SUICIDE IS PAINLESS (Featured Article)

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Posted on 2nd November 2010 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Everyone has watched one of the best TV series of all-time – M*A*S*H. You also know the tune that played during the opening credits as helicopters delivered wounded soldiers to the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Unit. Most people have never heard the lyrics that go with the music. The song is Suicide is Painless and the lyrics were sung during the  M*A*S*H  Movie. As I watched the movie a few weeks ago, the lyrics struck home. Our country has been slowly committing suicide for the last 40 years. The movie and TV series were set during the Korean War. It is fitting that military spending is one of the major causes of our suicide as a nation. On an inflation adjusted basis, the US has doubled spending on Defense since 1962. It is on course to rise another 20% in the next four years. Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about the military industrial complex in 1961:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

The fact that the US currently spends 7 times as much on Defense as the next nearest country is proof that the military industrial complex has gained unwarranted influence and a disastrous rise of misplaced power has occurred.

                           U.S. DEFENSE SPENDING

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When you critically analyze why we would need to spend 7 times as much as China on military when there is no country on earth that can challenge us, the answer can only be OIL. Our own military came to the following chilling conclusion in their Joint Operating Environment report, issued earlier this year:

By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 MBD. 

A severe energy crunch is inevitable without a massive expansion of production and refining capacity. While it is difficult to predict precisely what economic, political, and strategic effects such a shortfall might produce, it surely would reduce the prospects for growth in both the developing and developed worlds. Such an economic slowdown would exacerbate other unresolved tensions, push fragile and failing states further down the path toward collapse, and perhaps have serious economic impact on both China and India. At best, it would lead to periods of harsh economic adjustment. To what extent conservation measures, investments in alternative energy production, and efforts to expand petroleum production from tar sands and shale would mitigate such a period of adjustment is difficult to predict. One should not forget that the Great Depression spawned a number of totalitarian regimes that sought economic prosperity for their nations by ruthless conquest.

 

The U.S. military knows we are on the verge of an oil crisis. There are no new supplies ready to come on line before 2015. The President and his advisors know that an oil crisis is in our immediate future. We have military bases in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait. We have active fighting forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We have a naval armada of aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf. Our forces completely encircle Iran. Is this a coincidence when the countries with the largest oil reserves in the world are noted?

  1. Saudi Arabia – 262 billion barrels
  2. Iran – 133 billion barrels
  3. Iraq – 112 billion barrels
  4. Kuwait – 97 billion barrels

 The war on terror is a cover for access to the hundreds of billions of barrels of oil in the Middle East. A 10 million barrel per day shortfall by 2015 would be disastrous for a country that consumes 25% of all the oil in the world. Our hyper-consumer society is like a drug addict, dependent on its oil fix. If we are denied oil for even one day, the withdrawal symptoms would be traumatic and harrowing.

There are 255 million passenger vehicles in the U.S. Our society will collapse within weeks without a sufficient supply of oil. The average American’s only concern about oil is when they get a card in the mail from Jiffy Lube telling them it is time for their 5,000 mile oil change. They stick a hose in their gas tank and fluid pours out, allowing them to motor freely around mall dotted suburbia. Within five years they will be paying over $5 per gallon for this fluid or they will be waiting in lines for three hours to get 10 gallons of that precious fluid. Peak cheap oil has been predictable for decades. The Department of Energy was created 31 years ago. Preparing for peak cheap oil would have required some pain, sacrifice and forethought. But, suicide is painless.

Visions of Things To Be

Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see…

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.

                            Suicide is Painless – M.A.S.H. Movie 

As I peer through the fog and attempt to see visions of things to be, I see nothing but pain ahead. Anyone who can look at the following chart and not conclude that there is much pain ahead for this country is either a Goldman Sachs banker, a Federal Reserve Governor, or a bought off politician in Washington DC. It is no coincidence that after Richard Nixon closed the gold window in 1971 and allowed the Federal Reserve to “manage” our economy that total debt outstanding in the US surged from $2 trillion to over $50 trillion. GDP has risen by 1,300% since 1971, while total US debt has risen by 2,600%. Now for the kicker. Real GDP has only gone up by 292% since 1971. This means that 1,000% of the increase in GDP was from Federal Reserve created inflation. Over this same time frame, real wages have declined by 6%, from $318 per week in 1971 to $299 per week today. Inflation has been the American drug of choice to commit suicide over the last 40 years. It is stealthy, seemingly painless, and deadly.

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Inflation is the “painless” method through which the Federal Reserve has decided this country will commit suicide. It is like turning on the car in the garage and letting the carbon monoxide slowly put you to sleep. The ruling elite are content that the American public is dumbed down by the government run public schools. They count on the fact that 9 out of 10 Americans do not understand inflation. It is an insidious scheme of robbing the working middle class and funneling it to the Wall Street/K Street ruling class. The Federal Reserve has gotten bolder in the last few years as they realized the public doesn’t understand or care what they do. Bernanke has relished in the mainstream media adulation that he saved the world with his printing press in 2008/2009. Even though critical thinkers know for a fact that it was Federal Reserve policies that created the worldwide financial conflagration in the first place, the corporate mainstream media and the Wall Street beneficiaries have been cheerleaders of Easy Al and Helicopter Ben. These men are traitors. They have purposefully impoverished senior citizens and the working middle class in order to enrich their ruling elite masters on Wall Street and in Washington DC.

