Friday, August 31, 2012
Being a bit of a nutter, I spend a lot of time on Turd Ferguson's precious metals blog. One of the regulars goes by the name of Katie Rose. She recently posted this and I think people would do well to read it and see she is talking about much more than alfalfa.
Alfalfa ~ Lessons I am learning
By Katie Rose
Since this is a website where we continue to stack gold and silver to protect our families from the inevitable monetary collapse, I thought I'd share with you about another group of folks who are also stacking.
Unlike paper gold and silver that can stretch a commodity, farmers are stacking something more precious to them than both gold and silver. Because of the drought, farmers are stacking alfalfa. And believe me, it has become as scarce and as costly as physical PM's.
We have a farm hand who is in jail due to an old drunk driving charge. When he turned himself in three years ago, the court sent him packing, saying he was "a non-violent offender" and the "jail was full." It's harvest time, so of course, an officer showed up and hauled him away, just when I need him the most. I can't stack ten tons of alfalfa, he can. :)
So I have been distracted and not on top of securing the 10 tons of alfalfa I need for the winter. Before this was not a concern, lots of ranchers growing tons and tons of alfalfa. And I had lots of farmers who told me to call them the last week of August for second cutting. They wouldn't take any orders, I was to call them. They wouldn't let me prepay either.
I have called and called and called. So far, all I have is 2 tons in the barn, and 3 more tons promised. One farmer with 700 acres of alfalfa has been selling his harvest to local folks for two days and only has 1 ton left! This is unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am seeing a low level panic among hobby farmers like myself. Farmers we usually purchase alfalfa from have none, have sold it to hay dealers in other parts of the country, or are holding on to it to see what it will bring this winter.
And I have a gut wrenching feeling that the panic I am experiencing among my friends is a foretaste of what we will be experiencing around food and PM's in the future.
- No one will tell me where they are getting their alfalfa until they have all they need safely stacked in their barns first.
- The farmers are reluctant to sell until they know how much they can get from out of area buyers.
- There are no buyers for farm animals right now, as no one knows how they will be able to feed the animals this winter. And we are being told it will be a hard winter.
I was just a few days too late, and the alfalfa is gone. This is only Wed. of the last week of August, and the alfalfa is leaving by the semi load heading east.
So, being resourceful, I am going to begin a grand experiment. I am going to purchase a few tons of organic barley from a local farmer. It is ordered and not yet harvested. Then I am going to do a "Redneck sprouting system" in our laundry room. Hopefully, I can create enough "fodder" to fill in the gaps from the missing alfalfa.
There are so many lessons to be learned from this.
I hope you have a supply of food to see you through difficult times. There is a feeling of panic around here concerning alfalfa. Most of us need second cutting alfalfa, and it came and went in the twinkling of an eye. I suspect we may be just weeks away from the same quiet panic when it comes to long term storage food. This has not been a good year for farmers.
There will be a time (maybe not this year, but soon) when our grocery store shelves will look like those stripped clean prior to a hurricane or a major snow storm. I am seeing it here with alfalfa. It gives me no pleasure at all to know the same is on the horizon for food.
When I asked is she minded me posting this here and, if not, did she have anything she'd like me to say by way of attribution, her response was
The truth is, I am just a woman who has too many goats and not enough alfalfa.........
We could a lot more like her.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
From a comment on Zerohedge
The prices of gold and silver are suppressed and will always be suppressed... until one of two things occur.
1-The entire f'ing system collapses, in which case gold and silver will immediately become priceless.
or 2-The suppression of gold and silver prices fails, which collapses the entire f'ing system (see #1).
There's nothing in between.
Friday, August 24, 2012
From ZeroHedge, originally posted at Reason.com (via Richmond Times-Dispatch),
Monday, August 20, 2012
The Eye of Sauron
People speak of the onrush of the police state. I think that many do not understand how fast it comes, or how thorough it will be.
The political framework falls rapidly into place. Few or no safeguards exist, and probably few are possible. A growing authoritarianism rapidly erodes what protections we had. The courts allow random searches of passengers of trains and subways without probable cause. Warrantless tapping of personal communications is rampant, or done with secret warrants from a secret federal judge. TSA has Viper squads that stop cars at random for searches. In many places it is against the law to video the police, who everywhere become more militarized and less accountable. For practical purposes, citizens have no recourse.
