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Reality Check: Surviving Inflationary Depression


Everyone is extremely concerned about what we see, and know, is coming our way economically. The global bankers have made their agenda clear, they haven’t ‘hidden’ it, they’ve just distracted us completely from it. They’ve manipulated our minds to become ‘mass guinea pigs’ by testing out how far they can go, what people will do, how they can use us. If it isn’t clear by now, it should be- despite the dangers of many of the drugs and activities they have promoted for us to engage in, we have bought it all hook line and sinker.

What things? DANGEROUS drugs. For example, Botox, which is a drug created from the venom of poisonous snakes. In huge numbers people, who want to avoid the natural processes and dignities of aging, are willing to use this extremely dangerous chemical for beauty purposes. There are others: aspartame, Lunesta, the list goes on and on. What else? Sex changes: in order to ‘fulfill our minds’ many are willing to go to the ultimate extreme, deny what our bodies ACTUALLY are, and have them changed surgically, even going so far as to have a ‘cosmetic castration’ and have testicles removed!

Families have been destroyed; what once was a ‘productive’ community of families- men, women, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, are now each broken, each person isolated, each cannot get along with the other. Marriage is no longer ‘marriage.’ We slaughter the next generation by abortion, who each had a destiny and a role to play in helping our world through this critical time, all in the interest of ‘choice.’

We have disconnected real consequences from our real actions and therefore we are ripe for gradual but relentless forwarding of the program for mass slaughter.

We are nothing but toys to these people, all the way to the ultimate extremes. We have been a vast pool of guinea pigs to try out every drug, every chemical, every procedure, at our own expense and at the expense of the taxpayers, everything they needed done to pursue the sci-fi dream of Asimov: continuous life through drugs and replacement parts, for the few who can afford it. They don’t even need to endure the testing to see what works and what doesn’t- WE do that FOR them.

Their intentions toward humanity as a whole are NOT GOOD. They have destroyed our ability to survive in the REAL world, with natural things; who now knows how to raise a chicken, weave cloth; make soap? Owning livestock now, without an RFID chip, is illegal. Home-made food cannot be sold to anyone, not even at a roadside stand. They have bled us dry and will continue to do so wherever possible. In the event some survival knowledge remains, they have taken ownership of ALL of our assets, resources and raw materials. They almost entirely control agriculture. Without raw materials, we have nothing to work with for our needs.

Now they’re taking the economy down to the depths of the kind of debt that we will NEVER be able to ‘pay off’ to get back on our feet. Supposedly we are in debt to these global bankers for at MINIMUM, not including interest, for 750 years! They aren’t counting our bailouts, the government money that put them in business in the first place, the extraordinary living they’ve all had at our expense. They will hold us accountable for EVERY PENNY as long as they also have the military and militias, guns and weapons, communication and transportation to enforce it.

We have, in effect, sold our souls to these ruthless taskmasters for some comfort, for some fantasy and illusion, for some ‘superiority.’ We are addicted to the artificial society they create, and unless we go out of our way to break that addiction, they will control us more and more. In a real way this is the ‘matrix’ though the form is a little different. They would have us believe that God is in control of the matrix. God, in the final analysis, is the only one who can actually FREE us from it.

The next step, once the economy has actually collapsed, is to hold out the promise of a ‘new’ economy provided we accept their tracking chips. The fact that these have graduated from mere removable devices to tissues that actually become PART of our bodies is really downplayed but- it is real. Once there, they will NEVER be removed. When we accept those, our choices will really be over. So many people will choose that over ‘doing without’ and over ‘suffering to end the tyranny’ that those who do oppose this will find little or no support anywhere, and may actually face betrayal at the hands of family, friends and neighbors, co-workers, bosses- just as under Stalin. It will only be clandestinely that a ‘society of opposition’ can be found, those who managed to escape while they still could, those who would rather ‘live free or die.’

The promise of economic participation won’t be ‘free’ like it has been. As in Europe, the government will decide for you. The government will ‘issue’ jobs, will tell an employer who to hire, tell an employee who they work for, tell both what the employee will make, what the business will charge. etc. Your standard of living will be ‘assigned’ by the government and you will NEVER leave that state unless the government says you do.

Americans will find this intolerable.

These people know this. They plan on rounding up everyone who is certain to oppose: Christians who believe that the tracking chip is the ‘mark of the beast.’ Patriots who feel that it is the ‘ultimate betrayal of our Constitution and country.’ And so on.

To enforce this they will be doing something that has NEVER happened in this country, in the last depression, and that is to use the military, police forces and militias to enforce their will on us.

