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Do You Have A Plan B? "This Is Not A Consequence-Free Environment"

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Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

In August 1939, just days before Hitler’s invasion into southern Poland, General Wilhelm List walked the lines of his German 14th Army making final checks and inspections.

He must have thought it strange– between Army Group North and Army Group South, there were over one million German troops hovered on the Polish border. And they weren’t exactly hiding under rocks.

Everyone knew that the invasion was coming. Especially civilians in Poland.

They were surrounded by German forces on three sides. And on 23 August 1939, the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact, effectively acquiescing the fourth side.

It was obvious that the entire country was about to be turned into a war zone.

Yet seemingly unfazed by this prospect, well-to-do locals were on holiday at the seaside, or keeping cool up in the Carpathian mountains.

Sixty miles to the north of List’s 14th Army, people in Krakow were a enjoying warm summer days in Blonia Park and on the banks of the Vistula River near Wawel Castle.

It was as if they were completely oblivious to the enormity of the consequences about to befall them.

After all, the government and local papers were telling them to not worry. Poland had prepared some basic defenses, and their military commander Edward Rydz-?mig?y was supposed to be a strong general.

They had been told to be confident. So they were confident.

On the first of September, 1939, Hitler’s armies invaded. And despite suffering massive military losses, the Polish government spread all sorts of misinformation on the radio, telling its people about phony victories against the invading German hordes.

None of this was true. And within hours, a multi-year military occupation began that would turn people’s lives upside down.

Looking back, it’s like watching a cheesy horror flick where some idiot character obliviously walks into the dark room where the killer is lurking.

Human beings have a natural tendency to ignore obvious warning signs and take the path of least resistance. It’s a much simpler prospect to stick our heads in the sand than to acknowledge uncomfortable truths and risks.

There are plenty of those today.

Last year, the United States government took in $2.6 trillion in total tax revenue. Yet they spent $2.5 trillion just to cover mandatory spending (like Social Security) and interest on the DEBT.

Bear in mind that 10,000 people per day become eligible for Social Security benefits… and the debt gets bigger every year. They are growing much faster than the government’s tax revenue.

And it is an arithmetic certainty that they will soon fail to collect enough tax revenue to even cover mandatory entitlements and interest on the debt.

US economic growth ground to a halt in the first quarter of this year, and was later revised to be negative. And governments across the West are now so desperate for growth they’re counting prostitution and cocaine sales in their GDP figures.

Meanwhile, the US Federal Reserve has expanded its balance sheet to the point that, after subtracting its unrealized losses, there’s just $3.1 billion in equity to back over $4.3 trillion in assets.

That gives the Fed a margin of safety of just 0.07%… meaning the most important central bank in the world that issues the most widely used currency in the world is practically insolvent.

Look… there might not be any army groups encroached on the border. But the warning signs are just as clear as they were back in Poland in 1939. This is not a consequence free environment.

Unfortunately, most people are just as oblivious.

It may be days, weeks, months, or years before anything happens. But intelligent people don’t ignore the obvious risks to their livelihoods and their families.

Intelligent people have a Plan B. Intelligent people put on their seat belts.

 

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Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:05 | 4823659 max2205
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Qe

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:16 | 4823686 BLOTTO
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What is a “conspiracy theorist?

The pejorative “conspiracy theorist” is meant to demean and ridicule skeptics of official stories.

Most so-called “conspiracy theorists” are really skeptics, by definition. They’re skeptical of what the government tells them. They’re skeptical of the claim that drug companies are really only interested in helping humankind and have no desire to make money. They’re skeptical that food corporations are telling them the truth about what’s in their food. And they’re also skeptical of anything coming out of Washington D.C., regardless of which party happens to be in power at the time.

People who are not skeptics of “official stories” tend to be dull-minded. To believe everything these institutions tell you is a sign of mental retardation. To ask questions, on the other hand, is a sign of higher intelligence and wisdom.

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Read more at http://intellihub.com/refreshing-rationality-believing-conspiracies-sure-sign-mental-retardation/#C1XlcQMHlv8LMIQ5.99 

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:21 | 4823702 hedgeless_horseman
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Item 8

Gain, store, and maintain the knowledge, skills, and special equipment that would enable you to do at least one third-world job.  If you are a dentist, doctor, farmer, cowboy, mechanic, miner, fisherman, lumberman, mason, blacksmith, whore house piano player, plumber, butcher, or similar, then you are already set.  If you are a derivatives trader, banker, realtor, healthcare administrator, politician, actuarial, benefits coordinator, DMV clerk, compliance officer, or similar, then get cracking.

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-19-10/fear-we-are-returning-ti...

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:47 | 4823798 NidStyles
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You forgot a few jobs, like trained security, educator of some sorts, hunter, linguist, etc... There are a lot of fields out there that people take for granted because the state provides the idea that only they can provide for those roles. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:02 | 4823878 Arius
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what about MBAs ???

dont you think an MBA degree will distinguish you from the others and be a valuable commodity?  an MBA can fit into all kind of businesses, or international investments...at least thats how i look at it...

