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A Quick Guide To What's Fake: Everything That's Officially Sanctioned

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

Neofeudal financialization and unproductive State/corporate vested interests have bled the middle class dry, yet we accept the officially sanctioned narratives. Why?

Let's cut to the chase and generalize "what's fake": everything that is officially sanctioned: narratives, policies, statistics, you name it--all fake-- massaged, packaged, gamed or manipulated to serve the interests of the ruling Elites.

Anything that might introduce a shadow of skepticism or doubt about the sustainability, fairness and transparency of the status quo (i.e. anything authentic and genuine) is recast or repackaged into a fake that can be substituted for the authentic when everyone's gaze is distracted by the latest fad/media sensation/scandal.

ObamaCare: fake, a simulacrum of insurance and healthcare.

The National Security State: fake, a cover for global Empire.

The Patriot Act: Orwellian cover for state-corporate fascism.

Student loans: parasitic, exploitive loan-sharking enforced by the Central State for often worthless "higher education."

And so on.

Yesterday I explored the peculiar dynamic that motivates us to accept forgeries, fakes and illusions as authentic: What's Real? What's Fake?. If the fake enables our fantasy (of free money, of owning an authentic canvas by a famous artist, that rising wealth inequality is just a side-effect of freewheeling capitalism, etc. etc. etc.), then we wantto believe it so badly that we overlook all the evidence of chicanery, forgery, illusion and fakery.

Consider our willingness to accept the conventional narrative about why the Great American Middle Class has been in decline since 1973: rising energy costs, globalization, and the declining purchasing power of the U.S. dollar.

While these trends have certainly undermined middle-class wealth and income, there are five other more politically combustible dynamics at work:

1. The divergence of State/corporate vested interests and the interests of the middle class
2. The emergence of financialization as the key driver of profits and political power
3. The neofeudal “colonization” of the “home market” by ascendant financial Elites
4. The increasing burden of indirect “taxes” as productive enterprises and people involuntarily subsidize unproductive, parasitic, corrupt, but politically dominant vested interests
5. The emergence of crony capitalism as the lowest-risk, highest-profit business model in the U.S. economy

The non-fake narratives are considerably different from the status quo ones. Please consider two: The Neofeudal Colonization of Home Markets and the Happy Marriage of the Parasitic Central State and Crony Capitalist Cartels.

The Neofeudal Colonization of Home Markets

The use of credit to garner outsized profits and political power is well-established in Neoliberal Capitalism.  In what we might call the Neoliberal Colonial Model (NCM) of financialization, credit-poor developing world economies are suddenly offered unlimited credit at very low or even negative interest rates. It is “an offer that’s too good to refuse” and the resultant explosion of private credit feeds what appears to be a “virtuous cycle” of rampant consumption and rapidly rising assets such as equities, land and housing.

Essential to the appeal of this colonialist model is the broad-based access to credit: everyone and his sister can suddenly afford to speculate in housing, stocks, commodities, etc., and to live a consumption-based lifestyle that was once the exclusive preserve of the upper class and State Elites (in developing nations, this is often the same group of people).

In the 19th century colonialist model, the immensely profitable consumables being marketed by global cartels were sugar (rum), tea, coffee, and tobacco—all highly addictive, and all complementary:   tea goes with sugar, and so on.  (For more, please refer to Sidney Mintz’s landmark study, Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History).

In the Neoliberal Colonial Model, the addictive substance is credit and the speculative consumerist fever it fosters.

In the financialization model, the opportunities to exploit “home markets" were even better than those found abroad, for the simple reason that the U.S. government itself stood ready to guarantee there would be no messy expropriations of capital or repudiation of debt by local authorities who decided to throw off the yokes of credit colonization.

In the U.S. “home market,” the government guaranteed lenders would not lose money, even when they loaned to marginal borrowers who could never qualify for a mortgage under any prudent risk management system.  This was the ultimate purpose of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and now the FHA, which is currently guaranteeing the next wave of mortgages that are entering default.

In my analysis, the Status Quo of “private profits, public losses” and the incentivization of gargantuan household debt amounts to a modern financialized version of feudalism, in which the middle class now toils as debt-serfs.  Their debt cannot be repudiated (see student loans), their stagnating disposable income is largely devoted to debt service, and their assets have evaporated as the phantom wealth created by serial credit bubbles vanishes as soon as the asset/credit bubble du jour bursts.

