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Guest Post: What To Do When You've Hit Your Breaking Point

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

At some point or another, anyone who is even remotely paying attention to reality will likely reach two critical moments of awakening in their lives.

The first is what I call the “Aha! moment”. This is the point at which people realize that there is something terribly, terribly wrong with the system… and that almost everything they’ve been brought up to believe about their government and society is total BS.

The ‘Aha! moment’ is usually brought about by something you learn or read… for example, finding out that your national government is deeply, hopelessly in debt. Or that it is mathematically impossible for you to receive the pension benefits you’ve been promised. Or that your currency is being printed into degeneracy by a single individual.

My own ‘Aha! moment’ came in early 2003. I was an intelligence officer sitting on the Iraqi border waiting for George W. Bush to order coalition forces north. But first he had to convince the rest of the world of his righteousness.

At the time, officials from the Bush administration were pushing hard to make their case for war. But the information they were presenting just didn’t add up. My colleagues and I used to look at each other and ask, “seriously, what WMDs are these people talking about?”

We already knew about chemical munitions. Duh. It was the Americans that had equipped Saddam with those to begin with. But nukes? Total pipe dream. I knew it was BS. And watching the President go on television saying, ‘we know he has nukes’ destroyed everything I had ever believed about government. That was my ‘Aha! moment’.

Typically when people hit their Aha! moments, the next days and weeks are filled with more learning, more reading. Like tugging at a string on a tattered garment, it just keeps unraveling.

The more you read, the more it arouses your curiosity, and the more you read… often jumping to other topics. Freedom. Privacy. Central Banking. Debt. Capital controls. etc.

You soon become so well-informed that you start feeling isolated, surrounded by other people who are still asleep. When you talk to your friends and family, most of them don’t want to hear about your ideas. They think you’re nuts. They haven’t had their ‘Aha! moment’ yet.

Eventually, you learn to keep it all inside. But then, at some point down the road, the second critical moment occurs– the Breaking Point.

The Breaking Point is event driven rather than knowledge driven. It could be from watching your wife or kids get radiated or sexually assaulted by government agents at the airport. Or writing a huge tax check to your government. Or having your bank account frozen by your tax authorities. Or… seeing a man you despise win a national election.

A Breaking Point constitutes the spark which propels people to finally take necessary action… to make them realize “I have to do something.”

My own philosophy is that international diversification should be a major part of any individual solution. When your own country and government are in terminal decline, it makes all the sense in the world to diversify abroad. This is something that the ultra-wealthy have been doing for centuries… but in the digital age, the same opportunities are available to everyone.

For example, why hold your savings in a bankrupt financial institution in your home country when you can open a foreign account in a safe, well capitalized bank overseas? If you have a business, why not use foreign structures to maximize your asset protection and legal tax savings?

Why risk confiscation of gold and silver in your home country when you can store precious metals safely and securely overseas? If you’re concerned about the direction of your home country and currency, why not diversify abroad with high quality real estate?

Overseas email accounts. Second passports. International medical insurance. Foreign trusts. Tax advantageous foreign life insurance policies. Foreign bank and brokerage accounts.  International investment, business, employment, and lifestyle opportunities.

It’s a big world out there. And while some countries are in serious decline, others are trending higher by the day. Almost every aspect of our lives can now be diversified abroad, and these countries are literally competing for your business.

It’s the way things should be… and the right way to structure a rational solution based on factual analysis.


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Thu, 11/08/2012 - 18:52 | 2962475 lolmao500
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You vote to change things!


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 18:56 | 2962491 Crisismode
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Why risk confiscation of gold and silver in your home country when you can store precious metals safely and securely overseas?



Because if YOU do not posess it physically, you risk it all by placing it in someone else's hands.


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:08 | 2962527 ilovefreedom
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Yeah I don't quite appreciate this argument.

Why would I store my precious metals in a country I may have never stepped foot in, trusting an entity I've never met??

If the government ever tried to confiscate my gold and silver, I'd say, "what gold and silver"?

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:12 | 2962535 NotApplicable
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Anyone who can write an article about how you should prostrate yourself to as many governments as possible because you can't trust them...

Aha! Simon is an idiot!

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:30 | 2962579's picture

As usual Simon is spot on until he advocates running away and leaving your family and friends to face the crisis without your assistance. Our loved ones are going to need the advice and support of those who have been hip to the scam and who have taken efforts to prepare.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:09 | 2962647 lasvegaspersona
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you are right...leaving is the luxury of the unattached.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:29 | 2963075 The Grip
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Crockett is usually right, even when he is just fucking with trolls. 

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:39 | 2963102's picture

Thanks, T. Grip. It's my goal to be right as often as possible. In order to do that I document facts before speaking and if someone can prove my assertions are wrong I admit my error to myself and others with gratitude. There's no point in clinging to ideas which are demonstrably incorrect. Sometimes you've got to admit that your wrong today in order to be right tomorrow.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 23:16 | 2963220 thermroc
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you spelt your wrong, today

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 01:08 | 2963249's picture

Thanks, I'll watch that. I actually did catch a few you're/your and there/their errors in my posts today. I couldn't edit because the posts had received replies. It was in the midst of a heated discussion but that's really no excuse. I've welcomed the grammar Nazis ever since I once talked about marshal law on another forum. I felt like a moron and have not made the mistake again.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 04:44 | 2963691 AldousHuxley
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well, if you worked for wall st. you can go jump out the building.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 07:27 | 2963784 eclectic syncretist
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And you spelled "spelled" wrong.  Spelt is a form of wheat, not the past tense of spell.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:32 | 2962585 mick68
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I was nodding and smiling along until he said "diversify outside." Then I went, WTF? That's it? I'm ready to pick up an automatic weapon and the message is to diversify outside??


I already live outside of the US, and lemme tell you, it can and will happen anywhere. Pssh!


Someone needs to write this kind of article, then take names and start the revolution we all know is coming.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:12 | 2962833 TheFourthStooge-ing
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I figure he must have written this when he was a little bit high. For instance:

The Breaking Point is event driven rather than knowledge driven. It could be from … seeing a man you despise win a national election.

Oh for ...... that happens every four years, Simon!

OK, more than a little bit high, he must have been way high.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 02:09 | 2963536 derek_vineyard
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i had an 'ah ha' moment about this author when i read to store your PM in another country

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:00 | 2962632 AetosAeros
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Aha!- You've had a suspicion that 2 + 2 did not equal 5 as you are oft told repeatedly. Stress is the outcome, as Aha! requres no real action, simply learning more about Aha!  Then more stress.