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:42 | 4824503 Fish Gone Bad
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The MBAs will be needed for the re-education camps. 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 06:35 | 4826003 ratpack1968
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MBA will have a new meaning....."Move those Bodies Asshole"

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:49 | 4823807 McMolotov
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I have a desk job but play a mean piano. I look forward to my future employment at the Gem Saloon.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 23:03 | 4825618 g'kar
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I'll take the preacher with a brain tumor job.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:10 | 4824131 anarcholeptic
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I'm an adult film star... I'm all set buddy

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:41 | 4824289 cossack55
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Learn to play the piano for those times when you are on the tetracycline.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:54 | 4824325 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Based on the apparent supply of porn, I'd say the tradable value is decreasing all of the time.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 20:26 | 4825205 TheFourthStooge-ing
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All signs point to an inevitable climax in a hypornflationary peak.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 21:55 | 4825428 IndyPat
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Fuck all those skills.

Give me a chemist.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:25 | 4823713 pods
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Amerika is now the fat balding high school jock who still lives in that moment when he was the BMOC.

pods

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:49 | 4823808 NidStyles
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You know I used to think those douches didn't exist, until I got  a part-time job at a sandwich shop and had to deal with one of them assholes... There is nothing respectable about living in the past, especially if it was 20 years ago.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:53 | 4823833 Dublinmick
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If it were just a conspiracy theory we would not have found out about it.

 

 

A U.K. study has shown that those who believe everything is a conspiracy suffer from low I.Q. and a certain form of mental illness. Those who question everything have shown to possess a much higher I.Q. and are much more mentally stable.

When the conspiracy card is played for me it is the sine qua non that things need further investigation. It is used many times as a defection to mask the shallow intellectual depth of the user. Many times this is just a cliche to mask the user’s knowledge of complex subjects beyond his grasp. The conspiracy is often times born out by facts rendering it a truth and verifiable by things that were yet to be known.

I have noticed the term conspiracy is almost standard fare. It doesn’t seem to matter which type social media you engage in at any particular time. Many times people will refer to something they are unfamiliar with as a conspiracy as a reaction to deflect from their own intellectual inertia. To be honest those who have formed their world with values found in high school text books and the electronic media will be found mostly unreachable. If they have not spent decades reading books that were not on the New York Time’s best seller list and gravitated from there to alternative media with the advent of the internet, I have found you will simply be wasting your time attempting any type meaningful discussion. At this point they are like a separate species. It is easier to categorize than explore, much easier to believe than to know.

The times we are in remind me of Carlos Castaneda and the separate reality. To be frank our movers and shakers, the corporate web that buys our politicians do not want an informed electorate or citizenry. Semi illiterate masses that believe every foreign war is fought for freedom and the American way no matter who is attacked is much easier to govern. Unfortunately such a citizenry carries the seeds of it’s own destruction. We saw this in Germany but the spin in America varies somewhat as we believe in corporate fascism and a foreign controlled federal reserve as the be all and end all. It is democrat vs republican, conservative vs liberal 24/7 in a never ending ping pong match that goes nowhere while the country is continues to be looted.

 

The Borderline idiot will always see the world as some sort of gigantic conspiracy. They say the dumber you are the more conspiratorial things may seem, so in many cases the participants may be asked to step outside their intellectual comfort zone.

Generally speaking a conspiracy is a theory not substantiated by facts, not to be confused with a concept one disagrees with and worse yet one in which he is too unmotivated to explore for himself. Conspiracy unfortunately is an over used cliche many hide behind to mask their unfamiliarity with sometimes complex subjects or dodge a weighty issue they feel uncomfortable discussing. There are very few conspiracies, simply issues we may not yet be aware of.

A conspiracy is not a complicated issue, simply two or more people joining together in an effort to bring about a desired result. The attempt consciously or unconsciously to avoid and repress intellectual debate on some topics is of and itself a conspiracy in which some are even un-knowlingly engaged in with others, leading to the dumbing down of the top of the mushroom pile. There will always be a certain percentage of the audience who leave the fray when the “conspiracy” canard is tossed out.

We have a moral duty not to allow the intellectually inferior to label everything a conspiracy. Civil discourse and the search for truth hang in the balance. Those who would deny you information already consider themselves your master. It is a question of intellectual harmonics.

The old adage that truth is in the eye of the beholder comes to mind here. What seems apparent to one may seem complicated to another. Many times it is simply a case of what we might term intellectual harmonics. As we acquire knowledge and facts somethings appear as intrinsically needless to debate. For others further down the scale they seem perplexing and these intellects often insist upon a Fox News broadcast or link to justify their validity. Others who are forcefully confronted by facts they should have known lash out in in vindictive terms in a very unbecoming manner.

In modern day terminology I think it compares with examples of the slow learner holding back the class. Imagine yourself trying to explain to say a spider monkey that two and two equals four. Most of us have already accepted this as reality, however the spider monkey if he could even fathom what you were saying would view this as some gigantic conspiracy being thrust upon him.

