If Your BS Detector Is Not Screaming, It's Broken

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

Wishing it was true doesn't make it true--it makes you a chump who fell for the con.

Once upon a time in America, no adult could survive without possessing a finely tuned BS detector. Herman Melville masterfully captured America's fascination with cons and con artists in his 1857 classic The Confidence-Man, which I discussed in The Con in Confidence (October 4, 2006).
 
An essential component of the American ethos is: don't be a chump. Don't fall for the con. And if you do, it's your own fault. The Wild West wasn't just thieves shooting people in the back (your classic "gunfight" in the real West)--it was a simmering stew of con artists, flim-flammers and grifters exploiting the naive, the trusting and the credulous.
 
We now inhabit a world where virtually everything is a con. That "organic" produce from some other country--did anyone test the soil the produce grew in? It could be loaded with heavy metals and be certified "organic" because no pesticides were used during production. But what about last year? And the year before? What's in the water used to irrigate the crops?
 
The employment/unemployment statistics are obviously BS. 93 million people aren't even counted any more--they're statistical zombies, no longer among the living workforce. If the unemployment rate were calculated on the number of full-time jobs and the true workforce (everyone ages 18 - 70 that isn't institutionalized or in prison), the unemployment rate would not be the absurdly delusional 5.6% claimed by the bureaucratic con artists.
 
The corrupts-everything-it-touches bribe vacuum known as Hillary Clinton is still disgracing the national stage, 24 years after she first displayed her con-artist colors. Hillary's most enduring accomplishment is the Clinton Foundation--a glorification of bribery, chicanery, flim-flam and cons so outrageously perfected that it serves up examples of every con known to humanity in one form or another.
 
And as she learned from hubby Bill--if the smarmy charm-con fails, quickly revert to veiled threats. "You'll never work in this town again!"
 
Hillary would fit right into Melville's river boat teeming with con-artists. The accent she uses on the marks--oops, I mean audience--changes as readily as the camouflage on a chameleon. Upper Midwest, Noo Yawk, Fake-Southern--what you hear depends on the credulity of her marks.
 
The entire American political system is a con, a sleazy mix of legalized bribes, auctioning off of favors, revolving doors between government agencies and the corporations they enrich and the blatant hypocrisy of snake-oil salespeople who know the marks (voters) face a false choice between two parties that are the same poison sold under different labels.
 
Which brings us to China, one of the greatest credit bubble and financial cons ever. Please examine this chart of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSEC). Clearly, there is no upper limit to the Chinese stock market: 5,000 today, 10,000 next week, 50,000 the following month and 100,000 shortly thereafter. The sky's the limit, Baby!
 
That China's credit machine is now dependent on a stock market bubble for its very survival speaks volumes about the true health of China's economy. This dependence was recently explained in Why China Is So Desperate To Blow The Most Epic Stock Bubble.
 
Everybody who thinks China's economy is healthy because its stock market is soaring has been suckered. Every good con-man/ con-woman knows that the con only works if the chump/mark wants to believe the impossible is true--that the snake-oil remedy will actually cure their ailments, that the "hope" candidate will actually change the corrupt system from the inside (ha-ha, they fell for it), and that China's economy is on its way to becoming the world leader in everything.
 
Many people want to believe this fantasy because it suits their agenda: For American pundits, China isn’t a country. It’s a fantasyland.
 
But wishing it was true doesn't make it true--it makes you a chump who fell for the con. We want to believe our political system isn't an unreformable cesspool, that our economy is a vibrant creator of new middle class jobs and that China will manage the greatest credit bubble in history without a hitch. But these are all cons put over to protect the wealth and power of those benefiting from the con.
 

If your BS detector isn't shrieking, it's broken. You've been conned. Wake up.

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prefan4200's picture

When the con men can see the cards and you can't, there's nothing to be done.  You're gonna be conned, whether you like it or not.

prefan4200's picture

Oh, you're in the game, too.  Whether you wanna be or not, you're in the game.  If you've come to the conclusion you're not playing, you've fallen for the con.

Manthong's picture

Mine is not broken, but sometimes it gets numb.

