The Jeremiad

143
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 - 7:32am

Back in 1990 my wife and I took a three month trip to Mexico to help decide if we were really called to be missionaries, or merely had a burden to help people. The difference is critical. But while there, I recognized that Spanish speaking people had problems pronouncing my name Jerome. They don’t use the “J” sound in Spanish and the letter “E” is pronounced as a long “A” is in English, and there are no silent letters. So my friend there, a native, suggested I use a Spanish version of Jerome. He suggested Jeremiah or Geronimo (Spanish for Jerome, Goyaałé in Apache). Jeremiah was the prophet that dared to warn Jerusalem about a coming disaster. Well, I chose Jeremiah because it was biblical, and for several months was known as Jeremiah—or “Jeremias” in Español. We were not called to be missionaries, and ultimately satisfied our burden with annual trips delivering medical care to impoverished indigenous people in the Sierra Nevada mountains—ironically the same range where Geronimo found refuge.

But the other day I found myself saddled with the Jeremiah complex. This time it is not simply making my name easier to say. I have been posting short warnings on Facebook (a site which most of my family reads vigorously) about the economic situation. I started the day the “satan signal” appeared. I just thought that was very interesting and people might be curious and open to hear about FED manipulation and the PPT. Each time I begin preaching, I have certain relatives to tell me to stop being a gloom ‘n doomer. (I shouldn’t have had that beer before I sat down to write my last Facebook post). My mother says it makes her sad when I get negative. Other friends do not comment at all, but hit that “like” button each time I mention the weather, tell some outdoors hiking or camping story, or talk about something from my academic research. They like the professor, but not the economic forecaster.

Each time mom mentions my “negativity” about the future, she also reminds me of how well a family friend “Bruce” has done in investing and quotes something profound he says. This week it was this gem: “Stock market volatility is normal.” I like Bruce and he has done very well, but he profited on land speculation in Phoenix in during the boom years, then invested in large apartment complexes. He has done quite well. So that makes him an expert in all things financial, including stock markets. Well at least that is how mom tells it.

I think Jeremiah previously learned the lesson of Jonah. It’s even worse to NOT go tell the truth to someone. But he still found trouble for telling the truth—thrown into a cistern by the king. So I have to keep telling the truth, somehow, in a way that doesn’t come off as doomin ‘n gloomin. I’d like to stay out of the family cistern.

Jeremiah’s life and message has morphed into a speech genre known as the Jeremiad.

"I tell you the truth in Christ, and I lie not. Unless you repent, you will all be damned." --George Whitefield 1740

Its basic structure is to point out wrongdoing, declare it as an affront to justice, and warn of the disastrous consequences if we do not change. This genre of discourse is firmly fixed in the human psyche. Politician use it. Gold bugs use it. Many classic fairy tales and other cultural myths use this structure. Ayn Rand’s fine book was intended for this purpose. I count her as a modern Jeremiah. My mother even preached me her own Jeremiad, warning me that If I continue being negative, I’ll be unhappy and develop health problems.

The solution I see is to reverse the Jeremiad; instead of sin and punishment, speak of mercy and duty. We should thank the Almighty for his mercies—that we have time and insight into the economic problems, that we have a “gift” of low metal prices, lower real estate prices, falling costs on many items as well as cheaper labor to help build and outfit a safe location for future life. We should thank God and then recognize our duty to take action. This site has been a fabulous resource for discussing plans, hearing from people who are raising goats, chickens gardens, even quail, people building greenhouses, solar systems, generators, and other self-sufficiency devices. The forums are here, the expertise is here, a private messaging system is here (all free, I might add). And the regulars on this site are willing to share knowledge, links, and experiences.

You’re right mom, I shouldn’t be so negative, I should get more active. I should take the name of Geronimo and help my clan and friends to resist the evil invaders of our land and keep our way of life, rather than be defeated and relocated to FEMA camps to the reservations where we would depend on the government for our livelihood. Alas, that even in Geronimo’s day, many Apaches chose to support the US government against their own people, and many others sheepishly relocated to miserable reservations at the first request. Not enough followed that inspired leader.

