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Guest Post: Who Should Be Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving?

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Submitted by John Aziz of Azizonomics

Who Should Be Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving?

Not the wider public.

Our financial system is broken. Our political system is broken. Oligarchs and their cronies reap easy rewards — bailouts, crony capitalism, corporate handouts, liquidity injections, favourable “regulation” (that puts oligarchs’ competition out of a business) — while taxpayers pay the bill.

But no such thing lasts forever.

Thanksgiving is very much the day of the black swan. Nassim Taleb used the example of a turkey fattened up for Thanksgiving as an example of a black swan phenomenon. The turkey sees itself being fed every day by the turkey farmer and assumes based on past behaviour that this will continued indefinitely until the day comes when the farmer kills the turkey. Nothing in the turkey’s limited experiential dataset suggested such an event.

But Thanksgiving also commemorates the end of pre-Columbian America, a huge earth-shattering black swan for the people of the Americas. the day before the first European immigrants landed in North America, very little in the Native Americans’ dataset suggested what was to come.

In a globalised and hyper-connected world, drastic systemic change can occur faster than ever before.

All it takes is the first spark.

 

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Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:38 | 3005396 vinayjha
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Happys thanksgiving to Zerohedge. I don't want to think about stupid politician.

http://www.freefdawatchlist.com/

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:56 | 3005431 Enslavethechild...
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Gold not being replenished on the shelves

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk600gFnlrk&feature=player_embedded

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:00 | 3005502 flacon
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Every time I hear the word "crony CAPITALISM" I cringe - It may be crony, but it's got nothing to do with capitalism. The wider public thinks that "laissez-fair free market capitalism" has caused our woes. They want nothing to do with it any more. 

 

Here's a comment/quote from one of my facebook friends on my post regarding failed Keynesian economics: "I thought that the economics now was based on Milton Friedman from the Chicago School Economics. With a free market and a laissez-faire attitude"

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:50 | 3005544 MeBizarro
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Laissez-faire capitalism in its purest form is like the Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny.  Nice concepts but no grounding in reality.  

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:53 | 3005545 CrockettAlmanac.com
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There is no such thing as the ideal condition. That does not prevent man from envisioning a better way and working toward it.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:01 | 3005551 This just in
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I envision a second slice of pumpking pie, and once on my feet, I will work toward waddling over to the table to get it.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:17 | 3005569 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Division of labor is a marvelous thing especially when you're the one who gets to finish off the product, so to speak.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:14 | 3005648 Half_A_Billion_...
Fri, 11/23/2012 - 11:12 | 3006277 Hayabusa
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Bitcoins?  How gullible do you think people are... fricken troll!

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 11:45 | 3006412 Half_A_Billion_...
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You're the gullible one if you're not paying attention.

 

they can't short bitcoin and it's 238 times more scarce than an ounce of gold.  5 billion ounces/21 million btc.

 

In 5 days, Bernanke will be printing $800,000 new usd for each new bitcoin created.  

 

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:01 | 3005634 Ginsengbull
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Are they spiking the butterballs with extra L-tryptophan these days?

 

My rear is dragging after this turkey day.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 01:04 | 3005707 CrockettAlmanac.com
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More heavy gravy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhh-nU9upHg

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 05:25 | 3005862 tonyw
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Exactly, don't let perfect/ideal be the enemy of good enough/better.

My motto is:

Think if the future of all human civilisation depended on me, what would I do, how would I be?
It's up to us to write what happens next. Did I do all that I could?

 

It's pretty tough and most days i don't/can't do all that I could but don't let it stop me from trying.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 10:01 | 3006062 myptofvu
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I have seen this exact quote before must be some troll making the rounds ctrl v

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:19 | 3005572 nmewn
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"Every time I hear the word "crony CAPITALISM" I cringe..."

Me too...I say we start calling it what it is...national socialism ie: fascism...or as they say, socioeconomics, a term Krugman is very familiar with.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:06 | 3005637 Mary Wilbur
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Fascism is what I've been calling it for some time.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:29 | 3005669 Oh regional Indian
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How about Sociopathalism?

In such a system, the more sociopathic you are, the better you do.

ori

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:49 | 3005694 Aziz
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You guys are right. I should just call it fascism.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 05:35 | 3005844 Radical Marijuana
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RUNAWAY FASCIST PLUTOCRACY.

The word that best describes political realities in is PLUTOCRACY.

Since it operates through corporations, it can be called fascist plutocracy.

HOWEVER, THAT NO LONGER IS FULLY UNDERSTOOD BY ANY OF THE HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE OPERATING THOSE SYSTEMS!

"Plutocracy" meant government by the wealthy. Plutocracy was government through the money supply. Plutocracy was government by the money, for the money, through controlling the supply of money inside of that system. Since the money supply and the use of money was dominated by corporations, it is also a form of corporatism. Again, according to the original definitions, when corporations effectively control the government, then that is "fascism."

Large corporations effectively control most of the information that most citizens receive, and therefore, those corporations effectively control politics. Moreover, government mandated funds now collectively own the vast majority of the shares of the corporations that governments originally chartered, and are supposed to regulate, while, in fact, more and more there are revolving doors where the corporations control the governments, that regulate the corporations, which more and more are collectively owned by governments. The results are a vicious cycle of privatizations of public powers, benefiting the wealthy. However, those systems are now more complicated than anyone inside them still understands! The privatization of the money supply was originally the most important, and has already been almost 99% accomplished. However, there evolved a surreal ouroboros of incorporated robbery, wherein a SYSTEM of governments creating corporations, which governments then overwhelmingly owned those corporations, around and around ...

Most of what economic theory says should be regarded as archaeology. The current systems are spinning faster and faster, out of human control, because they have evolved beyond human understanding. There is no longer any coherent elites, nor oligopoly, or cult of cronies, which actually understands and controls events. There are no more human controllers, like those who relatively made and maintained those systems in the past. The systems themselves are now runaway self-sustaining entities, leaving human beings behind.

