Signs Of Hope For The Middle East.

Posted on February 5, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Take hope from the heart of man, and you have left a beast of prey.”

– Marie Louise de la Ramee (1838-1908)

365-1Being a big supporter and admirer of Bill Still, it is always a good thing to catch up on his latest reports. After watching some of his recent reports on YouTube let me suggest to readers that they visit his YT channel and offer him as much encouragement as you can. Bill seems like he is suffering some from burnout and it seems he could use some healthy cheering up. While there you can learn a lot from almost every report he’s made, as it is clear that Bill only reports on events and situations that are relevant.

Let me take a few moments to convey my respect for Mr. Still. He is probably most well-known as a documentary filmmaker on the issue of monetary reform. His first widely viewed film was “The Money Masters”, followed by “The Secret of Oz”, and now “Jekyll Island”. He has worked for years to make people aware of the problems associated with the current debt-based money system, the positive results which would come from placing the power of money creation back in the hands of the people, as well as ending the fractional reserve system and replacing that with a 100% reserve requirement for banks.

He ran for president as a libertarian in 2012.

Perhaps this writer is short on people-judgment skills, but Bill Still is one reporter who has developed an ability to insert common sense into virtually every article and post he writes or produces.  Using a baseball batter as an analogy, Mr. Still has one of the highest batting averages regarding sensible information presentation of all reporters of the issues he delves into. So, stop by Bill’s YT channel and cheer him up some. He will surely appreciate it and he responds to comments there.

Catching up on his latest posts there was one of Nigel Farage in the European parliament, one catching up with public banking advocate Ellen Brown and her coming run for Treasurer in California, two on Edward Snowden’s recent interview in Germany, and this one about Iranian President Rouhani. Nigel Farage spoke to the EU Parliament about upcoming elections and the possibility of a dissolution of the EU due to failed policies of concentrated power. Ellen Brown talked about an upcoming campaign event at UCLA’s Pauley Pavillion, where she will be on the speakers list along with Marianne Williamson, who is running for the Congressional seat held now by Henry Waxman, who will be retiring after 40 years in Congress.

There isn’t much to convey about the Snowden interview, because the video stopped at 3 minutes in, a technical glitch that is understandable in these times. During the 3 minutes Snowden said that he acted completely on his own and has no contacts with governments outside the USA. Snowden also pointed out that he would not be able to defend himself in a courtroom with a jury if he returned to America, so he sees no chance to return for a trial.

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Ellen Brown’s contact with Bill Still looked like a welcome meeting for Bill, as he and Ms. Brown are in the same monetary field of study/research, and colleagues in a growing effort to increase the awareness and advocacy of monetary reforms. Ellen mentioned that very few men and women are even aware of the concept of public banking, so her continuing efforts to raise awareness will be a major reason for success in her run for Treasurer in California. For those reading this from California, please help both Ellen Brown and Marianne Williamson in their respective political races.

It is probably the case that Mr. Still looks a little tired because of the tremendous battle he has waged to wake people up to the problems and opportunities with regard to reforming the world’s monetary systems, and increasing freedom for humanity.

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Bill Still’s analysis of Iranian President Rouhani is optimistic, pointing out that Rouhani seems like he is sincere in his wish to avert war, establish good relationships with all nations and people, as well as Mr. Rouhani’s assertion that his country has no wish to produce a nuclear weapon. Mr. Still reports that Iran has suggested the reopening of an American embassy in Iran, and that Iran has the potential to lift the 2/3 of its population under 25 years old and Iran into the top ten of the world’s national economies.

If this analysis by Bill Still is as common sense and accuracy filled as almost every other report he has produced, then there is reason for men and women around the world to hold some amount of hopeful optimism for the Middle East.

God knows the men, women, and children of the Middle East need hopeful and optimistic signs. 

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(Thank you Bill Still at YouTube)

World Monetary Reform: The Times They Are A Changing.

