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    “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” ~ Plato

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    Bregenz is on the Western side of Austria, on Lake Constance, a lake on the Rhine which is the third largest fresh water lake in Central Europe. Austria, Germany and Switzerland meet around here at the foot of the Alps.

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    The Bregenz Festival was founded in 1946. It is a performing arts festival held every July and August. The Festival is famous for its Seebühne (or floating stage), with a 7,000 seat open-air amphitheatre which is the location for large-scale opera or musical performances on a stage over water on the shores of Lake Constance.

    During April and May 2008, scenes for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace were filmed on the Seebühne during a performance of Tosca.

    On the invitation of Ulrike Granögger of the Academy of Future Science who teaches, among other things, the Pistus Sophia,   I came to Lake Constance to attend Puccini’s magnificent opera Turnadot at this years festival.

    The production on Friday evening played to a packed house. We sat down at sunset.

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    “Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, said the global economy’s inability to produce goods and services efficiently is going to cripple the ability to pay for pensions and health programs for the elderly. “We have a global problem of a shortage in productivity growth, and it is not only the United States but it is pretty much around the world.” ~ Alan Greenspan’s newest round of lies about the financial coup d’etat as reported by Fox News

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    Productivity growth is indeed slowing. Two essential questions about this problem are why and what can be done about it.

    One reason why is that productivity growth has been focused on making our military industrial complex more powerful, our production more efficient and some investors richer, while ignoring the various economic steroids used to generate that increase in “productivity”: destruction of the natural environment, explosions in personal and government debt and debasement of our civic and cultural life and institutions. We are calculating output while ignoring what is happening in the planetary balance sheet.

    Official calculations of productivity growth also ignore the enormous sums of money, time, and energy being spent to control and destroy human productivity systematically – from the tactics of surveillance and disaster capitalism to “divide and conquer politics.” And let’s not forget the $40 trillion disappearing in the financial coup d’etat ending in the bailouts, more than $1 trillion spent annually on military and weaponry, as well as the explosion of prisons and funding for police states.

    Nor is  “productivity growth” necessarily shared with the people who create it. Since 1973, while productivity growth in America has increased by 254%, labor hourly compensation has increased by merely 113%

    Add Title of Chart and Chart from Jason Worth’s review of Martin Ford’s book:

    ily to the present day, workers no longer shared financially from those improvements.

    Growth of Real Hourly Compensation for Production and Nonsupervisory Workers Versus Productivity (1948–2011)

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    Is there human incentive to increase corporate productivity? There is not, because increasingly too many large institutions and businesses have a negative total economic return.  At the heart of the matter – (1) we need to realign “return to shareholders” with “total economic return” in a manner that produces significantly more wealth. And (2) we need government finances to respect the laws and regulations related to financial management.  Indeed, we have no choice now that the debt growth model is finished. We can’t use more government debt to fund corruption and the externalities of unsustainable behavior.

    For the 2nd Quarter Wrap Up,  Productivity, Prosperity & the Popsicle Index, I will review the existing discussion about stalling productivity growth. I will discuss how it relates to growing inequality, the insufficiency of retirement systems, and the explosive changes underway as a result of robotics and artificial intelligence.

    There are solutions, but they all require a clear picture of where we are now and our possible futures. Which means we need a way to see through and to reject the disinformation that corporate media and special interests are spinning.

    I will post my audio discussion from Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday and we will publish a written discussion in the Second Quarter Web Presentation.

    Whether you are one of those people who wants to “Make America Great Again,” or you live half way around the world from the United States and you want to make your town or country great too, this presentation has critical information to help your vision come true.

    There is no Money & Markets this week. Post and e-mail your questions and I will make sure to answer them in the first week of August.

