Monthly Archives: December 2011

Change

Change [cheynj]

Source: Dictionary.com Unabridged

verb (used with object)

  1. to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one’s name; to change one’s opinion; to change the course of history.
  2. to transform or convert (usually followed by into ): The witch changed the prince into a toad.
  3. to substitute another or others for; exchange  for something else, usually of the same kind: She changed her shoes when she got home from the office.
  4. to give and take reciprocally; interchange: to change places with someone.
  5. to transfer from one (conveyance) to another: You’ll have to change planes in Chicago.
  6. to give or get smaller money in exchange  for: to change a five-dollar bill.
  7. to give or get foreign money in exchange  for: to change dollars into francs.
  8. to remove and replace the covering or coverings of: to change a bed; to change a baby.verb (used without object)

  9. to become different: Overnight the nation’s mood changed.
  10. to become altered or modified: Colors change if they are exposed to the sun.
  11. to become transformed or converted (usually followed by into ): The toad changed into a prince again.
  12. to pass gradually into (usually followed by to  or into ): Summer changed to autumn.
  13. to make a change or an exchange: If you want to sit next to the window, I’ll change with you.
  14. to transfer between trains or other conveyances: We can take the local and change to an express at the next stop.
  15. to change one’s clothes: She changed into jeans.
  16.  (of the moon) to pass from one phase to another.
  17.  (of the voice) to become deeper in tone; come to have a lower register: The boy’s voice began to change when he was thirteen.
  18. the act or fact of changing; fact of being changed.
  19. a transformation or modification; alteration: They noticed the change in his facial expression.
  20. a variation or deviation: a change in the daily routine.
  21. the substitution of one thing for another: We finally made the change to an oil-burning furnace.
  22. variety or novelty: Let’s try a new restaurant for a change.
  23. the passing from one place, state, form, or phase to another: a change of seasons; social change.
  24. Jazz . harmonic progression from one tonality to another; modulation.
  25. the supplanting of one thing by another.
  26. anything that is or may be substituted for another.
  27. a fresh set of clothing.
  28. money given in exchange  for an equivalent of higher denomination.
  29. a balance of money that is returned when the sum tendered in payment is larger than the sum due.
  30. coins of low denomination.
  31. any of the various sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung.
  32. Also, ‘change. British . exchange ( def. 10 ) .
  33. Obsolete . changefulness;  caprice.

Verb phrase

  1. change off,
    1. to take turns with another, as at doing a task.
    2. to alternate between two tasks or between a task and a rest break.

Idioms

  1. change front, Military . to shift a military force in another direction.
  2. change hands. hand ( def. 47 ) .
  3. change one’s mind, to change one’s opinions or intentions.
  4. ring the changes,
    1. to perform all permutations possible in ringing a set of tuned bells, as in a bell tower of a church. T
    2. o vary the manner of performing an action or of discussing a subject; repeat with variations.

 

Origin:
1175–1225;  (v.) Middle English cha ( u ) ngen  < Anglo-French, Old French changer  < Late Latin cambiāre, Latin cambīre  to exchange; (noun) Middle English cha ( u ) nge  < Anglo-French, Old French,  noun derivative of the v.

Synonyms

1.  transmute, transform; vary, mutate; amend, modify. Change, alter  both mean to make a difference in the state or condition of a thing or to substitute another state or condition. To change  is to make a material difference so that the thing is distinctly different from what it was: to change one’s opinion.  To alter  is to make some partial change, as in appearance, but usually to preserve the identity: to alter a dress  ( to change a dress  would mean to put on a different one).

3.  replace, trade.

4.  trade.

7.  convert.

10.  vary, mutate, amend.

18.  transmutation, mutation, conversion, vicissitude.

21.  exchange.

25, 26.  replacement.

