DECLINE, DECAY, DENIAL, DELUSION, & DESPAIR

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Posted on 8th October 2012 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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The majority of Americans seem OK with just waddling through life, accepting the lies and misinformation blasted from the boob tube and their various iGadgets by their owners, gorging themselves to death on Twinkies and Cheetos, paying 15% interest on their $10,000 rolling credit card balance, and growing ever more dependent on the welfare/warfare state to provide and protect them from accepting personal responsibility for their lives. A minority of critical thinking people have chosen to question everything they see and hear being spewed at us by the propagandist mainstream media, the corporate fascist government, and the powerful banking cabal that has an iron grip upon our throats as they choke the life out of the global economy in their never ending desire for more riches and more power.

The decline of the Great American Empire cannot be attributed to one factor or one bogeyman. There are a multitude of factors, villains, and choices made by the American people that have led to our moral, civil, social, and economic decline. The kabuki theater that passes for our electoral process is little more than a diversion from our imminent fate. Neither candidate for President has any intention of changing the course of the U.S. Titanic. Our rendezvous with destiny has been charted, and there aren’t nearly enough lifeboats. Those who built the ship and recklessly navigated it into a sea of icebergs will be the 1st into the few lifeboats. The leaders we’ve chosen, the choices we’ve made, and our unwillingness to deal with facts and reality have set in motion a disaster that cannot be averted. It’s a shame the majority of Americans have the math aptitude of a 6th grader, because the unsustainability of our empire can be calculated quite easily. Math is hard for Americans, but denial and delusion are easy.      

Oddly, a couple of late September days in Wildwood NJ were able to crystalize many of the aspects of our cultural and economic decline in my mind. I should have just enjoyed the 72 degree temperatures, a few beers, and the freedom to read a book on my deck. I wish I was just oblivious to my surroundings, but my weekend in Wildwood NJ was an eye opener. Everywhere I turned I saw something that made me laugh, shake my head in disgust, or wonder how our government could have become so inane, incompetent and out of control. We all generalize based upon our preconceived beliefs, but sometimes what you see is what you get. The weekend started normally with a morning bike ride on the boardwalk with my wife and son to the Hereford lighthouse in North Wildwood. Along the way we passed the usual suspects on the boardwalk: the obese, the tattooed, the pierced, and the blue haired. I wish I was exaggerating, but I saw a dozen hoveround and rascal scooters carrying extremely obese Americans on par with this person:

 

If I wanted to be politically correct, I’d call the fat asses cruising on their “free” rascal scooters, the weight challenged disabled on their powered mobility enhancement vehicles. You know a trend has become a massive scam, when South Park dedicates an entire show to the shame of obesity and the scooter brigade. The majority of the scooter squad jamming up the boardwalk was less than 50 years old. They weren’t disabled. They were just too obese and lazy to wobble down the boardwalk to the next junk food joint. They were certainly in the right place. The Wildwood boardwalk is home to pizza topped with cheese fries, chocolate covered bacon, fried Oreos, funnel cake topped with powdered sugar, and 64 ounce sugar laced lemonade. The place would make Nanny Bloomberg’s head explode.

   

 

We’ve all seen the commercials for the Scooter store urging anyone on Medicare to rush in and get a power scooter or wheelchair “at little or no cost to you”. The entitlement “free shit” mentality permeates our culture. There is a cost and it is over $800 million per year, paid for by the 53% who pay Federal taxes.  Records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that the cost of motorized scooters and wheelchairs to the government health service for senior citizens rose 179% between 1999 and 2009, the last year for which full records are available. This data is fascinating as the number of Americans over the age of 65 only increased by 18% over this same time frame. The bill in 1999 was $259 million; in 2009 it was $723 million – and is surely over $1 billion today. This is another billion dollar scam being funded by your tax dollars, but there are no spending cuts possible according to our beloved Congressmen.

A recent report by Medicare’s inspector general also showed that 61% of the motorized wheelchairs provided to Medicare recipients in the first half of 2007 went to people who didn’t qualify for them. (Only people who cannot get around without one are supposed to be eligible.) The inspector general found that Medicare is billed an average of $4,018 for a motorized wheelchair that normally sells for $1,048. As a taxpayer, you will be shocked to find out that people are selling their “no cost” Rascal 600 B mobility scooters on eBay. I’m sure the keen eyed government drones working in the Health & Human Services agency are policing the resale of taxpayer paid for scooters. I find it amusing that scooters have various naming classes, just like BMW and Mercedes. The vast majority of people I see tooling around on their “mobility scooters” are just plain fat. They aren’t over 65 years old. On my Sunday bike ride I was flabbergasted and amused by the sight of a 350 pound woman on a Rascal with the pedal to the metal pulling a 275 pound man in a wheelchair attached by rope. The plague of slow metabolism is sweeping the countryside.    

 

While I was relaxing on my deck reading and trying to blot out the nightmare visions of obese boomers in Rascal formation like German panzers invading Poland, a brand new SUV pulled into the parking lot across the street. After five minutes, the driver’s side door opened and out sidled a four foot five, two hundred and fifty pound female senior citizen in all her girth. She waddled to the back of the SUV and opened the hatch to extract her walker with wheels. She began berating the three hundred pound dude that got out of the passenger side to come and get his walker. Then she motored off towards Laura’s Fudge, while her hubby conserved his energy waiting by the SUV. Minutes later she scooted her way back hauling a sack of fudge. They then trundled off towards the boardwalk, most likely headed for Kohrs Bros for a double dipped fudge ice cream cone or some Boardwalk fries smothered in cheese.   

  

Based upon my unscientific assessment of the people walking on the Wildwood boardwalk, I would conclude that 35% of the people are obese, 40% are overweight by 20 or 30 pounds (myself included), and 25% are in relatively good shape. After checking the government statistics, my assessment appears to be accurate. Who is to blame? The easy answer is to just blame the individual for their lack of self-restraint and inability to contain their impulses. But when you consider that 160 million out of 232 million adults in this country are either overweight or obese, along with 11 million adolescents, there must be something more sinister behind the phenomenon. There is no doubt that a major portion of the blame must be laid at the fat feet of those who could have exercised restraint over their cravings, but the words of master propagandist Edward Bernays provides another factor in the equation:

“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.” – Edward Bernays

     

Bernays reveals a truth that is self-evident to those with critical thinking skills. Sadly, few Americans exhibit any thinking skills whatsoever. Our society has bifurcated into those who control and those who are controlled. The overlord Double Plus Alphas in our society consist of the Wall Street banker cabal, the executives of our mega-corporations, Federal Reserve governors, Washington DC politicians, Federal government apparatchiks, the propaganda experts in the mainstream corporate media, and the secretive billionaire set that manipulate and maneuver behind the scenes. The first step in controlling the Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons, as Aldous Huxley knew in 1931, was to indoctrinate them with propaganda in our government run schools. This mission has been accomplished. The vast majority of school children graduate from the government school system with no ability to think critically or question what has been spoon fed to them as facts. The fascist alliance of corporations and the state begin in the public schools, with product advertisements by corporations now subsidizing school budgets. The road to obesity is paved with chicken nuggets, fries and pizza dispensed by the government schools on a daily basis.

Just as in Huxley’s Brave New World, America has been built upon the principles of Henry Ford’s assembly line—mass production, homogeneity, predictability, and consumption of disposable consumer goods. In the dystopian novel, members of every class, from birth, are indoctrinated by recorded voices repeating slogans while they sleep. Huxley didn’t imagine the power of TV and other mass media outlets to do the same while we are awake. We are bombarded day and night by propaganda from mega-corporations to buy their products. Mass consumption of processed food sold by the likes of multi-billion dollar corporations Kraft, Pepsico, Coca Cola, General Mills, Nestle, and Unilever is the chief cause of the obesity epidemic in America. The few know how to manipulate the many through messaging, repetition and persistently molding the opinions of the feeble minded non-thinking masses. The billions spent by corporations on advertising to convince the masses that eating a Wendy’s Baconator, KFC extra crispy bucket, or Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, washed down with a two liter Mountain Dew or Cherry Coke, is a tribute to the invisible government running the show. Huxley and Bernays had it all figured out eighty years ago:            

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” – Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the masses by the invisible government Alphas has transmuted citizens into overweight, non-thinking, debt dependent, egocentric consumers. This was not a mistake. The powerful interests used their control over the banking system, media outlets, and political system to lure the willfully ignorant into a debt financed lifestyle through the Federal Reserve created inflation, Wall Street peddled credit cards, auto loans and “creative” mortgages. The manipulators convinced the manipulated that borrowing today to buy houses, cars, bling, tech gadgets, clothing, and fast food was preferable to what previous generations of Americans had done – save to buy things they wanted or needed. This behavior seems to be completely irrational as a people that once saved 12% of their income and carried a moderate amount of debt chose to reduce their savings to 0% and not worry about tomorrow.

 

It is easier to understand when you realize who benefitted from this purposeful shift in societal norms. The low debt, high savings, production era from 1950 through 1980 benefitted the working middle class, allowing millions to improve their standard of living. The rising debt, low savings, consumption era, from 1980 through today, benefits the 1% Alphas while impoverishing the middle class and sentencing the lower class to a lifetime of dependent servitude to the state. Who benefitted from debt fueled conspicuous consumption and continues to benefit today? The peddlers of consumer debt on Wall Street and the mega-corporations that convinced Americans they couldn’t live without that 5,500 square foot McMansion, BMW X5, stainless steel appliances, 84 inch 3D HDTV, iPhone 5, diamond encrusted Coach handbag, and thousands of other Chinese made trinkets that pile up in underwater homes across the land, benefitted tremendously. The proliferation of debt resulted in obscene profits for the financial sector, record profits for the mega-corporations that shipped production to Asia in order to take advantage of the slave labor, and three decades of wage stagnation and increasing debt for the average working middle class American.    

 

The financialization of America was a conscious decision by the oligarchs. They controlled the issuance of credit. They controlled the currency and level of inflation inflicted upon the masses. They controlled the corporations selling consumer goods on credit. They controlled the Congress, courts, and government agencies with their deep pocket lobbying and buying of influence. Lastly, they controlled the media messages and molded the opinions and tastes of the masses through their Bernaysian propaganda techniques perfected over the decades. In one of the boldest and most blatant acts of audacity in world history, the Wall Street/K Street oligarchs wrecked the world economy in their insatiable thirst for profits, shifted their worthless debt onto the backs of taxpayers and unborn generations, threw senior citizens and savers under the bus by stealing $400 billion per year of interest from them, and enriched themselves with bubble level profits and bonus payouts. Meanwhile, median household income continues to fall, real GDP is stagnant, true unemployment exceeds 22%, and 47 million people are living on food stamps.   

 

The propaganda being flogged by the oligarchs since 2009 is the supposed deleveraging by the American consumer and trying to convince the ignorant masses to resume borrowing and spending. It’s working. Consumer credit outstanding is at an all-time high of $2.73 trillion as the Federal government has dished out billions in student loans to 50,000 University of Phoenix MBA aspirants sitting in their basements quivering with anticipation of on-line graduation and future six figure job with Goldman Sachs. The Feds have also added the impetus to the “strong” auto sales through their 85% TARP ownership of Ally Financial by doling out 7 year 0% auto loans to subprime borrowers in urban enclaves around the country. The oligarchs aren’t worried about these loans being paid back, because they are reaping the profits today. The future losses will just be foisted onto the taxpayer, as always. Total credit market debt of $55 trillion now exceeds 350% of GDP. The National Debt of $16.2 trillion will exceed $20 trillion in 2015 no matter who wins the Presidency in November. The oligarchs adapt and control whoever occupies the White House. It is essential for our owners to keep debt growing at an exponential rate or the Ponzi scheme collapses.

Narrow minded ideologues want a simple answer to a complex interaction of generational, cultural, economic, political, and criminal factors that have conspired to put the country into a predicament that, at this point, will inevitably lead to economic collapse. The truth is the American people have learned to love their servitude. They have willfully chosen ignorance over truth. They’ve chosen to believe what their keepers have instructed them. They’ve chosen to trust the storylines generated by the corporate media rather than think critically and question everything. They’ve chosen obesity and sickness over health. They’ve chosen debt financed faux wealth over savings based real wealth. They’ve chosen safety and security over liberty. They’ve chosen dependency over self-reliance. These choices were aided, abetted and promoted by the Alphas through their ability to manipulate and control the unthinking masses. Huxley understood the power of propaganda and brainwashing decades before it was perfected by our owners.  

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”Aldous Huxley

The saddest part of this episode of the Decline & Fall of the American Empire reality show is the continued delusion of the majority of the populace, as their desire for material goods and fair share of the entitlement pie outweighs their sense of obligation to their children and grandchildren. Their chosen ignorance is fulfilled through their attachment to their personal digital ignorance gadgets and supported by what passes for government education. The truth is obscured and hidden under waves of triviality, reality TV, and data manipulation by our government masters. The dystopian nightmare that engulfs our country has thus far resembled Huxley’s vision of a shallow populace easily distracted by consumerism, pleasure seeking, cultural trivialities, and a never ending ability to be distracted by meaningless minutia. Orwell’s darker vision of surveillance, captivity, information control, authoritarianism and pain will become the norm once the existing social order falls.   

“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.”Neil PostmanAmusing Ourselves to Death

I despair for my country that has chosen to eat, amuse and borrow itself to death. But my despair is deepest for my children and their future. The greed, corruption, myopia, selfishness, and disregard for the well-being of future generations by current and past generations has left a barren and bleak landscape for my children. The Huxley vision of America consuming and amusing itself to death is coming to a painful conclusion, as the limits of a fiat currency and debt based lifestyle become evident. Those in power are preparing the masses for a more Orwellian vision of America when they are forced to pull the plug on the existing paradigm. The Patriot Act, NDAA, military exercises in our cities, militarization of local police forces, warrantless surveillance of our communications, searches and seizures in our airports and train stations, purchase of millions of rounds of ammo by government agencies, implementation of drone technology, camera surveillance, attempts to control the internet, manipulation of economic data, and executive orders allowing the President to take over all commerce while imprisoning citizens indefinitely without charges, are the next step in our descent into a dictatorship of tears.

The question is whether we will stand idly by, fiddling with our gadgets, tweeting about Honey Boo Boo, or will we regain our sense of duty to the future generations of this country. The manipulators are powerful, rich, connected and FEW. Those being manipulated, controlled, and abused are MANY. There will be a revolution in this country whether you like it or not. The existing social order will dissolve during the next fifteen years. What replaces it is up to us. George Carlin described what our owners want.

“Politicians are put there to give you that idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations, and they’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State Houses, and the City Halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear.

They’ve got you by the balls.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want—they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interest.”

What do “We the People” want?      



 

220 Comments
  1. Major Kong says:

    It felt like you were channeling Kunstler in the first paragraph. Not bad. Not bad at all.

    8th October 2012 at 9:31 am

  2. Dirty Billy says:

    Bullish!!

    8th October 2012 at 9:32 am

  3. bluestem says:

    And if things weren’t bad enough, Medicaid in Texas has a travel voucher program! A person can get free medical care and the working sheeple can pick up the tab for the out of town trip to the specialist that also gets paid piddle for their services. Sometime somewhere all this has to stop and folks need to become accountable for themselves and their life. Maybe in the next life,think so? John

    8th October 2012 at 9:47 am

  4. Appalachian Trail Deblazer says:

    I started reading this on”Washington’s Blog”, into the 2nd paragraph (I thought this sounds like Jim Quinn”. I saw “Wildwood” and I knew who wrote it, as I suspected.

    Ameikans have to have “Be told what they want”.

    8th October 2012 at 9:53 am

  5. wip says:

    Charles Hugh Smith has a great complimentary piece on his blog today. Might think about adding it to your reading list.

    8th October 2012 at 9:59 am

  6. Maddie's Mom says:

    Well, Admin., I had to come out from my self-imposed STFU (Thanks!, TeresaE ;) ) to just say,

    BRAVO!!!

    I don’t know how we, as a nation, can EVER crawl out of this deep, dark hole. Too many just don’t understand what’s been, and is being, perpetrated upon them.

    If only every man, woman and child could read your truth, there might be a glimmer of hope.

    8th October 2012 at 10:10 am

  7. Eddie says:

    Religion is the opiate of the masses.

    Marx

    Marx didn’t have TV.

    Eddie

    Nice piece,Jim. I may not always agree with you on everything, but I am in complete agreement with this one. Expecially with regards to how I feel about my kids and their future.

    8th October 2012 at 10:22 am

  8. newsjunkie says:

    Outstanding!

    8th October 2012 at 10:27 am

  9. Pirate Jo says:

    “What to many appears to be a “conspiracy of elites” is just our way of life.” – Kunstler. I don’t buy the “corporations brainwashed us” schtick. Every type of television show and advertising simply gives people what they want, and they want junk food. We belong to a stupid and self-delusional species. Sorry, it sucks, but there it is. You only get brainwashed if you allow yourself to be, or if you want to be.

    8th October 2012 at 10:37 am

  10. Gayle says:

    My late mother got to the point where she could not walk more than few steps even with her walker, so her doctor authorized an electric scooter for her. Medicare ponied up and the scooter was ordered. The chair did improve her quality of life for the three more months she lived. I was appalled, however, that with many thousands of dollars sitting in bank accounts, my mother was given a $4,000 scooter, no questions. It did not cross her mind that the gift was not “free” from the government. It was then I understood fully why Medicare will go broke.

    I was of course advised to sell the chair after her death. I refused on principle and looked around until I found somebody who needed it and passed it on.

    8th October 2012 at 10:49 am

  11. Administrator says:

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

    For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

    A murderer is less to fear.”

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

    8th October 2012 at 11:00 am

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  13. Administrator says:

    Grey Panzer Army

    8th October 2012 at 11:06 am

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  15. KaD says:

    There used to be a site called “This is why you’re fat” with pictures of gastronomic abominations. Can’t find it now but here’s a picture gallery: http://www.courant.com/sfl-mark-calorie-killers-pg,0,7682770.photogallery

    8th October 2012 at 11:09 am

  16. KaD says:

    I’d like to set up a scam phone line that people call in to get a free scooter, and mail them a copy of South Beach Diet instead.

    8th October 2012 at 11:13 am

  17. Stucky says:

    Honest to god true story.

    Went to visit my mom and dad last week. Mom can BARELY walk. She is suffering today from deprivations inflicted upon her in a Soviet prison camp during WWII. It literally takes her 5 minutes to walk from the kitchen to the TV room in the back of the house, and it’s a small house.

    So, I suggested to her that we (I) look into getting her one of those “free” scooters. It would make her life so much easier, I thought.

    She had a twofold response. First, she said that sitting in a damn scooter would only make things worse long term. That she needed what little “exercise” she could still have by walking, however slow and painful it might be. Secondly, that IF she ever wanted one she would buy one. In fact, she scolded me; “When have we ever asked for anything free … and why would I start now??”. She was really insulted by my suggestion.

    .
    Then, last night Ms Freud and I watched a movie on HBO, “The Education of Little Tree” … a beautiful movie set during the Great Depression. In one scene Little Tree (the young boy) gives his home-made moccasins to his little friend (a girl) who has no shoes The little girl’s father is upset with this, returns the moccasins, and says “We don’t accept charity from no one.”
    .
    .
    How did this happen? That in less than one generation we went from fierce self-sufficiency (even when doing so was painful) to blood-sucking leeches? That in less than one generation we’ve forgotten the meaning of the word, “pride”?

