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Global Takeover In View?
Depends how you want to take this week's news and I don't know
if you caught the Alex Jones show Friday, but if you click over
to YouTube, Bob Chapman of the International Forecaster and Alex
Jones state the obvious:
G-20 is essentially the rollout of the New World
Government; bye-bye G-8, hello G-20. All of which sets
up the real troubles to come in the late October through
mid-November area that I've mentioned to you for months.
so's you know why it was so important to snatch protesters out
of the G-20 and such: With headlines about that "Obama
sworn in as 'World President" about some fair number of
people are starting to get uncomfortable with just how fast
America's Constitutional framework is being replaced.
importantly, we see the revelations that
Iran has a second uranium enrichment project as coming in a
timely fashion to puff that international zit up into a
full-blow pimple ready to pop in a month. Sorry if that's
a little gross at this hour, (what can I say?) but that's how
these things work; they start, they fester, and then they
[literally] explode. Except instead of looking in the
mirror, you look in the papers or at the TeeVee.
like the next round of the Korea mess, but isn't that not till
late November to mid December by the
libretto, if I recall it right. Really makes you want to
get out of bed in the morning, doesn't it?
wake of the G-20, there are plenty of reports like
"Civil liberties groups: Police overreacted at G-20", but a
police response within the bounds of peaceable assembly and
seeking redress isn't the point anymore. That's quickly going,
going, gone out of style. It's showing the Constitutional
freedom believers in the public who haven't gotten the word yet
that 'times really are - or are at least in the process of -
read stories like "Obama's
powerful presence" in the print media, I can't help
wondering, Saturday cynic that I am, "How much of the
newspaper op/ed support for president O is based on a cold hard
assessment of facts, or is some of his support because
newspapers are next in line to head for Washington seeking
federal bailouts and underwriting?"
think so? "US
newspaper industry not seeking bailout: NAA" declares the
headline. Maybe that's because of a poll which says 80
percent of the country leans toward a thumbs down on this.
So the alternative? Expect the paper crowd to seek tax
breaks and loosening of pension requirements. Oh?
That's NOT a bailout? You mean because it comes out of the
back pocket instead of the front pocket? How stupid is the
American public, anyway? Oh oh, maybe I don't want the
answer to that one...
been said that everyone has their price so I won't fight the
trend: If someone in the PowersThatBe would send
along $20-million or so, I'll convert UrbanSurvival into a
corpgov mouthpiece. But do it quick, while the money will
still buy things. Hell, even a nice package of tax breaks
and a 'special' pension plan around here would be worth an
occasional kind word about corporate globalism eats world.
Even for $5-million I could hang up consulting and get down to
the serious business of milking the system, for a change.
Like the Big Boyz do. Yeah, I like that!
course I'm not holding my breath on this happening, after all
I'm not too big to fail. Or am I?
There's the matter of bailouts
for smaller banks being weighed. Think your cookie jar
and ours would qualify us? Let me ask you: Did you
make good-sized campaign contributions to wink, wink, nudge,
funny, George". Oh yeah? You saw where a
"Gore backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan". Yup, I'd
say over half a billion is a good-sized loan alright. On
its merits, of course. You betcha.
supposed to not notice that the cars will be built in FINLAND?
WTF: Why it didn't occur to anyone in the rubber-stamp line to
require the dough be spent in the US? This is presactly
the kind of question the asleep at the wheel MSM oughta be
means "Short, sweet, and to the point": Just one failure
(so far) posted since the Friday market close on the FDIC web
That was the five branches of Georgian Bank which is being
shotgun married off. This means the number of branches
closed down so far is just 3,716 since the IndyMac
closure in July of last year.
because there was just one bank failure this week, don't go
thinking that the banking mess is anywhere near solved. "US
large-loan bank losses triple to $53 billion" this year.
That means large loans (over $20-millioni - the kind you and I
can't get) are continuing to tank and those costs ultimate will
get passed on to whom? Here, hold the KY...
That High Profile Bin Laden
somehow able to get out press releases on tape demanding four
European nations pull their troops out of Afsmackistan.
Wonder if Business Wire and PR News Wire have thought about an
audio tape drop system? Seems to work well and get's
plenty of ink for OBL. Why, just a single drop box in, oh,
Brazil is making noise about building nuclear arms.
think what's going on here is that Brazil is feeling a little
proximity concern since they are close to Hugo Chavez,
whose been talking up nuclear development with Iran.
How cool is this? Let's arm South America to the hilt - a
fine economic stimulus plan for the defense industry in the
event they don't get the Israeli/Iranian war to light off here
in about a month as planned.
Montgomery Burns "Excellent!"
Ring of Ire
AT&T is going after Google which has the Google Voice ap
that seems to be gaining traction in the market. This
could be an interesting case to watch to see just how real 'net
neutrality' is going to be when the lawyering gets done around
you've been following the net law changes here in Texas where
Austin Police department among other is ready to take on those
who aren't forthright and accountable for their net posts.
Especially when the content is misleading or libelous.
like any technology that comes along eventually gets spun around
into irresponsible use. Not just the internet, although
those cases where people have put 'CraigsList' postings up and
wipe out people's homes, or the spate of stalkers using singles
posts, well you get the idea.
End of the Line
the Space Shuttle set for retirement in 2011 wonder if that
will set the stage for the government to roll out some of the
teleport technology that has been rumored to be around for
years? Too disruptive? Or, what's left of the
economy by then might need some new injection of tech to keep
the dream of getting off this rock alive... Water on the
moon? We set up a bottling plant and ship it back as a
health drink at the quickie marts where people will buy
ever work out the MPG rating on the Space Shuttle? Wonder
if NASA has ever compared them with cars. 'Spect they
wouldn't do so good, depending on how many orbits the mission
is, of course.
On a Positive Note
is a weekend - and I like to periodically remember that on
weekends it becomes very obvious to see what people are made of.
One class of folks sleeps in, does pretty much nothing all
weekend -and then goes back to work 'for the man' on Monday.
Then there's the other class of evolving humans who value
weekends as prime time to work on their own personal life goals.
notion of 'sleeping in' on the weekend simply means you're
willing to work harder for someone else than you are for
yourself...not being critical, just making the observation.
this weekend (which is already overbooked) but maybe next
weekend I am planning to do some research on whether to migrate
from hostile-a-Vista to Windows 7. Starting to get some
articles piling up (like
this one) which need to be read and evaluated.
telling how many weekends it will take to get the systems around
Honda One Wheeler
Something to keep an eye on if you've been wondering about the
Segway. Honda has a new unicycle in the works. Not as
fast as a Segway
(3.7 MPH top speed) but a smaller footprint and more suitable
for...er...indoor use. Didn't see in the story about whether
it will be easy for a 60-year old klutzoid to use, but sure
looks interesting. I'll be the guy yelling "Help!
I've fallen and I can't get up..."
progress in my search for the dream electric bike. Since
we're so far out in the boonies, the minimum range I need is 40
miles. Seems like all the electric bikes out there are in
the 20-25 mile range. When they get to 40 miles and under
a grand, I'll start getting interested. With the weather cooling
I can get back into the shop and may be able to get that
gas-motor add-on kit cobbled onto my mountain bike...promises to
tackle the weekend chore list and work on Peoplenomics...so see
you Monday morning.
sleep in. Time's a wastin.
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The UrbanSurvival Mall:
Peoplenomics This Week:
Doctrine Issues In The War Across Time
This week, we step back from our usual fare of non-traditional
economics (of the sort that recognizes the cyclical nature of
economies, population demographics and resource depletion rates,
since such topics are
taboo among peer-reviewed cowards) to expand our vistas to just
frontiers of the science we know to where some recent developments bring into focus
the possibility of a supra-normal reality, thanks to a contributor who has gone to great lengths to protect
his identity. This week we'll digest enough data to trigger a
curious mind to
look at seemingly inexplicable events in today's headlines and
examine the possibility that there is - as Arthur Conan Doyle
called it - a bigger game afoot. Behind all that most
humans accept 'entertainment' there may be a far more elegant yet
troubling explanation for scores of 'unexplainable events' right
before our eyes, 9/11, UFO's, the whole spectrum: It's a
battle with roots in Roswell, Philadelphia and tests Able and Baker
in the Pacific, chemtrails and all the rest. And it has
tentacles reaching past today forward a thousand tomorrows. Welcome
to the ultimate in asymmetric warfare: The War Across Time.
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September 25, 2009
what seems almost like a replay of the 'battle of Seattle' the
scene of the present G-20 meetings in Pittsburgh is not exactly
a glowing example of peaceful protest nor restrained response
as 20-odd people have been arrested so far at the G-20.
The usual tactics on both sides - running small groups of
anarchists versus police with tear gas and rubber bullets.
an historic perspective, these are interesting times to be sure:
The US, founded on principles of freedom has seen the ascendancy
of the non-human corporate persona which has come to dominate
not only the conduct of governance through huge lobby and
special interest groups that essentially run public policy via
their sway, but at the same time has become blinded to the
evolution of the corporate Super Class by corporate media which
seems intent on not discussing the Up/Down issues and casts it
universally as either economic or contained within a childish
the G-20 may be thought of more accurately as a corporate global
governance conference than world leaders meeting to address
basic human needs. It's against this background that the
US is being dethroned as the lone global super power amidst
headlines like "US May
Face 'Armageddon' If China, Japan Don't Buy Debt."
Filling some of the predictive linguistic expectations out of
the web bot project, we can't help but notice the deployment of
weapons on US soil' - the devices which once turned on cause
excruciating pain. That so-called 'non-lethal' weapons may
have long term health consequences doesn't seem to much concern
authorities although they are
getting plenty of attention among protesters and those concerned
with maintenance of free speech.
personal take on the danger of non-lethal weapons is that they
provide a 'migration path' (to use the marketing term) which
provides the increasing intertwined military/police complex on
American soil a way to edge soldiers who would never begin
use of lethal force against U.S. citizens a way to slowly
work up to it.
use of 'migration pathing' is also clear as the New World Order
of the Bush Era is being rolled out under the context of
'maintain global economic order'. Reuters has a pretty
good piece on how the "New
world economic order takes shape at the G20."
clearly see how global super government will eventually steal
not only American autonomy, but will begin to take on a life of
its own through the global public purse, eventually moving
toward global taxes in order to fund hugely profitable
globalist pet projects in the area of environmental, food
production and so forth.
use (consciously or otherwise)
dialectic - create a terrible problem and then offer the
prepackaged 'right' solution - allows the corporate globalist
gang to pocket wealth from scams like derivatives, roll the
crisis over onto the public through financial collapse, and
stick the public with the bill while those at the top skate.
the U.S. Supreme Court recently indicated that it is open to an
even further expansion of corporate/special interest use of
money to buy government policy favorable to corporate/special
interest objectives, American families are kept off-balance by a
war in Afghanistan (where
we sadly lost five more on our soldiers overnight) and
by a 'war on terror' punctuated by period arrests and
claims about web use to find bomb supplies.
might want to print out this article from this morning's
Washington post, by the way, since in the linguistics we are
headed toward some kind of control/licensure/restrictions on the
internet in 2010. All in the name of keeping us safe,
which is not to pass judgment on whether the stew of current
events is either good or bad; it's just what it is to the aware
observer - the once Constitutional governance of America being
usurped/replaced by corporate mastery of public policy which
allows the very greediest of humans to hide their wealth and
abuses behind the corporate veil on the pretext that it's really
what's best for all of us; and they know what's best for us
since they are so much better than us commoners.
royalty that first Americans first fled, then defeated, the
corporate masters have gone global in scope and are arranging
the next steps of consolidated global governance in Pittsburgh.
back when, a won a regional SDX award for a story about how at
the height of the Cold War there was an active corporate nuclear
trade involving the Soviet Union and the West. In that
report I noted that one could take the Cold War as a sham since
there was growing nuclear trade between the sides.
update that perspective, I similarly see governments following a
corporate lead; doing 'roll-ups' of countries under regional
banners like the European Union and eventually a North American
Union. If, along the way, we have to suffer through a
collapse of the economy to hobble America, then I guess that's
what will be supplied.
thought America had lost control of its supposed representatives
in Washington, who didn't return phone calls or respond to voter
demands in the 'too big to fail' scam, you ain't seen nothing
yet. Just think what a fine world we'll have when there's
another layer of government over America run by the
corporate proxies. Fun world, huh?
world is waking up - and well meaning, peace & freedom loving
humans are continuing to connect on the net and a new kind of
consciousness is arising. By oh, next summer or so, we may
be seeing a fair bit of confrontation between regular humans and
corporate humans. Should be interesting, to say the least.
