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Friday, November 21, 2014

Mass Delusions throughout the land


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You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
- Anonymous



—mass delusions everywhere.

People seem to believe their governments are almighty beings capable of performing magic—water into wine, debt into wealth.

Here are some of the biggest myths we see in the system today:

1. The dollar will continue to be the dominant currency.

This is a total farce. Grumblings grow louder around the world to establish a new non-dollar financial system, and China has taken the lead to make this a reality.

2. The US is still the dominant military power in the world.

If you measure by the quality of trained personnel, this is true. But what good is all of that military power if you can’t afford to do anything with it?

3. The police exist to protect the people.

Wrong again. With so much civil asset forfeiture taking place at the point of a gun (federally funded assault rifles), it’s clear they’re far more concerned about protecting those that maintain the status quo than protecting you.

4. Elections make a difference

Completely false. Most Western governments borrow money to pay interest on the money they’ve already borrowed.

In the US, they spend so much on mandatory entitlements and interest they could eliminate almost the entire government and still not run a balanced budget.

At that level of desperation, it matters not who’s in power.

5. Your bank is safe

Your bank might HAVE a safe. But if you look at objective data, many banks in the West have incredibly thin levels of capital and liquidity—the exact opposite of what a safe bank is supposed to have.

Oh yeah, they’re backed by poorly capitalized deposit insurance funds, which are guaranteed by insolvent governments.

And bear in mind that even if your bank is reasonably capitalized, you are still guaranteed to lose money on a tax adjusted, inflation adjusted basis if you you’re holding your savings there.

6. You have to go to college in order to get ahead

Quite the opposite—going to college in many cases can get you behind; just ask any 36-year old still paying down that $100,000 student loan debt.

The world is a big place full of opportunity. Skills and experience matter more than pieces of paper.

Here’s a better option, especially for young people: head overseas, and become an apprentice to a successful, knowledgeable individual that you respect.

Any young person who thinks that going to college is a good idea should just ask any of their unemployed friends saddled with $100,000 of debt if it was worth it.

7. I saw it on TV so it must be true.

Ufff. The mainstream media exist to paint a distorted version of reality so that people are kept placated, docile and largely clueless about what really goes on in the world.

8. Debt doesn’t matter because we owe it to ourselves

Whoever first said this must have a lot of whips and chains in his closet because he seems to enjoy pain.

If we owe the debt to ‘ourselves,’ that means that we will need to default on ourselves.

This means no more Social Security, Medicare, etc. It means causing the US Federal Reserve to become insolvent and spark a currency crisis. It means causing the collapse of every bank in the country.

Sure, no biggie.

9. The United States is the Land of the Free

Draconian surveillance efforts on its citizens. Punitive taxes, fines and regulation. Rising police state. Telling people what they can or can’t put in their bodies, how to grow their food, who to adore, who to hate. Preventing them to collect their own rainwater and live off the grid.

Simon Black
Founder, SovereignMan.com

SIDEBAR:

Most Americans that collect money from the government each month are not abusing the system.  Many truly are incapable of taking care of themselves, and others are just receiving government benefits (such as Social Security) that they feel that they have earned by a lifetime of hard work.  But with each passing year the number of Americans jumping on board “the safety net” continues to grow rapidly, and a lot of these people should be able to take care of themselves.  Today, the American people collectively receive more money from the government than they pay in taxes.  And remember, the federal government uses our money to build roads, inspect our food and fund the military as well.  So what does this say about our economy?  Could it survive without all of these debt-fueled transfer payments?  And what does this say about our society?  At one time, our nation was known for our Protestant work ethic.  What would our forefathers say about us today?  The following are 21 facts that prove that dependence on the government is out of control in America…

1. According to a Congressional Budget Office study that was just released, approximately 60 percent of all U.S. households get more in transfer payments from the government than they pay in taxes.  Here is more about this stunning report from Mark J. Perry’s Carpe Diem blog

 



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Raising Kangaroos in the USA


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Raising Kangaroos in the USA

People are likely to do a double take when they see Evelyn Engelke out shopping or opening her hymnal at church. It's not Mrs. Engelke they're looking at, but her choice of accessories. Not many people carry around a baby wallaby in a handmade, quilted pouch hanging from their neck.

