‘Smartphones’: the iPhone

I have one.  I don’t usually carry it around – it just sits here.  And it randomly calls people.
All by itself. I don’t know it’s making the call.  I only find out when people return my call at 2:01am to ask why I called them at 2am or at whatever random time it decides to start dialing.  There is no evidence on my end that the call has been placed.  There is no indication it was ever made.

My partner has exactly the same phone and hers doesn’t do that, but I have friends whose phones do, no matter what provider they use – so it’s clear that it’s the iPhone itself, not the network which can be used to send commands which turn your camera and microphone on and connecting without your knowledge is obviously part of that. So calling big brother without your knowledge is part of the secret life of your smartphone (and every other connected device you own).

Your iPhone can absolutely send live data as well as everything else on your phone AND everything on any bluetooth or wi-fi connection it can access and it can do that even if you have specifically turned bluetooth and wi-fi off in ‘settings’.  I have both of those turned off (and location and ‘find my phone) but the phone still makes secret calls – and I have no idea who else it calls or what it tells them but it can spill everything it can access.

I have deleted every app I can, but apps which come with the damn thing can’t be deleted,  Most of them can supposedly be disabled, but I doubt it.  Now I’m beginning to suspect it can communicate even when it is powered off,  so I have set up my spectrum. analyzer to grab the times and duration of any calls it makes and we’ll see.  Even so, I still can’t know who it calls or what it sends or receives.

When I go to my provider (Verizon) I am told that it is a very common iPhone issue, known in the industry as ‘possessed by demons’.  And they replace the phone without even questioning that it’s happening.  They know it is. It’s been rampant at least since the iPhone 6 was released.

There is a ZERO probability that this is a software or hardware bug.  What is likely is that the phone has one or more back doors baked in and that one of THEM has a bug which allows it to accidentally call people in my contacts list instead of keeping its secret calls secret. But I still wouldn’t know except that people call me back.  But when I look, but there is no evidence that my phone placed the call.  As soon as Apple finds the problem (which they deny exists)and fixes it, no one will ever know who is listening to them or accessing their network data, even without Alexa, Cortana and all the other imaginary beings that listen to everything we say and do.

Unfortunately, unless you live in a cave, eat bugs and have no human contact, you or someone you interact with will have a smart phone or laptop or a car or something electronic.  That means we are not alone anymore.  We can never know who is with us 24/7 but we can be absolutely certain that whoever it is isn’t our friend, can see and hear everything we see and hear, and has a perfect memory to record every bit of it.

EDIT:  Turning off iCloud, location services and Find My Phone doesn’t help but I suspect that Find My Phone is spyware.

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“Stability” in the world doesn’t exist but idiots sure do.

Stability is an interesting word. Basically, it means the ability of nations to engage in long term trade and be able to safely manufacture and deliver a steady stream of  products to customers who are willing to pay more than the products are worth. But there has never been any real stability; things just moved more slowly before the industrial age because ships took weeks or months to make trips and wars were dictated by the speed at which armies could walk.

Now however, while leaders talk of maintaining stability, it’s nonsense. For instance, the US and the EU insist that a military presence in the South China Sea, and confronting China there, is necessary to keep the trade routes open between the west and…China (including Taiwan) and to a lesser extent, Vietnam.  But the US and China are each others’ largest trading partners, so neither have any interest whatsoever in blocking their own trade routes.  We must therefore look for another reason.

It’s true that China wants the technology necessary to manufacture most of our products, but we have been happy to give it to them in exchange for extremely cheap labor and we are more than willing to buy cheap crap because it is cheap.  Now we have noticed that the great majority of our critical manufacturing base has been transferred to China and we are no longer self-sufficient.  We blame that on China, but we are the fools who sent everything offshore. Now we are engaging in trade wars ostensibly  to ‘punish’ China for being astute businessmen, just like we are punishing Russia for the totally ridiculous allegation of  ‘attempting to influence US elections’.  In fact, both of the candidates charged the other of trying to rig the election, but when that went nowhere, the Demoncrats laid it on Russia and the Repugnicans are too stupid to grasp that Trump didn’t win because anyone thought he would be a great President. He won because the majority of citizens didn’t want Hitlery in the White House (although she still has aspirations).  No one mentions that WE spend BILLIONS of dollars a year trying to influence EVERY ELECTION IN THE WORLD and send in the military when we don’t get what we want.

Where are we going?  Short term, China wants Taiwan back and the US wants Taiwan to be an independent country so we can have a military presence within sight of mainland China.  To that end, the US just built a de facto embassy in Taiwan which is billed as the ‘American Institute, but is in reality a diplomatic station.  We are working behind the scene to promote Taiwanese independence – and that is what all this US/China conflict is about.  It is essentially a rehash of our sanctions against Russia for ‘invading’ Crimea  (which they did not do) and preventing the US from establishing a giant NATO military base there from which to contain Russia.

