Guest Post: Suicide is Painless

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Submitted bu Jim Quinn of the Burning Platform

Suicide is Painless


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Everyone has watched one of the best TV series of all-time – M*A*S*H.
You also know the tune that played during the opening credits as
helicopters delivered wounded soldiers to the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical
Unit. Most people have never heard the lyrics that go with the music.
The song is Suicide is Painless and the lyrics were sung during the  M*A*S*H  Movie.
As I watched the movie a few weeks ago, the lyrics struck home. Our
country has been slowly committing suicide for the last 40 years. The
movie and TV series were set during the Korean War. It is fitting that
military spending is one of the major causes of our suicide as a nation.
On an inflation adjusted basis, the US has doubled spending on Defense
since 1962. It is on course to rise another 20% in the next four years.
Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about the military industrial complex in

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the
acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the
military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of
misplaced power exists and will persist.”

The fact that the US currently spends 7 times as much on Defense as
the next nearest country is proof that the military industrial complex
has gained unwarranted influence and a disastrous rise of misplaced
power has occurred.

                           U.S. DEFENSE SPENDING


When you critically analyze why we would need to spend 7 times as
much as China on military when there is no country on earth that can
challenge us, the answer can only be OIL. Our own military came to the
following chilling conclusion in their Joint Operating Environment
report, issued earlier this year:

By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely
disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach
nearly 10 MBD. 

A severe energy crunch is inevitable without a massive expansion
of production and refining capacity. While it is difficult to predict
precisely what economic, political, and strategic effects such a
shortfall might produce, it surely would reduce the prospects for growth
in both the developing and developed worlds. Such an economic slowdown
would exacerbate other unresolved tensions, push fragile and failing
states further down the path toward collapse, and perhaps have serious
economic impact on both China and India. At best, it would lead to
periods of harsh economic adjustment. To what extent conservation
measures, investments in alternative energy production, and efforts to
expand petroleum production from tar sands and shale would mitigate such
a period of adjustment is difficult to predict. One should not forget
that the Great Depression spawned a number of totalitarian regimes that
sought economic prosperity for their nations by ruthless conquest.


The U.S. military knows we are on the verge of an oil crisis. There
are no new supplies ready to come on line before 2015. The President and
his advisors know that an oil crisis is in our immediate future. We
have military bases in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait. We have active
fighting forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We have a naval armada of
aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf. Our forces completely encircle
Iran. Is this a coincidence when the countries with the largest oil
reserves in the world are noted?

  1. Saudi Arabia – 262 billion barrels
  2. Iran – 133 billion barrels
  3. Iraq – 112 billion barrels
  4. Kuwait – 97 billion barrels

The war on terror is a cover for access to the hundreds of billions
of barrels of oil in the Middle East. A 10 million barrel per day
shortfall by 2015 would be disastrous for a country that consumes 25% of
all the oil in the world. Our hyper-consumer society is like a drug
addict, dependent on its oil fix. If we are denied oil for even one day,
the withdrawal symptoms would be traumatic and harrowing.

There are 255 million passenger vehicles in the U.S. Our society will
collapse within weeks without a sufficient supply of oil. The average
American’s only concern about oil is when they get a card in the mail
from Jiffy Lube telling them it is time for their 5,000 mile oil change.
They stick a hose in their gas tank and fluid pours out, allowing them
to motor freely around mall dotted suburbia. Within five years they will
be paying over $5 per gallon for this fluid or they will be waiting in
lines for three hours to get 10 gallons of that precious fluid. Peak
cheap oil has been predictable for decades. The Department of Energy was
created 31 years ago. Preparing for peak cheap oil would have required
some pain, sacrifice and forethought. But, suicide is painless.

Visions of Things To Be

Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see…

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.

