“Once you embark on a road of imagination and creating, all bets are off. All preconceptions about what you must do, make, think, assume, and believe are yesterday’s news.” ~ Jon Rappoport

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Two weeks ago, Rev. Franklin Sanders helped me address Spiritual Warfare from a Christian perspective. However, I want our discussion to be ongoing and inclusive.

I am always fascinated listening to Jon Rappoport talk about what is happening spiritually. We align on the most important concepts, though we come at and describe them differently. So  I was thrilled when Jon agreed that he would address Spiritual Warfare on his quarterly report for the Solari Report this coming week.

What is Spiritual Warfare? To what degree is it a battle against opposing forces? To what degree is it the individual at odds with himself/herself? How does one tell the difference? Is there a litmus test? Is there a dimension of world affairs that supersedes and stands outside the events of the day, a spiritual dimension in which planet-shaping decisions are made. This is Jon at his very best!

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review Unmistaken Child, a 2008 documentary which follows a Tibetan Buddhist monk’s search for the reincarnation of his beloved teacher, the world-renowned lama (master teacher) Gershe Lama Konchog.

Talk to you Thursday!

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Jon has created a new special collection which includes information on how to obtain and manage power outside the confines of the matrix. He is calling it Power Outside the Matrix. It comes with my highest recommendation!

For more information on Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News.

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“Keep calm and hire yourself”~Seen at Pinterest

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Kickstarter is the largest platform for crowdfunding creative projects. Since starting in 2009, Kickstarter has helped to raise over $1.3 billion for 71,350 successfully funded projects.

The US micro-equity and venture markets are still waiting for the Securities and Exchange Commission to publish regulations implementing provisions of the JOBS Act to permit the sale of securities through crowdfunding portals. In the meantime, foreign portals are growing as are US online platforms such as Kickstarter that finance entrepreneurs through gifts and pre-production orders.

One of the attractions of crowdfunding is that it provides access to funding and support for many people who have traditionally been shut out of capital raising avenues: artists, geeks, documentary makers and – you guessed it- women. A recent academic study reported in WSJ  shows a high participation rate of women both funding and leading successfully funded projects on platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

This week on The Solari Report, I will speak with San Francisco Bay Area nutritionist and chef Karen Wang Diggs about her highly successful kickstarter project Kraut Source.  Karen is a chef with extensive experience both in North America and Asia as well as a gifted entrepreneur with a knack for helping busy people combine good health and fresh, delicious food.

Karen and her partner launched their campaign to raise $35,000 to launch Kraut Source – kitchenware for making fermented foods like sauerkraut and natural pickles. Kraut Source blew by their goal, raising $184,133 from 3,355 funders. (I was one) That is quite a customer base with which to start a business! Karen just returned from the New York Maker Faire where Kraut Source was one of five successful projects highlighted by Kickstarter.

Should you consider crowdfunding? How do you do it? What works and why? Karen and I will walk you through the ingredients to her success. Send or post your questions!

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, here is “The Art of Asking,” Amanda Palmer on her philosophy as performance artist and attractor of global crowdsourced support.

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From the transcript:

Catherine Austin Fitts: Our theme tonight is the shift to 3.0, and we’re going to be looking at twelve trends. This is our 3rd Quarter Wrap-Up. As you know, every quarter we step back and try to get the long view. I think that’s very important.

This was inspired because we decided to do for November our Equity Quarterly Overview a discussion of investment strategy for Global 3.0. Then part of that was going to be the top trends. As you know, I think it’s important to try to align with the primary trends where it makes sense to. (It doesn’t always make sense, and it may not always be what I find the responsible thing to do.) But I think it’s important to know what the trends are and to align with them where you line up.

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” ~ Ephesians 6:12

By Catherine Austin Fitts

In recent months I have received an increasing number of requests to address spiritual warfare and the most powerful, invisible forces that operate in our world.

I asked Franklin Sanders, who serves as Reverend and minister of Christ Our Hope Reformed Episcopal Church in West Point, Tennessee where I am a member, to join me. An understanding of spiritual warfare is more than a personal interest. It has helped to bring us safely through some mighty dangerous times.

Franklin and I have agreed we can speak our minds, so be prepared for a serious yet very lively discussion. We will speak as Christians with an expectation to add value to our listeners whatever your spiritual practice.

