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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Supply Chain Problems Indicate HUGE Shortages About To Hit US


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SRC WARNING: Supply Chain Problems Indicate HUGE Shortages About To Hit US

You may be aware that the pandemic reduced handling capacity at many Chinese ports by as much as 80% as recently as a few weeks ago. This has led to a massive log jam with container ships stranded at sea unable to drop off or pick up cargo. This in turn has led to massive delays at US ports and hubs. Goods are being delayed for stores. Manufacturers are unable to source parts. Technologies that require assembly of parts sourced from around the world are just not able to produce and deliver goods. 

It’s so bad that some companies are buying their own container ships to get around the problem. In the USA the longshoremen in California are preparing to strike as they know that their demands are very likely to be met as the country looks at huge shortages. Chicago rail depots are overflowing.

The UK is already predicting a massive shortage of goods from beyond its shores. The domestic politics are blaming it on Brexit, but those in the know recognize that this is a foretaste of what’s about to happen in the US. As we have been saying for months, US companies need to bring back US operations and reshore or onshore their manufacturing and assembly plants. It’s now too late for most of them to do this, but we need to prepare to pay more for our goods as we trade off reliable supply for US wages.

Added to the pandemic-induced problems, the ships awaiting entry to Chinese ports were just subjected to the typhoon In-Fa, and towns and cities in the predominantly manufacturing areas were flooded in fluke heavy rains.


Head to your local big box store. Start prepping for items you need a lot of: pet food, paper goods, cleaning supplies, batteries, etc. Throw in some canned foods. Planning a DIY project – get the paint now. Kiss lumber goodbye – it’s already to late for that. Got a car that keeps breaking down? Buy spares now? TVs, electronics on your list for Christmas? Get them now while they are in-store. Christmas knick-knacks and  tchotchkes? Get them now.

Here are the Top Ten imports from China. Work it out for yourself.

If you are on Twitter follow Huntsman @man_integrated. He is an expert in China supply economics. He warned months ago that orders for Christmas were already too late. Now he is fears a major collapse in the supply chain, citing recent events such as John Deere instructing dealerships only to order parts if they were sold. Imagine the shitshow this will cause at harvest when farmers go to get parts and there isn’t any inventory. Our other trade partners such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India are also experiencing incredibly tight ocean and air freight capacity. This is going to get worse, much worse before it gets better. Prep now. Prep hard. The Administration is not up to the task of solving this. We saw how hopeless they are with COVID; much more interested in settling old scores and promoting CRT. We will be on our own.



Almost every prepper makes several food storage mistakes at the beginning. It's hard not to. Even experienced preppers still make mistakes every now and then. That's why I thought a post on food storage mistakes would be a good reminder for everyone.

Here's what I came up with. Note: These are not in order of importance.

1. Planning To Store Food But Never Doing It - Planning itself often feels like an accomplishment, but if you never get past the planning stage you're just wasting time...

15 Food Storage Mistakes That New Preppers Make

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There is no denying the warm, sunny days are upon us - especially with parts of the county experiencing excessive heat waves! And even though the hot days of summer are here, for those with homesteads the work doesn't stop.

While we all love to sip on cold herbal tea that’s brewed in the sunshine all day, there are a few vital tasks that homesteaders should get done this summer before the weather turns.

READ MORE: 8 Important Things To Do On The Homestead This Summer

New Poll Shows More People Want BLM Riot Investigation Than January 6th Investigation

Out of 7,750 protests last summer associated with BLM and Antifa, 570 turned into violent riots that killed 25 people and caused $1- $2 billion of property damage-DOJ AWOL!



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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Bread and Games in America


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Bread and Games

I like to be in America,
O.K. by me in America,
Everything free in America—

Sing along lyrics with Joe Biden on the border!

When most people think of this phrase, they imagine the rich and powerful distracting the poor so they can get richer and more powerful.

Sometimes, says Dutch author and artist Neils Kok, that’s true. Oftentimes, however, it isn’t.

“In rising empires,” says Niels, “bread and games are used as a cheap way to make the masses feel like they're also profiting from the empire's rise.”

But rising empires don’t have a monomaniacal focus on bread and circuses. Not as much, at least, as empires on the decline do. History, Niels says, reveals a consistent pattern. The bigger the decline the more focus is on empty distractions.

Sure, those in power want to keep enriching themselves at the public’s expense. But this isn’t the real reason they put on grand spectacles and dole out seemingly infinite treasures from the dwindling coffers.

The real reason, Niels says, is fear: “Bread and games is a strategy of desperation.” The bread and games phase is usually the last gasp of any monetary order.

