Trends Tell No Lies! Prices Up, Up, Up!

June 12th, 2014

The following historical charts for commodities (products we all must purchase) demonstrate an upward trend; corn, beef, fuel, wood, etc.

When assessing the charts remember to keep in mind your real wages after taxes. Don’t forget the cost of medicine, car repairs, home repairs, school, childcare, and monthly bills. Now throw a date night in. Add all your wage and expense factors in along with the upward trends demonstrated below and you can see that life is getting more expensive. The upward trends will not decrease in any meaningful, long term way.

COMMODITY FOOD PRICE INDEX - 10 YEAR CHART

Description: Commodity Food Price Index, 2005 = 100, includes Cereal, Vegetable Oils, Meat, Seafood, Sugar, Bananas, and Oranges Price Indices

COMMODITY FUEL PRICE INDEX - 10 YEAR CHART

Description: Commodity Fuel (energy) Index, 2005 = 100, includes Crude oil (petroleum), Natural Gas, and Coal Price Indices

CRUDE OIL PRICE INDEX - 10 YEAR CHART

Description: Crude Oil (petroleum), Price index, 2005 = 100, simple average of three spot prices; Dated Brent, West Texas Intermediate, and the Dubai Fateh

COMMODITY AGRICULTURAL RAW MATERIALS PRICE INDEX - 10 YEAR CHART

Description: Commodity Agricultural Raw Materials Index, 2005 = 100, includes Timber, Cotton, Wool, Rubber, and Hides Price Indices

COMMODITY METALS PRICE INDEX - 10 YEAR CHART

Description: Commodity Metals Price Index, 2005 = 100, includes Copper, Aluminum, Iron Ore, Tin, Nickel, Zinc, Lead, and Uranium Price Indices

BLM & Government Monopolies

April 30th, 2014

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Doing a bit of research into the underhanded tactics of the BLM (Bureau of Land Management/federal government), some local government decisions, and various eminent domain actions it amazes me that more Cliven Bundy’s haven’t popped up to take on the collectivist actions of the taking of private property rights and actual land away from American citizens by government officials.

The following excerpt sums up much of the problem nicely.

A Breitbart article: Last May, U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones ruled that “the government and the agents of the government in that locale, sometime in the ’70s and ’80s, entered into a conspiracy, a literal, intentional conspiracy, to deprive the Hages of not only their permit grazing rights, for whatever reason, but also to deprive them of their vested property rights under the takings clause, and I find that that’s a sufficient basis to hold that there is irreparable harm if I don’t… restrain the government from continuing in that conduct.”

Judge Jones found the government’s demand for trespass fines and damages from innocent ranchers to be “abhorrent to the Court and I express on the record my offense of my own conscience in that conduct. That’s not just simply following the law and pursuing your management right, it evidences an actual intent to destroy their water rights, to get them off the public lands.”

Read the entire article HERE!

Assessing the judges statement against the BLM one would think he was about to sentence members of a notorious, organized crime family. The language is strong… condemning. And rightly so. Just because a branch of the government says something is so doesn’t make it true. Remember the moniker “Question authority”? It’s an important one in this modern day of overzealous, government incursions into our personal wealth, private lives, and private property.

Government, especially the Feds, is not God or even a powerful deity. It is made up of people who have a strong desire to tell citizens what they must and must not do. When one looks at current politics of our federal government it is clear that there is a war for public approval between two forces; the promise of socialism & the far reach of government versus the system of self-responsibility/capitalism, business models, and private wealth/private property.

Liberal groups (socialist & communists) blast business owners and capitalists as “evil”, greedy, selfish, and unfair. Liberals say these folks create the ills of the world and inequality for all. Yet the libs will promote liberal government policies as if they are well-thought out and can do no wrong. Policies that take hard earned capital from the middle-class plus the wealthier and give it to the “needy”. Only if these extremists could take a step back and realize that it is the federal government that is not the savior they claim it to be.

Ever notice how the common political answer to any problem is to simply throw money at it? They throw money at the education system yet US students continue to fall behind the world in test scores. They throw money at social programs yet more people become homeless all the time. We can even look at people who win the lottery. People who have no clue about money win millions and they blow through it like nothing. They end up broke. The money didn’t solve their problems. Their problems were only exacerbated. Big government, monstrous social programs, and unchecked spending is not the answer for society unless the true intent is to destroy it for some other model – a model of dependency.

Allowing the Federal Government to outright own and “manage” land can be beneficial in some cases. But they are literally creating a monopoly of American land. America is not government. America is the citizen, The People. Remember that. Government simply steers the nation in a direction. The People actually man the sails if willing.

Read some of the following stats about how much land is owned by the Feds. It blows the mind.

Today the federal government owns and manages roughly 635-640 million acres of land. Four agencies manage 609 million acres of this land: in the Department of the Interior (DOI), the National Park Service (NPS) manages 80 million acres, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 248 million acres, and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) manages 89 million acres (plus 217 million acres of marine refuges and monuments); and in the Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service (USFS) manages 193 million acres. Most of these lands are in the West, including Alaska. In addition, the Department of Defense administers 19 million acres in military bases, training ranges, and more. The remaining several million acres (estimated) are managed by a variety of government agencies.

Can you imagine the outcry from the liberals and the conservatives too if one corporation owned all of this land? 640 million acres! For what? I mean whatever happened to 40 acres and a mule at the end of slavery? Government is very greedy no matter the party. They benefit while citizens struggle under the weight of their Frankenstein policies.

Let’s take this exposure a step further. Beyond the hundreds of millions of acres that the Feds “own” (Should they even own land when it belongs to The People?) think about all the resources they control. I don’t simply mean natural resources which are highly important but think about the flow of cash, the creation of laws, the passing of bills, the arm of the military… they control all of that and so much more. Yet the libs scream about a business owner owning several corner stores and saving for a nice retirement? That is one-sided extremism at its finest.

