Time to Find the Truth

It is a fine line between trying to share the truth with others and being run around in circles. The energy wasted on a close-minded debate seems to be part of the goal of the Cabal and MSM these days, and we are programmed to defend our beliefs aggressively as part of societal conditioning.  We need only to look at our politicians or bankers today to see the absolute absurdity that is spewing forth, playing to whatever base these idiots believe support their positions and will insure their position in the power grid as they envision it.

The time we have, where we focus our attention, is essential for our growth and development, and while trying to share our knowledge with others is of benefit, knowing when to pull back is also advantageous. The following pyramid show ways to have objective discussions with others and is great tool for wading through drama and circular debates, by staying at the top three rungs of the pyramid:

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 Close-mindedness can be a vacuum for energy, and the best way to put out a fire of useless back and forth is to stop feeding it. “Opinions are like Rear Ends, Everyone has one and they ALL STINK!” Facts are facts and they are not based on opinions, lies, propaganda, spin, or statistics. There are facts, you know 1+1=2. That’s it! Nothing else.

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We obviously can’t be 100% sure about anything; to believe in something absolutely is a delusion. Absolute certainty requires absolute knowledge, and since we are all finite of mind, developing knowledge via experience, the best we can hope for is relative certainty. With that being said, the old age adage “by their deeds ye shall know them” is very helpful.

Sometimes it is necessary to simplify large situations and ignore all the patter and just focus on what we know to be true in our hearts. Consciousness is the key to our freedom… Love, Forgiveness (Breaking the wheel of karma)… Focusing on becoming service to others will change the world and create an environment that takes advantage of the background energy that forces the greedy selfish beings to self destruct. Thus the meek shall inherit the Earth and create a new civilization where everyone is equal.

It is up to each of us to use our individual discernment filters and not our wishful thinking to decide what our truth will be. We cannot be so encapsulated in our individual reality bubbles that we avoid any information that may pop them.

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Last desperate acts of cabals and banksters should not be permitted to escalate into WWIII. It’s about the West trying to start WWIII as a last ditch effort to prevent a financial collapse and new financial system owned by the East/BRICS from arising. It will take a huge financial crash for the asleep brain washed people to be agitated and wake up enough to be ready to believe and accept all of the data dumps in full disclosure that is beginning to happen.

Over the next several months, as true of the past several weeks, information is coming forward that clearly shows how are markets have been manipulated by criminal behavior, the unbelievable levels of corruption and dare say the decadence of world leaders, and the level by which these sociopaths are controlling governments and the media, and finally how they are collecting massive amounts of data on all of our comings and goings. We know this is not acceptable and yet we have not effectively stood up and said enough to stop it. Are you beginning to understand we have to actively think for ourselves and more importantly trust ourselves that we know what is best for us? Then, based on that knowledge, we can act in our own best interest.

We all have a sense big changes are coming, but somehow we believe we are only victims of that change. We would suggest that WE MUST BE THOSE BIG CHANGES. Our lives, our future, our children, our legacy all depend on us. Each one of us is sovereign, free, and capable of deciding our own destinies. We all know this deep truth in our souls and now is the time is act according to that truth with courage and fortitude.

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Idiots, Zealots, Elitists and Patriots –The FOUR Wise Monkeys

Everyone is familiar with the THREE wise Monkeys. However, as with all things, it is not the whole story and is a gross misrepresentation of truth, which seems endemic in our society. Ethan Indigo Smith of wakeup- world.com helps us understand the “missing link” as it were to understanding the whole truth, the FOURTH monkey. With this understanding, we can begin to understand why the Fourth Monkey knowledge is undesirable in a society that withholds vital truths, but so vital to our progress. As we all have been told, the three wise monkeys represent “see no evil”, “hear no evil”, “speak no evil”. The fourth monkey however represents the most important element as it relates to evil and that is “fear no evil”. As we follow MSM news we, with this understanding, can readily see why the FOURTH Monkey is deliberately understated and even, dare say, feared.

Characterized by how they respond to information, modern societies are made up of four archetypes of people — idiots, zealots, elitists and patriots. Idiots refuse information, zealots refute information, elitists misuse information and patriots seek and distribute information. These archetypes are true of patriarchal societies around the world today, and this has probably been the case since Homo habilis was a boy.

