Guest Post: Abnormalcy Bias

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Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform blog,

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.”

 Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited

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The political class set in motion the eventual obliteration of our economic system with the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. Placing the fate of the American people in the hands of a powerful cabal of unaccountable greedy wealthy elitist bankers was destined to lead to poverty for the many, riches for the connected crony capitalists, debasement of the currency, endless war, and ultimately the decline and fall of an empire. Ernest Hemingway’s quote from The Sun Also Rises captures the path of our country perfectly:

“How did you go bankrupt?”
Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”

The 100 year downward spiral began gradually but has picked up steam in the last sixteen years, as the exponential growth model, built upon ever increasing levels of debt and an ever increasing supply of cheap oil, has proven to be unsustainable and unstable. Those in power are frantically using every tool at their disposal to convince Boobus Americanus they have everything under control and the system is operating normally. The psychotic central bankers, “bought and sold” political class, mega-corporation soulless chief executives and corporate controlled media use propaganda techniques, paid “experts”, talking head “personalities”, captured think tanks, and the willful ignorance of the majority to spin an increasingly dire economic descent as if we are recovering and getting back to normal. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There is nothing normal about what Ben Bernanke and the Federal government have done over the last five years and continue to do today. Truthfully, nothing has been normal since the mid-1990s when Alan Greenspan spoke the last truthful words of his lifetime:

“Clearly, sustained low inflation implies less uncertainty about the future, and lower risk premiums imply higher prices of stocks and other earning assets. We can see that in the inverse relationship exhibited by price/earnings ratios and the rate of inflation in the past. But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over the past decade?”

The Greenspan led Federal Reserve created two epic bubbles in the space of six years which burst and have done irreparable harm to the net worth of the middle class. Rather than learn the lesson of how much damage to the lives of average Americans has been caused by creating cheap easy money out of thin air, our Ivy League self-proclaimed expert on the Great Depression, Ben Bernanke, has ramped up the cheap easy money machine to hyper-speed. There is nothing normal about the path this man has chosen. His strategy has revealed the true nature of the Federal Reserve and their purpose – to protect and enrich the financial elites that manipulate this country for their own purposes.

Despite the mistruths spoken by Bernanke and his cadre of banker coconspirators, he can never reverse what he has done. The country will not return to normalcy in our lifetimes. Bernanke is conducting a mad experiment and we are the rats in his maze. His only hope is to retire before it blows up in his face. Just as Greenspan inflated the housing bubble and exited stage left, Bernanke is inflating a debt bubble, stock bubble, bond bubble and attempting to re-inflate the housing bubble just in time for another Ivy League Keynesian academic, Janet Yellen, to step into the banker’s box. This genius thinks Bernanke has been too tight with monetary policy. It seems inflated egos are common among Ivy League economist central bankers who think they can pull levers and push buttons to control the economy. Results may vary.

The gradual slide towards our national bankruptcy of wealth, spirit, freedom, self-respect, morality, personal responsibility, and common sense began in 1913 with the secretive creation of the Federal Reserve and the imposition of a personal income tax. Pandora’s Box was opened in this fateful year and the horrors of currency debasement and ever increasing taxation were thrust upon the American people by a small but powerful cadre of unscrupulous financial elite and the corrupt politicians that do their bidding in Washington D.C. The powerful men who thrust these evils upon our country set in motion a chain of events and actions that will undoubtedly result in the fall of the great American Empire, just as previous empires have fallen due to the corruption of its leaders and depravity of its people. Creating a private central bank, controlled by the Wall Street cabal, and allowing the government to syphon the earnings of workers through increased taxation has allowed politicians the ability to spend, borrow, and print money at an ever increasing rate in order to get themselves re-elected and benefit the cronies, hucksters and bankers that pay the biggest bribes. None of this benefit the average American, who sees their purchasing power systematically inflated and taxed away. This is not capitalism and it is not a coincidence that war and inflation have been the hallmarks of the last century.    

“A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank. It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking.” Ron Paul

 

As you can see, the bankruptcy of our country and our culture began gradually, accelerated after Nixon closed the gold window in 1971, really picked up steam in 1980 when the debt happy Baby Boom generation came of age, and has “suddenly” reached maximum velocity as we approach the true fiscal cliff. There were many checkpoints along the way where fatefully bad choices were made. They include the New Deal, Cold War, Great Society, Morning in America, Dotcom New Paradigm, Housing Wealth Retirement Plan, Obamacare, and present belief that creating more debt will solve a problem created by too much debt. The Federal Reserve allowed interventionist politicians to fight two declared wars (World War I, World War II), fight five undeclared wars (Korea, Vietnam, Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq), conduct hundreds of military engagements around the globe, occupy foreign countries, begin a war on poverty that increased poverty, begin a war on drugs that increased the amount of available drugs, and finally start a war on terror that has increased the number of terrorists and pushed us closer to national bankruptcy. The terrorists have already won, as the explosion of stupidity and irrational fear has allowed those in power to acquire more power and dominion over our lives.

