Remember, Remember…the Fifth of November

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De-Centralized Cryptocurrency is the New Capitalism 

JC Collins

 

Remember, remember!

The fifth of November,

The Gunpowder treason and plot;

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot!

 

It’s always been interesting to me that a worldwide movement called Anonymous was built from the script of a Hollywood movie. V for Vendetta and its use of the Guy Fawkes mask has symbolized the resistance to a corrupt and power-hungry elite for years now.  Masks are some of the most powerful symbols used by humans and the Anonymous mask is no different. (Reference the last line of my article titled The Geopolitics of XRP - “No more masks”.)

The movie portrayed Guy Fawkes as something of an “almost hero” if only he had succeeded in blowing up England’s House of Parliament on November 5, 1605. At the time the House of Parliament was controlled by the Protestants.  The real Guy Fawkes was a Catholic and the time period was one of extreme political tension as the Vatican waged its Counter-Reformation to regain control of lost real estate and governmental institutions.  

Alec Ryrie in his excellent book titled Protestants makes the historical case that Protestants are men and women who stood steadfast in the face of authority and set out to make a new world based on the principles of material and spiritual freedom. Ryrie states that the modern world is a product of Protestantism, as are the very ideals of Capitalism. 

America was made by Protestants as these very special men and women set out to build a new world separate from the corruption of the Catholic Church and Pope. The battle for the future of Europe and North America has been going on now for over 500 years. The American midterm elections on November 6, 2018, are a continuation of this back and forth battle for the heart and soul of the Western Man. 

 

Guy Fawkes and his companions

Did the scheme contrive,

To blow the King and Parliament

All up alive. 

Threescore barrels, laid below,

To prove old England’s overthrow.

But, by God’s providence, him they catch,

With a dark lantern, lighting a match!

A stick and a stake

For King James’s sake! 

 

Alex Ryrie also provides an overview of how Protestantism is still spreading in the modern world. China, Korea, Africa, and Latin America are all experiencing a resurgence of Protestantism.  In my article The Massacre of Protestant Rwanda we explore how Protestantism was spreading from Rwanda across Central Africa and how the Catholic Church was complicit in the genocide of Protestant Rwanda.  Even in China today there is mass persecution of Christians, which are predominantly Protestant, or of Protestant origins. 

The Order of the Jesuits was created by the Vatican to wage the Counter-Reformation.  Though it goes against the accepted historical narrative, there is ample evidence to suggest that the Jesuits were responsible for the creation of Communism, and its ideological roadmap of Marxism. Whatever your position may be on that, it is accepted fact today that the Church has become “progressive” and is supporting the worldwide Marxist revolution. It is my conclusion that Marxism is just another variation of the authoritarianism of the Catholic Church which forced the Protestants to search out, and build, a new world in the first place.

Marxist regulations under the guidance of its Socialist modeling brought Capitalism to its knees over the last century.  The regulations which contributed to the re-distribution of wealth from the middle class to the elite built the false-narrative that Capitalism was evil. All Capitalist were thereafter portrayed in Hollywood movies as evil white men who were fat on their decadence and greed. This pattern has been repeated in movies hundreds of times and is undeniable to the honest observer.  

The Central Bank framework was developed by the Church and Jesuits as a strategy to wage the Counter-Reformation.  This was covered in my article Central Banks as a Jesuit Counter-Strategy to the Protestant Reformation. Considering America was built by Protestants who stood against the Church the reason for American resisting a central bank for as long as it did makes more sense. Central Banks and Socialist regulations destroyed traditional Capitalism. But like the Protestants themselves, the ideals of Capitalism are extremely hard to get rid of.

Chris Herd in his short but excellent article titled Why Cryptocurrency is the Next Operating System for Capitalism makes the case that cryptocurrency will eradicate this banking framework and breath life into a new Capitalism. 

“In the same way Amazon has brutalised physical retail, Cryptocurrency will eradicate banks. If you don’t see this coming you aren’t paying attention.”

Herd suggests that throughout history technology has always disrupted existing systems. In fact, it was the creation of the printing press which in fact made the Protestant Reformation possible, as it allowed for the mass printing of Bibles in languages other than Latin. For the first time ever, the people could read the Bible without the filters of the Catholic gatekeepers. 

Herd ends his article with this inspiring sentence:

“Capitlism isn’t going anywhere though. Cryptocurrency is simply a more efficient vessel which allows for its manifest destiny to be realised.”

That one sentence encapsulates my full thought process on blockchain technology and a new Capitalism which is rising to counter the corrupt Marxism of a centralized Globalization which has failed most of the world. (See my article Globalization 2.0 with XRP)

 

If you won’t give me one,

I’ll take two,

The better for me,

And the worse for you.

A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,

A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,

A pint of beer to wash it down,

And a jolly good fire to burn him.

Holloa, boys! Holloa, boys! Make the bells ring!

Holloa, boys! Holloa boys! God save the King!

Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

 

A lot is at stake in the coming months. Those who wage the Counter-Reformation have used both terrorism and Cultural Marxism to achieve its nefarious ends. Like Guy Fawkes in 1605, if the Counter-Reformers can’t take control of governments through fair elections than they will have no problem committing acts of terrorism to overthrow and destroy those institutions. 

Hollywood movies, the magic wand of the Cultural Marxists, have done a lot to further the goals of the Counter-Reformation and to destroy the Protestants. The Trump Agenda represents the ideals and continuation of the Protestant Reformation. This is why all of Hollywood and the establishment media are against Trump. Their open hatred is undeniable. 

The Counter-Reformers are attempting to take control of the new technologies, and like the printing press, eventually, use them for their own means while removing the power of the new innovations from the Protestants.

The next time you think the Anonymous group(s) or the Guy Fawkes mask represent the resistance to evil corrupt elites in this world, I would ask that you take a deeper look and consider the origins of the mask and the group itself.  Nothing is what it seems. Nothing is what you have been told it is. Everything is changing as the power shifts back. - JC

JC Collins can be contacted at jcollins@philosophyofmetrics.com

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131 Comments on “Remember, Remember…the Fifth of November”

  1. What about England's pre-reformation period relationship with the Roman Catholic church? Catholics are pushing to make William Wallace a saint. JC do you think there's more to that story then the Hollywood narrative of Scottish independence?

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1370463/Catholics-seek-sainthood-for-scourge-of-the-English.html

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.catholicnewsagency.com/amp/news/bravehearts-letter-to-the-pope-returns-to-scotland

    1. There’s way more to that story. Robert the Bruce was the hero of that time period. He welcomed some of the remaining Templar’s after the Church’s mass arrest. Thus was born the Scottish Rite. There would have been no Protestant Reformation if it wasn’t for him and the underground Templar network which remained. The early reformers, such as the Lollards, used this network to build the framework of the Reformation. It didn’t just spring out of no where. Robert the Bruce assisted. It is even probable that Trump is descended from Bruce on his mother’s side.

  2. “Jesuits were responsible for the creation of Communism, and its ideological roadmap of Marxism.

    Given that many Jesuits leaders have been and are Cabalist, Satanist, and Masons, I would not be surprised that these nefarious miscreants have contributed to the formation and spread of Communism and Marxism. However, Karl Marx was an evil Jewish Kabbalist, active Mason, and an overly educated and very rebellious Jew. Marx was more influenced by his cultural revolutionary spirit (Judaic Philosophy, being the “Chosen People”, and the Talmud), delusions of Jewish utopia, and Friedrich Hegel than by the Jesuits. Given that at the heart and foundational base of the Jesuits and Communism is Satanism, I can easily see how one would reflect and support the other.

    Relative to the conflict between the Catholics and Protestants, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church have had their holy panties in a serious bundle and twist since Henry VIII stole all of their wealth and property in England. The Catholic later thought that they could regain control over England when Bloody Mary took the thrown and then by invasion with a great armada in May, 1588. Neither worked out well.

    Historically, since the first crusade in 1095 the Jews have been under the control of Rome and where the contracted (enslaved) financial managing agents for the Vatican. For a thousand years the revolutionary Jews have endeavored to break free of their Roman bondage via increased usury and continuous subterfuge. Subsequently, they have grown in power to usurp Roman interests whenever possible, because at their core many are deemed still revolutionary spirits in service to the Synagogue of Satan.

    In the USA there has been a continuous Jewish effort to undermine the US Republic and Catholic influences since American republic was founded after the adoption of the USC in 1789. First, by the creation of the First Bank of the US under Alexander Hamilton (a Rothschild agent) with a twenty (20) year charter. When the re-charter the First Bank of the US was refused in 1811, Nathan Rothschild declared war. Consequently, the War of 1812 was directed by the Rothschild controlled Bank of England. The inflation and debts after the War of 1812 spawned the creation of the Second Bank of the US headed by Nicholas Biddle (a Rothschild agent). When Andrew Jackson defeated Biddle and refused to re-charter the bank after twenty (20) years, Biddle and Rothschild via the Bank of England arranged for the Crash or the Panic of 1837 in the US. A focus of foreclosures on farms, home, businesses, factories, and State Banks in the US were those owned by Catholics. Economic booms and bust were routinely created until the creation of the Third Bank of the US (aka; The Federal Reserve) was introduced and signed into law in 3.5 hours on Christmas Eve 1913. The Jewish Banksters owned the US Congress and President Woodrow Wilson.

    The focus of the Jews to gain control over the judiciary in the USA occurred after the conviction of a Jewish elite in training (Leo Frank) for the rape and murder of a 12 year old girl laborer in Atlanta, GA in1913. The elite and wealth Jews in South, Mid-West, and Northeast rallied to Leo Frank’s defense in a vain attempt to obtain a new trail. The case when all the way through the court in the State of Georgia and Federal Courts and ended up being heard before the US Supreme Court. Frank’s appeal was rejected. Frank death sentence by hanging was eventually carried out. After Frank’s death the wealthy and influential Jews competed with Catholic to obtain seat on every major court in the USA. The ADL was created after Leo Frank was summarily hanged for rape and murder to defame anyone who ever made any accusations of any kind against any Jew.

    Consequently, to this day Jews are overly represented in every major law school and court in the USA. Catholics and Jews have displaced every Protestant on the US Supreme Court for decades. The last disgraceful sham and intended public character assassination of Judge Kavanaugh was just the Jews and their paid and/or blackmailed US Senate lackeys attempting to keep another Catholic off of the US Supreme Court. It was a Clarence Thomas (Catholic) defamation circus, Part II after the Jews in the Senate were able to defame and discredit Judge Robert Bork (Catholic).

    1. I ageee with you for the most part. I would just caution against making generalized statements about all Jews. Like all peoples and demographics, there are similar divisions within the Jewish people. There are Marxist Jews, Capitalist Jews, liberal and conservative Jews, and so on. There are Jews I would not want to associate (like some people in general) and there are Jews I would gladly stand beside. Same goes for Catholics. Though I speak out against the institution of the Church, there are some Catholics who are great people. Some not so great. Like all the rest. Jews aren’t the problem. The problem is a corrupt weakness which runs through the heart and soul of some men, whether they’re Jews, Catholics, Chinese, Indian, etc...

  3. Mr. Collins:

    I sincerely agree that all Jews and Catholics are NOT evil and nefarious. My specific points are not to generalize all Jews and Catholics in dim lights or dark shades. However, my research and personal experiences and relationships with both Jews and Catholics clearly indicate that the leaders, directors, and managers of the Zionists Cabal and the Jesuit Black Pope are at the core of their black hearts evil and do NOT have the interest of humanity in mind. I have traveled all about this planet for decades and have personally witnessed the negative results of the corruption and evil of Jewish and Catholic policies. The Goyim are just slaves to be worked to death and cattle for consumption. When Jews can shoot Palestinian women and children in the back for target practice with complete immunity and harvest their internal organs for profits, then that is evil and Baal Worship in plain site. When homosexuality and pedophilia is promoted and allowed to run unchecked within and without the Catholic Church, then that is evil and Baal Worship in plain site.

    Ozymandias

  4. If Jews and Jewishness are so saintly, chosen, and unblemished, then why under the dictates and mandates of Cultural Marxism (aka; political correctness) cannot any behaviors of any Jews be openly or publicly discussed?

    Why must all members of the US Congress sign a pledge to support Israel FIRST over the laws and interests of the USA?

    Why is any criticism of Israel strictly forbidden?

    Is it correct that in Canada it is ILLEGAL to be publicly speak critically of Jews, Muslims, or Islam?

    If you want to know who or what is in absolute control of your life on this planet, then research who or what cannot be criticized.

    1. Global Marxism in fact stands against the regular Jew and the existence of Israel. Which is why it has funded Iran and Hamas, to continuously wage border war with Israel. Just like they’re doing in America. So once again, you are generalizing all Jews and Goyim into simple categories. Are not some of the most evil people in the world today, and in the past, Goyim? Of course they are. And some have been Jews. These simple characterization are dumb frankly, and do nothing to help forge a path forward for humanity. You have experience with all of this. Prove it. Others wise stop regurgitating the trash on the Internet. My wife is Jewish and I’m a Goyim Protestant. We get along just great. No problems with the family either.

      And remember, the Protocols were originally written about the Jesuits.

    2. Not trying to sound harsh to you, but you make these generalizations and then respond to me by saying that of course not all Jews are bad, but then you continue right on into the generalization again. In regard to your question about is it illegal to speak critically of Jews and Islam in Canada, the answer is no. There has been an Islamophobia bill put forward but it has not been ratified into law. There have been chosen cases where some have been targetted for stating things about the Holocaust. But even yet, your mention of it being illegal to speak critically of Muslims stands in stark contradiction to your position that it is the Jews who are the problem in the world.

      "If you want to know who or what is in absolute control of your life on this planet, then research who or what cannot be criticized."

      Are you saying Muslims are in charge of my life on this planet? Or is it Jews? (You seems to be making a contradictory argument.) Or possibly, is it something which has been around for thousands of years, even before the Jewish people, which has taken on many masks over the years, and uses whole religions and peoples to further its own ends. Baal worship was one of these masks as well, but even Baal worship was not unique to the Jewish people, or Hebrews, or Canaanites, etc.. Everyone from the Phoenicians, Romans, and Akkadians all eventually fell into Baal worship in some variation or another.

      The problem today is a variation of Baal worship which came down to us through the Phoenician priest class, through the Roman Empire, and into the Catholic Church and Pope today. This worship has built and used Marxism as its latest economic and cultural weapon to use on the masses. Everyone is being sucked into the vortex of this vile energy, including Jews, and everyone else, in any group or class of people, who has a weakness for this particular worship.

      1. Thank you JC. Sorry you had to rise to this level of passion but it helped connect some dots for a picture I've been trying to paint in my mind lately. So thank you Goyim Protestant brother.

  5. "Louis Farrakhan Chants ‘Death to America’ in Iran"

    Just saw this news item and it reminded me of this gentleman's habit of turning up to a country that is either about to be invaded or go through a regime change, almost like a vulture circling above a dying corpse! However, this time, the dead corpse is of the international deep state that sprang to life in January 1979 and will return to its maker soon. The dying corpse is that of the deep state Islamo-Marxist regime of the mullahs who ruled my homeland with total brutality and mass killing of Iranians ever since.

    https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/11/04/louis-farrakhan-chants-death-to-america-in-iran/

    Farakkhan's kiss of death was also sealed on Saddam Hussein of Iraq in 2002. The dying Baathist regime of Saddam suddenly turned to Allah as the last resort and with the assistance of Farrakhan. History repeats...Farrakhan possibly makes a fortune in every similar trip and it will be unimaginable to assume he does it as a charitable act.

    http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/meast/07/05/farrakhan.iraq/

    1. Dear Carpe Diem:

      Close related to some comments to this post, I've read that today, November 5th 2018, Pope Francis has received the visit of a delegation of Rabbis of the "World Congress of Mountain Jews" of the Caucasus, to whom he addressed the message that can be read here => https://goo.gl/fYyaz5

      Given that the ancestors of the "Mountain Jews" have settled in Persia from ancient times, I turn to your solid historical knowledge to ask you about the presence and integration of Jewish communities in the life of present Iran.

      I thank you in advance and greet you with appreciation,
      rfg

      1. Hello Dear Rogelio and thank you for such a great question.

        In fact, the Mountain Jews or "Juhuri" people of the caucuses are only one group of Iranian Jews who have moved and lived in Iranian territories for the past 2700 years. Their locations can provide the landmarks of the Iranian empires where the Iranian cultural heritage still exists to this day. Iranian Jews who lived in Iran are a proud Iranians and to this day, they keep their own distinct culture and customs with great pride. After the 1979 revolution, Los Angeles became their home along with non-Jewish Iranians which many call LA, Tehrangeles, all due to the sheer numbers and businesses etc.
        Iranian Jews in Israel account for around 200 Thousand people and are influential in the running of the apparatus of power there. The community also had an Israeli president, Moshe Katzav born in the city of Yazd in Southern Iran and a Minister of Defence, General Shaul Mofaz who was born in Isfahan in central Iran. Iranian Jews are possibly the only Jewish people in the world that have settled in one place and did not move, or expelled. In almost any other lands in Europe, Jews were either expelled or were forced to convert. This continuity was mainly due to the generosity of King Cyrus the Great who invited the captive Jews after he liberated them from captivity by the Neo-Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar II in 539 BCE. King Cyrus is regarded as a Messiah by the Jews and he is regarded as the saviour of the Jews in their holy books

        It is also important to mention that Iran is the second most important country for the Jews in that it holds holy sites and shrines of the Jewish people after Israel and at least 5 Biblical prophets and Jewish saints buried in Iran. There are shrines in Susa where Prophet Daniel is buried, Hamadan where Esther's shrine is a revered site for Muslims and Jews, Tuyserkan (Prophet Habakkuk), Qazvin (Peighambariyeh Where four Jewish saints who foretold the coming of Christ, Salam, Solum, al-Qiya, and Sohuli)

        Mountain jew or Juhuri people speak a dialect of the Pahlavi (Middle-Persian) language an Iranian language called Judeo-Tat spoken by Jews of Caucasus.
        The isolation and the preservation of Judeo-Tat is a great linguistic source of the language that other Iranians do not perfectly understand but the roots are exactly the same...I can just about understand some words, but the tonality and style of the Tati language are identical to modern Persian. What is interesting is that the Jews who settled in Iranian lands under the Achaemenids spoke various dialects of Persian which still stands to this day, for example, the Bukhari dialect of the Jews of Bokhara is very similar to Afghan Dari or Tajiki Persian which are both dialects of modern Persian but easily understandable. Jews were mainly merchants and their presence was on and around the ancient Silk Road from borders of China all the way to Eastern Europe. The same Jews spoke various dialects of Iranian languages and not Hebrew! This is a very interesting fact to appreciate as in modern history books, every attempt is made to replace Iranian influences through her Jewish citizens by replacing them with "Arab Merchants"! In this way the ancient and historic of Iranian peoples and a section of her citizens i.e. Iranian Jews has been replaced with "Arabs". This trend has started with the Arabization project of the Middle-EAst region and the creation of Arab Nationalism. It seems we are at the end of Arab Nationalism project which was supported and designed by the British and the French as well as the end of the Pan-Islamism project by the Brits, the French and the Nazi's. The outcome of this collaboration is the marriage of the ultra Islamist House of Saud with the equally destructive Zionist ideology against the entire region. It now also appears that ALL destructive and hideous Pan-Islamism projects, including the Shia Mullahs Pan-Islamist gangsters and murderers who occupied Iran, will end up in the dustbin of history shortly which will mean the liberation fo the oppressed people of that region along with peace and prosperity for all mankind. Humanity has seen enough of such hideous and destructive ideologies and perhaps a period of hope and prosperity shall return to us! If anything, rather than the current War-Model of economy, the region can do with a Trade-Model of the economy as well as tourism since this region is the birthplace of civilization and it is for all mankind to discover their own heritage without any fear of wars, terrorism and such evil schemes by a sick ruling cabal...

