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Our Totalitarian Future - Part 1

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Submitted by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog,

“On the first Christmas Day the population of our planet was about two hundred and fifty millions — less than half the population of modern China. Sixteen cen­turies later, when the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plym­outh Rock, human numbers had climbed to a little more than five hundred millions. By the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, world pop­ulation had passed the seven hundred million mark. In 1931, when I was writing Brave New World, it stood at just under two billions. Today, only twenty-seven years later, there are two billion eight hundred million of us. And tomorrow — what?” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

As the world explodes in violence, war, riots, and uprisings, it is challenging to step back and examine the bigger picture. With airliners being shot down over the Ukraine, missiles flying between Israel and Gaza, ongoing civil war in Syria, Iraq falling apart as ISIS gains ground, dictatorship crackdown in Egypt, Turkey on the verge of revolution, Iran gaining control of Iraq, Saudi Arabia fomenting violence, Africa dissolving into chaos, South America imploding and sending their children across our purposely porous southern border, Mexico under the control of drug lords, China experiencing a slow motion real estate collapse, Japan experiencing their third decade of Keynesian failure, facing a demographic nightmare scenario while being slowly poisoned by radiation, and Chinese-Japanese relations moving towards World War II levels, it is easy to get lost in the day to day minutia of history in the making.

Why is this happening at this point in history? Why is the average American economically worse off today than they were at the height of the economic crisis in 2009? Why is the Cold War returning with a vengeance? Why is the Federal Reserve still employing emergency monetary policies when we are supposedly five years into a recovery and the stock market has attained record highs? Why do the ECB and European politicians continue to paper over the insolvency of their banks and governments? Why did the U.S. support the ouster of a dictator we supported for decades in Egypt and then support the elevation of a new dictator after we didn’t like the policies of the democratically elected president? Why did the U.S. eliminate the leader of Libya and allow the country to descend into anarchy and civil war? Why did the U.S. fund and provoke a revolutionary overthrow of a democratically elected leader in the Ukraine? Why did the U.S. fund and arm Al Qaeda associated rebels in Syria who are now fighting our supposed allies in Iraq? Why has the U.S. been occupying Afghanistan for the last thirteen years with the result being a Taliban that is stronger than ever? Why are the BRIC countries forming a monetary union to challenge USD domination? Why is the U.S. attempting to provoke Russia into a conflict with NATO?

Why is the U.S. government collecting every electronic communication made by every American? Why is the U.S. government spying on world leader allies? Why is the U.S. government providing military equipment to local police forces? Why is the U.S. military conducting training exercises within U.S. cities? Why is the U.S. government attempting to restrict Second Amendment rights? Why is the U.S. government attempting to control and lockdown the internet? Why has the U.S. government chosen to treat the Fourth Amendment as if it is obsolete? Why is the national debt still rising by $750 billion per year ($2 billion per day) if the economy is back to normal? Why have 12 million working age Americans left the workforce since the economic recovery began? How could the unemployment rate be back at 2008 levels when there are 14 million more working age Americans and the same number employed as in 2008? Why are there 13 million more people on food stamps today than there were at the start of the economic recovery in 2009? Why have home prices risen by 25% since 2012 when mortgage applications have been at fourteen year lows? Why are Wall Street profits and bonuses at record highs while the real median household income stagnates at 1998 levels?

Why do 98% of incumbent politicians get re-elected when congressional approval levels are lower than whale shit? Why are oil prices four times higher than they were in 2003 if the U.S. is supposedly on the verge of energy independence? Why do the corporate controlled mainstream media choose to entertain and regurgitate government propaganda rather than inform, investigate and seek the truth? Why do corporations and shadowy billionaires control the politicians, media, judges, and financial system in their ravenous quest for more riches? Why has the public allowed a privately owned bank to control our currency and inflate away 96% of its value in 100 years? Why have American parents allowed their children to be programmed and dumbed down by government run public schools? Why have Americans allowed themselves to be lured into debt in an effort to appear wealthy and successful? Why have Americans permitted their brains to atrophy through massive doses of social media, reality TV, iGadget addiction, and a cultural environment of techno-narcissism? Why have Americans lost their desire to read, think critically, question authority, act responsibly, defer gratification, and care about future generations? Why have Americans sacrificed their freedoms, liberties and rights for the false expectation of safety and security? Why will we pay dearly for our delusional, materialistic, debt financed idiocy?Because we never learn the lessons of history.

There are so many questions and no truthful answers forthcoming from those who pass for leaders in this increasingly totalitarian world. Our willful ignorance, apathy, hubris and arrogance will have consequences. Just because it hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. The cyclicality of history guarantees a further deepening of this Crisis. The world has evolved from totalitarian hegemony to republican liberty and regressed back to totalitarianism throughout the centuries. Anyone honestly assessing the current state of the world and our country would unequivocally conclude we have regressed back towards a totalitarian regime where a small cabal of powerful oligarchs believes they can control and manipulate the masses in their gluttonous desire for treasure. Aldous Huxley foretold all the indicators of a world descending into totalitarianism due to overpopulation, propaganda, brainwashing, consumerism, and dumbing down of a distracted populace in his 1958 reassessment of his 1931 novel Brave New World.

Is There a Limit?

“At the rate of increase prevailing between the birth of Christ and the death of Queen Elizabeth I, it took sixteen centuries for the population of the earth to double. At the present rate it will double in less than half a century. And this fantastically rapid doubling of our numbers will be taking place on a planet whose most desirable and pro­ductive areas are already densely populated, whose soils are being eroded by the frantic efforts of bad farmers to raise more food, and whose easily available mineral capital is being squandered with the reckless extravagance of a drunken sailor getting rid of his accumulated pay.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

Demographics are easy to extrapolate and arrive at an accurate prediction, as long as the existing conditions and trends remain relatively constant. Huxley was accurate in his doubling prediction. The world population was 2.9 billion in 1958. It only took 39 years to double again to 5.8 billion in 1997. It has grown by 24% in the last 17 years to the current level of 7.2 billion. According to United Nations projections, world population is projected to reach 9.6 billion in 2050. The fact that it would take approximately 70 years for the world’s population to double from the 1997 level reveals a slowing growth rate, as the death rate in many developed countries surpasses their birth rate. The population of the U.S. grew from 175 million in 1958 to 320 million today, an 83% increase in 56 years.

The rapid population growth over the last century from approximately 1.8 billion in 1914, despite two horrific world wars, is attributable to cheap, easy to access oil and advances in medical technology made possible by access to cheap oil. The projection of 9.6 billion in 2050 is based upon an assumption the world’s energy, food and water resources can sustain that many people, no world wars kill a few hundred million people, no incurable diseases spread across the globe and there is no catastrophic geologic, climate, or planetary events. I’ll take the under on the 9.6 billion.

Anyone viewing the increasingly violent world situation without bias can already see the strain that overpopulation has created. Today, six countries contain half the world’s population.

A cursory examination of population trends around the world provides a frightening glimpse into a totalitarian future marked by vicious resource wars, violent upheaval and starvation for millions. India, a country one third the size of the United States, has four times the population of the United States. A vast swath of the population lives in poverty and squalor. India contains the largest concentration (25%) of people living below the World Bank’s international poverty line of $1.25 per day. According to the U.N. India is expected to add 400 million people to its cities by 2050. Its capital city Delhi already ranks as the second largest in the world, with 25 million inhabitants. The city has more than doubled in size since 1990. The assumptions in these U.N. projections are flawed. Without rapidly expanding economic growth, capital formation and energy resources, the ability to employ, house, feed, clothe, transport, and sustain 400 million more people will be impossible. Disease, starvation, civil unrest, war and a totalitarian government would be the result. With its mortal enemy Pakistan, already the sixth most populated country in the world, jamming 182 million people into an area one quarter the size of India and one twelfth the size of the U.S. and growing faster than India, war over resources and space will be inevitable. And both countries have nuclear arms.

