Ours is a yard of rocks. I have stones easily 500 lbs in size moved up against the embankment and those pretty white stones in all sizes my wife likes to collect for her various gardens. I build all my beds in rock, but as I have said before, Mona is the plant grower. When everything is blossoming the bees love us and it is very pretty to look at. As for the season of the black flies...I know what the Egyptians must have felt like. Now I had planned to put in a stone foot path this year but health problems curtailed that and it will be tried again next summer. Mona and I gather the foot stones of granite and shale off the roadside cliffs.
It was while I was climbing such a cliff-side, down past Seward, I discovered where some of the ravens happen to build their nests. Inside holes in the cliffs. They're very defensive of these holes also and unless you happen to notice one bird squeezing in, you would never see it. This is the only time I have ever seen a raven's nest. Now I know I have mentioned this before, but I've added a few new people onto this and thought they might be interested.
Oh, before I forget, this morning we were hit with a pretty heavy frost, announcing the seasonal death to a lot of our plants and the rest of the leaves should be taking their final plunge. Pretty soon, the only thing of color will be the tall green spruce trees and the white coloring of the young cottonwoods and white birch. The older cottonwoods take on this aged gray bark and very few Alaskans use then for firewood. The old Cottonwood burns too fast and can foul up a smoke stack.
Now I mentioned earlier last week about a story I was investigating, but I was having trouble getting my head around it. The big problem is- I'm not an economist and I've screwed up my checking account more times than I want to admit to. But as an Investigator into White Collar Crimes, which I did for 4-years, I could pin down certain lines of travel with funds and how and where it should not go. But there is a lot more to this than a simple one story answer. But, I thought I'd give you a sniff into what is going on and you can check it out yourself.
As most of you know, the American government owes far more money in debts than we can possibly EVER pay back. One economist says we are going into debt at a figure of $200 million a day. Most of our debt is divided between China and then Japan. The next thing to put into mind is America is the only country that actually has a law that allows us to keep printing money, no matter if we no longer have anything to support it -such as gold. This is how, no matter how much we owe these two huge Asian banks, we continue to hand out millions to other countries for various needs. Some might say we are just handing them toilet paper for the value it holds. We have more debt than the European Union combined and now we cannot afford to even pay the interest on our loans, but we keep printing money to the tune of $65 billion a month- ( this from several legitimate sources). We've also been printing money at this pace and in this way since 2009 and our law allows for it.
In the process, we cause a devaluation of our OWN dollar. So what, we'll just print more and maybe we will experience a little inflation. Like the 69 cent candy bar now costing $1.49 by example. Whenever congress extends the budget to give room to borrow more money that is no longer real, we only hurt ourselves and make us look like town fools to the big money lending countries, who have real funds. This is the main reason why the U.S. Dollar is no longer accepted as the world's currency, its been taken over by the Chinese yuan. China, Russia, France and Japan, Australia, Brazil, Germany, South Africa, Chile and many more now see the Chinese yuan as the world's currency and we did it to ourselves. Big shipping magnates now use the yuan as their primary currency.
You'll notice I quite often show you how China is out there recruiting other countries to be friends, allies and just "bilateral economic cooperation". A lot of this means these countries are joining in with using the Yuan as their worldwide currency and not the U.S. Dollar, and this will further cause devaluation of our dollar. Some of these countries gain loans be switching to the Yuan over the dollar. There is a prediction that sometime in 2015, maybe as soon as the end of 2014, a move will be made by China and her allies to secure the yuan as the worldwide currency through the United Nations. Can you imagine what that will do for our dollar.
You might recall the British Sterling, when the American Dollar shut it out as the world currency. It devastated Britain and dropped the value of the British pound by 26%. Economist now expect this for us very soon and we've allowed Washington D.C. , to do this as corrupt politicians were paid off by lobbyist, working for Chinese and Russian financiers.
We see the short run, but for China they visualize the long view and 200 years of capitalism is nothing compared to their history. Right now the Russians are along for the ride out of fear of the Asian might. They are having trouble seeing their own end, believing their communist party will forever be accepted by the Asian communist party- but they're not the same and I suspect hardline Putin grasps this. While the Russian may re-educate, the Asians will put their offenders before a wall and use a fire squad to reduce the threat. Russians always fear the next revolution, the Chinese still look to the long view and they're already buying up large parts of Russia, just as they are doing in the U.S.
