Saturday, January 21, 2017
Okay, so you're sitting around depressed about turning forty, or fifty, sixty, whatever, and you think it's all over but the shouting and the memorial service. I got news for you, you don't have to turn to sludge. Get up and go to the gym, take a walk around the block, learn Italian, build something and put some paint on it. Haven't you always wanted to do something or learn something? Now is the time. For those of you who have always wanted to play a musical instrument, I am here to help. See the following flowchart to determine what instrument would suit you.
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Friday the 13th is one of the most well-recognized superstitions in the Western world. The tradition is over 700 years old and has a very interesting origin. During the 12th century, a massive religious war consumed most of Europe and Asia, referred to as “the crusades.” The war lasted centuries and allowed an elite class of knights to accumulate so much power and wealth that their influence rivaled both the monarchy and the church. The Knights of the Temple of Solomon, or more commonly known as “The Knights Templar” were the most influential political force of their time. They were the world’s first international bankers and were the corporate giant of the Middle Ages.
The Templar Knights were a military force throughout the entire Crusades, but didn’t become a strong political organization until given diplomatic immunity by the church in 1126. Their close relationship with the church was unusual for the time, as the lifestyle of a knight was usually associated more with the monarchy. The Knights Templar represented both the warrior and the priest, and they were often referred to as the “fighting monks.” This best of both worlds diplomacy allowed the knights to form their own political dynasty which transcended the established powers of the time. They did not have to abide by the same rules as the church or the monarchy, but instead had the advantage and privileges of both institutions.
During the Crusades it was rumored that the Templars studied alchemy and discovered forbidden knowledge. Some historians say that instead of offering their discoveries to museums, the Templars kept the artifacts and knowledge within their own order. What we know for certain is that the Templars were conniving aristocrats who became the world’s most successful multinational bankers.
Through these shady practices the knights ended up having more money than the monarchy and the church combined. Both the church and the monarchy ended up deeply in debt to the Templars from loans they had taken out, so one would be able to argue quite easily that the Templars were the most dominant political institution of the time. Eventually, the monarchy grew threatened by the immense power of the Knights Templar. The person to finally take action against the Templars was King Phillip the 4th of France. Since the Templars were under the protection of the church, King Phillip needed papal permission to overthrow them.
Switzerland, of course, has been a safe haven for bankers and robber barons for centuries. There are over 500 major banking institutions in Switzerland, the majority owned and controlled by various elite bloodlines and covert organizations. It is estimated that around 35% of all the wealth in the world is held in Switzerland. The World Trade Organization or WTO is also based in Switzerland. These banks are among some of the only financial institutions in Europe that aren’t subject to audits and investigations from the new European Union government. The financial district in London called “the city,” as well as the Vatican in Italy, is also given the same kind of protection and secrecy, but they are the only areas in Europe that have those kinds of privileges.
Switzerland is just one of the many places where the ruling class has established a stronghold from which to operate, the same goes with “The City” in London, the Vatican, and Washington DC. The people who live in these places generally have nothing to do with the elite’s plans, aside from being used as workhorses, cannon fodder and political pawns. Since the days of their fall from grace, the Templar Knights and their predecessors have learned their lesson. Even if the official order went underground, their business model and diplomatic strategies are still very much alive today and have a deep impact on our way of life. Many say the Templars became an all-powerful “invisible government” by mastering and manipulating politics and finance, much like the bankers that influence world events today. In fact, today’s multinational bankers follow the Templars model precisely and use all of the same age-old tactics to exploit the masses.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Today, Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. He managed to do so despite overwhelming opposition from the established media, his own political party, the Democratic Party and the Washington collective of federal government supporters. Trump was elected in a populist movement exemplifying the will of the American voters.