Dumping the Banksters

Tue, Aug 12, 2014 - 9:43am

I have a close friend since 1977, rooming with him before married life and keeping in touch over the years as our careers have moved us all over the nation. He was attempting to purchase an older home in Ohio using a realtor and a bank, like we are all supposed to do. But things got screwy. After verbally accepting his offer of 52K for a foreclosed home, the seller (a bank) demanded that he use a particular mortgage broker instead of the bank that had pre-approved him (I smell a kickback). After some discussion, my wife and I offered to help him with our real estate business. We cut out one realtor and limited the power of the bank. He got the home for 20% below an already low asking price, has lowered his housing costs by 35%, and paid for the renovation of the house by just cutting the bank out of 50% of this deal.

But perhaps the more significant thing that happened was that we just had a taste of how good life can be without banks. Damn, they run up the costs! Then they front load the credit contract so that the majority of interest is paid up front over the term. If you buy & sell every 3-5 years, you hardly pay down the principal and build equity. But all-y’all know this, so I’ll end the mini-rant. My problem is that I have contractually obligated myself to them by purchasing real estate with their fiat. And the system has not collapsed as I was expecting it to a couple of years ago when I bought my home. Moreover (controversy warning), I am beginning to think it is foolish to count on an economic collapse to get me out of the contract. It has been my plan all along to pay off the home with silver proceeds, putting extra fiat into metals instead of paying down loans. Perhaps that is not the most sure plan either.

And now all this has me thinking... Can I pay off the house I currently live in, regardless of whether silver goes to the moon this year or not? (We have recently sold two of our seven business-owned rental homes—hopefully to be sold out by year’s end).

Now, I am not saying anything here you already did not know, but I seem to need to revisit this issue of the timing of system collapse and bank obligations, and perhaps you do as well.

Banks cost me a lot of money! I live in a modest little home (too small) by American standards. But last year I paid over 10% of my income to the bank in interest. They also required me to buy private mortgage insurance, and to buy title insurance when I bought the home, piling the costs even higher. We could have sold our stack and bought a cheaper home outright, but my fear of imminent collapse caused me to hold onto my stack. With my perfect retrospective vision, I can see that I could have paid for a home outright and rebuilt a respectable stack by this time. I think my fear of immanent collapse has handcuffed my finances and kept me in bank bondage far longer than necessary.

How long will this current system last?--perhaps longer than we think. California Lawyer made a coherent argument last week that it will last until the banksters have their hands on all the retirement funds in the US, which could take a number of years. Click here to read—and give him a hat tip!

I am convinced CA-Law is right! I have suspected for a while now that this system will continue quite a while, but I could not figure out how they would do it. The huge retirement pile of fiat is how—can you see those banksters lustfully slobbering as they gaze at it? Meanwhile, my employer schedules meetings with retirement advisers a couple of time a year where they encourage us to double down in mutual funds to ensure a comfortable retirement. Smells like a trap!

If I could only be free of this bankster contract I have signed, I might feel even more security than my stack provides.

So my wife just started working again after 23 years of raising children. For the first time in our 27 year partnership we have two incomes. Now she is earning nearly what I earn and we must decide what to do with this fiat. We have been debating (politely arguing) whether to pay down our mortgage or buy more metals. I am being persuaded by her arguments to pay off our house more quickly.

Firstly, I want to keep a stable marriage. Helping her feel long-term security keeps her happier, and having a paid off home does that. Secondly, we can pay off this house surprisingly fast if we set our sights on that goal—perhaps within three years! And if I try to earn some extra fiat, we can pay it off even faster. Will this system last until 2017? Good question! If it does, it means metals will continue to be suppressed. If not, we already have a modest stack and a lot where we can build a new self-sustaining life.

At this point, I see risks and rewards to both sides: stacking more vs paying off the bank.

If I stack more, our reward could mean we are filthy rich one day instead of simply rich. But we run a risk that metals go to zero first, that holding metals is “outlawed” at some point, or that it becomes dangerous to sell to the LCS, with people following you home to see if you have more. But really, there is not much risk in stacking more.

