Gold in the In-between

In the shift from centralized to decentralized power there’s that small period of time in-between.

The players who make the rules are jockeying for position while the money-minded are scrambling to keep up with a system that’s not playing by the rules of yesterday.

The explorers are developing new technologies and going places we’re not hearing about yet, as nation-states and religions morph to keep connected.

And the artists are still dreaming.

It’s a good time to watch the artists because they don’t follow social rules. They create them.

Pablo Picasso took the world apart and looked at it from every angle all at the same time. Instant instead of linear. Or, as I was saying earlier, symbolic instead of linear.

la-lecture_picasso1932He was reflecting the instant on of electricity and information. It was called cubism, but it was communicating the move from linear to symbolic. He spent time with Gertrude Stein, an American poet who lived in Paris and had a salon where the great modern artists of the time would hang out — Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, and Henri Matisse.

Stein’s poetry was cubism. She would break up a line of poetry into pieces — looking at it from every angle at once. Considered very weird for the time, as Picasso’s art was also seen as strange by the mainstream.

Weird for weirdness sake is usually not helpful. It gets short-term attention but attention isn’t what leads to understanding. Although at the same time the weirdness of a thing doesn’t make it true or not true.

Sometimes we have to sit in something weird before we can accept an unfamiliar idea.

Looking at a thing from every angle at once can help understanding. Holding differing opinions and considering all sides of an argument at once without devolving into polarized names is another way to undersatnding.

So we’re seeing some weirdness.

We’re traveling into the unsettled in-between time.

Physicists have discover a new fundamental property of light. Light. That thing that is everywhere and we thought we understood.

The players in the game of Coins and Crowns who make the rules have been quietly in-between for a while now. One must get everything in order before stating the plan out loud. Sometime diversion with bread and a circus or two is useful. An orderly shift while keeping control is desired. Preparation for opposition is always smart.

For those who saw The Big Short you’ll see that it’s best to remove yourself before a system fails. Some see it coming because of numbers, some by experience and some by feel.

Here’s some very smart money-minded who are looking to gold to look after their people before the shift:

From CNN

Legendary investor George Soros bought $264 million worth of shares of Barrick Gold (ABX), the world’s largest gold miner. Soros, known as the “man who broke the Bank of England,” also acquired 1.1 million options to buy the popular SPDR Gold ETF (GLD), which mirrors the price of gold.


Legendary billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller said on May 4, 2016:

“The conference wants a specific recommendation from me. I guess ‘Get out of the stock market’ isn’t clear enough,” said Druckenmiller from the conference stage in New York. ”Gold remains our largest currency allocation.”

From Bloomberg

Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer said “It makes a great deal of sense to own gold. Other investors may be finally starting to agree,” Singer wrote in an April 28 letter to clients. “Investors have increasingly started processing the fact that the world’s central bankers are completely focused on debasing their currencies.”

Colour Trends Research 2016 Colour of the Year –   Cherished Gold

Marshall McLuhan said we as a society look in the rearview mirror while we’re driving forward. Always a generation or two back.

Woody Allen said the same thing in a manner of speaking in the movie Midnight in Paris. Nostalgia can connect us to what we were but don’t stay too long. It all looks the same from behind.

We’re alive here in this moment. Be present and aware of this moment.



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Not Much of a Holiday
words and music Elaine Diane Taylor
© 2015 Intelligentsia Media, Inc. All rights reserved.
Single available on iTunes

The Greek bank holiday and long lines to get a few euros for the day. Debt deals behind closed doors. The media telling us what opinions to have. China building islands in the South China Sea and claiming all the international waves. More dealing to come. More standing in line for those who owe. Who owes? There’s a long line of nations in debt and this is far from done.



Preparing for the Fall live boutique album available on iTunes — featuring Wag the Dog, Black Swan Dive,  American Pie and Gods of the Copybook Headings.


Coins and Crowns
words and music Elaine Diane Taylor
© Intelligentsia Media Inc. All rights reserved.
from the album Coins and Crowns available on iTunes

Single featured in Episode 1 of Mike Maloney’s documentary series Hidden Secrets of Money.

When a nation leaves the gold standard and sound money, and borrows to go to war, then hunger goes up, hope goes down, anger goes up, then it all goes down.

The Gods of the Copybook Headings
words by Rudyard Kipling and music by Elaine Diane Taylor
©2014 Intelligentsia Media Inc.
from the album Preparing for the Fall available on iTunes

The copybooks of the early 1900s gave us all the wisdom we need. The sayings that were copied are the truths, the gods, of our world. All the empires who followed the gods of the marketplace instead have fallen, and there’s terror and slaughter when the gods of the copybook headings return. The lyrics are by Rudyard Kipling. One of my gurus.

Another Week on Wall Street
words and music Elaine Diane Taylor
© 2013 Intelligentsia Media Inc. All rights reserved.
from the album Coins and Crowns available on iTunes

See the bankers wave their Wall Street wands and conjure piles of paper green. Naked short selling is like betting that your neighbour’s house will burn down. But in this scenario it happens to burn down. If the bankers win then we lose the whole world as we know it. I wrote this in 2009, with a lyric “A little grease (Greece) is floating out to sea, and little pigs (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) are bobbing up and down, they’ll send a storm and we’ll see, when the tide goes out who’s naked on the beach“, and it’s coming on now. The world is changing as we know it.


Nothing on this site is intended as individual investment advice. We’re all watching which way the wind is blowing.

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