A Commentary to Enlighten All Of Us by Mitch Santell
Yes, it is true. I made an announcement several months ago that this site AfterHollywood.Online would be going offline.
It is with great pleasure that I announce that this site and my pontifications about life and Hollywood will continue throughout the rest of 2020.
When I am not venting, analyzing and best guessing world events, I am happily running Big Reggae Mix, 24/7 Streaming of Top Shelf Reggae that launched back in 2014 with my partner Scott T. Brown along with Executive Producer Errol Brown, the original Engineer and Producer of Bob Marley and the Wailers.
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While I continue to Producer over at Big Reggae Mix, there is just too much shifting and changing for me to not comment on it and while this site is like thousands of others, it is only through a shift in consciousness that we are going to get through the next five years.
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2020, an amazing year will be like no other. Simply erase in your mind’s eye what you think is going on or as I used to say“I know you don’t know what is going on, what do you think is going on? – Mitch Santell/1974
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A Commentary About Corruption And Misinformation by Mitch Santell
The country is divided because it was planned this way. Most significant events that happen are all planned, and the “illusion” that it just “happened by accident” is fantasy.
Do you remember the term “Quantitative Easing?”
This was started during the Obama Administration.
Here is what was written:
The federal government has run massive deficits since President Obama became president in 2009, but the deficits, and the government’s interest payments on the cumulative federal debt, would have been even greater if the Federal Reserve had not intervened with a massive and unprecedented bond and securities buying program.
Beginning in 2009, the Fed began its multi-stage program of quantitative easing through large-scale purchases of Treasury and other securities. In the aftermath of the financial crash, the agency had quickly lowered the targeted federal funds rate to between zero and 0.25 percent. In early 2009, the bank’s leaders, especially Ben Bernanke, sought to provide further monetary stimulus to the national economy and settled on large-scale asset purchases as the most viable way to expand the monetary base with interest rates already at the lower bound.
As of September 2008, the Fed held $477 billion in federally-issued debt, out of a cumulative total of $5.8 trillion. Thus, the Fed owned about 8 percent of all federal debt before the quantitative easing program began. In fiscal year 2009, the Fed then made net purchases of Treasury securities totaling $292 billion, followed by nearly $900 billion over the two-year period of 2010 and 2011 and $800 billion over the three-year period from 2012 through 2014. The Fed now owns $2.5 trillionin Treasury securities, or about 18 percent of all outstanding federal debt, which is well outside the historical norm.
The purpose of quantitative easing was to stimulate asset valuation by lowering long-term borrowing costs and thus also to encourage business expansion and consumption by households. It was also intended to make it easier for the federal government to run larger deficits and thus to provide fiscal stimulus to the national economy. This month, the average interest rate on a newly-issued 30-year mortgage is 3.43 percent, near the lowest level ever recorded. Fixed-rate 30-year mortgage rates have been below 5 percent continuously since January 2011.
Other central banks around the world have followed similar policies. The result has been a long-period of extremely low borrowing costs for governments. Amazingly, in 2016, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects net interest payments on nearly $14 trillion in outstanding federal debt to total just $253 billion — the same level of interest payments that were made by the federal government in 2008 on $5.8 trillion in debt.
Answer: Instead of the Federal Reserve Pumping 75 Billion Dollars a month into the economy, they are now pumping in 75 Billion Dollars a day, five days a week until November 4, 2019.
Don’t Believe me?
Here you go:
(Reuters) – The New York Federal Reserve will continue to boost liquidity in money markets into November, the bank announced on Friday.
The bank will offer daily repurchase agreement, or repo, operations, offering at least $75 billion a day in daily cash injections through Nov. 4. The Fed also announced term repos for firms wanting to borrow cash for longer, with most offerings lasting two weeks. This extends a policy that was initially supposed to end next week.
The continuation of the daily repo operations ensures that financial firms will be able to turn to the central bank to borrow cash until at least the next Fed meeting, when policymakers are expected to discuss a more permanent solution.
