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Mad World

James Quinn
November 23rd, 2018
The Burning Platform
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This article was originally published by James Quinn at The Burning Platform

And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very very
Mad world, mad world

The haunting Gary Jules version of the Tears for Fears’ Mad World speaks to me in these tumultuous mad times. It must speak to many others, as the music video has been viewed over 132 million times. The melancholy video is shot from the top of an urban school building in a decaying decrepit bleak neighborhood with school children creating various figures on the concrete pavement below. The camera pans slowly to Gary Jules singing on the rooftop and captures the concrete jungle of non-descript architecture, identical office towers, gray cookie cutter apartment complexes, and a world devoid of joy and vibrancy.

The song was influenced by Arthur Janov’s theories in his book The Primal Scream. The chorus above about his “dreams of dying were the best he ever had” is representative of letting go of this mad world and being free of the monotony and release from the insanity of this world. Our ego fools us into thinking the madness of this world is actually normal. Day after day we live lives of quiet desperation. Despite all evidence our world is spinning out of control and the madness of the crowds is visible in financial markets, housing markets, politics, social justice, and social media, the level of normalcy bias among the populace has reached astounding levels, as we desperately try to convince ourselves everything will be alright. But it won’t.

The opiate of the masses is not just religion, but the propaganda, misinformation, lies and technological distractions designed by the invisible government ruling class to provide the masses with pleasant illusions about their country, society, and material situation. If the masses were to wake up and realize they are being manipulated, oppressed, and corralled like sheep, revolution would sweep the land. People are being driven mad by an overwhelming feeling of cognitive dissonance.

The mental masturbation required by a vast swath of the population who see the evidence of decline, created by excessive use of debt and systematic corruption of government, finance, and the media, has created a society of mentally stressed zombies. They know things aren’t right, but to admit the truth would shatter their delusions and require them to act. It’s easier to self-medicate with drugs, alcohol and losing themselves in their technological fantasy world of social media. They would rather believe comforting lies than deal with uncomfortable truth. They go along with the lies because to do otherwise would produce tremendous mental discomfort.

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All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head, I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

The lyrics can be interpreted differently by different people, but the lyrics above paint a clear panorama of our mad world for me. We are running in circles, getting up early every morning, following the same routine, dutifully going to our work cubicles, seeing the same people, doing the same thing, and pretending it matters, for a paycheck worth less each day. We do this because we are trained like animals to believe buying shit we don’t need on credit is the way to get ahead in life.

Materialism, consumerism, greed, and keeping up with the Joneses has been embedded in our brains through years of government school indoctrination and media propaganda. Very few people succeed in getting ahead. They are just running on a hamster wheel and going nowhere. This is why there is so much depression, anger, and misplaced priorities in our lives.

Walking along a street in any crumbling urban area in this country you see miserable faces staring blankly as they trudge through their lives on the road to nowhere or wasting time absorbed by trivialities and bullshit emanating from their iGadgets. The lives of so many are a meaningless march of misery and mindless repetition of daily chores. There is an overwhelming cloud of sadness permeating the lives of the masses as our repulsive culture, built on fulfilling desires, consumerism, selfishness and greed, ultimately results in delusional, disappointed and desperate human beings.

This dysfunctional culture has resulted in soaring levels of suicide, drug overdoses, depression, and the formation of mentally unstable people who periodically go on shooting rampages for no foreseeable reason. Turn on the 24 hour news and try not realizing the world has gone mad.

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Children waiting for the day, they feel good
Happy birthday, happy birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher, tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

Our society did not become so ludicrous, misguided and defective overnight. It has been decades in the making. And it can be attributed to the purposeful effort by those in control of the government in destroying our educational system and replacing it with a social indoctrination system. Children are no longer taught how to think, but how to feel. Children are being raised by the state as nothing more than cogs in the machine.

The family unit has self-destructed as millions of children are raised in fatherless households, broken households, or dysfunctional households. They are not taught how to act and think by loving parents at home, so they are easily susceptible to the social justice dogma jammed down their throats by low IQ government robots inhabiting the classrooms of our public schools. As Frank Zappa pointed out years ago, you need to educate yourself and not let government schools rot your mind. We didn’t heed his advice.

“Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.” ― Frank Zappa

Children who question authority or do not act in a subservient manner are immediately diagnosed with ADD and drugged into submission. The public-school system doesn’t want high performers, critical thinkers or anyone questioning their government mandated orthodoxy. The ruling class (aka Deep State) wants controllable, malleable, non-thinking automatons to do the menial low paying jobs, buy cheap foreign crap with their credit cards, and be dependent upon the state for their miserable existence. George Carlin figured it out many years ago:

“They want obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passably accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.  It’s a big club. And you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long, beating you over the in their media telling you what to believe — what to think — and what to buy. The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.”

Unhappy, drugged up, deluded children, who have been treated like a number, grow up to be unhappy, overly medicated, easily manipulated adults, creating the mad world we are experiencing. Children are waiting for the day they will feel good – like their birthday – but the day will never come. They grow up and do as they are told – going into massive debt to get a worthless college education – learning how to be offended – graduating as special snowflakes seeking safe spaces. After being protected and propagandized during their entire youth they are entirely unprepared for the real world of low wages, menial labor, and thinking for themselves. Multiple generations have experienced this despicable process, implemented by those in power.

They enter adulthood just as their keepers desire – enslaved in debt, dependent upon the mass media to tell them how to think – and dependent upon the state for their health and welfare. They don’t know how to think critically as their technological toys and endless absorption of trivialities on social media platforms makes them dumber by the minute. Frank Zappa understood the danger of mass media 45 years ago with his song “I’m the Slime”.

He realized the government and mega-corporations used TV as a tool for their propaganda, molding the minds of our youth, manipulating them into conforming to the ideas, opinions, habits and tastes desired by those pulling the strings of society. Zappa had no idea how much more control the corporate fascists could seize once the internet and social media proliferated around the world. Combining the power of the surveillance state with the devious underhanded methods of Google, Facebook and Twitter has created a social concentration camp with government armed guards and social justice warrior corporations providing the propaganda.