If we pay off the home instead of stacking more, our reward would be freedom from banks, solidifying the budget with a paid off home, and a very happy, secure, wife. But we run the risks of home devaluation in another real estate pullback, or that the system collapses and we could have had more metal, but did not.

If Barney Frank and other liberals have their way, as they usually do, banks will start lending to any living person again and we will have another housing bubble.

When I weigh all the data, all these risks and rewards in the scale, given the likelihood that this system continues for more years that I can imagine, the scale tips toward home payoff.

Staying on the same page with the wife with regard to prepping and the future is invaluable. Her perspectives are different than mine, valuing security over potential wealth and my higher appetite for risk. And I have already noted several comments by some participants of this site of trouble between prepping perspectives of husbands and wives as this delay in the collapse continues. Losing one’s family while being well-prepared doesn’t sound like what anybody would want—avoiding that scene sounds like a good topic for a later post…

If I knew for sure that collapse was immanent, then metals would be the way to go. But I am not so sure anymore. If the system is going to continue another few years, then the payoff option is a no-brainer and I will come out way ahead. We may not even need to touch our stack. My wife will be happy and our marriage strengthened!

Helping my friend provided me with a small taste of life without banksters. It reminded me of how much money they scalp from you in home ownership and purchasing. And I should not even need to discuss credit cards and other credit purchases here…

Of course I don’t write all this just to tell you about my personal life, but because I figure I am a lot like many of you, facing the same challenges and decisions about the future. Some of you may consider giving any money to banks a baaaaad idea, that I should simply stack, pick up another home when housing prices deflate again, and plan to move. Please expound. I spend my time here because I want to know how everyone weighs in on these issues of system longevity and how to best prepare for the future.

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Aug 12, 2014 - 10:00am


Awesome Silver66

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:00am

just wanted

to post and then read Dr. J's good article Krugman extols the virtue of government through Phosphorous. He make's me sick!!!! Phosphorus and Freedom https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/opinion/paul-krugman-the-libertarian-...

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:05am

Took a while...

Took a while for someone to post first. I guess we are all watching this nice run-up in gold this morning.

JDST is looking like a nice buy once we sense the banksters have had enough of higher gold prices.

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:07am

Thanks Dr. Jerome

I am struggling with the same issues. I was using part of my stack to pay down the house after a divorce left me paying the whole mortgage by myself. I am going to reduce my payment to the bank and stretch out the amortization. I am not comfortable with this solution but I keep my stack.

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:18am

Keeping the stack...


Yes, I am keeping my stack as well. Only a good bug-out property, or a 500% rise in silver price would tempt me to part with it.

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:34am

Thanks for the insight

Dr. J, This is pretty close to my conundrum, pay down banker debt or add to stack. At these prices I'm inclined to roll the dice, even an orderly chart retreat in AG to inflation adjusted highs over the next couple of years would make the fiat interest payment pretty cheap. A large drop in metals would hurt, but I just don't see how that's possible at this point. Though I've been wrong before. Was a more panicked stacker in 08, and have grown more circumspect about all-out collapse. My gut tells me that "they" will try to reinflate housing with limited success over the next year or so. All the same I hate having the payments hanging over my head. What to do...

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:37am

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:40am


The last price of the Dec14 gold is 1317.80 Sep silver is 20.07

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:53am

Dr Jerome

I am paying down house debt first after few dips into metals in 2012. I also see the system outlasting the 3 years I need to be debt free. And i love the feeling of debt disappearing, interest payment going down, house slipping out from banker hands. So I think for next 3 years just pay down the debt and get instant happiness reward but if gold drops below 1000 buy some additional amount. I mean, You have probably as most others evaporated a lot of fiat over last years which could have been used to pay down debt already by now. Learning by doing.

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:03am

I believe ...

Your first instincts are usually the most accurate. The more you evaluate the more you second guess and the greater the chance for error.

The game was over in 2008, this is life support. There is no growth without more debt being produced, the same debt that brought us here. Now they are adjusting FICO scores to get more debt money into the system.

However I don't put anything past them. They could use pension funds to invest into the mortgages and give folks the ability to pay only intereset for 5, 7, 10 years. Maybe a 40 year mortgage, why not? Is this sustainable though? of course not! One good recession will expose the fault line. PEOPLE NO LONGER SAVE!! they are one paycheck away from bankruptcy!! We are on the brink.

