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Learning From Mistakes

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Submitted by James E. Miller of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada,

The old idiom “you can lead a horse to water, but not make him drink” has proven itself true in the course of human learning. Or rather, it would be more accurate to label it man’s inability to learn from mistakes. You can hold a mirror up to grotesque instances of hypocrisy, but most men will remain mules – stubborn in their prejudice and beliefs. The ability to heed lessons from blunders is, often times, a skill unable to be mastered by the mass populace. A child might learn to not touch a searingly hot stove, but adults are apt to accept their condition of intellectual stupor – even when it proves painful.

It’s said the market process accounts for mistakes through the imposition of cost. This is true inasmuch as hemorrhaging income will inevitably result in bankruptcy. The problem is, man was not gifted with the same incentive to disregard plainly untrue, and even destructive, ideas. Like an abusive lover or a fond memory, the draw of allurement can be too intoxicating to let go. The innate learning process becomes corrupted in favor of emotional succor that accompanies comforting beliefs.

Take frail womanizer and disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner. His announcement to seek the Mayor’s office in New York City brought about plenty of jokes at the expense of his anatomy-sounding name. Rumours have swirled about his possible run for months. At first, they were dismissed due to the sexual exploits that forced him from office. Now he is pulling an about face à la Bill Clinton and attempting to lift his public perception back from the toilet. Seeing as how Weiner’s wife (that just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) is a former aide to Hillary “no shame” Clinton, the crushing ignominy of her husband’s pathetic attempt to woo over girls will be suppressed. There is little doubt Weiner will be crowned king of the Big Apple considering the city’s affinity for sleazebag politicians. After the Stalin-esque reign of tyrant Bloomberg, a philanderer who never made a dime in honest cash will seem like the second coming. The lies, theft, and heap of unscrupulous behavior that defines the state will continue under Weiner’s watch. Except this time, New Yorkers will feel warm and fuzzy over giving someone a second chance; even as Weiner deserves as much forgiveness as former Governor and escort-lover Eliot Spitzer. Which means the charade of being a reformed “family man” will go uncontested.

Weiner’s second coming (it is impossible to reference the guy without inadvertently writing a mind-gutter pun), touched by cognitive amnesia as it is, is mild relative to fellow political events.

In the sociopath abode known as Congress, the gears of war are slowly turning for military intervention in Syria. The usual cabal of blood-dining war worshippers is sniffing out their next feast, all the while pressuring President Obama into interposing democracy in heart of the Middle East with the barrel of an M16. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a 15-3 vote, passed a bill that would arm rebels who are fighting to overthrow Bashar al-Assad. The alliance of Syrian dissidents with radical Islamic elements, including Al-Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra, does not weigh on the brains of elected imperialists. Supremacy is their target and whatever crazed, lunatic faction wishes to assist is given support.

Even this author will admit his own forgetfulness and ask: why are these Senators not yet behind bars, or worse, been assassinated by drone strike? The Department of Justice just confirmed the U.S. government was responsible for the murder of four citizens on account of their affiliation to terrorism – namely Al-Qaeda. These deaths were known about previously, but only now has Uncle Sam owned up to the deed. Anwar Awlaki, the most famous of these victims, was afforded no due process and was killed based simply off anti-American speeches. So why are Senators, who don’t just speak of putting arms in the hands of “the enemy” but actively support the cause, still walking free?

The self-styled sect of foreign policy “realists” who inhabit spacious offices in Washington D.C. are totally on board with the arming of jihadists in Syria. These Straussian chin-curlers present themselves as being above the fray of moral considerations. To the realist, simpleton notions of “good,” “bad,” “right,” or “wrong” are best left to the weak-minded folk. When confronted by the plain immorality of their hegemonic intentions, the term “gray area” is employed as they scoff at the immaturity of deductive reasoning. The foreign policy of these pragmatists is, somehow, indecipherable to anyone not residing within their bubble of influence.

But to assume foreign policy “realists” truly have America’s best interest at heart, the arming of Syrian rebels still fails to pass the sniff test of common sense. Washington’s last dabble into assisting the overthrow of an uncooperative regime backfired spectacularly. Libya, a country most Americans never heard of it prior to 2010, has been given over to Islamic radicalism in the absence of Muammar al-Gaddafi. Ambassador Chris Stevens infamously lost his life as a consequence of the coup, and its doubtful he will be the last. The disastrous invasion of Iraq has resulted in more sectarian violence than before Saddam Hussein’s ousting. Each intervention sows the seeds for another imperial adventure somewhere down the line – like a domino effect initiated by a meddlesome child. With fresh new sanctions on Iran and the war drums being sounded more forcefully and rhythmically for bloodshed in Syria, perpetual war, and the needless death it carries, show no signs of stopping. Instead of learning from the horror, the people clamor for “victory.”

If the basking in the holy light of incessant warmongering were not enough to prove human stubbornness, the recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma should solidify my dispirited contention. The E-F5-measured storm obliterated everything it came in touch with, leaving an estimated $2 billion worth of damage in its path. Thousands lost their homes and face indefinite displacement. It’s only a matter of time before Keynesian devotees declare the storm an economic boon for the Sooner State. And I can only imagine the affectionate gaze from neoconservatives who revel in societal demolition.

The only thing that could make the Oklahoma tornado worse was if it could have been prevented. Unfortunately, due diligence says that yes, if the people had heeded earlier warnings, the catastrophe could have been largely avoided. Back in 1999, a tornado of similar strength tore through the same area. Experts calculated a 1% possibility of such an event happening again. Even in a world of measurable science, statistics is often a cruel predictor.

