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Infrastructure cannibalization precedes collapse. I've already written about that predictor. Now, someone has actually stolen a church bell for the copper in it. Really.

"The theft of this historic bell from St. Mary’s Cathedral is just the latest in a rash of alarming metal thefts across The City. The Police Department recently launched a special investigations unit specifically to combat such thefts."
- http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/10/heist-san-francisco-church-raises-alarm-bells

Depression-era paintingAnd the price of food will increase sharply in 2012, according to predictions from the USDA.

Someone emailed me this photo of artwork in the Weisman museum at the University of Minnesota. It's from the era of the Great Depression. It's kind of sad, isn't it, that it's again relevant today? I heard that the sheriff's office had mentioned to Occupiers that a homeless woman with an infant were seen around our plaza, suggesting without asking that we help her out. We can provide immediate food and blankets, but we also have a list of local resources for the homeless that can offer much better services than we are equipped to handle.

The good news is that someone is working on a detailed plan for how to change our economy away from exponential growth. The bad news is that there's not enough gold on the planet to accommodate this global transition back to the gold standard. We need to pick a different substance as our value store. Besides, we need gold to make actual products, so we can't afford to stockpile it "uselessly" as a wealth store.

Lehrman’s historical model is the international gold standard of 1873-1914, an era of industrial breakthrough, global economic growth, and astounding price stability. As charted by his colleague John Muller, it was the most stable period of U.S. monetary regimes based on the Consumer Price Index.
- http://www.forbes.com/sites/richdanker/2011/10/26/recreating-a-real-gold-standard/

I hope the Occupations can retain peaceful operation as more people join the movements in the spring season. The weather will be better, and the economy will be worse, so many more people will join the effort.



Stay involved. Stay peaceful. Stay creative. I remain hopeful for our future.

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