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72-Hour Emergency Kit

February 17, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

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EVERYONE should keep a 72-hour emergency survival kit in their vehicle. No excuses.

Why? Because if you unexpectedly have to evacuate or get away for any reason, or if you are unable to return home, your 72-hour emergency kit will provide you with the essentials that you might need to survive for up to 3 days.

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When Inflation Causes Mortgage Rates To Spike…

February 16, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

I couldn’t help but correlate what I recently read over on ZeroHedge to the reality that many people are ‘on the edge’ (paycheck to paycheck) with being able to pay their mortgage (“Mortgage Delinquencies Rise Most In 7 Years As Rates Spike”), indicative of the fragility that exists within the structure of our debt burgeoned system and society.

Evidently 30-year mortgage rates have increased from about 3.6% to around 4.4% during the past four months (inflation is coming) and the affects of corresponding higher mortgage payments (for some types of mortgages) have caused a sudden rise in delinquencies.

 
This is an indication of two things…

1. Inflation is coming (here?) 0.8% mortgage rate increase in four months.

2. Just how tight people’s budgets are – with literally zero wiggle room – such that they cannot afford to pay the uptick in mortgage payment. There’s no margin.

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Is The Economic Melt-Up About To Melt-Down?

February 16, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

“STOCKS AROUND THE WORLD CONTINUE TO ADVANCE. The trend remains upward and although nearly every method we know of for measuring market sentiment is preposterously over-extended to the upside, and although nearly every method we know of to measure relative value is equally over-extended to the upside, the great game of investment musical chairs continues.”

“As happened in the dot.com Bubble of near the turn of this century, prices were egregiously, preposterously, stupendously, stupidly over-extended to the upside and then continued to become even more egregiously, preposterously, stupendously and stupidly over-extended for months and months and months.”

“The “Melt Up” has begun in earnest and it will stop when it stops and not a moment before.”

-Dennis Gartman

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5 Steps BEFORE You Retire

February 15, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

Are you thinking about your future, your retirement? Are you wishing that you could retire sooner rather than later? Are you wondering how it will even be possible to retire?

Well here are five steps to consider before you retire – five things that will help get you there sooner…

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Best Assets To Buy That Are Inflation Proof

February 14, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

Inflation is pretty much a built-in part of our current economic system, and every dollar that comes into existence is borrowed from somewhere – eventually leading up to the ‘Federal Reserve’ – a private entity which collects interest on ALL U.S. dollars.

Since more dollars are always coming into the system (the system would actually collapse without it) there is a sort of built-in inflation. For various and sometimes complicated reasons, some periods of our history (and no doubt our future) involve even higher inflation (than ‘normal’).

The effects of this include a more rapid erosion of the dollar’s value or purchasing power while the effective prices of things go higher.

The Federal Reserve tries to control inflation (the devaluation of the dollar) in context with the economics of the times. One might say that they are actually manipulating it, especially since 2008 to prop up the dollar (because they have ‘borrowed’ so much for programs such as ‘Quantitative Easing’ and other such schemes).

Because there is so much (SO MUCH) debt now (everywhere), ‘they’ now have to keep interest rates (the price of borrowing money) and inflation under especially tight control or else the whole thing goes bankrupt.

The question is how long will they be able to control it all?

 
Okay, so, back to the question at hand. If we were to anticipate that at some point in our future real (much higher) inflation will kick in, then the prices of most goods, assets, and services will likely go up, and up, and up. Your paycheck however likely will not so much (or at all)…

So what are the things, the assets, the goods, the products that might be better to get your hands on now, before inflation might go higher or get out of control? What are the assets that are inflation-proof or inflation-resistant in the context of preparedness?

I’m not suggesting that you go out and start a shopping spree, but it makes for good discussion to hypothesize the practical assets that might be good to have before any onset of high inflation…

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You Are What You Eat Including Food Additives And Chemicals…

February 13, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

Guest article, by ‘NRP’…

You ARE what you EAT.

We use approximately 275 chemical food “additives” in this country:

The short list:
Azodicarbonamide, calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, potassium iodate, ascorbic acid, Tartrazine, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), Propyl gallate, Sodium nitrite, TBHQ (tert-Butylhydroquinone), Silicon dioxide, silica and calcium silicate, Triacetin (glycerol triacetate), Potassium Bromate, METHYLCYCLOPROPENE, ASPARTAME, ASTAXANTHIN, BENZOIC ACID/SODIUM BENZOATE, CANTHAXANTHIN, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG), OLESTRA, 8-methyl-N-vannillyl-6-nonenamide, Dihydrogen Monoxide

 
We also use roughly 700 million to 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides per year in this country, and some of that DOES get into our foods.

The short list:
Acetamiprid, Azadirachtin, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), Bifenthrin, Bordeaux mixture, Captan, Carbaryl, Sevin, Bonide, Chlorothalonil, Daconil, Bonide Fungonil, CydX, Virusoft, Carpovirusine, Copper, Botanigard, Naturalis (Beauveria bassiana), Entomopathogenic nematodes, Scanmask (Steinernema carpocapsae), Cruiser (Heterorhabditis bacteriophora), Gamma-cyholothrin, SunSpray, Ultrafine, Orchex, Bonide All Season Spray Oil, Ortho Volck, High Yield Dormant Spray, Fertilome Scalecide, Bayer Advanced Garden Tree and Shrub Insect Control (apple and pear only), Bayer Advanced Fruit, Citrus, and Vegetable Insect Control, Ortho Max Tree and Shrub Insect Control, Bonide Systemic Insect Spray (neonicotinoid; caution label), Kaolin clay, Ortho Max Malathion, High Yield Malathion, Malathion (organophosphate; caution label), Neem oil, Permethrin, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium bicarbonate, Propiconazole, Pyrethrin, Pyrethrum, Spinosad, Streptomycin,

 
I have often heard it said,
“If Grandma could not pronounce it, do NOT eat it”.

How true this is in a day and age we are all thinking of health; yet eat foods that are, in my opinion, laced with poisons.

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-2-11)

February 11, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

 
This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉

The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for the benefit of all…

 
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