The best way, of course, is to head this off at the pass, while there is still time. It is also BEST done state by state- when the majority of the states resist their takeover, their gutting the Constitution, and DEMAND adherence to the Constitution, they will have a MUCH harder time bringing this about and the enforcement necessary will extend even their own vast resources.

Remember Europe: the threats of the global bankers to take down economies was real. Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers, have attempted to face down these bankers and, unwilling to face the dire consequences of collapsed economies and clandestine ‘enforcers,’ the propaganda forces arrayed against ALL opposition, the politicians and business people GUARANTEED to face trumped up charges, public humiliation, even imprisonment unless they compromised. They have settled for a ‘friendly fascism.’ Soon it will not be so ‘friendly.’

Doing as Ron Paul suggests and running for EVERY SINGLE OFFICE, taking EVERY SINGLE POLITICAL OPPORTUNITY, and when we get them MAXIMIZING the opportunities for political resistance is absolutely the very best way to turn this around.

Barring that, if that fails, the future is grim.

By all means, read ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by Steinbeck. Put yourself in their shoes, and add in the modern technology and warfare, modern chemicals and chem-trails, modern enforcement practices, surveillance, tracking devices, and Blackwater.

THEN you’ll get a sense of the skills you’ll need, whether you cooperate with their new world order or you don’t.

More later.

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Survival Strategies for Inflationary Depression Pt. 1: Food


Great Depression

Understandably I get lots of emails asking about any ideas I have to survive the impending juggernaut. So many of us are incredibly alarmed at what we see coming and what everyone else seems to be asleep to.

It appears to me that the shadow government, long known about and headed by the Bush I clan, funded by ‘we know who’, has been able to put all the pieces of the puzzle into place. Very shortly America will NOT be the America we inherited, that we have known and loved, have taken for granted.

That said, how people survive the holocaust to come will depend very much on how far these people are willing to take it. All indications are that the ultimate plans are to do a SERIOUS global DEPOPULATION in the end. If that is the case, they won’t care how much suffering they inflict, how much starvation or malnutrition they create, how many people die of what.  We will be faced with two stark choices: cooperate and participate in the electronic currency regime and you will be better off than others (which won’t be saying much); OR refuse and face starvation, homelessness and suffering you’ve never imagined- if not worse, like imprisonment.

In the meantime, some things are prudent to do and prepare with.

Food crises will be terrible. Without those, fascism cannot truly gain control of the people.

Perhaps we have ONE growing season left before these things hit. If we’re lucky, we have two. If God is smiling on us, and we’re doing all we can to get rid of this scourge, maybe more.

Plant root vegetables on every scrap of ground you can find. Carrots, potatoes, beets, rutabagas- anything that grows underground. Why? These can be left in the ground rather than harvested. They can be a ‘secret food storage’ that is available to you even during the harshest of winter months. Any that are missed and left in the ground may begin sprouting new plants and tubers in the spring, giving a surprise food source opportunity later when you may need it the most.

Plant them everywhere there is neglected land, wild and unused places, edges of parks, abandoned lots- everywhere. This should be done ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

Instead of flowers plant ‘durable’ long-keeping foods like acorn squash. Kept cool in a dirt cellar and monitored for spoilage, squash can last a very long time.

Get field guides for foraging wild foods. Know the difference between edible wild mushrooms and poisonous ones, for example. If possible, seed wild areas for different types of food plants. Memorize these things- if you have to flee, you may not be able to take these guides with you. Such information in your memory will make you a welcome guest in many places!

Develop foraging and food-plant identification skills as part of your personal ‘skill-set’ as this may become a very valuable asset to the communities you belong to, your family and friends who are gathering together trying to help one another survive.

Learn food preservation techniques and try to collect the necessary equipment. Much food that would otherwise be wasted can be saved and even improved by fermentation techniques and this was extremely important to our forebears who didn’t have refrigeration and chemical preserves to add to food.

Store the kinds of things that will HELP you over the long term such as vinegar, salt, cooking oil. Some things last longer when canned than other things do, like spam and other potted meats. These could be a critical protein source in difficult times. Honey is an important ‘dual use’ food- an excellent food, of course, but also useful for injuries and burns- a protectant against infections in skin injuries. Mint is a dual use food- good for stomach ailments, headaches, etc. Cloves and clove oil are natural pain remedies. Buy LOTS of real aspirin- for pain, for circulation, for heart… forget what you’ve been ‘conditioned’ to believe about aspirin. Doctors, pharmacists, chemists of every type say that if they were stranded on a desert island and could have ONLY ONE medication with them, it would be aspirin. The miracle stuff isn’t such a miracle after all.