For instance ‘cognitive dissonance’ is a psychological state where one is so consumed with one’s beliefs that even when faced with overwhelming evidence that not only goes against, but also effectively nullifies their beliefs, they cannot allow it or accept the new reality. Common folks with this kind of disorder usually end up in psychological counseling.

I have heard many use the term well that is just your opinion, everybody has one. It is obvious that such a person has little or no exposure to Logic 101. It is really quite simple, some may hold the view that 1 plus 1 equals 5, some may feel that 2 plus 2 equals 5, etc etc. However one may feel that 2 plus 3 equals 5. In this particular instance it is not an opinion it is a fact. This is what we are looking for.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:19 | 4824166 Cathartes Aura
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The times we are in remind me of Carlos Castaneda and the separate reality.

apt connection - as I'm sure you're aware, "separate realities" is the ultimate Truth, as each human has their very own "perspective" to view "reality" through, no two exactly alike.

once this is realised, deeply, as Truth - then one is free to watch the conflicting realities continually collide, the frictions at work - from a safer, saner distance, acknowledged.

beware the Cosmic Giggle.   you will never be the same.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:25 | 4824201 Dublinmick
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Hi Cathartes, hope you are doing well. A very apt description.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:42 | 4824294 Cathartes Aura
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heya Mick - spring moving into summer, staying busy, love more time outside, working the spaces, tending. . .

sending you peace of mind, and hoping all goes well with you too. . . we endure.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:32 | 4824863 Zadok
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Well stated, both of you. +1

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 04:09 | 4825947 Ghordius
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and so there is another old adage which I find relevant: everybody is entitled to their own opinions. though not to their own facts

personal reality is a mixture of opinion and facts. keep the two as clearly separated as possible, the recipy to avoid cognitive dissonance

thankfully, human brains can juggle several theories, several opinions and lots of possible facts... if trained to do so

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:48 | 4824527 Fish Gone Bad
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Many times this is just a cliche to mask the user’s knowledge of complex subjects beyond his grasp

That is a pretty good description of faith. 

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:21 | 4825526 TheReplacement
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Do you believe there is at least 10K tons of gold in the world?  Ever seen it?  Faith is everywhere.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 23:31 | 4825672 Dublinmick
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Faith is not wanting to know what is true .... Nietzsche

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:47 | 4824050 StandardDeviant
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Being skeptical of what you are told by the government, or the media, or big corporations, or religious groups, or pretty much anyone who is trying to sell you something -- that's all well and good.

The part that's funny is that some of these self-styled "skeptics" then turn around and choose to believe in an even less probable narrative which they read on some random guy's blog, frequently involving Knights Templar and/or aliens.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:27 | 4824214 Dublinmick
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Wait! Are you saying there are no aliens? :)

https://dublinsmick.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/who-are-the-nefilim-where-d...

 

It is easier to believe than to know

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:39 | 4824278 StandardDeviant
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Whoa.  That is quite the site you have there, Dublinmick.  It's a particularly unusual example of the genre in that the grammar, spelling, and punctuation are impeccable.  I think I must invoke Poe's Law.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:13 | 4824808 GoldenTool
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Have to agree that is awesome

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 21:28 | 4825351 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Wait! Are you saying there are no aliens?

Well the way I see it, it's exactly the same. There ain't no difference between a flying saucer and a time machine. People get so hung up on specifics, they miss out on seeing the whole thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76RWWl01JMc

"See? The more you drive, the less intelligent you are."
-- Miller

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:25 | 4825537 TheReplacement
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Who's to say the Knights Templar were not time travelling aliens from another dimension?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:16 | 4823687 zaphod
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The only thing us peons can do is to continue to save and invest in constructs outside of the financial system (gold, land, lead, yes bitcoin, etc). 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:45 | 4823793 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

Yes, zaphod.

Save, don´t spend as often as possible.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:08 | 4824122 One of We
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When you have to spend buy second hand/private party whenever you can.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:50 | 4823815 NidStyles
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Not true in the least, you can also invest in yourself, which is far more important in the long run.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:59 | 4823863 zaphod
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Fully agree, investing in yourself is one form of investing "outside the system" as long as you are a free individual.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:52 | 4824074 StandardDeviant
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Short of a full-on "Mad Max, with zombies" scenario, short-term trading with a fraction of your assets is still viable.  Trend followers and option traders tend to do well from volatility, esp. on the downside.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:21 | 4824423 edotabin
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Yes, the only winning move is not to play.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 21:25 | 4825344 Urban Redneck
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Not playing or relying on a Plan B is not necessarily a viable strategy.

Seventy-some-odd years ago some of my extended family went with Plan A and they lived, some others didn't have a chance for any plan B or the option of not playing.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:38 | 4824275 OceanX
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...to infinity and beyond!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:05 | 4823660 Jonas Parker
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And by "Plan B" I will assume you do not mean "Bitcoin"?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:23 | 4823708 Relentless101
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That shit is utterly useless.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:51 | 4823820 NidStyles
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Some people think they can extract electricity from thin air...

