The Future of this project and website.

I have been asking myself why should I bother to continue this project and more specifically this webpage when there is almost zero activity. This suggests that there is almost zero interest. If so then all I am doing to wasting my time, and practicing a bit of intellectual self-delusion.

I have not come up with an answer yet, but I decided to set up a SLACK page to encourage people to take a more active role in the project. Perhaps some of you are shy to participate or post anything on a public webpage. If so SLACK is the solution. SLACK is a private networking solution designed to assist small to medium size groups to better communicate and collaborate. I use it for several business purposes, and participate in a number of social network groups that are built entirely upon SLACK.

I encourage you to join the SLACK group I have set up. The link to the invitation is found below. I think you will find it simple and easy to use. If no one joins the SLACK group then I think that will rather definitively answer my question as to whether or not this project and website are worth pursuing, and whether or not I am simply wasting my time.

https://join.slack.com/t/fafcproject/shared_invite/MjI2MDcyOTY1Mjg1LTE1MDI2MTM5ODEtYTFhYzhmYjE2ZQ

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New SLACK Page

I set up a SLACK page for this group. Feel free to join.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE FAFC PROJECT on SLACK

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Evidence that Ukrainians are smarter than they seem (at least smarter than their leaders).

Over the past 3 to 4 years Ukrainian’s have shown a growing distrust of NATO. This article suggests it is based upon a tradition of distrust hammered in over the Soviet period. But if that was the case why would opinions change over the past 3 years?

Could it be that the Ukrainian people distrust an organization that encouraged it to get into a very unwise war with its number one trading partner, and then sent it blankets while not allowing its goods into Europe? Perhaps it is that NATO, the USA, and the EU have proven to be very untrustworthy?

http://www.intellinews.com/nato-still-has-a-mixed-reception-in-emerging-europe-125415/

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Russia to Give Land in the East… but to Who?

Read More: https://www.rt.com/business/345022-russia-far-east-free-land/

I suspect if Russia is serious about this project, without using political prisoners and massive concentration camps, the only hope is going to be opening up the region, or at least select parts of it, to non-Russians who are adventurous or desperate. As Europe further collapses I suspect there will be millions of European refugees looking for someplace to go.

Its either going to be that or the Chinese will eventually just take over Eastern Russia.

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The Attack Against Cash and Anything Else That Gives Privacy and Security Continues

Recently a new bill was introduced on the floor of the US Senate entitled, pleasantly,

“Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.”

You can probably already guess its contents.

Cash is evil.

Bitcoin is evil.

Now they’ve gone so far to include prepaid mobile phones, retail gift vouchers, or even electronic coupons. Evil, evil, and evil.

All with new powers of civil forfeiture against not only the “evil” money you may be “hiding” but the power to seize all your assets. Add in some criminal penalties and we have the makings of a regime that would make the Soviet Union look like a Libertarian Utopia. This is where the USSA is going.

Get out while you still can. It is going to get a lot worse.

Read more if you like: https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/you-wont-believe-this-stupid-new-law-against-cash-and-bitcoin-22019/

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Black Lives Becoming the new voice for segregation: “Segregation Now, Segregation Forever”

Some days I just want to hang my head and cry when I see what my country is turning into. It is descending into a darkness filled with mindless hatred, resentment, envy, and despair. Yet Americans stand rooted like some ancient oak that is being swallowed by a rising swamp.

This woman represents the attitudes of far too many Black Americans. She simply hates white people and America, and her only real solution when she is not babbling about the evil of White America  is to segregate blacks:

I don’t believe a nation can survive such divisiveness. It is one thing to strongly disagree with political opponents, but when the disagreement turns to violent and mindless hatred that cannot be reasoned with there is really no hope. Just imagine if you were married and the relationship between you and your spouse escalated like this? It would be impossible to live in the same house. That is what is happening to America. Either there will be an amicable separation, or the different parties will tear themselves apart.

And this is just the race issue. The same thing is going on regarding just about every single issue regarding Identity Politics.

Here is another example of things to look forward to in the USSA:

A black sociology professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, said whites should “f**king die,” calling them “inhuman a**holes,”

But don’t worry. He also hates Jews, and I would suspect he is not very fond of Asians and Hispanics. http://www.dailywire.com/news/17740/black-professor-whites-are-inhuman-assholes-and-hank-berrien#exit-modal

Ten years ago I was somewhat optimistic about the race issue in America if nothing else. A black man was running for President, blacks were breaking the glass ceiling across all sectors of American life, things were looking positive. But in the last ten years everything in America has been turned upside down. Blacks now want to be segregated from Whites; opposing gay marriage for any reason can result in your persecution by the state; wanting to defend your country from Muslim terrorists makes you a racist; universities have become unaffordable breeding grounds for fascist hatred and intolerance, and the list goes on and on. No one is doing anything about these issues. I am just glad that I left, but I am so sad to see what is happening. If only I had the words to move people to action, but I do not. The American People are lost in either mindless hate or soporific inaction.

