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The Aerodynamics Of Nihilism

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From Mark Grant, author of Out of the Box

The Aerodynamics of Nihilism
 
We live in a world now which may be described as, "Nothing Matters."

"Nothing matters until the day that it does and then everyone asks why it didn't matter before."

                                -The Wizard

The money pours in each month from America, Europe and Japan and overrides anything and everything else. With pre-payments and calls the estimated amount of money provided by the Fed for the world's monetary supply is approximately $100 billion every month. It is not just the American banks that are the recipients of the hand-out but the foreign ones who ship it back to Europe or buy European sovereign debt courtesy of Mr. Bernanke. I suspect that if the American taxpayers were aware of the scheme that the citizens would not be pleased but then what the Fed is doing is not generally part of polite conversation in America and so it is not discussed.
 
Yields on European sovereign debt are at incredibly low levels given the underlying economies. Europe trumpets the cause as renewed faith in the European Union but that is a highly unlikely conclusion. Again, it is the "Central Banks Effect" that feeds that stove of consumption and lowers yields, raises the stock markets and has created a world-wide bubble in every asset class on earth. The economies in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Slovenia, Portugal, Ireland and Italy are all in serious decline but; "Nothing Matters."
 
The "Stalin Axiom" has taken over the world. It is not the data but how the data is counted!

The unemployment rate in America is not 7.7% but 11.6% if all you do is add in the people that have supposedly left the workforce. Did you think these people had retired? Gotten rich in the stock market and were making plans for St. Tropez this summer? Moved to Costa Rico for the winter? No, they have left the workforce because they are now on the public dole and those that are working are picking up their tab.
 
In Europe sovereign debt ratios do not include guaranteed liabilities, contingent liabilities and every asset under the sun is marked, "Risk Free." The problem, of course, is that many of these liabilities, oft times called "investments" by the Europeans, are now coming around for payment and the "not counted" does not change the "not paid," I can assure you.
 
Still, "Nothing Matters!"
 
The financial crisis of 2008/2009 was caused by Easy Money. Too much credit, too many undocumented loans, too much cash available that could be used for stupid schemes; this was the root of it. Sub-prime mortgages were the trigger but the core of the problem was copious amounts of cash that had to be utilized somewhere. The machine ran and ran and kept running right up until the day when it broke and then the good intentions were the pavers for Hell.
 
Now the world will not wake up. You may be assured of this. That is not how it works or will work. What will happen is that the world will be woken up. It will be a Wham-Bam type of moment that will spin the markets around on a dime. The frightening thing is that there is more Easy Money around now than before the 2008/2009 fiscal crisis. Way, way more capital available now than then. In the first fiasco the money was provided by the banks and now it has been provided by the Central Banks who have created it out of pulp and water but by any measure that you would like to use; we have more credit now than then in the system.
 
The most likely "moment" will not happen in the United States but in Europe. It may be a bank or a sovereign nation that can just no longer afford to pay its bills. The lure of Easy Money undoubtedly has a very strong appeal but there are always consequences for its use. Just because a great many liabilities are not counted in Europe does not mean that they do not have to get paid. There is the rub and it always takes some time to boil to the surface.

The pot is on the stove, the water is boiling. Soon the top will get blown off and people will pay attention. In the meantime enjoy the ride but be smarter than the mob and remain prepared for when the ride comes to its startling conclusion!

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Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:33 | 3443178 88888
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Nihilists lol. Whenever i hear nihlism, it reminds me of the big lebowski http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AEMiz6rcxc

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:35 | 3443184 prains
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i need a white russian

 

again

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 10:20 | 3444388 cifo
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Nihil sine deo.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:43 | 3443215 stinkhammer
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Smokey's got emotional problems....You mean beyond pacifism?

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:53 | 3443238 mofreedom
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Conscientious objector my ass, smokey was a pussy commie.  Nobody f's with the Jebus.

Nothing "else" matters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAsA00-5KoI

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:05 | 3443267 toys for tits
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 No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there's nothing to be afraid of.

 

I guess we're all thinking the same way today.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 22:02 | 3443787 grunk
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The Dude abides.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:34 | 3443353 ozzz169
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unpimp de auto

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:18 | 3443501 RollOnShabbos
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OVER THE LINE!!

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:33 | 3443179 akak
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Nihil novi sub sole.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:49 | 3443596 mick_richfield
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Credat Judaeus Apella, non ego.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:37 | 3443190 Frank N. Beans
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...like a blind man walking towards a cliff, with no knowledge of the cliff....

