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Guest Post: Spoiled Teenager Syndrome

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

Is masking risk, cost and consequence a strategy that leads to success? No; it is a pathway to catastrophic failure.

What are the core characteristics of the spoiled teenager? The conventional view is that the spoiled teen "gets everything they want." In my view, the key characteristic of Spoiled Teenager Syndrome is that risk, cost and consequence have been masked.

This is a systemic point of view, meaning that the masking of risk, cost and consequence help us understand not just the eventual failure of spoiled teenagers but the eventual failure of every group or enterprise that masks risk, cost and consequence as a strategy to paper over an unsustainable Status Quo. This includes families, companies, states and nations.

The spoiled teen is spoiled precisely because the risk, cost and consequence of their choices and actions are suppressed by Mommy and/or Daddy. Since Mommy and/or Daddy diligently cover the cost and mask the eventual consequence of Junior's unrealistic expectations and poor choices, the risks created by Junior's choices and lifestyle are also masked. Junior naturally assumes Mommy and/or Daddy will bail him out of every scrape and "make it right" at no cost to Junior.

Masking risk, cost and consequence creates an illusory world that eventually crashes on the unforgiving rocks of reality. Anyone who knows parents who have spoiled their kids has stories that beggar the imagination of those who have no choice but to live in the real world. In one such instance within our circle of friends, the daughter who was caught shoplifting told her Mom that she did not want to go to court, and Mom had to do something so she wouldn't have to face any consequence from her actions.

This 16-year old apparently believed that Mommy could push risk, cost and consequence aside in all cases; even the law should give way if it proved inconvenient or painful.

Are the values, experiences and skills spoiled teens receive going to help them navigate adulthood, or will they encourage a state of permanent adolescence? When will Mommy and Daddy stop hovering, warding off risk, cost and consequence? We know the answer: when they are finally unable to do so.

Did all their "help" masking risk, cost and consequence actually aid their child in the long-term? Or did it cripple the child by leading him into a false sense of security, an illusory state where someone will always save you from consequence?

What sort of skills to assess and manage risk does the spoiled teen have in hand when risk has been cloaked? How can the teen understand cost and trade-offs when the true costs of their lifestyle have been hidden? How can the teen navigate adult life, which is characterized by taking responsibility for one's actions and being accountable to others, when the consequences of his choices have been smoothed away by Mommy and Daddy?

One intrinsic characteristic of parents who have masked risk, cost and consequence is that they do not perceive themselves as having spoiled their children. Instead, they see themselves as "good parents" who are protecting their children from the unpleasant rough edges of life. In their view, there is plenty of time later in life to learn about risk assessment, short-term and long-term trade-offs, costs (both financial and emotional), accountability, realistic appraisals and consequence.

These parents seem blind to the reality that their coddling and hovering have left their children disastrously ill-prepared for adulthood. If there is any recipe for guaranteed unhappiness, it is nurturing expectations that are wildly at odds with what real life offers. Risk and return are indeed causally linked.

I have watched in amazement as coddled 19-year olds taking a few classes at community college and dreaming of rock stardom confidently declare that they would be OK with being a firefighter in a wealthy city because the starting pay was $80,000. That there are 1,000 applicants for every opening did not seem to register in this young man's assessment, nor did his inability to clean up a weedy backyard; he stopped after an hour or so because there was no consequence to a sorrowfully half-baked effort.

I grieve for young people so ill-prepared for a recessionary economy, not to mention marriage, managing scarce income and capital and a hundred other aspects of unsubsidized adulthood. Their parents have essentially robbed them of the slow and relatively safe part of the learning curve, where you get fired for being late at 16 years of age rather than at 26.

Is it any wonder that many young people are boiling with frustration when they exit college and the protected enclave of their parents' home to find a world that doesn't respond to their desires for creative expression and their long list of likes and dislikes, i.e. demands?

On the other side of the ledger, I have seen quiet young men and women, residents in youth homeless shelters, who received no buffering at all between the teen years and unforgiving adulthood. Abused at home or simply abandoned, they hit the road as the only alternative open to them. Penniless and without family support, they often face bleak choices. Their appraisals (in my limited experience) are by necessity realistic. Of course they are hurting; but ironically, perhaps, they are in some ways better prepared to navigate adulthood than teens who have yet to be exposed to risk, cost and consequence.

Is masking risk, cost and consequence a strategy that leads to success? No; it is a pathway to repeated catastrophic failure. What is the Central Planning strategy being pursued by our Central State and the Federal Reserve? Masking risk, cost and consequence.

Masking risk, cost and consequence is disastrous not just for teens, but for entire nations.

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Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:54 | 3118945 IvyMike
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But it's acceptable for capitalists to mask EXTERNALITIES, i.e., risk, cost and consequences?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:57 | 3118952 Temporalist
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Read much?

"the masking of risk, cost and consequence help us understand not just the eventual failure of spoiled teenagers but the eventual failure of every group or enterprise that masks risk, cost and consequence as a strategy to paper over an unsustainable Status Quo. This includes families, companies, states and nations"

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:04 | 3118975 icanhasbailout
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This article is so appropriate given Chris Christie's spoiled brat rant from yesterday. "Waa waa the rest of the nation should suck up the costs of our risks and pay for our lack of sensible risk management policies!"

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:10 | 3119004 trav777
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hell, half of that $60B he wanted was probably his personal buffet tab

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:25 | 3119064 economics9698
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IvyMike “But it's acceptable for capitalists to mask EXTERNALITIES, i.e., risk, cost and consequences?”

Hey dumb ass this web site wants to remove the Federal Reserve and federal government market intervention so that the full consequences of irresponsible behavior are felt aka bankruptcy.

You are a idiot, look at the arrow count.


Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:29 | 3119078 IvyMike
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If we go by your standard of a popularity contest, what's that make you in regard to Obama's election count results?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:51 | 3119167 TWSceptic
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The difference is, people on this site generally vote rationally instead of based on emotions.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:52 | 3119180 economics9698
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I voted for Ron Paul then Gary Johnson.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 21:17 | 3119216 IvyMike
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I wanted Ron Paul to show up in his Texas Ranger's White Stetson to fulfill his Statist-rights role as my bedroom chaperone.

