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may be found here. Today we get into the reasons
behind a whole host of economics non sequitors (things that
don't follow) many of which can be tied to this coming Monday's
emergency Fed meeting...
Except the Employment Data
You'd think that
after being up until 4 AM to be on CoastToCoast with George
Noory and Cliff High (www.halfpasthuman.com)
that I would be where? In bed, of course.
But there is too
much going on, starting with the unemployment numbers just out
from the Labor Department.
Link after 7: 30AM
A couple of
things to ponder as you look through these: The first item
is the timing. With the stock market closed today (Good
Friday) what better time to get honest about the unemployment
rate without having the markets go into fibrillations which could
involve other [financial] organs, like banks and such? Not
too often a window like this comes along. So while the
Labor Department says what it wants, the ADP report earlier
this week noted a drop of 23,000 jobs in the past month.
which, this reader email is very much on point:
"I did want
to give you some feedback on your ADP Report versus BLS
number. (My qualifications were 30 year career of working
for the nation's largest Payroll company in various Sr.
management positions. I was in the know.) The BLS report was
designed to be a market mover. It surveys companies which
don't have to tell the truth or report at all. The ADP
report is the balance of Terminations and New Hires on
the raw payroll data which is crunched to create
paychecks. It is massaged by some consistent factors arrived
at by a slew of heavy duty SME consultants. It is more
reliable than BLS!! If you didn't know, Alan Greenspan sat
on ADP's Board for quite a long time. Their report was
designed to be sold to for commercial purposes not just
reported by Joe Kernan on CNBC.
which set of numbers would I trust? Hmmm...lemme think:
,political appointees turning out numbers called for by a
political boss, or raw terminations and hiring off payroll data.
Of course the
real slapstick isn't apparent until you look into the CES Birth
Death Model which sort of 'makes up' on whatever statistical
pretext is in vogue in geek circles. To wit:
As I mentioned
to George Noory last night...the Biggest problem in this economy
is the whole world has nearly enough stuff and America
already has too much stuff. Without a new core
technology (and no, neither one of us thinks 3D glasses will be
'it') the whole Western economic paradigm simply blows up.
Jury's only out on one item and that's whether 'blows up' will
be literal or figuratively speaking.
Off on the
horizon, slowly at times, but picking up speed again this week,
is the real killer for Western-style excessive
consumption lifestyles.. I'm talking here about Peak Oil
which although bit delayed,
seems to be running out faster than the happy talk department
Want to play
"Good news -- Bad News"?
A while back
(several years, in fact) I told you how Matthew Simmons (who
wrote a most excellent book Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy
) has been warning of this for years and as an energy
banker he knows his stuff.
probably busy in February when Simmons did a presentation to the
Marsh's National Oil Companies Conference - it was in Dubai at
the new Intercontinental, so you would have stuck out a bit,
more'n likely. But Simmons says now, not only do we have an
oil crisis to deal with but along with that is a coming
crisis in fresh water.
Of course, if
this is beginning to sound familiar, and there's something about
all this which is somehow vaguely familiar, one of three things
may be at work. First, you may be too tired (and hung
over) to make sense out of anything but large print and easy to
digest ideas, OR 2) you may have read
Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict With a New Introduction by the Author
OR 3) You may remember back in 2004 when guess whichj daily
economic news rag started talking about the coming
"Manufacturer's Resource Wars." (Big
How did I get
off on this tangent? Oh...because Simmons pointed out that
one of the few saving graces to a world running out of oil and
water (couple of year back was when he mentioned this) was the
idea of a 'good depression'.
Not 'good' as in
'fun and happy' but 'good' as in take a 'good handful' of
You can continue
to see the canyon walls narrow here, can't you?
So while the day
to day perturbations of this number of that can be hotly
debated, I won't waste your time on such trivialities this
morning - just too damn tired to quibble.
run out, humans come to a screeching halt. That's the
message in the job figures (which is why starvation is out there
ahead somewhere) and why a draft will be back in public policy
before year's end in response to some crisis, or other, and why
people take off days like this from work - ostensibly to go
think about things.
Say, you don't think Iran is Hu's Who is Obama talks, do you?
Iran is going forward with its nuke ambitions.
No, make that fly over and drop some ordinance on Gaza.
Why, I can
almost Feel the love busting out all over the world...I
assume you can, too?
By 2020: more senior citizens to be homeless."
Ure's World: Try
the end of the month.
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A Fine Woo Woo Report
How's this one?
Hi George I was watching the
toob the other night....I get over-the-air digital...no
cable-when in the middle of the screen flashed a small brief
circular pixilation; CONCURRENTLY, I noticed a black
enturbulated mass/shadow above me in better-than-peripheral
vision range-but not direct sight. I actually thought to
myself: "Gimee a frikken break OK?-im trying to watch
SEINFELD" (!)-thinking shadow people or the like as I read
here...I was absolutely unfazed. In the next instant,
though, an opaque white object appeared over the tele in
direct vision this time, again briefly. This time my hairs
stood on end and a freezing shiver of...being kinda unnerved
went thru me. I sat pondering this for a while wondering
what was up. Nothing else came of it; No drugs, drinking or
april fools here
Another odd thing: I listen to
the radio regularly, KEXP FM here in Seattle, and there is a
once a week program of alt country, folk, swing etc on from
6-9p on Thursdays; For about a month of 4-5 shows, when it
came on I would be in shock thinking "Hey wait-this show
just was just on a night or two ago" (each night has a
different dedicated specialty show-so it was not a "repeat")
It was very eerie to feel that time SHRANK or was lost in
between several consecutive Thursday evenings. It has now
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The Economy & The Calendar
Don't know how
this works exactly, but The Talking Heads may have been onto
things when they sang "Lifetime
Piling Up" and since this is April Fool's Day,
what better place to begin than with a review of the economy?
The Dow started
the ball rolling on Wednesday by
after 17 readers in all spotted our coverage of the "Global
Warming activist freezes to death in the Antarctic" story as
a prank. Not as good as the daily dose of hoaxes from the
MainStreamMedia, but we take our pleasures where we can find
In all seriousness (or
nearly so), the past couple of weeks out here on the ranch have
been full of activities: The well project now needs only
the electric and manual pumps inserted and the well house
finished, the expansion of my office is done save a bit of
finishing trim, the ham radio tower is up and working dandy and
tonight my friend for 57-odd years flies into Tyler for a week
of ham radio, target practice, tractoring, fencing, story
telling, and new get-rich-slowly schemes. And just about
the time we're done with that conversation, I'm on
CoastToCoast with Cliff High to talk about the latest predictive
linguistic "Shape Of
Things To Come" report.
Oh, and we replaced about
600-feet of water line feeding the property, put in a new septic
system for the office expansion and probably a few dozen smaller
projects (insulate and air condition a storage shed, for
instance) that are hardly worth mentioning. Busier than a
So forgive the somewhat
abbreviated report this morning, but I still have a half dozen
new light fixtures to tame, two branch circuits to wire into
breakers, my office to clean, and 8-hours of to-do list before
noon and then I'm going to grab some shut-eye for what will
likely be a 24-hour non-stop marathon.
The first joke of the
morning (on investors) is how the global stock markets were
being 'buoyed by global manufacturing data". A few sips of
go-juice and the re-arrival of mental clarity, however, reveals
this is CHINESE
In order to see the humor
in today's round of hype & BS, you need to understand how most
purchasing manager indices work: They are usually 'normed
to 50"...in other words, if there's no change in purchasing, the
levels ought to come in about 50. So when the index rose
from 52.0 in February to 55.1 in March, pardon me while I grab
the closest can of whipping cream since the local welding yard
isn't selling nitrous oxide anymore.
