Cognitive Dissonance

Distraction, Dysfunction, & Dissonance

Hillary took advantage of last week’s racial strife to deflect the blows she took from FBI Director James Comey in his public remarks about Hillary’s email problem. She went into full pander mode, blaming “white privilege” for the recent enormities involving guns and police. Of course, that will only fuel the “narrative” that whites are wholly responsible for black dysfunction, a false story that will lead to more conflict.

Majority Of Americans 'Disapprove' Of Comey's Decision On Hillary

A majority of Americans disapprove of FBI director James Comey’s recommendation that Clinton not be charged with a crime over her email arrangement, by 56-35. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, as WaPo reports, there is a striking difference between Republicans and Democrats as cognitive dissonance in the latter seems extreme given that about two-thirds think the issue of Hillary's "extremely reckless, unsophisticated" history is unrelated to what she'd do as president.

Theory Of "Conspiracy Theorists"

It seems to have become one of the most popular ways of ridiculing somebody’s argument or position, calling into question someone’s sanity or even somebody’s right to their very own existence in recent years are "You’re a conspiracy theorist!","That sounds like a conspiracy theory to me!" The definition of conspiracy insists on the “evil, harmful, bad” side of things.  In other words; in the English language, it is impossible to conspire to do good. Here however are some alternative definitions of “conspiracy theorist”: someone who has seen through the bullshit; and/or someone who questions the statement of known liars.

 

Celebrating This Land Of Absurdity

As far as we can tell, U.S. Treasury investors suffer the same cognitive dissonance that the broad U.S. populace takes with them to the shore each July 4th as they celebrate Independence. They believe they live in the greatest country ever conceived. They believe they experience more freedom, opportunity, and prosperity than their cohorts in other nations. They believe their system of government provides for their representation. Yet at the same time they sense that something’s off.

Satyajit Das: What Does Brexit Really Signify?

History may well record that little changed as a result of Brexit after the long tortured process of negotiation of the terms of withdrawal and arrangements regarding trade and other matters with the EU. But, if the deep seated economic and social divisions within Britain or other societies cannot be dealt with peacefully and through existing processes, the risk is that it will unleash the furies of nationalism and isolationism in unknown ways and with unpredictable results.

 

"You Are Here"

We are in the midst of a Greater Depression, with the most trying times still ahead. Fourth Turnings never de-intensify. They intensify into a chaotic whirlwind, where the future of our civilization hangs in the balance. The climax of this play is a long way off. The election of Trump in November will trigger the transformational change that always happens during a Fourth Turning. An ill wind is beginning to blow. You can’t avoid the coming storm, but you can mentally and physically prepare. Our choices will make a difference.

How Americans Came To Die In The Middle East

The writing of this historical synopsis is an attempt by this former artillery officer with a father buried in a veteran’s cemetery to understand why brave Americans were sent to their death in the Middle East and are still dying there. The hope is that we finally can learn from history and not keep repeating the same mistakes.

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Rogue Wave

For those reading this article the question is not if you will prepare, but do you have the inner courage to prepare now for a nearly certain event of potentially catastrophic power arriving at an unknown time.

Worst Case Scenario: 73% Down From Here

QE3 ended 17 months ago and shockingly the S&P 500 is exactly where it was 17 months ago. How many bull markets go flat for 17 months? As John Hussman accurately points out, we are experiencing a topping formation in the third and biggest bubble of the last 16 years. It’s a long way down from here.