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Gold and the Myth of Free Markets
by Darryl Schoon | May 11, 2010Print
Some conspire to take power; others conspire to keep it
What we don’t know explains what we don’t understand. This is why the work of the Gold Anti-Trust Action committee, GATA, is to be admired. Much of the exposure of the US government’s hidden hand in the manipulation of the gold markets is due to GATA’s work. What most still do not understand is the extent of that hidden hand and its effect on America, a nation many believe to be free.
The sewers of influence that course through America’s financial system are hidden from the public eye and for good reason. If Americans understood the intent and motives of those who control the nation’s finances, they would realize they’re the patsies in an on-going suckers game with political parties the hired hacks who work on behalf of those who run the country; but, of course, Americans don’t understand and the game goes on.
Voting: A sucker’s bet in a fixed game
On GATA’s Board of Directors is Catherine Austin-Fitts, a person not known to many. She should be. From 1978 to 1989, she was at Dillon Read, a powerful and prestigious New York investment bank (later merged with S.G. Warburg and then UBS) where she was both Managing Director and a Member of its Board of Directors.
It was at Dillon Read where Catherine Austin-Fitts witnessed America’s heavily denied transformation, a transformation where America’s elites and Wall Street conspired with the Clinton Administration to turn Nixon’s “War on Drugs” into profit-driven genocide.
…I decided to write “Dillon Read & Co Inc. and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits” as a case study designed to help illuminate the deeper system… Dillon Read…and the Clinton Administration with the full support of a bipartisan Congress ..[colluded to profit] by ensnaring our youth in a pincer movement of drugs and prisons and wins middle class support for these policies through a steady and growing stream of government funding and contracts for War on Drugs activities at federal, state and local levels… This is genocide — a much more subtle and lethal version than ever before perpetrated by the scoundrels of our history texts. Catherine Austin-Fitts, US Assistant Secretary of Housing (HUD) Bush Administration 1989-1990, Managing Director and Member Board of Directors, Dillon Read, 1986-1989
Because of Wall Street’s participation in America’s War on Drugs, large amounts of money were involved; and to start the money flowing, more Americans would have to go jail and they did. It’s no coincidence that the US is now the world’s number one jailor with the highest percentage of its citizens behind bars.
Under President William Jefferson No, I did not inhale Clinton, America’s prison population began to significantly rise, surpassing the numbers arrested under President Ronald Reagan. Thus began the diaspora of America’s underclass, especially black Americans into increasingly private prison cells in larger and larger numbers.
America’s genocide as told by Wall Street and Washington insider and GATA board member, Catherine Austin-Fitts, involves the US government, banks, powerful elites, both political parties and the Rothschilds. To read her story, see http://www.dunwalke.com/1_Brady_Bush_Bechtel.htm
GATA, MARTIN ARMSTRONG AND FREE MARKETS
GATA was incorporated by Bill Murphy in January 1999 to advocate and undertake litigation against illegal collusion to control the price and supply of gold and related financial securities. Exactly one year later in January 2000, Bill Murphy was to become personally acquainted with Martin Armstrong of Princeton Economics.
At the time gold was $280/oz , silver was $5.18 and GATA’s Bill Murphy was hearing rumors that Martin Armstrong was heavily involved in shorting gold. Then, on January 5, 2000 the following article, a revelatory bombshell, was posted on Kitco.
Date: Wed Jan 05 2000 04:24
GoldBird1 ( Armstrong-Republic-manipulations ) ID#396247:
Copyright © 1999 GoldBird1/Kitco Inc. All rights reserved
Whilst I have read a lot on this site about Armstrong and his supposed short gold position, etc., etc., etc., I just thought everyone should know that it is all BS. I have worked inside Republic Bank and quite frankly the whole thing stinks of a major set up intended to frame Armstrong big time. Armstrong was right about the manipulation of silver and a whole lot more.
