Geopolitics again

http://naturalsociety.com/theyre-not-telling-monsantos-role-ukraine/

This blog is largely not being updated any more, mainly because I don’t feel there is much to say. The battle lines have been drawn for many years: a world that promotes sanity and goodness based on bedrock human feeling, or one that is increasingly dominated by financial spreadsheets and bizarre technological shortcuts which devise way to control supply and production in order to maximise profits by basing things on patented or otherwise exclusive methods. In so doing, the latter sort of destroys the basis of its own existence, simple things like clean air and water, beautiful wild and cultivated vegetation and animal life, healthy good-hearted family lives and so forth.

You either get it or you don’t.

You either keep believing most of the compromised crap being promulgated in terms of fake food, or pseudo-organic products, terrorist threats, the stupidity of those into organic food, those skeptical of hysterical warnings of climate change – which conveniently ignores the horrific degree to which our bad agricultural and corporate practices are raping and ruining our world – are ridiculed, just like those who don’t reflexively wave the flag as government after government pass laws edging us into full state control and virtual tyranny, crappy entertainment with stupid plots and characters devoid of most norms of decency, norms, intelligence, good heart and so forth.

You either get it by now, or probably you never will.

Meanwhile, they want to take historically the bread basket of Europe and in a few short years chemialize the soil, ruining it for generations to come and calling it all ‘free market progress’ without pointing out that this always comes with a terrible price for the local people involved. Ask the farmers in Iraq whose thousands-of-years based seed stocks were destroyed after our invasion and have almost lost the ability to feed themselves without first paying our central banks and international corporations.

Meanwhile ordinary human goodness persists, although mainly in the hearts and minds of ordinary good people everywhere, the vast majority amongst us, who struggle to maintain personal and spiritual viability in the midst of this tremendous onslaught. In the end we will ‘win’ because such aspirations and motivations are based on bedrock decency in line with the fundamentally good nature of life and our world. But meanwhile, many bad things will continue to unfold, whilst far too many of us burst into laughter at the canned jokes provided by shallow sit-coms on the goggle box.

 

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Record Cold Temps in US

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/02/21/eastern-u-s-record-breaking-cold-and-snow-as-seen-from-space/

NASA's Terra satellite captured this picture of snow across the eastern United States on Feb. 19 at 16:20 UTC (11:20 a.m. EST). Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team - Click to enlarge

This increasing trend even during the peak high of the current sunspot cycle, presages ever-colder temperatures in the next few years to come similar to conditions in previous ‘mini-ice ages’ which occurred during the Maunder and Daulton minimums. For the bakery, this will no doubt mean increasing difficulty with spelt harvests given they are planted in the late fall and have to survive the winter. Moreover, I am beginning to suspect that this may be partly why spelt fell out of favour a couple of centuries ago, although have read nothing directly to indicate this.

This is also why the gaff-rigged yawl I purchased last year has such unbelievably rotten superstructure. They had frequent arctic blasts bringing the temperature down to -20C which hadn’t happened in decades. The boat was unprepared for such treatment. Damp which had accumulated in weak spots due to admittedly poor construction as the builder ran out of sufficient funds at the end of the project, were submitted to frequent freeze-thaw cycles as the temperature oscillated rapidly between -10-20C and +10C. By the time  got down there in June, after it had warmed thoroughly in the humid, swampy atmosphere of the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake, many who passed by to say hello as I was trying to effect repairs, including many with decades of experience with boats, expressed disbelief that the boat was only two years old and insisted that I had been ‘had’. However it was simply that the boat was not winterized at all given that usually it is not necessary down there.

This year is even worse. Global warming may or not be a significant trend that has been exacerbated by man-made inputs, but those inputs are minor league compared with longer-range climactic cycles such as the one we are entering. In Cape Breton, luckily, we are buffered somewhat by the Gulf stream which passes from South to East not far from our shores. But many others further inland and on the North East Coast of the US are going to be in for brutal winters the next 10-20 years.

A good time to invest in Florida or Mexico real estate?

Cost of wheat increasing?

