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By Giordano Bruno
Neithercorp Press – 03/10/2010
Winter is slowly melting away here in the U.S., and Spring will soon be upon us.Â Wall Street is currently flush with delight at the year long run of the stock market (driven by fiat bailouts), which at first glance appears to be doing quite well, though international incidences such as those in Dubai and Greece have revealed how shaky the market actually is in the face of any unhealthy news.Â In the meantime, the dollar, recently on the edge of detrimental value loss, has made a semi-miraculous recovery in the span of a few months, especially as the Euro suffers.Â Official employment numbers, despite the continuous loss of jobs monthly, have somehow fallen and are for the moment stabilized.Â Is it time for America to dust off the old credit cards and return to the wild and rollicking carefree spending days of pre-2007?Â Perhaps notâ€¦
While the mainstream media puts on the recovery song and dance, the fundamental problems of the collapse remain the same, and in some cases are growing ever more precarious.Â Subsections of the public, unaware of the real issues at hand, are holding a misguided jubilee in the tranquil eye of a hurricane, wrongly assuming that the storm has passed.
The world is breathing a hasty sigh of relief at the beginning of 2010, but what are the facts behind the current â€œpeacefulâ€ economic moment?Â In this article, we will examine whether or not the good news is legitimate, or, if are we being lulled into a false sense of securityâ€¦
Job Market Statistics Manipulated
At the beginning of the year, official unemployment stood at around 10%.Â This number of course does not include those people who are off unemployment benefits and still have not found jobs, or those people who are underemployed.Â The Labor Department then announced their intention to revise their â€œbirth/death ratioâ€ method of calculating job loss, which would supposedly add a whopping 800,000 lost jobs to their books that were hidden before:
Directly after this news was released, markets braced for a substantial increase in the unemployment percentage.Â Yet, by some act of magic, the unemployment percentage fell to 9.7%!
How is this possible?Â Well, those of us who were hoping for greater Labor Department transparency (including myself) should have known better.Â With the Labor Department, two-plus-two NEVER equals fourâ€¦
As the EPI article above indicates, while the government has reportedly changed their dubious â€œbirth/death ratioâ€ method, they also at the same time changed their â€œhome surveyâ€ method.Â This survey is meant to give the Labor Department an overall view of unemployment percentages, but now the government has sharply reduced the number of households they actually survey, making the results more volatile and easier to manipulate.Â This why even though nearly a million jobless people were added to the unemployment rolls, the government was still able to report a drop in unemployment percentages.Â Sound like a dirty trick?Â Yes, it isâ€¦
According to the EPIâ€™s estimates, which are probably still conservative, over 11 million jobs would need to be created in order to bring employment rates to pre-2007 levels.Â This is called the â€œjobs gap.â€Â To fill the jobs gap by 2013 (which is about the time frame that the government has suggested it would take for a full recovery) the U.S. would need to generate over 400,000 jobs a month for the next three years!Â As I think most of you can see, this is not going to happen.Â Last month according to official numbers the U.S. lost another 36,000 jobs.Â Jobs are not being created, and will not be created anywhere near the 400,000 a month mark required for a three year recovery.
Also not often reported is the span of weeks at which those who are unemployed have to wait until they find another job.Â This â€œlag timeâ€ in-between jobs has grown markedly higher in recent months as the chart below shows:
In January of this year alone, 6.3 million people (over half of those unemployed) had been without a job for more than 6 months.Â This is an astonishing number, and it shows just how out of touch MSM reports of recovery are.Â Anyone who has been unemployed for more than just one month knows how tense and uncertain such a situation makes life.Â Imagine the misery of a 6 month hiatus from steady work, not able to fully support ones self and not knowing when youâ€™ll be able to again.Â The Labor Department, nor the media, seems to take the factor of â€˜durationâ€™ into account when considering whether employment is actually in recovery.Â Nor do they take into account the fact that most of the jobs lost over the past two years were high paying and specialized, while most of the scant few jobs created have been low paying service sector positions.
What is most frightening about this information is that it reveals deliberate mishandling of statistics.Â Instead of being more open about unemployment numbers, the government is moving to hide them further.Â But why would they escalate secrecy on the economy?
The Day The Dollar Died
Last week, Li Ruogu, chairman of Export-Import Bank of China, a lender tasked with supporting the countryâ€™s foreign investments, stated that China would continue to support the dollar and that reports of a break from U.S. treasuries were â€œabsolute nonsense.â€Â Investors in treasuries this week seemed to take the comment as a good sign that the dollarâ€™s place as world reserve currency is assured.Â However, one might ask why it was suddenly so important for China to comfort treasury markets?