While consistent across cultures, these archetypes have been subdivided in many ways, have borne countless different names, and their attitudes toward one another have varied (slightly) from age to age. But the essential dynamics of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and irrevocable changes, the same pattern has historically reasserted itself over time, just as gravity finds equilibrium.

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Idiots, Zealots, Elitists and Patriots

These four societal archetypes are inevitably intertwined, and their aims entirely reconcilable. Although their behaviors are dissimilar, their differences fit together into one dysfunctional whole, comprising a society’s collective relationship to information, and indeed, its own truth.

To expand on the definition offered above, idiots avoid all new pertinent information in order to maintain their perspective, never questioning the status quo. Zealots ask certain questions of certain information, ignoring unaligned information in order to maintain their perspective, supporting the status quo at all costs. Elitists question information in order to manipulate and reap gains off those who don’t know, benefiting from the status quo. Patriots question information to educate themselves and share it with others, in order that we might progress beyond the status quo.

Despite dramatic alterations in the world’s geopolitical landscape, and some fluctuation of individuals from one group/role to another over time, the dynamic between these groups has historically remained the same. What has changed in the technological age is simply that we have more ways and means to use, misuse, refute and refuse information.

Today, just as ever, idiots avoid all new pertinent information in an attempt to maintain a limited, comfortable perspective. Zealots believe they have “the answer”. They ask certain questions of certain information, but ignore and dissociate from information that is unaligned to their pre-determined perspective. Elitists question information in order to manipulate those who do not have that information, to their own benefit. Patriots – true patriots – question information to educate themselves and share it with others in order that all may progress.

These archetypes may seem like generalizations; and they are. They are also ancient and universal in structured societies. How people interact with new information is a result of both primal response and experiential programming, so understanding these archetypes can reveal a great deal about people and their character. In my experience as a truth-seeker and an activist – a patriot – this is the only thought-model or assumption that can truly help us understand how people relate to information, and therefore how we can best relate information to them.

The Four Wise Monkeys

There is an ancient adage and image that depicts the thinking and being of people through a series of archetypal monkeys; Hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil.

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Commonly known as The Wise Monkeys or The Three Wise Monkeys they are typically depicted sitting next to each other in a row. One covers its eyes, blinding itself. The second covers its ears, deafening itself. The third covers its mouth, gagging itself. Of these supposedly wise monkeys, none seem much the wiser for its ignorance. In fact, each character is hampering itself and its experience of its surroundings – of truth and information – in one way or another. And yet this adage of ‘wisdom’ is still widely accepted.

What most people don’t realize, however, is that the depiction of these ‘Three Wise Monkeys’ is a deliberately incomplete narrative; there is actually a fourth Wise Monkey that is seldom depicted in western interpretation. Representing the virtue ‘fear no evil’, the fourth monkey sits with its arms folded over its abdomen. It is the patriot who, fearing no evil, questions information to learn and share it with others, in order that all may progress. It is indeed the only of the monkeys that shows any wisdom at all!

The four wise monkeys are reflective of the four archetypal reactions to information. In an oligarchical society, such as ours, which is structured to benefit a few at the expense of many, idiots shut their eyes to all information that puts this reality in their face and simply refuse to learn. Zealots fervently support the official narrative; they close their ears and do not hear what’s really going on, but tend to keep speaking nonetheless. Elitists keep their mouths shut and do not disclose what is seen and heard, understanding what is happening but opting rather for silence. Patriots, the least common of the monkeys, use all their senses; they observe but do not react in fear.

The archetype of the four wise monkeys is considered to be one of the oldest axioms with a corresponding image. The original concept has its roots in Chinese philosophy and can be traced back to at least the 8th century. In Japan, it is interpreted as akin to the Golden Rule and is also a play on words. The Japanese word for monkey is saru and the expression in Japanese uses verb forms that sound like the word monkey; mizaru, kikazaru, iwazaru and shizaru. Outside Japan, the predominant presentation of the wise monkeys around the world lacks the fourth monkey, fear no evil, shizaru.

Buddhists and many others interpret the wise monkeys as a karmic reminder of sorts not to participate in any form of evil, but it is more than that. This traditional interpretation states that one should not see, hear or speak of inconsequence. It is true that avoiding irrelevance is wise, but this is only part of the truth. In Asia people conceptualized that all movement, physically and metaphysically, begins and is anchored in the abdominal region or dantien, an energy point just above the belly button. The fourth monkey is unafraid and unflinching, and watches and listens calmly, with hands resting on the dantien. Like his companions in varied measure, the fourth monkey looks, listens and communicates, but does not react in fear of what is seen, heard and said.

