The London banking gnomes think they are lepers. Yes, they are. And so are the politicians who take these leper’s money! They are all diseased. Heh. Also, the Crown of England confiscates an old silver coin from a lady (peasant) in England who found it while digging in her little garden patch behind her home (hovel).
‘Lepers’ in London Defend Right to Make Money as Election Looms – Bloomberg.com
Bankers in London’s financial center, which Mayor Boris Johnson called a “leper colony,” are battling to justify their right to make money and to prove their social value after British taxpayers assumed liabilities of more than 800 billion pounds ($1.23 trillion) to bail out the country’s lenders. With elections less than four months away, a debate once confined to universities and churches has become more than academic…. . …Politically, the City is in a “very strange period,” Nick Anstee, the 682nd lord mayor of the City of London, said in an interview. Lawmakers are currying favor with the electorate by attacking the banks, he said.
“And that is singularly unacceptable,” Anstee said. “Particularly in fact because some politicians need to look at themselves and wonder at the extent to which they were culpable and responsible for what has happened.”
Politicians from both the Labour and Conservative parties are calling for tougher regulation after what the government once heralded as the U.K.’s “light touch” was later blamed for doing nothing to prevent rampant risk-taking.
ΩΩHAHAHA…so the banking lepers got the politicians infected so all of them are now lepers! Note how they try to finger point here while missing digits. Like in the US, everyone is calling for more regulation while at the same time, both political parties will move heaven and earth to prevent any regulations because the lepers who infected them want to continue spreading diseases. So to speak.
ΩΩA word here: this sort of corruption isn’t a Jewish thing. It isn’t a British or American thing. It isn’t specific to any particular humans or particular nationalities. It isn’t even a conspiracy. It is a fact of life: people in the banking/investment system will do certain things. The government has to prevent these things from happening. The banking/investors will try to prevent regulations and use bribes to do this. And the way to prevent them is to keep an eye on them and the politicians and punish them when they do this.
ΩΩOf course, there are people who think there is this wonderful place we can all go to where there will be no bankers, no politicians and we live like Noble Savages, clean and pure. But this is silly. Even Noble Savages are ruthless and greedy. This is the Human Condition. The game here is to devise a system that is either self-correcting or self-regulating. That is, when everything is in balance, one doesn’t have to change the rules or laws.
ΩΩWhat we saw in the past 60 years is the Anglo Empire of the US and UK tinkering with systems in order to keep making money while destroying the internal industrial and wage base. Rivals assisted in this process due to it enabling them to remove industry and capital from the Anglo empire. There was nothing basically wrong with the concept of either banking or paying interest on loans. There is a severe problem with too much credit, usury and degrading the currency.
ΩΩNow, on to the Brits. In the US, in former colonies which were very prickly about property ownership, we own the land we sit on and all things on it and under it. In newer US states, the homeowner only owns the top foot of soil. In NY, we own all the way to the center of the earth so one square micrometer in the core belongs to me, exclusively. HAHAHA.
ΩΩAnyway, in England, the people own nothing at all. They buy and sell land and houses but never really own them the same way I own my own land. True, the government regulates how I use my land but if I dig up a gold coin on my land, it is mine, exclusively. This is NOT true in England. The Crown owns all.
Woman becomes first prosecuted for failing to report treasure – Telegraph
The woman, in her twenties from Ludlow, kept hidden a rare piedfort – a 14th century coin-like object worth £2000. She took the silver artefact to Ludlow museum to be identified in January last year claiming she had found it in her garden.
. But after being informed she must register the find with the coroner under section 8 of the treasure act she continued to keep the treasure hidden. South Shropshire coroner Anthony Sibcy eventually contacted the police in April 2009….
. …She was ordered to hand over the piedfort, was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £25 court costs. Dr Michael Lewis, Deputy Head, Department Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum, confirmed that the case was the first known of its kind in the country to have resulted in prosecution….”It shows that the police and the coroner’s service give Treasure and archaeological heritage law a high profile and will take proactive measures against those that disregard it.
ΩΩWell, King Richard the Lionhearted died because he was besieging the castle of one of his own barons whose people dug up a gold hoard from the fall of the Roman Empire. The King said all gold found in any lands held in fief belonged to him. The baron refused (this is right before the Magna Carta). So a guard shot the king with a crossbow bolt and killed him during the siege.
