29/02/2016

Ukraine Collapse Is Now Imminent - by GEFIRA

Jeff Fitchett: This article matters because Russia has been blamed for the woes in Ukraine, but the reality is that the US, NATO and Ukrainian Oligarchs are the reason for the demise of Ukraine.  This is an interesting article that details information that mainstream media will not report.  

"Two years have passed since Yanukovich was deposed and, as it turns out, another ruthless clan of oligarchs has taken power. No wonder then that Ukraine is heading for a new wave of violence and chaos. Oligarchs are fighting each other, the IMF is pulling out of the country, officials issue laws and regulations only to see them repealed within a day or two by others, and raided European companies are leaving the country after being robbed by the so-called pro-Brussels oligarchic elite."

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Prepare For A Chain Reaction Collapse, Wiping Everyone Out - Harley Schlanger with SGT Report

Jeff Fitchett: This is a good conversation on banking, precious metals, US politics and geo-politics.


28/02/2016

Peak Prosperity News Update - Chris Martenson - 2-27-2016

Jeff Fitchett: I really like Chris Martenson's take on the world.  I like that he focuses on the macro-economic & geopolitical issues and the importance of becoming emotionally resilient.    Check out Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart's website peak prosperity.


So You’ve Woken Up…Now What? - Zen Gardner

Jeff Fitchett: This is a great article! It is quite a life changing experience to undergo the process of awakening.  Each of us have unique circumstances that contribute to what actions we can take or not take.  The beautiful part is that once we realize that the matrix is a system that enslaves us; we can actively move away from it and realize our full potential.  Zen Gardner is a beacon for anyone looking to unleash their full potential.  

"Many people ask about this or something similar so here’s some thoughts on the subject. I don’t mean to tell anyone what to do, as that’s completely contrary to consciousness and conscious development, but I will share my understandings at this point and my passion for Truth and you can do what you like with it."

27/02/2016

Trends In The News - "Follow The Money. Death Of Cash?" - (2/26/16) - Gerald Celente

Jeff Fitchett: Here is an update from Gerald Celente.  I always appreciate his recap of trends in the news. 


Economic Recovery? 13 Of The Biggest Retailers In America Are Closing Down Stores - by Michael Snyder

Jeff Fitchett: As always, Michael Snyder provides facts to support his assessment.  

"Barack Obama recently stated that anyone that is claiming that America’s economy is in decline is “peddling fiction“.  Well, if the economy is in such great shape, why are major retailers shutting down hundreds of stores all over the country?  Last month, I wrote about the “retail apocalypse” that is sweeping the nation, but since then it has gotten even worse.  Closing stores has become the “hot new trend” in the retail world, and “space available” signs are going up in mall windows all over the United States.  Barack Obama can continue huffing and puffing about how well the middle class is doing all he wants, but the truth is that the cold, hard numbers that retailers are reporting tell an entirely different story."

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26/02/2016

Caught On Tape: U.S. Test Fires Nuclear ICBM, Warns "We Are Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons" by Zero Hedge

Jeff Fitchett: In this weeks TAC Weekly Review I wrote about the prospect of war and that we need to prevent the outbreak of war.  I then noticed this article from ZeroHedge: 

"Less than two years ago, news of Russia test-firing an ICBM just as the east Ukraine civil war was heating up, was sufficient to send the stock market into a brief tailspin. Since then, the launches of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles has become an almost daily occurrence, with the market hardly batting an eyelid."
"In fact, it happened just last night at 11:01pm PST at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where - for the second time this week - the US test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in the past seven days, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the middle east."  Continue reading article



Trivium Analytics Canada - Weekly Review - February 26, 2016 - by Jeff Fitchett

General Thoughts

“Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems” 
 - Leroy Hood



We have the ability to break free from the reality that has been thrusted upon us.  There is no outside force that can control our thinking unless we allow it to happen.  I often hear people make statements that are asserted as authoritative and unchallengeable.  Our world is on the precipice of disaster and most people are completely unaware and continue living their lives in a dogmatic manner. I understand that it is easier to continue on as we always have because everything seems fine and each day seems pretty much the same as any other day.  Europeans are now staring societal collapse in the face.  Here in North America, few people are even aware of what is  truly going on across the pond.  