Now right at this moment the value of gold is at a rise and economist are advising people to sell. What happens when everyone sells all at once???? Crash. Because the knowledgeable one know the big crash is coming, he can see the American monitory system collapsing and the value of gold will go down rather quickly. As a result our commodity prices will continue to skyrocket. 31 states are reporting shortfalls in 2013 totaling a reported $55 billion. City of Baltimore is reported to have a $2 billion shortfall. We have 1/6 of our population on food stamps right now, which is 65% up from 2008. 43% of American families now owe more than they make and the statistics being shown us by the government have been played with by the American government so as to not cause rioting, nor a possible depression instead of inflation or worse, recession. People no longer employed and no longer looking for work are not even carried in the statistics. This is why, according to CNBC, which I believe is owned by democrats, which may prove a break with the President, shows the actual unemployment count is not 7.4%, but in fact 13.1%. But no one wants to alarm the citizens and possibly cause a march on D.C. for answers.
The answer is simple. Look yourself in the mirror and realize, you and I have done this to ourselves by not being more accountable. We either didn't vote, 64% didn't in the last Presidential election. Or we didn't do any research on who we voted for. True, some voted completely by race to put the man in or to keep the man out. Everyone was surprised to find out both side got half and this man was involved with former terrorist group known as the Weathermen- 1969 Democrat Convention bombing. He was not a bomber of course, but the group would meet in his Chicago living room. He simply was responsible for refreshments and his two favorite professors were card carrying communists. No race should have never entered into in to it. Our country should have been long past that issue, but it wasn't. But we were due an honest, caring American and a congress to back him up.
We should have outlawed lobbyist from being anywhere near an elected politician or D.C. or ban them all together. We should have set term limits to get rid of the problems, but we didn't, except for the President and Vice President. In my opinion all federal officers from congress to judges-even Supreme Court should be told to retire at 70 years old. None of this life time stuff. You could have a demented old geezer up there deciding our future and he's 95 years old.
No, we are head for a financial disaster, everything is moving in that direction. In my limited experience I could say 2015 in agreement with most of the reporting economist. Most people are being told to buy THINGS, get rid of cash, bank accounts, gold and silver, even precious jewels. Storage food and items that will last, even storage of fuels, would be good. Read back at what happened in the last depression in the 1930's. It finally took a war to completely bring us out of it and this is why some people thought President Roosevelt allowed things to happen. I wasn't alive, I don't know. But I do know, from my experience in riots and being a cop during them, when people get scared they get very dangerous.
In the little "toot my own horn", working a big investigation for the state in 1992, I was pitted opposite 5 certified public accountants who worked for five agencies I suspected of hiding a significant amount of money in an illegal funds account. I had met with the accountants separately and I'm sure they viewed me as just a plain cop out of his depth and they need not worry. When I ready, I brought the 5 men together, all of them known in the Fairbanks area as stand-up guys and also lawyers. Once we were all seated and the pleasantries were done with, I handed out 5 account sheets to each of them, which showed all the funds they had hidden and at which banks. They were speechless. I then gave them the state's instructions for cleaning this mess up. Now I wasn't after their hides so much, they were setting up illegal permanent funds for their agencies they were board members for in the event the state ever stopped the legal gaming program. No, they didn't accept a dime for their work. Had they, I would have hard arrest warrants for them. But just looking at their faces and knowing how shocked they were that I could beat them, was well worth it. They got a bit swell-headed forgot the prime task of an investigator was to investigate. Ask a lot of questions of a lot of people and chase the money down. I was patient. It was worth it and at the end, it came down to simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Anything over that and I would have been over my head, but I had accountants in Juneau for that. I didn't need them for this. Later, in order investigations I called on them and glad to have them around. But I was never able to get one assigned to my office.
The reason I brought that up, though I am in no way an economist, I can look for the points that ring out danger. Listen to the experts who gain nothing from these reports. Always ignore the ones who want to sell you something for his or her prediction....Hey I've got this book...I do- I do. OR expensive survival kits that you can make you own up for half the cost. Just a little more leg work. As I've said, read about the Last Depression and see what happened to the people, in the cities and also out in the remote areas. You'll probably notice the people in remote towns fared better because they stuck together and were often the church goers who cared and shared.
A lot of people thought we were delaying our financial woes on our grandchildren and our greats. I even heard some joke about it. Surprise, its not going to wait that long and we're the ones who deserve it. Maybe our parents can deserve some. But I am 61, most if not all has occurred in my adulthood.
Now don't put you head in the sand, take a moment and go read up on what you can do to help your country, your state, your neighborhood and right down to your extended family. Financial crash is drawing near and I sincerely hope I'm not the little bird running around saying the sky is falling. Otherwise, there is sure a lot of us out there with severe headaches. Hey, I've got this book....
That's all for now. God Bless, BILL