It’s absolutely moronic to think that the government “owns” anything when it is our tax dollars that fund it in the first place. Today we literally fund our competitor (government) so it can buyout or intimidate land away from citizens with it’s well-staffed law offices and well-armed BLM thugs.

How can a struggling rancher, farmer or land owner fight such a force? They have limited money and families to support. Litigation and the fees are exhaustive. Meanwhile the government continues to take more of our personal wealth in the form of taxes and land. It’s a vicious cycle that isn’t recognized by many of the American people. In the meantime the power of government agencies like the BLM continues to grow just as the federal government’s monopoly on land, wealth, natural resources, and power does… and liberty and freedom fade.

Bundy’s Narrative Skewed By Media Matters?

April 25th, 2014

I can’t keep up with the minute-by minute-changes that occur in the news and that includes the Bundy Ranch standoff with the Feds. The Feds will certainly come back. They’re just regrouping, I’m sure.

It came out that Mr. Bundy is a racist. I read the interview and I immediately pulled back. My reaction was admittedly knee-jerk. More evidence has recently come to light. An actual video of what he said appears to exonerate him as a hater.

After I watched the following video, when it was made available to me, it appears that he isn’t a racist. He isn’t a hater. Yes, he uses old, backward terminology; such as “Negro”, but he doesn’t hate on anyone except for government policies that hinder people’s growth. In fact he states that the Mexicans have strong family ties and that the white man could take a page from them. I agree. White folks should be more into their families.

Still it doesn’t change the fact that he brought race up. I don’t think he should have. That is such a volatile issue that can blow up in anyone’s face if not handled correctly. Mr. Bundy appears to be a good guy but sometimes he takes on too much. And taking his lecture out of context doesn’t help. Shame on Media Matters for doing that. By the way… isn’t Media Matters funded by George Soros?

Here’s the video. Watch the entire clip and judge for yourself.

Politicians Vs. Anon Vs. Liberty Supporters Vs…

April 11th, 2014

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Paying attention to some of the movements here in the United States, I’ve noticed some glaring differences in these political factions but some similarities as well. Can these revolutionaries find some common ground and work together to make this nation great again? I came to some interesting conclusions as I wrote this article.

Let’s begin with Occupy Wall Street aka OWS. When I heard of this movement I paid attention. At first they appeared to be protesting the banks and Wall Street finance for creating the economic crash of 2008 and the aftereffects. As they grew in size and peaked they soon faded. Their message became like a news broadcast, changing by the minute. First they wanted to slam Wall Street. Then they wanted to destroy all capitalism, not crony capitalism or corporatism, all capitalism – America’s bread and butter.

I decided to visit the Occupy Oakland encampment. It was filled with potheads, slackers, wannabe skaters, and the downtrodden. Now all of these people are Americans too. But their way of life had nothing in common with mine except for the fact that they were upset with Wall Street. Unfortunately what OWS in general seem to want, imo, is socialism which invariably leads to communism. They think everyone should get free food and free housing and this would be provided by taxing the middle class and the rich. In other words they want freebies.

OWS is part of the “progressive” movement. Overall they are far left and very liberal; meaning low sexual morality, gay marriage and transgender surgeries must be embraced, hardcore feminism (end patriarchy), white people are guilty of everything, getting high is good, shouldn’t have to work if others are (tax the worker and the rich), Christianity is evil but all other religions and their backers are good guys, etc. The list can go on. It get’s old. Hence, OWS faded into the dustbin of history. They wanted too much, too fast and kept changing their tune. They’re still around… in pieces.

Affiliated with Occupy Wall Street is Anonymous. Anonymous showed up before OWS but aligned itself with them, riding on the coattails of popularity, not that Anons needed to make a name for themselves, but they saw a way to get their goals pushed with OWS (foot soldiers). Anons are anonymous people, especially computer programmers/technicians, etc. who hack into government and corporate systems to wreak havoc – hacktivists from all over the world. There are many Anonymous members and they don’t agree on everything. They have public arguments on Twitter. Some are conservative but the majority are “progressive”. Anons and OWS is like peanut butter and jelly. They go together well.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Tea Party and the Liberty Supporters. The Tea Party is another grassroots movement that has gained a lot of steam and been accepted into the political arena. They represent middle America and Republicans mainly. But they want the candidate to be conservative in ideology and practice. Tea Party members tend to be Christian, against abortion in most cases, support free-markets, don’t support corrupt politicians or abusive banks/corporations and aren’t for smoking weed.

Liberty Supporters (a broad term) have similar traits to the Tea Party but also some differences. Many Liberty Supporters are fed up with both Democrats and Republicans unlike the Tea Party which believes America’s issues can be worked out with Washington DC through the Republican party/conservative stance (this may be the biggest difference between these two groups). Liberty Supporters believe the rule of the land should be by the US Constitution. They are fed up with eminent domain, Agenda 21, the United Nations and America’s role in globalization. They want America’s borders as protected as banks. They believe in hard work, self-responsibility, and accountability. They also believe in privacy. The Tea Party and Liberty Supporters could agree on a lot just as both OWS and Anonymous could.

As you can see the two main “progressive” groups and the two main conservative groups differ on most everything. The Occupy movement and the Anons seem to want to completely change America and destroy capitalism while the Tea Party and Liberty Supporters mainly want the corruption out of Washington DC and to have this nation ruled by the US Constitution without economic manipulation.

The first two groups are more destructive to America and appear to be opportunists, attacking anything that implies or practices American traditions or values while the latter two groups want to preserve America, many past practices, and the moral fiber of the country.