Near as I can figure,
we'll see when the Amateur Hour begins (the first hour of
trading on markets) how gullible J.Q. Public is.
The Biggest Problem for
the US over coming months will be creating ever higher levels of
debt - but not so much as to crowd out government borrowing.
Here's the thing: My
deflationist pal Jas Jain points out that although the
government has a printing press for paper (so-called money)
creation, there's a step in the whole process ahead of that
- namely, the creation of debt. You saw where the recent
Treasury auction was anemic? The reason we see headlines like
"Dollar fades as ADP Jobs Report disappoints" flying around this
week is that as long as the American Consumer is not piling on
debt at former house afire rates, there's not going to be enough
underlying debt creation needed to give Helicopter Ben &
Co. something to print into.
In other words,
the Fed can create all the money it wants, but it's like
pushing on a wet noodle without a rebound in borrowing to
rates fall in bond market after jobs data" explains the problem
Pinocchio (who I assume runs the Stats office for the Labor
Department) has with tomorrow's "offishul" jobs report.
Since the ADP
report says something like 23,000 jobs disappeared, that
leads me to expect that the only way to jigger the federal
report will be with a sizeable downward adjustment in the
workforce number. Reduce that far enough and
you can still have unemployment fall to 9.6% or even 9.5%, so
long as not too many people figure the hidden variable was the
reduction in the number of people in the workforce.
But, we shall
see. That's tomorrow's adventure.
Warrant-less Wiretaps ARE
says a federal judge. But come on! Is Gov't
going to sit back and take issuance from the third arm of
government? Hell no. They'll appeal. Of course,
just for form, they're saying "no decision on appeal" yet, but
get real...big surveillance is big business and we must have
perpetual war (for perpetual security) in order to float
the trillion-dollar security-defense-pharma bubble.
Goldfish sales? How about "Pet
shop owner fined L1,000 and told to wear an electronic tag...for
selling a GOLDFISH to a boy aged 14".
see why our forefathers & foremothers left England? Seems
the Security State followed us here, though...a Royal Pain.
Dose y Dough
Speaking of Big
Pharm - here's an April Fools' mother for you: "More
than 70-million doses of H1N1 vaccine may have to be discarded."
No refund from the manufacturers? WTF? Designer
disease...where's the refunds?
Twilight of Religions
Want to see an
interesting case of predictive linguistic fill starting?
Need nothing more than the NY Times articles on the sexual abuse
cases being alleged. Oh, and toss in the "Vatican
attacks New York Times over abuse coverage" during holy
which, tomorrow a good chunk of the financial world will be
taking the day off ('cept those heathen commodity and bond
fellows traders) as the
NYSE and the Euronext markets observe Good Friday.
I've long held
that all Friday's are good, but this one is either
better because of your religious beliefs, or it means the
opening of the fresh-water fishing season is nearly here.
I just assume
you know the reason Easter and fresh-water fishing open on a
different weekend is so that a few sportsmen will show up at
Big Wet Spot
No, not that
kind of 'wet spot' - perv! I mean like wet, rainy, soggy,
messy, floody kind of wet spot covering a whole state -
in this instance, Rhode Island.
If you look up
Rhode Island's weather almanac (here) you'll see that
'normal' is around 12.25" for a year. But this year,
they're at 24.18 inches of rain and that was through midnight
last night. Clean up (or bailing?) will take months.
How are things
going in neighboring states? Swimmingly.
Another Day, Another Lockdown
anti-government group fears caused some increase in security at
the Nevada capitol this week.
specifically references "anti-government groups advocating an
Seems to me that
we need to apply a little mental acuity here. Is it, for
example, 'anti-government' to advocate and vote for a return to
Constitutional governance, not the current system of 'for
sale to highest bidder -- lobbyist corrupted -- form so
prevalent now? I'm a strong Constitutionalists...but the smear
in gear seems aimed at equating upholding America's founding
documents and ideal as 'anarchist', doesn't it?
Here's a first
for yah: "A
federal judge says that crime scene forensic evidence should be
more carefully scrutinized." No 'assuming' the
forensics are 'perfect' - despite the impression on PTB media.
Good judge...still interested in justice.
Nukes to Go
Lemme see here:
Iranian nuke scientist has defected to the US. Then
Iran sends an envoy to China to - I'm guessing here -
confess maybe there's more to their nuke plans that they forgot
to tell the Chinese?
China's open to all bids...I mean suggestions as they
play swing vote on what's next.
That, my friend
is evidence of who is running the world now. Not the
US/Israel/West, not the Islamics...China. Sort of
like the tie-breaker vote.
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Mark of the Beast Department
India is in the process of photographing and fingerprinting
every over age 15 in their country. Have these
people gone mad, or is this the cultural hangover from being
dominated by the British Division of the PowersThatBe long
enough and still - even to this day - doing the globalist
Can you imagine
what the reaction would be if Census workers start3ed showing up
in fiercely independent states like, oh, TEXAS with a camera and
a fingerprint pad? I mean with no warrant?
Sometime today I
may get around to answering the short-form census questionnaire
sent to us. I would have sent it in earlier, but the
questions were about how many people were living here on April
1...and so how could I possibly answer that until today? I
mean, come on people!
When I see
headlines like "City
census returns at 45%" I'm thinking, gee, I may not be
the only one willing to wait for April 1...that is what
the instructions say on ours...don't want to speculate when
dealing with G-persons, do we?
My tax refund -
speaking of government timelines and such - was going to be back
on March 26th. But, then it was moved back to March 30,
and last time I looked it wasn't due to hit the direct deposit
until April 6.
This morning, lo
refund is scheduled to be direct deposited on April 2, 2010.
If your refund is not credited to your account by April 7,
2010, check with your bank to find out if it has been
received. Please wait until April 7, 2010 before you contact
us again because we are unable to take any action until
So, bad as the
last Treasury Auction was, they still have enough for my
Speaking of taxes: Elaine happened to be listening to a
Black talk radio show out of Chicago in her car on the way back
from the store last night. "George, they pointed out
something really interesting: You realize the Obama
administration "tan tax" is discriminatory against white folks?
That's what they were saying..."
that, but seems logical that people of color would spend less
tanning...right? So is this a
reverse-discrimination tax? Hmmm...gotta ponder
But, back on the
Mark of the Beast and such...found a very interesting Jewish
studies group which has been going back to the roots of ancient
Hebrew and know what they have found? First finding:
All Hebrew is made up of only 22 symbols and anything else is
distortion because there's a sophisticated error-correction
is that most of what we learned as 'religion" is based on
misinterpretations of original (error-correcting)
Hebrew...they've got a corrected version of Genesis (which turns
out to be multiple books, BTW) and then things get strange from
trying to distill this down into something of edible size, but
the work is quite remarkable and - also interesting - no
publishers want to touch it because the material is too
hot and shakes too many of the foundations of...well...everything
in that whole segment.
I mean, if
someone said "Here's an error-correcting language and the
stations of various 'heavenly entities' works out like this and
that sure fits with Earth being some kind of terra forming
project with contested ownership and then things get
to gnaw on till I figure out how to boil things down to shorter
than a book length treatise. Not sure whether put it on
the free side or save it for Peoplenomics subscribers. 10-ages -
maybe 20 would be the goal.
Energy from the Vacuum
Gotta love this here April Onest headline.
Down at the WuJo
Here's a good
Would you please ask your readers, if in the last 2-3 days,
before falling into a deep sleep if they see like "Lighting
flashes that go side ways kinda left to right, kinda break
off and start again, kinda reminds me of morris code , dots
and long dashes /Never before had anything so weird happen.
