November 2010


“Of all the many ways of organising banking, the worst is the one we have today.”

Mervyn King (Governor of the Bank of England) – speaking on banking reform in New York – 25th October 2010

 

The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.

Unknown Source

 

The following words arrived recently in my inbox. It is great to see that there are think tanks actively addressing our current outdated and self-destructive banking system.

John 

14 November 2010

http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/2010/11/14/beginning-of-a-monetary-revolution

Mervyn King and Martin Wolf know it and the word is spreading about the bank’s dirty secret – their power to create credit out of nothing and mix it up with our savings…

“The essence of the contemporary monetary system is creation of money, out of nothing, by private banks often foolish lending.”

These are the words, not of a monetary crank, but of The Financial Times’ Chief Economics Commentator, a member of the national Independent Commission on Banking (ICB), and probably the most decorated and prestigious economics journalist in the country.  Martin Wolf wrote them in an article last week defending the Federal Reserve’s right to embark on a second round of Quantitative Easing.  He went on to say: “Why is privatisation of a public function right and proper, but action by the central bank, to meet pressing public need, a road to catastrophe?”

Quite so Martin.  The truth is, as was explained at a conference in central London this weekend organised by Positive Money in collaboration with nef (economics as if people and the planet mattered), that banks are no longer just intermediaries of our money.  Rather, they are the creators of our money. Most estimates suggest that between 97-99% of the money in our economy is created as interest-bearing debt by banks when they make loans to us, the rest being cash.  These loans are made, quite literally, but typing some numbers in to a computer and creating a liability for you, the borrower and an asset for the bank.  It costs them nothing.  There are complex rules – the Basel Framework – requiring banks to hold a very tiny amount of capital reserves in case of a ‘run’ – but essentially this is how fractional reserve banking works today. 

Or rather, doesn’t work.  Because these same banks that can issue credit out of nothing for whatever they want (and make money out of it and whose shareholders have limited liability) also hold on to our hard-earned savings.  If they just so happen to make some bad investments and get ‘over-leveraged’, our savings can go too.  Unless the state jumps in, of course.  Which as we have seen, it has had to at a crippling expense to each and every one of us. 

But there’s no need for radical think tanks like nef to make this point any more.  We can just quote the Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, who pronounced in a speech on October 25th that:

“Eliminating fractional reserve banking explicitly recognises that the pretence that risk-free deposits can be supported by risky assets is alchemy. If there is a need for genuinely safe deposits the only way they can be provided, while ensuring costs and benefits are fully aligned, is to insist such deposits do not coexist with risky assets.” 

The speakers at this weekend’s conference were revealing.  They included a Conservative MP, Steve Baker, the Director of a company who distributes fish and meat to 6800 retailers, a former stock-broker and banker, an eco-feminist academic as well as nef and Positive Money, both NGOs. In the audience trade unionists bumped up against city traders and young students schooled in orthodox economics cheered as they heard how most of what they had been taught was nonsense.  

Left and Right appeared to be in substantive agreement over the problem. The monetary and banking system as it stand breaks all the rules of the free market and at the same time utterly fails to deliver socially just and ecologically sustainable outcomes. The alternatives will no doubt be discussed and argued over for some years to come.  But it appears that a monetary revolution has just begun.  As King went on to admit in his speech.

Josh Ryan-Collins

Researcher, Monetary Reform

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In my upcoming book, Beyond the Search, I describe several personal experiences in which I influence the weather, for better and for worse. I believe our thoughts, expectations and intentions are immensely powerful. I believe we are collectively creating events in this world that, until recently, were attributed to chance. I was requested to visit a website(http://www.triple7center.com/777_KTI-CENTRAL.html) where I found the following information; information which corroborates using cyber technology, the experiences I and many others have consciously experienced. Let us together create a future of harmony, beauty and abundance for all. Leave the voices of doom to their own vision. Join the emissaries of light. Our numbers grow daily.

John

Web Bot Predictions for 2008 / 2009
By: John Kehne
http://www.december212012.com/articles/news/Web_Bot_Predictions_for_2008_2009.htm

Since its conception in the late 1990’s, the Web Bot Project has made a number of very accurate and insightful predictions regarding coming events. Originally designed to track stock market trends, the Web Bot uses a system of spiders that crawl the Internet looking for patterns of behavior, trends and chatter pertaining to coming events. This tool is believed to be able to forecast the future by tapping into the collective unconscious of society.

One of the first accurate predictions from the Web Bot program took place in June of 2001. The program predicted that a life-altering event would take place within the next 60-90 days. An occurrence of such proportion that it’s effects would be felt worldwide. The program based its prediction on “web chatter” and regrettably, the prediction proved accurate when the Twin Towers fell on 9/11/2001.

