The Scourge of Gold (hoarding bullion). "Becoming human is a process and not some event". Ref, Notes of Dad’s, "Admiration" in photos. "Certain – ‘indices’ become attached to the individual (or State – examples: Middle and Far East, World – ‘tribal’ status) as a permanent, ongoing, visible aspect of his status, because their presence draws from others admiration and hence prestige! P.J.Wilson ‘The Domestication Of The Human Species’ http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/photos/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1613/?startingImageIndex=0&commentsExpand=0&addCommentExpand=0&addCommentFocus=0&pauseSlideshow=0
Wealthy investors hoard bullion
Many of those who most earnestly propagate the need for spiritual values, and denounce secularism and materialism, are the very same people who in their personal lives are crassly materialistic, and morally and politically corrupt. Who, but a religious guru would feel the need to go around in a gold-plated limousine? See, New Humanist Magazine -1987. Ref, Notes of Dad’s.
Credit Crunch – Credit Crisis – The First Great Test of Globalization – Banking Leverage
Sovereign Funds (Massive). City & CEO Bonuses.
Muslims believed that gold and silver must circulate, and this circulation, called rawaj, was a social and religious duty. Hoarding gold and silver was forbidden by the Qur’an: “Those who store up gold and silver and do not spend them in the way of God, tell them of a painful chastisement!” The cosmographer al-Qawini, writing only a decade or so after the minting of the first florin, says: "Gold is the noblest of the blessings of Almighty God upon his servants, for it is the foundation of the affairs of this world and brings order to the affairs of mankind…. With silver and gold coins, everything can be bought and sold. They must circulate, unlike other forms of wealth, for it is not desirable for anyone to accumulate silver and gold…. Anyone who stores them up destroys the wisdom created by God, just as if one imprisoned the qadi of a town and prevented him from carrying out his duties toward the people.”
Wreck the Western Economies! Bullion sales hit record in rush to safety: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/359da604-f6d4-11dd-8a1f-0000779fd2ac.html And, ‘Peak Oil’!
"The industrial nations of the world and their governments have been swept forward by the pressure of invention, through a barrier they did not see, into a world they have not yet understood. As the resources of the earth become more depleted, populations more crowded and more deprived, the greater will be their effort to pass the problem on to the next generation. Self-deception will become more persuasive: optimism will take hold"! Prof C.Darlington.
Twenty years ago, novelist Salman Rushdie was a wanted man with a million pound bounty on his head. His novel, The Satanic Verses, had sparked riots across the Muslim world. The ailing religious leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini, had invoked a little-known religious opinion – a fatwa – and effectively sentenced Rushdie to death. Never before had a novel created an international diplomatic crisis on such a scale, and never before had a foreign Government publicly called for the killing of a private citizen of another country.
This film looks back on the extraordinary events which followed the publication of the book and the ten year campaign to get the fatwa lifted. Interviews with Rushdie’s friends and family and testimony from leaders of Britain’s Muslim community and the Government reveal the inside story of the affair. Rushdie himself was forced into hiding for nearly ten years. Arguably this was the moment when religious identities, in Britain and abroad, became more important than ethnic and cultural belonging. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00j6bnt