If that were the only enticement at work, the victims could be spared a bit of empathy. But the state, in an ongoing battle to capture hearts and minds, provided another form of encouragement: disaster insurance. When the government compensates victims of natural disaster with stolen money, it explicitly sends a signal to the receiver that relief will be available at any time in the future. It’s actually an anomaly to call government disaster relief insurance considering it’s a guaranteed payout regardless of circumstance. Unlike private insurance brokers, politicians and bureaucrats require no prior qualifications to dole out tax dollars – other than reassuring for themselves a safe reelection. It’s hard to say how many Moore residents were baited into living on a proven path of destruction. Washington’s readiness to aid the irresponsible was an assurance many, no doubt, kept in the back of their mind. The bleeding-hearts in the press who scream for disaster relief every time a barn topples over reject this lesson, seeing as how it renders their orchestrated compassion useless.

The mule, being a universal symbol for stubbornness, has become indistinguishable from the average news and politics ingester. Toeing the carefully-planned ideological path of media personalities, divergence from party line is a hurdle most pedestrians are incapable of clearing. When espousers of an ideology commit, or lend support to, a policy that is costly in terms of money or moral character, no apology is given. The same refuse-to-repent mindset seeps over the rest of life’s experiences. The man who sees himself as a firebrand is nothing but molded clay. It almost makes apoliticalism appear as a mark of intelligence.

Immanuel Kant famously referred to humanity as “crooked timber;” widely regarded as a reference to mankind’s inherent nature to sin. We accept this characterization, laugh at it, and offer no rebuttal to its existence. What’s not done is a forthright attempt to continually rectify our wrongs and pursue truth – even when it conflicts with inner bias. It’s far less painful to not acknowledge faulty logic. Perhaps there is a law of human nature for this, waiting to be discovered. If someone were to look back, many a millennia from now, and attempt to put his finger on man’s core fault, they could certainly formulate one.

 

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Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:08 | 3600262 wee-weed up
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They don't want to "learn"...

And they aren't "mistakes."

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:14 | 3600272 knukles
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As a dog returns to its vomit, so too a fool to his folly
      -Proverbs 26:11

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:34 | 3600290 eigenvalue
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As a silver bug returns to his silver, so too a dog to its vomit.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:59 | 3600310 machineh
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To a dog, vomit 'tastes like phyzz.'

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:02 | 3600315 Crisismode
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You can lead a horticulture.

 

But, you can't make her think.

 

 

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:27 | 3600579 toys for tits
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There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance: his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt.

- Pudd'nhead Wilson

- Mark Twain

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 03:17 | 3600635 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is not stubborn mule but is learn from mistake:

1. Pretty girl in bar is not always girl.

2. Never mix vodka to propylene glycol more than 2:1.

3. Shave cat before put on hibachi.

4. Never trust dentist name Ivan.

5. Cesium 137 is not store safely in refrigerator, even if put on balcony.

6. When dig up copper wire, always test for ground.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 06:57 | 3600700 Rory_Breaker
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7. Not accept money from man wearing dimestore wig

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 17:00 | 3601838 newdoobie
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Dammit Boris, I cant count how many times I have had to go back and log in just to give you

 

+1

 

Newdoobie

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 02:09 | 3602845 Boris Alatovkrap
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Spasibo! Some ZHer is not as so kind. For you I am gladly introducing of sister Olga. Olga is very beautiful on top half (surgical amputation of pelvic truss is problematic). You are come sometime to Minsk?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:03 | 3600316 negative rates
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Did that boy at the pool hall hit his falseto again??

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:00 | 3600312 Harbanger
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"Why is a clever person wise? Because he knows what to do. Why is a stupid person foolish? Because he only thinks he knows." PROVERBS 14

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:38 | 3600584 tickhound
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LOL, well, you would know. 

".. and I'm not sure about the former."

EINSTEIN 101

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:46 | 3600593 Harbanger
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Do you just throw around "quotation marks" because they look good? 

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 01:02 | 3600598 tickhound
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"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." -Albert Einstein

Real smart reply, genius.

Do you upvote all your comments?  

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 01:18 | 3600606 Harbanger
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Good for you.  You can quote Einstein.  He knew human stupidity well, like Olinto De Pretto.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 04:22 | 3602848 Boris Alatovkrap
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"Only order vodka after join lady at bar."

- Boris, Bangkok 1989

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:32 | 3601488 All Risk No Reward
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Smart guy, but he missed one - greed.

MOAR!

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:42 | 3600439 booboo
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Never in the course of history have a people had more access to knowledge in the sciences, history, and social mechanics and never in the course of history have we had a more reprobate and twisted academia, making shit up out of thin air, filling the minds of youth up with false platitudes and doctrines that leave them flat footed aganst a wile group of human farmers shucking them of their money like an ear of corn. Humanism is a religion, the largest on the planet, their tithe is Tax to their god th state. Colleges are the new divinity schools, prepping the multitudes for service to their god the state. The president, the high priest and the congress the pharisees and saducees. What does the newly baptised convert to the Religion of the State say? "It is folly to trust in God, an all knowing all seeing all protecting deity" Who again is the sold out blind faith disciple of religion to be taken by faith (hope)?

 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:30 | 3600492 Son of Loki
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"I hate learning."

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:31 | 3601486 All Risk No Reward
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ww up,

nice - first post brings the truth.

These people who pretend the system is legit are a MAJOR part of the problem.

Some are establishment gobemouches while others simply throw society under the bus for the modern equivalent of 20 sheckels of silver.  Few of those traitors will keep their sheckels by the time the top level plutocrats are done with them.  I seem to recall some British big wigs getting their *ss handed to them in Cypress...  and this is just the beginning.

