In Search Of Villainous Bankers



By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

I’ve been researching the First and Second National Banks of the United States.

I went searching for villains, but all I’ve found so far are merchants and land speculators.

And a genuine HERO — Stephen Girard.

Bankers were much more TRANSPARENT two hundred or so years ago.

That’s not true today — starting with the creation of the Fed in 1913, and especially following the Carter years.

Nomi Prins (All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power, 2014) wrote …

“As for the archival records, all of the National Archives and Records Administration libraries for FDR through Carter have exceedingly accessible and well-organized information with consistent classifications. They were a pleasure to peruse, and I lost myself for days in all of them. After Reagan took office, records became less available. At the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, I learned that some records may never be uncovered without the benefit of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, not merely for ‘national security reasons’ (as years go by, the number of redactions in documents rise anyway) but because the commitment to organize such a vast amount of material is not what it was before the 1980s. As such, the bulk of information that might be revealed by the FOIA requests that I filed at the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton libraries is not available yet.

“What remains to be examined by some curious person years from now is the nature of George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s relationships with the leading bankers of their day. We may never know the specifics of the discussions that were conducted; bankers don’t put much in writing anymore, and there have been no tapes of White House conversations since Nixon. But we can be sure of one thing: those bankers and their firms are the financial descendants of the men at that Morgan meeting in 1929, and decades from now they still will be. On this, history is clear.”

Bankers were nobler two hundred or so years ago — nobler than the majority of the politicians, lawyers, and doctors who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Laurie Halse Anderson (Fever 1793, 2000) wrote …

“Girard was a rich Frenchman with a finger in every pie; he was a merchant, an importer, and a banker. But what did Mr. Girard have to do with Bush Hill?

“‘He came through here like a hurricane, he did,’ Mrs. Flagg explained. ‘He fired the slovenly devils who caused all the trouble. Then he ordered repairs on the water pumps, hired good folks like me, and laid in supplies. We even have a fancy French officer, Dr. [Jean] Devéze, who supervises the patients, and Mrs. Saville for our matron.'”

“‘With a name like Bridget you are surely not French, are you, Mrs. Flagg?’ asked Grandfather.

“‘Good gracious, no, what a question,’ laughed Mrs. Flagg. ‘I can barely make out what they’re saying half the time, but they work hard, and the pay is good. And I’ll tell you this,’ she said, leaning closer and lowering her voice.

“‘You’ll hear folks say that Dr. [Benjamin] Rush is a hero for saving folks with his purges and blood letting. But I’ve seen different. It’s these French doctors here that know how to cure the fever. I don’t care if Dr. Rush did sign the Declaration of Independence. I wouldn’t let him and his knives near me.'”


Howard Anton (“Stephen Girard and the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793,” Stephen Girard: Forgotten Patriot) wrote …

“Girard and Devéze both oppose the bleeding methods of Dr. Rush, and Girard expresses the opinion that people were dying ‘because of the pernicious treatment by our doctors.'”


Robert H. Bremner (American Philanthropy, Second Edition, 1966, 1980) wrote …

“Neither before nor after the epidemic were Rush and Girard on friendly terms. To Rush, Girard’s character seemed as singular as his prosperity was extraordinary. He believed and repeated rumors of Girard’s niggardliness toward impecunious relatives and of his despotic treatment of employees. ‘Men will be Gods!’ he exclaimed in his commonplace book after recording instances of Girard’s arrogance. For his part, Girard never tired of denouncing American doctors as charlatans, ‘ignorant jackasses,’ and ‘executioners of the human race.'”

'In Search Of Villainous Bankers' have 15 comments

  1. August 20, 2016 @ 3:55 am Atom

    According to Adano Christopher Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) …

    “Every person is a winner, but does every person accept it?

    “Life abundant is to cope with life moment to moment.

    “Life abundant is NOT riches.

    “Life abundant is assured in the atomic structure.”–e-books.php


  2. August 20, 2016 @ 2:18 pm Atom

    Re: Are carnivore teeth stronger?

    Limpets have the strongest teeth of any animal.

    They chow down on algae — no meat necessary to build super-strong teeth.

    Limpet teeth are stronger than any organic material on planet Earth.


