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Inflation? Only If You Look At Food, Water, Gas, Electricity And Everything Else

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Have you noticed that prices are going up rapidly?  If so, you are certainly not alone.  But Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, the Obama administration and the mainstream media would have us believe that inflation is completely under control and exactly where it should be.  Perhaps if the highly manipulated numbers that they quote us were real, everything would be fine.  But of course the way that the inflation rate is calculated has been changed more than 20 times since the 1970s, and at this point it bears so little relation to reality that it is essentially meaningless.  Anyone that has to regularly pay for food, water, gas, electricity or anything else knows that inflation is too high.  In fact, if inflation was calculated the same way that it was back in 1980, the inflation rate would be close to 10 percent right now.

But you would never know that listening to Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.  In the video posted below, you can listen to her telling the media that there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about...

And it is really hard to get too upset with Janet Yellen.

After all, she reminds many people of a sweet little grandmother.

But the reality of the matter is that she is simply not telling us the truth.  Everywhere we look, prices are aggressively moving higher.

Just the other day, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the price index for meat, poultry, fish, and eggs has just soared to a new all-time high.

This is something that I have repeatedly warned would happen.  Just check out this article and this article.

And it isn't just meat prices that are going up.  One of the largest coffee producers in the entire world just announced that it is going to be raising coffee prices by 9 percent...

It took the Fed long enough but finally even it succumbed to the reality of surging food prices when, as we reported previously, it hiked cafeteria prices at ground zero: the cafeteria of the Chicago Fed, stating that “prices continue to rise between 3% and 33%.” So with input costs rising across the board not just for the Fed, but certainly for food manufacturers everywhere, it was only a matter of time before the latter also threw in the towel and followed in the Fed’s footsteps. Which is what happened earlier today when J.M. Smucker Co. said it raised the prices on most of its coffee products by an average of 9% to reflect higher green-coffee costs.

Not that coffee isn't expensive enough already.  It absolutely stuns me that some people are willing to pay 3 dollars for a cup of coffee.

I still remember the days when you could get a cup of coffee for 25 cents.

Also, I can't get over how expensive groceries are becoming these days.  Earlier this month I took my wife over to the grocery store to do some shopping.  We are really ramping up our food storage this summer, and so we grabbed as much stuff on sale as we could find.  When we got our cart to the register, I was expecting the bill to be large, but I didn't expect it to be over 300 dollars.

And remember, this was just for a single shopping cart and we had consciously tried to grab things that were significantly reduced from regular price.

I almost felt like asking the cashier which organ I should donate to pay the bill.

Sadly, this is just the beginning.  Food prices are eventually going to go much, much higher than this.

Also, you should get ready to pay substantially more for water as well.

According to CNBC, one recent report warned that "your water bill will likely increase" in the coming months...

U.S. water utilities face a critical economic squeeze, according to a new report—and that will likely mean higher prices at the water tap for consumers.


A survey by water-engineering firm Black & Veatch of 368 water utility companies across the country shows that 66 percent of them are not generating enough revenue to cover their costs.


To make up for the financial shortfall, prices for water are heading upward, said Michael Orth, one of the co-authors of the report and senior vice president at Black & Veatch.


“People will have to pay more for water to make up the falling revenues,” he said. “And that’s likely to be more than the rate of inflation.”

Of even greater concern is what is happening to gas prices.

According to Bloomberg, the price of gasoline hasn't been this high at this time of the year for six years...

Gasoline in the U.S. climbed this week, boosted by a surge in oil, and is expected to reach the highest level for this time of year since 2008.


The pump price averaged $3.686 a gallon yesterday, up 1.2 cents from a week earlier, data posted on the Energy Information Administration’s website late yesterday show. Oil, which accounts for two-thirds of the retail price of gasoline, gained $2.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange in the same period and $4.88 in the month ended yesterday.


The jump in crude, driven by concern that the crisis in Iraq will disrupt supplies, may boost pump prices by 10 cents a gallon at a time when they normally drop, according to forecasts including one from the EIA.

And the conflicts in Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere could potentially send gas prices screaming far higher.

In fact, T. Boone Pickens recently told CNBC that if Baghdad falls to ISIS that the price of a barrel of oil could potentially hit $200.

Of course the big oil companies are not exactly complaining about this.  This week energy stocks are hitting record highs, and further escalation of the conflict in Iraq will probably send them even higher.

Meanwhile, a "bipartisan Senate proposal" (that means both Democrats and Republicans) would raise the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon over the next two years.

Our politicians have such good timing, don't they?


And our electricity rates are going up too.  The electricity price index just set a brand new record high and there are no signs of relief on the horizon...

The electricity price index and the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity both hit records for May, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The average price for a KWH hit 13.6 cents during the month, up about 3.8 percent from 13.1 cents in May 2013.


The seasonally adjusted electricity price index rose from 201.431 in May 2013 to 208.655 in May 2014—an increase of about 3.6 percent.

If our paychecks were increasing at the same rate as inflation, perhaps most families would be able to weather all of this.

Unfortunately, that is not the case at all.

As I wrote about recently, median household income in the U.S. is now about 7 percent lower than it was in the year 2000 after adjusting for inflation.

And if realistic inflation numbers were used instead of the government-manipulated ones, it would look a lot worse than that.

Inflation is a hidden tax that all of us pay, and it is systematically eviscerating the middle class.


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Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:19 | 4879692 Reaper
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Inflation? What is truth? What the government tells you, or what your lying eyes observe?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:35 | 4879712 NidStyles
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You can't trust your eyes, only the magic vooodooo witch doctors with obscure degrees and pees of the H dees can understand it. You just have to trust them :-)

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:53 | 4879752 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Inflation? Shit..... I just gots me a big assed flat screen teevee for cheap. Plus, my iPad scans retinas and shit.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:06 | 4879781 SWRichmond
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Inflation?  Now we calculate using "substitution" method, so we substitute shit for shineola.  Cheap!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:12 | 4879796 WayBehind
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You spent only $300? I shop at Costco every week for family of 4 and I always spent around $500 and I can assure you that there is no filet mignon in my cart...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:23 | 4879804 Shocker
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Just everything you need to survive is going up.. But that new big screen tv, / computer are cheaper.

