Monthly Archives: August 2014

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.

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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.

What Should We Do About The VA?

By: Tom Chatham

All of the recent reports about the VA show one thing very clearly. The majority of the problems relate to employee incompetence and indifference. This is what happens when employee benefits and working conditions are held in higher regard than the treatment of veterans which is the only purpose of the institution. This is what happens when you hire workers that have contempt for the country and veterans in particular and the system refuses to hold them accountable. In this situation, merely replacing the men at the top will do nothing because they will still rely on the same people at the bottom.

Here is a very practical solution that would solve the problem with civilian employees. Get rid of the civilians and hire active duty military personnel to fill the slots. Every branch of the military has occupational specialties that encompass all of the necessary skills to treat veterans and run the system.

The VA has its own budget and locations across the nation. It should be treated just like another branch of the military. Persons that enlist in the four branches of the military and have completed at least one enlistment or tour successfully and have job skills that can be utilized at the VA should be able to reenlist for the VA just as they now can reenlist for other branches of the military. These persons would then be able to finish out their military career with the VA if they wish.

By having the VA staffed by military personnel it would eliminate the excessive pay and bonuses that their civilian counterparts now demand and get. It would also eliminate the sometimes excessive civil service retirement pay they get.

The use of active duty personnel would guarantee accountability due to the military structure that demands it.

Active duty personnel would be more inclined to go the extra mile to help veterans than civilians who have never served in the armed forces.

Active duty personnel would be more in tune to the needs of veterans and would speak the language veterans are familiar with.

The active duty military and VA system would be able to provide seamless support to one another in emergency situations where medical personnel are in short supply.

The head of the VA should be a General with a medical background that would have to be accountable to the veterans.

Any veterans that need special services that cannot be provided by the VA system could receive a voucher for use at civilian medical facilities.

While this may not seen like the perfect solution it would be a dramatic improvement over what we have now. I say that as someone that has used the VA system. I don’t want to put all of the current employees at the VA in the same category. There are some very dedicated people there that do care but they are few and far between. This would also provide more jobs for veterans that desperately need one. This system would provide the needed medical treatment for veterans that is now becoming too expensive even for civilians due to the new healthcare mandates. The veterans have earned this benefit no less than the police and firemen that receive greater pay and benefits than the military that has risked so much for this nation over the years. The veterans deserve a system that is operated for their best interest and is not skimping on services due to outside agendas.