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jomama's picture

why are there so many President Hairpiece ads these days?

Burnbright's picture

And why would anyone think Donald Trump, or his toupee, could be president.

Rogerwilco's picture

I'd like to see Ivanka Trump as President.

CrazyCooter's picture

In light of recent energy political drama ... I figured this was a good opportunity to toss up some classic comedy regarding US energy independance ...

You can't help but laugh and realize how hollow the whole 40 year old BS "energy independance" charade really is



Sudden Debt's picture



The Schengen is a agreement that all people in the EU may go anywhere they want.

The reason is: IMMIGRANTS FROM WITHIN EUROPE, and they want to stop them.

This is the basics of the EU.


This is good for silver, bad for the euro.


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

WOW, France canceling Schengen would indeed be big news.  Would that mean passport checks and changing trains at every border?

Quixotic_Not's picture

If you haven't got a bug-out bag, it might be about time to think about it...

Supply-side economics is about to go the way of the VHS tape.

Oh regional Indian's picture

No more pro-gress eh Quixotic? I say bring it on. Enough pro-gress and look where it has got us. Progressive dystopia.

Demand-side functioning, like nature.... self-correcting, positive feedback loops.



WaterWings's picture

Very recent Fukushima photos:


goldfish1's picture
Workers Locked In Battle At Fukushima, Exposure To Radiation Rising

TOKYO (Kyodo)--Workers at a nuclear power plant damaged by last month's earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast continued battling to deal with radioactive water Saturday as their exposure to radiation is constantly increasing.

tiger7905's picture

Latest from Arnie at Fairewind Associates on whether North American's should be concerned with Fukushima

benb's picture

Bug out to WHERE?  Some say within six months, some say the Big Top comes down next year. As for me...  I'm diggin in.

BTW Pliskin... I thought you were dead. 

Quixotic_Not's picture

Well, looks like you're diggin' in, so you don't have to worry about "where?", and if you didn't already know the "where?", I doubt a bug-out bag would do you much good anyways...

BTW Pliskin... I thought you were dead.

Yeah. You and everybody else...

benb's picture

I said where only because I’ve heard a number of people (in the physical world) over time, talk about buggin out. No put down or anything but some of the ones confident about getting out of an urban area under a number of crash scenarios were unrealistic i.e. -had not really thought it out. (IMO) Elements of the Federal Gov and military are already putting in infrastructure to lock down many urban areas. So I think there’s a decent chance you may not even be able to get out to another location because of that and other possibilities such as fuel shortages or road obstructions. But I agree, the concept of having a bug out bag/ flexible strategy for all scenarios is correct… Even if you plan on digging in.

On the humor side -I spent most of the last summer traveling some of the most sparsely populated and remote areas of Northwestern California. In one pretty isolated local in a mountain river area  (about three hours drive from a north coast city) I met some people who told me the local Indians  (yeah they’re up there) see people from the city come up into the forest, ever so often and bury stuff. Well, the Indians up there know when a leaf falls, so when the city boys leave they go dig it back up. And as I understand, the local Indians have quite a supply of freeze dried food!  

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

who then promptly sell it on e-bay ;)

CrazyCooter's picture

Google news results for all you non-power users ... I only speak english so I had to shop around for subject matter ...

This appears to be driven by an exodus of warm bodies from North Africa to Europe ...




max2205's picture

I hate chicken noodle soup and onions. How many posts will this get. 400 so far

Michael Victory's picture

Life is.. good. The universe is...

Seems like yesterday silver was $15.

Gas is $4 on its way to $10.
Two kids, how am I gonna get rid of the SUV?

Freedom's April Newsletter:

Happy Holiday.


goldfish1's picture

Yeah well if the suv is in good condition, keep it.


SWRichmond's picture

Bernanke speech from 2006 on the importance of price stability.  Very interesting stuff, talks about all the relevant topics.



Quixotic_Not's picture

The only price stability from here forth will be what an ounce of Ag/Au will buy.

I can't wait to see paper rich leeches screaming from the corner that they've been had!


rocker's picture

Life is good......While I'm super happy silver and PMs are up, it is why their up that bothers me and will ruin most Americans lives.

Gas going over $6.00 doesn't excite me. Bambi telling us he's watching. What a Joke. $2.00 too late. Market manipulation !?!

And Japan !!!  WTF  Fukushima is radiating the oceans, our life line as a species. Why the hell do the market manipulators keep bidding up the price of Japanese stocks now. Sony has been crippled. Toyota is screwed, and the economy of Japan will take a hit. And they have not even had a 20% correction that lasted a week. I have expressed this before and I say it again. The Giant Squid and all their manipulating hedge fund buddies know one thing. Where the largest bet is, right or wrong, and manipulate the market in the opposite direction. That market manipulating software GS warned us about is working well.  The only reason they have not destroyed the PMs is because the elite of the world know fiat is fiat and they have all lost faith in paper. Thoughts...............

