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A Depression Era Economics Lesson

By: Tom Chatham

When the great depression hit in the 1930’s, many people had a difficult time surviving. When the system they depended on ceased to function properly, they no longer had the ability to earn a living wage and care for their families. Even at a time when you could get a meal for a nickel, many people struggled to feed themselves.

In many rural areas, farmers faced the difficulty of being able to even grow enough to feed themselves. The drought that accompanied the depression left many no choice but to move to more hospitable locations where jobs could be found.

Some people were in a much better position to weather the national problems than others. They were not rich in monetary terms but they had a stable living condition that enabled them to get by as always.

In the rural community that my family had called home for over 100 years, my family got by better than most. The fact that many of the people were watermen, that made their living on the Chesapeake Bay catching various types of seafood throughout the year, made the depression different for them. As my father related to me, they really didn’t know there was a depression going on most of the time.

The men went to work every morning catching what they could. Anything they couldn’t sell was taken home for dinner. Everyone had a garden and maybe some chickens and a hog out back providing meat for the winter. The area was also surrounded by many small farms producing many things they could trade for. Nobody had much money but the area teemed with the things that were needed to get by and barter was the norm.

Electricity was not seen in the community until the late 1940’s and few people had a car. These people really did live off the grid. That was the norm for them and they got by very well even with the national economy in a state of hard times. They could not buy many of the things they needed so those things had to be made out of whatever materials they had.

There are many stories like this that have been told and they are worth listening to once again. These stories provide the foundation people will need when the economy fails again in spectacular fashion leaving many in dire straits. When everything fails you have to go back to what works. That is a lesson that our ancestors have left for us to follow if we have the sense to learn from their hardships.

The current generation has known nothing but excess and prosperity. When the system turns down again they will be lost without all of the creature comforts and gadgets they are used to getting with great ease. They have been raised with the notion that everything is easy and when that paradigm fails they will not know how to cope with reality. This is the problem we face and must deal with in the months to come.

There are two lessons that can be taken from this story. When hard times come your location and creativity can make up for many shortfalls in life. Those things can make the difference between suffering and having a decent standard of living. Living in an area rich with resources allows you to produce many of the things you need locally with little money and can even provide you with a stream of income. The lack of resources in your area can make things very difficult over the long term.

The current generation has lost the ability to trouble shoot the problems they are faced with and come up with simple solutions. Creativity is something many people no longer possess and that is one of the things that will make life hard on them. The greatest generation knew how to devise creative solutions to their problems that allowed them to get by and even prosper. That is a lesson we need to take away from the last depression.

It is good for people to plan for hard times by stocking up, learning to produce food and storing real money for times of need but that will not be enough when the time comes. Your location and the ability to be creative and solve the many problems you will face will be necessary ingredients to surviving the coming hard times. Keeping your plans simple and learning the ways of our grandparents will help in ways we cannot even contemplate at this time but their wisdom will be as critical as your other supplies. One of the many slogans that came from that time is worth remembering.

Make do, do without, use it up, wear it out.

A Black Swan Takes Flight

By: Tom Chatham

The threat of a pandemic is ever more present today than it was one month ago. The spread of a pandemic through American communities has some potential to be used for nefarious purposes. With the distrust in government today, it is natural to be suspicious of how this event is being handled at higher levels.

Normal everyday people are screaming for a quarantine of people from infected regions of the world but the government seems reluctant to do that simple thing to stop the spread of this disease. That in itself begs the question if this is intentional and part of some larger plan.

There are those that would say yes. Incompetence is one thing but those in power do not get where they are by being stupid. There is a plan here and it does not bode well for freedom loving people in this country. The purchase of billions of rounds of ammo, the militarization of local police and government agencies, the intelligence gathering by government of everyone, the construction of detention camps, the stocking of coffins and the contracts FEMA has with foreign governments to provide people for emergencies are some of the warning signs that we are faced with today and we ignore them at our own peril.

If a pandemic were to get lose in the nation most people would look to government for answers and help but there are those that would stay as far away from the government as possible. These are the self sufficient people that government fears the most. They have the supplies and knowledge to stay alive when most others won’t and that is reason enough for the government to get them out of the way. They are potential impediments to total government control. So what might the feds do to eliminate this potential threat to their power?

The first thing needed is to identify these people and assess their potential threat to the government. That has been ongoing for several years now with doctors asking about firearms ownership and new regulations to get child protective services into homes to insure the safety of the children.

The second thing is to verify the location of the individuals home. After all, you cannot do anything to someone unless you can find them. This was done in part during the last census when workers recorded the GPS coordinates to individuals homes and it is said that the postal service now scans the front and back of letters to capture the addresses on them not only to tag your address but to see the location and identity of those you are in communication with.

