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Gulf coast weather tracking

 

99 - PREDICTED TRACKS

Spaghetti model track  storm 99

If you live anywhere on the Gulf coast, this weather site is an absolute must.

The absolutely most comprehensive storm and event tracking site out there

Reams and reams of info

Plus some of the coolest Hi- res earth photos ever seen

Trust me on this one, it is the only hurricane season resource I use

The Golden Triangle weather page Here:http://www.beaumontweather.com/

8 Days Left to Sign Up-Feeding Your Tribe Now,and During A SHTF Event

“Learn the procedures and techniques to safely feed your tribe  under    any conditions-and provide proper nutrition needed,as people will be under stress and healthy,great tasting food not only boosts morale,it helps your tribe fight off diseases,and keeps everyone in top physical and   mental shape.

You can send one member of your tribe to take the course,and they can relay the information to the rest of your group.Your team,tribe,group,clan whatever you call them can’t survive for long eating MRE’s,beans and rice-learn how to keep everyone well fed, good food keeps everyone mentally and physically healthy,fewer people will succumb to colds,flu and other diseases that will run rampant in any long term grid down scenario.

One of the things that people often do not consider important is feeding your tribe,group,clan,team ,etc. as a group.

Cooking for large groups of people is not like having a backyard BBQ,or a holiday meal at your aunt Millie’s house.

There’s procedures you have to follow-just like anything else,there’s a right way and a wrong way to do things.

Do things the wrong way,and everyone you just fed will be grabbing the TP and running to the nearest toilet-or to the woods for the next 24-48hours.

I spent over 20 years as a professional chef,I was the executive chef at private country clubs and first class hotels.

I also cooked for an outfitter on backcountry elk hunts,cooking for the hunters, the guides,and the rest of the staff way back in the mountains,it was usually a 2 day horseback ride to get to camp.

I spent a couple years working fishing boats out of Wanchese N.C. and working for the fish companies on the docks unloading boats and cutting fish.

I am offering a series of 3 classes on cooking for large groups of people,both under “normal” conditions,and in SHTF

events with no power,and no natural gas to operate stoves and ovens.

I’ve taught cooking classes in the past-my boss at the time volunteered me to teach the class,at the request of the hotel’s general manager.

I’ m going to use the same methods I used back then,except rather than a 3 day series of classes,I’m going to condense the three days of classes into a one day class.

I will do a series of three classes,each one building on the previous class material,so the classes have to be taken in order,you have to have completed the first class to be able to take the second class an so on.

If there is interest in more advanced classes-I will offer those as well.

Here’s the description of what I will cover in the first class…

Cooking For Large Groups”

From Here:http://starvinlarry.com/learn-the-procedures-and-techniques-to-safely-feed-your-tribe-under-any-conditions-and-provide-proper-nutrition-neededas-people-will-be-under-stress-and-healthygreat-tasting-food-not-only-boosts/

Trust me, it is not going to be the Sunday barbeque

There is a reason that they have cooking courses called ” Industrial cooking” that are year long classes

This is something really worthwhile and priced right

 

Ghost cities of China: How China still has 7% growth

“Little did we know that most of that iron ore being shipped to Guangzhou from Rio de Janeiro and Port Hedland, Australia was going to build Chinese cities; cities that would remain vacant for years. China single-handedly topped the phrase “bridge to nowhere” and made ghost cities a euphemism for lousy development planning in the world’s No. 2 economy. Anyone can build a useless overpass, but it takes China to build a city for a million people with no buyers in sight.

The naysayers loved the Western media’s discovery of China’s ghost cities. It was evidence that China’s growth of the last 20 years was based on building things nobody needed or wanted. This was planned obsolescence on a grand scale. And now that the economy is slowing, what will become of those cities? Many of them are debt burdens carried by the developers who haven’t sold a single unit.

From shopping malls to soccer stadiums, hundreds of new cities in China are largely empty. And yet more cities are still being built deep in the heart of the country. All in hopes that its rural population will one day move to a flat in a city without a mayor. It’s plausible, of course. That’s because over the next 15 years, the country’s urban population will be 1 billion; three times that of the United States.”

What will become of these cities going forward? Here’s a quick answer: a handful might be shuttered. Most will be filled. New ones will undoubtedly be built.

China’s developing its urban architecture three ways: new cities (xinshi), new districts (xinqu) and the so-called townification (chengzhenhua). Townification is quite a departure from the way Chinese cities have developed to date. This is the transformation of small rural centers and even tribal villages and building a small urban center around them. The Communist Party planners in Beijing want to urbanize over 100 million rural Chinese over the next five years alone. That would require the construction of 50 Bostons, or six Shanghais, by 2020. Townification is lower intensity than that. These are small cities rather than sky scraper zones designed to house suits and high heels. It’s more widespread than traditional urbanization, and will define the way China develops socioeconomically over the coming years.

