Posts Tagged ‘Banks’

Economic Immunity And Freedom 1: Trash Your Television

August 22nd, 2011

Grasses, Clouds Reflected, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, copyright 2009 by David Leland Hyde. Nikon D90. This photograph and a select group of others will be available soon as limited edition archival fine art digital prints. A friend, who already acquired a 16X20 print of this photograph, said it helps remind her clients of tranquility.

Something fascinating happened to me over the last few months. I have not listened to the Radio or watched TV. This has created a strange, yet significantly measurable positive effect. I know, I know, it is best to stay informed, to be aware of what is going on. Or is it? Is the news a good representative cross-section of events in the world, or does it have a sensationalized negative slant? Could you miss something critical by Trashing Your Television? Probably not. I have discovered that the most significant events seem to get relayed to me by people I run across during the day anyway.

I tuned into NPR for the first time in many months around the beginning of August, just in time to hear about a week-long plummet of European stock markets. Just as I did in October 2008, I sat down in shock and fear. Then I gathered myself out of a knee-jerk response and opened my heart as big as I could and first said yes to the fear, then let it gradually leave and dissipate.

Ever since I have been keeping Radio Silence and Trashing Television. I find that I have a much more positive outlook than many others I talk to, and guess what? Remaining News Media Free isn’t just a Pollyanna perspective either. It produces a measurable difference in the world. Staying positive has produced positive results. I have sold six prints this week including one of Dad’s vintage black and white prints. I also developed a pending situation that will bring as many as 20 more print sales in the near future.

Remember that what began all of this was the bank policy of giving loans to under qualified people. Where does bank policy come from? There is no conspiracy, just follow the money. Look to who is making policy. The Great Depression in the 1920s was the largest transfer of wealth in history away from the middle and lower classes to the richest corporate shareholders. A whole new brand of transfer is on again now.

There is another reason the economy has to take a dive this century. And I do mean a whole century long “managed collapse.” Get used to it. The maximum number of clean energy sources available can provide only about 30 percent of the energy on which the current oil based economy runs. To make the transition to a clean energy society, we have to operate the world economy on 30 percent of the energy we do now. That means we have to trim 70 percent of the fat.

Through it all, Photography will survive.

Will you survive in photography?

Will your photography survive?

Some photographers will thrive and some will fail.

Will you thrive?

Let Liberty And Freedom Ring…

July 4th, 2010

Happy 4th Of July!  Independence Day…

United States Of America 13-Star Betsy Ross Flag, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This is the original rebel flag…

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 4th of July, 1826? There was something deeper and more profound going on with these two men and the other founders of this country than is easily seen. Have you ever looked carefully at a dollar bill? The structures that made our nation were fashioned as precisely as the pyramids and in a state of perfection as precise as the temples of any ancient people, both physically and metaphysically. They conceived a system that would last and keep the people in power. They designed the three branches of government to limit each other. They built the system to support business, but also warned us to be wary of business interests corrupting the system.

Here are some of the insights and admonitions of our founding fathers:

Power is not alluring to pure minds. –Thomas Jefferson

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?  –Thomas Jefferson

A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate. –Thomas Jefferson

Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.  –John Adams

Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.  –John Adams

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.  –George Washington

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.  –George Washington

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.  –Ben Franklin

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.  –Ben Franklin

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.  –Ben Franklin

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.  –Ben Franklin