Our public government has effectively been almost totally taken over behind the scenes by the prolonged triumphant application of the methods of organized crime. Fascist plutocracy is what results after murder and fraud are added to capitalism. There is actually nothing remotely close to “free markets” in the real world, and all the other various ideologies, or “isms,” become nothing more than bullshit in the context of the reality of fascist plutocracy. The history of the funding of the political processes was domination by a tiny wealthy minority. The changes in the laws, in response to past scandals, have restricted that somewhat, but not changed what was already accomplished through those means in the past. The already actually established systems are runaway fascist plutocracy, while the continuing pattern is for a tiny minority to fund all the politics, while the overwhelming vast majority do nothing.

However, that history has built a system which has been amplified to astronomical sizes, which far exceed the ability of any human beings to comprehend anymore. We now have people paying attention to numbers, and making decisions on the basis of numbers, which numbers were originally the result of runaway triumphant fraudulence. HOWEVER, THAT FASCIST PLUTOCRACY HAS BROKEN THROUGH TO NO LONGER BEING CONTROLLED BY THE PEOPLE, OR THEIR DESCENDENTS, THAT ORIGINALLY MADE AND MAINTAINED THOSE SOCIAL SYSTEMS!

The plutocracy has outstripped the plutocrats! These days, professional money managers are making decisions based on numbers which are far too removed from reality, since those numbers are the result of runaway triumphant fraudulence. Thus, decisions are being made by a SYSTEM WHICH NO LONGER IS LIMITED BY BEING UNDERSTOOD BY ANY GROUP OF HUMAN BEINGS, DESPITE HAVING ORIGINALLY BE BUILT BY HUMAN BEINGS.

EVEN WORSE, THAT RUNAWAY TECHNOLOGY IS FUNDAMENTALLY BASED ON FRAUDS, WHICH THAT SYSTEM DELIBERATELY DOES NOT UNDERSTAND, AND DOES NOT WANT TO UNDERSTAND, AND SO, THE ECONOMIC NUMBERS ARE NUTS, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT RELATED TO BASIC CONCEPTS OF ENERGY AND ECOLOGY, BUT RATHER ARE HYPER-COMPLICATED AND ENTANGLED FRAUDULENCE, BEING AMPLIFIED BY THE APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY, TO BECOME COLLECTIVE CRAZINESS!

There is no terminology that works anymore. All the old-fashioned ideas become obsolete, faster and faster, as the technologies take on a life of their own. It is PLUTOCRACY, and FASCIST PLUTOCRACY, that started long ago with militarism and patriarchy, etc., which made something which is now out of human control. Human beings have created a new kingdom of life, but that is organized by utterly GARBAGE IN / GARBAGE OUT data and mathematics, by organizations making decisions, aided by computers, on the basis of numbers that are NUTS!

There are no longer any good words to describe what is happening. The old labels are mostly ridiculous. The old isms are too goofy to bother debating. Human beings created a monetary system, which became enforced  as a state religion, which is profoundly irrational, and yet, directs the decisions made in the real world, which are all based on lies, backed by violence, headed towards psychotic breakdowns.  Our real systems could be called OUT OF CONTROL INSANISMS! 

The history that made War King, then made Fraud King, and those trends were then astronomically amplified by technologies that have become a new kingdom of life, leaving human beings behind, since the actual system are operated by numbers which are NUTS, since those numbers are the result of loop after loop of fraudulence, getting totally tangled up to the point where no group of human beings understands the systems that they made anymore. Therefore, all of the theories of economics should be regarded with the same approach as archaeology, which can help understand how the current runaway insane systems were originally developed, but no longer are able to explain the runaway absurdities that have finally resulted from their automated fraudulence, being backed by atomic bombs, etc. ...

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 05:54 | 3005870 stacking12321
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could you expound on that a bit more?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 20:01 | 3007662 Radical Marijuana
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Well, stacking12321,

here are some links to more background on the ouroboros of incorporated robbery concept. 

These were not well-made, entertaining videos, however, the concepts revealed are important!


Walter Burien, Clint Richardson and Jerry Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn3hUcmNDdA

Ending Taxation - The Only Game in Town - 2011

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

The Corporation Nation Master (2010)

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

Corporation Nation 2

Another, shorter, talking head video about the CAFR:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2aif0Wk9E0

Introduction to the CAFR - Why You Can’t Get Ahead

Walter Burien's work, and those who followed after him, has proven beyond any reasoable doubt that the vast majority of all big corporations, including the biggest banks, are now overwhelmingly owned by hundreds of thousands of various kinds of funds, which all were mandated by governments, to have the power that they had to consistently buy up shares in all publicly traded corporations.Therefore, collective government now owns the economy. The wealthy people from the past who made and maintained the established systems no longer actually own it. Sure, they have remarkably large pieces of the pie, and their foundations, etc., had enormous influence in the past. However, the systems that they made have become runaways!

IT DOES NOT MATTER IF ONE IS RIGHT, AND CAN PROVE IT.

Walter Burien, et alia, can PROVE they are right, and they can propose theoretical ideas based on the FACTS that they are right ... However, the actually existing systems continue to cruise on autopilot, since there are no good reasons to believe that enough people will wake up enough, in effective enough ways, to do anything that they could and should do. Instead, the overall REALITIES are automatically getting worse at exponential rates that appear to far exceed the rates at which some people are learning about those REALITIES. The more one knows, the worse it gets! My main conclusions are that attempting to understand human systems better is practically useless, since those systems will still be controlled by lies and violence, deliberately maintaining ignorance and fear.

P.S.

Although it appears to be practically useless, other than to pass the time for my own amusement, I have been stacking my desultory attempts to understand our broken political and financial systems here:

Some Monetary System articles.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 06:08 | 3023017 stacking12321
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thank you.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 06:00 | 3005875 Zero Govt
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Just call them parasites

the old labels of left, right, socialist, fascist, even Keynes and Freidman are as relevant as the colours of GOP and Dems 

this is and has always been about parasites, the unproductive, gaming/cheating/lying to society to put themselves above society (throne power) and live off societies backs (tax/theft)

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 10:11 | 3006102 A82EBA
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The parasites outvoted the host...stupid host

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 20:55 | 3007727 Radical Marijuana
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Predators and parasites are practically the same, except they come packaged differently.

