The post-2020 fiscal outlook is downright apocalyptic, for two reasons. First, the aging of the U.S. population will drive sharp increases in health care costs (and at the same time, more Americans will be retired). Second, federal interest expense will rise exponentially, as the Treasury's borrowing costs grow with the debt.
CITIGROUP NY 370(loans) $2,427,866 $110,350 $2,020,219 $297,297 these amounts are in millions so add a few more zeros on them. Normal businesses would have failed and then the assets sold to the highest bidder renewing the business cycle. But no, in bizarro world these banks lost big time and then the taxpayers are covering the bad debts.
Our economy will burn up and fail if the fraud is not brought out and prosecuted.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” -Sam Adams
Murphy’s Laws of TEOTWAWKI From Wikipedia: Murphy’s Law is an adage that is typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.
It is so hard to get people to plan for emergencies I really quit offering my opinions anymore. Let them starve is my adage now. I'm guessing but we need to get out 3 months after TSHTF to clean out the dead wood of society and after that we can start to rebuild.
Tent Cities, Homelessness And Soul-Crushing Despair: The Legacy Of Decades Of Government Debt And Mismanagement Of The Economy
Short quote from article:
"Well, look how all of that turned out. In 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 6 million dollars for the entire year. In the month of August alone, the U.S. trade deficit with China was over 28 billion dollars.
In case you can't figure it out, that means that 28 billion dollars of our national wealth was transferred to China in just one month."
35 years ago today the Edmund Fizgerald sank with all crew lost. The storm was a massive winter blast that I remember as a kid. On that day we lived on Lake Huron near Oscoda and the waves were hitting the seawall and traveling over the wall to hit the house approximately 75 feet away. Ice formed on the front that was an inch thick by morning.
And for the tune that made the sinking legendary...
While the American/Western worldview holds that we are autonomous individuals exercising free will at every moment, in reality we are all heavily programmed by our socio-economic class conditions. What is so striking about present-day America is the way in which the narcissistic, no-moral-compass social pathologies of entitlement, denial and fabrication of "truth"/reality has been "normalized" (accepted as normal behavior and thinking) in all social classes.
Charles Hugh Smith has a good piece on the rot in society and why it is so hard to fight against it.
As a parent, it frustrates me to see this mechanism at work while trying to show my children a better way.
There will always be a society. Meaning (to me) an organization run by a sociopath class, with a sycophant class, and lots and lots of true-believing dumbasses. These three groups are what history is. The trick is to be part of the sycophant class or - failing that - a pretend dumbasses. Wave the flag, watch the eagle, keep your mouth shut, but know that the sociopaths WILL happily kill the dumbasses for fun and profit - all you can do as an invisible dumbass is to slowly move yourself - and your kids - to the back of the pack of dumbasses - away from the line of fire.
Give me a job, give me security
give me a chance to survive
I'm just a poor soul in the unemployment line
my god, I'm hardly alive
my mother and father, my wife and my friends
You see them laugh in my face
But I've got the power, and I've got the will
I'm not a charity case
I'll take the long night, impossible odds
keeping my eye to the keyhole
if it takes all that to be just what I am
well I'm gonna be a blue collar man
Make me an offer that I can't refuse
make me respectable, man
this is my last time in the unemployment line
so like it or not, I'll take the
long nights, impossible odds
keeping my back to the wall
if it takes all night to be just what I am
well, I'm gonna be a blue collar man
keeping my mind on a better life
where happiness is only a heartbeat away
paradise can it be all I heard it was
I close my eyes and maybe I'm already there
I'll take those long nights, impossible odds
keeping my back to the wall
all that to be just what I am
well I'm gonna be a blue collar man
do do do do do do do do do do do
you don't understand
do do do do do do do do do do do
I'll take those long nights, impossible odds
keeping my eye to the keyhole
if it takes all night to be just who I am
well, I'd rather be a blue collar
got to be a blue collar
gonna be a blue collar man
Q: What would you like people to think about you when your gone?
Muhammad Ali: He took a few cups of love. He took one table spoon of patience. One table spoon, tea-spoon of generosity. One pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter. One pinch of concern. And then he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith. And he stirred it up well. Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime. And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.