Not good into todays Job market -


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:11 | 4879898 dryam
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"And it is really hard to get too upset with Janet Yellen.

After all, she reminds many people of a sweet little grandmother."

The government's new M.O. is to put women in positions such as Yellen's because it's less socially acceptable for reporters and such to aggressively go after a female for lying, etc.  All is fair game when it is a man in the hot seat, but otherwise it will be the male accuser who is villified when the accusee is a female.

Social psychology 101.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:11 | 4879912 CheapBastard
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10%/year for the last ten years is about right.


Crackers, bread, chocolate, gas, ultilities and property taxes...not to mention what repairmen charge these days. I save more money by taking Fridays off and learning a trade at the local community college such as plumbing then if I stayed at work and had to pay the plumber [or whomever] with after-tax money.

Yet the Fed has phucked all those Seniors on a fixed SS income with a near-zero COLA. Poor folks. I know, I know some Semiors maybe deserve it since they were not frugal ... but it still sucks imo.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 00:09 | 4879975 Boris Alatovkrap
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Inflation and war... While create inflation and war, Central Bank Cabal is work vigilant for converting of wealth of citizenry into spoil of robbery.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 00:16 | 4879982 Manthong
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do not forget property taxes..

is is their best theft device.

.. and the reason I am divesting everything and going to ground.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:09 | 4880044 Manthong
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but.. but.. but

granny always told me that her sugery concoction would taste good.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:11 | 4880046 JPM Hater001
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<--------- Wow
<--------- noise

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 06:20 | 4880187 negative rates
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Our lawmakers are completely incompetant.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:57 | 4880241 Oh regional Indian
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I like the word biflation someone here coined a long time ago.

Only, now it gives me visuals of a boobjob gone wrong....

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 09:41 | 4880328 Hulk
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Caviar Emptor was the coiner of that phrase and idea...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:23 | 4880592 Citxmech
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The term/concept has been around quite a bit longer than the Hedge:  

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 08:57 | 4880290 Raging Debate
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NegativeRates - No not incompetent. Corrupt and drastically overpaid. I am a reformed sociopath. These are not dumb people folks. I have strong intellectual gifts but irrational emotional fears (or use to). If your imbalanced you'll tend to cheat using that intellect to feel secure to survive or prosper.

The causation was physical in my case. I have diverticulitis. A divestive disorder where minerals are not absorbed to be processed into chemicals for the brain such a lithium and seratonin creating acute anxiety disorder. I don't want to go deep here but I suggest seeing an MD if you have mood disorders to determine causation. Shrinks will just tell you that you lack chemicals in the brain which is a corrolary, not causation.

In my profession I needed to learn some pharmocology. A term which helped me get better was ADME. It means absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. Most mental illness (creating sociopathy) are absorption issues from a digetive disorder. Next and more rare are blood disorders. Last which pyschiatry tests for (but not the others) is thyroid.

I know a woman that was on heavy lithium for 40 years. Overweight, unable to work. She was lucky she had a saint for a husband he did everything except clean which she did. Last year she saw MD and was diagnosed with a blood disorder (the D in ADME). She is off lithium, and gets immuno therapy. She lost 50 pounds and is like a new woman.

I did symptom clustering using spreadsheets (I am lucky my business is data driven) to identify possible causation and narrow it down to only two possibilities. My girlfriend says I should become an MD or shrink. In five years I will go to Cambridge for quantum physics which I enjoy dabbling in but there are many answers in that field that can be applied to create advanced medical tech. I'll do this to help my species and for no other reason.

The good news acting that way is that it creates a lot of adventure and stimulating conversations with very sharp minds. Einstein was right.
"The only life worth living is a life on behalf of others." You have more fun that way but one at times must overcome the medical issues to fully live that kind of life. Anybody interested in what I learned about cause and symptoms as I described above can email me at . I'll share what I know and do some symptom clustering to point toward causation and narrow it down for you but you will still need an MD for proper diagnosis. I was going to pattent this process and compete against a couple companies doing this but think I can do something much bigger as mentioned.

I am living proof sociopaths can change.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:17 | 4880358 The Internation...
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Socopathy is an idea and a feeling (albeit an electrochemical one).  It is not a clinical issue.  & we have it for a good reason, b/c the 'goyim' are sooo fucking stupid its way too easy to hate them.  & its just... too easy to prey on stupid people.

Do not waste your time in college.  I repeat.  Do not.  Unless you are planning on paying nothing on that debt.  B/c college costs are hyperinflated.  & you can use the internet and textbooks to learn everything! ;)


Now when it comes to your body.  all you need to do, is get a 'juicer'.  Buy a lemon, kiwi, 2 apples, 2 oranges, a beet, several carrots, several leaves of kale or chard, a lime, nectarines or peaches if you got em, and zuchini.

Do not use grapefruit.  It doesnt taste good with the others.  & the lemon and lime should sort out your need for an alkaline blood system.  Acidic food makes alkaline blood.  and vice versa.

This concoction wil make you shit several times in a day or 2.  It cleanses your body, by overloading it with vitamins and nutrients.  I live off of peanut butter and rasperry sandwiches, and juicing.  Brain has never been stronger.


Do not take any 'medications' for mental disorders.  NOTHING.  Self improvement and vegetables and fruits are all you need.  Stay away from doctors (some antibiotics are good ie doxycycline for lyme), and use colloidal silver for infections and cleaning water.

A genius told you this.  Go forth and help the idiots who want it, and trample the idiots who don't.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:44 | 4880418 Raging Debate
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TheInternation - Already using text books and Internet for physics. I will pay cash for the college. The only real reasoning is for lab access. I can't afford the equipment to test theories. In the interim, I built a blogging platform and will offer scientists access and to manage it for them to learn and communicate with them.

I agree on acid balancing for health as you described but even after exercise and proper diet stilll need light dosage of chill pill or I go hypomanic. A lot of states give people a hard time getting these and shrinks often misdiagnose and precribe non-narcotics with far more side effects. Why a lot of these kids go on a shooting spree.

I am sure if i didn't do the right diet and exercise I would need far more dosage of meds. But I tried 100% natural remedy. What works for you may not work for everybody.