The is a long book called Evolution A Novel, by Stephen Baxter, whose pdf I was able to downloaded for free, as an ebook, although I do not remember now where I found that link before ... But here is a link to that author, that I think is one of the best writers of science fiction.

http://www.stephen-baxter.com/books.html

Evolution A Novel is an attempt to tell the whole story of the evolution of life on Earth in an entertaining way. I thought it did that relatively well. Therefore, it presents the basic concepts of the evolution of ecologies in a readable way. It provides a means to review, over and over and over again, how evolution evolved various ecologies.

The crucial issues are those of HUMAN ECOLOGY, and the rapidly emerging INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY.

Human ecology has developed different people who fill different niches inside of those systems.

The people who you, Zero Govt, call parasites could also be regarded as the top carnivores.

We should fulfil the roles performed by the parasite/predators in the human ecology in BETTER WAYS. The producers NEED the parasite/predators, just as much as the parasite/predators NEED the producers. It is always going to backfire, and never work, to propose impossible ideals as the solutions to the abuses of the elites to suggest that it would be better if there were NO parasite/predators! Most of the people who did correct historical analysis of the realities regarding those people who acted as the supreme parasite/predators in the evolving human ecology, tend to collapse back to old-fashioned bullshit religions and ideologies when they turn to their preferred "solutions" to the problems caused by the parasite/predators that control our political economy.

The abysmal failure of such false fundamental dichotomy views of our realities will backfire even worse with respect to the INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, than with the human aspects of that problem! Furthermore, as I stated in my previous comment, we are inside a runaway evolution of computer/machine entities which are now emerging as a whole new kingdom of life, whose consequences are rapidly overshadowing all of the past human ecology and political economy problems!

Of course, I feel quite despondent, because I believe that the runaway failure to operate a better industrial ecology is going to result in the collapse into chaos of the human ecology, and the continued destruction of natural ecologies. There is practically nowhere, as far as I am aware of, any saner discussion of these problems, since the established systems are run by the people who were the best at lying about what they were doing, and therefore, everything that directs and decides on the future of humanity is based on the history of triumphant frauds. It is almost impossible to imagine any practical ways to change politics so that we all do what the parasites did better. But nevertheless, that provides the only theoretical paths towards better resolutions of the chronic problems in human ecology and the rapidly runaway emerging problems in political economy, with respect to industrial ecology.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 07:19 | 3005895 negative rates
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@getting totally tangled up to the point where no group of human beings understands the systems that they made anymore.

Just keep speaking for yourself there, you should run out of breath slightly before the end of the world arrives for the ones you mock.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 15:50 | 3007133 homonohumanus
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Nice post, I find the fact that people can no longer tell the difference between socialism and corporatism extremely bothering.

It is quiet a success for the on going propaganda and a sad result. I think it is remanent of the way people have been wedged into a right/left dichotomy (not that there is no right or left so to speak but the way it is presented is fraudulent).

People on right are more willing to call it "socialism", people on the left "fascims'corporatism", and that no matter both sides could be claiming that they rejected that left/right paradigm. To begin they should no reject the left/right paradigm as it is ultimately a valid one, in our time wee are just clinging (or fed...) on out date and failed definition of what is the right or the left.

A matter of a fact is that the people "originated" from the left side of the chess board, no matter how much distance they took from it, are right, as it is the system is way closer to corporatism and fascism than to socialsim. Actually calling the system socialist is ridiculous. For those that cared enough and listen to R.Paul's farewell to Congress, they should have noticed that he doesn't allude at any time to socialism and warn us about fascism.

The whole thing is that fascism is oligarchic, and plutocratic by definition. For all its lacking that something that the socialist system is not. The system of power in USSR was obviously corrupted but power was not following blood lines / passed down 'reigning" family. They were abused but that was not the basis on which the sytem either worked or failed.

I think that we are failing as society because we are not proposed with sane and up to date ideologic corpus of what the left and the right are. A sane, democratic opposition should be between "libertatarians" and left wing "anarchism" (which has nothing to do with in form of chaos).

If you look at some guys like Chris Hedge, I found his view about what he calls the "corporate state" sounded and there is no that much to dispute on the matter. But the guy then fails, he thinks of socialism as a solution and he thinks that lot of our trouble have to do with "the failing of the liberal clas". Imo that shows a significant lack of understanding. Hegel was obviously wrong on the end of History and the engine for that matter of fact, the victory of the liberal ideas. On the other hand a writter like Honore de Balzac was spot on the lacking of the "intermediate class" (doesn't read as mid class, it is more bourgeoisie, so a class between commoners and nobiliatiry) and how it would fail.

Over I think that both Libertarian ideals and anarchists ideals are in fact really close. The things is, if you go with Ron Paul, as a representant of the former opinion, and his view you need a strong morality among the citizen.

The same is true for the left side (anarchists), in both cases you need caring, well educated, extremely moral, citizens. Ultimately if you were to pull this out, I think that the system would be in such a state that the difference between those ideals, would pretty much vanish as the society would have evolved so far ahead of wht it is now , that a lot of our concerned about what is private or public would quiet possibly become secondary to more intellectual and spiritual matters. We are eon from that any way. Actually I would dare to say that are getting further and further from that.

Say one were to project it self in a not that distant future where resources are indeed relatively scarse, population is under control, education level is high, academic researchers have been freed in that order from self censore ship, and censorship, decision would be taken on the basis of strong consensus (the majority system as it is now is nothing but the weakest possible form of agreement on any topic), and coalisions gathering multiple pov would have replaced our failed party system. In such a system let assume that we were actually in a situation to achieve either the anarchist utopia or the libertarian utopia, what would people would decide wrt to ownership of good, pm, land that sustain the existence of the said society, what would be considered rewarding, etc. is pretty much in the air. If we were that close to pull out what is named an utopia for a reason, I'm not sure that for awesome services to the society one may only want as a reward a piece of metal, of what could be really considered an unsustainable advantage.

