John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Debt – the Death of America?

John McCain

The Senate failed again to pass even a “skinny” repeal of Obamacare after three senators defected (one of whom, McCain, who lost his presidential election, out of jealousy against Trump’s winning.)

The new (and now fired) White House communications director, Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, called President Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, a “paranoid schizophrenic.”

He also said he would “fire everybody” in the communications office, adding that some of the reporting on the infighting going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. offended him “as a Roman Catholic.”

The Republican-controlled House passed a bill – with only three brave votes to the contrary – calling for Russia to bend over so it could be properly caned. This punishment was called for, it said, in response to two offenses.

First, because Russia tampered with U.S. elections (unproven and most certainly untrue). It is virtually impossible to identify a hacker, based only on information from the server. It looks as though this was an inside job at the DNC, possibly done by (or by someone like) Pakistani Imran Awan. Awan was a shady I.T. staffer who worked at the DNC and for many politicians in the Democratic Party and he had a habit of copying his clients computer files onto his hard drive (which he could have sent to Wikileaks). He was fired by Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz just recently, and was arrested when trying to flee the country while under criminal investigation. Awan’s wife and other family members did escape with much of the $4 million he was paid by the DNC for his “services.”

Second, because Russia meddled in Ukraine, thus interfering with U.S. meddling in the Ukraine (and just about every country in the world).

Finally, Fed Chief Janet Yellen said she was still thinking about getting monetary policy back to normal, implying there may be another rate hike coming in December (bad for bonds and interest rates on consumer debt).

There is no hope of reining in domestic spending because the Republicans are also at war with themselves and with the White House.

And the only thing that Democrats and Republicans are not at war about is that Putin is a devil, and we should be at war with him, too!

But amid the bombast and concussion grenades, there was one thing the president did that seems worthy of praise. He said the U.S. would cease supporting rebel groups in Syria. Contrary to what McCain believes, there are no good Arab-world rebels.

This immediately drew fire from the mainstream media (particularly Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post) for playing into Putin’s hands (Bezos had better watch out here as Trump my counter with an anti-trust action).

The stock market seems to take the headlines as stocks keep rising (but watch out for bonds) again yesterday.

No matter how preposterous or clownish Washington becomes, it doesn’t seem to cause much worry on Wall Street. The fix is in. It is business as usual… and the big money knows it.

Central bankers in Europe, Japan, China, and Britain are putting cash in front of them. And the Fed has their backs. What could go wrong?

The only thing we know about federally controlled medical spending is that if we had single-payer Medicare for all medical spending would drop radically – but the insurance and drug lobbies would never permit that. Consequently, we are not going to catch up costwise with those countries that have single-payer healthcare.

Lobbyists are a way for the elites to increase their power, status, and wealth… at the expense of the ordinary civilians who pay for it, one way or another.

Today, the ordinary U.S. citizen can only watch the circus in Washington… but is forced to sell himself into debt slavery just to maintain his standard of living. He gets student loans to get through college, believing this will increase his income later on – which it does not.

Then, with no ready cash available, he must get credit cards, auto loans, and housing loans to finance his adult life.

Now, his debt is higher than ever. He is doomed to a life of debt service payments, cradle to grave. It is so true that “debt is the currency of the poor.”

And while he is borrowing to support himself, his government is borrowing, too – in his name…

In 1971, when the present fake-money system was put in place, total U.S. government debt was less than $400 billion.

It didn’t hit $1 trillion until the first year of the Reagan administration, 10 years later. By the end of the George W. Bush years, in 2008, it reached $10 trillion thanks to Bush’s war against Iraq – based on FAKE NEWS from the CIA.

Now, at $20 trillion, it is pretty obvious where this leads. The line curves upward… empires of debt or of conquest creak and grow old… then the system breaks down.

Both are win-lose deals. Specific people, industries, and lobbyists benefit. The public pays (usually not even realizing how).

The U.S. can still afford to pay the interest on the $20 trillion debt. However, when interest rates rise to, say, 6% (and they will) the U.S. will have to pay $1.2 trillion interest on that debt. At that point the U.S. government will have to pay its entire budget only on interest (forget Obamacare, Medicare, Social Security, etc.) – we will have to default on our national debt. Defaulting on the national debt will hurt the major holders of that debt – which, surprisingly, are not the Chinese, but the U.S. elites – the so-called “one percenters.”

However, with credit gone, the main victims will be our typical citizens, which is, for practical purposes, all of us.

If you have the courage, just take a look at the U.S. Debt Clock.

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