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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Prepping for a Nuclear Nightmare

Having covered one nightmare scenario for the future in Wednesday’s Peoplenomics – The drought impacting Mexico and Central America gets much worse and 40-million people simply walk to the US border – we might as well put our the Stephen King hat one more time this week with a look at potential nuclear disasters.

Don’t get me wrong:  I love nuclear power.   But I don’t like what it does when it breaks, the risk of terrorism shows up, or various and assorted governments (and other nutters) get their hands on assorted dial-a-yield technologies.  That this hardware is still out there somewhere has been an established fact since the breakdown of the Former Soviet Union as the Cockburn and Cockburn classic One Point Safe documented during the loss of administrative inventory control of things like MIRV warheads during the Soviet version of Collapse of Empire.

Before we have a (bad pun alert) “rad” conversation about how to prep for this next set of nasty’s we’ll scan the news headlines and see what’s shaking.

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NBC/HI Prepping: What No One Talks About

img4Yes – NBC as in nuclear, chemical, and biological. The HI is hunger immigration which we’ll come to presently.

Our thinking this week?  It’s time to get a lot more serious about our prepping, why we do it, and the “other agenda” that may be working.

This is the first of two parts on the return of the nuclear threat and it comes because of economics of control that make a showdown likely at some point in the future.  But we start today considering the prospects of hunger (and water) driven population displacements.

Right now, we have plenty of time.  The U.S. is letting Iran run the clock until at least the end of June (and I’m betting longer) so we have lots of lead time.  California is only on the leading edge of dewatering.  These clocks won’t run forever – and as economics adjusts to changing expectations, markets could implode.

We delve into the very real problem is disappearing water right after headlines and a check of our Trading Model.  This weekend, we’ll look at the other *(more readily solvable) problems of nuclear, biological, and chemical outlooks.

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Economics, Prepping, and Ping-Pong

A couple of notes on economics and prepping this morning and then a few thoughts on ping pong (of the chain reaction type).  Blood moons, delicate negotiations and all that.

This being a holiday weekend, we’ll keep this morning’s report short and to the point.  But not without an update on some headlines and our Trading Model update.

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Should You Build a Home Intelligence Platform?

img523With the government routinely building files on all of us – as part of Total Information Awareness - due in part to a need to prevent terrorism, but also spot people who may have holdings outside of “officially approved asset channels” that can be seized, we have to look at government surveillance and ask some simple things.

One interesting question would be how hard would it be to build an intelligence platform to help guide us in our various investment decisions? 

Another would be how to use global intelligence (and big data in particular) to feather our own nest both professionally and personally?

Seems a worthy goal for anyone venturing into the realm of Peoplenomics to look at what the government has developed and ascertain how much can be “borrowed” for our own purposes?

This morning we look at retasking some personal assets to help us stand up and co-own our own futures.  Are there some ideas from the Bumblehive folks we could perhaps borrow?  Nice to “Secure the Citizens” and all, but most of us just want to secure some more money…

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What is the Data Telling Us?

A reader asked me what I thought of some fellow running around the ‘net telling people he had inside information that the US population was going to be reduced 88% by 2025.  Said reader asked “What is Ure take on it?”

Simple:  Doom porn. 

Hey, it’s an industry and – one could argue since I have worked so much on future/futuring, one that I bear some responsibility for helping to create.

That said, I have renounced the doom porn crowd and it has cost thousands upon thousands of insecure, nail-biters, anxious to be believe the end is near.

The truth?  Ain’t no 88% pop-redux (or global coastal events so far) despite whatever the “End is Near and we’ll sell it to yah” types are peddling.

So instead this morning you’ll have to deal with a likely market decline which – while it won’t end the future of humans – WILL be something you might want to avoid.  Or, if you’re a horrible old capitalist, you might want to scalp a few bucks on.  But first….

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Can the Recovery Recover?

While the “happy-talk crowd” continues to crow about how well the economy is doing, the reality as shown by multiple indicators paints a different picture.

We’ll brush off a little of the optimism this morning, but not without being mindful that a herd of lemmings is a difficult thing to turn, even if their thinking is quite wrong-headed.

We’ll saddle up and ride into some hard data after headlines and coffee.  One needs a bit of reinforcing before taking on a full herd of lemmings.

Reader Note: We will be filing a formal complaint today about site caching by a certain California group which insists on serving up outdated UrbanSurvival content.  Problem is not on our end – it’s in how caching is being operated by those who apparently don’t appreciate our candid views on things.

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The Canals of Earth and Mars

imageWith the drought kicking up its heels again in California, we head out on a limb this morning and sketch up what could be the upcoming environmental fight of a lifetime.  As usual, we’re going to be way ahead of the crowd on this, and it may not happen for another 100-years. 

The timing will be set by the oscillations of El Nino and La Nina, which seem to be at extremes presently, which is causing the drought to be quite horrific in the Southland.  However, as we all know, it’s not the first time – and the great California drought from the 1840’s through the Civil War period – a period of similar terrible farming conditions – can hardly be blamed on global warming.  That doesn’t stop modern tax and spenders, though. 

This morning we inspect a plan to solve California’s water crisis, and all it will take is trashing millions of acres of Canada and First People lands to do it.  Oh, and a hell of a tax hit, too.

But before we lay out the coming environmental nightmare, we’ll do headlines and bow down again to our Trading Model which unerringly got us through the recent choppiness in the market with some of the best guidance out there.  Who would have thought?

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The Case for Europe’s Coming Currency Collapse

There’s been some talk about Europe’s currency (the Euro) coming to parity with the U.S. dollar.  This morning, we’re going to prepare by taking that data a bit farther, along with some other deflationary indicators, and see if there’s not a bit of opportunity for us “wannabe world traveler” types.

Meantime, the monumental egomaniacs of EU banking have been called out in demonstrations against their $1.4 billion Euro offices in Frankfurt.  And you wonder by the EU has been dropping?  No EUkraine sweep and now this….tisk, tisk.

After we’re done with the data review, it won’t be time to pack, but it does lead to some interesting possibilities for late this year into perhaps 2017-2018.

First, though, a look at our Trading Model and why it says the Fed can talk tough all it wants, but the pressure is on them now to keep rates low, become even more accommodating, as the world’s currencies slip into “push on a wet noodle” mode, common to all deflationary spiral economic environments toward the end.

Pour more coffee, Mr. Cheerful is here…

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Homesteading and Retirement Tax Angles

This weekend we’ll look at a few western states to consider how “friendly” they are for retirement and homesteading for the small farmer/homesteader.

One of the things you’ll quickly find is that some states could give Mafioso loan sharks a run for their money when it comes to ripping off seniors.  Or, is it just sound public policy?  We’ll leave that to you to decide.

After some headlines and our Trading Model, and coffee, of course.

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