"There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience."
- Archibald MacLeish
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My name is Johnny Silver Bear. Well, that's my adopted indian name. One of my great-grandmothers, on my dad's side, was a full blood Cherokee indian. One of my great-grandfathers was an Scotch/Irish immigrant who ended up working as a coal miner in the mid 19th century. He had settled around the Appalachian town of St. Charles, Va. He didn't much care for coal mining and took off to find something better in Oklahoma. Well, it turns out that the Boomers had found all the good stuff that the Sooners hadn't already stolen. All that was left was a great big reservation. All my great-grandfather found was my great-grandmother. MORE
The Boiling Frog Syndrome goes something like this: "If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he will jump out. But if you place a frog into a pot of cold water and and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot tub, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death. Now I'm not sure this really works with frogs, (I couldn't bring my self to find out), but I am certain that it works with people. I believe that we are all sitting in a big pot and the water is beginning to boil. MORE
Practically all of the problems in our country can be attributed to the continuing subjugation of the U.S. Constitution. Had the remedies for such actions, which are provided in the text of the Constitution, been applied, many of our former, (as well as current), leaders would have been prosecuted and removed from public office. One of the main reasons that the American people have allowed the wholesale dismantling of their freedoms and liberties stems from the effectiveness of the all pervasive misinformation campaign that has been waged for over 100 years. We are not being shepherded by altruistic wise men, but, rather, herded by megalomaniacal desperadoes. MORE
The Great Silver Heist
...Johnny Silver Bear
Silver is as important a strategic commodity as oil. The need for a supply of silver in times of war is so essential, that a shortage of the metal could pose dire consequences to continued well being of our country. With the evolution of technology, silver has become so important, that a lack of it will adversely affect America's national security. Meanwhile, as a result of the collusion between industrial users, central bankers, the Commodity Futures Trade Commission, the Chicago Board of Trade, and government regulators, spanning the past fifty years, inventories have all but disappeared. MORE
Today is Saturday, October 22th, 2011. We are quickly approaching the tenth anniversary of the Silver Bear Cafe which will come in January, 2012. Over the last ten years your editor has scoured, sourced, verified, formatted, re-formatted, adorned, posted and archived over twenty thousand essays and articles from the minds of gracious free thinking pundits around the globe. Most of these patriots are ignored by the mainstream media (an industry that, coincidentally, happens to be owned by the "Darkside"). MORE
to Light a Candle, than to Curse the Darkness
For the last seven years, I have spent almost all of my time trying to get a handle on the "big picture". The "little pictures" are made up of effects, and sometimes causes, but rarely motives.
Its funny how all the "little pictures" don't always coalesce into a greater understanding until, all at once, the truth becomes blatently obvious and undeniable.In my attempt to determine "motives" I needed to assertain the true meaning of "real wealth". MORE
I have received quite a few emails in response to my recent article, "Light a Candle". In that articleI suggested that, as a result of a pandemic national apathy, "the Game" was overwhelmingly in the control of "the Dark Side". I posed a question near the end; "What purpose would a revolution serve. Who among us has a solution?" MORE
The Nature of Money & Our Monetary System
One of the most important aspects of your financial survival concerns your understanding of the nature of money. If you believe that precious metals do not constitute "money", you may have been misled. If you have been misled, who misled you? And why, and "What's wrong with this picture"? What is money? The whole point of money is suppose to be the provision of a convenient and liquid medium that can be exchanged for less liquid value. It is a go between. One strives to accumulate money so it can be exchanged for something else.In our illustrious history, we humans have tried everything from salt to sardines as a medium of exchange, but nothing has seemed to work as well as gold and silver. MORE
The Illuminati and the House of Rothschild
...Johnny Silver Bear
The "Illuminati" was a name used by a German sect that existed in the 18th century. They practiced the occult, and professed to possess the 'light' that Lucifer had retained when he became Satan. In an attempt to document the origins of an secret organization which has evolved into a mastodonic nightmare, successfully creating and controlling a shadow government that supercedes several national governments, and in whose hands now lay the destiny of the world, one must carefully retrace its history. The lengths to which this organization has gone to create the political machinery, and influence public sentiment to the degree necessary to propel its self-perpetuating prophecy, are, quite frankly, mind boggling. Yet the facts provide for the undeniable truth of its existence. MORE
The Patriotic and Moral Imperative for Owning Gold and Silver
I pledge allegiance to the flag...Remember when you learned those words? It was back when everything was simple. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, the circulation manager of the Boston based "The Youth's Companion" magazine. The end of the Nineteenth Century was a much simpler time. The world was a much simpler place. It not so simple anymore. When we recite those seemingly patriotic words, what are we really pledging our allegiance to? To the flag? To the United States? To the Republic for which it stands? MORE
And Whether Pigs Have Wings, Part 1: Something Wicked This Way Comes...
