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What Ails FIFA?

December 21, 2015

FIFA, the world’s football association, a corporation, has come into the crosshairs of the American Justice system. I inquire. My way, all the way down the Dark Pools of the New World Order.

By the word “Football” I follow international usage: “Football” was created in Britain in the Nineteenth Century, it involves striking a ball with a foot.

American “Football” is more prone to involve running with a ball one cradles, throws around and grabs with one’s hands, until one crashes into someone, head first. Its main interest may be concussion, as it promotes the idea that the more one bashes one’s brain, the better, and most successful, one deserves to be.

FIFA stands for:  Fédération Internationale de Football Association. The French name is already difficult for true Anglo-Saxon plutocrats, as it implies something not fully under their command. Hey, who would want such a good thing to come to an end? Command and order are everything. In the USA, those who have it all, and are in command, have achieved a level of relative income as high, or higher than in any of history’s most arrogant plutocracies:

The Rich In The USA Are Not Just Wealthier, They Are In An Other World. They Want That World To Become Yours, The Local Judge Will See To It

The Rich In The USA Are Not Just Wealthier, They Are In An Other World. They Want That World To Become Yours, The Local Judge Will See To It

What ails FIFA?

Money.

There are 600 million practitioners of Football in the world, making it, by far, the world’s most popular sport (Football is known as “soccer” only in the USA.)

Thus private television companies have been keen to purchase the rights for the Football World Cups. And they have been ready to spend whatever it takes, so enormous the profits from advertising to come.

The countries which have been able to muster large amounts of money to serve the World Cups monopolize these events. It takes a lot of investment in infrastructure for being able to organize a World Cup (several events with around 100,000 spectators each are held at the same time).

However there is a laudable desire to rotate World Cups among the 209 nations members of FIFA.

In the next rounds of World Cups, the USA and Great Britain were candidates. Both countries routinely organize Olympic games, and like money they spend and command to come around back to where they feel it belongs. Many of the TV companies which spend so much money on Football World Cups are giant Anglo-Saxon monopolies (or subsidiaries thereof), leveraged to giant, Anglo-Saxon dominated banks. (In other words, the usual puppeteers are pulling the strings.)

However, World Cups soon to come, were attributed to Russia and Qatar, infuriating those who view themselves as the true and righteous owners of the world.

So the British and American master puppeteers mobilized the means they usually order around, their intelligence services, James Bonds, international and national police, the NSA, CIA, FBI, “Five Eyes”, and the “Justice” systems, to remind the FIFA who was the boss. The uppity servants at the FIFA, including the usual French and Swiss suspects, were rolled out under a cloud of suspicion. Anglo-Saxon plutocracy is good at treating the innocent as if they were culprit.

This is why Russia’s Putin considers the head of FIFA to be a hero.

Naturally, genuine progressives, democrats and republicans want FIFA to be clear of corruption. However, American Football, the one played by crashing into other people’s brains deliberately, is much more corrupt than the sport which FIFA administers, while not under investigation by the authorities of the USA. In spite of the giant amounts of money circulating in all sorts of ways, and the medical and moral hazard it represents.

After all concussion is a huge problem in American Football, much more than in FIFA’s football (although it exists there too). And the quantities of money spent, and the way they seem to corrupt what should be the main function of education in so-called “universities” are alarming.

In general, the circulation of giant quantities of money in so-called “Dark Pools” and “Shadow Banking”, related to tax havens (most of which are in the Anglo-Saxon sphere of influence) is the essence of corruption nowadays, and the leaders of FIFA are very small players in that game. Focusing on FIFA is a way to divert attention, and make everybody believe, once again, that the center of the plutocratic empire is white as snow.

So one may say that FIFA is suffering not just from too much money circulating around. It also suffers from easily falling under American anti-corruption laws targeting non-Americans. And from having forgotten that the world’s most popular game should respect the wishes of the authorities and powers that be. One can play the game, as long as one follows the rules written in the USA. FIFA, by the standards of the USA, is a small corporation which forgot that it is there to serve much larger American corporations and interests.

Journalists linked FIFA leadership with corruption, bribery, and alleged vote-rigging pursuant to the election of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the organization’s decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively. These allegations led to the indictments of nine high-ranking FIFA officials and five corporate executives by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering. On 27 May 2015 several of these officials were arrested by obedient Swiss authorities, who launched a criminal investigation into how FIFA awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Those among these officials who were also indicted in the U.S. are expected to be extradited to face charges there. Switzerland is a country with no more population than the San Francisco Bay Area (8 million). The difference is that just one San Francisco Bay Area company is present all over the world Internet: it makes the “routers”, specialized computers that direct Internet traffic. CISCO (yes, San FranCISCO): get it?) The Internet was invented by CERN, now it is the source of profit for giant American corporations, mastering the world with ever increasing power, telling the president of the USA where he is going to sleep.