But in this century, the future is not so grim. it is a small minority attempting to control overwhelming majority of the middle class. They must employ propaganda and lies to succeed. The impoverishment of America is also part of the plan—because those living on government largess will resist being weaned from their mama. So we still have a chance to win. Our pb stacking rights will impede government oppression; our right to free speech can keep us encouraged and linked together, perhaps even counter the propaganda barrage—if we can hold onto these rights.

Man of action or talk. Geronimo* was a man of action, Jeremiah a preacher who told the truth. As a professor, I talk too much AND DO TOO LITTLE. I could use more balance in my life. My prepping has been slow and tedious as I am pulled aside to do my job at the university. I have to get my home to a state of self-sufficiency more quickly during this gift of time. We are a year behind schedule now, and I again thank God for the gift of time. But I have to get my hiney in gear, stop spending so much time on Facebook and other blogs (that probably means this one too) and get to work.

As for facebook, I’ll quit writing scary economic warnings there as I have my Friday afternoon beer, and instead write stuff that offers a vision of hope, for those who have ears, and simply invite people to contact me privately if they have economic concerns. If I can be inspired by my namesake, then my actions could make a difference.

I stopped by a website of our old friend yesterday after hearing that he was railing against anyone who suggests that gold is worth owning. Gee, I felt like the guy on Monty Python that wandered into “Abuse” when he just went there for a good argument. Apparently, if you think owning metal is a good idea, and say so, you are a charlatan now, even though many there are gold owners. When I clicked back over to this site, I had to chuckle at Marchas’ dart board. (Edit: The other readers posting in the comments section were polite and fair with me.)

I have been shocked at the pounding the miners are taking. I keep cost averaging in with my retirement account, but this recent beatdown has taken JNUG to half its value of the last time gold touched 1180

I better stop writing and get outside to finish digging and installing the drainage line to collect rain water at the back of the house on this gift of fine, warm, sunny, morning weather.

Well, that’s my view as this morning. Chin up. Do something today that helps you sleep at night.

* Goyaałé (Geronimo is what the Mexicans called him) was a “war shaman” who led a small band of his people in resistance against the US and Mexican government, trying to preserve their freedom and life along the Arizona- Mexico border. They were never defeated, but finally negotiated an honorable surrender. The US broke their promise and shipped Goyaałé and his warriors as prisoners to Florida.

About the Author

  143 Comments

  Refresh
ancientmoneyLifeIsPain
Oct 29, 2014 - 5:03pm

lifeispainful Re: colloidal silver . . .

From Purest Colloids site:

The Blue Man Fraud

By now nearly everyone has seen the story about Paul Karason who the news media has dubbed "The Blue Man". Although the news media has continually said that he was taking colloidal silver, nothing could be further from the truth. The Blue Man story became a major media disinformation event which was produced by a public relations firm and paid for by a pharmaceutical interest. The purpose of this campaign was to scare the public away from using colloidal silver products. The tactic was to claim that the Blue Man's condition was caused by his use of colloidal silver thus implying that anyone who uses colloidal silver would suffer a similar fate. The entire story as presented is a study in blatant misrepresentation. The fact is that Paul has a condition called argyria that turns the skin a blue-gray color. He got this condition by taking his homemade silver compound that was mostly a highly concentrated ionic silver solution. When he prepared the solution he believed he was making colloidal silver. He was not making colloidal silver. To make the solution even more dangerous, he added salt to the brew and then used electrolysis to make a high concentration of silver chloride with large particles which is well known to cause argyria. He further applied the compound to his skin causing him to become an internal and external photographic plate. To finish himself off, he used a tanning bed to "fix" the silver in his body. The moral of the story is to know the difference between true colloidal silver and ionic silver or silver proteins, and don't try to make either at home! (True colloidal silver cannot be made at home.)

