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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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Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:29 | Link to Comment zorba THE GREEK
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DOWN WITH BANKERS!!! UP WITH FREEDOM!!!!

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

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:41 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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“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

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:41 | Link to Comment DavidPierre
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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

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:48 | Link to Comment Jim Quinn
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Speaking of mental illness......

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:08 | Link to Comment DavidPierre
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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

 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 15:05 | Link to Comment MilkTheCow
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:44 | Link to Comment espirit
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:02 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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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

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:54 | Link to Comment realtick
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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"?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:00 | Link to Comment blindman
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now song and dance. sick funny

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:48 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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I'd modify that: We don't need no stinkin' INVESTMENT bankers.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:00 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Over 2,000 years ago Jesus and his disciples travel to Jerusalem for Passover, where he expels the money changers from the Temple.

 

 

 

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:03 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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He must have been strapping. Probably do pretty well in the UFC.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 01:00 | Link to Comment TPTB_r_TBTF
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Then the money changers crucify Jesus and go back into the temple.

 

Scoreboard:

Money Changers 1

Christians 0

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:04 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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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...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:29 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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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

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:03 | Link to Comment sschu
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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

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 23:20 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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The message is good, but are you saying the only truth is YOUR version of truth..as depicted in the KJV?

Downarrow4u.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:24 | Link to Comment sschu
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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

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:31 | Link to Comment Robinhood
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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.

  

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:04 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:31 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:42 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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"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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:41 | Link to Comment GVB
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:47 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:49 | Link to Comment GVB
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So you don't pay with dollars or euros?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:20 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:32 | Link to Comment RSBriggs
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Minus one for the use of the term teabagger.  Your leftist bias is showing.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 01:12 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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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

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 22:40 | Link to Comment Tompooz
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plus one for the idea of privatizing the sidewalks.  Money-spinning genius!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment samsara
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"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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 22:12 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Yeah exactly vote with your feet, your paycheck, your actions when voting at the booth no longer matters.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 23:10 | Link to Comment Paveway IV
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"...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. 

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:11 | Link to Comment Jason T
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It's destiny.  What's been will be again and there is no power great enought to stop it.    

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:27 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:41 | Link to Comment cossack55
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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? 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:57 | Link to Comment taraxias
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:38 | Link to Comment samsara
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:48 | Link to Comment Dick Buttkiss
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:48 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Nothingness? Is that what they're going to call the global police state?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:36 | Link to Comment newworldorder
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"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?


Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:38 | Link to Comment Dick Buttkiss
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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.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:22 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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You don't want to be the Duval character puking up peaches? Yeah. Me neither.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:00 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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The more you work the more you feed the system.

Bleed the beast.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:48 | Link to Comment Debeachesand Je...
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Welcome to the New World Order Comrades.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:21 | Link to Comment geewhiz
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Comrads is dated, make that goy.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:44 | Link to Comment Edward Fiatski
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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?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 01:17 | Link to Comment TheMerryPrankster
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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.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:49 | Link to Comment Zola
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One of your best pieces so far- bookmarked

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:47 | Link to Comment Edward Fiatski
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The quote by Huxley captures the essence of it all, "Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness."

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 23:19 | Link to Comment Jumbotron
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One of your best pieces so far- bookmarked

 

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Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:49 | Link to Comment bjfish
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Thanks for the treatise, but must correct some innacuracies.  Growth of the Federal budget over last 10 or 20 years is NOT due to war, but rather the entitlements (partic. medi-care/caid).  Take a look at the budget and see for yourself.

Normalcy bias also means that after the attack (or hurricane, etc.) that we expect another one behind every tree.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:49 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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Excellent op/ed. Brilliantly written.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:16 | Link to Comment khakuda
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Yeah, wow! You really lost it. Most if us feel the same way, yet aren't able to so effectively go off like that. Bravo! Well done indeed.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:55 | Link to Comment Theta_Burn
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Didn't see it posted here yet

Glenn Beck's info revelation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sayi78GOhl4&feature=em-uploademail

15 mins long, jump to about 5 mins in, there does seem to be some suspicious events surrounding that Saudi national they picked up. Beck may actually be onto something here...not that anything will come of it..

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:56 | Link to Comment John Law Lives
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The first photo in this article was from the B-movie, 'They Live'.  It was a surprisingly good film.

Now, if you don't want to vomit on your keyboards, you may not want to read the following article today in which Henry Blodget claims Paul Krugman has won the economic debate over the past 5 years:

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/economic-argument-over-paul-...

Can it get more FUBAR than this BS from Blodget...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:02 | Link to Comment Theta_Burn
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They Live, yep it was really good with Rowdy Roddy Piper of pro wrestler fame..

 

 

 

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:07 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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Since you brought up They Live, I'm going to jawbone here a bit. The entire movie is less sci-fi than a modern day Aesop's Fables. One of the main takeaways of the movie is that they who choose to go along with "The System" live pretty good lives. Plenty of money, food, cars, houses, everything. Even if you're homeless you still live pretty well, just as long as you OBEY. Your problems begin only when you decide NOT to go along with the system, and then your shit starts to fall apart in a hurry.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 23:27 | Link to Comment Jumbotron
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They Live....

"I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass.....and I'm all out of bubble gum."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1TcnQxV4BE

 

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:03 | Link to Comment Fuku Ben
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The internet has difused public protests now. Quite a lot different from the 60's. But it is also enabling the awakening of the masses. After each new false flag I see large numbers waking up and questioning everything. The internet is a double edged sword that the criminals are just now trying to force closed. Just like they are trying to force chaos and fear with all the ter-ror they've failed to stop, allowed to happen, or sponsored lately.

When, not if, CISPA finally passes through our glorious representatives it will begin the takedown of freedom of speech, expression and the internet for good. The "lock down" of the internet, like Boston, will be for everyone's safety. It will probably come in conjunction with the Douchebag Happless Suckasses finally acquiring all of their tanks and ammo. The US will be safe and secure just like a prison (note the word "lock down" now being used by the MSM like at a prison) when they finally pull the plug on the financial system and internet.

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:33 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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Good point. Which is why, much as I despise someone like Alex Jones, I think it's imperative that people like him be given a forum to air their views. And this worn out chestnut...

