The subject of this paper, plainly put, is economic and social survival on a global and national scale but more importantly on a local scale:
We are at a critical point. What is most critical is that we have sacrificed our birthright to the criminal elements of our government, business, and the totalitarian interests who have succeeded in focusing our attention on terrorism from without as they have diabolically herded us toward the feudal serfdom they have planned for us like cattle down a slaughter ramp.
For the nation and to a grand extent the states, no escape can be seen from an economic and social hell.
To a large degree salvation depends on focusing united efforts on communities. To be honest my first thought was to stop loving it and leave it. After all it worked before. Several things eliminated that option. The worst of these things is that the catastrophe is global. I would have to forsake family and tribe. My health and capabilities have been failing – I am old. I am not the captain of my soul that I was when I set sail to make a cosmopolitan life for my self and make cultural antropology my avocation.
I am convinced the quality of survival is going to depend on community strength. I do not mean by that a few brilliant hard working contributors carrying a majority on their backs that can’t focus worthy efforts. More correct would be a strong core focus on local resources and a rejection of attention to areas of concern that can be reduced by removing them from focus.
Much of what I have been unable to clarify in a laser like way in the opening paragraphs of this paper will be clearer as we go along. So stick with me. And focus.
I have passed this paper to a rather small number of people whom I assess as being capable of understanding and who will dessiminate widely. This paper is going up as well to a portal page on the web whose URL is bienestado.wordpress.com. The purpose of this page is to broadcast information about what is needed and funnel interest to means of maintaining information flow and communication.
Bienestado is, like bien estar, a Spanish way of saying well being. In fact I probably would have used the term ‘wellbeing’ but it was unavailable as a web location term.
I would like to save the world but I cannot and my primary area of concern is the area I selected ten years ago as the area where I would circle my ultimate wagons. I am convinced still that I chose correctly.
In January of 2011 I got extremely concerned the US would devalue the dollar. I am a Jack of all trades and master of none, Economics being the least and last in my long line of Nones.
Unlike today’s blathering politicians and official money tenders who serve the billious billionaires and not their constitutional “equals” I try to adhere to the following admonishment. “It ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble. It’s the things we do know that just ain’t so.” — Artemus Ward.
So, I ask a lot of questions. For example, when I travelled a lot, professionally and expeditionally, I made a habit of looking for information sources on entering a country. I asked a lot of questions.
So, in the mid 1990s I landed in Rio to fly Corcovado on my paraglider. Exiting the airport I stopped at Information for information. It went something like this.
“What should I know before I hit the street?”
“The Crucero was just devalued.”
“So, people on the street will be trying to sell me cruceros for dollars?”
“That is first phase. Forastero, in the second phase so many cruceros will be lying in the street, you must be very careful you don’t slip on theem like a banana peel and hurt jurself.”
And it was so. Weather went wet. I had to go to Argentina to fly. Don’t cry for me. The streets of Rio were flooded with the crucero. I collected wads of them just to pass around after the journey.
The streets were flooded with the tears of those Brasileros who were not safely rich and protected by their politician control portals and money tenders, etc.
Back in our future. The U.S. dollar was not suddenly devalued in January 2011. What I learned was that the dollar has been being devalued for several years. (Well, think about it. Any entity, YOU, for example. Your personal currency value on the market will depend on many factors about you. If, for example, you are waging wars that you don’t call wars on six continents and have no money to pay for them and no reason to wage them and you aren’t maintaining your own industry and infrastructure, then the value of your personal currency will flow rapidly downhill no matter how many six guns you belt on while blathering about how righteous you are as thousands of nasty, revealing notes you have written and labeled ‘secret’ get exposed via WEAKILICKS to those you are trying to persuade differently.)
Well, I learned a lot of other things about the catastrophic condition of the world’s finances and other things that I had not focused on when I was researching my book, PSYCHO PATHS AND CON TRAILS, in 2010.
I capsulized what I learned and put it on 2 audio CDs. One CD, 2011, described the problem. The second CD, SOLUTIONS, described what to do about it and promised to follow up with a string of newsletters with additional information to those who obtained the two CDs.