Learn how to ‘up’ the food value of things whenever possible. For example, storing dried beans is an excellent way of preparing yourself, but in the event that malnutrition or lack of vitamins threatens, sprouting those beans in jars gives you a living food source rich in vitamin c and other critical nutrients for survival and health.

Learn to capture, clean and cook wild foods. Fish, squirrels, rabbits- there are people who’ve never even tried to eat venison! Equip yourself at least for trapping wild food sources, if not for hunting them down. If you can’t do that, learn to prepare and cook them.

If you can, start keeping rabbits, chickens, goats- any livestock that could be a food source.

We need to use the time to expand local food sources in a clandestine way- agribusiness and the global bankers are taking ownership of almost all property in the United States for their own purposes. So, plant those grape seeds all over the place to grow grape vines- not only good food but easily turned into vinegar or even wine.

Wherever possible, find old fashioned cookbooks or farm management information; learn the how-tos of doing things from scratch. Did you know that soap is made from lye? Did you know that you get lye by saving fire ashes and running water through them? Did you know that by cooking lye with oil you get soap? Learn these basic survival skills- even old army manuals or boy scout books have LOADS of such information in them. Ask your parents or grandparents about what they remember about surviving the first depression, about managing a farm, making things from scratch, preserving foods.

Very useful food related equipment- gather whatever you can- mortar and pestle, sieves, crocks for fermenting foods, glass jars for canning and storage. You get the idea. Other critical equipment like hunting/fillet knives, sharpening stones, twine…
One additional suggestion: Begin STRICTLY fasting NOW. Americans don’t know the difference between when their bodies WANT food and when they NEED food to survive. Fasting enables you to get control of your appetites, which are habits of the body and not indicators of NEED. Conquering your appetites now will improve your survival skills later. Conquering your ‘tastes’ is just as important. Can’t eat eggs without salt, pepper, cheese and onions? Better start. Can’t drink coffee without cream and sugar? Do it NOW until you like it or it doesn’t bother you anymore. Don’t like brussel sprouts? Eat them. Eat them raw, eat them plain. Break any addictions you currently have such as nicotine and caffeine. Doing it now while you can control the misery is much better than doing it later when it will just be a long extended suffering.

More on other topics later. If you have some suggestions or pointers, leave them in the comments. We’ll need them all.

Surviving Inflationary Depression


not in kansas anymore

Aside from the usual, and I think mainly naive advice about how to survive inflationary depression (goods for barter, etc.,) I have gone out of my way to talk to folks that had experienced some incredibly difficult financial times to see what advice they could give. For example, the Great Depression and the economic collapse of the USSR.

These things were just suggestions from the discussions that we had. It was average (but educated and knowledgeable) people, not the rich, and it was people who were most directly impacted by these problems at the time. Take them for what they are worth to you. At least it gives you a few things to think about.

It must be broken down, somewhat, because of different circumstances and some assumptions that are made by the bunker mentality people that aren’t particularly helpful.

Inflation/hyper-inflation

Let’s start with hyper-inflation. The value of the money you do have drops so fast that you need to spend it as soon as it is in your hand, or the prices of everything will be higher the next day, or even in the next few hours. Therefore, if there is something you NEED, like dental care, GET IT NOW while it is still ‘cheap.’ If you are able to finance it, do so. If the credit industry completely collapses, repayment will be impossible and therefore you will have saved yourself the out-of-pocket expense, and done your part to keep the credit card criminals from getting back up anytime soon. There will come a point when the monopoly money in your game set will be worth more than the paper currency we’ve all been used to. (See the caveat below with electronic funds.)

However, keep in mind the recent changes to the bankruptcy laws. Like income taxes and student loans, now credit card debt is not dischargeable in a bankruptcy court (for average people). Therefore, no matter what happens to the economy you could still be on the hook for your credit card debt. I don’t recall seeing any language in the new law that accounts for hyper-inflation, so those bills could actually become ‘cheaper and cheaper’ to pay off as inflation gets worse and worse. It was a temporary oversight, I’m sure and once it dawns on the powers-that-be, they’ll be working overtime to get that ‘adjusted’ as quickly as possible.

Medical care and highly regulated services.