We are going to know soon enough what the plan is as this economy is staggering like a half comatose boxer waiting to meet the mat.

ps - I get to talk, albeit short, to a lot of people face to face on a daily basis. When I meet businessmen/women I always ask how is business? When I get anyone involved in auto's I hear "never been better" - I'm talking vendors to auto manufacturers. Financial people are the rosiest!!! Software is pretty good too!! That's it, the end. The rest of them connected to any consumerism respond with "not good" or "treading water". One final note: I just talked with a banker connected to the US bank system outside the country. I said to him I am aware of what is going on in the system and have followed it closely since 2008. I asked him "how long do you think they can keep this charade up before they can't?". His candid response, in front of his wife, was "I believe it is going to be sooner rather than later".

One more time:

R.L.Burnside - it's bad you know
sierra skier
Aug 12, 2014 - 11:07am

It is tough to try to beat the system

They are making and changing the rules,,,, in their favor. The House almost always wins in the long run, or so it seems.

We also struggle with finishing off the mortgage vs stacking and holding cash. My wife says when I sell my business we should throw that cash towards the mortgage, but we already hold well over $400k in equity and have a small mortgage in comparison. Currently we are paying extra every month and the principle is dropping by leaps and bounds. Our home is for sale and tying up the business cash in equity seems wrong as when we sell the mortgage will be done with anyway. Our equity will buy up a nice place in our chosen area.

I'm not sure which way we will go at this point but do know we will be well set up shortly after we sell and relocate and doing so without touching the stack and maybe increasing it with the proceeds from the business sale.

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:29am

Daily London Silver Fix

I might be a little off subject here, but has anybody seen, or heard of what, if anything, is going to transpire after Aug 14th, 2014 cut-off date for the "London Fix"? Thanks in advance!

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:35am

My plan...

Dr. Jerome.. This is what I am doing. I did pay my mortgage off 7 years early this year, & my goal is to use the principle that I’m not spending, on removing the other debt I have. First, vehicle payment, then line of credit that I have for home repairs (new roof that replaced a 20yr one).

That is what woke me up, maintenance, which means that I needed a cash reserve. It has been a relief to know that I have several hundred dollars extra a month to have on hand to use, than credit cards. Not having a reserve of some type will sneak up on you. So, once I have a comfortable amount (goal is 4 months of take home pay), then I can continue stacking. BTW, I decided in 2011 to stack as much as possible for my reserve, & look how that worked out for me…my own fault. But I believe that some day it will pay off, but as the past has shown me, it could take longer than anticipated.

I’m in my mid-forties & own my home. Having that opens a lot of options. If I need to relocate, all I have to worry about is selling it. If not, then my S.O. will stay behind until it’s done. She’s more flexible with her career than I am.

And the other thing, I decided to live. I am able to vacation with my 15yr old son (father/son thing) before school starts & turn around the next month with the S.O. to attend the buffalo round-up for a week in the Black Hills, without have a huge credit card balance this year. I use it to get points but then I'll pay it off the next month since I have saved the money beforehand. Don’t get me wrong, I am frugal, but waiting for the mother-load in order to do the things I want (simple as they may) can be depressing when the timeline keeps getting extended.

IMHO, if you feel comfortable with the reserve you have, and able to pay off your mortgage sooner than contracted, I would do that. Keep purchasing even if it is a small amount, but stay consistent on your course. You might miss the run-up & that extra 100 count you could have purchased would of made it much easier, but that’s the catch 22, what if….I hope this helps… Mandrake

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:46am

Unfortunately, if I paid off my modest house's mortgage

I will still need to come up with $7000/year in property taxes and $3K for homeowner's insurance, $800 a month just to live in a house that I "own". I guess with the house paid off I could self-insure, but with my luck a tornado will hit the day after I let the policy lapse.

