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Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse?

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Submitted by James H Kunstler via Peak Prosperity,

It’s nerve-wracking to live in the historical moment of an epic turning point, especially when the great groaning garbage barge of late industrial civilization doesn’t turn quickly where you know it must, and you are left feeling naked and ashamed with your dark worldview, your careful preparations for a difficult future, and your scornful or tittering relatives reminding you each day what a ninny you are to worry about the tendings of events.

Persevere. There are worse things in this life than not being right exactly on schedule.

Two simple words explain why more robust signs of an economic collapse have hung fire since the tremors of 2008: inertia and fraud.

Never in human history has there been such a matrix of complex systems so vast, dense, weighty, and powerful for running everyday life (nor a larger population engaged in it). That much stuff in motion takes a while to slow down. The embodied energy has kept enough of it running to give the appearance of continuity. For instance, agri-biz still sends its amber waves of grain and tankers of corn-syrup to the Pepsico snack-food factories, and the WalMart trucks still faithfully convey the pallets of Cheetos, Fritos, Funyons, and Tostitos from the Pepsico loading dock to the big box aisles of glory. The freeways still hum with traffic even though oil is pricey at $100 a barrel. The lights stay on. The gabble and blabber of Cable TV continues remorselessly in the background of life. All of that is due to inertia. It gives the superficial impression of the old normal carrying on. Things go on until they can’t, in the immortal words of Herb Stein

The fraud is present in the abuse and misrepresentation of official statistics used as metrics in government policy, in the pervasive accounting chicanery of that same government in its fiscal dealings, as well as in our leading financial institutions and corporations, including control fraud in banking, interest rate rigging, mortgage and title fraud, front-running, naked shorting, re-hypothecation, money laundering, pumping-and-dumping, channel stuffing, the endless innovation of swindles, and, most importantly, the fundamental mispricing of the cost of money, which reverberates through everything else, most particularly real estate, stocks, and bonds. Beyond that, in the shadows of the shadowland known as shadow banking, a liminal realm of secrets and intrigues, only a few are privileged to know what is going on, and you can be sure they only know their end of the trade — while immense sums of ever more abstract “money” slosh through the derivative sewers on their way to oblivion in the ocean of failed trust.

So, don’t feel bad if this colossal armature of folly still stands, and have faith that the blinding light of God’s judgment will eventually shine even unto the watery depths where failed trust has sunk. Sooner or later the relationship between reality and truth re-sets to the calculus of what is actually happening.

Meanwhile, the big questions worth reflecting upon are: What is the shape of the future? How might we conduct ourselves in it and on our way to it; and how will we think and feel about all that? It’s very likely that the journey to where we’re going will be rougher than the actual destination, once we get there. There is a hearty consensus outside the mainstream financial media and the thickets of academia that the models we have been using to understand the economy look more broken each month, and this surely adds to the difficulty of constructing our own mental models for how the everyday world of the years ahead will operate.

Some of the commentators in blogville and elsewhere like to blame capitalism. Capitalism is a phantom adversary. It isn’t an economic system. It isn’t an ideology, really, or a belief system. If the word means anything, it describes the behavior of accumulated surplus wealth in concert with the known laws of physics — the movement of energy through time and space — and the choices we make organizing society in relation to that.  The energy is embodied as capital, represented in money for convenience. Interest expresses the cost of money over time and the risks associated with lending it. By the way, interest rates work the same way under all political systems, despite attempts in some societies to criminalize it.

During the high tide of the industrial expansion, when fossil fuels were cheap and we accumulated the greatest wealth surplus ever in history, humanity made some very bad choices, squandering this possibly one-time bonanza. We fought two world wars, and lots of wasteful lesser ones. Russia and its imitators attempted to collectivize wealth under gangster government and only succeeded in impoverishing everyone but the gangsters. America built suburbia and Las Vegas. The one thing that no “modern” culture did was plan for a future when the fossil fuel orgy and the techno-industrial fiesta might wind down, which is exactly the case now. Instead, we opted for the Julian Simon folly of crossing our fingers and hoping that some unnamed band of genius wizard innovators would mitigate the problems of resource scarcity and population overshoot just in time.

The demonizers of capitalism propose to remedy our compound predicament by just getting rid of money. But the idea of a human society without money leaves you either up a baobab tree on the paleolithic savannah, or in some sort of Ray Kurzweil techno-narcissistic masturbation fantasy multiverse with no relation to the organic doings on planet earth. I suspect as long as there are human societies there will be things to exchange that have a quality we call “money,” and as long as that’s the case, some individuals will have more of it than others, and they will lend some of their surplus to others on terms. What most people call capitalism was a model of economy derived from a particular transitory moment in history. It seemed to describe reality, but after a while it didn’t because reality changed and it was, finally, just a model. Nothing lasts forever. Boo-hoo, Karl Marx, J.M Keynes, and Paul Krugman.

What’s cracking up first is the complexity and abstraction of our current money operations, sometimes loosely called the financialized economy. If we blame anything for our problems with money, blame our half-baked attempts to mitigate the wind-down of the techno-industrial cavalcade of progress by issuing ersatz surplus wealth in the form of debt — that is, promises to fork over hypothetical not- yet-accumulated wealth at some future date. There are too many promises now, and too few trustworthy promisors, and poor prospects for generating the volumes of wealth as we did in the recent past.

The hidden (or ignored) truth of this quandary expresses itself inevitably in the degenerate culture of the day, the freak show of pornified criminal avarice that the USA has become. It only shows how demoralizing our recent history has been that the collective national attention is focused on such vulgar stupidities as twerking, or the Kanye-Kardashian porno romance, the doings of the Duck Dynasty, and the partying wolves of Wall Street. By slow increments since about the time John F. Kennedy was shot in the head, we’ve become a land where anything goes and nothing matters. The political blame for that can be distributed equally between Boomer progressives (e.g., inventors of political correctness) and the knuckle-dragging “free-market” conservatives (e.g., money is free speech). The catch is, some things do matter, for instance whether the human race can continue to be civilized in some fashion when the techno-industrial orgy draws to a close.

In Part 2: How Life Will Change, we sort out the new operating principles that will matter more in the future than the trash heap of current cultural norms. The society that emerges from the post-growth economy will surely require a new moral compass, a set of values based on qualities of behavior and things worth caring about — as opposed to coolness, snobbery, menace, or power, the current lodestars of human aspiration. 

Click here to access Part 2 of this report (free executive summary; enrollment required for full access).

