A Commentary From One Baby Boomer To Another by Mitch Santell
There is an old saying that I have pontificated for years and that saying is, “That you don’t wake up to the truth until it hits you in the face and affects you personally.”
Baby Boomers have finally awoken to the nightmare that President Trump is not going to look after their retirement accounts or best interests at the end of their life.
The problem: Trump’s entire premise that the tax cuts are trickling down to families and sparking an economic boom is baseless. His tax cuts have not trickled down to workers, they’ve inflated deficits, and by doing so they have put programs like Social Security and Medicare more at risk. Another Trump tax cut would threaten these programs even more.
In his speeches and other remarks at the gathering, Trump boasted about economic growth, that wealth is no longer concentrated at the top andthat revenues increasedmore than expected. These wonderful things presumably all happened because of his signature policy, the 2017 tax cuts. If these things were indeed true, doing another round of trickle-down tax cuts would be a no-brainer. Alas, Trump is selling a bill of goodsthat is not supported by the data.
Where did the money go then? Companies instead used most of their profits to keep shareholders happy. On average, non-financial corporations have used almost all of their profits to pay out dividends and buy back their own shares, which reduces the number of shares and boosts stock prices. In the two years before the tax cuts went into effect, corporations spend 90.3% of all of their profits before taxes on dividend payouts and share repurchases. Since the tax cuts went into effect, such spending remained high and amounted to 91.2% in the third quarter of 2019 alone. Shareholders, not workers and the economy, are the real beneficiaries from corporate largess.
But the tax cuts cannot deliver on the promises of faster growth and higher wages if companies don’t invest. In fact, economic growth got only a very temporary boost in the first half of 2018 and has slowed since then (see figure below). Productivity growth continues to underwhelm by historical standards. And wage growth has slowed over the past year, even as employment levels have gone up.
President Trump will tell you that he has “created the best economy in 50 years” and he will point to the stock market which is trading at over 29,000+ points and say: “Look at all the bank you are making in the market!”
What President Trump won’t tell you is that there is a massive crisis at the Federal Reserve. Unlike the 700 Billion Dollar TAARP fund that supposedly saved America from financial ruin in2008, the New York Federal Reserve has to print 75 Billion Dollars every 24 hours five days a week to keep the market afloat. Why is this happening? It all comes down to banks not having enough cash on hand.
A Commentary For the Health Minded by Mitch Santell
It would seem that we have a bit of a problem with the Corona Virus. China has had to Quarantine 11 Million People, and the CDC (Center’s For Death Control) are going to have to decide if there is an emergency to be declared.
Health officials in Wuhan, China reported 139 new cases of a new mystery virus over the weekend, now rapidly spreading to other provinces and surrounding countries, reported CNN.
As of Monday morning, three people have died from the pneumonia-like illness, and globally there have been more than 200 reported cases, noted Reuters.
Beijing confirmed two cases of coronavirus Monday, while Guangdong health officials reported one case in Shenzhen – these are the first reports that the virus is quickly spreading from Wuhan, the epicenter.
On Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus originated from a seafood/meat market in Wuhan, has likely spread through human-to-human transmission.
Now for today’s Dystopian Predictive Hollywood Scene:
Update 7 (1630ET): Mexico is the latest country to announce a ‘coordinated response’ to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
MEXICO TO COORDINATE NATION-WIDE EFFORTS TO MONITOR CORONAVIRUS
MEXICO ISSUED PREVENTIVE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATION FOR CORONAVIRUS
Until the epidemic is over, it’s private jets only.
Update 5 (1500ET): After praising all of China’s efforts to contain the outbreak, the WHO Director-General announced that the emergency committee would delay its decision on whether to declare the coronavirus a major health emergency of international concern because the committee wants “more information.”
It’s unclear exactly what they’re hoping to learn between today and tomorrow, but with the pace at which the virus is spreading, it’s possible that nearly 1,000 cases will have been identified by then.
Only five other outbreaks have warranted this designation from the WHO.
Hong Kong’s public rail company, MTR Corp, confirmed that it had been notified by the Department of Health that the patient took a high-speed rail train G5607 from the Shenzhen North station to West Kowloon Station. Officials are now taking steps to disinfect the train.
