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Saturday, 11 December 2010

Ten MORE Things To Do Now


You may remember my post “10 things to do now!“, if not go read it before continuing – go on I’ll wait… Done. great. Now let’s go back to the shopping center with another survival food and gear list and ten more things to do now. Ready? Great.

1. Go to the grocery department and pick up 5 lbs of powdered milk or the equivalent of canned, now go over to the next aisles and throw in 5 lbs of rolled oats and a case of Romen noodles. Romen noodles aren’t the most nutritional food but they are cheap, add bulk to the diet and store well – just don’t rely on them to provide all your nutritional needs. And don’t forget a good manual can opener.

2. While you’re in the grocery department be sure to pick up an assortment of spices to taste, such as Basil, Chili powder, Cinnamon, Garlic, Sage, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme and Black Pepper. Spices can go along way toward making unfamiliar foods palatable. Also, while you’re in that area add 5 or more lbs of salt to your shopping cart, as you know salt has 101 uses.

3. Okay, counting what you bought during our first trip to the shopping center, that should do it for the grocery. Now go over to the area near the pharmacy and pick up 3 large tubes of toothpaste, 3 brushes, 100 double edge razor blades, (note: if you don’t have a razor you’ll probably have to order one from and don’t forget a brush and bowl), I’ve used this type razor for years and think it is a cheaper long-term solution than disposable.

While your there, add the most comprehensive first-aid kit that you can find to your cart and don’t forget over the counter pain meds (Tylenol, aspirin etc.). If you’re a woman (or have one in your life) go over a few shelves and pick up enough “feminine” supplies to last three months or longer.

4. With all that food in your pantry its only a matter of time before you have to poop. I know, its shocking but we all do it. If you have a water source such as a stream or lake nearby you can still use the toilet in your bathroom, all you have to do is manually fill the tank in back and flush as usual. If this isn’t an option, you’ll need to look for other alternatives such as the Portable Toilets sold in the sporting goods department or making a sawdust toilet from a five-gallon bucket.

5. What’s next? You guessed it toilet paper. If you poop you need to wipe, if not you probably need to start. You could use a corncob, cloth, Roman sponge on a stick or paper from discarded books or newspapers but I would wager most of you prefer the softness of Angle Soft. Get enough to last at least a month, more if possible and remember women need more than men so plan accordingly.

6. While you are in that area of the store pick up a supply of disposable plates, bowls and plastic utensils. Don’t go overboard here but having a small stockpile of these items on hand can save a lot of water that would otherwise be used to wash dishes. Also add two or more gallons of regular, unscented bleach to your cart.

7. This is a biggie and can’t be done (legally) at the department store pharmacy without the signature of a doctor – that is stocking up on prescription meds. Getting more than a 30 day supply, at least in the U.S., can be difficult if not impossible. But there are ways to get most of what you need for long-term survival. See this post and this one and this book (note: some of the information in the book is dated but there is still good advice to be found).

8. Now push your cart (man this thing is getting heavy) over to the hardware department of the store and pick up a carpenters hammer, vice grips, adjustable wrench, screw driver set, duct tape, electrical tape, axe, pry bar, crosscut saw, hacksaw and large can of WD-40. This is your bare minimum survival tool kit.

9. After you get your tool kit, go over to sporting goods and in the camping supply aisle pick up a propane camp stove and 5 or more 1 pound propane cylinders or a bulk 20 lb tank and hose adaptor - yes the pressure in the small bottles is the same as a 20 lb cylinder or even 100 lb tank, just be sure to get the proper adapter and hose assembly. Another alternative and the one I prefer is the Volcano Stove because I can use propane, wood and charcoal.

10. Okay, we are just about done for today – only a few more steps pushing the cart and you’ll be out the door. You’ll need a way to keep in touch with your group so go to the electronics department and pick up the best two-way radios that you can afford – I have these. Don’t forget a battery-powered radio and extra batteries for both. While not necessary, I prefer a radio capable of receiving AM/FM and shortwave broadcasts – I have this one.

This shopping list will have you better prepared than probably 90% of the U.S. but it should not be signify the end of your preps only a good start. There’s always something to do and learn never become complacent – remember the quote “On the plains of hesitation lie the bleached bones of those who on the very threshold of victory sat down to rest, and while resting died.”

What did I leave out? What would you add? Let us know in the comments below.

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Prepare: Civil Unrest Next?


Read the headlines...
Ireland - authorities prepare for civil unrest as new austerity budget unveiled.
EU - Authorities expect the chance of civil unrest to increase as budget cutbacks loom.
UK - Civil unrest increases including impromptu attack on Prince Charles limosine.
Haiti - Riots and civil unrest grow due to elections.
Now read this article from CNN. The author suggests that civil unrest may be around the corner in the US due to continuing high unemployment and possible entitlement cuts in the US federal budget.
How likely is this in the US?
First, unlike other countries, the U.S. has a higher respect for "law and order". Middle class, middle aged adults are not likely to grab a banner and go join a protest in the middle of downtown. And are much less likely to burn effigies or toss a trashcan through a store window. Remember all the rallies in DC over the summer and early fall? Not a single instance of violence or rioting in spite of the high rate of dissatisifaction by attendees over the state of things.
Other countries are different where protests are time honored traditions with the participation of a broad cross section of the population.
Second, people are angry at the lack of work, for instance, but their individual rights have not been trampled upon (enough) to make them want to go smash a store window or toss rocks at the cops. Rather, anger is limited to comments online and letters to the editor.
Third, we still have a representative democratic republic that for the most part, rolls and changes with the people. Sure, some of the representatives appear only to care about their own interests and avoid their constituents, but the last election and the number of deeply entrenched incumbents who received their walking papers shows that the system still works. Before the argument begins, is Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton or Richard Nixon still president? Most of the rest of the world's democracies still languish under thirty years in office career dicta-ticians.
Fourth, things are not that bad. They are not great, but we have not seen a widespread return to the 1930's with Hoovervilles and Okies traveling in Model T convoys (not yet at least). And we still have the fattest country on earth so everyone is getting plenty to eat.
Now, if any of the above does come to bear, such as politicians refusing to leave office. Unemployment above twenty percent. Widespread homelessness, espcially of families. Crackdown on Internet access and limits on free speech. Curbs on the right to assemble. Elimination of opposition organizations. Food shortages. Fuel purchase and travel restrictions. Utility blackouts.
Then, you have another thing entirely. This is the stuff that leads to dissatisfaction among the electorate. And once you get the mainstream, middle class, average American into the streets, look out.

Video: American Empire is Collapsing


As the US economy continues to struggle, it seems Wall Street and big banks are doing better than ever. The income disparity gap in the United States is the largest of all the developed industrial nations. The Trends Research Institute Director Gerald Celente says the American Empire is collapsing and the banks have committed the greatest bank robbery in the history of the world.

Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Missiles, US Threat?


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has apparently made a deal with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to place medium range ground-to-ground missiles on Venezuelan soil and to establish a joint military base of operations manned by Iranian missile officers, Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and Venezuelan missile officers.

According to a report from Die Welt, the agreement includes Shahab 3 missiles (1,500 km typical range or up to 2,000 km modified range), Scud-C missiles (700 km range), Scud-B missiles (300 km range), and mobile launchers.

