Saturday, October 31, 2009

8 Days

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CIT, provider of financing for about one million small businesses, plans to file for bankruptcy as soon as Sunday night or early Monday. -- WSJ

[Filed chapter 11 Sunday night.]

Middle America is about to experience a total collapse.

Jim Sinclair explains:

The so called quick surgical bankruptcy of CIT will result in a company that will only be able to provide 20% of its previous level of financial services to Middle America according to Friday’s Wall Street Journal.

Any institutions replacing these services will have:

1. Higher levels of credit worthiness to be met by small business.

2. Less funds committed to these loans.

Further, the assets of CIT in bankruptcy are the middle American loans outstanding that will be brutally attacked by the bankruptcy process.

That is going to result in a flood of middle American businesses declaring bankruptcy.

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Related: 24 Days


Haybox. Illustration from catalog from the end of the 19th century. Via Wikipedia.

A haybox, straw box or "fireless cooker" is a primitive cooker that utilizes the heat of the food being cooked to complete the cooking process. Food items to be cooked are heated to boiling point, and then insulated. Over a period of time, the food items cook by the heat captured in the insulated container. Generally, it takes three times the normal cooking time to cook food in a haybox.

Hayboxes are so called because hay or straw were the commonly used insulators. Pots of food would be brought to a boil and then placed in a box filled with hay or straw. Additional hay or straw would be added around and on top of the pot. Campers and hikers have used variations of hayboxes for years, heating their food in the morning and then storing the heated pot in a sleeping bag or backpack. In this way a hot meal is available for eating at the end of the day.

Haybox cooking can save vast amounts of fuel, but there is a risk of bacterial growth if the food items are allowed to remain at a warm temperature for an extended period of time. For this reason, food cooked in hayboxes is normally reheated to boiling before eating.

Time Monks

Time Monks -- a lot like Time Bandits with permission. - c

Time Monks

Cliff High and George Ure are on a time-parallel countdown to the "days" posts here (employing Jim Sinclair's "countdown to the implosion of the dollar".)

Disparate backgrounds (monks: software vs. Sinclair: commodities) make their shared conclusion a fascinating examination.

High and Ure employ (webbots) spider software to glean natural-language-processed text from the Internet and relate it as future probabilities.

Among their biggest predictions were the September 11 attacks, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake/tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the China Sichuan Earthquake.

If you'd enjoy a few extra-ordinary survival tips, don't miss this broadcast.

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 1

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 2

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 3

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 4

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 5

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 6

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 7

[music break 1:24 - 6:44 - Lynard Skynard - Simple Man]

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 8

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 9

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 10

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 11

Cliff High and George Ure - Part 12

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"In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." -- Eric Hoffer – Longshoreman, Philosopher

h/t: Jim Sinclair

Blue Öyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Live

Blue Öyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper (1976)

Happy Halloween!

All our times have come
Here but now they're gone
Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
We can be like they are

Come on baby... Don't fear the Reaper
Baby take my hand... Don't fear the Reaper
We'll be able to fly... Don't fear the Reaper
Baby I'm your man...

La, la la, la la
La, la la, la la

Valentine is done
Here but now they're gone
Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity...
Romeo and Juliet

40,000 men and women everyday... Like Romeo and
40,000 men and women everyday... Redefine
Another 40,000 coming everyday...We can be like
they are

Come on baby... Don't fear the Reaper
Baby take my hand... Don't fear the Reaper
We'll be able to fly... Don't fear the Reaper
Baby I'm your man...

La, la la, la la
La, la la, la la

Love of two is one
Here but now they're gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn't go on
The door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew and then disappeared
The curtains flew then he appeared
Saying don't be afraid

Come on baby... And she had no fear
And she ran to him... Then she started to fly
They looked backward and said goodbye
She had become like they are
She had taken his hand
She had become like they are

Come on baby...don't fear the reaper

Friday, October 30, 2009

9 Days

"Bravery" via Oriental Outpost

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“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” -- Thucydides

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Argentine economic crisis (1999–2002)

Argentina was subject to military dictatorship (alternating with weak, short-lived democratic governments) for many years, that resulted in a number of significant economic problems. During the National Reorganization Process (1976-1983) huge debt was acquired for money that was later lost in different unfinished projects, the Falklands War, and the state's takeover of private debts; in this period, a neoliberal economic platform was introduced. By the end of the military government the country's industries were severely affected and unemployment, calculated at 18% (though official figures claimed 5%), was at its highest point since the depression.