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:53 | 4823827 hedgeless_horseman
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...who is John Galt?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:12 | 4824147 anarcholeptic
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John Galt is a character in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. Although he is not identified by name until the last third of the novel, he is the object of its often-repeated question "Who is John Galt?" and of the quest to discover the answer.

Ayn Rand Novels will not solve anything.... we are way too deep in this mess

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 21:52 | 4825419 Blano
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Pretty sure that was a rhetorical question on HH's part.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:13 | 4824148 anarcholeptic
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John Galt is a character in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. Although he is not identified by name until the last third of the novel, he is the object of its often-repeated question "Who is John Galt?" and of the quest to discover the answer.

Ayn Rand Novels will not solve anything.... we are way too deep in this mess

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 23:41 | 4825685 Dublinmick
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In the early 1950s, Alan Greenspan began an association with the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand.[44], also known as Alisa Rosenbaum.

She supported Israel in the Arab-Israeli War of 1973, describing the Israelis as "civilized men fighting savages".[74]

Mother Jones remarked that "Rand's particular genius has always been her ability to turn upside down traditional hierarchies and recast the wealthy, the talented, and the powerful as the oppressed".[167]

The Satanist Anton LaVey has acknowledged that his brand of Satanism was "just Ayn Rand’s philosophy with ceremony and ritual added."

Annie will fix you up

http://exiledonline.com/atlas-shrieked-why-ayn-rands-right-wing-follower...

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:15 | 4825507 IndyPat
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Tesla thought you could get it from the earth...and make it free for everyone.

That's why he is now in the kook file.

Same as it ever was.

We seriously need about a dozen Teslas. But what we get are armies of Edisons.

Thus, we are obviously getting exactly what we deserve.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 01:20 | 4825828 Borrow Owl
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"We seriously need about a dozen Teslas. But what we get are armies of Edisons."

Thus, BECAUSE THOSE OF US WHO ACTUALLY CARE ENOUGH TO SIFT THROUGH THE BULLSHIT IN A SINCERE EFFORT TO DISCOVER THE TRUTH ARE MEMBERS OF AN EMBARRASSINGLY TINY MINORITY,  WE ARE LEFT WTH VERY FEW (if any) OPPORTUNITIES TO AVOID THE BARBED-WIRE WRAPPED POGO STICK UP THE BACKSIDE THAT THE DIM-WITTED HERD ANIMALS (ie, the majority of H. Sapiens) SO RICHLY DESERVE.

FIFY.

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:05 | 4823661 ParkAveFlasher
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My plan B is a yurt in La Sierra with plenty of cots for my spare bitchez.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:08 | 4823663 Badabing
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Plan B Sail away on a 40' sloop loaded with goodies.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:19 | 4823698 CrashisOptimistic
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Yachting World did a survey.

Folks who buy a yacht for liveaboard as "cruisers" spend 98.5% of their time tied up at a marina where they pay very low monthly rent.

The reason is, of course, there are no Doritos at sea.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:29 | 4823724 hedgeless_horseman
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...there are no Doritos at sea.

Plenty of Dorado at sea.

If you are a dentist, doctor, farmer, cowboy, mechanic, miner, fisherman, lumberman, mason, blacksmith, whore house piano player, plumber, butcher, or similar, then you are already set.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:31 | 4823742 ParkAveFlasher
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Look at the pectoral fins on that one. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:55 | 4823836 what's that smell
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the tits on that fish look fake.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:31 | 4823743 g'kar
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Nice catch. The fish ain't bad either.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:32 | 4823746 drendebe10
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Fish?  What fish?  I don't see no fish....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:39 | 4823761 Badabing
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Plan A has always been optimism, hoping the system holds together after a reset.

But consider geography, I live on a long island and all the bridges to the main land are to the west end.

In a bug out situation the only feasible way would be by boat, and avoid the bottlenecking at the bridges.

 

nice keepers HH

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:42 | 4823789 WVHillbilly
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Something smells fishy here....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:45 | 4823792 erg
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Floatation devices...safety first!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:50 | 4823816 Pickleton
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That's some sweet tuna!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:02 | 4823883 cbxer55
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You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:25 | 4823966 ParkAveFlasher
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What's better than roses on your piano?  Tulips on your tuna, I says.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:29 | 4823889 Relentless101
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Definitely not the last slimy thing that she'll have between her legs.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:22 | 4824188 Cathartes Aura
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hahahh, how very Christian of you to feed the hungry here at ZH with your Fishes.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:29 | 4824226 Dublinmick
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I can see it in her eyes, this girl is really attracted to me

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:10 | 4824801 Boozer
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That fish is smiling!

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 03:11 | 4825915 MythicalFish
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Cuter girl, smaller Dorado. You decide.

 

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y245/customfish/dorado-girl.jpg

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:06 | 4823895 RaceToTheBottom
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I did like the nubile contents of the pink bikini, but I would think once TSHTF a boat might be good for bugging out but it also puts you in the focus of pirates, which might become the career....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:31 | 4823744 jackstraw001
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Just remember that boats and PMs don't go together very well.  I have a very sad story about that...