Its a brilliant type flash of white light. Last a few
I just read on line that they
had Cern up and going, and was wondering if it did something
that they are not aware of? Maybe a kinda black hole, but
instead created a lighting flash that is now and forever in
space? Does this make any sense?.
I'd normally say
something snappy like "Swear off, or at least change brands, or
go cold turkey with 5 mg diazepam twice daily until the visions
pass..." but that was before I saw some odd light flashes myself
yesterday. Curious - about the size of a thumbnail at arms
length - tiny little flash-bulb like things. We're them
pills? Surreal days, huh?
Tend Our Own Gardens
There is hope!
Email of the day (so far, but it's early...)
Garden Writers Association has a garden trends survey online
that reports USA vegetable gardening increasing. Folks must
have been listening to you!
Link to article here
Households doing vegetable
gardening were highest in the South and lowest in the
Vegetable gardening was also
highest with the 25-44 age group and lowest with the 18-
24 age group.
First-time edibles gardeners
came mostly from the South and least from the Northeast.
The more experienced edibles
gardeners came mostly from the South and least from the
Consumers who planned to
grow more edible plants in 2010 were mostly in the West
and least in the Northeast.
Using the Internet for
gardening information was most popular in the South and
least popular in the Northeast.
Way I figure is
the people in the Northeast are still mostly swimming - they're
bound to come around when The Flood is over.
Depressions Last HOW
My friendly deflationist Jas Jain called the other day to remind
me we're still in a Depression and more downside is likely to
come. By his count the Great Depression really lasted
almost 20-years - from 1929 to 1949. And he makes a
valid point since arguably, the Korean War was a 'transition
war' which allowed the West to more gradually transition from
war machine to consumer goods machine. And since this cycle seems
to have peaked out in 2000, neither one of us is very optimistic
about how it all works out over coming years of the Second
Depression...at least for people who are trying to retain
purchasing power of their savings.
Which gets us to this first time from "The Pragmatic Capitalist"
"On the (perceived) Unimportance of Income".
Around here, income is important, despite what the
(presently manic, needing treatment) markets may think.
The reason is that Income funds independence. I trust
you've seen what's happening in the UK? There, the
national budget picture is so bad (under gold-seller Gordo can
this really be a surprise?) that there's talk
by the PTB of an an Economic Government of the EU."
If you were looking for how Banksters and their allies, the PTB
are taking over the whole freakin' world you have only to
look at the technique. I don't care whether you're talking
local city government, county government, State government, or
even National government, the plot goes something like this:
Bankrupt Cities so they Merge with Counties
Bankrupt the County so it will cede power to the State
Banko the States to give power to the Feds
Bankrupt the Feds so they will swallow World Government and
the global currency
The problem is there's not a proper word for this phenomena.
I mean, if this was being done in the 1950's we'd call it
Communist and a latter-day Joe McCarthy would be busting blood vessels
and holding hearings. Not in this asylum, though.
Communism is gone - poof - vanished. And in it's place is
corporate fascism - banksterism perhaps - a kind of merger between the profiteers on
the one hand and the ego-maniacs mad with power on the other.
And, in the back rooms, the lobbyists and other check purveyors
buying the shots with only the smallest wiggle-room allowed to
select paradigm-supporters to keep the game going as long as
Since we don't have a word for this (the corporate/Fascist State
is admittedly revolution/reactionary sounding) the process
continues unchallenged with a continuing concentration of wealth
in the upper crust, a maintenance of subsistence for the lower
crust and a busting of the Middle Class to reduce us all
Healthcare's Major Role
While there are numerous States planning to appeal healthcare (Indiana
is number 13 joining the lawsuit which is based on States hadn't
ceded that power to the federales), the truth of the matter
is that the entire healthcare debate overlooked two really
First: The arguments about Americans not being
covered by healthcare were specious. The Obama plan
will spend $30,000 over 10-years for each additional person to
be covered....that part's true. And yeah, we're already
paying taxes for that which won't be provide for a good long
time to come. But that's just facts - not debatable.
What gets overlooked is that when someone with healthcare
goes to the doctor, if a disease is communicable, the person
going may 'share the cure' with others in the same household.
Example: Elaine and I both had been eating a few too many Tums for
over-acid stomach. She went to the local Doc and he said
it's a form of acid-reflux. Simple diet change, an OTC
pill for a week and she's
better, but more important, I'm better, too, since her solution
was also mine. Don't stuff out then go right to bed - eat
earlier...that kind of thing.
This is the minor example, but a pertinent one, based on real
life. There actually MAY be some portion of the public
that doesn't need a lot of doctoring. If there wasn't big
money in it, corpgov would never have passed it...simple as
Second: If the Obama plan was really serious
about delivering care the health reform act would have
mandated that all states accept telemedicine.
I mean this deadly seriously because I was talking to a doc
friend about this yesterday (he's one of the real Good Guys in
healthcare) and I asked him "Why not leave your practice and
launch into telemedicine - you could serve a lot more people at
a much lower cost...why between tele-docs and tele-meds we could
trounce healthcare costs to near zip.
"Oh no, George: What you don't understand is that tele-medicine
was lobbied actively against by the medical community even
though it could dramatically reduce costs and you're
right...it could spawn a whole new industry of PC-USB home
like ECG's which your friends with the OPENECG project have
adapted to cell phones. It threatens the franchise."
"So you're saying it's the doctors who are being
roadblocks to innovative telemedicine?"
"Well, through their lobbyists and the big pharmaceutical outfits - sure - that's
why the bans on practicing telemedicine outside of any state
you're not licensed in have been enacted almost everyone...."
"Oh, fer cryin' out loud...why aren't we solving the core
"You got me..."
My point is what? There really are innovative and
inexpensive options to deliver healthcare in a PC equipped world.
We are just not able to go down certain real problem-solving
paths because of special interest groups.
Now let's talk about design patterns here for a moment:
Are you getting the picture of the Big Business Template for All
Get a good forward view of where things could be going
Install roadblocks to it happening or buy it for yourself
Coalesce a special interest group to fund it
Manage the outcome to the most profitable outcome
Profiteer happily at the expense of others...
Now, near as I can tell, this doesn't get us optimum anything.
Other than PAPER gains, I mean, which are illusory and
just concentrate more power in the hands of the sociopathic
manipulators. It just perpetuates an old-world style paradigm of exploitation.
And how long do paradigms take to bust? Hmmm...Jas
was right about the Depression lasting 20-years. But thanks to
the abandonment of media concentration laws that were (wisely) embodied
in the Communications Act of 1934 (another dandy case of the
design-pattern template application by industrialists
masquerading as good guys to screw the public with their
sub-optimal concentrated power in single corpgov media entities
as the ultimate profiteering answer) the first one lasted
20-years and no reason why we can't get this one to blast out to
30-years plus, at least long enough to be considered an 'economic dark ages'
near as I can figure.
Next time some fool who buys left/right (MSM defined)
socioeconomic/political paradigm urges you to buy into their
viewpoint, do me (and yourself) a favor and tell 'em to 'piss
off'. They don't have a nickels worth of sense and have no
vision of what's possible. Small people love small
ideas and small solution sets. Bounded thinking is soooo
very much easier than Big Picture / Big Solutions.
Oh...when I can turn on my web cam, plug in my USB ECG, and get
a reasonable consult paying via PayPal, I'd be thrilled to back
off my skeptical view of this whole healthcare POS behind which neither
side got around to asking the fundamental question on:
What's the problem and what's the most innovative/cost effective
way of solving it?