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Is Trump Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem? Or Simply Irrelevant?

I read a disturbing article by Brandon Smith at www.alt-market.com:

Here is the reality of our predicament; the US system is going to move into the next phase of collapse under Trump’s watch. Period. The math is undeniable. Every economic indicator except stocks is in severe decline, the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates to deliberately ignite greater instability and time is running out. I believe that this phase will begin before the end of 2017. When the next downturn arrives on the doorstep and in the pocketbooks of the average American, the leftists and most of the world will blame Trump as an “incompetent buffoon” or a “vitriolic fascist”.

Just as the elites need to make Trump and conservatives the best possible scapegoat for the left; they also need a perfect scapegoat for the political right. The narrative will be turned against the leftists and conservatives will exclaim that Trump was not able to reverse economic damages “created by the Obama administration” because leftists used the fake Russian conspiracy as a means to undermine him at every opportunity. Leftists will be labeled economic and political saboteurs, and this accusation will work to a point, because it is partly true.

Finally, as America’s decline accelerates, Eastern nations will without a doubt decouple completely from the US dollar as the world reserve currency and begin using the IMF Special Drawing Rights basket structure as a replacement. Russia will most likely lead this charge along with China. Americans will blame Russia in part for the demise of the dollar’s buying power around the world. And, the rest of the world will blame the U.S. for the dollar’s demise due to U.S. “imperialism” and overt sanctions against Russia. They will say we had it coming.

Perhaps you have noticed a particular pattern here? Every piece of the narrative I have outlined has already been initiated, if perhaps only in early-to-mid stages of development. This is an open dialogue common in the mainstream. And in every case, the offered culprit behind the downfall of America is always someone other than the banking elites. Anyone other than the banking elites.

Leftists and socialists around the globe will blame Trump and conservative principles. Conservatives will blame the left and their obstructions of Trump. The West will blame the East. Globalists will blame “populists” and nationalists, and nationalists will be scrambling to protect their ground by any means necessary, including unconstitutional measures, which will only help the globalists in the long run.

A core catalyst for this geopolitical blame game is the Trump presidency and the use of the Russian conspiracy to ensure that the left remains crazy, inspiring the right towards extreme measures. Again, this is not about removing Trump, it is about manipulating the left; it is about using the Left’s cultural Marxism to trigger an iron-fisted reaction from the political right.

Read More: http://www.alt-market.com/articles/3216-the-real-purpose-behind-the-russiantrump-conspiracy-propaganda

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Will Illinois lead the rest of the Democrat States into bankruptcy or bailout?

I think such a bailout would result in the collapse of the USSA with most of the Democrat controlled states (which are constantly bragging about how rich they are) requiring a bailout from the rest:

At the heart of it all is the so-called Blue State model of governance of the Democratic Party. It views government as an ever-expanding and always-available ATM to meet all needs, social and otherwise, with a ready supply of taxpayer cash.

This includes lavish underfunded public-employee pensions, which have created massive fiscal problems for many states across the country.

A study by Moody’s Investors Service last year found that net pension liabilities continued to soar in 2015, the latest year for which data are available.

“Total U.S. state aggregate adjusted net pension liabilities totaled $1.25 trillion, or 119% of revenue for the 2015 fiscal year,” the report said. As bad as that is, Moody’s also predicted that the amount of unfunded liabilities at the state level would soar 40% to $1.75 trillion this year.

It wouldn’t be so bad if the states were responsibly addressing the problem. But they aren’t. A new study out this month from North Carolina State University finds that states are using a variety of tricks and gimmicks to paper over their financial liabilities and to fool taxpayers about the true extent of what they owe. It’s a dangerous game.

And it’s unsustainable. To paraphrase the late economist Herb Stein: If something can’t continue, it won’t.

The problem is, an implicit part of the Blue State model of governance is that it’s never anyone’s fault, other than stingy taxpayers, when a state falls into arrears or begins showing chronic deficits. It won’t take long for states to adopt the same attitude that some banks have had: “We’re too big to fail. Time for a federal bailout.”

read more: http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/dont-bail-out-failing-states-like-illinois/

 

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Practical vs. Theoretical

I chatted with someone yesterday who said he could not possibly leave the USA as he is in the middle of trying to restart his life after a painful and costly divorce. I responded, “What better time to leave?”

“But what about the language, and the job, and the this and the that? I just can’t leave!”

That may be true. Or not. I don’t know.

