Wisdom From Steve Jobs On The Coming System Reset

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Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

Steve Jobs used to tell a very inspiring story about an article he read in Scientific American when he was a boy:



He said that the article measured the ‘efficiency of locomotion’ of various species– essentially how many calories different animals spend getting from Point A to Point B.


The most efficient of all? Not human beings. Not by a long shot. It was the condor. The condor expended the least amount of energy per meter or kilometer traveled. Human beings were pretty far down the list.


But as Jobs recounts, the authors had the foresight to also test the efficiency of a human being on a bicycle. And this absolutely blew all the other species away.


Jobs later said that this was incredibly influential on his thinking because he realized that human beings were fundamentally tool creators. We take our situation, however grim or rudimentary, and we make it better.

There’s undoubtedly a lot of bad news in the world these days. Some people realize it. Others refuse to believe it and stick their heads in the sand.

Our century-old monetary system is unraveling before our very eyes.


This absurd structure in which we award a tiny central banking elite with the dictatorial power to control the money supply in their sole discretion is now drowning the world in paper currency.


ALL financial markets are manipulated by central banks, predominantly the Federal Reserve. One woman– Janet Yellen– has the power to affect the prices of nearly everything on the planet, from the wholesale price of coffee in Colombia to the cost of a luxury flat in Hong Kong.


Moreover, politicians in some of the most ‘advanced’ economies in the world (Japan, the US, France, the UK, etc.) have accumulated so much debt that they have to borrow money just to pay interest on the money they have already borrowed.


They have indebted generations who will not even be born for decades.


They wage endless, costly wars. They spy on their citizens. They tell people what they can and cannot put in their bodies. They confiscate private property and wages at the point of a gun.


They abuse the population with legions of heavily armed government agents. They conjure so many codes, rules, regulations, laws, and executive orders that it becomes nearly impossible for an individual to exist without being guilty of some innocuous, victimless crime.

And they arrogantly masquerade the entire ruse as a free society.

This system is on the way out. It will reset.

Like feudalism before, our system will go the way of the historical dust bin. And future historians will look back (just as we view feudalism) and say “why did they put up with that nonsense…?

This reset is nothing to fear. Human beings are incredible creatures who have a long-term track record of growth. We rise. We progress.

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Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:17 | 4713981 soopy
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Psst...Jobs is dead...

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:20 | 4713988 McMolotov
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Your statement is true in more ways than one.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:23 | 4713997 ACP
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In other news, Boner is undergoing a minor procedure for back problems:


BWAHHAHAHHAHHAA! Lack of spine bitchez!

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:28 | 4714015 J S Bach
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Billionaires always give great advice.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:34 | 4714039 Ignatius
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Paul Craig Roberts has written another fine article on our economy:


Therein in also a link to an interview with economist Michael Hudson which I highly recommend.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:46 | 4714082 hobopants
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Whenever I listen to one of Robert's interviews, I always picture it's Foghorn Leghorn talking. Good link.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:08 | 4714143 Fukushima Sam
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Jobs, I both admire and hate that motherfucker.

I wonder how/where he got that new liver he needed...

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:19 | 4714159 MeMadMax
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Steve jobs was an asshole and a ideological thief....

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:29 | 4714186 James_Cole
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In retrospect... maybe should've stopped at the bicycle. 

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:38 | 4714206 Four chan
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i think a completely tax free corporation is the bicycle for steve jobs wallet.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:48 | 4714233 Keyser
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The banksters have proven time and time again that regardless what reality is, they can manipulate any market by pulling the derivatives levers... They can keep this bitch going a long, long time... The only obstacle now are the BRICS... The rich will keep getting richer and the poor, poorer... Same as it always was...


Wed, 04/30/2014 - 22:26 | 4714700 acetinker
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Even though he is my distant neighbor, it bugs me that he can't correctly pronounce heg-em-ony.  It bugged me that Shrub couldn't pronounce nu-cle-ar, too.  Those are pretty im-port-ant words in this day and time.

Oh, and Foghorn Leghorn was awesome-  Ah'll tell ya', the boy's as sharp as a bowlin' ball!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 14:58 | 4717130 Anusocracy
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My favorite Foghornism is:

Whut is ya' boy, ignant?

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:48 | 4714085 Stackers
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Frank Herberts Dune series had some very interesting thoughts about long term stability of societal organization and how democracies are self defeating by the ever growing bureaucracies needed to run them. Hence humans "devolution" back into fuedalism in the year 10,191.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:51 | 4714097 ACP
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Unfortunately for us, it happened 8,177 years early.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:56 | 4714113 hobopants
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Herbert was a man ahead of his time. If you look at all the nonsense going on right now the first book seems almost allegorical.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:13 | 4714148 Landotfree
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Oh there is a whole bunch to be fearful of.... someone is going to have to go.   The only real question is how many and who.   

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:50 | 4714235 Keyser
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I pity the human race if a Baron Harkonnen lay in their future/past... 


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:22 | 4715844 JRobby
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Bring me that flying fatman.  Of course the emperor got his at the end. In real llife, not likely.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:59 | 4714259 Eyeroller
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The BErNakE Geserit is manipulating the market.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 08:10 | 4715359 zerozulu
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Don't let any one get tooo rich.



my 2 cent

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:59 | 4714261 Buckaroo Banzai
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"Therein in also a link to an interview with economist Michael Hudson which I highly recommend."

You do realize that Michael Hudson is a neo-Marxist, right?

