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The Dark-Side Psychology Behind Holiday Madness

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

“Men (people) are rarely aware of the real reasons which motivate their actions.” — Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928

The winter holidays are traditionally supposed to embody a certain ideal of that which is best in the hearts of human beings. As the world around us retreats into ice and snow and the Earth’s northern cycle returns to death once again, the holidays represent a time of contemplation, as well as an opportunity to shine a light in an otherwise dark and dreary period. This heritage is as old as history, dating back to an era in which agriculture was paramount and men garnered far more respect for the tides of nature. The parallel relationship between social “renewal” and seasonal renewal has served the collective psyche of Western society, in my view, for the better. Unfortunately, this process has all but vanished today, twisted and mutilated into something sinister and poisonous.

Those of us who pay attention are well aware of a trend of cultural decline within our nation, and this problem is disturbingly visible from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It’s not just the highly publicized Black Friday (now Black Thursday) riots over semi-cheap Chinese-made garbage. Those are certainly vile examples:

 

 

 

Rather, it’s the behavior of people throughout the season on a daily basis that is most disconcerting. I have personally witnessed, as I’m sure many people have, a magnified and astonishing disregard for conscience and basic decency growing worse each year for at least the past decade. That which is most unsettling about our society today is somehow unleashed with wild abandon every year at this time.

The idiocy and barbarism seems to span all economic “classes” — from the upper-middle-class snob screaming at bewildered cashiers over a coupon worth 50 cents, to the middle-class suburbanites brawling on the sticky floors of Wal-Mart over flat-screen TVs, to the part-time employee who sold her soul for minimum wage and who now yells at people on Thanksgiving eve to stop filming the mindless brawls that her corporate masters encourage because such videos might “reflect badly” on the company image. The dark side truly knows no social or financial bounds.

Every year, we see this behavior, shake our heads in dismay and look forward to the beginning of January, when Americans go back to being only moderately disdainful toward each other. This time, however, instead of merely gawking in disbelief at the circus sideshow, I would like to challenge people to explore more deeply the true motivations of the mob itself, as well as the motivations of the elitists who manipulate the mob for their own purposes. Let’s take a look at the fundamental dynamics of the psychology of mobs and the madness of crowds.

Filling The Emptiness

In my recent article 'You Should Feel Sorry For Sheeple; Here’s Why', I outline the inner life, or rather the lack of inner life, common to the average sheeple. Many of my compatriots find it increasingly difficult to muster any pity for the sheeple subculture, and I can see why. When given ample opportunity, sheeple always sink toward the worst humanity has to offer usually in an effort to aggrandize themselves.

But let’s set aside that sick feeling in our stomachs when thinking of sheeple and really consider what their existence is like. What does a sheeple’s daily life consist of?

In most cases I've observed, he lives what he believes to be the American dream. He wakes up in the morning swelling with superficial concerns of personal gain, scheming ways in which he can raise his perceived stature among the other sheeple around him. He then travels to his place of employment, usually a job he hates, in order to accumulate enough wealth (scraps from the plates of government and corporate financiers) to buy all the “things” he assumes everyone else wants. In the process, he pawns off his children to state-run schools designed to crush their spirits; and he becomes estranged from his spouse, who begins to forget why they ever got married in the first place. He returns home physically and emotionally drained, knowing that he did nothing worthwhile with his time, only to sit apathetically in front of his television for a few hours being bombarded with cancerous marketing propaganda and barely talking with the family he tells himself he works so hard for.

Think about it. Think of the pitch-black void that his life has become. Think of all the abandoned dreams, all the missed opportunities for experience and joy, all the moments of reflection and self-education that were lost because he was “too busy” trying to elevate himself within the ranks of a heartless collective.

Now, for one frightening moment, imagine this is your life. No sense of legitimate pride or individualism. No understanding of the underlying events that affect your environment or the high-placed people who determine your future. No thoughts outside the mainstream box. No recognition of possible alternative ways to live or how to break free. No hope for tomorrow but the endless drudgery of today’s mediocrity. Think of the unconscious rage you would have brewing inside like a putrid ball of sulfur and magma.

This rage is what sheeple use to fill the emptiness inside themselves once they subconsciously realize that no amount of frivolous consumerism will make them whole. Typically, they are on constant lookout for opportunities to vent their anger at unsuspecting victims in drive-by fashion.

Somehow, the holidays appear to have become a prime period of opportunity during which society opens the door for the dark side to come out and for sheeple to passively or not-so-passively project their failings onto others. For now, we might presume that this behavior is somewhat contained and relegated to particular moments of seasonal insanity, but the consequences of the willfully ignorant strata of American culture could go far beyond what most morally conscious people want to predict.

The Psychopath Next Door

“If thirty years ago anyone had dared to predict that our psychological development was tending towards a revival of the medieval persecutions of the Jews, that Europe would again tremble before the Roman fasces and the tramp of legions, that people would once more give the Roman salute, as two thousand years ago, and that instead of the Christian Cross an archaic swastika would lure onward millions of warriors ready for death — why, that man would have been hooted at as a mystical fool.” — Carl Jung, Archetypes And The Collective Unconscious, 1938

In his book, The Undiscovered Self, one of the fathers of modern psychology, Carl Gustav Jung, discusses the tension-filled relationship between the individual versus the collective and the state. In particular, he studies how individuals become swallowed up in the actions of the collective mob and how this momentum invariably leads to mass atrocities that defy imagination. A point of primary importance in Jung’s work is his discovery that at least 10 percent of any population at any given time is made up of individuals with latent psychopathic or sociopathic tendencies. Meaning, at least one out of every 10 random people around you today was born with the capacity for psychopathic behavior, including the ability to completely ignore inherent conscience.