Not only was silver manipulated, they do it all the time. If you want to know the truth, it was Republic who has been behind almost every manipulation I know of for at least the last 10 years, I've seen it first hand. Buffet is not lily white and this silver purchase of his was not the first. The manipulation by Phibro in 1995 when they exercised the call options way out of the money was executed by Andy Heck who now works for Republic. The CFTC went to Phibro demanding to know who the client was behind the trade and they refused to give up the name. The CFTC did not do their job, as usual, and just walked away demanding that they exit the trade. Phibro was owned by Salomon Bros and the authorization to squeeze silver was given personally by Buffet.
Does anyone really think that a small sub like Phibro could do a $1 billion trade without board approval from above? It doesn't end there. Bribes were paid to Russian officials to "recall" platinum so it could be inventoried. Republic helped Tiger corner the market in palladium and stored it for them just like they moved the silver from NY to London for Buffet. This thing even goes back to the manipulation of the US Treasury Auctions. The govt boys are so stupid, when they threatened to take the license away from Salomon Bros, Buffet came to the rescue. Ha! He was behind that trade as well and his name was concealed then, as always. Then that trader left and started LTCM and had a real merry old time. Look at who his investors were! Just before it blew up, Buffet agreed to bailout that operation and wrote a letter stating that if his offer were ever revealed, it would be void. That letter was published in the WSJ because it blew up before Buffet could put the deal to bed.
The point is, Armstrong was trying to fight the crowd. He knew what was going on and the word inside the bank was that he might even have tapes of conversations between a lot of the players. Everyone is really worried about that for sure. These guys take the market up get all you suckers believing the rally is real and then slam it again. How do you think they make their billions? They don't care about bull markets. They shag the markets to make their billions off of the people who don't have a clue. They rotate between the markets. All the same names were on the short-side in copper. Sumitomo tried to fight these guys. They baited the Japanese into the trades offering them untold credit. They then would short copper against them. Sumitomo tried to defend their position and ended up buying the entire inventory. When they had Sumitomo loaded, they ran to the authorities and did them in calling it a manipulation. They made a fortune on that short trade. To add insult to injury, Sumitomo ran to Goldman Sachs for help, Goldman started selling thousands of contracts in copper that day and then accepted the work out the following day after front-running their own client. Jimmy Goldsmith was involved in this one as well as Safra, Tiger and a host of others. They amazingly are all on the right side of every one of these trades.
Hell - bribes were even paid to bank officials at the Central Bank of Thailand to start the Asian Crisis! That was the evidence the Japanese took to the G7 meeting and demanded controls against the organized hedge funds.
The US govt refused to do anything against the group of players because this thing is so dirty nobody wants the truth out there. They told the Japs they would agree to sanctions only. That's why Armstrong is being served up as the Xmas turkey. Quite frankly, he knows too much.
Safra was paying bribes to people inside the IMF as well. They all thought they had the IMF in their pocket. That's why they all invested so much into Russia. They even set up Bank of New York on behalf of a rival group of thugs in Russia and because Republic hates Bank of New York because they are not part of the club.
These markets are never going to breakout until someone breaks up this organized mob of billionaires. The govt is either too stupid or they are involved with them ==== a high probability! After all, Armstrong had a $1 billion credit line in the bank and everyone knew it. Suddenly, his credit line was pulled and Republic took $500 million of his clients money pretending it was never there. That order came from good old Mr. Safra himself and was carried out by George Wendler personally. And if anyone believes that story about Safra's death, I guess they believe in Santa Claus and a few other sudden deaths when the heat got turned up. If Armstrong or his clients got Safra on the stand, the whole thing could have unraveled. His bodyguard was changed just after this affair started. You fill in the blanks.
Armstrong was never short 700 tons of gold. In fact, to get the silver manipulation going, Armstrong was out of the country and they ran their orders through Republic to make everyone think it was Armstrong covering short positions he never had. The records are all there!
All this stuff is on tapes, docs and emails. The question is, will the govt go along with the big boys and cover everything up again? [They did] If so, they say already Armstrong won't make it to trial. They cannot afford a open trial with everything Armstrong knows. He probably knows far more than what has been written here. They just can't afford for the world to know how rigged this game truly is and how these billionaires really make their money at the expense of everyone else.
