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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

The Future Is Unknown, But We Know The Unsustainable Will Implode

There are no apolitical “personal choice” acts; there are only profoundly political acts of resistance or complicity.

I don't how the future will unfold, not just because I'm an idiot but because it's unknowable. Though we cannot know the future, we do know two very important things: 1) that which is unsustainable will implode, and 2) the present Status Quo is unsustainable.

That ultimately leaves us with a single question: what are we going to do about it? In my view, it's not important that we agree on solutions--agreement would in fact be a catastrophe, for dissent and decentralization are the essential characteristics of any sustainable "solution." What is important is that we realize the future boils down to a simple choice: do we passively comply with the Status Quo feudalism or do we resist?

In my book Resistance, Revolution, Liberation I summarize this thusly: There are no apolitical “personal choice” acts; there are only profoundly political acts of resistance or complicity.

The roots of this line of thinking go back to 1969 when at the age of 16 I discovered Jean-Paul Sartre's What is Literature? (print) (Kindle). This book inspired my goal of becoming a writer, and it's easy to understand why: Sartre's central argument is that among the arts only prose has the power to change our lives.

Amazon.com reviewer Riccardo Pelizzo summarized this concept brilliantly: "The function of a committed writer is to reveal the world so that every reader loses her innocence and assumes all her responsibilities in front of it."

These excerpts give you a flavor of What Is Literature?:

"The function of a writer is to call a spade a spade. If words are sick, it is up to us to cure them. Instead of that, many writers live off this sickness. In many cases modern literature is a cancer of words. There is nothing more deplorable than the literary practice which, I believe, is called poetic prose and which consists of using words for the obscure harmonics which resound about them and which are made up of vague meanings which are in contradiction with the clear meaning."

 

"That is not all: we are living in an age of mystifications. Some are fundamental ones which are due to the structure of society; some are secondary. At any rate, the social order today rests upon the mystification of consciousness, as does disorder as well."

 

"There is no guarantee that literature is immortal. If writers lose it, too bad for us. But also, too bad for society. Of course, all that is not very important. The world can do very well without literature. But it can do without man still better."

 

"Language is our shell and our antennae, it is the prolongation of our senses, a third eye which is going to look into our neighbors heart."

 

"We are within language as within our body."

"To speak is to act; anything which one names is already no longer quite the same; it has lost its innocence."

Reviewer Vasha7 made a critically important point about financial/economic freedom:

"Sartre asserts that if a writer is not fully committed to both political and more importantly economic liberty, he is internally at war with the fundamental free nature of literature."

Though people say a film, podcast, song or interview changed their life, prose retains a unique ability to not just to crystallize an emotional or intellectual recognition but to spark a chain of insights that illuminates a different path in life.

The goal of Resistance, Revolution, Liberation is to change your life in a positive fashion. Here is a key quote from the book:

This is the basic credo of liberation:

 

“I no longer care if the power centers of our society—the distant, fortified castles of our financial feudal system—are changed by my actions, for I am liberated by the act of resistance. I am no longer complicit in perpetuating fraudulent feudalism and the pathology of concentrated power. I no longer covet signifiers of membership in the Upper Caste that serves the plutocracy. I am liberated from self-destructive consumerist-State financialization and the delusion that debt servitude and obedience to sociopathological Elites serve my self-interests.”

 

As an example, nothing is more apolitical than food, according to the Status Quo. Yet this is entirely backward; nothing is more political than food, for it either sustains us and our freedom or it indentures us to disease and dependence on the Savior State’s immensely profitable sickcare system, i.e. the abomination known as “healthcare” that profits from chronic disease, not health.

 

From the Status Quo perspective, the citizen who bicycles to work is either a “health nut” or some outlier who perversely refuses the obvious convenience and comfort of the auto. From the point of view of one who has experienced an inner revolution of understanding, then the simple machinery of the bicycle has freed the citizen from dependence on the oil complex and its enforcer, the State, and also from the sickcare system and its enforcer, the State.

 

In the consumerist mindset, riding a bicycle to work is an apolitical “personal choice” that is meaningless on the larger stage. To the citizen with a revolutionary understanding, every bicycle ride is an overtly political act of resistance against the concentrations of capital that maintain their power over the State via dependence on oil, auto-centricity, and sickcare.

 

To the unaware citizen burdened with multiple chronic diseases brought on by a corporate-supplied diet of packaged food and fast food and a sedentary life based on the worship of “convenience,” then buying frozen pizza and fast-food are apolitical, “personal choice” actions. To the citizen with a revolutionary understanding, then these are the actions of the indentured, and the refusal to consume packaged “food” that no caring consumer would feed their dog lest it sicken and die is a deeply and overtly political act of resistance.

