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Math: Your Secret Weapon Against Wall Street and the NSA

Edward Frenkel wants you to understand mathematics so economists, bankers, corporations, and intelligence agencies can’t manipulate you anymore.—By Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney

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Edward Frenkel sees it, the way we teach math in schools today is about as exciting as watching paint dry. So it’s not surprising that when he brings up the fact that he’s a mathematician at dinner parties, eyes quickly glaze over. “Most people, unfortunately, have a very bad experience with mathematics,” Frenkel says. And no wonder: The math we learn in school is as far from what Frenkel believes is the soul of mathematics as a painted fence is from “The Starry Night” by Van Gogh, Frenkel’s favorite painter.

The Russian born University of California-Berkeley mathematician, whose day job involves probing the connections between math and quantum physics, wants to change that. Rather than alienating drudgery, Frenkel views math as an “archipelago of knowledge” that’s universally available to all of us, and he’s been everywhere of late spreading the word. In particular, Frenkel is intent on warning us about how people are constantly using (or misusing) math to get our personal data, to hack our emails, to game our stock markets. “The powers that be sort of exploit our ignorance, and manipulate us more when we are less aware of mathematics,” said Frenkel on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast. If you hated math in high school, maybe that will catch your attention.

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Frenkel’s paean to math begins with an emphasis on its unifying nature. To him, math—not religion—is the one shared body of firm, unchanging knowledge that we all possess and that nobody can ever take away from us. “You meet someone, you don’t know where they come from, what language they speak, what is their background,” he says. “But you already know that there is so much you have in common, because all the mathematical ideas that have ever been discovered, we all share them.” If you met an alien intelligence, the same would be true. Math never changes. It sometimes has discoverers, but never authors or owners. “It’s a great equalizer,” Frenkel says.

The implications of math’s universality, incidentally, are downright spooky. Take this New York Times essay by Frenkel, contemplating whether the fact that math works so perfectly and without fail suggests we might be living in a Matrix-like simulation. For a while, it was the most viewed article on the paper’s website. The question of why math works to describe the universe, even as we also just happen to have brains that can understand it, is a pretty momentous one. Or as Galileo put it:

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Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the letters in which it is composed. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one wanders about in a dark labyrinth.

Such contemplations have driven more than one scientist to God. But then, hey, it could just be Agent Smith. CONT’D AT THE SOURCE RIGHT HERE …CLICK

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Whenever austerity measures and budget cutbacks are discussed there is an immediate chorus of “Nooooo’s” that come from the left. Along with their tried-and-true name-calling and mudslinging and claims that it’s a “war on the poor” , “it’s a war on children” and that millions of people will die if they don’t get their food stamps or other entitlements in a timely fashion. Lately, they have even latched on to a nonemotional argument namely that austerity measures and reduced government spending will cripple the slowly healing economy. These are the same economic illiterates who wholeheartedly support “Obamacare” otherwise known as “Obamatax”. Even the Nancy Pelosi and dirty Harry Reid all the way up to the president with all of his epic wisdom have voiced the same concern about spending cuts…

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To the extent that their ideas regarding reduced spending could hamper our nonexistent recovery every single first year economics student… And most fifth-graders know that you don’t raise taxes in the middle of her recovery or during a recession. Why then is nobody talking about the disastrous effects which will most certainly follow the largest tax increase in the history of our Republic?

The joint committee on taxation released a report early this year on the tax provisions associated with the affordable care act. The report identified 21 tax increases included in this bill which totaled over $1 trillion… Which was much more than the initial assessment which surprises nobody. In fact this estimate is twice the 500 billion estimate produced at the time the law was passed under less than aboveboard ways. Hasn’t anybody stopped to consider the impact of the government pulling another $1 trillion out of the economy? How about huge amounts of money that will be used by the 20 million or so Americans who up until now didn’t have healthcare premiums to pay? How about the billions of dollars in premium increases that will have to be paid under this new law so that 70-year-old women have reproductive care? This doesn’t even take into account the loss of income that millions of Americans will experience when their jobs are cut back to part-time status to avoid the law. Forbes recently reported that instead of the $2500 per family decrease in healthcare spending Obama care will provide the real number appears to be an increase of $7450 for a typical family of four each year. Every dollar that is spent on healthcare premiums is another dollar that isn’t being spent to stimulate the economy. In short over $1 trillion and possibly as much as $2 trillion will be extracted from the economy in the next 10 years at a time when it is barely limping along as it is. It’s far as I’m concerned the economic consequences are scarier than the health consequences of this huge new tax. Why is no one talking about this? Ohhhh… nevermind.

