Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time, will know, I am a Gold, Silver and Crypto-currency nut (not literally but figuratively). And I’ve been predicting the demise of the dollar as long, though to be honest I wasn’t really sure what the trigger would be. At least, that is, until now.
And those who have read assiduously, will know that the current Gold, Silver and other commodities prices, are possibly (probably?) manipulated by huge American Banks – like JPM, and Goldman-Sachs, Bank of America, CitiCorp, Wells Fargo, Wachovia and the other huge American corporations on behalf of the Federal Reserve, and those who own it – the six or so founding families..
Many will not know why though. They may hazard a guess, but they are likely to be wrong.
The American Dream, has become something of a nightmare in the last few decades, for those at the bottom of the economic heap, as U.S. wages have been compressed for working folk, primarily because large American corporations began outsourcing manufacturing labour to Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, India, China, Vietnam, and the Philipines et-al, in the 1980s.
Of course, we’ve all seen China grow at rates we could only dream of in the west.
China, was courted back in the Nixon era, eventually, it got most favoured nation status, and entered into discussions with the World Trade Organisation some years ago, which has involved opening up its markets, and freeing its currency to trade on international markets – which it must do by the end of 2015.
China’s ascendancy to industrial super-power since 2000, has been rapid, and has been growing at between 8-12% since the 1978 proclamation, by China’s ruler – Deng Xiaoping, that: “there was no virtue in being poor”.
Of course, China now has the second largest economy in the world – after the U.S., and wants a seat at the table of major economies. And the entry price to this select club of nations: America, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Canada – the G7 – is a hefty one.
China, India, Russia, South-Africa and Brazil, – the BRICS – as well as other smaller economic nations make up the G20, but those meet less often, and can influence matters much less.
China, wants a place at the top table and to do that their currency has to be International, and held in the same high regard as the others, and to do that, they need to hold a similar amount of their GDP in Gold reserves as those other nations.
The Americans, claim to have a little over 8,100 tons of gold, with a $16.5 Trillion economy, and Europe has over 5,000 tons – (Germany alone reputedly has 3,700 tons) of Gold. In percentage terms, these figures represent from 2.7% – 4% of their GDP in gold reserves.
However, according to Jim Rickards, those precious metals price manipulations, are done to allow China to accumulate enough gold for when the Renminbi(YUAN), becomes part of the SDR – “The Special Drawing Right.”
It is true that China, is obliged to un-peg its currency to the dollar by the end of 2015, so maybe buying all the gold it can, is an attempt to keep the Yuan, as close to the dollar as it can. Jim Rickards and Jim Willie, have a slightly different take on things.
If China IS trying to match the U.S. which would suggest a similar Gold holding of 8,000 tons then why have they also been buying up Foreign Gold mining companies, and buying the Gold from artisanal miners in Africa, at the rate of circa 40 tons per month, at spot prices?
As you may well know, back in April, 2009, China last disclosed its Gold holdings, at a mere 1,054 tons, which itself was a huge increase from previously disclosed amounts. But in recent years, China was buying over 100 tons per month, though how much they bought surreptitiously we can only speculate.
China intends to be one of the top dogs at the economic table, and its long term plan has been well researched, and intricately progressed, from their 1978 early beginnings, when then China’s ruler – Deng Xiaoping, issued his now famous proclamation.
Since then, China has increased its Gold holdings, slowly at first, but with increasing rapidity, and has been involved in using its dollar reserves to divest itself of some of the $1.4 Trillion it has accumulated in the last 15 years by buying Gold and other tangible assets.
Saudi-Arabia has its own plans too, ever since President Barack Obama offered the hand of friendship to the Kingdom’s sworn enemy – Iran – in an effort to reduce tensions in the middle-east, which have risen partly as a result of Federal Reserve policy, where loosing the printing presses on an unsuspecting world after Long-Term Capital Management fell under in 1998, which has caused rapid currency inflation.
The excess currency, has bid up all kinds of goods, but as usual, mostly food and other items for those on low incomes, and that inflation contributed to problems in the middle-east, which stoked old hatreds.
The source of these problems though led back to that day in March 1973, when King Faisal of the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, met with Henry Kissinger, and the Secretary of State made the King an offer he could hardly refuse.
In return for the Saudis selling their oil in U.S. dollars, and investing those dollars in U.S. Treasuries, the U.S. would protect the Saudi Kingdom from all enemies, domestic and foreign.