Debt Money is a Fraud.  Weaponizing it with fractional reserve capabilities makes the fraud more potent.  The "business cycle" is a euphemism for "privately controlled and concealed credit bubble bust sysle to asset strip an ignorant socviety."

I don't wan tsociety to be ignorant and nobody in the establishment takes my view.  They want us uninformed as our ignorance serves their interests, profit maximization and otherwise.

Debt Money Tyranny - yes, you've been punked

http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/4768883/debtmoneytyranny-6-1-pdf-60k?tr=77

Some solutions to fight "THE BIGS" are on the second page of the PDF.

Greenspan and Bernanke are black letter criminals and EVERYONE in the media and politics is complicit - and here's the proof beyond any and all doubt.

http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/3324744/wmdebt-graph-3-79k?tr=77

Here's a test to determine if you at least have establishment gobemouche tendencies:

Do you think the medical care system will tell you how to be healthy?

If you answered "Yes," you don't understand the system and have made a false assumption.

The corporate legal mandate of pharmaceutical companies is to maximize profits.  Telling society how to be healthy and avoid their products is literally AGAINST CORPORATE LAW.

Who FUNDS medical schools and guides medical schooling (not education - the doctors are told what to think NOT HOW TO THINK).

Big, Profit Maximization Pharma funds and guides medical schooling to maximize chronic disease and, therefore, their own profits.  Part of their mandate is to do this covertly, so they can't be obvious about.  Give people bad dietary advice, claim that nutrients are mostly worthless, ignore epigenetics (gene expression manipulation), avoid studies that don't promote their agenda, attack the researchers while avoiding the studies themselves, use the UN in order to criminalize therapeutic levels of vitamins and minerals unles Big Pharma gets their monopoly priced cut, etc.

Medical professionals, if you haven't done unbiased research yourself, you don't know anything other than what Big Pharma told you in order to maximize their profits.

Don't be a chump.  Stop assuming.  Stop being narcissists who think you are some kind of super iteration of human evolution.

You're narcissism has been used against you.  Don't be a clerk for chronic disease/profit maximization Big Pharma.

Be your own man and do your own research outside their little box you falsely think empowers you - it enslaves you.

A rational medical system would have a database set up that all medical personal could enter data provided their patients, the data could be collated and organized to point in directions that require more thorough  research.  Instead, when 100s of thousands of people are having success changing their diet, almost all physicians act as gate keeper to their Big Pharma overlords...  high IQs can't bust through closed minds that reject all data not provided by Big Pharma.

And WHO runs Big Pharma?

The same Big Finance Capital crowd that runs the debt based fraud that is bankrupting your community and turning doctors into salaried employees that are essentially Big Pharma technical clerks.

The AMA didn't protect you, did they?  They set you up.  Then again, you never researched the AMA, being such a superior for of evolved human, YOU DON'T NEED TO DO RESEARCH, YOU JUST KNOW.

Chump.  Chump.  Chump.

Like taking candy from a high IQ baby.

Not all doctors.  Not all medical professionals...  but the vast, vast majority.

If you are mad right now, it probably is because you've been described here.

Do your own research.  Find out why the EPA opposes water fluoridation and why Harvard study after Harvard study associates it with brain damage that lowers IQ 7 points with 2.5 PPM.  You don't just drink it, either.  You /absorbe/inhale it in the shower, it is used as pesticide in your food.

WHY EPA HEADQUARTERS UNION OF SCIENTISTS OPPOSES FLUORIDATION

http://www.nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm

Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-gran...

Google Scholar search the term "fluoride children brain" and you should get an article entitled "EFFECT OF HIGH-FLUORIDE WATER ON INTELLIGENCE IN CHILDREN"

The residents of the two areas studied were similar in their social, educational and economic backgrounds. The urinary fluoride levels of the children living in the area with a high fluoride level in drinking water  were significantly higher than those of the children living in the area with a low-fluoride level in drinking water (Table 1). The mean IQ of the children living in the area with a high-fluoride level in drinking water was significantly lower than that of the children living in the area with a low-fluoride level in drinking water."

The average loss in IQ was reported as a standardized weighted mean difference of 0.45, which would be approximately equivalent to seven IQ points for commonly used IQ scores with a standard deviation of 15.

Why didn't the media tell you this?  Why didn't the AMA tell you this?  Why didn't the ADA tell you this?  WHY DIDN'T YOU DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH - THIS HAS BEEN OUT THERE FOR YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHY SHOULD ANYONE TRUST YOU IF YOU GET THIS SIMPLE ISSUE WRONG? 

THEY SHOULDN'T TRUST YOU - AND MORE AND MORE THEY DON'T TRUST YOU.

STOP BEING CHUMPS - THE SYSTEM IS PILLAGING YOU AS WELL!  HOW DO YOU LIKE ALL THAT DEBT AND BIG FINANCE CAPITAL INSURANCE REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS THAT ELIMINATED THE LITTLE AUTONOMY YOUR PROFESSION USED TO RETAIN?

CHUMPTISM - IT IS A CHOICE AND STOP MAKING IT!

Why would they, once you know that Big Pharma and the Foundations fund them and profit from chronic diseases and low IQ society?  Stop being a chump.  People trust you because you pretend you are more than a Big Pharma clerk.  They assume you actually did research and wouldn't promote policies that brain damage children, yet you do - and you don't even know it because you where never taught that appleal to authority is a logical fallacy.  Fallacy - look it up.  You never went to the source data and researched it yourself.  When I brought this up to a physician he claimed he did the research and, after I asked for him to present it, he claimed he would.  He lied.

He lied.  It has been years and at leatst 5 requests and he never produced what he promised and it is impossible to have an honest discussion - and I'm not interested in dishonest discussions

Stop being establsihment gobemouches like the flat earthers of yore.  Do you know why the medical professionals in Germany didn't resist Hitler?