Ben Bernanke on Wednesday afternoon will announce Quantitative Easing Part Deux. This is a fancy name for Ben printing $1 trillion out of thin air, buying US Treasuries and/or more toxic mortgage securities and artificially lowering interest rates to convince Americans to spend money they don’t have. Jeremy Grantham, in his recent quarterly letter, issues a scathing indictment of Bernanke’s methods: 

“For all of us, unfortunately, there is still a further great disadvantage attached to the Fed Manipulated Prices. When rates are artificially low, income is moved away from savers, or holders of government and other debt, toward borrowers. Today, this means less income for retirees and near-retirees with conservative portfolios, and more profit opportunities for the financial industry; hedge funds can leverage cheaply and banks can borrow from the government and lend out at higher prices or even, perish the thought, pay out higher bonuses. This is the problem: there are more retirees and near retirees now than ever before, and they tend to consume all of their investment income. With artificially low rates, their consumption really drops. The offsetting benefits, mainly shown in dramatically recovered financial profits despite low levels of economic activity, flow to a considerable degree to rich individuals with much lower propensities to consume.” 

    
 
 

The ruling elite in Washington DC and Wall Street decided that fraud, misinformation and cooking the books was preferable to the pain of honesty, orderly bankruptcy, and assets valued at their true worth. Ben Bernanke “saved the world” by putting the taxpayer on the hook for $1.5 trillion of toxic mortgage garbage he bought from his masters on Wall Street. John Hussman describes the decision to choose painless suicide over choosing painful medicine to cure our disease:

“Over the short run, two policies have been primarily responsible for successfully kicking the can down the road following the recent financial crisis. The first was the suppression of fair and accurate financial disclosure – specifically FASB suspension of mark-to-market rules – which has allowed financial companies to present balance sheets that are detached from any need to reflect the actual liquidating value of their assets. The second was the de facto grant of the government’s full faith and credit to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities. Now, since standing behind insolvent debt in order to make it whole is strictly an act of fiscal policy, one would think that under the Constitution, it would have been subject to Congressional debate and democratic process. But the Bernanke Fed evidently views democracy as a clumsy extravagance, and so, the Fed accumulated $1.5 trillion in the debt obligations of these insolvent agencies, which effectively forces the public to make those obligations whole, without any actual need for public input on the matter.”

The Only Way to Win is Cheat

The only way to win is cheat
And lay it down before I’m beat
and to another give my seat
for that’s the only painless feat.

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.

                                             Suicide is Painless – M.A.S.H. Movie 

The Federal Reserve has incessantly created new bubbles every time one of their old bubbles has burst, since the elevation of Alan Greenspan as Fed Chairman in 1987. The bailout of LTCM convinced Wall Street that uncle Al would come to the rescue if their gambles endangered the financial system. Greenspan cheered on the internet revolution and flooded the system for the fake Y2K crisis. When the internet bubble burst in 2000 and the 9/11 attack struck in 2001, Greenspan aided and abetted the greatest bubble in history. He dropped interest rates to historic lows, encouraged the use of adjustable rate mortgages, didn’t enforce bank regulations, and pretended that he couldn’t see the bubble forming. Jeremy Grantham explained the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and K Street conspiracy to avoid the pain of dealing with our long-term structural problems in his latest letter: 

 

“House prices may often not be susceptible to manipulation. Low interest rates may not be enough: they may stimulate hedge fund managers to speculate in stocks, but most ordinary homeowners are not interested in speculating. To stir up enough speculators to move house prices, we needed a series of changes, starting with increasing the percentage of the population that could buy a house. This took ingenuity on two fronts: overstating income and reducing down payment requirements, ideally to nil. This took extremely sloppy loan standards and virtually no data verification. This, in turn, took a warped incentive program that offered great rewards for quantity rather than quality, and a corporation overeager, with aggressive accounting, to book profits immediately.  It also needed a much larger, and therefore new, market in which to place these low-grade mortgages. This took ingenious new packages and tranches that made checking the details nearly impossible, even if one wanted to. It took, critically, the Fed Manipulated Prices to drive global rates down. Even more importantly, it needed the global risk premium for everything to hit world record low levels so that suddenly formerly staid European, and even Asian, institutions were reaching for risk to get a few basis points more interest. Such an environment is possible only if there exists an institution with a truly global reach and a commitment to drive asset prices up. In the U.S. Fed, under the Greenspan-Bernanke regime, just such an institution was ready and willing.” 

 

On Wednesday Ben Bernanke will inject more poison into the veins of a once great country. This country, at one time, dealt with its problems in a realistic manner and was willing to sacrifice, cooperate, and make hard choices. QE2 will not help our economy or solve any of our problems.

 

Is It To Be Or Not To Be?

A brave man once requested me
to answer questions that are key
‘is it to be or not to be’
and I replied ‘oh why ask me?’

‘Cause suicide is painless
it brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.
…and you can do the same thing if you choose.

                                                     Suicide is Painless – M.A.S.H. Movie 

The leaders of this country, with the full support of a zombie like disinterested distracted electorate, have chosen to ignore and defer every tough decision regarding energy, spending, entitlements, deficits, and infrastructure. The Federal Reserve has allowed politicians to run the National Debt up to $13.6 Trillion by imposing no limits on the printing of fiat currency backed by nothing but promises. Based on Obama’s 10 year budget projections, adjusted for the real impact of Obamacare and extension of Bush tax cuts, the National Debt will reach $20 trillion in 2015 and $25 trillion by 2019. This is truly a suicide mission. We will never reach these levels because the sweet relief of death will overtake our economic system as the final vestiges of QE2 painlessly bring about the end. 
  