And so the scheme of the Petro-Dollar was born. The Saudis got their protection from the Soviets, and others who might covet their immense oil-fields. The Americans, benefited by having a strengthening dollar, due to huge demand for them, after all the other OPEC nations were obliged to follow suit, especially if they wanted a strong currency for their oil, and a share of international oil business.
But after 42 years, is that all about to come crashing down around the U.S. and our ears. The King who made that agreement with the Americans is now dead, and the Saudis, are angry at the Americans cosying up to Iran, and also at U.S. production levels due to fracking. They’ve lost their biggest customer and gained a biggest competitor.
The Saudis, had a position of importance in the world, given the number of barrels of oil that they produce – circa 9.5 million barrels per day, they were the swing producer. When the world needed extra oil, the Americans could make a phone call, and the Saudis could turn on the taps, and the price would come back down.
But, with Russian production at similar levels, and the Americans now producing almost 10 million barrels per day, things have changed.
The Saudis want to protect their market share, and they are a cheap producer. Al-Naimi, the current Saudi Oil Minister, led the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to its Nov. 27 decision to keep production unchanged, ignoring pleas for a cut in the group’s output by several countries: Venezuela, Algeria and other members that depend on higher oil prices to balance their budgets, saying: “If I reduce, what happens to my market share? The price will go up, and the Russians, the Brazilians, U.S. shale oil producers will take my share,” Al-Naimi told the Middle East Economic Survey last month. “Whether it goes down to $20 a barrel, $40 a barrel, $50 a barrel, $60 a barrel, it is irrelevant.”
U.S. exploration and drilling on fracking sites has exploded in the last few years, and the price of oil, as supply has increased, has exploded to the downside from its $147 high in 2007.
When all the unprofitable oil-wells close: the fracked wells, the tar-sands, and the deep water wells, and the exploration that has been postponed or cancelled , as low oil prices are affecting many highly leveraged players, the oil supply will fall too. And as exploration falls, the only producers left will be the low cost ones, producing at less than $40/barrel.
The Americans are not giving up though, as they use technology, and lower headcount to lower costs.
BUT, the Saudis may be about to upset the U.S.’s apple-cart. And this is behind my prediction for the dollar.
News has reached me that the Saudis are conducting secret talks with China. This may be yet another of the 24 (so-far) bi-lateral trade deals that China has made to use Yuan for trade – eschewing the dollar for international trade.
If, as I suspect, the Saudis settle their oil-deals with China in each other’s currency, they will do two things.
The first is that they get a new customer, to replace their most reliable one for the last 5 decades, and one that will pay with a currency that is set to strengthen.
But, the other thing that happens is that most, if not all, of the other OPEC members will probably follow suit. And THAT will be the end of the dollar, and the U.S. way of life that they’ve known since the end of WWII .
As the dollar falls, interest rates will have to rise in the U.S. to encourage people to hold dollars or buy treasury bonds. Derivatives linked to the currency and the U.S. economy will collapse; Banks will fail; we’ll get the bail-ins that have been legislated for, and tested in Cyprus.
International trade will collapse, house prices will collapse as foreclosures take effect, the ripples will spread to Europe.
Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, U.K., France, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, might all experience bank runs.
Even China may experience some difficulties, and money will flood like a tidal wave into the only asset classes, where no-one else is liable – Precious Metals.
In less than a month, we could see Gold and Silver price balloon, and by Christmas, those 10,000 tons I suspect that China now holds, will be several times their current value. Any Treasury Bills held as security against other assets as collateral, will flood to be sold, and the dollar will lose its status as the World’s reserve currency.
If this happens, By 2016, China, will be the number one economy, oil will be back over the equivalent of $100 – possibly as high as $200-300, and the world will experience “Credit Crunch 2.0 – The Meltdown”
Middle-class Americans will lose the feather bedding that the Fed has provided for all these years, and the U.S., will be technically insolvent.
Jim Willie believes events coming to America, partly as a result of the AIIB, and how the Chinese domination of Trade will be used to force a Gold backed currency using gold Trade Certificates, will only add to the Dollar’s woes.
This will be a back-door introduction of a Gold Standard. When that happens, it’s game over for the U.S..
See a recent interview here:
(April 2, 2015)
Jim Willie Quotes:
“Q.E. is a lie… It’s a bail out of Wall Street, and Corporate Banking” – and the AIIB is the creation of a BRICS’ Central Bank.
AIIB Founder Members – U.K., Australia, encouraged others in the Western sphere. France, Germany etc..
