Mike Krieger On The Latest Upcoming US Fad: "Serf Size Me"

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From Mike Krieger of KAM LP

Serf Size Me


An evil deed does not produce its results at once.
It smolders slowly, like a fire covered by ashes,
And finally consumes its doer the fool. 

What a fool hungers for
Is false fame, authority,
Power over others, and generous offerings.
He seeks recognition as a doer,
A wielder of power,
A knower of right and wrong.
His craving and pride are insatiable.

-  The Dhammapada, Chapter 5, “The Fool”

Whoever neglects doing good
Is inviting addiction to evil.
-  The Dhammapada, Chapter 9, “Evil”

Life is easy to live for the shameless man,
Aggressive, arrogant
Intrusive, and corrupt.

Life is not easy to live for a modest man
With high values, free from attachment,
Humble, of right livelihood,
And clear vision.
-  The Dhammapada, Chapter 18, “Blemishes”

This Game is FAR from Over

Before I get into it, I want to send out a heartfelt thank you to everybody involved in this epic battle for decency in the global monetary and financial system.  Many of the people that I have collaborated with over the incredible period of my life which has been the past year were, like me, completely brainwashed about how things really worked for much of our lives.  Upon finding out the truth, we quickly understood that silence is was not an option.  Not speaking up and fighting against the cruel and unjust system in place today is the equivalent of not fighting against slavery one hundred and fifty years ago.  It is one of those cruel jokes of history that human beings are rarely able to see the gross injustices of their own times yet they look back at practices of the past with horror all the while assuring themselves they never would have accepted such behavior if they had been alive.  The truth of the matter is that most of these individuals would have likely sat obediently in silence in those eons past, not having dared to rock the boat as they just tried to “get by.”  While unfortunate, this is simply a reality of human nature.  This is why I want to say thank you to all those that refused to shut up.  Those that didn’t fear the banksters, politicians and other thugs that are systematically attempting to turn America and the world into a neo-feudalistic nightmare wrought in their sick and twisted entirely self-interested image.  Many of the people I want to thank are on this list and many are not.  I want to say thanks to Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi, neither of whom I know personally.  I am signaling them out because they are what you would describe as “progressives” or people that would normally support and defend Obama and his fascist policies because he on the “blue team.”  Despite this, they have not only criticized him as harshly as anyone but have done so relentlessly in the pursuit of truth and justice.  It is very easy to stand up and yell I love the Constitution when the “other team” is in power so let’s see if the “conservatives” in this country defend liberty and the Constitution to the same degree when a “red team” player is in charge.  I suspect many of them won’t, just like many “progressives” defend Obama like mindless sheep.  This is why many in the Republican establishment are so afraid of Ron Paul.  Because he is the real deal.  See this article.        


How about this line:  "Rep. Paul is clearly off his meds and must be purged from public office. YAF is starting the process by removing him from our national advisory board. Good riddance and he won't be missed," added Marks.  Notice he used the extremely charged word “purged.”  This was no oversight.  Young Americans for FREEDOM they call themselves?  Sounds like a bunch of little American Nazis to me. 

As a further nod to Greenwald and Taibbi I want to highlight recent must read articles by the two of them.  First, read this piece by Greenwald http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/02/11/campaigns/.  One of the more disturbing parts is: 

The leaked report suggested numerous ways to destroy WikiLeaks, some of them likely illegal -- including planting fake documents with the group and then attacking them when published; "creat[ing] concern over the security" of the site; "cyber attacks against the infrastructure to get data on document submitters"; and a "media campaign to push the radical and reckless nature of wikileaks activities."  Many of those proposals were also featured prongs of a secret 2008 Pentagon plan to destroy WikiLeaks.

One section of the leaked report focused on attacking WikiLeaks' supporters and it featured a discussion of me.  A graph purporting to be an "organizational chart" identified several other targets, including former New York Times reporter Jennifer 8 Lee, Guardian reporter James Ball, and Manning supporter David House.  The report claimed I was "critical" to WikiLeaks' public support after its website was removed by Amazon and that "it is this level of support that needs to be disrupted"; absurdly speculated that "without the support of people like Glenn, WikiLeaks would fold"; and darkly suggested that "these are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause."  As The Tech Herald noted, "earlier drafts of the proposal and an email from Aaron Barr used the word 'attacked' over 'disrupted' when discussing the level of support."