More than half the globe’s inhabitants now live in urban areas, with China, India and Nigeria forecast to see the most urban growth over the next 30 years. Twenty-four years ago, there were 10 megacities with populations pushing above the 10 million mark. Today, there are 28 megacities with areas of developing nations seeing faster growth: 16 in Asia, 4 in Latin America, 3 in Africa, 3 in Europe and 2 in North America. The world is expected to have 41 sprawling megacities over the next few decades with developing nations representing the majority of that growth. Today, Tokyo, with 38 million people, is the largest in the world, followed by New Delhi, Jakarta, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Manila, and Karachi – all exceeding 20 million people.

To highlight the rapid population growth of the developing world, the New York metropolitan area containing 18 million people was ranked as the third largest urban area in the world in 1990. Today it is ranked ninth and is expected to be ranked fourteenth by 2030. The U.S. had the fewest births since 1998 last year at 3.95 million. We also had the highest recorded deaths in history at 2.54 million.  The fertility rate for 20- to 24-year-olds is now 83.1 births per 1,000 women, a record low. That combination created a gap in births over deaths that is the lowest it has been in 35 years.

This is the plight of the developed world (U.S., Europe, Japan) and even China (due to one child policy). According to the U.N. report, the population of developed regions will remain largely unchanged at around 1.3 billion from now until 2050. In contrast, the 49 least developed countries are projected to double in size from around 900 million people in 2013 to 1.8 billion in 2050. The rapid growth of desperately poor third world countries like Nigeria, Afghanistan, Niger, Congo, Ethiopia, and Uganda will create tremendous strain on their economic, political, social, and infrastructural systems. Nigeria’s population is projected to surpass the U.S. by 2050. Japan, Europe and Russia are in demographic death spirals. China is neutral, and the U.S. is expected to grow by another 89 million people. I wonder how many of them the BLS will classify as not in the labor force.

What are the implications to mankind of the world adding another billion people in the next twelve years, primarily in the poorest countries of Asia, Africa and South America? What does the world think of the U.S., which constitutes 4.4% of the world’s population, but consumes 20% of the world’s oil production and 24% of the world’s food? Will there be consequences to having the 85 richest people on earth accumulating as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion, with 1.2 billion surviving on less than $1.25 per day? Can a planet with finite amount of easily accessible financially viable extractable resources support an ever increasing number of people? Is there a limit to growth? I believe these questions will be answered in the next fifteen years as the dire consequences play out in civil strife, resource wars, totalitarian regimes, and societal collapse. Fourth Turning Crisis cycles always sweep away the existing social order and replace it with something new. It could be better or far worse.

Impact of Over-Population

“The problem of rapidly increasing numbers in relation to natural resources, to social stability and to the well-being of individuals — this is now the central problem of mankind; and it will remain the central problem certainly for another century, and perhaps for several centuries thereafter. Unsolved, that problem will render insoluble all our other problems. Worse still, it will create conditions in which individual free­dom and the social decencies of the democratic way of life will become impossible, almost unthinkable. Not all dictatorships arise in the same way. There are many roads to Brave New World; but perhaps the straightest and the broadest of them is the road we are travel­ing today, the road that leads through gigantic num­bers and accelerating increases.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

The turmoil roiling the world today is a function of Huxley’s supposition that over-population pushes societies towards centralization and ultimately totalitarianism. The relentless growth in the world’s population, not matched by growth in energy resources, water, food, and living space, results in increasing tension, anger, economic decline, government dependency, war and ultimately totalitarianism. Huxley believed politicians and governments would increasingly resort to propaganda and misinformation to mislead citizens as the problems worsened and freedoms were revoked. Could this recent statement by our commander and chief of propaganda have made Edward Bernays and Joseph Goebbels any prouder?

“The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.”

I’m sure the people living in Gaza, the Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Thailand, Turkey, Africa and American urban ghettos would concur with Obama’s less violent than ever mantra. Disease (Cholera, Malaria, Hepatitis, Aids, Tuberculosis, Ebola, Plague, SARS) and malnutrition beset third world countries, while the U.S. obesity epidemic caused by consumption of corporate processed food peddled to the masses through diabolical marketing methods enriches the mega-corporate food companies, as well as the corporate sick care complex. Religious wars and culture wars rage across the world as intolerance for others beliefs reaches all-time highs. After three decades of government controlled public education they have succeeded in dumbing down the masses through social engineering, propaganda, and promoting equality over excellence. Obama should stop trying to think and stick to what he does best – golf and fundraising. After reading his drivel, I’m reminded of a far more pertinent quote from Huxley:

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

The chart below details the fact that 12% of the world’s population in countries producing 9% of the world’s oil are currently in a state of war. The violence, war, and civil unrest roiling the Ukraine, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan are a direct result of U.S. meddling, instigation, and provocation. The U.S. government funds dictators (Hussein, Mubarak, Assad, Gaddafi) until they no longer serve their interests, engineer the overthrow of democratically elected leaders in countries (Iran, Egypt, Ukraine) that don’t toe the line, and dole out billions in military aid and arms to countries around the world in an effort to make them do our dirty work and enrich the military industrial complex. The true motivation behind most of the violence, intrigue and war is the U.S. need to maintain the U.S. petro-dollar hegemony and to control the flow of oil and natural gas throughout the world. The ruling oligarchy’s power, influence, and wealth are dependent upon dictating currency valuations and flow of oil and gas from foreign fiefdoms.

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2014/07/20140725_war2.png

In Huxley’s 1931 Brave New World fable the world’s population is maintained at an optimum level (just under 2 billion) calculated by those in control. This is done through technology and biological manipulation. Procreation through sexual intercourse is prohibited. Creation of the desired number of people in each class is scientifically determined and the classes are conditioned from birth to fulfill their roles in society. When Huxley reassessed his novel in 1958’s Brave New World Revisited he didn’t argue for an optimum level of population. He simply hypothesized a close correlation between too many people, multiplying too rapidly, and the formulation of authoritarian philosophies and rise of totalitarian sys­tems of government.

The introduction of penicillin, DDT, and clean water into even the poorest countries on the planet had the effect of rapidly decreasing death rates around the globe. Meanwhile, birth rates continued to increase due to religious, social and cultural taboos surrounding birth control and the illiteracy and ignorance of those in the poorest regions of the world. The ultimate result has been an explosion in population growth in the developing world, least able to sustain that growth. Huxley just uses common sense in concluding that as an ever growing population presses more heavily upon accessible resources, the economic position of the society undergoing this ordeal becomes ever more precarious.

It essentially comes down to the laws of economics. Most of the developing world is economic basket cases. They cannot produce food, consumer goods, housing, schools, infrastructure, teachers, managers, scientists or educated workers at the same rate as their population growth. Therefore, it is impossible to improve the wretched conditions of the vast majority, as they wallow in squalor. Unless a country can produce more than it consumes, it cannot generate the surplus capital needed to invest in machinery, agricultural production, manufacturing facilities, and education. The rapidly growing population sinks further into poverty and despair. Huxley grasps the nefarious implications for freedom and liberty as over-population wreaks havoc around the globe:

“Whenever the economic life of a nation becomes pre­carious, the central government is forced to assume additional responsibilities for the general welfare. It must work out elaborate plans for dealing with a criti­cal situation; it must impose ever greater restrictions upon the activities of its subjects; and if, as is very likely, worsening economic conditions result in polit­ical unrest, or open rebellion, the central government must intervene to preserve public order and its own authority. More and more power is thus concentrated in the hands of the executives and their bureaucratic managers.”Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

Despots, dictators, and power hungry presidents arise in an atmosphere of fear, scarce resources, hopelessness, and misery. As the power of the central government grows the freedoms, liberties and rights of the people are diminished and ultimately relinquished.

In Part Two, I will examine our relentless path towards totalitarianism and war.

 

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Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:02 | 5020795 IridiumRebel
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There will be no totalitarian future for me.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:06 | 5020813 FredFlintstone
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You gotta plan?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:11 | 5020832 IridiumRebel
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I have an insatiable thirst for liberty and no fear to claim it.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:17 | 5020858 ZerOhead
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Your wife just called... she told me to tell you to shut the fucking computer off and come to bed NOW!...

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:27 | 5020895 IridiumRebel
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I was wondering what that gurgling was down by my crotch amidst the soft glow of her cell phone. I thought she was texting and cocksucking at the same time.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:47 | 5020918 ZerOhead
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... and don't forget to feed the dog and take it's glow-in-the-dark collar off......