Turkey – the gateway to Afghan narcotics production.
Greece & Turkey – end of the pipeline for Russian Gas.
Yuan/RMB Trade swaps – Non-dollar denominated.
Iran/China worth $150 BILLION in trade…
Final word? “Game Over for the Dollar”
In order to protect yourself, you need to do several things. But buying precious metals, silver, gold and digital currencies that no country can inflate away – crypto-currencies – will help.
If you think that this is unlikely, it is, but it is possible. And if that scares you, it should – it does me.
See the links above right.
Some weeks ago, before Xmas, I floated the proposition that “The West” might be about to shoot itself in the head, heart, AND foot, just to make sure.
My reasoning was that Russia, might be about to demand payment in Rubles for their gas and oil and other things, which would effectively shoot the west in the aforementioned organs, as they sought to ratchet up pressure on President Vladimir Putin.
The U.S. through its monetary influences and power in International Organisations – the World Bank, the IMF, BIS, Federal Reserve, and of course the ECB, Bank of England, U.N. and Bank of Japan etc, is waging a war against Russia, in a vain attempt at defending and extending its influence in the middle-eastern region, and throughout the near east, ostensibly to protect itself from the rise of China and a resurgent Russia. (more of which later)
The beginnings of this madness began with the end of the Soviet Union. The west in NATO, and through European organisations made agreements with the Soviets, to not encroach into former soviet countries, yet many of those countries, in order to avoid the risk of re-colonisation, chose to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and/or the European Union. (E.U.). This was also of course to strengthen the U.S’s Federal Reserve backed monetary system, which as I’ve mentioned numerous times is now no longer backed by physical precious metals.
Of course, when the U.S., under its attempt to extend its influence in the region, encouraged the western larger part of Ukraine to throw off its recently elected leader as it were, to rub Putin’s nose in it, and incurred the wrath of the Crimean Russians, and the Russian speaking ethnic Russians east of the Dneiper River, it essentially wandered into Russia’s back-yard, and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The Crimeans, who are predominately ethnically Russian, were backed into a corner, as the new western backed government in Kiev, made the Russian language illegal.
Imagine if you were a Welsh speaking Welsh person, and the incoming British government, made your language illegal? Or Irish? or Highland Scottish and they tried to make Gaelic illegal?
You’d be pretty PO’d too…
The Crimeans, who felt Russian, spoke Russian, and historically WERE Russian – If we remember our history – Balaclava, near to Sevastopol, on the western coast of Crimea, is where the British Light Brigade, charged the Russian guns, to such detrimental effect, in 1854, and it is remembered in the rousing poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. So, a hundred and fifty years ago, this part of the world, was as Russian as it surely is today.
The President, of Russia, kept a low profile recently, and even disappeared from view for ten days, prompting mass media speculation by western media about his health. Of course, when he reappeared, the President issued a wry smile, and joked about “gossip”.
But behind the scenes, the Russian bear is fighting back against the Dollar hegemony. Of course the war of words is being ratcheted up as American military conduct war games in Estonia, this week-end, a former Soviet satellite nation, and right next to the Russian mainland.
Guyane Chichakyan a journalist for RT, posed an interesting question to one of the U.S. government’s PR spokespersons today (Saturday) when she asked Jeff Rathke of the U.S. State Department: Why was it that when Russia conducted military exercises on their own soil, it was supposedly raising tensions, but when Americans conducted military exercises several thousand miles away from home on Russia’s borders, it was in the guise of international peace and security.
The PR guy nearly choked on his reply, denying that they had ever said such a thing, to which, RT showed a clip of Jen Psaki of the U.S. State Department, on August 14th, 2014, doing just that, when referring to events in Ukraine and close to the Ukrainian border. As I mentioned some months ago, the next world war has already begun as a war of words, and for people’s hearts and minds. Every channel, both public and private will be used. It will in all inevitability end in a military war, though perhaps not on such a full-scale as the last one in 1939.
But perhaps also the anti-U.S. state of mind is gathering steam… As I mentioned some weeks ago, Britain applied to become a founding member of the AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) the alternative to the U.S. dominated World Bank and IMF, and we hear from the New York Times, that now Germany, France and Italy wish to join in defiance of U.S.’s (cough) “requests”.
Perhaps the dollar’s end as a major world currency is finally coming to an end, as a result of the mass Q.E. exercise of recent years.
It is time we all engaged our brains.
And then last week, I read this… http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/19/4696 which discusses just that.
