A PhD in Economics. Author of National Economic Reform's Ten Articles of Confederation.
To Heal A Nation
After a weekend undisputed violence that rocked this nation there are concerning questions that need direct answers with solutions that will restore and heal the gaping holes in our society and our economy. It is in education that holds many of the answers. When we look back in the history of the United States, we find the roots of racial prejudice stemming from the way our politicians ransacked the reconstruction process following the Civil War.
The Housing Crisis Today
When the Fed raised interest rates, they apparently forgot that every time they have done so in the past inflation only increased. So, this time they really added salt to our already critically wounded economy. The dire conditions millions face remain unabated whenever the Fed acts. We have to remember that the Great Depression made millionaires in a time of the greatest financial and economic calamity of the 20th century. Today, the justification for interest rate hikes is basically the same. The profiteering of many individuals and corporations have unleashed a cataclysm of financial hardships that has expanded to almost 4/5 of the US population. Essentially what is happening is nothing more than price gouging. Yet state and federal governments have proved ineffective to address what is already becoming one of the worst housing crises since the Great Depression.
Failure Of Leadership
For far too long Presidential leadership has been stoking the flames of armed aggression. The economies of the industrial nations have long since been solely dependent on the fossil fuel conglomerates. Since the beginning of the 21st century humanity has developed the technologies that would transform our energy needs away from oil and the other fossil fuels. It is these fossil fuels that continue to cause irreversible damage to our environment and pitted nations against each other. The failure of leadership from the global community has now pushed Russia to use armed aggression to keep their energy lifelines well intact.
The Tempests of Our Times
The willful destructive tendencies of many have exploited the realities of our times. If societies ignore what is actually happening the epic tragedies and travesties taking place will create the greatest upheaval of humanity since the Great Flood.
The Consequences of Governmental Inaction
What we have seen from the past year and a half during this Pandemic is a deterioration of governmental responses to felicitate the general public's ability to survive the onslaught of reoccurring financial and medical losses. It was in May of 2020 that many in congress were in accord to implement financial aid to millions of Americans on a monthly basis for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, after almost two years the Biden Administration and congress have done a complete turnaround leaving millions of Americans struggling not only with the resurgence of Covid-19 infections but the inflationary trend on every consumable. The result is putting the economy in grave jeopardy.
Comes A Horseman
On a night as black as pitch comes the Horseman. It is said that all through-out history man has been tormented by the constant struggle between good and evil. Where good intentions are swept away by selfish desires. These selfish desires are now embedded in the conscious thoughts of man coursed by the temptations that the Horseman offers.
The Vagabonds Odyssey
In the year 2187 one hundred years after the Great War the earth is still scorched. Smoldering relics of a time now forgotten litter the land as far as the eye can see. Among the few surviving humans now emerging from the caves comes the one man able to save the rest of humanity. A man whose steely blue eyes and white hair have weathered years in quiet desolation, exiled far below the earth's surface. Now, as he emerged gazing over all that surrounds not a bird in sight, no trees to see only the emptiness of a barren land laid before him.
The Consequences Of Our Inaction
The world today is too small for nations to resort to petty squabbles that have always had reverberating consequences for their nations populations. In fact they have had drastic after effects for the whole world. The United States is not alone in exasperating global conditions. But, we have had a hand in creating major disruptions and so called regime change in countries all over the world. Ever since the Korean conflict we have blundered our way through foreign policy after foreign policy. Never has any action since been for the benefit of US citizens.
The Last Faberge'
The year was 1885 when Carl Faberge` was commissioned by the Czar of Russia to commemorate Easter with a gift to his wife. In true Faberge` fashion the first of 57 Faberge` Eggs as they were called was made. From 1885 until 1915 each year the Czar was given one of these most precious of gifts. Unfortunately the house of Faberge` never recovered from the Bolshevik Revolution and never again was an original Faberge` Egg made. The mysterious disappearance of 8 of these exquisite works of art remains a mystery even today. Each egg was so magnificently crafted with pure gold and the most precious of all the fine cut stones from diamonds, rubies, and emeralds all inlaid within made every Faberge` egg the most valuable piece of art that even today are valued at well over 100 million dollars each. Just think of what the combined value of those missing 8 Faberge` Eggs are worth today.
The Last Faberge's The Pope's Revenge
In the year 1119, the first crusade had already captured Jerusalem when Geoffrey Bison was on his way to join Hugues de Payens and seven others on their way to Vienna. These nine soldiers of fortune were soon to become known as the Templar Knights. For the next ten years they cleared the pathways from Belgrade to Istanbul protecting pilgrims on their way to the Holy Lands. It was in 1129 when Pope Innocent II sanctioned the Templar's as an official arm of the Catholic Church that began one of the most storied chapters in the history of the world. When the First Crusade captured Jerusalem thirty year earlier the Templar's were able to now take refuge in the remains of the Temple of Solomon. Over the course of next ten years the Knights managed to uncover and stealthily remove the treasure of the ages. From 1134 to around 1144 these 9 Templar Knights managed to retrieve vast riches that were hidden under the Temple of Solomon. Though under allegiance to the Pope one would have thought that all this wealth would immediately go on to Rome but instead Hugues de Payens and Count Hugh of Champagne decided it would be better if the treasure was hidden in four separate locations all through-out Europe. Only a token amount went to Pope Innocent II. It is said that from then on every Papal succession was possessed in locating the Templar's treasure. In the end it was Pope Clement V who along with the King of France became so jealous of the Templar's wealth that they conspired to eliminate the order all together not realizing that all the riches of the Templar's would remain hidden forever.
The Ronnie Belle
They called him Capt. Ron, a crusty old salt. He served in the Merchant marine after coming out of the Maritime Academy, class of '63. For over 30 years Capt. Ron has seen practically every port there is. Now, in the twilight of his years he still yearns for one last great voyage. A voyage of self discovery as he called it. To him it is part of who he is. The calling of the sea has always beckoned him back.
The Last Faberge's: The Curse Of Nicholas II
Ever since the beginning of recorded history events, encounters, and mysterious writings have mystified and eluded explanation. The many mysteries of the world have baffled Scientists and archaeologists for centuries. When Professor Swartz discovered the tomb of Anastasia in Northern Afghanistan little did he realize the scope of what was hidden inside the last resting place of one of the worlds most sought after mysteries. Finding the remains of one of histories most iconic historical families should have been enough. But, what was uncovered after this great find proved to be more mysterious than anyone could ever have imagined.