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Things have been rather exciting over the last year, as we swing into the final months of the Constitutional Republic formerly known as the United States of America. And so I’ve been watching a lot, reading, thinking about all of this… While I work through current problems in my own life. And a very interesting question came up, which is the point of this post. The problem is that, to adequately answer the question, requires quite a bit of time to set up the background, so the answer makes sense. So here goes…
The MSM is thrashing around as they slowly die of lost legitimacy
In the last year, the veneer of decency and honesty has been completely stripped away from our uniquely American “fifth column,” the media, whose responsibility it was to monitor and report on the corruption of government. Instead, they have been utterly exposed as the lying scum most people suspected them of being. They’re just willing propaganda outlets for the government, like Pravda or TASS were, for the Soviet Union. White is now black, up is down, wrong is right.
And of course, the media pimps for their political whores, manipulates polling data which affects “their guy” winning or losing. The most obvious results regarding the press: only 6% of the population still trusts the media. Literally, the public trust used-car salesmen more than they trust reporters. As we used to say in the Navy, they’re “lower than whale shit.” Pretty much.
The media manipulation initially provided cover to the corrupt government, but has now backfired;
In politics, most Americans feel they’re on the losing side. Not surprising, since REALPOLITIK has nothing to do with what the people want. The oligarchy- with the massive cover by the MSM- does what it wants, and the peons can go f**k themselves.
There is growing anger and cynicism regarding politicians. It is axiomatic for the public at present, that politicians are lying whores. This means, also, that the MSM can no longer control the narrative. They’ve instead switched to designating a single person as the “bad guy” so that public frustration can be vented at that person for whatever reason. As long as they can gin up some crime or outrage, they could channel the building anger at their chosen target. The target is destroyed, and they move on to the next…
This has been the standard playbook, which I started to become vaguely aware of as I graduated high-school in the 1980’s. So it’s been working for a while- a full generation of people have been born and grew up, believing this is THE WAY things are.
And along comes the 2016 election for POTUS. The MSM- as usual- picked their favorites and their targets, and won’t let anything deter them from the success of their favorite candidates, and the utter destruction of the chosen targets. Except Donald Trump entered the fray. Love him or hate him, nobody can deny that he took the playbook of the MSM and corrupt oligarchical government, and masterfully used it against them. He defeated 17 other candidates in the corrupt GOP, and completely grenaded the GOP/RNC leadership. The “never-Trump” movement is crushed, the neoCons and other parasite groups are reeling from their loss of power, and they’re helplessly flailing in an attempt to restore their former glory. They will fail.
The MSM is now cooking up the most outrageous stories, openly lying to sabotage the Trump campaign. Just a few examples are HERE, HERE, HERE… But you KNOW it’s bad, it’s really bad, when even a liberal rag like the L.A. Times publishes a post from Justin Raimondo, stating “To fight Trump, journalists have dispensed with objectivity.” You know it had to hurt the collectivist/liberal/socialist editors, to even allow that article to be published… But when the propaganda is so outrageous that you’re threatened with extinction for being a bunch of liars, I guess a little truth is in order…
Killary! Is Desperate
The reality is that Hildebeest Clinton is blatantly guilty of ESPIONAGE and TREASON. Just on the facts we already know, everything that’s public with regard to the classified emails, the hacks and lost sensitive data, the pay-to-play while she worked at the State Department, and she KNOWINGLY armed ISIS.
Top that off with the fact that the DNC actively fixed the primary election so that she was declared the winner, despite the fact that she actually lost to Bernie Sanders. Nobody even bothers to debate this point; it’s common knowledge. There’s no credibility left in the election process, at least where the Democrats are concerned. As one popular meme on Facebook points out, she had to cheat a LOT to beat a 72 year-old commie bum, what makes her think she’ll win against Trump?
The GOP is Desperate
Despite their best efforts to sabotage Trump, he not only won the Republican primary, but crushed the opposition- all 17 other candidates. The vast majority of cuckservatives have now defected, are actively backing Hildebeest. The GOP also has a bunch of insiders actively working with the MSM to bring down Trump; better, from their perspective, that Hildebeest should win, and the gravy train continue on…
The Elites are Desperate
When we look at political systems, we naturally focus on the defining characteristic of economic power over the people. If you control the ability to produce, if you control who gets money, you control who lives and who dies. Such systems have been applied to countries and regions. Globalism is initially socialist in nature, to eventually become communist. But it’s a global, instead of national or regional.
The push for globalism reached its apex with the creation of the European Union. But now the EU is collapsing, they’re completely broke, and the PIIGS countries- Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain broke the entire region. Combine this with a corrupt central banking system (European Central Bank) and the two anchor-countries for the EU economy- France and Germany- being factually bankrupt, and you have an impending disaster of biblical proportions…
Historically, countries start wars with other countries when the financial collapse is about to occur. The logic is quite simple, really; it’s easy to rally the citizens against “the enemy.” And if the bankrupt country wins, they can divide the spoils and the citizens feel proud of their ‘victory.’ If the bankrupt country loses, the leaders will be dead. But if the country goes bankrupt under the leaders’ watch, they’re still dead, so they have nothing to lose…
The elites are pushing for war between the USA and either Russia or China… or both. Because a complete financial collapse means they’re history, and might very well end up getting the Marie Antoinette treatment. The means of starting these wars is through various western organizations which they control 100%. The main organizations are NATO and the World Trade Organization (WTO). These two New World Order organizations are the corner-stones of the globalist plans, and provide the veneer of legitimacy for them.
Trump has plainly stated his desire to get the USA out of NATO and the WTO, thereby threatening to undo decades of work by the globalists. By intimating that the USA can freely leave them, the point is made to the elites that they do NOT own the USA and its people. Such challenges must not stand, from their perspective. They’re actively working to sabotage Trump as well, and in the process exposing themselves. The logical result is that they’ll further erode their remaining legitimacy.
The Economic Collapse Continues
While a lot of survivalists & preppers have been expecting the economic collapse to occur suddenly, like a huge tidal wave that crashes down on us, instead we have something like a sinkhole that continues to grow underneath our homes, with our houses sagging and slowly pulling apart… It’s not happening quickly, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. It most assuredly is, and in only Greece and Venezuela are the signs moving quickly enough that it imparts a sense of drama to the observer.
I’ve spoken at length about the coming economic collapse, WHY it is happening and what you can do to protect yourself, HERE and HERE. Since the fundamentals haven’t changed, I’m not going to rehash. It’s enough to say, if you’ve not read the two pieces, it might be worth your time…
As I’ve shown, there are a whole bunch of facets to our current situation. Simply put, the signs of societal, economic and political decay are everywhere you look. The collapse is occurring, and the only thing .gov can do is maintain- if not increase- their grip on what remains. It’s either full-on police-state, or they lose power and suffer like normal people… (Assuming, of course, they aren’t executed for their treason, theft and general corruption…) The government is using the Free Shit Army (FSA®) to weaken the country so we cannot resist the coming police-state. We’re already in a civil war with the FSA®, the elitists and their MSM whores, and their idiotic, dumb-as-a-fucking-bag-of-hammers liberal/socialist/collectivist useful-idiot enablers.
OK, What Does THAT MEAN???
Basically, ½ the country is holding out their hand expecting the other half to pay for every idiotic utopian idea that pops into their empty little skulls, and they don’t just expect you to pay for it, they demand you pay for it and then thank them for the honor of having your wallet emptied… Oh, yeah, they’re the same people that backed Socialist Bernie Sanders:
If you disagree with that theft, YOU are a racist/homophobe/bigot/anti-Semite/sexist/whatever. YOU are the “bad guy,” for wanting to be left alone. And if you have the means to defend your family and yourself against thieves (like .gov or the FSA®) YOU are the criminal. If you speak out against the criminality of .gov policies or the FSA parasites, YOU are a felon, a criminal.
If you don’t bend over and take it up the pooper for every idiot idea that the collectivists come up with, YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF THE STATE. Forget voting, except to convey the subtle (and as-yet anonymous) message to the elites that you’re NOT happy with what they’re doing. If you disagree with the collectivists, YOU are now their enemy. They have been waging an undeclared war on you for decades; it is now openly waged, though no declaration was ever made. It doesn’t really matter if you think they’re your enemy, they view YOU as the enemy, and will treat you as such.
What’s happening with ISIS- with Islam in general- is an indication of what is coming. The collectivists are attempting to use fundamentalist Islam- which promotes murder and death- to crush western societies, so that they can come in and reform a (somewhat) capitalist society into a socialist/communist society. Of course, they fail to consider that Muslims will kill them, too. The collectivists see Muslims as useful weapons to use against YOU. Remember that- lacking such willful mad-dogs to attack western society- the collectivists would eventually resort to violence themselves, when all other means of persuasion and coercion failed. People that are free to think for themselves with objective data always reject socialism and communism.
