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Christopher Herman, the son of our former spiritual father, Vladyka Michael
Peter Herman of reposed memory for providing us the articles and their various
We believe that what is presented is a step in
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some of the ills that separate our Roman faithful from the root, ground and base
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Orthodoxy is not a religion. It is CHRISTIANITY itself! To a true
Christian, the events taking place through out the world and locally in the USA
is important because of how it may (and in some instances has) affected our
religious rights and freedoms here in the U.S.A and in some other Western World
Initially we had begun by "Subject" but found
that by "DATE" is a better format. Thus, the former entitled "Concerning"
below are a form of archival resources while the remainder is by dating.
As Thou, Father, art in
me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)
"The fundamental problem is this:
bureaucrats designed the present system and then sold it to Europe's
politicians two decades ago. The politicians worked in the 1990s to cobble
together a new monetary system, which voters generally opposed. They could not
get enough votes to put all of the national legislatures into one taxing and
spending system. The voters would not have allowed it. So, they created a
jerry-rigged system: a unified central bank but national legislatures that
could run deficits.
There were rules against running deficits above 3% of Gross Domestic Product.
There is no way to enforce such rules.
The result is what we now see, and which was predicted by critics in the
mid-1990s. The present-oriented nations in the south of Europe, plus Ireland,
ran up huge debts, while the bankers in the north bought the IOUs. Bankers
pretended that the temporal perspective of the North – future-oriented – also
governed the time perspective of the South: "Let's party! It's sunshine
forever around here.""
"The Morgans were strongly opposed to
Bryanism, which was not only Populist and inflationist, but also anti–Wall
Street bank; the Bryanites, much like Populists of the present day, preferred
congressional, greenback inflationism to the more subtle, and more privileged,
big-bank-controlled variety. The Morgans, in contrast, favored a gold
standard. But, once gold was secured by the McKinley victory of 1896, they
wanted to press on to use the gold standard as a hard-money camouflage behind
which they could change the system into one less nakedly inflationist than
populism but far more effectively controlled by the big-banker elites. In the
long run, a controlled Morgan-Rockefeller gold standard was far more
pernicious to the cause of genuine hard money than a candid free-silver or
As soon as McKinley was safely elected, the Morgan-Rockefeller forces began to
organize a "reform" movement to cure the "inelasticity" of money in the
existing gold standard and to move slowly toward the establishment of a
central bank. To do so, they decided to use the techniques they had
successfully employed in establishing a pro-gold standard movement during 1895
and 1896. The crucial point was to avoid the public suspicion of Wall Street
and banker control by acquiring the patina of a broad-based grassroots
movement. To do so, the movement was deliberately focused in the Middle West,
the heartland of America, and organizations developed that included not only
bankers, but also businessmen, economists, and other academics, who supplied
respectability, persuasiveness, and technical expertise to the reform cause."
Originally published as "The
Origins of the Federal Reserve System," Quarterly Journal of Economics
evening, Sept. 27, Congressman Ron Paul gave a speech at the Story
County GOP chili suppe
"For years, American and British
intelligence agencies hunted Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the commander of the Libyan
rebels' Tripoli brigade, believing him to be a terrorist and ally of then al-Qaida
leader Osama bin Laden. They also reportedly had him abducted, which led to
his being tortured with syringes and ice-cold water. Now though, the West and
many in Libya are paying close attention, and are listening to his every word.
"In reality, our group had nothing to do with al-Qaida at the time," says
Belhaj, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and the former head of the Libyan
Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which, persecuted by the regime of former
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, took refuge in Afghanistan for years. Belhaj,
the battle-hardened Islamist, is now the commander of all rebel troops in the
His men drive around in their pickups, outfitted with automatic weapons while
the civilian heads of the rebellion seek to map out a path for their country's
future. Belhaj says that the power lies "in the hands of the Libyan people,"
and that Libyans can now decide democratically how they wish to live their
lives. "We want a secular country," he adds. But many Libyans don't believe a
word the Islamist is saying."
"It wasn’t long ago that Carl Sagan
preached his “theory of mediocrity,” that “we live on an insignificant planet
of a humdrum star, lost in a galaxy, tucked away in some forgotten corner of a
universe in which there are far more galaxies than people” (Cosmos). A recent
study indicates that Earth remains a rare bird in the celestial aviary."
"American economists, central bankers
and fiscal policy makers have reinterpreted British economist John Maynard
Keynes's clever idea that government spending is the best way to counteract a
serious economic downturn -- and have turned it into a permanent prescription.
In their version of the Keynesian theory, declining growth or tumbling stock
prices should prompt central banks to lower interest rates and governments to
come to the rescue with economic stimulus programs. US economists call this
"kick-starting" the economy.
