Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hard Times Demand Other Kinds of Actions

Followers to my blog know that I used to use this venue as a place to talk about things related to spiritual counseling and healing, the use of flowers for emotional and spiritual healing, art and photography. It dissolved into more of a selling place when our financial situation dissolved, especially after we moved to the desert. Then we got hit hard by our relationship with one of our selling venues, Cafepress, and then came the hardest blow of all— a 150% increase in minimum payment by the company that funded our businesses, JPMorgan Chase.

I put a flurry of work into researching who this company is, posted that, and now rarely have the desire to post anything at all. I'm too busy trying to plug the holes of our barely viable bank account, writing a book about our experiences, and trying to regroup. But I have been wanting to address some of what I most recently have posted about—the connection between mega-oil, mega-banking, the wars in the Middle East, and the economic crisis we all find ourselves in now.

It's a bit much and what I wrote before on this blog comes across a little like a hysterical rant so I've had to do a little healing work on myself to come back to a more centered place. I haven't had the heart to write about it for awhile but it's in my book now—my book that was supposed to be a more or less light-hearted account of the journey of two New Age metaphysical counselors in the Mormon desert.

Art can illuminate an aspect of living life on the planet we might not ordinarily encounter, it can open the heart, the mind and/or spirit to something new and different, something we might miss or not see if we walked by it. Georgia O’Keefe once said “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”

That’s part of what I want to do with my work, to show people the worlds within the worlds we inhabit. We get so busy in our rush, rush, busy, busy lives. It’s almost impossible to see a flower, never mind explore the significance and healing nature of every living thing. That’s what my work with Paul is sometimes about, it’s usually what our art is all about, and it’s the main reason I started to write about my work with flower essences. It’s also part and parcel of the reason I’m currently writing a new book.

What I NEVER wanted to do was to fight injustice, lead press release and letter writing campaigns, research multinational corporations and figure out just how convoluted and evil some of these twisted financiers can be.

I’ve never wanted to buy into conspiracy theories! In my research online I tried to eliminate any website that came across as a conspiracy theory site. I looked for evidence of connections, documented proof. It took almost three days of work and it still isn’t easy to put all the pieces together but the connections that can be discovered are pretty much in plain sight!

The Rockefellers founded Standard Oil Company, the world’s first and largest multinational corporation until it was broken up the U.S. Supreme Court in 1911. It began as a partnership between John Rockefeller, his brother William, and four others, one of whom was related to the Rockefellers through marriage. Partnerships and convoluted agreements between entities are still how the Rockefeller companies operate to this day. That’s why it is often difficult to point a finger squarely at the head of any one person. You’d have to trace all the interrelationships going back before various mergers happened to figure it out.

One of the younger Rockefellers recently was interviewed about her own holdings in Exxon Mobil, the company her relatives started as Standard Oil many years back. She said she didn’t know but the reporter’s own research indicated it might be as little as 1%. That doesn’t seem like much. But if you add up how many companies the same family owns or invests in that also have stock in the various Standard Oil spin-offs and how many of those supposedly independent oil companies are now merging to form larger corporations—Exxon /Mobil, Chevron/Texaco—it’s pretty obvious that the break-up of John Rockefeller’s oil monopoly in 1911 is being rectified by the principals involved step by step and that Rockefeller’s bank, JPMorgan Chase, has dealings or direct connections with them all.

I realize that Chase recorded over $500 million in losses in their credit card division in the past year but it was the actions of their own mega-conglomerate oil machine that brought the country’s economy to its knees. Exxon Mobil alone posted record profits based on oil prices because of the Iraq war while consumers were saddled with enormous costs at the gas pumps, heating bills, grocery store and everywhere else. That made it impossible for millions of Americans to pay their rent, never mind the credit cards they got from Chase at usury rates before the subprime lending fiasco even happened. Poor JPMorgan Chase? Pity them not!

And what about the subprime lending currently being blamed for the crash? According to a report by the Washington watchdog Center for Public Integrity, JPMorgan Chase, Lehman Brothers, Merril Lynch and Citigroup “both owned and financed subprime lenders.” And who has benefited from the resulting and inevitable crash? Anyone with the ability to buy the smaller lending institutions up at bargain basement prices and JPMorgan Chase is one of the biggest ones. That’s how they used the $25 billion “bail-out” they received from the Federal government. They bought Washington Mutual and several others. They are one of the largest mega-banks in the world and that's not a coincidence.

1 comment:

Little Dickens Designs said...

Wow, I'm impressed at how much research you've done. I'm so sorry you are going through a struggle right now. We managed to get rid of our citibank credit card earlier this year after they jacked up interest rates on us (good customers for over 15 years). We've decided to go credit card free. I just can't deal with the scheisters any longer!