That is what happens when the sense organ tissue gets pounded to just this side of a properly tenderized flank steak.

AlaricBalth's picture

In every stockjobbing swindle every one knows that some time or other the crash must come, but every one hopes that it may fall on the head of his neighbor, after he himself has caught the shower of gold and placed it in safety." (Karl Marx - From "Capital: Critique of Political Economy," 1867)

y3maxx's picture

...Its not a con....its a parrot....and its not dead, its just sleeping.

BoredRoom's picture

I for one trust the unbiased Chosenite media and our benevolent Chosenite bankster masters to do what is best for America and Americans....

 

Captain Debtcrash's picture

There are those who's primary function is to make the general population conclude that anyone speaking the truth is crazy.  When most hear the name Ron Paul the first thing they think is 'crazy old man'.  History will be shocked that the population didn't realize what was happening.  If I hear the main stream media say conspiracy theory I pay more attention. 

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

People realize they just choose to work the con as well.

pods's picture

Looks like rain in the forecast. Good thing I got me a Chinese Umbrella.

pods

MonetaryApostate's picture

When criminals rule... (Jesus tried to warn everyone, but you know what they did about him...)

This is the devils auction, where senators whore for more...

Four chan's picture

leave that lier out of this, we have enough frauds involved in this subject.

pretty bird's picture

We have choices.  If you don't like the candidates, go with Elizabeth Warren.  She hates Wall Street.

jeff montanye's picture

bernie sanders is actually running.  and there will be a libertarian candidate, at some point.

rand paul may be less awful than some, possibly.

MonetaryApostate's picture

If all of the politicians weren't so damn busy sucking corporate cocks for corporate donations, you know this Country might not be heading down the drain, and fast, indeed we might even come to know something called "Justice" again, but alas, they've got the entire system sucking on their corporate dollars & begging for more like the whores they are...

brucekeller's picture

They always take it to the extreme too and are like "Do you also think the moon landings were fake?!"  IFLS on FB recycles the same story over and over again about how people that believe conspiracy theories will believe anything.  Then they'll recycle the same climate change story and how anyone that questions it is stupid.  Then they'll say people who think climate change stats are manipulated are the same as anti-vaxxers.  

It gets pretty annoying.

 

jeff montanye's picture

the norwegians disagree but there are fewer of them than english (mis)spellers so coming soon to a dictionary near all of us.

TeamDepends's picture

Oh yeah, Marx was great with money- he pissed away TWO inheritances. Marxists Cloward and Piven wanted to destroy the current system and replace it with one that guaranteed every citizen would receive a salary. This isn't "fairness", it is lunacy.

max2205's picture

Met a girl named Catlyn on craigslist....said she was a virgin 

BoredRoom's picture

Bruce Jenner proves homosexuality IS a mental disorder

Citxmech's picture

What has BJ's mental condition have to do with being gay?

steveharless's picture

Would you be happy with Chris Jenner?

OldPhart's picture

I'd be happy with a BJ...

jeff montanye's picture

that ellipsis implies the sex (species?) of the mouth is irrelevant?

mt paul's picture

he can't find 

his penis anymore...

Free2Speak's picture

Bruce thinks being a woman means wearing nail polish and high heels.  He is very confused man, a phony and a fool.

11b40's picture

I did not realize "he" was homosexual.  Has he said that?  Has "she" said that, either?

Transgender can be straight, gay, lesbian, bi, or even asexual.

Jenner's transformation proves nothing, but maybe homophobia IS a mental disorder.

http://www.businessinsider.com/bruce-jenner-im-not-gay-im-heterosexual-2...

 

Arnold's picture

Keep on churning that.

11b40's picture

Thanks.  Glad I have your permission.

Isn't it interesting how Jenner is such a magnet for so many homophobes to show us their insecurities?

Creepy Lurker's picture

The real mental disorder is people getting wound up about what other people do with their crotches, both for and against.