The Status Quo: A Happy Marriage of the Parasitic Central State and Crony Capitalist Cartels

In broad brush, financialization enabled the explosive rise of politically dominant cartels (crony capitalism) that reap profits from graft, legalized fraud, embezzlement, collusion, price-fixing, misrepresentation of risk, shadow systems of governance and the use of phantom assets as collateral.  This systemic allocation of resources and the national income to serve their interests also serves the interests of the protected fiefdoms of the State that enable and protect the parasitic sectors of the economy.

The productive, efficient private sectors of the economy are in effect subsidizing the most inefficient, unproductive parts of the economy.  Productivity has been siphoned off to financialized corporate profits, politically powerful cartels, and bloated State fiefdoms.  The current attempts to “restart growth” via the same old financialization tricks of more debt, more leverage and more speculative excess backstopped by a captured Central State are failing.

Neofeudal financialization and unproductive State/corporate vested interests have bled the middle class dry.

Yet we accept the officially sanctioned narratives as authentic and meaningful. Why? Perhaps the truth is simply too painful to accept, so we will reject it until we have no other alternative.


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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:36 | 4254592 fonestar
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What's fake?  That's simple... anything you can't touch right?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:41 | 4254608 Ness.
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Can you touch Bitcoins?  

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:44 | 4254619 dryam
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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:48 | 4254628 Ying-Yang
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"Perhaps the truth is simply too painful to accept, so we will reject it until we have no other alternative."

Nah Charles... some of us are saying "No thank you, I'm not going to participate anymore."

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:53 | 4254637 BaBaBouy
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Heres Whats NOT FAKE: 6 US Troops Shot Down Again In Afgan...
US Mainstream Media Is TOLD To Ignore???

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:58 | 4254643 BLOTTO
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Whats fake?

A. Their reality


Whats real?

A. Their fiction


The truth would makes us shit and puke at the same time...

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:06 | 4254655 Joe Davola
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Ach, Tsar's too fast!!!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:36 | 4255136 Dr. Everett V. Scott
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The government decides if something is real or fake. They alomost always pick the 'fake' meme:


"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in thye hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

~ Thomas Sowell

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:59 | 4254644 ZerOhead
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Here's Whats Not FAKE as well:

Al Gore predicts exactly 5 years ago that the arctic would be ice free in 2013...

Hmmm... not even close!...

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:22 | 4254871 BigJim
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AGW proponents don't care about the accuracy of what Al Gore says, only that he corrals the sheep with his fearmongering.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 21:05 | 4255587 jimmytorpedo
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Minus 39 celsius this morning.

Canadians are starting to not believe in global warming.

Average temp for Dec. 17th is 3 degrees celsius.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:19 | 4254864 BigJim
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 Most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker, but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.

- Michael Rivero

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:58 | 4254650 fonestar
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"Can you touch Bitcoins?"

No you can't. Can you touch a dollar?  No you can't.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:39 | 4254726 pods
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Sure you can, 371.25 grains of fine silver, same as the Spanish Milled dollar.

Now, an FRN, not so much.  


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:44 | 4254732 fonestar
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I thought I was being pretty straight forward by speaking of a dollar in it's current incarnation.  I am eager to hear from anyone who claims to have touched or fondled a debt or any other concept for that matter.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:27 | 4254806 BLOTTO
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Bitcoins are immoral.


They are just another 'hook to satanism' or in Japanese 'Satoshi Nakamoto' (anagram)

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:50 | 4255006 fonestar
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Anagram or pentagram?

Anyway, I find it majorly amusing that grown adults who have jobs (I am assuming) could possibly believe that only things they can touch are "real".  Public education at its best!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:53 | 4255180 fonestar
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So instead of just try and junk my comentary I want to know what else is "real" and "fake" according to your miniscule pea brains?

Bugging dumb people is emensely entertaining!


