Are You Prepping To Be Poor, Or Are You Preparing To Prosper?

No Show Monday

Its not you its me. Everything is kinda falling apart on my end.

Instead of prepping for the next show I will be completely re building rational survivor and hopefully be back up and running by the second week of September. Not only is my website not working correctly but dealing with a crashed computer at home and trying to find files has been a nightmare.

 

I have recorded 3 Thursday shows and have not been able to get them out due to WordPress errors.

Driving me insane

Will be back soon

 

Broken Promises, Sorry Guys & Gals

So I know I promised a thursday show but really having a hard time with the computer crash.

Wish I could devote more time to this but everything has been through my laptop and its just crazy.

Cant wait to get to a point to just record!

Crazy Crazy

 

#146 – News & When Money Dies

Preparedness Album 2
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Encuraging Study finds its easier for US dollars to raise to upper class

people who can manufacture or grow products or services that meet primary needs using local or found materials.

When Money Dies

Lice Resistant to Treatment

food shortages

American Nightmare

Wanting to be Luke Skywalker, Then you realize your a stormtrooper for the empire

More millennials Not Buying homes

No Retirement Anymore

More Drones

Hospitals cost more for me

6 places worse than amazon

Amazon backlash

  • The typical hourly pay for a Amazon.com Warehouse Worker ranges from $10$15, with an average hourly pay of $13. Salaries estimates based on 24 hourly pay submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Amazon.com Warehouse Worker employees.
  • Amazon.com employees earn $55,000 annually on average, or $26 per hour, which is 10% lower than the national salary average of $61,000 per year

Amazon is the future

Finally have a reason to go to war with Canada

Get Out Of Il

Get Me the Hell Out of Here

I am currently planning my own escape from this madness.

Why is gas prices so high if oils at 40 a barrel

 

Economic Doom

UK unemployment bootcamp

Germany Struggling with to much renewable energy? I dont think so

How can you do this to our food?

Smoke m if you Got them

Americans Don’t Know that the Rest of the World Views U.S.

Internet Wild West

DDOS

more windows 10

Google Standing up against government

Spotify Wants to Spy on You in Every Way Imaginable

  • Music streaming market leader Spotify has decided that it wants to know a lot more about you. It wants to be able to access the sensor information on your phone so it can determine whether you’re walking, running or standing still. It wants to know your GPS coordinates, grab photos from your phone and look through your contacts too. And it may share that information with its partners, so a whole load of companies could know exactly where you are and what you’re up to.

Not Getting My Vote

Navajo Chase off John McCain

 

What Have I Prepped Lately:

Evidence: No-Side-Effect Turmeric Beats Prozac, Ibuprofen & More

Lemongrass Oil Survival First Aid Uses

Headaches – Use lemongrass essential oil to help relieve the common headache. Gently massage the oil on the temples and front of the forehead and repeat as necessary until your head stops throbbing.

Heartburn – Mix the essential oil with your favorite carrier oil and use like a salve on the chest and throat area. Gently massage the oil onto the area, spreading it around thoroughly. Repeat as needed.

Fever – Mix together a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil and lemongrass oil and rub it gently and completely onto the chest, neck and the soles of your feet to help reduce fever.

Shock and Fatigue – Massaging lemongrass oil onto your temples like you would to relieve a headache is often used to reduce fatigue. Reducing fatigue after a rugged hike to safety might be achieved by placing cotton balls dampened with essential oil around the home or bugout retreat as a form of aromatherapy. Douse cotton balls and place them under the nose of the person who has gone into shock to help them regain their composure.

Tendons and Muscles – Tightened muscles and sore tendons will likely become commonplace when increased physical activity is required during a doomsday scenario, especially if the cause is a downed power grid. Firmly massaging lemongrass essential oil on the muscles and tendons will often help reduce swelling, soreness, spasms and overall discomfort.

Wound Treatment – Mix together several drops of lemongrass essential oil (two for small to medium wounds) with either an equal amount of witch hazel or saline solution to thoroughly flush the wounds. Witch hazel also boasts healing properties and helps to reduce swelling from bruises.

