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VOODOO ECONOMICS: ‘The Covid-19 Dominoes Fall’, The World Is Insolvent

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Of Two Minds

– By Charles Hugh Smith

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Source – oftwominds.com

“…Everyone expecting the financial markets to magically return to January 2020 levels once the pandemic dies down is delusional. All the dominoes of crashing market valuations, crashing incomes, crashing profits and soaring defaults will take down all the fantasy-based valuations of bubblicious assets: stocks, bonds, real estate, bat guano, you name it….The global financial system has already lost $100 trillion in market value, and therefore it’s already insolvent”

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Subtract their immense debts and they have negative net worth, and therefore the market value of their stock is zero.

To understand why the financial dominoes toppled by the Covid-19 pandemic lead to global insolvency, let’s start with a household example. The point of this exercise is to distinguish between the market value of assets and net worth, which is what’s left after debts are subtracted from the market value of assets.

Let’s say the household has done very well for itself and owns assets worth $1 million: a home, a family business, 401K retirement accounts and a portfolio of stocks and other investments.

The household also has $500,000 in debts: home mortgage, auto loans, student loans and credit card balances.

The household net worth is thus $1,000,000 minus $500,000 = $500,000.

Let’s say a typical financial crisis and recession occur, and the household’s assets fall 30%. 30% of $1 million is $300,000, so the the market value of the household’s assets falls to $700,000.

Deduct the $500,000 in debts and the household’s net worth has fallen to $200,000. The point here is debts remain regardless of what happens to the market value of assets owned by the household.

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FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY

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OldeReb

proliberty@fairpoint.net

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The Federal Reserve’s lack of transparency, which is perceived to be impenetrable, is an erroneous assumption.

Volume 12 C.F.R. § 261.2(i)(1) Identifies public FOIA requests for records (of) any Federal Reserve Bank in connection with the transaction of any official business.” are authorized. A Federal Court of Appeals has concurred. Ref. Bloomberg L.P. v. Board. of Governors of Federal Reserve System, 649 F. Supp. 2d 262, 274 (S.D.N.Y. 2009), aff’d, 601 F.3d 143 (2d Cir. 2010). Exemptions 4 and 5 are not applicable. The deceptive CRS Report 42079, Federal Reserve; Oversight and Disclosure Issues relates to a public perception; it does not relate the law. Ref. https://thedailycoin.org/2020/02/02/federal-reserve-foia-and-audit/ (updated).

The Federal Reserve’s creation of fiat currency [a credit extended by the FR system] depends upon the Treasury Department issuing a debt instrument [Treasury security] containing a promise to pay back the principal plus interest. The interest does not exist nor has it been created. The only way to procrastinate bankruptcy is to issue more debt (principal) and pay the prior interest due from the new principal. This results in an exponential increase in the amount of debt [inflation] that will be created. The National Debt can never be paid off. It is a classic Ponzi scheme. [Fractional reserve multiplication of currency by commercial banks does not alter this conclusion.] A contract that cannot be culminated, or does not convey consideration for funds, is an act of fraud and is void upon its inception.

The manner in which the Fed is used to assist Wall Street conceal >$3 billion daily from the government [and the public] using the auction accounts of Treasury securities for the benefit of TBTF banks is alleged at https://www.spartareport.com/2019/11/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/ ; https://thedailycoin.org/2018/08/21/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view-updated/ ; https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/ , https://ncc-1776.org/tle2019/tle1019-20190505-05.html. The analysis has been sullied; it has never been discredited.

The Treasury security auction accounts are exclusively controlled by the FRBNY and handle more than $11 trillion annually. The accounts have never been audited and are a proper subject for public review using FOIA. [The cited CRS report broadens the meaning of audit to imply two reviews of FRBNY’s security procedures are audits.] TreasuryDirect identifies the apparent commingling of government funds with private funds. The destination of new cash is not disclosed.

Benjamin Ginsberg in FATAL EMBRACE reminds readers of historic similar related banking systems resulted in repeated economic exploitation, societal collapse, and civil disruption in medieval Europe. John Perkins [CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN], Douglas Valentine [CIA AS ORGANIZED CRIME] and others have identified covert Wall Street actions as the origin of world-wide chaos and subjugation. The use of these funds for world domination and national chaos, which is occasionally projected war mongering  to include the United States, has been documented by William Blum, Greg Palast, Michel Chossudovsky and many others. Pathological Wall Street  using the CIA, US military, the IMF, and the WB to impose economic control or for destruction of industrial rivals is standard procedure. https://thedailycoin.org/2019/07/25/war-mongering-brought-to-you-by-wall-street/; WHENSE THE DEEP STATE ?, https://ncc-1776.org/tle2019/tle1050-20191208-10.html .