Stress (old, but relevant description)- That confusion created when one's mind overrides the bodies basic desire to choke the living shit out of some asshole who desperately needs it. (Speaking to you Ben, Corzine, and company). This leads to either an acceptance of things you feel powerless to change (not to be confused with what you really can change if you put your mind to it). Or utter frustration that builds to a boiling point.....

The Breaking Point- to date, I have met 2 people who got there, and did something constructive about it: converted to all gold/silver/food stores/ self sufficiency. They are doing quite well, and even sell a little extra to put back more gold/silver/food. Total self sufficiency and freedom.

Everyone else, breaks and hurts others or keeps letting it slide in the back door while they hollar out the front.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 06:48 | 2963765 samcontrol
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It should be called the tipping point.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:04 | 2962634 Race Car Driver
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> Aha! Simon is an idiot!

Perhaps, but he was Chosen to be an idiot... he can't help it.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:05 | 2962809 petolo
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LONG..Leaky Boats.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:11 | 2962832 klockwerks
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Thank you and please drive thru. Always easy to get at quick and skate if needed

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 10:22 | 2964222 Chump
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You obviously don't have a jet pack, schmuck!

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 18:54 | 2962485 Stares straight...
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You got any bridges for sale?

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 18:56 | 2962490 Popo
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"When I was an I telling wince officer"

LOL. More Simon Black fantasies. a.k.a Walter Mitty

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:36 | 2962592 percolator
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You've got to admit though Simon's got one helluva imagination.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 18:56 | 2962492 CunnyFunt
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Thanks for sharing that "Aha! moment". Mine was somewhat similar, during Desert Storm.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:16 | 2962846 worbsid
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Mine was TET 1968.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:52 | 2962950 JohnG
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Word.  I went in country in late 69.  My AHA was the first firefight.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 23:00 | 2963163 CunnyFunt
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Thanks, brothers. I salute you. From the tales of the old timers, you guys had a lot more of the shit than we did.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 01:26 | 2963460 RockyRacoon
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Mine came at Takhli Air Base, Thailand, 1972.  Working on F-105s and F-4s that were doing more sorties than ever.   Running cover for B-52s.  All went to Cambodia while the Stars and Stripes rag was screaming that we were NOT bombing the crap out of Cambodia.  That's when Operation Menu became public. 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 04:55 | 2963696 bigkahuna
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nine eleven was an inside job. AHA! .... uhoh.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 07:14 | 2963778 Gunga
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Studying the collapse of WTC 7 brought about mine.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 18:58 | 2962495 SnobGobbler
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great up until the storing gold and silver overseas..... we all know how that shell game works...

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:05 | 2962515 Rainman
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I'm sure he means only store in UN-affiliated countries...they can always be trusted. 

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:00 | 2962499 francis_sawyer
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A couple more pompous ass Simon Black articles & I'll be hitting my 'Breaking Point'...

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:51 | 2962612 centerline
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Yeah, I'm with ya.  They are kind of pompous.  But, wouldn't it suck if we really didn't take things more seriously and couldn't get the hell out of dodge until after it is too late?  I detect something ugly on the horizon that might have the educated and productive in mind but will suffer from local abuse of power by the very system put in place to contain the damage created by an economic fallout.  A banana republic outcome with varying degrees of impact.


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:47 | 2962652 francis_sawyer
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Frankly ~ I don't give a rats ass... Some people 'get it' & some people 'don't' (with regards to the infamous 'things on the horizon' that the PAPER KINGS [for those of you who have read francis_sawyer, you'll know that I'm being nice using the PAPER KINGS classification], think they they have a lifelong franchise on forestalling any eventual collapse using a combination of...

- propaganda tricks (whereby they've successfully infiltrated the various propaganda mechanisms)

- political BRIBES

- & otherwise, outright THEFT (within the financial system ~ whereby they've also infiltrated the Praetorian guardian posts)...


In this moment in time... It's devolved to the point of outright & wanton corruption on their part... So at this point, it's every man for himself... francis_sawyer REGULARLY gets 'junked' by the skitttle shitting unicorn crowd who HOPES that 'it isn't so'...

ALAS... IT IS (so)... When you're a blade of grass facing a swarm of locusts, you say your prayers... Hopefully ~ your SEED will survive (& the funny thing is, it usually manages to... It's like it has this 'UNCANNY' mind of its own which can distinguish from RIGHT & WRONG)...




Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:04 | 2962807 centerline
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At this point I could care less about those who choose remain ignorant.  I do not attemtpt anymore to persuade or infect others with the truth.  Fuck em.  But, I do worry for those I care about who are truly innocent regarding the "change" that is coming.  Is impossible to compute that pain is not coming.  But, screw that "blade of grass thing" FS.  This one is going to die with his boots on.  It is on this basis I believe the seed carries on.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:02 | 2962502 Fukushima Sam
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Hey Simon, what foreign country gives the best foot jobs?  Please do an article!

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:02 | 2962503 Sokhmate
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I have a small brain, thenceforth, small understanding. My aha mo was the unreal-estate thingy.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:13 | 2962533 InconvenientCou...
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I'm with you brother. My moment was learning that Syria wasn't Iran's route to the sea.

I purchased a globe after that and started to find out about these places I've been hearing about.

Whoa, the US is a lot smaller than the image I had in my mind. Hell, I thought Canada was 1/10 the size of USA and I thought the middle east was a lot closer.

The sky's the limmit now.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:35 | 2962591's picture

And then there are those of us who have known that something was wrong since childhood but didn't get a firm handle on the actual problem until finding Ron Paul, Rothbard and Rand.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:36 | 2962872 LetThemEatRand
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And people -- like you -- give me shit for devoting too much attention to the Rand cult.   If you like Rand, put yourself in the camp of his pro-corporation pro-oligarch douche son Rand Paul, and stop lumping Ron in with the brain dead followers of Ayn.  I wrote Ron in for President.  If it were not for his occasional Ayn Rand tendencies, he could have national appeal.   Even with those occasional tendencies, he got my vote and I could not be a bigger unfan of Ayn Rand.  Think about it, if you have the capacity.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:40 | 2963052's picture

What I gather from Ayn Rand is that it is of the utmost importance to live according to your own values rather than live according the values of others.  She pointed out how religious and political leaders twist the concept of selfishness and selflessness to get their followers to give up their wealth and their lives for the good of a small elite class. I can't see how any intelligent and informed individual could disagree with those ideas. It's happening all around us and can be seen throughout history.

And I must say that's it's hilarious for you to suggest that his appreciation for Ayn Rand which cost Ron Paul the election. It was the stupidity and timidity of the average American that led to his loss, not the breadth and depth of his interest in self reliance and personal values.