“I’m vile and perverted.
I’m obsessed and deranged.
I’ve existed for years but very little has changed.
I’m the tool of the government and industry too.
For I’m destined to rule and regulate you.
You may think I’m pernicious, but you can’t look away.
I’ll make you think I’m delicious with the stuff that I say.
I’m the best you can get… have you guessed me yet?
I’m the slime oozing out of your TV set….”
 ― Frank Zappa

The detrimental impact of social media has been documented in a recent study at an Ivy League university. Those who reduced their usage of social media saw a significant decrease in depression and loneliness. The data proved spending hours per day on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media is damaging to the mental health of college students.

Social media is nothing more than virtue signaling and peacocking by people trying to pump up their own egos. The incessant narcissism broadcast by the “beautiful” people results in others comparing their lives to these shallow egocentric elitists. When normal people spend their days comparing their plain lives to the fake awesome lives of strutting egomaniacs, they become depressed and unhappy with their own lives.

Until people put down their gadgets, spend time living in the real world with real people and stop idolizing shallow faux icons, they will become even more mentally unstable. This seems unlikely, as young children are handed tech gadgets while they are still in their designer cribs. The masses will never willingly put down their addictive devices and deal with real issues in a real way.

Until this selfie society undergoes a drastic reversion to reality, likely spurred by a debt implosion and civil or global conflict, people will continue to mindlessly wander the earth staring down at their smart phones, getting dumber by the minute. This madness will stop when daily survival becomes more important than Kanye and Trump’s latest tweet. Until people are more concerned with where they are going to obtain their next meal than the number of likes they are getting from posting a picture of their latest trendy restaurant meal, the madness will continue.

If you think the general public and our youth are acting madly, the supposedly brilliant Ivy League educated financial minds are saying “hold my beer”. The Intellectual Yet Idiot central banker academic puppets of Wall Street have done what they do best – blow bubbles and create madness in the markets. Their debt creation (aka money printing) since the crisis they created in 2008, due to their easy money/no regulation policies, has created the largest debt bubble in world history.

When you create the biggest bubble in history you will ultimately have biggest bust in history. They created the Dot.com bubble and the housing bubble in the space of eight years. They have triple downed and created a stock, bond and real estate (aka Everything Bubble) bubbles. It boggles my mind watching the feckless financial world go mad, believing they’ve made billions based on their investing prowess when it has clearly been handed to them by recklessly incompetent corrupt central bankers and government apparatchiks.

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As Charles MacKay found throughout history, men go mad in herds, and will only regain their sanity individually based upon their ability to grasp reality when it clubs them over the head with a baseball bat. The recklessness of the highly educated is built upon a false belief they are smarter than markets and have rigged the system in a way that insures they will never lose.

The arrogance and hubris of these delusional masters of the universe during their mad pursuit of riches always leads to their downfall. These are truly mad times when millions of people can fix their minds on provably ridiculous conspiracy theories of Russians throwing a presidential election to the candidate of their choice. So many people are so easily convinced of the most ridiculous ideas (aka socialism works), that folly has become the national sport. This level of idiocracy will surely end badly for this nation.

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“In reading The History of Nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities, their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.” ― Charles MacKay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

As a born skeptic, I feel uncomfortable living in this land of delusions, illusions and confusions. I don’t fit in. I don’t want to fit in. Does that make me abnormal or normal? I don’t want to be part of any team. I will not blindly cheer for Democrats or Republicans. I intensely dislike the worldviews and ideas of Obama, McCain, Romney, and Clinton. I have found Trump to be endlessly entertaining and agree with his pushback on the press, the GOPe, and left wing open border lunatics. The only politicians I’ve ever had any real respect for were from the Paul family.

I’m all for lower taxes, but Trump’s tax cuts for mega-corporations and the rich did little for the plight of the average American, while allowing corporations to buy back billions of their stock at market highs to keep the market bubble inflating. Cutting taxes while drastically increasing government spending nine years into an economic recovery is pure lunacy. Trump created a one year reprieve on the recession with this debt financed adrenaline injection, making this Potemkin economy appear strong, when in fact it is on the verge of collapse.

Driving deficits past the trillion dollar level at this point in the economic cycle is a recipe for disaster, but talking heads on the TV screen act like it is perfectly normal. Keeping real interest rates below zero nine years into a supposed economic recovery is insane, but the intellectual yet idiot central bankers and their criminal banking cartel owners, who profit from this insidious policy, act as if this is normal. It’s not normal. It’s about as abnormal as you can possibly get.

This madness and abnormality is clear to me. I can’t understand why it isn’t clear to others. Am I mad? Am I the one who is abnormal? How can so many millions of people be oblivious to the facts and reality of our situation? They just seem to sleepwalk through life believing what they are told, thinking the way their keepers want them to think, doing what they are told to do, not questioning authority figures, and fulfilling their infinite appetite for distractions with their technological gadgets. As Huxley predicted in the late 1950s, the fact people have adjusted to this profoundly abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. Being normal today is considered abnormal.

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.” They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

I refuse to accept the ideology perpetuated by the Deep State and their collaborators in the media, financial industry, academia and corporate board rooms. I would rather be estranged from the general population than sacrifice my integrity by adapting my thinking to a pathology of lies, delusions, and denial. I already feel like an outcast among family and friends. Meeting old friends for drinks and seeing how they have been brainwashed by the media and political class is depressing.

Sometimes I’ve doubted my own sanity when watching the stock market soar, year after year, to the most overvalued level in history. Shouldn’t I have gone along with the crowd and ignored facts and reality? Groupthink has enriched millions of lemmings. But, I’m a stubborn bastard and will never go along with the crowd. I believe my facts are right and expect to watch millions of lemmings get slaughtered over the next year or so. It’s already begun, but they are too brainwashed and will be paralyzed as their faux wealth evaporates once again.

I feel I’ve psychologically and emotionally suffered from being a sane man in an insane world. I’ve been alienated and shunned, but I’ve retained my dignity and self-respect. I’ve got my family and preserve my ability to think critically, question everything, and refuse to go along with the crowd. It’s a sometimes lonely position, but I’ve made this decision with my eyes wide open and a willingness to accept the consequences.

I will not adapt myself to a sick society where vices are considered virtues, lies are considered truth, feeling overrides thinking, fiction passes for fact, enemies are created to instill fear, and insanity is considered sane. It’s a mad mad world, but I choose not be overcome by the madness. What is your choice?

