… Instead of liquidating the debt and allowing the economy to reach a sound footing, both the Hoover and Roosevelt administrations attempted to manage it back to health. The result was the longest period of unemployment ever recorded in American history…
The media establishment, not to be outdone, is also on the side of intervention. Government is looked to as a savior while markets are seen as inadequate in providing for a satisfactory standard of living. With their incessant need to fix what isn’t broke, the political class is praised for their courage to take the reins of society and direct it toward a meaningful and just way of life… via What Happened to Virtue?.
The previous Woodpile Report looked at the “Official Crowd” because it’s proactive and well positioned to dominate at the outset of the final collapse. Remus said Federal and state officialdom will work against you, especially the DHS, a stumblebum Frankenstein stitched from 40 existing agencies that’s been shambling from pratfall to pratfall since 2003. DHS is a creepy outfit that sees intimidating the populace and violating the innocent as a duty. Read more…
The survivalist knows things could go on like they are for the rest of his life, after all, ships get scrapped with their full compliment of life boats all the time. They zigged when Murphy’s Law zagged and good on them. But if you’re reading this you’ve already fled the “everything’s going to be okay” crowd. Next up will be the “everything’s going to be okay in six to eight weeks” crowd. They’ll matter even less then than now, come a real catastrophe there are more dangerous crowds to stay away from. Chief among them is the “Official crowd“. More crowds to avoid are upcoming but this crowd is well positioned to dominate at the outset so it deserves the first look. Read more…
…Forget the UN, the Post-American order isn’t a blue flag, it’s a black flag with Mohammed on it. There are far more people in the world who believe in a world order based on the violent ravings of a 7th Century madman than the number of people who believe in a world order based on 19th Century European wishful thinking. And it helps that the supporters of 7th Century violence over 19th Century internationalism are far more willing to use murderous violence to get their way…via Sultan Knish
What Is Next on the anti-firearm agenda?
I'm sure the television news told you all about the U.N. Small Arms Treaty being passed. (See Last Post) No??? The Rothschild Zionist network at ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX and MSNBC were busy following the Protocol 12; Control the Press to the point that even newspapers didn't report the event on the last page.
Via Caroline Glick: Cong. Michele Bachmann gets it. Watch her speech before the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit. As long as the US has leaders like Bachmann, I continue to have faith that America’s best years are still ahead of it. She does America proud. May she go from strength to strength.
Everywhere one looks in America, these days, one finds cameras trained on him/her recording our every move…. go here The Silent Majority: America’s Emasculation.
That after 11 years of spying on everyone, violating our rights, spending trillions of dollars, torturing, killing... that they didn't see this coming?!
WASHINGTON - Intelligence experts and U.S. government officials are starting to view the attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi as a coordinated attack.
To watch this movie and realize – or simply be reminded of – all that is unknown about President Obama is of concern. Much of the information has been ignored by the American media totally. When appropriately reminded as to what is still unknown about Obama to date, one has to ask: How can any logical-thinking person give a damn about Romney’s taxes while not asking any questions regarding our current president’s past?
Thomas Sowell, George Will, and Walter Williams have all explained that the Constitution imposes strict limits on the powers of the federal government. This means, for all intents and purposes, that it is a somewhat anti-democratic document.
And by anti-democratic, I mean the Constitution puts restrictions on democracy (not restrictions on the Democratic Party, though in this case...).
Some Of The Really Bad Things That Could Happen If You Do Not Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse
… none of our “experts” really know what they are doing, and they are definitely not looking out for our best interests. The blind are leading the blind and we all need to finally admit that the emperor is not wearing any clothes. Unfortunately, most Americans will repeat the mantra of “if that was true I would have heard about it on the news” until it is way too late. Most people are waiting for the “authorities” to tell them what to do instead of thinking for themselves… via SHTFPlan.
