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Monday, May 23, 2022

Reduction in lifestyle? Simple Fixes to economic problems

 

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Simple fixes to our economic problems that establishment elites won't allow

I think one of the great misconceptions about the economic crisis is that solutions are always dependent on centralized government action. In truth, most financial disasters are actually caused by too much government action and involvement. This is not to overlook the fact that central banks like the Federal Reserve are also primer culprits; their machinations which are independent of government oversight fall into the category of deliberate sabotage.

 

 Basically, the Fed bankrolls the corruption through fiat money creation while government officials and corporations utilize the money to wreak havoc on our living standards.

Ending the Fed would solve the fiat money problem, but there's still a host of agenda-driven politicians and bureaucrats to deal with before our nation can right the ship.

Really, the best way to fix our system would be to first force the government to interfere less. As a point of reference, consider the common media narratives surrounding the COVID pandemic. Along with the White House, the media has been the premier driver of irrational fear over the spread of COVID, which ended up being a minor threat compared to the hype as the median Infection Fatality Rate was no more than 0.27 percent. Yet, in response to this nothing-burger bureaucrats declared a national emergency requiring insane and unconstitutional lockdowns.

The lockdowns damaged the economy in ways people are only now beginning to comprehend, with hundreds of thousands of small businesses lost across the country. Not only that, but in response to the economic implosion the elites created, they then created over $6 trillion in new money through the Fed in a single year. This helicopter money or UBI (Universal Basic Income) has expedited a stagflationary disaster and helped to push prices on necessities to 40-year highs.

The media claims it was "COVID that caused the crash," but this is a lie. It was the response to COVID that caused the crash. The virus was merely incidental to the economic sabotage by governments and central banks. As we saw in conservative red states that defied the lockdowns and the vax mandates, economic activity thrived while leftists blue states suffered. And what did these blue states get in return for their economic sacrifices?  Nothing. COVID infections continued to rage in blue states and deaths often outpaced red states with similar-sized populations.

In other words, the lockdowns, the mask mandates and the attempts to force vaccinations through medical tyranny saved zero lives and possibly made things worse. This is the legacy of government micro-management (And yes, let's not forget that Trump went along with these lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic also. Biden is just the dirt-bag that continued the measures despite the massive amount of evidence that they don't work).

While the COVID event illustrates my point in a big way, there are a lot of more subtle problems that government intervention has caused that add up to one big fiscal calamity. Many of these threats require relatively simple solutions that government elites will rarely address and will try to stop at all costs. Here are just a few examples...

Inflation and stagflation? Back the dollar with hard commodities

The Federal Reserve and their minions have spent the better part of a century trying to convince the public that a gold standard for our currency is what caused the Great Depression and what could cause future depressions. They claim that limitations on money printing strangle liquidity and disrupt velocity. This is a lie.

Former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke openly admitted in 2002 in a speech in honor of Milton Friedman that it was the central bank that actually caused the deflationary collapse of the 1930s, not the existence of the gold standard. This rare moment of truth from a fed official was perhaps due to the sheer amount of evidence that Friedman often cited that contradicted the original anti-gold propaganda. Or maybe it happened because the banking elites did not see Friedman as a particular threat and figured no one among the public would read Bernanke's speech anyway.

In fact, a commodities foundation held the U.S. economy together for centuries until the Fed came along and the government slowly began removing gold from the picture. All subsequent economic crisis events have been exponentially worse ever since. When a commodities standard is employed, stability always follows. Just look at what has happened in Russia recently; their currency was on a downward spiral due to international sanctions, yet, when they reopened markets this past week the Ruble skyrocketed back to normal. Why? Because Putin had the currency coupled with gold. It's really that simple.

The U.S. and parts of Europe are facing their own inflationary disasters, and this is largely due to the unchecked avarice of central bank stimulus and government spending. The only way to secure the dollar's existence as a stable store of wealth would be to back it with hard commodities like precious metals (among others). This might kill the dollar's world reserve status because fiat printing would be impossible from that point on, but I got a news flash for those that hate the idea of grounding the dollar in commodities:  We're going to lose world reserve status anyway, and it's going to happen soon.

