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Guest Post: Reality Has Consequences

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Originally posted at Monty Pelerin's World blog,

The world no longer makes sense to most people over forty years of age. Much of what we thought was true is now denied. What to us is obviously false (or at least always was) is now accepted as being true. Here are examples from Frick at Bias Breakdown that show obvious contradictions between popular belief and what we hold as reality:

If every Arab in the Middle East laid down his weapon, there would be peace in the Middle East. If every Israeli laid down his (or her) weapon, Israel would be annihilated.


Likewise, if government stopped all spending, the deficit problem would be solved. If government confiscated the gross annual income of every individual in the country making over $66,193, the deficit would destroy our country.


In a sane world, politicians would cut every last dollar of government spending they could in order to bring financial order back to an entitlement-happy society. After government’s debilitating spending habits were slashed or restructured, only then would the conversation shift to taxes and revenue to make up the gap.


Of course, this isn’t a sane world. It’s the world in which it’s Israel’s fault for every ill in Palestine and Republicans are evil and stupid for wanting to cut spending.

Fantasies like these might are satisfying to many, but they are ultimately destructive. Truth cannot be changed by repeating falsehoods. Nor can it be altered by more people believing untruths. But, when these fantasizers overwhelm society with their false beliefs, society will no longer function. Society cannot invent its own truth based on convenience, prejudice or popularity. Truth, not manufactured myth, is key to survival. Societies which deviate from it, don’t survive.

As Ayn Rand stated:

You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.

The avoidance of reality has overtaken our society. The consequences of doing so have been building for decades and will soon overwhelm us. On our current path, much of what we knew and cared about will be destroyed.

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Sun, 12/02/2012 - 15:35 | 3028264 Popo
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So... What was this post about??   And what did it have to do with people over 40?    

Let me summarize the post as I read it:   "There are fallacies and"



Sun, 12/02/2012 - 15:38 | 3028268 Bob
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Apparently we just felt Ayn Rand nuzzling our balls. 

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 15:51 | 3028286 Vampyroteuthis ...
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This reminds me more of the world of "1984" than of Ayn Rand. The talking boxes are watching and convincing most people.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:07 | 3028314 Boris Alatovkrap
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2012 is make 1984 looking like 1920!

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:29 | 3028341 CH1
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Indded. And this will scare you even worse.

Sucks that it's really happening, not just fiction.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:30 | 3028350 fourchan
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A is A.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:37 | 3028360 knukles
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“It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”
                  -Lewis Carroll,
                   Alice in Wonderland

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 17:00 | 3028400 Boris Alatovkrap
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Big Government is make sense, give dollars, get only cents back.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 17:30 | 3028440 CPL
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Monsanto has been told fuck off and leave from France in no uncertain terms.  I believe that the article discussed consequences, the French are now handing it out.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 18:13 | 3028491 economics9698
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If you are over 50 you remember when people complained about all the negroes on television, your parents attended PTA meetings, no one got a free lunch, and government workers made less money than you did.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 21:29 | 3028674 Diogenes
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I'm well over 50 and never heard anyone complain about Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Bill Cosby (remember I Spy?)  or any other black performer. Today, I wouldn't blame them if they did complain about the pimps, dope peddlers and hoodlums they put on the air but no one seems to care.

I remember free milk if not free lunch, and government employees were widely regarded as bums on the plush.

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 02:20 | 3028997 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Greg Morris, Diahann Carroll, Nichelle Nichols, Gail Fisher, Flip Wilson, Clarence Williams III, Godfrey Cambridge, The Jackson 5 and Harlem Globetrotters cartoons...



Today, I wouldn't blame them if they did complain about the pimps, dope peddlers and hoodlums they put on the air but no one seems to care.


Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle:


Mon, 12/03/2012 - 00:36 | 3028925 Curt W
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I liked the black dude on Mission Impossible, and the guy on Hogans Heroes

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 01:30 | 3028968 mvsjcl
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Sun, 12/02/2012 - 17:35 | 3028451 Michaelwiseguy
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MSM TV news has about a 400 word vocabulary and has 5 talking points for each topic that they keep repeating over and over again. It's a pretty simple formula and is the reason you become nauseated after five minutes of viewing.