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:18 | 5021064 Drunk In Church
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The police in America are out of control.  They are a para-military operation.  Bitchez.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:58 | 5021285 Duffy Duck
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Maybe the most insanely idiotic blog link I've followed - I mean, Jesus, pal. 

Have you happened to have had a lot of concussions in your life? 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:39 | 5021418 dag
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Stupid.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:40 | 5021654 negative rates
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Do we feel like children yet?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:31 | 5020903 BuddyEffed
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The blasted article kept asking "Why ..."

The better question to ask is "Why not?"

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:20 | 5021822 hansg
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The most terrifying answer I can think of is this: "because there are too many people, and our leaders are enacting policies that they are confident will in due time reduce the population to sustainable levels."

If you figured out that the root cause of our problem is "too many people", what plan would _you_ make to solve the issue? And would you communicate that to the people scheduled to be eliminated?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:16 | 5021057 Greenskeeper_Carl
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haha that sounds just like my wife.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:59 | 5021288 JohnnyBriefcase
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I've got news for ya: that sounds like everyone's wife.

Ever.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:54 | 5021951 Keyser
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Which is why I fired both of my ex-wives... Who needs that crap in their lives? 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:58 | 5022596 Miffed Microbio...
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I get this from Mr Miffed all the time. He says it's like watching your wife have an affair right in front of your eyes and you don't even get sloppy seconds.

It probably is easier for me though. Men are so easy to please. Just cook them a delicious dinner, fuck their brains out in their most favorite way. As they lay there in a blissful stupor, give them a kiss on the cheek and sneak away to ZH. Life is just finding the proper balance.

Miffed;-)

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:12 | 5020833 ZerOhead
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He's probably getting himself a  d i v o r c e ....

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:13 | 5020836 FredFlintstone
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Yeah, and it sounds like he is not afraid to die trying :)

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:32 | 5020907 CrazyCooter
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Population growth is underpinned by energy production, primarily fossil fuels. People often have no idea how many of their calories are actual oil calories (i.e. the "subsidy" of fossil fuel energy required to produce the food). The same concept applies across pretty much all aspects of modern life, from cell phones to transportation to even the internet. The elites totally understand they need to do two things (1) collapse the population and (2) retain control of key capital assets.

I really expected to face a pale horse before all this hit the fan ... er, shit ... fucking Kerry. Fuck!

Well, guess this will play out over the next five to ten years in the dimensions of war and financial collapse (famine). I didn't really expect pestilence, but maybe this Ebola shit is just a tool to take out an entire continent where the elites have weak political power and capital investments.

Regards,

Cooter

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:42 | 5020938 Jack Burton
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Only the discovery and mass production of OIL has allowed this modern world to develop. The vast populations would never exist but for OIL. Cheap oil brought a century of economic explosive growth with explosive population growth. High priced OIL begins to chip away at all this, higher price oil throws the modern world in chaos. We are very near that point now.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:01 | 5020975 ZerOhead
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They simply do not understand how this planet functions.

Systemic global financial collapse and ALL OIL EXPORTS (and thus imports) stop immediately.

North America can repurpose it's oil to necessary agricultural production / transportation / military etc. but unless I have forgotten my geology... Europe is fucked.

 

Before the widespread use of automobiles... in 1908 New York City (AKA the Big Crapple) was home to 120,000 horses...

http://www.banhdc.org/archives/ch-hist-19711000.html

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:15 | 5021227 DoChenRollingBearing
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ZerOhead wrote:

"North America can repurpose it's oil to necessary agricultural production / transportation / military etc. but unless I have forgotten my geology... Europe is fucked."

Very astute comment, yes we (USA) do have some options.  But, it will not likely be pretty.  In such a future, it would be nice to have some of our manufacturing base back too.

Even bearings.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:58 | 5021970 Keyser
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Won't be pretty is an understatement... Makes me wonder about those that would choose to hunker-down and ride it out as the EU and US will be ground zero... The only sane thing to do is to exscape the largest population centers around the world, find a place with an agrarian-based subsistence economy and put your capital into hard assets... 

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:37 | 5026554 GlobalCtzn
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That was my conclusion. Done and done!

 

I never thought I would be a farmer, but that it what I am currently reinventing myself as. Hard work and good sleep! Thanks again Mom for teaching me how to work hard and save for a rainy day...............

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:50 | 5026565 Ghordius
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Astute comment? a comment that forgets that Europe has - since the dawn of the Age of Oil - always had to produce something for it's oil (which includes a positive trade balance), and pay way moar than the US

a comment that further forgets many, many little pesky details which don't fit the standard/common American view of the world, including who are the clients of the Petro-Dollar System

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:09 | 5021382 SF beatnik
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The Great Wealth Transfer. obviously having made huge strides, removes the punch bowl. Just a few people will have all of the spending power.

No more middle class.

No more working class, for that matter. Just a few slaves.

This will reduce consumption in the developed countries.

Once we ordinary folk are just caged rabbits, our numbers won't matter so much to the depletion of resources and depradation of the environs.

Big problem solved. God's friend Lloyd can party on

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:54 | 5020990 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Exactly right, Jack.

Those population growth projections to 2050 are as grounded in reality as economic growth projections from the Fed and their Wall Street conspirators.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:34 | 5021557 Lore
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My thought as well. I hope the author will address the need to distinguish between realistic scenarios and those marketed by the Crisis Creators. Case in point: 

The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself. - Club of Rome

Classical oligarchical collectivism attempts to justify itself by hiding behind protectionism: "Give up more of your earned rights and freedoms so 'we' can do a better job of 'keeping you safe.'" Bogeymen are essential ('Al Qaeda,' 'Global Warming,' 'Islamo-Fascists,' 'Cold War,' 'Radicals,' Humanity in General, Yourself).  What we are not allowed to know, what we are not allowed to ask openly, is how things might be different, and how they might be better or worse. Our present system is undeniably pathological, evidenced by the extreme imbalances it has enabled and encouraged.  Large scale mechanisms of enslavement and manipulation are recent in human history. What are people being prevented from seeing and realizing? Why do we suffer expansive limits to personal growth? Quinn indicates that developed countries are stagnant or even in decline. Why does he presume that the developing world will not undergo similar changes?  Why should we accept a brick wall as inevitable? Is slavery necessary? Predators will tell you the best prey is a fatalist.

Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:56 | 5020996 CrazyCooter
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JB (and anyone else with a logical, educated opinion) would you agree the game is therefore collapsing population ahead or in sync with production decline in an attempt to realign?

The world does have quite a bit of recoverable oil, but not for everyone in today's market that expects it.

Regards,

Cooter

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:37 | 5021132 NoDebt
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Don't know about the rest of the world, but in the US the plan seems to be short-sighted.  Throw the borders open and let everyone in who can get here (maybe send some planes to fly them in if that's not enough).  For what?  Votes.  More dependants addicted to sucking on the government teat.  Control of the political process.

In a country that hasn't had an official energy policy in over 30 years, why would we have an immigration or population policy either?

Again, I don't know how the rest of the world works, but I suspect the net resultant vector will be fairly simple and self-determining.  Human beings will consume everything in their path until the planet will no longer supports our demands.  Period.  Then that beautiful hockey-stick population graph will stop going up.

The only question in my mind is whether it will level off or take a nose-dive.  That will be determined by how we address the situation (or fail to address the situation).

 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:03 | 5021290 JohnnyBriefcase
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I think it's more for the chaos and division they bring, not the votes.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:04 | 5021292 putaipan
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Selfishness, multiplied by population, results in wars, exploitation, persecution and poverty. Selflessness, multiplied by population, brings about peace and plenty. All the modern fads that are stalking the world today, in the guise of politics, economics, materialism, communalism, nationalism and socialism, have to be judged on the criteria of selfishness or selflessness."

spoken in silence by someone much wiser than me.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:42 | 5021655 negative rates
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Face plant with eyes closed.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:27 | 5021251 DoChenRollingBearing
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Price of oil (and to a degree NatGas) may do it Cooter, but there is really no way to know.  If the prices goup high enough (which it looks like will go very high), then oil will likely be used for its highest and best uses.

