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Today I’m going to use double strength Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil for my tinfoil hat and talk about conspiracy crap. And there really isn’t any reason for it other than I’m running out of time and can’t think of much else. Anyone that hates today’s article is free to submit in triplicate a request for a refund of their subscription price, or join the mass exodus away from this blog ( okay, only about 20% are leaving- I won’t truly piss, moan and cry in my beer until it goes back to triple digits, the readership numbers from ten years ago ), or you can just refuse to buy anything from Amazon ( the one guaranteed way to my heart is to send me a book I don’t already have- just e-mail with an inquiry and upon arrival of said book I shall strike you from my Asshat And Enemies List ). First up, let’s speculate on the demise of the Chinese real estate market. Easy enough, right? They are following in the footsteps of American and European real estate markets. Well, the problem I have with this theory is that those real estate markets were goosed by the central banks and governments. It was a manufactured bubble that immediately followed the National Security State bubble created by staging an alleged Arab terrorist attack, which had to be created to recover us from the Tech Wreck. Since the financial sector was the only national growth sector, even when oil was done around $20 a barrel ( and how sad is THAT commentary on the American Way Of Life? ), and we were only achieving that growth through derivatives creation, these bubbles WERE the economic growth of the last ten or fifteen years. But over in China, their bubble is of a different sort. They are trying for a sustainable growth. Well, okay, so is our central bank, but those idiots think paper is wealth. The Chinese think industry and market share is wealth.
We can all almost agree that the Chinese economic growth has several severe prices to pay. The end of national self-sufficiency in food and fuel ( although, you use your fuel to build an army, you can use that military to conquer nearby farmland ). The pollution and class inequity. The gender disproportion. Amongst others. But I don’t think the Commies ever gave up control of the economy. They don’t have an independent
bank running the worlds economy into the ground first for obscene profits and then for mere survival. I think the growth in building is at least somewhat centrally controlled. Which leads me to the central tinfoil question. Does the implosion of the Chinese real estate market mirror a drawdown in basic building supplies such as steel and concrete? Of course I have no idea, but one has to wonder. It isn’t shortage of money or credit or national will. Of course, it could also reflect a shifting from consumer to military building. China might not be trying to fill our shoes as global policeman ( which only pays when you have a global trade system to protect ), but they certainly could be trying to secure their neck of the woods ( remember, the shrinking glaciers in the Himalayans also impact Chinese agriculture ). Just food for thought.
Now, when you read this next part, it will be too late to be a topical subject, since I post three days ahead. But it keeps going through my mind, after it was planted there by Ure of Urban Survival damn him after all, that the first ever national ( as opposed to local, I guess ) Emergency Broadcast Test is going scheduled for the same day that the asteroid that is supposed to be missing us is passing by. I can’t trust these people to be truthful, so I just assume the damn thing is on target to hit us. That, or the massive solar flare that could possibly hit us. Remember the big ruckus over the big push to stockpile the MRE’s and such by FEMA which everyone thought was part of the plain to prepare for the New Madrid earthquake? The one that never happened or at least hasn’t happened yet. Do you suppose that one of these was the true reason for the preparations? Because, you see, when the government conducts a test, bad things seem to happen. Like the supposed test conducted on 9-11. The one that had the airplanes standing down or not responding for reasons of “this is only a test”. Granted, this is idle speculation that upon reading after the fact, you will guffaw and chortle at my silliness. But you should never give the government the benefit of the doubt. It could be hazardous to your health.
There’s a joke for you. When I heard it I was highly amused, to say the least. A big city reporter goes to visit the most backwards remote settlement he could find in the Appalachians. He is doing a human interest piece for his urban readers. He asks the interviewee how he spends his spare time, what he does for fun. Well, says the man, there was that one time Earl’s wife got lost in the woods. We got liquored up, went searching for her, and when we found her we all screwed her. That was some fun alright. Well, the reporter can’t use that in his story, so he asks the man what he does that is a little less fun. Well, says the man, there was that one time Earl’s pig got lost in the woods. We all got drunk on moonshine, went looking for that pig, and when we found her we all screwed her. That was kinda fun. The reporter realized he needs to rephrase the question, so he asks what the man does that ISN’T fun. Well, says the man, there was that one time I got lost in the woods.
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