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
--Voltaire

 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:14 | Link to Comment faroffthunder
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When the government shuts down the internet, the people will shut down the government. A new, resilient internet will emerge: a decentralized mesh network of practically telepathic beings. We're already on it.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:09 | Link to Comment mendigo
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I beleive he left out the issue that truely underlies the collapse of standard of living inour lifetime - globalization. They are giving away our freedoms and our standard of living for an ideal from which the bureacrats and bankers profit greatly.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 05:41 | Link to Comment KashNCarry
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Totally!  And the grandmasters of all this?  Three letters...

BIS

Bank of International Settlements-Basel Switzerland

’The Tower of Basel: Secretive Plans for the Issuing of a Global Currency’
”Do we really want the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) issuing our global currency”
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-tower-of-basel-secretive-plans-for-the-issuing-of-a-global-currency/13239

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:20 | Link to Comment Floodmaster
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The repeal of the Glass-Steagall act is just the bailout of boomers assets through banks, This is generational theft..pure and simple, Politicians/Boomers are really good at finding scapegoats (bankster) to cover for their policy.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 01:10 | Link to Comment TheMerryPrankster
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Either you don't understand what is going on or you are letting your biases cloud your judgement. The boomers are a group combining 1o's if not hundreds of millions of people. Most of this group was fucked out of their investments through the bubbles that cleaned their ira's 401k and home equity.

The benefits accrued to the banking class who were bailed out by the taxpayers including all the working boomers.

Glass-stegall was not repealed by the boomers it was repealed by congress, primarily senator Phil Graham, at the behest of his banking friends. Gramm later left the congrss and become a VP at UBS bank who also gave his wife Katherine a job.

You can accuse the boomers of self indulgent complacency and stupidity by virtue of being apathetic and ill informed, but they did not benefit from the destruction of Glass-Stegall.

It is theft but it doesn't discriminate across generations, only across economic classes. If you own a bank it was a great thing otherrwise  u r fucked.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 01:33 | Link to Comment ClassicalLib17
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Well said, merry prankster.  +1  

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:26 | Link to Comment Mentaliusanything
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One thing I know for certain... there are few Boobus Americanus reading this.

Outstanding summary that should grace the front page of every free press paper in the World. so it wont.

Prepair for War, as it is the only thing left to hand over final subservience

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:32 | Link to Comment Vegetius
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And this too will pass! The elite never learn and this time is no different. It is close to game over time and the reduction of the human population by somewhere around 30-50%. The elite think that with the weapons and tech that they are now employing they can circumvent the tumbrils full of their families. No so Guys, why well because of the tech and the just in time world we live in, I could go into detail but why bother people will not believe until they have seen.

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:36 | Link to Comment kensuneit
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Absolutely the most profound piece I've read in a while.  Everywhere I look, the trend is to create a society of toothless consumers, dullards, fragmented families and fragmented communities.  Thanks ZH for making this work available.  Keep up the good work.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:38 | Link to Comment WarPony
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You had me at abnormalcy, cmao ... beautiful .. oh wait.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:55 | Link to Comment rlouis
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I recently re-read Huxley's Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited, cr 1960 - the very first thing that struck me was in the publisher's statement about the author of the introduction, Charles J. Rolo - the second sentence ... "After working for the Rockefeller Foundation, he joined the British Information Services in New York..."    Teaching "future managers" in highschool the Anglo-American caste system through Huxley and Orwell was quite brilliant - it is still done today.  The thesis - antithesis - synthesis taught through fiction is much more transparent after several more decades of life.

Excellent summary of Boston and the police state:

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. 

 

 

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:25 | Link to Comment klockwerks
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The section regarding the events of last week were my very thoughts as I saw all the events unfold. I could not believe what I was watching regarding the compliance I witnessed. No, you can't come in and search, he is not here or he would be dead. I copied that section and sent it off as that is our future if we comply. NO I WILL NOT COMPLY. I wondered at the time how many people recognized that they were looking at their future in a police state

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:01 | Link to Comment WarPony
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and not so far away or so long ago:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world

... we're not quite the same?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:57 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Have to re-watch "A Clockwork Orange" and "They Live".

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" too.

I need shock therapy probably.

All I see is lies.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:04 | Link to Comment Ineverslice
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Ahhh...Juicy Fruit.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:18 | Link to Comment The Second Rule
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The Juicy Fruits from Phantom of The Paradise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v48Da9E5ns

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:59 | Link to Comment HD
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"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."

I was wondering if anyone refused them entry. If asked for a warrant (they did not have) do they just kick the door down anyway?

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:25 | Link to Comment adr
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I'm pretty sure after watching the videos of people being pulled out at gunpoint and frisked on the street, refusing them would have sent you straight into the back of a cop car, or given two shots to the head, with the last vision hitting your retina being your screaming wife filled with 600 rounds as she runs down the stairs.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:30 | Link to Comment klockwerks
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It didn't appear after opening fire, 75 shots, in a neighborhood and no head shots, really, that they could hit the side of a barn. Wonder how many house shots they had. 1 sniper, a night vision scope and a red dot, 1 kill shot. Done

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 09:22 | Link to Comment Ckierst1
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That is what needs to happen.  They must be denied entry behind a locked door and told to get a warrant.  Make them break down the door and publicize the event.  

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:21 | Link to Comment decentralizedsc...
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    • It's not too late; we can still fix it. But it's going to require a little constitutional catch-up and repair:
    • 28th Amendment (The Constitutional Emergency Amendment)
      Corporations are not persons and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:
      1, prohibitions against any corporation;
      a, owning another corporation,
      b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic, or
      c, otherwise distorting the general economy;
      2, prohibitions against any form of intervention in the affairs of government by means of;
      a, congressional lobbying
      b, electoral sponsorship or advocacy
      c, educational sponsorship or publication
      d, media news reporting
      3, provisions for;
      a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books
      b, closing the FRB and the establishment of state-owned banks
      c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives et al for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.
      Optional: (or possible 29th amendment)
      The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution is hereby repealed and Congress shall re-write the U.S. Code to reflect the changes embodied herein.
Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:41 | Link to Comment CrimsonAvenger
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In related news, I'm passing a law that I'll quickly and severely starve myself.

