It’s a fine thing to do at the end of an incredibly busy week: sit down with a cuppa joe, a super-fast internet pipe, and review not only what happened over the past week, but where things seem to be headed in our run-up to the “summer of hell/2009″ which, according to the predictive linguistics work at www.halfpasthuman.com, is about as close to a slam-dunk as you’ll find off the basketball court.
In case you’re new to this site, the Big Picture goes something like this:
We’re in a collision of paradigms which will last something like 10-years. As my friend Dr. Jack Lessinger notes “Unfortunately, the Consumer Economy is not a static reality. Everything changes. Over many decades, the relentless drive to boost consumption inevitably brought overconsumption and with it, dire consequences. “ So, coming along, but taking its own sweet time about getting here, will be something he calls “responsible capitalism” but not the kind of highly socialized kind of solution that’s presently sloshing around between the big white buildings inside the beltway.
The US dollar is effectively bankrupt; rotted from the inside-out by excessive government spending since politicians have this genetic defect where they promise more than they can deliver, only to find that they can make-good on promises by destroying the purchasing power of the US dollar. This is why since 1913 the purchasing power of the dollar is about 4% of what it once was. But, since the American public hates math, it’s been an easy double-speak shuffle for offishuls (sic) at all levels to sell you the idea that what’s been going on is inflation. This deliberate reframing of the financial problem into gibberish is exactly how the PowersThatBe (the banksters behind the throne and their lobbyist cohorts), depend on to keep you hornswaggled into a crooked system where you work your ass off for 40-years only to find you’ve been swindled out of your 401(k)’s purchasing power. Sweet deal for them, huh? Guess who ends up rich? It’s not the person you see in the mirror, if that’s a hint.
Another way to screw you out of your life’s work has been to reframe the ‘stimulus’ such that it goes to meaningless places like saving derivative counterparties under the outlandish belief that this will prevent a second Great Depression, only many times worse. It won’t, of course since if you listen to really rich, really bright guys like George Soros, they’ll remind you that the residential housing bubble collapse was only Round One and that Round Two which is coming along now will involve a 30% drop in commercial property values.
And since the money which should be used to fund new construction, consumer financing, and American self-sufficiency, and so forth is going to bankers and special interests, another story which will be making the rounds in a month or two, I figure, will be how farmers are cutting way back on their commitments to plant crop this year. I was speaking to the president of a modestly-sized ag operation earlier this week and he said folks he’s talking with are finding just what he’s found, namely that banks may say he has a million dollar line of credit, but they are being very stingy about letting farmers actually draw against it this year. What this means is that here’s something that’s almost a lead-pipe cinch to push food prices up this summer: reduced credit for farmers (or severely restricted lending) coupled with high input costs, such that there will be less food this coming summer and fall. Already, a good bit of Eastern Washington’s wheat is at reduced levels, and then there’s the fallout from the flooding up in North Dakota to contend with. And so the precursors for this November’s crisis are being set even now.
Government, all the while being blown about by the financial string-pullers, has to find some way to keep you and me under control, otherwise we wouldn’t be willing to give nearly 40% of everything we make (taxes and excess profits) to a bunch of bozos who hold themselves as somehow smarter than the rest of us. Gotta reality check to consider here. So, in order to keep everyone occupied – including countries like Afghanistan where Mr. Change is throwing even more troops in, on the grounds that Afghanistan-Pakistan is the most dangerous place in the world – we build a better and better killing machine.
But I’m here to propose this morning that Afghanistan is NOT the most dangerous place. The most dangerous place in the world is the UK. That’s right: England. You see, the PowersThatBe are getting ready for one of the biggest crackdowns on personal liberties ever under the guise of protecting the G20-money shufflers. True, “London Protesters threaten Bankers, evoke Executions” but it’s a protest and protest is the stuff of which Freedom is cast. So to keep the UK’s sheep in line, authorities have identified 200 children as potential terrorists. OMG, bring back McCarthyism and HUAC, at least those made some kind of sense. Having over a million US citizens on no-fly lists just doesn’t pass my smell test; perhaps it does yours?