        There are currently 34 operational synagogs in Tehran alone and about the same in other Iranian cities. Iranian and Jews have no problem together whatsoever. The problem is the monstrous forign isolated governments and the ruling elite who continually cause wars and hate. Iranian Jews have always maintained a member of parliament before 1979 as well as since 1979 and despite the idiocy of the Shia run theocratic system since 1979, Jews enjoy life with some compromise.

        I also wanted to add that the Mountain Jews are now somewhat foreign to the Persian Jews as they have lived away under different lands, customs and borders as their fellow Iranians have such as Tajiks, Azarbaijanis etc.

        There are lots of interesting documentaries and cultural items on Youtube regarding the Juhuri, Bukhari Jews and Persian Jews you can explore of course.

        Hope this helps and the following info you may find of interest hopefully. Wish you a great day my friend.

        Exploring Jewish life in Iran
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKXnKZNQ-FI&ab_channel=DWEnglish

        A modern Juhuri song:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEEjnLleZ3k&ab_channel=kenanelekberov

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_synagogues_in_Iran
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat_language_(Caucasus)
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Jews
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspians
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bukharan_Jews
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mizrahi_Jews
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Jews
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habakkuk

        1. As always, Carpe Diem, you help us to expand our knowledge and our understanding. Thanks.
          It's taking me time to visit all the references that you propose to us in your comment; still have some pending but I've already reached a provisional conclusion:

          Though they are important, the historical facts of the Euro-Atlantic region - by themselves, in isolation - do not provide us with all the necessary keys to interpret the whole history nor to envision the full picture of the monetary future.

          Regards

  6. Mr. Collins:

    Thank you for your lengthy and honest responses.

    In future posts I will endeavor to be more factually specific in any declarations in attempts to avoid possible misinterpretations of generalizations.

    As an engineering professional who consults on numerous and very complex systems, I am routinely required to quantify multiple variables simultaneously to assess their respective interactions. I perform multiple cause and effect analyses of systems to assess patterns and determine root causes. As such, I am more naturally inclined toward analytics than emotions. However, kindly be assured that I mean NO disrespect to you or your beloved wife.

    I am most pleased to read your report that an Islamophobia Bill has not been as yet ratified into law. Pray no such government restrictions of speech become new laws. I am a very firm believer in free expression of thoughts and opinions as well as unimpeded dialog, open debates, and exchanges of ideas.

    You are correct that Baal worship has not been unique to the Jewish people, or the former Hebrews and Canaanites. This spirit of black void existed and was facilitated and practiced by the Phoenicians and still exist today. Hundreds of thousands of children reportedly go missing annually in the USA. I am sincerely impressed that you are aware of this history and its negative and destructive consequences. You are in a minority, which is one of the specific reasons I gladly support your website.

    We reside in interesting times of increasingly great changes. The battle between light and dark, good and evil continues in this age and likely into the next.

    Peace be With You,

    Ozymandias

    1. Spoken like a true gentlemen. Apologies if I misinterpreted your position. I’m attempting to be cautious with the side narratives which sometimes can serve to derail the open work we’ve all been attempting to achieve here over the last 5 years. The Jewish issue is definitely one of those issues which can be used to hammer us and minimize our broader message on understanding the human condition.

      I believe we are aligned on our analysis and conclusions. Thanks for being you!

  7. I have been keeping an eye on Anonymous for a while, still not sure what to make of them. Here are a few miscellaneous observations:
    They do appear to be anti-Rothschild/Rockefeller/Soros/Bilderberg/etc.;
    They do seem to seek to expose the criminal activities of the elites (whether they do so in a balanced manner is another question);
    The fact that Facebook has not banned them is interesting;
    They call out the fact that "you are being distracted" but strangely enough their own posts include plenty of seemingly irrelevant material such as UFC news stories and random viral videos;
    They post some vaguely spiritual stuff which to me appears to have a "new age" slant;
    They are pro-cannabis legalisation;
    They rehash the same old material a lot more than one would expect if they are legion, as they claim;
    For a group founded by hackers, they have precious little to say on the subject of crypto

    On the origins of the mask: it comes from the 80s comic book series/graphic novel by Alan Moore and was designed by his illustrator David Lloyd. Neither of whom receive any royalties for its ongoing use. The 2005 film adaptation written and produced by the Wachowskis (the same guys who made The Matrix) was what brought it to mainstream awareness. I would recommend both the movie and the graphic novel, but the latter more so.

  8. Wow. Great article, fascinating comment and impassioned debate between highly intelligent gentleman. I think I'll sit this one out.

    How about them ZERPs?
    PTM

  9. October 27, 1964 A Time For Choosing (A.K.A. The Speech)

    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
    We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
    It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

    "You and I have the courage to say to our enemies,
    "There is a price we will not pay."
    "There is a point beyond which they must not advance.""
    "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness."

    -Ronald Reagan, "The Speech"

    https://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/october-271964-remembering-ronald-reagans-most-iconic-speech/

  10. I love being retired! I wasn't financially ready, a misspent youth, middle age and later years would of left me just as financially unready to retire whether I would of worked another few years or the rest of my life. I just never really expected to or planned on living this long. All my drunken,' junkie friends are dead and have been dead and dying for the last 40 years. One of the last of them passed just a few years ago, I paid them all tribute with this little diddy, I sang it at her funeral. Weddings and funerals, I go.

    All my junkie friends are dead
    KIck me in my frickin' head
    Put them in a shallow grave
    When I drive by I like to wave

    A shame about my friend Jug
    Such a good looking mug

    We all remember little Tommy
    Stole all his money from his mommy

    Lost three all named Steve
    Real sad days when they had to leave

    I prayed and prayed for my Nicole
    I cried and cried when she choose to go

    The list is long into the night
    I can't sleep for all their fright

    All my junky friends are dead
    KIck me in my frickin' head
    Put them in a shallow grave
    When I drive by I like to wave

    I have no idea how/why I survived, I have needle scars on both arms that if measured collectively would equal at least a yard long. I've suffered many overdoses, three that required hospitalization, The last one all but fully disconnected my brains from my feet, severe peripheral neuropathy. The doctors said it wasn't reversible, put I proved that 90% of it was temporary and I was back to work in a two or three months. Just a bit worse for wear, a permanent pronounced limp, and a much slower get down and back up off the ground time. That was 15 or more years ago.

    When I turned 70 I asked my doctor if he thought I could drag another 10 years out of these beat up old bones. Check this out, he told me he didn't see any obvious reason I couldn't get 20 or more. No blood pressure problems high or low, no signs of diabetes, or cancers, heart just ticking away, a little short of breath for all the smoking. Good to go.

    I guess I've had somewhere between 25/30 good knock down drag out fist fights in my life. I was 16 and 0 at first with only one of them a woman. The record from that time on has been 50/50 at best, with only one lose to a woman.

    I the last 2 years I've had 6 fights. This gal I know 40/45 was over getting drunk and smoking pot with me when her boyfriend (40/50 maybe) showed up, he was all pissed off yelling and pulling her out by the arm, I followed him out and started some yelling of my own. He let her go and came at me talking about kicking my ass, so I tagged him. I've always had a dynamite right, I caught him on the temple sending the pieces of the sunglasses he had pushed back on his head flying and spinning like the blades of a helicopter down. As he is staggering around, stunned enough, to think picking up the pieces of his sunglasses is important, I close on him and tell him to get off my property and don't come back. He hopped in his truck and hauled ass out of there leaving, his girlfriend behind.

    I didn't have to look around to find her, she was on my back like a spider monkey, clawing at my face and such. I had absolutely no option but to swing her around in front of me and attempt to subdue her as gently as possible. Aarrgghh! She ain't having any of that, who would a thought a pint of cheap tequila and a joint would turn her into a raging badger. She has a hold of the front of my shirt with one hand and is frailing away at me with the other, so I leg sweep her and to the ground we go. I land on top and she loses some of her breath for her trouble. She still won't let go of my shirt, my God! It's a western style shirt with snap buttons, so pop,pop, pop, I'm out of it and dusting myself off when my renter comes out of his place looking around. I told him to get her out of the front yard before she becomes even more of an embarrassment to me, and I go back into my place.

    Kind of a funny thing depending on your sense of humor, while good old Roy is helping her into his place a suburban full of neighbor and his kids drive by and see good old Roy helping her in. You know they think the worst of good old Roy at the time, so he had to go over and explain what happened and put the responsibility for the incident where it squarely belonged. That's two, and how embarrassing.

    Three, was during a poker game, this one player was a sore loser and began talking, calling me the luckiest a no poker playing old s.o.b. he had ever saw. Well that ain't right, I'm a pretty good poker player. I'm not the best at it, but I pride myself in being able to deliver a verbal beatdown as good as the next guy. My tirade challenged his manhood, heritage, chemical makeup, and his physical ability to bust a grape. It's on.

    Sore loser throws the classic old fold up card table out of the way and wants me to stand up and fight like a man. I've been there done that, if I lean forward to get out of the lazyboy I'm sunk into I'll get tattooed, so I tell him I'll bet him the 20 bucks he owes me double or nothing I can kick his ass sitting down, he takes the wager and comes on. Welcome to my world, I rope a dope him block his straight punches and when he begins with the roundhouses I reach out and snatch him by his head and pull him to my chest as I take my right thumb and with full force stick it into the inside corner of his right eye. I intended to leverage his eye out and onto his cheek. Sore loser is flopping around like fish out of water and escapes my grasp before I can accomplish my task. He grabs his sore eye and flees the scene. A sore loser with a sore eye. I never left the lazyboy, nor did I get the 40 bucks he owed me, see I'm not lucky at all.

    Four, my renter good old Roy had a friend he hadn't seen in over 20 years show up on his doorstep with a matchbox sized backpack in his hand, needing a place to crash for a few days, ok. Two months later he is still there drinking, smoking and eating off of good old Roy. As if that isn't bad enough, good old Roy is a neat freak to the max, I mean everything is always clean, and put up in its place, I mean everything, and this guy is a total slob. Good old Roy he just can't take it anymore, but he just doesn't have the gumpf to do what needs to be done. So he ask me to throw the bum out. I don't have a problem with that, the bum is only about 5'6' and maybe 140lbs soak and wet. Hell I'm 6'2' 280lbs and except for a 48 inch waist I'm all about being twisted steel and sex appeal. So it is off to the races.

    I tell the bum he has to leave and he wants to argue about renter/squatter rights and that I'll need a sheriff's deputy to evict him. Wrong, without warning I land a stiff left jab, a glancing right cross and have him by his scrawny neck choking the hell out of him. I almost screwed up, I was into the moment, rather enjoying watching the bums eyes begin to roll back in his head, when he caught me by surprise and went limp. The dead weight, I don't mean he was dead, what I'm saying is when he went limp it caught and threw me off balance, so we tumbled to the floor with his head breaking a window out on the way down. The fight was over and done, the eviction was completed in the next ten minutes.

    Five, my step-son's wife, who I love like my own daughter, had been having a ongoing feud with the neighborhood dope dealer over the price of tea in China or the deal over some prescription drugs. I bitch about it, but for the most part stay out of their business. But here a short while back my daughter-in-law pulls into my front yard with the local dealer hot on her heels . I look out the window and there he is standing over her yelling down into her face waving his arms around. My daughter-in-law had her mother with her, who I had never met, she was in town for the upcoming wedding. Hi-ho, Hi-ho, weddings and funerals I go. Anyway one way or the other, I just can't have it like that.

    So, I'm out the door with my hickory cane, it is a very cool cane, a bit bigger around than most, it has a oversized hooked handle with a sharply angled ending and a brass tip for a toe.. Do you know what I mean? I just walked up and smacked him in the ribs with it, he grabs a hold of it and tried to pull it out of my hands, but all he succeeded in doing was to pull me and my full weight and good right hand into him. I fired it and saw his baseball cap go one way and him another, helicopter down. Get off my property, he does. My daughter-in -law and her mother also leave. I didn't get to meet her, just a wave as they drove away. I met her later at the wedding, real nice lady, I think she liked me, I'm not sure, she never came out to my house again.

    Twenty minutes later the sheriff dept shows up, two vehicles two deputies. What??The local dealer called the cops on me!! What is this world coming to? Kids these days. They roust me but do not make an arrest because the dealer has decided to not press charges, but they tell me I need to know that I can't just walk out and start smacking people. Also I need to go over and apologize to the guy. Yeah right, like that's going to happen. They leave, not five minutes later the dealer is over here apologizing to me for the cop thing. Saying his wife called them before he knew it. Whatever.

    Six, this happened about a month and a half ago. I hesitate to tell you all about it, but for the sake of full disclosure I must. All witnesses and the guy I fought agree I started it. I find that hard to believe, but,,, I guess. With that said, and because this is getting lengthy what do you say we go straight to the fight itself. It started ok, I'm thinking I got this, but only after a few ineffective punches exchanged the loose fitting sweatpants I was wearing fell to my ankles. I don't have a shirt on so now I'm naked, tripping over my sweats and headed to the ground. I hit my head on something or the other on the way down and end up with this highly motivated dude on my chest. I end up with a small black eye, compared to some I've had, and a split lip.The worst indignity was when the awfully mean, and I say evil bastard, reached back and graped a fist full of my balls and gave them a mighty squeeze. After too much good natured laughing. way too much in my mind's eye, the fight was broken up. How embarrassing. Hey you win some you lose some, no excuses. I swear every word of these stories are the truth to the best of my ability. And if absolutely necessary I can provide written testament to the events from the witnesses. I'm serious.

    I was bored with waiting for the election results to come in and have been wanting to write down a record of these last two years fights, just so I could take a look at them from outside of my head. I'm glad I did. My friends and family say that they are going to get me a fight for my 80th birthday.

    In the meantime I expect to rest quietly, enjoying my retirement while petting my small stack of Zerp.

    I really have liked and enjoyed the years I've spent on the POM discussing various topics with other extremely intelligent and remarkable people.

    The Dems took the house, damn.
    PTM

  11. JC,
    Great article! As always. So, a couple questions for you...
    1. Do you believe in a God or supreme being?
    2. Do you believe in a Satan or a supreme evil being?
    I have my personal beliefs on both. Just curious if they align with yours?
    I look forward to your reply.
    Best,
    RJZ33

  12. The Anonymous (Group) that showed up on 4chan way back when, 2003, referring to themselves as Annons(nothing new Q) is but a slight shadow of the hellraisers that ran amuck on the boards for a few years. A few arrest and the pressure they brought to bear allowed the intelligence communities to fully infiltrate and then co-op the group into the disinfo psyop it is today. The kids had fun while it lasted.

    IMHO the adoption of the Guy Fawkes mask was a shallow misunderstand of who GF was, they made their choice of that mask off the script used in the V for Vendetta movie. They were a group of young hackers, flexing the cyber muscles. They must of felt like they were on some kind of cyber steroids, the thing grew out of hand, and as a result they got spanked. They were a young group of talented hackers, but not historians.

    I sure don't know but I like to think many of the original group are today working somewhere using their amazing talent and skills on the right side today's cyberwars. I always thought they were good kids with a idealism without proper harness.
    PTM

    1. "the right side" Maybe there is no right side or left side, just up or down bro...Me I'm stickin right here in the middle for as long as I can. Leaves a man with choices it seems. Leaving room to sway with the wind and bend without breaking...

  13. Put Your Lights On

    Hey now
    All you sinners
    Put your lights on
    Put your lights on

    Hey now
    All you lovers
    Put your lights on
    Put your lights on

    Hey now
    All you killers
    Put your lights on
    Put your lights on

    Hey now
    All you children
    Leave your lights on
    You better leave your lights on

    'Cause there's a monster
    Living under my bed
    Whispering in my ear
    There's an angel
    With a hand on my head
    She say I've got nothing to fear

    There's a darkness
    Livin' deep in my soul
    I still got a purpose to serve
    So let your light shine
    Deep into my hole
    God, don't let me lose my nerve
    Don't let me lose my nerve

    Hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now
    Whoa-oh hey now
    Hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now

    Hey now
    All you sinners
    Put your lights on
    Put your lights on
    Hey now
    All you children
    Leave your lights on
    You better leave your lights on

    'Cause there's a monster
    Living under my bed
    Whispering in my ear
    And there's an angel
    With a hand on my head
    She say I've got nothing to fear
    She say
    La ilaha illallah
    We all shine like stars
    La ilaha illallah
    We all shine like stars
    And then we fade away

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCBS5EtszYI

    1. Thank you Dane,

      I must admit I never ever realized the meaning of the lyrics of a song that I must have listened to a thousand times!

