Times Are Challenging; Life is Precious

Editor's Note:

After the 2008 stock market crash, there was an increase in suicides.  Currently there are more Americans dying from suicides than from automobile accident deaths.

Increase in suicides are a reflection of challenging economic times.

Suicide is no solution for one's financial woes.  All it does is create grief, pain and lifelong emotional troubles for family and loved ones.  Children, for example, illogically believe that they are somehow responsible for his or her's parent's death.  Can you see that suicide is really a selfish act independent of the spiritual and religious questions it raises?


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Suicide, Crime, Unemployment And Poverty All Soar As The Economic Crisis In Alberta Accelerates

By Michael Snyder, on December 23rd, 2015

The nightmare that is currently unfolding up in Canada will soon be coming to the United States. When the price of oil first started crashing, most Americans and most Canadians applauded. Most people thought that lower gas prices would be really good for the economy. Well, it turns out that the exact opposite is true. Just like in the United States, the energy industry has been the primary engine for the growth of good paying jobs in Canada since the last recession. Up in Alberta, there was such a need for oil patch workers that even someone that had just recently graduated from high school could find an oil patch job that paid six figures during the boom times. Now the “boom” is turning into a “bust”, and huge numbers of those good paying jobs are being lost. As a result, suicide, crime, unemployment and poverty are all skyrocketing, and the mainstream media is telling us that “the worst is yet to come“.

It saddens me to watch what is happening to Alberta, because I have family up there. Whenever I have visited Alberta, I have been very impressed by how clean and orderly the communities are and by how very polite most people seem to be. As Americans, there is much that we could learn from our neighbors to the north.

But now that the oil bubble has burst, things are changing up in Alberta very rapidly. The following comes from a recent Bloomberg article

Crime is rising, home prices are falling and food banks are overwhelmed in Calgary as job losses spread. And the worst isn’t yet over in the heart of Canada’s oil patch.

Some of the city’s largest employers are poised to cut more jobs in 2016 as they reduce spending for a second straight year, adding to an estimated 40,000 oil and natural gas positions lost across the nation since the crude price rout began 18 months ago.

We all know someone who has lost a job,” Naheed Nenshi, the city’s mayor, said in a speech this month, lamenting the “funeral”-like atmosphere in the business community.

When we start digging into some of the hard numbers, things get even bleaker. Just check out these statistics

-A total of more than 63,000 jobs were lost in Alberta during the first eight months of 2015 alone.

-Over the past 12 months, the official unemployment rate in Calgary has shot up from 4.6 percent to 6.9 percent.

-Home sales in Calgary have plummeted 21 percent so far in 2015.

-Just since September, the number of school lunches for poor children provided by Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has risen by 16 percent.

-Food bank use in the province of Alberta overall has jumped by a whopping 23 percent according to the most recent numbers.

-In Calgary, the number of commercial break-ins has nearly doubled over the past year.

-The number of bank robberies in Calgary has increased by 65 percent in 2015.

-The number of home invasions in Calgary has risen by 52 percent in 2015.

-Every time there is an economic downturn in Alberta, the suicide rate shoots up, and this year is no exception. It is being projected that the suicide rate will be about 30 percent higher this year than it was last year.

This is what happens when a “boom cycle” turns into a “bust cycle”, and the same thing is coming to the United States.

Even in the midst of our so-called “economic recovery”, poverty in America has continued to explode, suicide rates have continued to rise, and in many of our largest cities violent crime rates are up by double digit percentages in 2015.

If these things have been happening during the “good times”, what in the world are the “bad times” going to look like?

Just because the U.S. stock market is doing okay for the moment does not mean that the underlying economy is in good shape. The truth is that we are in the midst of a long-term economic collapse that is now starting to accelerate once again. For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “Sayonara Middle Class: 22 Stunning Pieces Of Evidence That Show The Middle Class In America Is Dying“.

What is happening up in Alberta right now gives us some important clues about what we can expect to happen shortly in our own communities.

First of all, we are going to see large numbers of people start to lose their jobs just like we saw back in 2008. And because 62 percent of the country is living paycheck to paycheck, that means that most people do not have a cushion to fall back upon. Just like in 2008, millions upon millions of Americans will go from living a very comfortable middle class lifestyle to facing hard times and desperation very, very rapidly.

As fear and poverty spread, people will become desperate, and desperate people do desperate things.