You're a Bright Spark You thrive from new challenges that push you out of your comfort zone. You're positive and enthusiastic with a strong work ethic that means you strive to perform at the highest level in everything you do. Successful and confident, you have high levels of energy and believe that life is what you make it. You prioritize exercise and wellbeing as part of your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to pursuing your interests, you display great passion and commitment. You enjoy a busy social life and are thoughtful and generous, aiming to give something back to society whenever you can. But you also like to spoil yourself a little too... You like to be stimulated intellectually and actively seek debate and discussion. Good social interaction makes you feel alive. You're a bit of a bookworm at heart. You probably have a good pile of books by the bed and maybe even a few on-the-go at once! Never one to rest on your laurels, you truly believe that life is what you make it. You are always seeking out fun new adventures that will excite and inspire. It's important sometimes to get out of your comfort zone to reconnect with your inner self and really understand what matters most in life. Bright Spark I thrive from new challenges that push me out of my comfort zone. I'm positive and enthusiastic with a strong work ethic that means I strive to perform at the highest level in everything I do.
1. The employed outlive the laid-off Could the recession actually kill you? Losing your job makes you 15 to 20 percent more likely to die within the next 20 years, according to a 2009 study. Aside from the obvious reasons—loss of health insurance, increased poverty (see No. 10)—nutritionist Jonny Bowden, author of The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer, says that “job loss is one of the greatest stresses” a person can endure. One of what Bowden dubs “the four horsemen of aging”—along with inflammation, excess sugar, and free radicals—stress spurs production of the hormone cortisol, which harms the immune system, shrinks the hippocampus, and thickens the waist. (Source: Daniel Sullivan and von Wachter, Till (2009): Job Displacement and Mortality: An Analysis Using Administrative Data. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124 (3), 1265-1306.)
2. Married people outlive singles On average, married people have a 15 percent higher life expectancy and live 1.17 more years than their unwed counterparts. Happily married pairs enjoy “companionship and support, which lowers stress levels,” says longevity expert Sally Beare, author of 50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People. “Regular sex with a long-term partner also helps slow the aging process in women as it helps them produce growth hormone.” And husbands live longer “partly because their wives encourage them to take care of their health.” (Source: Paul Frijters et al. (2005): Socioeconomic status, health shocks, life satisfaction and mortality: evidence from an increasing mixed proportional hazard model. The Australian National University Centre for Economic Policy Research Discussion Paper no. 496)
3. Women with husbands their own age outlive cougars Women who are married to guys seven to nine years younger than themselves face a 20 percent higher mortality risk than women with same-age partners. “Since marrying a younger husband deviates from what is regarded as normal, these couples could be regarded as outsiders and receive less social support,” theorizes the author of the study that yielded this statistic. “This could result in a less joyful and more stressful life, reduced health, and finally, increased mortality.” All things being unequal, men with seven-to-nine-years-younger wives have an 11 percent lower mortality rate than men with same-age wives. (Source: Sven Drefahl (2010): How does the age gap between partners affect their survival? Demography, 47 (2), 313-326.)
4. People who sleep less outlive people who sleep a lot Those who typically sleep more than 8.5 hours a night face a 15 percent higher mortality risk than those who typically sleep seven hours nightly. (The risk factor soars again for those who sleep fewer than 4.5 hours nightly.) Although sleep duration is highly individualized and “different people have different sweet spots,” Bowden muses, “some people who sleep nine hours a day are very toxic. What’s happening with their bodies that they need that kind of sleep? Some might be sleeping off bad hangovers.” (Source: Daniel F. Kripke et al. (2002): Mortality associated with sleep duration and insomnia. Archives of General Psychiatry, 59, 131-136.)
5. Slim-waisted people outlive big-waisted people This is not the same as thin people outliving fat people—your body can be the right weight, but still pose a risk if it stores it in the wrong place. Large waist circumference (defined as 40-plus inches in men and 35-plus inches in women) is associated with a 25 percent higher mortality risk than normal waist circumference (defined as 36 inches in men and 30 inches in women), regardless of body-mass index. “The apple-versus-pear body shape shows where you store your fat,” Bowden says. “The apple shape is far more dangerous.” Unlike hip/thigh/bottom fat, belly fat is associated with diabetes, heart disease, and other life-shorteners. (Source: Annemarie Koster et al. (2008): Waist circumference and mortality. American Journal of Epidemiology, 167 (12), 1465-1475.)