Antonyms

10.  remain. 18.  permanence.

change  (tʃeɪndʒ) 

Source: Collins World English Dictionary

— vb  (sometimes foll by to or  into ) (when intr, may be foll by  into or  out of )

  1. to make or become different; alter
  2. ( tr ) to replace with or exchange for another: to change one’s name
  3. to transform or convert or be transformed or converted
  4. to give and receive (something) in return; interchange: to change places with someone
  5. ( tr ) to give or receive (money) in exchange for the equivalent sum in a smaller denomination or different currency
  6. ( tr ) to remove or replace the coverings of: to change a baby
  7. to put on other clothes
  8. ( intr ) (of the moon) to pass from one phase to the following one
  9. to operate (the gear lever of a motor vehicle) in order to alter the gear ratio: to change gear
  10. to alight from (one bus, train, etc) and board another
  11. change face  to rotate the telescope of a surveying instrument through 180° horizontally and vertically, taking a second sighting of the same object in order to reduce error
  12. informal change feet  to put on different shoes, boots, etc
  13. change front
    1. military  to redeploy (a force in the field) so that its main weight of weapons points in another direction
    2. to alter one’s attitude, opinion, etc
  14. change hands  to pass from one owner to another
  15. change one’s mind  to alter one’s decision or opinion
  16. change one’s tune  to alter one’s attitude or tone of speech
    n
  17. the act or fact of changing or being changed
  18. a variation, deviation, or modification
  19. the substitution of one thing for another; exchange
  20. anything that is or may be substituted for something else
  21. variety or novelty (esp in the phrase for a change ): I want to go to France for a change
  22. a different or fresh set, esp of clothes
  23. money given or received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or in a different currency
  24. the balance of money given or received when the amount tendered is larger than the amount due
  25. coins of a small denomination regarded collectively
  26. archaic  ( often capital ) a place where merchants meet to transact business; an exchange
  27. the act of passing from one state or phase to another
  28. the transition from one phase of the moon to the next
  29. the order in which a peal of bells may be rung
  30. sport  short for changeover
  31. slang  desirable or useful information
  32. obsolete  fickleness or caprice
  33. change of heart  a profound change of outlook, opinion, etc
  34. slang get no change out of someone  not to be successful in attempts to exploit or extract information from someone
  35. ring the changes  to vary the manner or performance of an action that is often repeated

[C13: from Old French changier,  from Latin cambīre  to exchange, barter]

Word Origin & History
change

early 13c., from O.Fr. changier, from L.L. cambiare, from L. cambire “to exchange, barter,” of Celtic origin, from PIE base *kamb- “to bend, crook.” The financial sense of “balance returned when something is paid for” is first recorded 1620s. Phrase change of heart is from 1828.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Slang Dictionary

change definition

n.

money. (See also and change.) :  It takes a lot of change to buy a car like that.

Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw Hill.

 Notes:

Dictionaries are so cool; they’re keepers.  Look at the slang definition!

Now, you know what it is, there’s no need to be afraid of it.

ctwfrank

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Understanding what we say.

Several times a day, sometimes more, I’ll read somewhere or hear from someone that “the real estate market is bouncing back” or that “home prices are stabilizing” or some other similarly sounding statement. Interestingly, it’s always accompanied by a burst of emotion that I can only compare to lust. This is, as I understand, what many of us want, I guess it’s supposed to make us feel safe in the face of the change we are experiencing – something that can only be called “self-genocide” (sic) and that “things will return to normal”, where “normal” is that little tiny corner of a closet somewhere in this world where most of us allow ourselves to be kept against our will, fed a diet of bullshit and sugar and given 20 lashes whenever any one of us generates an original thought.

I wonder if any of the people who make statements like this have any idea of what they are actually saying. It’s no different than having someone – anyone – walk up to you and proclaim with excitement and glee: “Hey! Did you hear? Slavery is becoming popular again, it just might make a comeback!” Yes, slavery is what I compared this to.

…What was that?

…Am I a communist?

LOL. Of course I’m not a communist, silly; there’s no such thing, besides, none of the “isms” work, remember?

Why do I write this, you ask?