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:06 | 4823664 agstacks
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No plan B! 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:07 | 4823667 PartysOver
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yea...  so... American Idol Rocks.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:16 | 4823692 Dr. Richard Head
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I was talking with my neighbor just two days ago and we will often talk about economics and such.  He understands it and follows it, so a conversation can be had.  I told him that most people I talk to about these items glaze over just as I would if someone started talking about Dancing with the Stars or American Idol.

I see dead people.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:10 | 4823669 g'kar
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Plan A: sit back and watch with bourbon

Plan B: sit back and watch with scotch

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:12 | 4823677 cbxer55
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Forgot to mention a good cigar. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:56 | 4823846 PartysOver
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I hear Cuba is nice this time of year.  And a mighty fine cigar to boot.  With more freedoms and less gubbermint snooping, I think it might be worth considering.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:08 | 4823898 lasvegaspersona
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and this is why Castro must go and free trade return with Cuba. Domincan just don't make the cut.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:16 | 4823684 Headbanger
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Plan C: sit back and watch with Irish whiskey

Plan D: sit back and watch with tequila!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:33 | 4823688 g'kar
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with a good cigar

with a good doobie

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:27 | 4823728 CaptainSpaulding
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Plan E.. 1 gallon jug of Carlo Rossi Merlot, A box of cookies and kitchen clock

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:13 | 4823920 WmMcK
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I love Carlo's smile.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 02:24 | 4825893 OldPhart
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Plan F:  sit back with a rather large stash of tequila and MGD, about 1,000 rounds of .45, .227, .38 and .357 (each, me personally, my rich son has more) with supporting magazines and artillary...six months of water and food...battle trained son home, and other son fairly adept at creative cooking, wilderness survival and Eagle Scout bi-sexualism (may have to trade at some point)...a solid, dependable wife of 36 years that, though she currently rejects my predictions she will immediately change her mind and stance when evidence presents itself, and she is now into building our stash of stores...an awesome daughter in law that has that irish streak of fanatical protectiveness for my grandson...and we're all pretty much those blue eyed, blond haired terrors that Hitler fantasized about...only we're American Irish.  Fiercely patriotic, dead fucking shots at a quarter mile every man of us (daughter in law only within 300 yards, wife could scare the shit out of you at five yards) and extemely dyfunctionally family oriented with a fuck the government attitude.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:10 | 4823671 medium giraffe
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Fukushima.  There is no Plan B.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:19 | 4823699 corporatewhore
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I fukushima to the east

I fukushima to the west

I like to fukushima with the one who can fukushima the best

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:49 | 4823804 DoChenRollingBearing
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Peru and Paraguay will work as a Plan B:

goo.gl/CLMVUe

S Hemisphere fishez...

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:25 | 4823962 Pickleton
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I've been thinking about a PBC (Plan B country) for awhile myself.    I've looked into Belize (posted info at the blog) and also buying a decent sailboat and living at sea.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:57 | 4824942 No Quarter
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Chile is where i would consider. So many strings that need cutting..............

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 02:36 | 4825902 reTARD
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Considered the exact same things! Still looking though.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:11 | 4823673 B2u
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Well the first part of my plan B is complete.  I no longer live in the United States.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:25 | 4823718 Haus-Targaryen
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I did the same.  No regrets. 

I only hope that the Russians can strike some deal with the Germans before invading all of Europe. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:56 | 4823851 Raging Debate
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Upvoted. Pretty confident I am leaving next year also. South America. I speak spanish and I love the latin people and vice versa. As long as you don't marry one of them hotheads, I made that mistake once...

Plan B is stay here and spend 10% of revenue on tax and other attorneys so don't keep getting raped a few grand here and there plus remote mountain location on a pond, maybe upper middle of Maine like Moosehead.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:56 | 4823852 Raging Debate
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Upvoted. Pretty confident I am leaving next year also. South America. I speak spanish and I love the latin people and vice versa. As long as you don't marry one of them hotheads, I made that mistake once...

Plan B is stay here and spend 10% of revenue on tax and other attorneys so don't keep getting raped a few grand here and there plus remote mountain location on a pond, maybe upper middle of Maine like Moosehead.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:15 | 4824153 Pickleton
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It's always obligatory to tell the country you go to when escaping a sinking ship. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:11 | 4823676 i_call_you_my_base
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So what's plan A? - everything is going to work out? I don't have a plan A.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:12 | 4823678 Cognitive Dissonance
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I always say desperate men will do desperate things. The unasked question is.....who is most desperate? "Them" or "Us"?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:46 | 4823794 Greenskeeper_Carl
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depends on who you mean. 'us' the serfs vs 'them' the central bankers and politicians? cuz i dont think most of the serfs are very worried, since they don't know they are serfs

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:47 | 4823802 Jena
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The ones who have the least cognitive dissonance.  I don't think that describes "us" although suddenly having things taken away will do a lot to strip away the scales from the eyes and brains.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:12 | 4823679 Winston Churchill
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Run towards the light.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:08 | 4824377 813kml
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But it's an oncoming train.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:13 | 4823682 Relentless101
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Plan B: Blame plan A failure on the weather.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:34 | 4823756 drendebe10
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..no, it's Bush's fault...