                            Suicide is Painless – M.A.S.H. Movie 

As I peer through the fog and attempt to see visions of things to be,
I see nothing but pain ahead. Anyone who can look at the following
chart and not conclude that there is much pain ahead for this country is
either a Goldman Sachs banker, a Federal Reserve Governor, or a bought
off politician in Washington DC. It is no coincidence that after Richard
Nixon closed the gold window in 1971 and allowed the Federal Reserve to
“manage” our economy that total debt outstanding in the US surged from
$2 trillion to over $50 trillion. GDP has risen by 1,300% since 1971,
while total US debt has risen by 2,600%. Now for the kicker. Real GDP
has only gone up by 292% since 1971. This means that 1,000% of the
increase in GDP was from Federal Reserve created inflation. Over this
same time frame, real wages have declined by 6%, from $318 per week in
1971 to $299 per week today. Inflation has been the American drug of
choice to commit suicide over the last 40 years. It is stealthy,
seemingly painless, and deadly.

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Inflation is the “painless” method through which the Federal Reserve
has decided this country will commit suicide. It is like turning on the
car in the garage and letting the carbon monoxide slowly put you to
sleep. The ruling elite are content that the American public is dumbed
down by the government run public schools. They count on the fact that 9
out of 10 Americans do not understand inflation. It is an
insidious scheme of robbing the working middle class and funneling it to
the Wall Street/K Street ruling class. The Federal Reserve has gotten
bolder in the last few years as they realized the public doesn’t
understand or care what they do. Bernanke has relished in the mainstream
media adulation that he saved the world with his printing press in
2008/2009. Even though critical thinkers know for a fact that it was
Federal Reserve policies that created the worldwide financial
conflagration in the first place, the corporate mainstream media and the
Wall Street beneficiaries have been cheerleaders of Easy Al and
Helicopter Ben. These men are traitors. They have purposefully
impoverished senior citizens and the working middle class in order to
enrich their ruling elite masters on Wall Street and in Washington DC.

Ben Bernanke on Wednesday afternoon will announce Quantitative Easing
Part Deux. This is a fancy name for Ben printing $1 trillion out of
thin air, buying US Treasuries and/or more toxic mortgage securities and
artificially lowering interest rates to convince Americans to spend
money they don’t have. Jeremy Grantham, in his recent quarterly letter,
issues a scathing indictment of Bernanke’s methods: 

all of us, unfortunately, there is still a further great disadvantage
attached to the Fed Manipulated Prices. When rates are artificially low, income is moved away from savers, or holders of government and other debt, toward borrowers. Today, this means less income for retirees and near-retirees with conservative portfolios, and more profit opportunities for the financial industry; hedge funds can leverage cheaply and banks can borrow from the government and lend out at higher
prices or even, perish the thought, pay out higher bonuses. This is the
problem: there are more retirees and near retirees now than ever
before, and they tend to consume all of their investment income. With
artificially low rates, their consumption really drops. The offsetting benefits, mainly shown in dramatically recovered financial profits despite low levels of economic activity, flow to a considerable degree to rich individuals with much lower propensities to consume.”

The ruling elite in Washington DC and Wall Street decided that fraud,
misinformation and cooking the books was preferable to the pain of
honesty, orderly bankruptcy, and assets valued at their true worth. Ben
Bernanke ”saved the world” by putting the taxpayer on the hook for $1.5
trillion of toxic mortgage garbage he bought from his masters on Wall
Street. John Hussman describes the decision to choose painless suicide
over choosing painful medicine to cure our disease:

“Over the short run, two policies have been primarily responsible
for successfully kicking the can down the road following the recent
financial crisis. The first was the suppression of fair and accurate
financial disclosure – specifically FASB suspension of mark-to-market
rules – which has allowed financial companies to present balance sheets
that are detached from any need to reflect the actual liquidating value
of their assets. The second was the de facto grant of the government’s
full faith and credit to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities. Now,
since standing behind insolvent debt in order to make it whole is
strictly an act of fiscal policy, one would think that under the
Constitution, it would have been subject to Congressional debate and
democratic process. But the Bernanke Fed evidently views democracy as a
clumsy extravagance, and so, the Fed accumulated $1.5 trillion in the
debt obligations of these insolvent agencies, which effectively forces
the public to make those obligations whole, without any actual need for
public input on the matter.”