"The STATE of Texas has the right to decide for itself how to regulate social matters like SEX, using its own local standards."

~Ron Paul
Aug 12, 2003

P.S. Looks like 18 people so far hate LOL! Paul's Statist-Rights screed is all right here, these last 10 years:

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 21:26 | 3120749 akak
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My worst fears have just been confirmed --- StarFleet has just issued an official pronouncement that due to a horrible and unprecedented transporter accident, AnAnonymous, LetThemEatRand and MaxFischer have just been fused into one single individual.

All residents of earth are hereby warned to flee the planet.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 23:58 | 3121084 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The stinkularity is near.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 00:11 | 3121101 akak
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It is more non-american US 'american' gravitational can-kicking and blobbing-up.  Always farming the stellar core and extorting the weak force.

Stinkularity being muchlike roadsides of Chinese shitizenism fabled past and present --- blackness and no possibility of escape.  Once beyond the squat-event horizon, final dark outcome is ass-ured.

Alas, alas, Planck's Constant alas. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:11 | 3119013 GMadScientist
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Exactly. The fat fuck wasn't exactly hit by a massive was well-forecast weather disaster...but whocouldanode?!

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:14 | 3119029 Temporalist
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I have to say I listened to his speech, and while I understand the sentiment of ZHers on his request for "relief" the main points were that why does NJ and NY get punished for many months, those very states that provide so much in guv revenue to fund relief for other state's disasters and who step up for other state's regardless of partisan politics, when other states disasters get "relief" immediately.


It is not just a double standard it seems spiteful; and the bite off your nose to spite your face kind.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:33 | 3119096 icanhasbailout
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Because the request is absolutely outrageous. $37B for New Jersey alone, more than their entire annual state budget?


Have you seen what he plans to use the money for? A great deal of the request is to cover private losses that should have been insured. Another large chunk is for future risk mitigation, which is no one's business but New Jersey's own.


Christie is exploiting a tragedy in order to engage in a looting of the public Treasury. It's shameful in the extreme, and deserves nothing but contempt. The fact that he has politicized the issue so while complaining about others' politics makes his behavior even more odious.


New Jersey should get nothing, as a lesson to others that if your requests are not reasonable they will be rebuffed.


Besides, we don't have the money - we're flat fucking broke. This is a not-insignificant point that seems to escape all these pigs at the public trough.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:00 | 3119194 Temporalist
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Whoa ease back on the reins I agree with that all.  I'm not defending the "plan" itself just the rationale for his argument that why should they be treated any different, if not better, than other states.

I know there is no money but the precedent was set and now suddenly they want to renege on their own "rules" (not surprising really).  The "not having money" never stopped them before incidentally.

I am curious to see what happens with the next "disaster" and how the funds are handled.  And isn't FEMA enough?  What are they there for to take away guns and charge cell phones?  Is that why their budget is so big?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:44 | 3119428 glenlloyd
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States unable to budget for these kinds of events are nothing more than spoiled teenagers. The fed govt has for too long led them to believe that 'mommy and daddy' can protect them from their bad choices...and not being able to fiscally cope with this kind of disaster is their own fault.

This is nothing more than a conscious choice to live where the threat of these types of events can take place. If you want to live there then you are accepting the consequences of living there.

States who've gotten into bed with the fed govt on funding to the point that they can be manipulated by the loss of said fed funding deserve the consequences of those actions. States who are not reliant on the fed govt will fare better in the long run and their independence is less likely to come under threat.

Just cuz Chris Cristie has managed to 'buffet' away all the NJ funds doesn't mean the fed should step in and pick up a porky tab.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:45 | 3119435 kaiserhoff
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Well said Kitty Cat.

There is an infinite list of reasons to hate libtards, but these idiots are just completely out of touch with reality.  Everything about Joisy, New Yawk, and Calipornia is over-hyped and out of control.  Time for them to crash back to earth.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 17:22 | 3120043 Svener
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But he is a republican and fundamentally doesn't not believe in that. Is there any where we can find what the dollars will go?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:49 | 3119734 Bad Attitude
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Another component of the apparent lack of interest in getting disaster aid for New Jersey and New York is that Dear Leader is still president. If Sandy had happened on Bush's watch, there would have been 24/7 news coverage of the disaster until the Federal government was dropping bags of FRNs out of helicopters over the disaster area. Instead, Sandy happened on Dear Leader's watch. Dear Leader showed up, was seen walking hand-in-hand with Chris Christie on the beach, and the media was satisfied. The media is not going to report anything that would hint of criticism directed at Dear Leader.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 17:14 | 3120022 Pants McPants
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You just summarized the problem with centralized economic management.

Funny to read Christie fiegn shock at not getting his money's worth.  Unfortunately, as a Statist, the only lesson Christie is likely to learn is he who takes first takes best. 

Tragedy of the Commons.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:26 | 3119069 Stuart
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AND did anyone notice, no crack reporter ever asked the question of exactly what will this money come from, not one!

They just don't get it.  Uncle Same is broke and counterfeiting to make ends meet.  They just don't comprehend where money comes from. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:46 | 3119441 kaiserhoff
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You dare question Snooki?  Nice avatar;)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:10 | 3119008 NotApplicable
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Obviously not enough to understand what capitalism is. With this logic, we could state any evil in the world, attach the word capitalist to it, then ignore the fact that the evil is not a product of capitalism, but rather, other behavior by someone who engages in capitalism.

But of course, when one fails to apply actual meaning to words, resorting instead to scare-mongering imagery, well it's all an attempt to appear smart by looking very, very dumb.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:21 | 3119050 greyghost
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oh no not charles hugh-whatever blathering on and on and on. i swear this ass is paid by the word. god help us.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:58 | 3119210 ZeroAvatar
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GAWD, I know!  These 300 word diatribes should be banned!


