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Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform blog,

“I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.” Ben Franklin

In my last article – Decline, Decay, Denial, Delusion & Despair I tied my observations about the obesity epidemic after a weekend in Wildwood NJ to the overall decay and degradation of the American culture. I had further reflections, but the article was already too long. These musings centered upon the complete dysfunction of government and delusion of politicians who think they can create value by seizing money from taxpayers, creating programs and controlling our lives. The incompetence, arrogance, ineptitude and insanity of government officials at the Federal, State, and Local level are stunning to behold. A story from the local Wildwood newspaper crystallized why Wildwood and thousands of municipalities across the country continue to spiral downward as government assumes more hegemony over our economy and day to day lives. We need to ask ourselves whether we the people are getting better government service and efficiency today; with government spending at 35% to 40% of GDP, than we did in the 1950’s and early 1960’s when government spending was 20% to 25% of GDP.

 

I doubt that most people are getting 60% more value from our benevolent government today than they did in the 1950’s. The GDP of the United States was $300 billion in 1950. Today it is $15.6 trillion, a 5,200% increase in 62 years. Sounds pretty impressive until you realize that 4,500% was due to Federal Reserve scientifically created inflation. But don’t worry. Ben Bernanke’s assures us inflation is well contained. The 5,200% increase in GDP was blown away by the 9,100% increase in total government spending since 1950. When most people talk about government spending, they refer to the $3.8 trillion per year spent by the corrupt politicians and obtuse government bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. But, witless state and local politicians spend another $2.6 trillion of your tax dollars per year. The charts below detail the descent into a nanny state over the last six decades, where government has stepped in to the breach as the provider of healthcare, retirement savings, welfare, food stamps, housing, phones, cable, and SSDI if you get depressed by that non-existent inflation.

 

 

In the 1950’s defense accounted for a significant portion of government spending due to the Cold War and Korean conflict. Government did provide a safety net for the less fortunate during the 1950s, but people were also supported by their extended families, neighbors, churches, local communities, and charitable organizations. Medicare, Medicaid, and Food Stamps did not exist in the 1950s, and somehow, without government intervention, people were not dying in the streets or starving to death. The economy boomed as America was the manufacturer for the world. The middle class grew as blue collar jobs were plentiful and Americans took advantage of educational opportunity to move into white collar professions. Government did useful things like creating the Interstate highway system and beginning space exploration. What government did not do was create a class of dependent people who relied upon the government for their day to day existence. The transformation to a nanny state has not only created millions of non-productive members of society, but it can only be sustained by borrowing and passing the bill on to future unborn generations. This un-payable liability is the ultimate consequence of government spending outpacing GDP by 75% over the last six decades.

Johnny Can’t Add – Send Him to College

“The average American college fails… to achieve its ostensible ends. One failure… of the colleges lies in their apparent incompetence to select and train a sufficient body of intelligent teachers. Their choice is commonly limited to second-raters, for a man who really knows a subject is seldom content to spend his lifetime teaching it: he wants to function in a more active and satisfying way, as all other living organisms want to function. There are, of course, occasional exceptions to this rule, but they are very rare, and none of them are to be found in the average college. The pedagogues there incarcerated are all inferior men who really know very little about the things they pretend to teach, and are too stupid or too indolent to acquire more…. Being taught by them is roughly like being dosed in illness by third-year medical students.” H.L. Mencken

I watched the two candidates, chosen for us by our overlords, debate this past week and blather on endlessly about education being the key to our future success. As you can see from the charts above, government spending on education has remained constant at 14% of total government spending. In 1950, education spending totaled 3.3% of GDP. Today it totals 5.6% of GDP. We are spending $900 billion per year on education and making our kids dumber by the day. There are 50 million government controlled public school students and $600 billion is spent to educate them. One wonders where the $12,000 per student per year is being allocated, considering the lack of critical thinking skills, ability to write a comprehensible sentence or even the most basic math skills of the dullards that are being matriculated into society. The majority of that funding couldn’t possibly be wasted on administration, bureaucracy, union pension and healthcare benefits, and supporting the 5,000 control freaks at the Department of Education and their $100 billion budget.

 

The rest of the $300 billion of government spending on education is being funneled towards luring young people into debt so they can attain a college degree that will land them a part time job at Ruby Tuesdays. The hundreds of billions in Federal student loans being syphoned from the taxpayers and handed out to unsuspecting dupes has resulted in $1 trillion of student loan debt outstanding, up from $600 billion in 2008 and $200 billion in 2000. This mountain of debt makes subprime mortgages look like a good risk. Since 2008, the Federal government has intentionally accelerated the disbursement of student loans in an effort to obfuscate the true level of unemployment in this country, as people enrolled in college are not considered unemployed. The looming bailout of this grand taxpayer theft will be colossal, as the delinquency rate of student loans not in their grace period already exceeds 18%. This should not come as a surprise, as even though 10 million more people have entered the working age population since 2008, there are 3 million less people employed than in 2008. Subsidizing kids who aren’t intelligent enough to graduate community college and shelling out billions to middle aged laid off blue collar dudes so they can get an on-line degree from the University of Phoenix or the myriad of other worthless blood sucking diploma mills, is a despicable waste of taxpayer money.

Politicians continuously churn out talking points about how they are going to fix education, when it has been government control and intervention in the education market that has devastated the youth of our country. The government controlled education system has produced a vast swath of non-critical thinking, non-questioning, vacuous, materialistic, iGadget addicted nimrods. By subsidizing students who don’t have the aptitude, intelligence or preparedness to achieve a college degree, the government has artificially created the large increases in tuition. False government subsidized demand combined with limited supply leads to higher prices. It happened with housing and it is happening in college education. Government bureaucrats are so proud of their achievement in driving college enrollment to a record high of 21.6 million, up from 15.4 million in 2000. The percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in college has soared from 35.5% in 2000 to over 42.0% today. The trend of young people enrolling in college has been relentlessly higher. Based on this data, you would think the youth of our fine country are the best and brightest in history. You’d be wrong.

 

There is one slight problem with that storyline – FACTS. SAT scores for the high-school graduating class of 2012 fell in two of the test’s three sections, with Reading dropping to the lowest level in four decades on the college-entrance test. Only 43% of the 1.66 million private and public school students who took the college-entrance exam posted scores showing they are prepared to do well in college, according to data released by the College Board, the nonprofit group that administers the SAT. The SAT data mirror scores from the ACT college-entrance exam which showed about 75% of students failed to meet college-readiness standards. The graduating class of 2012 posted an average score of 496 (491 for public school seniors) in Reading, a one-point drop from 2011 and a 34-point decline since 1972. Writing dropped to 488 (481 for public school seniors) this year from 489 in 2011, the lowest score since that section was introduced in 2006. The average Math score was 514 (505 for public school seniors), virtually unchanged since 2007, but down by four points since 2006 and essentially flat over the last forty years. The decline from 1960 is even more dramatic.

SAT

 

To put it bluntly, the dumbest graduating high school class in forty years has the highest college enrollment percentage in history. To put the dreadful results detailed above in further perspective, there will be 3.4 million graduating seniors in the country. The 1.7 million seniors who took the SAT exam were the cream of the crop. Imagine how dumb the 50% who didn’t even attempt to take the exam must be. These results show that only 700,000 of all the graduating high school seniors (21%) are capable of getting a B minus or above in college. A critical thinking individual might ask why 42% of all 18 to 24 year olds are enrolled in college. And the answer is The Government. There are 13 million 18 to 24 year olds enrolled in college and at least 6 million of them should not be in college, based upon their actual intellectual abilities. Do you think tuition rates would be skyrocketing if these 6 million kids were not being subsidized with Federal government loans to occupy space at second rate colleges and for profit diploma mills across the land?

Where’s My Daddy

“Every third American devotes himself to improving and lifting up his fellow citizens, usually by force; the messianic delusion is our national disease.” H.L. Mencken

While the government continues to promote, encourage and subsidize insane solutions to our educational dysfunction, they declare we must “invest” more in education. We need more teachers, more money, more programs, more standardized government created tests, and more government control. This drivel is peddled to the dumbed down masses by politicians and the mainstream media and who could possibly disagree? We must invest in our children. They are our future. Again, facts keep getting in the way of a good yarn. The United States spends $3,000 more per student than the average OECD country. We spend 75% more than South Korea per student.

 

Based on spending alone, our children should have the highest test scores on earth. We missed by that much. Sadly, the average American high school graduate doesn’t have the math skills to understand the chart below, so I’ll interpret it for them. We suck at math. Math is hard and hurts our brains, so we would rather twitter and text. Korea seems to be getting a nice bang for their buck. I wonder if it has anything to do with two parent families that care about education, good teachers, a rigorous curriculum, and hardworking students. I wonder if Korean schools concentrate on social justice, multi-culturalism, the joys of diversity, promoting ego enhancement and rewarding mediocrity. Despite being 2nd in the world in spending per student, our students ranked 25th out of 34 countries in math and science scores. We’ve kept this information from our children because we don’t want to hurt their self-esteem. Everyone gets a trophy in America just for showing up. The job of teachers and educators is to inspire children and create a desire to learn, question and think. Filling their minds with rote government sanctioned pabulum and drugged up on Adderall is not the way to create critical thinking young adults.

 

The government bureaucrats and teachers unions declare that if we just had more teachers all would be well. Our top notch, dedicated, overburdened union teachers are just being crushed by their unbearable 9 month workload, one month of holidays, snow days, and in-service days, the grind of an 8 hour day and an average class size of 16 students. The facts are that in 1965, when SAT Reading scores were 542, the average class size for a public school teacher was 25 students. The number of students per teacher has dropped by 36% since 1965 and the public school SAT Reading scores reached a new low of 491 in 2012. Imagine how low the scores could go if we just hire another million teachers. Let’s be truthful. The majority of public school teachers in this country are mediocre at best. They are glorified babysitters. Students are unmotivated and distracted by their social media techno-gadgets. Parents, if there are two parents, are consumed by working, commuting, and their own techno-obsessions. The slow descent into national imbecility is almost complete.

