Is the Internet Wrecking Infrastructure?

We consider (between the rain and power blinks here in Texas) how soon we start seeing some real declines in things like hotel, rental cars, and travel as business is moving more and more to video conferencing in lieu of travel?

And, we take a look at what our Trading Model is doing in the wake of the sell-off yesterday that closed the S&P below short-term support.

So grab the coffee….here comes a data dump…

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How to Turn Your Hobbies Into Cash

This being a holiday weekend, and since – as our Trading Model has been insisting, the market ain’t crashing – how about we spend some time penciling out ways to make money with your hobby?

We can evolve an approach that works with any hobby, but it takes a little thinking through the ‘How to get there part.”

Not to worry, my friend…that’s what Peoplenomics is all about – the really important parts about money…the parts we can enjoy…

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The Terrorism that Worries Me

In a phrase, it’s the “New Crime” that hasn’t been pulled off — year.  Think box-cutters.

This week,  we roll out some of my worst fears about the immediate future.  There are, like you couldn’t have figured it out without help, a lot of ways that a very small group of determined people, perhaps no more than a dozen, could wreak havoc on life in the U.S.

Today we consider the difficulty of protecting against such yet-top-be-pulled capers and recall that prior to D.B. Cooper, there was no crime of air piracy.  And, thanks to our enormous strides in technology, there are more new – and better – ways to commit crimes than ever before.

And we will ask the intriguing question:  Is it possible for government agencies to prevent crime, or is the only way to do it by ridding the country directly of people who would do in our way of life?

There we go…off into the Constitutional and due process problem.  But before we do that, let’s go through some of the things that keep me up at night worrying.  After coffee and charts, of course.  Then we get into the big question:  Is a concerted attack on motorcycle clubs in the works?

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A Pretty Good "Get Rich" Scheme

There are only two things the average American wants, these days:  To be “famous” and to “get rich.”

The problem with famous, of course, is that it doesn’t pay the bills.  And the benefit of “rich” is that you can buy fame – if you have enough money.

So this morning I lay out a pretty good “get rich” scheme. 

No, it’s not fast, but is has a very good chance of working – since most people don’t even bother trying to get rich; most sit around waiting for it to happen.  Then they get disappointed when it doesn’t.  Go figure.

So we’re off to the realities of “getting rich” after some coffee and a few significant headlines. Oh, and a check of our Trading Model, too…

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Is this Why We Prep? 1999 FN53

Universe is always having fun with us – often at my expense. 

So Tuesday, when I went down  to the airplane hangar (to make sure everything was coming along) sure enough, I got out of the truck (*with flat soled shoes on) and promptly fell on my butt in a mud puddle.

Hmmm…falling down, is it?

Sure enough, when I got home, the web was lighting up with word on this week’s “near pass” of asteroid 1999 FN53.

Hmmm…skip the personal planning discussion (that’s timeless) and let’s jump to this passing asteroid discussion because economic, quakes, wanderlust asteroids….they’re all important as hell around these parts.

But first the dollar drop and gold’s pop along with some retail sales yuck.

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A Quick Course in Stock Screening

I’ve given Elaine an interesting project:  Find some companies that she thinks we ought to invest in.   Having received approval for our minor parts change on the airplane, I think a trip to a casino somewhere would be interesting but options are far easier to play at home and you can make a lot more money at it.

Sounds simple enough until you start looking at the task in detail.  Then it becomes…well…daunting.

This morning we consider the problem of stock screening in some detail, consider some different approaches to sniffing out under-valued companies, and offer Mrs. Ure some ideas on how to organize her investment wagers.  (They are all gambles until they pay off, after which – if there is any money left – we can call ourselves “investors” rather than the more pejorative term “wild-eyed speculators.”  I won’t tell, if you don’t.

First, however, we laugh and scratch about our trading model which – while everyone was puking and worrying End of the World! at mid-week – unerringly stayed long.  My, ain’t a systematic approach great?  At least, until it isn’t.

Coffee and headlines straight away, then!

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Prepper Deluxe: Time to Get a "Cache Property?"

Like so many kids today, mine have not been family-forming or buying property.  But there’s a set of events a few years out on the horizon that make at least some absolutely minimal fall-back position from Big Cities something to seriously consider.

Yeah, yeah…”Ain’t got money, Dad…” is the usual answer.  So this morning, in preparation for my son coming down here to visit, a preview of the stern lecture that Dad will be issuing, complete with timing of the real estate cycles and so forth, that are involved.

At some point, today’s kids are going to wake up and realize they have been “had” by the Nanny State.  And when the sociopolitical upheaval, accompanied by wholesale mass unemployment greater than even the 1930’s shows up, a Minimal Fall-back Property (MFP) will be the one serious investment most preppers will not have made.

So today, we run through the basics.  Oh, and you’re welcome to come with Robin Landry and me (and our wives) on a cruise.  Details for Peoplenomics subscribers only!

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An Alternative View of the Future

Think things are headed for a quick flush down the old crapper?

Think again.

Although doom porn sells, we take off the brown colorized glasses and put on the rose ones for a while this morning,  With it will come a description of a future which, although it seems unlikely today, could make a whole lot of doom peddlers look mighty damn stupid.

