From the Cabin

1-23-2021 Vol 1 Issue 4

Politics: During the first three days of his presidency Biden has singed 30 executive orders, many of them undoing previous executive orders signed by President Donald Trump. Included is the ceasing of funds for the border wall, limiting the power of ICE, helping 11 million illegal aliens become US citizens and more. In the following list the “yes” and “no” is referring to if the order overturns one of Trump’s previous executive orders.  Here is the full list:

January 22          Economy             Yes         Restores collective bargaining power and worker protections for federal workers, and lays the foundation for $15 minimum wage

January 22          Economy             No          Calls for assistance to those who are struggling to buy food, missed out on stimulus checks or are unemployed.

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Accelerates manufacturing and delivery of supplies for vaccination, testing and Personal Protective Equipment

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Directs FEMA to expand reimbursement to states to fully cover the cost for National Guard personnel and emergency supplies

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Establishes the Pandemic Testing Board to expand US coronavirus testing capacity

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Establishes a preclinical program to boost development of therapeutics in response to pandemic threats

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Enhances the nation’s collection, production, sharing and analysis of coronavirus data

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Directs FEMA to create federally-supported community vaccination centers

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Directs the Department of Education and HHS to provide guidance for safely reopening and operating schools, childcare providers and institutions of higher education

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Calls on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to release clear guidance on Covid-19, decide whether to establish emergency temporary standards, and directs OSHA to enforce worker health and safety requirements

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Requires mask wearing in airports and on certain modes of transportation, including many trains, airplanes, maritime vessels and intercity buses. International travelers must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to coming to the US

January 21          Coronavirus        No          Creates the Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force to help ensure an equitable pandemic response and recovery

January 21          Coronavirus        No          A presidential directive to restore America’s leadership, support the international pandemic response effort, promote resilience for future threats and advance global health security and the Global Health Security Agenda

January 20          Coronavirus        No          Launches a “100 Days Masking Challenge” asking Americans to wear masks for 100 days. Requires masks and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands and by government contractors, and urges states and local governments to do the same.

January 20          Coronavirus        Yes         Stops the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization, with Dr. Anthony Fauci becoming the head of the delegation to the WHO

January 20          Coronavirus        No          Creates the position of Covid-19 Response Coordinator, reporting directly to Biden and managing efforts to produce and distribute vaccines and medical equipment

January 20          Economy             No          Extends the existing nationwide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until at least March 31

January 20          Economy             No          Extends the existing pause on student loan payments and interest for Americans with federal student loans until at least September 30

January 20          Environment       Yes         Rejoins the Paris climate accord, a process that will take 30 days

January 20          Environment       Yes         Cancels the Keystone XL pipeline and directs agencies to review and reverse more than 100 Trump actions on the environment

January 20          Equity    Yes         Rescinds the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, directs agencies to review their actions to ensure racial equity

January 20          Equity    No          Prevents workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

January 20          Census  Yes         Requires non-citizens to be included in the Census and apportionment of congressional representatives

January 20          Immigration        No          Fortifies DACA after Trump’s efforts to undo protections for undocumented people brought into the country as children

January 20          Immigration        Yes         Reverses the Trump administration’s restrictions on US entry for passport holders from seven Muslim-majority countries

January 20          Immigration        Yes         Undoes Trump’s expansion of immigration enforcement within the United States

January 20          Immigration        Yes         Halts construction of the border wall by terminating the national emergency declaration used to fund it

January 20          Immigration        No          Extends deferrals of deportation and work authorizations for Liberians with a safe haven in the United States until June 30, 2022

January 20          Ethics    No          Requires executive branch appointees to sign an ethics pledge barring them from acting in personal interest and requiring them to uphold the independence of the Department of Justice

January 20          Regulation          Yes         Directs OMB director to develop recommendations to modernize regulatory review and undoes Trump’s regulatory approval process

Economics: President Biden’s latest stimulus bill of 1.9 trillion dollars includes a new check going out to citizens in the amount of $1400, filling the gap of the original $2000 President Trump wanted to send out to the public before the election. This adds more to the national debt on top of the 2.3 trillion Congress just passed to fund the government and a 900 billion dollar covid-19 relief package.

Meanwhile, thousands of small businesses have closed their doors and more closings are on the way. There isn’t a total number of closings since these numbers are not tracked by any organization.