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:01 | 3443256 NotApplicable
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Worse than that. Many blind people would hear the lack of ground echos in front of them.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:54 | 3443609 lotsoffun
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well - the one's that survive

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:40 | 3443208 whoknoz
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I always rememer JFK pulling all sorts of financial tricks to keep from being the first President to submit a $100 billion budget...now we toss that kind of $$ into the air every month and who cares where it lands?

...this cannot end well...

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:44 | 3443222 WillyGroper
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Costa Rico - Bwhhhaaaa  Freudian slip?

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:44 | 3443223 timehill
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I know this may sound strange, but why can't Bernanke and the FED be sued as the FED is NOT a federal agency and they are, in effect, taxing the American taxpayer without representation for the benefit of the biggest banks.  Didn't we fight a war over that at one time?

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:03 | 3443261 NotApplicable
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Why do you act as if wars and laws are valid justifiers of any action?

Besides, even if they did, Fed critters are on the board of the BIS and are fully immune from prosecution from any agency on this planet.

If you're looking for justice, you'd better hope those Martians are benevolent.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:10 | 3443281 toys for tits
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Didn't you hear, dude?

Bernanke is a fucking expert on the Great Depression and he promised Friedman that he wouldn't fuck up again.  So this shit can't be his fault since the mother fucker can't lie.  It must be all of our faults.

What a crock of shit.  I am going to start not giving nary a shit nor fuck.  Nihilism is starting to appeal to me.

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 08:33 | 3444284 Urban Redneck
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Can a nihilist even have a right to exist?

Too bad the people who will have to liquidate them in order to restore balance aren't nihilists...

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 22:02 | 3443791 DosZap
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Besides, even if they did, Fed critters are on the board of the BIS and are fully immune from prosecution from any agency on this planet.

Maybe so, but they are still answerable to the PEOPLE.

 

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:44 | 3443389 Binko
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We can't sue the Fed any more than the Colonists could sue the British Crown. 

When a people are abused and enslaved they can't go their Master and say "Massa, can I please use your courts to make you pay for your bad behavior?" They have to rise up and assert their natural rights. If they are too timid to do so then they will continue to live in servitude. 

 

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:56 | 3443613 mick_richfield
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We need to start using honest money.

hmmmm.

public-key encryption, payments denominated in silver and gold, clearinghouses audited monthly?

And if anyone comes to say "You can't do that."  -- arrest them and try them for treason, publicly and loudly.

 

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 23:57 | 3444011 Trampy
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Yeah, as long as the masses remain complacent--which is as long as they have food--it's just an occasional shooting or stabbing episode when an individual is pushed to their limits.

All the recent talk of having a consistent database and mandatory reporting of "those who might pose a threat" in order to interfere with their right to bear arms is very scary. 

Peeps with TS and higher security clearance submit a SF -86 Questionaire for National Security Position every five years or sooner.  Guess what effect this box has on all those millions of people.  Sooner or later one of them is going to blow the whistle on all the crimes committed by our government. 

Medical Record

- Any consultation/treatment with health professional for mental health related condition during last 7 years. Name, address, and telephone number of provider.

 

 

 

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:45 | 3443225 Ivanovich
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Yeah yeah.  Soon soon, any day now, just you wait and see, it's coming, I promise.

 

Sick of this.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:01 | 3443420 lewy14
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It's not coming.

Think about this: is North Korea susceptible to a financial crisis?

No.

Effectively, We Are All North Koreans Now.

Cyprus was a template - notice, no contagion.

Lehman was not a template. AIG was a template.

QEn, LTRO, Abenomics - these are templates.

A large enough sea of liquidity will drown every "crisis".

Yes, this will create crisis for ordinary people - but we know they don't count.

The recursive power structure that is {Governments} <-> {Banks} has achieved perpetual stability.

Governments spend "currency" into existence by handing it out to the unproductive, for the productive to service and scavenge from the unproductive, to extinguish the tax debt of the productive - and for the productive to spend the remainder quickly, as it will devalue just as quickly.

Closed loop.

This government scrip is, even now, right in front of us, becoming unsuitable as a denomination for any kind of investment. Productive assets are bid to the moon and unproductive assets crash to the ground. The connected stay that way, the unconnected see their wealth slowly bled out. No scandal; we are told and will be told again and again that savers are "hoarders".

Everything for the State. Nothing outside the State. Nothing against the State.

Where, in the current scope of polite conversation, of acceptable opinion, of political correctness, are the limits to the power of the State circumscribed? 