Additionally, Iran will very shortly begin training Venezuelan missile officers at Tehran’s Sharif University.

Word has it that the Chavez regime has been working on their own nuclear program during the past several years while Hugo Chavez has been a long time supporter of Ahmadinejad and Iran’s nuclear development program.

The new missile base in Venezuela may pose a southern threat to the US as the current most modified Shahab 3 missile is apparently capable of a 2,000 km range, potentially reaching Miami and southern Florida.
The threat always exists however of a mobile launched missile from a freighter vessel, which could potentially come from anywhere.
The Iranian – Venezuelan alliance will certainly change the nature of power in the region, particularly with neighboring Colombia .

The map illustrates the potential maximum range of the Shahab-3 missile named in the agreement, if based in Venezuela. It is questionable whether the missile would truly present a threat to the US mainland.

Having said that, and given the new agreement, relationship, and Venezuelan base of operations with Chavez and Ahmadinejad, there are missiles capable of easily reaching the US mainland, and may only be a matter of money and time.

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Irony alert: Cancun Global Warming Summit Temps At 100 Year Low


Irony alert: Cancun Global Warming Summit Temps At 100 Year Low

2012 Solar Display - "Solar activity could play havoc with technology"


December 10, 2010

2012 northern lights electronics gps

  • Peak in activity could see problems for mobiles, GPS and National Grid

    It is nature's most mesmerising lights show and it's about to get a whole lot better.

    Experts predict the northern lights will shine at the brightest levels seen for 50 years in 2012.

    Since 2007 the aurora borealis has been growing in intensity and will peak during the year after next, according to Nasa scientists.

    However, if the 2012 aurora are as big as expected, it could cause disruption to mobile phones, GPS and even the national grid.

  • The event will be caused by the Solar Maximum - a period when the sun's magnetic field on the solar equator rotates at a slightly faster pace than at the solar poles.

    The solar cycle takes an average of around 11 years to go from one solar maximum to the next - varying between 9 to 14 years for any given solar cycle.

    The last Solar Maximum was in 2000 and NASA scientists have predicted that the next one in 2012 will be the greatest since 1958, where the aurora stunned the people of Mexico by making an appearance on three occasions.

    In 2012 scientists have stated that the 'Northern' lights should at least be visible as far south as Rome.

    Icelandic photographer Orvar Thorgiersson, from Reyjavik, is in the middle of a project to document the growing intensity of the phenomena.

    Regularly braving sub-zero temperatures for the last four years, the 35-year-old's photographs show how in 2007 the aurora is a much weaker emerald green against the Icelandic backdrop.

    By 2008 its rays have become tinged with colour, bright scarlet and orange glows have appeared as reflected against the serenity of the nearby lake.

    The ghostly coloured particle streams billow with silent grace as they hit the magnetic field of the Earth - protecting life on the planet from the potentially lethal solar wind.  

    Orvar said: '2012 will be the best, brightest and most dramatic opportunity to view the aurora in a long time.

    2008: The aurora borealis above Kleifarvatn, Iceland, is slightly brighter

    2008: The aurora borealis above Kleifarvatn, Iceland, is slightly brighter

    2009: An eerie looking-green glow covers a frozen lake and home in Iceland

    2009: An eerie looking-green glow covers a frozen lake and home in Iceland

    'Now there are days when the lights are so bright you can read a book by them at night. They're brighter than the moon itself.

    'By the year 2012 if you catch the moment the Sun is spewing out solar storms directly at the earth you will be truly awestruck.

    'It will be like nothing you've ever seen before.'

    The brightness of the aurora depends on the activity of the sun, which bombards the Earth's with charged particles known as the solar wind.

    2009: The lights above a signpost appear to be reaching their zenith but there's more to come

    2009: The lights above a signpost appear to be reaching their zenith but there's more to come

    2010: This year the northern lights have produced some stunning scenes

    2010: This year the northern lights have produced some stunning scenes

    Energy and light is released by the reaction which in turn causes the mesmerising effect seen on the surface of our planet. it is more visible at the poles because they gather vast quantities of the charged particles.

    'The aurora is a magnificent display of light,' said Orvar.

    'It's so intense and when you face it you feel an indescribable connection with nature's greatest event.

    'What's fascinating is its unpredictability, I feel some nights like I'm going on a hunt.

    'I read the scientific data on the web, grab my gear, and head out into the night, hoping for the best.

    Read more:

    Friday, 10 December 2010

    SHTF: Who Goes First?


    This is a subject and post which will probably bug most readers. If easily offended, please turn on TV or something.
    The question comes up frequently: When the SHTF, who will go first? In other words, which group of people won't make it and will fall earliest?
    Generally, the response from those questioned, especially those into preparedness, is the same...
    - Welfare recipients
    - "Yuppies"
    - Tree huggers
    - Don't get its (DGI)
    - Druggies
    The stereotypical responses. Further, those questioned never consider where they would be. Most are self assured that they will be fine as they are in the "Get It" column.
    OK. If the S really HTF, think about what will happen and who will really be effected.
    - No more US mail.
    - No more doctor's offices, hospitals, clinics
    - No more pharmacies
    - No more pensions or social security checks
    - No more government offices or agencies to be called for assistance
    - No more assistance, no more food banks, no more home delivered meals
    Get it? If you live off any form of government assistance, then you are also at risk. That includes veteran benefits, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and so on.
    Suddenly, the pool is larger.
    Further, a healthy 20-something former condo living, BMW driving now desparate urban resident on the run is a real threat to a 60-something, scooter riding retiree who has a pantry full of food and a running pickup truck. One is healthy and the other is taking a kitchen counter top full of medications. Who wins in a one on one fight?
    The welfare recipient may be dismissed, but don't forget, they have adapted to the system. They currently know how to get free medical treatment from the emergency room, how to get food stamps and eat, how to get a free bus pass and a ride, how to get discounted housing and a place to sleep. In a nutshell, they figured out how to ride the system to get what they want and need.
    That same mindset can and will help them survive in a post-SHTF world. They will adapt and figure out where the lone survivor is with the stored food because that is how they survive now. They can sniff out "stuff" and consider themselves entitled to it. Watch out for this group, they are more dangerous then you think.
    Next, addicts. Addicts don't care if they are dirty, if they steal, if others die or if they offend anyone in order to get their next fix. Most of all, they personally don't care if they live or die, afterall, they are pumping their body with dangerous chemicals with little regard for their own health.
    Therefore, they are the most dangerous of all to the prepper post-SHTF. They will come for you and your stuff if they think you have alcohol, cigarettes or drugs that they need. And they won't think anything of killing or hurting to get it. The addict will also adapt to the situation much faster than the "stick in the mud" who thinks his preps are enough to ride out the situation.
    Next up, the obese. I don't care if you have five years worth of food and the latest Socko-Whammo M5000 rifle, if you get out of breath walking from the Laz-E-Boy to the front door, your butt is toast. In the time it takes to turn around or get up from bed, the younger, faster and much slimmer raider is going to disarm you, push you on the floor and watch you flounder around like a turtle on its back.
    Don't fall for this imaginary world presented online where the "feisty, he-may-be-slow-but-is-crafty old timer" defeats innumerable hoardes of city dwelling, welfare abusing, don't get it, yuppie raiders. Those who adapt first in the post-SHTF world will win. And they will win by being prepared now in the pre-SHTF world.