The virus has also reportedly made it to Macau, which also confirmed its first case on Wednesday, according to the SCMP. Alarmingly, considering that Macau is one of the most popular destinations for the hundreds of millions of vacationers from the mainland looking to travel for the Chinese New Year Holiday this week, Macau’s patient zero made it through health screenings for the virus, even though she had been showing symptoms including a cough and sore throat for about a week.
Ominously, four family members of the patient, all of whom didn’t have symptoms, stayed overnight at a hotel in a popular tourist area of Hong Kong before departing for Manila.
The virus has already spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as to the US, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and beyond.
Earlier, we reported that China had launched a nation-wide screening effort to detect any remaining cases of the virus, suggesting that there could be many more cases yet to be uncovered. Screeners are looking for symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, all pneumonia-like symptoms. In addition to the autonomous regions, the virus has been confirmed in at least 13 Chinese provinces.
A Commentary and Analysis by Mitch Santell On What Happened To The Truth Movement by Mitch Santell
Looking like a fool to your family, friends, and business associates, is not a fun thing, is it?
A special thank you to Ricky Ray, who sent me this article, and now, as all those who have been involved in uncovering the truth, I have to give You my two cents worth.
The Truth Movement in my book was a colossal failure.
There were those among us who were willing to risk everything to share with others what we uncovered.
The truth is that we all come to the truth in our own way.
As Morpheus said in The Matrix, “There is knowing the path, and there is walking the path.”
The Truth Movement is now evolving into the “Authentic Life Movement.”
You might ask yourself, “What is that?”
The Answer:Whoever you used to be is gone. You can put that person right back in the closet. You are going to have to merge who you are in your private life with who you are in your public life, and if anyone doesn’t get YOU, you are going to have to love them enough to let them go.
You see, for those of us who made a choice to stand up, we were compromised from day one.
The cards and the chips were stacked against us because we did not realize how much was being manipulated from behind the scenes and how much we didn’t know.
Amy de Miceli, the Co-founder of No One Has To Die Tomorrow, expressed it brilliantly in a recent article that she wrote that was titled: “The Curse Of The Truth Movement.”
Here is a brief part of her observations:
By Amy de Miceli January 18th, 2020 For as long as I could remember, the news captivated me; it frightened me just enough to not be able to stop watching. I never liked horror movies, but a nice 48 Hours, or Unsolved Mysteries, those were what my nightmares were weaved with. On Halloween, other kids would be out Trick or Treating, and I was at home watching the news. It was the real-life stuff that I would torture myself with. It was so bad for me, way worse than the ten pounds of candy I would have acquired.
Now I can finally see why it was so intriguing, I understand the insanity that we are all being put through, the constant wave of emotions we are taking part in.
For many years I have been a writer and researcher in this movement of “awake, truth-seeking, activists…” and only recently have I figured out that the truth movement is Cursed! Hexed!A trap, just a gear designed to turn the wheel of fate for the powers that will it to be. This is The Curse of the Truth Movement.
Telling Lies For Your Vision
As a child, the TV was always on in my house, at dinner it was off for about 20 minutes, maybe it was on, and the volume was off, but overall it was a constant state of television.
Good Morning America greeted me as I stumbled into the kitchen, catching all kinds of wild five-minute news briefs before I was fully conscious, still in that sleepy state when you roll out of bed, the state akin to hypnosis.
Once a day would not be enough! I would repeat that again in the moments before falling asleep at night, that same hypnotic lulled state, as I listened to the 11 o’clock news from my bed. OH, how my child mind would race, listening to the murder – death – kill stories, then weather, then sports, the movie Anchorman captures the mind numbingness of it all pretty well.
The Ugly Curse
Just look at how awful how this movement treats each other, so many yelling about welfare recipients and food stamp hogs but no answers for the calls for help. I saw almost no one helping families torn apart by CPS for homeschooling their kids or refusing vaccines. No love for the single moms being thrown out of their homes. No love for people who stood up and stood their ground against the IRS and have been thrown in jail and tortured, and gifted what would equate to death sentences.
These are not just any people I reminisce about these were prominent radio hosts and other people who were touted as hero’s in your truth movement, left as scraps for your NWO to feed off of. Being in this movement can most definitely be a curse, and we have allowed it to work, in fact, we have made it work!