  
 
Grantham warns that Bernanke’s actions on Wednesday are a desperate last ditch attempt to fend off the pain of reality. It will fail.
 

“Thus, our current policy of QE2 is merely the last desperate step of an ineffective plan to stimulate the economy through higher asset prices regardless of any future costs. Continuing QE2 may be an original way of redoing the damage done by the old Smoot-Hawley Tariff hikes of 1930, which helped accelerate a drastic global decline in trade. We may not even need the efforts of some of our dopier Senators to recreate a more traditional tariff war. And all of this stems from the Fed and the failed idea that it can or should interfere with employment levels by interfering with asset prices.”

The only difference between Dr. Bernanke and Dr. Kevorkian is that Kevorkian helped the terminally ill commit suicide. Dr. Bernanke and his colleagues at the Federal Reserve have inflicted suicide on a patient that was healthy and capable of living many more years. The suicide concoction of fiat currency, debt, military empire, and delusion has been painless for those in power, but painful for the working middle class of this country. Dr. Bernanke fancies himself as an expert on the Great Depression. He is destined to be remembered as the man who killed America. Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
76 Comments
  1. Mark says:

    Great post. Nicely wraps up the economic constructs within our physical constraints. Two pillars of society that are often wrongly viewed in isolation.

    I’d love to post this on my site (www.planbeconomics.com) if that’s OK. Please send me an email to let me know.

    2nd November 2010 at 10:51 am

  2. admin says:

    Mark

    If you register, I’ll make you a contributor.

    2nd November 2010 at 10:53 am

  3. Daniel says:

    Jim, I believe I’ve registered, how do I post articles or change my avitar?

    2nd November 2010 at 11:07 am

  4. admin says:

    Daniel

    You are not showing up as a registered user.

    2nd November 2010 at 11:45 am

  5. Daniel says:

    I got a password and name from WorldPress.

    What else is needed?

    2nd November 2010 at 12:04 pm

  6. Allen says:

    The wars are not for oil, they are for Israel, it all started nearly a decade ago under a false flag attack.
    9/11 and Israel, here:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

    2nd November 2010 at 12:15 pm

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    2nd November 2010 at 12:38 pm

  8. Milw05 says:

    Great work as always Jim. I love how you call out the Military and the Republican party. Republicans have become nothing but a party of propaganda and talking points. They are not brave. We need more free thinkers like you if we can expect any hope at all.

    2nd November 2010 at 12:47 pm

  9. ragman says:

    I loved the movie but the TV series sucked.

    2nd November 2010 at 2:12 pm

  10. skyprince says:

    Great piece, Jim. You know how to pull it all together in creative fashion to illustrate a point.

    2nd November 2010 at 3:16 pm

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  12. Kevinito says:

    Umm, I think the reason no other country can challenge us is because we spend 7 times as much as the next nearest country. And while it may have something to do with oil, it has everything to do with effectively paying the bulk of the cost to defend Europe and Asia. If countries such as England, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, and Australia actually paid the full cost of the proxy national defense we provide, our defense budget would be a fraction of what it is. Does anyone really believe any of these countries could fight a winning war against a real enemy like China without the US military? And does anyone think Germany would be Europe’s financial powerhouse if they had to spend a couple of hundred billion euros a year on their own defense?

    We pay for the big stick so that we get to make the rules.

    2nd November 2010 at 3:36 pm

  13. admin says:

    Kevinito

    Every dime spent on your awesome military is borrowed. You should read The Art of War.

    2nd November 2010 at 3:53 pm

  14. admin says:

    skyprince

    Where have you been? We haven’t heard from you in forever.

    2nd November 2010 at 3:54 pm

  15. MuckAbout says:

    Admin:

    Just another great feature article, Jim.. Puts it all there in one, easy to read, educational package.

    I’m on a fly/drive from FL/AZ/IN/AZ/FL at the moment assisting daughter haul and get her RV repaired at the plant and am at the mercy of WI-FI available on the way. Intermittent in other words.

    Query: I’ve put a different email with this post. That report you gave the other day to W, do you have an executive summary you could smuggle out? I’d love to look over your shoulder. (and mums the word).

    2nd November 2010 at 5:51 pm

  16. Jayk says:

    Again, the lies come pouring out. People need to do the reasearch. Oil is not going to run out. There is so much oil inside the earth, it will never run out. Sorry, whoever wrote this article khas really got you fooled……

    2nd November 2010 at 7:58 pm

  17. LLPOH says:

    Just when I think I have identified all of the idiots who post on this site, another pops up. Thank you so much, Jayk, for helping maintain my faith in the supply of idiots. There are so many idiots on the earth, they will never run out. Praise be.

    Admin – thanks again for the effort!

    2nd November 2010 at 8:06 pm

  18. Jiggerjuice says:

    Great article, Dr Q.

    I love the Got Milk? graph, even though I’m afraid I don’t fully understand it. What exactly is the red line? GDP? So the red line x intercept is 0? Meaning… in the year 2055, life will suck as badly as it did in – 1948? All my base are belong to yous? Anyway, it is nice to see the big picture for the future broken down like that. It’s a hard vision to see for most.

    Also, I like how the Boomers are all going to die right around when shortages and rationing/financial collapse start. They won’t get to see what I’m going to see. My age is closer to the blue numbers. I probably won’t make it to anarchy, seeing as how I’m a type I diabetic (early death guaranteed! thanks, world), but my 9 day old son sure will.

