Thursday, August 27, 2015
Open to anyone who knows how to do "library" research, public sources are revealing at a rapid rate how/why the Oligarchs (public & private) are getting extremely worried. I don't have the time or energy to delineate all their areas of concern, but here are a few.
There is a peaceful, popular uprising going on there right now. For the time being, its focus is on corruption in the Gov't, a gov't backed by the highest levels of the USA Gov't. The worry is that if the Guatemalan Gov't topples, focus then may shift to the dark deeds of the current President back when he was a CIA operative, a Colonel & later a General in the Guatemalan Army & Intelligence Service, and led Death Squads which slaughtered Mayan people in Guatemala. The pretense for the slaughter was that the Mayans were the Boogie-Men of Choice back then, communists. This was all fully backed by the U.S. Gov't. & Reagan.
The Fed Gov't here has had Guatemala as a pet project ever since the early 1950's, when Edward Bernays was hired to develop & implement his unique style of propaganda falsely showing that the democratically elected President of Guatemala was a Communist. The guy wasn't a Communist, but he was overthrown. The old United Fruit Company then essentially ran Guatemala for years & years. Now we have the corrupt President of Guatemala, the Oligarch Molina (the former Death Squad Colonel), being propped up by the Obama Administration. Public and private Oligarchs always are concerned when it looks as though some Populist movement may be successful in installing a genuinely democratic government. I say "genuinely" because simply having elections doesn't guarantee a democracy.
2. Black Monday---
Monday, August 24, 2015 the Wall Street Market opened and lost 1,000 points in short order. It recovered about half of that by day's end, but Wall Streeters and the Fed Gov't were shaken to the core. The President's Working Group on Markets (or some similar title, can't remember), the so-called "Plunge Protection Team", made valiant efforts to help...largely to no avail. The Fed Reserve, part of the Team, did what it could but with little effect. The Corporate Media presently are claiming that the situation is now essentially back to normal...but that the Market remains "volatile".
Volatile, indeed. According to several reputable analysts (e.g., Paul Craig Roberts and James Rickards), the Stock Market has been enjoying an "Asset Bubble" that is propped up by the Fed Reserve...and the Ponzi Party is almost over. What the Oligarchs are worried about is as follows: 1. the elephant in the room--- the Bubble of the $1.25 quadrillion worth of bizarre financial derivatives floating around out in the marketplace, 2. the gargantuan amounts of currency being pumped into the world monetary system, and 3. loss of confidence in the dollar. The number one priority of any U.S. Administration is to preserve the perception that the dollar is strong.
3. The Exposure of Gold Price Manipulation---
Revelations of this manipulation have become more numerous recently. Not only are central banks, mega commercial banks, and mega Hedge Funds manipulating the price of gold (keeping it from rising), but now (according to James Rickards & others) the evidence strongly suggests that the highest levels of governments---including the USA---also are involved. [This is not news to those intimately involved in the gold market.] The demand for physical gold is through the roof, so much so that the available supply is almost completely dry. That means the price should be through the roof as well, but (given today's inflated dollar), it's not. Hmmm. Oligarchs need to keep the price of gold relatively low because a high price indicates that the dollar is weak. That's the very last perception the Oligarchy wants out in the world.
Along with the idea above, the Oligarchs are worried that their "Recovery" Propaganda is failing. It's becoming more obvious every day that we still are in a recession...and that a depression may be close at hand. Some analysts claim that the coming economic collapse will make the 1930's look like a picnic. I don't believe that any prognosticator can say such a thing with any degree of certainty; nevertheless, even I can see that things are not looking good. Despite what our Gov't reports, unemployment is relatively high, quality jobs are evaporating while inferior jobs proliferate, the prices of goods & services steadily are creeping up, Wall Street remains a giant casino, wages essentially continue their 30-year stagnation, the 700% rise in income (over 30 yrs) for the upper crust continues, "Free Trade" Agreements on steroids (which offshore manufacturing & jobs) are being pursued by Repubs & Dems, and many of the WORKING poor still qualify for public assistance programs. The Corporate Media say that the "Recovery" still is "fragile". It should be obvious that there is no Recovery. We're still in a recession...and sliding rapidly into a depression. Of course, that only applies to the Poor and Middle Classes. The Oligarchs (the top 1%, or some say, the top one-tenth of 1%) are doing just fine.
Not only my opinion. Be Well