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Be Prepared, by the Zman

Being prepared used to be a commonly accepted article of faith. Now people who prepare are denigrated and deplored by the grasshoppers who don’t. From the Zman at theburningplatform.com:

Older readers will surely recall being taught as children the importance of being prepared for the various emergencies that are a part of life. Before the usual suspects destroyed the Boy Scouts, preparedness was a central part of the Scout ethos. People used to regularly make sure they had things like candles and matches in the house. Every equinox we were told that it is a good time to check batteries, test out flashlights and portable radios, as part of general preparedness.

Being prepared fell out of fashion over the last few decades, as technology made the supply chain a marvel of timeliness. In a world where you can order something on-line and have it the next day, being prepared takes on a different meaning. Today, a weather event means having the latest games on the Xbox and your watch-list ready for a day of video entertainment. In modern America, emergencies are an excuse to have a party and enjoy the emergency unfold on television.

This is probably why some people panic and buy ridiculous things like toilet paper and bottled water before storms and now before the plague. The emergency triggers something in people. The items they buy are symbolic. At some level, people know they are dependent on a system that they don’t understand very well, or trust all that much, to be there when it counts. The panic buying is a reaction to the sudden reminder that we are not as prepared to make it very long on our own.

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20 Million People QUARANTINED in China for Wuhan Coronavirus: What to Do RIGHT NOW, by Daisy Luther

You can’t be too prepared, and months or years ahead of time is much better than a moment too late. From Daisy Luther at theorganicprepper.com:

Yesterday we reported on everything we knew about the Wuhan Coronavirus, an outbreak in China that has reached Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Vietnam, the US, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Thailand with confirmed cases.

This morning, we woke up to the news that China has quarantined three major cities with a combined population of more than 20 million people. That seems rather excessive (not to mention expensive and panic-inducing) for a virus with a proclaimed 2% death rate. The Guardian reports:

Authorities banned transport links from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, on Thursday, as well as the nearby central Chinese cities of Huanggang and Ezhou, suspending buses, subways, ferries and shutting the airport and train stations to outgoing passengers.

Meanwhile the state-run Beijing News said the capital had cancelled events including two well-known lunar new year temple fairs. Separately, the country’s railway operator, China State Railway Group, said passengers would be able to receive full refunds on tickets nationwide starting on Friday. (source)

Chinese authorities still report only 633 cases, 95 patients in critical condition, and 17 deaths from the virus.

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Complain But Remain, by Jeff Thomas

Only a small percentage of people will do anything before the super-crisis headed our way finally hits. From Jeff Thomas at internationalman.com:

economic crisis

All countries have a “shelf-life” of sorts. Generally, they begin when an old, top-heavy government collapses from its own weight. The end of the old regime is characterized by civil unrest, revolution, secession, economic collapse or some combination of these conditions.

The new country generally has minimal government and little or nothing in the way of entitlements. It’s “sink or swim” for the people, and the recovery generally begins when a portion of the population rolls up its sleeves and creates an economy based upon production.

Over time, often a century or more, the population gets better at production and the country becomes wealthier. Along the way, whatever limited government existed has done all it could to expand itself. Governments, by their very nature, are parasites, living off the productive class, and eventually that parasite has the power to dominate those who produce, by promising largesse to those on the lower levels – who are in every society, the majority of voters.

This pattern has been followed for millennia. A nation establishes its freedom; it begins a productive economy; it develops wealth; it is taken over by a parasitical government; it goes into decline; it collapses, and the cycle begins anew.

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Are You Prepared for Lockdown? How to Stay Safe When All Hell Breaks Loose in America, by Daisy Luther

There is a ton of good advice in this article. From Daisy Luther at theorganicprepper.com:

Tensions are incredibly high in the United States right now. I realized that over the past three years, I’ve written that they’re “at an all-time high” far too many times. So, I’ll just say, they’re high enough that all hell could break loose at any moment given the right (wrong) application of fuel to the flame. The number one thing you can do for this situation to keep your family safe is to be prepared for lockdown.

Pretending that it isn’t happening or hoping to hug it out is not a rational response to the chaos that is coming.  I know that some cling to their misguided views on the way the world works with the ferocity of a mother bear protecting cubs, but for the rest of us, there’s this thing called reality. When we accept it, we can prepare for it.

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BABY STEPS: You’ve Been Woke. Now Exit the Matrix. by Doug “Uncola” Lynn

This article was mentioned in today’s SLL article “BREAKING: Gravity Works.”

In the meantime, Doug “Uncola” Lynn’s recent article on The Burning Platform, “BABY STEPS: You’ve Been Woke. Now Exit the Matrix.” is an excellent wake up call and has a lot of useful information and links to other sources about preparing for the inevitable.