 

There are no apolitical “personal choice” acts; there are only profoundly political acts of resistance or complicity. (pages 205-6)

The inimitable Steve Jobs succinctly described complicity in his famous challenge to former Pepsi head-honcho John Sculley: "Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?"

Sugar water comes in financial and intellectual favors, too. A friend recently recounted a story from personal knowledge of an immigrant who started life in the U.S. renting a closet to sleep in and in the space of a few years moved into a posh home in Boston after making a small fortune wholesaling saccharine. This is of course the Status Quo's "American Dream": the big house, the Mercedes in the driveway, all achieved by whatever means or debt-loads are within reach.

That is the false choice provided by the Status Quo: do you want to buy/sell/drink sugar water or saccharine?

There is another choice: do we want to passively self-destruct in servitude to the Status Quo or do we want to join those with a positive vision for the future? Every act is a choice, and the future is in our hands.

 

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Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:01 | 2366874 DeadFred
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And as you ponder your response remember it will be stored somewhere in Utah forever.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:04 | 2366885 Dan The Man
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i hate them all

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:45 | 2367326 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Stellar Wind Jon Corzine gyrotron semtex Emile Autouri signals intelligence Julie Newmar Fort Meade thermobaric Hedy Lamarr terror bomb Farrah Fawcett anthrax Guantanamo shopping mall polonium Charles Nelson Reilly claymore mine Dirty Sanchez grenade launcher lutefisk IED assassinate Studebaker Hoch hijack Al Qaida Joyce DeWitt ricin SMERSH electromagnetic pulse Wink Martindale Hezbollah Federal Reserve CIA border Mossad Lady Gaga detonator Lemmiwinks Santorum calutron June Foray plutonium Juarez Bank for International Settlements Cayman Islands MANPADS nuclear trigger Cleveland Steamer crop duster Howard Cosell Forex Myrna Loy Fx Trading borax LMAX parrot and parakeet training tape International Monetary Fund carbuncle RPG clostridium Olde Frothingslosh ebola Joey Heatherton Dimona smuggle roachclip Butthole Surfers bongwater National Reconnaissance Office Don Rickles Backstreet Boys jimsonweed Edward G. Robinson steganography Lily Langtry Captain Beefheart 27B-6 Lee van Cleef kaopectate

Oops, sorry, beer and Mexican food always does that to me.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:02 | 2367564 flattrader
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Very good.  I thought lutefisk was a nice touch.

You from up nort?  If so, Uff Da!

Re: Stellar Wind

>>>...Wired reports that the facility’s security system — an antiterrorism protection program — alone costs $10 million. The fence surrounding the building will be able to stop a 15,000 pound vehicle driving at 50 miles per hour....<<<

But, it can't stop millions of stooges like you and me from feeding it crap.

Open wide Stellar Wind.

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 02:02 | 2369147 mkhs
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Stellar Wind Jon Corzine gyrotron semtex Emile Autouri signals intelligence Julie Newmar Fort Meade thermobaric Hedy Lamarr terror bomb Farrah Fawcett anthrax Guantanamo shopping mall polonium Charles Nelson Reilly claymore mine Dirty Sanchez grenade launcher lutefisk IED assassinate Studebaker Hoch hijack Al Qaida Joyce DeWitt ricin SMERSH electromagnetic pulse Wink Martindale Hezbollah Federal Reserve CIA border Mossad Lady Gaga detonator Lemmiwinks Santorum calutron June Foray plutonium Juarez Bank for International Settlements Cayman Islands MANPADS nuclear trigger Cleveland Steamer crop duster Howard Cosell Forex Myrna Loy Fx Trading borax LMAX parrot and parakeet training tape International Monetary Fund carbuncle RPG clostridium Olde Frothingslosh ebola Joey Heatherton Dimona smuggle roachclip Butthole Surfers bongwater National Reconnaissance Office Don Rickles Backstreet Boys jimsonweed Edward G. Robinson steganography Lily Langtry Captain Beefheart 27B-6 Lee van Cleef kaopectate

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:13 | 2366913 Gully Foyle
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"To the unaware citizen burdened with multiple chronic diseases brought on by a corporate-supplied diet of packaged food and fast food and a sedentary life based on the worship of “convenience,” then buying frozen pizza and fast-food are apolitical, “personal choice” actions. To the citizen with a revolutionary understanding, then these are the actions of the indentured, and the refusal to consume packaged “food” that no caring consumer would feed their dog lest it sicken and die is a deeply and overtly political act of resistance."

Some bitch is on a diet!

Anyway, you know what's really revolutionary, shuting the fuck up!

