Inflation/Institutional Bias/Random Musings

I think we all know and realize that inflation has been much higher over the last 25-30 years than the official CPI.  Not being an insider, I really struggle to understand how financial markets do not reflect this fact, especially the bond market.  Is it because the people closest to the the financial system (mother teat), turn a blind eye because it suits their purpose and interests (cantillion effect). Or maybe this set of people earn much higher incomes so they are less effected buy it on a personal level. To me it is so obvious and I am amazed that people with a half a brain cant see it.  The entire (current) financial system is sleep walking its way to the cliff.  I guess human beings want a mass opiate and need someone to tell them what to believe.  When the Fed says it wants to see higher inflation, I would love to tell them to their face, mission accomplished! Very frustrating.

I reread a book I purchased 2 or 3 years ago called “When Money Destroys Nations”.  It is about what happened in Zimbabwe.  It was a very slow and gradual process and moved along for decades and until a financial crisis in 1997.  The Currency lost 75% value in this crisis.  That accelerated the process.  We are not yet at that point.

After reading this book again, I find myself trying to understand where we are in the process.  All HI events are unique for every nation and determined by a whole host of factors.  With that being said, I believe we are 2-5 years away from the crackup.  I am not sure if being the reserve currency buys us more or less time relative to my guesstimate.  I do believe there is vested interest in maintaining the status quo as long as possible do to the gray train, but ultimately it is unstoppable.

Last of all, I am sure that many on this blog are aware of the governments efforts to implement a digital currency to allow faster response to economic downturns via fed injection directly to individuals thereby bypassing the banking system.  This allows them to directly control the velocity of money by putting an expiration date on the funds.  As this becomes closer to reality, it will no doubt accelerate the move to HI and push us to FG. This will be the lifeboat to the next system.  Good work FED, the sooner the better!!!


FifeClean: Reducing Caustic

Hurricane Harvey has caused devastation to property and lives.  Only now are we starting to learn about the knock-off effects. Most caustic is manufactured from facilities in the Gulf Coast region that were severely damaged.  Already caustic prices are rising by $60-$100 per dry ton. CIP in ethanol production can use a great deal of caustic to remove organic deposits. Zein, which is one of the major proteins in corn, does not solubilize until a pH of 11.0-11.5.  This is part of the reason that caustic is effective in cleaning ethanol plants.

FifeClean can allow you to reduce caustic usage in CIP while maintaining effectiveness.  Less caustic means a lower CIP pH.  FifeClean has  demonstrated that it can solubilize proteins at a lower pH level.  This has been demonstrated under controlled conditions.  Please view the video on our website

Product Spotlight-Fife FC-8880

Waste water containing heavy metals can be problematic with increasingly stringent discharge limits.  Traditional hydroxide precipitations may not be able to meet the low limits due to agents (chelants) that inhibit precipitation.  In these situations, carbamates or other sulfide compounds are utilized.  The downside of some of these compounds is that they can cause effluents to fail WET tests. Carbamates are also used as biocides so other options need to be considered.

Fife FC-8880 is an environmentally benign solution that will not cause failure of wet tests and is effective in both acidic and alkaline pH environments.  Additionally, the heavy metals are so tightly bound that they can pass landfill TCLP tests. The thermal stability of FC-8880 allows it to be sprayed into hot flue gas streams in order to remove mercury, arsenic, selenium in coal combustion plants.

Examples of applications are listed below

  • Removal of mercury, cadmium, selenium and other heavy metals in flue gas.
  • Removal of mercury, cadmium, selenium and other heavy metals in flue gas  scrubber water.
  • Plating operations.
  • Electronic circuit etching processes.
  • Mining tailing treatment ponds.
  • Steel production and metal precipitation of waste water.

Fife manufactures this product in Houston, Texas and can provide it to our resale partners at a very competitive price.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss your specific needs.