From Lynn at theburningplatform.com:

‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!  She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit……

Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues

– Revelation 18

There is an English salutation said to have been translated from a Chinese curse.  It states: May you live in interesting times. Well, like it or not, we do. There is so much insanity occurring every day, on a global basis, it is difficult to process.  So much so, that historians will one day look back on our time and scratch their heads in open-jawed, disbelief.

“Wait a minute,” they will say, “let us get this straight:”

Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence was overseeing an investigation into President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia because Trump was said to have obtained damaging information on Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton; but, during the same time period, Schiff was engaged in obtaining damaging information from Russians on Presidential Candidate Donald Trump?

Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had to rig the 2016 Primary Elections because she was losing to a very popular Democratic Socialist?  Then Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 Presidential Election? Clinton received 65,844,610 votes, even when the charitable foundation she founded with her husband, an impeached former U.S. president and disbarred attorney, profited $145 million in the sale of 20% of America’s uranium supply to Russia?  Russia? Who, supposedly, stole the election from her?


Now it appears the sitting president, Barack Hussein Obama, was aware  that his law enforcement agencies illegally spied on Presidential Candidate Trump for political gain; in spite of Obama’s earlier denials regarding his knowledge of the crime(s).

Yet, none of this matters to the Corporate Mainstream Media and over 50% of American voters.

To continue reading: BABY STEPS: You’ve Been Woke. Now Exit the Matrix.

BREAKING: Gravity Works, by Robert Gore

Are you ready for the inevitable?

Why did the stock market fall? The usual suspects are finding all sorts of “causes.” How about this one: when everyone is on the same side of the boat, driven by hope and greed or fear and loathing, the boat capsizes, no matter the economic “fundamentals” or political climate.

Since 2009 the world’s central bank’s have blown up their balance sheets and much of that newly created fiat debt found a home in equity and bond markets and cryptocurrencies. With few interruptions, most asset prices have rallied ever since.

Virtually every stock market sentiment and positioning indicator has, like the stock market itself, gone from new extreme to new extreme for months. Numerous commentators, including SLL, have been warning for months, even years. Pick a valuation measure and stocks, even after the last two weeks, are at peak valuations rivaled only by 1929, 2000, and 2007.

The only mystery was when they would give way. If they are now in fact giving way, then there’s no mystery about how bad it’s going to get. Very bad.

With the world more indebted than it’s ever been on both an absolute basis and relative to the world’s productive capacity, economies and markets are extremely sensitive to interest rates. The Treasury debt market has been the dark cloud on the horizon since short-term bill rates made their low in mid-2015. The Fed followed, as it almost always does, raising the federal funds rate target (from zero) for the first time in seven years December 2015.

That markets lead, not follow the Fed, is an inconvenient truth for the legions of commentators and analysts who routinely assert the Fed controls interest rates. It shoots a hole in a lot of theories and models. (For substantiation that the Fed follows the market, see The Socionomic Theory of Finance, Chapter 3, Robert Prechter.)

The ten-year note made its high in July 2016 and has been trending irregularly lower—and interest rates irregularly higher—since. Higher interest rates raise the cost of leveraged speculation, production, and consumption. Yet, leveraged speculators in the stock market only seem to have noticed rising yields the past couple of weeks.

Given that the government will be borrowing close to $1 trillion this year, yields are still absurdly low. Markets have been conditioned by interest rate suppression, negative yields, governmental debt monetization, QEs, central bank puts, and central banker public pronouncements to think absurdly low yields are forever. A competing hypothesis is that it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature or markets, and after nine years of this nonsense, when they blow they’re really going to blow. SLL endorses the competing hypothesis.

Small coteries of central banking bureaucrats can’t regulate or control multi-trillion dollar, yen, yuan, and euro economies and financial markets. Super-volcanic financial eruptions will expose other truths as well. Watch as rising interest rates and crashing equity markets and economies reveal central, core truths: governments are bereft of real resources, are desperate to acquire same, and will be inconceivably—by today’s standards—rapacious in doing so. That’s quite a statement, because even today they’re pretty damn larcenous.

A generalized crash will also clarify the central conflict of our time: government and it’s string-pullers, minions, beneficiaries, and cheerleaders versus everybody else. Such a characterization suggests a deepening of today’s polarization. Unfortunately, as order breaks down, it will be everybody else versus everybody else, too. Good-bye polarization, hello atomization.

And order will break down. Government always and everywhere rule by force, fraud, and intimidation, but force, fraud, and intimidation need to be paid, preferably in something that can be exchanged for groceries or shoes for the kids. History suggests that the government and central bank will depreciate (speaking of fraud) their fiat debt instruments—Federal Reserve Notes, US Treasury debt, and central bank credit balances—to their marginal cost of production, or zero.

