Perspective - We Have it All Wrong!

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Wed, Nov 6, 2013 - 11:55pm
Here is a thought experiment. For the next few moments, imagine that you were one of the elites, totally enmeshed and invested in the status quo. All of your Ivy League training, your wealth, generational in nature, supports every logical thought that ever pops into your head. You are an expert on arcane, esoteric subjects, an intellectual, a thinker, someone to be revered for your intellect, tact, and above all, wisdom because you are an elite, tried and tested, schooled and raised with other elites, vetted, safe to listen to, and not one who will question the paradigm or assert something unthinkable, such as a different point of view.
I know it is hard to think that way, but you are here at this site, so you are used to thinking critically. So, put yourself in that role, and let’s explore something so basic, as to have been overlooked by all of us, for years, even until this very day. So here goes . . .
The Elites Have Correctly Evaluated the Present Situation
Bread and circuses. So long as the peasants have something to eat that provides a sensation of fulfillment and satiety, and together have distractions in the form of cheap, free entertainment, in unlimited amounts, then the Elites have provided all they need to provide. So, look at the high fructose corn syrup permeating nearly everything at the supermarkets and mini-marts across America, the franken-GMO-foods laden with preservatives, MSG, sodium, stripped of nutrients but loaded with feel-good chemicals and endorphin-producing sugars and sweeteners, then ask whether the peasants would be happier with NOTHING to eat, or with this artificial food to eat? Look at any supermarket in the USA, and look at the packages filled with utter crap, devoid of nutrition. Look at the frozen foods section. Ready made meals for ONE, just pop in the microwave. Look at the beer selection, the wine selection, the over the counter pharmaceuticals, ask yourself why the beer section alone takes more space than the fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh meat sections, combined?
The Elites have taken the stigma away from government aid at the checkout counter. There are no food stamps. There is a plastic card reader. It can be a credit card, an ATM card, or an EBT card, and the person next in line knows not what form of payment the person at the machine reader used to make the purchase. The masses can buy GMO Franken-food anywhere: the gas station, the minimart, the supermarket, a vending machine, just about anywhere there is a plastic card reader. There is also the ubiquitous fast food industry, which products are literally everywhere. There are gas stations combined with fast food joints, so that one can get gas for the car, while consuming high fructose corn syrup in high quantities, getting a quick high from the glycogen bolus in the bloodstream, along with a caffeine jolt if the meal came with a drink. There are also cheap prices, literally, pennies for some items, such that getting a full belly is not a real problem at all just about anywhere one happens to be. Junk food is so plentiful, that the homeless beggars basically dumpster dive and are able to feed themselves with hardly blinking an eye, and if that is too much effort, there are plenty of homeless programs, and giveaways in every single major city, such that going hungry is a choice. So, there is no real problem getting some form of carbohydrates into one’s body, anywhere in the USA.
By my accounts, from the Elites’ perspective, they have succeeded wildly in feeding the masses. The Elites care not about nutrition for the masses, though. Why should they? The masses are really just barely removed from beasts, while the Elites are there to rule over the masses, because the masses cannot provide for themselves. See the circular reasoning? IF the masses though for themselves, they would NOT eat the nutritionless franken-foods, and perhaps then there would be real questions asked of the Elites as to why the Elites were not providing for the masses. But, because the Elites do in fact provide the illusion that nutritional food is available, and should be, and is eaten by the masses, and because the masses do not rise up in revolutionary furor, the Elites correctly surmise that no such rebellion will ever occur, and the ONLY thing the Elites must do is to keep a ready supply of franken foods available to the masses at all costs.
But food alone will not quell the uprising. The masses cannot be allowed to think. They must be fed intoxicants or be provided with sensational distractions, or ushered into a false dichotomy where the illusion exists that there are alternative choices but which choices are in the end one and the same. Television is free. DirecTV dishes are on every single Section 8 apartment complex in the country, as well as every single public housing complex. There are constant forms of entertainment for the masses, with sporting events, television shows, specials, and the occasional breaking news story of something sensational like a Royal Wedding or birth or some such nonsense. Fomenting a popular uprising, in the face of a nation full of Paxil, Welbutrin, Oxycontin consuming zombies, coupled with unrelenting distractions from free TV and a popular culture that is force fed upon the masses, is impossible.
