Guest Post: Comfortably Numb

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Smithovsky's picture

We're watching the kettle boil but eventually it will.  

Oh regional Indian's picture

My American Ex-wife was visiting yesterday here in Bangalore, and I told her about the crazy Black Friday nonsense. She almost gagged watching the youtube videos.

What a sight. What sheep. Amazing what 40 years of colour-tell-a-lie-vision will do to an entire nation.

Black friday indeed. What a dark name too.

Conspicuous consumption, mammon's little helper.



oddjob's picture

Tell your X unnecessary globe totting is just another form of conspicuous consumption.

Almost Solvent's picture

At least we now have a wonderful new phrase:


Competitive shopping (with mace)

Oh regional Indian's picture

I think someone is going to make that into a reality TV show.

Competitive shopping. Comi-tragic.


boiltherich's picture

I thought they were already calling it OCCUPY WAL MART.

marsdefIAnCe's picture

On the bright side, people are starting to realize Obama is Osama. The OBAMA BI (nla) DEN administration is run by Osama Bin Laden. The beast of Revelations 13 is in his last throes.

9-11-11 Obama pauses before saying "Be still and know that I am God." Pslam 46 was read by Obama at the 9-11-11 ritual.

Pslam 46 is the 666th chapter from the end of the King James Bible. The original King James Bible from 1611 has Psalm 46 printed on page 666.

It has been 666 years since the last truly global financia crisis, when King Edward III repudiated his debts.

The only helicopter that landed in the Obama/Osama raid crashed after take off.  No body extraction was possibe:

Obama is third generation CIA:

Obama/Osama have the same face:

A few more coincidences:

Shocker's picture

Pretty much by now, everyone knows we are in some amazing times. There is so many charts/graphs to show us, where we were and where we are now.

Time for solutions, should of already happened. Who knows exactly how its all going to play out


tahoebumsmith's picture

Great recap Jim... I would like to add an answer to this question... Why are most Americans so passively accepting of these calamitous conditions? How did we become so comfortably numb?

Have you looked at the sky lately? What you see are Chemtrails filled with alumi-NUMB and barium. They spray us everyday with mind numbing chemicals and metals and call it geoengineering. How about your tap water? It also is filled with toxic crap that numb your brain and control you. Lets not mention the food supply which has been hyjacked by MONSATIN and engineered to change the way we think as well. Just like the TSA, the FDA is another corrupt organization that merely exists to control us. If the spraying of our skies and the contamination of our water wasn't enough, now everyday another 10,000 or so Americans are put on antidepressants and our children are diagnosed with ADHD or some mental illness so they can also be dosed with ritalin or some other mind numbing drug. If the 52 inch plasma mindfuck machine wasn't bad enough, now we can't even go outside without being exposed to their control. Everything we do and eat can be linked to some sort of government controlled agency.

So as appropriate as Pink Floyd's " Comfortably Numb" song is to your article, I would like to add another one of their lyrics....


Hush now baby, baby, don't you cry.
Mama's gonna make all your nightmares come true.
Mama's gonna put all her fears into you.
Mama's gonna keep you right here under her wing.
She won't let you fly, but she might let you sing.
Mama's gonna keep baby cozy and warm.
Ooooh baby, ooooh baby, oooooh baby,
Of course mama's gonna help build the wall.


NumberNone's picture

American's still accept that Vanna White is needed to turn the electronic letters on Wheel of Fortune.  What else needs to be said?

Mr. Magniloquent's picture

As a biochemist, I have found no such contaminants in public water. Jet-streams are merely water condensing under pressure provided by the wing-tips of aircraft, and cooling of combustion products (CO2, H2O) from the engines.

Lies are the only poison planted on such a wide-spread level by the US Government. Try to relax. You only reinforce the misplaced faith and trust in government when you theorize in such a manner. The war for our nation's minds is a philisophical battle, not chemical.

Cathartes Aura's picture

dude, seriously, who do you work for?

