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Pay no attention to the escalating tensions in the middle east or the crumbling economy

You have no need to worry about the economy or crumbling infrastructure or the upcoming wars. What YOU need to pay attention to is gay marriage.
The most important Supreme Court ruling in your entire life is happening right now! Don’t worry though, it requires nothing of you. You can go back to your normal routine of gobbling down a dog food sized bag of potato chips while watching the latest America’s Got Talent, after your Wal-Mart shopping trip.
The economy will fix itself, just sit back and wait; keep shopping though!
The wars are so far away that you don’t need to worry your soft American mind thinking about it. Just let the powers that be handle everything, they have your best interests in mind. Corporate greed? Never heard of it…
Gay marriage is the only topic worth mentioning in the news, until another little white girl comes up missing, so until a story along those lines is contrived, you’ll get non-stop 24/7 gay marriage reports.
Please continue shopping, continue hating gun owners, continue gorging yourselves on GMO food non-stop, and please, please stop worrying about the economy, wars, it’ll be alright…the only way to fix those problems is to buy more TVs and potato chips. So what are you waiting for, get out there and start shopping!

Breaking up with the banking system…

It seems that more and more people, either online or IRL are breaking up with the banking system. They’ve had enough with being treated like slaves.
Take a look at the following links and ask yourself if you can live without a bank account or a tether to the banking system:

Take note Americans

The latest news from Cyprus is that they have decided on a 40% tax on any saver in Bank of Cyprus who holds more than €100,000. This is on top of the €100 limit on ATMs so any other saver has a difficult time getting to his money.
The ATM limit was imposed to try to prevent a bank run, but the latest actions seem antithetical to that idea.
In any case, the savers are losing their money. It is being taken from them in front of their eyes. This brazen theft speaks of the fragility of the banking system. All Americans should take note and decide where they want their money. In a bank protected by nothing, or in their safe protected by Smith & Wesson.
This theft isn’t as far away as you’d think, nor is it unprecedented here in the United States. Our economy is losing traction by the day and it is only a matter of time before it all implodes.

The lines at the ATMs and low grumblings have turned into something larger as banks and ATMs get bombed. This could easily happen here in the United States. How prepared are you? What would you do if this happened here?
How long could you care for your family?

The economic rumblings are getting much louder…

I won’t sit here writing this, and pretend that I understand all of what is happening in Cyprus. I don’t understand what is happening with the Euro, or the global economy. I am certain the details and minutia would boggle my mind. I can’t seem to wrap my head around how this crisis slipped up on us unaware.
I realize a personal economy and banking is vastly different than central banking, but I just don’t get how this happened so suddenly.
How is it that an internet full of chicken little blog posts saw this coming and the investors and bankers didn’t? That doesn’t make much sense to me at all.
The only thing I do understand about this is that the governments borrowed their way into massive debt,  or the private banks made very risky loans, and now the citizens have to suffer.
Last week, there was talk of looting whatever money was left in the citizens’ bank accounts by a tax of as much as 70% of savings, but was eventually overturned. Ultimatums are now being put on Cyprus to accept the conditions of a bailout or face a national, governmental bankruptcy.
As the citizens became more and more aware that any money they had that was in the banks could be subject to seizure or worse, they began to line up at the ATMs to get what they could before it was all gone. To avoid a run, banks instituted limits on cash withdrawals.
Other citizens, angry at even a thought of confiscation of their hard earned money, began to riot in the streets. This is all well and good I suppose, but their infrastructure is crumbling due to this financial mess. Very soon, they will face a situation much like Greece did, shortages abounding.

What most Americans are waking up to is the fact that these incidents are not isolated pockets of misfortune half way across the globe. They are the tremors of a large quake that is about to hit the global economy. The framework for a confiscation, or collapse protection is already being setup here in the U.S. These events could very well be seen in history as the beginning of a very large, sustained, and painful correction.
Hold on to your seats everyone, this may get a little bumpy…

Be prepared

I see a storm and its coming now,
and I can feel it in my bones.
I know you can feel it too,
but you think that you’re, you think that you’re all alone…

Those are lyrics from a song called “Poison Trees” by The Devil Makes Three. These lyrics are quite appropriate for our current political and economic climate. We can all feel a storm coming and it looks like it will be a bad one. In fact, economists are now predicting the financial collapse to be so difficult to bear that our civilization won’t recover.
What is scary about this is the interconnected, and thus interdependent nature of our economic ecosystem. Our food and energy delivery systems, and all other vital services/systems we need are at a very grave risk of implosion.