I write this because it’s simply the truth. Of all of shit that we’ve done to ourselves in the last 12,000 years of “civilization”, the only thing shittier than giving someone a “mortgage” would be to sell them as a slave. Nothing else that we’ve done comes even close to being as unacceptably fucked up than to sell people, against their will, as property. The mortgage, however, is a real contender for the title; it forces someone who may want a home of their own to buy the money required to pay for it at $10.00-$20.00 for every $1.00, (i.e.: Hi! I’ll sell you a dollar for ten dollars) over the average 30 year term. This, of course, is crowned with the “cherry” of letting mortgage-holders speed up time and sell a mortgage, at maturity value, within 24 hours of issuing it. This is one of the things that got us here.

Imaginary omnipotence is incredible, isn’t it?

Think about it, it’s about time we did, wouldn’t you say?

We can do better.

ctwfrank

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A reflection

While reflecting on the events of the last year while I write the math for 2012, I recalled a detail that could also be considered a statistic.  Several different times during 2011 different people from different places in the world and from different backgrounds and in some cases having nothing more in common with each other than the fact that they are human, said this same exact thing to me,  in the same exact way and in the same exact context:

“Between 2002 and 2006, everyone was rich.”

Spooky, isn’t it?

ctwfrank

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The changing world

The world that we have created for ourselves has changed so much and continues to change, at an ever increasing pace.   Well, it’s not really the World that is the Earth, it’s actually the set of rules that we created and that we live by – I guess it’s like a “world” of its own; that’s the world I’m talking about.   Everything is changing so fast and to such extremes, that sometimes it taxes the human ability referred to as adaptability; one of the things that distinguishes us from every other type of life. It only taxes it, however; we still adapt; better and faster than any other living creature that we know of.  The reason we’re so good at it is because adaptability is, in great part, based on forgetting, something that we are also very good at.  It takes a minute or two to think about it, but we adapt quickly and better than any other living thing because we forget so well; the speed at which we forget determines how easily and well we will accept change.  It is a curious thing:  if you sit down and force yourself to remember how it used to be, even a mere ten years ago:  it was another world, wasn’t it? Think about it and remember.  Do you remember what it was like back then?  Do you remember what it was like in the world, before? People had more than they needed; we had no idea what was precious and what wasn’t.  We threw away things that people would kill for now. There are so many things that today are common, well known and part of our daily lives; yet as little as ten years ago the same things would have been considered impossible or inconceivable. How did all of this happen, and so quickly?  Do you want to know?  Let me share something with you.

Look at the preceding paragraph for a moment.  Read it again.  It is true and accurate, isn’t it? There’s no wordplay or linguistic trickery in that paragraph designed to make you believe it.  Everyone, including you and I; who reads it arrives at the same conclusion: that it is a fairly accurate depiction of life today.  I’m going to repeat a segment of the preceding paragraph below; you can locate it in the above if you like and put it in context with the rest of the paragraph, afterwards, look at it again below.

Do you remember what it was like in the world before? People had more than they needed; we had no idea what was precious and what wasn’t.  We threw away things that people would kill for now.

Those sentences are actually lines from a movie script, spoken by the inimitable actor Denzel Washington in his role as Eli in the 2010 movie The Book of Eli.  If you haven’t seen it, then it doesn’t hit you like it does if you had, but it is sill impacting enough. Still, you should see it, it’s probably the closest thing to a true future story that any one of us will ever see.  This scene is exactly 41 minutes and 38 seconds into the movie. Eli is answering a young woman’s question; the same question posed in first paragraph.  Oh yes, one more thing:  the movie is a post-apocalyptic work of science-fiction.  It’s a wonderfully entertaining movie, nonetheless it is science fiction and yet I took lines of dialogue from the script of that movie and put them right in the middle of a paragraph where I am describing today’s reality and it fits, perfectly.

So you see that’s how all of this happened – we’ve actually become a science fiction movie: a science fiction movie.

Does anybody get it yet?  None of this is real, we just believe it is.  We don’t have to go through any of this, we don’t have to believe any of this; we can choose something else to do and believe in; something less painful and destructive.

We must wake up and choose what we want and stop believing that things that we created can choose for us, please.  This is killing us; all of us.

ctwfrank

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An observation as to death

“I fear not death, nor the fact that it will, one day, visit me; but I cannot bear even the thought of not living.”

ctwfrank

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A different kind of math.