If a shooting war does begin in earnest, money – hold in your hands money – will allow you to survive the inevitable inflation that will ensue, and the grey market will offer up far more than the government enforced, and controlled ones. If you value your freedoms, liberties, and the health and well-being of your family and friends, I strongly suggest you begin preparing – if you haven’t already.
Gold and Silver coins and widely accepted silver and gold ingots of widely known mints will prove to be good ways to secure your own future “essentials”. And Bitcoin, and other [Alt-coins] will enable international transactions. You can begin your own FREE collection of these precious [Alt-coins], when you set up an account by merely supplying an e-mail address.
Ever since the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the events in Belgium, Syria, Greece, and Ukraine, I’ve been reflecting on ideologies.
There are many ideologies, from religious, to economic and those drive political ideologies, but also national ideologies. These ideologies have many positive outcomes, however, they all suffer from being pickled in aspic (stuck in the past we might prefer to put it.).
So what is an ideology?
Simply put, an ideology, is a set of beliefs, which comprise a whole belief system.
National Socialism (which was espoused by the Nazis of 1930s Germany) was an ideology that blamed others for the state of the nation. However, if one reads Hormegeddon by Bill Bonner, it was mostly because those who pulled the strings, mis-directed the economy, by spending too much on arms and munitions, and finding scapegoats for their shortcomings, first in Poles, and later in the Jews, but which in reality, the policies stole wealth from the individual consumers, and businesses, and directed it to non-productive assets, and products whose sole aim was to be destroyed. Bullets are used once, bombs too, and their cost is borne by the producers of real wealth via taxes. Over the 15 years from 1930 ’til the end of the war, the German real economy shrank by some 40%.
Religions are ideologies too. The problem for the world’s great religions is that they were idealised during man’s early awakening (in a critical thinking sense) and before science made many of those beliefs out-dated, or no longer of any real merit.
Many firm believers of the three major religions still believe that “homosexuality” is a sin, when science long ago (late 1970s – 1983) confirmed that the sexual stamping of the brain occurs initially in the first tri-mester of gestation – when the hormones that engulf the growing foetus, change the structures of the brain to identify with the chromosomes, (XY for boys, XX for girls) and this sexual stamping system can be interfered with by stress in the mother, in which the stress hormones – cortisol, and adrenalin mask the testosterone or oestrogen produced by the mother, and the absorption of these by the infant (See: “Sex and the Brain” by Joe Durden Smith and Diane de-Simone) The sexual stamping process is not a single event though, much as we would like to believe it to be, but a series of events at about 12-13 weeks, 24-26 weeks, and at puberty. The most acute cases mean the recipient of this cocktail of chemicals may seek gender re-assignment later in life, or be gay or lesbian depending on the extent of the interruption. This explains, why the events of the Depression and World War II led to an increased proportion of the population with these “imperfectly sexual stamped” individuals in the fifties, sixties and seventies when they matured.
Some will merely be slightly affected, giving girls a “tomboyish” outlook, while young boys may play with what have traditionally been girl’s toys – such as dolls and the like. Their voices and adam’s apples not fully developing as in a fully masculinised male when puberty strikes.
In other religions, it is forbidden to eat pork. This practice was not an issue in Northern Europe, where for several months of the year, the cold weather meant pork was edible for longer periods and using salt as a preservative, or cooking or smoking, and then further preserved at cooler temperatures, meant this staple food source was a welcome edition to diets during what would normally be a lean period of the year.
In the 6th century Middle-East, where temperatures regularly exceed 40 degrees Celcius during the day, pork, without temperature control, would be rancid within a day, and seriously affect people’s health. It therefore made perfect sense in the first to the nineteenth centuries to avoid this potential food source, until refrigeration had been invented.
In a desert climate too, the wearing of sandals, head coverings, and loose clothes made perfect sense as these protected both from the heat of the day, and the cool of the night. For a woman too, it disguised their form, allowing her to travel in perhaps more safety, especially as the nearest law enforcement maybe some miles away in the form of a father or other male protective figure. In more temperate climes, the enforcement of these dress rules is perhaps carrying this ideology too far.
In politics too, ideologies can be taken too far. William Bonner aka Bill Bonner, makes the case very articulately in his book Hormegeddon, that too much of a good thing can be very bad for you. In post WWII Europe, where the death of millions, and the wrecking of Europe’s economy, meant the public yearned for a world fit for returning heroes and heroines.