I just took delivery of more grains and flour this spring and for a variety of reasons will be paying almost double for white flour what I paid last year (and thus four times the price which most bakers pay for typical, commercial white flour). This is partly because my previous source of White Red Fife has dried up until the next harvest, and partly because Speerville’s Whole Whites, since the 1980’s when I first started using them, are the best ‘white flour’ I have ever had, so rather than buy an inferior type of flour at less cost (albeit still organic) I took the plunge – despite lower sales the past six months – and ordered something of better quality albeit almost double the cost because the Maritime farmers are not subsidized like other farmers, and because of smaller operation milling fees being a tad higher per kilo.

Speerville’s Whole WHite isn’t a typical white flour: they sift it differently so that some of the germ remains whilst most of the bran is sifted out. They do not publish percentages or other technical information but it looks to me like it is about 85% extraction vs. the usual white-white which is is 75% or less. (These figures should be checked since milling is not my area of expertise.) It has a rich, golden colour. It’s really, really good.

In any case, I will now be paying more. But that’s not really what this post is about, nor is it about a general flour shortage in Canada due to problems with silos, train deliveries etc. in the Great Prairies out West, since that shortage doesn’t effect either of my organic suppliers except indirectly perhaps. No, this is a heads-up about wheat and food prices in general from a hard-hitting – and often controversial – financial blog, Washington’s Blog.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/measured-gold-dow-wheat-cheap-maybe-long.html

Looks like either gold is going down, or wheat is going up. Personally, I hope its the former but I suspect we are going to get a massive rise in food prices soon. We have had low interest rates and cheap money since the early 90’s. That’s a long time. At some point food and basic will go up given a boom-bust cycle is pre-programmed into the banking cartel financial system we have all consented to live under wherein monies are issued for public use by profit-earning private cartels in a way that is essentially a scam, and according to many is the source of many of the world’s evils and relative lack of authentic societal progress the past couple of centuries. Certainly their profits constitute a hidden tax and also make inflation a virtual certainty, meaning there is no simple way to save over a lifetime of earning which hollows out family continuity and dignity amongst many other things. Yes, there has been much material progress, most a result of technological advances that happen naturally over time, along with population growth which such advances furthered by making larger-scale urbanisation more easily possible, but culturally, spiritually, socially, we have been going downhill steadily for quite some time, and most likely this is because the social contract, including how we raise families and earn livings, has been degraded by the over-reliance on market forces, profit motives, private corporations, crony capitalist politicking and all the rest of it, most of which I never bother to bring up on this little bread-related blog. But hey! Wheat prices might be going up big-time soon, and I believe it’s good to realise that these sorts of things, including a serious threat to the viability of my little organic bakery, don’t happen in a vacuum and most certainly are not due to over-simplifications like ‘the law of supply and demand’.

( http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/truth-banks-goes-mainstream.html )

Anyway, this is a heads up for my readers here: in this Year of the Wood Horse (and Wood is the energy of green, growing things), prices could get wild. I won’t be able to pass on costs to my customers for a while since this is a small town with most people on limited budgets, meaning I will take a hit of 5-10% to annual income from changing flour types, but I am happy to do so because I really like the flour in question. And this year it’s a new type which I believe only one farmer in the region is growing (again, I don’t have specific information unfortunately), namely Acadia wheat, a heritage variety developed in the 1930’s which specifically thrives in Maritime climates. I believe I have posted about this already. It is regarded as a landrace variety, i.e. is not a modern hybrid. It is soft, rises nicely, has a light, rich flavour and aroma. I like it.

I am REALLY looking forward to baking with Speerville’s Whole White Acadia, and having to pay more for it, though a tad painful, is something I don’t regret in the slightest. It’s worth it.

One last link from this blog describes modern American (and essentially Western including Canadian) class structure:

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/americas-nine-classes-new-class-hierarchy.html

I am a proud member of the new, and last class, what he terms the ‘Mobile Creative’ class, who are by and large independent and self-employed and the only one of the other eight identified not essentially bound to current system. So I guess I must be doing something right!