It is no wonder the fourth monkey has been all but deleted from the archetypal presentation of the wise monkeys adage. He is the only truly wise monkey of the four, the patriot. The fourth wise monkey faces the truth without fear, a distinct contrast to the other three, apparently frightened monkeys. It is an old example of a missing whole truth and a partial presentation. The absence is normally unconsidered or trivial, but helps to point out the very lesson of the wise monkeys maxim.

What 1984 Can Teach Us About 2015

Similarly, in George Orwell’s seminal fiction/warning 1984, the Brotherhood (who are working to bring down the fascist rulers, ‘The Party’) are similarly deleted through the admission of language.

1984 by George Orwell tells the story of an imagined dystopian future. The Telescreen, which constantly transmits as well as oversees its audience. The “Theory and Practice to Oligarchical Collectivism” is the book within the book, providing the guidelines for this distopian society, which posits that there are three types of people in the society: the high (the Inner Party), the middle (the Outer Party) and the low (the Proles). Each conforms to the will of the collectivist society.

Those of low status are forced to accept the false imagery and demands of their society as their reality, they have been prisoners their whole lives and do not notice the fact they are imprisoned. In the middle (the Outer party) are the unchained, remaining totally transfixed on the party line, as told by the Telescreen. They are so loyal to the imagery and narrative created by their captors that they will believe whatever they are shown, rather than observe for themselves. They will believe two plus two is five, as the saying goes, as long as it is presented as such on the Telescreen. Essentially, they are the frightened monkeys.

But according to the Inner Party and the Telescreen it controls, any who might challenge the system are said to simply not exist; there are no patriots, nor fourth fearless monkey, and any who think that way are therefore isolated; a common divide-and-conquer tactic of empires past and present. The Brotherhood – the organization of patriots – are portrayed by the controlling ‘Inner Party’ as a rumored group, and the notion of their existence is belittled by the Inner Party, via the Telescreen, and they are ‘disappeared’ from the mainstream society altogether. The story’s protagonist, patriot Winston Smith, is made to believe he is the last person who questions, who looks, who listens and who speaks. The rebellious Brotherhood is known only as a rumor, a fourth vague possibility, and Smith believes himself to be ‘The Last Man in Europe’ (the title originally intended by George Orwell, instead of 1984.)

In the totalitarian society portrayed by Orwell in 1984, the agenda physical and psychological monopolization of the society is arguably more advanced (but decreasingly so) than what we see in modern politics. However, just as in 1984 and the ancient adage of the wise monkeys, the fourth characterization ; that of the true patriot, is mostly absent from our mainstream narrative. In reality, the fourth monkey, the patriot, those who fear no evil and act accordingly, are deleted from public consciousness in exactly the same way.

To go one step further, the patriot today is being portrayed as a terrorist, or someone with a tendency to be subject to being identified and watched by the government. Odd, isn’t it? If you question you are somehow a threat or may be classified as having some mental impairment that might be considered to be dangerous to the well-being of the society.

So ask yourself, “what kind of monkey am I?” On close examination we would venture to say that a lot of us are really a mixed bag monkey. The obvious next question to ask is, “what kind of monkey do I want to be?”

The Secret of An Imagined World

If we all look deep within ourselves, no matter where we live on the globe, or what religion or politics are our persuasions, the world we imagine “could be” is absolutely identical in every respect. Is that a co-incidence or is this where our collective consciousness is trying to drive us, because after all we are one race, the Human Race. Maybe it is necessary for someone to articulate the vision in words, so we can all agree, yep, that’s it.

Imagine a world in which war, with all its calamities, was deemed impossible.

Imagine a world where the freedom of all and each was secured to the uttermost degree.

Imagine a world where corruption which debases democracies, didn’t exist and was considered deplorable and barbaric.

Imagine a world where equality was not a name or some altruistic goal; it was a reality.

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Imagine a world where riches were not persecuted, because they were not envied.

Imagine a world where technology made it possible to dispense with a distinct and separate working class altogether. Where each individual pursued the vocation which pleased them most of all.

Imagine a world where everyone loved their employment as sport and pastime, and the result of these collective efforts was to create a public-wealth so devoted to the general use that not a single person was ever heard to complain or feel need, cheated or neglected.