The Only Way to Win is Cheat

The only way to win is cheat
And lay it down before I’m beat
and to another give my seat
for that’s the only painless feat.

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.

                                             Suicide is Painless – M.A.S.H. Movie 

Federal Reserve has incessantly created new bubbles every time one of
their old bubbles has burst, since the elevation of Alan Greenspan as
Fed Chairman in 1987. The bailout of LTCM convinced Wall Street that
uncle Al would come to the rescue if their gambles endangered the
financial system. Greenspan cheered on the internet revolution and
flooded the system for the fake Y2K crisis. When the internet bubble
burst in 2000 and the 9/11 attack struck in 2001, Greenspan aided and
abetted the greatest bubble in history. He dropped interest rates to
historic lows, encouraged the use of adjustable rate mortgages, didn’t
enforce bank regulations, and pretended that he couldn’t see the bubble
forming. Jeremy Grantham explained the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and K
Street conspiracy to avoid the pain of dealing with our long-term
structural problems in his latest letter: 

prices may often not be susceptible to manipulation. Low interest rates
may not be enough: they may stimulate hedge fund managers to speculate
in stocks, but most ordinary homeowners are not interested in
speculating. To stir up enough speculators to move house prices, we
needed a series of changes, starting with increasing the percentage of
the population that could buy a house. This took ingenuity on two
fronts: overstating income and reducing down payment requirements,
ideally to nil. This took extremely sloppy loan standards and virtually
no data verification. This, in turn,
took a warped incentive program that offered great rewards for quantity
rather than quality, and a corporation overeager, with aggressive
accounting, to book profits immediately.  It also needed a much larger, and therefore new, market
in which to place these low-grade mortgages. This took ingenious new
packages and tranches that made checking the details nearly impossible,
even if one wanted to. It took, critically, the Fed Manipulated Prices
to drive 
rates down. Even more importantly, it needed the global risk premium
for everything to hit world record low levels so that suddenly formerly
staid European, and even Asian, institutions were reaching for risk to
get a few basis points more interest. Such an environment is possible
only if there exists an institution with a truly global reach and a
commitment to drive asset prices up. In the U.S. Fed, under the
Greenspan-Bernanke regime, just such an institution was ready and

On Wednesday Ben Bernanke will inject more poison into the veins of
a once great country. This country, at one time, dealt with its
problems in a realistic manner and was willing to sacrifice, cooperate,
and make hard choices. QE2 will not help our economy or solve any of our

Is It To Be Or Not To Be?

A brave man once requested me
to answer questions that are key
‘is it to be or not to be’
and I replied ‘oh why ask me?’

‘Cause suicide is painless
it brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.
…and you can do the same thing if you choose.

                                                     Suicide is Painless – M.A.S.H. Movie 

The leaders of this country, with the full support of a zombie like
disinterested distracted electorate, have chosen to ignore and
defer every tough decision regarding energy, spending, entitlements,
deficits, and infrastructure. The Federal Reserve has
allowed politicians to run the National Debt up to $13.6 Trillion by
imposing no limits on the printing of fiat currency backed by nothing
but promises. Based on Obama’s 10 year budget projections, adjusted for
the real impact of Obamacare and extension of Bush tax cuts, the
National Debt will reach $20 trillion in 2015 and $25 trillion by 2019.
This is truly a suicide mission. We will never reach these levels
because the sweet relief of death will overtake our economic system as
the final vestiges of QE2 painlessly bring about the end. 
Grantham warns that Bernanke’s actions on Wednesday are a desperate
last ditch attempt to fend off the pain of reality. It will fail.

“Thus, our current policy of QE2 is merely the last desperate
step of an ineffective plan to stimulate the economy through higher
asset prices regardless of any future costs. Continuing QE2 may be an
original way of redoing the damage done by the old Smoot-Hawley Tariff
hikes of 1930, which helped accelerate a drastic global decline in
trade. We may not even need the efforts of some of our dopier Senators
to recreate a more traditional tariff war. And all of this stems from
the Fed and the failed idea that it can or should interfere with
employment levels by interfering with asset prices.”