In 1983, democracy in the country was restored with the election of president Raúl Alfonsín. The new government's plans included stabilizing Argentina's economy including the creation of a new currency (the Austral, first of its kind not to carry the word peso as part of its name), for which new loans were required. The state eventually became unable to pay the interest of this debt and confidence in the Austral collapsed. Inflation, which had been held to 10 to 20% a month, spiraled out of control. In July 1989, Argentina's inflation reached 200% that month alone, topping 5,000% for the year. -- The rest, as they say, is history. Read it at Wikipedia.

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Related: 24 Days

NYSE Meltdown

Just how much selling volume will be needed for the NYSE to announce it is halting trading? -- Zero Hedge

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At the close...


S&P 5001,036.19-29.92-2.81%

Spot on for the anniversary, I'd say. After all, what's one black day after 80 years?...

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Click image to watch this select scene from 'War Games'. - h/t: cocoablini

Field Suture on a Mora Knife Cut

Field Suture on a Mora Knife Cut

Watch Dave stitch a "cut to the bone" on his own hand.

This video is not for the squeamish.

Dave: Crap! Crap!

Follow up to the Field Suture Video Day 3

Interview With 'The Ticker Guy', Karl Denniger

Karl Denninger - Slope of Hope Interview - Part 1

Karl Denninger - Slope of Hope Interview - Part 2

Karl Denninger - Slope of Hope Interview - Part 3

Karl Denninger - Slope of Hope Interview - Part 4

Karl Denninger - Slope of Hope Interview - Part 5

Karl Denninger - Slope of Hope Interview - Part 6

Congress, You Are Fired!

In August, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again.

I guess Congress didn't get the message.

Now, two months later, in a FOX News poll (conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp.) 64% say the country would be better off by throwing Congress out.

Join the club. Email this pink slip to your mis-representative today!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

10 Days

Excerpt from 80 Years Since the Great Depression by Urban Survival

Not to sound to 'geeky' this morning, but do you know what was going on 29,220 days ago? If you haven't had a lot of coffee yet, another hint might be 80-years ago...but that makes it just too obvious: Wall Street was going through it's infamous Black Tuesday in 1929.

Market crashes then - along with now - are not one day affairs: Black Tuesday followed Black Monday, which in turn was preceded by Black Friday and Black Thursday, which gets us back to October 24 of 1929. A reread of the Wikipedia history of those days seems in order:

"The Roaring Twenties, the decade that led up to the Crash, was a time of wealth and excess, and despite caution of the dangers of speculation, many believed that the market could sustain high price levels. Shortly before the crash, economist Irving Fisher famously proclaimed, "Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." The optimism and financial gains of the great bull market were shattered Black Thursday, when share prices on the NYSE collapsed. Stock prices fell on that day and they continued to fall, at an unprecedented rate, for a full month.

The October 1929 crash came during a period of declining real estate values in the United States (which peaked in 1925) near the beginning of a chain of events that led to the Great Depression, a period of economic decline in the industrialized nations.

In the days leading up to Black Tuesday, the market was severely unstable. Periods of selling and high volumes of trading were interspersed with brief periods of rising prices and recovery. Economist and author Jude Wanniski later correlated these swings with the prospects for passage of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which was then being debated in Congress. After the crash, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) partially recovered in November-December 1929 and early 1930, only to reverse and crash again, reaching a low point of the great bear market in 1932. On July 8, 1932 the Dow reached its lowest level of the 20th century and did not return to pre-1929 levels until 23 November 1954."

In the wake of those days - and the decade that followed - America stumbled through a series of policies that were supposed to help the recovery ("Good times are just ahead") but arguably what really ended the Great Depression was the US entry into World War II.

