Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
I spent part of the weekend chained to my desk working on tax drudgery, but not as much as last weekend.Comments
I ordered six olive trees, and they surprised me by showing up *very* quickly. I thought I might have another week to work on stuff.
Locoweed is checking them out.
What I needed to do was some earth shaping. I wanted to create a broad swale to act as a catch basin for runoff water, retaining it long enough to soak in around the trees whenever heavy rain caused overland water flow. Li'l Kitty laid down a *lot* of tracks this weekend!
But then late Sunday afternoon I busted the scraper blade again when I snagged a branch unawares. This is as far as I got on the second row.
I had hoped to plant at least the first row of four, but the day ran out before the work was done. They will have to sit in the shade another week.
The olive trees are for olive oil. One of the things that keeps preppers up at night is the problem of storing dietary oils. The bottom line is that they don't store well. The best you can usually expect is two years at room temperature. Canned lard and butter is supposed to last longer, and frozen cans of olive oil can keep indefinitely, but the better solution is to grow your own oil, just like the long term food problem is solved by setting up to grow or raise your own.
As long time readers know, we tried peanuts with mixed success, and last year's failed crop worried me. They are not reliable here unfortunately. Sunflowers could produce oil, but birds love the dickens out of sunflowers and it would be costly and time-consuming to try to protect a big enough sunflower crop from birds to be worth extracting the oil. I don't know why I didn't think of olives before, but they are supposed to grow here, and they represent a permaculture solution to the problem. Once established they require minimal watering, fertilizing and care. At harvest time in the fall you knock the fruit off the trees onto sheets or tarps, gather it up, crush or press it out and extract the oil in one of a couple different ways. Voila! Problem solved. And one of the varieties is supposed to start bearing as soon as two years from planting, so the permanent solution could be online soon enough.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Way back, like five years ago or more back, I was a regular reader at this site. Then after some series events, probably centered on the volume of idiocy in the comment section, she took the blog private, and that was that.Comments
Today I got a comment alert email from an ancient post I had commented on. Sure enough, the blog is live and has been for some time.
Kids, this lady has attitude. If you groove on expletive-laden but intelligent posts railing against the idiocy of leftist causes (and whatever else gets centered in her gunsights), then she's got your stuff.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Next thing you know he'll be running for president.
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Which is not surprising. Entirely too many, particularly those badly brainwashed by evangelical Christian feminism, are hopelessly loaded with false assumptions borne of ideology that don't translate into the real world.Comments
Vox commented on this piece and quoted a small section, but the entire thing is well worth the read and barely covered in his comments.
Lawrence Auster: A social conservative who just doesn’t get it
If social conservatives are to have any hope whatsoever of reestablishing the foundations of Western Civilization, they *must* throw off the blinders, open their eyes, and will to *see* what it is that is eating at the foundations. Tut-tutting and scolding at the symptoms is for the fail.
Tragically the vermin responsible have thoroughly penetrated their most cherished institution--the evangelical Church, and today the laughable oxymoron "conservative feminism" barely causes an eyelid twitch (except in those eager to exploit this new development for the neocon cause...)
Read at the link to get a sense of how an understanding of the dynamics of Game intersects with the goals of true conservatism in the preservation of Western Civilization.
Update: I meant to post this to The Men's Room but inadvertently put it here. On reflection, why not? 'Tis the specifics of the practice of Game that get the panties all bunched, not so much the broad concepts.
Labels: society and culture
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Sunday, January 23, 2011
I was able to repair the conked out linear actuator this weekend. I had an inspiration about the motor that turned out to work just fine and I got it reassembled. Turns out the problem was in the spade lug connectors where they had overheated, melted together and had developed high resistance.Comments
Despite what else I had to do this weekend, I could not let sleeping Li'l Kitty's lie. I worked on the millet field, moving dirt around to level the area and create a berm that will permit flood irrigation.
It is not quite done being leveled yet. It is too bowl shaped, and the west side is still maybe 6 inches too high compared to the east end.
Clyde sez, "Thanks for the new Giant Size litterbox, dad!"
The rest of this weekend I chained myself to my desk in the dungeon, to do a bunch of drudgerous paperwork related to the upcoming tax season. I am seeing the end of this portion of it, although I have a handful of things yet to address. This year I have hired a high-power tax CPA to do my taxes, because of the complications involved in having "cancellation of debt" income. There is a huge amount of documentation I need to pull together, and she will take that to write up an exemption from taxation over that phantom, imputed income. *Very* worth what I will have to pay her and the work I will have to do to get there, because it would otherwise translate into an $8000 tax liability!
So if I seem a little pasty-faced and anemic this week, it is because I did not get my usual quota of sunshine.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
...is an oncoming train.Comments
Housing and Economy: Housing Market Slips Into Depression Territory - CNBC
Home values have fallen 26 percent since their peak in June 2006, worse than the 25.9-percent decline seen during the Depression years between 1928 and 1933, Zillow reported.
A-AND, since they didn't say it, I will. The job market will not improve until consumer confidence ("animal spirits" to you Keynesians) recovers, and with it consumer spending. And consumer confidence is unlikely to recover as long as up to a third of outstanding mortgages are underwater.
Up to half are projected to be underwater by the end of 2011.
Lather, rinse, repeat on the spiral rollercoaster to hell.
Labels: financial ponderings
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Two weeks worth. From the weekend before last, I finished the repairs to Daisycat's gas bicycle, then got back to working on the solar tower. The last north side panel went up, but it was a hair too long. I had to trim it to length, balancing carefully on a ladder 25 feet in the air.Comments
Later I did more digging around the stump in the wheat field.
While test driving Daisycat's bicycle, I noticed that the shiny galvanized wind turbine was glaringly obvious against the backdrop of the hills from certain angles along the road in the direction I don't normally see. I decided this is far too likely to prompt the curious to investigate. In fact, while working on the tower this last weekend, a pickup truck stopped on the road to eyeball what I was up to.
So this recent weekend the turbine came down, got painted a color that makes it disappear nicely into the background of the hills, and went back up.
Now from the road the black legs of the tower are easier to see than the turbine.
I installed the standoff and brackets that will hold the cellphone antenna pole,
...and mounted the antenna to the pole, which was painted to match the turbine.
Stymied here because I need to buy some bare copper wire for the lightning arrestor ground to be installed next weekend.
I also installed the framing at the top of the tower that will hold the top shutter. This shutter will be open in summer to vent the house, and closed in winter to permit the capture of hot air in the tower to be piped back down for heating purposes in the house.
Next weekend it can be installed, together with the ropes and pulleys necessary to operate it from the ground.
Finally I got started doing some leveling in the future millet field with Li'l Kitty and the repaired scraper blade that Daisycat brought to the welding shop for me. Unfortunately the linear actuator that runs the rear implements conked out and I was left hanging again. I have a new one coming, ordered from the internet.
