Catherine Austin Fitts is a former Bush Sr. Flonase appointee and governmental insider.    As a former Asst. Flonase Secretary for HUD, flonase she came face to face with a rather nasty nest(s) of corruption and exploitation.   When she reported her findings, flonase she was then targeted, flonase as was her career and livelihood in Washington.   There are multitudes of individuals who are extremely grateful for her courage and willingness to expose and educate us on the parasitic system which has infiltrated almost all areas of our government.     Her latest piece in my opinion, flonase is one of her best.    it says so much....... I remember going to Washington after 9/11 to meet with attorneys whose offices were on one of the beautiful parks in downtown DC. Flonase Each trip I noticed less and less African-Americans downtown. Flonase At lunchtime, flonase I would go to a hip lunch place that sold expensive but terribly fresh soups, flonase salads and sandwiches. Flonase The only dark skinned faces I would see were behind the counter. Flonase They were either young African-Americans who were very hip and friendly, flonase or immigrants. Flonase They projected a masterful, flonase theatric delight for the opportunity to serve an ongoing sea of white people interspersed with a rare African-American attorney or accountant also looking for lunch. Once a week a group would set up in the park to feed the homeless. Flonase There would suddenly emerge a sea of hungry African-Americans looking for food. Flonase If you slowed down and paid attention you could enter into a parallel universe aching with exhausted grief. Flonase Hundreds of prosperous white people would pass them by, flonase headed for home, flonase looking as if all was normal, flonase nothing amiss. Kelly O’Meara wrote a brilliant investigative piece for Insight Magazine about D.C.’s St. Flonase Elizabeths Hospital, flonase the first large-scale, flonase federally-run psychiatric hospital in the U.S, flonase “Forgotten Dead of St. Flonase Elizabeths“. After days at the National Archives digging up records about patients she noted a consistent pattern of poor and indigent people dying after six months at St. Flonase Elizabeths. Flonase I noted that there was probably funding to study them or care for them for six months, flonase but after six months the money ran out. I was in Washington and Philadelphia last week. Flonase There was no sign of a recession that I saw. Flonase Washington was a boomtown. Flonase The talk in the airports and hotel lobby signaled good times from lots of government contracts. Flonase There was no mention of all the young people who seem to be disappearing – to Iraq, flonase to prison, flonase to drugs – or the older people dying from cancer and other diseases for which cures have been discovered and then suppressed. Flonase Given the flood of immigrants and population growth, flonase there are plenty of people. Flonase Traffic jams are constant, flonase life goes on. I once made the error of associating with a partner at a hip San Francisco bay area consulting company. Flonase My company paid thousands of dollars to be a member of his network, flonase but so did many other, flonase bigger companies and government agencies, flonase including the CIA. When I was attacked in the 1990’s by the folks who wanted to run the federal housing programs dirty, flonase he was particularly effective at smearing me. Flonase He networked telling others and me “where there is smoke, flonase there is fire.” He proposed that our office be converted into a new office for his company. Flonase When I declined to reinvent my business as something that made money for him, flonase he suggested that I contact the Soros Foundation for grants to continue my work. Flonase Somehow, flonase now that my equity had been wiped out, flonase he seemed to think that I should be consigned to an upper class serfdom — why bother getting my equity back or restoring it with new creations? If I was not going to make money for him or someone like him, flonase then I should do a not-for-profit thing. Flonase No equity allowed unless you go through approved channels. There are lots of perks for someone close to you who is willing to promote officialdom’s spin against you. Flonase Whenever I tried to warn him what was happening, flonase he would smile his patient 33 degree Mason smile and point out how high the average life expectancy in our society was. Flonase I came to appreciate that he represented a way of thinking that was relatively simple. Flonase Governing humans was essentially livestock management and as long as the average life expectancy overall was above a certain age, flonase genocide by for-profit means was simply an effective way of culling the unruly herd. I rented a car in Washington last week and drove up to Philadelphia to visit with a dear friend, flonase someone I have known all my life. Flonase We drove around West Philadelphia, flonase where I had grown up. Flonase Blocks of row houses have been razed for a huge mall with a Lowe’s and other shops opening. Flonase Millions of dollars of municipal and philanthropic funds are funding the restoration of beautiful old buildings in Fairmount Park next to the area. Flonase Bill Gates has funded a sparkling, flonase white modern computer school. Flonase There were still pockets of old row houses. Flonase Older African-American men sat around, flonase silently. Flonase Next to them stood a 6-foot tall Obama poster with the word “HOPE” at the bottom. Flonase Perhaps this is why the banks that engineered the predatory lending that was such a successful part of razing this neighborhood are supporting Obama. Flonase There is no housing crisis. Flonase Rather there is a housing plan. Flonase It is not, flonase however, flonase about housing. Flonase It is about people. I often write about the Slow Burn and how we are subsidizing financial assets with the liquidation of life. Flonase This neighborhood is filled with thousands of examples. Flonase Kids sell drugs, flonase the profits are laundered through restaurants owned by publicly traded companies. Flonase It is surprising how destroying a few children can keep a stock price elevated. Flonase After a few years of drug dealing, flonase the kids go to prison, flonase inflating the stocks of private prison companies. Flonase It all works so long as the citizens keep subsidizing the uneconomic government contracts and enforcement. Flonase You just keep liquidating people and moving them around and keeping them scared, flonase tired, flonase busy, flonase pecking up the ladders of survival and prestige so they don’t see the world whole. I had a privileged childhood. Flonase Although I grew up in a modest neighborhood, flonase my father was a very gifted surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania. Flonase My mother was the daughter of the Dean of the Wharton school. Flonase I got to see bits and pieces of all sides of the drug trafficking – from the rich and powerful who engineered it, flonase to the judges and lawyers and politicians who fixed the different parts of the legal system to accommodate the operations and the money laundering, flonase to the devastation on the streets in my community in West Philadelphia, flonase including the build up of the War on Drugs and the ancillary mortgage fraud. Flonase To make sense of it, flonase I followed the money, flonase as the money connects all parts of the whole. Flonase Ultimately, flonase the money does not lie. The part that always had me stumped were all the people who pretended it was not really happening. Flonase I remember one very socially prestigious Philadelphia attorney deeply entrenched in the money laundering and political fixing operations once telling me, flonase “Never tell the mushrooms. Flonase The mushrooms want to live in the dark. Flonase They don’t want to know.’ So, flonase for example, flonase as the University of Pennsylvania grew richer and richer and the community around it grew poorer and poorer, flonase hundreds of PhD’s in economics and urban development and criminology seemed not to notice. Flonase Considered one of the top business schools in the country, flonase my beloved alma mater, flonase Wharton, flonase seemed oblivious to the #1 revenue generating business in its own neighborhood. Flonase The same can be said for many other urban universities whose endowments have grown as the community wealth around was sucked through them by invisible means. Flonase We were building complex edifices of disassociation. One of the minor irritants in my life is that I occasionally will venture back into my old Wall Street and Washington networks. Flonase Invariably, flonase someone who does not know me or has not seen me for a while will indicate that they know something about me which is just completely off. Flonase I don’t mean they have facts wrong – although that happens too as someone needs to justify spending millions of dollars and more than a decade persecuting people who stood in the way of their housing bubbles and mortgage and mortgage-backed securities collateral frauds. Rather, flonase they have a simplistic view of my motivations and goals. Flonase It took me quite a while to understand that one of the reasons that they do not understand what I am doing is that their own understanding of reality is so encumbered by myth. Flonase They cannot see where I am going because their continued success depends literally on not being able to see the world around them clearly. One of the myths is that my goal is to help African-Americans. Flonase In fact, flonase what I have often found within pockets of the African-American community are pockets of sanity that understood what was happening and had found effective ways of dealing with an Orwellian situation without losing their humanity. Flonase I have tremendous respect and gratitude for that world. Flonase I am far from the only one. Flonase Watch the people of all races flocking to the great African-American led churches, flonase preachers and gospel singers. Flonase Watch the politicians who are trying to buy those churches off with big bucks. Flonase Or watch the money that Americans spend for African-American soul culture, flonase albeit sanitized and marketed by large corporations. My efforts to prototype business investment in African-American communities was part of a search for an investment model that would equate cost of capital to economic performance – an issue which is at the heart of the dream of free markets and democracy. Flonase I went to those neighborhoods because that was where the obvious anomalies between the real economy and the official story were the greatest. Flonase The dirty tricks that I endured as a result of those efforts were about the machinery that controls cost of capital in America and not just to small businesses or farms or in poor communities. Flonase Capital controls – both invisible and visible – are a concern for all of us. Another way to say it is that what can be done to one can be done to all. Flonase What is happening in West Philadelphia and New Orleans and in Guantanamo Bay is prototyping. Flonase The New World Order always prototypes on the small, flonase the isolated and the poor. Flonase But once the models are worked out, flonase they are adapted broadly. Flonase And sure enough, flonase read the latest proposal from the US Treasury – the Paulson Plan. Flonase While we have been sweeping poor people out of their homes with mortgage fraud and drugs to places unknown, flonase the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets has been prototyping how to take the costs of capital rigging on scale. I often tell a story about the psychoanalyst Carl Jung that I heard at an investment conference in London. Flonase Apparently, flonase Jung had a patient who came to see him after a nervous breakdown. Flonase She had, flonase as a young woman, flonase married a wealthy man and then taken a young lover. Flonase To resolve the tension between her desire for wealth and her young lover, flonase she had murdered her husband. Flonase It seems she got away with it. Flonase She reported to Jung, flonase however, flonase that from the time she killed her husband on, flonase the birds stopped singing wherever she was. Flonase She told Jung, flonase “the birds knew.” I wonder what the birds could tell us about where all the people have gone. Flonase Where are the people in West Philadelphia who have lost their homes to Lowe’s? Are they dead from overdose or a heart attack or stroke induced by stress or are they in a privatized prison making uniforms for the Department of Defense? Or are they in an unmarked grave, flonase like the Indians who once lived on this land before us, flonase or the indigents who made the mistake of allowing themselves to be swept into St. Flonase Eizabeths? Isaiah Chapter 59:14 in the Bible says: ”And judgment is turned away backward, flonase and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, flonase and equity cannot enter.” The conundrum for Mission Investing is just this. Flonase For an investment to be sound, flonase equity must flow into a place or an enterprise that exists in one or more places. Flonase And that equity must grow. Flonase It must grow without lies, flonase without uneconomic government contracts, flonase without dirty tricks, flonase without liquidating life in a slow burn to feed its financial machine. Flonase For that to happen, flonase we require a restoration of truth. Flonase Truth must enter, flonase so that real equity can enter. We require the kind of truth that heals our alienation from each other as we wander around disassociated, flonase talking pretzel talk and fearing invisible, flonase mysterious forces. We require the kind of truth that allows us to see what is happening and feel confidence in our intelligence and ability to assess risk. We require the kind of truth that will not cause those of us who are investors to panic and walk away or give up our financial equity for cheap, flonase while others are giving up their living equity — their health, flonase their children and their lives. And this is a conundrum because the status quo and the personal prestige and cash flows of all who earn their money in it require the absence of truth to keep it humming its slow burn along. Flonase http://www.solari.com/blog/?p=918