Archive for August, 2011

Command-line Apache Status

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Here’s another thing I have to do once per year and can never remember how to do.

If you have Apache extended status activated thusly:

<IfModule mod_status.c>
ExtendedStatus On
<Location /server-status>
SetHandler server-status
Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from localhost ip6-localhost 127.0.0.1
</Location>
</IfModule>

…then you can check in on what Apache is up to via Lynx from the command line:

$ wget -q -O - localhost/server-status | lynx -stdin

Quite handy.

Bank of America will help Rick Perry out.

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Just in case there’s any doubt as to whose behalf Rick Perry is running.

“People of the USA, Your Congress is Bought”

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Fucking bingo. The Bought Congress, and the enabling Bought Supreme Court, have got to go.

And of course Ratigan seems to not see the whole Bought President problem.

Getting Physical

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

First, some background music for your listening pleasure.

So Moody’s has downgraded U.S. debt. Of course, as Peter Schiff points out, this is probably only because they boxed themselves in via previous statements. Other ratings agencies are still mum, although that’s certain to change in the very near future.

At any rate, this particular signpost on the road to economic hell is, in my opinion, pretty clear. Inflation Ahead. The recent debt ceiling increase (charade that it was) brought no meaningful cuts. Instead, Tea Party resistance, blown up to crisis status by rank-and-file Republicrats, resulted in entitlement armageddon fear mongering — with virtually no discussion of reigning in out-of-control empire-ism — and was ultimately leveraged to introduce a dangerous precedent in the form of “Super Congress”.

Although austerity is threatened when expedient, Congress has no real political stomach for budgetary restraint and therefore will continue spending until the dollar ponzi collapses. Some argue that this was the intent all along. True or not, Super Congress makes it even easier to quickly bypass resistance and continue the charade.

When it becomes clear to all that ongoing Federal Reserve clownsmanship is ravaging the value of the dollar, we will be faced with some kind of collapse. This will most likely come in the form of global hyperinflationary panic as investors and, well.. everyone, try to buy anything and everything that stand a chance of preserving value. If this happens, the U.S. could experience social unrest similar to that endured by Argentina in the late ’90s. (Again, Super Congress could play a role here quickly rubber stamping draconian laws in attempt at population control.) The value of physical metals against national currencies will skyrocket.

I am now thoroughly convinced that precious metals are one of the few assets classes that will be remain buoyant when the gathering debt tsunami finally swamps global economies. And while I hope I am wrong, to friends of this blog: I urge you to prepare. Get physical. Investment in a small cache of precious metals, gold and silver, could be a real lifesaver in the event of a widespread paper asset meltburndown.

I’m sure Olivia Newton-John would agree.