Quixotic_Not's picture

"Gas going over $6.00"...

We'll be lucky, at the rate the shit is hitting the fan in the former USofA, if gasoline stops at $20 a gallon...

And no, I'm not fucking kidding!

Good luck patriots -- The rest can fuck off and die.

rocker's picture

You know, that's what scares me, the fact that they can take it up to $20 a gallon. I can here it now.

CNBC will say, it's all about demand or...... as they are already talking about: drum roll: not Driving Season, but Hurricane Season.  Has anybody ever said, GREED.

Quixotic_Not's picture

All the good little apparatchiks, who don't drive cars and ride publik transportation, will say "It's those crazy peoples' fault for living in areas where they need gasoline, those damn global warming tea baggers"!

"GREED" is good if you're politically correct and live in the big city - For all the rest, they are lucky DHS hasn't rounded them up to be put in re-edukation kamps!

rocker's picture

Camps, gosh that's scary. You should hear the rumors about FEMA and their new hotel amenities. Coffins for all.

Quixotic_Not's picture

I'm sure the porno-addicted Facebook Twits will just love it when all those dangerous gun-toting terrorists (fka American Patriots and/or Tea Party Crazies) will be the very special guests of FEMA/DHS in the near future...

I'm also more than certain that the Ministry for Homeland Security has their guest list near fait accompli, and countless scores of Richard Clements-esque journalists frothing at the pen, ready to fabricate stories to spin how millions of disappearances were in the best interests of We the Sheeple  ;-)

DHS Stasi operatives get extra bennies, don't ya know?  ;-)

To ensure that the people would become and remain submissive, East German communist leaders saturated their realm with more spies than had any other totalitarian government in recent history. The Soviet Union's KGB employed about 480,000 full-time agents to oversee a nation of 280 million, which means there was one agent per 5,830 citizens. Using Wiesenthal's figures for the Nazi Gestapo, there was one officer for 2,000 people. The ratio for the Stasi was one secret policeman per 166 East Germans. When the regular informers are added, these ratios become much higher: In the Stasi's case, there would have been at least one spy watching every 66 citizens! When one adds in the estimated numbers of part-time snoops, the result is nothing short of monstrous: one informer per 6.5 citizens. It would not have been unreasonable to assume that at least one Stasi informer was present in any party of ten or twelve dinner guests.

In Fed We Trust's picture

We Facebook i am not sure any agents will be nessecary1

Creepy Lurker's picture

Japan is being jawboned higher in order to create an exit point for the longs. (My opinion, anyway.)

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

A lack in supply increases prices.  There is a lack of gold, silver, and oil, not to mention production of goods and services from the island state.

rocker's picture

Aren't we being told there is plenty of oil right now. Even CNBC said, that oil is everywhere. Now Cash, the Bernanke, is sloshing around trying to find a home. Speculation indeed. And if one wants to talk about our under priced silvery stuff. Ground supplies are dwindling while real demand is esculating. Poor Man's Gold is starting to shine on.

tiger7905's picture

Some great facts on silver production from Max Keiser. 12% of silver used for electronics in 2003, 45% today.

Burticus's picture

Convert your old SUV into a Mad Max vehicle, with .50 BMG mounted like on the old Rat Patrol series.

thames222's picture

over won't go to this link though, because it isn't spam.

you won't get the discussion and leaked info that tyler doesn't get...if you don't go to this link.  



Old Europe Avant-Garde's picture


What happens here is that all the dictatorships in Northern Africa helped (for money) fend of illegal immigrants. Now that some of the dictatorships are gone, Italy is again flooded with people setting over by boat.

Problem is that Italy has to deal with this alone. No one wants the illegals, so of course the other EU countries don't take any of them. But as Italy is more and more pissed about the situation, they pulled a nice trick to increase the preasure on the others. They gave each of the illegal immigrants temporary visas which means they can now freely travel in the Europe. Idea being that those guys are now moving to the richer Germany, France, Netherlands and the like.

So now the other EU countries have to react. They can no longer ignore the problems Italy is having. Frances move is just a last attempt to still look away.


LMAO's picture

Thanks OEA

For bringing some meat to the discussion.


Basically Sudden Debt,



The Schengen is a agreement that all people in the EU may go anywhere they want.

The reason is: IMMIGRANTS FROM WITHIN EUROPE, and they want to stop them."


This is a GROSS misrepresentation of FACTS.

Did you even care to read the article . . . .did you understand what was said ?

I guess not.

The article clearly states that France is considering to temporarily suspend the Schengen agreement to cap the float of immigrants from TUNIS and LIBYA.


WTF Dude, this is just plain crap you are spreading!



ISEEIT's picture

This is also short term political bullshit. Just noise to confuse the confusable.

PulauHantu29's picture

mmm...makes sense. I read that Europe is expecting over 300,000 refugees (unskilled, different langauge and different culture) to flee to Europe mainly via Italy and Soiuthern France.