Ultimately I want to convert this little tractor to hydraulic operation but I have neither the time, nor the money nor the skills (yet) to do this conversion. So in the interim it is still going to be operated by electric actuators.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Sunday, January 16, 2011
But I Thought There'd Be No Disruptions? in [Market-Ticker]Comments
In a major ruling Friday, a coalition of nonprofit defense lawyers and consumer protection advocates in Maryland successfully got over 10,000 foreclosure cases managed by GMAC Mortgage tossed out, because affidavits in the cases were signed by Jeffrey Stephan, the infamous GMAC “robo-signer” who attested to the authenticity of foreclosure documents without any knowledge about them, as well as signing other false statements.
Labels: mortgage fraud
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"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." Thomas EdisonComments
"Talent = Determination applied faithfully over Time" Desert Cat
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas Edison
"Success comes rarely to the lazy, but is surprisingly common amongst the diligent." Desert Cat
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No need to be an extremist now, young man. Girls Have Cooties, yes. That is a truism more certain than death and taxes. But there is a better solution than transporting them leagues beyond the Northern Sea!
After fumigating, check carefully before proceeding.
Thankfully, cooties only stick to girls. Most boys are safe with proper precautions. However regular testing is still recommended.
Don't become complacent! Please view this Public Service Announcement:
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Saturday, January 15, 2011
Left Has Gone Full "Conscience [sic] Dreaming"Comments
Paranoid schizophrenics see patterns and connections where there are none, and where tangible, real-world evidence tells us there are none.
Labels: liberal stupidity
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Friday, January 14, 2011
Voices in his head, not on TV, drove shooterComments
The charge: The Tucson massacre is a consequence of the "climate of hate" created by Sarah Palin, the tea party, Glenn Beck, Obamacare opponents and sundry other liberal bêtes noires.
Extended post here
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Giffords makes 'major leap forward'Comments
Hours after opening her eyes for the first time, doctors are performing “aggressive physical therapy” on U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and are nothing short of astounded by her progress.
I have hesitated to say what I know out of concern that some of you may assume I am as loco as the assailant (only in a different way), but here goes: I have been aware of a tremendous outpouring of prayer power on behalf of Gabby, and in the Spirit I have observed a phenomenal, I mean in all my experience as a Christian intercessor I cannot say I have ever seen a stronger, more powerful presence of the Lord's healing manifestation over a person, ever.
Her progress is miraculous, and not by coincidence. We are witnessing a genuine miracle in progress.
I've been in prayer on again off again since I learned of this Sunday afternoon. Wendesday morning however I was particularly plugged in and felt the effects of their reduction of sedation, hours before I read of what they were doing. It was nothing short of horrifying for her at first as she began to grapple with what had happened to her and the nauseating contemplation of the possible extent and implications of her injuries. Also there was breakthrough pain from the surgeries that have removed much of her left skull. She is doing better now and is clearly one heckuva fighter.
Those of you who have been praying, THANK YOU! It has made all the difference in the world this time.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Yes, I understand your reaction. It is partly that way on purpose.
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Text of proposed legislation:
Mwahahahaha! That's right mofos! Your little house-o-fraud is coming crashing down around your ears.
Click the link for more of Karl's analysis.
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...don't seem to understand.Comments
One of the heroes schools Geraldo on responsible concealed weapon carry.
More Joe Zamudio laying down the law with Ed Schultz:
Labels: armed citizen
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Sec. Clinton calls Loughner extremistComments
“I think when you cross the line from expressing opinions that are of conflicting differences in our political environment into taking action that’s violent action, that’s a hallmark of extremism, whether it comes from the right, the left, from al-Qaeda, from anarchists, whoever it is. That is a form of extremism,” Clinton said.
Secretary Clinton. May I direct your attention to one huge glaring ASSUMPTION in your statement? You are presuming, without more than the barest threads of evidence, that Mr. Loughner's act was political in nature. Mr. Loughner is a depraved individual who, at best, has a sketchy, leftist-anarchist ideology, but who appears to have been more motivated by a personal vendetta against Giffords for having blown off his inscrutable question in a 2007 "town hall" type meeting.
Try not to be so nakedly obvious in your attempt to use this tragedy for POLITICAL purpose, hm?
Yes, and I fully expect your boss to be doing more of the same this evening.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Left's need to explain mad acts just plain misguided--George WillComments
It would be merciful if, when tragedies such as Tucson's occur, there were a moratorium on sociology. But respites from half-baked explanations, often serving political opportunism, are impossible because of a timeless human craving and a characteristic of many modern minds.
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Expired law banned 31-round magazinesComments
Sometimes I wonder if people are cantankerous and contrary just for the sake of it. Of course this was coming. Time to stock up on hi-cap mags as an investment. They are sure to triple in price or better if this gets off the ground.
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Want to see how badly...um, "screwed" the banksters have made themselves via their malfeasance?Comments
Why It Could Be Very Hard for Banks to Avoid Ibanez Mortgage Catastrophes - CNBC
Heh. Heh heh. I can almost feel from here the white-hot heat of their frantic lobbying for an out, any out, with their bought and paid for stooges in Congress.
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Monday, January 10, 2011
Karl, as usual, has his head screwed on right: The Second Amendment: Our Nation's Foundation in [Market-Ticker]Comments
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Hmm hmm! Looks like Sheriff Dipshit may* have blood on his hands.Comments
Jared Loughner is a product of Sheriff Dupnik’s office � The Cholla Jumps
*The substantiation is pretty thin at the moment. I will try to keep tabs on this story and update. More here regarding these previous death threats.
The summary point being that if he had one or more felony arrests on his record on any of these previous death threats, he would not have been able to purchase the handgun he used. It is alleged that he may have been afforded special treatment because his mother is a Pima County employee.
Update: Occultic/Satanic shrine found in Loughner's backyard! Yeah, but it's *still* Sarah Palin's fault!
Update 2: Looks like Rush tore Sheriff Dipshit several new assholes.
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Four Tucsonans stopped gunman: Ordinary citizens became heroesComments
This is the Arizona I am proud of. Two men and one 61 year old woman stopped the rampage, at extreme risk to their own lives. None* of this pussy ducking and running you see elsewhere that could have cost another dozen or more their lives.
*or at least thankfully not all ducked and ran. There were a critical handful of heroes in the crowd.
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Sunday, January 09, 2011
...you just lost my vote. I may even be inclined to campaign actively for your replacement next time around.Comments
Arizona Sheriff Says He Doesn't Know Why Loughner Shot Giffords And Others But He's Pretty Sure It's Because Of Republicans--Ace of Spades HQ
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...those of you agitating for the shootin' to start? Is this what you and your compatriots are agitating for? Do you have the faintest glimmer of a notion what kind of a BACKLASH this kind of utterly depraved, stupid, misguided MORONITUDE will trigger?!Comments
Gabrielle Giffords: Jared Loughner to be charged in shootings targeting Giffords - latimes.com
Watch twenty years of second amendment progress vanish. Thanks a load, bastards!
Meanwhile the rest of you, pray for her miraculous recovery.
UPDATE: The original post made reference to a specific individual whose comments here led me to believe he was interested in seeing violent revolution as a solution to our political problems. I have removed this reference as the impression given was that I held him personally responsible. This is not the case, and I apologize for the reference and the impression.
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...is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.Comments
The time I waste on certain one-sided relationships has more to do with my stupidity than anything else.