English: Inland marshes of Jekyll Island, Geor...
English: Inland marshes of Jekyll Island, Georgia. Taken in the Spring 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted December 27, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

After viewing as powerful a documentary as I’ve ever come across – “Four Horsemen” – it was only the next logical step to find the men and women who appeared, to learn more of the messages they are conveying. The first person from the film that I sought out was Satish Kumar, who I learned is 77 years old, born in India and a current resident of forty years in England. His life’s focus has been ecology, environment, indigenous rights, and a more holistic, spiritual, natural basis for living.

Then I decided to see what else Mr. Tarek el Diwany has to share. He became identified in the film as a person who was heavily involved in the world of finance, with an expertise in derivatives, of which Warren Buffett said, “weapons of financial mass destruction”. So, I heard him speak at a recent gathering in Turkey, the “International Forum on Financial Systems”. Mr. el Diwany spoke about creative, new methods of financing which are more in the interests of the people, as opposed to benefitting the select few.

He touched on the problems associated with regulations and rules which attempt to enforce the cleanups of corrupt actions, that are almost certainly destined to fail because of their inability to keep in line managers who have never received training in morals and ethics. His talk included his views on monetary matters from a philosophical standpoint, contrasting business schools’ teaching of profit maximization as motivation #1, to ethical and moral motivations which include the well-being of society.

He gives examples of problematic issues like monopolization, where a handful of corporations come to dominate entire market segments, often giving different names to stores, while actually the stores are owned by the same people. He asks if this monopolistic system is where we as a people want to continue, with owner managed businesses moving toward extinction.

He finally speaks out for establishing public banks, the greatest chance for decentralization of financial power. I was hoping he would speak about derivatives, but he didn’t mention them. I will need to do more research to get Tarek el Diwany’s views on complex financial instruments. He notes that he has been in the financial industry for over twenty years, surely making him a man worthy of more consideration as a source of insider information.

Upon finding Mr. el Diwany’s speech, I happily noticed that a man I have come to admire, Bill Still, was also speaking in Turkey at the same forum. Mr. Still started out as a journalist, then became a documentary filmmaker, most well-known for “The Money Masters“, “The Secret of Oz“, and “Jekyll Island”. This is just my opinion, but I believe Bill Still’s “whistleblower” status exceeds Chelsea/Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, or Daniel Ellsburg. In other words the monetary issues he has engaged in as a reporter and filmmaker are issues that are more important – directly affect a larger segment of the human race – than the others.

This view is not meant to diminish in any way the courageous actions taken by all truth-tellers, as they are all worthy of support and admiration. The following analogy is intentionally exaggerated to make the point. Certain truth-tellers have received more notoriety than Bill Still for blowing the whistle on government waste of tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money. Bill Still has told the truth about the world’s financial systems, exposing multi-trillions of dollars of corruption and debt slavery for billions of human beings.

My simple observation is that the message Bill Still has worked to get out for decades is essentially about total human freedom – the quantity of freedom which equals humanity’s greatest potential.

In Mr. Still’s speech at the International Forum on Financial Systems in Turkey, he delivers a very accurate description of current situations faced by all nations today. He talks about humanity’s 2,500 year march toward freedom, the over-consolidation of economic and financial power, the problem of sovereign national debt, and the power of money creation in centralized groups of people – with virtually all citizens out of the picture.

He speaks of effective self-government illustrated by the Greek statesman Solon centuries before the birth of Christ, and the rule of law/equal justice. He points out that certain organizations of governments have come to suppress the people instead of protecting them, and failed to allow the people to “buy-in” with implementation of a state of affairs equaling true, participatory democracy – leaving many citizens frustrated and cynical.

Bill Still gives the attendees a quote by a Nobel Prize winner from the 1930’s, “…before the birth of Christ, the people of Greece recognized one of the most vital prerogatives of the state was the sole right to issue money”.

Essentially Mr. Still is advocating government “in the public interest” and not “plutocracy” – tyranny.

“Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

– Lord Acton (1834-1902)

At any rate, Bill Still conveys that private central banks will never operate in the public interest. He calls for an end to fractional reserve banking, no more government borrowing, the nationalization of money (not a nationalizing of banks), and thoughtful monetary reforms that are – simply – in the public’s interest.

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(Thank you Bill Still @ YouTube)

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