Once you have the enemy identified you want to destroy, neutralize or suppress their abilities to work against you. This can be done in many ways. The ostracizing of the prepper community and the listing of preppers, veterans and Christians as domestic threats by fusion centers has forced these people to try to keep a low profile while they prepare for future events.

The final phase is to remove these people from society completely. That is where we are now. There must be some coordinated way to separate these people from their supplies and their support networks.

With a pandemic the government has the excuse to conduct wellness checks on individuals to assess their condition. This will be done under the cover of containing the virus. The reality is that once it goes nationwide, the virus cannot be contained and these wellness checks can be used to remove those that the government wants out of the way. After all, what citizen would complain about the government removing someone that can infect the community. If the government has to get violent, no one will say anything so it is a good time to remove people for other reasons as well.

The health officials will force entry into homes to check individuals and when someone with firearms and ample supplies is found they can be labeled as infected and removed to camps with the sick. In the beginning those that know what is going on will resist and probably shoot at government workers that try to break through self imposed quarantine zones around their homes. This will lead to workers being escorted by armed security that will be able to assault homes and force entry. This is the future of gun control in America. It is the only way they could hope to accomplish it.

After these well individuals are placed in sick camps they will suffer one of three fates. They will either contract the disease and die, contract the disease and survive or not get sick at all. Those that survive will likely be kept at the camp to care for the sick that continue to come in. A pandemic would require tens of thousands of workers to tend to the sick and there are not enough to do that at this time so this is a likely answer. These healthy people would become forced labor for the government. If you do not think this is a possibility you need to read some of the executive orders now in effect. The government can conscript anyone during an emergency and use them as forced labor for free. These free laborers are expendable while trained medical personnel are not.

If the government wishes to maintain some type of healthcare system in the nation they will likely divert infected persons away from hospitals so that those locations can maintain operations. It would be necessary to maintain operational hospitals for the government workers and those that serve them. If hospitals were overrun with plague victims it would decimate the medical staff and completely collapse the medical system. The medical workers that did not die would stop showing up to work in many cases as an act of self preservation. Doctors and nurses are highly trained people and you cannot replace them easily.

Those forced laborers that are left after the pandemic is over can be utilized or eliminated as the government wants and is a good way to get trouble makers out of the way. This may not be the plan but it makes some sense. Its what I might do if I were in charge and had a certain agenda in mind.

A pandemic that scares the general population into submission can act as cover for many different events. It can be cover for the economic collapse that will surely arrive one day, it can be used as a money maker for pharmaceutical companies, it can be used to consolidate power by the government or it could be used to reduce the population which is the stated goal of some in society.

This article is meant to make you ask questions, not to frighten you so here are some things to think about in the days to come. Why did Crucell develop an Ebola vaccine in 2006 and now hides the fact? Why is GSK rushing another potential vaccine into production that will likely be mandatory for the general population? Why does FEMA have contracts with foreign governments like Russia to provide manpower in the event of a disaster in America? Why do we have executive orders that can turn the population into virtual slave labor even in times of peace? Why does the CDC have thousands of coffins on hand? Why do we have UN vehicles being prepositioned around the country? Why have local police been militarized? Why are preppers, veterans and Christians being demonized by the government? Why does the FED continue to destroy the dollar knowing what it will do to the country? Why is our southern border left open? Why is the government reluctant to stop people from infected areas from coming into the U.S.?

This outbreak may fizzle out and become nothing but if this black swan lands, it could be a world changing event. If the government does come for you one day, the only thing you can do is not be there when they arrive. At this time there are more questions than answers and some of the answers are not very comforting. One thing that is certain is that we are living in interesting times. Only time will tell how this will end.

The New World Order Bio War

By: Tom Chatham

For several years many people have had the opinion that the global elite have had a plan to kill off a significant portion of the worlds population and take complete control of the resources and people. The raping of the worlds financial assets by these people has insured that they must do something to cover their tracks in a way to avert repercussions on themselves from an irate population. A global holocaust that puts people in survival mode would lend itself nicely to the police state being erected to contain the people.

Dave Hodges has uncovered some evidence that a company named Crucell developed a fully effective Ebola vaccine in 2006. The CDC has patented the Ebola virus and can now demand to be paid royalties for any vaccine used against the virus. This means the Ebola virus is now the intellectual property of the CDC. There are reports of the government putting pressure on sectors that promote natural cures and health products that may stop or prevent this type of outbreak. Recent shipments of nano silver being sent to Africa have been blocked. This sounds like the elite protecting its investment.