You don’t hear about US forces still fighting in Afghanistan after SEVENTEEN years, or the two military based the US has built in Syria, or the continued US military presence in Iraq, or all over Africa, or in any of the THOUSAND or more bases the US maintains all over the world.  Because if you did hear about all of that, you might wonder why we have those bases. Instead, you hear about school shootings because those tug at your emotions and all of the low IQ idiots/low information do-gooders in the country which, by definition, are exactly 50% of the population, can be convinced to stand up and demand that we eliminate firearms instead of eliminating the irresponsible parenting and horrible education system  which teaches retards to go out and shoot people or otherwise try to get the attention they aren’t getting at home.  TV and the mass media, which are controlled by about SIX people who each have their own agenda, madd media is the best invention ever for pushing propaganda and convincing people to act against their own best interests.  Nothing you see or read has any intellectual value because every bit of it is designed to spoon feed get idiots and convince them to do what advertisers and the media owners want them to do. Sadly, it works.

You can see through the propaganda by understanding that EVERY government, through the media, spoon feeds its citizens with what it wants them to believe. The ‘news’ isn’t really news at all.  Even local news is tilted.  For instance, when you hear that Russia TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY to influence the US presidential election, which is why we are getting tough with Russia, you ought to wonder who would have won if the attempt had been successful.  As soon as you grasp that it would have been Hillary, you understand immediately that the allegation is complete nonsense and that the Demoncrats are calling Trump a Russian pawn simply for political traction.  He isn’t, of course. OUR politicians are trying to influence the next election and blame it on the Russians (or Chinese, or firearms, or drugs or whatever). But people don’t know any better because they can’t think about what they are being told. They are the shallow idiots who believe anything they hear and will smile and vote against their own best interests.  That’s why  the majority of citizens now live in debt.

In any event, stability in a world of 8 billion people isn’t possible because there are not enough resources to take care of everyone.  So what is happening is that the major players are all vying to control what is left instead of grasping that people are becoming erratic and doing crazy things because psychosis is a subconscious function of overcrowding.  None of this is in the best interests of the general population.  Oh, no.  It’s for the good of the 1% who control all of the money.  Because if the citizenry has to be terrified of guns or a non-threat like North Korea, or if billions of people have to die in order for the rich to stay rich, that is exactly what will, and is, happening.   And it’s happening because someone grasps that when we blew past 350ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, we began an unstoppable Venus Effect, and we are screwed.  The current CO2 levels are above 408ppm and rising (https://www.co2.earth/).  That doesn’t mean that the entire earth is warming up all at once.  It means that the weather has gone wonky and will get worse.   Wet areas will become wetter and drier at all the wrong times and dry areas will become drier and wetter at all the wrong times. Hot and cold weather will become extreme.  Seasons will blur.  Weather will no longer be predictable from week to week or even from day to day.When rain does come, it will be in the form of floods, droughts will occur where there were none before, hurricanes will get a lot stronger, and crop planning will no longer work. Pretty soon, even GMO crops won’t be able to keep up, and when the corals are all bleached out, there won’t be a bottom rung on the food chain anymore.  If you think things are messed up now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Even if we had been able to stabilize CO2 levels, in a nuclear/chemical/biological world, in which one mistake, miscalculation, accident ( Fukushima, etc.), in which just a moment of lost concentration on someone’s part can precipitate a nuclear war or other global disaster and, potentially, an extinction event, ‘stability’ doesn’t exist.

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Why No one trusts the US ( From the National Security Archives)

NATO Expansion: What Yeltsin Heard

Russian president led to believe Partnership for Peace was alternative to expanded NATO

Documents show early Russian opposition to “neo-containment;” more U.S. assurances to Russia: “inclusion not exclusion” in new European security structures

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 621

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Washington, D.C., March 16, 2018 – Declassified documents from U.S. and Russian archives show that U.S. officials led Russian President Boris Yeltsin to believe in 1993 that the Partnership for Peace was the alternative to NATO expansion, rather than a precursor to it, while simultaneously planning for expansion after Yeltsin’s re-election bid in 1996 and telling the Russians repeatedly that the future European security system would include, not exclude, Russia.

The declassified U.S. account of one key conversation on October 22, 1993 shows Secretary of State Warren Christopher assuring Yeltsin in Moscow that the Partnership for Peace was about including Russia together with all European countries, not creating a new membership list of just some European countries for NATO; and Yeltsin responding, “this is genius!”

A year later, Yeltsin would accuse the U.S. of replacing the Cold War with a “cold peace” by planning to expand NATO; and the Americans tried to repair relations by insisting that expansion would happen, but slowly, “no surprises,” and only after the Russian parliamentary elections of 1995 and the Russian and U.S. presidential elections of 1996.  The documents published today include two verbatim memcons of Yeltsin’s meetings with President Bill Clinton in May and June 1995, in which NATO was a major and contentious subject, State Department warnings as early as 1993 about how “neuralgic” the NATO issue was for Russia, and a 1996 cable dismissing Russian complaints that the “spirit” of the 1990 German unification treaty precluded NATO expansion.

Check out today’s posting at the National Security Archive

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Your next SUV

If you need a full sized SUV in the ‘entry level luxury’ class, it will likely be a GAC GS8, marketed in China under the ‘Trumpchi’ brand – (that name will be changed when it is introduced here in late 2018/2019).  It’s a bit under-powered with a 2.0l turbocharged gas engine putting out 201 hp, but the huge upside is that it will retail for about $25,000.  You can buy three or four for what an upscale SUV cost now.