Interestingly, statements of Chinaâ€™s â€œaffectionâ€ for the dollar have come right after their central bank decided to dump $34 billion in U.S. treasuries.Â Along with other nations, the U.S. suffered the worst one month treasury dump on record so far at $53 billion:
This follows a treasury dump last year by China of $25 billion, after which we predicted that such dumps would occur more frequently and in larger amounts.Â Apparently, we were right:
Initially, it was reported after their latest dumping of U.S. bonds that China had lost its position as the number one investor in U.S. debt, placing Japan in the top spot.Â Strangely, only days later this report was rescinded after the Treasury released a statement claiming that China did indeed dump $34 billion in bonds, but, they were still the number one investor in T-bills:
How is this possible?Â According to the Treasury, they â€œforgotâ€ to include Chinese treasury holdings in third markets such as Hong Kong and Britain.Â This is very strange.Â Who holds these extra bonds and what are they doing sitting in foreign venues?Â Is it not convenient that these bonds appeared from thin air just as news of Chinaâ€™s treasury dump was hitting the bond market?Â And now we suddenly have a Chinese finance official attempting to reassure the world that China still wants T-bonds while at the same time they are trying to get rid of them?Â If this behavior seems confusing it is because this is what occurs when governments lie big; no matter how good they are at it, they canâ€™t make the facts add up.
If one examines Treasury Auctions month-to-month, they would find that â€œPrimary Buyersâ€ of treasuries (who have to buy treasuries when no one else is buying) now dominate auction sales.Â Indirect buyers, who cannot be tracked, also make up a large portion of competitive bids on treasury bonds.Â It is suspected that most of these indirect buys are made by the Federal Reserve itself in order to prop up the dollar.Â The article below explains the process succinctly:
The bottom line is that foreign governments are NOT buying treasuries at volumes necessary to keep the U.S. afloat amidst its ever climbing national debt, and in some cases, they are now trying to quietly and gradually dump what they have so as to not arouse immediate suspicion from the markets.Â In fact, the Treasury and the Federal Reserve seem to be helping them do this!
The dollar is, in effect, dead, but disinformation and market manipulation, mainly by the private Federal Reserve, is being used to reanimate it for appearances.Â The result is the conjuring of a kind of â€œzombie currency,â€ a Weekend at Bernieâ€™s currency that the Fed props up with strings and pulleys to fool everyone at the party.
The most obvious question here is, why go through so much trouble to keep the dollar around at all?
World Government And The SDR
Since the â€œGreat Recessionâ€ began, economic forums and conferences such as the G20, and the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland have spoken of little else except the formation of a centralized world economy and the establishment of a legal body that has the power to run it.Â At the Davos â€œworkshops,â€ economists and others present ideas for world governance as if they were the originators of the concept.Â It may not be surprising to most of us that there is rarely if ever anyone who participates in the WEF meetings that supports the restoration of national sovereignty.Â In fact, nearly all the participants seem to assume that a world government is the solution to all our ills.Â It is also important that like the G20, government officials from all over the world attend, including those from the U.S., and that very often the policies developed at these forums end up in legislation and mass media here at home.Â Meaning, the laws and propaganda supporting forced globalization and world government are fine tuned at the meetings and then brought to America for mass consumption.Â Below are a couple video examples of Davos workshops:
It is important to recognize what exactly is being presented in these two videos because they reveal much about our current economic circumstances.Â The goal of the G20 and the WEF, as they have stated on numerous occasions, is to dissolve national sovereignty.Â If they had their way, America as we know it would not exist, along with the Constitutional framework that is meant to protect our liberties.Â To achieve this end, a carefully engineered breakdown of the U.S. dollar is being enacted.
As we have shown, U.S. treasuries auctions have tanked and those long term treasuries already held by foreign nations are being slowly cast off.Â So far, the Federal Reserve has propped up the dollar by purchasing T-bonds in the place of foreign banks who no longer want them.Â By continually monetizing this debt, the Fed will inflate an incredible bubble in the treasury market.Â When will this bubble burst?Â The key lay in the rules governing Special Drawing Rights.
Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) are securities much like treasury bonds.Â Their value is determined by a basket of international currencies including the Dollar, the Euro, the Yen, and the Pound Sterling.Â The IMF claims that SDRs are not technically considered currency, but SDRs serve nearly all the functions of a currency except that they are not available to the general public (yet).Â It walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, but the IMF would rather not call it a duck.Â In the end, the SDR is a world reserve currency, and its purpose is to topple the dollar.
Not long after the economic meltdown began, the IMF announced that they would begin the unlimited printing of SDRs.Â In 2009, within the span of a few months, SDR circulation went from $21 billion, to nearly $204 billion, and this is only the amount they have admitted to:
Governments across the world have purchased SDRs, while at the same time dropping U.S. treasuries.Â China in particular has shown sharp interest in the SDR as a replacement for the U.S. dollar:
It may be prudent to mention that Chinaâ€™s heightened dumping of U.S. treasuries began right around the time that the IMF began mass printing SDRs.Â And, even more disconcerting, the U.S. Treasury also quintupled its supply of SDRs in August of 2009:
Being that the U.S. dollar is supposedly the undisputed world reserve currency, why would the U.S. Treasury have any need to buy SDRs at all?Â Would this not be redundant?Â Unless, the Treasury knows that the dollar will not remain the world reserve currency for much longerâ€¦.