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But didn’t Obama say that everyone’s premiums would go down? What aboout the $2,500 savings for a family of four that he ran for office on and sold this plan to a very skeptical nation with?

If you listen very carefully you can hear it. It’s a sound like no other sound you have ever heard. Imagine the sound of 6 billion people moaning at the same time…. Pretty soon the entire planet will start to shake as the financial, societal and political underpinnings of the global economy begin to crumble and fall. if you’re not already heavily invested in gold or silver, then you are almost completely out of time. The government knows it’s coming…they have known it for a long time. In fact, they even know when, which is why in the last three weeks, the Department of Homeland Security has been frantically issuing purchase orders for more ammunition, more MREs (meals ready to eat), more pouches of drinking water, more “Heater Meals”…and over 10 million dollars of antibiotics just for one FEMA Region! On top of that they are insisting that everything be delivered on or before October 1, 2013, which is in just five short weeks. What is coming our way, courtesy of too much debt, too much quantitative easing and at system of Central Banks, whose only real purpose was to use money they just printed / created, and the interest they collected on it by loaning it back to us, to buy all of the material wealth they could get their hands on, this includes both mineral wealth and natural resources wealth of the entire globe right out from under us with money we let them print for nothing and handed them for nothing.

Central banks cannot fix a broken economy, central banks cannot make the systemic changes to our ic system that need to be made, and they are unable to repair broken balance sheets and put public finances on sustainable footing… What they can do, and what they have done is buy us time, which allows these market anomalies to build up pressure so that when the dam does finally burst… it goes big. Our governments have ignored the national debt and resisted each and every effort to bring it back under control because they lacked the political courage to do the right thing …when it’s not the popular thing. The easy credit and low interest rates of the last 5 years combined with the speculators drawn in through the to dollar carry trade, along with excessive credit growth in every country on the globe has generated massive bubbles that are getting ready to burst in a dramatic way.

The best analogy to put things into perspective is to think of the United States like it was Detroit 10 years ago, everybody knew Detroit was broke, but nobody did anything about it. We all waited for something to happen, 10 years,  and finally (of course) they are bankrupt and what happens now is this, instead of the pensioners taking 10 to 20% of the money, in order to continue to draw what they have been drawing would require them to take 75%. This isn’t going to happen. That’s what’s happened with the United States as we have been delaying and delaying and putting off and ignoring the obvious while in the back of our minds we always knew that someday there would be a big price to pay because something is going to happen and the cuts that everybody will face across the board in Social Security, Medicare, government pensions, will now be much larger and far more severe than they would have been had we dealt with it when we should’ve.  Thank you Democrats, liberals and progressives.

When you’re standing in line for a chunk of stale bread to feed your family. make sure you thank a Democrat, make sure you thank one of the progressives who foolishly believed that all we had to do was tax the rich people more… There is no single group of people on this planet who understand less about the economy than liberals. If you are in stocks right now, expect to lose at least 75% of the value. We’ve always kind of known the bond market was a Ponzi scheme, and we’ve always kind of known in the back of our minds that the stock market was also a bit of a Ponzi scheme, and even people who have been dead for 100 years could see that this last drop-off in gold and silver prices was also another manufactured Ponzi scheme to make Fiat currencies look good.