    We CAN become like that again. But it will take a governmental/economic collapse. The government will eventually run out of “moccasins” to give away. The people that survive will have to learn to make their own.

    8th October 2012 at 11:15 am

  18. Anonymous says:

    Pirate Jo

    Our conscious mind is discriminating..but it is a fact that our subconscious mind (which is always on and listening) believes whatever it hears. Media inluence on our subconscious is real and powerful.

    8th October 2012 at 11:16 am

  19. Eddie says:

    Actually that was me, not anonymous.

    8th October 2012 at 11:19 am

  20. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    I go through much the same issues when me and my wife try to relax. It makes it difficult to enjoy life, thats for damned sure.

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    8th October 2012 at 11:19 am

  21. ThePessimisticChemist says:

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    8th October 2012 at 11:19 am

  22. Pirate Jo says:

    What a convenient way to blame others for an individual’s choice not to think.

    8th October 2012 at 11:21 am

  23. Colma Rising says:

    My lords this was a great way to have a cup and a read.

    The result of trading future consumption for a meal today……

    Like rats our society just kept on hitting the tab for cheesey poof pellets, grew to the size of Jabba the Hut and slobbered down the future attached to a perch like a laughing ball of shit.

    The end of the line is actually a good place to be if you think about it.

    8th October 2012 at 11:21 am

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  25. Eddie says:

    Stucky

    You wrote:
    “She had a twofold response. First, she said that sitting in a damn scooter would only make things worse long term. That she needed what little “exercise” she could still have by walking, however slow and painful it might be. Secondly, that IF she ever wanted one she would buy one. In fact, she scolded me; “When have we ever asked for anything free … and why would I start now??”. She was really insulted by my suggestion.

    .
    Then, last night Ms Freud and I watched a movie on HBO, “The Education of Little Tree” … a beautiful movie set during the Great Depression. In one scene Little Tree (the young boy) gives his home-made moccasins to his little friend (a girl) who has no shoes The little girl’s father is upset with this, returns the moccasins, and says “We don’t accept charity from no one.”

    This is the way I was raised. Your Mom rocks! My parents would have never accepted free anything from the government or charity. The idea was repugnant to them.

    8th October 2012 at 11:25 am

  26. INTJ_4_Truth says:

    Brilliant essay – thank you.

    8th October 2012 at 11:28 am

  27. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    “How did this happen? That in less than one generation we went from fierce self-sufficiency (even when doing so was painful) to blood-sucking leeches? That in less than one generation we’ve forgotten the meaning of the word, “pride”?” – Stucky

    Honestly, its something that I wonder pretty often myself. I grew up in a VERY small community, and about half of the students were rural farm kids, and the other half were “city kids.”

    The farm kids formed the core of our athletics, scholastic, and musical teams. We didn’t always do the best, but we went out and gave it our all, and in such a small school it was the norm for students to go out for 3 sports, a scholastics team, and go to state competition in music (choir or band).

    In short, we worked hard and had pride. Now, some have fallen off that train, however by and large we all still work our asses off and put in a good showing no matter where we are or what we are doing.

    College was an eye opener for me. What I previously thought of as “lazy city kids” were actually hard working people compared to the fuckwads I saw on a regular basis. This trend has continued on long after I graduated, and am now teaching part time.

    My best students:

    Anyone in the military
    Farm kids (they might fuck around, but a single low grade usually straightens their ass out)
    GenX-ers

    My worst students:

    Millenials (most of them can’t even write legibly), especially the under 23 crowd
    Boomers (good writing, fairly solid work ethic. Just too busy questioning everyone around them and typically are terrible group members.)

    Are those generalizations? Bet your ass. Are they accurate? Well, this is America so odds are you have a pretty big ass, and more of it to bet.

    There is no pride anymore. No work ethic. I grew up watching Centennial, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. My favorite movie of all time was, and is The Cowboys.

    Our country has a LOT of problems that need to be fixed before it can start righting the ship, but getting off the government gravy train is one of the first things that needs to be addressed.

    8th October 2012 at 11:29 am

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    8th October 2012 at 11:31 am

  29. Stucky says:

    I don’t want to get sidetracked and turn this into a “food” thread …. but, you folks really need to pay attention. I have posted before my fierce “anti-sugar” views ….. especially, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Now, here is a brand new study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey;

    “TEN PERCENT OF TEENAGERS HAVE LIVER DISEASE !!!”

    The culprit? HFCS. —–

    “All evidence points to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Fructose seriously taxes the liver, where it is completely metabolized. For perspective: only 20% of glucose, on the other hand, is metabolized in the liver. … We are destroying [children’s] bodies with packaged and over-processed foods. In the name of convenience—we are killing the youth. “

    Folks, you are also killing yourselves, regardless of age. PLEASE … PLEASE … read food labels …. and put back on the shelf anything with HFCS …. no exceptions, ever. Your liver will thank you.

    http://naturalsociety.com/10-us-teens-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/

    8th October 2012 at 11:32 am

  30. Eddie says:

    Pirate Jo

    You don’t know me. Nobody tells me what to think. I take total responsibility for my words and actions. But I do know something about hypnosis, having studied it for years.

    If you watch TV, it has an influence on you.Believe it or don’t believe it.

    I never ever watch TV. I try to warn smart people like you. Mostly they don’t get it.

    8th October 2012 at 11:34 am

  31. KaD says:

    Stucky: I knew a lady who was all of 4 1/2 feet tall. She told me she was born during the Great Depression and damn near starved to death, stunting her growth, because her father wouldn’t accept charity. Now if your kids are REALLY in danger of starving to death I think you should swallow your pride but starvation is not typically a problem in the US, yet.

    8th October 2012 at 11:45 am

  32. QQQBall says:

    Stop eating wheat and flour. Start walking… Just avoiding the wheat/flour will stop any carb cravings. You will lose 20 lbs before you know it and you will feel better too.

    8th October 2012 at 11:45 am

  33. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @Stucky –

    HFCS is perfectly acceptable in sane quantities. The problem is that these kids are drinking a 55gallon drum worth of HFCS every year.

    8th October 2012 at 11:46 am

  34. KaD says:

    EDDIE: http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/5jcl/5JCL59.htm

    Any behavior that leads to a pleasurable experience will be repeated, especially if that behavior requires little work. Psychologists call this pattern “positive reinforcement.” This is what we mean, technically speaking, by addiction. In this sense, television certainly fits into the category of an addictive agent.

    When you watch TV, brain activity switches from the left to the right hemisphere. In fact, experiments conducted by researcher Herbert Krugman showed that while viewers are watching television, the right hemisphere is twice as active as the left, a neurological anomaly.1 The crossover from left to right releases a surge of the body’s natural opiates: endorphins, which include beta-endorphins and enkephalins. Endorphins are structurally identical to opium and its derivatives (morphine, codeine, heroin, etc.). Activities that release endorphins (also called opioid peptides) are usually habit-forming (we rarely call them addictive). These include cracking knuckles, strenuous exercise, and orgasm. External opiates act on the same receptor sites (opioid receptors) as endorphins, so there is little difference between the two.

    Indeed, even casual television viewers experience such opiate-withdrawal symptoms if they stop watching TV for a prolonged period of time. An article from South Africa’s Eastern Province Herald (October 1975) described two experiments in which people from various socio-economic milieus were asked to stop watching television. In one experiment, several families volunteered to turn off their TV’s for just one month. The poorest family gave in after one week, and the others suffered from depression, saying they felt as though they had “lost a friend.” In the other experiment, 182 West Germans agreed to kick their television viewing habit for a year, with the added bonus of payment. None could resist the urge longer than six months, and over time all of the participants showed the symptoms of opiate withdrawal: increased anxiety, frustration, and depression.

    The signs of addiction are all around us. The average American watches over four hours of television every day, and 49% of those continue to watch despite admitting to doing it excessively. These are the classic indicators of an addict in denial: addicts know they’re doing harm to themselves, but continue to use the drug regardless.

    First of all, when you’re watching television the higher brain regions (like the midbrain and the neo-cortex) are shut down, and most activity shifts to the lower brain regions (like the limbic system). The neurological processes that take place in these regions cannot accurately be called “cognitive.” The lower or reptile brain simply stands poised to react to the environment using deeply embedded “fight or flight” response programs. Moreover, these lower brain regions cannot distinguish reality from fabricated images (a job performed by the neo-cortex), so they react to television content as though it were real, releasing appropriate hormones and so on. Studies have proven that, in the long run, too much activity in the lower brain leads to atrophy in the higher brain regions.

    Taking this into account, television is like a double edged sword: not only does it cause the endocrine system to release the body’s natural opiates (endorphins), but it also concentrates neurological activity in the lower brain regions where we are motivated by nothing but the pursuit of pleasure. Television produces highly functional, mobile “bio-survival robots.”

    Herbert Krugman’s research proved that watching television numbs the left brain and leaves the right brain to perform all cognitive duties. This has some harrowing implications for the effects of television on brain development and health. For one, the left hemisphere is the critical region for organizing, analyzing, and judging incoming data. The right brain treats incoming data uncritically, and it does not decode or divide information into its component parts.

    The right brain processes information in wholes, leading to emotional rather than intelligent responses. We cannot rationally attend to the content presented on television because that part of our brain is not in operation. It is therefore unsurprising that people rarely comprehend what they see on television, as was shown by a study conducted by researcher Jacob Jacoby. Jacoby found that, out of 2,700 people tested, 90% misunderstood what they watched on television only minutes before. As yet there is no explanation as to why we switch to the right brain while viewing television, but we do know this phenomenon is immune to content.

    For a brain to comprehend and communicate complex meaning, it must be in a state of “chaotic disequilibrium.” This means that there must be a dynamic flow of communication between all of the regions of the brain, which facilitates the comprehension of higher levels of order (breaking conceptual thresholds), and leads to the formation of complex ideas. High levels of chaotic brain activity are present during challenging tasks like reading, writing, and working mathematical equations in your head. They are not present while watching TV. Levels of brain activity are measured by an electroencenograph (EEG) machine. While watching television, the brain appears to slow to a halt, registering low alpha wave readings on the EEG. This is caused by the radiant light produced by cathode ray technology within the television set. Even if you’re reading text on a television screen the brain registers low levels of activity. Once again, regardless of the content being presented, television essentially turns off your nervous system.

    Television has also spawned a “culture of fear” in the U.S. and beyond, with its focus on the limbic brain-friendly sensationalism of violent programming. Studies have shown that people of all generations greatly overestimate the threat of violence in real life. This is no shock because their brains cannot discern reality from fiction while watching TV.

    Television is bad for your body as well. Obesity, sleep deprivation, and stunted sensory development are all common among television addicts.

    So I hope we’ve firmly established that television is an addictive drug, one that is no better than opium, heroin, or any other opiate. Television is just as (and possibly even more) harmful to the body-brain as every other drug. But there’s one big difference. All other drugs apparently pose a threat to the established social order. Television, however, is a drug that is actually essential to maintaining the social infrastructure. Why? Because it brainwashes consumers to throw money at the gaping void of their meaningless, terror-filled lives. And by brainwashed, I mean they’ve been hypnotized using very subtle and established techniques which, when coupled with television’s natural effects on brain waves, make for the most ambitious psychological engineering ruse ever concocted.

    Psychophysiologist Thomas Mulholland found that after just 30 seconds of watching television the brain begins to produce alpha waves, which indicates torpid (almost comatose) rates of activity. Alpha brain waves are associated with unfocused, overly receptive states of consciousness. A high frequency alpha waves does not occur normally when the eyes are open. In fact, Mulholland’s research implies that watching television is neurologically analogous to staring at a blank wall.

    I should note that the goal of hypnotists is to induce slow brain wave states. Alpha waves are present during the “light hypnotic” state used by hypno-therapists for suggestion therapy.

    Krugman, Herbert E. “Brain wave Measures of Media Involvement,” Journal of Advertising Research 11.1 (1971): 3-9. Krugman later became manager of public opinion research at General Electric.

    For more on brain state changes occasioned by watching television, see: Emery, Merrelyn, The Social and Neurophysiological Effects of Television and their Implications for Marketing Practice. Doctoral dissertation. Australian National University. Canberra, 1985; Nelson, Joyce, The Perfect Machine (New Society Pub: 1992).

    8th October 2012 at 11:53 am

  35. DECLINE, DECAY, DENIAL, DELUSION, & DESPAIR - FREEDOM BUNKER says:

    […] DECLINE, DECAY, DENIAL, DELUSION, & DESPAIR The majority of Americans seem OK with just waddling through life, accepting the lies and misinformation blasted from the boob tube and their various iGadgets by their owners, gorging themselves to death on Twinkies and Cheetos, paying 15% interest on their $10,000 rolling credit card balance, and growing ever more dependent on the welfare/warfare state to provide and protect them from accepting personal responsibility for their lives. A minority of critical thinking people have chosen to question everything they see and hear being spewed at us by the propagandist mainstream media, the corporate fascist government, and the powerful banking cabal that has an iron grip upon our throats as they choke the life out of the global economy in their never ending desire for more riches and more power. […]

    8th October 2012 at 12:00 pm

  36. Stucky says:

    “We are bombarded day and night by propaganda from mega-corporations to buy their products.” —–Admin

    I know the below pic will be huge. The link is at the bottom.

    It appears there are two types of companies in America; 1) huge and, 2) mom & pop. Middle sized companies, like llpoh’s, are going the way of the dinosaur. So it SEEMS to me, anyway.

    I read somewhere that 90% of ALL media is controlled by less than 10 companies. If you watch TV it seems like there are only about 20-30 commercials … the same old fucking shit over and over and over …. like Progressive and all those gold selling sites.

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    .
    http://i.imgur.com/k0pv0.jpg

    8th October 2012 at 12:03 pm

  37. Stucky says:

    I’m SORRY folks. I had no idea it would be that huge. (That’s what Ms. Freud said the first time she …., nevermind).

    8th October 2012 at 12:05 pm

  38. Pirate Jo says:

    “If you watch TV, it has an influence on you.Believe it or don’t believe it.”

    How does that refute what I said? Your sentence starts with “If you watch TV,” – well the damn thing doesn’t turn on by itself! I don’t watch TV either – and that is my CHOICE, just like the decision to zone out in front of it every night and believe everything they hear on it is the choice other people make.

    The comment about banning books was true – it isn’t about banning books, it’s about nobody wanting to read them. These are individual choices, and the fact that our society is full of the people Admin is writing about just reveals the cumulative effect of all those individual choices. The conspiracy stuff is just silly. Yes, there is a small group of powerful, wealthy people. You know what they did? Looked around and saw themselves surrounded by all these stupid, gullible people with no self-discipline and said, ‘It is going to be so easy to make money off these morons!’

    8th October 2012 at 12:10 pm

  39. KaD says:

    Yeah, I was trying to post and the site went down. Now I know why. Stucky broke it!

    8th October 2012 at 12:10 pm

  40. Jan says:

    Hey there,
    With your permission, I would love to reprint some of your articles (one at a time).
    I publish a new mag on the Apple Newsstand to its 100+ million iPad users.
    Wiser Now takes a serious look at relationship–spirit, self, family, animals, money, media, politics, etc.
    A couple of Davos’ articles appear in the October and November issues, as psychopathy is one of the issues I focus on.
    Thanks for the great work you’re doing.
    Onward.
    Best,
    Jan Holloway
    Editor, Wiser Now
    Publisher, Saxony Hill Press
    PO Box 1076
    5800 SR 26 | 2nd Floor
    Dubois, Wyoming 82513
    307.455.3546

    8th October 2012 at 12:11 pm

  41. sangell says:

    Despite Michelle Obama’s efforts to improve American’s diet the government may know that it is best that the dull and stupid be crushed by their own weight.

    Medicare costs, on average, $11,000 per year to provide, Nursing home care $6,000 per month minimum. Alzheimer care far more. Social Security $1500/month or so for 15 or 20 years. We all know the benefits promised the people in their ‘golden years’ cannot be paid for so, instead of damning the 300lbs plus citizen let us celebrate them as true patriots willing to give their lives in the cause of national solvency.

    What does it cost to keep a person on baconators, meatball subs and Big Gulps as compared to expensive pharmaceuticals and biologics? Let’s not forget that the obese patriot will have used their own resources to reach sufficient girth and weight to qualify for government financed therapy.
    Giving these people a Federally funded personal mobility device is a simply a cheap reward in recognition of their self sacrifice.

    8th October 2012 at 12:13 pm

  42. intj_4_Truth says:

    Mind control is real – the American people have been subjected to it for decades, if not centuries. The ability for a small group of people to control a much larger group – crowd control – is as old as civilization.

    It was the greatest trick of the devil to make people think he didn’t exist – it was the greatest trick of the propagandists to make the people think they were informed, in charge and valued.

    If we are a Nation of overweight, entitled, inattentive and incurious people it is because that is what the small group of elites want.

    8th October 2012 at 12:13 pm

  43. Stucky says:

    “HFCS is perfectly acceptable in sane quantities.” ——- ThePessimisticChemist

    Sure.

    The FDA also says benzene is perfectly acceptable in sane quantities. Benzene … the stuff used in rubber, lubricants, dyes, detergents, and pesticides ….. the stuff produced by combustion of crude oil and gasoline. Yippeeee!!

    To each their own. As for me and my loved ones, we will never voluntarily and knowingly consume this shit, no matter how small the quantity.

    8th October 2012 at 12:19 pm

  44. Danger Man says:

    I was saying the same thing 30 years ago. Nothing will change, it will only get worse.

    8th October 2012 at 12:21 pm

  45. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    “As for me and my loved ones, we will never voluntarily and knowingly consume this shit, no matter how small the quantity.”

    Thats your right, and I love you for it.

    PS: For a laugh, send out your most common carbohydrate sources for pesticide/herbicide testing sometime.

    8th October 2012 at 12:25 pm

  46. Bill_in_LosAlamos says:

    I can totally commiserate, Jim. It’s even worse when you go live overseas for any reasonable length of time in a half-way developed country that is orderly, respects property rights, and wants to do the things, without instant gratification or expediency, that at one time, genuinely made America great.

    My thinking on this has evolved from “what’da we gotta do to change this shit?” to one of “fuck it!”….”how do I personally escape these fools?” because in the modern age, it won’t be like Rome, or even the British Empire, some long drawn-out repetitious decay process as the compressive concrete slowly fractures under pressure. The US Empire functions in “tension” and failure is sudden & complete.

    8th October 2012 at 12:40 pm

  47. Anonymous says:

    Pirate Jo

    I wasn’t really trying to refute everything you said. Not at all. But you wrote:

    .” I don’t buy the “corporations brainwashed us” schtick. Every type of television show and advertising simply gives people what they want, and they want junk food. We belong to a stupid and self-delusional species. Sorry, it sucks, but there it is. You only get brainwashed if you allow yourself to be, or if you want to be”.

    and

    : “What a convenient way to blame others for an individual’s choice not to think.”

    Many people do turn on the TV set, including all the folks who were posting here the other day on Jim’s Revolution post. I don’t think most of them want to be braiwashed. They are seeking entertainment..or perhaps news.

    But they do get bombarded with suggestions that they don’t even notice consciously. I don’t like the term brainwashing, but essentially that’s what’s happening.

    So is that brainwashing then accidental? No, I don’t think so. Do the people who own the networks understand what they’re doing? Yes.

    Do giant corporations that sell hundreds of products made out of corn syrup know what’s going on? yes.

