How My Kids Got so Darn Smart about Money!


How My Kids Got so Darn Smart about Money!

I have a secret weapon, and I’m not just going to tell you about it. I’m going to tell you how to get it without spending a dime -if you hurry.

One year ago a friend introduced me to the basic version of a modern-day piggy bank/money education tool that has turned out to be one of those happy surprises in life that is too good not to share.

You know how everyone else’s kids are at the mall -“I want this, I neeeeeed this. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease can I Haaaave it?!!”   My kids aren’t like that now.

In 12 months, they transformed from whiney consumers into savvy little savers that get strange envious looks from other parents when they chat with obvious relish about saving, goal setting, doing chores and odd jobs for money, earning interest, and slashing unnecessary purchases in pursuit of glorious goals like legos starwars and battle droids.

And get this -they don’t expect Dad to pay for them. There’s no begging anymore. Just planning, earning, saving and appreciating. It’s freaking awesome!

My friend introduced me the free, basic version of Family Mint, but it really wasn’t until he told me how to upgrade to the expensive Premium version that we started to see the magic happen. Oh, and he did it for free!

Turns out his financial advisor’s firm provides this as a value-add for all their clients and anyone that is introduced to them by someone already using their Family Mint Premium. Of course they probably hope to earn your business someday but here’s the thing. As of right now, they don’t require you to become a client, ever, and they won’t bug you.

So guess what? I’M INTRODUCING YOU! Just visit their webpage like I did here http://www.maendelwealth.com/p/helping-kids-appreciate-money  learn, shoot them a nice email saying you’d like to sign up for Family Mint, and they’ll send you simple instructions and the current access code for complementary subscription.

Voila! Money Savvy Kids that make you look like a super-parent!

Click the link, read and watch the short video. It’s totally true and feel free to leave a comment here to thank me later! Oh, and subscribe to updates from my blog please by adding your email in the upper right corner (is that too much to ask?)

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BIG GOVERNMENT vs. THE SPRING POND BEAVERS -a clever indictment of over-blown bureaucratic behaviour


Unlike most “wish I’d said that” tales we’ve run by Scopes.com, this one happens to be TRUE!  This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan. This guy’s response is hilarious, but read the State’s letter before you get to the response letter.

Mr. de Vries is my kind of guy. His response is a classic. ENJOY!

STATE OF MICHIGAN Reply to: GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT OFFICE STATE OFFICE BUILDING 6TH FLOOR 350 OTTAWA NW GRAND RAPIDS MI 49503-2341 JOHN ENGLER, Governor DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HOLLISTER BUILDING, PO BOX 30473, LANSING MI 48909-7973 INTERNET: http://www.deq.state.mi RUSSELL J. HARDING, Director
December 17, 1997
CERTIFIED
Mr. Ryan DeVries 2088 Dagget Pierson, MI 49339
Dear Mr. DeVries:
SUBJECT: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023-1 T11N, R10W, Sec. 20, Montcalm County

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:
Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department’s files show that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris dams and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all unauthorized activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the strewn channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 1998.
Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request, or any further unauthorized activity on the site, may result in this case being referred for
elevated enforcement action, a penalty of $10,000 a day. We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.
Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
David L. Price
District Representative Land and Water Management Division

Mr. Stephen Tvedten’s Response RESPONSE:   (note: highlights added by editor)

Dear Mr. Price: Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N, R10W, Sec 20; Montcalm County
Your certified letter dated 12/17/97 has been handed to me to respond to. You sent out a great deal of carbon copies to a lot of people, but you neglected to include their addresses. You will, therefore, have to send them a copy of my response.
First of all, Mr. Ryan DeVries is not the legal landowner and/or contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan.
I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood “debris” dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond.
While I did not pay for, nor authorize, their dam project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use of natural building materials “debris.” I would like to challenge you to attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first dam question to you is: are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or do you require all dam beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, please send me completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated.
My first concern is – aren’t the dam beavers entitled to dam legal representation?
The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said dam representation – so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.  The Department’s dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing dam flooding is proof we should leave the dam Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names. If you want the dam stream “restored” to a dam free-flow condition – contact the dam beavers – but if you are going to arrest them (they obviously did not pay any dam attention to your dam letter-being unable to read English) – be sure you read them their dam Miranda rights first.
As for me, I am not going to cause more dam flooding or dam debris jams by interfering with these dam builders. If you want to hurt these dam beavers – be aware I am sending a copy of your dam letter and this response to PETA. If your dam Department seriously finds all dams of this nature inherently hazardous and truly will not permit their existence in this dam State – I seriously hope you are not selectively enforcing this dam policy, or once again both I and the Spring Pond Beavers will scream prejudice!
 In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their dam unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green, and water flows downstream. They have more dam right than I to live and enjoy Spring Pond. So, as far as I and the beavers are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more dam elevated enforcement action now.
Why wait until 1/31/98? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no dam way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.
In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality (health) problem: bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the dam beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump!) Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.
Sincerely, Stephen L. Tvedten

(note: Mr. Tvedten was apparently Mr. DeVries tenant, and deserves credit for this whitty response- a point sorely lacking in the internet versions of this event, which also mistakenly have this taking place in Pennsylvania instead of Michigan!)

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FULL SPEED INTO THE FOURTH TURNING -Cliff Notes for the New Normal


Master Historian and “Cycles Man” Neil Howe believes we are headed in to what he calls a “fourth turning,”
It's here.....

-a period that is invariably marked by great turmoil and crisis, as well as rare opportunity for those that understand the “Rhymes of History”  (World Wars I and II, as well as the Great Depression are prototypical fourth turning periods).

One of my favorite examples of the sort of societal shifts Neil talks about is the difference between the 1950s and the 1960s, which you can see in the photos here.

Literally no one saw it coming.

1950s…..

1960’s…………………………

Luckily for busy folks like you and me, there is a cliff-notes version of the Fourth Turning compiled by investing guru Doug Casey from the exclusive interview he did with Neil Howe last year.  You owe it to yourself to download it and read it here.

You won’t be disappointed:

http://www.caseyresearch.com/pdfs/1255444078-0909TheFourthTurning.pdf

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EXCERSIZES IN WORTHLESSNESS: CELEBRATING THE CAR THAT GAVE CENTRAL-PLANNING A BLACK EYE


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“ICH BIN JUNK!”  This is the car that gave Communism a bad name.

Powered by a two-stroke pollution generator that maxed out at an ear-splitting 18 hp, the Trabant was a hollow lie of a car constructed of recycled worthlessness

(actually, the body was made of a fiberglass-like Duroplast, reinforced with recycled fibers like cotton and wood).

A virtual antique when it was designed in the 1950s, the Trabant was East Germany’s answer to the VW Beetle — a “people’s car,” as if the people didn’t have enough to worry about.

Trabants smoked like an Iraqi oil fire, when they ran at all, and often lacked even the most basic of amenities, like brake lights or turn signals.

 But history has been kind to the Trabi. Thousands of East Germans drove their Trabants over the border when the Wall fell, which made it a kind of automotive liberator. Once across the border, the none-too-sentimental Ostdeutschlanders immediately abandoned their cars. Ich bin Junk!

