How the US Uses War to Protect the Dollar

The Most Revolutionary Act

The Gods of Money

William Engdahl (2015)

The first video is a 2015 presentation by William Engdahl about his 2010 book The Gods of Money. It focuses on the use of US economic and military warfare to maintain the supremacy of the US dollar as the global reserve currency.

As his point of departure, he begins with the 1944 Bretton Woods agreement, in which the Allied powers agreed to use the gold-backed US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. In 1971 when Nixon was forced to end the gold standard,* the gold-backed US dollar was replaced by the “petrodollar.” According to Engdahl, it was so named because of a secret agreement the US made with Saudi Arabia – in return for a guarantee that OPEC would only trade oil in US dollars, the US guaranteed the Saudis unlimited military hardware.

In this way, oil importing nations (most of the…

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Some more Rain onWednesday, the 12th of April 2017

Well, yesterday, on Tuesday, the weather was beautiful. We went to Corrimail to the new Primary Medical Centre:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Primary+Medical+Centre+Corrimal/@-34.3718465,150.7557746,11z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b131ed02aea0009:0xf7276eec5b93d483!8m2!3d-34.3718465!4d150.8958503

Peter’s doctor had moved from Dapto to Corrimail. The new doctor in Dapto was on a three week leave. So Peter decided he could see his old doctor in Corrimail. At the same time I managed to see a skin specialist at this centre in Corrimail. She gave me some treatment straight away. I did not have to wait! I was very happy that this service was available.

When we arrived home yesterday all my washing that I had hung out early in the morning, was dry already. It was beautiful to have fresh bed linen! Today, Wednesday, Peter had to start his BCG treatment at Wollongong Hospital. When we arrived back home, it was raining again.

Peter and Astrid were with us in Corrimail yesterday. Today they left early to catch the train to Sydney. They were looking forward to explore Sydney for one day. I hope the weather will be okay for them. They experienced a beautiful mild and sunny day with a light breeze last Saturday. They had booked a trip on the Tall Ship James Craig:

https://www.viator.com/tours/Sydney/Sydneys-Tall-Ship-Sailing-Adventure-on-James-Craig/d357-5815SHF?pref=02

It was a beautiful sailing adventure for them. They loved it very much.

They spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Sydney and stayed overnight in Glebe with C and M. On Friday we spent the day with P and A in Sydney, visiting the Chinese Gardens and walking along Darling Harbour to where the Tall Ship was to have a look at it.

On Saturday Peter and I stayed home in Dapto, but on Sunday we drove to Glebe and had a lovely day there with C and M, and P and A.

Last week on Thursday we went to Port Kembla Beach with our guests. I still have pictures from last Thursday and Friday as well as Sunday and want to publish some of them now:

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Port Kembla Beach on Thursday, 6th of April 2017

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It was good to know that there were some Lifeguards in attendance even though the beach seemed completely deserted.

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I bought at the Port Kembla Beach Cafe a small portion of chips.
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Peter in the Chinese Gardens, Darling Harbour, on Friday, the 7th of April 2017

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No Rain onWednesday, the 5th of April 2017

As far as I can recall, we had no rain last Wednesday. We had first stopped at Bulli Beach and from there we drove further up north along the Sea Cliff Bridge and up to Bald Hill. On the way back we stopped at Austinmer and had there some fish and chips for a late lunch at a nice cafe. At Austinmer there is also a beach and a swimming pool. We liked to take some more pictures at Austinmer Beach.

http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/wollongong-and-surrounds/thirroul/attractions/austinmer-beach

On that day when we stopped at Austinmer there was hardly anyone at the beach, I would think though that some visitors may appear during the upcoming Easter period.

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Further up north we had been at Bald Hill. This area is very popular with Hang Gliders.

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Wednesday, 5th of April 2017

Last Wednesday we went with our guests to Bulli Beach. It was very overcast. We had some coffee in a beach cafe near the swimming pool   contemplating whether there was a chance that we could go for a swim even though there was no sun. But as soon as we had finished our coffee the sun had come out. The swimming pool close to the beach looked very tempting. My brother and his wife are good swimmers and stayed in the pool for quite a while. Peter, my brother even went into the surf for a swim later on. He knew he had to stay between the flags, so that the life guards could keep an eye on him. I did not stay in the pool for very long. But I found my little swim very refreshing.

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The above pictures were displayed in the cafe. I liked them very much.

And here I took some pictures in front of another beach cafe:

Family Visit from Germany, April 2017

My brother and sister-in-law arrived Monday morning, the 3rd of April. Their flight was from Berlin to Sydney via London and Singapore. Their plane was to first to land in Sydney after the curfew’s end at 6 am. Peter and I picked them up from the airport. It was a very rainy day after heaps of rain the previous weeks. I think on that arrival day on Monday we stayed with our guests at home in Dapto. The had left home some 48 hours before they arrived here. There was some trouble at their departure from Tegel Airport in Berlin. Their booked flight with Air Berlin was cancelled. Before they were redirected to another flight they had to stand in a queue for some six hours!

Anyhow, by Tuesday, the fourth of April, they were well and fit to go out for a drive with Peter and me. They had recovered remarkably fast. Tuesday turned out to be a rainy day again. None the less we took a chance driving with them up to Mt Keira. Arriving at Mt Keira the rain had just stopped, which was pretty amazing. We took the opportunity to look around a bit. The view towards Wollongong was pretty good. For a few minutes we were able to take a few pictures. Then it started raining again. We were so happy that the rain had stopped for a few minutes. As the rain started we drove down to Wollongong Harbour, where we were able to walk up to the lighthouse. But while we were still near the lighthouse, an extremely heavy downpour caught us. The three of us got very wet despite our umbrellas. Peter had gone away to where the car was parked. But he also was caught by this heavy downpour before he could reach the car. We were glad when he brought the car up to us to pick us up and take us home to Dapto.

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Pictures of our outing to Mount Keira you can find here:

https://auntyuta.com/2017/04/05/up-at-mount-keira/

 

Up at Mount Keira

In the morning of Tuesday, the 4th of April 2017 we went first to Mount Keira before we drove to Wollongong Harbour. We were very lucky for when we parked our car on Mount Keira the steady rain had just stopped for a moment and we were able to go yo the close by outlook and take pictures of the surroundings. Downtown Wollongong and the ocean were more or less clearly visible, but so were some pretty heavy clouds. And sure enough soon it started to rain again and we had to leave.

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A group of Chinese visitors and some other visitors had already assembled at the outlook.

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Tuesday, 4th of April 2017

Pictures from our excursion to Wollongong Harbour.

Soon after i had taken these pictures of the Maui Van we got caught in a very heavy downpour. Peter had run further down where we had parked our car. He thought it was urgent that he did get the car up for us, for me as well as Peter Uwe and Astrid. Very dark clouds were already approaching. Before Peter did get to the car, the downpour started already. In the end we all did get quite wet. Our umbrellas were not of much use in this extremely heavy downpour.
When we were up at Mount Keira earlier in the day we were very lucky that some rain had just stopped and a bit of sun did break through. We had a few enjoyable minutes looking towards the sea and Wollongong and watching all these looming clouds in the sky. But before the next downpour came we were already back in the car and on our way to Wollongong.

I took heaps of pictures from Mount Keira too and am going to publish them in my next post.