The Epidemic Hidden Behind Ferguson

Dear Readers,

For the sake of our freedom, I urge you to read this letter in its entirety.

Never before has information been so easily and readily available in real time as a result of the Internet.

Despite its power, our access to information and the truth has never been as stifled as it is today.

I am not sure if the journalists and reporters who work for some of our most respected news sources are either lazy, incompetent, or being controlled by a bigger force*.

(*A few months back, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee exposed 8 ways the Obama administration is blocking information).

But much of the news that fills our hearts today are often inaccurate, incomplete, and almost always lack any form of real research.

That is why I urge all of you to forward this, and many of my past letters, to media outlets across your country.

Then, please forward this to your family and friends and have them do the same thing.

Perhaps if enough caring and patriotic citizens reach out, the local news outlets might begin to do some real research and cover some real stories hidden behind the facade.

Violence Erupts Across America

Violence has erupted across the United States because of a grand jury’s decision not to indict the “white” police officer that killed a “black” Michael Brown. Media outlets, bloggers, social media, and likely many of you, were outraged over the conspiracies and inequality that shrouded the non-indictment.

The inconsistencies from witness and grand jury testimonies gave fuel to a massive fire that’s tearing America apart.

I, too, found many discrepancies in the case that warrant further questions, including some that weren’t mentioned by media outlets.

One, for example, was the profile of the Grand Jury.

In Missouri, grand juries are comprised of 12 members, with 9 votes required to indict; in other words, 75 percent of the votes are required.

Coincidentally, the jurors in the Michael Brown case, whose identities were kept secret, were 75 percent white: six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man.

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But before you go and join the Michael Brown conspiracy discussions by sharing your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, ask yourself a few things:

Should race play a factor in your judgment?

What if Michael Brown was “white,” and the police officer that shot him, “black?”

I raise these questions because it seems America is more consumed by race over the Michael Brown case, than it is about a police officer shooting an unarmed man.

It seems almost impossible to see a headline without the word “black” or “white” in the Michael Brown case:

Ferguson Officer Who Shot Black Teen Quits Without Severance

Ferguson Police Officer Not Charged in Black Teenager’s Shooting

Grand jury has made decision in Ferguson shooting of black teen

The list goes on.

But has anyone cared to talk about the other shootings of unarmed citizens by police officers?

Here are just some that no one has talked about:

New York City Police Officer Accidentally Shoots, Kills Unarmed Man

Video shows trooper shooting unarmed man, South Carolina police say

White teen killed by black cop in Alabama mirrors Ferguson

and the kicker…

Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides

The list goes on…yet, barely a peep from anyone.


Diversionary Tactics

I’d like to believe that in our modern society, race is no longer a segregation tool.

I’d like to believe that every American or Canadian citizen believes in equal opportunity, and thus, equality.

Unfortunately, as far forward as our society has moved, we are now going backwards as a result of certain puppet masters.

Throughout history, rulers have successfully used many strategies to maintain control; none more so than pitting one group against another.

By ensuring that citizens fight amongst themselves, the rulers of an empire never have to worry about a unified revolt.

In Niccolò Machiavelli’s book “The Prince,” he described a necessary, but dangerous game of internal politics, which involves the pitting of one group of citizens against another.

We have seen Machiavelli’s strategy used in many historical events.

For example, the Dutch East India Company often played one group against another and crushed a revolt by Chinese immigrants with the help of 2000 aborigines in Southern Taiwan. Leaders of the Qing Dynasty also often pitted one group against another to maintain control.

In American history, Europeans often pitted one native tribe against another by trading firearms to rival tribes. The more the tribes fought amongst each other, the easier it was for the Europeans to rule and conquer.

This strategy is now once again being used in America.

I get it.

I get how the non-indictment of the police officer that shot Michael Brown spurred an uprising, using the race card.

I get how political decisions can often cause citizens to react and riot.

I get how the puppet masters in charge use the media to play us for fools.

Don’t Lose Sight 

While we are all being distracted by the Ferguson case, which in so many ways appears staged, we have lost sight of what’s happening around the world.

More specifically, we have lost sight of what is happening at home.

Just before Christmas last year, I wrote about the growing epidemic of homeless children in America.

A year later – despite record-breaking highs in the stock market – the epidemic has gotten worse.

Much worse.

According to a new report from the American Institute for Research released this month, a stunning 2.5 million children in 2013 did not have a place to call home.

That means one in 30 American children nationally did not have a roof over their head. That’s an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

Yet, I have not seen a Facebook or Twitter post about this.

Furthermore, I have yet to hear Obama give a national speech about this epidemic since he was elected in 2009, where he vowed to make the “national disgrace” that is homelessness a top priority by aiming to end chronic homelessness by 2015.

Has he lived up to his promise?

According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), Obama’s doing pretty good; so good that a big banner on the agency’s homepage shows that since Obama’s launch of “Opening Doors” in 2010 (Obama’s homelessness initiative), homelessness is down 10% nationwide.

But if that’s true, how do we explain the rapidly growing number of homeless children?

Between 2010-2013, nearly one million additional children were without homes.

Take a look:

How is it possible that, according to USICH, homelessness is down 10 percent, while the number of homeless children has risen by more than 8 percent?
Why don’t we ask USICH Chairman Thomas E. Perez. He was, after all, nominated last year by Obama himself.

How convenient.

This is just one example of the hidden disease in America that, if put center stage, could add fuel to nationwide uprisings. This is also an example of the dramatic inequality growing in America; an inequality that historically has almost always lead to uprisings and rebellions.

As Joseph Stiglitz, the recipient of a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark Medal, said, “(The United States is) home to the worst inequality among the advanced countries.”I want to go back to my Letter from last year, What to Expect from Stocks in 2014:

“The discrepancy between the wealthy and the “not-so-wealthy” continues to grow.

The question is: At what point does this discrepancy become so big in America that it forces the nation into a revolution?”

While American citizens tear themselves apart, burn buildings, and fight the police over the Ferguson case, bankers and politicians continue to expand the inequalities between the people – just as I noted in my Letter, How the Fed Influences the Stock Market, where I mentioned that the richest 5% of Americans own directly 82% of U.S. publicly traded stocks, which continues to hit record highs.

The Real Problem: Economic Inequality

Do we all need a reminder that during the financial crisis, politicians socialized losses, while allowing banks to privatize profits?

Do we need to be reminded that our rulers the government extended historical amounts of money to the banks who were the cause of the financial crisis, but did little to help the people who lost their jobs, homes, and families?

This is exactly what “they” want. They want us to be blind to the real problems in our society. And they do this by pitting us against each other; by using race as focus of inequality, rather than economic inequality itself.

That’s because racial inequality pits one group against another, whereas economic inequality pits citizens against the rulers of an empire.

The more focused we are on racial inequalities via the Donald Sterling or Ferguson events, the less focused we are on the real inequalities separating America.

The problem with our modern society is that real news is no longer being presented as news.

Our current generation no longer watches the news, but instead curates their news from their Facebook and Twitter feeds, littered with posts and tweets from celebrities.

As Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said last year, “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” He also said American voters were stupid.

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Don’t fuel the fire; instead, seek the truth.

Seek the Truth,
Ivan Lo

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