Nowhere. Not on Wall St. Not on Main st. Not on Madison Ave. Not on Pennsylvania ave.

The only store of "security" that people will be able to accrue will be their reputation - for subservience.

Kinda like North Korea.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:57 | 3443623 mick_richfield
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It's still coming.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 23:32 | 3443971 prains
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Where, in the current scope of polite conversation, of acceptable opinion, of political correctness, are the limits to the power of the State circumscribed? 

Nowhere. Not on Wall St. Not on Main st. Not on Madison Ave. Not on Pennsylvania ave.

 

ZH is about the only place, and the conversation veers away from polite pretty quick but you have a legit point, thanks

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 09:14 | 3444314 Unique Snowflake
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That's the attitude Skynet took to John Connor, and look how that turned out. We can dream that one day the force outnumbering the enemy by a million to one will wake up and bring it.

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 17:09 | 3445165 lewy14
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Dream on.

The sleepers will stay asleep. Look at the math literature on graphs and cascades, as applied to social networks (real and virtual)... then look at the writeups on how campaigns use data science these days.

Realize there will be no cascade. Evah. The PTB have control rods in the pile; it will barely go critical, let alone run away from them.

Wonder what the inside of a "FEMA camp" will look like. Look around, and realize that you're looking at it.

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 21:00 | 3445622 prains
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movement thru the apparatus has to be too small to notice but the result, too big to forget. Evah.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:46 | 3443227 Blue Dog
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The Fed is bailing out foreign banks too. It may be a long time before we know the full extent of it.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:49 | 3443236 q99x2
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It matters still but no one has been able to get past Eric Holder to enforce the law.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 21:47 | 3443446 MarsInScorpio
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q99x2:

 

What do you expect from a Black Racist AG whose law partners run a white-collar (make that Corporate Officer/BOD since white is now a poltically incorrect term to use for anything) legal defense firm that is picking up business every day from the criminals that are now - courtesy of Holder - TBTJ (Too Big To Jail).

 

The Black Racists at DoJ now run the show - and if you are black, you are immune from prosecution, whether it is financial criminality (Al Sharpton), or being an extremist Black Racist (New Black Panther Party) putting out a solicitation for murder of a "white" Hispanic. (As opposed to a black Hispanic, a brown Hispanic, a yellow Hispanic, or a red Hispanic.)

 

Black and Hispanic Racism are now the only two culturally promoted forms of racism left in America. The racist laws that they promote -- hiring on the basis of race, firing on the basis of race, enrolling on the basis of race, promoting on the basis of race, lower standards on the basis of race - everything that meets the definition of racist (when people are treated positively or negatively on the basis of race, is racist by definition) is permitted if the racist target is positive for blacks and Hispanics.

 

America's leadership is totally corrupt. People get FOMC Minutes before anyone else and not a word is spoken. The FED puts out more USD in eight months than the Stimulus Package put out in a year and not a word is mentioned. The current president told the world for 16 years that he was born in Kenya in his official literary agent's bio, and again when he ran for fthe US Senate in IL, changing his story only in April 2007 so he could run for president - not to mention he was disbarred for lying on his Bar app, and his wife was forced to give up her law license because of pending criminal charges against her for insurance fraud, and not a word is mentioned - in fact, if you do mention these things you are treated as if you are the whack-job rather than the psycho MSM that refuses to mention the truth, purely for racist reasons.

 

There is nothing you can do about the system because it is too big, too powerful, too ruthless, too murderous, too entrenched, to do anything about it. All you can do is try to save yourself.

 

Like it or not, we are, in fact, at a nihilistic point in history - because even if you care, you can't effect a makeover of the amoral, psycho-sociopathic degeneracy of the elites.

 

"Save yourself from this untoward generation" never rang truer than it does today.

-30-

 

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 23:10 | 3443935 Vooter
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The American people need to make a conscientious effort to poison the national well, however and whenever possible. Termites can take down a house as effectively as a fire--it just takes longer. Get chewing...

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 23:39 | 3443990 Stuck on Zero
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Yeah, but a beer in the hand and ribs on the barbeque are still great.

 

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:52 | 3443245 EvlTheCat
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People need to spend two weeks on a farm in Colombia to figure our how stupid the rest of the world really is.

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 01:52 | 3444106 TheMerryPrankster
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What sort of a farm? seems like it would be awfully difficult to get 7 billion people on a farm in Colombia. Can't we just mentally buy the farm and hire one of our other personalities to run it while we drink ouselves into a stupor and pretend we don't care for a moment?