I do not now, nor have I ever subscribed to or validated the concept of ethnicity in any way, because the math says it is irrelevant to the human condition.  This is also why I have never written any math that takes ethnicity into account as a legitimate variable; as I have said before:  “There is no them, there’s only us.”

This is now how everyone else thinks, however.  The one only human construct more absurd and utterly evil than the word ethnicity is what was born from it: racism.  That’s all I have to say about that.  In spite of this, ethnicity looks like it might be a factor in the impending, inevitable and imminent change that we must all navigate to the human condition.  This does not change the fact that the word and its mutated offspring are unacceptable, it simply means that I wrote this single and solitary post from the perspective that we gave those words.  If it sounds contradictory to what you just read; it’s not; it’s just a different kind of math but it’s just as true and valid as all the math.  It is the same math that says that even though only about 40 people will undoubtedly understand what follows, (they will all definitely read this post) there’s a possibility than many others will understand it as well.  That would be a good thing, and it’s time for some good things.  Following is the only math I will ever include in the Catalogue of Calculations that is in any way based on ethnicity.  I won’t explain this math, I’ll let you figure it out; it may just be the only atom of value that exists when it comes to ethnicity.

The single biggest honor that as ever been bestowed on me in the whole of my life actually happened several times:  the same honor, bestowed by several different people at different times, who all genuinely treated me, and continue to treat me, as a black man. 

That says it all.

 

ctwfrank

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The Liebster Blog Award

Leibster Blog Award

To have the opportunity to Share the Math with the world was a monumental event for me.  To have people read it was awe inspiring.  For someone to like it exceeds …everything!  This is the coolest thing in the Universe!

As if this weren’t wonderful enough, to have been nominated for this award by a Writer like StrawberryIndigo is an honor.   There are Writers, there are writers and then there’s Strawberryindigo, author of My Life in Color at http://strawberryindigo.wordpress.com.  Something truly amazing happens when you read her work: you can feel her soul; there is no greater joy for one who picks up the quill and paper than to communicate.

I would like to add, on a personal note to StrawberryIndigo:  You achieved what you set out to do; that’s all that’s required.  You are a Writer, kiddo; and how!  Well done!

Keeping in form with the rules of the award, I assume the duties inherent to the title and present to you my five nominees for the Liebster Blog Award:

Maggie’s Photography at http://maggiephotgraphy.wordpress.com/ because simply put, Maggie is breathtakingly spectacular!

The Bucket at http://pagerfriendly.wordpress.com/   because Ash is right; we can never stop playing, lest we grow old.

One Life by jamieonline at http://jamieonline.wordpress.com/ because without perspective, there is no life and Jamie owns perspective!

My Blog at http://n1i2c3o4l5e.wordpress.com/  because it’s important to see what TALENT means.

QUINNSBLOGBLOG at http://quinnsblogblog.wordpress.com/  because life simply isn’t life without “Great heaps of screaming malarkey”.

The math says that these blogs  are proof that we can do better!

ctwfrank

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Six ideas that will never work to fix the global crisis: (this is only a partial list).