Imagine a world where the vices that rot our cities had no footing.

Imagine a world where amusements abounded, but none lead to intoxication, to riot, or disease.

Imagine a world where diseases, as now known, were removed with ease by scientific applications.

Imagine a world where we worked collectively to extend man’s influence into space and we were readily supported by those already traveling freely among the stars.

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Imagine a world where we all readily understand the true nature of our origins and our destiny among creation and we all defined “God” as our father, for in fact there is only one true reality of this.

Imagine a world where we considered our children and the elderly as our most valued possessions; children because they represented our future potential and the elderly because they possessed our collective wisdom.

We believe that two things are truth absolute concerning these statements. First, if we all were to take the time to ponder them, we could find complete agreement with them and secondly, we know that imagination is the first step in the formation of our future reality.

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So take a few moments each day and IMAGINE!

The Center of Global Economic Pain: Big Banks

Whether it is rigging markets, rigging Libor, imposing draconian austerity programs, or boldly bribing public officials, we all know the “too big to fail banks” are at the center of felonious acts. When it comes to fomenting world-wide armed conflicts, there they are again. When it comes to money laundering of drug traffickers, guess who? They are involved in influencing government and elected officials to act against the will of the majority, such as in Greece, or the US, or any number of other countries. There seems to be no limit to their greed and accumulation of power. Volumes have been written about this, so we don’t need to elaborate on that. Billions in punitive fines have been paid for acts of felonies, so this is not news either.

These greedy banksters make the old mafia look like pikers. More importantly, we all know this and seem to be helpless in countering their greed and power mongering. After all, what could we possibly do against such money and power, right?

This sense of helplessness is only an engineered psyche job on us. If we don’t buy it as a people, they are powerless to continuing to intimidate us. Ask Iceland about it. However, more importantly we can stand up and take back the power to govern ourselves in a democratic fashion and begin to act to limit and then to end the actions of these out of control greedy parasites who are destroying our world for another buck and bonus.

One small US government unit has done just that. The Board of Supervisors in Santa Cruz County, California, have taken a bold step.  The County has decided that they will not do business, including investment services or bond issuances, with five major banks that the Justice Department found to be associated with felonious acts in May of this year.

Ryan Coonerty, Supervisor of the Third District of the County, proposed to Mary Jo Walker, (Auditor-Controller-Treasurer) and the rest of the Board of Supervisors that they immediately, and for the term of at least 5 years, cease relations in business with Citigroup, J.P. Morgan & Chase, Barclays, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and U.B.S.

Coonerty wrote:

“[These banks] have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the foreign currency exchange spot market… The behavior of these banks is offensive and signals a Wall Street culture in which several big banks broke the law even after years of strong criticism and increased regulation following the economic crisis.”

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The probe of the five banks mentioned above also included Bank Of America. The banks agreed to pay a total amount of $5.8 Billion earlier this year in settlement of the LIBOR scandal.  Citigroup was fined the largest amount of $925 million by the DOJ, and $325 million by the Fed. JP Morgan & Chase was fined a total of $892 million.  The DOJ cites these banks for their employee’s having violated the Sherman Antitrust Act, which expressly forbids coercive monopolizing any part of trade or commerce within several states or foreign nations.

Coonerty’s letter rounded off:

“There seems to be no limit to the greed in some our nation’s largest banks. I believe it is critical that the County only work with the most trustworthy institutions as we invest and protect the public’s tax dollars. Santa Cruz County should not be involved with those who rigged the world’s biggest financial markets.

It is important that we send a message that if you want to do business with the County, you need to play by the rules. Therefore I recommend that the Board direct that the County’s investment policy be modified to reflect that the County of Santa Cruz will not do new business with these felonious financial institutions for a period of five years and further that the County unwind existing relationships with these five banks to the greatest extent feasible.”

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The words are sharp, and the idea behind it is razor edged. If every county in just CA followed suit with Coonerty’s idea, that could mean significant losses in revenue for these corporations. The $650 million municipal portfolio reported to be in these banks for Santa Cruz County is just chump change for banks like JP Morgan & Chase, but if all the counties and states in the US followed suit, these banksters would be in real trouble.