Roughly 40% of the 300 million Chinese expected to move into a city by 2030 will mostly be moving to smaller cities in the “chengzhenhua” system. Rather than migrating to cities, the cities will be built around them instead.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2015/07/20/what-will-become-of-chinas-ghost-cities/

Everything is better in Europe China

If we need growth, why don’t we just model our economy after Europe China?

After all the Chinese model is working out so well

Inspsectapedia- Diagnose and repair it yourself guide for anything from A/C to wells

You should really check this site out, there is a wealth of information on it

I am only disappointed that it took me this long to find it

I could have saved myself some money last year on A/C repairs

I am a service tech and run a service oriented business

I hate to call a repair service

http://inspectapedia.com/index.php

China’s is the First Central Bank to Lose Control… It Won’t Be the Last

“The Big Crisis, the one in which entire countries go bust, has begun. It will not unfold in a matter of weeks; these sorts of things take months to complete. But it has begun.

ALL of the so called, “economic recovery” that began in 2009 has been based on the Central Banks’ abilities to rein in the collapse.

The first round of interventions (2007-early 2009) was performed in the name of saving the system. The second round (2010-2012) was done because it was generally believed that the first round hadn’t completed the task of getting the world back to recovery.

However, from 2012 onward, everything changed. At that point the Central Banks went “all in” on the Keynesian lunacy that they’d been employing since 2008. We no longer had QE plans with definitive deadlines. Instead phrases like “open-ended” and doing “whatever it takes” began to emanate from Central Bankers’ mouths.

However, the insanity was in fact greater than this. It is one thing to bluff your way through the weakest recovery in 80+ years with empty promises; but it’s another thing entirely to roll the dice on your entire country’s solvency just to see what happens.

In 2013, the Bank of Japan launched a single QE program equal to 25% of Japan’s GDP. This was unheard of in the history of the world. Never before had a country spent so much money relative to its size so rapidly… and with so little results: a few quarters of increased economic growth while household spending collapsed and misery rose alongside inflation.

This was the beginning of the end. Japan nearly broke its bond market launching this program (the circuit breakers tripped multiple times in that first week). However it wasn’t until last month that things truly became completely and utterly broken.

A month or so ago,  China lost control of its stock market. Despite freezing the market, banning short-selling, arresting short-sellers, and injecting billions of Dollars per day into the markets, China’s stock market continues to implode.

Please let this sink in: a Central bank, indeed, one of the largest, most important Central Banks, has officially “lost control.”

The rest here from Zero hedge :http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-21/chinas-first-central-bank-lose-control%E2%80%A6-it-wont-be-last

I seriously think that we are past the point that any of this can be stopped. We are in for the ride at some point in time and it is going to be a matter not when, but rather, how bad

Just remember that no matter how bad things are, wartime included, commerce continues.

Opportunity will be there for those wise enough to see them

How soon? I have been saying for almost a year now that it would probably be sometime in September

I am not afraid to make actual predictions

If I am wrong

Good for us

Happy Friday everybody

The U.S. has an economic crisis on its hands that one economist thinks is worse than the Great Recession.

The U.S. has an economic crisis on its hands that one economist thinks is worse than the Great Recession.

Over the past year, productivity has increased just 0.3 percent and a mere 0.5 percent over the past five years, during which the economy has struggled to escape the clutches of the financial crisis and the recession that supposedly ended in mid-2009.

The result has been growth in job creation but little corresponding rise in wages and, subsequently, living standards. It’s essentially been the economy’s dirty little secret even as Wall Street forecasters continue to project breakout growth that never seems to come.

“This topic is still getting almost no attention—particularly among presidential candidates—but there is a case to be made that the stagnation in productivity has been more damaging to the real living standards of Americans than the Great Recession,” Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients. “Productivity growth is the primary driver of gains in real wages.”

Indeed, wage growth has been stuck around 2 percent or lower for pretty much all of the post-recessionary period. So while stock market investors enjoy the fruits of never-before-seen easy monetary policy—with the S&P 500 up about 210 percent since March 2009—it’s been a different story for much of the labor force.

“The longer this slump goes on, the harder it is to believe that the economy will just snap out of it,” Ashworth said. “For all the talk of secular stagnation and permanently weak demand, it may be supply-side problems that are the bigger problem.”