[Are we headed towards another Great Depression, or as some believe, the Greatest Depression? Perhaps we already know the answer to that question.]

Consumer confidence is down again ... and no, no sign of Christmas, except that may have been the blip in shipping numbers recently. Both presents have been shipped now.

[10 days, and counting.]

Click paper to view it in a readable size.

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Related: 24 Days

Hans Zimmer - You're so cool!

Hans Zimmer - You're so cool!

Some pictures from my all-time favorite movie, True Romance. [trailer]

True Romance[DVD] (1993) - written by Quentin Tarantino / Roger Avary, directed by Tony Scott, starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette [among the best cast ever assembled including: Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore... more!]

True Romance: Motion Picture Soundtrack[CD] by Hans Zimmer.

1 in 4 US Bridges Unsafe

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

26%, or one in four, of the nation’s bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. While some progress has been made in recent years to reduce the number of deficient and obsolete bridges in rural areas, the number in urban areas is rising. A $17 billion annual investment is needed to substantially improve current bridge conditions. Currently, only $10.5 billion is spent annually on the construction and maintenance of bridges.

2009 US Bridge Infrastructure report card [PDF 9 pp.]

America's Infrastructure [PDF 168 pp.]

U.S. Bridge Tracker - Check the Safety of the Bridges You Cross

h/t: Next Big Future

Bay Bridge Breakdown Highlights Bridge Concerns

The $50 Lesson

Girl Mowing via The Girls and Us

Via Daily Paul h/t: NMLifestyles

The $50 Lesson

I recently asked my friends' little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President of the United States. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there. So I asked her, "If you were President, what would be the first thing you would do?" She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people." Her parents beamed.

"Wow...what a worthy goal," I told her. "But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my driveway, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house."

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

I said, "Welcome to the Republican Conservative Party."

Her parents still aren't speaking to me. Made my day!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

11 Days

There are a lot of fishy things coming up for the US dollar in early November. -- Jim Sinclair

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READ--> The Next Step in the Bank Implosion Cycle???

Best reader comment:

"So let me get this straight:

JPM has $64.6 trillion dollars of interest rate swap exposure.

If the Fed raises interest rates, they are screwed, and whoever they sold them to is as well (because JPM can't cover that bet, and neither can the Fed). So as long as rates stay low long enough for the 'muddle through' to work, everything is hunky-dory.

But if the rest of the world raises interest rates, and the Fed does not, that calls the viability of the USD into question, which leads to a currency crisis in the USD.

...So if the 'muddle through' doesn't work, everything financial is totally F*CKED."

[Precisely. 11 days, and counting.]

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Related: 24 Days

Gary McKinnon: I was morally correct

Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA.

The US wants to try Gary McKinnon for what it calls the biggest military computer hack of all time.

[At first McKinnon faced 6 months of community service, but now, after rewritten US cyber crimes laws, he now faces 60 years imprisonment in a maximum security facility.]

[British] home secretary, Alan Johnson, pledged [yesterday] to examine new medical evidence in the case of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon "very carefully" before approving his extradition to the US on charges of breaking into the Pentagon's military networks.

The 43-year-old, from Wood Green, north London, suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, and says his hacking was aimed at nothing more than searching for reports of UFO sightings. His supporters fear his health would suffer in a maximum security jail in the US. -- The Guardian

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Gary McKinnon Interview

Interviewer: What do you think is a suitable punishment for someone that did what you did?

McKinnon: Well, firstly, because of what I was looking for, I think I was morally correct, even though I regret it now. I think that free energy technology should be publicly available.

Interviewer: Did you find what you were looking for?

McKinnon: Yeah.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Home Run

[TRT 7:14]

Click image to watch The Home Run, a true story.

The way it used to be.
The way it ought to be.
Win with grace and lose with honor.

h/t: Jim Sinclair

Dead Government Walking

Hemingway wrote that a man goes broke "slowly, then all at once". We believe the same sentiment can be applied to governments. If fiscal abuses continue unabated, confidence eventually erodes until investors just stop lending. ... the U.S. [is] on the road to ruin, and the major governments of the world have noticed and are taking action.