They have a mid-sized SUV which I’m looking at, the GS7.  $10,000 less than some Subaru Foresters.

Before you go ballistic about Chinese junk, almost everything you own is Chinese.   Before that it was likely Japanese and now Korea is coming on strong.  The most reliable cars are Japanese and Korean…unless you like Buick’s Envision which is made in China…or you have a Volvo S60 or S90 which are both made in China (Volvo is owned by a Chinese company).

Chinese cars are going to be really cheap just like all of the Japanese and Korean cars were until they established themselves here.  Before them, German cars were cheap…no more, of course, and they aren’t as good as they once were, either.

So what else is outsourced (mostly to China)?  iPhones and iPads of course. All of our optics (including Meade & Celestron telescopes and all binoculars and riflescopes), Most of our pharmaceuticals. Donald Trump’s clothing line.  Barbie dolls (and everything else Mattel sells). Fisher-Price toys.  Huffy and Schwinn bicycles. Nike, Converse, New Balance, Levi Strauss, L.L. Bean, Rawlings sports equipment, Samsonite luggage, Ray-Ban, Brach’s candy, Fender Stratocaster guitars, Dell (and all other) computers, Black and Decker, Dremel, Craftsman (and MOST hand and power tools, industrial machines, even heavy equipment),  Ford  (the new Ford plants are going to China instead of Mexico), Chevy, RAM 1500 trucks (Chrysler is owned by Fiat), Gerber foods, 99% of everything Wal-Mart sells, and on and on.  Are Texas Instruments products manufactured in Texas?  Not so much.  Mostly China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia….

Here is something you don’t know:  China owns twice as much US debt as the Federal Reserve.  Since private banks own the Federal Reserve, and China is incrementally acquiring stakes in them, it can begin to influence the FED, which controls the US money supply.  China has tried to buy the Chicago stock exchange several times but has been rebuffed by the government. Still, China has spent over $300 BILLION in recent years acquiring US corporate properties. Now the US is talking Trade war with China over steel and aluminum. It would have been a good idea in the 80s, but its way too late.  China owns so much US debt that it can tank the US economy in 24 hours if it wants to.  Remember 2007?  The US economy didn’t come within an inch of tanking because of badly packaged mortgages.  It almost tanked because China sent a message.  And we listened, and China reciprocated by continuing to buy US debt to keep us afloat.  A trade war won’t affect that.  Trade wars are politics in this century, not business.  But bluster aside, the US can’t push a serious trade war or military confrontation with China, Russia or even North Korea (which China keeps as its chained pit-bull to bark and snarl at the US).

We don’t have the clout anymore because we no longer have the national will to be a great country.

 

 

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I apologize that I didn’t realize some of you couldn’t respond or comment on the blog.

I have now upgraded all subscribers to participant level.  If you would prefer to be a contributor, speak out.  I welcome, and will appreciate, all of the politically incorrect people with bad attitudes who wish to vent.  🙂

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The F-35

Ask an F-35 pilot about it.  He (or she) will tell you that it will be the greatest thing flying when it is finished.  The problem is that it was conceived in the mid 1980s and it will never be finished unless all of the REST of the requirements the military specified for it are eliminated, just like all of the requirements that have been eliminated so far.

What happened was that Lockheed- Martin sold the pentagon a bill of goods.  They calculated the budgets of ALL the armed services which use fighter, light bomber and ground assault aircraft and then they explained how a bunch of money could be saved by using only one air frame for everyone.  That is true enough.  But all of the services have different requirements, different functions, and different needs.  One airplane can’t do everything well…and trying to merely creates an airplane that can’t do ANYTHING well.

The sales pitch worked and we bought a turkey.  It’s now too big and too expensive to fail, but it is clearly a failure.  It isn’t fast, maneuverable, stealthy, agile, redundant, reliable, efficient or capable of doing any of its design functions.  Sure, some of the things on it and in it would be spiffy…if they can eventually be made to work. But the air frame itself is a total failure and any pilot who tries to take it into combat will be very lucky to survive any contact with the enemy, as Israel found out last month when a Syrian SAM site blasted one of their ‘stealthy’ F-35s.  They didn’t knock it down, but it’s trashed. A hundred million dollar airplane and it never fired a shot.  By the way…the F-35 requires about a hundred hours of maintenance for every hour it flies and no more than half of them are expected to be flyable at any given time, with the real numbers probably below 20%.  You can’t come back to base, refuel, re-arm and go back.  You come back to base (hopefully) and the airplane needs to be rebuilt.  It’ll be ready again in a couple weeks if the parts come in.

The F-35 Turkey is supposedly an upgrade to the F-22 (another Lockheed product which asphyxiates its pilots and is interminably grounded). but the F-22 went out of production after 188 airplanes at a cost of over $67 BILLION and it’s only use has been to fly over South Korea ( 2 out of 4 deployed F-22s managed to get airborne) to scare Pyongyang.  I’m not sure anyone was impressed.  Bottom line, the F-22 isn’t going into combat anytime soon, the F-35 never will, and what we have left is a fleet of old F-18s, F-16s, some A-10s, and nothing at all that can face off against a front line Russian or Chinese fighter aircraft.