By far, the highest paid executives in the world are not at FIFA, but in the corporations of the USA. And that’s the entire point which FIFA forgot. The remedy would have been to attribute a World Cup to the USA.

As I listened to reaction in Europe, in various countries, European pundits did not follow the preceding approach. Instead they tended to marvel at the American Justice system, how thorough it was. Yet, in the end, a few tenths of millions of dollars at most circulated under the table. When an individual such as Elon Musk makes 12 billion dollars in seven years thanks to lots of subsidies of various types in the reign of Obama I, nobody investigates this hefty compensation: neither journalists, nor justice, nor what passes in the USA for intellectuals (MIT’s Chomski).

Europe is doubly at fault: first it does not have Federal structures of investigation and prosecution, as the USA has. Second, and worst, it’s naive to not realize that, had the head of FIFA walked around proudly with Obama, as Elon Musk did, the money, much greater amounts of money, would have circulated in the New World Order, where it belongs (at least that’s what the New World Order feels). The American system would then have anointed FIFA.

Thus instead of one possibly suspicious payment of 2 (two!) million dollars to the head of the European Football association, Michel Platini, one of the world’s greatest football player, ever, one would talk billions, but billions that would flow where American corporations exert control, and thus where American plutocracy commands. Trillions of  “payments” in service of the New World Order as managed form the USA, that’s not corruption, but the Free Market at its best.

American CEOs head the world’s most powerful corporations, and are paid like kings. It’s hard work to be so mean. And this is just the dusting of snow, on top of the iceberg. The real power if in Dark Pools. The corporation known as FIFA forgot its place in the pecking order. Let them eat cake in American prisons, learning, the hard way, who, in this world, is really the boss.

Patrice Ayme’

From Nasty Moods, Nasty Wars

June 3, 2015

Who Is In Charge? A Calculus Of Nasty Moods?

Under the tables, tensions keep on rising. Long encouraged by the tolerance of the USA, China is engaged in a dangerous game on the South China Sea. China ought to pay more attention to the weather: foul weather and a tornado on the Yang Tze sank a luxury boat in minutes, killing more than 620. Accidents happen. Meanwhile, the Korean dictator piles up nukes, and so to the Islamists, in Pakistan. And Putin chuckles a lot.

Under The Mongols, China Went All The Way To Indonesia. Back Into That Mood?

Under The Mongols, China Went All The Way To Indonesia. Back Into That Mood?

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What The USA Calls Corruption Overseas, It Calls Business, in the USA:

In the USA, a few billion dollars for the selection

Of the “Commander-In-Chief”

Is business as usual, and no mischief

One calls it a presidential election

In the USA, when from the wealthiest, universities receive

Billions, plutocrats in your face do not deceive

In the USA the public buys plutocrats stadiums

This is no corruption, but the proper medium

Yet when under some tables, circulate a few millions

Learn! Only the USA decides who needs the billions

For its own banksters and greedy minions

To incite some countries to build soccer stadiums

A crime it is, for the USA, FBI, IRS, no tedium

Anything else against Washington Empire a crime

It is, and back deep into the grime

You of the whole world belong

Serving our USA plutocracy you should, all along

If you want a fortune in millions

American politics serve, Bushes and all Clintons

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A Mood Of Nasty Outrageous Force Growing:

Of course the Russians see these methods being used. They see it works, they see it worked: Switzerland used to be number one in money management for wealth. USA law enforcement indicted Swiss High Finance, and now the USA High Finance is again number one, as it should.

So Putin decides 88 persons cannot enter Russia, including the French philosopher BHL, and European MPs. He just does not like the way they think. Never mind that BHL had an invitation for a debate on Russian TV.

Of course the Chinese plutocrats see these methods, and think: why not us? Why don’t we do something similar? Use our force, and the outrage we can muster. So they build outrageous islands in the South China Sea (“Reclamation”), and claim they own it.

The Philippine president, visiting Japan, compare China’s expansionism to Nazi Germany’s.

Fundamentally, Nazi Germany was doing what it thought the USA wanted it, or enabled, or allowed it to do (the Nazis were financed, fueled, and diplomatically supported by American plutocrats).

At this point, the People Republic of China has pretty much got a green light from the USA too. And the FIFA, or Swiss sort of prosecution have only showed China that the proper way is the outrageous usage of force and mass hypocrisy.