Athlete’s Foot – Keeping your feet fully functional and free from discomfort could be a matter of life and death during a long-term disaster. Athlete’s foot is basically a fungal skin infection that is commonly treated with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter remedies. You can stock up on the spray or go all natural and use lemongrass essential oil instead. A drop of the essential oil mixed with a drop of a carrier oil massaged onto the feet once in the morning and once before bedtime should help dry up the skin fungus in just a few days.

Arthritis – Joint pain can become crippling. Although there is no known cure for arthritis, lemongrass oil can help to temporarily reduce the joint swelling and pain so limbs and digits function more normally. Both geranium and birch essential oils also help reduce arthritis pain for some sufferers. Mixing either one, or both, of those oils with the lemongrass and massaging it onto the affected joints may help relieve pain; repeat as needed. Birch oil is not recommended for individuals taking blood-thinning medication.

Water Retention – Lemongrass oil is believed to be a diuretic. The essential oil may help flush toxins from the body topically by rubbing it onto the skin or by putting one drop into a glass of tea or water and ingesting.

High Blood Pressure
– The oil has been used to help reduce high blood pressure. Lemongrass is reportedly a “vasodilator” and can help relax strained blood vessels.

Acne – If you have teenagers in your family or mutual assistance group, there’s a good chance they’re battling acne. Use lemongrass essential oil as a mild astringent to help heal and prevent the return of the sores. Gently clean the face with the oil once or twice daily. Again, do not forget the importance of morale boosters during a lengthy disaster; teens are moody creatures — who wants to deal with a 16-year-old girl obsessing about complexion when there are guns to clean and crops to harvest?

Sprains and Strains
– Gently pat or wrap some lemongrass oil around the sprain or strain to help reduce swelling and promote healing. Dampening a paper sack with the oil and wrapping it around the ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist will keep the oil from running off while still allowing the person to move around and complete light chores. As a coach, I have used both lemongrass oil and distilled white vinegar dampened on paper sacks to care for sprains and strains.

Stomach Aches – Massage a few drops of lemongrass oil onto the abdomen to help aid in the digestion process and to thwart the aching.

Natural Cleaning Products
– Keeping the home clean prevents the spread of germs. Mix the lemongrass with some rubbing alcohol or distilled white vinegar and wipe down surfaces that are commonly touched, such as doorknobs, faucets and countertops.

Fleas and Insects
– Bugs do not appear to like lemongrass essential oil. Put some of the oil into a squirt bottle and spray onto your clothing and skin to repel bugs. Check with your vet first, and if he/she gives the A-OK, the oil can be sprayed in specific amounts onto your cats and dogs to deter fleas.

 

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Desktop Crashed

I know I promised a show today. but Desktop is down… only a year old.

I dont think it was the harddrive so I should still have the files.

Great news in the works. Just got a book in that will be doing a bonus indepth review on.

I have 2 guests planned for the near future as well.

Talk soon

Cheers

 

#145 – September Is Coming

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This September time frame is just stupid. Ive been in the preppers world since 2008 and I have seen this push every year. There are ZERO facts about September being the end.

These youtube videos come out and play on the fear that we all have looming in our gut that something is wrong. (never saying what that is) and then put a time frame on the videos to get them to be a little urgent. Im not saying that we will or wont see a collapse in September. Im just saying that all this hipe on these Youtube Sept videos is a waste of time.

Control What You Can!

Food and Fitness… Hopefully Finances

Technology Wild West

Why a Future Ride in a Self-Driving Car Could Be a Trip to Advertising Hell

haha that would be terrible.

Is technology killing the human touch?

In 2012, in fact, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that the brain chemicals of people who habitually used the Internet (and were perhaps addicted to it) had abnormal connections between the nerve fibers in their brain. These changes are similar to other sorts of addicts, including alcoholics.

American Nightmare

Manufactures Leaving Illinois

Manufacturers in Illinois have had it with tax hikes after tax hikes coupled with the most costly workers’ compensation setup in the nation. And businesses are voting with their feet. In July, five firms left Illinois for good.

