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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

If We Close Our Eyes, The Monster Will Go Away

Refusing to face the need for radical change and adaptation only makes the eventual adjustment more traumatic and less likely to succeed.

As an initial reaction to unwelcome crises, denial serves a psychological purpose. Closing our eyes and hoping the Monster will go away is the first stage of eventual acceptance and engagement with unwelcome reality.

Clinging to denial sets up pathology, anger and collapse. If we continue to keep our eyes closed, and demand the Monster go away because we don't want to deal with change and challenge, then we either detach ourselves from reality altogether (a pathological psychosis perfectly depicted in the classic film Sunset Boulevard) or we rage in fear and dread at the challenge/Monster, as if it is somehow unfair that change has occurred without our express permission.

The longer we close our eyes and hope the Monster will magically go away when we finally open them, the more likely our eventual collapse.

As a nation, two years after the demise of the status quo, we are still closing our eyes hoping the Monster goes away. Frequent contributor U. Doran recently sent me Hiding a Depression: How the Government Does It by Daniel Amerman, a blow-by-blow description of how Federal and state spending has expanded to replace the private-sector GDP which has vanished.

The article notes how this massive replacement of the private sector by Federal (borrowed) spending has gone largely unremarked.

In other words: if we close our eyes and borrow 10% of the nation's GDP ($1.4 trillion) every year (or perhaps more accurately, $2 trillion a year) from now on, then when we finally open our eyes the Monster of change and challenge will have magically vanished and everything will be as it was before the Monster's terrible appearance.

Yes, this is childlike. We have turned to the Central State as our Mommy and Daddy who will save us from the Monster.

Unfortunately, our own desires and derangements are feeding the Monster that is threatening us with change--a dynamic illustrated by the classic sci-fi film Forbidden Planet.

The more we cling to our deranged dependence on systemic fraud, exponential expansion of credit, corporate cartels/political Plutocracy, Central State largesse, corporate-media propaganda and a financial system that breathes misrepresentation of risk, the stronger the Monster becomes.

A close friend has been consulting for a long-successful private enterprise. Like many if not most businesses which started small and grew into a successful niche, the company's very success is the wellspring of its limitations: the owners cling to haphazard, anachronistic ways of doing business cobbled together in the distant past rather than risk change (and losing control over anything, even if serving customers demands new systems and some delegation).

As a result, the limitations of the inefficient, failing parts of the company will doom the entire enteprise as soon as a competitor enters their niche. And since the entry of a competitor in a profitable niche is inevitable, then the willful blindness of the company's founders/managers to the need for adaptation is dooming the company to a desperate make-or-break convulsion at a later point, when competition will force a rapid adaptation which may be too frantic to be successful.

This is an excellent analogy for the U.S. economy and society. We fear adaptation, even as we sense it is necessary and inevitable. We want to cling to the past for as long as we can, even as this dooms us to a convulsive, forced adaptation in the future that is likely to fail for the very reason that it has been put off until the last frantic minute.

The Titanic offers us a timeless analogy for denial and a frantic, too-late acceptance of grim reality. Had the doomed ship's leadership actively accepted the challenge to save as many lives as possible, then lifeboats would not have been sent off half-full. The sea was calm; boats could have been safely loaded beyond their designed capacity, and crude life-rafts might have been lashed together. As poor a solution as a lashed-together assemblage of buoyant materials would have been welcomed as a better alternative than certain death.

But instead, the "plan" was to maintain a veneer of normalcy: the band played on, even as the bow sank lower into the unforgiving icy water.

Fed chairman Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Geitner, President Obama and Congress are all ordering the band to play spritely tunes of rising holiday spending, endless borrowing, and the carefully crafted propaganda of Fed manipulation, statistical legerdemain and happy-talk about how the Monster will be gone when we open our eyes.

Since we are feeding the Monster with our very denial and derangements, then that is impossible. The longer we keep our eyes closed, hoping we can avoid any meaningful change, any meaningful adaptation and any meaningful sacrifice, the more fearsome and powerful the Monster becomes.

If we insist--childlike, petulant, resentful of reality--on keeping our eyes closed in 2011, then we are dooming ourselves to facing a much fiercer and more powerful Monster in 2012. We can't escape the confrontation, and the longer we put it off, hiding under our bed, wishing it all away, the more likely our panicky collapse when reality forces our eyes open.

 

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Thu, 12/30/2010 - 13:59 | 838043 JG Krielsen
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Do we really need all the bold parts?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:09 | 838071 topcallingtroll
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Bold makes it scarier. They dont have any scary sound tracks to go with the readings just yet.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:18 | 838201 bigdumbnugly
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If We Close Our Eyes, The Monster Will Go Away.

i thought that verbiage was reserved for those moments after we've reached third base?

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:21 | 838217 velobabe
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Man up, or take it like a man. whatever that saying means.

i am sure that is what these real criminals are all telling themselves, that we the people should reACT.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:40 | 838401 flattrader
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Typical CHS finger wagging crap.

Long on rhetoric. Short on analysis.

The only worthwhile portion--a link to another article by a different writer with some actual substance.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:13 | 838079 Lionhead
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Yes, we do; it's the authors prerogative to emphasize what he feels is important. If you disagree, write a rebuttal to his thesis.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:15 | 838084 NotApplicable
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Yes, this is childlike.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:37 | 838385 AnAnonymous
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Problem with US citizens is they failed to picture themselves as they are. They prefer the flattering images sold to them by propagandists like Hollywood.

This leads to serious distortions in their analysis.

US citizens  turning toward the government is US american. It has a long history. It is nothing new. Not relying on the State would be.

Big events like the Homestead Act when the US government distributed land stolen to the Indians to US citizens or anyone who requested US citizenship etc...

US citizens have a tradition of living off their government hand outs.   Besides, the empire structure is the structure in which members (called citizens here) rely the most on their government.

Nothing childish in that. Simply American.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:25 | 838500 Calmyourself
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Quick question, which country is it that is 50%+ owned by its original peoples?  Republic of Congo, perhaps Somalia?  