The only difference between Dr. Bernanke and Dr. Kevorkian is that
Kevorkian helped the terminally ill commit suicide. Dr. Bernanke and his
colleagues at the Federal Reserve have inflicted suicide on a patient
that was healthy and capable of living many more years. The suicide
concoction of fiat currency, debt, military empire, and delusion has
been painless for those in power, but painful for the working middle
class of this country. Dr. Bernanke fancies himself as an expert on the
Great Depression. He is destined to be remembered as the man who killed
America. Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes.


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Wynn's picture

First Col. Blake, then Trapper John and Frank Burns. I miss the old days.

ATG's picture

The interesting mass psychology of market tops is that participants become evem more convinced and bullish after the top

ZH friends and foes, the top is in for inflation

Using consistent methodology, it was set in 1980 with 15% real inflation, and 2008 with 13%. Now only 8%, headed downtown

Yes, corn, coffee, wheat and cotton were up 70 - 191% recently, these exceptions proving the downtrend$DJACN$DJAKC$DJAWH$DJACT

The annual rate of change in monetary indicators is collapsing despite talk of QE II[1][id]=BASE&s[1][transformation]=pc1

Money multiplier and velocity are contracting

Gold is targeting -10%, Long Bonds +30%, dollars +49%


This is not the stuff of inflation, but debt default deflation.

As usual, the Fed and other central banks may be well behind free market curves far bigger than they are

Generals fight the last war, and not one man in a million understands deflation

People betting on up instead of down may become broke, humbled and hungry while fat cats short inflation hedges and long bonds and cash get richer

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it

ATG's picture


You are stupid to use that garbage technical analysis on gold. That is not even real technical analysis. Gold is not overbought. It is in a 30 year oversold condition. The market will punish your ignorance harshly.

ad hominems do not become you Q or enlighten us

Matthew 16:2-3

When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

Quinvarius's picture

Ignorance becomes you.  Your post was so ignorant it was not even worth taking it apart point by ignorant point.

ATG's picture
by Quinvarius
on Wed, 06/16/2010 - 12:34


Spoken like a man who does not know the definition of inflation.  This time you are going to buy the bottom instead of sell it becasue this time you can predict the crash, right?  The world is not going to conform to your personal definitions or economic bias.  We have massive inflation now.  Inflation is not price changes.  Inflation is an increase in the money supply.  Period.  Insane fears of deflation, like yours, are why we are going to sail directly into hyper inflation.  You want a do over.  Tough luck.  We are on to the next crisis and it has nothing to do with shrinking the money supply.

Quinvarius's picture

It is funny that you are so ignorant you think that supports your point.  That is how truly ignorant you are.  Really dude.  I am laughing at you.  You should have listend to me then.  You would have made 60% betting on the food inflation that you wrote off as fluke.

Please.  Tell me you are being sarcastic in your original post.  Then I will apologize.

ATG's picture

Q, listened to you?

Name calling, projecting and posting off the point do not work as a substitute for value

Bought gold stocks and Mexican Gold and Silver Angel Peso coins around $105 and $4 and sold Gold and Silver eagles around $1210 and $25 with Big4, currently up 1597% year to date

Taught Stanford students about the Continental and Greenbacks

And you have been predicting Weimar hyperinflation for how long?

Tripling the Fed Balance sheet or monetary base did not matter because defaulting debts and derivatives dwarf anything the Fed can throw at the American or global economy

Big4 noted coffee, corn, cotton, wheat et al bull markets long ago when they were unpopular

No need to apologize

Might bone up on Leviticus and Irving Fisher re the deleterious effects of usury and debt default deflation before you lose your assets

It took the Yale and Harvard Club Economist four years to figure out why we were not on a plateau of permanent prosperity as he declared in October 1929 days before the bottom fell out



Quinvarius's picture

I have no idea what you are saying anymore.  You take my side of the argument now but don't say which half of you is sarcastic.