One third of the world's population including Russia, China and India are already breaking from the dollar in bilateral trade. The U.S. might as well accept this as the reality and prepare to mitigate the coming currency collapse by supporting the dollar with commodities.

Oil shortages and energy inflation? Stop interfering with oil exploration

In early February of this year, the Biden administration made legal filings that halted new oil and gas leases including exploration due to conflicts over "climate costs." This interference with America's oil independence is only one of many instances starting with Biden's sabotage of the Keystone Pipeline in 2021. Interestingly, with gas prices doubling ever since Biden entered office, the White House now claims that they have nothing to do with energy inflation and are not preventing drilling in the U.S.

During the same period, Russia was establishing a 30-year oil and gas contract with China and laying the groundwork for a major pipeline to be finished by 2025. Russia was planning ahead while the U.S. was shifting from energy independence and a net exporter of oil, to once again becoming dependent on authoritarian regimes in the Arab world. Why?

Biden's excuse is usually climate alarmism. The Earth's temperature has only risen by 1 DEGREE CELCIUS in the past 100 years according to the NOAA, so the main argument against oil production in the U.S. is based on the fallacy that man-made carbon has any bearing whatsoever on climate changes. But maybe the carbon fraud is just a distraction from something else?

To fix any supply and demand issues in the U.S., we only need to start producing once again at levels that were easily obtainable in 2020. But what if the issue of supply contraction is not the main cause of oil inflation? I would note that the dollar is not only the world reserve currency but also the global petro-currency. Until recently, almost all oil was traded internationally using dollars. The decline or collapse of the dollar's buying power due to money printing and runaway inflation is more likely the direct cause of rising oil prices, and supply issues are secondary.

If the dollar was to collapse due to inflation, oil would be one of the first early indicators. With the establishment blocking new oil production and hindering the most cost-effective method for oil transport (pipelines), an engineered decline in supply becomes a very effective smokescreen for the death of the dollar. The crisis caused by the government and the Federal Reserve's currency destruction could then be blamed on supply chain issues and climate "peril." This is the reason why the establishment will not allow any future growth in U.S. oil production. They cannot allow the public to realize the precarious position our currency is in.

Debt and liquidity crisis? Let states establish their own banks and currencies

The state of North Dakota has an interesting model for economic independence, which utilizes a state-sponsored bank designed specifically to help businesses in North Dakota.  I would say it's bizarre that this idea has not become popular across the nation, but I understand that if it did, the federal government and the central bankers would be very unhappy.

Here's the thing, while it is true that the Constitution explicitly states that the U.S. Treasury becomes the only issuer of U.S. currency, this was done at a time when our currency was backed by gold and silver and there was no corrupt middleman in the form of a central bank. In truth, the Treasury is now second fiddle to the Federal Reserve, and the constitutional regulations on money have already been broken. It's time for a new currency model and banking model.

An official bank in each state could decentralize power away from the Federal Reserve in terms of how debt and interest rates are handled, creating something closer to free-market discovery of interest rates rather than a rate dictatorship controlled by the Fed. By extension, each state could also issue currency scrip legal for use only within the borders of those states. This would create a secondary safety net against inflation in the dollar.

In other words, we decentralize the banking system, and we offer state alternatives that function not so much as competing currencies but as parallel or complementary currencies backed by and exchangeable in certain commodities. I believe very strongly that this model (along with a couple of dozen other measures I don't have space to cover here) could save our country from decades of economic mismanagement and bring us back from the brink of catastrophe.

States could do this without the permission of the federal government or the Federal Reserve, but I have little doubt that the elites would be in an uproar. Make no mistake, states will have to move to decouple from the national financial system and build alternatives as soon as they realize that the dollar is tanking, and stagflation is here to stay. And when they do, the establishment will declare such actions on par with "insurrection."