 

Let’s not beat around the bush. As students learn less and less, taxpayers pay more and more. The Department of Education was created in 1979. This year they will spend over $80 Billion of your tax dollars on programs that will fail again. Teachers’ unions demand higher wages, pension payouts, and healthcare benefits, while thwarting efforts to fire poor performers. The Department of Education has not improved education. Its mandates, programs, and subsidies have destroyed any incentive to improve the system. The Department of Education should be eliminated, but neither party would ever do it. As States and municipalities across the land are forced to acknowledge the $2 trillion of unfunded pension liabilities owed to government union employees cannot be honored, the end of collective bargaining with the teacher’s unions will arrive. Taxpayers will revolt and refuse to pay for the gold plated benefits of second-rate teachers that produce students who can’t read, write or add.

In the politically correct society we inhabit today, you are not allowed to state the other obvious reason for the non-stop slide in test scores and the educational underachievement of our precious cherubs. In 1960, only 8% of families with a child under 18 were single parent households. Today, that number is 30%. The percentage of children born out of wedlock in this country is 41%, with 72% of black children born out of wedlock. Again, you can thank the government. You get more of what you encourage and subsidize. Government control over our educational system has created a nation of useful idiots who are compliant and malleable to whatever storyline their overlords announce through their media mouthpieces.

 

It’s no accident that in 1960, according to the Pew Research Center, five years before President Lyndon Johnson signed into law his War on Poverty, 61% of black adults were married. By 2008, this was down to 32%. In 1960, 2% of black children had a parent that had never been married. By 2008, this was up to 41%. The results speak for themselves:

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
  • 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes
  • 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes
  • 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.

By encouraging dependency and reliance upon the all-powerful government, the motivation to educate yourself, get married before having children, work hard, and pull yourself out of poverty is diminished. Self-reliance and responsibility for your own life is lessened because the government is there to provide the basic needs of all. It sounds wonderful until you consider the $100 trillion bill being passed to future generations so we can sustain our nanny state today. After decades of ever increasing government control over our lives and the accumulation of a Himalayan mountain of debt, why anyone would conclude that more government is the solution is beyond my comprehension.

May I Have Another Voucher Please?

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…” H.L. Mencken

This brings me to the story in the Cape May County Herald that captures the insanity of government and how government solutions create unintended consequences that require more government solutions, ultimately creating such havoc and disarray that intelligent people just give up and move somewhere else. The story detailed all of the undercover operations of the Middle Township police department and the 77 arrests they made in Rio Grande for narcotics distribution, robberies, and assaults over the last year and a half. Rio Grande is a backwater town of 2,670 people living in a 3 square mile area, a few miles from Wildwood. One might wonder how a sleepy tiny seashore town could have such a crime epidemic. Well this one sentence from the article provides a clue:

With the majority of the twelve motels in the township that accept social services vouchers lining the highway, Route 47 seems to be a hotbed for crime in the township.    

It seems the community of Rio Grande supports the 43 Middle Township police officers with a tremendous level of job security. The police were confused as to why so much crime was centered at the year-round motels in Rio Grande. It seems their fellow government associates like to play hot potato with convicted criminals. The State Department of Corrections paroles the lowlife felons and puts them on a bus back to the county in which they were sentenced. The Cape May County Social Services then uses taxpayer money to provide a free housing voucher to the criminals whose families refuse to take them back. The dilapidated motels that have to accept these social services vouchers in order to survive in this terrible economy then end up filled with drug dealing troublemaking delinquents. In case you were considering a nice vacation stay at a Rio Grande motel, you should know there are currently 24 parolees living in Rio Grande motels as well as 20 Megan’s Law offenders. I bet they have some wild parties on Friday nights. I’m sure this news will do wonders for property values in Rio Grande. I was thrilled to find out that my home away from home – Wildwood – is the only place with more motels accepting these social services housing vouchers, with 15. That may help illuminate the reasons for the ten blocks of squalor that make up the heart of downtown Wildwood.

The story actually gets better. Governmental dysfunction and insanity has been taken to a new level, as described by the chief of police:

“What we found out with this funding, and this is particularly disturbing, is that the only way someone’s funding can be revoked is if they are involved activities that result in their own homelessness,” said Leusner. He gave an example of a resident at a motel that might commit a theft, break into someone’s car or shoplift and be arrested. If let go on their own recognizance, that person still receives a voucher. “They can’t revoke their funding,” said the chief. “I think that’s wrong. If you commit a crime and you victimize someone in that general area, your funding should be revoked.”

So the taxpayer has already footed the bill for a criminal’s stay in prison, pays for their free housing while still making their own mortgage payment, pays for the added police personnel to arrest them for their new crimes, and still pays for their housing after they are arrested again for committing crimes in their community. I’m sure Paul Krugman would see this as a wonderful example of Keynesian economics propelling the nation’s GDP. Government spending on housing vouchers results in more employment of police officers, revenue for motel owners, revenue for the construction industry to repair the motels after the drug crazed parties, revenue for the drug dealers, revenue for security firms and gun dealers as citizens scramble to protect themselves, and ultimately more employment of prison guards when the derelicts are eventually sent back to prison. It’s a government created dysfunctional cycle of insanity.

The cherry on top of this atrocious example of a bloodsucking government destroying its host is what happened when motel owners met with police and agreed to police the situation themselves. The motel owners immediately contacted Social Services whenever one of their parasite guests were seen doing or dealing drugs and would tell them they didn’t want them in their motel. Due to governmental confidentiality rules Social Services could not inform the police of this information. These government drones would then place the drug addict at another motel two blocks away without informing them about the prior complaints. This is the ultimate result of government run amuck. By putting complete faith in the wisdom of politicians and bureaucrats, we are left with a system that is consuming itself and what little remains of our national wealth.

Liberty & Critical Thinking

“All government, of course, is against liberty.” H.L. Mencken

Nothing in this world gets better as it gets bigger. The bigger an organization becomes, the less efficient, less responsive, less fair, less compassionate and less functional it becomes. Government attracts mediocre, low IQ, power hungry, narrow minded, paper pushing, rules oriented, dimwits who think they can run your life better than yourself. This applies across the board from the highest levels in Washington D.C. to your local school board. There is no problem that another law, statute, program, or initiative, funded by your tax dollars or future generations, that a politician or government pencil pusher doesn’t think they can’t solve. They are just too dense to anticipate the unintended consequences of their arrogant belief in their own wisdom.

Government programs created in the 1960s created a culture of dependency, government control, relentlessly higher debt, materialism, and willful ignorance. As government has grown in power, the people have sunk to the level of feudal serfs living in indentured servitude to their overlords. The government overlords and their banking and corporate co-conspirators created the educational system that produces the flaccid, oblivious, pliable dolts that make up the majority of the populace. As we’ve seen, government subsidization of dysfunctional lifestyles and dreadful government education provided to children from these households creates a corrupt, criminal culture that engenders calls for more government programs to fix the problems created by previous government programs. This is why government spending has far outpaced GDP growth over the last six decades. It’s a cycle of dysfunction and ultimately destruction, as the crony capitalists and government parasites suck the remaining life from our decaying economic system.

It always comes back to who benefits from such a dysfunctional, dishonest, insane, intolerable system. If the population had not been dumbed down through our educational system and was capable of critical thinking they would realize the corporate media propaganda used to turn them into materialistic, narcissistic consumers, along with easy access to consumer debt has lured them into debt servitude and impoverishment, while their overlords are enriched and empowered. Our education system sucks because our overlords need it to suck.

“There’s a reason that education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got. Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now, the big, wealthy, business interests that control all things and make the big decisions.

I’ll tell you what they don’t want—they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interest.” George Carlin

The question remains. Can a small minority of critical thinking citizens lead a revolution that topples the existing social order and restores the Republic to its founding principles of liberty, self-responsibility, civic duty, and mutual obligation to future generations? The original Ron Paul led Tea Party movement was hijacked and defused by the overlords. The original OWS movement, with its focus on the criminal Wall Street banks, was crushed through brute force and corporate media propaganda. The few remaining citizens capable of critical thought need to decide whether they will fight for the country we should be or bow down to the overlords and accept that we have become so corrupted as to need a despotic government, being incapable of any other. The choice is ours.

 

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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:14 | 2910357 10mm
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Thanks for the Rio Grande tip Jim.Stripe Bass season and cheap rates are great,but the clients are neck deep all around that area i patronize.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:29 | 2910401 MillionDollarBonus_
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Key issues in the upcoming Presidential election:

  1. The Economy: This is the primary issue in the upcoming election. Candidates will have to work hard to convince Americans that they can create jobs and economic growth. Which candidate supports the middle class? Which candidate supports the poor and the sick? These are all fundamental questions that need to be asked in order to pick the right politician to fix our economy.
  2. Foreign Policy: Iran is another major issue for average Americans. Many Americans are concerned that Iran may threaten Israel with their new nuclear facility. Americans are absolutely right to be concerned about this threat. Military experts agree that protecting Israel is a top priority, as they are a key strategic ally in both the war on terror and the quest to spread values of decency, honesty and democracy throughout the Middle East.
  3. Gay Marriage: Should people of the same sex be able to get married under Federal law? This was fiercely debated issue in the previous election, and promises to be the subject of heated debate in the upcoming election.
  4. Online Piracy: Should online pirates be allowed to continue to undermine the integrity of the internet? Internet 'freedom' activists have caused a stir regarding this controversial issue, but both Presidential candidates agree that tracking internet activity is essential for the continued integrity of the internet.
  5. Should there be a second surge in Iraq? Following the success of the previous “surge” in Iraq, many Americans believe that a second surge may be a strategic use of our resources in war effort. The idea is strongly supported by top military experts, but some Americans believe that Afghanistan is a top priority. 
Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:32 | 2910409 jmcadg
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Why is Iran a major issue?

Are many Americans concerned that Iran may attack Israel?

