The Nevada Stand-Off, Precious Metals and the Home Shopping Network

Fri, Apr 11, 2014 - 1:30am

By the time you read this, God knows what will have happened with that crazy stand-off going on in Nevada, where apparently "public lands" aren't quite so public when an endangered turtle is sitting on them. Natural News, however, calls into question this so-called environmental siege, by blowing the lid off of certain crony capitalism deals involving said lands in question, energy companies, and fracking.

Rancher Cliven Bundy Takes a Stand

It's amazing how the government can rustle up a bunch of bullies to go hound a guy who's been grazing cattle on the same land as his family for the past 100 years - with turtles apparently intact - but this same government can't seem to get a handle on the insane, demonic drug dealers pouring into our country from Mexico, or the gangs that infest our inner cities. Maybe if someone placed an endangered turtle in the miles of tunnels carved out between Mexico and American border-states, something would finally be done.

But don't expect a turtle to save your sorry butt if the government decides, like it has done in the past, that it needs your gold. Perhaps I have become far too distrusting of Uncle Sam as of late, but I have no illusions that precious metals would necessarily be safe should the worst happen. Look at how anyone who might save some food in Venezuela has become a dreaded "hoarder" - and so IDs were made into a requirement to buy food.

As diverse as the precious metals community is - with people from all walks of life and different political viewpoints - it's likely that anyone who is "prepping" and not buying into the mainstream narrative will be made into a target. If (when) the slime hits the fan, who do you think will be blamed? Maybe the rich, but also the recalcitrant, "selfish" people (like YOU) who had the foresight to save up hard assets, extra food, and toilet paper.

If you're lucky, the government won't just steal your gold and silver, but pay you a pittance in the new currency for it. And since that is kind of what your precious metals stack is for (or should be for), then that's not really the worst thing that could happen to you.

But what if - and now we've gone full into worst-case totalitarian scenario - they just go full-on wealth redistribution and decide they want to take your precious metals and food and "share" them with your neighbors? This would only be easy to do if the mainstream of America had become convinced that precious metals people were dangerous and trying to keep help from the "good" people.

For this reason, I am only somewhat facetiously suggesting that more effort be put into "mainstreaming" precious metals collecting. Perhaps it's too late, but think about it - if people get the idea that Granny is collecting precious metals, they won't be associating them with, well, those people. You know, the Alex Jones listening "Molon Labe" guys who are made into "extremists" by the mainstream media.

But how to do this?

I happen to be a fan of Once Upon a Time. It is a fairy tale show set in modern times, with various twists on the traditional characters. I never go read the IMDB message boards for this show, but did the other day to see if a beloved character was coming back. On these boards, I kept reading all this strange lingo about "shippers."

Shippers? What are shippers?

Well, a brief search told me that "ship" was short for a relationship, and in Once Upon a Time land, passionate "shippers" root for their favorite relationships, sometimes to the point of Twitter insanity.

Each "ship" has its own name - a conglomeration of the two characters. Since the main character, Emma Swan, had a love triangle between Captain Hook and Baelfire, two sets of shippers were born: The "Captain Swan" shippers and the "Swanfire" shippers. People who went completely off the reservation root to see Emma with the Evil Queen, and they are called "Swan Queen" shippers.

I realize this is way much more than you ever wanted to know about the obsessive fans of a television show. But note: In our society, where television takes an almost magical quality, it is perfectly "normal" to be obsessed with the fictional relationships of made-up fairy tale characters. These people, they are just "fans."

You precious metals stackers, on the other hand, are "dangerous extremists."

I say, some enterprising precious metals dealer needs to come up with some sort of Internet soap opera to market coins. Each character would have its own coin. Limited edition "shipping" coins could be marketed with the chosen couples imprinted upon them. Some of the coins would be one of a kind. Think Cabbage Patch Coins.

These soap opera coins could then be marketed on the Home Shopping Network, Grandma would start buying them, and then no-one would think you were some dangerous militia member out to start another Civil War just because you owned a stack of precious metals. They'd just see you as a crazy collector, on par with someone who has a dusty collection of Beanie Babies stuffed in a box somewhere.

You could then keep your precious metals, or, if you collected the most popular "ship" coins, perhaps make a mint off the collectibles market.

While I'm excited that Mike Rowe just got a new show on CNN (the rest of CNN can just die in obscurity, please), he would be a perfect pitchman for our Cabbage Patch Coins:

Now, I realize this post may on its face seem a bit frivolous in parts. But somewhere in there is a serious point. Meanwhile, I will watch the goings-on in Nevada with baited breath, and pray for a peaceful resolution.