Yesterday, EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned that the bloc has just 10 days to implement a plan that will bring about “tangible and clear results on the ground” or else “the whole system will completely break down.” Mr Avramopoulos is speaking about the migrant and refugee crisis that is overwhelming the European Union. He said that “we are heading for anarchy”. Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, said; “It is a force majeure proposals which we will have in the event that it all breaks down.” “Ms. Solberg said, in an interview with Berlingske, describing new measures she believes Norway may have to take if Sweden buckles under the weight of the refugee influx which saw some 163,000 asylum seekers inundate the country last year.”(courtesy of ZeroHedge) This is a humanitarian tragedy.  

US and European leaders are responsible for killing and displacing millions of lives all throughout the Middle East and Africa. Canada has taken part in bombing Syria and Libya.  Death and destruction is a profitable business for the military industrial complex.  Politicians cater to the arms industry and have no problem supplying human rights abusing nations, such as Saudi Arabia, with arms that are used to kill innocent people.  The UN recently reported that Saudi Arabia has killed 6000 Yemenis and 3000 of which were unarmed civilians. The UK government has provided Saudi Arabia with £3 billion of arms in the past year alone.  Profits supersede human rights in this messed up world of ours. We the people should be doing everything we can to stop cultural genocide, but instead we are distracted by how big Kim Kardashian’s behind is and bedazzled by iGadgets.  I apologize for being brash, but I can’t help but say it the way I see it. The simple fact that you are reading this missive sets you apart from the majority of people.  You are taking the time to to be exposed to an alternative viewpoint.  A viewpoint that shines a light on a dark period in human history.  Don’t get me wrong, there is beauty all around us and within each of us.  That said, the path humanity is travelling will lead to hundreds of millions of deaths and human suffering on a scale that is unimaginable. 

I think I have been pretty straight forward in sharing my views and offering solutions.  Everyday I try to do at least one thing that will better my situation and contribute to making the world a better place for us and for future generations. We do have the power to control our own actions.  As I have said many times; reality is one person’s perception.  We all create our own reality based on the way we think, what we expose ourselves to and how we live on a daily basis.  As I highlighted in my article, “Normalcy Bias”, we are manipulated at every turn by the powers that be.  I know that we have the power to change the course of history.  The odds are stacked against us because of the systems that have been built and are controlled by the establishment.  Ken O’Keefe is a person I respect deeply.  I recently listened to him say; “The cynic is a tyrant’s best friend”.  I couldn’t agree more with his statement.  If we choose to view the world in a negative fashion and give into hopelessness we allow for tyrants to continue unabated.  We are inundated with bad news.  I spend a great deal of time analyzing very dark topics, but I always remain rooted in the knowledge that I can control my actions and thoughts.  I choose to make positive contributions to this world we share.  I feel compelled to do something as the gravity of our situation eats at my core.  

I reject the notion that we must bomb and kill foreign nations.  I reject the bullshit phrase, “they hate us for our freedoms”.  I reject the prejudices that are being instilled in us that Islam is an evil religion.  Have you read the Koran?  Our thoughts are shaped by an “established system of control”.  We are being influenced to think that migrants are parasites and that they need to be contained and expelled.  Rarely does anyone explain why vast numbers of people are fleeing their homes in search of a better life.  Our governments along with multinational corporations are destroying our civilization.  When was the last time the mainstream media really took a Western government to task and deconstructed the myths peddled as non-fiction?  A portion of our income is given to our governments by way of taxation.   They use our money for policies that are both good and bad.  Money dedicated to health care and education benefit society.  However, money dedicated to policies that are nefarious in nature, such as for war, the fight against terrorism and the elimination of our civil liberties, cause human suffering. The perpetual war machine needs to be abolished. We allow our governments to carry on, without careful judgement, the killing and displacement of millions of civilians. The war on terror is causing more terrorism. I have discussed in many articles police brutality, human rights abuses and economic corruption by major nations such as the US, Saudi Arabia, France, UK and Germany.  Most nations on earth share the blame for the problems we see today. 

Please watch this short video titled: World Citizen Solutions and sign up for their email as they are about to launch an initiative that I believe will help us  move away from a system of perpetual war.  I know that each of us have the ability to make the world a better place. If each of us can make small changes within our own lives; conjointly we can bring about a brighter future for all.  We all have the ability to learn what is going on in our world today!