We need one-syllable sentences like 'ook', 'eek' and 'gimme' that our paralyzed minds can somewhat comprehend./s

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:23 | 3119059 IvyMike
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Let them eat birth defects!

Pollutants' role in birth defects becomes clearer.
Nature. 18 July 2011

Ambient Air Pollution and Risk of Birth Defects in Southern California.
American Journal of Epidemiology. Volume 155 Issue 1, pp. 17-25.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:57 | 3119202 jon dough
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Pollutants role...?

"We only see the high levels of pollutants in the placenta, but we don't know if it's a true causal relationship," cautions reproductive health scientist Aiguo Ren of the Institute of Reproductive and Child Health at Peking University in Beijing, one of the authors of the new study."

Ambient air...?

"In conclusion, our results suggest that, in southern California, exposure to increased levels of ambient carbon monoxide during pregnancy may contribute to the occurrence of ventricular septal defects and exposure to increased levels of ozone may elevate the risk of aortic artery and valve defects, and possibly also of pulmonary artery and valve anomalies and of conotruncal defects. While our results for cardiac defects are supported by the specificity of the embryologic and exposure timing and some evidence from animal data, these initial findings need to be confirmed by further studies."

So, correlation does not necessarily equal causation?

Needed to link 2 journals to get to that point?

What was your point?


Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:15 | 3119283 IvyMike
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"correlation does not necessarily equal causation"

I've seen this common capitalist attempt to mask externalities before. Maybe you should take a statistics class.

"Correlation is not causation but it sure is a hint."

~Edward Tuft
Statistician, Yale University

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:53 | 3119473 jon dough
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He also included another definition:

"Empirically observed covariation is a necessary but not sufficient condition for causality."

See? He and I used a form of the word "necessary". How about that? Words are fun.

His point - with which I agree, FWIW - was that when someone says "correlation IS not causation", it makes for an incomplete and erroneous statement. I think we could both agree with that sentiment.

I was just trying to dispel your own pronouncement in your second sentence that "pollutants' role in birth defects becomes clearer" when the authors you cite are less than certain.

You actually believe that all economic systems do not use Capital as properly understood?



Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:02 | 3119490 IvyMike
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You actually think pollutants don't harm?

Why are you trying to mask risk, cost and consequences?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:57 | 3119205 Temporalist
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So you have a birth defect resulting from pollutants?  Let me guess, you have no brain and only a brain stem right?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:22 | 3119291 IvyMike
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Are you, like some spoiled teenager, trying to mask the harm you've caused other people?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:28 | 3119638 SilverDOG
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We've have a shill !

Good luck IvyDike, you have bitten far more pillow than you can chew. HAa haaa haa !

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 16:04 | 3119790 IvyMike
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A shill for clean air and clean water? Sure!

Problem, pollution shill?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:26 | 3119323 Acet
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Look mate, Capitalism fails because in a system that celebrates greed, politicians and law officers will not be incorruptible, so the most effective way to maximize capital accumulation is to fix the rules and their enforcement.

It's just as blind to blame all the evils of the World on Capitalism as it is to blame it all on the corruption of political and judicial institutions while ignoring huge effect that Capitalism had in causing them.


Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:06 | 3118987 Quinvarius
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The free markets don't work like that.  You are talking nonsense when you claim the free market masks risk and consquence.  Try again.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:14 | 3119028 IvyMike
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I've heard that ideological perfection has been reached in a place called heaven too. Meanwhile, back to empirically observed reality.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:40 | 3119414 Central Bankster
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The fact that you think we practice capitalism tells me you should take a little more time reading and less time attacking others. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:00 | 3119496 IvyMike
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You sound so Soviet about that.

In your logic, critiquing Communism, i.e., attacking others, is verboten if it offends a practitioner.

Did you gradjinate from a public skool or sumthin', Mr. Politically Correct?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:31 | 3119666 SilverDOG
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You do appear completely grasp addicted.

Any grander fractionalization have you?


Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:44 | 3119429 MachoMan
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Exactly...  there is this unfettered love for the academic concept of capitalism without the slightest acknowledgment of what happens in the real world when the starting gun is fired...  I realize I harp on it quite a bit, but I'm really sick of seeing it...  The paradox of capitalism is that the normalization of profits never willingly occurs by rational actors...  ergo collusion and inter-meddling (public and private). 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 17:18 | 3120035 Pants McPants
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How does eBay and Craigslist work, then?  How about black markets?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 17:47 | 3120119 MachoMan
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Aside from missing the point of my comment (and attempting to cherry pick representative markets), were you referring to the market activities outside of nigerians trying to get me to western union them some money or otherwise scamming me?  Or the transaction fees involved?  [this is not an economic system; further, you'll notice that most producers stay away from marketing on those sites for fear of margin compression/actual competition...  it's only secondary sales or defects that end up there for a discount]

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 18:20 | 3120216 Pants McPants
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"The paradox of capitalism is that the normalization of profits never willingly occurs by rational actors...  ergo collusion and inter-meddling (public and private)"

Yeah, completely possible I misread the above comment - the word 'never' piqued my interest.  Of course I realize an instance does not disprove your statement, however, eBay and Craigslist are good examples of rational actors accuring profits based upon mutually beneficial exchange.

No sarcasm intended; and my apologies if I misread your post.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 00:28 | 3121116 MachoMan
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Ebay and Craigslist are mediocre micro examples of markets working for very particular goods and services...  in some instances they're actually auctions, but in many they're simply marketing formats...  throw in scammers, shill bidders, gray market items, bing cash back (god that was awesome) etc., and they're not so rosie nor apples to apples.  Aside from the fact that selling granny's sterling tea pot or otherwise desperately getting rid of stuff slightly too good for a yard sale/dumping off at goodwill is not necessarily the kind of transaction contemplated by the economic mandate of rational actors.