“What am I supposed to do, knowing that the government considers me a felon?”
You need to understand that, unless you are 100% in lock-step with the collectivist agenda that the elites are currently pushing, you aren’t just a felon; you’re a direct threat to ‘national security.’ YOU ARE A FELON IF YOU DON’T ASSUME ‘THE POSITION’ …
You can now be considered a “terrorist” or a terrorist sympathizer/supporter, and detained indefinitely. You can be executed by the government with no trial, no due process. All of the pieces are already in place for full-on dictatorship, with completely predictable results. If you want to get an inkling of what those results are, you MUST watch the movie “The Chekist.” An English-subtitled version is on Youtube HERE. You need to get an idea of what you’re dealing with… and short of seeing it first-hand (or being one of the victims) I don’t know of any other way to convey what’s coming.
If the collectivists get their way, YOU will be on receiving end, exactly as depicted in this movie…
So the answer to the first question is, understand that the government doesn’t just consider you a felon; they consider you a threat to be eliminated. If you grok this, you have a chance.
“…what am I to do? In fact, I have done nothing wrong.”
You don’t have to. If you’re suspected of not being onboard the program, that’s enough. Speak out for the Constitution, talk about gun rights, support Donald Trump, talk about parental rights, and guess what, you’re a target, living on borrowed time. And yes, I fully realize I’m on borrowed time as well…
“I have never come close to calling for violence.”
That doesn’t matter. The collectivists- by their nature- are violent, and will bring violence to you, sooner or later. Collectivism can only exist when those who stand against it are systematically killed… As ~130 million dead in the 20th Century demonstrate. They don’t care whether you called for violence; they’re going to bring violence to you. What you say, or think or do at this point, does not matter.
“I “anonymously” comment on the internet that Trump should be the next president and a certain tribe quite clearly holds all positions of power in both the public and private sectors and obviously pushes communism and an anti-white, anti-host-nation agenda.”
NOTHING is “anonymous” on the internet, anymore. Nothing. Every post you make, every email, every website visit, every time you did a google search for the reason your kid has the sniffles, everything you do is recorded and stored.
“So the men in black will kick down my door one night, as I am here with my three children, just trying to be an American father?”
Yes. Sooner or later. Make more ‘anonymous’ comments, impact more people with thought-provoking essays, you move up the priority list… With so much ‘anonymous’ information stored by the NSA, you an easily evade notice for a long time, simply because there’s so much noise in all the data being collected. You post using some key words and/or phrases, you misdial a call and end up calling someone on a watch-list, and they can then pull every bit of data they have on you, and build a case. Oh, and you’ll have no attorney, nor court, nor be able to see what evidence (if any) the government has on you… In other words, we are already Without Rule of Law (WROL). Most people don’t understand this, don’t think it’ll affect them… until, of course, it does, and then it’s too late.
“Even if so, what am I to do about it?”
With regard to guys in black tacti-cool gear busting down your door, remember the old Japanese adage, “the nail that sticks up gets hammered down.” There WILL come a time when the festivities kick off in earnest. Until that day, stay as low-profile as you can, if not for yourself, then do it for your family.
Other stuff to do…?
Preppers and survivalists tend to focus on “stuff.” Preps like beans, band-aides and bullets. Perfectly understandable, and the “stuff” is all extremely important. But it’s not the most important thing, bud, believe me… Brute physical strength isn’t it, being an “operator” with an AR-15 isn’t it, physical endurance isn’t it, either… You’ll have all kinds of people trying to teach or sell something to you, all of which may (or may not) be important for your survival…
The single most important factor in whether you survive is simply mental toughness. All the gear in the world, all the preps, the guns, whatever, doesn’t matter if you aren’t prepared to do whatever is necessary to survive. If that means you kill thieves or thugs when things really get frisky, than that’s what you do. If it means you have to kill cops or UN troopers to protect your children, then that’s what you do. In a “civil” society, we can debate the niceties of whether you should simply wound a criminal threatening you, versus just shooting him in the head. We are already slowly moving away from that “civil” society, but it’ll speed up, and you’ll know when the pretense of civility is gone. It’s at that point, that you’ll have to shift gears, shift modes. Selco describes it as the switch from “…[a]n average citizen, a law abiding person, and suddenly you are going to be thrown into a (prolonged) situation where you are going be forced to watch and use exceptional levels of violence.” He calls it “survival mode.” Check out the full essay HERE.
“Shit is real. I happen to be unemployed. Laid off 6 months ago, despite my tremendous credentials AND SKILLS (in this clown world). I will get evicted soon. As of now, the government still has fiat dollars to pay judges, lawyers, and sheriff’s deputies, so it will take my landlord only 2 months to get me evicted. And if I don’t move my stuff out voluntarily, the cops WILL arrive at my door with papers and physically throw my stuff out on the curb.”
Yep. I’m in the same boat. We’re going through our own financial SHTF scenario right now, and if something doesn’t hit by Halloween, we’ll lose the house, be out on the street, financially busted. Not something I’m particularly proud of, especially with two children and a baby due to arrive literally any day, now…
Since we’ve both reached our SHTF moment ahead of others, the risk of guys in black tactical gear coming after you for your anonymous posts on the internet, is of secondary concern. You’ve got more immediate shit to deal with, right now.
So, as a guy who’s in the same boat as you, I’m going to speak plainly… As to not knowing what to do in your financial SHTF scenario, I will post some basic ideas:
- Sell any “stuff” you have that you can’t take with you in either a motorhome or camping trailer, but keep your guns, precious metals, practical clothes, and what food you can take with you. FORGET about living in the woods; it takes money, planning and skills, none of which you have in sufficient quantity to have a decent chance. Don’t view an RV as a viable SHTF vehicle; water is the biggest problem, and too heavy to carry with you in sufficient quantities to matter (I know first-hand).
- Eschew luxury items that cost money; stay practical, and save your money for your kids’ entertainment/books/home-schooling materials.
- Stop smoking, if you’re currently a smoker. I quit one month ago. I’m not feeling “better” for it, and still have cravings from time to time, but they’re slowly going away, and I’m not literally watching my money go up in a cloud of smoke…
- Keep one computer- a laptop with wireless, and minimize the other electronic gadgets/gizmos that cost money but don’t help. Keep at least one cell phone (but a cheapie model) with a low-rate plan.
- Keep your resume’ uploaded on your computer, make sure it’s current.
- Use the computer DAILY to access emails from a local Starbucks, to send resumes. Keep the phone handy, and be ready to take phone interviews ANY TIME.
- Search your ASS off for job opportunities. Send at least two resumes EVERY DAY. Don’t limit yourself to your senior-level executive positions, use more generic terms and look at other industries than you’ve been looking at up until now. I have two phone interviews this week because I’m looking outside my “core” industry. It might be a step down (or sideways or back or whatever) for me from what I’m used to, but my kids have to eat.
- If you’ve got a truck or SUV that can tow a trailer, buy a used RV trailer with enough beds for you and your kids. Forget home “ownership,” as nobody owns real property any more, even people who’ve paid off their mortgages. By looking carefully, you can find relatively cheap RV parks to hang your hat. It’s not 100% off the grid where the authorities are concerned (especially if they have some sort of “interest” in you) but it reduces your footprint dramatically. Keep a mailing address at a friends’ house, and you now have a “residence” from which to send resumes and keep hunting for jobs. If you have friends that will allow you to put an RV somewhere on their property, that reduces living costs to essentially food and entertainment.
- An advanced degree is all well and good if you can put it to use, maximizing the earning potential it brings. But if you can’t use it, then take lesser work, wherever you can find it. The first job I took after getting my Bachelor’s degree in economics, was working at a car dealership washing cars… and when I got done with that job, mucking stalls on a horse-ranch. Humbling doesn’t describe it… But it’s what I had to do to eat, 20 years back. If needs be, I’ll do the same kind of thing again, though there are more mouths depending on my getting SOMETHING for cash-flow.
- The government is squeezing kids at school, nowadays, so the idea of keeping your kids in a government school (where they can learn about Johnnie having two daddies, and “transgenderism”) is not such an advantage any more. There are plenty of websites with FREE online and downloadable home-schooling curricula, you have only Google it, to find the resources. They’re all over, so the idea that you have to be under the .gov (or in this case .edu) thumb is demonstrably false.
