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The State of the Deep State

The monster in America’s closet
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:43 AM

We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called Deep State lately. What to make of this shadowy monster? Some observers link it to the paranoid fantasy called the New World Order, a staple of political talk radio (and a hobgoblin I don’t believe in). 

I like to say that I’m allergic to conspiracy theories because human beings are generally too inept to carry out schemes at the grand scale, as well as being poor secret-keepers. Insider knowledge is almost always swapped around, even in secretive organizations, often recklessly so, because doling it out confers status, tactical advantage, and sometimes money for the doler-outer. But the Deep State isn’t a secret. It operates in plain sight. » Read more

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Off the Cuff: Abnormal Times

Our institutions no longer serve our interests
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 2:47 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Jim discuss:

  • The Dimming of US Legitimacy Abroad
    • Americans have a growing fear & distrust of our own foreign policy
  • Charity Begins at Home
    • Why are we sending $ abroad that is much needed at home?
  • Abnormal Times
    • We are so far from fundamentals that a correction is guaranteed
  • This Weekend's Seminar at Rowe
    • Kunstler will be participating
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Gangster Scarecrows

Gangster Scarecrows

Detroit residents forced to improvise when it comes to home security

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Join the "Personal Safety & Home Defense" Group

Join the "Personal Safety & Home Defense" Group

Tap this community's knowledge to keep yourself, your family & your valuables safe

Podcast

Bitcoin Architect: Everything You Need To Know About Bitcoin

Money that's resistant to central control
Saturday, August 10, 2013, 12:31 PM

Much has been written over the past year about the new digital currency Bitcoin especially after its price skyrocketed 15x in just a few months, followed by a blow-off correction of over 50%.

But what exactly is it? How does it work? How secure is it? What are its advantages (and disadvantages) to sovereign fiat currencies? To precious metals?

In this week's podcast, Chris talks with Gavin Andresen, chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation and lead developer for its digital currency project. » Read more

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Dogs - A False Sense of Security?

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Dogs - A False Sense of Security?

Having a dog in the house is no guarantee the dog will defend against intruders (VIDEO)

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Daily Digest 6/14 - What's Happening In Japan, The Most Dangerous Cities in America

Friday, June 14, 2013, 1:12 PM
  • A Promise of Changes for Access to Secrets
  • Everything is Rigged, Vol. 9,713: This Time, It's Currencies
  • Here's What The Heck Is Happening In Japan
  • The Most Dangerous Cities in America
  • Political Scene: Privacy, Security, and Edward Snowden
  • What the Produce Section Looks Like in a World without Bees
  • Solar Power Offers Saudi Arabia a Win-Win Energy Solution
  • In Glittering Gems, Reading Earth's Story
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Daily Digest 6/10 - Rains Plaguing Midwest Farms, Big Brother Is Listening And No One Cares

Monday, June 10, 2013, 10:27 AM
  • NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things'
  • Neil Macdonald: Big Brother is listening in and no one seems to care
  • Leaker’s Employer Became Wealthy by Maintaining Government Secrets
  • Gold Price Reflecting Mike Maloney’s “First Deflation Then Inflation”
  • World’s Largest Coal Company Invests in Solar Power to Reduce Energy Costs
  • The Sequester May Start To Show In Data
  • After Drought, Rains Plaguing Midwest Farms
  • Mott Green, a Free-Spirited Chocolatier, Dies at 47