That's the real story. Take it for what it's worth.
[note: The govt is either too stupid or they are involved with them.. the answer may be some of both—some are too stupid and some are involved.]
Subsequent events have shown the writer was probably correct that Martin Armstrong was being set up and that market manipulation occurs far more often than anyone knows. Markets aren’t free. They’re rigged. Free markets are a myth. In actuality, markets have been rigged as long as it has been possible to do so
When investors have sufficient wealth and power, rigging markets is preferable to investing as the odds are far better when chance is replaced by manipulation; and, the belief that market regulators, e.g. the SEC, the CFTC, the FDA, etc. are neutral and honest is as vain and naïve as believing JFK was gunned down by a lone gunman or that Building 7 in the World Trade Center suddenly collapsed on 9/11 without any intervening exogenous force; or that bankers Edmund Safra, Michele Sindona, and Roberto Calvi were not in trouble with the powers that be when they were murdered—Safra burned to death by his newly-hired bodyguard trapped in his fortress-like penthouse in Monaco, Sindona poisoned in prison after drinking coffee laced with cyanide and Calvi found hanging by his neck beneath Blackfriar’s Bridge in London, his pockets filled with bricks while out on bail.
EVEN EVIL RUNS OUT OF LUCK
The governments and bankers behind the manipulation of gold are running out of options. Their supplies of physical gold are dwindling as demand is rising. Their attempts to force down the price of gold has lasted almost 30 years but even evil runs out of luck.
Their attempts to re-liquefy the markets are backfiring as Gary Dorsch, editor of Global Money Trends, points out that when central banks now pump in new debt, it forces the price of gold higher: The Fed has monetized trillions of dollars of new debt, through its QE scheme, and many investors have lost all faith in the value of paper money. In fact, the ballooning size of the US Treasury’s debt, which hit a record $12.8-trillion last month, has been a steady linchpin supporting the historic rally in the gold market over the past decade. As a general rule of thumb, every $1-trillion of fresh debt issued by the Treasury equates with a $125 /ounce increase in the price of gold. As long as the Fed and G-20 central banks continue to peg ultra-low interest rates, - and G-20 governments continue to flood the debt markets with huge quantities of IOU’s, - it translates into monetization, and the trajectory for the gold market would stay bullish. http://www.sirchartsalot.com/
Gold has now again broken above the $1200.mark. The price of gold has quadrupled since GATA was incorporated in January 1999. It will even go higher as central bankers continue to fight in vain to maintain capitalism’s crumbling fiefdom of paper money. John Exter’s inverse pyramid denoting the deflationary flight to safety has now reached government bonds, i.e. sovereign debt. Gold is the ultimate destination of deflating wealth. www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article13848.html
FREE MARKETS AND CAPITALISM
There is a controversy regarding capitalism that should be addressed. Rather than defining capitalism in contradistinction to communism, i.e. free versus managed markets, it is more useful to define what capitalism actually is:
Capitalism’s distinguishing feature is the nature of money used in capital markets
In his book, Capitalism (Polity Press 2008), Geoffrey Ingham writes: It might seem unnecessary to draw attention to the fact that money is an essential component of the capitalist system…Capitalist societies…share certain fundamental features: (i) the private credit and the banking system ‘money multiplier’: (ii) state debt as the ultimate foundation of credit-money; (iii) the pivotal role of the central bank: and, (iv) the three cornered struggle between state, money market and taxpayer.
Capitalist economies came into existence when the Bank of England was established in 1694, a central bank which issued money in the form of debt, a monetary phenomena that had never before occurred in history. In capitalist economies, money is debt.
The substitution of debt for savings as money led to the acceleration of Gresham’s Law where bad (debt-based) money drives out good (savings-based). This explains much about our present circumstances. The issue of free versus managed markets came only after the appearance of communism.