Rent is just unaffordable

Rental affordability has steadily worsened, according to a new report from Zillow, which tracked data going back to 1979. A renter making the median income in the U.S. spent 30.2 percent of her income on a median-priced apartment in the second quarter, compared with 29.5 percent a year earlier. The long-term average, from 1985 to 1999, was 24.4 percent.

Rental affordability worsened from a year earlier in 28 of the 35 largest metropolitan areas covered by Zillow. Rents were least affordable in Los Angeles, where residents devoted 49 percent of monthly income to rent. The share in San Francisco was 47 percent, 45 percent in Miami, and 41 percent in the New York metro area.

Rents rise to ‘crazy’ levels: Zillow

Renters in the U.S. can now expect to pay around 30.2 percent of their monthly income for rent, the highest percentage ever, up from pre-housing boom levels of around 24.4 percent, according to the analysis of second-quarter data on rental and mortgage affordability, which was released Thursday. The historical comparison period covered 1985-2000.

In some areas, rent is even more unaffordable. In Los Angeles, California, renters sent nearly 50 percent of their income to the landlord in the second quarter, while in the New York-Northern New Jersey and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida areas, that was hovering around 41-45 percent, the survey from the real estate listing and analytics company found.

New Study says Having a Baby is Worse than Death of a spouse

In reality, it turns out that having a child can have a pretty strong negative impact on a person’s happiness, according to a new study published in the journal Demography. In fact, on average, the effect of a new baby on a person’s life in the first year is devastatingly bad — worse than divorce, worse than unemployment and worse even than the death of a partner.

Some Utilities Want a Surcharge to Let the Sunshine In

As more Americans go solar—and save money on their monthly utility bills—electricity providers are doubling down on ways to protect their revenue.

TTP is Coming

This is not good for the individual, middle to lower class people. Yeah cheaper products but this also means that we will produce even less in the US and need less jobs here.

BLS vs. Gallup Unemployment Rate

The Gallup Daily U.S. Employment , poll estimates unemployment at 6.3% and underemployment at 14.5%.
Gallup estimates the unemployment rate at 6.3% but the BLS says 5.6%. If anything, the BLS number should be higher than Gallup.
And please check out the massive difference in underemployment. The BLS says 10.7% while Gallup says 14.5%!

California marijuana farms at risk as weed smoke could rise from wildfires

Peter Schiff and Stefan Molyneux

45:00 ish. Wait so your telling me that people are not being asked to provide more value every year? when others get laid off and dont get replaced and the work load is spread around the office and no one is given a raise to cover that extra work thats not providing more value? oh but we cant give out raises this year due to the economy… Im not saying what this CEO did was correct. in fact i think it was a wrong way to approach as well. But why is everything else subject to inflation except wages? Give me a break. These “entrepreneurs” not only want you to be more productive but also want you to do it for less money year after year. Why is it CEO salaries are on average 12.8% increases when everyone elses over the last 7 years are flat lined? 34% in CT. Are they taking on 12% more risk every year? Are they providing 12% more work? No, They are finding ways to justisfy not paying their employees more money so the company looks more profitable. Yeah I should feel so privileged to make you entrepreneurs milions because you take risk, while my salary stays “competitive”.

48:00 ish. You keep saying productivity and throwing a dollar amount at it. get paid 15 when your only doing the work of 9 is wrong. I agree with this statement, but why is inflation ok on everything but wages? 9 dollars an hour of work this year is the same value of next year? Absolutely not, when the buying power of 9 dollars decreases getting paid 9 dollars an hour for the same amount of work last year is actually taking a pay cut. Getting paid 9 dollars an hour is a pay cut. wages have not corrected themselves in the last several years.  So now what? We have to 6% increase productivity to get a 3% raise? yeah the market will not correct itself because of automation, technology, and more people in the work force. Being more productivie is not going to solve this problem when human labor will forever be cheaper every year.

More Economic Doom

 

Wind is not the solution. I disagree

Worldwide, 32,850 wind turbines with 70 to 100 meter blades generating 1.65 MW built every year for the next 50 years, or 1,642,000 total would be needed to replace the oil we burn in one year at a cost of 3.3 trillion dollars over 4,000 square miles (Cubic mile of oil).