There is no real effort to learn history, or any real reward for those who do, other than to be called tinfoil-wearing conspiracy nuts. So, the Elites correctly, and successfully, provide that which the masses demand. There is no shortage of demand for more popular culture TV shows. Look at Breaking Bad. That show, while awesome, I must admit, when it ended, there was a clamor for more. Of course there is! The masses do not want to do any real effort, to learn, by reading history, or learning about finance, or the fiat scam, or the federal reserve. Who can blame them? Is it even rational for us to criticize those that simply choose to not know the truth, and to affirmatively choose to remain ignorant?
Bread and circuses.
The Elites Have Correctly, and Compassionately Provided for the Masses
Is it compassionate to allow the masses to starve? No, of course not, the Elites believe. No matter that the “food” consumed is so filled with poisons as to create a massively likely shortened life expectancy. No matter that the pink slime sold as chicken in fast food joints is chemically similar to plastic, and just and nutritionless and just as deadly if consumed in quantities. So, the Elites create mass production of corn, grown from laboratory strains, which have been proven to so destabilize the environment, that even bees cannot survive, all out of compassion to the masses so that the masses do not starve to death. See, if the fake foods were not provided to the masses, then REAL food would have to be provided. But, the costs would be prohibitive. So there would naturally be shortages, and suffering. So, it is better to prevent suffering altogether; hence, what exists is the compassionate, patronizing viewpoint of the Elites.
The Elites Are Struggling with Unforeseeable and Unforeseen Events, and Should be Rewarded for their Patience and Compassion
Who could have predicted the dot com bubble, or the housing bubble, or the treasury bubble, or the equity bubble . . . ? Really, no one, right?
So, like then, and like now, what do the Elites do now, when there are sudden developments that, if unaddressed, would collapse the system? Easy! Truth is the enemy of the Elites. They own the media, they walk all halls of power, and wield every single lever of power, all through fiat money. They control fiat money creation, distribution and from there, asset valuation and hence universal power. Their fake money allows for distribution of intoxicants to the masses, in ever increasing scale, but the masses clamor for more, more, MOAR!
IF there is disruption, it is dealt with by providing MOAR free shi- to the free shi- army. Simple as that. When in doubt, whip it [fiat] out!
Look at New Orleans, or New Jersey and the effort to provide for the victims of the hurricanes. While noble, truly in those cases, the model is the same. When in doubt, throw dollars at it, at least as long as dollars are perceived as holding any semblance of value.
The Elites correctly, unfortunately, view themselves as having to make all the hard decisions. The masses just trudge to the trough, eat what is given to them, slink off to lounge around and be entertained, then sleep. Day after miserable day. No one starves, the EBT cards are replenished. The middle class slogs off to drudgery in their dead end jobs, or go to school on free govt loans, and “go to work in some high rise and vacation down at the Gulf of Mexico, oh yeah.” Little pink houses for you and me. (Thanks John Cougar!)
The Elites Understand that No System is Perfect, But Because the Masses Know No Better, Such Imperfections Can Be Addressed Over Time, With Solutions Crafted by the Elites, Who Know Better than the Masses What to Do About Such Things
So, because the Elites are geniuses, instilled with innate brilliance unheard of in the commoners, no, there is no effort to reform that very system which actually works as intended. Did Bernanke screw up? Ask him!
According to him, how? The masses are being fed, there are plenty of intoxicants and distractions, the Elites are still in charge, there is no uprising or revolution! So what that the masses have less wealth than before? The masses do not know what to do with wealth anyway, look at how stupid they are owning liabilities, like depreciating, cost-intensive residential housing units, or double digit interest credit cards, or the newest and shiniest vehicles to come off the factory floors, while shunning wealth-generating or at worst wealth preserving assets like precious metals, or farmland?
The useless eaters cannot even think for themselves, and if they did, they should be thanking Bernanke, so the argument goes. Those poor suckers in the third world, with the USA exported inflation creating real hardship. They are not Americans, or Europeans, or Chinese who do what they are told anyway, or Indians or any other of the BRICS, whose leaders grow weary of the bully USA, but have no power individually to address it or stop it, let alone question it and become dangerously isolated to the point of being Heisenberged.
Remember the North Korean leader? What happened to him and the danger to the West of the pending Nuclear strikes? What about the dangerous Iranians? Or the Syrians? Or the Libyans? Oops, those last two ended up sort of being on the front page for a bit. Quick, we need a distraction! Someone show a Kardashian boob!
The status quo is working perfectly. Us tin-foil hatters are the fringe lunatics after all. We were the ones saying that Arafat was killed by polonium in an assassination hit, and ridiculed. Just like we are all saying that the fiat system is a ponzi scheme, that gold and silver are manipulated by the Elites to maintain the status quo, because if gold and silver were allowed to trade freely, then the masses would quickly catch on and dump the fake bankster paper . . .
You know, a clear conspiracy that turned out to be, well, true . . .

