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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

Habituating to Contraction  

The Savior State has pulled out all the stops to prop up the Status Quo. Its gargantuan borrowing and spending have fixed nothing. Contraction is replacing expansion as the new normal.

For the past 67 years, Americans have been conditioned to expect expansion and more of everything: more income, more stuff, more opportunity, more benefits, more medical care, more government entitlements, and so on.

As a result, Americans have habituated to permanent expansion. The concept that contraction--less of everything--is the new normal simply doesn't register; it is rejected, denied, or decried as a great tragedy. The notion that it is simply reality does not compute with a populace habituated to permanent "growth" that is at worst interrupted by brief recessions.

U.S. politicians have learned that Soaring Rhetoric (TM) about "morning in America," "the New Frontier," "hope" and other ritualistic appeals to permanent expansion win elections, while accurate descriptions of reality lose elections.

The voting public's demand for "permanent good news" promising permanent expansion has spawned a feedback loop of officially sanctioned manipulated statistics and media spin (a.k.a. propaganda) that expands with every administration, even as the real economy visibly weakens. Though the Obama Administration has perfected the techniques of presenting "permanent good news," the divergence of the real economy and the official "story" that "we've returned to permanent expansion" is widening.

The real story is the "expansion" has cost the taxpayers trillions of dollars in new debt and trillions of dollars of backstops, shadow purchases and money-printing by the Federal Reserve. Roughly speaking, $6 trillion in additional Federal borrowing has been blown to simply keep the Status Quo from imploding, and around $13 trillion in guarantees, backstops, asset purchases, and losses made good have been issued to keep the Status Quo's financial sector afloat and in charge.

By any credible, unmanipulated measure, for example, the number of people with fulltime employment or household income, the economy has yet to recover to 2007 levels.

This reality must be denied, both by the power-obsessed politicos who fear the truth like vampires fear garlic-garlanded crosses, and by voters who fear a reduction in their personal share of the swag.

Humans habituate quickly to a wide range of conditions and expectations, but once they've settled into the new habitat, they are resistant to new conditions. Needless to say, humans prefer a future in which there will be more of everything over one with less of everything, as permanent expansion means there will be few if any troublesome cost-benefit analyses, hard choices or painful triage, and little need to adjust to new realities.

Changing conditioning is difficult and often arduous.

Americans have been conditioned for three generations to expect the Savior State to "do something" during downturns to "make it right." The idea that systemic problems are now beyond the reach of the Federal government does not compute; there must be something the government can do to "fix" everything.

This notion that the Central State is effectively omniscient and all-powerful is central to the belief system of Americans now. The concept that the government cannot fix the problem, or that government central-planning has made the problem worse, is anathema to everyone conditioned to believe government intervention will "save the day."

The basic reality is the Federal government has already pulled out all the stops in the past four years to "make the economy recover," and all its unprecedented actions have accomplished is to maintain the Status Quo via unsustainably gargantuan borrowing, spending and backstopping.

If we scrape away the rhetoric and bogus statistics, at heart the current fantasy that the U.S. has "decoupled" from the global economy and will remain an island of "permanent prosperity" in a sea of recession boils down to this belief: the Federal government "won't let us stay in recession." In other words, it's within the power of the Central State to make good every loss, guarantee every debt, maintain the Empire, solve every geopolitical challenge and find technological or military solutions to potential energy shortages. All we need is the "will" to force the government to use its essentially unlimited power to "fix everything."

A people conditioned to this expectation will have great difficulty accepting that their government has already done everything possible, and that these stupendous debt-based expenditures are simply not sustainable going forward. Some problems are not fixable by more government intervention; indeed, government intervention in the marketplace is like insulin: the system begins to lose sensitivity to Central State manipulation and intervention.

2012 is looking like the year that the American public will have to face up to the fact that the Central State's massive efforts to "fix the economy" have failed, and that Central State support of the Status Quo cannot fix what's broken.

We will have to habituate to contraction, and the belief in a god-like Savior State with unlimited powers and money will fade as the economy's systemic illnesses--extreme concentrations of power and wealth, corruption, financial leverage, excessive debt and so on--reassert themselves.

All that has happened for four long years is systemic problems were papered over to benefit the Status Quo. Everything that is broken awaits real repair.


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Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:47 | 2063023 Vincent Vega
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Gargantuan...there's that word again. Twice in one week. I'm impressed.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:55 | 2063048 nope-1004
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You know what's coming, don't you?

A new proposal by Geithner and Benocide.  It will be a "solvency fund" by the Fed and Treasury, aimed at backstopping and bailing out the US Government.  No joke.  They'll sell the concept to the public, and most will buy it.  A bailout fund BY the largest gov't to bailout THE largest gov't.  Ass backwards, I know.  But as you stated above, 67 years of conditioning is hard to throw away.

 J6P wants to believe that Superman is coming to save this pig.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:16 | 2063154 MillionDollarBonus_
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Don't be ridiculous. This fund already exists - its called the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States of America. Their balance sheet is unlimited and is being strategically leveraged for maximum impact on interest rates and growth. This is the genius of the elastic money supply.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:19 | 2063175 Commander Cody
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I'm with you buddy lemming.  Let's go!

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:52 | 2063246 Cheesy Bastard
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All hail Obama, our benevolent dicktaster.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:38 | 2063472 Vaiman
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How soon they forget the housing meltdown.  The govt hasn't done much still to this day to fix the mess created by that.  And they think while we're still reeling from that storm....that the Fed will be able to deal with another dose of reality check?  

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:09 | 2063662 The Alarmist
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What housing meltdown ???  The houses are still there, and are being kept out of the hands of truly deserving families by greedy capitalists like Mitt Romney.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 21:21 | 2063771 sitenine
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Define truly deserving families.


Perhaps you're referring to the ones who can't afford to pay back the loan it would take to purchase said house?  Too much debt.  Maybe you're referring to the 'investors' who bought like 12 houses or so to 'fix up' and resell?  Too much debt.  Maybe it's time to start settling for less, otherwise you're going to be very disapointed near term.  Seriously, I don't mean to be an asshole here, I really would like to know your definition of the American 'deserving family'.  That might provide a useful frame of reference.  Thanks.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 01:56 | 2064234 StychoKiller
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The only families that are "deserving", have been doing the right thing all along, and DO NOT need Govt handouts!