At a higher level of generality, America is no longer a democracy. If you think this a rash assertion, ask yourself whether you have the slightest influence over policies that matter to you. Suppose that you want to end the wars, shrink the military, end affirmative action, genuinely change education, or reform a hostile and unworkable bureaucracy. Who do you vote for? Important policies are made in faceless bureaucracies immune to public influence. National politics employs a sort of political price-fixing, in which you are permitted to choose among a number on indistinguishable candidates and told that you are having an election.Please read it all.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
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No, fellas, I think I'll pass. It was fun while it lasted.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
I can understand why people might not like Louis Farrakhan. He has been absolutely pilloried by the mainstream media and organizations like the SPLC and the ADL. The same people call Ron Paul supporters dangerous extremists. I'm not going to defend everything about him or the Nation of Islam, but one of the main emphasis Farrakhan and the NOI have is on self-sufficiency rather than dependence upon government and nothing in this video is any different from what you might hear on Infowars, the Daily Bell or any other "right wing" alternative news source.
As I said about Ann Barnhardt, I dismiss some of the more extreme positions she takes, but she it speaking truth about the financial markets and attacking her character does not diminish the content of her message. Farrakhan scares the bejezus out many white people, but I for one would rather deal with a hundred men like him than one Al Sharpton.
Your mileage may vary.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Our current governmental system has adopted a policy of open theater, in which the two sides of the false paradigm now barely hide their farcical opposition to each other. Their rhetoric no longer obscures their acts of political collusion in the destruction of our founding principles and Constitutional protections. In the past several years they have acted in the best interests of corporate minorities and moneyed elites without hiding their intentions towards globalism and the destruction of sovereignty, fearlessly spitting on the redresses of the public. All of this while they arm themselves to the teeth with billion-plus round stockpiles of ammunition and Orwellian surveillance technologies. Yet, foolish subsections of our populace still argue that the government is a “product of elections”, and is “made up of Americans for Americans”. Even if we do not see them as an enemy, they certainly see us as such.http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-how-defeat-tyranny
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
...I will say right up front that Ann Barnhardt is a fire breathing Catholic fundamentalist who is obsessed with islamofascism, but she was also a successful commodity futures trader. She knows the financial system from the inside. In this video she is talking about her area of expertise. By way of comparison, I would dismiss anything Bono has to say about politics, but if he were giving a lecture on the workings of the pop music business I would be a fool not to listen to what he was saying.So, with that bit of background I offer this...
If you still have money in a 401-K or an IRA get out NOW!
I dumped my 401-K last year and bought precious metals. Every month I buy a modest amount of silver. I keep just enough money in my checking account to cover my bills each month. This is not a game. They, and by they I mean the federal government and the Wall Street banks, are going to take your money. It is inevitable. You have been warned. When it happens--and it will--you will have no one to blame but yourself.
Don't come asking me or all the others who have telling you about this for help unless you bring something of real value to trade.
The people who actually create wealth and produce value have been carrying the rest long enough. Grow a pair and do something while you still can.
Monday, August 13, 2012
It just gets better and better...
Tomorrow's soldiers could be able to run at Olympic speeds and will be able to go for days without food or sleep, if new research into gene manipulation is successful.
According to the U.S. Army's plans for the future, their soldiers will be able to carry huge weights, live off their fat stores for extended periods and even regrow limbs blown apart by bombs.
The plans were revealed by novelist Simon Conway, who was granted behind-the-scenes access to the Pentagon's high-tech Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.
There was a time when court houses seemed to be designed as temples of Justice.
Here we have the Montgomery County Maryland Judicial Center.
More than anything, it seems it would have been at home in Moscow during the 1950s; the very best of Soviet Architecture--both imposing and bland.
They seemed to have picked the highest ground in the area. It towers over the city and it stands out on the horizon from every direction like a medieval castle, ensuring all and sundry know who is in charge.
The difference, among other things, is castles did not bristle with antennae. I'm sure both the Soviets and the feudal lords would envy such advancements.
And if it weren't already large enough, here in the Great Recession they've still managed to fund an expansion.
I can only wonder how much of the money is coming from the Department of Homeland Security?
Sleep well, peasants, your wise overlords are more powerful than ever and ever vigilant against the threats surrounding them: you and me.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
When I first joined the military I was a good, George Bush conservative who wanted to serve my country. But after three deployments to the Middle East as an infantryman I came to several realizations.
First, how can I petition or demonstrate against the U.S. government for violating my freedoms here while I take those same freedoms from the people of Iraq and Afghanistan? I cannot without being a hypocrite. Regretfully, I have confiscated firearms from non-hostile Iraqis, detained Iraqis and Afghans because of baseless, unfounded suspicion, and quartered in civilian towns and, in some cases, the homes of Iraqis and Afghans. These are all human rights violations that the Founders would have resisted by force and, although neither Afghanistan nor Iraq has accepted the U.S. Constitution, we still have no business committing acts in foreign countries that are contrary to the spirit and intent of our Bill of Rights.