ΩΩow, the Crown can use the cops to wrest away Treasures. Note the Brits capitalize this word. HAHAHA. You can’t pick up a PENNY in Britain even in your own back yard garden without first sharing it with the Crown! Hiding what you find is illegal. The excuse is, the museums should have all of these Treasures. Of course, all the stuff stolen from Egypt, Greece, India, China, Africa, etc, etc, etc is NOT going to be returned. The Chinese and Greeks are incensed by all of this.
ΩΩBut the Crown doesn’t care. There are Treasures and then there are Possessions and all of them are OK for the Crown and everyone else can just drop dead, thank you.
Woodstock Hippies Lead to the Financial Collapse, Says New Film – ABC News
“Generation Zero,” a film set to premiere in March, examines what producer David Bossie says is a “historic perspective on a generational change” that led to the September 2008 bank collapse.
Bossie says generational narcissism, as represented by the 1969 Woodstock Festival, is responsible for the excessive spending, mortgage crisis, and recklessness on Wall Street.
“The people who were at Woodstock turned into the yuppies of the ’80s and the junk bond traders of the ’90s and the Wall Street executives of the 2000s,” he says. “They went from Woodstock to driving a Jaguar.”
ΩΩThis film is brought to you by the Taliban of Afghanistan. Oh, and the hippies of the sixties: I was one. We were about 1% of the population. This is why we were tourist attractions like in the zoo. We were rare and exotic. And we preached commie stuff like peace, freedom, sharing and love. The mess we are in today were caused by greedy, self-centered creeps who love war and hate hippies! So why blame things on us???
Bankers frequent ‘Dungeons of Pain’ to manage stress, cope with job pressure
A black eye or row of stitches may grace John Cholish’s face when he meets with wealth-management clients at Merrill Lynch & Co.
Those injuries occur after Cholish, 26, leaves his midtown Manhattan office and heads for the gym. He spends a couple of hours most evenings at the Renzo Gracie Academy on West 30th Street, kicking, throwing punches and tackling opponents, as they train to compete in mixed martial arts.
“We get a lot of finance guys,” said Max McGarr, the gym’s program director and a professional fighter. “It’s a good release from their job. If you lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, it’s good to come here and get it out.”
ΩΩWhere is the pot smoking? The navel gazing? The meditation? The peace and love stuff? Ooops. The guys who destroyed the earth’s finances want to beat each other up and be greedy, brutal, like Donald Trump, not John Lennon (who was killed!). Not a hippie to be seen! Reagan wasn’t a hippie. He was all about cutting taxes. He was a faux WWII hero who skipped out of the war and pretended, like some fellow right wing actors, to be a warrior while being a total chicken. The tax cutting, wild overspending was done by….THE WWII GENERATION.
ΩΩThe ‘pay off the debts’ generation were the parents of the WWII generation. People like my Grandpa who believed in never having any debts at all.
Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ – CNN.com
Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.
The IQ differences, while statistically significant, are not stunning — on the order of 6 to 11 points — and the data should not be used to stereotype or make assumptions about people, experts say. But they show how certain patterns of identifying with particular ideologies develop, and how some people’s behaviors come to be.
The reasoning is that sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected given humans’ evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our early human ancestors, but higher intelligence may be associated with them…. . ….Religion, the current theory goes, did not help people survive or reproduce necessarily, but goes along the lines of helping people to be paranoid, Kanazawa said. Assuming that, for example, a noise in the distance is a signal of a threat helped early humans to prepare in case of danger.
“It helps life to be paranoid, and because humans are paranoid, they become more religious, and they see the hands of God everywhere,” Kanazawa said.
Participants who said they were atheists had an average IQ of 103 in adolescence, while adults who said they were religious averaged 97, the study found. Atheism “allows someone to move forward and speculate on life without any concern for the dogmatic structure of a religion,” Bailey said.
ΩΩThere is a very, very deep seated desire to take all natural events and forces at work and subscribe these to either gods or humans. And then to expand on this curious belief into being PARANOID about this and seeking ways of controlling this by either controlling gods (praying or making sacrifices or doing rituals) or by murdering humans who supposedly cause diseases and earthquakes or climate changes. Often, these things are combined in complex ways to massage the paranoid feelings via logical belief structures which ‘explain everything’ via ‘It is the fault of (fill in the blank)’.
