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Iceland jails financial terrorist

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Why don’t more nations follow the example set by Iceland and throw corrupt bankers (financial terrorist) in prison?

I did not know it until I watched this video, but the Federal Reserve protects bankers from certain types of criminal prosecution.

If there are no punishments for breaking the law, what is the deterrent? If bankers can make loans to companies they know are going to fail, then buy the company for pennies on the dollar, what is stopping them from rigging the market?

The more I learn about American banks and the federal reserve, the more I understand how rigged the system truly is. If you want the honest truth, the average working class family has no chance against the banks who can print money out of thin air.

Consider this, after the housing crash in 2008, the federal reserve has been printing around $85 billion a month in free money. Then using that money to buy mortgages. Before long the federal reserve will be the largest property owner in the United States.

On the topic of black friday and selling our souls

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It appears to me black friday gets pushed back a little earlier every year.

My wife and I usually eat thanksgiving lunch, rest for a couple of hours, then go to walmart to catch a black friday deal. For the past few years the lines did not start building until later in the evening.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

This year my wife and I went to walmart for a couple of external hard drives and memory cards. We arrived at the store around 5:30 to find lines were already 100+ feet long.

I was rather set back at the sight of people who sacrificed thanksgiving time with their families just to save a few bucks.

To look at the lines it appears that we have become nothing more than a marketable product to wall street.

Gone are the days when families enjoyed time together.

We have allowed wall street to take our traditions and our culture, and sell them back to us in the name of saving money.

What is more important, saving a few dollars or spending time with the family?

Maybe the lines at walmart are a sign of the times? Maybe the lines are a symbol of how desperate people have become? I would like to think humanity is better than fighting over some christmas toy, but I am probably wrong.

The coming healthcare bubble

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This affordable healthcare act is just the tip of an iceberg. The rest of the iceberg has been ignored for years, maybe even decades.

As far back as I can remember my health insurance premiums have gone up every year. Even has my wages stagnated for 20 years my health insurance has gone up.

When I was working for Kingwood cablevision I would get the yearly review around August, and the usual BS excuse that all the company could afford was a 2% raise. But at the same time the stockholders would get a nice dividend. During my review I told my supervisor that the raise would not cover the rise in health insurance premiums. My supervisor asked how I knew our healthcare premiums were going up? I told him they go up every January.

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The Price Of Hunting Leases

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I knew this day would arrive, and here it is. The hunting lease my family and I have been a part of for the past 15 years has gotten so expensive I can no longer afford to be a member.

1970s – To be on a hunting lease in the 1970s you had to know someone who was a member of the lease. Then that member had to put in a good word for you. A lot of leases had a waiting list of people who wanted to be a member.Whitetail Deer looking at trail camera

2000s – Hunting leases are begging for members.

In the past 30 years we have seen a shift of people who live in rural areas, timber companies have gobbled up land, parents are not introducing their children to hunting, and most importantly, timber companies are being bought up by invest firms.

The great depression of the 1930s saw a shift of people living in rural areas to living in urban areas. The reason for this shift was simple, and that was to find a job.

As the people who were left in rural areas started to die, their property was left to the children who had moved to rural areas. The children who had moved away had no use for the land, so they did not pay the property taxes. Various counties across the nation seized the land for overdue taxes. As the land was auctioned off guess who bought it, the timber companies.

In essence, we allowed timber companies to buy up unwanted land, then charge us for access.

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Time To Batten Down The Hatches

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As I said in a previous post, 2013 – 2020 is going to be an interesting phase in American history.

China is set to surpass the United States as the worlds largest manufacturer.

North Korea is starting up a nuclear reactor that in one year can produce enough weapons plutonium for a nuclear weapon.  This puts the world on a one year timeline.  Either something has to be done about North Korea within the next year, or the world sits back and allows this rogue nation to develop more nuclear weapons.Evinrude 30 Horsepower Angelina River Texas

Sanctions are not working against Iran.