General Thoughts Part II

It almost seems silly to me to now focus on geopolitical and macro-economic issues given that I started this week’s ‘Weekly Review’ discussing war.  Depression and war are the two themes that I see impacting us before long when compared to any other issues afflicting society.   With that said, here are some articles and interviews that I think are important.

Fed Propping Up Economic House Of Cards - by Peter Schiff

My comments: This is a good interview to watch.  Peter discusses the economy, central bank policy, the upcoming US election and a number of other topics.  I find him entertaining and knowledgeable. 


Cameron's sham deal not even legally binding - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

My comments: Nigel Farage is an outspoken truth teller within the European Commission.  He represents the people of England.  He understands that the European Union is a failed experiment in which un-elected officials dictate polices on to sovereign nations.  In 2010, I predicted that the EU would disband by 2020 and I standby my assessment.  I believe the actions of the European Commission have attributed the bankruptcies of many nations including Greece, the migrant and refugee crisis plaguing Europe, a lower standard of living for the average European person, a depreciation in the value of the Euro currency and significant geopolitical risks that involve the Middle East and Russia.  Nigel discusses the British referendum in this speech:  

  
John McAfee Discusses Privacy, Cyber-War and the FBI’s Request for a Back-Door into Apple’s iPhone.

My comments: This is an interesting interview about online privacy and security.  I have read a lot of articles over the years as it pertains to cyber war. Mr. McAfee’s points are well thought out and I believe they should be taken seriously.  George Orwell and Aldous Huxley warned us, decades ago, about what would be in store for our future. 


Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis

My Comments: This documentary was created 5 years ago. I think it is an excellent documentary to watch now given how dire economic conditions are today.  The filmmakers, along with the individuals interviewed, explain the financial crisis that is about to unleash havoc on our society.  The  financial crisis in 2008 was predictable and the greater depression that is building today is easily seen by those who are willing to see it.  The problems today are multiples worse when compared to 2008.   



The following items I’ve posted on my website this week:


Risks Are Increasing Along With The Distractions - by Jeff Fitchett 
















2016 has started out with a bang and the likelihood is that it will be an infamous year marked in future history books.  For many armchair observers, such as myself, the trends have been leading to a very uncertain and somewhat scary outcome. There are a lot of concerning warning signs playing out right now. There still is time to get ahead of the curve and take action in an effort to reduce the negative   impact that will surely come our way.


Everything Changes at Zero - by Tim Price

Jeff Fitchett: This is a must read article.  As the title states; 'everything changes at zero'.  I couldn't agree more.  Central banks are going to make interest rates negative.  This policy stance is absolutely ludicrous.  An article about negative rates was published in the Financial Times and it garnered a lot of attention from readers via the comment section of their website. Sovereignman.com posted this piece by Tim Price and it contains a quick overview of negative rates and quotes from the comment section from the Financial Times article.  

“There is no way on God’s earth that a free market would ever result in negative interest rates. If anyone had asked you ten years ago if you’d stand for this – you’d have said ‘no’. The fact that this seems almost normal to many people is an indication of just how insidious these moronic policies are. We are like frogs in a pot being boiled alive one degree at a time. Time to get out of the pot before we’re all too drowsy to notice”.  


Normalcy Bias - by Jeff Fitchett

Yesterday I had a number of meetings and I was asked at one point if I thought I could be wrong?  He was asking if my assessment of the world could be inaccurate.  Normalcy bias is an understandable phenomenon given that we have been taught that the official narrative presented by governments, mainstream media, influential entities and 'respected' individuals is the precise story and therefore reality. A family member that I respect immensely has said to me on multiple occasions that the uninitiated can find my confidence and views off-putting because I am so sure about my outlook and understanding of the world.  From my perspective, I analyze the global economy and financial markets using basic math and following trends.  As well, I look at the actions of the powers that be, society and different cultures and I try to make sense of the contrast between what we are being told and what is actually happening.  I use logic to evaluate information that I am presented with.

"Normalcy bias is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare and, on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred, it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation." (Wikipedia)    



The Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations - by John W. Whitehead

My comments: This is an excellent article. I agree completely with John's analysis and I wish everyone was aware of what is going on in our world today. 

