Barkerville and Coins and Crowns


I’m in Barkerville, BC, Canada today.

I’ll be in the woods along the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail for a few weeks, gold panning and collecting more stones for the jewellery boxes and gold nugget river tiles I’m making. They’ll be up for sale on the site store when I’m back in my studio and can do the final round of printing for inserts. Linen and letterpress and beauty. Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in my work. It’s much appreciated.

I’m also creating the pdf booklets and liner notes/lyrics for two albums at the moment. The album Coins and Crowns is very relevant for the goings on in the world today. I’m going to post the article I wrote for the liner note booklet below.

My study in communications theory takes me to places that relate money, gold and power to the movement of people and technologies through history.

Money is an idea of value that we transfer through a medium.

I hope to have both albums with booklets available on the site store, linked in the header, as I have a steady internet connection.

Here’s the title song from the albums Coins and Crowns, as featured in Mike Maloney’s bestselling series Hidden Secrets of Money, episode 1.

I hope the lyrics, article, guitar chords and photos add value to the package for direct download. As always, the songs are available through ITunes as well, without the booklet, and thank you to those who have purchased from iTunes, Google, Amazon and other distributors. Purchasing through my store means a significant amount of the price goes directly to me, so if you choose that route I add an additional thank you. All is well.

Gold is at $1,743 US per ounce today. It typically chills out through the summer, but 2020 is a year of craziness so all bets are off (or on).

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Here’s the album article for your perusal:


There’s an ages old global dominance struggle I call the game of Coins and Crowns.

Nations are the primary players. A few are powerful and a few more not-so-much. But sometimes the little ones join together.

What is more powerful – five players or one?


Hold up five fingers and join them together in a fist. One.

Five moving as one can be more powerful than an empire.

This is what science is exploring with quantum physics. Quantum meaning a number – how many working together.

While a mechanical system is either on or off and works by bumping up against and affecting something next to it, the quantum system can do more; a particle in one place can communicate virtutally instantly with another that’s nowhere near it. They can move as one. Like a mob. They can “touch” each other and their environments from a distance.

We have lived in a mechanical world since the Industrial Revolution, well really since the phonetic alphabet, where the world view saw one thing touch another, which bumped into another, influencing a sequence it in turn.

We thought like this because it was our medium of living.

We saw it with stories, where characters met foes to conquer, with mechanical cars containing engines, and roads that took us from one place to another. It effected how we absorbed knowledge – by reading and learning step-by-step. Letters ran in a chain until the words finished and became meaning. We ran a race with a start line and a finish line. We believed that the tortoise won that race by steady hard work.

That is not true now in the current electric age, and with quantum mechanics. Now there is no start or finish line.

How we move and see our world effects how we think and what we believe is possible. We see a field of information and we are absorbed in flashes of insight.

In the mechanical game of Coins and Crowns a physical army is collected and works as a unit, a “we”, and impacts another collection of people and machinery moving as a unit of “them”.

But now we are in the electric age where a field is effected all at once. We can turn on a light and the whole area is seen. Even the idea of day and night has been changed.

A message, an idea or a force now move instantaneously.

We learn in a field of information and not step-by-step. An infrastructure is created and then ‘boom’, there’s insight all at once. It’s alchemical in that a few components are combined in a certain way and suddenly turn into something that isn’t a combination of the parts.

It’s something different and new.

How does this effect the monetary world and trade? How does this effect world government?

The game of Coins and Crowns has many players. Before World War II they were all nations. But, now some new players are corporations, NGOs, and extra-territorial groups whose finances and technologies are on par or even more advanced than most nations.

Each player has components, assets, that give them power and resources. This include us as humans. We create goods and services which are bought and sold at a profit that’s used to make machines and systems to dominate other players.
The wnner either extracts a skimming payment from the losing player, or takes them right over.

If we, the components, are well taken care of we run better. If we’re poorly managed there’s lean times and we’re taxed hard. If we’re taxed too hard we revolt and don’t run at all.

We are also the components that run their war machines – for now. (The players are quickly moving into new tech which will have a mechanical “us”es that runs without needing food, water or sleep.)

The more we produce the more they can harvest from us, and the more power they get. If we’re poorly managed then the more we’re taxed to keep their income up.

It’s only a short term win if they play that strategy. Either they lose that turn and we’re taken over, or else they’re purposefully sacrificing us for a bigger win.