The groups appear to be incompatible. The “progressive” movements are more volatile and aggressive. They often play the race card and resort to cussing in debates. They are mad and are justified in some respects but not if they can’t back up their bullet points with facts.

The conservative leaning movement is more calm, cool, and collected. Why? Because they are used to being targets and tend to be older and more mature. Cries of racism, anti-immigrant, and evil for believing in God is constantly thrown at them. Conservatives (not fake Bush conservatives) use history showing positive/acceptable points of past-America and how it can be great again as data in debates. They continually turn the other cheek to their own detriment.

The things that the “progressives” and the conservative groups agree on, without knowing it as they are too busy with their own goals, is that they both aren’t in favor of:

1.) Globalization
2.) Unjust war
3.) American military being used as a global police force
4.) Police brutality
5.) Political deception
6.) Economic manipulation
7.) Corporate control

Those are large issues. They effect the entire world. It seems that some of the differences in these groups may actually be smaller than they realize but they are so angry and engrossed by their narrow field of focus that anything different is the enemy and therefore no compromise of working together could ever happen. Just as a corrupt manager keeps employees divided with rumor and falsehoods and then proceeds to solve the same employees problems, so does the US govt act in this fashion.

If we could set aside the issues of vegans vs. meat eaters, gay and transgender rights, the race card, etc. and focus on stopping globalization/corporatism/tyrannical govt. as a united country, we could make a big difference.

The problem that I see now, as I write this, is that the “progressives” need and want more government on their side while the conservatives do not. If the “progressives” lean towards a dependent livelihood, mandating free housing and food but the conservatives want less government and more self-reliance upon family and hard work… how could this unification of groups for a larger cause (stopping globalization and the ensuing destruction of cultures/diversity/traditions) ever happen? There’s a 99% chance that it cannot.

Assessing the situation it appears “progressives” are supporters of globalization whether they want to acknowledge it or not. Their fight against traditional America is anti-nationalistic, hence anti-traditional family and culture. That spells it out.

Conservatives want to reign American government in and live peacefully. “Progressives” want to destroy the old America and replace it with a global system where everyone is “equal” (free housing, free food, a job hand-picked for you, and micromanaging rules to exist by) where no dissenters to the pseudo “equality-for-all” mantra will be tolerated and will ultimately be shouted down for being racists, sexists, and anti-gay. And so you know, equality-for-all actually means where you are no better, no more gifted, no more exceptional, and not worth listening too. You are an ant like all the other ants in the colony. The theme will be, “Here’s a sandwich and some chips. Now sit down and shut up!”

The final conclusion is apparent, sad, and scary too. It’s sad that many people have become so dependent on government handouts and have accepted that lifestyle with the rabid belief that everyone else should be taxed more in order to create more freebies. The “progressives” and the conservatives cannot work together. Do you see a way? Right now I don’t. The spectrum and the goals appear to be very wide. So wide that if either side began to achieve a successful revolt a civil war would surely ensue; such as in Syria where the Syrian government and Hezbollah is fighting against US backed Al Qaeda and their allies. That is a horrible and bloody civil war. The winners will be the globalists who will swoop upon the leftovers and ultimately reshape that country. Think it can’t happen in America?

In the end we are all people. Our political views don’t make up the entirety of who we are but we do often get caught up in our belief systems. So much so that anything disagreeable is immediately deemed an enemy to be beaten down. The problem is just that. If people make politics their life and their meaning for existing… that’s an extreme.

In America the idea is for us to see one another as Americans first. Differing views can be expressed. Although if an American is not just trying to change something for the better, but is actively trying to turn the entire country upside down, that is extreme and that I am afraid is an enemy to all patriotic Americans. We can discuss and poll. We can create stats and gather facts. But we cannot destroy this nation for some idealistic, global “progressive” utopia.

I am certain all other peoples in their respective country’s feel the same way. Nations deserve their autonomy. What they don’t deserve is some hacktivist who aims to dismantle their entire system nor do they deserve corrupt politicians along with greedy corporations who raid their bank accounts. And they most certainly do not deserve to be sucked into a global world order where everyone is provided for by some far away bureaucracy. The people of the world deserve true autonomy and to have their practices, cultures, traditions, and family lineage preserved, respected, and looked upon with pride.

Is that so hard to appreciate?

What #BUNDYRANCH Means

April 10th, 2014

Bundy Ranch

If you haven’t been following the plight of Bundy Ranch, owned by Cliven & Carol Bundy and their family since 1877 then you need to… now.

Apparently the Bundy’s have been in a dispute with the Feds; specifically Bureau of Land Management since the 90′s over grazing fees. The Bundy Ranch believes they have a right to graze their cattle on these lands due to longevity and heritage. The Bundy’s also believe it’s the State of Nevada that has jurisdiction, not the Feds. On the flip-side the Feds believe the Bundy’s have been skating by by not paying certain grazing fees.

One thing has lead to another. The Bundy’s won’t give up their rights, cattle, or ranch. Now 200 armed federal agents of BLM have moved in, surrounded the ranch, and are actively stealing the cattle and selling the livestock at auction (cattle rustlers used to hang for this). The Bundy’s have protested peacefully and have only been harassed, had weapons aimed at them, family members have been assaulted, and the climate is now tense.

Fortunately for social media; such as Twitter and Facebook, people have caught wind of what’s happening and they don’t like it one bit. Many neighbors from the locality and far away have shown up at the Bundy Ranch to support this family in defending its rights. But it’s not simply about them and grazing rights. Bundy Ranch means many different things to many different people.

The atmosphere in America today is full of fear. The federal government has created laws to freely spy on American citizens, detain citizens for an undetermined amount of time, torture citizens for information, and execute Americans without a trial.