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest news in the financial markets and geopolitics.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review a reading by John Cleese of The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis  as well as the animated cartoon movie, Monsters, Inc. These are two personal favorites that speak to critical aspects of spiritual warfare.

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[Note from CAF: Given the swings and excitement in the precious metals market, Franklin Sanders and I took some time today to update Solari Report subscribers!]


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“The future is here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” ~ William Gibson

By Catherine Austin Fitts

The US dollar index moved above 85 last week while the US stock market continued to levitate. This caused hundreds of pundits to scratch their heads looking for fashionable ways of explaining why managed markets slow burn forward and G-7 leadership behave in baffling ways. While the US bombed Syria and announced a military invasion of Africa, a former Chinese schoolteacher successfully led the largest IPO in the history of the planet.

So, it is not surprising that The Solari Report team continues to receive questions about the presentation in our last three Wrap Ups (Annual 2013, 1st Quarter 2014, 2nd Quarter 2014) about the shift from Global 2.0 to Global 3.0.

What’s that? It is the shift from an industrialized G-7 economy which draws commodities from a significantly poorer undeveloped world to a networked global economy marked by the rise of the emerging markets and a re-balancing of both production and consumption. We are, all 7 billion of us, in the process of getting connected.

Michael Ventura once said, “…the human psyche is one of the great forces of nature, and what is most frightening about this space/time technology is that it exposes us to this force within us as nothing else ever has. We are standing in the storm of our own being.”

Indeed, our telecommunications storm is on its way to including everyone, while our currency and financial markets are on the way to incorporating everyone’s financial transactions and assets.

In the 3rd Quarter Wrap Up, I am going to outline the 12 most important trends that define this shift from Global 2.0 to 3.0. I will take a look at the important events of the last quarter and help you see them in the context of the deeper changes underway. We will step back from the barrage of daily news and use each Wrap Up to help us get and keep  our perspective!

Send your comments and questions to Ask Catherine or post on the blog.

Please join me on the Solari Report this week!

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“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” ~ J.K. Rowling

By Catherine Austin Fitts

One of the most remarkable aspects of my life so far is the number of times that I have faced death  – call them “almost near death experiences.” A healer once told me that there were more than a few people who found it baffling, even terrifying, that I was alive and well.

One of the blessings of such circumstances is that I have made friends with death. In a favorite movie, the hero says “Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.” Indeed if you can smile at death, including your own, you free yourself from a world of worries, many instilled in our culture for the sole purpose of creating dependency and selling commercial and financial products. You step into a more meaningful and lively life.

This week on The Solari Report, I will speak with author and attorney Jo Kline Cebuhar about her new novel Exit that tells the story of life and death in a hospice in Iowa. Jo will share her recommendations for building our skill sets at managing the end-of-life, whether our own or of those we love. We will also touch base on her remarkable work on health care proxies [See our last Solari Report with Jo] and ethical wills.

It’s the last week of the month so no Money & Markets. I will be driving across the Southwest, after joining subscribers for lunch in Albuquerque next Wednesday.

For Let’s Go to the Movies, I recommend To Dance With The White Dog, a movie made from the book of the same title. Love does not end with death. Indeed, some of us continue to communicate with those we love after they die and we may join them when we do.  To Dance with the White Dog tells such a tale.

Talk to you Thursday!

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“I realize that the odds against a free life must seem pretty formidable right now. And yet there are already individuals who live their lives as they choose.
~Harry Browne

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Jon Rappoport, Dr. Joseph Farrell and I shared the stage in San Mateo in July. Questions we heard throughout the weekend included, “How do I breakaway?” “How can I be happy given the way the world is going.” How do I help my children adapt and thrive?”  Jon addressed some of these questions in his presentation. However, the audience wanted more – lots more. They wanted to drill down into the details.

For the last two months Jon, Joseph and I have been discussing the tactics and strategies that people have used – both now and through the centuries – to overcome the spiritual, cultural, legal, financial and physical obstacles to personal freedom. We thought we would share some of these insights this week on the Solari Report.

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news. Make sure to send your questions for Ask Catherine.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review “Long Way Round”. When a colleague suggested I watch 5 1/2 hours of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman riding motorcycles from London to New York via Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, Russia and Canada, I thought he was mad.  Yes, I loved having motorcycles when I lived in Hong Kong. Yes, I rode a bicycle alone across the United States. These are things that are fun to do, not watch a video of someone else doing. I was sure I would never get through the first episode. Wrong I was – tagging along by film on this extraordinary adventure, infused me with new energy for living a free and inspired life.