Oh, you never thought about that, right?  Maybe the system engineers are smarter than you and punked you...  and you learned to like it...  just as Huxley and Russell predicted.

“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

"...the subject which will be of most importance politically is Mass Psychology.... The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen. As yet there is only one country which has succeeded in creating this politician’s paradise.”
- Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society
(p. 30)

"Education (schooling is a better word for this) should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished." 
- Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society (Page 50)

DO NOT reach conclusions BEFORE you've done the research.  DO NOT ignorantly laugh at others when you, yourself, is factually ignorant.

"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance." —Albert Einstein

If you arte too lazy to do the research, don't lie about your level of knowledge and act as a "useful idiot" in a system that is ravaging society.

"...most civilized and semi-civilized countries known to history and had a large class of slaves or serfs completely subordinate to their owners.  There is nothing in human nature that makes the persistence of such a system impossible.  And the whole development of scientific technique has made it easier than it used to be to maintain a despotic rule of a minority.  When the government controls the distribution of food, its power is absolute so long as they can count on the police and the armed forces.  And their loyalty can be secured by giving them some of the privileges of the governing class.  I do not see how any internal movement of revolt can ever bring freedom to the oppressed in a modern scientific dictatorship."
~Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society (Page 54)

FDA approved, doctor prescibed drugs kill 100,000 people a year per the FDA:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/DevelopmentResources...

That's a 911 body count every 12 days.

In addition, another 2,000,000 a year are hospitalized, permanently disable and/or almost killed by those same drugs:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/DevelopmentResources...

If you are a doctor and you didn't know this, it isn't "for the children."

The establishment wants to kill off the children, just don't call it infanticide...  the name is the problem...

http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/03/01/medethics-2011-100411.full

and the establishment gobemouches will start killing children when the establishment makes not wanting to murder children on moral ground sound "kookie."

You Rockefeller, Robber Baron allopathic Big Pharma technicians (doctors) want all this respect...  it is time for you to deserve it.

Do your own research, go where the data takes you and then stand up for what is right instead of for your intellectual slave masters - who are corrupt robber barons.


Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:12 | 3600267 bugs_
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former Haitian slaves want their land and mule from France (still) - NOW THATS STUBBORN!

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:13 | 3600270 nmewn
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Headline of the day...lol.

Schumer Keeps Mouth Closed On Weiner

BOB SCHIEFFER: Senator Schumer, before I let you go I want to ask you about this New York mayor's race. Anthony Weiner who left the Congress in disgrace after he published some rather suggestive pictures of himself has announced that he is now running for mayor of New York City. Are you going to support him?

 

SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER: I'm not commenting on the mayor's race or on Anthony Wiener's race at this point, no.

 

BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you think he ought not to run?

 

SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER: I'm not commenting, Bob.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:11 | 3600280 knukles
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Bob:  But Chuck, you'd made a comment the other night at the cocktail party we were at that you thought Howard Cosell had some brilliant insights into the human condition... (interrupted)

Chuck:  What the fuck are you talking about?  I wasn't at a cocktail party with you the other night and I haven't even thought about Howard Cossel for years what the... (interrupted)

Bob:  Listen Chuckie, you were so far into your coke, scotch, hookers and Vicodin you just don't remeber.  Don't you recollect standing on Lord Balnkfields balcony shouting all across Central Park about the veracity of Howard Cosel and Jimmy the Greek's insights into athletes and eugenics?

Chuck: I was fucking not with you at whoever's and shouting nothing, I was not... (interrupted)

Bob: And I suppose you don't remember the pictures of Weiner and you in the locker room you shared...

Chuck:  (running from studio, screaming)

 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:14 | 3600271 q99x2
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The United States of America have to join forces and take over Washington --go in and start arresting their Senators and Congressmen for acts of Treason at the State level.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:45 | 3600298 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

The United States of America have to join forces and take over Washington --go in and start arresting their Senators and Congressmen for acts of Treason at the State level.

Vichy DC is cursed earth. It must be cleansed with fire from all sides.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:36 | 3600358 nmewn
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Vichy DC...I like the analogy.

I'm borrowing that ;-)

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:43 | 3600367 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Please do.

I mean, based on deeds rather than words, how would an occupational government in the same situation act any differently than the current government?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:52 | 3600376 nmewn
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Thanks, I'll give proper attribution upon request ;-)

In answer to your question, they would do absolutely nothing different. All hail the might of unlimited centralized government.

In your schools, in your food, in your liberty...a man can break five laws walking to the store and not even know it.

Corruptisima re publica plurimae leges!

 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 23:39 | 3600553 bigyimmy007
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It's quite sad people don't understand corruption right in front of their faces; these sociopaths in government don't even hide it anymore.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:19 | 3600575 RECISION
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Why should they, there are no sanctions.

And it is so much easier to just run things out in the open...