    Huge Face on the Sun!



    There is an incredible “smiley face”, or a face with an expression, on the surface of the sun!

    Similar to looking at clouds and seeing recognizable shapes from time to time, at this moment, the sun has a face on it.

    Actually, the eyes are sunspots 1133 and 1131, while the mouth is what’s left of the huge magnetic filament of earlier this week.

    All three of these features are now facing the Earth.

    It has been pretty amazing observing the many recent features on the sun lately, and this one is fairly remarkable.


    (images courtesy of Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams)


    Fake Anti-war Activism. The “Humanitarian Road” Towards an all out Nuclear War?


    Some of America's wars are condemned outright, while others are heralded as "humanitarian interventions". A significant segment of the US antiwar movement condemns the war but endorses the campaign against international terrorism, which constitutes the backbone of US military doctrine.

    The "Just War" theory has served to camouflage the nature of US foreign policy, while providing a human face to the invaders. In both its classical and contemporary versions, the Just War theory upholds war as a "humanitarian operation". It calls for military intervention on ethical and moral grounds against "insurgents", "terrorists", "failed" or "rogue states".

    Taught in US military academies, a modern-day version of the "Just War" theory has been embodied into US military doctrine. The "war on terrorism" and the notion of "pre-emption" are predicated on the right to "self defense." They define "when it is permissible to wage war": jus ad bellum.

    Jus ad bellum has served to build a consensus within the Armed Forces command structures. It has also served to convince the troops that they are fighting for a "just cause". More generally, the Just War theory in its modern day version is an integral part of war propaganda and media disinformation, applied to gain public support for a war agenda. Under Obama as Nobel Peace Laureate, the Just War becomes universally accepted, upheld by the so-called international community.

    The ultimate objective is to subdue the citizens, totally depoliticize social life in America, prevent people from thinking and conceptualizing, from analyzing facts and challenging the legitimacy of the US NATO led war.

    War becomes peace, a worthwhile "humanitarian undertaking", Peaceful dissent becomes heresy.

    The outbreak of the war on Yugoslavia in March 1999 was in many regards a watershed, a breaking point in the development of the "Just War" fought on "humanitarian" grounds. Many sectors of the Left both in North America and Western Europe embraced the "Just War" concept. Many "progressive" organizations upheld what they perceived as "a humanitarian war" to protect the rights of Kosovar Albanians. The war was described as a civil war rather than a US-NATO led bombing and invasion.

    At the height of the NATO bombings, several "progressive" writers described the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), as a bona fide nationalist liberation army, committed to supporting the civil rights of Kosovar Albanians. The KLA was a terrorist organization supported by the CIA with links to organized crime. Without evidence, the Yugoslav government was presented as being responsible for triggering a humanitarian crisis in Kosovo. In the words of Professor Richard Falk:

    "The Kosovo War was a just war because it was undertaken to avoid a likely instance of "ethnic cleansing" undertaken by the Serb leadership of former Yugoslavia, and it succeeded in giving the people of Kosovo an opportunity for a peaceful and democratic future. It was a just war despite being illegally undertaken without authorization by the United Nations, and despite being waged in a manner that unduly caused Kosovar and Serbian civilian casualties, while minimizing the risk of death or injury on the NATO side."

    How can a war be "just despite it being illegally undertaken", resulting in the deaths of men, women and children? 

    An illegal war, which constitutes a criminal act is upheld  as a humanitarian endeavor.

    Several progressive media joined the bandwagon, condemning the "Milosevic regime" without evidence, while at the same time condoning the NATO led war and expressing mitigated support for the KLA. In the words of Stephen Shalom, in a ZNet article:

    “I am sympathetic to the argument that says that if people [the KLA] want to fight for their rights, if they are not asking others to do it for them, then they ought to be provided with the weapons to help them succeed. Such an argument seemed to me persuasive with respect to Bosnia.” (quoted in Michael Karadjis, Bosnia, Kosova & the West, Resistance Books, 2000, p. 170).

    Human Rights Watch (HRW), which is known to support US foreign policy "urged regime-change for Yugoslavia, either through President Slobodan Milosevic's indictment or a U.S. war to affect the same outcome." (Edward S. Herman, David Peterson and George Szamuely, Yugoslavia: Human Rights Watch in Service to the War Party, Global Research, March 9, 2007). According to a HRW Fred Abrahams published in the New York Herald Tribune:

    “[T]he international community's failure to punish Milosevic for crimes in Croatia and Bosnia sent the message that he would be allowed to get away with such crimes again. It is now obvious that the man who started these conflicts cannot be trusted to stop them.” (Fred Abrahams, "The West Winks at Serbian Atrocities in Kosovo," International Herald Tribune, August 5, 1998. quoted in Edward S. Herman et al, op cit)

    Punishing a head of State by waging war on his country?

    In 1999, Milosevic was portrayed by the "progressive" British Weekly The Observer, as the "Butcher of Belgrade". (See Peter Beaumont and Ed Vulliamy, Ten years on, the end of the line, The Observer, 24 June 2001) 

    The same reasoning was put forth in relation to Saddam Hussein, in the months leading up to the March 2003 bombing and invasion of Iraq. Saddam Hussein was described by the same author of the London Observer as the "Butcher of Baghdad": 

    "Saddam's lonely childhood, bloody path to power and final, deadly miscalculation of his foreign enemies are charted by Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor" (See Peter Beaumont. The death of Saddam Hussein, The Observer, Sunday , December 31, 2006)

    Meanwhile, the names of the "butchers of  Washington, London and Brussels", who waged a "Just War" on the people of Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq are rarely mentioned.

    Fake Anti-war Activism: Heralding Iran as a Nuclear Threat

    Many people in the antiwar movement, while condemning the US administration, also condemn the government of President Ahmadinejad for its bellicose stance with regard to Israel.  The Jus ad Bellum reasoning used as a pretext to bomb Yugoslavia on humanitarian grounds is now being applied to Iran.

    President Ahmadinejad allegedly wants Israel to be "wiped off the Map" as first reported by the New York Times in October 2005:

    "Iran's conservative new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Wednesday that Israel must be "wiped off the map" and that attacks by Palestinians would destroy it, the ISNA press agency reported.

    Ahmadinejad was speaking to an audience of about 4,000 students at a program called "The World Without Zionism," .... His tone was reminiscent of that of the early days of Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979. Iran and Israel have been bitter enemies since then, and anti-Israel slogans have been common at rallies."(See Nazila Fathi, Wipe Israel 'off the map' Iranian says - The New York Times, 27 October 2005)

    The alleged "Wiped Off the Map" statement by Iran's president was never made. The rumor was fabricated by the American media with a view to discrediting Iran's head of state and providing a justification for waging an all out war on Iran:

    On October 25th, 2005 .... the newly elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at a program, titled "The World Without Zionism"....

    Before we get to the infamous remark, it's important to note that the "quote" in question was itself a quote— they are the words of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, the father of the Islamic Revolution. Although he quoted Khomeini to affirm his own position on Zionism, the actual words belong to Khomeini and not Ahmadinejad. Thus, Ahmadinejad has essentially been credited (or blamed) for a quote that is not only unoriginal, but represents a viewpoint already in place well before he ever took office.