and here too:
… Once people understand that the economy has been collapsing and will continue to collapse, then the next step for most of them is that they want to get prepared for the storm that is coming. So where should someone get started? Well, the truth is that no two people are facing the exact same set of circumstances, so preparation is going to look different for each individual. But there are certain core principles that we can all benefit from… via Economic Collapse Blog
… U.S. oil output surged to the highest level in 13 years in July, according to weekly Energy Department data. The U.S. met 83 percent of its energy demand from domestic sources in the first five months of this year and is heading for the highest annual level since 1991, department figures compiled by Bloomberg show. Read more…
…What passes for informed economic analysis is becoming more unhinged from reality by the day. The very same solutions are being offered that had a hand in causing the crisis to begin with. That is: interest rates suppressed beyond market levels, increased government spending, economic micro-management, housing market stimulus, and more accommodating monetary policy. Getting out of the way and allowing the economy to reach sound footing is too radical of an option for the busybodies of the state. Still, Keynesianism continues to fall short. Intellectuals of the school keep failing to recognize the harm their theories cause. Their policy recommendations are a rehashing of the same fundamentally pro-state theory: government needs to spend more and more money needs to be printed into circulation.
Meanwhile the average private sector or low-wage worker sees a system stacked against him. Public sector workers receive better pay and benefits. Politically connected banks and large financial companies are bailed out for poor business decisions. Industries totally under government supervision such as health care and education have become terribly inefficient. Countless lives are lost or ruined from wars based on lies. The prices for necessities at the supermarket are always inching upward. Privacy is trampled upon by overzealous law enforcement. Wallets are treated like a grab bag by tax collectors. And the solution put forth is always bigger, more intrusive government. The false dichotomy of liberal versus conservative is played out in the West as if there is an actual difference between the two. In short, it’s only a matter of time before the ideas ignored by the establishment are given more serious consideration by the greater public… via Guest Post: Economic Fallacies And The Fight For Liberty | ZeroHedge.
- I voted Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I’ve decided to marry my German Shepherd.
- I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.
- I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would. Read more…
Central Bankers Fail to Understand Forces Holding Back the Economy; Ten Major Economic Headwinds | Mish
… Ten Major Headwinds:
- Boomers heading into retirement have insufficient savings
- Student debt holds back home-buying, marriage, and family formation
- Ability and willingness of individuals and businesses to take on more debt has shrunk dramatically. Attitudes towards lending, borrowing, and home ownership have changed.
- Bank bailouts at taxpayer expense left banks intact but did nothing for households deep in debt
- Tax policy encourages flight of jobs and capital
- Technology now serves to destroy more jobs than it creates.
- Untenable pension problems at the city, state, and federal level can no longer be put off.
- Public unions and collective bargaining are structural problems at the heart of the pension mess as well as the heart of numerous city bankruptcies.
- Artificially low interest rates weakens those on fixed income
- Commercial real estate bust on top of housing bust limits further job expansion. How many more Walmart, Pizza Huts, McDonalds, nail salons, Kohl’s stores, Office Depots, Home Depots do we need? Where?
Illustration: Bracken's CW2 Cube; click to enlarge
From Matt Bracken:
In response to recent articles in mainstream military journals discussing the use of the U.S. Army to quell insurrections on American soil, I offer an alternate vision of the future. Instead of a small town in the South as the flash point, picture instead a score of U.S.
There are various types of medical records privacy. Little attention has been given to the concept of medical records privacy especially in the field of medicine. In the medical setting, the average patient has general expectations that they will not be touched unnecessarily, or crowded with other patients or people. All these matters relate to dignity of the person, his security and very importantly, psychological comfort. Healthcare majorly involves the doctor coming into contact with the patient. However in the years to come, technologies that will upgrade the use of telecommunication will make it possible for health care service providers to perform their duties without having to come into direct contact with their patients.
Many reasons have been given for the fall of the Roman Empire—greed and decadence, Christianity or the want of it, a decline in industriousness, lack of new territory to plunder, internal wars and over-reliance on the military and so forth. These are “civic virtue” arguments. More objectively, Tainter says the total cost of maintaining the empire exceeded the total return from the empire. The notion appears to confuse cause and effect if you squint and look at it just so. An automobile will eventually cost more in maintenance than the worth of its service justifies, but the deterioration itself isn’t due to the cost of maintenance. An asset has a trajectory apart from our mitigations of its effects. Read more…
John Cusack Interviews Law Professor Jonathan Turley About Obama Administration’s War On the Constitution
…One is forced to asked the question: Is the President just another Ivy League Asshole shredding civil liberties and due process and sending people to die in some shithole for purely political reasons?