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:18 | 3600273 kato
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the news cycles are great in Canada now, heh? SNC Lavalin most corrupt business organization in the world (which I knew in the 1990's while Canada was preaching 'technology without ideology' while money was going both ways, government ministers, too), Montréal the most corrupt and Mafia influenced city in the world besides Naples, [alleged] crack-smoking drug dealing Toronto mayor Ford and family, and the wonderful pot money, Bacon brothers et al gangland of British Columbia. And on the horizon is Justin Trudeau! Love Canadian news. The Misses [sic] institute should stick with Canadian bullshit.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:20 | 3600278 Seasmoke
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The Jersey Shore approves this message.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:37 | 3600295 10mm
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SINCE WHEN DID COMMON SENCE MATTER?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:11 | 3600320 sunnyside
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The day after spelling did.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 12:43 | 3601283 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Commander Common Sence has been common since using common sense while spending common cents.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:10 | 3600318 LetThemEatRand
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Who the fuck cares about Weiner?  Our entire government is filled with corrupt murdering sociopaths and we're supposed to care about some guy with "poor judgment" who sent some chick pictures of himself because he watned to get laid?  Thank you Von Mises Institute for once again showing us that you completely miss the point over and over and over again.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:38 | 3600359 Harbanger
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"Who the fuck cares about Weiner?  Our entire government is filled with corrupt murdering sociopaths and we're supposed to care about some guy with "poor judgment" who sent some chick pictures of himself"

I can always count on you making excuses.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:39 | 3600365 LetThemEatRand
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You are hopeless.  And no, that's not an Obama reference so save the keystrokes.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:49 | 3600371 Harbanger
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You weren't excusing Obama, you were excusing a well known establishment progressive, you will throw Barry under the bus, he already served his purpose.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:08 | 3600398 LetThemEatRand
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This is why you're hopeless.  I was not excusing him.  I was pointing out that he's no worse than the rest, which is why we need to stop voting for any of them, "ive's" or "ists" or "cans" or "can'ts".

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:45 | 3600372 nmewn
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Poor judgement?

Weiner is/was Senator Schumers little boooie...Schumer (dickhead in his own right) is one of the most corrupt, incompetent, narcissistic, Wall Street controlled statists there is now that Dodd & Frank are gone.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:10 | 3600403 LetThemEatRand
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Who cares?  This story is just red meat for the sheep, by which I need to include you apparently.   

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:15 | 3600407 nmewn
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An appropriate "What difference does it make" response from you.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:19 | 3600414 LetThemEatRand
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Bah, Bah, Bah.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:27 | 3600417 nmewn
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Oh thats excellent, you've outdone yourself, even worse than your last.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:33 | 3600583 Debt Slave
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I care about Weiner. It will be interesting to see how deeply we have sunken into depravity. Think of it as a current gauge of the culture we're forced to live in and how much more it will take before most are sick of it.

But as to the murdering sociopaths you mentioned, how else would they be dealt with other than one at a time?

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 20:00 | 3602253 NYMom
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Poor judgement???

Definition of judgment call (n)

judg·ment call
decision based on judgment: a decision that must be made on the basis of personal judgment, as neither alternative is clearly right or wrong

Weiner could be the poster child for moral decay. He has no moral compass.
The sheer hubris of this man makes me sick and those willing to overlook his transgressions make me even more ill. Caught tweeting his nether regions, most likely to underage victims, while being married, his wife pregnant, while representing "we the people" and the lies that followed - this doesn't matter????
No worries, you say. It was a judgement call. How about a mayoral run?
Poor judgement is having one too many the night before a big day or opting to leave the umbrella when there is a threat of rain.

IT DOES MATTER. The death of right and wrong has had disastrous consequences for the entire world. If you want to propagate the idea that his actions, however lewd, vile or wrong are okay, then you are a big part of the problem.

Regardless of the high level, murderous group you call out in your post, it is the little things and the Anthony Weiners of the world, that once given a pass, allows the portal to open on the next level of bad.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:16 | 3600325 LetThemEatRand
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"When the government compensates victims of natural disaster with stolen money, it explicitly sends a signal to the receiver that relief will be available at any time in the future."

So really, this is the problem with our society is that the government helps people who lose everything to a natural disaster?  I'll bet they spend less than 1% in OK of what they spent on 1) bailouts, 2) the last couple of wars, or 3) "homeland security" (e.g., spying on Americans).  And I mean any of those, not combined.  Combined, it's probably somewhere around .1%, the same group that Miller of Von Mises wants to protect.  And we're supposed to think that helping tornado victims is somehow our great societal problem?  Get a fucking life and a fucking soul, Miller.  There really is more to life than how much money you can save by not helping tornado victims.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:54 | 3600378 Whoa Dammit
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Miller's tornado victim rant is one of the most asinine things I have ever read. It completely ruined what would have otherwise been a good article. Does anyone think  Miller will learn from his mistake ? 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:08 | 3600401 LetThemEatRand
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The only mistake he made was exposing his complete douchebaggery.  This is what he's all about.  

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 10:19 | 3600993 MeelionDollerBogus
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no mistake - a solid 5-star approval for Miller's article

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:15 | 3600405 Harbanger
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The problem is a society that believes the system can actually be of help when it is the problem. Very little of that "money" goes to the people in need. Search the records of past disasters; What percentage went to help those in need and what percentage went to the maintenance of the system

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:18 | 3600413 LetThemEatRand
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Miller wasn't complaining about the inefficiencies of the system distributing money to the victims.  He was complaining about distributing his "hard earned money" (his funding comes primarily from the Koch brothers and others who inherited their wealth) to people who lost everything because he doesn't want to contribute.   Don't bullshit me -- you don't want to pay taxes to help people like the OK victims.  Just say it.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:32 | 3600424 Harbanger
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He wasn't really complaining about distributing his hard earned money. You were complaining about the redistribution of other peoples money. And then you use the standard leftist boggieman the Koch brothers. You're so easy to figure out it's not even funny. BTW-  I can guarantee you that I pay a larger % of my earning in taxes than you do.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:37 | 3600435 LetThemEatRand
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So you don't have the balls to say it?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:43 | 3600441 Harbanger
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What? that i'm going to give you a stroke?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:46 | 3600442 LetThemEatRand
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One more chance.  Even your hero Rand had the balls to say that poor people can suck it.  So just say it.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:50 | 3600447 Harbanger
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So you distribute chances?  Typical arrogance from a self entitled leftist.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:51 | 3600449 LetThemEatRand
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Pussy.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:54 | 3600454 Harbanger
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Nice.  How's your blood pressure?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:01 | 3600458 LetThemEatRand
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Better than usual (which isn't saying much).  It goes down when I call out gutless hypocrites.  So it's at the low of the night.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:04 | 3600463 Anusocracy
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Anybody that accepts stolen money "can suck it". Rich, poor, middle class, they can go to hell.

