Monthly Archives: April 2013

Shortages: Where Do We Go From Here?

By: Tom Chatham

In the past few months we have been visited by some very startling shortages in unlikely things. Just a few years ago who would have suspected that ammo in this country would become so constricted that even law enforcement agencies would have trouble getting any. And just recently we have seen precious metals get squeezed. Even while spot prices were dropping, individuals and dealers alike found the supply drying up and prices remaining high.

Even though the spot prices were low the free market did what it does best, supply and demand forced prices to remain at real market levels. This is something the manipulators of the economy cannot change. The free market will always get its’ way in the end. The supply of commodities will always be priced by the free market and no amount of price controls or manipulation will change that for long. This is the lesson everyone needs to learn before the next set of shortages occur in the economy.

What should we expect next? Just keep in mind supply and demand. Those things that people want or need will continue to be in demand and those things that are luxuries will fall by the wayside. As things get tighter people will cut back until only the basics remain. When this point is reached any further shortages in society will turn into a national crisis.

Those that have destroyed our economy know they cannot continue the charade for much longer. The market manipulation is giving way to the free market and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. The free market will take control at some point and begin the unpleasant task of rebalancing the years of mal-investment we have sowed. I use the term free market in the sense of being a force of nature that we cannot control.

When that happens, all of the wealth we have pulled from the future and squandered will be gone and we will enter a vacuum for some period of time. As we move into this vacuum the shortages will get worse and more numerous. I believe we have now entered the edge of that vacuum and we are seeing the shortages begin.

The things we must have will continue to become harder to find and more expensive to buy. It will slowly get worse until one day everything almost comes to a complete halt. That is when we will be faced with another major world war. Preparing for economic collapse is a good start but you should also plan on the scourge of war to play its’ part.

The following are the things likely to become expensive and hard to find in the coming months. Some of the items may appear in a different order but we will likely experience all of them. The shortages in these things will likely appear as the recent shortages in ammo and PMs have. They will sneak up on society and suddenly appear from seemingly nowhere. Once they occur they may fluctuate for a while but they will not get better any time soon they will just slowly get worse.

The shortages to come:

Ammo and weapons

Precious Metals

Security – both individual and national

Freedom of movement

Freedom of speech

Agricultural products

Electricity

Liquid fuels

Petroleum products like rubber and lubricants

Medical supplies and pharmaceuticals

Water

Textiles

 

When the shortages get to the point of bringing the nation to a halt there will not be anything anyone can do to make it substantially better on a national scale. The only thing you can do as an individual is to be prepared to care for yourself and your family. The financial crisis will ultimately destroy the dollar but the shortages will precede the crash as people head for hard assets and reduced supply will drive prices up.

Some shortages such as water and electricity will be a result of government regulations and failure of infrastructure. While some things such as food and liquid fuels will still be produced, a large percentage of these products will be exported as foreign nations out bid us for our own resources. Some items such as imported textiles will be cut off as we lose the ability to pay for them and no longer have the ability to produce them ourselves.

When all is said and done we will be living in third world conditions and the only way out as a nation will be for us to do as our ancestors did and fix it ourselves by rebuilding the republic from scratch. It will be harder this time because there are forces that will be working against us at every turn but we are capable of it if we choose to do so. Those that are prepared for the shortages will be the ones in the best position to rebuild and will become the next generation of leaders, but that is the happy version. The other version is one that can be found in your worst nightmares.

The Bread and Circuses of Failed States

By: Tom Chatham

It’s now official. America is a failed nation. How do I know this? It’s the same thing Rome went through when it decayed into nothingness.

The past few years have seen the food stamp program go from just over 26 million to almost 50 million. The people are becoming increasingly impoverished and the state throws them bread to maintain order. Very few notice and no one cares as long as they get what they need to survive. When the bread is not enough something else must be introduced to the situation to keep people occupied.

The most recent incident that verifies the decay we are experiencing is the nationwide show initiated by the Boston bombing. The bombing is not the item to focus on but the public reaction is. As the police began their investigation the media did everything they could to direct the blame to innocent parties even before the evidence provided any answers to the perpetrators identity.

The media built a ground swell of insinuations and accusations to get the masses worked up leading to the main event. When the guilty parties were discovered the real games began. Like a scene right out of ancient Rome the crowd gathered around to view the chase and eventual carnage. They cheered on the police from the comfort of their homes and watched with bated breath for the next engagement to begin.