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 23:04 | 2963166 LetThemEatRand
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"She pointed out how religious and political leaders twist the concept of selfishness and selflessness to get their followers to give up their wealth and their lives for the good of a small elite class."

Have you ever considered the odd coincidence that the most elite, wealthy class among us almost universally embrance Ayn's philosophy?  Perhaps you don't really understand what she was all about.  Or it's just a crazy coincidence.  You decide. 

"it's hilarious for you to suggest that his appreciation for Ayn Rand which cost Ron Paul the election."

It's only hilarious to someone who has no understanding of humanity.  Ron Paul likes Dennis Kucinich.  Do you?

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 23:24 | 2963228's picture


Have you ever considered the odd coincidence that the most elite, wealthy class among us almost universally embrance Ayn's philosophy?


You've obviously never read Ayn Rand. Can you tell me anything about the characters Wesley Mouch and James Taggart from Atlas Shrugged? Did Rand portray them as heroes or villains? Compare and contrast those characters with Dagney Taggart and Hank Reardon. I don't think you can do it. Because you have no idea what you're talking about.


It's only hilarious to someone who has no understanding of humanity.  Ron Paul likes Dennis Kucinich.  Do you?


I'm not a huge Kucinich fan. I find him to be ineffectual. But I can see why Ron likes him personally.

Now your turn. Ron Paul doesn't believe in evolution and says that our rights come from God. Do you?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:10 | 2963326 LetThemEatRand
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You are an unbelievably pathetic character -- you want me to do a book report on Ayn Rand?  And that is somehow an intellectual exercise to you?

There are many things Ron Paul believes with which I disagree.  Unlike you, I have the ability to think for myself.   I supported Paul and wrote him in as a protest because I am against the status quo.  But if simple minded support for a fiction writing intellectual lightweight who appeals mostly to isolated college students, nouveau riche, sociopaths and neocons makes you do somethijng other than vote blindly for the Red Team as you would otherwise do, then more power to you (and Paul, I suppose).

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:33 | 2963364's picture


You are an unbelievably pathetic character -- you want me to do a book report on Ayn Rand?  And that is somehow an intellectual exercise to you?


I would expect someone who claims that Ayn Rand is one of the greatest engines of evil in the world today to have some knowledge of what Ayn Rand actually wrote. But you have obviously based your opinion not on Rand's works but on what others have told you about her works. Otherwise you could discuss the subject intelligently with a modicum of effort.


There are many things Ron Paul believes with which I disagree.  Unlike you, I have the ability to think for myself. 


I have no idea what that means. I also agree and disagree with Paul just as I can agree and disagree with Rand. You vociferously oppose Rand despite the fact that you can demonstrate no direct knowledge of her works. That's hardly an example of thinking for yourself.


 But if simple minded support for a fiction writing intellectual lightweight who appeals mostly to isolated college students, nouveau riche, sociopaths and neocons makes you do somethijng other than vote blindly for the Red Team as you would otherwise do, then more power to you (and Paul, I suppose).


My votes for President have included Walter Mondale, Ralph Nader and John Kerry. I once voted for myself for a seat on the local Democratic committee and won. Is that what you call voting blindly for the red team? Does reality have any bearing on the things that you say?

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:08 | 2962644 The Gooch
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Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:03 | 2962508 Flakmeister
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I got some room in the basement if anybody needs it....

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:04 | 2962511 cougar_w
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Everyone with a pet peeve went "Aha!" once. If you only ever had one "Aha!" then you are still fucking clueless. There are about a dozen earth-shattering things we each need to wrap our brains completely around --  yesterday. And another 100 or so that deserve attention. Add to that, about 500 emerging technologies and social trends that we need to each keep track of at least to the point of having heard of them and being able to talk about them in a sensible way.

This folks is the definition of living with complexity.

And that little nagging doubt tickling the back of your monkey-mind is the possibility that you are not up to the task.

Did that do any "Aha!" for anyone? Nothing? Nobody? Okay then we really are screwed.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:12 | 2962536 duo
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Walk into a forign bank and ask to open an account.  "Aha! You're an American.  Go away".  Even ex-pats are having their bank accounts closed. 

Capital controls in full force.  The ovens are warming up.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:04 | 2962638 Urban Redneck
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The penalties for fucking up the reporting of overseas bank assets are beyond extreme. if you have an account and you don't report everything correctly, and the IRS catches the error before you do, they have examples of 4.5M in Penalties on a 1M account balance (plus possible jail time).  

If you are a US expat you have to deal with this nightmare.  If you don't live outside the US, and don't have the resources to do it right, then don't do it.  The IRS & DOJ are just looking for ANY excuse  to seize your money to help pay for their police state.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:04 | 2962513 pashley1411
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I hate these "aha" articles.   "Put not your trust in princes" is at least 2500 years old.   

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:18 | 2962542 dwdollar
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The early Americans new that very well, but they don't teach that little bit in government schools today (gee, I wonder why?) so every generation has to find out for itself.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:28 | 2962687 HoofHearted
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I prefer the other take on that quote:

"Put not your trust in kings and princes. Three of a kind will take them both."

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:06 | 2962522 The worst trader
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I had my aha moment four years ago and yes I've lost lots of friends and family who said I was crazy. Now I'm not so crazy anymore. When the shit goes down you better be ready. (Cyprus hill)

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:16 | 2962549 NotApplicable
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"Some people tell me that I need help
Some people can fuck off and go to hell
God damn, why they criticize me
Now shit is on the rise so my family despise me
Fuck em! And feed em cause I don't need em
I won't join em if I can beat em
They don't understand my logic
To my gat to my money and I'm hooked on chronic"

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:07 | 2962523 Chupacabra-322
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"When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it!"

-Gerald Celente

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:17 | 2962552 NotApplicable
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So, he's getting ever so closer to taking out Corzine?

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:37 | 2962593 Harbanger
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That's a myth.  When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they're hungry, cold and very compliant.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:06 | 2962640 rhinoblitzing
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When  you ain't got nothin, you got nothin to lose:

Phrase applies well to integrity and character - Frees people to lie, rape, rob, and pillage without remorse - and make money while doing it, with a straight face.

Can't beleive Dylan endorsed Obama - must be that medal he got alongside of Warren.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:09 | 2962528 Gringo Viejo
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I had my 'AHA!" moment in 1980. His performance as President aside, when the American people elected a B movie actor as POTUS, I figured I'd walk my own road and let the Country go where it would.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:19 | 2962556 NotApplicable
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Unknown peanut farmers, on the other hand...

