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Edited by Alfred Adask
Friday February 26, AD2016
 
 
MARKETS 
 
From Friday, February 19th, A.D. 2016, to
Friday, February 26th, A.D. 2016, the bid prices for:
 
Gold fell 0.3 % from $1,226.00 to $1,222.30
Silver fell 4.2 % from $15.32 to $14.67
Platinum fell 2.6 % from $937 to $913
Palladium fell 3.2 % from $497 to $481
Crude Oil rose 10.3 % from $29.81 to $32.89

US Dollar Index rose 1.5 % from 96.61 to 98.10

DJIA rose 1.5 % from 16,391.99 to 16,639.97
NASDAQ rose 1.9 % from 4,504.43 4,590.47
NYSE rose 1.4 % from 9,485.97 to 9,619.80

 
  
 
 

"Only buy something that you'd be perfectly happy to hold
if the market shut down for 10 years." --Warren Buffett 

"If the markets shut down for 10 years, what investment would you dare to hold-- 
other than gold"? --Alfred Adask

Armed Debt Collectors = Government Desperation

 
by Alfred Adask 
 
In last week's article, Placebo Economics, I wrote:
 
"ZIRP [Zero Interest Rate Policy] and QE [Quantitative Easing] have failed in Japan, the EU and US because the [people] no longer believe in the efficacy of economic "placebos" or the wisdom of our "witch doctors" in the Federal Reserve and/or federal government.
"Once we stop believing in the 'witch doctors' at the Federal Reserve, how will the Fed ever restore our belief and confidence in their placebos?  Once we know that our witch doctors have nothing real (like gold- or silver-based money) to offer us and can only provide intrinsically-worthless placebos (fiat dollars; promises to pay rather than actual payments), the economy will not be healed by mumbo-jumbo and our economic witch doctors may be run out of town on rails.
"If the previous conjecture is roughly correct, the way back to prosperity will not be achieved by means of more placebos.  It will be achieved only by means of hard work and the "real medicine" of physical gold and silver."
 
However, I neglected to observe that there is still another "way" back to prosperity.  I don't think that "way" will work.  But I have little doubt that that "way" will be attempted by the Federal Reserve and/or the federal government. 
I.e., if the debt-based monetary system, economy and Federal Reserve are about to collapse due to a lack of new debt, how could government maintain its previous, debt-based powers? 

A:  By creating a police state to force people to do what they used to do "voluntarily" due to the enticements of QE and ZIRP.  This "force" will be more than the imposition of an ever-larger National Debt.  It involves more currency controls, wage controls, and mandates for how you spend your currency, how you borrow more currency (go deeper into debt) and even how you repay your debts-especially those due to government.
Here's an example to illustrate the rising police state:
 
 In "Armed Marshals Arrest Student Loan Debtors; Is the Bubble About to Burst?," author Samuel Bryan wrote:
 
"Last week, seven US Marshals armed with automatic weapons came to Paul Aker's home in Houston to arrest him for a $1,500 student loan debt dating back to 1987."
 
Seriously?  "Seven US Marshals" sent to collect a $1,500 debt that's nearly 30 years old?!
Isn't that a tad excessive?  
I'll bet that the government's cost for sending seven US Marshals to a particular home is greater than the $1,500 debt.  Government may be spending more to collect the debt than the debt is worth.
"Armed with automatic weapons"?! 
Can government really justify using automatic weapons to collect a $1,500 debt?  Doesn't the use of seven US Marshals armed with automatic weapons acting as debt collectors sound a lot like Nazi thugs imposing government edicts during the Third Reich?
Mr. Aker is being "arrested" for his $1,500 debt?  Didn't they teach me back in grade school that the American Revolution ended the institution of "debtors' prison"?  How is it that the government can arrest people for debt owed to the government without restoring the same debtors' prisons that Jefferson, Washington and Madison fought to eliminate?
 
"According to the Guardian, Acker isn't alone facing the barrel of a gun over outstanding student loans:  'Aker is unlikely to be the only person to be surprised by marshals collecting on student loans.  A source at the marshal's office told Fox 26 that it isplanning to serve warrants on 1,200 to 1,500 people over student loan debts.'"
 