Global Citizens Report against Big Ag, Big Pharma and Governments

Introduction:

http://farmwars.info/?p=12217

(many sites have commented on the report, in pdf format, below, so if you search for the title, you might find many other sites, albeit FarmWars is a leader at covering this sort of issue.)

The Report:

http://farmwars.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/A-Global-Citizens-Report-against-Big-Ag-Big-Pharma-and-Governments.pdf

Ok: Dr. Michael Milburn, friend and local acupuncturist, traditional chinese-style herbalist, qi gong teacher and healthy diet teacher, sent me the following report, which is a 30-page pdf containing zillions of links to other related reports, some of which I shall copy and paste below, but all of which you will find yourself if you can read through the entire thing which I recommend. It is much longer and denser than the typical 1-4 page internet or magazine article we are nowadays used to reading, but, given the subject matter, no more than a series of well-written notes highlighting various aspects each of which deserve book-length treatment, albeit all of which are well summarized in the title which is again:

Global Citizens against Big Ag, Big Pharma and Governments.

Actually, there isn’t all that much about Global Citizens doing X or Y simply because most of us are too stunned (and indifferent) to do much. Well, that’s a bit harsh: most of us lack the means to organise into bodies that can do slow, expensive, consistent work in laboratories, Courts and via lobbyists and political parties. Large corporations can sustain multi-year mutl-faceted, multi-million dollar campaigns, whereas most ordinary citizens cannot. It’s as simple as that and indeed one of the main functions of political systems (democracy, royalty, communism etc.) is to deal with the inevitability in human affairs of what can loosely be called ‘harmful centralisation’, in other words when too much organised power is concentrated in the hands of too few. It’s as simple as that.

Most of us have forgotten that the original role of the Monarch was to protect the wellbeing of the general citizenry (aka ‘subjects’) from overly ruthless feudal lords who in most societies had life-and-death power over their inferiors. Only the Monarch had life-and-death power over them. Of course the system didn’t always work as intended – like all systems – but we tend to forget that at root, the purpose of that system was to correct against excess of power by the elites in charge, which in those days were ‘nobles’ or ‘aristocrats’ or ‘feudal lords’. This was also the root concern of so-called ‘republics’ (like the US) or ‘democratic nations’ and so forth, the theory being that if the people elect the leaders every few years, corrupt leadership couldn’t possibly develop.

Today, elite power is concentrated in the hands of agencies which increasingly are divided into increasingly few, and in any case often interwovenly owned, keiretsu, or corporate networks, whose clout allows them, increasingly, to infiltrated and more or less control national government policies, which is why in more mature democracies, like the United States, it is increasingly difficult to perceive – on a policy vs. rhetoric level – the slightest difference between, for example, the previous Bush and subsequent Obama administration. The rhetoric might change, especially during campaign season, but the trajectory of national policy, be it military, social, medical and above all financial, does not. Each successive administration appoints people either from prior administrations and/or from leaders in the same industries (such as Big Ag, Big Pharma, Big Weapons, Big Finance – who are the Biggest of the Big since their few top firms outright own about 30-40% of all the other ones as proven by a well-known Swiss study a few years back). The officials’ job is to ‘oversee’ those same industries in the interests of the people (the role of government after all), but in fact for the benefit of those Corporate ‘Special Interests.’

Well, that’s a mouthful for a tiny, little baker on his tiny little blog. But this is an example of how everything is interconnected. It always has been and always will be and on every level, be it spiritual, psychological, conceptual, physical, chemical, phenomenological, ontological, microscopic, para-galactic etc. aka ‘the holographic universe.’

This is why the so-called ‘organic food movement’ – which doesn’t exist in any monolithic organised fashion of course – is important, because who we are both as individuals and as societies, or ‘communities’ as we like to call them in Cape Breton and Nova Scotia, is defined by what we do, and say, and feel, and think, which of course includes what we eat, including where it comes from, and how it is grown, treated, processed.