And it breaks my fucking cold black heart...
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Dilbert has been taking lessons from Vox:Comments
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Thursday, January 06, 2011
...is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.Comments
This is why I am no longer a Republican, no longer particularly closely follow Republican political blogs, and no longer believe that voting Republican will have any measurable effect on the direction of the country.
Vox Popoli: Republican frauds
Bifactional ruling party, indeed! Bugger the whole lot of them!
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A good article here from a guest post at Zero Hedge:Comments
Guest Post: Situational Awareness And Shared Awareness | zero hedge
What you don't know (or choose not to know) can kill you.
Update, from the comment section: Of the Synagogue of Satan
Note please, that I do not buy the "it's the joooooz!" line that many ethnic bigots spout, and yet the ethnic heritage of a significant contingent of TPTB is hard to avoid noticing. Therefore, take this rather extended comment/essay in that light. It is about "big picture" situational awareness, and is at least a perspective worth considering.
The best solution on the personal level (and even on the small-scale collective level) is to refuse to participate. Refuse to use credit. Refuse to do more than is necessary for your personal and family comfort. Refuse in small ways and large to make yourself available for "harvest".
I have said it before and will say it again, any labor you perform for yourself and your family is not taxable in any way at present. Don't work harder for fiat dollars. Work harder for yourself. "Specialization is for insects", as the saying goes. The economic efficiencies of specialization are largely eaten up by the overclass before they benefit the individual. It is why they pushed women out of the home and into the workforce via feminism. All that value being created at the family level that they could not tap into and bleed off was just too much. Push Mommy into a job where she could be properly *taxed*, not only on her income, but on every outside transaction she would now have to make to replace what her labor in the home used to provide!
We have the power to fight this, right down at the individual level, but it takes Situational Awareness to realize what is required.
Update2, copied and pasted below the fold, for further consideration and lest it disappear into the bowels of the archives of the 'net.
Ok, let's just call a-spade-a-spade, for about ten minutes here;
No one who is paying attention believes usurer-media anymore. They lie about everything, to maintain this completely fraudulent 'reality', which the working slaves don't have the time to examine for reality, or veracity.
Our Govt and corporate klepto-slavers keep us busy, tired and distracted with CSI murder-action utter drivel as 'entertainment', punctuated by genuinely idiot-generating 'commercials', for rubbish we definitely don't need, thus they maintain the shallow charade, with negligible resistance.
The solution is work only as much as you must and don't go into debt, and don't get too worn out. They want you worn out and in debt. If you are in debt, default, and then you are not. It really is about that simple to get out of debt, if you really want to, and why wouldn't you? This allows you time to be more aware of their lies, and the pervasive inconsistencies with prevailing circumstances, and look into why they insist on enslaving us.
The Govt and social organizations bang-on and on about 'PARTICIPATION' as this is the simplest structural social weapon they can utilize to suppress the ability to pay attention, to learn, or to act to protect our genuine personal and social community interests.
As it turns out, an under-employed population is a more serious threat to these slavers and Pigmen because these people can pay more attention and so become more skeptical and aware, and
So the slavers essentially try to pay more, especially to induce the younger aspirants to keep busy, and thus buy more useless shit and engage in dumb trivial activities (when young and dumb). Then in parallel attack the under-employed (as they age and become more aware) to keep them impoverished or feeling a totally fake-guilt, merely for not being good and 'productive' little slave for the usurers. Plus to help make sure they are progressively marginalized, then ostracized, for being less affluent, via maintaining an idiotic division of fake classes, based on how much money they levered, and how high their credit limit grew to via sucking up to THEIR TPTB.
All social divisions are accentuated for that very purpose whilst they make a great swanning-pretense of "healing social divisions". But really, they are fully mobilized to generate the opposite of social cohesion, in every situation, they always find ways to make money off the results, and also the material demands of such divisions.
They play the upside and downsides of the young, and they play the downside and the upside of the older. Be it profiteering from private prisons, selling weapons to their private 'police', or running illegal drugs into suburbia via supposed security agencies they systematically infiltrated and entirely run without any recourse, for they are above the 'Law'.
All of it makes the usurers vast sums of money.
So even in the process of dividing and destroying us to conquer, they make vast profits out of our scalps, even as they militate and bring about our decay. It reminds one of those BS Hollywood movies, where the nasty SS guard pulls gold teeth out of the mouths of some murdered usurer. The reality is just the reverse, they are doing this to us, in numerous ways today. The IMF is the ultimate usurer's gold tooth extractor.
Did we not know what usurers were? Was there not historical precedent to warn us of what they had done before to other countries, and would seek to do again? So why are they now into everything, and running everything and this was allowed by the people who's job it was (I'm looking at you defense forces of the USA) to make sure this never happened, and was never possible?
Where were OUR 'Elders'?
You know those phony old geezers in the halls of power who are SUPPOSED to be aware of such things, and warn us of them in advance? What else are such feeble old geysers for, if not to warn us of such long-run things, and outcomes, and dangers? Were none of these old farts on OUR side?
Apparently none of them were standing the watch for us!
The 'fore-fathers' may have been, but what you have there now, and recently, were, at best, total idiots, or traitors (either way, feel free to guillotine with complete abandon as you won't be in any danger of executing any 'innocents' by mistake. Anyone who didn't speak up, or spoke up in defense of the usurers - off them! This is war and they were not there for us, they were there for them).
The enemy's 'Elders' were standing their watch though.
The usurers may have used very unconventional methods but this is a War, and you have been invaded, and completely overrun. Think about who calls the shots now, where, and who do your orders come from now? Who is at the Apex of the chain-of-command?
You have been taken over completely by the usurer bandits from another state. So there is ZERO FORMAL RESISTANCE.
And to maintain this, and eliminate the spread of INFORMAL RESISTANCE, they try to force the wayward 'under-achievers' into 'PARTICIPATION', but of course at a lower pro-slaver and pro-Pigman rate of 'pay', especially as they age, thus again increasing social divisions, via age, as well as sex, race, and class, and religion, and 'politics', and by countries.
These divisions are all designed to keep us divided to we can never informally organize any serious challenge to their take over and enslavement. And they supplement the divisions with drugs, glitzy rubbish, distractions, utter trivia and a wall of almost impenetrable lies.
And if it works, problem solved, threat to slaver elites attenuated.
If it doesn't work that's just as good, as you are then an informal "enemy of the State", because the usurers now define the 'State' and they will find ways to make a dollar out of your division from THEIR slave society and speed along your oblivion in multiple ways at that point.
Divided we fall. That's how they took us. And we are going to have to be aware of this and unite to remove them. So they are going to sew as much division and fear and mistrust as possible between us, to remain at the helm.
We can't have 'freed' slaves!! Who default on fake debt-money loans, and thus have no debts, and no usury 'tithe' to them each month, and have no desire for 'credit' slavery either, and thus enjoy life at very low cost - how outrageous! Damn free-loaders!