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:00 | 2962629 rhinoblitzing
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Actor as President: Jack Nicholson can finish this job. Too bad Dennis Hopper is unavailable, Now that would be entertaining leadership worthy of our tax dollars!


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:27 | 2962876 GeezerGeek
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B movie actor. President of a major union. 2-term governor of a major state. Who's less accomplished, you or Reagan. President of a union beats community organizer in my estimation. 2-term governor of California beats multiple terms in Little Rock, in my estimation. Remove your blinders.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:09 | 2962529 dwdollar
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"My own ‘Aha! moment’ came in early 2003. I was an intelligence officer sitting on the Iraqi border waiting for George W. Bush to order coalition forces north. But first he had to convince the rest of the world of his righteousness."

Interesting... I had a similar moment right about that same time in the AF. It was Colin Powell's pathetic speech to the UN.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:46 | 2962595's picture

I watched that speech live. When they cut back to the news anchor he said, "Well now anyone who can be convinced has been convinced." As if those of us who had done our own research and knew Powell's evidence had no validity were simply stubborn or perhaps insane.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:30 | 2962887 GeezerGeek
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And now he supports Obama. Once upon a time I respected Powell, but not for the last 11 years or thereabouts.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:32 | 2963088's picture

Powell's shennagins go the whole way back to Vietnam. He has great experience in being a mouthpiece for empire.


Colin Powell, then a 31-year-old Army major, was charged with investigating the letter, which did not specifically reference M? Lai (Glen had limited knowledge of the events there). In his report, Powell wrote, "In direct refutation of this portrayal is the fact that relations between Americal Division[35] soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent." Powell's handling of the assignment was later characterized by some observers as "whitewashing" the atrocities of M? Lai.[36] In May 2004, Powell, then United States Secretary of State, told CNN's Larry King, "I mean, I was in a unit that was responsible for My Lai. I got there after My Lai happened. So, in war, these sorts of horrible things happen every now and again, but they are still to be deplored."[37]



Whitewashing My Lai


Another rare case of critical journalism was Charles Lane's article "The Legend of Colin Powell" in the New Republic (4/17/95). Focusing on Powell's second year-long stint in Vietnam, the article highlighted research done by British authors Michael Bilton and Kevin Sim in their book, Four Hours in My Lai (Penguin, 1993). The authors had discovered in the National Archives a letter from specialist fourth class Tom Glen, who was a young soldier in the Americal Division.



In November 1968, Glen wrote a letter to Gen. Creighton Abrams about the Americal's extreme abuse of Vietnamese civilians and captured Viet Cong suspects. Glen's overall complaints encompassed some of the atrocities later dubbed the My Lai massacre (which had occurred on March 16, 1968). Though Glen included no specific reference to My Lai, he expressed deep concern about American troops who "without provocation or justification shoot at the people themselves."


In early December 1968, Glen's heart-felt letter landed on the desk of a fast-rising officer in the Americal's 11th Brigade, which included the unit that had carried out the My Lai slaughter. The officer, Major Colin Powell, conducted a cursory investigation and then--without even contacting Glen or urging that anyone else do so--dismissed the young soldier's concerns as unfounded. Powell's memo, dated Dec. 13, 1968, was to serve as the basis for the Army's official dismissive reply to Glen's letter. Powell wrote: "In direct refutation of this portrayal is the fact that relations between Americal soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent."


In his account of these events, Lane noted that "there is something missing...from the legend of Colin Powell, something epitomized, perhaps, by that long-ago bureaucratic brush-off of Tom Glen."

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 09:07 | 2963936 dvfco
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Who could ever forget Colin Powell with his pointer stick showing us the 'chemical weapons lab in the 18-wheel-truck' that they knew the Iraqi's had been using to build unthinkable items of warfare against humanity?

Remember when they found all those 18-wheelers?  No, me neither.  Shit, and it looked so believable.

My new AHA moment was realizing why Obama played golf >200 times in his first term.  He knows we're all screwed and might as well enjoy while he can.  Even he knows that after the 2013 opening of the NSA Super-super-super computer in Utah, he's screwed too.

Maybe he stopped the presidential parade to Israel for some reason (other than the fact that he's a foreign born Muslim - of course).

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:12 | 2962538 Hangfire
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Breaking point Tommy Lasorda style!

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:13 | 2962540 TideFighter
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I was told the best way to hide precious metal is to get a good hand held Garmin with a camera, $499 at Bass Pro Shop, a good set of post hole diggers (Workx brand is good), $79 at Lowes, some work gloves, $10 at Lowes, and go out into a national forrest. Track your position (1click on the Garmin) and find a spot off the trail, diggin to a depth of 5' (beyond the range of metal detectors), bury your metals in a PVC pipe and cover to look untouched. Continue hiking until finished. But, I have left a few specifics out to protect his idea (right).    

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:20 | 2962558 magpie
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The number of coin hoards has always been directly correlated to the lack of political stability.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:53 | 2962762 Enslavethechild...
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The number of coin hoards has always been directly correlated to the lack of Central Banker Incarceration


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:20 | 2962560 cougar_w
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Works great until the Pentagon decides to start encrypting GPS signals again. Or until a band of outlaw pot growers (or urban gangs) sets up camp on the same ridge where you hid your shit. Or until some logging company desides to close all the roads into that wilderness area you used to visit from a wide spot in the road 20 miles in.

Just say'n. Isn't none of this simple or fool proof.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:15 | 2962561 CunnyFunt
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I wouldn't put too, too much faith in GPS being indefinately available. Old-time treasure maps have that non-chip reliability.

And WTF, work gloves? Get some calluses on those hands.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:04 | 2962804 Mine Is Bigger
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I have learned here that the best way to hide precious metal is to go have a boating accident or two :)

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:49 | 2962941 nofluer
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And when someone shoots down the GPS satellites?

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:19 | 2962554 buzzsaw99
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my aha moment was when i realized something was very wrong and scrolled back up the page to see who the author was.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:42 | 2962731 The Gooch
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Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:21 | 2962562 grunk
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My "aha" moment came when I learned she was a he.

Don't trust anybody.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:38 | 2962905 worbsid
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LOL  A Crocadile Dundee check would have helped.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:24 | 2962568 Bansters-in-my-...
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...stop fucking spraying CHEMTRIALS.

That is to all the pilots doing  spraying us that maybe read zerohedge.

I have ben HEAVILY sprayed again all day today.

Am I the only one noticeing..????

Go outside...



Pay attention...!!!!

Yous are being posioned and the earths soil also.....