Again, this has nothing to do with an economic system of governance...  (macro).  In the scheme of economic power, macro > micro [until the macro flogs the mule one too many times and it lays down]

PS, rational actors accruing profits based upon mutually beneficial exchange has nothing to do with capitalism...  nor socialism...  nor any other economic system implemented in the real world...  that's not the real test.  To state that, without also stating to whom the profit goes is to leave out well...  everything.  The devil is in the details.  (lol @ mutually beneficial)

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 00:29 | 3121127 CunnyFunt
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I don't even know what "capitalism" means anymore. I just use the fantasy term "free market", instead.

I've made some bank using CL, but it's just like anything else ... DYODD.

The world can't be sucker-proofed.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 17:55 | 3120137 DoomedforGloom
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I’m happy to see you mention "empirically observed reality" in it's opposition to "ideological perfection". Wow you can admit we live in an imperfect society. With that being said, please propose this alternative and clearly superior system that you have in mind is as it’s evident that you just love capitalism so much (sarcasm of course). Let me guess you YouTube’d Zeitgeist?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 17:58 | 3120144 DoomedforGloom
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I’m happy to see you mention "empirically observed reality" in it's opposition to "ideological perfection". Wow you can admit we live in an imperfect society.

With that being said, please propose this alternative and clearly superior system that you have in mind is as it’s evident that you just love capitalism so much (sarcasm of course).

Let me guess you YouTube’d Zeitgeist?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:22 | 3119054 USS Bernanke
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Oh great, another commentary from the spoiled generation on why children are the problem and why if children were just like their parents, there would be no problems.  Yes... the baby boomers and generation X are model citizens who have not let the ship be burdened with unsustainable weight.  It takes two to tango.

Everyone is a product of their times.

The author can go stick a fork up his ass.

Although I must admit he does make logical points, I just merely don't agree with his lack of insight on connecting it to the bigger picture.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:37 | 3119105 icanhasbailout
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Don't blame Gen X - we're the first ones who got royally fucked by the boomers and we've been complaining about and trying to work around the situation ever since.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:54 | 3119457 MachoMan
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Yep.  Look at the author's assessment of the kid who was weeding his garden...  There is this notion amongst entrenched power that there has to be "dues" paid in by youngsters...  and that regardless of skill level, talent, or ability, the youngins need to put their dues in and, eventually, there might be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for a select few.

I think what you have is a generation that's calling bullshit...  that the jackoff services jobs most americans perform could be performed by a monkey...  despite the employer bridge troll requiring college degrees to perform the work.  Whenever you see people like the author espousing these ideas, it's purely and simply a demand for rent seeking... 

In other words, kids have figured out that they have leverage because the older generations have spent themselves into dependency.  Denial isn't a river in egypt (although it should be; that would be awesome).  If you want labor to move, then offer something more than a condescending attitude and a sub-living wage.  The motivators of yesteryear do not have the same effect on subsequent generations...  employers have to think outside the box in order to get the young mules to pull the apple cart...  the whip leads to nothing but a donkey sitting in the mud.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:56 | 3119488 jonan
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ivymike wants uncle same to compel me to be his daddy...for fucks sake mike, i'm only 29, have a shit degree in finance (when i was in the matrix i thought i'd graduate and get hired as a managing director, L-o-fucking-L) and already live in one of the most expensive places in the fucking country...i don't have kids not because i don't want them, but because i know i can't afford them...

fuck you...i ain't your fucking daddy...i can barely take care of myself with the leftover scraps your stupid fucking uncle leaves me after he rapes me on a semi-monthly basis...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:56 | 3118949 TrumpXVI
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The "spoiled teenager syndrome" is very, very close to any addictive disorder.  And it's well known how that turns out; crash and burn.

The day the alcoholic wakes up in the gutter, in the rain, after being mugged, maybe, if a miracle is to happen, maybe then he'll reach an epiphany and try to turn his life around; but probably not.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:05 | 3118983 Chief KnocAHoma
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And like a single mom enabler the Republicans keep saying...

"We are serious this time. If you go on one more wild money printing binge I'm gonna put my foot down... or spank you... or cut off your allowance."

The Dems retort with...

"Fuck you! We are now the mob and we outnumber you on the street. Give us our shit or we'll starting eating your flesh."

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:20 | 3119048 Temporalist
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Those "single mom enabler" "republicans" are trading little yellow and blue pills with the very teenagers they are trying to reprimand.  It is so obviously not about party anymore that people still saying "Dem" or "Rep" is sad. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:11 | 3119015 trav777
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these spoiled brat kids grow up into unmarriageable spoiled brat 30-something women who are pissed that reality has not seen fit to conform itself to their wishes.

And, parents still enable it, as long as they possibly can.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:19 | 3119041 vast-dom
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correct. nothing worse than a 30-something woman self-entitled and screaming at mommy while taking her money. i've seen it firsthand and it is NOT pretty. besides, 20-somethings are preferable for at very least you can justify a bit longer their narcissism, before you send them packing... 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:30 | 3119084 Azannoth
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Even worse(behaved) are all those 40ty year olds that wanna be 30ty again, but .. at least they are spending their own money

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:35 | 3119397 combatsnoopy
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the problem with marraiges is that it's for meal ticket purposes.  Not for the purpose of raising a healthy and well adjusted family that can fend for itself in the real world.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:57 | 3119492 MachoMan
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I had a co-worker one time that said "macho, you need to trade your woman in when she reaches 27, after that all kinds of stuff starts to go wrong, cottage cheese thighs, the whole 9 yards...  it's what I do anyway"

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:25 | 3119618 Larry Dallas
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"these spoiled brat kids grow up into unmarriageable spoiled brat 30-something women who are pissed that reality has not seen fit to conform itself to their wishes."

Especially those who get pregnant before marriage.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:32 | 3119092 donkshover
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I wasnt that bad.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:56 | 3118950 PeterLemonJello
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Only failure and rejection can teach some valuable lessons.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:57 | 3118954 Rainman
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Is this why coddled white Amerikan youts are shootin up the skools ?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:12 | 3119018 Jonas Parker
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No, it's why parentless black youths are killing each other at every opportunity...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:33 | 3119095 rwe2late
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 So, Prohibition II (the "war on drugs"), the mass incarceration industry, the priority of warmaking over infrastructure investment, the lack of good jobs (or any jobs) ... all have no impact on human behavior.

