Welcome to the Panopticon

Sun, Jan 5, 2014 - 11:57pm

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.

About the Author


Gold Dog
Jan 6, 2014 - 8:02pm


Several years ago I bought a bunch of gold "junk jewelry" from Flea Bay for just this reason.

In a barter system you can always cut a few links off of a chain to make a purchase. I read somewhere, maybe Fefal, that in a SHTF scenario all gold is treated as 14ct so it's a good idea to have some around.

I think I got my conversion table on percentages of pure gold per carat from Wiki.

As info.

Your friend,


I have a big ugly ID bracelet that I take on vacation with me to use as get home money in an emergency.

Jan 6, 2014 - 8:19pm

Reinhart-Rogoff guest post on IMF: Financial repression

I am not sure, this may have been brought up when it came out -- but as it was published on Christmas Eve on the IMF website, I think it may have slipped under the radar. Just stumbled upon it myself (via CNBS, of all places) -- worth a look (emphasis mine):

Financial and Sovereign Debt Crises: Some Lessons Learned and Those Forgotten

by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff

from footnotes: This paper was written for the IMF conference on“Financial Crises: Causes, Consequences, and Policy
Responses,” September 14, 2012.

"Even after one of the most severe multi-year crises on record in the advanced economies, the received wisdom in policy circles clings to the notion that high-income countries are completely different from their emerging market counterparts. The current phase of the official policy approach is predicated on the assumption that debt sustainability can be achieved through a mix of austerity, forbearance and growth. The claim is that advanced countries do not need to resort to the standard toolkit of emerging markets, including debt restructurings and conversions, higher inflation, capital controls and other forms of financial repression. As we document, this claim is at odds with the historical track record of most advanced economies, where debt restructuring or conversions, financial repression, and a tolerance for higher inflation, or a combination of these were an integral part of the resolution of significant past debt overhangs."

Some other 'light reading' from the IMF working papers in late 2013 can be accessed here. Just choose year in upper left to select different year.

Jan 6, 2014 - 8:27pm

Green lantern-- Be consistent re marijuana

You wrote "Marijuana, like gambling, like the lottery are all ways to supplement the government. NOT to make you feel better. They have maximized their revenue in the prison systems and now it's time to drug the population and let them feel good about feeling good. "

These were citizen petitions that legalized marijuana, not the gubmint. What drug are you on that you would deny the constitutional right of citizens to determine their own laws. Huh????

Jan 6, 2014 - 9:13pm

I've had the same thing BOG.

I've had the same thing BOG.

Jan 6, 2014 - 9:23pm

Diversity Chronicle...

Apparently their heart's in the right place?


The original content on this blog is largely satirical.

“I ceased in the year 1764 to believe that one can convince one’s opponents with arguments printed in books. It is not to do that, therefore, that I have taken up my pen, but merely so as to annoy them, and to bestow strength and courage on those on our own side, and to make it known to the others that they have not convinced us.” – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.

It is in the spirit of the above quote that I write. Who am I you may ask? My name is Erik Thorson. I created this blog for my own personal amusement.

Copyright © 2013 Diversity Chronicle All Rights Reserved.

treefrog redwood
Jan 6, 2014 - 9:26pm


i got the dowtheory thingie too.

Quisp ancientmoney
Jan 6, 2014 - 9:28pm

@ancientmoney re:climate change


I too have heard/read somewhere that a major volcano eruption spews more CO2 than all of humanity ever has. I don't know if it's accurate, but it sounds good. But since I'm one of those evil climate change deniers....... I guess that's to be expected. I find it amazing that folks who distrust the govt and KNOW how corrupt it is, are willing to swallow the man-made global warming story. We truly are a gnat on an elephant's a$$ in that regard.