The idea that one out of every 10 people near you might suddenly burst into an overwhelming animalistic blood fever is, of course, terrifying to many people. But generally, latent psychopathy in a person does not surface in immediately recognizable ways; and many people with that potential live their entire lives without ever acting on it. Some even come to terms with it through self-awareness and dispel it altogether. Problems arise, though, as Jung warned, when a society creates an environment in which emotionally or physically violent psychopathic acts become “acceptable” to the collective. That is to say, individual latent psychopaths and sociopaths are not so much a danger on their own; but when they get together in an organization or mob, the terrible floodgates open.

During national crisis, or during great ideological shifts towards collectivism, the 10 percent are given ample opportunity to act out their inner impulses. The corrupt state will often give latent psychopaths free reign or seek them out for positions of petty authority, leaving the gates to hell ajar, as it were.

Another dangerous reality is that these same people tend to pursue positions of authority, or they unconsciously gravitate toward events and situations that allow them to act on their darker side without facing consequences. One might even suggest that there will always be a potential for despotic regimes exactly because the 10 percent will likely always be around to be used as a weapon by dictatorships.

The mass rage and self-absorption we witness during the holidays feels ominous to us because it is just a glimpse of the greater shadow side of the American public. It is a glimpse of the kind of mentality that makes all human catastrophe possible. Like the tip of a shark fin cutting the surface of the water, we swim fearing not the dorsal, but the monster we KNOW it is connected to.

The Magicians Of Manufactured Consent

Jung, once a favorite of Sigmund Freud’s, broke sharply with Freud’s analytical school when he realized Freud would not accept the idea of inherent psychological properties beyond base instincts. Freud believed that conscience, morality, artistic ability, reason, etc. were all extensions of environment and experience. Freud’s theories on psychology focused on the idea that man was driven by base animal urges at his core, that people have no complex inborn contents and that all one needed to do was manipulate his environment to make himself “healthy.” Jung’s studies proved otherwise, finding that there are vast layers of inborn knowledge and personality in every individual.

It was not until Freud was near death that he admitted the merit of Jung’s work. Jung was shunned by the mainstream and labeled everything from a “charlatan” to an “anti-Semite” because of his opposition to the Freudian method.

Some industrious elites did find Freud’s notions of environmental manipulation useful, though, including his nephew, Edward Bernays, who saw it not as a way to make people healthy, but rather, to make them unhealthy. Bernays wrote extensively on the use of propaganda to control what he called “herd instinct,” believing (as most elitists believe) that self-governance of common people was “dangerous” and that the irrational public had to be controlled for their own good and the good of the nation. His entire philosophy is summed up in this quote:

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. … We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. … In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons… who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind."

Bernays was instrumental in promoting Freudian psychology in the United States, where it became the mainstay of universities across the country. He helped establish the Tavistock Institute, a globalist think-tank much like the Council On Foreign Relations, focused on molding public opinion. He was also instrumental in promoting psychological propaganda models in everyday corporate marketing and political campaigns. He called this “engineering consent.”

It was Bernays who taught the marketing world how to appeal to the basest instincts of human beings and to use those instinctual desires to covertly control them. Corporations used Bernays’ strategies to create an atmosphere of decadent consumption in America that has lasted since the end of World War II. The idea was simple: Convince the public that buying corporate products will satisfy their animal urges. All commercialism to this day revolves around this method (which is why almost every beer commercial for several decades has included scantily clad women or sexual innuendo, for example).

But Bernays was not only teaching corporations how to tap into existing human impulses, he was also teaching corporations and governments how to use psychological trickery to manipulate the citizenry to RELY on their basest impulses. Essentially, Bernays taught the establishment how to convince people, or shame people, into ignoring their greater selves and indulging their psychopathic and sociopathic urges. Bernays taught the establishment how to turn people into zombies.

We see the clear results today all around us as we enter into the absurdity that Christmas has become. The ramifications are dire. The holidays have come to represent not hope, but despair; not reflection, but callowness; not compassion, but narcissism and selfishness. They have become a yearly measure of our Nation’s sharp fall into something more or less horrific, something ironically inhuman.

The only solution is to strive with everything we have to remind others, and ourselves, that we are more than the sum of our darker instincts. That we have been living in the midst of a carefully crafted lie meant to make us impotent and non-threatening to the establishment. That there are greater and more meaningful contents at our core, and these elements of our being can only be satisfied by one thing: the truth.

 


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Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:59 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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Everyone from politiicans to multi-national corporations to Drudge employ Bernays' techniques every day today.   Go for the heart (the "lizard brain" more accurately), not the head (the conscious mind).   Drudge today had a story about windmills killing bald eagles.   I read the comments and a bunch of people who hate environmentalists were cheering for the end of windmills, even as they slammed environmentalists.  Perfect example of Bernays in action.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:18 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Cue the slow motion eagles vs. the slow motion windmills.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:28 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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It's primarily the slow motion eagles that were being killed.  Poor guys didn't have a chance against the fast moving socialist anti-big-oil windmill*.  The most patriotic eagles were the first to die.  And the ones reading Bibles and wrapped in the flag were true windmill fodder.