Not Getting My Vote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUL1-HlprVE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUL1-HlprVE

 

Donald Trump the Trojan Horse for Hiliary

How great would it be if we just didnt vote this election. I mean if everyone just sat back and said No get all these ass hats out of office and get me someone from middle class trying to make america better. Lets put someone in that would actually hate the job but do it for country instead of self promotion.

Donald Trump has one Qualification

We are forgetting that Donald Trump is the 1% people. Yeah he doesnt need their money because he is the corruption that has bought our government.

 

Militia

8 reasons to turn your lawn into a garden

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#144 – Stagflation, Addressing Being Replaced

Stagflation
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StagflationBeing Replaced By Robots, Automation, & Flooded Workforce

Fight Fire with Fire

We need to find ways to automate. build assets.

Grow things you eat. Greens, meat, trees that produce for you. bees that work for you.

The American Nightmare

Welcome to Chicago. There Will Be No Economic Recovery.

  • The difference between the two cities is that Chicago’s debt and unfunded liabilities are more than three times higher than Detroit’s were when the city declared bankruptcy in 2013.
  • Chicago is unable to restructure its debt because the state does not allow municipalities to go bankrupt.
  • To put things in perspective: Every Chicago household is currently on the hook for at least $63,800 in local-government debt.
  • If things couldn’t possibly get any worse, the threat of another teachers strike is looming over the Chicago Public Schools with the expiration of the teachers’ union contract. Negotiations have not gone well.

American Infant mortality rate is high. Proves our health care system doesnt work

CEO Pay is out of control

Your pay raise this year: 3%, but the CEO’s? 12.7%

  • Total median CEO pay increased 12.7 percent this year
  • Connecticut CEOs had the biggest increase, 38.7 percent
  • Denver CEOs took the smallest increase, 2.3 percent
  • 20 years that is 240% increase in pay to 60% of average wage. Hasnt wages been flat for 6 years?

Maybe San Andreas Fault Will Go, Oooor Cheap land soon enough

  • tulare-2.0_0

2007 mortgage options are back, does this mean a sign of another collapse?

Where did the GDP Growth Go?

  • If we adjust GDP for inflation, we get what’s known as real GDP, which increased 31.6%: from 12,360 in 2000 to 16,270 in mid-2015. This works out to a real annual increase of about 1.9% annually.
  • household-income8-15
  • real-median-wages8-15
  • Taxes naturally rise with the economic expansion due to rising population, which has gone up about 13.8% since 2000: from 281 million residents of the USA to 320 million in 2015. So taxes rising a few percentage points each year along with growth and population would make sense. But 75%?
  • higher-education8-15
  • local-govt-taxes8-15
  • rents8-15

Rent Bubble = Housing Bubble = Rent Bubble

Here’s the Next Crisis “Nobody Saw Coming”

  • household-income8-15
  • state-local-govt-exp8-15
  • local-govt-taxes8-15
  • state-local-govt-debt8-15
  • So state and local taxes have risen at a rate twice that of wages/salaries.

Goldman Sachs says housing is 36 per cent overvalued

  • if you have a house that you paid 200,000 for, Goldman Sachs is saying its only worth 128,000

We are entering a rolling middle to lower class recession.

Internet Wild West

Tesla lost control to hackers

Windows 10 can disable pirated games and unauthorised hardware

  • If your into conspiracy I think Windows and Mac ar working together to get more sales
  • mac will have like a great 7 year run then windows then mac causing people to switch away to come back later…

Windows 10 is possibly the worst spyware ever made

  • Microsoft is already getting heat after it was found that Windows 10 was being auto-downloaded to user PCs without warning, and more seriously, that it was using the Internet connections of Windows 10 users to deliver Windows 10 and updates to others.

Cyber Warfare : United States decides hack back against China

Productivity is up in China… who can afford to buy?

