The Flood

The weather’s been rough, dynamic. But it always is isn’t it? How can an unnoticeable change in atmospheric temperature really do anything – heck, the temperature changes all the time. Well, if anything is happening, it’s happening so slow – we can deal with it, can’t we. Geoengineering, where you live, who you know – there are possibilities. But nature, like the weather, is dynamic – nothing permanent – everything connected – our fate is tied to nature – but, I’m not sure about managing nature – “redwoods talk to me, saying plainly the human name, doesn’t mean shit to a tree.” Jefferson Airplane, Eskimo Blue Day.

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Winter Solstice 2023

Top of the Point

I haven’t surfed for a while, and things have moved on. The surf masses have increased, but I really have no good excuse. I have made myself busy with work, gardening, spirit, family, and practice. I still have ambition to surf – my boards distributed around the house and yard, wetsuits hanging dry, and sometimes a flip through a surf mag. Surfing is definitely famous – I was checking pics of the protest that pushed back on the softboard revolution – now schools, softboards, and all the diversity of growth is apparent. Protesting against the force of natural humanity – nope.

I wrote this for Christmas a few years back after Nicky H. and I met on the inside at JTH…

Was the day before Christmas and all through the Hook
The Crew jockeyed for position, but nobody bothered to look.
The sun was bright silver, a few clouds in the air,
In hopes a big set would soon would be there.

The Crew began to paddle, another set loomed,
Up the point waves crashed and 38th boomed.
And out on the horizon, just when you thought it had passed,
A bigger set rose, gathered, and massed.

When out of the fray, a nice bowl appeared,
I spun my ride around, an opportunity I peered.
I paddled hard and gathered speed,
Soon my board lifted, from the water it was freed.

Down the line I charged, missing this one and that
Off the top I sprayed, my bottom turn was phat.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a backdoor barrel, everything was clear.

With a little adjustment, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be the thick.
The lip just threw, and out I came,
Someone whistled, and called out my name!

Now in the channel, my ride all done
I decided that I needed more than just one
I turned back towards the waves, pushed through the whitewater
When all of a sudden, I was hit by someone’s daughter.

As I tried to fend off the kook’s LB,
I noticed another ripper bearing down on me.
Up to the nexus of third and second bowl,
Shot his board off the lip, he didn’t know the toll.

I saw what was coming, and did what I could
I used my arms over my head, just like a hood.
I tumbled in darkness, I hoped for the best
Soon it was over and I came to rest.

I popped up from below in a tangled mess,
And what did I see, it was Nicky no less.
I pulled on my chord to retrieve my board,
And in the deck was a fin, stuck like a sword.

It didn’t take long for Nick to see
It was his fin he left for me
He said he was sorry and I knew it was true
We walked up the beach together, he thought I was blue.

The waves were still pumping, but I couldn’t go,
Nicky still wondered, but I said, “its ok bro!”
He checked his twin fin setup, and looked back outside.
I said, “go for it”, and walked up the stairs to my ride.

I know you all are still there – thinking’ bout it.

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Winter 2021


This is how it was.


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How Much Does a Phase II Environmental Assessment Cost?

I got a phone call from a close friend. She told me she was working on a development project for her family, and just got the results of a Phase I Environmental Assessment. The assessment pointed to a potential obstacle to the project – a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC). The project site used to be a dry cleaner that closed up shop a few years back, and the assessment noted there could have been a release of tetrachloroethylene, or perchloroethylene (PCE) into the soil and groundwater. My friend was really upset. It was already difficult enough with stakeholders, banks, city and county regulators taking chunks of her time and money – now this. She was stressed. “Can you help?” she said, “Now they want a Phase II Assessment to investigate the REC. All I want to know is how much is this going to cost?”

I paused for a moment thinking, “it depends…”, but quickly remembered the stress she was under. “How about we meet for coffee in a couple of hours and in the meantime, I will work up a cost for a Phase II Assessment for you?” That’s what she wanted to hear.

After some time, we spoke about what drives cost.