I'm tired of this dumbassed marketing of rebellion. It reminds me of the old quote about new yorkers cutting the molotov cocktail instructions out of the times and masturbating to them.

We got some idiot fuck attempting to capitalize on all the ferver and angst of other idiot fucks.

Just shut the fuck up and go live in the wilderness.

Escape from society acheived. The further out the greater the escape.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:37 | 2367061 Uncle Remus
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Now that's funny.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:00 | 2367400 akak
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Odd, I found GullyFoyle's response an almost classic example of modern American cowardice in its refusal to question self-imposed paradigms of thought, pathetic in its knee-jerk denial of reality, and contemptible in the moral abdication inherent in refusing to acknowledge that, in a world in which almost every possible action has now been politicized, every personal choice and action IS inherently to take a political stand.  Gully clearly chooses to stand with his oppressors ---- as do most dumbed-down, shallow, grossly materialistic zombies today.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:26 | 2367535 flattrader
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I dunno.  Sometimes a hamburger is just a hamburger.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:14 | 2367739 Bicycle Repairman
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Not to a cow.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:26 | 2367782 flattrader
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They'd eat us...if they could.

 

"I'll give you my White Castle slider when you pry it from my cold, dead greasy hands!"

You can quote me.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:41 | 2368036 Bicycle Repairman
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If you were ground into soylent green the cow could consume you.  But TPTB would never grind you into soylent.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:41 | 2367591 AustriAnnie
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I find it interesting that instead of letting someone ride their bicylce to work and talk about it, some people are so bothered by that person's choice that their response is always "go live in the wilderness, then!"

As if a person who does not opt into every bit of the status quo must opt completely out of it.  

The writer makes a good point: every action is an incremental change in the world, even if so small as to be hardly recognizable.  And whether or not the grand scheme of things are changed, it produces change in the life of the individual who takes the action, and ultimately thats all that matters.  

Since visiting ZH, I've developed a sort of peace/calm knowing that it doesn't matter if the rest of the world recognizes what is going on.  I can choose to live among them and use the knowledge to improve my life.  I don't have to move to the woods.  Its not a choice of 1. accept and comply 2. move to the woods and ignore or 3. wait for some apocalyptic collapse.  

I can choose to a certain extent to buffer myself from TPTB by refusing to comply fully with their wishes in small ways.  I choose to live my life in an enjoyable way here and now.  And thats the last thing they want us to do.  With every incremental change I make in my life, I get a degree of freedom.  And I see others around me first look at me like I'm crazy, then become jealous that I am not as bound as they are to a life of debt and television-stupor.  I have acquaintances who are now cancelling their cable bill, cutting up the credit cards, and making changes I never thought I'd see them make.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:17 | 2367752 Bicycle Repairman
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Well said.  Questions all assumptions, and make changes.  Don't apologize to anyone for your decisions.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 16:15 | 2368225 Think for yourself
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A single rule I applied myself to brought me from a twice-a-day-McDonalds-eating, lazy importent couch-zombie gamer to a quite healthy, balanced and happy self-realized individual living it out in latin america, and that sentence is :"Revise acquired patterns". 

Acquired patterns I understood as conditionings, internal and external, at all levels. Patterns of perception, of judgment, of habit, and so on.

Your mileage may vary - because you'll follow your own path, but I guarantee those simple 3 words will get you far.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:48 | 2367622 Uncle Remus
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Yeah, well, it's still funny.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:20 | 2367514 metaforge
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Not much new to see here - a clever ad for a book.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 18:09 | 2368561 IrritableBowels
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Farther out, not further.  Further relates to a degree and farther to a distance.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:17 | 2366932 monkeyboy
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Weird?! Just posted this rhetorical question in the previous thread, then this appears.

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Yep, it's a feeling I just can't seem to quell. A feeling which only seems to build that the SHTF time is approaching not only rather quickly, but seems to be accelerating.

Is it just me? So many seem oblivious to what's potentially around the corner, not that I have any idea what the future holds.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:40 | 2367301 SeanJKerrigan
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That's how exponential growth works.  It grows faster as time goes on.  We all understand linear growth, but exponential growth operates in opposition to normal human thinking. You have to train yourself to see the train coming toward you.  Reading this site helps, so long as you don't believe every comment or commentator.

Take a look at Medicare Spending. Its a classic exponential growth trend. Right now, we spend the same on the Pentagon as we do on Medicare. It will double in cost within the next 7 years! We will not be able to avoid this collapse.

I warn everyone I can, but no one listens or does anything. They don't even know how to resist even if they wanted to.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:42 | 2368045 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 2 for comments on exponential growth and no one listening.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:28 | 2367544 flattrader
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Yeah. I got that same feeling.