Which is why the FCC's 'net neutrality' will have to be
undermined by the PowersThatBe. Can't have a globally
connecting mind questioning those who a busily seizing the reins
and profits for themselves and their owners, can we?
have taken your morning double-dose of cynicism pills, you might
be tempted to speculate that the talk of 'net neutrality' is
nothing more than another fund raising scheme hatched by the
democons and republicorps to bulk up their coffers before
'hoodwink' time (elections) roll around again. Trust you
read Richard Doman's piece this week: "Republicans
back off net neutrality gambit"?
enough Friday morning cynicism, let's dig back into the
Durable? What's that?
Figures out from the Uberment this morning on (not so) Durable
"New Orders New orders for manufactured durable goods in
August decreased $4.0 billion or 2.4 percent to $164.4
billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This
was the second decrease in the last three months. This
followed a 4.8 percent July increase. Excluding
transportation, new orders were down slightly. Excluding
defense, new orders decreased 2.4 percent.
Shipments Shipments of
manufactured durable goods in August, down following two
consecutive monthly increases, decreased $2.4 billion or 1.4
percent to $171.3 billion. This followed a 2.2 percent July
Unfilled Orders Unfilled orders
for manufactured durable goods in August, down eleven
consecutive months, decreased $2.8 billion or 0.4 percent to
$737.1 billion. This was the longest streak of consecutive
monthly decreases since the series was first published on a
NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 0.1 percent July
Inventories of manufactured
durable goods in August, down eight consecutive months,
decreased $4.2 billion or 1.3 percent to $308.9 billion.
This followed a 1.1 percent July decrease.
Capital Goods Industries
Nondefense new orders for
capital goods in August decreased $4.0 billion or 7.1
percent to $52.7 billion.
Defense new orders for capital
goods in August increased $0.1 billion or 1.1 percent to
stock market looks to open on the downside due to the dour &
gate of hell financially open if we get a close of the S&P under
1035 by Robin Landry's work. As long as we stay over that,
the "Happy Talk" can continue and dreams of 10,300 on the Dow
will persist. Long as we keep printing zeroes in a
frenzied way, of course...
long as China can be twisted to keep buying our paper.
even get me started on the talk of the FDIC being funded with
IOU's...OMG you thought crystal meth was crazy? Check
kiting by government - never thought I'd live to see the day...
This is (En) Rich
which has steadfastly maintained that it's not building a bomb
(uh huh, sure, right) now "tells
IAEA it is building 2nd enrichment plant." So we check
the watch linguistically and see that we're tracking to October
25th when this ought to all zoom to the front pages only to be
followed with a couple of weeks of high profile 'personal
diplomacy' kinds of headlines before...oh, you know.
"Looks like the revolution is brewing and Israel will strike
Iran, after listening to Netanyahu today. He put the world
on notice and a time clock. I have never seen him so serious
and purposeful in defending Israel.
There is no doubt they will
strike this fall IMO. The gloves are off.
Now, what happens after that??"
Hard telling from the linguistics,
but October 25th is either the data that Israel does a one week
notice, or it's the strike date, but that's when things get hot,
best we can reckon.
Happened to Transparency
Nothing - at least nothing much so far. Later on
this morning, the House committee on financial services is
holding a hearing on HR 1207 - the Federal Reserve Transparency
Act of 2009. This is where Scott Alvarez of the (not
really) Federal Reserve will give his pitch on why the Fed
shouldn't be audited:
GAO audits of monetary policy also would likely cast a chill
on monetary policy deliberations if policymakers
believed that GAO audits would result in early publication
and analyses of their policy discussions. Unfettered and
wide-ranging internal debates are essential to identifying
the best possible policy options for achieving maximum
employment and stable prices in light of data that may be
conflicting or, at best, ambiguous as to the optimum policy
Apparently, the boyz at the Fed kinda sorta forget that Congress
has the money deliberating role in America...but let's not be
bothered with such trivialities. Nor, I suppose should we
be swayed by the Mises institutes counter argument:
the Federal Reserve Transparency Act passes and the audit
takes place, the American people will have achieved a great
victory. If the legislation fails, more and more
Americans will begin to wonder what the Fed could be so
anxious to keep hidden, and the pressure for transparency
will simply intensify. A recent poll finds 75 percent of
Americans already in favor of auditing the Fed. The writing
is on the wall.
The Federal Reserve may as well get used to the idea that
the audit is coming. That would be a far more sensible
approach than the counterproductive and condescending one it
has adopted thus far, in which the peons who populate the
country are urged to quit pestering their betters with all
these impertinent questions. The Fed should take to heart
the words of consolation the American people are given
whenever a new government surveillance program is uncovered:
if you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to
has the potential to be a 'shot across the bow' to the
corporate/bankster cabal that runs America via the special
interest checkbook. At least a few Americans have figured
out that something's not quite right when banks and insurance
companies get bailed out in a NY (Fed) second while waiting for
another 13-week unemployment comp extension takes....well, is
that done yet?
Why The West Loves Zimbabwe
couple of weeks ago, I suggested that the reason the West is so
anxious for rapprochement with Zimbabwe is not for their
expertise in printing zeroes on currency, although true that
they are the world leaders in that department. No, the
reason we're putting the full court press on that part of Africa
AFRICOM mission statements and such) is that Zimbabwe has
some of the REE's (rare earth elements) that are strategically
important to the West.
a confirming story: "Rare
Earths are Vital, China Owns Them All." Small
countries like Bolivia (lithium deposits) are of critical
concern, too. Just so you know what's on our shopping
snip and save section ---
With Future Technology
Interesting article in the Daily Mail Online today under the
that 'grows' meat in your kitchen beats teleporting fridge and
two-second clothes cleaner to win design prize".
our recent focus on advances in antigravity technology and the
use of cloaking technology that (may) distort time, it's fun
once in a while to sit back with a cuppa joe and wonder "If I(
could invent anything in the world what would it be?" A
couple of my own picks:
guaranteed 150-year lifespan. I just need a lot more
time to do all the things I want in life. I've gotten
hooked on over-achieving and it's great fun to be a Type A.
Problem is that I've got so many places yet to visit, so
many things left to do, I can't possibly get them squeezed
in to the first 100-years. I need an overtime
The end of all speed limits. I think that we could do
away with all speed limits and replace them with something
called "competency-based driving'; - suggested once upon a
time by a friend of mine who runs a big/huge construction
outfit up in the Seattle area. If someone is a crappy
driver, then they should not be allowed to drive over a
certain speed, say 35 MPH. If someone is a so-so
driver, but safe on a freeway, then maybe 55. If
someone has been through some serious driving schooling (Skip
Barber on Bob
Bondurant) then I say let folks drive
however-the-hell-fast they want. Rule: Cops
would have to issue a ticket for EVERY accident and point
scoring to see who's really safe and who is not.
Sticker color on the car tips the fuzz who can drive how
Flat rate income tax. Not matter what, no matter who,
a 10% tax on everyone.
Much higher vehicle mile-per-gallon requirements.
Mandate that every car makes 40 MPG period.
That would force Detroit and Tokyo to take some of those
high mileage systems (water injection, hydrogen injection,
etc) that really do work and put them into service.
Instead, people have been dumbed down to buy thrice as much
gas as is necessary which in turn feeds the corporate
monster which in turn...oh you get it, OK?
The URE Law gets passed: No sending of money for
political purposes across state lines except for the office
of President. Period. No out of state funding
from Connecticut fat cats dumping dough into California to
defeat budget propositions so they can crash Cali bonds and
make a gazillion. We need to knock that crap off.
No out of state PAC money to Congressmen who don't have any
of those interests in their home district. Also:
Total ban on political money from any PAC or corporation.
Period. All from humans, all reportable and all
traceable. Howzzat for radical?
course, none of this is going to happen, so instead we get
another X years of mediocrity and the contin8uing build of
tension between the corpgov types on one side and the genuine
Constitution-loving Libertarians on the other
and....where's my coffee?
Speaking of article in British papers, I see the Telegraph ran
an article "'Web-bot
project' makes prophecy of 2012 apocalypse". While the
linguistics didn't exactly say the world would end
then, we ought to be several billion people fewer in number by
then, but here's hoping you're not one of them. Number
like 1.25 billion or so (starvation mostly, but the sound of it
due to economic collapsing) over the next couple of years is
almost a lead pipe cinch.
can go check the Google cache on things like our prediction of
the China Quake in May of '08. Yeah, kinda hard
trashing the Google cache - tough one for people who have a
really hard time dealing with the fact the future 'leaks' in
advance. But that's how science works, like it or not,
huh? 50,000 dead Chinese is a strong argument that the
technology works. But stick around for the other (at
least) 1.25 billion to follow as dead and starving to come if
you're not convinced.
Thought I Was a Writer Dept.
then I noticed the headline touting the article on the front of
the September 2009 issue of AOPA Pilot: "Cross Country on
Grass" Well, turning to P. 90 it turns out to be on a new
kind of fuel that seems to test as well or better than 100 LL
avgas. But still, got me inside the covers even if I don't
have time to finish the biennial right now...
D-Jet article in the following issue (Oct.) was interesting,
too. If I ever get time and $1.8 megabux and want a
family sized jet......
report this morning since I had to reboot 6 times while writing
- which will teach me when to install new software which goes
wonky when I've got a schedule to meet....
Thursday September 24, 2009
Been Fired Yet?
call from Robin Landry after the market close on Wednesday.