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:19 | 2063177 prains
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Judeo Gucci exponentialism MDB it's all yours hope it fits

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 01:55 | 2064231 StychoKiller
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All that has happened for four long years is systemic problems were papered over to benefit the Status Quo. Everything that is broken awaits real repair.

Guess Bob Dylan was right; "Everything's Broken." :>(

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:27 | 2063217 LULZBank
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Fo sho maan!!

Even god could not have created this much money!

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:46 | 2063308 AC_Doctor
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MinionDumberBoner will more Socialist wet dreams as usual...

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 16:12 | 2066780 Papasmurf
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It's not a balance sheet.  A balance sheet has assets.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:15 | 2063158 trav7777
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I guess people thought I was joking when I said Peak Oil implies sustained global recession

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:26 | 2063208 DoChenRollingBearing
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If the Peak Oil thesis is correct, then you are right.  We will have a long global recession.  We have to DRILL here as well as find ways to conserve our energy use, work on sustainable energy technology, everything.  But, what does a Bearing know, really KNOW?  Not enough...

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:33 | 2063235 LULZBank
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Its not about Peak Oil. The world, the empires, manipulations and the tyrannys have existed before oil and will exist when the oil will be gone. What we need is an oil freely traded in whatever currencies, so no one country or group of countries can use it to enslave and manipulate other countries.

Perhaps traded in gold and silver (bitches!!!!)

Arabs can get gold for their oil, but they will be willing to pay even more gold for water and food. Water is more expensive than gasoline in some Arab countries!

Nature has a balance, only humans interfere and fuck it up.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:53 | 2063336 Seer
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It has EVERYTHING to do with Peak Oil (peak oil exports).

Those who believe that Mr. Market will resolve it all is in for a BIG surprise.  You're all predicating it on the System that you know, the one that WON'T exist when Mr. Market is truly free.  There will no longer be these propped up "economies of scale;" that which isn't sustainable won't be a road traveled.  That oil infrastructure won't, despite your desire to be able to throw you puny PMs at it, be able to work when the overwhelming majority of humans cannot also participate.

Perhaps oil will be traded in food (and or water), which is, after all, one of THE fundamental NEEDS (not PMs or anything else excuse that those who are too lazy to do the work today often hide behind).

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:46 | 2063489 Fukushima Sam
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The Market will still succeed and thrive.  It will do so through demand destruction.  If things get really bad the Market will create wars and pestilence to force the demand destruction.  After all, what is the Market but the human ecology?

We suffer from human folly, which begets peak oil and other symptoms of our collective stupidity.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:05 | 2063385 Winisk
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The balance you see in Nature is the result of brutal uncaring forces that impose limits to growth.  We are no exception.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 02:00 | 2064235 StychoKiller
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Time to break out of the petri dish -- The surface of a planet is NOT the correct place for an expanding, technological civilization.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 19:11 | 2063543 Cloud9.5
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We have done a marvelous job of substituting bubbles for growth for the last forty years and convincing the ME to sell us their oil for large bundles of green cloth.  Our hegemony has allowed us to convince the entire world that these little pieces of cloth have intrinsic value.

Like all cons, this con only works as long as the marks are deluded.  At some point, the bezzel shows through the embezzlement and the trick is over.

What is amazing to me now is that it’s obvious that almost everybody knows it’s a con but the game goes on.  We are like the nobility in the story of the Emperor Has No Clothes.  We know it’s a fraud but we play along to keep our status just a little while longer.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 00:23 | 2064129 GMadScientist
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Water is more expensive than gasoline where subsidies allow.


Sat, 01/14/2012 - 00:50 | 2064138 DaveyJones
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How can the most compact form of energy ever discovered not be the most significant factor to the world economy? Everything depends upon it. Everything is built out of it. Most of our food production is tied to it. We go to war for it, lie for it, and turn on our own for it. That should give us some clue to its value. Of course empires have existed before and will long after, but that does nothing to diminsh its mark on human history. The global population exploded because of it along with everything else. So now we have billions of people just entering the petroleum feed trough and production has not only peaked but has entered an irreversible decline. Trav is not the only one saying this will cause an unstoppable depression. You're right we need to develop other forms but we need to recognize a number of serious problems. No energy alternative comes close to its return. The structures we need should have been started decades ago. Because of our leaders stupidity, greed, and dishonesty, they have kept this information from us and delayed this necessary change resulting in astronomically larger costs and suffering in what will now be a brutal transition.           

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:37 | 2063255 toomanyfakecons...
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PEAK OIL IS EVERYTHING! Skip forward to 2:23:43 of Zeitgeist Moving Forward and you'll understand...

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:46 | 2063310 Meremortal
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Interesting thing, how internal combustion engines can run on natural gas.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:57 | 2063357 Seer
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And, they can run on ethanol and wood gasses.  Your point?

Just because something CAN be done doesn't mean that it can be done sustainably OR that it SHOULD be done.

NG reserves, if we switched to them over oil, would then increase the rate of depletion!

Yeah, if NG was available to just ME then sure, I'll go for it!

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:57 | 2063514 Teamtc321
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Just switching our transportation fleet's from diesel to nat gas would cut opec by 50%. Very sharp move imho. Just for example our food travel's 1400 miles on the average to market. Get our truck's on nat gas asap would atleast give us some breathing room. How many war's would this curve from starting in our future as well? 


We also need sound money period imho. 


Ron Paul 2012

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 19:22 | 2063572 Mitzibitzi
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No, no, no, retard!

It is NOT the cost of fuel to move food from one place to another, in almost every inhabited area of this planet, it's the fact that someone wants strawberries  EVERY DAY in a climate zone where strawberries will not grow at this time of year!

And it's the same EXACT story with nearly everything else we do as species. Normalcy bias at it's absolute worst.

Example: NO varieties of chilli peppers grow naturally in the UK. But yet, I manage to have a constant supply of 11 different varieties year round. I grow them on my windowsills.

We've done the diversity thing to the point where almost anything you want can be grown in some degree in your own locality, provided you don't want it every moment of every day.So my locally sourced diet can be enlivened with a bunch of other fun things to relieve it from the monochrome 17th century diet it would otherwise be at any given time of year.