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_1658533_1658030,00.html #ixzz1vhrxdtDI

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High Energy Russian Flash-Mob -must watch!


Odds are IRVING BERLIN would be proud of this enthusiastic rendition of his famous “Put’n on the Ritz” by a well-choreographed flash mob (perhaps helped along by a little vodka).  Be sure to TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS  (especially if you’re at work! 😉

TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS & ENJOY!

http://youtu.be/KgoapkOo4vg

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FLYING HOSPITAL WINS MY COOL CHARITY AWARD


THIS “FLYING HOSPITAL” OUTFIT WINS MY COOL CHARITY AWARD HANDS DOWN!  

If I actually had any spare money to “give back”, donating to these guys would be near the top of my list.

Global Peace Partners is passionately building non-profit state-of-the-art Flying Hospitals which will bring emergency responders, critical supplies and equipment, anywhere in the world within hours of global catastrophe, before government aid bureaucrats even have time to get their pants on. 

Check out this picture from their site of a flying operating room   -how cool is this? Apparently they’ve convinced some of the folks in the aerospace industry to get involved designing and funding and perhaps piloting these flying ambassadors of good will, wherever disaster strikes.

Flying Hospitals from Global Peace Partners              

Some might wonder why the guys who also manufacture fighters, bombers and other aircraft of destruction would want to be involved in a charity that sends Flying Hospitals anywhere they are needed. I say “good on them”!  Even Ebenezer Scrooge of Dicken’s fame once had a change of paradigm exclaiming (I paraphrase):

“The World doesn’t need another bomber, what we need is more 747’s converted to mobil emergency response hospitals”

I have no affiliation with these guys, but was truly impressed by what I read at their site at  http://globalpeacepartners.org/AirHospital.html

When I’m rich, famous, good-looking and ready to “Give Back”, I hope Global Peace Partners is there to receive my generous donations.

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE… (SORT OF)!


In the 3 minute award-winning film Be Good, Joe is the ultimate slacker, hung over and screwed up. But during a rare sober moment as he turns 30, Joe decides its suddenly time to become a responsible person.

Lurching hilariously toward that goal, he’s more shocked than anyone at the surprise ending that finally gives meaning to his life!

..kind of like A Wonderful Life, but in 3 minutes and Clarence has paws.  It’ll bring a smile to your face.

Watch it!

 

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SHOW ME THE MONEY!! …(OK, WE WILL!)


EVER WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO HAVE SOMEONE “SHOW YOU THE MONEEEEEY?”  Well, here it is…..ALL OF IT!!!

Click here for a high resolution adventure (or, take the blue pill and make like an ostrich -your choice!) http://xkcd.com/980/huge/#x=-4352&y=-2528&z=3

UPDATE:   SORRY FOLKS! -THIS HAD SO MANY HITS THAT THEY TOOK THE HIGH RES VERSION DOWN.  LOOKS LIKE YOU CAN BUY A GREAT POSTER HERE FOR THE PRICE OF A FEW LATTES THOUGH (or even a 6 ft mega version) http://store.xkcd.com/xkcd/#MoneyPoster 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaiSHcHM0PA

 

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“DISAPPEARED” MARKET GURU’S FIRST CONFERENCE ALREADY FILLED AT $2500 PER TICKET


He’s been silenced for over 7 years in U.S prisons, on barely-legal contempt of court charges. Influential players with much to lose have bent rules and worked over-time to make the charges stick. There were long weeks in the hole (solitary) and a suspicious “mistake” when a killer placed in Armstrong’s cell beat the frail genius brutally and left him for dead, while guards were “busy”.  But now, perhaps due to an Amnesty-International style campaign, Martin Armstrong has been quietly freed.

Armstrong has a track record of accurate Market and Geo-political prediction second to none. So accurate, in fact, that the CIA reportedly made him an offer they thought he couldn’t refuse (They were wrong).  This is a man who gets calls at 3:00 AM in the morning, from heads of countries, central banks and global financial firms, begging for his analysis, insight and advice.

This is the man who believes we had better hold on tight for the wildest ride of our lives these next few years, socially, financially, and politically. Diabolical plots to consolidate control by pushing the economy over the edge would actually be a welcome discovery. Armstrong says the reality is much more worrisome: 

 When you get long panicked calls from the top people in the world, you come to the realization that we’re in a runaway train and NO ONE IS IN THE CONDUCTOR’S SEAT right now!

THERE IS NO BETTER MEASURE OF A MAN’S REPUTATION THAN BOOKING AN ENTIRE HOTEL OF TOP LEVEL LEADERS  AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE, AT $2500 A POP, COMPLETELY UNADVERTISED, AFTER BEING MUZZLED IN PRISON FOR NEARLY A DECADE.

That’s what happened with Armstrong’s ANALYTICAL AND WORLD ECONOMIC CONFERENCE being held in Philadelphia this December 3rd and 4th.  It will not be advertised, anywhere.

Do yourself a favor and find out more about this remarkable man who’s much needed voice  -a voice that predicted and warned about all the nastiness of the last few years- can help us make intelligent decisions in the challenging years ahead, and if you found this article interesting and would like to be notified when a new article is posted to Surfing The New Normal blog,  please add your email in “subscribe” box at the upper right corner of this page. Thank you!

More on Armstrong:

resources: http://www.martinarmstrong.org/economic_projections.htm -overview, recent radio shows, articles, interviews!

http://armstrongeconomics.com   (sign up for his free articles)

note: Armstrong’s elite clients normally paid tens of thousands annually for access. The two sites above represent two of the best free sources on his current thinking that you will find.

Martin Armstrong (born November 1, 1949 in New Jersey) is the son of a lawyer and Lt. Col under General Patton in World War II. His full biography is on line. In short, Martin was encouraged by his father to get involved in computers during the mid-1960s. He completed engineering both in hardware and software but he returned to the gold business that he had begun while in high school to earn money for a family trip to Europe in the summer of 1964. He continued to work on weekends through high school finding the real world exciting, for this was the beginning of the collapse of the gold standard. Silver was removed from U.S. coinage in 1965 and by 1968 gold began trading in bullion form in London. The gold standard collapsed entirely in the summer of 1971 when President Nixon closed the gold window. In 1975 it became legal in America, for the first time since 1933, to trade gold in bullion form. Armstrong began exploring financial panics after witnessing the Crash of 1966. He went on to develop timing models such as the “Economic Confidence Model” that have been the subject of many press articles Armstrong’s discovery of this cycle was called The Secret Cycle by the New Yorker Magazine.. This model had stunning accuracy: it pinpointed changes in the economy right to the day. In Time Magazine, Justin Fox wrote that Armstrong’s model “made several eerily on-the-mark calls using a formula based on the mathematical constant pi.” (Pg 30; Nov. 30, 2009).