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:57am

feedback on a rainy day

Dr J., thanks for all you share. This is the type of discourse we need here. Let me share along these lines, from my personal experience. To wit; my brother-in-law, and real estate. When he was 20 he had a construction job injury. He spent idle recovery hours visiting a local coin and stamp store. Eventually the owner offered him a part-time job, and soon a minor partnership. When he turned 45 he retired, set for life. Yah, no kidding. But, what to do with this cash? Wise beyond his years he does NOT trust Wall St with one stinkin penny. So for giggles he starts buying rental properties. I visited him one time in mid December and he was in a foul mood. It seems not one of his renters had yet paid their Dec rent. He said; ”I’ve gotta find a better way, this is B.S.” Well, what he did was sell all the rentals, and then – Here’s the magic – he held the mortgage. Yah, he played the Bank. If you can’t beat ‘em – join ‘em~! Here’s his formula; He buys Bank foreclosure houses at auction, he fixes them up, (he still enjoys the construction and he has nothing better to do anyways), and then sells the house, and HE holds the mortgage. Eg. Bank foreclosure $40K. Fix-up $40K. Selling price $100K. He collects between $6K and $8K per year (depending on terms of the mortgage – you know the game~!), for an investment return of 6 - 8%. Sometimes he takes a small down payment, sometimes not. The ‘renters’ pay the taxes, do the up-keep and maintenance, and if they re-nig on the payments he gets the house back. Wash, rinse, repeat, same as your Banker overlords. So far he hasn’t had one foreclosure, whereas with the rentals he was sometimes batting minus a thousand, paid the taxes, and did all the maintenance - which with renters is always excessively beyond normal levels. Now, I have two very nice Bank foreclosures near me. Asking $69 and $79 each, and situated in a $130 - $150 neighborhood. My problem, I’m 100% in PMs and underwater, and the formula does NOT work if you have to go to the Bank for start money and the fixer money. Now, here’s the kicker. Brother-in-law barely made it out of high school, does not know who is president, or where the hell Iraq is, etc. Whereas yours truly , with multiple degrees…………………………………ain’t this life a Hoot?

Katie Rose
Aug 12, 2014 - 12:53pm

Make your wife happy....

I am a proponent of free and clear housing, just as I am a proponent of free and clear autos. I do not like debt. It makes me a slave to the lender.

Having sold real estate for years I learned a lot from watching investors. It was always the greedy ones who crashed and burned.

My second real estate broker took me aside when I first went to work for him. I have never forgotten his advice.

"Most real estate agents see their home as an investment. They use their personal homes to make more money. They are always buying and selling and moving about. Don't do that. Your home is your home. It is not an investment. It takes just 17 years to pay off your home if you make one extra payment a year. Do that. Pay it off as soon as you can. Use other properties to make money. Let your home be your home."

That was very wise advice. Real estate goes up and down, but when the home is paid for, it really doesn't matter.

My stack is for keeping the property taxes paid when it all goes to Hell. According to Lindsey Williams, the criminal elite intend to own all the property in the USA. The loss of manufacturing jobs has been purposeful. He has warned repeatedly that the banksters intent is to collapse the economy, then take away the free and clear homes via property tax foreclosure sales.

As I have shared before, I am presently not stacking. My money goes for more greenhouses. I grow my food in these greenhouses. They give me at least another two- three months of growing time, and make it very easy to have fresh produce every day. I find that there is nothing that quite equals the ecstasy of a warm greenhouse on a frigid spring day.

To be honest, I have fallen in love with my 12 x 24 foot greenhouses. I presently have five and the makings for another one. I simply lack the time to get it built at the moment. Having a greenhouse bursting with life gives me a whole lot more pleasure than a stack of coins.

I have been buying grow tents and grow lights. I will be able to have fresh veggies all year long that I personally grow. Amazon has great prices on grow tents. Everyone who has seen one of my tents has asked how to get one for themselves. They really are a fabulous invention.


I use T-5 Florissant lights to light them.


E Bay has these at fantastic prices. (It is interesting that eBay’s selection has changed over the last year. Most of what they now offer is high output lights for growing marijuana indoors.)

Dr. J, when everything is said and done, I think having a free and clear house with the ability to raise food is a great first priority. Make your wife happy. Pay off the mortgage. Watch what happens to your body when the mortgage is paid off. There is really nothing quite like that feeling.