What can we do? Simple, show up at your next county board of supervisors meeting and demand they follow suit with Santa Cruz County. Write your state senators and district representatives and demand they immediately float a bill in the legislature to follow suit with the actions of Santa Cruz. After all, what Coonerty is really saying is that our governments have a fiduciary responsibility not to deal with convicted felons and they have a responsibility to insure the safety of taxpayer’s investments. WE DO HAVE POWER. Let’s begin to exercise it before it is too late. Ask the Greeks what is next for them. If you believe what happened in Greece can’t happen here, well, you are delusional. Believe the reality that it is us with the power, not the banksters, for that is the truth.

Greece, Deadbeat Nation or Courageous Peoples

It is very important that EVERYBODY pay attention to what is transpiring in Greece. Keep in mind, that the MSM is spinning the hell out of this story because MSM is owned by those who have imposed the draconian measures on the Greek people. Greece has, true to its history of being the birthplace of democracy, stood up and said enough to the out of control bankers and their need to feed their greed at any cost.

It is important to understand that this situation didn’t just unfold in the last few months. Instead it has been the very premeditative raping of the wealth of the Greek people. A little perspective and truth must be understood.

Today Greece owes its creditors €323 billion ($366 billion), some 175 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. How did it end up owing so much money?

“We should be clear: almost none of the huge amount of money loaned to Greece has actually gone there,” Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank and a Nobel Prize winner in economics, wrote in the Guardian newspaper . “It has gone to pay out private-sector creditors – including German and French banks.” Sound familiar? Remember the 2008 bailout of US banks? Remember what QE was supposed to accomplish?

A recent CorpWatch report – The EuroZone Profiteers –  can help shed further light on this matter. While it’s true that corrupt Greek politicians borrowed billions for shaky government schemes from these banks, there was a very good reason that the financiers made these rash loans: they were under pressure from European Union bureaucrats to compete in a global marketplace with U.K. and U.S. banks.

Take the German banks. While Anglo-American banking is dominated by many branches of a few major banks, Germany had some 4,000 unique institutions in 1990 that made up a three-pillar system of savings banks, co-operative banks, and private banks. These banks lived modestly on miniscule profits of one percent in comparison to Britain’s four mega-banks, which boasted returns as high as 30 percent on equity. Under pressure from Brussels, the German government agreed to push some of the bigger banks to become more “market oriented” by withdrawing state guarantees known as “anstaltslast” and “gewährträgerhaftung” to back them up in times of failure.

Likewise Prime Minister Jacques Chirac began a process of privatizing French banks in the late 1980s to “shoulder its responsibilities to the business community.” (The banks that had been nationalized over time by General Charles de Gaulle in 1945 and by President Pierre Mauroy in 1982) Like the Germans, the French banks enjoyed state protection, and thus were easily able to raise money to lend out.

The European Union was firmly behind this since they wanted European entities to compete on a global stage. “Sometimes it is said that competition is not to the benefit of all: It can favor larger firms, but hurt smaller businesses. I do not share this view,” Mario Monti, the European competition commissioner, said in October 1997. “Naturally, competition will reward greater efficiency. It will put pressure on less-performing companies and on sectors already suffering from structural problems.”

But French banks knew that they could not make billions by competing in Germany, nor were German banks expecting to vanquish the French. They looked instead to a simpler and easier market to loan out the plentiful supply of cash they had – the poorer, mostly southern European states that had agreed to take part in the launch of a common currency called the Euro in 1999.

The logic was clear: In the mid-1990s, national interest rates in Greece and Spain, for example, hovered around 14 percent, and at a similar level in Ireland during the 1992–1993 currency crisis. So borrowers in these countries were eager to welcome the northern bankers with seemingly unlimited supplies of cheap cash at interest rates as low as one to four percent.

Take the case of Georg Funke, who ran Depfa, a German public mortgage bank. Depfa helped Athens get a star credit rating, raised €265 million for the Greek government railway, helped Portugal borrow €200 million to build up a water supplier, and gave €90 million to Spain to construct a privately operated road in Galicia. For a while, the middle class in Greece like the middle classes in Spain and Ireland, benefited from the infrastructure spending stimulus. When Depfa nearly collapsed in 2008, Funke was fired.

Or take the case of Georges Pauget, the CEO of Crédit Agricole in France, who bought up Emporiki Bank of Greece for €3.1 billion in cash in 2006. Over the next six years, Emporiki lost money year after year, blowing money on one foolish venture after another, until finally, Crédit Agricole sold it for €1 – not €1 billion or even €1 million – but a single euro to Alpha Bank in October 2012. Crédit Agricole’s cumulative loss? €5.3 billion.