Potential national financial chaos resulting from the US economic instability is mentioned in current US headlines. How the TBTF banks can utilize the existing legal structure to collect on the $22 trillion (and growing) national debt is theorized at https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/scenario-of-national-bankruptcy/. The resultant social chaos would be similar to that found in Greece and Argentina, and could involve seizure of demand deposits and pensions, slashing of wages, confiscation of national assets, etc. Wall Street representatives’ testimony before congress has confirmed destruction of government sovereignty does not hamper their collection of alleged national debt. Apparently the fly [US citizen] on the spider web is enjoying the view but has not visualized the next meal.

Is this concern a proper cause for FOIA action to preserve the government from total Wall Street domination?

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FEDERAL RESERVE: FOIA, AND AUDIT

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Olde Reb

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Conspiracy theorists have a history of sullying the good name of the Federal Reserve. They even attempt to get legislation passed in Congress so that an audit can be authorized. Their efforts have been unsuccessful.

The Federal Reserve banks have claimed they are privately owned institutions and not subject to FOIA requests, and support the claim with two Federal court adjudications on other issues. Those court opinions specifically identify the holdings are restricted to the issues before the court.

FOIA requests directed to the Federal Reserve system are codified at 12 CFR 261. 12 CFR § 261.3 (a) identifies the Secretary of the Board of Governors as custodian of all Federal Reserve records. 12 CFR § 261.3 (c) directs service to the Secretary of the Board. Procedures for requesting records are detailed at 12 CFR § 261.12.(b) and (c). Bloomberg media received court support for their demand for FOIA access to Federal Reserve bank information:

“So long as records at the [Federal Reserve Banks] satisfy the plain language meaning of 12 C.F.R. § 261.2(i)(1), they qualify as agency records of the Board and are subject to FOIA requests. …[The CFR reads]: Records of the Board include . . . all information coming into the possession and under the control of the Board, any Board member, any Federal Reserve Bank, or any officer, employee, or agent of the Board or of any Federal Reserve Bank, in the performance of functions for or on behalf of the Board that constitute part of the Board’s official files; or [records] [t]hat are maintained for administrative reasons in the regular course of business in official files in any division or office of the Board or any Federal Reserve Bank in connection with the transaction of any official business..[provisions are to be broadly applied].The FRBs give all revenue in excess of expenses to the U.S. Treasury. 12 U.S.C. § 289.” Bloomberg L.P. v. Board. of Governors of Federal Reserve System, 649 F. Supp. 2d 262, 274++ (S.D.N.Y. 2009), aff’d, 601 F.3d 143 (2d Cir. 2010). emphasis added.

But what records would be of interest ? Well, it has been theorized that a considerable amount of funds from the Federal Reserve’s handling of government funds from auctions of Treasury securities disappears.1 The FRBNY, as fiscal agent of the U.S. government, has exclusive management of disbursement of the funds and any related function they wish to claim.2 The accounts currently handle over $10 trillion annually and no audit of the funds has been found.

Treasury Direct identifies securities for redeeming market securities usually have an approximate 10% “new cash” allocation.3 That would appear to relate to deficit spending. Funds for redeeming securities are disbursed in large part to select Primary Dealers who collect designated securities—or who have the securities they hold identified for recall. PDs also bid on auctioned securities. Transfer of funds for redeeming securities from funds received by auction does not increase the currency in circulation (inflation) nor does it increase the National Debt.

If funds designated as ‘new cash’ went to the government, they would have to purchase securities. There is no known government account that receives the approximate $1 trillion annual funds. If the funds purchased securities, they would eliminate any increase in currency in circulation (inflation) and would not increase the national debt. This obviously does not occur. Where do the funds go ? It undoubtedly involves a scramble of CUSIP numbers.4

The above discussion should not be confused with QEs or non-QEs. Those involve collateralized credit [not to be confused with money] extended by the Federal Reserve authorized by 12 CFR § 201.3 (a) identified as loans and, in large part, have been paid back. Some pundits claim they were made to prevent an economic collapse; some same it was a postponement.5 If a commercial bank was doing it, it would be called fractional reserve lending without any reserve requirement; it is the key to rampant inflation.