Nothing other than food and water actually matter to you and your family, if you have the skills to do the rest absent 'money'.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 00:28 | 2064134 GMadScientist
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And if you learn to eat what IS good around you, you'll eat less crap that's been Monsanto-farmed by the exploited natives of wherever and taken a ride for hundreds of miles in a flatbed.

Indoor plumbing and refrigeration would be no fun to give up.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 00:53 | 2064178 DaveyJones
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great post. food is the ultimate weapon, the ultimate currency, and the ultimate equalizer.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 16:18 | 2066795 Papasmurf
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Pickensplan is a scam to claim property rights through eminent domain for transfer of water from the ogallala aquifer.  Don't let the old fox fool you.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 00:23 | 2064131 GMadScientist
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Interesting thing, how everyone running their car on natural gas would make it go from lasting 400 years to less than 100.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:22 | 2063193 Tungsten Checks In
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My son and I are sick and tired of waiting around for the collapse. I do not have enough time during the day to sit down to learn economic theory, kondratieff market cycles, study charts and read economic world news.  When is the collapse going to occur?
We know the bailouts didn't work, QE was a failure, mark2myth... were just to delay the inveitable FAR WORSE crisis that will now occur in the very near future. The whole Bernanke 'Time man of the year' who saved us from a repeat of the Great Depression was a farce and will be laughed at in the future when this thing blows up epically in everyone's face.
I need your expertise! 
Those willing to devolge the information to my son and I won't go unnoticed. In fact, we will pay you the lump some of 5,000 dollars of which you will receive half up front right now and when the Apoclaypse does finally  happen, you will get the rest of the money. I know many of you junk posts like this often in these threads. My request is a serious one. The doom is really getting the best of me and I am not getting any younger. I want to protect my son, I want to know how long I have left to prepare and get my affairs in order.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:29 | 2063225 DoChenRollingBearing
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Collapses often take a long time to happen.  Foreplay for years.  Then sometimes BAM!  See the Roman Empire.

You do not need to offer to give away your money.  The answers are everywhere, including (especially) here at ZH.

You want to protect you and yours?  Buy gold.  A little here and a little there will add up.

No one knows how long we have to prepare.  Best get started now.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:13 | 2063677 The Alarmist
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Rome's decline actually played out over a few centuries while all the while continuing to style itself as a continuing Republic of the people (SPQR, dude).  You might even say it went on for a millenia or so if you count the Byzantine empire as the natural extension of the Roman empire.  

America will soldier one for at least a few decades, maybe a couple centuries before it becomes clear that the Republic has truly gone the way of history.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:31 | 2063229 DavidPierre
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December 24, 2012 = THE END!

Mayan End Time

My 66th birthday

Send cheques to Zero Hedge slush fund.


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:35 | 2063244 toomanyfakecons...
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Typo? You meant the 21st...

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:05 | 2063349 DavidPierre
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As the earth moves through the galactic plane the Earth's magnetic poles will reverse. 

It will take "three days" to re-establish the Earth's rotation in the opposite direction.


Velikovsky argued that electromagnetic effects play the most important role in celestial mechanics.

Planet Earth has suffered  huge natural catastrophes, remembered on a global scale in humankind's recorded history. 

A short summary...

2012: The Polar Shift Explained

Nasa Confirmation 2012 Pole shift

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:15 | 2063684 The Alarmist
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Magnetic polar shifts play out over a far longer time frame than you let on.  The fact that birds still fly and migrate largely by reference to electromagnetic fields through all these millenia suggest the effects are not as dire as many might think.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:47 | 2063745 DavidPierre
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Come on... help me! ... I'm trying to hussle up $5000 for the ZH slush fund here.


Catastrophism is the theory that Earth has been affected in the past by sudden, short-lived, violent events, possibly worldwide in scope. The dominant paradigm of modern geology is uniformitarianism (sometimes described as gradualism), in which slow incremental changes, such as erosion, create the Earth's appearance. This view holds that the present is the key to the past, and that all things continue as they were from the beginning of the world. Recently a more inclusive and integrated view of geologic events has developed, changing the scientific consensus to accept some catastrophic events in the geologic past.

From my corner of the universe...

One day later...

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 04:11 | 2065870 Antipodeus
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See "Punctuated equilibrium"

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:35 | 2063240 Git_Naked
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How old is your son?

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:37 | 2063265 Golden monkey
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You will now the collapse is coming a few hours before.

Watch for yellow ribbon around gas station. Cash only 20$ max.

On TV, you will see monkeys saying everything will be OK by the next week.

The extend and pretend game will end shortly after, trust me.


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:41 | 2063280 Dr. Kananga
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"I need your expertise! Those willing to devolge the information to my son and I won't go unnoticed... The doom is really getting the best of me and I am not getting any younger."

Dude! Keep your wallet in your pocket and listen up (I'm taking your post at face value):

The best advice is to keep your perspective intact.

The gyrations and mechanations of the financial world have been going on for a long time--long before you found this website or even heard half of what you've heard, and it will continue long after we're all dust. That's how that is.

What really matters? If you can sit down at a table with a roof over your head and enjoy a nice meal with people you care about, and go to sleep in a bed with some measure of comfort and safety, and wake up reasonably healthy and with something to do, then you already have all you really need to get by. The rest of it is just drama...

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:36 | 2063459 Dr. Kananga
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One other thing--yeah, things can get really shitty in ways where having a bed to sleep in or food on the table is tough to come by, but keeping your perspective can only help in worst case scenarios--a mind free of clutter enhances your chances to plan and respond appropriately.

One thing that can help you keep your perspective intact--there's an unstated sense out there that if we suffer an economic armaggedon, we'll somehow end up back in the stone age (however you want to define it.) Not true. Supply chains will be disrupted and we'll see just how little power the nanny state actually has to keep things running all sunny and bright, but we won't suddenly forget how to do things, nor will our neighbors. Most important point there.

For example, Alan Watts (not an economist) pointed out how absurd the role of money can be when compared to how reality actually works. He likened the depression of the '30s to the following situation: A carpenter shows up for work one day (like every other day) but instead of going right to work, he gets called over to the foreman's office.

The foreman says "Well, I've got bad news. We're shutting the site down because we ran out of inches. No more inches--so no work. Go home."

