Guest Post: Apocalypse Trades: Neither Things Nor Bureaucracy

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Fri, 08/26/2011 - 17:34 | 1605781 Long-John-Silver
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Apocalypse Bitchez!

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 17:49 | 1605821 Transitory Disi...
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We have a black sock down

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 20:41 | 1606282 Crisismode
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This article is written by a mentally-deficient, mentally-masturbating, brain-dead idiot.


Oh, and did I say it was worth reading?





Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:39 | 1606390 spiral_eyes
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Did Warren Buffett just join the House of Rothschild?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 08:42 | 1607050 DeeDeeTwo
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How is crapola like this making it onto ZH?

Why does every random hack think they are Hemingway?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 09:18 | 1607074 Conor
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Actually, I found the article to be inspiring.

And in the times of apocalypse, those without belief in a Savior will have nowhere to go with their unrelenting loneliness and despair.


Sat, 08/27/2011 - 07:56 | 1607006 thewhitelion
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"Black sock down?"

Not really sure what this means, but DAMN, I wish I had said it!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 10:34 | 1609243 Transitory Disi...
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The post I replied to mentioned Apocolypse Now... it reminded me of the film Black hawk down but then I remembered "socky" the sock puppet version....


Socky has made it into a few films:


Socky Balboa

Black Sock Down

Asockolypse Now


More here

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 18:28 | 1605940 Snidley Whipsnae
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"The only unshakable faith should be in one’s capacity to foster a world worthy of wonderful and useful ideas,"

...and, we are going to eat the ideas and they will sustain us?

...Sounds like another crusader in a quest to change human nature.

Good luck with that one!

To the author of this article: Keep stacking while you are crusading!

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:03 | 1606043 jm
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The article has nothing to do with changing human nuature.  It is about man's amazing ability to do pretty good with the hands he is dealt. 

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 04:48 | 1606924 Snidley Whipsnae
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" It is about man's amazing ability to do pretty good with the hands he is dealt."

I beg to differ... We were delt the most perfect world in the universe that we yet know of... It contained everything needed by all it's inhabitants... It was the 'perfect hand'...

...and, we have turned it into 'the tragedy of the commons'...

In order for humans to avoid turning a perfect world into a 'tragedy of the commons', human nature would definitely have to be changed.

Spin it as you will, jm, the facts are there for all to see...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 19:16 | 1608363 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The perspicacious mind will endeavor to cultivate a succinct style of locution. The capacity for taking complex ideation and distilling it down to its essence can engender thoughtful reflection, whereas excessively loquacious verbiage could be misconstrued as nothing more than persiflage.


Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:51 | 1606176 Azannoth
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Too bad most people on ZH lack the intelect necessary to grasp and appreciate you post, oh well

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:47 | 1606407 mick_richfield
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I guess I also lack the intellect to appreciate your bad spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  But hey, that's just me.  I'm sure your comment is a lot smarter than it looks.

Did you know there's a spell-check button, little Azannoth?

TD -- could we talk about the, um, captchas?  Maybe turn them up to 11?



Fri, 08/26/2011 - 17:46 | 1605812 Pay Day Today
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A compassion for, and interest in, all mankind.

Having said that, the 1950's was a pretty good time to build an industrial economy from wartorn scratch. Energy and materials were plentiful and were supplied to Japan in bulk by friends.

Any new rebuilding now - would need to be a different, less energy intensive future.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 18:35 | 1605968 Long-John-Silver
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Industry in America has been outlawed by the EPA, FDA, and the Justice Department.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:16 | 1606073 nmewn
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"and the Justice Department."

Yeppers. They have now gone after Gibson guitars, citing Indian Law.

Interview (complete with Air Force One flyovers and inane reporter questions) follows...

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:25 | 1606100 caerus
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WTF they went after gibson?!?! this aggression will not stand man...

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:32 | 1606115 nmewn
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They have been after them since 2009.

They raided them and stole/seized a half a million bucks worth of their customary black ninja attire of course. 


Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:52 | 1606177 caerus
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bullshit dude...what's next prs?

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 22:11 | 1606456 caerus
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who's gonna make the guitars?!

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 22:40 | 1606489 nmewn
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SEIU, of course.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 11:38 | 1607313 NoClueSneaker
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Golden Age - check gil yaron ...

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:35 | 1606122 Pay Day Today
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As long as you guys don't forget that it was a few tens of thousand American citizens on corporate boards who made the decisions to move thousands of US factories to China.

They, and their shareholders profited massively from the downsizing of American industry.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:59 | 1606193 nmewn
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"They, and their shareholders profited massively from the downsizing of American industry."

You've piqued my curiousity.

What type of American industry are you in favor of having returned here? And how do you propose to lure it back?

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:20 | 1606353 JohnG
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Large scale marijuana farming.  And opium (as opposed to hopium).  Why should the Afghani's and CIA have it all??  Hell, we pay for the CIA.

And coca farms.  Big ones.

Decriminization bitches!