In the meantime, there are numerous preparations, and each individual can make in their local communities to insulate themselves from economic dangers. There are those that will say that local measures are only a stopgap and more national action needs to be taken. They are partially correct; in the long run, there needs to be wider organization toward free markets once again, along with redundancies in state economies. In the short term, we must do what we can.

Ultimately, the clearest solutions to our fiscal fate are not pursued because the elites do not want to save the economy, at least not in a way that ends up with them having less power. They want even more power and centralization that extends beyond national boundaries into the realm of a single global currency and a single globally managed market. Fixing the system can't happen because they won't let it happen.

This means that the only fix that truly matters will be the one that allows all other others to progress, and that fix is to remove these people from positions of influence and authority. You can't really repair the body in the wake of an illness until the offending disease is first eliminated.

To truth and knowledge,

Brandon Smith


Postscript



Everywhere access to food, fuel and power are more and more expensive, and shortages are growing…will impact your family. Major nations have been asked to pay for Russian oil and gas with rubles, Euros, and even Bitcoin; anything but the dollar. I’ve spoken about the death of the Petrodollar in the recent past, and every day it’s becoming less concept and more reality. What does it mean for the economy? Will it exacerbate hyperinflation? 

Food riots. Recession warnings. Oil shortages. Inflation spiking. All of these things are connected and spring from the same source; defective “leadership.” Serious predicaments and unserious leaders mean it’s time to prepare

IS inflation masking signs of an economic slowdown, cautioning the Fed to not overestimate how difficult it will be to cool the economy through monetary policy. Desmond Lachman warns that a deeper-than-normal recession could be on the horizon in response to the Fed’s tightening…

DUMP DEMOCRATS

Reject Globalism, Starting Locally In the upcoming election cycle you will witness the elites’ continued efforts to stir up racial animosity and manipulate the people against one another.

 Manipulating minorities who are naturally drawn to socialism is basic political strategy to cover government crime and justify government politics and plunder. The principle of government is that political power is maximized by forcibly leveling every individual to the same status of conformity, collectivism, egalitarianism and serfdom. But the American system was not one set up for a royalty serfdom-based relationship, socialist-style elitism or professional politicians

SIDEBAR

The inflation riots have begun. Peru and Sri Lanka both are experiencing violence as inflation spirals the prices of basic necessities higher and higher.

The price of fertilizer has been soaring to record highs across the globe. Key sources of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous – important inputs into soil fertility, crop yield, and plant maintenance – have all gone vertical

There are numerous indicators that a recession is on the way.

The government released the latest inflation data and the results were the worst we have seen in forty years. The retail number came in at 8.4% and the wholesale number clocked in at 11.2%. Of course, the retail number excludes the things that people buy, like food, fuel and housing. These numbers also rely upon the new math rather than old math used the last time inflation was an issue. By the old inflation standard, retail inflation is over 15%

As Americans feel the squeeze of rising inflation, fears are growing that a recession is around the corner.  Some are saying that inflation has peaked, and it’s going down from here.  That is wishful thinking as long as war is being pushed in Ukraine and Russia.  Sanctions are getting more intense, and prices are going up with them. 

An Inflationary Black Swan Is Haunting the Fed

 


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Is “Meltdown” The Correct Term To Describe The Current State Of The U.S. Economy?

Biden turning America into 3rd World Nation…Mothers can’t find baby formula as Biden sends supplies to illegals [which now number 1.6 million]! Gas prices hit new high while idiot in charge stops off shore drilling-IMPEACH this rat]

 

Skyrocketing food prices are alarming lawmakers, who worry about the mounting impact on U.S. consumers and rising hunger around the world. 

 On Wednesday, the Labor Department reported an annual leap of 9.4 percent in food prices as of April, representing the largest 12-month increase since 1981.

