These are the applications of the post we featured last January 16th.
Goldman Sach-ed’: Could the infamous Vampire Squid be an endangered species?
Published time: February 14, 2014 12:42
Reuters / Lucas Jackson
Famously dubbed “Goldmine Sachs,” then “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity” by Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, this firm sits at the heart of world banking mis-regulation and barbarism. Their private empire is well on the way to buying up every democratic institution with the capacity to oppose them.
Since the 2011 Euro crisis, the governments of Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Italy have been cursed with one or more former Goldman Sachs executives in their key financial positions. At the beginning of 2013 Britain, too, brought in Mark Carney from Switzerland’s sinister central bankers’ central bank, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). He, too, is ex-Goldman Sachs, as is the European Central Bank’s president, Mario Draghi.
Goldman Sachs are key players, too, in one of the planet’s most formidable political lobbying outfits, the Bilderberg meetings. Founded and chaired by a former SS officer, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, until 1975, Bilderberg has an uncanny knack of inviting NATO secretary generals, prime ministers and presidents to their secret conclaves with royalty and their oil and media barons, just before they come to power.
So let’s face the painful fact: unless a politician is prepared to name, shame and throw Goldman Sachs and the other privately-owned vampire banks to the floor he or she is simply not worth our vote. For since these crooked institutions were bailed out in 2008, they have consolidated their grip on Western politics and, more worryingly, us – that is our dependence on them for our day-to-day needs.
Dictating to the Scots
Should Scotland vote for independence on Sept. 18 this year, all three main UK political parties have pledged this week to block the Scots from negotiating a currency union with Britain. This announcement spells out quite clearly for those with ears to hear how when it comes to money, there is no room for debate, dissent or democracy. By keeping the door open to a currency union with England and Wales Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls could reap enormous political capital and win MPs both sides of the Scottish border. But spineless Balls is too far down the power elite food chain to be allowed to make decisions based on national interest, or even Labour Party interest any more.
AFP Photo / Josep Lago
No, Britain’s real First Lord of the Treasury sits not in the House of Commons or round the cabinet table these days, but down Victoria Embankment in the Bank of England. New BoE chief Carney, a former exec not just at Goldman Sachs but also at the Swiss-based, Nazi-funding Bank for International Settlements, got his soundbite in on Jan. 29, explaining that the Scots would have to cede some important independence if they wanted any kind of currency union with England. The next week, Westminster’s puny political leaders of all parties were all lined up behind him.
Slowly opening up our bank accounts to fraud
Introduced in 1965 as the ‘Cheque Guarantee Card’ and becoming the Debit and Credit card in 1988, the way we pay for our goods and services has undergone important moves toward electronic money and away from cash in the last generation. More recently, in 2004 signatures for goods and services were abolished and although it slightly speeded up transactions, ‘Chip and Pin’ removed the necessity for robbers to have to trouble themselves with forging a signature to steal our money: They just peer over our shoulder, or watch us punch in our numbers on CCTV.
And what about that little silver chip on the card? Yes, that too is changing, again without our being asked. The creep to contactless payments is getting little publicity and again, no debate. So how do banks convince customers to embrace a system that makes their money less secure? In May 2013 BBC Radio 4’s ‘Money Box’ program showed that retailer Marks & Spencer was taking payments twice from contactless card accounts and even from other cards in nearby customers’ pockets.
Just walking near a contactless payment checkout is enough to trigger surreptitious payments that will only be discovered when the newly-vigilant account holder gets sight of their bank statement. Despite their inherent insecurity, contactless payment cards, with their distinctive “four waves” logo, are being forced on every single bank customer in the land.
Some commentators suggest that contactless payment cards bring more than just new ways into our bank accounts for organized crime; they bring the implementation closer of the human microchip. A diabolical decision, made decades ago, by these same technocrats to, like dogs or cattle, furnish from birth every human being with a permanent electronic ID chip injected beneath the skin.
This week the BBC website published, then almost immediately removed, an article by science writer Frank Swain entitled, “Why I Want a Microchip Implant.” In it, he bemoans passwords and pin numbers as “attempts to bridge the divide between your digital and physical identity, and if you forget or lose them,” he reminds us, “you are suddenly cut off from your bank account, your gym, your ride home, your proof of ID, and more. An implanted chip,” on the other hand, he intones sweetly, “could act as our universal identity token for navigating the machine-regulated world.”
So does the BBC consider the subject too sensitive to publish? There has been an enormous amount of negative criticism of Swain’s positive spin in just two days. Or is it that some BBC editors have stopped functioning as journalists, becoming simply a conduit for the technocrat elite to present their control freakery for sale to the public in the best possible light?