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:29 | 4255119 ParkAveFlasher
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Attains Homo Soak

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:10 | 4254812 Harbanger
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My silver eagle says one dollar right on it.  So I know it's worth at least one pre 1913 dollar.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:08 | 4255060 fonestar
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So is it the silver inside the coin that is important to you, or is it what some self-important organization calls it?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:39 | 4255144 nightshiftsucks
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Have you taken your meds recently ?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:51 | 4255170 fonestar
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Answer the damn question moron.... if you care about the silver inside the coin (as you claim) why is it so important that a government prints "dollar", "pound", "mark", etc?  Why not put "1oz fine silver" on it and call it a "silver coin"?

This actually gets to the very heart of why I call most of you fake libertarians, because you whine and bitch about government but you still want government to endorse your silver coins (which you claim don't need any endorsing because their value is supposedly intrinsic) by blessing them with their stamps and approval.

Boot lickers, mind control victims, phonies and frauds!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 18:05 | 4255208 Ghordius
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-1 you are OT and distracting from an interesting article

one I wish I had read several years ago, in fact

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 18:10 | 4255219 fonestar
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My points are exactly pertinent to this article!!  What is real, what is fake and why these supposed anti or small government types seem to care so much about what government thinks or does?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 21:57 | 4255675 jimmytorpedo
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Ever had a filling done with Bitcoin?

How about making a cellphone with bitcoin.

I think I'll make a shiny teapot out of bitcoin,..

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:44 | 4254620 SAT 800
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It's actually kind of logical; where did you see it? on TV. That's expensive, who paid for it? Why did they pay for it? It must be propaganda. QED. everything you see is propaganda.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:57 | 4255196 Greenskeeper_Carl
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the presstitutes, as PCR calls them, are no doubt very expensive. If there was a free media, not controlled on some level by the govt and financial institutions, you would here what is said on this site shouted on every channel. But since we don't have a free and independent press, we are only allowed to argue within the approved topics- obamacare, gay marraige, abortion, etc. No thought or mention is given to ending the fed, our true debt of over 200 T, how we got there, how our monetary system works, what fractional reserve banking means, what exactly "natural rights" are and where they come from, and what has happened to this country over the past 50 years that have allowed us to be taken over by a revolving door circle jerk of big businees/big govt.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:30 | 4254701 doctor10
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Unless the rule of law is re-established, and crony's can rely upon beig prosecuted, untill the NSA has been caged behind the fourth ammendment, until predatory local, state, and federal regulation and taxation is cut back- capital is worthless in the USA. And each of us and our offspring  will see and experience an existence heretofor beyond comprehension of most in this country.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 22:34 | 4255746 Redhotfill
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" fonestar

What's fake?  That's simple... anything you can't touch right?"


So that would be... Bitcoin!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:39 | 4254599 Grande Tetons
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Nice pair of officially sanctioned tits! 


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:37 | 4254600 NotApplicable
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As always, "Stupid should hurt!"

Fedgov can only delay the inevitable for so long...

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:37 | 4254602 Tsar Pointless
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Fake fake fake fake fake.

Everything in life can be boiled down to a Seinfeld clip.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:39 | 4254603 michael_engineer
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" ... a cover for global Empire."

I disagree, I think the overall cover is about a declining global empire due to structural resource constraints.  That explanation could be seen as a common thread to many of the current issues.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:52 | 4254639 Ignatius
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Looking for a dimes worth of difference.

Your point is taken and so is Charles'.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:38 | 4254607 10mm
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What is not fake. Wakeing up.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:42 | 4254613 TheGardener
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Progressive thought finally infesting the stem .

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:40 | 4254614 SAT 800
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Someone should hack the TV networks so a big FAKE red stamp like this appears over Pres. Obama everytime he starts teleprompting. That would be great.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:43 | 4254618 ebworthen
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"The Status Quo: A Happy Marriage of the Parasitic Central State and Crony Capitalist Cartels"


Welcome to America.  Wipe your feet, take off your shoes, and bend over.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:46 | 4254624 OldE_Ant
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Fake it till you make it.

Still hear that being said as a truism today.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:38 | 4254722 Skateboarder
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That's how the world works. Those that foke it best, moke it best.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:46 | 4254626 steveo77
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Folks, leaving the planet is not an option.

But as an additional approach, beyond just typing on some friendly minded blogs, here is your chance to speak directly to the NRC on the nuke waste issue.    I want 200 people to drop a comment.