Read the rest from top to bottom.

Click "Fullscreen" at top of reader window, then "Zoom +" in lower left.

Sprott Oct 2009 Comment

h/t: Zero Hedge [hittin' on all cylinders!]

Bank's Ponzi Scheme Exposed

Click graphic to enlarge.

The guys and gals at Zero Hedge have done it again. First, they exposed the FED's control of the stock market, now laid bare are the bankers -- Wall Street's financial analysts, rushing to upgrade each others' stocks with impunity.

They're all involved:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Bank of America
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Citigroup
  • Wells Fargo
  • JP Morgan
  • Deutsche Bank

As explained by Zero Hedge:

The [above] graphic shows just how prevalent the ponzi upgrade game has become - among the top 7 banks which have staggering (and in many cases taxpayer subsidized) balance sheets and hold all the keys for the next major leg down, there is just one sell rating (and even that is simply between a European analyst and a European firm). Which begs a new spin on an old question: if a ponzi scheme develops before our eyes and everyone is blissfully ignoring it, has a ponzi ever occurred (we refer you to the SEC for the answer)? -- Full Story

Now you understand why I read Zero Hedge? Great work! Again.

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12 Days

Homemade Dog and Cat Food

By Allrecipes Staff, I Love Dogs, I Love Cats

Make your own nutritious pet food from ingredients you trust

Cooking for your pet may seem like a fussy endeavor, but if you're worried about the ingredients in commercially prepared foods, it's an option to consider.

Note: The animal lovers at recommend talking to your pet's veterinarian before making serious changes to your animal's diet.

Dog Food Recipes

In general, dog food should comprise 1/3 protein from meat, eggs or dairy products, 2/3 grains and vegetables.

Click table to enlarge.

Cat-Approved Recipes

Cats are pure carnivores, and therefore require more protein than dogs. Cat foods should be at least half meat, eggs, or dairy products and half grains and vegetables.

Ingredients to Avoid

* Chocolate
* Any candy containing the sweetener Xylitol
* Grapes and raisins
* Avocados
* Macadamia nuts and walnuts
* Moldy foods
* Mushrooms
* Mustard seeds
* Onions and onion powder
* Garlic (raw, cooked and powdered)
* Yeast dough

And of course items like coffee grounds, tea, and alcohol should be kept away from pets. For more information, please see the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center website.

Pet Food Safety Center - Humane Society
American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition

Monday, October 26, 2009

Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World

"Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World" is the fourth unclassified report prepared by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in recent years that takes a long-term view of the future. It offers a fresh look at how key global trends might develop over the next 15 years to influence world events. Their report is not meant to be an exercise in prediction or crystal ball-gazing. Mindful that there are many possible "futures," they offer a range of possibilities and potential discontinuities, as a way of opening our minds to developments we might otherwise miss.

Some of their preliminary assessments are highlighted below:

  • The whole international system—as constructed following WWII—will be revolutionized. Not only will new players—Brazil, Russia, India and China— have a seat at the international high table, they will bring new stakes and rules of the game.
  • The unprecedented transfer of wealth roughly from West to East now under way will continue for the foreseeable future.
  • Unprecedented economic growth, coupled with 1.5 billion more people, will put pressure on resources—particularly energy, food, and water—raising the specter of scarcities emerging as demand outstrips supply.
  • The potential for conflict will increase owing partly to political turbulence in parts of the greater Middle East.

As with the earlier NIC efforts—such as Mapping The Global Future 2020—the project's primary goal is to provide US policymakers with a view of how world developments could evolve, identifying opportunities and potentially negative developments that might warrant policy action. They also hope this paper stimulates a broader discussion of value to educational and policy institutions at home and abroad. -- National Intelligence Council


Executive Summary

Introduction: A Transformed World
More Change than Continuity
Alternative Futures

Chapter 1: The Globalizing Economy
Back to the Future
Growing Middle Class
State Capitalism: A Post-Democratic Marketplace Rising in the East?
Bumpy Ride in Correcting Current Global Imbalances
Multiple Financial Nodes
Diverging Development Models, but for How Long?