    So while I’m alive, stock up on guns, ammo, and gold/silver I guess. Once BigPharma cuts off insulin production, it’s goodbye world for me. At least I can leave all the guns behind for my kids to guard the treasure chest – after I use a few of those bullets, of course.

    2nd November 2010 at 9:13 pm

  19. admin says:

    Muck

    I’ll contact you off-line.

    2nd November 2010 at 9:53 pm

  20. LLPOH says:

    Admin – I have now re-registered! It stressed my limited tech skills, but I overcame in the end.

    I am working on a small article. Are you still brave enough to allow my contributor status? Many thanks!

    2nd November 2010 at 9:58 pm

  21. admin says:

    LLPOH

    You are a contributor.

    2nd November 2010 at 10:11 pm

  22. LLPOH says:

    Admin – many thanks.

    2nd November 2010 at 10:15 pm

  23. admin says:

    LLPOH

    There is always an abiotic oil nut case on every oil post.

    2nd November 2010 at 10:21 pm

  24. KaD says:

    Jiggerjuice, there may well be hope for you even if insulin becomes unavailable.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/GoogleSearchResults.html?q=diabetes&cx=010579349100583850635%3Aw_kzwe9_yca&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&sa.x=45&sa.y=19&sa=Search&siteurl=www.naturalnews.com%252F#1361

    2nd November 2010 at 10:49 pm

  25. The Biggest Lie says:

    There is going to be an oil crisis – this is one of the biggest lies ever perpetrated upon humanity. If there is “going to be an oil crisis” is that why our military is conducting 3 wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan) and BURNING OIL LIKE IT IS WATER?

    The only potential oil crisis is this: China, Russia and the U.S./Israel will be fighting for CONTROL OF THE WORLD’S OIL SUPPLIES. But shortage of oil? No way, Jose! It’s all one gigantic lie.

    3rd November 2010 at 1:46 am

  26. The Biggest Lie says:

    By the way – I totally believe in the ABIOTIC THEORY FOR OIL PRODUCTION. Here’s one to think about boys (and girls): If you believe that oil is a fossil fuel (ie- that it is composed of dead plant and animal “material” that has undergone chemical changes in the earth), THEN HOW MANY DEAD PLANTS AND ANIMALS DO YOU THINK IT HAS TAKEN TO PRODUCE ALL OF THE OIL WE (THE ENTIRE PLANET) HAVE USED IN THE LAST 100 YEARS??? IT’S ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE THAT ALL THE OIL CAME FROM DEAD PLANTS AND ANIMALS. IMPOSSIBLE In fact, if dead animals and plants do decompose and eventually produce petroleum oil, the oil would have to be located very shallow (5,10, maybe 20 feet down). But oil comes from DEEP WITHIN THE EARTH and there’s NO WAY THAT THE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF OIL PUMPED OUT OF THE EARTH ALL CAME FROM DEAD PLANTS AND ANIMALS. IMPOSSIBLE.

    3rd November 2010 at 1:53 am

  27. Expat says:

    @biggest Lie: Abiotic oil theory is full of holes. I am not sure what your comment about “5,10, or 20 feet down” means. Are you trolling or are you that ignorant about geology. If you espouse the abiotic theory, then you should probably read a primer on geology before writing such blatantly ignorant things.

    But, enough of criticizing you. Let’s assume abiotic theory is valid. So what? I have not read anything in abiotic literature which indicates that the creation rate of oil is anything but geological in nature, meaning very, very slow. While this may mean that oil will never run out, it says nothing about Peak Oil. The same principles apply to biotic or abiotic oil production, though in the latter case the tail of the oil curve is fatter as tiny amounts of depleted oil are replaced.

    In either case, we are entering a phase where new reserves don’t replace consumption. Oil will get more and expensive to find and produce.

    Fire up your abiotic oil or burn your crushed dinosaurs. In the end, it matters not.

    3rd November 2010 at 4:57 am

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  29. Novista says:

    Great work, Jim

    It’s rather funny the military concern about peak oil when each gallon of gasoline sent to Irak and Afghanistan costs $400 per.

    Kevinto: I’m not sure it costs the U.S. anything for the land of oz. If it does, they get more bang for the buck. In any case, it costs Australia more than it’s worth having joined the coalition of the wailing. PM Julia said a few days ago, “We’ll be in Afghanistan for ten years.” Maybe alone, her assumption the U.S. hasn’t gone Chapter 11 by then. I think “all the way with LBJ” rather soured the public on adventures, not that it makes any difference to TPTB. One wonders, wasn’t Gallipoli enough of being another country’s catspaw?

    3rd November 2010 at 6:43 am

  30. Opinionated Bloviator says:

    Apparantly not, and more’s the pity. Hopefully when the United States under Hopey McChange undergoes full blown economic collapse Australia will cut it’s losses and spend the money at home. At least we have an ocean to protect us, you Yanks share an open border with a future Somalia in the form of a failed Mexico state. Good luck with that, you will need it real soon…

    “We can live beside the ocean, leave it far behind, swim out past the breakers and WATCH THE WORLD DIE. ” Santa Monica, Evermore.

    3rd November 2010 at 9:39 am

  31. admin says:

    Biggest Lie

    Did you read the article. We’re in the Middle East because that is where the oil is. Just when I think there is hope for humanity, someone like yourself confirms my belief that the clueless morons outnumber us 10 to 1.