So many entranced by the fear have turned into greedy, suspicious hoarders, some people are so greedy and insecure that they can’t even be motivated hit a like button on a social media post! Afraid to admit that maybe you don’t know everything, or that someone else might know more. Worst of all, the posts that go viral in the truth community are usually the ones that evoke a ton of emotion, or those posts making fun of someone, because that is the fuel that feeds the real system, the true matrix, a disdain for your fellow man. The power it needs is in your feelings, and your Illuminati curse does not care where it feeds off of as long as it is fed.
Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken And many times confused Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken And certainly misused Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right I’m just weary to my bones Still, you don’t expect to be Bright and bon vivant So far away from home, so far away from home
I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered I don’t have a friend who feels at ease I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered Or driven to its knees Oh, but it’s all right, it’s all right For lived so well so long Still, when I think of the road We’re traveling on I wonder what went wrong I can’t help it, I wonder what’s gone wrong
And I dreamed I was dying And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly And looking back down at me Smiled reassuringly And I dreamed I was flying And high above my eyes could clearly see The Statue of Liberty Sailing away to sea And I dreamed I was flying
Oh, we come on the ship they call the Mayflower We come on the ship that sailed the moon We come in the age’s most uncertain hour And sing an American tune Oh, it’s all right, it’s all right It’s all right, it’s all right You can’t be forever blessed Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day And I’m trying to get some rest That’s all I’m trying to get some rest
A Commentary On Enjoying A Dystopian World by Mitch Santell
Did you ever notice how, when you want to log into a web site, a verification number is sent to your smartphone? The Powers That Be Will Claim That this is for your protection. It is not. This all has to do with the constant verification of who you are.
Even with your bank, ever notice how they make you sign twice?
Even when you go to CVS pharmacy to fill your prescription, you have to sign twice.
New Jersey is pushing the Real ID Act that was passed back in 2005 during the George W. Bush Administration.
We have the same thing going on in California.
You have the State of Virginia fighting to keep their second amendment rights.
Now I see that the homeless problem here in Los Angeles is only going to get worse.
For communities across the West hoping to gain some legal leeway to deal differently with homeless people sleeping on their streets, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt them a setback that, at least for now, maintains the status quo.
The high courtdeclined to hear a landmark caseon homelessness, letting stand a ruling that amounts to a broad curb on police powers in nine Western states, including California, to stop people from sleeping on public property if no other shelter is available.
Dozens of other local governments, including the city and county of Los Angeles, had urged the court to hear a challengeto Martin vs. City of Boise, in part to clarify how best to comply with it. But the justices, without comment or a dissent, said that they would not.
Here’s what that means for Los Angeles and the rest of California.
A Commentary On Rules and Censorship by Mitch Santell
The rules are tightening at YouTube and it is only matter of time until more and more content creators abandon the platform.
On Tuesday afternoon, YouTube formally announced its plan to have creators label any videos of theirs that may appeal to children. Starting in January 2020, if creators mark a video as directed at kids, data collection will be blocked for all viewers, resulting in lower ad revenue, and those videos will lose some of the platform’s most popular features, including comments and end screens. It’s a major change in how YouTube works, and has left some creators clueless as to whether they’re subject to the new rules.
Reached by The Verge, Google confirmed that this new system was the result of a landmark $170 million settlement YouTube reached with the Federal Trade Commission in September for allegedly violating children’s privacy. It’s the largest fine ever collected under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which forbids collecting data from children under the age of 13 without explicit consent from their parents. In this case, the ruling means YouTube can’t employ its powerful ad-targeting system on anyone who might be under the age of 13 — a dire problem for a platform with so many young users.
San Francisco (AFP) – YouTube broadened its anti-harassment policies on Wednesday to include a ban on “implied” threats along with insults based on race, gender identity or sexual orientation.
“We will no longer allow content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes such as their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation,” global head of trust and safety Matt Halprin said in an online post.
“This applies to everyone, from private individuals, to YouTube creators, to public officials.”
YouTube already bans explicit threats, but now “veiled or implied” threats will be barred as well, according to Halprin.
“This includes content simulating violence toward an individual or language suggesting physical violence may occur,” Halprin said.
“No individual should be subject to harassment that suggests violence.”
The changes stem in part from YouTube’s pledge earlier this year to crack down on harassment by video creators.
The platform was berated for leaving up videos from Steven Crowder, a right-wing commentator who regularly insulted gay Vox producer Carlos Maza based on his sexual orientation and Cuban heritage.