Whatever "highest and best uses" are (ag chemicals, transportation).

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:14 | 5021467 El Vaquero
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It's worse than only being put towards its best uses.  We need it to go to work.  We also need it for food production.  There are not enough alternatives for getting food without going to work.  In short, forced globalization sucks balls.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:32 | 5021235 tickhound
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So we then have oil, and its limitations to fuel this rate of growth, to THANK for putting an end to our ridiculous behavior.

So we should then assume that if we had oil in limitless abundance, we would continue on and grow exponentially as Huxley observed... Waiting for something else or some other resource to pull the plug.

Look people, given the right conditions, a bacteria is dropped in a bottle at 11 am. It reproduces every minute. At midnight the bottle is full. When is it half full? At a quarter full the linear thinkers don't even see it coming.

All the time in the world.

If humanity won't change the way it conducts itself... Then we better hope the oil runs out and we don't find an adequate replacement.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:59 | 5021287 Duffy Duck
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yeah, and> fetilizer and pesticide.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:15 | 5021387 zer0concerns
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The haber-Bosch process. Most of the people alive today can thank the haber-Bosch process. Most of the people dead can blame the haber-Bosch process. And, of course, the eighth wonder of the world, compound interest. What's allllllll the worry innyhoo? It's a Hella fun Fucking tide of humanity to ride. Sheez...it's a jumping jack flash and a gas, gas, gas. I for one have zero Fucking concerns. Peace out yo

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:11 | 5021462 El Vaquero
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I didn't really expect pestilence, but maybe this Ebola shit is just a tool to take out an entire continent where the elites have weak political power and capital investments.

Pestilence and malnutrition go hand-in-hand.  I don't expect it to be Ebola.  I don't expect it to be anything specifically.  Point at one virus or one bacteria and chances are, it won't be it.  But eventually it will be something.  Point at some bug and claim it's the next black death, and I'll say "nope."  Most of the time, I'll be right.  It's that big fat tail event where I'm wrong that counts though, and there will be such a tail event where I'm wrong.  Something will beat the odds, and we'll have a good'ole fashioned pandemic. 

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:15 | 5020848 IridiumRebel
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Lulz . She's the only person allowed to kick me around.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:04 | 5021206 Tall Tom
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She probably got online and read your posts?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:18 | 5020864 Escrava Isaura
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FredFlintstone:

You gotta plan?

No! How about you?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:22 | 5020877 rtalcott
Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:05 | 5021018 OldPhart
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Seems like 'THE PLAN' is already in the works.

  This guy was on TWO different international flights and was headed back to the United States.

The flight to Nigeria unloaded, some connected to their on-going international flights, the rest walked out into a city of 21 million people.

In less than three weeks we're going to know whether or not there's a pandemic.

Ebola outbreak: Victim who sparked fears of global epidemic was on way home to US - Telegraph
Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:04 | 5021449 Captain Jack Sparrow
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How come Australia doesn't get a mention, are we that insignificant?  The truth is we will probably be the last country standing with the size of our land and abundant resouces with a population under 30 million. 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:42 | 5021496 El Vaquero
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Who runs Bartertown?

 

Sorry.  Too many Mad Max movies made. 

 

How much *oil* does Australia have?  Australia has enough land to probably provide for its people if a bunch of shit changes, but I doubt it can provide for itself under the current economic paradigm.  Even your economy depends on it to a very literal fault.  Rip up your lawn and plant a garden.  Share with your neighbors so that they can see how good that shit tastes, and convince them to do the same themselves. If you're in or near Sydney, you can start with a spring garden somewhere between August and October.  A lot of you Aussies are doing it, but not enough. 

 

Seriously though.  Fuck your lawn.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:45 | 5021501 fel.temp.reparatio
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...not sure how you can justify 'last country standing'. Australia certainly isn't going to be forgotten by the trigger happy - think Pine Gap among other prime military installations, like Garden Island, which sits smack dab in the middle of Sydney.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:07 | 5020816 robertocarlos
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Eyeless In Gaza.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:06 | 5020817 q99x2
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There are a lot of things that will get unleashed if things turn to shit. Things are kept in check because there is a the "right" thing to do. Soon there will be no right for a lot of people.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:15 | 5020843 steelrules
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No worries, their diligently working on raising the death rate.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:23 | 5020880 Reaper
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The sheeple crave a leader. Any leader is better than no leader. Think is replaced by crave as crises mount.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:25 | 5020887 esum
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outlaw LOBBYISTS....... 

limit campaign contributions to $1 per citizen to be funded by a checkoff on the income tax form... 

TERM LIMITS

follow the CONSTITUTION

 

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:32 | 5020909 Da Yooper
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follow the CONSTITUTION

 

Yep

 

& as a FYI for the fucking brain dead

 

This is a Constitutionally Limited REPUBLIC

 

NOT a Democracy

 

Those who call the USA a Democracy are traitors to the REPUBLIC

 

& should be treated as such 

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:54 | 5020989 therevolutionwas
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was a republic

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:13 | 5021221 Tall Tom
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The problem lies in that we confuse that which we want and that which is real.

 

We seem not to function well when we are in that state of confusion.

 

Trust me. I am probably the most confused of all when it applies to practical life. I just understand why I am confused.

 

Many do not get that far so, lost in their confusion, they come up with faulty delusions in order to justify their own irrational beliefs.

 

I am not pointing fingers in judgment as I suffer from the same cognitive dissonance as most. Nor am I claiming myself somehow superior.

 

I just understand it.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:45 | 5021659 negative rates
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It's a line of confusion, there i trusted you.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:51 | 5021280 Duffy Duck
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I junked ye for being an ornery, pedantic cunt.

Doesn't move the ball forward, Sally.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:16 | 5021308 Tall Tom
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Yeah...Forward...

 

Off the fucking cliff.

 

There is NO SOLUTION.

 

Your socialist vasectomy program that you want to start will not make a difference unless you back it by force.

 

See...Normal people want to reproduce as that is HARD WIRED INTO OUR DNA.

 

Most have not a clue about Exponential Growth. Furthermore you ain't gonna convince 'em.

 

So who is being an onery, pedantic cunt?

 

Look in the fucking mirror for a change. Because that is where the change starts...WITH YOU.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:34 | 5020915 CrazyCooter
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If we did that shit, we wouldn't be in this fucking mess. I don't mean to be an ass, but driving home, drunk, so blind you can't see, isn't the time to "see the light" and chose sobriety.

We. Are. Fucked.

Regards,

Cooter

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:34 | 5021264 Tall Tom
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BUT WE ARE IN THIS MESS. What could have been, should have been, might have been IS NOT.

 

So it is easier said than done?

 

At least drunkeness is a less painful state as one is anesthetized to the painful reality.

 

When you look at this predicament then you will find that there is NO SOLUTION but only a probable outcome.

 

Choosing sobriety will not change the outcome. I chose sobriety long ago. Perhaps that was a mistake.

 

I am sober and I am watching it coming at me like a Freight Train and there is not one damned thing which I can do to stop the God Damned Infernal Device.

 

Somehow I think that maybe being anethesitized or asleep is the better state as they will not have a clue to the horror which is unfolding before my very sober eyes.

 

I am asking myself is it really worthwhile to wake them up so that they experience the terror and the horror as they await their dismal end...AS WE ARE DOING.

 

I guess maybe that misery loves company???

 

Maybe that is why I am contemplating that I should NOT awaken them. Why have them miserable?

 

You are right.

 

We are so fucked and the attack is coming from a plethora of fronts. The forces are insurmountable.

 

Whether it is Ebola, the Financial System, Fukushima, or an ever encroaching Government...there is just no stopping it. What's next? Fucking Nuclear War?

 

We are doomed. Actually it is rather meaningless at this point. There is nothing which will be left behind as we are writing the requiem for a dying world.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:51 | 5021666 negative rates
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Since we are so close to the end here, why don't we party and spend like it's 1999, what is there to lose if you are not wanting to prepare for the end. Or maybe you are prepared and well ready to meet your maker who will take away the pain, in that case, start spending NOW! 