A baby wallaby, or joey, is quite a conversation piece. But Evelyn Engelke likes it that way. There's nothing she enjoys more than talking about her passion -- hand-raising these miniature kangaroos at her family's home, God's Gift Farm, on the Eastern Shore.

There are already at least 350 breeders raising various species of miniature roos, and estimates are that as many as 1,000 U.S. families own one.

Raising a kangaroo at home isn't something that you can take lightly. In order for you to become an effective pet owner to this exotic animal, you have to prepare yourself through research and studying. Knowing important details about your pet is vital as this will help you deal with it effectively.

Learning about raising a kangaroo basically starts with knowing the background of your exotic animal. Kangaroos are considered as amazing members of the Australian fauna. They are marsupials that are closely related to wallabies, Quokka, wallaroos, and pademelons. All in all, there are around 63 different species of the Macropodidae family in the wild today. Kangaroos are endemic to the lands of Australia. However, some members of this family specifically the smaller marcopods have also been found in New Guinea. They thrive on the landscape of Australia. They're not farmed. Instead, they're sought because of their meat. This animal has become a national symbol for Australia and is often observed on the Australian Coat of Arms, the country's currency, and on the tail of its national airline called the Qantas

 

 


 

 


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tightward Tues-6 Steps to Stop Blowing a Holiday Budget


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Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.
- Anonymous

 

 

 
   I've already blown our holiday budget by replacing our sump pump, bathroom faucets, outdoor lighting and timer all within the past 48 hours.  However, being the thrifty guy that I am, I still have enough left over to send McDonald's gift certificates to all...
 

The National Retail Federation says you’ll probably be $804 poorer after the 2014 holiday season wraps up.

That’s how much the industry group says consumers plan to spend this year. While the lion’s share of that money goes to family, you also expect to spend $80 on friends and $26 on co-workers. Even Fido gets in on the action, with  pet lovers planning to spend $30 on your nonhuman companions.

That’s how much you plan to spend. What about the amount you actually spend?

Behavioral economist Hersh Shefrin says even many of the holiday shoppers who take the time to write a budget, 36 percent of them, will overspend. And for the least accurate budgeters out there, Shefrin found they spent 30 percent more than planned. That means someone with a $804 holiday budget may end up spending $1,045 and end up with a week or two of ramen noodle dinners to make up the difference.

If you struggle to keep your spending under control, you’ll want to watch Money Talks News finance expert Stacy Johnson’s tips in the video below. Then, keep on scrolling for a step-by-step guide to staying on track.


 

 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

What dumb people do in a crisis situation


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 Be Prepared >>Boy Scout motto

 
 
 

What dumb people do in a crisis situation

It might sound paranoid to some, but I'm certain we’ll be directly affected by at least one major crisis in the next few years.

Whether it be some kind of pandemic… a collapse of the grid, economic collapse [the most likely scenario] a natural disaster… an uprising and/or martial law from said uprising,  or [enter in any crisis with equally disastrous consequences here].

 

And because of people like me, the "prepper" industry is huge…

However, if my Facebook experiences are any indicator, the average Joe isn’t much interested in anything regarding their immediate or long term survival [or anything even remotely resembling anything intellectual or political-even the architect of Obamacare admitted recently they relied on the stupidity of Americans to get their program in place].

 

For both reasons, it's also full of wild speculations on what would happen in the event of a disaster that halts our normal way of life (with, of course, a link to the "hot item" all smart preppers must have).

Problem is, it's all just speculation.  A prepared brain is your most important tool and reading a Boy Scout manual will provide most folks with enough information they need to survive most [not all] situations…how many today have read that manual?

