

Thus far, Barclays and other mega banks including JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland have been forced to pay billions in regard to rigging interest rates.

The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that authorities in the United States, United Kingdom and EU are currently investigating a group of traders from various banks for manipulating Euribor, the euro interbank interest rate, as well.
The news comes on the heels of a rash of banker suicides.

Jan. 26, 2014
William Broeksmit, 58-year-old retired Deutsche Bank senior manager with close ties to co-chief exec. Anshu Jain, was found hanging dead at his home in London. It was reported as an apparent suicide. Police quickly declared that Broeksmit’s death was not suspicious.

Jan. 28, 2014
Two days later Gabriel Magee, 39, reportedly leapt to his death from the 33rd story of JP Morgan’s European headquarters in London sometime around 8 a.m. Magee was the bank’s VP in CIB Technology. His death was also quickly ruled “non-suspicious”. There was no indication Magee was going to kill himself at all. In fact, Magee’s girlfriend had received an email from him the night before saying he was finishing up work and would be home soon.

The London Coroner’s Office is set to hold a formal inquest into Magee’s death, but not until May 15th.

Jan. 29, 2014
Chief Economist at Russell Investments, 50-year-old Mike Dueker, was reported missing on Jan. 29. He was found dead off the side of a highway leading to Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington. A Pierce County detective said he may have jumped over a four-foot fence and fallen some 40-to-50 feet down an embankment in another apparent suicide. Although the detective maintained Dueker was having trouble at work, a Russell spokeswoman said Dueker was in good standing.

Dueker, a prior assistant VP and research economist for the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, had worked at Russell for five years, during which time he developed a business-cycle index that forecast economic performance.

Feb. 3, 2014
Ryan Crane, a 37-year-old JP Morgan trading exec., was found dead in his Stamford, Connecticut home. He was an executive director, a rank above vice president, in the bank’s Americas Program Trading group. Cause of death is awaiting determination via toxicology report.

Feb. 4, 2014
57-year-old Richard Talley, former investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert and founder of Centennial, Colorado-based American Title Services, was found dead in his garage with eight nail gun wounds to his torso and head. They were reportedly “self-inflicted”. His company was under investigation at the time of his death.

Just last month, JP Morgan Chase, America’s biggest bank, admitted wrongdoing and was fined $461 million for willfully violating the Bank Secrecy Act in relation to Bernie Madoff’s multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme. “When JPMorgan suspected Mr. Madoff’s fraud, it focused on its own investment exposure and saved itself approximately $250 million. If it had given the same attention to its anti-money laundering responsibilities, it could have saved itself $2 billion, and potentially saved thousands of other fraud victims untold misery and loss,” stated Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery.

JP Morgan also owns over 60% of the total notional of all US gold derivatives ($108.2 billion).

While all these instances could be entirely unrelated in any way, others are wondering if the heat intensifying in the LIBOR scandal, the hint at other major interest rate scandals, and the rash of recent banker suicides is suggesting a bigger global financial implosion to come.

Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared, and a co-creator of Truthstream Media. Wake the flock up!

More from Activistpost

Another JP Morgan Banker committed suicide over the weekend.  Watch this video for the latest update:

https://youtu.be/CgEqyuTOWAc

READ MORE: Second JPMorgan Banker Jumps To His Death: Said To Be 33 Year Old Hong Kong FX Trader




Chris Hedges on Wealth Inequality, Corporate Ruthlessness, Military Mind and the Antidote to Defeatism [MUST SEE]

Source: breakingtheset

Abby Martin features Part 2 of her interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chris Hedges, discussing wealth inequality, the unsustainable nature of the economic system, the military mind in solving world problems, and the antidote to defeatism.

Abby Martin: Yesterday I spoke with Poulter Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges about the notion of crisis cults and the collapse complex societies.  But, we also discussed the nature of the economic machine that’s responsible for this collapse.  This system is fueled by profit.  And, although it’s nature is so blatantly and unsustainable, humanity appears bound to it.  The insatiable greed that drives the gears of the machine has never been more evident than today. The global inequality at a record high is a topic I was able to explore with Hedges more in-depth.

Abby Martin: Chris, let’s talk about that new Oxfam study that recently came out that shows how eighty-five people control their cover the bottom half the world’s wealth.  What is your response to people who say that we just have to remove those 85 people?