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:35 | 5020922 RafterManFMJ
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Keep Calm, And Continue Eating Your Fritos.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:29 | 5021095 A Lunatic
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My hand is almost too fucking fat to reach into the bag. I sure hope they come out with a super sized container soon........

-Joe American-

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:38 | 5020927 Pants McPants
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This article reads like one long, tired projection of a middle aged man coming to grips with his own mortality. Yes, Jim, you will die some day. So will everybody else. The world moves on.

Are there too many people in the world? Who's to say? Take a drive through Nebraska or Nevada and tell me the world is too crowded. Hell I bet 40km outside Karachi is thick forest and undeveloped land. Just a guess though as this ignorant 'Murican ain't been to no backwoods islamafacistland.

Like many in his generation Huxley was an avowed believer in eugenics. Prolly not our best resource, and certainly no authority on humanity.

All of this is not to say Brave New World and Quinn's work is not appreciated, but this article made me wonder how many tired, craggy old timers played the "too many people!" card during the industrial revolution.

Above all else, humanity adapts & survives. Stable, closed systems are synonymous with death...whereas chaotic, random systems represent growth.

Enjoy the ride.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:01 | 5021289 Duffy Duck
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Get off my lawn, McPants!

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:07 | 5021298 Tall Tom
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Get your filthy hands off my World Duffy Duck.

 

This planet does not have room for the likes of you.

 

That is okay...Ebola will kill you off.

 

If not I will engineer a Nuke War to do the trick

 

Hugs...

 

Your Elitist Pals.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:03 | 5021378 AmericanFUPAcabra
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Not that your comments arn't welcomed, please do away with the 3 blank lines between each "thought". It is a waste of space and blows out the comments section yet another page (doesn't help you post 5+ times per article either) If your comments were worth the dramatic delay I suppose I wouldn't mind but....It reads like you are an out of breath fat kid who just climbed a flight of stairs and is having trouble voicing a thought. Just sayin

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:00 | 5021682 negative rates
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It represents the spaces between his mind which has turned into the dirty laundry of a severe pain in the neck situation with no escape. He was questioning the validity of waking others to this nightmare or simply let click their way to hell complements of our superior gvt. Oh yea, and he's only 30 years old with pain and misery to look forward too. Can you feel the pain yet? Or are you maybe asleep at the wheel texting? Daydreaming perhaps, or a teen laying in wait of some future fortune. It's not there, you pull your on self into hell, and everything goes to hell, unless YOU, prop it up. 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:24 | 5021321 lasvegaspersona
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There is very little food production in NV. Mining is our only 'industry'. Our power comes from a river that is drying up. We  have grazing land but it's not great (and the Feds may try to kill you for trying.

It is not the acreage it is the quality of the land.

There is a reason the Mormons, who settled all over the West choose Idaho and Utah and even Arizona over Nevada. If it wasn't for gaming and the Hoover Dam Nevada would be the least populated state.

It is not the acreage it is the quality of the land.

Even California is mostly a desert if you stop irrigation.

Only wise management can save us and we simply are not going to get there in time.

Get some gold and hope for good luck.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:39 | 5020930 AccreditedEYE
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We can follow the same tired patterns of the past and start destroying property and killing each other in a massive global conflict OR we could race to space. It sounds insane, but it really does solve many of the above problems.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:48 | 5020963 BuddyEffed
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We could race to space with surplus resources. But lacking that, it could very well end up being a race to the bottom. Iwrack, Ghanistan, Libelya

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:40 | 5021144 rsnoble
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Not enough time for the hair trigger nutjobs running this circus.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:51 | 5020951 therevolutionwas
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Gold and silver backed private money supply.  The only way to make and keep government small enough to manage.

Articles like this make me think of EMP attacks and the horrors that follow. 

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:49 | 5020958 BuddyEffed
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dup

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:55 | 5020993 RaceToTheBottom
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"the average American economically worse off today than they were at the height of the economic crisis in 2009?"

Don't sell it short.  The average American is economically worse off than they were in 1980....

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:19 | 5021234 CaptainObvious
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The average American is economically worse off than they were in 1890.  In 1890, most people knew how to grow their own food and stayed fit by doing so.  Today's 'Murican thinks food is placed in shiny mylar bags in chip form by magical elves and fairies.  And Today's 'Murican is about the size and shape of the average juvenile orca.  Today's 'Murican is so fucked.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:42 | 5021422 Terminus C
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Thanks for that Captain Obvious...

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:58 | 5020995 Cabreado
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Nonsense, Mr. Quinn.

While you get almost all of the inputs correct, you neglect communication and comparing notes, which bolsters resolve.

There will be no totalitarian arrangement in your lifetime, but there will be turmoil, lots of turmoil.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:58 | 5021002 Sick
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There is something about Switzerland that seems to need fixing.  A neutral country where Oligarchs live?  Seems to me that is where we need to take the chaos and destruction to that the rest of us are living.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:01 | 5021014 Sick
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They have a plan.  Agenda 21 as in the 21st century.  Bush II the idiot kicked it off with 9/11.  I see a pandemic coming along with WWIII to reduce the world population down to Georgia Guide Stone's level of 500 million.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:21 | 5021237 CaptainObvious
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Which would consist of the Rothschilds, Billy Gates, Warren Buffet, Carlos Slim and their ilk as the lords and masters of 499.99 million useful serfs?  I'm still long on pitchforks and torches.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:37 | 5021027 honestann
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Question:  Why do fictional leaders of fictional nations do so many terrible things without end?

Answer:  Because they are predators, and that's how predators behave.

Any other questions?

PS:  And in case you haven't noticed... predators continue to do what predators do, until and unless their prey kill them.

Any other questions?

PS:  Population has little or nothing to do with tyranny.  The proof of that is, ancient history.  However, at some lower bound of population density the predator ability to effectively monitor and control their prey becomes marginal.

So at some extremely low population density the magnitude of predator abuse is mitigated.  But anywhere above that lower bound, tyranny is almost entirely a function of how clearly the prey understand the predator scam, and how willing they are to destroy the predators.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:03 | 5021203 Manipuflation
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I am dusting off my Robert's Rules of Order again for the third time.  I would love shut the bastards down with the likes of HonestAnn on my side but I know that this is not possible.  I will just have to do it myself on the local level.  I don't know what else to do to.  Confronting the two major fundraising parties is daunting because they have way more money then we do.  The only thing I can do is procedural to stop the shitshow or at least delay it.  I do not know if that will work and it probably won't.  I know that I will not make any friends doing it either.  What else can be done?

Just drone me out but one thing first.  I want to have my say.  Before I get aced out I have questions and I want answers.  I want to see the look on their faces when I ask them those questions.  I want to watch them squirm for posterity.     

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:08 | 5021209 RaceToTheBottom
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If you are going to go down in flames, at least bring technology to let us live vicariously.....

 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:14 | 5021305 Manipuflation
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I would not cheat you racetothebottom.  I think threatening them is a fairly effective tactic on the local level.  The thing is is that I would have to be there and that is a problem.  I could at least do it once.  Maybe I show up twice.  Basically, I would just be the biggest pain in the ass that that board has ever had to deal with. 

I am not asking for free shit.  Yep, we can do a video too if needed.  They know me over ther in Wisconsin though.  If I show up and  walk in the door then you know that I am there for a reason and it is not for happy fun time. 

They do not want me there because if I do walk through that door then I am going to start requesting all sorts of information and they have to provide that to me because they are .gov.  I am pissed off at these people and I know how to fuck with them and they know that I know.  So we will see what happens but I don't think that I have ever said on ZeroHedge that I won't back.  If I said it, then it is true and I won't back down simply because I can't.  I can't let go and I can't let these fucktards get away with what they are doing to us.

 

I know that ZH'ers will be with me in spirit.    

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:06 | 5021030 Wilcox1
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It seems like the population acts like an ant colony, bee hive, or even a dish of mold.  Simple growth until the limits are reached and then collapse.  

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:26 | 5021089 AdvancingTime
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 Just over a year ago I stumbled upon a blog on WordPress .com written by Gerry Spence who was born and educated in the small towns of Wyoming where he has practiced law for almost fifty-five years.

