Morning Report: 2013-08-12

Egypt: Government preparing crackdown on pro-Morsi demonstrators. Al-Ahram: 'A source from the interior ministry told Ahram Online Sunday that no official statement has been issued by the ministry regarding the dispersal of the sit-ins held by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and Giza. When asked about the dispersal taking place, the source said that "all options are on the table," affirming that security forces have recently intensified their presence around the sit-ins. ...'

Israel: JCS Chief in third visit. Arutz Sheva: 'Chairman Martin Dempsey of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, arrived in Israel, Monday afternoon, as guest of Chief of Staff Benny Gantz of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).' He'll meet with Gantz, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.

Europe: UK considers legal action against Spain over Gibraltar. Reuters: 'Britain may take legal action against Spain over tighter border controls at its contested overseas territory Gibraltar, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said on Monday, escalating a row that has strained relations between the two countries. Tensions over Gibraltar - the rocky outpost at the mouth of the Mediterranean to which Spain lays claim - flared up this month after Spain complained that an artificial reef being built by Gibraltar would block its fishing vessels. Spain has imposed tougher checks at the frontier, causing long delays for thousands of tourists and local people. ...' Stratfor has background, with video (free).


The Future

The Federal and state governments will likely go broke, and people who depended on government benefits will feel a lot of hurt. Social Security will be long gone. Big liberal states like California will be hardest hit. Infrastructures will suffer and things like serviceable roads, law enforcement, and emergency services will deteriorate.

Depending on how successful Obama is in his effort to wreck our economy in general and our medical system in particular, doctors and hospitals will likely be few and far between.

Over the past couple of generations, a lot of worthless paper has changed hands because (1) loans were given to people who didn't have the means to repay them; and (2) politicians made promises that they didn't have the means to pay for.

The government and its agencies will grow hungry and mean - like any other predatory animal - and will increasingly focus their dwindling resources on functions that generate revenue. This means finding ever more creative ways to expropriate citizens of their money and belongings. So we can expect to see increases in everything from petty robberies such as parking tickets to major hauls like seizures of cars, homes, and businesses on the pretext that they were used for "drug trafficking".

End result is that survival strategies are going to go back to being what they've always been. Be honest, courteous, hardworking, competent, and educated, and associate with other people who are. Take care of those close to you and be ready to defend them - and yourself.


I'm working full-time and parenting part-time, so my time and energy available for blogging is somewhat reduced these days. Nevertheless, I'm going to try to go back to posting regularly, at least 2 - 3 times a week.

I've been posting at two sites - DiL-1 on Blogger and DiL-2 on TypePad - and this will continue for a little longer, through the end of August. However, I'm making plans to move my blog to a new site, under a new title, at the beginning of September. More details to follow.

There are other changes in the works, too. After six years of living in San Francisco, I'm getting ready to move back to Portland, Oregon at the end of 2013.