Guess what?!?! I've got an EXCITING update for this week's edition!👇🏼 We reached 1,000 subscribers for the KnowledgeBombs newsletter on LinkedIn!
There's an audio version for listening on the go, too! Be sure to take a glance at this most important edition to date!
There won't be better time spent this week watching the Liberator Bomber fly! The Contrarian approach to hashtag#militarytransition resonates with a thousand others...so you're not alone in exploring something new.
You, too, hashtag#militaryspouses...you're the fuel for the engines.
To Your Liberty,
Are you scared yet? What about motivated, instead?
Do you even know why you should be one or the other?
Read on for 10 minutes of Liberty discussion and 10 minutes on the economy, or listen here at 1.5x-2x speed (my slow, southern Texas drawl is coming back fast and fierce, having been in this great State of Texas for a solid month now!).
If that's too long for you today, check out the TLDR summary at the bottom! And pick a hyperlink and go!
Welcome to the 6th edition in the series! To you 1,000 subs who've boarded the Liberator Bomber, your Liberty awaits!
A SHORT LIBERTY STORY
I got scared two-and-a-half years ago, in the November 2019 timeframe. Pre-new world, that is.
I didn't know much then, similar to now. But I had a hunch that something wasn't right.
Memory from Egelloc (college)
A professor at National Defense University introduced my cohort to an idea known as fractional reserve banking during a discussion about the monetary system (that's simply the way the nation's 'money' policy is managed). Spoiler alert - it's a big Ponzi scheme.
This was a Master's of Science degree program where the Socratic method was employed in the academic teaching environment. This concept of fractional reserve banking simply didn't make any sense to me, the idea behind it being creation of 10x the amount of currency on the back of one dollar bill in the form of loans.
It sounded like a house of cards I couldn't see...and I wracked my brain about it for nearly nine months, until I'd done enough self-learning and research to figure it out. Hundreds of hours spent studying this odd way of doing business.
Words Always Mattered
It didn't make sense because an important detail was left out of the discussion: that being the difference in the words money and currency, and their definitions...their historical definitions...which we're not taught today.
I got scared because of what I didn't understand for decades, and, not knowing it at that time, I didn't realize the significant difference in those two words.
Once I began learning, however, and surrounding myself with people I trusted to have my best interest in mind, I got really scared because I saw reality.
But then, that changed. I was no longer scared, but equipped to get prepared. I was able to take action for what was to come:
the government response to COVID;
the economic "boom" and bust to follow;
intentional preparations for my "transition;"
and put attention to what was really most important: my transformation away from being an officer in the U.S. Navy - to becoming a human again, and getting my Liberty back.
Where Liberty is Found
Liberty is found in knowledge, and the passionate curiosity to seek it out.
That's as complicated as we'll go into money and currency today, but just know that the words we're using are foundational to the discussions ahead, and instrumental to those we've already had.
And now we're where we're at, and I'm excited to have you along for the ride!
We're going to change the world together from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Let's see Freedom shine bright and hear Liberty ROAR!🗽
This week we're bridging from the first three pillars (Jobs, Efforts, Taxes - JET) in the Column covering "Work & Employment" to the next three editions in the "Life" Column, addressing these three pillars:
Whole Health & Wellness (that's differnet than "medical," by the way),
Sense of Identity (True Self beyond the rank, weapons platform, and service branch), and
Wealth matters (beginning with your time and the inherent knowledge, skills, and ability you have to offer this world).
But a bridge week is necessary for clarity sake and to stall out mid-flight to admire what just happened economically in the second week of April, 2022.
I appreciate your understanding as we turn our attention to a major news headline affecting you and me, personally and professionally. And, as alluded to in the title, there will be some aerial acrobatics in this edition as I jump around to cover a few different topics for the community's benefit.
Consider the stall and banking moves on the way down to the ground as spelling "Liberty" with the condensation trail!
SOME NECESSARY ECONOMICS (Far From Boring - Promise!!)
In the March "CPI" print released on April 12th, the calculation came in at a monstrous 8.5% (the highest since 1981), up 0.6% (60 basis points) over the February calculation. That means for a $100K salary a year ago, if you're not making $108,500 at this point in the year, as compared to a year ago, then your paycheck is falling way behind.
We won't get into the decades-long erosion of the middle class' purchasing power now.
