Are You Getting Prepared?

Are You Getting Prepared?

http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=193275

On 6/10 I wrote an update to my “Ten ThingsTicker in which I pointed out that the current medical system – and in particular Medicare and Medicaid, are not possibly sustainable.  I said specifically:

  • Remember the first rules from Zombieland.  No, not “double tap.”  CardioIf you’re a couch potato you need to fix this right now.  Google up “Couch to 5k” if you need a way to get started.  If you can’t jog a couple of miles non-stop you’re not in acceptable physical shape.  The simple fact of the matter is that most of us are “sedentary” in our work nowdays and I’m willing to bet that 75% of those over 30 could not jog one ten-minute mile if it became necessary.  Well, if things get dicey and you have only your feet at that instant in time to reach safety with the question becomes this: Are you going to make it or have a heart attack?  One mile is simply not that far and fixing this problem can be done in eight weeks with nothing more than a pair of running shoes and 20 minutes three times a week.  Do it, and do it now.  This is not just about outrunning a bad situation; it’s also about reducing your risk of dying when, not if, the “medical safety net” you’re accustomed to today disappears.  I believe it will.  As such a minimum level of physical fitness is no longer optional unless you would like to make a date with St. Peter.

I’m going to challenge everyone reading this: Whatever your excuse is for not taking care of this, stop lying to yourself – it’s an excuse.

If I, an “old fart” (and pushing 50) can do this, so can you.  If you’re not, it’s because you don’t want to.

Facts are facts.  Here are facts – this is 4/27 of this year, when I decided I wasn’t going to be an “old fat bastard” any more – that I was going to drop the “fat” part (the “old” part I can’t fix and “bastard” is a fact whether I like it or not.)

And this is the result of this morning’s jog:

You can choose folks.  Your choices are a pair of running shoes or an attempt to continue to play with the medical system, which is going to wind up looking and feeling exactly like this:

Screwjob by genesis

If you can’t run for whatever reason, you can find a means of physical exertion you can do.  Swimming is extremely low-impact and accessible to nearly everyone  Yes, that means a gym membership (where there’s a pool.)  If running doesn’t suit you, biking might (I do both.)  If biking and running don’t suit you, walking could do the job.  Oh, and if you’re like most Americans, cut 500 calories a day from your diet.  Using something like Myfitnesspal (free app for Android phones) makes it easy – log everything that goes in the piehole and you’ll quickly realize how fast it all adds up and goes straight to your waistline.

Come to grips with your own mortality, however you are best comfortable with doing so.  Change what you can, and accept what you cannot change.  That we all get older and begin dying from the day we’re born onward we cannot change.

How we go from the first point to the second is only partly under our control, but ceding that control to a nanny government that now threatens parents with arrest because their kid rides his or her bike to school is an outrage.  That’s not government with the consent of the governed, it’s a declaration that you’re living in a de-facto prison – one that is now desperately clawing at the cliff-edge as Leviathan has borrowed and spent itself into a corner and is biting off your legs to sustain itself.

Cornered animals are extremely dangerous, but as the edifices of alleged “safety” (which have been used to buy your vote and thus acquiescence) collapse, you will be forced to deal with the fact that these promises and expectations have always been utter crap and impossible to sustain.

You can either be prepared for this transition, accept it and enjoy your journey from birth to death, or you will find yourself a wide-eyed deer in the headlights of oncoming reality.

Incidentally, that’s a train.

American Thinker Disses “White Nationalism”

American Thinker Disses “White Nationalism”—a.k.a. American Patriotism

By Charles Bloch

The American Thinker [email it] is one of the better mainstream conservative websites out there. Although simply designed and without a major publisher, the website has higher traffic than some corporate-funded sites like Human Events and it is frequently cited on talk radio. It does not flinch in taking on the Southern Poverty Law Center [$PLC to VDARE.com], Hate Crimes Legislation, this summer’s spate of black flash mobs, and Obama’s blatantly anti-white agenda.  