As a  nationally known figure in the legal system Spence  has spent his lifetime representing and protecting victims of the legal system from what he calls The New Slave Master: big corporations and big government. Below is a disturbing take on society put out there by Gerry Spence and the idea that we have become no more than slaves.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2012/02/we-are-all-slaves-interesting-tho...


Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:34 | 5021117 worbsid
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We live in the Reno/Tahoe region of the US.  When the first exploers came here they estimated there was about 3000 indians living between Tahoe and the Pine Nut Mountains; an area of about 800 square miles.  Now there are well over half a million in the same area.  Without cheap oil (it still is cheap) the population will be less than 3000 because even the indians know there are better places to live and survive than the Great Basin high desert.   

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:36 | 5021127 Ernie November
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Is it time for the Ourborous?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:20 | 5021313 Radical Marijuana
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There already is an Ouroboros of Incorporated Robbery.

See: http://cafr1.com/

The overwhelming majority of shares in publicly traded companies are owned by institutional entities which were created by governments. Collectively, governmental entities own the economy. Governments chartered corporations, which effectively control governments, while governments created institutions which bought up the overwhelming majority of ownership, that theoretically can control those corporations. OUROBOROS!

MEANWHILE, I have been worrying about the topics presented in this article above since I was a teenager, and have spent as much time and effort as anyone else to learn as much as I could about those topics: the main theme in my conclusions has always been that the more I learned, the worse it got!

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:14 | 5021224 The Wizard
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If those who created he FED and the petrodollar would not have supressed energy technology, mainly from the world of Tesla, the earth would be a much better place to live in from a resource perspective.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:23 | 5021244 CaptainObvious
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"Most of the developing world is economic basket cases."

That should read as "Most of the developing world and developed world are economic basket cases." Just because we print moar fiat doesn't mean we aren't just as broke-ass as Kenya or Niger.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:34 | 5021253 SgtShaftoe
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I took Jim Rogers advice and became a farmer. I highly recommend it. Back pain, gone; extra weight, gone. If you're looking for a plan, pick up a copy of Permaculture a designer's manual. Or just start reading about permaculture. Anyone here who understands complex systems can appreciate the fresh approach.

Modern agriculture is a fucking mess. It's going to take some really smart people like many here to make it work correctly.

Now put down that GMO snackey and start looking for farm ground to borrow, buy or liberate. No need for highly irrigated lush Iowa like ground. Hard nastiness will do fine. It's actually better in some ways. Your neighbors won't be Monsantos spawn either. Permaculture is literally greening the desert in Africa. In more mild climates, your results will be even better.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:57 | 5021556 Wahooo
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Is it really worth a hundred bucks?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:42 | 5022509 SgtShaftoe
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It's a nice book. It took me a while to finally pick that one up, but it pretty much covers everything. Though, you can just read online if it's too spendy. There's plenty of free resources on the interwebs and a lot of good videos.

Search terms: sepp holzer, Joel salatin, keyline, paul wheaton, permaculture, keyline plan, etc.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:07 | 5021295 Duffy Duck
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how bout a cash for vasectomies program in mexico, nigeria, brazi, and india?

I'll kick in.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:04 | 5021348 Radical Marijuana
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Every such notion should be seen as a component of artificial selection, whose core are the death controls. Therefore, any such population control policies should be seen within the context of militarism, as ways of operating murder systems. However, we live in Bizarro Mirror World, to an astonishing degree: everything that we call "birth control" are actually forms of death control. Clearly, vasectomies would be another form of "birth control" which would actually be death control.

The issues raised in this article above need to be thought about in radically different ways. There ARE going to be limits, and those limits WILL BE, and, by definition, must be some form of death controls. The cultural problems are that the actual ways that human ecologies have operated their real death controls are through the maximum possible deceits, to the degree that it is practically impossible to have any rational public debates about these issues.

The problems mentioned in this article above require more than flippant superficial solutions. (Although that is likely all they will get, until those problems are driven out of control.) In theory, we should be going through a series of intellectual scientific revolutions, which would then apply to politics, and especially to the ways that we operated our combined money/murder systems.

Most of what we call "birth control" are actually forms of death controls, which should be perceived as a form of militarism, as the ideology of the murder system. Due to our drastic failures to do that in the past, the history of such efforts has tended to discredit itself. But nevertheless, "birth control" or rather what are really forms of death control, would be one of the most efficient and effective ways to adapt to the limits of our environment. However, given that our society is actually controlled through the maximum possible deceits and frauds, through the established combined murder/money systems, the most probable futures are for the established social pyramid systems of debt slavery backed by wars based on deceits to drive debt insanities to provoke death insanities.

I would like to think that MAYBE we would be forced more to think differently about those problems, as they become more intensely acute in the foreseeable future. However, there are no good grounds to doubt that the real human future will primarily become the expression of Peak Insanities, along with the times of the emergence of Peak Everything Else.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:51 | 5021367 CactusLand
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It is time to end the Matrix, simple awareness by 10% or more an it collapses.

How was it created and what are its key elements?

The Seven Pillars of the Matrix

http://www.thecactusland.com/2014/07/the-seven-pillars-of-matrix.html

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:23 | 5022136 TalkToLind
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+100 thanks for posting. 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:09 | 5023758 Radical Marijuana
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Yes, CactusLand, the section on "money" in that article you linked was an excellent short summary!

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:24 | 5021397 kurt
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Overpopulation and inacurate predictions as to its impact are a religion. If you believe the world is overpopulated, start with yourself. Bu bye. As to other murderous plans, FUCK YOU!

Three hundred years from now when the planet is supporting a Trillion people with more off world, they will look at articles such as this, and dominant dire predictions and see it as primative, ignorant,  and presumptuous as we see 19th century writings on medicine. Right now there are NGO's applying leaches and bleeding our populations through war and they think they are completely justified. Worse yet is the slavish belief in computer predictions, giving them almost religious import.

We don't know everything. New energy and science may be already available but kept in the black because of the presumptions of the scientific elite, think inquistional tribunals and officious gate keepers. 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:31 | 5021487 bid the soldier...
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"New energy and new science may be already available"

That's the Brooklyn Bridge that people are buying with both hands.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:43 | 5021497 kurt
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As a soldier, isn't it time for you to kill yourself?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:52 | 5022852 bid the soldier...
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BID THE SOLDIERS                                                           Thou know'st that we two went to school together:   Even for that our love of old, I prithee, Hold thou my sword-hilts, whilst I do run upon it.                                               KURT                                                                             That's not an office for a friend, my lord.                                                            Alarum still.                                                                    KURT                                                                                     Fly, fly, my lord; there is no tarrying here.                                                                    BID THE SOLDIERS                                                         Farewell to you; and you; and you, Kurt
Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:37 | 5021493 bid the soldier...
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"We don't know everything"

And you are foremost amongst us.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:57 | 5021512 jack stephan
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If this pisses you off to let humanity live for 10 minutes ill take the hot. Fuck it.

A lot of hellraisers won't like being reduced to a small square, me included

This Is the most piss you off video I seen in at lest 5 month,Americans with balls will sleepwalk and still pull it off, asshole

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtW6HW8jO_U&sns=em

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:04 | 5021563 barre-de-rire
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just mathematical.

 

actual sharing% with 7 billions.... ok.... set level to 9 billions + .....

 

 

 

 

 

 

keep calm, breath & relax :)

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:38 | 5021594 unicorn
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boah, depressive forum... look at how population decreases while they got a better life. this is the solution: fairness. study the good things goin on too. study how the game works on bigger level: nowaks cooperative intelligence. defectors wont survive.

cooperate bitchez.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:48 | 5021604 Baby Eating Dingo22
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Get your Mandarin on

 

Harvard Is Summer Mecca as Chinese Students Crowd Boston

Chinese students have a new favorite summer destination: Harvard University.

So many students and their families are visiting Boston-area schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University that Hainan Airlines Co. (600221) started direct flights from Beijing to Boston in June and increased the number from four to seven a week in July and August. Tufts gets so many requests from large organized groups that it runs separate tours for them.

“My parents enjoy listening to my description of schools, such as the campus views, the school culture and the feeling of visiting them,” said Yuhan Wu, 16, from Beijing, who is on a three-week college scouting trip that included Harvard.