That's for another day.
But Why Care?
Why does it matter to this Knowledge Bombs series blowing the LIEs about "military transition" to smitherines?
Because it touches the very core of any Liberty or Freedom we think we've got or will enjoy beyond service.
Your most precious resource, your time, is traded for a paycheck, and your pension is at risk, too.
That earned income pay is taxed before you get it (income, social security, medicare), taxed after you get it (sales and property taxes) and taxed while you hold it, too ("inflation," which the CPLie attempts to measure).
Consumer price increases are a result of inflation, and those two things are not one-in-the-same.
Your time (and mine) is being stripped away at an accelerating rate. There's little we can do to recover from it, but we do have options...that's what this series is all about. Giving you the knowledge you need, right now, to escape the trap through optionality.
The CPI number is asinine, and the percentage calculation isn't even true. It's woefully understated. Check out this useful tool from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to see for yourself. Each time you click an item, be sure to unclick it before selecting another one. I encourage selecting "Food at home," "Energy," and then "All Items Less Food and Energy." Compare the current levels between those different statistics, and then compare with the 8.5% CPI headline.
Make this personal with a quick exercise: Visit this inflation calculator, and use whatever amount of currency in the bank you have available to you today. Doesn't matter if it's $1, $100, $1,000, or $1 Billion. Plug this amount into the calculator, use a negative 5% for the inflation rate (this way it shows the erosion of your purchasing power) and see how much purchasing power remains after 1 year, 5 years, or 10 years.
The minus 5% is the max negative number you can enter on this calculator, but simply double the result for a 10% rate, quadruple the result for a 20% inflation rate.
Now does it hit you square in the forehead on why this is important, and why I'm producing so much content about it?
Good. It should.
Scammy Scamming Uncle Sam - Bomb Inbound
The CPLie is completely the fault of your nationally elected officials going back decades (don't believe that Russia has anything to do with it), and the unelected deep state nationally (Uncle Scam) and the global un-elected delite in the three-letter non-governmental organizations (e.g. WEF, BIS, WHO, and on and on and on).
This CPLie is instigating a breakdown of society, and it's roots are traced back to lacking a complete and comprehensive understanding of two important documents...applicable to both Armed Forces personnel and the Citizenry we defend. See my article covering The Military Officer Oath of Office (or listen on spreaker here).
That series of posts will send you on an exciting journey learning some often-overlooked aspects of the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence. An enlisted community post will follow soon, too.
"Inflation" & "CPI" - It's Just An "Energy" Transfer (Bonus Bomb)
"Inflation" and "CPI" is a basic discussion about energy theft (recall, energy is neither created nor destroyed, it's simply transferred around the universe and transformed from one state to another). Here's a deep dive on the matter if curious.
Your paychecks store your energy from productive efforts in the form of fiat currency, and the purchasing power of that fiat currency is being eroded away by broken economic policies and academagician bureaucrats who are owned by the corporatacracy (read Wall Street Banks, corporate conglomerates, and the "delites" stripping the time right out of our lives).
That energy transfers to the powerful "delite" at the lowest levels of our societies around the globe, because they're not elite, and they're not at the top of our society so long as you don't believe they are. And the big crumbs they're leaving are going to the connected bureaucrats working for them.
We on Main Street are getting the small crumbs and leftovers.
Oh but wait, there is much, much more!
The CPLie is only one side of the economic coin. Recall, Supply & Demand is the most basic "model" to consider when discussing the economy. The CPLie attempts to measure the Demand side of that coin. The Producer Price Index (PPI) is just as, if not more, important to you and me, as that calculation leads the CPLie.
The March PPI rose 11.2% from a year ago, the highest on record, and measures the prices paid by wholesalers, who pass those costs on to you, consumer.
Where do producers get their inputs and ingredients for food and energy?
That's right, Russia and China are a huge source of supplies (ingredients) to producers abroad and domestically.
Stripping out food, energy, and trade services, per CNBC, the core PPI rose 0.9% (but why exactly does that matter to you and me? We require food and energy - which provides for creation of food and delivery of water to live. All the rest is just icing on the cake or gravy on the steak).
All of that is why it's important...extremely important...to keep your finger on the pulse of these economic topics as they pertain to your "work" life: Jobs, Efforts, and Taxes.