Maza’s video montage of insults from Crowder over a period of years — including “lispy sprite” and “angry little queer” — went viral, prompting a YouTube investigation that concluded they didn’t violate its hate speech policies.
– Problematic patterns –
In the case of Crowder’s channel, a review found that individually, the flagged videos did not violate YouTube guidelines, spokesman Chris Dale explained in an online post in June.
“However, in the subsequent days, we saw the widespread harm to the YouTube community resulting from the ongoing pattern of egregious behavior, took a deeper look, and made the decision to suspend monetization,” Dale said.
(This is the second of 30 blog postings before the permanent shut down of AfterHollywood.Online on January 11, 2020).
The text below I did not write and felt it was appropriate to place here for those who are awake or feel something is terribly wrong.
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Conditions For Success
Before we proceed I want you to put aside any preconceived ideas you may have on how to defeat the New World Order. Forget all the advice you’ve been given until now. You need to concentrate on every single word you are about to read. If you are skeptical, put your doubts aside until you’ve finished reading the whole booklet, then you can decide whether the information I’m giving you is credible or not. In the meantime, just read on!
If you have already had some negative experiences fighting the New World Order, forget about that too! You must understand that you have been working with fatally flawed concepts and techniques… even though they are still being used and taught by almost every “patriot/freedom fighter” Guru in America. Ask yourself, if any of these previous theories really worked, then why is the New World Order continuing to advance unabated toward its goal of totalitarian world domination, with the state of the world rapidly getting worse?
The fact is, that all the other hotly promoted freedom techniques you may have heard about just don’t work in the real world! To be truly successful in fully reclaiming ALL of your God-given rights of Life, Liberty, Peace, Joy, Health, and Abundant Prosperity, you will have to completely re-think your strategy and precepts.
What I am going to show you is the new, simple all-conquering method that needs to be used by ordinary people to liberate themselves. Once you discover these techniques and start using them, you will wonder why everybody doesn’t adopt the same strategies! They can make you FREE, sure and simple! The answer is SO obvious and logical that it has escaped the “patriot” community for decades, and was right in front of them and you ALL the time. Now is the time to have the scales removed from your eyes, and clearly see things as they really are.
It is important to realize that fighting the New World Order is not at all like fighting an adversary who fights fair or follows rules. Nothing in the deceitful web of the Babylonian beast system is what it appears to be… except the fact that right now they have you tightly in their clutches because you have not yet learned the right way to break free! I’ll be talking quite a bit about the true nature of the Beast, and how to correctly fight on a whole different level, but right now, I just want you to understand that you can’t think like a regular freedom-fighter and expect to be successful against this type of evil opponent!
Most people come into the freedom movement, learning a few things, and then thinking they can prepare a dynamite “revocation and rescission” letter stating: they have learned about the fraud of the system, and that they are giving notice of revoking all implied contracts like having a social security number and send certified copies of the letter to one or more government agencies, and then expect to receive a letter back saying, “Ok, now that you’ve caught us, we admit it. We are dreadfully sorry for sinning exceedingly. We acknowledge and confirm that you are no longer subject to our tyrannical bureaucracy, please don’t send us any more money, and we will leave you alone from now on. And please don’t send this confirmation letter to any of your freedom-loving friends.” The results are invariably very disappointing! You can pack your letter with all sorts of questions and demands to be shown the valid laws that give them the alleged authority to do the fraudulent things they are doing, knowing that there are none, and you supply every court-case cite in the book (from your endless hours of legal research) that clearly demonstrates why you are NOT subject to their fraudulent laws… but it still won’t work!
A commentary on the collapse that is here now by Mitch Santell
(This is the first of 30 blog postings before the permanent shut down of AfterHollywood.Online on January 11, 2020).
It is so interesting to note the small changes in people as the world continues to flip out of control. From 2005 until 2015, things seemed to be moving along nicely, and then Trump came along, and it was like the movie “A Few Good Men!”
How Do We Defeat The New World Order Since It Is Already Here?
Answer: “I don’t know, I can only share what others have written.
Over the course of my life, I have watched integrity shrivel up and die everywhere in the Western world. It is not like it was ever really abundant, but there was a goodly amount of it, and it had authority. People, especially those in public life, weren’t shameless as they are today.