Meanwhile, Taibbi’s latest in Rolling Stone titled:  “Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail” might be his most powerful and impactful piece yet http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-isnt-wall-street-in-jail-20110216?page=1.  In it, he explains exactly how the criminal financial oligarchy in America works and why they never get in trouble as a result of the revolving door.  This interview with him on MSNBC was also very good.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg3b6_6xlAs

Thanks to people like Matt and countless others, this story is NOT GOING AWAY.  The oligarchs and financial politburo running the United States at the moment through regulatory and judicial capture that stretches from Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner and the executives at the too big to fail banks all think they have gotten away with it all.  They haven’t gotten away with anything.  This game is just beginning and the crash that is to come will be much worse than what we saw in 2008.  That was a run on the financial system and the banks but it was covered up by governments accumulating debt to the point of current insolvency and central banks printing money.  That was child’s play.  The real run on the system is the run on governments and the thing that keeps them afloat, the central banking system.  A run on the big banks was what happened in 2008 and that was merely like cutting off one head of a hydra.  It is at the heart where the beast is really vulnerable and that heart is the central banks of the West and the nucleus of that is the Federal Reserve banking cartel.
The key service that Taibbi and many others are doing for the population at large is to educate people about how things really work so that we are ready to finally spring into action when this house of cards comes down again, this time for real.  The actions of the Federal Reserve and the big financial oligarchs is going to shock people senseless when they are revealed.  They will probably even shock me and I put nothing past them.  These people are sick and greedy beyond belief.  All they are doing now is trying to cover up all the crap they did before and in the process will only make their judgment that much more severe when it comes.  And it is coming.

Will They Start a War?

My biggest fear as I write this today is that the leaders of the West and the United States in particular will attempt to start a major war as a way to divert attention from the collapse that is coming and silence opposition or calls for justice.  I think they will view this as their only option once they know they have lost control of the situation (I think we are there).  Starting a major war gives them everything they want.  When I mentioned this fear to someone yesterday they asked me to explain.  This is what I wrote: “ I mean it’s  just history and human nature.  When a bunch of crooks ruin a country and can’t cover it up they need to divert attention on a foreign enemy rather than themselves.  Plus it gets unemployed youth out of the country so they can’t riot and war is always used as an excuse to screw you as a citizen even more and take away more rights.  It’s the ultimate card that always gets played.”

My advice to people is to not fall for this trap.  Not only can we not afford a war but the only people a war will benefit are the oligarchs that are doing this to us in the first place.  Their kids won’t be going off to die.  It will be your kids that will die in some desert kingdom to protect the wealth and status of the people that bankrupted you in the first place. 

Serf Size Me 

I remember when McDonald’s first released the “Super Size” promotion.  You were supposed to get in line and say to the attendant “super size” me, at which point you would be served an egregiously sized portion of fries and soda.  Pretty soon after that American obesity levels starting going through the roof.  In any event, we won’t be having this problem much longer.  Sizes are about to shrink dramatically and prices will go up at the same time.  Food quality will probably decrease as well, which is hard to imagine considering the crap that is sold as food every day.  In any event, I have a suggestion for McDonald’s.  They should just teach us Americans to accept our indentured servitude to the financial oligarchs and roll out a “Serf Size” menu.  People will get to the acceptance stage that much faster as they say, “serf size me!” and then walk away with three fries and a five ounce soda.    

Is it Just me or is Obama a Total Joke?

So Obama gave one of his vapid and disingenuous press conferences the other day where he spouted more misleading platitudes.  His jokes are even getting laughs anymore.  I was really taken aback when he stated “The world is changing, a young vibrant generation in the Middle East is looking for opportunity.”  What about the young vibrant generation in the United States?  The college graduates that are emerging from school with slave-like levels of debt attached to their lives which can never be paid back unless they sell their souls to the financial oligarchs (and that is if they are able to get the “opportunity”).  Our leaders are so unaware of what is happening on the ground in America.  That is why they will crash in the peaceful American uprising to come which will usher in new ways of doing just about everything, particularly economics.  Good riddance.