The Dream of Internet Freedom is Dying

Not Getting My Vote

No one is talking about what matters

Always invest in the winner… and the loser

List of Crimes from Clinton

Make 15 million speaking

Hilirary supports TPP

400 families support 50% of money raised

 

Economic Doom

Commodities meltdown

 

Oil crash

Either We are hitting peak our this is another bailout plan for companies too big to fail. perfect timing for the election season.

Oil Supply More Fragile Than You Think

End Of Coal

Prepper Corner

5 top most likely worst case Scenarios

32 foods that arent just for eating

Top 9 Most Nutritious Food For Your Survival Garden

What Have I Prepped Lately:

If i were to join a militia?

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2015/08/03/should-you-join-a-militia/

  • Moving to news
  • Asset Building/Business
  • Sustainability
  • Growth

CRM Creepy

Podcast is going the wrong direction

Essential oils to relieve sinuses:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Thyme
  • Tea tree
  • Rosemary.

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#143 – Windows 10 Knows You Better Than You, Millennials Work Harder than You!

Windows 10 Gets To Know You
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Windows 10 Gets To Know You

Fun Stuff

http://m.ncregister.com/daily-news/home-schooling-movement-surges-62-in-a-single-decade#.Vb-EJflVhuD

http://www.trueactivist.com/the-worlds-largest-vertical-farm-will-produce-2-million-pounds-of-produce/

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2015/07/28/free-software-map-your-future-homestead/

American Nightmare

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/opinion/sunday/were-making-life-too-hard-for-millennials.html?referrer=&_r=0

https://randrewohge.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/whats-left-of-the-american-dream-withers-at-record-pace-murphys-real-estate-market/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/03/us/california-wildfires/index.html

http://thoughtcatalog.com/jacob-geers/2015/07/new-york-paramedic-who-makes-15-an-hour-tells-the-world-exactly-what-he-thinks-about-fast-food-workers-earning-the-same/

Not Getting My Vote

http://m.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/mike-huckabee-federal-troops-abortion

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/01/us-usa-election-trump-exclusive-idUSKCN0Q62RQ20150801

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/super-pacs-raise-whopping-258-million-for-presidential-campaigns/

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/2/9086575/donald-trump-waterboarding-torture

Windows 10 Lost Privacy

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-02/surveillance-state-goes-mainstream-windows-10-watching-logging-everything

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/windows-10-spying-how-to-opt-out-of-microsofts-intrusive-terms-of-use-10432300.html

http://qz.com/468694/spam-has-fallen-to-a-10-year-low-and-is-unlikely-to-make-a-comeback/

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https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/236a7r/latest_amazon_apps_update_requires_sms_sending/

 

What Have I Prepped Lately:

Ronda Rousey 34 seconds in the ring to defend her belt…  “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.”

Mountain Biking. Got chased by a bighorn sheep for quarter-mile.

 

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#142 – Whats is the Real Cost of 15 an Hour, Internet Trolling for Political Gain, & More

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Internet Trolling, 15 dollars an hour, and more

Funny

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/07/24/Mystery-pooper-targeting-holes-of-Norwegian-golf-course/2881437763634/

Taking Action

When Most of us dream the same dream as Lennie from mice and men, I start to wonder if we are that touched

http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/are-hospital-farms-the-next-big-thing-in-healthcare-reform/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/299419075204151118/

The American Nightmare

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-23/13-cities-where-single-family-rents-are-skyrocketing

http://www.mybudget360.com/credit-card-debt-us-household-average-credit-card-debt-outstanding/

http://time.com/3972710/hillary-clinton-presidential-election-climate-change/

Economics

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/22/africa/banana-panama-disease/index.html

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hy-fiat-recall-20150724-story.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-stocks_55b5de89e4b0224d8832a5bb?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business§ion=business

http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-apple-earnings-2015-7

http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/raise-the-gas-tax-already

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/trouble-brewing-drought-hit-hops-crop-concerns-craft-beer-brewers-n397956

Big Issues

Dunkin Donuts CEO

1920 hours a year per employee

x 10 employees 19,200

x  7 dollars an hour increase

= $134,400

profits are on average

http://money.cnn.com/2004/04/29/pf/howmuchfranchise/

http://www.alternet.org/dunkin-donuts-ceo-who-earns-10-million-claims-be-outraged-15-minimum-wage

http://www.filmsforaction.org/news/your_lifestyle_has_already_been_designed/

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=dunkin%20donuts%20ceo%20salary

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/04/21/monsanto-and-others-caught-paying-internet-trolls-to-attack-activists/

 

An interesting topic might be about how families used to be able to survive on a single income by the “bread winner” but now every family member needs to work (sometimes two jobs).