6. Optimists outlive pessimists Optimists have a 55 percent lower death risk in general and a 23 percent lower death risk from heart failure than pessimists. The researchers who reached this conclusion define “optimist” as someone who “thinks in a positive way, sees the future as meaningful and fulfilling, has a desire to achieve new goals, and has a sense of happiness and joy.” Beare points out, “It is well known that laughing boosts immunity and helps heal illness, and we can presume that optimists laugh more.” (Source: Erik J. Giltay et al. (2004): Dispositional optimism and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in a prospective cohort of elderly Dutch men and women. Archives of General Psychiatry, 61, 1126-1135.)
7. People who move outlive people who sit But it’s not as simple as all that. If you sit still for eight or more hours daily, you’re 18 percent more at risk of dying prematurely than those who sit still for less than three hours a day. The surprise in this stat is that exercising vigorously beforehand or afterward doesn’t make up for all that sitting time, so you can’t just cancel out the ill effects of your desk job by attending a spin class afterward. “Every continuous hour that you sit adds to your mortality risk,” warns Bowden, who recommends standing and stretching now and then because “metabolic processes involved in creating a healthy cardiovascular system don’t happen when you just sit.” (Source: Katrien Wijndaele et al. (2010): Television viewing time independently predicts all-cause and cardiovascular mortality: the EPIC Norfolk Study. International Journal of Epidemiology, doi:10.1093.)
8. Churchgoers outlive non-churchgoers “Those who attend religious services at least once a week have a 25 percent higher life expectancy than those who don’t. That’s probably because church attendance increases social support, a proven life-extender, rather than because God rewards the faithful, asserts Victor Zeines, author of Living a Longer Life. “Mississippi has a very high churchgoing rate but also a very high obesity and mortality rate,” Zeines points out. “I don’t like the implication that you should go to church to stay healthy.” (Source: Ray M. Merrill (2004): Life expectancy among LDS and non-LDS in Utah. Demographic Research 10(3), 61-82.)
9. Mormons outlive non-Mormons Mormon men and women live 6.7 percent and 3.2 percent longer than those not affiliated with the Church of Latter Day Saints, respectively. “LDS Church doctrine promotes longer life among its members by discouraging use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and tea, and recommending a nutritious diet,” explains Brigham Young University epidemiologist Ray Merrill, whose research yielded the findings. Keep in mind that BYU is a Mormon school when considering this stat. (Source: Ray M. Merrill (2004): Life expectancy among LDS and non-LDS in Utah. Demographic Research 10(3), 61-82.).
10. The rich outlive the poor Money may not buy you happiness, but maybe it can buy you some time. People who live in high-income areas have a 10 percent lower mortality rate than people in low-income areas, and an increase in household income is associated with a 15 percent reduction in mortality risk. “The fact that richer areas might have better health or public amenities (e.g. such as road safety, less serious crime) … is certainly an important topic for future research,” write the scholars whose work produced this result. (Source: Paul Frijters et al. (2005): Socioeconomic status, health shocks, life satisfaction and mortality: evidence from an increasing mixed proportional hazard model. The Australian National University Centre for Economic Policy Research Discussion Paper no. 496)
11. Light drinkers outlive abstainers By now, the world has heartily embraced the truism that red wine is a health beverage: Wine drinkers live 4.7 years longer than nondrinkers and 2.5 years longer than those who drink other forms of alcohol. This is possibly due to resveratrol, an antimicrobial phytoalexin found in dark grape skins which, in experiments, extends the lives of monkeys and fruit flies. But it may surprise you to learn that men who consume 20 grams—about two drinks’ worth—of any kind of alcohol daily have a 25 percent lower mortality risk than male nondrinkers. In moderation, “drinking relieves stress,” Zeines says. “It’s not always toxic, any more than oxygen is always toxic.” (Source: Martinette Streppel et al. (2009): Long-term wine consumption is related to cardiovascular mortality and life expectancy independently of moderate alcohol intake: the Zutphen Study, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63, 534-540.)