The New York Fed began holding daily repo operations on Sept. 17, after a key borrowing rate in overnight lending markets for cash spiked to 10%. The central bank succeeded in calming markets through the operations, but some investors and former Fed officials have been calling on the central bank to deliver a long-term fix.
Some investors say the Fed should permanently increase liquidity in the banking system by expanding the size of the balance sheet or introducing a standing repo facility, which would allow firms to borrow cash as needed at a fixed rate.
The pre-emptive action from the New York Fed could help minimize market volatility in the near term because firms now know they can turn to the central bank if they need liquidity, said Blake Gwinn, head of front-end rates strategy for NatWest Markets. “It’s a full fledged lean into providing repo liquidity through these temporary operations,” he said.
This was just reported this morning (October 16, 2019):
“Something Snaps: Repo Locking Up Again As Overnight Fed Operation Oversubscribed, Repo Rate Jumps”
Now Read this:
First it was supposed to be just a mid-month tax payment issue coupled with an accelerated cash rebuild by the US Treasury. Then, it was supposed to bejust quarter-end pressure. Then, once the Fed rolled out QE4 while keeping both its overnight and term repo operations, the mid-September repo rate fireworks which sent the overnight G/C repo rate as high as 10% was supposed to go away for good as Powell admitted the level of reserves was too low and the Fed launched a $60BN/month Bill POMO to boost the Fed’s balance sheet.
Bottom line: the ongoing repo market pressure – which indicated that one or more banks were severely liquidity constrained – was supposed to be a non-event.
Alas, as of this morning when the Fed’s latest repo operation was once again oversubscribed, it appears that the repo turmoil is not only not going away, but is in fact (to paraphrase Joe Biden) getting worse, because even with both term and overnight repos in play and with the market now expecting the Fed to start injecting copious liquidity tomorrow with the first Bill POMO, banks are still cash starved.
Something To Think About On A Sunday by Mitch Santell
George Harrison had a profound influence on me more than the other 3 Beatles.
George Harrison, the Beatles’ lead guitarist and the composer of several of the group’s most beautiful songs including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Something,” died Thursday at a friend’s home in Los Angeles. He was 58.
Mr. Harrison had surgery for throat cancer in 1998 and was treated for lung cancer and a brain tumor this year. He lived in Friar Park, a Victorian mansion in Henley-on-Thames, England, and had a home in Hana, Hawaii.
His wife, Olivia, and son, Dhani, 24, were with him when he died at the home of Gavin De Becker, a longtime friend.
“He left this world as he lived in it, conscious of God, fearless of death, and at peace, surrounded by family and friends,” the Harrison family said in a statement. “He often said, `Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait,’ and `love one another.’ “
Reflections & Commentary on Arrested Development by Mitch Santell
These are questions that may give you pause to think.
There is a weird pattern that happens when people are locked into their own thoughts. Think about it okay? Why do you believe what you believe? Who taught you what you know? Did you listen to your parents or elders or go off on your own? Has your iPhone cloned you off?
The more answers I get, the more questions I have.
Today, as usual, I discovered another blog that I have started following.
Check out this blog posting as I place it here for inspiration. There is a link at the bottom of the posting so you can follow this blog too.
Millennials are a fantastic group of young people. To me, I respect them as much as I do, Baby Boomers, my own group. You see, us Baby Boomers get blamed a lot for the world we live in now but here is something I’ll tell you that most baby boomers won’t.
The world we live in now was created by Baby Boomers because our parents basically gave us everything we wanted but it came with a price.
What was that price?
Baby Boomers, for the most part, showed up for our parents. The Millennials exited their parent’s lives never to return.
Why did they do this?
Answer: Millennials have to learn lessons that their parents can’t give them because they were replaced by Technology.
What will you do with the time you have left?
The reason I am reposting this is that at 62 Years of Age. Thank you God, I made it this far! In order to survive what is coming, I have to live like a Grey Man and I have to think like Millennials think.