ΩΩThen, one can indulge in a favorite human pastime: plotting some way of killing the perpetrator. Stoning them to death or burning them at the stake, going to war, herding them into ghettos, the list is very long. Paranoia is a very, very dangerous part of the human brain. It leaps to life at the slightest provocation.
ΩΩEven if someone is very, very careful, one can still be accused of THINKING of doing some magical thing that causes diseases, earthquakes or weather changes. God knows, I have met many Wiccans who sincerely believe they control the weather! GAH! Not to mention, people who claim turning on or off radar or radio or other systems causes all earthquakes, weather, diseases and bad TV reality shows.
ΩΩSmart people tend to be more open to ideas. But I notice that even smart people can be too open to ‘ideas’ when these ‘ideas’ appeal to the paranoid parts of the brain. I am aware of having this, too. I am a human! I would dearly love to be able to magically change things or to blame all humans for all things that go wrong all the time. That is immense fun. Egotistical in the extreme!
ΩΩAnyone who thinks governments or ‘rulers’ control everything is exaggerating powers that no one possesses. The Queen of England can use force to compel a poor peasant to hand over an old coin she dug up in her garden. But Her Majesty couldn’t control Princess Diana’s choice of boyfriend after divorce! Oh, I forgot, there are a thousand conspiracy tales surrounding that business, too! HAHAHA.
ΩΩWell, attempts at controlling things via the CIA, Mossad, MI5, the KGB, etc all end in either failure or making things worse since historical forces have their own momentum. Just like science has given us greater control over Nature but Nature can undo all of these controls in a split second as easily as we belch after a dinner.
ΩΩWe can’t be paranoid about natural forces because it does no good. Burn all the witches you like and earthquakes, weather changes and diseases will still happen. Eliminate all humans and they will still happen. Over and over again. Real liberals understand natural forces and our lack of control of them. Liberals also understand that governments are easily corrupted and need to be regulated by voters. Liberals also know media is weakened when any religious or ethnic group dominates it and manipulates it. Or if a government controls the media. Thus, the first amendment stuck onto the Constitution.
ΩΩA real liberal understands how empires operate and how to prevent our own government from being an out of control empire. We failed miserably. The desires to have a powerful empire that does as it pleases overwhelmed liberal philosophy and the libertarian belief that letting the powerful do as they please isn’t the solution to this problem, either, it makes it worse. This is the weakness of Ron Paul’s libertarianism and why liberals don’t like him all that much: there is no easy answer and no civilized people lived in happy anarchy, history is clear: either you build a good empire/society or you build a corrupt one.
ΩΩHaving nothing at all never works. The ancient Greek city states were constantly at war with each other and were all conquered by other empires and thus, enslaved. So what is the answer? We don’t know! But seeking to build a fair, civil, decent civilization that doesn’t have illegal assassinations, secret labs, endless distant wars and religious tyranny is the goal, that is for certain. Then, there would be a lot less garbage for paranoid theories or beliefs. But then, we have to be somewhat paranoid! Look at how our rulers misbehave. Gah.
20 responses to “London Bankers Are Lepers”
Interesting blog you’ve got here; I like the name “culture of life”. To understand the arguments put forth by the “Generation Zero” documentary, it is crucial to distinguish between the actual Baby Boom Generation (born 1942-1954) vs. Generation Jones (1954-1965). GenJones was originally lumped in with the Boomers, but is now generally seen by experts as a separate generation. Understanding the differences between these two generations is central to comprehending this documentary.