As long as we live in a world of sub-optimal design templates
working (because they address profits instead of
underlying problems and thus maintain old paradigms) we are stuck with what we have - and this
means in Middle East politics, in healthcare delivery, in law
enforcement, in education...in virtually all areas of human
endeavor, we've been sold small/bounded BUT PROFITABLE solution
sets as a 'bills of goods' we can't
recognize for all the hype, bullshit, and media coverage of the
'bounded' solutions proffered.
Till that changes, this Depression can last ad infinitum.
My low cost USB uploadable home medical devices industry
will just have to wait and my friend the good-guy doc who would be among the
likely be among the first to open telemedicine will have to keep
playing the old system. Now, plug
in your webcam and point it down your throat for me, would you?
And say "Ahhhh...."
Dangerous thinking, this. But isn't it time we start solving
underlying problems instead of only the most convenient
or most profitable layers, boxed and bounded for the
profit of the few???
Ask yourself at every turn: Am I solving the RIGHT
ADP's Truth Detector
What Depression, you're thinking? I have a lot of faith in
the ADP National Employment Report and the one for March 2010 is
out this morning:
private employment decreased 23,000 from February to March
on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the ADP
National Employment Report®. The estimated change of
employment from January 2010 to February 2010 was revised
down slightly, from a decline of 20,000 to a decline of
The March employment decline was the smallest since
employment began falling in February of 2008. Yet, the lack
of improvement in employment from February to March is
consistent with the pause in the decline of initial
unemployment claims that occurred during the winter.
Since employment as measured by the ADP Report was not
restrained in February by the effects of inclement weather,
today’s figure does not incorporate a weather-related
rebound that could be present in this month’s BLS data. In
addition, today’s figure does not include any federal hiring
in March for the 2010 Census. For both these reasons, it is
reasonable to expect that Friday’s employment figure from
the BLS will be stronger than today’s estimate in the ADP
National Employment Report. "
Go read the whole report, but I know - you're thinking "George,
do you trust the ADP numbers more than the BLS numbers?"
Duh: ADP is a company specializing in the jobs market and
provides job services like payroll. The BLS is a
government agency (with political appointees in charge)...yeah,
you don't really need help figuring this out, do
ostensibly environmentalist political group is now backing
offshore drilling in the GOM and off the Atlantic Coast?
Informant in the Woodpile
As I told you to expect,
there was an undercover agent working the Hutaree militia bust
this week. So, once again, back to the question:
Agent provocateur or slowing the groups intent?
Word of an undersea volcano off Italy is not the part of the
headline that holds our attention this morning: It's
word that the Marsil volcano has fragile walls and that could
set off a tsunami 'any time'. Still, like the
potential for a mega tsunami from the Canary Island's Cumbre
Viejo, figuring the exact "When?" is always the hard part.
Not much happening in the US,
however, the quakes in the Sonora,
and near Mexicali, Mexico area - and up toward the Salton Sea - bear watching, too.
Something ironic about how a global warming activist and
journalist died of being frozen to death in the Antarctic.
Rain in Spain may stay mainly on the plain, but in the US
Northeast it's everywhere.
All kinds of 100-year and longer records are falling.
Just looked at the
YTD precip data for NYC and as of midnight, the Big Apple (now
Soggy Apple) was at 19.45" for the year, which is about 9 inches
Sorta hard to do much spring planting...never tried it with
scuba gear on, and not sure I'd want to.
A reader sent in a Good Trend Labs report which looks at
occurence of searches under
'protons', 'time travel' and CERN and asks "See a correlation?"
We won't get overly concerned until Europe is gobbled up by a
growing Black Hole. And besides, when that happens, won't
have much time other than to bend over and kiss your...well, you
get the picture.
But no Earth-gobbling events just yet, although the science
community is getting all excited about smashing this, that, and
them other protons into one another. Maybe I've been lived
too much of the 'good times, fast cars, fast woman, sailboat
cocktail hour pupus for din-din life - but this is
definitely NOT my idea of getting smashed or fun...know
what I'm sayin?
Hell, this oughta be "Geek Prevention Week'. Ban pocket
protectors in the workplace and...and...say, you seen my slide
rule around anywhere?
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Laser Turns 50
Here's something that may not be making big headlines, but it's
an important marker of how fast the 'times are a changing':
The Laser just turned 50 this week;
a fact brought out by our Canadian bureau which sent along a
link to the Vancouver Sun's article on it.
We notice that technology is speeding up on certain propitious
occasions like this. The first transistor wasn't invented
until 1947. The first nuclear power plant wasn't even
ordered until 1953, and it wasn't until 1960 that the world got
stated seriously on computing...1960
Wasn't till 1971 that Intel released the first
single integrated circuit processors - the 4004. Then
1975 before the first Altair 8800 went on sale. And it
from there that giants like Microsoft and Apple arose.
It was then almost 10-years before the first DNS server went
online and 1988 when the first virus showed up.
So far today, my computer has backed up a terabyte of data,
written a DVD of key files, downloaded a Windows 7 update,
updated an antivirus detection list file, a malware file list,
scanned for viruses, and updated both 32 and 64bit Java
subsystems. Oh - and a new QuickTime update. All
this before I got into the office.
The speed up in the rate of change - something to think about
now that the laser's turned 50.
Time Traveler Follow-Up
I asked an interesting question the other day about whether a
somewhat out of place-looking fellow in a 1941
picture from British Columbia might have been a 'time
traveler'. Best answer I got was
from an artist of
some renown who offered this:
"Unless he has a genetic defect that makes his legs about a
third as long as they are supposed to be.
Look at his proportions in
comparison to the surrounding folk. Yes, he’s generally
bigger, which one could attribute to better nutrition. But
let me explain something about the human body: In art we
have, what is known as: The
Canon of General Proportions. DaVinci’s Vitrius Man is a
good example. General guide here: This canon is a
general guide to how the modern (ie. not Neanderthal or
other “proto” humans) bodies are constructed.
The first thing you learn is
that the head is about 1/6th to 1/7th of the figure. The
taller and more lanky you are, the smaller your head is in
proportion. (Runway Models have pinheads. Smallest head in
comparison to body is ideal for that look)
Now, try this for yourself
(because my rate for graphics production is 50.00 an hour)
take a ruler (centimeter is preferable in this case) and
measure each person’s head from crown to chin, on the image
The shorter/younger folks are
going to be 6 to 6.5 heads tall. The short man directly in
front next to the car is about 6.5 to 6.75 heads tall. If
you wanted to get really geeky, find the model car shown in
the pic. (or get the specs.) and measure the window and use
it as a guide to how big the people are.
If the “time traveler’s” body is
7 whole units, then he’s standing in a hole. Or has mutant
And although it’s difficult to
see, because the artist did (indeed) do a very good job of
shadow matching, the shadows are very slightly off, less
than a couple of degrees. But it jumped out at me even
before the odd proportions. And generally, in comparison the
core shadows (darkest shadow on the object) on the face of
the gentlemen to either side of him (marked A and B) his
face is too light.
The man nearest to the car is
getting reflected light from the hood, which washes his face
out somewhat. But “time traveler” is only getting bounce off
a black felt hat. So the shadows are no match.
And that’s why I get paid the
All of which had me thinking...yeah,
dammit George...more logic on this stuff! But then along
come this email from a different reader who is not so sure the
subject of our inquiry was Photoshopped in:
from behind at bridge event: Here
Not photo shopped, looks like person on far left???"