In Rome, with its military thinly stretched, and its economy producing few exportable goods… the bread and games were sent into hyperdrive. By this time, the empire relied largely on indentured servants and slaves, acquired by debt-bondage and conquest. Of course, this meant that the Roman citizens were increasingly left with little to do. As they gathered around the public squares, restless and agitated, the Ceasars scrambled to create subsidized housing and doled out grain for the idle, unemployed, homeless, and hungry.

Roman officials simultaneously added holiday after holiday, until, eventually, the Romans spent half of their days attending gladiator games, public executions, and chariot races. This was all to keep the masses from realizing that their way of life was giving way to a “new normal” -- caused by the very thing that, for the moment, was keeping them occupied.

In Weimar Germany, the last gasp came with promises of “guaranteed jobs” and unlimited state assistance (and oh yeah that whole thing about world domination).

Today? Rampant unemployment, subsidized entertainment and sports stadiums, government-run lotteries, massively expanded benefits, and bigger and bolder promises that are sure to solve our biggest problems with even bigger ones.

And up there, at the tippy-top, we have the central banks; pulling the levers, flipping the switches, and keeping the markets guessing.

The Fed Lied

By Graham Summers

Fed Chair Jerome Powell issued some real whoppers as far as inflation was concerned this week during his testimony to Congress.

Some of the more egregious and revealing statements:

* The Fed should look at current higher inflation as temporary unless it persists year after year

*“By inflation, we mean year after year prices go up.”

*Housing is an asset; price rises there is NOT inflation.

*Unless we think there's going to be a multi-year shortage of used cars in the United States, we should look at [inflation] as temporary.”

Let’s dissect each of these detestable lies.

Powell’s first two claims (inflation is merely due to prices rising year over year) are related to a common theme in the financial media today. That theme is the “base effect” argument, which claims that inflation only appears to be “up” based on where the data was a year ago, NOT based on real inflation.

And it’s 100% nonsense.

Here’s a five-year chart for agricultural commodities. Sure, they’re up 40%+ from last year… but they’re also up 20% from where they were three, four, even five years ago.

Indeed, the only way you could argue that inflation hasn’t appeared in most assets is by:

1.     Focusing the few asset prices that have collapsed (oil/energy).

2.     Focusing on commodity measures that are heavily weighted in energy/oil.

3.     Using CPI or other inflation measures that don’t count housing or other primary costs of living.

The people claiming inflation isn’t real but is simply appearing in the data because the data from 2020 was so terrible are using one or more of the above tricks to justify their absurd rational. Talk to anyone who is running a real business and they’ll tell you costs are through the roof in REAL terms.

Indeed, as I write this, 48% of small businesses plan on raising prices. This is a 40-year high.

Which brings us to the single most important statement from Fed Chair Powell’s testimony and Q&A session yesterday:

“Even if higher inflation persists, I expect the Fed will NOT act quickly.”

So… after months of arguing that inflation is transitory, Fed Chair Powell is now admitting that even if it ISN’T, the Fed won’t respond quickly.

So much for the rate hikes and tapering the Fed suggested was coming!

Throw in the fact that Congress looks to be passing the $3+ trillion infrastructure bill (most of which is just handouts to donors and lobbyists), and we’ve got the potential for a real inflationary storm.

More on that, and how to prepare, to come.

Graham Summers



When people first start prepping, they usually make a few mistakes. I know I did. Sometimes it's because they get caught up in the idea of prepping and rush into it without taking time to plan and really consider what they're preparing for. Other times it is simply because they don't have enough information. If only I had known then what I know now.

As Alfred Sheinwold said, "Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make them all yourself."

Don't waste your time, money and energy by repeating the same mistakes that I and so many others have already made. Instead, read this list of prepper tips I wish I'd heard before I started prepping...

21 Prepper Tips I Wish I'd Heard BEFORE I Started Prepping

They Warned Us That There Would Be A Collapse Of Civilization In Our Generation, And They Were Right



If you’re prepping for a societal collapse, SHTF, or TEOTWAWKI, you’ve probably already got the basics covered. You might already have lots of standard preps such as lighters, generators, and freeze-dried food on hand.

But there are plenty of other items that could be hard to find when supply chains get interrupted. Stock up on these items to use or barter when people are desperate to find them.

1. Aluminum Foil - You can use it for cooking, baking, reflecting light, and making a funnel, just to name a few of the many uses...

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Money Experiments That Work-Survival of the Dollar?


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Money Experiments That Work

In the past year, the left launched an all-out assault on the principles that make America great and free.

Most Americans are still going about life, business, investing, and retirement planning...

As if nothing unusual has happened to our financial system.