Many industries like medicine are so super-regulated that the days of visiting the neighborhood doctor (who is now as poor as you are in the inflationary depression environment) will be gone. They will not be able to practice medicine legally. If they do help, it will be a great risk to them if something goes wrong, and there will be no malpractice insurance that will cover them, if they could afford it in the first place. This has been an extremely litigious society, and our medical practitioners have been trained to be very careful of that; and patients and lawyers are careful to find things upon which to sue. This mind-set will NOT CHANGE just because everyone is just as poverty stricken as everyone else. It has fomented a hideous distrust among doctors and patients, and tolerance of difficult situations is gone. Therefore expect that medical attention will be difficult to obtain. Hospitals are already closing because of the inadequate funding and huge demand for services by uninsured people. In an inflationary depression, hospitals are extremely likely to close all over the country, as will clinics and emergency rooms.

With big pharma having been able to obtain regulation over wholistic medicines, in its own favor, it will be almost impossible to get any of those, either. You may want to have lots of vitamins, medicines and home remedies set aside. In other words, GET THEM WHILE YOU STILL CAN. Big Pharma won’t permit it much longer.

Now the Depression part. Collapse of all financial institutions.

Friends of my family who had lived through the economic collapse of the USSR explained that when the whole financial industry went down, everyone just stayed in the homes they were in. There came a point when it was just much too expensive to go through the process to throw people out. In our country we also have squatters laws that enable people to obtain ownership of an ‘abandoned’ home based on their staying in it for a certain length of time. This may apply to you and your home in the event all the financial institutions collapse. You may want to discreetly check around and see if there are any such laws in your area. Friends or families could ‘exchange’ homes and squat in order to keep the properties.

FDIC insured savings & pensions.

Understand that, like the Savings and Loan debacle, the savings of average people were NOT paid by the FDIC insurance, in many many cases, but only the larger depositors. Many people had saved all their lives and lost their funds when the S & Ls collapsed, although this was not widespread knowledge because the MSM did not report on the fact. The current situation is far, far worse for the FDIC, who has a barely functional amount set aside for such catastrophes. IF they do happen to pay out, it will (if you are lucky) be pennies on the dollar. Do not expect to receive your life savings back.

Since the first Bush administration, there have been people waiting for a catastrophe to take down the pension funds. During that administration laws were changed that permitted pensions to USE the money for other investments, rather than keeping those funds set aside. Immediately pension funds did, in fact, invest that money elsewhere and so nearly all pension funds are purely paper tigers. This is another case of the chickens coming home to roost at the worst possible time for it. Like the sub-prime mortgage debacle, there were PLENTY of people warning about the danger to the pension funds at the time, but they were ignored, even thought the amount of money at risk was vastly greater than the S & L losses. Its one more case of legalized looting of the people’s savings, that is only now coming up on the radar of the average person.

This will also be true of your 401k programs, IRAs, CDs, and other ‘highly recommended’ investment vehicles. Your money is already gone.

Worthless cash.

Some years back when I was travelling Mexico, I found that tourists from other countries were very surprised that Mexicans believed that Americans walked around with bags of money. It was one of the reasons that the war on drugs was so difficult to wage, because nobody was surprised by people walking around with bags and bags of money. The reason is that the peso had so little value that if you ‘cashed in’ a couple of hundred American dollars for spending money, it actually took bags to hold all the pesos you would get in exchange!

Since that time, the value of the peso has been ‘reset’ from 3500 pesos per dollar to something in the area of 7 per dollar, perhaps even less now. However, do not expect that to be the case with the American dollar in the event of a collapse. The American debt is just too great to recover that currency.

The Mexicans were able to re-value the peso because their country had some assets that belonged to them.

We have no such assets any longer.  They have all been sold to foreign investors and, as many people believe, even Fort Knox is most likely empty.  Ron Paul’s requests for an inventory of the people’s gold have repeatedly been ignored.  It isn’t there but the ones who have it don’t want us to know it for sure, at least not yet.

Alternative currencies.

Ron Paul has talked about an alternate currency of silver and gold coin. So far that idea has had NO FLOAT among other members of government, and in fact, the government has been extremely vigilant and harsh if it thinks there is an alternate currency of any type being developed in the country. Even bartering associations have had great difficulty with the government because the barter ‘credits’ were considered an alternate cash form by the government and those associations had to develop suitable methods of reporting transactions to the IRS before they were able to continue operations. Recently in Minnesota, a company that was minting commemorative coins out of purchased gold was shut down and wiped out by the government without explanation.

The euro is also a fiat currency and will most likely be severely impacted by inflationary depression here. It is NOT a safe haven for you to invest your funds into.

Electronic replacement currency.

All signs point to the government getting ready to substitute the American dollar for an electronic currency of some type, whether it be the Amero for three countries, or an American hemisphere currency. In any case, it will certainly be another fiat currency, and it will only be available to those who carry or have implanted, an electronic chip of some sort.

