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creature from jekyllAbout a month ago I did a Google search on the Federal Reserve.  I had always wondered what exactly it was and wanted to find out more.  It has been a very interesting journey ever since!  I recently finished reading the book “The Creature from Jekyll Island” by G. Edward Griffin.  It is a fairly large book, 608 pages to be exact, but I highly recommend it.  I became aware of it after watching a Glenn Beck episode about “The Fed.”  He interviews the author and discusses the book in the episode.  The show is about 40 mins, so if you have no interest in a 600 page book, it makes a decent substitute.  Glenn Beck episode on the Federal Reserve: aired Aug. 25, 2011.  I had never watched, listened to or read anything by Glenn Beck until this.  Interestingly, he was fired 3 weeks after this show aired.  The whole thing is a little conspiratorial so take it with a grain of salt.  Do your own research.  If I had to choose to believe the book versus the Fed, I would lean toward the book.

So back to the book… The Creature it alludes to is The Federal Reserve.  Jekyll Island is an island off of Georgia where a clandestine meeting took place in 1910 that culminated in the birth of The Creature.  It was held under great secrecy because the members of the group knew that if the public found out about the meeting they (the public) would never go along with the proposal.  And here is why… the group consisted of:

  • Benjamin Strong
  • Abram P. Andrew
  • Paul Warburg
  • Senator Nelson Aldrich
  • Frank Vanderlip
  • Henry Davison

Now none of these names may jump out at you.  But what about Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Rothschild?  You’ve probably heard of them.  These are some of the richest men in history.  Lets look at these 5 men more closely.

Senator Nelson Aldrich – Republican Whip in Senate, Chair of National Monetary Commission, authored the original Federal Reserve Bill.  He is a business associate of J.P. Morgan and father-in-law of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Abram P. Andrew – Assistant Secretary of Treasury

Frank Vanderlip – representative of William Rockefeller

Henry Davison – representative of J.P. Morgan

Benjamin Strong – representative of J.P. Morgan

Paul Warburg – credited as the mastermind of the plan.  Partner at Kuhn, Loeb and Co.  Representative of the Rothschilds.  Interestingly, the character Daddy Warbucks from Little Orphan Annie is based off of him.

These men represent 1/4 of the wealth of the entire world.  25% of the wealth of the entire world!!!  That is just completely insane!  Other estimates say it is likely closer to half of the wealth of the world!!!  Holy crap batman, that is A LOT of money!  These men are all fierce competitors and they got together to hatch a plan, together?  Their motives must have been totally pure… right?

In short they designed the Federal Reserve, a cartel, in partnership with the government.  A cartel is an agreement between competing firms to control prices or exclude entry of a new competitor in a market. Sounds healthy for everyone.  As a side rant this sounds exactly like how the college football system works… hmmm.  They picked the name Federal to sound authoritative and governmenty.  It has nothing to do with the government, it isn’t Federal at all.  They picked the word Reserve to sound calming and stable and imply that they have reserves… they don’t.  On their website the explicitly say they don’t have any gold and that they aren’t employed by the governement.  It is a private central bank.  No one knows exactly who owns or runs it.  All of its books and dealings are completely private.  We are not allowed to know.  Its officials are not elected.  The president can appoint the chairman from an approved list provided to him by the Federal Reserve (sounds communisty).

These men had 5 stated goals of the cartel, *cough, *cough, Federal Reserve.

1.  Stop the growing competition – they hated the new banks cutting in on them.  Sounds cartel-ish…

2.  Obtain franchise to create money.  They wanted to be able to create money out of nothing and then lend it out and charge interest.  So, let me get this straight.  They create money out of nothing??? Lend it… and charge people interest??? Yep!  I agree this is a great business model, I would like in on this.  Oh I can’t, see #1.  All along I thought they actually printed money.  They don’t even have to do that!  They just make it up out of thin air.

3.  Get control of ALL banks’ reserve funds.  To protect them from runs and currency drains.  Sounds slightly more reasonable than the first two at least.

4.  Shift bank losses to taxpayers.  They didn’t want to be on the hook if they lost money.  They wanted the government to guarantee everything.  Basically, they can never lose becuase they will always get bailed out by taxpayer money.  So to compare to my personal finances I could take the wildest risks in the stock market and if I lost it all, I would get it all back from the government?  Risk free investing?  Yes, please!  Oh, wait… see #1.

5.  Convince Congress and the population that this is all for our good and to protect us.  How sweet, the Fed is trying to protect us.