“The U.S. has an economic crisis on its hands that one economist thinks is worse than the Great Recession.

Over the past year, productivity has increased just 0.3 percent and a mere 0.5 percent over the past five years, during which the economy has struggled to escape the clutches of the financial crisis and the recession that supposedly ended in mid-2009.

The result has been growth in job creation but little corresponding rise in wages and, subsequently, living standards. It’s essentially been the economy’s dirty little secret even as Wall Street forecasters continue to project breakout growth that never seems to come.

“This topic is still getting almost no attention—particularly among presidential candidates—but there is a case to be made that the stagnation in productivity has been more damaging to the real living standards of Americans than the Great Recession,” Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients. “Productivity growth is the primary driver of gains in real wages.” ()

Indeed, wage growth has been stuck around 2 percent or lower for pretty much all of the post-recessionary period. So while stock market investors enjoy the fruits of never-before-seen easy monetary policy—with the S&P 500 up about 210 percent since March 2009—it’s been a different story for much of the labor force.

“The longer this slump goes on, the harder it is to believe that the economy will just snap out of it,” Ashworth said. “For all the talk of secular stagnation and permanently weak demand, it may be supply-side problems that are the bigger problem.”

To be sure, there are some signs that wages are thawing. Unit labor costs are up 2.1 percent over the past year, providing some encouragement that inflation—the good kind—is on the rise.

However, the anemic production numbers triggered worry that the economy is no closer to 3 percent-plus gross domestic product growth than it’s been throughout the recovery period. As has been pointed out many times, this is the worst recovery since the Great Depression, with GDP unable to crack 2.5 percent for any calendar year since the crisis.

Some economists already are retreating from their growth hopes, with Ashworth now wondering whether “the economy’s potential growth rate appears to have fallen well below 2 percent.”

“This has massive implications for the economy,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities. “As people are finally realizing, it means that potential growth is sharply lower than where most economists were assuming up until recently. These data suggest that potential real growth is well short of 2 percent (possibly even below 1 percent), which explains why the labor market has tightened so much over the past five years despite what was considered at the time to be tepid GDP growth.”

Excerpted from CNBC, the rest is here: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/08/11/this-is-more-damagingthan-the-great-recession.html

Sometimes simple is better

The law and loss of moral authority

I thought it would be timely to re-post this bearing in mind the recent SCOTUS decision. We are now entering the era of the Reichstag fire and the rubber stamp court will rule , not by what is written into law, but instead by what they desire.

I know that some of you will be inclined to look to the recent second amendment rulings to say that it just isn’t so…. but it is.

Remember the first Obamacare ruling? Congress has the power to tax? Elections have consequences?

Well , a lot of people haven’t realized it, but that ruling gives the tyrants unbridled authority to tax anything, anywhere.

Sure it is legal to own a gun, you just have to pay a $5000.00 a year tax, kind of like the $200.00 tax stamp on silencers.

We have now officially been fundamentally transformed

Anyway, I have work to do so I leave you with the below.

Happy Friday everybody

The law and loss of moral authority

To put our current legal situation into context you have to ask one basic question; what is law? Is law as we have been lead to believe, the codification of statutes defining what is illegal or not? Or is there some inherent property of moral righteousness that must exist for that law to have force?

I will argue that there is a moral component of law that must be present to make the system of law work. I am, of course, aware that there are many places that laws are passed that have no moral basis at all. There are dictatorships around the world that oppress their peoples and use their codified statutes to imprison and kill any who dissent.

The ultimate example of this is was the Nazi Germany government who made it legal to kill Jews. It was not only legal, but a system of laws was implemented to guide their extermination. But those laws, even though written out with penalties for those who did not follow them by the legislature, were illegal.

It is a basic component of the human being to know right from wrong. It is the reason that human beings set up laws in the first place. They are set up to make sure that innocents are not victimized by the predacious in our societies. In virtually every place that a human society exists, whether on a group, tribal or civilization level, there are always laws that govern behavior. Even those that break the laws have a sense of righteousness. In prison populations, if the prisoners feel that they are being treated in a fair and just manner they will comply with the rules and follow the system. Take away that feeling of just and fair treatment and prison riots and mayhem ensues. The prisoners realize that they have broken the law and when treated humanely will accept their punishment for the most part. The prisoners know that they have committed a wrong and they knew the possible penalty beforehand and knew what they risked. If torture, mal-treatment and other injuries are added to the punishment then a situation of self-righteousness is set up. The only way to control a prison population under those circumstances is with solitary confinement and complete isolation; if left to exist within prison society it would quickly conflagrate into confrontation.