...Johnny Silver Bear
The future has been stolen from us. It is gone and will never be returned. It has been stolen by a cabal of miscreants that I have habitually come to refer to as "the darkside". This cabal is led by the offspring of several very wealthy banking families, mostly European (although there are three American families involved whose wealth was derived from business loans made to them by their European counterparts). The families are run by their current matriarchs or patriarchs, who have never taken a risk in their lives, and have lost, through the generations, any sense of moral purpose or social responsibility. They are completely and entirely self serving and self absorbed putzes, and, because of the influence provided them through their amassed, unearned institutional wealth, they have become a serious thorn in the side of the rest of the the human race. As a result of their actions, I believe that their days are numbered. I have identified these families and their individual histories in several essays I have penned over the years, but that is not the point of this missive. MORE
And Whether Pigs Have Wings, Part Deux: Those Who Would Be Kings...
...Johnny Silver Bear
(Editor's Note: In Part 1, Something Wicked This Way Comes, we discussed the "Dumbing Down of America" and I tried to provide examples of the effectiveness of the campaign. Most do not realize that they fall directly in the cross hairs "of those who would be kings". As I pointed out in a previous essay, Paradise Lost:"We are not being shepherded by altruistic wise men, but, rather, herded by megalomaniacal desperadoes." It would be one thing if we had any leadership (which we don't). If we had leaders that actually served their constituencies, and did what they could to insure our safety and well being, and the safety and well being of our children and their children... but we don't. Rather than looking out for our best interests, they are looking out for what they perceive to be their own best interests. They have been corrupted. Corrupted absolutely. Once corrupted, one cannot become uncorrupted. It is too late to save them. They all need to be put down. MORE
And Whether Pigs Have Wings, Part Three: When the Bough Breaks...
...Johnny Silver Bear
In this installment, I will attempt to summarize what I believe is going to happen in the next twelve months. Prophesy is tricky business. What I am about to lay out is even more tenuous than usual, in that, if I am right, and all hell does break loose, the best that can happen (for me) is the ability to say "I told you so" which will do neither me, nor you any good. The worst that can happen (for me) is that I fall victim to the Darkside along with many of my compatriots, as retribution for championing the truth and abetting their opposition. The only rational motive that I could have for making such a prophesy, is the hope that, given the consideration that some of these events may take place, some of you might be better prepared. MORE
The more things change, the more they stay the same. For those of us who have developed the bad habit of prognostication, the more they stay the same.
I have come to the conclusion, after having attempted to absorb the thoughts and prognostications of many highly intelligent people, that there are basically four groups that are involved in determining the future of the US Economy. Some of that determination is a result of either pushing or pulling, although most of it is a result of doing nothing, which is the collective contribution of the largest group. The largest group is made up of the sheeple, with the occasional good and bad clown popping up every now and then. MORE
All the King's Horses and All the King's Men, Part Two:
I have been searching for answers regarding the continuing degradation of our economy since the stockmarket crash of 2000. Realizing that there was a lot more to the financial markets than met the eye, I started diligently studying the flow of money throughout the world. My research has uncovered much more than simple malfeasance. An orchestrated conspiracy has emerged and the consequences have become more apparent, day by day. I could have never embarked on this fact finding mission without the aid if the internet. I have become somewhat obsessed with finding out who, what, where, and when. MORE
(Editor's Note: We recently received an email from a reader who voiced the same concerns that I expect most of our readership shares, about their retirement savings and how to best secure their assets and deal with the demise of empire. You folks are fortunate in that you have awakened and realized that there was something very, very rotten going on. There is still time to do something. In an attempt to answer her questions, I found my self slipping in to one of my rants. I decided to post it for you all to enjoy. - JSB) .MORE
Better to be pissed off than pissed on.
The Bear was, initially, intended to offer educational content and commentary to help our readers make economic decisions and protect their capital. When I started it, I was somewhat confused, but not mad. Over the years, as I have uncovered more and more lawlessness and corruption, I have, understandably, grown angry. As a result of my anger, the editorial tone of the web site has changed. I think I can sum it up by saying that the current editorial tone of the Bear has become fifty percent wake-up calls and fifty percent affirmation. I hope that I am successful at presenting our readership with information that they had not been privy to before. The gist of the news that I am currently uncovering is truly outrageous. The depth of deceit and corruption concerning our leaders and the banksters they serve presents an unconscionable situation which borders on unbelievably, but I am, by now, very use to most people refusing to believe the truth. The truth is out there and I have become obsessed with my quest to uncover it, everyday. Those that refuse to even consider these allegations are deluded and will provide little more than unprepared fodder when the great shearing shifts into high gear. MORE
The Dumbing Down of America
Iwas listening to a Carl Sagan interview on NPR this weekend that was taped shortly before his death in 1996. During the interview, he brought up the subject of critical thought. This is a subject that I have touched on many times over the years. I am usually pointing out the apparent pandemic lack of the capacity for critical thought that is the result of the intentional repression of knowledge.