Second, if the Founders would have resisted these egregious acts by force then how can I blame Iraqi and Afghan insurgent forces for their resistance? That leads to the question of why we are still fighting over there. Bin Laden is dead. We are literally traveling thousands of miles now to assume a defensive posture against people who are upset (and rightfully so) that their children, wives, and mothers cannot go to the market without being frisked. They are understandably angry that we are willing to accept their families as "collateral damage" when we target them or some other alleged America-hating aggressor. The Afghan people are tired of the world trying to shove democracy—a foreign concept of freedom that they consider to be illegitimate—down their throats.
Third, I see daily evidence in the news that the U.S. government does not hold its citizens in any higher esteem than it holds the citizens of Iraq or Afghanistan. SWAT raids on non-hostiles, warrantless searches & seizures, and TSA checkpoints & grope-downs are the norm for U.S. citizens just as they are for our victims in foreign countries. The only difference being that Americans think they have more to lose if they resist. In the book of Matthew, chapter 7 Christ said, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." How can I as a follower of Christ take part in acts of which I do not want to be on the receiving end? As I said earlier, I cannot without being a hypocrite.
Fourth, as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces I took an oath upon enlistment to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States" and to "obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me." I no longer feel that I can uphold my oath to support and defend the Constitution while obeying the orders of the President and some of my appointed leaders, so I know that it is time for me to get out.
Friday, August 10, 2012
The left side of the video shows rush hour traffic with no lights, the right side is the next day, after power was restored.
During the Pepco outage in early July 2012, the bright spot was my daily commute up and down Connecticut Ave. It was never so smooth as when all of the traffic light were out. It only got crazy when they sent cops out to "direct" traffic.
As a side note, I love the music. It is called Phase Dub, by King Dubby.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Till then, peace.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Note: The referenced Senate testimony is here.
John Christy may just have ended the climate change/global warming argument as we know it.
Christy recently provided devastating testimony (see article excerpt above) to a Senate Environment & Public Works Committee hearing entitled "Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Adaptation."
Who is Christy? According to Wikipedia, he's a climate scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) "whose chief interests are satellite remote sensing of global climate and global climate change." He is best known, jointly with Roy Spencer, for the first successful development of a satellite temperature record, Wikipedia tells us. And what he's done is compile a list of US temperatures going back decades. He's listed the highest recorded highs and lowest lows and then plotted these as data points to establish a trend.
This is a very simple way to establish whether temperatures are on their way up generally or on their way down. It is much simpler and more direct than trying to monitor ocean currents, sun spots or even whether certain glaciers are melting on the North or South Poles.
It is such a simple idea we wonder why it hasn't been thought of before. Of course, actually, we think we know. Global warming is a most questionable occurrence, but the powers-that-be have actively promoted it whenever possible. They have no interest in debunking it.
Note: Rand is becoming more palatable to me every day.
With President Obama's line "You didn't build that," the battle between individualism and collectivism has reached a climax. Obama has openly denied individual achievement, spitting in the face of every individual who ever had a creative thought. Obama has ventured to say straight out what only the theoreticians of collectivism have scribbled before: there is no individual achievement. What appears to be your achievement is somehow the achievement of that mystical entity,the collective–especially its earthly embodiment: the government.
Note: W.A.R always struck me as a bit of neo-con in libertarian clothing, but he hits this one out of the park and into the next county.
President Obama has it completely backward. Business owners don't owe credit to government for their success. Government owes us credit for its existence. Government doesn't enable or empower business owners. We empower government.
Business owners would do just fine without government. But government, government employees and the "takers" of society (those who take checks from government) could not survive without us: the creators, producers and taxpayers. Simply put, we pay all the bills for government. We're the ones you ought to be thanking.
Note: This is a bit disturbing.
Do you remember when America was a place where you could attend a public gathering without having to worry if a sociopath was going to set off a bomb or start wildly shooting people? Do you remember when America was a place where you could walk down the street without having to worry that a vicious pack of teens might attack you for no reason whatsoever? Do you remember when America was a place where you could leave your car unlocked, your house unlocked and your garage open without having to worry about thieves? Well, only old timers are likely to remember a time when you could leave your front door unlocked, but it was once like that in America. Over the past 50 years America has fundamentally changed. Once upon a time you could trust just about everybody, but these days it is difficult to find anyone that you can truly trust. We are literally surrounded by psychopaths and sociopaths as we approach the edge of societal collapse. The truly frightening thing is that we are watching society break down rapidly even though economic conditions are still relatively good. If this is how bad things are right now, what are they going to look like after the economy collapses and people become really desperate?
Monday, August 6, 2012
Note: I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. (No, we all live in Wisconsin now.)