*windmill brought to you by GE.  Bringing good things to life (except bald eagles).

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:29 | Link to Comment mofreedom
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Somebody wanted the turkey as the national symbol cause it wasn't a predator/scavenger like the eagle.

I would have gladly accepted the turkey, but can understand the mighty eagle!!!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:31 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

 

"With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country...

 

"I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

-B Franklin. 1784

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:38 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Nowadays perhaps the ostrich would be more appropriate.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:44 | Link to Comment akak
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And/or the vulture.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:14 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Or the dodo?

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 16:49 | Link to Comment Oracle 911
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You guys are incredibru. LOL

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:02 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Why do you want a national anything? It just reinforces the concept of the collective over the individual.

Ingroup vs. the not in the ingroup (outgroup).

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:10 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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Because We stand for something other than ourselves.  With freedom comes sacrifice.  And that includes some sacrifice of your selfish desire to be an island onto yourself because history teaches there is no such thing and we're strong when we stand together.  That's why.  You wouldn't understand, Anus.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:17 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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I'll sacrifice a buck o five. Will you?

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment grunion
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I strongly oppose the uncivilized character evident in your post. Is this an example of standing together or are you just unwilling to sacrifice your objectionable manner? You are not alone, the "Me Generation" could take lessons from the current crop of entitleists (made up word). Sacrifice as a part of the "Good works" being a component of a well adjusted human and a Christian mandate rarely occurs in our society.

Try helping someone without their knowledge or does your 21st century ego demand you take the accolades you deem sufficient in compensation for your good works or do you require cash.

You talk some of the talk but you're true intentions are not clear (Not at all unlike Soetero). Based on what I have read of your posts, it is highly doubtful you can walk the walk.

And yes, I have, I do and will continue because I believe we can save our beloved nation as set out in the Constitution of the United States even without your peculiar notions and counter-productive ideals.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:30 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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You actually believe the shit you post?

I prefer to voluntarily interact with others. Idiots like you, who love to force their will on others, are practicing slavery. Of course, you wouldn't understand, you're a high-function ant.

The Anus thing was very clever - for a third-grader.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 15:36 | Link to Comment Element
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We've got a few surplus emus and a spray can.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:37 | Link to Comment mofreedom
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Thanks for doing the heavy lifting around here.

Good to see those words again.

No Turkey?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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"No Turkey?"

I'm full of stuffing (or something else that starts with an s) if that helps.  Thanks man.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:53 | Link to Comment mofreedom
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Thank me very much for loving Ann Rand...and I'll buy you a turkey.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 01:10 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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Ayn wouldn't let me pry her turkey out of her cold, dead claws.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 01:33 | Link to Comment BigSpruce
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Turkeys are certainly not predators but scavengers - that they are. I have worked in the woods of Northern New England all of my life and can testify they will eat anything that will give them sustenance. As an example: A few years back there was a moose walking through a dense hardwood stand at the end of winter. This poor critter was ravaged by winter ticks and being late in the winter season the ticks were engorged with the blood of the moose  and dropping off in droves . Following behind this poor sick moose was a gigantic flock of wild turkeys who were gobbling up these bloated ticks as fast as they dropped off.

 

But that aside I would rather be surrounded by a flock of tick eating wild turkeys than a mob of selfish wal-martians at Christmas time.   

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 02:22 | Link to Comment Miffed Microbio...
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A few years ago I was riding my horse in the local mountains and happened to meet a ranger patrolling the area. I mentioned I was surprized to have seen a lot of wild turkeys. I had been riding those mountains for years and hadn't seen one. He flew into a rage that " some idiot " had released them a few years back and they were now utterly destroying the environment. They were rats with wings and had to be destroyed. He was petitioning the government to organize a turkey shoot to rid of them once and for all.

I told him I have a friend who hunts them regularly and told me each bird he's shot was absolutely stuffed with ticks. The ranger reflected for a bit and admitted to me in the last few years there hadn't been a case of Lyme reported in the area. He didn't talk about the matter after that.

Miffed;-)

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 12:04 | Link to Comment SoNH80
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Sat, 12/07/2013 - 09:19 | Link to Comment boogerbently
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LTER,

Yeah, that's like all the posters here bemoaning the decline of our culture AND knocking Christians/The Bible.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:01 | Link to Comment Enslavethechild...
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The dark side? I never saw the good side...

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:19 | Link to Comment mofreedom
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Why can't they call it the dark side of Christmas?  Even in demeaning it they can't call it by it's proper name:  Christmas.

Jews don't get dark in thier season, because they have all the money and I wish them well for it and am not jealous, one tiny bit, in fact I aspire for my kids to be that rich some day.

God Bless Christmas and God protect those that partake in it.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:25 | Link to Comment JR
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Thanks, mo. This time of year was America’s most important holiday. And the reason for its existence was to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.

But that has been too much for the corporate shopkeepers and the opponents of Christianity, namely, the Jews. To change the meaning of this holiday two movements have been undertaken:

One of them is an incredible emphasis on commercialism with the magic of Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus and Rudolph and Mickey Mouse.

And the second movement is the incredible rise of a minor Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, put in place to run the full distance from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, providing the left and the atheists a tremendous politically correct alternative to the celebration of the birth of the Savior of the world.

