Monthly Archives: July 2015
By: Tom Chatham
It is a common reaction to ask, how much is that, when we see something we want or need. The question is answered with some monetary figure that people will recognize and use to determine if they can afford it. But what happens when the monetary system we know becomes so dysfunctional that common monetary values mean little.
This could happen due to massive inflation, currency collapse or a frozen banking system that prevents you from accessing your funds. If you have no way to pay for something, it does not matter how much or little it costs. It will be out of your reach unless you have some means to pay.
Some people keep cash on hand for just such a problem. They know they will be able to pay cash when everything else stops working. That will work for a time but eventually paper currency will be looked on as a diminishing asset as physical goods become more valuable to those that need them. Paper currency is not much different than a check you write on your account. If the account is empty your check is no good.
The same can be said for those entities that issue paper money. If they are bankrupt or shut down, the value of their printed certificates will be worth the same as the bad check. Nobody will want to accept it after they realize it may not be honored for the value it supposedly holds. While a local store may accept it out of habit, eventually businesses will figure out the truth.
In times like this alternative forms of money may become more viable to local individuals such as gold and silver. But, that may take some time and most people will not own any of these precious metals for trade. Some may resort to direct barter with some of the things they have amassed over the years to get the necessities they need and under these circumstances values will be variable and disconnected from reality at times.
Some people have stored barter items for this eventuality rather than precious metals and there is nothing wrong with that if it gives them the feeling of safety they desire. One of the reasons they desire goods instead of metals is the fear that governments will call in precious metals as they did in 1933 and that is a legitimate fear but must be taken with some reflection on the facts.
In 1933, gold and silver coinage was the circulating currency in the nation meaning most people had some in their possession. That is not the reality today as very few people have any knowledge of the value of metals and do not have them in their possession. The fact that the government can call in metals does not mean they will be able to relieve you of them.
In 1933, on the river where I grew up, there was a store on the bank of the river that did a good business with all of the ships that came by. When the gold was called in in 1933, the store owner did not want to turn it in so he kept it hidden away. At the time he had a small chest full of gold coins. He kept that chest of coins until the 1970’s when gold was legal to own again and then he sold it for a good profit. This is a true story and just one example of how hard it would be for the government to call in all of the metals in private hands.
It does not matter what you hold your savings in only that it will retain value when conventional paper currencies become a despised possession. When that happens you need the ability to buy the things you need with what you physically have on hand. The question you must answer is what will you have on hand when that day comes.
By: Tom Chatham
That is not the headline this week but it might as well be. The fervor of collapse and war is building and it will eventually happen but it may take longer than most people realize. There are many signs leading to September 2015 as a major event. This may be true but it must also be taken with a grain of salt. In all likelihood something will happen in Sept but it is unlikely that everything will fall apart at once very suddenly. It will likely be a chain of events that will bring us death by a thousand cuts.
Don’t get me wrong. Things can move very fast at times under certain conditions but I think it will be more like a ball bouncing down a flight of stairs rather than falling off the cliff. Those that control the world will want to keep control of the situation so it will happen in phases over time. They will take an action and wait for the results. Then they will take more actions. How events unfold will depend on how society reacts to the unfolding problems and people sometimes act differently than expected.
The police shootings and subsequent riots of the past two years are a good example. Even though professional instigators were bussed in to start riots in certain cities, they did not amount to very much. The people burned and looted but only to a small degree. Most of the people protesting were largely benign and this was a problem for the instigators. They needed everyone to act irrationally and criminally. This was unexpected so something else is needed.
The recent shooting in South Carolina has grown some teeth and the Marxists are using it to foment discord throughout the country by linking the shooting to the nations southern heritage. Just like the second amendment, southern heritage is a hot button issue. The feelings about deep family roots is an emotional issue used by some to push peoples buttons and promote discord. And it is working due largely to the uneducated populace that has very little understanding of history. Many actually believe that 99% of the southern population went to war to defend something that only 1% of the population profited from, but that is a debate for another time.
