I differentiate between honest and dishonest paths to wealth.
You have people who have gotten rich by providing a product/service that other people want - and who have not made attempts to squelch any competition.
And then you have people who have gotten rich by barring access to competitors by passing onerous laws or regulations to prevent others from participating. This happens on a large and small scale.
And then there's mega theft that boggles the mind.
I have not read it yet, but the book "Confessions of An Economic Hitman" details how powerful corporations gain money and power at the expense of others.
A rich country lends money to a poor country that is struggling economically, but has vast natural resources. The rich country already knows in advance the poor country won't be able to pay the loan on time. "No problem", says the rich country. Just give us unlimited access to your natural resources.
In short order, big corporations from the rich country are making out like bandits. They throw some money at the poor country's leadership, but the citizens remain poor as the income from their natural resources passes them by.
Most of this is invisible to the citizens of both countries.
And let's not forget the military industrial complex, who uses politicians to push endless wars so contractors can keep making their billions.
The reactions to President Trump's recent decision to withdraw US combat forces from Syria comes to mind.
And right on time North Korea threatens us with a missile strike with it being reported by the MSM (main stream media) as a “Christmas surprise”. It’s getting obvious who’s who, and what’s what. Anything and everything to destroy Trump who represents us the people waking up to the corruption. Saber rattling, but not a coincidence.
Always fight for what is right with all your might.
When you lose hope pray to the Lord for strength
Thanks for the ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, ET version poetic post, Patrick. It’s my favorite poem.
Merry Christmas, God bless you and you family.
Trump said he was leaving enough soldiers behind to prevent Syrian oil resources from being developed by the Syrian government.
Instead, Syrian oil will be in the hands of whoever the US appoints.
@ Lorri, It's depressing and sad to see the game we all play, we have been at it for thousands of years.
It will be interesting to witness how we change the pyramid top to bottom.
I don't think we all play it nearly as much as the people at the top. They are so secretive that it's hard to decipher that the world is run by a web of thieves.
I like money because the more I have, the more I can give
I like your thinking Alex. Giving yourself things with money is also good. It's why we call products & provisions "goods", isn't it? Purpose, profit, satisfaction and opportunity arise from giving good service, good products and doing a job well.
So if i take what's said about wealth it seems likely some people agree to be wealthy to teach as well as learn lessons . As a side note I agree that Alex I'd probably share money if I was one of those people.
Can't remember who said it, but I like the quote " Think you are free on this Planet. Try going somewhere without any Cash ".. ...
In a market economy, we try to do the most with the least. Un-needed resources (including human capital) are released for better use.
No one complaints about a big screen tv priced at $600, even though such pricing is only possible by eliminating layers of middle-men and moving production to a third-world country. Then the laid-off workers turn around and complaint about un-employment and unfair distribution of wealth.
There are two solutions, either:
(a) Keep all the un-needed workers and sell the big screen tv for $3,000; or
(b) The surplus workers find another job.
Option (a) will reduce wealth inequality, but the economy, as a whole, will be worse off. Option (b) is very difficult, because many people are un-qualified for the 'new opportunities'.
Income inequality, for the most part, means there are not enough qualified for some jobs, and hence the few qualified can reap a very high reward. This is the result of our poor education system, rather than a inequitable social policy to oppress the poor by the rich.
I just read a few days ago that the downward pricing on big screen TVs is a ploy. They sell you the TV at a low price, because they are making the big money on services for the TV.
Thank you, Patrick for posting the ET "Twas the Night Before Christmas--so creative and thought-provoking!
I believe that as the ascension process continues and feelings of fear and separation melt away, so to will the power struggles and inequities that cause much suffering. We will eventually return to our natural order of community and will function in perfect order much like bees in a hive.
On a different note, I'm not knowledgeable about numerology, but I can't help but wonder what is the significance of the year 2020? The first thing that comes to my mind is that 2020 stands for perfect vision...any insight would be appreciated!
Excellent “in-sight” and The Committee says “...indeed this coming year WILL provide a clear, focused look not as easily or readily observed until now, FOR OBSERVERS WILLING.
Eyes and minds may still be closed -it is an option to close off, deny, ignore or look away from what stands before you- even as mouths and brains associated with those eyes and mind continue to issue forth.