Let's just focus on "good parenting" before fixing any of the above. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:16 | 3119284 Matt
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Would be interesting to compare things last time around compared to this one. 1932 vs 2013.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:36 | 3120921 S.N.A.F.U.
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Ah, but which is cause and which is effect?  Maybe a bit of both?  It sure can't help one to vote smart if one's been raised stupid.  It may be necessary to fix multiple things concurrently as leaving one bad may simply [re]spoil the other.  It seems to me at the core it's all about not being stupid/ignorant (or being surrounded by too many such people who will create a government that reflects their intellectual limitations -- a government to which you are subjected).  If you think "infrastructure investment" by the government into government schools is ever going to result to a less stupid populous, you may want to reconsider that idea.  (I'm not convinced there's any way out of this mess other than "crash and burn".)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:30 | 3119654 Larry Dallas
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Jonas Parker hit the nail on the head. There is definately more of an implicit value placed on white kids who come from relatively stable families who are seen to at least hopefully contribute to society, than their black counterparts in other urban areas who are directionless, fatherless and uneducated.

I guess that is why you don't see the news lighting a candle for anything that happens in Chicago. Perhaps secretly, Darwin is working behind the scenes.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:13 | 3119021 BlueCollaredOne
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Psychopaths do pyschopathic things.  I can't explain why white kid's tend to go after school, same as you probably can't explain why black kids like to shoot eachother 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:53 | 3119251 Aurora Ex Machina
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Spree-killers aren't psychopaths; Natural Born Killers isn't reality. In fact, they're usually on a totally different spectrum, and has been well-documented in many societies going back over 100 years. A psychotic break is involved, but this is not psychopathy.

Pow Meng Yap,4 a psychiatrist for the Hong Kong Government, wrote in 1951 that amok behavior was preceded by a period of brooding, and if the attacker was not killed in the process, it ended when the individual became exhausted and collapsed (and frequently had amnesia for the event). Yap's description of amok suggests a psychotic type of depressive disorder or a dissociative disorder...

Jin-Inn Teoh, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Aberdeen in London, reported in 1972 that amok behavior existed in all countries, differing only in the methods and weapons used in the attacks.5 According to Teoh, culture was a modulating factor that determined how amok was manifested, but not whether or not it occurred. The individual's culture and the weapons available naturally influenced the method of the attack...

A more useful and modern approach is that amok represents an extreme form of violent behavior occurring as a result of a mental disorder, personality pathology, and psychosocial stressors. Early recognition of the risk factors for amok and prompt treatment of the underlying psychiatric condition or personality disorder offer the best chance of preventing it. Finally, conceptualizing the mass violence of amok as the manifestation of another mental disorder provides a framework in which future occurrences of mass violence can be analyzed. [source]


So yes, you can explain certain parts of their behaviour. Hint: psychosocial stressors. Wonder where those arise in modern America for young males? Oh, right... schools.

Oh, and "Black kids" shoot each other due to crime, gangs, poverty and culture and the cheapness of guns. But we all knew that, didn't we? 



p.s. UK readers might be confused by "University of Aberdeen in London", as am I. But, it's a real published paper...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:52 | 3119051 Azannoth
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Maybe they are simply sick & tired of "The White Guilt" while being told they need to give more(to the community) and expect less(for themselves) in return

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:01 | 3118959 RSBriggs
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But in the current case of the Fed, the law DOES give way, and there don't appear to be any limits to the pushing aside of consequences.   When you can CREATE what reality is and are the one defining what risk is, why would there be any consequences?  In this scenario,  what would ever cause any sort of crash to reality?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:24 | 3119612 hidingfromhelis
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Spoiled bankster syndrome truly knows no bounds.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:59 | 3118961 Zer0head
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insider games about to begin as house convenes to elect speaker

my guess is Boner fails in first ballot (watch market tank) and musters support to win second vote (markets recover)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:04 | 3118973 Dr Benway
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For sure many youths are spoilt rotten around the world, but many many others have just been fucked by an older generation that has mortgaged their kids future

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:05 | 3118980 AgAu_man
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Historically speaking, is this not a natural consequence of any Culture of Affluence?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:09 | 3119003 Mercury
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Culture of entitlement.

Affluence implies real wealth.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:05 | 3118981 Sanksion
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As a teen, I din't have a money printer. Was not so spoiled after all...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:08 | 3118998 GMadScientist
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Poor, Ferris; enjoy that day off.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:05 | 3118985 Freddie
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People voted for this especially young people.  They wanted a hipster.   Keep watching TV and Hollywood because they want to disarm these kids and then it will get a lot worse.  Sheep.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:07 | 3118990 Mercury
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What is the Central Planning strategy being pursued by our Central State and the Federal Reserve? Masking risk, cost and consequence.


...and creating perverse incentives in the process.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:08 | 3118993 GMadScientist
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Veruca Salt is Ayn Rand.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:10 | 3118994 Cognitive Dissonance
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When we spoil our children are we protecting them or ourselves from life's (emotional) consequences? There is a huge reservoir of latent guilt residing in the American adult population about leaving their children to be raised by the system (day care, school, baby sitters etc) while they pursue a "career", ostensibly for the greater family good, but oftentimes for their own financial, emotional and ego inflation.

It takes a well grounded and centered person to realize that our only purpose in life as a parent is to prepare our children to leave us and to enter the world with as few neuroses as possible. This requires that we mature, preferably before (or at worst concurrently to) our children growing up. What has happened in many cases is that we have transferred our own neurosis to our children while the increasingly dysfunctional society works its own destruction from the other side.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:13 | 3119026 NotApplicable
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You skipped your soma again, didn't you?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:23 | 3119053 MayIMommaDogFac...
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<snicker> +5

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:32 | 3119085 Cognitive Dissonance
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It's all Mrs. Cog's fault. She's in charge of my morning prep. She slept in so I missed my morning dose. Shame on her.