He tells me there is a chance - a slight on, but definitely
'non-zero' that a move of the market to the downside today could
set us up for the Mother of All Collapses this fall. True,
there's a strong count that suggests one more wave up (and he
doesn't think I'll make money on my S&P 700 put options for
November, but that always was just a lotto ticket, but the ones
for next year, Ha!).
said, the Mass Layoff report came out on Wednesday from those
light-hearted, hard working folks at the Bureau of Labor
took 2,690 mass layoff actions in August that resulted in
the separa- tion of 259,307 workers, seasonally
adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment
insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. Each action involved at
least 50 persons from a single employer. The number of mass
layoff events in August increased by 533 from the prior
month, and the number of associated initial claims increased
by 52,516. Over the year, the number of mass layoff events
increased by 803, and associated initial claims increased by
70,356. Year-to-date mass layoff events (21,184) and initial
claims (2,162,202) both recorded program highs through
August. In August, 900 mass layoff events were reported in
the manufacturing sector, seasonally adjusted, resulting in
93,892 initial claims. Over the month, the number of
manufacturing events increased by 279, and associated
initial claims increased by 21,626. (See table 1.)
During the 21 months from
December 2007 through August 2009, the total number of mass
layoff events (seasonally adjusted) was 44,669, and the
number of initial claims filed (seasonally adjusted) in
those events was 4,556,636."
see: 4.5 million out of a workforce of about 145 million - so
three percent of the workforce has been laid off in what, a year
and a half call it? My handy-dandy long term chart of the
number looks like this:
you're a serious math-head, you can see that our best fit seems
to be along the second-order polynomial trend line, although a
big pop up next month might argue for the 5th order, which
would in turn imply that we may be nearing the peak of layoffs.
there's a key reversal to the downside today after the morning
bounce, then I'd sure head for the hills since I'm a strong
believe in the philosophy "He who fights and runs away, lives to
fight another day..." and that could set up a Black
Speculating a bit, that topping of the 5th order poly trend line
could be for one of two reasons: Either there really is an
end to the evolution of the first leg down of the Second
Depression, or we're just flat-ass running out of people to
toward this latter interpretation, but I've been watching it
longer than you and I've had enough coffee to remember than
crack-ups of boom/bust economies are never pleasant. They
come along with all kinds of social resentment which gets us to
the morning's second item...
The Dead Fed Case
to be really clear about something: Just because we have
been predicting increased stress levels and open conflict
between the American public and their government, we by no
means endorse violence of any sort -- our predictions of the
evolution of such conflict starting now and evolving over the
next year (and longer) is not something we have
anything to do with. Nor, do we incite. We
simply report what is in the data.
that this is new: Using technology developed by
we often report shifts of language that seem to
(occasionally, once in a while, maybe slightly better than
chance) presage actual future events. If an ugly future
event shows up, it isn't because we made it show up.
We report in advance sometimes and Universe delivers. We
just have a way of seeing it ahead of time. Been doing
this for a long time and as evidence, look at the case of the
Power Outage forecast or, another smack on example was the
Quake forecast in 2008. Even out 'tipping point'
discussions in the months prior to 9/11.
strong reminder comes because we are now entering the forecast
period where people and their government here in the West are
going to go several paces past crazy and there's now emerging
evidence here of starting points in the UP vs. DOWN
conflict which the data suggests will ramp up in lieu of (and
replacing) the former right vs. left political distractions of
politics which had served as a social pressure relief valve.
We're on the verge (sadly) of people taking more direct action.
begin with, there's the case of
a US Census worker being found hanged in Kentucky with the word
'Fed' scrawled on his chest. No telling how this
happened yet - so we await details.
four police officers were shot while serving a no-knock warrant.
MainStreamMedia has done an absolutely horrible job of reporting
back to the general public how stressed a large part of society
is these days. The talk about 'green shoots' and such
might make nice clips for the evening news, but in foreign
media reports, you pick up the really abysmal tone of things by
reading stories about
people living in storm sewers under cities like Las Vegas.
one thing to fudge a little on the unemployment picture, but
things we're hearing indicate that things are about to get much,
much worse. Why?
heard rumblings, unconfirmed yet, that a lot of small businesses
around America are on the verge of filing for bankruptcy in two
weeks time about October 15th. That's when the second
extension to file 2008 income taxes will expire.
we're hearing in general terms is that thousands of small
business owners bet on a recovery in 2009 in order to catch up
on past tax debts and since that hasn't happened yet, they're
going to the wall October 15th with BK filings. We may
have more on this next week as we've heard that a local (to East
Texas) radio show is talking to some folks...
Hide That (Golden) Sausage
Reserve Admits Hiding Gold Swap Arrangements, GATA Says".
Hell of a headline, huh? Good on Bill Murphy & crew at
GATA. The details in the GATA press release release out
"MANCHESTER, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Federal Reserve
System has disclosed to the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee
Inc. that it has gold swap arrangements with foreign banks
that it does not want the public to know about.
The disclosure, GATA says,
contradicts denials provided by the Fed to GATA in 2001 and
suggests that the Fed is indeed very much involved in the
surreptitious international central bank manipulation of the
gold price particularly and the currency markets generally.
The Fed's disclosure came this
week in a letter to GATA's Washington-area lawyer, William
J. Olson of Vienna, Virginia (http://www.lawandfreedom.com/),
denying GATA's administrative appeal of a
freedom-of-information request to the Fed for information
about gold swaps, transactions in which monetary gold is
temporarily exchanged between central banks or between
central banks and bullion banks. (See the International
Monetary Fund's treatise on gold swaps here:
The letter, dated September 17
and written by Federal Reserve Board member Kevin M. Warsh
formerly a member of the President's Working Group on
Financial Markets, detailed the Fed's position that the gold
swap records sought by GATA are exempt from disclosure under
the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
Warsh wrote in part: "In
connection with your appeal, I have confirmed that the
information withheld under Exemption 4 consists of
confidential commercial or financial information relating to
the operations of the Federal Reserve Banks that was
obtained within the meaning of Exemption 4. This includes
information relating to swap arrangements with foreign banks
on behalf of the Federal Reserve System and is not the type
of information that is customarily disclosed to the public.
This information was properly withheld from you."
When, in 2001, GATA discovered a
reference to gold swaps in the minutes of the January
31-February 1, 1995, meeting of the Federal Reserve's
Federal Open Market Committee and pressed the Fed, through
two U.S. senators, for an explanation, Fed Chairman Alan
Greenspan denied that the Fed was involved in gold swaps in
any way. Greenspan also produced a memorandum written by the
Fed official who had been quoted about gold swaps in the
FOMC minutes, FOMC General Counsel J. Virgil Mattingly, in
which Mattingly denied making any such comments. (See
The Fed's September 17 letter to
GATA confirming that the Fed has gold swap arrangements can
be found here:
While the letter, GATA says, is
far from the first official admission of central bank
scheming to suppress the price of gold (for documentation of
some of these admissions, see
http://www.gata.org/node/7096) , it comes at a sensitive
time in the currency and gold markets. The U.S. dollar is
showing unprecedented weakness, the gold price is showing
unprecedented strength, Western European central banks
appear to be withdrawing from gold sales and leasing, and
the International Monetary Fund is being pressed to take the
lead in the gold price suppression scheme by selling gold
from its own supposed reserves in the guise of providing
financial support for poor nations.
GATA will seek to bring a
lawsuit in federal court to appeal the Fed's denial of our
freedom-of-information request. While this will require many
thousands of dollars, the Fed's admission that it aims to
conceal documentation of its gold swap arrangements
establishes that such a lawsuit would have a distinct target
and not be just a fishing expedition.
In pursuit of such a lawsuit and
its general objective of liberating the precious metals
markets and making them fair and transparent, GATA again
asks for financial support from the public and from all gold
and silver mining companies that are not at the mercy of
market-manipulating governments and banks. GATA is
recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a
non-profit educational and civil rights organization and
contributions to it are federally tax-exempt in the United
States. For information on donating to GATA, please visit
People also can help GATA by
bringing this information to the attention of financial news
organizations and urging them to investigate the Fed's
involvement in gold swaps particularly and the gold (and
silver) price suppression generally.
looked, gold before press time was headed toward $1,020, but
more interesting is that there's talk of gold over $1,500 before
the end of the year. We'll see, but that's certainly not a
'rule out' is it?
with all this as background, we don't need to linger on
why the G-20 is considering other measures than the Us dollar
for a global reserve currency, do we? No? Didn't
think so. Lordy, you're a sharp one, aren't cha?
Gravity of the Situation
Say...has it occurred to anyone besides me that if "India’s
lunar mission finds evidence of water on the Moon" that
maybe Richard C. Hoagland's books that probe that sort of double
life of NASA may be true?
Besides the world moving toward disclosure about UFO's, and
there are some leaks being allowed in the scientific community
about antigravity technology (see Coping section today) that
will likely presage disclosures... The real question is
"Where's my tax money been going...I mean really where's
it been going?" Do we like get a REFUND or a DIVIDEND or
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Anti-Gravity Arrives for
What Heaviside Was Hiding
Strange things are afoot here in the WuJo - which, though it may
look like a mad man's office with a cluttered mix of
books, electronics, scientific papers, economics resources,
multiple computers with 7 monitors, ham radio gear, a multitrack
recording rig and 3 TB of storage wired in, and a drum set in
the middle of it all, is really a place where thinking takes
place. I'll tell you a little story.
weekend in Peoplenomics I got into an interesting hypothesis for
readers; namely that a lot of what passes for paranormal
experience in the here and now may be nothing more than visitors
from our future who have come back across time via some
yet-to-be-discovered mechanism and are interacting with
ThePowersThatBe and/or corpgov in order to wage a battle for
control of the planet in the future.
that got me kicking the dusty corners of science to see
where things like gravity no longer worked and that in
turn had me asking all kinds of odd questions abouts about what
basic research has been done into distortions of time in
the vicinity of plasma fields, since that's an area which
our 'source' alleged (in somewhat cloaked wording) that odd
things may/are going on when strong OLED or PLED lights were
projected onto flowing plasma layers around the skin of flying
machines as a 'projecting surface' for cloaking devices and
that's got something to do with chemtrails, UFO's yada, yada,
say, this was all pretty hypothetical until this message showed
up in an encrypted email from a contributing source:
"Abstract: It is shown that the gravity acceleration just
above a chamber filled with gas or plasma at ultra-low
pressure can be strongly reduced by applying an Extra
Low-Frequency (ELF) electromagnetic field across the gas or
the plasma. This Gravitational Shielding Effect is related
to recent discovery of quantum correlation between
gravitational mass and inertial mass. According to the
theory samples hung
above the gas or the plasma should exhibit a weight decrease
when the frequency of the electromagnetic field is decreased
or when the intensity of the electromagnetic field is
increased. This Gravitational Shielding Effect
is unprecedented in the literature and can not be understood
in the framework of the General Relativity. From the
technical point of view, there are several applications for
this discovery; possibly it will change the paradigms of
energy generation, transportation and telecommunications.