ATG's picture

Never took your side of the bogus argument Q

Highlighted your past bully false insult posts for all to see

Ad hominems not an argument but an embarrassment for the slinger

In three words, what I am saying is Debt default deflation, not QEII monetary inflation, increasingly plain for most to see, if they but look

You have not refuted any points in the original post disagreeing with (monetary) suicide is painless

Massive voter fraud today illustrates exactly how bankrupt the establishment is with their Eric Holder neoCon neoKeynesian 0Care Eric DHS Terrorism posse comitatus teleprompter fantasies

When the bottom falls out, maybe more will see what's going on

Quinvarius's picture

Ignorant.  Your posts refute themselves.  That is why no one is wasting bandwidth ripping you a new one.  Your whole argument is that you choose to ignore what you don't like, while at the same time stating you are ignoring it as if it proves your point.

You need to read some books on economics, son.

ATG's picture
Troll put-down artist reputation precedes and haunts you Q Lack of reading comprehension, vocabulary or intelligent material rebuttal speaks volumes: eg by Quinvarius
Sun, 10/31/2010 - 09:45

Everything in that post was completely ignorant.  Please tell me you are being sarcastic.

ffart's picture

Deflation or inflation, the dollar is fucked. But if you're concerned about your gold losing value I'll buy it all off you for a reasonable price say $50/oz.

ATG's picture


As posted, gold sold

$50 is the face value of the legal tender one ounce Gold Eagle coin

Would be very surprised to see gold go that low

Right now they are selling at premiums up to $1599, a sucker bet to be sure

GoinFawr's picture

Sucker bet? Compared to FRN's?!

Johny Bravo, eat your heart out, there's a new kid in town.

ATG's picture


Ok, you got me laughing GF, goodonya;

Gold fluctuated for many of the last 5000 years, while FRNs in 2010 are worth 2% of what they were in 1913 ninety seven years earlier

What does that have to do with us here now for the rest of our lives?

A few pretend to have a crystal ball that works

The end of the world was advertised many times the last 5000 years

Gold was in yet another mania from $254 in 1999 to $1388 in 2010, echoing $105 in 1974 to 887 in 1980 and $20 in 1919 to $42.22 in 1973

The mean gold price for the last two centuries was $666 and prices can return to their mean

If they go parabolic like now, they can go below the mean

Now people who plunged closer to the top are waking up, some of them anyway

Soros said gold was in a bubble when he bought

Will he say it is undervalued when he sells?

How about John Paulson who just took hits on banks, or the Central Bankers?

Gold fluctuated many times in the last 5000 years, 1492 Conquistadores the most noteworthy example, but Napoleanic Wars, CA OZ discoveries, African Yukon gold, World War II and Vietnam War too, with Central Banks often selling when they should be buying and vice versa

Napolean bragged that he paid brandy, food and gold (loaned from the Rothschild Bank for an army that marches on its stomach)

Air America allegedly shipped gold for drugs, personnel and materiel during Vietnam

Gold may be right on target for this latest peak in 1998 dollars

Human nature does not easily change

Most plunge near the top in greed and sell at the bottom in fear

In the 1980 peak, I saw people excitedly buy gold at premiums over $877 and sell despondently near lows over the next twenty years

In the 1987 Crash, people bought year-old Gold Eagles from $480 to $499.75 on the 19th of October to early December and watched them go down toward 395.40 a year later

Blanchard, at one time the world's largest gold coin dealer, acquired by my client at GE, turned bearish on gold at the 1999 bottom

Only those like GL and ZH Gold Bugs who thought Ben Bernake and Tim Geithner had stupid self-destructive urges for defenestration or piking themselves with runaway interest rates and cascading government defaults need apply

The Fed may end before its Century Birthday as Saxo Bank and others wish, peace may break out or the Treasury may default, I do not know if or when

But human nature does not change

Gold was a crowded trade almost a year, about the time those Gold Greed Ads started showing up at $1226.40 last December

Shall we agree to correspond cordially in a year to see how we did with our differing investment outlooks?


redrob25's picture



Debt and money are flip sides of the same coin. As one goes up, the other will come down. That is the way of the Federal Reserve system.