Abnormality Reigns

“We live surrounded by a systematic appeal to a dream world which all mature, scientific reality would reject. We, quite literally, advertise our commitment to immaturity, mendacity and profound gullibility. It is as the hallmark of the culture. And it is justified as being economically indispensable.” - John Kenneth Galbraith

When I critically scrutinize the economic, political, financial, and social landscape at this point in history, I come to the inescapable conclusion that our country and world are headed into the abyss. This is most certainly a minority viewpoint. The majority of people in this country are oblivious to the disaster that will arrive over the next decade. Some would attribute this willful ignorance to the normalcy bias that infects the psyches of millions of ostrich like iGadget distracted, Facebook addicted, government educated, financially illiterate, mass media manipulated zombies. Normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to inform the populace about the impending disaster. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster hasn’t occurred yet, then it will never occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with the disaster once it occurs. People tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

The unsustainability of our economic system built upon assumptions of exponential growth, ever expanding debt, increasing consumer spending, unlimited supplies of cheap easy to access oil, impossible to honor entitlement promises, and a dash of mass delusion should be apparent to even the dullest of government public school educated drones inhabiting this country. I don’t attribute this willful ignorance to normalcy bias. I attribute it to abnormalcy bias. In a profoundly abnormal society, adjusting your thinking to fit in appears normal, but is just a symptom of the disease that has infected our culture. There is nothing normal about anything in our society today. If you were magically transported back to 1996 and described to someone the economic, political, financial and social landscape in 2013, they would have you committed to a mental institution and given shock therapy.

       

Even though we’ve been in a 100 year spiral downwards, things still appeared relatively normal in 1996 when Greenspan uttered his “Irrational Exuberance” faux pas that so upset his Wall Street puppet masters. The ruling class had not yet repealed Glass-Steagall (pre-requisite for pillaging the muppets), created the internet bubble, fashioned the greatest control fraud in world history (housing bubble unrecognized by Ben Bernanke), or taken advantage of mass hysteria over 9/11 to begin the never ending war on terror and expansion of the Orwellian state. The citizens, and I use that term loosely, of this country have allowed those in control of the government and media to convince them the situation confronting us is just a normal cyclical variation that will be alleviated by tweaking existing economic policies and trusting that Ben Bernanke will pull the right monetary levers to get us back on course. The stress inflicted on their brains in the last thirteen years of bubbles and wars has made the average person incapable of distinguishing between normality and abnormality. What they need is slap upside of their head. Is there anything normal about these facts?

  • The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet in 1996 consisted of $422 billion, of which 91% were Treasury securities. Today it consists of $3.25 trillion, of which only 56% are Treasury securities, and the rest is toxic home mortgages, toxic commercial mortgages, and whatever other crap the Wall Street banks have dumped on their books. Their balance sheet is leveraged 57 to 1 and Bernanke has promised his Wall Street bosses he will add another $750 billion before the year is out. Is there anything normal about a central bank adding twice as much debt to its balance sheet in less than twelve months than existed on its entire balance sheet in 1996?
  • The National Debt at the end of fiscal 1996 was $5.25 trillion. It increased by $250 billion that year. The GDP of the country was $7.8 trillion. Our national debt as a percentage of GDP was only 67% and our annual deficit was only 3% of GDP. At the time, the country was worried about these outrageous levels of debt. Today the National Debt stands at a towering $16.8 trillion. It has increased by a staggering $1.12 trillion in the last twelve months. The GDP of the country today is $15.7 trillion. Our national debt as a percentage GDP has soared to 107%. Our annual deficits now exceed 7% of GDP on a consistent basis. Our budgets are on automatic pilot, with the $20 trillion level to be breached by 2016. Is it a normal state of affairs when the GDP of your country rises by 100% over seventeen years, while your debt rises by 320%?