 

 

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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:15 | 4514028 Kirk2NCC1701
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I'll collapse if I don't stop believing.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:16 | 4514037 Mr Pink
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Prolly....I should have just went 100% in on the S&P like everyone else who keeps laughing in my silver stacking face

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:33 | 4514115 fonestar
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Is fonestar crazy to continue believing in the return of the cyberchrist?  That Satoshi will forgive us our fiat sins and lead us to bitsalvation?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:38 | 4514131 NoDebt
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You better watch your back, Fone.  They're not just "suiciding" bankers any more.  This just in (though apparently a few days old):

Autumn Radtke, the 28-year-old CEO of an upstart bitcoin exchange, died last week under mysterious circumstances at her home in Singapore.

The U.S.-born head of First Meta was found dead by police on Feb. 28, with the cause of death yet to be determined.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:41 | 4514144 fonestar
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Well they better suicide the whole planet.  Satoshi let the genie out of the bottle.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:42 | 4514152 Occident Mortal
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Then hackers kidnapped said Genie.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:46 | 4514182 fonestar
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Bitcoin is of the hackers, by the hackers and for the hackers.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:41 | 4514486 SAT 800
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Thank you. That makes my basic point precisely. it's another computer game for bit-bangers to go nuts over.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:44 | 4514505 fonestar
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And the rise of a new economic class of hackers.  The rebellions of the 60's and 70's failed because they were economically naive.  This is not so with todays hackers and pirate parties.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:10 | 4514928 Boris Alatovkrap
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You are refer to Prague and Budapest...? No, Soviet Revolution is wildly successful in 1960s!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:25 | 4515229 MontgomeryScott
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@Boris:

That guy 'fonestar' is quite deluded, you know. He has classic signs of a disorder in which there is only one means of trade (which happens to rely solely on an electronic means, and the free flow of the Internet (as well as electricity), and his only angle is the worship of some weird Jim Jones type of character, who he seems to think is a 'saviour'. A deluded punk who was weaned on video games, and never knew that people survived without 'modern conveniences' like cars, electricity, or the Cotton Gin, this one is beneath consideration as an advisor. Either THAT, or he simply wants to sucker more people in to his 'scheme'...

 

SO, I will now respond to the actual ARTICLE: Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse?

I answer this question as 'NO'.

Here are a couple of links from the current situation on Earth. As we all know, Kerry wants to impose 'sanctions' on Russia, and Russia has responded that it will dump all it's U.S. investment holdings if this were to take place. GAZPROM (Putin's master) has suspended gas discounts to Ukraine, and demanded full payment (which they do not have). It has ALSO warned of possible 'supply interruptions' of natural gas deliveries to Europe. CHINA has decided to ally with RUSSIA, by the way, and if the economic war heats up, the U.S. DOLLAR is FINISHED (the other nations holding it will try to be the first ones out as the mad scramble to dump the USD accelerates in nano-seconds of robo-trading time). Oh, FUCK, it's gonna get REALLY BAD from this point (should the Oligarchical Masters pull out the stops, and let this Titanic slide down the ways).

A couple of quick links to this (but NOT enough, I state):

http://investmentwatchblog.com/russia-threatens-to-confiscate-u-s-assets/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LSHdkaCLOA

Frankly, 'fonestar' is a deluded little tweak, who has been entertaining as he cleans the crap out of his diapers when he soils himself.

SHOW ME on a MAP where the mythical 'Mt. Gox' is, would you?

Is in Russian Homeland, Yes, Boris?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 02:06 | 4515616 UselessEater
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engineered rebellions of the 60s and 70s financed by rockefeller's et al... didn't fail, they delivered the Tavistock goal of shifting national culture in their desired direction

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 01:05 | 4515534 TheRedScourge
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Yeah, you're probably right, also this whole Internet thing is totally just another fad that will pass in time too. I mean who even understands how it works anyway?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:53 | 4514236 FEDbuster
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and blew up Mt. Gox like Mt Saint Helens!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:58 | 4514270 fonestar
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No MtGox blew itself up.  Oh, and nobody cares.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:05 | 4514311 philipat
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So what happened to the missing Bitcoins? I thought that the Blockchain was supposed to prevent fraud?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:08 | 4514337 fonestar
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No, the blockchain does not prevent "fraud" it just is a working, evolving public ledger. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:39 | 4514480 Holleyman
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How big will the blockchain get?  What is it at now?

What about 15 years from now?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:45 | 4514509 fonestar
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It is currently around 16GB.  Not a problem.  Will not be a problem in 15 years either.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:55 | 4514559 Holleyman
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I feel the block chain is the weak link, say for example that Bitcoin takes off and 50,000,000 people use it for daily transactions, buy food, gas, clothes, pay bills... etc.  If the block chain is currently at 15 GB for relatively few transactions, what does it look like after millions per hour?

Legit question, not mocking.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:57 | 4514576 fonestar
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Not too concerned about it.  Faster wan technologies are always coming out that can handle more throughput.  And the Bitcoin protocol itself being modular by design can adapt too.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:28 | 4514721 philipat
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But if the blockchain is so efficient, why can't missing Bitcoins be located and at least be made nul and void?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:07 | 4514915 fonestar
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Why would you make them null and void?  That would attack the very fungibility of Bitcoin.  A stolen Bitcoin must be as good as any other Bitcoin.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:12 | 4514937 Boris Alatovkrap
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You are naive treat VIRTUAL token as IMMUTABLE in value.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:53 | 4515074 philipat
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So, holding Bitcoin I can be ripped-off at any time with absolutely no recourse? What sort of Ledger system is that? Excuse me but perhaps that explains why a lot of folks are sceptical of holding Bitcoin and trust it even less than Fiat currency? I'm not sure that I would trust a Central Banker much more than a Hacker, but it's a close call.

I would seriously suggest that this aspect is something that needs to be addressed before Bitcoin can go mainstream.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:09 | 4515165 Boris Alatovkrap
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Ledger? There is no "ledger" in BitCoin... It is exchange medium of choice for dealer of contraband, who is need ledger?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:32 | 4515271 MontgomeryScott
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He said that the 'ledger' is 16 GB. Sixteen Gigabytes.

I'm at home with an antiquated personal computer which has a FOUR GIGABYTE capacity.

He's stating that there are FOUR old P.C.s that hold the ENTIRE BITCOIN COLLECTIVE.