Armstrong’s Princeton Economics International, Ltd. established offices in Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Sydney, Australia employing about 240 people around the world. In 1983, the Wall Street Journal cited Armstrong as it’s highest-paid advisor. He became one of the top currency analysts and his work was requested by the Presidential Task Force (Brady Commission) investigating the 1987 Crash. The firm rose to be perhaps the largest multinational corporate advisor in the world and by the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis Armstrong, invited by China, flew to Beijing to advise the Central Bank.   -from wikipedia entry

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TICK TOCK Derivatives: The $600 Trillion Time Bomb That’s (Still!) Set to Explode


TWENTY TIMES THE SIZE OF WORLD GDP

Instead of attacking the problem, regulators have let it spiral out of control, and the result is a $600 trillion time bomb called the derivatives market says Keith Fitz-Gerald, Chief Investment Strategist of Money Morning

The world’s gross domestic product (GDP) is only about $65 trillion, or roughly 10.83% of the worldwide value of the global derivatives market, according to The Economist. So there is literally not enough money on the planet to backstop the banks trading these things if they run into trouble.

Think I’m exaggerating?

The notional value of the world’s derivatives actually is estimated at more than $600 trillion. Notional value, of course, is the total value of a leveraged position’s assets. This distinction is necessary because when you’re talking about leveraged assets like options and derivatives, a little bit of money can control a disproportionately large position that may be as much as 5, 10, 30, or, in extreme cases, 100 times greater than investments that could be funded only in cash instruments.

Imagine the fallout from a $600 trillion explosion if several banks went down at once. It would eclipse the collapse of Lehman Brothers in no uncertain terms.

A governmental default would panic already anxious investors, causing a run on several major European banks in an effort to recover their deposits. That would, in turn, cause several banks to literally run out of money and declare bankruptcy.

Short-term borrowing costs would skyrocket and liquidity would evaporate. That would cause a ricochet across the Atlantic as the institutions themselves then panic and try to recover their own capital by withdrawing liquidity by any means possible.

And that’s why banks are hoarding cash instead of lending it.

The major banks know there is no way they can collateralize the potential daisy chain failure that Greece represents. So they’re doing everything they can to stockpile cash and keep their trading under wraps and away from public scrutiny.

There are three main points to remember here:

1) There is not enough capital on hand to cover the possible losses associated with the default of a single counterparty  let alone multiple failures.

2) That means banks with large derivatives exposure have to risk even more money to generate the incremental returns needed to cover the bets they’ve already made.       

3) And the fact that Wall Street believes it has the risks under control practically guarantees that it doesn’t.

Many people have read about this problem, and have seen even higher numbers quoted..as high as 1.4 QUADRILLION (1,400 Trillion), but believe all the risk is taken care of through offsetting actions, much as options and futures are a zero sum net game.

This may be true, although it’s hard to quantify because vast portions of the derivative market are not regulated, tracked or listed the way other financial data is so we simply don’t know, although big players can be assumed to be hedging this sort of risk.

THE REAL PROBLEM, according to experts, is the fact that while 

 the “net exposure” is manageable, what is NOT manageable is “counterparty risk,” as Lehman and AIG showed. What happens if another major player can’t meet obligations (certainly a high probability in this day and age)?  One counterparty default snowballs into systemic default.

Derivatives are not tangibles, but rather sales of future cash flow. Hence there are several counter-parties. Most notable and the real threat is the insurance bought to limit exposure risk. Lehman was in the insurance business of the mortgage CDO sector. When the shtf, Lehman lacked the cash and access to cash to cover the settlements for loss.

Herein is the problem. If the settlement for loss can’t be covered by the derivitive insurer, the losses go straight to the bank’s bottom line. Stock and bond-holders of the insurer are wiped out. Same for those with shares in the bank that is counting on the settlement.

Chain reaction. In and of itself, this is good. Higher risk means higher potential for profits and loss. The insurance on derivatives was meant to reduce risks and insure profits. Good luck with that.

The problem is the fear factor among the depositors. They will run on the bank and wipe out what little remains on deposit. The majority of money deposited is already loaned out. In a strangled economy, the potential for default on the loans is high. The deposits are insured by FDIC and the loan is insured by a counter-party already tapped out. FDIC will have to call on Treasury and Fed to roll the presses.

“Fact of life, you can only pile feces so high before it falls over. The real problem is each derivitive has too many counter-parties completely dependant upon each other to make good. Good luck with that.”

Jim Sinclair, the great gold and currency trader has remarked that all of this is “too stupid to be stupid”.  Concerned citizens who have pondered the complete failure of authorities to contain this ticking bomb could be excused for viewing all this as a well-planned chess game being played by global elite -perhaps a plan to take a giant leap forward by pushing the economy over the edge to advance widely shared goals of centralized world government and a global currency under complete central bank cartel control:

“I think we are all missing the point here. The big picture is to collapse the currencies, write off all debts and introduce a new form of universal monetary instrument. When there is blood in the streets and chaos reigns we will accept what is offered to us.

“All of this stuff has been prepared and rehearse of that you can be sure. Think B.I.S.  The persons running this show have been doing a sensational job in making it all come to pass. Why else would the financial institutions and governments participate in such wild and crazy borrowing and debt? Push it over a cliff and start fresh with complete control. I believe that Henry Kissinger is one of the principal architects of this long drawn out death (yes he is still operating in the shadows of the US government). As Henry once said (think 911 and war on terror):

‘Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.’

A well planned chess board,  epic failure to govern, or a global game of musical chairs so profitable that neither government nor Wall St. mega-bank wants to end it?

Either way, in the words of Serge in one of my favorite films, Chocolat, “SOMSING MUST BE DONE”!

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BEST ‘OCCUPY WALLSTREET” POSTER EVER!


Can’t add much to this one! 🙂

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The Underwear Bomber Attack Fundamentally Destroyed my Faith in U.S. Government & Media


“The Underwear Bomber attack has fundamentally changed my life” wrote Top Detroit Lawyer and Eyewitness to the Christmas Day “Underwear Bombing” of Flight 253 on his blog today as the suspected perpetrator’s trial begins. 

 “Not in the way most would think, but it has destroyed any faith I’ve had in the U.S. Government, the media and this country as a whole. To say that I believe the government is corrupt and the media is complicit doesn’t fully explain my beliefs.”

Detroit lawyer couple Kurt and Lori Haskell’s eye-witness revelations cannot be easily dismissed, and smears of “conspiracy theory” just won’t stick to these two successful professionals who are well known and respected in their Detroit area community. They happened to be sitting within a few rows of the underwear bomber when he lit his pants on fire ushering in a new era of airport “naked” scanners, TSA groping and crying children.

 “Not only have I come to those conclusions, but I’ve witnessed that an ordinary person who sees something important can be silenced despite his efforts to spread the truth. Such is the Underwear Bomber case.