We all know about the lies of the WMD’s in Iraq. We are aware of our hand in the destruction of Libya. Citizens know about our mess in Egypt and our governments support of Al Qaeda in Syria. We know how filthy, corrupt, and tyrannical our “elected” government has become. It’s not worth noting everything here. The corruption from both political parties and corporations has been well-documented. Needless to say the atmosphere in the US is thick with mistrust. Our government fears us and we fear them. Trusting one another seems impossible, and like a marriage, that is when it’s time for a divorce. Real talk.

Even if Cliven Bundy is found that he has no grazing rights this intensifying scenario means so much more. Having snipers aim weapons at you… creating First Amendment Zones so protestors can exercise their Freedom of Speech in a tiny spot… intimidating landowners (America’s provider of food)… it is clear to see that the Feds think The People are here to serve them and their agenda as opposed to having them (a government by the people and for the people) serve proud and intelligent Americans.

It’s a big moment. Will this simply fade away into history like Waco and Ruby Ridge or will it be the keg that sets off a revolt against the growing tyranny exercised by federal agents and their bosses across the nation? I’m not sure. I do know that people from all over want to show up at the Bundy Ranch and help this ranching family out. I also know from reading the social media sites that militia members are on their way to show both a sign of force and a willingness to protect the Bundys from being taken over. It’s that serious.

What happens now is anyone’s guess. What will BLM ultimately decide to do? If the cattle is all stolen and auctioned off how will the Bundy’s retaliate? Will someone cross a line and gunfire ensue? These are all relevant questions.

I’m certain that if shots are fired by federal agents, things will go from bad to worse. This could be the shot heard round the world; such as the Battle of Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War. The perspective about our untouchable government will make citizens want to get their hands on any Fed. Torches and pitchforks will be raised as The People chase the Frankenstein-like, mismanaged government agents up the steps of the capital.

It’s difficult to speculate on something like this. I hope it all ends peacefully. BLM drives away to never return. Obama repeals Obamacare and puts Holder in prison for the Fast and Furious gun-running program. The IRS is mandated to shrink by 50%. Our military is brought home. At home spying programs are eliminated. Corporations can’t go offshore for cheap labor. So many hopes. Just one of the above would be a step in the right direction.

As Americans standing together we should pray that the Feds turn tail and realize that it’s just not worth it. The men and women in those brown shirts should also realize that their paychecks and pensions aren’t worth sucking the freedoms from America, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. If the federal employees would search their hearts and join the ranks of the Liberty Supporters, the patriotic, and those who believe in rebuilding our wonderful nation… we could do anything. The USA could be a better place if a middle chord is struck. Unfortunately in the ranks of federal agents there is the fear of not having money. They are bought and paid for until they rid themselves of their master’s intimidating aura.

So people at Bundy Ranch, stay strong, vigilant, alert, and ready to confront those men and women who know not what they do. Educate them. Yell at them. Spank them. Whatever it is that will awaken The People of the USA… do it. But do it carefully. Give peace a chance and see how the feds react.

Rumor has it that YouTube was deleting the Bundy Ranch videos. Find them if you can and post them somewhere less controlling for everyone to watch.

Image from bundyranch.blogspot.com

American Economy About To Fall Apart?

April 4th, 2014

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Why would I say something like that? Sure we have economists, folks in the Liberty Movement, followers of God, and preppers claiming that end times are upon us. Some say these are end times for the entire world. Others say it’s for the USA. I’ll tell you what… if it’s for the USA then you can bet your last dollar that a rough road is ahead for the world too. So why is the economy about to go south here in God’s country?

First a bit of history on why the American dollar is so widely used across the globe and why the high demand.

According to Wikipedia: A reserve currency (or anchor currency) is a currency that is held in significant quantities by governments and institutions as part of their foreign exchange reserves, and that is commonly used in international transactions. Persons who live in a country that issues a reserve currency can purchase imports and borrow across borders more cheaply than persons in other nations because they need not exchange their currency to do so.

The United States dollar is the world’s reserve currency, and the world’s need for dollars has allowed the United States government as well as US Americans to borrow at lower costs, granting them an advantage in excess of $100 billion per year. However, by increasing the value of the dollar, its status as a reserve currency hurts U.S. exporters.

According to the Wall Street Journal: When a South Korean wine wholesaler wants to import Chilean cabernet, the Korean importer buys U.S. dollars, not pesos, with which to pay the Chilean exporter. Indeed, the dollar is virtually the exclusive vehicle for foreign-exchange transactions between Chile and Korea, despite the fact that less than 20% of the merchandise trade of both countries is with the U.S.

Chile and Korea are hardly an anomaly: Fully 85% of foreign-exchange transactions world-wide are trades of other currencies for dollars. What’s more, what is true of foreign-exchange transactions is true of other international business. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries sets the price of oil in dollars. The dollar is the currency of denomination of half of all international debt securities. More than 60% of the foreign reserves of central banks and governments are in dollars.

Right now America is escalating sanctions (a pissing contest) with Russia over the “invasion” and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Why we care so much, I don’t know. Perhaps it’s the perfect excuse for us to ignite WWIII. American politicians are painting the USA into a corner with its boisterous mouth and actions. Russia, of course, is not sitting back. Instead they are taking full advantage of the situation.

I saw an article on Zerohedge that set off a light bulb. Russia (as well as China) is making some bold moves: China has led the BRICS efforts to dislodge the dollar from its position as the main global currency, but the “sanctions war” between Washington and Moscow gave an impetus to the long-awaited scheme to launch the petroruble and switch all Russian energy exports away from the US currency.