There is a peace that comes from knowing that your little piece of dirt is paid for, and the plants in the greenhouses are fresh and free from contaminants.

Here are a few statistics.

According to the 2005 census (https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/ahs/ahs05/tab3-15.pdf), about 33% of owner-occupied homes are owned free and clear.


The research starts out by pointing out that nearly 30 percent of Americans own their homes free and clear. Okay. But that isn’t something new. In fact, in 2000 the rate was 30 percent and in 1990 and 1980 it was at 35 percent, in 1970 it was 39 percent, and in 1960 it was up to 42 percent. Of course none of this is listed in the analysis because hey, everyone owns their home free and clear right? In fact, the official figure is 29.3 percent so it actually is at the lowest on record when looking at data going back to 1960.


El Gordo
Aug 12, 2014 - 1:14pm

Who am I working for?

When I'm working, who am I really working for? Or who is benefiting from my work? If all earnings go to the bank or the car lender, etc. am I really accomplishing anything for myself? If I would like to keep a little of what I earn, then I need to be paying myself; so I always "pay me first." Whether it's a small amount or a larger amount, I always rat-hole a little of the fruits of my labor before paying anyone else. If I don't have to pay the bank or other lenders, then I have more for my own discretion. So I decided to get debt free first. No more debt for me ever again if I can avoid it.

Aug 12, 2014 - 1:38pm

Dumping the banksters . . .

I have come to look at the financial system as a matrix, or a web, designed to entrap everyone, or at least as many as possible. Modern real estate and the finances involved with it is a part of that matrix. Of course, everyone needs a home--a place to live. Buy or rent? There are advantages to each. It seems to me that keeping as many options in front of you as possible is quite important, even possibly existential. "Owning" real estate is a misnomer in some ways. You do not own the land. The governmental units in which you live own the land, and you rent it via property taxes. But you do have the obligation to follow local ordinances, restrictions, requirements, etc. And, while you might be able to sell, can you do it quickly? Likely not as quickly as one would wish--if at all, when things get sticky. If the real estate you inhabit is somewhat defensible, and you can use it to grow some foodstuffs, get water, etc., it has extra value. Owning that sort of real estate seems better than purely residential, assuming TEOTGKE is within 3 years. I was very close to cashing in enough silver in early 2011 to pay off my mortgage, and then retire. I got fooled; I was holding out for $50 but it didn't stay there long enough for me to pull the trigger. I felt that the silver supplies were low enough that $50 would again be reached, well before now. Wrong again. My wife chastises me for not selling when it got to $45, but I was greedy--woulda, coulda, shoulda. So, I continued working, paying off my bills and mortgage with earned fiat. I kept my stack for another day, except for that which I gifted away in the interim. It does seem to me that the next generation will need it more than we will.

Aug 12, 2014 - 1:50pm

making fiat in real estate

agguy4, I hold your brother-in-law as my secret idol. I'd love to be in a position with enough fiat (about 120K in my neck of the woods) to engage in real estate as he does. There is fiat to be earned there, regardless of the market levels.

Katie, Good advice from you and your former colleague. Your home is your home--a thought that hardens my resolve.

boomer sooner
Aug 12, 2014 - 2:02pm

Perfect GC

Thanks again Dr J! I am a firm believer of no debt. Matter of fact, makes me anxious to owe anyone, but after the last few years, I am becoming more content letting the banking establishments hold some of my liabilities. I also have rental property and did the reverse, paid cash for them and continued the note on personal residence. I did this because I could step to the front of the line when purchasing rentals, with a discount. My thought was to then bundle the properties a get a loan, then pay off home. Being self employed, small time, getting a loan today is a pain in the arse, so sitting still. Interest on mortgage is less than $4k per year and I look at it as insurance I pay incase I need to blow town when TSHTF. I maintain all the properties and pay myself in pm's, that way wifey had no clue how much is saved. Right now all I hear is how we need a new house, arggg. Two in high school, one graduates this year and college next, yea pay up pops! My hope was if everything held together and pm's increased in fiat, I could use them as a backstop for colleges. Today, may happen, may not. Stacking cash now (could pay off house soon), but will need for schooling. Sorry for the ramble, on phone between jobs. Bottom line for me, if a deal comes by, take it, if not, stack it, whether pms, cash, lead or lead delivery mechanisms, or JEEPS, but only if bought at a discount. I can flip a jeep deal once a year and make 30-50% with nothing special added, just a little minor mechanical or body. YouTube is great for this, and forums. Hey CL, how is your Jeep project?

