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A Visual History: How Much $1 Used To Get You (And How Much It Gets You Now)

Mac Slavo
September 15th, 2014
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Ever since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 Americans have seen the value of their currency dwindle.

We know the dollar has lost some 97% of its value since the Fed took over. But it’s hard to actually grasp this destruction of value without some examples.

The infographic below, originally posted at The Burning Platform, is self explanatory. We are being robbed bit by bit, on a daily basis, and there is no end in sight.


This is why you should be investing in hard assets like precious metals, food, and productive land now, before your savings are destroyed.

And now, more than ever before, Americans are at risk of losing everything. While Fed-manufactured inflation will continue to erode the value of our earnings, the near-term threat is one of hyperinflation. World leaders like Russia and China are rapidly working to decouple their economies from the dollar. One of these days they’ll pull the trigger and global confidence in the US dollar will be lost.  This will lead to an almost immediate collapse in the value of our currency, making the infographic above look like child’s play.

Are you ready for the day that a loaf of bread costs $10, or a gallon of milk at $20?

It’s coming one way or the other. The only question is will it be a slow degradation of our currency like we’ve seen over the last hundred years, or will it be a waterfall event that happens overnight?

We’re leaning towards the latter.

According to contraration economist John Williams, we are at a  point where the end-game can no longer be reversed. In an interview in June of 2013 Williams claimed that it is quite possible a domestic hyperinflationary environment will begin to evolve by the end of this year:

We’re Beginning to Approach the End Game. 

Nothing is normal: not the economy, not the financial system, not the financial markets and not the political system.  The financial system still remains in the throes and aftershocks of the 2008 panic and near-systemic collapse, and from the ongoing responses to same by the Federal Reserve and federal government.  Further panic is possible andhyperinflation remains inevitable.

At the same time, rapidly deteriorating expectations for domestic political stability reflect widening government scandals, in addition to the dominant global-financial-market concern of there being no viable prospect of those controlling the U.S. government addressing the long-range sovereign-solvency issues of the United States government. 

All these factors, in combination, show the end game to be nearing.

The most visible and vulnerable financial element to suffer early in this crisis likely will be the U.S. dollar in the currency markets.  Heavy dollar selling should evolve into massive dumping of the dollar and dollar-denominated paper assets.

Dollar-based commodity prices, such as oil, should soar, accelerating the pace of domestic inflation.  

Get physical (assets). Do it now.


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Author: Mac Slavo
Date: September 15th, 2014
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  1. eppe says:

    You cannot fold money in half and get twice as much???

    • The Stig's American Cousin says:

      ___________ = 2x


      New economic math?

      The only way to use half and get twice as much.

      • The Stig's American Cousin says:

        I think.

        • Jezebel says:

          This is why you should be investing in hard assets like….
          Ebola hazmat suits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • the renegade braveheart says:

            My hard assets are storable food, water, water purification items, guns, ammo, medical supplies, camping equipment, extra clothing, boots, etc., things that help me stay alive. I’m debt-free. No car notes, mortgage, credit card bills, none of that shit. one of my neighbors has an old GMC long-bed pickup I’m saving cash up to get. needs some work but it’ll be worth it to me. I’ve always gone to private owners and paid for vehicles in cash. I get it all done and over with right there on the spot and never have a car note to worry about. This was way back when we had a good economy and even to this day I still but them that way. I don’t have money to give up for the latest technology. I can’t afford car notes, full-coverage insurance, high-interest loans, etc. that’s for rich people.

            • Rodster says:

              New economic math? Try 1+1 =12 🙂

            • James Miller says:

              Braveheart, I hear you. Same here. No new cars in my life for 13 years. Youngest car we own is 12 years old. We keep em till the wheels literally fall off. No house mortgage, no car payments, no credit card debt. We work to live, not live to work. I work two months out of the year now and live nicely the rest of the year. No cable t.v., no satellite t.v., none of that crap. Stocked on food, water, protection and precious metals. The shit storm is gonna hit one day and when it does…..holy dee dolee. It ain’t gonna be pretty.
              Get out of debt folks, get rid of all that high falootin tech crap and live as debt free as you can. Your stress will go down immensely and life will be so much better!

          • Warchild Dammit! says:

            Jezebel,good post but use spell check,tis obola.

          • Walt Kowalski says:

            I’m thinking this is why you want lots of $10 bills in #10 cans.

            You need a safe place to store your toilet paper. Isn’t that right DK?

          • WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

            This is HUGE-UK Man Proves the BBC Knew ahead of time and reported that the World Trade Center building #7 fell minutes before it actually fell or imploded and was demolished.

            Check this video out:
            Watch “Big Victory! UK Man Wins Court Case Against BBC for 9/11 Cover Up!” on YouTube

        • Shootit says:

          Only in the NFL.

          By my calculations he is only 6% black, 44% Arab, 50% Honkie.

          • WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

            The Military again trying to Hijack the NFL. Did you know the NFL gets a 501C3 Tax Free Non Profit Status by the Government? All the Billions the NFL makes every year and does not pay a dime in Taxes. Same with NASCAR. Here is the catch, The NFL has to promote the Military, yep in commercials, pregame and half time shows, all the mass propaganda promoting the military to keeps its Tax Free Status. One hand washes the other.

            Here is the newest catch. There is a crowd out there trying to replace head NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with a War Criminal. Yep the War Criminal is former Sec of State Coni Buckwheat Rice to take over this commissioner position. You see the NFL Stadiums are set up already to become FEMA Internment Camps like they did during Hurricane Katrina. Stadiums make great prison facilities, High concrete walls, fences, observation booths, concessions, bathrooms, etc. This plays right into the set up for Martial Law. Pay attention Folks. TP2B are making moves that will destroy America. See the headline propaganda to act as this will redeem the NFL. It will be worse appointing a war criminal?

            Here is the Article: Would Appointing a War Criminal as Commissioner Redeem the NFL? http://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/would-appointing-a-war-criminal-as-commissioner-redeem-the-nfl/

            Former NFL star Ray Rice pleaded guilty of abusing a woman whom he later married, and was fired by the League after a video of the crime was made public.

            Former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice was an architect of an illegal war of aggression that resulted in the slaughter of a half-million people, the displacement of millions more, trillions of dollars in debt, and the creation of a nihilistic terrorist group that has now been designated our existential threat du jour. She is a war criminal who remains impenitent despite abundant proof of the crimes to which she is a party.