  3. August 20, 2016 @ 2:20 pm Atom

    Two weeks of walking only 1,000 steps per day or less results in a loss of one pound of muscle mass.

    The more anabolic resistance, the more walking is required.–sun-sync-research.php


  4. August 20, 2016 @ 2:21 pm Atom

    “Four planets out from the sun, GUESS WHAT? CELLS DON’T ROT. Four planets out, GUESS WHAT? You can eat all you want and never get sick or fat. On Mars your head is bigger and your mind works six times as fast, yet uses one-third the energy.” — The Bobliographon: New Revelations from J.R. “Bob” Dobbs, 2006


  5. August 20, 2016 @ 2:24 pm Atom

    Our bodies are shaped by the polarity between centripedal self-adhesion versus the force of centrifugal acceleration.

    The velocity of the rotation of the Earth is 1038 miles per hour at the equator.

    If you’re sitting in your armchair in Los Angeles, you’re heading east at 864 miles per hour.

    New York City — 788 miles per hour.

    Seattle — 707 miles per hour.

    Paris — 694 miles per hour.

    Anchorage — 503 miles per hour;

    Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) worked from a very high shelf when it came to Body Language.

    “Can you tell me which man is from southern Africa and which one is from the northern part of the continent?” Adano asked me, nodding in the direction of two men sitting at a nearby restaurant table.

    “You can tell that? How?” was my response.

    “Minerals precipitate differently at different latitudes due to the rotation of the Earth. They create different racial geometries from the pressure variances. That’s why their skulls are not shaped alike. This is called the science of ecological anthropology,” replied Adano.

    Adano nodded in the direction of our waitress, asking me to identify her heritage.

    Of course, I couldn’t, so he named off four ancestries – Scottish, Welsh, Irish, and German.

    The waitress brought our order, and Adano asked, “What is your heritage?”

    She repeated the same four ancestries he had described.

    Walking out the door of the restaurant, Adano advised me, “Whenever someone inquires, ‘What kind of work do you do?,’ you reply, ‘I’m an ecological anthropologist and tourist.”

    More than a decade later, I read (in Genes, Peoples, and Languages, a 2000 book written by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza) …

    “Anthropometric characteristics, including skin color, demonstrate the selective effects of the different climates to which modern humans have been exposed in the course of their migrations over the Earth’s surface. They vary especially with latitude. By contrast, genes are considerably more useful as markers of evolutionary history, especially migrations. They vary more with longitude. […] Shape is measured mostly using the relationship between the face and the crown. But shape is also very sensitive to climate selection. In very cold regions, modern humans show a strong reduction of the face in relation to the crown, which results in a major change in the form of the head,”–e-books.php


  6. August 20, 2016 @ 2:26 pm Atom

    Lottie (not her real name) was diagnosed with a serious autoimmune disease.

    I Body Dowsed her, and her right leg “jumped” whenever she mentioned her mother.

    (Sometimes a “twitch” becomes visual. A leg will actually “jump” off the floor. You can slide a credit card under the foot if you’re quick enough.)

    Translating Lottie’s Body Language, it didn’t take me long to figure out Lottie was inordinately attached to her mother.

    Was she or wasn’t she? You be the judge.

    Lottie lived with her mother.

    She worked with her mother.

    Her mother called her every hour to see how she was doing.

    Lottie broke up with her fiance because he wanted to move thirty miles away from where her mother lived.

    I got in trouble over this particular session of Body Dowsing.

    Lottie’s mother phoned my friend Norma, who had set up the session, and unloaded all over her.

    “Is that guy crazy? Lottie tells me he said, I’m the reason she’s sick!”

    I told Norma, “I never said, her mother was the cause. I told her, she was unduly attached to her mother, not the other way around.”

    I added, “Actually, telling her mother that was Lottie’s method of being passive-aggressive, both against me and her mother.”–e-books.php


  7. August 20, 2016 @ 11:43 pm John

    During a boxing fight in between rounds the trainer put a bag of ice on the boxers chest. Is this a good idea ?


    • August 21, 2016 @ 3:29 pm Atom

      Applying ice to the chest is a relatively safe way to cool down a healthy person.

      Safer and more effective ways are to apply the ice to the wrists or the back of the neck.