In short, the Fed partnered with the government to create money out of nothing and make money by charging interest on it.  We the taxpayers are answerable to it for its losses.  The government allowed this monopoly to create and control the money supply.

Question: Why would the government want this?  Answer: It gives the government the ability to get any amount of money it wants without having to raise taxes.  People get mad and ask questions when you raise taxes, or elect new officials.  The government either has to cut expenses or raise taxes to have more money.  This way they get more money and we pay for it via inflation.  This is the secret tax of the whole system.  Our money loses value everytime the Fed gives the government money.  So in the end we lose, and lose, and lose.  Compounded yearly, forever.  Over your entire career the government will basically take back all of your wealth via this mechancism.  5% compounded interest, removed from your buying power, forever.

The really interesting thing is that this mechanism means that the government really doesn’t have to collect taxes.  They can have money anytime and tax us via inflation.  So why do they?  Basically, to keep up appearances.  We would start asking questions if the taxes went away.

Again, this is a 600 page book, so this is a very brief summary of some of the more interesting points.  Watch the video by Glenn Beck and pick up a copy of the book.  You will learn a lot about money, banking, finance, government, central banks, bail-outs, inflation, and more.  Knowledge is power!  Be skeptical of people looking out for your good.  Be skeptical of wealthy men meeting together in secret.  Look out for your own financial and physical well being.  Have a diversified financial strategy and be prepared!  Consider adding things like food, supplies, guns, ammo, gold, silver and hard assests into your financial plan.  Be prepared for impending financial difficulties.  Fear the Creature from Jekyll Island!!!  (I just had to end with a conspiratorial tone… I’m really not a conspiracy nut)


The Prepper Library

Posted: January 10, 2015 in Books
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Having a prepper library with all kinds of reference material is a great idea.  As always, learn as much as you can because it weighs nothing and is always with you.  BUT, you can’t know everything.  We also forget things over time.  Check out the books page for some ideas.

Below are some great reference books for starting your prepper library:

The Encyclopedia of Country Living – Chalk full of goodness that your grandparents or great-grandparents probably knew.  How to churn butter, make soap, pluck a chicken, etc…

Dr Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics – Great book with more of a preparedness slant.  Great book for before and after a disaster.

Where There is No Doctor – You definetely need a medical reference book.  This one is nice because it assumes you don’t have all the “normal” medical resources and supplies available.

SAS Survival Handbook – Covers how to make shelter, fire, traps/snares and much more.

I think all of the above are worth having in a hard copy in your home.  There are many more worth you consideration.  The above make a great start.

The Digital Prepper Library Project:kb-slate-04-lg._V324779290_

I recently started a new project for my library.  I purchased a cheap Kindle during the holidays ($59 at the time).  It is one of the old black and white ink type e-readers.  I have had multiple tablets (Ipad type) that I use for everything else.  I bought this to be a dedicated prepper digital library.  It weights 6.7 ounces (very light).  You can read it outside in sunlight.  It will hold thousands of books (again for under 7 ounces!).  Lastly, it is very energy efficient.  It will last for weeks on a charge.  Power may be difficult to come by in a disaster so this beats the pants off of a larger color tablet that might last a day on a charge.  Once it displays a page it doesn’t actually use power anymore until you have it do something else.  Really, the Wi-fi is what drains the battery.  Turn on the airplane mode to cut the wifi off and save the battery.  It is almost as if these were made for preppers!  I am sure you could find an older model used for very little money.

The next thing I did was start loading all of my books onto it.  It uses wi-fi and can pull down any kindle (amazon) books you already have.  Obviously we want anything that we can use as reference material in a disaster or emergency.  It will also read PDF files and this really opens up its possibilities.  The FM 21-76 Army Survival Manual, Marine Winter Survival, Marine Summer Survival are all available on PDF.  The army alone has dozens of these types of books that you can get in PDF.  You can also make your own PDF files.  Important contacts, documents, etc can all be saved in PDF form and loaded onto the Kindle.

The next thing I did was load dozens and dozens of free classical books like The Count of Monte Cristo, Swiss Family Robinson, A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables, etc.  There are hundreds of them for free.  Having something to read is a great cure for boredom.  You may want them to read to your family or children.  This particular Kindle is not backlit so you would need light at night to read it (just like a normal book).  You can get versions that are backlit, but they cost more and will drain the battery faster.

This project is fairly cheap and very versatile.  You can end up with thousands of books all on a device that weighs under 7 ounces and is about the size of a paperback.  Throw this in the car or your bugout back and your library is now mobile.  An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.  In this case 7 ounces of preparation is worth an entire digital prepper library!