When governments are bankrupt, their praetorians forage—a nice word for theft and extortion. They’ll be competing with hordes of foraging civilians, many of whom will be armed. In such a scenario, one identifiable group has a fighting chance, and it will involve fighting and lots of it. That, of course, is the group who have either been preparing for such a scenario for years or have the skill set and mental fortitude necessary to adapt to it. Much scorned, this group may get the last laugh, but it will be a grim one.

They overwhelmingly supported Trump. It will be a disappointment, but not a surprise, that one man is unable to reverse a collapse long in the making. However, their support for Trump indicates ideological cohesion, which will be absent from the rest of the population.

Take away the undeserved from the undeserving and you get a tantrum. Steal the earned from those who earned it and you get righteous rage. One’s a firecracker, the other a volcano. The game has been to impress upon the useful a moral obligation to support the useless, but the volcano’s about to blow, burying that obscene morality in lava and ash. Given the staggering levels of accumulated debt and promises, the useful know their talents, skills, hard work, productivity and futures have been mortgaged for the useless. This is the salient and intractable social division. No reconciliation is possible between the useful and those who believe themselves entitled to their enslavement.

The Useful and the Useless,” SLL, 3/23/17

When the government implodes, those on the receiving end of its largess are going to be united by only two things: their outrage and their inability to do anything about it. They’ll have all the solidarity of cannibals trying to eat one another.

Against that backdrop will be the group who wants to provide for itself…and knows how to do so. Individualism, self-sufficiency, and a love of freedom and inviolable liberties are not dead in America, but those who support them have been driven underground. They’ll stay underground come the collapse—advertising abilities and provisions will be an invitation to brutalization, robbery and murder—but they’ll fend off the rampaging hordes, survive, and reemerge.

Do they have to reemerge, can’t they just emerge to set things right without all the collapse and carnage? Unfortunately not. For those pinning their hopes on political education and action, what are the chances of convincing the half of the country that’s riding the government gravy train to hop off to prevent insolvency and ruin? The question answers itself. They’ll have to be pushed off.

Trump’s election was a cry of protest, and he’s ruffled some feathers. However, eight years of around-the-clock, 24/7 presidential effort couldn’t undo decades of ruinous policies, many of which Trump has actually embraced: out of control spending, deficits, debt, and empire.  Trump will be battling falling equity markets, rising interest rates, and swamp vermin.

Things have to get much worse before they can get better, but just as nothing goes up forever, nothing goes down forever. Collapse’s silver lining may be that it offers a chance for freedom and inviolable liberties to finally emerge from underground.

In the meantime, Doug “Uncola” Lynn’s recent article on The Burning Platform, “BABY STEPS: You’ve Been Woke. Now Exit the Matrix.” is an excellent wake up call and has a lot of useful information and links to other sources about preparing for the inevitable. Nobody is going to be 100 percent prepared, but there’s no excuse for being 0 percent prepared.

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You Are Either A Prepper Or A Future Victim, by Tom Chatham

If you think anyone but you will take responsibility for you and your family’s safety and welfare when the shit hits the fan, frankly, you’re dead meat. From Tom Chatham at projectchesapeake.wordpress.com:

The recent disasters around the world have shown most people are ill prepared for sudden disruptions to normal life. Just as there was a lack of imagination that allowed 9/11 to happen, the population suffers from a lack of imagination that allows them to suffer from sudden occurrences. Survival favors the prepared mind.

Simply having supplies piled up in preparation for some occurrence is not enough to insure your survival. There are several other things you must keep in mind and balance out among your preparations.

You must imagine the potential catastrophic possibilities
You must prepare yourself mentally to deal with whatever happens
You must have knowledge of how best to employ your resources
You need to use your imagination to think outside the box
You must be able to improvise, adapt and overcome obstacles
You must have a flexible plan to guide you

Many people have spewed hateful rhetoric at preppers over the years and today some are finding themselves in dire circumstances as infrastructure and supplies are cut off for an indefinite period of time. Those unprepared individuals have few options and now rely on the actions of others to insure their survival.

As many in the Caribbean can now attest to, having to wait for help to come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away is slow and stressful to those who wait. They do not know when help will arrive and what resources will be available when they arrive. It could take years for many locations to return to some type of normalcy and this is at a time when help is available and forthcoming. What happens when that help is not available following an event?