The only problem is that this method of encouraging growth has not stimulated
the US economy in recent years, but in fact has put it on a crash course. From
the Asian economic crisis to the Internet and subprime mortgage bubbles,
economic stimulus programs by monetary and fiscal policy makers have regularly
laid the groundwork for the next crash instead of encouraging sustainable
growth. In the last decade, the volume of lending in the United States grew
five times as fast as the real economy.
Cheap money created the fertilizer for the excesses of the US financial
industry. Low interest rates seduced mortgage providers into talking even the
homeless into taking out mortgages. And the same low rates made it easier for
investment banks and hedge funds, using increasingly risky loan structures, to
transform the once-leisurely insurance and bond markets into casinos.
Now the bubble has burst. This has not, however, prompted the US government to
conclude that its prescriptions could have been wrong. On the contrary, now it
wants to increase the dose. Obama plans to follow the largely unsuccessful
2008 economic stimulus program with a new program this year. Meanwhile,
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says that he intends to flood the
economy with cheap liquidity -- for years, if necessary.
The real problem, though, is a different one. The US economy doesn't lack
money. Rather, it lacks products that can compete in the global marketplace.
The country has a deep trade deficit, yet the Obama administration is
borrowing money at the same rate as near-bankrupt Greece."
Note the "detail" about bin Laden in
the previous posting...
"Strangely missing from all the hubbub
surrounding the cantaloupe outbreak is any talk whatsoever about what actually
caused the outbreak in the first place. Listeria does not just appear on
produce, after all -- it is typically introduced by outside sources like
factory animal feedlots, whose manure cesspools run off and contaminate nearby
agriculture fields on a regular basis.
Remember the massive Iowa egg recall from last year? Filthy conditions at the
facilities where the eggs had been produced were, of course, responsible for
the salmonella outbreak. And yet the FDA tried to use the incident to push for
more power over the food supply, including the passage of S. 510, the infamous
"food safety" bill..."
"A bear raid is the practice of
targeting a stock or other asset for take-down, either for quick profits or
for corporate takeover. Today the target is commodities, but tomorrow it could
be something else. When Lehman Brothers went bankrupt in September 2008, some
analysts thought the investment firm’s condition was no worse than its
competitors’. What brought it down was not undercapitalization but a massive
bear raid on 9-11 of that year, when its stock price dropped by 41% in a
Why did gold and silver stocks
just get hammered, at a time when commodities are considered a safe h
"We've often pointed out that the
whole narrative regarding the BRICs is somewhat phony – a dominant social
theme purveyed by the Anglosphere power elite that wants the world to believe
faux "capitalism" is effective in reducing poverty and providing people hope.
Of course, this doesn't explain why billions live on a dollar a day, even in
places where the capitalist "miracle" is supposed to have taken effect.
In fact, these industrial "miracles" have more to do with monetary stimulation
than real, long term growth. But we're not supposed to notice that. The
mainstream media does its job as best it can, trumpeting the progress of
India, Brazil and especially China while avoiding any mention of the
fundamental, pernicious and ultimately ruinous monetary stimulation.
Can it be otherwise? If one looks at these economies unsentimentally, the
reality becomes clear. The BRICS are entirely dependent on Western style
central banking economies and stimulation for their "progress." Both Brazil
and China (India, too) have poured money into their economies with the same
sort of crazed abandon – and results – as the West. Eventually, the bill will
come due, as it already has in the West."
"“The top-secret world the government
created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so
large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs,
how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how
many agencies do the same work,” wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dana
Priest and author and military expert William Arkin in a report called “Top
Secret America.” Their two-year investigation led them to conclude: “After
nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system
put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its
effectiveness is impossible to determine.”
Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on
counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence in about 10,000
locations across the United States, they found. Analysts who study documents
and conversations obtained by both foreign and domestic spying write 50,000
intelligence reports a year, including many that are routinely ignored. “An
estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in
Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances,” the report said. And
there appears to be plenty of work for them to do. “Every day, collection
systems at the National Security Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion
e-mails, phone calls and other types of communication,” Priest and Arkin
When the USA Patriot Act was renewed in May, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
James R. Clapper, who oversees 16 spy agencies, including the National
Security Agency and the CIA. The Senators inquired about legal safeguards to
protect the privacy of the electronic communications of law-abiding Americans.
A letter of reply from Kathleen Turner, DNI Director of Legislative Affairs,
informed the Senators that it is not “reasonably possible to identify the
number of people located in the United States whose communications may have
"Now the United States Congress is
trying to lock down, once and for all, any further hint of question about the
event with a new bill, HR 2819. The bill prohibits any "officer or employee of
the Federal Government from providing information about the mission to kill
Osama bin Laden to any person outside the Federal Government..." "
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