“I was astonished, bewildered. This was America, a country where, whatever its faults, people could speak, write, assemble, demonstrate without fear. It was in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. We were a democracy... But I knew it wasn't a dream; there was a painful lump on the side of my head... The state and its police were not neutral referees in a society of contending interests. They were on the side of the rich and powerful. Free speech? Try it and the police will be there with their horses, their clubs, their guns, to stop you. From that moment on, I was no longer a liberal, a believer in the self-correcting character of American democracy. I was a radical, believing that something fundamental was wrong in this country—not just the existence of poverty amidst great wealth, not just the horrible treatment of black people, but something rotten at the root. The situation required not just a new president or new laws, but an uprooting of the old order, the introduction of a new kind of society—cooperative, peaceful, egalitarian.” ― Historian Howard Zinn       


Real Economic Activity Grinding To a Halt - Michael Snyder with Greg Hunter

My comments: Excellent interview.  Michael Snyder is the king of providing statistics that support his arguments that the world economy is collapsing, war is brewing and that you better prepare for the changing times.  


Final Thoughts

“Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavour to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse. Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform? Why does it not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them?”  -  Henry David Thoreau           

Jeff Fitchett B.A., FMA, CIM
Analyst - Trivium Analytics Canada
226-448-4747
jeff.fitchett@triviumanalytics.ca 

Negative Interest Rate Policy & THE COMING CASH BAN WILL SEND GOLD SUPERNOVA -- V with SGT

Jeff Fitchett: This is a good interview. Sean and V explore many topics including the ban on cash.  It's worth your time.  


25/02/2016

Real Economic Activity Grinding To a Halt - Michael Snyder with Greg Hunter

Jeff Fitchett: Excellent interview.  Michael Snyder is the king of providing statistics that support his arguments that the world economy is collapsing, war is brewing and that you better prepare for the changing times.


Now and Zen – Zen Gardner talks to Jon Rappoport

Jeff Fitchett: I really enjoyed this interview.  Zen and Jon touched on many areas of awakening.  I can relate to everything they discussed.  I encourage you to watch this video.  


24/02/2016

The Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations - by John W. Whitehead

Jeff Fitchett: This is an excellent article.  I agree completely with John's analysis and I wish everyone was aware of what is going on in our world today.  

“I was astonished, bewildered. This was America, a country where, whatever its faults, people could speak, write, assemble, demonstrate without fear. It was in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. We were a democracy... But I knew it wasn't a dream; there was a painful lump on the side of my head... The state and its police were not neutral referees in a society of contending interests. They were on the side of the rich and powerful. Free speech? Try it and the police will be there with their horses, their clubs, their guns, to stop you. From that moment on, I was no longer a liberal, a believer in the self-correcting character of American democracy. I was a radical, believing that something fundamental was wrong in this country—not just the existence of poverty amidst great wealth, not just the horrible treatment of black people, but something rotten at the root. The situation required not just a new president or new laws, but an uprooting of the old order, the introduction of a new kind of society—cooperative, peaceful, egalitarian.” ― Historian Howard Zinn

Normalcy Bias - by Jeff Fitchett

Yesterday I had a number of meetings and I was asked at one point if I thought I could be wrong?  He was asking if my assessment of the world could be inaccurate.  Normalcy bias is an understandable phenomenon given that we have been taught that the official narrative presented by governments, mainstream media, influential entities and 'respected' individuals is the precise story and therefore reality. A family member that I respect immensely has said to me on multiple occasions that the uninitiated can find my confidence and views off-putting because I am so sure about my outlook and understanding of the world.  From my perspective, I analyze the global economy and financial markets using basic math and following trends.  As well, I look at the actions of the powers that be, society and different cultures and I try to make sense of the contrast between what we are being told and what is actually happening.  I use logic to evaluate information that I am presented with.

"Normalcy bias is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare and, on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparationsThe assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred, it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation." (Wikipedia)

I listen to what politicians say and I dig into their actual policies.  One of the most famous and obvious contradictions we have witnessed in modern times came from Colin Powell while he addressed the UN Security Council on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.  Listen to what he said; Colin Powell in the security council.  Now listen to Colin Powell admit that the US would not have had the 'case' or support to justify going to war in Iraq.  It was all just a facade.  Colin Powell created a picture for the masses to think about and then they subsequently supported a policy of war.  The US government tried to link Iraq to September 11th, 2001.  The population was easily manipulated into supporting a war against 'evil regimes and terrorists'.  The entire Iraq war was based on a false premise.  When you cut through all of the information you can clearly see that the powers that be wanted a war and therefore provided lies so that they got 'their war'.  Millions of lives have been destroyed in Iraq.  I'm sure that if Iraq's major resource was broccoli instead of oil there would have never been a Western military entanglement.      