    So, to me, that does constitute a conspiracy…..between people who want to sell evil shit, and people who want to profit from mass advertising. The same people want to influence how we vote.

    They own the FSA….but they also influence a lot of people who consider themselves above that level. Just sayin’

    I’m shutting up now. I didn’t meant to annoy you or offend you. I’m glad you don’t watch TV.

    8th October 2012 at 12:42 pm

  48. AWD says:

    “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude”

    Already here. We are a nation of drug addicts. Food is a drug, and being obese is drug addiction; opiates released from stuffing yourself, fatty foods have same effect as cocaine, endocannibinoids (weed) from fat cells. As addicts, obese and overweight people are in denial, the hallmark of all addictions. And, all addicts need an enabler. SNAP, Welfare, Disability, government dependance.

    Then there’s the actual drugs, legal and illegal. Most of the 47% dependent on the government are on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, or pain meds, usually all three. They are stoned, and many of the FSA take illegal drugs. It’s funny, because meth, marijuana, heroin, etc. are illegal, but when you do a drug test on the FSA, more than half have illegal drugs in their system that in no way preclude them from receiving their benefits. The government turns a blind eye, they don’t want to know (enablers).

    The government enables obesity, laziness, marriage out of wedlock, graft, fraud, because people can get away with it. They can get away with weighing 400lbs, because somebody else is responsible for the consequences, not the individual. SSDI, Medicare and Medicaid have managed to enable/remove all personal responsibility from the population; they enable people to smoke, become obese, destroy their health and become unemployable, because they pay. The welfare/socialist/communist state that is now the U.S.A. will collapse, personal responsibility will be violently thrust back on the individual, who will, like any drug addict when they go “cold turkey”, will revolt, become violent, and go through withdrawals. It won’t be pretty.

    “How did this happen? That in less than one generation we went from fierce self-sufficiency (even when doing so was painful) to blood-sucking leeches?”

    Baby Boomers; see “BOOMERS – PARASITES ON THE ASS OF AMERICA” post. Once you destroy all morals, ethics, values, and spirit, there is nothing left; no personal responsibility, no right and wrong, “anything goes and nothing matters”. There is no going back.

    Which leads me to my last point. The article above blames external sources for the behavior of Americans. The reason people are lazy, obese, and government dependent is because they do not have to take personal responsibility for themselves. You cannot blame schools, fast food, corporations, the ruling elite and banksters for people being obese, lazy, destroying their health, going into massive debt and living off the government. People do it to themselves, nobody forces them to eat, take drugs, run up credit cards. Every drug addict, every American, has to take personal responsibility for themselves. Blaming everyone else is just another symptom of denial. Americans won’t be “cured” until the whole country and economy collapses. The government will never stop enabling the destructive behavior of the individual.

    On a positive note, there does seem to be more awareness. I used to feel like an outcast, preaching about these problems, and getting ridiculed. Not so much anymore, when South Park covers the topic, it’s getting close to raising awareness. Obesity has to be treated like smoking, that it’s “not okay” anymore, but good luck transferring food addicted people back to personal responsibility and moderation. Will probably never happen; but the coming collapse will cure the obesity problem.

    8th October 2012 at 12:44 pm

  49. Eddie says:

    Obviously that was me again.

    (Eddie, taking responsibility for poor commenting technique)

    8th October 2012 at 12:45 pm

  50. Ron says:

    I remember my grampa telling me how the nazis got rid of all the people they didnt deem acceptable.No mental hospitals,gay folk. Kind of reminded me of your article.
    Anouther article that just shows that people are responsible for theyre own actions.
    Your just a bit hung up on fat people.So what are you wanting?reducation camps?What the fck,you want them to get electroshock or what?Sterilize them?
    I do find it sad when fat folk with fat kids load up theyre grocery cart with crap.I also notice the large amount of soda pop people buy.But hey its still a kind of free world.

    8th October 2012 at 12:48 pm

  51. The 5 D’s says:

    […] DECLINE, DECAY, DENIAL, DELUSION, & DESPAIR […]

    8th October 2012 at 12:55 pm

  52. Stucky says:

    “Yeah, I was trying to post and the site went down. Now I know why. Stucky broke it!” — KaD

    Could be, but I doubt it.

    It took me about 5 tries to even log on —- kept getting “Error establishing database connections”. Then when I was finally able to log on, I had to “submit comment” several times.

    I then decided to “clean up” my PC. I ran my “cleaner” programs. Went to “add/delete” programs and got rid of a bunch of shit. And then rebooted. My ‘puter runs nice and fast now … but, I’m still getting “errors” and getting booted off.

    Anyone else?

    8th October 2012 at 1:05 pm

  53. AWD says:

    The criminals in Washington have managed to enslave 47% of the population in “state dependance”, thus freeing them from having to be gainfully employed, married, sober, normal weight, pay taxes, or be responsible for their own actions or behaviors. “Your life is a crime, you live just to sleep and eat”.

    You cannot buck human nature, evolution, and instinct, however. Humans are hard-wired, instinctively, to work, to produce, to build shelter for themselves, to protect themselves, to survive. The government has tried to remove instinct, to dehumanize the population, by making them dependent. The pathology generated by government dependance, drug addiction, sloth, gluttony, greed, pride, destruction of the family, poverty, is inhuman, and so we descend into inhumanity: decline, decay, delusion, and despair.

    The 47%: Domesticated humans

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    In order to live on this street
    You suck from the government teat
    You’re lower than slime
    Your life is a crime
    You live just to sleep and to eat

    8th October 2012 at 1:05 pm

  54. [FUNNY] Jack Welch Tweets Conspiracy Theory - Page 2 - TL - 14429 says:

    […] […]

    8th October 2012 at 1:07 pm

  55. AWD says:

    Meet the world’s biggest government enabler:

    ObamaMoney.Gif

    “I jacked up that government spending, 30% increase in Welfare spending, almost 50 million on SNAP, 8 million more on disability. I’ve domesticated more humans than any other leader in history, and it only cost $6 trillion in debt”

    8th October 2012 at 1:10 pm

  56. harmony says:

    Every single one of us has responsibility for ourselves to make choices in what we eat and how much exercise we get. Exercise is free!!

    I do understand it is NOT our choice what is being done with our food and water supply. We have to do the best we can to ban together and fight it!

    8th October 2012 at 1:13 pm

  57. AWD says:

    Cows used to be independent and free-range
    Horses used to be independent and free-range
    Pigs used to be independent and free-range
    Humans used to be independent and free-range.

    How they’re domesticated, just like cows, horses and pigs.

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    8th October 2012 at 1:17 pm

  58. Stucky says:

    “Thats your right, and I love you for it. PS: For a laugh, send out your most common carbohydrate sources for pesticide/herbicide testing sometime.” —- TPC

    I love you too, and your posts. Really. I wasn’t trying to “slam” you.

    I fully understand that even the veggies I bought at the farmers market this past Saturday may very well be contaminated …. even if the farmer claims they are “organic”. Our soil is contaminated, and our air, and our water. It is very likely I am consuming benzene, in spite of my best efforts to avoid that and other chemicals. It appears hopeless at times to try to stay “pure” in this Chemical Planet.

    All I can do is take every possible step to reduce the risk whenever and wherever possible…. and hope for the best.

    8th October 2012 at 1:19 pm

  59. 711 says:

    Well said. Readers should familiarize themselves with MK Ultra project (still very much operational). Plenty of survivor stories from Cathy O’brien, Cisco Wheeler and Brice Taylor to name some. Good accounts on how deep the rabbit hole goes.

    8th October 2012 at 1:19 pm

  60. Mick says:

    Excellent as usual Mr. Quinn. The last act is in progress, as the Alphas have installed an ineligible Usurper as President (Obama was born British, of a British subject father, is likely British to this day, and is not a natural born Citizen). We are now ruled by a foreigner, not a brother, and that it against the law of god and nature.

    “thou shalt surely set him king over thee, whom Jehovah thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee; thou mayest not put a foreigner over thee, who is not thy brother.” — Deuteronomy 17:15

    I fear for mty children, and have to constantly deprogram the nonsense taught them in school— like “the US is a Federal Democratic Republic” (No, it’s a Constitutional Republic), and “the Government does many great things for the people” (If anyone says they are from the government and here to help– RUN!!). They know the score, but I fear they do not have the skills to manage the coming collapse, and whether I even have the know how to teach them.

    There is no law and no Constitution when the POTUS is illegitimate. The 1st American experiment is already over, and now we are managed by “interim managers” who iare stealing everything they can before the ultimate Kaboom. Our sovereignty is now gone with the defunct Constitution, so we have no say, until we the people are uncomfortable enough to rise up. However, rather than rise up agaianst the Oligarchs, I fear we will turn on ourselves. It appears that we have borne the curse of living in “interesting times”.

    8th October 2012 at 1:22 pm

  61. AWD says:

    What happens when evolution ends, and domestication begins

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    Humans ‘to split into two species’

    Social division might split humans into two sub-species 10 years from now – just as HG Wells predicted.

    The higher species be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent and creative while the ‘underclass’ humans will be dim-witted, ugly, obese squat goblin-like creatures, according to a study. (the government is breeding this class, 100 million breeders on welfare).

    The forecast has been made by evolution expert Dr Oliver Curry who spent two months predicting the ascent and descent of Man over the next 100 millennia.

    Novelist HG Wells forecast a similarly gloomy outcome for humanity in his novel The Time Machine. He envisaged a race of frail privileged beings, the Eloi, who live above ground in a futuristic ruined city. They are prey to the cannibalistic ape-like Morlocks who toil underground and whose ancestors are the downtrodden obese government-dependent slaves of today.

    8th October 2012 at 1:24 pm

  62. Stucky says:

    To television watchers ….. when you watch a TV show, do you ever ask yourselves which of the two scenarios apply? Let’s use Cable News as the example.

    1) I am watching Cable News …. which has Big Biz Commercials to pay for it.

    2) I am watching Big Biz Commercials …………… and they throw in Cable News to keep you hooked on their drug.

    .
    Those with Wisdom understand that #2 is the truth. TV is nothing more than one big fucking commercial used to program and indoctrinate you to become a Happy Brain-dead Consumer.

    8th October 2012 at 1:30 pm

  63. John Q. Parvenu says:

    Trust your eyes brother…What the AmeriCommoners (aka “We the People”) want is to be coddled and mollified….

    Now ecouter et repeter….

    We wanna our Rag-On-A-Pole and our Hick-On-A-Stick;;

    Our Supersize fries and our Daily Show schtick;

    A Boot we can lick — some ass we can kick;

    So listen up Slick and don’t be a Dick…:)

    Cheers,

    JQP

    http://ericpetersautos.com/2012/05/07/deathstar-america-and-the-endgame-of-empire/

    8th October 2012 at 1:30 pm

  64. Stucky says:

    “The higher species be TALL, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent and creative ..” —AWD

    .
    Thank you! You could have just said, ““The higher species be like Stucky.”. Same thing. lol

    8th October 2012 at 1:34 pm

  65. AWD says:

    “Thank you! You could have just said, ““The higher species be like Stucky.”. Same thing. lol”

    I also could have just said “they all have moobs”

    I agree with you; commercials are evil. I don’t watch commercials, ever. I try to watch only channels without commercials. If I’m watching a show with commercials, I always have a “back up” show, like TCM or some other non-commercial show, that I immediately flip to when the commercials start. They totally screw with your mind. They make people believe they will be loved if they buy a product, especially food. Just notice sometime how often advertisers use words like “love” “caring” “comfort” in their commercials. They have Phd’s in psychology making commercials for the maximum “fuck with your mind” effect, and they work great on boobus Americanus.

    8th October 2012 at 1:48 pm

  66. John Q. Parvenu says:

    To Stucky:

    Change TALL to SMALL — i.e., the higher species be like me.

    Tall people hog resources.:)

    8th October 2012 at 1:49 pm

  67. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    “I love you too, and your posts. Really. I wasn’t trying to “slam” you.

    I fully understand that even the veggies I bought at the farmers market this past Saturday may very well be contaminated …. even if the farmer claims they are “organic”. Our soil is contaminated, and our air, and our water. It is very likely I am consuming benzene, in spite of my best efforts to avoid that and other chemicals. It appears hopeless at times to try to stay “pure” in this Chemical Planet.

    All I can do is take every possible step to reduce the risk whenever and wherever possible…. and hope for the best.”

    I took no offense, the fight over HFCS is a pretty big one, and the main reason I am a fence straddler is because BOTH sides show ridiculously heavy bias in their damned research.

    As for the rest of our foods, there are pretty good guides out there for which veggies/fruits are fairly safe, and which ones you need to buy organic.

    “To television watchers ….. when you watch a TV show, do you ever ask yourselves which of the two scenarios apply?”

    None of the above, I watch things on Netflix and thats about it. There are two shows I watch each year that are an hour long each, one of those is on HBO and so no commercials. The other is on Syfy and I grade papers or read a book during the commercials.

    8th October 2012 at 1:51 pm

  68. AWD says:

    Humans ‘to split into two species’

    #1: boobus Americanus
    #2: Shitus Throwingicus Ape, aka “they didn’t drink the kool aid, and took the red pill”

    8th October 2012 at 1:52 pm

  69. Stucky says:

    “I despair for my country that has chosen to eat, amuse and borrow itself to death. But my despair is deepest for my children and their future.” —– Admin’s article

    That’s exactly how I felt by the time I got to Admin’s comment. Despair. A “holy-shit-we’re-fucked’ feeling. (Which, of course, has been standard fare for quite some time.)

    And because of my beloved Ms. Freud, it reminded me of the 5 stages of grief. Thinking of how that applies to politics today.

    .
    1) Denial. — Let’s give that to the Democrats, especially Obama, the great Denier In Chief, who did nothing wrong despite the facts indicating otherwise. Just give him four more years, thank you very much.

    2) Anger — Let’s give that to Republicans, especially Romney, the great Angry Man who will make everything better. Just trust him, and please … try to ignore the facts indicating otherwise.

    3) Bargaining — Let’s give that to Congress, regardless of political affiliation. Both parties bargain AGAINST us, and FOR the kleptocracy.

    4) Depression — let’s give that to TPBers. A small band of true Patriots who understand how fucked we are.

    5) Acceptance — let’s give that to two groups; 1) sheeple, and 2) the Free Shit Army. They don’t give a fuck because everything is just peachy keen.

    8th October 2012 at 2:00 pm

  70. Stucky says:

    AWD

    I am PROUD to report that my moobs have shrunk one full cup size since I started my diet program.

    8th October 2012 at 2:04 pm

  71. AWD says:

    evidence of shrunken moobs.

    Notice the hand lotion next to the computer. For use when AWD posts pictures of hot girls.

    redneck_smoke.jpg

    8th October 2012 at 2:13 pm

  72. Administrator says:

    Stuck

    Either the site is getting more visitors than normal or DHS is messing with me. This happens every time I post a new front page article.

    8th October 2012 at 2:24 pm

  73. TRY 8 October 2012 reads | The Yogi Rock says:

    […] Decline, Decay, Denial, Delusion & Despair @ The Burning Platform ”I despair for my country that has chosen to eat, amuse and borrow itself to death. But my despair is deepest for my children and their future. The greed, corruption, myopia, selfishness, and disregard for the well-being of future generations by current and past generations has left a barren and bleak landscape for my children. The Huxley vision of America consuming and amusing itself to death is coming to a painful conclusion, as the limits of a fiat currency and debt based lifestyle become evident. Those in power are preparing the masses for a more Orwellian vision of America when they are forced to pull the plug on the existing paradigm.” […]

    8th October 2012 at 2:37 pm

  74. Big Cat says:

    The problem isn’t corporations making what people want to eat. The problem is people having self-control in how much to eat and the self-discipline to exercise. Coca Cola goes back to before 1900. So do Hershey’s chocolate bars. McDonalds is a post-World War II company. They were all over the place before 1980 and people weren’t as obese then as they are today. The biggest problem in my mind is video games. Kids would rather stay inside and play on their game consoles or their computers or with their iPhones or iPads. Some people say that started with Golden Eye for the N64 in 1997 or maybe it was Doom in 1993 or Wolfenstein 3D in 1992.

    I see a lot more extremely obese young people today than I did in previous decades. I’m 53.

    8th October 2012 at 2:40 pm

  75. JJ3 says:

    Wow, another great article. Thank you so much for taking the time to put something like this together. You make such great points. I’m going to donate $20 to the Burning Platform, I hope everyone else who reads this article does the same. This is the definition of free markets, pay for what you get.

    This site and others like it have inspired me to write lyrics and songs that address the same subject matter and put it into music form. If anyone is interested in listening to “Music for the Movement” then check out my youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/jenklefritz

    From my song Ballistic:
    -Bailing out banks that are too big to fail, while the mass middle class becomes a lost fairytale
    Narrowly avoiding destabilization, economic strength defines civilization.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8mfC1Sm_Aw Jimmy Jeter playing Ballistic

    From my song Nothing at Stake:
    “When bankers are gangsters and lobbyists rule and they buy politicians who just become tools, to the corporate interests and the bubbles they blow, and the government wants you to be too dumb to know…” (Feature vid on youtube channel)

    8th October 2012 at 2:57 pm

  76. As an insatiable consumer, future generations are being conditioned to live beyond their means by buying things they don’t need, with money they don’t have … which will result in an even higher level of debt slavery than exists today! | says:

    […] Decline, Decay, Denial, Delusion, & Despair […]

    8th October 2012 at 3:11 pm

  77. Tmothy Straus says:

    “The question is whether we will stand idly by, fiddling with our gadgets, tweeting about Honey Boo Boo, or will we regain our sense of duty to the future generations of this country.”

    have not commented in a while–but excellent piece Jim, well written. Unfortunately, no matter how powerful the array of forces against rational, independent thought, specifically for those few that have not been totally lobotomized by now, “they” could not exist if they were not pandering to our wants, desires and needs. From a totally misplaced sense of security that allows for an abdication of freedoms to the pablum for the brain dead at the supermarket check out lanes and the continued diving to the depths of painful cultural colonoscopies represented by shows like Honey Boo Boo, it is ultimately the “we” that accepts the role of the Orwellian Prol. The inevitable collapse of the entire edifice of the consumerist, debt riddled, grotesque system will come before the rebirth of a civilization based on freedom, inalienable individual rights and freely elected community.

    For now, the answer is NO, “we” will not regain a sense of duty, “we” will succumb, until the plug is pulled. I will not, however, live such a life. I will revolt. I will not accept. I will not take the blue pill

    8th October 2012 at 3:35 pm

  78. robert says:

    Right the hell on… Deserves to be read far and wide..

    Made me feel sick to my stomach, because even as awake as I am… I still fall for so much shit, even as I know I am falling for all this shit.. .It is maddening…. If I can’t stop myself from partaking in small amounts of my own demise.. How the hell can I expect someone stone cold asleep to wake up and get it???

    Madening.

    Robert

    8th October 2012 at 3:44 pm

  79. Maddie's Mom says:

    AWD,

    What I noticed was the prescription meds.

    8th October 2012 at 3:49 pm

  80. AWD says:

    Admins post has more than 20,000 views on ZH. Some interesting comments.