As a consequence, any shopkeeper who dares mention the word Christmas is his advertising is attacked. Instead, the PC word is “holidays.” In our town, a large western city, the word Christmas does not appear in any shop window or on any tree or on any decorations because it would be an affront to those people who would be personally “offended.”

Few American non-Jews over forty even remember hearing about the Hanukkah holiday as they were growing up because only recently has this minor holiday expanded as the major Christmas season alternative, this year encompassing Thanksgiving as well. Only until recently has it even appeared in Webster’s Dictionary.

Writes Diane Ashton, author of the book Hanukkah in America: A History (The Goldstein-Goran Series in American Jewish History) :

“Providing an attractive alternative to the Christian dominated December, rabbis and lay people alike have addressed contemporary hopes by fashioning an authentically Jewish festival that blossomed in their American world.”

Continues Ashton: “American Jews have been transforming the ancient holiday of Hanukkah from a simple occasion into something grand. Each year, as they retell its story and enact its customs, they bring their ever-changing perspectives and desires to its celebration.”

Says Aston: “The ways in which Hanukkah was reshaped by American Jews reveals the changing goals and values that emerged among different contingents each December as they confronted the reality of living as a religious minority in the United States.

“Bringing together clergy and laity, artists and businessmen, teachers, parents, and children, Hanukkah has been a dynamic force for both stability and change in American Jewish life.

“The holiday’s distinctive transformation from a minor festival to a major occasion that looms large in the American Jewish psyche is a marker of American Jewish life. Drawing on a varied archive of songs, plays, liturgy, sermons, and a range of illustrative material, as well as developing portraits of various communities, congregations, and rabbis, Hanukkah in America reveals how an almost forgotten festival became the most visible of American Jewish holidays.” …

http://www.amazon.com/Hanukkah-America-History-Goldstein-Goran-American/dp/0814707394

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:22 | Link to Comment forwardho
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Have a Ramahanaquansmas!

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:23 | Link to Comment Sparkey
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God bless you, and Christmas too, MOfreedom, WE should all aspire to be rich, Pastor says; God loves everybody, but he loves the rich most that is why they have all the money!

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 02:38 | Link to Comment Miffed Microbio...
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Oooh, how deliciously Calvanistic of you! That really takes me back to attending Presbyterian College and having all those frothy debates on predestination. It was such fun until they asked me to leave citing my unsuitability as a student.

Miffed;-)

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 08:33 | Link to Comment Chuck Walla
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10% of 3 million vs 10% of 300 million . I need to check my ammo and passport.

FORWARD JOSEF GOEBBELS,
He was a Bernays believer.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:05 | Link to Comment knukles
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Everyday each of us elects a choice between the spiritual and temporal sides.  We as a species, are losing the war.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:08 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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Is it too late for us to join the dolphins?  They never seem to have a bad day.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:12 | Link to Comment knukles
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Best I can do is Mrs K is getting my Big Book and 12X12 rebound.
Now that's a present!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:19 | Link to Comment NoDebt
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.... And that's how you win.  You fix your side of the street.  Leave the other side to the other guy.

Congratulations on your recovery.  It's a rare gift.  I've heard the "real" recovery rate is way down in the single digits, depending how your measure it.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:28 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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I've heard its 1 in 35.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:41 | Link to Comment knukles
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Many thanks to all of you ......

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:13 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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Knuks? You're in "the cult" too? I believe that ALunatic calls it that. I always thought that was funny. I ever go into one of the rooms and everyone has the same haircut and I am no allowed to leave the commune I'll call it a cult.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:50 | Link to Comment AlaricBalth
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+1 knuks

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation...

Thoreau, Walden (1st Chapter, Economy)

http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/hdthoreau/bl-hdtho-wald-1.htm

I know its been awhile for many of us, but Walden is worth reading again.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:08 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 I went shopping In downtown "Coastal City" no names and it was < Effin Empty> Chinese Ghost City <errie> Empty!  @ 11:40 a.m. Cali time.

   I purchased a roll of silver eagles though. The coin shop had front row parking!  Got out the door under 1500$.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:10 | Link to Comment knukles
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The shopping about my unnamed coastal CA location has been sparse, as well.  Few people and those are not packaged burdened in the slightest.

And here we are in the land of hedonistic self, California (I put that in for the rest of the people to say "Yeah, those fuckers, may they die eating pine needles like Yule Gibbons")

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:59 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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     It's eerily quiet Knuks. Personally I love Pinion Pine nuts sprinkled on my spinach or spring salad with tangerine wedges and walnuts. A nice summer vinaigrette to top it off.

I'm wine /port sort , with waffled facaccia and a hard Italian cheese of your choice, dipped in an extra virgin artichoke marinara sauce.  Mrs.Knucks will love these recipes for snack time

   Ask her to make carnitas for the holidays. I'm going to do it for my family this year. (extra crispy)

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:09 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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 Freud’s theories on psychology focused on the idea that man was driven by base animal urges at his core, that people have no complex inborn contents and that all one needed to do was manipulate his environment to make himself “healthy.” Jung’s studies proved otherwise, finding that there are vast layers of inborn knowledge and personality in every individual.

Plenty of truth in both sides.  It you want to understand how all higher animals living in groups organize, Read Ardrey's Territorial Imperative.  Pissed on by left and right, but probably the most important book of the twentieth century.