I have not spent very much time going into the details of how to find a job, or a business opportunity in my blog posts here. That is because I have not been focused on that. I am more interested in investing, and running my private consulting business that is not dependent upon location. And since I am the only person posting on the blog (this can be remedied — I welcome anyone who would like to make an occasional post — just let me know and I will give you the necessary permissions) the only thing you see here is what I want to post. I don’t know exactly how to fix that since I am what I am.

There are areas in the Forum set aside for these issues, but only two people have been active in the Forum.  Rather hard to have an ongoing dialogue like that. But there is some information.

The idea of this website was to provide a place for people to explore the ideas and get help from others. To think about other possibilities. For some to dream.

Perhaps that is the problem here. When I started this website/project, it was clearly just a dream. So I focused on the philosophical issues about WHY YOU MIGHT WANT TO LEAVE! I ignored all the rest hoping that others would be able to fill in the blanks. Sadly not enough others joined in.

I think we have gone past the dream stage. I know I have. I have already left. I have a wonderful life in the Republic of Georgia. I have made several smart investments that are already paying off. I hope other investments I have made will pay off even more in the future. I have found a life and home that I am proud of. I was unable to say that 4 years ago.

I am also noticing that the constant rejection I received from most Americans who I spoke to about this idea is either becoming more tired and defeated, or entirely absent: “I could never leave this country! I am a Patriot! I will die fighting! more rubbish, etc. etc. etc.”

Now it is more along the lines of, “How could I do that?” in a rather sad, dejected, and defeatist tone.

All I can tell you is that there is a great big world out there, and not everything is as bad as it may seem to you right now. Join in and give it a try. It costs nothing to open your mind. No one is telling you to pack your bags and just leave without a destination. That was never the idea of this project. It was always to help people explore how and where to go together. I gave up. I did just pack my bags and left. I am glad I did. But you don’t have to. Join in, and help each other to find freedom.

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REVIEW: Choose Yourself, by James Altucher

I just finished this book and I encourage people to read it. Altucher calls into question most of the myths we have been taught concerning our roles in the modern industrial world (or is it a post-industrial world?). He points out how our world is simply not what we expected it to be. Those cushy corporate jobs for life with generous benefits and retirement packages are gone. Those jobs have been replaced by outsourcing to foreign workers, robots, or temp workers.

But we have choices. We don’t have to go from one temp job cubicle to the next only to roll over and die a pointless death after a pointless life. You can Choose Yourself.

This means taking a leap of faith and working to build yourself. Make yourself resilient and strong, and not dependent on any job or career. He emphasizes first getting a handle on your personal life: your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Only then will you be able to pursue a life that is worth living, whatever that may be for you.

That said, some of the ideas Altucher expresses are controversial.

He is against any type of group or public education, particularly higher education as it only wastes time and indoctrinates people to pursue jobs that no longer exist. It is not that he is against “wasting time” only that you should do it in a more pleasant and creative manner; a manner that might actually provide some mental, spiritual, and emotional benefits. Write a novel, learn to play chess, travel the world, start a business, volunteer to work in a charity, whatever it is you want to do. Not what some guidance counselor in school tells you to do.

He is also against owning homes on an almost fanatical basis, and favors renting. I think this makes sense for those who live a semi-nomadic corporate existence going from job to job or business and business in different cities; where Altucher prefers to live: high end expensive East or West Coast cities where only the uber rich can really afford to buy a home, and anyone else who tries will be putting all their wealth at risk in trying to obtain one. But not everyone lives in NYC, LA, etc. For some there are economic advantages to buying a home if you resist the impulse to buy more than you can afford as compared to renting a place for the same amount.

He also he shows a remarkable, and I suspect to some strange, ability to avoid emotional attachments to businesses he starts or invests in. He really only starts a business for the sole purpose of later selling it, preferably not that much later. He shows no pride in the companies he created or worked in, a valuable trait I suppose in a business environment where employees are nothing more than economic units that can and should be set aside when they are no longer needed. He has no interest in creating something long lasting or enduring. At least not in business.

All the same a good book. His writing is both clear and sharp, yet wandering from subject to subject, but with a clear focus upon a theme that always becomes apparent. This is probably because the book is made up of blog posts cleverly glued together by Altucher. No shame in that. He uses potty words from time to time, but that adds to his appealing conversational style. At least for him it is appealing. It is as if you are sitting next to a really smart guy in a bar who has had too much to drink, but not enough to keep from launching into long and interesting rants about the nature of the universe, and his old girl friend, and his last boss, and how he lost his house, and that movie he saw that he really liked… I usually do not like authors who use that style, but he pulls it off. Probably because it is who he really is.

So give it a read if you like, and let me know what you think.

https://www.amazon.com/Choose-Yourself-James-Altucher/dp/1490313370

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