Apparently a large deal with India to bypass US dollars for oil is also in the works. So now we can include China, Russia, India, Iran, and other countries too that will bypass the dollar and trade in Yaun, Rubles, and other currencies. This will be a huge blow to the American economy and its world reserve currency status. Therefore the American economy is about to fall apart and WWIII will ignite. There is no negotiating our way out of this.

God I feel sorry for the American consumer. How distracted. How blind. How consumer driven and quick-fix oriented we have been brainwashed to become. Yet there sits Russia, China, and others coiled and ready to strike at Yankee Doodle (Yankee Doodle was originally sung by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees” during the Revolutionary war).

If the shoe fits…

I suspect that by the end of this summer there are going to be some heated exchanges between the US political structure and Russia. We might as well include China in there too – Russia’s new BFF. Solutions won’t be forthcoming as we all know that the dilution of the dollar via the Fed’s QE program will only push dollar buyers further away (especially China). So the fix is in. Russia anted up. What will the USA’s next play be? All in (militarily)? Offer cheap real estate to the Russian-Chinese axis; how about an entire state like Nevada? The Feds own hundreds of millions of acres.

Image from Dr. Leonard Coldwell.

The Middle Class Balances Society

April 4th, 2014

Middle Path

Ever hear of the “Middle Path”?

According to Buddha (aka Siddhartha Gautama) it is the character of the path he discovered that leads to liberation. There is addiction to indulgence of sense-pleasures, which is low, coarse, the way of ordinary people, unworthy, and unprofitable; and there is addiction to self-mortification, which is painful, unworthy, and unprofitable.

Avoiding both these extremes, the Tathagata (the Perfect One) has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana. And what is that Middle Path realized by the Tathagata…? It is the Noble Eightfold path, and nothing else, namely: right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.

You may be wondering what this has to do with the middle class? What makes something work so well is balance. Balance cannot be had if extremes of one end or the other are achieved. In society, especially American society, there are three main classes of existence for citizens – the rich, the middle class, and the struggling. Now keep in mind that this isn’t about class war. This is about extremes.

Existing as a struggling person in America, housing is most often limited to poor conditions. Diet is limited to cheap/unhealthy food. The intellect is limited to choices that are the norm within the poor condition of the neighborhood, overall environment, people, and commonality (hunger, desperation, anger, violence). A hopeless energy pervades the majority of the area and the people that survive there. This is not to say that all American citizens who are classified as poor per economic indicators behave terribly. But there are many more difficult situations to overcome concerning the basics compared to the other two brackets of existence.

Now let’s look at the other extreme. The polar opposite of the “existence spectrum” are the rich. Existing as a rich person in America, housing is only limited by personal preference; meaning all housing with a price is available as an option. Diet is what one decides to consume. The intellect is more likely to be advanced due to better parenting options, education options, and a wealth of resources available. The neighborhood architecture is representative of the occupants; extreme, over-the-top, excessive. Hunger, desperation, anger, and violence are rare occurrences unless it is related to a business decision. As you can read, money is the root of happiness or despair. Cash and the availability of it is the common theme between the two extremes of rich and struggling.

The personalities of the two classes are extremes too. The struggling may have their own lingo as opposed to proper English. The rich use proper English but may also understand more complicated terms and apply them. These of course are stereotypes. But stereotypes also come from truth. Group-speak is often more powerful than the individual who says “Judge me on my merits alone”. The media and others tend to bundle people into neat packages that are supposed to define one group compared to another. Again some of the bundling may be true when applied to groups. Statistics and the existence of math bares this out in many ways. It just depends on who is fudging the numbers.

The strugglers can be angry at their own existence, who they were born to, and where they live. On the other hand the rich can be oblivious to what’s right or wrong but be attuned to only what they want at the moment and on down the road because it’s accessible. Still from one extreme to another personalities on both sides can be warped, corrupted, and destroyed. The struggling may pimp some girls out. The rich may “rent” those girls for self-pleasure. The struggling may smuggle/sell street drugs. The rich may be customers. Demand always has a supplier as price dictates choice and opportunity. The higher quality a product then the greater the price. This is where the lack of morality and the lack of appreciation comes into play.

Those who struggle don’t have much to appreciate. What’s food in the belly if it tastes horrible or it’s common knowledge that it will lead to an early death? Living may turn into existing for the sake of “getting mine” until someone else takes him or her out. The same goes for many of the rich. Living turns into existing if everything is available. Sure it may be more fun for a time but if appreciation isn’t there and expectation of unlimited availability is always there then that is a hallow shell in fancy clothes. Life becomes dull and loses its luster. The key is that there is a lack of morality. A lack of appreciation. A lack of respecting the self and others.

A nation cannot survive on extremes. The extremes of the haves and the have-nots. This is where the middle path comes into play. In this case it is the middle class. Balanced as opposed to poor or elite. The middle class employs the most people. The middle class is taxed the most. The middle class creates the majority of businesses. They are the generators of inventions, ideas, products, commerce, employment, and the main flow of capital. The middle class tends to appreciate what they have because they worked for it. Their neighborhoods tend to be conservative in appearance, not overly decorated or rundown. They appreciate what they have. Their morality tends to be, especially in the past, honed upon a religious upbringing, respect for family values, and a desire to do well. It is this sweat of the brow, the self-made person that elicits appreciation for most things, people, and the self. The middle class is balanced as well as the heart of America. Without them there is nothing but the haves vs. the have-nots. And that cannot work for long.

I know that I have made generalizations here. There are many success stories from the struggling class. That sense of hopelessness invigorates many to succeed and to create healthier and more successful lives for them and their family. Not all who have little money are bad and I don’t mean to infer that. Growing up, we lived in a Volkswagen bus for a time. We struggled but grew from it.