Sorry for the sarcasm, but seriously, it is too late. Who the hell do you expect will pass this?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:47 | Link to Comment decentralizedsc...
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People who still have a set of balls? Too late for you, I guess.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:22 | Link to Comment CrimsonAvenger
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Give me the names of five people in congress, either house, who would lead this, or even vote for it. I'm not in congress, so my testicles are irrelevant.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:21 | Link to Comment decentralizedsc...
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Read up on Article Five of the US Constitution; you don't need Congress. No disrespect about the balls thing - I can be an asshole when my blood is up, sorry. But no, the corporate-sponsored congress people we have are useless puppets with nice suits and teleprompters for brains. After you familiarize yourself with the Art. 5 process and start passing petitions around you'll be AMAZED at the number of local, state, and federal officials that would support an amendment such as this. They're already challenging the status quo at every level but the forces of corpocracy are using the Constitution against them, too, and they're as frustrated as we are. "Give piss a chance" (?)

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 23:11 | Link to Comment CrimsonAvenger
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No worries on the balls thing - this is fight club, I can take it. I'll take a look at Article 5 - thanks.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 23:30 | Link to Comment honestann
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#1:  Organizations are fictions (ficitiious entities).
#2:  Governments are organizations.
#3:  Corporations are organizations.

You're not going to save yourself, or anyone else, as long as you pretend that "corporations exist", "government exists", "official titles exist", "laws exist", etc.

They are ALL fictions.

Until human beings learn to "get real"... and I mean really, really, really real, they will continue flailing around like rabid chimps bouncing off the walls on planet wacko.  Trying to fix fictions doesn't solve the consequences of treating fiction like something real.  The only solution is get real... absolutely, completely, totally and utterly real.  Not just peel back one or two layers of insanity, but throw the whole pile of insanity away, and be done with it --- permanently.

You exist.  Your neighbors exist.  Planet earth exists.  The planets, sun, stars and galazies exist.  That is ALL.  Just about everything else in your head is fiction.

You were born.  Every other human being was born.  The mere symmetry of that situation is sufficient to demonstrate that no legitimate way exists for you to have authority over others, or for others to have authority over you.  PERIOD.  No further analysis is required.  In fact, further analysis only benefits:

predators-DBA-government
predators-DBA-corporations
predators-DBA-central-banks
predators-DBA-other-so-called-organizations

Yes indeed, the predators exist.  No doubt about that.  And their actions have consequences.  As do your neighbors.  As do yours.

But those "governments", those "corporations", those "institutions"... they do not exist.  They are pure fictions, which is to say, purely non-existent.

There is no way to TWEAK insanity to get something sane.  Insane is insane.  Fiction is fiction.  Can't turn fiction into fact by adding more nonsense on top of existing nonsense.

All those fictions are just ideas that serve exactly ONE purpose.  To fake you and billions of other insane chimps into believing that somehow that symmetry between you and other human beings doesn't exist.  They need you to forget the obvious fact that no possible mechanism exists by which one sentient being can gain authority over another.  The pretense of authority?  Sure, a human being can concoct a mental pretense of anything if they're wacko enough.

Stop trying to fix the unfixable.  There is only one way out, humans.  Learn to distinguish what exists from what does not.  Learn to distinguish what exists from what is fiction, illusion, delusion, assertion, imagination.

Until you can look at every human being on planet earth and see someone in the exact same position as yourself, you are insane.  You may imagine yourself in the role of predator (an "authority"), in which case you deserve to be killed, or you may imagine yourself in the role of prey (a "citizen"), in which case you are one stupid son of a chimp.

Wake up.  All that exists is you, other creatures, and inorganic matter.  Period.  Not kidding chimps, that's all there is.  Wake up and smell the reality.  That really is a lot easier than endless self-delusion.  And besides, once you ignore everything that isn't reality, pretty much everything and everyone makes sense!  What a concept!  And what a relief.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 02:55 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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Honest Ann, you are very, very wise and enlightened indeed.  As though you have been around the Milky Way at least once.  My sincere compliments. 

I hope that you will inspire more souls to see, accept and love Reality, for the first step towards wisdom and inner freedom is to give up all illusions and all pretenses.

Kirk out.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:46 | Link to Comment honestann
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I have traveled the entire universe, but only observationally and intellectually so far.  Every day I work on getting out of this gravity well so I can at least travel the solar system in the near future.  We'll see about the rest of the galaxy after that!

Too bad most humans aren't thinking about their escape, rather than swimming around in the increasingly hot frog stew that covers most of this planet.

PS:  Unfortunately, "Beam me up Scotty" never works for me.  Maybe you can get him to beam me up?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 03:20 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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honest ann, you leave me wondering, do you see the family as a fiction, too? most of what you describe are imo conventions, not fictions, and the difference is profound. example: the authority that parents have over their children

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 04:44 | Link to Comment i-dog
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Ahhh, Ghordius ... your Jesuit upbringing comes shining through*!!

In a sane society, you do not "own", or "have authority over", your children ... You have a duty of care and guidance towards them. If you breach that duty of care - for example, by neglecting or abusing them - others will take them from you and provide the necessary care. Ipso facto, you don't "own" them.

The more complex issue of balancing respect (both giving and receiving it!) with guidance, until they are of an age to fend for themselves, is one for each individual to grapple with.

If it is done well, the family unit will remain strong. If it is done poorly (or by the state), the family unit will fracture.

 

* I don't mean this in a perjorative way towards you personally...you should know that I like you as an individual.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 04:53 | Link to Comment Bearwagon
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The only authority one can achieve derives from being a role model to your children. Don't tell them what to do - show it to them.

edit: May be of interest in that regard: "Criminality and Punishment"

http://bahai-library.com/pdf/s/schaefer_crime_punishment.pdf

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 22:06 | Link to Comment honestann
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I'd have to know precisely what you mean by "family" to answer that, but my guess is, yes.

Do I believe that the physical genes a child has is related-to and largely derived-from the genes of two other humans?  Yes.  That's real and physical.

Do I believe this gives parents any legitimate justification to enslave their kids?  No.  Kids are in a real jam, as a matter of basic reality - their fundamental nature.  When kids are very young, they are literally incapable of taking care of themselves.  So they may end up in a real lose-or-lose-even-worse situation when young if their parents suck.  And today, almost all parents suck... and suck royally... because they destroy their kids brains before they know how to defend themselves.  I'm just extremely lucky that I came to realize by age 4 that my parents and all adults were completely, totally, wacko insane.  That led me to ignore everything they said, and attempt to understand reality exclusively by first-hand observation and reflection, as overwhelming as that prospect seemed at the time (!!!very!!!).