 

  •  Total government spending (Federal, State, Local) in 1996 totaled $2.7 trillion, or 35% of GDP. Today total government spending is $6.3 trillion, or 40% of GDP. In 1979, before the belief in government became a religion, total government spending was only 31.5% of GDP (27% in 1965). Are you receiving twice the service from government than you received in 1996? Are you safer from terrorists due to the massive expansion of the police state? Are your kids getting a much better education than they did in 1996? Have the undeclared wars benefitted you in any way, other than tripling the price of gas? Are the higher wage taxes, real estate taxes, school taxes, sewer fees, utility fees, phone fees, gasoline taxes, permit fees, and myriad of other government charges worth it? Is it normal for government to account for almost half of our economy?

 

  • In 1996 personal consumption expenditures accounted for 67% of GDP, while private domestic investment accounted for 16% of GDP and we ran small trade deficits of 1% of GDP. Today, consumer spending accounts for 71% of GDP (despite the storyline about consumer retrenchment), while domestic investment has contracted to 13% of GDP and our trade deficits have surged to almost 4% of GDP. The Federal government has expanded their piece of the GDP pie by 130% since 1996, with the Department of War accounting for the bulk of the increase. Saving and capital investment is now penalized in this country. Is it normal for a country to borrow, consume and bleed itself to death?
  • Consumer credit outstanding totaled $1.2 trillion in 1996, or $4,500 per every man, woman and child in the country. Today, the austere balance is now $2.8 trillion, or $8,800 per every man, woman and child inhabiting our debt saturated paradise. The more than doubling of consumer debt would be acceptable if wages were rising at a similar rate. But that hasn’t been the case, as wages have only advanced from $3.6 trillion in 1996 to $7.0 trillion today. With even the massively understated CPI showing 50% inflation since 1996 and 23% more Americans in the working age population (45 million), real wages have advanced by 30%. Using a true measure of inflation, real wages have fallen. Total credit market debt in 1996 was $19 trillion, or 243% of GDP. Today total credit market debt sits at an all-time high of $56.2 trillion, or 358% of GDP. Is it normal for credit market debt to increase at three times the rate of GDP?

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  • In 1996, personal income totaled $6.6 trillion, with wages accounting for 55% of the total, interest income on savings accounting for 12% and government entitlement transfers accounting for 14%. Today personal income totals $13.6 trillion, with wages accounting for 51% of the total, interest income on savings plunging to 7% due to Bernanke’s “Screw a Senior Zero Interest Policy”, and Big Brother entitlement transfers skyrocketing to 18%. In what Orwellian dystopian society is taking money from wage earners and redistributing it to non-wage earners considered personal income? Is it normal for a government to punish savers and makers in order to benefit the borrowers and takers?
  • Prior to the financial collapse and during the mid-1990s prudent risk-averse savers could get a 4% to 5% return on money market accounts. Since the Wall Street created worldwide financial collapse, Ben Bernanke, at the behest of these very same Wall Street banks, has reduced short term interest rates to 0%. The result has been to transfer $400 billion per year from the pockets of savers and senior citizens into the grubby hands of bankers that have destroyed our economy. The prudent are left earning .02% on their savings, while the profligate bankers can borrow for 0% and earn billions by re-depositing those funds at the Federal Reserve. In what bizarro world this be a normal state of affairs?

 

  • Total mortgage debt outstanding in 1996, before the epic Wall Street produced housing bubble, was $4.7 billion. Today, even after the transfer of almost $1 trillion of bad debt to the balance sheet of the American taxpayer, the amount of mortgage debt is an astounding $13.1 trillion. Despite home values rising since 1996, there are 20% of all households still in a negative equity position. Total household real estate equity was 60% in 1996, plunged below 40% in 2009, and has only slightly rebounded to 47% today because Wall Street dumped the bad mortgages on the backs of the American taxpayer. Is it normal for mortgage debt to triple and home equity to plunge in a rationally functioning world? Is it normal when 25% of all existing home sales are distressed sales and another 30% are sales to Wall Street hedge funds like Blackrock?       

 

  • In 1996 there were 200 million working age Americans, with 134 million (67%) in the labor force, 127 million (63.5%) employed, and 66 million (33%) not in the labor force. Today there are 245 million working age Americans, with 155 million (63%) in the labor force, 143 million (58%) employed, and 90 million (37%) supposedly not in the labor force. The number of working age Americans has increased by 22.5%, while the number of those employed has advanced by only 12.5%. The population to employment ratio has reached a three decade low as millions have given up, been lured into college by cheap plentiful government debt, or developed a mysterious ailment that has gotten them into the SSDI program. Is it normal for millions of Americans to leave the labor force when the economy is supposedly recovering?

