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The Madness Of Crowds And The Great Insanity (the coming economic collapse)
Zerohedge ^ | June 8, 2014 | Ty Andros

Posted on 06/08/2014 6:42:22 PM PDT by Perseverando

Never in my 30+ year career as a market observer have I seen so many out on a limb which is about to be SAWED OFF. Those who live within the matrix are fully loaded for a recovery which is not and will not appear. Nominally the Main stream media can proclaim ECONOMIC recovery has arrived, point to the rising developed world stock markets, seemingly benign bond markets of all categories: sovereign, investment grade and Junk, Private equity, corporate buy backs and more have priced in “Happy Days are here again”. HFT, unrestrained leverage in a financially repressed world and Quantitative easing have done the rest in pushing financial assets to heights rarely, if ever, seen. Volatility is at all-time lows in most markets and investor confidence at superhuman levels. Like a boat where all the passengers are on one side of the boat and it is about to capsize, investors similarly have no fear.

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche

The central banks have created moral hazard on a scale which is simply unbelievable and set a stage for a bonfire of the vanities seldom, if ever, seen in history. In fact, nothing I can see rivals it.

“Over a protracted period of good times, capitalist economies tend to move from a financial structure dominated by hedge finance units to a structure in which there is a large weight to units engaged in speculative and Ponzi finance. . . . The greater the weight of speculative and Ponzi finance, the smaller the overall margins of safety in the economy and the greater the fragility of the financial structure.”

- Hyman Minsky, 1992

Professional Investors who have spent a lifetime playing these contrarian opportunities offered by human behavior are being carried out on stretchers as historic market behaviors fail to materialize. So the financial imbalances and historic overvaluations just grow and grow and when they are resolved only God knows. In my opinion, it isn’t materializing because many markets are manipulated, pure and simple, with and without the assistance of the central banks, government regulators and the bankster financial community. As long as the results and consequent headlines are politically correct there are no consequences to be feared, they will be allowed to continue. Politicians HATED markets because they used to expose them as the liars they are. NO MORE as they are now in the hands of megalomaniac’s and sociopaths who don’t know the difference between right and wrong.

“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law even places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim, when he defends himself, as a criminal. But often the masses are plundered and do not even know it.”

- Frédéric Bastiat

The masses are being plundered on a scale which is inconceivable and unmatched in history; it is the source of the middle classes dying in the developed world. The developed world has become a well-disguised plantation of serfs and slaves. They are given nothing to store and save their labor in as the currency they hold are printed endlessly and have no reserves to back them and are redeemable in NOTHING, contrary to every sound currency in history. Modern day money is nothing less than a wealth confiscation scheme run by morally and fiscally bankrupt central banks and governments against their own citizens.

Is there any human activity where you are not taxed today in one way or another? Is there any major financial holding which people own free and clear of annual taxes or don’t have to share any gain with the masters in central governments? They are your partners in everything even though you performed the work to buy your assets. The government has given the working man nothing in exchange for sharing in the profits or appreciation. Government services such as roads, schools, sewers, police and courts are paid for out of taxes.

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As long as big government progressives, elites, the main stream media, and banksters can manipulate and control the reality for the vast majority of citizens they tell themselves they are doing a public good. Fredric Bastiat described this nexus well:

“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law even places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim, when he defends himself, as a criminal. But often the masses are plundered and do not even know it.”

- Frédéric Bastiat

Throughout the developed world, progressive governments have created huge welfare states that have crippled the futures of the people under whom they were meant to place a safety net. Now, it is a permanent way of life for them and the rolls are exploding daily.

“See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay. If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system.”

- French economist Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

This is the system in the developed world today and it will not be stopped except by Mother Nature and Darwin. These programs have now created a class of people who have no ability to rise and prosper in life: they have no skills, no ability to produce more than they consume, and do not know the source of their inability to do so. They are told their lack of success is someone else’s fault. They are crippled intentionally to be victims of the elites who wish to prey on them and their ignorance. They have been provided a POTEMKIN FAKE education by public schools who FAIL to provide them the educations necessary to rise through adversity and in life. These FAKE educations have ONLY one goal as outlined by George Carlin:

“…But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They DON’T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that, that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting F#CKED by system that threw them overboard 30 f#ckin’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want OBEDIENT WORKERS. OBEDIENT WORKERS. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passably accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.”