Chapter 2: The Demographics of Discord
Populations Growing, Declining, and Diversifying—at the Same Time
The Pensioner Boom: Challenges of Aging Populations
Persistent Youth Bulges
Changing Places: Migration, Urbanization, and Ethnic Shifts
Demographic Portraits: Russia, China, India, and Iran

Chapter 3: The New Players
Rising Heavyweights: China and India
Other Key Players
Up-and-Coming Powers
Global Scenario I: A World Without the West

Chapter 4: Scarcity in the Midst of Plenty?
The Dawning of a Post-Petroleum Age?
The Geopolitics of Energy
Water, Food, and Climate Change
Global Scenario II: October Surprise

Chapter 5: Growing Potential for Conflict
A Shrinking Arc of Instability by 2025?
Growing Risk of a Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East
New Conflicts Over Resources?
Terrorism: Good and Bad News
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq: Local Trajectories and Outside Interests
Global Scenario III: BRICs’ Bust-Up

Chapter 6: Will the International System Be Up to the Challenges?
Multipolarity without Multilateralism
How Many International Systems?
A World of Networks
Global Scenario IV: Politics is Not Always Local

Chapter 7: Power-Sharing in a Multipolar World
Demand for US Leadership Likely to Remain Strong, Capacities Will Shrink
New Relationships and Recalibrated Old Partnerships
Less Financial Margin of Error
More Limited Military Superiority
Surprises and Unintended Consequences
Leadership Will Be Key

Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World [PDF] 8.30 MB

The EDC Sling Bow

The EDC Sling Bow Concept

Marc Faber: Dollar Will Go to a Value of Exactly Zero

Marc Faber: Dollar Will Go to a Value of Exactly Zero

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13 Days

Carpe diem

Kairos as portrayed in a 16th century fresco by Francesco Salviati.

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Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero.

"Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future." -- Quintus Horatius Flaccus

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"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu

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"Manage well the circumstances which you encounter day by day; meet occasions as they arise with an expedient course of action." -- Isocrates [paraphrased]

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"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay." -- Rockhound

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Gone fishing. - c

Sunday, October 25, 2009

FED Controls Stock Market: Sell! Sell!

Sell! Sell!

What would you do it you found out...

the Federal Reserve has been controlling the stock market?

The build up:

"Although the main interests of the Federal Reserve are macroeconomic in nature, well-functioning financial markets are ancillary to good economic performance. Conversely, financial instability can compromise economic growth and price stability. Because of this intimate connection with economic performance, the Federal Reserve has a clear interest in promoting the stability of financial markets. [Via the trading desk of Brian Sack located at 33 Liberty Street, Floor 9]" -- Former Fed Governor Fred Mishkin, 2007

Select quotes from the story you don't want to miss if you're invested in the stock market:

"... the Federal Reserve has now managed to singlehandedly take over the entire capital market."

"... as long as there is no regulatory reform ... , as long as financial system crutches persist and as long as the opportunity cost of being wrong is zero (and borne only by US taxpayers), US equity markets will continue to be a scam."

"Therefore, [we advise] all readers to immediately remove all their capital from the stock market, until such time as proactive steps are taken to remedy these numerous concerns, or alternatively suffer the consequences of not only another Fed inflated market bubble, but the even sadder consequences of its unwind."

Best reader comment:

"Amazing story in the history of the USA. It took 1 year to piece together all the pieces of the puzzle. Well, it's just seen the light of day. Thanks to all that prepared this report. Perhaps the NYSE should remove that US flag in front of the Stock Exchange. What a joke........... Free markets??"

Click here to read the EXCLUSIVE STORY from Zero Hedge

Fall of the Republic

Max Keiser in Fall of the Republic

All of Max Keiser's clips taken from Fall of the Republic.

h/t: tomjdalton, maxkeiser

Watch the full movie here:

Fall of the Republic - HQ full length version

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14 Days

If you have not read/watched/copied/downloaded the "top shelf" material [on right sidebar], take today to do so. - c

you are not alone

"Solid Gold Cute" 6"x6" - oil on canvas by Carol Marine

"To a Mouse"

By Robert Burns

Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast,
O, what a panic is in your little breast!
You need not start away so hasty
With hurrying scamper!
I would be loath to run and chase you,
With murdering plough-staff.

