Scarcity is a Perception and not a Reality

We have written articles in the past to address two realities in our world. Firstly, that it is our perceptions that create our future and secondly, our economies are based on an engineered reality that there is a scarcity of resources, and because of the so-called explosion of the human population we must accept a lower standard of living OR reduce the human population base! Nothing could be further from the reality of our future world. I can justify that statement with just one word..TECHNOLOGY.
The truth is that economics is based on scarcity. Things are valuable because they are scarce. The more abundant they become, they cheaper they become. The cost of computers, televisions, and mobile phones are just a few examples of this axiom. However, those who profit from the current economics would and are doing everything in their power to suppress the technologies that would make it apparent that an abundant future is in our cards, not the opposite reality. It is estimated that free energy alone would raise the current standard of living globally by a hundred times!

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But a series of technological changes are underway that promises to end scarcity as we know it for a wide variety of goods. The Internet is the most obvious example, because the change there is furthest along. The Internet has reduced the cost of production and distribution of informational content effectively to zero. In many cases it has also dramatically reduced the cost of producing that content. And it has changed the way in which information is distributed, separating the creators of content from the distributors.
On the Internet today, a variety of intermediaries transmit information for free or at a very low cost. Those intermediaries are agnostic about (and quite often ignorant of) the content they are distributing. So the Internet has not only slashed the cost of creation, production and distribution; it has also disaggregated creation and distribution. we can create without distributing, secure in the knowledge that our works will be disseminated by others who distribute without creating. More recently, new technologies promise to do for a variety of physical goods and even services what the Internet has already done for information.
3D printers can manufacture physical goods based on any digital design. While home printers are so far quite limited in size and materials, there are tens of thousands of designs available on the Internet already, and larger commercial-scale printers can print anything from circuit boards, homes, rocket engines to human organs on site for the cost of the raw materials and some electricity.

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Synthetic biology has automated the manufacture not just of copies of existing genetic sequences but any custom-made gene sequence, allowing anyone who wants to create a gene sequence of their own to upload the sequence to a company that will “print” it using the basic building blocks of genetics. Advances in robotics offer the prospect that many of the services humans now provide can be provided free of charge by general-purpose machines that can be programmed to perform a variety of complex functions.
While none of these technologies are nearly as far along as the Internet, they share two essential characteristics with the Internet: they radically reduce the cost of production and distribution of things, and they separate the informational content of those things (the design) from their manufacture. Combine these four developments – the Internet, 3D printing, robotics, and synthetic biology – and it is entirely plausible to envision a not-too-distant world in which most things that people want can be downloaded and created on site for very little money – essentially the cost of raw materials.
Those who wish to block these realities have created the legal concept of intellectual property (IP). The role of IP in such a world is both controverted and critically important. IP rights are designed to artificially replicate scarcity where it would not otherwise exist. In its simplest form, IP law takes public goods that would otherwise be available to all and artificially restricts their distribution. It makes ideas scarce, because then we can bring them into the economy and charge for them, and economics knows how to deal with scarce things. So on one view – the classical view of IP law – a world in which all the value resides in information is a world in which we need IP everywhere, controlling rights over everything, or no one will get paid to create. That has been the response of IP law to the Internet so far.
But that response is problematic for a couple of reasons. First, it doesn’t seem to be working. By disaggregating creation, production, and distribution, the Internet democratized access to content. Copyright owners have been unable to stop a flood of piracy with 50,000 lawsuits, a host of new and increasingly draconian laws, and a well-funded public education campaign that starts in elementary school. They might have more success targeting the intermediaries rather than the individuals consuming content, but because those intermediaries distribute content without regard to what it is, IP can block piracy there only at the cost of killing off what is good about the Internet.
Patent and design patent owners may soon face the same conundrum: unless they strictly control and limit the sale and manufacture of 3D printers and gene printers, they may find themselves unable to prevent the production of unauthorized designs, and even targeting the intermediaries may prove futile; among the things you can print with a 3D printer is another 3D printer. The world of democratized, disaggregated production may simply not be one well-suited to the creation of artificial scarcity through law.
Second, even if we could use IP to rein in all this low-cost production and distribution of stuff, we may not want to. The point of IP has always been, not to raise prices and reduce consumption for its own sake, but to encourage people to create things when they otherwise wouldn’t. More and more evidence casts doubt on the link between IP and creation, however. Empirical evidence suggests that offering money may actually stifle rather than drive creativity among individuals.