            The NFL is seeking to rehabilitate its public reputation amid accumulating scandals. This inspired Beltway scribe Susan Milligan to propose that the League could redeem itself by replacing “one Rice with another” – that is, firing incumbent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and hiring War Criminal Condi Rice as his successor.

            Stalin famously said that one death is a tragedy, but a million deaths is a statistic. In contemporary America, one domestic violence incident in which the victim survived constitutes a career-ending scandal, but helping to orchestrate the murder of 500,000 foreigners is a glorious patriotic accomplishment.

            Installing Rice as NFL Commissioner would usefully demolish any pretense that the NFL is something other than a corporatist appendage of the Warfare State.

            5:36 pm on September 15, 2014
            Email William Norman Grigg

          • That is 100% correct factually.

          • Parenoid says:

            99&44/100ths % A-hole.

        • marcus says:

          “Was This Off Topic?”
          very, but nice derail of the op.

        • skittle shittin unicorn says:

          mountain trekker

          you can get away with it if your black

          skittle shittin unicorn

      • passinwiththewind says:

        While watching a program (biblical) on the tube yesterday, the Pastor told this story that happened to him recently.

        While doing some missionary work in Columbia S. America, he had a severe hay fever attack. Since he hadn’t thought about bringing his usual medication, that is a quick fix, he went out searching in the nearby town and found a pharmacy. When he asked about the particular pill, the pharmacist said that they did have it. To his surprise,no prescription was required and the same exact pill cost him 10 cents.

        Back home in California, and only by prescription, the same pill costs……10 dollars.

        Big Pharma and the suits in the Health Care Industry are ripping the citizens of USA, a new ass hole.

        For a 50% portion of your income for the next five years, they will gladly close it up, and begin to rip you a new one as soon as you get sick again.

      • FuckingPissed says:

        I can buy two 5.56 or three 7.62×39 bullets for a dollar.

    • PO'd Patriot says:

      You could but you’ll have to wash your hands when you’re done wiping.

    • Warchild Dammit! says:

      Eppe,the Texas sheriffs dept. joke went down well many times yesterday,was telling tasteless jokes in parking lot of funeral home/church/graveyard before and after different sermons ect. for me friend,kept em rolling in laughter,believe the Texas joke was best,many of my jokes do not believe would be welcome here!I will admit editorial license and always replaced S&W with Colt,is the right thing to do!

    • If interest rates rise the only way to service our (and your) massive incomprehensible debt is to inflate our way out of it ……

      And that wont be nice!!


  2. wrong says:

    It’s amazing even in my lifetime what I used to be able to do with a quarter. Now it’s hardly even worth picking one up off the side walk.

    • RickinOregon says:

      We don’t eat much store bought beef but every now and then we treat ourselves to a quality cut. Well recently we wanted to BBQ a steak. We had these salivating imigages of steak, garden potatoes, garden corn and garden salad. We went to the market and was hit with sticker shock. The next day I bought a stud buck for my goats.

      We have two wether goats from a previous accidental breeding. I’ll be butchering one of them PDQ. I’ve decided that any bucks that come out from this planned breeding will be wethered and raised for meat. I’ll sell the does.

      The price increases that I’m seeing are insane, we are being taken. I’m very happy to be a homesteader, I don’t look so crazy now.

      We have 21 new chicks running around and another hen sitting on a pile of eggs. Gotta love free range chickens.

      • Kulafarmer says:

        Between the fish and your home raised stuff you should be good,,,
        Gives me something to shoot for, ive been slacking off and its really starting to bug me.
        So,,, ordered up more heirloom seeds and am making a plan of attack, for tomorrow, i think, at least ill try,,,

        • RickInOregon says:

          How are you doing with your canning?

          • lastmanstanding says:

            ruh roh…lastmans buzzers going off…another batch of fresh/canned salsa.

            I can hear the lids poppin!

          • Kulafarmer says:

            Good, was making up pickled onions, love those things,, going to try my hand with kimchee

            • passinwiththewind says:

              Hey Kula,

              How did the green bean and corn canning turn out?

            • RickInOregon says:

              Here’s a pickled tuna recipe that I use, I also use it on salmon and steelhead. I don’t know why it wouldn’t work on trout, bass, catfish…….

              Cut the loin into medallions. For salmon and steelhead I just put the whole skinless fillet in the salt.

              Keeping the pieces separated, completely cover the fish in salt for 8 days. (I used 4 boxes of kosher salt). It will draw the moister out and create a brine.

              Rinsed off the fish

              Soak in cold water for 4 hours then drain and repeat. I soaked them in an ice chest using lots of water.

              Make the brine during the 2nd soak.

              Cut the fish up into bite size pieces

              Slice up some onion and layer with the fish in jars. Onion-fish-onion-fish-onion-fish until the jar is full.

              Boil up the brine and then let cool to room temp. Ladle into jars, full to the top.

              Refrigerate, ready after 1 week. Keep it in the refrigerator. It’s not for long term storage, it will keep a couple of moths but wont last once you start eating it.

              6 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
              3 Cups Water
              2 Cups Sugar
              10 garlic cloves
              1 small bottle of pickling spice.

      • Smokey says:

        Goat meat enchiladas, yummy.

      • Old Guy says:

        we just bought a Kiko billy to breed our dairy goats. he should make the offspring more meaty and disease resistant.

      • John W. says:

        The drought that is killing calif. agriculture is also hitting Oregon. Couple that with the declining dollar and some serious costs for food are going to start appearing. Been noticing that a lot of formerly busy eateries not fast food that used to be busy are now barely making it. Those small enterprises many times represent some ones life savings and efforts. Not good when the have to close up.

      • mtgrandma says:

        I feel so sorry for everyone that doesn’t live in cattle country. I just bought a 422 lb. half beef. The rancher got $2.50 lb. and to kill, cut and wrap was $1 lb. I have a solar generator so that beef will stay good. Beats a savings account.

    • Warchild Dammit! says:

      I pick up all change on sidewalk/parking lots ect.,you know,”The smalls add up!”,sorry for that shop worn phrase!Really though,1981 and back pennies 90% copper,I keep em all!

  3. Satori says:

    well a buck sure won’t buy you much insulin

    Diabetes Patients Suffer Unregulated and Commercially Unnecessary Hike in Insulin Price


    health care in America-greed and fraud to the extreme

    • Kulafarmer says:

      Nor will it buy you even one dose from an inhaler if your asthmatic, US phamacy inhaler 1 for 289.00
      Same thing from Singapore, 12 for 300.00
      US pharma is screwing us.