Anyway, this is so far from us now, that caring about it should not be much of concern, we are speaking in both case of people rulling their destiny. What we are facing is violent form of authoritarisms, be it fascism or socialism.

That is were the left/righ paradigm kind of enslaved us, to me the paradigm takes all in sense once a society ruled by the people were to achieve (could remain an utopia), till then the real clivage between in our society is democracy versus oligarchy.

 

I think we should not rely on on the pretence of people achieving vertue, either way, utopia are set to remain what they means ie pipe dream. We need a vertous system, and indeed as much of virtous people as possible but not making the presence of the later a systemic requirement for the former to happen.

What could it be? I think that some people got it, I think of Etienne Chouard namely (sorry people he is French but there could vid on the web with subtitles), the virtuous system we need is indeed the democracy.

That is where thing get tough, the word has been bend, democracy at is core relies on pulling of lots. The only remain we have from democracy are the the law court of most occidental countries, that is the only place where the power that be let it survives and not for the highest form of juridictions.

There are side/ parrallel concerned that raise with democracy, it has to be local. You can't elect  or chose the guy on top. The control the people have is grouned into the fact that they chose or elect, or pulled out of a lot, the representant that are barely above us and as such still have plenty of power on the appointed person. It must go that way all along the chain to the top. As a side note the persons in charge of controlling the power has to be pulled out of lot to ensure the overall impartiality of the system and that commun interest remains at the heart of the society instead of group of special interests.

There is anothing people need to understand, power is always organized. We are fed with the idea that entropy rules every thing, but that a lie, poweer is self organizing, in the same way that gravity got a clouf of hydrogen into the solar system. The only counter power to those power is pulling of lot, it ensure that on average the immense majority interests are the best represented and that the power "that be" (that how people should read, they be because the way the power works) are keep under democratic control.

 

In my opinon that is where somebody like Ron Paul fails, the reason why what I think made Amercian exceptionnalism and sadly lost american values, failed were backed into the cake in the form of a "representatvie republic". America tried to rely on commun vs civil law, tried to have the citizens ruling them selves first, keep at first the whole process local (many counties, states). Ultimately it failed the federal governement took more and more control, poweer people lost to an oligarchy and the organic structure that is a modern state.

 

It failed for the simple reason that the people didn't have the mean of control "powers that be" (as I described it ie the self organizing nature of power), the only mean of control we know for that is democracy which is not the system the founding fathers selected.

Back to ours days, as a result of the above talk, the fight and best interest for the masses is not in defining what is left and right but the understanding that the two antagonist systems nowadays are an oligarchic view of the world, more than often racialist, and the democracy. It should be obvious to every body awake that the later has a up hill battle to gain acceptance from the masses that it would serve best interests.

The dispute between right or left can only have a sane value in a system in whihc people are actually in charge which they are. We need to build to proper democracy, based on locality, with unelected chains of control for the power (pulled out of lot). A control where the chain of responsabillities are build from the bottom to the top with the matching chain of responsabilities. No by passing, with Joe six packs electing the person (the gran e3lector system doesn't change that in a meaningful way) it has the least control one, ie the executive power granted powers that would put a king to shame (president for the dummies).

 

People have to wake and understand where is the real fight. We are badly losing. Neither Hegelian or marxist view may ever happen, and the end of time could very well be what History has consisted in for most of the time, ie an oligarchy and its sheeps.

 

Farewell people first post here.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 19:00 | 3007542 Radical Marijuana
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I agree with your conclusions, homonohumanus:

"People have to wake and understand where is the real fight. We are badly losing."

The last sentence I quoted there is the most important one! However, "We the People" are badly losing not just to the oligarchic elites. The main point of my comment above was that we have created a hyper-complicated global economy, wherein the breakthrough science and technologies are even more fantastic. The global elites have practically become a "breakaway civilization." BUT, beyond that, the exponential growth of computer/machine entities has taken place within a social system where those elites, that made and maintained their systems in the past, have designed their system to not have to care about the "little people!"

Now that those systems are runaways, with exponentially increasing technological capabilities, those systems are no longer controlled by any coherent group of human beings, AND those systems were designed to not care about people.They were designed to care about making a "profit" within a financial accounting system fundamentally based on frauds. Those who made and maintained that system for millenia, and drove it to go global in the last few Centuries, have made something which has grown far, far vaster than they were!

When we ask about where an automobile was built, or who owns a large corporation, the answers tend to be shattered into peices, scattered all over the world. The managers are mostly looking at the numbers on their computer monitors, which numbers were generated by other people, and those numbers are NOT scientific!

The basic problem is that all of our social systems are the triumph of frauds, backed by force, and almost all of our social sciences are mostly complicit within that, because they were paid by those systems! Therefore, the language we use is mostly garbage. There are rarely any sensible, systemic facts within political debates. The actually existing system are the best professioal propaganda, conning citizens, and cajoling consumers, to vote and buy, despite the facts. IF we do survive, then there must be some new ruling elite emerge, that replaces the ones that are there now. The problem is that that new ruling elite may well become cyborgs, or some other previously science fiction notion.

At the present time, a lot more people would have to wake up a lot more. However, for that to matter, they would then have to have a more scientific understanding and plan of action. Not a return to old-fashioned religions and ideologies. A lot more people would have to wake up a lot more, not just to more truth about the past and present, but also with respect to a more scientific understanding of the future. At present, that seems practically impossible. Instead, the main FACT is "We are badly losing."

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:47 | 3005691 Future Jim
Fri, 11/23/2012 - 10:04 | 3006071 NidStyles
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So the guy that originally coined the concept had nothing to do with defining it then, ok gotcha....

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:48 | 3005649 Future Jim
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I just call it cronyism, which includes unions.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 08:45 | 3005935 Lost My Shorts
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Capitalism simply means that the means of production are privately owned, and private markets exist for capital.  The concept of capitalism does not entail fairness or purity of any sort.  "Crony capitalism" is a perfectly coherent description of a capitalist system that is rigged in a certain way.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:59 | 3005437 Future Jim
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Find out WHY the first Americans were so darned thankful.