The signs of the police state now enveloping the people of the United States are all around us. From the Patriot Act to the Military Commissions Act to the NDAA s.1867 to endless Executive signing orders, the threat to our liberties has never been greater. And the source of most of these threats is not an external enemy, it's our own government...
Note: "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." ~Thomas Jefferson
Note: How many times do we have to be told?
The fact that 86% of American adults have never heard of Jamie Dimon should suffice as proof regarding the all-encompassing level of ignorance in this country. As the world staggers under the unbearable weight of debt built up over decades, to fund a fantasyland dream of McMansions, luxury automobiles, iGadgets, 3D HDTVs, exotic vacations, bling, government provided pensions, free healthcare that makes us sicker, welfare for the needy and the greedy, free education that makes us dumber, and endless wars of choice, the realization that this debt financed Ponzi scheme was nothing but a handful of pixie dust sprinkled by corrupt politicians and criminal bankers across the globe is beginning to set in.
Note: I LOLed
Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the state's department of financial services, said Standard Chartered Bank reaped hundreds of millions of dollars of fees by scheming with Iran's government to hide roughly 60,000 transactions over nearly a decade.
Note: Isn't this what the "quacks" have been saying all along?
Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday.
Researchers in the United States made the "completely unexpected" finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they are easy to kill in the lab....
Note: At least as believable as the official story.
India is a leader in software engineering. This sector represents more than two millions direct jobs and 4 to 6 million indirect jobs. Bangalore, called Silicon City, is the Mecca of Indian IT. A $76 billions business in 2010, aiming $225 B in 2020. Indian companies engineered a great part of American Banks' trading programs.
Two days after a cyber-attack against the Indian nuclear power plants, one of the biggest players in Wall Street's electronic trading, Knight Capital Corp., saw its trading software create chaos in the ratings of 140 shares on NYSE. I bet your hot dog against my lamb curry, that Knight's software has been "made in India".
“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.” - Frédéric Bastiat
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Note: TIL God is not gay :)
Adrian Drake spent 475 hours over the course of 21 months to build this painstakingly accurate model of Firefly's Serenity entirely out of Lego bricks. The result is this 135-pound, seven-foot long, 70,000-brick beauty that looks especially shiny paired with its minifig crew.
Note: "If I can go through life free and rich, I shall not cry because my neighbor, equally free, is richer. Liberty will ultimately make all men rich; it will not make all men equally rich. Authority may (and may not) make all men equally rich in purse; it certainly will make them equally poor in all that makes life best worth living."~Benjamin Tucker
Hat tip to my good friend Brandon Clayton
Note: Beautiful. Go Granny, go Granny, go Granny, go.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Police departments exist to enforce the will of the municipal corporations that employ them. Any actual service they render with respect to the protection of person and property is incidental to that mission.
Note: Up until today I was skeptical of lunar skepticism.
Dust, or lack of same, is one of many puzzles about the Apollo missions NASA showed us over four decades ago: how the heck could there be no surface disturbance below the lunar module (LM), no crater blown out by the LM's rocket engine? All six moon landings NASA "conducted" (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17) showed the same 'no hole' below the LM. No disturbance whatever..
Note: This looks like a keeper.
This web site is intended to provide an extensive free library of written content to everyone on the Internet, eventually containing a comprehensive collection of high-quality books and periodical issues.
Note: This seems like something promising.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Lieutenant John Pike, the infamous police officer who pepper sprayed seated student Occupy protesters at the UC Davis campus last November, has permanently turned in his badge, said the university’s spokesman Barry Shiller...
Oh, the irony...
A British judge has allowed a 10-year-old Jewish child to convert to Christianity against her mother’s wishes.
In November 2011 the mother of the girl applied for a court order to prevent the father from having the girl baptized until the girl turned 16, according to the London Jewish Chronicle. The mother argued the girl had been “brainwashed” and was too young to change faith.BBC: Bush's Grandfather Planned Fascist Coup In America
A BBC Radio 4 investigation sheds new light on a major subject that has received little historical attention, the conspiracy on behalf of a group of influential powerbrokers, led by Prescott Bush, to overthrow FDR and implement a fascist dictatorship in the U.S. based around the ideology of Mussolini and Hitler.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Bug-Out Boot Camp
If you had to carry your loaded 20 pound bug out bag and get the heck out of Dodge on foot, how would you fare What if you had to carry your sleeping child over the mountains in order to evacuate?
If the proverbial S hits the F, we will see a lot of serious injuries, and even deaths, from people making unaccustomed physical demands on their bodies. A lot of us are going to be using muscles we forgot we had. Our bodies will be under enormous cardiovascular stress. On top of the mental stress we will undergo, the physical stress will very likely kick our butts.
Prepping with food and medical supplies is not enough. A good mental attitude is not sufficient. We have to prep our bodies too...