If such 'freedom-loving' utter bastards refuse to 'PARTICIPATE', well, we'll use Govt policy and social condemnation on them. We'll muster an army of robotic self-righteous media arseholes, to ideologically lambaste the selfish poor, and the under-employed for not taking "responsibility for their choices", etc. And thus we will create a truly poisonous divisions in society to prevent the danger of a unified awakening and response. And we will use their own military to threaten them into feeble submission.
And they have done it! Any attempt to awaken and organize is thus defused by infiltration, and division, and extraordinary lies and fake 'event' contrivances.
Thus making society and life as ugly as possible and the 'free' slaves increasingly vulnerable to financial crisis via removing any social supports or legal protections - in practice. The 'Law' is a very different beast when 'applied' to the scummy poor, and that's why they create so many asinine vexatious laws with absurd fine penalties plus generate increasingly arrogant aggressive self-righteous right-wing cops, to ensure you will eventually have some crisis, and come unstuck in some way, thus ensuing impoverishment, probable homelessness and hopefully a descent into hopelessness, or depression, if you don't understand what they are doing, and that you ARE in a civil-war with the PUPPET Govt of a foreign State.
That is what is in the Oval office right and on the Hill, right now.
They particularly like to drive us into self-destructive chemical addictions, which the usurers knowingly, both legally and illegally, import and sell very cheaply to suburban plebs for that very purpose. Thus to create entanglements and malaise and social destruction and even greater divisions and family pain, with the resulting disorderly behaviors, and absence of dangerous social-unity, and often suicidal or jail-time outcomes (with a nice profit on top). Oh yes, that is why the 'US Govt', which the usurers took over long ago, peddles cheap escapist impairing drugs to you, and yours.
There is no "war on drugs", it has all been a ruse, there is only a war to control who supplies the drugs, the formal usurer 'Govt', or the informal black-market competition. That is what the 'US' DEA is for, to control who gets the cashflow.
Either way you go in society the usurers get rich off it. They own the tenements, the Real Estates, they collect the rents, they own the police, they own the shops and the crops, they own the drugs, they own the car companies, they own the fuel, they own the electricity utilities, they own the tax legislators, they own the prisons, they own the weapon makers, they own the banks, they print the money.
They can not lose. They are not keen on suicides though as it costs them potential income and adds to clean-up costs. So they sell insurance to "the vulnerable" to try and cover such losses. All of it is a tremendous rort!
It's like what occurred when these same usurers 'freed' the Negro slaves, they kidnapped earlier from Africa. The masters had to pay firstly the usurer slave-traders, to 'obtain' the slaves and transport them, then to train, operate, feed, house and cloth them, and pay for their family health-care, and provide a security detail to oversee them and keep the master safe.
It was expensive! But why not eliminate these slaver 'overheads'?
The solution was "free them", so then, like the white slaves, they had to "take personal responsibility", and pay for all of it themselves, and still turn up for manual labor, each morning, for a slaves wage.
"Congratulations, you have just been 'freed'! You are no longer a 'slave' - you have 'rights'! Now get back to what you were doing yesterday, or I'll take away your wages."
So the usurers replaced the whip with the wages, then added debt and unemployment, to take the wages off them.
It was much more profitable, and they called it, ... wait for it, 'Capitalism'.
But you had to make sure the slaves 'PARTICIPATED' rather than had time to reflect on what just happened to them and what they actually got out of it ... and who did it to them ... and were they really any better off, or any freer, when dealing with THEIR 'Govt' or before THEIR 'Judges'?
White or black, a slave is a slave is a slave, and we are going to have to become one to defeat this usurer clan, and they are going to try and play the race-card, to divide us again. And they WILL definitely try to create racial violence between us, and jealousy, and rumors, and resentments and blame.
Our job is to decide in advance that they will fail to divide and weaken us on the basis of 'races', we are human slaves, and they are the usurer 'masters'.
They did this.
Debt = PARTICIPATION
The indebted have to work under the fear of the whip of the Sheriff and repossessors calling.
The usurers even invented group-insurance, paid for by the slaves themselves, against rising unemployment, to cover the debt repayments, in the event of substantial non-participation. They had all the levers of the new-slavery covered.
They called the new-slavery, 'Equality'.
Actually, nothing much changed for the next century, as it was only when the Negro slaves threatened and then used actual mob violence in the 1970s to press their demands, for social justice, that the usurers decided it was better for their bottom-line to offer social concessions, than to fight an urban war, which they probably could not win or benefit much from.
And when, in desperation, some of the Negro leaders rejected Christianity and turned to Islam, the usurers then turned from race discrimination to religious division, and called them traitors or 'terrorist' guerillas. And thus began the war-against-terror, that continues its stupidity to this day, as a new source for usurer profiteering on behalf of tribal cabal interests who PRETEND to be the USA's true 'Govt'. To still be by the people, for the people. When it's really a Govt "by duel-nationals for duel-nationals", from an Enemy state that was PRETENDING to be an 'Ally', or "one of us".
Or as former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak put it, on Sept 11 2001, after the twin-towers were demolished, "NOW WE ARE ALL ISRAELIS!"
You are Israeli.
We are NOT Israeli. We are what we are. We will never be you. We do not want to be you. Nor are we in the least bit unhappy with who or what we are. We are 100% proud of who and what we are, for it's clearly immeasurably better and vastly superior to your backward excuse for a civilized society. You are not us, not even close. You are the nearly perfect expression of the ultimate thieves and liars. Some correctly have labeled you the "Great Satan". It is you they are referring to. It is not us they are referring to. Stop trying to make us the party to your outrageous Sins against other Human Beings.
FUCK YOU EHUD!
[excuse me, it just felt so right]
You have taken over our Govt(s) by stealth on completely false pretenses and with profound and remarkable sneakiness. We see you are clearly capable of the most outrageous duplicity and shameless covetousness. And there are considerable suspicions that you, Ehud, you in fact caused 9-11 to cement your infiltrated positions, in the power-bases of the countries you stole, of the lands you shamelessly coveted and made war with. And on 9-11 you finally felt confident enough to come out fully from the closet of deception, so that we could see you properly as you are. And by Sept 2008 you had thus become so brazen, you had a little street parade with Ben and Timmy and Hank to celebrate your total conquest of the markets of Wall Street, and of the world.
Because you now felt you could now get away with doing this. You assumed you were in such an unassailable position of strength and your lies so compelling and entrenched that you would never be found out, that your neo-slaves were much too dumb to see what had just done to the world.
But we know what you did.
And they repeatedly told us that through history they were always misunderstood "good guys" and bringers of 'wealth', when it was just exploitative usury and a debt asset-bubble, designed specifically to allow them to take over everything, like a tumor, and inflate away all this 'wealth', as they legally 'acquire' all assets. Then they have the gall to tell us they are rich because they are smarter than us! Even as they steal every form of technology from us.
These 'Allies' may as well just slit our throats openly, but they are far too devious to do that, directly, they have done that enough to know how it ends if you do that.