    3rd November 2010 at 10:17 am

  32. admin says:

    Big Lie

    Putting things in Caps really makes your moronic post more believable.

    3rd November 2010 at 10:18 am

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  34. The Biggest Lie says:

    Hey Expat – I had a revelation while lying in bed this morning, and it has to do with your comment above. I know people like you think that it takes thousands or millions of years for oil to “cook” or form deep below the surface of the earth. But guess what? Oil CAN form much quicker than that! Much quicker! Take the lowly little flax seed. (let’s set aside the biotic / abiotic argument for now). Flax grows in a matter of months (about 3-3.5 months). Have you ever seen or consumed flax oil. I do all the time. How about corn oil? Obviously these are not petroleum oil, but it shows that oil can be generated very quickly. And flax can not be said to be abiotic, but neither is it biotic in the sense that it is not produced from dead animal and plant matter. It is produced by a plant using the soil and using energy from the sun. Amazing. 3 months! Think about that Expat.

    As 4 you “Admin” – you’re a turd.

    3rd November 2010 at 3:53 pm

  35. The Biggest Lie says:

    In fact, thinking about it further Expat, it seems flax oil (or any oil produced by plants – corn, coconut, olive oil, cottonseed, and others) are in many apects “geologically” produced (using the soil of the earth and energy of the sun). And, ha ha, THESE OILS SURE ARE RE-PRODUCED AGAIN AND AGAIN, year after year. In fact, I bet many of these can be grown twice in one season.

    You know, I’m old enough to remember the “oil crisis” in the early 1970′s. It was scary. There were very long lines at the gasoline station. It was all a fraud. A FRAUD. The same thing can be said of the “overpopulation” crisis. The overpopulation, mind control crowd that wants everyone to believe the world is overpopulated is nuts! I have heard that the entire population of the world could easily fit into the state of Texas! TEXAS! Crazy, isn’t it? Sure, it wouldn’t be comfortable, but it makes you think that there is surely enough room and resources in the world for everyone.

    To get an idea how evil this elitist -overpopulation-one world government group is, go to Wikipedia and type in Georgia Guidestones. These are some Satanic stone tablets (like a satanic 10 commandments) in the state of Georgia. Note the first one – to maintain the population of the earth under 500 million. UNDER 500 MILLION PEOPLE! The world is about 6 billion people (the U.S. has about 350 million people). So, these evil bastards want to kill off more than 90% of the world’s population. It’s sickening. SICKENING.

    3rd November 2010 at 4:08 pm

  36. admin says:

    Big Liar

    You give moron’s a bad name. Here’s your abiotic bullshit. Why isn’t the fucking oil regenerating in the US you numbskull.

    us-crude-oil-production-rate-1920-2009.jpg

    Even a retard like you should be able to grasp these facts. Maybe not.

    3rd November 2010 at 4:13 pm

  37. admin says:

    I think we have a competitor with DP for most delusional moron. Come on Biggest Liar, give us your views on 9/11. I just know you’ve got some great insights.

    Big Liar taking a bath in his abiotic oil.

    323328-bathe_crude_oil_spa_azerbaijan.jpg

    3rd November 2010 at 4:19 pm

  38. The Biggest Lie says:

    Wow Admin – The Illuminatti and the CIA are laughing at people like you. Laughing their fat, elitist arses off, because you believe all of the propoganda that they spew out. By believing all of their bullshit like Global Warming people allow themselves to be controlled, and taxed to death. People think “ok, our government is taxing us insanely, but it’s for the good of the planet” and thus they agree to be slaves. They agree to have every little aspect of their lives controlled and taxed. They become willing slaves thinking that if they do not agree to the agenda, the world will end in a Global Warming Inferno. The Illuminatti and the CIA are not only laughing their asses off, they are burning money in their fireplaces to keep themselves warm in the winter.

    3rd November 2010 at 4:32 pm

  39. Smokey says:

    The Biggest Lie——Illuminate my hairy sack.

    3rd November 2010 at 4:41 pm

  40. admin says:

    Biggest Douchebag

    I notice you didn’t address the decrease in US oil production from 10 million barrels per day in 1970 to 4 million per day now. Is the CIA making us not produce the oil? Do we like sending $700 billion a year to Middle East countries when the oil is regenerating right under our feet? Where did the 6 million barrels per day go? Shouldn’t it be regenerating Jed Clampett?

    Please, please tell me that 9/11 was an inside job. I know you are bursting to let it out.

    3rd November 2010 at 4:54 pm

  41. The Biggest Lie says:

    Well Admin, I live in California. Because of the environmental wacko’s, there is very little oil drilling off the California Coast. I have read that there is tons of oil in Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, not to mention Alaska, Texas, Oklahoma, etc. And what about nuclear energy? America could produce all of its energy if we would “go nuclear.”

    Sure, America’s production of oil may have declined, but that doesn’t mean the oil’s not there. What about cars? America isn’t producing as many cars as it used to! Does this mean we are running out of cars? or raw materials? Of course not!

    3rd November 2010 at 5:10 pm

  42. The Biggest Lie says:

    And now for the juice one, Admin.

    Since you are so quick to aggressively attack anyone whose views are different from yours and to belittle them with profanities – the picture above in which you said was me taking a bath in abiotic oil – the picture is actually a picture OF YOU, IN YOUR GAY BATH HOUSE, COVERED IN CHOCOLATE (OR SOMETHING ELSE).