So yes bubble assets like housing and stocks will crash (they have a ways to go yet), while money will hyperinflate and 'revalue', in dollars, true money in gold and silver. It will also drive up commodity prices.


This is why Tyler spends so much time documenting the fact that while retail investors are bailing out of stock market and corporate insiders are running for the doors as fast as their cockroach legs can take them, gold, silver, and other commodities bull markets continue. The money is just moving from one area to the other. Deflation in some assets, inflation in others, and currency hyperinflation eventually.


The middle class will get 'murdered' because they won't have figured out the game in time.


My book for reference:

ATG's picture


Popular overpriced diet and get rich quick books push expensive fads, then crash, burn their readers and sell for a buck on the bargain counter

Here are some previous top sellers from the 1980 gold peak:

    1. Crisis Investing: Opportunities and Profits in the Coming Great Depression, Douglas R. Casey

    3. Free to Choose: A Personal Statement, Milton and Rose Friedman

    6. The Sky's the Limit, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

    7. The Third Wave, Alvin Toffler

    8. Craig Claiborne's Gourmet Diet, Craig Claiborne with Pierre Franey

    9. Nothing Down, Robert Allen

    10. How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years, Howard Ruff

    See a pattern?

    Every one of them was very popular and very wrong

    What goes up falls down

    Trees do not grow to the sky

    Good luck


caconhma's picture

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday he should not have used the word "enemies" to describe his political opponents as Republicans sought to make an issue of the comment a day before congressional elections.


How soon will Marxist-comrade Obama start calling his opponents "enemies of people" and like his Jewish Bolsheviks predecessors in Russia start building concentration-extermination camps for American people?


Looks like "the war on terror" is about to move against fellow Americans. How soon will we have a second civil war in America?

goldfish1's picture

Probes ain't gonna like this:

Schwarzenegger bans welfare cards at psychics

Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger says welfare recipients can no longer use state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics and other businesses whose services have been deemed "inconsistent with the intent" of the program.

fuu's picture

I see being bought by Oracle did nothing for your data integrity.

Rusty Shorts's picture

Yes, the U.S. is finished. The big global capital is moving to Asia and China. It's a rap here, the wealth extraction is complete, toast, done, stick a fork in it. Now, here in the west, there is no ROI...just fat slobs and pensioners, and un-funded liabilities.


During the entire existence of mankind, we have had only 4 economies;

1) Hunting and Gathering (100% food economy for 100,000 years)

2) Agriculture economy (10,000 years)

3) Manufacturing economy (200 years)

4) Service (30 years)


What's next? Unemployment and starvation, since we are not able to directly access food, even if we returned to Hunting/gathering, the land has been stripped, and even if we had prinstine hunting grounds, North America will only carry about 10 million top predators. Yes, man is one of the top predators on planet earth, like the Lion, can you imagine 7 Billion Lions roaming the earth, not going to happen...just not enough to go around.

DaveyJones's picture

guess it's clear which economy was the most self sustaining

Walter_Sobchak's picture

Civilization IS the problem.  Sooner or later we will realize that money cannot be eate and the only sensible way to live is in harmony with your environment as an animal.

TBT or not TBT's picture

If only those that lament the success of humanity would kindly exit the scene, you know, jump of this mortal coil under their own power, that would solve 25% to 50% of the "problem"  -I mean the problem as they see it- right there.   

Personally I'm pretty psyched about eating industrially produced animal protein, burning the shit outta those fossil fuels, enjoying jet travel to vacation settings, coal powered chairlifts to get us up to the top of gasoline power groomed ski slopes, and all of that.  

Hunting is just fine too but that is mainly a shopping and drinking and networking activity...Goretex, guns and scopes and special clothes, RVs, hunting leases you can bring your customers along to, "camping" shit, trophies for the wall, trading tall tales around the campfire, shooting and cutting up nature with your bare hands.   The Awesome...once or twice a year.

Rusty Shorts's picture

You are forced to accept civilization. Civilization is your only choice, you cannot choose to live off the grid, YOU ARE A CONSUMER, it's the law.


For example, if one decided that he would like to return to the land and live off of it, were does he go? A National Forest? BLM lands? Private lands?