HELL, what does an Apple I-pod do? I don't own one, but what kind of storage capacity could it be modified to have? What if someone steals the I-POD LEDGER PHONE?

I mean, SERIOUSLY, with a couple of tweaks, I could get the ENTIRE BITCOIN LEDGER in to my LAPTOP, for Christ's sake!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:35 | 4515465 philipat
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I was quoting foneystar who said:

"No, the blockchain does not prevent "fraud" it just is a working, evolving public ledger." 

Which I dispute if it can't identify and eliminate stollen Bitcoin.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 01:07 | 4515540 MontgomeryScott
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Ah, 'Fonestar'.

His name was...

(DAMN, I cant remember that name. can anyone else help fill in the blanks here?)

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 01:38 | 4515587 StychoKiller
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Bitcoin transactions (entries in the "ledger") are irreversible by design!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:54 | 4515508 TheReplacement
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No offense but that was humorous.

One fundamental flaw that involves the size:  The blockchain must be transmitted and stored.  It would grow exponetially if adopted.  Every bit transmitted or stored represents a unit of energy, every second of every day.  This makes bitcoin inherintly inefficient.  There is a cost to the very existence of it.  It is sort of like interest on a loan that way except you will pay even though you own it.  Every transaction will account for this cost.  That cost will rise and fall according to energy prices, even if hard to perceive.  The more energy costs the less mileage you get out of bitcoin.  Suppose it adds the equivalent of a penny to every dollar (1%) to both sides of every transaction.  Yeah that's a high percentage (one should hope) but you get the picture.

Now take something like a dollar or a euro.  Even if nobody will sell you anything you can make use of them.  You can use as TP.  You can burn for heat.  You can stuff them in the walls as insulation.  Perhaps confetti at parades.  These are physical items and have uses beyond a medium of exchange and they have no absolute ongoing cost to have or use.

Gold and silver may be more valuable in the end but they are not as useful as paper (try wiping with a silver bar before you down vote).  Hedge accordingly.

 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:07 | 4514322 FEDbuster
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Maybe some of the people storing their bitcoins there care?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:09 | 4514342 fonestar
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Sucks to be them.  Thanks for playing though.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:14 | 4514944 Boris Alatovkrap
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So, please to remind Boris why BitCoin is so fantastic when most largest mainstream exchange facilitator is one by one default on account ("Hot Storage").

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 01:22 | 4515570 MontgomeryScott
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BORIS,

When cold, harsh Siberian winter comes, and water freezes when wife throws out remains of dinner in to yard, is good to find young honey who has 'hot storage' for sausages. Matters not when wife bitches (she is old, and fat, and mamushka). Boris learn to like new storage facilitator (that is, until thaw, and wife and young honey take trip to Mediterranian together to find larger sausages, using money from Boris).

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:37 | 4517405 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is apologies, but cannot to understand substance of your commenting. Google Translate is fare not so well translate of hyperbolic innuendo.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:42 | 4514154 BlackChicken
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Yes he is.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:16 | 4514388 fonestar
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Stop junking fonestar's comments or he will be contacting the AVHDL.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:11 | 4514953 BlackChicken
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Not junking. You asked a question, I gave an answer.

When you start talking about a cyber-christ, I think you're bat shit crazy.

However it would be logical for you to contact them.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:03 | 4514304 philipat
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"Click here to access Part 2 of this report (free executive summary; enrollment required for full access)."

 Kind of proves the point?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:10 | 4515169 RafterManFMJ
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Yup, why pay to be depressed?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 05:34 | 4515820 Grosvenor Pkwy
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"enrollment required for full access"

When society collapses, gasoline costs $250 per gallon, and we are living on rice and beans, what happens to my paid subscription?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:07 | 4514329 USA USA
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Anyone else think fonestar is "Really Cool" under it all?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:12 | 4514349 fonestar
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fonestar used to be like yourselves.  Drinking beer, hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes and listening to Led Zeppelin.  Then he started hanging out with those cryptoanarchist kids.  The rest as they say, is history...

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:15 | 4514381 The Gooch
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So you now listen to "emo"?

 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:29 | 4514435 cougar_w
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dat harsh yo

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:54 | 4514553 NemoDeNovo
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Wearing his "Skinny Jeans" with his beard implants, being a True Hipster, that is ZH's PhonyStar! 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:07 | 4514920 TheMerryPrankster
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Fonestar is ratsenof spelled backwards.

You never see Fonestart and Milliondollarbonus in the same room at the same time.

The same person? you decide....

 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:49 | 4515339 fonestar
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What are you talking about?  We've both posted on several of the same threads for over two years.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:47 | 4515496 MontgomeryScott
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Just so everyone understands how 'fonestar' regards himself, in relationship to everyone else on this particular tangentical blogposting sphere (The 'ZeroHedge' comment boards):

fonestar used to be like yourselves.
Then he started hanging out...
The rest as they say, is history...

'Fonestar' is Colonel Steve Austin, astronaut. He is NOT like YOU, you rabble. He is BETTER, FASTER, STONGER...

'FONESTAR' IS 'The Six-million Dollar Man':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV17B8oq_cE

HE is ABOVE you so-called 'rabble, because HE 'used to be like yourselves', but is NOT this way, because HE is BETTER, STRONGER, FASTER...and HIS is the 'SUPERIOR MIND'...

His pattern indicates 'two-dimensional thinking'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPQfwmfRq2s

 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 08:33 | 4516021 BandGap
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You gave up drinking beer, guy? Fuck, for me that's sanity juice.

Do you like girls?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:38 | 4514477 SAT 800
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YES. Next question.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:41 | 4514126 Occident Mortal
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It can continue for a lot longer yet.

So long as the nominal cost of servicing UST debt is within the means of the US Government the truck will keep on trucking.

FYI the nominal cost of servicing the debt is not as out of control as people think because ZIRP crushed the cost of servicing UST.

If the deficit blows out again whilst ZIRP is still in place there could be problems. But if the deficit shrinks over the next 3 years the US really is walking on water.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:48 | 4514197 Winston Churchill
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Deficit shrinks over the next three years ?

Can I buy some of what your smoking ?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:58 | 4514267 FEDbuster
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The plug is pulled when the credit card is cut up and rejected by producing nations.  USD is backed by a shrinking and stretched thin military.  Tick, tick, tick....

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:07 | 4514332 Occident Mortal
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I said "If" not "when".