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“The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.” ― Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

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Date: November 23rd, 2018
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  1. Beaumont says:

    “The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had”

    Suicidal subject matter, today.

    • Anonymous says:

      Life has always been difficult and challenging throughout history. Nothing new. Things are good now today, relative to the past.

      Life has ups and downs for most people.

      Enjoy those good times. Cherish them. For often the good times are brief and fleeting.
      Life is good. America is NOT lost.
      Today everyone is too plugged in to negativity.
      UNPLUG. Cut the cord.

      Cut your cord. Stop it with the 24 hour news brainwashing lies.
      Stop watching the brain washing and draining TV.
      Unplug from the Internet “news”.

      And maybe limit viewing of bummer web sites like this one? Damn little useful info here anymore. The site used to be educational. Now just gloom gloom gloom. Always gloom and “world ending”. But funny thing is that life keeps rolling along just fine.

      Life is not that bad for most people. Not easy. But has life really ever been easy for most?

      You must get, find, scrounge, a good positive attitude.
      Get a dog.
      Take a walk. Get outside.
      Go fishing.
      Play baseball with your children.
      Learn to paint art. Learn an instrument. Play music.

      Unplug from politics. Unplug from Hollywood movies that are DOD scripted brainwashing. Stop watching the “news”.
      Stop allowing the screens to drain your time and bum you out.

      These are the Good times now.
      Things can and will get much worse at some point.
      But stop the damn gloom and doom BS.

      Have a beer. Get laid. Then a snack afterwords with another beer. Life is good.
      Play some music, Bob Marley.

      It is Thanksgiving in America.
      Be thankful. Be Grateful.
      Happy Thanksgiving ladies and lads.

      • alotov says:

        @Anonymous – Doing everything you suggest does not make problems dissapear, they are still there, and your suggestion sounds more like dealing with problems by pretending that they do not exist; I would bet that you do drugs, legal or otherwise, anything just to keep the world out.

    • Eisenkreutz says:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a8SkSYtHXo

      THE INDIANS WERE TOTALLY INTO PEACE AND BROTHERLY LOVE AND LIVED IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH NATURE BEFORE THOSE EVIL WHITE PEOPLE CAME

      NO ONE SHOULD EVER CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING BECAUSE STEALING LAND IS WRONG AND THE INDIANS WOULD NEVER EVER STEAL LAND FROM OTHER TRIBES

    • Genius says:

      DON’T BE SUICIDAL! Learn some tips on winning a gunfight. Good info here>>>

      ht tp://sevenpod.com/index.php/2018/11/22/how-to-win-a-gun-fight-the-14-things-you-need-to-remember/

  2. Odd Questioner says:

    Fun bit of trivia: Some of us still have to go into the city on occasion, and in my case, when I do, I blend in. I keep the chatter and small-talk neutral, I’m generally polite, and outdoors, I dutifully stare at my little phone when I’m not talking to someone (as far as you know… in reality I rely heavily on my peripheral vision to keep situational awareness), and I wear clothing that blends in almost perfectly. You wouldn’t know by looking that I was anything but an ordinary slob going about his ordinary day.

    Only my vehicle stands out, but only a little (4WD, a large engine under the hood, but otherwise nothing that stands out) – this is only to increase my odds of getting out of Dodge a bit smarter than the masses. Note that I didn’t say faster… it’s an important distinction.

    This does not contradict the author’s article – I see a lot of it myself, at least in the big city and suburbs.

    All said, the source of most of this is what passes for the News, and from various uber-popular Internet sites. The reason why these two do this is the same: Amp up the drama to bring you back, again and again (and for the same reason: advertising). Problem is, all that drama and outrage will drain the soul, leaving you with a very unhealthy mindset, and emotionally dulled.

    The only cure is to get away from that morass… and do it for at least a week or two, until you regain your wits and sanity.

    You will need to go back in and keep an eye on things to anticipate and fine-tune your preparations, but try to limit it a bit, and approach it with a critical eye.

  3. Beaumont says:

    Drug addicts, relationship addicts, cultists, and voters, are imagining something which is not there.

    The warm and fuzzy feelings are coming from you. Usually, so is the social support.

    • Genius says:

      “Synchronicity II”

      Another suburban family morning.
      Grandmother screaming at the wall.

      We have to shout above the din of our Rice Crispies
      We can’t hear anything at all.
      Mother chants her litany of boredom and frustration,
      But we know all her suicides are fake.

      Daddy only stares into the distance
      There’s only so much more that he can take.
      Many miles away something crawls from the slime
      At the bottom of a dark Scottish lake.

      Another industrial ugly morning
      The factory belches filth into the sky.
      He walks unhindered through the picket lines today,
      He doesn’t think to wonder why.
      The secretaries pout and preen like cheap tarts in a red light street,
      But all he ever thinks to do is watch.
      And every single meeting with his so-called superior
      Is a humiliating kick in the crotch.
      Many miles away something crawls to the surface
      Of a dark Scottish loch.

      Another working day has ended.
      Only the rush hour hell to face.
      Packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes.
      Contestants in a suicidal race.
      Daddy grips the wheel and stares alone into the distance,
      He knows that something somewhere has to break.
      He sees the family home now looming in his headlights,
      The pain upstairs that makes his eyeballs ache.
      Many miles away there’s a shadow on the door
      Of a cottage on the shore
      Of a dark Scottish lake
      Many miles away [7x]

  4. The Deplorable Renegade says:

    One of the best articles I’ve read in a while. Mad world? Now THERE is an understatement.

    • Roger D says:

      Amen to that! What a well written State of the DisUnion.

    • Paranoid says:

      On the Bright side the Earth has had several asteroid hits that nearly wiped out life. How many times have people actually wised up?

      • Infidel says:

        People will never wise up and rise up as long as they remain pacified by their iPhones, FB, cable TV,

        • JustMe says:

          We are now over a century into this. The brainwashing proper began, after Edward Bernays wrote his little book “Propaganda”, in the 1920’s. It sort of codified how to begin destroying free thought on a mass scale.