At the bottom is  a copy of my letter.   Feel free to cut and paste excerpts from it if you wish.   But don't send the same letter, the reviewers are hip to that type of "easy spam blast" and it discredits the original source.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:53 | 4254768 viahj
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thanks for the heads up.  i spoke my two cents worth, for whatever good it will do in this fascist government.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:48 | 4254631 kevinearick
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Real Estate Welfare Programming

If you are not labor, save yourself the heartburn and don’t read my stuff, but keep in mind that without labor there is no freedom, because money and property are control mechanisms.

Money and property are convenient myths, employed by legacy capital to grow a middle class beyond proportion, man-made extensions of gravity in the feedback loop. The ponzi signal suggests that the middle class standard of living is increasing. Net of monetary misdirection, the middle class buys high and sells low; capital buys low and sells high. The middle class sells out its entire family line, while capital feeds itself on the inflation and deflation of the ponzi.

The bankers have already proven that money is a myth, by printing to infinity with nothing but a net loss to capital to show for it. The bank can’t set prices any better than you can, despite its alleged information age advantage. Marginalizing labor through definition for the purpose has simply devalued all currencies relative to alternatives. Next, we dissect the property myth.

The point of property mythology is to provide some basis for legacy capital, depending upon the resources you are going to recycle into your developments. You have to account for past labor if you want labor to show up tomorrow. All the nation/states are running real estate welfare programs at a loss to capital because they cannot get labor to show up under current regulations.

The kernel is harsh because you have to strip away all the false assumptions supporting the old system to build the new system.

Centralization tells everyone to show up at the same elevator at the same time to go to the same floor, requiring an energy source from the past to exploit. Decentralization allows each to make their own decision, and employs the energy from the elevators coming down to power the elevators going up. In a nutshell, that’s the kernel. It balances resources, bias.

Once the middle class ponzi decelerates the bank loses control of monetary policy, which is fed by fiscal real estate regulation. In this case, people are redefining work for themselves, much faster than Congress can adjust, which is why it has lost control of fiscal policy. The data tells you that we are migrating to a 24 hour public workweek. It’s not a negotiation.

Labor defines work as an investment in its children. The middle class has a short memory because it is paid to focus on popularity. Its costumes of false assumption chase property inflation with wage credit deflation and associated debt to feed the ponzi, resulting in a miscarriage every time. “Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown…and bring it into subjection…”

Legacy defines justice as an equal right for one group after the other to seize labor’s investment, with an early childhood propaganda system built for the purpose. Corruption in education far exceeds all other organizations because nearly everyone is participating in the normalization of the behavior, with a printed real estate tax base to ensure the outcome, the American Dream, social ownership of children, swapping group discipline for self discipline.

The union cartels represent real estate interest, not labor. The AMA is a real estate concern. Healthcare is the means to the end, misdirection. Look at the data. That 1% are all REITs with bankruptcy preference, hidden by willing middle class public, private and non-profit corporate servants that cannot see past their own self-serving misdirection, all randomly seeking a municipal bankruptcy solution.

Don’t send your child to school without self discipline and expect anything other than an automaton to return. America doesn’t have the least effective education system in the industrialized world by accident. American teachers are not the lowest scoring college graduates by accident. America doesn’t have the least effective healthcare system in the world by accident.

Madoff wasn’t guilty of running a ponzi; he was guilty of letting it collapse. The participants were not innocent; they all wanted something for nothing, increasing return on the promise of lower risk. Welcome to America, the greatest ponzi ever built. Capital simply cannot escape its sunk costs, because labor doesn’t function as a democracy, as the middle class groups are built to define democracy. Labor is defined by the group distilled out by all other groups.

China has no magic bullet; it’s just a digital extension of the ponzi, fed back into itself with a currency peg. Kissinger & Kids simply buried the misdirection in the computer code, globalizing the process. Their problem of course is that they cannot bring in new immigrants from Mars to continue feeding the ponzi. One day they are pleading an oil shortage and the next they are fracking for export, not a convincing argument for anyone with the perspective of integrity.

You can run another iteration of America, or global equilibrium economy if you want, but those false assumptions creating event horizon circuits exist for a reason. There is no net charge. There is only relative charge. Capital is the ground, the past. You are the future. What do you want to do?

You can install a minimum standard of living, but hiring someone else to tax someone else isn’t going to get you there. If you want culture you have to create it. Somebody has to take over from the old-timers of substance, in order for everything else to exist. Why can’t it be you?

