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15 June 2012 Thought for the Week:
The test of any political system is the individual it produces. The final fruits of association accrue to the individual, and the destiny of every man's temporal desire is a free, secure life, incited by curiosity, satisfied with growing wisdom, and virile with health. To that end the new civilisation will press on.
The (present) dying order is young only in the extent and vigour of its dominating powers. It is static, if not retrogressive, but its means of defence are formidable, being entrenched in established legalism, in the morality of all orthodoxies, in the conservatism of education, and in the universal system of nepotism in administrative offices of all kinds. It is supported by propagandist organisation which has the monopolistic power of exclusion as well as the hypnotic powers of endless reiteration, and which can unleash the tiger on its own behalf at short notice, and create a maddened or witless horde overnight.
But the spearhead of a new consciousness, the realism from which will spring a civilisation of greater grace and clearer light, finds every chink in this jointed armour.
- - Charles Jones in “The New Civilisation” 1938
THE PEREFECT CRIME? MEUM AND TUUM?
That which belongs to me and that which is another's: Meum is Latin for “what is mine,” and Tuum is Latin for “what is thine.” If a man is said not to know the difference between meum and tuum, it is a polite way of saying he is a thief.
It is such a pleasure to reread the articles published in the Social Credit journal “The Fig Tree” produced during the late 1930s. The one entitled “The Perfect Crime” by The Rev. G.R. Robertson was published in the September 1938 edition and yet is as new as tomorrow.
Truth is stranger than fiction, and if we are seeking perfection in crime we can easily find a higher standard than this. Someone would need to know about it; it would need to be gross; it would need to deceive greatly; it would need to be a case of deceiving or bribing judges, or governments, or whole peoples. Crime implies the breaking of a law, or of some canon of right, and so, of course, "perfection" of crime is a contradiction in terms. But there have been crimes so enormous, so flagrant, so baffling, so elusive, that one may, in a sense, admire them, and call them magnificent!
The Bank Charter Act of 1844 was designed to prevent banks or the Bank from "creating credit," i.e., from issuing paper money which did not represent real money. Its intended effects are very ably described by Professor Courtney in the article on Banking in the Encyclopaedia Britannica (ninth edition)
"Supposing the bank were in difficulties, is it to be allowed to right itself by setting aside the principle of meum and tuun, and seizing on what belongs to others? The directors would be the first to repudiate such a doctrine, which must be rejected by all men who have any sense of honour or regard for character."
These words, written more than fifty years ago, (now well over 100 years ago…ed) are the perfect commentary on the transaction of 1931, commonly known as "going off the Gold Standard." The words of supreme significance in that transaction are the request of the Bank of England to the British Government:
A certain weekly paper quoted as a wise and striking remark, "The entire economic structure of the world is founded upon four words on a Bank of England note, "I Promise To Pay";
Comment: And still, neither the mainline press, governments, nor judges will uphold the law when it comes to the banking/financial system - or the laws enacted by governments have been tailored to suit banks/financial systems to the detriment of the people whom they are ‘bound to serve’. Further reading:"The Tragedy of Human Effort" by C.H. Douglas
THE GREAT AMERICAN (NOW WORLD-WIDE) BUBBLE MACHINE
Matt Taibbi has written before on the scandals of the banking system. “Orwellian – SEC May Have Been Hiding Wall Street Crimes”
Taibbi is a contributing editor for the magazine Rolling Stone and author of five books, most recently The Great Derangement and Griftopia, plus a winner of the US National Magazine Award for commentary. He wrote:
But this is it. This is the world we live in now. And in this world, some of us have to play by the rules, while others get a note from the principal excusing them from homework till the end of time, plus 10 billion free dollars in a paper bag to buy lunch. It's a gangster state, running on gangster economics, and even prices can't be trusted anymore; there are hidden taxes in every buck you pay. And maybe we can't stop it, but we should at least know where it's all going…” Read more:
PAYDAY LOANS: BISHOP HITS OUT AT ‘SINFUL’ INTEREST RATES
The Bishop of Durham says interest rate of 4,000%, as charged by Wonga, has been considered 'usurious' since the time of Moses, writes Jill Insley for the guardian.co.uk,
The bishop said he was not describing the lenders as immoral or saying they were acting improperly, "but they have become the only resort for people in many parts of the country where traditional banks and credit unions are just not available". He said the surge in use of payday lenders – Wonga alone has extended 4m loans worth £1bn in little more than four years – reflected the increasing numbers of people being forced to collect food from church foodbanks each month. The bishop, who recently visited a food bank in Chester-le-Street, said: "I find it bizarre and horrifying in this day and age to see this happening. It shocked me that so many people were coming there for help after running out of money before the end of their financial month."