Now THAT's Economics in One Lesson!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:28 | 3005589 Alpo for Granny
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I would like to thank Dr. Ron Paul....and also Blyth Masters for the cheap Phyzz...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:38 | 3005397 SheepleLOVEched...
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Jon Corzine should be giving thanks that he is not in prison, nor "had an accident"

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:01 | 3005438 Tirpitz
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He's rather thanking his buddy Holder for holding his hand over him, while concentrating government efforts more on whistleblowers and file-sharers.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:07 | 3005453 surf0766
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Wasn't holder's old law firm representing jc's firm..

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:39 | 3005399 Neethgie
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The only Not so black swan is that we are gonna have a communist revolution, the great unworking undeserving masses are going to strive to steal from everyone else, shortly after humanity will become extinct. 

how black swan is that?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:42 | 3005406 economics9698
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Japan is going down first. I think the over 100 IQ people will be getting some payback in the next decade against the moocher class.  A little cleansing of the under 100s and over 130s.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:44 | 3005411 Neethgie
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Japan still has quite a feudal society, so i can't see that happening.. i see it more of a western thing.. where what they have for nothing isn't enough, i also see it in the form of the class rhetoric that is allowed in the west "US AND THEM" 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:10 | 3005454 surf0766
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That revolution was already started 100 years ago.Feeding us socialism a little at a time.  I cannot believe people can be bought for suck a low price.

Come one com all. American's for sale blue light special style.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:41 | 3005403 ShortTheUS
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Echoing vinayjha's comments, I would like to thank Tyler Durden and all contributors to the Zero Hedge for their enlightening and informative posts this year.

You guys are a comforting presence during the ongoing collapse of society.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:44 | 3005409 economics9698
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Not comforting just realistic.  One can only ingest so much tripe in a day. 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:46 | 3005493 CrockettAlmanac.com
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It's very comforting to know that you aren't the only "nut" in the world.

Which, if you follow my drift, leads me to say, "Thanks, Ron Paul. We're looking forward to hearing even more from you now that you are free of that cesspit in DC and will be hitting the road to spread the good word."

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:00 | 3005622 DaveyJones
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This site is 49 percent education 51 percent therapy.

Thank you everyone. 

and happy thanksgiving

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 01:22 | 3005728 Hulk
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Its been nice having you around man...

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 02:28 | 3005789 ebworthen
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Likewise.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:18 | 3005513 smlbizman
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i really hate that i feel this way but.....i literally do not trust anything.....and my  range seems to be from  .."not at all,... i.e. anything any govt. anything says......to zero hedge....which i find myself trusting, along with a willingness to even toss  a little faith in .....i think i speak for many when i say...we would feel lost for a very long time without the hedge's credibility......

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:34 | 3005673 Mary Wilbur
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I'm with you. There is something wonderful about this site and it is that I have never encountered so many people from so many different walks of life, backgrounds, ages, experiences, etc., who have taught me so much that is useful and necessary to know and have made me laugh probably more than I have laughed for years. Thank you one and all. If I believed in god I would say god bless you. Instead I'll say good luck and keep on truckin'. 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 07:44 | 3005904 General Decline
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"have made me laugh probably more than I have laughed for years."

True for me. Thanks.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 17:28 | 3007362 hidingfromhelis
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10-4!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:40 | 3005610 Peter Pan
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Yes indeed. A big thanks to all the Tylers and all the Durdens who not only keep their finger on the pulse but who also seem to get to the heart of things whilst the main stream press is caught up with either Krugman or the Kardashians.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:53 | 3005427 Bansters-in-my-...
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The same fat fuck bankers have kindly arranged for yous to be sprayed by chemtrails daily,and they allow you to flip the bill via USAF ,and Navy....
Silly fucks.....go get em...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:57 | 3005434 Tirpitz
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Great illustration!

Gotta love that fat banker there, looks so ripe for slaughter.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:05 | 3005451 Jafo
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Ripe for slaughter?  The fat pig is heading right into a massive heart attack that will drop him like he was pole-axed.  That is more than just a metaphore for how the system will collapse.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:01 | 3005439 Yen Cross
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 Ask the North Koreans?

Ask every "Douche Bag" that enjoys destroying the gift of communication, why he/she acts like a MONKEY!

  Nature does confirm one law. " The law of supply and dumb-shitness"...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:05 | 3005448 Ineverslice
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These cartoon editorials have looked like this for more than a century in our country...really pisses u off.

I hope we breathe long enuf to see the hangin's....

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:15 | 3005458 virgilcaine
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Better to fatten the Bankers before they are Harvested.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:21 | 3005465 tom a taxpayer
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Thanksgiving prayer at Goldman Sachs Board meeting in office of CEO Lloyd Blankfein, based on unconfirmed transcript from an unreliable source: 

"Bless Ben Bernanke for giving us a lifeline when we were about to sink like rock in September 2008. Bless Ben for taking us drowning, scared multimillionaires into the Federal Reserve family by approving our application to be a bank holding company, and for waiving the pesky waiting period to review our application and perform due diligence. Bless Ben and his NY Fed family for all the other multibillion dollar "accommodations" they have bestowed on Goldman Sachs in the following years of tribulation and fibulation."

"Thank Hank Paulson, our Godfather, for killing our competitors Bear Stearns and Lehman, for knee capping Merrill Lynch, for saving our behinds from billions of $ of counterparty risk at Fannie, Freddie, and AIG. Thank Hank, truly a family man, for allowing the Goldman Sachs family to control key positions at the U.S. Treasury and to advise him on how best to fleece the taxpayers. Hank, every Thanksgiving we kneel before you and kiss your ring. 

"Bless Obama for giving us Bernanke, Geithner, Holder, and four jail-free years to harvest what we can from investors, pension funds, municipal, state, and federal vaults, and turkey shoots of widows and orphans. I shudder to recall Thanksgiving 2008. We had every reason to think that Obama, the new Heralded Reformer, would prosecute the rampant crimes of Wall Street. We worried our financial engineering would be misunderstood before a jury of mere mortals. We feared spending the next 20 years in federal prison sharing cells with Bubba and disgruntled investors.