Throughout its short existence, the Web Bot has accurately predicted many other natural and man made disasters such as the 2001 anthrax attack on Washington DC, the East Coast power outage in 2003 and the earthquake which lead to the December 26 2004 tsunami. It is even credited with predicting hurricane Katrina and the devastating events that followed. In addition, the Web Bot has foretold of a global devastating event expected to take place in late December 2012.

The most amazing prediction made by Web Bot was the 2004 Earthquake and Tsunami that killed over 200,000 people. The question that begs to be answered is “How can monitoring human communications detect natural disasters?” The Mysteries provide the answer by connecting the natural Elements on Earth to human emotions. For instance, Water represents the emotion of Fear.

During the bulk of the 20th Century, the frequency of the planet was not in sync with human consciousness; consequently the emotions generated by the atrocities perpetrated on millions of people could not overly affect the planet. After 1987, the Earth’s pulse began rising and today is in sync with the majority of the Human Race; hence the ability to see natural phenomena by analyzing human communication.

The evidence from Web Bot concerning 2012 is the reason our press release is a current event. We urgently need to locate the critical mass number of 777,000 individuals, because they are needed now to stop the Human Race’s emotions causing the destruction of the Earth. However, what happened 15 years ago was precisely for this very reason. The Universal Christ has activated the 777,000 over the past 15 years, guiding them to prepare themselves for their destiny. Today, the Christ and Divine Realm are ready to work with the 777,000 through the Know Thyself Initiative to assist us to save ourselves and the planet.

We thought long and hard about sounding the alarm bells, because the very last thing we wanted to do was create more fear, but we have seen the writing on the wall, so to speak and cannot remain quiet about it. We are being offered Divine help and the way we look at it is we have nothing to lose in accepting help. On the other hand, if we ignore the signs and warning the Earth and Humanity could lose everything. We are just not prepared to take that chance.

Again, the above is from:

http://www.triple7center.com/777_KTI-CENTRAL.html

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Intelligence is our ability to live in harmony with nature.

Paul Watson

We’ve all heard of Dances with Wolves. My special guest on Voices from the North in November 2007, Ashiya Austin, was a Woman who Speaks for Whales. And frankly, with Japan’s latest whaling season due to begin soon, the whales of the Southern Ocean need a spokesperson urgently.

Ashiya Austin is an expat Kiwi who’d been living for years in Byron Bay in northern New South Wales. In late 2007 she burst into our local area with a clear mission – to save the whales. It turned out that Japan planned to take 50 humpbacks that whaling season together with their usual planned catch of Minke and the endangered Fin Whale. What do they do with the whale meat? What doesn’t get forced on Japanese School childrens often ends up in dog food. It sounds strange and difficult to justify. Ashiya wanted to see New Zealanders take a stand.  I’ll report further on this soon. In the meantime, here’s the complete inspiring interview including audio from Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd and Bunna Lawrie of the Mirning people of South Australia calling the whales. Being one of my earlier interviews, it begins with two minutes of music.

In closing the interview I  chose a few famous Native American words that seemed appropriate to the plight of the whales of the Southern Ocean:

Only after the last tree has been cut down.

Only after the last river has been poisoned.

Only after the last fish has been caught.

Only then will you find out that money cannot be eaten.

 

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I have shared the following story at numerous workshops and presentations. I am still touched each time I share it. I trust you are moved by it. You will see I’ve placed some words in bold. That’s because it is a rhyming story. Enjoy, John

The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree. Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, for the world was intent on dragging me down.

And if that weren’t enough to ruin my day, a young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.

He stood right before me with his head tilted down and said with great excitement, “Look what I found!”

In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight, with its petals all worn, not enough rain, or to little light. Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play, I faked a small smile and then shifted away. But instead of retreating he sat next to my side and placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise, “It sure smells pretty and it’s beautiful, too. That’s why I picked it; here it’s for you.”

The weed before me was dying or dead. Not vibrant of colours, orange, yellow or red. But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave. So I reached for the flower, and replied, “Just what I need.” But instead of him placing the flower in my hand, he held it mid-air without reason or plan. It was then that I noticed for the very first time that weed-toting boy could not see: he was blind.

I heard my voice quiver, tears shone like the sun as I thanked him for picking the very best one. ‘You’re welcome,’ he smiled, and then ran off to play; unaware of the impact he’d had on my day. I sat there and wondered how he managed to see a self-pitying woman beneath an old willow tree. How did he know of my self-indulged plight. Perhaps from his heart, he’d been blessed with true sight.

Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see the problem was not with the world; the problem was me. And for all of those times I myself had been blind, I vowed to see the beauty in life, and appreciate every second that’s mine. And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose and breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose. And I smiled as I watched that young boy, another weed in his hand about to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

As you may know, I choose not to eat creatures with eyes. I encourage you to support the following appeal by Avaaz to protect the bluefin tuna. And I encourage you to consider reducing the amount of seafood that you eat. The world’s fisheries are in a devastated condition and, ultimately, our consumption patterns drive the systems which are severely damaging our oceans and their inhabitants. Do take the time to read the following information and click on the link to support Avaaz in their efforts to protect the world’s oceans. It is our collective voices which, when raised, will drown out the chatter of greed we are currently witnessing in the world.

Thanks, John

Bluefin tuna face annihilation. These majestic fish are at the heart of the marine food chain — without them, oceanic ecosystems could collapse. But a crucial summit launched today could be our chance at a vital recovery plan — with a global outcry.

As the tuna talks begin, their outcome is utterly uncertain: Japan, which consumes 80% of bluefin tuna, is calling for action, but other nations are wary of its seriousness, and Europe is deeply divided and under pressure from Mediterranean governments allied with elite and even criminal fishing cartels.

Our best chance to make this summit a success is to transform it from a behind-the-scenes negotiation into a political firestorm. The power of the cartels is greatest when nobody is paying attention — but if we show governments that the world’s eyes are on them, we can open a chance for a breakthrough. Sign the petition to save this ecologically vital fish and forward this email — our public demands will be delivered directly to negotiators and the media inside the summit:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/tuna_at_risk_2/?vl

The situation is dramatic — Atlantic bluefin tuna have been reduced to just 15% of their historic levels and tuna fishing is becoming a business of criminals with a $4 billion black market. One tuna fetches $100,000 and fishermen are duping the regulators with falsified data, shunning monitoring systems, rampantly overfishing and selling illegal, unreported and unregulated fish.

All those responsible for ensuring sustainable tuna stocks are failing — The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the global regulating body that meets this week, has ignored their own scientists recommendations for a blue fin fishing ban; the EC Fisheries Commissioner, who initially proposed emergency action, is being blocked by member states and the EC has itself subsidised specialised vessels for over exploitation; and trading countries have illegally exceeded ICCAT quotas. Continued negligence could wipe out blue fin tuna completely.

Today, tuna profits are controlled by a very small high-tech fishing elite who run purse seine vessels and tuna fattening farms. But the rest of the fishing communities livelihoods are suffering massive losses. And this plundering affects all of us — as bluefin are near the top of the food-chain their commercial extinction could set off a domino effect with dire consequences. Put simply — without the big predator fish, the medium fish will eat all the small fish and no one is left to eat the microrganisms. In just a few decades this could mean our oceans die and are overrun by jelly fish and slime.

Ironically it may be Japan who push hardest for serious action at the ICCAT meeting. The Japanese Fisheries Agency is saying Japanese consumers may have to “just forget about tuna for the time being,” whilst the Mitsubishi Corporation, one of the world’s largest buyers of bluefin tuna has announced its commitment to protect healthy stocks, support spawning sanctuaries and reduced purchases to enable the recovery of threatened populations.

But we cannot leave this to the politicians and the players in the tuna market. It’s time to show our outrage at this shameless flouting of international rules, and call loudly for ICCAT to take urgent action to halve catch quotas (at a minimum), implement effective and transparent enforcement, punish violating countries and create no take, protected spawning reserves. Sign the petition and send this to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/tuna_at_risk_2/?vl

These magnificent species have been exploited to the brink of collapse — and this summit could be our last chance to save them or they will disappear from our oceans forever.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Benjamin, Ricken, Iain, Pascal, Paula, Mia, David, Milena and the rest of the Avaaz team

SOURCES:

Tuna regulation is failing, BBC:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11692242

How tuna are being annihilated and why it matters, The New Yorker:
http://www.avaaz.org/newyorker_tuna

Bluefin Tuna Black Market: How A Runaway Fishing Industry Looted The Seas, Huffington Post:
http://www.avaaz.org/huffpost_tuna

Mitsubishi Corporation’s commitments to bluefin tuna in advance of the ICCAT meeting:
http://www.avaaz.org/mitsubishi_statement_tuna

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I love to support local initiative in areas that help our community to be more sustainable and to reduce its carbon footprint. Busabout Kaitaia is one such initiative, bringing public transport back to our rural area after twenty years without. Three buses  now serve the people of Ahipara, Doubtless Bay and the Aupouri Peninsula. The buses run on 50% bio diesel made in Busabout’s own refinery from used cooking oil kindly donated by local businesses.

I use the bus whenever I work in the library. The regulars are on a friendly first name basis with each other and with Doug, our Doubtless Bay driver. We, in the Far North are so accustomed to needing to drive everywhere that it takes a while for people to change their mental state and open up to the joys of public transport. Frankly, it’s cheaper than driving your own car and you can chat with your neighbour, read a book, observe the beautiful passing scenery or doze off while the driver does the work. At the same time you’re supporting local employment and reducing your carbon footprint, not to mention reducing the wear and tear on your vehicle. The bus drivers can be flexible about pickup and drop off locations, adding to convenience.

