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For those courageous souls brave enough to look and see what is,

who are unwilling to blindly accept

the lies and rules of tyrannical authority.

Wednesday 28th August 2019


Hope this finds you fit and well!

Here is a sampling of what crossed my digital desk over the last week.

Two weeks to stop Parliament passing Morrison’s cash ban!

When Only the Government Has Guns

100 Years of Communism—and 100 Million Dead

Church Bulletin Board Humour

Friend Level

The Singing Tree

Your Song

Peer Reviewed

Speak Up Fight Back

Investigate OVerdrugging the Elderly

Why The Cheese Is Free

The Real Issues Behind The Cash Ban

Take Us To Your Leader

I Before E

New Zealand heads into monetary madness to save banks

I hope you get something from it!


Two weeks to stop Parliament passing Morrison’s cash ban!

Parliament resumes on Monday 9 September, which gives us two weeks to melt down their phone lines with forceful objections against the $10,000 cash ban.

In the last week there’s been an explosion of publicity for the cash ban, and our petition has hit 10,000 signers. Click here to sign and share: Stop Scott Morrison from banning cash to trap Australians in banks!

(The CEC has also produced a printed version of the petition which people can print out and share. Everyone should print copies to give to all of the businesses in the shopping strips of your suburbs and towns. Tell them all to contact the local MP. Click here for a PDF file of the printed petition.)

By contrast, Treasury is trying to cover up the backlash it has received against the exposure draft of the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019. It has been more than two weeks since the consultation period closed, but Treasury still hasn’t disclosed how many submissions it received, nor posted any of them on its website.

The ABC has continued its good reporting on this issue, with an online article yesterday that proves the ban is less about the black economy than trapping Australians in negative interest rates: “Banning cash so you pay the bank to hold your money is what the IMF wants”. (The ABC’s Facebook post of this article is generating enormous interest.)

We must ram this message home. Major-party politicians are pressured to conform to their party machines, and not think independently. They aren’t supposed to question Treasury’s reasons for this cash ban. For instance, one ignorant Liberal MP called the connection between the cash ban and negative interest rates “paranoid supposition”. The only way to make them think is to bombard them with phone calls that demonstrate the enormous public anger over this ban.

It is most important to call all Labor Party MPs and Senators, and the cross-benchers. Unless they oppose the law, there will be no pressure on the government, and it will be able to pass in the same way that Parliament waved through the bail-in law in the Valentine’s Day Massacre of February 2018.

Most importantly, everyone should make two calls: to your local MP, and to Anthony Albanese’s office. For every call that an MP gets, Albo should get one too.

If you can, don’t stop there. Also call the Labor Senators, and the cross-bench Senators, in your state. (See contact details below.)

What to say

All you have to do is firmly express your opposition, saying something like:

“Hi, I’m NAME. I’m calling to say I’m outraged by the $10,000 cash ban. If the MP/Senator supports it, I’ll vote against you. Do not take away my right to use cash and force me to use a bank.”

That’s all you need to say, but be firm. If you want to say more, here are some arguments:

It won’t stop crime—criminals won’t care if it’s illegal to use more than $10,000 in cash. It will make law-abiding people into criminals.

Individuals using cash don’t launder money, banks and casinos do. Look at CBA and Crown Casino for instance. The authorities know banks and casinos launder money, but too often don’t police it. Enforce the existing laws instead of taking away our rights.

The 2017 Black Economy Taskforce report blames tax evasion on tradies and hairdressers using cash, but that report was written by KPMG, which is one of the big four global accounting firms that help multinational banks and corporations evade trillions in taxes. That’s the real black economy; crack down on them!

European countries like Sweden are almost cashless, but still have black economies. (In fact, earlier this year the Swedish government had to legislate to make banks start issuing more cash, because the lack of cash was getting ridiculous, especially during power failures.)

It will force us to give the private banks a cut of every transaction. While it’s illegal to avoid the GST, it’s not illegal to avoid paying charges to the banks, but a cash ban forces people to use banks and pay their fees.

We have a right to privacy—what we do with our money is nobody’s business. But without cash the banks know everything we spend our money on. While we may not always care, sometimes we will, and that’s our business, not the bank’s, and not the government’s.