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:58 | 3443252 Hongcha
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Nihilism; or perhaps opiated bliss as the morphine flows through the plunger; the administrator and patient are one.  The addicts have taken over the clinic!

What is happening, this volatility, is unnatural and something wicked most definitely this way comes.

Bought some gold at the close, could not resist.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:49 | 3443396 Seer
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"What is happening, this volatility, is unnatural"

REALLY?

WTF do you think is going to happen when growth stops.  Growth, after all, is what it's all based in/on.  No one wants to acknowledge this, that there cannot be perpetual growth on a finite planet.

Expecting stability out of a physical imbalance, come on!

When things start looking so horribly wrong one ought to start questioning the premise...

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 06:04 | 3444215 Bicycle Repairman
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@Seer

Economic systems based on fractional reserve banking failed long before the "age of physical limits".  The system has it's demise built into it.  It is inevitable.  Citing physical limits is simply a cop out. 

"It isn't the system.  It isn't the bankers.  We just ran out of stuff.  Couldn't be helped." 

Baloney.

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 09:26 | 3444322 Unique Snowflake
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Volatility is simply the manifestation of the collision of an immovable object(economic reality) with an infinite force(fiat). It's inevitable. As are the MSM lies explaining why it's here)

 

As for growth...simply depends upon how one defines it or what units it's measured in. Of course production of real/tangible assets cannot grow forever, but GDP isn't measured like that now, is it. Bullshit GDP measuring how many times I give myself a dollar and back will fool the herd much longer than we wish to believe. The illusion of grown will keep them sedated for a while yet.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 23:36 | 3443901 Trampy
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If you let an addict have an unlimited supply of their drug of choice at no cost, what is the inevitable result?

Yes, the money addicts have a central (bank) i.v. line of unlimited margin, er diacetylmorphine mo betta than morphine.  And a chlorhydrate would be just as good as the diacetyl.

But what about all the world's proles with Stockholm syndrome who willingly vote the bums into office, pay taxes, and send their kids to be cannon fodder?  Seems to me that they're either insane or made into zombies somehow.  And I know it's not the Flouridation because I use Gel-Kam for my teeth.  Why hasn't their madness infected ME?

After seeing how the Cypriots are no different from anywhere else where not even a cattle prod is needed to make them bend over, I feel like I'm living in a huge mental asylum and the lunatics are running the asylum  ... only I'm one of the maybe 1% who has the sanity and intelligence to see that Hunter Thompson was more right than any of the talking heads in what he wrote for ESPN on September 12, 2001 : http://proxy.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?id=1250751

Word is that he was working on a book about what really happened on that day of infamy, which he seemed to be sussing out at 24 hours, but we'll never see it published because he supposedly committed suicide.  How convenient!

... We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them.

This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed -- for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now. He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won't hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.

Good luck. He is in for a profoundly difficult job -- armed as he is with no credible Military Intelligence, no witnesses and only the ghost of Bin Laden to blame for the tragedy.

OK. It is 24 hours later now, and we are not getting much information about the Five Ws of this thing.

The numbers out of the Pentagon are baffling, as if Military Censorship has already been imposed on the media. It is ominous. The only news on TV comes from weeping victims and ignorant speculators.

The lid is on. Loose Lips Sink Ships. Don't say anything that might give aid to The Enemy.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:01 | 3443257 GOSPLAN HERO
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Nihilism is an essential element of National Socialism.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:12 | 3443283 NihilistZero
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No.  A "National Socialist" would disavow Nihilisim as an intellectual movement.  Nihilisim says life has no inherent meaning.  If life and all that it encompasses has no meaning, how is that compatible with goose stepping facisim?  Facisim requires a statist dogma that is in direct opposition to Nihilisim.

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:50 | 3443403 Seer
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I have to laugh at all of this.

"Men argue, nature acts." - Voltaire

Nice try, perpetual growth on a finite planet!  Ha ha!  Dumb humans!

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:00 | 3443439 The Second Rule
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Correct. Way too much word salad on ZH. People throwing out terms, mixing and matching them, without knowing what they really mean. Like some college freshman thinking he is clever by looking up words in a thesaurus.

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 01:48 | 3444101 TheMerryPrankster
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Does a clock ever really know what time it is?

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 03:10 | 3444154 The Second Rule
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No. Of course not.

[back across the badmitton net] Does a human being ever know what consciousness is?

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