 

  • In 1996 there were 25.5 million Americans on food stamps, or 9.6% of the population, costing $24 billion per year. Today there are 47.8 million Americans on food stamps, or 15% of the population, costing $75 billion per year. Historically, the number of people in this program would rise during recessions and recede when the economy recovered, just as a safety net program should function. According to our government keepers the economy has been in recovery since late 2009. The number of people entering the food stamp program has gone up by 7 million since the recession officially ended. This is not normal. Either the government is lying about the recession or they are screwing the taxpayer by encouraging constituents to enter the program in an effort to gain votes. Which is it?   

 

  • The price of oil averaged $20 per barrel in 1996 and it cost you $1.20 per gallon to fill your tank. Oil averaged $85 per barrel in 2012 and currently hovers around $90 per barrel. Most Americans are now paying between $3.50 and $4.00 per gallon to fill their tanks. This result seems abnormal considering the propaganda machine is proclaiming we are on the verge of energy independence. After two Middle East wars, 6,700 dead American soldiers, 50,000 wounded American soldiers, and $1.5 trillion of national wealth wasted, this is all we get – a tripling in gas prices and creation of thousands of new terrorists?

You have to have a really bad case of normalcy bias to be able to convince yourself that everything that has happened since 1996 is normal. Every fact supports the reality that we’ve entered a period of extreme abnormality and our response as a nation thus far has insured that a disaster of even far greater magnitude is just over the horizon. Anyone with an ounce of common sense realizes the social mood is deteriorating rapidly. We are in the midst of a Crisis period that will result in earth shattering change, but the masses want things to go back to normal and don’t want to face the facts. The cognitive dissonance created by reality versus their wishes will resolve itself when the next financial collapse makes 2008 look like a walk in the park. But, until then most will just stick their heads in the sand and hope for the best.

Loving Your Servitude

“Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.”Ron Paul

The most disgraceful example of abnormality that has infected our culture has been the cowardice and docile acquiescence of the citizenry in allowing an ever expanding police state to shred the U.S. Constitution, strip us of our freedoms, and restrict our liberties. Our keepers have not let any crisis go to waste in the last seventeen years. They have also taken advantage of the willful ignorance, childish immaturity, extreme gullibility, historical cluelessness, financial illiteracy and techno-narcissism of the populace to reverse practical legislation and prey upon irrational fears to strip the people of their constitutionally guaranteed liberties and freedoms. If you had told someone in 1996 the security measures, laws, and police agencies that would exist in 2013, they would have laughed you out of the room. Every crisis, whether government created or just convenient to their agenda, has been utilized by the oligarchs to expand the police state and benefit the crony capitalists that profit from its expansion. The character of the American people has been found wanting as they obediently cower and beg for protection from unseen evil doers. The propagandist corporate media reinforces their fears and instructs them to submissively tremble and implore the government to do more. The cosmic obliviousness and limitless sense of complacency of the general population with regards to a blatantly obvious coup by a small cadre of sociopathic financial elite and their army of bureaucrats, lackeys and jackboots is a wonder to behold.    

The 1929 stock market crash and ensuing Great Depression was primarily the result of excessively loose Federal Reserve monetary policy during the Roaring 20’s and the unrestrained fraud perpetrated by the Wall Street banks. The 1933 Glass-Steagall Act was a practical 38 page law which kept Wall Street from ravenously raping its customers and the American people for almost seven decades. The Wall Street elite and their bought off political hacks in both parties repealed this law in 1999, while simultaneously squashing any effort to regulate the financial derivatives market. The day trading American public didn’t even look up from their computer screens. Over the next nine years Wall Street went on a fraudulent feeding frenzy rampage which brought the country to its knees and then held the American taxpayer at gunpoint to bail them out. The Federal Reserve arranged rescue of LTCM in 1998 gave the all clear to Wall Street that any risk was acceptable, since the Fed would always bail them out. Just as they did in the 1920’s, the Federal Reserve set the table for financial disaster with excessively low interest rates and non-existent regulatory oversight.           