      If I may say, I sense a very very dark and sinister meaning in the words and I may be well wrong but the following I found alarming indeed:

      "Hey now
      All you children
      Leave your lights on
      You better leave your lights on"

      "Cause there's a monster
      Living under my bed
      Whispering in my ear
      And there's an angel
      With a hand on my head
      She say I've got nothing to fear
      She say
      La ilaha illallah
      We all shine like stars
      La ilaha illallah
      We all shine like stars
      And then we fade away"

      Is my imagination on overdrive you think?! What does this mean do you think?

      Thanks

      1. I think it can be used as a reflection to see into our own perspective of things.

        It could also be a message to all the sinners out there to stop sinning and turn their light within on. The light within could mean the higher internal guidance of what is right that we all know but ignore because of the peer pressure of psychotic society. If we don't ignore what we know is right we are an outcast and labeled as insane and our brain is wired to seek out that comfort that being accepted provides. The thing is the comfort only exists while we are in society. When we are alone we cannot bear to look at ourselves in the mirror because our conscious always knows.

        The monster living under my bed...I have one for sure. I don't over feed him though. We live in a world that takes a little monster from time to time in order to survive. Some let it run their lives though and this makes problems throughout the world.

        The angel touching his head is our higher, inner or I think you call it God head within us. Our conscious knowing of right.

        It's the age old story of good wolf and bad wolf within us all.

        Now the "turn your lights on" can take another meaning of looking at ourselves to find the balance of good and bad within us.

        If we fear to look at ourselves or to step away from the peer pressure we will never grow or evolve spiritually before "we fade away".

        Solitude gives one the time to face these monsters, demons, etc. so we can understand them and work with them as opposed to pretending they don't exist and then being blind to them when they show their face. Most times I've noticed the misunderstood or ignored monster comes out in acts against the ones we love. But to understand it allows one to use it when it's needed for survival, motivation and such and to calm it when its not needed like when we are with our loved ones.

        Best to get it worked out while we are alive and able, solitude finds us all in the end because we all navigate through death alone, but at that moment it's too late to make corrections or adjustments.

        That doesn't mean to go leaving the wife or husband...lol. Meditation, a few hours of alone time and such can work wonders for the soul as long as we are finding the sound of silence and not jamming, watching tv so on and so forth.

        So you see my friend we get out of life what we put into it. If we see something as a negative influence or positive influence it is us projecting that from ourselves not the object projecting it towards us. I've not figured out how to see Antifa, fascism, Marxism in a good light yet but then those aren't objects are they? Only the people who believe those notions are objects. So maybe the answer is finding a way to love them even though they don't see life in the same light as we do. Challenging for sure but then that's why we are here right?

        Hope this helps pal.

        1. Hi Dane,

          Thank you so much for elaborating the meaning of the song. I think I over-analyzed the lyrics and ignored the humanistic message that it contains...my dark side spoke perhaps? possibly! In future though, will have to use your methodology for seeing through the words in a song. 🙂

          Thanks again my friend and I wish you a happy Monday.

          1. Lol, you are very welcome CD but don't use my view, they are only right for me and if you do then you won't see what is inside of you. Instead reflect on what you see in the words and if you don't like what you see look within yourself to change what is inside that makes you see them that way. The change has to come from within us, the outside world is just a reflection of what we are on the inside. Use what you see in things to measure your inner being and see where if anywhere you want to change yourself my friend until finally the outside world looks exactly how you want it to. Then you will know you are right where you should be. Try to remember things don't project themselves to us, instead what we think they project is only a reflection projecting back to us showing us who we are on the inside. Not what we think we are but who we truly are.

            Thank you CD, I had a wonderful Monday and I hope yours was wonderful also.

  14. All,
    If I am analyzing the current trend on XRP correctly, my chart line projections on Poloneix are telling me that price on XRP will be going sideways for next week or so (until like Nov 16-18). Price will be ranging at the current level ($.49-$.52 give or take) during this time and then should make it's next run to $.62-$.65.
    Best,
    RJZ33

      1. Hi dane,
        it´s been a long time since I´ve been out of reading and posting at POM.

        You once asked me what I thought about Ripple XRP. Remember?

        Well, I´m sorry to say that I might be the only one here (or one of the only ones) who has zero confidence in cryptos, at least in the short/mid term.
        TPTB are still in total control of everything.
        I wrote my reply to that question you asked months ago here because it´s the place that I found that might suit best, and because I´m very busy and I´m not sure when I will be able to reply again.

        Have a wonderful day.

        Cheers.

        1. Hello David,

          Glad you could make it back. I'm sorry you feel that way about XRP and Ripple pal. Maybe I can help a little by sharing what I've learned.

          With so many people inhabiting the planet it seems very unlikely that the beast (TPTB) will ever be completely eradicated from the minds of man. Therefore, the beast (TPTB) will most likely always be here to some degree or another. Knowing that lets look at how to approach this facet of our existence.

          Like within each one of us it seems the best way to exist is by accepting our uniqueness. Once we begin to accept ourselves for who or what we are we can begin analyzing ourselves. While analyzing ourselves we find this beast within...just a fragment of our whole being mind you. Now if we don't fear this beast we can stand in the face of it and analyze it. When we apply other fragments of our being to this analytical process, like compassion, empathy and such we can form an understanding of it. This understanding can lead to knowledge. But all this allows us to extinguish the fear of it and we can then begin to work it into our wholeness or uniqueness so we can work in harmony as a whole being.

          Now if we understand this beast we can begin to understand the outward beast of things (TPTB) and in understanding how these things work we can work with it to get our peace and piece of the pizza pie.

          Since your commenting today I have to assume that your a bit frustrated in this most recent downturn of the market. But you shouldn't worry about it. Don't let emotion interfere with a solid investment.

          For instance Bitcoin Cash is going through a hard fork. Simply speaking the two facets of this fork are battling for dominance on the backside of the fork. In the process of the battle some large Bitcoin mining companies have chosen sides and are mining the heck out of their side of the Bitcoin Cash fork. This invested mining is being redirected from Bitcoin mining thus causing a decrease in Bitcoin mining which decreases Bitcoin purchases which decreases the overall market cap growth. Another leg of this fork is that investors are most likely securing their investments somewhere else until the battle is settled. Now regarding XRP's decline I've read that some of the large holders...like million dollar accounts are selling which will allow further decentralization of XRP. This is a good and healthy thing for the XRP ecosystem.

          The main thing to remember is all the knowledge we have gained about the institutions, governments, corporations and individuals who are investing into this new asset class (cryptos). Knowing this we can have confidence that the market class isn't going anywhere and will recover. In time it will begin its slow climb in values again. Adding this fork knowledge and the further decentralization of XRP we are armed with knowledge and we can approach TPTB with a certain sense of confidence. With this confidence we can see how the beast capitalizes on the emotional trends of the masses and treat these low value times as great bargain buys. Knowing that they are out to make money and we want to make money why not surf on their wave of making money and make some of our own? So the pattern is when the emotional masses are buying, it's time to be selling and inversely when they are selling (like now) it's the time to buy. The masses are operating on emotion which costs them money and being a cog in the wheel they keep going around and around while those who are operating on knowledge, logic and intelligence can slowly amass capital over time.

          That being said I'm not a player so I'm not selling so much as buying and holding. So when I see these waves of emotion moving the market I'll sit back and buy while its cheap and bank it. This is sound to me because if you look at the long term market trends you will see that each low is higher than the low before it. This is long term slow growth...in a bear market. To me that's a pretty healthy long term return on my time and labor.

          I hope this helps you and others at least understand what gives me peace of mind and hopefully a piece of the pizza pie in the long term. Heck I always wanted to surf but was fearful of the sharks. Understanding them though, we know we just have to watch out for them and move with their flow my friends. 🙂

          Hope you and the POM community have a great day.

          1. dane,
            thanks a lot for your long and well thought out reply.

            I think I didn´t express correctly myself in my previous message though...

            What I´m trying to say is that TPTB have everything under control, even cryptos. Every-thing.
            They counted on cryptos already by... 1994, before even the internet was something known anywhere.
            It´s a well designed plan with a deep reality that is not what most people (including me), think it is. There are way more dark aspects to it than what they say.

            I´m glad that you´re so optimistic about the whole thing, and I wish you good luck in your investment 😉
            As for me, I´ll still sit back and wait. I have zero confidence in anyone or anything belonging to the system.

            Finally, and on a different note, the US authorities would do well in analyzing and putting a stop to the endless, immeasurable, gigantic technology breach and theft that three specific countries are obtaining from them.
            Otherwise, the future of the US middle class is not going to be as bright as many people think.

            I´ll leave it there my friend.
            I´m mega busy, and I don´t know when I´ll be able to reply again.

            I wish you, and all the POM community, a wonderful day 😉

            Cheers.

  15. I’ve often heard that all the instructions to life are found in nature. I’ve looked and fail to find in nature any natural occurrence to align with communism or socialism. If there are indeed none then communism and socialism must be man made systems born by men who think they know how to manage life better than its creator. Man didn’t create life therefore communism and socialism have to be corruptions to mankind’s natural evolution. As such they would seem to be evil in that they hinder mankind’s natural evolution which would include our spiritual evolution.

    Can we consider the church to be similar to communism and socialism? Have they not dictated what mankind should consider to be the word of God? Do they not impregnate our minds with these instructions? Did the church not decide which books would comprise the common man’s bible? Do they not demand servitude and obedience to the church and its officers? Do they not use guilt and emotion to funnel money from its people into the church?

    A Capitalist system or better a Free Capitalist system being a combination of the Capitalist and Free Market systems on the other hand seems to resemble the natural order of nature in many ways. But only if the Free Market system can remove the unnatural act of Monopoly that the Capitalist system tends to create. It seems as if this would be a more natural system which would be more in alignment with the natural or universal evolution of life. A Free Capitalist system would mean that people would be responsible for their status in society and be accountable to themselves for whatever level they may rise to within this society. Of course law and order should be followed in this quest because Monopolization would be Communistic or Socialistic characteristics and would corrupt a Free Capitalist system.

    The ones I’ve heard oppose a free capitalist system are Communistic and Socialistic ideological people who either want to control other groups of people or lack the will to both be responsible for their actions and those who are unwilling to work. They demand that those who work harder and make more should sacrifice capital from their time and labor to those who feel a sense of entitlement to someone else’s capital and don’t want to work as hard for their own capital. This sense of entitlement is an unnatural characteristic of being, so one would have to presume it is a condition from some outside influence.

    In this comment I am using these understandings of a Capitalist system and Free Market system. A capitalist system and a free market system are both economic environments that are based on the law of supply and demand. They both are involved in determining the price and production of goods and services. However, capitalism is focused on the creation of wealth and ownership of capital and factors of production, whereas a free market system is focused on the exchange of wealth, or goods and services.

    Read more: How is a Capitalist System Different Than a Free Market System? | Investopedia https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/042215/what-difference-between-capitalist-system-and-free-market-system.asp#ixzz5WZUaIbvM

    1. Hi Dane and Thank you for sharing your thoughts, all very interesting and I am very grateful.

      The authentic natural life is Self-Organizing by nature and anything that upsets this inherent disposition is therefore fake and in regards to Communism, Socialism and if I may add any form of "organized" religion or group is man's attempt in either manipulating nature and the self-organizing natural flow.

      If we take the human body as an example, there we will see the self-organization at work. Now, we are never conscious of what happens inside of our bodies and how the self-organizing body takes care of things to create a homeostasis, that is to create a state of equilibrium which is again, the purpose of the self-organizing natural system. A function that we all have is the way our bodies deal with excess sugar in the blood. In a natural human body, when we take sugar form, whether candies, cakes, or just a sweet coffee or tea etc. the natural feedback mechanism in our body produces insulin as a means of reducing the excess sugar in our bloodstream. What insulin does, is that it is the hormone that acts like a "key" that is issued to all blood cells to literally open the door to allow in glucose molecules and keep it inside of the cell, hence creating homeostasis by reducing the sugar level which if exist above the norm can potentially be fatal and less so may cause serious harm to other organs. This is why people with a blood sugar disease known as Diabetes must take insulin to prevent problems because their bodies are not capable of dealing with excess sugar naturally.

      We know that nature has an inbuilt feedback system to create balance therefore but mankind is constantly attempting to defy that and by various methods, he is trying to fool nature. Our ancient ancestor's whether believing in a particular religion or not we're aware of nature and its power since they lived with the elements and not suffered from it. In all ancient societies, as an example, human beings did some kind of prayer before eating. This was a kind of prayer in appreciation of the plants, fruits, vegetables or animals they had hunted. Their prayers were for the soul of the being that gave their life so humans can survive and continue living. I often wonder if Thanksgiving was one of such festivals as a reminder we are here as we are consuming other beings which are now turned into a feast of eating with no idea of its history and philosophy! Being Grateful for eating every day is off the menu for the modern man as we have a sense of entitlement to other beings that we share space with.

      In the same way, communism and other derivates of this non-self-organizing cult system is here to oppose the nature since it's advocates believe they are above nature and their role is to tame nature and to make it submit to their will. The same people now enforce their draconian belief on human sexuality and gender, now gone even as far as race and anything that is normal and natural!

      To think that Marxism, Communism etc, are a new invention is a mistake as this human tendency to control and ultimately to defeat the natural order of life in this universe has been tried much time in the past. The Mazdakite movement in the Sassanid dynasty in Iran is possibly the oldest but I believe similar cults were also in ancient China too. Mazdakites are known to be the proto-Marxists or better said, Collectivists. They were almost similar in simulating the self-organizing group of people against the rules and the natural flow of the society they lived under. A feature that comes time and time again in relation to such cults is their infatuation with human sexuality and their attempts in liberalizing sex for all, a kind of Free Love. Again none of this is the creation of the Beatles, Aldus Huxley or the Tavistock Institute of Human Psychology. All the above use, ideas off the shelf and they have access to details which we the normal folks in the street have not been informed of, but they do not invent, they just recycle or shall we say, the copy what's been there in history. Every time in history or in any religion at any one time, there were attempts in either expanding OR preventing human sexual contacts, you can be sure, that in either case, there is an attempt in CONTROL the human mind in that society. Think of Islamic societies and how they control sexual contacts between men and women. Now consider, the 60's and the overt invitation for sex amongst the people of the Western world. What is common here? It is CONTROL of the human mind, the victims, the slaves, the sex slaves, one is given no sex, the other given too much and free love. Nothing in both cases is the natural flow but manipulation to control behaviour.

      It is said that one way the German society after WWII was made to produce less and fewer offsprings was to introduce sex for young and women and guess which country the Beatles performed and made their name in? It was German in Humburg and area are known as "Reeperbahn" or translated as "Ropewalk"! This area is the red light district of the port city of Hamburg. Germany now is a dying nation with such a low and frightening birth rate, the planners have achieved success in the natural flow of an otherwise highly organized society. Somebody manipulated the natural flow of this nation that continues to this day when now there are over 3 million young men imported already. Sex is a powerful tool that in this case works as a weapon to diminish/destroy a nation by making sex available so the need for getting married is removed. These people know exactly what they are doing as they know history very well and they know human mind like an open book.

      In summary, Communism and other forms of collectivist systems are absolutely unnatural and it is developed to in fact upset the balance of nature for the control of the pockets of that society only.

      1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reeperbahn

      2. Here is the spooky Wikipedia on Mazdak and Mazdakite Proto-Socialist cult of pre-Arab invasion of Iran.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazdak

          1. Lol, I'm glad your not. I fixed my hypoglycemia by eating. Now I have a weight problem...bwahahahaha. Oh the joy of living 🙂

            Be well my friend.

  16. Dane, My Good Man
    Thanks for the compliment on my rant. I made it in response to the beautifully illustrated link you provided, "The Power of Anger- How to Use the Power of Your Dark Side."

    I read Rollo May's, Power and Innocence, my God, it feels like 40 years ago now. I read it while doing one of my stints in prison. I always wanted to but as of yet have never taken the lead to read "Love and Will."At this point I may have to go back to read it.

    As is my want, I often use the POM to exercise my frustrated writers desires. I try to entertain using the tragic and humorous aspects of my life, while clearing my mind and heart. I often question myself, is the POM the correct venue? After I promised to contribute positively? I'll admit this, without hesitation, sometimes after hitting the send button, I will not even check in with the POM for a couple or three days. I kind of hideout thinking, worst case scenario, the piece will be ignored and pass on into the cloud and then be deleted by JC in a couple or three years. (but ahh, and just this is a wild guess, I suggest My Good Man has access to every word JC has ever written and the comments that accompany them, just a wild guess)My greatest fear has always been, someone would reply saying something like, "WTF, this is a serious site, get the fuck out of here."

    That's never happened. Not even close, I'm humbled and swelled with pride at the same time. That's not cognitive dissonance, that's positive resonance. Positive resonance? Never heard it used like that before, think I'll coin it.

    I think I told bits and pieces of this story before, as matter of fact I know I have.
    But I believe it is worth retelling because of what I plan to add to it.

    I first had the great pleasure of being introduced to JC and the POM a few years ago when I mistyped free porn and got hooked up with FREEPOM instead. The cool cover art caught my eye, and I found the article intriguing. I was hooked and stayed with the FREEPOM for many months after, I liked the fact I could comment on the articles. I found a couple of places I could find and read JC's paid content for free and did so for a while, but all I could do was read them, sans the commentary, plus there was no way I could comment. So I made the decision to pay the price, so that "my" voice could be heard among and along side of the extremely intelligent and remarkable people that make up the POM. Hell Yeah!! I've never regretted that decision.

    If not for this solid connection I would know little or something less about the dif between money and currency. How one must flow, and how the other tends to blow. Central banks, reserve currencies, Bretton Woods, the bancor, IMF, BIS, The World Bank, the Triffin Paradox, that old gold(my shine) and the petrodollar, SDR's, 2010 accords, all the high level meetings etc, etc, etc,,,,,,. And then came the cryptos.