    3rd November 2010 at 5:15 pm

  43. StuckInNJ says:

    I know this thread isn’t about yesterday’s election, but I couldn’t find any other posts about the elections and I have a few things to say, so I’ll say it here.

    =================================
    This if from Michelle Malkin’s website:

    “No compromise” is exactly the message that un-American Americans delivered to Washington this campaign season:

    No more compromising deals behind closed doors.

    No more compromising bailouts in times of manufactured crisis.

    No more compromising conservative principles for D.C. party elites.

    No more compromising the American economy for left-wing special interests.

    No more compromising transparency and ethics for bureaucratic self-preservation.

    Let us be clear, in case it hasn’t fully sunk into the minds of Obama and the trash-talking
    Democrats yet: You can take your faux olive branch and shove it.

    Thank you.

    ======================================
    Go Michelle!!! I have a thing or two to say as well.

    Dear Finger-Pointer-In-Chief,

    During your campaign you said there was a place for people like me (NOT a democrat) in your agenda;

    “ Young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans have sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of red states and blue states. We have been and always will be the United States of America.”

    To which I say …….. YOU LIE!!!!

    You have blamed me at every occasion saying I was responsible for the mess of the “past eight years”

    You said I can “get on the bus”, but I have to “ride in the back”.

    You bring out the race card every time I disagree with you.

    Because I support some Tea Party candidates, you said I was “un-American”.

    You said I’m not the kind of person who represents “core American values”.

    You said I should “get out of the way”.

    You said I – an American veteran – was the “enemy”.

    You said people like me shouldn’t “do a lot of talking”.

    Well, dude …. I have something to say …… You may still be the Sheriff, but there’s a new posse in town so, GO FUCK YOURSELF YOU LAME-DUCK Richard Cranium!!!

    ===========================================

    Obummer, I know how much you love the Muslim tradition, but I have a Word from the Lord for you. God himself told me to tell you to read Deuteronomy Chapter 32. Here ya go;

    “And when the LORD saw the Democrats, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.

    “And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very perverse group, children in whom is no faith….

    “They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

    “The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.

    “I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men

    ……………….. and also from the book of Daniel;
    “You have been weighed on the scales and have been found wanting”.

    May the Lord add His Blessing to the reading of His Word.

    3rd November 2010 at 5:23 pm

  44. LLPOH says:

    Admin – You gotta admit, there is a never ending supply of idiots. We really should be figuring out how to run our cars on ‘em, because it is clear that they never will run out.

    The Biggest Lie – really like your snappy comebacks. You are in way over your fucking head.

    3rd November 2010 at 6:46 pm

  45. StuckInNJ says:

    Regarding the never endng supply of idiots …..

    ….. check out this 2 minute video …. (15 second commercial but well worth the wait)

    Question: Is Obama a Keynesian?
    Answer: NO! He was born in Hawii! Hilarious!

    3rd November 2010 at 6:55 pm

  46. LLPOH says:

    Smokey – as I understand it, it would take a 10,000 watt searchlight to illuminate your hairy sack. But you would first have to move that 11.5″ shlong out of the way.

    3rd November 2010 at 7:14 pm

  47. admin says:

    Big Douche

    Are you really as dumb as you sound? California, Texas and Alaska have operating oil wells. If your abiotic bullshit was true, these wells would be refilling. Why do we need to drill off the coasts if the oil is refilling the wells? You read there is tons of oil? Why didn’t we bring this online when oil was $145 a barrel?

    WTF does nuclear have to do with abiotic oil? Do you have voices in your head telling you to change the subject.

    Nice comparison between oil and cars. Brilliant. Are you a Phd from Stanford? We purposely have disregarded the billions of barrels of oil in the US so we can buy it from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela? Wow. Your brain power is staggering.

    3rd November 2010 at 8:39 pm

  48. admin says:

    Big Douche

    It’s juicy not juice. Man you are a dumbass.

    3rd November 2010 at 8:43 pm

  49. The Biggest Truth says:

    Admin – You are an ignorant, arrogant, obnoxious, Marxist, scumbag.
    And the disease you have is called Borderline Intellectual Functioning Psychosis

    4th November 2010 at 1:14 am

  50. llpoh says:

    Admin – just what the site needs – another Sigmund Freud wannabe. The douches just keep pouring out of their hidey holes.

    4th November 2010 at 1:30 am

  51. llpoh says:

    And here I was trying to be civil the whole day. Even was even tempered with RE. And then the Biggest Dickhead has to come along and spoil my good mood. Wonder how long it took him to look all of those words up. Maybe picked them up at the asylum.

    4th November 2010 at 1:34 am

  52. admin says:

    Big Douche

    You hurt my feelings.

    Now give us your views on 9/11. Was it the Bush Family or the Bilderbergers or the CIA?

    4th November 2010 at 10:41 am

  53. karsa says:

    Thanks for the article great read.

    And thanks for the laughs some of the comments are priceless

    4th November 2010 at 9:57 pm

  54. Kill Bill says:

    An Iran that practices subversion and seeks regional hegemony – which appears to be the current trend – must be faced with lines it will not be permitted to cross. The industrial nations cannot accept radical forces dominating a region on which their economies depend,” ~Henry Kissinger~

    4th November 2010 at 9:58 pm

  55. Kill Bill says:

    We pay for the big stick so that we get to make the rules. -kevinito

    This is a popular sentiment. I guess alot of how people come to such a conclusion depends on if they are constitutionalists or not. One of the reasons for America revolted against their British overlords is because they too thought that carrying a big stick and making the rules was a good thing.