A method is described for reducing atmospheric or global warming resulting from the presence of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, i.e., from the greenhouse effect. Such gases are relatively transparent to sunshine, but absorb strongly the long-wavelength infrared radiation released by the earth. The method incudes the step of seeding the layer of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere with particles of materials characterized by wavelength-dependent emissivity. Such materials include Welsbach materials and the oxides of metals which have high emissivity (and thus low reflectivities) in the visible and 8-12 micron infrared wavelength regions.


Can Chemtrails Be Proved?

By G. Edward Griffin
May 27, 2011

It seems that the die-hard skeptics refuse to believe what they see with their own eyes. No matter how many laboratory tests we collect, they always manage to come up with a theory that, no matter how far fetched it is, would explain the high levels of aluminum, barium, and strontium in our snow and rain water as merely due to some climate condition or error in preparing the chemical sample or some unintended human interaction.

obviously, I could go on & on. . .

i-dog's picture

One should ask him, firstly, where he lives. Then, secondly, whether he has personally analysed his air and/or water quality. Then, thirdly, how often. It's so easy for mind-numbed sheep to spout hysterical denials based only on belief - no matter how well [academically] qualified they may be.

FWIW, where I live, I have seen no obvious signs of chemtrails in the 4 years I have been aware of their publicity ... BUT, I do know from a trusted source that they were 'tested' here about 4 or 5 years ago (and do seem to recall seeing some even earlier than that).

Chemtrails are easily distinguished from contrails by their different persistence patterns (and one of my degrees is in Chemical Engineering ... while we are throwing around spurious 'arguments from authority' :-).

Mr. Magniloquent's picture

I worked with the Dandini Desert Research Institue while working towards my B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at UNR.

i-dog's picture

I don't doubt your qualifications or sincerity (I always check a few previous posts before criticising somebody). However, you didn't answer the other two questions I posed: What have you tested for (rather than read about), and how often (one can be fairly certain that they don't spray the whole country every day for years on end!)?

Mr. Magniloquent's picture

What's your point? I read the entire patent pdf. It proposes a potential method for mitigating global warming. Does this prove that it is in practice employed on one aircraft, let alone a significant percentage? Furthermore, what evidence have you of the efficacy of these alleged additives for purposes of "mind control"?

How far did back in aviation did this consipiricy begin? These additives infiltrating the entire world's supply of aviation fuel pre-date WWII? Instead of looking for government conspiricy, how about plain old unforseen consequences of government stupidity?

People are finding strontium, thorium, and other radioactive isotopes within atmospheric air--particularly in the early 1990s when the chemtrails conspiricy reached its apex. Ever consider that many of these products found within the air are isotopes formed by nuclear reactions? There was quite a bit of nuclear testing in the later half of the 20th century--particularly before treaties were signed.

Chemtrail Conspiricy is just paranoid neo-luddites shaking in fear over natural phenomena, attempting to use science they don't understand to explain science they don't understand.

epwpixieq-1's picture

People will be surprised how much knowledge is lingering around unnoticed (in books), and ironically this statement is immensely true of the physical world, if only we could truly understand it. For example: An Essay on Electricity ( 1799 )

Chap XIX: On Atmospheric electricity ( p. 415)

For those who UNDERSTAND the laws of the flow of the electrical fluid, there are no natural secrets. Regrettably, only extremely few ones do, and even fewer can do something with this understanding.


Vlad Tepid's picture

I am neither a biochemist nor a breathless chemtrail..."devotee".  But I have read numerous scientific reports that document increasing saturation of public and tap water with anti-depressants, stimulants, cocaine, and all other manner of ilicit and legal drugs.  These must be having some effect...

Mr. Magniloquent's picture

There are a great deal of contaminants in public water. Do you want to guess how much estrogen you ingest annually because of flushed birth control pills? That's only one of the many different instances.

There is a stunning degree of arrogance displayed in many people by their willingness to "enhance" the water supply. I work personally with several physicians who believe Statins should be introduced to the water supply to fight high cholesterol. This is terrifying, considering it's proven that Statins toxify your liver.

tahoebumsmith's picture

Just come out to where I live and see it for yourself. You will have no explaination for the chemtrails they lay out everyday day. The sky starts off clear and by the end of the day it's nothing but a man made toxic haze. There is absolutely no doubt that they are spraying these chemicals into our skies. I don't care how many degrees you have, just use your eyes to determine the truth.