But we see you Ehud, we see you very clearly now. You won't throw us off the scent. You are setting up to do to Australia the very same thing you did to the USA. And you have worked tirelessly to capture and take over the Govts of every Euro-based nuclear-armed state, including Russia, to make sure they would not take you out, when the lid came off your deceptions. (Oh, and good luck trying that trick on China. I'm sure they'll see themselves in you and know what you are, and what you are after)
And with these gargantuan lies and lots of fake-sincerity and a Ponzi scheme from the pit of Hell, with a routine of counterfeit smiles, and a phalanx of over-rated over-paid phony-intellectuals to trumpet the praises of your neo-conquistador take-over of the New-World [Order ... or, dis-Order], you have tried to enslave the whole world via central bank usury and sociopathic money-lenders.
We were never supposed to notice your not the "good guys", nor a part of us.
You think you can't lose, ... well, maybe, unless we happened to pay attention by the billions ... and just snapped-out of it, all of a sudden ... and saw you in the stark relief of your actual actions ... and thus fully understood the lies ... and realized the trap you have set for us to fall into ... and simply refused to pay any attention to your people any more. Well, not the sort of attention they prefer.
Then you are finished. You can try and threaten us with the "Samson Option", but we will survive, and recover - but you, you definitely won't survive, as a state, as a people, or as a culture. This is our world. There is no room and no place here for a 'Master Race' of genocidal usurer slavers.
You are dismissed.
The usurers realize the now rapidly growing awareness in the developed world means they will need to stymie/eliminate this swelling wave of awakening critics, but they can't be seen to do it themselves. They'd ordinarily use a hellfire missile through a bedroom window at 3 AM or a car bomb or sniper. But they can't do that in the suburban Western world, well, not on the scale they need to.
So they plan to use their proxy puppet Govts, come Police States, that they have infiltrated and infected and turned against the people, to do it on their behalf. Hence the growth of fascism-lite police states and suitable laws, all over the world, in recent years, in preparation for fascism-heavy, that's still coming, and the great purge of any resistance. Which will be made to look like something other than a purge of those awake to them. You can be sure of that.
Thus, if they don't get you with mandatory 'PARTICIPATION' in their neo-slavery, even as wages fall (and their profits rise), they just ratchet up the pressures on the individual, and weaken and divide your social bonds and families, and eliminate our standing, with smears, innuendo and legalism, plus psychology-operations, peer pressure and ostracism, poverty, drugs, sanctioning and programs to 'help you' in some way, to thus stunt and eliminate your bigger-picture awareness of them AND THUS BRING ANY POTENTIAL THREATS TO THEIR USURY SLAVING TO NAUGHT.
(and yes, make a big profit and keep asset stripping even as they do it).
And here you were thinking you fought in wars to save everyone FROM tyranny. Sorry fellas, you are very brave, and very capable soldiers, but you saved the tyranny itself while making them a pretty penny.
They have tried to convince us all that we are just stupid, incapable, lost the edge, that our people are dumb, that they are rubbish, that the future is whatever they make it. But they have done everything possible to generate a loss of confidence in our own capacities. On the contrary, it's our prerogative to make the future. No arsehole usurer slaver is going to dictate a damn thing to me. I don't want their opinions, or their 'advice', or their ideas, or their input, to anything - period!
Again Ehud, FUCK YOU!
The usurers told you, you were fighting 'Just Warz' for the sake of the 'Peese', and for our 'Phreedom' and our 'Way of Lie-fe'. Which is that of a combat slave and a tax sucker for another foreign power's tribal in-breeders.
This is the bitter Red-Pill. They kill us because they can, and they love it.
Thus the slaver's momentum is sustained while ours, and societies in general is in endless division, attrition and disorder, that of course can only be addressed with massive oppressive police intervention and intimidation.
Don't play the game of these inbreeds, their debt-money, their baubles, their 'entertainments' (invariably involving murders and some pretty damn sick debauching that results in negative family and social effects), and their escapist drugs, both 'legal' and 'illegal' (which is entirely relative to whether you wear a Badge and uniform).
These are all a snare created by the usurers to destroy our countries and eliminate our capacities, and our social structures that are needed to learn about them, what they are, what they have done to us, what damage they have deliberately wrought to our education systems, whereby we could have gathered together against them, to protect ourselves from their degenerate designs and polished attacks.
They have made it 'illegal' to gather against them, in a hundred different ways, legally and socially, specifically to place stumbling block after stumbling block in our path, to prevent us ever becoming free of their complete financial and political control.
That is what an internal enemy does. This is how the 'inside-job' gains ground, every year, as our countries and societies fall into decay. This is the very purpose of what they do in offering to run our money for us.
Or alternatively, they were just being 'nice', you know, just helping us dumb shits by sorting it all out for us, because we are, like, so incapable of using our brain in such tricky matters of finance. Thank goodness for all those lovely helpful Central Bank usury slavers! ... says the MSM.
NO! Reject their slave mechanism, pay attention, act, really help others to understand what's happened to us, or rather what being systematically done to us, who's doing it, what's coming, and what they want to do to us. This will quickly produce what we need. They can turn the Internet off, but they can not stop word of mouth and documentation.
In Orwell's 1984 'fiction', TPTB banned all books for that very purpose, and changed words, and converted the info medium from two-way, to one-way, and eliminated the off-buttons altogether and you never knew when you were being observed. Brings new meaning to 'always-on' broadband. Already with smart-phones a Govt can remotely locate you, turn on a camera, and the microphone, without your knowledge, and listen to whatever you are doing, at any time. Almost all of what Orwell foreshadowed is here right now.
We are really not far from the fascism-heavy full-enchilada.
They will do this if they can get away with it. And make no mistake, they plan to do it, and they plan to get away with it.
I wish it were no the case, but we are in a genuine war. It may not have combat, yet, at least not where you are right now, but this is war. It is not just economic. There is no such thing as a purely economic war, or a genuinely cold war.
It is a Strategic war and strategic wars are always total wars.
There is one winner of such a war who gets to write the 'history'.
I want that to be us, not the usurers. I want us to warn future generation about who these people are and what they tried to do, and tell them to never trust these scoundrels again, or ever let them into your country. I want them to understand that this is not a one off, they have been at this for centuries, and that they have been caught red handed many times and been forcibly expelled. And that they always try to get the money supply and the media of the day and paint a story of pure innocence, until they again get discovered and out-ed again, for the pit of vipers they truly are. I want them, and especially their potential future victims to understand that the usurers are a sickness. That it's not merely the case of one or two bad generations, but a recurrent peculiarity of that religion, of that culture, of that belief system of the usurer, that they can not help but make war on the rest of the world. That they are an evil and malicious and unredeemable bunch of eternal crooks and murderers, and a spring of endless badness on Earth.
That is the history that must be recounted, and understood, and passed on, and that is why we must get to write it.
We are literally in a war with very evil and culturally-elitist demented a-moral actual inbreeds (which is known to create genetic damage and induce psychosis, proportional to the degree of inbreeding), and they are being mighty careful to pretend they are our very best friends, even compatriots, even allies to the bitter end, as they destroy us from within with the tools of a Neo-Conquistador [i.e. Neo-Con for short].
As I heard a guy recently point out, what we call 'Capitalism' with debt money, is in fact the outright expression of the perfect implementation of usurer slavery - the 'perfect' economic world from their point of view.
And this is what they keep telling us, through their media, via their people and employee and beneficiaries.
