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 Money IS NO THING but a NUMBER ...


 Money IS a SYSTEM of POWER ...


 Manipulated against the interest of

 the people subject to THAT POWER

 and  IT IS the OBSESSION with POWER

 which provides the catalyst for the

 subsequent ABUSE of THAT POWER




ZOMBIE Banks lead to ZOMBIE Governments lead to

ZOMBIE Economics lead to ZOMBIE Democracy



THIS particular comment post BEST DESCRIBES 

the definition of ZOMBIE Banks -


The global financial system rests on self-created quicksand. When banks lend to other banks or financial institutions, those funds are used as a basis for further lending, and each transaction is larger than the one before. Interest has its own interest, and money breeds money. The greater the amounts and quicker the transactions, the more money is created. The amount of money in the system has grown exponentially. Computers decide in milliseconds the buying and selling of millions and billions of dollars worth of financial instruments. With so much money available, and with the ease and speed of global transactions, trade in derivates and other forms of financial gambling has progressively detached the financial system from economic and social reality.

Ervin Laszlo




"Money IS the lifeblood of the elite. It is what gives power to those who accumulate. Yet this power only has meaning because we too rely on money for our survival. We can and must undermine money at every opportunity. To do this, community is paramount. Work to build a community around you that helps each other. Use this community to remove your reliance on large corporations as well as your reliance on money itself. Technology will also help us to some extent, but community is the essential ingredient."
Stuart Dobson



"Avarice and the lust for power that emanates from greed is destroying all life on our planet. IF we can’t move past our own greed, we will fail our own selves, one another, all creatures, and all life on our planet. Fabricating social and class division drives violence. WE ARE ONE. Until we understand this basic concept of all violence being against ONE self, we will continue to devolve rather than evolve into higher levels of human knowledge. WE ARE ONE. Only oneness can save us and our planet. Time is running out for humanity to see their own greatness lies ONLY in realising ONENESS."


- comment from Wen in response to the 
 dialogue Andrew Cohen and Deepak Chopra




ONLY when the last tree has died

and the last river been poisoned

and the last fish been caught will

WE REALISE that ...







" If David Cameron’s choice is between a renegotiated membership, or leaving

the EU entirely, he should be able to make common cause with Nick Clegg.


No friend of Europe can deny the need for radical reform.


Der Spiegel recently put the problem succinctly. The single currency, the magazine said, has not

just pitted north against south, but political elites against the people they purport to represent.  


BANKS are as risky as they were before the financial crisis and are devising new ways of gaming

the rules, the IMF warned in an analytical chapter of its Global Financial Stability Report.

To build a safer system, regulators need to “refine” policy further, including “a global-level discussion

on the pros and cons for direct restrictions on certain business activities for banks, rather than just

requiring them to hold more capital”, the IMF said.

Bank Reform has Stalled - Philip Aldrick, The Telegraph 


Last week, Tory MPs made clear where their loyalties lie. David Cameron must now either defend

the old order, or negotiate a settlement that the British public will accept.

The Prime Minister may not want this battle, but it is one he has no choice but to fight. "

Fraser Nelson - Editor of 'The Spectator'




have the RIGHT to take back THAT POWER




    Quantitative easing for the people


            NOT for the Banks






from the seeds of  small acorns,
large oaks grow ...


"We are calling for justice, freedom and equality, and real democracy and a new

constitution, no discrimination between men and women, no discrimination between

Muslims and Christians, to change the system... and to have a real democracy." 

- Nawal El Saadawi


                         by just adding WATER !  




Never before in the field of human conduct has

SO MUCH been filched from so many by so few.

Homo Economicus needs to be laid to rest for good.


Homo Empathaticus needs to rise from the ashes of the Great Implosion.



From Gillian Tett to Mervyn King the voices of WISDOM and REASON now challenge the vast majority of the national and international finance industry to stand up and be counted by those who provide the means by which their casino gambling is funded.



let the people decide


if there is  ANY need  for ...


                     the axeman to be called ? 




IT IS most certainly a humbling thought - in the context of China's rising status in

the world today - that "paper money", called 'flying paper' because it could blow

away, was issued in huge quantities by the Song government towards the end of

the 12th Century. By contrast, paper money (bank notes) were first issued in the

West by Sweden in 1661, America in 1690 and England in 1797.