A positive of the disorder for me. When brain lacks chemicals my body produces adrenaline in it's stead which increases beta brain waves. Einstein had behavioral issues when young. Edison digestive issues and worked 20 hours a day. Ever been to his home? He never smiles in his pictures. So I can be a scientist and add a contribution but also come down at times to smell the roses with a chill pill.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:41 | 4880629 Chief Wonder Bread
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I can't speak to the particulars of your case but I agree that a lot of sociopathy is biochemical in origin. When I was younger I believe I had a strong sociopathological profile with acute anxiety (never diagnosed or treated) and I believe it was caused by the stress of having terrible recurring headaches with serotonin issues, depriving me of sleep for days and weeks on end. When I was 50 yrs old, I had a complete remission of these headaches and have been headache-free since then. The difference in stress between now and then is like night and day. I am still coming to grips with how profoundly this affected my life. I don't know what I did or didn't do to have this miracle of remission at the age of 50 but very likely it had/has something to do with the ADME cycle you mentiioned. I did go on a paleo diet and lost a lot of weight several years later at the age of 52-53. It is possible this has kept me from having a relapse.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:55 | 4880440 nickels
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Our lawmakers know that an honest appraisal if inflation would require an increase in COLA payments that would blow up their game.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:16 | 4882565 DavidC
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No they're not, they're completely incompetent.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:42 | 4880079 Bohm Squad
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Mom's Robot Oil

"Made with 10% more love than the next leading competitor."


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:34 | 4880865 bidaskspread
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Yet, the seniors and others elect the same politicians term after term that are promoting the printing. Who really is the one to blame?

The item I find interesting is that it's not higher. Not only is the. Fed printing but the government is spending more. 10% is modest if you are printing trillons with annual deficits in the trillions. Makes you wonder if a dollar is really worth what it can currently buy. I am willing to bet our military will ensure it is.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 03:04 | 4880125 Flagit
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We could make Sean Connery the Backhand Czar.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 03:47 | 4880139 Borrow Owl
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"After all, she reminds many people of a sweet little grandmother."


I'm pretty sure neither one of my grannies was a silver-haired bull dyke sporting a flabby six-pack and a 16" steel-studded strap-on.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:27 | 4879825 NoPension
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And interesting how you can still get a gallon of gas for .25

Well, if you use REAL money....... 1934-1964 Washington Quarter
Face value. .25
Silver value ( 6/19/2014). $3.7724

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:55 | 4879892 OldPhart
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(does not apply in California)

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 00:26 | 4879993 Renewable Life
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Yep, $4.50 a gallon in CA in most places!!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 04:14 | 4880150 Skateboarder
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We've been peaking on and off at $4.20 in Silicon Valley. Represent.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 00:24 | 4879986 Manthong
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I have made that comparison often on this site.

just wait.. soon that '64 quarter wiill buy you a couple of gallons .. not because oil is going down in price, but because Ag  going to be precious again.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 19:53 | 4884062 o2sd
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I remember what a revelation it was 20 years ago when I learned that prices were not rising, but the value of money was falling.

That's when I knew it was just a silly game to keep the mentally stunted occupied and motivated. Can you imagine the trouble the bulk of the hoi-poloi would get into if they knew they how rich they actually are?


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:02 | 4879901 TheMeatTrapper
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Being able to trap my meat supply and grow some of my vegetables makes a huge difference in my life. There's no way I could feed my family the quality of food I do if I had to buy it. Simply no way. I've got to continue to expand my gardening skills. 

I'm milling organic Montana hard red wheat for my pancakes, tortillas and biscuits - wheat that I bought 10 years ago, People thought I was stark, raving insane when I bought 2,000 pounds of wheat, Kamut and spelt and then packed it in buckets. 

I'm still eating good at 2004 prices. 

Here's a video review on my Country Living Grain Mill after 9 years of constant use:

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:36 | 4880073 Bohm Squad
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LOL...The above post gets down arrows.  That strikes me funny for some reason.

I've been doing LTS at 2010 to 2014 prices and could only wish I started in 2004. 


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 02:06 | 4880097 Harbanger
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Nice, I have the same mill.  Recently I tried making some lentil flour with it and it works great, I can get it to rise like bread using my sourdough gooch.  I've also tried different hard beans through the mill which I use as thickeners for soups.  Another great thing about storing seeds is you can sprout them to get some additional nutrition if necessary.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 08:15 | 4880260 Bendromeda Strain
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    sourdough gooch

Don't talk about your mother like that!

/bread humor

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 03:19 | 4880130 Flagit
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Before that video when i read your posts, you sounded like James Earl Jones. *Shrug*

But seriously, nice setup. I guess the next step would be to add solar power to that grinder.

What podcasts could you recommend, and would you like to say how many downloads you have had for your trapping videos?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:58 | 4880541 TheMeatTrapper
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"What podcasts could you recommend, and would you like to say how many downloads you have had for your trapping videos?"


By far the best trapping related podcast is It's done by my friend Clint Locklear who's a professional trapper and a very outside the box thinker. 

Here is a link to the episode where he interviewed me one late night:

I've several hundred downloads of my little video. I did it mostly as a way to introduce people to modern trapping and to cover the cost of my website. I've been promising myself to do a full fledged professional series of videos from A to Z  - but real life keeps getting in the way. 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:52 | 4881142 Flagit
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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 08:19 | 4880262 Pig Circus
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Great Vid dude.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 08:51 | 4880284 krispkritter
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I wouldn't advertise that you store food, you'll be labeled a terrorist, or worse, a prepper.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:24 | 4880207 samcontrol
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about $300 in Argentina, but that does include the filet ."lomo" here.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 08:26 | 4880264 Raging Debate
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WayBehind - Holy crap! You spend $125 a week per person for food even buying bulk at Costco? Not arguing the outrageous inflation of the last decade but I would put my family on a diet with no snacks. Here is what I did to reduce cost and start getting in shape (healthcare outrageous but have decent white, experienced doctor at $78 cash per office visit and get meds at Sam's).