If an enterprising group of people wanted to gain control of a country or even the world, a highly contagious and deadly virus would be a good weapon to use. When released into the population it would cause unmitigated chaos. It has the potential to collapse every major system people depend on for daily life. The healthcare system, energy, transportation, security, financial and food production of an entire country could be collapsed in a matter of months. In a previous article I noted that they war gamed a pandemic several years ago and one thing that came out was that once the economy shut down they had no idea how to start it up again.

Anyone that had the cure for this bug would be in the position to select who gets saved and who does not. That is the whole point of bio warfare. Kill the enemy while having the ability to protect your own troops. When the British had trouble with Indians in America they simply sent them small pox infected blankets and within a few weeks the Indians were ravaged with disease leaving them unable to effectively continue fighting.

There is a movie called ULTRAVIOLET that has some similar undertones to what might happen soon. The government created a virus that got out and infected some people. These people became the new enemy that allowed total government control. When these people were all but eliminated the government developed a new virus to release into the atmosphere and infect everyone else. This would force them to go to the government on a regular basis to get the necessary treatment to continue living.

Who can forget the mural at the Denver International Airport that depicts people dying at the feet of a soldier wearing a gas mask. This may be the future we have in store if this is the nefarious plan of some evil group seeking total control. If this is the plan I suspect it is only the first of a multi phase plan to wage global war and consolidate resources and land holdings for the select few. Any country infected with a deadly virus would be hard pressed to wage war or even protect its own borders against an enemy with immune soldiers.

There will no doubt be people that have natural immunity or access to natural cures that keep them healthy and these will likely be one enemy that government seeks out in the future. They cannot risk the failure to control some and prevent the control of all. The best thing that people can do at this time is to prepare for system wide failure if it should happen and educate themselves on natural remedies that are out of the control of government purveyors of ill health.

If Americans ever revolted this disease could give the government the means to control the population. Anyone who wanted the cure would have to succumb to the government healthcare system. This would leave the rebels outside the system and easier to identify.

Let us not forget that the government has promised trillions more to people than it will ever have the ability to deliver. There are only two ways to solve that problem. Either they can default on the promises in some form or they can eliminate the people that are supposed to get them. To default would cause riots and imminent danger for those in government so another way would be more palatable for them. Zbiginew Brezinski once gave a speech and said it is now easier to kill one million people than it is to control one million people. That may be part of the solution we have in store as time goes on. Obamacare will surely kill many in the years to come as healthcare is rationed and a good pandemic would help as well.

Here is another aspect of Ebola that no one has talked about. If this disease becomes rampant in America, it will most likely be picked up by other species of animals here. These animals may not die from Ebola but they can become carriers of it. With the disease spreading among the many animal species it may cause an untold number of mutations that have the capability to reinfect humans. Just like in Africa where some species now transmit the disease to humans, this could lead to Americans needing shots every year from Ebola just like they now need annual Flu shots for the prevalent strain that year.

This can also make the home production of meat almost impossible as individuals will not be able to afford the testing necessary to insure their flocks are Ebola Free. This can also put an end to hunting as we know it due to the infectious nature of this disease. This could make meat consumption in this country something only the rich and well connected will be able to afford as only government certified meat will be available for sale. The testing of this meat will raise the price considerably. That will probably make the corporations engaged in this type of activity very happy.

There are an untold number of problems this disease can cause in this country and that is the reason people should be afraid not only of the disease but of the government response to it. The government can actually make it much worse than it would otherwise be. With the lack of trust in government today the people have a great deal to be worried about. If we are entering the end game of some plot, we will most likely be inundated with multiple crises at once as time goes on. This will keep people off balance and looking to government for help. At this time people need to stay as informed as possible to keep ahead of the next planned crisis. Things will likely get worse from here so prepare yourself for that.

One Character Flaw You Must Overcome To Survive

By: Tom Chatham

There are many character flaws that humans suffer from. Some are just inconveniences while others can mean the difference between mere survival and prosperity. Many people go through life in a never ending series of failures and can never understand why. Rather than look at their actions and make an objective determination of what went wrong, they would rather go on thinking it was not their fault for the failure.

As a smart man once said, doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. But this is exactly what most people do on a daily basis. It can be obvious to someone looking at them from the outside but is not obvious to the person themselves.

One of the character flaws people suffer from can be described by many different names. You might call it normalcy bias or procrastination but it amounts to the same thing. You fail to do something you should do based on the current information available to you. This may simply mean you fail to take advantage of a job opportunity, make a good investment or it could be something that spirals out of control and affects your whole future.