12. TV avoiders outlive TV devotees Every additional hour per day spent watching television is associated with an 8 percent higher death risk from cardiovascular disease and a 5 percent higher death risk in general. Is it the couch-potato factor—or the Home Shopping Network? “5.4 percent of deaths from all causes could be reduced if those watching TV for 3.6 hours a day would watch 2.5 hours a day instead,” write the researchers whose study yielded these results. “Public health recommendations should consider advising a reduction in TV time, a predominant leisure activity in modern society.” (Source: Katrien Wijndaele et al. (2010): Television viewing time independently predicts all-cause and cardiovascular mortality: the EPIC Norfolk Study. International Journal of Epidemiology, doi:10.1093.)
13. Hawaii residents outlive everyone else in the United States If time feels like it passes more slowly in the islands, maybe that’s because it really does. Residents of Hawaii, the nation’s longest-lived state, make it to 81.3 years old on average, while residents of Mississippi and Louisiana, the two shortest-lived states, tend to live only 74.2 years. It’s worth it to live longer when drinks come in coconut shells. (Source: Frank R. Lichtenberg (2007): Why has longevity increased more in some states than others? The role of medical innovation and other factors. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Medical Progress Report, 4.)
14. Women outlive men According to the Centers for Disease Control, the death rate for males in the U.S. is 40.6 percent higher than the death rate for females; on average, women outlive men by 5.1 years— and the gap is widening. “In terms of biology, men are in many ways superfluous,” Zeines says. “As a male, my job is to kill every other male I see and spread my seed. Once we do the fertilization thing, there isn’t any reason for men to be around.” Biologically, at least. (Source: Melonie Heron et al. (2009): Deaths: Final Data for 2006. National Vital Statistics Reports, 57 (14).)
15. Literate people outlive illiterate people The mortality rate for those with inadequate reading skills is more than 50 percent higher than the mortality rate for those who can read well, for a host of reasons. Imagine being unable to read prescriptions, labels, charts, or instructions. Or the latest information on health and sickness. (This column, for instance.) Another factor, Beare speculates, is that the least literate among us might work the most dangerous jobs. (Source: David W. Baker et al. (2007): Health literacy and mortality among elderly persons. Archives of Internal Medicine, 167 (14), 1503-1509.)
Four guys have been going to the same deer camp for many years.. Two days before the group was to leave, Darwin's wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn't going. Darwin's friends are very upset that he couldn't go, but what can they do. Two days later the three get to the camping site only to find Darwin sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, and dinner cooking on the fire. Dang man, how long you been here, and how did you talk your wife into letting you go? Well, I've been here since yesterday.
Yesterday evening, I was sitting in my chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and said, 'Guess who?' I pulled her hands off, and she was wearing a brand new see thru nightie. She took my hand and pulled me to our bedroom. The room had candles and rose pedals all over. On the bed she had ropes! She told me to tie her to the bed, and I did. And then she said, Do whatever you want. So, Here I am!!!!
Hank was a shelter dog rescued from the Roscommon area as an owner surrender. He is very well behaved, a little scared at times, and has the softest ears going for a dog. He is the first boy dog added to the tribe's history so we will see how that goes. His first play was to climb the kids clubhouse and slide down the slide.
Over the past forty years, public school employment has risen 10 times faster than enrollment (see chart). There are only 9 percent more students today, but nearly twice as many public school employees. To prove that rolling back this relentless hiring spree by a few years would hurt student achievement, you’d have to show that all those new employees raised achievement in the first place. That would be hard to do… because it never happened.
I've made a small fortune and you squandered it all You shamed me till I feel about one inch tall But I thought I loved you and I hoped you would change So I gritted my teeth and didn't complain.
Now you come to me with a simple goodbye You tell me you're leaving but you won't tell me why Now we're here at the station and you're getting on And all I can think of is thank God and Greyhound you're gone
Thank God and Greyhound you're gone I didn't know how much longer I could go on Watching you take the respect out of me Watching you make a total wreck out of me That big diesel motor is a-playing my song Thank God and Greyhound you're gone.