The lead point in pages 1-2 of the article linked above goes into how new processing methods which involve intense dessication (drying out) of cereal grains in the field prior to harvest use glyphosates, which enter the food chain and also damage microbial populations in soil. So these glyphosates are found especially in non-organic breads, cereals and of course also beer and whiskies.

This introductory section also goes into how both this sort of thing and introducing GM by companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta are being boosted by political leaders who often come from or are paid by those Corporate Special Interests.

To give you an idea of the style of this report, which alternates summarizing sections with links to further information, here is the Page 3 part concerning mainly Glyphosate alone, which is just one of many such issues broadly covered…. I can’t paste it in because of formatting problems….

Page 3 Fight for Life reportHopefully you can click on that to read, but if not just go to page 3 of the ‘Fight for Life’ report linked at the top. Actually, at top of page 4 they have a link to a YouTube video mentioned in the text about the dangers of GM foods:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_AHLDXF5aw&feature=player_embedded  This video is about how chemicals mess us up, basically, and how chemical toxicity undermines gut microbe integrity which in turn messes up the brain and many other systems, including liver enzyme function and much much more, involving autism, parkinsons, cholesterol cancer, chronic fatigue and so on.

I purchased and read Geoffrey Smith’s Seeds of Destruction a decade or so ago – about the dangers of GM foods – and highly recommend it. Although it’s fair to say that one cannot really determine if eating GM soy is bad for us in small quantities, it is quite clear that there is a pattern of bad science, deception, collusion between governments and Special Interests, and severe diseases in laboratory animals fed GM-based food regularly over time. At the very least there should be a moratorium on the methods and products until far more testing is done. Any fair-minded person reading this book – which is 80% comprised of extracts of a multitude of scientific reports – many of them previously unpublished – conducted by both Industry and govt-sponsored scientists, none of which are editorialized by the author, so you can read these reports and come to your own conclusions, an unusually fair and open way of presenting material. Indeed, I don’t remember ever seeing an argument, even a so-called ‘scientific’ argument, presented in such a thorough, open, objective fashion.

Well, the rest of the report you can read yourselves. The reason I am posting it is because this is also a first for me in that it links hard-core scientific papers dealing with Big Ag, shows the ties between Big Ag and Big Pharma (i.e. Sygenta) not only promote cancer-causing agents in agriculture, but then also own companies providing therapies (rarely cures) for cancer. A classic racket! It’s like the New Jersey mafia who used to have most of the heavy-duty transportation trucking contracts – which break up the roads – and then also the road-repair contracts, so the worse they made the roads and tore them up with their trucking fleets, the more money they made fixing the roads! And then further the corrupt ties between Big Companies and Government.

Indeed, some of the report even goes into the ‘conspiracy theory’ realm in the sense that corruption is so rampant that systemic collapse is almost inevitable, but not only that, it is even assumed, if not desired, that a certain amount of ‘depopulation’ is being planned for deliberately; how war in Syria was planned for two years before the Arab spring; how vaccines for viruses are largely fraudulent.

I cannot speak to the veracity of such viewpoints, but have always promoted organic and local foods – since the early 1970’s when I dropped out of college to go live on a spiritual commune in Munroe NY – mainly because it seems to me that this is a simple, direct intersection of politics, spirituality, economics, culture and so forth. Put another way: if we all ate organic, our entire culture would shift in so many ways – mainly because of resultant shifts in local community employment patterns, featuring people actually working together to make things together, wherein far more people would be making and doing things for local/regional clientele vs. simply selling stuff made in China or grown in Chile/California – that most of the large Corporate Interests and stupid things they make – including rotten films and television shows and controlled media etc. etc. etc. – would simply go away because people simply wouldn’t be buying into all that rubbish in the first place. On a more simple and immediate level, even though we might not be able to organise ourselves well in comparison with large Special Interests and Governments (which increasingly are the same thing), we can have considerable effect by the choices we make every day. And rather than just sheepishly going along with everything presented in Big Box Stores (whose presence is known to undermine small town / local community economies and yet who continually receive tax breaks to come in and drive away most small local businesses and replace them with minimum wage, low-skill jobs, little better than life prison sentences!), including what is offered in Supermarkets, we can choose to do things differently. As much as possible buy from Farmers’ Markets or local suppliers of any goods and services, including local shoe repair, sawmills, local service providers – construction, road repair, energy and other consultants etc. – and so on.