On the flip-side not all rich people have their heads buried in a pile of cash. There are many well-to-do people who enjoy making money and employing others while offering great benefit packages. There are financially elite people who believe in free markets as opposed to crony capitalism. Some wealthy people see how the system has been abused and would like to see the abusers jailed. Not all rich folks believe they own the world or suffer from a lack of morality and a appreciation for life.

It is not my belief that the rich should be taxed so much that their wealth is ultimately transferred to those who struggle at the other end of the spectrum. Taxing or confiscating another person’s wealth and giving it to another is theft. Theft by government. The person receiving that infusion of cash is not becoming a more moral person or somehow becoming more appreciative or respectable. They are simply getting money. Money for nothing.

It is the hard work that one applies to not only themselves as a growing person but also as a working human that sparks the growth of self-knowledge. Self-knowledge sparks exploration. Exploration sparks new insights and experiences. Hard work is the key to the middle class. This is the balance that is necessary in America. And the middle class is being taxed and priced out of existence. The taxes go to massive social programs for those who struggle. Prices are paid by the middle class for goods – profits for the rich. It is the middle class that is taking the hits from both ends. Yet it is they that are the key to a successful society.

In order for America to survive as a free nation that honors the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the reasonable laws of the land it must rein in the government, allow the free market to operate, and put limits on how massive a corporation can get and punish it if it drops its workers for cheap, overseas labor. It is middle America that is the life blood of this country. Being slammed for wanting to succeed, for going to church, for having family values and morals, for employing people fairly – what is the point of being a free people if one is being slammed for being just that, free?

Allow the middle class to breathe. Let them grow without unlimited government intervention. Watch as they employ more people and success is shared. This is the core of the middle class and it can be achieved. All is not lost.

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Time For America To Do The Opposite?

March 29th, 2014

opposite

There’s a saying that goes, “If what you’re doing isn’t working then try the opposite”. I don’t remember who said it but I’ve always kept that one locked away in the brain for future use. I believe those that can apply it are nimble enough to adapt to change. Practitioners have the ability to see their own errors and/or a landscape that requires flexibility, not stubborn rigidity.

The saying applies to the US government’s current actions, inactions, and policies. According to Paul Craig Roberts recent post, Pushing Toward The Final War, he states the following:

Washington is the government that invaded and destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq on the basis of lies. Washington is the government that financed and organized the overthrow of the Libyan and Honduran governments and that is currently attempting to do the same thing to Syria and Venezuela. Washington is the government that attacks with drones and bombs populations in the sovereign countries of Pakistan and Yemen. Washington is the government that has troops all over Africa. Washington is the government that has surrounded Russia, China, and Iran with military bases. It is this warmongering collection of Washington war criminals that now asserts that it is standing up for international ideals against Russia.

Now I’m not so naive to believe that other countries haven’t spied on, infiltrated, invaded, annexed, or treated their neighbors unfairly. The difference between us and them is that America, which is represented by the US government, is supposed to be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. A country where Lady Liberty stands tall and proud. Where the scales of justice are fair and balanced. It’s spelled out in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This isn’t simple propaganda. Yet for the past several decades all of our forefather’s and nation’s documented ideals and laws are being trampled upon in the name of not only American interests but global interests.

If Paul Craig Roberts is to be taken seriously, and I believe he is, then America is in deep trouble. So I would think that if current US government moves aren’t getting the desired results (if that is the honest case) then perhaps the opposite should be the next move. If our “elected” leaders are serious about American law and respecting the freedom and liberty of not only its citizens but that of other nations too then I would think a pull back is in order.

The image of America has taken a huge hit in not only international circles but at home as well. Thinking logically, if I am upsetting not only my coworkers but my family members too then the commonsense step would be for me to change my behavior, apologize to everyone, and get back to my original self so I don’t lose my job and my family. We are interconnected labor wise, economically, and through close relationships. That move makes sense.

So why doesn’t the US government pull back? Why aren’t we reigning in our troops? How come we haven’t stopped the abusive spy programs? When will a top tier government official be prosecuted for their role in the Fast and Furious gun running program or for using the IRS to intimidate conservative non-profit groups? How come leadership of socialistic groups like Occupy Wall Street continue on unfettered but law abiding citizens; such as gun owners and journalists are being threatened to have their rights have modest burdens placed upon them? Why is the US Navy’s motto “A Global Force For Good”?

If America’s politicians truly have the heart of an American, if they are patriots as opposed to multinational corporatists and globalists, they would see that it is not only in America’s best interest but also the world’s best interest if they pulled back, shrank US government from its current bloated bureaucracy and became a government for The People by The People. Instead of creating more complicated laws as opposed to enforcing current laws on the books and instead of intertwining with global groups that ensnare all people, America would become a more free nation.

It is in America’s best interest to do the opposite of what it is doing now. Sometimes going in reverse gives the driver the ability to see from a better angle. Stating such a move, some would call me an isolationist. That is a think-tank term concocted to belittle anyone who believes we should focus on our country, our fellow countrymen, and what ills we are going through. This term makes me look bad in some eyes because it’s a simple label that is supposed to encapsulate me as someone who fears the world or a xenophobe when in fact the opposite is true.

I embrace the world with respect. I respect a nation’s autonomy. All cultures have the God given right to practice their way of life until it changes from within for whatever reason. American capitalism has been manipulated, abused, and finally morphed into corporatism while simultaneously jumping on the bandwagon of globalization as justification to assist in the spread of consumerism, one of the many prongs of attack on foreign cultures and diversity everywhere. I have zero respect for self-sustaining goals that are placed upon the backs and minds of the uneducated, naive, or genuinely kind people of the world.