- Lastly… and MOST important, is that you must develop a strong mental attitude. I’m not necessarily talking about a full-on “survival mode” attitude… but something headed in that direction. You must have the attitude, that you’ll do whatever it takes, to get the job done, to look out for your kids, to make it. It’s not the strongest, or the smartest or richest or prettiest people that consistently come out of storm alive, it’s the bastards that are the toughest, the people that simply won’t quit. When SHTF, it’s a simple fact; you quit, you die. And if you die, there’s a good chance everyone that depends on you will die as well… So DECIDE to keep going no matter what, and then DO IT. Everything else is bullshit.
“I am here to tell you, massive unemployment among white men WITH COLLEGE DEGREES AND EVEN LAW DEGREES is real. There are tens of thousands like me and soon there will be a million. We in Gen X were lied to.”
Yeah, that’s true. My education includes an MBA and a D.Sc. And guess what? Nobody gives a shit, nobody feels any sympathy for you, or me, or anyone else in this situation, and they certainly won’t shed a single tear for your student-loans (or mine). It’s an old story, told many times by a million other Gen-X and Gen-Y types (with their particular proclivity for whining). Nobody fucking cares.
Understand… Advanced degrees offer an advantage only in .gov positions, research or university roles. Other than that, the advanced degrees are only bargaining chips that make you look better than your competitors. So understand what those degrees are really worth now (basically, nothing), and suck it up.
Were you lied to? Maybe. And maybe so was I. But again, nobody gives a shit.
If you can find someone that’ll teach you a new skill like welding, electrical or plumbing work, or something similar, than LEARN a new skill. Practical trades/skills will more easily feed your family, because they’re more easily marketed. Notice I don’t consider being a Starbucks “Barista” as a marketable, skilled job; it’s a pretentious version of a McDonald’s burger-flipper. Learn skills that people NEED, and that people are willing to PAY for.
“I will be moving in with my parents. Add me to the list of Gen Xers doing that. But know also that this is after 17 years of having a successful career and supporting myself (and others) easily for 17 years, until now.”
Quit feeling sorry for yourself, swallow your pride, and do what you have to do. You do not have the luxury of self-pity, not while others depend on you. Fall back, consolidate your resources, and do what you can, with what you have.
The SHTF situation has already happened for you and your family, just as it has for me and mine. We’re now past the time where complaining matters. It’s time to toughen the fuck up.
There’s no other choice.
Much has already been written about the disgusting $1.1 TRILLION budget.
The GOP didn’t just surrender, they actively helped the collectivists to rip off the American people. Their assistance was so blatant, so in-your-face, that it cannot be regarded as anything less than treason. TREASON. Rush Limbaugh- ever the water-carrier for the GOP- finally says the truth, saying the GOP Sold American Down the River.
Want to see the face of treason? Here it is:
Paul Ryan, and the following “Republican” traitors passed that piece of shit of a budget. Look to see if YOUR congressional representative sold you out:
Remember the outrage from the MSM and the elitists, when Donald Trump said we need to stop allowing Muslims into this country until we figure out how to vet them so we can keep out the jihadists? While the elitists’ heads were exploding, Trump’s suggestion resonated throughout the country. Of course it did; it’s common sense!
Understanding the true opinion of the American public regarding keeping out the Muslims, the just-passed budget “approved funding for the issuance of nearly three hundred thousand visas to migrants from Muslim countries in the next year alone.”
We can argue all day long about politics (and many people do). But when faced with an overwhelming majority of people who have clearly concluded that allowing potential enemies like Muslims into our country, when the majority of Muslims already here support Sharia law, and 25% are perfectly fine with violent acts to support a global jihad… What does Ryan and his supporters do? They fund 300,000 more of these people to come in.
300,000 more fine people… people just like this:
And please, let’s put this into perspective. For 2015 there have been 2,679 Islamic terrorist attacks, with a total of 25,898 deaths and 24,683 injured. It took only eight shooters to kill 130 people and injure 368 more, in Paris on November 13, 2015.
Oh, I know, some people say that most Muslims are “moderates.” The reality is that 25% of those in America openly support violent jihad. This dove-tails nicely with Pamela Geller’s estimate that 15-25% of Muslims are violent.
Suppose, for the sake of argument, that Pamela Geller’s low number is correct, only 15% of them are violent. That means Paul Ryan just signed us up for 45,000 violent jihadists to come to America, get three hots and a cot, a little spending money (stolen from YOUR wallet), and a chance to
kill infidels live the American dream.
Congress and that miserable POS obungler have clearly heard the feedback on the idea of barring entry for Muslims, and haven’t just doubled-down on it; they’ve basically dropped trou and shit on you, your family, your community and the country. They have willfully, intentionally, with clear forethought, put you and everyone you know into harms’ way; they clearly don’t give a FUCK about you.
How more clear can it possibly be?
Do we have to wait longer, watch more treason from Barrack Hussein Obama (may he rot in Hell for all eternity) before someone else says what MUST be said? Obama is guilty of High Treason.
- He has committed acts of war against other countries without consulting Congress, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8 and U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter 33:1541-1548;
- He refuses to secure our broken borders from illegal alien invasion, international criminal incursion, and terrorist cadre penetration, in violation of U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 3 and Article IV, Section 4
- He is adhering to the enemies of the United States, giving them aid and comfort, as witnessed by consorting with, supporting and installing to powerful Federal positions persons who in writing, word and deed have called for and promoted the overthrow of America’s constitutionally guaranteed Republican form of government.
We openly tolerate a TRAITOR in the White House, and nobody does a God-damned thing.
Do we have to wait until Ms. Hildebeest Cankles Clinton takes office, before we become so disgusted at the system that we would rather die than tolerate it any more?
Do we have to wait until Donald Trump is assassinated on live TV for having the audacity to point out the emperor has no clothes, is corrupt, stupid, violent and broke?
At WHAT point do we finally call bull-shit on the whole charade, and say “enough!”?
You know, I had been thinking long and hard about a simple question: “When is it justified to violate sedition laws, because the government is no longer legitimate?”
That is not nearly as simple a question as it first seems. Sedition is legally defined as “a revolt or an incitement to revolt against established authority, usually in the form of Treason or Defamation against government.”
“Sedition is the crime of revolting or inciting revolt against government. However, because of the broad protection of free speech under the First Amendment, prosecutions for sedition are rare. Nevertheless, sedition remains a crime in the United States under 18 U.S.C.A. § 2384 (2000), a federal statute that punishes seditious conspiracy, and 18 U.S.C.A. § 2385 (2000), which outlaws advocating the overthrow of the federal government by force. Generally, a person may be punished for sedition only when he or she makes statements that create a Clear and Present Danger to rights that the government may lawfully protect (schenck v. united states, 249 U.S. 47, 39 S. Ct. 247, 63 L. Ed. 470 ).”
The interesting thing about sedition laws is that they really have a hard time prosecuting someone for this “crime” because even if a person advocates violation of the law, “it is not a justification for denying free speech where the advocacy falls short of incitement and there is nothing to indicate that the advocacy would be immediately acted on.” Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 47 S. Ct. 641, 71 L. Ed. 1095 (1927)
So, I’ll say what I think, because unfortunately, I don’t think my words will be immediately acted upon. God knows, I wish they were…
Bottom line: we’ve been sold out, by the political machine. There are NO political parties, nobody to represent us, nobody to watch out for our interests. Every person that voted for that putrid $1.1 TRILLION budget, every person that played a part in getting 300,000 Muslims funded to come to our country and willfully endangers us, is a fucking TRAITOR.
Each and EVERY ONE needs given a fair trial for treason, stood up in front of a brick wall and shot.
Our government has clearly declared war on the American people.
Our enemy is our GOVERNMENT.
Sometimes great moments of wisdom come from the most unlikely of places. The move Ratatouille (2007) by Pixar is a great example. In the movie, the antagonist, Anton Ego, shows up at a restaurant, to critique the food. The waiter Mustafa comes to take the order:
Mustafa: [taking Ego’s order] Do you know what you’d like this evening, sir?
Anton Ego: Yes, I think I do. After reading a lot of overheated puffery about your new cook, you know what I’m craving? A little perspective. That’s it. I’d like some fresh, clear, well seasoned perspective. Can you suggest a good wine to go with that?
Mustafa: With what, sir?
Anton Ego: Perspective. Fresh out, I take it?
Mustafa: I am, uh…
Anton Ego: Very well. Since you’re all out of perspective and no one else seems to have it in this BLOODY TOWN, I’ll make you a deal. You provide the food, I’ll provide the perspective, which would go nicely with a bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947.
Mustafa: I’m afraid… your dinner selection?