Did you expect it to shrink over the past 3 years?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:25 | 4514415 SDShack
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It shrunk because of the first debt ceiling fight that resulted in the sequester and tax increases. Now the sequester was promptly abandoned by both dumbcrats and repukes once their true overlords (banker/lobbyists) demanded it. It's no coincidence that the taper coincided with the reduced deficits, even though Bernacke insisted he wasn't monetizing the debt. But that is all about to change now that the debt ceiling is abandoned. The first indicater was the farm bill, a bloated porkulus pig. Now we have 0zer0's budget, another bloated porkulus pig. Throw in 0zer0care "fixes", including insurer bailouts, plus all the ever expanding goodies to the FSA, a new Cold War, and the deficit will go parabolic again soon. Debt is all TPTB live for.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:52 | 4514539 SAT 800
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That's a good summation. Any reduction in the deficit  can be assumed to be temporary, in the current situation; but your listing of details shows you're a serious student.  I find it useful to think critically about virtually every sentence I read; for instance, "oil is pricey at $100/barrel"; is it ? That's only $10 in 1974 dollars. If oil is so pricey why can I still buy a gallon of gas with a silver quarter ? And so on.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:34 | 4514751 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Oil is pricey at 100 a barrel because real income hasn't kept up with inflation. Say the average worker made 1.25 in 64 when our coins were still real money. That's about 20$ and hour in today's dollars. And say that quarter bought a gallon of gas, 5 gallons of gas an hour on average. That same person at minimum wage is now only making about 2 1960s quarters, 2 gallons of gas. Not saying the answer is to now pay people 20 an hour, in saying we have destroyed our money and our economy by creating a system that expands debt and inflates the money supply far faster than wages can realistically keep up with.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:29 | 4515452 MontgomeryScott
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Quotation: "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

I DIDN'T CREATE this system, so be careful of the useage of the word 'WE', "in saying we have destroyed our money...".

DEFLATE the VALUE, and INFLATE the number of currency units, was the gist of Jefferson's thought (the quote that I posted above).

SO, you want to increase the so-called 'minimum wage' as though it is somehow a 'RIGHT' to be EMPLOYED? If you can't do things, those who wish to hire one who CAN do things is NOT OBLIGATED to give you SHIT. Is THIS your pathetic attempt to state that it is somehow a 'BASIC HUMAN RIGHT' to be EMPLOYED, or something?

If you want 20 dollars an hour, learn a FUCKING SKILL, son. If you cannot do this, I suggest you start a company that affords you the luxury of having OTHERS do the work for you (in the past, this was called 'avarice', and 'laziness').

A 'greenskeeper' truly knows how to push a lawnmower, Carl. He can't build it, repair it, buy it, gather customers who want his service, pay for the fuel to operate it, put out the capital outlay to purchase the trailers and trucks to haul the equipment, or anything else pertaining to the operation; BUT he can PUSH A MECHANICAL DEVICE that happens to cut grass (if he gets someone else who knows to sharpen blades). A worthy job, but NOT ONE that calls for a wage over minimum survival (and SURELY not worth 20 feds an hour, or 15, in the case of McDonalds).

AND, this comment of yours has exactly WHAT to do with the article at hand that you are commenting on, Carl?

Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse?

I'm truly MYSTIFIED.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:05 | 4515395 MontgomeryScott
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@ Occident Mortal':

The timeline has been given by the Eastern Oligarchs, and their planned collapse WAS to take place in 2017. However, the timeline seems to be accelarated by current events taking shape now.

HERE are examples, which are news stories that your MEDIA underlords have managed to get you to ignore.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/13/bill-would-outlaw-us-dol...

http://abplefebvreforums.proboards.com/thread/1038/russia-predicts-dolla...

Naturally, BECAUSE, OBAMA, this timeline may change.

LOOK:

http://investmentwatchblog.com/russia-threatens-to-confiscate-u-s-assets/

 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:43 | 4514496 Carpenter1
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If the US operated in a vacuum, I would agree, but there are many countries which will collapse before the US does. This entire game is one of last man standing, and they all know it. look for the first powerful nation to fall bringing down the rest with it. Sore losers will abound.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:33 | 4514750 RaceToTheBottom
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"It can continue for a lot longer yet."

Does something happen when the only buyer of US Paper is the FED?  95%?  90%?  85%? 80%  When is the tipping point?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:35 | 4514762 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Ill let you know when Japan reaches theirs. Crazy and illogical as it seems, they are still limping along.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:52 | 4514210 tahoebumsmith
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Pinky,some day you will be laughing in everybody elses face when you have a way to survive and their stocks are being used as toliet paper...Remember investing is for the future not the  everyday window dressing of pseudo net worth that all these investors don't "really" have.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:03 | 4514300 Cheyenne
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I'll bet most "everyone else" has forgotten the lesson of Bill Miller. Miller beat the S&P 500 every year for 15 straight years--an unprecedented run--and was so far out in front of his peers you could barely see him, like Secretariat.

http://www.fundmymutualfund.com/2011/11/man-who-once-beat-s-500-15-years-in-row.html

But reality caught up to Miller, who was heavily into financial stocks when the crisis hit. That mistake--that one very big mistake--dragged Miller down to the middle of the field in a single year.

Everyone else is in for an ass-kicking straight out of the Old Testament. It's just a matter of time.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:56 | 4514573 SAT 800
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It wouldn't surprise me to see some major news printing about stock market reverses before this Christmas; it's a momentum market now and losing speed. It's Wiley Coyote moment can't be years in the future anymore.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:02 | 4514599 petolo
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Corny#2: A wealthy nouveau riche business guy is doing thr tourist thing in Rural Africa. His travels take him to a village where most eveyone is peacefully resting in the shade with cildren, parents and grandparents conversing amongst themselves . The businessman wanting to impress the "poor primitives" shows them his two Rolex watches which he says cost $10,000 each. An elderly villager replies. Yes Bwana you have the watches, but we have the time..

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:16 | 4514038 HedgeAccordingly
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MoAR IPO's coming - – Evercore’s Roger Atlman on Moelis IPO: “Timing is Reasonably Good”

http://hedge.ly/1gS7qvL 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:00 | 4514592 SAT 800
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They goofy IPO's are an umportant sign you're in the froth at the top of the wave. Timing is great for the IPO, but for the individual the message is get the fuck out.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:48 | 4515087 TheMerryPrankster
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That and the constant threat of wars and more wars. The ever expanding chasm between what is and what the tv and the media want you to beleive.

The constant talk of imminent recovery, while unemployment climbs, foodstamps climb and foreclosures go on forever like stairsteps to infinity.

