Saturday, September 30, 2017



     This article in its entirety was imported from GSI Exchange, which can be found on the internet. 

     They are a precious metals dealer. 

     The blogger has no business relationship whatsoever with GSI Exchange, but from time to time does receive newsletters and articles from them as a matter of interest and education. 

     The following article is presented here for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES only. It shows, how in times of absolute disaster, governments can not only be irrelevant and totally useless, but even become the most brutal of dictators to the detriment of the population. Please read and absorb the material here presented.

     The next disaster that happens could be where YOU are, and it is always smart to have an understanding of the problems and what the possible solutions might be....

     Here is the article:

Brutality of Cashless U.S. Exposed by Hurricanes

Hurricane Puerto Rico
Hurricanes Irma and Maria unleashed a wave of destruction that government policy effectively extended
The recent hurricanes that devastated parts of the US and its territories exposed a sobering truth–their destructiveness came in two distinct forms: one natural, the other artificial; one, a convergence of natural forces, the other, a convergence of political agendas; one, an “act of god,” the other, a product of government.
The difference: the physical destruction wreaked by the hurricanes proved finite, while the socio-economic destruction inflicted by government policies proved generative, systemic, and forward-looking.
Two Hurricanes and Two Policies
The problem with unintended consequences in the realm of government policy is not just that their range of harm can be frighteningly asymmetrical, as in the case of Irma and Maria, but that they are easily detectable–their potential for damage logically calculable–yet often ignored by the masses.
Epic Storm War On Cash
Hurricane Maria’s effects worsened by the War on Cash
Commerce in San Juan, Puerto Rico began showing signs of life earlier this week, just several days after being hammered by Hurricane Maria. Shops and street vendors once again opened up for business, providing basic necessities for day-to-day living.
There was only one problem, however, and a major one at that: almost every vendor accepted cash only, and it was nearly impossible to find any shop that accepted credit cards. “Cash only” signs abound throughout cities plagued by severe cash shortages.
Hurricane Irma Cash Only Sign
Many of the citizens were surviving off cash they withdrew before the storm. Due to power outages or just a lack of capacity for cash replenishment, most of the ATM’s were no longer in operation. Bank withdrawals were the only option, yet even that option was discouraging, as bank lines were extremely stretched, such as the case of Banco Popular (Puerto Rico’s largest bank) in San Juan, whose line upon opening last Monday was 200 deep.
Maria Puerto Rico ATM Line
What does this have to do with the war on cash? Puerto Rico has been seeking numerous solutions to reduce its debt which had exceeded $70 billion. Part of that solution is to collect any form of money that slips between the cracks. Money that can be monitored and controlled, such as electronic payments and credit card transactions, are easy targets for taxation and collection. Cash, on the other hand, can often escape detection to a relative degree, making it difficult to tax or seize.
Perhaps for this very reason, the cash culture thrived, particularly among small businesses refusing to accept credit card purchases. Although this was not the case for larger businesses and vendors, the devastating impact of a cashless society is now being felt across all businesses in Puerto Rico, as cash is the only viable means of exchange available to the masses.
Although the value of fiat currency poses another problematic issue, the fact remains that in particular societies, such as Puerto Rico, cash happens to be the only practical means of exchange.
 And for government to initiate efforts toward establishing a cashless society, such efforts would not only risk the loss of transactional privacy and freedom, it would risk crippling itself, as the crisis in Puerto Rico has shown.
Hurricane Irma and the War on Transactional Freedom
In hurricane-devastated Green Cove Springs (FL), food supplies were desperately needed as stores and restaurants were largely shut down. Jack Roundtree, a food truck owner and good Samaritan, decided to take a portion of his profits to provide utility workers free meals.
Local government officials, upon hearing about Roundtree’s charitable deeds, called the police to shut down his operation. Why? Roundtree hadn’t yet paid the local government for the privilege of performing what most would consider a basic act of neighborly compassion and decency: feeding a fellow human. He didn’t have a permit. Upon arrival, the police told Roundtree to pack up and leave.
Privileging bureaucratic policy over human need
Such a policy is analogous to the concept of a cure that’s worse than the illness. In this particular case, not having to mention the common sense understanding that policies don’t starve–people do, the requirement to hold a permit performed a “protective” function (food safety) but to the detriment of the people it was meant to protect.
The irony is that Roundtree was asked to leave because he failed to purchase a permit from city hall; yet city hall was closed because its workers were too busy tending to certain needs which Roundtree was trying to serve.
Instead of allowing Roundtree to feed people first and obtain a permit once government workers had returned, local authorities decided to place bureaucratic policy over people’s “human” right to obtain food.
The bottom line is that Roundtree came up against a regulation that used “public safety” as a facade to conceal its real agenda: to raise government revenue and limit competition for established local food vendors.
The aftermath of Irma and Maria gives us a glimpse at what can happen if we fail to critically question the motives and consequences associated with policies erected in the name of efficiency (cashless society) and public interest (over-regulation).
The takeaway: any government regulation that limits transactional freedom and privacy in the interests of the greater good only serves to strengthen government at the cost of harming and subjugating its own people. 

End of article.

     Something to consider. Remember that India recently banned cash. It caused a huge disruption in Indian Society, from which the country has not yet recovered. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Gotta "LOVE" those "HATE GROUPS!"


Over the last few years, it has become an obsession for "hate groups" in America like the "prostitute press" to demonize and ridicule anyone who has contrary views on anything. It has even become a mania for "hate groups" like major corporations to demonize, sensor and ridicule anyone they don't like. It doesn't end with demonizing: no indeed, they do their best to fire individuals or destroy the businesses of anyone who thinks for himself or has unpopular views.  There have been a few examples of this in the "prostitute media" of late. One fellow lost his business when his employees staged a "coup" because someone stuck their nose in the owners politics and did not like that he contributed to a certain candidate they did not approve of! And these types of people scream about "tolerance!" They are not "tolerant" at all, but "bigots" and morons of the worst order. Their actions are very much like the Bolsheviks of 100 years ago. They were known for their ZERO tolerance! That we have fallen so low as to engage in this type of conduct in this day and age is sick.
There was once a famous French Lawyer (Frederic Bastiat) who penned a pamphlet in 1850 known as "THE LAW" in which he expressed the noble notion that while he might disagree with what you say, he would defend to his death your RIGHT TO SAY IT! He was concerned that socialism in France at the time would degenerate into communism. That is exactly the same situation we have in the United States today.....

Apparently, today Bastiat's honesty and integrity has been delegated to the "manure pile." 

The "left" in the western world is always complaining about  the "right." The "right" is always "wrong," according to these dictators, and the "left" is always "right." The "left" insist that the "right" is violent, yet the "left" is more violent. That is hardly rational, but it is a reality of our times. 

As an amateur historian, writer and author of AN IMMIGRANT REMEMBERS, I am always interested in ALL POINTS OF VIEW. Unfortunately, according to these "hate groups," that is "hateful." George Orwell was correct in his book Animal Farm, first published in England in 1945. Such is the level to which we have degenerated.

The so-called "Southern Poverty Law Center" is in the news again. There is nothing about this "hate  group" that even remotely smacks of "poverty." As a matter of fact, they reportedly have 100's of millions at their disposal and maintain lists of those they do not like. When they get flack for their spewing "hate" against any and all persons or groups, they claim victim-hood, that an organized program  of persecution is directed at THEM! Talk about the "pot" calling the "kettle" black!

Below, we feature one page of yesterday's email from "Sharkhunters," an organization that has been around for decades and focuses on WW2 history as it relates to submarine warfare. The except shown below, says it better than I can:

Keep that money coming in, folks! Keep listing us all as "haters" or worse! After a while it takes on the look of a divine comedy.... Who is going to listen to these people any more?

Perhaps this explanation is best: The racket is becoming too obvious and they need more and more "victims."

This represents an amazing look at our so-called "modern" age. It is not "modern" at all, it is "pre-historic," "dinosaur-like" and "primitive!"

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Friday, September 1, 2017



American actor and kick-boxer Chuck Norris once was asked if he would consider running for governor of Texas. His reply (according to my memory) was something like, "No, the only job I would be interested in is PRESIDENT OF TEXAS!"  
Texans have always been special. After all, they once were a separate country called the REPUBLIC OF TEXAS before Texas joined the union! 
The following video is one real good reason why Texans are special! Considering the incredible damage and suffering from Hurricane Harvey, this bright spot shines: Enjoy it! Copy and paste into your browser:

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