” I can do nothing but laugh at the TSA’s new policy of “If you see something say something.” That is exactly what I did, and not only did the U.S. Government not want to hear what I had to say, but it actively lied about it, attempted to get me to change my story, and hid, by withholding (secret government) evidence or putting a protective order on the evidence and nearly everything that would support my eyewitness account”    -Detroit Lawyer and eyewitness Kurt Haskell on his blog which, if you still give a damn about HONESTY, ACCURACY,  AND TRUTH IN AMERICA , you will read and follow here:

 
Meanwhile, this guy and his buddies made lots of money off scanners that Americans would never have allowed if it wasn’t for the underwear bomber incident http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VucstNtPy0Q&feature=player_embedded 
 
 UPDATE: OCTOBER 10th DETROIT LAWYER HASKELL WILL BE CALLED TO SERVE AS WITNESS FOR DEFENSE. “How ironic is it that I will have Umar’s life in my hands just as Umar had my life in his hands (or underwear) on Christmas Day 2009? I will be up to the task. I realize that some may not agree with me and may attempt to harm me. Nevertheless, I will speak the truth and not be intimidated. I will do this for the common good of all of the citizens of the United States. It is not often that I quote a passage from the bible, but I think it is appropriate here:

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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” I PICKED JAIL” -DESPERATE CITIZENS CHOOSING JAIL AS BEST OPTION FOR FOOD, SHELTER, HEALTHCARE


http://t.co/psGXimK

“The pain was beyond the tolerance that I could accept,” he said. “I kind of hit a brick wall with everything.”

A couple of months ago Verone started weighing his options.

He considered turning to a homeless shelter and seeking medical help through charitable organizations.

Then he had another idea: commit a crime and get set up with a place to stay, food and doctors.

 The day Verone set out to commit his first felony, he mailed a letter to The Gazette.

He listed the return address as the Gaston County Jail.

“When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. This robbery is being committed by me for one dollar,” he wrote. “I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”

Verone wanted to talk to a reporter to make sure people knew why he turned to crime. He figured he had nothing to lose.

“I knew that a felony would not hurt me. I cannot work anymore,” he said.

But Verone said he thinks he made the right choice for his situation.

“I picked jail.”

READ THE WHOLE THING HERE (Thanks to linkedin discussion group “American Preppers: Survivalism Lite for People with Jobs” for this story: http://t.co/psGXimK

 

 

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A CURRENCY EVENT IS NOW UNAVOIDABLE: BE PREPARED for a reversal of the decision to curtail QE

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“Dear Extended Family, Today’s markets are exactly what you would expect as we enter illustration number three of the Skier. Economic statistics are taking a hard fall. Without QE who will buy US treasury issues? Without QE where is the … Continue reading

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The BERNANKE explains “FINANCIAL REPRESSION” -the Hot New Economic Buzzword!


It’s all over the news this month – a hot buzzword in the global economic community following the latest policy paper by the International Monetary Fund.  The sharpest guys in the room are all talking about “financial repression”.

It seems awfully important but what the heck does it mean?    Watch this!   (and then leave your own comments or definition below. Let’s nail this thing!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfsjuRRLdxk&feature=player_embedded#at=220

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The RACE at SUNRISE – When the sun comes up, you’d better be Running!


 -African Motivational quote that US 100m World Record Smasher (June 1999) and sprinter Maurice Greene from Kansas City keeps in his Office as a framed Verse, and reads everyday for inspiration.

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WHY FARMERS WILL BE THE NEW RICH: Investing Guru and Global Motorbike Wunderkind Jim Rogers says you need to brush up on Gold, China, and reconsider your college major. And by the way, farming is sexy…the way internet stocks were in the late 90’s!


“You want to buy a lake house, buy it in Iowa or Oklahoma. Don’t buy it in Massachusetts. You know, the stockbrokers are going to be broke. Buy where the people are going be rich. Open yourself a chain of restaurants in the agriculture area or department stores or hotels. Anything that you want to do in an area where people are making lots of money, you’ll make a lot of money, too… just because they’re rich.”

Jim Rogers first made a name for himself at The Quantum Fund. He and partner George Soros founded the first true global investment fund in 1970. Over the next decade, Quantum gained 4,200 percent, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed by approximately 50 percent.

Since then, Rogers “retired” and traveled the world (multiple times). In the process, he’s written several bestsellers, including Investment Biker and Bull in China.

…”China is the only country in the world that’s had recurring periods of greatness. Great Britain was great once. Egypt was great once. Rome was great once. I presume somebody’s gonna be the most important country in the twenty-first century. I don’t see anybody on the horizon except China.”

I was speaking at a conference not long ago and the moderator asked a group of 300 or 400 international fund managers, “How many of you ever owned gold?”

Seventy-six percent of them had never owned gold. And if you’d asked how many owned soy beans, God knows it would have been zero percent.

So when you say everybody’s bullish, who are these people? Where are they? Maybe they’re bullish, but there are very, very, very few people who have invested in a manner that reflects their bullishness. The last time I was in the United States, I saw shops everywhere saying, “We Buy Gold.” The public’s dumping their gold into these shops. Eventually, those shops are going to have signs outside saying, “We Sell Gold,” and people will be lined up to buy gold. But those days are far from here yet.

FARMERS ARE THE NEW ROCKSTARS

Interested yet? Read the whole interview here:

http://www.investmentu.com/2011/May/jim-rogers-interview-part-one.html

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KEYNES & HAYEK: SMACKDOWN PART TWO! -It’s finally here, and the War Of Ideas is back on!


 

IF ECONOMISTS JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES AND F.A. HAYEK GOT INTO A  FIGHT, WHO’D WIN?

Last time, we heard “Big John” put up a valiant defense for his economic ideas which have dominated US economic teaching for 50 years, and many say have contributed directly to the current mangled state of our American economy.

But “Freddy H” from the so-called “Austrian” economic school of thought, more than held his own.

Watch Smackdown: Part II for the entertainment value, but remember that this fight of ideas is playing out all around you right now, and the outcome will determine the economic world & quality of life you, your kids, and your grandchildren enjoy.

(be sure to scroll down this blog for Part I of Keynes vs. Hayek, and read the fascinating “cliff notes” attached!)

If it was a real knock-down, drag-out brawl, my money would be on Keynes.  At 6’ 6”, he’s got the size, the weight and the reach.  Hayek couldn’t  lay a glove on him.

But what if they were ’bust’n moves’  and throwing down rhymes?  Then, Keynes could have a real fight on his hands.

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IT’S HERE! THE MOVIE WE’VE WAITED 42 YEARS TO SEE!


THE ULTIMATE ECONOMICS THRILLER TRILOGY HITS THE BIG SCREEN THIS MONTH.  CLICK HERE FOR SHOWTIMES AND LOCATIONS NEAR YOU, AND TO SEE HOW YOUR CITY RANKS ON THE “DEMAND ATLAS” SCALE (Somebody could make a fascinating live graph out of this data…you might be surprised which states want to see this edge-of-your-seat ode to liberty and free markets the most!

http://eventful.com/performers/atlas-shrugged-part-1-/P0-001-000245241-9/demands

NOW, TELL THE MOVIE PEOPLE THAT YOU WANT TO SEE ATLAS IN YOUR TOWN NEXT WEEK!!! (takes 30 seconds!)

http://eventful.com/demand/atlas-shrugged-part-1-/D0-001-004703077-7/join

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“I REMAIN: INVICTUS” -TOP ECONOMIST MARTIN ARMSTRONG HAS BEEN TO THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, AND HAS A WARNING FOR US.