    “verum quod lies” sayz:

    Keep in mind that the writer of the piece: “Bio:James Quinn is a senior director of strategic planning for a major university.” In short, working as a bureaucrat at a university he must not step outside the bounds of political correctness. Also, we know that outside of the financial industry (and possibly big pharma), the education industry is probably the most intellectually pristine and uncorrupted industry in these here United States. In fact, being in “strategic planning” he must be able to guide his own university through the pitfalls of government largess and corruption by strongly recommending they refuse to deal with the intolerant feds. Therefore, he cannot, for example, state that there is a strong relationship between our decay as a country and importation of the third world, etc., etcetera. I will give him credit for stating that more critical thinking is required, but I will not be holding my breath that he will be doing this at his own university. Words are nice, but deeds would impress me more.

    8th October 2012 at 4:33 pm

  81. Francisco Cavaleiro says:

    I have a portuguese passport, even though I was born in Africa. I read all the authors you mentioned, as well as N. Chomsky, just to mention another author that I reckon is one of the most important thinkers of our days. A friend of mine called my attention to your excellent article which summarizes my way of thinking. I could not agree more with you and have been trying to alert people around me to these state of things you describe so well. Portugal as well as some other countries in Europe are struggling with the same sort of problems and the “troika” imposed solutions can only contribute to a worsening of the situation and we can already see the disruptive effects on our societies. You say that the existing social order will dissolve within the next fifteen years in the USA, but I am afraid we shall be confronted with that problem in a much shorter period of time. I wish I could contribute monetarily to your cause, but in fact I am one of those that due to my age and lack of work, have to live with less than 200 € monthly. I know for a fact that even though I am not totally blameless, I certainly have assumed responsability for my actions and have raised kids who are aware of the catastrophe we are heading to if society in general does not change its behaviour. Nevertheless, I would like to ask your permission to translate your article and post it on my page in FB because I believe it is of a paramount importance. In any case, thanks a lot for a very well written piece and I wish americans in general were as much critical and capable of analysis as you wish them to be. The whole world shoud be so, but America is STILL the most important global driving force, even though I am afraid this will change shortly if no change is made.

    8th October 2012 at 4:36 pm

  82. Stucky says:

    The title of this thread has the word “Despair” …. and that’s why I’m posting this newz.

    The SCOTUS will be deciding this fall whether to make illegal ……… garage sales!!! If so, get ready for Gestapo SWAT breaking down your door for trying to sell your granny’s rocking chair.

    .
    http://www.silverdoctors.com/totalitarianism-your-right-to-resell-your-own-stuff-is-in-peril/

    8th October 2012 at 4:41 pm

  83. Stucky says:

    “Nevertheless, I would like to ask your permission to translate your article and post it on my page in FB …” ——— Francisco Cavaleiro

    Requests to “reprint” have been made to Admin before. His response is ALWAYS … “go ahead!!”.

    But I really want to say “excellent post”! I’m sure many of us would like to see you post here more often. It is WONDERFUL to hear perspectives from overseas folks.

    8th October 2012 at 4:55 pm

  84. GoAheadEnvyMe says:

    YOU AND YOUR FATASS. YEA I CALLED YA FAT. LOOK AT ME. I LOOK SO GOOD NAKED THE SHOWER HAS AN ORGASM…THE VERY THOUGHT OF ALL YOU LARDASSES “BUMPIN UGLIES” (UGH) MAKES ME SICK!!!!

    Allstate: Obese hurting fuel efficiency
    1 billion gallons of gasoline lost due to weight gain of motorists

    By Becky Yerak
    Tribune reporter
    October 8, 2012

    And you thought gas-guzzling SUVs were to blame for poor fuel efficiency. Green-minded consumers might consider shedding a few pounds if they want to save the planet.

    Allstate Corp.’s The Allstate Blog says obese Americans are hurting the fuel efficiency of vehicles, contributing to more than 1 billion gallons of fuel wasted each year.

    The Northbrook-based home and auto insurer teamed with Cars.com to document the struggle between fuel efficiency and passenger weight. Between 1960 and 2002, 1 billion gallons of gasoline could be attributed to the weight gain of motorists in passenger vehicles, said The Allstate Blog, which, along with All Blue Blog, write about developments at the company. Allstate and Cars.com cited a 2010 article by Consumer Reports for the extra gas needed. That translated, however, to less than 1 percent of the total fuel used by passenger vehicles annually.

    But more gas is likely to get guzzled as people are getting heavier. Currently, more than a third of adults are obese, but the obesity rate is expected to reach 44 percent by 2030, according to a study last month by the Trust for America’s Health & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Meanwhile, the federal government is pushing automakers for greater fuel efficiency, point out Allstate and Cars.com. In July 2011, the Obama administration said major automakers will boost the fuel economy of cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025 to 54.5 miles a gallon. The government said it expects automakers to achieve that by “the use of advanced technologies.”

    “Americans keep gaining weight, and cars are losing it,” the Allstate blog said. “It’s a seesaw battle that’s making it difficult to realize the gains expected by a big push for lighter, more fuel-efficient cars.”

    According to the U.S. Energy Department, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2 percent.

    The airline industry has already documented how the overweight are adding to its expenses. In 2000, the airline industry said it used 350 million more gallons of fuel than it did in 1990 just to haul the additional weight Americans gained during the decade, Centers for Disease Control researchers say

    8th October 2012 at 5:02 pm

  85. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    I’m not sure whether to thumb up or thumbs down AWD’s copy/paste comment from Admin’s ZH “fans.”

    On the one hand, the moron couldn’t be further off.

    On the other, the comment is idiotic that it ventures into comedy.

    Decisions decisions….

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    8th October 2012 at 5:04 pm

  86. Be Prepared says:

    Jim, you and I must have been in Wildwood at the same time recently because just last week I was there….. I was left feeling the same way because it reeked of gangrene, a disease, in this case, that is rotting out the mind, spirit and soul of the American people. I drive the same roads you do…. this morning I was driving down Lancaster towards downtown and was treated to yet again another display of our collapsing and unsustainable way of life.

    There’s a part of me that wants to believe that my fellow citizens, and I say that loosely, have stopped thinking because the tidal wave of reality that goes with posing real questions is too painful to bear as the answers are overwhelmingly difficult. In the avoidance, they have become insouciant. The truth for me, though, is that they have been systematically blinded and have bought into the idea that the system is more important than individual freedom and accountability. Nothing is ever their problem and it always someone else’s fault.

    The hardest part is knowing that TPTB will grind all of the awaken against the millstone because they can and will attempt to bring us to our knees to ensure the new future is theirs as well…. The good news… we are all still above ground! :-)

    8th October 2012 at 5:05 pm

  87. KaD says:

    “James Quinn is a senior director of strategic planning for a major university.” In short, working as a bureaucrat at a university he must not step outside the bounds of political correctness”

    If that was even remotely true I think they’d have shit canned him a LONG time ago.

    8th October 2012 at 5:14 pm

  88. Stucky says:

    “According to the U.S. Energy Department, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2 percent.” ——– GoAheadEnvyMe

    The Fatties buy 500 pounds of food per outing ….. so, there’s another 10% savings.

    8th October 2012 at 5:16 pm

  89. efarmer says:

    It all boils down to this simple fact:

    Over half the population of the USA is just plain fucking stupid and lazy.

    There, that wasn’t hard.

    EF

    8th October 2012 at 5:42 pm

  90. RJ OGuillory says:

    The Illusion

    America shimmers, losing shape,
    lost souls, the weakest generation.
    Democracy stumbles, people awaken,
    trouble on America’s plantation.

    America stands strong and free,
    a land of life and liberty?
    Indentured servants, ever on,
    from sea to shining sea.

    Laws for this, laws for that,
    control of the air you breathe.
    Nanny State, exploding prisons,
    Stalinist tits, on which we teethe.

    House and Senate, bought and sold,
    mortgaged by corporate donations.
    Court Supremes, selling their soul,
    torture’s cool, but do it in other nations.

    Traitors act, as though elected,
    a free and fair republic?
    Lying thieves, electronic frauds,
    in office to cheat the public.

    Bankers steal, Pelosi jets,
    stimulating this and that.
    Leadership so corrupt, so brutal,
    little need to trim the fat.

    China profits, Brazil prospers,
    around us the world grows.
    Bush and Clinton, hold their power,
    JFK? Oh, no one knows?

    It’s falling apart, not so funny,
    at least I’m close to passing.
    Before the riots, the martial law,
    before Obama starts the gassing.

    Long before the troops deploy,
    during all the eff’d confusion.
    Lucky enough, simply to know,
    our lives were just an illusion.

    RJ O’Guillory
    Author-
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

    8th October 2012 at 5:46 pm

  91. RJ OGuillory says:

    America The Prostrate

    In a simplistic sort of way,
    across a desert lit by the moon.
    America lay prostrate,
    lulled by prosperity’s tune.

    Beautiful thing in a world gone mad,
    everyone knows the lies being spoke.
    They spill from the mouths of bankrupt souls,
    leaderless people, morally broke.

    The globe spins on, a compact disc,
    television soothes the planet.
    Hard drives quietly think away,
    politicians run the gamut.

    Prostrate pricks, sucking away,
    at America’s aging tit.
    Pay up now, or go to jail,
    they care less, how you take the hit.

    They act as if it will never end,
    The Nazis felt much the same.
    Fortify your home, your town,
    these criminals have no real shame.

    The knock on the door will surely come,
    midnight terror of the state.
    Theft, lies, fraud and deceit,
    social incubators of pure hate.

    Hang from a rope, they surely will,
    These prophets of civic duty.
    After the riots, the death, the trials,
    Before these pirates split the booty.

    RJ O’Guillory
    Author-
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

    8th October 2012 at 5:51 pm

  92. Stucky says:

    Jim’s article is featured on blacklistednews. I like this comment by someone named, ectoendomezo;

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

    THIS GUY IS CAN SHARE MY…DITCH…SANDBAG…AMMO…MEDS (OH..AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES TOO..) FUEL AND…WELL…SHEEIT..ALL OF IT…THIS GUY HAS SEEN THE WRITING ON THE WALL.

    I JUST HAD TO SAY IT….AGAIN….WHAT A TRULY….BRILLIANT ARTICLE THIS REALLY IS.

    THIS IS THE “ONE” TO PRINT AND MAKE COPIES OF.

    GOOD….SOLID…COPIES.

    THAT CAN BE PASSED AROUND AND ARE NOT ALL BLED OUT AND FUNKY.

    THIS IS….IS…THAT ARTICLE.

    ITS GOT IT ALL.

    TELLS IT ALL.

    SHOWS HOW ITS ALL GOING DOWN.

    OF COURSE THE USUAL MISSING ELEMENTS..COUNTER MEASURES…BUT IT ISN’T ABOUT THAT…AND ALSO ILLUSTRATES WITH CRYSTAL CLARITY “WHY IT IS” THAT AMERICANS HAVE BASICALLY “DEVOLVED” TO A POINT WHERE ITS “DONE” ANYWAY….OVER…KAPUT! EMPTY! COOKED! DONE!

    BRILLIANT.

    THANKS BLACK LISTED NEWS.

    8th October 2012 at 5:52 pm

  93. RJ OGuillory says:

    Boomer

    A winter wind upon us,
    crystal, chilled silk bones.
    Lust no lonely orphan,
    in manufacture of our groans.

    Joys of youth, sands of time,
    pass slowly through the crack.
    Aged genie, trapped in a bottle,
    life’s set, fades gently to black.

    Material gain, material loss,
    get George Foreman’s grills.
    Magnetized cards, late night orders,
    storage lockers, filled to the gills.

    Broken families, raised by a village,
    perhaps battered by a spouse.
    Credit floats the whole generation,
    everything riding on the house.

    From the bottom of the barrel,
    looking up, from where one lay.
    Rot dreams of glorious youth,
    the price we were forced to pay.

    The barrel may be home or den,
    Hell takes any kind of shape.
    Looking up, from the bottom,
    it still feels mostly like a rape.

    Everyone may think us done,
    America remains, just a rumor.
    Who pulled down those towers,
    you’re nothing but a Boomer.

    RJ O’Guillory
    Author-
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

    8th October 2012 at 5:53 pm

  94. SSS says:

    I always arrive late to these comment threads on new articles. Great job, Admin. Excellent writing and enjoyable reading. Might I offer one of your favorite images that depicts where we’re headed.

    thelma.jpg

    And to add to the discussion on watching too much TV, might I suggest that, to cut down on your viewing time, you elect to follow sports teams that absolutely suck. My two favorites are the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns. I tuned in yesterday to watch the Browns play the New York Giants. Cleveland jumped out to a 14-0 lead and before I knew it, the Giants started to blow them out of the stadium. Snapped off the TV before halftime, and saved at least 2 hours of additional viewing time. Try it. It works.

    8th October 2012 at 5:55 pm

  95. Sec9Dep17 says:

    I suggest to send them into space
    http://www.section9department17.com/1/post/2012/10/spacex-crs-1-launch.html

    8th October 2012 at 5:59 pm

  96. RJ OGuillory says:

    …we need to convene a National Grand Jury for the next decade or two…investigate, charge and convict the Bush Clan,,,.the Clinton Criminal Couple…….and all the other aid and abusers of the last 40 years…then we need to build a new National Monument at Ground-Zero 911…The National Gallows for American values……..and we need to begin a decade of hanging these people in public..leaving their bodies dangle for abuse from an incensed populace and to be picked apart by the birds….we could even run a National Lottery to help pay off the debt..we could raffle off chances to pull the handle on GHWB, GWB, Dick Cheney…Maddie Albright….Hilary Clinton….we could make a fortune raffling off the chance to hang them one-by-one…Condi Rice…Karl Rove …hang them all for treason…

    Regards,

    RJ O’Guillory
    Author-
    Webster Groves-The Life of an insane Family

    8th October 2012 at 5:59 pm

  97. Stucky says:

    SSS

    Admin saved 648 hours this year by not watching the putrid Phillies. (162 games x 4 hrs per game).

    Result? One helluva productive year.

    Yankees win it all. Again.

    8th October 2012 at 6:01 pm

  98. SteveO says:

    You cannot blame the obese any more. The latest scientific stuff indicates that FRUCTOSE is the key to turning your fat switch on/off. Not only that, your own body may even manufacture fructose from starches. hteeteepee://www.fatswitchbook.com/?i_cid=mk_productPromo_articles_mercola

    Fructose screws with a lot of stuff, getting you into a metabolic condition, where your leptin shuts down (not telling you to stop eating), Uric acid goes up, diabetes, high BP, etc. Fructose (Especially HFCS) and its enzyme fruktokinase is what kills your cells energy and makes it go into this spiral where it demands fat storage.

    So the way around it is to go 100% off of carbs for a time, get yourself sorted out…may take a few months…then you can ween yourself back on small amounts of carbs later. Your fat switch should be turned off and you will melt off the pounds, when your body can signal it’s full again. This is why all the primal diets seem to work well, it reverses the fructose induced metabolic condition, where you get leptin resistant, then insulin resistant, then become a fat storage unit.

    So basically the govt wrecked the population by inducing huge corn harvest and low cost of an artificial sweetener that basically turns Americans into fat storage devices. Problem is that all food suppliers will hate you for educating consumers, turning off the corn subsidies and getting America back into shape. What a sad state we have become!

    8th October 2012 at 6:03 pm

  99. Mary Malone says:

    Sorry to arrive so late to the party, Admin. A very poignant, powerful piece. Funny, sad and scary all at the same time.

    I feel like I’m at an Irish wake.

    8th October 2012 at 6:19 pm

  100. GMoney says:

    Quick Help – Is Jim back writing? I had not checked in in months and see alot of new stuff.

    8th October 2012 at 6:29 pm

  101. Stucky says:

    “So the way around it is to go 100% off of carbs for a time, …. ” —– SteveO

    Nice post. I STRONGLY agree that Carbs are a problem ….. sort of.

    Carbs are the body’s primary energy source, and are a crucial part of any healthy diet. To eliminate them, even for a short time, is foolish. I also believe you fail to distinguish between “good” carbs and “bad” carbs. The major difference being their chemical makeup and what the body does with them

    GOOD carb = Complex carbohydrates, such as, whole grains and legumes. These usually take more time for the body to break down and use which, in turn, provides you with a more even amount of energy to use.

    BAD carb = Simple carbohydrates, such as, sugar, white rice, white bread. These are simple to digest and have no real value to the body … except to turn you into a fatty. KEY point: Fruits and vegetables are also simple carbohydrates — BUT they are drastically different from other simple carbs because the FIBER in fruits and vegetables changes the way that the body processes their sugars …. which slows digestion and makes them a bit more like complex carbohydrates.

    To simplify it even further — stay away from High Glycemic foods. Focus on Low glycemic foods.

    8th October 2012 at 6:29 pm

  102. Stucky says:

    “Quick Help – Is Jim back writing?” ——– GMoney

    I hate to be an asshole — well, not really —— but, ummmm, ummmmm ….. you’re not capable of figuring this out for yourself??

    truth,funny,posters,fun,humor,male-0e0f5445a9c1327cf5c03a18a81e00bf_h.jpg

    8th October 2012 at 6:33 pm

  103. GMoney says:

    No Worries. I just stopped checking in after his tersely-worded finale, and thought that he mentioned he would let admins conglomerate articles..

    8th October 2012 at 6:44 pm

  104. Kill Bill says:

    Carbs are the body’s primary energy source -Stucky

    Yet, when not used they create fat when not burned.

    Look at the daily values listing on the back of packages.

    Do tigers eat white rice, bleached flour, fruits?

    They eat meat and are deadly strong and thin with a high body mass wth plenty of energy.

    8th October 2012 at 7:09 pm

  105. Kill Bill says:

    Salad is rabbit food and gives me the squirts. Good for roughage and not much else.

    8th October 2012 at 7:10 pm

  106. newsjunkie says:

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    8th October 2012 at 7:23 pm

  107. DaveL says:

    I stood behind a 5 foot tall 200+ pound woman at the grocery store today. Definitely a future candidate for a Scooter. Two packages of frozen sausage. A dozen eggs,. Frozen waffles, two cans of whipped cream, and TEN (yes I counted them) fucking large Ghiardelli chocolate bars.

    8th October 2012 at 7:25 pm

  108. Fool on Hill says:

    OK . Good article overall. Thanks.

    I have one quibble and one question.

    Quibble: Even aware people cannot be reasonably expected to save in dollars if their after tax return is under 2% and their real inflation rate (per shadowstats) is over 10%.

    Question: Jim, I agree almost completely with your statement of the problem. I’m sure it is helping to educate those willing to look at things other than TV. For those who are aware, who have detached from the BS media and puppet politics, and are taking care of our health; WTF do you propose we DO about all of this???

    As you imply, the ponzi must ezpand or die, and exponential growth is limited on a finite planet. If the ponzi implodes soon we get anarchy and/or repression. If the ponzi implodes later we have a gulag nation. Do you see a way to avoid these outcomes?

    8th October 2012 at 7:33 pm

  109. llpoh says:

    Thanks, Admin. As always. A lot of good comments.

    For me, although it is politically incorrect, I believe that a great many people are just too stupid to care for themselves in a modern society. The stupid once either died out, or spent their lives doing extremely menial work, and were not very successful at reproducing, as they lacked the ability to copete effectively. Today, a great percentage of the population simply is not capable of deep thought, or even much self-awareness. They succumb to temptation of the flesh, and will merrily eat themselves into oblivion if food is put before them, especially if it is free.