The downward spiral of our empire towards an Orwellian/Huxley merged dystopian nightmare accelerated after the 9/11 attacks. Within one month those looking to exert hegemony over all domestic malcontents had passed the 366 page, 58,000 words Patriot Act. Did the terrified masses ask how such a comprehensive destruction of our liberties could be written in under one month? It is apparent to anyone with critical thinking skills that the enemy within had this bill written, waiting for the ideal opportunity to implement this unprecedented expansion of federal police power. Electronic surveillance of our emails, phone calls and voice mails, along with warrantless wiretaps, and general loss of civil liberties was passed without question under the guise of protecting us. Next was the invasion of a foreign country based upon lies, propaganda and misinformation without a declaration of war, as required by the Constitution. Our government began torturing suspects in secret foreign prisons. The shallow, self-centered, narcissistic, Facebook fanatic populace has barely looked up from texting on their iPhones to notice that we have been at war in the Middle East for eleven years, because it hasn’t interfered with their weekly viewing of Honey Boo Boo, Dancing With the Stars, or Jersey Shore. They occasionally leave their homes to wave a flag and chant “USA, USA, USA”, as directed by the media, when a terrorist like Bin Laden or Boston bomber is offed by our security services, but for the most part they can live their superficial vacuous lives of triviality unscathed by war.

The creation of the Orwellian Department of Homeland Security ushered in a further encroachment of our everyday freedoms. They attempted to keep the masses frightened through a ridiculous color coded fear index. Little old ladies, people in wheelchairs and little children are subject to molestation by lowlife TSA perverts. Military units conduct “training exercises” in cities across the country to desensitize the sheep-like masses, who fail to acknowledge that the U.S. military cannot constitutionally be used domestically. DHS considers military veterans, Ron Paul supporters, and Christians as potential enemies of the state. The use of predator drones to murder suspected adversaries in foreign countries, while killing innocent men, women and children (also known as collateral damage), has just been a prelude to the domestic surveillance and eventually extermination of dissidents and nonconformists here in the U.S. We are already becoming a 1984 CCTV controlled nation. DHS has been rapidly militarizing local police forces in cities and towns to supplement their jackbooted thugs. Obama’s executive orders have given him the ability to take control of industry. He can imprison citizens without charges for as long as he deems necessary. Attempts to control gun ownership and shutdown the internet is a prologue to further government domination and supremacy over our lives when the wheels come off this unsustainable bus.

The last week has provided a multitude of revelations about our government and the people of this country. The billions “invested” in our police state, along with warnings from a foreign government, and suspicious travel patterns were not enough for our beloved protectors to stop the Boston Marathon bombing. After stumbling upon these amateur terrorists by accident, the 2nd responders, with their Iraq war level firepower, managed to slaughter one of the perpetrators, but somehow allowed a wounded teenager to escape on foot and elude 10,000 donut eaters for almost 24 hours. The horde of heavily armed, testosterone fueled thugs proceeded to bully and intimidate the citizens of Watertown by illegal searches of homes and treating innocent people like criminals. The government completely shut down the 10th largest metropolitan area in the country for an entire day looking for a wounded 19 year old. The people of Boston obeyed their zoo keepers and obediently cowered in their cages.  

The entire episode was an epic fail. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight needed an old man to find the bomber in his backyard boat. The people of Boston exhibited the passivity and subservience demanded by their government. Since the capture of the remaining terrorist, the shallow exhibitions of national pride at athletic events and smarmy displays of honoring the police state apparatchiks who screwed up – allowing the attack to occur and looking like the keystone cops during the pursuit of the suspects, has revealed a fatal defect in our civil character. We are living in a profoundly abnormal society, with millions of medicated mindless zombies controlled by a vast propaganda machine, who seemingly enjoy having their liberties taken away. Most have willingly learned to love their servitude. For those who haven’t learned, the boot of our vast security state will just stomp on their face forever. We’re realizing the worst dystopian nightmares of Orwell and Huxley simultaneously. This abnormalcy bias will dissipate over the next ten to fifteen years in torrent of financial collapse, war, bloodshed, and retribution. Sticking your head in the sand will not make reality go away. The existing social, political, and financial order will be swept away. What it is replaced by is up to us. Will this be the final chapter or new chapter in the history of this nation? The choice is ours.                         

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
- George Orwell

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“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution” -Aldous Huxley, 1961

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zorba THE GREEK's picture

DOWN WITH BANKERS!!! UP WITH FREEDOM!!!!

Stinking bankers...we don't need um.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude...

Don't smoke synthetic dope, like Serenity, and please understand it is not good for parents to be ok with their children using mind-altering substances.  All children need clear boundaries and to suffer the consequences for breaking those boundaries.

Love is not accepting wrong behavior.

 

Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Revised
Bob Meehan, $ 20.00
All teenagers are going to be exposed to drugs, most are going to try drugs, many will become addicted, some will want help for themselves or others. This book can help.


http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-01-24/will-you-pay-kid-read-12-books-your-selection

DavidPierre's picture

It is time to open your myopic eyes SmokeyQuinn,

Look more closely MORON.