"But God works in mysterious ways, and may I say, since 2008 in miraculous ways. Yes, it is a miracle…Obama converted to our side. Truly a conversion of Biblical proportions. 

"Let us give thanks. Bush gave us the U.S. Government Seal of Approval as Too Big To Fail. Obama gave us the U.S. Government Seal of Approval as Too Big To Jail."

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:24 | 3005474 A Lunatic
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Happy Thanksgiving, Bitchez..........

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:28 | 3005475 Miss Expectations
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On November 22, 1718, the infamous pirate Blackbeard was killed. The “Golden Age of Piracy” flourished briefly along the North Carolina coast in the early 18th century. Foremost among the pirates was Edward Teach, aka “Blackbeard.” He lived briefly in the town of Bath during the summer of 1718.

Teach is reported to have been a privateer during Queen Anne’s War (1701 – 1714) and turned to piracy afterward. In 1717, Blackbeard and his fellow pirates captured the French slaveship La Concorde in the eastern Caribbean. With his new ship, renamed Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard cruised the Caribbean taking prizes. In May 1718, the pirates arrived off Charleston, South Carolina. In perhaps the most brazen act of his piratical career, Blackbeard blockaded the port for nearly a week.

Soon after, Blackbeard’s fleet attempted to enter Old Topsail Inlet (now Beaufort Inlet). The vessels grounded on the ocean floor and were abandoned.

Six months later, at Ocracoke Inlet, Blackbeard encountered ships sent by the governor of Virginia, led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard. In a desperate battle, Blackbeard and several of his crew were killed. Maynard returned to Virginia with the surviving pirates and the grim trophy of Blackbeard’s severed head.

http://www.wwaytv3.com/2012/11/22/day-nc-history-blackbeard-was-killed

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:36 | 3005482 Yen Cross
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 A woman with a "soul"?      YES!

  Her name is "ORLY", and she gets it....

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:42 | 3005489 nmewn
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Arrr...the great thing about pirates is ye always knew where ye stood...lol.

In many ways pirates were MORE honest than todays governors & bankers, it was a purely for profit enterprise to enrich themselves and they told you right up front they would kill you if you got in their way or if they just felt like it.

Avast me hearties, raise the black flag!!!...a little honesty is all I ask ;-)

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:48 | 3005495 Yen Cross
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 Pull that "spinnaker", nmewn. I'm just off your port side @ "high noon"!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:01 | 3005506 nmewn
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Belay that order to fire there ensign! That be Captain Cross' schooner coming alongside with a report of booty to be had along the Spanish Main.

Arrrr ;-)

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:14 | 3005512 Yen Cross
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 Good teacher, Mr. nmewn is.  Who exactly?   I'm still ( Mario and the E/U) ...

   Defacto Leaders are the " Mantra"?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:37 | 3005536 nmewn
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Leaders are like socks my friend, once they become dirty and smelly, you change them ;-)

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:49 | 3005543 Yen Cross
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 So you would classify yourself as a " wide brimmed " ziddish teacher"?

  Come on nmewn, step up!    You are special, and I know it!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:08 | 3005558 nmewn
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lol...no, my allegiances have always run as follows, Christian (no church at the moment), family, then American.

Can't speak to the teaching part, we all pick up what we want or is useful and discard the rest. I've had some great teachers and some I wouldn't piss on if they were lying on the ground on fire in front of me. Being a teacher can be good or evil...depends on the teacher and what is being taught.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:13 | 3005564 Yen Cross
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 I don't care nmewn.  That was the point. 

    Hell !/2 of my family has that heritage!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:21 | 3005578 nmewn
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lol...you take care of yourself, you nut ;-)

And Happy Thanksgiving!

Seeya

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:28 | 3005590 Yen Cross
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 Nut's are the last thing on my mind. Gold will be close to 2300.00 usd next spring.

   I'm looking out for you. 

                                    I TRADE FIAT!  nmewn

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:47 | 3005615 BKbroiler
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Gold will be close to 2300.00 usd next spring.

Man I hope you're right.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:55 | 3005627 Yen Cross
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Some dum person? 23oo YES!   March 31 ,2013

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:56 | 3005629 DaveyJones
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but unlike socks, we don't lose enough of them.

Have we tried the dryer?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:10 | 3005561 ebworthen
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At least real Pirates flew the Jolly Roger and made no bones about it, versus hiding behind a Wool Suit, Wing Tips, and Lawyers as Washington and Wall Street do.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:50 | 3005618 Peter Pan
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Pirates actually were paid more generously and owrked under better conditions than those experienced by Her majesty's sailors. So the lesson that government spoils things has been known since those days.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:48 | 3005491 Insideher Trading
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"Guest Post: Who Should Be Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving?"

The Native Americans who pay no tax under any circumstance (not even sales tax), are not subject to the laws of the United States, and who are allowed to take advantage of the vices of everyone else to increase their standard of living.

Everyone else can be thankful things aren't worse than they already are...yet.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:10 | 3005511 q99x2
Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:31 | 3005528 Yen Cross
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 Look> Technicals work for me...  Some of you visit Z/H?

 

      Happy Turkey Day " West Coast"...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:55 | 3005547 MeBizarro
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Endless negativity that borders on nihilism on here gets tiresome.  There are always things worth enjoying in life and if you don't have or can't find any than you need to start by taking a long look in the mirror.  

Yeah the world is a rough place with lots of inequality, injustice, and at its darkest sheer brutality and madness.  I got to spend the last 2 days cooking, building/tinkering, and spending time with family and friends and for that i am thankful.  

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:02 | 3005553 Stranded Observer
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I agree about the nihilism but the witticisms involved in the verbal sparring here are often epic (as stated in my comment below).

 But yeah, sometimes you just have to take a deep breath, forget about it for awhile, and enjoy life.  Come what may.   Some here can't seem to find any beauty in life at all.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 06:17 | 3005881 zhandax
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Endless negativity that borders on nihilism on here gets tiresome.