Learning up "Own the Weather in 2025" would be a good place to start.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:59 | 2962627 bunnyswanson
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After a few decades of barium inhalation, under ultrasound guidance (radar), Americans will all light up at night like turds on fire. Free barium enemas for everyone is really "Lite-em-up and Round-em-up".

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 07:46 | 2963801 Fred C Dobbs
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I've noticed.  

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Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:27 | 2962574 q99x2
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I pray for alien abduction when I reach my breaking point. My prayers remain unanswered. My step grandfather prays to be taken up in the rapture. His prayers remain unanswered. At least we both got rid of our TVs.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:28 | 2962576 Thucydides
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My aha moment was when i bought a standard size athletic cup in high school and found that it was entirely too small.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:06 | 2962641 centerline
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Well, that's what you get for shopping in the pre-teen department.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:41 | 2962912 Thucydides
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I think my wife was one of the red downs.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:29 | 2962577 AUD
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Ha! I had my 'aha' moment when Fat Freddy Freekowtski told me that voting was a meaningless charade!

I am Simon 'intelligence officer' Black's father, and he is my child.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:29 | 2962578 Implicit simplicit
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I had my aha first moment when I realized that my ego represents a justification mask that I wear in public so that the majority of people won't realize that I don't believe in most of the social mores and structures that exist. It was right around the time this song came out.






Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:34 | 2962581 ArrestBobRubin
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My aha moment came in 1977. I read Global Reach: The Power of the Multinational Corporations in an elite secondary indoctrination center sometimes referred to as a "college".

The chapter called "The Latin-Americanization of the USA" was all I needed to see. It precipitated an avalanche of connections and realizations.

'Course the authors either didn't know (or couldn't say) who actually owned the MNC's and the global banks, but that was easy enough to figure out on my own. I've been tracking developments and the key players ever since.

Simon Black? He's a neophyte and a dilettante in this space. He's also deathly scared of ever dropping the J bomb, so clearly, there's no real integrity there. He wants his cake but won't step out of line lest he get his leash jerked.

He's also a really, really lousy salesman.


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:26 | 2962681 Antifederalist
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Love your moniker. Amen. Greenspan too.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:31 | 2962582 GreatUncle
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The best AHA moments ...

You tell somebody the way it is they ridicule you etc. etc. so you go dumb so what it's their problem right? Then when one day the "omg you are so right" comes back.

You say nothing now knowing their position is far worse than it was before because then they would blame you for having a finger in each ear.


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:41 | 2962597 sansnobel
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This article is just plain stupid.  What do you know about government?  One fact we all know is that it consists of thieving conniving bastards that always want other peoples shit and or money so that they can selfishly bring praise upon themselves for doing the "public good".  Then they go and engage in all sorts of unrighteousness with your money and pick a fight with another country and have your babies go and fight their war for them so that they can have "more" .  It does not matter what country you go to.  They are the parasite class and they abound in every society.  Most if not all are Lawyers and Politicians.  They are the epitome of all that is evil and unrighteous and they have existed since the dawn of time.  The only thing the USA has left is the right to pick up my gun and split the head of the son a whore that decides it is his "right" to expropriate my hard earned property when even in the letter of the law I have done no wrong.  We live in a den of vipers.  It's time to declare open fucking season on the snakes in every society.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:00 | 2962630 AUD
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It should be "most if not all politicians are lawyers".

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:43 | 2962602 Anglo Hondo
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Open a foreign bank account?  Yeah, good luck with that one.  Ever head of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act)?  Ever heard of IRS Form 8938 (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets)?

And ever heard of jail time with Bubba if you get any of this shit slightly wrong?

I'm happy with my sunken treasure, and I'm the only one who knows where the treasure map is hidden.


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:43 | 2962734 nodhannum
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Ever heard of trying to use your stash?  The US Government will do what the Russians did and that is give a percentage to your "friends" for turning you in if you try to use "your stash".  Maybe your great grand children can make use of it but as far as your lifetime stick a fork in it if the SHTF and it will hit the fan.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 07:53 | 2963810 Fred C Dobbs
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What if gold cannot be legally traded in the USA.  Gold holders will wish they had some in Singapore then.  

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:09 | 2963341 Jugdish
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I'm sure the TSA knows right where to look buddy. You ain't that slick.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:23 | 2962605 Antifederalist
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My aha moment came when, in the summer of 2008, I was short FNM and FRE in size and the US Govt. changed the rules about short selling financials. I was forced to cover and my fund went from up 15% to down 15% in five days. These stocks had six sigma moves on this criminal act. Something akin to the odds of the universe ending. I was right, but the house changed the rules.

At this point I no longer was a law abiding American citizen. At least where the Federal Government is concerned. Now it is every man for himself, and this is war. The Federal Government is going down, and not a moment too soon in my view.

Thus my moniker.

(edited to prevent THOUGHTCRIME )

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:28 | 2962685 Cheesy Bastard
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You might want to rethink your moniker, then.  A federalist opposes centralized government, therefore an antifederalist would approve of it.  Sorry.

 Federalism is the theory or advocacy of federal principles for dividing powers between member units and common institutions. Unlike in a unitary state, sovereignty in federal political orders is non-centralized, often constitutionally, between at least two levels so that units at each level have final authority and can be self governing in some issue area...

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:46 | 2962733 Antifederalist
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I am open to your suggestion, but prefer the more contemporary definition as used in the context of the U.S., not classical philosophy.

Read the wiki and you will see that the Anti-federalists claimed to be the true holders of Federal principles as your definition details them.

Perhaps Anti-statist would make it even clearer.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:03 | 2962799 Cheesy Bastard
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Fair enough.  Greenie for you on your freedom loving world view with which I completely agree.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:33 | 2962831 Antifederalist
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And to you sir, a gentleman and scholar. I was unaware of the point you made.

Intelligent scholarship.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 08:51 | 2963907 dvfco
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I think the quality and content of the comments make it clear that the author's thoughts, regardless of the accuracy of Bush's statements, resonate with most ZH readers.  I read the article thinking, 'wow, that's exactly how I have felt since I took Political Science as a major in college 20+ years ago.'  

I realized quickly that

a) everyone in politics (or at least 99.9%) practice self-serving whorish behavior that clearly works for them, for the moment,

b) that the majority of the self-serving politicians are being played by a higher power and they may have more money and power than most of us, but it is fleeting and can be squelched in a minute by the puppeteers (FBI reports they found $100,000 in Congressman X's freezer,  FBI reports Senator Y has been alleged to have engaged in child sex while on a government sponsored tour of Z Country, etc. - visit prostitutes, wide stance in the airport men's room, etc.)  Now, most of these guys probably did what they are accused of, but it doesn't matter.  If they had true power, they'd never have been accused.

c) At that point I erroneously concluded that separation of powers kept the country great and that economics should have been my major.  Now I realize how foolish and simple I was even then, when I thought I had it all figured out.