My sister-in-law in a geologist. As she would eloquently state (better than I), that anyone who knows anything about geologic history, knows that anthropogenic (man made) global warming is a lie. I've seen charts showing global temps for the last 10,000 years (since the end of the last ice age), and it has been much warmer than the late 20th century several times in that time span, with no internal combustion engines to blame. In fact, CO2 seems to be a trailing indicator of temps, not a cause. It should surprise no one to hear that what actually controls the earth's temperature, is the sun. Look up the Maunder Minimum, or the Dalton Minimum. These solar minimums gave us the Little Ice Age, ending in the mid 1800's. I wonder what they'll name the solar minimum we're in now. It's expected to last for decades. Incidentally, global temps have been on the decline since 1998, in spite of CO2 levels continuing to rise. But don't tell that to Al Gore.


*EDIT* Almost forgot..... Welcome Stephanie. I enjoyed your article and look forward to more!

Jan 6, 2014 - 9:29pm

Funny things going on with the website tonight!...

TFMR is the only website with this happening!...

A rectangular box shows up when I refresh comments...I do not know what this website is...


Also...I have never gone to this website before...& the rectangular box asks for the same information...& it doesn't matter whether I'm using Linux or Windows operating system...or any other browser...

Authentication box with key in it asks...

A username & password are being requested (by the way...I wouldn't click on this if I were you...I just put 3 dots in front of the link below...but now...the 3 dots were taken out...let's see if that happens again!)...

& then it states...

The site says: "/"

EDIT: YUP!...The link above...took out the 3 dots I put in front of it!...Something is very determined!!!...

EDIT AGAIN!.....Everyone okay out there?...I was finally able to wipe out "the link"...PLEASE...DO NOT give out any information...until this demon is exorcised...if in fact...it is a demon!!!...

....Stephanie...Any idea what that's all about?...

Thanks for the fantastic article...& congratulations on being added to the "great TFMR writers" enclave!!!...

Bag Of Gold

Green Lantern
Jan 6, 2014 - 9:40pm

I live in a consitutional

I live in a consitutional republic not a democracy, mob rule. Citizens DO NOT determine the law of the land through petitions in a republic. Petitions my ass. What constitution are you reading? You are not supposed to use the pages to roll. Petitions doesn't work for any other gov. policy including NSA spyiing, drones or any other program that Turds write to their congress men and women. But it magically works for pot.

And doeth tell me where did the money come to support the groups for those petitions? And where doeth the good fiat come from for the The Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Medical Marijuana Industry Group and the National Cannabis Industry Association all trying to shape public opinion?

Do you know how much George Soro's has given to this campaign? Monsanto to have control of the seeds? Ehh Soro's also gave 1 million to california's campaign. Oh yeah, there is more.

Woe is me!

Does any remember why Britain started exporting opium and tobacco to China? Because they were sick of the trainage of silver moving west to east. Oh yeah. Silver is good. Ya got that right. From the mid-17th century, more than 9 billion Troy ounces, or 290 thousand tonnes, of silver was absorbed by China from European countries in exchange for Chinese goods.

Of course, there is no more West Indies trading company (the business arm of the British crown) to export. Because their name is Monsanto. And trade agreements to export the ganjha are already being signed.


Alot of fans of Diane Feinstein here and the liberals on capital hill, CNN and the mainstream all championing the new marijuana economy. When the majority of the public likes something and government goes with them, you'd better start thinking, you've been fooled.

This is not about your right to grow, harvest in your own garden and consume whatever you want. That's not what I am debating. I'm debating an economic and social policy. So to respond that prohibition is bad in response is NOT the question here.

Hey, i get it. We're in a hole. We need some revenue and there is obviously a demand. Marijuana is a funny drug. I guess I was wrong. The government is finally getting something right. Looks like we are gonna need a shit load more of this.....

Jan 6, 2014 - 10:11pm

Interesting political goings-on

Some of you may have read my previous postings from a British perspective.

Now I hear of interesting goings-on in India. A new party was formed about 9 months ago. Name translates as the Common Man Party. It is an anti-corruption party. Any body standing for it is subject to scrutiny and it attempts to be transparent in all of its dealings, including fundraising. The traditional parties in India are saying they can be anti-corruption too but the voters are saying "That's been your policy for 40 years and you have failed to deliver. We are going to try the new party."