Some will decide that their lives are no longer worth living and will turn to suicide. Others will turn to drugs, alcohol or pills. When things get tough, addictive behavior tends to rise, and this time around will probably be no exception.

Other Americans will turn to crime and violent behavior in their desperation. Just like we are seeing in Canada right now, home invasions, bank robberies and other forms of violent crime will increase.

But if you are prepared ahead of time, you and your family will have a chance to make it through the storm. That is why I am constantly urging my readers to prepare. If you wait until the storm is right on top of us, that will be too late to start preparing.

Right at this moment, things seem relatively quiet. Most of us have become trained to think in terms of 48 hour news cycles, and so we can be fooled by temporary lulls in the action.

Don’t be fooled. This period of relative quiet is about to come to an abrupt end, and 2016 is going to be far more chaotic than most people would dare to imagine.

So please get prepared for what is ahead now, while you still can.

Switzerland China Currency Swap Through Their Central Banks

Editor's Note

The Chinese keep expanding the use of mutual currency swaps to do an end run around the U.S. Dollar.  Now Switzerland China currency swap is added to the growing list.

Here's the countries I have found, prior to the Swiss, that have entered into the currency swap arrangements with China since 2008:

  • ​Pakistan
  • Argentina
  • South Korea
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Malaysia
  • Belarus
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Singapore
  • Kazathstan
  • Chile
  • India
  • Brazil
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • South Africa
  • Germany
  • Nigeria
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Australia
  • Iran
  • Russa
  • Switzerland
  • Mongolia
  • Iceland
  • Hungary

This list may not have all the countries agreeing to go outside the dollar and do currency swaps with China.  (I DID NOT DO A SEARCH ON EACH INDIVIDUAL COUNTRY AND THEIR CURRENCIES.)  But the currency swaps are expanding to the Central Banks to include the ECB (European Central Bank) to now the Swiss Central Bank.  The Swiss are a major player in world banking and finance.

And let's not forget, whether our national and international policies are right or wrong, this year we have alienated more countries, such as Russia and France (especially with the sanctions) ​to move away from the US Dollar.

Truthfully if this present trend continues and we have more international issues, without some real solutions to our monetary policy issues, you have to ask yourself:  Will the US Dollar still be the world's reserve currency by the end of 2015?​

Why does it matter whether the US Dollar is the world's reserve currency?  Can't we just use the US Dollar at home? 

Yes, you can use the US Dollar at home.  We spend trillions in international trade and are highly dependent on it.  In fact 20% of your food supply is IMPORTED.  We have been exporting our manufacturing base since George Bush Sr. 41 was president.  Since we have been exporting our manufacturing base we are dependent on IMPORTS for our economy and individual use

Can you now see that we will experience our modern Weimar Republic (Germany post WWi), an onslaught of meteoric rise of inflation in major economic sectors of our economy,  once other countries loose faith in the US Dollar as the trading instrument?

I encourage everyone to keep following the currency swaps on their own.  The media seems to focus only on the BRICS countries, but they are just a fraction of what is going on. Follow the trend.​

Be on your toes so your dollars, income and savings can go farther!

Swiss, Chinese Central Banks Enter Currency Swap Agreement

By Dow Jones Business News, July 21, 2014, 04:12:00 AM EDT

By Neil MacLucas and Richard Silk

ZURICH--The Swiss National Bank and the People's Bank of China reached a currency swap agreement on Monday, allowing the two central banks to buy and sell their currencies up to a limit of 150 billion renminbi, or 21 billion Swiss francs ($23.4 billion).

The deal will also allow the Swiss central bank to invest some of its huge accumulation of foreign exchange reserves in the Chinese bond market, the SNB said in a statement Monday.

The Zurich-based SNB said the agreement will further strengthen collaboration between it and its Chinese counterpart and is a "key requisite for the development of a renminbi market in Switzerland." It could also facilitate trade and investment between the two countries, the PBOC said.

Switzerland is the latest of a series of countries to set up swap lines with China, which is keen to promote the international use of the yuan.

Last year China signed swap agreements with the European Central Bank and a clutch of others, including the U.K., Brazil and Indonesia.

The agreement between China and Switzerland has a term of three years and can be renewed thereafter, the PBOC said.