However, since then, I've had the AHA moments almost daily, and more than daily since I started reading ZH.  I would suggest a nice quiet place in the Dominican Republic, with money held in corporations in Panama and or other locations.  On my end, I've been there, but the past decade has cleaned me out so thoroughly (financially and mentally) that I don't have the need or ability to worry about it.  

I feel my job now is to figure out the best place for three growing kids to lead fulfilling lives.  If I am successful in this, maybe that will make my life more fulfilling?  

It has been brutal, as I called every aspect of the housing crises, and still failed to profit from it in any meaningful way.  Stoopid!

Thank you for an article worth a week in psychotherapy with a doctor thinking, "this guy is f'ing nuts - I wonder how my portfolio is doing today."

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:12 | 2962617 Coldfire
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Simon - As you know FATCA is coming down the pike. UK just signed a FATCA intergovernmental agreement ("IGA") with the UK. IGA's with France, Germany and other countries are imminent. The IGA's essentially suspend local privacy laws, thus allowing financial institutions to rat out their customers to the IRS. Whilst FATCA has been delayed by a year (it was meant to go into effect January 1, 2013) Americans are already persona non-grata at foreign banking institutions as part of their looming FATCA compliance efforts. The good news is that a US person can get around it. Such a solution would involve an electronically operable corporate account, a temporary non-American stooge ultimate beneficial owner (a foreign wife, for example), an interposed corporate entity established in a third jurisdiction and the subsequent transfer of that entity to the US person. This structuring is not a service that can be offered to the public (which will include undercover US agents like those reading this site; perhaps you are one of them, Simon :) ). But anyone with half a brain can set it up. The trick is to choose a big bank that FATCA regulations will permit to conduct statistical sampling of its customer database rather than case-by-case due diligence. In any event no banking systems are set up or will be set up to conduct continual due diligence on ultimate beneficial ownership. FATCA has reached too far. IT-wise it - together with other over-weaning regulation such as FrankenDodd - presents a Tower of Babel complexity problem. The bigger the bank, the better the chances of being undetected. Big Chinese banks in Hong Kong (Bank of China HK, ICBC, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China) will be a good bet as China will not be signing an IGA with the US. And even if it does, their compliance infrastructures are not likely to detect a decently arranged structuring. Strong local Hong Kong banks (Wing Lung, Wing Hang, Bank of East Asia) are also a good bet for the same reasons. Singapore, which Andy Xie correctly described as being built on money "laundering" may not be as good a bet as it used to be. (It is currently making disturbing noises about cooperating with Germany on so-called tax "evasion"). But any such efforts in Singapore will probably be window dressing, a really impressive Potemkin village. Think DBS, UOB and OCBC in descending order. Non-aligned Maybank (from Malaysia) is also a good possibility. Singapore Inc. is not stupid and genuine participation in a renunciation program such as FATCA or the me-too European efforts to come would have the potential to undermine their financial system. (Casinos aren't enough to carry the day, gentlemen). You can be sure that the US sees every record within Singapore or Hong Kong banks. The problem - for them - is that these records are, and will remain, insufficient to detect changes in US ultimate beneficial ownership. But it's not really a problem. FATCA is not about tax evasion; it's about control. On that basis it looks likely to be an unqualified success. Global fascism, sure. But it's big, dumb and slow-moving enough to be avoided by right-thinking individuals.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:25 | 2962659 Urban Redneck
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Perhaps you should get the FATCA facts straight before offering advice.

A completed Form 8938 is due with US slaves 2011 tribute paperwork.

There for was an exception if taxpayer filed a 2011 return before the 8938 was published (see notice 2011-55).,-Statement-of-Foreign-Financial-Assets

Then there's the minor detail that FBAR has already been the law since the Patriot Act.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:24 | 2962676 Bitchin Bear
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Does this mean we will be sending out e-mails to non-American stooges asking them to deposit our money similar to those from African nations a couple of years ago?


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 08:11 | 2963830 Fred C Dobbs
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These new financial laws should should make owning precious metals more important then ever.  Precious metals stored in a safe desposit box for example in Hong Kong does not have to be reported but a bank account there paying almost no interest does.  Why risk the wrath of the US government to have a bank account?  Is my understanding wrong?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 13:27 | 2964885 Urban Redneck
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Correct.  Currently a safe deposit box is not a financial account, and physical gold (ex jewelry) is not a financial asset or instrument (it is a monetary instrument), unless deposited into a financial account.

 The problem arises in that the act of renting a safe deposit box overseas and placing a monetary instrument in that box commits one to a course of known and unknown obligations resulting from any future changes to any one of FIVE primary legal and regulatory origins.  Furthermore, the US is under no obligation to send you notification of any changes they make which impact your obligations.  Keep in mind that the current amnesties and non-high profile enforcement actions are on average yielding six-figure returns to the Treasury (often on five-figure infractions), not seven, eight, or nine-figure collections.

 1 FATCA reporting obligations (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act):

   - least likely to have future material impact as it regulates financial assets deposited foreign financial accounts  

 2 FBAR obligations (Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Reporting):

   - a reasonable possibility since the regulation is derived from BSA anti-money laundering legislation, and focuses on the reporting of Financial Interest, Beneficial Ownership, and Signatory Authority of various assets held in Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts

 3 The specific terms of the Disclosure Treaty between the US and the jurisdiction where the safety deposit box is rented:

   - varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and subject to future amendment to achieve foreign policy goals of the Parties to the Treaty (I'm not familiar with the precise terms of the Hong Kong Agreement)

 4 Any gold confiscation/prohibition actions commenced by the US:

   - This risk issue is complicated.  Most people frame the discussion in the context of FDR's Executive Order 6102, which basically prohibited private ownership of gold in the US while the US was on a gold monetary standard.  The risks associated with a reintroduction of EO 6102 are largely and relatively negligible.  The most significant and relevant risk is actually a reintroduction of JFK's Executive Order 11037 (which you should read- it's not the silver one).  In the context of the collapsing Bretton Woods monetary system, the rising price of gold, the failure of the London Gold Pool (price suppression scheme), et al., Kennedy dictated, "no person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States shall, after the effective date of this section, acquire, hold in his possession, earmark, or retain any interest, legal or equitable, in any gold coin, gold certificates, or gold bullion, situated outside of the United States"  Some contemporary issues which could be viewed as parallels to the previous  episode include the decline of USD reserve currency monetary paradigm, the rising price of gold, or even the use of "monetary instruments" such as gold to bypass the Central Bank controlled financial and monetary systems by such “terrorists” as Iran (or that gazillionaire with the Swiss bank account who isn’t paying his fair share- Mitt Romney).     