 

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:30 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Animals, and most people, only have a concept of my property and our property. They are survival adaptations of individuals and groups in the zero-sum game of nature.

The concept of other people's property is a survival adaptation of the positive-sum economics of mankind. It encourages economic growth, lack of it retards growth.

To possess that which you produce is a far greater incentive than the act of someone stealing it.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:26 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Neither of them practiced science in the Karl Popper sense. The nature of their knowledge was laughably speculative.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 17:34 | Link to Comment runningman18
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Not at all.  Both of them used exaustive studies to support their theories.  Read some of their books.  Jung was a meticulous scientist in many respects.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:12 | Link to Comment akak
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The problem with the large majority who are ignorant and/or intellectually limited, is that they are too ignorant and/or intellectually limited to realize that they are ignorant and/or intellectually limited.  What is the solution to this conundrum?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:16 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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As Bernanys said, the key to propaganda on a societal level is to have information filtered through a few central sources.  The unseen men who guide the thought of the population.   The internet -- if it is allowed to exist for a while longer -- may be the equalizer.  When people are told they are being sold a bill of goods and an explanation is offered regarding how it is done, they start to get it (takes a while, but eventually).  It's a tired cliche, but it's hard to accept that you live in the Matrix until someone shows it to you.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:34 | Link to Comment mofreedom
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That's Bernays!!! no I get your point, why do you think I smoke (power over fire) and only use disposable cups, plates, bowls and ware (germs?)?

But I would not call him a nanny, thought he worked for sissy, pussy, nannies.

 

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:53 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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"When people are told they are being sold a bill of goods"

You mean like with the no-threshold model of radiation, brought to you by government. and based in falsehood.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110920163320.htm

No Safe Level of Radiation Exposure? Researcher Points to Suppression of Evidence On Radiation Effects by Nobel Laureate

Sep. 20, 2011 — University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental toxicologist Edward Calabrese, whose career research shows that low doses of some chemicals and radiation are benign or even helpful, says he has uncovered evidence that one of the fathers of radiation genetics, Nobel Prize winner Hermann Muller, knowingly lied when he claimed in 1946 that there is no safe level of radiation exposure.

Calabrese's interpretation of this history is supported by letters and other materials he has retrieved, many from formerly classified files. He published key excerpts this month in Archives of Toxicology and Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis.

Muller was awarded the 1946 Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery that X-rays induce genetic mutations. This helped him call attention to his long-time concern over the dangers of atomic testing. Muller's intentions were good, Calabrese points out, but his decision not to mention key scientific evidence against his position has had a far-reaching impact on our approach to regulating radiation and chemical exposure.

Calabrese uncovered correspondence from November 1946 between Muller and Curt Stern at the University of Rochester about a major experiment that had recently evaluated fruit fly germ cell mutations in Stern's laboratory. It failed to support the linear dose-response model at low exposure levels, but in Muller's speech in Oslo a few weeks later he insisted there was "no escape from the conclusion that there is no threshold." To Calabrese, this amounts to deliberate concealment and he says Stern raised no objection.

Calabrese adds, "This isn't an academic debate, it's really practical, because all of our rules about chemical and low-level radiation are based on the premises that Muller and the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) committee adopted at that time. Now, after all these years, it's very hard when people have been frightened to death by this dogma to persuade them that we don't need to be scared by certain low-dose exposures."

Within a year after Muller and his group persuaded the NAS to accept the linear model for gonadal mutations, the practice was extrapolated to somatic cells and cancer. Twenty years later, NAS adopted the linear approach for chemicals. Soon thereafter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would use the linear model for risk assessment, Calabrese points out.

Some can accept that even the most distinguished scientists have human failings, he acknowledges. But his view is that "the regulatory research community needs to hear about this. The implications of my findings are that we should revisit our exposure regulations because our regulatory history is founded on a deception. We have seen literally hundreds of thousands of cleanup decisions based on a model that was fraudulently derived. I think we should probably have drastically different exposure standards today, and far less fear."

Calabrese believes, "The die was cast by Muller and regulations adopted since then have gone unchallenged. I think he got his beliefs and his science confused, and he couldn't admit that the science was unresolved. So he went ahead and expressed an opinion about how to handle the public health situation."

Geneticists in the 1950s came to embrace the "linear dose-response model" of risk because at the high exposures they tested, there was no level below which DNA damage did not occur. They felt medical doctors didn't grasp how significant were the dangers. As the smartest and brightest, Muller anticipated the risk of atmospheric atomic testing and became passionately committed to protecting society, Calabrese explains.

Muller and Curt Stern had done many of the key experiments. Muller himself served on the NAS's Biological Effects of Atomic Radiation (BEAR) committee, through which the linear dose-response approach to risk assessment became firmly entrenched. The two successfully suppressed last-minute evidence from the fruit fly experiment conducted in Stern's lab by postdoctoral researcher Ernst Caspari, and the rest is history, Calabrese says. It marked the "transformation of a threshold-guided risk assessment to one now centered on a linear dose-response."

"To me this all raises the question, what happens when a scientific field lies to the public, to federal agencies and the president? It's a very scary situation that the radiation genetics community in the 1950s assumed that something was correct without requiring the necessary documentation to support it," the UMass Amherst toxicologist says.