      • ubiquitous says:



        every single UNELECTED bureaucratic regulatory agency is headed by former heads of big pharma,agriculture,energy,communications,defense contractors, oil,finance,insurance,health care etc etc..you get the picture…

        The entire system is a complete fraud..feathering the nests of every damned special interest known to mankind and then some…

        These asshats contribute nothing to society except to extract every last friggin dime from the few of us who still earn a living creating something…

        And then all the public sector..millions upon millions of them..supposedly educate the children,run our town and cities..ineffectively at best.. and continue to tax us into the damned stone age..again producing nothing for us except for the few emts, fire, and le who actually work for a living and offer life saving services when needed..

        The administrators of said towns,cities, and states have heavily vested their respective pensions and benefits into the markets..which in turn are our tax dollars.. and these pensions are now in the trillion plus mark of unfunded liabilities due to bad investing….

        and guess whose paying for these shortfalls nationwide?

        We are!!

        We pay for everything and these mo fos are living larger and larger every damned day!!

        Fuck this shit…

        Nothing but serfs for the kingdom..


      • sharonsj says:

        When I couldn’t afford my arthritis pill Celebrex, I would order it from Canada. I got three times as much for the same money I’d have to pay in the U.S. Dontcha know our corrupt Congress made ordering from Canada illegal….

      • Sigi says:

        John Stossel (or someone like that) did a segment where he had prescriptions filled at different pharmacies; some places were more expensive than others. It’s not just the pharmaceutical companies themselves.

      • John W. says:

        Lawyers and lobbyists. Medicare also had a big upward impact on medical costs.

    • durango kidd says:

      If you have diabetes, start taking cinnamon with your toast for breakfast or take cinnamon capsules. A little walking is good too, your bidy must have some exercise. “Let food be your medicine, let medicine be your food”.

      Good nutrition is good health. Eat right or die. 🙁

  4. Jenn says:

    ahh, the good ol days, how I miss them.

    • WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

      Off Topic – NO Glocks for Docs – Got to love a Governor who supports 2nd Amendment Rights here in Florida.

      Per NRA Website: Limits on Doctors: Guns in Home Not Relevant to anything. None of your F-n Business!!

      In late July, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an injunction in the “Docs vs. Glocks” case that, for a time, allowed doctors to ask people whether they had guns in their homes.

      That injunction came on an appeal from doctors after the Florida Legislature passed, and Gov. Rick Scott signed, a 2011 law that discouraged doctors from asking such questions unless they were relevant to a patient’s health.

      Violation of the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act could trigger penalties ranging from fines to revocation of a doctor’s license to practice.

  5. For eppe:

    An old blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake…

    He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Jack Daniels.

    After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, ‘Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?’

    The bar immediately falls absolutely silent.

    In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, ‘Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, given that you are blind, that you should know five things:

    1. The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat.

    2. The bouncer is a blonde girl with a ‘Billy-Club’.

    3. I’m a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate.

    4. The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weight lifter.

    5. The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler.

    ‘Now, think about it seriously, Cowboy…. Do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?’

    The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters, ‘No…not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times…………’

  6. Steven in Ramona says:

    In the late 60s I worked fast food for 1.35 an hour. Two week paycheck was around 80 bucks. But gas was 22 cents a gallon. The drive-in at the TU-VU was a buck a car. Burger and fries was 35 cents. We could go the the movies on a friday night about 3 bucks and that was entrance, food and drinks.

    You cant even get a soda for that now…

    • wrong says:

      A Saturday afternoon at the movies with my friends was .25 in the mid 60’s. Popcorn, pop and way too much candy was another .25. We use to pick up pop bottles and get .02 for them at the supermarket. That was only 25 bottles for 2 cartoons and a double feature. Snow Cones were a nickle. Penny candy was a penny. Ten cents would buy 10 pieces of Bazooka bubble gum for craps sake! What the hell has happened to our world? Now guys want to marry guys and gas is damn near 4 bucks a gallon. What a fucked up mess! I use to walk to the donut store and get a whole dozen warm ones for .99. Not even sure you can get one for that now. The list goes on and on. Pretty damn amazing…..

      • Archivist says:

        I saw gas in Norfolk, VA for $2.99 this past Friday. There’s no telling how much of it was actual gasoline though. I didn’t buy any of it.

        My town is down to just one movie theater, but it only charges $4.00 per ticket. But they stick it to you if you want popcorn, candy, and soft drinks. Don’t tell, but my wife brings her large handbag.

        I bought 6 Dunkin’ Donuts on Friday, and they cost $5.24 plus sales tax, or 87 cents each.

        • wrong says:

          My daughter and I drove to Colorado Springs on Saturday and Sunday to see my old ma here. Gas was 3.10 all across Nebraska. It’s 3.59 here and about the same back home in northern Michigan. Illinois was the worst at around 4 bucks.

          • Sunny says:

            Price been coming down here…all the way to $4.06!

          • passinwiththewind says:

            We were out on the interstate this past weekend. Coming home Sunday from a long weekend away in the mountains, camping.

            At one point, the traffic was heavier than usual, near two major interstate intersects. I-40 and I-26.

            The little woman looked up from her sudoku booklet and said “OMG, where did all this traffic come from?”

            I said from all over the country, because the last five vehicles to pass us, each had a different out of state liscense plate. Then…..”there goes number six, Minnesota”.

            The point is; people are traveling in record numbers on the highways. They have gotten used to the high cost of gasoline and are now burning thru it at record numbers.
            They may have to give up other things for those extra gallons, but they are doing it, and it is costing everyone more……supply/demand.

            I told the little woman that as gas prices drop a little, people get “itchy feet” and want to travel, no matter what the costs.

            Just then, we passed a fifty foot motor coach pulling a midsized pickup with a golf cart in the truck bed.

            I said those are wealthy people traveling there. Of course she asked, “How do you know that”?

            OK, I’ll bite; For starters you are looking at at a minimum of a quarter million dollars in that shiney motor coach and what it’s pulling. Secondly, that thing will be lucky to get an average of five miles to the gallon of diesel. At an average cost of about $3.99 per gallon, for diesel, they are looking at about $80.00 cost for every 100 miles of travel.