The Blue Man charade demonstrates once again that the mass media cannot be trusted to report anything that even resembles a truthful "news" story. All "news" today is propagated with an agenda just like the phony economic statistics put out the U.S. government.

Paul Karason


Actually, he looks kinda cool!

AlienEyes
Oct 29, 2014 - 3:50pm

Cancun Funny

We were trying to find out what was the Spanish word for a steam iron. (something like : "plancha de vapor")

Our Maya maid informed us that it was "Black & Decker".

Nana
Oct 29, 2014 - 11:56am

Alien Eyes

Thank you for sharing, it just breaks my heart that some think they are above others because of their lineage, color or whatever. I look at people by their heart, are they kind, do they walk the talk in their own lives, are they willing to go out of their own way to help others........ When others think they are above/better than someone else that is when/where control comes in. I have never understood why anyone believes they have the right or authority to control anyone else because everyone is just a man/woman.

Oct 29, 2014 - 11:24am

alieneyes

Thanks for the comment--it brings back memories. I saw the same things while living there.

The Yaqui and Huichol people are treated like dogs. All sorts of "races" have emerged out of centuries of rape, slavery, and conquest. We gringos of the US have quite a primitive approach to racism. My background includes Scot, Welsh. Irish, French, German and more, but I am just called "white." In Mexico (indeed much of Latin America) they have made it into an art form. It was once a legal caste system. though it was overturned, the social prejudices remain:

  1. Mestizo: Spanish father and Indian mother
  2. Castizo: Spanish father and Mestizo mother
  3. Espomolo: Spanish mother and Castizo father
  4. Mulatto: Spanish and black African
  5. Moor: Spanish and Mulatto
  6. Albino: Spanish father and Moor mother
  7. Throwback: Spanish father and Albino mother
  8. Wolf: Throwback father and Indian mother
  9. Zambiago: Wolf father and Indian mother
  10. Cambujo: Zambiago father and Indian mother
  11. Alvarazado: Cambujo father and Mulatto mother
  12. Borquino: Alvarazado father and Mulatto mother
  13. Coyote: Borquino father and Mulatto mother
  14. Chamizo: Coyote father and Mulatto mother
  15. Coyote-Mestizo: Cahmizo father and Mestizo mother
  16. Ahi Tan Estas: Coyote-Mestizo father and Mulatto mother

This website (partial C&P above) shows 134 categories that also note the color tones of your skin.

LifeIsPain57Goldtop
Oct 29, 2014 - 11:12am

<<There seems to be an awful

<<There seems to be an awful lot of energy being put into opposition to colloidal / ionic / nano silver on this site in the last few weeks. I still can't figure out why suddenly this liberty-oriented population is faced with so many people telling them what not to do. >>

I'm not telling anyone what not to do or what to do, but I think people need the facts. This site seems to have been captured by colloidal / nano silver insanity and that's been the only voice people have been hearing. It's important that people hear the other side of the story, i.e., that colloidal silver it's a useless treatment and has significant risks, i.e., it can turn you gray and maybe do other things. However, while adults can do what they please I consider it child abuse to give it to children.

AlienEyes
Oct 29, 2014 - 4:19am

Great post, Dr J !!! (as usual)

My wife and I also felt that we should help the poor Mayans we saw in the Yucatan.

Our contribution to this end was to spend sixteen weeks in Cancun, one week at a time. Sounds selfish but the Maya work menial jobs (housekeeping and gardening) in hotels and this is their only income. We gave the room maids a generous tip on the first day and after that, out room had fresh flowers every day. Many Maya don't speak Spanish except for a few words. We didn't speak much Spanish either at first so that worked out just fine. We learned that the Maya hate the Spanish speaking Mexicans and consider themselves to be a separate nation being held by Mexico as a conquered people. They have fought two civil wars for their freedom but lost both.