Still...that doesn't answer the
question "Why would a time traveler suspect even want to be in
this part of British Columbia? It's off in the frigging middle
of nowhere west of 70 Mile House..." A reader in Nanaimo
(my favorite town on Vancouver Island, BTW) figured out the
"Hi George Your time traveler
picture has been holding my interest, thanks hahaha I was
wondering, that if this guy really was a time traveler than
why would he be interested in some old back water mine in a
very remote part of BC.
The answer: GOLD!!!
Bralorne Gold Mines is developing the unexplored gaps
between the historic Bralorne, King and Pioneer gold mines
of southwest British Columbia. Together, these three
historic mines represent the largest historic gold producer
in the Canadian Cordillera producing 4.1 million ounces of
Recent discoveries between the
Bralorne and King mines have opened up significant new
mineralization. Phase III exploration, now underway, is
focused on expanding new zones and outlining reserves for a
280 tpd operation. The current Bralorne mill operates at 120
tpd with ample room for expansion. Bulk testing is complete
with all permits in place.
OK, so how far is Bralorne BC (and the ghost town of Brexton, as
long as we're talking about ghost towns and gold mines and such)
from the site of this bridge picture with our 'out of place'
Microsoft Streets & Trips (2010) shows it as 5.25 miles from
Turning down monkey mind and putting on MBA mind, sure makes a
hell of a movie plot, doesn't it?
Tuesday March 30, 2010
Not too often that a new book comes out which becomes a lead
item on a financially-oriented website like this one, but the
headline "New Book by MIT Sloan Professor Warns of Next
Financial Meltdown In 13 Bankers, Simon Johnson calls for
breakup of nation’s biggest banks..." OK,. more?
Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, MIT Sloan School of
Management Professor Simon Johnson warns in a book being
released today that a “new financial oligarchy”
threatens not only the nation’s economy, but its political
core. In 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next
Financial Meltdown (Pantheon), Johnson, a professor of
entrepreneurship and management, says the book provides “the
back story” for the 2008 financial crisis “and for all the
issues being raised now around financial reform. We hope the
book helps people have a badly needed conversation about
what we must do to push back against dangerous, narrow
interest groups that now threaten our economic well-being.”
“That thought should frighten us
into action.” In 13 Bankers, Johnson, a former chief
economist for the International Monetary Fund, and co-author
James Kwak cite historical precedents and offer financial
analysis to conclude that a second financial shock is
inevitable unless the financial and political stranglehold
held on Washington by the nation’s biggest banks is broken.
“The best defense against a massive financial crisis is a
popular consensus that too big to fail is too big to exist,”
the authors write. “This is at its heart a question of
politics, not of economics or of regulatory technicalities.”
The book points out that the
current concentration of financial and political power is
not unlike other moments in American history. President
Theodore Roosevelt, for example, challenged the monopoly
powers of banker and industrialist J.P. Morgan. “No one
thought he could win,” Johnson says in an interview, “but he
did succeed in the first prosecution of a corporation under
the Sherman Antitrust Act.” Roosevelt, he said, began a
process that helped people understand the need to rein in
the power of corporate giants, such as John D. Rockefeller’s
Standard Oil, “which was arguably more important as a single
company in 1910 than J.P. Morgan was then or J.P. Morgan
Chase is now,” says Johnson.
Similar leadership is needed
from the Obama administration and Congress now, according to
13 Bankers, which concludes that regulatory changes and
other responses to date have been vastly inadequate. Johnson
supports the administration’s proposed consumer protection
measures, but overall, “You can’t just tweak a few rules and
expect to rein in these big institutions.” Instead, the book
calls for the six biggest banks to be broken up and for hard
limits to be imposed so that banks cannot rebuild themselves
into political and financial powerhouses. “Saying that we
cannot break up our largest banks is saying that our
economic futures depend on these six companies,” notes 13
Bankers. “That thought should frighten us into action.”
13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown
is available from Amazon for $18-bucks (*I always get something else
to get the order up to $25 to get the free shipping...cheap is
as cheap does...).
The well-connected Deka-file has a most curious story headlined
"G8 skips Iran
sanctions to boost secret US opening to Revolutionary Guards."
the gist of it seems to be that the US is trying to step-around
the hard-line clerics and deal directly with the RevGuards
leadership on things like nuclear power. But, of course,
as anyone knows, nothing ticks off a lader (or boss) more than
going outside of the established 'chain of command" so while
this looks promising maybe at one level, I figure it'll do
nothing more than piss off the clerics (even more) at another.
You know who's cockamamie idea I think this is?
May keep that front quieted down
They Paid How Much for a
Another $900 million plus $1.8 billion is...er....coffee
needed...uh....$2.7-billion? Oh, well, gotta spend them
dollars on something, I suppose...
NYC MTA and presumably others around the country are on higher
alert following the double suicide bombing in Russia Monday.
bomb sniffing dogs out around the Metro. Wonder how
they react to corned beef on rye? Or, wonder if bomb-sniffing
dogs have to eat a super-bland diets? Never tried to train
one, just wondering...
Indicted or Incited?
the follow-up to the arrest of nine Christian militia members on
charges they were planning to wage war on the USA. I
guess the thing I'm not seeing answered yet (maybe at
arraignment?) is how did the government know which seems
to me it might circle back to the question of government
informants and that in turn could lead to the fine line between
informing and inciting...but I suppose all that will come
out in the wash. Unless it's the white wash, of course.
the report I assume, where a hacker was on the Secret Service
payroll as an informant at $75,000 a year when a hack was
carried out in 2007?
Don't know if you've seen it, but
up in Colorado, a lawsuit has been filed over a 2007 SWAT drug
bust - based (once again) on a confidential informant.
Looks like the charges have been dropped as there was no
evidence of anything illegal going on and that could cost
authorities a fair bit of dough.
Again, gets me to wondering who's more dangerous: purported (but
sometimes incorrectly as in the Colorado case,) perps or the
government that's hiring telltales that sometimes...you know...
Lumbering Toward Disaster
Couple of weeks back I was whining about crappy lumber quality
since we're adding on to my office. Comes this from a
"A couple of weeks ago you were complaining about the
quality of the 2 x 4's that you were getting. Seems the pine
beetle is destroying many of the Western Forests and
reducing quality and quanity of wood products.
I have read where lumber prices
are up 40%, but I have to ask why this is the case with
lower New homes being built. Could it be that everyone is
working hard to fix up what they have?
A local lumber yard here where I
live sells all of their hardwood logs to the Chinese. Plus
another thing that I have noticed is that many trailer loads
of lumber are traveling around without being tarped
properly, even in the rain. Could too many drivers be
falling off of loads and getting injured forcing up Workers
Compensation rates for trucking companies play a factor in
this too? Just my 5 cents worth, it used to be 2 cents but
due to inflation, well you know the rest. "
I don't know, but the whole lumber yard experience which was one
a joy has turned into a nightmare for the 'home handy-bastards'
of the world like me.
Sealing the Exits
A number of readers have pointed to the fine tyler Durden piece
about how "It's
Official - America Now Enforces Capital Controls" which, as
any student of Germany priors to WW II knows, is the kind of
things (sealing the financial borders) that can often be a
prelude to be international blow-ups (literally and...).
One of the more interesting theories floating about is that the
US - and other countries run by the corporate cannibal
capitalists of the PTB is that the borders and populations will
be increasingly 'confined to quarters' [a fine pun, if I do say
so] in the period leading up to whatever the Big Tipping Point
of 2011/2012 is.
So, what else might be in store. In other words, as a
'thought experiment' what are the kinds of actions that leaders
of countries/governments could take if they knew there was some
kind of planetary shift ahead?