            A 1000 mile trip cost about $800.00 in fuel. Add in wear and tear on tires, etc., motor oil and annual maintainence, and tags and insurance, and you are soon approaching an expense of close to $1.00 per mile costs, before you even start with adding in, campground/resort parking fees,etc.

            She said, “O M G! It’s people like that who keep the costs high for the rest of us”.

            Back to sudoku for her, and me counting liscense plates, while pondering my cost per mile of about 4 cents……..back in 1980.

          • John W. says:

            Oregon around Portland is now about forty cents a gallon higher than San Diego. In the past it was always the other way around. What happened?

        • DumbDude says:

          Yep, soon that old saying “I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts” will be a conservative hedge.

      • Smokey says:

        The list does go on, doesn’t it We can thank OPEC and the welfare state for the plunge in the dollar, absent that, we’d be working on 20% inflation between 1965 and today.

        I do recall one summer Saturday in 1969, a buddy and I discovered we had exactly $5.00 between us, so we of course gassed up my car, drove to the hardware store, bought two boxes of .22 longs (cheaper), and two cokes, then went to the dump and shot crows and rats for the day. On the way home we got cheeseburgers, fries, and two more cokes, and put 78 cents in gas in the car, totally getting rid of the entire five dollars.

        • John W. says:

          Thank Richard Nixon for cutting the dollar loose from gold. That was the beginning of the end. Two years later housing started going up like crazy and interest rates for a mortgage went from seven percent to nine point five. Immigration will be the straw that kills us.

      • munchkin52 says:

        Does anyone remember Griff’s burgers? In my young days, they were 15 cents.

      • db427 says:

        the hardest part now, is the walk to the donut store.

    • durango kidd says:

      Steven In Ramona: You should not be buying and drinking sodas anyway. That stuff is PURE POISON!!!

      Coffee, tea, or distilled water has benefits for you. 🙂

  7. Barn Cat says:

    I remember in the late 60s when a candy was a nickel. I was shocked when they all went up to a dime.

    I remember buying comic books in 1971 when they were 15 cents. According to Marvel’s website a comic book is now $3.99. Back when I was a kid I used to buy 15 or 20 a month. I couldn’t afford to do that now as an adult.

    And of course I remember coming to NE Wisconsin in the fall of 1978 and gasoline was 56.9 cents a gallon. I started out at a foundry at over $5.50 an hour. I could buy almost 10 gallons of gas with one hour’s gross pay.

    • islander says:

      yeah and remember how much bigger those candy bars were

    • wrong says:

      A Saturday afternoon at the movies with my friends was .25 in the mid 60’s. Popcorn, pop and way too much candy was another .25. We use to pick up pop bottles and get .02 for them at the supermarket. That was only 25 bottles for 2 cartoons and a double feature. Snow Cones were a nickle. Penny candy was a penny. Ten cents would buy 10 pieces of Bazooka bubble gum for craps sake! What the hell has happened to our world? Now guys want to marry guys and gas is damn near 4 bucks a gallon. What a fucked up mess! I use to walk to the donut store and get a whole dozen warm ones for .99. Not even sure you can get one for that now. The list goes on and on. Pretty damn amazing…..

      • lastmanstanding says:

        2 big ass hostess fruit pies for a quarter.

        They were huge in the early 70’s…no gmo, lots of fruit and good to eat.

        ah, the good ole days…

      • the renegade braveheart says:

        In 1973, when I turned 16, I started working at a super market part-time at $1.60 per hour. Cigarettes were 60 cents a pack. Gas was 29 cents per gallon and there were 2 grades, regular and hi-test. My first set of wheels was a 1964 Chevy II Nova 2-door post coupe, straight 6 engine with 3-on-the-tree I bought from a neighbor for $300 cash I had saved up from doing odd jobs the year before. I could run around town in that Nova for a week-and-a-half on one tank of gas. Most people back then didn’t really care about gas mileage; we were all used to buying gas. I used to get 4 cents apiece for pop bottles and saved that money for the gas tank. I still did some odd jobs on occasion for extra bucks. 75 cents would get me into the movie house, but snacks and sodas were an extra 50 cents. Somewhat off-topic, but one night I took a girl to the movies in the summer of 1973. When we came back to the parking lot, I found my driver’s side window broken out and glass was all in the floorboard and seat. One of the local cops I knew approached me and said he had caught a black male red-handed trying to steal my car, but I believe what stopped him the most was the fact that my Nova had a standard transmission. He had the wires disconnected from the ignition switch but couldn’t figure out how to get the car in gear. That 3-on-the-tree was my anti-theft device. My date was all shaken up, never encountering anything like that before. But I had some work gloves, a small whisk broom, and a shovel in the trunk, so I went to work getting out all the glass I could, put the wires together to get the car started, and took her home. The next day, I went to a local junkyard and found a replacement window for $15 and paid them another $15 to install it for me. I don’t think $15 can get you any kind of glass these days. It’s really sad all of the changes that have taken place since then.

      • WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

        Last time I went to a movie on a date the IMax was about $25 for 2 adult tickets, 2 bottles of water was like another $8. And the movie sucked. The chick was fridged and I never asked her out again. Oh and the lunch before the movie with a couple of drinks was like $75 with a tip. Dating sucks these days. Women even if they are working expect the guy to pick up the cost of the date. Women suck these days. Few know how to cook a meal and they sure are not offering to cook dinner. 20 years ago women used to cook me dinner all the time and I would also help fix things around their houses.

        I’ve also noticed at Home Depot the glut of Gass Grills for sale. With the massive rise in meat prices cooking out is a distant memory.

      • Genius says:

        Gas is still just over 25cents a gallon in REAL MONEY. A candy bar is still a nickel in REAL money. Theres all the difference in the world between currency and money. Hardly any inflation in money, it’s currency thats insanely inflated. Look for yourself>>> http://www.coinflation.com/coins/1932-1964-Silver-Washington-Quarter-Value.html 🙂

    • munchkin52 says:

      I remember when cokes were 6 cents, a gallon of gas was 16 cents. The coke machine had the crank handle!

    • db427 says:

      @barn cat
      cement foundry?

  8. jerrytbg says:

    I remember my oldest brother flipping a quarter to decide which to buy… pack of cigs or a gallon on of gas…

    Those were the days…

    The days we teased the bulls at the local dairy farm…
    With scares to prove it…barbwire’s a bitch… 🙂

    • eppe says:

      We used to go cow tipping, till the farmer rock salted us one night, still got a salt scar on lower back…
      Those were fun days, cows did not think so….