- George Carlin

Is this not the world we live in today? These words were said over 15 years ago. The USEFUL idiots as Lenin called them have no ability to think, manufactured by public school monopolies (which I call indoctrination/brain washing centers) and told they have been born with the right to all of their basic needs provided by the government:

“It is not an endlessly expanding list of rights —the “right” to an education; the “right” to health care; the “right” to food and housing. That is not freedom. That is dependency. Those are not rights. Those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle.”

- Alexis de Tocqueville

They believe the impossible dream that they have the right to live their lives at the expense of others and will vote for the people that tell them this is so and use a government gun to make it happen. Most of society today does not know: where money comes from, what it is or isn’t in a historical or practical sense, how wealth is created, the virtues of capitalism and wealth creation, why it’s important to stay debt free and live within your means, why they should work hard and never give up, why save money, why it’s important to be self-reliant, what the constitution is and why it’s important to protect our freedom and future, nor economics of any sort but socialism and Keynesianism (central government control of all aspects of life also known as Marxism).

In my estimation this means they are functually ILLITERATE to life’s basic requirements to grow and thrive as a human in society. They couldn’t be less prepared to meet life’s challenges. The school systems are designed to create peasants and serfs to socialism. Not educated, self-reliant and independent citizens. Prior generations such as mine where taught all these things. We want it restored, and now are labeled extremists and terrorists for insisting on it. This teaching of socialism labeled democracy has led to very destructive behavior:

Democratic institutions awaken and foster a passion for equality which they can never entirely satisfy. This complete equality eludes the grasp of the people at the very moment they think that they have grasped it… the people are excited in the pursuit of an advantage, which is more precious because it is not sufficiently near to be enjoyed. Democratic institutions strongly tend to promote the feeling of envy. A depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak attempt to lower the powerful to their own level and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.

- Alexis de Tocqueville, 1825

This is the agenda of the voting public with the president and his minions in congress and the bureaucracy as his supporters. I have never seen an administration so dedicated to dividing people and attacking the private economy which is the basis of future prosperity. Progressives in Government espouse the gospel of Carl Marx even though they never say so explicitly:

“The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects, to his laziness, incompetence, improvidence or simple stupidity.”

- Henry Hazlitt on envy and Marxism

This is from where progressives derive their power as this is what the public is taught in public schools. They are a generation of unaccountable victims. Government does not create prosperity or wealth, it destroys prosperity and wealth… correction: it CONSUMES them.

Several weeks ago, I commented on the $30 trillion dollars ($30 million million dollars printed out of THIN air) of new debt which has been created since the nadir of the Global Financial Crisis in late 2008. This has created the greatest fire hose of HOT money zooming around the world in history. Too much money chasing too few opportunities is repressing yields and returns. Combine this with deliberate FINANCIAL REPRESSION by banksters and governments as they transfer the returns from prudent savers to themselves to fill in the insolvency their Reserveless banking systems created. Trillions of dollars of unpaid interest has flowed to insolvent governments and banks during this period and continues to do so as REAL inflation eats the money the public is paid in and stores its wealth in. While bankers and governments borrow money for nothing, false government inflation statistics hide the theft from the public (see www.shadowstats.com).

“You never want to let a serious crisis go to waste.”

- Rahm Emanuel, February 9, 2009

This debt has been disguised as GDP by the governments of the world while they used the crisis not to reform themselves but, instead, to implement new and innovative ways to loot and enslave the publics they claim to serve by increasing taxes, taking regulations to levels of suffocation of private enterprise (moving this demand to connected crony capitalists), removing freedoms and taking confiscation of private property to new extremes. An insidious process, and exactly opposite of the recipe for economic recovery. They have destroyed the human spirit of hope, hard work, and tenacity as they destroy the incentives to do so.

