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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Preps, Rats, Totalitarians and Crashes

One of my fellow contributors at the California Prepper's Network, Catman, has put up a post with a great resource.  It is an index of emergency prep/survival articles from Outdoors-Magazine that have been converted to PDF files.  Click here for the index.

If you haven't started a Survival Bible or have some holes in the one you've got, this is an excellent place to visit.

Wow, are the rats scampering, or what?

Tucker Carlson has cracked open a story about a group of liberal-leaning journalists (and their supporters) - from some of the biggest online and print publications around - that openly colluded to manipulate the news.  They discussed and planned their strategy on a chat-room of sorts called, "JournoList".

There's a shock, huh?

The big story had to do with these vermin trying to bury the Jeremiah Wright/Candidate Obama story.  Their plan was to ...... wait for it...... use the Race Card to sully the reputation of a number of conservative pundits.

"Journalists" from the Huffington Post, and a butt-load of other sources are now in major-league Damage Control mode.  It is such a pleasure to watch!

I'm not going to provide links to the articles on their sites - I don't want to directly help to increase their ad revenues.  There are enough articles on the Internet right now for you to get a flavor of what's going on.  Pick a couple of the offending sites and read their articles if you want a real good chuckle.

One thing that was incredibly disturbing - once you connect a couple of dots - was a suggestion from these socialists that the federal government take steps to shut down Fox News.  When their license came up for renewal, simply don't give them a new one.
Guardian columnist Daniel Davies, who said he was "genuinely scared" of the network, reportedly said "peer pressure" and "self-regulation" were not working.

"In order to have even a semblance of control, you need a tough legal framework," he said.

According to the report, UCLA law professor Jonathan Zasloff urged the federal government to stop the network.

"I hate to open this can of worms, but is there any reason why the FCC couldn't simply pull their broadcasting permit once it expires?" he wrote.
Does anyone else remember when the White House was shutting Fox out of interviews and the like?  From October 2009 -
Last week, White House communications director Anita Dunn said Fox News operates "almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."

On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's chief of staff, said, "It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective."
The tactic blew up in their face, since most liberal journalists acknowledged that Fox was a news organization, and they recognized how wrong and dangerous this could be.

Still, the Executive Office of the United States Of America was actively trying to take Fox out of the equation.  They were attempting to discredit the credibility of the most successful cable news network in the country.  Get them discredited, and you can pull their credentials.

Viola!  No more "mean" press.

Wow, just like the JournoList guys suggested.  Very totalitarian-like, huh?

I don't understand Technical Stock Analysis very well.  They use historical charts and trends, plug the information into proprietary algorithms.  It is one of the tools that big-time investors use to make their buy/sell decisions.

Over the past few months, I've been seeing a number of articles on smallish web sites talking about how things don't look so good.  Apparently, the charts and trends look an awful lot like they looked just before the Great Depression.

No one in the MSM was talking about this.  Until now -
The crash of the Dow Jones Industrials in 1929 was signaled by the development of a well defined head and shoulder pattern, seen most clearly in its monthly chart. It is a reliable pattern that captures the behavior of investors who are becoming increasingly disillusioned about the future prospects for economic growth.
I've been out of the stock market for almost 3 years now.  I've got no skin in that market.  What is important about this is that the Dow is kind of the bellwether that most of America uses to determine how the economy in general is performing.

They hear about the Dow being up or down every day on the nightly news.  For many people, it is their ONLY connection to economic news.

If the Dow crashes like these Technical guys are saying, Main Street America is going to panic.  Big time.

In totally unrelated news - I'm sure - the FDIC has permanently increased the deposit insurance level from $100,000 per depositor to $250,000 per depositor.

Ya think they might be worried about a run on banks in the event of a crash in one or more financial markets?

Accept The Challenge

If you haven't put together a Survival Bible - a printed list of skills and emergency information - PLEASE do so now.  Have a copy on your computer, on a thumb drive off site, and a hard-copy that is protected from water.

Remember PACE - Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency:  Have multiple plans, sources and OPTIONS for each item in your emergency plan.  Assume failure for at least each of your primary plans.

PLEASE keep in tune with what is happening economically.  Along the lines of PACE, have multiple sources of information.  Don't just read the Main Stream Media, read opinions from all viewpoints - good, bad and ugly.  Sometimes the "tin-foil hat" guys get it right!

Sort through the information, decide for yourself what makes sense and what seems like a logical trend, and act accordingly.  "Act" being the operative word.  Passivity right now is not a good trait to have.

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Anonymous said...

Can someone please post an index to the stuff on this drive so all of us do not have to open 100 files to see what is there.

Chief Instructor said...

Anon, are you talking about the link I posted to the Outdoors-Magazine articles? If so, by placing your cursor over the file without clicking, the name of the full article is viewable (in Firefox, it's at the bottom of the browser frame). I'm guessing that's as good as we're going to get!

suek said...

I started reading a couple of the economic/investing blogs a couple of years ago in order to try to understand what was going on. I don't understand most of it, but I continue to read as he is readable and informative. His perspective is pretty much that the source of the problem was simply that there's corruption, both in the financial companies with their close links to government entities, and lack of enforcement of the financial laws in place. It doesn't do any good to make laws and more laws if those laws are not enforced.

Anonymous said...

When anyone on the left is exposed for doing something dishonest, immoral or simply inappropriate they all lock arms (where have I seen that before) and protect each other. I'm betting nothing comes of this. All these liars will still be working for NYT or whomever and all of their honor will be intact and none of this will ever even rise to the level of a postscipt in history. Do not delude yourself into thinking we are making progress; we are not.

Chief Instructor said...

Suek, denniger is great - I read him often. Take a look over at the left side b log links ans read Calculated Risk. He breaks down a lot of what's going on into bitesized, digestable chunks.

Anon, I think we make progess when we keep at it. Look at "global warming." A majority of Americans now believe that it was a hoax. We will still get Cap and Trade, but more people wiil come over to our side for the next battle.

We need to win little battles to win the big war.

Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong, I totally agree we need to push this and push back hard. The problem is if you are a lifelong conservative paying attention to what's going on you know there are no or few conservatives in politics who fight back. The Democrats are unified and will back their guys no matter what they do. Our side, not so much. In fact they run from them and each conservative goes in front of the camera (separately not unified) and does their best impression of Judas. Don't get me wrong I'm not suggesting we back criminals but look how easily the Democrats picked off Tom Delay who appearently has done nothing wrong or illegal. Look at the Democrats playing the race card to destroy the opposition. They are fighting for real and we are so easily pleased that we think it is a victory that "some" democrats will lose this fall because of the "constitutional crimes" they committed in office. This is a long war of small (and not so small) battles and we cannot simply be happy that we expose them for the crimes they commit to win those battles.

Chief Instructor said...

Anon, I hear ya. There are a handful of politicians I trust and respect. The majority of Repubs showed they are willing to spend, spend, spend when they have a majority in both houses of congress and "their guy" in the White House. They just spend on different things.

Liberals and Progressives clearly have a much better grasp on propaganda. They have an excellent long-term strategy to make their socialist views seem main stream.

Control the public schools and the views that are pumped into our kid's heads. Control the vast majority of the press to get out your message to the masses.

Suddenly, the nationalization of huge chunks of our society are sold as necessary and prudent, and we find ourselves in this mess.