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Economic evidence suggests that quite often it is competition, not the lure of monopoly, drives corporate innovation. Many of the most innovative companies decry patents as interfering with rather than encouraging progress. The Internet may have spawned unprecedented piracy, but it has also given rise to the creation of more works of all types than ever before in history, often by multiple orders of magnitude.
Perhaps the Internet has sufficiently reduced the cost of creation that more people will create even without an obvious way to get paid. Perhaps they never needed the motivation of money, just the ability to create and distribute content. Either way, if the goal of IP is to encourage the creation of new works, the example of the Internet suggests that radically reducing the cost of production decreases, not increases, the need for IP law.
Commercialization theory, which postulates that we need IP not to encourage creation but to encourage production and distribution of works, is particularly vulnerable to disruption by cost-reducing technologies like the Internet, 3D printers, and gene printers. It may once have been true that even if a book was cheap to write, printing and distributing it took a substantial investment that had to be recouped. However, the development of technologies that disaggregate creation from production and distribution, and reduce the cost of the latter to near zero, mean that commercialization-based theories cannot justify IP in the face of new technologies.
The theory that we need IP rights to prompt disclosure of things that would otherwise be kept secret also seems rather quaint. Perhaps it made sense in a world where transmission of information was difficult, but in a world in which information flows freely, keeping secrets has become the exception rather than the rule. Far from necessitating more IP protection, then, the development of cost-reducing technologies may actually weaken the case for IP.
If people are intrinsically motivated to create, as they seem to be, the easier it is to create and distribute content, the more content is likely to be available even in the absence of IP. And if the point of IP is to encourage either the creation or the distribution of that content, cost-reducing technologies may actually mean we have less, not more, need for IP.
It can be argued that IP rights are a form of government regulation of market entry and market prices. We regulated all sorts of industries in the 20thcentury, from airlines to trucking to telephones to electric power, often because we couldn’t conceive how the industry could survive without the government preventing entry by competitors. Towards the end of that century, however, we experimented with deregulation, and it turned out that the market could provide many of those services better in the absence of government regulation.
The same thing may turn out to be true of IP regulation in the 21st century. We didn’t get rid of all regulation by any means, and we won’t get rid of all IP. But we came to understand that the free market, not government control over entry, is the right default position in the absence of a persuasive justification for limiting that market. The elimination of scarcity will put substantial pressure on the law to do the same with IP.
A world without scarcity requires a major rethinking of economics, much as the decline of the agrarian economy did in the 19th century. How will our economy function in a world in which most of the things we produce are cheap or free? We have lived with scarcity for so long that it is hard even to begin to think about the transition to a post-scarcity economy. IP has allowed us to cling to scarcity as an organizing principle in a world that no longer demands it. But it will no more prevent the transition than agricultural price supports kept us all farmers. We need a post-scarcity economics, one that accepts rather than resists the new opportunities technology will offer us. Developing that economics is the great task of the 21st century. It starts with understanding these realities and then as consumers demanding it. After all, the customer is always right, no?

A Different Kind of Elitism

Those who are informed and beginning to awake understand what the issues are in relationship to the continuing financial, political, and social enslavement of humanity. They understand the concepts of the cabal, banksters’ control, and the facts relating to the effects on humanity by the elite. However, this knowledge also seems to bring a sense of superiority or elitism of its own nature to those who feel they have knowledge not commonly known to the masses.
While this isn’t true for everyone, there’s a kind of elitism fairly common in spiritual groups. Some people have this illusion that they know so much more than everyone else, and this makes them “better”. There are loaded terms like “awakened” and “enlightened”, and while these terms do mean something, the people who like to brag about being such are usually neither awakened nor enlightened. They’ve only taken the first few steps down that path. The ego likes to compare itself to others to gain a false sense of self-worth, and when they look at the sleeping masses they believe they’re so much better.
Those who are awake and are quietly doing their work for the pure love and joy of it are the ones contributing the most to freeing humanity. This person can easily be doing far more to help humanity raise up out of fear than a person who’s read a hundred spiritual books and pays thousands of dollars to attend the “best” spiritual retreats and conferences. Those who are blogging and writing concerning their “contacts”, “communications”, and “channelings” in order to feel superior are not only fooling themselves, they are doing a great disservice to those who are just beginning to awake and are seeking more knowledge. Without the essential inner work, that stuff does nothing by itself, and can actually build up just as many illusions as it dissolves.
As we seek answers pay very close attention, you may be releasing one illusion only to replace it with another if you are following this or that group claiming to have these pieces of “inside” information. Many who have been following these groups have had one disappointment after another. Dates the EVENT and other significant actions that were to transpire have come and gone many times without manifesting, and those who have committed their beliefs experience only more disappointments and disillusionment.
There a number of spiritual groups that on the surface say they’re all about love, equality, and everyone stepping into their divinity, yet when you dig a little deeper you may notice the way they behave, and what they’re really telling people is something else entirely.
There are tons of spiritual groups that revolve around some central authority figure who’s supposed to tell everyone what the truth is. They’ll make all sorts of predictions for the future, and try to tell you how to live your life. It’s probably the standard way of doing things in spiritual groups, yet it’s very much the old paradigm. It’s how businesses and government conduct business. It’s an ignorant and dangerous thing. It encourages people to search for truth outside of them, which continues the old religious ways of doing things. If you think we are a bit hypocritical for saying these things, that’s good, it means you are beginning understand what’s being said here.
You are your own authority, unless you are foolish enough to give that away to someone else. Nobody is better or worse than another, and when you stop judging yourself based upon others, then you’ll be free to really be yourself. We are all aspects of Creator, not one more important than the other. That’s not how the Creator works, that’s not what the Creator is, and you are in no way separate from Creator. Discernment is the key. However, beware of your Ego. We all have the truth within us. We all know what we need to know. We do not need to tell anyone what the truth is. We just need to encourage one another to seek it and support each other and confirm to one another the revelations we uncover. This is how we radiate the light and eliminate the darkness.
It is a simple matter, but truly difficult to achieve. We must all re-learn what it means to be non judgmental. To know what it feels like to live in a state of unconditional love, to truly believe that we are all equal and divine in nature, all of us. Real change will come when we can look out at the world and feel the confidence to create our reality in the sacred and divine manner that will allow us all to progress to the next level. We must deal with our reality as it is now however, and to do so we must embrace the fact we have allowed those who are greedy and caught up in the lust of power to dominate us. We must with love and grace simply say to them that they longer are given that power. Not in anger or revenge, but simply not tolerating the world as it is now.
It is only a matter of realizing our power and how to apply our will in a loving and positive manner to gently, but firmly say, no more.