The fact that conventional oil production peaked in 2006 and we have been dancing on an ever shorter plateau extending it with tar sands and fracking and deep sea drilling so costly and ineffective that the major oil companies are getting out and selling their capital equipment. Shell left the Artic sea and Alaska and walked away from gassification plant in Louisanna.

The entire growth of the 20th century, the homes, the highways, the factorys, the men on the moon and in submarines at the bottom of the sea, was all brought to us by cheap oil and cheap oil is gone and without it so is economic growth. The economic bust and the peak of conventional oil production occurred virtually simultaneously, and all since then has been manipulation and show to convince the dreamers they are still asleep and all is well.

The collapse won't be admitted, or reported or televised, it will always be the opposite, we might wll be sitting in hovels, cooking rats over fires made with sticks and still the newspaper we crumple to light our fires will talk of recovery and green shoots and a bright new world with new wall street trading highs.

we are nestled in a cocoon of propaganda, that cannot protect us from the onrushing train, but merely distract us so we don't notice our imminent death. Apparently the powers that be find it more desirable that we die in our sleep than in a panic.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:23 | 4514069 Bangin7GramRocks
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The voices in my head say "no way!" And sometimes "maybe" and occasionally "totally!". So I'm not quite sure who to believe.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:29 | 4514096 Oldwood
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It cannot fail until everyone believes it cannot fail. How did Bernanke put it?....overconfidence?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:49 | 4514177 Newfie
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I know we are near the end. When I hear my wife's friend say she is allergic to traditional wine and only can drink organic wine.

 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:33 | 4514454 cynicalskeptic
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She may have a valid point.  All the sulfites added to wine can be very problematic for some people.

I view the spread of AMEX black cards as a surer sign of the Apocalypse.  Hell the mere existence of such a thing is a major sign that mankind is overdue for a take-down.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:09 | 4514629 SAT 800
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All wines contain sulfites. I believe the odds are about a thousand to one that his wife's friend is a classic neurotic.  The organic wine site itself says; with regard to non-sulfite added wines, that siulfites in your wine are not causing your headache. quote-unquote. I suppose you have evidence for your statement?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:38 | 4514782 RaceToTheBottom
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My nose gets stuffed up with wines.  I normally drink only reds, so with those not so much.  But give me white wine, always sound like I have a cold.

Just a reason to drink more red

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:18 | 4514967 klockwerks
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So what is the spread on AMEX black cards and what is the reason

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:16 | 4514035 barliman
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Somewhere along the line people have forgotten the AUTHORIZATION of fraud granted for the financial reports of many, many (ALL?) public firms granted by the Federal government.

And the fact that everyone NOT authorized eventually took a "FUCK IT!" attitude.

It would be a public service to UPDATE this post with links to those articles from years ago, Tyler.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:19 | 4514043 Cacete de Ouro
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Maybe we need simplicity: corny but...

An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. The boat had several large, fresh fish in it.

The investment banker was impressed by the quality of the fish and asked the Mexican how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.” The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican fisherman replied he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican fisherman replied, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos: I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The investment banker scoffed, “I am an Ivy League MBA, and I could help you. You could spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats until eventually you would have a whole fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to the middleman you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You could control the product, processing and distribution.”

Then he added, “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City where you would run your growing enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”
To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”
“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You could make millions.”
“Millions, senor? Then what?”

To which the investment banker replied, “Then you would retire. You could move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:23 | 4514070 Kirk2NCC1701
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Good one.  Heard the same jome 30 years ago on the Mediterranean, but had a London banker in it.

Is there a Palestinian version with an Israeli banker?  ;-)

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:27 | 4514087 Cacete de Ouro
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I have to admit I used the first version that I found. Didn't realize there are many versions but same essence I guess. It makes you think though, that story, about working and commuting for 30+ years so as to retire in a nice sunny place, when you can actually do it a lot earlier in some countries and just live the bliss

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:49 | 4514204 Oldwood
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The key thing to me is to maintain relatively low expectations and keep as many options available as possible. Options represent freedom to me. If all I knew how to do was fish, I would feel a little fragile. A good friend bought a home in a tiny town of 250 people, paid like ten grand for this house, and was so proud of his deal. He worked for the United Mine Workers Peabody Coal and made good money, till they shut down and left town. He found himself owning a home in an area with zero jobs, a wife and four kids. He has worked at a cardboard box factory ever since (30 years) with no viable way out. I hate the big city but I would hate more having no options. The fisherman's life sounds pretty good until his boat sinks or the fishing grounds dry up. Options are gold.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:32 | 4514434 zionhead101
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I will respond because I want to make clear on how its done, and why it can't be done in the USA.

1.) FAMILY; First and foremost is family, your example the guy with 4 kids, but in the 3rd world, there would be granny with 10meters to take care of those kids. FAMILY is gone and missing in the USA, they convinced people long ago to leave the family chase the dollar, and let the gubmint take care of you. Nobody on earth lives this way, ... the best POLICE in the world is living near family, only family watches your back, and property.

2.) Self-Sufficiency, no need for money, or insurance,... everything grows for free, all that can be eaten, or drank comes for free. Not possible in the USA.

3.) FOOD-Cheap, almost free 24/7/365,

3a.) MEAT - Every family has Pig(s), they eat the trash, scrap's and garbage that american's throw away, nothing in a 3rd world country goes to waste. In China chickens eat fly's, in India humans spit in the dirt and chickens eat spit balls'.

4.) Labor, everyone in the family contributes, nobody pay's for anything

5.) Most 3rd world the medical is almost free, and IMHO better quality given the DOC actually cares, cuz he knows your family.

In summary the USA is fucked, UNLESS you want to live in a HUMAN-ZOO like a caged animal, and policed by Israelified Nazi Cop's.

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I will close with my favorite chinese saying'...

Want to be happy for a day? take a nap
Want to be happy for a week? kill your pig
Want to be happy a year? Get married
Want to be happy for life? Love your work.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:43 | 4514502 cynicalskeptic
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You forgot TAXES

Here in the US you're paying for the priviledge of just owning propety or a house - even if it's free and clear of debt.  Don't pay your property taxes and the gov can take your land or house.

Even if you try and live a cash-free existence, odds are the gov will be looking for some kind of INCOME tax. 

