Reading 1 Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19
The Lord has consumed without pity
all the dwellings of Jacob;
He has torn down in his anger
the fortresses of daughter Judah;
He has brought to the ground in dishonor
her king and her princes.
On the ground in silence sit
the old men of daughter Zion;
They strew dust on their heads
and gird themselves with sackcloth;
The maidens of Jerusalem
bow their heads to the ground.
Worn out from weeping are my eyes,
within me all is in ferment;
My gall is poured out on the ground
because of the downfall of the daughter of my people,
As child and infant faint away
in the open spaces of the town.
In vain they ask their mothers,
“Where is the grain?”
As they faint away like the wounded
in the streets of the city,
And breathe their last
in their mothers’ arms.
To what can I liken or compare you,
O daughter Jerusalem?
What example can I show you for your comfort,
virgin daughter Zion?
For great as the sea is your downfall;
who can heal you?
Your prophets had for you
false and specious visions;
They did not lay bare your guilt,
to avert your fate;
They beheld for you in vision
false and misleading portents.
Cry out to the Lord;
moan, O daughter Zion!
Let your tears flow like a torrent
day and night;
Let there be no respite for you,
no repose for your eyes.
Rise up, shrill in the night,
at the beginning of every watch;
Pour out your heart like water
in the presence of the Lord;
Lift up your hands to him
for the lives of your little ones
Who faint from hunger
at the corner of every street.
But I found this part of the passage particularly interesting:
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
but the children of the Kingdom
will be driven out into the outer darkness,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
And Jesus said to the centurion,
“You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.”
And at that very hour his servant was healed.
Actually, the reason I find that passage interesting is that, for me anyway, it foretold the next stage of the game, so to speak... It's certainly aligned with my conception that Spiritual Elites failed the REAL test themselves, failing to walk alongside their progeny and help their progeny avoid unnecessary pain and suffering at the hands of the Negative One and his minions...
You mean like a handful of institutions controlling 80-90% of ~$1 Quadrillion in ZERO SUM derivatives and abusing asymmetric leverage (e.g. QE Flow to the Primary Dealers / Market Makers /Bullion Banks) and knowledge of positions (they know theirs and collectively know about all, NO ONE else comes close)...
Means, motive (zero sum, ya know) and opportunity (since the SEC/FED/DOJ enforcement of the fraud have been paid for out of the essentially if not inherently fraudulent accumulated and derived phantom debt claims that have effectively exploited and enslaved ALL peoples and nations, including our own)...
Don't need to... Happy to let them bring judgment upon themselves while helping EVERYONE else to understand the systemic theft and systemic distortion created by the PRIVATE "money" creation public inflation control fraud and what they need to do to protect themselves.
Truly good men show Mercy to those who cannot win... Afford them the time and space to provide COMPLETE GLOBAL RESTITUTION and then ask for forgiveness... In short, A Few Good Men and Women and good people truly of faith CHOOSE to educate, empower and enable rather than to effectively exploit and enslave, to enlist and engage, rather than endeavor to eliminate...
Besides, ONE needs to give space to the SEC, FED and DOJ to do their job and serve the citizens of this Nation. That's the only way to start down the path of rebuilding TRUST in society again...
Parlo un po Italian. Ho studato a Roma... And I can still recite some Latin from high school (Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris. Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit litora...). But, really, I try to be a universal translator of sorts (using knowledge/logic and empathy to understand how to best reach those not of my kind).
I suppose I'm pretty well versed in "geometry" as well Cash. And I certainly appreciate symmetry, even (actually especially) perfectly imperfect asymmetry... ;-)
But, you're the expert on the kind used to by those painting the tape in the market. Maybe you could/should get credit for UpperDeck (LowerDeck).... After all, that's your trademark, no?
I suppose I thought of it as perfect asymmetry most of my life, but perfectly imperfect asymmetry is even more apt as it allows room to grow on the outside in addition to the infinite room within (hat tip to Feynman for inspiration...).
See, you can, should and will get credit for your understanding of "geometry" as you operate FOR OTHERS without obfuscating the message...