Gold:   $1855.50 troy ounce

Silver:    $25.56 troy ounce

Platinum:  $1,109,10 troy ounce

Copper:   $3.62 per pound

Bitcoin:  $32,031.60

US National Debt: $27,825,336,000,000

Debt per citizen: $84,061

Food: President Biden has sent a proposal to congress for a 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus bill that includes the increase funding of food stamps. While money would help during normal situations it does little good if there isn’t food on the shelves to buy.

Self-defense: an ammo shortage has increased across the country as gun owners try to hunt down the latest batches of ammo that hits the market. Websites that are able to obtain a supply of ammo watch it disappear in minutes.

Hunting Ammo production is higher than it has been in the last 100 years. If you think you can reload and save some money while staying out to the ammo market, think again. All primers are dedicated to the production of ammo in factories and won’t be seen available for sale anytime soon. Even with the disappearance of ammo from store shelves firearms are still disappearing at record levels even after the election and inauguration is over.

Editorial: Rules for thee and not for me should be the motto for this new incoming administration. In the first three days of Trump’s administration he signed a total of 1 executive order. The days that followed shows more being signed and he was criticized for it. The use of executive orders was seen as the sign of a fascist state and he was called a dictator from the start. However, Biden is being praised for picking up a pen and signing these orders. In three days, 30 executive orders have been signed with little opposition coming from any direction. The printing press is being warmed up and all indication point to a spending spree with little help going to the little guy. If the Dems think that food stamps and a check once in a while is going to buy loyalty, think again. What these people fail to realize is that we know they think low of us. The recent mistreatment of troops in DC shows how expendable they think we are. After the inauguration 5000 national guard troops were taken to a parking ramp to camp overnight until they would be taken back to their base. This parking garage only had one bathroom with two stalls and a single outlet for electricity. No other arrangements had been made previously for these troops that had been demanded for the swearing in ceremony.

Coming down the pipeline are bills further limiting the second amendment, more surveillance on law abiding citizens, higher taxes, and the death of small business across the country. But hey we might save the planet and there will be fewer people clogging the streets at rush hour. Twitter and Facebook have started their purge of the useful idiots in Antifa and BLM as riots continue in Seattle and Portland. These groups who helped push Biden into office are no longer under the protection of the party that used them for their own ill-gotten gains. Congratulations, you got what you deserved. If you thought Trump was bad for the last four years let me point something out, the economy did better than it ever did before, there were no new wars, carbon emissions went down even after leaving the Paris climate accord, there was no pee pee tape, the collusion with Russia was a myth, and we are still here with nobody in concentration camps or being killed in the streets for who they sleep with. Life was so good people had to start bitching about pronouns to feel good about themselves again. You’re welcome.

-Matthew Gilman

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Ending the push for Civil War

A dozen members of the national guard have been relieved of duty while stationed in Washington DC to protect the capital during the inauguration. Some were removed for supporting Trump, the current president of the united states as I write this, others for posting pictures of Gadsden flag and symbol of the revolutionary war that created this country.

The paranoia coming from the incoming administration shows several things about people we are going to have in charge for the next four years. The people pushing this agenda of alienating the people we depend on for the protection of our country have no understanding what is like to be in a uniform. The military is a tribe, a band of brothers that, even with all of their differences, will come together when it is needed. When bullets start flying the only concern these people have is that the guy next to them is shooting in the same direction. Everyone wants to go home at the end and what they know is that even if they are killed, they know the guys around them will make sure they still go home. Now we see a vetting process that could cause a divide in our own military. There are two things that could come out of this, either the military is divided amongst itself or they start to turn on the same people who are trying to divide it.

Demoralizing the military is a psi-op that will likely backfire. What is expected is that soldiers will rat out other soldiers in an effort to protect themselves. Once the rat is found the rest will turn on him and then the process never ends. Even if that doesn’t happen knowing in the back of your mind that you could be relieved of duty for saying or posting the wrong thing on a social media app brings a level of paranoia that will drive people from that profession.

What we are seeing has happened before with the East German Stasi during the cold war. People were criticized for their ideas and would disappear never to be seen again. One can only imagine what the Stasi would have been like if they had cell phones to track and social media to monitor. For a clear example of what this would look like take a look at China with face identification software that can ID someone even while wearing a mask. The social credit score can change if something is said, and wrong action is taken, or you just don’t like the current government which is always the same government. The concentration camps holding the Uyghur Muslims to be sterilized and re-educated only to never be released from prison. Millions of people disappeared in East German during the cold war. Some made it across the border into West Germany but that doesn’t explain how the majority of people worked with the Stasi to turn in their own neighbors and family to make sure they did not one day disappear.