Mine is $80 a week, I shop at Sam's. This is what I get for it. I eat chicken breast at $1.95 a pound, 90% lean hamburg for $2.90 a pound, romaine salad mix for ruffage, eggs and cheese (love ommletts) and occassionally spinach. I buy multivitamin for supplement and Omega-3, buy no name brand crystal light at Wal-Mart for $10 for two weeks of guzzling lots of it. Buy canned mushrooms and onions at Sam's use spices. I am always stuffed.

I am on Atkins and weigh 325 at 6'1 from 350 pounds a few months ago. Oh and I bought a dehydrator and make my own steak snacks at $4.50 a pound using stew beef every other week. Clean bill of health last two annual checkups and blood tests (pay $30 at same doc paying cash).

Speaking of the water bill in the article and crap, the sewrage bill went from $50 to $80 a month over the last year.

This is the second leg of the "W" shaped depression, I expect deflation in commodities after the summer. T. Boone can jump off a cliff with his $200 a barrel oil blather of mullahs farting causing oil price. It's currency devaluation and of course for people with half a brain realize government and corporate cronyism has gotten them very rich mismanaging the economy into the ground.

It is getting talked about now in MSM because when growth stalls for the top 1-3% it affects the electorate and you begin to see change. We are a reactionary species, those outside of this strata screaming in pain ever louder a long time ago.

Like Jefferson said about central banking "first by inflation the by deflation". Jefferson only got it half right though. Banking retreats and starts playing nice again when they see there franchise at risk by government. They in turn wish to survive politically and are now just starting to see voter revolution.

I will never forget all of these lessons of how our world really works and apply it so I may prosper. Knowledge is still power.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 09:21 | 4880309 Absinthe Minded
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What's your recipe for steak snacks in your dehydrator? I would like to try it.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:55 | 4880438 Raging Debate
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Absinthe - Ingrediants are 2 lbs chopped stew beef, vinegar and Webbers Steak Chop seasoning. I put two pounds steak in freezer bag with a cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of seasoning. Shake well. Then for time with the debydrator 4 1/2 hours. I put the steak on baking pan and season it again 1/4 cup but some may like it more or less salty. Then I bake at 410 degrees (preheated) for 25 minutes.

Sometimes I eat them right out of the oven for supper also but I tend to use it for grab and go snacks. YUM! Let me know how it turns out

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:40 | 4880510 Absinthe Minded
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Sounds great! Always looking for a new snack to try, great when you're out hiking, fishing, golfing or whatever. I'll let you know how they come out.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:20 | 4880706 Toronto Kid
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What do you use for a dehydrator?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:17 | 4881080 Raging Debate
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Toronto Kid - My model is a Dehydro. My gf bought it at Wal-Mart. She aid there were two and got me the bigger one. Think she said it was around $40. I got it because I was sick of paying $5 for a six ounce bag of steak chunks. So now I get 32 ounces for $5 including the spice and they taste better.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:06 | 4880558 northerngirl
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Wow!  Great prices on meat, the Sams in my area the price are $1-$2 per pound higher.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 09:34 | 4880320 rabbitusvomitus
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I also shop for a family of four each week but spend on average $140. per week. I barely coupon at all but I closely check the circulars and hit multiple stores.  We stock up on beef and other meats in quantities when on sale and I vacuum seal them and freeze them in a chest freezer. Also, whenever possible we shop at stores that offer gas points like BJ's or stop and shop.  Prices are rising but you can still (for now anyway) do okay BUT it's like a part time job trying to save a buck. 

.Gov has got MAJOR problems coming vis a vis social unrest as "non existant" yet clearly existant inflation takes a bigger and bigger bite out of our buying power. 

Stock up now, who knows what tomorrow will bring. 


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 09:48 | 4880342 shovelhead
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Times are tough in my house...

I have buy artificially flavored shit.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:36 | 4879714 graneros
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Unfortunately for the greatest percentage of this country the answer is "what the government tells you."  Let's face it folks there are a lot of truly stupid people in this country. Can't sugar coat it or white wash it in any way. Just simply dumber than a box of rocks. But very dangerous.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:18 | 4880372 The Internation...
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The solution, is not to direct people to the fear.  They are dumb and dumb people handle fear VERY poorly.

Instead direct them to Alan Watts, or Terrence Mckenna, or John Bergman. 

People wil learn if you do this.  They will not learn if you try to 'warn' them.


Stupidity can only be cured on a 1 on 1 basis.  The method to use, is to make them walk out on a scary cliff, climb a very high structure like a tree.  They will try to sit down.  Allow them to do what they want, yet continually coax them to stand on the edge, and relax their muscles by keeping moving.  The adrenaline they are experiencing will lock their muscles and hurt their joints.  It will cause a tightness in the chests.  They will... panic.  Essentially they have no control of their adrenal complex, and are releasing an insane amount of the substance - so much they cannot think clearly.

You can fix their panic by asking them to keep their muscles moving, and reminding them they are the ones in control of the situation, and will not fall unless they decide to.  Remind them that thinking under stress leads to clouded thinking.  & that it is possible to regulate the amount of adrenaline in the body. 

Most important, remind them that the feeling of adrenaline is their friend, and if they become excited when they feel it, they will find victory through the stress.  If they are afriad of the adrenaline feeling, they will fail.  Adrenaline is that which keeps us alive when we most need it.  It is our savior, and we must experience great fear before we can learn to think clearly through it.  It is the Kundalini awakening.


Think this over.  You will not find better advice anywhere else.  A genius has said this.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:14 | 4880819 Senseless Urina...
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+1 for the Alan Watts reference!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:46 | 4879737 booboo
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ahh, grandma would never lie would she? As Fed chairs go she sounds like the whiney Jew Princess with her new yak nasal chords in full bloom.



Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:20 | 4880380 The Internation...
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I saw something on the internet called Isracoin.