It recently swept the Delhi regional elections and is now the regional government. They refuse to take on the ostentatious trappings of office - no limos, no armies of bodyguards to clear the vicinity around them, etc.

My Indian colleagues are very excited about the possibility for real change (rather than hopium).

Jan 6, 2014 - 10:32pm

Harvey's Up! (TFMR)

  • Zero Hedge: Rumors of a 'fat finger' abound from the gold futures pits but the precious metals complex just collapsed instantaneously... and the market was halted for the now traditional 10 seconds as circuit breakers were triggered, only this time instead of Stop Logic the event was "Velocity Logic" or lack thereof. Of course, the timing is perfect as it occurs right before the first POMO of the new year.
  • Harvey: Today, the crooks tried everything to knock gold down. They even orchestrated a huge flash crash which halted trading as the CME considered it a "velocity logic circuit breaker". Originally it was attributed to a fat finger but the CME allowed all trades. Tomorrow will be a critical day for gold. The past 3 days, we have seen gold up 2%, then 1% and today steady at zero. James McShirley of GATA states that when he sees this, the 4th day is a smash.
  • Mark O'Byrne: Gold rallied for its fifth day and last week showed its highest margin growth since October on signs of stronger demand from China. Gold ETF products have dropped to levels not seen since the 2008 financial crisis. With speculative hands exiting the market, physical demand may again drive prices.
  • GoldCore: The IMF published research by Harvard professors, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, that highlighted that most countries in the Western world will require defaults, higher inflation and a savings tax to save their economies as debt levels reach an astounding 200 year high. The debt crisis crippling sovereign economies may even require 1930’s style write offs or IMF tools for austerity as seen in the past. The authors are familiar to the IMF, Rogoff was a former chief economist. They were lauded for their work, This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, but stirred controversy latter by suggesting that that growth slows sharply once public debt exceeds 90pc of GDP.
  • GoldCore: The Telegraph article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, illuminates that opponents of the present system find that extreme austerity without offsetting monetary stimulus is the main reason why debts have been spiraling upwards even faster in parts of Southern Europe. Unstable eurozone states are particularly vulnerable to default because they no longer have their own sovereign currencies, putting them in a similar position as emerging countries that borrowed in U.S. dollars in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Harvey: Strange things are going on at the Bundesbank. The initial report from the Bundesbank stated that the first 150 tonnes would be subjected to an audit. It now seems that the German gold retrieved was of the coin melt. or official reserves of the USA. It now looks like the German 37 tonnes of gold at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY was of coin melt. In 1936-1937 a major portion of Fort Knox was filled with coin melt gold as all of the 1933 double eagle plus other years plus confiscated gold coins were melted and placed there.
  • Jim Rickards (Bloomberg): The 400 oz London good delivery bar is dead. The new format, the kilo bar. These bars will not be seen for another 300 years.
  • Bill Holter (Miles Franklin): As there has not been an audit of Ft. Knox since the 1950's, there has never been an audit nor bar list made public since this German gold was claimed to have been deposited with the NY Fed back in the 1950's and 60's. This is a can of worms that has already been opened and any "answer" will only lead to more questions. So why exactly "would" the gold need to be recast before sending it back? Gold has a signature, but refined gold loses its signature. Germany would not, should not expect their gold back in any form other than how it was originally delivered to the NY Fed in the first place. I call "monkey business" on this one because there are just too many questions. The conspiracy wackos who used to be laughed at with their (our) farfetched questions and claims had merit after all...and all along the way!
  • Koos Jansen (GATA): Total demand can be measured by the amount of physical gold that is withdrawn from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange. In the last full trading week (#52, December 23 – 27) of 2013 there were 53 tons of physical gold withdrawn, which brings the yearly total to 2181 tons. Since November demand for physical gold has surged, weekly withdrawals have been above average, presumably transcending weekly global mine production.
  • Manoj Kumar (Reuters): Indian officials are in discussions to cut a record high import duty on gold and relax rules on exports, government sources said, after the measures helped narrow the country's trade deficit and now threaten to encourage smuggling. The World Gold Council estimates about 150 to 200 tonnes may be smuggled during 2013, on top of official demand of 900 tonnes. The supply crunch helped drive Indian gold premiums to a record high of $160 an ounce over London prices in early December, versus about $1.30 to $1.50 an ounce in Singapore.
  • John Embry: Right now central planners are using all sorts of derivatives and algorithm programs to support the stock and bond markets. At the same time, they are plundering gold and silver. We have the greatest mispricing of assets today than at any time in the history of mankind. This will correct itself and when it does, it will be violent. Right now we have unprecedented default and inflation risks in virtually all bond markets, and yet you have rates bumping along near all-time historically low levels. This is a Ponzi scheme of epic proportions. But when interest rates head north, and I believe it’s inevitable they will, the derivative-loaded banking system will literally collapse. So this is the final battle and it is going to be epic.
  • Zero Hedge: Following the missed expectations of the Manufacturing PMIs in China, it appears 'reform' is having the exact slow-growth-inducing credit-creation-dampening effects many had worried about (but dismissed because - well the Fed has out back right?). HSBC's China Services PMI slumped by its most in 8 months to its lowest level since August 2011 (the 2nd worst level since the data began). New business expansion in particular dropped to its lowest level in 6 months and while labor market conditions improved marginally.
  • Tyler Durden: Workers at a tire plant in Northern France have taken two managers hostage until Goodyear (the firm that owns the plant and has been trying to shutter it for years) meets the labor unions demands. WSJ reports, as Goodyear winds down operations with the plant almost idle, French labor law requires the company to keep all workers employed, which means many of them don't work more than a couple of hours a day while still getting full salary. The situation is why Titan International's Maurice Taylor blasted that he "would be stupid" to operate the plant on that basis.
All this and more on... The Harvey Report! https://www.tfmetalsreport.com/comment/611345#comment-611345 DayStar
Jan 6, 2014 - 10:36pm