My research indicated that disintegration and fragmentation would ensue. I also concluded that the first wave of that fragmentation could be made constructive while the second wave would likely be due to the failure of the first wave.
Every writer has a writer’s form of reverse buyer’s remorse. Mine was severe. I wanted some direct feedback. So I planted a cheaply made brochure whose title was, “WILL THE SKY FALL TODAY?”. I put it in several places and watched for reaction. The reaction was poor. I reasoned that by then the newly elected wackos backed by the billionaires and their psychopaths were the buzz of the bandwidth and the print of the press, true to form, making a flurry of lies and avoiding the truth. Truth had less chance of winning than hard fours on a crap table.
For more than two years I have been fighting the effects of post concussion. Most of this year I have gone from sleep to headaches, vertigo, confusion, and back to sleep. I have had to work very hard at resecuring my own viability.
AS I HAVE COME OUT OF THE FOG I HAVE REALIZED I HAD NO CAUSE FOR MY “BUYER’S REMORSE” ABOUT ADVANCING MY FINANCIAL CRISIS CDs NOR ABOUT MY BOOK psycho paths and con trails WHICH IS STILL AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON’S KINDLE.
One night I was returning from SLO on the RTA Bus. So far this year I have not driven. For these reasons:
- One: on the bus I minimize my confusion and headaches, feel better and feel I am potentially less danger to other drivers when not driving.
- Two: one of the many things we have to learn in the brave new world of global deterioration or potential survival is to totally rethink our operational approach to living.
- Three: whether we thrive, dive, or barely survive, the rethink will make us healthier in every way.
- Four: Peak Oil occurred five years ago. If you do not know what peak oil means you probably don’t ask enough questions and you probably won’t survive.
- Five: taking the bus is at present cheaper for me in a number of ways and
- Six: I have fun making funny faces with other people’s grand children in preference to mean faces at other drivers.
Returning from SLO I listened to Guy Rathbun on KCBX. I suggest you check kcbx.org frequently: Rathbun specifically and archives generally for an incredible quantitative and qualitatively worthwhile audio input and if you have money and do not give some of it to KCBX then start now and give double.
Rathbun interviewed Douthwaite, co-author and editor of FLEEING VESUVIUS. In short this work is a collection of essays from more than a score of intelligent professionals about the shape of the “fix” me and my country are in and how to get out. Of the fix or the country.
WHAT AMAZED ME ABOUT RATHBUN’S INTERVIEW WITH DOUTHWAIT WAS WHAT DOUTHWAIT SAID WAS LIKE LISTENING TO MYSELF DICTATING MY 2011 AND SOLUTIONS CDs. Whoopee. I was not crazy. My hectic yet perspicacious research was in agreement with expert and brilliant professionals with mutual interests: e.g. common sense.
SOME KNOWNS ABOUT THE WORLD WE ARE LIVING IN
1. With the advent of the 21st century, the Clinton Administration ended showing a huge financial surplus for the federal government. The unelected Bush administration was illegally installed by the Supreme Court. [Don't argue. I was living in Florida at the time, hooked in to information and watching bags of votes float down the canal behind my house.]
The “small budget”, “frugal”, “godly” people went on a spending frenzy doing the opposite of what they said they stood for. Nobody was surprised. For the rest of the decade Americans were treated to shock therapy, similar in execution but apparently safer than the shock therapy employed in all the secret prisons the “godly” were busy extending. As the reign of “terror fighters” came to a close, an economic collapse was continually piled on the doorstep of the incoming administration apparently as a final token of the shock therapy school of government. But, what we the people had no need to be shocked about was this. Politicians from both parties were frolicking through the piles of good fortune borrowed money with pockets open to the largesse of lobbyist stocking stuffers.
The decade ended with a populace that, though shocked, had room for more as it was introduced to a world we realized differed from anything we had known before. One factor was emblematic. Many citizens happy with the advent of the “change” administration wondered why the malefactors of the previous administration were never hung to dry on gallows scattered along Pennsylvania Avenue. What the Wikileak papers underlined was that the diabolical practices of the federal government’s managers have not changed significantly since the era of Nixon’s dirty tricks and dirty laundry.