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ivars
Nov 7, 2013 - 5:08am

Two charts of Bitcoin

Two charts of Bitcoin overlaid over Silver and Gold Long term inflation corrected charts (since bitcoin chart changes so fast that inflation is not applicable to it, so shall be removed from Silver and Gold Charts 1971-2013:

GOLD:

SILVER:

Conclusions:

1) Bitcoin repeats the path observed in Silver and Gold after moving off Gold Standard in 1971. It measures some new and quite recent nervousness about USD value.

2) In Bitcoin chart 1971 corresponds to February 2013 in Bitcoin chart which is time when Previous debt ceiling limit was actually reached, and then government was financed by many inventive ways till October 2013.

Quote: After the passing in early January 2013 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 to avert the projected fiscal cliff, political attention shifted to the debt ceiling.[1]The debt ceiling had technically been reached on December 31, 2012, when the Treasury Department commenced "extraordinary measures" to enable the continued financing of the government.[2][3]

On February 4, 2013, President Obama signed into law the "No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013", which suspended the U.S. debt ceiling through May 18, 2013. The bill was passed in the Senate one week previously by a vote of 64-34, with all "no" votes from Republican senators,[12] who were critical of the lack of spending cuts that accompanied an increase in the limit. In the House, the bill passed the week before by a vote of 285-144,[13] with both parties voting in favor

3) Bitcoin peaked in April 2013 and crashed, which corresponds to 1980 peak in silver and gold.

Quote: Tapering is all the rage these days when it comes to the Federal Reserve’s unconventional $85 billion-a-month bond-buying programs. Minutes from the Fed’s latest policy meeting in March 19-20 showed a robust internal debate about exactly when the Fed should begin to gradually reduce the amounts of its monthly purchases of Treasury debt and mortgage-backed securities

Minutes of March 2013 FOMC were released on April 10 th, 2013. Bitcoin crashed on the same day.

Highest price in gold was reached in 1980 January 21, Monday, next day it crashed. I could not find the policy events or gold sales so far.

4) Bitcoin is now heading to next correction . It may come very soon, within a month or earlier.May be at about 500 USD. However , its quite difficult to use as guide for gold/silver price future development as both events are now happening in REAL TIME almost at the same time. But bitcoin seems to be more sensitive to latest financial events then gold or silver as its peaks are very pronounced so may be we shall see something of interest in coming weeks that would apply to gold silver few months later.

Hammer
Nov 7, 2013 - 5:19am
ivars
Nov 7, 2013 - 6:13am

How about this chart-

How about this chart- Bitcoin since inception vs. gold since 1800. I could not find the beginning date of bitcoin trade when it really kicked off, but it seems to be that start date was after correcting some glitches around June 2009. On this chart it would correspond to if it was corresponds to approximately 1780.

THIS corresponds to the creation date of the USD itself:

Quote: The history of the United States dollar refers to more than 200 years since Continental Congress of the United States authorized the issuance of the US dollar on August 8, 1786.

What does it mean then for Bitcoin? It has gone in 4,5 years the same path vs. USD that gold did in 230 years. With same peak and etc. patterns.

I think that bitcoin is showing us the events affecting USD value vs. a reference unit ( bitcoin) in the last 4,5 years as gold is showing how USD value fluctuated in last 230 years. So in that sense, its a FRACTAL image of USD value in GOLD on a smaller time scale.

Which means that bitcoin price in USD is extremely useful microscope to study smaller scale events in real time by their impact on USD value vs. bitcoin. Bitcoin value has about 80 times higher sensitivity to what goes on with USD than gold or silver.

Butcoin prices in USD opens a window to events which may pass unnoticed on gold and silver charts, about the true value of USD as perceived by market. If things were otherwise, bitcoin long term chart would never be able to retrace that of gold, even with a small spike near 1860 Gold price spike in the Gold chart. In bitcoin case,this spike marked 2011 debt ceiling negotiation until its solution in Aug 2 2011. After that, Bitcoin was at peace with USD till January 2013 when this debt ceiling was reached and USG moved to unconventional life support which later resulted in >300 billion loan in October 2013 to replace these measures with debt.