Life is not a performance; it’s people of substance building a better world than the one they inherited. Going to a performance is something you do after the work is done. Set your own standard. Work increases the standard of living in your community, as measured in health. Toys, TV and manufactured food aren’t going to get you there.

Labor exceeds expectations, the limits of empire. China has much to recommend it, but it is never going to be the leader of the free world. It’s a real estate welfare ponzi, like all the other nations run by the legacy families. Law follows behavior, despite any and all propaganda to the contrary you were taught in school.

You are welcome to work more than 24 hours a week, to feed the empire real estate welfare system; just don’t expect labor to show up, which means that the middle class can only be replaced with computers, by its own in Silicon Valley. Legacy capital can only marginalize labor with a middle class grown beyond proportion for the purpose. That’s it.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:49 | 4254634 Ignatius
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Including "...narratives..."  say like 9/11, War on Terror, War on Drugs, etc., etc..

Narratives are made in the corporate media.  Good post, Charles.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:54 | 4254641 ArrestBobRubin
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The recent mega-fawning over the passing of TPTB's favorite pet Nelson Mandela is a great example of fakes being officially sanctioned.

The most compelling reason to believe he was in fact a creep is seeing how our mortal enemy, the insidious MSM, has always bent over backwards to portray him as The Greatest Man Ever.

Easy math. I call fake. 

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 05:58 | 4256385 Kobe Beef
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That's my metric for fake detection: Count the number of people being paid to tell you its true. Especially if there's cameras, lighting, writing, and production teams involved. The higher the number, the higher the probability it's false.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:56 | 4254645 Ban KKiller
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I will have to hit the bong early today. Got a cold is my excuse.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:41 | 4255146 Dr. Everett V. Scott
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I upvoted you just because of your screen name...

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:02 | 4254653 benb
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“The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”
– William Colby, former CIA director


“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”– William Casey, CIA Director (from first staff meeting, 1981)


“Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State.”
– James Angleton, head of CIA counter intelligence from 1954-1974


“I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.”
– Harry S. Truman

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:25 | 4254693 Ignatius
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The CIA is like putting The Pinkertons in the Department of Justice.  Government 'cover' and on the taxpayer's dime.

They must of wet themselves when they implemented this one.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:26 | 4254695 Kirk2NCC1701
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+1 for avatar and for link/quote. 

I'd give more Up arrows for the avatar, if I could, as it meets the Kirk Seal of Approval.  :-)

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:14 | 4254672 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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That about sums it up. Nicely.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:20 | 4254678 Zigs
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Not that anyone is interested in old mind game Jedi type stuff anymore, but that old dusty book called the bible does use the greek word "kosmos" for the world system.  Anyone thinking kosmetic?  And the world's ugly old face is covered with several layers of rouge, blush, lipstick, as well as having its hair frazzled after being done and redone a few thousand times.  That's to say nothing about what's left of it's reproductive system.  And who would of thunk it, the old book also says the system is controlled by some old fart called the "prince of the power of the air, the spirit that works in the children of disobedience."

But then,  that's just old tales.  Right?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:21 | 4254685 shovelhead
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It was so much easier to cope with a world full of Satan and his minions causing all the evil.

Why don't we go back to that model of life?  We could, at least, have the satisfaction of burning an occasional witch or two and think we are controlling our destinies by punishing a scapegoat that represents our misfortunes.

All in all, it's a much more economical and efficient world view.

This reality shit is messy, complicated and ultimately very unsatisfactory in regards to mental health.


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:13 | 4254845 Zigs
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Destiny is ultimately tempered by the ZH timeline axiom. Finding purpose in it is ultimately satisfied by the spiritual, not the economical.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:35 | 4254711 Kirk2NCC1701
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What's "Fake"?  Elaine's orgasms, come to find out:  Fake, fake, fake, fake, fake.  Fake. 

Comic references to old TV sitcom episodes aside, the point is (that clearly needs to be spelled out to the masses):  People are SO damn gullible, malleable and easily fooled.  Over, and over and over. 