Their main destination goal is the wealthy country of Germany according to the report. I remember reading reading about how the Roam Empire fell....influx of thousands of "barbarians" ..some invited...lots not.

been there done that's picture

Another piece of the oil puzzle is this: Goldman downgraded oil and commodities about 1 week ago and it barely dipped at all, then 2-3 days later it was right back up, NEXT, only a few days later, Obama comes out crying and pinning blame on speculators. So how in Obama's pocket is GS and vise versa?  Goldman did the same shit for Bush right before an election by reducing unleaded gas in it's commodotoes fund forcing everyone else to sell to stay in line. They're all pricks and I can't wait for this shit to fall apart.


Vendetta's picture

oh yeah, I forgot about all the obvious gas price manipulations to lower prices around election time

MisterAmbassador's picture

Energy independence sounds great, but we also like driving and having an incredible standard of living.  The entire modern world is dependent upon oil.  Nothing can replace the 20 million or so barrels of oil per day we Americans use.  Nothing can even come close to replacing it.  There are alternatives for some of the things it does, but they cannot come close to entirely replacing it.  If oil isn't required to make something, it's used to get it somewhere.  Each tire on your car has about 7 gallons of oil in it.  The amount of energy that oil releases is incredible compared to the amount of energy other fuels release.  There's a reason Henry Ford didn't use ethanol.

Our economic model, like most modern economic models, is based on eternal growth of population and consumption.  To do that in the modern world requires oil.

If we eliminated entitlements (actually never instituted them) and allowed natural selection to do its work, population and growth would be moderated.  That sounds mean, though.  You know, making people responsible for their own lives and decisions isn't popular with liberals.  They don't believe in private charity because most of their causes are not worthy of charity.  So, instead we've taken the path towards idiocracy.  We've taken the path that allows a massive population buildup and then requires a massive dying off as resources for maintaining that population become scarce, whether it be by famine, war, gas chambers, or whatever has yet to be determined.  I'm not calling for people to be killed, mind you. 

If I were the President, I couldn't sign legislation that stopped meals to kids or anything like that.  I couldn't sign legislation that would simply deny seniors health care to let them die off.  So, it's not as simple to make massive spending cuts as it sounds.  But, if those promises had never been made, people wouldn't have had a false sense of security that everything would be taken care of for them.  They would have been responsible and saved and preapared on their own, at least the smart ones would have.

Of course, this was inevitable.  Throughout history, great civilizations have risen up in their various areas, grown massive in population and thus consumption, therefore overusing their resources, and then collapsed.  We've (by we I mean humans) have done that on a global scale for the first time in history.  And, the only reason that has been possible is oil.  The planet couldn't support anywhere near 7 billion people without oil.  (See the part about carrying capacity:

Just reducing per capita consumption won't work, either.  You would just see a proportional increase in consumption somewhere else.  That's why cap and trade is about wealth redistribution and nothing more.  Population has to be 'reduced' to curb over-consumption.  Whether the governments and elites go all medieval on us and forcibly reduce it or whether societal collapse takes us back to days where we aren't so dominant over Mother Nature and She reduces it for us has yet to be seen.


The 2009 movie "Collapse" is interesting.

This professor does a good job explaining what our problems really come down to:


Oil production and the Oil Age is just a blip in timeline of human beings.  It's not even noteworthy on the timeline of time.  It's an incredible time.  Just enjoy it while you can.  Death is just another beginning.  It seems so many people are so afraid to die that it stops them from living.  But, I ask:  who has lived more?  The rock star who dies at 27 from a heroin overdose?  or the 80 year old who saved and saved working the same office job for fifty years?

CrazyCooter's picture

Nice post.

The world was sustainable until coal and then oil. I would note that the only option after oil is nuclear unless things are dramatically scaled down (as you imply). Modern lifestyle requires enormous amounts of energy per capita and that is the central issue.

Sustainable renewables require far, far less population that we presently have. And I don't mean windfarms, I am talking moving back to animal labor, wood heat, and the whole amnish type "sustainable renewable" to bring things back into balance. But I am also talking about "humanity" being able to maintain itself in the long term, not just 50 years or 100 years where most people focus.

At some point, when the real costs of oil based everything gets too unbearable, interestates and then highways will be electrified. Transportation will eventually become electric in most cases (ICE for rural applications, farming, and such). I don't know on what timeline, but it is not a technology problem. We had electric transportation systems 100 years ago. Right now the business/political system is paralyzed in regards to any meaningful progress.

I honestly don't think this will happen until a real energy shortage is upon us, which makes it very difficult to source the energy required for the eventual build out.

That is why I posted that Jon Stewart link, because it makes it so obvious we are going to drive off a cliff before making common sense technology changes in energy policy.



CrazyCooter's picture

Dug out this goodie ... excellent documentary on origin/science of oil ...