That being asked which 1st world citizens are not living off largesse from government?  In other words, are you an American commenting on our welfare state or something else?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 23:21 | 838982 goldsaver
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So, when did this "american tradition" start? Was it during the soup lines at private charities during the great depression? Perhaps during the civil rights marches in the sixties? Maybe further back? During the westward expansion were individuals were at the mercy of the elements and far away from any form of government? Perhaps further back when they rejected the monarchy and decided the only moral course was self determination. Just trying to figure it out.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:44 | 838407 flattrader
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I agree.

AT LEAST HE DOESN'T USE CAPS.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:24 | 838107 merehuman
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NO, we need bolder people! Participants rather than watchers. Doers more than dispisers.

 

awh damn this feels so hopeless.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:07 | 838183 SheepDog-One
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Do we really need YOU?

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 04:03 | 839148 merehuman
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i dont know how you mean that, or are you just being mean? In any case i am 60 and on the wrong damn coast ot i would already toss some bricks into JPMorgan windows.

As it is i have prepared to feed my small neighborhood, planted a bigger garden, bought silver and refused to work for the jew dollar or be part of the system . it cost me dearly but i keep my integrety and personal honor. I have given out 300+ oz silver to unsuspecting strangers in another attempt to awaken my community.

Do you need me? Yes and a million more.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:04 | 838051 Sudden Debt
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For the last few decades, we've kept on taking from the future generations.

And nobody cares for the next generation.

It's so with finance, so with ecologic matters... 

My own father, retired, 68 years old, really doesn't care about what happens. As long as he gets his pension and the same goes for his friends.

BUT

now the "next generation" may well be the current generation.

 

We had to keep having growing economies so we could keep on borrowing from the future. And just like the Mcmansions, it can all end very quickly.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:15 | 838200 WestVillageIdiot
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I agree completely.  Every time an older person starts to lecture about how great their generation is I just roll my eyes and leave the room.  Old people love their welfare and don't give a rat's ass who it is taken from. 

All around all we see are groups of individuals banding together to stick it to every other group of people.  It might be minorities, unions, financial mafiosos and especially the AARP crowd.  They will all continue to rob until there is nothing left.  There is no shared sacrifice.

I don't belong to any lobbying group, that I know of.  I don't want to belong to one.  They repulse me.  But being on the oustide sure means you are going to take a ramming by those people that love to hide in a crowd. 

 

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 18:42 | 838632 Dr. Sandi
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Every time an older person starts to lecture about how great their generation is I just roll my eyes and leave the room. 

Thank you. It's appreciated.

Old people love their welfare and don't give a rat's ass who it is taken from.

Au contraire. We care very much that it's not being taken from US. Now stop whining and get back to work.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:17 | 838203 Azannoth
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I have experienced this 1st hand, my family literally screwed me over from most of my inheritance(the rest I gave up), as a only child I was going to get it all, but my grandmother and father decide that they want to go out with a bang, so they sold most of the family holdings(not that it was much) and bought useless gadgets(furniture, car, etc.) and I had to do night shifts at a sweatshop in eastern europe to pay for my university. After I was done I vanished and they will never see me again. They figured they leave just enough to 'motivate' me to take care of them when they old, well fuck you assholes.

The old generation is a pack of egoistic scumbags, not giving a shit about even their own offspring

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:27 | 838235 velobabe
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i am an old fart and care about my one and only child. she tells me the recession is over in aspen colorado. no really mom, it is. though she just had to pick up another shift.

i don't expect anyone to take care of me, never did. i take care of myself and have a living will with a big

DNR†

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:38 | 838256 MsCreant
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Bet she is going to be fine. She sounds strong willed, like her mom.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:40 | 838258 WestVillageIdiot
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I hope you do not take this the wrong way.  I do not mean this as being pointed at you.  One thing that sickens me is all of the bad shit people do and then they justify it by saying they are doing it for their kids.  You can bet Wall Street is filled with sociopaths burning down the world that justify it by saying, "I'm just doing it for the kids".  I am appalled at how people will condemn other people's children to a life of poverty so they can add to the trust fund of their spoiled progeny. 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 22:00 | 838901 Jerry Maguire
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You're so right.  "I'm looking out for my family and make no apologies for my crimes."  That's what Vito Corleone said.  It's a gangster mentality.

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:19 | 838333 downrodeo
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"old generation is a pack of egoistic scumbags"

we seem to have inherited at least that much. In your missive above, there are at least 11 instances where you use I, my, or me.  

I take issue with what is being said here. Apparently you were counting on receiving money upon the death of your grandparents. You feel this is your inheritance. The way I see it is that it is actually the wealth that your grandparents have accrued over their lifetime. It is theirs to do with as they please.

I don't believe that one should care for their elderly family members because there is a potential payout. I think you should do that because it is the right thing to do. They have nobody to care for them in their later years.

Imagine if they had taken the same approach with their child (your parent). They may have said to themselves, 'this baby probably won't make us rich, so let us leave it to take care of itself'. The infant would be dead in days, if not hours. Then you wouldn't be here either.

Of course, it is a crime to leave an infant in a dumpster. For some reason, we can do this with the elderly, and it is perfectly acceptable to society. I guess 'respect your elders' is out and 'old is ugly' is in.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:37 | 838375 Azannoth
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No it was my grandmother with my father(2 generational cluster fukc) they didn't need this money they just bought useless stuff to amuse them selves at a time when I was going to college and had to work night shifts in a sweatshop to finance it, they where actively betting on me failing at life, and not making it without them, even try to destroy me psychologically, I had a contingency plan if I would not make it than life was not worth living I would have killed them and possibly committed suicide

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:37 | 838387 Chappaquiddick
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@downrodeo

You miss the point completely.  Your responsibilities as a parent do not end when the kids leave the nest.  Families should be strong and held together by a unifying parental guide.  Somehow we in the West fell for the divide and subjugate message of 'disinherit and splurge - fuck the kids they can look out for themselves.'  Look to India and the East for strong family ties and unity - that's what builds wealth on a generational level.   Dividing families and disinheriting the kids will likely result in an impoverished future for your kids and a greater chance that your lineage will fail- why is that such an aspirational goal for many seniors?  

