THE GHOST OF GOLD
The gold in the vaults beneath the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is the largest gold repository in the world, the vast majority of which belongs to foreign governments, international organisations and other central banks. In recent years many international governments, such as the Deutsche Bundesbank have requested to repatriate their deposits. The 674 tonnes of gold bars, on the request of the Federal Reserve, have been scheduled to be removed gradually, increasing speculation as to how much gold the Reserve actually holds.
A paltry fifth of the worlds gold is held in the vaults of the Bank of England underneath Threadneedle Street in London. The Bank of England abandoned the ‘gold standard’ in 1931 and the US completely severed links between the dollar and gold in 1971.
Extract From The Mask of Anarchy
Percy Bysshe Shelley 1819
'What is Freedom?--ye can tell
That which slavery is, too well--
For its very name has grown
To an echo of your own.
''Tis to work and have such pay
As just keeps life from day to day
In your limbs, as in a cell
For the tyrants' use to dwell,
'So that ye for them are made
Loom, and plough, and sword, and spade,
With or without your own will bent
To their defence and nourishment.
''Tis to see your children weak
With their mothers pine and peak,
When the winter winds are bleak,--
They are dying whilst I speak.
''Tis to hunger for such diet
As the rich man in his riot
Casts to the fat dogs that lie
Surfeiting beneath his eye;
''Tis to let the Ghost of Gold
Take from Toil a thousandfold
More than e'er its substance could
In the tyrannies of old.
'Paper coin--that forgery
Of the title-deeds, which ye
Hold to something of the worth
Of the inheritance of Earth.
''Tis to be a slave in soul
And to hold no strong control
Over your own wills, but be
All that others make of ye.
'And at length when ye complain
With a murmur weak and vain
'Tis to see the Tyrant's crew
Ride over your wives and you
Blood is on the grass like dew.
For the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group, propaganda is everything. The narrators that work for ISIS on their online videos are experts in the presentation of the ISIS brand; their research is strategic, comprehensive and extensive. The videos and online material present a ‘positive alternative’ to the status quo, and are attractive to those frustrated with current religious and financial paradigms. The virtual world will become increasingly important when the ‘caliphate’ no longer exists in reality.