I like Paul Craig Roberts but it is very disturbing that he would have anything to do with Hudson, who is a tool of the first water.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 21:18 | 4714464 Ignatius
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I haven't spent time dissecting Hudson's ideology, but the man is well informed and speaks a lot of truth.

I'm not overly ideological -- no single, simple solution(s).  I don't see the opposite of the oligarchic corporatism we have today as some Soviet Socialist nightmare.  Sometimes you gotta touch the wheel to keep it on the road.  Slippery slope?  ALWAYS.  Systems are always under attack; power vacuums get filled.

For instance he has pointed out that even in antiquity it was understood that debts and compound interest, due to their exponential nature, grow faster than economies ('S' curve).  The monarchs of the day had the power to cancel the debts and give a clean slate.  The oligarchs of today demand to be repaid regardless of reason or consequences.

I am no respecter of the bank bailout debt leverage 'wealth' that was granted over the wishes of 90% of the American populace -- now that's power.  What it is not, is wealth created by honest entrapaneurship, which I highly respect and honor.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 23:01 | 4714779 Buckaroo Banzai
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I agree that Hudson is smart and gets points for diagnosing some of the problems correctly. But as far as his ideas for fixing the problems-- they are thinly reconstructed Marxist ideas.

He doesn't go out of his way to publicize it, but he does admit to being a neo-Marxist.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 06:13 | 4715208 Liberty2012
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Thank you Ignatius, your comments are always thoughtful.

"I'm not overly ideological -- no single, simple solution(s)." - Yet truth is simple, once you clear away the distractions.

"Systems are always under attack; power vacuums get filled." - Yes, systems are not truth, they are constructs. Construction built upon solid foundations can be repaired successfully over long periods of time. Those built on shaky ground fail relatively quickly.

"I don't see the opposite of the oligarchic corporatism we have today as some Soviet Socialist nightmare. " - I agree it's not the opposite. It's the same thing. "power vacuums get filled"

"The monarchs of the day had the power to cancel the debts and give a clean slate." - Yes, they had the power to do anything. Desirable or not.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 05:23 | 4715179 Liberty2012
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Ignatius, Thank you for the link. I disagree that Americans are"insouciant". Americans are "live and let live". It's too bad Mr Roberts would rather describe defeat than success. It puts his motives in doubt.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 07:43 | 4715322 rbg81
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Sorry, I don't see that Steve Jobs is saying jack about the coming reset.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:30 | 4714024 Timmay
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Too bad Jobs can't read "Flash Boys" and see what his beloved computers didn't do for all of mankind.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:47 | 4714086 logicalman
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Computers are the one of the most incredible tools - that, I think was his point.

Art - Music - Engineering - CAD/CAM - modelling complex systems...... it's a long list.

Unfortunately, it seems that humans always use tools in ways that harm rather than help.

When all decisions are based on greed and money, things are GUARANTEED to get all fucked up, especially if you give the exclusive right to create money to any individual or small group.

I guess you are a gun control nut - computers don't fuck things up, the people that use them do.


Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:01 | 4714123 Timmay
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I could take away everything you got, and everything you were ever gonna have... in six different calibers.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:05 | 4714134 Big Corked Boots
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Great movie.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:34 | 4714193 logicalman
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You'd be surprised by my response, guaranteed.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 07:53 | 4715334 rbg81
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The irony is that much of the younger generation are using computers to create an electronic "bubble" around themselves.  They have access to literally all the information in the world, but they use computers and smart phones to communicate only with their cliques, shutting the rest of the world out.  Its stunning to watch really.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:04 | 4717152 flapdoodle
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Exactly and sadly true... the younger generation are turning into zombies completely oblivious to their real surrounding, only to the sterile virtual world on the other end of their cellphone...

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 06:45 | 4715232 williambanzai7
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Computers don't defraud people, scumbags do...

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 20:37 | 4714371 A Nanny Moose
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Acute Rectal Cranial Inversion.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:37 | 4714197 JuliaS
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Jobs - gone. Cook in charge of the books.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:23 | 4713994 Cattender
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Steve jobs is Dead and the Nations "Job" situation is in the Shitter..

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:48 | 4714089 0b1knob
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Years ago we had Johnny Cash, Steve Jobs, and Bob Hope.

Now we have no cash, jobs or hope.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:56 | 4714114 THX 1178
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As long as kevin bacon doesnt die Im cool.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:26 | 4714179 bania
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or Pussy Galore

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 20:02 | 4714267 Buckaroo Banzai
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LOL, that's a fictional character, in more ways than one...

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:01 | 4714125 CrashisOptimistic
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Oh don't jump to grab hold of that.

This Friday's report started being polished and airbrushed within 2 minutes of today's GDP disaster, and it took 2 mins only because that's how long it took for the relevant phone call to be made and reach the BLS people (who do have a history of this -- remember Romney's complaint, recently vindicated and then swept under the rug within the past several months).

Friday's report is huge, but no one will admit until after the polish is in place on it.


Wed, 04/30/2014 - 19:52 | 4714242 Keyser
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And the magical levitation of the equity markets happens yet again, even with that monster GDP print... 


Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:24 | 4713998 Sokhmate
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Massage relayed via ouija. Thanks.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:26 | 4714010 McMolotov
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I want a ouija board that gives massages.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:40 | 4714057 A Lunatic
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And blowjobs.......

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 20:12 | 4714293 Sokhmate
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That would be painful.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:41 | 4714059 FieldingMellish
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Correct... all jobs are dead.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 18:49 | 4714092 Traditionalist
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