These matters directly impact what little Liberty and Freedom you think you've got left.
So that'll do it for the economics discussion. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Now, let's take a glance at the navigation path ahead, and get an introduction to this Liberty Lion idea!
RECAP - 3 Columns and the Pillars Around Them
If you've missed the first five editions of this series (this is the sixth), there's still time to catch up (listen on the go, too!) They're all taped for your listening pleasure. I encourage you to visit the series list and catch up, quickly. Here's an outline:
Column 1: Work Pillars (series complete)
Column 2 : Life Pillars (Spectacular 💥 end of April to early May)
Column 3: Liberty Pillars (mid-May)
Book Launch (Memorial Day) Want a seat in this catapult? Just DM me!
"Life Column" Knowledge Bomb Editions Upcoming
Whole Health & Wellness (21 April) - We'll discuss how this connects to the previous weeks editions about work, and the military medical system as well the link to the Veteran's Affairs Compensation Exam ratings.
Self/Identity (28 April) - The hidden secret to transition. It's where the ambush begins and can cause a crash.
Wealth (Cinco De Mayo) - Financial Literacy and Money Aptitude. Foundational to the Liberty you're seeking.
[R]EVOLUTION - Liberty Style with a Contrarian Spin
You're needed on the front lines carrying the Liberty Torch to the masses.
We've got a lot going on with this Liberty Accelerator [R]evolution.
Have you shared the series with someone you care about yet?
If not, pick up that torch...and throw it far.
The brushfires of Freedom are lighting Liberty in the minds of [wo]men today...you're being enlisted now to light your world. We The People are rising...share it with one person today...encourage they read, listen, and subscribe, too, to see over the LIEs, and find their TRUTH.
Don't be the senior leader with this secret!
LIBERTY LIONS - What the Heck?
Bear with me (no pun intended...I like wild animals). I was seeking an identity for members of the community to refer to themselves as out here in cyberspace, and while drinking tea, or coffee, or beer, or whiskey, morning or night. For me, "Liberty Field Guide" doesn't get'r done. And the "LION" on this platform - Linked In Open Networker, is fun, too.
So, I've used my LinkedIn profile pronoun field (he/him/she/her/blahblahblah) usefully, referring to myself as a Liberty Lion. It fits in with the Liberty-seeking Contrarian Crowd, so I thought why not refer to ourselves as Liberty Lions?
So, that's what the Liberty Lion is...a Liberty Seeker who's joined the premium tier in the Liberty Accelerator Patreon community so they are intentionally, informatively planning their inevitable last day on Active Duty.
This newsletter on LinkedIn is 1 person shy of 1,000 subs six weeks after launching, and there must be at least four of you who 1) need my book yesterday, and 2) are looking for a Liberty Power Team to help you navigate the upcoming Transition Mission and Liberty Battle.
If that's you, here's your opportunity to engage.
I don't constantly pitch my Liberty Accelerator services or products, so as to not turn readers and listeners away. The time has come to take a different approch this week, and I have decided it's a good time to throw it all out on the table for you.
So, pick one link from today's post, and just go. You may be surprised at what you find! And if none of it applies to your specific situation, consider sharing with someone you care about...they may need one of these options, right now.
HERE'S THE LIBERTY PITCH!
It's a very noisy world. Many people have said to me:
"I didn't know you had a book published?"
Or "What newsletter on Substack from the past two years?"
And "you've got a Patreon community??"
Or "You're posting content on DoDReads?"
You hold a weekly Liberty Power Hour?"
And "No kidding?
You've started a Book Launch Club?"
If you're really motivated, then sign up today...and let's get to building your unique, individualized Transition Superhighway to Liberty and Freedom beyond uniformed service. To become a Liberty Lion, you'll need to read my book first. I won't spoon feed it to you, and can't ESP it into your gray matter (yet, anyway).
Your Liberty won't be given back to you on a silver platter.
You'll have to fight for it!
I guarantee it.
There exist two lower-tier levels on the Patreon, too. The Lone Ranger at the lowest priced tier ($4/month) to explore openly available Liberty Accelerator content on your own in a structured manner, and the Liberty Mission Planning Teams, known as the Liberty Pride (as a pack of lionesses/lions 😹) at $10/month to be paired with like-minded #militaryspouses and #servicemembers who seek a structure and a community to take the Liberty journey with.