Anton Ego: [stands up angrily] Tell your chef Linguini that I want whatever he dares to serve me. Tell him to hit me with his best SHOT.
PERSPECTIVE ON RECENT U.S. MILITARY OPERATIONS
In the latest shoot-em-up porn article by the Military Times, “U.S. vs. Russia: What a war would look like between the world’s most fearsome militaries,” they start off with the claim “With the launch of airstrikes in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated a proxy war with the U.S., putting those nation’s powerful militaries in support of opposing sides of the multipolar conflict.”
What a bunch of bullshit.
The reality is that the USA is the country that has been initiating proxy wars, recently. Examples where the USA has aggressively instigated conflicts include Iraq, Georgia, Libya, Ukraine, Yemen and Syria. By way of comparison, Russia has been in a *reactive* mode, especially with regard to Georgia, Ukraine and now Syria, despite what the mainstream-media propagandists proclaim. (Of course, this is THE specific reason why MSM is losing market-share to independent media; they lie, and everyone knows this.)
Throughout the article, the same point keeps coming through, like a light-house beacon in the fog; Russia’s military is designed as a truly defensive military force. Russia invests in air-defense systems and anti-ship forces. As the article clearly states, Russia is “relying on a particular set of capabilities known as ‘anti-access and area denial.’” They have much less in the way of force-projection capabilities, as one would expect for a defensive military force; it’s simply outside their scope. And given this fact, it makes perfect sense why they are able to field a significant military force on only 10% of the military expenditures of the USA; defensive military operations are typically much cheaper than offensive operations.
Defensive strategies are comparatively cheap. They don’t rely on extended supply lines. The need for extended-range planes, ships and submarines are greatly diminished, the costs of defensive systems to penetrate deep into “enemy” territory without detection and/or defensive measures is reduced, and the citizens of the country will participate in both supply, intelligence and (to a limited degree) combat operations.
Offensive strategies, on the other hand, are much more demanding; all ground forces must be transported to the combat arena, must be supplied with ammunition, food, armored and air support (plus all spare parts), medical support, and so on. As well, offensive armies must rely on capturing resources as they conquer territory, or their supply lines will have to cross extended distances (also very expensive and logistically difficult to properly manage). Offensive military forces, to be effective, thus require extremely high levels of financial support to maintain operational effectiveness.
A country that is pursuing hegemonic power either regionally or globally, MUST have effective force-projection. Their military structure will necessarily be designed around this philosophy, and will be reflected in the tools of war, and in how much is spent on those tools.
Consider naval forces: as the authors admit, “Instead of carriers designed for offensive power projection at sea, the Russians are investing in an expanding fleet of submarines that can supplement their nuclear force and, conventionally, threaten an enemy surface fleet in nearby waters such as the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea or the Mediterranean Sea.” Translation: the Russian Navy is defensive in structure. As they also stated, “the U.S. Navy’s 10-carrier fleet operates on a continuing global deployment cycle.” Translation: the US Navy is offensive in nature.
How about air forces and air defenses? “[Russia’s] airspace also is heavily fortified. The quality of Russia’s stealth aircraft is far weaker than those of the U.S., but Russia has cutting-edge anti-stealth systems, and also has invested heavily in robust surface-to-air missile systems and arrayed its forces domestically to protect its border regions.” [emphasis added] They pointed out elsewhere that Russian aircraft are cheaper and yet still effective. Translation: the Russian air forces and defenses are structured for regional defense, and not offensive in nature. American aircraft employ a variety of technologies- computers, stealth and “smart” weapons systems- for the purpose of force projection. Translation: American air forces are offensive in nature.
What about electronic warfare? “left unclear is the extent to which Russia could jam the radars and signals intelligence that forms the foundation of the U.S.’s advanced air power.” Defensive.
And on it goes.
So what it all boils down to is perspective. The USA, all protestations aside, has been pushing hegemonic power since 1945. The empirical data on this fact, is beyond refute. The empirical data also demonstrates that Russia, post-Soviet Union, reacts to external threats and responds accordingly. This is reflected in their foreign policy, the overall politics, their economy and their military structure.
These so-called “experts” don’t see this, because they don’t WANT to see it. Instead, they blindly spout the propaganda. “Four legs good, two legs bad.” Their lack of perspective, is going to get a LOT of people hurt or killed, if we’re not careful.
PERSPECTIVE ON WHY WE’VE HAD ALL THESE RECENT MILITARY CONFLICTS
ALL of the recent military conflicts of note include the USA supplying weapons, money and intelligence to one side of the chess-board to destabilize regions. And judging by recent history, those destabilization efforts have been wildly successful- if your goal is to destabilize the region. And why would the USA want to destabilize ANY region? Well, when you control the money, you can have- and control- an empire. It really is that simple. So between our massive spending on military goodies to have effective “force projection” and then buying the loyalty
temporary support of willing toadies, we go in and wreck any country that dares to utter the words “maybe we can use some other currency than the dollar…?” It’s about money and power. NOTHING else matters to these people.
PERSPECTIVE ON OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM:
If you’re one of the weapons manufacturers of the empire, you get to make BIG profits. If you’re the central bank financially backing the empire, you can literally create any amount of money you want; the wealth and power that comes with being the empire’s bank is almost without limit (and people wonder why the Federal Reserve is still around). Ben Bernanke, Janet Yellen and Alan Greenspan are all nothing but modern-day carpet-baggers, front-men for a bunch of common thieves.
And since they literally create money out of thin air (with zero accountability), they can buy anybody. How much do you need to win the next election, Mrs. Clinton? A million? A trillion? Name your price, it’s as simple as a wire-transaction to your account in the Cayman Islands.
I think this is one of the reasons Donald Trump (like him or hate him) represents a real threat to the banking/government cabal. He already has his own money, all he’ll ever need… so there’s nothing they have that he wants.
Like in the movie Avatar: “They’re not gonna give up their home. They’re not gonna make a deal. [scoffs] For-for what? A light beer and blue jeans? There’s nothing that we have that they want.” Jake Sully, AVATAR
When you’ve had a well-oiled machine, the perfect marriage of the state and the big corporations, the oil… is money. And the biggest threat to that machine is someone who is immune to the money. Trump represents the first real threat that perfect machine has faced in arguably 53 years.
The last threat- John F. Kennedy- became a threat when he inexplicably developed a conscience. So the threat was removed when mafia thug James Files used a prototype .222 Remington XP-100 Fireball that had been provided by the CIA.
The elitists have patterns they follow. I predict Trump will be killed before he ever steps foot in the White House, or elections will be suspended for some “national security” emergency like the ongoing economic collapse, another false-flag “terrorist” action involving some brain-dead schmuck being convinced by FBI agents to strike against The Man, or even Obama deciding to just drop the bullshit charades, and declare himself dick-tater. Whatever way you slice it, if Trump is the real deal (and so far everything indicates he is), they’ll kill him rather than let him upset that perfect marriage of government and business. They’ll not allow someone they can’t control into power, it’s as simple as that.
PERSPECTIVE ON OUR VALUE TO THE “THEM”
Considering all of the above, I have to ask the question: Do you honestly think any of them give a FUCK about you? They can buy you, bankrupt you, kill you or your family… They can do any fucking thing they want, because they can buy anybody or anything they need. You, your family, your neighborhood or your entire country… NONE of it matters to them, because all they care about is their power. Hell, they killed the PRESIDENT in public, shot him in the back in a triangulated killing-zone, and when they couldn’t be sure if he was dead, the fail-safe for the assassination shot him in the right temple. ALL of it on TV, and nobody did a thing about it.
The 9/11 attacks killed 2,997 people on live TV, ushering in the police-state in all its glory. Obamacare took three years to write, yet the misnamed PATRIOT-USA act was rolled out in what, a month? Given how long it takes government lackeys to write anything, the only logical conclusion is that it written beforehand, and waiting for the right excuse to be implemented. Hell, the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars were planned beforehand, was were Syria and Libya.
The state in bed with big business leads to this. They’ve killed over a million people in Iraq (with some 870,000 orphans) and contaminated the ground with depleted uranium ordnance, 26,000 in Afghanistan, around 100,000 in Libya… and on and on… Why? Because all they cared about was the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields.
To understand the perspective, think “money and power.” NOTHING else matters to them.
So getting back to the question, do you really think they give two shits about you or me?
Do you really think you’re going to vote your way out of this???
PERSPECTIVE ON “LAW ENFORCEMENT” OFFICERS:
- We have four cops gang-rape and sodomize a 15 year-old girl with the full expectation that they’ll get away with it…
- Here, a cop beats a rap for raping a woman at gun-point because, he said, “she asked for it,”
- Here, cops beat the Hell out of a woman for complaining about a cop’s rude behavior (video),
- In another story, cops beat a man so bad they ruptured his spleen and left him to die… but he didn’t.