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    “I still believe the following: 1) that we did not then, and do not today, have the necessary conditions to say that today’s world has a bubble in any of the most important asset classes; 2) that we are unlikely, given the beliefs and practices of the U.S. Fed, to end this cycle without a bubble in the U.S. equity market or, perish the thought, in a repeat of the U.S. housing bubble; 3) the threshold for a bubble level for the U.S. market is about 2300 on the S&P 500, about 10% above current levels, and would normally require a substantially more bullish tone on the part of both individual and institutional investors; 4) it continues to seem unlikely to me that this current equity cycle will top out before the election and perhaps it will last considerably longer; and 5) the U.S. housing market, although well below 2006 highs, is nonetheless approaching a one and one half-sigma level based on its previous history.” ~ Jeremy Grantham, May 2016

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    In last week’s Solari Report, I reviewed the latest Blockbuster Chartology from Rambus and the importance of the Shanghai markets, which were at an important technical line on the wedge that Rambus drew. If the Chinese markets manage to give a bullish signal over the next month, it would argue strongly for more bull market ahead for both US and global equities as well as precious metals.

    Whatever happens to China, however, the signs are clear – the US equity bull market remains intact.

    Here are Friday’s charts:

    Chart Set One, Chart Set Two, Chart Set Three, Chart Set Four

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    CAF Note: Tonight I see Turnadot performed at the Bregenz Festival! Turnadot is my favorite opera – I am thrilled to have this opportunity!

    Related reading:

    Luciano Pavarotti on Wikipedia

    The official Luciano Pavarotti Website

    Nessun dorma on Wikipedia

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    “If you are shopping for common stocks, choose them the way you would buy groceries, not the way you would buy perfume.” ~Benjamin Graham

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    This coming week we will publish the quarterly written Blockbuster Chartology from Rambus, including a powerful in-depth review across precious metals and equity markets.

    For our audio interview, I will solo to review insights from Rambus as well as our 2nd Quarter Wrap Up Financial Roundup. You can link to the Financial Roundup now in the web presentation for the 2nd Quarter Wrap Up linked from your Subscriber Resource Page or the last two Solari Report commentaries where we covered the News Trends & Stories, Part I and Part II with Dr. Farrell. A link to the Blockbuster Chartology will be posted on Thursday in your subscriber links.

    Gold, silver, and mining stocks have had a gangbuster rise in the first two quarters of 2016. Now the US equity markets are hitting record highs. Is the long-term bull market in precious metals finally reasserting itself? Does the US equity bull market have more room to rise? Will government and central bank interventions assure that prices continue to rise, or will slowing productivity growth, lower corporate earnings, and a slowing global economy ultimately ground prices down below current levels? The possible scenarios underscore that investors should be prepared for “volatility in possibilities.” This includes risks to the outlook and stability of the Euro and the US Dollar.

    Posting from Lake Constance in southern Germany, I will address current events in Money & Markets. Please make sure to e-mail or post your questions for Ask Catherine. And thanks again for the great recommendations and links!

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    Some of the great comments posted on this interview:

    CAF is so spot on it’s scary.

    Bravo Ms. Fitts!! Bravo! Now, THAT’S a brave American patriot ! Smart and strong!

    Wow … she is dangerously knowledgeable.

    Awesome interview!

    CAF is the best guest you have on your show. I trust her opinion.

    I love her! She’s brilliant. Great interview.

    I love CAF. I trust her judgment and knowledge. She is a beautiful person inside-out and I believe her intentions
    are for the greater good.

    How did anyone get this smart? Great interview!

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    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    Two groups of people who are uniquely qualified to help protect American citizens from the lawlessness of the powerful and wealthy, including operating through the federal government, are the veterans and police.

    American military veterans have made a decision to serve their country, typically at great cost and great risk to themselves. Police have made a decision to serve our communities, also at great cost and great risk to themselves. Both military veterans and our police are trained to deal with real trouble. The police are trained to know the law. Many veterans know the law as well.

    I find it quite a coincidence that we are watching a divide and conquer process rolling out that is designed to promote federal control of these groups and to try to divide and conquer the population against these groups.

    Don’t fall for it. Military veterans and our local police are two essential groups for us to know, support and embrace within local governance – especially if you want our economy to work

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