3 Minute Gold News – Michael Lewis – Wall Street Has Not Been Fixed – Oct. 17, 2016

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A synopsis of an interview with Michael Lewis, bestselling author of The Big Short, Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side and Flash Boys, by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund).


by: Elaine Diane Taylor




Post Crash of 2008

Inequality and Lack of Trust


Michael Lewis


Christine Lagarde



Interview Link

Michael Lewis One-on-One with Christine Lagarde
October 9, 2016 interview



Michael was aware when he was writing Liar’s Poker that he was writing about a financial culture that was in transformation.

There were big things at work that were potentially corrosive:

1. The decline of the partnership structure at the center of American finance. It transformed from partnerships to corporations.

2. The rise and complexity of financial instruments that quickly became opague at the same time as everything seemed more transparent. It became so complex that the transparency didn’t matter.

3. The rise of the idea that these banks were not service enterprises but were instead trading enterprises.

All three of these played a very big role in the financial crisis of 2008.

The surprise wasn’t that Wall Street would do bad things to the world. The surprise was that they would commit suicide and attempt suicide.

The best and brightest, when they got together on Wall Street, tried to commit financial suicide. People did things that were good for them individually and at the same time bad for the institution.

There’s been some changes to compensation to make the employee relationship to the corporations more like the old partnerships, but not nearly enough changes.

The instruments are still complex but there’s been some changes in the area of proprietary trading.

Has there been changes to make it less likely for these gigantic financial institutions to commit suicide and take us all down with them?

There’s been some changes there.

Has there been changes that make it less likely for the banks to do bad things to us?

Much less so.

Has the wider public been persuaded that the change has happened?

Not at all.

Banks seem to be bigger. They’re still doing poisonous things like this Wells Fargo scandal.

The toxic relationship between the financial sector and the rest of society has not been addressed and not been cured.

You can see the political consequences.

The stories that need to be told right now are the stories about inequality and the lack of trust.





My thoughts…

The IMF wants to create policy for the greater good of all their member nations, but they’re doing it in a way that sees they individually benefit and the greater whole benefits, but so many will have to have less and do worse in order for others to improve.

Team World is great when all members trust the system to be fair and to run according to the rules. We all sacrifice for a system we believe is best for us and for all.

But no so much when the rules are not equal for all and when there’s no trust in the leaders.

Team UN (IMF) are asking many to sacrifice something for the greater good of all, without consultation or agreement, while the elites do not sacrifice and in fact come out ahead in all scenarios (except maybe unmanagable chaos).

It feels to many like the current and proposed system is mandated charity while bankers profit, elites profit, and Wall Street suicides itself and takes the rest of us down with them.

That the institution of banking as we know it will not survive as the new technology of digital banking and the blockchain are roaring in like a tsunami is becoming more obvious to the bankers and elites.

Lagarde, speaking to Bloomberg reporters recently, said that Deutche Bank needs to settle its financial woes quickly and change towards digital banking to see if its model can even survive. She said that even if all goes extremely well with growth, which is not looking good, but even then 25% of institutions will not survive.

Team UN wants growth in order for there to be a bigger pie, which makes it easier to convince everyone to share. But nothing grows forever and we’re already in late late autumn.

Team UN wants to control things for what they believe is the greater good. They want everyone to see that they want what is best for all. But at the end of every empire there are those who loot because they can and because they see an end.

There becomes so much fraud in the system and no one wants to share when they are openly ripped off and see that they have been for years.

All that is certain is that change is coming.

All that is certain is that there is a quickly escalating loss of trust.

People laugh at the idea of elites saying there’s too much inequality and distrust in everyone else.

It’s not just an end to banking as we know it, or even nations as we know them – some want an end to borders.

We have lived in Modernity. It’s going to end. Big time.

It’s ending and the pendulum is going to swing back. All pendulums swing. All seasons turn. We’re moving back to symbols from an era of phonetic thinking. From mechanical to digital. From a highway of black lined tar, where we think and move in a line from here to there, to just…being there. Everywhere all at once.

The elites are benefiting in obscene amounts now, as quickly as possible, in the dying system, and tossing each other life jackets after they’re individually safely inside a lifeboat, or at the shore of a newly founded island (or perhaps planet in some forward thinkers’ views).

There can be no trust when you see the head of a bank that has done illegal actions walk away with millions upon millions, as in Wells Fargo. No accountability.

As the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble said at the recent IMF meetings,

“More and more people don’t trust their elites. They don’t trust their economic leaders and they don’t trust their political leaders.

The answer is…moving together by technology and IT. We cannot have in mind our own national interest.

People don’t trust the media. One of the pre-conditions of a democracy is that you can trust the media, and they can’t. And they don’t.”

Caught in open view there are loud claims that they will reform. Without anyone going to jail. Without compensation to those hurt. Instead we see bankers and elite protect each other in order to protect themselves and their elite institutions.

As the curtain is being rent between the masses and the financial wizards, a law suit would bring to light how others are implicated. So they instead want to quietly remove anyone in view.

As the tension rises the elites will then begin to turn on each other in order to deflect attention from themselves. Scapegoats are coming. Somewhere to direct anger and energy.

We’re not quite there yet.

There’s still signaling going on, but it’s late in the game.

The game of Coins and Crowns.

The fact that elites are signaling at all means those at the extreme top are set up.

Those with power desire to bring in the new technology while maintaining control. If that can’t be done then a managed chaos will break up the energy of the masses currently being consolidated.

A great distraction is needed to turn that building energy away from the leaders and elites and onto something that will scatter it or point it somewhere else. A great anger or fear will do.

Any counter leader that directs the energy towards transparency will be discredited, it is hoped, by those in jeapardy of losing power in the switch over to the new system.

Time for paying up and laying low…we know how it goes.


Elaine Diane~

October 17, 2016


Death Valley 2016 – where the global economic and geopolitical climate are hanging out


Gold is $1,253.90 U.S. per ounce




Rise and Fall of Empires (We Know How it Goes)
words and music Elaine Diane Taylor
© 2007 Intelligentsia Media, Inc. All rights reserved.
Single available on iTunes

The coming second Great Depression, and the inevitable fall of empires when the leaders loot the gold for bread and circuses, and then borrow for war. Time for paying up and laying low. We know how it goes. I wrote this before the Crash of 2008 because well…we know how it goes.



words by Rudyard Kipling and music Elaine Diane Taylor
© 2012 Intelligentsia Media, Inc. All rights reserved.
Single available on iTunes

Beatiful poem by Rudyard Kipling. When we’re looking for more adults in the room. May be helpful for the times coming up.


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.


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