There will be a historical record. “Change we can believe in” is not using the other guys’ mob to clean up your own tracks while continuing to feed at the trough. Human nature is human nature, and when people find out they’re being hustled, they will seek revenge, sooner or later, and it will be ugly and savage.
In a country with desperation growing everywhere, everyday — despite the “Oh, things are getting better” press releases — how could one think otherwise?... go here
1) ….Educated people become so unfamiliar with small business that they began to believe that a company will practically build itself as long as the government provides roads, street signs, and police?
2) …Freedom change from something we should all be seeking to something we’re supposed to be terrified to face without the government holding our hands?
3) …We stop asking, “Can we afford this?” along with “Is this a good idea?” when it comes to government programs? Read more…
…Racism is no longer about race. Not when Bill Clinton was the first black president and Allen West is a racist for bringing fried chicken to a Congressional Black Caucus meeting. Liberalism is the new race, and it is a category that transcends and encompasses race. Liberalism defines race, allowing white liberals to be defined as black and black conservatives to be defined as white…
And it's not just in Germany, and not just mobile phones. Almost any routine electronic communication or use of the Internet can be monitored.
How much more of this bullshit are we going to accept?
The Transportation Security Administration will be conducting grope downs and bag searches at three different locations in Charlotte this week at the Democratic National Convention, illustrating the fact that the TSA has expanded well beyond its remit of transportation and into public venues …
55 TSA screeners “Will help the Secret Service with screening at Time Warner Cable Arena, the Convention Center and Bank of America stadium,” reports WSOCTV.com…
Attendees will be forced to undergo invasive pat downs and have their personal items scanned if they wish to enter any of these venues.
The agency is also increasing its footprint of TSA agents at the Charlotte Douglas Airport, adding a whopping 161 extra TSA screeners including 20 “behavior detection” officers who will watch for suspicious activity and conduct “chat downs” with travelers. More than 700 TSA officers in the airport alone will be present for the duration of the convention.
I think Linoge would approve!
The study, which just appeared in Volume 30, Number 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694), set out to answer the question in its title: "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence." Contrary to conventional wisdom, and the sniffs of our more sophisticated and generally anti-gun counterparts across the pond, the answer is "no." And not just no, as in there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, but an emphatic no, showing a negative correlation: as gun ownership increases, murder and suicide decreases.
First of all, download or print these instructions. Keep them with your survival gear.
Scenario: Your government is displeased with the communication going on in your location and pulls the plug on your internet access, most likely by telling the major ISPs to turn off service. This is what happened in Egypt Jan. 25, 2012 prompted by citizen protests, with sources estimating that the Egyptian government cut off approximately 88 percent of the country’s internet access. What do you do without internet? Step 1: Stop crying in the corner. Then start taking steps to reconnect with your network. Here’s a list of things you can do to keep the communication flowing.
PREVENTIVE MEASURES: MAKE YOUR NETWORK TANGIBLE: Print out your contact list, so your phone numbers aren’t stuck in the cloud. Some mail services like Gmail allow you to export your online contact list in formats that are more conducive to paper, such as CSV or Vcard, and offer step-by-step guides on how to do this. Read more…
Received today from a reader:
Went into a friend's store a little while ago and he gave me a copy of the attached. Seems he had a visit a couple days ago from local friendlies!
Does anybody still have any doubts as to who is the new enemy of the State?
We have to protect the childrens, doncha know:
This might make you mad. That’s even more reason to read about it.
$1.9 million in environmental justice grants 10th May 2010 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1.9 million in environmental justice grants to 76 non-profit organizations and local governments working on environmental justice issues nationwide. The grant program supports Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priority to expand the conversation on environmentalism and work for environmental justice.