Do kids have a right to leave their parents?  Absolutely yes!  And at any age they choose.  The choice to leave parents is a major one, and almost certainly, any decision to leave parents at a young age is a wise one, given that maybe they won't survive that decision.

I'm not sure what you're trying to point at here, so maybe I better say this.

ALL "authority" is fiction.  There is NO exception, though there is one case that perhaps sounds like an exception.  That is the case where you enter into a fully voluntary agreement, you could claim the agreement gives another "authority" over you in some way.

But that is an abuse of the term "authority".  It was YOU who arranged-for and agreed-to the consequences, just as much as the other party or parties.  So in fact, the term "authority" does not apply here, even though it might "sound right".

Usually, all you need to do to answer questions like these are to ask whether the item is a real, physical entity (with real, physical properties like mass, charge, etc), or is a real, physical action (of a real, physical entity).  Everything else is fiction.

Sure, it takes a while to get proficient at figuring out the status of ideas and concepts.  I've been careful about this for many years, and still I get stuck for a while sometimes, and need to work through a question very carefully and slowly to figure out where the real lies (and ends) and what is fiction.  Humans are sooooooooo un-freaking-believably bad at this practice at this time in history, you should never be surprised to find it difficult to work out the reality-status of a concept.  Just be honest and persist.  I've developed several techniques that usually help me figure these questions out quickly, but not always.  I am happy to say, however, that once a question is worked out, it is almost always laughable in the extreme that the question was confusing at first.

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Perhaps I need to insert the following disclaimer here again.  I usually omit this disclaimer, but every once in a while, it needs to be restated.  I love fiction!  The fact is, fiction can be fantastic in so many ways.  Hell, I've been an inventor my whole life, and the whole point of invention is to visualize and conceptualize things that do not exist... yet.  In other words, all my inventions (and all inventions) were fiction... until they were implemented.

I have also written screenplays, which were again, totally fiction.  And I love to watch many kinds of movies that are totally fiction.

A great many abstract conceptualizations are fictions... and are extremely useful.

So definitely, my problem is not with fiction.  I understand how it might sound that way, but that's taking my warnings the wrong way.

What is important is... being completely clear what is fiction, and what is real.  And then keeping the reality-status of every idea and concept in mind when you perform any and every kind of thought.  That's it.

This may sound very simple.  And damn right, it should be!  But every single human being on earth (as far as I can tell) has been intentionally raised to confuse real and fiction, and to mix and match and mis-mash them horribly, and thus end up believing and supporting all sorts of completely crazy wacko things.

I emphasize this issue (real versus fiction) because it is the most important topic for mankind to face today.  Why do I say that?

Just look at what people talk about most of the time.  Laws, government, authorities, etc.  They are all fictions!  And yet people spend trillions of hours (and quadrillions of dollars) on the assumption these are real, legitimate topics!  Which means, virtually every human being on planet earth today is stark raving wacko insane.  And I do mean clinically insane, too, since ability to distinguish real from unreal (existent from non-existent) is the single most fundamental requirement of sanity!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:31 | Link to Comment decentralizedsc...
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No offense Ann, but the quality of your comment and subsequent replies supports the need for section   2- c   above.  Keeping corporate gibberish out of philosophy would fall into the basket of sciences that have been corrupted for the sake of short-term profit.

Really, what's going to shoot down my proposal more than anything is the hundred years of corporate propaganda behind your delusion. I don't doubt you believe it. It might well be impossible to de-program an entire generation (or two) . Where would you start? "Dear sir/madam; everything you know is wrong and I'm here to re-educate you on behalf of the People."

Nevertheless, that's something like what I had to admit to myself one day a few years ago. I'd been hoodwinked like everybody else. It is extremely depressing. But you get over it. Eventually you get your self-respect back but you're never as self-assured again. That's a good thing .

Challenge yourself to think logically. Get a friend to help. Read Socrates and then Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintennance. We're all going to have to self-educate for a while.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:17 | Link to Comment decentralizedsc...
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Forget the comment above; look at it this way: if I wanted to enslave the entire species, the first thing I'd want to teach them is that they're as isolated and alone as you seem to be. The counter-attack would be to teach love and a sense of belonging to the society you comprise. The Constitution proclaims that mutual love and respect to be the Law of the Land. If you're not feeling the love you should do what you can to restore its original intent.

It's bad enough we need a written document to enforce the "Golden Rule" but tolerating documents (corporate charters) that enforce the "Law of the Jungle" is the height of insanity. This amendment would do that. Please re-consider? Pretty please?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 17:24 | Link to Comment honestann
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First, I should apologize for one of my bad habits.  Once I get started on a rant (in this case stimulated by your comment), my brain tends to switch into "generic mode", so my reply is not only to the one message, but many (common) messages on the topic, and into general areas of philosophy.  So, to the extent my message seemed personal, that was mostly not my intent.  Bad habit.

Once anyone starts to imagine fiction is real, the game is over.  The predators, by their nature, will always take control of the fiction and make that fiction one of their weapons of mass enslavement and mass destruction.  Any attempt to create or elevate any document into something that controls the behavior, nature or actions of every human being is guaranteed to turn out bad.

I am not a signatory to the declaration of independence, or constitution, or any of thousands of other supposed "official documents".  I understand these documents are only "official" in the sense that someone wants to control me, enslave me, steal from me, etc.

You cannot escape this.  Historically, before some of them learned to be producers, humans were predators, just like most if not all other animals.  Today, the predators have almost complete control over everyone, including parasites, prey, and most importantly (for them), producers.

You will never get me to accept or support any document that places any requirements on any human beings without their fully voluntary agreement.  That will never happen.  And until you give up these artificial mechanisms, you support the scheme that makes the complete enslavement of mankind by predators possible.  Think about it.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:27 | Link to Comment decentralizedsc...
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Political philosophers HAVE been thinking about it for two thousand years or more and the best they could come up with is a government by consent of the governed; with a written contract to prove it. What you're offering is is a utopian anarchy of the sort that guarantees enslavement by the unenlightened. Are you sure you won't compromise a little bit to keep some autonomy? Until we evolve into beings of pure energy and light we'll need to be practical. You sound almost suicidal when you evade the reality of the flesh. At any rate, you're too far from being any part of the solution in the present so I'll close out for now.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 16:34 | Link to Comment honestann
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I have no problem with fully voluntary contracts.  But anyone who claims that somehow I have given my consent to be governed is a predator, or a supporter of predators.