Write to Neil MacLucas at neil.maclucas@wsj.com and Richard Silk at richard.silk@dowjones.com


Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/swiss-chinese-central-banks-enter-currency-swap-agreement-20140721-00068#ixzz38JjLmYOq

Escalating Food Prices Are Here

                Editor's Note

I've been sharing various reports that food prices are increasing.

For example, from January 1, 2014 to the March report on zerohedge.com, food prices (reported by Bloomberg) went up 19%.

           

from Zerohedge.com March 26, 2014

Food prices are continuing their upward climb as the article by Michael Snyder below documents.

WIth all of the food pricing volatility, drought and current world events it is being a wise steward to store some food that you and your family routinely eat so you can cost average and lower your food bill.

Unfortunately the drought will probably be impacting food costs through 2015.

That's one of the great things about freeze dried and dehydrated foods.  They last so much longer than the shelf life of grocery store foods.  Plus our food comes in BPA free cans and we help you avoid GMOs, MSG, hidden MSG, aspartame, food processing chemicals, gluten, and more! 

If the food inflation issue did not exist, we are a much healthier alternative to the traditional grocery store.  And we are more convenient and help cut your meal prep times 50% or more since everything comes chopped, cut, prepped and clean!

So please do your wallet and your health a favor by trying Thrive!  I will show you how to get the lowest price possible if you just email me at thrive@northstate.net.​

If This Keeps Up, They Will Have To Start Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks

By Michael T. Snyder, Guest Columnist, 7/17/2014 of TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com

The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive.  On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent.  That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate.  But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay.  Last month, it was coffee.  J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent.  And Starbucks has announced a bunch of price increases across the board on their coffee products.  Of course we could all survive without chocolate and coffee, but as you will see below just about every food category is becoming more expensive.  If this keeps up, could we eventually see armed guards in grocery stores and on food trucks?

On Wednesday, Robert Wenzel of the Economic Policy Journal shared some new data that has just been released by the federal government about food inflation over the past year.  Without a doubt, these numbers are quite startling...

According to the latest data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, year-over-year gains in some food products at the producer level have been truly spectacular.

Eggs for fresh use are up 33.9%.

Pork is up 28%.

Processed turkeys are up 20.4%.

Dairy products are up 10.7%.

Fresh and dry vegetables are up 8.4%.

Fresh fruits and melons are up 7.5%.

Unfortunately, paychecks for most American families are not going up at similar rates.

What that means is more pain when we make our trips to the grocery store.  Things have gotten so bad that even the mainstream media is running stories about this.  For example, this excerpt comes from a recent CNBC article...

"I try to do all my local errands in one day and go up to the mall," said Helon Rapfogel of New Jersey. "I used to go maybe twice or three times a week, and now I just go one day a week, if that much. And I try to consolidate things."

Rapfogel said that higher costs for food and gas are hitting her overall budget.

"You sacrifice things. Like not doing an ice cream run during the week with the kids. [That could] hurt the local retailers, and we don't want to do that ... but we may have to," she said.

At the grocery store, meat, dairy and fruit prices are all up substantially. People are even paying more for lattes at their local coffee shops. And it's not just food—gas prices have jumped sharply on geopolitical unrest, and at the moment there's no relief in sight.

So why is all of this happening?

Well, the truth is that a lot of factors have combined to produce something of a perfect storm.

First of all, we should talk about Federal Reserve money printing.  Since the last financial crisis, the Fed has been on an unprecedented money printing spree.  This has dramatically pushed up the prices of stocks, commodities and just about everything else.  It was naive to think that we wouldn't eventually see substantial food inflation as well.  Just look at what "quantitative easing" has done to M1 since the last recession...

M1 Money Supply 2014

When you have more dollars chasing roughly the same amount of goods and services of course prices are going to go up.

It is just basic economics.

But according to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, there is absolutely no reason to be concerned.  The following is a video of her telling the press her view on inflation that I shared in a previous article...

But crazy Fed money printing is not the only reason why food prices are going up.

The endless drought in the western half of the country is severely hurting food production as well.  The size of the U.S. cattle herd has shrunk for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that it has been since 1951.  And the drought is hitting the state of California particularly hard, and considering the fact that it produces nearly half of all of our fresh produce that is more than a little bit alarming.  Yes, we are more technologically advanced that we used to be, but we are not advanced enough to overcome an epic multi-year drought in half the nation.