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

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Apr 11, 2014 - 1:49am

Life was simple, now not so much....

Donno 'PEOPLE ISSUES' - Cross-cultural communication

WARNING - This story evidences a degree of inappropriateness, excessive vernacular, wanton animal cruelty and poor taste, is irreverent and ribald. Indiscriminate readership is not advised.

Purveyors of the art of instruction will often point to the challenge of communication - What a person thinks they say, what they actually say, and what the listener understands them to say.

This communication challenge is even more difficult when dealing with different cultures.

My recent experiences in remote jungle living on a tropical pacific island could fill a book, and after 5 years, it was apparent that my communication skills were still in their 'ab initio' infancy.

My good wife was even more challenged as the local indigenous males, who were of such a size as to be able to 'leap tall buildings in a single bound', (if not pick them up and carry them away when one was not looking), tended to break down into guffaws of merriment when instructed by her on a particular task.

Indeed, if I was away for a day, I would often arrive back home to find that they had been fired by her for failure to do a task in a particular way (if not due to their riotous joy at her presumption to instruct them.)

Direct supervision was usually required, for if, for example, you gave an instruction to weed a particular area, you would come back to a barren landscape, which had been 'cleaned' of all living plant life, including your prized vegetables and herbs. This was often accomplished by them expeditiously setting the area on fire or using a cane knife.

As I favoured the technique of empowering others to use their own initiative, I invariably experienced open mouthed incredulity at the final result, in conjunction with a berating or 'bollocking' from my wife for being irresponsible in failing to adequately frame the job and executing poor supervision.

In fact, many words and phrases soon invoked extreme caution in me. One such phrase was 'too easy', which I initially took to mean that the task I had assigned to them was considered to be of child like simplicity, and I need not worry any more, and could go and commence an early imbibing of some kava (aka grog), and leave them to successfully complete the task.

'Too easy' soon came to mean that direct supervision was required, and if I blinked there was a distinct possibility that the job would go 'tits up', but as I had an almost masochistic tendency to see what would happen if I didn't, I now have enough examples to fill a disaster's book entitled 'Too Easy.'

Although my wife had unfortunately determined that my 'laissez-faire' approach resulted in disastrous outcomes, I adopted micromanagement 'vi coactus' - as is evident in any large project, you cannot be everywhere and do everything yourself. I share with you just one of my book of disaster stories.

After 9 months of raising chickens in preparation for the 'zombie apocalypse', it was decided by a committee of one (my wife), that our tropical paradise was now a hell on earth, with 24 hours a day of incessant screeching/clucking/howling, indiscriminate and voluminous shitting.

It was decided to send them on a 3 month holiday, so that this ravenous phalanx could deforest another mountain range jungle, allowing our small patch to regrow.

I provided some card board boxes, with appropriate breathing apertures, and my trusty friend who was desirous of 200 eggs/week, then uttered the now fear inducing words 'too easy' when asked about the stress of transportation for these shrieking wenches and how he would achieve this stress free transportation safely and efficaciously.

I was absent for a few minutes to secure some soothing Beethoven tunes to ease their stress of travel, to find that the chickens had their ankles bound by duck tape, and were unceremoniously deposited in 2 large flour sacks.

I was extremely dubious about this, but was assured in an earthy knowing tone as they departed that this was the preferred mode of transport for these erstwhile noisy destroyers of serenity.

At any rate, nagging doubts persisted, and I called later that day to determine on whether their 1 km relocation of our three toed terrorists was without incident, and whether they were happily engaged in 'the art of warfare' at his abode.

Without embarrassment, remorse, empathy or sympathy, I was duly informed that some 75% had expired mysteriously in the sacks, and had just stopped breathing due to the trauma at losing their home (and not due to being asphyxiated).

Anyhow, they lamented their future egg loss by promptly plucking and cooking the chickens in a tasty lovo, and I am sure that they asked for forgiveness for their lack of care as they licked their fingers.

We were devastated, and so were my wife's Facebook friends, as we had raised these chickens from 1 day old yellow fur balls, celebrating their daily progress and adventures.

The 6 remaining chickens got to produce some eggs for at least a few days until they too mysteriously succumbed to various ailments associated with new settlement anxiety.

I recount this story as an example of how different cultural frameworks, communication techniques, and gender inequality all play a role in misunderstanding (notwithstanding the lethargy induced by almost 100% humidity and heat dulled concentration).