And now, a British perspective

The backlash against the traditional British political parties and the surrender of our democracy to autocratic decision making by the EU seems to be gaining ground.

In reply we are seeing a concerted effort by the traditional parties and their cronies in the media to expose the warts on the new party (UKIP) and it does have some. But a large part of the electorate seem willing to overlook these warts for the sake of getting out from under the Cartel party (Liberal Democrat, Conservative, Labour).

Most opinion polls rank the new party third behind Labour and Conservative, but this is skewed by polls which don't prompt for the new party, and weighting added to past voting (when people would have voted for one of the traditional parties). But some polling carried out for the Conservative party (currently the largest party in Parliament) recently indicates they have lost 37% of people who voted for them in the last election.

An online poll in the Mirror (a Labour supporting newspaper) is showing over 60% support for UKIP.


All very interesting. Will people revert to their traditional voting pattern at the election as the polling companies believe or will they stick with this determination to change?

I also have a book recommendation for you all - "Ruling the Void" about the hollowing out of Western democracies where political parties no longer represent voters interests but instead present cartel interests to the voters. Which is why changing the party of government doesn't change the policies.

Jan 6, 2014 - 11:07pm

Great, the politicians are

Great, the politicians are back off their holidays everywhere. It was just too quiet I guess ! As above, so below to borrow a phrase.....and apply it to comments just above and now below.


Urban Roman
Jan 7, 2014 - 12:19am

I had the same thing as BoG.

A popup box demanding that I log in to "dowtheoryletters.com".

I dismissed the box, and the page loaded OK. But that was a bit disconcerting.

Jan 7, 2014 - 12:35am

Pot Smoking Gubmint Conspiracy

Green lantern @8:58 ... there you go again. You are a true conundrum. So the gubmint (a whole bunch of guys and gals meeting in secret rooms... how many? is a dozen enough, a hundred? This gubmint does a massive email to thousands of pot heads to get them to vote in an election, to legalize marijuana so the gubmint can get more taxes. That is what you are saying.

You write, "Citizens DO NOT determine the law of the land through petitions in a republic." So elections don't count because we are a constitutional republic and not a democracy? Did the saintly founding fathers of the constitution not take a vote? So do votes count or not?

What are you talking about?