In addition, we are also dealing with the worst pork virus to ever hit the United States right now.  Porcine epidemic diarrhea has already wiped out about 10 percent of the pig population in the U.S., and approximately 100,000 more are dying each week.  As you saw above, pork prices are already up 28 percent over the past 12 months, and if a solution is not found to this virus the price increases are going to get much worse.

Down in Florida, citrus growers are facing a horrific outbreak of citrus greening disease.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that orange production in the U.S. will be down 18 percent compared to last year, and it is expected that this will be the worst crop in close to 30 years.

Another plague known as the TR4 fungus has hit banana production.  According to CNBC, this horrible fungus may eventually completely wipe out the variety of bananas that we eat today…

Banana lovers take note: The world’s supply of the fruit is under attack from a fungus strain that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.

“It’s a very serious situation,” said Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of Panama disease, called TR4, that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. supplies of the fruit and Latin American producers.

“There’s nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading,” he said in an interview with CNBC.

While there are nearly 1,000 varieties of bananas, the most popular is the Cavendish, which accounts for 45 percent of the fruit’s global crop—and the one Americans mostly find in their supermarkets.

For decades, Americans have been able to go to the grocery stores and fill up their carts with massive amounts of very inexpensive food.

But just because it has been that way for so many years does not mean that it will be that way in the future.

Right now, there are 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity, and that number will only get worse as food prices go even higher.

It is getting to the point where it is not too hard to imagine desperate people holding up food trucks and robbing grocery stores in order to feed themselves and their families.

Let us hope that we don't see anything like that any time soon, but we are moving in that direction.

Just a few years ago, the notion that we could ever see armed guards on food trucks or in grocery stores in the United States was absolutely unthinkable.

But now, it is not so crazy.

Our Deteriorating Economic Outlook: Serious Inflation On the Horizon

Editor's Note

​Have you noticed that prices seem to be rising faster than the official inflation numbers?

Independent of increasing prices, with food price increases are hidden two additional ways:  (1) reducing quantity or weight yet offering it with a similar price; and (2) reformulating the ingredients of a processed food with cheaper, and often unhealthier ingredients.

Please read and pay attention to this article by Dr Paul Craig Roberts, Guest Columnist, with Dave Kranzler and John Williams of www. shadowstats.com​.

The Deteriorating Economic Outlook

By Paul Craig Roberts, Guest Columnist (former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury), Dave Kranzler (www.investmentresearchdynamics.com) and John Williams (www.shadowstats.com)

July 8, 2014​

The third and final estimate (until the annual GDP revisions) of first quarter 2014 real GDP growth released June 25 by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis was a 2.9% contraction in GDP growth, a 5.5 percentage point difference from the January forecast of 2.6% growth. Apparently, the first quarter contraction was dismissed by those speculating in equities as weather related, as stock averages rose with the bad news.

Stock market participants might be in for a second quarter surprise. The result of many years of changes made to the official inflation measures is a substantially understated inflation rate. John Williams (www.shadowstats.com) provides inflation estimates based on previous official methodology when the Consumer Price Index still represented the cost of a constant standard of living. The 1.26% inflation measure used to deflate first quarter nominal GDP is unrealistic, as Americans who make purchases are aware.

A reasonable correction to the understated deflator gives a much higher first quarter contraction. The two main causes of inflation’s understatement are the substitution principle introduced during the Clinton regime and the hedonic adjustments ongoing since the 1980s that redefine price rises as quality improvements. Correcting for excessive hedonic adjustments gives a first quarter real GDP contraction of 5%. Correcting for hedonic and substitution adjustments gives a first quarter real GDP contraction of 8.5%.

Realistic economic analysis is a rarity. The financial press echoes Wall Street, and Wall Street economists are paid to help sell financial instruments. Gloomy analysis is frowned upon. Even negative quarters are given a positive spin.

Years of understatement of inflation has resulted in years of overstatement of GDP growth. Thinking about the many years of misstatement, we realized that the typical computation in nominal terms of the ratio of debt to GDP is seriously misleading.

Consider that debt is issued in nominal terms and repaid in nominal terms (except for a few Treasury bonds with inflation adjustments). However, nominal wealth or nominal GDP overstates real economic strength. The debt is growing, but both the nominal and real values of the output of goods and services are not keeping up with the rise in debt.