Site Related Cost Drivers, Soil and Groundwater Investigation

Factor that drives cost How/Why it Drives Cost
  • What’s in it
  • Hazardous contaminants require specialized personnel, equipment, and disposal that increase cost.
  • How much is there
  • The more contamination there is, the more likely people or environment will be exposed field work. Extra precautions may be necessary which would increase cost. Higher contaminant levels may also require specialized personnel and equipment that would increase cost. Higher contaminant levels limit disposal options, which can run up cost.
  • How far has it spread
  • The number of sample points necessary to map out an area of contamination increases with the size of the contaminated area, and cost increases with the number of sample points.
  • Type of soil and rock
  • Very hard or dense ground requires specific equipment for drilling and longer drilling time, which increase cost. In contrast, drilling in soft material like sandy soil might require special equipment to keep the drill hole open, which also increases cost.
  • how far below the ground is the water
  • Cost generally increases with depth to groundwater. Drilling takes longer, there are more soil samples collected, more materials used, and more drilling waste created. Also, the time it takes to sample groundwater increases with depth to groundwater.
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Summer 2016


I live still!!!

The pictures show the beach event of the season – rising from the ashes. Youth took selfish intentions (but always loads of fun) from the past, mixed them with technology and wisdom, and “re-used” the Sharks Cove Surf Contest to raise money for a child’s cancer treatment. It was a great day and the surf cooperated.

I get lost sometimes. I have a job, bitchen wife, good sons, a house, loads of debt – and surf. Isn’t this the American surfers paradise? I surf one of the best spots on the heckin’ globe! So, I get lost. Then – sometimes – I open my eyes wider. Comrades are falling -young and old – some you don’t expect, some you do; times seem tougher – harder to get by, so much competition, such a focus on money, so many “forgotten men” (todays forgotten man has a job – probably multiple part time jobs and still doesn’t make enough to pay rent and take decent care of family); and less and less community. Everyone expected to be pulling up their own “boot-straps” – its the American way.

The dude broke down in front of my house. My house is located at the bottom of a slight hill at the intersection with a dead end street. Live Oak – Country – the Wild West – Unincorporated; like a city name you’re proud of. Anyway, my street is the “short-cut” around a busy street/intersection web, it provides back-door entrance to the dead end street, and it’s an escape route for those who escape or plan to escape – dead end to railroad tracks to east or west – check. It is also a thoroughfare for the forgotten man.

I watched him fiddle around with his truck, trying with all the resources at his disposal, with no luck. He stayed late into the night; at times I could see the fire glow of his cell phone. I’m not sure if he stayed the night because it looked like he gathered some things in a backpack and took off. He was back the next day, still trying, still using what he had. I walked the fine line between asking if I could help and disgracing a man who was on his own, and asked. “No thanks” he said, “this is just a hobby truck – my other truck is what I usually use – I just want to get this thing home to fix it. It’s not getting fuel.” Some small talk ensued – mostly on my part. “Thanks for letting me park here,” he said. “No problem” I replied, “but my wife’s away right now – might not play out this way when she’s back.” The day unfolded like the day before. No luck getting the truck started – and again I couldn’t tell whether he spent the night.

The wife is home tomorrow and it doesn’t look like my new neighbor has made much headway. And as I spy on him, I become more convinced what I see is all this person has. Why can’t I help him? What is it that says a forgotten man cannot turn to the community? He will not. What is this pride that we do not stand together? What difference? Is it a view? What is right? What is wrong? What is truth?


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Catch Up

I think someone has a job in the US military reading science fiction stories. The objective is to come up with new weaponry ideas. Easy enough. One weapon recently identified in the media may have application to the surf industry. The idea is to create an explosion under the water that in turn creates a tidal wave directed at the target coastline. The picture shows such a vision. Now – use your own capacity to visualize, and place a tow-in on the wave – or, how about a downsized explosion creating overhead point surf in your local land-locked reservoir. That’s right – it would no longer be necessary to make it to the coast to surf - truly surfing USA – and with military backing!

The normal everyday surf has been fun, when you could find a crack between the wind and tide. Tragically, in a “careful-what-you-wish-for” scenario, the kelp beds that smooth the daily wind chop have all but disappeared. The story from our “at-the-rail” expert is that a bacterial blight has decimated the starfish population, which in turn has allowed a certain snail that starfish feed on to undergo a population explosion. The rub – the snail feeds on the kelp anchors. Once the anchors are compromised, the canopy breaks away. With the kelp beds gone, the lineup is exposed to the ravages of the wind. Remember, it wasn’t too long ago when we were complaining about kelp hampering our lineup. It’s been like surfing SoCal in the afternoon.

No south swell to date has earned the epic award, but even the small days, when the wind settled, were really fun. Stokeworthy, even the recent Memorial Day holiday weekend had waves, if you had the right vehicle. Yes, among the record number of visitors, the glide was alive. I know my friends were especially happy about my new glider – 10′ 11″ Josh Hall Double Ender – a homage to Skip Frye’s Eagle. No wave is out of reach. There were also short board days as well. The pics show views from a Mother’s Day cruise.