    One in particular, Ripple's XRP. the many hours JC has spent patiently explaining, first it's utility and then alluding to its potential to decentralize the trend of centralization that has plagued our kind. It is hard not to get strung out on hopium.

    Now I want to speed past the money side. If it hadn't been for JC and the POM I seriously doubt I would have any XRP to have and to HolD, much less pet. Think about it, what is about to come online before EOY is mind boggling. I spend more time than I should, if my soul is honestly as important as my terestral. I like checking out XRP sites, Utube and blogs. I tend to fav those that have XRP at 589$ or 1200$ EOY. Hopium is in the top ten of a addictions list, if not top three .

    I know more than just a little bit about addiction, very little of it is physical , six, seven bad days at the most. Have a few stiff drinks, wish-key, bods-ka,,, your choice, smoke some pot, your going to have a few days of a hard flu, your sick. Quit, quit quit, thinking about anything, your job, it's lost, your house, your car, your boat. Your boat? For God's sake fuck it first, you know you are going lose them, all anyway.So here is where it really gets HARD. Fuck your friends, and family to. That's right, the pretty little wife that adores you and then add the 1.5 children, who look to you to reaffirm what little they know and rely on you to provide them a better, or at least a path as good as the one you walked upon by provision. Fuck all that stuff, it is all gone anyway, all that is left is you. Hopium, as Rick James said about cocaine, "thats a hell of a drug."

    All gone. All that is left now is you. So what are are you going to now do, big boy, what are you going to do now?

    I must admit I struggle with what I know to be true, and more so with some of my arrogance when I parallel my simple drug addictions of the past to the addictions of the people/citizens of our current world. A world in some distress, unless we as people /citizens find a way above and beyond to exist and prosper with all of our difs and gifts.

    I went on my monthly shopping trip to Sam's Culp today, it is vet's day. I did not serve, never-the-less I was greeted and told, by three people "thank you for your service, sir."I always came back at it quick as a whip "thank you but I did not serve." blew my my mind I was told "you damn sure look like you did." I was never prouder to be an American.

    Beyond this place of my shame, smiles and tears looms but the excitement of the light. And yet the menace of the years finds and shall find me holD ZERP. Hehe.

    Thank you JC
    And I thank the POM
    PTM

    1. Hey Peter, I heard about some satanic stuff back when I was a kid about playing those old records backwards. You remember? Well come to find out if you do it with a country record you end up getting your job back, your house back, your car back and even your boat back my friend. Lmao 🙂

    2. My Dearest Pieter,

      You are a true Gem and asset. Please continue and share your thoughts and experiences with us. For one thing, I learn from you something that I can not learn anywhere else as you are a liberated soul and you are humble and wise and extremely witty! (Love your sense of humour) I found the following absolutely hilarious and it's the kind of humour that shows real intelligence and wisdom because it is selfless and ...it's the George Carlin materials, a philosopher comedian's material:

      "I first had the great pleasure of being introduced to JC and the POM a few years ago when I mistyped free porn and got hooked up with FREEPOM instead."

      Your sincerity and nobleness of spirit for writing that is of a human being IMHO who has experienced ups and downs of this world and still manages to laugh about the absurdity of it all. In fact, this line is probably the most profound:

      "... it is all gone anyway, all that is left is you".

      I often think let's say if my XRP's provides me say 5 0r more millions USD and the thoughts of, I will do this and that and the other, but then I have to finally deal with little, "me". When I am much older and hopefully wiser but that's never guaranteed, what will I do about, me? I call this the last house which I think it's a place where I have to confront myself in the mirror when there is no proving necessary for the world and we have to confront ourselves and all the nonsense that we have been through, both bad and good. In truth, if I ever can get that much wealth, my dream and pleasure are to give it away to the people I know who's life will be changed and yet I ask myself, would I play god and ruin their chances of going through the "rigmarole" of life! This life is the realm of the "snake & ladders" and on the same board, multiple lives will be played. I worry about interfering with the game! So I have a little Triffin dilemma about that 🙂

      And here's the weirdness of things. I tried to look up the correct Grammar/spelling of "rigmarole" and the following came up as an example:

      "I meant it as a reminder of the thing we all know — our days here are breathtakingly short so carpe diem and all of that — yet in the rigmarole of life tend to forget. [The Chronicle Herald]"
      https://grammarist.com/spelling/rigmarole/

      It seems I get a message to stop right here.

      Please write more and share your thoughts, my Dear Friend, as you help me fine tune my understanding of this world and confirming to me it is a wonderful world and how lucky I am to be alive at this time to experience the greatest change in centuries...and in the most amazing country on earth in 2018...and knowing so many great and noble souls on POM. I can tell you that each one of us regardless of the places we came from, professional achievements or otherwise and level of wealth etc. are helping to turn the wheels of this special time. I sincerely believe that every single one of us alive today is here for a reason and that is to change the paradigm for all mankind. POM is the powerhouse of TRUTH. Thanks to our noble JC for making this bastion of great minds.

      I also wanted to thank you for mentioning the late Rollo May, he was a brilliant mind and this interview with Jeffery Mishlove is incredible.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=HH-9XkjqYHY&ab_channel=ThinkingAllowedTV

  17. Also, I can totally believe that you look like a vet. That aligns with my mental image of you too.
    Mayhaps you did serve in a former life.

  18. Life is a Mystery
    Without Mystery, we get Death.
    without Death
    we have no Mystery
    and no Hope
    Without Hope
    We can not exist
    without existing
    there's no one to observe
    without the observer
    there's only the void
    of potentiality, possibility
    No Life only dreams

    Add Mystery
    you have hope, wars, famine, disasters, love, sex, joy, marriage, divorce, disappointments, laughter, breakdown, celebration, victory and LIFE and DEATH, and more Mystery...
    and the Mystery of the biggest Riddle
    of WHY?
    We get stress, anxiety, and we LIVE

    You wouldn't want to live in a world free of any of the above...I certainly wouldn't. If I come back again (which I don't), I will experience all the above again as, without any of the ingredients above, life would not worth living!

    "The unexamined life is not worth living" "Socrates" (479-339 BCE)

    "We Lack Mystery!"...Rollo May
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi9NAzMJbds&ab_channel=JimKindheart

    1. Perhaps the mystery schools will have a revival. 🙂

      “Yesterday is history,
      tomorrow is a mystery,
      and today is a gift...
      that's why they call it present”

      ― Master Oogway

      1. Very nicely put Dane, Thank you,

        I did not link the "Mystery schools" element when I wrote this! Thanks for making the connection, my friend. In fact, now we can see why we do not appreciate Mystery schools and that's because we have become too logical and cannot use the gift of imagination to find anything outside of the empirical realms.

        The rigidity of the thought process has brought us no sense of humour, the death of beauty and art and the degradation of music and anything we call human expressive forms. Hollywood is dying and they killed the Seventh art, by hatred and ignorance. Art with hatred is darkness.

        The late Rollo May explained it so well and why as you said:
        "Perhaps the mystery schools will have a revival."

        I think we are at the beginning phases of a new renaissance and a return to the way our ancient ancestors looked at the world and such revival as you said necessitate a revival of schools where people can learn about the infinite beauty and the real significance of the Mystery. As a lover of classical music, I think those great masterpieces were created by a different kind of mindset in their only purpose was to elevate the human soul and not degrading it. The past few decades, the cultural Marxists have displayed the most gruesome and ugliest forms of the darkest human expression. They are the harbinger of the end of an era and as history shows us, after a death, there is always a revival.

        1. Your welcome CD. I liked this statement

          "The rigidity of the thought process has brought us no sense of humour, the death of beauty and art and the degradation of music and anything we call human expressive forms. Hollywood is dying and they killed the Seventh art, by hatred and ignorance. Art with hatred is darkness."

          because I've had a recent revelation. I've always looked at art as being a painting, sculpture, musical sequence so on and so forth. Perhaps that's not the art though. What if those are all products OF the art itself? For instance we can take things like "The Art of War" or "The Art of the Deal" as indicators that the art is the thorough understanding of a process, so thorough that it becomes a love in our hearts and minds which produces an artful understanding of it. Such an artful understanding that we can perform the process in harmony with love which produces such artful beauty it captures our eye.

          Hmm...

          1. Hi Dane,

            Some great points and this one is a great question:

            "I've always looked at art as being a painting, sculpture, musical sequence so on and so forth. Perhaps that's not the art though. What if those are all products OF the art itself?"

            So, what if Art is the replication of the idea Perfection in the mind of the Artist, of the natural process and flow of life in this world! What if Art is the capture of a moment (or longer!) or a celebration of beauty that the observer witnesses through his/her soul and expresses it intellectually? There are probably around 30,000 locations in Africa alone where man depicted his environment on rocks which today is the subject of Anthropologists and other human science enthusiasts. They are known as Rock Art and each would quite possibly qualify as brilliant. They also tell us a lot about what went through the minds of the artist. What was the urge to paint? Was it to show off, to inform, or simply EXPRESS?

            In the same way, what are the purpose of Dancing and we feel energized and happy because of it? What is being replicated here, if it's not the natural flow of energies around us? What if the key to the perfection of any art form is being Unique? What if the "Art "if War" by Sun Tzu, is the expression as well as the perfection of the natural struggle of life, that is constant war, as also becomes the Zoroasters basis of his philosophy, of a constant battle of light vs dark? What if War is also a natural flow of and possibly and evidently a necessary feature if not a pillar of life? Can we say the same about "The Art if the Deal"? We probably can, when we speak of the term, Perfection, of anything, when we turn that act into an Art form.

            As children, we all experienced the joy of play with clay and later the synthetic form, which is Playdough. The number of times, each one of us as children recreated objects and people we imagined and some around us. Where'd each one of us an Artist in the making or at least on our way to mould and shape a future developed mind? The next thing to consider is the concept of "Play" and why all species play? Could it be because the whole cosmos is a large scale play? Could the supreme device being is bored and he needs entertainment? What if his entertainment is the Art of Perfection and whether this perfection ever end?

            Wish you a great and happy Friday my friend.

          2. Cool thoughts CD. I kind of feel that happiness and joy are two different things. Happiness is always married with sadness or a longing to remain happy. So when I'm done doing what makes me feel happy I get sad or long to do it again in order to recapture that moment of happiness. Joy on the other hand seems to be deeper and without any attachment whatsoever. It's a moment in time that passes and is locked away as an experience. Maybe happiness is only a material emotion and joy is a fusion of a material emotion and spiritual emotion? Eh I'm a complicated fella though.

            I was thinking a work of art may not be an object but instead perhaps its working at something we so fully understand and love that what is produced becomes an art form. Maybe like thought forms and such. What do you think?

  19. Allow me to begin this piece of me with a heartfelt thank you to all my companions on the POM. Your compassions are the fuel for my fire.

    I believe it was Rudolf Steiner who struggled with and alluded to the idea that WW1 was a symbol that the decisions made some 70 or more years ago to begin to release some of the secrets of the ancient mystery schools fell short of their best intentions. My reading of his work leads me to tend to believe he suggested, predicted, or perhaps even left a prophecy during that 'Great War," that humanity would have another chance to better grasp the concepts of the 'mysteries' a century later.

    Was the good Doctor Steiner correct? I think so, or he made a damned good guess.
    PTM

    1. My Dearest Pieter,

      Rudolf Steiner made predictions that in fact, the year 2016 is the time of the removal of Ahrimanic power from this world. The war on the ground as we are witnessing today is only a part of the much bigger players at war on a much higher level that involves two distinct groups of Light vs Dark or forces of Ahriman. The Light will be the winner as Ahriman exists only in the absence of the Light. I think the Greeks pantheons later the Romans, as well as the Hindus Polytheism, may have depicted the war of Gods more succinctly and accurately in terms of the battle in higher realms.

      One feature of Ahrimanic forces is the expansive use of technology as a means of removing conscious beings and instead the dominance and reliance of machines in place of vibrant human souls. We seem to have entered the period where a revival of the Mystery Schools is returning.

      The following is a fascinating dialogue from a movie made in the early 80's, by the name of "Dinner with Andre'". This 5 min. section of the movie is so prophetic and rich in content that would only make one think that this movie carries a payload which is intended for a select audience as it is esoteric meaning may have not been understood at the time. I wonder if the term "steganographic" to describe at least this portion of the movie would be correct!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRBZDmf1jSw&ab_channel=HienderX

      I found his mention of "Pockets of Life" definitely applies to POM and how we have gathered here and why!

      Wish you a great Friday, my friend.

  20. https://russophile.org/st-george-slays-the-double-headed-eagle-sacrilegious-new-icon-in-ukraine/

    "In a cathedral in Ukraine, “Patriarch” Filaret — the deposed bishop of a schismatic church — has blessed the use of an entirely new religious painting: an icon of St. George slaying the double-headed eagle.

    The double-headed eagle is the most recognizable symbol of Orthodox Christianity today (other than the cross). The claws of the eagle hold a cross and an orb, symbolizing peaceful cooperation between the Church and the government. The flag was historically used by the Roman Empire in the East (Byzantine), and by the Russian Empire. Today, it is the official flag of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church.

    Depiction of St. George slaying the double-headed eagle in a Ukrainian cathedral
    One of the most famous religious images in the Orthodox Church is an icon of St. George defeating a dragon.

    The dragon — a traditional symbol for evil — has been replaced by the double-headed eagle in this new Ukrainian icon.

    The double-headed eagle is on the coat of arms for the Russian Federation, the coat of arms of Serbia, the flag of Montenegro, the historic flag of the eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, and the official flag of the Greek Orthodox Church, and of Mount Athos.

    In a public display of disdain for the historic Orthodox Faith — and disdain for the numerous countries which have the double-headed eagle on their national flags — Filaret has openly praised this new icon, and has blessed its presence in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral. This took place on October 12, just one day after Patriarch Bartholomew had removed an anathema from Filaret."

    J.C, I don't think there is anything I like and cheer about modern day Russia and I'm sure it is headed towards disintegration like many other nations in the so-called West, the symbolism in the link I provided is a testament to your wonderfully unique and precious work covering the ever-present struggle between the double-headed eagle vs. single-headed eagle and the dragon(as represented heavily in the City of London). The recently approved autocephaly of Ukrainian Church at the hands of a Istanbul Patriarch who is arguably a Jesuit asset is unsurprisingly followed by the above act. Now how about the symbolism? Isn't that incredible?
    https://www.unian.info/society/10306308-autocephaly-of-ukrainian-orthodox-church-crosses-out-kremlin-s-neo-imperial-project-archbishop.html

  21. I would like to back-up my above claim that the Istanbul Patriach -who granted autocephaly to Ukrainian Church against the wishes of Russia which led to the Great Schism Volume 2- is indeed a Jesuit asset.

    "Many people were moved, in particular, by the Pope and the Patriarch’s embrace, and by Francis’s bowing before Bartholomew with a request to be blessed and to pray for the Church of Rome.[7] The Patriarch kissed him gently on his white zucchetto.[8]

    These gestures, along with the sentiments of faith and communion which provoked them, have founded a profound desire for dialogue with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

    "I am grateful to the Jesuits, he tells me: I was a student of yours at the Pontifical Oriental Institute." In fact, of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I’s long and extensive theological training, the five years in which he studied Eastern Canon Law in this institute receiving his doctorate in 1968 should be considered central. "

    What we come to see as religious strife is basically an outside manifestation of a same-old same-old behind-the-scenes struggle between two powers deciding on a path for humanity. The rest is just patterns as J.C says.

    1. Wow thanks SafetyFishnet. This is both sadening and infuriating. The age old war between external and internal God/Spirit. Of course this painting is a representation of the external way of thinking. It fears that if it dies the church dies because if everyone knew God/Spirit was within them, no one would need to come to an outward authority to know it. This is why it is so important to them to kill the two headed eagle way of things...

      1. I agree with you Dane, Joy and happiness are different but related in being on the positive sides of the human emotional spectrum.

        Regarding the following point you made:

        "...art may not be an object but instead perhaps it's working at something we so fully understand and love that what is produced becomes an art form. Maybe like thought forms and such.

        We may be entering the big philosophical debate on what constitutes Art here 🙂
        Generally speaking, for something to be officially called Art, there may be several elements necessary. The first is the element of universality in relation to the idea or if it is an object, so perhaps poetry is words written down that rhythms and carries a message understandable to more than one person. In this case, poetry is perhaps an abstract art form but it is equally can be appreciated by a group of people. However, according to some modernist "artists", anything can be called a work of art, as long as the artist maintains a "conviction" that it is art. One such person is Tracey Emin who insisted that her dirty and messy bed is an artwork! Without, giving my opinion, I invite you to take a look at the work and come to your own conclusion. You can also read her opinion and why she claimed that her "creation" is a work of art!

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Bed

        If we consider the following poetry by the English William Wordsworth, one gets a picture in the mind from a written material that the poet personally experienced and wrote down in a poetic language that also carries out in time to what he experienced personally. But here we will see a universality of beauty, calm and space and time, all preserved from a moment of nature. So, we may see an abstraction of time and space but replicated in human language with words that convey a passing moment. I would encourage you to look up the whole piece as it is really beautiful and it is written in a way that we will be transported inside Wordsworth's mind as he captured his "joy" of that moment. This is Art as it has the universality of meaning and beauty, for anyone who can read it, and at any time.

        "I wandered lonely as a cloud
        That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
        When all at once I saw a crowd,
        A host, of golden daffodils;
        Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
        Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."

        Wordsworth got the inspiration to write this lovely piece after viewing the Daffodils! So nature inspires us and inspires us to open up and join in the Joy of life by expressing in Artistic forms.

        Considering that Wordsworth wrote this over 200 years ago (inspired in 1802), we can add an element of timelessness to what constitutes Art.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Wandered_Lonely_as_a_Cloud

        1. Lol, I agree CD.

          "Wordsworth got the inspiration to write this lovely piece after viewing the Daffodils! So nature inspires us and inspires us to open up and join in the Joy of life by expressing in Artistic forms."