What is Implied by All the Recent Talk of Change?

Personal discernment is the key to understanding the world around us. These days, and in some degree to an overwhelming amount of information availability, truth may be difficult to perceive correctly.  Recently, many internet sources and even some MSM sources are basically saying big changes are on the way. However, it is difficult to render what these changes might be in truth. On one hand, it is complete revision of the economic system, with new prosperity for all, along with new technologies, new standards of living and interaction with our galactic neighbors.

On the other hand, it is a complete collapse of the economy, WW3, invasion by aliens and total enslavement after half the world’s population is eliminated. Yikes! So we are left to determine what really is going to happen. No doubt we are witnessing great and significant changes to our civilization and at an ever increasing rate and scope. On one hand the advancements in technology, medicine, science do demonstrate that we could substantially elevate the standard of living for the entire human race. On the other hand, we are seeing greed and power seekers plunging the world into a very dangerous and dark place. Still creating wars fought with 20th century technologies and an ever widening gap between the “haves” and “have-nots”.

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Dr. Courtney Brown of Farsight.org recently made a statement that an announcement would be made in March that would change the world forever. Dr. Brown’s credentials are such that we would need to at least pay a bit of attention to that statement. In a prelude to this announcement, he has published a number of “Implication Statements” leading up to this announcement. In analyzing these statements one does get a very interesting picture of what may be really about to happen.

We have summarized and paraphrased these thoughts for your careful examination and scrutiny.

1).  There is definite evidence of ET interference in the ancient past history of our civilization.

2).  Earth may have been a “prison planet” in the past, with religious and ancient archeological sites being used to retard the development of the civilization, but at some point was abruptly stopped.

3).  No physical force can stand, no matter how oppressive.

4).  Those in control seek to control what the masses perceive as “true”.

5).  If earth was a prison planet, then the “guards” would have sought methods to retard the memories of the “inmates” to prevent revolt or demands for justice and retributions.

6).  There are primarily two ways beings reach earth. First, by ship and with retained memories, and secondly, by birth, without retaining memories.

7).  The theft of nuclear weapon technologies during the cold war proved it is impossible to keep critical knowledge secret.

8).  When information released by those in control does not match reality, tensions arise. However, even the masses demanding truth reinforces the “beliefs” that those in control are in fact in control and that the masses are impotent.

9).   The masses experience all events, no matter how significant, in a passive manner.

10). Everyone has the capability to “remote view” and to “experience” the past and “explore” the future. This is only limited by belief systems.

11). Some ETs have interfered in our past to cause human beliefs in slavery and suffering, while other ETs have interfered to counter those beliefs.

12). The pending announcement is to be made to explain the past and positively influence the future.

13). The Ides of March stands to remind us that we have the power to change our lives.

14). The leadership of any country reflects accurately the consciousness of the people. When positive change does not occur it is because the people believe it cannot change.

15). Those in control have essentially unlimited resources to monopolize information. However, direct censorship never works and NEW information requires minimal resources to be effective.

16). Physical bondage is always temporary, but psychological bondage is long lasting and cost effective.

17). A contemporary practice of those in control has been to utilize the masses themselves to act as censors of dissenting information.

18). Planetary change can only come to fruition by the wide exchange of new information.

19). Those in control are now using so-called “flytrap” organizations to confuse and distract the masses from the reality of the changes that are occurring.

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So in summary, we believe it is fair to say that our experience as physical beings is defined by our perceptions. Our perceptions are only limited by our belief systems. Life was meant to be simple and enjoyable. It was meant to experience and grow, both in knowledge and wisdom. We were NOT destined to suffer or sin, nor require redemption to survive and grow. These concepts limit our experience. Most revolutions happen rapidly and come by a swift change in beliefs that were previously held. The concepts of either physical or psychological bondage only benefit those few who wish to control the masses.

The future is therefore ours to construct as we believe it should be, N’est pas?

What Main Stream Media is NOT Telling Us

The main stream media (MSM) worldwide is either controlled by the governments in the regions that they reside or are controlled a handful of corporate moguls who wish to absolutely control the content of the “news” presented to us. This is no secret, and I think we all have a sense of how true this is. We need only to tune to FOX one day and MSNBC the next in America to see just how true the reality of controlled media is. It is also true of media anywhere in the world. BBC, RT, CNN, Al Jazeera, and a host of others are similar in their very carefully crafted content.

What most don’t realize is they ALL insure that the most important stories that would expose the Oligarchs’ plans for humanity never see the light of day. Several years ago, a tradition originated by Professor Carl Jensen and his Sonoma State students in 1976 was to review the top 25 annual stories of importance that had not been covered by MSM.  The expansion of the Project to include affiliate faculty and students from campuses across the country and around the world was initiated several years later as outgoing director Peter Phillips passed the reins to current director Mickey Huff. These efforts have made the Project even more diverse and robust. The 2013 Project Censored reviewed 233 Validated Independent News stories (VINs) representing the collective efforts of 219 college students and 56 professors from 18 college and university campuses that participate in the affiliated program and 13 additional community evaluators.

Here is the synopsis of these stories. Even knowledge of these stories can dramatically expand your perspective of our world and that can only be a good thing.

