Entries Tagged as 'mexico'

Mover Mike Hit 2,000,000

After an incredible June, Mover Mike hit 2,000,000 page views. I have been blogging since 2004 and it is nice to see that more people are finding this blog. Sometimes, I have considered quitting, thinking why bother, no one reads me. However, conservative fiscally, Libertarian socially, this blog joins many others who don’t like the path the U.S. is on.

No longer can we discuss things rationally and heatedly.  Now it seems the play book says to ignore the message, savage the messenger. We are seeing that currently with Trump and we read that Hillary hasn’t answered the press questions in two weeks. AND…more and more people are considering leaving the country.

Mexico”sends” their unemployed to the U.S.. How long will 93,000,000 unemployed and under employed wait to move south? How long will the drought stricken  in the south west wait to move? What happens when the U.S. becomes like Greece and can’t feed the 43,000,000 on EBT?

Stay tuned, dear reader. I hope to cover it and provide some answers. Thanks for reading Mover Mike

Dinner with John and Helen

Home Ownership rate

Home Ownership rate

We were invited to have dinner with our neighbors John and Helen on Thursday before we left Portland. It was a very nice thing to do. We had slaved all day packing, cleaning and taking furniture and stuff to storage. The food was delicious and the conversation was lively. Both John and Helen were optimistic about the economy and disagreed of my harsh assessment. Of course we disagreed about Obama, and global warming, too.

I see the possibility of the US collapsing into another depression. That was one reason we were happy to have sold our house so rapidly.

Tonight, I just pulled up an article at Zero Hedge by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog. He writes:
“If our economy was working the way that it should, the middle class would be thriving.

“But instead, it is being systematically destroyed. If you doubt this, I have some statistics that I would like to share with you. The following facts come from my previous article entitled “The Death Of The American Dream In 22 Numbers“…

“#1 The Obama administration tells us that 8.69 million Americans are “officially unemployed” and that 92.90 million Americans are considered to be “not in the labor force”. That means that more than 101 million U.S. adults do not have a job right now.

“#2 One recent survey discovered that 55 percent of Americans believe that the American Dream either never existed or that it no longer exists.

“#3 Considering the fact that Obama is in the White House, it is somewhat surprising that 55 percent of all Republicans still believe in the American Dream, but only 33 percent of all Democrats do.

“#4 After adjusting for inflation, median household income has fallen by nearly $5,000 since 2007.

“#5 After adjusting for inflation, “the median wealth figure for middle-income families” fell from $78,000 in 1983 to $63,800 in 2013.

“#6 At this point, 59 percent of Americans believe that “the American dream has become impossible for most people to achieve”.

“You can read the rest of that article right here.”

We will miss the lively discussions with John and Helen. We will have to wait awhile to see who is right. Being right in my case would not make me happy.

What Brought You to Portland?

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Portland State University is conducting a survey to find out What brought you to Portland?  What has kept you here?  They want to read your story.

They say:

  • Roughly two-thirds of the region’s (and state’s) population growth is the result of net in-migration.  Given that migration brings together people of various backgrounds, including different political viewpoints, age, race/ethnicity, and culture, improving our understanding of who is moving here today will better prepare us for understanding what Portland will look like tomorrow.
  • Portland migrants place strong value on the region’s natural amenities (e.g. climate, access to the gorge), bicycle and regional transit infrastructure, and economic opportunity, but also consistently cite opportunities for social/community engagement as important factors as well. 

Multnomah County is a very liberal city. The county was over 72% for Kerry. I wonder if the immigrants will change the mix or propel it even further to the left. It would be nice to see more of a balance and make politicians compete for our vote.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is completely confidential.  Our survey asks why people chose to move to Portland, why they have stayed, and what they value most in place to live and work.

Click here to take the survey: What Moves You? Tell Your Portland Story.

I would be interested in hearing what would drive you away, as we prepare to move to Mexico.