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:41 | 838399 Azannoth
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Not to mention the inheritance tax, which is just another way for the 'progressives' to destroy family ties, yes I know  a family should not be about money but that's the reality of it

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:52 | 838441 downrodeo
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"yes I know  a family should not be about money but that's the reality of it"

 

If this is how you truely feel, then I'm very sorry for you. This has not been my experience, as my family has always been dirt poor, which means there is no money to speak of. We're wealthy beyond imagination in the currency of love and support though. THAT, imho, is what family should be about. To each his own I guess. I suppose it really is not my place to tell you how to interact with your family in the first place. I apologize for any offence or insult that I've brought against you.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:48 | 838421 downrodeo
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" Dividing families and disinheriting the kids will likely result in an impoverished future for your kids and a greater chance that your lineage will fail- why is that such an aspirational goal for many seniors?  "

Are seniors citizens really taking on this attitude en masse? I don't aruge that this seems to be happening, but do you think they're consciously taking on this point of view?

Could it be that the concentration of wealth that has taken place over the past decades has simply squeezed the pocketbooks of the senior citizens forcing them to spend the inheritance that would have gone to their descendants?

After my grandfather died, my grandmother sold everything she had so she could live out the rest of her life in an assisted living facility. It is a pretty nice place, actually. I won't see a dime from her, but I don't begrudge her for it. In the future, there won't be any inheritance for anyone. Hell, I'm probably going to have to work until I keel over. I understand this reality. It sucks, but I've come to terms with it.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 16:18 | 840253 Chappaquiddick
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This is a troubling tale which is played out all too frequently, but not the one that my anger is directed at - my issue is with the deliberate and wilful neglect of responsibility to those who follow on.  Hedonism and in your face 'fuck you, we'll do what we damn well please' [and get a kick out of screwing you over at the same time] - that is what my beef is with.  I view the wealth I create as something to be guarded and passed down with care.  I certainly see nothing wrong in having fun or in taking considered risk to accumulate more, but wanton wealth destruction just for the hell of it is, as far as I'm concerned, theft from the next generation and grossly irresponsible.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 18:05 | 841822 Jerry Maguire
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So true.  Some geezer junked you.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 23:33 | 838994 trav7777
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wow...you used "I" at least a dozen times, therefore you are an egotistical scumbag

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 04:08 | 839149 merehuman
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woe trav, so generous of you. everyones a critic today evidently.. and its catching.

 

 

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:40 | 838351 Chappaquiddick
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@Azannoth

Well you're not alone, I'm getting screwed by seniors on both sides of the family.  One because of decades of anger the other because of a second adolescence.  Both realise but neither seems to care that its the kids who are going to suffer.  Scum.  I hope they live long enough to starve.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 20:08 | 838767 TeresaE
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@Azannoth.

 

Wow, just wow.

 

My family (both sides) totally fucked me over too.  Because I am one of forty grandkids on my dad's side and one of 30 grandkids on my mom's side, the freaking grandparents and then aunts/uncles have the unmitigated gall to spend the money they earned!

 

Nothing left for me.  Cripes, I had to work two jobs and pay for my college education by using 18% interest credit cards.

 

Instead, I guess I should have sat back and created hatred for people that birthed me because they are spending the money they earned.

 

More proof of how screwed our society truly is. 

 

Instead of wasting effort (energy and health too) lamenting the "evil" ancestors, try pouring that into bettering your own life and yourself.

 

You might wake up and find that you have more than they "took" away from you.

 

I've been telling my son for 20 years (and my daughter for the five she has been here) to not count on a fucking cent from me and to make their own way in the world.  Now, if the business stays open and the government quits taking it away from us, I may prove myself a liar and the kids may end up with a pretty penny.

 

But if that doesn't happen, then at least I didn't raise them to be ungrateful, entitled, hateful, lazy, spoiled brats that bandy about badmouthing the decisions I've made with MY OWN FUCKING HARD-EARNED MONEY.

 

To each their own.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 22:01 | 838906 Jerry Maguire
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Define "earned".

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 12:11 | 839532 Jerry Maguire
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I tried to be succinct, but I think the point was lost.

There's a false confidence in many people that they have "earned" what they have, the primary evidence of that being that they have it, oblivious to the fact that a thief also has what he has stolen. 

This poor woman derides her own children and seems unaware of the compunded difficulties they are facing, as these increase over time, generation to generation.  To answer "I got mine, now you go get yours" when the earth has been scorched on your watch, with your snout in the trough as much as anyone else's, is profoundly disordered thinking. 

Yet she, too, is a victim, although a particularly tone deaf one. 

If anyone would like to follow a deeper discussion of these issues (no offense to ZH, these discussions are really good, too), follow this link:

http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/inflation-deflation-debt/

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 23:37 | 838997 trav7777
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lol...myopic ass.

Your children are out there competing against people who helicopter their kids and help place them in a superior situation.  Why not just chop your kids' legs off and tell them to go race?

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 04:10 | 839151 merehuman
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after many foster parents and a loveless young life i did just fine.

Thank goodness for the hardships as i like how it all turned out.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:18 | 838204 DarkAgeAhead
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All true but a strange view for sure.  And against the laws of evolution itself, making it stranger still.

Most do care for their children and want a better life for them, all while taking and destroying that possibility.

Paul Hawken had it right - we liquidate the future and call it GDP (paraphrasing).