The Church of England has long expressed concern about the activities of short-term, high-cost lenders: in December 2011 the Church Commissioners extended the Church's ban on investing in doorstep lending to include the online payday loans industry, meaning none of its £8bn investment portfolio can be directed at such lenders and pawnbrokers. James Featherby, chair of the Church's Ethical Investment Advisory Group, said the revision of the policy acknowledged "the importance of access to credit for all members of society. But it is not prepared to sanction investment by the Church's investing bodies in companies charging triple-digit interest rates to some of the most vulnerable customers of the financial services industry".
Wonga refused to comment on the bishop's statement, but in a recent interview with the Guardian the company's co-founder Errol Damelin said critics were wrong to focus on cost. "We do, as a society, want access to credit delivered in a responsible way … There's real demand from people – and businesses – for help in spreading the costs that they incur. Without that ability, then you might not have the opportunity for anybody who isn't very wealthy to get access to things like education, fixing a car that breaks down, or entertainment."
The Consumer Finance Association (CFA), a trade association which represents payday lenders, has requested a meeting with Welby to discuss the matter in person. John Lamidey, chief executive of the CFA, said: "Only the bishop is in a position to say whether the interest rates on payday loans are immoral or sinful. However, we do understand his concerns because payday loans are misunderstood by many people, particularly those who do not use them. "The interest rates that the bishop refers to are APRs – annualised percentage rates – which completely misrepresent the true cost of a payday loan. It's similar to suggesting that the typical annual cost of a rental car might be close to £15,000, rather than a daily rate of £40. "Telling customers the total cost of credit in real terms to ensure they understand how much their loan will cost, rather than quoting confusing APRs, is clearly beneficial for the customer." Lamidey added that research shows the vast majority of customers use payday loans to smooth out peaks and troughs of their finances, rather than relying on them month to month.
However, the bishop of Durham pointed out that as the former group treasurer of a major oil company, he was well accustomed to how the financial services industry and financial products functioned. "I am not buying the argument that it's only costing £40. We know that they are lending to people on benefits and that's a huge amount to pay for someone in those circumstances," he said…."
What about a ‘just price and a ‘just tax’?
"There is surely no need to rehearse before the older reader the appalling sequence of degenerative changes which have degraded our society from one based upon the laws, customs, social mores and Constitution derived from our long Christian tradition (both for unbelievers as well as be1iever) to a multi-racial, multi-creedal and largely pagan or atheistic society with no common basis of belief (except in money) of morals or of law and order. But the young will have no direct experience to rely upon and no means of knowing that the corrupt and decaying society we have experienced since the 1960's was not always the norm, unless the Church boldly tells them so, and why.
"It is easy to shrug off this and much else in vague terms as due to the sinfulness of man, which indeed is what debt-money plays upon, but if we consider the extent to which money enters into almost every aspect of life, its universal standard of degenerating value cannot fail to lead the way. Credit, i.e. debt, is the monetary expression of 'take now, pay later'; it is a time-grab, and is now the basis of our whole civilisation. It is a huge and terrible nettle, but it has to be grasped…" (emphasis added…ed)
Editor's comment: I don’t believe words are enough from the good bishop. It has been my experience the ‘leaders’ of the church will not examine ‘the money question’. As to why, that is a question they must answer. But they need to know, more and more people are asking: Why not?
WILL THE EXPERIMENT END WITH A WHIMPER?
by James Reed
The chatterers love the word “booming”, and in their stories always have a local who tells us “I don’t think we can afford to be “paranoid” enough. Our food future is being sold to a nation that could eat, many times over, the whole country. Let our chatterers be the first to starve.