    So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in farsi:

    "Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad."

    That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word "Regime", pronounced just like the English word with an extra "eh" sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase "rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods" (regime occupying Jerusalem).

    So this raises the question.. what exactly did he want "wiped from the map"? The answer is: nothing. That's because the word "map" was never used. The Persian word for map, "nagsheh", is not contained anywhere in his original farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase "wipe out" ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran's President threatened to "wipe Israel off the map", despite never having uttered the words "map", "wipe out" or even "Israel".


    The full quote translated directly to English:

    "The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time".

    Word by word translation:

    Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).

    Here is the full transcript of the speech in farsi, archived on Ahmadinejad's web site:
    (See the detailed article by Arash Norouzi, Israel: "Wiped off The Map". The Rumor of the Century, Fabricated by the US Media to Justify An All out War on Iran , Global Research  February 20, 2007)

    What President Ahmadinjad was essentially calling for in his statement was "regime change" in Tel Aviv. (Compare Ahmadinejad's bland statement on regime change in Israel with that of former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who called for "Ending states that sponsor terrorism”.
    This alleged "Wiped off the Map" statement has served not only to justify a pre-emptive attack against Iran but also to subdue and tame the antiwar movement.

    While the danger of an all out war on Iran is a matter of concern, it is by no means a priority for the US, Canadian and European antiwar movements. In the US, there are very few antiwar events focussing on US-Israeli threats directed against Iran (See Main US antiwar collective: United for Peace & Justice : Index, United for Peace & Justice : Events).

    On the other hand, there is an ongoing campaign led by United Against Nuclear Iran" (UANI), calling on President Obama  and the US Congress to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. (See UANI home page). The UANI collective, founded by Obama appointees Richard Holbrooke and Gary Samore, claims to be integrated by "human rights and humanitarian groups, the labor movement, political advocacy and grassroots organizations" (Coalition | UANI)

    Notwithstanding Arash Norouzi's disproval, many in the antiwar movement, while condemning the US, continue to believe that Iran constitutes a threat and that the solution is "regime change".  The funding of NGOs (which are constituent members of major antiwar collectives) by tax exempt charities and corporate foundations, has also contributed to weakening antiwar activism in relation to Iran.  Iran is viewed by many within the antiwar movement as a potential aggressor. Its non-existent nuclear weapons are considered, a threat to global security.

    A pre-emptive war using US made tactical nuclear weapons against Iran has been on the Pentagon's drawing board since mid 2003. Both president Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have stated that "all options are on the table" including the use of nuclear weapons against Iran, without realizing that the use of nuclear weapons could lead humanity into a global nuclear war as outlined by Fidel Castro in a recent speech:

    "Today there is an imminent risk of war with the use of that kind of weapon and I don’t harbour the least doubt that an attack by the United States and Israel against the Islamic Republic of Iran would inevitably evolve towards a global nuclear conflict. (Fidel Castro Ruz, VIDEO: Fidel’s Message against Nuclear War: "In a Nuclear War the 'Collateral Damage' would be the Life of All Humanity.", Global Research, October 21, 2010)

    War and the Economy

    The war economy is presented as a means to generating employment. At the height of an economic crisis, trade unions are called upon not only pay lip service to job creation in the defence industry but also to soften their antiwar stance. In a twisted irony, according to the Washington Post, a war on Iran would have the added advantage of resolving the economic crisis and triggering a "war recovery":

    "What else might affect the economy? The answer is obvious, but its implications are frightening. War and peace influence the economy.

    Look back at FDR and the Great Depression. What finally resolved that economic crisis? World War II.

    Here is where Obama is likely to prevail. With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran's ambition to become a nuclear power, he can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve.

    I am not suggesting, of course, that the president incite a war to get re-elected. But the nation will rally around Obama because Iran is the greatest threat to the world in the young century. If he can confront this threat and contain Iran's nuclear ambitions, he will have made the world safer and may be regarded as one of the most successful presidents in history." (David Broder, The War Recovery, Washington Post, October 31, 2010)

    The QE2 Grenade: A Closer Look at Treasury Yield Increases


    Contributed by dshort on 09 December 2010 14:01:00

    December 9, 2010  new update

    To supplement to my periodic updates of the Treasury yield curve itself, let's take a closer look at the percent change in the individual yields.

    The adjacent table represents the percent change in each of seven maturities since the November 3rd FOMC press release announcing the details of the latest round of quantitative easing (aka QE2). The increases are absolutely stunning. Imagine, for example, buying a 3-year Note only to discover that, had you delayed a month, the yield would have been 115% higher yield.

    Let's look at the table data as a chart.


    As I've said before, it's probably still too soon to write off the effectiveness of the new round of Fed Treasury purchases. But if a key objective was to keep interest rates low, the Fed's "Hail Mary" pass appears to have been a grenade. Consider: As of this morning the survey of mortgage overnight averages puts the 30-year fixed at 4.91% versus 4.24% when the Fed announced QE2. That's a 15.8% rate increase.



    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    Ifs and butts


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    Stretching Your Resources in Uncertain Times


    How Do You Save Money?Jim Murphy

    Guest Post by Jim Murphy

    With the cost of everything going up and the future uncertain, stretching your resources and re-purposing items becomes more of a necessity. I am always looking for new ways to get the “max for the minimum.”

    Some recent posts here reminded me of some of these things. One in particular by Luddite Jean a while back about 20 meals from just one chicken was very interesting and just the kind of thing I’m talking about. A while later, a couple of the commenters here were talking between each other about alternative uses for chopsticks. Again, just the kind of thing I’m talking about.

    My grandparents and parents were a young family when the great depression hit. What kinds of things did they do to make ends meet when things were expensive or scarce?

    Unfortunately, many of them who went through this period in time are no longer with us. However, I remember a few things they did or heard of them doing, that now, looking back, were obviously brought about by the times they lived in. Even after times improved somewhat, some still stuck to certain ways of doing things. Old habits are hard to break.

    Hunting and gardening were basically a given back then. Most everyone outside the city limits did one or both of this along with bartering services for goods. A little carpentry or plumbing work for a couple chickens.

    I remember my grandfather mixing his old used motor oil with a little bit of kerosene and spraying the underside and inner fender wells of his pick up truck just before winter. He claimed it helped protect the truck from incurring rust damage over the winter months. Getting more serviceable years out of the truck.

    I am sure environmentalists would have a cow over this nowadays, but it was a way of taking something that didn’t appear to have any usefulness left ,and yet, finding one more use for it. The county used to spray old used oil to keep the dust down on dirt roads during the spring and summer months. Don’t see that happening anymore.

    My grandfather saved some wood ashes from his fireplace to sprinkle around his tomato plants in the garden. He claimed it brought more blooms, thus more tomatoes during the growing season.

    My grandmother would take apples and make pie filling and apple sauce. She would then take the wasted apple skins and apple cores and boil them down in water to get enough juice to make apple jelly. Finally using the old boiled down skins and cores to slop the pigs along with other scraps.

    That was really getting some serious mileage out of your apples. I am sure such things as corn cob jelly and jello came from the same kind of frugal thinking of, “If I could just find one more use for this material.” My grandmother never threw a tea bag out after only “one” use. She also used up every last bit of an orange. Eat the orange, use the zest of the skin in baking and boil the pithy part of the skin to give the kitchen a nice aroma.