To continue reading: You Are Either A Prepper Or A Future Victim 


Be Prepared, by Robert Gore

Straight Line Logic has published numerous articles forecasting debt contraction, deflation, a financial crisis, and a severe global depression. For anyone who needs a review, at the end of this article is a list of links. A recent article, “Who’s Right?” (SLL, 1/5/15) examined commodity, credit, and foreign exchange markets, and various indicators of the real economy, and concluded they were all sending a different message than the US equity market, where some indexes made new highs in December. Now, however, volatility has increased dramatically in that market, and it may be joining the other indicators, signaling at the least an economic contraction, and almost certainly worse. If that is the case, while it will be important to understand how it happened, it will be even more important to take the necessary mental, psychological, and physical measures for what’s to come. In other words, look forward, not backwards; there’s still time for significant preparation.

Many people have trouble grasping that a bullish trend has reversed. History is full of such reversals. After the tech wreck at the turn of the century and the recent financial crisis, risks and dangers should be on everyone’s mind, but they’re not. Hope springs eternal, and today’s version rests on faith in governments and their central banks to manage economies and financial markets. Few SLL readers share that faith, but for those that do, consider renouncing it (see the links at the end of the article for intellectual and empirical arguments against statist religion). One cannot prepare for turmoil, financial carnage, contraction, and possible collapse if one does not believe they can happen.

Emotionalism, fueled by fear, the most powerful human emotion, surges during a crash. Even for those who expected it and may be profiting from it, the emotional register jumps. Humans are quite sensitive to other humans’ emotions, especially in a group setting. To counter the often manic impulses of the herd requires a deliberate braking effort, telling one’s self, perhaps out loud, to slow down, to breathe, to carefully consider—away from the herd—and reconsider important decisions, and then, before your decision is final, to talk with someone whose judgment you trust.

Should you try to profit financially from a crash? It’s a lot harder than it looks. Most investors, especially those not involved in markets day-to-day, should put their money in cash, cash equivalents, and precious metals and wait it out. There are ways to profit from market crashes, and some mutual and exchange traded funds employ leverage that allows speculators to magnify their bets. They are generally quite popular at the end of bear markets and shunned at the top of bull markets. More leveraged bets—options and futures—are only for the pros. Even when the timing is correct, most people making leveraged short bets have trouble handling the excitement and profits when the market’s going their direction or the snapback rallies that invariably start at the most unlikely times and force many of them to cover. If you’ve got strong nerves, a cast-iron stomach, and can sleep under any circumstances you can perhaps risk nonessential capital. If you’re not part of that small group, play it safe.

Speculation can only increase inner emotional turmoil at a time that demands calm rationality. As deterioration accelerates, so too does chaos. Businesses go out of business and individuals and their families face unemployment, poverty, and homelessness. To the shock and dismay of those keeping the statist faith, governments break down as they go broke, and they are unable to provide the services that had been taken for granted. Government “safety nets” fray or rip entirely. Infrastructure deteriorates as maintenance, repair, and capital investment are permanently deferred. Crime increases and the government’s ability to do anything about it decreases.

Those who thought the government would always protect them and their property will discover they’ve been living in a fools’ paradise. Self-defense is the first imperative of survival. For the heretofore defenseless, the time to acquire firearms and learn how to use them is now. In general, the complex systems we take for granted—industry, commerce, finance, transportation, agriculture, communications, information technologies, as well as security—will be subject to severe stress, some to the breaking point. This will drive what will become the mantra of the coming crisis: self-sufficiency.

The basic theme is that the more you have and the more you can do for yourself, the better. It is beyond the scope of this website to provide comprehensive instruction on emergency preparedness and learning gardening, mechanical, medical, and other useful skills. Googling “emergency preparedness” will yield a trove of sites and information. For the heretofore unprepared, the time to start preparing is now.

As the mechanisms of our society break down, the areas with the best chance of developing a tolerable lifestyle under the circumstances will be smaller communities. Cities are apt to be dangerously chaotic and violent. While rural areas may be safer, they will be isolated and offer fewer of the benefits of trade and mutual assistance. In smaller communities, barter and exchange of services (among those with something to trade and useful skills) will be the order of the day. Such communities can band together to provide their members a measure of security. Get to know your neighbors, now. Take a daily walk through the neighborhood and strike up conversations. Attend homeowners’ association meetings. They are tedious and often degenerate into vicious battles over trivialities, but they offer an opportunity to meet people it would be helpful to know in a crisis. Try to get phone numbers and addresses (the phones may not work).

A final note. One thing you can count on in a crisis: governments will make it worse. Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for their cupidity, stupidity, mendacity, rapacity, criminality, and tyranny. It’s the other good reason to arm yourself.


A Skyscraper of Cards

A Brief History of Government


The Economics of Debt, Deterioration, Deflation, Depression, and Disorder

Bankers’ Nirvana

A Mania of Manias

Oil Ushers in the Depression

Oil Economics, Part 2

Who’s Right?


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