And few seem to realize the repercussions of $11 TRILLION being pumped into the U.S. financial system in the past 18 month


From their tireless character attacks against conservative public officials to their guerilla-style street activism, you and I experienced an unhinged leftist power grab.

Before it ever came to the streets or to the halls of Congress, this anti-American leftist hysteria started on college campuses.

Now it infects the rest of society.



[Watch Dan Bongino’s Cancel Culture on Fox News sometime to get an idea how bad this disease has become]


While plenty of people can survive one crisis at a time -- such as a food shortage or short-term flood -- very few people are prepared to survive a multi-layered, engineered cluster of catastrophes that are unleashed on top of each other.

My message for all those who wish to survive is that we need to prepare for simultaneous, engineered collapse events that are timed for maximum destruction. The demonic mass murderers in charge of our planet right now are deliberately trying to eliminate as many human beings as possible, and the depopulation vaccines are just the beginning.

Despite all this doom and gloom, preparedness makes this survivable. Because prepared humans are hard to kill.

See today's feature story and podcast for full details.


Writing in The New York Times, Michael Strain warns that with inflation at its highest level in over a decade, Americans should be wary of the White House's newest $4 trillion economic plan. Unlike the bipartisan infrastructure plan deal, which would strengthen long-term productivity, Strain argues that the Joe Biden spending plan would increase consumer demand without expanding supply. The result would be higher prices, hurting lower-income Americans and threatening the economic recovery.


The Guernsey Experiment

A long-forgotten alternative to unfettered credit creation...

AS WEARY TROOPS returned from a protracted foreign war, they encountered a land racked with debt, high prices and a crumbling infrastructure, whose flood defenses were about to be overwhelmed, writes Toby Birch of Blackfish Capital Holdings...

   Not some nightmarish news story from New Orleans in the years ahead, but the stark reality faced by the island of Guernsey, just offer the French coast in the English Channel, after the Napoleonic Wars ended in 1815.

   To fund Britain's fight against the French, credit creation had become rife in the early nineteenth century. Once Bonaparte was beaten, deficits and inflation in Britain were likewise kept in check by containing the money supply, through the introduction of the Gold Standard.

   In theory, the holder of a paper note could demand an equivalent sum of Gold from their bank so money could only be created in proportion to the available bullion. The small annual increase in precious metal supplies helped restrict the growth of money, and price stability became the rule rather than the exception for the balance of the nineteenth century.

   While 1815 brought an end to the conflict on the battlefront, however, severe austerity ensued on the home front. The application of the Gold Standard meant that loans issued over many years were then recalled to balance the ratio of money to precious metals. This led to economic gridlock as labor and materials were abundant, but much-needed projects could not be funded for want of cash.

   This led to a period of so-called "poverty amongst plenty". And the independent States of Guernsey (or rather, their government), endured similar problems to England, since the Pound Sterling was also the currency of the Bailiwick.

   The disintegrating sea defenses were symptomatic of Guernsey's financial woes as the island faced being swamped with hefty debts and interest payments. The situation seemed insoluble; existing borrowing costs were consuming 80% of the island’s revenues. What was already an unsustainable debt burden would need to be doubled to fund the two most essential infrastructure projects.

   This was when a committee of States members was formed by the then-Bailiff, Daniel DeLisle Brock, in what proved to be the defining moment for the island’s finances. He is still commemorated on Guernsey £1 notes, as is the Town Market which was one of the first beneficiaries of the Experiment.

   Like all great ideas, the principles were straightforward. The committee realized that if the Guernsey States issued their own notes to fund the project, rather than borrowing from an English bank, there would be no interest to pay. This would lead to substantial savings. Because as anyone with a mortgage should understand, the debtor ends up paying at least double the amount borrowed over the long-term.

   While some of the committee were merchants, they were not necessarily financial wizards. They did, however, appreciate the risk of previous schemes involving government debt which led to concurrent crises a century earlier – the Mississippi Bubble in France and then the South Sea Bubble in London.

   The irresponsible creation of credit is a dangerous game that temporarily benefits the current generation but steals from the next; a lesson that has been forgotten yet again in modernity. To bring balance to the equation, therefore, the people of Guernsey had to find a way to neutralize such deficits while neither contracting nor expanding the money supply.

   On a purely practical level, this was achieved by adding a sell-by date to the notes in issue, rather like a maturity date on a bond. For example, on a note issued 21 November 1827, it "Promises to pay the bearer One Pound on the first of October 1830". This begs the question as to how the future obligation was to be honored, but again, a simple mechanism was implemented whereby rent from the resulting infrastructure and tax revenues on liquor was set aside into a sinking fund to pay off the interest-free borrowing.