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----"
A real paper that there really is a
Effect? And what's more that it takes place in
the vicinity of plasma like I was explaining in more
detail last weekend? This abstract came with a link to a
probably obscure paper out of Los Alamos modestly titled "Gravity
Control by means of Electromagnetic Filed through Gas or Plasma
at Ultra-Low Pressure."
more, if you read the paper, you can build a simple test rig out
of a fluorescent light, a signal generator and some easy to find
goodies around the house! Holy smokes! Look at page
21 of the .PDF
I had already been in contact with our consulting reactor
engineer, I sent him a copy of this and his response was a
brief, to the point:
"Holy Shit. This is something that needs more
investigating. Let me look more into it."
the light-hearted side, this romp around the dusty corners of
physics has gotten us some serious insight into how gin and
tonics can mimic Cherenkov light from a water-moderated reactor
core when the G&T's are held just so under black light...
the serious as a heart attack side the real useable outputs of
the past week are that 1) there really is according to a
Los Alamos paper a "Gravitational Shielding Effect" in the
vicinity of plasma and this in turn means 2) Those stories that
the leading edge of some US ultra high performance bombers that
operate at extreme altitudes where what? (Pressure is low)
Really may be getting some of their lift from the 'gravity
shielding effect'. Is there some time distortion?
Grab your B-2 and throw some RF sources behind the leading edge
plasma outputs and let's instrument for even slight frequency
shifts in our chase plane....
what if that sets up humankind for a new kind of aircraft which
wouldn't require as much aerodynamic lift - ergo much higher
fuel efficiency transport? That's not the latest bit of
woo-woo around here....
I received a copy (again, I seem to
be getting a lot of anonymous physics related material for a
site that is primarily about watching the Second Depression
unfold) of a late 1860's lecture by
James Clerk Maxwell who was at least a couple of hundred
years ahead of everyone else on the planet.
In this lecture (1867, which would
have made Maxwell about 36 at the time), Maxwell talks about the
fifth force which he then proceeds to explain.
Remember those experiments in
junior high (or high school) where you put a magnet under a
piece of paper and on top of which you had sprinkled some iron
Maxwell says those magnetic lines
of force (see the very rough sketch below) are simple enough (if
you're a genius armed with heavy duty vector maths). But
what is the force that pushes the field out perpendicular to
the magnetic field? Here's the issue raised by
Is that a static E field? Hmmm... Despite having an
Extra Class ham ticket and a commercial FCC ticket (an old First
Class, BTW) and a fair understanding of how magnetic lines of
force work in transformer/inductors/ yada, yada, I had never
seen the question raised about "What keeps this stuff pushing
out from the magnet?" Could it be that Heaviside got us so
hypnotized as a group that we forgot to ask Maxwell's "Hey!
What's this stuff?" The
papers here if you have time. And you really must have
the Rex Research CD's if you are to have a properly equipped
WuJo of your own...
Granted I got kicked out of Seattle U&'s electrical engineering
class for bringing a handheld calculator to class (Fall '67) and
being uppity about using a slip-stick [slide rule], but I had
never heard much about it.
Then things got really weird - like they aren't
So I've been noodling since reading Maxwell a while back about
"What would be the effect on high frequency radio waves (like
ham radio on say 80-meters) if a guy was to use magnetics to
push RF around. Not the
magnetron kind of stuff...just applied a strong magnetic
field to an RF feedline going to an antenna? What would be
Now comes the strange part. I've been experimenting with
applying strong magnets to my 572-foot long loop antenna's
feeding the RF through some $50-bucks a pop super-strong
neodymium magnets. Last night on the Texas traffic
net, using my latest configuration, I had what was described as
a 'very strong' signal' all the way up to "George owes me a new
The net control station put the signal at '45-over S-9" - not
Here's the theory and some speculation: My initial idea
was that RF can be influenced by magnetism and that the
ground effects are a combination of conductivity and
a stationary magnetic field. Fine so far.
So, I wondered, can the RF field be artificially raised above
ground (or synthetically lower the ground plane for RF) by the
application of strong magnets? Hmmm... so I have just been
putting magnets in my feedline in different configurations while
I occasionally go look for research in the area.
Haven't found anything current yet, but over at Robert Nelson's
most excellent site,
www.rexresearch.com there's a curious paper from the 1930's
about how a fellow used a magnetic field to change the
characteristics of a receiving antenna but I haven't seen
anything else since.
All of which has me wondering "What's to be learnt here?
OK now the really, really, really strange part: After
fooling around with the antennas and magnetics I got to bed
(like every night, right? But as I am drifting back awake
a few minutes before the alarm close this morning I start to see
(in a semi-dream state) a moving stream of something that looks
like hieroglyphics moving before my eyes. They were black
on a kind of gray background but most interesting of all
(besides none of them making sense) was that they were at an
angle from lower left to upper right, a little steeper than 45º....closer
to 60º. Kinda like the ASCII extended character set slowly
moving upper right to lower left like I was supposed to be
No, I haven't seen anything
Egyptian on television lately...no reason that I can think of to
see such a thing. but strange? You talk about
strange.... Maybe it has something to do with ordering
Jung's "The Red Book"...just don't know.
If you happen to find any books on
the effects of neodymium magnet-level fields on HF radio
signals, send 'em along. When I get some time (what's
that?) I'll try to cobble up some experiments to see if strong
magnetic fields can offset apparent ground of HF systems....
Do me a favor if you get there
first? Name it "The Ure Effect" wouldja? I'd like to
get something into the history books besides the note that a Ure
family member inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
No, I don't know if best-selling
author Dan Brown has ever dropped by here, or the
site, but lots of people are writing in saying "You know,
George, that part in The Lost Symbol
(between pages 50 & 80 - forgot the page number) where they talk
about sending spiders out onto the internet to poll the
public....well, you know....is it a coincidence?"
Beat me/us...but can I get my book
Wednesday September 23, 2009
Fed: No Move
look surprised. But there is a little more to it - here's
their carefully worded statement on the economy and what they
Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee
met in August suggests that economic activity has picked up
following its severe downturn. Conditions in financial
markets have improved further, and activity in the housing
sector has increased. Household spending seems to be
stabilizing, but remains constrained by ongoing job losses,
sluggish income growth, lower housing wealth, and tight
credit. Businesses are still cutting back on fixed
investment and staffing, though at a slower pace; they
continue to make progress in bringing inventory stocks into
better alignment with sales. Although economic activity is
likely to remain weak for a time, the Committee anticipates
that policy actions to stabilize financial markets and
institutions, fiscal and monetary stimulus, and market
forces will support a strengthening of economic growth and a
gradual return to higher levels of resource utilization in a
context of price stability.
With substantial resource slack
likely to continue to dampen cost pressures and with
longer-term inflation expectations stable, the Committee
expects that inflation will remain subdued for some time. In
these circumstances, the Federal Reserve will continue to
employ a wide range of tools to promote economic recovery
and to preserve price stability. The Committee will maintain
the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4
percent and continues to anticipate that economic conditions
are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the
federal funds rate for an extended period. To provide
support to mortgage lending and housing markets and to
improve overall conditions in private credit markets, the
Federal Reserve will purchase a total of $1.25 trillion of
agency mortgage-backed securities and up to $200 billion of
agency debt. The Committee will gradually slow the pace of
these purchases in order to promote a smooth transition in
markets and anticipates that they will be executed by the
end of the first quarter of 2010. As previously announced,
the Federal Reserve’s purchases of $300 billion of Treasury
securities will be completed by the end of October 2009. The
Committee will continue to evaluate the timing and overall
amounts of its purchases of securities in light of the
evolving economic outlook and conditions in financial
markets. The Federal Reserve is monitoring the size and
composition of its balance sheet and will make adjustments
to its credit and liquidity programs as warranted.
Voting for the FOMC monetary
policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; William C.
Dudley, Vice Chairman; Elizabeth A. Duke; Charles L. Evans;
Donald L. Kohn; Jeffrey M. Lacker; Dennis P. Lockhart;
Daniel K. Tarullo; Kevin M. Warsh; and Janet L. Yellen.
said in this morning's update, this is carefully crafted to set
the stage for whatever comes next...
I don't claim prescience, or anything like that, but you did
notice (at least I hope you noticed) that
I referred to the low-intensity conflict along the Mexican
border being a fine thing to modulate as a distraction -
three vans running the San Ysidro crossing down south of San
Diego? Ha! Wonder what was big and illegal and
probably brought in out East a ways while the SoCal Border
agents were being distracted, huh? I'd be nervous in
This Ain't Rome, Or Is It?
Bloomberg story headlines that the "U.S.
Debt Crisis May Cause ‘Fall of Rome’ Scenario, Duncan Says"
goes on our must read pile this morning because author Richard
Duncan has the nerve to put the bespoke fear language coming out
of Washington into a useable framework.
Duncan's book "Dollar Crisis" may be a good read and all, if
you're looking for something that might be more useful as a
trader's timing resource, the book I'm reading right now (Elmus
Wicker's " The Banking Panics of the Great Depression
") might be more applicable. Why? Ah...Wicker points
out that there were at least four separate sub panics in
the banking industry during the First Depression and if a trader
wanted to make some judgments based on the timing of the sub
panics within D-1, here in D-2, then that ought to be an
exercise to burn off psychic energy from monkey-mind while
you're waiting for a screen refresh on a stack of loser
trades...Some folks never learn.
big economic feature today - although it's a given, really - is
the Federal Reserve's announcement this afternoon that there
will be no change in the nearly free money rates offered to
banksters who in turn mark them up and lend them to us at
anywhere from Fed funds plus 4½% on
fixed term mortgages to Fed funds plus 32% to people who the
banksters figure they can screw to the wall.
While rates are that low, there's
an incentive for a dollar-carry trade to be set up - just like
Japan used the yen-carry trade to extend what could have been a
5-year post Nikkei high period starting in 1989 into what turned
into two decades of financial yuckiness. An explanation
carry trades here, if you need it. But it essential
means borrow money free (or next to it) and put the borrowed
dough into something that will appreciate (free yen into gold,
was the yen-carry trade).
All of which leaves only the
question of how the Fed Statement this afternoon will signal the
length of what should be a dollar/commodity carry trade.
Macroeconomics moves at glacial
speed. If the Fed says something like "foreseeable future"
as a timeline for keeping rates low, then that will encourage
the Big Boyz to crash the Dow down to 4,400 or so next year,
from which level they will be able to lock in nearly free money
next spring, buy commodities (gold, grains, and oil)_ and run
that back up to the 12,000 to 20,000 range on the Dow.
Which assumes the markets hang together and aren't shredded by a
LIHOP or some such outlier event which may become necessary to
rally the country round the current government should too many
people get antsy... simple policy decisions at each step
of the way though, and given the caliber of our...oh we don't
need to review that do we?
Zooming out, therefore, the real
drivers of the future reduce to some simple basic concepts like
"How much can be wrung from the public's pocket is directly
proportionate to the collective fear factor induced in
So.....we wheel out the flu
scare...and whenever needed, an Al-Qaida press release pops up
showing a convenient headline like "Al-Qaida
predicts Obama's fall by Muslim nation ". Quick, be
afraid right on cue, would you?
Not scary enough?.
Hmmm...roll with plan B "Terror
arrest sparks gov't warning on mass transit" and "Feds
Issue Security Bulletins on Stadiums, Hotels."
If that was the only news out
there, the prospects for the economy operating in a fear mode
and being compliant might not be bad. But the reality is
that the Obama administration and congress have been
losing steadily in the polls and so even more fear mongering is
needed to keep things hanging together.