I'll pop in the local Soma Center at lunch for a quick recharge. :>)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:09 | 3119001 BlueCollaredOne
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At 28, I believe that being 10 years removed from high school my peers have had enough time to get their shit together and begin their career paths.  I don't have facebook, but sometimes catch myself using my girlfriend's account to look up some of the people that I get curious about to see what they have become.  

What I find is contrary to what Mr. Hughs-Smith suggests.  All of the "haves" who drove mommy and daddys BMW's to school all went to the best schools, and now have the best jobs.  My favorite example is the guy who had a range rover when 16, went to columbia, and now works for Goldman.  

The rich are getting richer.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:11 | 3119012 bnbdnb
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Being connected always wins.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:40 | 3119106 Cognitive Dissonance
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Money doesn't kill the pain. But it sure can purchase a lot of pain killers and sooth many rough edges. Just because someone is "sucessful" doesn't mean they are sane.

I would argue that being well adjusted to life in the insane asylum is most certainly not a good thing. But those who run (and live within) the insane asylum might think otherwise.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:25 | 3119044 Mercury
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Not all rich kids are smart and hard working but some actually are.  I don't know about Columbia but Dad's a pretty big account if Goldman hired him just for his home address.

But yeah, to the extent that you believe intelligence is inherited, the gene pools are getting more segregated not less. Doctors used to marry their secretaries, now they marry other doctors (etc. etc.).  So, as maddening as cronyism is, the more significant factor may be even more disturbing.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:28 | 3119077 BlueCollaredOne
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I believe dad was a Columbia alum, and therefore most likely a donor. That always helps admissions.  I don't attribute his hiring by goldman to address, it probably more has to do with the amount of professors that now teach at Columbia after having once worked at Goldman.  

It's pretty genius actually, having your future workers pay you to teach them while you get to select the best fit candidates to continue the status quo.  

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:10 | 3119005 Zer0head
Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:11 | 3119014 GottaBKiddn
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And after all, what are the elite, but spoiled children.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:12 | 3119020 mirac
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Many of these "spoiled teenagers" are narcistic psychopaths...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:13 | 3119024 Quinvarius
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There is freedom and relief in knowing this system can only completely collapse under the weight of the Socialist system of failure we have adopted.  They will try to keep the fantasy going.  But it will fail because it needs real free markets and capitalism to suck the life out of to even exist.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:28 | 3119031 Dr. Engali
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You mean we should allow for experience and failure to play a role in life and in the system? Next thing you know you'll be telling us that it's not a good idea to kids candy for breakfast and ice cream for dinner. Or limitless fiat and bail outs in a"free market" society. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:16 | 3119033 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Brilliant metaphor +100

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:18 | 3119034 buzzsaw99
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Jon Corzine bitchez. No consequences, ever.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:18 | 3119036 GeorgeHayduke
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We have a culture that wroships the spoiled teens. Just look at who shows up in the tabloids, which is about the only reading many of the herd conducts. It's everywhere, not just with politicians.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:18 | 3119037 A Lunatic
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If you have enough money or connections, risk and consequence simply do not exist. I believe some call it "fuck you" money.........

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:23 | 3119060 Budd aka Sidewinder
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Come by my house and watch me tell my wife that 'good kid' has no place on a resume

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:23 | 3119063 Jeepers Creepers
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That seems to be the mantra of the current politics of the day: a consequence free life.  No matter how many times you make bad choices, someone who made good choices should be the one held responsible.

Affluent parents of spoiled brats (read adults now in their 20's) who rail against capitalism but depend on their bourgeious parents to keep them comfortable.  It's amazing how much I see this phenomenon, and it's not going to last much longer as the music is about to stop.



Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:25 | 3119065 caimen garou
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Kids these days are not taught by their parents to be responsible, they are not taught common sense ,and they htink if they got a degree it will lead to a life time of work in that field of study. kids are taught by the tv,baby sitters and video games. like anything else you get what you put into it people need to stop blaming everything else on their kids behavior,stop the prescrition drugs,the all day in front the tv  and little more wood shed medicine! my daughter is full time student, knows how to hunt ,fish,operate farm equipment,run the irragation system, she is knowledgable in electrical,carpentry and plumbing and a staight A sophmore in college and resects and is polite people! spend some time with your kids and teach them something!

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:56 | 3120977 Miffed Microbio...
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Caimen, it's even more than teaching responsibility. Kids are so over sheltered today it's unbelievable. About 10 years ago I invited 2 boys, 8 and 12 who were my older daughters classmates over for a day in the country. Their mother dropped them off with a bag full of video games, their premade lunches and medications which I was to feed them at a specified time. She would return at 5 pm sharp. I didn't have anything to play the games so I suggested they go outside and play. They cocked their heads at me questioningly. Finally my daughter said lets play in the creek. We have a seasonal creek that was flowing pretty strong at the time. When the boys saw it they came up with a contest boys against girls who could design a small boat that could negotiate the length of our property..pretty challenging for some goofy kids. When we heard mr miffed's power tools being used he went down and helped them not saw off their fingers. I tried to call them in for lunch but they were having too much fun and wouldn't come in. At five o'clock I hiked down to get them up before their mom came back.OMG. They were covered in mud from head to toe and the boys were strutting triumphantly showing me their winning design. Just then their mom drove up. I can't describe the anger that women had for me. Why hadn't I supervised her boys properly? She screamed at me she had not authorized any of this plus I was neglectful calling her they were dirty and required dry clothing...why hadn't I thought of her Mercedes leather seats? She drove off in a huff to get clean clothes. When she left her older son turned to me and I will never forget what he said as the mud streamed down his face " Thanks Mrs F for inviting me... I've never had so much fun at someone house before" I was so touched by that!

Two weeks later she called me and told me both of her boys had rashes on their arms which she felt was scabies and they probably got it from my girls or the creek bed. I told her neither one of my girls had any rashes but it was discounted. Her boys were never allowed over to come over to my house again and I never knew what happen to them. So sad. I know it's really easy to bash teenagers, actually I feel sorry for them.