- A 78 year-old man was beaten and pepper-sprayed by a cop during a ride home,
- Cop Runs Over Citizen and Refuses to Render Aid, Citizen Dies in the Street: Witnesses
- “My 2-yr-old Son is In There!” Cops Ignore Mother and Throw Grenade Into Her Child’s Room, Child Burned and Hospitalized: Court
- SWAT Team Descends On School Over Student’s Halloween Costume
Let’s summarize this:
The economic system is collapsing (like that’s a big surprise to anyone with a 3-digit IQ). The thugs are tightening the grip to keep the sheep under control, while the state extracts every last ounce of nourishment remaining from the host, before it all goes down. Anyone- and I do mean ANYONE- who dares to speak out, will be dealt with severely.
- The SCOTUS has just admitted they no longer adhere to the Constitution, but a political agenda.
- Your rights are no longer rights, but mere privileges to be given or taken at whim.
- You are now a subject of the state, and no longer a citizen.
- The police are heroes (except for those pesky 909 innocent people we’ve killed up to this writing, this year).
- Russia is trying to start a world war and want to invade the USA (though they don’t have the means to do it)
- Hillary is trustworthy and should be the next President (though she’s an admitted felon, at least she has the most “truth in advertising,” in that unlike the rest of the blow-dried talking-head political whores running from both parties, she is the only one who looks like an old whore)
- We’re still fighting a “War on Terror” (terrorists being defined as anyone who doesn’t happily lick .gov boots)
- And so on…
You’re NOT crazy, when you reject gay marriage and child-molester Boy Scout leaders. You’re NOT crazy when you get angry at the GOP (or Democrats) stabbing you in the back- again. You’re NOT crazy when you think that Obama is a treasonous pus-bag that needs a good neck-stretching off the nearest lamp-post. And you’re NOT crazy when you think it’s a bad (insanely bad) idea to bring Muslims over from Syria.
REGAIN YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Reject that absurd bullshit that people say (we have to arrest this child because he chewed his pop-tart into the shape of a gun), get in peoples’ faces and tell them they’re fucking idiots. When school teachers try to feed you a line of crap about how their “survey” on bullying is still within scope by asking their ethnic and sexual orientation, TELL them they’re full of crap… in front of the students and everyone else who can hear. When a politician tells you he/she supports “climate change,” ask him if he/she has plans for controlling the sun? When you hear PC-speak, EXPOSE it for the bullshit it really is.
PUBLICLY EMBARASS THEM. And then tell them to STFU.
Regain your perspective… And take BACK the narrative, any way you can. If you remain silent, their lies stand. When you speak the truth, their lies crumble to dust.
We’ve had absurdities- LIES- thrown at everything that makes our society special, for at least 30 years that I’ve been “awake,” and aware of how such lies change our perspective to something more easily controlled, from what once was the ability to think, to speak openly. By attacking the lies, exposing them at every opportunity, you will provide a different perspective to the Gen-X and millennials, something they’ve never experienced before… You’ll show them the TRUTH. And while it will be something new to them… They will recognize the truth when they see it.
Every once in a while, when I’m taking in the latest news (always from alternative media, never MSM) an epiphany hits me, with an almost physical force. Yesterday it happened again.
The global economy is now starting it’s collapse; China down 35% despite dumping $200B of US Treasuries to get cash to inject into their own market, with the government literally buying worthless stocks to keep the indices up (and clearly failing), the US stock market in a stomach-roiling rollercoaster ride where the tracks are broken and the final encounter with gravity assured, and the EU economy is collapsing (Greece and all her debts- and Damocles’ sword derivatives- are still there).
The problem can be summed up in a single word: debt.
There is literally so much debt out there- from the home-owner (or more precisely “home-OWER”) to the car-buyer, to the student with $100k of student loans for a worthless Bachelor’s degree, all the way up to governments around the world, which rely on centralized banking.
Understand, the debt levels are so high just in the USA, that the government could confiscate every dollar worth of real or personal property, and tax 100% of the earnings you make each year (until the day you die), and they will still be hopelessly bankrupt. Confiscating the wealth of the 1% (or even the top 10%) would be a drop in the bucket.
Some of the alternative news economic analysts have flatly stated that the popping of the bubble this time will be worse than anything anyone alive has ever witnessed. The 2008 panic is a minor glitch in comparison, and the 1929-40 Great Depression will look like a walk in the park. The impacts of this economic collapse will be Biblical in nature…
THERE IS NO WAY OUT.
[There is literally no currency which is safe, no fund or bank where your savings and retirement accounts can’t be seized, no way to avoid being robbed by your own “representatives.” Having cash won’t help too much, because the purchasing power of physical cash will be inflated away to nothingness (like Weimar Germany). Your ONLY hope is to hold precious metals, however you can get them…]
IF you have money in retirement funds, 401k, IRAs, whatever, my personal advice is to “get it OUT, while you still have something to pay a “penalty” on. Wait, and you’ll have nothing whatsoever. Take the cash, buy precious metals, tangibles that the government can’t manipulate and steal with sleazy magic-tricks. If .gov doesn’t KNOW what you have, they can’t STEAL what you have…
At this point, the U.S. government has one of three options, similar to Monty Hall, in “Let’s Make a Deal.”
- Declare bankruptcy, repudiate all debts, promises to retirees and tell the creditors to go pound sand (will crush the elites but normal people will survive after a rough spell),
- Inflate the currency into worthlessness (which will keep the elites in power, but crush normal people), or
- Create a war and hope the distraction (combined with a war-time economy) will make normal people forget that the elites are the ones that GOT us in this mess.
My guess is our so-called “representatives” will go with door #2 AND door #3.
Door #2 is easy; it’s what they’ve been doing for a long time. And now that the recession has turned very much deflationary, they’re gonna’ spool up the printing presses (figuratively speaking, since damn-near ALL money is digital these days; cheaper to create, MUCH easier to steal from your bank accounts in a “bail-in”). And if they can somehow make physical cash illegal, ALL of your cash will available to steal.
Door #3 will be the last desperate gasp, taken before the population goes Louis-XVI on them, in an “off with their heads” party…
WHO will the war be with? Why, dear reader, the war will most likely be with YOU, if you own guns.
You see, the “anointed won,” dear Barack Hussein Obama (real name “Barry Soetero”) had his celebrated emissary John “Herman Munster” Kerry sign the UN Small Arms Treaty on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, despite the Senate saying they will NOT ratify it. (It was signed before in 2013, without ratification of the Senate.)
Given the proclivities of the US Senate to honor their pledges (like defund Obamacare, stop the legalization of MILLIONS of illegal alien invaders, and so on), it would seem that the Senate is less interested in working in the interests of the country, as they are lining their own pockets.
I suspect that the Senate WILL ratify the UN Small Arms Treaty.
WHY? Because the gun-owners, even those that are still largely asleep and ignorant of the true scale of theft and corruption by our government, will suddenly be VERY aware within the next few months, as the economy makes that final gurgle in the bottom of the toilet. Those same armed- and now aware- gun owners will the ONLY ones capable of eradicating the collection of whores, thieves and liars in our halls of government, the ONLY ones with the means to complete such a mission. In other words, once the final “reset” button is pressed, the lives of the elitists won’t be worth a squirt of warm piss in a cold outhouse; the elitists will have NOTHING left to lose.
YOU are now the enemy. Kerry said “This is about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue actors.” Of course, we’ve already seen the .gov documents, where anyone who disagrees with the government or questions the legitimacy of the government is a potential terrorist. So YOU are the rogue actor, YOU are the terrorist…
By making those that can defend themselves with weapons a “criminal” class that the government can vilify and then physically attack, the 2/3 of the country that have no weapons (and no brains) will cheer the newest “enemy.” Hell, it wouldn’t surprise me if gun-owners are blamed for the collapsed economy.
If you look at it from the elitist point of view, there are no downsides, only upsides to such a move. If it takes 90% of the active military to wrest the weapons away from all Americans, so what? After all, the military will (sooner or later) have to be far more tightly controlled with access to weapons (which may be turned on the elites) highly restricted. No honor among thieves, dontcha’ know…?
Watch the Senate very closely on any debate of UN Small Arms Treaty. If they DO ratify it, not only will it (finally) rip the mask off the Republican party, but it will be an open declaration of war on ALL gun owners, everywhere.
PROTECTING YOUR WEALTH
Someone asked the pertinent question, if we’re in for an economic collapse (SHTF), what can I possibly do to expatriate my money?