In other words, if we 'run out of money' that doesn't mean that crops can't grow in a field, or that people will suddenly not know how to treat each other. The priorities and methods may change, but the fundamentals remain.

Good luck, and don't be rash.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:57 | 2063512 Fukushima Sam
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Also, you may need a gun.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 19:28 | 2063581 Dr. Kananga
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Yes, there are some essential items to consider keeping nearby, just in case.

Speaking of, I wonder how many people have though of stockpiling basic tools? You always hear about water, PMs, ammo, beans, etc. but what about hammers and saws and such?

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:13 | 2063679 Dr. Kananga
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+1 for the link

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 02:09 | 2064241 StychoKiller
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Already ahead of ya (of course, that's because I do woodworking...)

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:43 | 2063294 Meremortal
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Save your money. What's most likely is a 10 year, slow-grinding deflation, followed by rather high inflation, but no dramatic collapse. I've been studying this since 1992, and knew what was coming back then. I use demographics in my work, which requires estimating future economic conditions and trends. My projection of the housing crash was off by 16 months, no problem. I got out of the bad stuff early enough, and kept the good stuff. I live in a tiny town now, out of the way. I also have a fallback place waiting, 400 rather isolated acres with wells and a house.   

The article does point out one great conundrum of our times. The more govt fails, the more we ask of it. We'll figure that out, and there's going to be plenty of time to do so. Good luck with your preparations.

There will be some people who understand that fortunes are made during times like these. They will do well.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:55 | 2063509 Citxmech
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"The more govt fails, the more we ask of it. We'll figure that out. . ."

We will?

What's the answer to that riddle, "If we stop asking government to actually accomplish anything, our government will then finally be effective?"

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 02:12 | 2064242 StychoKiller
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Eventually, the moochers and the Ignorati will give up on Big Brother riding to the rescue.  Either that, or they'll die of starvation. :>(

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 00:36 | 2064150 GMadScientist
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You're right...except for the 'slow-grinding' and the 'followed by'...replace with 'sharp' and 'and persistent' and you've got it.


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:51 | 2063305 BigJim
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It's a bit like the return of Jesus. Christians say He's coming, but no one knows the hour.

Seriously, though, economies are not deterministic. Yes, you can predict certain outcomes, eventually, but when central-planners (governments & central banks) have so much power over what goes on in the market place, any rationality or true price discovery takes a back seat to politics and interest-group pandering.

We might still be sitting here 5 years from now predicting imminent economic collapse. Keep an eye on things, make sure your hedges are in place and adjusted to events, and then try to forget it all and get on with your life.

Advice I should take myself, someday...

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:46 | 2063307 Likstane
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Why is it you are concerned with the Apocalypse and not the termination of your life or your son's life?  Last I checked the stats are still the same.  100 out of 100 still die.  The real key is to find out what life is and if you have it.  If you have real life you will be unconcerned as to how it all goes down.  Realize the doom of this world and your earthly life aren't going away; it will get worse-much worse.  Read a Bible and compare it to other religious literature.  Who knows, maybe you are one of the few chosen to inherit eternal life.  If not, then kiss your eternal(and earthly) life goodbye.   disclaimer-long AG + AU physical and Spiritual /no sarc                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:55 | 2063345 LaLiLuLeLo
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1st: Save your money for you and your family. People elected Obama to solve THEIR problems; no one can solve your problems except YOU

In a general sense, we all have about a year or two left. In that time you can do one of two things (if you live in America or northern hemisphere):

Move to a country that no one hates and has a localized economy (preferably to the southern hemisphere due to nuclear fallout if that happens)


If you choose to stay, get a reliable rifle and know it well. Acquire good quality ammo (police rule will become non-existent for many communities). If you own property, grow your own food and learn permiculture (selfsustaining, organic farming). But most importantly, build a community of like minded people that can diversify strategies for independent living. You cannot do everything on your own. Be friendly to everyone who lives near you, you will need all the friends you can get.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:24 | 2063446 Westcoastliberal
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And if you really want a glimpse of the future, read "Dies the fire" by R.L. Stirling.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 19:53 | 2063624 Citxmech
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Except gunpowder will still work.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 19:31 | 2063589 Dr. Kananga
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"But most importantly, build a community of like minded people that can diversify strategies for independent living. You cannot do everything on your own. Be friendly to everyone who lives near you, you will need all the friends you can get."


Sounds like a good idea whether the world comes to an end, or not.

If we were all working along those lines in the first place, maybe we wouldn't be where we are today?

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:49 | 2063724 Awakened Sheeple
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Those willing to devolge the information to my son and I won't go unnoticed. In fact, we will pay you the lump some of 5,000 dollars of which you will receive half up front right now and when the Apoclaypse does finally  happen, you will get the rest of the money.


Pfft.. Dollars will be worthless after the collapse...


Got a daughter to trade? :D

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 02:18 | 2064245 StychoKiller
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I have a Daughter, but her 3rd-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do sez "I'm not telling her what to do!"

Go long Katanas! (27" or better!)

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 21:10 | 2063785 Errol
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Hello Tungsten,

No one can give you an exact date, because the unravelling of industrial society is a process, not an event.  The process has already begun.

The key issue is energy.  The trajectory of Western industrial civilization proceded from current solar in the form of food (slave/muscle power) to current solar in the form of wind, water, and charcoal, to solid stored solar (coal) to liquid stored solar (oil).  Humanity had hoped to leverage this to fission as a stepping stone to fusion, but that hasn't worked out.  So, as the supply of stored solar begins to dwindle, industrial civilization will be slowly asphyxsiated. 

The current economic system requires constant increase in available energy (called "growth"); as the supply of available energy declines, the economy will contract.  At some point the contraction may become a collapse, but no one really wants that scenario, so all of humanity is trying to keep the system going.  Problem is, everyone wants to keep their current level of energy consumption (or increase it!) while pushing the contraction onto someone else. 

The point of all of this: get ahead of the curve.  Localize, and start your transition to harvesting current solar energy to the best of your ability.  As Dimitry Orlov wisely puts it, "chose proverty [on your terms] before poverty choses you"!

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:26 | 2063213 CoyoteBlue
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No, they'll just be selling some extra special "Rescue" bonds or like the Italians "Patriot Bonds" to save America.  There might be a few more dollars out in those backyards and beds.

Squeeeeze Timmeh, squeeeeez!