THE WORLDS LEADING FINANCIAL ANALYST HAS BEEN ROTTING IN SOLITARY FOR THE LAST DECADE, ON TRUMPED “CONTEMPT” CHARGES THAT HAVE LEFT A BAD TASTE IN THE MOUTHS OF EVERY ANALYST THAT HAS LOOKED INTO THE CASE.

WELL, MARTIN IS BACK!! 

HE WAS QUIETLY FREED THIS WEEK.

AN “INSIDERS INSIDER”, ARMSTRONG SAYS EVEN HE WAS NOT AWARE OF THE “DEEP CORRUPTION THAT LINGERS THROUGH THE FINANCIAL/POLITICAL SYSTEM” THAT NOW MAKE HIM FEARFUL FOR OUR FUTURES AND THE FUTURE OF HIS CHILDREN WHO HAVE VISITED HIM FAITHFULLY THESE LONG YEARS IN THE “HOLE”.

Read his release letter here: http://www.martinarmstrong.org/files/release%2003-08-2011.pdf

AS UNBELIEVABLE AS IT SOUNDS, ARMSTRONG CREATED A MODERN SUPERCOMPUTER CYCLES- PREDICTOR EXPANDING VASTLY ON THE WORK OF KONDRATIEFF AND OTHER STUDENTS OF WAVES AND CYCLES IN HISTORY, AND USED IT TO RUN ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GLOBAL FINANCIAL ADVISORY FIRMS OF THE 1990’s, PRINCETON ECONOMICS.

HE PREDICTED (AND PROTECTED OR HELPED ULTRA-WEALTHY CLIENTS BENEFIT FROM):

THE INTERNET MANIA, AND BUST

THE ASIAN CURRENCY CRISIS

THE FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION

TERRORIST ATTACKS OF 9/11 (I know, seems nuts, check the record)

PRECIOUS METALS BULL MARKET BEGINNING IN 2000.

THE 2008 FINANCIAL MELTDOWN

and more. 

HE’S BEEN WRITING (FOR THOSE WHO KNEW HOW TO ACCESS HIS WORK) ON AN OLD IBM SELECTRIC IN FORT DIX PRISON, BUT NOW HIS WORK WILL ONCE AGAIN GET THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES.

YOU MAY BE SURPRISED AT THE PICTURE HE PAINTS FOR OUR FUTURE, AND WHAT HE SEES THIS YEAR!

YOU CAN BEGIN TO GET UP TO SPEED AT THESE SITES:

http://princetoneconomics.blogspot.com/

http://www.321gold.com/editorials/thomson_s/thomson_s_031511.html

Armstrong on Gold (with links to dozens of his recent writings):

http://economicedge.blogspot.com/2009/11/martin-armstong-gold-5000.html

http://www.martinarmstrong.org/economic_projections.htm

Fascinating New Yorker article on Armstrong! The Secret Cycle
by Nick Paumgarten
Is the financier Martin Armstrong a con man, a crank, or a genius?
http://www.gold-speculator.com/martin-armstrongs-economic-pi-cycle/12944-new-yorker-article-martin-armstrong-oct-12-2009-a.html

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Hyperinflation: Case Study #1, Weimar Republic


German Marks It Took to Buy 1 Ounce Of Gold:

January,1919………..170

September,1919……. 499

January, 1920……….1,340

September, 1920…….1,201

January, 1921……….1,349

September, 1921…….2,175

January, 1922……….3,976

September, 1922…….30,381

January, 1923……….372,477

September, 1923…….269,439,000

Oct. 2, 1923………….6,631,749,000

Oct. 9, 1923………….24,868,950,000

Oct. 16, 1923…………84,969,072,000

Oct. 23, 1923…………1,160,552,882,000

Oct. 30, 1923…………1,347,070,000,000

Nov. 5, 1923…………..8,700,000,000,000

Nov. 30, 1923…………87,000,000,000,000

Turn your speakers up and watch this (disco ball and pet shop boy dancing optional)

DO  STOCKS REALLY SOAR DURING INFLATION AS SOME CHARTS AND EXPERTS SUGGEST?  I WOULDN’T COUNT ON IT, ESPECIALLY IN REAL INFLATION-ADJUSTED TERMS WHICH IS WHAT YOU’D NEED FOR STOCKS TO PROTECT YOUR PURCHASING POWER/WEALTH/WAY OF LIFE.

Here’s what one of my favorite stock analysts said on this topic today.  Dan Ferris writes the award winning and contrarian Extreme Value newsletter:

“• Last week, you said, “True hyperinflation would crush every stock, bond, and whatever other U.S. paper you’re holding.” Why did stocks do so well in the German, Argentinean, and Israeli hyperinflations, but won’t do well in a U.S. hyperinflation? – D.C.

Ferris Comment: Technically speaking, since we can’t predict the future, I should have said, “It is likely hyperinflation would crush every stock, bond, and whatever other U.S. paper you’re holding.”

However, I disagree that stocks did well during Germany’s and Argentina’s hyperinflations. After the German hyperinflation, stocks were 75% below their pre-hyperinflation high, so they were a horrible investment.

Argentinean stocks lost about two-thirds in 1999-2001. The MERVAL index (the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange) fell from about 600 in 1999 to about 200 in 2001. I don’t know the inflation-adjusted figure, but it’s hard to believe Argentinean stocks did well while the country went off convertibility and the entire economy collapsed.

The Israeli market went up something like 6,000% in nominal terms in the ’80s, but I don’t know the inflation adjusted numbers. Either way, I consider it a huge gamble to count on anything but lousy U.S. stock returns during a U.S. dollar hyperinflation.

The basic problem is stocks get their value from the same place as any other asset: the discounted present value of all future cash flows. So with inflation, the future dollars you’re getting are worth less than today’s dollars, lowering the nominal present value of those dollars.

But the problem becomes more basic during hyperinflation. How do you estimate cash flows if you don’t even know what a bar of soap cost for next month, week, day, or minute?

Hyperinflation decimates economies, and lowers the general standard of living. It creates shortages of basic goods. Sounds like a bad time to be invested in stocks.

I’ll stick with my original statement. True hyperinflation would crush the present value of businesses, because estimating future cash flows would become utterly futile. Many businesses would go belly-up.

However, I doubt we’ll see this level of distress”  (excerpted from Dan Ferris market notes of Feb 11,2011)

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ATLAS SHRUGGED TRILOGY EXPLODES ON BIG SCREEN THIS APRIL!!!


After nearly 40 years of false starts, Ayn Rand’s 1,368-page paean to liberty and entrepreneurship is finally about to come to life on the big screen.

Watch the trailer which was just unveiled today!!

 The film will be the first installment in an intended trilogy.