Many thanks to Adeline Yen Mah for furnishing this information in her book entitled -

China Land of Dragons and Emporers





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Comment by Michael Grove on October 30, 2011 at 12:32

The most relevant comment on Janet Daley's "Manipulated" article ...

"Whatever one's political persuasion I think we can all agree that taking something that belongs to someone else without their explicit consent is theft.  A criminal act in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of God.

So, it is timely to ask the question: to whom does the sovereignty of our parliament belong?

Some would say it belongs to the monarchy.  An absurd proposition for three reasons: such a claim is not written anywhere as we have no written consitution; the British monarchy lost supremacy when it was challenged and defeated in the Glorious Revolution and establishment of parliament, and thirdly, it is an untenable position to hold as one person, such as Hitler, may hold power in a fascist state but not in a democracy.

The Queen may have the power to order a military coup and dissolve parliament but, frankly, I cannot see the people of this country, who stood firm against the Nazis, stand by and allow a German and her Greek husband to carry out a fascist coup of British democracy without resistance.

I would also argue that sovereignty does not abide in the House of Lords as its members are appointed and not elected.

Nor does sovereigny lie in the commons as members of parliament are mere tenants, allowed to temporarily occupy the commons with the permission of the voters of this country.  MPs are leaseholders, not freeholders and therefore do not possess the sovereignty of parliament.

Having dismissed the above charlatans, it follows that the sovereignty of parliament belongs to those who have the power to send and remove MPs from parliament and is irrevocably attached to the voting franchise and therefore belongs to every single voter in the country.

And so it follows that if any politician wishes to give away the sovereignty that belongs to us, the voters, then they will have to seek our implicit permission to do so. 

They have failed to seek that permission.

The implications of this theft are far ranging.  It means that Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Gordon Brown had no right or authority to enter into treaties and constitutions with third parties to give away the sovereignty which belongs to the voters of Great Britain. 

It means that they fraudulently entered into those contracts and so, in turn, means that those treaties and constitutions are null and void and will remain illegal under British law until the permission of the owners of the sovereignty of our parliament, the voters, is sought and given.

The consequence of that theft is that not only is a referndum on the EU a mandatory requirement but also that in the meantime any politician or civil servant who enforces EU regulations and fines is committing a criminal act as the imposition of such fines and regulations has no legal basis in British law.

I hold these truths to be self evident."

Comment by Michael Grove on November 1, 2011 at 12:43
Comment by Michael Grove on November 1, 2011 at 12:51

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Product Description

They were a band of outsiders unable to get jobs with New York's gilded financial establishment. They would go on to corner the world's multitrillion-dollar oil market, reaping unimaginable riches while bringing the economy to its knees. Meet the self-anointed kings of the New York Mercantile Exchange. In some ways, they are everything you would expect them to be: a secretive, members-only club of men and women who live lavish lifestyles; cavort with politicians, strippers, and celebrities; and blissfully jacked up oil prices to nearly $150 a barrel while profiting off the misery of the working class. In other ways, they are nothing you can imagine: many come from working-class families themselves. The progeny of Jewish, Irish, and Italian immigrants who escaped war-torn Europe, they take pride in flagrantly spurning Wall Street. Under the thumb of an all-powerful international oil cartel, the energy market had long eluded the grasp of America's hungry capitalists. Neither the oil royalty of Houston nor the titans of Wall Street had ever succeeded in fully wresting away control. But facing extinction, the rough-and-tumble traders of Nymex led by the reluctant son of a produce merchant went after this Goliath and won, creating the world's first free oil market and minting billions in the process. Their stunning journey from poverty to prosperity belies the brutal and violent history that is their legacy. For the first time, The Asylum unmasks the oil market's self-described "inmates" in all their unscripted and dysfunctional glory: the happily married father from Long Island whose lust for money and power was exceeded only by his taste for cruel pranks; the Italian kung fu fighting gasoline trader whose ferocity in the trading pits earned him countless millions; the cheerful Nazi hunter who traded quietly by day and ambushed Nazi sympathizers by night; and the Irish-born femme fatale who outsmarted all but one of the exchange's chairmen the Hungarian emigre who, try as he might, could do nothing to rein in the oil market's unruly inhabitants. From the treacherous boardroom schemes to the hookers and blow of the trading pits; from the repeat terrorist attacks and FBI stings to the grand alliances and outrageous fortunes that brought the global economy to the brink, The Asylum ventures deep into the belly of the beast, revealing how raw ambition and the endless quest for wealth can change the very nature of both man and market. Showcasing seven years of research and hundreds of hours of interviews, Leah McGrath Goodman reveals what really happened behind the scenes as oil prices topped out and what choice the traders ultimately made when forced to choose between their longtime brotherhood and their precious oil monopoly.
Comment by Michael Grove on November 2, 2011 at 10:42