In the past decade, I have watched the disappearance of free speech. An independent media disappeared in the last year of the Clinton regime when 6 mega-corporations were permitted to concentrate 90% of the media into their hands. Today free speech protected in the US Constitution is not valued as highly as the “feelings” of self-described “victim groups” who are offended by everything from truthful statements to traditional figures of speech. Even scientific discussion of the genetic basis of intelligence gives “offense” as does the use of gender-specific pronouns such as he and she.
Obviously false statements can be self-declared as true as when a biological male declares himself female and competes in women’s sports. Those who object to the obvious charade are declared “transphobic” and have to apologize. Sometimes they are fired for insisting on biological fact.
Exercising press freedom, as Julian Assange did, today brings charges of espionage and is misrepresented as a threat to national security. The media speak with the same voice, and it is the voice that serves the ruling elites. Truth is nowhere in the picture. The only purpose of the media today is to control the explanations for the elites. The media throughout the Western world is merely a Ministry of Propaganda. The young, never having experienced a free press or free speech, do not know what they are.
America today is a country that my parents and my grandparents would not recognize. If they were to be resurrected, they would think they were living in George Orwell’s 1984. And they would be.
I, and others of my generation, which is now passing away, are unable to accommodate The Matrix that elites and their media whores have created for the peoples of the Western world. Consequently, we are marginalized, despite our accomplishments and our grand honors, and if we persist we are libeled and slandered.
For example, Wikipedia has described me at various times as “a conspiracy theorist,” an “anti-semite,” and “a holocaust denier.” These labels were used despite the facts that I have never written a “conspiracy theory,” I have many Jewish friends and financial supporters and have had Israeli house guests, and I have never studied the holocaust or written about it.
The first thing that you need to do in order to get on the road to freedom is to get completely out of debt. The main fodder off of which the matrix feeds worldwide and at every level – personal, governmental and business – is debt. If they can keep us collectively chained to their phony fiat currency scheme, they can keep us quiet and subservient to their will.
The first debt to get rid of is ALL credit card debt. The interest rates that the Visa/Master Card Cartel charges are exorbitant. And they are owned largely by two of the biggest Illuminati-controlled banks on earth – JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup. Our destiny on this earth is certainly not to feed vampires.
Once you pay off all your credit card debt, don’t ever go there again. Cancel and cut up all credit cards but one, as sometimes one is needed to rent a car or some other thing. I keep an airline-miles-earning Visa due to its international accessibility.
Never use even this one card except for things like car rental which, unfortunately still usually requires a credit card. On the infrequent occasion that you do use it, make sure to pay the balance off by the deadline that month to avoid usurious interest charges.
No wage slave dare openly speak ill of his/her boss or of the system in general, lest they risk being fired. Without a job how can they then make their house payment, car payment and so on? Because of their debt load, many Americans – even the well-paid ones – are just one paycheck away from living on the streets.
While paying off credit card debt may seem a daunting task to those of you who are buried in the stuff, it is essential to escaping the matrix. If you are able to nothing else in this book, get out of credit card debt.
There’s a saying I heard once that made a whole lot of sense to me. “Live like no one lives now and you’ll live like no one lives later”.
The implication is to live not only within your means, but below your means. Once you begin to do this you can not only easily erase your credit card debt, you can start to save money.
Start a bank account with a small community bank if you don’t have one already. These are not evil institutions and should never be seen in the same light as the Illuminati mafia.
In fact these small banks are an integral part of any town since they finance businesses, housing, etc. One thing you will learn while exiting the matrix is how important it is to lose your dogma on a range of issues and make moral decisions based on reality rather than somebody else’s accepted theory of the day.
There are different kinds of bankers, different kinds of politicians, different kinds of business people, loggers, hunters, lawyers, etc. Some own the matrix, some sell out to it, and some work against it. That is reality. Trade in your dogma for some karma.
Starting a bank account protects you from acting impulsively in accordance with the nonstop matrix shopping program. It’s much easier to spend money you are carrying on your person or have sitting in a drawer at home. Keeping your money in a bank makes it harder for you to spend it and watching it grow will encourage you to continue working towards your freedom.
Significantly, when you’ve paid off your debt and you start a savings or checking account, you cease to be a debtor to the bankers and begin to be their creditor. That savings account you started is a loan to the bank which they then lend out at a higher interest rate. As such, the banker is required to pay you interest on that loan which, while currently miniscule and pathetic, fluctuates according to the prime rate set by the Federal Reserve cartel.