It made me realize the Jew controlled Federal REserve is the sole proprietor of 'GoyimCoin'...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:15 | 4879882 prains
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the most unfortunate part about the entire "inflation" debate is that it's a fucking debate!!! we all know it's true yet the entire fucking discussion is STILL FRAMED in the context of being a fucking debate....... we....and i mean the common hoi poloi need to face facts, we've lost this fight for now. If inflation is something the common skin bag still can't understand because .gov is able to keep the camo up on the bullshit, then, consider this fight lost....the woar isn't over but fuck man how much longer do we have to go on discussing if inflation is real or not. Once that discussion is dead then we're on to something

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:51 | 4879954 Skateboarder
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Dawg, inflation is a theerie, knawmsayin?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 22:58 | 4881848 StychoKiller
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Meh, and the Earth going around the Sun was once a theerie!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 04:43 | 4880157 mrdenis
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That noise you hear ,just keeps getting louder and louder .........

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:19 | 4879693 Stuck on Zero
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Soon, trillions of dollars sitting overseas is going to come back buying things like food.  We will be owned by the banks and starved while our production moves overseas.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:28 | 4879705 Anusocracy
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Since when did everyone stop being owned by the government?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:52 | 4879750 NidStyles
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I can't think of anyone not really paying taxes.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:57 | 4879764 Anusocracy
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Technically, .gov workers return taxes.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:37 | 4879844 NidStyles
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They also don't go to prison if they don't return them either.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:25 | 4879822 JohnG
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Better start a garden and think about growing some animals if you like to eat.  I grow everything that I can.  Hard work but worth it.  Plus if you aren't spending on food it keeps the money in your hand.

Hunt in the winter, fish, whatever you can do for yourself.  I'll never starve.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:09 | 4879911 TheMeatTrapper
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Amen brother - a country boy can survive. Gardening is a skill and it takes time to learn - that's something I'm finding out the hard way.

Don't forget about trapping. Traps work 24/7, they never get tired, fall asleep or sleep late. Let nature feed the animals and cull the sick. Catch a few and leave some seed for next year.

Learn To Trap

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:59 | 4879965 denverdolomte
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Couldn't agree more with both of your comments. Have a huge urban garden going at the moment, some 60 types of fruits and veggies, all of which can sustain 8 month grow seasons.

Other things to learn are how to bolt your plants and generate seeds on all of them for future grows, learn how to clone the plants that you can, and learn grafting of plants. Those few skills will keep you in perpetual grows year round. Pick up a few T5 light ballasts for indoor growing in the winters. I compost everything and regrow in that soil. 

Unfortunately I can't trap or raise animals in my current location without the city coming and nailing me with fines, but hunting / fishing is huge parts of my summers and winters. Found it's cheaper as well to buy an animal in bulk if you want beef for example or pork. 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:38 | 4880076 cowdiddly
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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:28 | 4880598 Citxmech
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Nice podcast on an otherwise very fun and informative site regarding local, diversified, humane, sustainable, and healthy farming.

Good stuff.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 03:32 | 4880134 Flagit
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For a few hundred bucks you can get a small scale solar system, inverter and batteries that will at the very least keep your freezer running to keep that bulk beef and pork from spoiling.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:30 | 4880603 Citxmech
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The importantce of this can't be overstated - especially when reaping the benefits of bulk purchases.

Jerkey or freeze dried would be the only other alternatives for long-term meat storage unless you've got the infrastructure to keep it on the hoof.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 09:37 | 4880324 p00k1e
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"Let nature feed the animals and cull the sick."

Exactly!  End the Social Security Disability trap!  

As Bush said, medical decisioning should be made in the home.  Pass the jar, not enough to save granny then brain thump her.  

Stop including us!  

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 00:10 | 4879976 Cornfedbloodstool
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They will come and break your rice bowl

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:25 | 4879702 Seasmoke
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Stop letting the criminals change the definitions. The meanings. The calculations. The Dow Jones....etc. etc. Etc. 


Hang them for Treason. If they try and ever do it again. 

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:46 | 4879736 soontobeblocked
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Do you think it's a cohencidence that the Ministry of Obfuscation is infested with the same tribe that has a grossly disproportionate proclivity for changing (hiding) their names (true identity) and who not only hijacked a religion but have the audacity to use the term 'anti-semite' when 99% of them have less semitic DNA than my dogs?

Then again the would-be watchdogs in the press who would ordinarily be counted on to tell us that "no, up is not down" and "yes, they are pissing on you".....are equally either infested or co-opted.

Fuck every last one of them and their little dogs too.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:57 | 4879765 Everybodys All ...
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Literally half of the media is married to someone in the government or worse yet the adminstration. There can be no way they are not co-opted or set up by the NSA.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:35 | 4880072 UselessEater
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The rest are morons who confuse journalism with celebrity, and popularised news 'cycles' with investigative current affairs.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 06:25 | 4880188 negative rates
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Our problem is that they already admit the high levels of corruption, while turning their backs knowing you can do nothing about it.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:43 | 4880614 Citxmech
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It always sends a huge red flag up for me when Andrea Mitchell or Brezinski's daughter get called in to report on some world event on the news.  You literally can see the spin from all the bullshit slinging off their "reporting."

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:58 | 4879962 Hugh G Rection
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Someone gets it.

I always get irritated by  the fake awake Jonestown ghost chasers.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:51 | 4879747 Everybodys All ...
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Until pitch forks surround the Fed nothing will change.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:52 | 4879748 soontobeblocked
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Oh, yeah, and because most of them bear as much resemblance to USA citizens as they do Semites, the correct terms would be 'espionage', 'saboteurs', 'spying', etc.  Treason implies that they were at some point in time truly citizens of this opposed to being citizens of the world or "that shitty little country".

...every last one.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:47 | 4879876 AllWorkedUp
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Those you speak of are not of this earth my friend.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:17 | 4879806 DOGGONE
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This should be apparent to kids, and older:

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:31 | 4879707 i_call_you_my_base
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There is no inflation. Just eat your pink slime burgers and rest those feet on that particle board coffee table. Ahhhh, the good life.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:52 | 4879749 813kml
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I just took out a HELOC on my coffee table so I can keep the lights on.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:07 | 4879789 i_call_you_my_base
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Is this a fucking joke? Is it?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 02:13 | 4879810 813kml
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Lending standards have loosened considerably.

I threw a blanket over it and leased it to my Japanese neighbor as a vacation home, he says it reminds him of a Tokyo hotel room.  I try to keep my feet off it though, he keeps trying to lick my toes.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 09:15 | 4880304 Oh regional Indian
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Funny stuff, and you do know your Japanese peopers!!!