“And what’s really disturbing about these findings is that the pattern isn’t limited to our economy. We found the same catastrophic pattern in our energy, food, and water systems as well.”

 When this happens, not if, we will see many people suffering. The suffering we see today will be a fond memory compared to what we will face. In a time like this, we all need to be very aware and prepared. It could come upon us very quickly with little reaction time.
Prepare now! Beg, borrow, or steal what you need to protect yourself and your family!

Great Overview Of The Banking Crisis In Cyprus

Right after I finshed my last blog post, I ran across this article which is very troubling. I highly recommend taking the time to read the article. The author explains the details and puts the pieces together very well. It is worth your time, especially if you have any money in the bank. Here is a quick exerpt:

Cyprus lawmakers may have rejected the bank account tax, but the truth is that the financial crisis in Cyprus is just getting started.  Right now, the two largest banks in Cyprus are dangerously close to a meltdown.  If they fail, depositors could end up losing virtually all of their money.  You see, the banking system of Cyprus absolutely dwarfs the GDP of that small island nation.  Cyprus is known all over the world as a major offshore tax haven, and wealthy Russians and wealthy Europeans have been pouring massive amounts of money into the banking system over the last several decades.  Yes, those bank deposits are supposed to be insured, but the truth is that there is no way that the government of Cyprus could ever come up with enough money to cover the massive losses that we are potentially looking at.  This is a case where the banking system of a nation has gotten so large that the national government is absolutely powerless to stop a collapse from happening.  If those banks fail, depositors may end up getting 50 percent of their money or they may end up getting nothing.  We just don’t know how bad the damage is yet.  And considering the fact that many of the largest corporations and many of the wealthiest individuals in Europe have huge mountains of cash stashed in Cyprus, the fallout from a banking collapse could potentially be absolutely catastrophic.

I am very worried. This global economy is very fragile right now, and it could be disastrous if the looting of people’s money continues. On top of this, we are at the precipice of world war 3. I sincerely hope that we can get out of this without too much pain, but that is unlikely at this point.

Electricity As Currency? 10 Reasons It Could Work

Remember the good old days when gasoline only cost $1.50/gallon way back in the ancient times of 2000? Why does it cost more than double that today ($3.71)? A gallon of gas is still a gallon of gas, so it seems obvious that the dollar has lost value.

This rapid devaluation of the U.S. dollar makes it an unstable medium of exchange and certainly not a good store of value — two aspects considered to be the main functions of money. This has led many to examine the flaws of the current monetary system and search for possible alternatives.

Some have suggested that returning to the Gold Standard (pegging the dollar to gold) will help control the fraudulent expansion of the money supply and protect the value of the currency. Others say eliminating the interest attached to each dollar created will get rid of scarcity and provide abundance. Each of these ideas has merit since they correct some of what’s broken, yet they both also have flaws which make them difficult to fully support.

One interesting alternative that has been proposed is using an energy-backed currency. The idea is not new. Thomas Edison envisioned an “energy dollar” after seeing the value of electricity, and Henry Ford also conceptualized backing a currency by a “unit of energy” instead of gold. Motivated by the failed monetary system during the Great Depression, Ford even planned to support the idea with his own electric dams. Of course the central bankers scolded Ford’s idea because it threatened their schemes.

In more recent times the idea of using electricity as a currency has gained some traction. An online ebook Energy Backed Money was published in 2009 supporting the concept of backing the dollar with electricity. Kilowatt Cards were introduced as gift cards for electric power meant to be a transferable means of currency. And former NASA scientist, Michael Rivero, proposed the Lectro, a universal electricity based currency whose supply is controlled by production and use of electric power.