The Japs keep blowing shit up...really nasty shit...check in at enenews.com...You'll see what I mean.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:31 | 2367030 GMadScientist
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In the mines, next to the toxic waste!

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:06 | 2367436 flattrader
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Isn't icrap just another form of sugar water?

 

bomb building government C4 plane overthrow assassination end the fed stay in bed happy earth day fuck the nsa occupy a tree save the bees burn down a Walmart use explosive farts conspiracy communism truck fertilizer boom grab a gun have some ain’t got nuthin to do join the coup gold silver stockpile weapons boycott vampire squid is full of yids race war ethnic cleansing cracker whitey is mighty righty feminazis are so hottie insurection pull your money hanging bankers can't fail put wall street in jail

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:46 | 2368079 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1  Thanks to you for the starter word list.  I have just opened up a Word file with your list (and 4ThStoogeing above) for starts.

Hey, Utah!  You want words, I'll start ging you plenty!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:02 | 2366875 Pairadimes
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When Hemingway was asked how you go broke, he answered - "In two ways: gradually, then suddenly."

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:02 | 2366877 Ruffcut
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What like healthcare, debt service, social security, cheap oil, ponzi schemes and the like?

The only solution is print til it doesn't work anymore.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:13 | 2366879 hedgeless_horseman
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Sugar-free

Caffeine-free

Lactose-free

Gluten-free

 

If the natural things you can produce, yourself, and that mankind has eaten for centuries, are now somehow bad for you, then you become more reliant on those that produce the new unnatural food that is now "good" for you.

 

No to artificial sweetners: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=118&tname=foodspice

No to Diet Coke: http://www.naturalnews.com/033646_yaupon_holly_antioxidants.html

No to Soy Milk:  http://familycow.proboards.com/index.cgi

No to Gluten-Free: http://www.edenfoods.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=105800

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:18 | 2366943 duo
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Lactobacillus is our friend.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:53 | 2367097 hedgeless_horseman
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"Blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that is actually good for you. Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, or artificial sweeteners like saccharine or aspartame, which not only provide no useful nutrients but have been shown to cause health problems in sensitive individuals, blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote your health."

Like all things, in moderation, including the rum you can distille from it.

Just stop drinking soft drinks!  Period.

I do like real maple syrup on my griddle cakes made with whole grain wheat, eggs, home-made butter and real buttermilk. Get's me from 5am to noon without a hitch.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:06 | 2367170 AnAnonymous
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Like all things, in moderation, including the rum you can distille from it.

Just stop drinking soft drinks! Period.
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US citizen economics is all about consumption.

The forementioned food items are better as they can be consumed in larger volumes than their 'natural' counterparts.

Diet drinks are excellent because one can drink a gallon per day without putting weight on.

Health, like most things in US citizen economics, is not something to be conserved, but to be consumed.

Stopping drinking soft drinks, moderation, frugality, not compatible with US citizen economics.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:27 | 2367533 akak
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Stopping drinking soft drinks, moderation, frugality, not compatible with US citizen economics.

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Nor is refraining from munching on roasted puppies, fried tiger penises, Kung Pao bear gall bladders, or endangered shark fin soup compatible with the spreading disease that is Chinese citizenism.

Nor is refraining from blobbing-up the world's resources.

Nor is refraining from being far and away the #1 polluting nation on earth.

Nor is refraining from environmentally destroying hundreds of square miles of their own countryside in the mad and greedy quest for rare earth minerals.

But such is the wildly hypocritical nature of mad dog algebraic coconut Chinese citizenism, whose every disciple is a parangon of canibilism.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:55 | 2367659 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The endangered shark fin souperific, umbilical cord broth basting, ginger-marinated twice-cooked bear scrota parangonistic, Gobi Desertificationary, Yangtze River Dolphin extinctionary, rotoscope-enhanced, circonvolutionary can kicking, algebraic coconutillious, non-Euclidean, cause-effect reversationism of Chinese citizenism is truly a nauseating sight to behold.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:14 | 2367735 akak
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You had me at "algebraic coconutillious".

Make me laugh!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:49 | 2368101 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1 to each of ya, akak and 4th!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:20 | 2367766 flattrader
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>>>...umbilical cord broth basting...<<<

OK Buddy.  Now you've put me off my feed and I'm sitting in a non-corprate organic restaurant...damn you.

bomb building government C4 plane overthrow assassination end the fed stay in bed happy earth day fuck the nsa occupy a tree save the bees burn down a Walmart use explosive farts conspiracy communism truck fertilizer boom grab a gun have some ain’t got nuthin to do join the coup gold silver stockpile weapons boycott vampire squid is full of yids race war ethnic cleansing cracker whitey is mighty righty feminazis are so hottie insurection pull your money barter beans hanging bankers can't fail put wall street in jail open wide stellar wind a bunch of crap is coming in

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:43 | 2367091 710x
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No to No to Gluten-Free.