As the blood began to flow the masses were worked up into a frenzy until the final scene where the victors dragged off the surviving enemy to the cheers and chants of the people. Few bother to question the official narrative even though it keeps changing. The outrage at the bombing and the casualties are ignored to recount the fight scenes people can’t get enough of. This is what public consumption has devolved to. Just a simple act of holiday violence.

When the pursuit of justice is devalued to nothing more than a spectator sport to be cheered at, the morals of that nation have decayed to levels that are virtually unrecoverable by the masses. While it is a good feeling to know a dangerous person is taken off the street, to use that incident as nothing more than a distraction to divert public attention from more serious matters of state is a clear sign of failure in government.

We can look forward to more spectacles of this nature in the future as the nation continues its’ decent into third world status. When the blood sports on the streets become boring to the masses it will be time to lock everything down to maintain control. This is what a failed state looks like just before the end comes. Those that see the current events for what they really are should take heed and prepare for the worst.

When the bread and circuses run out it will be over and a new reality show will begin. It will be called survival of the best prepared. It is a game the masses are not prepared to play but when it comes they will be forced participants in it. We don’t know how this episode will end but history gives us a good idea and it is not pretty.

Eight Ways to Rebel Against The Corp

By: Tom Chatham

The behemoth we have created that we call the government has become so bloated and controlling that the individual freedom we take for granted is now in great jeopardy. The Corp acquires and maintains control by making you dependant on the services they provide. The destruction of your ability to be independent is the driving force behind the machinations we see. With no way to provide your own basic needs, you will be beholden to them and subject to their control in every way. Any deviation from their wishes will result in a curtailment of your resources and freedom. With no recourse, the majority will succumb to this tyranny and become puppets in this world of illusion. It does not have to happen to them or you. There are some simple things individuals can do to prevent this type of manipulation and free themselves.

Stop going to movies

The movie industry not only provides entertainment to the masses but it also serves as a means to impose the creators values on the rest of society. The latest fads and social norms are set by these people and it usually leads to a degradation of the moral standards of society. The media imposes these deviant behaviors on people and teaches people that anyone that does not follow the herd mentality is not normal or is even racist. The people that make millions from this source believe they are somehow superior to the rest of society and they somehow have the right to tell everyone else how to live. By eliminating their source of revenue you will send them a signal and reduce the impact they have on your life.

Home school your kids

The educational system in America has devolved from a first rate educational system to a social engineering program designed to produce stupid individuals that obey the controllers. The social and moral standards that have helped to build this nation have been subverted and will ultimately produce a generation of sociopaths that will insure the failure of all functional systems in this country. The act of home schooling will help parents to instill those standards in their youth that will insure a stronger future for society. It will also insure the children learn unvarnished facts that will enable them to function in society and be successful.

Stop going to large sporting events

The sports mania that is prevalent in society acts as a distraction to the dysfunctional system that is being put in place by the Corp. It acts to mesmerize the population leaving them prone to the will of the controllers. Is it really worth being treated like a criminal just to get into a stadium to see a team play? Sports are a great way to stay in shape and bond with others that have the same interests as you do but it is becoming a mania with many. How often do fights break out between fans of opposing teams? How often do riots break out after a big game? This is all programming to act as a distraction to the problems we face in society and it will only get worse with time unless people just say no.

Stop flying

Flying used to be a big event. People had special luggage they carried and special clothes they wore but it has now become just another hassle in life that must be endured. It is also a way for the Corp to control people. You must submit to searches to prove you are not a criminal and if you fly outside the country you must have a passport and to carry too much money is to have it stolen from you by the authorities. You must pay extra for certain luggage and act as the controllers want or you will be taken off the plane for any little infraction. Flying is not as necessary as most people think and until they stop flying the controllers will not stop with all of the intrusions you must submit to for the privilege. If you want to take a vacation, try something closer to home. It will be less hassle and likely much cheaper.

Produce your own food

The need for food makes life a give and take proposition. What are you willing to give up to get what you need? If you grow most of your own food you not only save a lot of money that you won’t have to earn but it frees you from the dependency you must have on others. This dependency has a cost and the cost is sometimes very high if there is some type of disruption in society. When you grow your own food you give up some of your free time and energy, both of which are completely in your control. When you have to buy everything you must give up some of your freedom to work for others for money which is controlled by others. Money can be devalued, taxed or taken from you in many ways reducing the amount of food you will ultimately be able to buy. Food can be reduced, restricted or adulterated in some way making you subject to the producers will and inflicting harmful health effects on you. Control of your food supply means control of your health and your freedom.