      • Warchild Dammit! says:

        Eppe,what kind of upbringing did you have?!Tipping cows?!You go in the pastures and thank them for all the cow patties they produce,then pick the shrooms growing on em,snap a stem,turns purple?If yes then good to go!Fungus of the gods I say!

    • Archivist says:

      I would buy a pack of Marlboros for 25 cents and sell single cigarettes at school for 5 cents each. This was back when high school had a designated smoking area.

      • Mountain Trekker says:

        In the early Sixties I worked the nightshift after school at a local factory, made $1.05 per hour, nickle bonus for nights, day shift was $1.00Per Hour. Also mid Sixties while in the Navy when we went to Sea, no tax, a Carton of Lucky Strikes were $1.00, now a carton is probably $50.00. Trekker Out. Glad I Quit.

      • River Rat says:

        Archivist: Ours was in our cars with gun racks in them and full.

        River Rat at the ready!!! NOMI///MOLON LABE!!!

      • Mountain Trekker says:

        Archivist that is a prime example of freedom lost. Use to be you could buy smokes right out of a machine at any gas station or the lobby of about any store. Now TPTB want to tell the owner of a Bar or Restaurant that they can’t allow smoking in their own business. If there is one thing I hate more than cigarettes, it’s the government telling me I can’t smoke them. If you don’t like a place that allows smoking, don’t go there. This crap is even coming to good old Conservative Wyoming, they are trying to ban smoking in Casper. Trekker Out.

  9. River Rat says:

    Again why in the HELL dose everyone want to horde FRN’s. It’s beyond me.

    River Rat at the ready!!! NOMI///MOLON LABE!!!

  10. If I only had a time machine . . .

  11. Prepper says:

    Take home message: Pretend there is no such thing as money. Can you grow your own food, raise your own livestock, purify your own water, tend to medical emergencies, defend your turf, and construct necessities out of junk? If the answer is no to any of these, you better have a cooperative neighbor who can fill in the gaps. If the answer is no to everything, that makes you a useless eater who offers nothing of value which can be traded for these necessities.

    • WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

      Today it not hard to pretend there is no money because after paying bills there is no money. My income has dropped about 75% since 2006 when I was knocking down $90 K a year. Then about $10K a year less year after year. So let the bitch crash before I have to ruin my great credit rating. Or choose to buy food vs paying for Obama Scare scam. Still 9 yrs away frim social security and medicare.

      • WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

        I will add that in about 2010 when I saw my self on the trail to poverty I began prepping for everthing I needed for long term survival. All set on that front with 2 is one, including food which is rotated out.. So if the grid crashes, that will be a few less utility bills to have to pay. LOL

    • Acid Etch says:

      No use talking to sheeple. I explained to my family how to homestead and live with no money and they said “but if you went in the woods what would you do for a job?”

      • Anonymous says:

        “As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”
        – H.L. Mencken

      • WHoWuddaThunkIt says:

        Acid That was funny. For many Sheeple, Life just isn’t worth living, unless they can get up everyday and go to work for somebody else. I’ve always asked people, “Do you go work for something to do every day, or do you work to make money?? Then I inject my learn to “Work Smart Not Hard” philosophy.

      • Jim in Va. says:

        Acid would run around chasing his tail….. homesteading in momma’s basement?

  12. durango kidd says:

    OMG!!! With all the shit you people are eating and inhaling there is NO point in prepping for a damn thing.

    You are all dead and don’t know it!!! 🙁

  13. Sgt. Dale says:

    Just 5 years ago $.90 would get you 50 22Lr.
    Good time to buy silver!!!!!!
    Just think with Obullshit and next Hellorie Your $1.00 will be worth less than T.P.
    That’s OK it will only get worse. Isn’t that is way we are here on this site to learn how to cope with the up coming B.S.
    Let it fall apart. I’m ready!!!

  14. Having read this I believed it was very enlightening.
    I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this short
    article together. I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and leaving comments.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  15. Billy Hill says:

    I had a birthday last month; I turned old. In my old number of years I’ve seen prices go up like 80% of the rest of the people here posting replies (sux how it’s mostly us old guys that see the real world).

    One thing I have not seen any of you mention is that wages have gone up along with the price of goods and services. And then some.

    Yeah, it costs $3.50 for a gallon of fuel compared to $0.80 when I was a kid, but I’m making 5 or 6 times more than my old man used to make for doing the Exact. Same. Job.

    I’m making more and my kids are living better (by a LONG shot) than I had it.

    For all intents and purposes what we’ve seen up to this point minus 10 years has been relative or even better for some people.

    The last 10 years and what is to come in the next 10 years are a completely different story though.

    We’re driving inflation by printing TRILLIONS of dollars out of thin air and when people figure out what real inflation looks like it’s going to be ugly because they’re going to realize those precious dollars they’re holding aren’t worth anything.

    Paper dollars will be shit (or used to wipe up shit)… Use ’em while you can.

    • PO'd Patriot says:

      Yup ‘ol boy, it sure is setting to look like one hell of an “uptake” coming. Everyone best hold onto their britches.

    • Old Guy says:

      then why are over half of the people on assistance. half don’t pay income tax. If your wages have increased more than inflation your really lucky. I did really well up until the time of the fake gas sortage in the 70,s

      • Jim in Va. says:

        The other half of the population will lose out and start coming for the rest of us when their EBT cards don’t work anymore. gonna be a lot of bloodshed and bodies of people trying to take what is yours. Hope you have enough lead.

    • Archivist says:

      Minimum wage in 1965 was $1.25 and bread was 10 cents.

      Minimum wage in 2014 is $7.25 and bread is $3.29.

      Minimum wage is less than 6 times greater now, but bread is almost 33 times the price. Everything else has gone up by much more than wages have except electronics. You can buy a VCR for $40 now, and they were over $1,000 when they first came out.

      I don’t believe anyone’s pay has gone up by 33 times since 1965 unless they went from being a store clerk to being a corporate manager. My own pay went up only by 9 times from 1971 to 2004, and that was from store clerk to database designer.

      You can’t be very old if gas was 80 cents when you were a kid. After I was out of college and in the work force, gas was only 47.9 cents. That was in 1975.