In America, FDR’s new deal, had introduced new social policies, all paid for by the Federal Reserve’s largesse, which they were able to do, after Roosevelt had issued his now famous Executive Order, which sequestered the nation’s Gold and Silver, which had been revalued upwards by 40%, when the Gold price went up from $25.00 an ounce to $35.00, though also increased the national debt to over 200% of national income.
In the UK, a Labour controlled new government ushered in the National Health Service, a new national education service, and many of the social policies, that are now promising to bring the country to the brink of bankruptcy. As Mrs Thatcher so eloquently put it… “The trouble with socialism is, that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
In Europe, the Treaty of Rome formed the Iron, Coal and Steel Federation where the original six countries – France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Italy became the foundation of what was later to become the European Union (EU), after other evolutions into the EEC (European Economic Community) and the EC (European Community).
The cornerstone of this enlarged area was the European Court which included the Court of Human Rights, and as these rights have extended, those rights have placed increasingly larger financial burdens on distressed European taxpayers.
Reluctance to raise taxes by most politicians due to not wishing to commit political suicide.
Capitalism, too can have its ideological boundaries, when taken to extremes. The market can be brutal and it was because of this that many believed a different model was necessary.
Ideology therefore, places restrictions on change, and growth means change. When you restrict yourself to an ideology, of whatever persuasion, you close your mind to newer more enlightened beliefs.
Pigs, if kept in sanitory conditions are not unclean, and when slaughtered they have been the back-bone of British diets since the middle ages. Killing animals in a humane manner, is how enlightened people should treat their potential food sources, and allowing girls the same educational opportunities as their male counterparts shows that you believe that everyone should be able to reach their potential.
The problem for many ideologies, is they have failed to re-examine their beliefs, and a new enlightenment is long overdue.
Political and religious leaders – are you listening?
This piece will be short and to the point, and full of visual elements, in keeping with modern trends.
Our monetary system has by many independent commentators become corrupted, and this has been allowed because of the benefits to the few. It begins with a discussion of Fiat versus, “Real” money. Continues with discussion on the future, and then finally discusses why we got what we got.
Egon von Greyerz, talks about the currency devaluation over the last 100 years versus Gold, and how with charts he suggests that the U.S. is technically bankrupt.
The end result of which will be a collapse of the currency and with it much of Western Banking and finance.
In the second half of this next video, Max Keiser talks to Bitcoin entrepreneur – José Rodriguez, about crypto-currencies, and how both Mexico, and Argentina, have taken to them, to help solve their financial problems, which have beset the two countries, because of corruption, and the dominance of the American Banking System, which has had a detrimental affect on their nation’s finances.
And the British political scene seems to have opened up in this last election pre-season friendly, as some of the political commentators, seem to have tripped up, and lost some of their moral high ground.
Maybe some good will come of all this.
A corrupt Media system, policing a corrupt political process, presiding over a corrupt monetary system, for its own mutual survival.
Who’d have thought it?
Russian Roulette – Is the west about to shoot itself in the head, heart and the foot – just to make sure?
One year on, as the Federal Reserve celebrates another birthday, both Gold and Silver were beaten down in the London aftermarket close, while trading was at its lowest. And the Russian Rouble was similarly attacked by those behind the curtain.
As the Russian Rouble recovers some of its losses of the last week, in the last few days, I have been re-visiting some of my reading matter, of the last few weeks.
Ever since Russia annexed Crimea, ostensibly to give citizenship to ethnic Russians, but many feel it was to save its only warm water port, “The West”, has been ratcheting up the tension and the rhetoric on Russia.
The NATO block has interfered in Ukraine, too many times. The American led organisation the IMF, has been interfering, with its money, and the West has provided IMF led financial support to the Ukrainian Government and military, and rumours abound, that the IMF and its minions have taken Ukraine’s Gold – some 40 tons apparently – as a surety. (Rumoured to be the source of Holland’s recently returned 127 tons of Gold).
According to Bloomberg today, Ukraine has sold more of its Gold holdings, reducing its holdings from 26.1 tons, to 23.6 tons (2.5 tons) and Russia has bought more rising from 1,168.7 tons to 1,187.5 tons (18.8 tons).
But Russia is not the one in trouble – the Fed and the U.S. is. Russia’s Debt to GDP ratio is roughly 11 percent. What is the Debt to GDP ratio in the United States? According to the IMF it’s 112 percent. What is the Debt to GDP ratio in Japan? It’s a staggering 230 percent. And Russia is sitting on a lot of reserves of very valuable natural resources.