We continually see policies of propaganda play out over and over again.  The message does not align with reality.  The demise of Ukraine is a more recent example.  We have been told that Russia invaded Ukraine.  We are told that Vladimir Putin is a modern day Hitler.  That 'Putin' wants to rebuild the Soviet Union and expand into Europe.  The portrayal of Russia is fiction. Throughout my entire life I have grown up being told, through most mediums, that Russia is bad.  When I listen to Vladimir Putin speak he comes across as the only rational politician  on the world stage today. His line of thinking makes sense to me. His actions align with his thoughts and communication. I bet the majority of people would dismiss my sentences about Mr. Putin being rational and making sense to me. Russia is often the enemy in Hollywood movies. Politicians are quick to remark Russia and Putin as evil. Our views are shaped by the information that is presented to us.  If you want to understand what is actually transpiring in Ukraine you should start by listening to US politicians such as Victoria Nuland.  In this clip she discusses, while at a Chevron Oil sponsored event, that the US has spent $5 billion funding 'democratic policies' within Ukraine.  Now listen to Victoria Nuland discuss, with US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, how they are shaping the political future of Ukraine.  The general public is led to believe that Russia is responsible for the chaos that has ensued within Ukraine.  The US military along with NATO are building up armaments along Russia's border and this is a direct violation of the agreement made between the Soviet Union and the USA when the cold war ended in the early 1990's. The agreement stated that the US would not take one step, militarily, east of Germany.  The risk of a military conflict between NATO members and Russia is at the worst level it has been in decades.  

Another dichotomy to ponder deals with the legal system and how the population is represented under law. Matt Taibbi's book; 'The Divide', goes into great depth describing how American laws protect the elite and persecute everyone else.  Minority populations definitely are treated the worst under US law, but overall the average person does not receive the same rights as Wall Street executives or other branches of industry. Politicians and media personalities always tout the freedoms America enjoys.  Anyone who observes reality sees that the US is a police state.  It is fairly easy to contrast propaganda with fact given the vast amount of information provided by people like Edward Snowden, Julien Assange or Chelsea Manning.  These truth tellers have shattered the masquerade.  

From an economic standpoint, the US is in an extremely precarious position.  As I stated at the beginning of this article; all it takes is for someone to use basic math skills to understand that the US economy is in free fall.  Take a look at the US debt clock to see what I am trying to convey.  President Obama leads the masses to believe that anyone who states that the US economy is in decline is "peddling fiction".  Listen to Obama speak.  During one of my meetings yesterday, as we reviewed a portfolio, my client mentioned that the US seemed to be doing ok.  I asked him; "How are they doing better?"  "What is it that leads you to believe that the US is in fact doing better?"  I asked if he thought; "Are they the best looking horse at the glue factory or the best looking house in a bad neighbourhood or is it that you have been told that there is an economic recovery?"  I could see the realization emerge by way of his body language changing and I knew that he understood that mainstream messaging had shaped his thought process. This is how normalcy biases are created. It is not his fault or the fault of the general public that they are being misled.  If a lie is told over and over again the lie eventually becomes truth in the eye of the beholder.  On May 24, 2005 George Bush stated; "See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."   The US Bureau of Labour Statistics publishes fraudulent data.  Studying macro-economics and geopolitics is not an fun or an easy subject to understand.  It takes a lot of mental agility to make sense of the information that is presented to us.  It is quite understandable how the masses are manipulated because it has been going on for ages.  