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25. Israel Gave Birth Control to Ethiopian Immigrants Without Their Consent

In January 2013, Israel acknowledged that medical authorities have been giving Ethiopian immigrants long-term birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent.

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24. Widespread GMO Contamination: Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval?

Monsanto introduced genetically modified alfalfa in 2003—a full two years before it was deregulated, according to recently released evidence…

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23. Transaction Tax Helps Civilize Wall Street and Lower the National Debt

In February 2013, United States senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) introduced a bill to implement a new tax of three basis points (that is, three pennies for every hundred dollars) on most nonconsumer stock trades.

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22. Pennsylvania Law Gags Doctors to Protect Big Oil’s “Proprietary Secrets”

In communities affected by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” people understand that this process of drilling for natural gases puts the environment and their health at risk

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21. Monsanto and India’s “Suicide Economy”

Monsanto has a long history of contamination and cover-up and in India another Monsanto cover-up is ongoing

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20. Israel Counted Minimum Calorie Needs in Gaza Blockade

Declassified documents reveal that the Israeli military calculated how many calories a typical Gazan would need to survive, in order to determine how much food to supply the Gaza Strip during the 2007–2010 blockade.

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19. The Power of Peaceful Revolution in Iceland

After privatization of the national banking sector, private bankers borrowed billions of dollars or (ten times the size of Iceland’s economy), creating a huge economic bubble that doubled housing prices and made a small percentage of the population exceedingly wealthy

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18. Fracking Our Food Supply

The effects of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) on food supply and the environment are slowly emerging

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17. The Creative Commons Celebrates Ten Years of Sharing and Cultural Creation

Creative Commons (CC) is celebrating ten years of helping writers, artists, technologists, and other creators share their knowledge and creativity with the world

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16. Journalism Under Attack Around the Globe

Journalists are increasingly at risk of being killed or imprisoned for doing their jobs, a situation that imperils press freedom.

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15. Food Riots: The New Normal?

Reduced land productivity, combined with elevated oil costs and population growth, threaten a systemic, global food crisis

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14. Wireless Technology a Looming Health Crisis

As a multitude of hazardous wireless technologies are deployed in homes, schools, and workplaces, government officials and industry representatives continue to insist on their safety despite growing evidence to the contrary.

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13. A Fifth of Americans Go Hungry

An August 2012 Gallup poll showed that 18.2 percent of Americans lacked sufficient money for needed food at least once over the previous year.

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12. The US Has Left Iraq with an Epidemic of Cancers and Birth Defects

High levels of lead, mercury, and depleted uranium are believed to be causing birth defects, miscarriages, and cancer for people living in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Fallujah.

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11. Bush Blocked Iran Nuclear Deal

According to a former top Iranian negotiator, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, in 2005 Iran offered a deal to the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom that would have made it impossible for Iran to build nuclear weapons.

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10. A “Culture of Cruelty” along Mexico–US Border

Migrants crossing the Mexico–US border not only face dangers posed by an unforgiving desert but also abuse at the hands of the US Border Patrol

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9. Icelanders Vote to Include Commons in Their Constitution

In October 2012, Icelanders voted in an advisory referendum regarding six proposed policy changes to the 1944 Constitution

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8. Bank Interests Inflate Global Prices by 35 to 40 Percent

A stunning thirty-five to forty percent of everything we buy goes to interest.

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7. Merchants of Death and Nuclear Weapons

The Physicians for Social Responsibility released a study estimating that one billion people—one-seventh of the human race—could starve over the decade following a single nuclear detonation

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6. Billionaires’ Rising Wealth Intensifies Poverty and Inequality

As a direct result of existing financial policies, the world’s one hundred richest people grew to be $241 billion richer in 2012.

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5. Hate Groups and Antigovernment Groups on Rise across US

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which monitors hate groups and antigovernment groups, released a report showing that 1,360 radical, antigovernment “patriot” groups and 321 militias actively operate within the United States

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4. Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

Obama signed both the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, expanding whistleblower protections, in November 2012, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) furthering these protections in January 2013

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3. Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens a Regime of Corporate Global Governance

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), branded as a trade agreement and negotiated in unprecedented secrecy, is actually an enforceable transfer of sovereignty from nations and their people to foreign corporations.

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2. Richest Global 1 Percent Hide Trillions in Tax Havens

The global 1 percent hold twenty-one to thirty-two trillion dollars in offshore havens in order to evade taxes, according to James S. Henry, the former chief economist at the global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company.

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1. Bradley Manning and the Failure of Corporate Media

In February 2013, United States military intelligence analyst Bradley Manning confessed in court to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, saying he wanted the information to become public “to make the world a better place” and that he hoped to “spark a domestic debate on the role of the military in (US) foreign policy.

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It is indeed eye-opening to see these stories organized in this manner. Knowledge equals empowerment. We have always relied on journalists to insure a level playing field for all. Without a robust, free, and independent press we are merely victims. We can successfully apply anti-trust rules to telephones, but not our media? We need to take action and we can. It is a simple two step process.  First turn off the “boob” tube and do not support MSM. Secondly, let’s insist that congress empower the FCC to break up mega media groups.

Consciousness Awareness- Where Are You?

