Long Range Relationship.
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  • March 23, 2024 at 12:07 am

    As long as BRICS deals in gold, we in the CRA are down with the cold alliance.

    • March 23, 2024 at 11:53 am

      To the token Canuck, CRA means Canada Revenue Agency… the Canuckistan version of the IRS…

      • March 23, 2024 at 1:18 pm

        We ain’t Canucks, or any kind of “token”.

        But there is a goodly share of Canadians who live and love Red…

        And they are welcome to join the real CRA…

        A sovereign international gov…huh.

        Couple of entities south of the border that might want to join in too.

      • March 23, 2024 at 9:37 pm

        I thought it was the Constitutional Republic of America…
        Wrong. Again.

      • March 23, 2024 at 11:49 pm

        True. Still good though, all adopting the Constitution as written, joining the new sovereign Republic, and all in America.

        Still the Constitutional Republic of America (North, Central, and Southern divisions)…Is this the way we solve our demographic and infrastructure problems? I like it!

        The Constitutional Republic of America.
        The CRA

  • March 23, 2024 at 12:12 am

    BRICS. Managed to find the only countries on earth who hate us more than our own government. Not liking the way this storyline is going.

    • March 23, 2024 at 12:44 am

      Hence the “cold alliance” as opposed to Cold War. Keep your enemies close…

      The gold? It doesn’t give a shit.

      • March 23, 2024 at 12:56 am

        The instant the petro dollar is replaced by BRICS, the United States fails and the last anomaly preventing the world from fulfilling the requirements of the end times goes bye-bye.

        The United States as a whole desperately needs to find a solution to our current dilema, but abandoning our place among the world powers ain’t it.

      • March 23, 2024 at 1:41 am

        Not real and never was; the perception/deception of our scrip worked for a while, but this ain’t 1974. Nobody’s buying it anymore and we shouldn’t be selling it.

        In times of total flux gold is the go-to. Notwithstanding that it is in essence just another form of scrip, it’s perception endures. And as I said before -and the flux we are in now is the perfect example- the world condition is irrelevant to true stores of value, but stores of value are the key to controlling that world condition.

        Gold doesn’t give a shit. Neither do guns. And for the same reasons.

        CRA must build its inventory of both. And if that means dealing with the little-d devils -and keeping an eye on them- as we negotiate their gold and guns away from them as we ready to do battle with the big-D Devil who is surely preparing right now to come and take us and everything we have…

        CRA Now!

      • March 23, 2024 at 7:55 am

        China has been buying gold at inflated prices with the ever decreasing in value dollars we shovel at them. They’ve been trying to corner the market for at least the last 40 years I’ve been paying attention. Fort Knox is probably empty, its former contents in some Chinese vault somewhere.

        Going back on the gold standard would be great, but it needs to be a deliberate policy decision with force and guts behind it.

        Getting in bed with China, Russia, and Iran because gold is volunteering to be that sheep in the hypothetical democracy warning.

        Bad as it is, making it worse only helps the destroyers.

  • March 23, 2024 at 12:31 am

    I’ve got a few old Confederate bills. Probably worth more as ‘collectors’ than ex-USA script.

    • March 23, 2024 at 7:33 am
      Jay Dee

      Hang onto those. I’ve long advocated that we pay reparations in Confederate dollars.

  • March 23, 2024 at 12:47 am

    Never were “ex-USA”…

    Soon to be replaced with CRA scrip anyway, aka “gold”.

    • March 23, 2024 at 8:07 am

      Dude, I’ve been watching this train roll down the tracks for half a century, and, at this point, I think it’s safe to say your CRA is a pipe dream. Ain’t gonna happen. I’ve watched various groups try it over and over. Like the commies on the other side, each new group that comes along figures they’re the ones, by god. Those that came before may not have made it, but THIS time, watch out!

      We can’t even get enough support for the Freedom Caucus in the House to pass a spending bill that doesn’t shit all over us, and you think we’re gonna carve out a new country?

      When the United States goes dark, what comes next won’t be your CRA. It’ll be something dark and horrible. It’ll be hundreds of millions of cold, hungry people with nothing left but a grudge and the need to exercise it.