In places where law exists without any moral authority there is always rebellion brewing just under the surface of society. The dictators and bureaucracies of these societies must rule with an iron fist because they know that one moment of slackness will have them swept from power and executed or exiled. Every single individual who is subject to these laws knows that they are illegal. How can they be illegal if they are written into law you might ask; Is that not the definition of law?

My argument is that it is the moral component of the law that is essential for it to work. It has nothing to with writing a statute and everything to do with human nature. We are after all the ones who create the laws, then write them and in the end follow them. It is at the very core of our nature to organize and codify law because we are innately social by nature and always end up forming some type of society that must have rules. It is also our own feeling of self-righteousness that makes us create the laws.

Certain things are innately wrong and one person should not be able to do this or that to another, and that is the basic creator of law. Laws don’t start out as regulations to govern society. They start out as basic rules of moral behavior; don’t steal from those in our community, don’t kill anyone and don’t try to take my wife. It is this same sense of self-righteousness that drives us to rebel when we know that a law is being applied without any righteous basis.

Take traffic laws for an example. Someone is driving down the highway when they suddenly see blue lights in the rearview. They were oblivious to their speed, lost in thought, and look down at the speedometer and see that they are doing 70 M.P.H. When the cop walks up and gives them a speeding ticket for doing 70 M.P.H. in a 50 M.P.H zone, there is little room for self-righteousness. Most people knowing that they broke the law, and one enacted for public safety, will accept the ticket and pay it without even showing up in court. The next example is the opposite.

Someone is rolling down the highway and the only difference in the scenario is that when they look down they see that they are only doing 45 M.P.H. They continue on for a while, waiting for the cop to go around them. When they eventually pull over, part of it is curiosity as to why he would be stopping them. In this case when a 70 M.P.H. ticket is handed out the reaction is going to be entirely different. That person will go to court. In addition to going to court, if not resolved there, they will spend large amounts of time and money to right the injustice. They will actually spend time and money far out of proportion to the actual injustice that happened because they are self-righteous.

Now imagine that the law was written like this: If you are driving down the highway you can be pulled over and issued a speeding ticket at any time no matter what your speed was. That is the point where the law goes against human nature. People would naturally begin to rebel against it because of its inherent injustice. In the second case it is not only that person’s right to rebel against the law, but also their moral obligation. They have a moral obligation to rebel because they should be seeking to re-establish moral law. If they live in human society then moral law, compatible with human nature should be the rule. If this is not the case, then they are being set up to have very bad things happen.

The Jews in Nazi Germany also had a moral obligation to fight and for the most part they did not (With the notable and heroic exception of the Warsaw ghetto and a few others) and were led to their slaughter. They had a moral obligation not just to themselves, but to their fellow Jews and compatriots. They were obligated to save their children, their mothers and fathers and other humans and in the end, for the most part did not.

Instead they followed the laws of Nazi Germany. (Just as the German soldiers at the Nuremberg trials did) They agreed to be registered because to not do so would be breaking the law. They showed up in groups to be transported away because to not do so would be breaking the law. They gave up their goods and businesses and money because not to do so would be breaking the law. There were, of course, severe penalties for breaking the law such as being imprisoned or just disappearing into the night and that drove most to comply.

I know that faith also played a part for many and I am not judging their actions or inaction. I am simply stating the results of what happened by their following the law and putting forward the fact that we are all morally obligated to act when law becomes illegal or immoral.

When law has lost its moral authority and becomes nothing more than something punitive to arbitrarily punish enemies then it is not true law; or at least not true to human nature , by which we all act. In that case all the law becomes is a fear of retribution. No one cares if they break the law for they feel no guilt about doing so and we humans, for the most part, are moral beings. Personally I don’t rob people because it is against the law. I don’t rob people because of the fact that it is morally wrong and I have no desire to violently take from another to gain wealth. I will die before I take the sustenance of another to live.

Once the moral component of law is removed only fear of punishment remains. If someone follows the law it is only because they don’t want to be fined or imprisoned; It I not because they have a moral imperative. But fear only goes so far; when the law becomes illegal its moral authority is transferred to those against whom it is used. They now have righteousness on their side and righteousness has a way of cancelling out fear.

Counter-intuitively, the more injustice that is piled on the more it is met with resistance. The IRA is an excellent example. By the 1960’s their membership was flagging and their armed struggle against the British was at very low ebb. That all changed on bloody Sunday when British troops opened fire into a crowd of demonstrators and killed and wounded a number of them. Instead of being frightened by this, they were outraged and active resistance against them doubled. A vicious cycle was started as the British escalated their actions in response to the increase in attacks and therefore caused even more.