  8. August 21, 2016 @ 5:20 am Helen

    Hello AtOM
    Off topic: Is it normal to feel bloated with a tummy hard as a rock after a colonic?
    I’ve had my first on Thursday… suffered an unbelievable headache and was not able to sleep
    Had a second one on Friday … Felt way better … but got Bloated (with a Big B – like NEVER before) !!!
    Since the first colonic, I’ve been having nothing but soups, juices, one or two smoothies and sauerkraut … Off course kept my cobalamin drink first thing in the morning :)
    I just don’t understand! where did it go wrong? and most importantly: what can I do now?
    It was a Libbie machine (I’m sure you’re familiar with them)
    Love & Blessings form Sydney


    • August 21, 2016 @ 4:29 pm Atom

      I welcome off-topic questions, since my blog entries tend to follow my destiny of “He mounted his horse and rode off in all directions.”

      Something in the water supply might have caused the problem.

      Or the water temperature.

      Or what you ate beforehand and/or how long before the colonic.

      The colon therapist’s techniques (plural) are other possibilities.

      Bloating is often prevented by panting heavily like a dog during a colonic.

      Having a rock-hard tummy is not only inconvenient, it’s hazardous, so it’s best to suss out the problem before any speculum gets inserted again.

      A friend of mine suffered a ruptured colon from just an enema.

      Incidentally, a liquid diet for three days following a colonic is a standard safety feature.

      Solid food entering an empty colon can tie it in a knot.

      I’ve taken X-rays of so-called healthy people’s colons, and only one person had a colon that looked anything like the ones featured in anatomy books.

      What to do after the fact?

      Elevate your legs and yawn and stretch repeatedly.

      Lightly massaging the stomach helps pass gas.


      • August 22, 2016 @ 5:55 am Helen

        Thanks so much AtOM,
        It’s interesting that Sydney water is full of everything and anything … the filters on the colonic system are a carbon filter ( I assume for chlorine) and a UV filter (for germs) … thus all the rest (fluoride, heavy metals, etc … )was probably still in the water … ahhhhhhhhh!

        Another question please?
        Would you be concerned if the first couple of bowel motions after a colonic were pencil thin? and what would you recommend to rectify that? …

        Love & Blessings from Sydney,


        • August 22, 2016 @ 11:52 am Atom

          If pencil-thin bowel movements occur before a colonic, there *might* be cause for concern.

          After a colonic, it’s usually a type of diarrhea due to an imbalance of intestinal ecology.

          Eating wholesome food In Time is the best way to correct the problem.

          Taking a tablespoon of yogurt with active cultures after every meal can help.

          Taking psyllium or any kind of bran is counterproductive.


          • August 22, 2016 @ 3:34 pm Helen

            Thanks soooo much.
            Hugs from Sydney

            PS: I love what you said about your destiny “He mounted his horse and rode off in all directions.” … would you please write a blog about how one is to find their destiny?
            I took those colonics as a trial before enrolling in a colonic hydrotherapy course (a total sea change for me) and although I feel like crap … and mentally I cannot reconcile taking this course, I feel totally driven to take it (sort of my destiny to take this course)!!! Does that make any sense?
            Love& Blessings on a beautiful sunny morning

          • August 22, 2016 @ 3:35 pm Helen

            Thanks soooo much.
            Hugs from Sydney

            PS: I love what you said about your destiny “He mounted his horse and rode off in all directions.” … would you please write a blog about how one is to find their destiny?
            I took those colonics as a trial before enrolling in a colonic hydrotherapy course (a total sea change for me) and although I feel like crap … and mentally I cannot reconcile taking this course, I feel totally driven to take it (sort of my destiny to take this course)!!! Does that make any sense?
            Love& Blessings on a beautiful sunny morning

  9. August 23, 2016 @ 9:46 am Atom

    Re: I feel totally driven to take it (sort of my destiny to take this course)!!! Does that make any sense?

    The large intestine is a key to health.

    I wrote several blog entries about the large intestine on One Radio Network …

    The Large Intestine & Physical Immortality (May 4, 2012)

    Pooping At the End Of Large Intestine Time (Aug. 23, 2013)

    Synchronizing the Large Intestine to Solar Radiation (Jan. 2, 2014)

    Clocking the Large Intestine Meridian (Jun. 24, 2015)

    Ever New Joy,



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