Oh regional Indian's picture

She lives here in India now, a mere 100 miles away! ;-)


oddjob's picture

ORI, why is Simla now Shimla?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Shimla = original Indian Spelling/pronounciation

Simla = What the English made it. Easier. They did it to most places. So bombay/Mumbai, Peking/Beijing.

Like that.


Iwanttoknow's picture

Like Krakov bacame Crakow,like Abu Mohiuddin became Boumedieene.

Amish Hacker's picture

Woody Allen once suggested that the Russian Revolution began when the people finally got wise to the fact that the Tsar was the same person as the Czar.

TruthInSunshine's picture

As always, a fantastic article by Quinn.

I've resigned myself to the opinion that the cycle of dumbed down sheeple is just a bit of history repeating, and we've always had a proclivity as societies for a very tiny % of the people to do the heavy intellectual lifting, while those with lesser abilities do the heavy lifting, and for whatever the market for ditch diggers will bear (some heavy lifters do quite well, however, when there's a particular, honed skill involved, such as the master crafstman experienced in plaster work (drywall/sheetrock replaced plaster, essentially, to the point where very few contractors can do intricate plaster work), who are now being imported from other countries to restore Victorian era mansions purchased by those people who are so productive and create such a massive amount of employment (/sarc), bankers, asset managers, financial engineers/quants, etc.

Anyways, I'm going to go off topic now, but only because this is such a critical issue of the day. The Economist wrote a piece underscoring a very important and rarely mentioned (and rarely expounded upon or detailed) cause of our high structural unemployment today.

In that article, they essentially conclude that technology and digitization is destroying the demand for large swathes of low and even medium skilled labor.

As an example, they cite the fact that as of today, Apple, Google & Amazon, combined, employ a mere 1/3 (worldwide, not just in the U.S.) of the number of employees as General Motors (which had well over 90% of its employees in the U.S.) did in 1980.

On the other hand, Wal-Mart now employs a full 1% of Americans, is the largest employer in the U.S., and pays $8 to 12% per hour.

Now, I am not making any comments about politics or quality of fabrication or unions, etc. - I have an opinion on those things but it's not pertinent, IMO, to just the basic numbers regarding structural unemployment or the trend of increasing structural unemployment.

The fact is that there's every indication that the middle class is going to continue to shrink, structural unemployment will continue to worsen, and that the resulting political and social volatility as a result of a very and increasingly skewed income distribution curve will continue to grow.

Link to Blodgett basically (doing a good job) of breaking down The Economist article:

The Country's Structural Unemployment/Underemployment (with this rate running at a minimum of 30%, combined) Problem In A Nutshell: Large Companies Paying Middle Class Wages or Higher Only Employ a Sliver of the Number of Employees That They Used To


johny2's picture

I think it may be even worse than we realise. In 1907 JPM pulled fundings from Tesla, who was trying to find a way to provide free energy to everyone everywhere, without cables. Maybe Tesla would have failed to accomplish that, but JPM was not risking this possibility, and lobbied to stop anyone providing help to Tesla. And soon after JPM and his friends set up the FED and off we were to the economy based on ever increasing consumption and growth. Powered by polluting fossil oils and world wars..

Vendetta's picture

Not to defend JPM of 1907 however likely their objective was undoubtedly shady, but Tesla's concept of transmitting electrical energy via high energy radio frequency transmissions would have been very inefficient as losses accumulate at a rate roughly that of the square of the distance of transmission ... just saying.

johny2's picture

Tesla had a way of inventing things that did not exist before, and there is a possibility he would find a way with this as well. The sad part is that he was held back by JPM because this possible innovation could not be controlled by oilgarchy. That is the kind of men that have ruled USA since early 1900.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Tesla had an opportunity to become the worlds first billionaire and passed it up saying 'money wasn't important' priding himself on being an engineer. While much of his work was confiscated, his work outside the AC power system was, at best, speculative. I wish not to downplay him or his contribution but sometimes these reports become legend. Suggesting that JPM was a culprit is dubious. Might as well also blame Edison.

johny2's picture

I think the fact that the car is more famous than the man himself, is not by chance. All innvention at the beggining is a speculation, and it only becomes something else when it is completed. I was not in the room with the JPM when he decided to stop the funds to Tesla. Also I was not on the Jeckyl Island when they set up the FED. Maybe if JPM could see the USA one hundred years in the future, he would have worked against the creation of the FED. But I think they have probably screwed humanity pretty badly.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Actually, we owe far more to Tesla than we do to Edison, for electricity as we know and consume it today.