Arise from your 9/11 stupor! 

Observe what happened 12 years ago and what continues happening around you.

Does the offiCIAl 9/11 storyline match what you see in reality? 

It is them versus us.

Whether you call them the invisible government, ruling class, financial overlords, oligarchs, the powers that be, ruling elite, or owners; there are powerful wealthy men who call the shots in this global criminal enterprise.

They destroyed the worldwide financial system on 9/11 and resulted in death, destruction, chaos, starvation, mayhem …

 War on a world scale. 

But in the meantime, you continue to serve the purposes of the financial ruling class as a useful idiot and will continue to spew your oft repeated economic gibberish with all the charts and graphs and you buy into their political propaganda concerning 9/11 while you obscure their true agenda.

Sing Along Everybody!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sixzE02wRw

Jim Quinn's picture

Speaking of mental illness......

DavidPierre's picture

How is your 9/11 cognitive dissonance doing?

Even Karl Douchenninger is coming around to sanity about 9/11.

Don't be the last retard left in special class.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21pPpYw_axQ

 

MilkTheCow's picture

I think that while they can turn people into mindless zombies in reasonably good times, once the wheels come off the bus and people’s lives are actually disrupted, their ability to manage us will decrease substantially.   The elite should enjoy this level of power while they have it because it won’t continue unabated.  Fortunately for us, the elite aren't gods (even though they think they are), so mistakes are made and those mistakes will be their undoing.

espirit's picture

Hey H.H. - When Huxley wrote that in 1961, perhaps he imagined (or not) the pharmalogical effects of television.  This is a direct and linear connect to normalcy bias, which for those that have taken the redpill does not exist.

The Second Rule's picture

I don't know if Huxley realized the "pharmalogical effects of television" but Marshall McLuhan most certainly realized it. Hence the truism: "The medium IS the message."

emphasis mine

realtick's picture

hold on - you write about the "police state" but think 9/11 truthers are mentally ill?

that's a nice trick - how'd ya manage to "pull it"?

blindman's picture

now song and dance. sick funny

The Second Rule's picture

I'd modify that: We don't need no stinkin' INVESTMENT bankers.

yogibear's picture

Over 2,000 years ago Jesus and his disciples travel to Jerusalem for Passover, where he expels the money changers from the Temple.

 

 

 

 

The Second Rule's picture

He must have been strapping. Probably do pretty well in the UFC.

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

Then the money changers crucify Jesus and go back into the temple.

 

Scoreboard:

Money Changers 1

Christians 0

The Second Rule's picture

This is a great quote, but, speaking as someone who has spent more than 30 years reading JK's books and listening to his lectures (hundreds if not thousands of hours worth) I want to caution novitiates and spiritual aspirants not to get your hopes up. J Krishnamurti never provided any answers. He begins all his talks and ends all his talks the exact same way--with a question--which he never answers. I think he was hoping somebody in the audience would answer it for him. Just so you know...

JustObserving's picture

J Krishnamurti was just pointing out that all answers are in you.  Besides the mind can only know untruth - the truth cannot be known since you are the truth. The eye cannot see itself.  Truth is subjective so cannot be known.

No one can give you the truth.  You know the truth by staying as your timeless, spaceless pure being - you are the truth then.  But it cannot be captured on the level of the mind since it is prior to the mind.

Krishnamurti was a great teacher in his own way. May I suggest the following book if you are interested in self-realization:

http://prahlad.org/gallery/nisargadatta/books/Nisargadatta%20Maharaj%20-%20ebook%20-%20Pointers%20from%20Nisargadatta%20-%20searchable.pdf

 

sschu's picture

Post modern, new age gibberish.

There is truth, most chose not to pursue it much less look.

1 Corinthians

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

sschu

 

willwork4food's picture

The message is good, but are you saying the only truth is YOUR version of truth..as depicted in the KJV?

Downarrow4u.

sschu's picture

This is from the NIV.

It is not my truth, it is the truth of God as communicated in the Word.  I simply present and try to understand this truth, the content is not my domain.

But in this part of the Word, the meaning is pretty clear. 

Understanding the world today is difficult without sound basis in truth, the Word provides this framework.  It took me 50 years to figure this out.

sschu

 

Robinhood's picture

TSR I'm sorry but I think you have wasted your 30 years and thousands of hours. It was/is the very pure essence of Krishnamurti that was all about self discovery.