ARE WE ALL SOON TO BE FUKUSHIMAED?
by Brian Simpson
Now the punch line. Another earthquake, in this earthquake-prone zone, and the world faces a nuclear catastrophe. The infrastructure needed to remove the fuel rods from reactor No.4 was destroyed and the Japanese are not moving to deal with the problem. Internet news sources point to a media cover-up, perhaps because the same defects may be present in many other reactors across the Earth. The conspiracy cover-up of the deaths and other health defects from the radioactivity already emitted from Fukushima is being called “Plum-gate”.
Death by Science - Scientific Suicide
THE GREAT VACCINE DEBATE
by Brian Simpson
In England incidents of smallpox after vaccination rose from five per cent in the beginning of vaccinations to 95 per cent by 1895, and a serious epidemic occurred in 1872, even after mandatory smallpox vaccinations.
In conclusion there seems to be a prima facie case against vaccinations made by the article but we do not make any medical recommendations here. Obviously one would need to also evaluate the case for vaccines made by the medical establishment, and make up your own mind in the light of the total evidence. Government websites will give the pro case. You may also care to consider the following we carry on the subject.
THE WAR MACHINE: PROTESTS AT THE NATO SUMMIT IN CHICAGO
What was recently going on in Chicago? As the war machine visited Chicago recently, American war veterans renounced the wars they fought in and threw their medals in the direction of the summit.
GERMAN TROOPS ASKED MERKEL WHY THEY’RE AT WAR
Remember this report in April? German troops in Afghanistan called on Angela Merkel to explain why they're at war, by Mail Foreign Service, Daily Mail 21 April 2010.
Under pressure: German troops are calling on Chancellor Angela Merkel to tell them why they're at war in Afghanistan. German soldiers are wearing their hearts on their sleeves - in the form of a badge that protests their country's involvement in the war in Afghanistan. Some troops have taken to wearing the cloth accessory that states - ironically - 'I fight for Merkel' in a bid to persuade the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain exactly what they are fighting and dying for.
Four more troops were killed, and five badly injured, in Afghanistan last week. Seven soldiers have died there so far this month, bringing the total to 43 in all since they were first deployed eight years ago. Unable to engage the Taliban directly on the ground, frustrated by their government’s inability to acknowledge they are even engaged in a war and angered by the lack of popular support for their mission, the badges are a low-key mutiny that has sent shock waves through the top brass of the Bundeswehr.
Chancellor Merkel is to make a statement to parliament tomorrow. Her spokesman said she wants to make clear her 'high-esteem' for the work of the German soldiers in Afghanistan in the light of the recent casualties. But she will be speaking in the Reichstag after being put under pressure from U.S. General Stanley McChrystal, who arrived in Germany today with a brief from the White House to get the Germans to do more in Afghanistan.
Germany has the third largest presence in Afghanistan after the U.S. and Britain.
The trouble for Mrs Merkel is that German involvement is deeply unpopular with some 80 per cent of the public, who want the troops to come home. Germany’s disastrous wars of the last century have left its public with a deep pacifistic streak. The German press has been swift to condemn the government for its indecisiveness.
The Financial Times Deutschland said: 'With every dead German soldier in Afghanistan, the calls for an immediate withdrawal grow louder. This reflex shows that the German public is still not clear about the character of the mission. The politicians are largely to blame. Since the beginning of the mission eight years ago they suppressed a realistic description of the situation... Deaths, injuries, battles and heavy weaponry -- none of these suit the picture that was painted back then.'
The left-wing Berliner Zeitung said: 'Why are German soldiers in Afghanistan at all? As the chancellor and her government are still sticking to the military mission there it is their duty to explain it. But she has failed to do so. 'This can be explained by her basic attitude - it is only worth talking about problems when they become virulent.
LETTER TO THE PRESS
Weekly Times. Dear Editor,
- - Sincerely, Ken Grundy Naracoorte SA.
LETTER IN THE PRESS
Letter to the Editor, Herald Sun, 21 May, 2012:
- - Ron Fischer, Sebastopol Victoria
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