To understand how risky the rise of debt is, nominal debt must be compared to real GDP. Spin masters might dismiss this computation as comparing apples to oranges, but such a charge constitutes denial that the ratio of nominal debt to nominal GDP understates the wealth dilution caused by the government’s ability to issue and repay debt in nominal dollars. We know that inflation favors debtors, because debts can be repaid in inflated dollars.

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Encouraging Illegal Immigration: Charity Begins At Home

Why Is Obama Encouraging Illegal Immigration When We Can’t Take Care Of Millions Of Our Own Citizens?

Michael Snyder, JD, of the Economic Collapse Blog, Guest Columnist

07 Jul 2014 07:36 PM PDT

For years, the Obama administration has been making it abundantly clear that it is a friend of illegal immigrants.  Border security is a joke, the federal government refuses to go after “sanctuary cities” even though they are breaking federal law, there is a website that instructs immigrants how to sign up for welfare programs once they arrive in the United States, and the Obama administration has distributed flyers that tell illegal immigrants that their immigration status will not be checked when they apply for food stamps.  And Obama has even instructed officials to use “prosecutorial discretion” in deportation cases involving non-criminals.  In other words, Obama has been flashing a huge green light to illegal immigrants, and so of course our borders were going to be inundated with them.

Apologists for the Obama administration will debate you all day about what Obama “intended” and what he didn’t “intend”, but there is no doubt about what message immigrants from Central America have been receiving.

For example, one young mother recently told the press that she heard that if you “go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away“.

And you can view video of a little boy from Central America telling an investigate reporter that he believes that Barack Obama has “given permission” for him to live in the United States right here.

It isn’t an accident that our southern border is literally being flooded with illegal immigrants right now.  Newspapers in El Salvador and Honduras have been publicizing how easy illegal immigration has become, and even the President of Honduras has said that people are coming to the United States for “Obama’s amnesty”.

When they arrive, thousands upon thousands of these illegal immigrants are using rehearsed answers that border patrol agents are hearing over and over again.  Word has spread that if illegal immigrants claim that they are “fleeing gang violence” that it is more likely that they will be allowed to stay.

What we are witnessing down on the southern border is really unprecedented.  It has been estimated that twelve times as many kids are crossing our borders illegally now compared to just a few years ago.

And they just keep on coming.

This is utter madness.

Now, please don’t think that I am anti-immigrant.  I am all for legal immigration.  This is a nation of immigrants and we will always need immigration.  But everyone should be required to come in through the front door.  Encouraging illegal immigration is simply a recipe for disaster.

If we keep the back door wide open, the truth is that we have absolutely no idea who is coming into our country.  Do we really want countless numbers of criminals, welfare parasites, drug dealers and gang members pouring into our cities?  According to the FBI, there are now approximately 1.4 million gang members living in the United States, and it has been estimated that illegal immigrants make up approximately 30 percent of the total population in federal, state and local prisons.

And why in the world would we not want to control the diseases coming into this country?  Over the past several weeks, it has been documented that some of the illegal immigrants that have been apprehended have scabies and tuberculosis.

But instead of sending them right back out of the country, U.S. officials are setting up camps for this tsunami of illegal immigrants.  In other cases, the federal government is simply putting them on buses and planes and shipping them all over the country.  The illegal immigrants are released into their new communities and are given papers which order them to eventually appear in court, but of course the vast majority of them never show up.  You can see a map that documents areas where the federal government has been shipping illegal immigrants right here.

The rational thing to do would be to secure our borders and to send a very clear message that illegal immigration is not welcome in the United States.

But instead of doing that, the Obama administration is actually bringing in a riot squad to deal with anti-immigration protesters.

During normal times all of this would be crazy enough, but right now we are at a point where we cannot even take care of millions upon millions of our own citizens.

We are told that illegal immigrants do the jobs “that Americans don’t want to do”, but is that really accurate?

In this day and age, there is intense competition for just about any kind of a job.  Despite what the mainstream media says, the truth is that there hasn’t been a significant employment recovery in the United States.  As you can see from the chart posted below, the percentage of the working age population that is actually working is still far, far below where it was just prior to the last recession…

Yes, there has been a very slight bump in the numbers in recent months, but it is certainly no reason for celebration.  When the mainstream media declares that unemployment in America has been steadily going down, they are simply being disingenuous.  Right now things are only slightly better than they were during the worst times of the past several years.

