Thursday, October 1, 2015

Episode 169, Alternatives to Shrugging Out

Shrugging out is Atlas Shrugged for the little guy.  It's about withdrawing your support for the welfare state while building a life of liberty and self-reliance for yourself and your family.

Besides being difficult to accomplish and no sure thing, shrugging out is only one alternative to doing nothing about the situation we're in. In this show I talk about some of the other alternatives, and their pros and cons.

Whatever you do, the reality is that we're all riding on a runaway train, the government is robbing us blind, Democrats and Republicans are fighting over who gets the loot, and somewhere up ahead, the bridge is out.

Make your choice, grit your teeth, and press on.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Episode 168, We Have Been Warned

In this show we take a look at the ample, though frustratingly imprecise, warnings of the coming Collapse.

As hard as it is to say just how close we are to the edge, we can learn the signs of its approach by examining earlier episodes of turmoil.

The market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression were marked by a revealing set of metrics, as was the much more recent Great Recession of 2007-8.

Specifically, we look at the stock market--a leading indicator, GDP--a trailing indicator, and unemployment, which is more of a live metric of economic health.

Use the time we have remaining wisely. Examine the largest gaps in your preparations, and shore them up quickly.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Episode 167, How Bad Will Things Get?

When it comes to "The Collapse" we've been talking about since this show's inception, the second most asked question is, "How bad will things get?" (The MOST asked question is, of course, "WHEN will it happen?")

In this show, I survey the range of opinions we find out on those Internets, including "Kinda Sorta Bad",  "Pretty Bad", "Really Bad", and "Mad Max".

Along the way I cite the musings of a variety of gloom and doomers including David Stockman, Ol' Remus, and yours truly.

Anybody up for some good old "Collapse Porn"? This is the show for you!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Episode 166, Camp Pain 2016

Time for the quadrennial American agitation theater play, the election of the next President of these United States.

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we were talking about the 2012 cycle, and I hope you remember how that one went. It was disappointing and painful to be sure. And this time around the early signs are that we're off to Camp Pain all over again.

The main difference this time, of course, is that unless there's a dictatorial coup (unlikely), Obama will stop being President on January 20, 2017 at the moment his successor is sworn in. The election will take place on November 8, 2016, fifteen months from now. I’m interested in a specific question regarding Camp Pain 2016. Crystal ball time for TSOP.

Meanwhile, America is headed for the cliff. We’re on a runaway train, the government is robbing us blind, the Republicans and Democrats are fighting over who gets to keep the loot, and somewhere up ahead, the bridge is out. We can’t just hold things where they are, or roll things back a little. The passengers need to get up out of their seats, beat back the robbers, and take control.

The question for this podcast?  Which of the Democrat and Republican candidates have the best chance of reversing America's course of continuing decline, increasing unrest, and violent revolution?  Which candidate, by becoming a revolutionary President, could make an actual shooting revolution unnecessary?

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Episode 165, Is This the Start of "The Collapse"?

Two important events happening in the world today:
  1. The Greek technical default on the debt it owes the European Union.
  2. The crashing of the Chinese stock market.
Do either events, or both, portend the start of The Collapse?  Will future historians declare either as having triggered the chaotic descent into catastrophic hard times, which many of us believe will be worse than the Great Depression?

In this show I review the criteria I've laid down, in the form of the economic benchmarks, for declaring that The Collapse has arrived. These include metrics for the US stock markets, unemployment, and gross domestic product.

We then look at the two situations, the Greek default and the China stock market crash, with an eye toward assessing the severity of their impact on the rest of the world.

Will either event "trigger" The Collapse we're expecting? Listen and find out!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Episode 164, Listener Don Returns to Liberty Ridge

Topics we discuss whilst relaxing on the porch:

  • Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston
  • The Supreme Court and Obamacare
  • The Supreme Court and same-sex marriage
  • Cornell West's charge that Obama is too intimidated to fight white supremacy (and Fred Reed's response)
  • The BLS unemployment stats propaganda
  • Texas' new precious metal repository
  • The Federal Reserve ZIRP
  • Greece, Puerto Rico, bank bailouts, and the end of cash
  • The Chinese hack of OPM and ISIS
  • After Civil War 2--the war crimes trials--who's on trial, and what are the charges?
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Episode 163, Liberty Ridge, Two Years In

With our two-year anniversary here at Liberty Ridge just around the corner, I thought I'd talk about what "shrugging out" has been like for us and what we have learned so far.

Topics include:
  • Raised bed vegetable gardening, including crop rotation
  • Rainwater catchment for irrigation
  • Raising chickens, including adding new chickens to an existing flock
  • Canning and freezing home-grown vegetables
  • Living with a wood stove
  • Living with an old tractor
  • Maintaining the homestead
  • Rural life in general, including neighbors, services you can't take for granted, handling bad weather, and local law enforcement
One of the things I discuss is the strategy of moving to the country before the stuff hits the fan versus the "emergency bugout" strategy. There are clear advantages to moving away from the city well before SHTF, if you can do it.

As I always say, shrugging out is a "twofer"--you get the Atlas Shrugged bit--removing your consent and support for the gigantic US government and the dependency culture it has spawned, and you gain the security of bugging out before the Stuff Hits The Fan.

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