Our politicians won’t do the opposite. I know that. Too much money, debt, and human beings as the ultimate resource is at stake. Therefore I know that what US politicians are doing to its citizens and the world is actually well-thought out, orchestrated, and obviously on purpose with prejudice towards freedom. If America had honest people in charge this country would be much better off. Instead we have corrupt, greedy caricatures of humans in office who are intentionally ramming America’s reputation down the toilet with immoral media, massive spy programs, taking of natural resources, and invading wherever convenient.

The lesson here is this – don’t be like an American politician. When you have a problem, especially a chronic one, do the opposite. You may even need to isolate yourself for a time to avoid those toxic relationships in your life. It makes sense and it may pay off in dividends.

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377 Words That May Trigger An Official Visit

March 28th, 2014

DHS

According to Sovereign Man, the Department of Homeland Security and other US government alphabet agencies specifically monitor the internet for 377 particular words. I am sure there are other words, phrases, and numbers they hone in on but be assured, you are safe because of this non-stop, diligent, government sponsored, spying program. Then again, perhaps you are the party of interest.

List of DHS monitoring keywords:

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Coast Guard (USCG)
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Border Patrol
Secret Service (USSS)
National Operations Center (NOC)
Homeland Defense
Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Agent
Task Force
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Fusion Center
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
Secure Border Initiative (SBI)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)
Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Air Marshal
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
National Guard
Red Cross
United Nations (UN)
Assassination
Attack
Domestic security
Drill
Exercise
Cops
Law enforcement
Authorities
Disaster assistance
Disaster management
DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office)
National preparedness
Mitigation
Prevention
Response
Recovery
Dirty bomb
Domestic nuclear detection
Emergency management
Emergency response
First responder
Homeland security
Maritime domain awareness (MDA)
National preparedness initiative
Militia Shooting
Shots fired
Evacuation
Deaths
Hostage
Explosion (explosive)
Police
Disaster medical assistance team (DMAT)
Organized crime
Gangs
National security
State of emergency
Security
Breach
Threat
Standoff
SWAT
Screening
Lockdown
Bomb (squad or threat)
Crash
Looting
Riot
Emergency
Landing
Pipe bomb
Incident
Facility
Hazmat
Nuclear
Chemical spill
Suspicious package/device
Toxic
National laboratory
Nuclear facility
Nuclear threat
Cloud
Plume
Radiation
Radioactive
Leak
Biological infection (or event)
Chemical
Chemical burn
Biological
Epidemic
Hazardous
Hazardous material incident
Industrial spill
Infection
Powder (white)
Gas
Spillover
Anthrax
Blister agent
Chemical agent
Exposure
Burn
Nerve agent
Ricin
Sarin
North Korea
Outbreak
Contamination
Exposure
Virus
Evacuation
Bacteria
Recall
Ebola
Food Poisoning
Foot and Mouth (FMD)
H5N1
Avian
Flu
Salmonella
Small Pox
Plague
Human to human
Human to Animal
Influenza
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Drug Administration (FDA)
Public Health
Toxic Agro
Terror Tuberculosis (TB)
Agriculture
Listeria
Symptoms
Mutation
Resistant
Antiviral
Wave
Pandemic
Infection
Water/air borne
Sick
Swine
Pork
Strain
Quarantine
H1N1
Vaccine
Tamiflu
Norvo Virus
Epidemic
World Health Organization (WHO) (and components)
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
E. Coli
Infrastructure security
Airport
CIKR (Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources)
AMTRAK
Collapse
Computer infrastructure
Communications infrastructure
Telecommunications
Critical infrastructure
National infrastructure
Metro
WMATA
Airplane (and derivatives)
Chemical fire
Subway
BART
MARTA
Port Authority
NBIC (National Biosurveillance Integration Center)
Transportation security
Grid
Power
Smart
Body scanner
Electric
Failure or outage
Black out
Brown out
Port
Dock
Bridge
Cancelled
Delays
Service disruption
Power lines
Drug cartel
Violence
Gang
Drug
Narcotics
Cocaine
Marijuana
Heroin
Border
Mexico
Cartel
Southwest
Juarez
Sinaloa
Tijuana
Torreon
Yuma
Tucson
Decapitated
U.S. Consulate
Consular
El Paso
Fort Hancock
San Diego
Ciudad Juarez
Nogales
Sonora
Colombia
Mara salvatrucha
MS13 or MS-13
Drug war
Mexican army
Methamphetamine
Cartel de Golfo
Gulf Cartel
La Familia
Reynosa
Nuevo Leon
Narcos
Narco banners (Spanish equivalents)
Los Zetas
Shootout
Execution
Gunfight
Trafficking
Kidnap
Calderon
Reyosa
Bust
Tamaulipas
Meth Lab
Drug trade
Illegal immigrants
Smuggling (smugglers)
Matamoros
Michoacana
Guzman
Arellano-Felix
Beltran-Leyva
Barrio Azteca
Artistic Assassins
Mexicles
New Federation
Terrorism
Al Qaeda (all spellings)
Terror
Attack
Iraq
Afghanistan
Iran
Pakistan
Agro
Environmental terrorist
Eco terrorism
Conventional weapon
Target
Weapons grade
Dirty bomb
Enriched
Nuclear
Chemical weapon
Biological weapon
Ammonium nitrate
Improvised explosive device
IED (Improvised Explosive Device)
Abu Sayyaf
Hamas
FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces Colombia)
IRA (Irish Republican Army)
ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna)
Basque Separatists
Hezbollah
Tamil Tigers
PLF (Palestine Liberation Front)
PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization
Car bomb
Jihad
Taliban
Weapons cache
Suicide bomber
Suicide attack
Suspicious substance
AQAP (AL Qaeda Arabian Peninsula)
AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb)
TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan)
Yemen
Pirates
Extremism
Somalia
Nigeria
Radicals
Al-Shabaab
Home grown
Plot
Nationalist
Recruitment
Fundamentalism
Islamist
Emergency
Hurricane
Tornado
Twister
Tsunami
Earthquake
Tremor
Flood
Storm
Crest
Temblor
Extreme weather
Forest fire
Brush fire
Ice
Stranded/Stuck
Help
Hail
Wildfire
Tsunami Warning Center
Magnitude
Avalanche
Typhoon
Shelter-in-place
Disaster
Snow
Blizzard
Sleet
Mud slide or Mudslide
Erosion
Power outage
Brown out
Warning
Watch
Lightening
Aid
Relief
Closure
Interstate
Burst
Emergency Broadcast System
Cyber security
Botnet
DDOS (dedicated denial of service)
Denial of service
Malware
Virus
Trojan
Keylogger
Cyber Command
2600
Spammer
Phishing
Rootkit
Phreaking
Cain and abel
Brute forcing
Mysql injection
Cyber attack
Cyber terror
Hacker
China
Conficker
Worm
Scammers
Social media