Ecological suicide.  Self-inflicted biocide.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:39 | 838234 Azannoth
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The Politically Correct crowd is trying to teach us that Evolution is only a scientific phenomenon and we should not worry over it, that multiculturalism is the way to go and racially mixed marriages are 'progressive', that White people should limit them selves to 1 or max 2 children while the Arabs and Africans have 10, we are committing racial suicide on a Planetary scale I would say who is forcing this policy on the Western world but I would be called Anti-Semitic go figure

 

Somali and other Africans are literally flooding the Northern countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark) the State is paying for everything from housing to food and clothing for those 'refugees' who than use that money to travel back to their home countries for Vacations. They commit rape murder and terrorise any1 who speaks out against them, the Powers that Be censor all media not to report the crime they are committing.

The 'Heart of Europe' France, Germany, Belgium are 10%-20% filled with dark skinned 'immigrants'(some of them work hard) but most don't only suck on the government Tit and spread crime. While people who try to speak the truth (http://bigpeace.com/nmay/2010/09/05/thilo-sarrazin-and-the-islamization-...) are silenced.

If you want to know who owns you, ask who you may not speak out against (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/29/thilo-sarrazin-german-banker-je...)

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:42 | 838263 WestVillageIdiot
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"The 'Heart of Europe' France, Germany, Belgium are 10%-20% filled with dark skinned 'immigrants'(some of them work hard) but most don't only suck on the government Tit and spread crime."

 

Praying to Allah and spreading hatred is hard work. 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:28 | 838365 AnAnonymous
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People tend to follow the resources to go to the places they are consumed.

Sad fact but a fact. It happened with urbanization when people moved from agrarian sites to urban sites.

 

 Stop pumping their resources and they will no longer follow them.

Easier to say than to do. So people will keep nurish fantasies on something they triggered themselves.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:36 | 838388 downrodeo
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"we are committing racial suicide on a Planetary scale"

 

Speaking of evolution, if what you're afraid of actually happens, then wouldn't that prove that the Caucasian race is not the fittest and thus incapable of surviving. I mean, when you think of fitness, you don't usually associate it with suicide. Of course, you have to make some large assumptions here: first and foremost, you assume we're all just a bunch of different teams competing for world supremacy. I choose to not view the world in this way, as I don't think it achieves anything.

 

A wal*mart cashier once remarked to me as I was checking out that, 'we'll all be the same race soon if we keep fuckin...'

That seems like wisdom to me. After all, 99 people out of 100 would probably choose to have sex over remaining true to dubious racial attachments. I sure as hell would.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:51 | 838435 Azannoth
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You are correct, however Evolution is not only about the survival of the fittest but also about the evolvement of who's on top at the moment, so yes the Caucasian race is falling into stagnation but the Arabs are no better they let 60 year old men marry 8 year olds (http://www.newsnet14.com/2010/12/29/60-year-old-saudi-man-forbidden-to-h...) and Africans are jumping 500,000 years of evolution by marrying Caucasian women (funny how few Caucasian men are keen on a African woman)

 

I see Evolution as a way of competition not genocide, the only was to get better is to compete(obvious example between Communism and Capitalism) we need the races/nations/religions to compete otherwise mankind in total will stagnate and sooner or later will get wiped out by an Asteroid or Ice Age

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:05 | 838462 downrodeo
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I have many questions for you.

What is it that makes you believe Africans are 500,000 years behind Caucasians in terms of evolution? Do you have any evidence to support this view? It seems arbitrary and baseless to me.

 

"we need the races/nations/religions to compete otherwise mankind in total will stagnate and sooner or later will get wiped out by an Asteroid or Ice Age"

Assume for the moment, that we're all the same race. Why would this necessitate the end of competition between individual humans?

Are you saying that in homogenized societies, there is no competition?

It seems like your trying to argue that if racial differences were eliminated, so too would the human spirit be eliminated. That is to say, if the different races converged into one, we wouldn't be human anymore. 

 

Oh, and the number of races on the planet has very little influence on the trajectories of asteroids, friendo.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:15 | 838484 AnAnonymous
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You must have time on your hands to discuss a racist.

Problem with the racists is that modern society production is nearly shaped as they wished in 19th (brown should handle farming production, Asians should be involved in manufacturing, while white people should excell in war and intellectual prowess) but somehow, the result does not taste like it was supposed to taste, with many whites longing for manufacturing or farming jobs.

The sadness of a delusion when it appears for what it is...

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:23 | 838491 Azannoth
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Yes I am a racist (and not afraid to admit it), only that I am a 21st century 'racist' I acknowledge race as an issue but not make an issue out of race

 

I see some1 just went top to bottom junking all posts, just to say I don't junk people I disagree with if I junk any1 than their post is usually so bad I won't reply

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:31 | 838502 downrodeo
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I can acknowledge that different races exist. Is it your opinion that one race is 'better' than another?

We're all humans as I see it. Race exists, but it isn't really all that important.

 

Side note: That wasn't me either. I also refrain from junking. I usually find it obnoxious. In the rare occasion that I do junk someone, I'll lay claim to it.  

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 23:52 | 839016 trav7777
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YES, some races are BETTER than others, if you want advanced medicine, electricity, the written word, the computer, the lightbulb and all the rest of that shit.

WTF is wrong with you people?  Especially that uncle tom apologist with his "RACISSSSS" epithet in the previous post?  I mean what.tha.fuck??

Look at HISTORY.  Which race is it that the people who invented EVERYTHING AROUND YOU came from?  And in the sickest of ironies, people from that race actually feel GUILT over the fact that it wasn't brown people who did everything!

They welcome multiculturalism...wtf?  ALL cultures are NOT EQUAL.  I don't LIKE cultures of destruction and misery, of primitivity, like all throughout the brown world.  I don't WANT the ghetto culture of murder and criminality.  I don't WANT african culture that didn't possess the written word until it was oppressed by white people with it or the native american culture that ALSO lacked the written word and the fucking wheel.

WTF is the matter with people these days that they think all cultures are equivalent?  Multiculturalism is a SICK JOKE and a crime against human progress.