Normalcy bias is something everyone should strive to shed as soon as possible.  We are standing on a slippery slope.  All throughout history there are examples of how societies were decimated during economic depression and times of war.  'Intellectuals' that speak truth to power are often rounded up, imprisoned and in many cases; executed.  Minority groups are always targeted by the masses.  Laws and regulations are passed that stifle any hope of improving economic conditions and reducing the potential for war.  Because the public is not aware of the true state of affairs; the public tends to fight to preserve the system that is ultimately going to destroy their way of life. We currently live in an unsustainable culture of fascism, corporatism and socialism.  What gives me hope, in all of this, is knowing that this system is so over taxed, burdened and unstable that when it does crash it will give us the opportunity to rebuild a new way of life. How we rebuild; is anyone's guess.  There are many movements and creative people who are actively thinking about and planning for a better future.  There are so many solutions that counter today's problems, but not enough people are aware of the current state of our world.  

Looking back on my life, coming out of high school and university, I see how I was indoctrinated.  Time passing has allowed me to gain some wisdom and understanding of reality.  Young people do not have enough life experience for them to be able to see through the veil and comprehend the paradigm in which we live. The old axiom; "the truth will set you free", has been paramount in my development as an individual. It is hard to put into words how much my life has changed after I became aware that our way of life is an illusion.  The perception that we have to follow a set course in life such as how we work, our day to day tasks and keeping up with the Jones' are conceptions that have been shaped into us by the powers that be.  I recognize that I have the choice and ability to live a more simple meaningful life.   Lucky for me, at age 38, I have 'seen the light' in figurative terms.  I am trying to unwind a lot of the circumstances I have found myself in.  My life, like most people, has been built with a combination of unique experiences, ideas, desires, misdirection, unfortunate events and a societal presence that has routed me along a path that is considered the 'norm'.  My efforts on a day in and day out basis are about setting myself free.  In turn, the people I care about who are closest to me have the option to travel the path with me or at least interact with a happier more free me.  

To conclude, the normalcy bias is a very powerful system that negatively impacts an individual's outlook on reality. Many people have had their lives destroyed because they did not see the warning signs of trouble ahead and were unable to take action before the crisis hit. It is a hard thing for people to accept that nothing is as it seems. It is especially difficult for older people because learning later in life that the world is not what they had thought can leave them feeling like they have been lied to their entire life.  Many older people have done well within the matrix paradigm and it is easier for them to continue on and ignore the truth.  I do not believe that most people will have the luxury of time on their side because the world is unravelling and breaking down. For those few people that go through the process of deconstructing their manufactured reality and awakening to the 'real world'; the overall outcome is life changing.  How we handle the truth can make or break a person.  I have found happiness and purpose, but I know others who are mired in grief.  I wish you all the best on your journey!

22/02/2016

Everything changes at zero - by Tim Price

Jeff Fitchett: This is a must read article.  As the title states; 'everything changes at zero'.  I couldn't agree more.  Central banks are going to make interest rates negative.  This policy stance is absolutely ludicrous.  An article about negative rates was published in the Financial Times and it garnered a lot of attention from readers via the comment section of their website.  Sovereignman.com posted this piece by Tim Price and it contains a quick overview of negative rates and quotes from the comment section from the Financial Times article.  

“There is no way on God’s earth that a free market would ever result in negative interest rates. If anyone had asked you ten years ago if you’d stand for this – you’d have said ‘no’. The fact that this seems almost normal to many people is an indication of just how insidious these moronic policies are. We are like frogs in a pot being boiled alive one degree at a time. Time to get out of the pot before we’re all too drowsy to notice”;

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The Economy is Failing All Over The World - David Haggith with The Daily Coin

Jeff Fitchett: This is a good article that focuses on the global move towards a cashless society.  Most people are unaware what life would be like without cash.  A cashless society would push us deeper into the Orwellian nightmare.  

"I love the credit card commercials on TeeVee and how they talk about “cash back”, “cash bonus”, “cash this” and “cash that” – “what’s in your wallet?” We are being trained to believe that a piece of plastic is “money”. Gold is money and everything else is credit. Paper “dollars” is a representation of money and credit/debit cards are an illusion of money. What happens to our lives, our human rights, if cash is outlawed?"
"As George Carlin says, “No body seems to notice, no body seems to care.” That, unfortunately, is a fact. When you have football games, hockey games, baseball games, basketball games, endless hours of TeeVee to watch, how could a person be expected to follow some trivial item like the government banning cash?"
"Totalitarian creep is moving into hyperdrive. Almost on a daily basis we see another article in mainstream media about a “cashless society”. If you follow the Liberty Movement and/or alternative press then you are aware the drums for a cashless society are beating louder and louder every day."