Jan 7, 2014 - 1:38am

It will be interesting to see

It will be interesting to see if the tiny amount detected in the recent video on a San Francisco beach is connected to Fukushima or this place that has been a US nuclear dumping site for many years https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farallon_Islands#Nuclear_waste_dump

From 1946 to 1970, the sea around the Farallones was used as a nuclear dumping site for radioactive waste under the authority of the Atomic Energy Commission at a site known as the Farallon Island Nuclear Waste Dump. Most of the dumping took place before 1960, and all dumping of radioactive wastes by the United States was terminated in 1970. By then, 47,500 55 gallon steel drum containers had been dumped in the vicinity, with a total estimated radioactive activity of 14,500 Ci. The materials dumped were mostly laboratory materials containing traces of contamination. Much of the radioactivity had decayed by 1980.[26]

44,000 containers were dumped at 37°37′N 123°17′W, and another 3,500 at 37°38′N 123°08′W.[26]

The exact location of the containers and the potential hazard the containers pose to the environment are unknown.[27] Attempts to remove the barrels would likely produce greater risk than leaving them undisturbed.[26]

Waste containers were shipped to Hunters Point Shipyard, then loaded onto barges for transportation to the Farallones. Containers were weighted with concrete. Those that floated were sometimes shot with rifles to sink them.[28]

In January 1951, the highly radioactive hull of USS Independence was scuttled in the area.

image courtesy of https://www.calacademy.org/webcams/farallones/

Jan 7, 2014 - 2:36am

False flags...or black swans?...

Just in case you didn't get the memo...


It's getting brutal out there!!!...

Bag Of Gold

Jan 7, 2014 - 3:01am

Dow Theory Letters

See my comment here: https://www.tfmetalsreport.com/comment/240764#comment-240764

Richard Russell's content is behind a subscription wall. If you attempt to embed one of his charts in a post, it requires login access to see it. That's something on his side which he has in place to safeguard his subscription content.

Green Lantern
Jan 7, 2014 - 3:09am

Libero writes:     What are

Libero writes:

What are you talking about?

Comprehension problems. A tell tale sign of long term use. I rest my case.

Jan 7, 2014 - 6:24am

Good to see you around GL...

There is a very easy resource for those disinclined to use search engines on this topic on good 'ole Wiki, regarding whether direct referendum can alter Federal laws and/or the Constitution. To save some time it would appear referendums to alter federal laws and the US Constitution are NOT provided for in the founding document, though there are some who would like to change that.


Here's a heartwarming story I was not even aware of having happened: apparently in 1971 a group of fellow citizens decided to take matters into their own hands, and break into an FBI office to search for evidence that the agency was spying on/actively disrupting domestic student and political organizations. Lo and behold, they hit paydirt, which they shared with newspapers nationwide, prompting a long-running probe and policy changes to ultimately curb/dismantle Hoover's surveillance and psyops machinery (now, of course, it's easy to see that They merely migrated the resources and personnel to other agencies and off-budget...).

THEY WERE NEVER CAUGHT, and the FBI closed the case in 1976. Apparently the reporter who published the first story in the WaPo (Betty Medsger) somehow located (at least some of the) 8 co-conspirators over the years, and is publishing a book on the topic -- and asked the crew to come forward.

Apparently one of them (at the time already a mother of 3) was sketched as a possible suspect due to having cased the inside of the offices... but that seems to be as close as the Feds ever got.

Kudos, lady(ies?) and gentlemen. Massive, massive kudos. If you're not yet in Turdville, I really think you ought to be...

These guys and gal(s) had some serious stones. And they definitely did not wait for a referendum or a draft bill or a senate vote. Also, if I had to guess, I would probably bet they were NOT stoned that night... ;-)

Jan 7, 2014 - 7:06am

Someone check my math on this

Someone check my math on this article but that means that 3.1 Trillion dollars needs to mature or be rolledover (refinanced) this year (2014) in The US (let alone anywhere else) which makes about 280 billion a month right give or take a few bucks.

It'll get done right....?