The View

South Driving Through The Hack

My favorite episode took place over the holiday. The double ender easily fits under my arm, but a gust of wind – even from a passing car – and I could see myself, board, and bike loosing the precarious equilibrium that is me with board on bike. So, going way back into my past, I asked my mom (my loving wife) to drop me off at the point – and pick me up after a surf session. No parking problems, and a great smile to greet me after the surf – no matter how the session was. As it goes, I had a great Tiburones session – small but firm.

One civic observation – Cliven Bundy – Hero. According to Wiki – the Bundy standoff is a 20-year legal dispute between the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in southeastern Nevada over unpaid grazing fees that developed into an armed confrontation between protesters and law enforcement. Under BLM permits first issued in 1954, Bundy grazed his cattle legally and paid his grazing fees on an area of public land later called the “Bunkerville Allotment” in Clark County until 1993. As a protest in 1993, Bundy did not pay to renew his permit and it was canceled one year later. Though the agency made several attempts to allow Bundy to renew his permit, Bundy declared that he no longer recognized the BLM’s authority to regulate his grazing and asserted that he had “vested rights” to graze on the land.

Okay – so the Bundy standoff saw federal officers stand in against a large group of gun-toting patriots who supported Bundy – essentially, citizens in uprising against their government with Cliven at the lead. Here’s the observation – the BLM manages land owned by the federal government – let me spell it out – the BLM manages land owned by you and me and the patriots supporting Mr. Bundy. What kind of management goes on? The BLM manages mining, grazing, oil and gas exploration, recreational use, water storage and harvesting, wildlife, hunting, bird watching, nature preserves, and recreation – to name a few. How is the BLM work funded? Fees and royalties – use fees, camping fees, grazing fees, mining fees, etc – along with our tax dollars. So – our land brings revenue to us. Now, when someone uses BLM land without paying, they are stealing from us all. For example, profiting from gas production without paying fees means additional profit at a loss to you and I – taking without our permission – stealing. Any loss of fees is made up for by all other fees and our tax dollars. So, all other fee-payers pay a little bit more to allow Cliven to graze for free. All those patriots supporting Cliven are being ripped off by Cliven – really.

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Slide Into Spring

“Its raining man, its raining outside” – Before that – sunny winter and high stress for water. Surfwise – things were strange. When the Islands were getting major pipeline/sunset swells – we were getting nothing – but nothing is what suits Ocean Beach in SF – so it was cracking there – I hear (and have seen footage) it’s been all time there. The fall was drab and winter started off the same, then – last four to five weeks kicked into gear. West to northwest swells mostly long period down to about 14 seconds lit up all the spots. Tiburones was still bunk for the most part, in that it doesn’t have the same consistent shape as it does on a south swell, but there were still some waves – the Steps, 38th, and the Point all got good. I surfed when I was able – the Steps and Tiburones – got some good ones. And the crowds – I got hit a couple weeks ago – LB flailing at the end to its tether – across my shins. Opened up my skin under the wet suit, deep-ass bruise. Its no use getting flipped – the crowd – it would be like stopping a tsunami. Its flat now and we just got our first real storm.

“The exponential growth model, built upon a never ending flow of consumer credit and an endless supply of cheap fuel, has reached its limit of growth. The titans of Wall Street and their puppets in Washington D.C. have wrung every drop of faux wealth from the dying middle class. There are nothing left but withering carcasses and bleached bones.” Not my words, but sums up some of the concepts I have been discussing – i.e., consumer fracking. And, “You’ve been sacrificed at the altar of the .1%. The 0% interest rates were for Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein. Your credit card interest rate remained between 13% and 21%. So, while you struggle to pay bills with your declining real income, the Wall Street bankers are again generating record profits and paying themselves record bonuses. Profits are so good, they can afford to pay tens of billions in fines for their criminal acts, and still be left with billions to divvy up among their non-prosecuted criminal executives.”