Risks Are Increasing Along With The Distractions - by Jeff Fitchett



2016 has started out with a bang and the likelihood is that it will be an infamous year marked in future history books.  For many armchair observers, such as myself, the trends have been leading to a very uncertain and somewhat scary outcome. There are a lot of concerning warning signs playing out right now. There still is time to get ahead of the curve and take action in an effort to reduce the negative impact that will surely come our way.


Today, Bloomberg reported that Sovereign Wealth Funds may sell over $400 billion in equities this year in an effort to shore up their finances.  The collapse in oil prices has negatively impacted many oil rich nations that have traditionally depended on oil revenue to fund government expenditures and to provide employment opportunities to citizens. Globally, millions of people are being laid off and they will be forced to rely on their savings, access to debt and government handouts to cover their cost of living.  The chart above shows that investors are betting that equity markets are going to decline as NYSE short interest is at levels last seen when Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008.  As I have stated numerous times, get out of stocks and bonds while you still can because there is nothing supporting the notion that 'all is well'.  Statistics show that there is more support of a stock market calamity when compared to any positive catalysts that could push equities higher.

Central banks, cheered on by politicians and the presstitute media, have rigged markets with trillions of dollars priced at low to negative interest rates.  This has caused serious financial dislocations in our financial system.  Western backed governments have been supported with access to unlimited debt at interest rates that do not correspond with the risk.  Developing nations are getting crushed financially as their currencies have plunged against Western currencies.  The average person is feeling the effects of higher living costs, a decreasing standard of living and a future that looks bleak.  16 years ago I lived in Japan and I have continually tracked the country ever since.  The Bank of Japan along with the Japanese government have worked together to prolong the inevitable collapse of their society.  Too much debt, expensive government entitlement benefits, a shrinking population, poor job market and a currency that is too strong are plaguing Japanese society.  The population has supported failed policies and this will negatively impact the population over the near term to medium term.  Today, I noticed in a Zero Hedge article that Japanese citizens are buying safes en mass.  A growing percentage of the population is clueing into the fact that the policies being deployed will ultimately kill the value of the Japanese Yen. Japanese citizens are flocking into hard assets and other currencies as they have become weary of current policies.

Fear is running high all over the world.  Western backed coups and outright regime change operations are getting out of control.  I know that may seem hard to believe given that the Middle East has been a hotspot for chaos spanning many decades.  Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with financial backing from Western nations such as the USA, are driving forward with aggressive tactics in Syria, Yemen and  in other Shiite nations. The belligerent actions are pitting Russia against NATO. Only time will tell if a full blown war will occur, but the current trajectory certainly appears to lead us to war.  History is replete with examples of 'when times get tough they take us to war'.  

The US presidential race is a circus.  Democracy in most of the Western world has been destroyed and talking points are the only thing that keep the facade alive.  That said, leadership has devolved to the point of insane.  Check out Ted Cruz in this video as he makes bacon.  Listen to Donald Trump talk about breaking international law as it pertains to torture.  Here is Hillary Clinton on the US killing of Gadaffi. Anyone who believes that democracy is alive and well in the US is misinformed.  The world is changing and many nations are now distancing themselves from US policies.  I expect this to continue, but the masses will continue to follow the presidential reality show.  Can you imagine how the public would have reacted had Dwight Eisenhower or John F Kennedy behaved like politicians do today?  I can't imagine what a world war would be like given the lack of morality in the leadership of powerful nations.

All and all, as the days pass by, life becomes more unstable.  Systems are slowly breaking down and discontent is slowly increasing.  There will be a breaking point in the not so distant future and we may find ourselves at war.  Economic depressions often correlate with the outbreak of war.  Be prepared for what the future brings our way and most importantly; think for yourself.  

"Our generation has had no great war, no great depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives."
Chuck Palahniuk 




The Evil Empire Has The World In A Death Grip - by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Jeff Fitchett: This is an important article to read.  Dr. Roberts gives an excellent overview of John Perkins' book; 'The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman'.  I think everyone should be aware of how powerful interest groups use tactics to control and dismantle sovereign nations, states and cities.   (The book can be found under my resources page)

Paul Craig Roberts
"In my archives there is a column or two that introduces the reader to John Perkins’ important book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. An EHM is an operative who sells the leadership of a developing country on an economic plan or massive development project. The Hit Man convinces a country’s government that borrowing large sums of money from US financial institutions in order to finance the project will raise the country’s living standards. The borrower is assured that the project will increase Gross Domestic Product and tax revenues and that these increases will allow the loan to be repaid."