Oil Collapse Threatens Universe

George Ure at Urban Survival blows my mind with this information today about the Oil Collapse:

Oil Price Collapse

Oil Price Collapse

But for the past many months I have been telling you what? ‘

That right: Oil could collapse into the $30s per barrel.

That’s because the world is in the grips of a gigantic deflation the likes of which have never been seen before and that in itself is remarkable and worthy of discussion.

First, however, we need to be clear that a barrel is not a barrel. If you are talking about the ubiquitous 55-gallon drums, popular in American chemical, refining, and coatings, that’s not what a barrel of oil is: Write this down: Oil is 42 gallons per barrel.

Just how cheap is oil, right now? Well, if you drop by the local convenience store this morning, oil is cheaper than your coffee by a damn-sight. Grab a bottle of that water (a large Desani or Aqu-What’s-It) and you will pay more for the water than for oil. (Admittedly, there’s a price off convenience and maybe if water folks made a 42-gallon size. Even so, compare oil to those 5-6 gallon water jugs at the store.

While all of this may sound like really, really good news, oil breaking into the $51 range this morning increases the odds of panic in financial markets this spring. Think you could wake up to a Dow 2,500-4,000 points lower than where we are right now before summer? Don’t bet against it.

Part of the reason oil was so high (for so long) is the Fed’s quantitative easing. Usually when there’s a big recession (remember 2007-2010?) prices come right down, everyone sees a bargain, and recovery begins.

Unfortunately, what the Fed’s money give-aways have done is set a semi-permanent deflation expectation in place. While the QE money kept deflation from becoming obvious (and wage collapsing, and even more massive unemployment) it is now off the table and the price of oil is dropping quickly.

Let’s run a number or two to show economic impacts: Let’s say you bought a car getting 18 MPH highway, $4.25 Gas and drove 100,000 miles. Total fuel bill? $23.611.

Fast forward to my son’s car (Versa) mostly highway and around 37 MPG and gasoline we’ll use Triple A’s national average of $2.199. Driving it the same 100,000 miles, his fuel bill will only come to $5,943 and change.

This is whatcha call an economic shock. Car costs (on a real cost per mile basis) are down to about 1/4 of where they were in the past 7-years. This is deflation and huge deflation at that.

Oil could drop down to the $50 range. But if it can take out $50, why not $48? And then what holds it at $45? You see how this goes.

Emerging Markets

Emerging markets

Emerging markets

Wikipedia defines emerging markets as “The four largest emerging and developing economies by either nominal or PPP-adjusted GDP are the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). The next five largest markets are South Korea, Mexico,Indonesia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia...”

Martin Armstrong warns, “The emerging markets have issued debt in dollars which is a currency they cannot print and do not control. This hard-currency debt has tripled in the last decade and is split between $3.1 trillion in bank loans and $2.6 trillion in bonds. This will ripple through the banks causing massive new losses just as the Cyprus banks held Greek debt. This time, it will be the debt of all emerging markets. We are looking at a drastic scale of the biggest cross-border lending sprees of the past two centuries.

“A large portion of this emerging market debt was taken out at real interest rates of 1% on the implicit assumption that the Fed would continue to flood the world with liquidity for years to come. This has made the emerging markets vast borrowers dollars so in a trading position they are “short dollars”. This is the greatest short-position on a currency on the boards and when the dollar RISES, they will face the margin call from Hell itself. This will set off another banking crisis for bankers always buy the high and sell the low. They have NEVER learned even once from any economic crisis.”

Read more at Coming Emerging Market Debt Meltdown

 

State of Immigration in USA; the positive side

Diaspora

Diaspora

There’s a word I don’t see often: “diaspora.” One meaning of the word derived from the Greek wordsdiaspeirein to scatter, from dia- +speirein to sow, is the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland. Isn’t that what is happening on our southern border which gives immigration a bad name? Over the last 30 or so years, the U.S. has experienced a huge displacement of people from Latin America. The first Amnesty Bill signed by President Reagan legalized the status of 6 to 8 million people here illegally. Drawn by our liberty, religious freedom, and jobs and higher wages, 12 to 20 million have arrived in this country from the south. The vast number are from Mexico with a lesser number coming from Central America.