Even zen, that must be some coffee taburu....

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:33 | 4879710 A Lunatic
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I'm beginning to believe that Obama ain't goan pay my mogage after all....

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:40 | 4879720 Escrava Isaura
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Why do you bother listen to stupid people?...... To begin with?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:06 | 4879784 Anusocracy
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Why do people 'listen' to blobs of stupid neurons in their own brains?

Isn't that the real problem?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:41 | 4879863 Escrava Isaura
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Are you talking about religion? On the right?

Or, hypocrisy? On the left?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 00:31 | 4880001 Anusocracy
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Probably both.

Whatever directs people to manipulate, control or use other people as objects.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:06 | 4880041 soontobeblocked
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Yep, exploiting people as opposed to - perish the thought - helping them. 

One of the more pernicious ilks is the 'community organizer' who putatively helps people.  Yep, helps herd them deeper into the physical and cognitive plantation. 

Along the lines of the devil you know versus the devil you don't, er, rather the devil who convinces you he's an angel.  That is in no way an endorsement of Team (R).  Give me Pol Pot and Kim Jong Un anytime.  At least you knew exactly where you stood/stand.  Revolution is closer to fomenting when the people realize how much they're being fucked....which brings us full circle back to the topic of this thread.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 09:58 | 4880354 shovelhead
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There goes your job as a hatrack and coathanger.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:38 | 4879719 greatbeard
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Dropping out of the system is some defense. My grocery bill this month, so far, $130, and a big chunk of that is cat food.  I don't plan on buying anything else until after the first of the month unless I run out of cat food.  My water bill this month is $.00, which is usual and shouldn't go up.

Of course, if there was a woman around, I'd never get away with living like this.

I have been socking away the spring/summer fruit/vegetable harvest.  Peach preserves, apple butter, canned and frozen potatoes, canned black eyed peas, canned relish, refrigerated and canned sauerkraut, dehydrated cabbage, canned peas, dehydrated and frozen onions, frozen broccoli, five gallons of frozen strawberries.  Not much left, another two rows of potatoes, tomatoes just about ready (I make sauce mostly), and I should have a big crop of jalapeno, bell and del rio peppers to put up.  And the blackberries are just starting to come on strong.

Hard to sell a place like this.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:44 | 4879729 pods
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I have one question, do you have a cat?


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:49 | 4879744 greatbeard
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>> do you have a cat?

I had to go check.  Yes, I still have a cat.  She's old, and blind, and senile, and generally a real PITA.  But she was a great and wonderful cat and deserves her care.  But I'm a real softie when it comes to animals.

If I were going to go that route, I'd eat the dog food.  They eat only the finest. 

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:56 | 4879758 pods
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That is better news.  Can't see wasting homemade sauce on Meow Mix.  (I have one cat left)

I actually ate some dog food last night. Of course it was just the jasmine rice I bulk him up with, but I cooked the rice for the dog, so technically I ate dog food.

We used to make dog food from scratch for my old dog, helped her with her joints and coat. With brown rice, pork butt, whole chickens, blueberries, eggs with shell, broccoli and fish oil it was pretty decent food.  Made it in a rubbermaid bin and stirred it with a shovel.  Kids take up too much energy to undertake that now.  Took the whole day to make. She loved it though.



Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:59 | 4879773 Grande Tetons
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You are making me misty. 

When I am down and out and on my last legs I am going to put on a cat suit with the Obamacare logo on my chest and sit on your porch. 


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:10 | 4879782 messymerry
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I ate some Purina Dog Chow once.  It tasted like paper.  Perish the thought of eating the canned stuff..

@ Teton below:  Yeah, holding your little cat hat and staring at Greatbeard with those huge liquid eyes,,,   ;-D

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:58 | 4879766 soontobeblocked
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"Of course, if there was a woman around, I'd never get away with living like this."

You might want to double-check your definition of "living" and reconsider why there is no woman around.

chacun au son gout

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:36 | 4879842 greatbeard
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>> why there is no woman around.

I don't see that as an issue.  If it was it is easily solved. 

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:03 | 4879897 813kml
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I hope that the solution doesn't involve your cat and some lipstick.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:44 | 4879948 Terminus C
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Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:56 | 4879961 slipperyPete50
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I had to login to thank you, you are a riot!


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:15 | 4879920 TheMeatTrapper
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"Of course, if there was a woman around, I'd never get away with living like this."

Dude - you have hit the nail on the fucking head with that comment. 

You cannot begin to comprehend the damage that the American female has done to this country.

Whether it's voting with their emotions, demanding an inordinately comfortable lifestyle, conspicous consumption and almost single handedly sustaining the bullshit service economy  - women have used the courts and the threat of taking a mans kids and making him even more of a debt slave for life to completely destroy this country.

Most men marry because they want to 'do right' by their woman and give her respectability and raise a family. 

Little do they realize that that is the beginning of a life based on debt, implied threats and blackmail. 

I love my son dearly - but if I had it to do all over again, I'd be a single man - wealthy and retired. As it is - I will work until the day I die. 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:41 | 4880078 Miffed Microbio...
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Dear meat trapper,

There are a few of us that are not as you say. I have respected my husband and loved him dearly all my life since we were 17. I work hard on our little farm raising our vegetables and meat birds. I was a city girl with a very soft heart. It is very hard for me to slaughter an animal but I do it. Afterward, I see on our porch and fight back tears. Mr will put his hand on my shoulder and tell me he respects me for rising above my nature. I appreciate the kindness that he shows me knowing I cannot fully be a farm girl but am honored for the respect.

I work hard at my fully time job and give my salary to my husband because he is a far better manager of finances than I am. We set a budget for my expenses every month which I follow. Several years ago he gave me $1200 from an unexpected bonus. I still have $1000 left. We live simply and I am content without the typical female trappings and baubles.

When we used to vote, we discussed the candidates and propositions together. There was no silly emotion, just weighed the facts. Upon consensus we voted as a block. Now were are in agreement that voting today is pointless.