Nov 7, 2013 - 7:35am

Thanks for this article Cal

Thanks for this article Cal Lawyer.

As you say, many injustices look acceptable when viewed from the upper side of the social divide.

SE
Nov 7, 2013 - 7:44am

Son of a bitch... This is

Son of a bitch... This is hard to read, precisely because it is true! I'm sitting in a mission, getting ready to head out for the day to see if I can find a job in the area.

Marcus
Nov 7, 2013 - 8:06am

Ignorance

Orwell in his book 1984 stated that Ignorance is Strength. Yes, ignorance (of the masses) is strength (for the elites). 1984, a how-to guide for the elites. It's all about power, baby. Always has been, always will be.

More on ignorance (of the masses): https://www.theburningplatform.com/2013/10/27/culture-of-ignorance-part-...

murphy
Nov 7, 2013 - 8:09am

Nice article, CL

Just like the elites are the only ones who can produce money. Only the NSA is allowed to spy on people without their knowledge.

FBI wants hacker who helped catch cheating lovers

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Associated Press
Thursday, November 07, 2013 9:17 AM GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just the federal government intercepting your communications. It could be a nosy relative or jealous partner.

Among the five people added this week to the FBI's list of "most wanted" cybercriminals is a former San Diego college student who developed an $89 program called "Loverspy" or "Email PI." Sold online from his apartment, the program was advertised as a way to "catch a cheating lover" by sending the person an electronic greeting card that, if opened, would install malicious software to capture emails and instant messages, even spy on someone using the victim's own webcam.

The case of Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara, 33, is noteworthy because he appears to have made relatively little money on the scheme, unlike others on the FBI list who were accused of bilking millions of dollars from businesses and Internet users worldwide. But Perez-Melara, a native of El Salvador who was in the United States on a student visa in 2003 when he sold the spyware, allegedly helped turn average computer users into sophisticated hackers who could stalk their victims.

Loverspy was designed "with stealth in mind, claiming that it would be impossible to detect by 99.9 percent of users," according to a July 2005 federal indictment of Perez-Melara.

A section chief with the FBI who oversees operations in the agency's cyber division, John Brown, said Loverspy was one of many illegal "hacking-for-hire" services. In one case earlier this year, a New York police detective was arrested for spending more than $4,000 on hacking services to obtain the emails of more than a dozen of his colleagues. Many of the operators tend to be based overseas.

"These are sophisticated folks who know how to hide themselves on the Internet," Brown said.

Brown said Perez-Melara was added to the FBI most wanted list in part because the former college student has been so difficult to find. Perez-Melara has eluded the authorities since his indictment eight years ago with his last known location as El Salvador. The government is now offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

https://blink.htcsense.com/web/articleweb.aspx?regionid=3&articleid=15096159

ag1969
Nov 7, 2013 - 8:19am

What is up...

with the dollar? Did they fix it again?

Pig Goes Pop
ag1969
Nov 7, 2013 - 8:21am

Ohhhh, I get it!

Surely that move must be gold negative....right?

Bollocks
Nov 7, 2013 - 8:24am

this

In Stunning Move, ECB Cuts Rates By 25 bps, Euro Plunges

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/07/2013 07:52 -0500

Perhaps it is not surprising that with the absolute majority of economists and strategists, or 67 of 70, predicting no rate cut by the ECB, this is exactly what the ECB just did, when in a stunning move it cute rates for both the main refi rate and the marginal lending facility by 25 bps, to 0.25% and 0.75% respectively. And there is your reaction to Europe's encroaching deflation.

From the ECB:

At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB took the following monetary policy decisions:

The interest rate on the main refinancing operations of the Eurosystem will be decreased by 25 basis points to 0.25%, starting from the operation to be settled on 13 November 2013.

The interest rate on the marginal lending facility will be decreased by 25 basis points to 0.75%, with effect from 13 November 2013.

The interest rate on the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.00%.

The President of the ECB will comment on the considerations underlying these decisions at a press conference starting at 2.30 p.m. CET today.

The Euro will need a bigger chart to show just how far it tumbled as a result of the stunner:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-11-07/stunning-move-ecb-cuts-rates-2...

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