And according to shadowstats.com, the broadest measure of unemployment is still well over 20 percent and has been steadily rising since the end of the last recession.

So no, there aren’t nearly enough jobs in the United States.

And thanks to competition from immigrant labor and thanks to the fact that millions of good jobs have been shipped overseas, the quality of our jobs continues to decline as well.  For much more on that trend, please see this article.

Needless to say, now is not the time to open up the floodgates to millions of immigrants that will need jobs to support themselves.  Many of our major cities are already so economically depressed that they look like war zones.  In fact, things have gotten so bad in Detroit that a plan is being considered to bulldoze a fifth of the entire city

In May, a group ominously titled the “Detroit Blight Removal Task Force” released a report claiming that around 22 percent of the city’s properties were “blighted” – vacant, damaged or considered dangerous. They also found that, of the 84,000 properties owned by public entities, just over 5,000 were occupied by squatters, making the city of Detroit, the report’s authors noted, “a very large and inadvertent landlord”.

The task force’s proposed solution is to demolish it all over the next five years and start again. Unfortunately, the plan doesn’t extend to rebuilding the properties – it’ll be down to private companies and developers to buy up the land and rebuild.

For much more on the decay of our major cities, please see my previous article entitled “The Death Of The Rust Belt“.

Considering the fact that we are already having such a severe problem taking care of our current population, what do you think is going to happen to these waves of illegal immigrants as they attempt to settle in to communities all around the nation?

Ultimately, we are going to have to end up financially supporting a very large percentage of them too.

Right now, more than 20 percent of children in this country are already living in poverty, and 49 million Americans are dealing with food insecurity.

If Obama continues to encourage mass illegal immigration, those numbers are going to get much worse.

Government dependence is already at an all-time record high, and about half the country currently receives benefits of some sort from the federal government every month.

How much more weight can we put on the “safety net” before it breaks?  Just check out some more numbers about this crisis from one of my previous articles

Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin.  But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.

The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.

Today, the federal government runs about 80 different “means-tested welfare programs”, and almost all of those programs have experienced substantial growth in recent years.

Back in 1960, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 10 percent.  In the year 2000, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 21 percent.  Today, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages is approximately 35 percent.

While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the total number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to nearly 47 million.

Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

It sounds crazy, but the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of the nation of Spain.

According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps is now greater than the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.

A lot of people that are trying to immigrate here illegally just want to make a better life for themselves, and I can appreciate that.

But a policy of making it incredibly difficult for honest people to come in through the front door while keeping the back door completely wide open for lawbreakers is a recipe for national suicide.

And right now we don’t have jobs for these immigrants.

We can’t even take care of the people that are already living here.

Something desperately needs to be done about this, but I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for Obama to make a bold move to stop illegal immigrants from pouring over the border.

 

NOTE:  For those that believe in helping the disadvantaged (which I do), we have to keep in mind what my late Daddy J would say:  CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. 

If we can’t take care of our own, how are we going to take care of those outside our country???

If President Obama would truly like to help these people, then why does he not close the border and send troops, if necessary, down to their countries to take care of the drug criminal gangs if their countries can’t handle the problem?  It would be in our interest since most of the illegal drugs coming into the US are from Central and South America.

By allowing these unaccompanied minors in, is he not substantially increasing the risk that they will fall prey to sex trafficking and slavery (yes, we are finding some of this even in America)?  Or how humane is it to allow these children and illegal immigrants carrying diseases and sick into the system without treating them?  And how humane is it to expose our citizens, legal and illegal immigrants to the diseases they are carrying?  Is it compassionate and intelligent to be brewing a public health crisis?

Why doesn’t he instead encourage developing businesses within their countries so they have jobs and a reason to stay within their country?

Instead, we continue spending precious resources on borrowed money in the Middle East.

And we do so now when even the US is the number 1 exporter of oil, even exceeding Saudi Arabia, courtesy of fracking (another issue, another day).

Is the problem here that Guatemala, Honduras and other countries don’t have oil?  Do we care less about their stability because there is no financial gain to be had?  Are we a nation of political hypocrites?

What do you think?

Why is Head of the IMF Talking About Numerology and World Economy?

The IMF and Numerology:  What Gives Here?

Have you seen this you tube video regarding a speech Christine Legarde, head of the IMF,  did on the world economy earlier this year?  You can see the video by clicking this link.