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:32 | 4824460 Me.Grimlock
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Pffffft, it's OBVIOUSLY not enough spending.  Sheesh...

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:16 | 4823685 socalbeach
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Fed can become insovent but so what?  Their liabilities are denominated in US dollars which they can print at will.  Would be bad PR though.

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Can the Fed Become Insolvent?

'... Although our central bank appears to be insolvent, in practice what would hinder its continued operation? Its liabilities consist in the legal-tender fiat money of the land. If someone walks into a branch of the central bank, hands over a $20 bill, and says, "I want to redeem this!" the teller can calmly reply, "Do you want that as two $10 bills, or four $5 bills?"

Things are more complicated for a small central bank that has liabilities denominated in other currencies. But for the case of the Federal Reserve — with dollar-denominated liabilities — it is hard to see what actual constraints it would face, should its accountants suddenly announce its insolvency. Even if there is a "run on the Fed," where all of the commercial banks want to withdraw their electronic reserves on the same day, the central bankers need not panic: they can order the Treasury to run the printing press in order to swap paper currency for electronic checkbook entries. (This is a neat trick unavailable to the mere commercial bankers.)

However, if the central bank were to actually become insolvent, it would be quite scandalous. The government would probably have to "seize it," lest the public realize that the whole scheme was a giant, legalized counterfeiting operation.

In my opinion, this is the bankers' main concern at the moment. They surely don't like thousands of economists blogging away on the possibility of the Fed going bankrupt, because that gets more and more people thinking through the logic of our crazy banking system...'

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:16 | 4823690 pods
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Plan B:  Hide in my Vitamin C infused shower and let loose the sharks in my guitar pool.

pods

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:17 | 4823693 Miffed Microbio...
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Surround yourself with like minded people. Discard relationships with those buried in the Matrix ( this was hard for me, wasted many years trying to "help" them see and they just buried their heads further). Set up trading partners with skills you do not have. Learn to raise your own food sustainably in your unique environment before it is necessary. You may starve going through the learning curve. Keep in good health and physical shape. Fat may be energy storage but it sure tough to lug around when you need to move quickly. Realize all that you have built may have to be abandoned in a moments notice so have plan C ready.

And after all that, thank everyday for your life, friends and family and live in Love and kindness to all around you.

Miffed;-)

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:23 | 4823707 centerline
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+1 miffed.

"no battle plan survives contact with the enemy"

The best bet is to stay nimble, keep an open mind, and and ear to the pavement.  At the same time, the old Boy Scout motto ("be prepared") seems apropo.  And most of the things the average person can do are simply in thier best interest regardless of what happens.  Getting into better shape (mentally and physically), learning new skills, etc.  All good stuff.

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:28 | 4823733 ParkAveFlasher
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Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.  - some beat-up old guy in a rooftop pigeon coop in Brooklyn.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:09 | 4823904 WmMcK
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Iron Mike before he got his face tatted.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:48 | 4823803 Citxmech
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Only problem is that it's hard to be mobile if you're actually growing your own food.  Another option is to pick a good spot that's not too conspicuous, and far enough away from city folk/metropolitan centers.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:12 | 4823915 Dublinmick
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Keeping an ear to the pavement works unless you are on Tianamen square.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:29 | 4823736 Professorlocknload
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++ miff.

It' not necessarily the strongest or most intelligent that survive,,,but the most adaptable.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:23 | 4824195 813kml
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A great many people have been indoctrinated and are incapable of change.  They will be the ones causing the most problems if/when the SHTF.  They will cling to old paradigms and false beliefs with their cold dead hands and will try to drag others into their sinking lifeboats.

I would say that the majority of US citizens still believes that their govt is mostly honest and looking out for their best interests, and most still refuse to think otherwise even when evidence is shoved in their face.

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:19 | 4823700 carbonmutant
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The problem with change is that it costs money....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:19 | 4823701 JailBank
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Can't you get Plan-B over the counter now?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:24 | 4823711 Professorlocknload
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Yeah, and by mail through a Canadian pharmacy.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:25 | 4823712 Jack Sheet
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try e-bay

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:27 | 4823726 ParkAveFlasher
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You can get plan B's cheap on Craigslist.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 21:36 | 4825370 Platinum
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Yeah or Plan F (Falcon Punch) in the alley behind the pharmacy.

Plan C (condom) is best.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:25 | 4823716 CharliePrince
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buy stocks?   sarc

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:26 | 4823720 Stroke
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The SS meme AGAIN!!    If/when...IF & When the US stops / slowes / reduces payments.. maybe we can slo / shut down the war machine long enough to take care of the obligations to its' citizens... If not homeland is gonna all those bullets its been buying

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:26 | 4823723 jackstraw001
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Plan A: .45 ACP

Plan B: 9mm Luger

Plan C: .40 S&W

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:16 | 4823935 viahj
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my plan A is 5.56

plan B is correct, 9mm

plan C is 12g

always have weapons that use the ammo what the military uses.  there are many stockpiles scattered across the country.  YMMV

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:28 | 4823731 Darth Stacker
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It's Bush's fault!