      • passinwiththewind says:

        Cheap leaded gas.

        I mowed a few yards in the summers as a kid, back in the sixties. Gas was higher at our little country stores, than in town.

        I flled up many a gallon glass jugs with gas for .25 cents though.

        When it went to fifty cents a gallon, everyone thought it was highway robbery.

      • Kulafarmer says:

        They dont make VCRs any more

        • Archivist says:

          Yes, they do. You can go to Wal-Mart and buy a combination VCR-DVD copier really cheap. I bought one to copy tapes (I have roughly 1,000 tapes) to DVD without tying up my computer. Best Buy right now on their website has one for $109.99 and a better one with more features for $209.99.

          I am copying all my old movies, TV shows, and family events to DVD so I can then put them on the computer for editing.

      • sixpack says:

        Part of the reason you can buy a VCR so cheap now, is because they are obsolete, unless you’re one who has a bunch of video tapes. Even plain old DVDs are getting obsolete, pushed out of they way by HDTV and blu-ray.

  16. Satori says:

    our “friends” the Saudi’s

    Record Beheadings And The Mass Arrest Of Christians – ISIS? Or Saudi Arabia!


    • sixpack says:

      The king of saudi arabia made the comment, during the Benghazi incident, that they control ALL terrorist groups.

      Of course SA has their finger in the pot, assisting their western elites in their globalist agendas.

  17. Satori says:

    From the Very Start, the CIA Has Engaged In Covert Terrorism to Give Government Plausible Deniability


    there are terrorists
    and then there is government
    who is the REAL threat?
    who should you REALLY fear ?

  18. Satori says:

    ProMED-mail on Ebola: “Infection control is not working”


    “Infection control concerning EVD is not working,”

    “Infection control concerning EVD is not working,”

    “Infection control concerning EVD is not working,”

    do I need to say it again ???

  19. swinging richard says:

    Remember gas wars between the filling stations?

    • sixpack says:

      Yeah…my Dad would pass up .51 gas, because the station down the street had it for .48 a gallon. As an adult, I remember passing up 1.01 a gallon because Astro gas stations had it for .97 a gallon.

      Damn. I feel old.

      • Sixpack,
        I am only 33 and gas was .99 cents a gallon when I started driving. The price of milk has tripled since 2001 when my older child was born. I spend at least three times at the grocery store then I did 5 years ago.

  20. Advice from a Canuck says:

    In Canada, the only group who advocates for pay raises are the big government workers.

    Right now, the teachers unions in British Columbia are crying out for pay hikes using students as their hostages.

    The sad thing is that the larger schools boards such as the Vancouver school board, Toronto District School Board and Alberta School Board reward incompetent teachers, and some child molesters were promoted to other departments—-all while they protest for higher pay raises.

    The private sector and manufacturing sector are DYING in Canada, especially in Ontario, but the big government workers demand pay raises while other have to work for the same pay.

    I’m telling you American guys, the big government industry does NO GOOD for the private sector and causes a stifle in innovation, small business and personal freedoms.

    Canada has already turned into a socialist crony corporat state, cities such as Toronto and Vancouver are socialist Marxist paradises.

    I’m urging you Americans to learn about the Canadian cities and prevent Marxism from infiltrating your community. Diversity, gender equality, multiculturalism, women’s rights are all scams because only the few benefit such as big government workers.

    Corruption in Ontario has caused hydro prices and taxes to skyrocket all because of fraudulent Marxists.

  21. Warchild Dammit! says:

    Damn,I think I need to stop posting for about 15 years to catch up with you guys on what a buck used to get,of course,in 15 years folks will say the same to me!

    • Archivist says:

      Go to newspapers (dot) com or your local library microfilm collection and check out some papers from 1960 and see what a paradise we used to live in. TVs were expensive, but everything else was cheap.

      • Sigi says:

        TV was also more worth watching. Real music, real scripted television shows that didn’t create a moral hazard if shown to the young, sermons on Sunday for those who wanted to see them.

  22. River Rat says:

    “When all of the shootin’ starts, first be sure all of the enemy is in front of you.” –A wise old man.

    River Rat at the ready!!! NOMI///MOLON LABE!!!

  23. Calgagus says:

    Warning to all and Mac Theres a hack on this site. I sent a comment and got a fake page saying code 404 w/ a youtube link to watch.
    Hackers get into your pc through that shit. Dont click a link like that. Hope this comment gets through.

  24. slingshot says:

    Not going to get cheaper anytime soon.

  25. Satori says:

    UPDATE 1-Ebola cases may be kept within tens of thousands, WHO says


    “”The amount for which we requested was about $100 million a month ago and now it is $1 billion, so our ask has gone up 10 times in a month,” Nabarro told reporters.

    “Because of the way the outbreak is advancing, the level of surge we need to do is unprecedented, it is massive,” he said.”

  26. Charley Waite says:

    We all sound like old farts sitting around a retirement home. “Weeeel, I remember when fireballs were a penny at 7-11. Good times.”

    • Archivist says:

      I remember when we didn’t have convenience stores like 7-11. We had corner grocery stores in town and general stores in the country. There were probably 10 times more corner stores then than convenience stores now. Most of the general stores closed and weren’t replaced with anything, so people had to start driving farther. Back in the 1950s most people in my part of the country were within walking distance of a store, even if it was farther than people now would want to walk.

      • Smokey says:

        Lots of the stores were genuinely family owned, Mom and Pop worked the store, and lived upstairs or in the back.

        Small town life. Neighborhood life.

        Much different then, and much better society.

        • Archivist says:

          In the late 1950s and early 1960s, my great-grandmother, who never drove, would call a neighborhood store, Jack Hardy’s, and read him her grocery list. After a while, a delivery boy would show up and bring her groceries into the kitchen for her. Then she’d pay him.

          I wouldn’t trust someone else now to pick out groceries for me.

      • sixpack says:

        My idiot neighbor used to drive to the mail box (about 200 feet). Now she doesn’t have a car.

  27. That chart looks to be a bit generous on the 2014 side.

  28. Found on the internet
    where there was a bash Ted thread going on and someone awake leveled the floor , maybe there are more awake people than I first thought?