Much is being discussed on the internet concerning ascension, raising vibrations, moving from a 3D to 4D and 5D realities. Lots of talk about raising our vibrations, etc., but what does all of this really mean in practical understandable terms? True, it is important that we make an effort to become better people. It is also true that we must find ways to end the endless wars and provide for the least among us, but in practical terms, what do we do, as individuals, to contribute to this important effort. The spiritual mumble jumble seems a little too far out there for most of us. Meditation is good for our souls, but it hard to measure any effect on the collective consciousness.

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The answer may be simpler than you may think, it is simply expanding our awareness of our surroundings and actively participate in making the changes that are required.  That starts with raising our consciousness. Consciousness has been defined loosely as a constellation of attributes of mind such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, and the ability to perceive a relationship between oneself and one’s environment.

The progress toward the attainment of higher consciousness can be derived through the research of David Hawkins, in Power vs. Force, through a concept he calls ‘consciousness frequencies’. The consciousness frequency of humanity underwent a major shift around the Harmonic Convergence in 1987, and again surrounding the events of September 11, 2001.

According to Dr. Hawkins’ research, the scale of consciousness frequencies runs from 0-1000, with a turning point around 200, where we move from self-destructive to life-enhancing experiences. At the bottom of the scale is shame, progressing up through apathy, grief, and fear, to anger, pride, and finally, at level 200, to courage. Above this line, beginning with courage, it progresses up to neutrality, acceptance, reason, then further up to love, joy, peace, and finally reaching level 700 embarks on the various states of enlightenment. The journey up this scale is representative of our individual spiritual evolution.

According to Dr. Hawkins’ system the average human consciousness on the planet right now is just below 200, yet the collective human consciousness is above this line. This paradox is due to the fact that the people vibrating at a much higher level of consciousness along this scale helps to counterbalance the majority of others vibrating below 200.

The scale advances logarithmically. For instance, one person vibrating at love, which is 500 on the scale, counterbalances 750,000 individuals below the line, while one enlightened person at 700 counterbalances 70 million others below the line!

SHAME TO PRIDE SCALE:

Shame (20) – Just a step above death, this is the consciousness level of one contemplating suicide or thoughts of death. This level can be thought of as self-directed hatred.

Guilt (30) – This is a step above shame, yet perhaps still having thoughts of suicide. Thinking of oneself as a sinner, and unable to forgive oneself for past transgressions.

Apathy (50) – Feeling hopeless or victimized; the state of learned helplessness. Many homeless people are trapped here.

Grief (75) – A state of perpetual sadness, loss and depression. One might drop down here after losing a loved one.

Fear (100) – Seeing the world as dangerous and unsafe; paranoia. There is an urgent need to want to rise above this level, or else remain trapped for a long time, such as in an abusive relationship.

Desire (125) – Not to be confused with setting and achieving goals, this is the level of addictive desire, craving, and lust- for money, approval, power, and fame. Other examples include consumerism, materialism, excessive smoking, drinking, and drug abuse.

Anger (150) – The level of strong hate and frustration, often from not having one’s desires met at the lower level. This level can spur one to action at higher levels, or it can keep one stuck in hatred. In an abusive relationship, there’s often an angry person coupled with a fear person.

Pride (175) – The first level where one start to feel good, but it’s a false feeling. It’s dependent on external circumstances (money, prestige, etc), so it’s vulnerable. Yet pride can lead to nationalism, racism, and religious wars. This is often a state of irrational denial and defensiveness; religious fundamentalism is an example of this level. A person becomes so closely enmeshed in their beliefs that they see an attack on their beliefs as an attack on themselves.

COURAGE TO REASON SCALE:

Courage (200) – The first level of true strength. This is where one starts to see life as challenging and exciting instead of overwhelming. This level promotes interest in personal growth, such as skill-building, career advancement, and further education. Here a person starts to see their future as an improvement upon their past, rather than a continuation of the same.

Neutrality (250) – This level is epitomized by the phrase, “live and let live.” It’s flexible, relaxed, and unattached. Whatever happens, there is no need to have anything to prove. One feels safe and easily relating with other people. This is a very comfortable place sometimes promoting a level of complacency and laziness. Here a person is taking care of their needs, but won’t push too hard.

Willingness (310) – At this level a persona is safe and comfortable, and can start using their energy more effectively. One begins to take action and thinks about time management, productivity, and getting organized, things that weren’t so important at the level of neutrality. This is the level where the development of willpower and self-discipline becomes important. This is the point where one consciousness becomes more organized and disciplined.

Acceptance (350) – This is the level where a powerful shift happens, and one awakens to the possibilities of living proactively. At the level of willingness one becomes competent, and now their abilities are multiplied to good use. This is the level of setting and achieving goals. This level drives many people to switch careers, start a new business, or change their lifestyle.

Reason (400) – At this level one transcends the emotional aspects of the lower levels and begins to think clearly, rationally, and start making meaningful contributions. Hawkins defines this as the level of medicine and science. At the very high end, this is the level of Einstein and Freud.

LOVE TO ENLIGHTENMENT

Love (500) – Unconditional love, a permanent understanding of one’s connectedness with all that exists, a deep sense of compassion. At the level of reason, one is living in service to the mind. At the level of love, one now places their mind and all your other talents and abilities in service to one’s heart. This is the level of awakening to one’s true purpose. All motives at this level are pure and uncorrupted by the desires of the ego. This is the level of lifetime service to humanity and beginning to feel as being guided by a force greater than oneself. Examples are Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Hawkins claims this level is reached only by 1 in 250 people during their entire lifetimes.