“When people who earn more than the average have their ‘surplus,’ or the greater part of it, seized from them in taxes, and when people who earn less than the average have the deficiency, or the greater part of it, turned over to them in hand?outs and doles, the production of all must sharply decline; for the energetic and able lose their incentive to produce more than the average and the slothful and unskilled lose their incentive to improve their condition.”

- Henry Hazlitt

In the process, creating a society of misery spread widely (definition of socialism):

No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.”

- Adam Smith

Is this not the mood of the vast majority of the developed world? And they are giving up in record numbers, succumbing to the hopelessness in the world their elite masters have created for them.

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

- Carl Sagan

In closing, the greatest top in economic activity and leverage in human history has been in the making since 2000. When the leverage FAILS, the world’s developed economies will be thrust into the next leg of the cleansing process of deleveraging which began in 2000, made another top in 2008 and now this time. The leverage is far greater now than it was at the 2000, and the 2007/2008 highs. The destruction of it will be equally bigger. The world has slipped below the proverbial event horizon of a Black hole, slipping closer and closer to the final denouement of the insanity running amok today.

Then, we will have a time of great economic and social turmoil as what has gone before slides to its doom. Then, a great reformation will emerge just as it did in China after the cultural revolution failed in 1976 and then with Deng Xiaoping in 1989 when he said “to get rich is glorious” and he unleashed the human spirit in China and wealth creation exploded. Don’t you think similar epiphany’s lie in the future after the socialist welfare states of the world collapse?

“Political ideas that have dominated the public mind for decades cannot be refuted through rational arguments, they must run their course in life and cannot collapse otherwise than in great catastrophe.”

- Ludwig Von Mises

This conclusion is firmly on the horizon; let’s call it the great INSANITY. I believe this version is the greatest in history and will be written about for centuries. Those that forget history are doomed to repeat it and this time is no different. However, there is always great opportunity with great danger as the greatest transfer of wealth from these that hold it in paper to those that don’t is underway and there is nothing that can stop it. The sociopaths and elites have no ability to turn the ship of states around as their policies have created the collapse. While this is a manmade disaster, it is most definitely the greatest opportunity in history for those that see it and adjust their behavior accordingly. Don’t ever forget, THEY WILL PRINT THE MONEY!


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1 posted on 06/08/2014 6:42:22 PM PDT by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

I’m waiting for the negative interest rates to hit. It will be like ice water being thrown on their faces. Every type of bank account will have money withdrawn in a set schedule. When that happens, their will be chaos not seen in a very long time. Imagine 1.5% being withdrawn from your savings account on a monthly basis.


2 posted on 06/08/2014 6:50:59 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: Perseverando

Spend your money now on good investments as it won’t worth much in the near future.


3 posted on 06/08/2014 6:52:00 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

IMO, if one has sufficient savings (many don’t), it would be prudent to have 1 month’s living expenses stored at home in cash. You are earning nothing in the bank anyway, no loss there.


4 posted on 06/08/2014 6:58:46 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: DownInFlames

The European Central Bank has done just that. A few days ago, tHey lowered their deposit rate from 0% to negative .1%.


5 posted on 06/08/2014 7:04:00 PM PDT by slouch-no-more
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To: Perseverando
While we are quoting pundits and experts let us not leave out the immortal John Maynard Keynes: "The market can remain irrational much longer than you can remain solvent."

Moral: don't bet the farm by shorting the market.

6 posted on 06/08/2014 7:06:07 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ChildOfThe60s

I’m totally down with a ca$h $ta$h.


7 posted on 06/08/2014 7:06:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Perseverando

BTTT


8 posted on 06/08/2014 7:12:36 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Why won’t people simply pull their money from the bank if the interest rate goes negative?


9 posted on 06/08/2014 7:13:12 PM PDT by DB
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To: DB

http://canada.deposits.org/


10 posted on 06/08/2014 7:16:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

The Great Fall


11 posted on 06/08/2014 7:17:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

http://asia.deposits.org/


12 posted on 06/08/2014 7:23:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Buy land, junk silver, fractional gold, food and ammo.