I do not consent to be governed.

Do you understand that?  Do you fully understand that?

Listen up.  You don't need to extract agreement from me in order for me to refrain from destroying or harming you and/or your property.  Even if you did, it wouldn't mean a damn thing.  Why?  Because predators and scam-artists of all sorts are the first to guarantee to you that they have nothing but your best interests in mind, and the loudest and most persuasive too (they practice their delivery and techniques endlessly).

You claim "I offer a utopian anarchy that guarantees enslavement by the unenlightened".  I say, that is precisely what democracy is.  Look at the world you live in:

#1:  The top 0.1% to 1.0% are the "enlightened" predators who enslave.
#2:  The bottom 70% or so are "unenlightened" parasites.
#3:  The middle 28% or so are "unenlightened" producers.
#4:  The other 1% or so are "enlightened" producers.

The predators get the bottom 70% and middle 28% to vote for enslavement.  Of course the predators have arranged things so no matter who gets elected, enslavement is the result.  The predators steal from everyone, then throw a few bread crumbs to the 70% to convince those unenlightened parasites they are getting something for nothing.  And the other 28% are told they're getting a good deal too, and they've been brain damanged sufficiently by parents, teachers, media voices and pretty much everyone else to sorta half believe that enslavement is the only possible system that can work.

You appear to agree with that, albeit somewhat reluctantly.

I don't.  I reject it all.

Let me be very clear.  I harm nobody.  I steal from nobody.  And yet, what is my greatest fear?  Answer: those who call themselves the "authorities".  Those who are voted into office by the vast majority of insane human chimps --- the "democracy".

I have complete autonomy.  What the hell are you talking about?  I reject EVERY SINGLE CLAIM of authority over me.  How on earth would I increase my "autonomy" from 100% by letting others control me?  I don't care WHAT kind of system you advocate --- I REJECT THEM ALL.

And I ask you this.  Where the hell do you (and they, and everyone) get off telling me that I must comply with you, your favored authorities, with some document, with Plato, with so-called "elected leaders", with the power-tripping scum the predators supply with uniforms, badges, titles, orders, guns, etc?

You must be wearing glasses that reverse what I say.  Where do I "evade the reality of the flesh"?  Nowhere.  In fact, I explicitly stated what exists in this universe, and it explicitly included flesh (as in me, you, humans, animals... as well as the rest of the inorganic content of the universe).  So you're just making stuff up now... stuff that is exact opposite of me.

Your ending shows how completely you are missing my point... and the point you need to realize before you have a chance at understanding the nature of reality, of consciousness, and what is possible and feasible.

ANY unified enforced scheme is slavery.  Like almost everyone, you have fallen for one of the huge multi-pronged false alternatives --- one that is well designed to keep you from noticing the alternative to ALL those false alternatives.

What do I mean?  What I mean is, every form of social or political organization is slavery.  EVERY ONE OF THEM.  To choose any of them is to choose slavery, to choose misery, to choose uncivilization, to choose to destroy the possibility that humans will ever amount to a hill of beans.

You throw in the word "anarchy" without seeming to notice that anarchy is not a type of social or political organization.  It is the opposite of them.  It is the alternative that all thoes false-alternatives try to keep you from recognizing.  And if it fails in that, it tries to convince you that anarchy means chaos, harm and death, while in fact it means nothing of the sort (by any reasonable definition, anyway).

Anarchy is the lack of any of those means of enslavement, just as atheism is a lack of any religion.  They are the opposites of arbitrary insanity.  The only alternative to anarchy and atheism is insanity, is enslavement, is damage, is destruction, is tyranny.

Next you fall for one of the classic scams the predator-world-smiths supply to you.  That is to claim I propose a "utopia".  I do not.  I simply propose humans stop letting other humans destroy them, harm them, enslave them.  PERIOD.

That does not mean you can't get hurt or killed while playing, while working, while climbing mountains, while driving your car, or otherwise.  Just because people stop harming each other does not mean you magically have a house or food or clothes or medicine without producing anything of value to exchange for it.  No such claim ever came from me!  You just fell for that classic intellectual scam of asserting out of nowhere, with zero justification, that someone proposes a "utopia".  Why do you do that?  Because that fraudulant claim, soundbite, technique was handed to you by generations of master word-smith scam artists.

Life can be dangerous, difficult, painful and risky.  For 99.999% of the history of mankind, it was very much of all of those without much hope of better odds.

However, today, a human being who is simply honest (especially to themself) from birth onward, and who makes a reasonable effort to understand the nature of reality, can be so productive given modern equipment and technology that... they could live a much less dangerous, difficult, painful and risky life --- if only the predators and parasites had not set up a system in which honest, ethical, benevolent producers are screwed over from birth to death.  Just to mention one form of this, consider that every human being born in the next few generations is claimed by the predators, the democracy-supporters, the parasites, the vast majority of mankind... to be obligated to pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt that human predators and parasites who lived before them spent and consumed.

I live alone in the extreme boonies.  Years ago, I lived alone for 7 years at a remote mountaintop research station, and didn't see another human for 2~3 months at a time.  Let me tell you something.  Those are not suicidal lifestyles, they're wonderful.  Living in most populated places on this planet are suicide, albeit long drawn out suicide.

Like most people, you have it all backwards.  One thing I can guarantee for sure, no paper document like a "constitution" will help you.  Need proof?  Just look around and see for yourself!  How well is that constitution stopping Bush and Obama and their endless henchmen and co-predators from destroying innocent human beings?  Not very well?  Then case closed.  You better start looking for something real.

The first lesson you need to learn is this.  There is no ONE solution.  Every single ONE solution is a death-trap.  Every single scheme that requires everyone in a [state/country/planet] to agree or comply with the scheme is certain to enslave everyone except the top 0.1% to 1.0% of master predators.  Any system that is "universal" is the ultimate magnet to every piece of trash protoplasm who lusts to be "top predator".  Any widespread, much less universal scheme will be taken over by the worst predators on planet earth... every... single... time.  Zero exceptions.  It is only a matter of time.