  1. Anything containing the words “they”, “them”, “somebody” or “someone”, as in; “They should increase the enforcement of the xxxx law, that will reduce the burden on XXX or “Someone better make sure that they stop printing so much money.”  We shouldn’t forget that it was them who got us into this mess to begin with.
  2. Anything that would use an existing law, social mechanism, or system as part of a solution to anything, as in:  “If they backed off a bit on quantitative easement and balanced it out with a payroll tax credit stimulus, then small businesses would be motivated to hire workers.”  Nothing that we have come up with so far, not one law, social tool, government, political ideology or anything else has ever worked; if any one of them would have worked, we wouldn’t be in this situation, so what good is it to use something that we already know doesn’t work?  We need a new way of thinking to solve the global crisis.
  3. Anything that would allow for people to continue believing that the debt that we suddenly seem to be saddled with and which is slowing strangling us all is real. There is no debt, they are just numbers on a ledger that people believed were real dollars and let the banks use them as real dollars.  According to global authorities, when added together, there is approximately $84 Trillion in debt in the world and $32 Trillion in wealth (money, gold and things that have value) – that isn’t even POSSIBLE.  How can we owe more than what there is. It’s like claiming to be “a little bit pregnant.” it’s just not possible.
  4. Anything that would promote inaction and prevent actual change, as in; “What can anyone do? It’s not like I can make a difference in anything.” Or “We’re just going to have to wait this out and see what happens.”    It would behoove us to remember that if we do not change the direction in which we are all headed as a global civilization, what lies ahead is the utter obliteration of the human condition as we know it.
  5. Anything that deposits our trust and confidence in luck, magic, and especially unbelievable stories, as in; “Things are definitely bad, but eventually, they will figure something out; they always do, and then everything will be back to normal, it always does”.    Not this time.
  6. Anything that promotes the idea that a “good, old-fashioned war” or any action based on violence will provide the incentive and stimulus that we need to improve the global crisis.  I certainly hope that there’s no one left in the work who actually believes THAT.

These are all things that definitely will not work to provide a solution to our global crisis; so what will work?   We simply haven’t come up with that yet, but we CAN.  We can do better.

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…and while we’re on the subject of GOLD

Okay, let’s continue being serious for a moment about GOLD.  The gold phenomenon, as I like to call it, is very closely tied to the events that led to where we are today, which can accurately be described as a cluster fuck, but on a planetary scale.  If we take this disease that is killing the human race (because our idiocy has become a disease) and boil it down to the simplest possible explanation, it would be this:  When we developed trade and commerce and an economy, it was good – very good; we shouldn’t forget that the human race went from being little more than a handful of half-starved nomads always moving and looking for food to having excesses, luxuries, slaves, titles, position and properties in the span of a couple of thousand years.  After 250,000 years of looking for food and water all the time, this was the blink of an eye.  Civilization, as it were, was gourmet fare for the human ego, which ate it up with gusto; the way only we can:  by gorging on what felt good now without giving a second thought as to…well, as to anything.  We just kept heading in the direction of MORE!  Why should anyone think that we could run out of anything – the first 3,000-4,000 years after the Neolithic revolution was phat!  There was plenty for everyone, in fact we wouldn’t come up with the concept of poverty for some time; remember, you have to be free to be poor and you would be surprised at the percentage of the human race that were slaves and for how long.  We acted without thinking, planning or considering the consequences.  Doesn’t that sound familiar?  It was the same 12,000 years ago.  We may have airplanes and computers but we have not curtailed our insatiable appetite for irresponsibility by even a little.  You can count on a human being to fuck something up, and that we did, especially when we picked a metal: gold, to be the raw material for this new thing we called MONEY.  Money was such an incredibly addictive and irresistible goodie that it simply froze our minds.  No one and I mean no one thought about or worried about what we would do when we ran out of gold.  Maybe there was some ignorance involved, but anyone who has ever been in charge of anything since we’ve had money had to have known that people multiplied, quickly, but not gold, in fact every year, it became just a tiny bit more difficult to find new gold.  We didn’t need to pinpoint a specific year, but just knowing that at some point in the future it just wouldn’t work anymore because there would be more people needing to use money than there was gold to be money was enough to act on.  It’s typical of us.  Right now, even at this stage of our descent into who-knows-what, if by some chance a huge asteroid made of pure gold were to pass within range of our rockets and we lassoed that planet-sized nugget of the stuff that dreams are made of, anchored it to the moon, took its measurements, and started to figure out exactly how much hold was on the asteroid, we would get to “more than what we need right now” and just stop counting.  Why bother?  We hit our nut!  We filled up the hole that we made!  We would, and we all know it.  We would have gold orgies and the filthy rich would become indescribably rich and be happy, and the poor and downtrodden would still be poor and downtrodden but happy because they would still have that shitty job that barely paid them enough to live on – the one that they lost at some point between 3 years ago and today.  We would continue to ignore half of all of us – the ones that there was never enough for in the first place and they would continue to starve to death because even though our own stupidity is killing us, we don’t want to change because change requires thinking and actual work and those things make our brains hurt – unless there’s money involved.