Over the decades, attempts to translate the novel to the movies or TV ran into one obstacle after another…

  • In the early 2000s, a TNT miniseries was abandoned after the AOL-Time Warner merger sucked up TNT’s available capital
  • In the 1980s, Rand’s “intellectual heir” Leonard Peikoff rejected a script
  • In the 1970s, NBC executive Fred Silverman decided the network’s money was better spent on shows like Supertrain than an Atlas miniseries…

In recent years, rumors flew fast and furious about a revival of the project… and especially who might play Dagny Taggart. (“It’s Angelina Jolie!” “No, it’s Charlize Theron!” No, no, it’s Julia Roberts!”)

In the end, it went to the nearly unknown Taylor Schilling… a reflection of the fact no major Hollywood studio would put its bucks behind the project. A good chunk of the funding comes from John Aglialoro, the CEO of treadmill maker Cybex.

Look for it in theaters (alas, you may have to look hard, given the limited distribution channels) on a rather appropriate date — April 15.

IF YOU CARE ABOUT LIBERTY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP and SOUND MONEY

then take two minutes and call up your local theater to make sure they plan to carry Atlas Shrugged and the rest of the trilogy when it comes to town in April.  They have a blockbuster on their hands, but unless you let them know you’re interested, this will be a limited release and you’ll have to go out of your way to see it. 

CALL RIGHT NOW!!  Look up your local cinema phone number in 5 seconds here:  http://www.theatersguide.com/

OR: Go right here to enter your zip code and “demand it”!

  http://eventful.com/performers/atlas-shrugged-part-1-/P0-001-000245241-9/demand

 

Visit the Official <a href=”Atlas” _mce_href=”http://www.AtlasShruggedPart1.com”>Atlas”>http://www.AtlasShruggedPart1.com”>Atlas Shrugged Movie Web Site!

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DETROIT ATTORNEYS RISK EVERYTHING TO PROVE Feds Orchestrated “Underwear Bomber” Plot to Advance War on Terror


TOP DETROIT LAWYERS KURT AND LORI HASKELL WERE EYEWITNESSES TO THE ENTIRE “CHRISTMAS DAY UNDERWEAR BOMBER” EPISODE IN DETROIT TWO YEARS AGO.  They are putting their careers, reputations and extremely successful law practice on the line in order to bring Americans the truth.  Listen!

Today, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man accused of trying to blow up the airplane Kurt and Lori were flying in over metro Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, appeared in Federal Court. But the Haskells have some pretty damning evidence indicating that you and I and our fellow Americans have been sold a self-serving, manipulative LIE by certain leaders we trusted.

“Kurt and Lori Haskell think the U.S. government was behind the whole thing. “The U.S. government escorted them through security without a passport and, we believe, gave him an intentionally defective bomb,” said Kurt Haskell.

FOX NEWS INTERVIEW PART II (Kudos to reporter AMY LANGE, for taking on real news!)

http://haskellfamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/fox-news-interview-part-2.html

Looks like it’s taking two of Detroit’s finest to tell the machiavellian manipulators selling us the UnderWear Bomber story, to EAT OUR COLLECTIVE, INDIVIDUAL-RIGHTS-LOVING SHORTS!

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/attempted-plane-attack-trial-date-set-for-umar-farouk-abdulmutallab-20110125-wpms

 

Now click the version below and skip ahead to watch the recent interview with Kurt Haskell with more chilling details destroying the insult to your intelligence that is the govt’s version of the “underwear bomber” event.  Go ahead, dig deeper. Listen to the dozens of interview he’s done over since the Flight 253 incident like I did.  The more details you hear, the more angry you’ll get because you’ll realize you’ve been lied to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0RmNIC3g6w&feature=player_embedded#

And be sure to stop by their blog for updates and to let them know how much you appreciate American Heros like them, at

http://haskellfamily.blogspot.com/

 

related: BREAKING NEWS!!

WIKILEAKS BOMBSHELL POINTS TO 9/11 STAND DOWN:

Newly released Wikileaks documents concerning the activities of three Qatari men who conducted surveillance of the World Trade Center and boarded flights on the eve of the 9/11 attacks adds to the plethora of evidence that at the very least US authorities were aware of the plot and deliberately stood down.

http://dailypaul.com/155968/wikileaks-bombshell-points-to-9-11-stand-down

 

Fellow Human Rights Lovers:  Ever wondered why you were too young, or too busy to march with those heroes at Selma and Montgomery back in the day?  Well, we’ve got a march of our own, staring us right in the face, if we have the honesty and courage to take it on, and it may be even more dangerous and scorned than MLK’s cause originally was, because this time the perpetrator is one or more rogue elements of Big Brother.

Remember that old Pete Seeger song?  Well, it’s time, yet again, to move from the BACK OF THE BUS, to THE FRONT.  This time we may have to let the driver(s) go too.  Click to play  -PEACE!

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AMAZING PARKOUR: HOW TO LEAP TALL BUILDINGS IN A SINGLE BOUND


This is the coolest example of urban super-hero abilities I’ve seen.

Watch it, and be sure to live a little more on the edge this week, even if you opt for the elevators rather than racing up the exterior walls of buildings!


<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/15433780?autoplay=1&#8243; width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″>Amazing Parkour Skills from Biertijd on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/15433780

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DYING OF MONEY


Read Sought-After “The Dying Of Money” on Hyper Inflation Here

Excitement has been growing about a long out-of-print book Dying of Money: Lessons of the Great German and American Inflations by Jens O Parsons  and currently costing $749 at Amazon.

The author vividly and thoroughly recounts the influence of inflation throughout history with special emphasis on the U.S. economy and the hyperinflationary events of the 1920s in the Weimar Republic, Germany.

Readers of this blog can read the book online right here!(see, this blog just saved you $749!……you’re welcome!)

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/Jens%20Parsson%20-%20Dying%20Of%20Money.pdf

In short, Keynesian economics says the governments should intervene in recessions by printing money and lowering interest rates, in order to stimulate the economy.  Sound familiar? Bernanke and Obama are strict Keynesian economists. 

In the 1920’s, “When the debacle was finally stopped, the old (German) mark, which had once been worth a solid 23 cents, was written off at one trillion old marks to one new one of the same par value. The most spectacular part of that loss was lost in the mark’s final dizzy skid; all the marks that existed in the world in the summer of 1922 (190 billion of them) were not worth enough… to buy a single newspaper or a tram ticket.”

The US if following the same political and economic patterns as 1920’s Germany, 1980s Argentina, 1990’s Russia, 2000’s Zimbabwe and a score of other countries who’s well-intentioned policies resulted in a period of wealth-destroying inflation and hyperinflation. The most important lesson for individuals (as opposed to politicians and government bodies) is to see what people did who survived and even profited from the chaos of hyper-inflation.

While money had no value, some things actually grew in value.  While most people lost their entire savings (since money was worthless) and stocks crashed, some people made fortunes. The 2 categories that actually grew in value were: 

  • Commodities  – gold, silver, metals, agriculture, raw materials
  • “Real estate is a classic hedge against inflation. The name is apt. Real estate is a real value. The intrinsic value of real estate is indestructible… If a man owns a piece of land to live on, it is equally good for living on before, during, or after an inflation. Its intrinsic value for living on is not affected by prices, even land prices.”