The rise of communism shifted the focus away from capitalism’s shortcomings (debt) and advantages (credit) to communism’s egregious, obvious and brutal oppression, a phenomenon that occurs whenever and wherever power is centralized.
The greater the centralization of power the greater the opportunity for oppression
It should be understood, especially today, that capitalism is no more a protector against oppression than is democracy (see Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville) and, if capitalist/democratic societies, e.g. the US, the UK, the EU, etc, continue their present trajectory; their end will be but another iteration of state tyranny.
… democratic societies which are not free may well be prosperous, cultured, pleasing to the eye, and even magnificent, such is the sense of power implicit in their massive uniformity; in them may flourish many private virtues, good fathers, honest merchants, exemplary landowners, and good Christians too…But, I make bold to say, never shall we find under such conditions a great citizen, still less than a great nation
Democracy in America, Alexis de Toqueville, 1835
Today in America, under the guise of protecting the nation, long-standing constitutionally guaranteed freedoms are being dismissed and dismantled in the US at an accelerating pace. The dispersion of power that the Founding Father embedded in the Constitution in 1776 has now been replaced by a highly centralized government.
In America, markets aren’t free and neither are Americans
The US Patriot Act—Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001—is the blueprint for the new America. Written by legal hacks, foisted on the nation by the Republican Party in the darkly contrived shadow of 9/11 and extended by the Democrats, the right of the US government to intrude and override America’s civil liberties is now the law of the land.
MARTIN ARMSTRONG AND THE US GOVERNMENT
I am not sure what is going on. I have been told that the receiver is now going to try a contempt charge for my not handing in my keys despite the fact that the locks and security codes have been changed… It appears that a contempt-of- court can land you in jail for about one year. After that, higher courts deem it to be cruel and unusual punishment. Martin Armstrong
The above was excerpted from an email sent to GATA’s Chris Powell from Martin Armstrong in early January 2000. The court receiver who accused Mr. Armstrong of contempt was Alan Cohen, a lawyer at the powerful and prestigious firm, O’Melveny & Myers. On January 14, 2000, Martin Armstrong was arrested based on Mr. Cohen’s allegations.
For the next seven years, Armstrong would be held without trial. Appellate courts would dismiss Armstrong’s appeals that such an unprecedented incarceration on contempt charges constituted cruel and unusual punishment; the courts instead found that cruel and unusual rulings apply only to persons, not to corporations or corporate officers such as Mr. Armstrong.
This is legal parsing at its most scurrilous, equal to those written by John Yoo, the Bush Administration lawyer who provided cover for America’s legalization of torture; cover, that if extended, could exonerate those convicted at Nuremberg.
Such is the current state of American jurisprudence, a country based on the rule of law—or, so it proclaims. If so, the question must then be asked: Whose rule? Whose law? And, most importantly, whose country? If you haven’t asked those questions, you don’t know the answers.
As would be expected, those who serve power, e.g. John Yoo, Alan Cohen, Bill Clinton et. al., are well-rewarded in a country as wealthy and powerful as America. Yoo is a professor at Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, Cohen is Executive Vice President and Global Head of Compliance at Goldman Sachs and Clinton receives $5-$8 million annually in speaking fees as a respected former US president.
Currently, Martin Armstrong is serving a five-year sentence at Fort Dix federal prison; as his time served on contempt charges—seven years (a record)—was not credited against his sentence. For Armstrong’s case and information on his incarceration, see http://princetoneconomics.blogspot.com/
Martin Armstrong’s Pi Cycle Economic Confidence Model which predicted the exact top of the Japanese stock market is a noteworthy achievement in matters of economic theory. While incarcerated Armstrong continues to write, even when in solitary confinement; and when he’s not allowed access to a typewriter, he will use a pen, see http://armstrongeconomics.com/writings/.
Martin Armstrong in prison at Fort Dix Federal Penitentiary and Catherine Austin-Fitts, Bill Murphy and Chris Powell at GATA deserve our support in these consequential times. John Yoo, Alan Cohen, Bill Clinton and the many others who serve power and wealth do not.