I'll take my chances.  If someone wants to steal from me, I'll decide how to handle that situation without any official "cops" or "laws" or "officials" or "government".  In some cases my solution would be to offer them a good meal and perhaps some other help, thensend them on their way with best wishes.  In other cases my solution might be to shoot them dead.  In other cases, I might not be clever or prepared or alert enough, and I'll end up dead.  So be it.  Better than being a slave to master predators my whole life.

I'll take natural risks every single time over living on a freaking slave planet where the only question is which thug will screw me worst... the street thug or the government thug.  Without any doubt whatsoever, the government thugs are vastly more dangerous, and vastly more problematic.  That you don't understand this illustrates clearly that you have been thoroughly brainwashed, probably beyond the point of no return.

The "solution" as you call it, is not to look for "overall solutions" or "one solution".  As close as there is to a "solution" is for you to decide for yourself, while I decide for myself, while everyone else decides for themselves.  We will certainly concoct different solutions, at least in part.  And that is good... and healthy.  Every time "one official approach" is taken, the entirety of mankind is at risk the first time that "official approach" turns out to be WRONG.  Given that the predators don't even want their "official approaches" to be right, putting the same noose around every neck on planet earth is the worst possible scheme anyone could possible imagine.

Yet that is what you seek, and what almost everyone is brainwashed to seek.

I seek no universal solutions.  I seek liberty... for me to invent and implement my approach, for you to invent and implement your approach, for everyone to invent and implement their own approaches.  To be sure, we can certainly observe what others do, and maybe decide they have some better ideas than we do, and we can all tweak our ideas and approaches as we see fit.

Just leave everyone alone.  That's the best solution.  Or to be precise, that's the best 7 billion solutions.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 22:22 | Link to Comment honestann
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!!! Wow !!!
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So my assertion that "corporations do not exist" is "corporate propaganda"?

!!! Wow !!!
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I'm not here to re-educate you.  I'm here to say you're a sucker if you let others educate you.  Me included.  In fact, I cannot educate you.  Only you can do that.  What do I mean?  When others "educate" you, they are brainwashing you, programming you, filling your head with pre-digested piles of language that are poisonous substitutes for knowledge and understanding.

What you need to do is observe reality for yourself.  Then you need to honestly reflect upon what you've seen, try to make sense of what you've seen, and form provisional conclusions that you later reject, replace or strengthen as you observe more and more, and reflect more and more.

That is the opposite of my re-educating you.  I am asking you not to let anyone educate you.  The only real learning is your own first-hand observation, and your own first-hand thought.

There's nothing wrong with logic.  Logic is good stuff.  But as anyone worth a penny will admit, logic is completely worthless or worse... if you start with false premises.  And by consuming "information" or "knowledge" in the form of "words", "claims", "statements" and "education"... you accumulate almost 100% "false premises".

And the only cure is your own first-hand observation.  I can't do that for you.  I can only remind you that only you can do that for yourself.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:14 | Link to Comment putaipan
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parking is still for the 'white - zone' only  .....

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:22 | Link to Comment adr
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Yesterday will always be a better day until the entire thing collapses. After that, how good tomorrow turns out will be based on how well you can feed yourself.

Mass death is unavoidable, through war or starvation. Most Americans are doomed. They aren't skilled enough to fight, just be cannon fodder, and not skilled enough to produce anything of value.

The era since Bush I has had one goal. Turn Americans into guinea pigs sucking at the bottle provided by the government and running on the treadmill to knowhere. It makes it look like something is being acomplished, but in reality you're just wasting time until your inevitable malnourished death.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:27 | Link to Comment tempo
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robots create poverty. Millions of jobs are eliminated each year worldwide due to automation and robots which can make just about everything. So central banks vainly attempt to maintain consumption and keep the robots working by deficit spending, food stamps, student aid, 4 year unemployment benefits, etc.
While the millions w/o meaningful work watch sports and reality shows as society just slowly declines. I agree, its just started and it will get much worse. Smart phones and the internet seem so helpful but the same engineers automate everything. Now the Southern states think they can escape by right to work rules, no state income taxes , religion, and energy. But its only a matter of time before the rest of the country exports hell to the South.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:01 | Link to Comment TheMerryPrankster
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Robots need electricity. The problem ain't robots, its broken trade and tax laws.

We should restore tariffs on imports. We should work towards being a self sufficient nation. We should grow our own food, make our own devices, tools, clothing etc.

Self sufficiency breeds strength, being passive and being a consumer breeds fear, weakness and insecurity, along with poverty and stupidity in the sense of not understanding how to do the things necessary to take care of yourself.

we can fix whats broken in this nation by undoiing what doesn't work anymore. Abolish the fed, restore our abilities to accomplish real work, by hiring people to build and restore things we need like bridges that don't fall into the Mississippi River.

This ain't rocket science, its merely overcoming inertia, propaganda and a system that attempts to slow you down, stop you, or divert your attention at every turn.

Perserverance is the only way to win.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:08 | Link to Comment realtick
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great article as always, Jim

regarding the Total Credit Mkt Debt chart, the 2008 dip that appears insignificant in the clear uptrend is actually ahuge deal if you examine the year over year change

that dip was a collapse in the annual rate of change, and the new highs in the TCMD chart are merely a weak pullback on the YoY chart

this is true for the other mearures of credit as well

Credit Contraction Charts

http://chartistfriendfrompittsburgh.blogspot.com/2013/04/credit-contract...

the next leg down is the end of the usury system

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 22:23 | Link to Comment Seer
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"the next leg down is the end of the usury system"

All elements of growth are going to fade away.  Wait and see what this does to "economies of scale" (people have little awareness of what throwing it in reverse really means).

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:49 | Link to Comment Seal
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The Fed is a debt kiting scheme. “The combat and instability would continue because its real source was the political contract struck between democracy and capital back in 1913, the implicit decision that democratic politics could not be trusted to act responsibly in the national interest. Therefore, the authority and responsibilities of elected politicians were permanently curtailed. Put another way, the elected government was allowed to be permanently irresponsible – free to indulge its own follies and protected from the accountability by the higher authority, the non-elected central bank. The creation of the Federal Reserve represented a great retreat from democratic possibilities. The maturing of self-government was forever stunted.” Pg. 534, Secrets of the Temple – How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country, William Greider, Simon and Schuster, 1987

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:51 | Link to Comment moneybots
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The propaganda video claimed the buildings fell at freefall speed.  Not true.  The free falling exterior column sections fell faster than the towers collapsed.