Go to a system of paying cash for everything. If you write lots of checks or use a debit card too much, it’s easy to lose track of your account balance.
I had significant debt only twice in my life. Once I took out around $5,000 in student loans to get my Bachelor’s Degree. The second time we had a $10,000 mortgage on the first property we owned.
Both times these debts were paid off within a year. The key was most definitely living below my means. The other key was working all the overtime I could get at the various jobs I had.
My father died when I was 12 years old in a car accident. We operated a farm at the time. I loved playing baseball in the summer and was a pretty good catcher and lead-off hitter, but with Dad gone money got tight, we had to sell the farm place and my Mom lined me up with my first job for a local farmer. The pay was $2.25/hour.
I learned to operate all types of farm equipment and soon found a job for $3.00/hour, then one for $4.00/hour. As farmers in the area began hearing stories of what a hard worker I was and how competent I was at operating machinery, they competed to have me work for them in the summers. At the end of my “farming phase” I was making $6.00/hour and working 60-70 hours a week. I missed playing baseball, but racked up around $4,000 in savings.
In those days interest rates were high and Mom wisely got me invested in a certificate of deposit (CD) that paid 13% interest. So when I went off to college, I had a little cushion and didn’t have to take out as many student loans as some kids.
Even so, I worked my way through college at various pizza joints (lots of free food), libraries and work study jobs. My senior year of college I worked three different jobs at once. And when I graduated I had a job lined up as a fly fishing guide on the Alaskan Peninsula that paid very well. Room and board was included and since we were in the middle of nowhere, there was nothing to spend my paychecks on.
Due to all that hard work, my student loans were paid off and I was able to save enough money for a two-month overland backpacking trip to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. I was completely out of debt and seeing the world at age 22.
The first leg of that journey south was driven from Omaha to McAllen, TX on the Mexican border in an auto drive-away car. These companies still exist and this is an excellent way to travel for free.
Usually someone has driven their car somewhere and due to some unexpected contingency they have to fly home. Your role is to get their car back to them. Gas and insurance are paid, so the ride is free. Google “auto drive-away” and find out if you have one near you.
The second time I was in debt was when we bought our first property – 10 acres and a beat up mobile home. By that time I was 27 years old, had my Master’s Degree, had traveled solo around the world and was married to my beautiful wife, Jill.
In my travels, the lessons in simple living that my parents and grandparents had instilled in me on the farm sunk in even deeper.
We send out the Peace Corps to condescendingly “teach” the developing world how to live, while Illuminati corporations and banks plunder their resources. Ironically, I have learned so much about how to live from the global poor.
But you can see the same thing here in the US, if you look.
Mexicans come here to work the hard jobs that Americans won’t. They cram as many workers as they can into beat up mobile homes to save on rent. Nearly every dime they earn is then sent back to their families in Mexico who are socking that money away into savings accounts so that these hard-working wanderers can eventually go home and retire to a nice country home.
Don’t let appearances fool you. The Mexicans keeping those Des Moines meat packing plants humming are far more wealthy that most Americans. They are creditors.
When I got my MS in 1991, I was totally broke. So I lined up another good paying job, this time in Japan teaching English. They flew me over in Business Class, where I filled my luggage with as many free tiny bottles of Jack Daniels as I could coax out of the stewardess. They also gave us a free house to live in and car. In only five months our bank account went from $0 to $15,000. It was our first grubstake.
From Kobe, we hopped a ferry to Shanghai, China and spent three months visiting China, Macao, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Hawaii. We were creditors again and seeing the world.
We spent $4,000 traveling and buying a car at an LA auction when we returned, so we rolled into the Ozarks in the fall of 1992 with a 1965 Plymouth Reliant packed to the gills. Our two dogs – Buck and Milo – had to sit atop our stuff in the back seat.
After a night sleeping in that packed car, we saw an ad for 10 acres and a mobile home for $29,900. We had a look, offered them $20,000 and moved in that night.
We put $10,000 down and signed a five-year contact for deed. When the dust had settled and the propane tank was filled, we had only a couple hundred dollars left to our name.