I am off to snowboard in Keystone tomorrow with a former client.

Have a great weekend,

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Haywood Jablowme's picture


We don't need a war.  We need a mother fucking revolution right here in our backyard. 

Shit ain't changing until blood is spilt by the crooked politicians, bankstas, lobbyists, and the executive teams running the 4 or 5 mega-corporations that have their hands in every fucking little thing. 


Max Hunter's picture

I agree 100% with the need for War as a diversion.. They MUST have it.. Coming soon to a theatre near you... Prepare accordingly

cosmictrainwreck's picture

yeah, well as I said the other day, it better be a real whoop-ass affair; the Afghan/Iraq deal is a real yawner. Oh, BTW, with what weaponry & what troops do they plan to fight? just askin'

Max Hunter's picture

I suspect there would be a lot of bombs being dropped.. We do have plenty of those.. Just sayin...

TeamAmerica's picture

+1 on the need for war, but the last thing we need is to drop some more bombs and declare Mission Accomplished.   The half-hearted efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan have hints of war, but what we need is some all-out Malthusian cleansing.  You know, kill the women & children and plow their fields with salt...that sort of thing.   Make sure they know we are not playing around any more.

Cathartes Aura's picture

depleted uranium is the new "salt" I guess, as the women in Iraq are told not to get pregnant, the birth defects are so ubiquitous - no doubt prevalent in all the other lands amrka looses the chemical weapons of mass destruction upon. . . bonus points for understanding that the dudes spreading the TeamAmerica spirit suffer too.

blindfaith's picture

you make some VERY interesting comments.  Not just this post but other you have posted.

I'd like to hear what you think about "C" Street and The Family and maybe their roll in the dark shadows in various "non Christian" countries...say Indonesia for example.

Maybe someone out there can explain to me why there are bible chapter/verse numbers stamped onto the guns and equipment used in our 'security' 'missions' in several countries including Iraq and Afghanistan.

equity_momo's picture

When war is a positive you know things are dire. Unfortunately i think war will be inevitable.

A draft wouldnt be a bad thing though - i dont care for political correctness so will just come out and say it : crime is going up at home : im fortunate enough to live in a reasonable neighbourhood and violent crime is now noticeably on the rise. Several women , some pushing their kids , have been robbed in the last few weeks in broad daylight. Its unprecedented.  Round these scum up , empty the prisons , and send them to Iran. We're going to end up invading Iran eventually, might aswell use those who should be sterilized as cannon fodder (or biological weapons fodder)


Progressive liberals need not reply , you can all eat sh*t , youre largely responsible for the collapse in our society.

The goal is complete domination of energy supplies and energy routes , might aswell kick it up a notch and help ourselves to Iran whilst we can afford to fuel our Army and Navy.

Questionmark's picture

It's partisans like you that hijacked the political dialogue in this country and began the decline. Fuck off and die.

equity_momo's picture

Understandable reaction.

I have no axe to grind with either party - theyre both pretending to be something they arent. Count me out of politics , our political system has failed.

Im just wearing my pragmatic hat for a moment and using history as a roadmap for where we are headed.




Questionmark's picture

If you honestly blame liberals for everything then you have a biased historical narrative. I'm not saying that in order to defend them and pass blame onto the right either, it's just dishonest to entirely blame one group for all our problems. Both sides have done a lot of harm to this country but things really started to get bad the day Reagan became President.

equity_momo's picture

I used the term "progressive liberal" - we know what that means , or do i need to go into detail?

I also said "largely responsible" and i stand by that.  Obviously there are a myriad of factors and if it makes you feel better , whereas the likes of Clinton's regime was a cancer , the likes of Bush's was AIDs. I really dont care to get into the left-right divide as its a game used to divide and conquer , but at a societal level , progressiveness and political correctness has done incredible harm to communities.

The banking cartel and the MIC are a-political.  They have their own place in hell. 

asdasmos's picture

Maybe the day Nixon became president?

Cathartes Aura's picture

maybe the day the united states were declared bankrupt?

blindfaith's picture

The idea of what is a conservative and what is a liberal changes with the times.

