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    The US, in its own decline, is showing this same self-destructive tendency. The worse things get, the greater the inclination of the citizenry to say, “Carry on, everything’s fine.”

Guest Post: The Future Is Unknown, But We Know The Unsustainable Will Implode

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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.

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