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Joy (540) – This is the ultimate state of pervasive, unshakable happiness. Eckhart Tolle describes this state in The Power of Now. This is the level of saints and advanced spiritual teachers. Just being around people at this level makes one feel incredible. At this level life is fully guided by synchronicity and intuition. There’s no more need to set goals and make detailed plans — the expansion of your consciousness allows one to operate at a much higher level.

Peace (600) – Supreme transcendence. Hawkins claims this level is reached only by one person in 10 million.

Enlightenment (700-1000) – The highest level of human consciousness, where humanity blends with divinity. Extremely rare. The level of Krishna, Buddha, and Jesus. Even to just think and study about people at this level can raise one’s consciousness.

So there you have it. Do the self assessment and determine where you are on the scale. Just by reading this you already are more enlightened than before you read it. At least now you can construct clear goals and actually and practically measure your personal progress. It really is simple. Life was never meant to be complicated. Good luck and thank you for being interested in all of us.

Fasten Seat Belts..SIATHTF (we’re sure you can decode this acronym) China is About Crash

One chart tells it all. The US created $2.1 Trillion in new assets of which $2.5 Trillion was new printed money! Say What??? I don’t know about you but it sounds like we lost $400 million in assets, no? But for some of us who are a little more dense, the bottom line is this. The world has really been in a depression since the crash of 2008. Two factors play a major role why that is so. First, you can’t print your way out of a crisis. Secondly, instead of creating money to inject INTO the economy, the FED and the ECB instead printed money that went directly to their crony friends, the banksters. These drug-addled dudes then continued to “play a game” of Casino Royale all contained within the financial industry that did nothing more than allow them to believe they were creating all this imaginary wealth from the fiat money printed by the Fed and the ECB.

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In the meantime the people that spend REAL money were further raped of their wealth and demand for real goods and services contracted even further. In China, they didn’t print more money as much as they just extended unbelievable amounts of credit hoping on hope that eventually the economy would again start moving in a positive direction. The whole time data games were played to the hilt and everybody, including all the government agencies responsible for telling the real story of the economic situation, were all in a room blowing smoke up each other’s butts; telling the world we are all fine and everything is moving in the right direction.  Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, with any authority stood up and said this is insane!

Well, the world’s most prestigious financial agency – the central banks’ central bank, called the Bank of International Settlements or “BIS” has long criticized the Fed and other central banks for blowing bubbles.  The World Bank and top economists agree.  So do many others.

As such, it was easy to predict a crash in China when the bubble collapses.  China’s period of easy credit was analogous to America’s monetary easing starting in 2001 … and Rome’s in 11 B.C.  China is suffering from a lot of the same malaises as the American economy, including corruption, crony capitalism, and failure to disclose bad debt.

International Business Times noted last year that China’s debt-laden steel industry was on the verge of bankruptcy. Quartz reported in December that a huge coal company called Liansheng Resources Group declared bankruptcy with 30 billion yuan ($5 billion) in debt.

Chinese Business Wisdom argues (via China Gaze) that waves of bankruptcies are striking in 10 Chinese industries: (1) shipbuilding; (2) iron and steel: (3) LED lighting; (4) furniture; (5) real estate development; (6) cargo shipping; (7) trust and financial institutions; (8) financial management; (9) private equity; and (10) group buying.

AP notes today:

Chinese authorities have allowed the country’s first corporate bond default, inflicting losses on small investors in a painful step toward making its financial system more market-oriented. A Shanghai manufacturer of solar panels paid only part of 90 million yuan ($15 million) in interest it owed.

Until now, Beijing has bailed out troubled companies to preserve confidence in its credit markets. But the ruling Communist Party has pledged to make the economy more productive by allowing market forces a bigger role. Time asks whether China has reached its “Bear Stearns moment”:

A dangerous build-up of debt and an explosion of risky and poorly regulated shadow banking have raised serious concerns about the health of China’s economy. That’s why the Chaori default — the first ever in China’s domestic corporate bond market — has sparked fears that the country could be headed for a full-blown economic crisis like the one that slammed Wall Street in 2008. “We believe that the market will have reached the Bear Stearns stage,” warned strategist David Cui and his team at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in a report to investors.

The concern of Cui and others is that the Chaori default will be the tip-off point for an unravelling of China’s financial system. The default could wake investors and bankers to the realization that companies they thought were safe bets are potentially not, and they could begin to reassess other loans and investments to other corporations. In other words, they might start redefining what is and is not risky. That could then lead to a credit crunch, when nervous bankers become wary of lending money, or lending at affordable interest rates. More bankruptcies could result. That eventually causes the financial markets to lock up — and we end up transitioning from a Bear Stearns moment to a Lehman Brothers moment, when the financial sector melts down. “We think the chain reaction will probably start,” Cui wrote. “In the U.S., it took about a year to reach the Lehman stage when the market panicked … We assess that it may take less time in China.”

The Financial Post reported in January:

The U.S. and Europe learned the hard way about the dangers of shadow banks in the financial crisis but, five years later, China appears set to get its own painful lesson about what can happen when large capital flows get diverted to unregulated corners of the financial system. “We estimate that 88% of the revenues of Chinese trust companies is at risk in the long term,” said McKinsey and Ping An.

Billionaire investor George Soros recently wrote on a popular news website that the impending default and the growing fear reflected in Chinese markets has “eerie resemblances” to the global crisis of 2008. The big picture:  the $23 trillion dollar Chinese credit bubble is starting to collapse.