When you treat others decently and with respect, earning their trust, you can extend your reach beyond your grasp... Influence is ultimately more powerful than "control"... Influence develops from TRUE leadership, visibly, clearly and demonstrably helping others... ;-)
Great stuff... Though in all honesty I respectfully disagree with the message that Spirit and Flesh are opposed to one another... Jesus (and Pope Francis by the way) message is that of Mercy for both the poor and poor in Spirit... In reality, everything is connected by the Spirit of Selfless Love, from which everything proceeds/flows...
Reading 2 Gal 5:1, 13-18
Brothers and sisters:
For freedom Christ set us free;
so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters.
But do not use this freedom
as an opportunity for the flesh;
rather, serve one another through love.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement,
namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
But if you go on biting and devouring one another,
beware that you are not consumed by one another.
I say, then: live by the Spirit
and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh has desires against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh;
these are opposed to each other,
so that you may not do what you want.
But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Our understanding of work will change profoundly over the next decade... For millennia, it took almost all human labor capacity to secure the food needed to survive... With the advent of farming/agricultural society (and irrigation...)... Industrial Revolution substituted machines for people and we produced more with fewer. We have fewer than 15MM manufacturing jobs in the US (and, if we'd simply find the courage to invest in OURSELVES rather than playing the Banksters game of forced interdependence and imbalance, could probably produce everything we need here in the US, adding millions of manufacturing jobs and pulling people off government welfare roles)... The intellectual elite were all for outsourcing/offshoring to save a couple of bucks on manufactured products (even as direct labor rarely was a dominant component of TCO and ironically due to chitty cost accounting systems and business strategy, we offshored high volume and more profitable SKUs, creating a vicious circle)... But, now the bell tolls for them. For WS. For the Banksters. Algos can replace them cheaply and global "knowledge workers" have an even bigger wage spread (besides, they are the most expensive "labor" to arbitrage away...). Much as they deserve to get a good solid beat down, no one wins from that. The right answer is to fix the system and eliminate the "skewed incentives" (fraud/theft/privatized gains and socialized losses) that drives the system "performance"...
Back to where I started. The truth is that we don't need nearly as many people as we have on the planet to produce everything we need and most everything we want... The intellectual and financial elite used that against the masses (and in hyperdrive since the 70's). Soon, it will be perfectly clear that the greatest glut is that of essentially if not inherently fraudulent accumulated and derived phantom debt claims used to effectively exploit and enslave humanity... I pray they choose wisely for their sake.
Again, I encourage everyone to start taking delivery of COMEX and other "paper" gold... Much better to know now if the build in registered gold which has brought down the "owners per ounce" is pure gold or pure fraud (tungsten...) than later... There's always a path, but if the fractional gold Banksters are cornered, people need to accelerate conversion to productive domestic assets... The "wealth" will be in a global race to "get to work"...
Time to call the bluff on systemic collapse. The US is prepared and the rest of the world has been preparing as well. Time to end the monetary control frauds once and for all... To help each and every nation establish a Sovereign money system in local currency terms backed by gold where the people capture the seigniorage to fund that which is necessary for social stability and to protect the wealth of the nation (e.g. Defense). No more global skimming. No more taxation without representation. No more Protection Racket. No more systemic theft that creates EPIC malinvestment and societal deadweight loss. Those who continue trying to steal time and life from others will end up losing theirs instead... Their TRUE life.
JPM quants out with positioning analysis... Seem to have some creative and selective reporting of positions (cash -- without defining whether it is "cash" or unsecured "deposits" into financial corporations whose positions weren't disclosed, probably because they don't want to open the kimono on the TRUE state of the financial sector given the $1 Quadrillion ish in ZERO SUM derivatives that have been abused to steal from everyone, equities and bonds) suggesting not much downside (because it's crucial for the monetary and financial control fraud operators to maintain CONfidence in their essentially if not inherently fraudulent system of global theft)...
Let's pull the plug and see what happens...
Today's first reading is rather hard hitting and to the point... Everyone will judge him/her self this time, so choose wisely in every way every day... Those who do so will not only survive but thrive into the future... For those of you who only worship money, understand that money itself only acquires REAL value in circulation... There effectively infinite gold in the Ocean, yet the gold there has no value. Unless and until it is used to serve people, it is worthless... Same goes for all infrastructure and institutions of man...