Yihan Gao, a 17-year-old high school senior from Beijing, whispered in front of Widener Library in Harvard Yard about how she borrowed her friend’s student card on a previous visit to sneak into the library and explore.

The surge in interest underscores both the prestige of obtaining a degree from Boston-area colleges and the burgeoning affluence of China’s middle class. The number of Chinese students in the metropolitan area almost tripled to 10,913 last year from 3,800 in 2009. That’s faster than growth nationally, which more than doubled, according to the Institute of International Education in New York.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-29/harvard-is-summer-mecca-as-chin...

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:19 | 5021634 22winmag
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Yeah yeah... totalitarian regimes are big and scary, until they crumble.

 

 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:33 | 5021647 buzzsaw99
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pure conjecture and opinion. not one "fact" cited has any evidence whatsoever. rubbish article.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:56 | 5021671 robochess
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how about just look around you and your (our) world? You don't see what he's talking about? DOES THE OBVIOUS ELUDE YOU?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:07 | 5021694 buzzsaw99
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It essentially comes down to the laws of economics...

laws of economics. lulz

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:12 | 5021702 Ghordius
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there are a few "laws" of economics (calling them "laws" is excessive, though).  this one, for example

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:20 | 5021705 buzzsaw99
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The rapid population growth over the last century from approximately 1.8 billion in 1914, despite two horrific world wars, is attributable to cheap, easy to access oil and advances in medical technology made possible by access to cheap oil...

Blah, blah, blah. If that were true then the usa would have the highest population in the world. The vast majority of oil usage is wasted. the relationship between medical technology and cheap oil (or population) is pure conjecture. the world is overpopulated because people are retards. when resources become scarce totalitarianism will become untenable.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:31 | 5021870 AnAnonymous
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'Americans' do everything to elude the obvious.

The obvious is that the 'american' middle class is the segment of population that is overpopulating the world.

'Americans''hope to conceal that obvious through their unmatced talent in theiving is collapsing: people around the world are running out of things to thieve.

'Americans' run a business of extorting the weak, farming the poor and a pyramid always collapses from the bottom.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:33 | 5021723 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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No worries.

The US is cultivating sodomy as the new consumer life style, and is exporting it through Hollywood.

Abortion rates in some minority communities are through the roof, thanks to gov subsidies and propaganda campaigns.

This will also be exported.

The consumer is in libidinal capture.

The Vagina is just a pleasure ring and is being divorced from reproduction. That will soon fall to the likes of Mon San to, or some corp. of similar diabolical ilk. Then eugenesis can take over and the real fun begins.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:55 | 5021752 overmedicatedun...
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"n an exclusive interview with Benswann.com,  Jim Fox, the scout leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, explained what happened earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border.

At the check point, one of the boys took a picture of the border agent and “threw the agent into a frenzy.” According to Fox, the agent immediately confiscated the camera, told the boy that he could be subjected to 10 years of prison or a $10,000 fine. The boys and driver were escorted inside the border patrol station.

“The border agent tried to bait me. He wanted to get a reaction out of me and I did not give it to him,” said Fox. The border agent didn’t want Fox to follow him while he searched the van because Fox might turn over “search techniques to the undesirables.”

One of the agents asked to see one of the bags of the scouts. One scout knew where the bag was and tried to get the bag to assist the agent. That’s when Fox said an agent had a loaded pistol pointed at the boy.

Fox said that the boy thought the agent was going to shoot him and got back into the van. “They were sitting there scared to death,” said Fox.

“And for our government to take these young men and illegally search them and illegally seize and pull a weapon on these kids — something is wrong.”

 

Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook asked Fox, did you feel at that moment that you still lived in America?”

“No,” said Fox. “I didn’t and neither did the boys.”

Fox said that they have experienced this type of intimidation before with the TSA in Orlando, F.L.

In the Orlando one of the eagle scouts accidentally dropped his boots after going through a full search.

One of the officers said, “..if that boy doesn’t calm down I will arrest him and remove him from this airport.” Fox asked the officer, “what did the boy do?”

“He dropped his boots in a threatening manner, said the officer.”The border patrol agent asked Fox, “I suppose you’re wondering why we are doing this?” While pointing at the teenage boy the agent told Fox, “It’s our job to protect this border, It’s our job to keep terrorists from crossing the border.”

Senator Chuck Grassley told Fox News, “It’s outrageous that a border patrol agent would point a gun at a boy scout just for taking a picture,” he told the television station. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

Cook asked Fox if he thought his Fourth Amendment was violated?

“Totally,” answered Fox.

Fox had a meeting scheduled with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week to discuss the event, but will not attend without a constitutional attorney from the Rutherford Institute. According to Fox’s Facebook page, The Rutherford Institute offered to represent him.

Cook asked, “Is there any video footage of this event?” According to Fox, the DHS will not send a copy of the video it to him, media organizations or Sen. Grassley.

Fox told Cook that the Rutherford Institute will submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to access the video. DHS claims there is no audio of the event.

Cook asked Fox, “In light of the open borders and drug cartels going back and forth at the southern border freely, does it anger you at all that the focus of border security is on patriotic groups like the Boy Scouts?

 ”It’s frustrating,” said Fox. “It’s frustrating that we give these thugs that kind of power.”

“And for our government to take these young men and illegally search them and illegally seize and pull a weapon on these kids — something is wrong,” said Fox.

“But they’re questioning whether or not they can go back into their own country…something’s not right!”'

 

 
Joshua Cook is the acting Chairman for the Republican Liberty Caucus of South Carolina. Joshua Cook's articles have also been cited on sites such as InfoWars, Reason.com, WND.com, Breitbart.com, DailyCaller and FreedomOutPost.com. If you have any tips please email me at joshuacook@benswann.com. Like me on FB and follow me on Twitter. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on google_plusone_share Share on reddit More Sharing Services 8 Subscribe To The Ben Swann Newsletter. Enter Your Email Address Below.

 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:56 | 5021756 homiegot
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Don;t forget gender-open restrooms.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:56 | 5021753 homiegot
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I'm moving back to the Fatherland.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:57 | 5022589 Emergency Ward
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There was the Motherland, the Fatherland and now the Homeland.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:57 | 5021760 Tarshatha
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Perhaps the blood of tyrants might cure what ails us. 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:09 | 5021779 Againstthelie
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The usual plutocratic distractions, that a dictator was needed for enslavement.

USraeli sheeple have been waging wars for more than 100 years for their secret masters...

 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:10 | 5021782 AnAnonymous
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That is a condensed 'american' article.

The usual trick: escaping reality by summoning up hypothetical future configurations.

The world is on the path to depletion of resources. This is now, now in a future. Who put the world on this path? 'Americans' and several of their considerations.

What is going to be the weight of added billions of poor? Nothing compared to the actual and present weight of the 'american' middle class.
By definition, poors are people who cant consume much (else they would not be poor) Focusing on people who consume nearly nothing to approach an issue of overpopulation? an 'american' thing.

Who is consuming much? The 'american' middle class. The 'american' middle class, around the world, is enough to bring depletion of resources. Adding billions of poor to the balance is useless.

Even better, a declining in number 'american' middle class is no guarantee to solve the overconsumption as an 'american' middle class have kept proving time after time they could easily increase their consumption.

The underlying principle: covering for the 'american' middle class.

So is thrown in the bin stuff like "producing more than consuming" (the infinite growth 'american' meme) and aberrations like implying that the failure from the targeted people to increase their consumption ("They cannot produce food, consumer goods, housing, schools, infrastructure, teachers, managers, scientists or educated workers at the same rate as their population growth.")
Incredible to state when considering an issue of overpopulation.

One must follow an 'american' agenda to rely on thinking of that sort.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:44 | 5021915 headhunt
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Three blathering, moronic post in a row - you're on a roll AA

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:30 | 5027714 AnAnonymous
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To be compared with the roll 'americans' are on.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:16 | 5022938 Matt
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You miss the part where millions of the poor become Americans every year, both by immigrating to America, or by becoming "middle class" within their own countries.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:31 | 5027723 AnAnonymous
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When poor are no longer poor, they are no longer poor. They turn something else.

'Americanism', its spread, the increase in the number of 'american' middle class are a different story from the number of poor around.