If they do I hope they're accurate, because that arse Netenyahu can go fuck himself, warmongering twat.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:39 | 2910428 Unprepared
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Calm down. The movie "ARGO" is out so naturally Iran is a major topic.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:42 | 2911165 fnord88
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"I think it's interesting the two drugs that are legal - alcohol and cigarettes, two drugs that do absolutely nothing for you at all - are legal, and the drugs that might open your mind up to realise how you're being fucked every day of your life? Those drugs are against the law. Coincidence? See, I'm glad mushrooms are against the law, cos I took 'em one time, you know what happened to me? I laid in a field of green grass for four hours, going, 'My God, I love everything.' Yeah, now if that isn't a hazard to our countries...How are we gonna justify arms dealing if we know we're all one? ITs gonna fuck up the economy.......the economy that's FAKE anyway"

 

Bill Hicks

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:02 | 2910521 MillionDollarBonus_
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Don't you watch the news?? Iran is a major threat to our way of life in America. President Ahmadinejad has openly declared that he would like to wipe Israel off the map, and has repeatedly threatened to nuke America. You need to follow the news a bit more closely. You are completely uninformed and your naivety is worrying when our country faces major threats from all over the world. It is the responsibility of every American to pay attention to the issues facing our country. Given that every American now has access to reputable news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, I have little sympathy for those who still fail to stay informed.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:36 | 2910677 markovchainey
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Bless you MDB...you summarize all the MSM nonsense into it's essence and so I never have to watch CNBS/FOX/BBC/Etc. 

 

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:41 | 2910701 pods
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You must be careful, for one whiff of the essence of MDB can be fatal.  Many brave souls have died while accidentally inhaling pure stupidity.

pods

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:43 | 2910691 ZerOhead
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Ahmadinejad would have to be a lunatic to threaten to nuke America before he has even contemplated making the bomb he has been threatening to nuke Israel with as our intelligence agencies have informed us.

Clearly we must bomb these lunatics in Iran after we finish bombing the lunatics in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Denmark.

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:22 | 2910996 Henry Hub
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Maybe it would be easer for you to only list the countries you don't want to bomb.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:21 | 2911120 koncaswatch
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+1 Denmark

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:27 | 2910852 Ex Cathedra
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MBD, here's some reality to annoy you:

Ahmadinejad did not threaten to wipe Israel off the map.  He said Israel would "vanish from the pages of time."  Prof. Juan Cole of U. Michigan, who is fluent in farsi, explained this.  See http://www.juancole.com/2009/10/top-things-you-think-you-know-about.html.

Iran has threatened to nuke us?  Cite your authority, please.  And no wacko sites like redstate.com.  Give us a legit source.

As Martin van Creveld, one of Israel's leading national security experts (who has taught at the US Naval War College) said--

"Wherever U.S forces go, nuclear weapons go with them or can be made to follow in short order. The world has witnessed how the United States attacked Iraq for, as it turned out, no reason at all. Had the Iranians not tried to build nuclear weapons, they would be crazy."

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/21/opinion/21iht-edcreveld_ed3_.html.

In 2003, we fell victim to uniformed and naive people who swore Saddam had WMD, was behind 9/11, and was bin Laden's gay over.  And now the same uninformed and naive people expect us to fall for their line of BS again?

I think not.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:41 | 2911164 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Iran has threatened to nuke us?  Cite your authority, please.

The Netanyahoo/Roadrunner Comedy Hour.

 And no wacko sites like redstate.com.  Give us a legit source.

It was on C-SPAN, dammet! How's that for authoritative?

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:21 | 2910990 The Alarmist
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"Given that every American now has access to reputable news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, I have little sympathy for those who still fail to stay informed."

Hey, Boojie Boy, you forgot the New York Slimes.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 22:28 | 2911559 BigDuke6
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"President Ahmadinejad has openly declared that he would like to wipe Israel off the map, and has repeatedly threatened to nuke America."

Thanks for bringing that up MDB.

That 'declaration' is constantly quoted by zionists everywhere including on ZH and its a crock of shit.  He didn't say that.

They'll have to find another excuse to spread their sort of civility around the ME.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:21 | 2910612 JohnFrodo
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I miss real threats, the Nazi real threat, the Soviet Union not so much, Iran a job for the NYC swat team. Al Queda, does it even exist?

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 00:04 | 2911789 Real Estate Geek
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AQ will outlive all of us.  For without it the state of emergency must end.  And we can't have that now, can we.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:35 | 2910418 fuu
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I think you should set yourself on fire in front of Congress to validate your points.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:51 | 2910472 ZerOhead
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Flag burning!

I just knew he forgot something.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:38 | 2910423 resurger
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Do you make $82/Hour?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:34 | 2910670 JohnFrodo
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Shirley you cant be serious.

Iran is not a threat, no need for further discussion.

A second surge in Iraq, how many trillion you got up your sleve. The surge was PR what changed is the Sunni became allies instead of enemies.

We saw how well Romneyomics worked for the last MBA in charge.

We see how well Romney can execute a bust up, maybe Utah will secede.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:45 | 2911168 crusty curmudgeon
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MDB,

While the five items you listed ARE extremely important, you forgot the single most important item the American people are glued to their seats awaiting discussion:  whether either candidate will appear on Dancing with the Stars.  Oh, and don't forget about whether they support Big Bird.

Fixed.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 09:22 | 2912375 marathonman
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MDB - you are freaking brilliant.  Well played.  Well played.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:33 | 2910414 dugorama
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Uh, did the GI bill that educated my daddy in the 50s not count as Ed spending? is all K-12 spending rolled into other?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 21:18 | 2911371 TimmyB
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This is soooo funny.  An article complaining about the lack of critical thinking skills in this country puts up a graph claiming that K-12 education costs for the U.S. are $90,000 per student per year.  Sorry pal, but $90,000 per year is impossible.  The author highlights this country's lack of critical thinking skills all right.  But not in the way he wished.           

 

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:15 | 2910358 Quinvarius
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In an alternate universe, John McCain is still safely locked away in a jungle tiger cage, and the US government is 25% less corrupt.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:18 | 2910361 bigdumbnugly
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DDII, eh?

is there a civil service exam for this one too?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:18 | 2910364 jmcadg
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Is this the Cloward-Piven strategy in full effect?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward–Piven_strategy

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:20 | 2910370 surf0766
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Of course it is.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 09:25 | 2912391 marathonman
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Why is there a need for the Cloward-Piven strategy?  The top already have total control and 'we the people' have all the unsustainable gubmint benefits that keeps them in control.  Why would they need to take down the current system?  We already have the American Fascisti in charge.  The American Communists would make a real hash of the economy. 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:20 | 2910371 Buckaroo Banzai
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Incompetence? Ineptitude? What if everything was proceeding exactly according to plan? Because everything that is happening now is all playing out according to Cultural Marxist doctrine that was laid down 80 years ago.

Or, I suppose it could be just another "coincidence".

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 06:49 | 2912031 Radical Marijuana
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Yes, Buckaroo, and that trajectory is a rocket ride! The only thing I would disagree with is that it was not just a program you could label Cultural Marxist doctrine from 80 years ago.

It is more like 8,000 plus years ago, due to the fundamental structure of Neolithic civilization, as a social pyramid system, which REQUIRES the majority to be kept ignorant and afraid, in order to function.

I believe social engineering works, to do what it was designed to do. Warfare is the oldest and best developed social science. The truisms are success in war depends on deceits, while truth is the first thing killed, since propaganda prevails.

The pyramidion people depended on keeping everyone else incompetent political idiots. The pyramidion people have done a remarkably good job, so far, of deliberately doing that! BUT, ... one has to accept the idea that eventually the vast majority of people, who were turned into Zombie Sheeple, will be slaughtered, in order to fully appreciate what is being planned for and implemented. ... which is not so easy to do, especially when you think about the poor young people that are the primary victims of that.

As you sacastically asked, it is ridiculous to think that the rich getting fantastically richer was a coincidence! They need enough people to be political idiots, tricked into voting for puppet politicians, who will keep on buidling the debt slavery, backed by wars based on deceits, systems for the benefit of the pyramidion people. They have controlled the systems to make sure their goals were achieved, and those systems continue to set up the sheeple to be slaughtered off.

The longer term prospects look omnicidally insane to me! ... However, the opposition to the pyramidion people running the social pyramid system tends to be almost totally controlled, and just as full of bullshit as the elites are. Indeed, I often think that the controlled opposition is worse than the elites, as far as indulgence in bullshit goes!

In my view, the author of this article, as I also commented upon his previous article, is another reactionary revolutionary, offering good analysis, up to a point, then goes back to bullshit solutions, based on impossible ideals, and recommending that society somehow go backwards. Meanwhile, we rush forwards faster and faster, so that our social blender is about to be accelerated to an ever higher speed!

My view with respect to the destruction of the family is that we have to go through the process. Society is being atomized down to the smallest units, that could still survive within the social blender's accelerating blades. I like to day dream that we have been preparing for a more revolutionary change. Rather than somehow slowing that down, and then reconstituting families after the social blender blades stop whipping them to pieces, we need to rebuild a radically different family structure.

My day dream fantasies for the future are not based on miraculously stopping the runaway fascist plutocracy. I do not believe that the pyramidion people can be prevented from carrying through their plans in the foreseeable future, by them consolidating their social pyramid system. Rather, my only hope is that we could push that through where it would otherwise have stopped.

I like to think of the social pyramid systems as the centering scaffolding for building spheres around, after which those pyramids will be dismantled and their components recycled into the spheres.  I am for driving the social pyramid system on through completion, and surpassing it.

Many people have this mistaken idea that government is incompetent and does not work. We tend to falsely believe that social engineering does not work. Actually, both work very well, to do what they are really designed to do!

The problem is that their design specificiations are to grow the social pyramids. We need better political design science, to grow spheres around those pyramids. I AM a new world order out of chaos kind of guy, just NOT one that works for the current elites, to implement their plans. I would like to see us push their plans through, past where they would have wanted to otherwise stop. There is no point in talking about stopping them, and going in reverse! There is only the remote possibility of surfing the tsunamis of changes that they are forcing to happen, and maybe riding on through ???

