Tuesday, April 9, 2013

golden blather


GOLDEN DRIVEL

Nothing earth shattering today so I’ll hit two somewhat pertinent points and just blather on about a few other things.  First up is the news, courtesy of Woodpile Report, on the Dutch bank telling its customers that hey, sorry, but those e-gold positions you were holding weren’t backed by gold at all but by our overly optimistic assumption we could buy some.  But, hey, no worries because you get your money back in the fiat currency of our choice.  Now, sure, this means that once again, after Cyprus and Greece and who all, the banks are changing contracts at will.  But really, are any of us surprised?  The national deficit has reached unplayable levels, solely to bail out banks since 2007, and some of you think the game is rigged any other way?  That isn’t why this is important.  The big deal is that this could signal the other players in the phantom gold trade game that they should be the first to jump off the sinking Titanic if they want to also avoid losses.  The Dutch guys get cash back and in theory could go buy physical metal.  If others wait too long, they will be the last men standing in the musical chairs.  As soon as folks stop trusting banks with e-gold, can the end of that derivative play be far behind?  And on a related gold note, the local casino here, Gold Dust West, has ended its years long diner special.  For the longest time a prime rib was $7.77 with the meat and potato and salad and roll.  The meat was nasty, really a gristle special, but it was cheap and filling ( now $8.99 and as such a rip off- although to be honest the meat cut has improved- I got one last special at the new price with a free coupon ).  But, hey, no inflation to see here, move along please.

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Yesterday after I wrote and posted the article you were all astounded and blown away with, as usual clustering around the water cooler and planning on electing a statue in my honor so that future generations can petition to tear it down in a fit of political correctness, I heard a news blurb to the effect that Chinese parents for years have been willing to pay big bucks for foreign baby formula ( ever since the arsenic scare there years back ).  Britain and a few others have started imposing rationing to thwart smuggling rings.  Yet another example of China outbidding us for resources ( now I know why American consumers are paying $25 a can.  In my day they were $5, and that outpaces inflation by a wide margin ).  It looks like soon we will go back to Darwinist selection where babies unable to ingest breast milk will die-off.  But hey, wet nurses should make their economic debut at the same time.

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For the longest time, I wanted the book “Walking Away From Empire” by Guy McPherson ( he has a web site, listed in my links page ).  But I wasn’t going to spend $25 for it.  Finally, giving into temptation and breaking a new cardinal rule ( fiction only ), I bought the Kindle version for $10.  A good thing, because while it was a decent read it certainly wasn’t $25 good.  Basically you won’t be missing much if you just read his web site.  Too much repetition, and much more philosophy than practical advice.  On another book front, thank you John Wilson for your newest book “Traveler”.  I’ll get around to reading it eventually and post a review.  Also, there are two new Kindle fiction book reviews posted at the other blog ( the link is under the “Kindle” link at the end of each article.  This way, I can just say “new review!” and you know where to find the link.  Many times I run out of time and can’t even spare a minute to copy and paste the link anew for you ).

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I’m leaving this Friday to go visit my parents down Carson City way.  It’s been about nine months.  Usually I visit every six months but I went early last year to see my son before he went to Marine boot camp, so it’s been awhile ( I have no idea what he is up to other than probably still in advanced training as a radio tech.  The turd hasn’t e-mailed me for awhile ).  I bring this up both to kill some more space and to let you know about the comments being posted.  I wrote an extra article last weekend and have pre-posted it so there is no interruption there, but past noon Thursday I won’t be posting or responding to comments until Monday morning.  Keep them coming, just don’t expect results right away.  The visits aren’t usually all that great since the old boy still works ( long past retirement ) and we visit a total of about ten hours.  My stepmom isn’t employable in the region ( too old and too injured [ the local Sheriffs boys put a world of hurt on her after she got lippy during a disturbance call ] ) so she is there all the time but as much as I love her she is only good in small doses.  Alas, I can’t NOT visit since I might not see them all that much anymore.  If it works out for them they are moving back to California ( I think it is stupid, but declining health does make high elevation cold ass winters rather unbearable- I offered my other paid for lot to them so they only needed minimal cash for a used mobile, a diesel generator and a septic but they can’t even live that primitive.  To me it would be luxurious.  To them, an admittance the middle class dream is dead ).  Fun and games in Empire Decline.

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13 comments:

  1. http://www.zjstech.net/~ddixson/Unintended_Consequences.pdf
    dont know if you ever read this book but its one about the usa almost going into civil war

    denny

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    1. Bless your pea picken heart!!!! I read this door stopper three times in the 90's, loved it to pieces. I've always wanted another copy ( don't remember what happened to the other ) but too expensive. Now I can read it again. Good Minion! TWO biscuits for you!

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    2. THE book if you want to learn how and why we got where we are as far as guns are concerned. Yes, fiction but with historical fact mixed in. Should be required reading to every school child. Yes, I know, snowball's chance in Hell.

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  2. Not related to today's topic but here's an article about your Enfield and .303 British ammo that I thought you might enjoy: http://olegvolk.net/blog/2013/03/12/obsolescent-calibers/

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    1. I love others agreeing with me. It is a shame the few rifles left are so overpriced. Alas, this is Baby Jesus punishing you all for not listening to me years ago.

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  3. Gold Dust West does have good juicy burgers. Gotta be local beef. Also the Brat not emailing ya is cause he's having so much fun getting all that info jammed into his head with 4 hours of sleep.

    Gil

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    1. Jarheads love abusing themselves ( and not in a fun way ). He should be thriving on four hours of sleep! Or, to quote THE source "A JELLY DONUT!?!?"

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  4. SELF APOCALYPSE by JF French is free on Amazon right now!!!!

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  5. thanks jim for the 2 bisquits now i just need a goat to have some milk with them
    denny

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    1. No milk for you. Biscuits or gruel only. Toghen up for the collapse.

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  6. I really liked Self Apocolypse. I was surprised to see some of the negative reviews.

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. I can't believe I get negative reviews, and I'm far more worthy than most.

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