The total projected cost of the F-35 boondoggle is $1.45 TRILLION.  You can’t even imagine how much that is, but its $1,450 BILLION, or $145,000,000 MILLION..or in simpler terms, the F-35 will cost every man, woman and child in the Unites States $3,200 in taxes. That works out to almost exactly ONE THIRD of the US annual budget.  Granted, the F-35 costs are spread out a little, but it’s still $1.45 TRILLION that we will be tossing down the shitter until all the idiots who approved the thing retire and new people have the political clout to stop the bleeding.  Hopefully that will happen before we need air superiority again, because we sure won’t own the skies for the foreseeable future.

Here’s how to tell:  We won’t be sending F-35’s to face off against China in the South China Sea.  We won’t be sending F-35’s to challenge the Russian S-400 or S-500 SAM sites, either in Syria or in eastern Europe.  We won’t even be sending F-35s to actually challenge North Korea’s Mig-21s.

It gets worse.  By grabbing the aircraft R&D and manufacturing budgets of all the military services which need fighters and dragging the process out for decades, Lockheed has effectively knocked out the competition and become a monopoly. Buying the F-35  has put the US at least ten years behind Russia and China and now there is no other company we can turn to to make up the time.

We WILL send F-35s to fight, when Hell freezes over, alongside our brand new Littoral Combat Ships which sail away periodically and have to be towed home.  They can’t fight either – they are aluminum, have no armor and their power trains don’t work- so they are only deployed to places from which they can be easily towed home. They weren’t designed to be able to stand on their own as fighting ships. They, and ALL naval vessels, were designed to be protected by F-35s.

No one will admit that we have tossed away TRILLIONS of dollars on worthless shit by trying to make one airplane do everything, but the idea was started back when McNamara was SECDEF and tried to force both the air force and the navy to standardize on the F-111.  Fortunately, he didn’t succeed.  The F-111 was never capable of being a fighter or operating from carriers.  The navy never bought any and went with F-14 instead , followed by the  F-18 which is scheduled to be replaced bu the F-35 in 2019-2023.  It won’t happen, of course, so the navy will have to get the F-15 and/or F-18 production lines re-started.  The air force used F-111a them as light bombers and eventually as wild weasels while using the F-15 and F-16 as fighters.  By the way, air force F-15s are being modernized to remain in service beyond 2030 because everyone knows there aren’t enough F-22s to fight any serious engagement and there aren’t ANY combat ready F-35s and there never will be. But hey, Lockheed made a lot of money and is still raking it in!

The US could catch up and at least be competitive by licensing the production of Mig-37 and Su-57 fighters from Russia.  But that isn’t going to happen.  So, instead, those aircraft will be licensed to China and probably India as well as every other country that needs cutting edge fighters.  I expect Israel to dump F-35s and buy SU-57s in a few years.  After all, friendship is great, but air superiority in the middle east is what allows Israel to exist.

While all of this is going on, the US has over a THOUSAND active military bases around the world, the US infrastructure is falling apart because there is no money to repair it, the veterans are getting crappy care, Social Security is bankrupt (so is Medicaid and Medicare), we have no core manufacturing facilities left and we are running out of natural resources.  The government is dysfunctional, the health system doesn’t work, the education system doesn’t work, most working class adults have to work full time for the privilege of living in debt( and there is no one to raise their kids, who then go out and shoot up schools), college graduates earn a diploma and perpetual debt upon graduation, every other American takes Prozac (including very small children) and most of the ones who don’t are homeless or in prison, gender is a choice now..you can pick!, criminals and psychos aren’t REALLY bad – they just need a hug – GUNS are the real problem.  Guns kill people.  The violent idiots who use them are just innocent victims and need more Prozac.  Taking guns away from law-abiding citizens in an insane attempt to get them away from criminals won’t work.  Removing Freedom and Liberty from citizens in order to give them Freedom and Liberty will only result in our becoming a third world country.

 

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One of the US false flag incidents designed to start war with Russia ( from 2014)

Sinister Pretext for War with Russia

And here is Victoria Nuland lying about Syria.

Oh….and I would have shot him too.

Sent: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 10:14 pm
Subject: Photo: Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson MO Police Department

Look what that sweet little innocent thing did to this police officer,
but I guess Holder, Sharpton and the BIG ZERO forgot to mention this.
He was punched in the face before he emptied his weapon into the
drugged “unarmed teenager”—here is what a broken eye socket looks
like:

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I wrote this years ago. I probably published it years ago. It was in my ‘drafts’ folder. Here you go.

It was worth the listing fee to be the first person in history to use an Ebay ad as a blog. Somewhere in here there is a beautiful home and potential B&B for sale as well. In the safest place on earth.