I happened to be fortunate enough to read almost all of Hesse before reading Jung and then Krishnamurti and I must say, from my perspective, you have a very significant misunderstanding.

I can only recommend that if you really want to understand Krishnamurti then you might consider going back and starting with Hesse's Siddhartha and work your way up slowly and thoughtfully. It is up to you. The journey to the east can be very enlightening but from my perspective it is all about the journey inward.  

One of the most enlightening statements I have ever read was in Jung's "Modern Man In Search Of His Soul" toward then end of the quintessential work when Jung was trying to reconcile God's purpose for man and suggested that "God created man to illuminate his creation".  We should all think about this.  IMHO, sadly, we aren't doing a very good job.

  

The Second Rule's picture

Now, hang on. I never said it was "wasted time." It just didn't give me the answers that I was seeking, that I was looking for. I was being vaguely generous in that last comment, but it you want me to pull out the scalpel and be more surgical, I can do that too.

JK came out of the Theosophical Society, founded by Madame Blavatsky. Now that is an immediate turn-off for Christians, but for me I couldn't give a damn. I was interested in truth and I didn't care whether said truth came from the AntiChrist.

Anyway, I was seduced by this man, the way many people are seduced by spiritual gurus and, if I may be brutally honest, frauds. I'm sorry, but I think JK was a fraud. I know I'm repeating myself but he never answered one damn question. All he did was ask questions, admittedly, in a very mesmerizing way, that made you think that when you got to the end of this hour-long talk you would be given the "answer." Uh uh. Never happened. He just left it hanging out there. And then went on to his next lecture which proceeded along pretty much the same lines. I.E., 1) Ask question. 2) Hour of new age bibble babble. 3) Unresolved trailing sentences.

Like I said, I've listened to at least 1000 hours of this guy's lectures. I know his game. I know his schtick. I'm not just some guy they dragged off the street to give his opinion. Sorry, he was NOT enlightened, either as he claimed, or as he implied.

P.S. I take exception to name dropping CG Jung alongside JK. Jung was a genius. JK was, even according to his followers, a rather dull man.

lolmao500's picture

That's because statists are running the show... and their minions LOVE IT. The more ``educated`` (read brainwashed) people are, the more statist they are.

If it weren't for statists, the genocides and wars would be way way way less frequent perhaps they wouldn't even happen... wars and genocide need a strong government infrastructure to brainwash the people into going along with it.

Statists, the greatest murderers in history.

disabledvet's picture

"there is a science to the State" and none of what is presented above can happen without that creation as well. So...sure, "it all started with the Fed being created." but the irony of "nothing that has transpired since could have happened without victory in World War II" should be lost on no one. That includes our "victory" in Vietnam. Is it time to lose the Homeland now that we have a "Homeland Security Department"? Sorry but my default setting is not to whether "it is safe" but is it LEGAL. the rule of law exists just so the "paranoid believers engaged in their Manichean Struggle" will keep their madness to themselves. And I'm sick of their mouth pieces always touting how much better we all are "going down this road." gotta say i've gained a profound respect for Jimmy Carter now that I feel like I've seen...we've ALL seen "the alternative." unlike many I guess I'm not disappointed with Vietnam guys who are now on top of this big stinking pile of donkey doo. Someone will answer for the annihilation of the totality of the US middle class. I just find the lack of folks in charge expressing outrage...THEIR outrage...very odd. Will see how hard charging Rand P responds. Can't wait to hear him actually.

GVB's picture

I've been discussing this with some friends and relatives of mine. Why  don't people stand up and do something? I know one thing. If this would have happened years before the internet was invented, people already would have went to the streets and protested. Now, all what people do (including me) is giving opinion on the internet, which just doesn't really add to the solution. Of course banksters and gov continue to do what they've been doing all along. You know what's really weird. In Cyprus, some people lost ALOT of money, and the only thing they do is go to the streets and do peaceful protest. Really, I don't get it. Really don't get it. What I do get is that my generation will have hell to pay for all the mess that's been left behind by these banksters. Nixon going off gold std and Clinton removing glass steagall just fucked up the entire world.

NotApplicable's picture

You're missing the point. "Standing up" is merely further participation in the evil political method (in other words, it's a trap). The true answer is to walk away and stop supporting the beast. However, that requires a population that can survive without free money from Uncle Sugar.

This is why they are so blatant now, as there is no avenue of escape left. They stole and/or destroyed it, long ago.

GVB's picture

So you don't pay with dollars or euros?