Why would a leader of a major organization give such a bizarre speech?

She should be talking about balance sheets, economic growth, not engaging the audience in a lesson of numerology.

Here is an interview by Greg Hunter of WatchdogUSA.com with Steve Quayle discussing this interview.

I don’t think though that you need a lesson on numerology to know that the dollar is on life support awaiting for the plug to be pulled out of the wall.

Nor do we need numerology that the economy is shrinking, not growing.

Do your research.  Look at the numbers, the economic and political issues.  Can you really rely on the government to solve the problem?  Or do we have to start focusing on doing the best for our home, start rebuilding our neighborhoods and communities from the ground up?

Economic Health: Gold is Probably Gone, Real Inflation Understated, Recession is Coming

Economic Health: Gold is Probably Gone, Real Inflation Understated, Recession is Coming

Is the death of the dollar a "when" instead of an "if"?I encourage you to listen to Dr. Roberts interview with King World News.  The economy is much worse shape than policy makers are indicating.  Many of the figures are overstated or understated our economic health, depending on the outcome desired.

If a private citizen or business did what the government is doing, would we be sued or at worse in jail?

Is your assets in paper only, whether certificates, stocks, money, etc.?  Do you have possession of those paper assets?  Or can you physically touch your assets?

In law we have a rule:  Possession is 9/10’s of ownership.  You can “own” something but if someone else has physical possession and a dispute erupts, then how are you going to get it?  This is what causes many lawsuits, trying to get possession of things that people claim they owed but are being denied ownership rights.  Many times while the litigation is ongoing the value of the property dissipates.

Listen to Dr. Roberts’s brief interview about the nation’s economic health by clicking 6-28-2014 Roberts interview.

Deceptive Data: How Can We Rely On Government Figures?

Deceptive Data:  How Can We Rely On Government Figures?

The federal government collection of economic data should be objective and reliable.  It is not supposed to be deceptive data or misleading figures.   For example, in collecting the Census information, do you want them to report exactly how many people are residing in the US?  Or do you want them to lower the number of figures (if one is concerned about overpopulation) or increase the figures in a state so that particular state can argue they are entitled to another U.S. Congressional seat at the expense of another state?

Just like when you hire an accountant do you want that accountant to report the numbers accurately or fudge the numbers and get you in a lawsuit, or worse, a tax audit?

When we go to the grocery store and see the size of packages shrinking, the price of products going up and cheaper products being substituted, we know instinctly that the government monthly and yearly figures on food inflation just does not jive.

But what if those figures, although we know instinctly they are wrong, greatly distort the level of inflation?  What if the economic situation is much more serious than even our gut instincts tell us?  Although that may be really bad news and we don’t want to hear it, is it better that we know so we can make more prudent decisions?  Or is it better to ignore it and have deep regrets later when we could have mitigated our losses?

As a former litigator I can tell you when there is smoke, and someone is trying to significantly distort or hide the truth, there is usually a forest fire lurking around the corner.  After all, if things were not really bad, what is the motivation to mislead?

Please carefully read the next article.  Distortions like this just do not go on unless things are very ill internally.

Some may argue that the government may not want to upset or alarm you and they think they can resolve things before it gets out of hand.  This is akin to a spouse, taking money from the joint account without telling you, spending it foolishly but thinking that they can put the money back in the account before the other spouse discovers it.  If you’re the spouse not “dipping in the kitty” do you want to know what’s happening before all the money is gone or do you want to first learn about it when all the money has vanished or the well is dry?  (I can hear it now:  Honey, I really needed the money.  You have too many pressures on you.  I did not want to add any more.  I thought I could handle this….Yeah, sure!)

What’s different about a domestic “breach of fiduciary duty” and the government in this situation?  Feel free to share your thoughts.

 Stone Cold Proof That the Government Economic Numbers Are Being Highly Manipulated

By Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse Blog

Detective - Public DomainHow in the world does the government expect us to trust the economic numbers that they give us anymore?  For a long time, many have suspected that they were being manipulated, and as you will see below we now have stone cold proof that this is indeed the case.  But first, let’s talk about the revised GDP number for the first quarter of 2014 that was just released.  Initially, they told us that the U.S. economy only shrank by 0.1 percent in Q1.  Then that was revised down to a 1.0 percent contraction, and now we are being informed that the economy actually contracted by a whopping 2.9 percent during the first quarter.  So what are we actually supposed to believe?  Sometimes I almost get the feeling that government bureaucrats are just throwing darts at a dartboard in order to get these numbers.  Of course that is not actually true, but how do we know that we can actually trust the numbers that they give to us?