   The end result of the Guernsey Experiment was spectacular – new roads, sea defenses and public buildings were established, fostering widespread trade and prosperity. Full employment was achieved, no deficits resulted and prices were stable, all without a penny paid in interest. What started as a trial led to a string of construction projects, which still stand and function to this day. Money was used in its purest form: as a convenient mechanism for oiling the wheels of commerce and development.

   One would have thought that everyone would be happy with such a success story but this was not the case. When you open a closed shop to competition, those with vested interests become highly protective. In those days it was the private banks who were threatened, because they were cut out of the equation. No loans meant no interest and no profit margin. So they may well have been the source of a mysterious complaint made to England’s Privy Counsel which put a ceiling on the issuance of Guernsey notes for the next century.

   Why is this story relevant today? Whenever stimulus packages, tax rebates or bank bail-outs are paraded as solutions to the credit crisis they are actually part and parcel of its very cause. It all stems from the quick-fix approach of producing money out of thin air and leaving it for the next generation to pay-off. This has been on-going in the United States since the Vietnam War, when the last vestige of monetary restraint was cast aside; in abandoning Gold as a check on the money supply, the US freed the world from financial discipline. The dissolution of the Dollar has been evident ever since.

   Credit creation is possible, and even beneficial today, but only if the money is later retired in a measured manner. This requires restraint and stewardship; qualities that are all-too-rare for those with misplaced incentives.

   Like swords to ploughshares, the banking industry does not have to be eradicated in the process of reform. Banks still have a role to play in providing liquidity by matching investors with borrowers. But they can no longer be trusted with unfettered credit creation. The Guernsey Experiment – as it was termed in a booklet compiled in 1960 by Olive and Jan Grubiak for Omni Publications, USA – shows that simple ideas can work wonders. They simply require an unselfish philosophy and a desire to do the right thing for future generations, much like America’s Founding Fathers.

   One of their number, Thomas Jefferson – who was US President during the Napoleonic era – had uncanny foresight when he said "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

   As the blame game begins once more today, the very people who fostered conditions for the credit crisis will no doubt be implementing knee-jerk legislation. This is not the time for new laws, but for new leaders to match the calibre and insight of our ancestors.


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The future of the dollar is not looking so bright. According to many investors and the so-called bond king Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital told CNBC: “In the longer term, I think the dollar … [is] doomed.” Gundlach is known for his firm, which manages more than $140 billion in assets, and for correctly predicting the housing crash in 2007. And he has many valid reasons supporting his theory. For one, our nation’s trade deficit has exploded post-pandemic and it’s continuing to grow. The trade deficit measures the value of a country’s imports vs. their exports. In other words, we are importing more goods than we are selling. The United States is known as one of the largest exporters of goods... Read More


US retailers will face an extra $223 billion in costs of goods sold this holiday season, according to Salesforce's Q2 2021 Shopping Index data and initial holiday 2021 predictions. Driving costs are freight, manufacturing, and labor. 

Compounding the challenge for retailers: Salesforce predicts a worker shortage heading into the November and December peak period.


 Today's communists don't really fight for anything, at least not directly. I might respect them a little if they did. Rather, they loudly whine that they are "victims" even though they are not, and then demand they be given free stuff for life without any effort. And, since free stuff has to be taken from somewhere, the people that have things are attacked through the color of law even when they did nothing wrong and earned every cent they own.

Communists steal from others through government proxy and by claiming victim group status. They work hand in hand with the very politicians and corporate oligarchs they say they despise. The governments and corporations do it because they can use the Marxist mob as a social weapon to strike fear in their ideological adversaries, and the SJWs do it because they can feed on the scraps from the big boy's table and use government to forcefully redistribute wealth into their own pockets. It's kind of a win-win, at least for a while. Eventually, the low-level commies get nailed to a wall or sent to a gulag when they are no longer useful, but that's a tale for another time...








Dubbed a “great economic experiment” by The New York Times, BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region of Massachusetts. Federal currency is exchanged for BerkShares at nine branch offices of three local banks and spent at more than 400 locally owned participating businesses. The circulation of BerkShares encourages money to remain within the region, building a greater affinity between the local business community and its citizens. BerkShares serve as a tool for community economic empowerment and development toward regional self-reliance.




Monetary Reform Manual – Introduction


AMI’s Monetary Reform Brochure with explanations, historical background, the full text of the NEED Act; answers to the 20 most frequently asked questions; and how you can get involved. It also has our Intro to Monetary Reform. This brochure has the “intellectual power” to solve our nation’s greatest problems, from Jobs to Justice; from Energy to Environment; etc. Really! But it needs YOU, for the POLITICAL POWER! Please read it and help!






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