For one thing, like we've been hinting, there would likely be
storage of large supplies of food and materials going on.
We periodically here of such things - rumors of massive truck
convoys moving foods into underground storage bases, but seldom
with enough substance to print and never with pictures.
On the other hand, there's been enough 'leaked' out of Hollywood
about UFO/Alien Wars (War Between the Worlds kind of stuff and
should I mention the 2012 movie with the billion Euro price per
ticket?) that we have to wonder.
Then there's the whole matter of Terra Entity stuff which is
supposed to put this year so far into the record books that
there won't be any question that things have changed -
and with it, dwindling food supplies to come. In the
lead-in, we're now seeing precursor events like "Heavy
rain threatens to topple records in East".
Minor inconvenience now, but start clipping these stories since
its the floods, droughts, tornadoes and insect infestations that
screw things up as the year goes on that this all leads into
that you'll want to be looking for.
Without sounding like an old Kung-Fu episode, yes,
Grasshopper, this is to be taken most seriously - grasshoppers.
The good news, such as it is, is that both our cat out here on
the ranch seem to like grasshoppers. Might be able to save
a few bucks on cat food this year. Of course, the other
things that seem to thrive on grasshoppers are birds and
scorpions, which we get a fair number of. Which is why we
keep enough Demon and other pesticides & sticky-traps around to
at least keep the home and office free of too many critters.
Then there's the problem of colony collapse:
I live in Pasadena, TX. I've
been reading for a year and a subscriber since the fall. I
very much enjoy your information. I wanted to let you know
that I have an orange tree covered in blooms and not 1 bee.
Last year I had numerous bees and ended up with 200 oranges
off of this 5 yr. old tree. It looks like I'm going to have
to help Mother Nature along and hand pollinate this year. I
have a small vegetable garden in my yard that I guess I'll
have to hand pollinate, also.
Keep up the good work. The more
information I have, the less stress I have...."
Yeah, but the more I seem to get:
no bees and grasshoppers all over the place...which one of the
Four Horsemen was Famine, again?
Wasn't it Conquest (hmm...seems to be that going on...), War (ummm...),
Commerce with a measure of wheat for a day's wages...close on
that..and Death via famine, plague and by the wild beasts...
Say! Speaking of which - rumors about that deer and other
wild critter populations are falling. Like this reader
"George, we had some sort of significant impact on our deer
herd in south Alabama this past deer season. There seemed to
be a lot of missing young deer. Usually a large percentage
of the deer killed are young bucks, from six month to 1 ½
years of age. They were no shows for the season, everybody
saw less, a lot less deer. I have been in contact with our
district game warden, and mentioned the prediction of less
animals being in the game population. He wants to talk to me
in person. Do you remember the reference from one of Cliff’s
reports about less animals? I bought the reports, but can
only find the last one, I think it was in one from like
No, but talk to the game warden and let us know? Our herd
here seems down a fair bit, too.
Some 'good' news?
The Gulf Stream is not slowing down, at least so say science
So are the oceans getting healthy? I think not -
especially when there are stories about how a "Mysterious
Whale Die-Off is Largest On Record." So no, fish &
chips will probably disappear somewhere in the future.
How often have I told you that the extreme of marketing are the
benchmarks of the world's decline? So comes before the
court of public opinion our next case this morning under the
Erykah Badu strips at JFK assassination site in new video".
The singer involved reportedly "responded to the controversy via
That must'a been some set of twits....er...tweets.... OMG
what's 'correct' anymore? Is the whole world nuts?
Oh, it is? Why of course! That explains
why market futures are up ahead of the open.
Even professional entertainers of the clown variety (on stage,
not the ones in office) are noticing the shift:
"My job as a clown is one of the first professions to feel
the negative impact caused by a dwindling disposable income.
Thanks to the slap-stick government, we are now entering the
largest economic depression in the history of the USA and
possibly the world. Desperate for funds,
the political elite are seeking to tax the service industry,
These ruthless thugs in office will soon be sending us hard
working clowns to the tax slaughter-house. Who is next? We
need to t-ax the politicians out of office and take back our
constitution, at least what's left of it."
Want to place bets on the turnover rate in the November
elections? Well take jokes & humor where we can find
them...although like America's sense of humor, things are
getting a little tense.
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The Quakes Ahead
Seems as though a number of people have been 'seeing' (through
various means) a major West Coast Earthquake. Not that one
isn't possible, since we're expecting up to 6-7 more great
quakes to occur this year -- such will be the level of Terra
Intrudes into planetary life.
Interesting note, though: I must be reading too much email
because I awoke on Monday morning with a strange 'sign' popping
out of what's usually a rotating mass of rune-like characters.
While off in the background was the usual rotating vortex of
rune/symbols, what popped into the foreground was this
(approximated in CorelDraw):
Not exactly the normal things to have as a near-waking state -
but I think (or at least hope) that it's nothing more
than what happens when George monkey-mind gets swamped with too
much input (reader predictions of quakes) and then
subconsciously distills everything down into a graphic -
curi8ously, all lower case. The sense that something would
happen of newsworthy/notable in Los Angeles Wednesday was pretty
interesting - and out of the ordinary enough that I actually
have as an item on my 'do list' for today hooking up my old
phone patch to the HF ham radio set...since a phone patch is
about THE most useful thing to have one hand for emergency
First time I ever used one was when a late neighbor, W7IMF,
spent about 18-hours non-stop running health & welfare traffic
from emergency-powered ham stations in the Anchorage area
(Elmendorf & Ft. Rich, too)
right after the 1964 Good Friday quake.
When I see something like the 4.5 this morning in Sonora Mexico
I wonder...is that just a blender making noise in my head?
Like I say, odds are high this is nothing more than my
subconscious turning on the blender of thoughts are coming up
with this as a mental 'smoothie'...Still, no harm getting the
phone patch online, pointing the beam out west, and keeping an
eye on the USGS near real-time quake displays.
Don't know why the brain comes up with that it does, especially
in light of the fact I've been demanding Texas Lotto winning
numbers with no success, either.
Life In the Memetime, Redux
Yep, Cliff & I are scheduled to be on
George Noory on Thursday night/ Friday morning of this week
- talking about the latest "Shape of Things To Come" report.
"Cliff's chart from Volume 0 issue 2 of "Shape" shows the
beginning of a large increase in tension beginning March
21,2010....seemed unusual at the time for it to begin on a
Sunday...but .."Lo, and Behold"..it turns out that was the
day of the big health care vote.....seems like a "hit" to
yeah, sure was...but we don't go around score-keeping on this
stuff. Reason? It would be contentious and if the
success rate was something like twice as good as chance, or
four-times as good as chance...so what? One of the things
that's bothered me no end since grad school is the amount of
time people spend trying to 'assign numbers' to situations (I'm
guilty, too, LOL). But whether the web bot technology is
two or even 20 times better than chance, so what? I mean
having a number makes it what?
On the other hand, corralling up concepts is way more
important than having a simple number. Numbers are
going to drift all over the place. The main thing is the
Big Picture so as not to be cause unawares - or shocked and awed
into inaction (think people on the beach staring at the
incoming tidal wave...that kind of shocked into inactivity).
That's the whole purpose...
No, still no better ideas on what the big "release events" will
be around November 8-14th this year, or the 'tipping point' in
spring 2011, but with them coming, we have time and resource now
to prepare for a wide spectrum of possible outcomes...while we
'enjoy' the building tension language through July and then the
saw-tooth minor release events over summer.
Suggested background reading if you're planning to listen in:
of TimeCreep/Hypercronism (free) here.