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:04 | 2063641 The Alarmist
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These sorts of things need to boil down to a nice, catchy little acronmym, so the name would need to be something more along the lines of "Freedom bonds" (Free-B's)or "Liberty Bonds" (LiB's) or "Restoring American Greatness bonds" (RAG's) or , a little more obscure, "Self Reliance bonds" (SeRB's).

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 19:34 | 2063595 IndicaTive
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"Solvency Bonds," coming to a 401k near you. No need to sell them, everyone should "voluntarily" allocate 25% to them.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:07 | 2063655 The Alarmist
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Brought to you by Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs. First closing in November.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:53 | 2063051 HedgeAccordingly
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talk about gargantuan... euro going to par?

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:12 | 2063141 Salah
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Yep, that's the cultural narrative, at least since the 1930s through WWII, the Cold War, the New Frontier, the Great Society, Carter's Malaise, etc.  But it started to crack under Reagan; the Soviet Union wasn't fucking eternal, Japan's economic dominance was short-lived, and now it seems the artificial contrivance known as the European Union is itself coming unraveled like a cheap Soveit man's suit.

Whatcha bet Charles we return to a more Teddy Roosevelt, muscular nationalism?  We can start by ceasing to subsidize the very industry, residential real estate, that became the overleveraged trigger mechanism of our current predicament, huh?  Stop treating it as a national sacrament; it isn't motherhood, apple pie, or baseball; it's just the largest single consumer durable out there.  Hey, we stopped subsidizing automobile credit financing more than 2 decades ago.

In it's place, let's develop a speedy, transparent localized system of "real estate dealers" who make markets locally, and can do so via their own equivalent of what retail auto dealers do using the wholesale auto auction.  It's all very do-able, but of course since there aren't any Mercedes or Beemer sales lot guys making 6-10% on the gross, like real estate salespeople (and with zero inventory/transaction risks whatsoever!), it's gonna be real hard to get by those RE industry distbags at the NAR, national Association of Realtors.  They should really make, maybe 1%, OK I'll go 2%.



Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:38 | 2063257 Gully Foyle
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"More stringent security measures. Universal electronic surveillance. No-knock laws. Stop and frisk laws. Government inspection of first-class mail. Automatic fingerprinting, photographing, blood tests, and urinalysis of any person arrested before he is charged with a crime. A law making it unlawful to resist even unlawful arrest. Laws establishing detention camps for potential subversives. Gun control laws. Restrictions on travel. The assassinations, you see, establish the need for such laws in the public mind. Instead of realizing that there is a conspiracy, conducted by a handful of men, the people reason -- or are manipulated into reasoning -- that the entire population must have its freedom restricted in order to protect the leaders. The people agree that they themselves can't be trusted.” ? Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea, The Eye in the Pyramid, 1975

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:44 | 2063301 Gully Foyle
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By the way Entropy kicks in too

The First Church of Pirate Bay

The city of Uppsala has seen its share of religious congregations. In ancient times, it was the main pagan center of Sweden, famed for its temple to the Old Norse gods. In the Middle Ages, it became a Christian stronghold. Today, Uppsala is home to Isak Gerson, a bright, polite, twenty-year-old philosophy student and the spiritual leader of the Missionary Church of Kopimism, which last week became Sweden’s newest registered religion. Modern Sweden isn’t known as a particularly religious place: in a recent poll, only seventeen per cent of Swedes said that faith is an important part of their lives. But Sweden is known, in recent years, as a hotbed of online piracy and anti-copyright activism. That’s the tradition from which Kopimism arises.


The Missionary Church of Kopimism picks up where Piratbyrån left off: it has taken the values of Swedish Pirate movement and codified them into a religion. They call their central sacrament “kopyacting,” wherein believers copy information in communion with each other, most always online, and especially via file-sharing. Ibi Botani’s kopimi mark—a stylized “k” inside a pyramid—is their religious symbol, as are CTRL+C and CTRL+V. Where Christian clergy might sign a letter “yours in Christ,” Kopimists write, “Copy and seed.” They have no god.

“We see the world as built on copies,” Gerson told me. “We often talk about originality; we don’t believe there’s any such thing. It’s certainly that way with life—most parts of the world, from DNA to manufacturing, are built by copying.” The highest form of worship, he said, is the remix: “You use other people’s works to make something better.”

Fittingly, it was exactly this kind of collaborative spirit that led to the founding of the Missionary Church of Kopimism. In a blog post last week, Peter Sunde, one of the founders of The Pirate Bay, suggested that Kopimism as a religion had originated from a comment made by one of its opponents. Several years ago, he wrote, a Swedish lawyer for the M.P.A.A. was asked about file-sharing advocates. She replied, “It’s just a few people, very loud. They’re a cult. They call themselves Kopimists.” Sunde thought this cult business sounded like a good idea, and looked into registering Kopimism as a religion, but never followed through. Gerson did. “This is one of the essential things with how the internet and kopimism works,” Sunde wrote. “If you don’t do it, someone else will.”

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:49 | 2063030 Hayabusa
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Well written!  Accurate and sad that people have become conditioned so.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:49 | 2063032 Sudden Debt
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solving the US debt problems are just as easy as turning piss into wine!


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:34 | 2063170 DavidPierre
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Rob Kirby


It’s all about control. Derivatives products – well intentioned when they were conceived – have been utilized to prop-up a failing fiat currency / undermine capital through the establishment of a phony, crony, price control grid. As such, derivatives have become very dangerous tools in the hands of a gaggle of miscreant sociopaths – who think, speak and act as if they are doing god’s work - that now occupy the U.S. Treasury / Fed and rule Wall Street.

As a staunch supporter of GATA I’ve been writing about it for at least 8 years. The folks at GATA are very familiar with and have been documenting the systemic abuse of our capital markets since 1998 -

LONG before ANYONE ever heard of Kyle Bass and years before the world ever heard of ZeroHedge.


The $U.S. Dollar Centric Derivatives Complex: Progenitor of Parasitic, Ponzi Price-Fixing

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:03 | 2063646 Hephasteus
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Those Gata people are not exciting. They aren't fast moving. But they will take you to the nitty gritty where you can't get off the sandpaper without losing your ass.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:47 | 2063311 Ignorance is bliss
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I can turn piss into ammonia.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 01:42 | 2064219 UP Forester
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I pee on my feet in the shower.