 5 Any gold confiscation/prohibition actions commenced by the jurisdiction where the safety deposit box is rented:

   - the risk varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, as do the bank insurance regime particulars, and rights of safe deposit box renters.


Finally, there is the issue of actually placing one's monetary gold assets in the safe deposit box you rented- if you purchase your gold within the foreign jurisdiction- there may or may not be a "paper trail".  However, if more than $10,000 (based on mkt. price per oz., NOT face value of coins) is originating in the US, then it must be declared on exit from the US, and again when it enters to country of destination (unless you are renting a box in a real banana republic).  So Uncle Sam will assume you stored the gold overseas, and will have a paper trail to refer back to when attempting enforcement of any future laws or regulations.  The alternative is to smuggle the monetary gold out of the US, at which point the Government can legally seize your gold, and place the burden of proof and cost of litigation on you in order to get your own gold back.  In addition, you would be eligible for a stay at Camp Fed (as failing to fill out the disclosure form counts as smuggling).

 If you decide to go down this path, find yourself a competent and reputable banker and lawyer (seriously).  Do not trust the assurances of a fly-by-night internet sales outfit, or for that matter- anyone posting on a fringe financial blog.  Read the regulations and IRS publications yourself, and ask your prospective advisors specific questions, don’t simply accept a smooth sales speech.  Good luck,


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 03:19 | 2967344 Fred C Dobbs
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Good post.  Thank you.  Some things I did not know. 

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:06 | 2962642 NoelConfidence
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You had me Mr. Black up until you propose trusting whats left of my holdings with institutions overseas. My local "First National Bank of Mattress" will do just fine.

A well informed reader probably has the "aha" moment at least once or twice a day. They've learned that sharing it with those unprepared to hear the message, suddenly won't get their phone calls and emails returned.

Best to discuss it when asked, rather than preach it.

There was no doubt in my mind that B.O. would get more time to finish off what was left of our freedoms. But then again, American freedom, like its currency comes from "thin air" and always will be an illusion.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 06:23 | 2963750 OldPhart
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Grandma's safe is getting a little lumpy for me too. Wouldn't trade it for the world, though.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:36 | 2962701 fuu
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I hope to continue having aha moments right up to the end, when they pry the silver from my hands.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:42 | 2962727 Lord Drek
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Wow. Has anyone else detected any rage among the Romney-supporters against Libertarians/RP voters for 'stealing' votes from Romney?!/story.php?story_fbid=421039271284835&id=102533606954&__user=802882489

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:00 | 2962760 Antifederalist
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Yes, and given their despicable treatment of Dr. Paul and his supporters they have no one to blame but themselves. Mittens treated Netanyahu better than Dr. Paul. He should be ashamed of himself.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 08:21 | 2963849 Fred C Dobbs
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Not as mad as i was when Ron Paul was cheated out of the Iowa win, and he was.  Go to youtube and see Karl Rove talking about the gentlemen's agreement on the votes that they couldn't locate.   And what they did to his supporters at the convention.  The Replubican party would rather loose with a Mitt Romney than win with Ron Paul.  They got what they wanted.  

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 06:26 | 2963751 OldPhart
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I was a registered republican.  Voted for the Gary Johnson.  Left the polls and went to the DMV to register as Libertarian.

Have a problem there I have to work through.  I believe an armed rebellion will be required.  I may have to just simply lie.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 08:23 | 2963853 Fred C Dobbs
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I voted for Gary Johnson too.  The last Libetarian candidate I voted for was Ron Paul in 1988.  

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:46 | 2962744 The Gooch
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Just Simon channeling an experience with blotter.


Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:04 | 2962785 BlackholeDivestment
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...this brings back the memory of watching the hearing on CSPAN, with the Major in his wheelchair, testifying, while they showed the home video the FOX Vehicle Team Made, of the inside of the Ammo Dump, before they followed their orders and blew it up, showing the Dutch and American labeled Chemical rounds. It seems the boys came home and were a bit beyond sick after. Funny how that weapons Grade American Anthrax ended up on the Hill etc... and the Same General Crowe, from that same war, was 25% share owner of the BioPort Company, that got the Billion Dollar government contract and ended up being the ones that supplied the anthrax vaccine to the White House staff some days before the American Weapons Grade anthrax, made from the nearby Ft Detrick, showed up in the mail. Yeah, say ah ha...

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:43 | 2962822 jplotinus
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"We already knew about chemical munitions. Duh. It was the Americans that had equipped Saddam with those to begin with. But nukes? Total pipe dream. I knew it was BS. And watching the President go on television saying, ‘we know he has nukes’ destroyed everything I had ever believed about government. That was my ‘Aha! moment’."

What a pity, then, that the ah ha moment wasn't followed by the recognition that the order to invade-go north, as it was called in the article-was an order that should not have been obeyed as it was known a war crime was being committed.

-Nuremberg principle

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:10 | 2962829 adr
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I wish I could put my aha moments back in the bottle. I feel like Cypher from The Matrix.

Family members think I'm nuts when I bring up the Bush family along with the Clintons, English Royals, Russians, and most of the other higher ups in Europe being involved in sex trafficking, underage orgies, drug trafficking, weapon sales to terrorists, and most likely human sacrifice.

The evidence is all there and there is too much to discount as simple conspiracy theories made up by a couple kooks.

I also tell them not to get me started on the Catholic Church, or Satan's favorite playground.