Meantime, “Obama a sets Qaeda defeat as top goal in Afghanistan“. Yes, there really are some Islamic extremists who would like to kill you and me because we’re infidels. Still, thousands of troops, is that the most effective solution? How about hit teams? Armies are find for set/place battles against large forces and all, but how do you cut off the head of a beast? The world clings to a Middle Ages concept that heads of movements are not top targets; nonsensical, but that’s why folks like Napoleon didn’t get ‘offed’ the first time out in a real battle. This same silliness persists today; and as a result, we don’t go ab out things very efficiently, although admittedly the result is more employment, higher visibility of the decision-making process and a lot of social control. But then again, that’s what wars are about, right? Kill enough people and break enough things and you get an economic bump from warfare and another economic bump from rebuilding.
Then we have a Secretary of State who is pushing for a “stronger China role”. I’m not sure what she’s thinking (if at all, on this) since 1) China is a huge buyer of US paper debt instruments and has the US by the proverbial goanies and 2) China makes about 1/2 of everything non-food sold in your local Big Box store. So they have us by the right one, and by the left one, so to speak. Yet this enlightened ‘leader’ says they need a stronger role? How stoopid do the folks at the top think the people who work in this country are? What we need is leadership that would a) increase domestic US production of goods we consume. But that isn’t going to happen since the big bucks inside the District of Corruption flows from industry and special interest groups, right? Then b) we need to have sound money so we don’t have to go hat in hand to China every couple of weeks to beg them to buy our quickly depreciating paper.
All of this stuff is really very simple and obvious if you just take a few moments of quiet contemplation to ask that one more upstream question. Instead of breaking out of a bad mold and standing up to the lunacy of the past that has driven us into the presently developing socioeconomic corner, the ‘fast change’ artists are simply doing more of the same that got us into our barrel of pickles at every turn.
Sound government begins with sound thinking. You know: The kind that the Framers embodied in the Constitution which these officials are supposed to protect and defend. But instead of asking the right questions like “How do we all work just 2-hours of day or less and live in a land of plenty with Liberty and Justice for all?” would be a great starter…And that’s all it should take: Automation is really that good and yet we’re all pawns in this silly paradigm reinforcement exercise….” we instead get a change in troop allocations, a change in naming of enemy combatants, and a change in the role of China.
I don’t know about you, but I have to join guys like George Soros and commodity legend Jim Rogers who are concerned, as am I, that this all ends badly.
So on that note, it’s Saturday morning and I’m going to go work on my garden, do my taxes, and anything else that comes to mind that enables me to live as a free American enjoying the fruits of liberty as long as they’re to be had. Suggest you do the same.
Oh, one more thing: The state of “Missouri retracts report linking militias, 3rd party candidates.”
A victory for freedom? Yes, but only as long as the public fulfills its role and remains vigilant.
Have you called your folks in Washington about HR 875, HR 814 and SR 425 which would reduce agricultural freedom under the guise of food safety? No? See…another perfect example of people sitting on their asses deserve what they get from the corporate-government monoculture which I call (corpgov).
Oh, one more thing on top of that: Since we are in a huge period of change (wait till mid May, if you think things are changing quickly now, LOL) the time monks may release a public ‘libretto of coming events’ just so you can have a little lead time to adjust to future events before they get here. No point having a rickety time machine if we don’t share some of its outputs, right? Not as much as I get into in Peoplenomics, or the full up HalfPastHuman reports, but an outline sufficient so a thoughtful person can get ahead of the curve a bit.
Drop by Monday morning. I’ve gotten permission from Alan Land to post a couple of .MP3′s for you to download (free, of course). One is called “Tent City” and the other is called “California IOU” Know the scary part? These were both recorded in 1983…see how circular time is?