Everyday when I go to work my husband hugs and kisses me goodbye and wishes me a great day. He does the same upon my return. I know I am truly blessed to have a man love me so much and I go out of my way to make him laugh and be happy. He works incredibly long hours and knows he will never retire due to the insane policies of the Fed. I wish there is something I could do to change this. All I can do is support him in any way possible.

When I read what you have posted I know this is not true for you. I am very sorry. I think you are a very hard working resilient man that should be respected for your talents and dedication to providing for your family. I can imagine treating you otherwise. If I had the ability,I'd knock some sense into your wife. You have my condolences.

Funny thing. My husband wanted to marry me. I was ok just to be a girl friend. He tells me he considers me more of a girlfriend than a wife. Maybe that's my secret.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:35 | 4880217 RaceToTheBottom
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Thanks for writing that.  It was nice to read and to remember there is still some good in the world.  I forget that.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 08:42 | 4880275 overmedicatedun...
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Miffed, thanks for posting, I think like myself we old timers here have said everything important that we have to say, several times over,, then I read a new post by you and reconsider..PS bio warfare is happening and DHS is helpless to stop it..chung virus next up after dengue, west nile, lyme, open borders with human vectors coming to a sick ward near you, MDR TB is walking across the rio grande as I type. stay healthy.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:36 | 4880403 Miffed Microbio...
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So true. I felt when I started to repeat myself it was time to leave. Then I realized we all have to share our perspectives even if it sometimes gets repetitive. Fonestar certainly has risen to the occasion. ;-)

I am seeing a lot of insane stuff now. We are becoming a third world nation microbially. Lots of TB in the homeless now. Just waiting for an XDR to emerge soon. I'm sure this border rush will soon add to my woes. I have a front row seat. Keep you eyes open,beware and stay well.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 08:48 | 4880285 Wahooo
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Great post!  There are plenty of women in America who don't shop till they drop and want to update their lifestyle everything week. I'm married to one of them, hell, she keeps ME in line, I'm want to buy the latest golf club or fishing accessory and what not. It's a good match.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 09:06 | 4880298 Absinthe Minded
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You are definitely logical and well spoken in your comments. No disrespect, (you may consider it a compliment) but I thought you were male. I wish my wife was cut from the same cloth as you, I love her but she has some "overhead" costs, but so do I. Compromise is the biggest part of marriage hands down. Some would say trust, I'm lucky I never had to worry about that.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:56 | 4880385 Miffed Microbio...
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Dear absinthe,

No offense taken. It is a common mistake here. My husband does say I am very masculine in my approach to the practicalities of life. I think this rose from my background. I was born into a very wealthy family ( had 2 homes in Malibu on the beach) and when my dad died suddenly we were plunged in to poverty. I then was forced to take care of my insane mother and younger brother. We lost every thing. My turning point came when we couldn't make rent on our little appt. and only had a 1/2 of bottle of catsup to eat. I found it in myself to survive instead of giving up. Yes, many people helped us. I admitted my plight to a friend at school. He brought food from his farm and gave me a job to help. He is now Mr Miffed. He told me he knew there was something special about the sad girl curled up in a ball living in the corner. Everyone else having a carefree high school life just ignored me.

We tried absinthe the other day at a restaurant for the first time. We loved it! But the waiter said it really wasn't the classic absinthe and was modified so to be legal. I was incensed. So, I have wormwood and am preparing a tincture to see if I can recreate it. Mr Miffed just rolled his eyes. He has given up and just let's me be me.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:59 | 4880242 Serenity Now
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The Left did those things to society, not women.  I'm sorry for whatever happened to you.  The Left has destroyed the family, men, and women....or at least they have tried.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:31 | 4880978 Moustache Rides
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It goes alot deeper than saying "the Left" did it.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:19 | 4881194 greatbeard
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>> It goes alot deeper

You need to keep it very, very simple for those kinds of people.  Suffice to say it's somebody elses fault.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:28 | 4880970 Moustache Rides
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I think the big reason behind women being the way they are today is due to media shaping their mentality.  This is true for males as well.  But, women were hit pretty hard from the 50's on.  Disney has done a great deal of damage with all their princess bullshit.  I've heard that type of programming reffered to as "Project Crazy Bitch".  I don't think it could be more aptly described.  Now we have another female program i call "Warrior Princess programming".  You can see it with all the tattooed up butch, tough females nowadays.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:20 | 4881196 greatbeard
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>> due to media

Not to keep hounding your every post, but you obviously "get it".

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 23:40 | 4881917 Moustache Rides
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Thanks Beard.   The thing i worry about the most is my son is just starting high school and im trying to explain all this stuff to him so he doesn't end up with some girl that ruins his life lol.  Believe me, i worry about it alot. heh

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:55 | 4881492 UselessEater
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On teevee the other night was a program about Manscaping for the Metrosexual male. Huh?

I guess men are also becoming good consumers through the relentless propoganda and social programming and are required to spend as much money and time on their appearance as suits corporate profits.

On your point on tattoo's, at the grocery store one Sat. morning a rather tough looking woman had a huge tattoo of a naked lady on her calf porno style. I felt sorry for any parent with young kids as even I was kinda offended. I guess its OK for women to sexualize women?




Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:24 | 4881674 DrewJackson
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What you don't like the "Sluts of Hollywood"  Reality TV show???

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:32 | 4881310 SamuelMaverick
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MeatTrapper - What you wrote is the rule, and what I have seen over and over again on a                            daily basis for my entire life.


Miffed - Sorry, but women like you are rare, and are definitley the exception to the rule -                               maybe one or two percent of the population. your husband is lucky. 



Fri, 06/20/2014 - 23:53 | 4879958 TabakLover
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Don't forget tobacco. Smokes'll  be worth their weight in gold if society unravels. 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 00:06 | 4879970 Skateboarder
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Sure will, and you better have some good defense cuz that's the kinda shit the bullies will try to take from you for free.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:49 | 4880427 The Internation...
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no they won't u fucking idiots.  the government taxes them. you can get them from an indian reservation for like nothing.  Cost of cigarrettes is like 100% government.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:42 | 4879723 PenguinMan
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"According to CNBC, one recent report warned that "your water bill will likely increase" in the coming months.."