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“What I put in the stock market, I don’t have to touch in my lifetime. I want to live off my bonds. I want to be that safe.” ~Monica Seles

By Catherine Austin Fitts

For many years, municipal bonds have been a mainstay of American retirement portfolios. However, as the mortgage markets melted down from serious, systemic fraud, some analysts predicted that we would see a similar meltdown in the municipal market.

Of course, mortgage fraud depended on the MERS system creating a way for federal agencies and Wall Street to circumvent local government controls. That circumvention did not happen in the municipal market. Despite the budget struggles that state and local government are managing as they and we adjust to a changing economy and federal fiscal and monetary debasement, the municipal market has managed to avoid most of the pitfalls experienced in the asset backed markets.

It was Joe Mysak, Municipal Market editor for Bloomberg and author of the Encyclopedia of Municipal Bonds: A Reference Guide to Market Events, Structures, Dynamics, and Investment Knowledge who challenged the dire warnings, insisting that significant financial defaults would be more limited and that municipalities would manage through. He was right.

Joe and his team have just published their Municipal Market First Half 2014 Stat Book.  Joe joins me this week for a Municipal Market Overview. We cover all the issues – from market performance, to the big defaults – Detroit and Puerto Rico – to the latest developments in federal tax and bond regulation, the condition of state and local pension funds, more budget challenges and the outlook for increased infrastructure investment.  Even if low yields have kept many of us out of tax-exempt bonds, this market is an important window on what is happening on the ground in North America.  Talking with Joe is always fascinating – his insight is rich with history and network.

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review Mayor Cupcake, a family comedy about a local baker whose kids nominate her to serve as Mayor of her small town. She proceeds to restore the town budget to a lawful basis. On one hand, you might think it is silly. On the other hand, if we could turn loose a similar process across the country, we could return integrity to a meaningful portion of the economy. Mayor Cupcake implies that local guys are skimming. I believe they only get a small cut – that a major portion is going to the folks at the top. Whatever the allocations, Mayor Cupcake is a reminder that rejuvenating the economy on Main Street requires integrity in the dimes and dollars of local finances. I live in a town with a Mayor and city council members I trust to watch every penny. It is a good feeling – like the one you get watching Mayor Cupcake – and a feeling I wish for all of us.

Please post or e-mail your questions for Ask Catherine. Talk to you Thursday!

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“The aid program delivered best it could what was in reality a flimsy contrivance, which – in turn – was really only an exotic venue through which to pass public funds to selected Russians of the Clintons and the Harvard Institute of International Development’s choosing and to Wall Street investment banks the Clintons hoped to entice permanently into their orbit of supporters and contributors. In short, the Russian bond market was the Arkansas Development Finance Authority gone international.” ~ Anne Williamson, Testimony Before the Committee on Banking and Financial Services of the U.S. House of Representatives, Sept. 21, 1999

By Catherine Austin Fitts

The most popular blog post at solari.com is Financial Coup d’ Etat. It was written about my experience at an investment conference in London. I was presenting The Myth of the Rule of Law about the extraordinary windfalls enjoyed by private investors as a result of so-called “privatization” and the early engineering of the US housing bubble. I then heard a riveting presentation from former WSJ report and author Anne Williamson about a similar process in Russia and the former Soviet Union territories and one from John Laughland about, yet again, a similar process in Eastern Europe.

We realized that day that it was the same investment interests operating globally using the same models in country after country.  Since then, as events unfold globally, I watch for the impact of investment flows on events throughout the seven continents – the financial interests and deals often involve deep connections.

This week Anne Williamson of Lok-N-Load Media joins me to discuss the devastating “privatization” of the Russian economy in the 1990’s as a critical history leading up to current events in the Ukraine. We will talk about what is happening in the Ukraine, Russia’s point of view and what that means to events ahead. This is a long, fascinating discussion on the real politik of US relations with Europe, Russia and the Ukraine today with an experienced author whose grasp of the global financial system, institutions and markets is first rate. You don’t want to miss it!

In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review a remarkable new documentary Dinosaur 13, directed and produced by Todd Douglas Miller. Whether Iraq, Kiev, Crimea or Rapid City, South Dakota, when powerful private interests want control, whether of fossil fuels or fossils, they can and do engineer a lot of tax-payer funded resources in the service of getting what they want.

Talk to you Thursday!

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