Here is the lesson I found and repost here:
30 Lessons to Live by
While I believe there’s truth to the statement ‘you learn through experience’ I also believe there’s truth to the idea of learning from other’s mistakes, gaining from other’s wisdom and becoming who we are thanks to those we surround ourselves with.
Even if they might sound cliche, there’s plenty of life lessons that can be learned from the simple act of listening/reading. In a lot of cases you might already know these lessons. In a lot of cases, it’s just a matter of re-reading it to put it top of mind.
Here are 30 lessons to live by that withstand the test of time:
You are not your parents. As much as people might try to tell you that you’re just like them… you are not, I repeat YOU ARE NOT, doomed to repeat their mistakes or force yourself into the same situations as they are/were in. Be yourself, don’t try to become them.
Collect moments, not things. Memories are the only currency we have that doesn’t diminish in value with time. While tangible objects collect dust and can invariably disappoint over the years, our memories never dim, nor fade. They forever live on in our minds with a bittersweet sense of belonging.
A man is not a financial plan. This one comes directly from my mother. Trying to hinge your bets on living off someone else is an insecure way to live. Make sure that you’re capable of looking after yourself financially, then your partner can add to your life, not control it.
Debt isn’t worth it. Buying things you cannot afford might fix your problems in the short-term, but long term will give you nothing more than stress and anxiety.
Failure is growth. Society tends to tell us that failure is a bad thing and that’s really not the case. So long as you’re learning from your failure, you’re growing as a person. Learn from your failure and you’ll appreciate your success so much more when you accomplish it.
Comparison is the thief of joy. As cliche as it sounds, it’s true. Don’t compare your step one to someone else’s success. [Insert Name Here] might be a billionaire at 20, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you’re not.
Change is good. Even when it seems like it sucks. Remaining stagnant in a world where change is all around you is a naive failure to flow with the natural order of the world.
Age is just a number. Don’t ever discount someone because of their age. Age does not tell you intelligence, competence, capability, confidence, or anything about a person beyond the year they were born.
Body positivity has zero to do with what you believe is attractive. Body positivity is a respect for the human body and what it does for a person. What you find attractive in a person has NOTHING to do with treating people with respect and appreciating what your body does for you and their body does for them.
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. There’s no need, reason or excuse for being rude, mean or demoralizing. If you can’t be kind, keep your mouth shut.
Putting up walls diminishes authenticity. Creating a persona to shield yourself from surrounding judgment, or potential judgment, diminishes the integral aspects of who you are. Don’t let your true self fade behind the walls you build.
Exercise contributes to every aspect of your well being – physically, mentally and emotionally. It improves your health and your outlook. It forces much needed serotonin on your brain and can vastly benefit your outlook towards the world.
Giving love is one of the best gifts you can give. Receiving love is one of the best gifts you can receive. Never underestimate the value of love.
You get more from giving more. Success doesn’t come from seeing how much you can take. If you want to live a life of abundance, give with grace and give as much as you can.
Even if you’re questioning whether to let your head or your heart decide, ensure you listen to your head. That tiny-voice inside of you always knows what’s right.
Grudges cause nothing but pain. Allow yourself to move on from the past. Remember that just because you forgive does not mean that you need to forget. You can forgive someone and not carry the weight of the pain they caused whilst remembering so that you don’t ever have to suffer that same pain twice.
Travel makes you more interesting, insightful and accepting person. You learn when you see how others experience and you become more open to things beyond what you could ever imagine. Travel and travel often.
You aren’t always right. There’s always more than one version to the story. Practice humility and remember that you’re wrong sometimes, too.
You define your life. If you want it to be meaningful, make it meaningful. If you don’t, you won’t.
You cannot control others, only yourself. Make sure that you’re a positive example of what you want the world to be.
Gratitude multiplies happiness. Consciously focusing on what you have, rather than what you don’t, is the best use of your brain.
Please yourself first. Don’t wait for approval from others in order to look after yourself. Just like no one in this world can make us feel as bad as we can, no one in this world can make us feel as good as we can.
Self-awareness is more valuable then personal achievement.