    “The fundamental maxims of her [America] policy would insensibly change from liberty to force…. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit…. her glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her Declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.” ~~John Quincy Adams

    4th November 2010 at 10:23 pm

  56. Kill Bill says:

    Since you are so quick to aggressively attack anyone whose views are different from yours and to belittle them with profanities -=Big Lie=-

    Well, Im not defending Jim here but if you have been reading this site for any amount of time you would know that Jim prefers politically incorrect debate which includes put downs and comical pictures. That being written, I dont know why your complaining about the discourse here. If your inclined to have your feelings hurt by either having your facts debunked and being pummeled about the shoulders and ears for saying preposterous things I suggest hitting the [X] at the top of the browser tab, opening a new one, and then searching for true love in an AOL chat room where your easily damaged epidermis and belittled mental faculties will be stroked by like minded types.

    4th November 2010 at 10:39 pm

  57. Davidh says:

    Lot of interesting points in this story. But there is one thing even more interesting that nobody – not even on this site much – discusses…. We have $50 Trillion of “unfunded obligations”!!! You’re worried about $14 Trillion – or $25 Trillion?!?! Well you should be, but it pales in comparison to the BIG problem. How sad is that? To actually be able to call a $14 Trillion problem small. Another way to look at it: The GDP of the entire earth is about $14 Trillion. We can’t pay this off obviously. I really do wonder what this will mean for us. I don’t buy the “anarchy” chart. Iceland, Russia, and many other countries have gone bankrupt – and they still exist. Even Rome still exists as does Athens and Egypt. And China too for that matter. We will too. Just hard to know what it will look like. But we better be prepared.

    5th November 2010 at 2:06 pm

  58. The Biggest Sleuth says:

    Admin –
    My views on 911 ??? I don’t have views !!! Just the facts, Mister, just the facts! Stay tuned……..

    6th November 2010 at 4:51 am

  59. admin says:

    Big Sloth

    When someone decides to come on this site, they better back up their posts with facts. Your abiotic crap is complete and utter bullshit. If you have facts to support your contention that oil is regenerating please post them. DO NOT POST LINKS. We know that crazy motherfuckers back up their delusional theories with links to other lunatics.

    Every time I read one of your posts I wait for something coherent. Nothing yet. You went on for two paragraphs about 9/11 without saying one thing. I think it is time you go back to your 9/11 truther/ abiotic oil site so that you will not be pummeled as the moron that you have revealed yourself to be.

    6th November 2010 at 9:59 am

  60. OK 'god' says:

    OK god. Now I have heard it all. You really think you know everything. It seems the Almighty has died and this new guy ‘Admin’ has taken his place.

    Complete and utter bullshit? You are a specimen of psychiatric pathology. Show me proof that oil comes from decomposed dinosaurs (and bunny rabbits). Show me! It’s not a fact. It’s a theory, you crazy ************(fill it in with your own word from above). You seem to be an agent of disinformation, Admin. You know everything BECAUSE YOU ARE GOD! Admin is god, EVERYONE ELSE IS A MORON, IDIOT, CRAZY ************(fill in with your own word from above), IMBECILE, OR FULL OF COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT. WOW! Now the ‘new god’ is not only all knowing and all powerful, he is an INSANE CRAZY ************. INCREDIBLE!

    Man (forgive me, I mean ‘god’), you are a SPECIMEN! You REALLY, REALLY, REALLY OUGHT TO FIND A GOOD PSYCHIATRIST TO DIAGNOSE YOU (YOUR PROBLEM, THAT IS). That is, if there is such a thing as a psychiatrist for ‘god.’ I MIGHT BE STRICKEN DEAD BY A LIGHTNING BOLT ANY SECOND FOR SUGGESTING THAT ‘god’ NEEDS A PSYCHIATRIST.

    And yes, it’s me, the guy you called idiot, douchebag, moron, dumbass, and now the latest one, crazy ************ (fill in with your word from above).

    6th November 2010 at 6:30 pm

  61. admin says:

    Big Lying Douche Moron Dumbass Idiot Mongoloid

    You are practically foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog. But, still you have not completed a coherent thought in your 10 assanine posts so far. Keep trying.

    CrazyMan2.jpg

    You really need to get that anger under control

    GOD

    6th November 2010 at 7:25 pm

  62. OK 'god' says:

    as·i·nine   /ˈæsəˌnaɪn/ Show Spelled
    [as-uh-nahyn] (from Dictionary.Com)

    –adjective
    1. foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid: It is surprising that supposedly intelligent people can make such asinine statements.

    *******************************************************************************************
    Haha, haha ‘god’ -

    At least I know how to spell. Assanine???? Please refer to the entry above from Dictionary.Com. You have to stay after school to study spelling. And seriously, you should consider changing your name from Admin to ‘god’ or maybe ‘wanna-be god.’ It would suit you well.

    You know, I’m starting to get an idea of WHO you work for, Admin. You are an agent of misinformation, a smear artist, an enemy of the truth.

    6th November 2010 at 7:43 pm

  63. OK 'god' says:

    By the way, Admin –

    Nice picture of yours above. You sure are one handsome fellow.

    6th November 2010 at 7:45 pm

  64. llpoh says:

    Ok God – you are one ignorant piece of shit. Go back to your farm and carry on inbreeding with whatever family member you can run down.