Edison refused to acknowledge AC as a superior method of electricty transmission versus DC.

It is only because Ontario, Canada used Tesla's AC system at Niagara Falls that we didn't all have to live within a mile radius of an power plant.

johny2's picture

I agree 100%. Tesla towers above Edison both as engineer and as person. 

Old Poor Richard's picture

Tesla was an outstanding engineer, but his inventions we still use today (polyphase power, notably) were inevitable.  His notes are available and his desired results have not been reproduced.  It would have been interesting if he'd held Westinghouse to early contractual obligations, giving him a much larger bankroll of his own to continue experimentation.  But ultimately wireless power distribution would have still proven fruitless.


epwpixieq-1's picture

My response to Vendetta may be informative to you also.

boiltherich's picture

Not to mention the nasty shocks you got when you provided a ground for metal objects that were insulated otherwise. 

epwpixieq-1's picture


 You clearly do not have idea HOW Tesla was transmitting energy ( nothing personal ), many other technically educated/indoctrinated people do not. It was not via the Hertzian EM waves but via electrostatic pressure waves - dielectric disturbances. Read Charles Proteus Steinmetz, Oliver Heaviside, Reginald A. Fessenden ( in original) and after that read Tesla's explanation of his dielectric disturbances. Also do not forget to watch Eric Dollard, the only contemporary who was able to recreate some of Tesla's experiments:

Tesla's transmission of energy via dielectric disturbances was very efficient according his words - "pulses of electricity passed across the entire globe and returned with undiminished strength".  This is in total contrast with the totally draconian loss in Hertzian EM waves, that, by their definition, are pure loss (radiation) from a vibrating magneto-dielectric system.


blunderdog's picture

It's a good idea to be clear on something whenever you hear the term "structural unemployment."

It refers to the structure created by our current POLICIES.  There's no mathematical or physical principles involved.

You can literally "fix" the structural unemployment problem within a year if you just change the way work is scheduled.  Put everyone to work for 3 days a week instead of five and what we call unemployment is gone.

This requires shifts of thinking in other areas, of course.  Even just suggesting a change to the workweek results in strong emotional reactions among a lot of people.

But that's just because most people don't like change.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I'm using 'structural unemployment/underemployment' as a phrase referring to that % of the ready, willing and able bodied population that can't find work (or enough hours of work) due to a fundamental change or alteration in the manner by which the economy functions, as interfered with and distorted by politicians and regulators and those having leverage over politicans and regulators (with politicans and regulators being the people deciding where taxdollars are [mis]allocated - for just one exampe of this, see TARP, a policy designed for the pure benefit of banks having close ties to The New York Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank & Hank Paulson).


blunderdog's picture

Oh, I understand your point--no dig at your perspective.  I was just mentioning that because as presented in the media and the world of political tropes, the term "structural" is often applied to something as an EXCUSE for why nothing can be done about it.  (As in the article you described.)

HungrySeagull's picture

And close out the evening shift and the night shft unless it is vital to the Nation.

Let the people sleep at night so they can rest and go do good work when it's time.


3 days a week for the same wages cost less and imposes less drain on POL etc.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Ah, but you are missing a lesson here grasshopper. If one wishes to cause a disturbance, toss a few xboxes into a crowd. ;-).

XRAYD's picture

If the ketle is going to boil, we are already frogs in it and it will be too late!

chubbar's picture

Apologies if this has been covered/posted.


