Welcome to the Panopticon

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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:)

Alan Parsons Project - Sirius/Eye In The Sky

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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ivars
Jan 6, 2014 - 7:08am

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.

foggyroad
Jan 6, 2014 - 7:17am

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

foggyroad
Jan 6, 2014 - 7:37am

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.

ivars
Jan 6, 2014 - 8:03am

@foggyroad

Thank You!

ivars
Jan 6, 2014 - 8:12am

@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.

https://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.

mac
Jan 6, 2014 - 8:21am

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
Jan 6, 2014 - 8:24am

A woman pm investor? Now Ive

A woman pm investor? Now Ive heard of everything.

Jan 6, 2014 - 8:26am

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
Jan 6, 2014 - 8:35am

Cheers. No harm done  and I

Cheers. No harm done 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.

ag1969
Jan 6, 2014 - 8:51am

Obamacare debuts with more canceled plans than enrollments

Obamacare may have promised health insurance for the masses. But on its first day, it’s left more Americans without coverage than before the law was passed. More than 4.7 million Americans had their health insurance canceled as a result of any of the thousand-plus-page law’s new rules, the Associated Press reports, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed Tuesday that between federal and state exchanges, just 2 million Americans have signed up for Obamacare coverage. (RELATED: Obama administration announces net loss of at least 3 million insurance plans) The Obama administration has yet to announce the final tally of full enrollments, which are only confirmed once customers have made their first payment, but Cato Institute health policy expert Michael Cannon warns that not all those who signed up will complete their purchases, potentially leaving the White House with an even lower bottom line. - See more at: https://xrepublic.tv/node/6839#sthash.ZJ2fVLWg.phh66lBU.dpuf

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