Reuters / Brendan McDermid
Our lives in their hands
Goldman Sachs and their vampiric elite literally hold our life lines in their hands. Since our ancestors were evicted, torn from their homes and fields in centuries past, that is what our bank accounts have become. When an elite can decide whether you will be evicted from your home, and if you will be allowed enough food to eat this week, you are no longer a person, but a slave. Indeed that descent into barbarism is already with us: Channel 4 Dispatches revealed this week that as slices of their welfare payments are taken away, a staggering 350,000 disabled people in Britain are now under threat of eviction under Cameron’s despised “Bedroom Tax.”
Since the 1992 Blue Arrow trial informally brought an end to all law enforcement in the City of London, the City’s secret Unique Selling Point (USP) can be loosely translated as: “Do what thou wilt be the whole of the law.” In the lawless world money, of course, becomes the only law and the lords and masters, those
who control it. In short, the vampire squid has passed the point of no return. Their QE casino is devouring our real economy, and the host on which they feed: the labor, livelihoods and wellbeing of the people.
Today’s City of London culture is not just about Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson’s “Greed is good” speech. It means rewards for failure and the taxpayer picking up the bill when Goldman’s private gamblers lose their money. And before long, the great oak tree that was the British economy will come crashing to the ground.
Freemasonry: ‘The firm within the firm’
Beginning his working life in the aviation industry and trained by the BBC, Tony Gosling is a British land rights activist, historian & investigative radio journalist.
Published time: January 23, 2014 14:12
Former Freemason Senior Grand Deacon John Hamill poses for photographs inside the Grand Temple in London June 26, 2002. (Reuters / Peter Macdiarmid)
Is there a vaster chasm than that between ‘worthy charitable giving’ and ‘swindlers at the top of society’? This is par for the course though when you do an internet search for the Freemasons.
Last week brought more hard evidence of the latter (and darker), with the second leaked report from UK criminal justice authorities in as many years to conclude that mobsters use Freemasonry to freely recruit corrupt detectives, being one of ‘the most difficult aspects of organized crime corruption to proof against.’
Scotland Yard’s Operation Tiberius report was written over a decade ago but has only this week been made public by The Independent’s investigations editor, Tom Harper. It follows on from Project Riverside, revealed by Channel 4 News’ Andy Davies in March 2012 from the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), which also describes Freemasonry in round terms as ‘a firm within a firm’. Incredible though it may seem, although paid for with public money, both these reports have taken nearly a decade to surface, and then only as partial press leaks.
So why did the authors of Scotland Yard’s Operation Tiberius’ find Freemasons so difficult to winkle out? Most know Freemasonry sits somewhere between a religious cult and a pyramid selling scheme but have no idea where ‘The Craft’ came from, or what makes Masons tick. It’s the oath of secrecy, similar to the Mafia’s Omertà, on pain of death, which, in theory, makes any revelation about ‘The Craft’ a slip of the tongue you can die for.
Behind the lodge door
Masons have a pyramid of initiation through 33 ranks, or ‘degrees’ and belong to geographic ‘Provinces’ overseen by London’s United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). They follow civic county boundaries and each produce an annual yearbook with a tally of lodges followed by members names in each lodge. One would have thought it would be a relatively simple job, therefore, for Scotland Yard detectives to figure out who of their colleagues are in and who are out.
The trouble is those yearbooks are jealously guarded. Masonic Bristol MP, Jack Lopresti, for example, promised me a copy of the latest Bristol Yearbook live on the radio in April 2012 but his provincial secretary, Steve Rawlings, refused to send it. This begs the question: when a senior public figure is low to middling in the secret Masonic hierarchy, who’s really in charge in the world of the ‘profane’, as Masons call the public?
As a secret establishment club, Freemasonry rightly rings alarm bells. By seizing only a handful of key positions in the criminal justice system, like any unscrupulous interest, it could corrupt the entire caboodle. The other nerve-jangling concern is that Freemasonry’s ‘Don’ just happens to be a little too close to one the top figures in Britain’s military and judicial chain-of-command; UGLE’s Grand Master, Prince Michael of Kent, is Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin.
The Freemason book of reference is displayed in the Museum of Freemasonry in Paris February 9, 2010, two days before it reopens to the public. (Reuters / Charles Platiau)
Historians trace Masonic scandals back to a few decades after ‘The Craft’ was founded in the eighteenth century as a society of ‘free thinkers’. The occasion was the 1798 publication of John Robison’s ‘Proofs of a Conspiracy Against all the Religions and Governments of Europe’. When he said proofs, proofs he meant. Quoting verified leaked documents, he detailed methods of political infiltration and deception to be used by a coterie of senior German masons, sponsored by a wealthy ancestor of the present British royal family, Duke Ernest II of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.