I have cleared up some confusion about insurance, volcanoes, hurricanes and dissed the government. What more can you ask? I have observed people for sixty years. Most folks are basically nice….but some of them….well, ‘clueless’ is too impolite a word; ‘dumb’ is too pointed, so maybe I can say they don’t necessarily have a well-developed sense of situational awareness. Some don’t even seem to be from this planet. But life is a lot of fun here. For instance, we see a lot of Botox and we keep a few fresh jokes on hand to test Botox suspects. If you tell a really great joke and they go “Snark, snark”, but their face doesn’t move, you just won a buck. Here is some Hollywood gossip from a recent personal observation: Reba McEntire doesn’t have a face full of Botox and she’s a darn nice person, in person.

I used to try and explain risk management. It is a simple fact of life that homeowner’s insurance does not cover earthquakes, landslides or flood. If one of those is involved, you are not insured. Period. But there isn’t much you can do; people simply won’t believe their insurance doesn’t cover everything. So I let it go and we discuss the local culture. “Is the food here any good?” It will be today, Ma’am. The animal shelter just made a delivery. “Do I need sunscreen in Hawaii?” No, Sir. The ultraviolet exposure index is only eleven or twelve. And it’s cloudy anyway. “How long does it take to drive to Honolulu from Hilo?” Ummm…..let’s see…..it’s over three hundred miles. I’d plan a whole day for it. “Is it going to rain?” RAIN! IN HILO?!?! Fugeddaboudit! “And by the way, here’s your sign. Wear it while you are in Hawaii, please! It’ll save everyone a lot of time.”

If your mainland (or any) home is within a declared disaster area, you will have the great pleasure of dealing with FEMA, AKA ‘The Disaster Agency’. The Peter Principle says anything that can possibly go wrong will. The Government, and I am tempted to call it the Bush Principle, has worked through that. They are able to take normal, commonplace, everyday activities and turn them into complete disasters. But only after they have made absolutely sure that there is no possible way the problem they created can ever be mitigated. New Orleans is in more danger now than when FEMA got there. The BEST you can hope for from them is a complete IRS audit because five minutes after FEMA gets your name, the IRS knows you have lost all your receipts. They don’t target people that way? OH, YES THEY DO!

See, FEMA is part of Homeland Security, the biggest…….er… the second biggest joke of the century. The same Homeland Security that makes you take off your shoes in the airport to see if they are stuffed with explosives and blasting caps. Not surprisingly, THEY HAVE NEVER FOUND ANY! I am sure explosive shoes would be a huge problem if they didn’t check. The things Richard Reid (the ‘shoe bomber’) was wearing looked like overstuffed chunks of pizza dough with fuses hanging out. He was also ratty, unshaven and acting psychotic. No wonder he got through security. They probably thought he was Keith Richards.

But look where they want you to walk barefoot. The airport security line floor? There are bloody scabs, body fluids, AIDS, Ebola, H5E1, flesh-eating virus, drug-resistant staph superbugs, every STD in the world, tuberculosis, worms, parasites, little bugs hopping off people…hey, for all I know that guy just ahead of me has a pocket full of anthrax spores or smallpox and is dribbling it onto the floor. But no, we are looking for explosives in footwear….and not enough to damage an aircraft. At best the idiot might burn a few of his toes. So they want me to take off my shoes, walk through that sewer and then use my hands to put my shoes back on over whatever I just stepped in so I can take it home and and share it with my family? Not a chance, pal. I’m not checking in to a Supermax prison. I’m the one the government says they are protecting, but I feel more like a criminal and I’m not going to walk in a sewer. So I either wear disposable surgical scrubs or paint my feet with latex and let them peel it off in the strip-search room while they are running the latex through the explosives sniffer (no, I am not kidding). While people out in the line are trying to get their shoes off, their kids are crawling on the floor putting sticky lumps of hair in their mouth. GAAAAAAAAA!

Making people take off their shoes in airports is probably the best possible vector for spreading a pandemic or helping a terrorist attack and we are doing it to ourselves. The most ridiculous bit is that one trained profiler asking each passenger two or three questions and one trained security staffer who shoots the ones who don’t answer correctly could stop 99.9 % of potential problems without ever inconveniencing anyone. Instead, the most unemployable people available are hired to perform a task for which they have no expertise, no grasp of the technology involved, and no interest in what they are doing. So they confiscate your water bottle. That’s not security. It is not even a good pretense. It’s just a show the government puts on so you think they are actually doing something. They aren’t. There is no such thing as airport security. I am really tempted to write a book and lay all of this out. It’s a farce. They know it, you know it, I know it. Any serious engineering team can beat any security system or smuggle anything at all in or out of the country. It’s just not that complicated. How would they find liquid explosive breast implants? Their newest idea is a lot better though, because I do feel much safer knowing there is probably a senator or congressman in the next bathroom stall watching out for me.