The result of the British crackdown was the highest membership in the IRA in history and the start of a real shooting war. The level of violence escalated to a point never seen before and eventually drove the Brits to sue for peace. The danger of enrolling in the outlawed organization was more than offset by the sense of self-righteous outrage that was generated by the deaths and military lock down of entire neighborhoods. When one joined the IRA it was not a matter of if you would die or be imprisoned, but rather when. Still, even knowing what the outcome would be the ranks of the IRA swelled to enormous numbers. When the British military began a covert assassination program to kill suspected IRA members and affiliates, instead of instilling fear it just added to the sense of outrage and drove more to join and fight.

It was the (Legal) injustice of what was being done that gave the moral righteousness to the IRA and drove them to war. I bring this all up because we are now, in our own society, entering an era of legal lawlessness. We will be forced to make choices about how we respond when confronted with these laws. From the patriot act to the NSA spying, the NDAA authorization of indefinite detention, the IRS and the DOJ it is becoming clear that we are living in an increasingly lawless society.

The lawlessness is not on the part of the people, but rather on the part of those writing the law. The irony is that as the laws become more illegitimate the numbers of them are increasing exponentially. There are already so many federal laws on the books that at any given time any given individual is guilty of a crime. We have now become beholden to the very institutions that are supposed to be serving us as a society. Instead of serving us, the people, they now serve the bureaucracy instead. The bureaucracy and the institutions thereof have become the center of law giving rather than we as citizens. The law, rather than protecting us has become an instrument to protect the bureaucracy and punish those who disagree with it.

We have come to the point where our laws are becoming as corrupt as any given banana republic and if we do not actually want to become one, then we need to make a stand and say enough is enough. I am sure that while I have been writing this that I have committed at least three crimes; either by what I have written or done or thought or possibly what type of lighting I used. Do I care? No not at all. My sense of self- righteous indignation has grown to the point that I have no fear. I have no fear of death or imprisonment. The level of outrage has grown in me to the point that I will go to war.

Will they put me in prison? Go ahead lock me up with a captive audience and let me speak the truth to them; I will leave with an army of self-righteous individuals. Of course the speaking of this truth is illegal in prison, but at this point what is law? We all have hard choices coming up in the future; choices that could affect the rest of our lives and need to decide how to act. In the end how we act is going to be influenced by how the legal system acts. Let me end this with a question: If you receive a letter from the IRS informing you that you are subject to an audit, is your hard drive going to crash? I know that mine is.

Video: Chicago cop opens fire into car full of black teenagers

A dashboard camera video obtained by The Chicago Reporter shows a police officer firing more than a dozen shots into a car filled with black teenagers in apparent violation of Chicago Police Department policy.

“The video emerges at a time when iPhones, security cameras and other devices across the country are capturing images that often contradict police accounts of incidents in which officers are accused of misconduct.

In the video, recorded in December 2013, a Chicago police officer, identified in court documents as Marco Proano, shoots into a moving car of six unarmed teenagers at 95th and LaSalle streets on the city’s South Side. Two of the teenagers were shot – one in the shoulder and the other in the left hip and right heel, according to court documents.

Retired Cook County Judge Andrew Berman was so troubled by the video that he provided it to the Reporter. Berman was the judge in a criminal case against one of the teenagers. He described Proano’s actions as the most unsettling thing he’d seen in his 18 years as a judge and 17 years as a public defender.

“I’ve seen lots of gruesome, grisly crimes,” he said. “But this is disturbing on a whole different level.”

Video and rest of the story here: http://chicagoreporter.com/video-chicago-cop-opens-fire-on-black-teens-in-car/

I have had a couple of run ins with the CPD and they are really the salt of he earth (Sarc)

Even though one of them cut me a break one time he left a guy who had run into my truck sitting on the side walk with his scalp entirely eviscerated.

He kept telling the guy to shut up and sit down or he would arrest him. Whenever I tried to prompt him to call medical he just told me “He’ll be fine, He’s from Rogers park”. (In other words white trash)

I finally did some basic first aid on the guy myself, pulling his scalp back onto his skull cap and bandaging him up with my tee shirt.

This cop had no concern in the world that this guy was bleeding out and going into shock.

Well, I am off for the weekend with more work to finish. Everybody stay safe.

EU preparing for ‘state of emergency’ after Greek talks collapse

“ATHENS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s EU commissioner said on Monday it was time to prepare for a “state of emergency” after talks collapsed at the weekend to rescue Greece from default and ejection from the euro.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ignored a litany of pleas from European leaders to act fast and instead blamed creditors for the collapse in aid-for-austerity talks, the biggest setback yet in long-running talks to secure more aid for Greece.