It would appear that FOIA can be used to obtain the records maintained by the FRBNY as to the disbursement of ‘new cash’ funds and the consideration received for them from the identified recipients. Some pundits claim the central bank is owned by the Rothschild.6 Other pundits claim the BOG is a privately held corporation with shares owned by select Primary Dealers and others.7 Maybe FOIA can find out what is correct.

Failure to take any action has been prophesied to result in a Greek/ Argentina oppression and collapse of the U.S. society.8

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Footnotes:

1 .. https://thedailycoin.org/2018/08/21/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view-updated/ ; https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/

2..31 CFR 375.3.

3..https://www.treasurydirect.gov/instit/annceresult/press/press_cashpydwn.htm

4..https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/helicopter-money-here-how-fed-monetized-billions-debt-sold-just-days-earlier?utm_campaign=&utm_content=ZeroHedge

5..https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/944-trillion-reasons-why-fed-quietly-bailing-out-hedge-funds; https://realinvestmentadvice.com/yes-rates-are-still-going-to-zero/

6..https://usahitman.com/o3clwrcb/

7 …https://www.spartareport.com/2019/11/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/;

8…https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/scenario-of-national-bankruptcy/.

OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS

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J.Q. Public
freedom@Qmail.nix

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Dear Congresscritter,

The impeachment farce in Congress is the same modus operandi that has been used by Wall Street to create civil dissension and establish puppet governments with tyrannical control worldwide for decades. Can we prevent such an occurrence in the United States ?

Wall Street created the CIA in 1946 using their crony Allen Dulles to hide their nefarious war-mongering, such as getting the US involved in WW I and WW II, under a guise of “national security.” Then the CIA used that cover to thwart President Eisenhower’s attempt for Peace talks with Khrushchev by sabotaging their own U-2 flight. Then they sabotaged their own invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to commit the U.S to all-out war with Cuba [Dulles countermanded JFK’s order]. Then they labeled JFK a traitor when they discovered his secret back-channel peace talks with Moscow (along with JFK’s attack on the Federal Reserve). Mark Lane, John Groden, and Mark North claim the CIA killed JFK. Then they successfully impeached (with bogus CIA corrupted evidence and MSM hype) RMN after he closed the CIA school to teach Tibetans to invade China, and then RMN destroyed the CIA’s straw enemy by opening trade with China in addition to his Midnight Massacre of 1700 CIA agents. Then they schemed to prevent the reelection of JEC [OCTOBER SURPRISE] after he torpedoed a nuclear powered aircraft carrier and his Halloween Massacre of 700 CIA agents. “Conspiracy theorists” conclude 1000 architects and engineers, and Rebekah Roth, present a scenario that appears impossible without the CIA and US military involvement on 9/11. Then the CIA lied to create war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, among many other coups by Wall Street, behind cutouts, as indicated by John Perkins.

Wall Street bankers have initiated and utilized the military to engage in perpetual warfare by lies and deception for their economic profit since 1915. This continuity of influence and control over government policy is now evidenced in the Ukraine and is leading the impeachment fraud against the President after his attempts to avoid nuclear hostility with a super Power. Wall Street cannot tolerate peace.

What action can be taken to discontinue the madness of these psychopathic homicidal megalomaniacs? Well, may I respectfully suggest WHENSE THE DEEP STATE may be one consideration. Ref https://ncc-1776.org/tle2019/tle1050-20191208-10.html

J.Q. Public
freedom@Qmail.nix

Ref. https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/
How can Fed be used to foreclose on the $22 trillion National Debt for the benefit of Wall Street?
Ref. https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/scenario-of-national-bankruptcy/.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE: A DIFFERENT VIEW

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Author: oldreb

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“What difference does an increase in the National Debt make? We owe it to ourselves.” virtually every congress-critter has declared. Such a paraphrased statement, reflecting on the exoskeleton structure of the Federal Reserve, ignores the inner historic mechanisms of Rothschild banking, the intense subterfuge and arm-twisting of the Fed’s creation, and the proven destructive forces inherent but hidden therein. 1

The medieval Rothschild Banks established a line of credit for the King provided the King issued a written promise to pay gold, with interest, to the bank at a time in the future. The book-entry Rothschild credit was used to pay for obligations incurred by the king. The credit continued to be circulated in the kingdom between merchants. The bankers sold the king’s interest bearing promise of gold to investors. The promise was renewed by the king on its maturing date and became perpetually rolled-over. 2