Produce your own energy

Energy is a necessary function in the technological world we live in. It is difficult to do anything during the day that does not require some type of energy. The lack of it can make life difficult or even deadly in some cases. This places your well being in the hands of others that may not have your best interest in mind. Control of energy means control of the population in many cases. The act of being energy independent reduces the hardship that can be forced upon you by others seeking your compliance with their will. Independent energy production also shields you from disruptions in society at large such as delivery interruptions and fuel price spikes.

Operate outside the banking system

The currency system we use is a means of control and a way to fleece the population. Those in control of the currency make the rules and can change them anytime they want. Those that are dependant on the currency have no choice but to comply and submit to the whims of the controllers. When you operate outside of the banking system you free yourself from many of the controls they place on you. Silver and gold are the mechanisms that allow a person to circumvent this control and gives the individual more power over their own life. The use of barter in conjunction with gold and silver takes power away from the controllers and reduces their impact on everyday living.

Reduce expenses, reduce income, reduce taxes

The conventional way of life we have all been raised with leads us to the inevitable need to make lots of money to support that lifestyle. This requires us to work more and harder to pay for the things we feel we must have to be normal. The more we work for pay, the more the government takes for its’ social programs and social programming of society. By reducing the things we feel we need or supplying them in other ways, we will free ourselves from the excess production we inevitably have to give up. By doing simple things to decrease your spending you will decrease the amount of work you need to get paid for reducing the amount government will take. This taxation in many ways does more to harm us than it helps us. When you reduce your spending you ultimately simplify your life as a whole.

These are just some of the ways you can use to strike back at the corrupt system that has materialized and take back some of your freedom and rights. The less you depend on the system and the less you provide to it to function, the more freedom you will ultimately have. The individual right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has gradually been degraded by the controllers in society that want absolute power. By creating a buffer between you and them you will have more opportunity to build a better life. The less you rely on them for basic needs, the larger that buffer will be. Your job is to make that buffer as wide as you can.

Silver Takedown and Potential Shortages

By: Tom Chatham

Overnight the price of gold and silver decreased substantially with silver sinking as low as $22.92 and gold dropping below $1,400. This is the takedown we were expecting last June but it never materialized. That day has finally come and now may be the last great opportunity to stack silver at bargain basement prices. Some PM investors believe silver could reach triple digit numbers in the next two years if the current financial situation is not corrected.

Rio Tinto’s Kennecott mine in Utah has suffered a massive landslide that will likely shut down production for months if not years. Approximately one billion tons of material collapsed into the basin. The Kennecott mine is the second largest silver mine in the US and the worlds’ largest copper mine.

The mine produces 3 to 5 million ounces of silver annually and 300,000 to 500,000 ounces of gold. This represents about 16% of US silver production and 5% of US gold production annually. This is going to have repercussions on PM’s once it filters down into the markets. It will also have direct affects on Sunshine mints ability to produce blanks for the US mint.

This takedown in silver and gold will not last long so anyone wishing to buy should not procrastinate for long. Physical bullion is getting tighter and the loss of production at a major producer will almost certainly force prices up on its’ very own. With a new QE program in the making it is only a matter of time before prices climb substantially.

The DHS insider has stated that a PM takedown may precede the next major move by the government so everyone should remain alert to this possibility. The time to protect your future will not last much longer so take advantage of this lull while you can. The PM prices may slowly rise from here or they may fall lower but either way, the prices are a good buy as of right now.

Buy Used and Save To Increase Your Net Worth

By: Tom Chatham

One of the problems with the credit industry that we have is the fact that you often pay twice or even three times for the object you want to get. Many people do not take the time to calculate the true cost of the things they buy on credit or simply do not care. They want it now and are content to overpay for it as a result.

Another symptom of the society we now have is the demand for cheap products that only last a few years and seem to self destruct. Repairable metal has given way to disposable plastic and solid wood has given way to pressboard. The era of planned obsolescence has taken its toll on our society and we are poorer as a society as a result.

If you go around in life paying twice as much for everything you get and end up with inferior products that do not last, how can you expect anything but to be poorer. This is a fact that seems lost on the new disposable, must have the latest edition generation. Over the years the forgotten frugal ways of the past offer those in this collapsing financial situation we find ourselves in a way out if they choose.

When you are young you want to have the newest and most fashionable items available because things have become status symbols to our society. To have something old or out of date is repulsive to some. This is the mindset we have been programmed with by those who profit from our impulsive buying habits. We as a people must reprogram ourselves to regain the upper hand and free ourselves from this economic system we have created. We must reprogram ourselves to look upon objects that we use in a functional way rather than a fashionable way.