So Russia is not going to fold because of some pressure coming from the United States or NATO. And the real tragedy of all this is the collapse of the rouble is really hurting the Russian people. This is being done by the West as a method of financial warfare. The latest sanctions against Crimea are just hurting the people of Crimea.
According to Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Russia could unleash possibly one or more “Black Swan” events. For those not familiar with the term, it is a reference to the fact that most swans are White, but occasionally, one is born Black, but is so infrequent as to be impossible to predict, and here is the scary part.
Both Russia and China now don’t believe in the cold war rhetoric of Mutually Assured Destruction – or MAD as it was known.
Now both appear to be willing to make a “First Strike”.
He also recently said about the Gold and silver markets…
“The downward manipulation of the prices of precious metals prevents the “crisis warning transmission system” from properly functioning. More important, the decline in the price of gold/silver vs. the U.S. dollar conveys the illusion that the dollar is strong at a time when, in fact, the dollar should be under pressure from the over-issuance of dollars and dollar-denominated debt.
What we have been experiencing since the 2008 crisis is not only the subordination of US economic policy to the needs of banks “too big to fail,” but also the subordination of law and the financial regulatory agencies to the interests of a few private banks. The manipulation of the bullion markets is illegal whether done by private parties or on public authority, and so we have the spectacle of the US government supporting a handful of banks via illegal means. Not only has economic accountability been set aside, but also legal accountability.”
What people also don’t know, is that the Russians are ready to shelter the majority of their population in major cities in the event of a nuclear war. By contrast, the United States only has facilities for the elite and key personnel in the form of roughly 234 underground bases. These bases are referred to by the military and the elite as Deep Underground Military Bases (or DUMB).
And reports are surfacing from U.S. food processors about huge orders of food by U.S. government agencies to be delivered to these underground bases. The key is the government has requested immediate shipment of this food so that it can be stockpiled. While this stockpiling, has been going on, reports have also surfaced from store managers from all over the country, that a large selection and quantity of food is disappearing from grocery store shelves in states where these underground bases are located such as Kentucky, West Virginia, Kansas, Pennsylvania, etc.
Also, in 2008, the U.S. government ordered 600 million rounds of soft-nosed hollow-point ammunition – 2 rounds for every person in America to be delivered over 6 years.
These are the type of preparations that would be taken if it appeared that civil unrest, world war, or a possible nuclear exchange was on the horizon.
Meanwhile, the Chinese are buying factories, farms, mines, fresh water resources, etc. Other Far Eastern and Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds are also accumulating these key resources. The Chinese and the Russians understand that at the end of the day it’s all about natural resources and being able to deliver these natural resources to a market that has the money or gold to pay for these key commodities.
A cyber attack on the West’s Banks could close down the banking system for days or weeks. What would that do to the West’s economies? Just think Sony, only ten or a hundred times worse…
If Russia was attacked or provoked more seriously, they could respond by dumping U.S. Treasuries and Dollars, or by asking for delivery on gold futures contracts forcing a default at the COMEX, and/or LBMA.
Or they could just ring up all the leaders in Europe, and tell them, they won’t sell any more Gas/Oil except in roubles, or sell any to NATO members. Germany, France, Italy, and even the U.K., would cave in a heart-beat.
People used to think that those who were preparing for disaster – “Preppers” – were crazy. Now we see the United States government ordering survival kits for employees of every major bank as well as key personnel at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
On this side of the pond, Europe teeters on the brink of a financial disaster. And if Russia simply stated it would not repay loans it has taken from European and U.S. banks (at least not yet) then it might force a rerun of 2008 which would seem like it was a nice day at the shops by comparison.
The European Parliament, as UKIP’s Nigel Farage is so fond of saying, has become a talking shop, a mouthpiece with no teeth. It also hasn’t had its accounts signed off for several years, making monitoring its politicians all but impossible. It has been called a gravy train.
Finally, I ran across two great quotes from the past. They are food for thought.
“The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman phlebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing.”
– President Theodore Roosevelt
“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.
In the name of God, go!”
– Oliver Cromwell – To the Long Parliament – 20 April 1653.
And tonight Sky News got into the fray, when it ran a programme called “The Doom Boom”, suggesting that those who are preparing for the forthcoming crash are somewhat crazy, or slightly unstable, yet the evidence above would suggest, that they may be just doing the only sane thing they can.
We wish all those who have read this over the last year, a Happy Christmas and Festive Season, and a safe and prosperous New Year.