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  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 02:57am

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    Jager06

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    What I am doing to prep…

I have posted this on the Martenson Insider and wanted to put it somehwere where others can get a look and make any comments without hijacking the other information.

We all see the effects of the money printing scheme, and it is not hard to draw conclusions from what is being presented by Chris.

For those of us without access to the Primary Dealer window, our dollars are being printed into oblivion. I wonder how much lag is in the system right now, how much higher can the CCI go if the money printing presses were to stop right now?

I am hearing anecdotally more and more folks trying to get stuff as soon as possible, build a stash of food, buy ahead and spend their money right now. Velocity is increasing from where I am sitting.

More money chasing the same or in some cases less real goods (crop failures for example) driving prices higher and now the average citizen is beginning to wake up to the mess. Not many, but more than I have ever experienced before.

When velocity of money, or speed at which people try to divest themselves of their currency to get real goods in an effort to offset the rapidly increasing prices, increases, we find ourselves in the newly resurrected Weimer Republic.

Using gold as a standardized base for monetary value, we see that the Weimar price per ounce started at around 43 Marks per ounce, and ended a few years later at over 1.8 trillion Marks per ounce. Yes with a “T”.

Among other things, current global unrest can be attributed to the man on the street unconsciously repudiating the monetary system, seeing it’s effect on his/ her livliehood. As more sovereign poilitcal structures realize the source of the social instability problem is the global reserve currency, I think it is an easy hop, skip and jump to a new currency, or modified form of settlement that does not base it’s value on the dollar.

It is this event that I suspect will bring the most economic pain home to the American citizen. When the trillions of dollars held as reserves by other nations find their way back to the good old US of A, our monetary base will explode, and with it the cost of everything. This will immediately impoverish just about everyone and force political and social structural changes that I can only speculate on.

So what to do? I am a middle class guy with several businesses and a full time job in law enforcement. I am probably like most others here trying to make the “transition” while living in the here and now.

Just to give some food for thought, as no one knows if I will be right, I will provide the economic steps I have taken to prepare.

1. Closed all stock and bond holdings (401-k etc) and closed the associated trading accounts.

2. WIthdrawn all cash from banking facilities, except that minimum amount necessary for running my businesses, about $40k.

3. Created “teams” of folks who are like minded and willing to particpate in co-op style purchasing using my own and other members retail licenses to get substantial discounts.

4. Purchased a years worth of supplies, using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and my own military experience to prioritize items.

5. Started gardening and I am quickly converting to aquaponics as a sustainment effort should the problems last longer than year. I think things will never be the same again, so this is really “digging my well before I am thirsty”.

6. Purchased precious metals in ratios to my fixed interest debts, with the hope that I will be able to redeem my real estate for PMs if the worst does happen.

7. Purchased additional metals for purchasing a “new” dollar. I noticed that the Weimar transition to the Reich Mark greatly rewarded those who had held their gold and silver, allowing them purchase new marks for a steep discount to the same convertability of the previous currency.

8. I am selling my rental properties, as a short sale if necessary, and considering forming a partnership or LLP to purchase sustainable land. 25 acres per family (partner) with mature fruit trees and at least three acres of pond and a spring per 50 acres is a reasonable goal in my area.

9. Planning on being a gypsy if the absolute worst happens. Having a trailer, an older vehicle to pull it and necessary supplies to move if a terrorist event or natural disaster of such magnitude makes my region uninhabitable or unsafe for a prolonged period. I am planning on using wood gas to power the vehicle as I doubt any liquid fuels will be available during such an event.

Thats about it. I hope this helps someone else. If any of you think I might have missed something, or have any comments please feel free to post them or PM me.

Best Wishes,

Jager06

  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 01:47pm

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    ehood

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    Comment/Reply – What I’m doing to Prepare

Jager06,  what are you doing or your thoughts on the following:

1.  Managing communications.  Senate Bill 3480 (President of US could shut down Internet 30-days).  And, Comcast & NBC Universal look like they  are merging which will create the largest media company in the US & control of majority of Internet connections to households.