Insurance is a brilliant concept. It is sold as ‘protection’ but it isn’t. It doesn’t ‘protect’ you. An insurance company is like a casino. You place a wager that your house is going to burn down or you are going to die and they cover the bet because you are betting against YOURSELF. Friend, whenever you bet against yourself, it’s a sucker bet. You can’t win unless you lose everything you own or die. And then you will discover you are either not insured at all (earthquake, etc.) or underinsured, or you can’t prove your loss. They won’t reimburse the amount of the coverage you are paying for. They will only pay the amount of loss you can PROVE. No matter how much insurance you think you have, you don’t. if your home burns down, it isn’t enough, and it isn’t going to make things right or restore any sense of normalcy. Things will never be ‘normal’ again. And your family will hate you for being an idiot. I used to see commercials from a well known baby food company trying to sell toddler insurance to start protecting your baby early. Protect, hell, the policy only pays if the baby dies.

“It’s all right, Dear! We’re insured.” Think about it. You aren’t. The insurance company might replace the walls but the new, empty house is going to smell like wet ashes for years…..or a barbeque pit if no one got home before little Fluffy went up like a Roman candle! Poor thing, scrabbling at the wall until…

Insurance can’t restore a lifetime of memories and personal effects or the kids pictures…all the family keepsakes and heirlooms things that make your life ‘yours’… all the stuff you saved; your grandmother’s wedding ring, the first pair of shoes, family heirlooms, pictures, diplomas….everything. Gone forever. Your personal things, your favorite things, the one-of-a-kind things. You can get on with your life but you can never get back what you lost. And you have usually lost everything. The insurance company can’t take you back in time to re-live those special moments or the thousands of memories of the vacations and the graduations and the weddings. Or the treasures hidden under your bed. It’s not the house you want to save. It’s the contents. In California you can’t do that; there isn’t time. In Hawaii, there is. You can always get another house. People move all the time. What you can’t replace are the things which make it your home. That’s the point. Not the dollar amount of your insurance. That figure is meaningless.

SoCal burns down every five years or so and destroys thousands of homes and everything in them. Lava comes through Hawaii every thousand years and destroys five homes. But not the contents (unless you didn’t bother to move them, figuring you will get new stuff. But then you are negligent and…no insurance). And there is another astounding fact about Hawaii: Rainforests don’t burn.

A lot of people lose interest in this home when they realize the island is volcanic (like ALL islands, California, Washington and most of the rest of the earth) and I tell them there is a volcano insurance cap of 100K on the house. Many of those same people live and own…or….owned, until they burned down, homes in Southern California where there are more active volcanoes than in Hawaii and a hundred times more earthquakes. Maybe that last Botox shot went a little too deep. The San Andreas fault runs right down the length of the state and NO ONE in California has earthquake insurance but everyone thinks they do. Earthquakes are an excluded risk on EVERY insurance policy. But insurance DOES cover….volcanoes.

Hurricanes: Almost the entire eastern seaboard of the U.S. is at or below sea level. There is nothing to stop a hurricane from coming ashore anywhere, anytime and doing huge amounts of damage. Hurricanes are made of wind. The Big Island is made of rock. Over 4,000 square miles in area and almost 14,000 feet high in two places. It’s the biggest rock in the world. Bigger than Mount Everest. Wind doesn’t bother us. Hurricanes simply disintegrate if they get too close. This island has never been hit by a hurricane. 500 foot tidal wave? The west coast is gone. The Big Island will survive.

Volcanoes: MILLIONS of people a year come to see our volcanoes since Mark Twain wrote about them in the 1800s. They are not explosive volcanoes, they are mild and beautiful. And the lava flows about one mile an hour when it flows. Kilauea has been erupting since 1983. It’s one of our main tourist attractions. It’s not dangerous. Most of the world’s premiere astronomical observatories are on top of Mauna Kea. There has been a volcano observatory on top of Mauna Loa since the 1800s watching Mauna Loa and Kilauea. It’s still there. Same place. No one in modern history has ever died from a volcano here, although once a tourist went and stood exactly where he was told not to stand and fell through a skylight into a lava tube. Made a “pssssst’ noise and a little puff of steam, that’s about it. Happened so fast he didn’t have time to say “OH, SH……”.

This home is at the edge of a narrow area of land called Lava Zone 1. It is insured but, because it is just inside Lava Zone 1, there is a volcano damage insurance cap on the dwelling for $100,000. Lava did come through this area, before Columbus discovered America but , if it happened again, you would have a week or two to make arrangements to move your possessions and even the house. And that, my friends, is unique in the world. It will never get too cold here, or too hot, and you can’t starve. It’s impossible. Food falls off the trees all year long and grilled rat isn’t so bad once you get used to munching on the tiny little feet. But some people prefer beef or fish and we have the largest privately owned cattle ranch in America on this island. Parker Ranch. There is fresh fish local every day and lobster in season. So, logically, moving to Hawaii tomorrow is the best possible survival technique there is!

I want to live a few years in the Pacific Northwest. To sit by a stream trying to hook a brook trout with a fly rig…..or just pretend to fish, drink a few cold beers and listen to the birds is starting to appeal to me. If you have cash or a free-and-clear all-season home on some wooded acreage with a trout stream or two up in the wilds somewhere, even off the grid is fine, give me a call. Maybe we can work something out.