So we ignored the math and based our wealth on gold.  Fine, so how did the whole wealth thing work?  How was new money made?  Up until possibly the 1960’s (that’s a guess, but I think a good one) for there to be new money, there had to be new wealth. This requires a quick recap of the history of human wealth.   If you recall, the wealth  of the world and of nations had always been food, which may very well remain as the only real thing of value in human history, and then we came up with the concept of money to use as a medium of exchange because it was simply too cumbersome and tedious to trade in food directly.  We chose gold as the material from which we would make the money that would represent the wealth (food) and be much easier to carry and transact since it is a soft metal and easily formed into coins.  Then we got so used to dealing and transacting gold, that we forgot it only represented wealth and, just as Aristotle warned, we confused it with wealth – but no one said anything, we just took it as a given that gold was the wealth of the world and when food came up in conversation, it would quickly be referred to as a commodity, usually in the futures market – yes, futures, as in; not yesterday or today, but the future, you know that thing that we can not predict but for some strange reason can buy and sell.  This continued and evolved until trade and commerce became so widespread (because we love to fuck and reproduce like rabbits) that a sub-category of money had to be created: currency (including paper money).  The first bank notes appeared sometime in the 16th century of thereabouts, in Scandinavia (That’s an interesting story, remind me to write about it sometime.) and it caught on quickly.  By the 19th century, paper money was in common used and was valued at par with gold because they were redeemable for gold at just about any bank.  During all this time, gold was wealth.  Paper notes were portable representations of gold and therefore notes were only printed based on how much gold there was.  At some point we realized that the amount of gold was finite; that’s when wealth became a privilege and we began to acquire it by using war or theft or fraud, you know good old fashioned proven techniques.  Then, all of a sudden, just like that:  there was no more new gold.  That was it.  All the money there was, was all the money there was, but the human progress train didn’t notice, it kept right on going.  Oh Shit!  What do we do now!  There’s no more gold to make more money!  If people find out, it will be a freaking disaster!  What to do?  What to do?   It didn’t take us very long, we figured:  what the heck, if we’ve screwed the pooch, then let’s screw it properly!  Nobody said anything, not a word, then, suddenly (and I mean suddenly) in August of 1972, the President of the United States of America went on the air (TV and radio) early in the morning, before the markets opened and rattled off a list of “executive decisions” which included:  “a 90 day freeze on prices and wages, an immediate 10% import surtax and the severing of the link between the dollar and gold (meaning that one could no longer want into a Federal Reserve bank with a $20 and walk out with however much gold that got them).  It got a little attention at the time, it’s getting A LOT of attention now.  That single act literally killed the concept that we know as money.  The price of gold was fixed in dollars and the US dollar is the reserve currency of the world (gold being the official currency).   Here’s the part that we MUST understand if we are to survive this.  The link between the dollar and gold was cut, not because of any of the reasons given (which don’t matter); it was cut because WE RAN OUT OF GOLD and someone at some point realized that there were more bank notes floating around that there was gold, not much, but just enough to blow the whole thing to kingdom come if anyone found out.  They didn’t have to do it, they chose to do it because the alternative was to do what we’re going to have to do shortly:  build a new economic infrastructure.  They figures, what the heck?  Nobody knew what was going on, it would take YEARS before the decision would begin to stink as it does today, so they cut the link between gold and the dollar and the wealth that was gold stopped at however much there still is.  That did not stop us from propagating our species however and developing technology and adding more people every year to that exclusive club made up of people addicted to excess and other people’s envy.  We continued forward and our economy GREW.  (Screeching record sound)  Wait a minute; didn’t I just say that we had run out of gold?  How could our economy grow if there was no new gold?  No new gold, no new money, remember?  But there was new money.  Crisp and freshly printed dollars were pouring out of the US mint and currencies all over the world continued to be incrementally printed and introduced into circulation.  But how could anyone get away with this?  It was easy, we printed money based on new gold that was BORROWED (it also didn’t exist, because there was no actual gold to borrow, that was just how they did the math).  This fictitious quantity of borrowed gold didn’t exist; therefore the convertibility of paper currency to gold HAD to be cut – because there wasn’t enough gold, get it?  This new “way” of printing money based on the assumption that if there were gold that could be borrowed, we would, but there isn’t, but we would if there were, so we’ll act as if we did and print money based on the value of this new DEBT.  And there is was, that’s how the DEBT was born.  We owe nobody approximately 52 trillion dollars worth of  “borrowed” gold, which never existed but was used to print currency that was spent as legal tender.  It was made possible because our banks created this money by issuing, buying and selling LOANS.  In some part of our non-functioning brains, it could be said that these loans were what created the “borrowed gold”.  At first, loans were made by banks with our deposits; yes, the loan that you had for your car or for anything, 25 to 30 years ago was actually other people’s money, deposited at the bank that gave us the loan.  They had permission to do this and, after all, we weren’t using the money, we deposited it, remember?  Very quickly however, the banks didn’t need our money, the money that they created by lending out our money and charging interest on it was re-deposited by the banks, and by the 1980’s, they didn’t need our deposits.  They were making new money left and right, lending out larger and larger portions of this gold that doesn’t exist to themselves and then transacting money on that DEBT.  Our governments told us, “don’t worry about it, we’re good for it, trust us.” Maybe this is why it’s called fiat currency, because fiat means “authority” in the dictionary (sic), but authority is the basis for credibility and credibility is the foundation of trust. You see, the root morpheme fiat also forms part of two words that came from Latin and are used by romance languages:  confiar; which is Spanish for TRUST and fiar: which is also Spanish for TO EXTEND CREDIT TO, TO LEND.  Wow, is all of this a coincidence? I don’t think so.  Am I a conspiracy theorist?; hardly.  This is simply what we did.  When we ran out of gold and we borrowed the gold that we would need if the gold actually existed, but it didn’t, so the only way to get away with it was to treat the DEBT as real.  This would make the “borrowed gold” real, as it were.  And they did, and we bought it and theydid it more and we bent over and took it all.  

