“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” ~Ludwig van Beethoven

By Catherine Austin Fitts

My job is to help people understand what is happening in this world – and to use that knowledge to help us have a free and inspired life. One of the benefits is that I get to take some great working vacations.

This summer’s working vacation started in August at the Santa Fe Opera where I saw Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II. I was reminded that I have lost too much inner frivolity and need to get it back.

I then headed to Europe, returning to Lake Constance for the Bregenz Festival and a spectacular production of Bizet’s Carmen on the famous floating stage. It will be held over in 2018, so there is still time for you to see it!

Today, I drove with friends by car through the alps to Verona, Italy. The churches have a concert series: Concerti Dell’Assunta 2017.  This evening we attended the second in the series – the pipe organ concert at Chiesa di S. Fermo. As we waited on the church steps for the concert to start, I told them stories of the amazing success of the crowdfund for Dr. Farrell’s pipe organ.  Here is a concert from Concerti Dell’Assunta 2016.

Tomorrow night we head for the arena in Verona to see Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.  There is no public video of this production yet, so check out my favorite Beethoven flashmob of the Ode to Joy from the 9th Symphony performed in Spain in 2012.

But wait – there’s more! A year of such beautiful music would not be complete without my old haunt, the Metropolitan Opera in New York. I have tickets for Les Contes d’Hoffmann and La Bohème in October.

If you are interested in trying opera, the Metropolitan transmits to over 2,000 theaters in 70 countries.  Can’t hurt to try – after all, it is a free and inspired life!

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“A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” ~Senator Everett Dirksen

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Today, I checked into my hotel in Verona sometime between 4pm and 5pm. I unpacked, attended to e-mail and then joined the Solari team by bridge call on our Monday Round Up. At 8pm, I went downstairs to meet my friends in the hotel lobby. As we stood outside our hotel, there was a photographer with a large, professional camera taking pictures. It looked like he was taking pictures of us. However, when I looked at him he started taking pictures of the buildings and then walked into the hotel. He looked approximately 40-45 years, was thin with reddish brown hair, wore glasses and was probably somewhere between 5’10” to 6 feet.

Groan…I am probably going to have to start carrying my smart phone with me so I can take pictures of these folks.

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“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em” ~ Kenny Rogers

by Catherine Austin Fitts

Yesterday was the photographer. Today is bank card fraud. Someone is using my card to buy petrol and go to Disneyland in Paris. So today I have to tear up another bank card during the middle of a trip.

Shadow work – it’s a budget line for independent media. The more successful you are at communicating, the more shadow work expense in your overhead.

I bank at a great community bank who caught it right away.

Moral of the story – Ditch the big banks. Get a great bank who knows you and cares about you and your business. Use cash. Digital systems are not trustworthy.

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Money & Markets

Here are the Friday charts: Set One, Set Two, Set Three, Set Four

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