Guest Post: Exiting The Eye Of The Storm

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Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:09 | 1592213 reader2010
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In a world of illusions, you want to hold the real thing. 

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:18 | 1592246 AldousHuxley
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When there is no real thing anymore as a choice, you just have a choice between illusions.

Just take human relationships for example: internet just replaced TV as sheeple's illusion dispenser: "Friends" TV Show --> Facebook "friends"

 

 

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:23 | 1592267 CosmicBuddha
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Yes, but the internet also gave us ZH; at least now we can craft our own illusion!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:32 | 1592301 AldousHuxley
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ZH is giving us nothing new just a different format.

 

In the olden days, without ZH, people will gather in the city squares and talk in real person, then protest in the streets and hang a few necks.

 

To the elites, ZH lets the steam out without damaging their property. All talk, no action.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:49 | 1592345 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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yes this explains tylers showing at the bilderberg group...

in the old days doom and gloomer freaks had no where to find instant day to day information and share it with like minded individuals

so lighten up!

and I'd rather save my own ass than have a revolution

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:02 | 1592387 AldousHuxley
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The fact that you need information to discover the truth means your ass is all virtual and worthless and not part of the special elite.

 

 

 

 

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:04 | 1592395 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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laughable!

ah yes O you who have no need for information and recieve everything directly via your all seeing eye!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:43 | 1592493 AldousHuxley
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bloomberg can get you the details, but anecdots can tell you generally how bad it is out there sometimes faster and more truthfully than a trend analysis by a government/financial entity.

 

  • Inflation: your gocery shopping costs and decreasing size/weight of contents; gas station
  • Housing: sell signs everywhere in front of houses
  • Federal Government: last presidential candidates were  either black, women,  or now-or-never old
  • State Government: state parks closed, DMV open fewer days
  • Local Government: cancelled fireworks on Fourth of July
  • Small Business: Office Depot has one guy working in the whole warehouse every visit
  • Unemployment: Hotter women are serving food and beer
  • Construction: no more illegal Mexicans at home depot parking lot.
  • Auto: car part store parking lots are full (people aren't buying new cars)
  • Education: more and more calls from your alma mater asking for money
  • Entertainment: NFL players are on strike. There is nothing good on TV anymore. Recycled movie ideas.
  • Retail: tons of luxury vehicles at walmart/budget retailers
  • Youth: kids at home after college or got jobs overseas or working at same place their parents work

 

 

 

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:10 | 1592559 smore
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Please leave your droppings at http://www.socialistworker.co.uk, they will be appreciated there!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:30 | 1592611 Rockfish
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How can you spot a moron ass? By what they say, "

  • Federal Government: last presidential candidates were  either black, women,  or now-or-never old "
  • Tard.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 23:19 | 1593487 AldousHuxley
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    You didn't know? You tought American elites would just give it up so easily?.....they let a black guy take the fall (you know one of those once in a 100 year depressions), then blame him for all the society's ills and when economy recovers, become president and take credit.

     

    Forgot to add:

     

    Banking: Jews (Rubinites) give up control of banks and give it to some Indian (actually bribed him by overpaying his loss running hedge fund to the tune of $300M)

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:37 | 1592639 NumNutt
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    You are 100% correct, the items you mention are the same things I take notice of when I am out and about. Today I noticed a retired couple driving a brandnew caddie shopping at the local dollar general store. I have been talking to  people that own houses, I am surprised to find out the majority are in the process of walking away from them. Not to mention at my place of employment we are slowly loosing people and they are not back filling the postions, we are running very short handed with no end in site. The only people I know that are not seeing the sad state of affairs are either employed by the government or are union workers. Everyone in the private sector are bent over holding onto their ankles at the present time.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 22:28 | 1593194 Joseph Mother
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    Aldous knocked it  out of the park. 

    Take a step back from 'reality' and look around you.  That's pretty much what you're going to see, at least in the US today.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 23:53 | 1593671 AldousHuxley
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    Here is a Euro zone version:

    • Inflation: Cold bottle of cola is 4 Euros ($6); gas is near $10/gallon;
    • Housing: don't know about personal homes, but hotels were all overrated. 5 star US hotel chain for $600Euros/night  ($1000pn) when even in Manhattan it would be max $500/nigiht
    • Federal Government: They are socialists but still charge capitalist prices for education in UK now.
    • State Government: Airport taxes are $100+pp
    • Local Government: tolls > than cost of rental car; public transit strikes
    • Small Business: Shop keepers and restaurant wait staff are in their late 50s & 60s doing the job young mexicans in US do. (economy didn't expand enough for owners to delegate work and hire)
    • Unemployment: In Germany, they already do what Obama is looking to do. Government subsidized "internship" while getting paid with unemployment benefits BUT you don't count in unemployment statistics to make politicians look good. Switzerland started to restrict German migration.
    • Construction: Havent' built much. Still living in buildings built 400 years ago. German architects now work in Poland.
    • Auto: Small, loud(diesel), and manual (for that extra 2 MPG efficiency)
    • Education: In Italy, Engineering graduate school students in school were in their late 20s (28, 29) for just masters (BS MS is combined there)
    • Entertainment: BBC showing middle east uprisings and saying Prince William cancelled his honeymoon to go hide out in some remote British Falkland Islands so no crazy arab will kill him. Or recycled American shows in British accents.
    • Retail: people in Paris luxury shopping were mostly Arabs or Chinese or Russian. VAT (sales tax) is 20%.
    • Youth: There are more white kids than blacks in recent riots.  Irish are getting the heck out, British are getting the heck out to Australia or America.
    Wed, 08/24/2011 - 04:02 | 1594169 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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    OK, now tell me how that doesn't qualify as information...

    Wed, 08/24/2011 - 05:22 | 1594254 OldPhart
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    Link to 'anecdots' mentioned, my Google seems to gargle it.

    Wed, 08/24/2011 - 01:24 | 1593911 GFKjunior
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    I'll be sure to revise my fund strategy from looking at technicals to obveserving the "hotter women serving food and beer" or the ever faithful trend indicator of "nothing good on tv anymore"

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:06 | 1592547 smore
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    This "you are not special" hogwash is only a comprehensible line of argument to you, Aldous.  It's glaringly obvious that you haven't felt the need to inform yourself on much.  You are a twit.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:02 | 1592389 DaBernank
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    How do you know I didn't kill a banker today?

    Wed, 08/24/2011 - 05:24 | 1594255 OldPhart
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    You'd be bragging.  And the rest of us would be cheering.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:03 | 1592392 iDealMeat
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    Going to have to disagree with that... 7 years ago I bought a gold coin because my dad was into them and I thought it was pretty cool.

    Now, primarily because of ZH, I regularly follow PMs and BTFD whenever I can..  ZH and PMs have also fundamentally changed the way I look at all other investments..

    I've also cut my consumption in half and learned a some things about survival.. 

     

    no action ie. (no participation) in TFTB will devalue their properties..

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:19 | 1592437 New_Meat
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    Hux, in my best Parisian accent, I say: "Au Contraire, Monsieur."

    "ZH is giving us nothing new just a different format."

    The difference is that there are folk (n'est ce pas?) who are from all backgrounds, all regions, all persuasions (but all engaged here) who would never have been able to get to the "city square".

    Vigilante justice?  Not here.  Not by the Tea Partiers.

    Why do you advocate violence?

    But, Monsieur, perhaps this is your album of desire:

    http://www.amazon.com/Agent-Provacateur-Foreigner/dp/B000002J5Z/ref=sr_1...

    might help u through the night.

    - Ned

    {If I were quoting ma grandmere, I would have said: "Au contraire, Meathead."}

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:01 | 1592533 AldousHuxley
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    Why do you advocate violence?

     

    Simple. Wall st. owns US government. Government exists to maintain the status quo.  

     

    If you look at history, status quo continues until forced otherwise. Do you see north koreans protesting Kim Jong Il's dictatorship? Things can get very bad my friend.

     

    Your only other solution is to leave the system, but unlike political tyrants, banksters are already global so no, you can't leave the gang.

     


    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 20:05 | 1592745 New_Meat
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    Au contraire-Meathead - Ned

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:33 | 1592304 reader2010
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    Marc Faber famously puts it this way: to hold paper is to trust central bankers; owning (physical) gold is to be your own central bank.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:35 | 1592471 unununium
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    Get some bitcoin and you can also be your own Wells Fargo, and Western Union.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:10 | 1592555 AldousHuxley
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    Better put it somewhere safe. Bank safety deposits are no good..." During the 1930s over 3,000 banks failed and the contents of their safe deposit boxes were remanded to the custody of the Treasury. If no one claimed the box it remained in the possession of the Treasury."

     

    Interestingly, "As of October, 1981, there were 1605 cardboard cartons in the basement of the Treasury each containing the contents of an unclaimed safe deposit box[ of gold]"

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:15 | 1592424 PRO.223
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    In a world of illusions, you want to hold the real thing.

     

    reader2010

    That's really funny - considering your avatar.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 21:14 | 1592877 reader2010
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    My avatar is a condensed version of John Currin's painting titled 


    The Wizard 1994

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6070/6053603790_df1925f02f_z.jpg

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:19 | 1592250 CosmicBuddha
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    I am long on wheelbarrows and gold!

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:41 | 1592324 toady
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    Coke, its the real thing!