          I wonder how well Wordsworth would have to understand the art of poetry in order to articulate such an art form as this poem when he was inspired by nature's art form the daffodil? Bwahahahaha. Just prodding you pal 🙂

          As long as we are not conformed to the limits of the box that has been built around us we are exercising our mind, thus growing.

          1. Hello Dane, Hello Pieter, Happy Monday

            I just came across this 4 mins. clip by the Schiller Institute founder frau Helga Zepp-LaRouche about the exact subject we have been talking about here on POM only a few days ago on, the revival/renaissance, poetry, classical music and the need to return to humanistic values and appreciation of beauty. That left me with a thought of either frau Zepp-LaRouche reads the POM OR we are all channelled and subconsciously know that the paradigm is changing! Who knows! 🙂

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzTjlGDs2XE&feature=em-uploademail&ab_channel=SchillerInstitute&ab_channel=SchillerInstitute

  22. Very accurate as always Dane, thanks for the distinction, as you said the external always finds a way to corrupt the internal via institutionalization and organization. No church, be it Catholic or Orthodox will ever be able to deliver the ever-sought heaven as a state of mind but hopefully we can all experience that thru double-headed eagle way ourselves.

  23. My Carpe Diem
    "Dinner With Andre."
    I like to exercise my mind, flex it so to speak. So when something rings, even if it is only a tinkling, I want to know where that vibe is coming from.

    So before I press the button to the link you provided to a clip from the movie "Dinner With Andre," I feel I need to go to the bank, I made a deposit, I don't know when. But it had a check from "Dinner With Andre " included in it. At this point in time the account only reflects that I received the check while sitting in a small diner in a booth with Andre and his companion. I'm not sure if the check was the bill for the meal, I thought we just had coffee, or a check on something more sustainable.

    That is the memory I have of the movie "Dinner With Andre."

    Now, with that said, I'm comfortable pressing the button to the link.

    Bye the bye the link you provided to the interview with Rollo May was revelatory for me on several levels. It was most enjoyable to witness a interview between two masters of their own intellect. I'm a automatic fan of Jeffery Mishlove, to use your description, "incredible."

    On a another level I personally find how Rollo May became part of the conversation"incredible" in its own right. Allow me to attempt to establish my why.

    Dane made what seemed to me to be a if not a off the wall, at least out of the blue, comment that is sometimes his style, short and succinct, enough for me to repeat here in its entirety.

    "This is a great self help video well worth the nine minutes.

    The problem of anger-How to use the power of your dark side.
    https://youtu.be/cViZwVysKk

    That wonderfully illustrated link mentioned Rollo May and inspired me to construct my "fight rant." Which in turn led Carpe Diem to provide the link to then RM/JM interview. I recognize that is all but a slight sync, compared to one that will always stand out my mind, where Dane found me on a diverse site amung over 700 comments. Which I found amazing, but Dane took it in stride as rather pedestrian, a walk in the park. Me thinks that Dane, he likes to tease me too much. Hehe. So I only mention it because while enjoying the RM/JM exchange I took pause to consider what a wonderful age to be my age.

    To think back to the decades ago when I was first reading RM and imagine I would one day be able to dial him up looking alive and well, and see the bright glints of intelligence in his eyes, makes me humble. What a wonderful age to be my age.

    This thing I sometimes fondly refer to as that "know it all S.O.B." that we almost all (I leave mine at home)carry on our hips is indeed a wonderment I fear we all to often fail to appreciate. Still I leave mine at home, why should I be troubled to carry it around? People often ask me why do I insist on leaving my phone at home. The answer is easy for me, I don't drive so the chance of me being broke down on the side of the road alone is slim and none. Besides everywhere and anywhere I ever go, I'm surrounded by people with phones, that "know it all S.O.B.." Replace me? That will be the day! I believe I will remain to be the "know it all S.O.B.", thank you just the same. See so, that's how I wage my own little battle and rage against the machine of scientific materialism.

    I'm off to have dinner now, think I'll invite Andre over.

    Enjoy the Weekend
    My Friend
    PTM

  24. Aaarrrggg!! It was a booth in a rather nice restaurant/bar rather than the small coffee shop/diner my memory bank provided. Still not to bad. I'm going to maintain my grip on the "know it all S.O.,B." title for another day.

    What amazing dialogue. Thanks
    PTM

    1. Lol, awesome Peter. Hey "know it all S.O.,B." reminds me of something I heard when I was in line at a Wendy's years ago. I heard an old lady say something to her husband. Now I didn't catch what prompted this line of wisdom but it has stuck with me over the years. She said to him, you know...everything you learn after you know it all are all the things worth knowing. 🙂

  25. I was recently asked how I felt about XRP and the crypto markets decline. Upon replying it was suggested that I comment my thoughts here on POM in case there are folks who also had these questions. So here you go CD :). These are just my personal opinions based on my capacity to see what bigger picture I am capable of seeing. I have no market experience, I’m simply putting all the pieces together that I have researched and sharing the picture that it formed for me. Be warned they are not widely accepted and do go against the grain of the popular thinking. So here it goes.

    A lot of people think that xrapid use is going to increase the value of XRP to the moon. I disagree with this view but hope I am wrong. Ripple has never stated that xrapid use will increase XRP value, they have simply said that “the more XRP is valued the better for them”. Why? Because being holders of large quantities of XRP the company equity would increase as well as "like us" individuals within the company who also hold XRP will benefit just like us. They have also said that institutions using xrapid “would not have to hold XRP to use the xrapid system”. This could mean two things as far as I can surmise. Ripple could use their own holdings of XRP to transact through RippleNet with these over the counter or direct sales of XRP. Selling on the one side and buying back on the other. It could be an agreed to transaction where Ripple would sell for one price and buy back for a lesser price thus getting a transaction fee (in business nothing is for free). Or, that the institution could purchase ‘on the fly’ from the exchanges. But the transaction process is soooo fast that the purchase and sale of XRP may not even reflect on the exchange values itself. In fact the RippleNet and transaction speed of XRP is so amazing that it could process SWIFTS entire 24 hour daily load (trillions) in only six hours with the addition of actually transferring the value instead of just IOU's. This can give us a sense of how many continual transactions it would take to eat up the XRP circulating supply to the extent that demand would begin increasing the value of XRP. That's pretty technical sorry. It’s keeping in mind that as supply dries up and demand continues values will increase for the depleting supply. Peter probably has experience with how this works from his experiences of buying and selling in past years 🙂 .

    All that being said what I DO believe will increase the value of XRP is individual investment into the currency and mass use of the currency. People have a pattern of storing their time and labor into something they feel comfortable with in that these stores have value and will remain valuable for some time into the future (it gives us a comfortable feeling of safety). This is where the utility part of XRP comes into play. With utility there is a sense that the XRP coin will be around for some time. XRP has utility in spades. This will give people comfort or ‘faith’ in storing their time and labor into it. This ‘faith’ will attract people and their increased wanting and use of it will cause demand which will eat up the circulating supply. This process will then increase the value of XRP over time. Wall Street has earned the ‘faith’ of the masses so when they get their feet into this asset class it will be the doorway to the masses storing their time and labor into this new asset class.

    Now on the flipside of all this or behind the veil so to speak as institutions and or companies establish bilateral trade agreements they will be able to trade with whatever crypto currency they choose and will be able to avoid exchanges all together with wallet to wallet transactions. This could work as long as the institutions and or companies have a trusting relationship. Smart contracts will help in this sort of dealings. In this scenario they would have to buy and hold the currency itself in order to make the transactions. This will facilitate institutional and corporate use for several reasons, but that's their business.

    BUT!

    XRP is the fastest and cheapest to use and with Codius (Smart Contracts) they would most likely use XRP if they choose to do business this way. XRP takes 3 to 5 seconds to transfer and is the cheapest by far of all currencies thus far.

    Another notion people have been throwing around is that XRP will be the next world’s reserve currency. I don’t think so. At least not any time soon. All of man’s systems corrupt over time so it’s possible it may be one long down the road. Sort of like the Bretton Woods went corrupt in what…1944ish?

    Personally I believe that the world will not need a reserve currency. XRP can replace the exchange mechanism of the world reserve currency and that move could free up all the capital held hostage in Nostro and Vostro accounts around the world. This would create instant liquidity as this capital is freed up.

    Perhaps in order to resolve debts the SDR can be used. Its current structure is backed by a basket of reserve currencies as we have discussed here on POM to great lengths.

    Also below, I believe is an early idea about say an SDR utility for negotiating debt down the road. I do believe that the SDR in current form or as a digital asset can still be backed by several reserve currencies (none being a "world" reserve currency).

    "Reserve Currency Backed Tokens
    In 2018 a new Reserve Currency Backed Token Exchange (RCBTE) rcbt exchange was announced by exchange CEO, John Ossenmacher, the RCBT facilitates issued tokens to be backed by Reserve Currencies. This system of secure digital backed tokens opens the door to a multiple reserve currency system. 17 April 2017. "How Reserve Currency Works in a Token Economy"."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserve_currency

    I was also posed this statement.

    “I just looked at the Cryptomarket cap and XRP is sucking all the cash from BTC and ETH. It is happening pretty fast too. What I am not seeing and understanding is why the price rise is so slow considering the money that's pouring in the XRP realm! It seems, lots happening and brewing in the back which may mean the decimation of the corrupt folks who have messed up and rigged the game. Just maybe!”

    First, I believe the decrease in Bitcoin (BTC) value is due to the Bitcoin Cash (BTH) hard fork battle waging right now. The mining power has to come from somewhere to fight this war between the two sides of the fork and it is coming from the same mining pools that mine BTC. It’s a bit technical to explain but if anyone is interested just reply to this comment and I will explain it as best as I can.

    Second, on the Ethereum (ETH) side of things the SEC has recently announced that many ICO’s are in fact securities. There are many ICO’s that have been built off of the ETH coin so this is most likely causing panic within these communities and effecting ETH values. Another thought is that ETH has been talking about a fork itself. In fact they have delayed this fork from happening for a few months already. Perhaps people seeing what is happening with the BTH fork war may see the same coming to the ETH fork so they are securing their time and labor somewhere else. This will most likely push ETH from being a Proof of Work (POW) mined coin though in an effort to eliminate the same possibility of a fork war.

    Now as to why the XRP value isn’t increasing as fast as one would expect. I believe this is because there are so many XRP in circulation. Earlier in the year I did a calculation and found that there were enough XRP for each person of the world (2017 consensus population level) to have just over 5 or maybe it was 8 XRP each. That kind of quantifies how many XRP there are.

    Also only 40’ish percent of XRP are in circulating supply. So as people buy up circulating supply ripple can put more XRP into the circulating supply from the escrowed XRP holdings. This can help keep a fairly stable value. In time though the escrow will run out and by then ‘faith’ in XRP will be engrained and will continue the demand to have it, this demand will eventually overcome circulating supply. When this happens the value will increase, perhaps faster than it currently is. But in the meantime slow steady growth is healthy and what we want. As XRP holders we want to promote others to purchase and or hold XRP so we can do our small part of reducing the circulating supply of XRP.

    One caveat that can’t really be quantified is the initial surge of investors rushing through the Wall Street doors. This will be very interesting to see transpire.

    This is what brings me comfort in these "wild west" days. I hope it can help bring some comfort to others also.

    1. Thank you Dane,

      I appreciate this posting very much. earlier today I watched this fascinating interview by CKJ Crypto News with a very interesting gentleman by the name of Brad Kimes. I gathered from this interview and the way Mr Kimes explained it, that Ripple has invested in futures market outside of the US and that XRP was never intended for retail purposes! Therefore, all the speculations of high figures for XRP may be driven out of futures markets outside of the US as Ripple is not allowed to issue XRP as futures in the US. Now, I am still grappling with lots of terms and concepts in regards to markets, futures and rules and regulations around cryptocurrencies and I may have to watch this clip another time in the hope of understanding the implications of Ripple's action in connection with wild speculative prices as calculated and talked about by Crypto commentators, e.e $589.

      If my primitive understanding of what Mr Kimes regarding the XRP potential prices, the high prices may indeed be possible but we may be looking at the retail side of XRP only! So it is almost like a lottery and what number we will get could, in fact, be $100, $200 or even $589. Am I correct in my understanding of the potentiality of a higher price to come from outside of the crypto exchanges by individuals like you and me?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiIzJivdItU&t=1s&ab_channel=CKJCryptoNews

      1. But an XRP is an XRP. There isn't a retail XRP and an institutional XRP. People could buy a future on an XRP future value but it's just a bet. If it doesn't happen they lose the bet right? I do believe that XRP will gain in value though.

        Also if XRP wasn't intended for retail use why do we have Coil, Uphold and a couple exchanges using it as their base pair? I can even see retail use cases for XRP with Codius smart contracts.

        People have different views. To me XRP is just a cryptocurrency...albeit a great one with plenty of utility possibilities. Ripple is simply leveraging XRP's utility and has built a company putting this utility to work by focusing in on one use case that the world is in need of. Those who don't have companies picking the cryptocurrencies they worship will lash out at and try to discredit those that have been chosen and developed.

        The mass mind set invests with emotion. This is the result of that. We have invested with intelligence gained through our research and have reasoned XRP to be the best investment. Well and JC kind of hinted that it's a good one to get the ball rolling didn't he 🙂 But he was damned right I think 😉

        We need the price at the exchange to increase if we have the intention of cashing out into something else. This would also facilitate our use case if we were capable of using XRP to say purchase property in the future. Here in the US if we take it out it is taxed like property (capital gain). But if we can move it into property directly we could benefit tax wise. The capital gain tax law says if we hold it like property for at least a year we only pay 15% instead of the typical wage tax percentage, mines upward of 24 - 26%. My intent is to put the gains to work for me if it's possible. Keep the ball rolling if you will. If I can get it to make money for me with a quick return on investment (ROI) then I will have done a great job. Then just keep rolling it like that. One deal at a time....The Art of the Deal 🙂 One has to dream in order to have direction right?

    2. Hi Dane,
      Regarding "reserve currency", yes as per JC's insight in an article a few months back (I forget which one it was), this is a very general term but it is better to consider the multiple functions separately. Certainly XRP will not replace the dollar in all of these functions. Its main role as you say is surely going to be in cross-border payments. It won't likely be held in vast quantities in the FX reserves of nations. If any crypto is going to serve that role, currently bitcoin would be the obvious one (but this may well change in due course).
      On the circulating supply of XRP, this might be a dumb question but is there any realtime data (or close to realtime) available on this?
      I am wondering whether the recent outperformance of XRP in this bear market is genuinely due to hodlers of other cryptos rotating into it as a "safe haven". Or dare I say "cleanest dirty shirt" 🙂 Or, is it that the supply is being restricted to keep the price up? I have noted that XRP market cap has surpassed ETH by a wide margin which suggests it is more the former than the latter. However it could also be that Ripple the company, or its partners, have been buying up XRP without actually reducing the amount in circulation?

      1. Thanks redjon. Here is a good video discussing the movement of XRP escrow's. In regards to the amount of XRP in circulation the best I've been able to compare is by using this chart here https://xrpcharts.ripple.com/#/ which shows total XRP as being 99,991,767,581.85 and then looking at Coinmarketcap.com where it shows total circulating supply as being 40,327,341,704 XRP.

        I reconcile this against early statements by Ripple that they kept 60% of all XRP in escrow and would release 1 billion XRP from escrow at the beginning of each month. What ever XRP wasn't used in that 1 billion would be returned into escrow at the back side of the escrow scheduled releases to be released each month in the same manner the original escrow schedule is. Before the over the counter (OTC) and direct sales of XRP to institutions that have recently transacted we could have used the numbers above to get a close assumption that somewhere in the neighborhood of 327,341,704 XRP has been released from escrow. Unfortunately this is most likely pretty inaccurate though because I believe coinmarketcap only reports XRP that has passed through the exchanges. Ripples Q3 report gives the direct sales numbers but I haven't researched to find out how they are being reflected if at all yet. Either way it really doesn't seem like much is coming out of escrow compared to the base amount originally put in escrow. Here is the report https://ripple.com/insights/q3-2018-xrp-markets-report/

        1. Thanks Dane, this is helpful. Yeah, everyone refers to coinmarketcap but I also have some doubts about the accuracy of their data. Still, it could be the best available for free. I have the app on my phone and haven't yet found a better one.

  26. Thank you Dane,

    Great points but most of all I love this:

    "We need the price at the exchange to increase".

    In fact, I can not argue with anyone about this as my primary interest in XRP is an increase in value but of course through this interest, I have been exposed to lots of others arenas as international finance, geopolitics, and others.

    When I hear the term "retail", I immediately think of shops and people busy buying things. In regards to XRP and for that matter any other Cryptocurrency, there seem to be some issues that should be resolved for XRP and any other digital asset to become accepted and used like we use money today, whether cash or electronic via cards. The biggest obstacle that comes to mind is related to the question of security and the safekeeping of such assets. I keep hearing people wanting to use "paper wallets" because it is safer. I thought the whole purpose of cryptocurrencies was to move away from paper and printed or even physical coins but more worrying, this tells me that nobody really trusts the Digital Wallets they use and they think a paper wallet will sort that problem out!

    Until such problems are resolved, we can not expect a wholesale interest by people and consumers who are the primary agents of change from what we currently have and know as money to the new electronic form which is cryptos. Therefore, we may not currently apply the term "retail" for XRP or any other currency. That said, I agree there is potentially made into XRP which will make it into a viable retail asset but as of now, nobody buys or sells things in any cryptocurrency and possibly a big culprit is we do not have easy to use and simple digital wallets that are secure and manageable. I currently use Exodus wallet and there are major arguments as to whether it is safe or not, some say Nano S (which I do not any longer!) is the best and many who do not trust any of it are returning to the 5000 years of Chinese paper format!