Or better yet, back to the animal world.

 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:09 | 3600469 Harbanger
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+ 1 I can't argue with the truth.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:37 | 3600587 LetThemEatRand
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Or a complete pussy.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:32 | 3600427 nmewn
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I don't see anyone in Moore, Oklahoma begging. I do see people like me who have already donated, the truck leaves tomorrow.

What have you done for them?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:42 | 3600440 LetThemEatRand
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People are not begging because we have infrastructure and assistance so they don't have to.  Wake the fuck up from your fucking ideological sleep.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:53 | 3600452 nmewn
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People in Oklahoma are not begging because its beneath them. I know the people there, they don't beg.

 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:02 | 3600459 LetThemEatRand
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I spent some time in Oklahoma.  Met some nice people, and some assholes.  Like most places.  But in your world of black and white, I guess Oklahoma is white.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:08 | 3600467 nmewn
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Actually no, its somewhere in the Choctaw Nation but I wouldn't expect a race baiting freak of nature like you to understand.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:58 | 3600518 Cabreado
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You guys playing cards?

The irony of all-of-the-above, in the context of an article titled "Learning From Mistakes"...

if you were to simply extrapolate the results of such a dynamic happening underneath the surface in places of influence and control...

you would see how fragile it is... and pathetic too, as we certainly, eventually fck it all up.

Excuse my intrusion into your private conversation.

While you play cards, you haven't given an ounce of energy considering what your petty self-preservation M.O. might mean if you were actually making policy and procedure for an entire society...

 

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:36 | 3600585 LetThemEatRand
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Extrapolate this.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 01:03 | 3600599 WAMO556
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Nope!

Life is tough. Life is tougher if your stupid!

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 01:52 | 3600618 LetThemEatRand
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And even tougher if you are the pussy that Cash's finger is fucking.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 02:20 | 3600628 WAMO556
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Nope!

Wrong again ghostrider!

It's actually an ATTITUDE CHECK.

Littlerandboy, Your words are feeble and twisted like an old woman. Leave this place and let the grown ups talk.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 02:33 | 3600631 LetThemEatRand
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You smell like Cash's finger.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 07:16 | 3600714 nmewn
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Cabreado,

"...if you were to simply extrapolate the results of such a dynamic happening underneath the surface in places of influence and control..."

On the contrary.

"...you haven't given an ounce of energy considering what your petty self-preservation M.O. might mean if you were actually making policy and procedure for an entire society..."

A majority put them there, they are exactly like the majority.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 09:44 | 3600912 Winston Churchill
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MOORE has been devasted three times in the last seventy years.

Let Unce Sam give them new land and money to build in a stae not ravaged by

regular natural  disaters.

Stupd is as stupid does.Its impossible to build tornado resistant buildings,so why

rebuild there at all ?

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 12:54 | 3601299 TPTB_r_TBTF
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I was thinking ...

 

they should rebuild underground.

 

But that would be "learning from mistakes".

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 10:16 | 3600990 MeelionDollerBogus
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People living where tornadoes strike should be ignored or laughed at. FUCK giving them money.

Next smarter people will be setting up tents deliberately on train tracks and when people get killed calling it a "tragic accident"

It's tragic stupidity.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:55 | 3600596 WAMO556
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Methinks that you don't understand the American Society!

LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

When a Navy Corpsman rushes through kill zone to save a downed Marine (LIFE)

When TEA Party members demonstrate against the government abuses to correct a wrong (LIBERTY)

When folks build there homes in a 100 year flood plain or tornado alley. These folks do so because of a myriad of reasons. Kin folk live close by, they were born there and couldn't think of living anywhere else. I understand these folks and why they do the things that hey do, that makes no fiscal or monetary sense. (THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS)

We do ALOT of things, but those words above crystallize the essence of who we are into the type of people that we are.

Marine math: 2 beers times 36 Marines equals 68 cases of beer.

Not everything is ordered by numbers. The Russians had a hell of a time trying to figure out our doctrine, because they read or Field Manuals and doctrine papers and expected us to follow those same manuals LIKE THEY DID. But enterprising Non-coms and Field commanders knew that academic theory is NOT the same thing as practical application. Our people treated those manuals as a guide line and it drove the rooskies apeshit!

Science vs Art
Good vs Evil
Order vs Chaos
Competence vs Confidence
Etc...

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 01:51 | 3600617 OldPhart
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HooRAH Marine Math!  Semper Fi.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 02:44 | 3600632 WAMO556
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“GRUNT - "Term of affection used to denote that filthy, sweaty, dirt-encrusted, footsore, camouflage-painted, tired, sleepy beautiful little son of a bitch who has kept the wolf away from the door for over two hundred years.”

One of my buddies once made a comment about inserting the combat experinced 5th Marine Regiment into Washington DC as a matter of morale, welfare and recreation.

I said that it would never happen. It would be like a WMD hitting the nations capital. Could you just imagine, a whole regiment of baby faced killers going after the senators wives.....and the wives not wanting to go back??

It would be like lambs to the wolves!

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 04:17 | 3600656 enloe creek
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why not 72 cases ? you think there's some lightwieght drinkers in the marines? just the officers mainly if any

 

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 08:34 | 3600788 Aurora Ex Machina
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Dualism is soooo 17th Century, and is the sign of a 2D linear mind. (Do you take notes sequentially and linearly? Spider diagrams are the very basic baseline you should be using to think at all times.)