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:21 | 2910373 El
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Isn't this typical Americana? Have a problem? Throw money at it. That seems to be the solution to everything...except it isn't.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:32 | 2910407 GernB
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I can't see anything inherently wrong with the paradigm of: I have a problem I throw my money at it. What were talking about here is different, it's the paradigm: I think we have a problem, I vote to throw your money at it,

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:36 | 2910419 Unprepared
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Keynes was British.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:23 | 2910375 Nothing To See Here
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You cannot choose your future when your mind is controlled in a way that you do not see the choices... The Matrix is powerful and few have the ability to escape it. That is the sad truth.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:01 | 2910518 OneTinSoldier66
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The sad truth is, everyone has the ability to escape it.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:23 | 2910377 tuttisaluti
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The american spirit is gone.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:46 | 2910457 HobbyFarmer
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My 10 year old son last night was showing me how he can recharge spent batteries with a few wires and a potato.  He learned it in some book he picked for himself from the library.  Talk about a statement against our society: a library (free source of learning/knowledge) is nearly empty any night we take the boys there.  We love it: the place to ourselves. 

The American Spirit isn't yet gone.  It's just be selectively bred out of the "useless eaters."

Don't need them for what is coming.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:35 | 2910676 JohnFrodo
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My kids plug in the recharger, and I thought they were clever

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:24 | 2910999 The Alarmist
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"He learned it in some book he picked for himself from the library. "

Holy Crap!  Homeland Security was supposed to remove all those books to prevent people like your son from self-radicalizing.  Can't have people going off the grid now, can we?

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 02:59 | 2911938 Ar-Pharazôn
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now you joined us terrorists

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 13:57 | 2911954 GoinFawr
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Sure you're not some sort of a commie too Ar-Ph? From what I understand a lot of libraries open to the general public are publicly funded, generally.

As a true Patriot of the faith, I just can't wait 'til the day comes that every last Public Library is completely privatized.

That way I won't be forced/coerced/frogmarched into suffering yet another insufferable indignity like unwillingly spending a few pennies of my hard earned pretty polly on copyright dodging that was not of my choice, or subsidizing those millions of idiot whelps not right in the head enough to have chosen parents who can afford to buy them books. Just imagine how much smarter I'll seem standing like a pillar of wisdom next to their poverty induced ignorance because I can afford my own extensive private library. Their nescience could be my strength (h/t Eric Blair).

 Not to mention how much easier it will be for all of us to be able to easily source in an instant every last title that Oprah has ever endorsed.

@ hobby farmer. +1 i dunno where yer to, but where I am at every public library I visit is always busy, so take heart. Congratz on your son.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:50 | 2911167 are we there yet
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'The American spirit is gone'   no... we are just waiting for an American governemnt by the people and for the people.   Not bankers, lawyers, or lobbiests. Term limits for congressmen with a requirement that they get a real world job every so often is needed as well.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:23 | 2910378 davidsmith
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"restores the Republic to its founding principles of liberty, self-responsibility, civic duty, and mutual obligation to future generations?"

 

I love this nonsense.  One of the Republic's founding principles was slavery, which even Abraham Lincoln tried to paint as a contract between slave and slaveholder.  Should we "restore" that "founding principle" as well.  This article is the caffeine talking.  The author should have his head (not to mention his founding principles) examined.  Why does ZH run garbage like this which undermines its credibility.  Because ZH is staffed by people whose political understanding is on the level of a junior high school student.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:28 | 2910395 bobnoxy
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Reaction to this post should prove very interesting. Popcorn? Check. Big soda? Check. Comfy chair? Yup.

Okay, light it up!

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 06:57 | 2912045 Radical Marijuana
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One of the best manifestations of the contradiction pointed out, that we should "light up" was the Dredd Scott decision.

The Supreme Court was required to bridge the gap between slavery and the plain wording of the constitutional docuements. That forced them to conclude that blacks were not human beings. Of course, that was pretty well the attitude towards all the heathens before that as well ...

I do not believe that the Zero Hedge staff does not understand those contradictions. Rather, it appears to me that those people understand these things far better than most others!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:36 | 2910421 GernB
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I can't really find the right to own other people in the constitution. That would make me suspect the framers did not want to make slavery overtly a part of our founding documents. The fact slavery could be overturned without re-writing the consistution or an amendment specificaly addressing owning other people, is evidence slavery is not one of our founding principals. I can only conclude that it is your understanding of the consitution that is remedial.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:21 | 2910617 machinegear
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I bet you won't find the "right" to own a digital camera in the US Constitution either because our beloved document was never meant to restrict the liberty of citizens (not people) but to restrict government.

 

Also, if you feel we don't have slavery today or to put it another way, if you think you are free today then try not paying one of the many indirect taxes you are *asked* to contribute or smoke some weed in front of the police station and see if retain your freedom. This is a centrally controlled country my friend and therefore you are necessarily a slave to the state like it or not, US Constitution be damned. Today's slaves come in ALL COLORS.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:28 | 2910633 fuu
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Umm.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:53 | 2910925 machinegear
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There are two kinds of people in the world: those that think vehicle license plates are made by free people and those that don't. 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:32 | 2910868 davidsmith
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"I can't really find the right to own other people in the constitution."  And who might you be?  The Supreme Court had no problem with it in Dred Scott.  Take "your understanding of the constitution" to him.  clown. 

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:40 | 2912053 Radical Marijuana
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I can not fully understand where you are coming from davidsmith.

The constitution was nicely sublime, revolutionary sentiment. The political reality was thousands of years of slavery, with powerful property owners, and people who were owned as property.

The European invasion into North America came with its well developed systems of lies, backed by violence, i.e., a Bible in one hand, and a gun in the other. Slavery was well-established for thousands and thousands of years. It was brought by master slave drivers, who had been perfecting their techniques for thousands and thousands of years. (The domestication of animals, and the domestication of human beings, were the oldest of technologies.)

The American revolution was based on a bunch of enlightenment ideals, as expressed in various documents. The standing contradictions between those documents, and the treatment of the first immigrants to North America, who had been here for more than 10,000 years, before the European invasion in the last 500, and the treatment of the slaves forced to come to America, from Africa, were obviously totally inconsistent with those enlighenment ideals.

However, real history is made of crazy contradictions, muddling through madness. It sounds like to me that you, davidsmith, like to ride on your high horse of rigtheousness. You enjoy that, but do not expect many others to agree.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 21:05 | 2911347 TimmyB
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The fact slavery could be overturned without re-writing the consistution or an amendment specificaly addressing owning other people, is evidence slavery is not one of our founding principals.

Are you fucking kidding me?  The fact that slavery was actually overturned with a Civil War that cost over 500,000 American lives leads me to believe you don't know shit.   

 

   

 

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 03:03 | 2911939 Ar-Pharazôn
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actually the civil war costed 1 milions lives

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:40 | 2910432 Urban Redneck
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You demonstrate the lack of critical thinking skills that Jim bemoans above, and would appear to be the product of the a broken education system. Unfortunately, you are too stupid to realize it.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:42 | 2910438 redpill
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Did you ever consider that slavery existed before the founding of the Republic, and would have continued to exist regardless of what type of government was founded?  This is because it would have been impossible to abolish slavery at that time even if they wanted to; such a national policy would have been extremely federalist by nature, and the supporters of a confederation would have never agreed to the compromise.  Talk about junior high school understanding....

 

"There is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it."
-- George Washington, letter to Robert Morris, April 12, 1786

 

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 09:38 | 2912438 marathonman
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Steam power, the cotton gin, and other industrial revolution products would have made slavery uneconomic without the Civil War.  With the Civil War Lincoln was able to consolidate Washington's power and change the dynamics of the Federal government.  We went from an American Republic of united states to The United States in three short years. 

It's been a long steady deliberate slog to slavery for the rest of us.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:45 | 2910455 WTFx10
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Really, wow your so enlightened .I'm glad your here to tell us what you think ZH is staffed with. coming from you it MUST BE GOSPEL. Nobody cares what you think really.

The only difference between Lincolns slaves and now is we get paid for our slavery so we can give it back to the owners after were done paying for the shit we need to live. The owners used to pickup that expenditure.

 

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 14:37 | 2913435 GoinFawr
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indeud. wage slaves are worse off in a lot of ways... In the good ol' days only lowdown trash would cut loose a slave after their years of useful toil had ended; doing that to contemporary wages slaves is considered nothing more than good business and common sense.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:07 | 2910551 Stic3y Ic3y
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Next time, try not writing in all Bold if you don't want to be taken as an obnoxious douche.. or don't write at all, because now that people are reading this, we know you are just an idiot.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:35 | 2911144 are we there yet
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Wrong focus smith. Today pritty much every one now is a slave to a much larger central government. 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 20:34 | 2911269 TheFourthStooge-ing
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davidsmith said:

I love this nonsense.  One of the Republic's founding principles was slavery, which even Abraham Lincoln tried to paint as a contract between slave and slaveholder.  Should we "restore" that "founding principle" as well.

Questions, even rhetardical ones, should end with a question mark.

The author should have his head (not to mention his founding principles) examined.

Ah, ah, I see where this is going. Coming up next: vitriolic tirades about the eternal nature of US citizenism.

Why does ZH run garbage like this which undermines its credibility.

Improperly punctuated rhetardical question. See above.

Because ZH is staffed by people whose political understanding is on the level of a junior high school student.

You come across as someone who makes a habit of crapping on the roadside.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:24 | 2910383 Questan1913
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Uh oh.  This is an explosively revealing artcle akin to a dagger thrust into the heart of the criminally corrupt US ruling class.  Let me step out of the way of the paid state functionaries who have been undoubtedly dispatched and are on their way here  at double step to post obfuscating and villifying comments meant to derail any rational discourse related to Mr. Quinns superlative post.  We will see examples Of George Washingtons 10 methods of psyops disruption aplenty.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:26 | 2910384 falak pema
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calling Solon, calling Solon...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:26 | 2910385 thomasincincy
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Mexico 385 The forest through the trees. USA! USA! USA!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:29 | 2910387 dolph9
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Jim Quinn is funny.