The more mexicans we get, the more we are like mexico.  The more the diversity, the lower the average IQ.  DO THE MATH, shit just keeps getting worse.  Diversity is a FRAUD and pretending that all races are equal is a crime.  For example, we continuously hear how bad the US is globally in terms of aptitude tests, but if you examine AT ALL the demographics breakdowns, you see that the bad aggregate score we have as a nation is ENTIRELY DUE to hispanics and blacks!  Yet NOBODY can mention these "hate facts" without having a white uncle tom condemn him as a RACIST.

People who refuse to accept reality as it IS are suicidal fools.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 01:45 | 839094 johnnynaps
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Asian Americans rank 2nd against the World in aptitude tests. White Americans ranked 6th, Hispanic Americans ranked 41st, and Black Americans ranked 46th! I do not classify myself as a racist, but I do have common sense and these numbers tell me that the Hispanics and Blacks hold us down as a society.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 18:47 | 838639 Dr. Sandi
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I don't junk people I disagree with if I junk any1 than their post is usually so bad I won't reply

More and more posts here are just too fuckin' retarded to waste the keystrokes replying to. It's like yelling at the neighbor's stupid dog to shut up. There's no point, it's just a goddamned dog anyway.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:17 | 838487 Azannoth
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The 500,000 years is a bit arbitrary but it took about that much for Europeans to evolve from Africans(but I don't want to have an argument over numbers)

 

And yes I think that if we all belonged to the same race and nation and country our evolutionary progress would be greatly reduced, like it or not WAR has been the main driver of evolution EVER, Iron and Steel, Gun Powder, Atomic Energy, Space Exploration have all been invented in the name of 'betting the other guys to it' if we all lived in a homogeneous 1 race 1 culture society we would loose the edge in those things

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:28 | 838509 downrodeo
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Evolution in the future is going to look a lot different from evolution in the past. You see, it's speeding up as our technology improves. As soon as we achieve AI, we're going to start to integrate it into biology, which will create an exponential effect. Some day, I believe we'll evolve past war. Perhaps peace will be the driver of evolution in the future. We can only hope. Peace.

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:39 | 838529 Azannoth
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Peace is a nice theory but you don't look far enough into the future.

Evolution comes from competition, even with AI and such there would be little reason for evolving technology for the expansion of knowledge instead we would be evolving technology for amusement, this we see today, during the Cold War we explored space and the moon, technology wasn't being invented for the consumer but for the soldier and the consumer got the technology 10 years later, today we invent technology for our amusement and not to our benefit, as an example in '69 we went to the Moon, in '09 we got the IPhone and IFart(app), wouldn't you say we are moving 'backwards' in therms of where technology is going.

Even though we are still innovating the direction of this innovation is purely for our amusement and has little utility, we invent Facebook so we can stalk our highschool girl/boy friends not trying to go to Mars

Yes peace drives technology too but in the opposite direction as war, and I think we need both

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 23:56 | 839020 trav7777
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69 was the Summer of Love, dude, and it marked the turning point in the ascendancy of DIVERSITY above all else.

We can't go to the moon anymore because we have to worry ourselves to death about the DIVERSITY that agencies that can do those types of things lack!  So, in order to have more DIVERSITY and avert the "minority representation CRISIS," we have to put less-qualified people in positions of authority!

I mean, read ANY article about low minority participation, or lack of DIVERSITY, in ANY field.  It's always phrased as a CRISIS or some other desperate and dire term.  It's an absolute APOCALYPSE if there aren't "enough" black people in any profession.  And if calculus tests break down along racial lines like IQ or SAT, well then GFDit the MATH IS RACIST.

IT MUST BE.   Because ANYTHING that stands in the way of DIVERSITY must be destroyed!

That is the FRAUD of multiculturalism, the pretense that cultures and people are all equal.  It is the most intellectually bankrupt dogma in the history of the world.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 18:11 | 838583 viahj
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in this day and age of human evolution i seriously doubt that race (genetics) has very much to do with anything you describe.  culture on the other hand is the driving force of societal evolution.  any homogenous culture stagnates after a while without inter-cutural competition.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 00:02 | 839021 trav7777
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Nonfuckingsense.

Where do you think cultures come from?

Why do you imagine that dolphins don't have human cultures?  Why do they have dolphin cultures?  Why do chimps have chimp cultures?  Why don't they fly airplanes?

Cultures don't come from the culture fairy...Culture is a reflection of the aggregate attributes of a population.

Just as SURELY as in highschool, the smart kids had smart kid culture, with science, math, chess, and shit like that and the dumbass jocks had dumbass culture with farting, belching, excessive substance consumption, sexual promiscuity, violence, and total lack of impulse control and interest in anything productive.

Culture comes from people, dude.  And stupid is as stupid DOES.  You put a bunch of people with low IQ, poor impulse control, and high degrees of innate aggressiveness in contact with each other, what culture will manifest is one of low intelligence, impulse gratification, and violence!  It's as simple as that.

These people will find extrinsic cultural norms such as ANOTHER GROUP'S idea of what "law" and "civilization" are impossible to follow!  They will end up constantly overrepresented in prison, at the low end of the socioeconomic scale, failing in schools, and so forth.

It's really as simple as that.  Stupid, violent kids do not do well in school; they do not ace math tests, they end up in violation of the "laws" written by smart, deliberative people.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 23:44 | 839007 trav7777
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AWSUMZ...I mean taking philosophy and guidance from a fucking wal mart cashier.

I truly WANT genes in my bloodline with average IQs of 85, I mean who wouldn't?

99/100 would choose to have sex, wtf?  And get knocked up by some ghetto thug who will end up in prison and pass on his criminal and idiot genes to the little mulatto offspring who then grow up with a trash mom and no dad?  Sounds like a recipe for technological progress to me, right?  I mean, think of ALL THE INVENTIONS by the brown people over the centuries...all one of them.

WOW...great advice wal mart.  99/100 would choose to doom their kids because they are incapable of constraining their sexual urges; what a fucking catastrophe.  Bunch of freakin whores.  When they can't throw on a pantsuit and go sit behind a desk and pretend to work but still get paid, more selectivity will be employed in mating patterns.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 23:39 | 839002 trav7777
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look, white people only invented everything in history because they stole it from the black people.