I'm sure many of you saw the USDA's Food Price Outlook 2022. It is the USDA's Consumer Price Index for food, which measures inflation. According to this article on USA Today, the USDA's Food Price Outlook 2022 "is up 7.9% from February 2021, the largest increase since May 1981."

This week, we take a look at some of the grocery price increases we're likely to see and some things you can do to help keep grocery costs in check.

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Saving money doesn’t have to be painful. With these five easy budget cuts, you can put a little wiggle room back in the budget. Your family will have an extra $200 to pay bills, save up for summer vacation, or put toward some other financial goal.

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Food storage that controls temperature and decay is essential, and when there's no power it becomes significantly more difficult. Read Bill's article to learn some history and how-to about storing food in a root cellar. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The road to hell is paved with rules

 

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The road to hell is paved with rules

The old saying is, of course, that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."

It is why we have come to a place where freedom to travel is not a right.

It is where we have submitted ourselves to what would have once been considered gross violations of our rights, for the "privilege" of using public roads that we pay for.

It is why official state sanction is needed to simply obtain the right to drive a car, much less move about.

Car commercials depict Americans as constantly driving off-road, flying across any terrain we wish without a care in the world. When was the last time you had that much freedom when driving?

Can you imagine the 19th century American pausing to make sure he had his papers before embarking on a trip? The man or family might consider whether they were properly provisioned — food, water, clothes, bedroll, etc. — but the notion of needing a license to legally travel the roads on horseback or in a wagon was unheard of.

Today, as many people begin planning summer travel by car, you are automatically aware that if you don't have the official signature and photograph-emblazoned imprimatur from government (also known as a driver's license), and properly approved permission from the corporatist masters (also known as proof of insurance) you're subject to fine and/or arrest should you get "caught" disobeying the hundreds of rules of the road.

We've surrendered our right to unfettered travel with hardly a whimper of protest. Now, traveling the nation's roads is considered a "privilege" rather than a right.

Worse, under implied consent, civil penalties and evidentiary consequences can be invoked on motorists who refuse to comply with tests when they've been arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired. Qualified immunity grants a police officer broad latitude to do whatever he feels necessary to enforce the law. Law enforcement officers are free from lawsuits for the performance of their jobs unless willful, unreasonable conduct is demonstrated.

When we were free

Writing for the Oklahoma City University Law Review (Summer, 2005) Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D., says we reached this point over the course of a few decades after the introduction of the automobile.

"When automobiles were first introduced around the turn of the twentieth century, drivers relied on common law traditions that protected the right of every person to travel upon public roadways without a license," Root writes. "Courts repeatedly wrote of an individual's 'right to travel' by automobile and struck down regulations aimed at limiting the liberties of automobile drivers on constitutional grounds. With the passage of time, however, automobile regulators generally prevailed in legislative halls and courtrooms. Today, the public has accepted a degree of travel regulation which would have seemed almost tyrannical to nineteenth century Americans."

As Root explains it, courts prior to the 20th century generally held that public roadways were open to everyone. Their mode of travel was irrelevant and a requirement for licenses or specific travel permissions — had anyone deigned to attempt to require them — was considered a violation of rights. During the first 150 years of America's existence, no wagon or carriage licenses existed outside of the context of business licenses.

His research shows that not a single license law excluded any nonmerchant from traveling on the roads with wagons, horses or buggies of any kind. And courts suggested that no such requirement could be upheld even if it were to exist.

Prior to the 20th century the right to travel was understood to mean by any means of travel available. When bicycles hit the roads in the 1880s, attempts to regulate them through local ordinances were repeatedly struck down by the courts. In 1907 the Supreme Court of Iowa put travel by automobile in the same category as travel by horse, carriage or other vehicle.

"The right to make use of an automobile as a vehicle of travel," wrote Justice Ladd, "is no longer an open question. The owners thereof have the same rights in the roads and streets as the drivers of horses or those riding a bicycle or traveling by some other vehicle."