This is the primary reason that credit and refinancing has totally dried up, as it did in the Great Depression. Then, it was a strategy for certain robber barons to purchase people’s assets for pennies on the dollar, making a few people very, very rich. Now, the commitment to turn to a RFID based identification and currency is primary, and would never work if alternate forms of currency were available to the people who refused those chips.

Combined with the massive data collection on all Americans that has been going on, in banks, loan companies, credit reporting agencies and etc., and the institution nationwide of the REAL ID, all of your bills are known to someone, or many people electronically, and your obligations and income (if you have any) will be transferred over to the electronic bookkeeping that manages the new alternative electronic funds.

Therefore, it is conceivable that there could be a return of ‘debtor’s prisons’ or some sort of indentured servitude to force payback of debts, especially if there is no job market to access. Perhaps the government will provide ‘busy work’ to get some income into the hands of the populace, but most likely it would be paid in the electronic currencies just described. In any event, if it is possible the creditors will do everything within their power and influence to get a payback and will work to legislate that.

Other issues to consider.

Like the Amish, there are still many people who own their properties outright. Also like the Amish, you can have every single thing paid for, but still be subject to property seizure due to inflationary tax rates or, like the Amish, for refusal to participate in the chipping program. Like Tara in Gone with the Wind, while the land was paid for, there was simply no income of any kind to pay the taxes. Unlike Tara, the government agencies have such a far reach that they have no consideration for the constitutional rights of the Amish, and have no need to. There is no one with power who is interceding for the Amish to save their properties and animals from fines and seizures.

No one will intercede for you, either.

New regulations have changed important things.

The Amish are an excellent example of the difficulties people will be facing. Because of Homeland Security, and the NAIS program, because of the rare instances of mad cow disease or tuberculosis among wild deer herds, the government can seize food/farm animals at its discretion. If the animals are chipped as required by law, they cannot be hidden or moved around without being able to be traced.

The organic produce scare from out west has also brought regulation down on crop production and limitations to the ability of people to grow food on their own properties. Zoning laws in your community most likely prohibit keeping chickens, goats, rabbits or any other ‘livestock’ that could provide you a living. You might try for a time to keep such animals, but be advised they will most likely be seized when the government is alerted to their existence.

Without professional standard facilities, even farmers are no longer able to offer fresh baked pies or other homemade goods at their roadside stands anymore. Trade or exchange of foodstuffs may be facing enforcement of Homeland Security food safety regulations.

Furthermore, since that horrendous and illegal debacle called WACO, it is now illegal to have more than a two month supply of food on your premises.

Transportation

Inflationary prices will affect your transportation as well, as the prices of gasoline, oil and all fluids having to do with maintaining your vehicle properly will skyrocket in price. This will be much more difficult for suburban dwellers than city dwellers, because in urban areas deliveries of foodstuffs and necessities are more likely. Suburban areas with large lots and spread out community areas will have farther to walk (or ride bikes) to get to supplies, and much farther to get them back home.

Keep in mind we haven’t even discussed the chips that will be put into your license plates on your vehicles (as long as they’re AMERICAN vehicles), corporate owned toll roads, built at taxpayer expense, roadblocks and etc. Expect problems with all of these.

Social Chaos

The 1967 riots in Detroit were in large measure a response to severe economic hardships, and things became very violent and dangerous. My own father was severely beaten and left for dead simply because he worked in the area. Even a severe shortage of food supplies can bring on food riots, not to mention the gasoline shortages, rationing and high prices.

It is reasonable to expect that there will be some sort of a sweep by militias (constitutionally illegal ones) to take away all types of firearms, regardless of your right to own them. Martial law will certainly be declared, perhaps just over the economic collapse, but unquestionably because of the social chaos that is likely to break out at some point.

In all this we haven’t even discussed the recent legislation passed by our current administration and representatives in the house and senate. For example, the Patriot Act, etc. Now, for simply protesting, you can be branded a home grown terrorist and disappeared for up to three years without recourse to a court or lawyer.

There are others which you are aware of I’m sure.

In sum, the government will, at some point, provide some relief to the inflationary depression, but it will be done in such a way that you will be forced to accept radio chipping and a host of other things that are intolerable for Americans, such as relinquishing sovereignty to a hyper-political organization.

Because of the sheer desperation that will ensue from inflationary depression, it is certain that most people will accept the compromise.

There is only one thing that can protect us from much of this, and that is a STRICT RETURN TO THE CONSTITUTION. Without that, there is no basis for your rights and, under the scenario that is all set up and that we are awaiting, you will be given no rights either.

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