18th Century, invention & use of Orrerys. The fact you can't conceptually think in relational 4D should worry you; most 18th Century thinkers could. Here's a modern version.

 

 

About the only interesting thing about the new Xbox + Kinect stuff is the potential to create 4D learning environments to map out connections for learning. Guess what? No-one seems to be even developing this angle. Sad. (HN readers: go make it, you'll make billions).

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 08:43 | 3600816 tip e. canoe
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cue the vortex

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 09:38 | 3600901 Aurora Ex Machina
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And each "vortex" a part of something larger.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 11:08 | 3601082 tip e. canoe
Mon, 05/27/2013 - 06:57 | 3600699 Winston Churchill
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You may not be able to fix stupid, but the Govrt. sure does subsidize it.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 07:17 | 3600717 nmewn
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Ain't that the friggin truth.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 10:12 | 3600985 MeelionDollerBogus
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Yet I lost nothing.

You know why?

Because I'm not a dumb-fuck living where giant tornadoes strike every fucking time.

Deliberately living where the worst disasters live is NOT an accident, it's stubborn dumb-fuckery and you sir sound like you wish you were guilty of it.

The best help Tornado victims can get is to move away or if they are very stupid, suffering extreme dumb-fuckery-itis and want to keep living where they will be killed - they should be granted their wish and die.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:05 | 3600368 Cabreado
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"What’s not done is a forthright attempt to continually rectify our wrongs and pursue truth – even when it conflicts with inner bias."

While you mention "the sociopath abode known as Congress," you forgot to include the part where there is either no inner bias, in the pathological sense, or at very best a profound weakness that does nothing more than latch on to more sickly and powerful persons above... sycophancy in high places...

"It’s far less painful to not acknowledge faulty logic. Perhaps there is a law of human nature for this, waiting to be discovered. If someone were to look back, many a millennia from now, and attempt to put his finger on man’s core fault, they could certainly formulate one."

There's nothing new going on here.  We've been through this before.  Man's core fault is his ego, and when even-the-outliers-of-such-a-thing gain hold and guide unwittingly into a corner, there has to be a reset.  There are no new laws to discover -- just an understanding of why we continue the cycle.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:58 | 3600387 samsara
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“you can lead a horse to water, but not make him drink”

 

"You Can Lead A Man to Knowledge, But You Can't Make Him Think"

Ah,  I said that...

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:47 | 3600444 booboo
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but you can salt his oats.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:16 | 3600408 Heroic Couplet
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I like the term "narrative collapse."

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 21:47 | 3600443 dolph9
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I have to agree with the gist of this article.

Americans aren't bad people.  But they're spoiled, there's no two ways about it.  We don't think like this, because we have this idea that we are rugged individualists who cooperate when needed in a spirit of enlightened self interest.

The reality, though, is that when the hard times come every last one of us believes there's this magical entity, the federal government, that has infinite resources to save the day.

This is why I believe that America is, in fact, one of the most socialist nations on the planet.  At the end of the day, the federal government is expected to go into more debt to save everyone.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:25 | 3600486 Cabreado
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"The reality, though, is that when the hard times come every last one of us believes there's this magical entity, the federal government, that has infinite resources to save the day."

No, that is not the reality.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:36 | 3600501 Anusocracy
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Government: a small group of very large parasites enabled by millions of little parasites.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 22:31 | 3600496 Anusocracy
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The rugged individualists were diluted to almost nothing by 200+ years of importing carriers of Europe's Disease, Canada's Disease, Central America's Disease, South America's Disease, Asia's Disease, and Africa's Disease.

Freedom and liberty never had a chance in a world that is 99% collectivist.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 10:09 | 3600973 MeelionDollerBogus
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what do you think the foundation of America was?

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 13:39 | 3601379 Anusocracy
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The mindset of people not afraid to leave the comforts of European social life and security to go off into the unknown.

Judging by the talk of most Americans I have met, a mental make-up almost the complete opposite of that in current America.

And of course, the result is apparent.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 13:45 | 3601389 MeelionDollerBogus
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No, it was the mindset to conquer people and lands not yet conquered, the biggest disrespect possible for land and people, because they were not welcome to do so in the lands they came from.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 15:46 | 3601652 Anusocracy
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So Columbus and other explorers came here with the intent of conquering people and lands? And those that followed had first and foremost in their minds to conquer Indians and steal their lands, not the fact of just surviving? No, it was government control asserted over centuries that drove that and, unremarkably, it's still happening.

I think you are blindly assigning the mindset of government to everyone involved.

It would be interesting to survey the Mars colony project supporters to see how they think. I'm sure they want to go there to conquer the Martians and steal their lands and form massive governments ruled by psychopathic elites. Like what happened here.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:15 | 3600571 Debt Slave
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Hey if a crackhead can get re-elected Mayor of D.C., Weiner ought to have no problem at all with N.Y.C.. After all, it's all in the family.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 00:28 | 3600580 blindman
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@"What’s not done is a forthright attempt to continually rectify our wrongs and pursue truth – even when it conflicts with inner bias. It’s far less painful to not acknowledge faulty logic. Perhaps there is a law of human nature for this, waiting to be discovered."
.
it has been said that continued periods of sub trend growth
is the definition of a depression. that was refuted by a
consideration of the limit that exists in nature and all the
known universe, excluding the imagination known to man, concerning
infinite froth and growth.
.
so what is a depression? perhaps the associated remnant of
residual or hangover feeling, known to man, of repeatedly
being unable to integrate the known temporal truth with-to the
perception and activity in his present moment or reality?
or
.
what man experiences when he is unable to contain the truth
he knows in the world he experiences?
.
true depression is feeling forced to suppress or contain moar
in a unfit and lesser container, resulting in overfill of
that some nothing resulting in that feeling of depression and
then so termed.
.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 03:51 | 3600650 Fox-Scully
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"The mule, being a universal symbol for stubbornness, has become indistinguishable from the average news and politics ingester" Please do not denigrate the mule by associating/comparing it with news or political ingesters.  The mule deserves much more respect for its intelligence!