Aug 12, 2014 - 2:04pm

Glad I don't have a mortgage but

I've been thinking since I paid it off back in 2007, should I get title insurance? I have the paperwork that shows I paid it off, but there are some sad stories of people finding mortgages got passed around from one creditor to another and somewhere your property may still be on the books with one of them. I also have a couple of terrific side by side 1/2 acre lots with mountain and Puget Sound views in a rural area that I planned to develop or just sell, but my real estate market here hasn't bounced back at all. I would like to develop them but the value which is much better with a house on it than bare land is still a tight proposition in a slow market. I don't have the extra fiat right now to do it and don't want to use the banks. If I got out of some PM plays(miners)I have going I could but I would probably miss the benefit of the turnaround in the market, which was also my thinking two years ago. So I wait with nothing really pushing the local real estate market coming around and the very real possibility of another turn down with the economy headed the direction it is. I tried to convince the wife to sell the house we live in that has the same magnificent view and develop the other property owning 2 houses and extra fiat after the deal was all done. She didn't handle that well at all. So for now I'll play with the hand I'm holding but perhaps the Fed will do an even bigger pump and dump with the real estate market that will change our local market but I'm not holding my breath. The sideways PM market can't last that much longer can it?

Aug 12, 2014 - 2:27pm

Thoughts on allocating extra cash

Dr J,

It isn't necessarily an all or nothing decision.

If a list of worthy candidates includes:

1) Paying down house

2) Buying PMs

3) Establishing emergency fiat stash (3-6 months)

4) Prep supplies (lead and delivery systems, food, medicine, tools, reference books, etc)

5) arable farmland/garden/orchard/berry bushes (depending on your space, time, and energy)

. . . then the discussion you have with the missus could be about the the percentages that get allocated to each of those.

If she is OK with purchasing some PMs, as long as 60% of the new cash flow is going to pay down the house, then you're both getting what you want. And if it isn't an all-or-nothing decision, then it may be easier to revisit every year or two and tweak the percentages based on priorities and realities that have developed over time.

For your consideration Sir.

Best Regards,


Aug 12, 2014 - 3:27pm

Richard Russell weighs in . . .

"My current recommendation is that my subscribers buy physical silver. Silver, currently under $20 an ounce, is dirt cheap." https://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2014/8/12_R...

don quixote
Aug 12, 2014 - 3:35pm

timing is everything.

I don't have a crystal ball, but we can all see that the paper ponzi party is starting to break down. Could go in 3 days or 3 years from now, although I think it'll be in 6 months to a year and a half. Recall that it took several years before Germany's madness spread to everywhere else back in the 1920s. Put 90% for the house payment and 10% for the stack until you know in your gut that we are going to tip over. then adjust accordingly. You see, I too told everyone back in 2009 that the house of cards was going to fall, and it should have, but here we are 5 years later with an extra 30 trillion of funny money pulled out of someone's ass and few people seem the wiser.

Aug 12, 2014 - 3:36pm

Ok Dr. J...

I'm racking my brain here trying to figure out how you could stay in the best "stacker/system crash" position without receiving a cranial skillet (from wife) implant! ;-) here's one idea- Do the monthly Stacking, Do the monthly payment making, and then set aside and hold onto the cash that is for paying off the long-term debt. that way the cash is there(security), and it's earmarked for paying off the long-term debt (her preference) but if the system crashes in less than a few years you can quickly stack, or buy new drapes or whatever. Honestly, i had never really seriously considered the skillet factor before, but it does indeed come into play, excellent post Sir.

