Quote For The Week

“If it were to be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of security in a Republic? the answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws- the first growing out of the last. It is by this, in a great degree, that the rich and powerful are to be restrained from enterprises against the common liberty- operated upon by the influence of a general sentiment, by their interest in the principle, and by the obstacles which the habit it produces erects against innovation and encroachment. It is by this, in a still greater degree, that caballers, intriguers, and demagogues are prevented from climbing on the shoulders of faction to the tempting seats of usurpation and tyranny.

Were it not that it might require too lengthy a discussion, it would not be difficult to demonstrate, that a large and well organized Republic can scarcely lose its liberty from any other cause than that of anarchy, to which a contempt of the laws is the high road.

But, without entering into so wide a field, it is sufficient to present to your view a more simple and a more obvious truth, which is this- that a sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.”

-Alexander Hamilton (American statesman and Founding Father. 1755 or 1757-1804), in “Tully No. III,” August 28, 1794

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Monday, October 17th, 2016 Government, Legal, Quote For The Week No Comments

Signs Of The Time, Part 111

Truly a sign for once in this long-running series of posts.

Seen in Muncie, Indiana, recently was a billboard displaying the following:

Hate Cops?
The Next Time You Need Help
Call A Crackhead.

I understand the “advice” has since been withdrawn from the billboard after some person(s) was offended.

Others are citing this “retreat” as one more example of political correctness run amok, and are gladly offering to assist said person(s) back to their “safe space”…

“South Park- Safe Space- ‘In My Safe Space’”
YouTube Video

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Marc Faber Suggests Gold Should Make Up 25 Percent Of Portfolio

Earlier this month, I blogged about how Swiss-born investment advisor/money manager Marc Faber informed CNBC TV viewers he holds physical gold stored in safe deposit boxes.

Last Thursday, the publisher of the monthly investment newsletter The Gloom Boom & Doom Report talked more about the shiny yellow metal at a CFA Institute seminar in Chicago. Gail MarksJarvis reported on the Chicago Tribune website on July 22:

Faber told the investment professionals gathered in Chicago that they shouldn’t be prejudiced against gold. Although the typical investment pro keeps less than 1 percent of his or her portfolio in gold, Faber suggests 25 percent. He sees it as protection from a dangerous combination of tremendous government debt and massive bond-buying by central banks globally trying to fight off recession with near-zero interest rates…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

MarksJarvis also noted that “Doctor Doom,” as he’s often referred to by the financial news media, thinks there may be value in precious metals mining stocks.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to regular Survival And Prosperity readers. I blogged back on May 24 about Faber’s statement the prior week to a CNBC TV audience that gold shares are one of “the most attractive assets in my view”- the others being oil and gas stocks.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s notes: Info added to “Crash Prophets” page; a qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)


MarksJarvis, Gail. “‘Gloom, Boom & Doom’ economist pushes for gold.” Chicago Tribune. 22 July 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-marksjarvis-column-marc-faber-money-doom-0724-biz-20160722-column.html). 26 July 2016.

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Chicago Police Department Manpower Shortage Latest

“Chicago readers take note: The ‘thin blue line’ that exists in the Windy City will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future. Carry on accordingly.”

Survival And Prosperity, October 3, 2011

With the help of the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop, I became aware several years ago of the manpower shortage going on in the Chicago Police Department.

Subsequently, I started blogging about the situation from time to time.

As shootings in the city march past 2,300 for the year, attention is being drawn to Chicago’s “cop shortage” again. Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website on July 20:

After three shootings this week in a gang-ridden South Side ward that includes Englewood and Back of the Yards, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) is demanding that Emanuel finally make good on his 2011 campaign promise to hire 1,000 additional police officers.

In the meantime, Lopez wants Chicago Police officers now working in pairs for their own safety to get reinforcements from the Illinois National Guard, the Illinois State Police, the Cook County Sheriff’s office or all of the above

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

No DHS or other federal agencies?

On the subject of paying for more police, Alderman Lopez brought up taxes. Spielman added:

When Lopez was asked where he would find the money to hire 1,000 more police officers, he offered to raise property taxes- again.