To reiterate from my last post, the banks and our alleged “representatives” are working to outlaw cash, make it so that all transactions are via electronic means. This gives the police-state government the ability to track our expenditures and send the police if you withdraw too much of your own money… And it also gives the banks access to all your funds, so that they can steal your money when their bad gambling debts come due.
So storing our money in banks is a very foolish thing to do.
As I’d mentioned before, money is not just an exchangeable commodity for commerce. “Good” money also has some intrinsic characteristics: it’s durable, and a store of wealth (or purchasing power). It must also be easily divisible, easily transportable, and impossible to counterfeit. This last part is why American dollars (and every other fiat currency) are not money, only “currency.” Or if you really want to be precise, dollars are government-issued scrip.
Since paper dollars cost essentially nothing to produce, and electronic dollars cost literally nothing to produce, the last point of real money is lost, where dollars are concerned. In other words, they are just like Weimar Germany Marks.
Let me state it plainly: dollars are not money, they are not a store of value, they are no more valuable than Monopoly money. What does make dollars valuable in our current (death-spiraling) economy is the fact that we’re forced to use them “for all debts, public and private,” at the point of a government gun.
And make no mistake, the US Treasury is a counterfeiting operation.
Counterfeit is defined as “made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.”
The deception is that you think you’re getting a store of value, when you most definitely are not. Because the government increases the money supply ~7% per year, your cash holdings are therefore being devalued by the same amount every year. Blue is actual inflation- what you see when you go to the grocery store, when you pay your bills or buy other consumables. The red is the government-manipulated statistics that the blow-dried talking-heads push every night, in main-stream media.
Now, notice that the numbers start to diverge in 1983. What happened? To put it simply, the government started understating actual inflation to short-change retirees and people on Social Security. Lower stated inflation rate equals smaller cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), thus short-changing SS recipients and allowing the government to spend more money on other programs. The deep-dive explanation is here. Oh, and our alleged “representatives” also amended the law to make SS payments taxable income– another way for government to steal from those who’d already paid their taxes… Nothing like completely screwing over the elderly. Considering though, that SS taxes collected for 2014 were $855 billion and payments were $823 billion, the Ponzi scheme would already be bust if they hadn’t played this trick.
But like anything else, when you start lying about one thing, the lies spread to other areas, including the computations for GDP. Indeed, current government data is not believed by thinking people. Only the morons still accept this propaganda:
Gold Purchasing Power Parity
Let’s take a little detour for a minute, and talk about the value of the dollar versus average wage/salary and the price of gold. Were we to talk about nutritional value of a particular food, it would be measured against an “ideal” standard, namely the egg. In economics the ideal measure is an ounce of gold, or more precisely, the price of an ounce of gold. 100 years ago, in 1915, an ounce of gold sold for $20.67. An average person earned $867 per year, or enough to buy 42 ounces of gold today. The average income in 2014 was reported at $53,891. If we blindly accept that the free-market gold price is $1205 (as of this writing), than the average wage earner can buy 45 ounces of gold, about the same as 100 years ago. But because we already know that inflation numbers are understated, and that the true free-market price of gold should be somewhere around $3053/oz, our actual purchasing power parity is ~18 ounces of gold, about 42% of what it should be.
The average house in 1915 cost $3200 (155 ounces of gold); today the average house for April 2015 went for $219,400 (182 ounces of gold at current prices, but 72 ounces when gold is properly priced). Notice that when government manipulates the gold prices, the “inflation-indexed” price (as referenced to gold) remains the same, while true market prices for gold would show the average price falling over time, as a function of more efficient construction logistics.
The Federal Reserve actively manipulates the price of gold, of that there can be no dispute. They do this to prevent people from realizing the dollar is dead, and avoid a financial collapse. YOU can take advantage of this fact by buying precious metals- both gold and silver- in the knowledge that when the dollar collapses, your wealth will not only be protected, you’ll increase your overall purchasing power by hold such PMs as compared to simply cash.
As I posted before, it’ll be important to have cash on-hand to pay your property taxes and mortgage, when everyone around you has had their funds stolen out of the banks for “bail-ins.” At least you’ll be able to hold onto your property as repo-men attempt to seize the assets of your neighbors… until armed resistance stops the repo-men or the currency collapses. Afterwards, having PMs will be your fallback for whatever commerce you engage in. If a new currency comes along, you’ll be able to buy that currency (if desired) with the instantly recognizable PMs you’ve saved…
Those that haven’t done so, those that merely survive on a government-doled subsistence, will go from having EBT cards, Social Security checks, welfare/WIC/whatever, that they can use at the local WalMart, to this:
From McMansions, to this:
I Don’t Have Much, But How Do I Protect What I HAVE?
So now we get back to the question: how to expatriate or somehow protect what we’ve earned and saved? We know the banks are not going to protect us, and instead will steal our money with the blessing (if not downright assistance) of the Feds.
- Maximize your stored purchasing power in precious metals
- Have 6 months worth of cash on-hand to pay your mortgage, utilities and property taxes until the currency collapses.
- Keep only the minimum amount of cash needed in bank accounts. Remove any surplus and keep it as cash or as precious metals.
It’s a simple rule that you have to remember: Whether it’s cash, gold, silver, jewelry or diamonds, IF YOU DON’T HAVE PHYSICAL POSSESSION OF IT, YOU DON’T OWN IT.
I do not recommend expatriating your money to another country or a bank account in another country; bankers are loyal only to money and power, and you (as the tiny customer) don’t represent enough money or power for them to respect and protect. By expatriation of your wealth to another country, you have surrendered possession; you no longer own it, and whenever those who possess your wealth decide to, they’ll just take it, and that’ll be the end of that.
So… how do you maintain possession of your wealth, under your personal control? How do we keep it from being stolen by thieves (whether they wear a government costume or not)?
It’s time to go “old-school,” as in, “do what they did during the Great Depression.” Hide money and precious in places where people wouldn’t think to look. An excellent website on this subject is Money Hiding Spots From The Great Depression. Taking these ideas and adapting them to your situation is the best way to protect your wealth.
I don’t recommend expatriating yourself to another country, as the upcoming economic collapse will be a global event; there’s no place to run, no place to hide. Stay where you have the most people to work with as a “tribe,” where a group or small community can work together. I have extended family in Russia, and the offer is on the table for my family to move there in a SHTF event. But from my perspective, there are several problems with this:
- The government is just as corrupt as in the USA; they’re just more overt about it. This includes the police literally robbing you on the side of the road, versus the USA (where they include a “citation” and a “judge”).
- My money would still be at risk of inflation/confiscation by the banks and government.
- Ownership of precious metals is not allowed.
- Private citizens cannot own firearms (technically possible, but impossible as a practical matter).
- In a SHTF situation, outsiders (foreignors) are not typically welcomed with open arms.
So we stay.
WHERE CAN I GET PRACTICAL ADVISE ON ECONOMIC COLLAPSE PREPARATIONS?
I had previously mentioned the survivalist/prepper/zombie-attack websites; there are hundreds of websites dedicated to this subject. It’s quite common to have discussion forums where people talk about their favorite “zombie” weapon, how to build an underground bunker, combat tactics and so on… But the vast majority of such discussions are fantasyland gossip, with people somehow thinking that war, disease, starvation and death are somehow romantic.
Let’s face it, NONE of those things are romantic, and you’d have to be a fool to actually want to be in such circumstances. But a lot of people still dream of this, God only knows why…
So, instead of referring to more insane forums like this, I’d like to point you to a blog that was published in 2008, by a guy named Ferfal Aguirre. He lived through the financial collapse of Argentina in 2001. While this blog has been up for a long time, the lessons are timeless, practical, and actionable. In other words, he offers insights on a variety of subjects, with ideas that you can implement yourself, without spending a small fortune on. Subjects like weapons, trading in grey/black markets, physical and financial security… He also makes it clear that “romantic” notions of what’s coming are not just foolish, but flat-0ut dangerous.
Protect your wealth, using old-school, common-sense. Do NOT trust anyone else with your money and valuables.
[Final caveat: I get a variety of trolls that want to knit-pick certain aspects of what I post, with regard to economic theories, gold to silver ratios, exact pricing for certain products that I use for examples, etc. I’m not interested in debating minutia, any more than I want to debate whether blue is better than red. I’m putting the general information out there for people to understand, so they can make informed decisions to best protect themselves. I don’t get paid for this, I’m not selling anything or making any kind of a profit on what I post. Honest questions will be honestly answered, trolls will be quickly deleted.]