My point is that if you think that Americans look down on Mexicans, be advised that the way the Mexicans treat the Maya and other native tribes is far worse than anything an American tourist can even dream of.

delacroixLifeIsPain
Oct 29, 2014 - 1:02am

colloidal silver my experience

I have been making and taking it for 6 weeks. one half oz twice a day , 20 ppm. I was already healthy. my 35 year old son after 2 weeks use told me his hemmorhoids went away. been dealing with them for over a year. 4 year old grandaughter got a cold from new preschool. started giving it to her, and her 2 year old sister. cold went away without getting worse. 2 year old caught it too, and got over it quick. I didn't get it, even though they drink from my glass, and sleep on my pillow. I don't know if it will cure ebola, but it couldn't hurt. my next project is liposomal vitamin C, I'll let you know the results. that, I believe, is a better ebola treatment. most of us are lacking in vitamin C . ebola is very similar in symptoms to scurvy. the virus destroys the vitamin C in your system. vitamin C is the only vitamin our body produces, that's how vital it is, for health. it was chlorine dioxide solution , that cured malaria, a few years ago.

57Goldtop
Oct 29, 2014 - 12:47am

A lot of energy

There seems to be an awful lot of energy being put into opposition to colloidal / ionic / nano silver on this site in the last few weeks.

I still can't figure out why suddenly this liberty-oriented population is faced with so many people telling them what not to do.

Visit the FAQ page to learn how to track your last read comment, add images, embed videos, tweets, and animated gifs, and more.

question
Oct 28, 2014 - 1:17pm

@Dr Jerome

"I've been nurturing this little idea about buying some land and opening a "camp" or a "vacation escape" of sorts and renting weekly cabins, letting vacationers pay for the construction and maintenance of what may be a remote refuge for my extended family one day... "

What an inspired idea; just lovely

Oct 28, 2014 - 11:32am

Many thanks for kind words

I love this line from ctob above:

"Realism is pessimism in the land of the optimist who thinks they are a realist."

I have not ben able to write as much lately since Turd made some changes on the site. I intended to keep posting every week, but the time to write evaporated as we transitioned from summer to Fall and my teaching schedule increased. But Saturday morning I felt some "inspiration," procrastinated my ditch digging, and started typing. I won't take full credit for anything I write because I recognize that creativity comes from outside of me, and I also borrow many fragments of ideas from others and piece them together. I have grown as a writer and thinker by posting here the past several years. I have learned much from all of you (and many who are missing) and sometimes feel like I am simply repeating. Almost every time I press the "Save" button, I do so with questions about whether or not I should "say" what I have written. but I have learned to trust that "creative impulse" and listen & write when it is talking. Craig has graciously provided all of us a forum for us to post such things.

I've been nurturing this little idea about buying some land and opening a "camp" or a "vacation escape" of sorts and renting weekly cabins, letting vacationers pay for the construction and maintenance of what may be a remote refuge for my extended family one day...

Subscribe or login to read all comments.

Contribute

Donate Shop

Get Your Subscriber Benefits

Private iTunes feed for all TF Metals Report podcasts, and access to Vault member forum discussions!

Key Economic Events Week of 8/10

8/10 10:00 ET Job openings
8/11 8:30 ET Producer Price Idx
8/12 8:30 ET Consumer Price Idx
8/13 8:30 ET Initial jobless claims
8/13 8:30 ET Import Price Idx
8/14 8:30 ET Retail Sales
8/14 8:30 ET Productivity & Unit Labor Costs
8/14 8:30 ET Cap Ute and Ind Prod
8/14 10:00 ET Business Inventories

Key Economic Events Week of 8/3

8/3 9:45 ET Markit Manu PMI July
8/3 10:00 ET ISM Manu PMI July
8/3 10:00 ET Construction Spending
8/4 10:00 ET Factory Orders
8/5 8:15 ET ADP employment July
8/5 9:45 ET Markit Service PMI
8/5 10:00 ET ISM Service PMI
8/6 8:30 ET Initial jobless claims
8/7 8:30 ET BLSBS for July
8/7 10:00 ET Wholesale Inventories