13 posted on 06/08/2014 7:24:30 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Paladin2

Having lived through long power outages in FL from hurricanes, and winter storms in the Ohio valley, I know that debit and credit cards aren’t of much value when there is no power for a week.

Add to that the banking uncertainty we face (if one has the sense to acknowledge it - most don’t). Most Americans refuse to even consider it as a remote possibility that we could have banking “holidays” that could cut off access to our money for one or several weeks. Their faith is amazing, thought very poorly placed.

I personally am not religious, but I am astounded at those in my own (married) family that have unlimited *faith* in the goodness and benevolent strength of the government on their behalf, yet openly ridicule Christians as stupid and superstitious.


14 posted on 06/08/2014 7:26:52 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Perseverando

The question should be, “Why are they committed to this great insanity that will lead to the biggest economic collapse that will bring down every country in the world?”

To bring about the global dictator!


15 posted on 06/08/2014 7:27:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Perseverando
I think I will appoint myself FR’s official Zero Hedge Noodge.*

I like Zero Hedge, and read it daily. But understand that EVERY article on ZH predicts an imminent economic collapse. And ZH has ALWAYS been that way. The stock market will collapse, and soon! Just look at this chart!

Now, I'm not saying ZH is wrong here. What I am saying is that ZH only offers one piece of the puzzle. Take it as the complete picture at your own risk.

* Noodge: from the Yiddish, meaning one who pesters and annoys with persistent complaining.

16 posted on 06/08/2014 7:33:57 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

To bring about the global dictator!


Obama is doing what he can to make the antichrist welcomed as a savior by the masses.


17 posted on 06/08/2014 7:42:25 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Perseverando
Several weeks ago, I commented on the $30 trillion dollars ($30 million million dollars printed out of THIN air) of new debt which has been created since the nadir of the Global Financial Crisis in late 2008.

Printing money doesn't create debt.

false government inflation statistics hide the theft from the public (see www.shadowstats.com).

If anyone knows fake stats, it's the guy who charges suckers to create them.

18 posted on 06/08/2014 7:43:52 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: DownInFlames
Every type of bank account will have money withdrawn in a set schedule.

Never gonna happen.

19 posted on 06/08/2014 7:44:34 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Printing money doesn’t create debt.”

It does create inflation, however.


20 posted on 06/08/2014 7:52:13 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

“Never gonna happen. “

That’s exactly what they said in Venezuela and Argentina.

L


21 posted on 06/08/2014 7:53:55 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

Venezuela and Argentina had a negative interest rate policy? When?


22 posted on 06/08/2014 8:01:55 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Kartographer

“The masses are being plundered on a scale which is inconceivable and unmatched in history; it is the source of the middle classes dying in the developed world. The developed world has become a well-disguised plantation of serfs and slaves. They are given nothing to store and save their labor in as the currency they hold are printed endlessly and have no reserves to back them and are redeemable in NOTHING, contrary to every sound currency in history. Modern day money is nothing less than a wealth confiscation scheme run by morally and fiscally bankrupt central banks and governments against their own citizens.

Is there any human activity where you are not taxed today in one way or another? Is there any major financial holding which people own free and clear of annual taxes or don’t have to share any gain with the masters in central governments? They are your partners in everything even though you performed the work to buy your assets. The government has given the working man nothing in exchange for sharing in the profits or appreciation. Government services such as roads, schools, sewers, police and courts are paid for out of taxes.”

A good article.


23 posted on 06/08/2014 8:07:21 PM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: Paladin2

What would good investments nowadays be?


24 posted on 06/08/2014 8:08:02 PM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: Toddsterpatriot

“Printing money doesn’t create debt.”

No it creates inflation, which is helpful in paying off debt.


25 posted on 06/08/2014 8:10:51 PM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: Lurker

Cyprus.


26 posted on 06/08/2014 8:11:42 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: yorkiemom
No it creates inflation

Are you sure?