Stern's group published a paper in 1947 not long after Muller's Nobel Prize acceptance speech in which they tried to discredit their own study, further evidence of a deliberate cover-up, Calabrese says. "It's been hidden in the bowels of the Atomic Energy Commission for decades until I found it. They revised it to remove the one sentence suggesting this experiment might provide evidence for the threshold model."

"One could argue that Muller single-handedly undermined above-ground atomic testing, which is a good thing," Calabrese says. "But after uncovering this lie, I'm starting to contemplate what society would have looked like if the regulatory community had felt free to use a threshold model. Members of that 1956 NAS BEAR committee didn't see the domino effect of their actions on our society. Muller's impact on the world of today is almost incalculable. He couldn't have imagined it. But we shouldn't have to live with it."no escape from the conclusion that there is no threshold.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 03:10 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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You do realize that this bullshit was propogated by wealthy individuals who hate a collective check and balance on their power, right?  Or do you think these guys will go away quietly when we abdicate power to them?  You are a coward and house nig.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:35 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Four down arrows.

Bernays' work in action.

Muller lied, you dumb fucks.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:16 | Link to Comment infinity8
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Throw 'em in and see who figures out how to float. The rest, bye-bye, raise a glass?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:17 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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The solution to US 'american' citizenism is even more US 'american' citizenism.

I thought that was obvious to everyone by now.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:49 | Link to Comment akak
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Indeedwise, when US 'american' citizenism citizens blob-up every aspect of US 'american' citizenism to up the mattering thing, that being the duplicitous eternal nature of US 'american' citizenism, manifestering in farming the weak and extorting the poor schemings, and monolizing of the offuscation means, then hey, it's like the cat in the shat is out of the bag.  There for all to see and then more of it.

Just have to bear with it.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 04:04 | Link to Comment Angus McHugepenis
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akak: I'm getting to the point where I have to keep re-reading your AnAnonymous alter-ego. You have truly leveled new heights in roadside, drive-by Chineseisms. I've had to change pants twice from laughter!

As always, looking forward to moar.

 

Edit: Cat in the shat... priceless!

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 14:41 | Link to Comment SmackDaddy
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Yeah it's good stuff.  But he's still a southern fuck.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:36 | Link to Comment Itch
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"monolizing of the offuscation means" fucking pricelss, theres a guy that hit the road running. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:59 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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A nice batch of poisoned Cheetos would clear out some human fodder.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:14 | Link to Comment forwardho
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Global pandemic die off.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 03:45 | Link to Comment Angus McHugepenis
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akak: The solution won't be a game of chess, I can assure you.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 15:59 | Link to Comment Element
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"The problem with the large majority who are ignorant and/or intellectually limited, is that they are too ignorant and/or intellectually limited to realize that they are ignorant and/or intellectually limited.  What is the solution to this conundrum?"

 

fuckem

 

(seasonally-unadjusted tourette's)

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:21 | Link to Comment pupdog1
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So, if it's this bad hunting and gathering for cheesier-than-cheese Chinese junk that you don't need, what happens when the SNAP EBT cards go kaput?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:26 | Link to Comment ShortTheUS
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The 2nd half of this article sounds like the 'Tyler Durden' track from the 'Fight Club' soundtrack:

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

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:26 | Link to Comment rlouis
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From Pavlov's method of training dogs through BF Skinner and his operant conditioning of pigeons - their methods have been used on school children around the world. Mechanical stimulus-response training has replaced the teaching of critical thinking, and the ethics of right and wrong.  It's effective if you're the .01% striving to preserve an illusion of wealth and power,  but pragmatism lacks wisdom and when the population has been so pathetically dumbed down the species is itself at risk of extinction. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:43 | Link to Comment ISEEIT
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I recently began reading Augustine's City of God. This book was written during the collapse of the Roman empire. Besides all the other parallels to our current state of demise known to most culturally literate American adults (so a very small number), the decline in morality was credited as being a major cause of Rome's downfall. Apparently Cicero and other highly regarded public figures spoke quite eloquently and bluntly of Romes moral decay. One of the more striking assertions I've encountered in this book so far is the statement that absent justice a society (republic) cannot stand and in fact is no true society at all.

America is toast.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment NIHILIST CIPHER
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From the looks of the Kartrashian family Christmas card this year, the dark side is "winning". IMO, last century goes in satan's column and this century is also looking good for him.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:02 | Link to Comment Ness.
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Y2K was Satan's way of ringing in the new century.  Just his way of letting 'em know who is still in charge.  

 

And he's still laughing his ass off about that 'Hope and Change' shit.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:22 | Link to Comment NIHILIST CIPHER
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Ness     The "hope and change" trick was really one of his nastiest projects. That crowd is just now waking to the reality of the true change, that is why hope is fading and panic is setting in.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 23:12 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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Man who sold the world.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:45 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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The holidays suck now. I actually enjoy Thanksgiving more than Christmas now because at least that is about family. However, Christmas consumerism and the mindless promotion of buying crap is hijacking that sense of family. It sucks.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:50 | Link to Comment Notarocketscientist
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Gift idea - buy a gold coins or silver and give those out

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 03:41 | Link to Comment Angus McHugepenis
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Already done.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:58 | Link to Comment Azwethinkweiz
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"A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man." - Don Corleone

Marked up prices before the holidays, to reflect a small discount, to lure the sheep into a line where they trample all over eachother to get something that will be discounted by 35% come January. All of these people should be euthanized upon checkout. And what percentage of these greedy morons can actually afford these materialistic purchases anyhow?