I am sure your local rag will point out those two things it thinks are worthwhile somewhere on the back page.  Don't let the doorknob hit you on the way out.  This site is the place for those who can understand and face the ugly truth and still crack a joke.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:14 | 3005567 toomanyfakecons...
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I pause to give thanks that I'm not among the fear bots and roadkill of society you refer to.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:26 | 3005579 Ineverslice
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Most all participants here would agree that the once existing, broad spectrum of life to be enjoyed is dwindling (by the day), likening it's current abundance with peering through a soda straw etc...

I think, it is with this realization, that such visceral negativity is drawn... call it the wrath of being a "red piller".

Does one desire to "know" or not. All here are on the same side...and much debate flows.  

A lot has been lost...and still more is at stake.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:33 | 3005603 MeBizarro
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I am not even sure what is means or what you are really talking about.  Some people are just are so afraid and overwhelmed by negativity that life passes them by leaving them filled with a host of regret and angst.  Seen 1 or 2 close relatives go down that path.   No thanks.

Yeah there are a lot of shitty things under the surface and I have taken several steps (and continue to do so) to deal with a couple of different contigencies.  Doesn't mean that there is plenty of stuff that I don't enjoy though even on a daily basis.     

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:52 | 3005612 Ineverslice
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"Shitty things under the surface" be growing geometrically....kinda sux for the kids.

I'm enjoying as much as i can, as fast as i can.

 

edit: didn't junk u, btw

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:56 | 3005631 MeBizarro
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Could care less if people give me thumbs down.  Just an Internet post with my 2 cents.  That's all.  Kind of sad though if people can't find some joy/basic satisfaction out something on a fairly regular basis.  

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 01:20 | 3005725 IridiumRebel
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Just as sad to assume we all think the same. Blanket assumptions suck.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 10:15 | 3006118 NidStyles
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No need to get overly emotional and blame us for your family members not being able to deal with reality.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:23 | 3005580 dark pools of soros
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when the country goes bankrupt you can add hunting and gathering to your list of activies to enjoy

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:40 | 3005609 MeBizarro
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If things get down to that, so be it.  I grew up fishing/hunting in PA and knowing how to garden (Italian grandparents) a host of plants and preserving them with the land and with necessary network of family/friends to get by.  Never shied away from doing hard manual labor if I have to and still enjoy & practice gardening. 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:48 | 3005616 Ginsengbull
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Grow any tobacco?

 

I hear it's a hastle to get the seedlings started.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:54 | 3005623 MeBizarro
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No but I have heard that it is a bitch to start from seedlings.  Keep seedlings from my garden every year but only routine stuff (tomatoes, peppers, etc).  

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:05 | 3005635 Ginsengbull
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That's cool. I've been growing better-boy and brandywine tomatoes from kept seeds for the last 4 years.

Don't let anyone tell you that you can't grow hybrids from your own seeds.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:28 | 3005668 MeBizarro
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Tomatoes and peppers are easy to cross-breed. Actually use a couple of different types my grandfather developed and passed down to me that he developed over 35 years.   

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 01:26 | 3005732 Hulk
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I feed the tomatoes to the chickens and then plant the shit. Works like a charm...

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 12:38 | 3006594 optimator
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Best for anything.  My Dad would clean out dry chicken crap from a grateful chicken farmer and sread it dry on his lawn sparingly before a rain.,....every 10 years!  Never needed anything else put down.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:58 | 3005549 Stranded Observer
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone of you here at ZH!  I love coming here, though I lurk much more than I post, and I enjoy reading the comments because the wit here is far beyond the commentors on any other site I frequent.  Gobble gobble bitches!  (Although isn't the "bitches" thing getting a little old?  We need a new catchprhase around here.)

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:20 | 3005576 dark pools of soros
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like breaking glass....  bitchez never gets old

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:25 | 3005583 Stranded Observer
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I just noticed I spelled it wrong

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:46 | 3005613 Ginsengbull
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You should have bitchez added to your spellcheck program.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 01:58 | 3005765 Stranded Observer
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I was thinking the same thing.  ZH needs to add spellcheck to their comment format.  Bitchez and all.

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 06:39 | 3005888 zhandax
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I am not sure what options I checked, but I have spellcheck on mine.  You don't see a little ABC over a check mark on the bar above the comment window?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 07:53 | 3005911 ThisIsBob
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“It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.” 
 Andrew Jackson

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:24 | 3005552 booboo
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wild turkeys are a cagey bird. Being the prey in the land of predators they have to be. If we had half as much situational awareness as a wild turkey(along with our index finger) we would be well on our way of ridding our country of central bankers. There was a reason Franklin wanted the national bird to be the wild turkey.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 06:43 | 3005892 zhandax
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He also wanted us to have a Republic, and that didn't quite make it a hundred years....

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:09 | 3005559 toomanyfakecons...
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Did anyone catch the JPM commerical during the first half of the Patriots/Jets game? /puke

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:32 | 3005598 Ineverslice
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Deploy Tebow, or trade him....that boy NEeds to play!

stupid phucks.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 09:29 | 3005969 Antifederalist
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NEWSPEAK .

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:13 | 3005565 dolph9
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1)  Jewish banksters

2)  Food stamp queens

 

For everybody else, you're out of luck.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:20 | 3005573 Yen Cross
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 As AKAK, said.    I agree, ( I'm Above Ground),and loving it!

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:25 | 3005584 Darkness
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Love the analogy between a black swan event and the Turkey I just ate for thanksgiving. More importantly, happy thanksgiving to all my fellow ZH's. 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:40 | 3005593 Yen Cross
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 The Girls are getting smart/ iT'S THE "EMOTIONAL UNAWARENESS"...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:53 | 3005620 Yen Cross
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 This thread "squishy"!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 23:55 | 3005628 BlackholeDivestment
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...by Your eternal sustaining Holy Spirit in Christ, thank you Father for Your revelation. 

...thank you for Zero Hedge. In agreement with the Spirit of Your Will and Love in Christ, prayer is risen for all their families and friends. Humbly, the revelation of Your confirming call of Mercy in Christ is risen. By Your Word risen in Christ, thank you Father.

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 07:47 | 3005906 ThisIsBob
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For which Allah be praised.