Information is your reality check on life. Just like intelligence in a war zone, it can be acted on or dismissed. What you do with it will determine your outcome in the future. A piece of information that you find contrary to your prevailing feelings does not make it true any more than it makes it irrelevant. What it does mean is you should investigate it further and determine what effect it will have on your future plans.

Here is one example. You have a few thousand dollars saved up for emergencies. You have a family to care for and a mortgage and car loans to take care of. The payment of all your monthly bills require the combined income of you and your spouse. One or both of you lose your job and have difficulty finding another. You now have hard facts in front of you to process.

You cannot pay all of your monthly bills with the current income. Even if you reduce your expenses you still will not have enough money coming in to cover the basics. You have no choice but to dip into your emergency cash to make up the difference. The amount of cash reserves will keep your bills paid up for several months before you run out of cash. Here is the disconnect that most people have.

What will you do after the cash runs out? That is the question most people refuse to ask themselves and the reality they refuse to look at. Most people will run things out until they have no resources left to control their future. Only then will they face the reality they were faced with several months before. They just assume and hope something will happen that corrects their problems before they run out of money.

Rather than investigating the job market and accepting the reality that they may not find another job quickly and making plans to deal with that reality, they just continue life as normal until time and money runs out for them. Unfortunately this hypothetical situation has become reality for millions of Americans.

What could they have done? There are many things they should have considered before their financial resources ran out. They could have looked at selling their house and cars and downsizing to make their remaining income sufficient to live on. They could have looked at job opportunities in other cities. They may have determined that moving in with relatives for a short while would be the best solution.

In an extreme case of job loss they may have determined that buying a travel trailer or RV to live in and some basic supplies to live on for several months would be the best way to avoid possible homelessness. An objective evaluation of their circumstances would have provided a realistic look at what they were facing but many will forgo this approach to feel normal as long as possible and will then suffer terribly for that lack of foresight.

This is one character flaw in humans that allows them to dismiss possible danger and walk off a cliff with both eyes open. The lesson here is simple. We must constantly question and evaluate our situation and accept those things we want to dismiss just because they make us feel uncomfortable. Regardless of how you want the future to play out, you must always treat reality with the attention it deserves. You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

Is Silver Indicating The End Game Is Near?

By: Tom Chatham

Gold and silver have suffered a beating this past week. Silver has broken below support levels and at this time the bottom is uncertain. One thing that is certain is that the manipulation taking place behind the scenes is providing a prime buying opportunity. While investors are having another bad day, stackers are enjoying every minute.

It is common belief that the destruction of the currency by unfettered printing should cause a rise in PM’s but the manipulation taking place has made pricing PM’s a guessing game for the past ten years. Only the final destruction of the fiat empire will usher in the unrelenting rise of gold and silver to their natural free market levels. This takedown may be the final gasp of the currency manipulators before the printers lose control and gravity takes over.

John Embry recently stated that silver is one of the few lifeboats that will be available to people when this Ponzi scheme comes apart. He also stated that from the Austrian perspective there remains only two possible outcomes and the most likely one is that they will print as much money as necessary and that will lead to hyperinflation at some point.

Last year the DHS insider told Doug Hagmann that a prelude to the end game would be a massive takedown in the price of metals. With the price of silver breaking below the $18 resistance level, it is possible we are seeing that move now.

Jim Rickards, who has been providing financial threat and asymmetric warfare advice to the nations intelligence services, is now expecting a great depression that will last 25 years. He expects the losses of the next market collapse to be in excess of 100 trillion dollars. He also believes it will begin within the next six months. He has also stated that the government has already implemented what they call the day after plan for this collapse which involves evacuation of government leaders to areas called site A, site B and site R.

John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics is still calling for hyperinflation in the U.S. and he believes it will begin by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, believes that based on biblical text and dates that another devastating market crash may happen by September 2015, with a high likelihood around Sept. 13, 2015.

In any event, people will have to judge the current world events and warnings of others and make their own decisions as to what will come and prepare accordingly.

The current cost of silver in fiat dollars is well below production cost and cannot last for any significant amount of time because physical shortages will develop at some point. That makes it a very good vehicle to store any excess funds you have for the future.

When you think about how to save for the future you must consider the actual value of assets and commodities and how they will be affected by a major disturbance in the normal state of commerce.

The value of something is relative. It depends on the one who has the item and the one who wants it. To complete a transaction, the two must come to some mutually agreed upon terms. These terms define the current value of the item.

Even if the world wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning and money as we know it no longer has any value due to the circumstances, at some point you will still need some way to save for the future.