When you read headlines like the
governor of NY David "Paterson
blames weak Obama record for friction" and "Obama
the impotent: the disappointment with Barack Obama is tangible".
Toss in the WSJ report that "Poll
Reflects Afghan War Doubts" and Joe Biden's 'war lite' plan
considering strategy shift in Afghan War") and the
difficulty of all the nation's collection of interlocked
semi-circular references comes into focus. Like stability?
Fear no fear...if you're awake enough to track.
To get to my first 'bottom line' of
today, it's simply this. I think Duncan's worry that the
current global picture sets up a Fall of Rome process is wholly
decline of the Roman Empire was a 320-years long affair.
We're not going to take anywhere
near that long. I'd say Duncan's an optimist.
Palin By Comparison
Wannabe Veepstress acting like
Sarah Palin is raking the Oministration over the coals on
spending and bailing. And other low hanging fruit like
the bubble brigade at the Fed.
Red Sky At Night
No sailor's delight though as "Australia
dust storms turns sky over Sydney deadly red."
Hmmm...so what's the Oz gov't going to do about
an outbreak of
Turning our attention to the skies
Iran vs. UFO's
Noticed a report on Iranian TV which is now showing up in the
Tehran Times about Iran shooting down some 'bright lights' over
the Persian Gulf. Guess #1? Group of UAV's just
after sunset at altitude. Guess #2? UFO's.
Guess #3? Group of UAV's just after sunset...
Then there's the
report that Iran lost its sole AWACs plane by trying to show it
off... Stuff happens, eh?
I see the Dog Poet
is doing a cover of "Any Day Now"...
More 'up takes'? OK...
Rain Toll Mounts
rain has stopped (for now) in parts of the US Southeast, but the
death toll is eight.
There Goes Your Money
happen to be around Cape Canaveral, that thing going off about
press time this morning (50-50
odds) is a Delta II rocket with missile defense satellites
on board. Wave for us...
Speaking of Losing
tell you which market note it was in, but one says that if you
look at a long-term P/E of 16 for the market, the S&P should
trade down 18% from where it is now - and that says this one
forecast explains why all of a sudden balance sheets are not a
popular talking point on the dog & pony show circuit...
Futures higher by a teensy bit on prayer the Fed will
announce some silver bullet. Pray harder. Or better
yet - mediate on how to extract yourself from the games of print
and sprint & pump & dump.
fewer the wants, the fewer the dollars needed....
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With Meetings of 'the Colors"
a way to 'listen in' to much of the 'buzz' on the internet with
some of the raw data inputs from the web bot project means
occasionally coming across 'news' which isn't news yet.
And this morning's case in point involves at least three
linguistic slants on the word 'buzz' for the home baking set,
since this is a story about the possible end of a long-standing
prohibition at the Federal level on marijuana laws.
Specifically, we've heard recently that 'the Colors' - the loose
amalgamation of biker groups that have made a small untaxed
industry out of selling (among other wares) marijuana - have
some concerns lately about the impact on their revenue streams
of any loosing of marijuana laws that might cut into their
case you've never considered the economics of the weed business,
suppose for a moment that one person in 100 smokes weed on a
periodic/recreational basis in America. That's be
something over 3-million recreational smokers.
let's say that each smoker does only an ounce, or so per year:
That's over a half billion dollars a year in marijuana sales.
wait! About 1 in 10 of my friends smokes...." Yeah?
That would make it closer to a 2.5-billion dollar industry -
doubling our first number but leaving out kids and oldsters.
wait! of my 1 in 10 friends, they probably each do three
ounces a year or more..." OK, so now we're up to a $7-$10
billion a year industry and that's before we get the
paraphernalia which includes but is not limited to the personal
supplies like hookahs, clips, papers, screens, pipe cleaners,
but also include the much larger expense items like prosecutors,
drug labs, defense lawyers, jail operators, and so on.
Then there's all that dough that's gone into the 'War on Drugs'
which has only underscored my believe that marijuana does lead
to harder drugs that are dangerous for you, including run and
scotch, just for openers.
ever do study the economics of weed, remember that you can't
compare prices of a dime bag when you go comparison shopping, a
dime is a dime is a dime. But, when you buy a specific
weight - like an ounce - you might be paying anywhere from $65
for dirt weed all the way up to $350 an ounce for top of the
line Blue Lightning (so I've heard).
marijuana prices will find sites like this one that track such
on some snips of things that have come in, seems 'the Colors'
are a little worried that if the feds back off on weed and
concentrate on more addictive substance abuses (opiates, etc)
that their profits could fall dramatically.
Politicians, on the other hand, not being completely stupid
(although there's much evidence to the contrary) might
consider loosing up the prohibition on getting baked since in
times of high social stress one thing politicians have
done in the past is end prohibitions that have caused violent
don't have to be much of a student of history to remember the
prohibition on alcohol was ended by president Roosevelt in March
of 1933. Hmmm...about 3 1/2 years into the Great
'weed' use the events of last October's bank crisis, then I'd
expect that within 3-years, America ought to have gotten around
to ending this current variant of prohibition.
want a little more precise guesstimate, simply fire up Excel and
put in the dates of the start of Prohibition on
January 16, 1920 and its end March 23, 1933, do the date
arithmetic and find that you had a prohibition lasting 4,815
the Nixon-era as the start of the marijuana prohibition era, we
find that the War on Drugs should have been getting over by
1983, or so. But, since it has been such a fine economic
engine and with a nod to the power of the alcohol lobby, the
prison-building industry, the privatization of prisons and all
the rest, this pseudo Prohibition period has lasted about
Reasonable arguments have been made about the legality of pseudo
Prohibition, mainly along the lines that alcohol's Prohibition
required a constitutional amendment - so why doesn't weed?
And there's also the Federalist argument behind Justice's
O'Connor and Thomas' view that such a defacto Prohibition is an
illegal usurpation of State rights.
point this morning, however, is to simply note that since the
marijuana Prohibition is now about 40-years old, it has become
institutionalized to such a degree that it places three unlikely
bedfellows on the same side of a poor argument. As the
Colors try to figure out a replacement revenue stream, so does
the alcohol industry and the law
might as well throw in the military as strange bedfellows, too,
since if the sandbox wars get too unpopular, we could always
revitalize the War on Drugs to justify taking over the whole
Mexican Border area and invade the northern part of South
America. More of that new-fangled "Conquer to Free"
thinking; a fine product migration path from the Mexico low
intensity conflict to all out military deployment in a region
that at least has some physical proximity and a little energy,
too, now that I think about it.
Despite the possibility and talk of reform, could it be that a
biker/law enforcement/alcohol/defense lobby might be in the
offing? To paraphrase Alice's Restaurant (Arlo Guthrie)
"This ain't about democracy, it's about revenue."
Name of the Beast
some reason this week, a lot of comments have come in about how
I refer to the Federal Reserve. Here's typical reader
notice that you always say 'not really' when you mention the
Federal Reserve. Maybe it would be great fun to 'when you
can't beat them join them'. Or maybe you should take a new
name for 'Urbansurvival' and start to call it
'Federalsurvival'. After all much of what is going on now is
surviving the actions of the 'Federal Reserve' or the
I wonder what Cliff would say
using his tools to see if 'Federalsurvival' is a term that
will occur in the 'linguistic future'. The 'linguistic
future' is not always the same as what the future is but the
'linguistic future' often seems to be a really pretty good
working approximation and for this mentally challenged human
pretty good working approximations are all I can handle.
Hmmm...problem with FederalSurvival is that while it may become
a more popular term, it would also draw more attention from the
federales in a negative sort of way. The term
FederalSurvival skirts a little too close to an anti-government
line. I'm not anti-government, I'm just pro
Constitutional governance which doesn't include about half
(maybe more) of what central power consolidators in all three
branches of government have gathered unto themselves.
other hand, the reader who suggested making a contraction out of
the term Federal Reserve had an idea. How does "Feral
Reserve" strike you?
"Lazy" or "Efficient"?
number of people wrote in on the concrete base for my
self-supporting 55 foot ham radio tower. Typical answer
Order the ready mix.
FORTY FIVE bags o' Sac-Crete?
Besides, if it falls over, then
you have a Partner when you ask the tower manufacturer for a
new one, Free. If they have an engineered design at (fill in
the name of your ready-mix supplier), get a copy of all the
docs. They'll have them, because real jobs with architects
and engineers love that crap, and your supplier will gin
them up with three keystrokes.
Best, safest bet is to ALSO have
a lab (possibly a part of your ready mix company) "collect
and break cylinders" to verify the 7-, 14-, and 28 day
Compressive Strength characteristics. If they charge you two
C-notes, it's muy cheapo insurance.
If you don't know of a lab, find
a licensed Land Surveyor in the yellow pages. They'll know a
lab or two.
It's a LOT of steel hanging over
not planning to leave the tower in the 'up' position very much -
only when it's actually in use. Since it's a powered
raising and lowering mechanism (12V winch motor so I can use
batteries to power it with solar) I will keep the odds of
lightning strikes a little lower. And the quad antennas
work well at as low as 30-35 feet because they aren't as
involved with ground reflections.
that I've decided to use premix, now all I need to do is figure
out what to pour with the other 8 yards of concrete - probably
the foundation for a carport or garage and an extension on my
office which will be a studio for instruments.... I need longer
You Must Read Department
time I got shipping tacked on (2-day) it was almost $120, but
Amazon has October 7th as the shipping date for Carl Jung's The Red Book.
Oh sure, you can get
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
for less than $15 bucks including shipping - and a fine start
into Jungian psychology it is.
But The Red Book is Jung's personal quest and since he touched
on so many aspects of internal exploration, it's on my reading
Something that has become clear of late, especially after
reading up on
Carr's 'work' (with Tesla, etc), is the importance of the
socialization boundaries that we each place on our thinking.
Carr's case (and Tesla, who reputedly spent a fair bit of time
in the Vatican Library including the "Vatican
Secret Archives") there's much to suggest that these fellows
had a whole different way of perceiving the world than does
today's 'modern' physics. A more holistic - go with the
flow of nature - and resonance approach, rather than the hammer,
impact, explode, confrontation with nature on which path we seem
to be mesmerized.
Maybe we're just hooked on percussion, I just can't say.
Stomping down the boundaries of the one prison that matters -
the one society stakes out inside your head - is a life-long
endeavor, but a rewarding one, nevertheless.
Jung's work down at the archetype level sounds a little too
heavy, you can start with some more practical & less daunting
mental barriers as explained in books like
Busting Loose From the Money Game: Mind-Blowing Strategies for Changing the Rules of a Game You Can't Win.
small and work you're way into it. Smash a few money jailers
(politely, of course) and you can go on to working over the
other jailers in your head.
Ultimately, freedom of the most personal and genuine sort comes
from victory in the internal battles against the jailers of your
thoughts. Overthrow them successfully and you get money,
unlimited energy and creativity and amazing amounts of personal
power to control the external world that (after the
Allegory of the Cave) you project onto the screen of Life in
front of you as a projection of your inner self.
that battle though and you're stuck in jail. Starting with
the one that says "Say, aren't you late for work?" Which is in
turn driven by the jailer who screams "needs to feed!"
Paradoxically, I seem to be finding that the less I need, the
more they feed. Curious.