Athens now has just two weeks to find a way out of the impasse before it faces a 1.6 billion euro bill due to the International Monetary Fund, potentially leaving it out of cash, unable to borrow and cast out of the single currency.”

“Greek stocks fell 6 percent, while banking stocks tumbled as much as 12 percent. Greek two-year government bond yields surged more than 3 percentage points to 29.02 percent.

“We should work out an emergency plan because Greece would fall into a state of emergency,” Germany’s EU commissioner Guenther Oettinger said. “Energy supplies, pay for police officials, medical supplies, and pharmaceutical products and much more” needed to be ensured.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/greece-creditors-fail-last-attempt-reach-deal-034850876–sector.html

I don’t see why they should panic now. The Germans have already said that Greece leaving the EU was pretty much a foregone conclusion.

I think that they are going to smack Greece down to not embolden any more radical leftists.

“The world economy is sailing across the ocean without any lifeboats to use in case of emergency”

“The world economy is disturbingly close to stall speed. The United Nations has cut its global growth forecast for this year to 2.8pc, the latest of the multinational bodies to retreat.

We are not yet in the danger zone but this pace is only slightly above the 2.5pc rate that used to be regarded as a recession for the international system as a whole.”

“Stephen King from HSBC warns that the global authorities have alarmingly few tools to combat the next crunch, given that interest rates are already zero across most of the developed world, debts levels are at or near record highs, and there is little scope for fiscal stimulus.

“The world economy is sailing across the ocean without any lifeboats to use in case of emergency,” he said.”

And here in the U.S.

“Each of the past four US recoveries has been weaker than the last one. The average growth rate has fallen from 4.5pc in the early 1980s to nearer 2pc this time. The US fiscal deficit has dropped to 2.8pc but is expected to climb again as pension and health care costs bite, even if the economy does well.

The US cannot easily launch a fresh New Deal. Public debt was just 38pc on GDP when Franklin Roosevelt took power in 1933, and there were few contingent liabilities hanging over future US finances.

“Fiscal stimulus – a novel idea at the time – may have been controversial, but the chances of it working to boost economic activity were quite high given the healthy starting position. Today, it is much more difficult to make the same argument,” he said.”

“JP Morgan estimates that the US economy contracted at an rate of 1.1pc in the first quarter, far worse than originally supposed.

The instant tracking indicator of the Atlanta Fed – GDPnow – shows little sign that America is shaking off its mystery virus. Growth was just 0.7pc (annualised) in mid-May.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11625098/HSBC-fears-world-recession-with-no-lifeboats-left.html

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse. Read the whole article, it’s nothing but great news from one end of the globe to the other.

Better  buckle up…..This is starting to get an air of inevitability about it.

Excerpts from Eric Rudolph’s (The Olympic park bomber) book

Between the Lines of Drift
“Paul Hill’s actions came at a time of exceptional turmoil in the country. Conservatives and liberals were squaring off over issues from
gun control to gays in the military. The catalyst for the conflict was
William Jefferson Clinton. In 1992, the Democratic Party nominated Clinton as their candidate for president. His election would signal a changing of the guards. Those who had stormed the beaches of
Normandy were stepping down; those who had dodged the draft during the Vietnam War were stepping up. Clinton was the standard-bearer for his generation. In their college years they dropped acid, read Karl Marx, and protested the war in Vietnam. They dreamed of the day when their generation would finally take power from The Man and usher in a truly “just” society, one that was based on the ideals of
democratic socialism. They would then redistribute the wealth. Outdated concepts like patriotism would fall by the wayside. The patriarchal family would retire to a museum somewhere. At Woodstock,they had wallowed around in their own excrement. Now
they were one step away from the White House.
Some people were ecstatic; others were alarmed and dismayed.
True to form, Clinton came bearing a list of “progressive” reforms: homosexuals in the military; socialized medicine; a comprehensive crime bill (Brady Bill), which included a ban on so-called assault
weapons. Planned Parenthood gave Clinton its highest pro-abortion rating. His agenda touched off a firestorm that would burn across the American Heartland for eight long years. Clinton’s support for
abortion and his push for homosexual soldiers angered social conservatives. Socialized medicine angered the doctors and the country-club Republicans. And the Brady Bill infuriated the
Far Right.”
The rest of it can be found in PDF here: http://armyofgod.com/EricLinesOfDrift1_18_15.pdf
Wow! Does any of this sound familiar?
You know, I wrote a piece on Jared and Amanda Miller being radicals and as such being able to see around the corner on events.
I think for sure that Rudolph had that same ability.
I wonder if he ever thought that the battle for the soul of our nation would be so brief?