Obvious effects / problems include:

-child care (more costs, less parent / child interactions)

-we had the conservative government benefit families that were single income by a tax reduction which only benefits upper middle class

-less ability to save / get ahead

-when I was single I found it hard to subsist but all my friends with girl friends were able to pull there money for housing costs (when rent was $1000 / mth) and spend this on travelling / vacation vs. saving

-day care is not the same as parent/child care. those kids are starved for attention as they always are coming up to me and getting in my face while I spend time with my daughter

-even single income families have problems. My wife makes good money, but not enough for savings and having me stay at home. But the difference in child development is obvious as my daughter is way ahead of the curve.

What Have I Prepped Lately:]

pushing through the grind.

Getting Rid of Disposable

-Rags vs paper towels

Cast iron seasoning

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. 2. Wash the skillet with warm, soapy water and a sponge or stiff brush. Cast iron should not normally be washed with soap, but it’s fine here since the pan is about to be seasoned.
  3. 3. Rinse and thoroughly dry the skillet.
  4. 4. Using a cloth or paper towel, apply a thin coat of vegetable oil or melted shortening to the inside and outside of the skillet. Vegetable oil and shortening are the most commonly recommended oils used for seasoning, but according to Lodge, you can use any oil of your choice.
  5. 5. Place the skillet upside down on the oven’s center rack.
  6. 6. Place a sheet of aluminum foil below the rack to catch any drips.
  7. 7. Bake for an hour.
  8. 8. Turn off heat and allow to the skillet to cool completely before removing from oven.

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#141 -The Lies We Tell Ourself, GDP, & Basewage

The Lies We Tell Ourself
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The Lies We Tell Ourself

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/exactly-like-7-years-ago-2014-is-turning-out-to-be-eerily-similar-to-2007

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/11/421995880/wildfires-in-canada-and-alaska-drive-thousands-from-homes?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=environment

http://economyincrisis.org/content/more-businesses-are-closing-than-opening-in-u-s

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/16/hackingteam-attacked-tor-browser/

http://news.yahoo.com/u-house-committee-approves-anti-gmo-labeling-law-205721759–finance.html

 

Fun

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#140 – Greece Explained, GDP, More Confusion, TOR Thoughts2

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Game Of Thrones Reference. When all these top people play the game of thrones all of us suffer

 

Greece stopped printing their own money and joined the economic power house of germany. Manufactures flooded into Greece.

euro made Greece rich for awhile but then their government made terrible choices.

Government took their tax money to building infrastructure.

They had to borrow on top of what they were bringing in and they imported all of the assets for the railways.

They are still paying interest on the Greece olympic building.

Germans have not seen an increase in living standard in more than 15 years.

The London Agreement on German External Debts, also known as the London Debt Agreement (German: Londoner Schuldenabkommen), was a debt relief treaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and creditor nations. It was concluded in London during negotiations which lasted from February 27 to August 8, 1953. Germany was forgiven 50%

How is this their fault?

The Greek government was a corrupt oligarchy. It was exactly the sort of government that shouldn’t have been expected to enter the Eurozone, where governments had to follow rules that were essentially a central banker’s wet dream of “responsible” behavior (this being when central bankers thought there would never be a depression again, so “responsibility” excluded any possibility of spending your way out of one).

But Greece joined the Euro anyway, basically faking the whole responsibility thing. Some of this faking was well done, but a lot of it was pretty transparent. Anyone who lent to Greece should have known that the Greek government was a bad risk and demanded high interest. But for a while Greece was borrowing at almost the same interest rate as Germany (which actually is responsible, to a fault), which was just nuts.