Over at shadowstats.com, John Williams publishes alternative economic statistics that he believes are much more realistic than the government numbers.  According to his figures, the U.S. economy has actually been continually contracting since 2005.  That would mean that we have been in a recession for the last nine years.

Read More Here….

Inflation Rate Is Higher Than You Think

Inflation Rate Is Higher Than You Think

Note:  There has been ongoing distortions by the federal government in reporting what the real inflation rate is.

In a civil case if you had such distortion about numbers in a contract, there would be a cause of action for misrepresentation or fraud.

If you want to discover more reliable figures, follow John Williams’s Shadowstats.com

How in the world does the government expect consumers and individuals to make wise decisions on unreliable inflation rate numbers?

Think about it!

Inflation?  You Only Need to Look at Food, Water, Gas, Electricity and Everything Else

By Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse Blog

Have you noticed that prices are going up rapidly?  If so, you are certainly not alone.  But Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, the Obama administration and the mainstream media would have us believe that inflation is completely under control and exactly where it should be.  Perhaps if the highly manipulated numbers that they quote us were real, everything would be fine.  But of course the way that the inflation rate is calculated has been changed more than 20 times since the 1970s, and at this point it bears so little relation to reality that it is essentially meaningless.  Anyone that has to regularly pay for food, water, gas, electricity or anything else knows that inflation is too high.  In fact, if inflation was calculated the same way that it was back in 1980, the inflation rate would be close to 10 percent right now.

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GMO Wheat: Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Oregon, Other States Possible

GMO Wheat:  Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Oregon, Other States Possible

If you’re a farmer or know one that grows wheat, you need to have your crops tested as to whether they’ve been cross-contaminated.  If you have some of your seed left from planting this year’s crop, have it tested.

Monsanto bullies farmers who experience cross contamination, when Monsanto patented seeds spread to non-GMO crops, with litigation.  They are the legal bully of all bullies.  For more see Seed Giants v. U. S. Farmers report.

If Monsanto or its agents come to you asking you (or threatening you if you don’t) to plant their seeds and use their Round-up (glyophosate) at low costs (remember this is initially but is not long term), do not sign that agreement without getting skilled, independent counsel, who is knowledgable in agricultural law and litigation.

Why?  Because these seeds apparently were not government approved but were experiments.  As such it may turn out Monsanto violated the law.  Also, Monsanto appears negligent in containing their experiment.  They are responsible for the cross-contamination unless the government exempted them from liability (which is unlikely with an experiment). 

Wheat farmers are going to take a financial beating for this cross-contamination this year as contaminated exports are already starting to get rejected.

If a farmer signs any Monsanto agreement on seeds, etc., trust me, in that agreement you will waive your rights to sue for damages plus that agreement will shift the litigation damages and expenses to you.   The later is standard protoccol in their patented seed agreements.

Instead, farmers should see whether their crops have been contaminated, and if so, document their damages, and get legal counsel.

Farmers might want to contact the Center For Food Safety’s in-house counsel and Executive Director, Andrew Kimball, for a referral to an independent, seasoned agricultural law attorney.  The Center for Food Safety’s phone number is (202) 547-9359.

I suspect a mother of all class action lawsuits awaits Monsanto.  This is one the farmers should address in the courts so they can be fairly compensated.

–No Name Attorney

GMO genetic pollution alert: Genetically engineered wheat escapes experimental  fields planted across 16 states

Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) The genetic apocalypse we’ve been warning about for years may have  already begun. The USDA just announced they found a significant amount of genetically engineered wheat growing in farm fields in Oregon. As the USDA  announced yesterday, “…test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm  indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat  plants.”Why is this a big deal? Because GE wheat has never been approved  for commercialization or sale. These strains of GE wheat escaped from GMO  field experiments conducted across 16 states by Monsanto from 1998 to 2005.  As the USDA states, “Further testing by USDA laboratories indicates the presence  of the same GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto was authorized  to field test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005.”And that means genetic  pollution is already out of control. The GE wheat for which Monsanto claims  patent ownership is now invading farms that never planted GE wheat.

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