This situation has me wondering what country I live in – a chemical plant with above ground storage tanks released chemicals into a river (drinking water source) adjacent to the plant – West Virginia - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told residents that it was up to them to decide whether or not to drink the water. Are you joking? A day later, Freedom Industries revealed that a second, previously undisclosed chemical, PPH, also spilled into the water, along with the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM). Then – in true American spirit – the responsible corporation declared bankruptcy – so the state’s congressional delegation – yes the conservative group that claims there is too much government and regulations –  requested additional federal support because Freedom Industries was no longer a person,  but a corporation – “seems to be little hope that these costs can be recouped by the party found responsible for this event.” Really? But it gets better – the victims – the folks without water (and the folks who vote for the people who vote to reduce environmental regulations and government help) are left with relying on donations of water. Dude, seriously! And then the victims find out that it wasn’t really 7,500 gallons that spilled, it was 10,000 gallons (sure). It’s reported, ”People don’t trust the information they’re getting anymore, because this whole thing has been a blunder.” No Way! And - Local youth groups, a veterinary hospital, small businesses, church groups and schools have all chipped in – what happened to the  government and regulations we pay for.

In the northern and southern hemispheres, seasons come and go, cycle after cycle. The cycles are due to the earth’s tilt and 365-day travel around the sun. Long days with the sun high in the sky to short days with the sun close to the horizon. The path of the sun across the sky follows a track that should be familiar to surfers – like a long period swell – the period is approximately 365 days (versus 17 seconds). Think of a graph where the x-axis marks days and the y-axis marks the hours of daylight. The trough includes the shortest day of the year (winter solstice). Climbing out of the trough, the days get longer until the halfway point between the trough and peak – the spring equinox. The peak includes the longest days of the year – the summer solstice. Then, the days get shorter on the way to the fall equinox and the next year’s winter solstice; a major long period swell never ceases. I’ve been out of the water for a few weeks, and missed a few good days, but for the most part the period from the fall equinox to the winter solstice has been tame. One notable swell in December – and that’s been it. While the swell stayed away, the bait didn’t. The point was alive for over a month with roving hoards – can I use hoards – of seals. Dolphins, humpback whales right at the kelp line, and all manner of birds. It was impressive. Now that we are climbing out of the trough, maybe the swell will climb out of the doldrums.

In an effort to better understand cheating, scientists have discovered that creativity; fear of loss; and the observation of dishonest behavior can motivate cheating or make it more likely. In fact, unchecked dishonesty can promote the perception that one must cheat to remain competitive.  A referee that does not curtail rule breaking at the beginning of the game has opened the door to cheating – as research found, motivating or making it more likely players will cheat because they have observed that dishonest behavior has no consequences. The same goes in business and politics.

Health care act goes into effect – one of its biggest features – the exchange – has not. How can the NSA be super computing, mining data hoards, and divining fiber optic cables – but the servers set up to handle the exchanges run at 9,600 baud. Maybe the NSA should be running the exchanges. And how do the beneficiaries feel – no, I don’t mean the public – I mean for-profit insurance companies.

Lloyd Blankenfeld recently stated his notion about the trouble with the US: The US is very good at generating wealth, but not good at distributing it. What is amazing is that folks like Mr. Blankenfeld have the answers when it comes to industry regulation and making a profit, and are paid well for it. But it’s understandable. On a gross level, if the folks at the top were less concerned about themselves and more concerned about a healthy economy, they would take less and distribute to the workforce. In the same spirit, the market (read: shareholders) would also concern itself with promoting a healthy economy. The credit bubble temporarily worked to fill for in the lack of wage growth and consumption, but it went down in flames. The only thing redistributed was wealth – to a few who could manage it and benefit. There are signs of another credit push, but somehow I don’t there’s enough collateral left among the common folk. For sure – no one – including me – would trust CorpGov (read: Fed, State, etc) to handle distribution – all those questions about who is getting what. But if something doesn’t change, there will be no consumers – just serfs. And where will the corporations go? Walmart, McDonalds, military (taxes?)?

There is a private sector solution. Something for all the common folk to think about – community and strength right here. It seems CorpGov has us with a boot on our collective neck – every turn there is a new way to squeeze money out of consumers. But recognize that we – the common folk – are the largest market – largest economy on the planet. There is talk that China will over take us – but that is still a while off – and that still will not dampen our consumer potential. While China is wallowing in an environmental disaster, we will continue to enjoy one of the most beautiful and productive places on the planet. We have a lot of power – power over CorpGov. It’s really about our decisions – how we spend – how we control the market. Maybe we collectively decide to stop paying for the Internet five times over (read: smart phones) and all start using good ‘ol cell phones. Collectively, just think of the consequences on the market – Verizon stock plummets (how are they going to turn those enormous profits – can’t really advertise on a cell phone – apps? Facebook?) Other connected industries also loose. Then what? A couple of things – lower the cost of the smartphone – the phone and service. Then, increase wages so that the market feels compelled to own a smartphone. And then…. Maybe we all decide to pay more for a tee shirt, but not to increase the wealth of a few. Instead, we demand that the tee shirt is made in the USA at wages that increase the quality of life for more Americans. There is more, but none of it can happen without community.