    The following chart correlates IQ with some social and economic data. Please note that it is based on “whites” only, and does not include hispanics or blacks. It shows that people with average and below IQs tend to be a net drain. One alarming figure is that those with low IQs produce low IQ children at a rate far greater than the general population. So, the more we feed and encourage those that are a net drain, the more they reproduce and create an even greater percentage of the population that is a net drain. Over time this will have a significant effect – a greater and greater pecentage of the population will be incapable of value adding.

    And this chart ignores the minority groups, which, in general, have mean IQs below that shown in the charts.

    In sum, there is simply a large proportion of the population that is a net drain, who effectively lack self-awareness, and who will be unemployable in a modern tech driven economy, other than in the most menial of jobs. And given they are receiving welfare, they will most likely be unwilling to work, in any event. They rely on the welfare state, and as a result of the welfare state, their numbers are increasing daily.

    As long as the welfare state exists, the problem will increase, to the point that the whole system collapses.

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    8th October 2012 at 7:53 pm

  110. Yojimbo says:

    Another brilliant article. You’ve outdone yourself, again.

    Kudos.

    8th October 2012 at 7:59 pm

  111. onethirdgone says:

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had to have chemo, and with chemo you have to have steroids. Chemo kills half your red blood cells, and your energy it totally gone. Steroids and no energy = weight gain. I’ve gained 50lbs on chemo and had to ride those chairs. Even after chemo, I am still in recovery and still have to use the chairs to get around in the store. NOT EVERYONE IS LAZY WHO USES THOSE CHAIRS. Some of us have real medical reasons that we have no choice.

    8th October 2012 at 8:06 pm

  112. llpoh says:

    “People with a lower-than-average IQ (between 75 and 90) are more likely to drop out, go to jail and live in poverty. Significantly more, in fact: people in the 75 to 90 range are 88 times likelier to drop out of high school, seven times more likely to go to prison, and five times more likely to live in poverty than those with an IQ over 110.”

    “For each one-point increase in a country’s average IQ, the per capita GDP was $229 higher, and can go up to $468 higher for each additional point”

    “Genetics make up an estimated 40 to 80% of a person’s IQ”

    8th October 2012 at 8:14 pm

  113. Muck About says:

    @Admin: This one is going to break TBPs’ record for number of comments in two or three days! Super post and everyone is going to steal it and pay us back for stealing their stuff!!

    Good going..

    MA

    8th October 2012 at 8:18 pm

  114. Stucky says:

    “WTF do you propose we DO about all of this???” —— Fool on Hill

    It looks like you missed all the posts where Admin DOES provide solutions.

    But why are you wanting Admin to propose solutions? Let’s turn the question around; What do YOU propose we do? That would be fascinating to read.

    Me? I think we’re well past any solutions. Have you seen the two Mimbo’s running for POTUS??

    8th October 2012 at 8:34 pm

  115. Racist Muthafucka says:

    llpoh said “The following chart correlates IQ with some social and economic data. Please note that it is based on “whites” only, and does not include hispanics or blacks.”

    That’s because the IQ chart only goes as low as 75.

    8th October 2012 at 8:37 pm

  116. Administrator says:

    Francisco

    I wish you the best. You have my permission to repost the article anywhere you choose.

    8th October 2012 at 8:44 pm

  117. Jeebus, God's Son says:

    Hey, Racist Muthafucker

    You should know this. I love my black chill’un a heck of a lot more than you white crackas. When I return for The 2nd Coming I will smite you with the rod of iron.

    This is what I look like.
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    8th October 2012 at 8:45 pm

  118. sensetti says:

    Stucky says; I trust you will be able to draw the correct conclusion.

    Well,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,how this

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    8th October 2012 at 9:01 pm

  119. poland/OH/68/RSS says:

    friends; never overestimate the intelligence of American voters. “Hope.” ” Change.” “Yes we can.” idiotic and empty slogans from an empty suit and crowds roared with approval. and they will vote for him AGAIN.
    richard

    8th October 2012 at 9:45 pm

  120. SSS says:

    “NOT EVERYONE IS LAZY WHO USES THOSE CHAIRS. Some of us have real medical reasons that we have no choice.”
    —-onethirdgone

    We realize that, 1/3. It’s the flagrant abuse of a Medicare/Medicaid system intended to help people like you that is so infuriating. That’s the problem. And I wish you all the best results in your breast cancer treatment and continuing recovery. I really do.

    Muck

    Speaking of chemo treatments, I think you started another regimen today if memory serves. I have no idea what you’re going through, but you’ve always struck me as a fighter who can face a lot of adversity and win. And you will win.

    8th October 2012 at 11:02 pm

  121. steve from virginia says:

    The big problem is cars … plus bad food … plus TV.

    A scooter is just a smaller inside-a-building car.

    Cars make people (drivers) fat and mean. Driving is training for battle … Poking and beating a pit bull with a stick is the same kind of training.

    Nothing to do inside a car but stew in frustrated rage, the driver can never go as fast as the car is capable because of the other idiot drivers taking up the driver’s space on the road. Meanwhile, there are plenty of cup-holders and small shelves inside the car for snacks. Nothing to do inside the car but boil with fury while gobbling fast food obtained from the drive-thru.

    Nothing to do inside a car but pay attention every second or die! Nothing kills/maims as fast and brutally as an automobile. Don’t believe me, ask someone who has lost relatives in a car crash. Meanwhile, nothing to do inside an automobile but talk on the phone or send text messages. Driving at 100 mph is a way to stay alert, right? Particularly down the sidewalk or during rush hour … right?

    Automobiles are also great for bankrupting entire countries and regions of the world. Great for gobbling non-renewable resources, too. Once these resources are gone they are gone forever … how long is forever? Try 20 million years. That pesky petroleum will never come back again …

    What is underway in Europe is instructive: conservation by other means. As countries fall into financial ruin they become car-free … just like the US will become car-free … sooner than anyone can possibly imagine.

    Without cars there will be no more fat people. Something to look forward to …

    8th October 2012 at 11:10 pm

  122. SSS says:

    “Without cars there will be no more fat people.”
    —-steve from virginia

    Do you have chart to prove that, Steve? Here on TBP we like to see a chart as an empirical starting point for any hypothesis advanced to the readership. I can point to a TON of anecdotal evidence that fat people existed before cars. King Henry VIII. Every subject painted by Peter Paul Reubens and lots of Italian renaissance painters such as Sandro Boticelli. Shit like that. We need a chart.

    ——-

    Hey Admin,

    Did you see the request by Jan Holloway from Dubois, Wyoming to reprint some of your articles? Butch Cassidy owned a ranch near Dubois around 1890. Population about 960. Used to be great cowboy country. Now supposedly full of writers (such as Jan?), artists, photographers, musicians, and songwriters.

    8th October 2012 at 11:37 pm

  123. JohnMars says:

    Excellent essay. Please follow it up with a) predictions of what things are going to look like in 3,5,10 years, and b) what the hell should we do about it.

    Personally, I’m already buying the gold, and I’m thinking about the ammo and water… :(

    9th October 2012 at 1:08 am

  124. Yojimbo says:

    Congratulations. You made the front page of prisonplanet.com, although it was incorrectly attributed to Washington’s Blog.

    9th October 2012 at 5:34 am

  125. Novista says:

    onethirdgone

    I understand your situation, having lost two wives to such ‘treatment’ and other factors it would take too long to explain. In an article dealing with a large demographic, however, nothing necessarily applies to one individual’s circumstances.

    llpoh

    (paraphrasing) … low IQ a net drain.

    Could be. Then again, thinking of Barofsky’s $23 trillion, how do you explain the Wall St. movers and shakers? From the bio of each I’ve read, good education, and thus into three figures for that metric, yet none would have predicted the outcome of their actions.

    admin

    You done good. Again.

    9th October 2012 at 7:40 am

  126. Administrator says:

    SSS

    I emailed Jan and told him to reprint to his heart’s delight.

    9th October 2012 at 7:54 am

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  128. Eddie says:

    “Do you have chart to prove that, Steve? Here on TBP we like to see a chart as an empirical starting point for any hypothesis advanced to the readership. ”

    I think Steve is probably correct in his observation that the automobile plays a role in keeping Americans fat. I travel a fair amount, and i can tell you that I see far fewer fatties in places where people walk more and rely on public transportation. Yes it’s anecdotal information, but I’m just expressing an opinion, not trying to prove anything.

    In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve seen some pretty shaky hypotheses advanced here accompaniied by a raft of sketchy spreadsheets and highly questionable stats, used to support some obviously fallacious logic. Don’t make me go into specifics. I don’t want to, but I certainly could.

    Most of what I have to say here is my own opinion. I’m interested mostly in looking into the near future, a practice that is notorious for makiing people who do it look like fools. I could prop up my statements with tons of cut and pasted stats from people I don’t know (and whose work i have no faith in), but I’d just prefer to speak my own truth and let the chips fall where they may.

    Getting back to the obesity subject….since yesterday I’ve been thinking about that one. I think I agree with Lipoh…that we are keeping people alive who couldn’t stay alive without a permanent connection to the matrix. Very soon, circumstances may occur that will suddenly unplug all of those people…and i think most of them will die like flies. Frankly it doesn’t bother me that much. They are walking dead anyway.

    I’m lucky (I guess) to live in a town full of fitness junkies. I went for a run yesterday around the lake, and the trail was jammed with folks running, walking and biking. Most of them were younger than me, but there were plenty of Boomers among the crowd. If I want to see lardass zombies, I have to go to Walmart on the first of the month after SSDI checks get mailed.

    I’m worried about what will happen though, to the healthy people, if we have a “collapse event” and the grocery stores empty out. There is a strong farm to table movement going on here, but it isn’t anything like adequate to feed the masses. I have an extended family of 8 that I’m responsible for…and I do have a lot of food stockpiled. But even that is just a band-aid.

    I find myself rooting for the bad guys actually. I hate Bernake and i hate the Fed, and I never met a politician who was worth spit. But I’m not ready for the chickens to come home to roost…at least not for a few more years. i’m not much of a Christian, but i’m praying for the bubble to wait a little while before it pops. I sincerely hope that it does.

    9th October 2012 at 9:24 am

  129. Christopher Harrison says:

    Great piece, Admin. I’m especially pleased to see your contrast of Orwell and Huxley. Personally, I’ve always been of the opinion that Huxley had his finger on the pulse of what was really coming more than Orwell in 1984 (which was really based more on Stalinist Russia than anything else).

    For anyone who disputes the impact of a sustained propaganda campaign on the public, I recommend that you check out the Adam Curtis documentary series, “The Century of the Self.” It goes into exhaustive detail how Sigmund Freud’s nephew Edward Bernays created the modern industry of “public relations” and developed the kinds of advanced propaganda methods still employed today. People are not individual animals, they are social animals. What we have effectively done in the early 21st century (that was not the case 70-80 years ago) is we have replaced REAL communities (civic organizations, lodges, etc.) with VIRTUAL ones (following the same TV shows or sports teams). Personally, I think this goes a long way toward explaining the effectiveness of advertising, because it is seen as just another part of that virtual community.

    Regarding obesity, one of the theories I’ve heard surrounding the exploding obesity rates here in the US is the number of toxins people are exposed to on a daily basis. The production of fat cells to sequester those toxins within the body is a natural response. I’m not saying it’s the sole cause — but it might help explain how there are so many people from the lower economic strata who are malnourished, yet obese, since contaminants of soil, air and water tend to be much higher in lower-income areas than higher-income areas.

    9th October 2012 at 11:15 am

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  131. Stucky says:

    “In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve seen some pretty shaky hypotheses advanced here ….. used to support some obviously fallacious logic” —– Eddie

    It’s worse than you think. We are also huge believers in “phallacious logic”

    From Urban Dictionary; — Phallacious; 1) Any person, place, or thing which bears resemblance to a wang.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Phallacious

    Normally, we can only go eight or nine posts deep before someone posts pics of peckers and balls. Followed shortly thereafter by Clitacious logic. I trust you know the meaning of that word. This is a terrible place. I don’t know why I come here.

    9th October 2012 at 12:18 pm

  132. Stucky says:

    Christopher Harrison

    Interesting theory regarding obesity and toxins.

    But both China and India are environmental cesspools. Especially India, cuz that’s what happens when you cram 1 billion plus people in an area one third that of the USA. So, if your theory were to hold true, wouldn’t one expect to find lots of fatty Chinese and Indians?

    9th October 2012 at 12:24 pm

  133. Eddie says:

    I’m usually accused of Cretaceous logic.

    I’m okay with clitacious logic. Especially when it’s in a visual format. (Once again, it’s all the fault of that opportunistic yet tasteful pornographer, Hugh Hefner.)

    9th October 2012 at 1:02 pm

  134. Didius Julianus says:

    Anecdotal evidence: I live in Wellington, New Zealand (used to live in the U.S.). Many hills and lots of walkers. Many less fat people than in Auckland which is much flatter and more car oriented (typical American suburban sprawl really). My wife just got back from 2.5 months in the US (Louisville, KY, Atlanta, GA and Myrtle Beach, SC) and, for better or worse, she is very glad to be back. The culture shock was not pleasant, much like admin’s in NJ on the board walk and the commenter somewhere above who said it was even worse when being in another country – my wife confirms this.

    9th October 2012 at 1:18 pm

  135. Didius Julianus says:

    Also think the food has something to do with it. No GMO grown in New Zealand, very little in packaged food (and it must be labeled as such), no high fructose corn syrup (still using real sugar in the soda), higher quality (well it seems that way to me) of food available at the grocery store. We forgot what “real” beef, chicken, eggs, cheese tasted like until we moved over here and then I remembered – wow – that is what chicken tasted like when I was a kid. They even have venison farms here (grass feed). Any TBP reader who plans to visit New Zealand, let me know and I’ll share my thoughts.

    9th October 2012 at 1:23 pm

  136. Didius Julianus says:

    I’d say the proportion of fat people in NZ is about what is was in the US 30 years ago. It is increasing though, especially in the lower income groups- seems they eat a lot more junk food (even if it is no HFC and no GMO it is still calorie loaded!) The junk food costs as much or more than healthier food so it is not as much a question or proice but (alas) preference. It costs $10 for a Big Mac, Fries and Soda here so why not go to a nice (but quick) cafe for the same price and get better food is what I am always wondering. McDonalds and big corp fast food competitors have started the value menu stuff here in the last year or so so the even cheaper fats food is becoming more available as the leemings race to join their U.S. counterparts.

    9th October 2012 at 1:27 pm

  137. Eddie says:

    My wife took a trip to New Zealand without me, and she liked it so much I’m surprised she came back.

    Need any dentists in your area? I might want to see my grandchildren raised in a nuke free zone with no GMO’s. (That is…if I had any grandchildren).

    9th October 2012 at 1:28 pm

  138. Hangman says:

    Lets connect Decline, Decay, Denial… with State Sends Illegal Immigrants Packing… It’s no secret Americans are the most obese population on the face of the earth. That obesity is now considered a ?disability is flabbergasting (hah, no pun). Not so long ago, these individuals would have, ahem, been put out to pasture.

    Obesity is individually deflating, generally debilitating. I’ve worked in hospitals for many years as a Sales Rep, and the one thing I come away with is that the clientele is overwhelmingly obese, or elderly, or both. In fact I have direct experience with the so-called stomach stapling procedures of many years ago. Those procedures and today’s equivalents are absurd from the get go. In fact they are mid to long term unsuccessful, as this obese patient requires a multi disciplinary approach utilizing dieticians, psychologists, etc. Food has become an addiction.

    If we want to decrease our national healthcare costs by 30% or 50%, we need do only one thing – address the FATness issue. Further reading would be “The End of Overeating” by David Kessler.

    9th October 2012 at 1:43 pm

  139. Didius Julianus says:

    Hi Eddie,

    I think a dentist could get over here fairly easy and do well. There are a reasonable amount of dentists but seems like most charge way way more than the US counterparts and these seem to be part of corporate conglomerates) so a good dentists with good prices would do well. I did find a husband/wife practice with an explicit philosophy of fair price, high quality and no over doing work that is not needed. They charge $85 for a check up and cleaning, about what my dentist charged in Louisville, KY. So, charging $80 – $110 for that would probably bring a lot of business as word got around. Many here charge double that!

    You will LOVE it if you come for a visit or to live. Neighbors we used to have in Louisville came over last year for the Rugby world cup and did not want to leave, they are thinking of how to move over!

    9th October 2012 at 1:52 pm

  140. Eddie says:

    Didius

    That’s a very gracious offer. Be careful or I might take you up on it.

    9th October 2012 at 1:55 pm

  141. Didius Julianus says:

    Hi Eddie,

    NZ hospitality is strong and we are trying to return the favor so if you guys decide to come for a visit we will show you around Wellington.

    On dental prices: The practice I go to charges less than $1000 for any crown or root canal while some competitors are over double that. My boss got ripped off recently paying $2300 for a root canal! Not sure what you think of that from a professional POV but from the other side it seems crazy! :-)

    As they say here a lot:

    “Cheers”

    9th October 2012 at 2:05 pm

  142. Didius Julianus says:

    Funny thing: A NZ woman on Chris Martenson’s site reached out to me via comments on some posting or other so we came over to NZ on vacation and loved it (July 2009) and, some how all things lined up so that we knew this was what we were supposed to do. I got a job offer in July 2010 and moved over in Nov 2010 and my wife cleaned up the loose ends (sold the house, etc) and came over in April 2011. That NZ couple are now some of our best friends over here.

    9th October 2012 at 2:08 pm

  143. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    One of my wife’s friends moved to NZ and absolutely loves it. His hobby is photography, so I get to live vicariously through his facebook albums.

    I’d love to move there, but my wife would never leave her family behind.

    9th October 2012 at 2:13 pm

  144. AWD says:

    Didius Julianus

    I’ve been to Wellington. Very nice. NZ women have large hind-quarters however, and are not nearly as attractive as Aussie women, or as liberal, sexually-speaking. I enjoyed NZ very much, and could imagine myself living there.

    9th October 2012 at 2:16 pm

  145. Didius Julianus says:

    Hi AWD:

    Not sure how you missed all the ones I have seen! :-)

    Not sure about their liberalness in that respect though!

    9th October 2012 at 2:26 pm

  146. TeresaE says:

    Fantastic article (and comments), kept me reading yesterday even as I was supposed to be doing something else.

    llpoh says:

    “People with a lower-than-average IQ (between 75 and 90) are more likely to drop out, go to jail and live in poverty. Significantly more, in fact: people in the 75 to 90 range are 88 times likelier to drop out of high school, seven times more likely to go to prison, and five times more likely to live in poverty than those with an IQ over 110.”

    Funny thing Llpoh, those with HIGH IQs drop out at the same rate as the low IQs, which proves that our “education” system is a complete farce.

    Those with IQs of 75 shouldn’t be herded into educating centers anyway. Why do we insist on wasting billions to force round pegs in square holes? The teachers know (but would NEVER say it aloud, it would force them to relinquish their unions) the truth of it, some people are un-book-educatable.

    Those with IQs of 75 should be taught BASIC skills, manners, work ethics, then handed shovels and baskets. Instead of just saying, “them’s the breaks” and teaching the art of accepting their own limitations, they are pumped full of BS from toddlerhood, telling them that they can be whatever they want, even as the schools are dumbing down the curriculum and cheating to keep the scores up.

    Somewhere during my lifetime we have decided that EVERYONE is capable (AND willing/able) to become rocket scientists.

    We are NOT.