Cures Athlete's Foot.

No shit.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 12:42 | 2064582 DaveyJones
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I wouldn't shit on my feet either

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:50 | 2063037 LawsofPhysics
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Conditioned to believe in infinite growth in a system with finite resources, say it isn't so.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:16 | 2063163 trav7777
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bbbbut...bbbbut IONIC LIQUIDS!!!!!11

Also, silver can peak but oil CAN'T.  It JUST CAN'T, ok??? Because.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 19:29 | 2063584 Teamtc321
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Fck oil, ride a saddle horse Trav.........

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:20 | 2063179 cymro33
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Was good while it lasted. Did not have to work. Arabs gave us the oil for worthless dollars and a few planes they can’t fly. The Chinese similarly gave us their free labor to make stuff for us. We are in the 9th inning, losing with 2 outs and Bernak at the plate.



Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:32 | 2063230 DoChenRollingBearing
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Well, have a good weekend anyway!

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:33 | 2063233 toomanyfakecons...
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That's the premise of the Zeitgeist movie and movement...

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:42 | 2063363 Winisk
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Anyone expecting the conditioned masses prone to magical thinking to lose their religion in goverment, money, infinite growth, or God during a time of crisis is optimistic.  And we think it's surreal now.  I expect it to get bizarre once the unrelenting pressure of reality applies itself.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:53 | 2063039 youngandhealthy
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Its time for The United States Of America federation experiment to come to an end. No super federal goverment is needed. The greatest experiment in the world needs to come to a stop. The US Dollar experiment needs to be stoped.

Change the word US to Europe and you understand how silly the argumentation is.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:58 | 2063361 Spacemoose
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"Change the word US to Europe and you understand how silly the argumentation is."

actually, changing the word strengthens the argument.  the U.S. is simply too big and diverse to govern as a single entity anymore.  our loss of liberty is, in part, a result of the government's need to force everyone into the same mold, in order to efficiently govern them.  

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:53 | 2063042 BLOTTO
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America is the New Atlantis...

...however, its not going to be fun for the majority.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 01:43 | 2064221 UP Forester
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"This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius...."

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:52 | 2063044 Sakka
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So Bernanke goes to option 5 from his 2002 speech, i.e., revalue gold.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:55 | 2063064 wombats
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But does he confiscate it too?

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:00 | 2063083 Sudden Debt
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I wouldn't call it confiscate. The gold is already on their land. They just need to "centralise" it.


 all in the benefit of the US people of course... protect them from the speculators and all.... you know what I mean...


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:22 | 2063188 LULZBank
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all in the benefit of the US people of course... protect them from the speculators and all.... you know what I mean...


You mean, to prevent it from getting lost in boating accidents?

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:36 | 2063252 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ sakka

FOFOA once put out a thought experiment: the Treasury could put out the call that they will buy any and all gold for an arbitrary high price (say $10,000 / oz).  Lots of people would then sell, and a new floor price for gold would be established.  And our national debt would shrink away...

Winners: physical gold owners and US .gov

Losers: anyone vulnerable to hyperinflation

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:54 | 2063060 YuropeanImbecille
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Let's hope these people die when the economy goes south, people like this are the main cause we are in the current global situation, so if they pay with their lives that just seems fair, no?


Those who are clever have prepared for the day when the bananazeid presidents confesses to not having a freaking clue about anything and just reading text other people wrote for him. "Can I go blay bolf now massah?"

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:55 | 2063066 punxsutawney phil
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Bernanke looks like Jesus...could it be?  He is all powerful and answers to no man...

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:17 | 2063167 trav7777
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jews, both, too

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:41 | 2063279 Sudden Debt
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I bet if you drop bernanke in the middle of the great lakes without a life jacket that he would be able to walk straight back home over the water.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:09 | 2063400 Vagabond
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Only one way to find out, I'll take the other end of the bet and gladly lose.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 12:49 | 2064589 DaveyJones
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he hasn't thrown too many bankers out the temple

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:56 | 2063072 Misean
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Like insulin? Hardly. Government intervention is THE problem.

Let's not sugar coat this...

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:00 | 2063089 JamesBond
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good article once again, dr. smith

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:38 | 2063253 flattrader
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It's the same article...over and over again.

At least the average length is getting shorter as he realizes he is running out of anything new to say.


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:01 | 2063091 BLOTTO
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Those fucks will repair the system - when they 'knock us off'

No need to pay someone when - they arent alive.

*brushes* hands* and hits the red button - that was easy.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:01 | 2063094 wisefool
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I am now an oldtimer. But when I was young, I learned to play pinochle from the real old timers. Single deck is fun. But then they showed me double deck. Even in tripple deck picochle my grandpa would say "now play your _card_X___" (whether I was on his team or not). I was amazed how he could know almost every card in everyones hand.

So I said: "lets play 4 deck and see if you can know how many of each card everyone has" He says: "Naw, this is fine" I joked "ha, you cant do it" he said "Oh I can, but it wont be as fun of a game" . I said "okay lets do it anyway" he says "Okay" the other folks snikered. He puts the deck together, hands it to me (160 cards) and says we'll get started as soon as you get done shuffling.

85,000 page tax code + QE^n & ZIRP = entropy. pushing on a string. a deck of cards that can not be shuffled (ordered) by human hands.

Ron Paul 2012. Sound money. Simplified tax code. liberty, freedom and a framework for some meritrocity in life.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:13 | 2063149 Dr. Engali
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Wisefool sometimes you're a bit hard to follow,you can ramble some times , but this time you make a lot of sense. Amen brother.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:38 | 2063256 Hedgetard55
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you should have broken the deck into two parts and shuffled each. not so wise, are ya?

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:51 | 2063329 Ignorance is bliss
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Can you break the tax code into two?

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 19:51 | 2063622 Teamtc321
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Wisefool, bravo sir.


