Monday, August 30, 2010

Roger Clemens up on perjury charges...

... for supposedly lying to Congress about whether he used steroids or not.  Personally I don't care if people use that stuff or not and neither should our congress!!  This is not a federal case but they have made it into one.  They let the fragging bankers (who completely trashed our economy and threatened the American way of life) walk out the back door with no penalty and they even threw money at them on the way out.  But Roger Freaking Clemens is in federal trouble about whether he told the truth about his own drug use??  BULL$HIT!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Government continues to go wild...

…and the people say nothing.  So sad. 

Where is the outrage, folks?  Government is like a kid in a toy store with this new technology and for every 1 case where they detect some sort of crime there will be 1000 gross violations of our personal freedoms.  I say again, there is such a thing as too much technology in the hands of government.  They will initially tell us that it is for our own safety but without doubt it will be abused.

“People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.”
-Ben Franklin 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tony Robbins has a message for you

Tony Robbins took the time to record a warning to anyone who would listen.  Folks, if you have not watched this 2 part video, please take the time to do so.    

Friday, August 20, 2010

30k people in Atlanta captured by the system

Section 8 housing is government subsidized housing.  Our something for nothing culture compels people to do stupid things.  There is no way that even a small fraction of the applicants will get a housing subsidy but here they are all crawling over each other just to get their hands on a section 8 application form.  But getting the form represents hope and possibly change and so they do it.

Historically, when people run out of hope they start to take their future into their own hands.  Sometimes it’s a positive change but too often their energy is turned toward those who professed to be their saviors which is why the police showed up in riot gear, expecting the worse.  Relying on the government for anything will eventually prove to be a losing strategy IMO.  Aware people will be moving steadily toward a plan of self reliance.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bill Black, well known regulator explains legal conspiracy

It may be a conspiracy but it’s not a theory and it’s actually legal because the con men running the show say it is.

Bottom line: FDIC is bankrupt as would be most of our banking system if they marked all their assets to true market value today.

Repeat: the organization which insures bank deposits from bank failure losses does not have the money to pay off its insurance claims if all of the losses were revealed today.  As long as people continue to ignore this truth then all can appear to be OK (just like they ignored warning signs about Madoff for a long time and continued to believe that they had real money in their Madoff accounts).  But, if people lose confidence in the ability of FDIC to ensure them, they could pull their money out of banks (AKA a run on the banks) causing more banks to fail suddenly thus suddenly leaving the FDIC with a bunch of unpayable claims to pay.  As in all Ponzi schemes, the key word is suddenly.

Friday, August 6, 2010

100 Trillion Zim Dollars

I recently acquired a crisp new monetary note from the reserve bank of Zimbabwe in the amount of 100 Trillion Zimbabwe Dollars.  It’s a real beaut with all kinds of officious markings on it.  Yeah, those Zim con men really pulled out all the stops in designing this money.  It’s got multiple colors, not one but two serial numbers, a realistic looking (but faux) metal “security strip” going through the middle of it and pretty pictures of rocks with a waterfall and a water buffalo on the back.   The casual observer (AKA the people) were probably very impressed by this paper at some point.  I bet people worked their whole lives chasing this stuff in the hopes of a nice retirement (or at least the hope of avoiding starvation).  Yep, gotta make the money tough to counterfeit because thieves and dishonest people are all around, right?  Too bad the people could not protect the money or themselves from the biggest counterfeiter which was the government itself.

There was a day not so long ago when the Zim dollar traded against the US greenback at a ratio of 7:1.  Now we see that 100 Trillion Zim dollars aren’t worth the postage stamp used to send it to me.  In fact, they are now officially worth zero as the reserve bank of Zimbabwe has abandoned the currency, but only after the people of Zimbabwe and their trading partners would no longer accept it.  Now the workers of the country only accept foreign currency.  The pretty colored paper that they used to call money is now available for purchase on Ebay for a few bucks as a souvenir.  Note to self: if ever I see some portion of the economy decide to not accept dollars in exchange for their goods or services, don’t take it lightly.

What’s so sad about this is that it is such an obvious con game.  When we see it happening to others we write it off as the workings of a corrupt 3rd world country run by narcissistic, militaristic kleptocracy.  Unfortunately, the con is exactly the same in the US (and all other major nations of the world) as it was in Zimbabwe.  What’s the con?  I circled it in red on the Zim note below.  Let me explain.  A note is a legal promise to pay something (i.e. your “house note”).  In other words, it is a loan marker.  So the government bank of Zimbabwe was making a legal promise to pay something if you ever presented this note and demanded your payment. 

So here’s the con.  They promised to pay more worthless colored paper.  If you handed them the trillion dollar note they might have made change for you in equally worthless notes (did you bring your wheelbarrow?) while still satisfying their legal obligation under the note.  In essence, they promise to pay nothing.  And people fell for it.  They traded their goods and services for this paper.  What a bunch of morons, right?  I mean, the way it’s supposed to work is that the government note is a marker for something of value.  You may have heard of old US money that could be exchanged for gold upon demand.  It was known as “the dollar” too but that was a long time ago.  The current US dollar makes the exact same empty promise that the Zim dollar made before it began its decline to zero.  Take a second and pull out an (ever more colorful and full of security devices) federal reserve note and read it.  All of the promises have been removed.  The note simply says “This note is legal tender for all debts public and private”. 

That’s like saying “trust me” and “we’re here to help”.  It’s a bad cliché yet that’s what we have and few people seem too upset or worried about it.  At least for the time being.  We still have some time left before our currency gets whacked but I don’t expect we will get much more than a decade, maybe two (best case) before the con collapses.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Greece not looking good

The credit ponzi is definitely over for Greece and they are starting to feel the fallout of what happens when people get used to living beyond their means and then the fake prosperity is suddenly taken away from them.  History teaches us that this is just the natural consequence of using too much credit to boost the economy for too long.  When the credit finally runs out there is a long fall back to reality.  Or in the words of Gerald Celente, "When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they 'lose it' ".
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