Canaries in the Gulf

Canaries in the Gulf By Jim Fredrickson on July 11, 2010 | 1 Comment | Edit As you may know, there was practice at one time to bring a canary into the coal mines. It’s purpose was quite simple…. Many mines were prone to being filled with toxic gases which often had no identifying smell. This was a problem, as people were likely […]

Rome is burning. Are you fiddling?

Rome is burning. Are you fiddling? By Jim Fredrickson on June 16, 2010 | Leave a comment | Edit Like most of my peers, I was taught that Nero fiddled while Rome burned.  We were led to believe this was a literal event.  We were even led to speculate on “why” he may have been fiddling at such a critical moment…. I have […]

Escape from America

Escape from America By Jim Fredrickson on May 3, 2010 | 1 Comment | Edit Scarcely a day seems to go by lately that I don’t look back on my decision to escape from the United States as a Godsend.  At the time, and for sometime after I burned a lot of bridges, there was a significant amount of fears that I […]

Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie By Jim Fredrickson on March 17, 2010 | Leave a comment | Edit Rachel Corries’ parents are in Israel this week, 7 years to the day after their daughter was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver on a mission to destroy Palestinian homes.  This short blog is not meant to be a lesson on what happened that day to this […]

Parasite Class

Parasite Class By Jim Fredrickson on March 5, 2010 | 1 Comment | Edit I recall having many discussions with well-meaning, well-educated friends about the nature of money and banking over the past many years.  Many of these men ardently believed that federal reserve notes are “money”,  that the federal reserve is a national bank operating in the public interest, and that […]

Fractional Banking

Fractional Banking By Jim Fredrickson on March 5, 2010 | 1 Comment | Edit You and I understand what it means to loan somebody something. If a friend or relative asks to borrow $100,  we reach into our wallets and give the money to them. Everyone understands that we will suffer a loss in the event that the borrower fails to return […]

Communism & Capitalism are fraternal twin brothers

Communism & Capitalism are fraternal twin brothers By Jim Fredrickson on October 16, 2008 | Leave a comment | Edit We all know people who cheered the downfall of communism, the “Evil Empire”, some 20 years ago. A uni-polar world of American leadership, a “New American Century” was to commence. Dreams of “peace dividends” abounded…  Peace was at hand, and prosperity beckoned. But something happened […]

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