Money poured in from other banks like Dexia of Belgium. Via Kommunalkredit, Dexia loaned €25 million to Yiannis Kazakos, the mayor of Zografou, a suburb of Athens, to buy land to build a shopping mall. It made similar loans to other Greek municipal authorities including Acharnon, Melisia, Metamorfosis, Nea Ionia, Serres, and Volos.

“The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2007 … wasn’t just money, it was temptation,” financial writer Michael Lewis wrote in Vanity Fair. “Entire countries were told, “The lights are out, you can do whatever you want to do, and no one will ever know.”

Bloomberg took a look at statistics from the Bank for International Settlements, and worked out that German banks loaned out a staggering $704 billion to Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain before December 2009. Two of Germany’s largest private banks—Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank—loaned $201 billion to Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, according to numbers compiled by BusinessInsider. And BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole of France loaned $477 billion to Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

There is a very good parallel to this situation of cheap and easy money in the recent sub-prime mortgage crisis in the U.S.

In a recent book, A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, author Laura Gottesdiener explains that 30 years ago, African Americans were unable to borrow money to buy houses because of a practice called redlining—where banks drew fictitious red lines around neighborhoods they would not lend to even if the borrowers had good credit and good jobs. Today, redlining is illegal, but the reverse has happened. In the 1990s, poor people around the U.S. were offered 100 percent loans to buy houses at low rates with virtually no collateral.

“The mortgage market for white Americans was flush. There was no more money to be made from issuing mortgages to white Americans. The banks needed new consumers,” Gottesdiener told Corporate Crime Reporter magazine. “So, they moved into the minority market. But they weren’t selling the conventional loans. They were selling these incredibly exploitative predatory loans.” We know how the sub-prime crisis ended in 2008 – and it almost brought down the global economy.

What happened after the creation of the Euro was very similar. The Greek government is in debt today to Germany and France not just because they borrowed money for unwise projects, but also because the bankers pushed them to take money that they would never have been able to approved under normal circumstances. But as Stiglitz has noted, these German and French banks have now been rescued. An ATTAC Austria study showed that 77 percent of the €207 billion provided for the so-called “Greek bail-out” went to the financial sector and not to the people. It is time to investigate the bankers who created the EuroZone crisis and hold them accountable.

But the bankers are not the only ones. There must be repercussions for the European Union bureaucrats and politicians who promoted the idea that free-market competition in financial services would benefit everyone. And not least of all, there should be a serious debate on how to reverse many of the policies that were used to create the European single market in financial services.

Now, let’s map the mafia story to international finance in four stages.

Stage 1: The first and foremost reason that Greece got into trouble was the “Great Financial Crisis” of 2008 that was the brainchild of Wall Street and international bankers. If you remember, banks came up with an awesome idea of giving subprime mortgages to anyone who can fog a mirror. They then packaged up all these ticking financial bombs and sold them as “mortgage-backed securities” for a huge profit to various financial entities in countries around the world.

A big enabler of this criminal activity was another branch of the banking system, the group of rating agencies – S&P, Fitch and Moody’s – who gave stellar ratings to these destined-to-fail financial products. Unscrupulous politicians such as Tony Blair joined Goldman Sachs and peddled these dangerous securities to pension funds and municipalities and countries around Europe. Banks and Wall Street gurus made hundreds of billions of dollars in this scheme. But this was just Stage 1 of their enormous scam. There was much more profit to be made in the next three stages!

Stage 2 is when the financial time bombs exploded. Commercial and investment banks around the world started collapsing in a matter of weeks. Governments at local and regional level saw their investments and assets evaporate. Chaos everywhere!

Vultures like Goldman Sachs and other big banks profited enormously in three ways: one, they could buy other banks such as Lehman brothers and Washington Mutual for pennies on the dollar. Second, more heinously, Goldman Sachs and insiders such as John Paulson (who recently donated $400 million to Harvard) had made bets that these securities would blow up. Paulson made billions, and the media celebrated his acumen. (For an analogy, imagine the terrorists betting on 9/11 and profiting from it.) Third, to scrub salt in the wound, the big banks demanded a bailout from the very citizens whose lives the bankers had ruined! Bankers have chutzpah. In the U.S., they got hundreds of billions of dollars from the taxpayers and trillions from the Federal Reserve Bank which is nothing but a front group for the bankers. In Greece, the domestic banks got more than $30 billion of bailout from the Greek people. Let that sink in for a moment – the supposedly irresponsible Greek government had to bail out the hardcore capitalist bankers.