Life's easier when you're ignorant.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:22 | 2962863 Lord Drek
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That level of evil is incomprehensible to your average docile sheep. Hence, their only defense against such knowledge is to shun you from the flock.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 10:02 | 2969638 Absinthe Minded
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I've been reading ZH for quite some time now, not the beginning but pretty close. So I have been choking on the red pill ever since. My family is typical, listen to me, let me prep, and think I'm a little nuts. That's okay, they'll thank me later. It's hard to fully enlighten your children on the big picture when you want them to have a happy childhood like you had. Still my oldest just turned sixteen and I think she is understanding the extent of our mess. Anyway all of the stories of government conspiracies were just hearsay until recently a friend told me something he never told anyone. He had joined the military and he and about thirty others were given an experimental vaccine that would prevent something or other, I can't remember what it was. He said he came down with pnuemonia so bad he was bed ridden for three weeks. After that he knew they experimented on him and insisted on being discharged. So he was dishonorably discharged. Three months later SARS hit China. He said the symptoms were identical to what he experienced. Talk about an AHA! moment.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:13 | 2962842 A Middle Child ...
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For me, the aha happened when I was sitting in a room full of general officers in Afghanistan, the only enlisted member present, in order to fill coffee carafes and flip powerpoint slides. A piece of human furniture; too dumb to understand any of what was being said, they thought... A series of slides on IED sources, showing forensic evidence of Chinese circuit boards and components recovered from IED strikes, and the tracking of those IEDs from production in China, assembly in Pakistan, sale in the arms baazars in Pakistan under the auspices of the ISI, and transport to Afghanistan to be used to kill my fellow soldiers. And I realized that "our taxes are funding both sides of this fucking war!" And the pompous asshole of a general was pontificating about "our allies, the Pakistanis".

It was then I realized that all the bullshit I had been fed about the motivations and reasons for the war there had nothing to do with the actual purpose; someone was getting filthy rich from the deaths and maiming of thousands of young, idealistic fellow soldiers. Have not turned back since.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:21 | 2963046 HumbleOpinion
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Thanks for sharing.

I left the Army a few months ago for many reasons, but let me share just one.  Last year an email was sent to everybody on Fort Jackson with an attachment detailing proposed changes to the military retirement system.  After reading page after page of lies and bullshit used to justify the changes they wanted to make, the truth was found on page 9 of this attachment.  They were supposed to have $1.3 trillion set aside to fund all the future claims, but only had $500 billion.  The default coming down the pipeline was glaringly obvious to me, but evidently I was the only one in my unit to catch it.  I printed several copies of page 9, highlighted the smoking gun, and circulated them to my coworkers. I was met with a wall of denial.  You can lead a horse to water...

Assuming that the troops can make it through a 20 year career, that retirement they and their families sacrifice for is nothing but a broken promise. 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:47 | 2963402 A Middle Child ...
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I hear you on that. Most everyone I knew thought me a fool for leaving with 14 yrs time in service, but I know I will have the last laugh. Truth be told, the only ones they need to keep happy are the ones on active duty; everyone else will be SOL when the food riots begin. I do not want to be a participant in enforcing that when it gets to that point. Promises of a retirement were just not worth it for me.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 08:29 | 2963866 Fred C Dobbs
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There is an armed services recuitment office close to me.  I see young people there every week doing work outs.  Actually they look like children.  I wonder on Judgement Day if I will be asked why I didn't intervene and go talk to them.  Would anyone here, and what would you say? 

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:18 | 2962852 Likstane
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Building #7 

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 23:58 | 2963305 toomanyfakecons...
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Iran-Contra, Murrah, Waco, 

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:44 | 2962926 css1971
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My own Aha! moment was ~2005 just wondering why inflation in London is so much higher than in Scotland.

Oh yeah fucking great big rabbit hole that turned out to be.

Worked it all out just in time to proclaim, "yeah the market's going to crash big time and by the way you should sell your house NOW", to incredulous, pitying looks and exclamations from friends and family.

I've since explained it all but they still don't seem to "get" how Gordon Brown and Tony Blair were just pimps for the bankers. Even after Blair went to work for JP Morgan.

Damn, some people should be swinging from lamp posts.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:59 | 2962976 infotechsailor
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enjoyed this article, thanks Simon.

Nothing at all wrong with storing items overseas, and purchasing products from other countries.  It is hard if you work in a position that requires a security clearance though, since they will ask. But I agree with you completely.... not just companies are competing for your business.. . countries and political systems must too.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:03 | 2962987 loveyajimbo
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Mine was the video.. the original... I knew it was all bullshit then...  If "they" can do that (and I do not mean a few smelly ragheads)... they can do anything.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:25 | 2963063 Nimby
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Why not hold investments overseas?  Because when TSHTF the entire global economy is going to be destablized, then what?

Oh, and W never said "they had nukes".  

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:27 | 2963070 AT
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And watching the President go on television saying, ‘we know he has nukes’ destroyed everything I had ever believed about government. That was my ‘Aha! moment’.

Of course, that's a lie. Bush never went on TV and said "we know he [Saddam] has nukes". He said "we know he's trying to get nukes".

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:34 | 2963090 Radical Marijuana
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Ahas and breaking points?

Been there, done that, several times, for several decades, until there was nothing left ... I WISH I could time warp back to when I still could believe in even the kinds of fantasies that this author appears to still be able to entertain! The more you know, the worse it gets!!! ... And, there is A LOT TO LEARN.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:34 | 2963094 kedi
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Heavy duty philisophical revalation man. Protect your money. I feel so enlightened. Now I know the path to a better world. Hide my money. We are saved.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 22:49 | 2963133 skipjack
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"a foreign account in a safe, well capitalized bank overseas?"


And that bank wold be... ???  As far as I can tell, there's not a single safe, well-capitalized bank that isn't levered up the ass and suceptible to any global panic.


Good luck with that.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:30 | 2963369 jmk
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Actually there are a couple safe banks in Switzerland. Google Safewealth Advisory which is located in Montreux. I've been there and to one of their recommended banks in Basel.

Safewealth knows what they are doing.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 23:24 | 2963236 jumbo maverick
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You know America has been invaded by millions of illegal Mexicans. They chose to leave their home country for greener pastures. They just opted not to get passports or go through all the beaurocratic games that the author suggests when one leaves his home country.

The illegal Mexicans are cowards. The men should have stood up and changed their corrupt government. Instead they flooded America.

Now America is so corrupt the author thinks we should just up and leave and everything will be better.

I say fuck that! I ain't leaving. I ain't going anywhere. Think me crazy if you want but my little box home on my little postage stamp lot is my sovereign territory. That's my frame of mind and nobody can change that. No matter how many times you say 2+2=5 I know 2+2= 4.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 01:04 | 2963435 stairmaster
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Umm, I'm going to be generous and just suggest you maybe actually read up on who is coming over the border and what life was like where they came from because clearly, you have no idea.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:05 | 2963297 toomanyfakecons...
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Why leave? The Constitution, the rule of law, and real money are about to make a roaring comeback after the President and hundreds of top traitors are arrested and the magnitude of their crimes is broacast far and wide.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:19 | 2963353 Seasmoke
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If it doesn't happen before January 1 2014. I am not reading any more if your posts

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:41 | 2963384 gonetogalt
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Kinda overdoing this legalized pot thing, aren't you?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 10:51 | 2964302 Antifederalist
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