With this process starting with the military the 1% that is swore to protect the country is being mentally beaten down in an effort to make sure they will follow all orders coming in from the new administration. I can only hope that the desire to stand up against an unjust authority will cause these people to refuse orders defending the country from the real threat, ourselves.

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From the Cabin

1-19-2021 Vol 1 Issue 2

Politics: Only a few days before the presidential election in Washington DC the FBI is now trying to vet the 25,000 national guard troops stationed in DC. Fear has risen that a person or group within the national guard might try to commit a terrorist attack during the election. While vetting FBI agents during the hiring process is a long and involved investigation, the current vetting is based on the loyalty towards the current president Donald Trump.

The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump a second time. He is currently the only president to be impeached twice. The senate has not voted for the impeachment yet and if it passes the hearing will be scheduled for after the inauguration to keep Trump from running for president again in 2024.

Economics: A run on freezers for food storage has increased the price for copper to $10,000 a ton, a sharp spike from previously lower prices. Fear of food shortages are raising the demand for food storage abilities in the United States.

Gold: $1840.20 troy ounce

Silver: $25.26 troy ounce

Platinum: $1,091.20 troy ounce

Copper: $3.60 Pound

US National Debt $27,810,170,000,000

Debt per citizen: $84,025

 Food: Post Brexit UK is not seeing food disappearing from super market shelves as the importing of goods has been shut down from Europe and other parts of the world due to Covid-19. During 2020 the UK shut down several farms from Covid-19 infections limiting the production of food throughout the country. During a normal year the island country of the United Kingdom can produce for 10 million people. The current population is 66.65 million. Without food being imported the UK will run out of any food within a few weeks.

Chaos and Riots have broken out in China from the rising cost and limited supply of food. The Chinese government have tripled their import of Corn from the US, going from 7m tonnes to 22 m tonnes by the end of 2020. The higher price of rice has made things difficult for the Chinese as well since the cost of a freighter has doubled and when rice is ordered from other countries it takes 3-4 months for the order to arrive.

The import and export of good have been halted for many countries. Russia shut down the export of all grains raising the prices on the world market. The hopes of food joining the market from South America were crushed after a season long drought from a La Nina that kept rain from falling on the fields.

While commodities prices around the world have risen, they have remained the same in the US while China buys whatever is available on the market. Only after the Department of Agriculture released information that Soy numbers were much lower that they originally anticipated the price of soy did not rise a substantial amount.

Due to the coming shortage of food in China the government has implemented food waste laws punishing people with huge fines for buying too much food or throwing away any food. Dumpsters are under the surveillance of cameras and keep track of who is throwing items away and how much. Face identification software is being used for the documentation of who is throwing away food.

Self-defense: Many states at the moment are starting the year with new gun bills being brought before local governments. Texas has 16 bills, ranging from Castle Doctrine changes to the limited size of magazines. New York state is trying to make it illegal for citizens to own bullet proof vests. On the agenda for the Biden administration is making the online sale of ammo illegal and the banning of firearms. As Kamala Harris said during a presidential debate, “I don’t understand why we can’t do this through Executive order.” Biden did reply, “it’s because we have a constitution.” But this doesn’t mean it will actually be followed during his administration.

In Germany, the government is building detention centers, camps, for people who violate the Covid-19 lockdown orders. If someone has violated the current orders dictated by the state they will be arrested and taken to these centers. It isn’t clear if this is to quarantine the individual for 2 weeks to see if they are infected or to re-educate the individual to follow the rules.

Editorial: While starting this newsletter I have gone back into my library and pulled out a few documentaries about collapse. There is the informative book by Jared Diamond that does a great job of outlining how societies collapse. Then I re-read Michael Ruppert’s book Collapse.

Years later, it’s obvious that Ruppert was ahead of his time, knowing what was to come. Back then I thought there was a chance to change things and maybe prevent what was to come. These days I accept where things are going and try to do little things to make sure myself and my family can learn to adapt and get through this.

At the local dollar store I found a rack of vegetable seeds, 4 for $1. I picked up several packs and added them to the seed bank I have accumulated over the years. A local discount food outlet had boxes of MREs for $12. I bought 6 boxes and stored them away just in case. Plans are coming along for the remodeling and repairs for the root cellar attached to the house. Compost bins slowly fill up over the winter months to create top soil for the garden to come.

When you grow to accept that there is nothing you can do to change what is happening all over the world there is some comfort in taking command of your own journey and trying to make it as pain free as possible. When pain does come your way learn from it the best you can.

-Matthew Gilman

1-19-2021

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