We're not talking about arresting drug dealers or serial killers.   We're talking about arresting real criminals-people who, as teenage kids, borrowed some intrinsically-worthless, fiat currency to go to college-and have not yet repaid the resulting debt.  (Watch for photos of these felons on the walls of your Post Office.)
More, the government intends to subject another 1,200 to 1,500 people who've also failed to repay their student loans in full to the same treated Mr. Acker received:  seven US Marshals, armed with full-automatic weapons, coming to the debtors' doors to arrest them and haul them off to the slammer.

Has government lost its mind?  Has excess debt driven government mad?
Total student loan debt currently stands at $1.3 trillion.  Sounds serious. 
But there are reports that the Pentagon has "lost" $8.5 trillion.   Does government plan to send seven US Marshals armed with full-automatic weapons to arrest each of the American military generals who are responsible for "losing" $8.5 trillion? 

I doubt it.

So why subject former college kids to the Nazi thuggery?
 
 
"According to figures released by the White House, about 27% of student loans are currently not being repaid."
 
 27% works out to about $350 billion that's not being repaid.  That's about 4% of the $8.5 trillion that the military has "lost" and isn't even looking for.  It's also about 1.8% of the official National Debt ($19 trillion) that no one seriously believes that government can or will ever repay in full.

Are there any plans to send US Marshals to roust and arrest the members of Congress, the Senate, and White House who are responsible for that unpayable National Debt?
Again, I doubt it.

The "adults" in government won't be held liable for running up the National Debt.  The "kids" who ran up a student loan debt will be forced to pay at the point of an automatic weapon.

"My country 'tis of thee, sweet land or liberty," hmm?
 
"Some 7.5 million people with student loans are now severely behind in paying back their debt."
 
There's no way the US Marshal can arrest 7.5 million people.  There's no way that government can jail 7.5 million people. 

The magnitude of the student loan debt problem implies that the real object behind sending seven US Marshals with automatic weapons to collect a $1,500 debt is not to actually collect the $1,500 from one debtor.  The real object to scare the other 7.5 million student-loan debtors into "voluntarily" paying up-and paying fast.  (I.e., the seven US Marshals armed with automatic weapons may be more about political theater than Nazi thuggery.)
 
"But while armed cops try to collect three-decade-old student loans, the feds are forgiving billions of dollars in student debt . . . .The federal government is simultaneously trying to relieve the debt burdenand collect on it . . . ."  
 
Some American debtors receive the benefit of debt forgiveness.  Others receive a dose of debt collectors armed with automatic weapons.  Are the US Marshals more reminiscent of the Nazis or the Keystone Cops?
 
"All of this points to a system that is completely broken and on the verge of collapse."
 
Whether the author's description of a "system" that's on the "verge of collapse" referred to the student loan debt-collection "system," or the US government's debt-collection "system," or to the entire debt-based monetary "system," is unclear.

Nevertheless, all three of these "systems" relate to debt.  So, regardless of whichever "system" is being referenced, it's clear that "What can't be paid, won't be paid."  The debts owed by students, private citizens, taxpayers, corporations and government, itself, are all too great to ever be repaid in full.  Sooner or later, the entire "debt-based" monetary system and debt-based economy will collapse because too many people, institutions and governments can't pay their debts. 

Sending armed thugs to collect $1,500 may merely be evidence of how desperate government must be to collect whatever currency it can find.  Sending seven armed men to collect $1,500 is evidence that the government is already broke.
 
*  Our government's relationship to student loan debtors is analogous to the relationship between EU creditors and Greece.  The US government and EU creditors can yell all they want, but the US student debt and Greek national debt are, for the most part, too great to even be repaid in full or even substantially. 

More, the US government is not the innocent victim of the student-loan debtors.  By entering into loan agreements with teenagers who were often unable to understand the consequences of the loan agreements they signed, the government enabled kids to borrow currency that they'd often never be able to repay.  By providing "easy money" loans to students, the government allowed colleges to raise their tuitions and fees and thereby force students to go deeper into debt.  By mismanaging the economy to a point where recession is certainly present, many of the student loan debtors are unemployed, and national economic collapse is at least possible, the government created economic conditions that impaired the student debtors' ability to repay their debts.