Stage 3 is when the banks force the government to accept massive debts. For a biology metaphor, consider a virus or a bacteria. All of them have unique strategies to weaken the immune system of the host. One of the proven techniques used by the parasitic international bankers is to downgrade the bonds of a country. And that’s exactly what the bankers did, starting at the end of 2009. This immediately makes the interest rates (“yields”) on the bonds go up, making it more and more expensive for the country to borrow money or even just roll over the existing bonds. From 2009 to mid 2010, the yields on 10-year Greek bonds almost tripled! This cruel financial assault brought the Greek government to its knees, and the banksters won their first debt deal of a whopping 110 billion Euros.

The banks also control the politics of nations. In 2011, when the Greek prime minister refused to accept a second massive bailout, the banks forced him out of the office and immediately replaced him with the Vice President of ECB (European Central Bank)! No elections needed. Screw democracy. And what would this new guy do? Sign on the dotted line of every paperwork that the bankers bring in. (By the way, the very next day, the exact same thing happened in Italy where the Prime Minister resigned, only to be replaced by a banker/economist puppet. Ten days later, Spain had a premature election where a “technocrat” banker puppet won the election). The puppet masters had the best month ever in November 2011.

Few months later, in 2012, the exact bond market manipulation was used when the banksters turned up the Greek bonds’ yields to 50%!!! This financial terrorism immediately had the desired effect: The Greek parliament agreed to a second massive bailout, even larger than the first one. Now, here is another fact that most people don’t understand. The loans are not just simple loans like you would get from a credit card or a bank. These loans come with very special strings attached that demand privatization of a country’s assets. If you have seen Godfather III, you would remember Hyman Roth, the investor who was carving up Cuba among his friends. Replace Hyman Roth with Goldman Sachs or IMF (International Monetary Fund) or ECB, and you get the picture.

Stage 4: Now, the rape and humiliation of a nation begin. For the debt that was forced upon them, Greece had to sell many of its profitable assets to oligarchs and international corporations. And privatizations are ruthless, involving everything and anything that is profitable. In Greece, privatization included water, electricity, post offices, airport services, national banks, telecommunication, port authorities (which is huge in a country that is a world leader in shipping) etc.

In addition to that, the banker tyrants also get to dictate every single line item in the government’s budget. Want to cut military spending? NO! Want to raise tax on the oligarchs or big corporations? NO! Such micro-management is non-existent in any other creditor-debtor relationship.

So what happens after privatization and despotism under bankers? Of course, the government’s revenue goes down and the debt increases further. How do you “fix” that? Of course, cut spending! Lay off public workers, cut minimum wage, cut pensions (same as our social security), cut public services, and raise taxes on things that would affect the 99% but not the 1%. For example, pension has been cut in half and sales tax increase to more than 20%. All these measures have resulted in Greece going through a financial calamity that is worse than the Great Depression of the U.S. in the 1930s.

Of course, the ever-manipulative bankers demand immediate privatization of all media which means that the country now gets photogenic TV anchors who spew propaganda every day and tell the people that crooked and greedy banksters are saviors; and slavery under austerity is so much better than the alternative. If every Greek person had known the truth about austerity, they wouldn’t have fallen for this. Same goes for Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and other countries going through austerity. The sad aspect of all this is that these are not unique strategies. Since World War II, these predatory practices have been used countless times by the IMF and the World Bank in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

So, the wonderful people of Greece rose up like Zeus and said NO (“OXI” in Greece) to the greedy puppet masters, unpatriotic oligarchs, parasitic bankers and corrupt politicians. By saying NO, they said YES to freedom, independence, self-government, and democracy.

It is time the rest of us realize what now the people of Iceland and Greece have recognized. We must all stand together and say OXI-NO! If we don’t, then we will watch as Spain, Portugal, Italy, France fall into the same despair and horrible situation the Greeks now find themselves. Soon after that it is going to be us!

We have been focused on this issue for years, and unfortunately everything we said would happen, has happened, even beyond what we envisioned could happen. WakeTFU, Stand Up, and don’t fall for any more raping of people for banker’s greed.