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:49 | 5031329 Matt
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It's not a different story.

The more poor there are now, the more "americans" there will be.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:15 | 5021798 AnAnonymous
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Unless a country can produce more than it consumes, it cannot generate the surplus capital needed to invest in machinery, agricultural production, manufacturing facilities, and education.
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'American' countries never did that. 'Americans' have been so far able to increase the inputs feeding their economy through the process of globalization (mostly theft). As it followed, they have been able to increase their level of consumption.

Globalization is nearing its end though for 'americans' and while they look left, right, center, they cant find no place to keep adding those inputs to their economy.

'American' countries have been consuming their exterior and they've been consuming their exterior at a faster and faster rate.

Billions of poor people in the future wont change that: 'americans' are trapped under ice, and they are dying for air.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:27 | 5021848 AnAnonymous
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Increased population as the factor behind totalitarianism?

A very secondary factor then.

'Americanism', the 'american' ideal has always been from the start a de-civilizing project, holding in germs a totalitarian project.

As the 'american' project grew and succeeded, the totalitarian project has blossomed.

'Americanism' leads naturally to a total society as from the start, 'americans' negated diversity: they came with a project for the whole humanity with their natural rights theory thing and vast categorization on whom was succeeding and who was failing, and the reason why.

No growth of population, battle over resources change that: even without all that, an 'american' society is bound to turn into a total society.

That is the product of an 'american' education.

Things that are happening now ('americans' exhibiting the totalitarion dimension of their 'american' ideal) result from the pressure of non yet existing populations that are supposed to be born in a future.

Guy has a cancer. The cause of the cancer: food that is expected to be eaten in the future and that is supposed to have cancerogenous effects.
That is why a guy has cancer, because of a certain type of food the guy has not yet eaten.

Typical, typical, typical 'american' way of thinking. Anything goes to divert from the cause: the 'american' middle class.

Protect the 'american' middle class at all costs.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:50 | 5021937 mendolover
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Just heard that only a Muslim would have Hussein as a middle name.  Can anyone confirm?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:51 | 5021939 TuPhat
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You write crap Jim.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 08:51 | 5021947 Ohne Deckung
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The very intereting question but not listed: What is the connection between committing failures and population increase.

A poitive there must be for sure as we got quite thoroughly informed by the article although not fining a word about.

Is the assumption out of scope, if there was an option to learn from history, awaiting less failures on the ground by such a break-through step, the population thereafter had no chance than to decline.

 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:18 | 5022107 d edwards
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Has anyone noticed we've gone from "Yes we can" to Yes YOU WILL! F-ing tyrant.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:51 | 5022278 sam site
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Good article.  Economists found that during the 30s Depression, hard times suppressed population growth and that probably explains the declining numbers in developed countries, but in desperate developing countries, I believe a survival mode kicks in and you have population explosions.

As I've said many times in other comments, the West has been captured by Toxic Injury through toxic chemicals and metals placed in the food, water and medicine in order to disable the clear and critical thinking abilities of the public.  This was necessary to dispel the threat of the public discovering and eliminating the Fed banker scams such as Fractional Reserve Banking and Fed Debt-based Money Creation.

It's no coincidence that world population growth coincided with these banker scams that inflated the Fiat currency money supply and promoted urban sprawl.  With the upcoming collapse of the bogus world Fiat currencles, I believe we are going to experience a massive die-off of the sickest and most programmed among us.  Victims of Toxic Injury display a blind allegiance to the establishment and are going to experience a fatal and crushing disillusionment as the Big Government comfort rug is pulled out from under them.

You can't convince these Toxic Injury victims that they have been poisoned and captured by a small group of non-religious organized-crime Jesuit leaders with their Rothschild banker agents that have been secretly controlling the West since 1913 with the Fed act.  These victims will take to their graves the notion that they are in charge with their powerless votes and label all else crazy conspiracies. 

Four Popes have been poisoned by the Jesuits in their attempts to rid the church of these callous criminals in 1773, 1939, 1958 and 1978 and had their gold stolen from them and that has formed the basis of their enormous power through investments with their Rothschild banker agents.

 To understand how this Jesuit organized-crime leadership has been, "dumbing down the masses through social engineering" watch

Neurosurgeon Dr Russell Blaylock - Social Engineering creating sheeple drones through Toxic Injury
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB3xcN_eoPo

Vatican assassins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqCdxMyh6eM

Satanic Vatican
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aD8TU3VC-Q

 

   

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:35 | 5027735 AnAnonymous
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As I've said many times in other comments, the West has been captured by Toxic Injury through toxic chemicals and metals placed in the food, water and medicine in order to disable the clear and critical thinking abilities of the public.
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'Americans' have been thinking along the 'american' lines before the introduction of toxic chemicals etc...

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:58 | 5022312 TheABaum
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Zerohedge should be above being a slave to a defunct economist like Malthus and a snake oil salesman like Erlich.

 

Start reading Julian Simon.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:20 | 5022383 Jack4952
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So, what is the POINT of this article?

1.) Is it looking for suicide volunteers?

2.) Advocating mass murder on a global scale?

Or how about a "Hunger Games" style lottery, but for NATIONS (not individuals)?  "Sorry, Sven, you lose. And there goes Sweden in a flash of thermonuclear missiles."

 

Nature takes care of itself, including its deficiencies and excesses. All biological systems have "negative feedback loops": If you eat a great deal of sugar, your blood sugar level rises, which in turn causes the release of insulin, which decreases your blood sugar to a "normal" (steady-state) level - which then stops the insulin output. If you do not eat for a long time, catabolic steroids are released which first convert glycogen (stored in your liver) into glucose (the basic sugar for cells). After that, these steroids begin to convert body tissues (protein and fat) into glucose and amino acids. Then eventually you die. BUT if you eat food, the catabolic steroids stops and the entire process is reversed.

Bacteria cultured in a Petri dish exponentially increase in number, then soon begin to die of in the center of the colony as nutrients decrease and excretions increase, while bacteria in smaller outlying groups survive. But given time, these smaller colonies will grow too large and die off, while the first area that died off will again be re-populated with bacteria to renew the cycle.

People need food to survive. As food supplies become insufficient, many people will die off through starvation (or its side effects, such as infection, heart failure, etc.). People may not be bacteria, but we are still animals - an animals fight to survive. So there will be violence, wars and mass killings. Cruel as it may sound, that is NOT just Human Nature; it is also Nature itself.

That said, WHO is to decide what population number is too great? People were writing about "excessive world population" over 100 years ago and predicting the "end of mankind" - and they were wrong.

Think POSITIVE: maybe a huge asteroid will collide with the Earth before mass starvation begins!!!!     ;-)    ;-)    ;-)

 

 

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:58 | 5027857 AnAnonymous
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The point of this article is the common point for an 'american' article: distracting from the 'american' middle class weight in the current situation.

It is about indicting the poor, evoking a cabbal among the rich, while marginally, pointing fingers at the 'american' middle class (that were beguiled into erring)

That is all.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:34 | 5022470 gcjohns1971
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Quinn's thesis summarized:

 

"Malthus (as well as Huxley) was right."

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:34 | 5022478 gcjohns1971
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My response to Quinn, Huxley, and Malthus.

 

There are more things under heaven and earth than your science has yet dreamed of.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:03 | 5022629 moneybots
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"Why is the average American economically worse off today than they were at the height of the economic crisis in 2009?"

 

Because in 2009, the economy was not allowed to naturally hit bottom.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:01 | 5027876 AnAnonymous
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The average 'american' is not economically worse.

'Americans' who are slipping to poverty (and as such are no longer 'american' middle classers) simply cant take it and cling to the lost 'american' middle class status as a paradise lost.

They are poor now. And therefore their grievances should not be accounted for the 'american' middle class, that is doing well.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:12 | 5022678 Duffy
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There's no question we're relatively close, and may have reached peak oil....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVd-zAXACrU

 

But I think before that becomes a real problem, water will race ahead to become an even bigger problem.

 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:11 | 5022680 Jim Shoesesta
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I became extinct just trying to read all this. 

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:30 | 5024722 SweetDoug
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It's called 'birth control'.

 

Use it.

 

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