    I had uncles who made hard cider during prohibition and would play cards all night on the weekends. That was long before my time but seems they still knew how to have a good time even when things were tough. God bless them.

    My parents had the 1970′s to deal with, huge interest rates on mortgages, gas lines, inflation and crazy tax rates. My dad worked his hind end off and made pretty descent money. But by the time he paid for the weekly and monthly expenses, it sure didn’t seem that way.

    Christmas was the time of year when me and my brothers would get new blue jeans. My mom would take the brand new jeans and wash them on a low load setting to get as much of the blue dye out of the new jeans. Before the washer would spin that water out, she would remove the new jeans and put any of our old faded jeans that still fit along with jean jackets in the dyed water to soak overnight. Gave old jeans and jackets a “little” darker blue look.

    How about an old wire clothes hanger as an emergency exhaust hanger for your car. Works in a pinch to get the muffler from dragging on the road. Unfortunately most clothes hangers they are making now are plastic.

    A friend of mine has used old pine wood pallets to build cold frames. The wood was free and if you get a couple or a few years use out of it, all the better.

    My brother-in-law reloads his own ammo.

    Old newspaper can be used for a weed barrier in the garden, gift wrap and I would dare say make a good candidate
    for emergency toilet paper if cut or torn down into smaller sheets. So would old telephone book pages.

    I have also seen some recipes on the net for making logs to burn made with old newspaper. We keep some around to start fires. Anyone remember the old Readers Digest Christmas Trees? They would fold the pages of a Readers Digest a certain way and spray paint and decorate them to look like a Christmas Tree.

    I have the tank to an old shopvac that I use as a waste can next to my workbench in the basement. The motor is long gone but still found a use for the tank.

    I have found that a simple tarp has many uses other than covering wood piles. I have seen them used to stop a leaking roof until better weather comes along to address the problem properly. I have taken an old tarp that was starting to fray and cut a section out big enough to cover the windshield on my work car. It sits out in the weather and this piece of tarp can be removed in the morning along with the frost. Now I don’t have to scrape ice or run the defroster for 10 minutes before I leave during the cold months.

    Saves me some time and a little gas money too. Word to the wise. Don’t put it on the car when they are forecasting freezing rain. Not nearly as easy to remove. I am sure tarps can be used for a temporary shelter in a survival situation.

    A couple of years ago, I saw a man on TV claiming that he shaved an entire year with just one disposable razor. AN ENTIRE YEAR! He claimed that leaving the razor wet after you use it is what dulls the razor. The water deteriorates the sharp edge on the blade.

    This sounded crazy to me so I decided to try this out. I did not get the same results this guy did by far, however, I will get through this year using a total of 5 replacement blades on my razor. This is based on shaving twice a week, not everyday. Get your whiskers soft with hot water, use a shot of liquid hand soap to lather up and shave as normal. I believe the actual cutting of the whiskers is what dulls the blade, not the water.

    So getting the whiskers as soft as possible with hot water and the lubrication of the hand soap is what helps keep the razor sharper for longer. Why are replacement razor blades so expensive? Don’t they mass produce these things by the billions?

    My boss has been bringing me in empty plastic jugs that contained cat litter. They have the 2 HDPE marking on the bottom. So far, I have used these to store rain water that we use on our garden. The jugs he brings me hold about 2.6 gallons of liquid. I have even taken old motor oil to Walmart for collection in these jugs. I’m sure there are probably many other uses for these.

    We use old baby food jars to store herbs we grew in the garden. The really small jars (2 or 4 ounce ?) are really good for this. I also keep my hardware sorted and orderly at the workbench with the larger jars. Kids have used them to make endless crafts, too.

    We reuse storage bags when possible.

    I use some of the leaves that come down in the fall to pack in my basement window wells. The basement windows are a cheap, thin glass window. And they are below ground level thus the wells on the outside. I pack these wells as tight as I can with dried leaves during the winter.

    It keeps heat from wicking out the thin glass, acting as an insulator and deadens the sound from outside. In the spring. I remove the leaves, bag them with the mulching mower and till them into the garden. I even heard of people using dried tree leaves as insulation during the depression to keep the lower floor of their homes warm. Surrounding the house with a temporary snow-type fencing and filling the void between the house and the fence with dried tree leaves. Then removing the fence and leaves in the spring.

    With each passing generation, we lose a little bit of useful knowledge and common sense that was gained by the times in which they lived. I’m not sure of the severity of what’s coming, but I feel some of what they did could serve us well in days ahead.

    I am very interested in finding out what you, the readers, could share about what you do and what your relatives did many years ago to cope and survive in uncertain times and stretch what resources are available to the max.

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    24 Signs That All Of America Is Becoming Just Like Detroit


    December 7, 2010

    For years, people have been laughing at the horrific economic decline of Detroit.  Well, guess what?  The same thing that happened to Detroit is now happening to dozens of other communities across the United States.  From coast to coast there are formerly great manufacturing cities that have turned into rotting, post-industrial war zones.  In particular, in America’s “rust belt” you can drive through town after town after town that resemble little more than post-apocalyptic wastelands.  In many U.S. cities, the “real” rate of unemployment is over 30 percent.  There are some communities that will start depressing you almost the moment you drive into them.  It is almost as if all of the hope has been sucked right out of those communities.

    Meanwhile, the economic downturn has been incredibly hard on the finances of state and local governments across the United States.  Unlike the federal government, state and local governments cannot use the Federal Reserve to play games with their exploding debt burdens.  Facing horrific budget deficits, many communities have begun adopting “austerity measures” in an attempt to slow the flow of red ink.  All over the nation, deep budget cuts are slashing police departments, fire departments and other basic social services, but it seems like no matter what many of these communities try the debt just keeps growing.

    So when you combine economic hopelessness with drastic budget cuts, what you get are hordes of communities from coast to coast that are becoming just like Detroit.  In the city of Detroit today, there are over 33,000 abandoned houses, 44 schools have been permanently closed down, the mayor wants to bulldoze one-fourth of the city and you can literally buy a house for one dollar in the worst areas.  Many Americans thought that it was funny to make fun of Detroit, but little did they know that what happened there would soon start happening everywhere.

    The following are 24 signs that all of America is becoming a rotting, post-industrial, post-apocalyptic wasteland just like Detroit….

    #1 The second most dangerous city in the United States – Camden, New Jersey – is about to lay off about half its police.

    #2 In the city of Camden, about the only “industries” that are truly thriving are drug-dealing and prostitution.  It is estimated that there are literally dozens of open-air drug markets in Camden.

    #3 The city of Newark, New Jersey laid off 13 percent of its police force just last week.

    #4 Of 315 municipalities the New Jersey State Policemen’s union recently surveyed, more than half indicated that they were planning to lay off police officers.

    #5 At least 1000 people now live in the 200 miles of flood tunnels that exist under the city of Las Vegas.

    #6 All over America, asphalt roads are being ground up and are being replaced with gravel because it is cheaper to maintain.  The state of South Dakota has transformed over 100 miles of asphalt road into gravel over the past year, and 38 out of the 83 counties in the state of Michigan have transformed at least some of their asphalt roads into gravel roads.