First, search for Jared Diamond's Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race.

Second, try the Paleo Diet, which omits grains, and see for yourself whether or not you feel better and/or more healthy.

Third, if you think your doctor or the MSM (Mainstream Medicine) understands how food and nutrients affect your health, list five medical schools which offer a course on nutrition to medical students.  (Hint: almost none of them do)

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:54 | 2367114 hedgeless_horseman
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...try the Paleo Diet, which omits grains, and see for yourself whether or not you feel better and/or more healthy

Pretty sure farmers live longer-healthier lives than cavemen.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:16 | 2367495 dark_matter
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I don't know if this is true or if it is true what the actual causes are (diet or diesase or what). I do know that I feel a lot better avoiding most grains and nearly all refined sugars. Burning fat instead of carbs/sugar delivers a consistent supply of energy with no peaks and valleys. Hunger is a signal to eat but is not accompanied by fatigue. I do have an occasional slice of toast or baked potato but they are not my main fuel.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:38 | 2367686 akak
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I think it is a gross error to tar all grains with the same nutritional broadbrush.

Yes, refined grains are probably not the best dietary choice, but there is a VAST difference between the high-fiber, high-vitamin, slow-to-digest unrefined and whole grains, such as brown rice, oats, or whole wheat, and the nutritionally ennervated empty calories of white flour and sugar.  Think Wonderbread vs. a dense, whole-grain, Old World rye bread, or an even denser, richer pumpernickel --- you can NOT tell me that there is almost anything in common there!

The fact is, we modern humans are NOT cavemen any longer, and have evolved to a significant degree to match our diets of the last 10,000 years.  If you need any proof of that, just examine the extent to which dairy-herding northern Europeans and certain East Africans (and their descendants) are able to digest milk, a capability almost certainly lacking in cavemen (not to mention the majority of the rest of the contemporary world), or the almost exclusively meat-and-fat traditional diet of the Eskimos, a diet which would literally kill almost anyone else trying to subsist on it (as the white-flour-and-sugar-diet is in turn leading to manifold negative health ramifications for the Eskimos today).

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:28 | 2367252 Imminent Collapse
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Blow up you TV

Throw away your paper

Move to the country

Build you a home

-John Prine-

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:04 | 2366886 jkjacksonhole
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Great post!

 

Jim

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:04 | 2366887 Sophist Economicus
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OMG!   He quotes himself!

 

Guess it's because no one else will...

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:24 | 2366987 SanOvaBeach
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Your a fucking legend in your own mind like me!  Since your such a fucking wizard, why not quote yourself too.  But take that corn cob out your ass first.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:04 | 2366889 SanOvaBeach
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The Bears are eventually right!  What else is new.  The ? is "when"!  What else is new.  Got enough $ to invest now and wait?  Fuck! this can go on for decades.  It keeps get'in proped-up.  When it does self-destruct, I could be dead.  So the answer is, "Who cares!"

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:22 | 2367525 SeattleBruce
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Actually your kids - if you have any...

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:53 | 2368128 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

 

THAT is an excellent point.  I know several people who have NO kids.  So, I tell them not to bother buying gold.  Those who who SHOULD buy gold are those who will pass it on.  To their kids or grandchildren.  Buying and holding gold is not only preserving wealth, but an act of resistance as well.

Great thread too.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:07 | 2366890 AssFire
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The folks who are getting free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff,
because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free
stuff and their own stuff.

The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... The people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason???  The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.


Thomas Jefferson said it best: "The democracy (Republic) will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 235 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:11 | 2366909 DeadFred
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On the plantation it was critical to keep the house slaves at odds with the field slaves or else they might realize who the real enemy was.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:27 | 2367013 GMadScientist
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Nope no analogy to be made between labor, management, and the board there.

/sarc

 

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:26 | 2367537 SeattleBruce
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"or else they might realize who the real enemy was."

Bankstas and their economist buddies, political 'stablishments of both parties through and through, with their media buddies and other crony capitalists/globalists.  For all of these, their only concern is consolidating power, and they will use any and all combinations of deflation and inflation to do so.  Is that a pretty good start?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:15 | 2366923 trembo slice
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The French diplomat Tocqueville in his famous work Democracy in America predicted: "The American Republic will endure until the Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the public's money."

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:18 | 2366936 Azannoth
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The System is even more perverse that this, if you are the person 'paying for the free' stuff you might even be denied the 'free stuff' you're paying for, if the System deems you 'too rich' and in most other cases you would not even want the 'free stuff' if you can afford it because it's mostly sub-standard stuff that is not meant for normal human consumption ..