Daylight UFO in China
is made up, it's pretty good video here. A little side
bet? Sure...how about China has pulled together enough
intel over the years to make a take-off on the
technology which was probably at the core the the breakaway
Aryan group that headed for South America (and the Antarctic)
after WW II and secrets runs one of the global factions today?
Uh...where's my pipe?
Half-Step to Bi-Location
The fancy name for it is "putting
an object into a mixed quantum state - both moving and unmoving
at the same time..." have to assume this is a
half-step either toward science coming up with a way to do
teleporting or holodeck replicators, OR maybe the bi-location
by Don Juan Mateus in the Castaneda books, maybe?
Why next thing you know, science will be able to duplicate the
msyerious powers of government: being up, down, and
nowhere all at the same time while being both all-powerful and
the weakest force, all wrapped up into an infinitely
redundant...or is that infinitely expensive package?
Hell Yes! But....
A loyal reader sends this:
"This is your loyal subscriber that was offended by the
phrase "those of the Jeffersonian stripe were just as
duplicitous, self-righteous, and morally inconsistent as the
current cast of characters/clowns/bozos inside the Beltway
today." I love your line slap-stick government. Your doing
an awesome service in informing the general public of the
global political scene and how to prepare for the
unexpected. I was wondering if I can add you as a website
link and also use your quote?"
Here's a blanket answer: "Hell yes!" Since the
rankings of a web site are proportionate (theoretically, anyway)
to the number of incoming links, if you have a web site, a link
to this one is always appreciated.
That quote sounded like something I wrote in a suspiciously
lucid moment - but sure, if you can find them (a paragraph is
fair use, 4 paragraphs is an in-depth citation, copying a whole
report or big pieces of the website is intellectual thievery)
then by all means, go ahead.
Please do, however, keep in mind that I figure anything I say
can and will be used against me some day to try to keep any
quotes in context so that when the roundup of dissent goes
viral, I won't have to answer questions alleging I said this -
or that - in an un-American way.
In this day & age I figure everything posted on the 'net,
or sent as email should be weighed as though it were going to
your ex's divorce attorney or the Gestapo...or both. Which
is why I have a FaceBook account and such, but decline adding
bunches of people. No telling what the ubber-govver social
maps that can be so easily derived could be used for, but I'm
just guessing it wouldn't be for Christmas gifts...
Low Frequency English
Couple of low frequency (of occurrence) words from Visual
Thesaurus today: provender and prebend.
Provender the goats since we get no government
Say - all this word play strikes up an interesting 'million
dollar idea": How about a word-puzzle series aimed at
literate readers of porn? We'd call it "crotchword
puzzles". (rim shot, audience
groans) Think there's a market there?
(What's in this coffee?)
Monday March 29, 2010
Life in the Memetime
Say, not to start things off on a boring or repetitive note
here, but I assume you have noticed that the global
rebellion/revolution meme is starting to pick up steam?
It has been a slow starting meme - and unless you've been
watching somewhat detached, you may not have noticed it coming,
but it sure seems to be here now.
prequel/predecessor events have been things like the freeway
side billboards which are headlined "A citizen's guide to
REVOLUTION of a corrupt government" under which a banner
"prepare war - live free or die" is displayed.
Of course, we never encourage anything other than legal actions
within the framework of the Constitution, but the arrival of the
global rebellion/revolution meme is getting to be and
interesting case of 'linguistic fill' in process.
Before you leap to the conclusion that I'm somehow referring to
massive FBI/Homeland Security raids in three states this
weekend, which ended up with a number of people being arrested,
in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio this weekend, you'd only be
Yes, this certainly fills a lot of expected language -
not only about the rebel/revolt kinds of word-sets, but also the
kinds of headlines which include frequent references to
'militia' and 'terrorism' and is certainly brings public
attention to websites like
www.michiganmilitia.com, the latter, by the way was not
raided or involved in the action this weekend.
But let's set that aside for a moment and note how the meme is
arriving elsewhere: In Moscow this morning, suicide
bombings by female bombers have killed at least 35 people so
Federal Security Service of Russia figures a group from the
North Caucasus is responsible.
it would be easy to blame Greece, but let's not: Pick a
region and you're likely to see rebels making headlines:
In Colombia, rebels have released a soldier who was held for
nearly a year.
In Africa, CNN reports that "Rebels
kill, kidnap hundreds in remote Congo area" but this charges
refuted by LRA rebels who have commented to the BBC that
they weren't responsible.
Asia? Sure, there, too: Philippines government
forces are trying to root out Muslim extremists and they've had
some luck, overrunning a 'rebel encampment'. Abu Sayef
aside, there are
NPA rebels who raided a Dole pineapple plantation. A
small-scale attack, perhaps, but the kind of thing to keep an
eye on when a meme is arriving; especially when its a direct
action against a large corporate interest.
We get the dailies out of Afghanistan and Iraq, but look at the
continuing rebel operations in Yemen where "Yemen
says Shi'ite rebels kill accused collaborator" or over in
where rebels claims to have shot down a pair of Sudanese
helicopters this weekend.
We'll keep an eye on parallel words, too: like "riot" (as in
Seattle's King County Jail
which is in lockdown this morning) and
"flash mobs" of the type that are reaching 'hysterical' levels
in what could be looked at, I suppose, as a kind of Philadelphia
Is the 'evidence' of a linguistic 'hit' conclusive? Nope,
never is. It's just the ratio change, the twist of the
flavor of current events that changes the character of the
discussions around the water cooler, seems to read out for
soldier-gathering by multiple groups (both literally and
That's how memes arrive...an uptick here, a change of direction
there and - as more than one reader has suggested "Is this the
kind of thing designed to give the PTB reason to
garrison/restrict movement/travel as we head toward calamity in
the 2011-2012 period?"
Might be...but .we'll just keep resisting the thoughts of
throwing in with any particular group and minding our own 'plan
to work and work the plan' to remain as 'free' as possible and
avoid the burdens of becoming a partisan in the memetime.
I want you to set down the coffee and make sure no one will be
able to hear you as you read this next bit: The new report on
Personal Income and Expenditures released today. Sitting
income increased $1.2 billion, or less than 0.1 percent, and
disposable personal income (DPI) increased $1.6 billion, or
less than 0.1 percent, in February, according to the Bureau
of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures
(PCE) increased $34.7 billion, or 0.3 percent. In January,
personal income increased $30.4 billion, or 0.3 percent, DPI
decreased $26.0 billion, or 0.2 percent, and PCE increased
$38.5 billion, or 0.4 percent, based on revised estimates.
Real disposable income increased
less than 0.1 percent in February, in contrast to a decrease
of 0.4 percent in January. Real PCE increased 0.3 percent,
compared with an increase of 0.2 percent.
Private wage and salary
disbursements increased $2.0 billion in February, compared
with an increase of $16.6 billion in January.
Goods-producing industries' payrolls decreased $3.5 billion,
in contrast to an increase of $5.2 billion; manufacturing
payrolls decreased $1.4 billion, in contrast to an increase
of $5.0 billion. Services-producing industries' payrolls
increased $5.5 billion, compared with an increase of $11.4
Government wage and salary
disbursements increased $0.7 billion in February, compared
with an increase of $6.8 billion in January. Pay raises for
federal civilian and military personnel had added $7.1
billion to government payrolls in January.
