Do You Remember When Black Friday Actually Still Mattered In America?

Once upon a time, “Black Friday” was a major event in the United States.  Yes, the mainstream media is still endlessly hyping it up, and major retailers are still rolling out their “incredible deals”, but it appears that most Americans are tiring of this particular gimmick.  Or perhaps it is just that U.S. consumers don’t have as much discretionary incomeas they once did.  As you will see below, retail traffic this Black Friday was “much, much slower” than anticipated.  And expectations were not great anyway – the number of shoppers was down last year, and it was being projected that there … Continue reading Do You Remember When Black Friday Actually Still Mattered In America?

Government’s War Against Savers

[Photo caption/credit: Government Squeezes the Savings–and Independence–Out of  People (courtesy Google Images)] Reuters published “India’s ‘gold monetization’ scheme could have a big impact on global demand”.  According to that article: “Last week the Indian government approved the so-called gold-monetization scheme . . . [by] creating a system in which Indians holding private gold will be able to deposit it at banks—and then earn interest on their bullion holdings. “The government plans to then make the deposited gold available to buyers across India. The aim is to reduce gold imports from outside the country, which run at nearly 1,000 tonnes yearly. … Continue reading Government’s War Against Savers

Consumer-Borrowers vs Producer-Lenders

In every society, everyone who breathes is a “consumer”—but only some people are “producers”.  (For example, we all need to eat, but only some of us actually grow any food.)  Children are born “consumers” but most later mature to become producers.  If we live long enough to become elderly, we lose our ability to produce and, once again, become “consumers”.  All of us are “consumers” who need food, clothes and shelter every day–but only some of us are “producers” able to “produce” more food, clothes and shelter than we personally consume. More, a majority of American “consumers” borrow currency from … Continue reading Consumer-Borrowers vs Producer-Lenders

Amendment Would Pour Raw Milk Into Constitution

COME AND GET IT: John Coles distributed raw milk goat cheese for free at the Charlottesville Farmers Market after the state imposed cheese-making regulations. RICHMOND, Va. — The 2015 General Assembly will debate a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to buy homegrown … Continue reading Amendment Would Pour Raw Milk Into Constitution

Chart Points To Massive Slow Down: “This Is The Biggest Collapse In The ‘Trade’ Indicator Since Records Began”

Prior to the crash of 2008 global trade was rocking. It was a boon for shipping companies around the world who are responsible for moving raw materials, commodities and consumer products from one country to another. Wall Street, of course, had devised a way to track all of this movement and often pointed to the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) as the primary indicator for health in the global trade business. The index itself tracks the cost of transporting one metric ton of raw materials from one place to another.The numbers behind the BDI can essentially be translated into the cost of … Continue reading Chart Points To Massive Slow Down: “This Is The Biggest Collapse In The ‘Trade’ Indicator Since Records Began”

If crazed Americans trample each other over discounted TVs, what will they do to acquire supplies in an actual life-or-death crisis?

(NaturalNews) As comedian Bill Burr hilariously points out, if you are stockpiling food and preparedness supplies but don’t have a gun to defend it, all you’re doing is gathering supplies for the biggest bully on the block. A recent article by Daisy Luther from The Organic Prepper really nails this point by including photos of Black Friday mobs trampling each other in America, then asking the question, “What would these people act like over something that was actually a matter of life and death?” It’s probably the most important question of the year. America has become a culture where people are so delusional about … Continue reading If crazed Americans trample each other over discounted TVs, what will they do to acquire supplies in an actual life-or-death crisis?

Non GMO-Month heralds a David and Goliath battle!

As I head off to the IFOAM Conference in Istanbul, I reflect that October is celebrated as Non-GMO Month. Celebrate we should, the Non-GMO Project has made many remarkable gains. Annual sales of products carrying the Non-GMO Project Verified seal now total more than $8.5 billion, growing more than 20% annually!  My local New Leaf Store in Santa Cruz is one of more than 2,000 retailers who are participating in the celebration, bringing awareness and eliminating the presence of GMO ingredients in our food supply. This is especially important in light of the newConsumers Report tests that found GMO ingredients in many processed and packaged food, … Continue reading Non GMO-Month heralds a David and Goliath battle!