The hijackers died, along with the passengers.  When i was in Korea, it was joked that if you threw a rock off Nam San mountain in Seoul, that you would hit a Kim, a Lee or a Park.  Names are not unique.

Cut columns is another propaganda.  Workers cut columns as shown in photographs during cleanup of the site.  Nor was the steel just simply shipped off to China before anyone looked at it.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 23:52 | Link to Comment TheMerryPrankster
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Thank you for the attempted ThreadJacking, please return to your seat and place your tray table in its upright and locked position and prepare to return to the topic being discussed.

Have a great day.....Buh,Bye

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:52 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Don’t worry Muppets, this all be elucidated during tomorrow’s segment of CNBC Squawk Box.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:58 | Link to Comment Rathmullan
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I agree with the article but at least in 1933 we had the brains to neuter the bankers with Glass-Steagall. But thank to sandy "the pig" weill and a bunch of stupid, lazy and corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle we let them put jp morgan's (the jp actually stands for jizz pudding---did you know that?) omnipotent industry model back together.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:09 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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"Run away, run away!"  - Monty Python, Holy Grail

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:18 | Link to Comment putaipan
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run, run, run. run, run run awaaaaay ! - david byrne.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:19 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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That was the best article from Jim Quinn that I have read reposted on Zero Hedge so far ... I guess because it did not try to suggest any solutions? As this article correctly outlines, there is EXPONENTIAL GROWTH of social insanities, due to the triumphs of frauds being able to be backed up with force. Those runaway triumphs of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, means that America is accelerating faster and faster towards DEMOCIDAL MARTIAL LAW ... That may be possible to imagine from an abstract, intellectual perspective. However, there are no REALISTIC political solutions! It looks to me that we have no choice but to watch and wait, as the psychotic collapse into chaos is provoked by the paradox of final failure from too much success at controlling civilization with triumphant frauds. At the present time, it is impossible to predict how completely crazy that is going to become, and therefore, no way to guess what might survive through to emerge on the other side ...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:24 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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The Gov loves me, the Gov loves me not.  It loves me, it loves me... NOT!  Psst: It never has.

Bug out Checklist:

 

1.    Foreign passports?  Check.  Two prestige passports.  With these two, no others needed.

2.  Foreign bank accounts?  Check.

3.  Foreign Residency?  WIP

4.  PM?  Check.

5.  PM outside the US?  Check.

6.  BTC?  WIP.

7.  Foreign assets?  WIP. 

8.  Marketable & Transportable (professional) skills?  Check.

9.  Foreign Language skills?  Check.  But brush up on Spanish and Portuguese.

10.  Family willing to move/bugout from US?  Maybe.  But given family roots, the career and the kids' ages, will bug out only when TSHTF.  And when a soft-landing is in place. 

Beware of Frog-Slow-Boil syndrome (Normalcy Bias), lest we wait too long and get sent to FEMA camps.  The way the Jews were sent to Concentration camps in 1939-41.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 22:18 | Link to Comment tongue.stan
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I get your sentiment, Kirk, and would add the generally forgotten idea that we should help the decent people around us in the face of the zombie apocalypse, be tehy from the inner city or desolate small towns. I forsee nurses as bery valuable in a hostile future.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 22:37 | Link to Comment Seer
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Good luck with all of this if you don't have #10 nailed down.  And where you plan to escape to, don't think that it too won't be suffering the ravages of world-wide economic collapse: a newly arrived gringo, someone from a place that spawned Goldman Sachs and drones and United Fruit), will your reception be as you believe?

There's over 300 million folks in the US.  Imagine the logistics, imagine what it would take to march hundreds of millions to FEMA camps.  There wouldn't be enough people to keep things working... and, with the numbers of people we're talking about anyone working for TPTB will, statistically speaking, have a loved-one rounded up.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 23:46 | Link to Comment TheMerryPrankster
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Or you can stop being a pussy and stand your ground and actually try to change the country you live in.

It wasn't always like this, it doesn't have to be like this, it can be changed. All it takes is concerted effort by a majority, or hell even a very vocal minority. Look at VietNam - most folks didn't march on Washington, but enough did to give make the FEDS wet themselves.

It can happen again. some of us may die trying, but better to die on your feet than on your knees or in your lazyBoy watching reruns of Gilligan's Island.

Being a pussy isn't an American illness, its global, becoming an expat won't cure your pussiness. You gotta man  up and buy a spine with some of that PM.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:21 | Link to Comment putaipan
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sounds kesey to me.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 03:12 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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My friends,

I accept that 'bugging out' is the 2nd least desirable option.  I also respectfully accept that these options are NOT for everyone, and indeed that they are probably only for few.

But, as a matter of duty to my family, I owe the the best odds to my family, not the neighbor's -- with whom we hardly speak or break bread.  Given my age, ballistic "fighting" is hardly an option.  But, giving support, know-how, guile & cunning might be more useful -- to those who wish to support the Constitution (by, for and of The People), the Bill Of Rights, and the Golden Rule. 

Given that my family has done more than its share (with blood and life) in fighting tyranny and totalitarianism, I hope that you can respect my right to protect what's left.  By any means necessary.  Including 'bugging out', if need be.

While I hope for the best, I like to plan for the worst.  Cheers.

 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 08:12 | Link to Comment TheMerryPrankster
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Could the Jews outrun Hitler if nobody sacrificed and fought the German Axis?

We all die, on a long enough time line , etc. it's not about how you die, its about how you live.

No ones life is easy. Tears are everywhere. Yet still we must perservere, we must try. we must.

This cloak of fear the authorities have wrapped themselves in is a fragile thing and can be shredded with truth and common sense, the fraud of the government/business oligarchy can be shattered with a few laws and enforcement.

It is up to the people to demand change and to make it happen and that will require confrontation, it doesn't have to be violent, but it has to be constant.

The cancers that rot our society can be cured, but they need constant attention, not a band-aid and a prayer.