None of the Above.


You have NO CHOICE but to participate in the system which is set to incrementally drain your wealth and labor till the day you die, and if you have managed to accumulate any wealth, well, the system is set up to make sure that it is not passed to your children. Multi-generational wealth is against the law for citizens.'s picture

i just made these same comments especially about ski areas. they put in big gondola that must consume a lot of energy to run up to the top of the mountain, three thousand feet up vertical. i am sure dick cheney had a lot to do with putting in the new huge replacement gondola at the HOLE, and a new chairlift to a restaurant. then fool the people with a green statement that they recycle. plus, aspen skiing company is owned privately by the crown family. so they don't serve blue fin tuna or a brazilian bass or something so they can claim green.


hunting season is just sick. do you know if you just purchased a hunting license in colorado you will be rescued for free if you are so dumb and get lost and found. no bill.'s picture

can you imagine 7 Billion Lions roaming the earth, not going to happen...just not enough to go around.


"Lions in the street and roaming, dogs in heat, rabid, foaming -- a beast caged in the heart of the city." - Morrison's picture

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it


"The gate is straight, deep and wide. Break on through to the other side." - Morrison

Walter_Sobchak's picture

Jesus and Morrison were both ANTI-Civilization's picture

Please define your terms and provide citations to support your theses.

Thank you.

Walter_Sobchak's picture

How bout you start thinking and listening to what each had to say.'s picture

How about you back up your claims with facts?

Walter_Sobchak's picture

It's an opinion. Show me how Jesus and Morrison were defenders of Civilization and Progress.  Jesus was rebelling against the tyrannical civilization of Rome, saying we should be like lambs and so forth.  Morrison's idol was Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry, who's festivals routinely devolved into riots which threatened Civilization, which is Appolonian in nature.  read some Nietszche.  READ ANYTHING-other than The Fountainhead.'s picture

Show me how Jesus and Morrison were defenders of Civilization and Progress.


I never claimed such a thing. You're the one with opinions which you can't be bothered to support beyond a few paltry observations.

BigJim's picture

I've heard good arguments for inflation, deflation, and biflation.

The problem is - the economy is not deterministic. It all depends on how people respond to stimuli, and especially depends on what the government does to try to influence things. And there is an almighty feedback loop between those things, plus black swans, unexpected supply shocks, etc.

Yes, M1+ is decreasing, and QE will do nothing about that. So, we can expect deflation in the prices of things we need credit to buy. But we're competing with expanding economies for commodities, and so we can expect higher prices for these things to result. Unless... the US people realise inflation is a real possibility, and the velocity of money picks up, in which case all that newly expanded base money ricochets around the banking system and the banking multiplier works its dark magic, and voila! true monetary inflation.

If foreigners decide the US dollar is toast, they'll ditch dollar holdings and US treasuries and hyperinflation will result.

And given the complete capture of government by the finance industries, and their requirement to stave off deflation, I can see the government doing everything it can to induce inflation, and it all getting out of hand.

To say that you definitely can determine what will happen from here takes more than knowledge and genius - it takes omniscience. That's what makes it all so exciting; we really can have no certainty how this will all play out. 

But I will hazard it's not looking too good for anyone who isn't a financial insider.

TBT or not TBT's picture

"The problem is - the economy is not deterministic. "

Yeah, somebody should start a hedge fund based on that it the Quantum Fund or something.......then get in there jacking around not just with investments but also culture and politics and the media narrarative of what it all means!   You could make a lot of profit, OR if you are of that bent, just enjoy watching the world burn.   Can't think of a better way to ensure the latter than to destroy the constitution of the Unites States.

wake the roach's picture

There is no demand pull monetary inflation, period.

Rising commodity prices are being driven primarily by investor speculation based upon the perceived future expectation of demand pull monetary inflation within the real economy. Bubble economics 101. 

Oh sure, there is huge global demand for energy/commodities but demand and consumer ability to EXCHANGE VALUE for such (inflated) commodities are two completely different stories.  Until demand for credit within the real (worker/consumer) economy is rising (and is satisfied!) and thus re-inflating prices, and/or, the fed begins air dropping cash to the masses, speculative driven price increases in non-discretionary goods and services is further fueling the deflationary headwinds. 