    I don’t blame Nugent for soiling his pants. Fuck this country, Vietnam was total effin bullshit. It was a political war and the biggest mistake this country ever took part in. This country KILLED AND SLAUGHTERED 60,000 of our men and women, and for what? Tell me what they were killed for? We had no business being over there, once again, this country doing whatever it is they wanted to.
    I would have done the same thing, I would have shit and pissed myself for days on end to not be FORCED to go over there to get nothing but maimed and killed. Vietnam was total bullshit and everyone knows it.
    This government sucks. I love my country, but hate my government. It’s no wonder there’s ISIS and many other factions that want to kill us and blow this country up. We SUCK. We’re lazy fatass do nothings and this country is in such a effin HOLE, it will never EVER recover. We have a total piece of shit president with a total incompetent piece of shit congress and senate, NONE OF THEM REPRESENT ME….EVER! They all fucking suck ass! Politicians are nothing but liars, cheats and do nothing bastards! They KNOW NOW that WE work for THEM, not the other way around. They KNOW they have us right where they want us.
    We waste TRILLIONS of dollars supporting the black man and white trash, feeding them with bridge cards all the while blacks feel ENTITLED and do nothing but shoot and kill each other and have fucking BABIES!
    this country sucks, Canada is looking better and better, I just wish it was south of Tennessee so the weather would be warmer.

    fuck Vietnam, fuck you Ted Nugent bashers and fuck this government.
    it sucks

  29. KY Mom says:

    off topic…

    Obama “changes the rules”, so U.N. can send thousands of Muslims to the America.

    Flood of Muslims to be dumped in America

    “The Obama administration has been greasing the skids for the Syrian refugees for months, WND has learned, and the refugees will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S.

    In February, the State Department moved to ease the rules that protect the U.S. from ACCEPTING REFUGEES WITH POTENTIAL TIES TO TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. The rules were seen as “too strict” by the refugee-resettlement groups that lobby Congress and the administration to continuously let in more Muslims from the war-torn Middle East.

    Then on Sept. 4, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman hinted at her daily press briefing that a new wave of refugees will soon be coming from another predominantly Muslim nation – Syria.”

    “The United Nations high commissioner for refugees just this year started referring Syrian refugees to the United States for processing,” said Marie Harf.

    “…we have SEVERAL THOUSAND in the pipeline, and THAT NUMBER WILL CONTINUE TO GO UP.”

    WND dot com

  30. KY Mom says:

    Off Topic…

    Scotland Prepares For Bank Runs; ‘Quietly’ Sends Millions Of Banknotes North

    “Britain’s banks have been quietly moving millions of banknotes north of the border to cope with any surge in demand by Scots to withdraw cash in the event of a Yes vote in Thursday’s independence referendum, it has emerged.”

    “As Bloomberg reports, Salmond May Favor Opportunistic Default

    Adopting sterling informally while reneging on debt might be Scottish govt’s plan B, Angus Armstrong, director of macroeconomics at Niesr, says in statement, citing comments from Scottish First Minister Salmond.

    If Scotland refused to accept fair share of existing U.K. debt, it might be interpreted as a default, even if technically it wouldn’t be failure to pay.”


  31. The Prophet says:

    As often as I can, I tell people that the price of an object did not go up, the buying power of the buck went down. Then I tell them why. To finance the Globalist take over of everything.

  32. Peter says:

    In 1954, $1 bought 5 Gals of Gas, Hi Test no less. Now $1 buys you 1/4 Gallon. But, 2 silver dimes will buy you just about the same amount today as they did in 1954.
    Wake Up !
    Government is the enemy !

    • passinwiththewind says:

      @ Peter,

      So….basically, what you are saying is that pre ’65 dimes are worth about $1.75 each, as of current silver prices.

      And…. with that in mind; if I had $1.00 in silver dimes, I could buy five gallons of gas, after selling the dimes as a PM, instead of face value.

      Damn it, and to think of all those ice cream, bars,cups, and sandwiches; I bought in the sixties at elementary school during afternoon break, using silver dimes.

      Dad would be so pissed at me and little brother if he knew how many we stole from his “silver dime” stash, hidden in the closet, way back then. Especially, since they are now so valuable.

      Sshhhhhhuusss! Don’t anyone tell him, he is already a grumpy ole fart, wallowing in his worldly stuff. Gonna take it all with him, when he goes………

      ….a 4000 square foot house, 12 acres with two springs,four pickup trucks,two cars that run, nine that are parts cars, three campers, four tractors, two motorcycles, a four wheeler, and 20-11 odd lawnmowers and tillers, a few guns, and four 1/2 gallon jars of silver dimes. (two are especially lighter).

      One giant hole/crater, in the earth, will be all that is left, when he gives up the ghost. He’ll be wantin’ all the asphalt,concrete, and gravel he paid for as well. Don’t forget the damn mulch.


      • Old Guy says:

        passin did you fly over my place & take inventory? There is a reason us old fart,s hoard up stuff. we are gonna need it someday. We accumulated it because we likes it. its no skin off anyones ass that we got it. go get your own leave our stuff alone. those old non running vehicles are valuable worth at least $200 per ton for scrap. I still have my 55 chevy that I paid $150 for back wnen I was in HS. It would bring at least $10,000 on E Bay today. It sounds like you are giving your dad and his stuff free rent in your head. And He just might take it with him. If he gets sick and takes a long time dying. the medical expences ect. just might leave you with ZERO after probate. He could take out a reverse mortgage and live it up also.

  33. aljamo says:

    In Vietnam in 1971 cigarettes were 2 dollars a carton. Who can afford to smoke them now? Also, back just 10 years beans and rice were cheap, now they are way overpriced. Even poor people’s food is jacked up big time. I guess I’ll have to figure out which plants and bugs are edible.

    • passinwiththewind says:

      We have been prepping for six years.

      When we got real serious about buying and storing up pinto beans and rice, we searched for the cheapest prices and discounts/sales available at the grocers, for smaller quantities.

      We hadn’t bought up anymore until last week (pre 9-11 jitters) of either, since 2012. The rice, we bought in a 20 lb. bag for $8.99 or about .45 cents per lb.

      Before 2013, we had been buying in smaller quantities, when we had extra $$, and when it was on sale, for the price of .28 cents per lb.

      Dried pintos, we spent on the average, about .70 cents per lb. back then, and now they are about .85 cents in bulk bags at the warehouse markets. Still not too bad of an increase.

      We see rice, as a fair price, at anything below .50 cents per lb. and dried pintos at anything below .99 cents per lb.

      Get em’ while you can. They won’t get any cheaper.