Social Security disability is going broke, with around 14 million people already drawing benefits and 250,000 new applicants every month.

Eurozone facing historic unemployment rates.

Russia set to increase trade with Europe to $500 billion.

In other words, the United States and Europe are going broke, while Russia and China are poised to become world financial leaders.

BRICS

United States dominance in the world financial market is about to come to an end. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have come together to form BRICS; which is going to offer developing nations financial security without having to go through the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Post Office Saturday Delivery A Sign Things To Come

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The reason why the post office is having problems, they are not allowed to have a cash surplus. Any profit the post office makes has to be turned over to the federal government.

Like all other federal programs, the post office has been raided to fund other projects – military, welfare, food stamps, foreign aid,,,.

It’s not that the post office is broke, its federal governments out of control spending that is the problem.

The United States is bankrupt, and its just a matter of time before the bill is due.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Instead of making companies like google and exxon pay their fair share in taxes, the government gives tax breaks to corporations, taxes the middle class, then bankrupts programs like the post office.

Our roads are falling apart, the US is lagging behind on internet access, our standard of living is declining, social security and social security disability are going broke, and now the government is cutting out saturday delivery of the mail.

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Stay Focused On The Imporatant Things

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There is so much stuff going through my head it’s difficult to stay focused.  There is the new gun ban being introduced by Dianne Feinstein, ammunition shortages, magazines shortages, Iran advancing its nuclear program, tension between the US and China increasing, and then there are the ever present tensions in the middle east.Kevin Felts, Blogger and Survivalist

A couple of days ago AIM surplus got a some DS Arms FN/FAL magazines in stock. They were $17.95 each, and I was seriously considering ordering some. Think about this, the gate I want for my chicken yard is $79.99 from Tractor Supply. For the price of 4 FN/FAL magazines plus shipping would have paid for the gate.

Which is more important, having extra FN/FAL magazines, or having a gate for the chicken yard? My wife and I get eggs from our chickens everyday. Will I be using my FN/FAL everyday? Its highly doubtful.

Walmart here in Jasper Texas got a shipment of 9mm in. Which is more important, buying an extra box of 9mm, or buying some T-post?

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US Economy Shrank 0.1 Percent In Last Quarter 2012

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Surprise, surprise, surprise, the US economy shrank 0.1% in the last quarter of 2012. That 0.1% may not seem like a lot, but the real story its much worse then 0.1%.

Take these factors into consideration:

The economy shrank during the biggest spending time of the year – Thanksgiving and Christmas. If the economy shrank during Christmas, that says people do not have expendable income.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

The economy shrank during one of the biggest panic buying phases in the firearms industry since the 1994 assault rifle ban.

Not only were people spending money on Christmas, but they were also buying all the guns, ammunition and magazines they could get their hands on,,,, and the economy still shrank.

One thing that caused a slowdown in the economy was a reduction in military spending.  The question I have to ask, why does government spending play such an important roll in the economy?  Maybe the government does not want the people to know how bad the economy really is?

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Dividing Resources In Your Long Term Survival Plans

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Maybe “dividing resources in your long term survival plans” is a good title for this article. But its all I could think of at the time.

Like a lot of people my wife and I have limited resources. We are just everyday middle class people trying to get by. Just like everyone else we pay our taxes, pay the electric bill, internet, health insurance,,,,. Once everything is paid we try to decide how to save money.

The issue we are running into, my wife and I are looking at moving away from Jasper Texas to a rural area. Jasper is already rural, but we want to get further away from town.

We need to put a water well on the land, sewer system, build a chicken yard,,, and a few ether odds and ends to get our new life started.

Then came the Adam Lanza incident and renewed calls for an assault rifle ban.

I am finding myself pulled into some of the panic buying. There was a short period of time between the shooting and Dianne Feinstein calling for more gun control and prices going through the roof. During that short time period I picked up another AR-15 for less then $1,000.