One of the reasons we need a medium of exchange that will hold its value over time is so that you can save your excess production now so that it can be used later if you cannot produce enough later in life to live day to day. That is the whole point of saving for retirement. To pay for things you need when you can no longer physically produce enough.

There are many that will say it is a waste of time to save or plan for commerce in the future if everything collapses but it is a necessary action of humanity and will be necessary no matter how bad a collapse is. Those that do plan for some type of commerce in the future may decide that skills will be their savings to draw on in the future rather than physical assets such as precious metals. The reasoning behind saving at least some PM’s is the fact that they have a 5,000 year track record that transcends the past mistakes made by humans.

In the future if you are fortunate enough to still be productive after some world changing event and someone needs something you have, you will either have to give it to them for free or take something in exchange for it. If you take something in exchange for it, what would you prefer that something to be?

What’s On Your Bookshelf?

By: Tom Chatham

Nothing makes me feel quite like walking into a library with wall to wall books, especially if it is a private library in someone’s home with all of the comfort items. The reading lamps, fireplace and soft leather chairs provide a vessel to carry you to your happy place, at least for a short while, and that is all that is required most of the time.

Most people cannot afford the large library that we all would like but you can still assemble a very useful and enjoyable library that will serve your purpose. It does not matter what types of literature you like, there are millions of books available to fill your special wants and needs.

The main thing to keep in mind is to prioritize your purchases so in the event your purchasing must come to an end, you will have the main reading sources that you want. It is great to have a shelf of classics that can keep you entertained for an evening on a cold winter night. When it comes time to plant or build something, it is great to have the reference materials to help you over the ruff spots.

There is so much knowledge that we want to have but have never had the time or opportunity to learn it. With a good library you can fill in the gaps in your knowledge on your own schedule. For those that fear some type of troubles in the future such as economic problems, natural disasters, wars or the loss of a job, the knowledge on your bookshelf can help you get through it with the least amount of pain.

It may be something as simple as a book to help you do your own home repair, fix your car or start a new business. In these times of shrinking home budgets and corporate downsizing, it is good to have some reference materials that can help you cook a good meal on a shoestring, reduce your expenses by fixing it yourself or building something instead of buying it. It may be a book that can teach you something that allows you to get a better job or start your own part time business.

It is apparent that those who read a lot are better at problem solving. This is due to their expanded knowledge base. The more knowledge you have, the more you have to draw on to find a solution to a problem. The larger your knowledge base the more creative you are capable of being. This is often evident when you are faced with some type of crisis situation.

It does not matter what types of books you buy, as long as they reflect your interests and give you pleasure buying and reading them. A well rounded library will likely contain not just literary classics but history, science, how-to, reference, cooking, medical, economics and even children’s books if you have kids in the home. You should also consider having resources to satisfy your spiritual needs when the search for answers requires more than conventional references can offer.

One of the best reasons to have a good library is to insure your children and future generations have the means to learn what is not taught in school and to counter the misinformation some children are taught. The truth has no agenda but public schools do and that is reason enough to build up a good selection of books.

When it comes to buying books the options are numerous. One thing I like to do is shop for old books at antique shops, garage sales or old book stores. Many times you can find some little known classics for very little money that can give you reading pleasure and provide a good investment. Many people now read a lot on line and there is nothing wrong with that but I personally like the feel of a book in my hands. One reason I like physical books is the fact that you don’t need power or electronics to read it anytime you want.

Building up your own personal library can be a rewarding experience and it is a project that can be handed down to the next generation just like other family heirlooms. Reading also has some little thought of advantages. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “ when a man pours his wallet into his head, no one can take it from him”.

The Great Unwinding and The Aftermath

By: Tom Chatham

As global currencies wage a race to the bottom, citizens of the world are kept distracted by insignificant things to keep them calm right up to the end. The end will be the destruction of many world currencies and the savings of those invested in them. When that happens those who have lost everything will panic, and for good reason. The conspiracy theorists and sound money people will be proven to be prophets but none of that will matter by then.

All of the savings that people think they have was long ago looted by the bankers and now they must destroy those ledger entries that people think they have. Much like the phantom gold that no longer exists in vaults but only on paper, those ledger entries must be destroyed before the banks are required to give that money back to its rightful owners. It is not only the savings but the promised payments from government entities that must be eliminated. The government has made promises it cannot keep and now it must find a way out while maintaining “plausible deniability”.