It’s a great book. Not an easy read, but worth every minute. It’s available to read online here. (thanks to Aloha Tony, my Hawaii Real Estate Agent for the excerpted paragraphs)


Final Thought: Anyone else caught the supreme irony of a book about hyperinflation going  for $749?   AAARRRRRRGH!

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THE BEAUTIFUL TRUTH: Why I don’t Run (or Walk) for Cancer.


THE BEAUTIFUL TRUTH: “Running for Cancer” events are well intentioned, but is the basic premise that we need more money to find a cure accurate? This review of the last 80 years of the cancer industry will surprise, alarm and inform you.

“They lie like scoundrels” -M. Dean Burke PhD (worked for the National Cancer Institute for 34 years).


 

 

 

 

 

 

STILL THINK I’M NUTS?  WATCH THIS, AND THINK:

Watch “RUN FROM THE CURE”

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NAOMI WOLF: MODERN FEMINIST WARNS “THERE IS A BLUEPRINT FOR SHUTTING DOWN DEMOCRACY”


NAOMI WOLF, THE “THIRD WAVE” OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT BLEW ME AWAY WITH HER ANALYSIS OF OUR SLIDE INTO FASCISM. WOW!

NAOMI WOLF: THE END OF AMERICA. – LETTER OF WARNING TO A YOUNG PATRIOT

Wolf takes a historical look at the rise of Fascism, outlining the 10 steps necessary for a Fascistic group (or government) to destroy the democratic character of a nation-state and subvert the social/political liberty previously exercised by its citizens:

LOOK AROUND YOU.  DO YOU SEE ANY PATTERNS?

1.Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
2.Create secret prisons where torture takes place.
3.Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens.
4.Set up an internal surveillance system.
5.Harass citizens’ groups.
6.Engage in arbitrary detention and release.
7.Target key individuals.
8.Control the press.
9.Treat all political dissidents as traitors.
10.Suspend the rule of law.[27] 
Wolf details how this pattern was implemented in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and elsewhere, and analyzes its emergence and application in American political affairs since the September 11  attacks.

WATCH THIS.  I PROMISE IT WILL BE WORTH YOUR TIME.

THEN PLEASE, LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS (below), FOR DISCUSSION.   THANK YOU!

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SMACKDOWN: HAYEK VS. KEYNES!


IF ECONOMISTS JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES AND F.A. HAYEK GOT INTO A  FIGHT, WHO’D WIN?

If it was a real knock-down, drag-out brawl, my money would be on Keynes.  At 6’ 6”, he’s got the size, the weight and the reach.  Hayek couldn’t  lay a glove on him.

But what if they were ‘bust’n moves’  and throwing down rhymes?  Then, Keynes could have a real fight on his hands.

EVER WONDER IF DESTROYING THINGS LIKE PERFECTLY GOOD AUTOMOBILES (REMEMBER “CASH FOR CLUNKERS”?) CAN REALLY CREATE JOBS AND “STIMULATE THE ECONOMY”

EVER WONDER IF DICK “UNDISCLOSED LOCATION” CHENEY WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID “DEFICITS DON’T MATTER”?

EVER WONDER WHAT KEYNES MEANT WHEN HE SAID “IN THE LONG RUN, WE’RE ALL DEAD”?

If so, you’ll love this new rap “smackdown” which distills the war of ideas between the two economists whose theories are still the guiding force,  jusification and/or excuses for most of the economic and political initiatives you hear about every day.

“Freddy H” and “Big John” may have passed on to wherever it is one-handed economists go, but their ideas are very much alive.  In  fact, I submit that it is impossible to make heads or tails of much of the current debate regarding bailouts, the declining value of your savings dollar, Ben Bernanke’s “stimulus”, tax increases, tax cuts or most of what passes for financial news reporting these days without understanding the ideas in this rap smackdown.

The rap is dense with economics and in-jokes. It almost requires a graduate degree to get everything.

Check it out, and then see the version I’ve posted below with “cliffnotes” that will help you understand the references you’ve missed but may be afraid to admit.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/3/1/8929/21462?goback=%2Egmp_2776950%2Egde_2776950_member_39547702

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THE PHYSICS OF SANTA: Scientists Destroy Santa-Skeptics with “Unified Theory”


IN SEARCH OF A UNIFIED THEORY BEHIND ST. NICK’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC

Santa skeptics have long considered St. Nick’s ability to deliver toys to the world’s good girls and boys in the course of one night a scientific impossibility. But new research shows that Santa is able to make his appointed rounds through the pioneering use of cutting-edge science and technology.

Although researchers have succeeded in keeping St. Nicks detractors at bay, they don’t all agree on the mechanisms by which Santa avoids the killer-G forces and other dangers first mentioned by an article in Spy Magazine back in 1990:

” It is simply impossible to visit all the necessary houses in just 30 hours (24 hourly time zones plus the extra time available from working 10pm in the first zone until 5am in the last).  If such a journey could be made, the acceleration G-forces would be ruinously fatal and in addition (if that wasn’t enough), the friction with the air would burn up the reindeer, sleigh, gifts and Santa anyway.”

Scientists have rushed to St. Nicks defense, realising that what modern minds are demanding is no less than a new “General Theory” of Santa Clause.

“Santa is using technologies that we are not yet able to recreate in our own labs,” explains North Carolina State University’s Dr. Larry Silverberg.

A key finding from Silverberg’s recent visit to the North Pole is that Santa uses a reversible thermodynamic processor – a sort of nano-toymaker known as the “magic sack” – that creates toys for good girls and boys on site, significantly cutting down on the overall weight of the sleigh. The magic sack uses carbon-based soot from chimneys, together with other local materials, to make the toys. The magic sack works by applying high-precision electromagnetic fields to reverse thermodynamic processes previously thought to be irreversible.

 On the PhysOrg site, the Research Council of Norway offers a counter-explanation for many of the Spy Magazine points.

“Santa obviously has an ion-shield of charged particles, held together by a magnetic field, surrounding his entire sleigh. This is how he solves the heat problem,” points out Knut Jørgen Røed Oedegaard http://www.physorg.com/news178996612.html

Gregory Mone in his work titled “The Truth about Santa” postulates that “all of this leads to the only logical conclusion: Santa’s technology is of alien origin.”

“Why would such an advanced alien civilisation single out a white-bearded, big-bellied man and outfit him with all that technology? Perhaps they reasoned that by giving someone the tools to deliver gifts across the world, they would accelerate the moral evolution of humanity. Wars would end; diners would leave more generous tips; drivers aiming for the same parking spot would stop and wave each other ahead, saying, “No, take it, it’s yours.”

Despite these contributions, there are still a couple of sticky ‘problems’, both ancient and modern.

First, despite convention and names, it is quite certain that Santa’s eight reindeer are all female.  Any reindeer herder from Lapland will happily tell you that males shed their antlers in early December.

Another perplexing issue: trying to reconcile the goodness and innate “jollyness” of Santa with the god-awful effect his late-night deliveries may be having on the environment. In more modern times, we have become very aware of the carbon footprint of any activity.  David Brooks of the Nashua Telegraph has attempted to make this calculation and the data doesn’t look good!