 Reviews of The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked the World's Oil Market


'A riveting tale of greed gone mad. Goodman nails the culture... A great ride for market fans.' --BusinessWeek

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'Goodman wrote about Nymex for the Wall Street Journal before expanding her knowledge into a book...The inside look at a mostly closed institution is enlightening...Goodman's details about the infighting within Nymex membership are astounding, mainly because the members don t seem to realize they are destroying their path to wealth.' --Kirkus

'Goodman reveals a rough-and-tumble group with little formal education, who dress down, answer to no one, and are tougher than marines. Activities at the exchange are rife with cheating and overindulgence in drugs, prostitutes, and illegal gambling. Biting and infuriating, with even a 'Deep Throat' in the scoop.' --Booklist

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Comment by Michael Grove on June 16, 2012 at 9:24

Gordon Brown -  the man who claimed "to have ended the cycle of boom and bust for the UK" - Didn't he also save the world as well from ALL of its financial woes? - is here again at the penultimate moment of the Euro Crisis expounding the fact that IF the G20 doesn't get its act together to help keep the Euro alive we shall all be faced with potential bailouts for France and Italy as well.

Surely its the founding members of the Euro project - Germany, France and Italy - who should now be realising that the wheels are falling off the charabanc because they chose not to fit tyres to the wheels in the first place.

Comment by Michael Grove on June 29, 2012 at 12:00

As the second day of the 19th EU/Euro summit in 24 months, dawns - Philip Aldrick writes in todays Telegraph about the revelations and consequences of the UK banking industry being at the heart of Libor manipulation -

“Quite clearly, there was a culture here that tolerated – if it didn’t encourage – this sort of behaviour,” Mr Alistair Darling said “The FSA needs to carry out a further investigation to find out who was responsible for this, who knew what was going on, as well as to track those people who manipulated or attempted to manipulate the figures."

“Because until that’s done confidence won’t be restored.”

- elsewhere in the Daily Telegraph -

Damian Reece makes his "What IS - IS - & sure ain't NO ISER" comment ...

Tobacco companies have had new behaviour forced upon them – a ban on advertising and smoking in public places for instance. Banks risk this in the form of yet more red tape, which would be counterproductive to the economy as a whole.

But they are now isolated and have few if any advocates – beyond this newspaper

The reason this column still defends banks, yes even now, is because banking, unlike smoking, fulfils a social use and is central to wider wealth creation. But banks have forgotten their very real responsibilities to society (customers) in favour of owing responsibilities first to themselves and second to shareholders.

Banks' response to this latest scandal should be to find a clear and lasting solution to how they inculcate their organisations with the right priorities. That would be of more use than swapping one banker for another in the boardroom – and certainly of greater urgency for the good of banking and the wider economy.


Banks must use this scandal to refocus on their responsibility to society

Comment by Michael Grove on June 29, 2012 at 15:15

IF you think that we the people have a problem with the consequences of the Libor fix scandal -

Forget the Libor fix - the biggest rate fix of them all is the UK gilt market which has been systematically rigged for several years and it's costing ordinary folk billions in lost income.

Comment by Michael Grove on July 2, 2012 at 10:24
As Arianna Huffington has so eloquently and recently stated - 
“If you didn’t care at all about people and you just cared
about the deficit, this is just a stupid way to go about it.
It doesn’t work. Austerity does not lead to deficit reduction. 
That we are continuing not to look at the facts,
to me is stunning. It is the definition of insanity.

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