          Of course John Dewey did get a jump on that, by working overtime to turn schools into indoctrination centers. When the “Frankfurt School” cretins were kicked out of Europe in the 1930’s, they infested American universities; and you wonder why they are what they are today…

          It is true that most people are ignorant, but most of them are willfully ignorant. It is easier to go along and get along. People know deep down, that there are mega problems; but that is overwhelming, and people conditioned all their lives to “have fun” cannot easily cope with reality.

          Years ago, someone told me they watched the changes that TV brought, which added to the decline of this civilization. Frank Zappa nailed it.

          It was interesting to watch George Carlin, the first time he came out awakened. His audience was mortified, they could only manage nervous laughter.

          There is not much point in fretting about it all, you will just get stressed out. The best one can do given the situation, is take a deep breath and refuse to succumb to the overall corruption…

  5. rellik says:

    I think this was the group REM or Tears for fear? Anyway, I recognize the lyrics.
    The world has ALWAYS been fu cked up. Life is NOT fair.
    Sanity is subjectively defined by society and not some objective rule. Deal with it. I’m fortunate to have a good STEM education that I sacrificed, fought for, and earned. So what! I’m stuck with several million uneducated idiots that want to drag me down with them. I deal with it.

    I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. By my orders no politics or religion were discussed and everyone got along OK.

  6. Menzoberranzan says:

    I’m thankful I have a bunch of guns and a shitload of ammo.

    • beerman says:

      and never ending targets.

    • Genius says:

      A big 10-4 on that!

    • The Deplorable Renegade says:

      Menzo, same here and still stockpiling, LOL.

    • Roger D says:

      But Menzo, is their anything you are willing to fight for. The Republican’s NDAA destroyed our Founders’ Bill of Rights. Not a shot was fired. That was 7-1/2 years ago.

      • Genius says:

        The pen is mightier than the sword (for a while anyway).

        • The Deplorable Renegade says:

          Genius, bullets are better, LOL. BTW, just got home a few hours ago from the BOL. Back to the old grind with the morons Monday [UGH]. Had BBQ on Thanksgiving Day. Overall my trip was real good.

      • Menzoberranzan says:

        It would have removed me from any future actions if I had marched up there and blew the brains out of the scum politians then. My family still has me to fight for them when they need me. You go do something stupid instead big man.

        • Infidel says:

          And that’s exactly why nothing will ever happen and they know it.

          • Menzoberranzan says:

            They want us drawn out in the open en mass where they can kill us leaving our families and property vulnerable. There are millions of us that have our own little pocket of power and they cannot dislodge us all from them no matter what they do. And they know it! No, you go on that futile quest and take the bait that you’re trying to get me to take..

          • Concerned Citizen says:

            That is the problem – no one and I mean no one is willing to do what needs to be done and the PTB know this all too well and they will sit back and keep on with more and more tyrannical, unconstitutional garbage I mean Laws, take our guns, take our so called rights and all we do is sit here like fags and school girls banging on keyboards. We are ALL super pathetic and they know it…I laugh when so many say come and get them (the guns)…Over my dead body (haha yeah right, good luck with that one) Out of my cold dead hand-grip again, yeah, good luck, none of us will do a stinking thing but bang on the keyboard for the Billionith time and wine and cry and then go and jerk off to release the inner frustration. Let’s face it, we are ALL silly hen-pecked puppet-pawns and the rest of them know it all so, so well guys. Keep 1 gun and 1 round(for your own mouth) and forget the rest…ALL been watching way too many silly movies and tv programs….That nasty thing known as Reality will kick you super hard right in your 2 front teeth.

  7. Old Guy says:

    OT but now is the time to start gathering up those green brain looking Hedge Apple fruit. Don’t try to eat them! Save them until spring and mash them into a pulp. pour them into a trench and cover with good soil. In a few years you will have a very good thorny hedge around your premeter. And later you will be able to harvest post that will last a 100 years without any treating. Osage orange wood also makes very good Bows . The Indians traveled long distances to obtain Bow Dock wood. There are some very good videos on U tube about Osage Orange. You also could add some false orange and Hawthorn to your Hedge.

  8. What is “cognitive dissonance”?

    Cognitive dissonance is an automatic unconscious tuning out anything which does not match your own preconceived (preconditioned) thoughts, decisions, ideas.

    If I say something bad about Mandela, you’re mind has been conditioned to reject it.

    If I say something against your religion, your mind rejects it.

    Is a swastika a symbol of hate? No, it represents joy to those who use it. But cognitive dissonance takes over rational thought when you see one, after which nothing said is heard or understood. That’s cognitive dissonance.

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    • Genius says:

      I guess I am full of cognitive dissonance then. I automatically reject anything that has no common sense or logic or is obviously stupid. My bad?

      • The Deplorable Renegade says:

        Genius, that sounds like me. I also reject stupid shit that has no common sense or logic. Oh well, I always knew I was doing something RIGHT.

      • Kevin2 says:

        Cognitive dissonance next door neighbor is normalcy bias. It’s comfortable to believe that there is a source of truth so that a solid foundation is laid for thought. Despite overwhelming and repeated evidence to the contrary, the government through its spokesmen the main stream media, is for many that truthful foundation. Even when questioned today with 20/20 hind site about no MWD in Iraq I hear, “But they thought there was”. The idea that we were intentionally lied to, deceived, hoodwinked is too uncomfortable; its potential ramifications give rise to too many questions. The easy road to travel is always paved with ignorance.

        • JustMe says:

          People know deep down they have been lied to. They refuse to face the truth, because their worst fears would be exposed. Most would rather fight you for telling them the truth, than thank you…

  9. cymru 1 says:

    The group is Tears for Fears

  10. Traitor Hator says:

    Trump has been building high rises in New York for years , he knows about building 7. If the American people knew , ? Cognitive Dissonance is for the Tares. They won’t fill their flasks. And the door will be shut on them ,and good riddance, That’s the objective. Look up and rejoice A new beginning in a new world, after 7 weeks of pure hell, gotta get rid of the Tares, regardless the cost, That’s why , Even so come soon. We can take it. .?

  11. Al Keyhall says:

    TL;DR. More than 280 characters. Watched video.

    Wow man, how’d they get that piano on the roof?

    How’s that for cognitive dissonance?