On the face of it, politics, in the USA is as corrupt as possible: it is actually legal to spend billions to elect officials, all the way up to the president… So called “representatives”, “Senators”, etc.

Tens of times, very officially the president went to sleep at plutocrats home, and people paid hundreds of thousands, if not millions, a day, to be in the presence.

But that’s not corruption, just American style politics.

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If You Want War, Prepare A Mood, Say A Mood Which Rewards Aggression:

The Romans said: if you want peace, prepare for war. History says: if you want war, prepare a vast mood, conducive to it. Thucydides concluded his history of (part of) the tragic Peloponnesian War by said it originated from a mood. Similarly, the First World War, and the Second World War were driven by a mood reigning in Germany at the time. And guess what? Both in the First and Second World War, it was egged on by the USA.

By not bringing the spirit of the laws to bear on its banksters, but on the game the rest of the world plays, the USA is playing a dangerous ball game. And that may just be what many officials of the USA, maybe egged on by the plutocrats they talk to, are financed by, dine, play, and sleep with, are exactly doing at this point. Between two rounds of golf, they go FIFA hunting, while civilization is smoldering. Not that they can smell anything funny. Evil is best operated by the clueless.

From nasty moods, nasty wars and naughty profits, chuckle the plutocrats. Yes, sometimes. And sometimes not.

Patrice Ayme’

 

FIFA Under The Law, USA Banks Above The Law

May 28, 2015

Yesterday the French amused us by celebrating four resistance fighters (out of hundreds of thousands), two of whom (the ladies) were rather advantaged right from the start (and did not do much). Today the humor comes from the USA, which has decided to crack down on soccer. More exactly, FIFA: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. It’s easier to crack down on soccer rather than American football, as the USA are not too good with the former. Moreover, FIFA is a French acronym…

But the irony is not there, the irony is that High Finance steals trillions, while fossil fuels enjoy 5.3 trillion dollars of subsidies (says the IMF), much of it lost in corruption (casual observation).

Putin: [FIFA Scandal] Yet Another Attempt By The USA To Extent Its Jurisdiction To Other States

Putin: [FIFA Scandal] Yet Another Attempt By The USA To Extent Its Jurisdiction To Other States

And what does the USA do? Arrest FIFA officials. Seven senior FIFA officials were arrested at a luxury hotel in Zurich, at the behest of US authorities who are conducting a massive investigation into corruption at football’s governing body. Seven more charged in the USA.

FIFA’s profits last year were 3.3 billion dollars, slightly more profit than the French oil giant TOTAL (one of the five Big Oil oil companies). TOTAL has 100, 000 employees. TOTAL has hundreds of subsidiaries (some part of an effort to pay fewer taxes, something TOTAL said it will change). FIFA has 1,400 employees. So one can say that FIFA’s profits, per employee, is about 70 times those of TOTAL.

The punchline? FIFA, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is registered as a non-profit, of sorts, and pays no Swiss Federal taxes.

This sounds silly, but one has to understand that the world’s plutocracy rests on similar tricks. In the case of FIFA, it’s comical: for years one knew that money was given by nations to get the soccer world cup. For the 1998 cup (won by France), the finalists were France and … Morocco. France got 12 votes, Morocco 7. It was just revealed the Moroccan votes were bought (big surprise!).

The way FIFA is corrupt is typical of the way most international organizations are corrupt:

1) A few officials vote (same story in Brussels, Washington, Moscow, Beijing, etc.), while they supposedly represent the world.

2) All “countries” get an equal weight (209 of them in the case of FIFA, appreciably more than in the UN). So a tiny Caribbean island nobody has ever heard of, but for a few plutocrats, gets the same vote as, say, Brazil, or Germany (total population nearly 300 million).

Once again, in the case of FIFA, it’s comical: FIFA revenue is of the order of five billion dollars. The world’s real economy GDP is around 10,000 times more. However, counting financial derivatives, the world real and imaginary GDP rises another eight times, or so.

And there, the conspiracy factor is much higher. Let me explain.

FIFA’s corruption indeed, is for all to see. Everybody knew that Qatar had bought its world cup selection: clearly only “officials” who were bought could agree to have players playing in 50 Degrees Celsius (in the shade) heat (that’s 122 Fahrenheit, temperatures seen in India this week, courtesy of the fossil fuel industry).

The High Finance industry is hidden in plain sight. But well hidden: the famous 99.9% understand nothing to the public-private fractional reserve banking system, so they can be rolled in flour every day, and then fried, just so. In a way, there is justice; the stupidity of the 99.9% gets punished by the malignant growth of plutocracy, mightily fed by the fact that big bankers are actually corrupt government officials.

