The Exigence

Metals action the past two weeks has baffled me. In some way, it feels like a calm before a storm. The news stories seem to have changed their tone. World events are becoming more surreal. Illogical markets and economic indictors surround us. I glance from screen to screen on my computer at the office, looking at charts, reading news and blogs, and trying to get some work done. Perhaps it is all in my imagination.

As I prepared a lecture this past week in colonial American propaganda  and social movements, I read for the first time Patrick Henry's famous speech. It moved me.


Though we all heard Patrick Henry’s famous declaration in grammar school, “give me liberty or give me death,” few fully understood the extended and brutal situation which gave rise to his passion. Great Britain had been attempting to recover costs of the “Seven Years War” (1756-63) with France, and had transformed the colonies into a revenue source. “Civil and religious liberties” were under attack through taxation laws and he promotion of England’s state church—the Anglicans—into a more powerful role in America.

A truth we teach in the field of rhetoric is that a speech (also songs, movies, or books) responds to a problem in society and retains its power as long as the situation which called it forth still exists. We call this an “exigence.” I suppose there was a time when people read Henry’s speech, after the war was over, after the exigence had been satisfied, and these people appreciated Henry for his passion and efforts. But the speech’s work was done, it had no more grounds by which to move people. It was just another lesson in history. But today a growing situation has reinvigorated Henry’s speech. And it forces those of us in the US to examine ourselves as a similar exigence arises.

I have included Henry’s speech in its entirety. It was not published at the time. Some scholars think it was written by a colleague, but delivered by Henry. They may not believe that person could compose such a speech on the spot, as Henry was known to do.

The speech is well constructed, according to Cicero’s classic formula, such as an orator of Henry’s stature would have done. The introduction is polite and deferential to those he disagreed with. He withholds his thesis until he has made his case, yet reveals that he disagrees with the mainstream opinion. There is no need for a “narrative section” that fills in current events for his audience, so he skips this part. His “proof” makes a strong case built on solid reasons and well-known evidence. He then “refutes” the best reasons of the opposition to his thesis. Finally, his request for action is subtly implied in his own declaration for action. People do not like to be told what to do; but hey like to hear what you are going to do and then choose to follow.

Visualize and hear it as you read.


St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia
March 23, 1775.

MR. PRESIDENT: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs.  I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

[The Proof]

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House?

  • Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss.
  • Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation?

  • Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort.

I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging.

And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain.

Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on.

We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.

In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending²if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

[The Refutation]

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election [choice]. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable, and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!


The results of his speech were felt immediately in that Virginia assembly, then more widely as news of the speech and its final lines were republished in other colonies. Perhaps we may feel its power again today as a strikingly similar exigence arises.

The forms of argument that help us to discern truth transcend the specific circumstances that inspired them. The stage can be reset, the players changed to modern ones, and the core of the argument made by Henry regains its salience and power. If one does not oppose an oppressor, you will be oppressed!  

I know not what course of action that modern people ought to take these days. In Henry’s day, the choices were clear—either support the war effort for independence to the bitter end, or sign your soul over to a government that fully intended to tax the hell out of you. Today, the options are not that straight forward … yet. The options we have are many: going Galt, support the Tea party, be an active Libertarian, Occupy Wall Street, buy silver till they crash? As I complained in a previous post, I don’t see a clear course of action that has a high chance of success. 

But we will be stronger as more people wake up. And the means of coalescing folks into a formidable social group have changed. The internet is a key. Sites where “the awakened” find one another. And social media tools will provide the communication logistics to teach and motivate the awakened to take coordinated action that might bring about positive social and economic change.

Accumulating and holding metals may yet be the most effective course we can all take! Gold and silver are cheaper today than mines can dig the stuff out of the ground and process it into coins and bars. At these prices, I see no long term risk whatsoever. As Rickards has tried to teach us, the real struggle is being fought with control of currency. Awakening to reality and truth is an integral part of this process.

An exigence is growing that increasingly demands action of those who wish to remain in control of their futures.

So for the moment, I choose to act by putting my “labor and profit” into a form of currency that I control, saving it for that day when choices for other action will be clear.  I choose to try to awaken my neighbors and relatives that “something is wrong,” that planning for a tough future is wiser than expecting a better one.

That little silver key is in everyone's hands


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My First First!

Striking while the iron is hot and all you north Americanos are asleep, I claim the right of first for Indonesia!

Great post as always Dr. J.  I too had never read the full speech.  Compare this, or the general level of public discourse from the past, with what passes for statesmanship and debate today, and it is hard not to despair.

Many thanks for your efforts and the work of the entire TFMR community.

Edit - Damn!  I thought I had it.

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First! Close, but no!

Love the rhetoric!

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First overtures by Merkel

First overtures by Merkel towards Munich-2 with Sudetenland phase practically over:


MOSCOW, September 15. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel positively assessed deals to delay implementation of the European Union - Ukraine association agreement until 2016 reached at a recent ministerial meeting involving Russia, the EU and Ukraine in Brussels, the Kremlin reported Monday. 

During their phone conversation requested by the German side, the Russian and German leaders noted that further joint work is necessary to specify practical details of the deals.

Putin and Merkel also discussed developments in Ukraine with account for the importance of unconditional adherence by the conflict parties to the regime of cessation of fire and truce monitoring by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Ukraine’s previous president, Viktor Yanukovich, suspended the signing of the association agreement with the EU to study the deal more thoroughly in November 2013. The move triggered mass riots that eventually led to a coup in February 2014.

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Russian war chest - 60

Russian war chest - 60 billion USD or 10% gone since Oct 2013 when mess in Ukraine started- warfare has not even started yet, sanctions have not bitten really, oil prices have not been lower for long... How long will it last? My bet is not longer then 3-4 years from now.

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It is better to have own reserve currency to launch wars . Then you can just print, as USA has done. 

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"Study Suggests Southern

"Study Suggests Southern Slavery Turns White People Into Republicans 150 Years Later"

Dr J, another great post. Slavery was mentioned in Patrick's speech. I wonder if he ever thought this study would result from slavery? Let me suggest from the above study, we question 'correlation implies causation' as denoted below: 

PACs and wheelchair deaths

Miss America age vs murders by steam

Laffer on unemployment
The first 2 of these graphs are common juxtapositions of parallel trend lines, and the third is from the website Spurious Correlations, the work of a Harvard Law School student named Tyler Vigen. See this linked article See some hilarious charts showing that correlation is not causation and this great site  From it we can better understand some of the studies posted more for ' Headlines of Public Press Articles' than real research sourced and studied information. 

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'The taxpayer's money games'

153690 600 Hit with sanctions cartoons

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100% corn fed

153703 600 Hillary and Iowa cartoons

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More on Correlation implies Causation

Per capita consumption of sour cream (US)
                                               correlates with
Motorcycle riders killed in noncollision transport accident


And of course.... 

Technology on the toilet

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BIS central bank warns

BIS central bank warns against 'illusion of permanent liquidity'

Loose monetary policies have created an "illusion of permanent liquidity" that is spurring investors to make risky bets and push up asset prices, the Bank for International Settlements said Sunday.

"The longer the music plays and the louder it gets, the more deafening is the silence that follows," Claudio Borio, who heads the BIS's monetary and economic unit, told reporters.

"Markets will not be liquid when that liquidity is needed most," he warned, urging "sound prudential policies (and) extra prudence on the part of market participants themselves".

This AFP story appeared on the Internet site at 4:25 p.m. Europe time on Sunday

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A constitutional amendment to

A constitutional amendment to take Big Money out of U.S. politics dies quietly

This week the U.S. Senate considered a constitutional amendment that would have allowed Congress and state legislatures to limit the power of money in politics. The debate was not much covered in the media because the outcome was so predictable. But the party-line vote that killed it should not go unnoted.

A remarkable majority of the American public — 79 percent according to Gallup — want campaign finance reform. The right and left, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, even Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly agree that, left unchecked, Big Money corrupts politics and undermines democracy.

That was one of the few things Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton agreed on, and both the American and French Revolutions were fought in part to get the financial power and privilege of aristocracy out of governance.

But even George III after Yorktown and Louis XVI on the eve of execution were more popular than Congress is today, and the strangely perverse partisanship that characterized the debate on the amendment this week helps to explain why.


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If this is correct shale gas

If this is correct shale gas assessment in Europe, these regions may become Russian invasion targets first hand. Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania. Lithuania especially as corridor is needed to Kaliningrad from mainland. 
I have also seen maps where shale exists under Carpathian mountains/Moldova/Romania/Bulgaria, but I am no expert. If that is true, add these countries as well.

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sign your soul over to a government

You identify the danger of British rule as sign your soul over to a government that fully intended to tax the hell out of you. It is my understanding that the evil of the taxes imposed by Parliament was not from their extent, but what they represented.

The taxes would be used to establish courts that would be funded -- not by appropriation by the legislatures, with some influence on the appointments to the bench as well, but by taxes collected by the crown, to establish courts maintained by the crown, for which the colonists would have no voice, and no practical appeal.

Should their be an abusive judge in these courts, there would be no means of impeachment, no check on his power, save petitions to the crown. Moreover, recent English and British history was then replete with examples of such unjust judges.

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Such a sobering essay

Such a sobering essay about Patrick Henry's speech, DocJ. The conflict and call to action are clearer when an independent people are ruled from afar, the uniforms of enforcement are from the distant land, and few benefits are received from higher taxes.

Today we are (ostentatiously) ruled by people we ourselves elect, the uniforms are our own, and the tax revenue is distributed among the half of us.

It was not easy to mobilize the colonists against the external rule who were in some sense, "part of us" as well, but not living among us. Today we see the difficulty of mobilizing opinion "against ourselves". Will a people fight against their own unearned largess to their own detriment and to the benefit of their own modern day slaves?

Half of our country are the new nobility with greed that will sadly never be satiated no matter how much is given to them and half are the enslaved who will always be resentful of their enforced servitude, no matter how miniscule. The establishment of the new meritocracy of the modern day underclass in the name of compassion has been necessary to allow the real decision makers to skim their millions, billions, and probably trillions.

So while we look at each other suspiciously with both sides suffering from various degrees of want, the real plunder continues. Our ability to identify the true adversary remains dulled by the slight of hand antics. Regardless of your lot in life, we have arrived here because our true rulers have devised the means of giving you gifts in exchange for enslaving your family to the third generation.

Have we arrived at the place that our forefathers found themselves so long ago? We see glimpses of what inaction will bring to us - further enslavement with the misery that comes from fighting against invisible yet inescapable prison walls. Yet we also hear faint echos of what action may bring - loss of life, loss of property, loss of loved ones, coupled with the tribulation that comes from being truly free. Is THIS the day of choosing once again?

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

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Olympic rhythmic gymnast linked to Putin to head media group


In this Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 file photo President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with gymnast Alina Kabaeva at a Kremlin banquet in Moscow, Russia. AP Photo

An Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion, rumoured to be Russian President Vladimir Putin's lover, has been appointed the head of a powerful pro-Kremlin media group.

Alina Kabayeva, 31, announced on Monday that she was standing down early after seven years as an lawmaker for the ruling United Russia party, without saying why.

"Alina Maratovna has accepted the offer of our shareholders to chair the board of directors," National Media Group's spokeswoman Oksana Razumova told AFP using Kabayeva's patronymic.

National Media Group (NMG) was created in a 2008 merger that included the holdings of businessman Yury Kovalchuk, who is also chairman of Bank Rossiya.

The bank was hit by the first wave of Western sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea and both the European Union and the United States have slapped asset freezes and travel bans on Kovalchuk.

Brussels said in July that NMG "controls television stations which actively support the Russian government's policies of destabilisation of Ukraine".

Kabayeva will replace Kovalchuk's nephew Kirill as head of the group.

NMG holds controlling stakes in Ren TV and Channel 5 as well as popular dailies Izvestia and Tvoi Den and the radio station Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei.

It also owns a share in Channel One television, one of Russia's most watched channels, and in Art Pictures studio, run by film director Fyodor Bondarchuk.

Kabayeva, who has two sports management degrees, used to host a television chat show that aired on Ren TV and Channel 5.

"She has no other experience in the media business," Vedomosti business daily said.

In 2008, Russian newspaper Moskovsky Korrespondent alleged that Putin had secretly divorced and was about to marry Kabayeva.

Both parties angrily denied the claim, with Putin lashing out at journalists for prying into his private life with "snotty noses and erotic fantasies". The newspaper announced its closure shortly afterwards.

The rumour has refused to die, however, and speculation over Putin's love life reignited after he and his wife Lyudmila announced their divorce last year.

Known for her extreme flexibility, Kabayeva won gold at the 2004 Olympics and numerous European and World championships before hanging up her ribbons in 2007.

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Patrick Henry was trying to organize a militia... fight for liberty.

Dr. J said:

"The forms of argument that help us to discern truth transcend the specific circumstances that inspired them. The stage can be reset, the players changed to modern ones, and the core of the argument made by Henry regains its salience and power. If one does not oppose an oppressor, you will be oppressed!"

I posted this in dots a few weeks ago:

If the misplaced enthusiasm for “the individual right to keep and bear arms” did not derive originally from “black” political-psychological operations set in motion by the CIA, the FBI, or the BATF, it too ought to have. For Americans who myopically focus on an “individual right” to the exclusion of the Militia imagine that they are promoting the ultimate purpose of Second Amendment simply by “clinging to their guns”—which, as one of their favorite expressions has it, will have to be pried “from their cold, dead hands”. But this bravado, even if backed up by action, can defend only a part of the Second Amendment—a part which, although necessary, is not sufficient. While each American who might have helped to revitalize the Militia dotes exclusively on his “individual right”, the Militia remain unorganized, and “the security of a free State” remains undefended by the institutions which the Second Amendment declares to be “necessary” for that purpose.

FEMA camps, indefinite detention, a billion hollow point rounds, police with tanks, chemtrails, toxic food and medicines, etc.  THEY ARE MEANT FOR US!

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Sudetenland (Donetsk, Lughans

Sudetenland (Donetsk, Lughansk and more) in action:

MOSCOW (MarketWatch) — Ukraine’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday offering special status to territories held by pro-Russia rebels, lawmakers said, a controversial step aimed at cementing a peace deal while maintaining the country’s territorial integrity.

Immediately after the Anschluss of Austria (annexation of Crimea) into the Third Reich (Russia) in March 1938, (March 2014)  Hitler (Putin) made himself the advocate of ethnic Germans (Russians)  living in Czechoslovakia (Ukraine) , triggering the "Sudeten (Donetsk, Lughansk)  Crisis". The following month, Sudeten (Donesk Lughansk)  Nazis (Prorussian rebels) , led by Konrad Henlein (?) , agitated for autonomy. On 24 April 1938 (?) the SdP proclaimed the Karlsbader Programm (de), which demanded in eight points the complete equality between the Sudeten Germans and the Czech people. The government accepted these claims on June 30, 1938.[clarification needed][7]

In August (August 26th, 2014) , UK Prime Minister (German chancellor) , Neville Chamberlain ( Merkel) , sent Lord Runciman ( Ashton) to Czechoslovakia (Belarus, Minsk) in order to see if he could obtain a settlement between the Czechoslovak (Ukraine) government and the Germans (Russians)  in the Sudetenland (Donetsk and Lughansk

This time Ukraine government held out a bit longer, 2,5 months, to be exact. Now its time for Godesberg meeting (another one in Minsk?) and finally Munich:


Chamberlain (Merkel)  met Hitler (Putin)  in Godesberg (?) on September 22 to confirm the agreements. Hitler (Putin) , aiming to use the crisis as a pretext for war, now demanded not only the annexation of the Sudetenland(Donetsk Lughansk)  but the immediate military occupation of the territories, giving the Czechoslovak (Ukraine) army no time to adapt their defence measures to the new borders. To achieve a solution, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (Belarus dictator Lukashenko) suggested a conference of the major powers in Munich (Minsk?)  and on September 29, Hitler (Putin) , Daladier ( Hollande) and Chamberlain (Merkel) met and agreed to Mussolini's (Lukashenko)  proposal (actually prepared by Hermann Göring(?) ) and signed the Munich Agreement, (Minsk Agreement)  accepting the immediate occupation of the Sudetenland (Donetsk, Lughansk and more) . The Czechoslovak (Ukraine) government, though not party to the talks, submitted to compulsion and promised to abide by the agreement on September 30.

The Sudetenland (Donetsk, Lughansk)  was relegated to Germany (Russia)  between October 1 and October 10, 1938. (September- October 2014?)

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Another fine piece Doc

In a similar vein, as General John Stark ( the hero of the Battle of Benninton) said:

"Live free or die: death is not the worst of evils."

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Dr. J says, "give me silver or give me death."

Well, not quite.

But I agree with this:

"Accumulating and holding metals may yet be the most effective course we can all take! Gold and silver are cheaper today than mines can dig the stuff out of the ground and process it into coins and bars. At these prices, I see no long term risk whatsoever. As Rickards has tried to teach us, the real struggle is being fought with control of currency. Awakening to reality and truth is an integral part of this process.

An exigence is growing that increasingly demands action of those who wish to remain in control of their futures.

So for the moment, I choose to act by putting my “labor and profit” into a form of currency that I control, saving it for that day when choices for other action will be clear.  I choose to try to awaken my neighbors and relatives that “something is wrong,” that planning for a tough future is wiser than expecting a better one.

That little silver key is in everyone's hands."


The money is what the people wish it to be.  Always has been that way, and always will.  Right now, the people want fiat currencies to be their money; mainly because they know no other money.

Silver is their Achilles heel, but it appears that they were successful.  They have been able to keep the lid on silver prices by mobilizing Chinese silver the last 10 years (Holter and Organ), while they prepared their new currency regime, which appears to be the SDR, maybe with regional currencies like the Euro, amero, Yuan, etc., thrown into the mix.

It appears they were able to keep the vast majority asleep long enough.  But maybe not; they aren't ready yet.  Will China upset the silver applecart?  The COTs indicate they could . . .

This country went for nearly 200 years on a gold (international) standard, and had very little inflation.  It is since 1971 that inflation has become a major issue, and one the Fed claims to "fight" (when in reality it exists to create inflation).

Americans have been the unwitting beneficiaries of the dollar regime.  We export intrinsically worthless dollars and get back useful goods in return.  This has gone on since mid-1970s as the petro-dollar replaced gold-backed dollars.

Today, the world is requiring the U.S. to give up this gigantic advantage, and Obama was chosen to be the one to shepherd us to the third world.

The wars being promulgated around the world are designed to provide a scapegoat for when the stock markets crash, the dollar is brought low, and life in america will change drastically.

As Patrick Henry saw British armies and navies surround him, we see 2 billion rounds of ammo and armored vehicles bought and placed all over the country by our soon-to-be subjugators, DHS, DOJ, USPS, SSA, the military, and militarized police.

We can reject their fiat money.  The people still produce (the government only eats; it produces nothing), and can withhold their goods and labor until payment in a form deemed proper.

The western financial system and the dollar reserve system are going to get kicked to the trash heap.  What comes next?  Will people take back their government and their money?

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Funny thing

Look at the taxes on the The Townshend Revenue Act, which was the proximal cause of our  break with England. Looks to me to be about 2%. They went to war over that, the average guy pays 15 times that today. That's the only reason I have debt, so I don't have to give Uncle Sugar a penny. He's worse than the banks because he allows them to exist. Starve the beast, make TurboTax your friend!

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The theater of the absurd continues:

Home » Headlines » Congress Approves Bill That Will Offer Free Automobiles To Welfare Recipients

Congress Approves Bill That Will Offer Free Automobiles To Welfare Recipients

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Raoul Stockton in HeadlinesPolitics

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congress Approves Bill That Will Offer Free Automobiles To Welfare Recipients

Yesterday the White House announced its plan to offer free motor vehicles to welfare recipients, after congress passed the bill in a narrow vote. The program, initiated by President Barrack Obama, is very similar to what is now widely known to the public as “The Obama Phone,” where welfare recipients can get free cell phone service through a subsidized program. Some are even already referring to the free vehicle program as “The Obama Car.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced the launching of the program in a late press briefing yesterday evening. “The free automobile program gives low-income Americans the opportunity to take ownership of a vehicle at no cost, and will also include a monthly gas card for $100. Any United States Citizen receiving welfare benefits qualifies for the program, which will be starting on January 5, 2015.” said Earnest.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that this will be the downfall of President Obama. “This absurd plan that the democrats have conjured up is beyond belief. I have no idea how or why congress passed this. But I will tell you this, it is the beginning of the end for the Obama administration, Americans are fed up, and they are being called to the post,” McConnell said. “It is only a matter of time before the impeachment hearings begin, mark my words.”

Earnest said in the briefing that the campaign is intended to help unemployed Americans find secure employment, and ultimately will cause the unemployment rate to drop significantly. “Every American deserves the right to possess the ability to get themselves to a good job. Public transportation is very limited for most of the unemployed, especially in rural areas. This free vehicle assistance program is designed to change the way Americans are currently living. The President will sign the bill later this week, and the planning will be put into motion.” Earnest said.

There is sure to be public outrage along with intense approval from American citizens. John Humphries, a Washington D.C. tourist from Huntsville, Alabama thought that news of the “Obama Car” program was a joke.

“You have got to be kidding me, I thought you were joking,” Humphries told Empire Newscorrespondent DeVante Williamson. “What next? All we are doing is giving criminals and scum of the Earth the wheels to make their drug deals while using their Obama-phones to set the deals up. People who really want to work, find a way to get to work, they always have. The unemployed are just lazy and make zero effort to find steady work. They want the easy way out, and our so-called government gives it to them. This is ridiculous.”

Juanita Jenkins of Albany, New York disagrees. “I think it is an excellent thing our government is doing. There are plenty of unemployed Americans who just cannot get to a job. This is sure to improve the steadily improving economy. I am not on welfare myself, but I have been considering quitting my job and applying for assistance while I look for a  better job. I guess that means I’ll be in line for a car, too,” Jenkins said eagerly.

Earnest also told the press that the types of vehicles used for the program will be various American-made models,  older than five years, but no more than ten years old. Once welfare recipients receive their automobile they will be given a gas card similar to that of the food stamp (SNAP) card, which will be loaded monthly with $100 credit to be used at popular chain gas stations.

Mr. Fix's picture

@ SSJ & cris, I told you so...


The CDC Admits the USA Is On the Verge of a Major Ebola Outbreak

In late July and early August, six weeks ago, I warned that we at the point of losing any hope of containing the Ebola virus and I was called a “fear-monger and I was spreading “fear-porn”. Many of my colleagues (e.g. Sheila Zilinski) were accused of the same. However, the worm has turned and the truthful media has a new partner in fear-mongering and ..


ZH has this:

Obama To Send 3,000 Ebola-Fighting Boots-On-The-Ground To Africa; CDC Warns America "Now Is The Time To Prepare"

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/16/2014 - 08:24

On the heels of yesterday's almost unbelievable forecasts of the exponential rise in Ebola case counts - and warnings of a 20% chance of Ebola reaching the USA by year-end, WHO officials have confirmed that their previous forecasts of 20,000 cases "does not seem like a lot today." This has,according to Reuters, the United States announced on Tuesday that it wouldsend 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiralling fastest out of control. Perhaps even more worrisome - for those who explained how 'contained' Ebola was - is the CDC's release of an Ebola checklist warning American healthcare workers "now is the time to prepare."

"That little silver key is in everyone's hands"wink

infometron's picture


Forget Ukraine, I think Putin wants to invade Kabaeva

AJwhiteshirt's picture

Rickards video..

A recent Rickards video packed with good  info for Turdites. Heads up, the last 20% is pushing the book & CD package but it's still worth listening as there are tid-bits of info embedded.  About 30 minutes long.

ancientmoney's picture

Mr. fix re: ebola and boots-on-the-ground . . .

"Obama will unveil plans to send 3,000 troops to Africa today"


I wonder if those 3,000 troops will obey the order.  I wouldn't.  This sounds like a job for Michelle Obama and Nancy Pelosi; they both love photo-ops with poor little children.

I also doubt the local police would put themselves and their families in harm's way if "deputized" by DHS (Program 1033) to start quarantining those infected.

cris's picture

Fix, you are a delusional liar

The ENTIRE point of the Ebola thread that you and your cohorts saboatoged with inane talk about how nano-silver was potentially an effective treatment for Ebola was to raise awareness of the threat that Ebola poses.

For you to post something claiming "I told you so" is absurd and the height of revisionist history.

It is not possible to "discuss" something with someone who is not discussing in good faith.  For you to persistently mischaracterize and distort what ssj and I wrote about is clearly against the guidelines of the community.  Anyone who wants to read what we REALLY advocated can go read the now closed thread.  

lakedweller2's picture

Thanks Dr J

Some learn from the past but they don't seem to be politicians or banksters.

ancientmoney's picture

Does Obama have a strategic plan to deal with Saudis?

"In the past month, a group of radical Islamic extremists based in the Middle East beheaded at least 23 people and enforced a ban on Christianity by arresting a group of people for practicing the faith in a private home.

No, I’m not talking about ISIS. The real culprit is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the America’s closest global allies."

Who's the terrorist now?

Dr Jerome's picture

Tenure and appointment of judges


right on target, thanks for the reminder.

In 1760, Joseph Galloway published a pamphlet pointing out the problem with British appointed colonial judges rather than having judges elected by the people of each colony. It was a big issue back then--made it into the declaration of independence. Today with presidentially appointed judges, I don't see the difference between whether the king of England, or a banker-controlled politican had appointed them.

I see so many parallels it makes my head spin. Liberty or debt-slavery.  subjugation by our own government to remain a tax-paying, payment paying, serf that works the rented land to enrich some banker-Lord and his puppet politicians and judicial system.

lnardozi, I think you are right--those taxes they opposed back then were mild by today's standards.

So how does the working middle class get an Obama car? What brilliant plan! no Having an obama car, with an obama phone will prompt a welfare recipient to work up a resume, put it out there, take the phone calls from employers who cannot get skilled workers and enable that excited new-hire to commute to a good middle class job at a factory each day? We'll have a gen-U-ine economic recovery before we know it!

I better go grade some essays before I get too steamed this morning.

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