    The shame of the situation is that those with low IQs would not end up incarcerated if they could be shown how to survive and thrive and work. Instead, they are pumped full of bullshit telling them they “can be anyone they want to be,” even when we ALL know they cannot. Then we force them into college (and debt) by touting the failing BS of “higher education for all.” Then we are shocked when disillusioned, broke, failing neighbors commit crimes to survive. Not really shocking to me though.

    People have ALWAYS run the gamut from idiot to inventor. Seems that those societies that thrived (like we used to), embraced the fact and honored every effort and all work, not just “desk jobs” like we have been told to honor.

    My gramps used to tell me that the world would always need “ditch diggers.” Then he would name a few of my cousins as proof.

    Gramps was right, and until the day that ALL Americans reacquaint themselves with truth, this farce will just continue and grow.

    As will the asses and expenses of the FSA.

    9th October 2012 at 2:27 pm

  147. AWD says:

    I just love all these theories of why people are obese. Classic denial, justification, and bullshit excuses and rationalization. “It’s my genes” “It’s my slow metabolism” “its the fucking high-fructose”, “it’s toxins” “it’s vitamin deficiency” “it’s all because of fast food”, and million other excuses, which are all bullshit.

    People are fat because they put to many calories into their mouth. They eat too much, and don’t exercise enough. It’s so simple even a mongoloid microcephalic can figure it out. If you eat more calories than you burn, the balance is stored in fat. If you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight. Got it?

    Everything else is bullshit. I don’t give a flying fuck if I get 100 thumbs down. Reality is a bitch. It’s simple calorie balance. The hucksters, con artists, and diet gurus fill your heads with so much bullshit, so as to sell their products and diets, $40 billion worth a year, and people get more and more obese every year.

    One last time, for the mentally challenged: take in less calories than you burn (1800-2000 per day) and you’ll lose weight. Eat more than that, and you’ll turn into a fat bag of crap. Exercise burns calories, allowing you to eat more, or lose more weight. It’s as simple as that. Enjoy your mental masturbation about all the other reasons, makes you feel smart doesn’t it?

    9th October 2012 at 2:27 pm

  148. Didius Julianus says:

    In many ways NZ is “liberal” compared to the U.S. but, on the other hand:

    Religion can be taught in public schools (optional – each school decides oif they will have it and I think students can opt out). An atheist recently tried to stop it and the govt asked the teachers union their thoughts and they said they don’t see a problem with it and the issue dies. Imagine that in the U.S.

    The high schools (at least some of them) have gun/shooting clubs/teams. A recent article focused on two girls who are great marksmen, Imagine that in the U.S.!!

    9th October 2012 at 2:30 pm

  149. AWD says:

    Case in point. What excuses and rationalization have wrought:

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    Pauline Potter of Sacramento, California, has officially entered the ‘Guinness Book of Records’ as the world’s heaviest woman at 700 pounds, but now she wants to the lose the weight.

    The 47-year-old had boasted that men think she is a “sex goddess” and has “fantastic sex every day,” but she cannot turn over in bed and or fit in her car.

    She wants to lose as much as 500 pounds so that she can go dancing, do road trips and fit in seats at the movie theatre.

    Potter blames her upbringing and genes as the main reasons for her size: “My mom was over 400 pounds and my dad over 600.

    I have eight siblings, all which are over 300, except one.

    We were just raised, that if it was happy we’d celebrate with food, if it was sad, oh you fell down and skinned your knee, here’s ice-cream.”

    She has repeatedly postponed losing weight, but has decided it is now time to do something about her size as she has to rely on her son for help: “Everything is difficult from getting dressed to taking a bath. I can’t put my own socks on.

    9th October 2012 at 2:30 pm

  150. Didius Julianus says:

    AWD: I agree about the calorie balance but (you knew that was coming):

    The HFC, GMOs, etc. change a persons metabolism so the response to the calories is different as well, making it easier to be unhealthy if you eat that stuff even if you caloric in take is in balance.

    9th October 2012 at 2:33 pm

  151. Tator says:

    Personally, I am glad there are so many fatties…when the aliens come they will eat them first.

    9th October 2012 at 2:51 pm

  152. Eddie says:

    All those FEMA camps are really just fat farms for disabled obese people on SSDI. It’s going to be a surprise.

    9th October 2012 at 3:16 pm

  153. Anon says:

    Maybe you guys got another ad but the one I got immediately following this article was for an online role playing game the reads “Play Now! Free Forever!” hmmmmm…..and just when I was getting motivated to get off of my fat ass and do something with myself. Where’s my Slushee?!?!?

    9th October 2012 at 3:24 pm

  154. Llpoh says:

    Teresa – if you look at the chart I posted it clearly indicates that almost no high IQ folks drop out of school. You said almost as many do as those with low IQs. It is a minor quibble, as I agree totally with everything else.

    We are going to have to require that those unemployable in the private sector do something for society in return for their sustenance. And they need to do it willingly, as the cost and problems of forcing them if they are unwilling is too great. That is why your point about work ethic is so valid.

    9th October 2012 at 3:39 pm

  155. Administrator says:

    You could employ thousands just picking up the trash on the streets in West Philly.

    9th October 2012 at 3:44 pm

  156. TPC says:

    “One last time, for the mentally challenged: take in less calories than you burn (1800-2000 per day) and you’ll lose weight. Eat more than that, and you’ll turn into a fat bag of crap. Exercise burns calories, allowing you to eat more, or lose more weight. It’s as simple as that. Enjoy your mental masturbation about all the other reasons, makes you feel smart doesn’t it?” – AWD

    I’ve said that exact same thing dozens of times now.

    I eat fairly poorly, and generally have a can of pop every other day or so. If I cut out pop and even attempt a modicum of portion control, my weight automatically contracts 5-6 pounds.

    Hell most days I’m good calorie-wise until about 11:30. Damned insomnia. I need to do what my brother does and go for a run instead of sitting surfing the internet like flash (pictured below)

    no-life.jpg

    9th October 2012 at 4:00 pm

  157. Tator says:

    TPC said,”Exercise burns calories, allowing you to eat more, or lose more weight.”

    I have been lucky enough to enjoy running for 40+ years. I am not fast or pretty at it, but I do it. I calculate I have ran the circumference of the Earth in those years, which translates into about 2,600,000 calories (100 per mile). Those 2,600,000 represent ~742 pounds of weight I did not gain or even better, 2,600,000 calories I got away with eating without gaining any weight.

    9th October 2012 at 4:29 pm

  158. TPC says:

    @Tator

    I much prefer to lift weights and play sports to burn calories, though I find running/biking is MUCH easier on my ankle as I get older.

    9th October 2012 at 4:33 pm

  159. Pirate Jo says:

    Low-calories vs. low-carbs are not in contradiction with each other. I found this out by accident. My goal was to lose weight, so I started tracking my food and exercise (expressed in calories, but broken down between protein, fat, and carb) on fitday.com.

    Breakfast, Option A:
    2 large eggs, 2 slices bacon = 197 calories (all from fat and protein) = full until lunch

    Breakfast, Option B:
    1 regular wheat bagel, 2 tbsps cream cheese = 401 calories (vast majority carbs) = full for ten minutes

    It didn’t take long to figure out that if I wanted to get my calories way down, I had to cut out the breads and pastas. Want to be full for a long time? Eat one of those StarKist tuna packets. It’s almost solid protein, and you won’t be hungry again for hours and hours. Egg whites are also a godsend. Later I found out about the low-carb stuff and found it consistent with what I had already learned on my own.

    Exercise doesn’t help nearly as much as the diet, but 30 minutes on an elliptical machine can take a 500-calorie gap for the day to a 700-calorie gap and make you lose a pound in five days instead of seven. But then, you have to submit yourself to that mind-numbing boredom for 30 minutes a day.

    9th October 2012 at 5:34 pm

  160. FT says:

    I read a magazine, book or printout while doing cardio. Usually do an hour, with some sauna time before and/or after. Having something to read makes the time fly by, plus it keeps my eyes from wandering to the TV screen where Kudlow, Burnett, Cramer and the rest of the jackasses are.

    9th October 2012 at 5:53 pm

  161. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @PJ

    Ever had eggy in the basket? With a touch of cheddar cheese on top?

    It was about 175-200 calories, and freaking delicious. mmmmmm eggs.

    9th October 2012 at 5:56 pm

  162. Stucky says:

    “People are fat because they put to many calories into their mouth. They eat too much, and don’t exercise enough. ….. If you eat more calories than you burn, the balance is stored in fat. If you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight. Got it?” —– AWD

    .
    If only it were than simple. It’s not. I speak from experience.

    For any newbies here … I used to be a 308 pound phatfuk …. which you can read about here, if so inclined.

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=19889#comment-69924

    After much research I bought into the calorie reduction weight loss idea. I discovered that a pound of body fat equates to approximately 3,500 calories. Therefore, if I burn 500 calories more than I eat each day I would lose approximately one pound per week.

    I designed a spreadsheet and kept meticulous records … as a good German is prone to do. I literally counted every single piece of food that went into my mouth. For example, all the way down to a single tablespoon of butter, or even a handful of parsley if the recipe called for it. Fortunately, I also kept track of the caloric breakdown; fats, protein, and carbs.

    Here’s what happened.

    I reduced calorie intake by about 3,500 to 4,000 per week. I lost a lot of weight early on. 18 pounds in the first couple weeks, iirc. 30 pounds in the first two months. But around the fourth month … and keeping the SAME regimen (including exercise) … I lost practically no weight. Maybe 3 or 4 pounds. Then eventually …. nothing.

    I reduced caloric intake a further 3,500 per week. Again, started to lose weight, but nowhere nearly as drastic as before. Most depressing? This time I stopped losing weight after eight weeks. So, I’m eating about 8,000 calories less than when I weighed 308 pounds, and I’m not losing weight. This shit is fucked up. But it gets worse.

    I just couldn’t keep up the 8,000 calories reduction. I was hungry a lot. So, I went back to the 3,500 calorie reduction amount. And THIS is where things get really fucking crazy. I started gaining weight!!!!! Not a lot, but still …. how in the fuck am I gaining weight when I’m eating less than when I weighed 307???? It seems like the human body finds a state of equilibrium where it is comfortable “surviving” with what you feed it, and most efforts to change that state simply fail.

    This shit is crazy. I TRULY feel sorry for overweight folks trying to lose weight. It’s damn near impossible. I’m at 275 now and holding on for dear life to keep from creeping higher.

    Fortunately, I kept track of carbs, fats, and protein. Here is the rough average breakdown; carbs (50% — tried to keep good carbs at 90%), protein (30%), fats (20%).

    I’m not giving up. Last week I bought a book, “Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly” written by a neurosurgeon, Bottom line: It seems carbs are the problem … even good carbs. Carbs, he says, should be no more than 25% of the diet. 20% would be even better.

    So ol’ phatfuk Stucky will be starting his calorie-reduction/minimal-carb program. This will be one of the most difficult things I’ve ever attempted. I LOVE my carbs; pasta, breads, grains, and lots and lots of veggies more than you can possibly imagine. But, I shall try. We’ll see what happens.

    9th October 2012 at 6:34 pm

  163. Pirate Jo says:

    Stucky, read some Michael Eades and Gary Taubes. And best of luck!

    You can get all the carbs you need from vegetables, with smaller amounts of fruit. You do not ever need to eat wheat or bread products, or pasta. Those should be rare treats, for special occasions.

    It doesn’t help that the gubmint food pyramid is upside down. Or that all through the 80s and 90s we were taught that fat is the enemy. (Sugar is the enemy!) One of the reasons Americans are fat, aside from all the HFCS garbage, is that we’ve been so badly miseducated. Michelle Obama was saying Cheerios is a healthy breakfast – pure nonsense. Feed those kids some eggs.

    Another tasty item, if you like them – giant olives, stuffed with garlic.

    Please let us know how you are doing! Amy Alkon has written about this a lot, and links a lot of good reading recommendations and books on her blog.

    My challenge hasn’t been the food so much as giving up booze. I like my wine! But at 650 calories or so per bottle, well … :-(

    9th October 2012 at 7:32 pm

  164. Gayle says:

    This is for Stucky.

    You might want to read Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis, a cardiologist.

    I’ve never been able to lose weight without “starving” until I gave up my most favorite foods: pasta, French bread, potatoes, rice, whole wheat bread, pancakes, waffles, tortillas – basically anything made with grains, especially wheat. These are the foods I craved constantly, along with all baked goods.

    Now I eat lots of meat (including bacon for breakfast), eggs, nuts, avocados, apples, berries, veggies, cheese, yogurt, salad. If you load up on the protein and get rid of the grains,, eventually the craving for carbs goes away and all the protein keeps you feeling full. Amazingly, the weight just melts off, and it’s much easier than counting all those calories.

    You might also want to research the paleo diet.

    By the way, I joyfully consume the forbidden fruits when I’m enjoying an “occasion.”

    9th October 2012 at 7:36 pm

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  166. Stucky says:

    Pirate Jo and Gayle

    I thank you both kindly for the suggestions. I will enthusiastically follow up on the reading recommendations.

    Pirate Jo — I absolutely LOVE!!! olives. The real stuff, not the black shit in cans. Our farmers market has an Olive-guy, and he carries about 40 varieties. Olives … food of the gods.

    Gayle — your favorite foods … well, we could be twins. If you have the time … how did you wean yourself? Did you go “cold turkey”, or did you go slow? Thanks in advance.

    9th October 2012 at 7:57 pm

  167. YaroMudry says:

    Great piece! brilliant, outstanding and well written.
    I have a simple but effective solution solution to cure the obesity epidemic: link health insurance premiums to body mass index. When it hurts the pocket that is something that every fat ass in the US is bout to understand and react to. It may not eliminate obesity entirely but it’s bound to keep it at a reasonable level. The problem is that no politician will have the guts to propose such a sensible solution. America therefore is doomed to drown in its own sea of fat.

    9th October 2012 at 8:01 pm

  168. RUSS SMITH says:

    Hi!, Patrons Of The Burning Platform Et Al:

    Without any help from anyone at all in government etc., here’s my statement from Jeremiah17:9…..”The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” His cure: ST LUKE 11:13….”If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask of Him>” The answers to our predicuments in life for Jesus were simple such as ST LUKE 12:32….”Fear not little flock: for it is your heavenly Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (ove love). Here, Jesus attempts to empty US all of all fear for all time. ST JOHN 15:11….”These things have I spoken to you, that my JOY might remain in you, and that your JOY might be full.”” As He empties US all from every vestage of fears; He asks US to fill the useless void with His JOY through His Holy Spirit doesn’t He. What are we to suppose is to come from the fruits of His JOY but loving relationships that have the capacities to skip all warfare or gaming of OUR economic system. But, like those who made the fantastic discovery on the Day Of Pentecost found in Acts 2, until the Holy Spirit itself does the inside work within us, we remain the evil, tattered remains of humanity wedded to our evil hearts don’t we? Which shall we choose to accomplish for all of eternity; for nobody wants war & economic destruction to be given eternal life do they? Aren’t we predisposed to want to experience the JOY instead that He offers US & accept that rout to eternal life as the much better choice? That day is coming everyone and not none too soon to benefit everyone here on Mother Earth!!

    TAKE CARE; REMAIN SAFE & GOD BLESS:

    RUSS SMITH, CALIFORNIA (One Of OUR Broke States)
    [email protected]

    9th October 2012 at 9:06 pm

  169. peter rumsavich says:

    be careful watch you back speaking the truth can get you hurt. Is it not amazing how people who find proof of problems end up in bad situations.

    9th October 2012 at 10:23 pm

  170. honestann says:

    As bad as the physical state of westerners has gotten, the intellectual state is vastly worse.

    9th October 2012 at 11:48 pm

  171. Gayle says:

    Answer to Stucky

    I pretty much went cold turkey. I followed a book called The Skinny Rules, which laid it out all so well and easily that it wasn’t particularly difficult.. With that plan, occasional bread and oatmeal were included. Then I stumbled onto the paleo philosophy (see marksdailyapple.com) and a short time later read about dr. Davis’s experience with patients who shunned wheat completely. Pretty amazing. I feel quite certain that I will never go back to my former way of eating. The hardest part is going to the frozen food section at Costco and knowing that 85 o/o of the stuff is unhealthy.

    I can’t live without pancakes so I developed some decent buttermilk pancakes made with almond meal instead of flour. Which reminds me, do some research on coconut oil too.

    9th October 2012 at 11:57 pm

  172. Steveo says:

    Stucky, I provided a link to the site that has the info. You need to read the “fat switch” book. this is the latest most controversial studies of testing on animals ever performed. new data reveals that your own body can produce fructose from carbs! this is why you keep hitting a limit, with your 50% carb diets and are tired and craving more. You have to take away the fructose and carbs then ween back on them after you have turned the fatswitch off. Read the book, it is brand new, not available many places. The Mercola interview is also available with Dr. Richard Johnson who has been studying this stuff for 30+ years. They fed rats and mice and other animals diets with the same amounts and made changes to only the sugar and fructose and in different forms. Their work and publications are peer reviewed and they are changing the way we think. So to get out of your metabolic funk, you will need to completely starve the fat switch and flip it off! Its the same switch that hibernating animals use to gain fat, they eat fruits and their bodies produce fructose as well, fructokinase gets into your cells and burns them out (oxidizes them) they swell and switch to fat storage…of course i am probably not describing everything perfectly, but I am not the researcher. there are even fish that do this! So it is seen throughout the animal kingdom and they have studied this in numerous species, it works! That’s why the primal diets work. You can get by on zero carbs if you need to, your brain will use other sources for energy as well. You need to get past the idiots who are stuck in their paradigm paralysis and get up to speed on the latest real science.

    10th October 2012 at 12:11 am

  173. Francisco Cavaleiro says:

    To start with I’d like to show my appreciation for the positive reaction to my initial posting and also would like to thank the administrator who kindly allowed me to use the article and share it with others.
    I have read the whole thing once more and as far as I am concerned, the obesity issue, even though it is important, was used mainly to illustrate one of the pitfalls faced by our modern and industrialized societies.
    I would like to address different issues raised by the article but since so many people have reacted to that particular problem, I also would like to contribute with my personal experience. At this point I should probably mention that I have been a fairly active person most of my life, was into athletics and volleyball when I was young and won several competitions in my homeland. Still, I have not been as active as I should have been in the last couple of years but somehow managed not to gain weight excessively. I reckon that is due to a simple belief: if I manage to keep my mouth shut, I certainly will not be putting on weight.