There are plenty of prepper websites, books and discussion forums out there, all of them discussing SHTF/WROL survival. Some of them, such as the forum at http://www.shtfschool.com, are very good. And naturally, nearly all of them try to make a few bucks here and there, via advertising, selling books, knives, survivalist gear, “zombie” gear, and so on.. Great. More power to them, in my not-so-humble opinion… God help me, if I ever go mall-ninja-survivalist.
Today’s thoughts actually revolve around something that was asked of me to make, a sort of common-Joe’s view of what will happen should the Trans Pacific Partnership “trade” deal pass. The truth is that nobody can do that, since the full details are held in strict secrecy (making me conclude that it’s NOT good for America, Americans or our wallets). The TPP- like NAFTA and CAFTA- will result in the same thing:
Oh, some details are leaking out- gun confiscations and ammo bans, the official torching of our Constitution and basically the end of America. Our feckless leaders have sold out the country, and the only way to fix that fact, is with rope and lamp-poles. Let’s face it; the USA that we remember simply doesn’t exist any more. Elvis has left the building, and we’re stuck picking up the tab.
And the tab, is what I can write about to some degree. A little background on me: Bach.Sci. in Economics, MBA and a doctorate in Information Systems (not an IT degree, in reality it could be better termed “data analysis for command-and-control decisions). Basically, I’m an economics geek, have been for 20 years, and the education really started when I finished school, and compared what is supposed to be, to what is. No real surprise, the differences are stark.
I’ve discussed the Cyprus “bail-ins” that occurred a while back, in some detail. The legal justifications have been adopted world-wide, and can be summarized as follows: “your money becomes the banks’ money as soon as you deposit it in your checking/savings account.” You no longer own that money, you’re just an “unsecured creditor.” So if the bank(s) get in trouble, such as during a bank-run, they can take your money, use it for whatever purpose they want (including nice bonuses to themselves), and you are now a stock-holder in a defunct/broke/zombie bank. Kind of like this:
The natural response to that is to pull your money out of the bank, right? And I said in the Cyprus essay, if you pull your cash, and buy tangibles or precious metals, this will cause the entire economy to collapse.
How do they intend to get around this problem, and make it so that that can steal ALL of your money (aka “bail-in”)? Simple: make it “illegal” to use cash. So you will NOW have to do all transactions in digital cash, they’ll have access to it (read that as “the ability to steal it), and they pay 0.01% interest on your checking account. So basically, you GIVE them your money, they give you no paper interest (and with real inflation running at 7%) and YOU are paying THEM 7% to have the right to gamble with your money, and the right to steal your money when their gambles go bust… And their gambles WILL go bust, because the five biggest banks have $40 TRILLION in bad derivatives hanging out there (GDP of USA is $15T).
Speaking of these big banks, don’t forget, they will happily snitch you out to “Big Brother” if you dare to retrieve an unusual amount of cash… They do NOT want you to pull their gambling funds….
I’ve also discussed here, that the dollar WILL collapse. Everything I mentioned in that essay has been going right on schedule, and we’re closer than ever to a SHTF event. Indeed, all the signs indicate that the SHTF event has already started… As I mentioned in my last post, the Chinese bank AIIB has already been adopted by everyone who has any kind of functioning economy. Notice the USA and Japan are not included in that list of countries signing on to the AIIB, mainly because the American and Japanese economies are no more functional than Africa, Italy or Greece, for that matter… Yes, we’re in that deep of trouble…
An interesting aspect is that China has been sitting on some $1 trillion of U.S. debt in a variety of debt instruments. They’ve been slowly selling off that debt to other countries (for American dollars, which is why the dollar has enjoyed a recent resurgence in exchange-strength; since the debt instruments are denominated in dollars, you have to sell them in dollars, creating a temporary demand for them). Then, they take the worthless dollars, and use them to buy gold from all over the world, in quiet cash-transactions. In this manner, especially in the past year, they’ve acquired a significant amount of gold, estimated anywhere between 3,510 tons of gold to more than 30,000 tons of gold. In contrast, the US Treasury claims to possess 8172 tons of gold, and the problem with this claim is that when several allied countries have asked for their gold back, the Fed basically told them “we’re not going to deliver.” Which means, of course, that either the gold is gone- stolen- or it’s legally encumbered… the latter being a polite way of saying, there are multiple players claiming ownership to the same gold bullion.
Why does this matter? Because a gold-backed currency is always preferable to a fiat currency, backed by nothing but blind faith in the issuing government. But to have a gold-backed currency requires the issuing country of that currency to have an overwhelming majority of the gold… A gold-back yuan (or renmimbi) will further undermine and collapse the dollar; everyone wants an asset that holds its value, as compared to an asset that depreciates every year. China has stated this is one of their goals, and now it’s happening, exactly as I’d previously described (nice to know that Forbes agrees with my analyses, LOL).
I apologize for the boring economic analyses, but I will quickly finish one last point, and then we’ll connect all the various dots, and extrapolate possible outcomes. In a previous post I flatly stated that the prices of gold and silver are artificially suppressed to make the dollar appear more valuable than it really is. If it was able to be freely priced in the market- assuming a free market actually existed- we need only divide the number the number of dollars in circulation by the number of ounces mined to find what the REAL price of gold is in dollar-denominated terms. [Keep in mind, this simple model ONLY works if the USA has the largest gold-holdings on the planet.] Total M3 money supply (dollars) is estimated to be $17 trillion, and total gold mined =174,000 tons or 5,568,000,000 ounces. [Notice that we can only estimate M3 money supply, as the government decided to no longer report these numbers as of 2006.] Using this metric, we can conclude the actual price of gold (in American currency) should be $3,053 per ounce. Compare that to the current price of $1,223/oz; the perceived value of the dollar is overstated by 60%
Now just imagine what will happen to the perceived value of the dollar as China announces they have large gold-reserves, compared to the laughable claims by the US Treasury that America has any gold left…? When it becomes clear that American the gold has been stolen, the treasury is empty, and we have nothing left to back the dollar….? It’s going to be a very bad day, when China backs the yuan with gold, effectively killing the last perceived value of the dollar… people will flock to the yuan, and rush to dump their dollars as while they still have some value left… And the value of the dollar will become its’ intrinsic value; a piece of paper with ink on it. I suppose it’ll be good to start up the wood-stove…
So let’s discuss what will most likely happen during a collapse of the dollar, first as the worlds’ reserve currency, and then the complete devaluation of the dollar. There are several different ways that China (and Russia) can torpedo the FRN:
- China announces the yuan will be a gold-backed currency
- China announces they will no longer accept dollars for international commerce
- Saudi Arabia (now heavily backed by China) announces they will no longer accept dollars for oil
- China and Russia announce they’re dumping all US debt instruments
Any one action will cause the slow collapse of the dollar; any combination will be an economic version of Pearl Harbor, but with far more devastating results.
There are many theories of what will happen, when the dollar falls. At this point, I’m not going to link to them; they range from a hyperinflationary collapse and Mad-Max scenario, to deflationary depression of a similar nature to the Great Depression. But either way, with most countries holding dollars as their foreign-currency reserves (especially the EU), the collapse of the dollar (or the Euro first, causing the collapse of the dollar) will be a cascading event that will wipe out the last vestiges of functioning economies throughout the Western world, and will most likely cause the collapse of the Chinese yuan and Russian ruble. China, because their entire economy is built on manufacturing cheap shit that the Western world buys, and Russia because nobody will have money of any real value to purchase their oil and natural gas.
Any way it starts, prices for all consumable goods in the USA will go up by 300-400% almost overnight, as foreign exporters reject the dollar for trade. Such exports will have to be purchased using other currencies, which will require increasingly valueless dollars to purchase so that the transactions can be made in a different currency. Shale oil will suddenly become financially viable again (for a short time), as the price of oil will skyrocket.
Retail chains like Walmart will be crushed, as their prices will necessarily spike, and people revert to the basics; beans and band-aides. Those who are on a fixed income (retirees, welfare and EBT recipients) will quickly discover that while they may still have money, it’s not enough to put gas in the tank of their car, much less food on the table for their kids or themselves, and be instantly impoverished.
The Fed will try to make the dollar attractive to foreign investors, by raising interest rates; a case of too little, too late. This move will collapse the housing and stock markets, the latter losing 40-50% of their value over a period of maybe two weeks, fatally wounding the too-big-to-fail (too-big-to-jail) banks, who’ve relied on no-interest loans from the Fed to gamble insane amounts of “free” money in a vain attempt to earn a “profit” in a rigged market. The skyrocketing prices of products such as food and gasoline, combined with the Fed raising interest rates, will result in the biggest real-estate crash in history, causing banks to repo homes from delinquent borrowers, in a vain attempt to recoup some cash. This will be the coup de grace for the banksters, wiping them out as any REO properties will sell for maybe 20-30 cents on the book dollar, forcing the banks to document their massive losses. The banksters will perform government-approved “bail-ins,” stealing depositor money in a vain attempt to forestall the inevitable, and the FDIC- assuming they haven’t already been wiped out covering the first losses- will look the other way, as the in-your-face banks thefts occur.