Bond Tab for Biggest Economies Seen at $7.43 Trillion in ’14 By Anchalee Worrachate Jan 6, 2014 6:59 PM GMT+0900 12 Comments Email PrintSave

The world’s biggest economies will need to refinance $7.43 trillion of sovereign debt in 2014 as bond yields begin to climb from record lows, threatening to raise borrowing costs while nations struggle to bring down elevated budget deficits.

The amount of bills, notes and bonds coming due for the Group of Seven nations plus Brazil, Russia, India and China is little changed from 2013 after dropping from $7.6 trillion in 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. At $3.1 trillion, representing a 6 percent increase, the U.S. faces the largest tab. Russia, Japan and Germany will see refinancing needs drop, while those of Italy, France, Britain, China and India increase.

for rest of article..https://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-06/bond-tab-for-biggest-economies...
Jan 7, 2014 - 7:19am


I guess that's why people who use math for a living now give a definite time for the end of the USD this year. John Williams comes to mind for example... of course this only counts if things were to continue with the same rules; who knows what magical gizmo will be presented to keep things going.

Jan 7, 2014 - 7:59am


Either way


Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, "Hey, there is an elephant in the village today."

They had no idea what an elephant is. They decided, "Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway." All of them went where the elephant was. Everyone of them touched the elephant.

read on at https://www.jainworld.com/literature/story25.htm in that spirit https://www.scribd.com/doc/195241797/SSRN-id2078535-1
DeaconBenjamin Agaupt
Jan 7, 2014 - 8:04am

Jewelry Stacking

Ferfal, who has blogged on the collapse of the Argentinian economy, said that jewelry was a much better medium of barter than coins. On the other hand, Argentina hasn't produced silver coins for circulation since 1883.

Jan 7, 2014 - 9:01am

Silver2013 - Women pm investors

Silver2013 wrote: A woman pm investor?

A woman pm investor? Now Ive heard of everything.

Silver2013, you need to get out more!!

I live in a consitutional

Submitted by Green Lantern on January 6, 2014 - 8:58pm. Great response GL!!! Many Hat tips to you!!! Thank you Stephanie for your recent post. Oldtimegal
Jan 7, 2014 - 9:08am

I would prefer the government had no say...

...whatsoever about marijuana. I do not care what any scumbag politician thinks about weed, nor do I think they should have the authority to regulate it. I don't smoke pot (anymore). I have a five and seven year old and do not want to be a pot smoking dad. I also don't drink, smoke crack, shoot heroin, or take meds of any kind.

I don't mind what Colorado had done in that it should be a state decision, and have nothing to do with the feds. At least Colorado had the balls to legalize it for recreational use, which is the true reason all of these people want it legal. As far as I am concerned, if one can drink their face off legally, then they certainly should be allowed to smoke weed.

I don't care what anyone else does as long as they don't bring harm to my family or me. I know a lot of pot smokers that have reasonably successful lives. There is a big difference between the guy who does a few hits on the weekend ice fishing with his buddies and the guy who smokes it all day every day. Just like their is a big difference between the guy who has a glass of wine or two with dinner and the guy who stops at the liquor store everyday on his way home from work and buys a 30 pack of Busch.

Just like abortion, how much water you flush your toilet with, what kind of light bulbs you want, which doctors you want to go to, what insurance you want, etc., I don't want the government telling me or anyone else what to do.

I also don't want my government to be an international crime syndicate that runs drugs and murders people.

It does not matter whether or not you want weed legal, it shouldn't be legal or illegal, there should be no laws about marijuana.

Monsanto is evil and I agree with GL on the impetus for weed movement. One thing is for sure, if Monsanto is trying to take over weed it will become way more deadly. Those bastards are the closest thing to pure evil I know of. They intentionally poison people as a business model. WTF?

JY, you are dead wrong about Betty, she has the look of a bathtub bonger from way back. LMAO

Edit: And by the way, my drug of choice now is real food. I eat all natural food, grass fed beef, organic fruits and vegetables, non-gmo, raw milk from grass fed cows, my eggs come from my back yard. I take care of my gut bacteria with probiotics and proper food intake. I don't consume any aspertame, HFCS, or any food preservatives. I stay away from persistent grains and starches. I use natural toothpaste, soap, and deodorant with no aluminum. I drink organic kefir everyday, I eat fermented vegetables and cook with lots of organic spices, most of which I grow. I feel better today than any of those drugs ever made me feel, and I have done my fair share.