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:28 | 4823734 LibertyBear
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Ron Paul doesn't wear seat belts.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:33 | 4823749 NOTaREALmerican
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And neither does Chuck Norris !

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:21 | 4823946 NuckingFuts
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The seat straps its self to Chuck Norris for safety

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:30 | 4824228 F.A. Hayek
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But he does wear depends.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:30 | 4823738 Kirk2NCC1701
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<--- My plan B = Staying Put & Preparing (Packing, Stacking and Racking) = Fight or Hide

<--- My Plan B = Will Split or getting ready (have papers, cash and PM, will travel) = Run

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:30 | 4823740 Kirk2NCC1701
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<--- My plan B = WTF?  What Plan B!? = Denial

<--- My Plan B = Plan A = Stay the course, hope for the best = Hope

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:39 | 4823760 NOTaREALmerican
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The secret of happiness is self-delusion, the secret of success is duplicity.  Bullshit is required for both.

I think there's enough bullshit to keep most of humanity happy and successful. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:37 | 4823767 Addibrux
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 Continuity of community. Have someone from all vital trades in your group, even if you have to improvise (i.e.: a veterinarian instead of full fledged doctor ). When TSHTF, retreat to safety. My contribution as an electrical engineer starts with a Drone Free Zone. A simple microwave oven ( 1000w minimum ), 10ft section of 3" copper pipe ( filled with water ), and parabolic lens ( kids aluminum snow saucers seem made for this app ).

 That my friends, is how you drop them. Still working on how to do the same for the NSA floating scrap that probably just zero'd in on me.

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:32 | 4824240 Cathartes Aura
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Continuity of community.

love this.  acknowledgement that everything is already happening, and we can continue to act within our already trusted groups.

as to your innovative drone-droppers - here's hoping your solution gets used, upgraded, spread widely. . .

I for one would love to watch those aluminum saucers fly.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:40 | 4823775 The worst trader
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I'm hearing from reliable sorces that Oblamea will be impeached, goodbye Yellen and the free money train.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:51 | 4823818 Winston Churchill
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Too  late.

We are captured by the event horizon.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:52 | 4823826 yrbmegr
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You can impeach anything.  The hard part is getting a conviction.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:23 | 4823955 gcjohns1971
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You think that the President sets Federal Reserve Policy?

Are you serious?

You think that the President has a real influence on who will be Fed Chairman beyond picking a particular name from a list of otherwise identical pre-screened people?

Really?

LISTEN UP!

The biggest banks (world wide - not just US Banks) own the US Federal Reserve Bank and Federal Reserve System.

The Federal Reserve Board are appointed government functionaries.  Every candidate on the list will be provided from the Federal Reserve owner banks to the President for appointment.  Every candidate is represents the Fed Owner Banks choice.  The president can't deviate from the list.

The Democrat and Republican party infrastructure works on funding.  That funding is provided by the largest banks and other entities.  But if the other entities fund policies in opposition to the biggest banks' desires, they will find they have money problems and banking discrepancies.

The Banks and their supporters form "Charitable Foundations".  These foundations have one purpose - to impose their owners will through selective monetary donorship, investments in companies, and propaganda.  

No corporate leadership will keep t heir jobs if they do not accede to the banker's desires.  No non-compliant industry will survive while in opposition to the banker's desires.  This is done through carrot and stick principle - "investments" or "donations" or "bribes" for doing what is asked and destruction in return for refusal or resistance.

No party leadership will allow any candidate on a ballot without banker concurrence.

No corporate officer will rise higher than VP without banker concurrence.

No senior bureaucrat or political appointee will be emplaced without banker concurrence.

 

President's and congress people are interchangeable.  If one opposes the banks he will be turned, marginalized, or forced from office.

 

IMPEACHMENT should happen for the purpose of justice.   But hold no illusions that it will change anything.

A disorderly financial collapse MIGHT change something.   And a violent revolution MIGHT change something.

Of the two the more peaceful holds the better chance, because the real rulers rule from the shadows, and can step in at any moment after a revolution to reassert power.

The basis of that power is control of MONEY - which is why a financial collapse MIGHT change something.

 

 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 03:12 | 4825917 Jack4952
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People do NOT want freedom; they want comfort. And they always want someone else (i.e., government) to provide that comfort.

That is why the Hegelian dialectic works so well: create a problem, wait while people panic, then offer them a "solution". The cuurent economic crisis and the upcoming crash of the U.S. dollar are PLANNED EVENTS. Kissinger is right: people might resist a "new world order" today, but when the SHTF the people will embrace it - anything to feel safe!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:51 | 4823821 yrbmegr
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The problem is that nobody knows when a plan B might be useful.  There have been similar warnings for 50 years.  If a plan B would not be useful for 100 years, there is no point in me wasting my time to have a plan B.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 04:28 | 4825954 Jack4952
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Said like a man with his head up his ass.