27 posted on 06/08/2014 8:21:34 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Thanks to Woodrow Wilson, every US federal reserve note (dollar) in circulation represents a debt owed by the govt of the US to the federal reserve banking system. Therefore, Money = Debt and, hence, Creating money = Creating debt.


28 posted on 06/08/2014 8:24:56 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: Perseverando

**Never in my 30+ year career as a market observer have I seen so many out on a limb which is about to be SAWED OFF.**

BTTT!+


29 posted on 06/08/2014 8:30:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Can someone hold all bad things from happening off for two more weeks. I get some money from an inheritance then. I will then be finally prepared for whatever.


30 posted on 06/08/2014 8:36:33 PM PDT by jy8z (When push comes disguised as nudge, I do not budge.)
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To: jy8z

You Single?


31 posted on 06/08/2014 8:49:40 PM PDT by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: RC one
every US federal reserve note (dollar) in circulation represents a debt owed by the govt of the US to the federal reserve banking system.

That's an interesting claim. You think the US government borrowed the $20 in my wallet from the Fed?

32 posted on 06/08/2014 8:51:01 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: yorkiemom

What ever you will need to consume over the next 5years that you can store.


33 posted on 06/08/2014 8:55:28 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Big Red Badger
No, I am not. Thirty six years to the same woman. Thanks for asking.
34 posted on 06/08/2014 8:58:36 PM PDT by jy8z (When push comes disguised as nudge, I do not budge.)
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To: Lurker

Printing money doesn’t create debt.”

It does create inflation, however.


Well yes, that’s the goal. The FED has an inflation target of 2% (as they define inflation). I’m not saying the FED has good policy, that’s a different discussion.

The FED printed $30 trillion? That’s much less than the wealth that was destroyed thourgh asset and labor deflation since 2007. So, the net effect of the financial crisis and the money printing has been deflationary. Without the printing we would be firmly in deflation. (Again, not commenting on the efficacy of the policy, just noting it.)

I never melt down over the rightness or wrongness of policy, that is a waste of time. Govt policies are things to work around, that’s all. One takes advantage of policy when possible, and minimizes damage from policy when profit isn’t possible.

I estimate the FED will have to walk the current tightrope between inflation and deflation for another 9-11 years. Whether it can do so is unknown.

Some contingency planning is advisable.


35 posted on 06/08/2014 9:08:10 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: Toddsterpatriot
what does that $20 say at the top of it? FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE. Where did that federal reserve note come from? the federal reserve of course. What is the federal reserve? a Banking cabal. How do banks make money? By lending out money i.e. federal reserve notes at interest.

Sp, yes. that $20 bill in your wallet was borrowed by the US government and will be paid back to the federal reserve plus interest.


36 posted on 06/08/2014 9:08:45 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: RC one
How do banks make money? By lending out money i.e. federal reserve notes at interest.

The Fed doesn't lend out FRNs.

Sp, yes. that $20 bill in your wallet was borrowed by the US government

Why do you feel the US government needs to borrow FRNs?

and will be paid back to the federal reserve plus interest.

Why would the Treasury repay anyone for my $20? You're not making any sense.

37 posted on 06/08/2014 9:13:48 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot
The Fed doesn't lend out FRNs.

Yes they do. to the US government.

Why do you feel the US government needs to borrow FRNs? where do you think that federal reserve note in your wallet came from then?

Why would the Treasury repay anyone for my $20? You're not making any sense.

the treasure won't repay them. You will. through your taxes. what do you think it means to pay "interest on the debt"? look at the graph I just showed you. That's your obligation to the federal reserve.

38 posted on 06/08/2014 9:27:56 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: RC one
The Fed doesn't lend out FRNs.

Yes they do. to the US government.

Where does the US government spend FRNs?

what do you think it means to pay "interest on the debt"?

That's interest the Treasury owes on bonds they sold. Not on FRNs.

That's your obligation to the federal reserve.

No it isn't.