As I sit here and write this article I do so on my Dell laptop circa 2004 that still serves me well. I purchased an old rocking chair recently made of thick solid wood that cost me all of $25, a chair that would sell for over $100 if bought new today. My want of a good lamp led me to the purchase of an old Aladdin Lincoln Drape lamp for $50 which would have cost me over $150 if bought new. To get the most from the money you work so hard for, you must leverage it in a way that increases your net worth and supplies you with the items that provide the needed function. By doing this you will come ahead faster and with less money and that is crucial in tough economic times.

When you need a lamp, find a used one that you like that will last a lifetime or at least can be repaired if it breaks. Good quality used furniture can be found in many places today that provide the function you need at a cheaper price and much of it is built to last a lifetime. When you prepare to buy a large durable item you should look at it and determine if it is something that you could use and then hand down to the next generation.

Sometimes it is necessary to purchase new but you should always analyze the item for price and durability before making your decision. If it is not possible to buy a new item that you want due to price that is when you should search for good used items that are affordable and durable. By taking this approach you will increase your net worth by paying less and getting better items that will last. If you only have to buy furniture for your home one time in your life, that will save you a lot of money in the long run. If you only buy a car every ten or twenty years and get a used one at that, it will save you thousands that you may not have or can use for other things that you need. This is how you can come ahead in life much faster and with fewer worries and headaches that will keep you awake at night.

We are now in a situation that many younger people should take advantage of to insure a good quality of life in the years to come. Many of those from the older generations are retiring and down sizing their homes. Many of these people bought quality American products to furnish their homes when they were starting their families in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. These items are now starting to flow into the used market and those that want quality for a fraction of the price now have a golden opportunity.

One of the greatest stumbling blocks is the programming of the newer generation. Those in the know about what I am saying need to make an effort to educate the next generation before it is too late. If you have children in college and want to help them get a good start in life then why not buy them some good used furniture to give them a helping hand. If things continue to deteriorate that used durable furniture may be all they have to use for many years to come and they will eventually come to appreciate it.

I’ve said before that if you were to go back in time and find yourself living in the 1950’s you might not have all of the technology we have today but you would have a good quality of life even with that old technology and the products they had then. These older products should be a foundation you build on to insure a good quality of life while you work to improve your position. Some of these products are also a good way to store excess wealth until later.

With the decaying economic system we are faced with, it is up to each of us to make the best of what we have, and what we have will likely decrease with the years. By getting the most from our spending dollars we will be in a better position to weather the storm. While you may be able to buy more cheap stuff short term, if it does not last, you will be right back where you started from except without the funds you wasted. It is not always possible to buy the best quality but it should be a top priority when possible and buying used can help you with this. Quality is not expensive, it’s priceless.

Global Electronic Currency; The Perfect Control Mechanism

By: Tom Chatham

In the pursuit of a control grid, for our own good, the global elite will need a global currency. This new currency will likely be completely electronic in nature. It will make it easier for the controllers to create, cheaper allowing them to keep more of the profits and easier to get their hands on what you have anytime they want. With a totally electronic currency there will be nowhere to hide any of your earnings. It will also be much easier for those in control to enforce payments for government mandated services. It will also be much easier for them to implement and enforce new taxes, for your own good.

Healthcare

So you say you don’t need any stinking health insurance. That’s too bad. It’s now mandatory so your account will be debited every week for your health insurance premiums. No way to get around that.

Green energy tax

Since everything is now electronic they will know how much gas you are buying for your car. If you drive too much you’ll be assessed an extra green energy tax for polluting too much. They know how much your electric bill is so if you are using too much electricity you’ll be taxed on that too. But don’t worry, they’ll just automatically deduct it from your account. No messy paperwork to keep track of. Isn’t that thoughtful of them.

Income tax

Since everything you earn has to go through your electronic account, they will know exactly how much money you are earning. They can just deduct your taxes straight out of your account every week. And with a graduated income tax, they will just deduct more as you hit certain income levels. No more messy tax forms every year. Isn’t that nice of them.

Sin purchases

So you want to buy a gun or ammo. Sorry, you don’t have the required permit so the transaction is prohibited. So you want to buy a bottle of wine or that fifth of bourbon?
Sorry, you are drinking too much as indicated by your purchases so this sale is denied. And if you have a DUI, don’t even think about it. Cigarettes are only for the global elite who can afford them so that’s a prohibited item as well. So you want to buy that new luxury car or SUV? Sorry but you don’t have the necessary carbon permits like the well connected people so you’ll have to settle on one of these smaller, more efficient models.

