The year 2013 was certainly a remarkable year of revelations and milestones. Certainly topping the category of revelations were the facts surrounding the extent that our government is collecting intelligence on all of us, not just here is the US, but their intelligence gathering globally. The milestones include the passing of Nelson Mandela and the resignation of the Pope and the ascension of Pope Francis. This was also, however, a year of another do nothing congress and the continued raping of the economy by unchecked banksters. What is amazing is that we have come to accept these thugs and their crimes as normal. No outrage and no demands by society are being made to jail these thugs and or correct the systems they are using to extract wealth from us.
The European Commission has fined a group of major global banks a total of 1.7 billion euros ($2.3 billion) for colluding to profit from the manipulation of key interest rates. The banks that received fines, which include JPMorgan, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, are accused of manipulating for years European and Japanese benchmark interest rates that affect hundreds of billions of dollars in contracts globally, from mortgages to credit card bills. Switzerland’s UBS bank escaped a whopping 2.5 billion-euro fine only because it informed the Commission, the EU’s executive arm, of a cartel’s existence and cooperated with the subsequent investigation. JP Morgan Chase – $13bn and $1.12bn in fines was issued in the US and Europe to wrap up a number of investigations into the bank, largely into the bank’s alleged misrepresentation of bundles of toxic mortgages. Rabobank – $1.07bn (the Dutch lender) was fined for its part in the Libor scandal after 30 staff were involved in “inappropriate conduct”.
RBS – $612m- The Royal Bank of Scotland was also implicated in the Libor scandal. The money to pay the fine came out of future bonuses and from clawing back paid bonuses. Goldman Sachs – $330m- Goldman Sachs was forced to pay a large fine after not following proper procedures for foreclosure – the sale of an asset to balance a secured loan. The bank was forced to compensate hundreds of thousands of mortgage customers for foreclosure abuses. JP Morgan – $285m- The firm was accused of manipulating electricity markets in the US. Traders allegedly created a complex set of rules that helped set the cost of electricity in California and the Midwest and the bank was forced to pay a fine and surrender its profits. Wells Fargo & Co. on December 30th reached a $591 million deal with Fannie Mae to settle claims that it sold defective mortgages to the government-controlled home-loan financier.
You can look at this as the cost of avoiding criminal justice because not a single major partner of any of these firms faced any criminal charges. So 2013 was the year we established that justice is served to only those who cannot afford to buy the get out of jail free card. This was followed late in the year with the young man who killed and maimed several people in a drunken stupor being acquitted on the grounds of “affluenza”! This is supposedly a psychological condition that renders children of affluence as incapable of morals or sense of consequence for their actions and therefore they cannot be held culpable for their crimes. These realities seemed to have stirred some awakening, but certainly not enough to create the outrage we would expect from the general public. It truly is a mystery to us why not.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig in an Op-Ed writes: “Money, as Karl Marx lamented, plays the largest part in determining the course of history. Once speculators are able to concentrate wealth into their hands they have, throughout history, emasculated government, turned the press into lap dogs and courtiers, corrupted the courts and hollowed out public institutions, including universities, to justify their looting and greed. Today’s speculators have created grotesque financial mechanisms, from usurious interest rates on loans to legalized accounting fraud, to plunge the masses into crippling forms of debt peonage. They steal staggering sums of public funds, such as the $85 billion of mortgage-backed securities and bonds, many of them toxic, that they unload each month on the Federal Reserve in return for cash. And when the public attempts to finance public-works projects they extract billions of dollars through wildly inflated interest rates. Speculators at megabanks or investment firms such as Goldman Sachs are not, in a strict sense, capitalists. They do not make money from the means of production. Rather, they ignore or rewrite the law—ostensibly put in place to protect the vulnerable from the powerful—to steal from everyone, including their shareholders. They are parasites. They feed off the carcass of industrial capitalism. They produce nothing. They make nothing. They just manipulate money. Speculation in the 17th century was a crime. Speculators were hanged. We can wrest back control of our economy, and finally our political system, from corporate speculators only by building local movements that decentralize economic power through the creation of hundreds of publicly owned state, county and city banks.”
This was also a year of significant natural disasters related to typhoons, earthquakes, and record cold temperatures. These events also extended to our solar system with major solar flares, Comet Ison, and related activities in the cosmos, and in the last week of the year, Ole Sol flips its poles. During the year we had extremes that were never before recorded on the planet. Typhoon Wipha was the largest and most deadly typhoon ever recorded with winds exceeding 225 MPH and it’s size was enormous. Antarctica recorded the coldest temperature ever recorded at -140F. Finally, it snowed on the Sphinx for the first time in 112 years! In the US, in the first week in December, 1000 record low temperatures were recorded.
The economy continues to be bogged down with no new recovery in sight. In the meantime our infrastructure crumbles, our education systems continues to implode, and our health on a global basis is deteriorating. Finally, wars and rumors of wars continued both in the Middle East and Africa.
However, it was not all doom and gloom. There is a spiritual awakening that is occurring on a global basis. Remarkable events occurred in Egypt, and elsewhere. Leaders are finding they just can’t continue to ignore the needs of people in deference to their corporate elitist sponsors. The people of England, through their parliament, rejected launching or supporting a war in Syria. In the US, the president was forced to rethink aggressive acts in both Syria and Iran, even though the globalists/NWO folks were screaming warhawks.
By the end of the year, we have witnessed a real and significant reform of the largest religious organization occurring, that of the Roman Catholic Church, being led by Pope Francis, and the rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
On the individual basis, people are waking up all over the world and beginning to break the bonds of economic/governmental bondage, and the erosion of their civil liberties. They are beginning to understand when they stand together and stand up, they win the day. This is true in places like Iceland, Ireland, and Spain.
During the year we covered it all with nearly 75 articles. The blog expanded significantly in 2013, readership up significantly and the number of subscribers nearly tripled. We are truly humbled by this support and loyalty. A simple “thank you” seems so insignificant, but sincerely we thank you all for your unbelievable support and encouragement. We also had a number of individuals who contributed a significant amount of information and intelligence, sometimes at their risk, to guide us and point us to the stories that were the most important ones to focus on during the year. To these individuals we can only express our gratitude and sense of awe at their courage and commitments.
The year 2014 promises to be a year of great global change and from our prospective it seems it will be a very great and positive year for all of us globally. In a few words, it seems it is going to be the year of individual sovereignty and liberation. Those who thought they could impose a state of economic slavery and New World Order are instead losing their control and power over us all. That is because we are waking up, albeit slowly, but surely nonetheless.
Especially toward the end of 2013, we sat on some stories that we felt may be too “explosive” to print, but there will be some remarkable “disclosures” in store for 2014. We still live in a world that treats truth sometimes as a psychiatric illness. So in closing out 2013 we thank you all for your support. We wish you all truly a happy and prosperous New Year. We encourage everyone to feel empowered to stand up, speak up, and act up if necessary so that our children and grandchildren can expect to live in a world far better than it is today. We will do our very best to get the information to you to empower you as best we can to fortify our collective efforts.
Welcome to 2014. This is an E-Ticket Ride. Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. Here we go!