By Catherine Austin Fitts

Below is a list of risk issues I prepared for a theoretical family considering a move from a densely populated high cost area in the United States. I will use this as background for our discussion of scenarios for our 1st Quarter 2017 Equity Overview.


  • Family of four US citizens
  • Two children
  • Family members are healthy
  • Family lives in large state in a densely populated area

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[CAF Note: I am republishing this post – originally published in March 2009 of a taxonomy made in the 1990’s – as a subscriber asked for guidance on the important areas of data collection for mapping a local economy]

One of the greatest opportunities before us is aligning our financial systems with our local living systems — with our people, our culture and our natural environment.  Currently, if you map out and make visible our “financial ecosystems” you will find that the incentives in those systems are often at odds with what optimizes the living systems and build wealths locally. Bringing transparency to our financial systems and living systems within a place and finding opportunities to realign is an activity worth considering.

Data in your local area is typically collected by enterprises and agencies responsible for public and private operations and investment. Many years ago, I created a taxonomy of local investment categories to describe the basic areas of data collection.

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By Susan Carpenter

It isn’t often that it rains in L.A. for six days running, as it did this week. The inches Mother Nature dumped on us may not have cured the drought, but they did more than just wash our cars for free. They offered proof of what many water sustainability experts believe: that much of the water we need at home already falls from the sky and can reduce our dependence on ever-dwindling and expensive-to-import supplies.

If only we could catch it.

I have a variety of rain catchment systems at my house. I’ve written about a type of cistern fencing called a Waterwall that can hold 634 gallons, I’ve modified my parkway with a water-abosrbing mini trench called a bioswale, and I’ve installed a 3,000-gallon infiltration pit in my backyard that takes the rain from my roof and flows it into a drainage pond (not for reuse but to replenish area groundwater). Then there’s my most recent addition: rain barrels.

Continue reading Water Conservation? The Sky’s The Limit

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This weekend I read Suzanne Somers’ new book, Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who are Curing Cancer and How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place. I could not put it down.

Somers was inspired to write Knockout after being assured by six doctors that she was terminally ill with full body cancer and then discovering that she did not have cancer at all.

Somers interviews some of the country’s top doctors who are curing cancer, teaching people about affordable, natural health options and  managing to avoid being driven offshore or destroyed. This is a fascinating book. Thank you, Suzanne!

Related videos and websites:

Today Interview With Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers From Wikipedia

Suzanne Somers Website