Don't watch this because your version of reality about Israel may change;

Alex Jones taken to the wood shed



Sun, 12/02/2012 - 21:05 | 3028653 Clycntct
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Thanks for posting.

He did a great job on presenting that and pretty flawless editing.

I'm saving to get back and check out more of his info.

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 09:11 | 3029256 robobbob
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alex jones hires Stratfor asset



alex jones breaks up and discredits peaceful patriot protest



alex jones, not working for America?

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 20:53 | 3028639 dirtyfiles
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I agree ..


Sun, 12/02/2012 - 22:17 | 3028740 DeadFinks
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That depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:31 | 3028353 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Israel has already broken the current cease-fire twice with deadly consequences in each case yet Hamas has not responded militarily to the provocation.


(Reuters) – One of six Palestinians shot and wounded by Israeli troops on Friday while protesting at the Gaza Strip boundary fence died on Saturday, hospital officials said.

Read original story


1 killed, 9 wounded in Israeli gunfire near Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded nine along Gaza’s border fence with Israel on Friday, a Gaza health official said, reporting the first violence since a truce between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold a day before.

The shooting appeared to be an isolated incident and was unlikely to jeopardize the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, which called for an end to Gaza rocket fire on Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. The truce came after eight days of cross-border fighting, the bloodiest battle between Israel and Hamas in four years.

The Gaza prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, has urged militant factions to respect the cease-fire.

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Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:40 | 3028370 fonzannoon
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Lew Rockwell is the "critical warning number 6 guy"?  the "something is going to happen in the next 180 days" ad that has been playing for 750 days is annoying.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 19:51 | 3028565 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Look back at what ZH has published over the last 180 or even 750 days. Plenty has been happening.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 21:13 | 3028613 fonzannoon
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Yes but the difference is ZH does not give specific investment advice. You ever hear that ad? They have taken credit for being ahead of every market move over the last decade. If you keep that kind of ad running over and over I guess that's how they claim credit.

I don't mind the down arrow, feel free to speak up.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 21:33 | 3028678 CrockettAlmanac.com
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An ad on Lew Rockwell leads to a site which sells investment advice and that's a problem but ads on ZeroHedge as well as some of the articles themselves link to sites which sell investment advice and that's OK?

I feel like an idiot for typing this but I didn't down vote you. How are you getting on after the storm? Things back to normal yet?

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 21:40 | 3028690 fonzannoon
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I thought it was Lew Rockwell that was actually behind the whole thing. If it is just an ad on his site then I take it all back. Shit, I wrote what I wrote out of boredom anyway. That seems to be the case lately. Like cranky old geezer said, while we are probably travelling at light speed towards the wall it seems almost like nothing is going on lately.

I'm good thanks. My area is pretty much back to normal. Areas along the coast are wrecked. It's really crazy. It's literally lights out and game over for a lot of people. I am surprised there is not more news about the battles going on between people, fema and insurance companies. 

What's going on in your neck of the woods, anything interesting?

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 22:09 | 3028730 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Yeah, it's an ad from Lombardi Financial, I believe.


Like cranky old geezer said, while we are probably travelling at light speed towards the wall it seems almost like nothing is going on lately.


I hear ya. That's why the "something's gonna happen" ads are so annoying, I'm like, "Bring it on, already."


If you're not familiar with the real Lew Rockwell you should check out his site at:


He and his bloggers post lots of items which any ZH reader could appreciate.


Glad to hear that things are coming together for you post Sandy.


I am surprised there is not more news about the battles going on between people, fema and insurance companies.


They hyped that storm in the lead up to elections and gave all the sitting politicians a chance to shine. Now that reality is setting in it's no longer news.


What's going on in your neck of the woods, anything interesting?


Never. That's mostly a good thing.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 23:00 | 3028803 nmewn
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"I am surprised there is not more news about the battles going on between people, fema and insurance companies. "

I'm not.

The political photo-ops have been had, the pictures beamed out to an anxious world who exhaled a collective sigh of relief that "someone" really cared enough to have their picture snapped with a commoner. The small details of actually living in a metropolitan area after a catastrophe are left to bureaucrats and their red tape, their union bosses extracting their pound of flesh and of course, the victims.