As Michael Snyder wrote in January:

It could be a “Lehman Brothers moment” for Asia, and since the global financial system is more interconnected today than ever before, that would be very bad news for the United States as well.  Since Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, the level of private domestic credit in China has risen from $9 trillion to an astounding $23 trillion.  That is an increase of $14 trillion in just a little bit more than 5 years.  Much of that “hot money” has flowed into stocks, bonds and real estate in the United States.  So what do you think is going to happen when that bubble collapses?

The bubble of private debt that we have seen inflate in China since the Lehman crisis is unlike anything that the world has ever seen.  Never before has so much private debt been accumulated in such a short period of time.  [Note: Private debt is much more dangerous than public debt.] All of this debt has helped fuel tremendous economic growth in China, but now a whole bunch of Chinese companies are realizing that they have gotten in way, way over their heads.  In fact, it is being projected that Chinese companies will pay out the equivalent of approximately a trillion dollars in interest payments this year alone.  That is more than twice the amount that the U.S. government will pay in interest in 2014.

As the Telegraph pointed out a while back, the Chinese have essentially “replicated the entire U.S. commercial banking system” in just five years. Overall credit has jumped from $9 trillion to $23 trillion since the Lehman crisis. “They have replicated the entire U.S. commercial banking system in five years,” she said.

The ratio of credit to GDP has jumped by 75 percentage points to 200pc of GDP, compared to roughly 40 points in the US over five years leading up to the subprime bubble, or in Japan before the Nikkei bubble burst in 1990. “This is beyond anything we have ever seen before in a large economy. We don’t know how this will play out. The next six months will be crucial,” she said. As with all other things in the financial world, what goes up must eventually come down.

What has been going on in the global financial system is completely and totally unsustainable, and it is inevitable that it is all going to come horribly crashing down at some point during the next few years. It is just a matter of time.

We think two years is very optimistic, 6 months is more likely.  Financial markets right now are like a herd of wildebeests, one twig snaps now and the stampede is on. One has to wonder, what if all of these trillions of fiat monies and credit had actually been put to work raising minimum wages internationally, building factories, and creating jobs, where would we be right now?  Besides being grossly criminal and negligent beyond belief, when are we going to hold these idiots accountable and take the keys away these fools?

Finally, Some of Us are Catching On

By a more than three-to-one margin on Tuesday, communities voting on whether to support the creation of a public bank in Vermont approved the idea, calling for the state legislature to establish such a bank and urging passage of legislation designed to begin its implementation.

In a show of direct democracy that also exposed the citizenry’s desire for a more localized and responsible banking system, fifteen of nineteen towns passed the resolution during ‘Town Meeting Day’— an annual event in which voters choose local officials, approve municipal budgets, and make their voices heard on a number of measures put before local residents for approval.

The specific proposal under consideration, Senate Bill 204, would turn an existing agency, the Vermont Economic Development Authority, into a public bank that would accept deposits and issue loans for in-state projects. Currently, the only state in the U.S. to maintain a public state bank is North Dakota. However, since the financial downturn of 2008, other states have looked into replicating the North Dakota model as a way to buck Wall Street while taking more control of state and local finances.

Voicing his support of the measure ahead of Tuesday’s vote, Gary Murphy, a resident of South Ryegate, one of the towns that subsequently approved the measure, explained the thinking behind the plan this way in a letter to the local Times-Argus:

Senate bill 204 would expand the Vermont Economic Development Authority to become a state bank and would start out by depositing 10 percent of Vermont’s unrestricted money into the state bank. The bank would be able to leverage this money by means available only to banks to bolster the economy of the state and cut down on the interest payments and fees that are presently paid to out-of-state financial institutions and other entities. The bank would not engage in retail banking and would not compete with community banks; it would work with community banks to maintain their viability and expand their ability to help create better economic outcomes for Vermonters by partnering with them in projects they would not be able to engage in on their own.

Presently, large public projects are, to a large extent, funded by bonding and other private investment which requires the state to pay interest and fees that often do not get recycled into the local economy. Bond sales are managed by Wall Street firms, which seem to rig everything they can to further enrich themselves. In addition to the fees that they charge for this service, it is possible that they are rigging the process to divert funds that would otherwise be available to the state into their own pockets. While the cost of bonding is relatively cheap now, it will likely increase in the next few years if not sooner and the bond market could dry up. Creating a state bank now and growing it could put us in a position where we can substantially lessen the need to float bonds to fund large public projects.

According to Vermont Public Radio, unofficial results on Wednesday showed the following towns had approved the resolution: Bakersfield, Craftsbury, Enosburg, Marshfield, Montgomery, Montpelier Plainfield, Putney, Randolph, Rochester, Royalton, Ryegate, Tunbridge, Warren, and Waitsfield. The four towns that voted down the measure were: Marlboro, Barnet and Fayston and Greensboro.

North Dakota has had a state bank since 1919. Eric Hardmeyer, chief executive officer of the Bank of North Dakota, said he’s heard from 30 to 40 states asking the same thing: How does the only state-owned bank in the U.S. work? The financial institution, which opened in 1919 to help North Dakota farmers, has $5 billion in assets and contributed about $340 million in earnings to state coffers in the 12 years through mid-2009.