That is the crux of the unwinding we will see in the near future. The people have been robbed of their wealth and their futures and now it is time to perpetrate the cover up so the guilty parties can sail off into the sunset with their ill gotten loot. It almost sounds like a movie plot but unfortunately the people will have to stick around after this show and deal with the aftermath. That is something most people do not see coming and are ill prepared to deal with emotionally, physically or financially.

There are many things that people will disagree on when it comes to the future but there are some things those following events will agree on.

There will likely be a catastrophic event in conjunction with a monetary crisis.

Most people will be completely unprepared for the events.

Only those that hold hard assets and the means to protect them will come through this with any wealth in tact.

The government will increase their control of the population.

Basic resources like food, water and energy will be expensive or difficult to get. This is especially true for imported goods.

People will lose the homes they cannot afford and their retirement savings.

Government payments will be cut off or severely cut back.

There will be armed resistance against the government as they reduce freedoms that people are accustomed to.

Roving gangs will likely be a problem at least in the short term following the crisis.

The country will look much different in ten years than it does now, and likely not for the better.

People will need a different strategy for retirement than they now hold.

Healthcare will become more expensive and less available to the average citizen.

The U.S. will likely become a third world nation as far as living standards are concerned.

These items point out the direction we are headed as a nation. Those that ignore the reality we now live in will suffer greatly and will be immobilized with fear and uncertainty as to what to do. The government they looked to in the past for guidance and safety will be at odds with their very existence in the future. Those things they took as a given will no longer exist.

This list defines what you as an individual must be prepared to deal with in the uncertain future ahead. Only by addressing these issues will you have any peace of mind in the coming days as events play out on a global scale. It has been said many times before but must be repeated because many still do not hear the message.

You must be prepared to provide basic necessities to your family for a prolonged period of time. This includes clean drinking water, nutritious food, shelter, sanitation, security, clothing, health care and any excess funds should be used to buy precious metals or some other wealth preservation tool. Any transportation and communication assets you have will greatly enhance your survival position.

Beyond these basic items you will also need to think about some way to produce income in the years ahead. Having special knowledge or capitol equipment to produce needed goods will insure you can continue to care for your family long term. The ability to produce food, water, clothing or energy and provide medical help or capitol goods will insure you have a product to sell that will be in demand.

In a dysfunctional world the business opportunities are many. Basic supplies that were once taken for granted will be sought after by everyone. Herbal remedies, meat production, paper goods, cleaning agents, tools, building supplies and such mundane things as blocks of ice and footwear will have to come from somewhere. Something as simple as an absorption freezer powered by a homemade power source like bio-gas can provide frozen meat and ice to sell the year round.

You must also be cognizant of many possible dangers that an uncertain world can present. These include natural disasters, the threat of war, disease, nuclear dangers such as fallout and contamination and chemical threats from malfunctioning plants and storage sites.

The ability to plan for the future is more imperative now than ever. It is a sad thing that people spend more time planning a summer vacation than they do for their future. That lack of planning will insure a difficult future for them and their children as the world unwinds at an ever faster pace taking their standard of living to ever lower levels until reaching the bottom of this unknown new world. You need to prepare now like your life depends on it, because it does.

The Pursuit of Money Over Personal Satisfaction

By: Tom Chatham

Have you ever asked a person why they work? If you have the answer will likely end with a statement that they need to pay for stuff. It’s a truism in the world we live in that you must pay for many of the things we need. Its this need to pay for more and more stuff that leads to the need for higher paying jobs.

This perceived need leads many to seek jobs they do not necessarily like but need to achieve this end result. The race for the almighty buck has many unintended consequences. It has been said that if you do not like your work, you will not like anything else about your life.

The pursuit of money leaves many people with a hollow void that is never filled and causes them to lash out at society in their discomfort. This is seen in the many cases of domestic abuse, road rage and general lack of politeness in society. In many cases the more the person makes, the more likely you are to see these traits.

What is missing in many peoples lives is the personal satisfaction they get from the feeling of accomplishment of something every day. The more personal satisfaction a person gets out of life, the more likely they are to be a happy person and in turn treat others with respect. This also helps to insure a healthy life that avoids many of the ailments that come with having a foul mood most of the day.

The feeling of accomplishment can come from very little things such as building or repairing something. Some of my most cherished accomplishments are things I did for free. Knowing I did something that had some value and served a purpose meant a lot to me personally. Doing that and making some money at the same time is just icing on the cake.

This is something many people in our fast moving world miss out on and it can cost them in the end. As society gets faster and money becomes the primary commodity in life, people can lose their self worth and determination. This is evident when something happens and they suddenly have no money to continue their current lifestyle. Money has replaced personal satisfaction as the cement that holds society together. When the money supply finally gives out, society will fall apart.

