Throw Away Those Drugs While Your Memory’s Still Intact

Reports that previously indicated non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could help with the symptoms of dementia have been proven inaccurate. In fact… these pills could cause you to LOSE your mind!

Patients who use NSAIDs did not have lower rates of cognitive decline or dementia, but actually had a 66 percent higher risk toward developing the memory-robbing condition. The Group Health patients were studied for 12 years.

Based on these results, researchers continue to evaluate the effect of inflammation in the development of Alzheimer’s, and look into alternative early detection methods and improved biomarkers.

When Will The People Of Walmart Wake Up To Inflation?

Serious price inflation will come this summer.

Although I have warned readers for some time that hyperinflation is coming, this is not me saying it, but Walmart CEO Bill Simon. Last week he told USA Today that inflation is “going to be serious” in the coming months.

“We’re seeing cost increases starting to come through at a pretty rapid rate,” he said.

Of course, back in October 2010, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke promised that inflation was his goal. “For the first time in many decades, [the Fed] had to take seriously the possibility that inflation can be too low as well as too high,” he said.

“Every single retailer has and is paying more for the items they sell, and retailers will be passing some of these costs along,” John Long, retail strategist at Kurt Salmon told USA Today. Along with steep increases in raw material costs, labor costs in China and fuel costs for transportation are weighing heavily on retailers, he said.

The National Inflation Association reported in February that commodity prices have risen significantly since the fall. Wheat is up 52 percent, cotton is up 177 percent, corn is up 72 percent, soybeans are up 49 percent, coffee is up 86 percent, orange juice is up 37 percent and sugar is up 86 percent—all since Oct. 30, 2010. The price of oil is at a 30-month high—the highest price ever in the month of March.  Gas prices have doubled since President Barack Obama took office.

Higher fuel prices only compound the inflation problem. Factor in the result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the subsequent radiological contamination of food around the globe and you can see we are in Red Alert territory as far as inflation is concerned.

The elites and Keynesians love inflation because it allows the government to steal the wealth of its subjects without the subjects realizing it. As Alan Greenspan said a 1966 essay, inflation is a “scheme for the hidden confiscation of wealth.”

As Peter Schiff wrote in his book, Crash Proof, inflation makes the national debt more manageable because it can be repaid in cheaper dollars, it allows for easier financing of social programs without raising taxes, can be confused with economic growth and causes nominal asset prices to rise (like stocks and real estate) which creates the illusion of wealth creation.

But rising prices makes it more difficult for people to buy the products they need and want.

Conversely, the elites and Keynesians don’t like lower prices, which they mistakenly—or nefariously—term deflation. But falling prices is not deflation. Just as inflation is an increase in the money supply, deflation is a decrease in the money supply. A decrease in the money supply makes the green slips of paper the public holds more valuable. Deflation benefits the saver and hurts the borrower.

Keynesians make the fallacious argument that when prices are falling, consumers will not buy because they will instead wait for the prices to fall further. Of course, that has not happened in the case of personal computers, flat screen televisions and other electronics that have seen prices fall as more competitors enter the market with comparable—or superior—products.

As I wrote in U.S. Exporting Runaway Inflation Across The Entire World With Its Reckless Money Printing, the unrest in the Middle East began as riots over the high cost and shortage of food.

The United States has thus far avoided such riots by paying off the masses. How so, you ask? More than 44 million Americans are now on food stamps. That’s 14 percent of the U.S. population. Unemployment benefits last for 99 weeks. These factors have prevented American streets from looking like the streets in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iran, Syria and Libya.

In Wisconsin, the government cut back on its gifts to the public employee unions and riots ensued. In Ohio, the same thing happened.

People don’t like to have things taken away, though they have allowed the government to steal their wealth for 100 years. It seems they’re becoming tired of it. Many of them just aren’t yet sure where to vent their anger.

