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‘$20 Per Gallon’ by Christopher Steiner

Posted by truthpills on 2009/07/28

Christopher Steiner looks ahead and projects, $2 at a time, how rising gasoline prices will transform civilization.
By Matthew DeBord July 26, 2009

How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better

Christopher Steiner
Grand Central: 276 pp., $24.99

During the summer of 2008, Americans found out just how much was too much to pay for gas. On July 11, a barrel of oil hit $147.27, which translated into $4.11 for a gallon of regular gas at the pump — the highest price ever reached in the U.S. And that was just the average. In some places, the price got close to $5 a gallon. It was the Summer of Pain.

Many people who’d never heard of “peak oil,” or who’d been trading in one SUV for another, or who’d scoffed at the idea that Americans would ever drive less, suddenly learned that when the price of a finite commodity spikes, even cherished habits change. And it’s not just about driving: Our entire American way of life, in fact much of the global economy, has been built over decades on cheap oil: Seafood and plastic toys from China can flow freely around the world. The price of bread and milk stays low. Airlines can engage in price wars.
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China warns Federal Reserve over ‘printing money’

Posted by truthpills on 2009/05/28

China has warned a top member of the US Federal Reserve that it is increasingly disturbed by the Fed’s direct purchase of US Treasury bonds.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 1:52PM BST 27 May 2009

Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, said: “Senior officials of the Chinese government grilled me about whether or not we are going to monetise the actions of our legislature.”

“I must have been asked about that a hundred times in China. I was asked at every single meeting about our purchases of Treasuries. That seemed to be the principal preoccupation of those that were invested with their surpluses mostly in the United States,” he told the Wall Street Journal.
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Why Our Credit Crunch Mirrors the Weimar Hyperinflation from 1919-1923

Posted by truthpills on 2009/04/17

April 12, 2009
By Avery Goodman

I am an amateur economist. But, one doesn’t need years of schooling to be a better “economist” than Ben Bernanke. One merely needs to take the blinders off and release common sense. A broad background in law, economics and history helps, but it is not absolutely necessary. Economics is the study of human nature as it applies to money. So, it is precisely those who are narrowly educated, like some professional economists who don’t study enough history, take an intensely academic viewpoint on things, and who don’t understand fundamental human nature, who get things wrong. A narrowness of outlook and training may be blinding people like Ben Bernanke from reality, but, if they are operating knowingly and intentionally, as some claim, the situation is even more frightening.
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It’s Getting Ugly: Economist Says Hoard Gold & Scotch

Posted by truthpills on 2009/02/18

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Respected economist John Williams, editor of ShadowStats.com, a popular website that tracks real inflation figures, is advising that people hoard physical gold as well as food items in bulk so that they have some means with which to barter as the economic crisis turns ugly.

“Three or four years into the future I think we could be in a hyperinflation, within the current year you’re going to see much higher inflation than most people are looking at,” Williams told MarketWatch.

Williams said that his definition of hyperinflation would be a situation in which a $100 dollar bill would become more functional as a piece of toilet paper than a store of value.

“This is a time when you want to preserve your wealth and assets because inflation will knock the value out of it,” he added, advising that people buy physical gold and assets other than the U.S. dollar.

“Then when the hyperinflation hits you’ll see disruption of normal commerce, you won’t have enough $100 dollar bills to buy what you want,” said Williams, adding that items to barter with, such as a bottle of scotch, would be more valuable than actual cash, even in large quantities.

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