Yeah, because we blew 17 trillion on bankers and we are operating medieval water facilities in most communities in the country.

Not prosecuting the Too Big Too Fails is getting mighty expensive alright.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:42 | 4879725 potato
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Would someone explain why, if inflation is 10% (based on 1980 calculations), and all the 0.01%ers are holding Treasuries, munis, and bonds which pay 2 to 7%, then they are being robbed and there is a massive transfer of wealth away from them ("them" being anyone with a large sum of FRN-denominated money)? Who is getting all this wealth if the common folk are also getting robbed?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:49 | 4879743 seek
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The 0.01%ers aren't holding bonds. Most of those are being held by funds (like pension funds) as well as government entities supporting the ponzi.

The inflation-stolen wealth is going two places: equities (via Fed printing and purchases) and to the free shit army. It's coming from the middle class and any exploitable investments the middle class has left (which again, is mostly retirement/pension funds.) What's entertaining is that a lot of these funds are pensions for government workers and they have no idea they're the bagholders.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:53 | 4879753 Grande Tetons
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Great question. Google Cantillion Effect. 

Basically, as a result of your proximity to the printing press,  if you can afford to buy another house in the Hamptons and set your hooker up in a nice pad you are not so concerned that the price of your coffee has doubled. 


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:55 | 4879759 sangell
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Central banks are holding most of US government debts not individuals, at least not those who paid par. Pension and insurance funds are holding a lot of the other junk. Banks too can hold government bonds because it is considered 'risk free' capital and if they can borrow from their Central bank at 0% even a 2% return is fat if you don't have to actually 'buy' anything.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:50 | 4880228 Sean7k
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Potato, you may be looking at this from the wrong perspective. For the Elites, money is a MEANS to an end, the end being power and influence. They can always get more money, because they control the gears of government, the justice of the courts and the financial system.

The object here is the same as it has always been, paying the labor system the least amount for the goods and services they require to live well while constraining the temper of the People. A good example is the company store. They tell us what we receive, they determine the prices of goods, they provide our housing and benefits- as long as we behave and work. 

Not all people of wealth are part of the Elite. There is a reason we have the term "nouveau riche", it is similar to "it's a big club and we aren't in it". Most Elite families go back centuries, some (black nobility, etc) go back millenia. They have organized society to meet their needs. They have introduced the drug, audio and visual innovations which leave much of society slack jawed and drooling in anticipation.

War is a means of control AND commerce. Medicine is just a transfer mechanism. School is a worker training program. Government keeps us scared AND poor. Democracy leads us to believe we have a sense of control. Law becomes legitimacy of the tyrannical whole. 

It is hard to view the world without blinders and filters, which is why they have us fitted with them. If you read the original "Wizard of OZ", all the players are fitted with emerald colored glasses they must wear at all tmes. This causes the people to see a city in a glory it has never had. After awhile, they come to believe it.

Now, look around you, is America or Europe the truly great places they proclaim? Ask the people in the rest of the world, the ones without the colored glasses of managed perception. Though it may be better than other parts of the world awash in misery and petty dictatorships (managed by the same Elites), we are hardly testing the true potential of liberty and opportunity. 


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 08:52 | 4880286 layman_please
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great summary of human civilisation

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:41 | 4881001 Moustache Rides
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aye .. great post

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 22:45 | 4884437 o2sd
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That IS an excellent question. It also has an well known answer.

There are three reasons why the 1%ers are not affected by inflation, even if it is higher than a credit grade yield.

1. The closer you are to the issuer of currency, the closer you are to newly issued notes. That is, if you are one step removed from the money printing, you get to spend those new notes at current prices before those notes go into wider circulation (and inflate the supply of money). 

2. The higher your income, the smaller the proportion of your income is spent on consumables. That is, the food bill for someone earning 10 million per year is not 200 times higher than for someone earning 50 thousand per year, even if the person earning 10 million per year employs their own private chef. 

3. Asset prices increase with inflation. When inflation is high, the assets of the top 1% are appreciating faster than inflation.

In fact, there is no greater transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich than in times of high inflation. 

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:43 | 4879727 pods
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This is the way of things. The slow grind down to third world status.

This has not hit most people yet though, judging from the bloated zombies I still see everywhere.

People in Amerika can still afford food, if you know what I'm saying.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 02:20 | 4880104 hobopants
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yep, Tragedy of the commons... from independent producer to dependent parasite.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:21 | 4880203 HobbyFarmer
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Pods, I think what most people in America afford is not actual food.  That is the problem.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:20 | 4880583 GoldenTool
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Or it will be by the time they turn 60...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:58 | 4880666 Citxmech
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What does Polen call it, "Food-like Substances?"

Ironically, anything with "food" or "Drink" attached to the title is among the worst:  "Cheese-food," "Juice-drink," etc.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 22:47 | 4884442 o2sd
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Well, they can afford a close approximation of food at any rate. Mostly it is hydrocarbons turned into carbohydrates turned into lipids.


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:44 | 4879730 sangell
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The government will probably require the US to go metric soon to hide inflation. Afterall if you pay for meat by the gram and gas by the liter or cubic meter instead of cubic foot people will have no reference point. Maybe our electric bills will be billed in pascuals or megajoules.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 01:48 | 4880082 IridiumRebel
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Honey? Can you turn the AC up to counteract the rise in Kelvin?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 08:14 | 4880257 Jumbotron
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LOL !!

As a former meteorologist....I wholeheartily agree with your Kelvin comment.  I like truth in my numbers.  Can't get any truthier than Kelvin.  Start with absolute zero and go up from there.

But I can see why we don't.

32 degree Fahrenheit is 273.15 Kelvin

100 degrees Fahrenheit is 310.93 Kelvin

You don't get the sense of scale with Kelvin as you do with Fahrenheit.  Would play hell if you're wife set the thermostat by a few degrees off what it should be.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:23 | 4880382 IridiumRebel
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Sheesh it is getting hot!...Oh look the cat is passed out.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 06:02 | 4880184 Winston Churchill
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Didn't they already pull that stunt.A 2klbs ton instead of 2240lbs.

A 16 oz pint instead of 20ozs etc etc.

The script never gets old.

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