    For a mass adoption of XRP or any other crypto's, we need security, ease of use and safekeeping, and most importantly, EDUCATION. The last item will happen once the other issues are resolved. However, there is a war raging between the people for and against the cryptos and the past few days may have been war scene. I am convinced that Blockchain and cryptos are here to stay and the companies and interest groups in Fintech would be wise to take such matters into consideration and I am sure they are. I hope and pray for a $589 XRP and one day my dream may come true 🙂

    1. Hi Carpe Diem,
      My understanding is: a paper wallet is primarily recommended as an equivalent of a savings/investment account, a long term storage of large amounts of crypto. As you say, the reason is that there’s no risk of it being hacked into. However if one wanted to spend some crypto on daily retail transactions, one would not keep all their crypto in a paper wallet, just the majority of it. A small portion would be kept in a more convenient electronic wallet, most likely a smartphone app. But only a small amount such that losing it would not be disastrous. Just like most people keep a relatively small portion of their fiat wealth in a current account and/or a physical wallet for daily use.
      So, best to have some form of secure offline wallet for hodling, and a less secure but more convenient wallet app for spending money.
      As we all know, at present there are very few retail outlets which accept crypto directly. Until this situation changes, a “bridge” solution is available in the form of debit cards (Visa, Mastercard etc.) into which one can deposit crypto. When making a purchase the equivalent amount of crypto is first converted into fiat according to the realtime exchange rate at that moment. The retailer just sees a regular Visa/Mastercard and is oblivious to the fact that crypto is being spent. Some of these cards support XRP.
      In principle there is no reason why the likes of ApplePay and GooglePay couldn't do something similar. I am hopeful that they might do so at some point. However the suspicion is that they may prefer to develop their own cryptocoins for this purpose.
      On the valuations, I'm hoping and praying alongside you Brother 🙂

      1. Hi Redjon,

        Thank you for your thoughts and any contributions in ideas and views on this matter is helpful to me and I am sure for everyone HODling XRP's. I like the way you are seeing the way we can use wallets, one for storage and the other with smaller and accessible one for short-term stuff. That makes sense. Saturday, I came across Coinbase having their own digital wallet but didn't get the chance to check whether it holds XRP or not but we are in an experimental phase of this new technology and sharing thoughts and views on what we come across provide a valuable resource for the rest of us.
        Thank you again my friend and Happy Thanksgiving,

    2. I hear you CD. Personally I've moved all I can out of my software Exodus wallet and moved it onto my nano S and keep a little on Uphold. You have expressed your concern with the nano S before but I feel it's the best choice for me.

      Paper wallet? This feels no better than Exodus to me. Paper disintegrates if it gets wet. Burns easier than plastic and ink smudges. But the biggest question I would have is who holds the physical digital coins while I hold a piece of paper? The code has to be stored somewhere. An old parable rings in my head on this. Its a similar understanding I believe and goes something like this A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. So I purchased a nano S from its manufacturer...not Amazon, Ebay or the like and I store it in an old mechanical dial physical safe. I also copied an installation file of the ledger live software onto a disc to keep in the safe in the event I need to use a different pc. That's the best I can do for piece of mind.

      I know you can store your XRP in my wallet bwahahahaha 🙂 JUST KIDDING!

      1. Thanks Dane,

        As always I appreciate your logical approach and I agree with every point you made regarding the Paper, Exodus and Nano S. In fact, I worry about Exodus myself mainly because I do not fully understand where the assets are held, i.e. is it inside my computer OR are they held in the ether outside of my control! From what I understand from Exodus, the contents of a wallet are somewhere in between the wallet and the Exodus servers which is apparently stored as Metadata and encrypted with some kind of hash algorithm. The truth of the matter is that XRP's or any other assets are in fact electronic, that is codes that travel across the internet. The funny thing is that the fiat money that we all use is also an abstract idea with a value attached. The challenge of this new medium is going to be to make the entire population to actually believe that there is such a thing as an XRP and that it has a value so that we can start exchanging it for worldly goods that may be physical or services that are not. In this new frontier of this new technology, all of us here who own and hold such digital assets are a kind of modern version of the settlers in a new continent and we go through lots of hardship and anxiety regarding the new piece of land we have acquired. We need to be constantly on guard to ensure, no intruders steal the newly acquired land. In this regard, we are working as a commune and as a group of people that have arrived in a strange crypto-land with rules that we have no familiarity with its fundamentals and baselines. This is the new territory for us all and the XRP community is a fantastic example of a Self-organizing system that automatically and subconsciously forms and no doubt in time we will each go our individual ways and maybe we form another self-organizing virtual commune. For now, we only have each other and our purpose is self-defence against predators who may take our hard earned unexpectedly. The enemy may come in many shape and forms, and anything from the government deciding to close the whole thing, to Pettit thieves who would attack the chest of coins at night. Our challenge also involves educating others who are coming in and wanting a piece of the action and yet, we help them too because helping them is helping ourselves and in turn, we are helping a new generation of investors.

        I can see problems in all the wallets and all forms of it, whether digital wallet or paper but in time, these problems will be resolved and perhaps a standard will emerge that will cater all the concerns of security and ease-of-use but until then, we have no choice but to use what we have until help arrives. I think the way you are placing your Nano S in a safe box is commendable and wise and it is a way of ensuring the safety of your assets. I will have no hesitation in keeping my XRP's with you anytime, my friend as I trust you and I know it takes only 3 seconds to send and receive them. The only problem we may have is trying to convince the Taxman that it was not a gift...or a ransom money LOL 🙂

          1. That's a really cool Grateful Dead song pal. Thanks for introducing me to it and you were correct I do like it 🙂

            Thats a good analysis of the lyrics. Here are a couple thoughts that came to mind for me.

            "If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine"

            Ocular 😉

            The universe is a reflection of what is in the sun. The sun is the Absolute therefore, the universe is the outward manifestation of the Absolute..."glow with the gold of sunshine"...as we all should with each and every one of our own words no doubt.

            Hmm. Where have I heard Unstrung Harp before? Ah yes, The Unstrung Harp
            by Edward Gorey making fun out of everyday life obstacles..."It being tea-time of the 17th, he is alarmed not to have thought of a plot to which The Unstrung Harp might apply, but his mind will keep reverting to the last biscuit on the plate." So begins what the Times Literary Supplement called "a small masterpiece." TUH is a look at the literary life and its "attendant woes: isolation, writer's block, professional jealousy, and plain boredom." But, as with all of Edward Gorey's books, TUH is also about life in general, with its anguish, turnips, conjunctions, illness, defeat, string, parties, no parties, urns, desuetude, disaffection, claws, loss, trebizond, napkins, shame, stones, distance, fever, antipodes, mush, glaciers, incoherence, labels, miasma, amputation, tides, deceit, mourning, elsewards. You get the point. Finally, TUH is about Edward Gorey the writer, about Edward Gorey writing The Unstrung Harp. It's a cracked mirror of a book, and it's dedicated to RDP or Real Dear Person."

            "It's a hand-me-down
            the thoughts are broken
            Perhaps they're better left unsung I don't know
            don't really care, Let there be songs to fill the air"

            That ever so faint, very soft voice of the Absolute handed down within us all. The thoughts are broken because we have free will and have yet to evolve enough to understand the whole of the message so we remain broken and fragmented in our understanding of the wholeness. So we think about not expressing what we think we understand because in its fragmented state it could be corrupt and not many will have the freedom of mind to understand it in its broken state. Once in a long while someone comes along who can understand these fragmented musing though, we like to call them friend. If we can count our true friends on both hands in our old age we know we are wealthy beyond material riches.

            "Ripple in still water
            When there is no pebble tossed
            Nor wind to blow"

            Ah....yes still waters run deep. This one seems like something in the deep unseen mind of things is tossing, creating an unexplainable Ripple on the still waters in the minds of mankind.

            Thanks pal. Its a beautiful message.

  27. Hello POM community ,

    First I want to address many thanks to Dane , Carpe Diem and Pieter Segar for their many posts about philosophy of life and as always , for the very high educative comments about the history of Persia , Mesopotamia and the actual Iran . Awesome.......
    I had time to read , but never to post some commentaries . So now , I should be a little bit more present .

    About XRP , I globally agree with Dane's comments . Ripple never gave any potential value to XRP , no goal , no price to reach. We should never forget that most of the tokens are just fuel , or energy , or liquidity given to differents projects ( and people ) to help them to finalize anykind of blockchain protocol . So , most of them will fail , just as it was the case 20 years ago during the dotcom era.
    But of course XRP is a different kind of animal , as Ripple is already part of the economic system .

    Well , that's why I do believe in XRP's potential to increase in value as we still are in the prime infancy of the blockchain technology , which will need a few years before a complete mass adoption .
    I also do agree with Dane , when he think XRP will never be the next reserve currency , but it should become the planetary superfast financial messenger , with a worldwide adoption .
    And of course I do believe in a rise of value in the long term , starting slowly for the moment and into the first part of 2019 , then accelerating " poco a poco " until the next bubble and the next bursting .
    But that's where I diverge a little bit , I am an optimistic realist . So , for me ( and I will be happy if proven wrong ) I don't imagine XRP above 20-25$ as the apex of the next future crypto bubble . Shame on me !
    What is happening right now is very important and is the necessary prelude to the next rise of the best cryptocurrencies , we are witnessing the change of paradigm , quietly leaving the bitcoin prehistoric supremacy for a new XRP leadership , as some institutional money is now pouring into Ripple's token , slowly , without much fanfare.
    As these big funds like to buy very cheap , I wouldn't be surprised if XRP go a little bit south to retest the summer bottom before starting his definitive rise in 2019 . I am still buyer between 0.20 and 0.30 $.
    Have a nice day !

    1. Thank you Ledude59,

      It is a pleasure my friend and I am very happy that you appreciate my postings and hope you don't mind my rants 🙂

      Many thanks for your thoughts you share on XRP and other matters and I am fortunate to be a member of the POM family and exchanging with cultured individuals like your good self, Sir.

      Wish you a great Day/evening.

    2. Hi Ledude,
      I think it could retest the summer support/resistance level at 0.33 (the price prophesied by Pieter iirc!) so I would look to buy around there, but I'll be mildly surprised if it retests the summer lows of 0.25 which would be a little worrying... however I'd probably still BTFD 🙂

  28. Hi POM friends ,

    CD , each of your postings about the ancient times of Persia help me to connect the dots about some facts that I could'nt understand before.
    As an ordinary european citizen , starting to earn my life during the seventies , long time ago before Internet , I never had the time to dig deep enough to understand all the mechanisms behind the curtains of geopolitics and financial matters . May be I wasn't curious enough , or too young and busy , I don't know .
    The first time I got caught was when I saw some underground film about Vietnam war and all the atrocities that were comitted there . First moments of consciousness ..... Then the fall of Mohamad Reza Pahlavi and the rise of Khomeini . But in those years I was, in a certain way , brainwashed by the official medias , So my onsciousness rise gradually , as time goes by until the end of the nineties and the growth of alternative medias via Internet .
    Now I see all the cynicism that rule this world.....
    So please go on , all rants included . Don't change , it's a real pleasure to read your posts !

    Redjon ,
    I won't be surprised if it retest the 0.25 . It could even goes as low as 0.20 in a capitulation move , just to shake out the last weak hands of the crypto community .
    As a long time observer of markets movements , I can say that this kind of event is classical before any real upturn and start of a new long wave up . I do think we are very close to the end of the down wave, then we should make a range for a few months during the first semester of 2019, trying to define the lower and upper limits of an horizontal channel , before breaking out and starting the next rise in summer 2019 . Just my opinion , not more.....!

    1. Hi Ledude69,

      Thank you for sharing your feelings about the world and please know that reading what you wrote today, describes me too in the way your understanding of this world has evolved. In fact, this is a normal way for us to fathom our world. I sincerely believe that in 2018, if you as a mature adult are not engaged, livid and pissed-off to use a British term with what you see around you, you cannot be awake or even fully conscious! In short, we as a generation of human beings have been traumatized to a point where the choice is to become comfortably numb via drugs, sex, alcohol, shopping and senseless violence and crap on TV, OR to be irate and seeking a way out of this cruel nightmare of a prison.

      For one thing, we seem to be living on a constantly moving ground, almost like standing on shifting sand where anything our parents and teachers have taught us now, are becoming meaningless and redundant and the mass media is constantly bombarding us with nonsensical behaviour and insane rules. One such example is we are hearing that Nationalism is a terrible thing as stated by the French President only recently, whilst he walks sternly the next minute at front of the French military with the National anthem being played in the back! This is schizophrenia on acid...

      As a result, we have no such thing as humour anymore, and whatever any comedian or funny sketch must involve attacks on Trump and his family. As for films and cinema, we get movies with Marxist themes. the recent Hollywood movies as "BlacKkKlansman" (2018) and "RBG" (2018) are deliberately to glamorize the Leftist narrative and worldview while satisfying the SJW and Antifa types and continue the narrative that the world is unjust because of the white race! Such movies use dark magic spells and mind control techniques by Priming the audience, hence making them angry and charged with hate and anger. We simply have no art anymore, we are the winter of our civilization as of now to use the German political historian and philosopher. Spengler divided a civilizations period of rising and fall into seasons, as in four seasons. His vision helps us to see the events and history from a higher elevation. Any society that becomes rich and affluent, produces less and fewer people with a genuine fascination with solving human challenges, simply because all their needs are taken care of. I recall some 20-30 years ago, Sweden suffered from a large number of suicides and many at the time attributed that to the perfection of everything an average Swede enjoyed such as clean and hygienic streets, homes and access to entertainment and travel, not mention a government handout to each citizen. Alas, the Swedes must now grapple with a wave of aliens who are busy disturbing the perfect life that people enjoyed. I think you may enjoy the following clip on Spengler's theory on the rise and fall of civilizations.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsaieZt5vjk&ab_channel=OswaldSpengler

      Also, earlier today, I read an excellent article on how and why the Q phenomenon came about and what are the implications of President Trumps' presidency in relation to the mess we are left with by the NWO demonic masters:

      https://medium.com/@martingeddes/wwg1wga-the-greatest-communications-event-in-history-698ba926df64

      I only wanted to add that after a Winter, always comes a Spring and as a civilization, the current period despite being painful and traumatic, it is necessary and we must go through it. In fact, I believe we are going through the birth canal of time, only to come out the other end as a reincarnated and new civilization. The old civilization is dying and a new beginning is upon us all. I, therefore, think that, losing friends because ideological differences and worldview are rather normal and a market in knowing who are your true friends, is simply observing whether they are positive about the coming changes or not. I can tell you, I lost a few people I regarded as friends, but on a positive side, I gained new friends who are positive and above all inquisitive and analytical in their approach.

      We are all Shamans without realizing it and we are the builders of this reality, so keeping positive about the world and even misfortunes can save us. This is why we are getting all the violence and senseless aggression in movies and songs. The old elite has lost the ploy and their only method had been to keep us in fear. That ain't working anymore and as the old saying goes, "the jig is up" and their dark magic spell isn't working anymore, because there are more of us than them!

      Wish you a great and positive day my friend.

      1. Hi dear Carpe Diem ,

        Of course I'm pissed off when I see all what's happening everywhere in this world , exactly as you said it , but I try to detach myself from being too much involved ,with the hope of not being caught in a spiral ofpermanent dark thoughts , as this world is becoming more and more insane .
        I was very often in that mood before discovering POM and all the great and passionate members of JC's community .
        I couldn't envision a bright ( or positive ) future to come for the next generations , even knowingly that our entire planet is immerged in an overlapping and interlinking set of monetary , financial and geopolitical cycles.
        Now I feel more calm and relax , being able to connect more and more pieces of this gigantic and chaotic puzzle .
        About this french presidency , a lot can be said . This guy is quite egotic and schizophrenic , seing himself as someone from superior extraction , unable to have one ounce of empathy for his fellow citizens. He remember me another elitist french president of the seventies , Valery Giscard d'Estaing . A president who was ejected at the end of his term .
        It's no coincidence that Mr Macron emerge so quickly from nowhere in this particular moment of monetary troubles . I cannot connect all the dots about that , but I just note that Giscard , the other elitist president was at the manoeuver during the seventies , at a time were the role of the dollar as a monetary world reserve was questioned .
        Anyway , this is anecdotic . What is not , is that we are in the Kondratieff winter , worst part of this economic cycle . Tomorrow , or next decade , we will see the light at the end of this tunnel !
        Have a good day !

        1. Hi Dear Ledude69,

          I agree with everything you stated my friend. With the exception of the US, Hungary, and possibly Poland, and maybe a few other countries we seem to have a ruling elite that is acting against the wishes of the native population. In the case of France, the ruling elite appear to be left-leaning Socialists with allegiance to the cause of Globalism and they are not even hiding it. This is very interesting because the French nation is possibly the most nationalistic people and a very proud of their cultural and historical achievements. Yet, they seem to be wanting to ditch all of that for the cult of Globalism! Mr Macron was unknown until the general election and they brought him out as the next saviour of France. He turned out to be a fake much like his Canadian counterpart both belonging to the globalist cult.

          Interestingly, I watched a fascinating clip regarding the movements and tendencies in Europe and the old rivalries between France and Germany and how and how and EU Army can be a wish of the Globalist leaders of France and Germany and why it will not happen. It all goes back to the old tribal rivalries and competing powers for the control of resources in Europe and beyond. It seems, like us people, nations do not change much even when they wear them mask of, Marxism, Socialism, Islamism, Globalism etc. Realities seem to remain unchanged despite the bravado and rhetorics! In the end, we all must take care of our needs and we can never hope for eternal peace and for that matter eternal war. From this short clip, I get the impression that NATO will not be dissolved but it will possibly change and developed with a new doctrine that may involve acting as an arbiter of peace not between Russia and the EU but between France and Germany and possibly the UK. In the same way that Cryptocurrencies are designed to so, we do not need the banks and to trust them, NATO may be used in a similar manner because the old European powers do not trust each other!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WWsmWpuBDU&ab_channel=Classiarius

          I also came across this fascinating website and the way, they have put a fascinating historical recording with a possibly better explanation of historical events which we have not been told about. I think you may find it of interest although much of the people mentioned are American politicians of the turn of the last century to date and how they are responsible for so many wars and monetary moves.

          http://tomatobubble.com/q_timeline.html

          Wish you a great day my friend.