The post-WWII demographic boom in births is one thing, the cultural generations born during that era is another. Generations are a function of the common formative experiences of its members, not the fertility rates of its parents. And most analysts now see generations as getting shorter (usually 10-15 years now), partly because of the acceleration of culture. Many experts now believe it breaks down more or less this way:
DEMOGRAPHIC boom in babies: 1946-1964
Baby Boom GENERATION: 1942-1953
Generation Jones: 1954-1965
Generation X: 1966-1978
Generation Y/Millennials: 1979-1993
Google Generation Jones, and you’ll see it’s gotten lots of media attention, and many top commentators from many top publications and networks (Washington Post, Time magazine, NBC, Newsweek, ABC, etc.) now specifically use this term. In fact, the Associated Press’ annual Trend Report chose the Rise of Generation Jones as the #1 trend of 2009. Here’s a page with a good overview of recent media interest in GenJones: http://generationjones.com/2009latest.html
ELAINE: Interesting that you clip the baby boomers into two parts while lumping the more recent generations into a 15 year plus group. This is dishonest, to put it mildly. All my seven brothers and sisters were born during the baby boom. The PEAK was in 1955. The WWII mommies cranked us out after that until about 1964. My brothers and sisters were born between 1945-1961, for example.
My own daughter was born the Baby DEARTH year. The fewest babies were born around 1974. When I had my son in 1981, the birth rate was rising again. This is how waves work.
Further: the vast majority of people who voted for Reagan in California for governor were WWII and older people plus a number of right wing numbskulls who were young and no longer afraid of the draft. I know of no hippies who voted for him. We hated his guts. Big time.
When the generational rats are leaving the mothership, and the splits become finer and finer that is a descent into chaos and perhaps anarchy. The extreme case is each year as its own generation! And then each month etc.
So the year ahead or the year behind you is fair game. This is what happens in animals who eat their young or their old. Oops we are animals!
It is getting to be this way as more and more scapegoats are needed, and the “solution to pollution is dilution” creed takes over. Just spread it over more and more individual parts, and soon … Presto Change-O… EVERYONE is to blame so NO ONE is to blame. Sins washed away via self blessing. This is the result of refusing to accept responsibility for ones own actions, and blame “others”. To be victims, babies.
OK nothing wrong with removing guilt, but what about the externalities ie. the debts?
Who will want to take on these “sins”? Maybe aliens will come on the scene and say, don’t worry we will absorb all your debts. Now in return…… you worship us as gods. And give us all your first born, etc etc.
Elaine, you should check out wikileaks and cryptomes. They rock! Wikileaks recently published how Iceland is going to pay its debt with 2.75% interest to UK:
Cryptome has more things than you can ever find and post on your blogs:
Wikileaks went bankrupt, last time I visited.
Cryptome is insane. I avoid places like that. Lots of non verifiable ‘information’ and lots of paranoid talk. Gah. And run by Anonymous!
HAHAHA. Beware of ‘anonymous’.
The atheist’s are smarter meme has been going on for a few years now. And I don’t believe it, there are so many ways all people can be irrational. Regardless of beliefs or lack there of.
I consider myself atheist but just average intelligence.
As far as generation gaps are concerned. This is getting played up more and more. The powers that be would like the younger set to throw the Baby Boomers overboard. We can’t let them do that, we are all in this mess together.
What irks me is how they place everyone’s stuff on top of us. We were very young when we gained our civil rights via the Civil Rights Act and I sued my school for discrimination way back in 1965 when I was a mere teenager and I couldn’t vote until I was much older! And even then, we were grossly outnumbered by our elders. We couldn’t even get them to stop the damn Vietnam War, for YEARS!
Nope. The WWII generation wanted that baby to go on and on and on and….now back to bad baby boomers: Bush Jr and Cheney both dodged the draft and both hid in the US, having sex and drinking while my dear friends were sent to Nam to die. THEY are the bad baby boomers we should punish. Send the bastards to prison.
Since no one mentioned it already, a very interesting book on the subject of generations is The Forth Turning, by Strauss and Howe (1997).
The authors trace the major events of American history to the life-transitions of each generation of roughly every 20 years.
I don’t have the book but here is what I remember from memory.
Lost generation: 1884-1904
Greatest generation: 1904-1924
Silent generation: 1924-1944
Baby Boomers: 1944-1964
Generation X: 1964-1984
Generation Y/Millennials: 1984-2004?
Their research and narration of history helps the reader relate to previous generations attitudes and feelings of the time to get a sense of how they shape current events. The “forth turning” title points to the prediction of a similar crisis to happen (2021?) on the same line of WW2, the civil war, the Revolutionary war, etc.
I have left a lot out but it is a very worthwhile read on history and the shape of attitudes and events to come.