    I was also lucky to have had parents who cared enough for my sisters and me, to take their time to teach us about the benefits of a healthy diet and way of life, even though I have often forgotten it. My Father, who is now 95 years-old, was a visionary of sorts and didn’t drink alcohol most of his life, apart from the occasional Port glass at Christmas or birthday parties. It would have been a sacrilege if he had not done so, since he comes from the region where it is produced and my maternal Grand-Father was the person in charge of the institution that regulated production on the area, a very famous and beautiful place which has been nominated UNESCO world heritage. Nonetheless, my Father has had cardiac arrhythmia for many years now and after he was well past seventy, he found out that a glass of red wine at meals would be beneficial to his health and therefore he adopted that habit. He also had to fight colon cancer but managed to beat it once he was operated about twenty years ago.
    I firmly believe that his good health arises from the advices of an Italian doctor who lived in Portugal and who had a singular approach to how people should eat. My Father developed some peculiar eating habits but it seems they have worked wonderfully for him. That started with one of the first things he did every morning after he woke up: my Mother would squeeze one lemon and would mix the juice with some lukewarm water and he would drink that without sugar. Not the most tasteful drink in the world but it was definitely a vitamin shock first thing in the morning. He would follow that by some simple gymnastic exercises for no longer than ten minutes. After, he would have some milk and most probably a piece of fruit. Still, the most important piece of advice by the aforementioned Italian doctor concerned the way we had our lunches and suppers. At home, we ALWAYS started meals – unless we had some visitors who were not used to our approach – by having fruit. We could have as much fruit as we wanted and living in Africa we treated ourselves to an incredible array of tropical fruits: bananas, pineapples, guavas, papayas, sugar cane or whatever was available in the local market. Afterwards, we ALWAYS had a vegetable soup, which would provide for the intake of even more vitamins. Usually when one cooks vegetables, the vitamins are thrown out with the water they have been cooked in and by taking soup that risk would be eliminated. It also had another side effect since we did not need to worry about buying any extra vitamins supplements and therefore sparing some money (this takes us back to the other issues on the article and how the big conglomerates create artificial needs in order to delve into our pockets every time they have a chance). After the soup, we ALWAYS had a salad, mainly composed of lettuce, tomatoes (need to be red to be beneficial to one’s health), onions, carrots, sweet peppers, radishes, cucumbers and so on, and topped with some simple vinaigrette sauce, where olive oil would never be replaced by other sorts of oil. Some herbs like fresh parsley or coriander would be added to it as well as ground cumin or other available spices. Only after having had all that we would then proceed to the main course, with some meat (white most of the times) or fish which was excellent and fresh, since our coastal waters were renowned for its quality.
    The idea behind all this approach was that by eating this way, we would have had plenty to eat before diving into the main course and therefore would feel less inclined to gorge ourselves with large amounts of animal protein and fat which ultimately would be detrimental to our health.
    My Father also stopped smoking when I was born and never touched tobacco again in his life, and everybody knows now what smoking does to one’s heart and lungs. He also believed in the benefits of exercise and our family would go out walking, practically every single evening after the meal, along the shore line. As I said before, he is now 95 years-old and still goes walking as much as possible even though he has had to start using a small cane for the last six months or so. Up to about two years ago, when his heart started giving him more problems, he’d go walking an average of two hours every day, and practically knew every single street in Porto due to this habit. Another thing he has always done and still does, (he never had the chance to go any further than primary school since he came from a not well-off farmer’s family and had to start working when he was ten years-old) was to improve his knowledge and cultivate himself through reading. He currently gets National Geographic Portuguese edition as well as the Reader’s Digest Selections which he reads from the beginning to the very end. But he also likes literature, especially being fond of biographies or historical books or any other sort he deems worth reading. Not a long time ago he read Marcel Proust who is not the simplest writer in the world.
    I firmly believe that his longevity and quality of life is due to the right choices he took throughout his life. Mainly it comes down to recognising the important issues and priorities and be disciplined enough to stick to them.
    Sorry everybody for this bout concerning my Father, but I thought it would illustrate fairly well the fact that mostly, it depends on our choices and what we are willing to do to reach our objectives.

    Weight related problems are also rising in Portugal and the number of obese people – even though they have not reached the proportions seen in some Americans – is increasing here as well. As far as I can see this is also a phenomenon exported by the USA and is definitely due to the global influence of the large advertising firms which are one of the most important factors of the expansion of American values (someone has mentioned a documentary produced by BBC called “The Century of the Self” and having seen it some years ago when I was living in Germany, I certainly can recommend it for a better understanding of what is going on). American fast-food outlets and even the American fast and furious way of life are becoming ubiquitous and as far as that aspect of things are concerned, Europe has been perfectly colonised and that impact is also being felt all over the world. The big conglomerates want to raise their profits and apart from using the aforementioned advertising companies, they also count with Hollywood film industry to propagate their values and priorities, since by using it they can send subliminal and very subtle – well, sometimes not so subtle – messages that are very easy to be picked up by societies which are being pushed to think less and absorb already digested information spewed out by TV, instead of developing analytical and critical processes through reading and using imagination.
    I have watched American TV programs where people went for eating competitions and firmly believed that they were into some sort of sport! How stupid can that be? Just to prove my point, a couple of nights ago I was checking the BBC News site and was confronted with a piece concerning a man who died in Deerfield Beach, Florida, after having gorged himself up in a cockroach eating competition. I rest my case.

    Once again, thanks to you all for the attention you so kindly have given me. Before I go, I would like to stress the fact that even though I have used some American examples, I have tried to put them into context and firmly believe that no nation is better than others. Like human beings, they all suffer from their own idiosyncrasies and only God knows the stupidity I have observed in the several countries I have lived so far, starting with my own, where a class of corrupt politicians are using the inadequacies of the madding crowds to reach their goals. And that has been happening, since the carnations’ revolution in 1974, which was hailed as a turning point by and for the portuguese people and which had political repercussions all over the world. So many things were conquered by the people in general and workers in particular and now we are assisting the delapidation of our way of living, being guilty too, for not having realised or not caring enough about whom we were voting for and thinking that immediate and selfish gains would not have to be paid for at a later stage.

    10th October 2012 at 2:20 am

  174. Noel Falconer says:

    America is the Fourth Reich: compare the Homeland Security Act with the Enabling Act that legitimised Nazi Germany.

    10th October 2012 at 3:11 am

  175. jack says:

    import cheap plastic pos from china 2$, sell to american for 4$ on credit. then sell the acount recivable as an investment product for 6$. procede to record a GDP growth of 4+6-2=8 and voila we have economic recovery

    10th October 2012 at 9:40 am

  176. Dirty Dan says:

    Eddie’s quote is right on: Religion is the opiate of the masses.

    Chris Hitchens said organized religion asks you to check your brain at the door. Having once checked your brain it is much easier for the religious hierarchy to orchastrate and manipulate your behavior. Once the church has your brain in storage it is much easier for big brother to take his turn. Thusly, glory to god and country becomes the mantra of the young charging into battle.
    It is said that 95% of the worlds people believe in an all powerful diety. Is any further evidence necessary to explain the current state of our planet.

    10th October 2012 at 12:48 pm

  177. Wyoming Mike says:

    We’re fine. Was at the relatives’ Sunday. Found out that…

    A. GM has paid back ALL the baiilout money PLUS interest.
    B. Joe Paterno knew nothing and is totally innocent. Not only that, it was not HIS responsibility to report anything.
    C. Solar bailouts are great for the economy (because it gives my uncle a job). BTW, he was a homebuilder until the bubble burst making much more, but he doesn’t seem to put the cause & effect together.
    D. We have a free market regardless of the amount of government intervention because you are free to buy whatever you want.

    I feel much better now. Jim’s been wrong all along.

    10th October 2012 at 2:21 pm

  178. Administrator says:

    Aren’t your relatives in PA?

    10th October 2012 at 2:29 pm

  179. Stucky says:

    Wyoming Mike

    Jeez, that’s funny stuff! Wish I could have been a fly on the wall.

    Here’s a picture you might want to print and include in this years’ Christmas card to your relatives.

    media_httpwhatwouldmo_uCaFa.jpg.scaled500.jpg

    10th October 2012 at 2:46 pm

  180. John D says:

    Can’t decide on Like or Dislake. The conditions of today, world wide, and the blame game goes further back than Huxley infers — I think they began with Adam and Eve or with whomever were the first members of the human race appearing on earth. Very interesting information that only a few folks will take the time to mull over and be in agreement with. John D.

    10th October 2012 at 4:17 pm

  181. JMS says:

    The fization of America was made profitable on the backs of selling/dimantling industry and shipping to 3rd world, driving down wages to as low as possible, then enticing us to borrow the rest. Would not have been possible without FED as a backstop.

    10th October 2012 at 4:18 pm

  182. TeresaE says:

    Llpoh, I went back and looked at your chart, it is for whites only, so I wonder what those figures would look like when you include minorities (especially Asians,though I would expect they rarely, if ever, drop out) I was remembering the article that Time did (I believe it was Time) a few years back (right around either the last election or the first year of so into Obama’s reign) and that was where I got the info. The article was about the sad state of education and how we are are spending more money on the bottom 5% of IQs, than on the top 5% – more money by a factor of ten. Time was looking at the ridiculousness of spending trillions on “educating” people that are so mentally or physically challenged that they will be virtually unemployable for life.

    The general consensus is that we are wasting huge amounts of China’s money on programs with little, to no, worth. People freak the hell out if you say such things though. We want to believe we are the “richest country on earth” and that somehow paying ten teachers to attempt to babysit and control 20, very sick in some cases, kids, is debt well spent. Other than enriching the teacher’s unions and gifting the parents a free babysitter, transportation, additional help and disability checks, I don’t really get it.

    What I’m coming to figure out is humans are inherently non-rational, pleasure seeking, and self-centered. I just don’t see how the few of us aberrations (and that is exactly what we all are here, aberrations of genetic code) can hope to override the vast majority that are driven by emotion and self-preservation, not logic and the ability to understand the concepts of fiat, government and human nature.

    So it goes.

    10th October 2012 at 5:19 pm

  183. llpoh says:

    Teresa – as before, I totally agree. The world is moved by great minds, by and large. And great minds need to be promoted. That the emphasis has so shifted that resources are effectively wasted is truly troublesome.

    I know people must think I am truly elitist. Perhaps that is true. But the fact is, I run a business where I employ around 100 people, and I generally offer low skilled work but at reasonably good wages. The number of folks I see that are incapable of handling even low skill work is astonishing – if a significant portion of potential employees cannot handle the work I have, those people are effectively unemployable. And when you add to this number the folks with the requisite talen that do not want to work, who will not work, who will not come to work, you end up with a very high percentage of the population that is unemployable by private business and who are a net drain to the economic society. In general, I hire 5 or more people before I find 1 person who can and will do the work on offer. That is a very sad indictment on the state of the world.

    The only way I see this can be overcome is by the elimination of the government welfare state. Those that are capable of working in the private sector will be forced to do so, and work for those incapable of working in the private sector needs to be provided for the rest, in return for societak support.

    10th October 2012 at 7:12 pm

  184. Pirate Jo says:

    TeresaE and llpoh, I agree. Maybe the best thing most people can do to “make the world a better place” is to die without reproducing.

    10th October 2012 at 7:43 pm

  185. llpoh says:

    Admin – have you seen this article? Another instance of PA youths running rampant. These kids need to be dealt with – seriously.

    teen-arrested-in-suckerpu_n_1955369.html?utm_hp_ref=education

    10th October 2012 at 8:55 pm

  186. Administrator says:

    llpoh

    Pittsburgh isn’t really PA. That is where the savages live. Eastern PA is where the civilized people of PA live.

    10th October 2012 at 9:02 pm

  187. llpoh says:

    Sorry – my bad. I thought PA was a state, but now I find out it is a warzone with demarcations and no man’s land running north to south. Glad you are on the correct side of the line!

    10th October 2012 at 9:04 pm

  188. Otown Right Guy says:

    I can believe Pittsburgh is a barbarian-controlled area. Steeler fans represent a very low form of life. Just above pond scum. Maybe.

    11th October 2012 at 12:01 am

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  191. Wyoming Mike says:

    Hi James,

    Yeah, we had a 4 day whirlwind tour for my sister’s wedding. It was nuts. I wished we had more time to visit folks (you), but we just didn’t. I didn’t even have a Yuengling.

    11th October 2012 at 2:22 pm

  192. Willy2 says:

    Nothing a good old fashioned bankruptcy of the US won’t solve, right ?

    11th October 2012 at 3:56 pm

  193. anita says:

    Thank you to the writer of this honest article, and to all the commentators. This is my first visit to The Burning Platform and I must say, I have been moved to tears and laughter.
    I write from Australia, and I view the situation from a deep well of empathy, having lived in Canada for a few years and travelled through America.

    I was born in post WWll Holland and came to Oz as a child in the fifties.

    For now, I want to particularly thank Francisco Cavaleiro for the beautiful Love Story offered here, on food and father and cultures and experiences. No need to apologize, as this is the essence of what really matters in life.

    My parents are similar: still going strong on much the same regime as F’s, at 88 and 84 respectively; for the 50-60 years they have lived where they do, in a ‘convict’ settlement outside Sydney, their routine has never changed.
    But that is a whole other story.
    Thank you all and I will be back.
    LoL

    11th October 2012 at 6:16 pm

  194. Novista says:

    anita

    Welcome, another land of oz person. I’m from the U.S., came to oz by way of Samoa and have lived in Hobart, Orange NSW, Melbourne, and now in North Qld.

    11th October 2012 at 10:12 pm

  195. NCredulous says:

    I’m a 66 years old man and have been in a manual wheelchair full time since age 12. I do not qualify for a power chair as I am still able to wheel myself about. I don’t want a power chair as they are mostly a pain in the butt, so to speak, but the irony of The Scooter Store advertising their “no cost to you” garbage for fat Grannys is not lost on me. I look around and find it hard to recognize this America as the same one I grew up in.

    12th October 2012 at 9:41 am

  196. Maryland says:

    This is my first time to this site. Thank you for this article. And so many interesting comments. Not much of this is news to me, but I’d been trying to think of a way to tie together all of these things I’d been thinking about — and this is IT!

    I have a comment about the weight loss stuff. I tried a paleo diet totally out of curiosity, and was astounded how well it worked. Not only did I easily lose weight, but my appetite cravings disappeared and my desire to increase my activity occurred spontaneously. In other words, I think changing the types of food I was eating affected my appetite and energy level, which in turn affected the numbers of calories taken in and burned through activity (and I DID NOT EXERCISE). It also affected my sleep; I began enjoying full nights of restful sleep. I don’t know if everyone would have similar effects, but this is what happened to me. And basically all I did was give up grains, reduce the amount of fruit, eliminate sugar, and eat primarily grassfed/pastured meat/fat and vegetables, all “real” and organic, and not processed, for fat eat meat fat, coconut oil, olive oil, grassfed butter, avocadoes, nuts. eggs for breakfast, meat/salad for lunch, meat/veg for dinner, a bit of cheese and full fat plain yogurt with berries. After I lost the weight I wanted to lose, I added back in very small amounts of white rice or potatoes. FWIW. Good luck to all those trying to lose weight!

    As for the other stuff, I’d love to hear some things to DO other than sound the alarm. I am optimistic by nature but this is really sad stuff. Already I try very hard to think before I consume, try to figure out if my thoughts are my own or are programmed into me by those who do not have my best interests at heart.

    We are in a pickle: even if we stop consuming all of those brands and start making our own “everything,” what, for example, do we do if we are parents of kids about to enter college? It seems like such a conundrum. I know that an expensive college degree does not guarantee employment sufficient to pay off the student loans. But going the “no degree” route doesn’t seem like a smart way to go, either. So many employers seem to require those letters after our names these days (it is all a racket to rachet up the required credentials, to push us into getting the degrees and racking up loans that we will have difficulty paying off in our lifetime). So… what to do? My kids really, really want to go to college (and they are not low IQ kids). I don’t think they understand the implications of the loans that they would be required to take out in order to get that college experience. It seems pretty discouraging. I cannot even say anymore that we are “middle class.” (However, I don’t really think there is any such thing. There are the workers, and the owners. Oh, and the hosts for the parasites — I guess I see it that way, the poisoned/obese are part of the system, to keep things going for certain industries like pharmaceuticals and motorized wheelchair manufacturers, and doctors and insurers and government regulators. Keep them fat, keep them sick, keep them on maintenance drugs which have side effects which lead to more drugs and a slow death (above all do not share with them the fact that you have a cure for their disease — sssshhh!!!), keep them visiting the doctor regularly, keep them from thinking for themselves)

    And in the background of my mind, a voice is laughing: “what makes you think there will even be a future or jobs or anything?”

    I am old enough to be adaptable and self reliant and have skills and knowledge in my head (not digitally!) that would be useful if the world should fall apart, and I have lived enough years that I have had a life and don’t have so much to lose in terms of not being able to take risks in taking a stand. But I do have kids, and that makes it hard. How can I prepare them?

    12th October 2012 at 11:02 am

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    12th October 2012 at 11:03 am

  198. Eddie says:

    Maryland

    Responding to your question about your kids.

    The most important thing is to educate them about the true nature of things. This is not something they are likely to get from school or any form of media. In my case i have actually found it difficult to make my kids understand the gravity of our situation, because all “normal” authoriities hide the truth, and their peers are clueless.

    Beyond that, my own plans are:

    Acquire supplies and tech to survive an emergency.
    Make an EDAP.( Energy descent action plan.)
    Learn to grow food, right now, wherever you live.
    Have weapons and be prepared to use them if necessary.
    Acquire tools and skills for use in a world without technology.

    Hopefully all this is unnecessary. But don’t count on it.

    12th October 2012 at 11:25 am

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  200. Maryland says:

    Eddie,

    Even 2 years ago I would have thought you (and all this) were nuts. I got a crash awakening out of the blue at the hands of some government tyranny aimed at yours truly. Even THEN it took me several months to catch on and swing my views 180 degrees. My trust was broken and could not be repaired, because you can’t unsee something, once you’ve seen it. I’m 50 years old and since I was stupefied for so much of my life, I can certainly understand the mindset of being caught up in the way we are indoctrinated to think about the world. My entire family is still asleep.

    So unfortunately, up until about a year ago I was participating in the mainstream indoctrination of my kids — in an entirely well meaning way, as any good parent would do. It is hard to do a turnabout without them thinking I’m nuts. I can see myself through the eyes of the way I was, all those years. I’m trying to open their eyes, gradually but as swiftly as possible.

    And yes, doing ALL of those things you mention. Each one of them I have questioned, am I being a paranoid nutcase? And each time the answer comes: nope. This really IS what it really is.

    Sometimes I feel like I’m living in two worlds simultaneously (like my mention of trying to figure out how to fund college without setting my kids up for a lifetime of debt). I would like to find a community of like-minded people, but that has so far been difficult.

    I like your mention of acquiring tools and skills. A lot of that is mental, I think.

    12th October 2012 at 1:20 pm

  201. anita says:

    Novista
    Nice to meet you here.

    You sure have experienced a great range of landscapes and cultural experiences. Hope you are well in North Queensland. I am in SE Qld, right on the beach. ahhhh

    Interesting topic, this nutrition.
    I strongly agree on the processed white flour, sugar and fat issue.

    I particularly enjoyed Francisco’s story because the food/nutritional story was inextricably bound into his Familial rituals and health : our relationships with each other and the Earth.

    These have of course, been seriously sabotaged by social and scientific engineers.
    I guess Francisco and I are of an age when we remember our lives not being dictated to by politicians and scientists.

    All my family ancestors were farmers in the Netherlands, while my mother’s father worked on cargo boats along the river systems of northern Europe. They all owned their homes and had nil food shortage, even when city people starved during the Occupation/winterhonger.

    I became a holistic health counselor, endured and suffered the wrath of the ‘establishment’ community of registered and qualified professionals. Farcical really, while my sister died of cancer at 45, trusting that registered and qualified group, and paying almost a hundred thousand dollars for ‘treatment’.

    By then she was yellow, and they still offered her and my parents hope.
    That was tragic, because she was born beautiful, strong and healthy.

    Anyway, our ‘corporatized’ world is demoralizing and eroding the values we oldies have treasured, and there is a strong movement to overcome all this destructive, greedy exploitation of Planet Earth and its precious resources.
    Peace

    12th October 2012 at 5:02 pm

  202. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    “These have of course, been seriously sabotaged by social and scientific engineers.”