Don't just accept it!
And don't be surprised these scummy charlatans are so keen on their form of debt-based usury-as-Capitalism, that 'won' over their other invention (i.e. Communism), and also don't be surprised that what you really got instead is kleptocratic usury and slaver bailout, with 'bonus' tax-slavery (literally!), and enforcer Police-States, all overseen by IMF Usurer-in-Chief, field Marshall Kahn, and the Usurer-owned BIS, the 'US' Federal Reserve, that FOREIGN Central Bank that still PRETENDS to be of, and also for, the US of A.
This is their perfect 'Capitalism'.
Naturally the usurer foot-soldiers in this IMF+BIS War-Profiteering machine is always going to be protected and 'overlooked' by THEIR 'regulators' and they are assured to never be jailed for their numerous criminal acts and open flouting of Law, and wonton acts of social destruction and its cohesion, and their barely contained disgust for any sort of common decency among Human Beings. They are capable of it, but they have no intention of ever doing it, unless it furthers their plans. That is the real extent of their 'moral' behavior, a vehicle to a greater despotism and elimination of morality.
That is the real nature of the 'advanced', 'progressive', 'developed', 'free', 'democratic', globalized-world they have foisted on us. That is why the world seems to be strangely profoundly, for want of a better word, 'faulty', and deeply and apparently unresolvably troubled. How could it possibly be otherwise in a carefully perfected usurer's 'economic' and political Paradise?
And this is why it must be changed. All through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries they have repeatedly tried to assert that revolutions and overthrows of existing orders never produce anything better than already exists, and they have even engineered overthrows with their people playing both sides, specifically to 'prove' this point in graphic and violent detail, to scare us away for that logical path to be rid of them.
BULLSHIT! ... and oh yes ... FUCK YOU!
They created such overthrows, specifically to vandalize the outcomes, and create dysfunctional destructive systems, specifically in order to establish that only their perfected Capitalist usurers paradise, their status-quo, 'worked' economically. That the financier, the usurer was the most important aspect of a modern economy.
Like a grand symphony, they have played us, to make all the 'right' conclusions, and paint ourselves into THEIR corner, as though these were our own, and also only valid possible conclusions. And when we did that, they figured they finally had all of humanity in their slaver's mits.
And that is what they desperately don't want us to notice, or dwell on, and what future generations must know about. Any attempt to highlight this is met with increasing layers of condemnations, right up to and including the 'terrorist' label, and imprisonment for mere free speech of already established facts. Or else you meet a 'demise', for those daring to state what's really happening in our world today, and who's really doing it.
When you see news reports condemning Vladimir Putin for intervening in the imprisoning of oligarchs, be aware, ALL of those mega rich oligarchs are usurer slavers - not one of them isn't. Putin knows exactly what they were doing to Russia, and he decided to do the world a big favor and make sure it was stopped so they could not make trouble all over the globe with the stolen loot. This is what the usurer-owned MSM 'reaction' to Putin's intervention is all about. He's on to them, and they don't like it one bit. The bottom line is Russia has a lot of nuclear weapons situated very close to Israel, and the usurers would desperately like to take these out of the strategic equation by taking over Russia in the same way they have taken over the USA. Putin stopped them in their tracks and took what they took back from them, and threw them and their criminal helpers into jails and tried to rescue his country, and it has been largely been an outrageous galloping success measured over the past 15 years.
Don't look now, but that's how you take your country back.
In the end, no bailout, no stimulus package, no 'regulator', no 'judge', no acts of the people's Con-gress, no El-Presidente, will ever even attempt to fix this "inside-job" or to nail the arse of those that did it.
They are one and the same, and a similar Nationalist leader will have to emerge, at some point, to take the USA's Govt and property back and we'll see what they are, from what they DO, not from what some complete arse of a fraud merely 'promises' to get elected, and do nothing, but create greater theft and police state oppression of the actual REAL citizens.
I'm not an American citizen, I'm an Australian, and we both face all of the same usurpers and Govt supplanting issues, and I hope we can unite as people to throw off these international stinking crooks without too much destruction, but they have done all they can to make throwing them off as destructive as possible, to deter that. That is how the slavers plan to win in the long run.
"Usurers-are-us" are still inside our countries and their smiling attack on all of the developed world is on-going and open-ended. They have no intention of ever stopping the usurer slavery and theft voluntarily. They can't help themselves.
Only one process will end this, and it will come from the awake citizens, not from some laughable Govt, in the USA or elsewhere. The usurers literally OWN all but six of the world's central banks.
The Central banks the usurers don't own are in "Rogue States" and ones that openly hate, distrust or have been recently at wart with these usurers.
So have no doubt that 'our' Govts are totally usurped, they are not going to suddenly start to be OUR Govt again. We are constantly told of the evils of "Nationalist Leaders", but who is it that has been constantly telling us this?
The usurer's mass media, the very ones who know very well that this is what it would take to dislodge them. The usurers made sure of this. THEY are the 'Govts' of the 'developed' world. They did this to increase all divisions in society, and distrust of anything that could aide us, and also to increase their destructive controls to make sure we could not take a country back. And they sent out their agents and intellectuals to write books and shape discourse to convince us that civil masses could never win a conflict against a Govt, that did not want to lose, so don't even try.
But they would say that, wouldn't they. We have to question all of these fake assumptions about what we can do and what is possible.
Vietnam did succeed against a Superpower, and so did many other peoples who fought earlier foreign corporate 'colonial' takeovers and race colonization, but only to then quickly have their money supply and Govts taken over by these usurers! Wherever they could weasel their way into a young country, firstly via humanitarian 'aid' programs, that pretended to help, to get a foot in the door of the Govt, then take over the infrastructure, and services of the Govt, and then of the country, under the pretense of foreign 'investment'.
They did it everywhere with less and less resistance.
We are all being carefully destroyed, taken over from within by a virulent usurer enemy, that tries always not to be seen, to not be fully out-ed and to thus use proxies to pass the blame on to others, for the harm and impairments and structural stealing they seek to impose (in our "best interests").
Other times they just change their surname, to try and hide their real ancestry, and allegiances, so people don't realize who has taken over, and who starts and maintains the wars, and accentuates social division. The usurer Conquistadors arrange all of this as a now well-lubricated mechanism.
The IMF is run by Dominique Straus COHEN - not 'KAHN'. His family changed their Surnames to hide their real identity as belonging to the usurers.
Curious isn't it, that during this global era of obvious 'insider-job' Sovereign financial collapses, that the apparent independent 'third-party', charged with sorting it all out, in the "best interests" of these country's peoples, is also from the same usurer slaver camp as those who engineered the debt growth bubble-economies to create the largest pool of distressed-assets, in all of history, ripe for criminal financier 'harvesting'. The biggest looting of humanity - ever.
Cute! I'm sure it's all a fabulous coincidence and no persons should be put up against a wall as a result. Gee!-who-cuda-knowed!
Think of that the next time you hear this consumate deceiver and fraud-artiste speak to defend the 'interests' of usurer bankers and supposedly the state and people they are screwing to 'economix' death. You know, when the poor bankers get such a rough-deal on the inevitable haircuts on the muney they created from nothing and did nothing for, with zero risk of a NET loss. It must be real tough on them.