When things went south after the financial crash, everyone suddenly saw how stupid those loans had been. Or, if you’re Eurozone central bankers, how improvident and inept Greece had been.

Really both are true, but the central bankers, rather than acknowledging that the crash itself–which, remember, they’d said was impossible–showed that they also didn’t know what they were doing, decided to “bail out” Greece–which is to say, trade good money to Greece’s creditors in exchange for Greece’s bad debt.

In exchange even for this help, Greece had to impose austerity. In other words, although it takes two to make a bad loan, the Greeks were expected to bear pretty much all the pain while the banks got their money back.

But while austerity makes sense for a household–if you’re in debt, cut your spending, because duh–it doesn’t make sense for a country. When a government cuts its spending, that spending is income for other people, that income becomes tax revenue, and so on. So if you cut spending, you cut the national income, and there’s less economy to pay back the debt from. So although the Greek government spends less than it used to, it spends more as a % of the shrunken Greek GDP.

Leading to a new crisis, more bailouts, more austerity, and so on.

That’s been the pattern since. The “no” vote was the Greek people saying, enough of this bullshit.

The Greek government proposed to hold a referendum – a form of direct democracy in which the people vote not to elect a representative, but instead to demonstrate support for or opposition to a particular idea. Some referendums are binding – the results must be acted on by the government as though they were law. Others are more symbolic in nature, intended to show a mandate – the will of the people – to act as the referendum results indicate. The Greek referendum was the latter type.

This referendum was on the latest round of bailout proposals from the major creditors of Greece to the Greek government, asking the people whether they should accept (“yes”) or reject (“no”) these proposals.

Officially, the “no” vote means the Greek government has the support of a majority of its people to reject the terms of the bailout proposals and continue negotiating for more favorable terms. In practice, it means that the Greek government expects its creditors to “make the next move,” so to speak.

A “yes” vote would not have meant the terms being voted on would have been accepted, as that deal had already expired. However, it would have sent a signal to the Greek government, its creditors and the financial markets that the current regime’s negotiating tactics and aversion to austerity measures no longer had popular support.

Important things to understand:

• There are many factors that drove the Greek debt to this unsustainable point, but three of the key factors of concern are the competitiveness of the Greek economy (people would rather buy elsewhere), an unstable revenue base (Greece has difficulties collecting tax and a high degree of tax avoidance) and Greece’s high amount of government spending (mainly on pensions).

• Both the first and third issues are in part the product of Greece being part of the Euro at all – Greece cannot devalue its currency to make its goods cheaper and more attractive, and it also cannot simply print more of its currency to cover its spending needs.

• …but all three issues also have their roots in Greece’s economic culture – uncompetitive practices that drive away international custom, a culture of “black” money in the lower and middle class and blatant tax avoidance in the upper class that starves the government of revenue, and a generous social security state that offered very early retirement to many Greeks.

The current problem boils down to:

• Austerity is bad – unbelievably toxic to an economy, especially one structured as the Greek economy is, with revenue streams still functionally starved out by an unchanged economic culture, reforms to promote competitiveness stagnant and facing public opposition, and with assets that won’t sell while the whole economy is already compromised. Austerity prevents stimulus – spending to encourage the flow of cash to individuals and businesses, vital for those individuals to consume and those businesses to succeed. The only way for Greece to avoid austerity is with the help of its creditors, and that means another infusion of money.

• Conversely, Greece is still terribly irresponsible in how it handles that economy – and it is no longer handling its own money. The creditors have a right to be concerned and to have expectations that their efforts to help not go to waste. Not only has the Tsipras government failed to offer any real reforms to improve the situation; both Tigris and his finance minister have gone out of their way to publicly antagonize their creditors. The referendum could be seen, from a cynical standpoint, to have been an attempt to get an extension of the existing cashflow while Tigres worked out another last-ditch approach – but that failed.

Where do we go from here? Is Greece leaving the Euro?

• Greece can no longer determine its own fate; at best, it can offer more appealing negotiating terms to its creditors, a move considered unlikely with the recent release of an IMF memo admitting that austerity will keep the economy suppressed and that Greece needs another major infusion of money to stay viable.