I somehow find myself both more and less pessimistic than he is.  He will throw out all of these statistics that somehow prove how bad things are, and then ends with "the choice is ours."

I personally don't think things are as bad as he makes them out, but yet I also have no hope whatsoever.  Like being on the Titanic and it's not sinking right away.  But it is sinking, you do know it's sinking and you are within sight of the lifeboats.  So what do you do?  You don't really care how bad the damage is, or how fast it's sinking, you just need to get on board the lifeboat.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:18 | 2910601 JohnFrodo
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You have to be optomistic. Technology is snowballing, it will make us all superhumans.

http://thinkingaboot.blogspot.ca/2012/09/science-fiction-double-feature.html

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:28 | 2910396 TwoHoot
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It costs a LOT of money to keep people ignorant.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:32 | 2910406 toomanyfakecons...
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Possibly the most abject failure of '50s and '60s welfare and dependency... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pruitt_Igoe

 

I highly recommend the Netflix documentary too.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:40 | 2910433 thomasincincy
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I like to call it a "pacifier" and a disease. generational

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:40 | 2910439 jmcadg
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That looked like a nightmare from the beginning. What were they thinking!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:54 | 2910479 SubjectivObject
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It's final seconds are captured in a segment of the first Koyannisqatsi, to fitting music.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:33 | 2910408 Dr. Richard Head
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So many college graduates working at Ruby Tuesday part-time?  Damn, no wonder the salad bad is so fucking good.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:39 | 2910430 Bear
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Carefully thought out, arranged with scientific precision, balanced nutritionally, color coordinated, environmentally evaluated ... damn, ain't education great.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:35 | 2910416 Bear
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"Can a small minority of critical thinking citizens lead a revolution that topples the existing social order and restores the Republic to its founding principles of liberty, self-responsibility, civic duty, and mutual obligation to future generations?"

YES WE CAN!!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:03 | 2910530 Darth Rayne
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Can a small minority of critical thinking citizens lead a revolution that topples the existing social order

I don't think so. It took me several months research to realise what money is and what the Government and Banks actually do. I didn't have a nervous breakdown but I felt incredibly out of it for about a month.

 

I am very intelligent and I have been educated to be able to critically evaluate systems. You know what I think? I am close to thinking that I wish I hadn't spent several months researching money.

 

PUT ME BACK IN THE MATRIX!

 

Seriously, no-one believes a word I say. I read ZH just to prove to myself that I am not delusional and in need of some strong anti-pschotic drugs.

I now even own physical gold and silver. How bizarre. I just need a boat to store my 'commodities' on. And insurance.

 

Let the system crash. Intelligent, adaptive and knowledgeable humans will be set free. The sheeple will do what sheeple do. Which is wait for someone to think for them. The crash won't be loud enough to wake them from their slumber.

 

What pisses me off is that I hadn't researched money because I am not interested in it. It turns out that if I had researched it 25 years ago I could have retired now! Fuck fuck fuckity fuck.

 

I'll retire after the crash. Or seize control. Depends on what sort of mood I am in. Happy or furious. Depends if my gold is outlawed / seized or not.

 

That was a fucking warning to the men in black.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:59 | 2910788 Zap Powerz
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I have similar feelings and similar experiences.  Its nice to know youre not alone.  There are creative, adaptive, intelligent, resourceful people that understand what is going on.  Too bad some will be eaten by Zombies.

Im pessimistic about the near future (which pretty much includes the rest of my life span and probably the life span of my kids), but the long term looks good because humans, over time, have always been evolving and getting better.

We are better off now than we were 5,000 years ago.  We will be even better in 5,000 years. In the meantime, there will be lots of bad times.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:06 | 2910806 August
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I'll retire after the crash. Or seize control. Depends on what sort of mood I am in.

 

You must join forces witrh MDB.  Together, you could rule this planet.  At least.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 07:11 | 2912057 Radical Marijuana
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I loved your comment Darth!

Been there, done that, and feel the same way!

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:46 | 2913084 Darth Rayne
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Thanks for your comments. I am pleased that there are others.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:16 | 2910590 JohnFrodo
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Go long on hope and change, its takes a long time and a lot of hope

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:53 | 2910762 Heyoka Bianco
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Don't worry, that Hellfire missile from a drone will hit with little warning, so you'll have no time to lament you misguided optimism, or, more accurately, hilarious messianic delusion.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:37 | 2910420 Everybodys All ...
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The numbers you published on fatherless homes was eye opening. I had no idea but had my suspicions. This is what we get in response from our government. It's as if they want society to break down further... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/18/doma-defense-of-marriage-act_n_1980197.html

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:10 | 2910563 Questan1913
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EVERYBODYS ALL..........

 

"It's as if they want society to break down further....." 

 

Thsti is and awzays was the plan.  One of the first points of attack was on the male population.  The design was to heap ridicule and portray then as bufoonish, boorish clowns ithroughout the State controlledmedia.  The related "womens liberation" movement was tintended o get women into the tax paying work force in order for the State to get additional revenue, lower wages and gain control of children.  It was essential that the family unit be broken down and the State media embarked on a campaign to corrupt the traditional values essential to family chesiveness.  Divide and conquer!  LOOK!  We are freeing from the drudgery of childbearing and rearingf and rom that uncaring brutish male!  Don't worry about your children....shop!  And pay taxes.  Anothe dividend was the expansion of the supply of labor, disrupting the market and driving wages down.  Pretty neat huh?  Tolstoy said it best (paraphraseing)....  ;THE OBJECT OF THE sTATE IS NOT ONLY TO EXPLOIT ITS SUBJECTS BUT ABOVE ALL TO CORRUPT THEM"  in order to gain their acceptance of the corruption of the State and to its ever expanding police powers. 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:40 | 2910436 j-dub
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Revolution? I'm so f'n there!!! Right after next week's Honey Boo Boo marathon!!!
The best parts is when the people act stupid!! It's great!!!!!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:40 | 2910440 rosethorn
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Food and energy is where price inflation is taking place; funded by QE.  Take a look at Cost of Food near Exponential Trend...the CPI for food was relatively stable until the US dropped the gold standard. 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:40 | 2910441 Jack Burton
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Education in America may indeed be in decline. When it comes to who goes into teaching in the K-12 grade levels, you are hardly going to see the best and the brightest. Who would face a classroom filled with youth from dubious family backgrounds, when the financial services industry offers the capable classes a chance to strike it rich?

I once heard that most of these teachers come from the bottom 50% of college students classified by intelligence. I can believe this, the private sector is hungry for these top 50% graduates. When I was young, most of the college kids I knew that were clueless about a career path just went into teaching because they could pass the classes and didn't know what else to go into. A few of them on the Teacher's path told me they were going into teaching so they would have every summer off to travel and have fun and that during the 9 months of school they would get 2 weeks off at Christmas, a sring break and every holiday imaginable off.

A typical teacher enjoys more time off in one year than any private sector worker could hope to get in 5 years or more. That is quite a difference in time invested in working one's career. I would simply say, take an engineer in the private sector, add up his hours worked, and then compare to a public school teacher. The difference would be mid blowing. Yet your teacher will retire early with a teachers pension, full social security, a 401K with matching funds and full medical paid 100% by the tax payer.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:15 | 2910583 JohnFrodo
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Bob Dylan said it best " dont pull others down into the hole your in" Teachers and police are the front line of civilization, skimping on either will lead to its downfall.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:48 | 2910737 samsara
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It's alright ma,  I'm only bleeding.....

....While one who sings with his tongue on fire
Gargles in the rat race choir
Bent out of shape from society’s pliers
Cares not to come up any higher
But rather get you down in the hole
That he’s in....

I say....

My eyes collide head-on with stuffed
Graveyards, false gods, I scuff
At pettiness which plays so rough
Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
Kick my legs to crash it off
Say okay, I have had enough, what else can you show me?

And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:47 | 2910738 johnberesfordti...
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Your comments are the classic ill-informed party line. Do I detect a note of jealousy?  

There is really no need to be jealous since the attrition rate for teachers is about 50% in 5 years. Despite the fabulous summers off and luxurious pensions, it is becoming harder and harder to retain them. Most teachers that I know are leaving the profession and will never return. Way too much stress and bureaucracy… they simply burn out.  

Perhaps your attitude will prevail and NOBODY will become a teacher. From my experience, the following article is completely correct- 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/11/top-5-reasons-why-teacher_n_924...

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:57 | 2910937 AurorusBorealus
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I highly suspect the most teachers leave the field because they never really wanted to do it in the first place, and it was, as the original poster stated, the only classes that they could pass.  Also most teachers are women, who are entering their prime child-bearing years after 3-5 years in teaching.  I had a lot of education majors in my time at the American university, and they were, with few exceptions, the least motivated and least intelligent of all the students in the university (with the possible exception of communications majors).

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:42 | 2910442 kevinearick
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Higher Education

“Today, the neighborhood is dominated by University. During the mid 1900s, the neighborhood was characterized by young families and pick up baseball games rather than college house parties. It was the greatest place in the world to grow up.

What contributed to that was the sort of superior cohesiveness of the neighborhood. Everybody knew everybody. Every mother in the neighborhood was partly my mother. You were free to roam the neighborhood all day long, but you had to be careful not to get into too much trouble because everyone would find out.

There was an enormous number of children. You didn’t have to call up for play dates like kids have to do these days. You would just go to people’s houses and play. It was the best elementary education in the world. We really got a high moral education out of school, Church and all the mothers.

We were so grateful to have a job. We welcomed days of richness because we lived through days of worry. It was like a family conference, and so today we have so many layers of administration that it’s not only difficult to communicate with the people who are making the highest decisions but you would hardly know them.