    #7 The number of Americans on food stamps has hit yet another new all-time record.  42.9 million Americans are now enrolled and federal authorities fully expect that number to continue to skyrocket.

    #8 The city of San Jose, California recently laid off 49 firefighters.

    #9 Over the past year, approximately 100 of New York’s state parks and historic sites have had to cut services and reduce hours.

    #10 In 2009 alone, approximately 4 million more Americans joined the ranks of the poor.

    #11 The state of Arizona recently decided to stop paying for many types of organ transplants for people enrolled in its Medicaid program.

    #12 Many of the police in Arizona that patrol communities near the border with Mexico say that they are “outmanned” and “outgunned” and now live in fear of being taken out by drug cartel assassins.

    #13 Gang violence in America is getting totally out of control.  According to authorities, there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs operating inside the country, and those gangs are responsible for up to 80% of the violent crimes committed in the U.S. each year.

    #14 Oakland, California Police Chief Anthony Batts has announced that due to severe budget cuts there are a number of crimes that his department will simply not be able to respond to any longer.  The crimes that the Oakland police will no longer be responding to include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism.

    #15 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one anti-poverty program run by the federal government.

    #16 The state of Illinois is so far behind on its bills that not even schools and essential social services are getting their money on time.

    #17 The sheriff’s department in Ashtabula County, Ohio has been slashed from 112 to 49 deputies, and there is now just one vehicle remaining to patrol all 720 square miles of the county.

    #18 As our local communities degenerate economically, it appears that they are falling apart morally as well.  There are approximately 400,00 registered sex offenders in the United States as you read this.

    #19 In a desperate attempt to save money, the city of Colorado Springs turned off a third of its streetlights and put its police helicopters up for auction.

    #20 According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.

    #21 According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 25 percent of America’s nearly 600,000 bridges need significant repairs or are burdened with more traffic than they were designed to carry.

    #22 In Georgia, the county of Clayton recently eliminated its entire public bus system in order to save 8 million dollars.

    #23 Things have gotten so bad in Stockton, California that the police union put up a billboard with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”

    #24 Major cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Sacramento have instituted “rolling brownouts” in which various city fire stations are shut down on a rotating basis.  So if you live in one of those cities and you have a fire, you had better hope that your local fire station is not scheduled for a “brownout” that day.

    As I have documented in article after article, the “American Dream” is rapidly becoming the American Nightmare.  We were once a nation that was endlessly expanding, endlessly growing and endlessly becoming more powerful, but now just the opposite is happening.

    All of this didn’t happen overnight.  Back in 1982, Billy Joel could see what was starting to happen and he released a song entitled “Allentown” which captured the depression that many residents of once great steel cities were experiencing.  The song started out with these two lines….

    Well we’re living here in Allentown
    And they’re closing all the factories down

    Well, the United States has lost over 42,000 factories since 2001 and now all of America is turning into “Allentown”.

    Unfortunately, things are going to get even worse.  Thousands more factories and millions more jobs will be sent overseas.  The debt loads of our state and local governments will continue to skyrocket.  The truth is that city after city after city is going to start looking like something out of a third world country.

    How To See Your Own Aura


    A lot of people would like to see auras. For these I’ve posted a tutorial that teaches how to see auras, but often, people try to “play” with plants or “dead” objects like a box. Rarely people consider the option of seeing their own aura as good start. In this tutorial, I’m going to explain the famous “finger trick”.

    How Did I Learned To See My Own Aura

    When I first tried to perceive auras, I followed the tutorial I found in Web and tried to see aura of a red square on white background. It didn’t worked – seeing aura of a non-living object is hard. After many months, I tried another experiment – seeing my own aura, and then have found a tutorial for seeing it between index fingers. This was a breakthrough for me, because the experiment was successful. A new approach changed my previous failure into great psychic success.

    Why Should You Start With Your Own Aura

    Seeing your own aura is simpler, because:

    • It’s part of you - and for some reasons, it’s much “easier” for your brain to accept that you’re seeing something that is yours.
    • It’s living aura – or in other words, it’s an aura of a living, sentient being, therefore it’s stronger and easier to perceive.

    Living beings such as people, animals or plants and trees have stronger auras, because they have stronger psychic energies within their energy systems. Therefore, it’s easier to perceive these strong energy fields, easier than trying to see an aura of non-living object.

    How To See Your Own Aura

    In order to see your own aura, you need a darker room – again, it’s easier to perceive aura in weaker light, and on darker background – with time and practice you might learn how to see aura all the time, but as beginner, you should stick to popular rules :). When it’s dark enough, but not pitch black, of course, sit down and relax.

    • Clear your mind, and focus on your goal – your goal is to see your own aura between index fingers. Focus on seeing your aura, believe it’s possible, know it’s possible.
    • Touch your fingers – touch your index finger together, rub them, push them against each other. Aura is “sticky”, once one finger sticks with other one, the energy will “hang” between fingers.
    • Focus on the area between fingers - after some time of rubbing your fingers together, move them apart, leaving about 1 cm of space between fingers. Then focus on the space between them and try to see something. If you can’t see anything, put your fingers together again, close your eyes and let them rest for few seconds, then try again.

    You should continue this exercise for 5 to 15 minutes each day, for few weeks. Some people will see the aura in their first try, others might need to wait few days. But eventually, you will see something – like a mist, or fog or smoke between your fingers. This is your aura!

    Don’t stop your training after seeing the aura for the first time – continue it for days and weeks, and the aura will get more clear and easier to perceive. Then, you can try to put your whole hands together, then move them apart and see the aura between whole hands, and then you might want to see aura between fingers of other person.

    Remember to look at naked body – face, neck, hands or feet, because aura is easier to perceive on naked parts of the body. Of course, if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, it’s a great opportunity to see the entire aura :).

    What about you? Can you already see aura? What great techniques can you share with other readers?

    Master psychic abilities with my Psychic Development Simplified guidebook. This articles comes from A State of Mind. All Content Copyright © 2007-2010 A State of Mind and its respective authors.