And right now white people are oppressing the brown 3rd world with refrigeration, electric power, and modern medicine...it is HORRIBLE.  Join me in condemning the white people for this heinous crime against humanity.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 04:16 | 839152 merehuman
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you meant to say "Jews" and that would be correct. Anyone thinking that is an anti semitic statement is in error. It is a statement of "fact" in the USA

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:22 | 838214 Island_Dweller
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Is a Police State Worth Fighting For?

 

http://www.321gold.com/editorials/guest/black123010.html

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:35 | 838246 Millivanilli
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The coup already occurred.  Only the walking dead, of which there are many, do not realize our new state of affairs.

Find out what any people will quietly submit to and that is the exact measure of injustice and wrong that will be imposed upon them. 

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 18:49 | 838641 Dr. Sandi
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Find out what any people will quietly submit to and that is the exact measure of injustice and wrong that will be imposed upon them.

I think we'll be fine. Unless I hear somewhere that people willingly let complete strangers grope and fondle them and their children in public, I'll know that America is still the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:36 | 838249 system failure
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Interesting and precise perspective, because I can concur.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:04 | 838055 JustACitizen
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Wait a minute - you expect all of these idiots that "invested" in sub-prime MBS/ABS because "this time is different" to take a serious haircut? How about the top 10% folks that own 90% of everything - you want to tell them that their yields are not going to be positive? ROFLMAO - government by, for and owned by less than 10% of the population.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:15 | 838085 topcallingtroll
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You mean you are not in the top ten percent? Maybe you need to work harder! The troll believes everyone can be top ten percent. Wouldnt that be great if the entire population was in the top ten percent?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:21 | 838099 JustACitizen
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Nope, I am not. At one time - I did think that I had "what it takes". Fortunately, when I found out what it actually takes - I abstained.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:09 | 838186 Whatta
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Amen brutha. Financially, I made out quite well early in my career, looked at what money did to people...and elected to get out. Live the country life and leave the "Beautiful People" to trash the place.

Sorry, but greed is NOT good. No fvcking one needs a billion $$$ a year.

May anarchy-lite rule one day and put this oligarchy in its proper resting place.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:53 | 838287 Rogerwilco
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Of course the "anarchy lite" will stop before it gets to your bucolic Garden of Eden -- just like the French Revolution only offed heads attached to the royals.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:53 | 838447 JustACitizen
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Nope - everything I have ever read points to innocents and bystanders too. The same all too human character flaws that exist in the "elite" - exist in those who wish to overthrow the elite.

"Would you seek to reason with a whirlwind?"

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:19 | 838206 WestVillageIdiot
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"I thought I wanted to be the great Gordon Gekko but I guess I'm just Bud Fox."

Sadly, an ethics bypass is an operation that is required in many instances to get to that top 10%.  I see it all the time in this city.  The ability for people to be so completely corrupt and still think they have made it due to merit just astonishes me.  Self-delusion is a great asset when running amongst sociopaths. 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:17 | 838092 The Count
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+100 on your post.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:06 | 838058 Miramanee
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The normalcy bias, as propped up by the blowing of the money-as-debt bubble:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9yFNy0f6E4

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:07 | 838062 contrabandista13
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Sooooo...... what's it gonna be kid...... you gonna take the blue pill or the red pill....?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:10 | 838063 Cognitive Dissonance
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Yes, this is childlike. We have turned to the Central State as our Mommy and Daddy who will save us from the Monster.

The Monster exists within and can only be rooted out by way of a through and fearless examination of precisely that which we wish to avoid.

It will eventually occur. The question is will it be a willing and healthy self examination or a virtual rape with us kicking and screaming our way into insanity.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:57 | 838165 MachoMan
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Given the tip is already in, I'd wager the latter...

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:06 | 838179 Ragnarok
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LOL.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:10 | 838069 yabs
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I'm amazed its lasted this long

it brings new meaning to the phrase "living on borrowed time"

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:20 | 838095 The Count
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and i am sure they (the fed) can make it last even a few more years. don't count on our spineless, dysfunctional $o-called politicians to stand in the way of insanity.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:19 | 838097 TruthInSunshine
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Well, we're half way there...

...livin' on a prayer.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:09 | 838070 scratch_and_sniff
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shhhh, they're watching...

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:50 | 838073 the rookie cynic
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Hope is the denial of reality...that's why it makes such a great slogan. It makes it a lot easier to stab your victims in the back because they think it's a group hug.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:12 | 838077 TruthInSunshine
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Charles Hugh Smith is one of the best writers & thinkers on financial matters that I've yet to come across.

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:01 | 838172 MachoMan
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I'm guessing you don't get out much because I have a hard time believing any decent sampling of writers and thinkers allow you to come across them...  pics or it didn't happen!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:06 | 838180 TruthInSunshine
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You have a filthy mind.

I like you.

But I'm not gay.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:20 | 838208 DarkAgeAhead
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Hmm, as he's "yet" to come across him, it'd probably be in Charles Smith's best interest to get a restraining order.  And a gun!  Unless he's into that sort of thing.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:44 | 838408 MachoMan
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At least a bib or slicker or something...  make him work for it anyway. 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:14 | 838080 lunaticfringe
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Today I was reading about Hillary Clinton, liar and would be spy, criticizing Russia for ignoring the rule of law and jailing an oil tycoon because of "political motives."

Thank GAWD we don't do shit like that here, do we? LMAO.

 

http://thecivillibertarian.blogspot.com/

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 00:06 | 839025 trav7777
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AIPAC pulls her leash and she barks, eh?

Putin broke the zionist rules and sent oligarchs out with their 2nd passports, so now our lapdog "leaders" bleat about it.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:18 | 838094 mule65
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Full steam ahead!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:23 | 838103 goldmiddelfinger
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Paddle faster! I hear banjos!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:23 | 838106 JustACitizen
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If some of these folks had to "accept reality" then they could no longer be the "masters of the universe" floating on pink clouds above the masses of common humanity. They might have to accept that they are just clay too - as we all do in the end.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:24 | 838110 Alex Kintner
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The Bush's (remember George?) have bought a Mountian and surrounding land in Paraguay. The rich are gonna stripmine this f**king country until there is nothing left but food riots. Then they are GONE.

