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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.
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.]