This loss of quality connection has also affected student ability. Often many students seem not to care about learning. For them it’s more about getting a job. They don’t seem to want to be changed by learning something. They’re happy with it [knowledge] out there. But heaven forbid that they should take that and make that a part of their own personality.

The teaching is just to fulfill professional obligation…But beyond that I don’t know that there is too much.”
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“It’s the one place where Democrats and Republicans have been willing, even eager, to embrace the same ideas. For all the talk of bipartisanship, this signature effort (Race to the Top, No Child Left Behind on steroids; Goyal) has been an unmitigated disaster for American schools.” Wojcikiewicz

“Historically, the US has enjoyed higher social mobility than Europe, and both left and right have identified this economic openness as an essential source of the nation’s economic vigor. But several recent studies have shown that in America today it is harder to escape the social class of your birth than it is in Europe.

Today, we think of social mobility as a good thing. But if you are on top, mobility also means competition…Elites that have prospered from inclusive systems can be tempted to pull up the ladder they climbed to the top. Eventually, their societies become extractive and their economies languish.

Extractive states are controlled by ruling elites whose objective is to extract as much wealth as they can from the rest of society. Inclusive states give everyone access to economic opportunity; often, greater inclusiveness creates more prosperity, which creates an incentive for ever greater inclusiveness.” Freeland

“A truly great business must have an enduring ‘moat’ that protects excellent returns on invested capital.” Buffet

“Most of the laboring class possesses property, cultivates their own lands, have families, and from the demand of their labor are enabled to extract from the rich…” Jefferson

“Which millionaire are you voting for? …In most elections, however, we don’t get a say in something important: whether we’re governed by the rich…But it’s still a choice between two Harvard educated millionaires,” Carnes

What’s up with the NY Times lately?

Spend 5 minutes at UVM and 10 in Burlington (or a year examining Ohio State’s tentacles). University is a government of, by and for itself, and it’s a rapacious dinosaur. When the US Navy eliminated its checks and balances, University destroyed this country’s work ethic, by design.

The admirals thought they were going to sail off on the Internet, which is now their prison. Careful when you steal, because once in a while it is in labor’s interest to set an example, a marker, rather than make pie.

Can’t wait to see JPM’s latest and greatest solution in practice…

“I die before my time and my body shall be given back to the earth and devoured by worms. What an abysmal gulf between my deep miseries and the eternal kingdom of Christ. I marvel at whereas the ambitious dreams of myself and of Alexander and of Caesar should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant- Jesus- should be able to stretch his hands across the centuries and control the destinies of men and nations.” Napoleon

The path to God is self-examination, which is the point of the Bible. A female that does not raise her children to be Men and Women will treat men like boys, because of her biology. The eunuchs breed these females as gatekeepers, to pull up the ladder. You can’t take the empire personally and expect to learn. Napoleons are a dime a dozen.

To find yourself, sample time. Go where you must to develop new skills, and observe empire response to your presence. God is what you don’t see, except in the kindness of strangers, timed to make your bridge.

As an intelligent laborer, you are always in a position to decide if the consumers consume themselves to death. Relative to time, they are robots, paid for make-work, with job credit. You can produce; they cannot. Make pie. Give away half. Observe the production line and the consumption line. You don’t need a slide rule to differentiate producers; the empire does it for you. The majority is always net consumers. That’s democracy.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:43 | 2910449 LawsofPhysics
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Hmmm, now what about that corporate dependency?  Can you say "bailout", I knew you could.  Who processes and accepts all those food stamps again?

Stupid fucking sheep.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:43 | 2910451 kralizec
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Tea Party hijacked from Ron Paul?  Tea Party & OWS on same side?  Can't say Quinn isn't entertaining! 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:51 | 2910469 Mike2756
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Can't really compare to the 50's, the u.s. was the only economy left standing after ww2.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:11 | 2910567 Darth Rayne
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Hi Mike, that was indeed the idea behind WWII. The Financial Elites poured wealth into America and it is all being paid back with interest. The same financial elites financed both sides of the war too. Follow the money, or more accurately, follow the wealth.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:55 | 2910480 Chaos_Theory
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Schools full of teachers who can't or won't teach, to classes full of students who don't want to learn...and both expect/demand the same lifestyle as their favorite celebrity or else it's due to a failure of income equality...

What could possibly go wrong?  The Brawndo economy.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:56 | 2911064 are we there yet
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texting is not a job skill with much advancement

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:54 | 2910484 debtor of last ...
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Life is short. And then you die.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:56 | 2910488 MrBoompi
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Just another fucking Republican who trashes the poor and education as the "nanny state" while leaving out Wall St and the military-industrial complex.  The two biggest titsuckers of all.

 

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:56 | 2910932 CrockettAlmanac.com
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I note that your post failed to mention that Hitler was bad so by your own criteria you are a Nazi shill.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 16:51 | 2913511 GoinFawr
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yeah, because when it comes to 'forcing people to spend money on things they don't wan't to' the MIC has practically nothing to do with the onerous fiscal situation the US finds itself in; except in reality, of course.

After all, the US federal gov't spending on education is ~50 billion, whereas the MIC inhales around 20 times that amount. Interestingly, that also means that a considerable chunk of the wealth put into the author's disingenuous education figures is private money;

 IE unlike all military spending, at least some of the money going into education was spent by choice

In the article's authour's defense, that 'defense' spending was noted in his pie charts, although it was glaringly omitted from his scathing 'analysis' of government spending.

Which (I'll go out on a limb here) was Mr.Boompi's very salient point.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:57 | 2910489 Muppet Pimp
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These two essays are excellent Jim!  Sad but true, we are losing and the entrenched interests will not allow a change in course.  Fuct.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:00 | 2910514 Monedas
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White Americans are being taxed into extinction !   That's an existential threat !

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:04 | 2910533 OneTinSoldier66
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I believe I have found a new form of racism. I hate racists!

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:38 | 2910877 Monedas
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Taxing a race to death isn't raciss ?  You have a higher threshold in mind ?   I am not a raciss, per se .... I'm the "Anti-Race Hustling Pimper" !    Jesse Jackson is the raciss !

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:57 | 2910936 CrockettAlmanac.com
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It's people like you who give assholes a bad name.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 20:51 | 2911306 Monedas
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Lighten up, Bitch !     I'm having fun .... and educating the masses !  I am a unique voice amongst the multitude !

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:01 | 2910515 vix is for kids
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What has fascinated me, is how well the culture in nanny-states such as Germany and the Scandanavian states has held up under systems even more socialistic than ours in the U.S.  In those places, individualism, personal responsibility, work ethic, and community spirit have been maintained, even with a big-Sis government.  There certainly must be more to it, than simply the amount of government that one experiences.  Perhaps it's the quality of the goverment and the cultural heritage that has kept these countries from sliding into the dependancies that we, the U.K., and most other western countries are experiencing.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:12 | 2910570 JohnFrodo
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I have lived Ango Saxon most my life, I spent a decade living Germanic, we should all be Germanic.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:42 | 2910889 Monedas
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Saxony is Germany !        I'm against socialist   Engels-Sexons .... they're kind of like Klingons !

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 20:50 | 2911299 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Moneces .... kind of like dingleberries. ,

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:42 | 2910704 Ghordius
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+1 there is an empirical connection between cultures and governance policies effectiveness.

Some stuff works better for some, others for others.

For some, Nation equals Language equals Territory equals History equals Religion equals Culture equals Tribe equals Family equals Self, for example.

For others, some of those links don't function.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:00 | 2910942 CrockettAlmanac.com
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What has fascinated me, is how well the culture in nanny-states such as Germany and the Scandanavian states has held up under systems even more socialistic than ours in the U.S.  In those places, individualism, personal responsibility, work ethic, and community spirit have been maintained, even with a big-Sis government.

 

 

The Law of Jante (Danish and Norwegian: Janteloven (Danish pronunciation: [?ja?nd???lo????n]); Swedish: Jantelagen) is a pattern of group behaviour towards individuals within Scandinavian communities, which negatively portrays and criticises individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate...

Generally used colloquially as a sociological term to negatively describe an attitude towards individuality and success common in Scandinavia, the term refers to a mentality which de-emphasizes individual effort and places all emphasis on the collective, while discouraging those who stand out as achievers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jantelagen

 

 

 

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 00:02 | 2916287 GoinFawr
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Lost in Translation?

The Law(s) of Jante isn't employed to  'discourage those who stand out as aschmeevers', it's used to discourage braggarts and elitists(Sociopathic I'm all right so f all the resters ) YOU know the type. 

 And yeah, I know it is hard to believe, but even a century ago in rural Scandinavia sometimes math nerds and teachers' pets got the gears.

 Generally Swedes just don't seem to value 'achievements' that are self serving and at the expense of others as highly as achievements that benefit most people. Eg. becoming rich by bilking a bunch of pension funds and retail investors out of their hard earned wealth wouldn't receive the same degree of respect that would be shown to an individual developing a new surgical process that saved lives and their healthcare system money. Revering wealth for it's own sake kind of disgusts them, yet their national balance sheet looks better than those that live by bellum omnium contra omnes...

Go figure.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:02 | 2910520 sunnyside
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"Nothing in this world gets better as it gets bigger."

 

I submit boobs as the flaw in this statement.

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:15 | 2910588 Pure Evil
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Only up to a certain age, then its all down hill from there.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 00:06 | 2920643 GoinFawr
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Amy's tattoo! (that was bugging me)

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:24 | 2910574 Pure Evil
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Just accept it. Your kids are dummer than a brick. Its genetic. IQ is passed down like the gay gene.

Don't believe me, look in the mirror, see any super intelligent creature looking back? Of course not, you're just to stupid to accept it.

Well, then your kids aren't gonna get any smarter than you, and you're probably dummer than a boxer after being hit in the head for twenty years.

I mean football players sufferin from years of concussions are smarter than you and your kids.

But, don't give up hope, there's always the chance your kid's an outlier.