Knowledge is power. The more you learn, the more you earn. The more you know, the more you bring to the table. The more insightful you can be, the more tolerant and understanding you are. Don’t ever stop learning.
If you want something done right, do it yourself. You know what’s right for you. Don’t try to pass it off on someone else if you know you’re more than capable.
Your thoughts are like boomerangs. What you put out into the universe will come right back to you. What do you want coming back?
The easy road is never that. Trying to take the easy way out is like trying to cheat the system. In the end, it’s going to come back to haunt you.
Honesty, even when it hurts, is far better than any lie, comforting or not.
If someone shows you who they really are, believe them the first time. I’ve heard this quoted to Mya Angelou. She’s pretty darn right on the money when it comes to this quote. Offering second chances always seems to show you what you already know/knew.
Make every day count. You never know when it will be your last.
Reflections and Observations on Silence by Mitch Santell
Each and every day I work on myself more than anything else. What do I mean by this? I mean I keep my damn mouth shut and sit in silence and reflect at the moment.
The reflection is how can a be a better human being, how can I share and show kindness to people who are so cold and Kloned off by their devices and their technology that they can’t really think for themselves anymore.
If you follow this blog if for some strange reason you simply came upon this site and wanted to know more, good for you!
Think for yourself, don’t allow anyone to tell you who you are or how to think. If you wish to live a life worrying about what other people think, then, by all means, go get a college education. The powers that be at most major Universities and Colleges will be happy to form your thinking and your thoughts for you.
Take a few moments to make yourself your favorite beverage including but not limited to a fresh coffee, a hot tea or a cold beer. Push the play button below (turn off your smartphone first) and see if you can slow down to hear what this man has to say to you.
To listen to him, you are going to have to be silent. Do you think you can?
May your journey be more comfortable than mine because I have to live in authentic truth all the time. Taking care of an Asperger’s Autistic daughter forces me daily to live in truth.
I pray you find your truth. God bless you and make it a wonderful day!
Many have been inspired by the Pope’s message that the youth need to “Live Offline.” His words have inspired millions with the following:
Pope Francis called on hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims in Panama on Saturday to reject the temptation to live their lives online, and get involved in their communities.
Life was not “in the cloud, waiting to be downloaded, a new app to be discovered, or a technique of mental self-improvement,” the 82-year-old pontiff told a massive vigil at the World Youth Day gathering.
“It is not enough to be connected all day long. To feel respected and asked to get involved, is greater than simply being online,” Francis said at the vigil, held at a park outside Panama City.
He urged them “to embrace life as it presented itself,” and look for areas where “with your hands, your heart and your head, you can feel part of a larger community that needs you and that you yourselves need.”
The World Youth Day organizers said 600,000 were massed at for the slickly produced vigil, with music, dance and periods of quiet contemplation.
Pope Francis also acknowledged that the Catholic Church was “wounded by sin” in a message addressed to priests and seminarians reeling from sexual abuse scandals and coverups.
In a mass that he officiated at the centuries-old Cathedral of Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama City, Francis warned of the “weariness of hope that comes from seeing a Church wounded by sin, which has so often failed to hear all those cries.”
It was the Argentine pontiff’s first reference to the sex abuse scandals rocking the Church since he arrived in Panama on Wednesday.
I found this on the internet and wanted to share it with you my kind readers and followers:
“Just because you cant see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
There is invisible energy you cant see such as the wind.
You can only see the effect of the wind, but you cant see the wind.
The wind is a invisible energy.
There’s a invisible energy that you use when you use a remote control to control your tv. Or think about how your phone works, how is it that you can talk to someone thousands off miles away, because there is invisible energy that you could only see the effects of this invisible force and so it is with consciousness a invisible energy that exists.”
Living in gratitude may be the single best way to keep your life grounded. Happiness is a decision that you make in your life. No one can give this to you. Ever meet a person who is simply miserable? There may be a way to help by being kind to them, or you may be stuck with the blow back of their own misery.
For me this Thanksgiving? I am Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.
My heart and prayers go out to those who are alone this Thanksgiving Holiday.