One would have to be the most gullible of the gullible to be too ignorant to understand the most basic of rules. “IF YOUR MAMA SAYS SHE LOVES YOU, CHECK IT OUT.” The degree to which Clinton moved from left to center was nothing compared to the degree Obama moved past center bowing to the wealthy, handing out money, and imitating Bush’s penchant for crimes against humanity. And the other football team in American politics? They stayed in their status quo and did what they have always done, try to look intelligent when they say stupid stuff.
2. After the Bushes installed themselves the new century just got crazier and crazier. At first we thought we would at worst have to endure the comedy of stupidity and embarrassment on behalf of the costumed condescension of religiosity. We were beginning to wonder more and more why we needed the increasingly apparent diabolical nature of Cabinet knaves and bonafide pirates like Rumsfeld and Wolfiwitz and ogres like Cheney.
But who cared? Everyone was making money. Pockets everywhere were bulging with money the gov was borrowing from anyone who wanted to lend the favored currency, the US dollar.
Here are some common threads between my work back in the winter and that of Fleeing Vesuvius:
- 1. Optimizing the disconnect with the blathering establishment
- 2. Moving into an operational arena more and more and more disassociated with the US dollar
- 3. Estabishing community currencieS: (Several States have created state gold standard currencies)
- 4. Working with and optimizing the strengths of your community (The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition by Michael H. Shuman)
- 5. Save your seeds – escaping Monsanto
- 6. Manipulating the ongoing devaluation of the dollar by participatory/nonparticipatory choices
- 7. Tribalism/Extended family/Community
- 8. Community Markets
- 9. Barter
- 10. Energy production
- 11. Elimination of nuclear reactors
- 12. If Obama had kept his promises instead of extending the Bush era economic patterns we could be well on the way to replacement of destructive energy sources with clean ones and unemployment would be eliminated and the lives of millions of people would be happily different.
- 13. Application of the tenets we’re drilling into are particular applicable in areas like SLO County. This area is particularly rich in creativity, arts, energy sources, and independence.
- 14. The general procedure is for the rich and powerful to continue their own enrichment and empowerment. More and more of the lesser rich are thereby encouraged to dissociate themselves with the less than rich thinking that their hanging on the hem of wealth’s garment will save them. IT WILL NOT.
These are just some of the notions worth considering. But, number ten I realize is the one that has been on my heart and mind the longest. Almost every day I lived in Cayucos I flew from the top of the mountain I lived at the foot of. I never flew from that mountain that I did not think about the reality of floating on the energy source that could make our county energy self sufficient. I am certain and anticipate proving that and including a triangle train in that energy grid. Or consider this. In one of my favorite paraglider flying locations in Switzerland you could take a paraglider taxi from Wengen (at the base of the Eiger and fly down to the town of Interlochen).
If you want the two audio CDs, send me $20. (PO Box 166, Atascadero, CA, 93423) All proceeds go to accomplishing this program of survival and flourish. Your input and help is required. Your comments can be placed on the bienestado web page.
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DO NOT THINK I AM INTENTIONALLY INVADING AREAS ALREADY PLOUGHED WELL BY OTHER CONCERNED PEOPLE AND ENTITIES. WHAT I WANT TO DO IS DETERMINE HOW MANY FORCES CAN CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER AND COMPLEMENT EFFORTS. I am thinking specifically at the moment of Mothers for Peace. I appreciate immensely Jane Swansons statement on the diabolical Diablo statements in the June 16 – June 23 issue of New Times. I expected more of a voice from others after that cute page in NT where the big heading OPINION appeared above and in line with the small heading SAFETY and ever so cutely beneath that a picture of Diablo looking like a religious center with its two darling deadly domes while already infant deaths show a more than significant rise in the US northwest as long range huge puffs of radioactivity easily reach and land in the US. [Duh, where did you think our weather comes from? Look up Coriolis Force]
If you get this as an email consider that the contents are not the ravings of one of your fellow citizens suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. He indeed is, yet you are receiving a sane production through a window of the purest clarity.
Pass it on and in the words of one whose facebook comment I really loved today, “Pay it forward.”