As the now-unwanted dollars come flooding back to America from all over the world, consumers will attempt to use them to purchase the necessities of life, driving the prices higher, and increasing the demand for more dollars from consumers. This will quickly lead first to high inflation, and then to hyperinflation, as more and more dollars chase after a dwindling supply of goods. The raising of interest rates by the Fed will not slow the stampede from the dollar; a gold-backed currency will be infinitely more appealing to the wealthy, than to even consider a collapsing FRN. Instead, the increased interest rate (both Fed induced and market-induced) will cause the Federal government to be unable to keep rolling over their debt instruments as they mature, causing the government to default on more and more debt instruments; borrowing costs will go ballistic, until they quickly reach a point where total revenues collected by the U.S. government will be insufficient to pay the interest on existing debt, much less fund anything like Social Security, Medicare, government pensions or military/NSA/CIA activities. Military service men and women will be left stranded in military bases spanning the globe with no funding, no food supplies and no fuel to get them home.
At home, riots will break out in every major city that has a significant population dependent on government handouts, as the handouts eventually stop, and the government defaults on the “entitlement” crowd. In response, the government will attempt to crack down on agitators, “terrorists” and anyone else who doesn’t allow the government to “save” us with martial law, the confiscation of all assets, money, property and even your labor (in accordance with various Obama executive orders). The collapse of all money-based commerce will lead to further riots, as the impoverished who’ve lost everything, demand vengeance, and this will lead to Civil War II. It’ll be the government against the people (whoever hasn’t already died of starvation, in the riots or at the hands of government troops).
Contrary to the generally accepted idea that having no debts will save you, there will be a LOT of winners when the collapse of the dollar occurs; those individuals who were under the heaviest debt-loads, such as college graduates, home buyers who had mortgages, people who bought expensive cars on credit. The massive amount of devalued dollars floating around in the market will allow them to easily pay off their debts, while those who diligently saved their pennies will have their savings confiscated by the banks or watch the purchasing power of those savings reduced to absolute zero. It will also hurt those who worked so hard to pay off their houses, as their perceived “investment” will be wiped out, and they will be on parity- if not worse- than those whose debts will be erased by the currency collapse.
Those who will fare best will be those who keep a large amount of cash in their physical possession so as to pay bills (such as a mortgage and property taxes) and keep your assets until the banks- and eventually the currency- collapse. Until the currency collapse occurs, having significant cash in your possession (at least 4-6 months of your total current expenses) will allow you to purchase merchandise/food/ammunition/guns as needed; remember, the bail-ins will wipe out almost everyone else who was stupid enough to leave their money in the bank.
After the currency collapses, I would guess that silver and gold will become the medium of exchange for larger transactions. Gold will necessarily increase in perceived value per ounce, but silver will increase at least triple the perceived value increase in gold. By that, I mean it historically took 15 ounces of silver to purchase what would cost one ounce of gold. Right now, the silver/gold ration is 72:1. So as markets revert to precious metals, those that rely on silver more than gold for a store of purchasing power will see an effective “profit” of at least 480%. There are reasons to argue the silver price will achieve parity- if not exceed- the price of gold, due to a variety of factors.
The above snapshot is my personal opinion of the most likely outcomes, given my advanced education of economics combined with extensive historical research, observing the behavior of our current crop of “representatives” in DC, objective analysis of both the Federal Reserve and of the Chinese banking systems, analyzing the moves they’re making, and extrapolating logical outcomes.
A lot has happened since I last wrote anything here; the continued attempts to provoke Russia into a European war (and Putin masterfully avoiding said attempts, while demonstrating the overt hypocrisy of the Western countries), and the failed attempts to isolate the Chinese Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (as shown by the picture below).
As well, people are becoming aware of the continued economic decline of the USA despite all propaganda efforts by the government and MSM; indeed, actual GDP has been in negative territory since ~2005. The propaganda efforts cannot hide reality. 2/3 of Americans know we’re heading in the wrong direction. When the MSM actually publishes prepper “how to survive an apocalypse” articles, you start to grok that preppers aren’t so crazy, and that the MSM has been forced to (finally) print the truth. Now, many “alternative” economists (i.e., those NOT lined up at the government trough) are screaming that you need to protect your wealth NOW, before the TSHTF.
From a high-level perspective, what exactly happens when the currency collapses? For the power-elite, they will know ahead of time (just as happened during the 1929 crash) and get their money out, or manipulate the system to go from being merely rich to obscenely rich. For those within government who use government-created digital dollars to buy favors/kick-backs/bribes, the collapse of value will destroy their power, and they will be left high and dry. For the normal people on the street, they will no longer be able to purchase anything using currency, much like what happened during the Weimar hyperinflation or (even worse) Hungary, suffer extreme poverty and starve.
While the truly wealthy will be happy to prolong the current situation as long as possible (since they can milk the Federal Reserve until the very end), they have no particular need to crash the system, as long as they can take advantage of Cantillon effect in the current game. That is, as long as they get access to the money first and can take advantage of its purchasing power before it’s inflated away, they’ll continue to reap profits. Government drones and lackeys will want to prolong the game as long as possible, because when it’s over, so are they.
This brings us to the current military exercises in the Southern USA, called Jade Helm 15. Some very interesting aspects to it, most notably its scale; it’s the biggest military “training” operation ever conducted within the USA, and directly involves active involvement from all levels of government and law-enforcement, from federal agencies (FBI, DHS, etc.) down to local law-enforcement, with the armed forces blending in with the public, so that they can practice “snatch and grab” operations. The territory covered is best shown by a quick map:
Notice how the entire Southern border is completely covered? Does anything about this strike you as somewhat odd?
Next, we Obama pushing for “fast-track” passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, another supposed “trade deal” like NAFTA and CAFTA (which have done so much to help the USA, by shipping all manufacturing out of the country, and impoverishing literally millions of American workers). Despite their best efforts to keep details of TPP secret, they are getting out via wikileaks, and the latest details are stunning: “Gun import bans … Microstamping of firearms … Ammunition bans … The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty … Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.” Indeed, the banning of all weapons is the stated goal of the U.N. “In New York, right here on our own shores, we’ve got a Trojan horse. They won’t accept U.S. firearms policy. They want to take the decision away from the U.S. electorate and undermine our Constitution.” Ambassador Faith Whittlesey, US Delegate to UN Small Arms Conference, January 2012.
The TPP will effectively strip the USA of her sovereignty, and the Constitution will be a historical footnote (if they get their way).
IF Obama is successful in pushing through the fast-track adoption of the TPP (with its hidden gun-confiscation and unlimited immigration from the Southern border, I would imagine everyone legally living on the North side of the border is going to be highly pissed that the floodgates have suddenly been opened to every parasite in the world, and even more pissed off that the antigun agenda is being forced down their throats. But with Jade Helm going on in the exact same area, that “training operation” can quickly become a full-on military operation, complete with UN ambulances, armed trucks and tanks.
Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself, why would they intentionally provoke a massive uprising by ramming through TPP now, and then having the military move against those who are pissed off? Why take the risk?
The answer is best summarized- of all things- by a quote from the movie Independence Day:
“It’s like in chess: First, you strategically position your pieces and when the timing is right you strike.”
If economic collapse occurs, there are no assurances that the power elite will retain their power. It’ll be a dicey thing, and there’s no way to know how the military and government lackeys will react, when they realize there will be no more paychecks coming in digitized dollars. But if the power-elite light the match themselves, they may be able to control the situation, retain power and become even more wealthy.
I think there is a very real possibility that the TPP will be forced through, allowing the floodgates to open on the Southern border, and gun confiscation to begin in earnest. I further believe that the successful passage of the TPP will result in another Civil War, and the people that will suffer first will be those who live close to the Southern border; the same exact areas where the Jade Helm troops are now deployed. It is debatable whether, in such a situation, the troops will be there to protect the flood of people coming across the Southern border, or whether they will be deployed to “snatch-and-grab” the leading voices of dissent against a treasonous action as TPP represents. I suspect a bit of both will happen, should it come to that…
The only way I see this being avoided, is the wholesale repudiation of the TPP.
Watch what happens in the next few months very carefully. If I’m right, things are going to get exciting very soon.