“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.
“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