Things are going great “Folks just aren’t feeling it”

Hiring slowdown: US employers added just 126K jobs in March

http://news.yahoo.com/pace-us-hiring-weakens-just-126k-jobs-added-123112636–finance.html

US Growth Forecast Chopped to Zero

Americans Not in Labor Force Exceed 93 Million for First Time; 62.7% Labor Force Participation Matches 37-Year Low

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/americans-not-labor-force-exceed-93-million-first-time-627-labor-force

February Employment Report: 295,000 Jobs, 5.5% Unemployment Rate : Now revised down to 239,000

http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2015/03/february-employment-report-295000-jobs.html

Telling the lie over and over again does not make it true. When it comes to financial matters there are serious consequences when the lies catch up.

Now we are like the gambler who blew all of his dough in Vegas and has been stealing from Peter to pay Paul. The mortgage is long over due, the power is about to be shut off and the car is up for Repo.

The question is when the lie catches up, just how bad is it going to be? If it is bad enough, it is without a doubt going to spark unrest. I am suggesting not just to be prepared, but also be prepared for opportunity; an opportunity that may never arise again.

Forget the stress dog

Stress chickens, that’s what they are.

So, my wife and Stacey decided that it would be prudent for us to become chicken farmers. They went out and bought 6 chicks, all laying hens, and committed us to egg production. The hens are an even split of “Production red” and “Plymouth rock” and the hopes are to produce enough eggs for two families.

This is a first for the ladies and I myself have not done chicken ranching since my days in Kiddie prison. But we are game and are going to give it a go anyway. If it doesn’t work out we figure that we can switch over to doves or Homing pigeons.

Over the past week we have been building a bad ass 4′ X 8′ coop to house the hens; It is elevated 30″ and will have an 8′ x 12′ run.  Right now Stacey is in the back of the shop at my business, putting the final coats of paint on it. Eventually the ladies are going to pretty it up by painting vines and flowers all over it.

The chicks have been living in Stacey’s living room in a big Tupperware tub, but are growing by leaps and bounds. We are hoping to have the coop to completion  by Sunday and be able to move the hens in. When it is all finished up I will post some pics of it.

Wish us luck…..
chickens

Ebola is so old hat… 1st case of avian in flu North America confirmed in Canada

Reuters) – A resident of the Canadian province of British Columbia has tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu virus in the first documented case of the infection in a human in North America, the federal government said on Monday.

The person had returned to Canada from China and is recovering from the illness in self-isolation, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement.

“I want to emphasize that the risk to Canadians is very low because there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of H7N9,” Gregory Taylor, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, said at a news conference in Ottawa.

Taylor said the individual returned to Canada on Jan. 12 after visiting numerous locations in China and began to feel ill two days later on Jan. 14.

“All evidence is indicating that it is likely the individual was infected following exposure in China,” he said. “We don’t know at this time how the individual contracted the virus.”

The H7N9 virus passes between birds, but experts say there is not enough evidence to prove it passes between humans. Most cases report contact with poultry, usually in live poultry markets, the Canadian health agency said.

The virus first infected three people in China in March 2013. In 2014, it infected 453 people, killing 175 of them, according to the World Health Organization.

Two people reportedly died of the H7N9 virus in China’s coastal Fujian province earlier this month, and recent human cases have been reported in the Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces, and Shanghai.

The H7N9 virus has not been detected in birds in Canada.

Original here, By Julie Gordon:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/26/us-health-birdflu-canada-idUSKBN0KZ2A120150126

Escape: Rich financiers have put plans in place to getaway from rioters

Super rich hedge fund managers are buying ‘secret boltholes’ where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed.

Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up.

With growing inequality and riots such as those in London in 2011 and in Ferguson and other parts of the USA last year, many financial leaders fear they could become targets for public fury.

Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.

He said: “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/panicked-super-rich-buying-boltholes-5044084

Report: S&P to drop by 50%

From Forbes Chris Wright:

If you thought a low oil price was set to inspire a period of revived consumer spending and galvanized global growth, there is an alternative view you should know about. A report out today calls the impending end of the US business cycle, followed by a 50% drop in the S&P500 to 1,100 by March 2016 and another US recession.

The miserable soul who has predicted this grim event is Charles Robertson of Renaissance Capital, a regular fixture on this blog. He has a number of reasons for his bleak point of view.

