Welcome to the Panopticon

The homestead here is in need of another female voice, so Turd has graciously allowed me to share some of my thoughts with all of you. Let me briefly introduce myself - and what you'll see here is only a small portion of the entirety of who I am - I have had many hats, including writer, life coach, yoga instructor and website wrangler.

Don't worry, I'm not going to regale you here with cheery self-help mantras and mindless affirmations. In fact, one of the reasons I moved away from life coaching was that I had a hard time putting on a chipper facade all the time. I would like to take the opportunity here to dig into some deep issues. There's a lot going on in the world right now.

As a complete disclosure, I help Turd out with the website (I am, in fact, the lady who built it along with help from the man known as "admin"). Let me just say that while I have never met Turd face to face, I have spoken to him many times, and he's an upstanding fellow. (And unlike some other people in this industry who shall go nameless, he always pays his bills! Yay!) He's a super sweet guy and people who are bashing him are probably just jealous.

I am not a financial expert, nor am I a trader, so I don't intend to write about financial markets that are so well covered by Turd and other fine folks here. Instead, I would like to focus on trends and issues that are often brought up in the community and that I hope you will find of interest. Sometimes I might just share various odd news bits or interesting tidbits here and there.

I titled this blog "The Panopticon," because it not only speaks to the ever-increasing eye of the hybrid corporate super-state upon the people, but the "panoptics" are in reverse here too, as we take a bird's eye view of events and trends to see the bigger picture.  (Cue Alan Parsons Project:)

One of the greater themes of this blog is "the future" and what it's going to look like. Since I am a technology person, I am taking great interest in the tsunami of new technology coming out, much of which has very serious consequences for our personal privacy and future freedom. (Google Glass? No thank you!)

Speaking of tsunamis, things at Fukushima are heating up (literally) and I intend to pass along information about this very serious situation that the mainstream media is almost entirely ignoring. Steam is pouring out of the planet, fish die-offs are reported in the Pacific, and a big plume of radioactive seawater is converging upon the California coast. (If you have not heard it yet, I would highly recommend listening to the Coast to Coast AM Fukushima Special from November of 2013, hosted by the fantastic John B. Wells. It may be from two months ago, but is still worth a listen.) 

Speaking of California, and as a point of interest perhaps, I had an awful feeling about my living in Los Angeles prior to "bugging out" and moving to Texas six months before the Fukushima earthquake hit. The feeling I had then in Los Angeles was a feeling of impending doom and a smell of death. I am relieved I got out before all that radiation hit the West Coast. (If you are still in California, I hope you have some iodine on hand!) For whatever the reason, I feel Texas is the place I need to be for the moment. That may change in the future, but for now, this is where I will be if things go nutty in 2014.

I share this just to give you a heads up that sometimes I work "intuitively" - but don't worry, I'm not going to be running a psychic hotline here. If you don't believe in that sort of thing, you can roll your eyes, that's fine with me. All I can tell you is, it seems like things are speeding up and we all may need to just buckle in for the ride.

As I write this, the wind is howling outside as an Arctic cold front is pushing its way across the United States. This inevitably leads to jokes about our impending "global warming." Yet, I'm inclined to think, if anything, we are headed for another mini-Ice Age, ala "The Day After Tomorrow." (Does anyone else have a strange fascination with disaster movies? I do.)

2014 is poised to be a big year, and a crazy one.

PS Please feel free to PM me with story suggestions and news tips. I apologize in advance if I am unable to respond to all messages, or respond in an untimely fashion when I do get around to writing back, but I will greatly appreciate any (constructive) suggestions. Thank you!

Stephanie blogs sporadically at a number of websites, including Freeople and Free Thinking Christianity.

122 Comments

Agaupt's picture

First

First - OK, I've done it once, now I'm done with that.

Welcome to the blog Stephanie.  Thanks for the work on the website.

2c piece's picture

Welcome.  It is always good

Welcome.  It is always good to hear a new perspective.  I have a "feeling" you will do well.

ABQBear's picture

You had me...

... at Coast to Coast.  Welcome, Stephanie.

waxybilldupp's picture

The amazing Turdistan ...

Welcome Stephanie.  You just never know what you will find here in Turdistan.  

As Roseanne Roseannadanna said so eloquently, "It's always something."

I'm looking forward to your contributions.  You are in good company with the guest writers and are playing to a (sometimes) tough crowd.  All the best to you.

wax off

silver66's picture

welcome aboard

Look forward to reading your articles

Silver66

JY896's picture

Hi Stephanie

Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts. Thanks for all you do.

While I am sometimes in need of topics I can (competently) write about, here's a few:

- could quantum computing much flaunted by our friends at No Such A. represent the (tip of the) next wave of tech breakthroughs, a la DARPANET?

- Your thoughts on The Onion Router network (or even links you consider worthwhile)

- Maybe a podcast with somebody like this guy? He caught my attention with this paper on the shortcomings/vulnerabilities of credit rating agencies (and the American system of private/retail credit by extension)

stephanie's picture

Thank you all!

I appreciate the comments. I do know this can be a tough crowd sometimes. :-)

@JY896 re: TOR. I think technology like this might be the thing that could save us from a total Big Brother scenario. You do have to be a little careful, though - if you are set up as an exit relay and a lot of traffic is going through your connection (and it's something bad like, say, child porn), you could get dinged by your ISP over it. I do like that the TorBrowser simplifies things. It's otherwise a bit challenging to set up for a non-technical person.

Good suggestions, though, thanks.  :-)

AlienEyes's picture

Welcome !

You'll do just fine. smiley

infometron's picture

Welcome Stephanie

Looking forward to your perspectives!

Being an Alan Parsons fan, here is something you and countless turdites trying to keep warm on a cold winter night might like... Camel recently performing their '75 album The Snow Goose:

Harmonious moments (despite some clipping)

flyinkel's picture

Welcome Stephanie!

Great intro, looking forward to hearing more from you!

mac's picture

- good to move away i

- good to move away i think...After Fukishima the Canadian Gov't turned OFF their Radiation Meters! Why? I am ignorant re radiation but read some reports that have me concerned...the Japanese are pathetic it seems, they do not talk true to their people and to the world. Why not?

Puppets, they print Yen to the moon, buy US dollars under their master's orders, jam the stock market up for the 1% and now it may be "face the music" time..

...duh, what a losing scenario. China is angry, S Korea is angry and all emerging markets are, too, and have had to deal with the Japs "cheating" by their currency price cutting as they have had to follow (and import inflation).

But this nuclear situation is basically intolerable. An American puppet nation has no friends? And the Japanese shall die from radiation and people who eat products from there will to? And the rain water in America is dangerous now? And sea food is dangerous in California now, too?

ivars's picture

ivars wrote: The simplest

ivars wrote:

The simplest definition of money ( of different liquidity) :

Money=swing capital (as swing producer produced oil in oil market ). 

It is only needed when there is uncertainty, nature made but lately mostly human made and on purpose. Lack of harmony in society/humanity is proportional to the need for Money. 

This definition requires correction. Only paper money producer ( debt money, fractional reserve banking created  or govt printed) can serve as swing producer of capital due to combination of large  reserves, unutilized capacity( related to reserves with leverage)  and low production costs.

In the end, it seems that its gold coins that should be money , and every digital form of gold related money or bill of exchange should be 100% gold backed.  No fractional banking. Except bitcoin which also has production costs similar to other capital, so it has no unfair advantage and can not become swing capital and can be used as money. Its reserves are finite as well, so it has no extra capacity to act as swing capital. Bitcoin can compete with gold in as long as verifying algorithms work over borders and users, which requires internet and computers. 

On other hand, both gold and bitcoin miners want the usage of money to grow as then its price relative to other goods will go up. Then they will happily ramp up production of money.  But, as soon as there is enough money, its price will drop again in other goods and production will slow down, so these both things self adjust the supply of money. 

So fair Money must be Financial Capital that has similar production costs and resource  limits  as other types of capital- there can not be high spare capacity or too low production costs...Gold, bitcoin, silver seems to fit those though silver has too high non-monetary usage, but that is probably temporary,as , as soon as silver will be monetized, share of money to industrial usage will go up as will silver price in gold.  

In essence, fair money should have productions costs which are close to average production costs over all other types of capital and spare capacity or capacity utilization rate which is similar to average over other types of capital production ( labour, land, etc. ) . Also , it must have limited reserves as all other capital on Earth has limited reserves. Then, SWING capital role of money will not be possible and thus also CARTEL will be impossible

ivars's picture

@Gold Dog good idea how to use unemployment benefits

Gold Dog if You want to move the system in right direction do not spend money on charities but pay of someone else debt. May be not consumption or gambling debt, but investment or mortgage debt. Of course, you can start with your own debt. 

And require contract from him that he will never ever take debt again, or he will become your debtor for what you paid for him. 

Every debt paid off reduces amount of Swing Capital that is debt money, and reduces its influence proportionally. The money bankers receive as You repay debt, vaporizes leaving only interest that has been paid on it so far behind. They have absolutely no usage for that money, they hate to receive it. So pay it. 

Debt money is like oil - it is produced  and combusted at the same time in roughly equivalent amounts with amount which is transported or stored being the same as circulating or hoarded debt money media. If the combustion happens faster then production, the amount in circulation and storage gets smaller, and so does the influence of Cartel. However, repaying debts to reduce circulation and storage is different from production reduction by CB. By repaying debts, ( burning oil faster) the money starts to circulate FASTER ( with the same or lower production) , its velocity increases as storages shrink and transportation improves; If CB reduces money production, it does not flow faster, so velocity remains the same or lower, and combustion slows down, debt are not repaid. 

So by repaying debts money is moved towards the medium that serves business and without increasing supply recession does not happen, even with reduced production .

By simply reducing production without debt repayment( write off) recession is guaranteed as speed of circulation remains the same or even less as people store more. 

Hammer's picture

mac could you tone down the

mac could you tone down the hatred please. My girlfriend is Japanese. Thanks in advance.

Meanwhile, a thoughtful write up Stephanie. Intuition is a part of living in all matters. Way back before the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, I had a strange dream where I was in a tall building looking out of the window as it slid down diagonally. That was a mere month before the earthquake (I live in Japan). 

Meanwhile, just an easy unrelated video

Patrancus's picture

Welcome Stephanie

the term "free thinking  Christianity" sparked my interest,  I  was introduced to a gentleman several years ago when I was very near death who aided me with several batches of his home made colloidal silver formula, and refers to his own free thinking Christianity belief study as one of a Jesusonian.  Thank you for your mention about Fukashima,  I have been  dripping on several of my children who continue to live in PNW  the limited reports and information about the disaster.  Usually I am not around the boards this early in am though we are down below -25 this morning and the continuous running of my heat pumps has me up investigating. Peace

Hrunner's picture

You da man, Stephanie!

Thank you for your expert admin work.  We should fully appreciate the hard work it takes by people other than the headliners to make a site such as TFMetalsReport go.

Hope you have a good week,

H

Patrancus's picture

Its so cold

my window panes are crackling, from global warming, now referred to as climate change, is their anyone in there, is their anyone home, Bueler, Bueler...

I Run Bartertown's picture

Good to See You

Hi Stephanie! I liked when you used to post comments more. Good to see you writing here.

foggyroad's picture

Welcome Stephanie

Looking forward to your posts.

Thank you for sharing with us, Intuition, is a valuable attribute.

Seems to defy logic but it is very real imho.

Mother's, Women, seem to have a closer connection with intuition in my experience but it may well be we all have it.

It may be just tuning in to it is easier when with child, but if we follow physics, current theory suggests we live in 10 or 11 separate distinct dimensions, these are the current mathematically supported ones.

Who knows what new discoveries are on the event horizon, and I agree most technologies are being discovered at an ever increasing pace.

We have been told we utilize only a small percentage of our brain capacity, something like ten percent, what would happen if suddenly we could utilize the other ninety percent?

Thought processes have been thought to exceed the speed of light, does this mean we theoretically could think into the future or the past?

Do we in fact live in a holographic universe, a fractal universe, a multi dimensional multi-verse?

I love thinking about all this stuff, I look forward to your thoughts.

I just visited your website  I definitely can relate to some of your thoughts.

I do believe God's Children populate all denominations and Faiths despite denominational dogma.

Christ is a personal Saviour, Christ transcends Religion, IMHO.  

Blessings and Best wishes for a Happy 2014.

ag1969's picture

If I am reading this correctly...

...then the Purveyor is a "Super Sweet Turd?" 

Welcome Stephanie.

ivars's picture

Free Thinking Christianity..

Free Thinking Christianity.. stephanie

I was reading New testament for the first time in my life yesterday. All in all its pretty brief compared to Old Testament and I wonder about the power it has had comparatively. But then  he claimed he has come to complete the Law of prophets. The actions and statements of Jesus are pretty few as well. May be there fore those that are there require a bit more attention as to why he has made them and why he had following that still ( in relaxed form though )  . 

I think the most prominent is his focus on ideal instead of material. That has been totally corrupted in todays world. But why was he so focused on faith , its strength, as he quite a few times admonished his disciples of not believing strongly enough?

Because faith gives tranquility, and tranquility gives certainty. In relation to the topics we discuss here, certainty reduces need for fiat money, while uncertainty increases the need for it. Money is evil is also true as maximum money means maximum uncertainty, and to obtain more money those interested will incite uncertainty in every possible situation since they know deep in hurt that uncertainty of any kind helps their cause of swing capital rule over other forms of productive capital. Maximum uncertainty in turn leads to short term living, living for today only, so greed is maximized. They learned it from weather and trade, and they decided to create similar conditions in human lives as much as possible- as if humans had no mind to apply self discipline, but was an animal unable to control his whims. 

There are few quotes I noticed related to this question of order, or certainty , and self discipline and moderation in Christ messages, which where pretty much followed in early Christianity where monks had collected most of the gold and did not put it into circulation as money was considered cause of evil as well, and rightly so.

I only read Mathews so far. 

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But he replied, 'Scripture says: Human beings live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'

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It has also been said, Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a writ of dismissal.

32 But I say this to you, everyone who divorces his wife, except for the case of an illicit marriage, makes her an adulteress; and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

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And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.

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Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moth and woodworm destroy them and thieves can break in and steal.

For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be too.

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No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'In truth I tell you, it is hard for someone rich to enter the kingdom of Heaven.

24 Yes, I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of Heaven.'

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Jesus then went into the Temple and drove out all those who were selling and buying there; he upset the tables of the money-changers and the seats of the dove-sellers.

13 He said to them, 'According to scripture, my house will be called a house of prayer; but you are turning it into a bandits' den.'

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Alas for you, blind guides! You say, "If anyone swears by the Temple, it has no force; but anyone who swears by the gold of the Temple is bound."

17 Fools and blind! For which is of greater value, the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred?

Pretty clear stuff. It took hold for a while in Europe , during which time money almost disappeared, and there were some "Dark" ages from which almost no written record remains,  however, lately historians do not use term Dark any more since the Darkness only implies we know little about that time, but then was corrupted. 

Interesting stuff. If he is continuing Laws of prophets probably these also should be read. 

Gold Dog's picture

Good Morning and Welcome Stephanie

Ivars,

Interesting concept on debt reduction as a way to strike back. My total of 10g's over 6 months wouldn't move the needle as much as getting families into acceptable quarters but the idea is worthwhile. If we could get everyone who carries debt to reduce it by 5% over the next year it would have a big impact.

JY, sorry for not thanking you for your interesting piece. No excuse Sir. (We are having KidStock around here with my daughters friends visiting and my son is getting ready for a winter of ski patrol in Jackson Hole. Still....Thanks.)

I posted in a different thread that I have ordered a Geiger Counter to keep tabs on my immediate surroundings and the food we are eating.

Could it be that TPTB know that there is nothing they can do about Fukushima and have just decided to keep it quiet so the whole world doesn't go nuts about it? It is very telling that radioactive fish are showing up on the West Coast and the tree huggers out there aren't going ape shit about it.

Your friend,

Dog

foggyroad's picture

Ivars

I truly enjoy your individual perspectives on, well just about everything you write.

I would thoroughly enjoy sharing an afternoon of cold beverages in your local pub.

Maybe it might be a reality someday, who knows?

Thank you, for posting your interesting thoughts.

All the Best.

foggy

ivars's picture

@Gold Dog

I find it interesting that debt money is acting exactly like oil. It is combusted when loans are repaid, and needs to be produced again in continuous production process . I think I read it somewhere, but then forgot, had to reconstruct now as it became clear to me. It is a useful concept to expose as it allows to understand money dealings via quite simple analogy most understand and it also allows to understand, as in oil, that there even in debt money may be producers that are running full capacity and SWING producers that has ample spare capacity ( as long as someone believes they have reserves, of course) . 

What i am thinking, to narrow down the scope , is that the FED is the SWING producer of debt money, akin to Saudi in oil. The rest of the world depends on FED decisions as the price of world oil depends on Saudi decisions alone. NOT Opec, but Saudi. OPEC is like the Western CBs totally. 

http://www.oxfordenergy.org/2013/12/the-swing-producer-the-us-gulf-coast-and-the-us-benchmarks-the-missing-links/

As oil, debt  money has reserves,  investments needed to produce, fixed and variable production costs, transportation and logistics issues, and various grades ( currencies). And all of it produces energy when combusted ( = production of interest). So interest is inherent in debt money when its produced. It is what its bought for from producers, for the ability to produce  interest at combustion. Today CBs are the ones sitting each on its own oil field and producing oil. Other Banks are like refiners etc. They buy oil ( debt money ) from producers CBs and refine into own products, which at combustion release interest incessantly. Interest then is kind of not the same as money. Different stuff, different properties. It is inside debt money. There could be a law of conservation of interest:)

Also, debt money as oil can be used to make other types of money ( say gasoline or diesel) . To make it, it costs some of the energy( interest) available from combustion of oil, the result being NEW products from oil= new financial instruments. 

What is interesting in this analogy is that oil reserves are of course finite. So are reserves of debt money-which is same old stuff- wealth. One cannot drill out more debt from reserves then there is wealth. 

To be continued. 

ivars's picture

@foggyroad

Thank You!

mac's picture

Hammer yes

I want to say sorrow to you re anything I wrote that upset your girlfriend or yourself.

I am not trying to characterize a people, but to expose a government, so I generalize and that can be misleading and aalso annoying, I understand.

silver2013's picture

A woman pm investor? Now Ive

A woman pm investor? Now Ive heard of everything.

Dr Jerome's picture

Welcome Stephanie

Thank you for taking on this task of blogging. I fear that we are a tough crowd, but I also am confident that you understand the nuances of issues that make this blog a great place to hang out.

I am becoming more concerned about fukushima after moving from the relative safety of the midwest to Arizona, just a bit to close to the radiation source for my liking. I know that we get get the pacific weather moving eastward. Sounds like we better stock up on Iodine and keep our old home in the midwest available.

I am in the chilly midwest now enjoying the weather of Canada. How do you do this up there--windy, below zero. Do you get enough sunshine to counter balance the cold? The party that purchased our midwest home via a private contract experienced a minor basement flood and decided to exercise the escape clause in their contract, even though that means I get to keep their down payment. We had renovated the house for long term independent living. Perhaps I should rent it out instead of sell it, just in case the West becomes too radioactive.  But the fukushima radiation problem may simply hit the coast first and before long aggravate the entire world similarly.

Hammer's picture

Cheers. No harm done  and I

Cheers. No harm done smiley and I do agree with your comments on the government et al. I stick to known facts only as best I can rather than speculate about radiation etc. That is the most responsible thing I can do for my myself (unfortunately the Japanese authorities are not helping matters regarding open information since the rods started to be removed last year) .and I am in and have been in touch with a nuclear scientist btw stationed here in Japan unaffiliated to the Japanese government and who has had access to the plant previously and who has been here since the accident. I myself have been right up to the exclusion zone 20km boundary for what it is worth.

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