In America, real power is held by those who pay Yoo, Cohen, and Clinton to do their bidding; coalescing power, control and wealth in a nation that still believes itself free—while those who are governed remain oblivious and unconcerned as to their true state.
Sleep, America, sleep
Dream, America, dream
For only in your sleep and dreams
Are you free and awake
America, however, is about to wake up. Its awakening will not be pleasant. The pain has only just begun.
Copyright © 2010 Darryl Schoon
"How To Survive The Crisis And Profit In the Process"
The opinions of FSU contributors do not necessarily reflect those of Financial Sense.
Friday, May 14, 2010
RON WILLIAMS / Philadelphia Jounral via UPIPolice and firefighters duck after others were hit by gunfire at the start of the Aug. 8, 1978, shoot-out. Officer James Ramp was killed and many others were injured.1 of 13READER FEEDBACKPosted on Thu, May. 6, 2010
Cop’s death in ‘78 clash was a spark
By KITTY CAPARELLA
Philadelphia Daily News
"OH MY GOD! They shot a cop!"
I shouted into the phone to a Daily News editor who was taking notes as police surrounded the MOVE compound in Powelton Village.
Cops were trying to get the radical cult members to drop their weapons and come out of the basement with their children.
Suddenly, gunshots came from the basement window of the MOVE house.
From a third-floor apartment window, I looked down to where stakeout cop James Ramp was slowly kneeling to take a shooting position on the sidewalk with others. Ramp abruptly fell backward, blood coming out of his mouth.
It was 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 8, 1978, in the first armed battle between MOVE and the Philadelphia Police Department. Ramp was killed and 16 cops and firefighters were injured.
At 6 a.m., an officer had read a warrant and ordered the MOVE members to surrender, then Msgr. Charles Devlin, of the Cardinal's Commission on Human Relations, and many others appealed to MOVE to end the siege.
"Please on behalf of everything that is sane and honest, send out the children," said Devlin.
Bulldozers shoved away the parapet where for 15 months MOVE had threatened a showdown if four of their members weren't released from prison. Using a battering ram, flak-jacketed cops rammed the front, side and basement windows, then a wall, revealing a bag of onions, peanut butter, potatoes and waxed paper.
Deluge tanks were positioned close to the house, where they discharged columns of water directly into the basement.
Hundreds of rats and dozens of dogs emerged from the house all morning, eventually followed by 11 MOVE members and 11 children.
But the rage felt by some police upset by the death of one of their own was saved for the vitriolic Delbert Orr Africa, an ex-Black Panther member and Army vet who counted dead soldiers before shipping them home from Vietnam.
When Delbert Africa climbed through the basement window, a cop grabbed his dreadlocks, dragging him down the street, while others kicked and pounded his body. Other officers jumped the cops to pull them off.
Daily News photographer Norman Lono, who had hidden in the shower of the same apartment as I had, documented the horror from beginning to end.
The next morning I awoke screaming from the images of war. Covering MOVE was a recurring nightmare.
The siege begins
Only 15 months earlier during a nine-hour standoff with police, 18 MOVE members, in tan fatigues and black berets, brandished rifles and handguns on the parapet at the MOVE compound, a twin house illegally taken over at 33rd and Pearl streets.
They demanded that four jailed members be freed and threatened to kill city officials, judges, cops and reporters. After nine hours, Civil Affairs Inspector George Fencl persuaded the members to put away their weapons.
From that day on - May 20, 1977 - police began a 24-hour surveillance of MOVE, whose members relished the attention and publicity, and incited crowds with racial epithets and harangues against city officials.
it actually begins in 1972... perhaps even earlier. for additional reading, i suggest you follow the investigation into Police Corrupution that will take straight to the top. From Nixon to War on Drugs that apponted the infamous Five Squad. The hunted, the haunted and The Powers That Beat.
The trial of Jofn Africa was memorable. The only one ever lost by a man named Les. And the man who would became who became John Africa lived and died as Vincent Leaphart.