Efforts to secure the border with fences and border patrol agents and deportations have not stemmed the flow. No other country allows its borders to act as a sieve. Some say that the priority in dealing with illegal immigration is a secure border first, then some solution for the immigrants already part of our society. Others, encourage the movement into the country thinking it will redound to their political power or corporate financial power.

One thing is certain. The majority of Americans will not support wholesale deportation of those here illegally and not U.S. citizens. No amount of speechifying will convince American citizens that you can rip 12 to 20 million people from their homes and be better off.

Book Review: Finding Devo: A Novel Adventure By Seve Verdad

Print Length: 585 pages

Publisher: Devo’s Diversiones, Inc. (December 9, 2013)

Finding Devo” has everything. If you like reading novels about or centered in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta in this case), you’ll love the intrigue, the corruption, the smart way this book was written.  Russell Martel is a reporter wrongfully arrested, tortured, and pursued after escape after a terrorist bombing devastates a major hotel in this city of beautiful sunsets and tourists.

There’s a war between two opposing forces in the world and some of that war smatters on PV. There is a redux of Viet Nam on our borders, too, and this book may be a wake-up for some.

The book is filled with great writing and great characters. I love some of these metaphors:

  • Brenda wrapped herself around me with the comfort of a cashmere sweater.
  • A clean shot glass shouted at me from under the bar like a guy hailing a cab.
  • …and a dimpled smile easy as an endless summer day,…

The book claims the author’s whereabouts is unknown and uses “Seve Verdad” as a pen name. He writes to bring attention to his plight. Seve Verdad could mean harsh truth in Spanish.


Happy Gringo Day

Yes, today is Cinco de Mayo celebrated here, but not important in Mexico. Any excuse to tie one on, right?

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Two Angry Comments To Remember On Election Day

Come election day in November, I hope you will remember two angry comments made by Democrat politicians as members of Congress are trying to do their job of oversight:

  • “What difference does it make?” yelled Hillary Clinton as she tried to keep the truth about Benghazi from coming out.

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  • “You don’t want to go there, buddy!” by Eric Holder threating Rep. Gohmert in regards to Fast and Furious.

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It appears that our nation’s leaders in the Democrat party are angry thugs.

Book Review: Oaxaca Chocolate Sooths

Oaxaca Chocolate: A Santo Gordo Mystery (Santo Gordo Mysteries) Paperback
by Charles Kerns

Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2013)

This is the second time for a Charles Kerns novel. The first was “Santo Gordo: A Killing in Oaxaca (Santo Gordo Mysteries).” Let’s say you have heard about becoming an expat and you’ve heard good things about Oaxaca, Mexico. The best advice is rent for an extended time to see if you like the culture, the people, the food, and the climate. Take a short cut with Charles Kerns, as Robert Evans, a retired American living in Oaxaca.

Robert Evans (Roberto) is nick-named Santo Gordo, because he is an amateur detective and to the people who know him, he solves mysteries and is their saint, with a small “s”. Through Roberto you will learn what it’s like to live among the natives, be their friend, eat their food and share in their holidays.

This book takes place around Christmas and New Years. With Roberto you’ll see how the Mexicans celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. Like “…A Killing in Oaxaca” I find the culture and people comforting. I seem to slow down when I read what Kerns has written. We also learn that it is not appreciated, at least by this writer, to have Americans think they know what is best for Mexicans; to think that American culture and ways of business are superior. They don’t want the fast paced life and pursuit of money to dominate their life style. If you move to Mexico, don’t be upset if it isn’t like the U.S.

I recommend both books by Charles Kerns and give both five stars.


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