Finally, there is the enduring, but entirely false accusation that Coca Cola is responsible for the color of Santa’s suit.  Thankfully, Snopes puts that old chestnut to rest by showing clear evidence of red suits long before the earliest red-suit advertising campaign.

Einstein = Santa Claus?

Quantum physics are Dr. Gaute Einevoll’s speciality, and he brings a bold hypothesis to the table:

“We are talking about moving matter, and no one had more knowledge about matter than Albert Einstein. Do I need to point out that the dishevelled physicist reminds many of Santa Claus? Einstein published his special theory of relativity in 1905 and his general theory of relativity in 1916, but after Coca-Cola more or less defined Santa’s ‘look’ in 1930, Einstein didn’t publish that much more. I have wondered if that’s because Einstein became Santa,” speculates Einevoll.

He believes that the reason that Einstein never was able to link together quantum theory and relativity is due to the fact that the famous tussled head was busy in secret helping Santa to become a kind of “Quanta Claus”.  Coincidence? Certainly not!

So how does Santa deal with the exponential population increase in the past few decades, and the increasingly difficult logistics of delivering all those presents?

By CONTINUOUS SELF-IMPROVEMENT!

All together the panel the panel agrees without doubt that Santa Claus not only makes use of advanced physics, but he is also a brilliant organiser.  “Santa lives at the North Pole and there isn’t so much happening aside from the occasional polar explorer. So he can use the whole year for self improvement,” points out Gaute Einevoll.

Therefore, all children of all ages can relax: The laws of physics assure us that (baring a universal “black swan” event on the quantum level) Christmas will come this year as usual!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

References:

http://www.physorg.com/news2487.html

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2009/12/the-science-of-santa.html

http://www.physorg.com/news178996612.html

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/495091-196/ruminating-over-santas-carbon-footprint.html

http://www.physorg.com/news2487.html

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/santa/cocacola.asp

UPDATE: CHRISTMAS 2010

New competition for Santa has recently emerged, with sightings all over the world.  Although rumored to operate from a conventional helicopter, this jolly, balding old man is able to drop trillions of federal reserve note “presents” all over the globe in a single night. Scientists warn that in order to accomplish these feats, “Faux Nick” must have access to hypersonic technology, possibly of alien origin.

Here’s a picture captured recently on a motion-activated hunting camera at a deer stand somewhere in Kentucky:


 

 Sadly, “Faux Santa” doesn’t seem to care one whit whether kids have been good or bad.  In fact, rather than lumps of coal, the worst of the really bad “kids” seem to get the vast majority of the presents.

One of these kids even had the audacity to explain that you shouldn’t fuss about all this, because he is doing “God’s work”.

check it out:

http://www.linkedin.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Ft0%2Egstatic%2Ecom%2Fimages%3Fq%3Dtbn%3AANd9GcTc3G_oBrcZzzADSAyxJITxgeRqBVW7SqL312IxOoXaM30swNOU&urlhash=eFk7&_t=tracking_disc

**several folks have asked whether they can repost the Santa piece I wrote.  Please feel free to link directly to the post on my site.  Thanks!

Ok,  I couldn’t resist posting this one! (not my creation but unsure of source):

 

The Politically Correct 12 Days Of Christmas

On the 12th day of the Eurocentrically imposed midwinter festival, my Significant Other in a consenting adult, monogamous relationship gave to me:

 TWELVE males reclaiming their inner warrior through ritual drumming, ELEVEN pipers piping (plus the 18-member pit orchestra made up of members in good standing of the Musicians Equity Union as called for in their union contract even though they will not be asked to play a note),
TEN melanin deprived testosterone-poisoned scions of the patriarchal ruling class system leaping,
NINE persons engaged in rhythmic self-expression,
EIGHT economically disadvantaged female persons stealing milk-products from enslaved Bovine-Americans,
SEVEN endangered swans swimming on federally protected wetlands, SIX enslaved Fowl-Americans producing stolen non-human animal products,
FIVE golden symbols of culturally sanctioned enforced domestic incarceration, (NOTE: after members of the Animal Liberation Front threatened to throw red paint at my computer, the calling birds, French hens and partridge have been reintroduced to their native habitat. To avoid further Animal-American enslavement, the remaining gift package has been revised.)
FOUR hours of recorded whale songs
THREE deconstructionist poets
TWO Sierra Club calendars printed on recycled processed tree carcasses and…
ONE Spotted Owl activist chained to an old-growth pear tree.

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 Here’s another fantastic video that manages to be hillarious and respectful all at once:

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA, WEB AND MOBILE TELL THE STORY OF THE NATIVITY 

 -Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon…

“Times change, the feeling remains the same.”

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BernankeLeaks, Fed & Wall Street Banks $12.3 Trillion Biggest Scam in World History


What if the greatest scam ever perpetrated was blatantly exposed, and the US media didn’t cover it? Does that mean the scam could keep going?

THAT’S WHAT WE ARE ABOUT TO FIND OUT!

I understand the importance of the new WikiLeaks documents. However, we must not let them distract us from the new information the Federal Reserve was forced to release.  These revelations we just found out from the one-time peek we got into the inner-workings of the Federal Reserve are the Wall Street equivalent of the Pentagon Papers.

“This was a hostile world takeover orchestrated through economic attacks by a very small group of unelected global bankers. They paralyzed the system, then were given the power to recreate it according to their own desires. No free market, no democracy of any kind. All done in secrecy. In the process, they gave themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses and impoverished tens of millions of people – they have put into motion a system that will inevitably collapse again and utterly destroy the very existence of what is left of an economic middle class.”

Based on many conversations I’ve had with people, it seems that the average person doesn’t comprehend how much a trillion dollars is, let alone 12.3 trillion. You might as well just say 12.3 gazillion, because people don’t grasp a number that large, nor do they understand what would be possible if that money was used in other ways.

Can you imagine what we could do to restructure society with $12.3 trillion? Think about that…

People also can’t grasp the colossal crime committed because they keep hearing the word “loans.” People think of the loans they get. You borrow money, you pay it back with interest, no big deal.

That’s not what happened here. The Fed doled out $12.3 trillion in near-zero interest loans, using the American people as collateral, demanding nothing in return, other than a bunch of toxic assets in some cases. They only gave this money to a select group of insiders, at a time when very few had any money because all these same insiders and speculators crashed the system.

Do you get that? The very people most responsible for crashing the system, were then rewarded with trillions of our dollars. This gave that select group of insiders unlimited power to seize control of assets and have unprecedented leverage over almost everything within their economies.

This was a hostile world takeover orchestrated through economic attacks by a very small group of unelected global bankers. They paralyzed the system, then were given the power to recreate it according to their own desires. No free market, no democracy of any kind. All done in secrecy. In the process, they gave themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses and impoverished tens of millions of people – they have put into motion a system that will inevitably collapse again and utterly destroy the very existence of what is left of an economic middle class.

That is not hyperbole. That is what happened.

Now what are YOU going to do about it?

 

read the entire “BernankeLeaks” on MarketOracle:

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article24837.html

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