The Shape of Things to Come (2011/2012) - Issue Twelve (12)
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Originally Posted by GroundRod
My personal opinion is that it will be a generation before gold even gets back to 1:1, it will remind to many people of the Banksters and how they stole everything from them with their scheming fiat scams. Silver will become King of trade with farmers, ranchers and those with something extra of value, not gold, which will have a negative emotion for most in the western world, for many years to come...
Originally Posted by giuseppe
GR, you think Silver will be worth more in value than Gold?
Do you base it on supply, or something other. i just think that is an interesting thought.
Sorry it's taking me so long to respond to this, once I found your question, remembered right away when asked in our latest interview with him, Richard Sauder mentioned something about Silver worth more than Gold. Could have been mistaken, if I find that time index in the 4 hour interview, will let you know.
Anyway, regardless had to not think about this question for an additional week, then just today the answer popped into my head. Here goes....
Imagine this scenario: As the dollar plunges into worthlessness and the federal reserve is dissolved, a new form of currency will arise. It must or all aspects of the central control structure would crumble. A new form of script or 'binary only' money to pay the troops with (as it were-minions & the like) must be very believable, so I'm starting to suspect it will be backed by Gold, as many commentaries have hinted at, or at least that is the line which will be preached on MSM. Who's really going to know if it's backed by physical or not? For the most part they have it tucked away somewhere and can only show us endless pictures of it all, being newly accounted for. Most of us will feel there is no choice, but to swallow the pill and accept the new rations allocation that comes with it.
Now another aspect to this story, as these folks running this theater play aren't stupid and so I'm sure they have thought of this: Those individuals, that have a heavy Gold allocation in their portfolio are likely to love this new currency and the large amount of this 'new money' they can acquire with only one small oz of physical. Many once alienated by distaste for the crimes from a past system & leadership failures, can now be welcomed back into the fold, cheerfully given access to all the security cards and new encryption plastic to accounts filled to overflowing for having the keen insight and taken physical possession of the metal Gold, all they need do is relinquish possession of it, possibly to one of the newly 'authorized' dealers and all their past sins will be forgiven.
But what of the other 99.9% of the population that has no Gold saved and was relying on the US Dollar for all their saving and retirement plans? As Jules would say: Sorry, bad luck mate, the stuff hyper-inflated it's way to oblivion over that last week, while the banks had to be closed.
Which brings me back to Silver. Allot of folks are going to be really pi$$ed off about this, and want nothing to do with the new currency or with Gold or it's digital equivalent.
Instantly (or not, still gnawing on that) an unofficial trade & barter economy will form, some of it based on Silver and that part of it rapidly discounting the new official Gold backed digital currency for things that really matter, like food. Energy is a tricky point, will it be allowed to fall into the hands of non-participants in the new currency? Don't know the answer to that either, but my guess is it will be very hard to come by without participation. That goes for all it's forms, like electricity, auto fuel, heating oil, etc...As for having Internet access, one must assume it will be only available to those participating in the new currency.
It's under these conditions (or something similar) for which I see Silver take the lead and the physical metal become more valuable than Gold.
At this point many of you reading this scenario probably see allot of questions come to mind, remember I'm just brainstorming ideas & trying to answer giuseppe's question....
So this brings me to an important point about divide and conquer that has worked so well for centuries in controlling the human animals. Which side of this divide will you be standing on, when the dust appears to have settled? Think long and hard about what factors would drive you to side with Gold and who it stood for. If handing over a 100oz bar of Gold could make you a billionaire on the one hand, and possibly get you killed as an elitist for trying to sell it on the black market for less value than a 100oz of Silver was worth, in the other. Which side of this trade are you going to gravitate to?
Regardless, in this imaginary world scenario, the metal Silver would then have become more valuable than Gold and at the same time become the metal of choice for only thieves, criminals and those other anonymous folks out in cyberspace trying to destroy our system and world governance.
* — Pastry
* 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spoon flour into dry measuring cups to overflowing and sweep off excess with a straight edge)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
* 1/2 cup Crisco, at room temperature, cut into pieces
* 6 tablespoons ice water
* 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
* — filling
* 1 cup sugar
* 4 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 5 cups fresh or partially thawed frozen huckleberries or wild blueberries
* 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
* — sugar for top of pie
* Prep Time - 30
* Cook Time - 75
1. To make the pastry, stir together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the cold butter pieces and work them into the flour using a pastry blender or two knives until the butter is the size of small peas. Add the shortening and work it into the flour until the pieces of shortening are about the same size as the butter pieces. Combine the ice water and vinegar in a small cup. Add to the flour mixture about 1 tablespoon at a time while tossing with a fork. Continue mixing until the dough just gathers into a ball. Divide the dough into two portions, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten each into 1-inch-thick disks, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Roll the larger piece of dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle and fit it into a 9-inch pie plate (ovenproof glass preferable). Do not trim off excess pastry, just let it hang. Refrigerate.
2. To make the filling, combine the 1 cup sugar, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Add the huckleberries (if frozen, be sure berries are half-thawed before using) and lemon juice and fold everything together gently to combine well. Let stand 15 minutes. (Important to do this to soften the tapioca). Adjust two oven racks with one on the bottom shelf and the other in the center. Put a heavy baking sheet on the bottom rack and preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
3. To assemble the pie, on a lightly floured surface, roll the second piece of dough into an 11-inch circle. Spoon the huckleberry filling into the pastry-lined pan and dome it slightly. Distribute the butter pieces evenly over the filling. Use a pastry brush to moisten the edges of the bottom pastry and cover with the top pastry. Press edges together firmly, fold it back on itself to make a standing rim and flute. Brush top of pastry with water and make 5 or 6 slits for steam to escape. Sprinkle top evenly with 1 tablespoon sugar.