      You want to speed the downfall, fine, just admit it, but knock it off with the chest thumping. Unless you’re already there, you ain’t gettin’ there.

      • March 23, 2024 at 10:12 am

        Yes that is definitely one likely scenario. But note that our “government” is made up of those that ‘is’ destroying us for money, fame, and absolutely, personal power. The rest are different versions of soi-boi wimps. Most all people that would be very good government officials run away rather than wade in that septic tank.

      • March 23, 2024 at 10:55 am

        Bren.Be polite or be gone.

      • March 23, 2024 at 11:32 am

        Moving forward depends 100% on 11/4/24.

        Musk is now prepared to be open about that, his most powerful de facto Trump promo yet being that we are facing terrorism far beyond another 9/11 fueled by the immigration invasion that they have planned for and are implementing as we speak. Without a full stop to that nothing else will matter as we will simply be overwhelmed, and that’s the plan.

        You want to pass spending bills and play footsie with people whose only interest in spending is for their paychecks, to keep the flow of replacement voters going to guarantee that, and to keep your nose to the grindstone and your two-cent scrip flowing in to them? Fuck that. How many more times do they have to shit on you, your culture, your family, your America? Another read of the Declaration may be in order, as its provisions that applied to the necessity of forming separate sovereign nations in the 1770’s applied the same in the 1860’s and apply identically and even more so now. Gotta say bud, your naiveté shocks me.

        And BTW, I’m no gold bug, not really even an advocate of the gold standard per se. Bought and sold the stuff for 50 years, long enough to know all that glitters etc etc and some serious harm can come to those who let the love of it, like the love of any money, be the root of their desires and their evil. But it has been the most reliable trade unit on earth for how many years/centuries? We need that to get through what will be needed to establish the CRA, and then if a new Coin of the Realm is in order to maintain control over our own economy and that of the rest of the world so be it.

        But make no mistake. If DJT wins the upcoming your hopes and loyalty to a seriously broken system might pan out, as perception is everything and the world will then perceive that America is back and we mean what we say.

        Otherwise? Throw all that crap out the window and hunker down brother, if you can’t stomach doing your trading in gold then do it in lead but I am telling you now that all of the precious metals will be the only means of survival.

  • March 23, 2024 at 1:06 am
    Too Tall

    Regardless of whether I like the storyline or not, if the government of any first or second world nation were to:
    1. Stop all deficit spending
    2. Cut the total amount of all government spending to 20% or less of the previous year’s GDP, and
    3. Peg the value of their currency to a basket of precious metals (because it would be too easy for the other nations to manipulate the value of a single precious metal)

    That nation would own and rule the rest of the world in two years, and turn every other first and second world nation that failed to follow suit into something far worse than Zimbabwe.

    Don’t worry, it will never happen. If you were to sum up the integrity, courage, and testicular fortitude of every politician on earth and gave it all to a single politician, that individual would still fall short of the integrity, courage and testicular fortitude of a citizen chosen at random, and be insufficient for the task.

    • March 23, 2024 at 4:59 am
      Deplorable MAGADONIAN Mutt-PaulS

      I appreciate your optimism.

  • March 23, 2024 at 5:18 am

    The utterly lawless, Crazy Clown Car 2+2=5 state of affairs now, and the equally bizarre fact that seemingly no one is doing anything to stop and reverse it, would indicate that not only are Things Not What They Seem, but that far under the radar Big Things Are Being Done. The alternative, that everyone is a zombie and the Good Guys gave up years ago – that doesn’t feel right somehow…

    • March 23, 2024 at 8:12 am

      The kind of thing you’re positing is impoosibru. There would be hints. World leaders would be resigning. The wealthy elites would be buying… bunkers… and… and hiring private armies…


      • March 23, 2024 at 11:48 am


        We’re just being punked?

        That would be great.

        But yeah, that last reaction is about right…


  • March 23, 2024 at 7:39 am
    Jay Dee

    Hey y’all,
    Look up Goldbacks. This is a gold based currency. The Goldback dollar contains one thousandth of a Troy ounce of gold leaf. It currently sells for about 6 US dollars and the price is rising. This means that the value of the US dollar is declining.