• If the creditors refuse to give Greece and its banks more money, Greece will have no internal cashflow or means of sustaining a currency-based economy unless it prints its own money. Money so printed is not Euros – the Greek government has no legal right to create more Euros unilaterally – and so would be a second currency, one without any real value on the international markets. Gresham’s Law tells us that “bad money” – money without value – drives out “good money” – money that people value. In this case, the Euros that Greece needs to collect to pay off its debts and engage in international trade would flow out of the country, as they have already been doing – nobody outside of Greece will accept a new currency in place of the Euro, as the guarantees of the Greek government have no value; meanwhile, nobody inside Greece will desire this new currency as its purchasing power will be suspect.

 

TOR

 

Want Tor to really work?

You need to change some of your habits, as some things won’t work exactly as you are used to.

  1. Use the Tor BrowserTor does not protect all of your computer’s Internet traffic when you run it. Tor only protects your applications that are properly configured to send their Internet traffic through Tor. To avoid problems with Tor configuration, we strongly recommend you use the Tor Browser. It is pre-configured to protect your privacy and anonymity on the web as long as you’re browsing with the Tor Browser itself. Almost any other web browser configuration is likely to be unsafe to use with Tor.
  2. Don’t torrent over TorTorrent file-sharing applications have been observed to ignore proxy settings and make direct connections even when they are told to use Tor. Even if your torrent application connects only through Tor, you will often send out your real IP address in the tracker GET request, because that’s how torrents work. Not only do you deanonymize your torrent traffic and your other simultaneous Tor web traffic this way, you also slow down the entire Tor network for everyone else.
  3. Don’t enable or install browser pluginsThe Tor Browser will block browser plugins such as Flash, RealPlayer, Quicktime, and others: they can be manipulated into revealing your IP address. Similarly, we do not recommend installing additional addons or plugins into the Tor Browser, as these may bypass Tor or otherwise harm your anonymity and privacy.
  4. Use HTTPS versions of websitesTor will encrypt your traffic to and within the Tor network, but the encryption of your traffic to the final destination website depends upon on that website. To help ensure private encryption to websites, the Tor Browser includes HTTPS Everywhere to force the use of HTTPS encryption with major websites that support it. However, you should still watch the browser URL bar to ensure that websites you provide sensitive information to display a blue or green URL bar button, include https:// in the URL, and display the proper expected name for the website. Also see EFF’s interactive page explaining how Tor and HTTPS relate.
  5. Don’t open documents downloaded through Tor while onlineThe Tor Browser will warn you before automatically opening documents that are handled by external applications. DO NOT IGNORE THIS WARNING. You should be very careful when downloading documents via Tor (especially DOC and PDF files) as these documents can contain Internet resources that will be downloaded outside of Tor by the application that opens them. This will reveal your non-Tor IP address. If you must work with DOC and/or PDF files, we strongly recommend either using a disconnected computer, downloading the free VirtualBox and using it with a virtual machine image with networking disabled, or using Tails. Under no circumstances is it safe to use BitTorrent and Tor together, however.
  6. Use bridges and/or find companyTor tries to prevent attackers from learning what destination websites you connect to. However, by default, it does not prevent somebody watching your Internet traffic from learning that you’re using Tor. If this matters to you, you can reduce this risk by configuring Tor to use a Tor bridge relay rather than connecting directly to the public Tor network. Ultimately the best protection is a social approach: the more Tor users there are near you and the more diverse their interests, the less dangerous it will be that you are one of them. Convince other people to use Tor, too!

Freedom Squeeze

 

Not Getting My Vote

 

US Collapse

Generally speaking El Niño brings:

  • cooler and wetter weather to the southern United States
  • warmer weather to western Canada and southern Alaska
  • drier weather to the Pacific Northwest
  • cooler weather to northern Canada
  • wetter weather to southern California

As big as this El Niño might be, the drought is bigger. California’s average rainfall would need to double or triple to erase the rainfall deficit that was created over four years of drought. And, if it actually did rain that much, large amounts of rainwater would be lost to flooding, making it meaningless to California’s overall thirst for water.

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