    • Archivist says:

      Get you some moringa plants or seeds and forget about eating bugs. Go to seedman (dot) com and see the presentation they have on moringa. The leaves are high in protein, have a complete set of amino acids, have more iron than spinach, and have more Vitamin C than oranges. They are rich in all the other vitamins and minerals.

      You can press oil from the seeds, which can be used for salad oil, lighting, biofuel, and oiling watches. The remaining seed pulp is medicinal and can also be used to clean water as it’s a natural flocculant.

      Feeding the leaves to cattle causes faster weight gain and higher milk production. You can press the leaves, take the resulting liquid, dilute it in water, and spray other plants in your garden to increase their yield greatly. You can harvest the leaves every 75 days, or if you actually fertilize the plants, you can harvest every 35 days. The dried leaves retain most of their nutrients, so you can store them for later.

      They can’t take frost or freezing weather, so if you have cold weather in the winter, you can just plant seeds and have a new crop each year. Otherwise, you can let them grow from year to year until they get too tall for you to reach all the leaves and seed pods. Then cut them down and plant more seeds. And you’ll have plenty of seeds. Each plant can have up to 1,000 seed pods. Your leaf harvest will be tons per acre.

  34. WHoWuddaThunkIt says:

    I’m going to change my name to “Jack Shit.” So the Government will never be able to find or track me. Cause everything I have learned about the Government, they don’t know “Jack Shit” period.

  35. Satori says:

    CDC worker flown back to USA after Ebola exposure


    could the CDC be more irresponsible in how they handled this ?

    that guy should have been quarantined

  36. That’s ok. We’ll print more. What could possibly go wrong with that solution? (end sarcasm)

  37. TheGuy says:

    Let’s also recall you got paid something like $0.18 a DAY. I exaggerate (slightly) but you get the point.

    I would be more interested in seeing two things:

    Price versus income, averaged, none of this CPI bullsh*t where they remove basically everything you need to live as a carbon based organism on this planet and only leave flat screen TV’s and Cartier diamonds and sh*t.

    Dollar versus foreign currencies (how much are we sticking them with our bill).

    Without those data points it’s all just fricking numbers man. If you pay me a million “dollars” a day, I’m perfectly fine with $10,000 bread you know.

  38. oldseventy says:

    in 1960 I could buy any old Morgan or Peace dollar for a dollar, today one would cost me anywhere from 36 to 56 dollars. In 1960 I was getting about 12 dollars for new born calf, today, I pay 30 dollars for a 3lb roast

  39. Sigi says:

    Hm. Have things changed around here? I came back to see if B.I. would have an observation about the renewed concern over the ring of fire and I don’t see him nor any of the more vocal crowd.

    Love the info-graphic Mac! Of course, one could buy Hershey’s in a 6 pack for $3 at the beginning of summer, but that’s still 5 times more pricey than in 1974.

  40. Jim in Va. says:

    Don’t need a wallet anymore…nuthin to put in it.

  41. Billy says:

    It amazes me, people get mad at businesses for the prices they charge, basically because the masses have been inculcated to believe that government is their friend but business entities are greedy and inhumane.
    Education is supposed to be the miracle drug to cure society’s ills but it cannot if individuals are willfully ignorant. But let’s give it a try.
    First of all, only government can create inflation, and it is in their hell-bent interest to do so. Take for example the national debt; it started growing in earnest 80-90 years ago. The government has depreciated the value of every dollar it has borrowed since then. It would be utterly impossible to make good on repaying any debt on the value of what that dollar had when it was borrowed(which they still can’t do anyway with a devalued dollar). The dollar of 1935 had 11 times the value of the 2013 dollar – you see the point. Since then, federal tax schemes have also been devised to make it possible for gov’t. to take advantage of built-in inflation allowing the collection of taxes in a far greater ratio than what would be possible in an otherwise non-inflation scenario. Government loves inflation! It is never going away! If they hated inflation something of value would be used to peg the dollar at a permanent and stable rate. But no, the gov’t has a central bank to control money supply and control interest rates. And creates literally tens of millions of regulations to control enterprise, business, wealth, etc.
    In my area, home sales have started to suffer. It’s not hard to know why. The price of an average home has doubled since 2004, and property taxes keep rising. But incomes have not doubled, never mind even keep pace with inflation. Car sales have been maintained but that is only because people are financing car loans for 6-7 or more years.
    I keep saying, we don’t have power,or wealth or influence; but we have one great tool to bring about change favorable to the greater masses-numbers. If we would unite; turn off the TV, stop buying houses or cars, stop voting, put your kids in private school or even home school, all are very effective ways to bring about change for the better.

  42. Burt Gummer says:

    Am I crazy for wanting to go into debt to buy 3 acres and house as a bugout location? Current home is paid off. Bugout is about an hours drive away.

  43. Burt Gummer says:

    Sheep watch football and msm news talk about Ebola. Go ahead Elites, just combine the two. 2015 first Ebola Bowl game played. Guess what, no winners in that.

  44. In early 1941 on his way to join the navy my father got a hot beef sandwich and a big glass of milk for 25 cents. As a teen working part time I got $1.50/hr and gasoline was 25 cents a gallon. work an hour and get 6 gallons of gas to go to the beach. Now basic wage to get 6 gallons of gas would have to be about $24.00 hour. I recall a good dinner would cost $1.20 as a kid. In 1941 a shirt was 59 cents and denim pants $1.29 coins were silver and pennies were really copper. now even nickels are becoming to costly to mint They want to go to totally plastic cards for money which means they will know every stick of gum you buy every thing your kids buy can be taxed and evaluated for a threat potentianl It all hinges on energy production. Cheap energy means jobs and a high living standard. The realationship between basic wage and gasoline says it all.

    • DevilMayCry says:

      Another person who understands what is going on. When the chips fall, and the cost of oil reaches a tipping point, the hierarchy wants to have all the trumps cards at it’s disposal and not up for grabs by someone else.

      The community here is becoming smarter by the day.

  45. frewill says:

    did anyone read the add, the only currency you’ll need in a collapse? the current prices tell you what used to be. a one ounce gold coin is over 1200 bucks.that coin used to be 20 bucks. but the elite stole the gold and make us trade paper for our daily needs. a 1 dollar silver coin is now 17 bucks.

  46. frewill says:

    my mom told me in the 1930’s, a show ticket(now called a movie) cost 5 cents, ya got a large drink and popcorn included in the price.