(I just spend over 5,000 euros for Dental treatment that was supposed to be 'free' on top of the 10,000 i paid in State Healcare insurance)

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:20 | 2366948 Gully Foyle
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Azannoth

"(I just spend over 5,000 euros for Dental treatment that was supposed to be 'free' on top of the 10,000 i paid in State Healcare insurance)"

You Brits all resemble the fine people of Royston Vasey.

Even the women.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:22 | 2366974 Azannoth
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You do realize that Britain does not have the euro, right ?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:25 | 2367002 GMadScientist
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You do realize that the tragic state of British dental health doesn't care if you use quid or zooro?

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 18:20 | 2368577 IrritableBowels
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They apparently don't have dentists, either.

ba-zing

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:34 | 2367042 Azannoth
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.. but I agree with the Roston Vasey part :)

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:17 | 2366937 Gully Foyle
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AssFire

"The folks who are getting free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff,
because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free
stuff and their own stuff."

No!

The folks who are paying are JEALOUS that they were not smart enough nor bold enough to get free stuff.

I'm not seeing them bitch about subsidizing corporations.

The folks whining are the weak members of the herd, happy to follow but willing to grumble.

No matter how the situation changes, they will have the same tired old approach, following and grumbling.



Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:17 | 2367222 TeresaE
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Funny, I interupted "the folks getting" free stuff to INCLUDE the government-sanctioned/sponsored corporations.

As well as the WORKING, but still parasitic, government employee that is getting their pay PLUS free stuff.

Truly, the number of us that are NOT connected to federal largesse is shrinking to the smallest percent ever.

We sent our productive society away to replace it with our new parasitic society.

Pointing out the word "corporations" doesn't change the intended message at all.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:24 | 2366941 GMadScientist
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The folks who were formerly engaged in making the not-free stuff, who are no longer able to make not-free stuff, or buy not-free stuff, have a problem with the people who don't make stuff getting bailed out when they bet all their stuff with abandon.

Fuck you, buddy.


Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:27 | 2367012 SanOvaBeach
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Plse e-mail details.  I wanna get free stuff.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:52 | 2367361 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Ad me to yoar lits plz. OK thx by.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:37 | 2367062 forward ho
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Clap, Clap,  Clap. Perectly expressed. By T.J.'s standard we are gone already.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:11 | 2367195 AnAnonymous
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The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.

_____________________________________

Considering that the US of A used the superior demographic power of certain european countries to run over Indian populations, the number of people who got free stuff outnumbered the other way before today.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:56 | 2367558 akak
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.

the US of A used the superior demographic power of certain european countries to run over Indian populations

Much as the People's Republic of Locked Sweatshops, Enforced Abortions, Public Nose-Picking and Roadside Shitting used the superior demographic power of its vast, rabbit-breeding population to run over the peaceful and independent nation of Tibet. 

Just as they continue to threaten the peaceful and independent Republic of Taiwan. 

Just as they actively suppress and oppress the many ethnic minorities within their own borders, such as the Uighurs and Mongolians, who not being Han Chinese are not considered fully human by their Central Committee overlords.

Just as they used the demographic power of Chinese Citizenism against itself in the 1950s by killing off tens of millions of their own members via the monolithic, centrally-planned "Great Leap Forward (into Starvation)".

The hyperbolic hypocrisy of Chinese Citizenism: Make me laugh!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:04 | 2367693 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous making self laughing, as seen here, like many of the hypocrites, bandits, wolves of fabled past, leaves people stunned and appalling rough wording.

This now elucidation of having made more bubble burst is continuing, as the collapse of the firmly Dangdang very likely as citizenism eruptions, sudden and violent, when the panic Chinese citizenism crash, who also can not predict.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:35 | 2367770 akak
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Wordings of your being profoundly thinkful, pondering truthiness like eye openings.

Eruption of Chinese demographic volcano, wantings for freedoms more, one hopes can not retain contradictorialness.

Chinese Citizenism consumes, but is not about consumption.

Chinese Citizenism gobbles-up half of world resources, but points fingers everywhere else.  Chinese Citizenism pollutes more than any other citizenism. 
Yet Chinese Citizenism remains guilt-free, as always.

The lane to Hell, inset with so-called good Central Committee canibilistic parangonism intentions, leads only to moreso blobbing-up. 
Suchlike things are not for good future turnings doing!

Chinese citizenism like three monkeys with hands over eyes, ears, nose:
"See no roadside shitting, hear no roadside shitting, smell no roadside shitting".

But Chinese citizenism eternal nature, abiding, shall pick the nose regardless.