Worst of all, student loan debts may be the only form of debt other than income taxes that , by law, can't be discharged by bankruptcy.  When it comes to debts owed to the almighty government, the rule is "pay, die, or go to debtors' prison".

If the government debt collectors want to pull their guns on somebody who's really responsible for the debt crisis, maybe they should look at our congressmen, senators and presidents.
 
"Ultimately, the US taxpayer is on the hook."
 
Maybe so.

Maybe not. 

Will taxpayers pay the student's debt to government?  Or will the debt burden on taxpayers grow so large that the number of income tax resistors also grows until the US Marshals are also called to enforce income tax debts?

Whatever the answer to that future question might be, it's apparent that government can't actually collect $1,500 for 30-year old loans with armed, US Marshals.  They're losing money on this debt collection procedure.  That implies that government is willing to lose money on 1,200 to 1,500 collection-by-force efforts to scare the remaining 7.5 million delinquent student borrowers into repaying their debts. 

Which, again, implies that government's current strong-arm strategies for collecting student debts is more theater than policy.
And all of that implies the government is so broke that it's desperate to collect more currency any way it can.

And that implies that government will almost certainly raid any other sources of funds it can find.  These sources include government pensions, private pensions, and Social Security and even savings accounts.

All of which suggests that the national government-as well as some state governments and most foreign governments-are so deeply indebted that they're approaching a moment when they'll all have to confess that they're insolvent and unable to repay at least some, probably most, and maybe all of their debts.

What'll happen to our debt-based monetary system and debt-based economy when the U.S. government (the world's biggest debtor) is forced to admit that it can't pay its debts

Will government send US Marshals to intimidate every debtor in the world into paying what they can't possibly pay?  Or will there be a moment of common sense when we all admit that the debts can't be paid and must therefore be repudiated?

As I've said for five years, "What can't be paid, won't be paid."  That statement sounds silly, I know.  But the day is coming when the significance and powerful implications will be felt by all and send virtually everyone into a state of shock. 

Why?  Because one man's debt is another man's asset.  When the debt is repudiated, the correlative debt-instrument that's being treated as an asset will also be destroyed.  The government can't repudiate the $19 trillion National Debt without also destroying $19 trillion of the paper bonds that most people currently regard as assets.
Can the American economy hold together if $19 trillion in paper assets suddenly become worthless?  
I don't think so.
 
*  One way or another, with the force of a police state or without, we're coming to a moment when the world will have to admit that the total debt is too great to ever be repaid.  When we reach that moment, the debts will be cancelled by government's overt declaration or more silent hyperinflation. 

When that moment arrives, borrowers will be freed from their debt burden.  They'll cheer-until they find out that there's no more food on grocery store shelves.
Similarly, those holding their wealth in the form of paper debt-instruments (stocks, bonds, bank accounts, pension funds, etc.) will be ruined by the loss of value in their paper debt-instruments.  The world economy will be gutted because it will be without paper capital to be used as collateral to lend currency to build businesses, shopping centers, homes and roads.

The only remaining capital after the debt-based monetary system implodes will be gold and silver.  If/when that reality becomes obvious to all, the prices of gold and silver will silver will soar to levels that are currently unimaginable.  That should happen within five years.  It could happen within three.  Even two.  Maybe less.

Buckle up.



HEALTH
BOWEL INFLAMMATORY DISEASE
In the healthcare realm, ulcerative colitis is an inflamed bowel with complications. Ulcerative colitis is caused by poor food choices and prescribed medications that can destroy the friendly flora of the digestive tract. Rather than change the eating habits and strengthen the body and get off toxic drugs, patients line up for the latest drug for their sick gut. We're going to take a look at this fairly new medication for the millions with ulcerative colitis, which is often confused with Crohn's disease. Is the drug safe and is it a cure? Let's find out.
 