END THE WELFARE STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:07 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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    Out of curosity? Who would use that Avatar? It's ok if you're the real drunken cheese burgler. At least say somthing a 15 year  old would engage with!

   David what is your opinion, with respect to the new Twinkies takeover, vs lost market share? I'm not joking...

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 23:57 | Link to Comment Azwethinkweiz
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I'm intoxicated and rubbing the insides of the twinkies I bought on ebay all over my naked baywatch body. Please pray that I have the sober strength to answer tomorrow.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:01 | Link to Comment Yenbot
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When you talk big like that Brandon I get SO stooooopid, but I feel better again after I drink Brawndo(R).

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:11 | Link to Comment NIHILIST CIPHER
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IR    Would you be willing to try Christmas without the spending (gifts)? Just dinner like thanksgiving. Who is holding our collective feet to the fire to keep this farce going?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:43 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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Gift giving is to emulate the gifts of the three visiting kings; frankincense, myrrh....or whatever your chosen celebration for Festivus. Purchasing gifts for others is what it's about, but do they need to open earlier and earlier every year and make everything about visiting your local box store and throwing elbows to get a Rachel Ray set of pots at 65% off? Do they need the Christmas decorations out in late September? It's just so over the top. BUY YOU FUCKIN SERFS! That's what I feel and see on every channel. And to answer your question, yes. I get basically nothing for Christmas and I'm ok with that. I had the pleasure of buying my daughter gifts today for her birthday. It was absolutely joyous. That's been lost by the EBT Zombie nation "tryin ta get theys".

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:18 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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I think a large majority here will agree that large corporate interests are running the show.

Now, look at what drives the corporations:  money greed.  It's legal misconduct for a corporation NOT to place the profits above ALL else.  So we have in power those and their organizations who are driven by nothing but overt avarice;  and they're powerful as conglomerations and increasing their size is written into their very DNA.

Corporations used to form as a privilege to serve some purpose that exceeded the ability of the state or any single entity (think 6 Companies that built Hoover Dam).  Now they're ongoing, perpetual and have even been granted "personhood" by the nine great fathers of the law in Washington.  They want to control all the resources and all the markets.  They want it all.  It's in their charters.

We were warned (Jefferson, et al).

What a mess.  An allegory of Frankenstein comes to mind.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:53 | Link to Comment drdolittle
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Oligarachy, corporatocracy fascism all the same. Fuck these guys, I'm out of their crap. Never was a big spender anyway, now I'll promote freedom from corporations. With personhood they get fifth amendment rights. All bullshit bought and paid for by rich guys.

Nothing against rich guys, just rich guys who fuck with the rules to get richer. Your buffets, rothschilds, soros's. God I hope I'm alive to see the mob's revenge.

Thanksgiving is better. Only reason I get excited by crhistmas is my 4 and 6yo. The older kids know.

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Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:59 | Link to Comment Ness.
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After watching those videos I shudder to think what lengths those 'people' would go to if they needed food as badly as they seem to need those Oster blenders.  Holy fuck!  

 

75% of American's don't have enough money saved to survive for 6 months, right?  Ok.  Just checking.

 

 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 23:33 | Link to Comment gafgroocK
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75% of American's don't have enough money saved to survive for 6 months, right?  Ok.  Just checking.

Nope, I only have about 9 months worth of Ammo and MRE's

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:09 | Link to Comment forwardho
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Re; 

Nope, I only have about 9 months worth of Ammo and MRE's

Will you be shareing those MRE's to help build a community ?

Or will you be useing the Ammo to kill hungry neighbors ?

Perhaps a second reading of the article will help you decide.

 

 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 23:40 | Link to Comment JR
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Christianity is the only hope for stopping the loss of American freedom to the tyrants who use multiculturalism as their weapon.

Multiculturalism is their excuse for the assault on a single culture, namely the European Christian culture reflected in America’s founding documents and the search for individual freedom that defined the beginning of the United States. It has been a European culture of individual freedom but other races that support and fight for this culture have been a part of it; unfortunately, the rogue government that currently controls America is engaging in hate and racial and cultural division. The factions who have not been part of protecting America’s founding culture have included such entities as La Raza, AIPAC and the NAACP and extreme left organizations such as the Ford Foundation, among the many.

America's culture of individual freedom must be destroyed, of course, if there’s to be a single, tyrannical control of the world’s people. For no other enemy of world government is as strong as a family-oriented, moral high ground culture based on the worth of the individual and the supremacy of liberty anchored to Christian principles.

It was Christ’s powerful message that all men are equal in the sight of God - be they slaves or free men or rich or poor - that swept the ancient world like wild fire and literally transformed the world.  It was that message that set men free; it was that message that changed man’s view of himself and the world. It was and is that truth, that light, in the gospel that the opponents of God—the Godless who would rule men with a whip—seek to extinguish under the iron heel of atheist socialism.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:33 | Link to Comment tarsubil
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"Think about it. Think of the pitch-black void that his life has become. Think of all the abandoned dreams, all the missed opportunities for experience and joy..."

I was talking to my boss's boss on Thursday and she was telling me about how she used to have such a prestigious and important job that she worked 80 hours a week. She then said her two girls were 4 and 3 at the time. I was shocked. She said it was a blur.