The whole point of having a contigency plan (a "plan B") is to prepare for the unexpected and the unknown. I have physical gold in the event that the dollar crashes. That does NOT mean that I have sold off all my assets and cash for gold - it means simply that I have bought some gold as "insurance".

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:54 | 4823841 TheRideNeverEnds
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Plan A - Buy ES

Plan B - Buy NQ

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:04 | 4823890 Central Wanker
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Does a foreign visa and a shitload of bullion qualify as plan B?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:14 | 4823927 Obamanism
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So the DHS has 2.6 Billion Bullets, Weather dept and Education dept has well armed and train black uniformed SWAT teams.

Hilter had 1 million men in black uniform Stalin had his in brown. On 5th September Poland was split in 2.

In America the Police, DHS and the other militarised dept will be wearing the Black Uniforms, The Foreign troops will be wearing their best to welcome you to the FEMA camp.

PlanA get out of Dodge

PlanB go dark

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:20 | 4823945 TruthTalker
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The point is that something is about to happen that has never happened in most of our lifetimes - the US dollar will no longer be the worlds reserve currency.  The rest of the world is slowly but definitively turning its back on the US dollar - they will go to war over this as is witnessed - but they can not stop it - China has already made 19 bilateral trade agreements by passing the US dollar - this is the begining.  You had best have a plan B to deal with food shortages, currency crisis, hyperinflation and America being put down to 3rd world status - it is coming

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:45 | 4824043 LuciusGermanicus
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Well if you can conquer Appalachia...I guess more power too you.

Bring out your dead.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:52 | 4824071 JR
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Bear in mind that 10,000 people per day become eligible for Social Security benefits… and the debt gets bigger every year. They are growing much faster than the government’s tax revenue. – Simon Black

America’s grassroots have no foothold on Capitol Hill which is infested with aggressive lobbyists who have vested stakes in Congressional actions that overrule and overrun the public will. And this includes dibs on Social Security funds.

Thus, Americans and their well being are being crowded out by lobbyists who collectively spend hundreds of millions to strip the public ultimately of trillions of dollars’ worth in business deals and government privileges.

And a large part of that largesse is coming directly out of the Social Security Trust and out of savers’ bank accounts.

On August 07, 2012, the AP reported that “people retiring today are part of the first generation of workers who have paid more in Social Security taxes during their careers than they will receive in benefits after they retire. It's a historic shift that will only get worse for future retirees, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.”

But, because “Social Security benefits are progressive,  most low-income workers retiring today still will get slightly more in benefits than they paid in taxes. Most high-income workers started getting less in benefits than they paid in taxes in the 1990s, according to data from the Social Security Administration. “

Michal Coffman, author of the book “Plundered: How Progressive Ideology is Destroying America,” warned in a recent interview that the impact on America’s senior citizens should the dollar lose its status as world’s reserve currency would be horrific.

“The U.S. currently sits on $130 trillion in unfunded mandates, much of it owed to Social Security and pensions. Hyperinflation would reduce the value of money to such an extent that the elderly couldn’t pay for anything with their Social Security checks. It would be devastating to the average person. There’d be disruptions we can’t even conceive of. The Great Depression would be nothing compared to what would happen.”

Says Coffman: “If the dollar suddenly collapsed, potentially 70-80% of people in metro areas could die of starvation.”

Seniors also face high inflation on their non-discretionary spending in that their 2014 SS cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) marks its lowest five-year growth period since COLAs became automatic in 1975.  According to The Senior Citizens League (TSCL): “The 2014 COLA will be about 1.4% - 1.5%, and with the 2014 COLA, TSCL estimates that the average annual boost paid over the five-year period including 2014, will hit new lows — about half the normal COLA average of 3%.”

And, at the same time, the big bankers at the Fed trough deliberately are trolling for their savings.

Gary D. Halbert’s in his Weekly E-Letter of May 13, 2014 reports that “MoneyRates estimated that low interest rates have cost savers at least a whopping $758 billion in lost purchasing power over the five years ended in 2013.” Says Halbert: “That number will almost certainly top $1 trillion by the time the Fed starts raising rates sometime next year.” 

http://www.forecastsandtrends.com/printarticle.php/903/

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:58 | 4824768 g'kar
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"Hyperinflation would reduce the value of money to such an extent that the elderly couldn’t pay for anything with their Social Security checks. It would be devastating to the average person."

 

So it's a race to see if Obamacare kills them or inflation kills them first. I wouldn't bet on old age.

 

 

 


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:01 | 4824104 Pie rre
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I'm an old buzzard but I recall reading that in the early 19th Century there was no income tax.  All the money the government needed came from tarrifs and such.  Of course we didn't have the trilion dollar military or any benifits but now my taxes are more than what it costs to feed me.  I still do not recevie any benefits nor have I ever recevied so much as an unemployment check. What a world.

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