And the few who aren't... don't matter in the overall scheme of things -- as long as they don't influence/inoculate/'infect' the rest.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:40 | 4254720 Jack Burton
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I agree about the fake nature of the situational awarness of the average American, this is of course fed by the lies of government, corporate entites and the international spy operation centered in the USA. People are fed fake economic and geopolitical narratives designed to make the leaders of America look good. The article makes a lot of the right points about the global war on terror being just cover for global empire and the police state at home. Economic figures are lies designed to get Americans to accept the coporate crony capitalist system in which government is now legally bribed by those with all the money. Corporations buy influence in all levels of government now, from Washington down to your local planning and zoning commission. I actually have a friend who was fired from the local water board by the County Commissioners after he pointed out a large amount of water pollution coming from a Tax Free Condo Development favored by a corporate developer and the County board. Bribes were handed out as campaign contributions to get the tax free status, and then to build on the cheap and ignore water rules for the Lake Superior Watershed.

He simply drew attention to the law and the breaking of it. He was promptly fired, though the developer was forced to correct the infraction.

Any citizen who asks for equal protection under the law will be crushed. Todays America is a crony capitalist fascist state. Just look at the bankers and the Federal Reserve as one example. The housing bubble and the lack of any enforcement of laws during it's rise and fall and rise again.

From Americans I talk to, most do not see what is happening. Anyone who has a job only cares about keeping it. Learning the truth and speaking up is suicide in Corporate America. SHut up, and go along to get along. Thus it makes little sense for people to study the real situation because the knowledge is useless since we have a one party state. It is like knowing Stalin was a Soviet nut job, what good was that knowledge, knowing it could get you killed. America is more humane, knowing reality will simply get you fired.

Since 99% are now in a battle royal with eachother for the crumbs, those who support the corporate agenda are more likely to get a job and to hold it. This is reality. I can speak up and make all kinds of noise, because I am now self employed and also have assets of investment. Together my small business and interest income makes me a living. And my customers are from outside my area, being tourists, they mostly come from metro areas 250 - 500 miles away. And being individuals, they are unlikely to have a clue if I shout locally about crony capitalist and fascist empires.

Others are not so lucky. Most owe their bread to corporate America or to a small business person who wants no waves made or things said that reflect badly on their business. So clearly 90% or more of Americans either don't know or don't dare learn and act.

I have no doubt the NSA has a huge collection of my outbursts on the internet. In fact, according to Snowden, there is a 100% chance that every word I ever posted is in their files. They know I hate the empire and they know I hate crony capitalism. They know I hate banks. They know I love a free, fair and open market place and the constitution. These last two things make me a known enemy of the state and on the NSA's list for removal at the right time. 5 years ago people called me nuts, lots on the interent, for saying the Government was keeping tabs on every internet poster. I was called any number of names by any number of posters. Now,it is PROVEN I was right. Oddly enough, those who slammed me are nowhere to be seen! They can't handle the truth. The truth is fucking ugly, our government considers us all potential enemies of the corporate crony capitalist banker empire state.


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:46 | 4254738 Tinky
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Keep up the good fight, Jack. Your contributions are greatly appreciated, especially in that you are very good at boiling important issues down to their essence.



Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:59 | 4254785 Hobbleknee
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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 18:29 | 4255271 FreeNewEnergy
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Jack, while I agree with the sentiment concerning the NSA, I don't believe they have tabs on everybody. There's just too much data and too many people.

Whether you're right or I am, we share similar beliefs. If they do come and get you, I am sure they'll get me too, but I think we'll get them first.

If anything in this cockeyed world is FAKE, it's the fucking NSA. The idea that they have some kind of power to do anything with the data they have is simply absurd, but, here's the truth: Obamacare will make criminals of everyone, and that's when they'll crack the whip.

Don't have health insurance: criminal

Practice good health habits: criminal

Use alternative remedies: criminal

Go to a doctor outside the exchange: criminal

Can't afford expensive health care insurance: criminal

Criticize the health care establishment: CRIMINAL!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 23:11 | 4255833 starfcker
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this NSA stuff is about to get real interesting. they are expanding like crazy, and now the first judge has said hold on a minute. no way in hell they plan to slow down. john roberts must be lubing his ass already, knowing they are counting on him for another stick save. might not be that easy this time. even the libs  hate the NSA. you're right FNE, they can't keep track of everybody. and then there' hope you like 'camp'ing

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 22:30 | 4262606 honestann
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Yup, finally a few libs hate the NSA.  Some even hate Obamacare!