Those protesting in Wisconsin and Ohio are venting at their governors and legislators, claiming they just want to break the unions. But States, unlike the Federal government, must balance their budgets. So cuts have to be made somewhere. States can’t unleash another round of quantitative easing (money printing) as the Fed can.

Unfortunately, the people who shop at Walmart are too busy watching “American Idol” and gossiping about Charlie Sheen through their Twitter accounts to understand what’s happening. They will see higher prices and they’ll blame the nameless and faceless “they,” sure that the store manager or his boss or his boss is responsible. But most, if not all, will not know what’s happening until it is too late for them. They are headed for rough times.

If the Federal government had to live within its means, many so-called entitlements would have to go away. But the government is a Ponzi scheme. Bernie Madoff was sent to jail forever for his Ponzi scheme, which pales in comparison to the Feds’.

But it doesn’t. When it needs money, the Fed prints more and distributes it to Wall Street and the banksters who get to use it first, before it’s diluted. The rest of us get it later, when it’s worth less—or worthless.

To understand, imagine a glass of milk. The Fed, Wall Street and the banksters get to drink the fresh milk. Then imagine pouring water into the milk. We get to drink after more and more water is poured into the milk, after it is more water than milk.

For those millions on Social Security and other entitlement programs, the money won’t go away. But the dollars you get from them will not buy a loaf of bread. Your checks will remain the same while it takes wheelbarrow loads of cash just to buy bread, as it did in Weimar Germany in the early 1920s.

That’s why we have encouraged you to buy silver and gold. If you have silver and gold in your possession you will still be able to buy food and necessities while others paper their walls with their worthless dollar bills.

And it is time, and almost past time, to store food and water. They will only get more expensive from here.

There is still time buy gold and silver. As the Fed destroys the dollar, you will look back at how cheap gold and silver are now.

How long do we have? It appears to me that we are very close to economic and social collapse. But times can yet wobble along for months or even a few years. It is a certainty that it will get visibly worse in many ways, especially now that the endgame is here.

How can someone on a fixed income stockpile food and supplies?

Dear Bob,
I thank God and you for the opportunity to learn many of the things you have notified us of, but most of the solutions involve investing money or buying "something."

With those of us who are low income, who probably could not even afford to pay for your [Personal Liberty Digest™] newsletter, if there were a charge (thank you, there is not). I mean it seems that we low income or "poor" people (I am on disability, not much of an income!) we have no chance of survival. Can you comment on this?!?!?

Rich

Dear Rich,

Yes, living on a fixed income is difficult. I do not know your situation, however, I believe if you think outside the box a bit you might find you have more resources than you suspect. To increase your stockpile of food you could frequent a “scratch and dent” store. In fact, you can shop there for all your canned and boxed goods and save yourself some money.

Perhaps there is something you could find to do to augment your income. The Internet opens up all sorts of opportunities for people who want to work at home: proofreading, typing, etc.

With any savings or extra income you accumulate you can purchase silver bit by bit. A silver dollar is currently selling for about $38. Many—myself included—expect the price to more than double in the coming months and it will be invaluable once hyperinflation kicks in later this decade.

Best Wishes,
Bob

The UnConstitutional War

The silence of supposed Constitutional conservatives on President Barack Obama’s attacks on Libya is deafening.

While partying in South America, Obama ordered America’s military into battle. Scarcely a word was spoken to Congress beforehand. And he certainly didn’t follow Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which puts the authority for declaring war on the Congress.

Calling it a kinetic military action doesn’t negate the fact that United States military forces are shooting at people in another country. And it’s a country that had not attacked the U.S., nor did it pose a threat.

The Founding Fathers intended for the United States to stay out of foreign entanglements. The President was given the authority to call the military into action if the U.S. was being attacked. He was not given the authority to employ the military for humanitarian means, nor any other instance without a Congressional declaration of war. And no amount of doublespeak by Obama, Congress or any of the bought-and-paid-for corporate media or other talking heads can change that.