This is what they do, they set up and OWN the BIS, they set up and 'OWN' the IMF, they setup and OWN the US Federal Reserve, and they have their man, Timmah, running the US Treasury, and a complete and utter boob in the Oval Office who knows with great panache how to behave as a proper and professional traitor of the people he swore and oath to protect, from such, and the foreign power and clearly nefarious interests pulling all their strings - in concert. The Symphony of our demise.
It's all just "doing God's work", as Lloyd and Hank, Tim and Benji, would all heartily agree.
But we are talking about the 'God' of the plagues, like Pass-Over, burning bushes, animal sacrifice, slaughtering the neighbors, killing the men, raping then murdering the woman, enslaving all the children, stealing and sacrificing animals, thieving the beasts of burden, pillaging the land then annexing it in the name of 'God'. All done on the orders of some rat-minded psychotic 'prophet' or high-priest. THAT is the 'God' whose work these invading usurers are doing. That is what they plan to bring to our century, and the next one - without end.
Trying to merely survive this avid, "serving of God", is no real help to you, or anyone else. It will only ensure the usurers victory. Sure, be prepared, survive, but don't leave it there. We are going to have to treat this as real war against all of us. They have been looking at it as a real war, for global control, for literally centuries, and all the while they pretended to be a part of us, the better part! Refining us, making us better and stronger via their financial 'growth', or else, they pretended to be something other than the rank usurers they are, bent on global conquest to enslave the whole planet.
'Survive' and you are still their slave, which will quickly become even more obvious.
So a survival plan for the family is just a baseline. They want to keep us separated and infiltrate anything that is not separated in order to divide it and defuse it. It always works, unless you know that's what they aim to do. And if we don't thus just splinter apart, then they'll paint it as a 'cell', and describe its leaders as "Nationalist demagogues", or outlaws, or mere 'racists', and they will take great efforts to impute they are dangerous 'terrorists'. And thus bring THEIR 'State' (the Inside-Job) to bare to crush whatever part of it they can.
But they can only do it, if the public buy this crap, and agree with that characterization.
The problem for them is; we can awaken in really big numbers. There are billions of us and a very small number of these usury slavers.
So they want to pay the bought 'police' and judges and Politicians to control the Internet, to try and stymie it.
A literal Neo-Conquistador "Thought-Police", is what they now require and desire.
The author of '1984' was also of usurer ancestry, and he prepared the way for what he knew was to come, from the usurer slavers, and here it is, about 20 years late. But as their Thought-Police controls and censorship improve, their propaganda will be intensified and seek to take over all avenues of free or open discourse, of anything of the nature mentioned above. And they don't intend to just censor it, they intend to ruthlessly eliminate any possibility of it's re-emergence.
That's when they will be able to openly use Gestapo-like tactics all the time, and drones with Hellfire missiles at 3AM with abandon. You can bet they will be harvesting human organs as well. There's always a sweet profit to reap if you have zero scruples, or any sense of moral conscience, for mere rebel slaves and 'terrorists'.
They can pretend to be 'part of us' but cancer is also 'part of us'. But that does not mean it's not a mortal threat, We unreservedly have the JUST RIGHT to cut it out completely and fight to totally eliminate that "part of us", the destructive 'growth' that's trying to pretend it hasn't already taken us over. And is now busy attempting to pretend this wasn't really an "inside-job", by a completely double-dealing clique of duel-national traitors.
Literal premeditated traitors, without any true sense of belonging, or honor, or allegiance to the society they live in, and into which many of them were borne, and prospered within. They have been turned against the local Goyim slaves from an early age, and commanded to hide their barely-contained disdain and racism. They are a genuine fifth column and they are in all our lands in significant numbers and they live very-high-on-the-hog that they did not work for, nor deserve. A people who although superficially like us, are profoundly foreign and an anti-thesis to "our best-interests", and to our social unity, and national health, and to our Common-Wealth, which they have only fattened in order to plunder.
If it's us, or it's them, then by 'God', to Hell with this pustulating a-moral scab of inbred degenerate muck.
How's that for some improved situational awareness?
posted by Desert Cat @ 7:50 AM | permalink
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
...here is that Real GDP data series displayed as a cumulative percent change series with Jan 1994 set at 1.0:Comments
"So what, Desert Cat? Big deal. We don't have Apocalypse Now out in the streets."
No, no we don't. Thankfully. The cliff hasn't gone straight down like a rock. But you would be surprised how many Cranio-Rectal Inversion sufferers still think things are going along okay if a bit more austere than usual.
There is a good reason for this. TPTB do *not* want us panicking, and so all of their media outlets have been doing their damned best to keep the rose-colored glasses polished and firmly in place. That and two years (and running) of unemployment benefits to keep unruly mobs at bay. The unfortunate side effect is overshooting reality by a good margin and keeping people complacent rather than allowing them to take a hard look at what is happening and what is likely to keep happening, and making realistic (if unpleasant) decisions for the future.
In other words, don't stop prepping for worse to come, Cats! Keep your BOB and BOV in shape. Keep your fallback and contingency plans current. And most importantly, keep looking for ways to get by and get along well in a world marked by a permanent and significant reduction in standard of living. Consolidate! Because this is our future, like it or not.
Labels: financial ponderings
posted by Desert Cat @ 9:28 AM | permalink
Monday, January 03, 2011
...and the cliff it's fallen off of: I'm willing to bet a lot of you think it must have grown wings and is floating lazily along through sunshiney skies.Comments
Take a look at this graph:
Real GDP is the actual economic activity of this country after the Federal hot air is subtracted out. Realize that this graph represents the rate of decline, so the last year has only seen us slow down our rate of crashing versus 2009, not actually reverse toward growth.
Now tally up the percentage loss shown for the last three years. (-8%-13%-7% = 28%)
Yes, that is correct. Our economy has shrunk a whopping twenty eight percent over the last three years! That's close to one out of three jobs gone. One out of three businesses out of business. One out of three factories shuttered.
See the cliff now? See that the tumble is real and it is massive?
It doesn't seem as "real" as the Great Depression, because Uncle Ben is running the printing presses overtime (see the blue line) and this one-third of the economy devastated by three years of depression is being masked by handouts and government hot air. But it is very very real. And that thirty percent lost economic capacity is not going to come back very fast at all. Consider this: a 5% growth rate is thought of as a healthy economic expansion. In order to recover from this thirty percent drop, the economy would have to grow by nearly 50 percent (do the math). Therefore it could take nearly ten years of uninterrupted prosperous times to retrace the losses of the last three years just to bring us even with 2007!
And we're not done crashing... And absent some major technological breakthrough, there is nothing on the horizon to drive sustained real growth... And the massive deficits the government is running to "extend and pretend" is not sustainable. You've got some people going on two years unemployment benefits now, and more being added to the rolls every month. That is not sustainable! Not even for a couple more years! That is a short term band-aid for a long-term broken leg, and the leg is beginning to develop gangrene. What happens when they (congress, the president) realize this cannot go on year after year without completely and utterly destroying the nation? What if the Fed concludes the same and stops the presses to protect the interests of their oligopoly? "Ugly" does not even begin to describe it...