Aug 12, 2014 - 3:52pm

It saddens me to read that

It saddens me to read that more than a few folks around here suffer under the yolk of mortgage slavery. Care to put a "price" (in fiat or metals, your choice) on all that piece of mind you're giving up? Every day, endlessly. Even when you pay it off...finally...as mentioned above, there are the taxes, the upkeep, the risk of kids doing drive-bys on your mailbox...etc etc etc. The answer to this "where to live, how to live" is pretty dependent on individual circumstances and whatever handshake deal you have with your missus...especially if she's bringing home some of the bacon too! But it's at least good to think of "what if" from time to time, especially those scenarios that are otherwise unmentionable in pleasant company...like always renting, never owning, even though you're filthy stinkin' rich (in fiat or metals, your choice) as a life choice not a financial choice. "Put" all the risk back on the owner by not being the owner! That's been my choice. It may not always be my choice, but I also have abundant opportunities to "make" much more than the cost of money or the anticipated (even the rosiest charts) ROI for real estate - residential or commercial. If/when I buy it will be w/o banks, w/o debt and only for "just cuz" reasons separate from financial finagling. So I'm not trying to one-up the banks at their own game. And probably you shouldn't, and you, and you, and all of you out there, either...but that's really up to each of you. Some people still buy lottery tickets every day too. (SUCKAHS!) My two cents. And nobody hates the bankers more than I. Bloodsuckers that can only survive with a host to feed on, and they'll glut -every time- right up to the host's death, and wonder what ever went wrong? :)

Aug 12, 2014 - 4:04pm

oh almost forgot...

The Pailin Recommendation: Get rid of that debt, all debt asap starting with the highest rate of interest getting everything but the minimums needed on the rest. Eliminate all unnecessary spending to speed this process up. Hit the credit cards for necessities only that exceed ability to pull from next paycheck (or demand immediate attention). The hell with building cushion. GET RID OF THE DEBT. Once you're done with the debt...don't start up again. It's done. It's over. At least the destructive kind. Now your mind-fog has lifted, you are not a slave anymore. Start looking for ways to be independently productive and funnel your excess resources in that direction...nobody ever said you had to save your excess in ONLY dollars, gold or silver...did they?? Invest in yourself and your own interests and ingenuity. Create new steams of income so you're not both dependent on your employers. That sucks. Especially ten minutes after you get laid off, call the missus, and find out she was too. Yeah. Better than any cash (or metal) cushion in the world is a backup stream of income coming from something you largely control not "them". Uh huh, it can be that easy, but you'll never get there with the debt mindfog in place! Only -ONLY- when you get the backup rockin' might you consider taking on some productive debt again to expand or gain more favorable trade terms, etc. :)

Aug 12, 2014 - 4:09pm

Jeff Nielson's latest . . .

"Why has the false-flag attack been a regular Tool of Tyranny for thousands of years? Because it is extremely successful, especially when used on trusting, mollified societies. When used on the captive minds of brainwashed Sheep, as we have within the Wonderland Matrix, its effect is devastating – as the world witnessed with “9/11”, and the (phony and permanent) “War on Terror” which emerged from it. It works in the geopolitical arena. And now (as we see) it can be made to work equally well in the business arena. The One Bank ‘exposes itself to attack’ by allowing the Corporate media to (finally, belatedly) point toward the obviously manipulative aspects of any “fixing” of prices, by a small cabal. Then it perhaps absorbs some tiny/insignificant wrist-slap (i.e. fine) – just like the insignificant (but theatrically impressive) “rocket attacks” which Israel stages against itself. Then, having staged this “false-flag attack” against itself in the silver market, it now gets the Corporate media to pronounce the silver market (and the One Bank’s ongoing, criminal operations in that sector) purged of all corruption. The One Bank resumes its criminal operations; nothing changes. False-flag operation complete. Such patterns (and “operations”) are so frequent within the Wonderland Matrix that, by now, readers should already be familiar with this modus operandi. If not, watch for it in the future. Because it is such a successful tactic; the One Bank (and the puppet-governments which serve it) will continue to use the false-flag attack (in both geopolitical and corporate arenas) very frequently." https://www.bullionbullscanada.com/silver-commentary/26549-silver-fix-is...

Aug 12, 2014 - 4:27pm

Bill Holter's latest . . .