As Founder James Wilson told the Pennsylvania ratifying convention, “This system will not hurry us into war; it is calculated to guard against it. It will not be in the power of a single man, or a single body of men, to involve us in such distress; for the important power of declaring war is vested in the legislature at large: this declaration must be made with the concurrence of the House of Representatives…”

Conservatives have often claimed the high ground when it comes to adhering to the Constitution. On this issue they’ve lost any moral high ground and have failed the test miserably.

Why Are We Helping al-Qaida?

In Afghanistan and Pakistan, America’s military is killing—and being killed by—al-Qaida forces. In Libya, America’s Navy and Air Force provide cover for al-Qaida forces seeking to overthrow the regime of Moammar Gadhafi.

In a Monday night address to defend U.S. attacks on Libya, President Barack Obama said that America could not turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. Yet Obama and the corporate media ignore the slaughter of civilians in Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, China and North Korea.

Obama says it would be a mistake to expand the allied military mission to overthrow the Gadhafi regime, but that Gadhafi must relinquish power.

Obama insists there will be no U.S. ground troops in Libya, yet the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit took part in the initial assault and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is set to head to the region to relieve the 26th.

Obama says America will not continue to lead the operation and it will be turned over to NATO. Yet, America is NATO, providing a fourth of its budget—more than the combined amount of the next two largest contributing countries—and the majority of its assets and command.

Such is the duplicity of American foreign policy.

There has been much “mystery” surrounding the identity of the so-called rebels America is protecting in the Libyan civil war. Author Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D., points out that, while all the lead players aren’t known, enough is known about them to understand they are some of the same people American is fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

According to Tarpley, the insurgency in Libya is a reprisal of a British attempt to foment an uprising in 1995 in which Gadhafi would be assassinated and Libya would descend into chaos, prompting Great Britain to swoop in to “protect” the oil fields. Already, rebel leaders are making oil deals with the French. And if there was any doubt the global elites were behind the chaos percolating in the Middle East, the fact that Libyan “rebels” have already established a central bank should put any doubts to bed.

al-Qiada was formed by the U.S. and Great Britain to fight the Russians in Afghanistan, and many of its leaders are double agents of the Central Intelligence Agency or MI-6—like Anwar al-Awlaki, America’s terrorist du jour. As such, al-Qaida is used for many purposes.

As Tarpley points out, for President George W. Bush, the presence of al-Qaida was used as pretext for starting a war on another country. The Obama method is to use al-Qaida to overthrow independent governments and either Balkanize or partition those countries or use them as kamikaze puppets against larger enemies like Russia, China and Iran.

Hat tip: Prisonplanet.com

Your Body Can Produce A Natural Pain Reliever

The essential component of aspirin is a substance called salicylic acid (SA). It gives the over-the-counter medicine its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving abilities. But can the human body produce SA on its own and safely and naturally ward off everyday aches and pains? Experts think so.

The American Chemical Society reported that higher levels of SA were found in patients who consumed large amounts of fruits and vegetables. And vegetarians who consumed high amounts of fruits and veggies showed much higher levels of SA in recent blood tests.

This is good news for those of you who want to avoid the risks associated with aspirin such as clot-related stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, allergic reaction and hearing loss. Instead, enjoy a bounty of apples, oranges, pears, broccoli, carrots or spinach, and experience relief from your pains, too.

Is investing U.S. dollars in Canada in Canadian dollars advisable for the “short run?”

Dear Bob,

I am a very enthusiastic customer/subscriber of your Letter (The Bob Livingston Letter™). I urgently need your advice on whether investing U.S. dollars in Canada in Canadian dollars is advisable for the "short run" to avoid catastrophic U.S. dollar decline.

Thank you for your help,
Anastasios

Dear Anastasios,

I don’t recommend investing in any paper money. All are headed for collapse. A better choice would be Canadian Gold Maple Leafs. If you insist on getting into foreign currencies, I would recommend Swiss annuities bought with Swiss francs.

Good luck,
Bob