It traps us in banks so we can’t escape policies like negative interest rates and bail-in. The IMF is pushing for cash restrictions as necessary to make negative interest rates work. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has foreshadowed negative interest rates, and acknowledge that it would require cash restrictions to make them work. Australia too: the Reserve Bank of Australia has said it’s prepared to go to negative interest rates, and the 2017 Black Economy Taskforce report that recommended this cash ban cited the IMF’s view that restricting cash would benefit a negative interest rate monetary policy.

Parliament could be responsible for triggering a run on the banks. If we are forced to use Australia’s private banks, which have a bad reputation, many people will try to pull their money out before the law comes into force. Instead of forcing us to use banks against our will, do your job and reform them, starting with a Glass-Steagall separation of deposit-taking banks from speculation, so Australians can have confidence in banks again.

Show them you’re serious—start calling MPs today!

MPs and Senators contact details Click here for the contact details of Anthony Albanese and the Labor and crossbench MPs and Senators. Call Albanese’s office, and then find your state on the list to call your local Labor MP, if you have one, and your Labor and crossbench Senators.

If you have a coalition MP, and want to also call government Senators, click here for their details:

When Only The Government Has Guns
Nazi Shooting

100 Years of Communism—and 100 Million Dead
Bolshevik Fighters

Armed Bolsheviks seized the Winter Palace in Petrograd—now St. Petersburg—100 years ago this week and arrested ministers of Russia’s provisional government. They set in motion a chain of events that would kill millions and inflict a near-fatal wound on Western civilization.

Church Bulletin Board Humour
Church Bulletin Board Humour

Friend Level
Friend Level

The Singing Tree
The Singing Tree

Your Song
Himba Mother And Child

At the Himba of Namibia in Southern Africa, the date of birth of a child is fixed, not at the time of its arrival in the world, nor in its design, but much earlier: since the day the child is thought in His Mother’s mind.

When a woman decides she’s going to have a child, she settle down and rests under a tree, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child who wants to be born. And after she heard this child’s song, she comes back to the man who will be the father of the child to teach him that song. And then, when they make love to physically design the child, they sing the song of the child, to invite him.

When the mother is pregnant, she teaches the singing of this child to the midwives and older women of the village. So, when the child is born, old women and people around him sing his song to welcome him.

As the child grows, the other villagers learn his song. So if the child falls, or gets hurt, he always finds someone to pick him up and sing his song. Similarly, if the child does something wonderful, or successfully passes through the rites of passage, the people of the village sing his song to honor him.

In the tribe, there is another opportunity where villagers sing for the child. If, at any time during his life, the person commits an aberrant crime or social act, the individual is called in the center of the village and the people of the community form a circle around him. Then they sing his song.

The tribe recognizes that the correction of antisocial behavior does not pass through punishment, it is by love and reminder of identity. When you recognize your own song, you don’t want or need to do anything that would harm the other.

And the same way through their lives. In Marriage, songs are sung together.

And when, getting old, this kid is lying in his bed, ready to die, All the villagers know his song, and they sing, for the last time, his song.

Peer Reviewed
Peer Reviewed

Speak Up Fight Back
Speak Up Fight Back

Scott Morrison’s coming after anyone who dares to hold him to account.

So we’re stepping up our campaign for a Media Freedom Act – demanding new laws that will protect journalists, whistleblowers, and our right to know.

When Parliament sits in a few weeks, we want to deliver a petition Morrison can’t ignore. Will you sign on? Join the call for a Media Freedom Act now!

Investigate Overdrugging

An electronic petition has been organised calling for an Australian federal government inquiry into the use of psychotropic drugs and those who prescribe them in the aged care sector, mental health system, criminal justice system and disability sectors.

With more than 37 million prescriptions written last year for psychotropic drugs in Australia, 67 psychiatric drug warnings issued by the Australian Government including to warn of the risk of heart problems, increased blood pressure, agitation, suicidal ideation and death, it is long past the time there was a comprehensive investigation into these drugs. CCHR sincerely thanks the person who organised this petition to help prevent the harm these drugs can cause.


1. Click the Read More button to go to the web site

2. Enter EN0964 into the “search” field in the middle of the page on this link above the petitions to locate the correct petition

3. Fill in your name and email address

4. Tick you are not a robot

5. Answer the security question that comes up

6. Once you have signed online, an email will be sent to you and you will need to click in the email to complete the signing. You have 8 hours to do this or the signature is not valid.

