Monday, June 26, 2017

U.S. History - World War II

World War I was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but sadly that has been proven wrong.  This ugly war took our Greatest Generation to Germany to take down a madman committing ethnic cleansing, and taking over Europe.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Debt Update

Having paid off another credit card in May, we are on a roll!  One more credit card to go!

Given that I am replenishing my emergency savings, the debt has not gone down for June.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Getting To Know The World Around Us: Scandinavia Countries

The Scandinavian countries primarily consist of (in alphabetical order):  Denmark, Norway and Sweden, although Greenland is associated with them due to the Vikings settling there after leaving Scandinavia proper.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Banking Reforms - Post Depression

Among the biggest reforms made during the depression was the Glass Steagall Act, which separated banks from investment service corporations.  In other words, Chase did the banking, JP Morgan did the investing and they could not combine their assets.

The 1980's saw a change.

In 2000 we had the "DotCom" crash.

By the time we reached 2008, there was a lot of ways banking and investing corporations (which are now combined) were using creating accounting to make their balance sheets pass the audits.

Yes, economic crashes are cyclical, however the severity and frequency wasn't there in the 40's, 50's and even much of the 60's.  With cultures changing and clashing between the generations in the late 60's and into the 70's, this was when you saw gas shortages and issues with the Middle East impacting the lives of average Americans.

Did Glass Steagall work?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Why Should We Care About The Great Depression?

I'll use an old phrase:  Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

We have become a hyperconsuming culture in the United States, where we want to live like a celebrity, without the pay of a celebrity.  As was said on the Oprah Winfrey Debt Diet show, "we want the bling".

Let's give it some historical context, shall we?

Did you see what happened in the Great Depression?  Our national debt was at 44%, and that was before the New Deal.

The problem is the citizens of the United States don't support our national spending with bonds, that has been outsourced to other countries.  Because of this, the American people have lost focus of what this debt means, and how it will eventually come due in the end.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Finally - Success!

Finally!  Success!

I changed how I set up and cooked the recipe from March in the Crock Pot and it worked!

What I did differently:

I added the liquids first:  Cream of Chicken Soup & 1 - 32oz container of Chicken Broth.

Stir well.

Then I added the boneless, skinless thawed chicken breasts - diced.

Stir well.

Then I added the spices into the whole mixture.

Stir well, cover with the lid and run the Crock Pot on low for 6 hours.

After 6 hours, stir well.

Add 1 package of the dry egg noodles.

Stir well every 30 minutes for the next 2 hours.

Remove from heat and it's ready to serve!

It was yummy and I was able to take the creation to a Church pot luck dinner!