Thank God and Greyhound you're gone That load on my mind got lighter when you got on That shiny old bus is a beautiful sight With the black smoke a-rolling up around the taillight It may sound kind-a cruel but I've been silent too long Thank God and Greyhound you're gone.
In addition to throwing off your body's homeostasis and wreaking havoc on your metabolic processes, excess sugar has a number of other significant consequences.
Nancy Appleton, PhD, author of the book Lick the Sugar Habit, contributed an extensive list of the many ways sugar can ruin your health from a vast number of medical journals and other scientific publications.
1.Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.  2.Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.    3.Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.  4.Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.    5.Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function. 6.Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.       7.Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.  8.Sugar can weaken eyesight. 1 9.Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.     10.Sugar can cause premature aging. In fact, the single most important factor that accelerates aging is insulin, which is triggered by sugar. 1 11.Sugar can lead to alcoholism. 12.Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.   13.Sugar contributes to obesity.  1 14.Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis.   15.Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)  16.Sugar can cause gallstones. 17.Sugar can cause appendicitis. 18.Sugar can cause hemorrhoids. 19.Sugar can cause varicose veins. 20.Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users. 21.Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis. 22.Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.   23.Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels. 24.Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure. 25.Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children. 26.High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs),which are sugar molecules that attach to and damage proteins in your body. AGEs speed up the aging of cells, which may contribute to a variety of chronic and fatal diseases.  1 27.Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein. 28.Sugar causes food allergies. 29.Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy. 30.Sugar can contribute to eczema in children. 31.Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.  32.Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA. 33.Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body.  34.Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen. 35.Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness.  36.Sugar can cause emphysema. 37.High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body. 38.Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function. 39.Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson's disease. 40.Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide, and it can increase the amount of fat in your liver, leading to fatty liver disease.  41.Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones.  Fructose is helping to drive up rates of kidney disease. 1 42.Sugar can damage your pancreas. 43.Sugar can increase your body's fluid retention. 44.Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement. 45.Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries. 46.Sugar can make your tendons more brittle. 47.Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines. 48.Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect your children's grades and cause learning disorders.  49.Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter your ability to think clearly. 50.Sugar can cause depression. 51.Sugar can increase your risk of gout. 52.Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer's disease. MRI studies show that adults 60 and older who have high uric acid are four to five times more likely to have vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.1 53.Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.    54.Sugar can lead to dizziness. 55.Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress. 56.A high sucrose diet of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion. 57.High sugar consumption by pregnant adolescents can lead to a substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.  58.Sugar is an addictive substance. 59.Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol. 60.Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce. 61.Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability. 62.Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch. 63.The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects. 64.Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 65.Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition. 66.Sugar can impair the function of your adrenal glands. 67.Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in normal, healthy individuals, thereby promoting chronic degenerative diseases. 68.Intravenous feedings (IVs) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain. 69.Sugar increases your risk of polio. 70.High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures. 71.Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people. 72.In intensive care units, limiting sugar saves lives. 73.Sugar may induce cell death. 74.In juvenile rehabilitation centers, when children were put on low sugar diets, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior. 75.Sugar dehydrates newborns. 76.Sugar can cause gum disease.
"What if you could take every self-help book and condense it down into that most interesting 10%…. Well, I found it about 4 months ago and after review some thought I present you with with the “50 Things Successful People Have in Common“:"
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to a "Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was during the great fire of 1666.
The Scots raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards" They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the frontline in the British army for the last 300 years.
The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide". The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France 's white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country's military capability. It's not only the French who are on a heightened level of alert. Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout loudly and excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."
The Germans also increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbour" and "Lose".
Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual, and the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .
The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.
Americans meanwhile are carrying out pre-emptive strikes, on all of their allies, just in case.
And at a local level...
New Zealand has also raised its security levels - from "baaa" to "BAAAA!". Due to continuing defense cutbacks (the airforce being a squadron of spotty teenagers flying paper aeroplanes and the navy some toy boats in the Prime Minister's bath), New Zealand only has one more level of escalation, which is "Shit, I hope Austrulia will come and rescue us". In the event of invasion, New Zealanders will be asked to gather together in a strategic defensive position called "Bondi".
Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be right, mate". Three more escalation levels remain, "Crikey!', "I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend" and "The barbie is cancelled". So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.