(A soft shot rimshot on the new drum set
echoes through my office. Yep. Hooked on percussion
/ confrontation / impact, loud noises.....time to get after
another jailer. Where my DVD drum lessons?)
Tuesday September 22, 2009
Oh THAT Weather Event
Atlanta mans the lifeboats! 20 inches of rain so far and
schools closing. You might remember back in mid to late
August I mentioned some of the data points which were coming up
in the HalfPastHuman
predictive linguistics work. One item was an
earthquake with pictures of buildings falling into their
foundations. Check - right on schedule. Then there
was the matter of the weather that would drive some
diaspora/dislocation and it would be in the Southeast US.
interesting is that the expected onset for this 'weather event'
which was looked linguistically something like a 'surprise
hurricane' was that it was expected to start around September
15th (13th or so on the front end and the 17th or thereabouts on
the back end). Naturally, when the dates passed, I got the
usual load of "Hey! Where's your 'surprise hurricane in
if you kept your shirt on (or live in the Southeast) you might
have noticed that it began to rain - and rain heavily
between the 14th and 17th - depending on area - and this morning
it's still raining. I think I mentioned in passing
last week that a TV weatherman was quotes as calling it a
'hurricane overland but without the wind."
it's still raining. In fact, CNN is reporting that "Georgia
flooding takes at least 6 lives; more rain falling" as what
was a major drought area turns into the land of mud.
Here's a typical reader note:
"Looks like we might have a web bot hit for the
storm/diaspora in the southeast. I guess it's off a few
days, but hell...pretty damn good. I live in Atlanta, and
they're closing schools and have shut down portions of the
interstate due to flooding. This is definitely a first.
till Fred leftovers show up - more on that in a second... Not
that Georgia suffers alone in this: besides the 8+ inches
here at the ranch in East Texas and
6.98" at Tyler Month to Date - but it has rained a fair bit
since midnight) the
flooding is now up into Tennessee, 6 inches of rain's
been dropped in southern Indiana which is likely the
northwest corner of problem.
Another reader comments:
have a rain gauge in my garden that measures five inches and
I emptied it twice last week. It just rained continuously
over the weekend; the only variation was between medium
downpour, heavy downpour and ‘I’m gonna need gills soon’
downpours. On Sunday night some areas around Atlanta (mostly
to the west) got 10 to 12” of rain. In one night. Positively
The governor has declared a
state of emergency for 17 counties, bridges are washed out,
one road was closed by a landslide, several highways and
locals roads are closed due to water, lights are out, at
least 6 people are dead, the rivers and creeks are at crest
and the schools are all closed. The little creek behind my
house normally trickles through a four foot gully. The gully
is an underwater canyon and the woods are a lake. I don’t
even want to know what it looks like around the
Chattahoochee River (about a mile from me). I’m afraid to go
down there and look. Fortunately I live on what amounts to a
small hill so my new lake is just interesting to look at not
interesting in my house although if it had kept up yesterday
it might have been a issue. But it let up slightly yesterday
evening. I saw dry roads for the first time in 5 days this
morning, but there is more rain forecast for today.
This is just for Atlanta. I
suspect much of the southeast looks like us right now and
So I think you can put a tick in
your column for successful forecasts on this one.
well, sorry about that. Cliff doesn't make it rain
and not our fault if the future keeps showing up as expected.
"Earlier tonight, on The Weather Channel - I happen to catch
Jim Cantore telling Dr. Greg Forbes that this (the current
weather situation) was a "rogue weather event - worse than
(hurricane) Ivan. A hurricane lasts 8 hours - this has gone
on for a week!"
The ALTA report for "surprising
weather" was right. You thought we could only have this kind
of weather when a hurricane comes ashore. The ALTA report
didn't miss this one at all!"
remnants of Hurricane Fred near Florida and you know what's
just north of them, right? (Hint for the geo-impaired:
Georgia). My best guess is that by Friday , or so, we will
be reading about all kinds of flood damage down that way, but it
will have its roots in the linguistic start time frame.
Someone asked me about the current run (about 50 pages worth)
and asked "If something isn't mentioned in this report, does
that mean it won't be happening?" Usually, no.
It just means that since the previous run there hasn't been
anything major changed which means we're now about at the
starting point for the major market gyrations which will lead
down to the October 25th date range I've been mentioning
for months now.
Speaking of predictive linguistics hit, here's another one for
you - especially if you subscribed to the long term ALTA reports
before they morphed into the "Shape of Things to Come" reports.
Remember those long-term values around "kids returning to homes"
and unable to find jobs or pay for school,, the kids would be
reroosting? Well, here you go in the MSM: "'Tidal
Wave; of homeless students hits schools."
anyone else talking about this a year or longer back? Not
that I know of. Looking into the next year or two, how
long before education entitlement programs run out of money.
Or, for that matter, how much longer before FDIC runs out?
Henry Blodget piece here.
shameless promote our 'Department of Pre- News" but if you want
some good expectations about what's ahead
download the latest
"Shape of Things To Come" report here for $10...
Stewing on Economics
the weather news fills out the linguistic expectations
drop-by-drop, first thing we ought to do this morning is grab a
handful of carrots, a couple of onions and celeries - time to
make economic stew! We'll let it simmer for a month before
things bubble over. Not going to beat you on the head with
the linguistic fills in "HSBC
bids farewell to dollar supremacy."
Instead, we start this morning with some of the fundamentals on
the input side: The price of
oil is down to near $70 on word that Chinese demand in August
was lighter than expected. The government of Singapore's
has cut its stake in Citigroup almost in half according to
Watching all of this unfold is Robin Landry who was kind enough
to cc: me on the latest note he sent to colleagues who are
professional money managers. Seems things are close to
resolution either to the upside (or not):
"The recent market action of the Dow rallying slightly above
the .382 area and into the cluster of 4's has everyone
wondering if this is all of the rally? Are we are about to
turn down in the much dreaded Wave C? This is the time of
the year when most market turns begin, and we all know
September has the reputation of being the worst month of the
year for market declines. We also know that turns often
happen around the Autumn equinox and it is upon us.
Sometimes we get small clues of a turn and don't recognize
them until after the fact. When I came in the office this
morning and was reviewing the charts, I was struck by
something I have mentioned in earlier updates, that being
the volume of the Dow on a weekly chart has been declining
all thru this rally off the March 09 lows. It is my
experience that market trends end on high volume. (See the
attached weekly chart of the Dow) Last week the volume broke
thru the down trend line. Is this a signal that the market
is ready to turn down or a hint that we are headed for the
50% retracement level of 10,100-10,400 area? I favor the
turn down, but we should know over the next week or two. The
question to ask yourself; Are you ready for another market
decline like the one we saw off the Oct '07 high? With the
Daily Sentiment Indicator at or near numbers reached at
recent market tops (like Oct '07) you need to have a
strategy to exit or at least hedge your positions. Of
course, you can continue to believe all of the people who
did nothing to warn you of the magnitude of the decline that
was coming during the Oct'07 -Mar '09 are correct, the worst
is behind us, the stimulus is working, and it is onward and
upward from here. Why would anyone do that? The saying of
"Follow The Money" comes to mind when I read that insiders
are selling their company shares at record numbers. Remember
that Fundamental Analysis reports are based on what the
analyst learns from opinions of the company executives they
question to write the report. Technical Analysis is based on
what the market participants, including company executives,
ARE ACTUALLY DOING. That’s why I often say, Actions Speak
Louder than Words. "
amplify that this is not investment advice, and as a
further disclaimer I own a couple ofs far out of the money S&P
puts for November. Call them 'lotto tickets' if you want -
they're not grocery money, for damn sure.
somewhat far afield from Landry's work (tactical in a sense)
there's a little bit of buzz in the investment community about
as new paper from J.B. Glattfelder and S. Battiston titled "The
Flow of Control".
Don't say it... I can hear it now: "George WTF do you want me
reading a 24-page econ paper at this hour when I haven't event
had time to see if my desperation ad in the personals has been
because this one goes a long way toward establishing the
existence of that elusive PowersThatBe that I so often
refer to on this site. And in a serious academically valid
way (which I can only dream about having time to focus on).
Here's the guts of it from the Abstract:
"We report on the first cross-country investigation of
ownership networks, focusing on the stock markets of 48
countries around the world. On the one hand, our analysis
confirms results expected on the basis of the literature on
corporate control, namely, that in Anglo- Saxon countries
control tends to be dispersed among numerous shareholders.
On the other hand, it also reveals that in the same
is found to be highly concentrated at the global level,
namely, lying in the hands of very few important
shareholders. Interestingly, the exact opposite is
observed for European countries. These results have
previously not been reported as they are not observable
without the kind of network analysis developed here."
Starting down toward the bottom of page 18, read "Seat of Power.
Burns says on the Simpsons (usually while tapping his
fingertips with a greed-crazed look) "Excellent!"
I mention Mr. Burns because I'm convinced that Matt Groening
(the Simpsons creator) has a far better handle on economics
that, oh, say anyone on Wall Street. And probably
the Fed, too, come to think on it.
possibility that we could head up to the Dow 10,100 to 10,400
area in the next week can't be ruled out. In fact, given a
sufficiently ebullient Fed statement tomorrow when they announce
"No move" with language like "signs of an infant recovery are
seen but the need to maintain high systemic liquidity yada,
yada, yada..." could drive the Dow up several hundred points in
a day or three.
to early to put a glass of cheap burgundy or two into our stew?
Raw Story piece "Government
watchdog: AIG must repay taxpayers $121 billion."
Story doesn't mention if that's with or without the dough you
know which former investment bank pulled out. That would
take more research time that I have, sorry.
I slept through
the appearance of president Obama on Letterman - a function
of being over 60 and getting up at 4-something to write - the
best line of the evening seems to be to be prez O's quip on the
'racism' issue "First of all, I think it's important to realize
that I was actually black before the election."
always been a fan of intelligent humor. Ever notice how
few government officials go into comedy after leaving office?
Maybe it's because everyone in Washington gets infected with
"We're all so serious" disease of come kind; decorum delirium
perhaps. Yet there is so much in government policy which
is laughable...know what I'm saying?
Another headline worth reading deeper into: "Despite
Anti-Vitamin D Bias, CDC Stumbles on Deficiency Link to H1N1
Coincidence, or what?
Russia denies having even its first case of swine flu yet.
moderate coverage of the
B.C. first people's flu outbreak here.
snip and save section ---
Quest for Lost Knowledge
you! A lot of people have managed to help us track down
the Popular Mechanics article which I) mentioned being unable to
find in Monday's report. Turns out that the article was in
the September 1961 Popular Mechanics and was titled
"Engine with Built-In Wings" and it's about the work of Norman
to Google Books result).
review of the Dean engine has triggered a massive amount of
thinking on my part, so let me throw this out in bullet-point
fashion for you:
The bootstrap principle - using a mix of rotating
counterweights and longitudinal movement sure seems to work.
There are a number of patents in recent years which build on
Deans work, yet when I went to the US Patent Office
database, I could not for the life of me get the plug-ins to
work so that I could view the original Dead Patent which was
in the 2.8-million series.
this has shed new thinking on the possibilities of time travel
for me. Some more bullet points:
Gravity seems to be an effect of adjacent physical masses.