If you really study Reagan, you will find that he would be an outcast in todays conservative mindset.  He would be closer to the liberal to center side today IF his thinking was in the current politics.

Now, those of you who don't know Reagan's thoughts on policy, go right ahead and junk me and show how little you really know about this President.

squeal's picture

Congratulations on joining the dark side!


Say hi to Darth and the Emperor for me!

clymer's picture

If I were to venture a guess momo, i'd say you're torn between Kucinich and Paul for POTUS?

Calmyourself's picture

While progressives and their poor excuse for a political philosophy and rational thought do certainly share some responsibility for our present problems, starting new wars and using them for cannon fodder may be a little too enthusiastic a solution...   Perhaps we could sentence them to an extremely low carbon output, make ascetics of them..  Loincloths and only 10 carbon credits per day, you can breathe but not deeply and all cold foods and no toilet paper.  You'll all smell like Berkeley bums in no time and the Goracle will wave from his G5 after leaving Nanny Mcbotox's mansion.

Only one junk.. c'mon..

andyupnorth's picture


Asceticism as punishment!

treasurefish's picture

Law enforcement is now hunting down spineless Liberals.  It's true!!!



Stimulus Billy's picture

We already HAVE a few wars- in Iraq, Afghanastan. So I guess that card is played.

Revolutionary civil wars are the trend, and not quite what they would have in mind.

Bob's picture

MSNBC will do an entire show on it live from the scene tonight at 10.

A tumor named Marla's picture

30,000 Union members bussed in.

The Nat'l Guard is not there to enforce order; they are there to do the jobs that the strikers are abandoning.

The real citizens of Wisconsin applaud the governor and his actions -- austerity will come to all state governments and the FedGov eventually.  Unions are going to have to adjust their expectations accordingly.

treasurefish's picture

We do already have wars, but now we need to win the hearts of minds of all these new revolutionary Middle Eastern governments.  We need to roll into Cairo in a show of force with shock and awe, and rebuild their society, because they deserve democracy!


Before I get too far ahead of myself though, we first have to blow up the regimes that just don't listen to the protestors, like Bahrain and Libya.  Qadaffi is the biggest threat to American capitalism anyway:



Piranhanoia's picture

I have been warned by a local shaman here in our private part of the amazon that there will be a lot of "preserved specimens" as it refers to .  Something about macadonald and preservation?  AS a fish, I don't follow this stuff much, but it seems to have something to do with mummification?

Seasmoke's picture

i dont mind the 5 oz. soda......i always go back for about 7 refills !

clymer's picture

yup. Because we all know that fructose manufacturing processes involve the use of mercury. (..and psychotropics occur naturally in fresh water, and


is good for your teeth)

plocequ1's picture

I personally like pancakes, And waffles too

LostWages's picture

Will They Start a War?

My biggest fear as I write this today is that the leaders of the West and the United States in particular will attempt to start a major war as a way to divert attention from the collapse that is coming and silence opposition or calls for justice.  I think they will view this as their only option once they know they have lost control of the situation (I think we are there).

Iran sending ships thru the Suez.....

dick cheneys ghost's picture

you are correct. this is all about china and oil and the sad state of our economy. also, more protests in wisconsin. this story is under the radar.



Stimulus Billy's picture

It's amazing how pissed off teachers can get.  First you find out they're smoking down in the teacher's lounge, now this.


ElvisDog's picture

I would argue that the teachers are presenting the best marketing for the Wisconsin governor's proposal that money could buy. Who is going to feel sorry for teachers earning 50-60K per year with full medical and a cushy pension? What's the current real unemployment rate in Wisconsin?

Rick Masters's picture

It's probably high and 50,000 seems pretty reasonable for a teacher. it's a living wage and they do teach our children after all. 150 Gs for a teacher is too much but what do you think they should make?

MachoMan's picture

The average starting salary for an attorney in my state is $45k.  As a matter of relative equity, preparation, and skill levels...  I would put the average appropriate teacher salary at ~$26k given benefits and 9 month contract.  Here, I would say they're mostly around the $30-35k range...  all things considered, I'd say there's a reason why the waiting list is so long...