  12. aljamo says:

    Divided equals conquered and humans are easily divided while ignoring the truth as just another opinion to be countered. Trump calls media fake news yet in two of the greatest crimes against America 11-22-63 and 9-11-01 the media has staunchly defended the official government accounts to this day. The American people are powerless and voiceless in effecting any change, until that changes nothing else will.

    • Genius says:

      Then it will never change. I would say 90% of the sheep believe the 9-11 BS story and false flag stories and whatever the BS news tells them. People are too stupid to question anything or think for themselves. They are not voiceless, they ARE the voice of the masses. Retarded, non thinking, knuckledragging, overpopulating, consuming, ZOMBIES! The great culling IS coming, just a matter of time…

      • The Deplorable Renegade says:

        Genius, you sound just like my family. You’d hit it right off with them if you ever met them, LOL. This weekend I have to go back home {SIGH}. Back to the old grind with those ‘retarded, non-thinking, knuckledragging, overpopulating, consuming zombies”. Damn, that’s a MOUTHFUL. I’ll just make it simple, stupid-ass libturds, LOL.

        • Genius says:

          DR, ya but the thing is it’s not just libturds. Most so called conservatives are the same way. Just 2 sides of the same wooden nickle.

          • The Deplorable Renegade says:

            Genius, I hear you loud and clear on the SO-CALLED conservatives. I don’t know of a lot of REAL conservatives outside of the family anymore. For the most part, me and the family are further to the right than anyone else we know.

  13. “Debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages must be foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through a process of law, the common people lose their homes they will become more docile and more easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of government, applied by a central power of wealth under control of leading financiers.

    This truth is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of Capital to govern the world.

    By dividing the voters through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance. Thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves what has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.”

    USA Banker’s Magazine, August 25 1924

  14. Philosopher Deplorabilis says:

    Yes. To everything in the article. I read Erich Fromm’s books, years ago, including “The Sane Society.” Of course what he said isn’t taught in university. I consider him a philospher though his books are found in the psychology aisle. That used to make me laugh. What philosophers did I read at university? The crap written by Michel Foucault, a homosexual who died of AIDS.

    As for being moral, yes. But look at what welfare has done. The flood of gimmigrants, and single parents, can be traced directly back to LBJ and welfare. That single act had decimated the family in the US and incentivized single-mothers to keep getting pregnant by various sperm donors.

    End welfare and the gimmigrants will stop showing up and unmarried women will find a way to get married, fast.

  15. OT. This is the kind of stuff I’m talking about when I say not to broadcast your private info or threats online:

    http:/planetfreewill.com/gun-bill-to-require-buyers-to-hand-over-social-media-passwords-search-history/

    The bill applies to renewal of handgun permits also. This is how they will start the confiscation if it passes. Yes, the cops will be on board. Because “permits”.

    • Philosopher Deplorabilis says:

      I read that article earlier. Out of NY state, by the way. They want three years of search history and social media passwords. So a list of every site you have visited for three years? Your comments on You Tube? Comments on sites like this?

      Time to go gray.

      Oh, there was another article on Zerohedge and Infowars about police using a device to unlock, and search, cell phones.

    • Yahooie says:

      Interesting site. Also found this:
      ht tps://planetfreewill.com/its-official-were-living-in-the-prequel-to-blade-runner/

  16. mushroom says:

    This Is the best reality summary i’ve read im a longtime. Thanks…..

  17. Nailbanger says:

    The masses?
    Wake up?
    Pfftttt

  18. buttcrackofdoom says:

    man, i just LOVE hot popcorn…..with REAL butter drizzled all over it……and salt…..yes, lots of salt……

  19. Old Guy says:

    It all goes to a persons Core Concept. If you have been brainwashed your entire childhood to believe in a certian religion or political view or that you cannot survive without being a sebservant sheeple. You will violently regect even the most logical argument that’s contrary to your Core Concept Belief. I reciently bought some acreage from a widow who was a former Real estate sales person. She wanted me to spent money and get a realator involved and purchase title insurance and get a new survey. have a abstractor prepare the deed ect. I told her I will draw up the deed. And meet you at the courthouse and pay you cash. and get the Deed Recorded. I beforehand had checked myself to be certain that there where no liens on the land and she didn’t have any judgments against her. She was very worried and skeptical. However we met and Got the transaction completed without and problems. Easy Peasy. She couldn’t believe we did not need to bribe middle men to buy & sell land. I told her a self reliant person never has to wait on the time & pleasure of others to get things done. Most of those Parasites in positions of authority try and convince others that you cant be self reliant. And they actually believe that they are doing you a big favor by letting you pay them for things you could do on your own.

  20. Maranatha says:

    The author is an idiot.

    Lucifer is the accuser and destroyer of mankind. Lucifer is who plants the seed of suicidal ideation.

    Yahweh is the lifegiver and through Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to Yahweh except through Jesus.

    Jesus is the answer and the remedy to suicidal ideation.

    Without Jesus you are utterly LOST in this world and the next.

  21. Roger D says:

    “We got ours.” Those three words describe so-called ‘patriots’.

    Thomas Paine’s words in ‘Common Sense’ would ring as true today as they did in 1776. He warned of a lack of masculinity, a short-sighted and selfish attitude that disregards its effects on future generations. Paine spoke to people being content with conditions that “will last my time”. Those words fell on a place of ‘good soil’. Today they would fall on a ‘barren place’.

    • Old Guy says:

      your durn right Ive got mine. And I worked for it and did without a lot of luxurys to pay for it. And im stingy I aint gonna share. I will not be a willing enabler. I intend to do my best to take care of me & mine. Others need to do the same. A great culling is needed and will eventually happen.

  22. Abaddon says:

    I’m sorry, but I am a simple person and very old school and to me this piece is just too much overthinking. I have been called by those who know me an anachronism. I respect family and the heritage passed down to me from the wonderfully rich culture of my European ancestors, including their pre-Christian beliefs. I do, however, feel concern for what is coming down the road for western civilization and have been preparing accordingly. I only wish that those that think as I do were better organized. But, one has to deal with what life has to throw at you and you live with the bad things you may have done with no regrets. You keep moving forward. If you cannot do this then, hopefully, you are not reproducing (wishful thinking on my part).

    • JustMe says:

      The author is trying to articulate a civilization crumbling around him. Actually, he left out more than a few major causes of Western Civilization’s demise. He could have said more, with less words, and could have spared a couple redundancies.

