Monday, July 23, 2018

A Better Future Requires Higher Levels of Consciousness – Decentralize or Die (Part 3)

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by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:
The first two posts in this series focused on what the current political environment looks like, and why it provides a perfect opportunity for experimentation and decentralization. Today’s post will examine what it will take to get there. While I think the future can be a very bright one, this is by no means written in stone and will take a herculean effort by millions of globally enlightened and motivated humans to achieve it.

In order to properly frame today’s post, I will be relying heavily on information discussed in my five-part series on Spiral Dynamics published back in February. While I will try to provide context, it might be helpful to check out those older posts before continuing if things start to get confusing.

WAR ON CASH: DESPERATE VISA BEGS MERCHANTS WITH $10,000 BRIBE TO GO CASHLESS

by Claire Bernish, The Daily Sheeple:
A war on cash has surreptitiously and duplicitously come to pass, as Big Banks and Big Credit attempt to convince their millions of oft-captive customers to make the leap away from currency and into plastic — a surefire means of gaining access to more of your funds through repressive policies and monstrous fees.

Writing a check as payment has been difficult for years, but the move away from currency to digitally-tracked plastic and online pay options has recently taken off — despite reluctance from customers and smaller businesses already wary of being bilked by guileless banks and slithery credit institutions.

The Fatal Flaw in Washington’s New Energy Strategy

by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook:
If the feeling of pity would be worth a damn one would be tempted to feel sorry for the hapless Poles. Now Poland’s leaders have again been seduced, this time by a dangerous Washington stratagem: to try to become the Natural Gas Hub of the EU displacing Germany and pushing Russia out.

The Poles seem to have a penchant to fall for self-destructive projects. That was the case in 1939 when the Polish Foreign Minister Józef Beck signed with Britain and later France the Polish-British Common Defense Pact believing that Britain would defend Poland’s sovereignty in the event of a Nazi invasion only to find itself divided as spoils of war by Hitler and Stalin while Britain and France stood by quietly smiling. They had another agenda from the Poles.

Regime Change in Dens of Iniquity

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from Rogue Money:
“If we really want to go after the pedophiles, Pope Francis is Enemy #1. Even the Italian police told me we are just waiting for backup from America, from anybody in power, so that we can go into the Vatican and arrest them!” — Leo Zagami to Alex Jones, July 11, 2017

Vatican treasurers ignoring the rape of children. Monsignors running cocaine. All night gay orgies. Suspicious deaths of healthy cardinals. Masonic Mafia intrigue. You’d think you were watching a classical Italian opera. But, no, this is just a typical week at St. Peter’s. Or is it?

Putting the Latest Silver Crash Under a Lens – Keith Weiner

by Keith Weiner, Sprott Money:
On Thursday, July 6, in the late afternoon (as reckoned in Arizona), the price of silver crashed. The move was very brief, but very intense. The price hit a low under $14.40 before recovering to around $15.80 which is about 20 cents lower than where it started.

Buyers of silver are rejoicing. They can now get more money (silver, like gold, is money) in exchange for their dollars than before. However, as we see from the reactions in the community, there were few buyers.

Cries of woe are heard everywhere. Those who are crying are sellers, including those who say they don’t plan to sell but who really want a high price in case they change their mind by Monday morning.

If you want to see what it looks like when everyone is thinking of buying, look at the bitcoin market when there is a price drop. The enthusiasm is palpable. Everyone is gloating about buying the dips, with faith unbroken that the cryptocurrency is on its way to shoot past $10,000 if not $1,000,000.

Canning Jars 101 – Everything You Need To Know And More!

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by Gaye Levy, The Sleuth Journal:
When I recently did some organizing of my supplies, I was a bit surprised at the sheer number of canning jars I had placed into boxes. By the time I got to the 20th box, I admitted to myself that I am clearly a canning jar hoarder. That said, I don’t think I am in need of an intervention. Yet. On the contrary, I think everyone should own more versatile and beautiful canning jars.

Canning jars, also commonly referred to as Mason Jars, have a long and colorful history.

The History of Canning and Canning Jars
Canning as a method of preservation was first created during the time that Napoleon was in charge of the French Army. The army wanted a way to preserve food so that soldiers could be better nourished. The military offered a prize of 12,000 francs to the person who could come up with a solution to this issue.

Times Change Out From Under Us

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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:
He had lugged the 50 lb. bag of Milorganite into the garden in order to discover, as on many prior occasions, that he had nothing with which to open it. He blamed this on the war on terror and the TSA. As a youth he, as did every boy, had a pocket knife. Always. It was expected. There was no school rule against pocket knives. Once for a period they even all had switchblades. You could get them for 99 cents, a large amount in those days, enough to buy a case of 24 Coca-Colas. The switchblades met with school and parental disapproval as they smacked of New York gangs. But before teachers and parents came up with a policy, the boys had abandoned the switchblades. The knives had weak springs. Fascinated with the speed with which the knives opened with a satisfying click and locked the blade into place, the boys quickly wore out the springs on their switchblades. Unlike their trusty pocket knives, the switchblades quickly became useless.

Millennials Are Totally Unprepared For the Realities of Life, Study Finds

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by Isabelle Z., Natural News:
It’s pretty clear to those of us who were born prior to the early ‘80s that the millennial generation is quite different. These young people might be better in some respects, such as their general environmental consciousness and their technological prowess, but it’s hard not to worry for them when we hear how woefully unrealistic their views of life are.

A new study has shown just how unprepared millennials are for the challenges of leaving their parents’ home and living on their own. A study of young people who are about to start college found that more than half of the 2,000 respondents had no idea how to pay a bill, and many somehow thought that a night out cost more than rent.

Financial-Crisis-Style Carmageddon Descends on Houston

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by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:
Houston is recovering from the oil bust. Didn’t consumers get the memo?

Auto sales in Houston, whose economy had been battered by the oil bust, should be turning around from their Financial-Crisis-type levels, but they just got worse: New vehicle sales plummeted 26{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in June from a year ago, with car sales getting totally crushed and even trucks sales plunging.

For the 12-month period through June, auto dealers sold 284,085 new vehicles, down 16.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} from the same period last year, and down 25{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} from the levels in late 2015 and early 2016, before the oil bust began clobbering consumers and their desire to buy a new car or truck. Sales are now back to the same level as in January 2009 (chart by the Greater Houston Partnership, red marks added):

Switzerland Opens Door To Bitcoin Asset-Management Business

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from ZeroHedge:
Bitcoin and other cryptos have fallen sharply over the past month in a shakeout that saw some of the early longs decide to take their winnings and walk away. But a 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} drop from the all-time highs hasn’t done much to temper wealthy investors interest in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as alternative investments potentially worthy of diversification. And with the Greyscale Bitcoin Investment Trust still trading at a ridiculous premium, and the chances of the SEC approving a bitcoin ETF in the US looking increasingly remote, it’s unsurprising that “private wealth managers” and trying to scoop up wealthy customes who have expressed an interest in bitcoin.

But while regulators in the US and in many other part of the developed world have been hesitant to embrace bitcoin, Switzerland may have just given the world’s private-wealth specialists the opening they needed.