But, then again your brats are probably one step away from ADHD and constant Ritaline injections.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:15 | 2910581 EndTheFed_Resto...
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Kudos Mr Quinn. This is one of the best rants I have read in at least a year. I love how you tie the decline to the "Great Society" and its reenslavement of the ignorant in this country. Government has replaced the father in the black family. Those who cry about the iniquities of slavery have now willfully enslaved themselves into government dependency.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:16 | 2910595 Pure Evil
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The only thing the Government is doing is paying people to remain stupid.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:44 | 2910710 Dangertime
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You should know that the reason for the huge amount of Fatherless children is due to "No-fault" divorce.  Women file for 80% of divorces, are granted default custody for the most part, and are immediately granted control of the children and recieve a big fat support payment every month for doing so.

Unhappy?  Drop out of the marriage and win cash and prizes!  Then it's on to a life of courgarville!  These two links alone can give you a great education on the sujbect.

 

www.dalrock.com

www.the-spearhead.com

 

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:43 | 2910897 AurorusBorealus
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You are precisely correct.  The growth of the welfare state, government dependency, the failure of the public education system, and the expansion of drug abuse (including prescription drugs such as Ridalin) is symbiotic with the explosion in divorce following the permission of "no-fault" divorce and the endless propaganda, slander, and lies of feminists.  You could not have had one without the other...

Feminism and the welfare state go hand-in-hand.  I defy anyone to make a case why this is not so.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:48 | 2910910 Monedas
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Thanks to high taxes, it is increasingly impossible for a man to be the sole breadwinner !   The giant government squid grows at the expense of traditional families !  Government is a parasite that feeds on families and especially the children .... big government is family perverse !  

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:43 | 2910711 Questan1913
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LOP

That is misplaced anger, is it not?  Blaming the victims rather than the perpetrator?   Better to use your skills to elucidate, enlighten and reducate the wretches created by this pla to subjugate this society to the designs of a few naricsstic sociopaths. 

We could start by damning the medium of television for starters, as it is central to the process of enslavement that has taken place, and subject the act of television watching to derision and ridicule after you have kicked your own addiction.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:52 | 2910753 whoopsing
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spot on article, I'm living and breathing this revolution everyday. The residents here, we incorporated to get out from under town leadership and control. We were the preferred dumping ground for sec. 8 housing ,many slumlords are budddies with town officials who place the clients here. The slumlords didnt give a rats ass for the properties, and were never fined for violations. At least now we have our own code enforcement thats been slamming these dirtbags hard. All rental permit fees now stay local to aid in code enforcement ( fines also). Its a start,its not perfect and we have a long way to go. It's been interesting to say the least , I could write a book on all the dirty tricks the scumbags in power have pulled to stop this thing, but thats how I know its the right thing to do.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:57 | 2910938 STP
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Lucky you, in our two towns, Lancaster CA and Palmdale CA, located in the high desert of North Los Angeles County, the county has encouraged huge numbers of the inner city poor to move up here, because rents were so cheap.

When the town of Palmdale created an enforcement task force to police the abuse, the ACLU filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination!  The U.S. Justice Department was also brought in to investigate as well and the town of Palmdale ended the task force under pressure.

http://fourstory.org/features/story/the-section-8ers-are-coming-the-section-8ers-are-coming/

http://www.callawyer.com/clstory.cfm?eid=923321

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/03/local/la-me-harassment-settle-20120203

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 20:49 | 2911295 whoopsing
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STP, We are going after the property owners, not the renters.I won't knock someone down on thier luck (or whatever). You guys need to change your focus.Easy as it may be to blame the folks on the dole, the real problem is the "industry" of "helping"

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:59 | 2910787 spooz
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Korea manages to provide relatively equal access to high-quality education, unlike the US. 

Per the OECE Better Life Index, "The best-performing school systems manage to provide high-quality education to all students . In the United States, the average difference in retults, between the top 20% and bottom 20%, is of 112 points, higher than the OECD average of 99 points. This suggests the school system in the United States tends to provide higher quality education for the better off."

 In Korea, the average difference in results, between the top 20% and bottom 20%, is of 82 points, lower than the OECD average of 99 points, suggesting the school system in Korea provides relatively equal access to high-quality education.

http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/united-states/

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:58 | 2910810 Shock and Aweful
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What's dishonest is suggesting that we are just going to cut government spending in any meaningful way and that we are going to be

able to continue to live in the land of milk and honey....: )

 

Government spending has fattened many more of the wealthy than it has the poor over the last 30 years...and I think that corporations and the rich may

be the ones who really have the most to lose from the government tit drying up  -  you think otherwise?  Look at the numbers.

Sure, we spend about 70 BN on food stamps every year....but who is really making money off of that?  You think the "young buck" running his little EBT scam is making out?  YOu should see the scam that JPM is running...skimming 3% off the government for each transaction....because the old paper "Stamps" were not good enough...they had to make the switch to the debit card...so the government transfer payment could be commoditized and capitalized upon by the predator class.

Many people (and alot on here) focus their anger at the poor....and honestly believe that the poor and the lazy are the reason we are in financial dire straights.  But I take a different view of it.  I blame those who benefit off of the poor, the lazy, the uneducated (just like the subprime loan bullshit - do you honestly believe that any of those stupid, idiotic poor people who signed a loan for a $200,000 home made out on that deal?  I can tell you...that other than maybe getting 6mo - 18mos of free rent out of the deal....they are still in the same place they were.  But, people who ran the banks, and their shareholders (as long as they got out in the fat years)...they made out like fucking bandits (ultimately, that is what they are of course)....the reason?  These banks and financiers knew the system.  They knew that these were highly subsidized home loans...and they knew that they would never get caught holding the bag....this was just the most recent example of wealth extraction from the public - it is what all corporations do....some are just more brazen than others.   And you know why it will happen again?  Because no one was executed or even imprisoned for it.  I'd say that unleashing a financial weapon of mass destruction such as that oughta get you on the same posted as the Al-CIA-DA members...right?  Countrywide and others should have been drone-striked.

Which gets me back to my some-what of a point -  I love how people (usually well-meaning, and otherwise intelligent people) seem to think that if we just did away with all of the gov't spending ...that we would fix everything.  but what they don't realize is that they too, more than likely benefit more than they realize from all of this government largesse.   I know what the truth is...and I have never, in my entire life heard a politician (other than Jimmy Carter - who was summarily booed and kicked out of office for muttering such anti-american propaganda) say.  That, unless we do something about our wastefullness (as a collective society), we are never going to fix the problem.  This holds true for every aspect of our lives.  As Americans, we have, for the last 50+ years, lived like the world owes us everything.  Like we can burn as much gas, eat as much food, drink as much booze, shoot as much dope, screw as many women (or men), buy as much I-Shit, build as big of a house, charge as much on our credit card, print as much money and lie as much about our future prospects as we want....because we have a manifest destiny and are the greatest nation on the earth.  The problem is...that we have exported this way of thinking to the rest of the world...and now, places like China, India, south america...and all the other places onthe globe that were, and, for the most part, still are our wage slaves are waking up and also want to "live the dream".  They want to guzzle gas and shit plastic everywhere they go.  They want to fuck everything and spread their posionous seed around the globe.  They want to live the high life and be addicted to debt....shit...they want what we have taken for granted for 50 years. 

 

My point being - it's a big shit sandwich, and all of us are gonna have to take a bite.  As long as most of us expect the other guy to take a bit (but not us)...we aint fixing shit.  We are nothing more than a collection of individuals. We are no longer a society or a nation....we don't seem to have any common goals or initiative.  It's a fucking perpetual Black Firday free-for-all.  Take what you can....quick....grab it.....because the next motherfucker's gonna see it and take it if you don't.  Screw them if they don't like it - they are just jealous.   It's this type of "its all about me" thinking that is part and parcel of our prediciment - at least in my opinion.  Now, I recognize that greed and the self-preservation instinct is an important driver when it comes to creating opportunity - but when an entire society operates on the notion of I aint' doing shit unless I get something out of it (which is kind of where we are now)....I'd argue it creates a completely self-destructive, social paralysis where everyone mistrusts each other  and none of the pressing issues get addressed.  And this is mostly because everyone thinks that compromise and sacrifice is a sign of weakness....and expects that the other parties will be cheating and finding a loophole (and they are probably right). 

So - whats the end-game?  Do we figure out how to fix 30 + years of mind-numbing self-destruction before the bill has to be paid?   We are nearing the dawn at the end of one of the most epic, society wide-parties that the world has seen for 2000 years....and for that, we can't just blame the poor and the lazy.  They are but by products of a much deeper and far-reaching problem.  We are facing the truth that we are not special.  That our experiment of "endless growth", ever-increasing profits, endless resources and a money supply that is impervious to market forces....has been nothing but a mirage....and the reality is just now starting to peek through and around the edges .....and it is pretty scary.   We had better, and soon, figure out a way to quit blaming each other and start to focus on the real problems.....30 years of straw men, social wedge issues, blue vs red and corporate dominated discussions about our society have led us to this precipice...and the view aint all that grand.

 

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:12 | 2910826 shovelhead
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Can a small minority of critical thinking citizens lead a revolution that topples the existing social order and restores the Republic to its founding principles of liberty, self-responsibility, civic duty, and mutual obligation to future generations?

 

Possible only if they become bullet-proof.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:28 | 2910858 AurorusBorealus
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In my 2nd year in graduate school, I was a TA for a U.S. history class at a very large land-grant state university.  I had had some experience TAing U.S. history (though my specialty was the History of Science and Technology and Western Civilization), so I knew that this was the worst of the worst assignments.  After the first exam, the professor (a white-male adjunct faculty member, because no lesbian with tenure would stoop to teaching such a class) asked the TAs to produce an example of an A, a B, a C, and a D exam (everyone knew what an E was-- a student who didn't know anything at all) so that he could make sure all the TAs were using similar grading standards.  After about 2 hours of grading, I had an A, a B, and a C, but couldn't find a D.  I looked down my course roster until I found an education major, I pulled her exam out and graded it... sure enough... I had my example of a D. 2 years grading exams had taught me that education majors were the worst students in the university, worse even than communications majors, however there was some parity between the two.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:39 | 2910886 EscapingProgress
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"Can a small minority of critical thinking citizens lead a revolution that topples the existing social order and restores the Republic...?"