    SHTF: What If Nuclear War Books


    I spent part of the weekend researching Civil Defense again as well as other nuclear war subjects. It amazes me that in this day and age when we have nearly a dozen nuclear powers (up from five during the Cold War) our leaders still hope they magically make the problem go away with letters and meetings. They are not succeeding (look at the increase of members in the "club") and instead should focus some attention on dealing with the possibility somebody may get the idea of detonation one on someone else.
    Along the way, I was reminded of two books which deal with the outcome of nuclear war and the effect on America and the rest of the world.
    Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois was a strange book I recall seeing in the book store when it came out and which deals with America in 1972 - ten years after the Cuban Missile Crisis developed into full scale nuclear war between the USA and Soviet Union. Fortunately, the event never happened, but the author takes to possible ball and runs with it.
    America, post-nuclear war, is a third world nation receiving financial aid from Great Britain and a shadow of its former self. With several cities nearest to military bases circa 1962 destroyed or heavily damaged, most of the US is limping along trying to get by under continued martial law.
    The story involves a reporter's attempt to uncover what actually occured behind the scenes in October 1962 which led to war. Did President Kennedy barrel headlong into the conflaguration, or was it due to some behind the scenes manipulation by others? Along the way, the reporter, with the aid of a British agent, also uncovers a sinister, secret plot by the UK to rejoin the US to the Empire. Interesting take on the moment the US and the Soviet Union almost came to war.
    The other book, WarDay by Whitney Streiber, concerns the post-nuclear US following a preemptive, late 80's attack by the Soviets. Again, the story follows a reporter a decade after the war as he and a companion travel the United States recording what has happened to the rest of the country.
    With society dependent upon pre-electronic ignition vehicles (war EMP took out modern cars), letter writing instead of telephones, and a gold based currency, the main characters venture across a hazardous and varied country.
    The US is divided unintentionally into different regions. Some, like Aztlan, are semi-autonomous territories operating outside of the federal government, yet recognized by foreign powers. Others, like California, are the new seat of the federal government and which exist under strict police powers to keep illegal aliens (from the rest of the USA) out.
    WarDay reminded me of a personal story at the time of publication where a co-worker, upon completing the book, went out and purchased a used, pre-electronic 1960's pickup truck and a few ounces of gold as a hedge against the suggested events of WarDay. Needless to say, both purchases were based upon his own "take aways" from the book. It was that convincing of a story.
    Both books, while somewhat dated, make the reader think about plausible scenarios and how they could come to fruition again. Both are excellent reads and are good suggestions for Christmas gifts for the "Don't Get it (Yet)" in your household as they are mainstream published works.
    Pick up both at Amazon

    From Bad To Worse: The Economy Today, And Tomorrow


    By Giordano Bruno

    Neithercorp Press – 12/07/2010

    At first, we were told the American economy was a freight train; invincible. After the derivatives and mortgage crisis began in 2007-2008, we were told the problem was a mere blip in our financial timeline; nothing to be concerned about. In 2009, we were told that the recession was over, and that “green shoots” were on the way. Later, they said we were “turning the corner”, whatever that means. In 2010, we were told it was time to get used to the “new normal”, which of course has yet to be clearly defined. Now, at the cusp of 2011, the year which many establishment economists originally claimed would bring a bright new era in U.S. employment and finance, it has become clear to much of the public that we are being deliberately herded with empty words and false promises towards a very dangerous and uncertain future.

    We have discovered that there is no “new normal”. The word “normal” denotes a certain consistency, a set of rules to the system which are generally understood, yet we have seen nothing consistent except the continued downward freefall of our fiscal infrastructure and the end of anything remotely resembling stability!

    I feel quite a bit of empathy and maybe even a little remorse for those who blindly believed the mainstream nonsense of the past few years. I can’t imagine being so lost and so utterly disappointed on such a regular basis. The only good to come out of this dashing of false hopes is that it has caused many to begin questioning what the hell is really happening. Why have things only become worse? What about all the government legislation and stimulus? When is it finally going to produce the effects that were once guaranteed? In fact, what are the benefits of ANY action the government or the private Federal Reserve has taken so far?

    Let’s look at financial conditions across the globe and here at home, and perhaps we can gain a true understanding of the situation before us, and find answers for some of these questions…

    Europe: American Instability With An Accent?

    How many times over this summer did we hear about the bailout that “saved” the EU? About as much as we heard about the bailouts that supposedly saved America.

    In spring, the MSM was warning of complete disintegration of the European Union. After the Greek bailout, all was suddenly well. The turnaround in rhetoric was enough to give me whiplash. I’m curious now as to where all that candy-coated bubbly adoration for European bonds and the Euro went. When I warned during the “summer of bailout love” that nothing had changed in the EU accept the media’s coverage of the problem, this is what I was talking about…

    As we have been pointing out for the past two years, the debt default problems in the EU are not going away, nor are they likely to go away for quite some time. Greece, for instance, is now under review for yet another ratings downgrade by the S&P:

    All the exuberance over the IMF/EU bailout of Greece this spring was for naught, as the country continues to falter with no end to their debt woes in sight. The bailout changed nothing (because bailouts never do). This lesson in Greece has apparently made no impression on mainstream media analysts and international investors, who now applaud a similar bailout of Ireland, and who will probably applaud the bailouts of Portugal, Spain, and Italy, once it finally becomes evident to the public that those countries are in equally terrible financial conditions.

    Credit-default swaps for Portugal and Spain have risen to record levels as their debt exposure, which has been ignored by the MSM until this past month, is slowly revealed:

    This means that the cost of insuring Portuguese or Spanish debt securities is becoming untenable. Like a couple of convicted drunk drivers, the risk of insuring them is tremendous. The likelihood of a crash is simply too high.

    Italian bank refinancing costs are also exploding due to the unsustainable debt of the government, meaning an expanded credit crisis is looming for Italians (could this signal a coming bank holiday?):

    Ireland and every other EU nation’s response to this disaster will, obviously, be the implementation of austerity measures in order to pay off their IMF creditors. Ireland has already announced a possible 20% cut in overall spending and the simultaneous raising of taxes; a double whammy for Irish citizens who will now lose many government aid programs while at the same time losing valuable income out of their pocket:

    Countries that find themselves this indebted to the IMF rarely if ever actually improve conditions enough to pay off their liabilities, and that is not an accident. Global bankers have no intention of ever releasing EU nations from their clutches. The debt cycle must go on forever…

    The debt crisis across the Atlantic is culminating in a massive destabilization of jobs markets, which is something we rarely hear about in terms of Europe. Eurozone nations have hit an overall record high “official” unemployment rate of 10.1% (double that for the REAL unemployment rate):

    The point? Just under the surface Europe is in a shambles, the Euro is in almost as much danger as the Dollar, and this development will come to a head very soon. Already, the EU is moving to enact a “European Stability Mechanism”, which will effectively divide core EU nations like Germany and France from ‘peripheral’ countries like Greece or Portugal:

    More fiscally stable nations such as Germany will no longer be required to foot the bill for those members of the EU that show signs of default. Even now, Germany is refusing to boost aid to EU bailout funds:

    This is something we talked about with great concern at the beginning of this year, as richer European countries tie their economies to China and let the rest of the West rot. On one hand, it seems practical for sovereign countries to protect themselves and refuse to pay for the mistakes of others. However, the primary point of all of this has been ignored by the MSM, which is the fact that the EU should never have been formed in the first place. So far it has resulted in nothing but calamity for most participating countries. Surely, the IMF will drop by to pick up the pieces and “save” the union that was never wanted or needed, after the people are sufficiently desperate.

    What this shows is that nearly all of the crises we are confronted with daily here in the U.S. are also striking Europe; there’s just much less talk about the EU disaster from local economic analysts. Regardless of what the MSM claims, Europe as we know it is about to change dramatically. In the U.S., the metamorphosis could be even more shocking…

    The Recession That Ate America!