          PS. I wanted to catch the 100th place of the comment slot but Dane beat me to it and hope I can get the 101st comment in this thread, which is a record number for the POM comments! 🙂

  29. "Homeless guy spits some truth"

    I just watched this 6 minutes clip of a homeless man who has been in prison for a long time and now the society does not want him back! what he says is a whole lot of truths about our time. Watch what he says about what he does for a living and how being positive help others. It seems, he has been to the depth and he brought up some jewels from the bottom of the collective consciousness. This man would be my friend if I ever meet him for the one who knows about pain, also knows about life and the art of living...pain and adversities are the two best teachers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfU8TUZRtZg&ab_channel=TylerMann

  30. My grandfather on my mother's side was a Polish immigrant whose first job as a child was lighting street lamps. He believed that contrary to all we witteness, there was an underlying trend towards a better day. Slowly, ever so slowly things are getting better. I believed him then, I believe him now.

    If I may be so bold to suggest, this day of crypto, is a day we become bankers. The day of relying on the banks to hold and protect our money are over. So say thank God, then get ready to protect your own money. It is becoming your own responsibility now. What was once a day where people could deposit their money in a bank and rest somewhat assured that minus fee would be insured to be there, are now becoming days where we have the opportunity/responsibility to assume that task. It ain't easy, hence the debates of how best to do that.

    It is healthy, robust and very important that we all contribute and explore the different ways to secure and yet have access to the storage and flow of our choice of tokens of value earned by our labor. So you want to be a your own banker? Let's do it!!

    PTM

  31. This has been one hell of a post. Since JC lit the fuse to benny holder' DISINFORMATION and Danes link to the PDF, to bennymv's question about R. Wallace. To Ozman's statements concerning Jesuits, cabalist , satan, and the spirited debate that followed.

    To My Carpe Diem's comment about Louie Farrakhan and his perceived kiss of death.To rogelio's question that called upon CD's warehouse of knowledge of the history of the Persian empire and the entire middle east, we all know more about the "Mountain Jews" for it.

    To redjons querry about the Anonymous groups phenomena. To Dane hitting and spitting about it all.To RJZ33 predictions for the ZERP. RJ is not to be ignored, after all if my memory serves me (and we all all know it damned well does) RJ called for a much lower bottom for the Zerp when it was at .50 and then fell to .25,, as RJ called. I think RJZ is a hell of a day trader, welcome.

    David B back, and always interesting for his contrary. Dane and Diem going all artsy fartsy for the love of art, redjon offering compliment and encouragement to yours truly. Beachdude offering insight projections and updates that seem to lead into a further discussion later in the post.

    SafetyFishnet weighs in with a heavy and fascinating look at Orthodox Christianity and the current machinations going on in the Ukraine concerning the portrayal of K. George slaying of a ancient dragon v today's double headed eagle, enlightening comment follows.

    And now the thread weaves it's quilt of stitchings not of whole cloth, but more of a quilt into crypto. "a XRP is an XRP." thank you Dane.

    I'll try to follow, Hell I just proved to myself if for nobody but myself I follow as well as I attempt to take the lead. Along for the ride, point being I appreciate all the members and contributions to commentary.

    And JC your not to bad yourself
    When you show up. Hehe
    PTM

    1. Hello, my Dearest Pieter,

      That was fantastic and I am glad you are taking care of the shop and connecting all the comments. In fact, what you did made me realize that the seemingly unconnected issues and subjects are the kinds of stuff that we all think one way or another and only an observant Wiseman as you are can see the connections. Thank you for that my dear friend.

      I mentioned "taking care of the shop" as the main man, our JC appears to have taken a sabbatical from POM and I hope he will recharge the batteries and come back to us with his genius and wisdom soon. After all its Christmas soon and we all need a gift. That's to say: Come back soon JC we are missing you, man. 🙂

  32. Pieter thanks for the executive summary 🙂

    I somehow missed the fact that Wikileaks previously claimed that Anonymous is in fact a CIA/FBI operation. If we consider WL to be a reliable (uncorrupted) info source then this explains a lot.

    1. Hey redjon, not taking anything away from Peters comment but you may want to check these two posts out also.

      https://philosophyofmetrics.com/anonymous-awakenings/

      https://philosophyofmetrics.com/anonymous-awakenings-2/

      And now we have the "Q" phenomenon. Whether it's good or bad I have no idea. I guess I'm just indifferent about it for now with a little hope wishing it to be good...and true, but I do get this gut feeling of caution that it's just another prophet, pied piper or guide/control of the masses. If so this is also just another means towards a pre scripted end. What end that is...is a good question.

      I hear a lot of indictments are being unsealed on this Q post but with a Democratic controlled House of Congress coming which mind you was not a concern of the Trump administration and with the indictments unsealing having been delayed until this house is in place I see the possibility of a lot of leniency be afforded to these criminals. If I'm right it plays to both the Trump administration and the Dems/criminal side of things. A win/win which is actually the premise for "The Art of the Deal".

      The Trump administration wins by indicting these criminals and the criminals win by not being found guilty. Maybe the Dems will be the sacrificial lamb so to speak. This plays to a reelection bid for Trump in 2020. Since Trump invested so much into getting the Republicans control of the Senate he will be able to get by like Obama did while he was in office. Remember HE got Obama Care passed by use of the Senate and resistance from the House. So that is proof this political mechanism works. With the caveat of a conservative leaning Supreme Court.

      So as you can see I'm not as hopeful as most that these criminals will see true justice...but then I tend to lean against the mainstream of things.

      1. It was good to re-read those posts thanks Dane. I am a bit hazy though on the links between what JC called the Anonymous Movement - which as far as I know largely overlaps with the Occupy Movement that pretty much led nowhere - and the still-active Anonymous hacker group. The latter now seem to align themselves with Antifa, as you can see from their site:
        https://www.cyberguerrilla.org/blog/

        I am with you on the Q thing, it could easily be a psyop, possibly from within Team Trump. Like he says, two can play at that game. Or, it could be perpetrated by his opponents, intended to help identify Trump supporters by the fact that they would share Q posts on social media. Time will tell (maybe).

        The indictment against Julian Assange is a bit of a shocker. From what I understand, Q claims it is a prelude to Trump giving him a pardon or something. Again, we'll see about that... I'm not getting my hopes up though. This piece by Greenwald sums up the situation:
        https://theintercept.com/2018/11/16/as-the-obama-doj-concluded-prosecution-of-julian-assange-for-publishing-documents-poses-grave-threats-to-press-freedom/

  33. JC, I'm sure you will have noted this recent speech by Lagarde:
    https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2018/11/13/sp111418-winds-of-change-the-case-for-new-digital-currency

    And have you had chance to read the IMF paper linked therein?
    I have only skimmed through it (I iwill go back for a deep dive later) but my inital thoughts are:
    It looks like a brazen power grab for CBs (as if they weren't powerful enough already) but at the expense of the conventional banking industry. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Specifically, Central Bank Digital Currency would restrict and likely eliminate eventually the ability of commercial banks to create money in the "traditional" way via fractional reserve banking. If I understand correctly.
    They studiously avoid calling it crypto, but if CBDC is not crypto then what makes it any different from conventional fiat which already exists digitally and can be transferred digitally? Christine, just call it what it is, CBCC (Central Bank CryptoCurrency).
    It seems like a solution in search of a problem. The paper basically states this in the conclusion.
    It's kind of funny that one of the main points of the sales pitch is anonymity.

    I assume that Lagarde's closing remarks were referring to the Fearless Girl statue:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fearless_Girl
    Not sure if there is any deep symbology there or it's just another "girl power" reference.

  34. Here in the states it sure seems like the housing market is in another bubble much like the one back in 2008. Mortgages are as easy to get today as they were back then so many of these mortgages are again sub prime mortgages and will begin failing yet again as interest rates continue to rise. Also with a huge GM layoff pending (more on that below) many more mortgage failures will surely hit the market soon. So it's the same makeup (similar pattern) as back then. What if its all scripted? What if these bankers think they are untouchable...(too big to fail) and are doing the same thing again?

    But here's the rub.

    Maybe Trump won't bail them out this go round. He could call the banks bluff and let the monetary system crash which means the banks go defunct. This would mean a collapse of the existing monetary system and pave the way for a new monetary system to be rolled in (enter the crypto world)...one that eliminates the need for a central banking system like Ripple/XRP.

    Once this happens the Rothschilds can buy up these defunct banks. This could then be a perfect transition from central banking world into regional decentralized banking world.

    Now the side note on GM. GM's CEO says they are shutting down these factories in an effort to move into the future of electric cars. But we currently have some of the lowest oil prices we have seen for some time so where is the need for moving into electric? Even beyond that, one of the models GM is discontinuing is the Chevy Volt. Its GM's franchize electric hybrid. So they are killing their prize winning electric hybrid car to make electric cars? Sounds pretty fishy.

    1. Hi Dane, you paint a plausible scenario there. My understanding is that the US banking system is supposedly much better capitalised now, so I'll be surprised if a crisis develops in the same way as last time. We keep hearing that "lessons have not been learnt" but actually some lessons have been. This is also partly why the Fed are raising rates extremely slowly. Scared something might break. The European banks are much more vulnerable than the US ones though. As we know Deutsche Bank has seemingly been on the brink for years now, and the Italian banks look even more shaky. I'm sure there are some in other EU countries too, less well publicised. Of course global financial institutions are highly interlinked so a crisis in European banks could easily spread to the US. I just think if anyone has a shopping list of potentially insolvent banks, EU banks will be at the top.
      My own thought is that for the US, a sovereign debt crisis is more likely than a banking crisis (although one could lead to the other). The national debt keeps growing, interest rates rising, deficit climbing, dollar reserve currency status gradually diminishing. Tick tock...
      Yet another possibility is a corporate debt crisis. Or a USD liquidity crisis. This is becoming quite a long list, and it doesn't end there 🙂

      Yes I agree with you on GM, something very fishy going on there. The CEO must have known how POTUS would react. Tell you what else seems fishy though, to me, is that their share price is holding steady (so far at least). Hmmm...

      On a further side note, I am eagerly awaiting the outcome of the G20 this weekend - will Xi fold and cut a deal with Trump? Hard to see how he can do that without losing face (extremely important to the Chinese). Otherwise, trade tensions will ratchet up another few notches. At some point the trade war could also become a crisis trigger. Maybe that was the idea all along?

      A nice bounce in the crypto markets, let's hope it's not a "dead cat" one...

      1. I agree redjon. Unfortunately, the dead cat bounce is most likely the case but we can hope. In a comment down below I left a couple links on how China is positioning itself into Iranian gas. I wonder if sanctions are like a blanket or if they are itemized lists of what is sanctioned? If it is an itemized list I wonder if oil is listed but natural gas not listed? If not it would seem China could give two craps about US sanctions.

        I hope you are right about the banks. Maybe this time the US banks secured themselves knowing the rest of the banking world is standing on weak knees. Only time will tell the truth but I feel something is working behind the scenes. Just can't put my finger on it yet.

        The rest of the world just doesn't seem to want to let go of their faith in the all mighty USD so it can relinquish its "world" reserve status and just become an equal playing reserve currency.

        1. Hi Dane,

          The Chinese involvement in the South Pars gas field is a method whereby the Islamic Republic is involving China so to protect itself from the US sanctions. China can provide the military protection as well as making it harder for the US to confront Iran in this regard so killing two birds with one stone is the tactica used by the Mullahs. Regarding how the regime can receive money for the sell out scheme, I am sure both Mullahs and the Chinese have developed sophisticated methods of working under the radar's reach.

          The Mullahs have done the same in the Caspian Sea where they have accepted a much reduced territory in exchange for protection from the Russians. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Caspian sea was agreed by the Imperial Iranian Gov. and the Soviet Union to be shared on a 50/50 basis. The collapse of the Sovietn Union and the creation several nations adjacent to the Caspian sea coincided with the Islamist regime and Iran's share of the sea was reduced to 13%. The Mullahs only interest is to survive and loot Iran and nothing else and giving Iran's gas field (and other assets to other nations!) to China is in line with their globalist and against the national interest and terotorial inregrity of Iran. All this is known to Iranians but they are unable to do much and this is made harder when the EU and the previous US adminstrations have systematically assisted the Mullahs to become a regional villain by supplying them drone and Long and short-range missiles and not to mention CASH.

          The Mullahs have also leased sea port to India at Chabahar which is located in South Eastern corner of Iran by the Indian ocean. The Indian Government is hoping to sell it's products via this port to the Central Asian markets. In short, the deep state run and operated Islamic Regime will stop at nothing to remain in power and prevent and semblance of peace in the region. Iran's ideological partner countries in the region are currently Turkey and Qatar as other nations have been moved away from the reactionary forces operating in these three countries and it appears that the common denominator is the Muslim Brothehood network.

          https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2162154/irans-india-operated-chabahar-port-limbo-due-us-sanctions-and

          1. Yes, I picked this up also. "NEW DELHI: India may revert to paying Iran in rupees for the oil it buys from its third largest supplier as US sanctions will from November 4 block use of US dollars to settle such trades, a top official said Thursday."

            https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/oil-gas/india-set-to-pay-for-iranian-oil-using-rupees-from-november-sources/articleshow/65887179.cms

            I see a growing exodus from using the USD as a standard method of payment around the world. This is exactly what was discussed early on here on POM about what needed to happen for the USD to relinquish its "world" reserve status. The machine never stops turning its gears does it? 🙂

    2. This Zerohedge article popped up in the Twitterverse yesterday.

      https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-14/big-short-steve-eisman-recommends-shorting-deutsche-bank-bets-against-canadian

      The article opens with "Steve Eisman, who correctly predicted the collapse of subprime mortgages before the 2008 financial crisis"

      As I recall Michael Burry of Scion Capital was the one who first predicted the collapse while Steve Eisman was still plugged into the mainstream Wall Street thinking of things. It wasn't til the rumors of Michael Burry's shorts got out (which he worked with the banks to create since they didn't exist yet) that Steve Eisman got interested and began digging into the possibilities. Once Steve was convinced these shorts were substantiated he began investing in them. Steve did break it to Wall Street once he was invested in the shorts that Michael pioneered.

      That being said sets the stage for a possibility that Steve reacts to the information rather than pioneers it which means we may be further into the process than many actually know. Time will tell, but there must be a reason Warren Buffet has been pumping up investments in his bank holdings all year, his most recent with JP Morgan "Shares of J.P. Morgan rally 1.5 percent in after-hours trading following news of Buffett's new $4 billion stake."

      https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/14/warren-buffetts-berkshire-hathaway-added-more-than-35-million-shares-of-jp-morgan-last-quarter.html

      "Bank stocks make up more than $71 billion of Berkshire's stock portfolio, so it's fair to say that Warren Buffett is a big fan of the banking industry as a long-term investment."

      https://finance.yahoo.com/news/warren-buffett-just-invested-1-103300194.html

      It could be because he has faith in the banks solvency. Could be because he's trying to help them stay solvent. In addition to so many more reasons it could also be because he sees a coming storm and believes the government will bail them out again.

      Last year "Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will exercise warrants in Bank of America allowing it to acquire 700 million common shares at an exercise price of $7.14 each, or about $5 billion. At Thursday's closing price, that stake is worth more than $17 billion. Berkshire will also become the bank's largest shareholder."

      https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/30/warren-buffett-just-made-a-quick-12-billion-on-bank-of-america.html

      Wells Fargo got a bailout of $25 billion and they profited by more than $2 billion from that bailout. Many other banks profited also. JP Morgan got $25 billion and profited just under $2 billion from it. Bank of America got $45 billion with a profit of $4.5 billion and these aren't all of Warren Buffett/Berkshire Hathaway bank holdings.

      https://projects.propublica.org/bailout/list

  35. "Iran's oil minister says France's oil giant Total SA has pulled out of Iran after cancelling its $5 billion, 20-year agreement to develop the country's massive South Pars offshore natural gas field over renewed U.S. sanctions."

    https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-oil-minister-frances-oil-giant-total-pulls-out-of-iran/4535873.html

    "China’s CNPC takes over Iranian mega gas project from France’s Total"

    https://www.rt.com/business/444873-iran-gas-cnpc-total/

  36. Hi guys ,

    There's a lot to say about banking industry. But what is sure is that banks in Europe are globally in a weak position . There's so many news , real or fake , coming from everywhere that you can never know exactly where is the truth . But behind the curtains , big money knows and act accordingly .
    If you follow some regional banking indexes , you can have an idea of their respective strength .
    For Europe , you can go to prorealtime.com , open a free account and follow the charts . It's easy to do .
    https://www.prorealtime.com/fr/workstation

    Using the ticker SX7E give you access to the chart of the european banking sector . It speaks for itself . This index is only at a 20% of its peak in 2007 . No strength , a lot of skeletons in various clostes.....
    This will burst , I'm sure of......

    Fur US banking industry , go to :

    https://stockcharts.com/freecharts/

    Using the ticker : $DJUSBK - You can see that there is more strength , but there again the US banking industry , albeit in a good shape , never completely recover from the krach of 2007 . There is still cleansing to do , there .
    Since the beginning of this year , DJUSBK seems to follow the same path than in 2007 , making a rounding top , prelude to a big wave down and potentially a big shock in all markets , as tensions every whre , from trade to yields rise and geopolitics are challenging the very rosy picture of an strong economy .

    As all banks are interlinked , a shock in Europe will have repercutions in US . The best shock candidate for now is Deutsche Bank :
    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46382722

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

    Wolves and buzzards are already circling the bank.

    It's difficult to know where the trigger will come from . But it will come .
    Some people think this is desired and managed from the beginning, including the birth of cryptos , and that the next downturn will be used to create chaos and introduce the future monetary order , with the IMF using blockchain and cryptos to clean the debt burden and perpetuate the system .

    http://www.alt-market.com/articles/3581-imf-reveals-that-cryptocurrency-is-the-new-world-order-end-game

    Why not , no one really knows....
    But if we do have a chaos in the near future , let's say somewhere between 2020 and 2022 , I think there will be a lot of changes , including the loss of support from european politcians for the mullahs , as some big winds of change in the middle east .
    There shoud be a return of geopolitical equilibrium in this planet .