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:45 | 1592337 Lazlo Toth
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    Coke?

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:15 | 1592381 PRO.223
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    .

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:16 | 1592220 bankrupt JPM bu...
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    CHECK OUT THE NEW ETF by the morgue.

     

    Ticker: ERQK

     

    All you have to do when there is an earthquake in Manhattan is hit it long, and its correlated to all the bank stocks that will rally, and you can hedge the downside in PM's as it buy PUTS on auto for you.  In fact, if you put your dick in the C drive of your computer, and continuously click enter on your keyboard it gives free happy endings all day long.

     

     

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:13 | 1592227 Praetorian Guard
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    There will be NO exit. Think about this for a second - As a society we have hit our apex, what more is there to derive? Cheap electronics or gadgets that make life easier? Society, in general, based on the advancements of man have created billions of parasites - this especially true in Western countries. The only way to have REAL growth is to A) cull the population WAY down, or B) society collapses and a rebuilding of both infrastructure and technology takes place. Look at past examples of massive death attributed to man made or natural causes. These events left room for growth. Even when Rome fell, and lost its luster, it took centuries for man to revisit the technology of old - thus growth was inevitable. Today, unless we can colonize some planet and mass ship people out into space, nothing really is left when you juxtapose population with resources. The shit is coming, bet your last dollar on it, and TPTB realize that to have a "bright" future many within the population fold will have to disappear. Scary times. Got Guns, Grub and Gold???

    https://www.gunsgrubandgold.com/forum

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:42 | 1592327 Kat
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    Every generation thinks its hit its apex.  what more can we want than what we have now.  Yet, we keep reaching for and acheiving more.  This was the blindness of Karl Marx.  So, I can't agree with you on that.

    Resources too are not a problem.  The only natural resource is the human being.  Oil is useful only because human beings have made it useful.  If human beings discover some new fuel or ways to not use fuel at all, oil will just be sludge ensconced in underground rocks.

    As long as government does not force the most productive to subsidize people who are too lazy to lift a finger, as long as it is necessary to still work to live, we will innovate and life will improve.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  But, that requires a collapse of the welfare state - or a move to Asia.

    Travel to Singapore and see the enthusiasm and activity, the people starting businesses, creating things.  It's exhilirating. 

    Europe and now America have re-enserfed themselves.  We have all become serfs of the state.  Cut down the state and the welfare queens and watch prosperity return.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:01 | 1592383 Crack-up Boom
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    +1

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:36 | 1592473 Praetorian Guard
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    Resources are a problem. The population could be considered unlimited (though in reality it is not), yet resources are not. Look at the turn of the century oil/population charts and see how they compliment each other. I agree about the welfare portion. However, if every Asian and Chinese were to live as a westerner would require several "Earths". There simply is NOT enough resources to go around. As a species we have hit the limit. We have been here before, but time takes its toll, and our "time" is no different.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:01 | 1592534 rwe2late
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    Your self-congratulatory philosophy is worse even than coarse Puritanism.

    You wrote "The only natural resource is the human being." That is patent nonsense.

    Your worship of work and advocacy of it as an ultimate moral yardstick is also nonsense. Leisure should not be held in such contempt. The goal of work should not be more work.

    Your whole notion about government is upside-down. Government does not hand out its largesse based on who is the laziest. It is given other criteria by its TBTF and MIC 'recipients'.

    Most government waste is also military related. 60% of federal civil servants work for the military, Homeland Defense, or the CIA).

    Do consider, much non-military government so-called 'extra' overhead has to do with maintaining records and reporting for public accountability ... which is a VITAL thing for democracy to work. The useful public sector also strives to provide service to everyone, without exclusion. Private businesses can and do typically conduct their business in secrecy, and aim to exclude services (education, food, water, medical care, etc.) whenever it is 'unprofitable' to provide.

    Actually, of course, what is implicitly meant by private sector ‘productivity or wealth creation’ is profit-making.

    Consider the idea of ‘profit’.

    Profit is a man-made concept. It is a limited concept. Profit does not and cannot measure the worth of every and all things, nor can it be the ultimate guide to human conduct. The concept nonetheless underpins the whole notion that the pursuit of micro self interests will result in the best of all possible worlds. And it is that mistaken notion which is often used to justify the worst of all outcomes, and pronounce that the solution to our miseries is to increase business profits.

    Never mind the profits made by ruining forests, rivers, and oceans. Never mind the profits from destroying the fisheries and polluting the air. Never mind financial parasitism. Never mind sweatshops, child labor, and poisoned foods. Micro profit, it seems, does not measure the environmental losses to society, nor the debilitation and destruction of human beings. But yet, it is to be the ultimate arbiter of human conduct. Or so we are told.