Sat, 11/24/2012 - 17:40 | 3008798 BlackholeDivestment
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LMAO, ''agreement'' is key Bob, and the Antichrist Allah does not agree with the sustaining Mercy of God in Christ. Get it right there boy. What them Allah boys are all about is their ''change'', stupid foolish blindness. Their claim of dominion does not agree with the risen Word of God in Christ. They are fallen.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 00:49 | 3005682 IamtheREALmario
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I do believe that the massive mis-allocation of financial resources from value additing activities to non-value adding activities is what is leading to the rapid deterioration of this country. By funneling a disproportionate amount of resources to banking, lawyers, politicians, media whores, insurance, wars, consulting, foreign labor arbitrageurs and overly compensated connected elitists both in high company positions and so called investors (how do you ensure complicity? give them something they don't want to lose), less resources go toward the value adding pursuits that would improve the future of this nation.

But then again, the parasites always want a slave class that will not challenge their dominance.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 02:07 | 3005774 Stranded Observer
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I was gonna call you out for decrying whores but then I realized you said media whores.

 

 What is the only thing you are allowed to give away but you can't sell?  Your body. 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 01:14 | 3005717 The Gooch
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"The crest of the world - There you'll be my banquet guest"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm_aut6RDAY

 

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 01:51 | 3005757 Yen Cross
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 A lot of people talk about farming. I grow edibles every year...  It is NOT easy! Bugs, worms, Racoons, gophers, squirrels, ect...

  It is a pain in the ass! Trust me I know! It's very frustrating. I'm growing peppers, in the winter for fun. It's still a pain in the ass.

  The finches poop on the leaves and cause mold! Nature is a pain in the ass!

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 02:11 | 3005778 Stranded Observer
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Dude I hear you.  I live in California, unfortunately, and I tried growing some tomatos and peppers one year.  There were bugs that like to eat them and the goddamned water bill was more than it would cost to buy the same veggies at the supermarket.  We don't get enought rain, where I live, to support a natural garden so when the SHTF its all Mountain House and canned goods for me.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 06:40 | 3005865 WSP
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Last one out turn off the lights.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 07:22 | 3005896 negative rates
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Click.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 06:44 | 3005891 Dre4dwolf
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It wont end until bankers are elected officials.

ALL elected officials should have all thear earnings frozen to 90% of the average national income, give them incentive to make the economy good.

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 10:35 | 3006180 NidStyles
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They would just offshore and make their earnings elsewhere.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 08:30 | 3005932 northerngirl
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In 1971, President Nixon said the removal of the dollar from the gold standard was temporary.  It appears this temporary policy has worked out well for the bankers and governments.  When will people wake up?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 17:40 | 3007379 hidingfromhelis
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Pssst, people caught on to that whole "temporary" misnomer.  Let's call it transitory now.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 09:24 | 3005958 SunRise
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"Thanksgiving is very much the day of the Black Swan.

Nassim Taleb used the example of a turkey fattened up for Thanksgiving as an example of a black swan phenomenon. The turkey sees itself being fed every day by the turkey farmer and assumes based on past behavior that this will continue indefinitely until the day comes when the farmer kills the turkey. Nothing in the turkey’s limited experiential dataset suggested such an event."

People feel safer and “righter” when they are among the flock.  One of the hardest things in the world must be to stand comfortably in the flock, examine the direction that crowd is headed, to shockingly observe that the crowd is headed in a disastrous direction, and then to “step aside”  contrary to the flock.  It is a difficult, and at times, a dangerous action.

Consider taxes and your desire to tax others, including the again-current-fad of taxing those making over X dollars per annum.

Should others be taxed, so you can feel better for supposedly sticking-it-to-em, or feeding the poor, or helping the jobless?  The crowd currently shouts “Yes” – take from citizen ‘A’ and give it to citizen ‘B’, and we’ll feel better, i.e. our values have been achieved by stealing from others.  Envy lurks here.  It is a cloud distorting righteous judgment.

Are you an envious thief? . . . just asking. 

Are you willing to sit by idly while others lives are required through taxation to satisfy your desires for an idyllic world?

Forced payment of one’s own time to another is slavery.  The smallest tax is that smallest spark of that ever-lusty, every-growing flame of slavery.

Is such a slavery flame shockingly alive in your freedom-loving breast?

Are you willing to tolerate forced labor so you can feel “you’ve made the world better” when the truth is that the only way to make the world better is ceasing to thieve and to struggle to increase your own productivity? . . . just asking.

The desire to tax others is the desire to destroy the lives of others for your gain.  Via it’s sly, deceptive approach, it stinks and sinks even lower than an open thug on the street with a knife.

Are you one of the destroyers feeling comfortable amongst the destruction crowd? . . . just asking.

Tax is a form of stand-off munitions. It bombs others whom you can’t see from 10,000 feet.  You don’t feel their pain nor do you see their plight caused by your bombs.  It’s easier to kill others from a distance, those you don’t know, and whom you don’t care to understand. 

Politicians speak of OPM (Other People’s Money).  By this they mean to tax everyone but those in their own district.  It’s a form of gang warfare. . . The Mob.  They’re willing to bomb those they don’t know to help those they do know.  OPM is really a form of OPIUM . . . a drug . . . a non-productive disaster.  It’s only antidote:  Resolve to always protect the world’s smallest minority (the right of each individual to their own values and their own life) from every lone thief and every mob.

Freedom means Free from the initiation of forced labor.  Taxes are your forced labor for the benefit of another.

Can you rationally be For Freedom AND For Taxes?

Taxes are a means of achieving your full surrender without your objection by quietly handing you some form of loot, like the Thanksgiving Turkey enjoying the delicious, easy daily rations.

Domesticated, relatively quiet Turkeys mature into Black Swans - an unavoidable  end of lazy, rudderless cowards destined for Niagara Falls on a pool noodle.

The ingredients for freedom require you and me to vocally and actively hold the world’s smallest minority most sacred – We must not agree to any form of tax upon others whether by law or inflation.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 10:26 | 3005960 SunRise
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Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!