“A people that cares neither for its youth nor for its older people has no future,” the pope said. “Young people take society into the future, while the older generation gives society its memory, its wisdom.” and “Today we are living in unjust international system in which ‘King Money’ is at the center,” Pope Francis November 28, 2013

J.P Morgan said there are two reasons for an action, the right reason and the real reason. I’ll leave you to contemplate this one.

Christmas gift – the day after Christmas – a beautiful sunny day, 70 F, glassy with a hint of offshore, and a new west swell: 5.9 feet at 20 seconds from 295 – it looked pretty fun – tempting, but I need a few more weeks recovery before…well maybe not….

“We should pursue reforms that encourage and reward work. That’s why I am developing legislation to replace the earned income tax credit with a federal wage enhancement for qualifying low-wage jobs,” Rubio said. “This would allow an unemployed individual to take a job that pays, say, $18,000 a year -– which on its own is not enough to make ends meet –- but then receive a federal enhancement to make the job a more enticing alternative to collecting unemployment insurance.” – Corporate welfare by any other name – wealthy corporate stakeholders make out with profits undented by the need to pay their workers part of the pie.

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Falling into Fall

The Lineup

Not Here

Shorter Days. Colder. Surf. Not much. Just check the lineup. End-o-summer into fall. Bleak. Some small days. Billions of straight-off Adolfs. But, fun with friends. That’s okay. The ocean is going off. Mega bait balls, dolphins, whales, birds, birds, salmon in the Harbor – and the smell… is wonderful.

Law enforcement made an estimated 12.2 million arrests in 2012. That’s an arrest almost every two seconds of every single day. Of these arrests, only 521,196 were for violent crimes. The total number of drug arrests in 2012 was 1.56 million, and 82% of those arrests were for possession alone, as opposed to sales/manufacturing. Of the total drug related arrests, a shocking 42% were for mere marijuana possession. So an American is arrested for marijuana possession every 48 seconds in this country. Incarceration Industrial Complex – feeding on emotions.

When you wonder about the price of gasoline, and hear the political society reason it out – consider: “In order to make an industry average return, a new production project in the Canadian oil sands requires a price of $81 per barrel. For an onshore U.S. field, it’s $70 per barrel, but it ranges from $45 to $95 per barrel, depending on the rate of oil flow. In the Gulf of Mexico, it’s $63. In the Middle East, just $23 per barrel. Many oil analysts predict that relatively weak growth in world oil demand coupled with rising production from newfound fields will make for flat or lower oil prices in the years to come. But if big oil companies can’t earn strong profits at today’s oil prices, it may mean prices will have to rise higher to convince them it’s worth the risk to continue to aggressively explore new fields. If they worry they can’t make enough money, they’ll cut back.”

“Unfortunately, rather than an orderly and lawful process to debate these issues and come up with appropriate reforms, repeated leaks of classified information have initiated the debate in a very passionate but not always fully informed way,” Obama said. “But given the history of abuse by governments, it’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives.” Are you F****ing kidding me? How do we have a debate about stuff we have no F****ing clue about until someone is kind enough to leak it to us? Orderly and lawful – you F*****ks have been hiding the stuff from us – not orderly and not lawful. And others on the team – Hayden was asked his opinion of Snowden. “I’ve actually thought about this,” he said. “He didn’t inform [the debate], he made it more emotional.” Sure – there was no debate, there was no information, it was not in the public square – until…..

So CorpGov just collects metadata – that’s it. There are two forms of metadata – Structural metadata is about the design and specification of data structures and is more properly called “data about the containers of data”; descriptive metadata, on the other hand, is about individual instances of application data, the data content – “data about data content” or “content about content” – Metadata (metacontent) are defined as the data providing information about one or more aspects of the data, such as:

  • Means of creation of the data
  • Purpose of the data
  • Time and date of creation
  • Creator or author of the data
  • Location on a computer network where the data were created
  • Standards used

CorpGov aren’t reading your email and such, they’re just sifting and saving your metadata – how you created your email, the purpose of your email (who, when, where, and why), time and date you sent your email, who wrote the email, where the machine is……..there is more……but that’s all CorpGov is sifting.