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 07:40 | 3600731 Aurora Ex Machina
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The mule is more than that. I'd check out the sterile angle and read a little Asimov.

 

Oh, and the Senate imaging that they can source arms only to the "moderate ones" and not the heart eaters is priceless.

 

Here comes the memes of it. (You were warned - how stupid do you have to be in this game? Even Reagan knew to keep it black-booked)

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 09:56 | 3600939 Stuck on Zero
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In Baja California ranchers often have an incredibly hard time bringing in their bulls from out on the range.  They just cannot be dragged in.  Their solution is to tie a mule to the bull and wait.  The mule weighs about 400 lbs. and the bull weighs about 3000 lbs.  About three or four days later the bull and the mule are back at the barn.  The mule gets a nice meal and reward.  What happens is that every time the bull tries to head away from the barn the mule digs in an has to be dragged.  Whenever the bull moves toward the barn the mule trots along. 

 

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 11:43 | 3601174 dizzyfingers
Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:36 | 3601430 Aurora Ex Machina
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There's been pressure put on trading outfits in the EU, largely due to this:

In other words, whenever the UN’s food price index, which measures the monthly change in the price of a basket of food commodities, climbs above 210, the conditions ripen for social unrest around the world. CSI doesn’t claim that any breach of 210 immediately leads to riots, obviously; just that the probability that riots will erupt grows much greater. For billions of people around the world, food comprises up to 80% of routine expenses (for rich-world people like you and I, it’s like 15%). When prices jump, people can’t afford anything else; or even food itself. And if you can’t eat—or worse, your family can’t eat—you fight.[source - 8 months ago; yes, it's a shitty source, but does contain the graphs / actual paper (warning: PDF) links. They were predicting food riots in a year 8 months ago, if you want a time scale, and they seem fairly on the correct predition if you look lower down]

MIT has basically confirmed their theory holds out so far.

Current status:

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 215.5 points in April 2013, up 2 points (1.0 percent) from its revised March value of 213.2 points and from April last year. At that level, the index is only 9 percent below the peak reached in February 2011. Similar to the price development in March, the April increase was driven almost exclusively by a sharp rise in dairy quotations, as meat prices rose marginally while those of the other food commodities fell.

» The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 234.6 points in April, down 10 points (4.1 percent) from March, but nearly 11 points (4.9 percent) above the corresponding period last year. Most of the decline in April was triggered by weaker maize prices on expectation of higher closing stocks and favourable 2013 crop prospects. Wheat prices changed little, as the downward pressure stemming from expectation of larger inventories was offset by the upward pressure resulting from concern over the poor growing conditions and spring crop planting delays in the United States.  Rice prices were marginally down, depressed by falling Indica rice quotations, while Japonica and, especially, fragrant rice prices moved upwards.[FAO 9th May]

You should probably check out the "weather market" indexes for Midwest USA, Russia & Australia. (Summary from a 15min reading: USA up to the 7th May was looking awful, currently praying they can get a good couple of weeks to plant 30% of total; Russia down, Ukraine up, Australia good(ish) but with no market: China is buying from the US, not them, everyone is basically saying "well, it depends on the weather now", thus "weather market"). USA got lucky, planting 43% of their totals in the May 20th US Ag report. (Yes, you read that right: check the 2012 totals, the USA has planted much less, but it's still seen as a "phew" moment... should make you wonder where the spin is, eh?)

However, there are some qualifiers, in that there's a lot of things sources aren't talking about: rainfall in Australia is weakening drastically in traditional grain areas (takeaway quote "Australia's exports [beef] to China in the first two months of 2013 topped 16,300 tonnes – up from less than 800 tonnes in the same period of 2012", but largely focusing on lack of rain effects). I can't find the damn graph atm, but it's fairly drastic - serious 5/10 yr plots show the rain is moving / lessening in traditonal crop zones. There's a discussion with lots of data here, but it's not the source I had access to, and America has some serious issues.

 

Tl;dr

 

215/234 is fairly on the threshold for some big events (Arab Spring levels), and the ME is currently a disaster area (see Eygpt's economy / political situation, Syria obviously, Turkey / Jordan etc refugees, Iraq due to civil war / Turkey cutting off major water access and so on and so forth). And 5-10 yr water tables? Yeaah, that's gonna be a problem. (Russia set to over-take America in wheat production, USA / Australia pretty fucked in food producing regions).

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 13:36 | 3601372 czarangelus
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All you Bible vomiters kill me. There's a ton of great stuff in the Bible, but an overwhelming amount of horseshit, too. The Bible was the O.G. blueprint for the New World Order, the original eye in the sky, the first Reich. I think a certain amount of piety is a part of basic human nature but I can't for the life of me understand why we chose primitive nomadic nonesense as the core of our purity. There's nothing more holy than a (safe!) orgy and there's nothing more pure in the world than human beings. How did we allow ourselves to be led so far astray by people who demonostrably didn't have our best interests at heart?

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 18:41 | 3601457 Anusocracy
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Probably because morality is a group of cultural behaviors that are prone to manipulation.

Psychopaths, whose morality is outside the cultural norm, are usually the most desirous of manipulating.

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