Suggestions to overcome these challenges are welcome, however, if I was fortunate to live another 50 years in that location, my ability to effectively communicate with the locals might be raised to 'novice' level. I would hasten to add that were I to establish a course for highly effective communication across vast cultural gaps, a final exam assessing students' competency would be in observing these students overseeing a project to completion, however, a strictly no refunds policy would be stipulated!

"it is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear." - Italo Calvino

Apr 11, 2014 - 3:08am

Dangerous extremists

"Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act."

George Orwell

El Gordo
Apr 11, 2014 - 3:31am

Is someone

off their meds again?

bullion only
Apr 11, 2014 - 3:51am

How do you do it?

How do you read then write that much and still get to be number one?

Now that is a real feat.

Very interesting article on zero hedge by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts


bullion only
Apr 11, 2014 - 3:52am

How do you do it?

How do you read then write that much and still get to be number one?

Now that is a real feat.

Very interesting article on zero hedge by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts


Apr 11, 2014 - 7:17am

Private issue silver - Part 1

Interesting idea Stephanie. A stealth approach to bring silver into the mainstream after two major price peaks that have encouraged most people to sell off their family silver. A problem will always be seen with the spread between cost and spot. No matter how much people want something "pretty" or collectible, they will always be confronted with this cold hard truth.

I guess by now most of the Franklin Mint customers will have passed away. Many people of that generation greatly overpaid for their collectibles, only to be sorely chaffed when the items were sold. I don't remember if the FM mentioned the investment potential of their items, but enough seemed to think they were funding their retirement with overpriced silver and gold.

Many moons ago I got an entrepreneurial bug and bought silver Christmas rounds, and after encapsulating them, sold them to colleagues and some businesses around my small community. I used the proceeds to fund my silver dollar habit, but I knew that Morgan dollars did not have a "common man" appeal that silvery Christmas ornaments had. This was in the late 80's and early 90's when silver ranged from $7-8 an ounce or so, but even back then people had some awareness of the spread between my selling price and spot. It was only the beauty of the pieces that enticed some to buy. (Well, that, and the fact that they needed to buy a few more Christmas gifts).

Apr 11, 2014 - 7:20am

Private issue silver - Part 2

Today I look at all the interesting private issue silver and the "flavor" of the pieces is so different from the art bar fad in the 70's and 80's. Today many of the rounds deal with subtle (or not so subtle) challenges to the prevailing political and financial regimes. The silver bullets are probably the pinnacle of unspoken defiance.

In some ways today's private issue silver reminds me of the Hard Times tokens issued during the early 1800's. During that time there was political and financial unrest, inflation and high unemployment. These privately minted pieces were used as unofficial money. Although most (maybe all) were made of copper, copper was the circulating, common man's money for everyday use.

I would have to assume that since this time was so close to the revolution that society in general was still mindful of the importance of being politically aware and involved. Many of the Hard Times tokens were imprinted with very pointed political messages.

Today, however, society has been distracted from matters of importance and survival for so long that it bears no thought to long term consequences of our actions. The common man can't name their vice president, let alone senators or representatives. Political discussion is used to ostracize, rather than enlighten or persuade. It is even offensive to discuss in some circles. Who needs politics at all? It's just drama and we can't do anything about the decisions being made anyway.

That stuff is so yesterday. We have so many other things that are important to us today. iStuff. Gladiators who wrestle for the mastery of a ball. Pornification of 12 year old girls and boys. We have succumbed to a mentality that the world exists to satiate me, rather than an understanding that I exist because there is an ongoing struggle in the spiritual realm that I am to be a part of.

Political messages on modern day Hard Times tokens? Pffft. That is for fanatics. However, a Twilight series, THAT just might actually interest people and gain some traction today.

Apr 11, 2014 - 8:06am
Apr 11, 2014 - 8:20am

Excellent article

Thank you, Stephanie!

Mr. Fix
Apr 11, 2014 - 8:46am

The lawlessness of the federal government is going mainstream!

Great article Stephanie,

I was quite encouraged to see the videos of the federal government out of control in Nevada on Fox news last night, I had already seen them on Info Wars, and links from Steve Quayle.

A resistance to the lawlessness from Washington DC is quickly forming, and the rampant power grabbing feds are beginning to get some serious blowback from the populace.

As far as using a TV show to promote precious metals, I've been watching commercials on television for many years now, all explaining the need to own precious metals. Some of us have gotten the message, most won't.

The best we can do now, is prepare for an economic collapse which is inevitable, and inform our neighbors that our federal government has been hijacked by enemies of the Constitution, and humanity.

Stack what you can!

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