Now we get to the tricky partâ€¦
The IMF has instituted new rules governing the SDR and those countries who trade it (called â€œmember countriesâ€).Â Drafting the â€œFourth Amendmentâ€ governing SDR allocation, the IMF now requires member nations to retain a â€œspecial allocationâ€ of the currency much higher than previous allocations.Â Countries who keep their SDR supply above the required level receive interest payment on their excess.Â Countries that fall below the required level have to PAY interest on the shortfall.Â That is to say, if the U.S. were to allow its SDR reserves to fall below the level demanded by the IMF, we would be punished monetarily.Â Also, under current rules, the interest rates of the currencies that make up the SDR help to determine the interest rates of the SDR.
The IMF claims it only acts as an â€œintermediaryâ€ between countries wishing to trade in SDRs, but since the IMF is the creator and printer of SDRâ€™s, this would ultimately make them the controller of the SDR market, not some outside intermediary.
Participation in the SDR market for now is voluntary.Â However, what we are witnessing here is the subtle positioning of the SDR as the only alternative in the event that the U.S. dollar fails, and once again, China is the key.
Chinaâ€™s Slow Dollar Dive
The argument is constantly made by mainstream economists that China could never drop its large supply of U.S. T-bills because if they tried, the dollar would collapse, virtually erasing the value of their dollar holdings.Â The suggestion that â€œthey are as dependent on us as we are on themâ€ is rampant in the MSM, but, if we throw in the wild card factor of the SDR, this all changes.
If the Chinese central bank along with certain others amass enough SDRs over an extended period of time while gradually selling off their T-bonds, the SDRâ€™s could act as a cushion to prevent foreign central banks from losing a large portion of their wealth while the dollar sinks.Â In fact, in the event that the Federal Reserve raises interest rates on the dollar (perhaps in response to the heightened risk of a mass treasury dump) those holding SDRâ€™s actually benefit, because the interest they receive on their SDR reserves will also go up:
This would not absorb all of Chinaâ€™s losses in the event of a dollar collapse, but it would be a very effective stop gap, and ample incentive for them to continue dumping treasuries.Â I believe that this is the exact reason why the dollar and the Dow have been held up by the Federal Reserve for so long.Â They cannot allow a major dollar depreciation until the SDR is established on the world market as a ready substitute.
A good sign that this process might accelerate would be in the event that China de-pegs the Yuan from the Dollar and allows it to appreciate in value.Â This would signal that China is moving away from the traditional export arrangement with the U.S.Â Talks of a Yuan appreciation are already hitting the MSM:
Investors in the U.S. will foolishly cheer a rise in the value of the Yuan, thinking that this will increase American exports to China.Â In reality, China will be preparing to dump the last of its U.S. bonds, and begin exports and imports with the new ASEAN trading bloc:
This new bloc has the potential to surpass profit margins in U.S. markets, especially in the face of extremely weak consumer activity in America.Â As the U.S. falters under sovereign debt pressure, China will be in prime standing with a ready supply of SDRs and an organized trading bloc to take up the slack of falling exports to the West.
Shock And Awe
The illusion of U.S. recovery seems to be paramount in the plan for Globalist centralization.Â Every scam imaginable has been fashioned to lure the public into a sense of false comfort.Â In my original observations on the economic collapse, I believed that we would likely see a â€œtriggerâ€ event in 2010, which would set off a â€œrolling breakdownâ€ that would not fully climax for a few years.Â Now, I am not so sure.Â After examining the facts behind the implementation of SDRs as well as the potentially explosive situation in the treasury market, I believe that a â€œshock and aweâ€ scenario is becoming more probable.Â The behavior of the Fed, along with that of the IMF seems to suggest that they are preparing for a focused collapse, peaking within weeks or months instead of years, and the most certain fall of the dollar.
As I think of it now, the advantages of a sudden financial flash flood are numerous.Â In a drawn out collapse, the Liberty Movement is given a tremendous time advantage, allowing us to double and redouble our membership while the public opinion of the Federal Reserve and the government in general would deteriorate.Â In a sudden breakdown, our time will be cut short, and the public will be distracted and fearful, desperate for an organized authority to offer any semblance of â€œorder.â€Â A slow collapse allows for the Liberty Movement to work peacefully within the system to build a third party capable of dethroning the current two party farce.Â A sudden collapse erases all political activity and opens the door to martial law and illegitimate government.Â And finally, a fast moving meltdown leaves a much stronger psychological impression; a catastrophic waking nightmare, instead of a slow grinding depression.Â A world government could never be brought about due to the â€œmonotonyâ€ of a long slow economic burnout.Â Too many factors could present themselves in such an extended period that might interfere with the desired end result.Â Too many variables to calculate.Â In an abrupt collapse, the Globalists would need only to gage and influence the amount of fear in the populace to a sufficient boiling point then leap in with their intended solution to the problem; centralized global governance.
I feel that in either method, the Central Bankers will fail to reach their ultimate goal, but the prospect of a direct monetary break with limited warning does make the atmosphere much heavier.Â One can only prepare as much as possible mentally and emotionally, and keep his eyes wide open.
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