    6th November 2010 at 8:00 pm

  65. admin says:

    Big Sloth

    Good catch on the spelling error. I’m glad to provide you with a victory in your pathetic excuse for a life. I’m guessing you haven’t had a victory since the time you won the spelling bee in 3rd grade. Of course that was your peak. I understand your dream in life is about to come true. McDonald’s has loosened their standards and your dream of being a pickle guy is within your grasp.

    hiringlosers.jpg

    6th November 2010 at 8:22 pm

  66. llpoh says:

    OK – adios. About time, asshole.

    7th November 2010 at 12:53 am

  67. admin says:

    Big Lying Sloth

    You really need to hook up with David Pierre. You would hit it off well. See you at the next 9/11 Truther Convention. Make sure you fill up your gas tank with some of that Abiotic gasoline bubbling up in your backyard. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass as you exit TBP.

    7th November 2010 at 7:43 am

  68. TBP says:

    TBP = Toilet Bowl Propaganda

    7th November 2010 at 5:57 pm

  69. Bart says:

    Jim:

    How do I email you an interesting article?

    7th November 2010 at 6:05 pm

  70. Bart says:

    We’re all just little bytes in The Matrix. None of this is real. Enjoy it while you can because eventually they’ll pull your plug…

    7th November 2010 at 6:12 pm

  71. admin says:

    Bart

    Send it to [email protected]

    7th November 2010 at 6:29 pm

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  75. Administrator says:

    What a great thread. I miss kicking douchebags in the balls over and over again.

    10th February 2013 at 2:28 pm

  76. Eddie says:

    Smokey would have probably run me off. Not sure I could have stood up to such a force of nature.

    Admin, I read your articles for a long, long time before I ever started to read the comments. My loss.

    When it comes to personality types, Meyers Briggs is one way of looking at things. My favorite look at personalities is the enneagram., or E-ype. I think you are a Type 1.

    Enneagram Type 1:
    Perfectionist, Reformer, Judge, Crusader or Critic

    Overview
    You want to be accurate, thorough, fair and objective. More importantly, you want to be respectable, to do what is right and what you feel is appropriate. You see yourself as rational, orderly and principled. You would like others to see you as reliable, responsible and ethical. Your idealized image is that you are hardworking and do what is right.
    Gifted with a strong sense of purpose, you have high ideals and like to follow protocol, policies and procedures. You are sincere, earnest and diligent. You like to excel and take pride in doing things well. You value honesty, integrity and objectivity. Conscientious and methodical you focus on paying close attention to detail. Earnest and hardworking, you are particular and constantly strive to improve. You take action from your heart because, for you, the heart is the only thing that is truly perfect.
    You have a strong ‘internal critic’ that reminds you of what you should and shouldn’t do. At times, you can be judgmental and critical of others, telling them what you think is right. You behave this way because you want to help people avoid mistakes. You believe that there is only one way to do things and that is the right way. As a perfectionist, you feel that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right. As a result, you are only satisfied with what appeals to your strong sense of what is moral. Idealistic, you naturally wish to educate others to help them improve themselves.

    Life for you is about adhering to your strong internal set of standards. Sometimes, you wish that you could let go and have more fun. This can be hard for you to do unless you are on vacation because of your strong work ethic. You innately recognize that in most situations there are standard operational procedures. Privately, you may criticize yourself for your shortcomings far more than you ever criticize anyone else. Because you can be so hard on yourself, you long for positive feedback, serenity and happiness.

    Need
    You need to know what is expected of you so that you can act accordingly and excel. You want to know what is considered appropriate and to do things by the book to avoid making a mistake. You continuously strive for self-improvement and expect others to do the same. You always act in accordance with your high standards, moral beliefs, philosophies and principles, instead of basing your behavior on another person’s rules.

    Avoid
    You avoid impropriety, irresponsibility, high risks and/or extremes. Most importantly, you avoid expressing your anger, feeling that to do so is wrong or inappropriate. Underneath your attitude of moral superiority and need for correctness, you have a deep fear of being wrong, bad, evil or corruptible. You prefer what is practical, grounded and stable and avoid appearing silly or frivolous to others.

    Virtue
    Your integrity, wisdom and adherence to sound procedure can bring clarity and guidance to a confused world. You are a true pioneer with the ability to envision utopia and the discipline to put in the hard work necessary to make it happen. Like a White Knight, you are not afraid to act according to your strong convictions– even if your actions go against the beliefs of your parents, boss or society. You have a special gift for teaching and you enjoy helping people learn and improve.

    Vice
    Your vice is resentment because you work so hard to repress your negative emotions. You feel that showing overt anger demonstrates a loss of control, so you suppress your wrath when others are not working as hard as you and don’t feel the same level of responsibility that you do. At times, you can be self-righteous, overly strict and rigid. You can become irritable, nit picking and critical when others don’t abide by your lofty moral code and need for procedures. Remember, that people think of you as a teacher, and the best teachers lead by example, not criticism.

    Attention
    Your attention goes outward, to the environment, creating improvements, correcting imperfections and righting what is wrong. In your search for what is perfect, you can become mired in details and lose sight of your original goal and intention. Often it is more important to compete a task than wait for perfection.

    Spiritual Path
    Your spiritual journey is to reclaim a sense of serenity. Even flaws may have a purpose. Recognize that true perfection and spiritual growth will come to you when you realize that all things are inherently perfect just as they are.

    Mantra
    True perfection already exists in every moment, and there is nothing that needs to be reformed or improved in the eyes of God.

    10th February 2013 at 2:51 pm

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