That’s on top of the $588 million property tax increase approved last fall for police and fire pensions and school construction and the $250 million increase the Board of Education is about to approve for teacher pensions…

Remember what I’ve been saying for years now about new/higher fees, fines, and taxes for Chicagoans?

With news yesterday that the Fraternal Order of Police is urging its members to turn down all requests for “non-mandatory overtime” over the fast-approaching Labor Day weekend, Second City Cop blogged:

It is most certainly is a message to the administration- “Hire more cops!” seems to be what we’re reading. And that’s a perfectly appropriate message to be sending to the city- the Department is badly understaffed

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)


Spielman, Fran. “Shooting of 6-year-old girl revives demand for 1,000 more cops.” Chicago Sun-Times. 20 July 2016. (http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/shooting-of-six-year-old-resurrects-demands-for-1000-more-cops/). 26 July 2016.

SCC. “OT Boycott Gets Media Coverage.” Second City Cop. 26 July 2016. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2016/07/ot-boycott-gets-media-coverage.html). 26 July 2016.

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Quote For The Week

“You have to take that sort of moderate, ‘We just want to have common sense legislation so our children are safe!’ You say shit like that, and then people will buy into it.”

-Mary Bayer, DNC a former Democratic delegate and a volunteer organizer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign (per Daily Caller website), discussing “how the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton hide the fact that they want to ban all guns” (per Project Veritas Action video description)

“Clinton Delegate Explains How Democrats Will Ban All Guns”
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By Christopher E. Hill
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Robert Shiller: ‘Neither Farmland Nor Housing Has Been A Great Place To Invest Money Over The Long Term’

Yale University Economics Professor Robert Shiller just torpedoed long-held notions about farmland and residential real estate in this country. The Nobel Prize winner, who correctly-called the dot-com and housing busts of the last decade, penned the following on The New York Times website on July 15:

Despite solid price increases over the last few years, land and homes have actually been disappointing investments. It’s worth considering why.

Let’s start by looking at the numbers. The best long-term data on land in the United States is for farmland, which is valuable in its own right and can also be considered a great reservoir that can be converted to housing and other purposes at opportune times.

Over the century from 1915 to 2015, though, the real value of American farmland (deflated by the Consumer Price Index) increased only 3.1 times, according to the Department of Agriculture. That comes to an average increase of only 1.1 percent a year– and with a growing population, that’s barely enough to keep per capita real land value unchanged.

According to my own data (relying on the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which I helped create), real home prices rose even more slowly over the same period — a total increase of 1.8 times, which comes to an average of only 0.6 percent a year.

What all that amounts to is that neither farmland nor housing has been a great place to invest money over the long term…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“Neither farmland nor housing has been a great place to invest money over the long term”

Obviously, this goes contrary to what many Americans have believed all along.

However, the fact that farmland can produce income from crops should not be ignored.

Residential real estate may also offer benefits beyond property value. In my case, the single-family dwelling in the Chicago suburbs which my girlfriend and I own is a significant improvement in such areas as security and food production, for example, compared to our previous rental unit in a multi-family building on the city’s Northwest Side.

An interesting piece from Dr. Shiller, which you can read on the Times’ website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Advertiser Spotlight: Blade HQ

I’ve owned knives since the 1980s. My first one was an official Boy Scout Knife, which I still have and which has seen a fair amount of wear and tear over the years. My second one was a Swiss Army Knife I received as a “best man” gift. I still own that one too, and it’s proven to be quite handy around the house and in the outdoors. I’ve acquired a few more blades over time, each serving as a tool to tackle some specific task (maybe several). As with any tool, shoddily-constructed ones are to be avoided. Knives in particular for obvious reasons. Enter Blade HQ, “Gear Up For Adventure.” The Lehi, Utah-based vendor of knives and other outdoor products helps steer customers away from crap and towards quality. From their Facebook page:

Gear up for adventure at www.BladeHQ.com! We love knives as much as our customers do. Knives make up the bulk of our store, but we also carry a wide variety of other outdoor products to help you gear up for whatever adventure is coming your way.