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Lawmakers in other states are modeling proposals on the Bismarck bank as activists protest bailouts for JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and other financial giants while their customers struggle with foreclosures and unemployment. Supporters say state-run banks, whose deposit base would include tax revenue and other government funds, would have greater control to develop socially minded lending programs favoring average Americans.

“Because of the Occupy Wall Street movement, there is much more of an interest to put in place state-owned banks to serve the public interest,” Marc Armstrong, the executive director of the Sonoma, California-based Public Banking Institute, said in a telephone interview.

“The benefit to commercial businesses is they receive affordable low-cost loans, including some as low as 1 percent per year,” Armstrong said. “The benefit to the state’s public is a more affordable and competitive rate for student loans and home mortgages.”

The Bank of North Dakota offers below-market lending rates as part of a program for beginning farmers. The DEAL loan, which supports students in college, is one of the most competitive alternative loans in the nation. North Dakota students or those who attend school in ND pay zero fees, have the option of a fixed interest rate of 5.72% APR or a variable interest rate of 1.74% APR effective January 1, 2014 and can count on quality local customer service. Variable rates can change quarterly and may increase. Rate will never exceed 10%.

BND by statute can do anything any other bank can do, unless restricted by statute. Mostly by practice BND does not make direct loans. However, legislative action has given express lending authority to BND for:

  • The purchase or acquisition of bank stock or the formation of a bank holding company.
  • The acquisition or refinancing of farm real estate by qualified individuals.
  • Assistance with post-secondary educational costs (i.e., student loans).
  • Originate home loans where loans are not readily available

All other lending by BND is through participation with a lead financial institution. This lead lender can be any qualified financial institution – most notably a bank, savings and loan, credit union or Farm Credit Services.

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‘Bottom-Line Driven’

“We have a specific mission that we’re trying to achieve that’s not necessarily bottom-line driven,” Hardmeyer said.  Another difference is that deposits in most conventional commercial banks are guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., while the North Dakota bank’s deposits are backed by the state.

Lawmakers in 13 states, including Massachusetts and California, introduced legislation this year that would create a state-run bank or study the notion, according to the Public Banking Institute, a non-partisan group backing the idea.

Financial Crisis

“As the financial crisis deepened and there are liquidity issues around the country, our model was looked at a little bit deeper than it ever had been before,” said Hardmeyer, who may be the only bank president in the U.S. who’s also a state employee. “It has been overwhelming at times in terms of the response.”

The U.S. banking industry opposes the idea and is lobbying against it, saying a state-run bank would compete with commercial banks for business and politicize a state’s lending decisions.  “A state-owned bank? Why don’t we just re-label the state capitols the Kremlin?” Camden Fine, president of the Independent Community Bankers of America, a Washington-based trade group that represents more than 5,000 community banks, said in a telephone interview.  “It’s a socialistic idea,” Fine said. “If you get a state-owned bank that is allocating credit, it can slide very quickly into a situation where those in favor get credit and those not in favor don’t get credit.”

Increase Jobs

Arizona Representative John Fillmore, a Republican from Apache Junction who has introduced legislation to create the Bank of Arizona, said he views it as a way his state could increase jobs while bolstering its treasury.

“We would have a bank, just like a regular bank that you see out there, it would have savings accounts and checking accounts,” Fillmore said in a telephone interview. “But its main function would be to give support to the state and to other banks within the state.”

Efforts to pursue the idea have gotten off to a rocky start in Massachusetts and California. In the Bay State, where legislation was introduced to create a Bank of Massachusetts, a commission said the bank would cost $3.6 billion to start and may expose public funds to “unacceptably high risk.”

In California, lawmakers in September agreed to set up a task force to study the idea of a “California Investment Trust” to boost economic development by easing access to credit for California-based businesses, according to the legislative text. Governor Jerry Brown, a 73-year-old Democrat, vetoed the bill. Brown said he didn’t want to create another “blue ribbon” taskforce and suggested the Legislature’s banking committees look at the idea.

Commercial Banks

The California Bankers Association, a Sacramento-based trade group, lobbied against the proposal, saying a state-owned bank would crowd out commercial banks.

“A state bank has the ability to use the enormous resources of the state to nearly monopolize the market and as a result, create an unfair advantage over commercial banks,” Alex Alanis, the association’s vice president of state government relations, said in a May letter to Assembly member Ben Hueso, who offered the bill.  Hueso, a Democrat from San Diego, said the proposal is aimed at creating a wholesale bank that would lend through commercial banks to businesses and consumers.

Economic Recovery

State-run banks are more likely to be more flexible in their lending relationships with consumers and less likely to engage in proprietary trading and other risky activities by large commercial banks.

North Dakota Economy was ranked No. #1 in economic development in 2010-2012. North Dakota has weathered the Great Recession with a boom in natural resources, particularly a boom in oil extraction from the Bakken formation, which lies beneath the western part of the state. The development has driven strong job and population growth, and low unemployment. It was largely supported by the state bank.

It is not surprising that commercial banking lobbyist would oppose the “state bank idea”. If you have watched how these commercial banks and lending institutions have dealt their hands in places like Detroit or Cleveland and watched as they have extracted huge amounts of public wealth out of the system, it is clear they have no interest in having State Banks pop up.  Why it’s Un-American right?

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Reality is it is about as Un-American as the Boston Tea Party, the real Boston Tea Party. If you live in a state seriously considering starting a state bank, get yourself educated to what that means. We think the more you understand the more you will understand the freedom from banksters it represents.