4. Baking. Put the pie onto the heavy baking sheet on the lower rack and bake 25 minutes. Carefully transfer the pie with the baking sheet to the center rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake until the pastry is a deep golden brown and the pie juices bubble thickly through the slits, about 50 minutes more. Cool the pie completely, at least several hours, before cutting and serving. If you cut the pie too soon, the filling will run all over the place. You can hasten the setting of the filling by refrigerating the pie for 3 to 4 hours once it has reached room temperature.
Note: Trout Lake Mushroom Company (509-395-2835) ships fresh huckleberries from August to September. The company then freezes its leftover berries and sells them frozen until they run out. Both fresh and frozen cost $30 to $40 for 5 pounds, enough for 3 pies.
Recipe by Greg Patent.
Key Lime pie (ridiculously simple)
9" graham cracker crust
14 oz can condensed sweeten milk
3 egg yolks - (whites not used)
1/2 cup key lime juice
Blend until smooth
Pour into crust
Bake at 350 for 15 min
let stand 10 min
Refrigerate until cool
Optional top with whip cream and slice of lime
I use "Nellie & Joe's famous Key west lime juice" - from the grocery store.
Other important stuff:
Knife - a jack knife with scissors is useful, leave the machete at home unless you are hiking through the jungle
Lighter or matches - mentioned again because it’s a good idea to have a back up
Hygiene kit - toothbrush, powder (cornstarch and baking soda work well), soap (optional but appreciated by others), rubbing alcohol (to keep your feet happy and fungal free), etc…
Bandana and/or small camp towel
Nylon cord or thin rope – 30 to 50 feet for bear bagging, drying clothes and tying down tent
Water purification - filter or chemical treatment
Two water bottles - usually one liter each
Water Bag – 1 to 2 gallon capacity saves extra trips to the water source and needed for waterless stretches
Flashlight or headlamp - don’t get caught in the dark
Spare batteries - see above
Bug dope - Citronella or deet combo, for your summer sanity
First aid Kit - see pre-packaged kits for ideas, make sure to have moleskin and duct tape
Snake Bite Kit - optional placebo for your peace of mind. Use the Extractor not old fashioned razor style that do more harm than good
Repair kit – Duct tape, thread, needles, patches for tent and air mattress, etc…
Whistle - For emergencies only please
Sunscreen - for those days when the sun isn’t hiding behind the trees and the clouds
Maps, compass and guide books - just in case you get tired of following someone else’s trail
Options for some necessities for others:
Walking stick or two - for those of us who are balance impaired, also helps to save sore knees and ford streams
Camp shoes – light weight sandals or cheap sneakers, handy for around town and stream crossings
Earplugs – for shelter use. There is always one snorer in the crowd
Book - for the nights when those snorers keep you awake, field guides are also good to have
Camera - worth the weight.
Cell phone and radio – if you truly believe you need these gadgets to survive in the wilderness then take them but PLEASE do not subject others to the
noise of your fancy toys
On the trail I would occasionally run into weekenders who would show me their big knives or occasionally firearms and ask what I carried for protection. I would have to resist the urge to say "That's not a knife, now this is a knife" before pulling out my micro swiss army knife with a one inch blade and tiny scissors. I really never felt threatened while on the trail. I had my walking sticks to ward of snakes and dogs and didn't feel the need for much else. I carry a slightly bigger folding knife today and would consider carrying some pepper spray if I was to thruhike again, but I still feel a lot more threatened in town than I do in the woods. Most bad people are lazy and do not wander far from roads. That might change in a melt down situation so if walking to avoid danger I would certainly recommend better protection.
Backpacking stove - a few hardy souls survive without one
Pot - used for cooking and eating out of (no need for an extra dish), usually between one and two liters
Potholder - a bandana will do if you want to save an ounce
Lighter or matches - unless your good at rubbing sticks together
Spoon - no fork needed
Spices - your choice, I like adobo as a good all around spice mix
Vitamins - a helpful supplement on long treks
Food bags- filled to your own tastes, get rid of extra packaging by storing food in Ziplocs
When asked what I thought about most while hiking, the easy answer is always food. The average thruhiker burns between 4000-6000 calories per day. I could only carry about 3500 calories/day without my pack getting too heavy. This leaves thruhikers in a constant deficit and explains why all you can eat restaurants are so popular amongst the hikers. I once measured the calories I ate during a typical layover day in town. Breakfast, lunch dinner, and multiple snacks added up to 10,000 calories. By the middle of the trail I had lost 20lbs, including much of the muscle in my upper body.
The funny thing is that during the first couple weeks of a long distance trek, most people are not that hungry. Exertion, heat, change in diet and routine all add up to lack of appetite. You sometimes need to force yourself to eat enough. But once you burn through your fat reserve, hunger strikes with a vengeance and your body starts craving what you need. For instance, I was brought up in a very meat and potatoes family. But on the trail I started craving salads. I had also given up adding any salt to my food, but on the trail I found myself needing a lot more to replace what I was sweating away.
Low weight, high calorie foods are a must. Canned foods just do not have a good weight to calorie ratio. Pasta is probably the most carried, followed by instant rice dishes. The dehydrated backpacking diners are ok but pricey. Regular rice and beans take a long time to cook and require a lot of fuel. On an extended trip it is easy to get bored of the usual meals so variety is important.
As I said, on the AT I lost about 20lbs and was not that out of shape to begin with. Before the PCT I bought a dehydrator and had a much better variety of nutritious veggies, beans and meat. I was able to maintain my weight for most of that hike.
It is just about impossible to forage for food and hike a lot of miles in a day. Hunting and gathering is a full time job. If you need to get somewhere, do not count on being able to find much food along the way.