2.  Medical needs, sustaining meds, life threatening situations. The recent so-called Recovery Act mandated that medical records be centralized electronicly. Tax dollars have gone into quailifying medical groups for funds to purchase the equipment/services to put medical records into the cloud. If compliance is not met by 2015 fines go into effect.

3. Dealing with those who have weapons & use them to threaten others….desperate people. Where I live, you can go to the local flea market where there is access to a variety of guns, knives and other types of items that could be used as weapons. There is also a lot of military surplus items. No law enforcement agency will be able to help if things turn really serious.

I find for the most part people continue to not pay attention or care about what the shift that is taking place and others who won’t talk about it or would rather keep their head in the sand……then there are those like me, to an extent, are powerless over much of what is taking place and can only prepare to the level we can then hope and pray we have enough courage and wisdom to see it through.

God Bless, Sage

  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 05:41pm

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    earthwise

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     Jager, Congratulations on

 

Jager,

Congratulations on your accomplishment in sustainability and preparation. I would think that you would find it quite comforting to know that you have the capability to better endure. I have one question in regards to item #9 the “gypsy” preparations. Obviously being prepared for all contingencies is best, however I was just wondering if the expense of effort and resources was commensurate with what IMHO would be an infinitesimal likelihood. A remote BOL as described in item #8 seems an unlikely target for terrorists, and immune from all but the worst of natural disasters which would also similarly affect the gypsy. The reason I ask is that I’m hunkered down here pretty good also. I’ve considered the possibility of being driven from my home/BOL, but decided to go ‘all in’ where I’m at; an Alamo mentality, if you will. Just wanted to know your thinking on this.

BTW, what are the terms of partnership in sustainable land. Just curious.

  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 06:20pm

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    Jager06

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    ehood…

To answer your questions-

1. Commo- The internet can be maintained with old school dial up LANs, and steps are being taken to set this up here now. No more videos or streaming quotes….but you can still maintain an unsecure network and share info. I also set up classes for HAM operators and licensing, which has been met with a yawn. We have a substantial amount of GMRS radios and regular CB, so we could still communicate very locally with that, but long distance would be almost impossible. We also have some secret squirrel symbology laid on, but only for the most extreme circumstances, where travel and public assembly restrictions might be an issue.

2. Medical needs are being met by physicians, nurses, paramedics, lab techs and veterinarians who are on board. Each family is responsible for stockpiling and maintaining their own necessary medications such as insulin. We have been teaching some basic herbal remedies and basic pharmacology as it relates to antibiotic use and dosing. Trauma is handled individually with traiing on CPR/ FIrst Aid and some advanced paramedic skills. The most important issue in my mind has been the hygiene and sanitation issues that will develop with deteriorating infrastructure. Re-emergence of historical diseases is invetibale under such a circumstance, and priority is given to maintaining sanitary living conditions as an overall preventative.

3. Defense- Increases in criminal activity are to be expected. The prevalence of firearms and other weapons is a two way street. I have used my studies of the Argentine crisis and my own experiences in law emforcement and nearly 20 years as a professional soldier to guide me here. My stance is community defense and community policing as the situation degrades. More contact with neighbors, neighborhood watch style and I have encouraged everyone to get educated, get armed and get training to be a citizen in the most basic sense of the word. Police, even today, rarely stop a criminal act in progress, other than those involving traffic. Police mostly investigate and hand over the investigation (once a suspect has been apprehended) to the local district attorney for prosecution. Protecting one’s family and self is still a primarily individual responsibility, and I do not see that changing.

No one can scream fire in the theater until they themselves are consumed. At a certain point you must stop telling those who refuse to prepare or acknowledge the signs around us, just to safeguard your own individual preperations from them when desperation and reality come crashing in.

Thanks for your comments,

Jager06

  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 07:03pm

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    Jager06

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    Earthwise…

Thank you!