Ron Paul 2012

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:03 | 2063105 lolmao500
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S&P downgrades France's credit rating, French finance minister says (CNN)

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:04 | 2063110 Alex Kintner
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Ok, let's stop the Status Quo.
1) Stop the pointless wars immediately.
2) Reduce military spending by 10X (brings us into parity with other nations)
3) Give Congress a courtesy flush. Then get the money the fuck out of politics.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:24 | 2063202 punxsutawney phil
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In order to take back control of our government, we need to get the media out of the equation.  Money = success in elections.  The correlation is too high.  We spend 50 million dollars to elect a congressman that we will then pay $75,000 a year.  Every dollar that goes into that election needs to then be extracted once in office.  Campaign finance limits the only answer, although recent changes in campaign finance laws have actually gone the other way ...


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:05 | 2063115 RobotTrader
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Can't keep a good bull market down.


Dip buyers are winning.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:10 | 2063134 Desert Irish
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The idea behind a suckers rally is to draw in as many suckers as possible.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:14 | 2063151 Salah
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You got it, Red Rider.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:23 | 2063196 LULZBank
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Suckers rally???

People rushing to give bjs?

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:25 | 2063201 Max Fischer
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Very few silver investors would disagree with that.

Max Fischer, Civis Mundi

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:43 | 2063262 DoChenRollingBearing
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DCRB, Emptor Bearingorum

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:06 | 2063118 Stuck on Zero
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This is pretty much an attack at straw men.  Bold statements of emotion with little evidence.  For example:

"This notion that the Central State is effectively omniscient and all-powerful is central to the belief system of Americans now"

Hardly.  Americans are pretty disaffected by government.  Polls show 18% approval ratings.  The Author is stating that Americans are what the MSM makes them out to be.  Talk to anyone in the street.  Get on the subject of government and anger surfaces. 

A cabal of power junkies and psychopaths has taken over and Americans want them to leave but do not want to tear down the system.  The Author may be angry but it is no reason to tear down the man in the street.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:10 | 2063126 ebworthen
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Well done.

Part of the reason this has been so successful has been suburbanization and more and more people growing up disconnected from natural inputs/outputs.

Food comes from the grocery store where there is plenty of everything, and clothes come from the store.

The post WWII consumption society has demanded ever increasing of everything detached from reality and consequences.

Humanity has yet to avoid the consequences that the realities of nature eventually imposes.

When detached from reality the money printing, debt, bailouts, and ever increasing expectations almost make sense.

Alas, reality and the ever increasing of everything will meet - and it won't be pretty.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:42 | 2063281 Golden monkey
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Right. Cuz the savior is a fucker.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:12 | 2063146 BLOTTO
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We have been conditioned a lot longer than 67 years...

Not to mention, its not that we have/are conditioned to 'expect'...""""... we've been conditioned to 'want' and 'need it'... Want uneccessary gadjets and crap...


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:15 | 2063156 Dr. Engali
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Later on tonight ,after a few rounds of Crown, I'll be in no condition.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:26 | 2063211 Commander Cody
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You will be in a condition - one of your own making.  Sounds like liberty, tastes like booze.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:13 | 2063147 rsnoble
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Gee. I sure look forward to getting old in this fucking environment.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:26 | 2063209 BandGap
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I hear you, was planning my "out" in 6-8 years, retire in ten. This shit sure does complicate the fucking scene.

Funny, I put myself through college, got a great degree, paid my taxes, SS, raised three kids.  Now the shit appears to be hitting the fan.

Well, it ain't boring.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:50 | 2063322 Dr. Engali
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Who the hell junks a post like this? Some people must junk for the thrill of junking.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:13 | 2063150 Richard Head
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Very well-spoken.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:25 | 2063207 847328_3527
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In a drastic move to prepare for the loss of millions of dollars in state redevelopment funds this year, Oakland will hand layoff notices to 1,500 city employees next week, and 200 will eventually be dismissed, city leaders said Thursday.

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Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:34 | 2063238 Atomizer
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We're all conditioned to partake in the Planned Obsolescence cycle.

 Truth Hurts

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:34 | 2063239 circusoflife
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America was named after AMERIGO Vespucci




AMOR - ROMAnticize / LOVE - EVOL

A country full of souls that are --> United "States" of "Lovers of EGO"  EGO=self-identity/pride

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:41 | 2063277 toomanyfakecons...
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You say permanent expansion. I say infinite growth. Cancer expands. Plants and people grow.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 23:46 | 2064071 sitenine
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Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had, during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:41 | 2063282 sitenine
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The majority of Americans are uneducated pathetic idiots. Watch Reggie Middleton explain on the latest 'Capital Account'. Per their MOM masters, hopium = good & doom and gloom = bad. The idiot sheople will jump down your throat should you deviate from their government sponsored ideas. Education was the answer 50 years ago. I'm reminded of a Chinese proverb, "the best time to plant a tree is yesterday."

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:45 | 2063303 DoChenRollingBearing
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The second best time is right now.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:53 | 2063340 Atomizer
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By controlling the Education system, planners condition proles for dependency.

Obama Money - Where Did it Come From?


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:42 | 2063283 aerial view
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excellent commentary chs; but this has been the ultimate plan from day 1: replace all gods and associated morals with the "god-savior state" where the elitists play god and seek to control every aspect of our life through countless new laws, invasion of privacy, media manipulation and fear. The goal has been achieved and only a great awakening or some cataclysmic event will free us from this abomination.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:03 | 2063383 Golden monkey
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My Gosh, the elites are so strong.

Don't worry if you can't bankrupt them. I can.

Cuz I'm a monkey monitered from the sky.

Flying dam high, like a 1000w HID lamp.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:44 | 2063302 woggie
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no argument here, with the caveat that the "habituation" would have to come soaked in blood.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:56 | 2063351 BrocilyBeef
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We've got a junky on our hands and it's that crazy Uncle Sam (as usual.)

In your name, the US Treasury has over-spent by $48K.

Real soon it'll be $52K. With no end in sight!

This is the balance for every citizen, even those born in the next five minutes.

It is real and the worst part is you can't stop it. Even if you try (and believe me, I dare you.)

“If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash.”
 – George Washington

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. ...
Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 Trillion to $8.6 Trillion. That is 'trillion" with a capitol 'T'. "

    -- Barack Obama (2006)

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves."
     -- Henry David Thoreau

One more hit for "the people" OR ELSE!!