21/02/2016

The Bankers’ War Against Humanity Accelerates — Jason Burack with SGT Report

Jeff Fitchett: I was not familiar with Jason Burack before listening to this interview.  He is well versed on what is going on in the financial world.  This is worth a listen to.  


Prepping - by Jeff Fitchett

I have spent a great deal of time looking at my life and thinking about what makes me happy.  I'm interested in a lot of different things and I enjoy dedicating my time to family, working,  gardening, reading, eating, music and puttering inside & outside of my house.  I have many other interests as well.  When I think about my future I envision a simpler way of life.  I am striving to become more resilient. I've made decent progress over the years learning and applying what I've learned.  Reality is one person's perception.  I see the world for what it is and I think about my future within this context.

Today I have spent time studying cordwood home construction.  I have mentioned in past articles that I intend to build a home for my family and I.  I have an affinity for natural building materials such as wood and rock.  These materials are abundant and relatively cheap to get.  From an artistic perspective, I love how beautiful these homes can be.  They are extremely energy efficient and practical from a cost perspective.  I am not wealthy. I currently have a mortgage on my home.  I intend to sell my house, buy a few acres of land and build a home.  This is a massive undertaking, but I am realistic about what I can do and I'm preparing accordingly.  I have accumulated a lot of tools over the years and I am slowly attaining other tools that are beneficial.  I have started gathering building materials required for the building process.  I completed Geoff Lawton's Permaculture Design Course.  I am preparing to create a self sufficient oasis and a future that I desire.

If you think about the entirety of what my goal is it will likely come across as a massive undertaking. Similarly, if you think about what is going on in our world today, from a broad standpoint,  it can be overwhelming to comprehend.  I focus my energy on the small details that make up the whole.  First and foremost, economic conditions are in rapid decline.  I see and understand the uncertainty that has been thrust upon the global population.  When I prep for the future I think about the future I want.  I acquire items that will be useful now and down the road.  I look out for items that will be a store of value and can help me become more resilient.  A couple years ago I noticed a 'For Sale' ad that listed 40 panes of glass for $40.  I figured that the $40 purchase will provide most of the windows in my cordwood home.  I already have the tools and hardware to make the window frames.  Glass is a valuable resource and I can use it for other projects if the need be.  It also takes up very little room to store.  I keep my eyes peeled and I often happen upon useful materials that someone else no longer requires.  I live for today, but I think about the future.  

One of my favourite sensations is running soil through my fingers. As well, I am fascinated by plants and growing food.   Observation is one of the most important lessons I have learned.  I can tell if a plant is doing well because of how it looks.  There is often a logical explanation as to why a plant is not growing properly; too many weeds, not enough water or too much water, to cold or hot, poor soil and so on.  Like a plant in poor health, the global economy resembles a dying plant.  Too much debt, not enough demand for commodities or manufactured goods and a decline of services are all symptoms of economic decline.  I clearly see that systemic issues are going to become even bigger problems as time passes.   We can only control our own actions and therefore I have chosen to eliminate part of my reliance on the system.  The food I grow and subsequently preserve usually tastes better and fresher than foods purchased at a grocery store.  Saving seeds has been one of the best skills I have learned.  Every year I get more and more seeds. Varieties of crops that produce well also provide the most reliability year over year.   

It is natural for a person to panic or feel anxiety as they realize the gravity of the situation in which society finds itself.  Worse though, are when people do nothing to better their situation after learning that we are in deep trouble.  Preparing for change should not be feared.  For many decades, our society has been focused on short term thinking.  Many people are unable to think about the future.  Life is often hard.  I encourage you to think about where you want to be in the months and years ahead.  We have more control than we realize.  There are always small things we can do that will lead to a larger outcome down the road.  I mentioned, within this missive, a number of things that I have been doing because of my assessment of the world.  I hope you create a future you desire.  I am striving for a life style that brings meaning and happiness to my family.  Awareness is the very first step for preparing for an uncertain future.