39 posted on 06/08/2014 9:39:18 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

But if you have a family member with a big mouth, keep it to yourself so you don’t have to shoot a burglar.
Good idea though!
And a small wad for your BOB/’Get out of Dodge bag’.
Tell someone you trust about the stashes so the cash doesn’t get lost if a you get run over by a bus.


40 posted on 06/08/2014 9:50:45 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Perseverando; Toddsterpatriot; SAJ; LS; Lazamataz; wardaddy

You don’t want to hear this, and you’ll likely go through the 5 stages of grief when I tell it to you, but there is no economic collapse coming in the U.S. (Europe could be different, though).

QE is winding down in the government. In the private sector, the U.S. is under-going massive economic revolutions such as:

Oilfield fracking,
Hyper-farming,
Web 3.0,
Cloud Computing/storage,
Big Data,
Entertainment Data Streaming (e.g. HBO Go and Netflix),
the private Space Race (e.g. Rutan’s Virgin Galactic and Musk’s SpaceX),
Electric cars (e.g. Tesla),
3D printing,
DNA Programming for medicine,
Genetically Modified (GM) seeds,
and Crowd-funding.

These economic revolutions are bringing vast prosperity to those involved, and they are changing the way that the world works.

Now, why do I think that you are going to go into Denial and Anger and the other stages of grief based on the good news that I point out above?

...because I think that the people who are depressed about the current economic revolutions are those who are under-employed.

No one wants to blame their self for making too little money. It’s always easier to blame the government or a “bad economy.”

Likewise, people who are under-employed think that everything costs too much. Cars are too expensive and groceries “keep going up in price.”

Sigh... You’re missing out on levels of prosperity and wealth never before glimpsed in all of History.

The article above is clueless. Anyone unfamiliar with the economic revolutions that I just listed is...clueless.

Shape up!

There’s wealth to be plundered for those who can adapt.


41 posted on 06/08/2014 9:54:10 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: Toddsterpatriot
Where does the US government spend FRNs?

Wars. jet fighters and other military equipment and defense projects. welfare. various government operations. etc

That's interest the Treasury owes on bonds they sold. Not on FRNs.

The fed purchases plenty of those securities. Again, any revenue generated by bond sales represents debt to be paid by the US government and that means the US tax payers. Every dollar in circulation represents an IOU. That is the nature of our system.

No it isn't.

Your government disagrees.

In 1936, Robert H. Hemphill, Credit Manager of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, stated:

"If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial Banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the Banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon."

In other words, folks, every US dollar represented in the denomination of Federal Reserve Notes, in circulation today, represents a debt owed to the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve System only issues money when a rate of return is paid on that money to keep it in circulation. And so, when the Federal Reserve continues to infuse additional dollars into the monetary system, such as it is doing in amounts previously unheard of, each additional dollar in circulation yielding a return on its par value to the Federal Reserve System, that return must come from somewhere. That "somewhere' is your pocket and mine, and anyone who holds Federal Reserve dollars. Since the money to pay the interest back to the Fed System is never created, interest to the Fed System can only be paid by removing enough Fed Dollars already borrowed into circulation to pay the specified interest rate. But the principle owed is not removed! And so contrary to what one might believe, bank interest is never paid out of a debtor's assets. Bank interest is paid by borrowing more funds from the Federal Reserve. You may not be the one borrowing to pay the interest, but SOMEONE is. In this system, the American economy, over time, is being owned more and more by the Federal Reserve, and less and less by private equity.

couldn't have said it better myself.

42 posted on 06/08/2014 10:08:01 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

I don’t know about Japan’s economy. Have they been printing money or is the economy growing?

The definition of inflation is more money in the system. Which leads to higher prices. Deflation is the opposite. It’s cause and effect, but most people think the effect is the definition.


43 posted on 06/08/2014 10:17:10 PM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!

Hat tip to yorkiemom for the heads-up


44 posted on 06/08/2014 10:19:09 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Leaning Right

Don’t forget their almost daily dire predictions of global nuclear disaster via Fukishima.


