Archive for December, 2013

Economics – Indias war on Gold and Bitcoin

Posted in Blogging, Economy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on 2013/12/29 by rmolby

While perusing some news feeds this morning, I came across a headline stating India is declaring war on Bitcoin but without a link to the source material, so I searched on this subject via DuckDuckGo and came across a few interesting articles.

The first one if from June 2013 reporting that because the Indian FIAT currency, the Rupee, is basically inflating relentlessly, and India’s citizens had been investing in Gold to preserve their meager wealth, so the India central bank basically banned Gold.

http://news.goldseek.com/GoldSeek/1371487439.php

So then in August 2013 we get such headlines as U.S. Government eyes regulation of ‘Bitcoins

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/08/26/bitcoin-virtual-currency-regualtions/2702653/

Then in November 2013, we get more news coverage such as:

US regulations are hampering Bitcoin’s growth

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/18/bitcoin-senate-hearings-regulation

and now in December, we see such headlines as:

China cracks down on Bitcoin

http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/05/investing/china-bitcoin/index.html

India’s biggest Bitcoin operator halts trade

http://www.dawn.com/news/1076772/indias-biggest-bitcoin-operator-halts-trade

India declares war on bitcoin

http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_12_29/India-declares-war-on-bitcoin-1922/

So what do all of these countries have in common?

They all are in fear of their FIAT currencies being replaced by something more stable, but much more simple to use than gold, however, even gold is feared since they cannot print more of it – they cannot inflate themselves out of a pickle, so just like Microsoft will either destroy or buy the competition, the same holds true for the countries who fear Bitcoin and gold; they want to either control it or destroy it.

Where does this leave us plain Joe Publics?

Keep using and investing in both, they are already reaping our wealth in the form of taxes, levies, and inflation of the national currencies, so what do we have to lose, if they eventually come for both Bitcoin and Gold, they would have done so anyway through other means, this gives us a little more time to use our funds.

Bury your Gold and spend your Bitcoins!

Of course, I’m delusional and misguided, what do I know ROFLMAO…

SOAP SOAP SOAP, HOW TO MAKE SOAP

Posted in Blogging, Uncategorized, Wordpress with tags , , , , , , on 2013/12/28 by rmolby

a2zprep

REALLY GOOD article on how to make soap!!

Hey, say you decide to bug out.. after a week your buddies might want to bug out from you if you are stinkin it up!

 

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Soap making is a great “self-reliance” skill that enables a person provide something for themselves that they would otherwise have to depend on a store to get.  

 

Homemade Soap and Emergency Preparedness
Making soap is one of those old skills that used to be really common and now is nearly unheard of.  If soap makers are ever again needed, learning it would give you a valuable skill that could help your family and community.

 

However, for prepping purposes I prefer keeping a stock of ‘pre-made’ ready-to-use soap or even store bought soap rather than prepping ‘soap making supplies’ (click here for Five Great Soaps to Prep).  While…

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Doomy Lot!

Posted in Blogging, Uncategorized, Wordpress with tags , , , , , on 2013/12/28 by rmolby

This is a must read article! So appropriate how I feel about things…

Panic sets in

Posted in Blogging, Uncategorized, Wordpress with tags , , , , , , , , on 2013/12/28 by rmolby

Tactical Clothing

Posted in Blogging, Wordpress with tags , , , , on 2013/12/28 by rmolby

Environment – Drought (and potential food shortages?)

Posted in Economy, Food, Gardening, Health, Horticulture, Nature with tags , , , , on 2013/12/27 by rmolby

So I come across this article on HuffPost Green about the Rainbow Mountains in China, a great article with amazingly beautiful pictures, but I decided to click on the HuffPost Green link to visit, since I had never been to the web site,  and right there on the front page is a a link in bold letter proclaiming “DRIEST YEAR EVER.”

In the article on USA Today, mentions that

California is enduring its driest calendar year on record, with no signs of relief coming anytime soon. In San Francisco, the city is seeing its driest year since records began during the Gold Rush year of 1849.

Although a drought emergency has not yet been officially declared, a lack of rain and snow this winter could bring catastrophic losses to California agriculture, as water allotments are slashed by state agencies.

Further down the article it states:

The U.S. Drought Monitor reported that 94.25% of the state is enduring some level of drought conditions and that most of the prime agriculture area of the Central Valley is in extreme drought, the second-worst category.

When you look at the Drought Monitor web site, you can see the extreme drought conditions, and this should really make us think. How many people know that a large percentage of fresh vegetables have traditionally come from California?

For some vegetables, only three states, California, Florida, and a few states like Texas and Washington grow a large portion of some vegetables for the entire USA grocery market.

Due to the vast size of the produce industry, minor problems with the distribution chain, such as the 2006 E. coli contamination problems in pre-cut spinach shipped from California, can cause ripple effects throughout the nation’s food system.

The same will hold true for drought conditions, which also exist in Texas and Washington at the current time. So where does this leave us for fresh fruit and vegetables? I think we will be very vulnerable to shortages starting as of this Summer (2013), and going forward until this drought subsides or we get alternative production online.

This situation should reinforce our need to grow more of our fresh produce as close to home as possible. I am ever more encouraged to have a vegetable garden ready to sow into by spring. I hope to be able to grow at least 10% of my vegetable needs right in my own back yard.

Part of this will involve traditional organic vegetable gardening in raised beds, but in time I am also hoping to get an aquaponics system established that will be part of my winter time lean-to greenhouse attached to my backyard shed. This would allow me to not only grow vegetables in the winter, but also supplement my diet with fresh protein in the form of fresh fish.

If all goes well, I will start with a grid powered circulation pump, which will be supplemented in the future with a solar powered unit, probably the same pump running of an inverter and a large battery bank that will be charged from solar and wind.

Until such time, though, I am fully expecting there to be both physical shortages of fresh vegetables, as well major price increases for those imported from out of state, causing shortage in the household budgets or personal health of millions.

The Central Valley of California, with the San...

The Central Valley of California, with the San Joaquin Valley in the southern sub-region, and the Sacramento Valley in the northern sub-region. © 2004 Matthew Trump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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