Fri, 01/04/2013 - 04:41 | 3121330 akak
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Very nice, if sad, story Miffed.

Thanks for sharing it.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:27 | 3119072 yogibear
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Watch for the other waa, waa, waa states, like California come asking for a bailout.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:46 | 3119115 Tango in the Blight
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The opposite, being children of helicopter parents is just as bad. Instead of covering for junior's mistakes they make sure that junior is unable to make any mistakes from which they can learn. These children dare not do anything without their parent's full blessings as they are too scared to do so and their parents also keep a watchful eye most of the time and intervene when their kids are about to do something which they don't approve of. These kids are often the type who still live with mom & dad when they're over 40. When their parents eventually die they are left behind completely helpless.

Parents surely fuck up these days in raising their kids.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:24 | 3119331 A. Magnus
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"Parents surely fuck up these days in raising their kids."

If you can call sticking the kids in front of a TV every waking minute they're not in school or having them vegetate in front of an XBOX to be raising kids, then maybe. Parents would rather indulge themselves these days by hopping their kids up on Ritalin or SSRIs if the kids get bored with their digital screen nipples...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:59 | 3119214 Benjamin Glutton
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What’s Inside America’s Banks?

Some four years after the 2008 financial crisis, public trust in banks is as low as ever. Sophisticated investors describe big banks as “black boxes” that may still be concealing enormous risks—the sort that could again take down the economy. A close investigation of a supposedly conservative bank’s financial records uncovers the reason for these fears—and points the way toward urgent reforms.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:13 | 3119270 Salon
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Please spread this link to all your patriot and constitutionalist friends.

Here is your marching orders.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:18 | 3119296 Aurora Ex Machina
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Ah, so you are just pushing some crappy blog; how depressing. If you want paranoia, here's a much better take on just how well your rebellion goes:

Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future. [Small Wars Journal]

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:16 | 3119279 DR
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I pity the Millennial women...a good man is hard to find.


"They don't have jobs. They're dropping out of college. They play video games all day and watch porn all night. Even their sperm counts are low. Why won't guys grow up?"


Ah I LOVE a good Zerohedge debate late in the morning...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:23 | 3119606 Tango in the Blight
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That's why today's women increasingly become lesbo's or go black.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:18 | 3119300 AgAu_man
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Years ago, a German very successful (rich!) marketing executive told me that he and many German businessmen LOVE America's culture, for being a "Juvenile, Narcissistic society".

When I asked him 'Why?', he said with a smile and gleeful chuckle:

"Because it's about primal, instant gratification!  And that is good for business.  It's what helps fuel a Consumerist society and profits to lofty heights... the Culture of Fun, Fun, Fun and I-want-it-NOW.  It's built into daily language and mindsets, just like Pavlov's dogs.  It now permeates the whole country.  And, BTW, American executives know this also.  They just can't admit it publicly."

Hmm, food for thought.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:20 | 3119312 DR
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The US economy is around 70% consumption. What do you expect?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:33 | 3119378 A. Magnus
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Mindless consuming without producing or contributing to the economic system otherwise is just another manifestation of the Keynesian Fiat Fraud ideology promoted by Wall Street's social engineers...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:33 | 3119379 A. Magnus
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Mindless consuming without producing or contributing to the economic system otherwise is just another manifestation of the Keynesian Fiat Fraud ideology promoted by Wall Street's social engineers...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:53 | 3119752 GMadScientist
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"First one's free" - The Pusher

Can I interest you in a variable interest rate credit card?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:24 | 3119332 Benjamin Glutton
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‘Hang my son, he deserves it’

Family members of the accused who gangraped a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus wept and expressed disgust over the involvement of their kin. However, the locals of their residential area are glad they have been arrested as their “children will no more grow up in the company of these men.”
Remorseful mother Champa Devi of Vinay Sharma, an accused, wiped her tears while she said, “Give my son a death penalty!” She further said that in case her son is not hanged, he should be made impotent so that he remember his offence lifetime. Two teenaged sisters and a brother of Sharma refused to see their brother again. Vinay’s shattered sister said in a sinking tone, “I broke all my blood relations with Vinay.”
Vinay worked as an assistant gym trainer in the Siri Fort area and aspired to have a body like Salman Khan.
His mother has refused to cook for the family and intends to punish her and others in the family for being a blood-relative of him.
Ram Singh and Mukesh resided in R.K. Puram’s Sector-3 since the last two decades. Ram Singh’s neighbour Shanti, said that many a times, her young daughter complained to her about the foul language of Ram and Mukesh. Ram was a widower. His wife died four years ago due to health issues.
The mother of fruit seller Pawan Gupta (18) demanded punishment for her guilty son. “It will give a lesson to other rapist as well who take girl’s for granted.”
His aggressive mother claimed to have asked her 9-year-old son to swear by her and promise to respect women, be it his mother, sister, wife or a stranger.
Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:34 | 3120914 BigInJapan
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Yet nobody in India seems outraged by the rape of lower caste women.
"Outrage" at the rape of a higher caste women makes the news, though.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:32 | 3119368 Broomer
Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:49 | 3119449 Aurora Ex Machina
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You realise that she's doing comedy, right? Check out the next videos of her selling it for "$9.99 on Ebay".

This, on the other hand, was very real.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:08 | 3119539 Broomer
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No, I didn't.

And then you posted that.

As always, reality is far worse than you imagined.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:53 | 3119754 dogbreath
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its always interesting to what the future of humanity looks like.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:41 | 3119417 Vince Clortho
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another in-fighting thread on zh.


divide and conquer.  old vs young.  boomer vs x.  lib vs cons.

carry on.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:11 | 3119508 combatsnoopy
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THe incentive motive is missing.  I did a lot of things right, I had been able to fend for myself.  I dind't do this to be a patronizing, condescending prick.  I did it because I really am better for it, my incentive was to be in CONTROL of my own affairs and how my life turned out.

Unfortuantely that incentive scares the be-Jesus out of baby boomers.

Please allow me to explain what happened in my "do gooder" family and you will understand exactly what is wrong with this country.

