Robots Don’t Pay Income Tax

This is certainly obvious, but what would happen if non-stationary machines (robotic) were required to have Social Security numbers and pay…you know…income tax?We get into that along with some discussion of accounting rules about depreciation this morning.But first, let’s see how the president-elect has just basically put the whole U.S. State Department on probation, shall we?Time to bean ’em up and fire a few lazy neurons… More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||      Subscriber Help Center … Continue reading

Can the Jobs Picture be TOO Good?

We will dish up this morning’s Job numbers in a minute. But before we do that, let’s ask a theoretical question, shall we? Can the jobs picture be too good? Here’s the problem in dehydrated form: Too many job openings means everyone can find a job if they just get out and look for one. And, since Help Wanted signs have been appearing a lot of places, we have to assume there is likely just a bit of wage-driven inflation on the horizon. That may sound fine, but it’s not: … Continue reading

Prepping: Goodbye Shortwave, Howdy Outernet

Since I have most of the paper the F.C.C. has ever offered, like the Extra Class ham ticket, the old First Class Commercial ticket and the poor substitute General Radio Operator License, and since banging out 30 words a minute Morse really is fun, you’ll have to forgive me for offering some advice on the wide range of communications options for preppers. In particular, there are three satellite modes around here which I keep meaning to spend more time with, but all are worth considering. FUNcube Sattelites: There are several … Continue reading

The “Last Hesitation” Shortly?

I have been telling subscribers for, oh gosh, something like a year or longer, that we ought to have one more major blow-off in 2016 – with continuation into 2017 – before the market hits a new all-time high and from which we will plunge into the Depression to End Depressions. We have been working on the mechanics of how the various gears will mess. But there are two important pieces of the engine of prosperity that are about to break. One is explained in this comment (from a fellow … Continue reading

Coping: Marketing & the “Crooked” Internet

Marketing 603 Lecture, huh? Well, seeing as you are still here, curious about this “crooked” stuff… Sorry to be a whiner here, but every so-often I get a little cranky and have to point things out about our dearly beloved internet that just isn’t being reported either by the MSM or the AltPress itself. Let’s start with the backstory, shall we? I have been looking at web rankings lately (always paranoid and wanting to provide a good read, naturally) and what did I find? Turns out that a LOT of … Continue reading

Prepper’s Notes: Filtering Financial Planners

A number of readers have asked about Financial Planners.  Do I know any good ones…and so on. This morning, we look at the problem of finding a good one and we give you some ideas to kick around during your search. Ultimately, though, the problem is that any kind of financial “planner” can only be as good as their vision of the future.  While that has worked in the past, like the old disclaimer says: “Past performance is no assurance of future….” More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||      Subscriber … Continue reading

When Has Housing “Had Enough?”

That’s a hot topic we will get into Wednesday for subscriber report tomorrow.  But what we do have on hand is the latest Housing Price press release from Case-Shiller, S&P, et alia: NEW YORK, November 29, 2016 – S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for September 2016 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. More than 27 years of history for these … Continue reading

Coping: Pets — Passings and Prepping

A number of my friends have pets that have died recently. And this weekend, our cat Zeus was attacked by a pack of wild dogs on the property. So with all the “pet events” in life, I thought it could be useful to talk about two things that are very much on our minds now. Passings and Prepping. Case #1. A dear friend of our lost a champagne-colored Scottie within the last month, or so. 16-years, or so, of age. He (and his wife) have had dogs for 30+ years … Continue reading

Trump’s “Millions” and Food Prices Worry

Welcome back to Worriers Gulch.  It’s a patch of land situated between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, inhabited by a few reasonable people and millions of savages and imbeciles. This is the gap widens between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Still, it remains interesting to see unfold. My personal expectation is that the market will pull back, sharply and briefly, before Christmas *(or New Years) and then we will get the manic buying of stocks toward our dueling market peak windows in 2017. The two main drivers are, of course, the potential … Continue reading

Coping: With 21 Pounds Later

Reader Note: The kids from Denver are referred to by first initial only. D is for Dad, S is for Mom, A is for granddaughter and J is for grandson. I suppose you are wondering why I would write a column about our adventures around here this weekend. The answer is simple: I promised to send along a few things and I also promised readers a useful column this morning. So I figure I can kill two fish with one bottle of nitrogen. The Turkey We’re glad you enjoyed it. … Continue reading