This “debt” that took Greece and Italy from our world (because they are no more) is not real, but it is killing us and it might just succeed.  Now if you’re thinking, if it’s not real, then it can’t kill us, then you get detention and here’s why.  It’s like WATER.

WATER?  Yes, water.  We need water in order to survive.  Without water, we die, quickly, of dehydration, this is a commonly known fact and the visual image that comes to mind is of a person in a hot and arid place like a desert, dropping dead from the thirst.  Scratch that image for a moment and replace it with this one:  You are in a life raft, floating in the ocean, lost and adrift.  You are the sole survivor of a shipwreck and you’ve been out at sea for two days now, in the raft, in the sun with no provisions left.  You start to get thirsty, very thirsty.  You become delirious and suddenly you realize Wait a minute!  I’m floating in an ocean of WATER!  You laugh and you drink and drink and drink and 8 to 10 hours later, your kidneys shut down and you die, of what is essentially DEHYDRATION, because it’s not really WATER, it’s SALT WATER.  Oh, they’re both wet, but the salt water is poison and will kill you.   The DEBT is our salt water.  We ran out of fresh water and just began drinking that salty debt water up in our delirium for more.  If you can imagine some math to convert salt water to debt and establish a parallel between the time it takes salt water to kill a person and the time it will take the debt to kill what’s left of the human race, you could say that we’re in the 6th hour of the last 8 hours of our life as we know it.  If we keep drinking the salt water for 2 more hours, we DIE, but if we stop drinking the fucking salt water we will have landed on a sandy beach with a beautiful fresh water spring nearby and we will LIVE.

I want to LIVE and I think that you do too.  Please, stop drinking the salt water, it’s NOT REAL WATER.  If we stop feeding this nightmare called the debt and stop believing that it’s real, then we can just throw away the civilization that we broke and BUILD ANOTHER ONE.  After all, whose planet is this, ours or the debts?

We can do better.

ctwfrank

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