LINKS

These are the links I opened up – a very small selection – going through the article:

http://www.groundwork.org.za/Press%20Releases/Monsanto%20Publication%20-%20EN%20Final%20Version.pdf

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/pesticide-residue-found-on-nearly-half-of-organic-produce-1.2487712

http://www.criticalcollective.org/wp-content/uploads/GMO-emperor.pdf

http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/political-corruption-Monsanto.php

http://farmwars.info/?p=12140  (about corporate espionage)

http://www.naturalnews.com/041963_vaccines_cancer_viruses_Dr_Maurice_Hilleman.html#

(Merck vaccine developer admits vaccines routinely contain hidden cancer viruses from diseased monkeys, and how they introduced AIDS to the US from such vaccine operations)

http://braindrain.dk/ (chemical brain drain)

http://www.rcog.org.uk/womens-health/clinical-guidance/chemical-exposures-during-pregnancy-scientific-impact-paper-37

http://www.mpwhi.com/fda_says_so_what.htm (depopulation agenda)

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/04/24/is-there-a-global-depopulation-agenda-being-played-out/

(Note: I have not studied the depopulation agenda story. I am trying to avoid most of these things because am more interested in what can be done positively rather than dwelling on all the corruption. I am now satisfied that most of the elites and our political systems are dysfunctionally corrupt, even if many of the individuals working therein are sincere. I don’t need to keep reading about it any more and prefer not to, at the same time do not want to deny overmuch either.)

PS  a related article I just read, albeit not about this report:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/pesticide-residue-found-on-nearly-half-of-organic-produce-1.2487712

Short article showing disturbing levels of pesticides in organic produce. Yet another reason to support local farmers by asking for and then buying locally grown organic produce!

how the world works today – financial sidebar

This is a small bakery blog so I try not to regurgitate too much current affairs type stuff. In a way, baking organic bread in a wood fired brick oven – or buying a loaf of the same – is a way to avoid all this nonsense. And yet…

And yet the very reason I am doing this, and the reason some of you buy it or are interested in reading about it, is partly because of the state of affairs, and those state of affairs directly effect the form and function of the bakery. For example, if we didn’t have an over-corporatized world system, there would be far more local bakeries and groceries and farms and far fewer supermarkets run by only 2-5 companies in most cities. Or put another way: I cannot sell my bread into the supermarkets because they never carry local produce; in fact part of their role is to destroy local producers and to replace them with large distant mechanised producers, ship the long-lasting, denatured imitation foods and nutrition-deficient produce in, pay minimum wage or close for people to move the boxes around and man the cash registers and bake sub-par bread that everyone is now used to and which is unhealthy to boot (!), and people like me are rare and find it hard to survive.

Without them around, I could take over Bernie’s Bakery in the Pier – which has been offered to me – and hire 4-10 people, and make a real go of it. But as it is now, that is impossible and Bernie’s remains empty; one of the largest brick ovens in North America and no-one is using it because of how the supermarket system works.

OK, so here is today’s article:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/rise-of-the-global-corporatocracy-an-interview-with-john-perkins/5329456

Notice how the interviewee, John Perkins, is someone who knows what he is talking about because he used to be one of the bad guys, what he calls ‘economic hit men’. This is how the world works today: ‘predatory capitalism’. If you want to understand why your local economy is not working, or why the food is not really good or why this or why that, stop blaming the local or regional politicians who have no power or influence any more, although more of them could be gutsier and speak out, but if they did, they would be replaced pronto. In any case, this article, short and simple as it is, in some ways explains all any of us need to know about the modern world economic and political system.

Excerpt: ”

RB: We are confronted daily with so many crises that are global in nature yet appear separate and unrelated. Isn’t the crisis now—including all its political, economic, environmental, and other aspects—a crisis of the global capitalist system itself as opposed to merely a financial crisis or a sum of multiple systemic crises?