Quoting links to the perpetrators of the bloody French Revolution, Robison’s scandal flew like a whirlwind round the high society of Europe. This exposé might have been roundly discredited by Masonic loyalists as ‘Conspiracy Theory’ had the author not been one of the most respected men of his day, his brilliant scientific mind nurturing the white heat of scientific innovation driving the industrial revolution.
Secretary of the Royal Society in Edinburgh, Robison was a close friend of the inventor of the steam engine, James Watt, and above all, from the point of view of credibility, a Freemason himself. He saw the secrecy which had protected free-thinking innovators beginning to take on a new self-serving character absolutely contemptuous of outsiders. Along with the 1798 ‘Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism’ by Abbé Augustin Barruel in France, Robison’s forensic critique of Freemasonry caused a bitter public schism in ‘The Craft’ which lasted a decade or more, before being ‘buried alive’ with the passing of Robison’s generation.
So Masonic scandal is nothing new. Every time, whether the ‘powers that be’ hit Masonic accountability into the long grass or not, the true remedy is the same: declare your secret society membership as an interest like any other or face prosecution for misconduct, particularly in public office. One would expect to find those principles as the nucleus of all probity and good governance for associations and corporations round the world, both public and private, yet they are eerily absent.
Is Freemasonry a fundamentalist religious cult?
Britain’s Prince Michael of Kent, Provincial Grand Master for Middlesex and Grand Master for The Mark Mason (an additional order of masonry) arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London, June 18, 2002 (Reuters)
Though many accuse ‘The Craft’ of being a religious cult, Freemasonry may not fit the definition of a ‘religion’ in the usual sense. However, Masons certainly hold strong beliefs about Western influences in the Holy Land. Those of the higher degrees privately profess a ‘fundamentalist’ fervor for Zionism. Israel’s own Grand Lodge was founded in 1953, now numbering between 50 and 60 lodges with thousands of members. Indeed even in Bristol’s windowless ‘Royal Arch’ Masonic Temple, the furnishings are embossed throughout with golden Israeli ‘Star of David’ emblems.
Where you can find them, former Freemasons give dazzling insights into the favors ‘The Craft’ affords as well as the evils of what is essen
tially a ‘gang for grown ups’ strewn through with a toxic mix of mumbo-jumbo and bullying. Both Stephen Knight’s 1984 book ‘The Brotherhood’ and former ‘World In Action’ journalist Martin Short’s 1989 follow up ‘Inside The Brotherhood’ do an ample job documenting the testimony of those brave enough to reject the threats and leave ‘The Craft’. The latter, as a six-part Granada TV documentary, found its way to an incredulous national audience the same year.
TV examinations are notoriously few and far between, but in his 1999 HTV Documentary ‘Rites and Wrongs’ journalist James Garrett discovered a human skull and two femur cross bones hidden away in a chequered cabinet. He asked Gloucestershire’s top Mason on camera, “What part do the skull and cross bones play in your ritual?” Provincial Grand Master Peter Marsh’s voice quavered as he replied “Well, yes there are some skulls and cross bones which are part of the regalia of the lodge and they represent mortality.” Perfect for emphasizing that threat of death then, Peter?
The Church of England and House of Commons deliberate
In 1987, the General Synod of the Church of England considered the question ‘Freemasonry and Christianity: Are they compatible?’ Failing to come down on one side or the other of the fence they concluded, “The reflections of the working group itself reveal understandable differences of opinion between those who are Freemasons and those who are not.” So despite a clear instruction from Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:37 “Never swear an oath, simply let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’, anything else comes from the devil,” they Church of England couldn’t make their minds up.
In 1998 Labour MP, Chris Mullin, chaired the second House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Enquiry into Freemasonry in as many years. The report’s penultimate paragraph “requires public servants who are members of a secret society … to disclose their membership.” The result was non-compliance by many of Britain’s police forces. The Standards Board for England which, for several years required all elected local councilors to declare membership of secret societies was conveniently abolished by the Lib/Con coalition government in 2012 as part of their deregulation policy.
Even if Freemasonry does not control some of the key positions of state in its own self-interest, its involvement in promoting its own to positions of power and privilege is a likely candidate to explain why Britain is increasingly being controlled by individuals who seem entirely unsuited to positions of public trust.
If ‘The Craft’ has not yet become a kind of secret government, as a 1981-84 Italian parliamentary enquiry proved Propaganda Due (P2) Masonic Lodge to be, it is almost certainly why Britain is paralyzed by what’s known in drinking dens across the land as the ‘Tyranny of the Mediocre’.
So as thin old London police and newsroom files on Freemasonry start to fill up with cold hard truths, at the very least it should concentrate the minds of those thinking of using Freemasonry as a convenient cover for crookedness. It is only a matter of time now before their secret number is up.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.
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