    • March 23, 2024 at 12:43 pm

      I’ve heard of these for a while and seen one at a coin dealer friend’s shop…attractive items as a novelty and it’s cool they contain a specific measure of gold. But as stated as follows by my wholesale dealer advisers, fungibility will always be the limitation whether it’s these or private mint rounds and bars of gold and silver; getting them is easier and cheaper but spending them is tough…not so with recognized units like Eagles; I hate the premium but if you can’t use it the premium is 100%, and of course the Goldbacks too are carrying a 300% premium at your quoted rate, that will never work in the open marketplace…

      “Goldbacks come with risks like market volatility and liquidity challenges. This makes them less straightforward to convert into cash compared to traditional gold investments. The long-term viability of Goldbacks is uncertain, and they usually come with higher premiums compared to gold bullion. As a specialized currency, their acceptance is limited and primarily used within specific communities.”

      I love the idea of smaller unit for purposes of buying groceries etc, hard to spend a 2000.00 Eagle even if it is of proven authenticity, and smaller denominations carry a bigger percentage premium. So I do hope that currency can overcome the limitations and find a place in the market. But not yet.

      • March 23, 2024 at 11:56 pm

        Two things people forget or maybe simply never learned.

        1. The reason we say gold is “fungible” is that it can be melted down and recast into another form without changing its nature or losing its value as gold, as opposed to its value as part of something somebody defines as a “collector’s item” or “national treasure” or whatever.

        One expert pointed out that the gold in one of those “collector coins” may once have been part of the gold in one of Charlemagne’s crowns or Nefertiti’s gorgets.

        Needless to say, this makes illegal dealing in gold very easy; melt it down, recast it, and how is anyone gong to prove where it came from?

        2. The amount of gold is finite, just like any other mineral on Earth. All the gold that has ever been is already “here”, and there will likely never be any more unless we do in fact learn to make it from atoms of something else. I don’t think even the Federation Starfleet could do that trick in the 24th Century.

        (NB; Mr. Roddenberry once told me that he figured gold would always be a valuable metal, because the odds were that if you ever were able to “synthesize” it, the cost of doing so would be greater than its market value. It’s amazing what you could learn at ST con “dead dog” parties. And yes, this probably explains why the whole alchemists’ search for the “philosopher’s stone” never got anywhere.)

        The only other place we’re likely to find gold? Other planets.

        It makes me wonder what “gold bugs” think of space exploration.

        clear ether


      • March 24, 2024 at 1:42 am

        As I understand it, the philosopher’s stone has been found. It was announced 10 or 15 years ago. It requires a nuclear reactor and cost (at that time) more to convert than the resultant gold was worth by some margin.

    • March 23, 2024 at 2:34 pm

      Goldbacks are legal tender in four states, one of them being my home state of New Hampshire. There are a number of different denominations depending upon how much gold contained by the goldback bill.

      • March 23, 2024 at 3:23 pm

        What is the premium to gold content?

        Legal tender at what rate?

        Do merchants accept them at the premium value or face value only?

  • March 23, 2024 at 7:44 am
    Jay Dee

    On another note, I’ve been seeing ammunition used as currency. My cat’s previous veterinarian would take payment in 9mm ammunition.

    The thought has occurred to me that this could make paying the tax collector fun.

    • March 23, 2024 at 8:45 am
      Deplorable MAGADONIAN Mutt-PaulS

      Paying all sorts of government fees would be fun, but not the good kind. 🙁

    • March 23, 2024 at 1:10 pm

      Ammo has always been a unit of trade, and is becoming much more so. Nothing wrong with stacking high-demand items like 9 and 223 for direct barter, and it eliminates the recognizability and fungibility issues of the other precious metals, but it takes a lot of it to pay the bills and a little risky to transport and for it to be known that you have it. Same for gold of course, just easier to hide a couple grand in coins in the palm of your hand than in stacks of ammo; a grand worth of 9mm in 50rd boxes might be 2ft square and weigh 100lbs so…

  • March 23, 2024 at 10:07 am

    All the crazy stuff going on now is something
    that G. Bush the first came up with in 1990
    “The New World Order” meaning World Govt.
    with… at the time, I believed the USA running
    the show.
    The Demonrats are now running with this and
    doing their best with open borders and hi inflation
    and attempting to replace us with what they
    think will be solid Democrat voters, no more
    Repubs; actually one group of elites running
    the whole world. Sounds just like Communism
    to me.