I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
And justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
And fellow mortal!

I doubt not, sometimes, but you may steal;
What then? Poor little beast, you must live!
An odd ear in twenty-four sheaves
Is a small request;
I will get a blessing with what is left,
And never miss it.

Your small house, too, in ruin!
Its feeble walls the winds are scattering!
And nothing now, to build a new one,
Of coarse grass green!
And bleak December's winds coming,
Both bitter and keen!

You saw the fields laid bare and wasted,
And weary winter coming fast,
And cozy here, beneath the blast,
You thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel plough past
Out through your cell.

That small bit heap of leaves and stubble,
Has cost you many a weary nibble!
Now you are turned out, for all your trouble,
Without house or holding,
To endure the winter's sleety dribble,
And hoar-frost cold.

But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Still you are blest, compared with me!
The present only touches you:
But oh! I backward cast my eye,
On prospects dreary!
And forward, though I cannot see,
I guess and fear!

DR Admits Vaccine Is More Deadly Than Swine Flu Itself

DR Admits Vaccine Is More Deadly Than Swine Flu Itself

h/t: MRinvestment, NMLifestyles

Related: The Swine Flu Conspiracy

Dr. Andrew Moulden (Interview): What You Were Never Told About Vaccines

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Peter Schiff Issues a Red Alert: Get Out of the US Dollar

Peter Schiff issues a Red Alert: "Get out of the US dollar"

h/t: NMLifestyles

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Related: From Riches to Rags: Inflation & Poverty in Zimbabwe

Don't miss this LOL post and its user comments from Zero Hedge: Sheila Bair Addresses A Worried Nation [tick, tock, tick]

Glenn Beck Interviews Lord Monckton On Climate Treaty

Related: Al Gore Sued by Over 30,000 Scientists for Global Warming Fraud

Lord Christopher Monckton: Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty

UPDATE: Ding Dong Global Warming Treaty is Dead

Permaculture Principles

Via Permaculture Principals

h/t: Humble Garden [who teaches by example]

The 12 permaculture design principles [graphically represented on the clock above] are thinking tools, that when used together, allow us to creatively re-design our environment and our behavior in a world of less energy and resources.

Follow the link at the end of this post for a more detailed explanation of the following principals:

1. Observe & Interact - "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

2. Catch & Store Energy - "Make hay while the sun shines."

3. Obtain a Yield - "You can't work on an empty stomach."

4. Apply Self-Regulation & Accept Feedback - "The sins of the fathers are visited on the children of the seventh generation."

5. Use & Value Renewable Resources & Services - "Let nature take its course."

6. Produce No Waste - "A stitch in time saves nine." "Waste not, want not."

7. Design from Patterns to Details - "Can't see the forest for the trees."

8. Integrate Rather than Segregate - "Many hands make light work."

9. Use Small & Slow Solutions - "The bigger they are, the harder they fall." "Slow and steady wins the race."

10. Use & Value Diversity - "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

11. Use Edges & Value the Marginal - "Don't think you are on the right track just because it's a well-beaten path."

12. Creatively Use & Respond to Change - "Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be."

Read more about how design principles can be applied to business, by Rob Hopkins.

Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles with David Holmgren

PERMACULTURE & PEAK OIL: Beyond 'Sustainability'

David Holmgren is co-originator (with Bill Mollison) of the permaculture concept and author of the recent book, PERMACULTURE: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.

In this video, Holmgren talks about the need to move beyond the lulling hope that 'green tech' breakthroughs will allow world-wide 'sustainable consumption' to the recognition that dwindling oil supplies inevitably mean a mandatory 'energy descent' for human civilization across the planet. He argues that permaculture principles provide the best guide to a peaceful societal 'powering down.'

The "Essence of Permaculture" [HTML] provides a taste of the new book and the icons used for each of the design principles. [Also available as a 20 pp. PDF.]

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The map is not the territory.