After rethinking the laws of physics, I have concluded that
anomalous effects might accompany the spin up of a largish
rotating mass such as the kind described in
Nazi Bell project during (perhaps after, too) WW II.
And I stumbled (with a reader pointer) on a neat paper
describing the "Mathematics
of Time Travel" which, if you're a 'heavy math' person,
you might evaluate and send back to us something of an
English translation so we can set some engineering time on
other things: I hope to talk with our consulting nuclear
reactor engineer about 2 PM today to ask about research into
time/space distortion in the area of plasma fields (might a
spinning mass/gyroscope behave oddly there?
our consulting optical MD advises on the follow-up to the
apparent transparency part of yesterday's report (Faile Effect)
that he's written some research questions and sent them on so I
will let you know how that research comes out.
How to Fund An Acquisition
couple of people have asked me how the deal points may work
behind the scenes in one of the big acquisitions in the
computing world this week. Let me wheel out the chalkboard
and speculate a bit as to what I think is going on:
Suppose that you have an American owner of a company who has
been on record as being against offshoring jobs and doesn't
want to ever get tarnished with the brand of 'selling out
American workers" although he could clearly improve his
bottom line by doing so. With me on this?
Suppose that such a person:
Saw the economy might head down the crapper sooner than
Wanted to find a way to unload before the stuff hit the
fan and wanted a funding mechanism that would basically
self-fund the deal with minimal bankster involvement.
Maybe then the way to sell this hypothetical company would
be to do the following:
Have one (or more) of the seller company's upper-level
(midrange C-level) types tell their peers in the
acquiring company that since roughly half of the selling
company revenue is from healthcare related work, that
the whole cost of the acquisition could be offset by
simply offshoring what is presently work done in
That would in turn get passed up the foodchain of the
company with the dough to do the acquisition and since
they are already sharp in the IT world, it would make
sense to them.
of like selling a full apartment house where the rents could be
raised by 10-15% - reduces deal risk to the buyer. So
that's what I think is going on -especially if the selling
company has (so far) resisted the temptation to offshore; it's
almost like building in deal funding the way I've got it
hypothetically with no names, of course.
Speaking of optics and such, a artist out in Howayah (OK,
Hawaii, then) sent in this first-hand report of how to use
something akin to the Cherenkov Light (the light from a
water-moderated nuclear reactor) in a gin-sipping setting:
"Here's a little something I picked up from my sailing days
in the West Indies. We used to be invited aboard (***) Lines
freighters because our engineer was a former crew on these
ships and knew some of the boys. On the one I remember they
had a small "pub " set up and, this being the early
seventies, there was a black light mounted somewhere
overhead. Well, it so happened that when we ordered gin and
tonics the drink would glow blue just like Cherenkov
radiation including going beyond the confines of the glass.
Something that might come in handy in your Trader Vic room
one night whilst discussing electric drill antigravity
devices with your friends."
like a fine plan, except we don't have any friends. That
way I don't have to share.
A Correspondent Application
so often, I get notes from people who volunteer to contribute
items and observation from around the world. Here's a good
"Hello George, GRRRREAT writing on your site/blog I get up
at 5am each day to make sure I read and understand it fully,
thanks. Iam a retired telephone company techie and even a
non-grad such as I can see the writing on the financial wall
in 10 foot high letters ie; big trouble coming folks. Yet
the common herd seem to be hell bent on pouring their life
savings into this local casino called the Joburg Stock
Market or to be more precise the Johannesburg Securities
Exchange, now there’s a misnomer for a start, there’s bugger
all secure in THIS day and age! Iam 63 and I love those old
Popular Mechanics and Popular Science magazines with their
so-called flying street cars and ‘how to build a nuclear
reactor in your back yard’ plans. I have one here somewhere
with a ‘dial the cops’ telephone plan using a ROTARY dial
telephone! Wow the levers and bits of metal in this baby
will make you howl with laughter. Seems just what George
needs in that workshop in Texas actually, should while away
a month or six my pal.(they are all on CD/DVD now readers)
In conclusion, it seems that only you and I can see what our
grand parents went through George, a big tumble in the
world’s affairs, it’s kinda scary, it really is. Do you want
to hear about the SA Communist Party’s bid for power here in
sunny South Africa? Let me know, I’ll send some info. The
latter should do wonders for the gold price seeing as Doctor
Blade Nzimande wants to nationalize the mining industry and
the ENTIRE food production train."
Yes...please send along info as you find it. Why, the very
idea of communist controlling gold, well,
Quixotish at a minimum. Every time I hear the "From
each according to their ability...to each according to their
need" kind of talk, I immediately launch into a long discourse
on my needs. Usually ends with me being offered a
blindfold and cigarette and me asking "How can I smoke with that
thing on?" Then I wake up.
Free Ham Radio Tower
in from a reader of Craig's List (link
to ad) Austin area.
Concrete Questions: Here's a hard one: There's a
new concrete product on the market which I am considering using
as the base for this 51-foot crank up tower I'm about to install
(with a 2 or three element Cubex
quad on top of it). It's called "Maximizer" and it's a
5,200 pound test concrete whereas the usual delivered variety is
when I go dig this 3X3X 6-foot deep base (with machines to help,
I'm no fool, eh?) how much of the tower resistance to blowing
over in a strong wind is from the weight of the concrete,
and how much is from the leverage applied against the
undisturbed sides of the 5-foot deep hole?
another way: Would you climb a tower set in lightweight
aggregate concrete, or you would just order an 8-yard load,
overdo the base, and then pour a pad for a garage at the same
time and skip the mixing 45 bags at $6.50 a bag in our electric
my toy box, but got an email this morning about
the new Z-car coming out from Nissan. Never owned a Z,
but it's been fun to watch the progression of the breed from the
240-days. At less than half the price of a 'Vette or 911,
it's high play quotient. I mention this for those
determined to enjoy our last couple of years here...
Group Intelligence Emerges
Something to think about: People are starting to really
band together and network on some of the basic research into
areas like the efficacy of swine flu shots, the time travel,
mass, and apparent transparency issues, and here's another one
ham radio net on 2-meters last night started with something
usual: A question of the night - which we had never done before.
The net turned into nearly an hour-long session on best
practices to get ready for storms and power outages and what to
do when the power fails.
this says to me (along with all the responses to the apparent
transparency and bootstrap engine replies) is that there's a
tremendous amount of energy available to go questing for lost
knowledge - lost from contemporary consciousness- and
people willing to get involved in research - it means a lot of
people are waking up and willing to get involved with the quest
for solutions. Heartening stuff! Damn...almost
enough to light to hope for future prospects and
September 21, 2009
Flu Meds Targeting
articles that should go on your reading list today. One is
from the Republic of Lakotah and it's under the headline: "The
Mask Slips, for Those with Eyes to See: Preparing for the Real
Pandemic". And the article asserts:
"On the face of things, it appears that flu vaccinations are
causing a sickness that is being deliberately aimed at
aboriginal people across Canada, and this sickness will be
fatal: a fact acknowledged by the Canadian government by
their “routine” sending of body bags to these Indian
second article (and it goes to the false flag worries expressed
this BrassCheck article about the "missing nukes" story from two
years ago. Remember that? Second video from two
years back is key.
Let the Fall Begin
that the price of gold is falling a bit? And with it,
the futures seem to be pointing toward a lower open.
Ostensibly, this is because the 'market needs to rest' after
recent gains. But you and I know different, right?
(Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) The real story is that
since the achieving of our 38.2% retracement recently from the
March lows down around 6,627 on the Dow, a huge number of market
gurus have been saying the track is now clear for a run at the
50% retracement level, which would put the Dow up around 10,300
to 10,400. And it may go there, but markets have this nasty
habit of making as many people wrong as possible, so we shall
(not really) Federal Reserve is set to make its decision on
interest rates on Wednesday afternoon. However, the odds
of them moving rates is somewhere between slim and none.
Too much commerce is either dead or in the process of dying
right now and the Fed has to make sure there's plenty of easy
money around in case anyone else wants to put their head on the
Honestly, I don't know what goes through the minds of
corporation boards of directors; they seem as hypnotized as
those people who waste time participating in national polls
about this or that. You saw this morning where
Dell has agreed to buy Perot Systems for $3.9 billion?
Personally, I think
Ross Perot is
a genius - and good on Perot Systems for being sold.
take on this is that 1) Perot wouldn't sell any of his interest
if there were really good times ahead since he's damn
smart when it comes to macroeconomics and 2) close as I can
figure this is an example of M&A experts selling a fresh coat of
bottom paint to ships that are about to sail off the edge of the
earth. But, I don't know what's in the water down in Round
Rock. I don't see green shoots and I think I hear
something like a waterfall up ahead...but that's me.
week of November, you oughta be able to hear the falls, too.
to be a movie: "Day of the Candor". We are
reading in the Washington Post this morning how the head of U.S.
and NATO forces says he either gets more troops or the mission
will be a failure.
for defending a pipeline route or five, and trying to wrest
control of the opium fields, I still have no idea what we're
doing in Afghanistan. If Russia which had the ability to
drive there getting its butt kicked after 10-years, do we
think this is gonna be a walk in Central Park?
thing I can figure is that we are there for the obvious -- which
is? (Repeat after me here...) "We have no jobs for
these people in the military!" Got to keep them out of
country, out of sight and out of stats because without the wars
going on, we'd have unemployment probably in the 13-14% range
and then there'd be no denying the Second Depression.
you knew that.
Bigger War Countdown
president of Russia says that an Israeli attack on Iran
(sometime on or after
October 25th in the predictive linguistics) would
be the worst thing imaginable but that Israel says it won't do
However, that doesn't quite square with what Israel says -
which is that they still have that option. Wonder if
there's a pool in Vegas on this one?
Buying the Free Press
that the Obama administration is
open to the idea of bailing out newspapers that want to become
non-profits is music to my ears. Why, I figure the
Mogambo Guru and I could open up a rag called "The Daily
Truth, Justice, and Liberty" and make a killing. Let
me see....we'll set up a 501-C-3 and model ourselves after
Speaking of regulated/bought off industries: Am I the only
one who can't find any statutory authority for all these Tsars
that the WH keeps appointing? Where the hell did that come
from? Did Congress pass the Tsarist Reform Act of
2009 when I wasn't looking?
False Flag Jitters
find yourself waking up in the middle of the night like I do,
wondering if all this current terrorist bust coverage is being
set up as a lead in to a false flag operation? Three men
charged with 'making false statements' means that at least
three people have never watched Professor James Duane's video
"Don't Talk to the Police". You need to watch it.
Slightly longer version here.
Remember how 9/11 happened when the country was on the verge of
recognizing that the internet bubble collapse (a.k.a. The Tech
Wreck) was the lead-in to the Second Depression?
Overnight, that spurred massive investment in the security
industry. I worry for our country about what the next
glowing job creation program might be once the next leg down of
the markets starts to open that door again...
on a Russian television news show that president Obama promised
'there will be no mandatory vaccinations' in the US - a
little item that should have gotten huge coverage given all the
fear mongering going about.
this means one of two things is true: Either the media
moguls are playing the hype on this for maximum profit
(duh! likely) or Obama is lying to the global press. Throw
dart, pick one.