      His essay has the tone of someone frantically trying to stay grounded, while trying to stay above the BS at the same time…

  23. Ray Alex says:

    One of the best and most true things I ever read!

  24. beerman says:

    Dogs come in handy unless you got to the point of not being able to feed it, granted other ways to feed them such as campfire roasted intruder lol.

    You come into my house you’ll be getting a new hole chewed out.

    Granted no match for prepared people with weapons but they can also be quite and sneaky. At the least they are very good at alerting you before you even know someone is around.

  25. Humaka says:

    Certainly a soul who recognizes what is opposite the higher realm, a caring seeing soul penned this beautiful insight into the pain earth people’s are in all around the earth…

    The pain of all bemoans the higher realms diligently for the plan of light to be time.

    For it was given unto humankind, all each one, to do and create as each did see fit, allowing all to equally choose all self actions…

    Simply to allow the child realm human offspring of the higher realms, to experience what each other creates all collectively, left but each one counting on their own impulses and desires…

    Simply to prepare us to become open to a higher realm way, a much better, more happy for all way…

    That the many elders, those who were previously here and mastered earth realm, will release unto all the earth at once…

    For in the higher realms, it is common knowing ALL humans were to live in a “delimited” state each batch for 6 thousand years, and on the morning of the seventh thousandth year, always reoccurring, higher realm data, and delimiter removed power, be released…

    These higher realm are controlling all mind existence, and understanding possible.

    By leaving the delimiter, having separated the human conscious and subconscious minds…

    Take heed, for remember, for everthing of earth zone has an opposite…

    So their be maximum cold, so scientifically, factually, maximum hot…

    And NOTHING deviates from this everlasting principle…

    So if their has grown, being endlessly fed, maximum greed, cruelty, savagery, into a roaring collective primitive beast, so has their been growing all the opposite…

    A creature collective of good, kind, and cloaking perfected.

    For if there be black light magic, white light magic exists, as well…

    And light when illuminated, cause darkness to disappear, so light hath much much more power than dark.

    Is the sustainable.

    Is the eternal.

    As each human be but know it not yet.

  26. Old Guy says:

    Abaddon your correct about folks overthinking stuff. I cant see any point or benefit in giving free rent in my head to things I have no control over and cant do anything about. Im content to wait and cross bridges when I get to them. folks who go around looking for trouble usually regret it .

  27. Old Guy says:

    Well Trumps Tariffs are working. Gas prices at the pump are falling fast. Today I paid $2.12 for regular. Bar & chain oil was above $10 for a gallon. I bought a gallon for $8.Those Tariffs are not hurting me one bit. I hoping someday soon I can buy quality USA manufactured tools,tires & other durable goods. Made in the USA is a good slogan. And so far that Caravan of illegals hasn’t crossed the border. They are Mexicos problem. Trump warned Mexico to not let them cross their southern border. Donald Trump for all his faults is still the best President since Harry Truman.

    • rellik says:

      OG,
      I’m envious. I pay $3.79 per gallon for gas and WAY over $4.50 a gallon for diesel. But I’m in a “Blue” state that never met a tax it didn’t like and a regulation it won’t pass.
      Our diesel comes from Canada and our gas is refined from Indonesian oil.
      I normally make my bar oil from the cheapest Wallymart 30w and Kerosene(old loggers trick), I’m probably in the $8 per gallon range, if I can find bulk Kerosene to buy. Hawaii doesn’t have Co-op Grange supply’s.
      As for tariffs, my biggest increase in prices comes from taxes and regulations unrelated to tariffs.

    • JustMe says:

      It is an INVASION, not a “caravan”.

      If you accept your mortal enemy’s definitions, you will ultimately accept their term of surrender…

  28. cranerigger says:

    The old movie, IDIOCRACY, tells the tale for me. Citizens have been reduced to a bunch of halfwits, easy to control, and slaves of the powers that be.

  29. TomCat says:

    One thing missing from society today is a good WORK ethic..Laziness should NEVER be rewarded..

  30. awed bawl says:

    Worth mentioning that Zappa’s family has extraordinary ties to the Military-Industrial Complex:

    Given that Zappa was, by numerous accounts, a rigidly authoritarian control-freak and a supporter of U.S. military actions in Southeast Asia, it is perhaps not surprising that he would not feel a kinship with the youth movement that he helped nurture. And it is probably safe to say that Frank’s dad also had little regard for the youth culture of the 1960s, given that Francis Zappa was, in case you were wondering, a chemical warfare specialist assigned to – where else? – the Edgewood Arsenal. Edgewood is, of course, the longtime home of America’s chemical warfare program, as well as a facility frequently cited as being deeply enmeshed in MK-ULTRA operations. Curiously enough, Frank Zappa literally grew up at the Edgewood Arsenal, having lived the first seven years of his life in military housing on the grounds of the facility. The family later moved to Lancaster, California, near Edwards Air Force Base, where Francis Zappa continued to busy himself with doing classified work for the military/intelligence complex. His son, meanwhile, prepped himself to become an icon of the peace & love crowd. Again, nothing unusual about that, I suppose.

    Zappa’s manager, by the way, is a shadowy character by the name of Herb Cohen, who had come out to L.A. from the Bronx with his brother Mutt just before the music and club scene began heating up. Cohen, a former U.S. Marine, had spent a few years traveling the world before his arrival on the Laurel Canyon scene. Those travels, curiously, had taken him to the Congo in 1961, at the very time that leftist Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba was being tortured and killed by our very own CIA. Not to worry though; according to one of Zappa’s biographers, Cohen wasn’t in the Congo on some kind of nefarious intelligence mission. No, he was there, believe it or not, to supply arms to Lumumba “in defiance of the CIA.” Because, you know, that is the kind of thing that globetrotting ex-Marines did in those days (as we’ll see soon enough when we take a look at another Laurel Canyon luminary).