 

SP:  Muchlike resemblance to the Jon Nadler having is your photo of young self-laughing Chinese dishwasher troll!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:47 | 2367871 flattrader
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OK.  I am sitting in a restaurant, spitting food all over my keybord in between choking and laughing my ass off.

My server is getting freaked out.

Between you and fourth stooging I will now have to have the rest wrapped up to go.

 

kill a cow do it now bomb thermite building occupy a tree save the bees silver gold barter weapons cap a bankster divest faster

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:06 | 2366900 GeneMarchbanks
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"Sartre asserts that if a writer is not fully committed to both political and more importantly economic liberty, he is internally at war with the fundamental free nature of literature."

Not sure you fully grasp the finer points of existentialist literature but it's nice to see you name droppin' again.

'Every act is a choice, and the future is in our hands.'

Indeed Chuck, but there is also deeply ingrained habit.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:28 | 2367016 Winston Churchill
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Also, the very human fear of change.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:07 | 2366903 midgetrannyporn
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I don't have to do anything, I benefit from the scam. It is the rest of the world which must throw off their joobux shackles. After that the changes become automatically mad max in the usa.

 

Two bankers enter, one banker leaves...

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:21 | 2366955 Uncle Remus
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Who runs rehypothecation-town?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:48 | 2367869 TruthInSunshine
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Everyone thinks that a surprise, major league, actually talented band has been booked for the wedding, only to be treated to:

Benny & The Inkjets
Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:10 | 2366907 Everybodys All ...
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No matter how bad the stock market looks at the moment. I'd bet my last dollar Bernanke and his cohorts (pd's) will find a way to save this stock market from going down today. In fact he can do this to infinity but it won't make our economy any better and that is where his failure is assured.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:13 | 2366914 DeadFred
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I'll bet in a week you'll look back at your comment and say "Oops!"

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:16 | 2366929 prains
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somebody sharted

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:15 | 2366926 semperfi
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BUT  WHEN  ???   We have all been waiting a long time for it to implode/explode and it hasn't yet.  So I say to be a contrarian that IT WILL NOT IMPLODE/EXPLODE.  I AM BETTING THE HOUSE THAT TPTB WILL KEEP THE GAME GOING ANOTHER 5 YEARS AT LEAST.   Any takers ?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:49 | 2367113 trembo slice
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I don't think the implosion is imminent.  There are far too many sheep as well as the EuroZone crisis to divert the world's attention away from the shit show that is the United States.  The system implodes once the USD is no longer the world reserve currency.  That is when the consequences of monetary expansion will be felt solely at home, and civil unrest starts to accelerate.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:01 | 2367679 AustriAnnie
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Look around you.  This is what an implosion looks like.  It happens slowly, then suddenly.

All this "when is it going to happen?" stuff drives me crazy.  It IS happening right now.  Its just happening slowly and on the edges.  Its a very real implosion to those people who are giving up their children in Greece because they can't feed them.  Just because change is not happening on your trading monitor fast enough for you to recognize it doesn't mean its not happening.

The USD is already losing status.  Slowly now.  Later: suddenly.  

I realize that the feeling of calm-before-the-storm can drive a person mad.  But I think what we are experiencing now is a very real part of the process of implosion.  The illusion that "nothing is happening" is false, IMO.

The rapid succession of postings by Tyler should tell us something: all of this is happening right here and now.  I think it is human nature to notice only the larger events, and discount the meaning of smaller events and the impact they have.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:41 | 2367842 akak
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Outstandingly lucid and insighful comments!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 16:09 | 2368202 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Agreed.

If you're waiting around for a signal or event to tell you, "OK, this is it, what you've been expecting," you're going to be too late.

It's going on now. Waiting for an obvious sign is like strolling on the beach after an earthquake when the water has receded, prior to a tsunami. You tell yourself, "I'll head to higher ground when I see it coming." That decision alone has sealed your fate irreversibly.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:15 | 2366927 lolmao500
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Unpossible! Bernanke is a master of the 1930 depression and he's almighty!! The economy is his bitch! The bitch never ever ever fights back against the pimp!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:15 | 2366928 Snakeeyes
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Agreed. Socialist won't cut spending or entitlements and they keep wanting to INCREASE government spending.

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/yellen-announces-no-fed-tightening-after-twist-europe-rebels-against-austerity/

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:24 | 2366986 New_Meat
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Sustainable is unsustainable!

http://xkcd.com/1007/

- Ned

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:30 | 2367024 Uncle Remus
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Broken Record Syndrome.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:05 | 2367927 New_Meat
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c'mon unk, fit here too ;-0

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:47 | 2367103 vh070
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Humanity itself, as is, is unsustainable.  Mostly because of some ideology or another, including belief in the Unnatural and belief in our place on this otherwise magnificent planet.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:16 | 2367214 AnAnonymous
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Maybe, maybe.