 

Ninety-nine percent of the "preppers" who write about what would happen "in the event of a disaster" have never been in one. ..Except yours truly . Early in my life I learned a lot of survival methods during my time in the military and in 1999 I became a certified FEMA disaster instructor and have experienced first-hand a few ‘situations,’ including:  being stuck in a blinding blizzard outside Amarillo, TX [which turned out to be a good thing as I was ‘forced to spend the night in a bar with a young barmaid]’ getting caught in a raging desert flash flood at 3am – pre-cellphone days!, and more.

 

One thing I’d say is 100% necessary to surviving most situations is to NOT PANIC.

 



Luck can help in any situation. But you won't get by on it alone. And you shouldn't count on it.
Preparation is key and sadly, too many in this nation think ‘preparation’ means stocking up on enough beer for a weekend of watching some redundant sporting event [in reality, just another big business].

Early on our prepper group offered live shooting instruction including a class on shooting under duress.  Again, I find many people panic easily when under even slightly stressful situations and only practice [as any EMT will tell you] can help overcome panic.

 

To imagine the situation a little better," the author of an article I read by a man  known only as Selco, wrote of his experiences in Bosnia, "you should know it was practically a return to the Stone Age.

"I am from Bosnia," Selco explained.

"You know, between 1992-95, it was hell."

 

The Bosnian War raged on from April 6, 1992 to Dec. 14, 1995. It was one of the most destructive wars at the end of the 20th century. Of 4 million, 2 million were made refugees. More than 100,000 were killed. The Bosnian War is best known for the unspeakable acts of despicable behavior from all sides.

Meanwhile, the civilians who didn't make it out of Bosnia were left to fend for themselves.

 

"For one year, I lived and survived in a city with 6,000 people without water, electricity, gasoline, medical help civil defense, distribution service, or any kind of traditional service or centralized rule.

"Our city was blockaded by the army, and for one year, life in the city turned into total crap. We had no army and no police.

 

"After a month or two, gangs started operating, destroying everything. Hospitals, for example, turned into slaughterhouses.

 

"About 80% of the hospital staff were gone. I got lucky. My family at the time was fairly large (15 people in a large house, six pistols, three AKs), and we survived (most of us, at least)."

A few key points that stuck out from this article…

  • It didn't take long for money to become worthless. An exchange system naturally rose out of the ashes (but it wasn't pretty…)
  • "Arms, ammunition, candles, lighters, antibiotics, gasoline, batteries and food. We fought for these things like animals…"
  • Items and supplies are great… but they eventually run out. Skills will keep you fed. He wrote: "I wish to say this: Learn to fix things, shoes, or people."
  • Gold and silver are useful: "I personally traded all the gold in the house for ammunition."
  • Strength in numbers is real: "A man living alone getting killed and robbed would be just a matter of time, even if he was armed."

"Today, I know everything can collapse really fast. I have a stockpile of food, hygiene items, and batteries -- enough to last me for six months.

"I live in a very secure flat and own a home with a shelter in a village 5 kilometers away. Another six-month supply there, too.

"I have four weapons and 2,000 rounds for each."

 

On top of everything, though, one asset trumps all of them… electricity.

Why electricity, you ask?

 

With it, you have the trifecta: heat, light, and, most importantly, communication with people outside your vicinity.

 

In all truth, if you can find a way out of the situation, you're not going to want to stick around for a year. No matter how big your stockpile is.

And having an electric source -- one that works no matter what's going on -- is crucial

 

Selco recommends purchasing 1,000 BIC lighters and foregoing even considering electricity.

 

Finally, there is one thing the control freaks in Washington [or most any government] fear most…

Self-sufficiency.

Most people don’t plan ahead for anything…no first aid classes, they don’t stock up in advance for supplies, they think their cell phone holds all the answers…they're the ones you see on TV news storming the empty grocery shelves when the storm hits.

The more self-sufficient you are, the looser their grip.

There are few lessons to be learned from these short paragraphs…do you get it?

 

 

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