Whaaat? Gas Price Temporarily Dips to 47 Cents a Gallon in Michigan as Price Wars Rage

In the summer of 2008 I paid $4.75 per gallon for a fill-up in rural Northern California. I won’t forget that pinnacle gas price anytime soon. It cost me almost $100 that 102 degree summer day to fill the tank of my jeep. I would have NEVER believed anyone who told me that a few years later, the ongoing global oil price war being waged by OPEC would drop the price of gas in the USA back down to less than $2.00 a gallon. That didn’t seem possible at the time.

Yesterday we hit a new low water mark in the “new” gas wars of recent years. The price of gasoline temporarily dipped all the way down to 47 cents a gallon in Michigan as competing gas stations lowered the bar, again and again, vying for customers.

So we all know that the price of gasoline is pegged to the price of crude oil, which has plummeted since 2013 and was trading yesterday at the unheard of price of $28.90 a barrel. The recent plunge in oil prices has created a cascade of falling and downward correcting prices for other commodities, including the precious metals. If you have been squeamish about buying gold or silver bullion, the fortuitous drop in the price of oil has worked in your favor, with silver now at the bargain basement price of about $14 an ounce.That’s a price we most likely won’t see again for decades once gold and silver begin heading north again in about a year and a half.

So what does a gallon of gas now cost in the US? The average gas price as of 1.19.2016 is just $1.89, although prices will vary  from state to state. Let’s have a look. Based on this map from http://gasbuddy.com, gasoline prices are the cheapest in the American heartland [ note the green ] and most expensive in New England, California and the coastline of the Pacific Northwest in Washington state. If you’re traveling this winter, download a copy of the map to hopefully save a few bucks as you make your way across the country. Bon voyage, land rovers!

 

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A Literal Pressed Pure Gold Paper Dollar Is a Potential Game Changer for We the People

Literal paper gold dollars, honestly produced, in the hands of impeccably managed private enterprise, is like an answer to a prayer that the American people ought to have been praying for at least the last 60 years.” – Screenshot news blog

I had been hearing adverts from “Papergold.com” on Coast radio off and on for several days before I found time to stop by their website and see what all the fuss was about. I went NUTS over this concept and when you pause to consider the full implications, I bet you will too.  I had been following Bitcoin earlier with great interest for the last couple of years, as an alternative universal currency and means of exchange. But sadly, Bitcoin is now corrupted by some of the very people who helped it rise to prominence.  The recent theft of hundreds of thousands of Bitcoins by the owner of the prestigious overseas storage company who held vast reserves of the digital currency for his clients put the final chill on Bitcoin for me as an investment option. Bitcoin also has an “obscurity” problem for Joe the Man on the Street, as it is almost impossible to explain what it is – just exactly – that gives it it’s perceived worth.  You did what? Your computer solved math problems? WTF? These coins are worth WHAAAT? Etc.

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The US dollar is already technically in ruins, based on the massive 18 trillion dollar debt load our nation now carries. This kind of deficit spending cannot go on forever. One must pay the piper at some point very soon. Everyone knows this. Why no one  in Big Media discusses it much is as much mystifying as it is infuriating, possibly even criminal.  It’s a “karma comes calling” mega-debt tsunami of dire consequences which will soon be in everyone’s living room in the United States, flooding their lives with the awful truth that our nation’s leaders played with fire for too long, eventually setting the entire country aflame with vicious cycles of hyper-inflation and deflation, placing our entire future as a nation in jeopardy, ruining the financial lives of millions of young struggling families and retirees alike, the former being robbed of all hope, the latter being robbed of a decent livable retirement which would render them immune from possible destitution.

Imagine this:  You are standing in a huge room at a live auction, ready to bid. You have 10,000 dollars in cash in a bucket that you are holding, ready to bid on items you like. As the bidding begins, you look down and notice that someone has walked by and discreetly dropped another $8,000 into your bucket. Suddenly, you have more money to bid with. So you bid some items higher. While you are bidding on other items, someone [ The FED money supply guy, aka the people who make currency out of thin air, like magic, via bookkeeping entries and printing presses ] walks by and drops another $25,000 into your bucket. Now you have an even larger sum to bid with, and so do others, as the magic money guy is adding more cash to their buckets too. The room comes alive with bids and bidders, as 98% of those in the room have had magic money dropped into their buckets while they were bidding.  The base value of the item up for bid hasn’t changed. The appraiser had looked it over and signed off on it right before bidding began. But the fact that everyone in the room suddenly has more than twice the cash that they came in to bid with, has changed the auction entirely.  $50 vase sells for $125. A $2500 painting sells for $7,000. A $4,500 necklace sells for $9,200. And so on. That’s what inflation [ aka visits from the magic money guy]  does to retail prices of anything – cars, houses, stocks, ETFs, and that’s what has happened to the US stock market in the past 5 years.

So you leave the frantic big auction with all of your overpaid, overblown pricey wins, and a few months later you stroll down the street to the local pawn shop / antique dealer to liquidate your wins, hoping for a real nice pay-out. You discover to your dismay that the actual REAL base value of what you bought at auction is about half what you paid for it. You just lost all that “magic money” that got dropped into your bucket while you were bidding.  In contemporary vernacular, this is known as a “price correction” in Wall Street terms, or a “fiscal reality check” on the street. Nothing will sober one up like as visit to any prestigious pawn and antique dealer, who 9 times out of 10 will stun the financial pants off their customers by informing them of the TRUE lack of worth of their cherished personal treasures.