And even tho George is the 'Worst President Ever', Obama is a stong contender to steal the title before the end of his one (and only) term.

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:28 | 838113 JustACitizen
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Are you implying that there is a difference?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:29 | 838121 Alex Kintner
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A difference in style only. They both work for the same masters.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:27 | 838118 Apostate
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But I learned at Princeton that there was no such thing as reality!

Can we not just pretend our way to prosperity? There is no such thing as truth! All we need is a good re-branding.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:29 | 838122 goldmiddelfinger
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Kim Kardashian owes AC Cowling a hell of a BJ

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:37 | 838132 Temporalist
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New York May Seize Nassau County Finances as Deficit Reaches $343 Million

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-30/new-york-may-seize-nassau-count...

 

The Monster at the end of this book looks pretty angry...

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:49 | 838154 JustACitizen
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Define "seizing" Nassau County - if someone places a pile of sh-t in front of you - do you immediately grab it with both hands?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:43 | 838143 6 String
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Fed chairman Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Geitner, President Obama and Congress are all ordering the band to play spritely tunes of rising holiday spending, endless borrowing, and the carefully crafted propaganda....

Too true. The other day there was a picture on Yahoo! sports of Obama frollicking around the White House lawn with his puddle behind him and a football tucked into his arms: all to display his approval for Michael Vick being given a "second chance" and that perhaps "a lot of people will be have the same opportunity."

As the state and national deficits go parabolic, this is the message and appearance they want to give to the people. We're doomed.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:30 | 838239 WestVillageIdiot
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As we enter 2011 I think I would much prefer Michael Vick as president over Obama. 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 22:27 | 838931 tip e. canoe
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The Titantic Theater Presents Al Jolson In Living Color!

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 00:10 | 839026 trav7777
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anybody have any questions about NeObama's whole outlook on race anymore?

I mean the notion that a sitting President called a sports team owner on the behalf of a fucking convicted FELON athlete is just...it's so effing astonishing as to boggle the mind.

I wonder if he made that call for Roethlisberger or anyone else.  This President is easily the biggest joke ever and that's saying something given how much of one his predecessor was

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:47 | 838152 MichaelNY
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...and the band plays on.  :-(

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:50 | 838159 assumptionblindness
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Excellent post!

The point of the article is well taken.  I choose not to ignore the remaining tiny sensation of common sense that man made cognitive illusions continue to attempt to drown out. 

And the band played on...cue the social networked and iPhone-based economy!  Fuck, we're screwed!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:01 | 838174 Atomizer
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As mentioned on another thread, follow forex ---XDR

http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=USD&to=XDR

Pere Ubu - Non-alignment Pact

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZty5DTmpMY

Winks

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:05 | 838177 SgtShaftoe
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"We at the Federal Reserve board have decided that band must play louder in order to stimulate job growth.  Additionally, we have decided the FRBNY will begin the policy of pretty fireworks to entertain the people, signal a precautionary warning to ships nearby and so as to maintain calm and normalize trade.  We recognize that several boilers have exploded, but we feel it is completely contained at this time.  As such, we have allowed liquidity to flood the below-decks 1 through 15, however we feel we can remove the liquidity any moment we choose to with 100% certainty."

Cpt "Smith" Bernanke

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:10 | 838189 JustACitizen
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+ 1 bottle of domestic bubbly

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:46 | 838270 SheepDog-One
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Enjoyed that very much SgtShaftoe

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:09 | 838187 MsCreant
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Gerald Celente is ON FIRE at Kingworldnews!!!!

Police state, Government and Corporate abuses, he is all over this shit-->Crack down on Liberty. 

http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/Broadcast/Entries/2010/12/29_Gerald_Celente.html

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 19:21 | 838686 Dr. Sandi
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Yow! Thanks for the link. Makes me more and more sure that New Zealand is in my future.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:11 | 838194 optimator
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Geithner and the Boyz aren't re arranging the deck chairs, they're stashing their loot in the big lifeboats!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:11 | 838195 system failure
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This thread was an awesome analogy of what is transpiring. I loved it. The game has been over since October, but thanks to QE Lite and now QE 2, we suspend the evitable until water begins to come in too fast. The day of reckoning is here and these clowns are not throwing down the cards even though we have called their bluff several months ago.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:22 | 838211 mark mchugh
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Again you knocked it out of the park, Charles.

It is a childish mentality.  Instead of looking for ways to move forward wiser, we are clinging desperately to misguided notions we should throw away.

And as you said, it seems to be getting worse.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:21 | 838213 gwar5
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"They’re driving us into bankruptcy so they can impose socialism on us. That’s exactly what they’re doing, and I’m sick and damn tired of it and I know you are too."  --- R. Lee Ermey,  "Gunney"

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:23 | 838220 Paul Bogdanich
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This is actually a very positive article.  It assumes that if we stare down the monster that we stand a chance of beating it or at least surviving.  Very optomistic in its very narrative.  The truth could more akin to a situation where we are like an unarmed, lightly clothed Summer hiker who ran into an aggitated Grizley bear.  Our only hope is to get mauled, feign death and hope the bear isn't exceptionally hungry. 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:35 | 838251 velobabe
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appear taller, and raise your hands and wave. well, that is what they say to do, if you are approached by a black bear or a cougar/mountain lion.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 00:11 | 839029 trav7777
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wavin at Him won't make God more likely to take you in.

because there ain't a fuckin bear out there scurred by a motherfucker wavin his hands.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:26 | 838228 KickIce
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No doubt.  We are losing liberties almost daily through finance and policy.  While the sheeple fail to recognize this, there are also many educated people who refuse to believe that we lose our plush standard of living.  Meanwhile, we continue our slide to 3rd world status.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:34 | 838243 WestVillageIdiot
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"While the sheeple fail to recognize this, there are also many educated people who refuse to believe that we lose our plush standard of living"

 

It is amazing how many "educated" people are nothing more than low level sheeple.  They think that because they work for the fleecers that they will never be fleeced. 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:01 | 838300 TruthInSunshine
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Geese live a very pampered life, as they're fattened up, via gavage, before they're slayed for their livers to satisfy the appetite for foie gras.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:08 | 838314 KickIce
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Good one.  I always liked this one as well.