A gun store has some AR-15s for $1,300 each. As I consider buying another AR while I still can, I keep thinking about what that $1,300 could pay for at the homestead. We could probably put down a septic system for between $1,500 and $2,000.

But then again, we are not looking at a ban on septic systems.

When you have X amount of resources, and two projects that need funding, how do you decide which is the best long term investment.

I see the AR-15s as an investment into security for my family and my property.

But then again, if all I wanted is a firearm, I already have those bases covered.

Will a new assault rifle ban really ban military type weapons?

For those of you old enough to remember the 1994 – 2004 ban, all the assault rifle ban did was affect the appearance of the rifle. Companies were still making AR-15s, just without a bayonet lug and flash hider. I currently own a Bushmaster XM-15 that was made in the assault rifle ban. The only difference between my old AR and the new AR, is the flash hider and a bayonet lug.

I might buy the other AR, then after the first of the year focus on getting moved.

What do I “really” want in life? To live in peace and quiet.

I want my chickens to be able to scratch through the leaves, roam around looking for food, to live as chickens are supposed to live.

I want to be able to sit on the back deck and listen to the win blowing through the trees.

Buying another AR-15 does not help me obtain that goal. All that rifle will do is help me protect what is mine.

Forum Thread – Dividing Resources

Families overwhelmed at every corner

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Is it just me, or does it seem that the average American family is being overwhelmed at every corner.

A couple of days ago my stepdaughter posted on facebook she spent $345 at walmart.

That is equal to someone making $10 an hour for 40 hours minus taxes. One trip to walmart wipes out a whole weeks worth of wages.

Then there is this report from fox news that says parents are being overwhelmed by child care cost – American Parents Overwhelmed by Growing Childcare Costs | Fox Business

How are people supposed to get ahead and stay ahead when the basic cost of living keeps going up?

In 2003 I was making about the same amount of money I was making a decade earlier. But on the flip side of the coin, prices had gone up every year during that last decade.

While I was working at a welding shop in southeast Texas, at my 1 year review I was given a 25 cent raise. The cost of inflation over the past year was more then that 25 cent raise. The price of gas had gone up more over the previous year to the point where that 25 cent raise did not even cover changes to the price of fuel. I finally left that welding shop. If an employer will not even keep their wages up with the rate of inflation, then the employees are losing money.

The droughts over the past few years have driven the price of anything with corn in it up.

My wife and I buy canned refried beans at the local grocery store.  We use the beans to make homemade burritos.  Two years ago we paid 98 cents a can.  Last week that same can cost $1.18.  That is a 20% price increase over the past couple of years.  I bet your wages have not gone up 20% in the past 2 – 3 years, because mine sure haven’t.

My step-daughter is looking at going back to work after the birth of her third child. Child care for her three children is going to cost right around $240 a week. Even if someone is making $10 an hour, at $240 a week more then half their pay check would be going to childcare.

How are families supposed to get ahead and stay ahead when wages have stagnated, and everything keeps going up in price?

Living poor

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boogie2988 posted a very heartfelt video about growing up poor, and what its like to be poor.

We have two contrasting parts to the story, living poor because we have to, and living poor because we decide to.

I am bad about spending money.  If there is something I want I will shop around and wait on sales.  Its stuff like food that I spend a lot of extra money on.  Hungry?  Lets go get something to eat.  I may go get a burger or pizza instead of fixing something at home.

Like boogie2988 says, if you can get some money in the bank, it provides a safety net and peace of mind.

Instead of living hand-to-mouth, lets cut back and save some money. Do you “really” need that latest phone? Do you really need that latest game?

When Skyrim came out I wanted to buy it something awful, but I didn’t. I waited until Skyrim hit a 1/2 price before I bought.

My cell phone, its a dumb phone.  Its one of those cheap flip phones.  Why dont I have a smart phone?  Because a cheap flip phone does what I need it to.

Over the next few months my wife and I are going to cut back, way back and try to put everything we can into savings.  No more beer, no more video games, no more eating out,,,,.

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