Having money is great because it allows you to do many things you could not do otherwise but it should not be the foundation of your existence. How many people have gotten divorced because of monetary problems? How many people have refused to get involved with someone else because they did not meet up to their monetary expectations?

Money has become all too important in society and when it goes away during economic crisis society cannot handle it. If you have a spouse that just says, don’t worry we can manage, after you have lost your job and have very little money to live on then they get it. They are saying their personal happiness does not depend on money to give them the personal satisfaction in life that they require.

This is the missing ingredient that the American society needs to get through the trying times ahead and we no longer have it. If we do not find it soon, the days ahead will be very miserable and very destructive as society tears itself apart searching to fill the void left by the destruction of money. When you can go day to day without money and feel happy about life, you are at a place that will allow you to get through most bad events in the right frame of mind. That frame of mind is what you need to solve the problems at hand and move on with your life. The lack of it will cause us to self destruct.

Prepare For Longterm Instability and Hardship

By: Tom Chatham

Unlike the normal business cycle that allows for a recession every few years to clear out the mal-investments and keep the system functioning properly, the current cycle has been artificially induced with money that has unseated the foundation of good financial practices and caused a series of bubbles that must pop at some point. When this happens the business cycle will be heavily damaged and will take many years to reestablish some type of normalcy.

If you think of a cycle as a pendulum swinging back and forth, you must realize that the further it swings to one side, the further it will swing to the other to balance itself. That is what we must realize with the current bubble boom in the financial sectors. The further out of balance they get, the further they will need to swing back to preserve equilibrium. When these bubbles finally pop, the offsetting swing will be monumental. A normal recession of a few years will be exaggerated to a multi-year disaster.

These are the type of conditions that usher in depressions of long duration. This bubble induced mania is far beyond anything experienced in human history and will result in an equally disastrous financial contraction destroying paper assets and making hard assets desirable and difficult to acquire in the aftermath.

In this type of situation, hard assets and a wide knowledge base are as good as it gets. The ownership of capital equipment that produces necessary consumer goods and the ability to finance yourself internally combined with sufficient knowledge to use these resources will provide a safe harbor to get through the difficulties that arise. Becoming your own bank requires the ability to store financial assets such as precious metals and diamonds that have universal value. This is one of the few ways to store wealth that can survive such market destruction.

Usually when market destruction such as we are about to see occurs, the government goes to war in a vain attempt to preserve itself. This causes even more destruction of hard assets and economic freedom that are required to repair the economy. The government often sees this as creative destruction where production is destroyed and must be replaced causing more work and resources to be expended. Destroying labor and hard commodities may spur the economy in the short term but you cannot get wealthy by destroying your limited assets. Unfortunately for the government the economic chaos that will follow the next economic crisis will insure the war economy will be insufficient to spur the economy and return the population to prosperity. The financial system will likely tear itself apart making any sudden recovery impossible.

The result of government and wall street actions will likely result in a multi decade era of depression and hardship that many will be lucky to survive. The government knows this and has increased its internal policing ability to control the population during this turbulent time. In many cases the government will pose more of a threat to the people than the economic conditions.

The only way to see this crisis through to the other side is to have the ability to care for yourself and your family with a minimum of outside help. The more self sufficient you are the better your standard of living will be during this time. The ability to store some wealth in hard assets that you can use such as equipment or weapons and ammo or in precious metals will enable you to get through the difficult times. It is important that you understand that this crisis will not end in a few years but will continue for a substantial amount of time and you must be prepared to act longterm.

This means having the resources to maintain your lifestyle longterm and having sufficient supplies such as food or food production capabilities, medical supplies and sufficient ammo to protect life and limb as the situation dictates. In regard to these things the average person is likely to underestimate the amount of resources they will need to get through a long crisis. When it comes to things such as ammo the average person does not realize how much ammo they can use if they are suddenly forced to defend themselves on a daily basis from hostile forces. A protracted gunfight can consume several hundred rounds of ammo in a single day.

It is with these things in mind that the average person needs to determine what their resources are and insure they are rationed to get through the crisis. This is especially important of non-replaceable resources. Planning for disruptions for two or three decades is not overkill at this point. Those that are best prepared for the future difficulties are most likely to get through it in tact and in the best physical and financial shape.

The Big Picture

By: Tom Chatham

With so much going on these days it is difficult to keep focused on any one problem. Economic collapse, Fukushima radiation, drought, peak energy, WWIII, pandemic, famine, illegal immigration, government coverups and abuse and natural disasters are just some of the many threats we have to keep up with. With so many threats facing us it is impossible to focus on each one and hope to overcome them all. We need to try to keep our eye on the bigger picture and focus on getting through the events with some of our resources in tact so we can carry on. Being prepared is good but it means nothing if you do not make it to the other side in tact. That is the larger goal. To get through whatever comes in tact.