One is history: that about eight years after the start of each mega crash (he cites 1929, 1973 and 2007), “the normal business cycle, and the consequences of measures taken to respond to that crash, combine to trigger another deep plunge in US markets.”

History in itself is not enough: one needs many other illustrations of trouble ahead. But Robertson thinks he has several. One is the fact that QE has had some daunting knock-on effects, starting with the rise of cheap lending and high commodity prices, then leading to a shale gas boom, and then in turn to the collapse of the oil price. We already know about the troubles Russia and Brazil are facing as a consequence, and Robertson thinks the next to feel the pain will be US banks, and commodity-exporting emerging markets (and more specifically the Eurobonds they have issued). Asset prices are too high and due a correction, and then there are a range of other worries, from renewed concerns about Greece to lack of growth in the broader Eurozone, from questions about the sustainability of China to geopolitical tensions.”

The rest here:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/chriswright/2015/01/13/sell-sell-why-the-sp-500-will-halve-in-2016/

Take the above and add this into the equation : http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-15/its-tsunami-swiss-franc-soars-most-ever-after-snb-abandons-eurchf-floor-macro-hedge-

I keep saying, sooner rather than later. How deep or how bad this will be if SHTF is hard to predict.  The culmination of it all could be the Cloward and Piven moment that unlooses the the masses of the great unwashed upon society.

If you haven’t already prepared then you are behind the curve. I have and have had the uneasy feeling for the past few months that this is going to be in real time soon. Hope I’m wrong…..

Gold Hits $1235 As Commodities Crash To 12-Year Lows Amid $45 Oil

From Zero hedge:

“The only other times that Bloomberg’s broad-based (i.e. not all OPEC’s fault) Commodity Index has fallen so far so fast was in 1999 (before stocks crashed) and 2008 (before stocks crashed). At 12-year lows, the raw material of the world’s economies is flashing a big fat red warning signal that all is not well (despite stocks being a ‘smidge’ off record highs). WTI traded with a $45 handle… but apart from that, everything’s great (oh wait and the 230 pip USDJPY roundtrip). Amid all this turmoil, gold just broke to $1235 – its highest in a month.”

The rest here:http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-12/commodities-crash-12-year-lows-amid-45-oil

We are already at the 98 mark, but the real question is whether this is being driven by overproduction or is the glut being caused by the slowing world economy. If the latter is the case then we are really going to be in for a ride.

When everything crashed in 2008 we were coming off of a booming economy. This time if it crashes we are smack dead in the middle of a shit economy and the repercussions will be far worse than before.

Stay stocked up and be prepared to do things that you wouldn’t normally do.

Cops thow flash bang into car with kids, crash into it to stop it

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/hillsboroughcounty/2014/06/16/valrico-fbi-raid-martin-winters-prepper/10648837/

This is in relation to the article below and the FBI  manhunt for the prepper in Florida. I am too sick to write at the moment but if anyone wants to run with these, have at. Hope Winters has some III friends to give him shelter.

US falls 13 places to 46th in World press freedom index

http://rsf.org/index2014/en-index2014.php#

INFORMATION SACRIFICED TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND SURVEILLANCE

Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it. Freedom of information is too often sacrificed to an overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs, marking a disturbing retreat from democratic practices. Investigative journalism often suffers as a result.

This has been the case in the United States (46th), which fell 13 places, one of the most significant declines, amid increased efforts to track down whistleblowers and the sources of leaks. The trial and conviction of Private Bradley Manning and the pursuit of NSA analyst Edward Snowden were warnings to all those thinking of assisting in the disclosure of sensitive information that would clearly be in the public interest.

US journalists were stunned by the Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press phone records without warning in order to identify the source of a CIA leak. It served as a reminder of the urgent need for a “shield law” to protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources at the federal level. The revival of the legislative process is little consolation for James Risen of The New York Times, who is subject to a court order to testify against a former CIA employee accused of leaking classified information. And less still for Barrett Brown, a young freelance journalist facing 105 years in prison in connection with the posting of information that hackers obtained from Statfor, a private intelligence company with close ties to the federal government.

Do you get it? This is not the paranoid delusions of Joe (The shotgun)  Biden’s “Black helicopter crowd”. This is the annual report from reporters without borders.   The police state is already in place and every day the door is being shut a little more. Once it closes completely we are out of options. A drop of 13 places is very significant and it doesn’t even take into account self censorship by the mainstream media. Think Dinesh Desouza and tell me that I am wrong.   If you are paying attention at all, you will know what comes next.   Have a plan, be prepared to resist.