Chris Hedges: Well, it’s a system of corporate power, which is not necessarily driven by individuals – so much is driven by corporate interests: Exxon Mobil, Citibank, Goldman Sachs. So you can I’ll arrest and imprison the head of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, which is where he belongs.  But somebody will take his place.  What has to happen is that we have to break the back of corporate power, which is now global, and break the logic whereby everything is about profit – that nothing has any value beyond its monetary value.  That’s an extremely dangerous moment for any society to live in, because when nothing has an intrinsic value (whether that’s water, air, and human beings), then the ruthlessness of those corporate forces mean that you will squeeze every ounce of potential profit. I mean everything becomes a commodity and you you squeeze those commodities until there’s nothing left. And that’s exactly what’s happening.  So it’s not individuals. It’s the rise of corporate power, which is a species of totalitarianism. It’s different – it differs from past systems of totalitarianism.  But, it is no less totalitarian than fascism or communism were totalitarian forces.

Abby Martin: Right. I mean that the system is a machine at this point. If those people died today, it would still grind on.  In a recent article that you wrote, you discuss the menace of the military mind and how only devotion to establish forms behavior result in  individual success.  How do you think this concept applies to the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, and his feelings towards journalists who have exposed NSA documents?

Chris Hedges: Right.  Well, I speak as a former war correspondent who spent 20 years covering conflicts around the globe: Latin America, the Middle East, the Balkans, Africa. So, I know the military really well.  And blind obedience, you know, aggressiveness, resort to violence.  All of these things – you know destruction of individuality – all these things work really well on a battlefield.  They don’t work very well in peacetime society.  So when Clapper made this comment that Edward Snowden and his “accomplices” (he was clearly referring to journalists such as Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald) should be prosecuted, I understood exactly what he was saying.  He was a former lieutenant general.  He comes out of this military culture, which detests the press and has always made war on an independent press.  You know their vision of journalism are all the little sort of lackeys who sit through their press conferences and follow them around, and write sort of glowing tributes to their heroism, you know, whatever their directed to write in press pools. But actual journalism is something that within the military culture they’re deeply hostile to. And the triumph of military values, again, is symptomatic of a civilization in decline – the rigidity, the celebration of hyper-masculinity,the lack of empathy, the belief that every problem should be dealt with by force (both internationally and domestically), you know,  militaristic hyper-masculine speak exclusively in the language of force. And then you see with in popular culture subsequently a celebration of those hyper-masculine military values. And ,you know, I’ve been in enough combat to tell you that those values are quite useful in a firefight.  But, they will destroy a civil society. And I think again that is another window into how tattered oour civil society has become and how we have shifted our allegiance from an open society, from empathy, from
a capacity to embrace various opinions and outlooks and political stances to this increasingly rigid militaristic society.  And Clapper is a figure who I think exemplifies precisely this sickness.

Abby Martin: Chris in a recent speech you gave you said: “I do not know if we can build a better society. I do not even know if we will survive as a species. But I know these corporate forces have us by the throat. And they have my children by the throat. I do not fight fascists because I will win. I fight fascists because there are fascists.” Chris, Glenn Greenwald recently spoke about how one man, Edward Snowden, has changed the world. And that that singular capacity is the antidote to defeatism.  What do you regard as the antidote to defeatism?

Chris Hedges: You can’t talk about hope if you don’t resist.  And Edward Snowden has certainly resisted heroically.  You know, we must carry out the good (or at least a good in so far as we can determine it) and then we have to let it go. The Buddhist call it karma. I come out of the seminary.  That’s what faith is. It’s the belief that it goes somewhere even if empirically everything around you seems to point in the other direction. Once we give up, once we stop resisting, then we’re finished -not only finished in a literal sense, but finished spiritually and morally.  And, so I fall back in a moments of  distressed like this on that belief, which is one that I learned in seminary: that that we have a capacity, and an ability, and moral duty to fight against forces of evil even if it looks almost certain that those forces will try triumph.

Abby Martin: That was Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges.




Whistleblower: Too Big to Jail Banks Guilty of Funding Terrorism and Money Laundering

Banks say they are the pillar of the modern society – ruling the streams of money across the globe and keeping a tight grip on the world’s economy. What happens in the offices of top level management is kept secret. Even governments are afraid to get confront the enormous financial giants. But today we talk to a man who single-handedly fought the corrupt banking system, with no one behind his back: whistleblower Everett Stern is today’s guest on Sophie&Co.  FULL TRANSCRIPT: https://on.rt.com/n7jus7