Get off the corporate poisons brought to you by the same companies that are going to own the hemp patents. When you are truly healthy and not toxic, it is amazing how high you will feel. All health problems start in your gut, take care of your gut and won't need to get high in the name of health and wellness.

On this theme, I am beginning to wonder if I want GMO food labeling. I am doing pretty well with avoiding GMO and there is a market innitiative to label food as non gmo. I do not want the government getting involved after reading Joel Salatin's take on it. For those of you unfamiliar, Joe Salatin is a farmer from Maryland who was prominently featured in Michael Pollan's must read book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma."


In 2014, I hope we stop turning to the corrupt scum in Washington for guidance on how to live our lives!

Jan 7, 2014 - 9:54am



Jan 7, 2014 - 10:54am

pot, propaganda, and the "gubmint"

Libero wrote: "Green lantern @8:58 ... there you go again. You are a true conundrum. So the gubmint (a whole bunch of guys and gals meeting in secret rooms... how many? is a dozen enough, a hundred? This gubmint does a massive email to thousands of pot heads to get them to vote in an election, to legalize marijuana so the gubmint can get more taxes. That is what you are saying."

I think what he's saying is that money has influence, and it can influence public opinion. This is why companies spend millions on advertising. The government used to put out anti-drug Public Service Announcements but I haven't seen one in quite a while. What I have seen and heard are PSAs about the environment, climate change, and stopping wildfires more than anything else lately.

The big trend seems for the media to create a "fait accompli" around gay marriage. There are pro-gay PSAs running (though not run by the government but organizations like the HRC), and I noticed over the holidays when I was watching my family's cable that a lot of the major news networks were posting glowing stories about the lesbian whose case overturned DOMA. That wouldn't even have been done 10 years ago...most people in the country are against gay marriage, and while they keep saying more people are for it now, I would guess most people are still against it but would lean towards "equal rights" when voting.

PS ag1969 - The problem with people smoking pot is that it really stinks and some people are allergic to it (someone close to me is). I have a neighbor who smokes really rotten, foul-smelling skunk-weed. Non-pot smokers will be clamoring for laws against the smoke. My prediction is that legal pot is going to turn into highly regulated, taxed pot, like cigarettes, and eventually Monsanto or whomever will be delivering it to you in e-cigarette, patch or pill form. The days of rolling your own joint will be over.

Jan 7, 2014 - 11:09am

government in drugs?

I have a couple of friends a bit older who were at OSU in the mid to late 60's and early 70's. Some may recall it was the Quaalude years. For those who don't know, it was a love drug, being drunk without drinking and without most of the hang over. They told me stories of mountains of "soapers" as they were known in Columbus, which may have been ground zero for the drug. At the time they were 10 cents a piece. Why the explanation?

One underground reason was, the government purposely released vast quantities of them in order to quell the anti-war demonstrations on all the college campuses.

Who ever wrote that the " acceptance" of marijuana use by the government to enable the population to medicate themselves further from reality, is totally on point.


Methaqualone became increasingly popular as a recreational drug in the late 1960s and early 1970s, known variously as 'ludes or sopers (also soapers) in the U.S. and mandrakes and mandies in Great Britain. The drug was sometimes used during sexual activity due to heightened sensitivity and lowered inhibition coupled with relaxation and euphoria.

PS- to this day they swear it was the best drug ever.

Free love? Only 10 cents a piece.

Okay, it has warmed up to minus 6F. Going to venture out. See ya'

Jan 7, 2014 - 12:32pm


This one's for you.

And another tribute to you. An old TF blogspot tradition that I haven't seen in a while.


The St. Joseph Lighthouse on North Pier, Lake Michigan, on Jan. 6, 2014; Photographer: HotSpot/Landov


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