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‘They hatch adders’ eggs; they weave the spider’s web; he who eats their eggs dies, and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched.’  ~ Isaiah 59:5

  • Free-ranging chickens produce better, more wholesome eggs.  Here’s why.
  • Here is a lucid explanation of current economic mess we are in—and the coming (soon) collapse.  Things will never be the same and the sooner we accept that fact the better we can prepare for it.
  • ‘Many Austrian economists, including Ludwig von Mises, have been staunch advocates of “sound money,” stressing the importance of linking paper currencies to the precious metals or, better yet, returning the production of money to the free market where it belongs.’
  • The former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, is calling for the legalisation of narcotics in an effort to curb violence—and I could not agree more.
  • Google street view gets hit again—Is that a dead body lying in the street?
  • Although one wants to avoid asceticism, there is a great deal to be admired about living a simple life.
  • ‘In an echo of the debates over the discredited intelligence that helped make the case for the war in Iraq, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday released more than 1,100 pages of previously classified Vietnam-era transcripts that show senators of the time sharply questioning whether they had been deceived by the White House and the Pentagon over the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident.’
  • ‘Marc Faber, the Swiss fund manager and Gloom Boom & Doom editor, said the US Federal Reserve will create a “final crisis” by continuing to print money because it is underestimating the strength of the economy which shows no signs of strengthening but signs of weakening everywhere in the world.’

‘If life seems awful to kids, it’s neither because hormones are turning you all into monsters (as your parents believe), nor because life actually is awful (as you believe). It’s because the adults, who no longer have any economic use for you, have abandoned you to spend years cooped up together with nothing real to do. Any society of that type is awful to live in. You don’t have to look any further to explain why teenage kids are unhappy.’  ~ Paul Graham, ‘Why Nerds Are Unpopular’

  • ‘Be prepared, if you have a sugar bowl home go fill it up because it’s going to be more expensive.’  ~ Investment guru Jim Rogers
  • ‘When will Americans come to see that the never-ending terrorist crisis, along with the concomitant loss of our civil liberties, is rooted in U.S. statism, imperialism, and interventionism rather than in religion?’
  • ‘Sovereign default, however, is not the only strategy available to the US regarding its unpayable debt. The US could alternatively pay down its massive obligations by debasing its currency, a strategy wherein the US would pay its creditors with increasingly worthless US dollars – to the US, a far more convenient solution.’
  • ‘Declaring himself the ‘most pessimistic of forecasters, nobody is more pessimistic than me’ Dr Faber outlined a scenario in which the dollar has to be replaced by another unit after a future inflation, and holders of cash and bonds lose virtually everything in the process.’
  • Once again, living in a free society means that folks should have the freedom to sell—or not sell—their home to anyone for any reason.
  • ‘US credit risk is huge and America has two options, either default or let the currency depreciate substantially against currencies such as the yuan and the rouble.’  (Are you prepared for what’s coming?)


For Those About to Wiggle–We Salute You!

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‘The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.’  ~ II Corinthians 11:31


[I apologise for tarrying so in my blogging responsibilities–and for the length of this post in particular.  (Some things just cannot be helped.) — ed.]


  • A Facebook Head’s Up: ‘Facebook’s 120 million users are being targeted by a virus dubbed “Koobface” that uses the social network’s messaging system to infect PCs, then tries to gather sensitive information such as credit card numbers.’




  • Recently The Associated Press reported that Col. [sic] Rose Mary Sheldon, the head of the history department at the Virginia Military Institute, co-authored the recently released book Operation Messiah: St. Paul, Roman Intelligence and the Birth of Christianity. The book suggests that the Apostle Paul could have been a Roman spy who faked his conversion in order to infiltrate the early Christian church.’  [You just can’t make this stuff up, folks. –ed.]




  • I have a two year-old daughter, so the following headline, while sad to a connoisseur of Classic Rock such as myself, is not in the least surprising: ‘The Wiggles are even bigger drawcards than Aussie rock legends AC/DC.’




  • More from our ‘Christian President’: ‘President [Bush] says in televised interview the Bible is “probably not” literally true and that a belief God created the world is compatible with the theory of evolution.’  [With such defenders of the faith as this, is it any wonder so many churches sit empty? –ed.]




  • The late Murray Rothbard is said to have often argued that, far from being evidence of a “paranoid” strain in the American mind, belief in conspiracies as a factor in American history was usually not taken far enough. The truth behind most conspiracies, he alleged, was far more heinous and diabolical than even the most diehard conspiracy theorist suspected. The events leading up to the Day of Infamy in 1941 prove him right, no less than those preceding U.S. wars against Mexico, the Confederacy, Spain (1898), Serbia (1999), or Iraq (2003). In all of those cases diplomacy did not “fail” because it was not used to avert war, but to make certain its coming.’




  • What happens when you cross cultural anthropology with flame-broiled deliciousness? You get Whopper Virgins—a taste test with participants from the farthest, darkest corners of the globe who have never tasted, or much less heard of, a hamburger. It’s a quite fascinating video.



  • The official story (or is it ‘fairy tale’) regarding our invasion of Iraq has changed more than Madonna. ‘War Made Easy’ is an eye-opening trip down the Memory Hole explaining how we have been propagandised into war hysteria with such deadly effect for decades. It is viewable in eight ten-minute parts on Youtube. I highly recommend it because, viewed in hindsight, you may come to understand just how badly we were lied to and how the media were in cahoots the whole time.







  • However, if the financial and economic system were to collapse and if the government and Fed did not interfere, a free market revival would occur with amazing rapidity. After all, the people, the labor, the land, and the capital goods are still here, not bombed out. If Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Berlin, and Dresden could rapidly recover after World War II, so can a freed-up U.S. economy.’







  • Last night, on Fox News, Sean Hannity insisted that United States needs to “take out” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. [Rick] Warren said he agreed. Hannity asked, “Am I advocating something dark, evil or something righteous?” Warren responded, “Well, actually, the Bible says that evil cannot be negotiated with. It has to just be stopped…. In fact, that is the legitimate role of government. The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers. Not good-doers. Evildoers.”’ [I would urge Mssrs. Hannity and Warren to read Romans 3:8 – ‘And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.’




  • Profligate and irresponsible spending combined with the inability to (legally) print your own money is a beastly combination. ‘California, the world’s eighth largest economy, may pay vendors with IOUs for only the second time since the Great Depression, State Finance Director Mike Genest said.’



  • Of course, some folks won’t let a silly thing such as a coinage law stand in their way: ‘Residents from the Milwaukee neighborhoods of Riverwest and East Side are scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss printing their own money. The idea is that the local cash could be used at neighborhood stores and businesses, thus encouraging local spending. The result, supporters hope, would be a bustling local economy, even as the rest of the nation deals with a recession.’















‘For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.’ ~ II Timothy 4:3




  • To folks who are considering living a simpler life for its own sake, as well as those who are concerned that the future might force simplicity upon them, I’d recommend some extended reflection on how much happiness is actually found in the trappings of modern life. Looking at cultures that don’t have them can help. Do we really think that modernity is the means by which God has finally delivered us from the miseries of life—a few of us, anyway, and only very recently?’ ~ Rick Saenz


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