Hawaii is a very liberal state. You can go to a doctor and get a prescription for marijuana and you can grow enough for yourself and two friends…supposedly they also have prescriptions. But it’s not a firearm-friendly state. Even retired Hawaii police officers can’t carry concealed firearms here. Of course we have almost no crime, but we still have the Second Amendment. As luck would have it, I still believe everyone has the absolute right to protect themselves and their property. So the bottom line is that I am going back to a pro-gun state where people aren’t afraid of psychotic high school kids in long coats. in 95% of these cases, everyone knows in advance the suspects are nutloafs, but no one does anything. After the little creeps execute victims they KNOW can’t fight back, someone blames it on the gun, but if he didn’t have one he’d do it with a can of gas. Hey kid. Pull that 9mm out in a free carry state instead in a room full of unarmed, pampered, liberal students and see what happens. You just declared yourself to be an adult and initiated a gunfight. Don’t be surprised if people don’t just cower in fear until you walk up and shoot them. Most Americans won’t do that. About ten MILLION of us will demonstrate proper tactical shooting skills for you right on the spot.

People here are still building as fast as they can because the next wave of forty-niners from California is coming again, just like they did after the 2003 fire. Are they building new houses in Lava Zone 1? Of course. You can look it up on the county website. Forest fires, floods and the San Andreas fault are problems we don’t have. This house is still here, still safe, still peaceful. But it’s not as quiet at night anymore. The frogs are singing their song. A lot of people can’t hear them, but they are getting too loud for me. Then again, a new warning just went on Viagra bottles that taking it can make you go deaf, so most of you baby boomers could live here, no problem.

I’ll admit the insurance is high. About two bucks a day. But the property tax is ……….wait for it……….. less than $100 a year. And hey!

You can keep the sign. 🙂

Oh….what about the house? I suppose I ought to put in a few particulars. I’m sending a camera crew out to do a shoot of the place. When it is cut and edited, I’ll put it on the Internet somewhere, but I told them no rush.

This property abuts a private land trust. The adjacent lot is for sale. We have no heating or cooling bills but we have cable and Dish TV and high speed Internet.

The property includes lemon, tangerine, fig, avocado, papaya, passion fruit, coconut, breadfruit (ulu) and guava. There is a lava rock wall and locking gate. Mail delivery, paved streets. There is a 16,000 gallon concrete catchment system and it’s overflowing. We get a lot of rain here.

Inclusive in the sale of the property: A 4 month old $1800.00 riding mower with extended warranty, second riding mower with trailer hitch and street legal trailer, 15 gallon sprayer operated on and from new riding mower, 7.5 hp chipper/shredder, three year old top of the line oven, two similar refrigerators, washer, dryer, a new “whole house” Bosch Aqua Star water heater, 2 weed-eaters, 2 back pack Solo sprayers and miscellaneous gardening tools. The two car garage has a concrete floored attached storage shed 10’x16′ filled with miscellaneous lumber and the attached screened 12 x 20 concrete floored addition is accessible through an interior 40″ wide door; perfect for wood working. House also has a triple osmosis filtration system and additional under house filters. There are three independent garden sheds on the property. Two sheds are 8’x11′ and one is 6′ x 8′ allowing for waterproof storage of all lawn and garden equipment and additional storage. There is a highly prized Sandalwood tree on the property line also old growth. This home and property are free and clear, not on lease land. Complete title will transfer. Want more pictures? Yours for the asking!

The mapquest map is accurate; you can see that the property backs to a private trust. Sperling’s Best places has demographics here: http://www.bestplaces.net/city/Leilani_Estates_HI-51544562000.aspx although they are not representative of the average home price in this particular neighborhood which is in the high 300s to mid 400s. This is the third most popular area on the Big Island, the other two being Hilo and Kailua-Kona, our two largest cities. But the prices and weather are better here. http://www.trulia.com/home_prices/Hawaii/Hawaii_County-heat_map/

You can find out almost anything you want to know from the official local source: The county government. http://co.hawaii.hi.us/

We are in the Puna district of Hawaii County, the fastest growing area in the state because real estate is still undervalued. We have property booms every few years and they will continue as long as the earth exists. Thanks for visiting!

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Sometimes I think the clouds part for a few seconds and I can see the ballet.

I won’t list those times because I already have. I prefer to write about the future which, I know as well as anyone else, cannot be predicted. So here goes.

The US is going to go bankrupt with fiat currency derivatives.  That’s not very difficult to predict.

But the concept that precious metals will retain value for individuals in a post-apocalyptic economy is very hard for people to understand. For at least awhile, the people who will determining value will be people with guns – exactly like today. Try not paying your property taxes.

People who have hoards of gold and silver will be like people who have valuable art objects. it will all be useless until enough production begets an actual NEED to store your labor in some form but everyone will have to have access to whatever that is and people with no PM wont.  I won’t argue it. You must be self-sufficient for food and be able to defend it by force of arms.  Money will come later as a society develops.

And you must understand that there are two and only two human interactions. Negotiation and force. That’s all.  There are no others. If you cannot barter or negotiate from a position of equal strength,  you cannot survive as a free person.  A sufficiently determined and numerically superior attacker will simply use force.  You can only choose to make them pay a cost worth more than their potential gain and then leave them scorched earth or give them what they want. But they will want you as a slave.