"To recap for those who haven’t seen it: police in paramilitary gear line up in front of a group of Occupy protesters peacefully assembled on a quad pathway. Completely unprovoked, police decide to douse the whole group of sitting protesters with pepper spray. There is crying and chaos and panic, but the wheezing protesters sit resolutely in place and refuse to move despite the assault.

Finally, in what to me is the most amazing part, the protesters gather together and move forward shouting “Shame On You! Shame On You!” over and over again. You can literally see the painful truth of those words cutting the resolve of the policemen and forcing them backwards.

Glenn Greenwald’s post at Salon says this far better than I can, but there are undeniable conclusions one can draw from this incident. The main thing is that the frenzied dissolution of due process and individual rights that took took place under George Bush’s watch, and continued uncorrected even when supposed liberal constitutional lawyer Barack Obama took office, has now come full circle and become an important element to the newer political controversy involving domestic/financial corruption and economic injustice.

As Glenn points out, when we militarized our society in response to the global terrorist threat, we created a new psychological atmosphere in which the use of force and military technology became a favored method for dealing with dissent of any kind. As Glenn writes:

The U.S. Government — in the name of Terrorism — has aggressively para-militarized the nation’s domestic police forces by lavishing them with countless military-style weapons and other war-like technologies, training them in war-zone military tactics, and generally imposing a war mentality on them. Arming domestic police forces with para-military weaponry will ensure their systematic use even in the absence of a Terrorist attack on U.S. soil… It’s a very small step to go from supporting the abuse of defenseless detainees (including one’s fellow citizens) to supporting the pepper-spraying and tasering of non-violent political protesters.

Why did that step turn out to be so small? Because of the countless decisions we made in years past to undermine our own attitudes toward the rule of law and individual rights. Every time we looked the other way when the president asked for the right to detain people without trials, to engage in warrantless searches, to eavesdrop on private citizens without even a judge knowing about it, we made it harder to answer the question: What is it we’re actually defending?

In another time, maybe, we might have been able to argue that we were using force to defend the principles of modern Western civilization, that we were "spreading democracy."

Instead, we completely shat upon every principle we ever stood for, stooping to torture and assassination and extrajudicial detention.

From the very start we unleashed those despotic practices on foreigners, whom large pluralities of the population agreed had no rights at all. But then as time went on we started to hear about rendition and extralegal detention cases involving American citizens, too, though a lot of those Americans turned out to be Muslims or Muslim-sympathizers, people with funny names.

And people mostly shrugged at that, of course, just as they shrugged for years at the insane erosion of due process in the world of drug enforcement. People yawned at the no-knock warrants and the devastating parade of new consequences for people with drug convictions (depending on the state, losing the right to vote, to receive educational aid, to live in public housing, to use food stamps, and so on).

They didn’t even care much about the too-innocuously-named new practice of "civil asset forfeiture," in which the state can legally seize the property of anyone, guilty or innocent, who is implicated in a drug investigation – a law that permits the state to unilaterally deem property to be guilty of a crime.

Read more:


flattrader's picture

Thanks for posting that. Taibbi nailed it.

>>> Finally, in what to me is the most amazing part, the protesters gather together and move forward shouting “Shame On You! Shame On You!” over and over again. You can literally see the painful truth of those words cutting the resolve of the policemen and forcing them backwards.<<<

If they put us in indefinite detention without trial, they won't have to "look" at us.

I think OWS is the leading edge of the street level trouble to follow. Unlike the Tea Party, fat-assed Americans on board with the predator class agenda, OWS and what is follow will be different.

Corpgov doesn't like the looks of it and is getting ready.

Write your Senators.  Do it NOW!

NumberNone's picture

Until now there have been few pretty pictures showing the abuses.  Hard to fire up the masses with 'words'.

Unfortunately, this culture has been so desensitized I don't even know if images carry the weight they once did.  Now the public watch with disconnected indifference.  The more the abuse, the more the protest, the more entertaining the show.   "Don't Tase Me Bro"...funny stuff. 

Cathartes Aura's picture

Thanks for the link chubbar - and your added words.

the militarizing of the local police FORCEs continues, as now "Homeland Security" is making loans available for drones:

tested on the "foreigners" but coming to a street near you. . .