As usual, our discussion will be entirely based on facts and our curious view that much about the future can be learned through the study of economic history.

After headlines and our Trading Model….which has continued to be more correct, more often, than 99% of doom-sayers.

Last time I wrote something like this, more than a few readers thought I was losing it in our June 2012 report which I said I was getting bullish.  Yet, back then, the Dow as just over 10,000!  As usual, readers are welcome to be critical…just don’t tell the bank and don’t even breathe on the Trading Model.

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The Economics of Anarchy

This morning we visit the smoking ruins of Baltimore and see parallels to an earlier period of economic history in America.

We will also recount how sequential bad decisions by government have “piled on” the woes before us, using the behavioral economics approach.

But first, we’ll sample a few shorter term stories and sit back amazed, again, at how our Trading Model has managed to navigate the present economic uncertainty with amazingly good success…

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The War On Cash: A Threat Matrix

We get a real kick when a “new” topic wanders around the internet.  Sometimes memes (thought viruses) are little more than bad colds.  They keep getting passes around…

So as background before delving into this morning’s report, subscribers may wish to look at our rather comprehensive historical views of the present “attack on cash” outlined in some of these articles in the subscriber reference library:

12/20/2003   Cashless Society: The Banker’s “Way Out”? Just add zeroes and who cares about debt?   (Kill the power and you have instant revolution, too…)

9/27/2009:  Competing Uses of Cash:  OK, so government’s been corrupted by special interests and there may be a war across time going on.  Now what do we do with cash?

5/29/2011:  The Last Days of Cash – if the paradigm is going to survive, regulation of the net becomes key to defending coin or the realm...  

5/7/2014: Notes on the ongoing attack of personal cash.  And jitters about carriers are building in data sets

1/5/2015:  Cash and Equivalents – if the world hits the skids, do you have the necessities of life and comfort lined up and ready?

Although it has been in the works for a long time, there have been recent rumblings in large banks recently on this very point.  So, if you wake up some morning and discover that banks are no longer dealing in cash and checks, absent government action, don’t say you didn’t see it coming, since I’ve been ringing this bell for well over a dozen years.

The problem is the bell has gotten louder recently and time is here to start planning the options carefully.

After we roll through some headlines and our Trading Model’s latest outlook…oh, and my ain’t that a coincidental earthquake?…we’ll size up some risks.

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The Ultimate Prepper’s Low Power Stereo FM Radio Station

img564…for the end of the world. 

Sick and tired of the MSM?  Who isn’t! 

Tired of the crumby playlist you’ve head for the zillionth time on your FM station?

Want some information, so MP3’s aren’t ideal?

The radical prepper’s answer (and we have ours on the air) is to build your own radio station!

Yep – very much like a radio selfie, and complying with all the applicable rules, this is something you can set up and have ready for emergencies, plus when you’re down working in the shop, our gardening or doing yard work, you can have your own personal FM station playing exactly what YOU want it to.

Complete with station breaks and jingles, if you’d like.  And what about a network feed, time, temperature and live weather?

Sure.  Piece of cake.

The idea of sharing this with our Peoplenomics readers came when I was working on my www.musicengineerandproducer.com website.  “You know?  I think a LOT of people would find this useful,” I thought to myself.  So today, we skip the whole “design a serious music studio” for recording that first Platinum CD you’re working on.  Let’s get right to the “Low Power FM for the End of the World” part…

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A Disruptive Technology Primer

Being an ex vocational college president, I’m  big on “Learning by Doing.”  This morning we visit the “Let’s Wreck the World and Call It Progress” department.

So this morning we run through some of my checklist of major items that are likely to change in our lives and become fence posts that “corral the future” over the next 5-10 years – items which can WRECK the economy.  While the future seems to be limitless and unbounded, there are always “bounding events” coming into view, much as a squeeze chute works at the local cattle ranches.  The future happens “in the pen“.

In Wednesday’s report, I describe The Big Melt.  That’s when the virtual world starts to creep out into our comfortable (old) here and now.  Virtual blends real into something new.

This morning we begin listing things that will come along and utterly devastate what’s left of the economy during that part of future arriving.

Do we know how to have fun on the weekend, or what?

We’ll start “tearing down theses walls” as soon as we roll through some headlines and run out the Trading Model.  And as a bonus, a discussion of contradictory triangle formations.

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V.O.D. – Secret to Great Investments?

Virtualization of Desires is a pretty damn interesting topic:  What it means, simply, is that the objects of human desires in the bricks and mortar period of industrialization be beginning to fade.

Not that the “new age” will roll in overnight (as Elon Musk just found out); there are bumps in technology.  But what it drags behind it is a transition period that we’re fast approaching defined as when humans are no longer required to do much “work” – and so economics will have to adjust by coming up with a different basis of compensating people.

This morning, a look at what the charts are hinting as, where all this virtualization leads, and a call for a technology equivalent of the Environmental Impact Statement.  Because until we get our economic plans in order and until government adjusts, the Singularity might become synonymous with Collapse.

We label this “The Melt.”

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