    Making up the other half of Laurel Canyon’s First Family is Frank’s wife, Gail Zappa, known formerly as Adelaide Sloatman. Gail hails from a long line of career Naval officers, including her father, who spent his life working on classified nuclear weapons research for the U.S. Navy. Gail herself had once worked as a secretary for the Office of Naval Research and Development (she also once told an interviewer that she had “heard voices all [her] life”). Many years before their nearly simultaneous arrival in Laurel Canyon, Gail had attended a Naval kindergarten with “Mr. Mojo Risin’” himself, Jim Morrison (it is claimed that, as children, Gail once hit Jim over the head with a hammer). The very same Jim Morrison had later attended the same Alexandria, Virginia high school as two other future Laurel Canyon luminaries – John Phillips and Cass Elliott.

    http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/nwsltr93.html

    look up Dave McGowan and Miles Mathis

    Keep in mind that Silicon Valley is a creation of the MIC. Listen to Ike’s 1961 warning-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyBNmecVtdU

    And, this is a chewish operation of destruction from day one.

  31. Old Guy says:

    The USA mainland is a exporter of crude oil. and a importer of refined oil. Very little is refined here. No new refinerys where being built because of EPA rules and excessive taxation. I am hoping President Trump can change that and new refinerys will be built. and the refinery jobs will be here in the USA.

  32. sammy says:

    There is no such thing as “the government” — its just a pack of assholes who like to talk, and spend your money so they can run your life

    Likewise, there is no such thing as “the world” — it’s just all the people that exist, doing all the things they do, in the places where they happen to be

    “The world” is not to blame for people being miserable, nor is it to blame for people being suicidal. Name me a situation more hopeless than the gulags or the killing fields or the death camps run by the Germans or the pow camps run by the Japanese during WW2…. you cannot! And yet, read up about how very few the number of suicides that took place in ANY of those circumstances. THOSE were situations far more dire than the whining emo bullshit found in that video or in this article.

    Yes, this world and the times we live are in many ways absolutely horrifying, but not for the reasons so many seem to think. The biggest part of the problem is not material at all. The biggest part of the problem is that people have bought into the lie that they have no souls and that having a conscience is strictly for suckers. In other words, they have stopped believing in the one thing that no government goon squad can take away from us, and no corporate master can promise to sell to us.

    THAT is what leaves people at the mercy of TPTB. THAT is what causes them to feel hopeless. And THAT is precisely what those who would be our masters want to make happen. Their tyranny can never be complete until we buy into their lies.

    I know this to be true because once upon a time, I felt this very same way. What literally saved me was something I found, or maybe it found me. It has not only saved my life, but it has given me the power to overcome so many obstacles. The only reason I am here is because I am a prepper, and the only reason I became a prepper was to physically free myself from the same forces that once mentally and spiritually taught me to be a slave.

    Look, I don’t ever post links to anything, but this is one of those times I know I should. So here it is, and I hope it can do the same for you that it has for me:

    http://www.impcalgi.com

  33. On the bright side, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and the CIA, has suffered a stroke. Why should you care? He was the one who started the program to data mine everything you do and create an algorithm about you for the police state. Wouldn’t you like to be the one who puts the urinary catheter in him?

    • sammy says:

      The fact remains that the people who are ethically bound to keep his evil carcass alive and in clean diapers are also the very people being spied on the most. For their own good of course. Because otherwise, “The terrorists win”.

      A sick, sick man long before his stroke

    • The Deplorable Renegade says:

      Him, I saw that article yesterday. One of the biggest neocon POS around and has even admitted he’s proud of snooping on we the people. If it’s his time to go I won’t shed any tears for him. He’ll burn in hell with his buddies Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Pol Pot, etc.

  34. Frank Thoughts says:

    We are always products of our time. As those lyrics say from the Police song posted above say, the industrial/urban society of the 20th century produced its own hell and despair. Today, we live in the etherial digital society. We are flanked by f∞gs, hipsters, Muslims, and angry blacks, all shivying for a taste of that digital dust promising the ‘cool’ lifestyle.

    Our society and economy is now nothing more than a projected fantasy made in ones and zeros thrown up on to a screen. It is jerked this way and that by politicians, the powerful, the rich, but it is all an illusion.

    I prefer our time because it still sucked more in the past for most people than it does today.

  35. Here’s a crazy thing I just heard:

    Area 51 is devoted to the “illegal” drug business, co-ordinated by “our” government, military, and the intelligence community.

    Another crazy thing I just heard:

    The hippie movement started out of Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles using singers/songwriters/musicians with ties to the Feds, CIA, Government.
    The purpose being the opposite of anti-war. Jim Morrison singing filth, hippies living like pigs, ridiculing Police and Servicemen was intended to disgust Middle America and trick them into sacrificing their children on the altar of patriotism in Vietnam.

    _

    • Frank Thoughts says:

      All true and is now in fact mainstream history. Dude, you are, like, 20 years out of date on your reveal!

      How about this: Hillary Clinton and Bill are bisexual CIA assets and are NEVER going to prison because they are doing the work of the Company.

      The UN at its top level is nothing more than a global bribery and corruption syndicate and that is all they do at those international meetings they constantly have. There are some true believers in the UN, but that is all lower level stuff. The executives, they are nothing but high-level assets doing the bidding of the global elite. The destabilise states in order to run contraband and traffic in human beings. There was a good film about this a few years back. It was Kosovo but it is the same racket everywhere.

  36. Old Guy says:

    A much a I applaud things Trump and others do that help to restore the Republic and uphold the Coounstitioun . Im not gullible enough to know its a effort in Futility. In 6 years Trump will be gone. Possibly in Two. Then what will we get? When its all said and done Its stil over for the USA (A Nation in Decline) Possibly the best thing that could happen is the House Dimocraps keep up their Attack on Trump and their left against right devisive Tactics. And the result becomes a full blown Civil War and Ethnic cleansing? If that don’t happen as Soon as Trump Is gone the UN NWO Agenda 21 movement just starts moving foreward again. No matter what the USA is in deep trouble.

    • Frank Thoughts says:

      Agree: Trump has already blown it. That’s why he has the rallies: he doesn’t know what else to do with his time so he might as well bloviate and shoot the breeze with his peeps.

      As anyone who knows government knows, if you want to make any change, you do that right from the beginning, and because of the election cycle clock, you only have a year at the most to do it. What did Trump do? He jerked around trying to get his office together. He hired, he fired. But while doing that he didn’t do anything.

      The next two years are all about the 2020 election and that will suck up all money and energy. Hillary has already thrown her hat in. We have the super-cute Ocasio on deck to get the young ones fired up.