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:46 | 1606403 NuckingFuts
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Why not supply locally what there is a demand for. To me it seems basic economics. But there are those who think it's wrong. Well I think corporate rape and pillage is wrong.... Why not make that shit illegal?

+1 why should the CIA have all the fun?

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 20:15 | 1606224 Hobbleknee
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Because the government made it too expensive to do business in America.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 02:54 | 1606856 Mentaliusanything
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Your looking at another reason why America is drowning. Raiding Gibson what next ,Harley - Davidson for excessive Noise pollution or unsafe glare from the chrome....

Endangered Wood my ASS - your being anally inserted and begging for more from limp wristed Girly boys.

America tear this wall down

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 08:00 | 1607011 nmewn
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"Your looking at another reason why America is drowning. Raiding Gibson what next ,Harley - Davidson for excessive Noise pollution or unsafe glare from the chrome....

Endangered Wood my ASS - your being anally inserted and begging for more from limp wristed Girly boys."


First they came for the poor who drive clunkers. And I did not speak out for clunker drivers because I did not drive one. Then they came for Cap'n Crunch. And I did not speak out for Cap'n Crunch because I did not eat it. Then they came for our lightbulbs. And I did not speak out because I use flourescent. Then they came for my doctor. And there was no one left unmolested to speak up for him or me.

Its the Crabs in a Bucket Syndrome.

A place populated by a crab-like people living in the depths of a bucket. They will only reach out when one of the other crabs takes hold of the lip of the bucket to escape. They will always, instinctively, grab him and pull him back down into the seething mass that is their world.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 12:13 | 1607401 I did it by Occident
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they can take my guitar wheny they pry it from my cold, dead hands!

Jeez, these laws are getting ridiculous, er, wait too late...

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 17:46 | 1605813 Nate H
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"“They can take land and money and all your things, but they can never steal what is in your mind.” "


Wise words. All financial capital -stocks, bonds, even cash and gold - are markers for real wealth: natural capital (trees, oil, water), built capital (tractors, houses, spoons, backpacks), social capital (friends, family, networks), and human capital (health, knowledge, skills etc.) Gold and silver are a bit closer to natural capital than paper is, but markers nonetheless.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 17:52 | 1605830 blingblingbert
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You can have all the gold in the world but if you can't share time with family and freinds the wealth is worthless.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:02 | 1606316 JohnG
Fri, 08/26/2011 - 18:06 | 1605873 A Lunatic
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I'm pretty damned certain that a .357 mag will steal whatever treasures you have secreted away in that mind of yours.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 20:03 | 1606205 LowProfile
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My SAIGA semi-auto 12GA trumps your pissant .357.

Make my day, cunt.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 20:21 | 1606236 Rodent Freikorps
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I just need a better power source and I can go into production with my man-portable, flechette firing rail gun.


Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:13 | 1606339 JohnG
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Guess you'll have to wait for jm's fusion then.  Prolly be a while.  Like never.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 17:07 | 1608075 Rodent Freikorps
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Until then, it just won't be man portable.

Kind of like the powered armor....

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:49 | 1606411 mick_richfield
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Bah.  7mm Remington magnum, bolt action.  One shot.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 22:02 | 1606434 JohnG
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When used properly, the .44 Automag will remove the fingerprints - Dirty Harry

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 19:01 | 1608330 TheFourthStooge-ing
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When used properly, the .44 Automag will remove the fingerprints - Dirty Harry

Good luck finding ammo and (especially) magazines. You might as well be using a Gyrojet.


Fri, 08/26/2011 - 22:53 | 1606508 toady
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I'm not sure about the stealing part.

Eliminate, sure, I believe that.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 18:20 | 1605915 reader2010
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Jews learned their hard lessons in Nazi Germany. After all, real wealth happens to be portable/marketable knowledge. 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 18:42 | 1605985 Moe Howard
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They sure are accumulating an awful lot of worldly goods for having learned a lesson. Can you point out where they are not? I see the opposite. I knew Jews who paid more to park their car for a month than my rent for a year, big cars, furs, gold, you name it. What was that lesson again?

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:27 | 1606365 Dr. Acula
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Two of my favorite people were Jews: Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.

Neither lived extravagantly AFAIK.


Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:35 | 1606381 caerus
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good men

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:46 | 1606401 reader2010
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Leaders like Hilter or Stalin, for instance, can take away your factories, farms, and property. But, they cannot take away portable knowledge in your head as long as they don't kill you.  Sergey Brin, a Russian Jew came to this country at age of six. He built up his specialized knowledge in math and computer science through his schoolings here in this country. The next thing we know is that he started Google, and has become one of the wealthiest guys in the world.  Precious metals, investment-grade diamonds, and rare fine art paintings will preserve money's purchasing power. However,  real wealth comes from portable knowledge.  

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 17:48 | 1605815 tekhneek
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blah blah blah BUY GOLD AND SILVER.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 17:50 | 1605822 Transitory Disi...
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