Please note: Sometimes it takes a short time for the web-page to come up after you click on the link.

Caution: No one should stop taking any psychiatric drug without the advice and assistance of a competent medical doctor.

Why The Cheese Is Free
Why The Cheese Is Free

In order for the government to give from one person it has to take from another who earned it. This removes incentive to work. And if you think they take from the rich who can afford it, look deeply into the wealth of those at the top of the chain in Communist states.

Unless we change the moral and ethic level of ALL members of society, from bottom to top and top to bottom, we will continue to have greed, corruption, exploitation and poverty no matter what political/economic system is employed.

The Real Issues Behind The Cash Ban
The Real Issues Behind The Cash Ban

The unethical and criminal banking cartel should not have a monopoly on how we transact. It is also a security point. Without cash we do not have a backstop if digital processing fails. Imagine not being able to buy groceries or top up your tank because the system was down. No fun at all!

Please click the Read More button and sign the petition.

Take Us To Your Leader
Take Us To Your Leader

With our present PM I am thinking this is not a bad idea!

I Before E
I Before E

Just in case you were considering a part time job as an English tutor...

New Zealand heads into monetary madness to save banks

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) slashed its interest rate by a drastic 0.5 per cent (50 basis points) earlier this month, to 1 per cent. RBNZ governor Adrian Orr then declared that New Zealand was prepared to follow Japan, Sweden and other countries that have gone below zero into negative interest rates, and is also thinking about quantitative easing and helicopter money—basically the full suite of extreme measures to prop up the financial system. NZ already has the world’s most explicit and extreme “bail-in” system to take deposits to prop up failing banks, called Open Bank Resolution (OBR). They won’t admit it, but this sudden escalation in RBNZ’s actions and rhetoric is a strong indication that NZ’s authorities fear their economy is heading off a cliff.

As the Citizens Electoral Council documented in a 1997 issue of the New Citizen newspaper, New Zealand once enjoyed a diverse, productive economy with a strong manufacturing base that even included car production. Unemployment in the 1960s was not measured in percentages, but in absolute numbers, reaching a maximum of a few hundred people. The global wave of neoliberal vandalism that started with Margaret Thatcher ripped through NZ in the 1980s. Known as “Rogernomics” after Labour Party Finance Minister Roger Douglas, neoliberalism privatised and deregulated NZ’s economy to death, smashing its manufacturing base, but feeding a massive growth in financial services. NZ became a Pacific paradise for Wall Street and London investment banks, such as CS First Boston, which trained up personnel in a new, aggressive financialised economy, who were then exported around the world. A phalanx of Kiwi bankers took key positions in Australian and London banks, including Australia’s CBA and the UK’s RBS. RBNZ acquired a reputation as a strict enforcer of monetarist policies, fiercely “independent” of government control. The result of three decades of this approach? An economy concentrated in a few agricultural commodities such as dairy production, a massive property bubble in the major cities, and financial services.

Joe Wilkes is a British real estate and banking expert who lived through the panic of the global financial crisis in London, and moved to New Zealand a few years later with his Kiwi wife to raise their family. What Wilkes discovered in Auckland was exactly what he had experienced in London that had caused its real estate and financial crisis. For more than a year Wilkes has been a regular on Australia-based banking expert Martin North’s Digital Finance Analytics YouTube show, warning about the signs of impending disaster in New Zealand’s economy. Very similar to Australia, NZ’s major banks, which are owned by Australia’s, have recklessly lent seven, eight and more times income for mortgages in the major cities. In an 18 August DFA episode titled “Shock and Orr”, Wilkes reported that real estate sales volumes in the three major cities of Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland have fallen sharply in the last year, and the falls have been accelerating. Commenting on Adrian Orr’s panicked rate cut, Wilkes said he would have described it as “someone crapped the bed”.