Founded in 2003, Blade HQ boasts a large number of knives in its inventory. They carry well-recognized brands like:

• Benchmade
• Boker
• Buck
• Cold Steel
• Gerber
• Kershaw
• Spyderco

In addition to a number of other blade makers I’m not familiar with.

“Blade HQ Shop Tour- Where knives come from”
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Besides knives, BladeHQ.com sells:

• Knife Accessories
• Outdoor & Survival
• Multitools
• Pocket Tools
• Axes
• Throwing
• Saws
• Flashlights
• Keychain

Prospective customers can search products by:

• New Arrivals
• Exclusives
• Coming Soon
• Brands
• Designers

In addition, there are “On Sale” and “Closeout” sections on the website.

Blade HQ does offer price matching. According to their site:

BladeHQ will match any competitor’s price on identical “in stock” products from competing online stores at time of purchase.

For all domestic orders over $99, shipping is free.

The Blade HQ gang even buys rare knives and knife collections.

Blade HQ has been an Better Business Bureau accredited business since 2006, and is rated “A+” as I type this.

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By Christopher E. Hill
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Chicago-Area Residents Renting Egg-Laying Chickens

I’ve come to appreciate the benefits of owning egg-laying chickens from observing preppers/survivalists the last several years. Keeping an egg-laying hen would be something I’d investigate further- if the Chicago suburb I lived in permitted it and our winters weren’t so frigid. For those Chicago-area residents who are permitted to have chickens, I learned from reading my Sunday paper on July 3 that renting egg-laying hens for a portion of the year is now an affordable possibility. Nara Schoenberg reported on the Chicago Tribune website on June 27:

Kelin Petersen knew she wanted a chicken.

The Logan Square mother of three had confided in her best friend, also an admirer of the fluffy barnyard bird. She’d tracked down a good book on chicken care and read it to her kids, who had responded enthusiastically. But it wasn’t until a casual conversation with a farm-savvy friend at church that Petersen finally saw a clear path to her goal.

“You can rent chickens, you know,” her friend said. “We don’t have enough land to do it, but you could totally do it.”

Determined to eat local, live green or just do something a little different, Chicagoans such as Petersen are increasingly renting egg-laying hens for the summer

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

As far as costs are concerned, Schoenberg noted later on in the piece:

Chicken rental costs roughly $110 a month, and typically includes two or three chickens, feed, dishes, bedding, and a sturdy wood and wire coop, as well as email, phone or text support…

Good to know. You can read the entire article here on the Tribune website.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 Food, Preparedness No Comments

Signs Of The Time, Part 110

The most sobering article I’ve read yet about the deteriorating state of affairs in Venezuela. From Hannah Dreier of the Associated Press yesterday:

Tebie Gonzalez and Ramiro Ramirez still have their sleek apartment, a fridge covered with souvenir magnets from vacations abroad, and closets full of name brand clothes. But they feel hunger drawing near.

So when the Venezuelan government opened the long-closed border with Colombia this weekend, the couple decided to drain what remained of the savings they put away before the country spun into economic crisis and stock up on food. They left their two young sons with relatives and joined more than 100,000 other Venezuelans trudging across what Colombian officials are calling a “humanitarian corridor” to buy as many basic goods as possible…

Some fear what’s taking place in the “socialist paradise” is coming to the United States. I sure as hell hope not, as the International Monetary Fund is predicting 1,600% inflation for the South American country next year.

Regrettably, I do think hyperinflation could be in the cards for us down the road.

“Signs Of A Coming Time”?

An insightful piece by Dreier, which you can read over on the ABC News website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Hillary Clinton: White Americans ‘Need To Recognize Our Privilege And Practice Humility’

The “favorite daughter” of Park Ridge, Illinois- Hillary Clinton- gave this advice to white Americans Monday at the NAACP convention in Cincinnati, Ohio:

We white Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face everyday. We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility rather than assume our experiences our everyone’s experiences…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility”

Speak for yourself.

“Hillary: White Americans Need To Do A Better Job Recognizing Their Privilege”
YouTube Video

“Divisive politics” in an attempt to mobilize this particular group of voters for the November election.

Just what this country needs right now as “hard times” fast approach (again).

By Christopher E. Hill
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Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 Political Parties, Racism, Recession No Comments
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