It is credit that has fueled this global bubble and debt that cannot be repaid, will not be repaid. There is virtually nothing of monetary value today that is not carrying the scars of credit driven inflation. Everything is over valued (at least in nominal terms). The destruction of monetary credit units will outpace the best (hypothetical) attempt of central bankers to replace credit represented value with base monetary units.

Of course, given the scale of economic collapse we face, hyperinflation (loss of trust in exchange value) in fiat currency is a real possibility (timescale???) but its not a hand most people can afford to bet the farm on. Average Joe has virtually no understanding of the historical monetary value (trust) of pm's and as the overwhelming majority of the nations/worlds citizens do not own pm's, it is highly improbable that they will ever become a widely trusted medium of value exchange. Average Joe knows only one thing, cash is money. You cannot argue against stupidity so don't even try.

Ask yourself. Why would the monied elites of this world wish to sabotage the mechanism (cash) they are going to use to purchase credit inflated real assets for cents on the dollar? Just like they have done at the end of every other so called "debt cycle". Hold onto cash, we are deflating and beyond all control. If you have done everything within your means to become as self sufficient as possible and can afford to do so, only then should one invest in pm's.

Oh and remember, the fed is not liable for the losses of government creditors. They will exist long after the government is forced to default and so will their monopoly money.

ATG's picture

11 junks, but only one avatar willing to speak up

Says it all

GoinFawr's picture

Indeud: No junks yet for the avatar willing to speak up.

xPat's picture

Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see...


That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.

I try to find a way to make
all our little joys relate
without that ever-present hate
but now I know that it's too late, and...


The game of life is hard to play
I'm gonna lose it anyway
The losing card I'll someday lay
so this is all I have to say.


The only way to win is cheat
And lay it down before I'm beat
and to another give my seat
for that's the only painless feat.


The sword of time will pierce our skins
It doesn't hurt when it begins
But as it works its way on in
The pain grows it grin, but...


A brave man once requested me
to answer questions that are key
'is it to be or not to be'
and I replied 'oh why ask me?'

'Cause suicide is painless
it brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.
...and you can do the same thing if you choose.

Bob's picture


Easy to interpret it as an Anthem promoting withdrawal and suicide, but I think it more legitimately taken as a bracing, albeit exquisitely understated, wake up call. 

Pain is better than death.  The latter will make its call upon us all soon enough. 

ddtuttle's picture

True enough for all of us, but in combat, 'life' is a different thing. It's not clear that endless days of murdering your enemy to save your own life, while your friends are blown to bits is all that great. Remember MASH was really about Vietnam using the politically benign venue of Korea to make the point. My friends were getting shipped off and not coming back. For what?
Today, we are staring economic ruin in the eye, and a few of us will choose to take the easy way out. Remember that crazy but very funny video "Jump You F&*kers"?

Jim Quinn's picture

Lyrics were written by the 14 year old son of the director - Robert Altman.

Sudden Debt's picture

Suicide is Painless


SheepDog-One's picture

Bernanke and the ruling elite have chosen inflation as the USA's suicide method.

MachoMan's picture

Duh.  The fed is a suicide machine...  credit is our drug and we have an insatiable demand for it.  Actually, it's not credit, it's dreaming of living beyond our means without having to do gutwrenching work all day...  credit is just the embodiment of those dreams.  Knowing this, once presented with the choice, it is only a matter of time before we suicide ourselves on the drug.  Our dealer, thinking ahead, has set up a nifty limited liability organization to limit potential risk posed by our death.  Through the years, he's been converting our drug money into hard assets and has enough now to "go straight" and engage in legitimate business...  rather, more accurately, to control a startling amount of of the survivors' productive capacity.

good plan.

PS, even if we survive, we're still a washed up/toothless/unemployable ex-junkie... 

Yorick7's picture

Yeah, then grab his watch and wallet.  Hope the author is wrong.