Likewise, the Minnesota Supreme Court, in 1910, held that, "There can be no question of the right of automobile owners to occupy and use the public streets of cities, or highways in the rural districts, [yet] they have no exclusive right."

But even then, the tide toward regulation was already turning. The New York Times, in 1902, editorialized that regulating the automobile by licensing drivers would be necessary. In 1905, citing "flagrant cases of reckless driving of automobiles," the Providence Journal opined that the people of Rhode Island and the rest of the country were becoming "incensed."

The more cars that took to the roads, the more regulations, rules and ordinances began to creep into the system, and courts began to allow them to stand. In 1916 the Supreme Court took a state's rights (or 10th Amendment) approach, upholding the power of each state to regulate the use of motor vehicles on its own highways, according to Root. This was done despite the prevailing view among jurists only a decade earlier that driving without unnecessary regulation was a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution.

After the 1920s, federal courts were completely looking the other way regarding "the right to travel by vehicle of choice." Licensing and more regulation of travel became accepted and commonplace. Root tells us that since 1950, no court has described driving an automobile as a "right." The constitutional right to travel became increasingly interpreted not as a right to locomotion by the means of one's choice, but as a mere right to emigrate between states.

He writes that, "As Gregory B. Hartch pointed out in a recent law review article, this narrow interpretation of the right to travel came about more from judicial neglect than from any clear doctrinal justification. Today, traffic bureaus refer to driving a motor vehicle only as a privilege. In 1994, the California legislature passed the Safe Streets Act of 1994, stating expressly that 'driving a motor vehicle on the public streets and highways is a privilege, not a right.' The Fourth Appellate Court of California, in Buhl v. Hannigan, echoed this view by writing, 'there is no fundamental right to operate a motor vehicle; rather, driving is a privilege.' The North Dakota Supreme Court was even more explicit, when it stated in State v. Kouba, 'the use of the public highways is ... a privilege which a person enjoys subject to the control of the State.'"



So in 100 years we've gone from the right to unfettered and unregulated travel to a time where we are registered, our vehicles are registered and we're forced to purchase a product from a private company (insurance) all for the "privilege" of driving a vehicle.

We no longer have liberty to operate our own private property with no government restriction.

Beyond that, automakers now claim the software driving the computers that operate the cars we purchase belongs to them, and we just lease it from them. More drivel to make you accept that you will own nothing and be happy, as the architects of the attempted "Great Reset" being perpetrated on us have already admitted.

Do not let your mind be tricked into giving your rights away to the state. This has serious consequences.

The natural order of the state is a migration from freedom to tyranny. Remember this next time someone suggests more "common sense" laws to "ensure your safety" on the roads or anywhere else in your life. These laws ensure nothing but servitude to the state and submission to an "authority" that should be subservient and answer to "We The People," not the other way around.

Yours for the truth,

Bob Livingston
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter®

 

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Believe it or not, there’s a surprising variety of foods that can actually make you hungrier, and quite interestingly some of these foods are thought of as being healthy. They are frequently eaten for an afternoon snack, quick lunch, or breakfast that’s supposed to fill you up and keep you going for at least a few hours. But, they’re rarely up for the call of duty; instead, they can end up adding extra calories to your diet that your waistline and health could really do without.

Here are 10 foods that make you hungry and what to eat instead:

  • Chips and other salty snacks: Whether potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, or crackers, these easy-to-overconsume snack foods provide plenty of salt (an average of 170 mg per serving), which can make you thirsty. Unfortunately, it’s very common to confuse hunger for thirst. What’s more, because salty snacks are low in fiber or nutrition in general, they can lead you to keep going for more yet never really fill you up.
  • Snack bars made with artificial sweeteners: Non-calorie artificial sweeteners provide the sweet taste but not the actual sugar reward. Even though your taste buds may be deceived, your belly often isn’t, and you’re left craving the real thing.
  • White pasta: Unlike whole-grain pastas, white pastas are made with bleached-out, nutrient-stripped grains. Without the filling fiber, it’s easier to eat that large calorie-laden plate of pasta followed by seconds or even thirds. You aren’t a bottomless pit, but it can feel that way when you’re staring at a large plate of pasta.
  • Boxed cereal: Combine a grain with the fiber stripped away with a sugar bomb and a dash of thirst-inducing sodium, and what do you get? Foods that make you hungrier! For many, it’s tempting to skip the small bowl altogether and just consume the entire box. Even if you have just one small serving, because boxed cereals are made up of refined grains and sugars, they’re digested and absorbed quickly. That means they spike blood sugar, which is followed quickly by a crash that leaves you feeling ravenously hungry long before lunchtime.
  • White breads: While bread is good for filling you up quickly, it typically doesn’t provide long-lasting energy. This is true of most baked goods made with refined flour, such as donuts, croissants, and bagels. Once again, this is because much of the fiber has been stripped, leaving a food that spikes blood sugar, which raises insulin levels, which leads to a blood sugar crash. In other words, shortly after you just ate, you’re hungry again!
  • Low-fat yogurt cups: It’s tempting to believe all the advertising that tries to convince us that low-fat yogurt cups are a super healthy and filling option. Unfortunately, low-fat or fat-free yogurts often use sugar to overcome the change in texture caused by removing the fat. Some brands can have up to 20 grams of sugar per serving. Again, that big dose of sugar can cause a big energy spike followed by a crash and the desire for something to fill the hunger void soon after.
  • Store-bought granola bars: They look so healthy, but many granola bars are as high in sugar as a candy bar. All that sugar acts as an appetizer, making you even hungrier between 30 and 90 minutes after you consume that bar.
  • Rice cakes: Another common “diet food” is rice cakes. They’re crunchy, light, and low-calorie. As such, though, they aren’t going to fill anyone up. Now, if rice cakes are a go-to snack, there’s no reason to give them up. Just top them with a high-protein food like hummus, cottage cheese, or nut butter, so they have more staying power. This simple addition can transform them into a much healthier and more satisfying option.
  • High-sugar treats like cookies, cakes, and candies: It can be difficult to keep your fingers out of the cookie or candy jar, especially when faced with hunger pangs. But these sugary treats only lead to more cries from the belly to eat. Worse, they can heighten cravings.
  • French fries: Loaded with refined fat and high in sodium, French fries transform a highly satiating food into the opposite. Combine with the high sugar (in the form of high fructose corn syrup) found in most ketchups, and you get a double whammy.

No matter what food you choose, if you only have a small portion, especially right before a meal, it’s likely to stimulate your appetite or crank up your cravings. So, instead of choosing to munch on a small snack, it can help to eat a bit more of something that’s actually going to fill you up and fuel your energy levels for hours.

A great option to turn to is a protein smoothies.  They are very easy to make, here’s the exact template that my clients and I use:

  • 2 – 3 scoops of high-quality protein (providing 25 – 30+ grams of protein)
  • 2 fists full of veggies (I use spinach; I promise, it’s tasteless!)
  • 1 – 2 cupped handfuls of carbs (e.g., berries, banana, oats)
  • 1 – 2 thumb-sized portions of fats (e.g., mixed nuts, avocado, coconut oil)
  • Liquid (e.g., water, unsweetened almond milk or skim milk)
  • Ice (more ice for a thicker shake, less for a thinner one)

That’s it. Just put all of the ingredients in a blender and enjoy! It only takes a few minutes to put together, yet it keeps your appetite and cravings at bay for hours all while giving you sustained energy.

My Wife's Favorite - 2 scoops of vanilla protein, 1 cup of blueberries, add in some skim milk and a few ice cubes...blend and enjoy!  

My Favorite - 2 scoops of chocolate protein, 1 banana, small spoon of peanut butter, add in some skim milk and a few ices cubes... blend and welcome to what I call the peanut-butter cup shake!

 

 

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