  37. Sometimes I just have to.
    Ray Price -- Make The World Go Away
    https://youtu.be/MzNQapcmRb4

    Sometimes, while I fast from the world of anything that might cause me to over exercise my mind thereby inducing stress and fear, (yeah, for all my bravado, I have fears and the stress thereof) I'll take a few days and disconnect myself from it all and just putter about and actually lend a hand to the cleaning up of the mess I am. I'll watch serious and silly movies almost in a binge, and also explore and enjoy all the wild and crazy things the web provides. Part of the pleasure and privilege of being retired , I suppose.

    It seems to refresh me and allow me to recharge my deep cells. I like to think that I return to the fray with a full heart, and a strong, clear mind. Other times I realize I comeback with a hangover, a throbbing skull, a weak stomach, and minus the courage to stray far from the commode.

    I love to wander. As much as I can, I let my ouija keyboard and this (to me) rather newfound high fangled flying machine I call the web, take control of my fingers. I go everywhere man, I do everything. I travel the world, sightseeing and trying to observe and absorb what I can of the cultures both ancient and modern. Other times I do spaceman things and rocket about the galaxy and as far as the universes allow my imagination to transport me. Strange things happening in my outer space, on par, as strange as the things that are happening in my inner space.

    Expression. How to express?? Live it and give it. This song from the late, great Etta James says more to me about expression than even I can imagine.

    Etta James - I'd Rather Be Blind (Live at Montreux 1975)
    https:// youtu.be/uZt1xKtPbUQ

    Lately everyone is telling us to wake up, open your eyes, quit being a blind girl. See? Before you go I suggest you look back and understand what you are leaving. It's rather warm underneath the wing of the dragon. As I peek out.

    For me, many of the harsh realities are hard bark provided to protect the center, the core of my tree, a bark I struggle to expand as my core grows from within. A right life is a hard business on it's best day. I've had the good fortune to garner my given three score and ten, plus some. That's paramount to me, I've been blessed, and gifted with a fine mind, exceptional memory and a imagination that allows me to travel between past, present and future as if they are the same, same that they are. Of course,, I didn't always know that.

    About the time Dear Etta was composing herself around the heartbreak she suffered and finding the power to express her best. I was in a pool hall with her father, Minnesota Fats. Fats caught us by surprise, he was traveling on old route 66 on his way to Las Vegas. Then as is today old route 66 now interstate 40 and state Hwy 93 north intersected in Kingman Az. town. Way back then when they both ran thru the town passing by the motels and restaurants that seems to skirk the center/core, the courthouse/jail and of course then the bars on front street. Since then the interstate has bypassed all of that an so passed bye. As interstates tend to do.

    On his way through Fats just happened to stop in at the downtown, Delux Bar, to refresh himself and his crew, maybe play some pool. Why not get gas and food money off the rubes along the way. Or so he thought.

    Old Kingman town had some players and we were proud of 'em, Slicker Jim, Jughead, (my old junkie friend) and Three fingered Coursey, to name just a few, hung out at the "rack 'em Sam "pool hall that was in the Delux. You have to understand this was before pool tables were coin operated, so whenever a game was over in order to play another you had to say or yell out "rack 'em Sam" and then Sam Luebertine (please excuse my spelling, he never wrote me a check) would rack the balls and charge you 10 cents for the game. "Rack 'em Sam." Sam always gave a fair rack, or so they said. I say it would depend. God bless you Sam, R.I.P..

    Fats and his crew walk in, two hitters and a great looking blond (GLB)with a small fur about her shoulders. they order drinks for themselves as one of the hitters escorts the GLB to the toilet. Hitters are guys that will hit quick , back in the day the weapon of choice was either a slapjack or a blackjack, both effective and if well used, and almost always, said stop.

    Fats wasn't shy and asked if there were any men in the joint that thought they could play pool for real money, "cash American." After a moment of hesitation, after all it's M. Fats, pride jumps up and the bragging rights to say at least I can say I played M.Fats. took over and Jughead jumped to the fore saying he will play at $5 a rack, pretty big money back in the day. Fats ain't hearing it and wants a race to three for $20. Now then that may not seem like a ton of money, but you need to know how these things go, a race to three at $20 is a opening bet, in other words the race has just began. Gentlemen, start your engines.

    This calls for a confrap, a round table meeting of rubes so to speak, and a gathering of funds and a quick review of the local rules. Ok, sure the Delux boys want to say we all contributed to the pot that skinnied Fats. We all know how to lose, fine, but how do we split the unlikely chance we win. Fair shares is agreed.

    Jughead will play until he is two behind, allowing enough time for our race horse Slicker Jim to study the fat man's game. At that point if our slick one says he can beat the chubby one he will take over and press the bet, making it a race of three to $40. Cool, let's do it, five fools in for $20 apiece.

    Rack 'em Sam.

    Jug plays above his head (see what I did there? Hehe) and stretches his races out to a series of five and refuses Fats badgering to press the bet on the last game only costing the company $20. We got $80 left to play, "What do you think Slick?" "I'm a player, either I win it all or I lose it all,,I'm a player" says Slick. "Let me at him, and I will kick the fat mans ass."

    Rack "em Sam

    At that time all about are fairly relaxed, the hitters that Fats had with him had determined that the bar contained good sports and were happy watching two heros play, win lose lose or draw. The GLB employed her hypnosis, I for one felt her charm, but refused her spell. On the other hand, Jughead who had completed his job, an high as a kite about it, fell victim, she zombied him. No Harm done, he only played the fool as fools go. At that point good times are being had by all, except for Slicker Jim and a fat man from New York. Game on.

    When it is close these thing can go on for hours, as the nite and the game goes the bartender's phone begins to ring. Wives and girlfriends beginning to wonder and enquire. Why aren't you home ? What's going on? Hey Baby, M.Fats is down here at the Delux, Rack 'em Sams, And playing pool against Slicker Jim, and I'm $20 into the game, get your sis to watch the kids, come on down watch this historic moment. She says ( my now x-wife, you can see why) "Yeah right, get your dog ass home, I have to go go to work in the morning and take the kids to school. And you have my car.

    Shit, rack 'em Sam, my ass.

    From what I hear Slick kicked the fat mans ass all over the place and took him down thru there for several hundred dollars and in the end the fat man put his cue on the line to cover all bets. Jim I don't call him slick anymore accepted the bet and won.

    Won, won,, a $10 breakdown cue stick that Fats had a car trunk full of.

    I made my first purchase of XRP in early Oct., for around $.50 I made my most recent purchase of XRP in early Nov., for around $.50. And it hasn't gone to $50.00 yet..??

    WTF? Have I been lied to.LOL

    The POM makes it very easy to HODL
    PTM

  38. Factual specifics to avoid possible misinterpretations of generalizations.

    The European Jewish Congress was held between November 20-21, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

    Rabbi Ariel Muzicant drafted a published article concluding that one of many means to suppress anti-Semitism would be to have all copies of the New Testament to be printed with a warning label indicating that the passages within contain anti-Semitic materials.

    https://lena-mozya.com/2018/11/jewish-leaders-call-for-new-editions-of-the-bible-and-the-koran-to-carry-trigger-warnings-highlighting-anti-semitic-passages/

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6421233/Jewish-leaders-call-religious-texts-carry-warnings-highlighting-anti-Semitic-passages.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline

    https://pulpitandpen.org/2018/11/24/jewish-leaders-demand-bible-publishers-print-anti-semitism-disclaimers-in-new-testament/

    https://www.amimagazine.org/2018/11/28/combating-anti-semitism/

    So much for dialog and inclusion from the efforts of the Second Vatican Counsel.

    1. I’m here Andy. Trying to slowly crawl my way out of a prolonged funk. It’s been many years since I’ve been in this level of funk. But I’m almost there. Been active on Twitter but that’s easy. The good part is that I’m loaded up on ideas for new articles. Just need to realigned my brain and fingers.

      Dane’s been checking in on me through private communications. He’s a good fella for sure.

      1. Mr. Collins:

        Kindly be assured that you are not alone in the world of funk.
        Those who routinely do battle and conflict with evil will tire and exhaust themselves from time to time.
        Funk often occurs in November and December as the level of sunlight changes as the northern areas of the USA and Canada go into winter.
        Rest.
        Thoughts and prayers are with you.
        Together we will support one another and keep doggedly blundering onward.

        Peace Be With You.

        Ozymandias

  39. JC, I often take jabs at you, sometimes for your content more often for your lack thereof. Having been bred to expect one or two week, one a month leaves me to worry.

    I wonder your funk. Is it because your travels and journeys have taken you to a knowledge point even you didn't expect to arrive at? How dare I ask? How dare I not?

    My Admiration
    PTM

    1. I’m almost back my friend. Laid on the bed this morning and allowed myself to feel for the first time in months. Something is coming out. Not sure what it’s going to be though. Thanks Pieter.

  40. Sometimes the ever changing outer world becomes challenging to understand so we retreat to our inward cave searching for the tools to understand it once again. I for one seem to not put the tools back in their proper place so it takes some time to find them and thus some time to use them in order to once again understand the world around me. What keeps me going through these times is knowing that I have the proper tools to work it out. Knowing that gives me comfort that I will be able to square the circle in time 🙂

  41. "How the West eats its children"

    This fascinating article by Voltaire's Thierry Meyssan provides the background to the French Yellow Vests and how it is going to spread to other European countries and it is not about gas tax. This Weekend, there will be more demonstration and it is planned in the Netherlands and Belgium also. Despite the French government's decision to forget about the whole gas tax just today, things are not looking good for the ruling elite. I absolutely recommend this brilliant article and it provides how the collapse of the Soviet Union caused a change for the negative in the minds of the Western ruling elite and how GHWB was involved in all of this. What's certain is that 2019 will not be a peaceful year for the EU if not for the whole planet as the people have decided enough is enough...enjoy the show 🙂

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article204208.html

    1. CD:

      As one of the last sentences in the article the declaration that, "As far as this game is concerned, the Zionist movement has always had a length’s lead", rather clearly sums up the root cause of most global financial issues and power behind "The New World Order".

      It is hard to improve consciousness and all sorts of prosperity, when you are shackled by usury and forced to transfer your wealth to governments and States. Slavery by any other name is still slavery no matter how nefariously it is camouflaged or disguised.

      OZ

      1. Hello Dear Oz,

        I agree. The paragraph you mentioned hints at the elements who have been either a part of this conspiracy or the conspiracy as a whole against the human progress by usury and other crafty techniques to loot the working man which they have forced various governments in committing. One such example is the creation of the Federal Reserve which is neither Federal nor a Reserve but a private bank that was cunningly crafted into the US government just before WWI. The other illegal act was taxation on income as opposed to profit. This is now reversed where working people are forced to pay about a third or more of the salary to a government. The tax on profit is, however rarely acted upon and its called "creative accounting" by the expert accounting firms who come up with fantastic schemes such as trusts and other financial vehicles to avoid tax. The creation of the super-class is not going unnoticed by the majority of the population who are seeing a group of super-wealthy who are getting richer whilst the working man and the middle-classes are having to pay for the ways and lifestyles of the self serving Nouveau riche classes.

        The Zionists in this regard are the agents of the post-WWII who were let loose on the population and have been the agents of corruption on this planet. Apart from their financial criminality, they are also behind so many false flags and terrorism. Yet, it seems that their time is up as the NWO is fast becoming extinct and Zionism and the white colour crimes they have been involved in will be closing shop soon. I will mention that I abhor any form of religious fanaticism that always involved a kind supremacy and Zionism and Islamic fundamentalism are both a corrupting and morally bankrupt system that has aided the ruling classes and has been the enemy of the normal Jews and Muslims alike. It is going to also mention how I feel about Zionism and Pan-Islamism, which are:

        Judaism and Jews Good, Zionism is evil and bad
        Islam and Muslims Good, Pan-Islamism and Islamism are evil and bad

        Also, that both Zionism and Pan-Islamism much like Communism are the tools of Globalism that the ruling elite has devised in order to destroy human societies and ensure the boot stamping on the human face. Associating any criticism of Zionism under the pretext of racism or Anti-Semitism is unacceptable since not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are Semitic or Jewish. Jo Biden in 2007 claimed he is a Zionist and he is not Jewish nor Semitic, he is a Catholic which tells us that Zionism is a political philosophy and never about any religious or racial group that was developed a hundred years ago or so, whilst Judaism is an ancient religion and belief system that is over 5000 years old. Political Islam i.e. Pan-Islamism or just Islamism is exactly about a hundred years old and most likely they were developed and devised side-by-side as a method of control against the people who follow these religious systems and philosophies.

        The current demonstrations in France are precisely the display of anger against the people behind MAcron, the same banking elite this despicable man worked for. Macron was a banker and consequently the agent of the banner elite which we collectively think of every time we hear the name, the Rothschilds. When you leave a population with no assets or stakes in a society, the people will have nothing to lose other than demonstrate their anger and if not remedied, chaos and loss of control may be the outcome. Nevertheless, the French establishment who placed MAcron will act accordingly and bring in the person who should have won the election, the nationalist Marine Le Pen. I am also anticipating that the British establishment if they have any sense left in them to remove Theresa May and place Mr Nigel Farage as the Prime Minister as he is the only British politician who can save Britain from the Nazi EU.

  42. Damn it!! Damn it!! Dog damn it!! There goes the X-Mas money. No gifts for anybody, no booze for me, it has all gone towards XRP. Everybody is going to be mad at me including myself. This year X-Mas was over before it began, nothing for anybody this year, so sure they are hurt as grampa plays the fool. I can't pass the price, it is just too nice.

    Damn it!! Damn it!! Dog damn it!! XRP. Maybe this time next year, they won't be so mad.
    PTM

  43. My Carpe Diem, please, please.
    I just read the link you left to Mr Meyssens most recent article. It is not often Thierry goes into this much depth, but when he does I feel like I'm a midget in a land of giants. Same, same when you link the La Rouche .

    I really don't know where to begin. I almost feel like Masons free writtening's deserve a year or more
    to unpack and by that time things will have changed.

    Mr Diem, I'm really struggling here, I like to think I'm at least getting some of the gist of the message, but upon purview I'm just not so sure, for instance.

    "The world of the apr'es- Soviet Union is one of free circulation, not only of merchandise, but also world capital, under the unique control of the United States, in other words the passage from capitalism to financialisation - not the triumphant culmination of free exchange, but an exacerbated form of colonial exploitation of the whole world, including the west. Within the space of a quarter of a century, the major US fortunes have multiplied many times, and the global wealth of the world has increased considerably."

    I hate to put that heat on you boss, however I fear if I can't get clear on WTF, T.M. is saying there, I can't get passed or anything else out of the rest of the link, article.

    My Carpe Diem, I want to learn, I want to learn so much. I want to pass what I know down, hook it up with mine, their's and all others. Help me with this and I will tell you a story about the time I bumped into an X-old lady of mine, at the Black Cat whore house in Winnimucca , Nv., and got into a knife fight with her pimp.

    Yours Truly
    PTM

    1. My Dearest Pieter,

      Please know that we are both on the same boat named speculation and the sense-making machine that we are bestowed with by the Supreme being is working round the clock, including the sleep state in an attempt in working out the puzzle of this lower world we are all trapped in.

      The paragraph you quoted, I believe (again speculating here) refers to the Post-Soviet era and immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, an era which Russia was literally raped by the Colonialist powers and the neo-Colonials such as the Khazari, and the Chabad brotherhood and I am sure they do not need any introduction. Therefore the term, "Rape of Russia" which many researchers and real and authentic thinkers such as the Noble Lady which we both love and admire, Catherine Austin Fitts. In this hideous era, the Western banking system appointed its agents to buy up Russian assets with USD at a time when Russia was suffering a massive shortage of basics including foodstuff! Russian citizens were given vouchers to the old Soviet assets such as factories tank and artillery, tractor and heavy and useless products which the new Russia could not use in any capacity as a means of making them shareholders or better said stakeholders of the broken-down state. In the middle of all this, a new class or perhaps a super-class of Billionaires emerged who hated Russia but were of Russian origins who were guided by outside interests to buy up the stuff dirt cheap so the new superclass and their western banking cabal to later own not only the whole broth but also the cauldron, i.e. the new Russia!

      You may have heard lately of characters as a Mr Bill Browder who was an American Khazari and now a British citizen. He was only one member of this criminal enterprise. I hesitate to use the term Jew here because I know Jews and Judaism is not the same as what these people represent, and in fact, people such as this person to have given an otherwise peaceful and law-abiding religious group. I can name a few of these so-called Billionaires and one that comes to mind is Roman Abramovich who until 1990 which was just around the collapse of the Soviet Union was living with his mother in a decrepit state-owned Moscow apartment and a year or two later, he started to buy yachts and to satisfy his ego he bought the London based Chelsea football club. I heard that he has recently moved to Israel, because "he feels safer". Whatever that means but it means that their criminality and rape of a whole nation is finally coming to byte their rear ends!

      In any case, I am speculating that rape of Russia gave the Bush clan and later the Clintons as well as a new ruling elite in Europe and elsewhere the impetus to actually do the same to every country on earth. In this regard, you may remember how Libya was raided and looted by the British, French and the US and other EU cabal and it is strange how we don't hear anything about Libya. They say, killing the first person for a criminal is hard but by the second and third etc., it becomes even enjoyable for a psychopath.

      By some account, the total wealth of the Western elite and consequently western nation has increased by 20 times from 1980. Now please, my Dear Pieter, tell me if you received any of this cash and wealth? I for one did not receive a penny even though my nation was looted by the same dark criminal super-class thieves and I lost both a nation and cash to the international mafia! I, therefore, think that Karma is a big nasty bitch and it is now banging the front door of that little French man who's living with his Mom, pardon me, his wife! Saturday, the caravan of poor and destitute will arrive at the thresholds of the Elysee Palace and will demand cakes from the French Queeny. The choice will be Guillotine or Cake 🙂

      This humorous sketch by the English Eddie Izzard talks of this tale of Empires:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVH0gZO5lq0&ab_channel=EddieIzzard

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