Anyone who wants these attention whores to go away, the answer is simple. Stop caring, stop giving them the attention they crave. Bruce Jenner grew tits because he's too old to be a famous athlete anymore. Its that simple.

pods's picture

I admit it, I care about what women do with their crotches. Especially if it is on video.

pods

Antifaschistische's picture

I don't care what people do with their crotches...and I don't particularly care who they chose to shower with tonight.....but....someone sure the hell cares...why do I even have to know if anyone is gay...or straight.  I don't care...but they care.   so they keep shoving it in your face "i'm gay I'm gay i'm a tranny I'm a tranny....treat me special treat me special"

they only people making a big deal out of it is the MSM and the Hollywood TV/Movie crowd.

Oldwood's picture

Once one has "deviated" from the normally accepted behavior, does it really matter if HeShe is gay? I mean after all, even the "deviants" cluster under a single umbrella of the LGBTQIA organization.

Its not about identity beyond be considered as "other". It just ain't cool to be "normal".

Billy the Poet's picture

You're not supposed to say "normal." They want you to say "cisgendered." I kid you not.

NeoRandian's picture

It is interesting that the issue was always intended to be a big controversy to provoke reactions that could then be mocked to further the big queer agenda by punishing anyone that dares voice a belief.

 

We've all read Foucault. You're not fooling anyone.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

I'll go on record as upvoting you for that comment about people conflating transgender (physical) with sexuality (mental).

Citxmech's picture

Isn't that amazingly apparent from the votes here.  JFC - I've met plenty of gay men in my life, but never met one that wanted to cut off his junk and insert a vagina.  

Feeling like you're trapped in a body of the opposite sex has absolutely nothing to do with being gay or straight.

Oldwood's picture

So if you are "physically" only definable as one sex, I mean scientifically or any other way quantifiable, yet you "think" you are another, that's not mental? If you think your arm is not yours but placed there by aliens and as such you seek to have it removed, is that mental or physical?

All I can think is Fuck Me.

Not a living soul knows why they want anything or feels anything except for what is conceived and transmitted through our fucking brains. The biggest con of all time is the selling of this notion of happiness and how we all deserve it when we don't have a single idea what the fuck that even means most times. They would like for us to think that all happiness comes from consumption, and when that fails we should express our deepest held proclivities, like that somehow could make us happy. Look at the suicide rate of those who have had surgical reassignment and then tell me about happiness. People are being manipulated to think that if they aren't happy (in some immeasurable unquantifiable way) that they are a failure and that their first and foremost efforts should be in that pursuit. The problem is that the whole notion of happiness, like most other words abused, has lost all real meaning. Happiness was a simple jargon for some concept of contentment and even that was socially derived to some degree. We have allowed this value system of "happiness" to be contorted to the point of self destruction, to the point of record drug addictions, along with just about any other addiction you can think of.

But at least we now have Obamacare, so leading a productive life of self sustainment will NEVER interfere with our pursuit of "happiness" again.

Citxmech's picture

I think that's why we're supposed to be guarenteed "life" and "liberty" but only the "pursuit" of happiness. . . 

PS  A man without bread has only one worry, a man who has bread, has many worries. 

Semi-employed White Guy's picture

You've come to the wrong site to sell that faggotry.

TuPhat's picture

Nothing 'it' says could be at all meaningful.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

That is why non-participation works. Cons need marks, refusing to do anything deprives the con of it's mark.

Ghandi showed the way....

shovelhead's picture

Ghandi only proved that passive resistance works to a degree if the PTB's care about public relations.

Ghandi would have been forgotton if he was found hanging dead in his cell.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Does the current PTB regimes care about public relations?

You all know the answer to that one even if you don't have 2 functioning brain cells left in your head. Fear has to care whether it wants to or not because of that thing about control. Fear is the root of control, power is the ability to not fear and therefore not care about public relations or control.

Fear is only one facet of power. If they weren't fearful they wouldn't care. They would just do, no deception or bullshit words and doublespeak.

They don't have total control regardless of what everyone wants to think or believe.

If you are ruled by fear, fear reacts to fear, rejection is the most powerful tool of fear one has to strike back at a fearful system.

Hence you get labeled as things like pathologically frugal when you do.....

You must be sick in the head if you don't love the system.

Love is another weapon used by the system. Weaponized emotions were always the most effective control mechanisms to 'civilize' people.