Monday, December 21, 2015

Episode 173, The Shutdown That Wasn't

It was a bolt from the blue.  Totally unexpected.  A singular, bold move by a brave and principled leader. Nobody saw it coming.

Everyone was expecting what has happened for years now:  The national debt ceiling approaches,  Republicans fear being murdered in the media, so they make a deal, and add another trillion dollars or so to the debt ceiling. But this time was different.

One man stood foursquare in the path of the unending leftist onslaught and said NO.

What an incredible train of events was unleashed. Obama cancels his Christmas vacation. The media revs up the Republican murder machine--and it backfires! Donald Trump plays a YUUUUGE role. The presidential race is stood on its head--again!  Paul Ryan's political fortunes take a giant leap upwards. And quietly, in the background, the government and the rest of the country find themselves adapting to life with limits, an actual real live debt ceiling.

Who said the Washington hairball of graft and special interests was unfixable?  Why that would be you, you incurable pessimist! How about some tobasco sauce for that crow, huh?

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Episode 172, Unraveling and Reraveling

It seems, doesn't it, that the world is unraveling before our eyes. The pace even seems to be accelerating.

At the same time, there are tiny but definite signs of a "re-raveling" that portend, however faintly, something much better than we have today.

We're destined to unravel, but can we muster the willpower, and the optimism, to re-ravel a better future?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Episode 171, Walking Dead Lefties

I don’t know what it is, but zombies are everywhere you turn these days. 

They're wandering everywhere through the culture—on TV, in the movies, on video games, Halloween costumes, everywhere. 

The best known contemporary show about zombies is probably The Walking Dead. I've watched a few episodes—the show makes my skin crawl but at the same time it’s oddly compelling. 

But all the zombies in all the fake worlds in all the media don’t hold a candle to the real zombies that stalk us for real, in our real world. And of course, I'm talking about the scourge of our existence as individualists, the real-life zombies otherwise known as collectivists, Marxists, LEFTIES!  

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Episode 170, Rainwater Capture & Irrigation--An Update

Our second summer with a garden here at Liberty Ridge has come and gone.

It's been an unexpectedly dry fall so far, no rain for about 5 weeks. That forced us to use our backup system for irrigating our first-ever fall garden--making this the perfect time to provide an update on rainwater irrigation and our experiences so far.

If you try rainwater irrigation yourself, you will find that most of what you've learned about irrigation using city water probably won't apply. You'll also find that you have to deal with the whole system--water capture, storage, and transport--in addition to the final stage of delivering the water to your plants. You'll become, in effect, your own mini-water company.

Also, in the regular segment "In The Real News", I read and comment on a landmark essay by Richard Fernandez of the Belmont Club, What Do We Do Now?

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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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Episode 162, Climate Change--Fascism in Science Clothing

In this show, I talk about the politics of Climate Change, and the goal held by its proponents--nothing less than rescuing Collectivism once again from its manifest failures through the use of pseudo-science.

It's just the latest replay of the old con from the early 1900's, where advances in "science"--in that case "social science" and in today's case "climate science"--will allow an elite group of smart people to solve our problems. And exert totalitarian control over our lives. A tradeoff they believe (or pretend to believe) is necessary to ensure our survival.

The show ends with a suggested speech to be given by a future US President on the subject of climate change and what should be done about it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Episode 161, More About America's Ruin

I’ve received great feedback from the last show about the long, slow ruin of America. Many thanks to all the listeners who responded.

I did leave a few things out of that show—it was way too long, and I had to cut about 20 minutes before posting the episode.

Plus there were a few very important drivers of America’s ruin that failed to cover, which I will remedy in this show.

The topic being America's ruin, I also spend some time reviewing a very interesting and plausible economic collapse scenario recently written by a blogger known as Capitalist Eric.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Episode 160, The Long, Slow, Ruin of America

Adam Smith said long ago, "There is a great deal of ruin in a nation." He was talking about the British Empire, during the American revolution.

As for America's ruination, however slowly it unfolds, it has been a very painful process, and it claims an ever larger pool of victims with each passing year.

What are the milestones that have marked our journey towards ruin?

What are the big trends that are shaping our decline?

How fast is our ruination happening? Is the pace steady, slowing, or quickening?

When will it all fall in?  When will we say the ruination is complete?

Is ruin inevitable for America? Or is there something that might stop it from happening?

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Episode 159, What is Freedom of Speech, Really?

What exactly is the freedom of speech?  And why is freedom of speech such an important topic, especially now?

It's important because, of course, freedom of speech is under assault. 

There is a false premise that freedom of speech must be balanced against public safety and individual security which, unfortunately, most people seem to accept.

Freedom of speech comes from a surprising source, and when you understand what that source is, the confusions and distortions of freedom of speech promoted by both well-meaning and evil people become very clear.

In the end, as with all liberties, you get to keep the liberties that you are prepared to fight for. Unfortunately, few people are prepared to fight for any of their liberties today, including the right to free speech. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Episode 158, Social Justice Warriors

Social Justice Warriors--heard of these guys? (Whoops, you're not supposed to call mixed-gender groups of people "guys" anymore.)

SJWs are collectivists, of course, a particular form of collectivist, very easy to identify. They’ve become so visible and so obnoxious that I thought it would merit an entire show talking about them, in the manner that an entomologist might talk about a particularly nasty breed of locust.  

In this show I cover who they are, what they do, why they do it, and why they need to die. Yes, they need to die--die out as a phenomenon, of course, not advocating any killing here.

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