You must accept that in such a world, your chances of living through each day get worse with each sunset and approach zero at about age sixty if you are lucky – unless you can rapidly form a mini barter-community and share everyone’s knowledge and abilities. Classic Socialism, in which individual ownership primarily means personal tools and weapons. At age 60 it means having sufficient knowledge that people who are probably hungry  will share their food in exchange for your education and experience.

Evolution does not allow us to merely co-exist for long, though. It requires that some people find ways to take more.  That’s another chapter if I ever get to it¹.

Insofar as US/NATO relations with..specifically Russia and China, but all of their immediate allies and trading partners…the US must, in order to maintain hegemony and dominate the world, subdue it.  All of it.  Financially if possible, and militarily of not. This must happen within the next two years and be completed by the turn of the decade or the chance will have passed.

In the mean time, that same government must effective enslave its own population to maintain order and ensure compliance.²  That is traditionally done by confiscation all weapons,  demonizing some race, religion or creed and setting the citizenry against them while the real evil writes the news.  Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, now Russia and China and on it goes.

Do you notice that the CIA is arming and training hundreds of thousands of people indiscriminately all over the world but trying to confiscate firearms in the US?  Want to make sense out of it?  Here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE

WWIII

Let me speak to the actual ‘hot’ war which I expect any old decade.  It has to happen but there are too many variables to understand where and how.  Russia and China begin as underdogs, but the US, which depends on air superiority, cannot win in the air or on the ground with our inferior equipment.  What we can do, and it is our official national policy is to escalate to a surprise nuclear attack if we think we can win a nuclear exchange or bluff the other side into not retaliating.  Only very stupid people think that’s possible.

Within a few more months, the ISIS combatants which left the middle east and went to the EU will be in position to begin electing themselves to positions of power in Europe.  Within one generation they will control it. Erdogan, in Turkey, thinks he would be a wonderful ruler of a new Ottoman empire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 1, 2018: The US jumped the shark.

President Trump’s really bad idea of increasing import tariffs in a bid to limit China’s exports here is not a solution to China Rising.  The solution would have been to stop greedy US corporations from offshoring everything to China, Vietnam, Korea, Bangladesh, etc., and even Canada and Brazil beginning in the 90s.

Now we have a crumbling infrastructure, no core manufacturing industries, and no way to get it back.

Increased tariffs won’t slow China down one bit.  All they will do is increase our costs of everything containing steel and aluminum.  The price of aluminum foil, for instance,  will skyrocket, along with the price of cars.  But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  All of the cheap junk you buy at Wal-Mart, Target, Ross, Sears and similar stores will be more expensive next month, and the quality will tank at the same time.

Protecting labor-intensive low-tech jobs, which are all that’s left to protect after losing our tech sector,  and trying to rebuild a manufacturing base which can’t compete anywhere, merely tosses the ball to China and makes the US a second world country which we will not accept gracefully, but neither will we be capable of enforcing our will on the rest of the world anymore.  In fact, comparisons have been made to the economy of Brazil.

Pax Americana, just like the British Empire before it, and all of the previous major empires before that*,  will now be remembered for its faded glory and we can finally turn our attention away from idiot retarded school shooters and concentrate on finding enough food.  Our tactic of ”soft’ power, in the form of sanctions to wage war on the cheap, is coming back to bite us.

As an aside, despite all of the nuclear posturing going on in the world, nuclear war is so problematic that is unlikely for maybe ten more years.  Every major potential enemy and most of our ‘friends’ are planning for the demise of the US as a global power before 2050 (and probably by 2034 by my reckoning).  There will be more and more conventional clashes, but if we ever initiate a nuclear holocaust, just ONE 2 Megaton blast 400 km over Kansas will take out the US power grid as well as EVERY mechanical conveyance in the country and it can never be rebuilt**.  In one second, there will be no more electricity, Internet, money, cars, trains, transportation, gasoline, food water, sewers, hospitals or anything else and there is nothing we can do to prevent it.  While the threat of  intentional or natural EMP events is heavily downplayed because they can’t be prevented and no one wants to panic the sheep, the threat is very, very real.  Current estimates suggest that at least 9 out of every 10 Americans (and Canadians and people in northern Mexico would die from such an event – not from radiation, but from disease and starvation.

Basically all of our money is going for war preparations because of some irrational idea that we must control all of the remaining non-renewable resources in the world and can win a nuclear*** with a massive first strike WHEN (not IF) it becomes necessary to reduce the global population by 6 or 7 billion extra mouths.  Shit-for-brains Dubya Bush dropped the US policy of no first strike and mutually assured destruction in favor of the current US policy of launching a massive nuclear first strike without warning at whoever the government perceives to be a threat. The possibility that it might happen is only increased by threatening US behavior which demonstrates that we are a panicked nation which will shoot first.

  • The largest global empires in history:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_empires

** EMP: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_pulse

*** Look at the word ‘NUCLEAR’.  It is pronounced NEW-CLEAR [ˈnü-klē-ər].          ~NOT~ ‘ NU-QUE-LER’

 

 

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