It was not a suicide yet somehow it went down in the books that way... petitions curculated to change the cause of death.
Vincent broke the golden rule set forth by the chief prosecutor... he was given a choice... surrender now!
In the words Ghengis Kahn reveal a twisted pattern of criminal activity in the underbelly of The Powers That Beat.
The truth exists in the buried archives of "unpublished opinions"
What were the motives and was the voice beneath the statement, "Surrender Now?"
Surrender Now" will ultimately reveal a deep and disturbing pattern of corruption that goes far beyond the City of Brotherly Love.
FIVE SQUAD, CORRUPTION, WAR ON DRUGS, WAR ON CRIME,
THE WAR AT HOME!
Incorporated in Delaware, 1972.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
THE POLITICAL hellfires of the 1960s - like a lot of things - came a little late to Philadelphia. In the case of the radical group MOVE and the inferno that it sparked, the flaming embers have never fully burned out.
The beginnings seemed unremarkable. In 1972, a militant student activist named Donald Glassey came to Philadelphia from the Michigan State campus as a grad student and social worker.
One of the people he met in his Powelton Village neighborhood was a 41-year-old handyman with a third-grade education named Vincent Leaphart, who was known as something of a street-corner philosopher.
The white student radical, Glassey, was so taken with the urban black activist, that he transcribed some of Leaphart's ideas into a manuscript called The Guideline, a blueprint for a neighborhood activist group that at first was simply called "Vinnie's Gang" and then the Community Action Movement, later shortened to MOVE.
"MOVE is in the tradition of the more progressive leftist groups like the Black Panthers and groups like that, that were emerging. This was a variant," said Paul Wahrhaftig, author of The MOVE Crisis in Philadelphia: Extremist Groups and Conflict Resolution.
The 1970s was a tumultuous decade in Philadelphia - with urban unrest, gang warfare and the iconic law-and-order regime of tough-cop-turned-mayor Frank L. Rizzo. But as it wore on, MOVE began to stand out for its eccentric views on technology and "getting back to nature."
There were about 30 people in "Vinnie's Gang," many living in a large Victorian house in Powelton Village. They garnered headlines for protesting the captivity of animals at the nearby Philadelphia Zoo, while drawing complaints from neighbors for trash dumping and rat infestation.
MOVE gradually moved further from its community- activist roots and into stranger territory. Leaphart changed his name to John Africa, in keeping with a "back to Africa" philosophy. Soon most of his followers grew dreadlocks and changed their own surnames to "Africa" as well - some of John Africa's followers even believed he had supernatural powers - and the group became more militant. By the late 1970s, co-founder Glassey had split from the group and was cooperating with law enforcement.
On Aug. 8, 1978, Rizzo, armed with an order to evict MOVE from the Powelton Village home and then bulldoze it, ordered police to storm the building. A shootout ensued and when the smoke cleared, one police officer - James J. Ramp - lay dead. Nine members of the group were convicted of murder.
John Africa, facing weapons charges, spent several years on the lam, but MOVE did not disappear.
Instead, by 1981, the movement had regrouped in a house at 6221 Osage Ave. in West Philadelphia that was owned by John Africa's sister, Louise James. Soon, the MOVE members had fortified the home and also set up a loudspeaker that sent a constant barrage of noise into the surrounding streets.
The rowhouses on and around Osage had been settled by black working-class families in the 1960s. Many of these homeowners demanded action, especially after voters elected W. Wilson Goode as Philadelphia's first black mayor, who defeated Rizzo in a close election in 1983.
On May 1, 1985, the MOVE neighbors went public with their demands that City Hall act. Goode, who initially told neighbors he was stumped over what to do about the radical group, was convinced by cops and then-District Attorney Ed Rendell that there was enough evidence for a search warrant, signed by Common Pleas Judge Lynne Abraham, the future D.A. Police barricaded the neighborhood on Mother's Day, May 12, asked residents to leave, and took up their positions.