Lets hope not. A loose confederacy would be far superior to reviving the constitutional republic. The Constitution has four major flaws: 1) Federal executive branch, 2) Federal judicial branch, 3) Commerce clause, 4) Welfare clause.

The executive branch has granted itself the power to become the dictatorial branch when the proper national emergency arises, and the executive branch is no longer required to wait for Congress to declare war. It was predicted that this would happen, by the way. Centralized judicial branches at a national level are also a problem. There should be no national judiciary, and state judiciaries should be able nullify any and all laws that they interpret as being in conflict with the original contract signed by the state in order to enter into the union. The commerce and welfare clauses should be obvious. They have been used as justification to ramrod through just about any legislation.

All of these problems will simply repeat themselves if we don't significantly modify the structure of our government.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 17:49 | 2910919 AurorusBorealus
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Where’s My Daddy

 

Here is the problem with Libertarianism that dates all the way back to the founding of modern liberalism (read: libertarianism).  Libertarianism / liberalism has no place for the family.  Marriage is a contractual arrangement between two parties and either has the right to exit the contract at will (i.e. no-fault divorce).  The Second Treatise on Government by John Locke, the founder of all things liberal / libertarian, is nothing but an assault on patriarchy from government down to the family.  Locke makes the point that marriage is a contractual arrangement which either party should have the right to exit at will.

Unfortunately, for the libertarians and feminists, human society does not function without the family.  What is happening to the West today is the direct result of the destruction of the bedrock institution upon which all of human civilization is constructed.  By pointing the problems of welfare dependency, educational deficiencies, drug addiction, poverty, etc., we are pointing out the symptoms, not the disease.  The disease is that children are not being disciplined, raised, and loved in the environment necessary to acquire the habits and customs of responsible people.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:07 | 2910956 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Missed it by that much.

 

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

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:42 | 2910922 Monedas
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Stop witch hunting closet "sport" racists .... start dealing with perverse government "familists" .... especially the ones with good intentions who spend other peoples money !    Female social workers .... "Genocide and Young Lace" !       In Mexico, the family is the welfare system, social security and everything else .... and it is stronger for a society than nuclear weapons !    State sponsored family disintegration is as perverse as it gets .... government workers should be treated like child molesters .... because that's the net result .... government perpetrated "FAMILY MOLESTATION" .... there, I've given it a name !

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:38 | 2911032 ebworthen
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"Fathers?  We don't need no stinkin' Fathers!"

(/sarc)

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:12 | 2911054 Henry Hub
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***Dysfunctional, Dishonest, Insane, And Intolerable***

I love these articles explaining to us how our spending is being wasted and the solution is to take a chainsaw to government social programs. The odd thing is that the military/security spending is never mentioned.

Defense budget 2010 - 664.84 Billion

Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan by June 2011 - 3.7 TRILLION

Cost of Homeland Security since 9/11 - 635.9 Billion

Total spending on Defense and Homeland Security since 9/11 - 7.6 TRILLION

http://nationalpriorities.org/analysis/2011/us-security-spending-since-911/

The level of fraud and corruptions in military spending has reached epic proportions in Iraq & Afghanistan, yet the bozo that wrote this article completely leave all this out of his assessment. I wonder why? Could he have an agenda?

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/255109

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 19:40 | 2911157 indio007
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Why is the gov't take going up?

Corporations have found the scheme of getting a stream of revenue to become law.

In reality it is armed robbery via taxation and laundered through the gov't.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 22:08 | 2911490 honestann
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Only solution to education:
Eliminate public schools.
Eliminate government.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 07:21 | 2912065 Radical Marijuana
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The problem with the ideal of "eliminating government" is that governments are the best organized gang of criminals, being controlled from behind the scenes by even better organized gangs of criminals. Governments are self-justifying and self-actualizing systems of lies, backed up by violence. They were created by the history of warfare, as the best organized gangs of criminals were able to defeat any others that were not as well organized. Within the public governments were level after level of secret governments.

Our "education systems" are doing what they are supposed to do, as intended by the best organized gangs of criminals, who effectively control the puppet politicians.

What we should do, is the sublime thing of teaching students not to trust authorities ... and YES, I do love the endless paradoxical nature of asserting that we should do that.

Eliminating governments is absolutely impossible. Revolutionary public education is at least theoretically possible. I am for the barely possible, over the absolutely impossible.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 19:46 | 2914447 honestann
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Oh, I don't think human beings will ever solve their problems.  They will allow the predators to control everything until the lack of diversity or outright visciousness wipes out most or all human life.  And good riddens that will be, given the absolute triviality that virtually all humans have allowed themselves to become.

However, I am one who lives, works and produces by observing and understanding the nature of reality and consciousness.  For the few people like me, to correctly identify the fundamental [and detailed] nature of things is fundamental to my being, ethics and modus-operandi.

A natural part of this modus-operandi is to identify unlikely, possible, likely and feasible goals, targets and outcomes.  Which is where "should do" comes in.

Of course, it is pretty easy to identify what humans should do.  But of course I don't expect humans to do so.  That's why we (that extremely tiny number) look for alternatives that a teenie, tiny minority might be able to pull off... to save at least a few of the best of us (or more if we ever find a practical way).  And we have, and we're working on it.  Still, it is fun to sample the state of consciousness in ZH now and then, and vent a bit too.

PS:  It is not impossible to eliminate government (as we know it) in certain small regions of earth.  However, I agree it is unlikely, because the predators would be very offended if any locale provided a place for the best, brightest, bravest to flee to.

It is quite possible and practical to eliminate government in outer space.  That is why the only practical hope for mankind (besides a mass awakening from the current stupor) is to "get out of dodge", meaning "earth".  This is what earth used to have throughout most of history (a frontier), but now lacks.  It is no accident that worldwide aggressive predatory fascist authoritarianism is growing so extreme at the same time there are virtually no remaining frontiers for the best, brightest, bravest to escape to.

There are solutions, but the only likely solutions involve "new technology" in the hands of liberty-oriented folks, and escape into outer space.  Both would seem to be extremely unlikely at this point, but... well... that's all I can say in the open.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 02:17 | 2911910 snblitz
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The cake is a lie

" In other words, current students have a 100 (70 plus 30) point advantage over their parents."

In 1995 the SAT administrators added 100 points to 1995 and later SAT combined scores.  And yet no discontinuity in the chart.  The magic of new/fraud math.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 05:23 | 2911999 Fort
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"The few remaining citizens capable of critical thought need to decide whether they will fight for the country we should be or bow down to the overlords and accept that we have become so corrupted as to need a despotic government, being incapable of any other."

Good question and it does not apply to the US alone. The Dutch might score quite high in your chart, but that scares me even more. I've had school mentors explain me (no kidding) that in a digital world math was pretty much useless because computers did all the calculations. I helped my brother in law who wanted to do an advanced math class (about a decade ago). The first day he came to me he pulled from his schoolbag a big Texas Instrument calculator and a manual (You could not possibly call that book anything else) of how to feed the calculator with variables to get results out of programmed equations. The book lacked any practical uses. He needed it to study simple second degree functions without the monster he would be completely lost.

I'm sure this teaching has become common place nowadays and am pretty sure nobody learns math through these machines, it is stupid a 6000 year old science if not art has been reduced to putting variables in a big calculator and passing it off as education with no practical utility offered to students and that is the Netherlands which ranks just below South Korea.

I've had my share of discussions about liberty and the damage that big governments do to an economy and I can answer your question partly. If we critical thinkers give up we are truly lost, but it will be slow going and the future does not bode well for the dying breed of critical thinkers. The only fear remaining is that the battle has actually already been won by the bad guys. I wonder why there were so few people back at the turn of this century that used their critical thinking skills productive and allowed the market to do what it does best destroy the bad investments. I've watched with growing amazement how the housing bubble was inflated; even more amazed how sovereign states offered the future generations prosperity to delay the collapse of a truly rotten financial system. I've not even tried to debate bull idiots trying to convince a dwindling investment audience that the only way for markets was to go up. Einstein was certain of two things only. The Universe is infinite and so is mankind’s stupidity and he questioned the first.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 20:03 | 2914502 honestann
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Most "critical thinkers" today work for government, and are thus part of the mob we call "predators-DBA-government".  And some of them are quite diabolical.  Never make the mistake of assuming "critical thinker" equates with "ethical" or "benevolent", because usually it doesn't.  A nice little paycheck WILL buy most "critical thinkers".

The problem is, mankind as a whole has passed far beyond the point of no return.  Nobody, not even the most persuasive gang of critical thinkers will ever turn the vast majority of man back towards individualism.  It is far, far, far too late for that.

The only remaining solutions are... well... I'm not sure there is a name coined yet.  I was going to say "bullet holes", but that isn't descriptive enough.  What I refer to is the possibility that a few critical thinkers could find a way to develop a powerful enough technology to permanently isolate themselves from predators.

In the long run, this will require escape into outer space, where predators posing as government have no hope.  Space is simply too vast and too easy to hide in for any predator to effectively rule.  The cost to find someone, or mess with them, would require vast time, effort and energy --- probably millions of times more than they could collect in theft once they found someone and cornered them (assuming they ever could).

Bottom line:  It is already "game over" for mankind.  The only question that remains is whether one or more tiny groups of "critical thinkers and doers" can escape predator-planet before it is too late for everyone.

PS:  Therefore, remove ideas like "fight for your country" from your mind, because those kinds of ideas will assure you, your family and your friends are destroyed.  The only hope is to "fight for yourself", and not "fight the predators (and their 7-billion apologist-slaves)", but fight to make yourself [and family/friends] independent of them.

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