      Trump is done. There won’t be a second term because even his followers will realise he did jack.

    • rellik says:

      OG,
      USA is in deep trouble, but not because of Trump or his opposition. We are in trouble because the “Mob” has discovered it can tax and regulate, without any regard to any sensibility or logic. America’s death warrant was signed the day the 16th Amendment passed and the warrant was executed on the day the ink dried on the 17th amendment. We have been dying a slow death ever since then.
      Now we are in Hospice, waiting for that hour.
      There will be no “civil war” but there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. As long as it is liberals/Democrats, I will go to my grave with a smile on my face.

    • JustMe says:

      Well, just keep hoping for the early asteroid strike. Like maybe it will get here before 2023.

      If not, there are only two choices on the horizon. Keeping Freedom the hard way, or continent-wide marxist gulag…

  37. Old Guy says:

    Yes Trump might not win a second term. I simply don’t know and don’t make predictions. One certain fact. They cannot continue to kick the can of debt down the road forever. This lopsided situation of too few makers and too many takers is not long term sustainable. And when it eventually implodes most folks will be trying to blame some one. I think there will be a sort of civil war ethnic cleansing event. and the USA break apart into several different nations. I could be very mistaken and it play out differently. The thing is we cant know about the stuff we don’t know about. So any prediction is a big guess.

  38. Why Worry? says:

    AmeriKa is too corrupt, too criminal and just too fcking dumb to survive.

    Only problem is – it’s planning on blowing-up the planet as a parting gift.

  39. Kevin2 says:

    ‘They cannot continue to kick the can of debt down the road forever.”

    It’s not real debt because it’s not real money. It’s been cleaning up balance sheets of banks. I don’t like the system but its the one we got.

    • Genius says:

      However they can kick your ass down the road forever. Until we get rid of fiat money and the fed reserve, shit will just keep getting worse. If everyone just stopped using fed notes as money 90% of our problems would vanish overnight. Fed notes are total slavery. But it won’t ever happen, people are way too stupid for anything like that. Oh and keep on buying shit with your cards! You don’t give a damn about privacy or anything else when you do it. THE CARD TARD ARMY WILL NEVER WAKE UP! I guess I will go out tommorrow and get me a 50lb. bag of popcorn (with cash) from IFA. Nothing else I can do….

      • Kevin2 says:

        The Achilles heel is the US dollar Reserve Currency Status. As long as that is maintained what is happening with debt can continue forever. They just create more money to pay the debt on previous money. Occasionally economic crashes destroy large amount of money and more is made from no where. The “bust cycle” breaks the upcoming “inflationary cycle”. As long as the world is manipulated, threatened or forced to largely use the USD in international transactions things continue. When or if this goes its “schools out”, goodby, see ya. The chaos will likely facilitate the outcome being WWIII.

      • awed bawl says:

        So how to drop out? Ask to be paid in gold? Get SS retirement in silver? A new economy would have to be formed, where there are competing monies. Or some bartering. A gradual moving away from fiat. . .like selling crops along the road- offer discount for PM coins, while not totally refusing FRNs. Getting used to day to day commerce outside the establishment. Think of the new economy as extended swap meet.

        Dropping out of FRN is like the South trying to drop out again.

  40. Noguano says:

    They call TV programming for a reason. Now it’s cell phones and social media.

  41. Maranatha says:

    Why do Americans have so much difficulty getting ahead?

    $1.00 in pay in January 1953 under Eisenhower.
    Required $1.16 in November 1963 under Kennedy.
    Required $1.34 in January 1969 under Johnson.
    Required $1.88 in August 1974 under Nixon.
    Required $2.20 in January 1977 under Ford.
    Required $3.27 in January 1981 under Carter.
    Required $4.55 in January 1989 under Reagan.
    Required $5.36 in January 1993 under Bush.
    Required $6.58 in January 2001 under Clinton.
    Required $7.94 in January 2009 under Bush.
    Required $9.13 in January 2017 under Obama.
    Required $9.32 in January 2018 under Trump.

    Once, a regular blue collar guy could provide for his family through thrift and hard work and likely staying with the same employer. This is simply impossible with inflation. Our politicians have ruined the industrial base and have ruined America with runaway spending.

    There is no logical way for a young person today who attends a university and graduates to EVER achieve the same prosperity as their ancestors. It would be nigh impossible a blue collar worker to achieve the same.

    Even as bad as inflation once was in 1990, it was possible even probable. Two workers earn less today than one sole breadwinner in 1990. The service economy paradigm has utterly failed.

    This is insanity. Any attempt to increase taxes even MORE would massively increase inflation by devaluing the dollar even more by deficit spending.

    It’s basic math; face the facts. What is even worse, there is a totally inadequate birth rate to support an aging American populace. Therefore even IF there were good paying jobs and benefits, you cannot support retirees.

    This is the main inescapable issue.

    Now consider the ramifications of a flood of refugees requiring massive tax increases and the adoption of wanton socialism in America’s future. All would live in penury.

    America cannot afford extravagent military spending anymore.

  42. TheGuy says:

    as we desperately try to convince ourselves everything will be alright. But it won’t.

    The opiate of the masses is not just religion, but the propaganda, misinformation, lies and technological distractions designed by the invisible government ruling class to provide the masses with pleasant illusions about their country, society, and material situation.

    Point 1: been saying that since 1978 when I was a little kid. Was I wrong?

    Point 2: No no the new religion is Statism. Thou shalt have no other Gods before these narcissists. Promises salvation through the ideology of me me me me me me me. How’s that working out for everyone.

  43. TheGuy says:

    We are running in circles, getting up early every morning, following the same routine, dutifully going to our work cubicles, seeing the same people, doing the same thing, and pretending it matters, for a paycheck worth less each day. We do this because we are trained like animals to believe buying shit we don’t need on credit is the way to get ahead in life.

    No one does this by choice.

    This is your second choice (and it’s a shitty one) when you realize people are clique-ish and take advantage of you at any opportunity.

    It’s a retreat and a shitty consolation prize.

    Stop turning people on each other based on race / gender / family court / age… then we’ll see won’t we.

    People are shit enough as it is without constant brainwash encouragement. It’s like giving chocolate to a dog till he dies eating it.

 
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