Food purchases

Since every purchase is monitored, everything you buy at the grocery store is monitored. You scan your card before your goods are rung up and anything you shouldn’t have is flagged. Obesity a problem? Not any more. You will be barred from purchasing certain products. Not eating what the government says you should? You will have limits on the quantity of certain items you buy forcing you to buy what they want you to eat. Buying more canned goods than they estimate you are eating? That could get you a visit from the food police to insure you are not hoarding. And don’t get caught growing your own food without the proper permits, you don’t even want to know the penalty for that.

Retirement savings

Since you are too stupid to save money for your retirement they will just deduct a little every week from your account and “keep it safe” until you need it for retirement. And when the time comes for retirement if you have too much money saved up they will just redistribute some of it to the less fortunate, bless their hearts.

Wealth tax

If you live in one of those wealthy countries you’ll have to pay an extra tax for that as well to be redistributed to the poorer countries. That’s only fair, right? Since everything you buy is recorded the tax assessment for property taxes will be much easier as well. How convenient!

Yes, a new electronic currency would solve a lot of problems and free us of all of that messy paperwork we have to do. And since we are too dumb to make our own decisions, the government can help steer us in the right direction in everything we do. Doesn’t that sound like Utopia?

Bank Failures Coming To A Branch Near You

By: Tom Chatham

The U.S. banking system has been in defacto default since 2008. But since everyone needs U.S. dollars to continue commerce around the world it has been put on delay. Everyone has been playing lets pretend. That will not last much longer. The events in Cyprus tell volumes about what is coming to other nations around the world.

As the banks tumble in domino fashion around the world everyone will head for the U.S. as the last safe place to store money. That may be by design. Once in the U.S those assets may have no safe place else to go so they will be essentially trapped. It will be a tempting target for the bankers and politicians to loot. A collapse then could force everyone into a one world currency. But not everyone wants to play with that marked deck.

The BRICS nations just held a meeting in South Africa and one of the things they discussed was the formation of a BRICS equivalent of the IMF and World Bank. They want to establish their own bank to aid emerging economies and they have agreed in principle to collectively finance it with a 100 billion contingency reserve arrangement for starters. These nations have a lot of gold and are increasing supplies as fast as possible. It is likely this new bank will be financed with gold backed currencies at some point. That will give the IMF crooks a lot of heartburn. It may also be the spark that ignites another world war.

The western bankers cannot afford to have a competing currency to anything they create so some type of action will be forthcoming. If people were able to shield their money from the corrupt bankers by moving it to another currency or bank out of the western bankers control it would prevent their plans to force through a one world currency which they would control. It always comes back to they money doesn’t it.

What would stop someone from moving large amounts of money from the U.S. to a BRICS bank? How about the imposing of capitol controls after all of that money is here. That seems likely. And if you are thinking of pulling that money out of the bank and hiding it under your mattress consider this. If a bank holiday is declared in the U.S. they can close the banks on say Friday night and reopen on Monday morning after having locked you out of your accounts all weekend while taking a “fair” percentage for the national good. But it might not stop there.

Suppose after you regain access to your accounts you find they have also devalued the dollar by 20 or 30 percent. They may just forgo the actual theft of money and devalue alone. In any case, they will have succeeded in stealing a large percentage of your money even if it were not in the bank.

I can’t tell you what to do but I don’t keep any more than a weeks worth of operating funds in my account and only about 30 to 60 days worth of cash on hand. Everything else I have is in highly liquid forms like silver. If they pull this I would take my cash on hand and go shopping that weekend before they have a chance to devalue. That would limit my losses and put me ahead of the general population. But that’s just me.

What would you buy in a crunch like this? Anything you can use to take care of yourself. It might be impossible to buy anything on line or through wire transfers but with cash you might visit coin shops, pawn shops, local merchants or look on craigslist for things worth something to you or for later trade. If you need to “store” money why not do so in gold and silver coins, a good used wood stove, a generator or possibly in extra fuel storage. All of these things will become much more expensive after a devaluation.

And always remember, if it isn’t in your direct possession you don’t own it. This will become brutally obvious to those with safety deposit boxes in the future. When they finally pull the plug on U.S. banks you should consider anything you have inside the bank as lost. If you get anything at all back consider yourself lucky. If you keep these things in mind it might not be as painful when it happens. Good fortune favors the prepared mind.