But the American Thinker has just showed it is still hopelessly stuck in the Proposition Nation mythology by publishing an article [Identity politics: The Denial of American Exceptionalism, July 10, 2011] by former District Attorney and GOP congressional Candidate Dean Malik attacking “white nationalists”—specifically the late columnist Sam Francis and Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance and author of Paved With Good Intentions and, most recently, White Identity.

Malik [email him] makes several arguments trying to prove that “white nationalists” are not American patriots. Each one falls flat on its face.

Malik’s mistakes begin with his terminology. He describes the views he proceeds to attribute to Francis and Taylor as “white supremacy, emerging over the past generation re-cast as ‘white nationalism.’”

There’s some dispute over whether Sam Francis was or would have described himself as a “white nationalist”. Scott McConnell in his American Conservative magazine obituary of Francis (not available online) argued not; VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow in his own obituary thought he was, although Brimelow makes a distinction between “white nationalism” and “white supremacy” that has obviously not penetrated Malik’s world-view.

But Jared Taylor explicitly rejects the term “white nationalist”, preferring to call himself a “race realist”. It would be one thing to use the term “white nationalist” as a pejorative, but it is simply incorrect to suggest Taylor has “re-cast” himself as such. (However, for the sake of argument I will use this term, albeit in scare quotes, for this article).

Malik also argues that “white nationalists” are not patriots but global in nature” because American Renaissance prominently features links to similar white identity groups in Europe, Sam Francis quotes with fraternal admiration French Nationalist Jean Raspail, who speaks of the loss of the French ‘Fatherland.’” [VDARE.com note: Link in original—the term “Fatherland(patrie) is that used in the French National Anthem.]

John Quincy Adams famously wrote,

“Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”

The right wing parties of Europe are fighting for the freedom and independence of their own countries from global elites and a Third World invasion. Jared Taylor and Sam Francis were and are “well-wishers” to these countries. But they never called for, say invading Brussels to put the Vlaams Belang in charge. [See The Enemy of the Nation, by Samuel Francis, Chronicles, October 1st, 2004]

However, recognizing the national identity of other nations does not mean you do not care about your own. Thus the American Thinker’s About Us page states: “The right to exist and the survival of the State of Israel are of great importance to us. Does this make the American Thinkers globalists and unpatriotic? If not, why can’t Jared Taylor be concerned about European nations’ survival and right to exist?

The crux of Malik’s argument: “white nationalists” are no different than radical black and Hispanic Activists like MeCHA and the Congressional Black Caucus (whom he also bashes). Because they identify by their race, Malik claims, all groups “equally denigrate the American Dream”. The American Dream, Malik argues, is rooted in “American Exceptionalism” that comes from the Constitution and other founding documents.

It is quite true that Taylor and Francis, like La Raza and the NAACP, advocate for their race. However, the similarities end there.

·         “White nationalists” have no problem with other races promoting their own interests, so long as it does not involve oppressing whites. But Black and Hispanic nationalists have repeatedly called for the suppression of whites who promote their own interests, and for that matter even non-racial conservatives such as Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs who happen to oppose their agenda.

·         Because these minority interest groups, with the full support of white liberals (and, apparently, Establishment “conservatives”) have succeeded in the above-mentioned suppression, “white nationalists” cannot even meet at a hotel for a conference. In contrast, groups such as the NAACP and La Raza have hundreds of millions of dollars, much of it paid for by corporations and the government and are kow-towed to by the president of the United States.

·         “White nationalists” wish to advance the interests of their race by restricting immigration and ending government programs such as hate crime legislation and Affirmative Action that specifically discriminate against whites. La Raza and the NAACP wish to advance the interests of their groups through welfare and government programs that discriminate against whites.

In the latter respect, the views of “white nationalists” are fully compatible with the constitutional vision of the Founding Fathers.

Malik explicitly denies this reality. Malik instead claims that the Founding Fathers believed in a universalistic and colorblind American Exceptionalism.

This, he argues, began with the Puritan leader John Winthrop’s much-cited “City upon a hill” trope.

But Winthrop’s city was for whites—and, even more specifically, British Puritans. Winthrop owned Indian slaves and oversaw the introduction of the African slave trade into his colony.

