With his K Street bosses heading for their collective put option exits this past week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-IN) found it in him to put down the whiskey bottle just long enough to summon his House legions back to Washington at 6:30 PM tomorrow night – just 30 hours before we are told we will careen over the dreaded fiscal cliff. Clutch move Boehner. Just don’t start crying.
Lame Democratic tendencies aside, any poor sap still duped by or enamored with the increasingly irrelevant political dinosaur known as the Republican Party couldn’t have helped notice the Grand Old Party’s solid allegiance to the International Banking Cartel. Yet they probably did miss this rerun. Stockholm Syndrome anyone?
Hail to the thieves. Lick more billionaire boots Whigs. Yes sir! Continue reading
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Ten years ago this blog would not have succeeded. People were living in fear and being devastated by the Eight Families banking monopoly and their corporate arsenal. As we begin a new epoch, as noted by the Mayans and other indigenous peoples, our opportunities for emancipation will increase.
Many people are escaping suburbia to a life in the country. We’ve been living like this for the past two decades – half here in the Missouri Ozarks and half in the Western Montana Rockies. Most weeks we go to town once to get groceries. Otherwise it’s “Buy Nothing Week” for us year round. Continue reading
Last week Argentina levied a $6 million fine on HSBC Bank Argentina SA for money laundering. This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that HSBC would pay a record $1.92 billion fine to US authorities for laundering money for Mexican drug cartels. The latter decision left many wondering exactly what kind of crime a banker has to commit before he goes to jail.
In July 2011, First Niagara Financial Group announced that it would buy 195 retail bank branches in New York and Connecticut from HSBC for around $1 billion.  HSBC acquired the branches when it bought the spooky Marine Midland in 1980.
According to Global Finance, the UK-headquartered HSBC Holdings is the world’s 3rd largest bank with $2.36 trillion in assets.  Formerly known as Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corporation, HSBC has served as the world’s #1 drug money laundry since its inception as a repository for British Crown opium proceeds accrued during the Chinese Opium Wars. During the Vietnam War HSBC laundered CIA heroin proceeds. Continue reading
(Excerpted from Chapter 17: The Inca Trail: The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries)
The Colombian border station is ultra-modern, the Mercedes Benz bus we board on the other side is even more so. We cruise north in luxury, hopping off for the night at Popayan. The age-old dilemma of the traveler sets in during a conversation at our guest house with an Irish couple, whose eyes glow with a wonderment that makes me want to go where they had just been. That place is five bumpy hours southeast of here at the ruins of San Augustin and Terrendios. It is a tangent with a nice ring, a ganja-filled paradise of overwhelming quietness, despite its proximity to FARQ-held territory. Continue reading