To not try is to fail...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 06:59 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Being a pussy isn't an American illness, its global, becoming an expat won't cure your pussiness.
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'Americanism' aims globally.

This said, 'americans' are not pussies. 'Americans' have guns to fight tyranny in government. If they do not fight, that's because there is no tyranny to fight.

The way 'americans' work. Their mecca on Earth, 'America', is the home to the brave.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 22:04 | Link to Comment Graph
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Oddly, most of the ordinary folks who smelled the rat in years prior 2008 were, believe it or not, immigrants. While they were trying to politely point that to American colleges, coworkers or neighbors they were told something like: “America is #1 and if you do not like it go back to your country”. Now, most of immigrants are taking them by their word lately and doing exactly that.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 22:11 | Link to Comment Seer
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Anyone notice that nearly ALL other countries are pretty much encountering the same things?  Hm... what is in common?  Societies basing their economies on perpetual growth.

In EVERY way all that is happening can be directly attributed to the engagement of a seriously flawed premise- striving for perpetual growth on a finite planet.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 04:28 | Link to Comment Notarocketscientist
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Ever bring that up in a conversation?  You get glassy eyed stares - I guess people believe we CAN have infinite growth on a finite planet...... or perhaps they believe we will simply find and destroy someone else's planet (same as we invaded and destroyed all sustainable societies living on this planet)

 

Face the Facts - MAN IS WORSE THAN VERMIN - MAN IS A CANCEROUS DISEASE ON THE EARTH - THE SOONER WE ARE WIPED OUT THE BETTER.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 07:03 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Anyone notice that nearly ALL other countries are pretty much encountering the same things? Hm... what is in common? Societies basing their economies on perpetual growth.
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Nearly all countries are encountering the same things because the 'american' reach is global.

'American' societies use the world stage to pump in resources toward the 'american' middle class.

'Americans' are beyond the point of sustainability on a global scale.

For everyone else, it means being on the same sinking boat as long as it is an 'american' world.
Remove everyone else, the boat keeps sinking. Remove the 'americans' and suddenly, you might discover the boat no longer sinks.

Living a sustainable way of life is totally irrelevant when one, as the 'americans' managed to do, reached a point of unsustainability on the global scale.

'Americans' have grown fat enough to get the Earth sink all by themselves. They certainly need no contribution to achieve that goal and will fight actually any potential contribution to the sinking act.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 07:10 | Link to Comment Bearwagon
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Pray tell, where in the world did you find a society that doesn't base its economy on perpetual growth? It sure is no great way to run a society, but just pointing it out doesn't make you any better.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:31 | Link to Comment Floodmaster
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Don't fight Nurse Ratched.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 02:31 | Link to Comment polo007
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According to Credit Suisse:

Money Matters: FOMC Preview - Tapering versus Tightening

- The FOMC next meets on April 30-May 1, and we expect no significant policy changes to be announced at that time. Even if the Committee had been entertaining notions at its March 19-20 meeting of slowing its asset purchases anytime soon, the disappointing economic data released since then probably have shelved such plans for several months.

- In our view, an opportunity to scale back the asset buying may not come until later this year perhaps in September. For now, we expect the size of the Fed's monthly purchases to remain at $85bn ($40bn MBS, $45bn Treasuries).

- Looking forward, we maintain that any future decrease in the size of QE3 purchases would not be a monetary policy tightening, although the markets may initially react as though it were.

- Moreover, even if the Fed were to eventually end QE3 sometime in 2014 and start hiking interest rates in 2015 (or later), we believe monetary policy still will remain very accommodative for many years.

- The risk is that even if business cycle conditions were to allow the Fed eventually to firm up its policy stance, subsequent economic performance (or budgetary strains or financial fragilities) would force renewed easing long before the Fed reached an elusive "longer run" neutral funds rate target.

- Monetary Policy Review/Preview

- Beige Book (released on April 17).

- Fed Balance Sheet Update

- The Fed's MBS portfolio surged $55bn to $1.1tr in the week ended April 17.

- Excess reserves total $1.8tr, $159bn above their previous peak in July 2011.

- Money Supply Update

- M1 posted its largest weekly decline since just after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

- A $63bn pop in savings accounts at commercial banks limited M2's decline.

- Bank Balance Sheet Update

- Adjusted for a 2010 accounting change, commercial bank loans outstanding yesterday (April 23) are still some 5% below the Q4 2008 average.

- Cash assets held by domestically chartered banks have jumped by more so far this year than have cash assets at branches of foreign banks in the US.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 02:48 | Link to Comment Cast Iron Skillet
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Sounds like Arno Grün: "Der Wahnsinn der Normalität: Realismus als Krankheit. Eine grundlegende Theorie zur menschlichen Destruktivität."

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 04:26 | Link to Comment Notarocketscientist
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I could grow to love servitude...  all I ask is for a reasonable number of food stamps, some free beer, and a free cable subscription.

I'd also like to have a channel dedicated to re-running American Idol and Dancing with Stars episodes.  Oh and please throw in a free porn channel.

If I get that I really don't give a fuck what the banksters and crooked politicians do - they can even take my guns.

For my life would be eternally blissful and free

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 05:43 | Link to Comment smartstrike
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OBEY the corporation and the imperial CEO.

 

 

 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 06:53 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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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.
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Djeeeee, 'americanism' leads to the same outcome and was started on 1776, July, 4th.

Banksters were late comers on this one. Or more exactly, banksters are just 'americans' who happen to be bankers.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 06:59 | Link to Comment akak
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Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah 'americans' blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Citizenism blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blobbing-up blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah monolizing the speeching means blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah parangongs of consumptionalization blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah farming the weak blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah extorting the poor blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah inability to self-indict blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah make me laugh blah blah blah blah blah blah blah....

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 06:56 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Bernanke and his cadre of banker coconspirators
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Man, for 'americans', the group is all. Coconspirators...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 07:01 | Link to Comment akak
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Girl, for Chinese female fetuses, the trashheap is all.

Cocoonrespirators ...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:16 | Link to Comment Ckierst1
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Normality, I hardly knew ya!  Whose normality?  Which reality?  Truth in conflict with reality.  Inter arma enim silent leges.  Perpetual 1984 war.

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