If ruthlessness and greed are necessarily overriding aspects of the human condition that can not be substantially mitigated through evolution or other means, then humans are probably doomed to extinction. I surmise that some humans and families, however, gravitate more towards these aspects than others.
No sweat here. Mama Nature can start from scratch and maybe the next bunch will have better luck. In the meantime, one upside will be that no human mother will ever again have to suffer the pain of childbirth.
Now, if you are looking for a ‘system’ to deal with this problem, I know of some folks that are working with a plan. Google ‘The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion’. One may find various translations skewed different ways but the gist remains the same for the most part.
The successful culmination of this goofy plan, however, is contingent upon installing a perfectly incorruptible ruler to keep everyone straight. If I may once again borrow a phrase: HAHAHA.
Talk about stupid.
i like the term peasant and hovel. very agrarian and humble.
the usg would do a great service to americans by relabeling all official documents using these terms:
Peasants Hovel Address:
Peasant owes this measure of wheat:
Springtime In Germany
Never Glory in Conquest.
Private Bankers should not
Governments derive their
Just Powers from the Consent
of the People.
Life Liberty and the Pursuit
Hitler supported Zionism
AngloArab Bank in Haifa
was controlled by ?
Fascism is modern form
ELAINE: Hitler EXPLOITED the Zionists. He didn’t want them. He wanted to use them as a tool. He needed to extract money from the Jews and this is why he cooperated with some Zionists.
One (partial)remedy to the problems of the USA is to abolish the so-called Ivy League schools. There are WAY too many spoiled rotten rich kid Ivy Leaguers who graduate and go on to wreak havoc on all of society. They join outfits like the CIA and other branches of government, doing serious damage wherever they go. No amount of failure seems to alter their smug arrogant belief that they are superior beings.
You point to unfairness of British land rights, but don’t acknowledge that those practices exist more and more in the US.
More and more Americans purchase homes but not land because these “deals” are cheaper that outright land purchase.
These home-not-land purchases are seen in places where land is very unaffordable (Hawaii) or where people are desperate for cheap housing (trailers in trailerparks, sharecroppers, etc.). Also can be found in new developments with high “association/facility” dues that are in fact disguised as lease payments.
UK and US Common denominator in this: land already gobbled up by richer land investor/owner + general cost of living unaffordability for ordinary person
ELAINE: But I did mention that the US has many places where you don’t own your own land. Only if a few select places (namely, where my ancestors settled after killing the natives) do we own everything and yes, even this is being violated immensely more and more and more.
Well of course it’s not all the hippies fault.
Everyone knows it’s all Eve’s fault.
ELAINE: I thought serpents were the ones who were at fault. Do note in Genesis, God lies all the time to Adam and Eve. The serpent tells the truth.
OT in more ways than one. This is also Over the Top :
A proposed Utah law that would open women who suffer a miscarriage to possible criminal prosecution and life imprisonment has enraged feminists and civil rights activists across the United States.
The reaction to Utah’s new initiative has verged in most quarters on disbelief, however. “For all these years the anti-choice movement has said ‘we want to outlaw abortion, not put women in jail’, but what this law says is ‘no, we really want to put women in jail’,” Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, wrote in a blog.
And what the heck was in the Vancouver water ?
Emergency shipment of condoms headed to Olympic athletes
ELAINE: It is all the fault of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team. 🙂
On the theme of Boomers bailing out Boomers – If the Euro nations bailout Greece will it be just like the FED bailing out AIG for the sake of Goldman….again?
Germany has taken steps to identify speculators in Greek debt to try to prevent them from profiting unduly from any bailout of the ailing euro zone economy
“Not a Jewish thing” I thought that was an interesting statement, I have been searching high and low to not bring this to the door of the Jews; but alas it can’t be escaped. Jews do very few things; bankers, lawyers, accountants, comptrollers, of course Jewelers and money changers. Their whole life is made up and built up around money. It oozes from their pores, it courses through their blood and it occupies their minds. Stay on message!
@Martin – I very much be of the same mind with what you are saying here although one has to take into account all aspects of the argument. We can all be a bit guilty of adopting a somewhat blinkered view to these issues and for the most part, stepping back and observing the ‘bigger picture’ can almost always turn out positive results.