If you take a minute to understand how our money is created, the perversity and corruption in our system will become clear. And, when I say system, I mean our monetary system to be sure, but also our entire system of government as it functions today. Oh, and not just our system, everybody's system, as you will see below.
Most of our money starts out in life as debt. When the Federal Government of the United States of America decides that it needs money that it otherwise does not have, it issues debt ….. bonds. Those bonds are sold at auction by the Treasury Department. Much if not most all of these bonds are purchased by a group of twenty or so large, mostly Wall Street banks designated by The Federal Reserve Bank as "Primary Dealers".
As always, click on the map above to see the source information. although because I don't know the collection date for the map, the source info from the CIA Factbook might be different.
It certainly won't be improved.
Interestingly, The Federal Reserve Bank or "The Fed" as it is commonly known is not an agency of the Federal Government of the United States of America as one would reasonably expect by virtue of it's name. It rather is a privately held institution, owned in large part by ..... wait for it ..... the "Primary Dealers. The Federal Reserve Bank adds or subtracts money from the economy by trading government bonds with the "Primary Dealers", mostly always at a profit to the "Primary Dealers".
Purchasing bonds from the "Primary Dealers" injects cash into the economy as the Federal Reserve simply makes a journal entry into it’s own computer system for it's own account, and in so doing it deposits a sum of money which did not exist one instant before and thus some number of billions of dollars of new money is born out of thin air. It only dies when the Fed subsequently sells those bonds back into the economy, thus drawing cash out of the economy, or when the government pays that money back by redeeming it's previously issued bonds. In other words, that money is for the most part immortal.
The Federal Government of the United States of America then pays the interest on this debt out of tax revenue.
Lately the Federal Reserve Bank has on occasion been buying the bonds back from the "Primary Dealers" the very next day following their original purchase by the "Primary Dealers" from the Treasury Department. This enables these preferred banks to buy the next batch of new bonds and then subsequently resell them to the Federal Reserve Bank at another profit whenever the Federal Government of the United States of America again decides that it needs to spend some money that it does not have. Usually, that would be tomorrow.
This practice is the nuts and bolts process commonly referred to as "Monetizing The Debt".
Here is where it gets real interesting ..... at least to me. Congress is empowered by the Constitution to “coin” money without ever having to fool around with The Fed, issuing bonds, debt or making interest payments. U.S. Constitution - Article 1 Section 8 begins as follows: The Congress shall have Power To ….. some stuff you should probably take the time to read ….. Clause 5, “Coin Money, regulate the Value thereof” ….. and then some other stuff you should probably also take the time to read.” Congress punted on that right with the passage of The Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which Act created The Federal Reserve Bank as a privately held institution.
Were the Federal Government of the United States of America or any other nation in the world for that matter, to simply make it's own entry into it’s own account at it's own bank, rather than the privately owned institution that it now banks with, there would be no debt, no sale of bonds and no need to pay any subsequent interest payments out of tax receipts.
There most certainly would be instances of inflation, which would most certainly be underreported by a legion of governmental economists kept on the payroll, in one way or another, for purposes of massaging numbers in an effort to obscure the true rate of inflation in a cynical effort to evade accountability to the American people. BUT ..... how is any of that different from what we have today?
The hidden benefit here is of course that there would be no insider profits to be had for the "Primary Dealers”. Which profits they are presently using for the purchase of among other things, legislation that suits their own special interests, largely to the detriment of the American people. That last part there is just my opinion.
Were we to simply cut out the middle man by chartering a bank that is wholly owned by the American people through the Federal Government of the United States of America and let it give birth to it's own money, a lot of our problems, most notably our debt, would become a whole lot more manageable.
Doesn't that strike you as an ever so much better approach? It certainly worked for Andrew Jackson.
As always, click the image below for a trip to a decent but mildly opinianated little piece on the issue.
As an aside,
The last sentence of the above article reads,
"In 1974, President Gerald Ford signed legislation that permitted Americans again to own gold bullion."
It should have been followed by the following,
"And in so doing, realiized a tidy little profit for the federal government of the United States of America."
Not entirely sure what "recover real value" means in the above chart.
Thought about it for a minute.
Decided I just didn't care.
Producers, remixers and label owners, they're really isn't anybody quite like them.
It's easy to kill a cold winter afternoon cruising their YouTube site which is an activity, I both endorse and partake in myself at least once a year.
From their 2012 Album, Electro Swing and Gospel Breaks, here is the video for their remix of The Golden Gate Quartet's accapella classic, Gospel Train.
A click on the image to the right will take you to Skeewiff's YouTube page.
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
" ... It’s a well established principle of journalism — one that is rarely followed when it comes to powerful people in D.C. — that journalists should expose, rather than protect and conceal, sources who purposely feed them false information to be disseminated to the public.
Is that what happened here? Did these “multiple sources” who fed not just CNN but also MSNBC and CBS completely false information do so deliberately and in bad faith? Until these news outlets provide an accounting of what happened — what one might call “minimal journalistic transparency” — it’s impossible to say for certain. But right now, it’s very difficult to imagine a scenario where multiple sources all fed the wrong date to multiple media outlets innocently and in good faith.
If this were, in fact, a deliberate attempt to cause a false and highly inflammatory story to be reported, then these media outlets have an obligation to expose who the culprits are — just as the Washington Post did last week to the woman making false claims about Roy Moore (it was much easier in that case because the source they exposed was a nobody in D.C., rather than someone on whom they rely for a steady stream of stories, the way CNN and MSNBC rely on Democratic members of the Intelligence Committee). By contrast, if this were just an innocent mistake, then these media outlets should explain how such an implausible sequence of events could possibly have happened."
I never got Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.
And it isn't because I didn't try.
I know about how they influenced so many bands that became popular and how the "classic line up" split up and into Talking Heads and all kinds of succesful projects. And how so many groups have covered Road Runner and Pablo Picasso and whatever.
Then finally my friend Cassandra dragged me to a Jonathan Richman show, and it all became perfectly clear.
Jonathan Richman is the single most adorable and vulnerable performer I have ever seen, and maybe that has ever been.
Every woman in the place wanted to take him home, spoon feed him some milk and cereal and then do him right there on the kitchen table.
This might also be true of about a full third of the guys.
So, here is Jonathon Richman and probably the third version of the Modern Lovers.
At 7:48 AM Hawaii time, December 7, 1941, began the events of that day which according to Franklin Roosevelt, would live in infamy, as Japan excecuted a suprise attack, that maybe wasn't, on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
One hundred eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.
Eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged. Four were sunk. All but the USS Arizona were later raised. Six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer.