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.

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AlienEyes's picture

Why I don't blog...

I was having a nice afternoon in Puerto Vallarta a few years ago and after a few strawberry margaritas (strictly for the vitamin C and the HDL the alcohol tricked my liver into making), I "let my mind drive" while I just enjoyed the view.

Shortly thereafter, my mind, which had been drinking, informed me that I was never to blog. I immediately thought, what, pray tell, brought that on? In a somewhat curt response, my answer was the following....

"blog, blogged

flog, flogged

Coincidence? I think not. Just one letter is the only difference between shooting off your mouth on the internet and having the hell beat out of you with a cat of nine tails for doing so".

That's when I decided that my mind was too tanked up to drive. In protest, I was informed that "one's train of conscientiousness has absolutely nothing to do with a rail yard".

No wonder my head hurts after drinking strawberry margaritas.

Dr Jerome's picture

China, the US, and Obamacare

My view on these matters may be uninformed, but that never stopped me from running my mouth before.

As I have watch China develop since the Tiananmen Square protests, I see a communist nation that has increasingly employed capitalistic business practices. Though they still have their share of corruption, their economy has benefited, people have moved from farms to factories, and China is now a stronger nation than they were. Across the ocean, the US has drifted more to socialism and communism, letting government take over sectors of the economy. People have lost their factory jobs, moved to welfare and we are a weaker nation than we were. 

Now the US is going deeper with Obamacare, moving one of our largest economic sectors squarely into socialism, and arguably into a communist economic model with working citizens contributing much of their former income to support others. In fact, this situation is not socialistic or communistic.

Obamacare, EBT, SNAP, extended unemployment benefits are all "welfare-ism" at the core.

I don't have a problem with helping others who work hard. But I do resent paying for unearned benefits for those who do not work. The US is quickly  exiting the ranks of the capitalist nations.

A few years ago, I had a lab assistant at the university--a single mom who lived on various welfare programs and student loans. My wife decided to help her buy a home and try to get her off of welfare. The plan failed, we lost a few thousand dollars subsidizing her housing for a year; she eventually dropped out of school, and is still living off the system. When she moved out of the home my wife purchased for her, the place was a mess. We hauled three trailer loads of dirty clothes and trash to the dump. We had to evict 4 other adult welfare tenants that she let move in and mooch off her. The cupboards were full of food bought with food stamps. She and her kids were all grossly overweight , eating brand name convenience foods while we shopped at the discount grocery.

I regret to say that I became quite cynical about helping out people who are "having a hard time."  Today, we make regular donations to a drug abuse center that houses addicted teenagers. Our days of trying to help welfare-ites are over.

Patrancus's picture

Michelle

you panopticon, don't believe me, go look at the rest of the photo's the main stream boys and girls left out of this shoot. The last one, when Michelle says switch seats, hey baby you better f ing switch seats, LMAO

Bet the flight home from So Africa was like riding on pins and needles.

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chocolatechiphorses's picture

Welcome

Welcome Stephanie I enjoyed your article.

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AlienEyes's picture

@ Dr Jerome

Spot on.

btw, It is absolutely impossible to help someone who is "having a hard time" if they wouldn't have in any other way.

Orange's picture

John Williams Interview

says there is a 90% chance of hyperinflation in 2014.

http://www.jsmineset.com/

sierra skier's picture

Great Intro Stephanie

I'm sure you will offer welcomed insight here.

It is a worry to know that Salmon moving up rivers in the Pacific Northwest are transporting enough radiation up stream to be detectable over background levels. There was also a monitor from Pacifica that indicated a 500% increase over background radiation levels in the beach sands there.

My friend and I have seriously spoken about buying radiation detection equipment for shopping the fish counters at our local markets. It is truly a shame that those in charge have not been more forth coming about the radiation levels escaping the site. It waits to be seen just how serious this pollution becomes.

dgstage's picture

Andy Hoffman

ag1969's picture

Uncle Sam Borrows $1,088 Per Household in 1 day

(CNSNews.com) - Uncle Sam—AKA the federal government—went on a New Year’s Eve binge, adding a net of $125,202,709,546.99 to its total debt in just the one day of Dec. 31, 2013, according to the U.S. Treasury.

That equals approximately $1,088.60 for each of the 115,013,000 households the Census Bureau currently estimates there are in the United States.

Overall, in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended on Dec. 31, the total debt of the federal government jumped $613,787,258,252.83

That equals $5,336 for each household in the country.

At the close of business on Dec. 30, 2013, the total debt of the federal government was 17,226,768,075,403.16. By the close of business on the next day—New Year’s Eve—the debt had risen to 17,351,970,784,950.15—a one-day jump of $125,202,709,546.99.

- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/uncle-sam-s-new-year-s-binge-borrows-1088-household-1-day#sthash.52tf1FX4.eHBhuMES.dpuf

Big Buffalo's picture

whoa

what's up with the metals?

treefrog's picture

wtf?

big downside spikes in au, ag.  coming back almost as quick.

WTF?

why do I even bother's picture

Noisy prints

my price feed just registered a spike back up above $ 1247.68 at 15.20:44 GMT

Hammer's picture

Fat finger lol

Fat finger lol

ABQBear's picture

Kunstler's 2014 write-up posted...

A pleasurable blog to read, IMO. 

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/forecast-2014-burning-down-the-house/

In the article he captures my feelings exactly:

  Many of us in the Long Emergency crowd and like-minded brother-and-sisterhoods remain perplexed by the amazing stasis in our national life, despite the gathering tsunami of forces arrayed to rock our economy, our culture, and our politics. Nothing has yielded to these forces already in motion, so far. Nothing changes, nothing gives, yet. It’s like being buried alive in Jell-O. It’s embarrassing to appear so out-of-tune with the consensus, but we persevere like good soldiers in a just war.

-Kunstler

Hammer's picture

May be useful info for some

buzlightening's picture

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

That statement alone will make you right in so much we get so little info about stephanie.  Yes we're all human and jealous of others getting more attention; be it neg or pos.  Attention generation which I am not.  Good to have a female voice in the mix which knows the truth is the 1st casualty of war.  So much misdirection and psycho babble coming from fane stream media we all seek refuge in alternative sources for truth.  Been doing that for near a decade now and glad to be a part of turds congregation.  Discovering universal truth is always a religious experiences.  Gotta dig deep these years to mine even the slightest kernels but they're out there.  My favorite universal truth is evil has only the power to destroy itself.  With each passing day the EEE, sow seeds of more self destruction onto certain dastardly, rotting; fruition.  When you're green you grow and when you're ripe you rot.  Our nation gov goon platoon is rotting to where a blind one sees there's no constitutional adherence to gov debt gone wild to eventual people going wild.  Already know the insanity of the government with monetary policy even a second grader could do the math on and realize it's unsustainable.   I suppose the rotting goal for this lil scamBO regime is make all insanity common among people who have no certain course in life.  The rest of us will have to repair all the insanity and take our constitutional republic back.  Just adhere to the constitution and most if not all insanity to implosion would be elevated.  Heaven forbid a people who want sound money and leaders who govern prudently for the peoples general welfare.  Don't know how long that existed with the espousal of our country through honorable people.  It's certain now there's only insanity running the asylum we call America.  Here's to chaos and the peoples genuine order coming from such in the future.  Not an EEE regime to be left to govern honorable people.  There's loads of honorable citizens we just need more catalyst to unite us.  Appears it's coming in 2014 as a wiser intelligence has left out provision for us to take back our republic.  Somehow knowing we'd come this way in extremely tumultuous times.  Hang on and enjoy the ride to freedom.  Liberty is law and there will be a people who live law for greater liberty. 

buzlightening's picture

Elevated last commentary should be eliminated

Just adhere to the constitution  and most if not all insanity to implosion would be eliminated.  Hate to be human but what else I got when mistakes are made. 

AlienEyes's picture

Re : whoa

Algos saw the $USD take a dive.

Irene's picture

Stephanie's great!