But what about the recent meteoric rise of Wall Street stocks?  Wall Street stocks have, for the most part, been hyper-inflated during the Obama presidency with obscene tonnage of injected near worthless dollars, which have spewed like geysers from the FED during their cleverly worded “quantitative easing” program, which is only now beginning to wind down just a little. Injecting a stale investment environment with degrading / inflating currency might make it SEEM that stocks are actually rising, but in fact, the base value of the stock or commodity in question actually has not changed much.  Aside from oil, Walmart and marijuana, America produces less in the way of manufacturing, retail profits and real services of value than she ever has. No one ever talks about this very much either. Most everyone is now running around with a smart phone in their hand, riding in an Uber taxi while they sip lattes and watch a movie online vat once. What America produces in grotesque, nearly unimaginable quantities in 2014, is entertainment. Movies, TV shows, video games, role-playing games, rock stars, pop stars, vapid celebrity feifdoms, mini-series, film franchises, new and ever more disgusting music videos, the appalling parade of depraved end times entertainment which the American population feasts on is so enormous, it would take another 30 pages just to describe it. But you get me. The American public is gorging itself on new infotainment and entertainment 24-7, 365 – and there is no end in sight. The problem is – when you boil it all down to the essentials – it’s all worthless. The only perceived value of all this fantasy is that it keeps Average Joe from ever looking up from his tablet and musing: “What’s really happening? and / or “Why aren’t we being told [ what’s really happening? ]. Hmmmmm.”

Enter gold. You know all the positives on the coveted precious metal already. It’s the oldest currency and means of exchange on earth. It survives inflation, hyper-inflation, nations go to war over it, escalating demand for it never expires, and there is only so much of it on planet earth to go around. The future supply of gold on earth is definitely limited, unless we discover another planet somewhere which is caked in it.  Up until now, the practical tendering of micro-units of gold in 10ths of a gram as a universal means of exchange left much to be desired, as it usually appears as a speck, laminated into a paper certificate of authenticity, and it’s pretty hard to get excited about exchanging tiny grains of gold in barter units.

BUT consider what would happen if just 15% of America’s population began using literal paper gold as a unit of barter and a means of exchange, pegged to the daily universal spot gold price, with added value rolled into the literal gold dollar for it’s desirability as a universal US currency which was not based on our faith in a failing and bloated government, but our faith instead in the ancient durability of gold to settle debts, raise failing nations, settle squabbles and secure units of personal wealth?

IF – and that is a very big IF – this “gold in paper money form” concept takes off, it could be the beginning of the end of the awful financial debauchery and tyranny of the FED. When enough people have converted their wealth into paper gold dollars, the greenback will no longer be needed, and We the People will hold the reigns of power in this nation once again. It’s a concept worth considering.

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You Knew It Had to Happen: Fights, Riots Break Out As Shoppers Rush to Buy Latest NIKE Air Jordan 11 Gamma Blues

Sadly, it wouldn’t be “a typical American consumer driven Christmas” without a gosh redneck gangsta-style street battle over coveted merchandise. I’m quite sure that Jesus and all the Heavenly Hosts are just as ashamed as I am when people behave like this during the Christmas holiday. I wish that it wouldn’t happen. But it does. This is how low we have sunk, people.

Well… not all of us. But… some of us. Oddly, I’m sure Michael Jordan would never carry on like this in a trillion years.  The shoe’s original namesake is a supreme one-in-a-million athlete and a total class act.

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China Bans Import / Consumption of Any Shellfish From US West Coast Due to High Radiation Levels

The literal fallout from the 2011 Fukushima disaster continues to spread out and affect life on planet earth. Most disturbing are recent reports that China has now banned the import and consumption of shellfish from the American west coast. What is MORE disturbing is that our own government has not banned west coast shellfish from our own people consuming it. This doesn’t give me a high level of confidence that the federal government is being fully honest with the American people about possible radiation levels along the west coast. More on this soon.

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Berkshire County Massachusetts Returns to Common Sense Colonial Roots with It’s Own Local Currency

http://s4.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20070619&t=2&i=981878&w=460&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=981878During the early years of colonial America during the mid and late 1700s, it was a common practice for a region / county to mint it’s own local currency, which was used in addition to the dollar, or in exchange thereof.

It was a practice that encouraged spending in the local economy, raised the level of regional pride in craftsmanship and commerce, and provided a back-up local currency and means of exchange for goods and services.

At a reasonable 5% discount rate offered, $100 dollars will procure $105 Berkshares, allowing a nice little tip for local shoppers who want to use the Berkshare when they spend and shop locally in Berkshire County.

Across the world and in the US, many locales are now returning to this time honored practice, and not a moment too soon, as our own national currency is steadily debauched by over-printing and over-circulation of dollars, ever decreasing in value. Here’s the story of the recent re-emeregence and popularity of the newly re-minted Massachusetts BerkshireBerkshare” local bank note.

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