    Unfortunately science has not been tempered with patience or reason over the last couple of centuries.

    My field in particular is heavily to blame for this. Chemistry is just like playing with tinker toys or legos once you get used to moving the pieces around, but the consequences of throwing away our “new toys” once we get sick of them grew ever more dire. Our ability to manipulate things at the molecular scale quickly outpaced our understanding of the consequences.

    Its one of the million reasons why I do not partake in a large scale GMO place like Monsanto (my aunt is a highly placed scientist there) nor in a large scale pharmaceutical company (Bayer and others).

    Nope, I work with animal feed and things that are Generally Recognized as Safe. For the first time in a long time I don’t feel guilty walking around without my goggles on.

    PS: I hate you for living on the beach. Right now its 10 degrees celsius, windy and spitting very cold rain here. While I love a dreary fall as much as the next guy, sometimes it would be nice to enjoy 27 degrees and sunny weather.

    12th October 2012 at 5:28 pm

  203. Novista says:

    hi, anita

    It’s 26.8C here today, sunny … (hi TPC) and a surf carnival going on.

    You’re right about landscapes and cultures. I should add that 1969-70 I was on a contract job in Saudi Arabia. That gives me rather a different outlook than many …

    As for nutrition and diets, I think the main thing is moderation, even in moderation. I don’t shun the ‘bad’ foods as I enjoy ethnic cooking too much, thus white rice, pasta, tortillas, etc. And at 76 I am still on the normal side of BMI, just — and recovering from three weeks of hard drinking (beer and wine) as I had a visitor. Last time I saw him was 40 years ago. Now, he’s 325 pounds and all the rest …

    My second wife died of cancer (so did the first) and the first thing I asked the oncologist after the emergency operation (successful, but then the scan found liver sites) was what do we do to help the immune system during the chemo. He looked at me like I had two heads.

    All the specialists are interested in is their speciality, fuck the rest of it. NO advice from the hospital or local quack. But I know how to find what I want on the web. Maybe it helped.

    In the course of my searches, I ascertained that diets are like opinions, everyone has one. Or maybe more like religions, every diet is right and all the others are wrong. I reckoned if I marked off all the things everyone says is bad — from ‘meat is murder’ to the whole gamut — nothing would be left.

    Only thing worse that corporatism and vampire squids and globalization is the farce of governments. It’s very entertaining to have experience with both ours and in the U.S. particularly. I keep wondering why NO one wants to talk about the real issues. All the local yapping about ‘misogyny’ and other distractions and the kabuku of U.S. politions, a pox on both their houses.

    12th October 2012 at 10:46 pm

  204. max says:

    bring back the OTTOMAN EMPIRE

    13th October 2012 at 11:25 am

  205. anita says:

    hi Novista,
    Good for you enjoying your life, no matter the adversities that have been flung at you along the way.

    The trick in life is to find one’s own optimum zones, however one defines these. While I have always held fast to the notion of authenticity, I have also been too compliant in some areas, not knowing how to manoevre my way through.

    I have managed that now though, and here we are on The Burning Platform, which I have added to my list of must-visit daily web sites.

    Max, no more Empires please.

    Looking at Australia, and America, we really would do well to nurture our own societies and regions.
    In the past few years I have become acutely aware of this plan for one global government, which I believe must be resisted with everything we have.

    Of course, the elites will not let go without a fight, and on Veterans Today, they are openly talking of civil war in America.

    Lucre is the only thing keeping all these wars going, and I do believe City of London plus Washington, where Australia is registered as a corporation, is going for broke in Occupying Planet Earth.
    Depopulation is their only other objective, and we must do what we can to show that there is a better way.
    Peace

    13th October 2012 at 6:05 pm

  206. Novista says:

    hi anita

    Optimum zones, interesting idea.

    Australi and America, another marriage arranged in hell. Given all the ‘friends’ that the U.S. has funded, one might be worried at ending up like Saddam Hussein et al … When Dick Cheney flew to visit John Howard about the David Hicks detention, it should have been evident which was a vassal state.

    And then, not long ago, three military funerals in short order, somewhere in which a reporter asked Julia the long-term plan for Afghanistan. “Oh, we will be there for ten years.” We … maybe if they gave her an M-4 and dropped her in downtown Kabul, the Taliban would be scared into surrender.

    Coalition of the willing becoming colation of the wailing …

    One world government, New World Order, Illuminati Rising … it is to laugh. Brussels cannot even manage to control one small piece of the pie.

    I guess those central planners are thinking bigger than Caligula: “I wish all you Romans had only one neck!”

    A signoff I learned not long ago from a friend: I wish you enough.
    Not sure the original source, or when, but this is the idea:

    I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

    I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more..

    I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

    I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

    I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting…
    I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

    I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good- bye.

    13th October 2012 at 9:14 pm

  207. Mad Max says:

    People are looking for simple answers to complex questions and problems. This is different folks. OsiXs is the only group with new, real ideas about doing something. Everyone else is just blowing hot air. Sooner or later we have to do something. The question is – WHAT?

    The revolution has started! It’s just waiting for you!

    “Be Smart!” –
    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM

    U.S. Citizens
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://revolution2.osixs.org )

    Non U.S. Citizens
    Read “Common Sense 3.2” at ( http://SaveTheWorldNow.osixs.org )

    13th October 2012 at 9:18 pm

  208. Jean says:

    Anita @ 8 Oct 2012 6:05 PM:

    I was born/raised Catholic, but I have to respond to your statement:
    “Depopulation is their only other objective, and we must do what we can to show that there is a better way.”

    I may just be one of the damned, but I disagree with you completely. Depopulation is the ONLY option.
    Dead politicians don’t make bad public policy, after all.
    The all-important “VOTE” has simply insulated them from the process of reprisal for their bad behaviors and actions. Remove the insulating bureaucracy, and let them swing from the lamp posts. BINGO! Population problems, AND behavioral issues, solved at once.

    <and understand that as a US Citizen by birth, now approaching 40, I've watched the aftermath first-hand, and seen how quickly these people turn vicious. The only cure for their sociopathy is to become socipathic yourself, or pay others to do it for you. You can turn it off; you can pay others to NOT be sociopathic as well as be sociopathic; but you cannot suffer the sociopath to live free and inflict himself on you. Usually he does it with his own conscience clear: I'm doing this for YOUR OWN GOOD. That justification is in fact the proof of the sociopath…

    I cannot afford illusions about who and what I am. In this you would do well to do some introspection and decide the same for yourself: will you die for THEM? They WILL send you out as a meat shield. They will not think twice about it. You are replaceable. "They" are not, "They" are important, "They" are CEOs, politicians, lawyers, accountants, doctors, AMA, APA, DEA, FBI, etc., etc, etc.

    By definition, if i can't keep my nose out of my neighbor's business, we have a population problem: either I can't get my nose elsewhere, or I can't mind my own business. Either way, we have too many people.
    The "Elite" (define however you wish, especially by wealth – usually money in the US, sometimes beauty, sometimes social power) WANT the slave class – and enforce through the Media (elites in their own minds) the view that anyone who questions "conventional wisdom" is in fact lunatic fringe.
    Diet: FAT IS BAD, don’t eat fat, cholesterol, natural vegetables and fruits – eat our GMOs and TV dinners instead. (Paleo / Primal diet; South beach; Atkins; etc.)
    Behavior: Boys are active? They must be ADHD, DRUG THEM. Girls are quiet, talk a lot? FORCE them into sports, Title IX them into STEM, put them on excitotoxins and make them run, jump, lift weights! {Go read Hooking up Smart or Heartiste – I think both are wordpress – to see where we are now, with masculine females and feminized males.}
    Economics: Central planning is GREAT, ONLY OPTION! {Like USSR did such a good job? Pravda was mocking us openly – 5+ years ago now. If Mother Russia’s citizens know we can’t remove our head from our anal sphincter… Why the HELL don’t WE?}
    Medical care: Doctors are GOD. {IIRC, Doctors malpractive – not talking BS lawsuits, actual MALPRACTICE – kills more these days than autos. Wish I could cite… But they DO kill more than guns, while we’re at it…}
    Personal wealth: Who needs to save? Apres Moi, Le Deluge! {Of course, we know we’re just passing the buck if we don’t watch out income and save… but I’ve seen first-hand how destructive things become when you, yourself, do not maintain IRON GRIP on your finances. I trusted the woman to manage things, I went banrkupt in a year. 6 years ago, still trying to recover, still can’t ditch the parasite. She still thinks it’s ALL good… }

    And let’s not even get into religion, the opiate of the masses (someone else mentioned that above anyway.)

    16th October 2012 at 1:08 pm

  209. anita says:

    Jean your pain is very raw and real. I have spent 13 years in spiritual direction/introspection.
    I am 63 and blessed to be breathing after the issues/losses I have survived.

    I am so sorry that you have given up on catholicism, as I do not know how anyone gets through the tough times without God.

    We are all icons of God, and to turn your back on the teachings of Christ is to shut out Life-giving blessings of mercy, forgiveness and healing.

    Today I received an email to say that your Greens candidate for the Presidency was arrested. So things are getting tougher by the moment in America. I am blessed to live in relative freedom and peace. I hear you on all your issues Jean, which I do not have the time to go into here. I only hope you find someone who will companion you through your anger and pain, to the other side, which really is better, and without hurting yourself or others, which only perpetuates the destruction.
    Peace.

    17th October 2012 at 6:51 pm

  210. Jean says:

    Anita,
    Thank you for the kind wishes.

    I am fairly certain that God is either sadistic, disinterested/uninvolved, or still on his “seventh day” (resting). There are various reasons for this – but chief among them is my notice of how the Catholic church (especially) (1) censored information, and (2) controlled both religious and secular life for several centuries, snuffing out learning, questioning, discussion, and knowledge – the EXACT actions of a dictator. IF these people had ANYTHING to do with God, they would have behaved differently. As it is, I hope there is a wamr spot in Hell for them. I’ll be along soon enough…

    At the same time, sometimes hurting others is the only option – whether it is through demographic revolution or revolution by force of arms, it is violence, and must either be accepted or denied – usually through force alone. (It being difficult, for example, to out-breed an immigrating race. Ask the Native Americans…)

    the Destruction you mention is part of the fall. The same Church you would ask me to accept (Catholic) is the CAUSE of a large set of problems – and in Africa, for example, is still following the same (failed) approaches, limiting knowledge, engaging the local superstitions (Christmas/Yule, anyone?), and teaching those who should be leaders that being a leader means “washing others feet” (to make it obvious how effing STUPID they are). Of COURSE a good leader takes care of his followers; no one can deny that.
    But crippling those who would lead by taking care of others, by telling them anger is evil (wrath), that violence only begets violence (No enemy left = peace), that they must be “above the base impulses of others” – just constrains those leaders to failure. The “enemy” (warlords specifically come to mind) do NOT play from that same book. They reward helpful minions in the here-and-now, and physically maim and kill those who oppose them.

    By all means, let’s have some violence. In the US, our rulers are too insulated from it.
    Over there, violence is everywhere – preaching peace and submission DOES NOT STOP THE PROBLEMS. And even here, it only prolongs the agony.

    And I won’t even start down the whole AIDS issue, which speaks to the local superstitions and Catholic conscripting of those same superstitions whenever useful. Let alone changing the effing rule book when it is KNOWN those rules don’t work.
    Bear in mind, the New Testament was grown from the Old Testament; Christ was not born in a vacuum, the Jewish tradition had existed for centuries prior. Had Christ been born to a polytheistic culture, he might well have been named Muhammed. Just making the point…

    America was born in the age of Enlightenment, following the Age of Empires (Spain, France, Britain being key.) Without the (relative) peace caused by those powers, there would not have BEEN an enlightenment; violence was pushed out of sight of the commoners, unless they were military or seafarers. The accumulated wealth allowed for thought, contemplation, growth of arts not seen since the Renaissance – and the Enlightenment was IIRC triggered by rediscovery of the ancient classics, Greek and Roman literature, more-literate society, accumulated wealth leading to education… Not a vacuum, no one woke up and said, “I’m going to paint the Sistene Chapel,” let alone, “Let’s go find ancient scrolls and translate them into our language!”

    Sometimes we need to break eggs.
    I think the problem and misconception here is, our rulers see US as the eggs to be broken.
    God (Church) is no different from the “secular” rulers. Those who seek power are cut from the same cloth. Religious just torment us “for our own good,” and thuse with full consent of their conscience. (Hell, my parents sent me to Catholic schools so I could get an education like theirs – full of corporal punishment. They were very upset I didn’t get whacked with a ruler, spanked, etc. And I’m under 40, mind… Not a young man, but old and wise enough to know right from wrong, even fi I don’t always get ti right at the moment.)

    18th October 2012 at 12:40 pm

  211. anita says:

    Good morning from Australia Jean.

    Yes there are many, seemingly insurmountable problems in our world. Sickness and sorrow and real evil.

    If I had been limited to church life, I would have been as angry as you, but all that sustained anger does one no good.

    I found a person who is an ex priest. Now married with a child and very happy,

    Having raised four kids (who do not thank me for their catholic educations, for which I went out to work, to pay the fees) and studied at university and worked some more….I ended up a mess.

    So the past 13 years have been devoted to unlearning old ‘conditioning’ and re learning new skills so I could fit into this very imperfect human world.

    And Jesus loved the imperfect and powerless people.

    For all the problems of the catholic church, there have been some truly wonderful people there, and great spiritual directors.
    Just remember this: you are an icon of God, and it is your spiritual task to find out your true purpose in life.

    I am not judge of any one or anything. I just pray that you find compassion and purpose and peace amongst the mess.

    18th October 2012 at 4:57 pm

  212. anita says:

    I should clarify: the person I found, ended up being my spiritual director.
    I met him at a Carl Jung Society meeting.

    He became my spiritual director, for which I am eternally grateful to his inordinate patience and genius.

    When he met and married his wife, the Uniting Church performed the ceremony. And still, they worship in the Catholic church.
    I asked if they felt any bitterness, and why do they continue and he said:

    No bitterness, that is not Love. And the best saints and teachings have come down thru the ages.

    I am not a regular church goer, but I do have a complete immersion in Christ, and who I am and who I was born to be and what I was born to do.
    That path Jean, is what it means to be truly authentic, when we learn that humans are fallible;

    who can we trust?
    so for 13 years I travelled to his office, with my tears, confusion, rage, broken heart and endless questions.

    Now that I have found myself, the world is diving into a worst chapter. I agree with you. But you are young and energetic and wise. So follow your conscience and do what is right for you.
    Blessings on your courage and strength.

    18th October 2012 at 5:06 pm

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  214. PeppermintPatty says:

    There is still hope that the average citizen still thinks. My friend commented the other day some of her high school students were questioning the ideas that college is valuable and taking out student loans have no risks. The students were concerned there would be no jobs for them after college graduation, let alone high school, to repay the loan. This also shows much needed moral character.

    22nd October 2012 at 10:18 pm

  215. Dave Redick says:

    Obama wins! and will try to convert the USA to socialism!

    Stop Him !!

    Redick for US President 2016

    Press Release #1: For immediate release, Nov. 8, 2012
    Contact: David Redick, [email protected] http://www.Forward-USA.org (530 words)
    *********************************

    Dave Redick is a Candidate for the Republican Nomination for U.S. President in 2016

    The re-election of Pres. Obama will allow him to accelerate his prior efforts to convert the USA to a socialist nation (the government owns most of the major industries and has many controIs on industry and the people). He has been promoting this since his youth, and now with no re-election to restrain him, his mode will be ‘full speed to socialism !’

    We must stop him! Thus, I hereby announce my campaign as a True Republican for U.S. President in 2016, and will appreciate your support. I have been active in promoting traditional Republican Principles since my run for Congress in CA District 1 with Pres. Reagan in 1984, and have a letter of support from him. My campaign theme is ‘Save the USA’, and the message is presented on my web site http://www.Forward-USA.org, and in my books; 1) ‘Rebuild America Now’ (US problems and solutions; most of the text is from the web site), and 2) ‘Monetary Revolution USA’ (allow private mints to make gold as money, and abolish the Federal Reserve System). Text of the Monetary book is at Part 2 in the left margin of the Forward-USA.org site. Both books are available on Amazon.com.

    The goals of my campaign are to; 1) Set a standard for a principled approach to better government, including using my policies as a comparison to other ‘more famous’ candidates, and 2) Bring awareness to US voters of the causes of, and solutions for, our serious social, economic, and foreign problems, so we can all work toward more peace, prosperity, liberty, justice, and morality. As more people become concerned about the likely crash of the US Dollar’s value (purchasing power), and our economy, we will have mass support to bring pressure on Congress to make changes in our national policies. As your President, I will fight to implement these changes, with the help of True Republicans, and like thinkers, nationwide!

    I define a True Republican as a person who works to build the GOP’s traditional principles of; 1) More liberty and personal responsibility, 2) Limited government with low tax and spend policies, 3) Sound money – the Gold Standard -, 4) Comply with the Constitution, and promote the rule of law (no Imperial Presidency, Signing Statements or Executive Orders that change or create laws and wars), and 5) A foreign policy of non-intervention abroad (no non-defense wars for oil and Empire-USA) and strong defense of our Homeland. These principles were promoted by Republican leaders I respect such as Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.

    As a personal introduction, see my bio at Part 6 in the left margin of my campaign site Forward-USA.org. My education is BS-Engineering and MBA-Economics.

    We face critical problems that must be solved soon to avoid the crash of our economy and culture! Obama and Congress have shown little interest in reducing our spending for wars and welfare, so we must EVICT them. I will work closely with those few in Congress (95% Republicans) who agree with my plan. Will you join us? Thanks for your interest and support. Join the fight to ‘Save the USA’!

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    Thanks, Dave 8Nov2012
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    8th November 2012 at 4:28 am

  216. Mi Naem says:

    A good Catholic bishop posted a reference to this article and its title in his “Eleison Comments” (to which I subscribe) of 11/12/24.
    I found this site after a web search for the title. Boy, am I glad I looked! This blog is amazing, and Quinn sure knocked it out of the park with this article.

    The electro-gadgeted eloi will not be quite so cooperative when hungry.
    So, our people are being laid down to sleep during this Huxley phase of our enslavement where it is brutishly unfashionable to publicly concern oneself with country, culture, family, and God.
    So, as we drift off to sleep, our Orwellian nightmare is being prepared for us. Shshshshs.

    9th December 2012 at 10:18 am

  217. Administrator says:

    Mi Naem

    I wonder if that good Catholic bishop has read some of my articles about the Catholic Church coverup of the priest abuse of children.

    9th December 2012 at 10:43 am

  218. Mi Naem says:

    Mr. Administrator,
    Thank you for clarifying that you are a bigoted a$$ whole. It is not all your fault, though. Much of the hierarchy of what remains of the Roman Catholic Church answers to authorities who do not come from Jesus, Peter, or the other apostles. Most of what has happened to the church in the last several decades was foretold by the Blessed Virgin under the title of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. The Pope and the Bishops have disregarded her clear and simple instructions that would have prevented and repaired the damage to so many souls.

    But, to answer your question, I think he would not have bothered. The bishop in question is amply aware of the tragic condition of what passes for the Catholic Church, and is a leader of the movement to undo so many of the changes that have rendered the “Catholic Church” a shell and caricature of its former self. And, he is apparently quite a bit more well aware than you of the fates that likely await us here and hereafter if we continue as we have.

    10th December 2012 at 9:36 pm

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