When she talks it is like every word is a tremendous burden to get out almost like she is on her deathbed. And that is how she talks all the time.

She doesn't even seem to recognize how completely fucked up her decision was to work 80 hours a week while she had two toddlers. She missed out on the best time of her life for some stupid story about how important she once was that no one on Earth gives two shits about. I'm thankful I didn't make the same mistake. Almost did. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 23:30 | Link to Comment gafgroocK
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"She missed out on the best time of her life for some stupid story about how important she once was that no one on Earth gives two shits about."

Amen, brother, amen. I am on my knees every night I was fortunate to have kids after 35 when I got smart and caught myself from working like a dufus when they were born.

She missed an essence and a joy of life she will never get back. One can't bottle the innocence and wonder of your kids when they are that young, it is so fleeting.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:19 | Link to Comment Wahooo
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Yep, there is not a corporation in history worth 80 hours a week.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 23:47 | Link to Comment reader2010
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What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I’ll spell it out for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusionary -property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life -don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn for happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don’t freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don’t claw at your insides. If your back isn’t broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart -and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it may be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted on their memory.

- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, historian, and survivor of the Soviet Gulag.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 01:38 | Link to Comment BigSpruce
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Awesome quote !!!

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 08:17 | Link to Comment IrritableBowels
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That sent chills down my spine. I just bought the book.  Thank you.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 08:54 | Link to Comment overmedicatedun...
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what can one say on a thread like this..very little, santa is not real, christmas is just a shopping excuse, more and more like mardi gras. we can transform it and reject the fake show the MSM portrays , I know many on ZH see and understand the bastardized dead holiday of spiritless greed.To all, in the spirit of good will, make your christmas a real family celebration, value the children, value yourself.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:51 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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On the other hand, those on the other end of the literacy bell curve will be pleased with a big screen tv, material comforts, religious ceremony limited to 45 minutes a week, and sports team affiliations.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 14:36 | Link to Comment reader2010
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And so the population was gradually led into the demoralizing temptations of arcades, baths and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as ‘civilization,’ when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement… —Tacitus, 56 AD - 117 AD

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:45 | Link to Comment yogibear
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It's entertainment for the oligarchs.

Animal spirits. Like third world countries when people are fighting for food.

When the oligarchs want more drastic entertainment they can starve he people and then send trucks of food in and let the people fight for it.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 01:16 | Link to Comment W74
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I used to work at one of the two big box hardware stores while going to college.  I didn't have to, I had already earned my university ticket (the oil wars) and just did it to have an extra 20 hours a week of something to do.  Didn't even need the money, it all went toward investments anyway.

I remember saying to one of the managers just below general manager as I was stocking those table-top christmas village setups, you know, with the cute houses and snow covered pine trees and little 3 cm. white people going about their routines, everything from postman to milk deliverer...

And you know what I said?  I said: "Barb, you know why people buy this stuff?" She responds: "No, why?

"Because it reminds them of what Christmas used to be like."

And that was back in 2011 or so.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 06:45 | Link to Comment Disenchanted
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To add to this, have a gander at what this Canadian guy wrote a little over two years ago...btw it's very long:

We Are The Monsters We've Been Waiting For

 

quote(second paragraph):

 

And I mean that: the end of things. Capital has exhausted its first fuels, and now it's the creation of poverty, not of wealth, that makes the world go 'round. And naturally, when it's down to your own body, setting it alight before it's taken from you to stoke the engines of the Great Machine becomes the final impudence. Depending upon whether your nation is an appetizer or an entree on the globalists' menu, and how well the kitchen prepares its living parts, such an act may lead to revolution or a passing LULZ. It can go either way.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:22 | Link to Comment Againstthelie
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What utter nonsense this article is. The reason behind the decay is MATERIALISM and the SWASTICA was the sign of the fight against this materialism. Materialism won and now the West has to face it's fate, because he decied to follow international materialism instead of national idealism.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:42 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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And here we thought all that lebensraum the nazis wanted was a physical asset, not an ineffable spiritual thing. Wow. On the other hand, it's a fair bet the nazis would have gone in for material gain for the common man. That's what socialist propaganda generally goes on about, whether they're international or national socialists, German or Chinese or Hawaiian/Kenyan/indonesian/Kansan, like Barry.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 14:30 | Link to Comment reader2010
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The ideology of the Volk had its own female aesthetic. Beauty—according to this ideology—was a product of a healthy diet and athleticism, not of cosmetics. German girls and women were not supposed to paint their fingernails, pluck their eyebrows, wear lipstick, dye their hair, or be too thin. Nazi leaders condemned the entire cosmetics boom of the 1920s as Jewish commerce, as a cheapening of German femininity that turned women into prostitutes and led to racial degeneration. German men should mate with the girl next door, not the urbanite or the Hollywood-style vamp. A young woman’s natural glow should radiate from physical exertion, from being outdoors, and, in its most celebrated form, from pregnancy.

-Wendy Lower, Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, 2013

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 17:39 | Link to Comment runningman18
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Yeah, and all that art and treasure hitler stole for his personal collection was in no way an example of his own materialism...what a joke you supremacists are.

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Sat, 12/07/2013 - 18:24 | Link to Comment runes1
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we never left the dark side.  we always carry it forward.

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