Catching Wild Pigs

A chemistry professor in a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Professor noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?'

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke. 'You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in The last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America . The government keeps pushing us toward socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc.. While we continually lose our freedoms -- just a little at a time.

One should always remember: There is no such thing as a free lunch! Also, a politician will never provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

Also, if you see that all of this wonderful government 'help' is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America , you might want to send this on to your friends. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life then you will probably delete this email, but God help you when the gate slams shut!

Keep your eyes on the newly elected politicians who are about to slam the gate on America .

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have"

Thomas Jefferson

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:13 | 838325 TruthInSunshine
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+1

And with that, you've perfectly described the nature of the American People and the methodology used to condition them thusly.

Hey look! The new iPad looks cool!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:02 | 838460 AnAnonymous
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"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have"

Thomas Jefferson

 

Thank Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson was not a practitioner of big government. It is not like he bought land and people on it to force a nationality on them.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:20 | 838493 downrodeo
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+100 excellent.

I'm going to print this out. Thanks for the anecdote.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 21:51 | 838890 Cull Morgan
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"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have"

That's a Gerald Ford quote.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:10 | 838318 KickIce
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Yep, just can't think outside the box, or don't want to...

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:42 | 838267 tamboo
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http://www.world-mysteries.com/doug_titanic1.htm

keep in mind that the jesuits have been infiltrated by fed types just like everything else.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:16 | 838483 strannick
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Wow. My cousin's a Jesuit. And with all his charity, and fine talk of God, to now find out he's a FED stooge..Go figure!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 15:54 | 838289 system failure
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And I'm Free Falling

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:24 | 838346 Jerry Maguire
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Part one of getting over denial is to admit that there is way too much debt worldwide and there's no way to pay it all, or even a small portion of it, and since there's going to be a massive default one way or the other then just declare it now and cancel debt for everyone and everything except debts that amount to cash savings or cash proper.

And then start over - on a gold standard this time, and value the dollar in an amount of gold that lets the government continue functioning and keeps everyone's bank accounts and cash in place.  About $25K per ounce, I'd say.

That's my proposal, but I'd be willing to hear others' thoughts or entertain comments here:

http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/inflation-deflation-debt/

 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 16:38 | 838395 AnAnonymous
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This story of monster in the closet reminds me of the Troma movie "Monster in the closet" Anybody seen it?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:14 | 838480 strannick
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Marvellous analogy.

Thank you Tyler

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 18:21 | 838612 greenewave
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Bank of America is a Public Disgrace and Should be PUT OUT OF BUSINESS!! The BANKING ELITE have cost TAXPAYERS TRILLIONS in FUTURE BAILOUT MEASURES and the AMERICAN PEOPLE are SUFFERING!

To find out more about the TRUTH of the recent MORTGAGE SCAM, watch the YouTube video “BANK OF AMERICA ~ A PUBLIC DISGRACE” at (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXDpOBOS94A).

Anonymous-

This is absolutely appalling and I am dumbfounded why the American people aren’t RIOTING in the STREETS as we speak. Thw civil and political unrest we’ve seen in Europe is without a doubt coming to the United States!

Bend over America and enjoy getting SCREWED by the BIGGEST BAILED OUT BANK in the Country!!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 18:46 | 838638 tasmandevil
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 A hundred years ago the new competitor entering a profitable niche was named the Fed.

The 'business' was privatized and inflation invented, democracy perverted.

I wasn't taught this at Erasmus R'dam but found out much later.

ZH's comment section is like a madhouse for sane people, where if we had a colorcode, 'buy the dip' is green, 'bitchez' might be orange-coded, and 'gold' would be off the chart?

Correct me please, if I'm wrong. Willing to learn..

Cheers

 

 

 

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 01:44 | 839095 celticgold
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  with apologiews to Tom Waits...... well go ahead , call the cops , you dont meet nice guys in bucket shops..... 

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 03:57 | 839144 Buck Johnson
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Actually as I've said on another forum, most in America are exactly childlike in their thinking and behavior because our leaders wanted this way.  It's alot easier to control people like this via hatred and intolerance and just plain "It's a free country I can do whatever I want".  Even though they don't show any regard to their neighbor or the place they share with their neighbor the US.  Our leaders are afraid of the petulant child now because (as we see from the tea baggers), they know you can't reason with a petulant child especially if you've been lying to him or her for years.

 

The Titanic and Forbidden planet analogy was dead on.  What I fear is that when this comes to pass it will be so bad and so fast that people will be in psychological shock.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 09:13 | 839266 Bitch Tits
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I think the point is this: if my neighbor mishandles his finances, am I supposed to pay his bills?

In a country that celebrates individualism, it sure seems like we're being set up to pay some else's expenses.

If our government and big businesses have shot themselves in the foot, please don't ask me to pay their debts.

They are all wealthy big-shots, let them pay their own damn bills.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 19:23 | 841918 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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I've been thinking along the lines of  "if we close our eyes the monster will go away" for a while.

I explain it as a Groundhog Day analogy.

People are proud of being smart and using their sight to see reality. They like it when they can point out the problem in most situations.

But they don't seem so brave or sharp-sighted when it comes to their own shadow. Suddenly they refuse to see the problem when it lies in their shadow.

Like the Groundhog, they think they can change the weather if they don't look at the shadow.

Reform can come when we face reality, harsh as it may be. But if you can't even face it, then how can you fix it?

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