This lack of knowledge allows many people to be led down the wrong path but the issues of the day are forcing many people to reexamine the facts and some are actually learning the truth. This is resulting in people acting differently than expected in some cases. That is why the people pushing an agenda must act then wait for results before moving forward again. They need to keep this bus on the route they desire and it is becoming more difficult every day.
Something radical and extreme could happen suddenly but it is not likely unless it is the last option to fracture the population and keep them from acting in any collective way against those with the agenda. It will probably be a series of problems closely one behind the other rising in intensity and leading to a solution by government agencies. That is what people should be watching for as the year winds down. I do not believe we will see anything such as WW III for at least another year or so but the problems will mount keeping peoples minds busy.
We may be visited by chaos this year on several occasions but the best time to really hit people is after they have been numbed to sleep by multiple problems that depress them to the point of disengagement. Then you hit them hard and wait for them to run to you to fix the problem at any cost.
A lot of doom and gloom has been posted the past few years and many have read the possibilities and have those scenarios on their mind even if they do not believe them. If these things should start coming to pass it would make many take more notice and prepare so the current train of thought must be averted for maximum impact at a later date. The preparedness alerts may have been wrong on many occasions but they have served their purpose. If nothing else, people are paying attention to the issues and that makes it more difficult to catch them off guard.
By: Tom Chatham
The events of the past few days show just how vulnerable the U.S. is to cyber warfare. Many people have read about the problems that can occur if the infrastructure is attacked and disabled or destroyed cutting everyone off to essential services. Here are some of the services that were compromised on just one day this week.
– The WSJ suffered computer problems resulting in outage
– Service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint suffered computer problems affecting their services
-The NYSE was down for almost 4 hours due to a computer “glitch”
– United Airlines was grounded nationwide as computer problems shut down their operations
These four incidents, while not officially due to cyber attack, are just an example of what is possible if cyber attackers wish to do some harm. These four incidents cover, transportation, communication, information and financial sectors of the economy. The very things society depends on to function correctly. The only one missing is power.
Some insiders believe this was just a beta test for things to come. If that is so then the American people have much to worry about. It is bad enough if these threats are foreign born but the American people have just as much to fear from their own government today. The executive orders and military posturing going on leave little room for speculation that elements of our government are planning and expecting something catastrophic to happen in the near future.
If the U.S. is hit with a massive cyber attack, it will cause chaos nationwide within minutes as services are interrupted and people find themselves without the support systems they rely on every day. The loss of services for a few hours is an inconvenience but the loss for several days or weeks would be life threatening. That is something most Americans are not prepared for. They have complete faith in the government to protect them and provide the things they need. That faith will be the undoing of many people when the time comes. That is because these people have abdicated their responsibility to take care of themselves and their family to the government.
The people that see or at least fear what could happen in an uncertain world, have taken the necessary steps to make a loss of services as minor as possible. Many of these people have gone off the grid to provide the every day necessities their family needs free of the trappings of modern society.
Even if you do not go completely off the grid, you can do many simple things to insure your family will be safe and secure when the electrons that modern society is built on stop flowing. There are many annual disasters and smaller problems that cut off services to people. It might be a flood, hurricane or ice storm that cuts you off from the outside world for days at a time. Many people have learned from their past experiences and taken steps to provide the things they will lose if that type of thing happens again. The problem is that the vast majority go back to their normal lives after suffering the hardship of disaster and think nothing more until it happens again.
When you think about the many different things that could happen to you it is easy to come up with a list of things you would suffer without. Being in a rural area and suffering from an ice storm that cuts off power, communications and travel ability is similar to what would happen if a cyber attack took down most systems in the winter.
You would need the same back-up systems in both cases. You would need food, water, light and heat at the very least. Non-electric systems are a must when something like this happens. About the only thing you need electrical power for is refrigeration over long periods and winter weather could help with that if you have a window box or cooler to take advantage of the outside refrigeration capability. In warmer climates the possession of an absorption or propane refrigerator will allow you to keep items frozen or cool for several weeks with only a few 20lb.cannisters of propane.