My research into terrorism and my personal experiences in combat lead me to believe that we as a nation are at significantly higher risk than we might care to acknowledge. The recent revelation of Egyptian weapons of mass destruction programs falling into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, combined with evidence of Venezuelan passports being given to terrorist infiltrators as early as the mid 90’s gives me great concern. The mindset for these groups is substantially different than our own western perceptions. Time is of little consequence, as I learned from an interpreter who sensed my frustration during my negotiations with various tribal leaders in my area of operations in Iraq. He took the time to tell me a story that has stuck with me, and it goes something like this:

Two tribal leaders had a disagreement in which one was deeply disgraced and dishonored. The one who was disgraced plotted his revenge, and laid elaborate plans to accomplish it. He bided his time and when the perfect opportunity arose to take his revenge 40 years later, he took the opportunity and sprung his trap. His revenge was judged to have taken place too soon by the members of his tribe,and he was executed for dishonoring the tribe by moving so hastily.

To the best of my knowledge and research, the first overt meeting of muslim leaders in America to discredit and destroy the United States took place in a San Jose hotel in 1978. I believe that Walid Shoebat was in attendance as a member of the Fatah Brigade and has spoken of it on several occasions.

I know how this must sound to many reading here, and I encourage everyone to get their own information on the subject. I reccommend “Islam: What the West needs to know” ( http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-871902797772997781# ) , information from Walid Shoebat, David Horowitz (www.frontpagemag.com), Counterterrorismblog.org, and examine the links between drug cartels in Mexico and known terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

My informed opinion on the likelihood of a significant coordinated terrorist attack using some form of WMD that would affect even my relatively remote location is that it is substantially higher than a 0% chance. My examination of weather patterns and potential for contamination as a result of a major event also gives me significant pause and thus my preperation for that. Equally likely is a major earthquake, and this would fit my planning for that event as well.

I am suspicous that the current middle east conflagration is more than a result of the money printing by the Fed, but also a pre emptive event that has disorganized the normal money and social support centers for global terrorism through the political disruption that we are seeing. The unintended consequence may be the consolidation of power by the muslim brotherhood and other terrorist networks in these now destabilized countries. This also gives the US the ability to openly view the networks in place as they struggle for power and force them into overt activity that will allow us to target them in a more digestable manner for the average citizen. Yes, we are headed for a wider war in my opinion.

As for the LLP real estate purchase, we are tossing the idea around at our meetings and trying to come up with our guidelines, so it is a work in progress.

Best wishes,

Jager06

  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 07:19pm

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    Poet

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    Gypsy Option…

Great preparations! I wish I had even a 10th of your resources.

I’d be careful about the “gypsy” option. Cars and RVs are notoriously vulnerable to bullets. (Most houses are, too, of course.) So my suggestion would be to use it to move to another safe location, rather than depend on it extensively.

Poet

  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 08:08pm

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    Gypsy Option…

My general plan, as of right now, is pretty much the opposite of Dr. Martenson.  My life is completely portable (I can work from any decent internet connection), so I plan to go wherever it is safe – and that includes other countries, if it comes to that.

I am open to any constructive criticism that any of you may have.

  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 08:19pm

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    Travel..

How will you travel?

How will you access your finances in the event of power or banking failure?

How will you secure your internet connection in the event of an outage or longer term disconnect?

If there are food shortages, or if the price increases we currently see continue, how will you modify your budget to accomodate your needs?

Your situation is admirable, but too much reliance on others and systems already proven to be weak or fragile may impede your movement and access to finaces. What if….?

Jager06

  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 08:57pm

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    earthwise

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    Jager06’s prep plan

 

A hat tip to ya! You’ve obviously put a lot of thought into your plan, well informed thought at that. I sure wish I had some like-minded people around here. I’ve got some really good preps happening here, but as far as any sort of community with the same vision, nada-zip-zero. But not for lack of trying. Like I said: Alamo. And we all know how that turned out.

  • Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 09:05pm

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    Life Portable

[quote=SteveR]

My general plan, as of right now, is pretty much the opposite of Dr. Martenson.  My life is completely portable (I can work from any decent internet connection), so I plan to go wherever it is safe – and that includes other countries, if it comes to that.

I am open to any constructive criticism that any of you may have.

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Your situation as fine. For now. So long as you don’t encounter what the Libyans (currently) or the Vietnamese (at the fall of Saigon) encountered trying to flee.

Poet

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