The Second Rule's picture

This is the Randian dilemna in a nutshell. Does one willfully participate in this world or pull a John Galt and cease to be a producer and supporter of the system, thus hastening its collapse*? It's not an easy question. Not philosophically. Not sociopolitically. Do you go the way of Occupy and listen to "crunchy grooves" while giving the finger to the man? That did a lot of good. Or become a teabagger and throw in with all the right wing and libertarian nuts who want to privatise the sidewalk? Or simply keep moving the gearworks forward in this "democracy" by dutifully voting in each election and proudly displaying your "I voted" sticker on your heaving chest?

Bueller? Anyone?

*This gets my vote.

RSBriggs's picture

Minus one for the use of the term teabagger.  Your leftist bias is showing.

The Second Rule's picture

Yeah, I debated using that term. But I didn't want to take sides* so I said fuck it and used it anyway. I accept your -1.

*I decided to piss off everybody

Tompooz's picture

plus one for the idea of privatizing the sidewalks.  Money-spinning genius!

samsara's picture

"The true stance is to walk away...'

"We forsake you
Gonna Rape you
Lets forget you better still...

Withdraw as much as you can from "The Matrix"
Stop participating in it as much as possible.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Yeah exactly vote with your feet, your paycheck, your actions when voting at the booth no longer matters.

Paveway IV's picture

"...The true answer is to walk away and stop supporting the beast..."

That's something a child would say. Take some damn responsibility for it, you coward. Rich psychopaths conned you out of your democracy. They rigged your justice system so the law will punish you for attempting any other method of participation other than the specific rigged channels they created. They rigged the military so it protects the government, not the people of the U.S. 

Sorry the government didn't turn out like you hoped or believed or were taught. Guess what? You're disappointment doesn't absolve you of responsibility for it. Yeah, I know you didn't personally create it - you kind of inherited it and now it's becom a burden to you. Boo hoo. Dumping it off on the side of the road somewhere forces someone else to deal with it.

It's your crap whether you like it or not - clean it up. 

 

Jason T's picture

It's destiny.  What's been will be again and there is no power great enought to stop it.    

 

The Second Rule's picture

Nixon going off gold std.

Yes, but it wasn't just going off the gold standard. It was defaulting on Bretton Woods that really put the nail in the coffin. Bombing Cambodia probably didn't help.

cossack55's picture

If you are willing to put it "all on the line", just make sure the folks you are sacrificing for are worth it.  My stance is family only.  If everyone else just took care of themselves and family would we even need nazi governments like the US? 

taraxias's picture

There weren't any protests from depositors who lost money, just by bank employees losing the cushie jobs.

 

The rabbit hole runs a lot deeper than you think.

samsara's picture

Interestingly, When one of the protest organizers of the original Egypt rev.

She was asked " How did shutting down the internet affect you cause? The lady said, Well Actually it was better without it, because with the internet people just watched it real time. But without the internet people had to come to the square to find out what was happening."

The internet defuses the emotional response because the person feels 'satisfied' that they have 'dealt with/were involved with' the event.

Dick Buttkiss's picture

The country will not return to normalcy in our lifetimes.

There will be a new normal based on a return to our roots, as the biggest bubble of all -- the United States Government -- will have burst its way into nothingness.

Gird your loins, get to work, and tell everybody you know to do the same.  If they blow you off, blow them off.

The state can kiss my ass.

NotApplicable's picture

Nothingness? Is that what they're going to call the global police state?

newworldorder's picture

"There will be a new normal based on a return to our roots"

That may happen eventually, but we will go through many unacticipated events. Do you think that most American cities, and the people living there will go back to their roots willingly? No food, no money, no security. Does the movie -Escape from NY - come to mind?


Dick Buttkiss's picture

Sure, and The Road comes to mind -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road -- though if that's what it comes to, I'm out; too old. It's what's short of that that matters to me, and so that's what I work on.

The Second Rule's picture

You don't want to be the Duval character puking up peaches? Yeah. Me neither.

ebworthen's picture

The more you work the more you feed the system.

Bleed the beast.

Debeachesand Jerseyshores's picture

Welcome to the New World Order Comrades.

Edward Fiatski's picture

Cattle, peasants, useless eaters? The more insulting and dehumanising - the better, for the ones that deserve such attributes will remain silent & ignorant, while the few others may find the spark of dignity in themselves to say one word, "No.".

Who is John Galt?

TheMerryPrankster's picture

Who is John Galt? a fictional character of rather one dimension. I thought Roddy Pipper had more humanity and empathy in "They Live" than John Galt will ever have.

Zola's picture

One of your best pieces so far- bookmarked