  • March 23, 2024 at 11:53 am

    A currency based on things immutable, precious, and immune to government manipulation would be best.
    Immutable in that it can’t be debased.
    Precious in that it retains its utility as a medium of exchange.
    Immune to government manipulation is self explanatory.
    The one thing that is a common denominator to all these is electricity.
    The closest we come to that is Bitcoin, but it depends on the computer.
    Some genius needs to merge these traits somehow to give us that fusion of values.
    And even if it somehow depends solely on electricity, at least if it becomes cheaper we all benefit.

    • March 23, 2024 at 1:49 pm

      But electricity is not a static commodity, and as such can never be the common denominator…its production will be upended by micro fusion reactors, ushering in a true renaissance all across life, industry, and production, but not in a way to be a unit of trade.

      And Bitcoin? The problem isn’t the vagaries and instability of computers but the vagaries instability of those who run them, as demonstrated by Bankman-Fried. You can’t hold it in your hand or otherwise control it completely? It can’t be your monetary system.

  • March 23, 2024 at 12:02 pm
    Brent Dotson

    I remember two movies that I saw years ago; Escape from New York and Escape from Los Angeles. Always kind of wondered what the backstory to what happened there was. I realized recently that we are living it now. 50% of the people in NYC have stated that they plan on leaving with the next 5 years.

    • March 24, 2024 at 12:01 am

      And once they settle somewhere else, they’ll keep voting for the same kind of “progressive” Democrats they did in NY.

      Go back to the very , very first DbDs that CM did, and read what comes out of Jan’s mouth. It’s exactly what progressives sound like today, two decades later.

      Unlike Jan, they simply refuse to learn from experience.

      This time we’ll get it right!

      clear ether


  • March 23, 2024 at 12:27 pm

    Best scenario, Jan convinces Putin’s pilots to bail out on the way back, just before the coastline.

  • March 23, 2024 at 2:02 pm

    So I suppose it is facetious to ask what is going to happen when all these “illegal ‘Future Citizens'” no longer receive “free” food, money, housing, clothing, and medical care. Remember all the concern about the various EBT type cards failing. How about the money printing stops? Better, all that at the same time?

    • March 23, 2024 at 9:54 pm

      The same thing that’s gonna happen anyway, but quicker. We descend into a lawless hellhole of strife and destruction while the elites fort up behind walls and private armies until the final collapse.

      • March 24, 2024 at 12:06 am

        The “elites” should read up on what Machiavelli said about hiring mercenaries.

        Note that the two major sacks of Rome (410 AD by Alaric’s Visigoths, 1527 by Charles V’s troops) each occurred when the mercenaries that first the Roman Senate, then the Holy See, hired, came to Rome to “collect” about a decade’s worth of unpaid wages in each case.

        While they’re at it, they might want to look up Charles the Bold of Burgundy (1433-1477), too.

        clear ether


  • March 23, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    Yo, guys. “Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.” I’m a tad concerned about this story line.

    • March 24, 2024 at 4:16 pm

      Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.
      — P. J. O’Rourke

  • March 23, 2024 at 6:14 pm
    cb ~
    • March 23, 2024 at 6:52 pm
      John D. Egbert

      Beautiful! We spent several wonderful years in Arlington while stationed at (now- closed, dammit!) NASDallas. Although we are now proud Vols (don’t ask about MD, from which we escaped), we consider ourselves “Texans by Proxy.” All Hail the Texas Republic!

    • March 23, 2024 at 7:41 pm

      Mere words cannot express…….

      • March 23, 2024 at 7:41 pm

        That was to CB Texas


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