Yes, it is a new year. Time to shake the sand out of your ears and wake up from your holiday season reverie.
Welcome to real life.
posted by Desert Cat @ 10:29 PM | permalink
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Ah you inspire me zo verry verry much, mi li'l Stinqueur!Comments
A bouquet of roses, a bottle of vin and zhee!
Oh, and Happy Anniversary
posted by Desert Cat @ 3:17 PM | permalink
Saturday, January 01, 2011
The whole SWPL thing is tremendously funny to me. Roissy here tries to make a distinction via a list between the SWPL and the prole: Prole Vs SWPL -- Citizen RenegadeComments
I split the list almost right down the middle, 50/50 SWPL/prole. I really am neither, though I sympathize more with the proles than the SWPL.
So that must leave me the last option as a dark cipher.
Labels: society and culture
posted by Desert Cat @ 11:16 PM | permalink
Denninger's 2011 predictions:Comments
Where We Are, And Where We're Headed (2011) in [Market-Ticker]
Go read if you want. His 2011 predictions start about halfway down the page.
Labels: financial ponderings
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As everyone knows, the smoke is the magic, and when the smoke comes out of your toy, the magic is gone. Getting the smoke back inside is the trick for magicians.Comments
As I noted in the comments on the original "Impossible Gift" thread, the magic smoke got out of one of the shoes the first day. Since someone is likely to Google the original post, I want to add this follow up post on how I got the smoke back inside and how to keep it there for someone doing this themselves.
(read the rest of the post at the link below)
The problem was that when I extracted the electronics from the kids slipper, I pulled off some hot glue that was attached to the circuit board, thinking it was just incidental to the attachment to the slipper. Well it turns out that glue was actually reinforcing the solder connections of the wires to the circuit board. Because they were now just holding together by thin wires and solder, several connections broke inside the shoe.
*Poof*, there went the magic smoke!
Worse than that is I could not deduce where each wire had broken free from. I ended up ordering another pair of slippers and dissected one to get at the undamaged electronics, using it as a template to solder back together the set in the shoe.
For my future reference, the gray battery wire is common to the top switch wire, and the white battery wire is next in line. The bottom two switch wires go on in either order on pad 3 and 4, and the end pad has no connection.
Here's where we pick up with additional instructions to supplement the original post. To prevent a reoccurrence of this problem I cut a strip of sheet styrene (model builder's styrene) and glued the components to it. You could use anything similar that is thin, has some strength, and is slightly flexible.
After the glue set, I carefully trimmed the excess styrene board off around the components, added another layer of Goop over the top side of the wire connections, and tucked the assembly back inside the tongue.
A line of Goop and clothespins to clamp the seam shut, and it is ready to go again.
posted by Desert Cat @ 6:36 PM | permalink
It's been beastly cold all weekend here and I've had no desire to buck up and deal with it. Instead I've been doing indoor projects. Some of you may recall the Motorized Bicycle Project from *last* Christmas. Well, the smoke got out of that one too, and Daisycat seemed to lose interest in it shortly after receiving the gift (plus there was that infamous spazz-out incident mid-year...), so there was no incentive whatsoever to take my time to address the issue.Comments
But finally now after nearly twelve months, she's expressed interest in it again and wants it fixed. We worked on this together last weekend, and since I was stuck indoors, I continued working on it today.
The problem has been one that I was aware of from day one--namely that the front and rear sprockets were not well aligned. This caused the drive chain to hop off the sprocket with depressing regularity. I knew that the solution would be going back nearly to step one and fabricating a new method of mounting the engine to the frame to permit better alignment.
So the engine was removed from the front and rear mounts, and the extra pillow block mount on the rear was removed. This permitted the engine to be more sturdily mounted to the seat pillar. From that mounting point I was able to rotate the engine so that the front sprocket aligned precisely with the rear sprocket. This however left the front mount decidedly off-center to the lower frame member. I devised a mounting bracket that allowed for this shift and also permitted a solid connection so there would be no shifting around once everything was tightened down.
While this solved the alignment problem, it created a big problem with the muffler. The muffler is a tight fit between the lower frame tube and the pedal crank when the engine is centered over the lower tube. Shifting it to the right caused the muffler to conflict with the lower tube. I shaped the muffler body with a vise and a block of wood, and also with some finish shaping directly with a blacksmith hammer on the anvil, repainted it with high temperature paint, and now it mounts just fine.
Moving the engine meant I needed to extend the wiring harness. From last year's post you may recall I had to retrofit the wiring with spade lugs anyway, so this was a simple matter of creating a little spade lug extension cord and rewrapping the
whole thing in electrical tape again.
The gas line also needed extending, but instead of using the crappy plastic tubing that came with the engine, I replaced it with proper fuel line.
Right now I've hit the wall, as I need to cut the drive chain shorter by a couple of links and I cannot find my punches anywhere in this chaos. Perhaps tomorrow I will drive into town and buy a new set. After reinstalling the chain, the last thing I need is a handful of zip-ties to secure the wiring harness, and it should be ready for a test drive.
posted by Desert Cat @ 5:50 PM | permalink
A reversal on carbs - Los Angeles TimesComments
Surprise surprise (not).
I have my own experience with both low fat and low carb diets to inform me, and I am totally not surprised that the "official", "scientific consensus" of the "medical community" is finally beginning to come around to the notion that the low-fat mantra that the official channels have been pushing for over thirty years now is turning out to be a massive failure.
Here is the simple truth: simple carbohydrates make you fat. Dietary fat is not the culprit. Cut out the sugars (including HFCS), starches (potatoes, etc.), refined grains (bread, cereals, crackers, even rice cakes!), eat moderate quantities of meats (even fatty meats), fish, poultry, healthy oils (such as olive oil), and lots and lots of vegetables, especially raw leafy green vegetables, and you will be much healthier and will lose weight. Don't be afraid to indulge occasionally in some less "healthy" fats, such as cream cheese and ribeye steak. They satisfy you quickly and thus reduce your overall calorie intake. Complex carbohydrates have their place in moderation, but they are best consumed in the form of the starchier vegetables and legumes rather than nearly any form of grain.
One of the best tools for gauging the advisability of any carbohydrate is to look up its glycemic index. The lower the better, because high glycemic index foods spike blood sugar which leads to fat storage.
Now that the holiday season is past, I'm working my way back to eating this way again. I lost a lot of weight years ago on the Atkins diet, and it was only because I went back to drinking sugary sodas after a couple years that I gained it back. I have yet to look in detail at the Paleolithic diet, but I have heard good things about it as well.
Now that "science" is coming around to our way of seeing things, perhaps there will be a little more support for this way of living.
posted by Desert Cat @ 3:34 PM | permalink
Hey, how come I can't have access to the Federal Reserve discount window? I'd be perfectly willing to borrow a few hundred million at zero percent interest and use the money to buy Treasuries too! I promise I'd use the earnings to "stimulate" the economy...Comments
Concept snagged from a comment here.
posted by Desert Cat @ 9:47 AM | permalink
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