New York healthcare workers are resisting flu shot regs, and
again, if the flu scare isn't working, seems to me that this
would raise the odds of false flag something going on - almost
like a backup plan, know what I mean? Love to be wrong, of
course, but it just doesn't feel like mandatory vaccinations are
going to be the route...I worry too much, I 'spose.
Home for the Holidays
Iran is bailing out 21,000 prisoners so they can be home for Eid,
How to Beat Aging
don't know how they do it, but Sophia Loren and Bridgette Bardot
sex goddesses says a story out today. Tips in the
article on how they have aged so miraculously? Judge for
yourself, but I didn't see their secret formula revealed...so I
guess I'll have to keep hitting the anti-aging headlines over at
WorldHealth.net where Dr. Ron Klatz and colleagues are fans
of nutrition above all...
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The Quest for Lost
your help this week in a most serious way finding a bit of lost
knowledge. But before we get to that, let's chat for a
minute about 'knowledge' in general. Before we get to
that, however, you need to read this important email from our
consulting legal beagle, who I've referred to mostly as my
'consigliore'. The reason you need to hear it is that it's
a very high-level guy explaining a perspective that is
dangerously close to what we talk about here! In fact it
lines up about 99% with spews out around here:
"This BBC Interview that ran at 6:00 AM (est here in the
states) on Saturday morning (9/19/09) with Professor Simon
Johnson of MIT is absolutely the BEST explanation of both
what happened (from a macro point of view) and the lack of
change that has occurred since the crisis began.
This is information that the US
Press has generally been avoiding like the plague ...
probably imo because the US Press, Government officials, and
talk radio's PAID Shrills, are basically "owned" by the big
money Wall Street/Banker Types.
It is longish (almost 1/2 hour)
but worth EVERY MINUTE!!
I encourage everyone to closely
listen to it ... and pay attention to his comments about how
the small sector that is finance has come to "own" the
entities that should be reporting on it and regulating it.
Aftershock Global Business segment audio link
Simon Johnson, economist
professor at "Sloan School of Management of Massachusetts
Institute of Technology Senior Fellow "Peterson Institute
for International Economics" Chief Economist at IMF in
you've listened to the interview (again, absolutely
worthwhile!), you might find yourself asking (as I did) "Where
was this guy being forthright and direct about the crisis when
he was at the IMF?" Better late than never though, and his
view & candor about what ahead is appreciated.
interesting sidebar, but not the main gist of this morning's
problem, since we all know the economy is in the process of
going (back) to hell-in-a-hand-basket and it's only a matter of
time until we get to Dow 4,400 (My be is next summer) while my
second bet is that once the market starts down again, the PTB
will arrange some kind of horrific 'LIHOP/MIHOP" to cover the
event so we'll all 'rally 'round the paradigm' so to speak.
That's all old news, however.
NOT old news is this matter of of something I call 'lost
knowledge' - and my consigliore and I got into it when he called
to ask "Did you get my email about the BBC interview with the
we ended up chatting about for a few minutes was this week's
Peoplenomics report and we both have been stumped in our
research looking for article on anti-gravity from either the
late 1950's to latter 1960's that neither one of us has been
able to find - so we're asking your help finding a copy of this
what we remember about it:
The article was (best we can recall) in either Popular
Science, Popular Mechanics, or Mechanix Illustrated in the
The article showed a 'bootstrap engine' which was powered by
an electric drill and which used a series of weights (moved
by the drill) to 'bootstrap' past gravity.
The article (we think) had plans that you could write away
for (a couple of bucks for a set of plans) and this would
enable to home experimenter to build one of this electric
hand drill-powered bootstrap engines.
The device was in a lightweight metal frame (again, going
from memory) and it was perhaps a foot tall and about 6"
square. Inside the open frame, the drill mounted in
the usual vertical position.
The article showed this bootstrap engine device about 6"
above the floor and its area of operation was limited to the
length of the electric drill cord.
Sooo... if you remember that article (which I'm sure must have
been read by thousands of 50-60 year olds, since the magazine
was a popular fixture in the...er...throne room.... of many
American homes, along with the Readers Digest back when) please
let me know where I can get a copy of the plans or at least the
article. Having a machine shop at the ranch it would be
fun to build up one of these.
Speaking of which: Are you old enough to remember "Mimi"?
long-running feature of Mechanix Illustrated was "Mimi,"
a shapely young woman dressed in skimpy overalls with blue
and white vertical stripes; and, in the early sixties, a
matching railroad engineer's cap (later discontinued). She
was in a picture holding, standing beside, sitting on,
laying on or just in the picture with a new product each
month. Each "Mimi" held the job for a year. Their names were
never given except for the announcement of a new "Mimi" in
the January issue. One Mimi did, however, hold the job for a
few years in the sixties. An actress from Southern
California, she left to live in Hawaii, and a readers' poll
was conducted to choose a replacement from a short list. The
readers' choice only lasted a short while, and was replaced
by one of the runners-up. "Mimi" was discontinued with the
change to "Home Mechanix"."
know where a lot of home handyman types would pour out a fair
amount of dough? Have a web site where all those old M.I.
plans could be purchased and downloaded.
huge market mind you: Most of the people in America
today seem intent on doing as little thinking, inventing, and
handyman work as possible. Our home environments have
become sterile, boring 'me-too" kind of places.
Sometimes I think Elaine and I are nuts doing "movie studio set
design" rooms in our house - rooms that given a distinct impress
of being in a different place at a different time. Our
"Trader Vic's room is almost done with the install this week of
the South Seas oil painting picture that's in a big frame which
covers a hidden bookcase. you know, that sort of thing.
the convenience of online shopping, but do you know how many
homes look just almost exactly alike? How boring
can you make your home?
lack of creativity in America starts with the kind of
surroundings we place ourselves in and while my office may be
incredibly crowded (the computers, shelves full of books, ham
radio gear, recording studio rig, electronics work bench and now
a full-sized drum set to trip over) it's anything but
human brain needs feeding...it's simple as that and
there's a built-in conflict between the way society is presently
organized and the general goal of maximizing everyone's
Holy Grail of media moguls is to own the highest ratings.
But, few bother to think through the implications of such mass
consumption of media: It's ultimately the loss of
individuation. Call it Idol speculation if you will, but
seems to me that since the majority of people eat the same
thing, watch the same thing, and live in homes where the most
remarkable difference may be the number of weeds in the
front yard, we shouldn't be surprised to see the same-old
political hacks being returned to Washington, huh?
but enough lecturing on why should have at least three rooms in
your home (where you spend a lot of time) which have been
decorated to transport you mentally to somewhere other than the
here and now. Even if you live in an apartment where such
creativity is more difficult, I'd sure encourage you to go for
period decorating and while you're at it, see if you can
find old copies of Mechanix Illustrated for the throne room.
stumble across the article on the electric drill-powered
'bootstrap engine' that levitates, please send it along -
sent a note to our consulting reactor engineer to see if he's
aware of any basic science around distortion of time in the
vicinity of plasma fields. Why? Because I'm sniffing
around plasma research to see if there's a time analog to
Cherenkov radiation - the source of that blue light in water
moderated nuclear reactors. You did know about
that, right? Got some interesting ideas on how to
instrument the search for space/time anomalies in close
proximity to plasma....
Speaking of research, our consulting medical/optics expert is
"Observations of Anomalous Transparency: The Faile Effect"
mention this one because it touches on a topic which can be
found in some of the
writings of Edward Leedskalnin - who you will remember as
the guy who
built the Coral Castle out of massive stone down south of
Miami a ways.
of Leedskalnin's books that we picked up in the bookstore at the
Coral Castle, he talks about human sight not working as
advertised. The Leedskalnin view was that when people
look at something they are actually projecting - not
receiving - and it's this projecting quality of human
sight that is why animals (spiders, wildlife, etc) can tell when
someone is observing them. Only takes a bit of practice
and you can develop that sense, too, by the way.
Anyway, just more researches going on around here. When
I'm not dinking around with the drums, ham radio, electronics
bench.....Wonder if I need ADHD meds?
have some more coffee...
know if you have ever laid on the floor and stared up at the
ceiling and pretended to be falling up. But, if
you're ever on a long walk, give it a try sometime. Or, as
in the [alleged] Faile effect, look past an object in front of
you and occasionally you might catch a glimpse of what is
beyond. Remember that the technical way the eye operates,
we're really looking at the world upside down anyway.
I mention this around Faile, Leedskalnin, and plasma effects?
Sometimes there's just enough of the truth left laying around
that even a few relatively painless mental exercises can unbind
thinking. For example, ever hear this one? "When you make
the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and
the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower...then
you will enter [the kingdom]." Stripped of organizational
power tripping, there's something important to be learned there,
an interesting story once: It was about a five year old
boy who was reported sitting under a tree saying "What planet am
I on, and what do I have to work with?"
be older, but the quest to reclaim lost knowledge seems a
serious human motivation and whether it's the
Fleece, there's a sense that there's something we've
forgotten - something just out of reach....like that bootstrap
machine that levitates article.
like humanity goes through periodic fits of forgetfulness... I
have to wonder if the internet powering a rise of global
consciousness doesn't lead to a fundamental shift from the old
ways in say, oh, 2012 or so?
Should be fun to watch the battle lines develop over 'net
neutrality. On the one hand, we have forces that seem
to be pressing forward rules which would keep the internet free,
while on the other side, there are forces which would like to
tariff the net in ways which would maximum profit.
to wonder whether the global debate over how free the 'net
should be won't be viewed at some historical time in the future
as a contemporary analog to the
Council of Nicaea or the Council at
Constantinople - in that 'how much will be left in plain
sight' seems to be the underlying issue. Except, of
course, this time around it will be corporations as custodians,
rather than the churches as custodians of what are the
acceptable limits of human inquiry. If that weren't the
case, if religion was really about transparency and truth, then
I figure the
the Vatican Library would have been digitized by now so we
could all study it - and I mean everything in it.
course, that won't happen. Can't have too many people 'going
Tesla' now, can we?
grand design pattern solidifies, I find myself asking what the
corporate equivalent of the Inquisition or the Witch Trials will
be? Our children seem destined to find out due to our own
complacency on the rise of cannibal corporatism that - in case
you haven't noticed - has staged a successful coup against free
worry too much, I 'spose.
Once upon a time, a long while ago, I observed during my quest for
'truth' in economics, that the PowersThatBe, the talking heads on
the teeve, and the other information sources that actively engage in
the programming of humans not to think, had conveniently swept
several trillions of dollars that disappeared in the Internet
Bubble's bursting (since spring 2000) under the rug. Surely,
it wasn't unnoticed by the thousands of people who called brokers
and said "Where is my money?" "Gone, but hang in there as
you're a long term investor!" was about all they heard back.
So one of our
charts for Peoplenomics subscribers oughta be widely circulated - it
shows that if you line up the peak of the Dow in January 2000 with
the peak in early September of 1929, we're on a very very close
replay track. Much closer than even the chart shows if you
were to back out inflation, and put in the effects of 1929
deflation, but that'd be real work, and I'm sort of lazy if the
truth be told.