I am sure that this list is flexible; meaning as US targets, interests, and people who speak up change, so does the word list. Not all of it. Some of the words are probably classics and always stay under Big Brother’s watch; such as gunfight, execution, or assassination. Words like that never go unnoticed. Uh oh. I just wrote all those words. Now I’m being watched. You know what though? I bet I’ve been watched for some time. Why? Because I write. I write about the negatives of globalization and how it’s unfolding and being dumped upon the people of the world. I’m not a conformist in that regard. Oh well.

So how does it feel if you’re a reporter, journalist, writer, blogger, activist, or simply a good citizen and you have to second-guess whether or not you should type a particular word because you’re afraid of possible consequences? Pretty lame, eh?

Welcome to your new Amerika.

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A Modest Burden Placed On Your Rights

March 26th, 2014

Modest Burden

On Tuesday, 03/25/14, a federal appeals court upheld two San Francisco gun laws challenged by the National Rifle Association and gun owners who live in the city.

One of the city’s gun laws challenged bans the sale of ammunition that expands on impact, has “no sporting purpose” and is commonly referred to as hollow-point bullets.

Chuck Michel, the lead attorney on the NRA-backed lawsuit said, “Self-defense is not a sport.”

Judge Sandra Ikuta said San Francisco residents were free to buy the banned bullets outside city limits. That limitation “imposes only modest burdens on the Second Amendment right,” she stated.

So reading between the lines am I to assume that it’s okay to limit The People’s constitutional rights (The Bill of Rights) within a city’s boundaries? Ikuta admitted that it’s okay to buy the targeted ammunition elsewhere and that by outright banning it in San Francisco as a purchasable product that she is restraining the Second Amendment or is she really restraining it at all? Perhaps she is simply using such offensive language to set a precedent for future constitutional cases?

The scary thing here is what does a “modest burden” look like when it comes to American citizen’s constitutional rights? Are modest burdens being placed on other rights? Let’s take a look.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

What about freedom of speech? Have American citizens ever been shutdown because the US Government didn’t like what someone was saying? Have they been falsely accused of abusing their freedom of speech in order to coverup a government action/inaction? Of course! Remember Sam Bacile?

He made an anti-Muslim film that the US Government blamed for causing the riots in Benghazi where US diplomats and coworkers were killed. Mr. Bacile went into hiding due to the media spotlight that was immediately placed on him. Soon after he was conveniently arrested for violating parole by uploading the video to YouTube (which I haven’t watched nor am I defending).

It came out that President Obama and his staff did nothing to jump on top of the Benghazi killings until some time after and that the anti-Muslim video was used as a scapegoat.

So was the arrest of the video-maker simply a “modest burden” placed on his right to freedom of speech?

How about freedom of press, also listed in Amendment I? According to this article in the NY Daily News Dozens of leading news organizations have protested to the White House against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties.

Some press groups urged their members to stop using official photos and video handed out by the White House, dismissing them as little more than “government propaganda.”

Are these actions simply a “modest burden” on the constitution and the Bill of Rights? If so, are modest burdens acceptable? If we are conditioned to accept these modest burdens then how will we put up a fight if modest turns to strong? It’s these little nudges that need to be stopped otherwise we will be too afraid to stop strong attacks, let alone modest, on our nation’s laws.

Here’s another example; Amendment IV which is the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

We all know about Snowden’s revelations (and verification) about the massive, global spy network the NSA and other US Government agencies have been illegally invading everyone’s privacy and collecting personal data. Not considering the global community for a moment, is this simply a modest burden placed upon the Fourth Amendment? Is spying on American citizens and collecting their data without a warrant acceptable because a terrorist may be plotting? So it’s okay to toss the Bill of Rights out the window?

There have been so many news articles, television shows, interviews and other revelations about the abuse the US Government has been performing when it comes to the Fourth Amendment that I’m thinking we are simply becoming conditioned to accept it because they know that we won’t do anything about it and that by saturating us with this information that it becomes second-nature and okay. We may not like it but it’s just one of the necessities for safety as opposed to freedom and liberty. This is how many American people justify this oppressive behavior – by lowering their head and going with the flow.

Mr. and Mrs. America need to wake up. Do we want to become like the USSR of the Cold War era where neighbors spy on one another? Where the press is controlled by the state? Where guns aren’t legal to own? The USSR was a horrible place to live… er survive. People struggled for good food, legitimate news and trustworthy neighbors. And that is exactly what will happen in America if we don’t smash these “modest burdens”.

Go get to work and stop this crap! What the hell you waitin’ for?!

Image from Karen Levine blog.