Try and make some  money selling something, and gov is going to start looking for sales tax.  They spend a fortune going after people picking up a few extra $$ selling extra produce from their garden or used stuff they no longer use.  Sell too much of the crap you already owned (and paid for long ago) on Ebay and you're going to have to start dealing with sales tax.  Of course it's different if you're a billionaire booking 'profits' to an offshore subsidiary.


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:26 | 4514998 zionhead101
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Thanks,... yep there are no taxes in the 3rd world, most of us just squat on empty land, after a few generations its yours.

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I above wasn't listing the problems with the USA, I was listing why the 3rd world could lead the simple life.

But yes the TAXES, INSURANCE, and shit makes you money crazy.

Like I have said, ... live where you don't need money,... I certainly don't want to live where I need money.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:52 | 4514228 zionhead101
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Most of the world does live this way,... most of places people have 'fish ponds',... work a few hours a day tops, and eat, fuck, and sleep, and get drunk at night dance,... same everyday,... its called life.

Take a wild ape, keep him in a zoo, and you will see one depressed fucking ape.

Keep man 'civilized' in this TV consumer modern world, and you will have to put the children on drugs, imprison the men, and make the women into whores.

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Solution, go find a little paradise and live,... fuck the western hamster cage world.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:34 | 4514120 zionhead101
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“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos: I have a full and busy life, senor.”

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Yep, I heard a GREEK/ALBANIA version, years ago.

The thing is this is how people do live, this is certainly how I live,... fish, fuck, and play the guitar, ...

I love this quote ...

"Both sides of the economic continuum have a leisure class"

The rich toil to be rich, to have what the poor already have, funny cuz the poor have the best food for health, and the rich always get sick from eating foei-gra and liver.

The extreme rich, and extreme poor, have much in common and share the same lifestyles, ... the middle are the fucked ones, ... chasing their tail, and wasting their lives.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:25 | 4514074 angel_of_joy
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Great story !

+1

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:43 | 4514162 melachiro
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I mostly lurk and gain great insight from the commentors here at ZH; I rarely if ever post comments.  However, I have to thank for that "slightly corny" tale.  I will be telling that to my daughter soon to hopefully help hammer home what it is to have a life well lived.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:48 | 4514524 Holleyman
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Isn't that what John Galt is all about?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:59 | 4515129 I Write Code
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No.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:14 | 4514323 tahoebumsmith
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Here is the youtube version.. I've used this parable for years trying to get my friends and family to chill out and enjoy life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7JlI959slY

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:51 | 4514838 Radical Marijuana
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A cute story, Cacete de Ouro.

Some would take up this offer:

"You could spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats until eventually you would have a whole fleet of fishing boats."

The result would be what has actually happened, more than half of the oceanic ecology has been destroyed, and fish stocks have been collapsing all over the world, as we are collectively engaged in a race to the bottom towards transforming food from the oceans from being the most abundant and cheapest, to become scarce and expensive.

Another cute saying:

"Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day. ...

Give him a fishing rod and he can eat tomorrow."

However, what actually happens is that money made out of nothing as debts subsidizes way too many fishing rods, after which the endebted fishermen have to work like crazy to pay off their debts, during which process they destroy the supply of fish, so that the whole thing collapses into chaos, as a classic boom bust bomb!

For those who believe that fish farming could be an answer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTbxOFcvC4U

Salmon Confidential Documentary 2013 British Columbia

What that documentary illustrates is the general pattern of evil deliberate ignorance, which maximizes the short-term privatized profits, while socializing the losses, which eventually are far greater than any of the profits.

In the story above, repeated by Cacete de Ouro, enough people would accept the investment banker's advice and assistance, which would result in wiping out the fish population. Indeed, that is what is actually happening, and what is therefore expected to become far worse in the foreseeable future.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 04:00 | 4515750 Ghordius
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radical, this talk about fish reminds me a little statistic about... chickens

the newly published Meat Atlas reckons that Americans eat on average 50kg of chicken per year, compared with 23kg for Europeans, 14kg for Chinese and 2kg for Indians

and no, there are worse statistics, including... oil. yet I find the chicken story telling

so to come back to the original question of the article: "Is it crazy to expect collapse". No. It's not crazy to expect a collapse... of chicken consumption in America

in fact, it's rational to expect in a globalized world that all numbers will converge to a mean - without meaning starvation

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 05:16 | 4515814 Bearwagon
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That's a story by Heinrich Böll, "Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anekdote_zur_Senkung_der_Arbeitsmoral
"Anecdote concerning the Lowering of Productivity"   ;-)

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:22 | 4514044 RaiZH
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Well my friends and family certainly see me as a kid who has completely lost his mind... I feel sane on Zero Hedge though.

For me the great collapse that has been anticipated is an absolute certainity and I can't see how any rational person can deny that, it's just a matter of when. My question is how chaotic will it be? and after the incomprehendable chaos can we expect more sound localized economies? 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:30 | 4514100 Greenskeeper_Carl
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I feel you on the family and friends. A few of them agree that this is entirely unsustainable, an they kind of acknowledge it, but on the other hand seem to think we will keep muddling along indefinitely. I always tell them that we have passed the 'event horizon' with debt. We doubled it in less than a decade, and are on track to do so again. I understand in the Keynesian world 20T in debt it no big deal as long as our GDP if rows at roughly the same pace(don't agree, but that's pretty much their theory), but there is no way in hell we will reach a 20 trillion REAL GDP before our debt is well over 25t, and history tells us there is no coming back from that. So, it's better to be a year early than a year late. That extra 15% in paper gains you miss out on by being early is a lot better than losing your ass on the down side.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:33 | 4514456 negative rates
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History tells us there is no coming back from an $18 Trillion debt, so prepare yourself right now.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 01:13 | 4515555 tahoebumsmith
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Actually if you look at the Govenments liabiitys it's well over a 128 TRILLION !!! LOL

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:20 | 4514050 Debugas
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wealth of the future is "knowing how to produce things effectively"

for example being able to create a robot that can pick up strawberries by itself so you do not need to hire human labour to do it

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:21 | 4514062 The Gooch
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Or even knowing how to produce things, period.

It's a dying art.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:19 | 4514051 fonzannoon
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This guy is not bad. He is like Michael Snyder without a list full of cut and pastes and an occasional original thought.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:29 | 4514095 zionhead101
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KUNSTLER is an apologist for the ENEMY

The most evil empire.

On KUNSTLER's own site, He tolerates ZERO discussion of AZC.