    The jobs report from the Labor Department last week underlined the breadth of the collapse in America. Establishment economists were heralding the Christmas season as a turning point (yet again) in the U.S. economy, for jobs, and for sales. Predictions for job creation ranged from around 150,000 to 400,000 openings. Traditionally, they would be correct in expecting such a spike in employment, but we are not living in typical times. The jobs report revealed only 39,000 newly employed, and being that Labor Department numbers are generally manipulated, we could safely suggest that almost no jobs were added. All in the midst of the Holidays, when temporary hiring is supposed to boom:

    Now, some analysts are beginning to suggest that the U.S. is heading “back” into a recession. The problem is that in order to go into a second recession, we would have to actually exit the first recession before hand:

    Whether or not you believe that we are facing a double dip, or that we are caught in one long economic death spiral, one must ask the question: where did all that bailout money go that was supposed to stop this? Recently, we received a pittance of a glimpse at the Federal Reserve balance sheet for part of the stimulus program. What little data was made public was not comforting…

    If you thought that stimulus packages from the Fed would actually go into the U.S. economy, you were greatly mistaken. The largest recipients of bailout dollars from the Federal Reserve (paid for with your tax dollars) were FOREIGN BANKS. That’s right, the liquidity injections that have put the very health of the dollar at risk and stoked a growing trade and currency war across the planet did not even go towards the economy in which you live! Overseas banks such as UBS and Barclays received the largest portion of the $3.3 trillion in emergency stimulus that was outlined in documentation the Fed was forced to release due to lawsuit:

    Remember, this $3.3 trillion is just what the central bankers openly admit to. We haven’t even scratched the surface of Fed accounts or Fed secrecy yet. One factor in stimulus injections that often goes under the radar is overnight lending. It has been revealed that the Fed has created at least $9 trillion which was then pumped into major banks over the course of the past two years. Merrill Lynch alone snapped of $2.1 trillion:

    This brings up another important question: if the major banks have been privy to so much capital, why aren’t they lending to the public? Maybe because they are still broke, even after all that Fed liquidity! Currently, top U.S. banks still face a $100 billion to $150 billion shortfall according to Basel III rules (again, this is just the amount that has been admitted):

    This amount of capital retention would suggest a ‘deflationary’ crisis, but instead, we have so far witnessed a falling dollar and rising prices on most goods and commodities. Gold is hovering near $1420 an ounce as I write this. Silver has broken the $30 an ounce mark. Oil is flirting with $90 a barrel, and is firmly entrenched above $3 a gallon, very close to where we predicted during the summer (we still have three weeks to hit $100 a barrel). Other base goods are spiking much faster…

    The most recent and disingenuous talking point used by the MSM to explain away rising prices is that it is a result of “demand” by growing developing nations like China. Below are a couple examples, including an article which blames rising cotton prices on demand from China, and rising oil prices on “economic recovery”, which is obviously nonsense:

    Anything to avoid the word “inflation”, and most especially the word “hyperinflation”. The problem with the demand argument is that while there is growing need for materials in places like China, this is certainly not at all the driving force behind the explosion in prices. A good way to gage this is by examining the BDI (Baltic Dry Index).

    The BDI measures the cost of shipping raw materials across the ocean as well as the amount of goods being shipped. It is one of the few economic indicators that cannot be manipulated by international banks or governments. A dramatic drop in the BDI shows a sharp decrease in demand for global shipping and thus reveals a slowdown in the overall economy. This is exactly what occurred at the beginning of the credit crisis in 2007-2008. However, the BDI can also be measured in comparison with the values of stocks and commodities. Under normal conditions of supply and demand, if the BDI were to drop (or deflate), then the value of most stocks and goods should also drop. This has not been the case, as the below graphs illustrate:

    BDI vs. S&P 500

    BDI vs. CRB Index

    BDI vs. Crude Oil

    BDI vs. Gold

    BDI vs. Copp

    It’s Not Planet-X



    A pretty interesting occurrence regarding several recent images taken of the sun from the SDO (Solar Dynamic Observatory) took place yesterday, 6-Dec-2010.

    The images have been spotted by a few folks out there and it also had my curiosity peaked for awhile. I thought I would share it for those interested in such things.

    It appeared as though a large disc or interplanetary object passed in front of the sun, and was captured in several image frames and movie files from the SDO yesterday. Rumors started spreading fast about Planet-X and other such things.
    Here is a video that someone nicely put together showing the fly-by.

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    What really happened?

    The SDO is in a stationary orbit, about 22,000 miles above New Mexico, and is always facing the sun while capturing high resolution images in various wavelengths. A helpful explanation can be found here.

    What happened was, the moon crossed the line-of-site between the SDO telescopes and the sun, and was captured doing so.

    The following image simulates the “look” as though you were on-board the SDO, and illustrates what happened.

    Thanks to Dr. Tony Phillips of NASA who filled me in on what had happened.

    What does this have to do with modern survival, you might ask? Well, actually not much. I just though it was neat.
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    Argentina Follows Brazil – Recognizes Palestinian State


    Argentina announced on Monday that it has decided to recognize a “free and independent” Palestinian state, just days after Brazil said it would do so, unleashing sharp criticism from the US and Israel, reported AFP. Read More

    Rogers on Bankrupt European Governments




    Contributed by Tim Iacono on 07 December 2010 14:03:13

    This starts out like some loopy morning show, but Jim Rogers does have some common sense wisdom about some of the things he sees in the world today.

    On QE2, QE3: It is dumbfounding … stupefying to me that we have a central bank in the United States that thinks all they have to do is print money. That has never worked, never anywhere in the world in the long term or medium term but we have central bankers in America and that’s all they know.

    On Ireland: You need to let Ireland go bankrupt. They are bankrupt. Why should innocent Germans or innocents Poles or innocent anybody pay for mistakes made by Irish politicians and Irish banks. That is unbelievably bad morality and it is bad economics as well.

    Read more at The Mess That Greenspan Made

    Tuesday, 7 December 2010

    You Are Being Tracked – Real Time



    When a government is so entirely adamant on surveillance and tracking of its own citizens, what does that mean?

    There is something very disturbing about the notion of technological advancements that now easily enable people-tracking to an extraordinary degree.

    While one may ask, “What do you have to worry about – so long as you’re doing nothing wrong”, the fact remains that most of us are being watched and tracked throughout our day-to-day lives, while the vast majority of us are doing nothing wrong.

    We have become numbers within complicated computer algorithms that are in real-time scanning for triggers and thresholds which could suddenly pop your ID into a category that you may not expect.
    Here are just a few of the ways that you can be tracked.

    Credit cards, ATM cards, grocery store discount and loyalty programs, department store cards, bank transactions, cell phone tracking, RFID chips, GPS enabled vehicle tracking, E-mail, travel – tickets, rental car, surveillance cameras, magazine subscriptions, memberships, affiliations, online habits, products you purchase, who you communicate with, on and on the list goes.
    No doubt there is a government network operations center, maybe named the CWC (Citizen Watch Center), with a cavernous room whose walls and rows of computer monitors are filled with agents watching projected maps, dots, and lines of various colors and intensities, any of which can be zoomed in for a closer personal look and last known activity, location, and history.

    This type of thing used to be fiction, only to be read in a novel or watched as a Hollywood movie. I’ll betcha that it exists today, somewhere.

    The point being, as our liberties continue to rapidly erode around us in our former democracy, we should be very conscious about the fact that nearly everything we do and everywhere we go is being recorded in a digital database somewhere, and is being analyzed by our own governments computer systems based on their own definitions of good and bad and in-between, not your definition.

    Surely this is not going on everywhere, yet, but here in the US, no doubt that it is.
    A recent story on sheds some light on the subject of Americans being tracked.

    Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans Credit Cards in Real Time

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