JP: What we have seen is that we are going through the throes of a failed global economy. I do not think that the depression or recession that we, and so many countries around the world are experiencing today, is temporary. It reflects a structural problem that we have around the world with the current form of capitalism. And I call this current form of capitalism predatory capitalism. I think it is a mutant viral form of capitalism that really took hold in the 1970s and has been spreading ever since. As expressed by famous economist Milton Friedman, it is based on a single premise, a single goal, and that goal is to maximize profits, without taking into account social and environmental cost. In essence every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan has bought into this idea, and supported it, Democrat and Republican alike. The big businesses of the world, the multinationals, really have embraced this concept and they hire highly paid lobbyists and others to make sure that laws are written in a way that will support the goal of maximizing profits regardless of the social and environmental costs. They have been able to control politicians and the laws they implement, legally, and they achieve this through campaign financing. The people that run the corporations which I call the corporatocracy control the mainstream press. Specifically they own the media outlets or if they do not, they control its message through media advertising. Thus they have used their tremendous power to create a global economic system that is unstable, unjust, and rather insane. It is a wholly inefficient system in that it doesn’t work for anyone except the very wealthy, in which case the system works beautifully. Even in times of recession, due to the power which they wield, all parties that make up this corporatocracy are able to be bailed out of their failed gambles.”

Just ask the guy ZeroDay on the Bitcoin forum who had over $700,000 lifted from his business cash account (for payrolls and ongoing delivery contracts) last week by these kleptocrats. You can wonder if it was his bank, the Cyprian Govt, the EU govt or whatever, but ultimately it doesn’t matter: the system as described by Perkins in this article is responsible; and it is working just fine. They are taking 20-40% or more of our money all the time, just quietly through bogus taxes and inflation, so we don’t notice and don’t get angry. But basically it’s all the same system and with the same result: local economies and cultures are collapsing all over the developed world.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=160292.0;all

So please buy my bread at the Farmers’ Market!! For both of our sakes! Because making things locally and selling them locally and buying them locally is one of the only ways we can fight back. Put another way: if we all actually did that, their system would collapse. But because we all work at Wal Mart and shop at WalMart – along with many other such businesses including government agencies etc. – the system keeps going. If we stopped using their credit and services, they would collapse. Think about that when you shop in the big box stores. Of course we all do it, we sort of have to, but do we have to as much? Are there things we can buy from local people? Instead of a junk fast food outlet, could we go to a local non-chain restauranteur? Fix our clothes with a local tailor rather than buying new crap from a discount outlet joint. Buy Canadian/American machinery vs Chinese? Or pay a little more for even better quality German vs Chinese (whose factories are financed by these Big Boys)

OK, that’s enough of that!

Monsanto Protection Act in the US – this is not a joke!

http://www.naturalnews.com/039668_Monsanto_Protection_Act_Obama_deception_GMOs.html

I find this website often adds a tad too much emotional spin for comfort, but at the same time he usually covers real issues and real news which few others do so consistently. Personally, I am convinced, having read Seeds of Destruction in full which highlights dozens of peer-reviewed studies on GM crops/foods etc., that GM should be immediately outlawed as a perversion of Nature and something already proven to be harmful to animal and human health. Full stop; end of story.

Of course, that’s not going to happen.

If Mike Adams is right in this article about the thrust, scope and power of this new ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ which is apparently it’s real name, then this is just one more reason why we should start growing our own food again and/or getting absolutely as much as possible from local producers at our Farmers’ Markets. Personally I don’t trust most of the organic stuff at the supermarkets and regard packaged food which can be stored a long time but are pre-prepared and ready to eat, even if organic, as useless. I will buy organic produce there if there is no local equivalent, it’s a way of voting with my dollars, but I am not convinced it is all that much better – a fruit picked weeks too early, even if organic, is really not all that good. We are all so used to prematurely picked fruit that even farmers’ markets vendors do the same thing.