The two times we’ve lived in the Netherlands we’ve not owned a car. We went everywhere on foot, on bicycle or with public transport. It was great. Now the same opportunity exists in our sparsely populated area thanks to the initiative of CBEC and Busabout Kaitaia. Timetables are available at your local information centre or library. For further information call Margaret at CBEC on 4086086. The buses are available for private charter.

Another great local initiative is that of the Tai Tokerau Whole Foods Club bringing raw milk to our area.  This is milk produced the old fashioned way from cows raised using organic principles in Waimate North. The milk is delivered in 2 litre sterilized glass bottles to several drop-off locations. Straight from the cow to the consumer, here’s a way to obtain health-giving unpasteurized raw milk at a price substantially lower than in the supermarket. Why? There’s no middleman. For more information email Geoff Waterhouse on ttwfclub@gmail.com

In today’s challenging economic environment it is encouraging to see people thinking and acting outside the box to build stronger, more sustainable communities.

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“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

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What does natural health mean? Is it concerned with treating the cause rather than the symptoms of disease? Does it mean taking more responsibility for our own health and wellbeing?

My special guest on Voices from the North last night was natural health practitioner and educator Rixt Botello. It was one those interviews that didn’t follow the script of questions I had prepared in advance. The complete interview is found below:

We spoke first of vaccinations. In the courses that Rixt teaches she takes students through the pros and cons of vaccines and leaves it to them to make their own decisions on whether to have their children immunised or not. When I asked Rixt what she had chosen with her family, her response leaves little confusion as to her own preerences: “I have five children and none of them have been vaccinated. In the 22 years of child-rearing we’ve been to see a doctor perhaps six times, usually due to an accident.” She also encouraged people to read The Medical Mafia by Canadian doctor Ghislaine Lanctôt.

Rixt loves working with plant-based remedies, whether these be the herbs themselves, tinctures, salves or Bach Flower Remedies. She pointed out that psychoneuroimmunological (P.N.I.) research shows that upwards of 70% of all illnesses are caused by stress. She loves to begin (and sometimes end) using Bach Flower Remedies because they work on the emotional and mental bodies of clients. Dr. Edward Bach observed in the 1930s that the rates of recovery for his patients varied hugely. As a homeopath he was already familiar with the subtle but powerful healing ability of minute (non-physical) quantities of substances. He eventually developed the flower essences identified with his name that continue to be used around the world. Rixt indicates that indigenous peoples (Australian Aboriginals, for example) have long used flower essences. They are simple to make by allowing the flowers to float in water contacted by the sun, thereby distilling their essence into the water. And they are simple and safe for anyone – lay people included – to use. If you choose a wrong remedy no harm is done. By choosing the correct remedy huge and eerily and extremely satisfyingly rapid shifts can be made.

Rixt emigrated from the Netherlands to New Zealand with her family when she was eleven. She has lived, taught and worked in a number of locations around this fair land. She and her family have homesteaded on 100 acres of rural property here in the Far North for close to three years. They attempt to be as self-sufficient as possible and grow much of their own food. They also grow many of the herbs that Rixt uses in her practice and from which she makes her various herbal potions.. She has noticed that each geographical area seems to have its own set of diseases. Here in this northernmost part of New Zealand she’s seen a lot of diabetes,  kidney dialysis and skin conditions including vitiligo (the chronic depigmentation disease that saw Michael Jackson’s skin turn white). Her advice regarding diabetes: watch your diet, obviously minimizing processed sugar (stevia is an option), fast food and other processed foods. She suggests pursuing the natural diets of your ancestors. For people of this area that could include known mineral-dense foods such as watercress, puha, kumara and seaweed.

Four years ago Rixt was a very sick woman. She puts this down to unresolved issues from her past; issues she had avoided dealing with to that point. Her long list of maladies at the time included a stomach ulcer and the onset of cervical cancer. She was in extreme pain and even considered surgery; anything to eliminate the debilitating pain. Then, after speaking with a surgeon, she came to the realisation that anything was possible. If she could create this state of un-wellness, surely she could un-create it. This she did and it began with addressing the mental states and expectations she had. To make a long story short, she regained supreme health without medical intervention. I’m sure she’s a better natural health practitioner and teacher today for the experience. Her parting words for listeners to our interview: “Drink nettle tea.”

The Nomadic School:

Rixt and her husband, Leon Botello (a neuromuscular therapist and lecturer) teach all over New Zealand. To find out more about their work visit their website at:

http://nmtmassagecourses.co.nz/

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