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Friday, November 21, 2014

Gold Repatriation News

https://www.bullionstar.com/blog/koos-jansen/german-gold-repatriation-accelerating/
Remember the Germans wanting their gold back and the FRBNY saying "not so fast"? And then they got on a schedule? Looks like they're pulling it out faster than they were before.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-21/gold-repatriation-stunner-dutch-central-bank-secretly-withdrew-122-tons-gold-new-yor
Apparently the Netherlands had better luck getting its gold out all at once. Maybe they had a better contract or better connections or something.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another One Bites the Dust (dead banker)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-19/senior-citi-banker-found-dead-bathtub-slashed-throat
Citi banker Shawn D. Miller, 42, found in his bathtub with his throat slit, probably not a suicide since no knife found at scene. He lived in a $1 million 1-bedroom apartment in Manhattan.

His doorman went to check on him and that is how he was found - they're not sure why the doorman went to check on him.

A few resources

http://opensourceecology.org/open source designers/backwards engineers of heavy machinery. In their blog they have recently backwards engineered a machine to cut plate steel.
http://opensourcemachine.org/ this org has designed a do-it-all machine tool for the 3rd world, that can itself be made with hand tools from an engine block.

http://shop.tacticalshit.com/isis-hunting-kit-multicam
The "ISIS Hunting kit" has apparently been experiencing brisk sales, lately especially near St. Louis, MO.
Plate carrier, rifle plates, pouches, helmet, hat, "Go F*** Yourself" patch, and a pair of silly skeleton gloves, package deal for very reasonable. They also have black, coyote, and OD if you don't like multicam.

I'll add these links to Link Dump Depot in a bit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Food for Thought

I just stumbled on this quote in my perambulations on the Interwebs:

"The desire for patriotism is considered an enemy doctrine. The U.S. armed forces must be prepared to fight against all those who oppose the New World Order and who are holding out for nationalism... This new warrior class is most dangerous because they consist of those who fight out of strong religious beliefs... There is a worldwide class of patriots (i.e., "terrorists") who number in the millions, and if the current trend continues, there may be more of these who...love freedom and are the target of the New World Order... You cannot bargain and compromise with these warriors... We, as the military, need to commit more training to counter these warrior threats. We must have an active campaign to win over the populace. This must be coupled with irresistible violence."
- from the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, May/June 1994

This line of thinking, that lovers of freedom and the faithful are the "enemy", is not all that new. (remember that pesky story about the serpent in the garden?). Do the recent purges in military officers have something to do with making sure the ones who are left will go along with this doctrine?

Notice that faith is considered a threat here.  Faith makes you stronger and more persistent than you would be otherwise.  Then there's that part about God actually helping you.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Collapse Economics and Big Brother

http://straightlinelogic.com/2014/11/17/the-economics-of-debt-deterioration-deflation-depression-and-disorder-by-robert-gore/

Wow, I'm actually linking to an article on finance for once! (well sort of).
Read the whole thing, but here's the take-home quote:
The Orwellian nightmare of totalitarian government, amplified by the Edward Snowden revelations, may be another case of the world fixating on the wrong fear. Come the crash, most governments will be flat broke, unable to borrow except at prohibitive rates. Command and control—monitoring, repressing, incarcerating, and torturing the populace—is expensive and stifles economic activity. Destitute governments will have their hands full maintaining the barest semblance of public order.
The smart money bet for what emerges from the rubble is chaos and anarchy, not government-maintained order. Which suggests that investments in self-sufficiency and self-protection, including firearms and training in their use, are prudent (There are a multitude of organizations and internet sites that provide guidance and sell provisions.) The people who have made those investments have been derided as the fringe, but events will probably give them the last laugh, if anyone is laughing in such a world.

Interesting graph, too. This was quoted from an economist named David Stockman. If Mr. Stockman keeps maintaining this chart, we might be able to see the next peak starting to form and know when the next big round of job losses will start.  I'm betting on 2015 or 2016, with it getting worse through at least 2020 before it starts to turn around, if it ever does.

So stack 'em high and deep, and get you some resiliency while you're at it.



h/t WRSA

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NSFW Workaround

About a month ago I linked to a feed for a libertarian cartoon "Day By Day" which has been getting really happy with the NSFW boobs lately. I don't mind it but if you go here for the blog feeds etc. and don't want to see cartoon boobs (because of work or whatever), I am constructing another blog for feeds and link dumps without the cartoon. It's called Link Dump Depot.

http://linkdumpdepot.blogspot.com

No, I'm not going to remove Day By Day Cartoon from the Penny Pincher blog. If you don't like to see cartoon boobs go to my mirror site http://pennypincherpersonalfinance.wordpress.com or over there to Link Dump Depot. There is a page called "blogs" or something like that. I still have to put them with feeds on the main page, but it's something at least for now.  I'm going to look up other link dumps I made here over the years and stick them over there too.

In other news, I forgot where I put the login info for Nickel Squisher, which didn't solve the problem I created it to solve. Maybe some day I'll land on it like some abandoned comet, and do something else with it.

I also just added Oleg Volk's gun photography blog to my blogroll. He is teh awesome.