Anyway, a quote from the article:

Corporate-government conspiracy is fascism

This new law forces the USDA to automatically approve all GMO planting permits sought by Monsanto and other biotech firms, effectively granting Monsanto dominion over the U.S. government. This is the very definition of fascism, a form of tyrannical government where corporations conspire with the government to destroy or confiscate all rights, powers and assets, leaving the people impoverished and powerless.”

You might think, reading this in Canada, that it doesn’t concern us. You might be right. But I don’t think so. Health Canada is the same sort of corporate-run fake government that they have in the US, as various Canadian whistle blowers have shown us. Our press is so controlled few Canadians are aware of these things.
In any case: eat organic, grow your own or buy local. Don’t trust these long-distance, over-centralised corporate-engineered imitations of pretty much everything: food, clothing, music, education, medicine, government, law and all the rest.
They are taking money out of peoples’ bank accounts in Europe and this is just the beginning.

Canadian Financial System (and developed West)

From the website Links Page which will soon be phased out as this blog takes over that function:

April 17:

http://realcurrencies.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/usury-why-we-dont-build-cathedrals-these-days/ 

In Europe during the Middle Ages – the 10th to 13th centuries – local currencies were issued by local lords, and then periodically recalled and reissued with a tax collected in the process. Again, this was a form of demurrage that made money undesirable as a store of value. The result was the blossoming of culture and widespread well-being, corresponding exactly to the time period when these local currencies were used.
Practically all the cathedrals were built during this time period. If you think about what is required as investment for a small town to build a cathedral, it’s extraordinary.

The question arises: with similar currencies, what would the cathedrals of the 21st century look like?
Bernard Lietaer

Margrit Kennedy famously established that 45% of prices are related to capital costs. The more capital intensive an industry is, the higher this percentage becomes and no industry is more capital intensive than construction.

The incredible facts are these:

1. In construction a whopping 75% of prices are related to costs for capital. Meaning that if we buy a new $100,000 home, $75,000 is lost to banks and other financiers.

2. When we buy the house with a mortgage, we will not only pay $100,000 for the house, but an additional $150,000 in interest over 30 years.

3. So we pay a total of $250,000 for a house that actually costs no more than $25,000 to build.

The case against Interest can be no clearer than this. We get absolutely nothing in return for all this money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q7HMt5MgsDg#! The Crime that is the Canadian Banking System. Every citizen should watch this!

The Case against the Bank of Canada. http://comer.org/index.htm The Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform.Press Release of their case last year: http://comer.org/content/COMER_CourtCasePressRelease.pdf ; The Court Filing: http://comer.org/content/COMER_CourtCaseFiling.pdf

Related video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TN2USVC6QYQ  Also: http://pressfortruth.tv/ a Canadian alternative media site, on which we find a 12-year old Canadian ‘patriot’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4YaDD3Dx0FA

Related: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiHC-sRD_t4&feature=related “Oh Canada, our Bought and Sold out Land!”.

All this (unfortunately) is all too relevant to a humble organic baker’s blog because part of the reason local food production, especially from the family farm, has been virtually destroyed by the modern economy, is because the credit system in place favours large, para-local, para-national organisations – aka corporations – over small, individual and local enterprise. Moreover, the huge burden for all this is on all of us – from the interest debt, including both that generated by governments and that generated by large multinationals who can mount multi-million dollar operations with basically no money down, driving the little guy under.

Global North versus Global South – the financialisation of food

April 15: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=8191 Global North vs. South on the financialisation of food – video and transcript. A good example of how food supply and global finance issues are intertwined, so included in both sections on this page.

April 15: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=8134 Another look at why we are paying so much at the pump. Which also, incidentally, demonstrates the increasing meaninglessness of conventional delineations such as ‘Canada’ and ‘America’ or ‘Energy Sector’ or ‘Financial Sector’ and so forth. Every kilometer driven is a fairly substantial source of income for protected, secretive private sector elites. It’s wrong; and what is most wrong is that we do nothing about it, preferring to be robbed than make a fuss. I suppose one could say, and not without justification, that such cowardice gets what it deserves, namely exploitation.