When the sun rose on Monday, May 13, 1985, then-Police Commissioner Gregore J. Sambor appeared with his own bullhorn to order MOVE out, announcing: "Attention, MOVE. This is America." The first shots were fired before 6 a.m., and police efforts to roust the radicals with water cannons and tear gas failed. At 5:27 p.m., as much of Philadelphia watched on TV, a state police helicopter dropped explosives on the rooftop bunker.
Soon flames appeared, but firefighters were initially paralyzed by the raging gunfighters. Two survivors, Ramona Africa and the then-13-year-old known as Birdie Africa, fled the home and were arrested while the fire spread through the neighborhood before it was brought under control, about midnight. Eleven bodies - including John Africa's - would be found in the rubble; 53 homes were destroyed, eight others were damaged and all 61 were razed.
A special commission created to probe the tragedy said that Goode and other top officials had acted with "reckless disregard" and that the debacle would not have happened in a predominantly white neighborhood. Panel member Bruce Kaufmann, now a federal judge, dissented: "The tragic events of that day were caused, purely and simply, by incompetence, bad judgment and other errors."
Goode again defeated Rizzo for re-election in 1987, but his own legacy is forever singed by the decision to drop the bomb. Meanwhile, efforts to rebuild the neighborhood and bring peace back to Osage Avenue have instead brought more turmoil.
An initial attempt to rebuild the destroyed block was plagued by shoddy construction and corruption. The developer, Ernest Edwards, went to jail. The city reached a settlement with homeowners, but today more than half the block remains vacant, windows shrouded in plywood.
On a recent warm April night, the jingle of an ice-cream truck passed by and only a couple of adults were outside on their front stoops. But James Taylor Jr., 45, who's lived on Osage Avenue since the early 1970s, said the people who are left still look out for each other:
"This isn't a block - it's an extended family," Taylor said.
Taylor is just one of many Philadelphians - from the powerful to everyday people - still dealing with the aftermath of May 13, 1985. In the following pages, you will hear their stories.
As summer broke in 1985, a thumping song boomed in nightclubs across the country. Here in Philadelphia, its lyrics were loaded, linked to a vivid travesty.
"The Roof Is on Fire" was released by Rock Master Scott and the Dynamic Three six months before the MOVE conflagration.
The lyrics, which had nothing to do with the incident, became a popular dance-floor chant:
"The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don't need no water, let the motherf----- burn. Burn, motherf-----, burn."
Charles "Charlie Prince" Pettiford, a member of the group from the Bronx that wrote and performed the song, said he knew nothing about the MOVE incident at the time and still knows very little about it now.
"What planet does he live on?" asked Ramona Africa, a MOVE survivor who spent seven years in prison after the incident.
Africa says she can't help but link the song and fire.
"It definitely reminds me of what happened on May 13," she said. "I never thought it was written for that. But you automatically connect the two."
The song entered popular culture linked to MOVE, but another tune inspired by the fire quickly became too politically hot to handle by local song legends.
Bunny Sigler, the famous Philadelphia R&B singer, songwriter and producer, said he was working with other musicians in a studio at 6th Street and Olney Avenue on the day of the MOVE fire. They could see the smoke off in the distance as the fire raged through the day.
Then they went to work.
"These guys started playing this song," Sigler recalled. "It was something. They felt that pain. They played the funkiest baseline that I ever heard."
But Sigler said his management, Philadelphia International Records, was "very tight" with then-Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. and didn't want the song.
"They said, 'Hands off! Hands off!' " Sigler said. "They wouldn't use it."
Sigler, who now has different management, started thinking about the song, "Philadelphia's Burning," this year, after a fire ravaged the offices of Philadelphia International Records. He decided to revive it, collecting footage from the incident and shooting scenes out on Osage Avenue for a new music video.
"Bullhorns were shouting profanities. Led to all this misery. People told the mayor we can't take no more. You do something before we knock down the door."
"Philadelphia's burning, what a shame. Philadelphia's burning, who's to blame?"
"When you hear the song, the whole story is there," Sigler said. "People might get mad at me but I'm going to tell the story."