While Adrian Orr wouldn’t admit RBNZ’s true motives, he is remarkably open about what the central bank is prepared to do, especially in comparison with the Reserve Bank of Australia and US Federal Reserve. Perhaps Orr is hoping to normalise the extreme measures under consideration, but they are far from normal. They include:

Negative interest rates. Orr emphasised in a 12 August interview with business reporter Bernard Hickey of online news service Newsroom that in countries with negative interest rates, like Sweden and Japan, “life continues, and monetary policy remains effective”. By effective, he means that it forces people to change the way they use their money: “[I]t makes people either bring spending forward or delay spending…. It also makes people think much harder about alternative investments.” Why it should be the central bank’s job to force people to change their behaviour like this, he doesn’t say—it’s a given.

Orr “belled the cat” on negative interest rates by noting that to make them work, you need to stop people from using cash. This connection between cash restrictions and negative interest rates is one that Australian authorities are trying to deny as they push ahead with a law to ban cash transactions over $10,000. They are lying. Orr suggested a way to “remove the arbitrage between negative interest rates and holding cash” (meaning how negative interest rates are an incentive for people to take their money out of the bank): “Let’s tax cash holdings, simple as that: we’re back to monetary policy as usual; people are disincentivised to be holding large lumps of physical cash; they are having to think harder about putting money to work.” He cited former IMF chief economist Kenneth Rogoff, who advocates removing large-denomination notes and other restrictions on using cash, to make negative interest rates work. RBNZ is conducting an inquiry into The Future of Cash, which is taking submissions until 31 August.

Quantitative easing (QE). Orr was reportedly more cautious about the electronic money-printing to buy government bonds that is known as QE, partly on the basis that there is a limited supply of NZ government bonds in circulation. This means that Orr believes the money-printing would need to be done on a massive scale to work. He expressed admiration for the way the Hong Kong Monetary Authority didn’t buy government bonds during the 2008 GFC, but printed money to buy private assets directly—no doubt fuelling the sky-high property prices that afflict Hong Kong today.

Mortgage-backed securities. In the context of discussing QE, Orr revealed the RBNZ was looking into establishing a permanent market for mortgage-backed securities. This is a dead giveaway that RBNZ’s real concern is for the property bubble. RBNZ’s intention is to be able to create money to buy up mortgage-backed securities from the banks, in order to shore up the bubble: “We’ve said, ’well, let’s make sure that this market exists and it’s a normal part of our market’. And so, those different types of instruments that we can purchase to put cash out is great. So, you know, there’s mortgage-backed; there’s the government bonds; there’s a lot of different types of things if you need to be creative.”

Helicopter money. This idea was first put forward by the late monetarist economist Milton Friedman, proving that the supposed differences between monetarists and Keynesians is purely superficial. Friedman suggested cash could be dropped from a helicopter so people could pick it up and spend it to stimulate the economy. Orr endorsed the policy: “So being able to do the helicopter kind of money concept would just simply be around being able to inject cash into the system whichever way we chose to use a ’helicopter’ … there’s nothing mystical or magical about it, it’s just a different instrument.”

The extreme measures that RBNZ is planning bespeak an economy in crisis. They also demonstrate the NZ authorities’ preparedness to ride roughshod over the civil liberties of New Zealanders, in order to force them to conform to the emergency measures to save their banks. This is part of a broader assault on civil liberties in NZ, in the wake of the Christchurch massacre in March, especially in regard to censorship targeting the online dissemination of information. This has even affected the New Zealand shows on the DFA channel on YouTube, even though it is purely an economics discussion, and in no way related to radicalised content. But economic breakdown leads to a loss of political control, which is always the reason that authorities resort to extreme, totalitarian measures. As NZ is such a small country, these developments are hard to disguise, so outsiders should pay attention to what is happening there, because it is certain the same thinking is under way in other countries, especially in NZ’s close cousin across the ditch, Australia.

Click the read more button to sign and share the petition, “Stop Scott Morrison from banning cash to trap Australians in banks!”.


Until next time,
dream big dreams,
plan out how to achieve them,
be continually executing your plans,
enlist people to your causes,
travel and/or read widely, preferably both,
all the while observing what you observe
rather than thinking what you are told to think,
think well of your fellow man,
take time to help your fellow man,
he sorely needs it and it will help you too,
eat food that is good for your body,
exercise your body,
take time to destress,
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!



Most of the content herein has been copied from someone else. Especially the images. My goodness some people are talented at creating aesthetics! The small bits that are of my creation are Copyright 2014-2019 © by Tom Grimshaw - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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