Stephanie,

It's great to see you blogging.  Your posts were always of interest and showed how well-grounded you are.

As for topics, how about this country's top law enforcement agency morphing into the Orwellian top "national security" agency.  I'm sure everybody feels a lot safe. Not.

Hey guys, there are plenty of female PM investors out there.  We just call it "jewelry." ;) Seriously though, it's interesting to hear the guys crow on and on and posting pix of  their bee-yoo-ti-ful pandas, or Lady Liberties, or golden snakes, etc.  It really isn't so different (after adjusting for the differences between the sexes).

Hammer's picture

CME reports it was not a

CME reports it was not a mistaken trade at 10 14 and all gold trades stand......(unconfirmed)

where is my Jim Carey vid ?

edit found it !

Turd Ferguson's picture

Was on with Dr Janda yesterday

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Did this yesterday. Was distracted somewhat by my noisy kids so I don't feel like I was at my best. A link, fwiw:

http://www.davejanda.com/guests/turd-ferguson/sunday-january-5-2014

Turlock's picture

Dr Jerome

I have a Masters degree in Religion from seminary, so it wouldn't surprise anyone to hear that I have had similar experiences in trying to help other people. It has become crystal clear to me that most assistance simply inflames moral hazard. For every person that has stumbled and needs temporary help, there are a hundred that will gladly leverage charity into full time subsidy.And, America is groaning under the load.

ag1969's picture

America Greatest Threat to World Peace

new poll affirms it. Respondents in 68 countries said so. Anti-US sentiment is palpable. It doesn’t surprise. It’s for good reason.

Around one-fourth of people surveyed believe America is the greatest threat to world peace. Pakistan was second with 8%. Other countries mentioned were Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea.

About 13% of Americans believe the same thing as many abroad. Others in Latin America feel the same way. Moroccans, Lebanese and Iraqis called Israel the number one threat.

For sure Palestinians, Syrians and many others throughout the Middle East and beyond feel the same way about Israel and America.

Both countries threaten world peace. They wage war on humanity. They deny their own people fundamental rights.

They ignore rule of law principles. They operate extrajudicially. They do whatever they please. They remain unaccountable.

Peace begins at home. It means protecting the rights of all citizens and residents. It includes respecting rule of law principles.

It’s about democratic values. It involves government of, by and for everyone. It features peace, equity, justice and fairness above all.

Not in Israel. Not in America. Conditions in both countries are deplorable. They’re worse than ever.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-greatest-threat-to-world-peace/5363965?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=america-greatest-threat-to-world-peace

Bongo Jim's picture

Where's the evil AP Project when we need it?

Mariposa de Oro's picture

A woman pm investor?

We may be few and far between but we are here.    BTW, I love Monty Python, too! devil

Dyna mo hum's picture

On the spot...

Mr. Fix's picture

Dear Stephanie, welcome to our world.

Last night I put myself to sleep with this video about Fukushima, along with the powers that have caused it, and what the intended outcome for us is. It's quite a trip down the rabbit hole, but I found it quite enjoyable.

Thank you for addressing some of my primary concerns about life in the United States moving forward,

you are a welcome addition to this site.

Bongo Jim's picture

Lost me

Sorry Fix, when Ms Moret claims in the first 2 minutes that the weather was engineered so Larry Ellison could win the Americas Cup, I hit the stop button.

Pining 4 the Fjords's picture

Welcome to the asylum!

Contrary to what some might think, it is quite difficult and often maddening to try and come up with something interesting to write week after week... a ton of work, actually. You have my sincere respect for taking this on!

And I was excited to hear you mention global cooling, I hope you can write about this at some point.  I agree that it is much more likely than global warming, the mania of the academy notwithstanding.  I studied a bit of Paleoclimatology in grad school many moons ago- had a professor who studied climate change and its effect on hominid and human history/development, and he was convinced that we were "overdue" for another ice age, and presented some compelling evidence.  Burn those fossil fuels, prevent a climate disaster!

Anyway, a hearty welcome aboard!

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