He is a tribal chief of the ALT world, KUNSTLER & C-SMITH are to the "ALT" world as to what CASS SUNSTEIN is to the LEGAL-COP world.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:34 | 4514105 decon
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Agreed, very articulate, well written piece.  Not ranting like a lot of his stuff.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:38 | 4514137 StandardDeviant
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Er, except maybe for the bit about "the blinding light of God’s judgment".  That's not ranting?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:34 | 4514116 Greenskeeper_Carl
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And every article doesn't begin with "37 signs that xxxx is happening"
I confess I used to like the Snyder articles, but now all they are is a list of previous articles. Don't think he has written anything new in a solid 6 months

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:20 | 4514055 Rukeysers Ghost
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I'd rather go down in a blaze of glory than cower in the corner waging my finger at all the party goers. So the thing eventually collapses. At least I will have fun getting there. Pass the cocaine and scotch.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:35 | 4514125 noguano
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Just the scotch here.  And the having fun with the kids.  And banging my wife.  Maybe selling/listing the occasional house. Carpe Diem

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:27 | 4514424 greatbeard
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Damn, I got to pass on the blow and teh scotch, but more power to both of you. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:20 | 4514057 zionhead101
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KUNSTLER BIG AIPAC GUNS BROUGHT IN ... To whoop up the google clicks

Here's the DEAL, KUNSLTER is an AIPAC whore just like Charles Smith, and KUNSTLER isn't saying shit here, he's mostly just playing around with what the other idiot bloggers are saying.

Remember the SNOWDEN release the other day, the majority of comments and blog's on INTERNET are controlled by the CIA/NSA.

Watch who they ban, whose message they kill, then you can learn the truth.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:23 | 4514068 The Gooch
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His name was Francis Sawyer.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:43 | 4514128 frenzic
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This is not at all his style. HyBrasilian is a much more likely candidate . Though ofc I am not sure I have observed him post in the typical francis_sawyer way I think it was last weekend if you consider formatting and trains of thought.

 

though I upvoted you for keeping the memory alive

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:51 | 4514218 The Gooch
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I've read about that reincarnation thing somewhere.

either pods or nwemn mentioned something along those lines as well.

May you live in interesting times.

 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:35 | 4514464 zionhead101
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Met up with Francis Sawyer years ago when I lived in Burma ( now Myanmar ), but I went over the border when I met my Tibetian wife, ... she wanted me to go to the family village.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:47 | 4514515 DaddyO
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That's my hunch as well...

Free Francis_Sawyer!

DaddyO

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:26 | 4514079 NOTaREALmerican
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Re: Watch

The amazing thing is the number of bloggers that are just instances of the NSA's true AI quantum computer. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:20 | 4514059 Rising Sun
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The music won't stop until that fucking rotten cunt Yellen slows down the printing.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:53 | 4514239 Frank N. Beans
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that's what we used to say about the Bernanke. 

 

 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:55 | 4514558 Bangin7GramRocks
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And why would she ever do that? It's all virtual funny money. Full steam ahead!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:21 | 4514063 brodix
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How to Hack Human History

http://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/1981

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:28 | 4514090 Kirk2NCC1701
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Reads like a draft of an undergrad philosophy essay.  After a few beers.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:24 | 4515432 brodix
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Pretty much intended that way. It's called accessible. Does it detract from the argument, or add to it, that it's understandable?

 As usual though, the criticism is about the form, not the content.

 Given you had 7 minutes to read it, from the time stamps, it must have been well studied.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:25 | 4514076 rsnoble
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The world is fucking nuts.  It always has been and always will be.  No species is safe.  You could be born a cute baby racoon and be devoured by a coyote a week later.  Humans are the worst of all. This entire planet has been dog eat dog since inception.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:27 | 4514086 NOTaREALmerican
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Most people know this.   Only those with political, ISM, or Diety OCD worry about it.   Everybody else just keeps watching the entertainment and happily eating.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:44 | 4514164 zionhead101
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Well that's certainly true, but what about 'hope & change'?

Just saying.

Life is short, ... best to live it like the 'mexican on the beach' quote below,... life is short, .. no reason to live it in the USA (HELL).

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I would agree that JFK isn't when the USA went down, just taking KUNSTLERS quote as he said it was when, ...

There is one apparent thing 'anglo-saxon' man does seem to be worst at HEGEMONY and world-rape. You certainly don't see other tribes trying to control the earth, in the same manner as the USA.

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So we concur, I'll pop my beer, and Watch TV, and fuck the world I got mine, ... well until they come knocking at your door.

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I have a BULGARIAN friend, and he had a story, when Russian collapsed the cop's came door to door to 'inventory' so they could know who to protect,... stupid people told what they had, the next week the cop's went door to door and collected guns.

The following week the cops went door to door and collected what people had, ... see when Russia collapsed the cops' quit getting paid, and took it to themselves to get paid.

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This is why I choose NOT to live in the USA, cuz the day of the cop's coming to your door is very soon.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:18 | 4514675 SAT 800
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LOL. "Diety OCD". I like that. I think I'll steal it.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:26 | 4514081 zionhead101
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By slow increments since about the time John F. Kennedy was shot in the head, we’ve become a land where anything goes and nothing matters - KUNSTLER

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Ok, let's take that truth, that certainly since JFK has killed its gone down, but step back, why did he get killed? Cuz he wanted the AZC to be registered as a 'foreign lobby',

After JFK demanded AZC be labelled 'foreign', they killed him and renamed themselves to AIPAC.

Ever since then no politician in america has gone public with the ZIO- word for fear of Death.

Once you have such a corrupt situation, where everybody knows what is TRUTH, but nobody can say it, then you have 50+ years of insanity, ...

Want to FIX america, SPEAK THE TRUTH BITCHES.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:30 | 4514099 NOTaREALmerican
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Well,  seems like the creation of the Fed would be a better starting point.

Or, how about when "they" declared the South Pacific Railroad a person?

Or, perhaps when "they" allowed for the direct election of Senators by normal dumbasses?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:34 | 4514102 Bonapartist
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JFK didn't want Israel to have nukes- poof- JFK is gone and  LBJ(among the rest of his fuckups that we are still living with) reverses JFK's policies on Israeli nukes.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:37 | 4514124 Cacete de Ouro
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Enter Rothschilds stage left. The more I read about these bastards, the more I realize that these trillionaires are responsible for a lot of the misery on this earth. Cut off the senior heads of THAT organization (medusa style) and they would take a while to regroup and grow back, and give the world the chance it needs.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:43 | 4514158 Kirk2NCC1701
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Paging Mr. Perseus.  Mr. Perseus to the courtesy phone please.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:40 | 4514142 Kirk2NCC1701
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FYI...AZC info...

http://www.irmep.org/ila/AZCDOJ/default.asp

http://rense.com/general88/price.htm

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/08/11/the-kennedys-vs-israels-lobby-ho...