I'm a certified meal ticket.  I was beaten and thrown in the closet as a toddler by people who worship at alter of John Lennon.  In other words, the only good they did for me was for sycophantic purposes, only to look good to others on the outside.

Not only was I a self sufficent meal ticket subject to conditional acceptance and support from my mother beast, but for the benefit of her relatives who of course clutter their house with gaudy ugly labels instead of returning the favor.  I did everything right, kept my nose clean, the entire 9 yards and all that jazz.  

Guess what happened? 

The meal ticket parasites punished me, degraded me, tossed me to the side when I was in a position of need.  WHy?  So they can bail out criminal relatives that stiffed their business lenders, cheated on good wives and get arrested for doing drugs then cry about their losses on REIT backed investments that would've paid off my college tuition. THEN make me the scapegoat for the world's ills.  Being ill, the "honorable" serviceman DRAFTDODGER wanted to throw me away in a war so that I could get "great medical care".  There's no such thing, not when big pharma lobbied the medical community to keep us on their drugs.  So I could come home to realtors that would rob me in an unsafe, disgusting neighborhood because I'm in need of shelter. 

Nevermind me using my credentials to set this country up for success in the global market.  Nope! 

These are today's baby boomers!  THreatened, pitiful LOSERS. 

THIS is why people gave up.  The incentive motive is a wash.  WHY would anyone bother? 

For someone who had so many expectations placed on me to suffer at the hands of malicious bullshit, I give up..  I can't fix these people, I don't have the power to, I barely have the power to escape their influence.  I did prior to the subprime collapse and the massive trade/investment deficits. 

I'm too friggin' good to be a loser?  I'm actually a high quality individual, cocky in that-sure!  But at the same time, this horrible environment.   It has driven me close to suicide several times because the circumstances have been so poor.  Why friggin' bother?   I can't even find a safe place to live.  Do I have to fight a nasty mannered druggie in order to feel safe in my own front yard for the horrendous amount of money I spend on either rent or a mortgage?  Is this what my "rewards" are?  I've got better things to do? 

The reason why I won't touch drugs, negative culture, etc.  I worked too hard to get my own health back despite the problems in the medical community.  Drugs don't help, druggies have maliciously inflicted harm on me before.  THey didn't help me get a job, they didn't help me pass a class, they didn't help me get my health back.  I could say otherwise for gay men, but drugs-c'mon.  Who are you kidding?  They caused me harm, they stole from me, one made a feeble attempt to ruin my life when I was down.  And this was an "honorably" discharged military serviceman.  A spoiled prick waste of government dollars...he's not the last either. 

Why should I like them?  Because the sick cult of John Lennon worship are sooo scared that people won't like them?   Excuse me, but who f***ing cares?  THey're going to get more love from the Bible belt than they get from me! 

WHy should I partake in TARP, PPIP and Quantitative Easing which literally is the same ghettofabulous garbage?  

The problem is that Americans CHOSE (willingly) to look at themselves the way the media portrayed them, as losers.  If you thrive on negativity, what you do will be reflected as your image in the mirror- no amount of stealing and malicious actions will change that!    

Sorry, there are fabulous people in the younger generation out there.  WHy is Hollywood so fixated on what Snookie and Lindsay Lohan did wrong?  I don't care, they don't affect me?  It's the stupid STUPID *BABY* boomers who want to trash this generation to suffice for THEIR OWN feelings of inferiority as they thieve from us. 

John Lennon was the first experimental attempt at mass propoganda, well for marketing purposes.  And it worked out really well for the hypocritical prick.  Esp. with the drugs.  Edward Bernays loves him.  So does Saul Alinsky.  The ability to distinct reality from what you see on T.V. is no longer a problem for mind fuckers.  With a big Exception made for quality sports programs, when they're not locked out during election season and bought off by the refs.

Sorry, it's the blunt honest trust.  Love it or hate it... it is what it is.  Trouble is, not that people LIKE this-but they're doing everything in their power to drag others down regardless of what our threashold can tolerate.  It's an imposition to say the least.   

But if you want to critisize freely about humanity, look at the incentive motives you give others.  THey lie and make it one man's job to "save the world".  Sorry, none of us are Jesus Christ.  Or Zeus.  Not even the politicians and the bankers.  But when you conciously give someone no incentive to do you right and you reward the assholes... don't expect friends in the realm of humanity. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:59 | 3119773 dogbreath
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go to alberta canada

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:10 | 3119538 jeffgroove102
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While I understand that this article is metaphor for other things, let's not forget that public schools are brain deadening gulags for creative thought and mostly exist for the benefit of the teachers unions.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:11 | 3119554 Broomer
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Did you watch Matilda?

"If you are having fun, you are not learning"

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 18:57 | 3120321 csmith
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What I'd really like Dad, is to borrow the car keys. See ya later, can I have them, please?

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 18:01 | 3123988 QuietCorday
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I could write an entire article on this issues and how I see it on a day to day basis where I work (a university), but I will just mention one thing.

Going back at least 100 years, every member of my family has done some sort of paid work, or work that produces distinct economic value for the family, before the age of 15. I am 36, and I got my first part-time job at 14, for example.

That is until my cousin. Born in 87, she got her first Saturday job at 17. Fair enough.

But what is noticeable is that every single family member born after her has not done any kind of paid work until they hit 20+. They had the opportunity; there was part-time student work available, but they just wouldn't do it. My aunt said that her daughter, born in 1990, "wouldn't be seen dead working in the local minimarket."

But these kids still spend money. And they spend a lot of it. Always coming home for handouts. Inheritances from grandparents spent in a month on booze and clubbing. Student loans gone in a flash. Going through smart phones like no tomorrow. And these parents just keep on supplying these kids, without any thought to the consequences.

The upshot? These kids have no idea about money, they are living lives they will never be able to fund themselves, and they have no idea about the real world of work. And what they don't realise is that mummy and daddy's money isn't a bottomless pit, and they don't have the skills or experience to get a decent paid job. It will be an entirely lost generation of unemployable people.       

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