Bold, sincere, and deadly serious...ABSOLUTELY!
In this day and age, if we're going it alone, we're going to face some insurmountable challenges. The information blizzard is blinding, and without a group of people surrounding you whom you know, like, and trust (the KLT trifecta), the Armed Forces Family is as vulnerable as a puppy on the open Sahara.
Imagine a picture of a pup on the Sahara here. None exist because the pup never survives to have its picture taken out there.
Liberty Power Team
A Liberty Power Team is the only means by which the Armed Forces Family can avoid the ambushes that arise during "miltiary transition." Planning with that team can, and should, begin from the earliest days in service.
That government bureaucrat offering the same general guidance and crappy service level for everybody and nobody, they'll still be there to feed you those same old status quo offerings...and those aren't going anywhere fast, either.
They're useful to a point, but they can't, and won't, equip you to embrace the Liberty and Freedom you've earned the right to, and chance at, experiencing. Not by a long shot! I know from personal experience having fought my battle for the past three years, with 6-12 months remaining, best I can tell.
Not convinced to separate yourself from a small portion of your paycheck yet?
Well, I personally invite you to discuss with me on a FREE 15-minute RECON call, where you can learn a bit more and I can screen you for suitability...the community isn't open to the regular Joe and Jane...no, we're only taking winners on the journey to Liberty. I screen all members thoroughly for suitability, to ensure value is provided to the community.
Alternatively, join us on Thursday's at 4pm EST for Liberty Power Hour in a group forum! You'll meet some like-minded Liberty-seekers and have a great time, too!
Few are really thinking about "transition" before their transition ambush happens, and most are focused on the little mission of the day at that staff or operational assignment, or hunting for a job in markets and industries that are stressed to the brink.
Having their military record(s) ready for promotion boards and near-term focus on deployments, many important opportunities are being missed consistently throughout the military service journey.
The lack of thought about transition is setting most up for failure.
So, let's change the paradigm and encourage a brand new idea:
Deployment Readiness IS Transition Readiness
Don't make the same mistakes I made. If you're a junior officer, or spouse of one, reach out...I will help you, guaranteed.
Take care of your people. Take care of yourself, too. Love Yourself. Love Your Spouse. Love Your Service. Do it with TAPS~ly.
It's my solution and project structure used in the Liberty Accelerator Program to build your individual and unique Superhighway to Liberty and Freedom beyond uniformed service with the familiar structure of military service.
And if you're astute, you'll know that ultimately, if you begin soon enough, it's not a highway to drive fast on. Instead, it's a runway to launch your Liberty Accelerator jet from and fly completely over the Transition Ambushes awaiting the Armed Forces Family on the "Transition Mountain" (where the battles for Liberty are raging for those who've taken that transition journey ahead of you, or are fighting it now).
Senior Officer & Their Spouse - A Special Note to You
If a senior officer or family headed to beyond twenty, what are you waiting for?
Would you wait to plan a mission you'd been given? No.
Well, why are you waiting to engage experts?
They aren't on the base, either.
Why are you waiting to take care of your people?
To begin planning that inevitable last day on Active Duty?
Deployment Readiness is Transition Readiness, for you, your family, and your teams.
The time to begin was five, or ten, or twenty, years ago...the next best time...NOW! Intentional, informed planning.
Sign up for a 15-minute FREE RECON session to learn more this week.
Sign up for the email list and download my FREE transition guide: The Art of War for Military Transition.
You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
Summary (TL, DR)
That economy you thought was great, with opportunity everywhere...it's a LIE.
That pension check and retirement savings you believe will see you through, it's a LIE, too.
Our world is unforgiving.
Then you'll begin to prepare.
Action creates the motivation. Motivation leads to momentum.
And momentum motivates itself! Do or Die. See the LIEs. Embrace the TRUTH!
Find many resources through multiple options for engagement (links in the content☝🏼; pick one and go)
To Your Liberty,
P.s. Comments are activated for you to engage! What's on your mind about this post, or previous ones? Let's get the discussion going. Where am I wrong? What's right about the Liberty light? Send your bombs this way...I'll catch them and throw 'em back! Let's hear your roar.
Everything you know about military service is wrong! Transition isn't a game. Learn more Thurs 1600 EST at Liberty Power Hour! Actionable Family guidance for transformation, right now!!
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