Propane will also take care of heating, cooking and lighting needs if you want to go that route. Otherwise, wood heat and basic lighting such as kerosene lamps, candles or small battery powered lamps can take care of your other environmental needs. The storage of basic foods, especially canned goods, and sufficient water will also insure your family has the things they need to ride out the situation. In the event you can buy or trade in the aftermath of the disaster it is always good to have some cash on hand and maybe some gold or silver for long term problems.
These basic things are the basis of being immune from the types of problems brought about by a loss of electrical technologies that bring society to a halt. The ability to communicate with others in the absence of public communication systems and the ability to maintain security in the absence of law enforcement are also things that need to be looked at for serious, long term situations. The ability to provide for sanitation during disasters is also something few prepare for so that needs to be addressed as well. A simple outhouse is worth its weight in gold when sanitation systems cease to function properly.
These items are practically immune from any cyber attack and will allow you to maintain minimum living standards for long periods of time in the event it becomes necessary. One does not have to go to extremes to become cyber proof. The security provided by normal camping supplies and preparations will go a long way to keeping you safe and healthy when technology fails. If everyone was a prepper, disasters would be non-events for most people and cyber threats would be little more than minor inconveniences.
By: Tom Chatham
On this holiday weekend it is a good time to reflect on why we like living in America or why we might want to leave. There are many pros and cons for either decision but personally I would rather stay in America no matter what happens in the future. Why would I want to stay in a place that may turn into a third world hell hole if our current direction does not change?
That decision is all in the way I view the world at large. Basically, I know we have sufficient resources and know-how to make America a good place to live. I know this mainly because we have already done so in the past. The fact that things are taking a turn for the worst does not mean the primary factors enabling a good quality of life have changed. It only means we are doing something differently than we did in the past to change the results we now have.
Many people in the world come to America to have a better life. It is just human nature to want to go where things seem better and circumstances offer you a better quality of life. One of the problems I have with unrestricted immigration is that many of the people coming here want to take the easy way to a better life.
Most of the countries in the world have sufficient resources and people to develop their economies and have a good quality of life but they do not. For various reasons they remain in poverty stricken conditions. If someone says to you, here is a pile of building materials to build yourself a very nice home, all you have to do is build it, many people would just turn and walk away because that seems like more work than they want to do to get a nice home. That’s how I view many people that immigrate to other countries to have a better life.
Oh, so your country is poverty stricken because of corrupt politicians or a murderous dictator? So, get rid of him and start building a better country. A rag tag group of farmers and merchants got together and faced off against the most powerful army in the world, and won. That’s what we celebrate every July 4th. People have the power to change their future if they really want to. They just have to want it bad enough and that is why many people in the world move to other countries. They want a better life but they don’t want it bad enough to fight for it. They just want to move into a nice home and get a good job somewhere where the battles have already been fought and won.
The collapse of modern western society has come about because of deviant propaganda leading to a decline of the moral standards necessary to build a successful society. You can argue all you want but no society can be successful and free without good moral standards to control the destructive urges of society.
California is a good example of how things can go awry when people with stupid ideas and loose morals are left to run free. Nowhere in America is the liberal mindset more prevalent than the golden state. These intellectuals have enacted some of the most Marxist, idiotic and harmful laws and regulations known, to the point that the state is collapsing in on itself. Things have finally gotten so bad that these same liberals, that have created the society they craved so much, are moving to places like Colorado and Texas to escape the laws they wanted so bad. Now these same people are working to do the same thing to their new homes that they did in California. These people, by their very mindset, are destructive of prosperity and freedom and most of them probably don’t even realize it.
This is also true with many of the people coming to the U.S. for a better life. They come here looking for good homes and good jobs and at the same time they want to transform this nation into the vary kind of place they fled from. They want it to be just like back home, only prosperous. They do not understand they cannot have it both ways.
It would be easy to move to a better place but how long would it remain so until it becomes the same kind of place you left? That is why I prefer to stay where I am and just prepare to dig in and do the hard job of rebuilding the kind of society that I was born in so many years ago. If I go down fighting at least I can die with a clear conscience. The world is broken down into two groups. The builders and the carpetbaggers. Which one are you?