THE STATS
Ulcerative colitis has ballooned into a tragic condition for 1.4 million Americans. The condition known as Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease as well affecting the entire bowel, whereas ulcerative colitis affects only the large intestine. According to health authorities, inflamed bowel conditions have increased 74% since the 1990's.  Medicine reports that there are 57,000 people admitted to the hospital annual with these conditions. Crohn's disease often attacks patients early during the ages of 15 to 30. College students are prone to inflammatory bowel disease mainly due to poor eating consisting of convenience foods and lots of fried foods. In a majority of cases, if people change their lifestyle the condition resolves itself. The statistics show that males are slightly more prone to inflammatory bowel disease than females. One statistic shows that patients with these conditions are becoming younger and younger. Canadians seem to have an epidemic on their hands reporting some of the highest rates in digestive malfunction and disease. We're supposed to believe, where the Canadians are concerned, that it is not a diet-related condition but it's the higher latitude.
 
CROHN'S
In medicine any word with "itis" at the end indicates an inflammatory condition. So, Crohn's is defined by medicine to be from an immune system that is attacking the healthy flora of the digestive tract. Without the healthy flora, inflammation occurs and the walls of the bowel thicken. Medicine is not sure why this occurs. Could it be from over prescription of medications which negatively influence the immune system and digestive tract? I believe it is. However, medicine hints that Crohn's is more likely an inherited weakness. Medicine also blames Crohn's disease on the environment of high stress in developed countries. As mentioned, Crohn's involved the small and large intestine and includes symptoms of abdomen pain, diarrhea and weight loss. Inflammation of the ileum (where small and large intestine connect) is most often involved. However, this condition starts in the stomach and small intestine and moves on to encompass the entire digestive system (known as gastro duodenal Crohn's). Patients have problems with appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain and cramping. When the disease largely affects the large intestine there can be acute diarrhea, fatigue, night sweats, fever, rectal bleeding, joint pain and skin lesions. If the patient is female it will disrupt her menstrual cycle. Children with this condition will have delayed development. Crohn's can produce ulcers to form on the intestine which are like acne. These are toxins that cannot leave the body fast enough and produce the ulcers (fistulas). Colon cancer can be a complication of this disease. Medicine will prescribe immune system suppressants, anti-inflammatory and pain drugs, run blood and fecal tests, schedule endoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, MRI's or CT scans and possible surgery to remove infected diseased tissue. Approximately 70% of patients are lead to surgery and 30% to 60% will need additional surgeries. Patients are told there is no cure and why would the medical establishment promote a real cure when inflamed bowel disease bring in an average of $20,000 annually per patient. Very severe conditions net $60,000 and the top 2% pay $300,000 annually. So, medicine says there is no cure and it rebukes the suggestion that the condition is caused by diet. Yet they instruct patients to make good nutritional decisions as it is critical during their recovery and can reduce symptoms. If we add the ulcerative colitis stats and Crohn's together we have $1.84 billion spent on no-cure but symptom-management treatments.
 
ULCERATIVE COLITIS
According to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, inflammatory bowel disease started to materialize before the Civil War. Ok, the Civil War was 1861 to 1865 and the spike in sugar consumption started to rise in the 1700's but took off in the mid 1800's. So, the sugar and stress element in the timeline fits. However, Crohn's and colitis conditions were not official medical conditions until 1875 and didn't get official medical names until 1932. Antibiotics were being used as early as 1911 with penicillin in mass distribution by 1932. The symptoms of colitis are acute diarrhea, rectal bleeding, pain, chronic inflammation, weak intestines, and the toxins in colon cause massive swelling or enlargement of intestines. Complications of having a sick digestive system are:
 
  • red, itchy eyes & eye pain
  • mouth sores
  • swollen, painful joints
  • skin lesions, rashes, bumps, sores, ulcerations
  • osteoporosis
  • kidney stones
  • liver conditions - hepatitis, cirrhosis
  • blood clots
 
