and the band played on

Once again, we are treated to the same excrement, different day:

Just when one thinks American crony capitalism couldn’t hit new lows, here comes Warren Buffett and his personal puppet, the president, proving everyone wrong once more. Because if one thinks there is no (s)quid pro quo for all that “sage” advice that Buffett has been giving to Obama on extracting as much wealth as possible from future wealthy Americans (before they decide they have had enough with this crony shit and leave the country for good), one would be fatally wrong. As it turns out, it is not just natural resources and aquifer purity that Obama had in mind when sealing the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline. No – it appears there were far more relevant numerial metrics that determined Obama’s decisions. Such as the bottom line number of Buffett’s Burlington Northern, which according to Bloomberg, is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. ‘“Whatever people bring to us, we’re ready to haul,” Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern, a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said in an interview. If Keystone XL “doesn’t happen, we’re here to haul.” And quite delighted to reap the windfalls of unfounded populist fears she forgot to add. Because while the whole “carbon-credit” multi-trillion top line expansion scheme for Goldman under the pretense of actually caring for the environment may have collapsed, it is not preventing others from trying and succeeding where even Goldman has failed.

Proving the author’s continuing mantra: “Watch the other hand.”

The chess board is bigger than you or I dear readers. Plan accordingly.

Global Movements: Iran

Arctic Patriot outlines a few things that if go into effect, will impact you greatly down the road.

Forget Iran.  Forget Israel.  Forget Iraq, Saudi, Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan…Forget the entire Middle East.  

Really.


Not our world, not our culture, not our business.

Our own tribe is sick and dysfunctional enough.

Should we be attacked by a hostile state, then it’s total war until the threat is gone.  Otherwise, it’s not a fight worth fighting.  I am applying my MHG logic here.  If failure is not an option, win.  If failure is a livable option, do not fight.

“Failure”, that is, a nuclear Iran, clearly is an option.  Why do I say this?  We watched idly as North Korea screamed for attention over its nukes.  Really, is a nuclear North Korea less dangerous than a nuclear Iran?

Why is Israel more valuable to us as an ally than South Korea?  Why is it allowable for South Korea’s aggressive neighbor to have nukes, but not Israel’s?  What is Israel to the US, other than a place to sink billions of dollars in “foreign aid”, stolen from you and I?

I realize this post may make many of you uncomfortable, or even angry.  So be it; it is truth as I see it.

A war with Iran and its unintended consequences in not in the interests of the united States, or their citizens.

It is, however, in the interest of the “US” national government, and their crony-capitalist bedfellows.

A war is exactly the type of band-aid solution the US government traditionally reaches for in desperation.

Good commentary as usual.

 

How to Thrive

John Robb is a smart guy.

When you look at what is coming, if you back up enough to see the whole picture, this makes sense.

The socio-political/economic model of the nation state is coming to an end.With the advent of the global marketplace and seamless, global communication, the need for a top down, centralized power structure is no longer necessary. Again, bigger picture.

Will there be another dark age? No telling. Perhaps. It sometimes *seems* as though that is inevitable. If I had the answer, I would sell everything thing I owned and go far away from civilization. That question and it’s lack of a credible answer is what keeps me playing the game and running the rat race. It’s what keeps me in my current delusion that things are somewhat OK and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Passing thoughts on a Tuesday morning.

50 things

Jack Spirko at The Survival Podcast touts the mantra, “when times get tough, or even if they dont”.

I enjoy Jack’s take on many things. He’s worth checking out.

While I have not heard him expound on the concepts of 4GW or OODA or John Robb’s Global Guerilla construct, I think he gets the point of it all.

Scanning through my RSS reader this morning, I came across this link to a Lew Rockwell post.

It’s not the end all, be all of the future, but it fits nicely into the mold of what I think is headed our way.

Keep in mind that the further down the road you get today with regard to this stuff, the better off you will be.

Learn to grow your own food. Learn to defend yourself, your family and your possessions. Buy local whenever you can.

Be self-sufficient. As much as possible.

As we walk down the path we are on as a nation, and also in may ways, globally, the above suggestions will allow you to weather the storm more effectively and come out on the other side less scarred and battered.

The more self-sufficient you are today, means the less impact any doom & gloom will have on you in the future.

Deacon out.