Tuesday 28 February 2012
Robert Green Case
For the latest news on this fight for human rights see:
and try to attend the High Court, The Strand, London on March 2nd, for the Robert Green Case.
The same case is set within the civil liberties scene:
WARNING: This is highly disturbing material on the evaporation of human rights and civil liberties in the
. One can walk away and forget it. Or take action. United Kingdom
Sunday 26 February 2012
The Citizens’ Advice Bureaus nationally are raising the question – how do you access your cash if you have no bank account? The Survey, conducted on the internet, asks “How do you access cash?” - if you don’t have a bank, building society or post office card account?
“The information you provide will help us to work to ensure everyone can access their own money quickly, easily and cheaply.”
Now that that the Post Office is summarily closing its Easy Access Savings Account facility, the only readily available access to cash, i.e., to notes and coins of the realm, may be through a single banker’s card. This could have profound implications for constitutional rights. Is the cashless carbon currency economy only just around the corner?
Tuesday 21 February 2012
Judge Napolitano is one of the most articulate and powerful anti-establishment speakers in the
. An overt supporter of Ron Paul, he has been dismissed from Fox Business following this speech, which he gave on air. USA
This second speech ends with the statement that “When the people fear the government, you have tyranny: when the government fears the people you have freedom.”
For solid constitutional facts see Share the Inheritance by David Abbott and Catherine Glass, and the work of Clifford Hugh Douglas on http://www.douglassocialcredit.com/.
Friday 10 February 2012
The Grey Gentlemen (2)
Today we work for, and consume through, a financial system from which real money has been eliminated. Nobody has any time any more, because nobody has any money. All money comes from officially recorded sources. Wages and salaries come from an officially registered employer, while pensions and benefits are paid into registered accounts. Sums of ‘money’ which appear to be registered in cash terms – a pound, euro or dollar – can be paid into savings accounts, and the results withdrawn through a bank. But it is becoming exceptionally difficult for a citizen - as a citizen, not as an employee or ‘owner’ of an officially registered organization – to acquire money from trading or casual work, and to pay that money into a bank account or building society as cash.
As citizens, we no longer control money/legal tender/that which must by law be accepted in settlement of debt. Of course, we can still go to a hole-in-the-wall and take out cash. But where else can cash be obtained? A quibble? The NS&I has just announced out of the blue that it is closing the Easy Access Savings Account on 27 July 2012. In answer to the question, “What if I still want to use an account at a branch or with a cash card?” with the bald statement: “We’re sorry, but from 27 July 2012 NS&I will no longer have any savings accounts that you can use at Post Office branches or with a cash card, so you may want to consider …”
What the options boil down to is that ‘money’ can ONLY be paid in to an account from which you can draw CASH, if it comes from an official source, i.e., some other bank account. It is being made increasingly difficult to put in or take out cash. Our ‘money’ is reduced to blips on computer screens. Yes, we can manoeuver those blips. But only according to the rules of a pre-determined game. We are selling our TIME, our land, our heritage, to the ‘Grey Gentlemen’, to the Machine, to Big Brother. How long before it becomes impossible to accept cash for garden produce, second-hand items, a little cleaning, baby-minding or gardening? Who is making the rules?
Stories like Michael Ende’s Momo (also translated as The Grey Gentlement) may lead us out of the spellbinding maze of the present social order, if enough of us read them, and share them with others.
Thursday 9 February 2012
The Grey Gentlemen (1)
"What we would like to do is change the world - make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended for them to do..." (Dorothy Day)
The story of The Grey Gentlemen by Michael Ende is the story of Momo, the mysterious child who mysteriously puts things right when the rest of the world has sold itself to Satan. Written in German in 1973, it has been translated into several languages, reprinted several times, and made into a film. The following review was published in 2001:
Reviewed by Sarah Meador in Rambles, 2001
Michael Ende's The Neverending Story is rightly famous as work of fantastic literature. Unfortunately, his other work is almost forgotten. In the case of Momo, there may be a reason. It's easy and popular to give lip service to the idea of imagination, after all, but who wants to be against efficiency?
Like Ende's more famous work, Momo creates myth out of a modern concerns: the duties of life are multiplying, and everyone's trying to find ways to save their precious time. The grey men of the Time Bank offer their customers just that -- a chance to save time, even accrue interest on it. It's easy enough to cut out all the unnecessary diversions of the day, for what purpose do time-consuming distractions like friends, long meals, entertainment or children truly serve? Thrifty timesavers are promised a return of several lifetimes over if they can just be practical for a few years, and none of the converted timesavers realize how their time seems to be disappearing faster the more they save, or how much else in their lives is disappearing with their lost hours.
The only threat to the success of the men in gray is the children, especially a girl named Momo. Time is the only form of wealth children truly have, and they use it too well to try and save it But even the children are soon trapped in the timesaver's world, shuttled into "child depots" where they learn to be effective, timesaving citizens. Only Momo is left free. She has help, from a strange entity and a tortoise, and she has her own special power: that of listening. With only these slim aids, she must save the world, and she has only one hour to do it.
Ende showed his skill at world building in The Neverending Story, and Momo's world is no less rich and fantastic. But the town Momo lives in is like our own, or one we used to know. Its citizens are like family, and even the most fantastic locations may after all be just around the one corner we never thought to explore. The conventions of the timesaver movement are daily realities, from the rush-through diners to the child depots so familiar to anyone ever caught by the school "efficiency" movement. Momo herself lives very squarely in the old suspended world of childhood, where the important things are clearly defined but reality easily reshaped.
The most impressive aspect of Momo's story is how hard it is not believe in. Anyone who has complained about the pace of modern life will find it hard to laugh off the idea of the men in grey, and may soon be slowing down on purpose to frustrate their cold plans. This is only natural. Momo's gift, after all, is to help people take back their time.
In our world today, it is blatantly apparent that nobody has any time. Children, their parents, friends, colleagues, grandparents, all are locked into a system which deprives them of their time. It is, amazingly, four decades since Michael Ende foretold the present plight of humanity if warnings and signs of the times were not heeded. We kept right on working for a financial system which took our lives because it was beyond our comprehension, and hence beyond our control. (To be continued … )
Thursday 2 February 2012
Social Interaction More powerful than Rules
Imagine what would happen if you took down road signs and traffic signals. More accidents would surely result, or at least significant confusion and slower traffic. Or would it? The surprising thing is that a number of cities around the world have actually done this, and experienced dramatic declines in traffic accidents.
The idea is based on an urban design philosophy known as “shared space.” When drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are forced to develop their own natural ways of interacting with each other, goes the thinking, they work out better … read more …
Published on On the Commons (http://onthecommons.org/) by David Bollier