NEW DRUG
A new medication on the market to address inflammatory bowel disease is Entyvio (en-tiv-eo). It is mainly prescribed for adults with ulcerative colitis when conventional drugs have failed but patients with Crohn's disease are also taking it. It is documented as a drug to try to contain symptoms and limit or reduce the need for steroid drugs. The drug is promoted as improving the lining of the large intestine. Patients are told their symptoms will improve and their disease will be in remission. That word "remission" can be misleading when patients think they have been cured when it merely reduces their symptoms. Documents on this drug warn not to take Entyvio if you've recently been vaccinated or have a long-term infection. The drug is not to be taken if there are liver problems, tuberculosis or if the patient is pregnant or breastfeeding. Let's check out the common side effects:
 
  • Induced cold symptoms
  • Headache, fatigue
  • Joint pain, back pain, extremity pain
  • Nausea, fever
  • Upper head infection (sinusitis, throat pain)
  • Cough, bronchitis
  • Rash, itching
 
Serious side effects:
  • Severe allergic reactions - swelling of lips, tongue, throat, face
  • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing, wheezing
  • Dizziness
  • Feverish - hot feeling
  • Heart palpitations
  • Infections producing - fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, red & painful skin with sores
  • Tiredness
  • Pain during urination
  • Liver problems - dark urine, yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (rare viral brain infection produces disability or death and there is no cure)
 
Note: people with inflammatory bowel disease are often given immune system suppressants which make them weak. The drug manufacturer states that patients with weak immune systems are more likely to develop these severe symptoms especially the rare brain infection.
 
MORTALITY FACTOR
According to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Crohn's disease has a higher mortality rate over colitis. The death rate they blame on the cancer complication or other complications such as heart disease and urinary tract disease.
 
YOUR RISK
Statistics bear that there are more cases of Crohn's than ulcerative colitis. If you listen to medical health authorities these conditions are too hard to predict who would be at risk. They claim the conditions are so complicated that genes and the environment play a role that it can't be predicted. You mean to tell me that after all the historical data and the correlations to stress, sugar intake and reduction in food nutrition since WWII, which are skyrocketing the number of these cases AND they don't know? Well, what can I say? Even Stevie Wonder can see that lifestyle is the key.
 
"Let your food by your medicine, and your medicine be your food."
Hippocrates 460 - 377 BC
 
"If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool." Hippocrates 460 - 377 BC
 
GENERATIONAL ISSUE
If you have relatives who have suffered with inflammatory bowel disease it could be likely that your body could have a weakness there. In such instances greater care should be taken to avoid unhealthy foods, trigger foods, smoking, excessive alcohol and a sedentary lifestyle. Disease will often strike at your weakest link. The weakness can be passes on as we tend to have lifestyles like our relatives. Science has shown that food influences our DNA for good or bad. Eating more raw fruits and vegetables and limiting the animal foods will have a greater, healthier impact than drugs and surgery.
 
"All disease begins in the gut." Hippocrates 460 - 377 BC
 
"Healing is a matter of time, but is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. "
Hippocrates 460 - 377 BC
 
TIME TO DETOX
Even if you do not suffer from inflammatory bowel disease; detoxing the bowel is like having a pass-go card in the game of life. The bowel is the last stop for toxins to leave the body and is important that this organ be clean and toned for a free-flow of toxins to exit. If you have a sluggish bowel and have limited movements of 1-2 weekly, then it is time to do a bowel cleanse. A sluggish, congested bowel can lead to disease in a skinny minute. Disease such as cancer, chronic fatigue, disabling, chronic back pain and other problems can result. This is why I often refer to the bowel as the body's most important organ. It can mean the difference between the quality of a healthy life or disease and a premature death. Now is the time to break the shackles of disease-management and get at the cause. Cleanse away the toxins weakening the body on a cellular level and supercharge the system with whole food nutrition; I call this the cleanse and nourish approach. It is very simple, inexpensive and effective. It is within your ability to turn the situation around and take the power back. Look for the Bowel Cleanse kit and Body Foundation Food by Apothecary Herbs at http://www.thepowerherbs.com or call to order toll free 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277, where your healthcare options just became endless. Ask for a FREE product catalog and take advantage of the money saving coupons on their website.
 
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