VOILA !!! The king made the suppliers of services happy with Rothschild credit; the bankers had the gold from investors; the investors had a promise the king would eventually pay them in gold—which would never happen. 3 Everything went smoothly as long as the bankers could sell the promise and the investors did not demand the gold. 4 As Benjamin Ginsburg has lamented in FATAL EMBRACE; (bankers) AND THE STATE 5, eventually the schemes, which stole the wealth from the people with book-entry fiat money, would come to a catastrophic climax. 6

The Federal Reserve system, claimed to be “staffed and run by Council on Foreign Relations members” 7 does the same thing for the U.S. government’s deficit spending. Their wizard is hiding behind Frank Baum’s curtain as obscurant to any public inquiry.8

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York will grant credit (not “create money”) in an account of the US government with an amount that the government will pledge. 9 The government will expend the book-entry-credit account (deficit spending) to pay for goods and services consumed by the government. The suppliers are content. Evidence that the supplier has received a credit voucher is obvious. [It is touted to the public as a loan.10] The heading of the currency given to the supplier by a local commercial bank is Federal Reserve Note; i.e., a debt obligation of the Federal Reserve also identified as a “tender” (substitute) required by law to be accepted for an imprinted number of dollars. 11 More

The Fed Fears an Explosion on Wall Street: Here’s How JPMorgan Lit the Fuse

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By Pam Martens and Russ Martens of Wall Street on Parade

JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States with $1.6 trillion in deposits from more than 5,000 retail bank branches spread across the country. When it withdraws liquidity from the U.S. financial system, that has a reverberating impact. 

According to the filings that JPMorgan Chase makes annually with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), since 2013 JPMorgan Chase has spent $77 billion buying back its own stock. That includes the whopping $17.01 billion it has spent in just the first nine months of this year buying back its stock.

But here’s the shocking news. According to its SEC filings, JPMorgan Chase is partly using Federally insured deposits made by moms and pops across the country in its more than 5,000 branches to prop up its share price with buybacks. The wording in the filing is as follows:

“In 2019, cash provided resulted from higher deposits and securities loaned or sold under repurchase agreements, partially offset by net payments on long-term borrowing…cash was used for repurchases of common stock and cash dividends on common and preferred stock.”

Had JPMorgan Chase not spent $77 billion propping up its share price with stock buybacks, it would have $77 billion more in cash to loan to businesses and consumers – the actual job of its commercial bank. Add in the tens of billions of dollars that other mega banks on Wall Street have used to buy back their own stock and it’s clear why there is a liquidity crisis on Wall Street that is forcing the Federal Reserve to hurl hundreds of billions of dollars a week at the problem.

On September 17, the overnight lending rate on repurchase agreements (repos) spiked from the typical 2 percent range to 10 percent, meaning some very big lenders such as JPMorgan Chase were backing away from lending. That forced the Federal Reserve to jump in as lender of last resort, the first time it has done that in any material way since the financial crisis

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The Fed Is Offering $100 Billion a Day in Emergency Loans to Unnamed Banks and Congress Is Not Curious Enough to Hold a Hearing

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By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: September 27, 2019 ~

New York Fed Headquarters Building in Lower Manhattan

New York Fed Headquarters Building in Lower Manhattan

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York first initiated its emergency overnight loans to Wall Street this year on Tuesday, September 17, starting off at the rate of $75 billion daily. It then increased its loans by adding, in addition to the $75 billion daily, 14-day term loans in the amount of $30 billion to be offered three times this past week. But after the demand for the first 14-day loan was more than double the $30 billion offered, the New York Fed boosted the next term loans to $60 billion and increased its overnight loans to $100 billion.

What will next week bring? When Wall Street can get super cheap loans from the Fed in the tens of billions of dollars with no questions asked by Congress, it will continue upping its demands until the Fed is once again secretly shelling out trillions of dollars while Congress willfully remains in the dark – in other words, a replay of the 2007-2010 financial crisis.

The New York Fed is only allowed to engage in these repo transactions with its 24 primary dealers. That list of 24 primary dealers includes the securities units of big U.S. banks like JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, but it also includes the U.S. based securities units of troubled foreign banks like Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, and Societe Generale (SocGen).

Because the New York Fed is not announcing which banks are drawing down the bulk of its loans, neither Congress nor the American people know if the money is flowing to U.S. banks or foreign bank subsidiaries in the U.S. Propping up troubled foreign banks is not what most Americans want their central bank to be doing. More

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