Imagine that a few months ago!

But the predators-that-be are moving faster and faster all the time, as they realize they need to (since everything is falling apart so fast).  So there's no way to avoid ruffling a few feathers, even in their own camp.

But they don't care.  Minor ripples on their pond.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:07 | 4254802 cougar_w
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Nice work here.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:26 | 4254899 falak pema
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Still chasing the shadows of what's fake; instead of looking at whats real : the neo-feudality that has become Pax Americana and its surrogates.

Why chase the shadow instead of attacking the heart of the matter?

But to do that the people of the Empire have to wake up to reality; and THAT is the CRUX of the matter!


That is and will stay the crux of the matter. The rest is literature; bad literature.

If the US nation fails there it loses its future.

And the rest of the world will be orphaned by this gaping huge hole of Jefferson's legacy gone dry and will have to pick up the torch; often in regions of obscurantist hell which have been spawned by the raging plague of neo-con hubris world wide.

We have the same fight ahead like those who fought Charles V's universal empire, symbol of counter Reformista reaction and initiator of NSA/CIA type Inquisition of Spanish main and dependencies.

How history repeats by the sons of those who discovered America.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:43 | 4254975 kurt
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I gave you max stars and agree. Only objection: who what where why? You've elevated the argument to phenomena, forces, trends. What about the ASSHOLES doing it? If our piece of shit NSA was OF ANY USE they would use their machine to catch the ASSHOLES and to stop and punish them. This would slow down the phenomena, forces, and trends.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:48 | 4255164 ArrestBobRubin
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And speaking of fakes... how 'bout a fake "American judge" taking the leading role in the subversion of legal efforts to expose the Coup of '01 (sometimes referred to as 9/11)

This is a terrific piece, enjoy: 

Israeli-American judge “settles” ludicrous 9/11 lawsuit

God bless Ellen Mariani and protect her from these murderous maniacs

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 01:06 | 4255373 honestann
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The author didn't get fundamental enough.  If he had, the rest of the conversation would have been very short... and obvious.  So, let's get real, and fundamental.

"law" is fiction.
"state" is fiction.
"nation" is fiction.
"official" is fiction.
"authority" is fiction.
"corporation" is fiction.
"government" is fiction.

And so forth.  And thus, everything that has anything to do with any of the above (and many other blatant fictions) is also fiction.  Which is to say - not real.  Which is to say - fake.

This topic really is simple.

the "universe" is real.
and "galaxies" are real.
and "stars" are real.
and "planets" are real.
and "moons" are real.
and "oceans" are real.
and "lakes" are real.
and "islands" are real.
and "continents" are real.
and "mountains" are real.
and "rocks" are real.
and "plants" are real.
and "animals" are real.

Pretty much everything else is fiat, fake, fraud, fiction, fantasy.


Unfortunately, human consciousness has a fatal flaw.  It tends to take any mental-unit that gets formed in a human brain seriously... as if the mental-unit refers to something real (not fiction, not fake).

Other animals are almost entirely spared this problem, because they do not have language, and thus only form mental-units in response to their own perception of the world around them.

But humans are trained (by diabolical parents, teachers, friends, ministers, media, etc) to create a mental-units for any word supplied to them.  So if you tell a child that they must obey the "government", they create a mental-unit, attach the term "government" to the outside for identification purposes, and fill that mental-unit with whatever BS they are told about the fiction that is "government".

Well, guess what?  For billions of years, "take your mental units seriously" was the number one evoluntionary necessity.  If a creature sees a "cliff", it takes its perception of that cliff, and the mental-unit that contains previous perceptions of cliffs (and similar phenomenon) seriously --- and does not walk over the edge of the cliff.  If a creature sees a "panther", it takes its perception of that panther, and the mental-unit that contains previous perceptions of panthers (and similar phenomenon) seriously --- and avoids moving or taking actions that would lead to being shred to pieces and eaten by the pather.

And so forth for every aspect of reality.

So the number one "lesson" of evolution is... trust your mental units.

This applies to human animals too.

And so, with their brains jam packed full of utterly, totally, completely bogus mental-units... humans take those mental-units seriously, and act upon them.