"Before getting into the nuts and bolts I want to explain why such a small market like silver is the Achilles heel of the entire financial system. If silver futures suddenly and collectively stood for delivery in one month, the inventory does not exist to deliver. This is simple math as for example, Sept. has 84,000 contracts outstanding which represents 421 million ounces of silver which could not be settled upon with a total inventory of 175 million ounces (of which 115 million are NOT registered as deliverable). What would happen if enough contracts stood for delivery and then refused to accept settlement in cash? This would result in a “default” but that is not the real problem. The real problem is the fact that it would then also spread into the gold market. Word would spread quickly and the “rush” would be on everywhere in “contracts” to get metal delivered, people would also rush to have metal delivered from unallocated accounts. In short, the lie would be exposed and actual holders of real metal would withhold their product and not accept fiat for their physical holdings. In essence, we would live in real time with a worldwide “run on the bank.” As for the “nuts and bolts” part, this is easy. We know that China is none too happy with the U.S. and are now allied financially, economically and militarily partnered with Russia. Could it be that the near record open interest in COMEX silver is of Chinese origin through proxies? Has the BRICS bank been created because they know the Western banking system is on life support and THEY will be the ones pulling the plug? Personally, I think this is the case. The Chinese/Russian co-op has the motive, the ability and the means to do this. I also believe they have the “desire” which we have given them reason for so many years by abusing our “privilege” of issuing the reserve currency. In case you haven’t noticed, the BRICS have been preparing for “something” now for several years. Don’t be surprised if it turns out that silver is the “target” because it is the easiest target. The silver market is the smallest and probably the “most abused” market in the world. I believe it to be the most likely scenario in a financial attack which is now obviously (to me) just a matter of time. You can argue an “attack” is not imminent but this would be wishful thinking. All you need to do is look at what comes from Washington each day to know we are reacting and trying to put out fires rather than leading as we once did. Watching Washington was once upon a time an adventure in comedy, the upcoming tragedy scares the heck out of me." https://blog.milesfranklin.com/dont-be-surprised-if-silver-is-the-target

Aug 12, 2014 - 4:40pm

Sharing My Thoughts

First, more directly to the primary point of Dr. Jerome's article, I am on the side of aggressively paying off the house. It's a sword over ones head (perhaps supported by more than a thin thread, but a sword nonetheless). There is freedom in this. (Additionally, lawlessness is so pervasive that I am inclined to believe that debt contracts will be “nullified” and “re-written” to prevent anyone from paying them off with the pre-monetary-event dollars.) Second, the notion of CaL's article and also represented here, of impending pension confiscation, well, frankly, that's kind-of a "duh". Ever read Santa? Ever read Simon Black? Ever listen to The Chaplain? Ever try to think like a lawless, fascist oligarch? The hand-writing's on the wall. Third, the notion expressed herein of becoming "filthy rich" vs. "simply rich", I find puzzling. If the meaning herein is relative to peers and neighbors at that future time, I understand. If the meaning is relative to current standard of living, then this is a sadly mistaken notion. If, for example, gold goes up by an order of magnitude, then I anticipate that within 3 to 6 months, the nominal price of virtually every imported good will go up by, more-or-less, an order of magnitude. Any window of "filthy-richness" will be short. If the reader will indulge me a little, this is what I see as the playbook regarding retirement savings of all stripes. In order to, safely and cleanly, unburden people and pension funds of their saved currency, the government must entice individuals and managers to buy US government obligations. They will engineer a significant drop in equity prices, use the media to balloon fear out of proportion, then come to the rescue with some “guarantee”, probably in the guise of some new debt instrument available only in retirement-savings vehicles, with some reasonable rate of return. Then they'll legislate some minimum percentage of funds to be invested in these new instruments. Afterward, they can re-inflate the equity markets, and the typical person will be comfortable and none-the-wiser. If they make possession or use of gold and silver illegal, they're screwing themselves. I believe this will not happen. However, they may target individuals for arrest and forfeiture. I think this is one of several purposes of the database in Colorado. Lastly, someone is on the buy-side of equity sales, continually ratcheting the equity markets higher. Also, corporate entities are buying their own shares. Once the oligarchy gains majority stakes in choice companies, they can drop the prices and buy out the minority owners. This notion has unpleasant implications. Thank you, for considering my thoughts.

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