Malik acknowledges that the original draft of the Declaration of Independence includes the phrase “of our common blood.” However, he says this is irrelevant because the “the canons of statutory construction mandate the exact opposite conclusion”.

But how does he explain that the Constitution explicitly enshrined slavery? Or that in 1790, three years after the Constitution was ratified, Congress passed the Naturalization Act which limited American citizenship to “free white persons”?

Of course, this historical reality does not mean we must embrace past mistreatment of Indians and blacks. However, we must honestly acknowledge that race consciousness was integral to the founding of our great nation. As Theodore Roosevelt wrote in the Winning of the West:

“American and Indian, Boer and Zulu, Cossack and Tartar, New Zealander and Maori,—in each case the victor, horrible though many of his deeds are, has laid deep the foundations for the future greatness of a mighty people.”

Malik asks:

[I]f America is simply a blood-and-soil state, what is there to make it exceptional? The answer is: nothing. America is simply a re-constituted, mongrelized, tribe of Europe.”

But that is exactly what Israel Zangwill, the Jewish playwright who coined the phrase—much loved by neoconservatives—“the melting pot”, in the play of the same name, thought America was:

“America is God’s Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!” [My emphasis].

That said, neither Zangwill, the founders, nor today’s “white nationalists” believed America was “simply” based on race. In many ways, America is indeed “exceptional”. A virgin continent, inhabited by primitives, which was conquered and colonized by Europeans, will have different manners, customs, and government than a Europe inhabited by the same race for millennia.

However, this does not mean that the fact that America was founded by Europeans is not integral to its identity—or that a non-white America will necessarily be able to maintain the same manners, customs, and government.

America was not built upon racial identity—rather, that racial identity was taken for granted.

When the entire country, from La Raza to the Republicans, refuses to acknowledge this, it becomes more necessary to point out these truths. [Tell American Thinker—be polite!] But it doesn’t make us obsessed with race.

“White nationalism”, if that means the views expressed by Jared Taylor and Sam Francis, is simply good old-fashioned American Patriotism.

Charles Bloch (email him) is a Jewish supporter of Pat Buchanan.

Mexico quietly buys gold while the dollar tumbles

Mexico Quietly Buys Gold While The Dollar Tumbles

May 9, 2011

Mexico buys gold, a lot of it

by Jack Farchy

FinancialTimes.com (Editor’s Note: Are you at least as smart as the Central Bank of Mexico?)

The central bank of Mexico bought nearly 100 tonnes of gold in February and March, the latest emerging market country to turn to bullion as a means of diversifying away from the faltering dollar.

The purchase is one of the largest by a central bank in recent history. The gold, worth $4.6bn at current prices, is equivalent to about 3.5 per cent of annual mined output. The central bank has not been publicly announced the move, but has reported it both on its own balance sheet, posted online, and to the International Monetary Fund’s statistics on international reserves. Central banks became net buyers of gold last year after two decades of heavy selling, a dramatic reversal that has helped propel the price of bullion to a series of record highs On Wednesday morning, gold was trading at $1,535 a troy ounce, down from the nominal record of $1,575.79 touched on Monday.

Mexico follows other booming emerging market economies, including China, India and Russia, which have all made large additions to their gold reserves in recent years. Matthew Turner, precious metals strategist at Mitsubishi, the Japanese trading house, said the purchase “seems to confirm there’s an appetite now among emerging economies with large Forex reserves to add to their gold reserves. Gold is seen as one way in which to diversify away from the dollar-or euro-denominated assets.” The dollar has plunged 10 per cent since January against the world’s major currencies and is trading near an all-time low. Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, has suggested that gold should form part of a new international monetary system.

China announced in 2009 that it had bought 454 tonnes of gold over the previous six years; India bought 200 tonnes of gold directly from the International Monetary Fund in October 2009; and Russia has bought just less than 400 tonnes on the open market over the past five years. However Mexico’s buying in February and March, which amounted to 93.3 tonnes of gold, is one of the most rapid programmes of accumulation on record. Apart from India’s off-market purchase in 2009, the 78.5 tonnes bought in March is the largest monthly purchase by a central bank in at least a decade, according to data from the World Gold Council. ©

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