But unlike animals, most of those mental-units are utter fictions, and absolutely loaded with endless diabolically crafted lies and nonsense (and other bogus mental-units)... and so humans believe the most mind-boggling nonsense to be real, and take the most ludicrous actions that no sane creature would ever take.  But humans take those actions, because they are absolutely, completely, totally and utterly insane in the single most fundamental way --- their inability to distinguish real from fiction (fake).

The only solution for mankind is to get real... and utterly erase all their fake content.  That would be the best solution.  Second best is to carefully review every mental-unit they have, and label every one with a "reality status" (real, fake, unknown, pure assertion, etc).

Until a human fixes their brain, very little good will come from them, but a great deal of nasty, horrible, dangerous bad will happen.

To help understand how enormous is the impact of being able to distinguish real from fiction, just consider one of thousands of common examples.  The term "authority" is fiction... absolute, complete, total, utter fiction.  No such thing.  And this is trivial to prove (and I have a few times in ZH).  Just imagine how much different a human perspective on life, and human behavior will be if they understand just this one mental-unit.  Now imagine what happens if a human understands the reality status of ALL their mental units.  AMAZING.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:09 | 4255445 starfcker
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ann, we've bickered a little bit before, in a low key way on this same subject. my opinion is, yes, we might formalize our government a little more than other species, but the constructs are very similar. i've always been a keen observer of nature, and almost any warm blooded species (and some cold blooded), including ones considered largely solitary, have societal hiarchies, and codes of conduct both instinctual and learned. i'm not a believer in reinventing the wheel. we know how to run a prosperous, generous, basically fair society. the enormity of the task of globalization has provided tremendous cover for a sociopathic culture to rise up and destroy whatever benifit to mankind we might have enjoyed. government as a concept is not the problem. this government is the problem. nothing a couple of dozen more snowdens can't fix. shame on Time. the pope?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 22:05 | 4255682 Milestones
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65 yard field goal.              Milestones

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 01:17 | 4256101 honestann
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A predator is a real, physical, living, breathing creature.  And indeed, animals will recognize that creature as real, and recognize the behavior, and act accordingly.

That does NOT mean some magic new entity pops into existence when a bunch of predators write words on a piece of paper and claim to have created something called "government".

Neither humans nor animals need utterly bogus mental-units to be aware of any real aspect of existence.  As you point out quite well, animals without language do indeed respond to predators in a certain way, alpha-males in a certain way, and so forth.  They don't need any freaking lies in their heads to do so.

So why support lies?  Why do you want humans to be insane?  You think they gain something from that?

I don't.

Oh, and don't go inventing any sets of your "codes" for me.  I'm not stupid enough to take them seriously (or pretend they are anything more than threats by some predator-wannabe).  And any attempt to force your fictional "codes" on me will cause a projectile to pass through your brain.  Nothing personal - that applies to any of your cohorts or other self-important predators who attempt any such thing.

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 03:48 | 4256299 starfcker
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ann, you always make interesting points. i have seen both ends of human hardwiring. when i was in college, a tanker truck burned on a bridge in maryland (?cabin john bridge, i think) and hundreds of people spent a freezing night in their cars because they just didn't know any other way home. astonishing. these were highly educated beltway types. i only believe in laws that make natural sense. if i roll out of the house in the morning, and am respectful of my fellow man, i shouldn't have to concern myself with laws, and i don't. there might be other people that need a stiff reminder, i don't. and i don't want to pay someone else to keep adding laws to the books. obama's stimulus was a perfect example. the money never trickled down to actually get anything done, it was hijacked by the white collar types that feast off .gov

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 17:22 | 4258713 honestann
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As you yourself demonstrated quite well, those "other people who need a stiff reminder" do not need a stiff reminder of some stupid fiction called "laws".  They only need to be reminded that you [and your friends] will kill them dead if they attempt to destroy, harm or capture you or your property.

You are almost there.  You just need to realize what you already know --- you don't need no damn fictions to justify self-defense.

The instant you accept any of these fictions, the predators take them over, brainwash everyone far and wide to believe their insane fictions, then proceed to expand the level of diabolical aggression supported by those fictions.

It always happens, and has always happened every single time, throughout all of history.  Which should demonstrate to any honest individual that being insane, and treating fictions as if they are real, does not and cannot work.  Insanity is not practical.

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