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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Technical Issues About This Website

A lot of people have been signing up lately, but none have joined into the discussions.

I encourage you to do so. Feel free to make comments on the pages, blog posts, and the forum.

Also, there is an internal messaging system that you can access when you log into the Dashboard (you have to be a registered Member for this). The messages are not encrypted or secure in any manner, and the system is there as a convenience only.

Feel free to explore and participate.

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Let the Celebrations Begin in the People’s Republic of California!

Congratulations to the comrades of the People’s Republic of California! You have successfully destroyed another greedy capitalist oppressor. Not only is this business no longer going to oppress and abuse the long suffering comrades of California, in this case the capitalist swine was not able to simply skip away to another state and continue with his filthy capitalist activities. NO, THIS BUSINESS HAS BEEN DESTROYED! This is something worth celebrating!

to read the whole glorious article about the defeat of another capitalist tool: http://hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/award-winning-dairy-calls-it-quits/article_78ad4166-5135-508b-a218-010680d1f3c2.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

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The Decline and Fall of the EU

An interesting (if a bit long and confusing) article about some of the underlying economic pressures that may rip the EU apart.

“The abandonment of the EU by Britain looks like a stroke of luck – for Britain, if she can extricate herself in time. It exposes the EU for what it is: a failing post-war project. An agglomeration of disparate nations, cobbled together, planned by America in the post-war years, now finds the new American President no longer supports it. The parent is abandoning its child, and so is Britain, American’s closest strategic partner…

That’s probably what galls Langley most: Russia and China are becoming powerful enough to overturn American hegemony in Europe, not through military prowess, but through economic power. China, with Russia in tow, is destabilising America’s post-war regime, and America is losing her grip on global dominance. Her post-war European project has lost its relevance. The European Union will begin to decline both in political importance and in nominal GDP terms when Britain leaves. Compared with the resurgence of the Sino-Russian axis, it will continue to decline in relative terms as well…

The ECB is running out of options in its battle to keep the Eurozone from collapsing. The only tool the ECB has left to defray this inevitability is yet more monetary expansion, which will eventually undermine the euro. When that happens, those that have moved their deposits from too-big-to-fail banks in Italy, Spain and elsewhere into the German, Luxembourg and the Dutch banks will have found only temporary respite. As with all bad ideas, the EU and its currency will find monetary or systemic collapse is the final consequence of all constructions founded on fallacious expediency.”

To read the entire article (which you really should!):  https://wealth.goldmoney.com/research/goldmoney-insights/the-decline-and-fall-of-the-eu

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The 5 Stages of Grief

I have been asking myself, “Why won’t patriotic and knowledgeable Americans do anything useful in the face of a chronic situation?” I have spoken to so many people about this and I am beyond frustration. They know there is something very wrong with America, but all they do is talk and put their faith in corrupt politicians and a corrupt system. The latest has been Donald Trump. Worried conservatives gave him their blind faith:

  • He is Going to Make America Great Again!
  • He is Going to Drain the Swamp!
  • He is Going to Restore Justice and Constitutional Law Back to the USA!

Well so far that has turned out to be a great disappointment. I am trying to be diplomatic when I approach current and former Trump supporters on the subject: he is yet another in a long line of politicians who have let us down — so what do we do?

I see most doing the same old things — looking for another hero messiah to save the day — but some are starting to show progress. Very slowly. These are smart people. Why is this taking so long?

I then realized you cannot reason with people in mourning. They are not suffering from a lack of understanding… they are grieving.

Then I remembered the Five Stages of Grief. For that is what is really going on. People have watched in shock as everything they loved about the USA has been destroyed, and every institution they were raised to admire and respect has betrayed them. It is as if something precious just up and died. This is not a time for reason, but a time for empathy.

The Five Stages of Grief:

  1. Denial,
  2. Anger,
  3. Bargaining,
  4. Depression, and
  5. Acceptance

Most American conservatives are somewhere between Denial and Anger. They recognized that there is/was something very wrong, and they chose Trump to fix it. Some now realize that Donald Trump is just a fraud, or even if he really is who he claimed to be he is just one man fighting against a hopelessly corrupt system. No one is doing anything to fix anything… nor will they. These people put all their faith into Trump and he let them down. Now they will either stay in Denial and Anger — and are thus hopeless cases — or they will move past Anger to Bargaining (hoping that some magical force will make the world right — Jesus, Buddha, Mr. T…). Those are making progress. How to get them past Bargaining???? I don’t know. But only those who are past Bargaining are ready to act.

As I look back on my own progression I realize that I am somewhere between Depression and Acceptance. And I have been at it for twenty years. It was five years ago after the American People voted to re-elect Obama that I finally realized there was no hope for the USA. I gave up on Bargaining for something unimaginable to come along and reignite the American Spirit of Liberty. It was only then that I was able to move on. It was only then that I committed to getting out while I could. I am very glad I did. I am still terribly sad about what has happened to my country, and I am sad that my children will not have what I grew up with, but I am finally actively working to make things better. I am creating a new life that is much better for me and my family.

I am going to try to be patient with others who are perhaps not as far along the stages of grief as I am. But I am also going to look at people with an eye towards what stage they are on, and whether there is any chance they will ever make any progress past Denial and Anger. For most I fear any progress they make will be too late for them and everyone else around them.

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