Fucking Forward.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 22:33 | 3028767 CH1
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Lew Rockwell is the "critical warning number 6 guy"?

No, I'm pretty sure that's Porter Stansbury.

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 01:41 | 3028967 malek
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That article you linked to is a pretty poor sales pitch for Cryptohippie, in my opinion.

Anybody who promises super safety with TOR or whatever is just delusional. It should be easy to infiltrate a few nodes. Then you need to track packets: maybe you find a weakness in the code, maybe you can do timing/CRC signature analysis, maybe you can spoof to reverse exclude possible paths. Finally the number of endpoints in the TOR network is relatively limited, control/eavesdrop on those and you know everything.

You should make yourself comfortable with the high likelihood that interested powers can take over every single, even somewhat hardened, computer connected to the internet without intentional user interaction (so I'm not even talking direct social engineering here).

Also have you read and analyzed the source code?
How do we know it hasn't happened that some mole introduced some loophole, cleverly disguised as some code improvement, to allow tracking or whatever?
Have you heard of the guy who (accidentally?) broke the random generator in Debian, making self-generated SSL certificates and such close to worthless?
In the end the weakest point is the obscurity, inevitable by the complexity of the project.

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 02:37 | 3029004 macholatte
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Indded. And this will scare you even worse.


Great link. Thanks CH1

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 17:18 | 3028423 Cloud9.5
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Or we might be just two years off or repeating 1914.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:04 | 3028309 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is more simple to Ayn Rand, "You avoid reality, but cannot avoid very very bad vodka hangover".

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:12 | 3028322 TruthInSunshine
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Tolstoy shrugged.

Who is Yakov Smirnoff?

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:58 | 3028397 Boris Alatovkrap
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Smirnoff is best, but is costing. If mix down with Ethylene Glycol, can share with friends!

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 17:53 | 3028471 Hulk
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MIG brake juice is even better, just have to remember to use more reverse thrust on those short runways...

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 19:42 | 3028550 Boris Alatovkrap
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Pre 1953 MIG is not have braking system.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 20:55 | 3028640 dirtyfiles
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problem is the darkness comes early

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 22:42 | 3028777 A Nanny Moose
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You are so much better at this satire thing than MDB.

...and now back to Moose and Squirrel

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 15:38 | 3028270 Fips_OnTheSpot
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..or else.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 15:45 | 3028277 Silver Bug
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The masses are waking up at a faster and faster pace. Governments are having a harder and harder time pulling the wool over peoples eyes.



Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:41 | 3028376 surf0766
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99% of the U.S. population are idiots.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 17:13 | 3028417 bigkahuna
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Granted, there are lots waking up, but the largest (vast supermajority) contingent of people in America have no clue what is going on anywhere outside their own isolated brain/house/back yard.

They combine with (AND are the same as) the next population of people who believe they have improved America by electing more of the same republicrats to office -Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, ...Whatever-

and this spells trouble. Really big trouble actually. 

Just buckle your seat belts and strap it on cause we are ALL going for a ride.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 17:19 | 3028425 Cloud9.5
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Its more like 51%.  Sad that we have lost the republic to mob rule.

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 09:22 | 3029267 robobbob
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the republic was lost to 47% mob, 1% dead voters, and 3% Scytl, Sequoia, and SOE

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 20:57 | 3028641 dirtyfiles
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Sun, 12/02/2012 - 15:49 | 3028282 kaiserhoff
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Not all typing is writing.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:38 | 3028369 CrockettAlmanac.com
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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.


Mon, 12/03/2012 - 08:28 | 3029199 DanDaley
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"All work and no play makes jack (aka, money)." Alfred Hitchcock

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:07 | 3028285 Supernova Born
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According the the subject areas it is about the Middle East, Israel and Reality.

I thought it was about something else entirely. So I guess is is kind of like a modern art sort of post. Take from it what you will.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 16:05 | 3028312 Boris Alatovkrap
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"what did it have to do with people over 40?"

Popular lies my father is believing? Or lies my children is believing?

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