Doesn't really matter...  having the discussion presupposes that their pension/retirement/entitlement liabilities will be in some reasonable fashion paid to them...  they will not.  We can afford to pay them dick.

Lord Koos's picture

You think lawyers are worth more to society than teachers?  We have too many lawyers already.  This country has a problem when education is devalued.  Why do you think the Chinese and Indians are kicking our asses in sciences?

MachoMan's picture

I think the persons capable of adequately performing the respective jobs are slim on one end and vast on the other...  and yes, I think attorneys are worth more than teachers.  Attorneys help the average person fight the system that is fucking them (e.g. mortgage fraud) or help enforce the rights of a citizen, whereas teachers help endocrinate the masses...  In general of course.

We have too many teachers already.  The eductional infrastructure is out-of-fucking-control.  The difference you don't seem to be able to understand is that lawyers do not require the public dole (some do, the vast majority dont).  And we're out of money...

You want to know why india and china are killing us?  Because they're hungry and have more discipline...  we're just bears that found a dump and are toothless, spineless, and declawed at this point...  throwing more teachers into the fire is not going to help spit out better educated children...  what might help is telling some of our kids that they're too fucking stupid to perform a "thinking" job and that they need to develop their backs and hands for a life of manual labor...  and not waste their time in a degree treadmill racking up useless, unpayable debt.  what might help us is to cut our book sizes by a third and try actually teaching a few fundamental concepts rather than trying to race through the book...  teaching rudimentary money management skills...  letting our children read books in the formats originally intended by the authors...  using history books that are somewhat remotely objective...  the list goes on...

but, make no mistake about it...  our educational system (society as a whole) is too broken to be fixed by throwing more money at it or more teachers into it...  it requires a total revamp, head to toe, and I can't say whether after the dust settles there would be more or less teachers...  I suspect many would have their battleships sunk and be out of work given they are not remotely qualified for their jobs...  

PS, the number of lawyers is simply a function of the amount of business being done...  lawyers will leave in droves to where business is...  and you will naturally see a reduction in the number of lawyers...  (costs to much to get the degrees for little in the way of job prospects/ability to repay). 

gmrpeabody's picture

And three months paid vacation, and no need to actually educate the kids, cause afterall, we want to dumb them down and get them ready for college. No offense to those few in acadamia that actually do teach. (and they are few, I've been there)

Lord Koos's picture

People who think teaching kids is easy ought to try it for a few weeks. Three months vacation? Teachers deal with paperwork year-round. And they put in very long hours, grading papers, etc... their day doesn't end when the bell rings. Honestly I can't believe people demonizing teachers, like they are some kind of big problem.

MachoMan's picture

They are a big problem.  The issue is that more people are turning to homeschool because they can do a better job and are unwilling/unable to pay any more in property taxes to fund the wasteful schools.  At one time, teachers had their place as an important member of our society...  but at this juncture, their usefulness is long in the tooth.

K-12, teachers are little more than babysitters...  the estute children simply teach themselves...  bachelors = remedial math, english, basic sciences because kids didn't learn it in k-12...  post graduate degrees = vary widely by discipline...  some are easy, others hard...  but, no more babysitting at least.

The simple fact is that our society and the things citizens need to know to succeed are vastly too complex to instill upon us before we are posed with important decisions requiring this information...  teaching, as presently situated, is largely a useless endeavor...

StychoKiller's picture

Check out: "Some Lessons from the Underground History of American Education" by John Taylor Gatto, found in "Everything You Know is Wrong",
ISBN 978-1-56731-637-7, pgs 274-287

The primary purpose of the USA Educational system is to SOCIALIZE the future worker bees in Corporations!

Bob's picture

Tonight at 10 on MSNBC, broadcasting live from Madison.

Pure Evil's picture

What coming collapse, was I asleep for 20 years like Rip Van Winkle and just wake up a second ago?

The collapse has already happened, just Bennie and the Printers trying to bandage the hemorrahaging with FRN's, (so not working Bennie.)

Plus, we're already in two major wars and have been for the last 10 years, or don't Iraq and Afghanistan count?