But not everybody is equal. There is unsustainable on the very long term, like the sun turns red and kaboom

and there is the unsustainable over a couple of centuries, or even decades.

No one matches US citizens when it comes to unsustainability, depletion of resources and the rest.

That horse runs far faster than any other horse.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:56 | 2367377 TheFourthStooge-ing
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...and that's the horse you rode in on.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:57 | 2367391 AnAnonymous
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No. That horse rides for US citizens.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:39 | 2367582 akak
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Is that Chinese horse the same one that has made a certain large east Asian nation by far the #1 polluter and destroyer of the environment in the world?  The same horse that is dumping unprecedented amounts of mercury into the atmosphere through accelerating coal burning to such an extent that the Eskimoes of Alaska must now watch their fish and marine mammal consumption?  The same horse that is destroying hundreds of square miles of its own homeland and turning it into a toxic environmental wasteland in the wildly unsustainable and greedy blobbing-up of rare earth minerals?  The same horse that gobbles-up world resources, and is rapidly establishing resource colonies throughout Africa and South America, in order to build dozens of empty "ghost cities" for no apparent reason? 

THAT horse?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:25 | 2367246 TeresaE
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Am I the only one that finds this quote incredibly ironic?

"...The inimitable Steve Jobs succinctly described complicity in his famous challenge to former Pepsi head-honcho John Sculley: "Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?"..."

How many millions of productive hours have been turned into non-productive play times by Mr. Jobs?  Hence making something of value to be replaced by "sugared water."

Apple (google, facebook, twitter and even here, but at least we are actually learning something here) is one of the single largest causes of our countries conversion into a parasitic, worthless, non-goal driven society.

Instead of wasting six hours a night watching the boob tube before bed, we can now sneak in hundreds and hundreds of hours a year from the comfort of our jobs.

Yep, changing the world by offshoring what made us great (productive work and willingness to better ourselves) and bringing back the third world values of relying on others to do for you.

Success Mr. Jobs, Success.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:31 | 2367268 Shizzmoney
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http://www.nextnewdeal.net/our-brave-new-service-economy

More low-wage, dead-end jobs might sound good to business owners, but is that what we want for our country?

As Nona Willis Aronowitz recently reported, one in 10 employed Americans works in food service, making up 9.6 million people. And young people are taking a lot of those jobs: a quarter of people ages 16 to 29 who have a job work in hospitality, meaning travel, leisure, and food service. “A study of 4 million Facebook profiles found that, after the military, the top four employers listed by twentysomethings were Walmart, Starbucks, Target, and Best Buy,” she writes.

These are low-wage, low-benefit jobs that rarely pay much more than minimum wage (if even that) and offer schedules that can change on a whim. A report from the Retail Action Project in New York found that over half of retail workers made under $10 an hour – and 12 percent earn the minimum wage. Less than a third get health benefits through their employer. The Restaurant Opportunity Centers United reported that the average yearly income for restaurant workers in 2009 was $15,092, and less than a third make a livable wage. And what about those hotel workers who might be under the employ of Batolin? Non-managers make less than $12 an hour on average.

And unlike government work, these jobs offer little training and room for advancement. The sector relies on employee churn to keep labor costs lower. (Just ask Barbara Ehrenreich.) Service careers aren’t designed to advance much farther than flipping burgers.

Is this what we want our economy to look like? Do we want most jobs to offer wages that don’t cover basic expenses and to deny workers the benefits they need to stay healthy? Businesspeople would call this cost effective. I call this unsustainable.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:36 | 2367286 orangegeek
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The unsustainable will implode.  So what's unsustainable?  Pretty much everything that isn't 100% owned individually.

 

Here's another unsustainable - the SP500 Weekly.

 

http://bullandbearmash.com/index/sp-500/weekly/

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:45 | 2367322 marathonman
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Nailed it!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:03 | 2367426 AchtungAffen
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"The inimitable Steve Jobs succinctly described complicity in his famous challenge to former Pepsi head-honcho John Sculley: "Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?""

 

Yeah, and the inimitable Steve Jobs was price fixing books through his monopolic powers (with associates) in the next sentence...

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 17:42 | 2368519 kiwidor
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What follows ?  Thirty years of natural disasters.  

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 00:04 | 2372383 denny69
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Wow, he must have copied the guy who posted a comment entitled RESIST! on this very site some months ago. I believe it was within a six or seven point response plan. C.H. Smith - Brilliant writer? - maybe. Pragmatist - most assuredly and necessarily.

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