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/justice-department-aborts-attemp...

etc, etc, etc.

It is extremely troubling and completely unacceptable that ANY foreign power would steer, dominate or control US domestic and foreign policy.  Especially such a small one, that is itself so sensitive to oppression.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:43 | 4514161 honkadoo
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Jesus, you come here for great financial insights but find nothing but tired, retreaded racist, anti-semtic, zionist propagandizing, "libertarian", homophobic prepper conspiracy theorist commenters blabbing about a zionist cabal.  My god are you all for real or just scared little children hiding behind their keyboards deep in their parents basements?  it's laughable yet ZH has gotten a bad rap because of them despite the great analysis and content... But these wacked-out fundies just troll the intertubes spewing their ridiculousness.

Take it to Free-Republic or just get a god-damn job Al!

Downvote away!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:46 | 4514179 frenzic
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What so there is no zionist cabal? Is that what you are saying?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:51 | 4514221 frenzic
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I thought so.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:23 | 4514698 SAT 800
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That is correct, there is no zionist cabal. it's just more ignorant internet babbling.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 01:14 | 4515556 zionhead101
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There is no ZIONIST-CABAL, of course there is NOT its what is called an OPEN-SECRET.

A CABAL requires secrecy,

AZC run's the US GOVERNMENT and has so, since the 1930's and there nothing secret, or conspiratorial.

[AZC renamed themselves to AIPAC, after they killed JFK.]

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:08 | 4514924 SAT 800
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I not only upvoted you; what you say is unquestionably true, but I'll give you a great financial insight. Buy low and Sell High. This is intended as a teaching mantra. there's more there than meets the eye. the concept of patience, of waiting on the sidelines until the current madness of the crowd is clear, and then waiting a little longer for more evidence that the price movement is finished, and take the opposite position. your only source of information is the price charts, and very general knowledge about a particular market, nothing exotic. No attention at all must be paid to any commentator or guru; or any news event. The simple commandment also makes it impossible to be a trend follower. your job is to pick tops and bottoms, not look for trends. always have a stop loss; never marry your position. always remember you're going to buy and sell; going short is merely selling high first, and buying low, later. Open a futures trading account and start studying the markets; there are a lot of them and they have significant differences; but all of them make more sense than the stock market. Sometimes it's possible to see the error of the mass mind staring you right in the face; such as a growing difference between Dec. Corn and Sept. Corn prices that becomes un-realistic, and then tacks on another even wider gap too fast; you can sell the high month and buy the low month; reality says they will have to converge as the future gradually becomes the present. this can be very profitable. always be a counterpuncher; wait for the mass mind, and such speculators as may be operating in a particular market to finish making an un-realistic price; than go against it. Most people think only the stock market exists; but the futures market contains many real markets that settle in a real commodity, and have to have some kind of reality check as the delivery month rolls around. it's all a lot easier to deal with than the stock market which seems to be about Mexican Jumping Beans.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:33 | 4514107 Luckhasit
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Is this one of those conspiracy theories that turns into fact later.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:34 | 4514119 LawsofPhysics
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I really hate it when conspiracy theory becomes conspiracy fact (unless I was able to front that shit of course).

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:33 | 4514114 butchee
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There's a Journey song in here somewhere....

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:28 | 4514720 SAT 800
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I find it very strange that this site has "contributors" who are advertising their blogsites. Which, it goes without saying, are just more ignorant ranting and babbling in an effort to collect page clicks for the advertisers and money for the perpetrator.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:35 | 4514123 mobius8curve
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Here is the best reason to remain calm before during and after the collapse :o) 

Part 1:

Revelation 1:1-3  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show unto his servants, even the things which must shortly come to pass: and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John;  (2)  who bare witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, even of all things that he saw.  (3)  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Part 2:

Revelation 21:1-5  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more.  (2)  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.  (3)  And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God:  (4)  and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away.  (5)  And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he saith, Write: for these words are faithful and true.

Conclusion:

1 Corinthians 2:9  but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And which entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:39 | 4514139 StandardDeviant
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Please go away.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:56 | 4514257 czarangelus
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Logged in just to downvote you.

Christianity was the OG New World Order, motherfucker, and God was the original eye in the sky before the sociopaths had the technology to take his place. Constantine and his band of pirates invented Christianity Inc. and killed everybody who didn't go along with the party line. Jesus was one of many prophets in his time and place, and his teachings were a part of a pagan tradition with branches in Egypt, Syria, Iran, and Turkey before Constantine came along and turned him into an unreachable messiah in Christianity Incorporated, a fully owned subsidiary of the First Reich and the NWO.

There's a reason the Gospel of Thomas can't be found in Christianity Inc's "Holy" Bible. There's a reason On the Origin of the World isn't in there. The authorities didn't want you to read The Hypostasis of the Archons cuz it's all about them and their plan to take over humanity's spiritual progress like the fucking Borg, so they axed the document and they axed everybody who repped it.

GTFO with your NWO religion

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:49 | 4514837 RaceToTheBottom
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Thanks for getting to your point quickly.  I only read one line and down voted you.  Please have a nice day

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:37 | 4514132 viator
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Nothing sadder than a cult whose predictions failed. Meanwhile, Mexico just de-nationalized it's oil resources. Now that is paradigm shift. North Dakota south of the border? Immigration towards Mexico into rather than from Mexico?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:40 | 4514143 29.5 hours
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Kunstler thinks the world capitalist system is a figment of our imagination, a mere phantom. That phantom seems superbly armed and highly "lawyered up" with its courts and politicians and banks and all manner of professional liars. I would be skeptical of any utopia emanating from this guy.

 

 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:41 | 4514146 taketheredpill
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As my sister once said in regard to a certain Middle East country "when you take a stance thats outside the mainstream you can end up in a very lonely place".

Even if you dont go full monty and move to a shack with a goat and 2 tons of peanut butter you can still take steps like getting rid of as much debt as possible and owning some actual gold.

 

Problem of trying to discuss breakdown if system is that 99% of people think "news" papers and tv news mean something.  So when you go "off topic" you do end up sounding like a nut. Cant be avoided.

 

 

 

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