Employer contributions for
employee pension and insurance funds increased $2.7 billion
in February, compared with an increase of $3.2 billion in
Employer contributions for
government social insurance increased $0.3 billion in
February, compared with an increase of $11.5 billion in
January. The January change reflected an increase in the tax
rates paid by employers to state unemployment insurance
funds, which had boosted January contributions by $10.2
billion. (Changes in employer contributions for government
social insurance do not affect personal income, because
employer contributions for government social insurance are
also included in total contributions for government social
insurance, which is a subtraction in the calculation of
Other personal income
Proprietors' income decreased
$6.1 billion in February, the same decrease as in January.
Farm proprietors' income decreased $7.1 billion, the same
decrease as in January. Nonfarm proprietors' income
increased $1.0 billion, the same increase as in January.
Now comes the punchline stuff:
"Personal outlays -- PCE,
personal interest payments, and personal current transfer
payments -- increased $36.4 billion in February, compared
with an increase of $40.4 billion in January. PCE increased
$34.7 billion, compared with an increase of $38.5 billion.
Personal saving -- DPI less
personal outlays -- was $340.0 billion in February, compared
with $374.9 billion in January. Personal saving as a
percentage of disposable personal income was 3.1 percent in
February, compared with 3.4 percent in January."
Only way I can figure this kind of
savings rate is by counting things like money being saved for
college and other 'statrickstical' concepts.
The new Case-Shiller/S&P 20-City housing numbers will be out
tomorrow which I find extremely credible. Lots of 'filler' type
numbers, but the unemployment rate is due out Friday morning and
that'll be a 'biggie'.
But since the market has a cut of statrickstical nose candy and
this is Monday
futures are a-poppin' and a higher close today is almost a
slam dunk. Hundred higher, anyone? Do I hear 125?
135? Don't Bogart that index - let's say 148 up
today...just to throw a dart...and be happy with anything over
75...and why not?
Another item tracking is the arrival of multiple whistleblowers
in the news: people who are 'outing' plots and plans of the
PowersThatBe. Example: Remember that guy who was
volunteering to 'out' the Big Bank that had offered him a chance
to become more actively involved in the gold/silver price
suppression schemes of the PTB? Well,
he (and his wife) were the target of a "mysterious" hit and run
driver attack in the UK this weekend.
This is obviously just a coincidence, we're so sure...but
just in case: You won't see it on the MSM. Can't have too
much 'truth out' all at once, can we?
Smart Gird So Smart?
Good AP story was out last week about
how some of the new-fangled power meters have possible 'holes'
which might be exploited by hackers.
The ultimate height of complexity is reached when each 'new
solution' brings with it one - or more - new problems...
Things You Don't Want to Read
Dr. Laurie Roth's article this weekend on
CanadaFreePress titled "Hitlers and Obama's health enabling
Fortunately the Obamacare bill was signed on Tuesday, otherwise
all the Illuminati/322 references would be flying around the net
instead of the rhyme on Hitler.
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Is This a Time Traveler, Or
Been pondering a picture which a reader noticed a while back at
the VirtualMuseum.ca site and sent along to ruin whatever free
time I'd been dreaming about.
It's a picture of the "Reopening of the South Fork Bridge after
flood in 1940" and it was snapped at the South Fork Bridge at
Gold Bridge BC in 1941. When my reader-friend sent this in
he asked a simple question...but
first click here to see the picture itself.
Assuming you're a good and compliant reader (like those exist,
right?) you will have glanced at the snap and said..."yeah?
But along comes the readers question: "What is the guy in
sunglasses doing in this picture? If it’s Photoshop, it’s an
Hmmm...well, since part of the UrbanSurvival Monster 2 terabyte
i7 quad-core powerhouse workstation includes Corel Photo-Paint
X4, I decided to do a little snooping around. If it's
'Shopped' it is damn good...
Well, now, this is interesting, for sure. Not sure how
cold it was when the picture was taken - but seems the fellow
has on something like a golf shirt then a sweat shirt
over that, and then a sweater over that. Hmmm.
Still, not a big deal and as another party to this exchange
noted "He probably would look less out of place hanging out
in late 1940s Greenwich Village in NY... He seems like a
proto-Beatnik with spare WWII aviator goggles who came back home
to visit the parents...."
Well fine, says the writer of the email, but look a little
closer: "With a silkscreened t-shirt? Or is that something
else? It looks like he has three garments on, something that
shows as a ridge on his shoulders, the “t-shirt”, and a
rough-woven or knitted sweater. What about the camera? "
Bit odd about that shirt, alright, when you read a history of
No, I hadn't paid much attention to the camera, but it has at
least the outline of something that might be construed to
be a modern digital SLR type, or is that just a Brownie or early
Leica? I just don't know for sure.
a look into the background of Leica cameras led me to think
"Hmmm...might this have been an SLR? No, since the Leica
IIIf didn't come out until 1950, or so. And the more
typical camera of the day would be something like my old
3-1/4 Speed Graphic. But, whatever that camera is, the
usual highlights with a little bit of chrome seems missing and
in its place is the modern matte black look.
Then there's the matter of the sunglasses. These are
wrap-around types, not unlike the special use ocean kayaker
What I remember from reading Like Magazine as a kid didn't have
anything but the oversized 'aviator look" popular especially
by the mid 1950's when polarized lenses came along from
Old-style aviator goggles were as much about wind protection as
anything else for folks flying N3N torpedo bombers and such in
the war. If you find a picture of sunglasses like this is
other 1940-1941 era pictures, let me know?
All of which gets me to the woo woo question of the day:
Has anyone ever gone through the Library of Congress or other
good sources of original imagery and actually looked for
temporally displaced articles? I mean like sunglasses,
odd camera gear, clothing out of its proper time, and maybe
things like modern tennis shoes/joggers in pictures before their
An interesting question, indeed. Seems to me the odds
would be good around natural disaster pictures and maybe in
socioeconomic impact pictures like soup lines or other
archetypical events of a particular time & place.
Then, just supposing, for example that we found this one guy
in multiple pictures over a long period of time...would that be
evidence of a time traveler? Or, just look at enough
pictures and everyone has a clone or close copy somewhere?
And then (it gets worse as mental exercises go) what would we do
with that information? I mean if someone said "I have
found an anomalous 'guy' over a long period of time with a
strange camera...what then?
I'm sure you have read up on the claims of supposed time
traveler John Titor over at Wikipedia. But the part that
is most interesting is that while his predictions of a US Civil
War (II) starting in 2004 seem 'off' but the spread of
civil disruptions which could broadly be fitted under the
'rebellion/revolution' meme is interesting, particularly this
part of the Wikipedia entry:
claimed that as a 13-year old, in 2011, he fought with the
"Fighting Diamondbacks", a shotgun infantry unit of Florida,
for at least four years. However, in other posts he
describes himself as hiding from the war. As a result of the
war, the United States splits into five regions based on
various factors and differing military objectives. This
civil war, according to Titor, will then end in 2015 with a
brief, but intense, World War III:
"In 2015, Russia launches a
nuclear strike against the major cities in the United States
(which is the "other side" of the civil war from my
perspective), China, and Europe. The United States counter
attacks. The US cities are destroyed along with the AFE
(American Federal Empire)...thus we (in the country) won.
The European Union and China were also destroyed.
Titor refers to the exchange as
"N Day". Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, Florida are
specifically mentioned as being hit. After the war, Omaha,
Nebraska is the nation's new capital city.
Titor is vague as to the exact
motivations and causes for World War III. At one point he
characterized hostilities as being led by "border clashes
and overpopulation" but also points to the present
conflict between Arabs and Jews as a harbinger of World War
Just something to ponder and maybe another project to toss in my
"Citizen Science" pile - which is turning into quite a mound:
Science projects which conventional science doesn't have the
time/energy/resource to staff up, but with massive public
participation could yield some damn interesting results.
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.