Key Economic Events Week of 7/27

7/27 8:30 ET Durable Goods
7/28 9:00 ET Case-Shiller home prices
7/29 8:30 ET Advance trade in goods
7/29 2:00 ET FOMC Fedlines
7/29 2:30 ET CGP presser
7/30 8:30 ET Q2 GDP first guess
7/31 8:30 ET Personal Income and Spending
7/31 8:30 ET Core inflation
7/31 9:45 ET Chicago PMI

Key Economic Events Week of 7/20

7/21 8:30 ET Chicago Fed
7/21 2:00 ET Senate vote on Judy Shelton
7/22 10:00 ET Existing home sales
7/23 8:30 ET Jobless claims
7/23 10:00 ET Leading Economic Indicators
7/24 9:45 ET Markit flash PMIs for July

Key Economic Events Week of 7/13

7/13 11:30 ET Goon Williams speech
7/13 1:00 ET Goon Kaplan speech
7/14 8:30 ET CPI for June
7/14 2:30 ET Goon Bullard speech
7/15 8:30 ET Empire State and Import Price Idx
7/15 9:15 ET Cap Ute and Ind Prod
7/16 8:30 ET Retail Sales and Philly Fed
7/16 11:00 ET Goon Williams again
7/17 8:30 ET Housing Starts and Permits

Key Economic Events Week of 7/6

7/6 9:45 ET Markit Service PMI
7/6 10:00 ET ISM Service PMI
7/7 10:00 ET Job openings
7/9 8:30 ET Initial jobless claims
7/9 10:00 ET Wholesale inventories
7/10 8:30 ET PPI for June

Key Economic Events Week of 6/29

6/30 9:00 ET Case-Shiller home prices
6/30 9:45 ET Chicago PMI
6/30 10:00 ET Consumer Confidence
6/30 12:30 ET CGP and SSHW to Capitol Hill
7/1 8:15 ET ADP Employment
7/1 9:45 ET Markit Manu PMI
7/1 10:00 ET ISM Manu PMI
7/1 2:00 ET June FOMC minutes
7/2 8:30 ET BLSBS
7/2 10:00 ET Factory Orders

Key Economic Events Week of 6/22

6/22 8:30 ET Chicago Fed
6/22 10:00 ET Existing home sales
6/23 9:45 ET Markit flash PMIs for June
6/23 10:00 ET New home sales
6/25 8:30 ET Q1 GDP final guess
6/25 8:30 ET Durable Goods
6/26 8:30 ET Pers Inc and Spending
6/26 8:30 ET Core inflation

Key Economic Events Week of 6/15

6/16 8:30 ET Retail Sales
6/16 8:30 ET Cap Ute and Ind Prod
6/16 10:00 ET Chief Goon Powell US Senate
6/16 4:00 pm ET Goon Chlamydia speech
6/17 8:30 ET Housing Starts
6/17 12:00 ET Chief Goon Powell US House
6/18 8:30 ET Initial Jobless Claims
6/18 8:30 ET Philly Fed
6/19 8:30 ET Current Account Deficit
6/19 1:00 pm ET CGP and Mester conference

Key Economic Events Week of 6/8

6/9 10:00 ET Job openings
6/9 10:00 ET Wholesale inventories
6/10 8:30 ET CPI for May
6/10 2:00 ET FOMC Fedlines
6/10 2:30 ET CGP presser
6/11 8:30 ET Initial jobless claims
6/11 8:30 ET PPI for May
6/12 8:30 ET Import price index
6/12 10:00 ET Consumer sentiment

Forum Discussion

by argentus maximus, 9 hours 42 min ago
by argentus maximus, 12 hours 58 min ago
by jack3617, Aug 7, 2020 - 5:51pm
by Titus Andronicus, Aug 7, 2020 - 5:13pm
by jack3617, Aug 7, 2020 - 5:06pm
by Steve S, Aug 7, 2020 - 1:59pm
randomness