Since the end of the last century the concept of time has been added to the game. Debt and financial derivatives were created to make more power now, with a payment (maybe) in the future.

The more they borrow the more they can build infrastructure or machines for war.
The more we borrow the more they can harvest off the amount we are made to pay back with interest.

When a player overburdens its components then those little insignificant parts get angry and desperate enough to combine forces and change from five-to-one.

Or from five-million-to-one.

The components when combined are powerful enough to overtake the player itself. They must beware.

The components in the past had pitchforks and farming neighbours. They communicated with books, printed leaflets, and songs. They formed grass roots empathy and emotional cultural support.

When a unit is threatened and fearful it consolidates.

When printing press technology was developed, one of the players, the Catholic church in this case, quickly took over the technology in order to have control over what was being said and who could read it and be persuaded. They printed both Protestant and Catholic literature to have a hand in it all.

The big players don’t want the components to work as a group.
The players must keep the components divided.

They can try to financially suppress the many to keep them apart. Or trick the components into thinking they are well off (with virtual wealth media images). Or tell them that what bad effect they personally experience is isolated and their own fault. (That’s a big one being used right now.)

Anything that separates the components into an “us” and “them” position. Anything that points away from the elite being the “them”.

But eventually, as the taxing, fleecing and tricking goes on, the kind components have enough and start to communicate with like-minded humans. And protest.

The difference now in the electric age is that the components don’t need to be in close proximity to communicate. They can plan and protest over geographical distances.

They can combine financial resources electronically, using cryptocurrencies to transfer funds around the world. Not just five-million-to-one.


And not just one player’s components, but components of many different players, who are communicating and seeing that the whole game itself is rigged against them.

Anger over inequality keeps the real game hidden.

The real game is getting ready for a reset.

This round is almost over. There’s too much debt and too many promises that can’t be kept.

The players are positioning for their final moves and that’s the dangerous time. Pleasant faces change. Knives held behind the backs move suddenly into someone else’s back. New technologies are employed secretly, and then finally openly.

Bankers, individual bankers anyways, look like they will win this round again.

The players themselves are desperately consolidating into a collective ”one” as the global components might be trying to combine into a global extra-national “one”.

Nation is rising against nation. The powerful are looting in a final grab before it all goes down, down, down.

The peasants are reeling. The players are now aligning with anyone with power in the system. They are the elite. They know there’s a reset coming so they’ve been fleecing and skimming frantically before the lights go out and everyone leaves the building.

Where are they going when the game is over?

The winning players will make new rules for the next round. They’ll put their chips on the table . They’ll negotiate They’ll probably use gold, the oldest money and the only one they all trust.

Gold has always been among the assets they negotiate with. That’s why the smaller players have been buying it in the last ten years. Nations stopped selling and now only buy. They know a reset is coming

The game is almost over.

Anger goes up and the leaders go down.

The bankers are players. They have components who are leaders running nations on their behalf. They’re planning a party when the game resets. And we’re not invited.

A party to celebrate their victories.

Hopefully the next game doesn’t see a boot on our faces forever. Maybe we can join together as a very big “one”.

The elites have a short time to take control of this era’s printing press. The players are making and destroying alliances.

There are lots of ‘manys” trying to become a ‘one’ and win.

The rulers of the shipping lanes controlled the last empire. The rulers of the skies control this one. The rulers of space, G5 and robotics will probably control the next.

Tagging every component will probably end the global game. It would have to be taken willingly and that involves an incredibly massive amount of propaganda.

This round of Coins and Crowns is coming to an end.

There’s too much debt in the system to ever be repaid, and confidence is shifting quickly.

The taxes on the little components will be raised by each player as they try to gain the best position in the coming final showdown.

The game will hopefully not, but most likely move from trade to financial to kinetic. Hopefully not, but probably, unless one player has enough financial power to overtake the whole board without mechanical force – a checkmate.

Or else a master negotiator can make a deal with all the players in a way that benefits everyone.

That’s a tough one.

Maybe space expansion can be done in a way that makes the pie bigger for everyone.

This fiat currency/ central bank/debt model game is coming to an end though. It is a false game of value-by-scarcity.

There will be a financial reset.

Some will win while some fall.

It’s a game of Coins and Crowns we’re all feeling.



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