When attempting to understand the public's lack in this regard, we are reminded that there are powerful organizations (especially religious and political organizations) that don't want us to think critically, don't want us to ask questions, don't want us to challenge their authority. The powers that be can not stand up to being criticized, so they do every thing they can to interfere with those thought processes that would allow critical thought to flourish. Most students today, the ones in public schools that are subsidized by the federal government, face, not only the burden of basing their foundations on revisionist history, but also putting up with being admonished if they ask the tough questions. They are told told to shut up, or to stop disrupting class, or something to avoid the fact that the teacher has no good answer for that question.
The Ultimate Enemy We Must Take On & Out
Clueless is no excuse
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."
If you are like me, you know of many folks that are aware of the plethora of problems facing America, and you even have an idea as to what some of the solutions might be. I didn't say you knew many folks like that, just that you knew of many folks like that. You probably know of Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Jim Willie, Brandon Smith, Catherine Austin Fitts, Bill Bonner, Anthony Wile, James Howard Kunstler, and many others (please forgive me if I left you out. There are just too many enlightened members of our community to mention). But you probably don't personally know many people like that. Neither do I. I have met many that fit that bill, but I cannot say that I know them. I don't hang out with them. Out of all the folks I see on a regular basis, only two have a clue when it comes to being aware of the threats our country faces from the inside. I would like to add that the exceptional quality of my friends allows me to bask in their glow. They are, in most cases, intelligent, compassionate, well mannered and well heeled "class acts", but for some reason, they remain clueless as to the actual nature of the threats to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of property" that we face, that originate from inside the United States today (read in, Washington DC). Why do you reckon that is?
"The effluent is about to hit the affluent."
"By increasing the number of U.S. dollars in circulation, or even by credibly threatening to do so, the U.S. government can also reduce the value of a dollar in terms of goods and services, which is equivalent to raising the prices in dollars of those goods and services. We conclude that, under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation." - Ben Bernanke
I would like to make an admission. I now believe that I jumped to a partially wrong conclusion several years ago when I thought that I had pinpointed the cause of our economic woes. When I set out on my quest, in the summer of 2000, to find out the truth about the failing economy, and the dissolution of our retirement accounts, I was immediately drawn to the actions and activities of the Federal Reserve. Not coincidentally, it was soon after I had been introduced to G. Edward Griffin's book, the Creature from Jekyll Island (an absolute must read for anyone who has retained the power of critical thought).
Our Collective Awakening...
This week, I received several emails, that related to a desire, by some readers, for me to provide a basis and background information that led me to the conclusions I have drawn. It (once again) occurred to me that "waking up" is an incremental adventure. It is multi-tiered and multi-layered and will not begin until you can admit that you may be wrong... about everything. And this process, once begun, will never end...
I have been at this, on a daily basis, from more than a decade. I sometimes forget that those who are just now awakening, might have missed the the lectures during (metaphorically speaking) our freshman course studies such as "Tyranny 101", or "Fascism 101" which provide the first glimpses into the evil that has become all pervasive in America. Information pertaining to those subjects (and dozens more) can be found in the archives of the "Bear". It is information we provided way back when. I apologize for sometimes assuming that everyone reading my rants is already wide awake.
If you are reading this, you have, most probably, felt occasionally frustrated by your inability to communicate your feelings concerning the attacks on our personal liberties, to members of your family and/or friends who refuse to "get it". In order to quell my frustration, I have to continually remind myself that most members of our society have been "psychologically conditioned, mentally constrained and dumbed down" by a system that was designed expressly for that purpose. We are basically aware of the abject failure of the Public School Systems to adequately educate our children. The quality of American public schools has been eroding continuously since the creation of the abomination known as the United States Department of Education which was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979. This act, by Carter, was blatantly unConstitutional.
I was, again, fortunate this past week when I found myself in a lively debate about the differences between truth and reality. I say "fortunate" because the subject has, at least to me, grown a great deal in relevance over the last sixteen years, as my inuring tenure as your editor has transpired. The Silver Bear Cafe adopted the motto: "the truth is out there" at our onset. I rarely get the opportunity to engage such a cerebral subject with another free thinker, in person.
I fancy myself Jeffersonian Constitutionalist, a champion of liberty, and a seeker of the truth. The combination of these three dutiful involvements provides me meaning and satisfaction, and coalesce into a condition that I consider wholesome, fulfilling, and one that I aspire to continue to achieve. There are too few truth seekers, although the attraction to the truth seems to be spreading in the face of an overtly devolving social condition.
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(Editor's Note: Bear Tracks is a weekly newsletter comprised of a reflection on the past week's news as well as commentary and projections. MORE