Currently, Federal Reserve Notes (dollars) are not backed by anything valuable and their value is determined primarily by how much supply is in circulation. The supply of money under our current system is lent into existence as fast or as slow as the bankers or the government determines, leaving a lot of room for manipulation.

Dees Illustration

Significantly, all money is lent into existence with interest owed to central bankers. But this interest is money yet to be created in the system so there are never enough dollars in the system to pay off the debt accrued from the creation of the dollars themselves. This creates a false scarcity and the perpetual need to expand the money supply, which then breeds inflation. This simultaneous scarcity and inflation have a tremendously negative impact on the economy, especially for the poor. Ultimately, it’s this interest on every dollar created that inherently enslaves us all to the central bankers who hadn’t produced anything of value to demand our servitude.

The only way to solve the inefficiencies of the current system is to use a currency that has real value, whose supply is tied to an accurate economic indicator, and doesn’t need interest attached just for the sake of creating it. Electricity has measurable value in our society and since everything in our modern world runs on power, it may be the most accurate gauge of economic activity we have.

An electricity-backed currency would not be nearly as complicated as our fractional reserve system. It could work something like this: electric producers could issue certificates (money) as kilowatts are produced and they would be removed from circulation once the electric bill is paid (redeeming their receipts), thus always maintaining a consistent and stable supply.

Here are 10 reasons for an electricity based currency:

1. It Has Real Value: Electricity has recognizable value for every person on Earth, as opposed to gold or silver which are just pretty metals with some minor industrial uses.

2. Easily Measurable Units: A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is an absolute unit that can be measured easily and is impossible to counterfeit. The average cost of electricity in the United States has remained relatively stable (mainly due to regulations) over the last few years at around $0.13 per kilowatt hour. But we must stop thinking in terms of measuring things in dollars for this concept to become clear. This currency would represent a kWh, not a dollar amount.

3. Universal Flexibility: An electric-backed currency can work just as well as a local competing currency or as a global medium of exchange. Since a kWh of power has the same value all over the world, a kWh certificate issued in Hawaii could theoretically be redeemed anywhere.

4. Supply Can’t Be Manipulated: The electric money supply would naturally be tied to population growth and economic productivity because electricity is an indicator of those measures. Money (kWh notes) would be created when new electricity is produced and eliminated from the economy when electric bills are paid, maintaining a stable balance.

5. Cannot Be Monopolized: Central banking monopolies are at the heart of many economic problems around the world where entire nations are held hostage by these singular entities. Even though electricity has a universal global value, it would be impossible to monopolize the production of kilowatts.

6. Decentralized: Literally, anyone can produce electricity if they choose to do so. Although larger organizations may be necessary to handle the issuance or certification of kWh notes, independent energy producers would compete to produce electricity as efficiently as possible.

7. Spurs Innovation: The incentive to create electricity would spur incredible innovation in technology. Rivero, of the Lectro, suggests perhaps more valuable certificates could be issued for electricity derived from clean technology to incentivize its expansion. And if by some chance a source of “free energy” is discovered – fantastic – it could still be measured and used to control the supply of money.

8. Spurs Conservation: When electric power literally equals money, everyone will immediately become more conscious of their energy use. This alone would have a tremendous benefit on the environment.

9. Transportable: Pure gold and silver (commodity money) are not practical physical currencies because large quantities are not easily carried in our pockets. kWh notes would be a paper form of “receipt” or “representative” money where the note can be redeemed for something real and measurable. Fully-backed receipt money is historically viewed as the only form of honest paper money.

10. Creates wealth instead of poverty during the transition from human labor to machine labor. As we move towards more automation, we become more reliant on electricity and less on human labor. Rivero postulates “At present, human labor precedes all capital, payable in a monetary system that pays primarily for human labor. In switching to a monetary system that pays for machine based power production, we evolve towards a society where machines become the primary creators of capital, and all humans shift towards the demand side of the economy. Instead of creating poverty, the push towards automation creates more wealth.”

Does a currency backed by kWh’s of electricity seem viable enough to be used as a possible alternative to our broken monetary system? Tell us what you think in the comments.


Taken From: Activist Post

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