Looming, not so far out on the horizon is the $500 trillion (in notional value) derivatives market, which the democrats curiously left out of their financial industry reform package was never dealt with when it should have been. One thing we can’t know for sure is how far things will fall, but what we do know as certainly as death and taxes, is that it is mathematically impossible to avoid a serious market adjustment as the global economy comes crashing down around our feet. Fiat currencies don’t work in the long term and these unscrupulous central banks already have all of our gold. Would it surprise you to know that the largest buyers of gold for the last year have been the central banks using freshly created fiat currency they knew was worthless to buy up as much gold as possible so when the shit hits the fan, they will realize profits up to 3000% in a very short period of time. All of those clever sayings and quotes by Lincoln and Jackson and Kennedy and everybody else clear back to our founding fathers about the dangers to our freedoms and liberties posed by the central banks have now come home to roost. The problems we will face before the end of this calendar year are only compounded by the fact that we currently have Obama the criminal communist usurper still in the White House. He and his merry band of useful idiots under the direction of their evil satanic Zionist handlers will finally get what they wanted in order to grab our guns…eliminate 80% of us and bring us all under the iron fist of total government control.

This is where we get martial law stuffed down our throats, this is where we get foreign troops on our soil, taking away people’s guns, this is where we lose 80% of our population that premature death and starvation to pandemic flu’s tuberculosis and every other nasty disease you can think of. It is my sincerest hope that the first people the angry mobs that will emerge from this breakdown will immediately string from the highest tree by their necks are the members of the main stream media, not for just failing to be the watchdogs of government but also for their complicity in this takeover of our country. The second people need to be the progressive liberals who have spent us to the edge of the abyss. 50 million people currently receive government food stamps for God sakes, and they are complaining and crying that’s it’s not enough! All of those feel-good programs that we told them weren’t sustainable and we couldn’t afford when they were passed… All of those cuts in Medicare, Social Security and all of the rest that they refused to put on the table and deal with to avoid this collapse,  have done nothing more than sign each one of those program’s death warrant.  Instead of cutting by them back by 10% or 15% and keeping them viable to serve the people who need it the most…have now required the market to do its work for them.

The game was rigged against us long ago by a group of banksters who are absolutely ruthless and who will destroy anything that stands between them and your money. These are the same people who killed Kennedy and Lincoln; these are the same people who manipulated us into WWI and WWII! These is the same small group of people who have stood by while millions of people have been starved to death due to their market manipulations…do you think these same people will have any problem sleeping after they bring the global economy crashing down around us in order to enslave us all and bring us all under a global dictatorship? I think I may have mentioned that this does not end well.

Barack Obama is utterly loathsome.

“Search my soul,”  he intones, in his most sober, professorial condescension. In his world, we are all Americans, and, Lord Knows, Americans are by definition racist, stump-toothed cast-offs from the set-list of extras on Deliverance: An American court, in an American State, with an American Jury passed judgment about a case involving two Americans. Yep, it must be racist. Time for “us” to “search our souls“…

With all due respect sir: Screw You.

The state of my soul is a closely-watched work in progress. And, given that I know who ultimately will adjudge the outcome, my soul is just fine, thank you. Search your own soul, sir.

How about starting with the little deal you cooked up with Bill Clinton to offer Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Joe Sestack a nice, cushy Federal job if he dropped out of the 2010 senate race? Most folks have forgotten that you were engaged in election fraud and illegal electioneering for this stunt, but I haven’t. How about searching that moth-eaten soul of yours, Barack, for chatting with and befriending the domestic terrorist Billy Ayers and his troll-like wife Bernadine and palling around with other 1960′s murderers and miscreants? Find anything? Your mentor, Frank Marshall Davis was a radical Communist and editor of the proto-Fascsictic Chicago Star in the 1930s, with ties to Papa Joe Stalin’s murderous regime. Has your soul taken a hit for his genocide against the entire Ukraine nation?

Anything left in your soul after refusing to allow Dutch-flagged skimmers to help with the BP oil spill because you wouldn’t suspend the Jones Act, and let non-union workers help with the unfolding disaster there? How about voting against the Illinois Infant Born Alive Protection Act, and in your public testimony about the Act calling a live, breathing child a “fetus, baby, whatever you want to call it”? How’s the old soul on THAT one, Mr. President? Is your soul quivering for the scores of Mexicans mowed down by your Justice Department’s heinous gun-running operation south of the border called “Fast and Furious”. (THERE IS MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM HERE ..CLICK)

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