45 posted on 06/08/2014 10:19:57 PM PDT by liege (America 180)
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To: Kartographer

It is your choice you can prep or you can stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo and maybe you can even get your picture as you stand there on the national news.

The world is dry tinder just awaiting the right spark.

So listen to what the bible says: A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. NIV Proverbs 22:3

Selco covers this in this article many times people just can not except that a breakdown is occurring even as they watch it happening before their eyes. Why don’t they realize it? It’s caused by a condition called ‘Normalcy Bias’ a mental state people enter when facing a disaster.

It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

A good article on ‘Normalcy Bias’ is on our own ChocChipCookies Blog The Survival Mom:

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2010/12/29/normalcy-bias/

You either prepare and stand on your own beholden to no one or you become dependent on others to provide your basic needs and become their ‘serf’. Me I don’t want to be beholden to anyone for providing what is needed for me and mine. I certainly don’t want to have to kiss some ‘gubberment’ third class bureaucratic to try and coax some help from them, I don’t want some ‘jack booted’ thug herding me in line and telling me where to stand, sit, eat or sleep. And last but not least I don’t want to be shut up in with a bunch of ‘zombies’ and have to worry about not only trying to get basic necessities but having to fight to keep what I manage to get.

Just getting started or an old hand you might find my Preparedness Manual helpful. You can download the manual at:

http://tomeaker.com/kart/Preparedness1j.pdf NOTE! THIS IS A FREE DOWNLOAD. I DO NOT MAKE ONE CENT OFF MY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL!

For those of you who haven’t started already it’s time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, cash (I myself have been putting up change for the past few years both for the metal content and the fact that using change places to make what purchases you can will move you down the the list of possible marks during shtf), tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.

As the LDS say “When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.”

Again I like to recomend FReeper’s ChocoChipCookie Blog The Survival Mom (Please Blog Police let this one slide!) Where you can get lots of useful information like:

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2011/11/20/8-morale-boosters-for-any-worst-case-scenario/

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2010/02/02/survival-priorities-the-rule-of-three/

And More

Also there is Ferfal’s Blog a survivor of Argentina’s first collapse:

http://ferfal.blogspot.com/

And there is Selco’s Blog a Bosnian War survivor at:

http://shtfschool.com/

“There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger. Underestimation can be fatal.”


46 posted on 06/08/2014 10:20:02 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Paladin2

Five....I think I have two years’ worth. And am dreading moving it cross country... but happy to move back to the U.S.

I’ll start on the rest when I get settled. And get a basement. I’ve wanted one for so long!


47 posted on 06/08/2014 10:21:15 PM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: liege

Fukishima heads everyday close to the edge. Unit fires still occurring thousands and thousands of radioactive water leaking out. Will it be a end of the world event? Doubtful. Will many people end up dieing early from the radiation it’s leak almost certainly.


48 posted on 06/08/2014 10:23:29 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: RC one
Where does the US government spend FRNs?

Wars. jet fighters and other military equipment and defense projects. welfare. various government operations. etc

The government spends FRNs on those things? What, are you 100 years old? LOL!

The fed purchases plenty of those securities.

Your original graph didn't show that.

Every dollar in circulation represents an IOU.

Not a Treasury IOU.

If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation.

LOL! Bonds, notes and bills would allow currency in circulation without bank loans. Think commercial paper and money market accounts.

Federal Reserve Notes, in circulation today, represents a debt owed to the Federal Reserve System.

FRNs are a liability of the Fed.

The Federal Reserve System only issues money when a rate of return is paid on that money to keep it in circulation.

Maybe you can tell me the rate of return paid on my $20?

And so contrary to what one might believe, bank interest is never paid out of a debtor's assets.

That's funny. When I pay my mortgage, I pay using my assets.

couldn't have said it better myself.

That's not saying much.

49 posted on 06/08/2014 10:27:52 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: yorkiemom
I don’t know about Japan’s economy. Have they been printing money

Apparently. Yet they've suffered from deflation for decades.

The definition of inflation is more money in the system.

Not the modern definition.

50 posted on 06/08/2014 10:31:30 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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