    A system based on maximizing work, maximizing production, maximizing consumption becomes outdated in a finite world. It values neither leisure nor the quality of life, human or other. The corporation is the apex profit-driven organization of a misnamed and impossible “free market”. It is elitist, with a narrow single-minded goal, and disdainful of all that stands in its way.

    Government, like corporations, has evolved around the pursuit of profit. Government has become to be like corporations, autocratic, secretive, and obsessively entangled in the furthering of corporate profit-making, to the detriment of all else.

    Wed, 08/24/2011 - 05:30 | 1594259 OldPhart
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    Which Post Office do you work at, specifically?

    Wed, 08/24/2011 - 06:50 | 1594335 Seer
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    Way to engage in the debate- NOT!

    Wed, 08/24/2011 - 03:18 | 1594123 Seer
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    Fucking FAIL!

    Finite planet means finite resources!  Further, it's about rates of consumption.  Yes, stuff is still here (the future is in mining garbage dumps),  but it'll require a LOT more energy to rearrange the atoms back into forms that we need to operate our societal constructs.  The sun outputs only so much energy on a per-day basis, there are limits! (the argument that we can harness more than nature has managed to do over the course of evolution's billions of years history is pure crap- what, that would place us on a plateau with "god?")

    Your position is indistinguishable from that of those following the head-in-the-clouds hopium delusion.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:52 | 1592354 AldousHuxley
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    Have you read my book Brave New World?

    • Churches turned into mass orgies (birth control + bars & clubs + casual multiple partners)
    • Government passing out drugs to keep poor happy (California is close with marijuana legalization, alcohol is already legal)
    • Workers conditioned to accept their role in society (celebration of ghetto culture)
    • Destruction of families (extended family --> core family --> every man for himself)
    • Government raising human resources (test tube babies raised not by mothers but by social workers)

     

    It only ends when one of the Alphas uncovers the truth about his aritificial life and ends solitude with a suicide.

     

    " people believe what they have been conditioned to believe"

     

    And this masterpiece was written back in 1931.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:00 | 1592377 Kat
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    Do you realize that Brave New World is a work of fiction?

     

    I am an immigrant from the Soviet Union.   I've seen what happens when society is edged close to the edge of the cliff and it's ugly.  But, for that, you need government.

    It is government that gets in the way of human innovation, peace and prosperity because government is a massive parasite. 

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:16 | 1592425 GoingLoonie
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    Kat-

    Now that is reality.  The truth is that is what is happening now.  The government is getting ugly.

     

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:15 | 1592574 Lord Koos
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    Maybe you should try living in Somalia for awhile to see how much you like living with no government at all.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:25 | 1592595 AldousHuxley
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    Somalia = shithole = no government

    North Korea = shithole = all government

     

    It is not a quesiton of how much government you have because there always will be some body of governing power whether it be military thugs are ruling family supported by foreign banksters or corporations. It matters how corrupt and efficient government is with nation's natural and human resources. Level of government just amplifies the effect. In case of Japan, government got people out of war loser status into first world. In case of recent US, government is getting people into losing wars.

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:39 | 1592649 AldousHuxley
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    Government can be good or bad but groups of people will power will always exist. People must hold government accountable to be of good for the people otherwise, power will corrupt and leaders will exploit their own populace.

     

    yes, USSR sucked, but becoming indentured servent to the tune of $120k in debt for shitty useless "education" from a "non-profit" hedge fund is no better like they do with youngsters in USA. At least KGB gave USSR space race ready education for free. Also illegal Mexicans working at dark chicken farms have with no healthcare have it no better than you in USSR. USA screws people in different ways. Now they are just screwing more of everyone except the top 0.1%. sounds familiar?

     

     

    Wed, 08/24/2011 - 03:34 | 1594141 Seer
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    That you're an immigrant from the former USSR does not mean that you grasp reality!

    The removal of govt (not that I'm opposed to it) isn't going to magically solve the overarching problems facing us.  As a matter of fact, it could actually make things WORSE, that is, if big corporations were to manage to transplant govt.  But... those who are used to my posts will know that my diagnosis of the problem simply comes down to this: BIG = FAIL.  BIG means TOO much.  And, we have a BIG consumption problem, one that the finite planet (you seem to fail to grasp this reality) cannot, no matter how many times you believe that we can click our free-from-govt heels together, support.

    Wars happen because of resource shortages.  The highly sophisticated market pushes us to consume MORE.  How do you reconcile this with your view?

    Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:14 | 1592420 GoingLoonie
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    Dear Aldous-

    Anyone that has attended a good college knows the book.  It is obvious you are too young to be the writer and you should probably not claim to be the writer.  Suicide is never the answer.  Be tough, you can make a difference.

    Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!