Sunday 6 April 2008

New £20 Note

According to this article: the new £20 note has "new security features". Well wasn't the watermark and silver thread designed to make banknotes unforgeable? There are RFID technologies capable of being contained within this thread. It could be used to monitor what you buy with the note. It could trace you from when you take it out of the bank to the shops and which till you go to and the product that you buy. So much for the privacy of cash! This kind of thing is a back door to the cashless society. Someone said to me "It's not RFID, it's just a holographic strip." Well a holographic strip is a step towards RFID, even if it doesn't yet contain the chip itself, because it's making banknotes look, feel and function more like bank cards; and that’s how the public will perceive them. All modern credit and debit cards have a holographic image on them to make fraud harder.

We all know how much the Loomies love putting their symbols on banknotes! Most HPANWO readers will be familiar with the Illuminati pyramid on the Dollar Bill. But that's just one of many instances of hidden messages in money. Along with the silver strip, there are some other intriguing and sinister elements to the new £20 note. There’s a compass rose or sun-disk, a symbol that seems to appear everywhere these days (see my article on symbolism in Oxford). It’s presence on the £20 note could be a coincidence if it didn’t also appear on the New Zealand $5 note. Wise Woman, author of the Too Long in This Place blog (see links) has discovered that the number 88 can be seen on it too; this links in to Sir Edmund Hillary, the face on that same note.

Look at the reverse of the £20. The first thing which strikes me is that the traditional British “£” symbol has been changed to a very bland, modern and parochial looking motif. It is inverted which is very Satanic; it also resembles the Euro “E” symbol quite closely. This could be a hint at what is to come: the end of British pounds and pence altogether and the adoption of the single European currency. There’s more than that on the reverse that concerns me. You'll see that Edward Elgar has been replaced by a profile Adam Smith, the Scottish economist whose words have been twisted to justify globalization. Those north of the border are over the moon because he’s the first Scotsman to appear on an English banknote, but maybe if they understood the deeper meaning in the imagery they’d think again. The face of Smith has the caption: "The division of labour in pin manufacture". What a strange thing to put on a banknote. Nothing about Rutherford splitting the atom or de Haviland breaking the sound barrier or many of the other feats British people have achieved... no we've got to celebrate our pins! Then again, if you understand subliminal perception then there's a very good reason for the new £20 note having a reference to pins on it, seeing as it already had a credit card style hologram: change "pin" into "PIN" Personal Identification Number. This is another hint of what they've probably got in store for us: banknotes becoming bank cards which you'll need a PIN to use! There are several countries already making plastic banknotes, including Australia. Australian dollar notes are longer lasting and don't go all mushy if you accidentally leave them in your pocket when you put them in the laundry; so much better! But, as I said above, it's important to see the hidden agenda and ask yourself if the benefits are worth the price.

The liberty of being allowed to have access to your own money has been sacrificed before. In the 19th Century many mineworkers were not paid any money, they were given "truck tokens" which could only be spent in special mines shops. It makes a joke of the idea that slavery was abolished 200 years ago! What is the difference between this and slavery!? In Roman times and in many other ancient societies where slavery was accepted and commonplace they had a similar system. A slave was considered the property of their master and received no wages; however a slave-owner had to provide food and accommodation etc for his slave. This would mean a lot of organizational work, shopping paying bills etc, so some just used to save themselves the bother by giving the slave tokens and saying "Go and get whatever you need." The slave could then take the tokens to special warehouses and exchange them for goods of their choice. What's the difference between that and the truck system? If we accept a cashless society or even one where our cash is monitored, then we introduce a global truck system. Without cash we no longer choose what we do with our own money, because we have no control over it; and the government alone will choose what we buy, when and where we buy it and even if we buy anything at all. A lot of people pay with plastic today, and occasionally the machine at the till will refuse to accept your card. This is not a problem nowadays because we still have the option of paying with cash. What do we do when there is no cash? There’s nothing we can do! The system has complete control over all our financial activity. In the novel Better Than Life, a book based on the hilarious Sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf, Rimmer punishes a man by taking out a court order that stops him from buying Heinz baked beans; instead he has to put up with inferior supermarket brands! This may sound funny, but many a true word is spoken in jest. In the cashless society just such a punishment will become possible. And if the authorities ever get really pissed off with you then all they have to do is turn off your card. What would you do then? Nothing! Unable to buy anything at all, including food, you’d quickly starve to death. This is the kind of world we will live in unless we reject the cashless society.

I’m not the only one who has noticed some of these worrying aspects. This lady has not only also spotted the sun-disk, but has also picked up on some other strange features of the new £20 note: and


Alex Robinson said...

Actually the sun sign seems to be on all our notes in NZ.
I don't like the feel of the reversed pound symbol, how strange is that?
The anti forgery idea seems ridiculous to me, as you say they're well covered - it smacks of the same control that comes with new electronc passports

aferrismoon said...

Great article - I got here through Wise Woman.
Adam Smith also appears on one of the Scottish banknotes which makes him a 1st on 2 different countries.
The PIN interpretation - I guess it reminds how important it is to make a little sacrifice and work for min.wage in a senseless job that could be done by machines.
I have my electronic passport with its heavy accent on BIRDS. One of Darwin's Finches grace the electronic page.

Ben Emlyn-Jones said...

WW, the anti-forgery story IS ridiculous. It's just the bait in the trap. They do this all the time. They find some benefit, whether real or not, and hype it up in the media so that we support wht they're doing. Many people are in favour of tagging people on probation from jail. Reasonable you might think? Well no because the prisoner programnme can then be expanded into a scheme that tags evereyone else!

I rememeber how the Chip+PIN bank cards were supposed to be the last word in fraud pevention. Well the first cloned cards were coming out before the new cards had replaced all the old ones!

Ben Emlyn-Jones said...

Thanks, Aferrismoon. The so-called unforgable banknotes are as unforgeable as the Titanic was unsinkable! But the govt don't care.

As yuo say, there's a bit of propanganda involved in the pin story. the new robot economy which is seen as wonderful to be a part of. It makes you "hard-working"!

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