We recommend you look and decide for yourself. Allow others to offer their reaction to what they observe BUT never accept that you are told what you should see. Your reaction and interpretations are always more valuable to you than anything you read or hear, be it one opinion or many.”
@Patrick lately I've been watching YouTube videos of a politician trey Gowdy wow he makes most politicians look bad or corrupt by comparison. I think he left because of all the bs in Washington. America needs more like him and also women too from both sides of the aisle. Unlike that deceased man from Arizona who shall remain nameless lest some of us get triggered 😏. Seriously though happy holidays everyone
@ Scott: Watching politics? A brave, tough person you are. What America and the world need are not more politicians of a different stripe, in place of the stripes already there. Nope, we need less politicians overall, and much less government.
@Patrick 😁 I'm certainly not binge watching politics by any stretch I just noticed this guy one day and he seems like a no nonsense or bs kind of guy . Not to bash Democrats or women in general, but that aoc woman seems kinda dumb but maybe that's just on the surface. Again to the ladies on here please be gentle I'm really trying not to make enemies 🤐
We call her "Alexandria Occasional-Cortex".
It's not wrong to say you think an individual woman is dumb, as long as you don't say all women are dumb. I say certain men are dumb all the time. ;)
@Patrick rofl duly noted Patrick but that's why I included the part it seems on the surface she might be dumb but in fairness doing the work does she can't really be like that. Lastly I wouldn't call a woman dumb unless I had something for self defense. 😬
Thank you dear Committee--I'm looking forward to what will be revealed and will strive to keep an open mind and a closed mouth!
Student fabricates new plastic using paper, rice,etc, no petroleum,
new plastic Patrick talked about.
I'm searching for the post now will write back later.
The “new” plastic is already made, but not in large quantities I don’t believe. Any grain or food fermented & distilled can be used. The ethanol is turned into ethylene, the base material for most, if not all plastics.
Did not find the post, oh well, It's not in production, must be too costly to make, much easier to pollute.
Off topic for this and to your previous funding post. Have you considered Patreon https://www.patreon.com/
I wondered the same thing and was going to suggest it.
There are people creating content all over the Internet and making a living through Patreon and similar set ups. It's easier than selling books or using ad revenue. It makes you truly independent.
One YouTube creator recently starting using something similar to Patreon because he felt it gave him more freedom to say what he wanted. I'm not sure what happened with Patreon, but he felt safer elsewhere.
I think it's the best way forward for Patrick if he wants to generate some form of fiscal cover for domain and hosting. Even if it's just a dollar a month multiplied by all of us. I think would cover his costs at least.
And yes I have heard some complain about Patreon, but honestly it's a minority. And until Patrick gets more established, it saves him having to try to sell books or using ad revenue.
Evidently, Patreon has some issues with type of content.
According to this list of competitors, it seems like Liberapay would be the best alternative.
Patrick can research Patreon alternatives. Some alternatives don't offer recurring donations, which is what Patrick and most content creators need. Some charge higher fees.
Patrick, check out Liberapay and do further research.
There are some channelers who utilize the format of offering free public postings to gain exposure, as well as private paid membership access to live streams, archives, classes, etc.
Could the Committee give more details about the last question which says ‘actively operate to teach a perspective of lack versus abundance’, please? Are they referring to things like advertising, celebrity news, stories about wealthy individuals and large corporates, news economic data going up or down? What are the more subtle forces upon us here?
How are we generally affected by perceptions and perspectives of lack, and how do we usually respond? Is it about our choices to work harder or less, to consume less or more, or could it extend to how we see ourselves, our major choices in life and identity?
What kind choices do we have to break this cycle of perceived lacking? Is it as simple as for example being grateful for what we have, complaining less, reducing any sense of entitlement, stopping demanding enforced equality and being more confident about the future?
Says The Committee:
"Paragraph 1: This first paragraph answers the question it asks.
P. 2: The way humans are affected is: to demand what is wanted outright OR when that doesn't work, to gather around a community organizer to lobby, pressure & press others for them.
P. 3: Knowledge of history and appreciation of what humans already have and how things were achieved. Your suggestions are good and effectively answer the question, also, as in the first paragraph."