The only answer was to hit the ground running. I worked a variety of temporary agency jobs assembling BB guns, packing baby wipes and whatever, while Jill landed a job at a radio station. We had to borrow $4,000 from her parents to buy Jill a reliable pickup to drive to work.
Within two months I landed a job as a drill crew roustabout on a dam repair project. At $7.00/hour it was the best paying job in the depressed Ozarks. I worked 70 hours a week, taking all the overtime I could get.
During this time, I “borrowed” a copy of Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book from a public library which wishes to remain anonymous. For those of you who have read it, hopefully you will not wonder why I thought about calling this book, Steal This Book… Again. I learned many things from that excellent book.
Within days of finishing it, a hillbilly named John who worked at the dam, smoked massive quantities of weed and had a beard down to his knees, “borrowed” it from me. I never saw it again.
Meanwhile we were eating copious amounts of macaroni and cheese and fried bologna, dumpster-diving furniture and growing a massive garden.
One day I went in to pay the monthly house note of $250. I asked the realtor to confirm what we still owed and was shocked to learn of the word “amortization”.
For those as naïve as I was, this nasty word means that when you start to pay down a house loan, you pay far more interest than principal. As such, we owed the realtor far more than we thought we did.
Armed with this new and depressing knowledge, we hatched a plan. Jill had already quit her job at the radio station. She could no longer take the lies required to sell advertising, nor the depths that her coworkers would sink to “sell air”.
We sold the pickup we had bought for her. Because we had done our research and purchased it from a private individual, we had bought the pickup for the below-book price of $4,000. We sold it for the book value price of $4,600.
We paid back her folks, then took every dime of the rest of our savings and made a lump-sum payment of $7,000 towards the property. That done, the remaining house payments would go mostly towards principle.
Within eleven months of moving in, we paid the place off. When I went in to make the final $250 payment, the realtor was so floored at our determination that he refused to take that last check. Instead, he gave us the deed and we owned our place free and clear.
We had joked all along that they never would have sold that place to us for that price, but for the fact that they figured they’d be repossessing it a few months after we could no longer make the payments. We must have been quite the site when we rolled into their office in that packed-to-the-gills 65’ Plymouth.
We were out of debt and worn out from the grind, so we decided to rent the place out for $275/month, bought a 1978 Chevy van for $500, built a bed in it out of scrap lumber and hit the road.
A little over a year later we sold that place for $26,000. We hadn’t made much of a profit, but had lived rent free for a year and made some rental income the next year, which we spent living rent-free in that Chevy van.
More importantly, since we had the place paid off, we were able to put every penny of that $26,000 into a savings account. At age 28, we had just taken a quantum leap on the road to freedom. It changed everything.
To summarize, there are two simple keys to getting out of debt. First, work long hours and keep looking for the best paying job around even as you work a less desirable job.
Don’t settle into some low-paying job because it’s easy. Laziness is the surest way to a life of slavery. This is why the matrix is constantly sending us signals that laziness is somehow a virtue. The mantra goes that you should attempt to get by with as little effort as possible, that you are getting one over on the system by being lazy.
Like all matrix propaganda, nothing could be further from the truth. Be industrious and work hard for your freedom.
Second, you must scrimp and scrape and live below your means. Turn down the heat in winter and use blankets, open the windows in the summer, don’t buy anything you don’t absolutely need and sell things you have that you don’t need. Be proactive. It’s your life.
And remember, if you live like no one lives now, you will live like no one lives later.
Seeking the truth is not for the faint of heart. Most people don’t want to know the truth. If you give them your point of view, it will be pushed back against their own Cognitive Dissonance, and you may fight with your hands.
The “Truther Community” is being fragmented the way most of the mainstream institutions are being attacked.
The transition of things is so fast now that unless you are a Baby Boomer and remember what the world was like in the late 1940s after WW2, I can tell you right now you are on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter sharing your “feelings and emotions.”
Now it is good that you have feelings and emotions.
Here is the challenge, are you ready?
The world you live in was not always this way.
Right now, the world feels like an old Muntz 4 Track Tape.
All we do is go round and round.
The majority of my readers and followers are outside of America. Look at the graphic above, and don’t tell me if it doesn’t bother you.
Why is the population going to be reduced from 327 Million all the way down to 100 Million?
Answer: The USA is delusional and thinks it can withstand a nuclear first strike.
“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers…. The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.”Aldous Huxley