That bankers are corrupt, many understand. That bankers are also unsupervised government officials, very few understand. Plutocrats, though, understand this perfectly well.

More generally most plutocrats, and plutocratic organizations, have to do with being on the good side, or in a conspiracy, with government. Most of these conspiracies are intricate enough for common people not to perceive them (an example is the F35 “strike” plane, the most expensive military program, ever, in all of history: 400 billions spent so far, and counting… for an ineffectual plane which will need several more years, just to fire its gun).

So the FIFA scandal, for all to see, is excellent, if one looks at it as a toy example of a much more general problem. However, if it the only thing people worry about, and, somehow, leaves the impression that justice, police and the law are prevailing, worldwide, it will have a nefarious effect.

Why is FIFA’s corruption a toy? Because it involves a few hundreds of million dollars. A particular example is FIFA in Brazil: companies such as Nike paid a hundred million dollars or so, to organize the world cup in Brazil: that was “legal” (it should not be legal, but that’s another matter). Then 70 million dollars were paid below the table. This is what the “authorities” in the USA are in a huff about. This is what they call “corruption”.

Why? Because corruption, in the USA, is above the table: everybody can see the hyper wealthy buying the president in the USA. It’s glorious, it’s all over the media. If you have 200,000 dollars to waste, the president of the USA will go on his knees, and eat crumbs in your hands, such is the nature of the beast.

So how did the banks’ corruption cost? Just for the 2008 crisis? Well just look at the total cost of the “Quantitative Easing“. That’s at least ten trillion dollars (8 in the USA, around 2 in the EU). Even if one upper bounds the FIFA corruption at one billion, this means the High Finance corruption scandal was at least 10,000 times greater.  And differently from FIFA the worst part is orders of magnitude greater than that, as it consists in the hundreds of trillions banks diverted in financial derivatives.

If one views the latter, as one should, as the largest corruption, the greatest theft ever, in the history of humanity, one ends up with the astounding realization that banks have stolen for at least ONE MILLION TIMES MORE money than the FIFA has moved under the tables.

The BBC (Canada) itself is wondering: America does not even like football… Why is it leading the charge against alleged Fifa corruption?”

FBI Director James Comey set out why the US was able to act:

“If you touch our shores with your corrupt enterprise, whether that is through meetings or through using our world class financial system, you will be held accountable for that corruption…”

The USA is of course “world class”, or even of a class of its own in the world. Especially as far as considering taking orders from plutocrats, others for idiots, and playing holier-than-thou, with the aim of pleasing the banksters. Question: how does Mr. FBI thinks drug trafficking works?

Answer: citizens of the USA spend fortunes on illegal drugs coming from Mexico and the like, so they can forget the sorry world class parody of democracy they live in. Once the drug sellers have pocketed the money, in the world class USA, how do they get it to South and Central America? Through world class banks, of course. American banks. Big banks of the good old USA. Why does not Mr. FBI think about that? Won’t advance his career? I guess not. It’s not “world class” to suspect your masters.

“Nobody is above or beyond the law,” FBI Director Comey said. “We will not stop until we send messages that this is not the way things should be and that they must be different”.

Kabuki theater, on a world scale.

Even Vlad Putin has noticed: “This is yet another blatant attempt (by the United States) to extend its jurisdiction to other states.”

It’s irritating to see Putin marking points. Yes, nobody is above the law. However, the USA itself is above the law, indeed. As Big Banks of the USA are part of this general enterprise, the USA, when they launder money for drug traffickers, they get a slap on the wrist, a little fine (paid by Quantitative Easing, that is, the We The People of the USA themselves).

The USA above the law? Why else the USA does not recognize, and is not part of the International Criminal Court? Simply because many of its top officials would see warrants of arrest against them (starting with those who launched wars of aggression). Instead, what we have now, is tiny Switzerland, anxious to please its masters in Washington and New York, by arresting whoever those capitals (of USA and High Finance, respectively) have decided to arrest.

The considerable attention given to this FIFA scandal is yet another maneuver to focus the attention of We The People on something shiny which moves, on vaguely alien culprits. It is reminiscent of those two low level traders who were prosecuted for the 2008 crisis: one in New York City, one in France. Yes, they were both French. What works best is what is straight out of central casting.

As usual, American “justice” will employ a very corrupt method: make a deal with some “culprits”, such as this Swiss banker who went to jail, in the USA, but then was given around 100 million dollars, by the USA, for having said, for all to hear, what the USA wanted him to say. What kind of “justice” is that? The justice of corruption? But then if justice is corrupt in the name of corruption, where is the real justice located, and what is it?

Patrice Ayme’