It’s one thing to do it – it’s another not to tell us you are doing it – I mean why not? And, after that, what about telling us how the “data” is controlled. By whom? Procedures? Constitutionality? Now that the cat’s out of the bag – we are hearing all about it. Another thing – wouldn’t the threat of “big brother” always watching prove to be deterrent? The fear of being found-out and droned – but deterrence only works if the threats that are supposed to cause fear are communicated to the adversary. No threats made, no fear created. This point is made by Dr. Strangelove when he says: “Yes, but the… whole point of the doomsday machine… is lost… if you keep it a secret! Why didn’t you tell the world, eh?”

And –Just trust us – The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman says NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s disclosures about U.S. surveillance programs have undermined U.S. relationships with other countries and affected what he calls “the importance of trust.” And at home….”NSA infractions range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. emails and telephone calls, the Post said” Extrapolate from the typo…..

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

Something to be proud of: Americans exploded the world’s first hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok, an atoll in the South Pacific, on November 1, 1952, just two and a half months before the end of Truman’s presidency. This explosion, set off from a control ship thirty miles away, was in an altogether different realm from the atomic bomb; and even those who had witnessed atomic blasts were stunned by this explosion. The fireball reached 57,000 feet; the cloud, when it had reached its farthest extent, was about one hundred miles wide. The eruption wiped the island of Elugelab off the face of the planet, leaving only a crater behind, and it destroyed life on the surrounding islands. Human beings who saw it were particularly struck by what happened to birds for miles around: They were incinerated, singed, sick, grounded, struggling to fly. The blast yielded 10.4 megatons of explosive energy, 750 times greater than the explosion that leveled Hiroshima. …

The Centers for Disease Control says 11,493 people died from gun homicides in 2011. Of the 13,288 people killed by terrorist attacks in 2011, seventeen were private U.S. citizens, or .001 percent. (17), and between 2000 and 2006, 2,752 Americans were killed by terrorist attacks, all on 9/11. The US congress are all for accumulating metadata to stop terrorist killings, and whatever else the spy agencies are sequestering (it’s about your definition of a situation, activity or object), but can not even bolster a discussion on gun control – look at the numbers – dude, seriously.

Six former Bank of America Corp employees have alleged that the bank deliberately denied eligible homeowners loan modifications and lied to them about the status of their mortgage payments and documents. The bank allegedly used these tactics to shepherd homeowners into foreclosure, as well as in-house loan modifications. Both yielded the bank more profits than the government-sponsored Home Affordable Modification Program – Indeed – a prime example of consumer fracking – squeeze them for every last drop! Dude, seriously.

A boom in U.S. exports of gasoline, diesel and other fuel has refiners and traders scrambling to reserve freighters to carry product from the Gulf Coast to Africa, Argentina and Asia. Soaring demand has driven the price of U.S. crude oil to its highest level in 16 months, and shipping rates have skyrocketed. How does this square with independence from foreign oil?

The accident served as an awakening for Garcia, who later commented: “That’s where my life began. Before then I was always living at less than capacity. I was idling. That was the slingshot for the rest of my life. It was like a second chance. Then I got serious”.



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Consumer Fracking

A few posts-ago, I stated: “When inequality gets bad enough, serfs don’t have much money to buy products from overlords. This hurts the overlords’ ability to get even richer. That’s what’s wrong with the American economy right now. The serfs are tapped out.” When I re-read this, it prompted another thought – those reaping the benefits do not want to give up an inch – in fact, they want more. So if you can’t invest in a country where the serfs are tapped out – you take advantage of the global economy and all the juicy free trade agreements that exist (or will exist). What does this mean – it means move money to the market that has the most room for growth – where there is work, pay is increasing, and new consumers are consuming every day. Once the new consumers are tapped out for productivity and they can no longer afford to consume – move on to a new country – It’s like mining for gold – once the load is tapped out – leave the waste and move on. Another avenue is to try and squeeze even more profits out of the serfs – Consumer Fracking (as in fracturing for natural gas and oil – you heard it here) – For example, take a commodity the population desperately needs – like bread – provide it to the consumer at less cost (GMO grains – more yields, less cost), sell the bread in smaller amounts for a fraction more money – and call it profit growth. I will let you run the experiment with health care. As markets become saturated, natural resources become scarcer, and serfs become tapped – the profit machine will be pushed into a corner – and as I said, those reaping the benefits do not want to give up an inch. So watch out!

Last Word: Krishnamurti: We move from certainty to uncertainty, then from that uncertainty to another certainty, trust this person and then later on discover that he is not worthy of your trust and move to another, and again put your trust in him then discover he is untrusting, that’s our life.



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