Debt Bondage - the tyranny of history, today!
September 2011 - $15.194 trillion
February 2010 - $14.294 trillion
December 2009 - $12.394 trillion
February 2009 - $12.104 trillion
October 2008 - $11.315 trillion
July 2008 - $10.615 trillion
September 2007 - $9.815 trillion
March 2006 - $8.965 trillion
November 2004 - $8.184
May 2003 - $7.384 trillion
June 2002 - $6.4 trillion
August 1997 - $5.95 trillion
March 1996 - $5.5 trillion
August 1993 - $4.9 trillion
April 1993 - $4.37 trillion
November 1990 - $4.145 trillion
October 1990 - $3.23 trillion
November 1989 - $3.1227 trillion
August 1989 - $2.87 trillion
September 1987 - $2.8 trillion
August 1987 - $2.352 trillion
July 1987 - $2.32 trillion
October 1986 - $2.3 trillion
August 1986 - $2.111 trillion
December 1985 - $2.0787 trillion
November 1985 - $1.9038 trillion
October 1984 - $1.8238 trillion
July 1984 - $1.573 trillion
May 1984 - $1.52 trillion
November 1983 - $1.49 trillion
May 1983 - $1.389 trillion
September 1982 - $1.2902 trillion
June 1982 - $1.1431 trillion
September 1981 - 1.0798 trillion
September 1981 - $999.8 billion
February 1981 - $985 billion
December 1980 - $935.1 billion
June 1980 - $925 billion
September 1979 - $879 billion
April 1979 - $830 billion
August 1978 - $798 billion
October 1977 - $752 billion
June 1976 - $700 billion
March 1976 - $627 billion
November 1975 - $595 billion
February 1975 - $577 billion
June 1974 - $495 billion
December 1973 - $475.7 billion
October 1972 - $465 billion
March 1972 - $450 billion
March 1971 - $430 billion
June 1970 - $395 billion
April 1969 - $377 billion
June 1967 - $358 billion
March 1967 - $336 billion
June 1966 - $330 billion
June 1965 - $328 billion
June 1964 - $324 billion
November 1963 - $315 billion
May 1963 - $309 billion
July 1962 - $308 billion
March 1962 - $300 billion
June 1961 - $298 billion
June 1960 - $293 billion
June 1959 - $295 billion
September 1958 - $288 billion
February 1958 - $280 billion
July 1956 - $278 billion
August 1954 - $281 billion
June 1946 - $275 billion
April 1945 - $300 billion
June 1944 - $260 billion
April 1943 - $210 billion
March 1942 - $125 billion
February 1941 - $65 billion
June 1940 - $49 billion
December 1939 - $45 billion
December 1919 - $43 billion

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The gates of liberty are always open but only ever closed by force.

The central state cannot fix the economy. This is the lesson. It took me twenty years and a lot of failed hypotheses to get it.

Thank you very much for your time.

With love and respect.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 23:22 | 2064043 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

That was excellent, thank you for posting those numbers.  You have saved me some time for a project at my blog.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:00 | 2063375 gwar5
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The more TPTB damage our collective psyches, and drag things on to demoralize us, the more we will accept our future lower standard of living.



Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:02 | 2063377 Seer
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As a result, Americans have habituated to permanent expansion. The concept that contraction--less of everything--is the new normal simply doesn't register; it is rejected, denied, or decried as a great tragedy. The notion that it is simply reality does not compute with a populace habituated to permanent "growth" that is at worst interrupted by brief recessions.

The WORLD has habituated.  Toss out all States and people will still believe that GROWTH is the answer.  It's built-in.  And then a massive collapse happens, which is blamed on something (religion, political dogma etc.) other than the silly notion that we can perpetually grow on a finite planet.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:18 | 2063649 honestann
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The fact is, responsible production is good.  But production doesn't necessarily mean growth in quantity (though hopefully in quality as we learn more).  I'm not sure why people value growth.  What's that all about.

A related point.  I often say that humans are especially screwed this time because they have no frontier for the smartest, bravest and most creative to move to, and live or die by their wits (not government handouts).  The predators-that-be and predator-class have known for a long time that if space became the next frontier for mankind, that the best, brightest, bravest, and most hard working would take their chances and leave.  The predators-that-be and predator-class want to control all sentient life in the universe, so they took the space program that went from ZERO to sending man to the moon in 9 years... and made sure no sigificant advances in space habitation happened for the following 40 years.  This is no accident.  Without a frontier (or at least one large country that practices liberty), mankind is finished.

Given the ability to expand in outer space, mankind can grow almost indefinitely (though personally, what's important to me is quality, not quantity).

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:02 | 2063378 Westcoastliberal
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I'm just your average self-employed businessman, but even I can see we're way, waaay beyond a "recession" or even a "depression".  What we have now is a "regression".  We're sliding backwards, folks.  All the taxpayer money that has been spent to stop the slide is wasted, because if we ever arrive at mark to market time, we'll discover the TBTF have no equity and thus are truly bankrupt.

Sure, we'll go through a period when the 1% are shaken down in an attempt to "re-equalize" the economy, but we all know those with the most wealth also have the means and connections to hide a good percentage of it.

And we'll endure more wars as peak oil is not just inevitable, but already here....these wars will only add to our problems.  Once a nuke is popped off, "MAD" will not longer remain a strategy.  The use of nukes will become acceptable. Sometime in the next 10 years, we'll probably see global thermonuclear war.  And that will be the reset for those left to survive on the rubble of the current civilization.

Dark times are ahead. Funny thing is, all this or something similar has probably happened before on planet Earth. We really don't know our true history.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:06 | 2063393 molotov
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"Americans have been conditioned for three generations to expect the Savior State to "do something" during downturns to "make it right.""

No! Banks and by extension all those who profit through them, not the average Joe and Jane, have been conditioned for the past thirty years to be bailed out. Go shove your Ayn Rand ideology up your ass.

Moron. We're coming for you.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:09 | 2063404 YesWeKahn
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All of them deserve the "As s" rating.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:23 | 2063443 SillySalesmanQu...
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Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:23 | 2063444 Texas Ginslinger
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Edward Bernays carrys a lot of the blame for why we got to this place.

He showed companies to sells us stuff we want, but don't need.

Landfills are full of the want stuff.

Our garages and basements are full of the want stuff.

We are like a virus - slowly consuming the host until it collapses, and we die along with it.

 The wise will have no debt and a way past the turmoil that is sure to come.

Farmland with a good water supply is probably a good thing to own at this point in time.


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