Many of the crises we face have many things in common. They can destroy the economy, cause shortages in energy or food, destroy freedoms, cause harm to our health, destroy security, make the future uncertain, destroy wealth and destroy hope. These are the things we need to focus on rather than individual problems. These things encompass the big picture. By focusing on the outcome of the events, we can protect ourselves from multiple possible events at once. We do not prepare for the events themselves, we prepare for the problems they cause.

One crisis that ties into many others is the turmoil in the Middle East.

The rise of ISIS in the region is no surprise to some. As with many things today, it was planned. There has been no serious attempt to stop this group because of the players backing them. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the U.S. are the forces pushing this group forward. It is natural for one to ask, why would the U.S. be backing a group like this. To answer that question you must also answer the question of why members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been given senior level positions within the U.S. government.

When ISIS moved into Iraq, there was no effort by the U.S. to stop them. And even now, the U.S. is only making feeble efforts to do anything. That is because the U.S. government does not want to stop them. When ISIS moved into Iraq, they were able to push the Iraqi army back with ease. This is largely due to the fact that almost all of the Iraqi officers the U.S. trained before we left were fired by the Iraqi government. These officers were replaced with political appointees by the government. When the attacks came, these leaders, lacking sufficient military training, fled leaving the army with no one to organize a defense.

This terrorist group now has some of the best equipment that America has in its’ arsenal. This is equipment that the U.S. gave to Iraq and they left behind when they fled the approaching enemy. Some of this equipment was supposed to go to the Kurds but it did not for political reasons. All we need to do is give the Kurds the equipment they need to defend themselves and this threat in the region will largely be stopped but that will not happen in any significant way.

If the minimal attacks on ISIS continue and the Christian refugees are allowed to slip through to relative safety and then the U.S. declares victory and stops the attacks, it will be a tell tale sign that the American government has no intention of stopping ISIS. I do not expect the American government to do anything significant to stop this group.

When you look at this and look at the current situation in the U.S. the government actions of the past few years seem deliberate. With over 200 senior officers fired in the U.S. in the past few years and more now scheduled, it is becoming obvious that the government is trying to decapitate the leadership of the U.S. military for some reason. The remaining senior leadership are those largely loyal to the government rather than the most dedicated and most experienced . This appears to be the same thing that has happened in Iraq. It also happened in the Soviet Union just before WWII when thousands of officers were purged from the military and that almost lost them the war. The only difference is that any vacuum of leadership in the U.S. will be met by the junior officers and NCOs taking charge as U.S. soldiers do. Any crisis in the U.S. may be initially chaotic but the junior leaders would step up and get control of the situation and many of these soldiers would uphold their oath.

This is why the military must be deployed out of the U.S. before any serious attempt to move against the constitution and the people. It is only my opinion but I think ISIS has been allowed to build up and will continue to get stronger so that a credible threat will arise in the region that requires the deployment of large numbers of the U.S. military back to the region. This will get these loyal troops out of the U.S. and open the door for federal agencies to do as they please. I also believe that once our troops are in the region they will be abandoned to their own fate while events unfold in the U.S. I think it is possible this may begin in early 2015. Again, this is only my opinion.

Why would all of this be done by the U.S. government? It is no secret that the current occupant of the White House thinks of the U.S as a Muslim nation and I believe that is exactly what they will try to do with it once all resistance is crushed. The barbarism and murder we now see in Iraq directed at the Christians there will happen here as well when the time is right. I may be wrong and I hope for America I am wrong but the situation seems to be heading in that direction. I also believe the Muslin Brotherhood is using the liberals in the U.S. to achieve this goal. The liberals think they are using the Muslims for their agenda but once conservative Americans are out of the way the liberals will be targeted as well. That is the bigger picture as I see it. Muslim nations are authoritarian for the most part and that is where the U.S. is heading. The globalists may be pushing us towards a North American Union but that is not to say it will remain a democratic or largely Christian one. A good time to take down a population is when they are struggling to understand and deal with a multitude of crises allowing an aggressor to gain the upper hand.

The main thing that stands in the way of this type of future are the millions of combat veterans in America, many of whom are armed at this time. The other thing that is an impediment to this type of situation is awareness which is possessed by too few Americans at this time. The willingness to accept what is happening as reality and the will to prepare for it are the things to keep in focus as the future plays itself out.

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