COMFORTABLY NUMB (Oldie but Goodie)


Posted on 16th November 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Originally published in November 2011.

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?
Come on, now,
I hear you’re feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain
And get you on your feet again.
I need some information first.
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts?

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

As I observe the zombie like reactions of Americans to our catastrophic economic highway to collapse, the continued plundering and pillaging of the national treasury by criminal Wall Street bankers, non-enforcement of existing laws against those who committed the largest crime in history, and reaction to young people across the country getting beaten, bludgeoned, shot with tear gas and pepper sprayed by police, I can’t help but wonder whether there is anyone home. Why are most Americans so passively accepting of these calamitous conditions? How did we become so comfortably numb? I’ve concluded Americans have chosen willful ignorance over thoughtful critical thinking due to their own intellectual laziness and overpowering mind manipulation by the elite through their propaganda emitting media machines. Some people are awaking from their trance, but the vast majority is still slumbering or fuming at erroneous perpetrators.

Both the Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement are a reflection of the mood change in the country, which is a result of government overreach, political corruption, dysfunctional economic policies, and a financial system designed to enrich the few while defrauding the many. The common theme is anger, frustration and disillusionment with a system so badly broken it appears unfixable through the existing supposedly democratic methods. The system has been captured by an oligarchy of moneyed interests from the financial industry, mega-corporations, and military industrial complex, protected by their captured puppets in Washington DC and sustained by the propaganda peddling corporate media. The differences in political parties are meaningless as they each advocate big government solutions to all social, economic, foreign relations, and monetary issues.

There is confusion and misunderstanding regarding the culprits in this drama. It was plain to me last week when I read about a small group of concerned citizens in the next town over who decided to support the Occupy movement by holding a nightly peaceful march to protest the criminal syndicate that is Wall Street and a political system designed to protect them. My local paper asked for people’s reaction to this Constitutional exercising of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Here is a sampling of the comments:

“What are those Occupy people thinking?! The whole concept is foreign to me. There are always going to be the haves and the have nots. Get over it. Blame yourself for not paying more attention in school or not working hard enough. Just wish people would take responsibility.”

“If they worked half as hard actually working as they do being a pain in everyone else’s ass, they’d be rich! Being born does not guarantee success or wealth. Only hard work does. Maybe we should let them all occupy a jail cell or two.”

“If the goal is to irritate hardworking suburban commuters on their way home, that sounds like the perfect time and location.”

“Let’s hope they don’t pitch tents and trash Lansdale. They need to look for a job, not occupy the streets.”

“I work, and even if I wasn’t working I wouldn’t (march); I would be out looking for a JOB!”

I was dumbfounded at the rage directed towards mostly young people who haven’t even begun their working careers and have played no part in the destruction of our economic system underway for the last 30 years. The people making these statements are middle aged, middle class suburbanites. They seem to be just as livid as the OWS protestors, but their ire is being directed towards the only people who have taken a stand against Wall Street greed and Washington D.C. malfeasance. I’m left scratching my head trying to understand their animosity towards people drawing attention to the enormous debt based ponzi scheme that is our country, versus their silent acquiescence to the transfer of trillions in taxpayer dollars to the criminal bankers that have destroyed the worldwide financial system. I can only come to the conclusion the average American has become so apathetic, willfully ignorant of facts and reality, distracted by the techno-gadgets that run their lives, uninterested in anything beyond next week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars or Jersey Shore, and willing to let the corporate media moguls form their opinions for them through relentless propaganda, the only thing that will get their attention is an absolute collapse of our economic scheme. Uninformed, unconcerned, intellectually vacant Americans will get exactly that in the not too distant future.

Greater Depression Hidden from View

“Look at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy.”Aristophanes, Plutus


The anger and vitriol directed at OWS protestors by middle class Americans is a misdirected reaction to a quandary they can’t quite comprehend. They know their lives are getting more difficult but aren’t sure why. They are paying more for energy, food, tuition, and real estate taxes, while the price of their houses decline and their wages stagnate. More than a quarter of all homeowners are underwater on their mortgage and many are drowning in credit card and student loan debt. At the same time, government drones tell them the economy is in its second year of recovery and corporate profits are at all-time highs. Government statistics, false storylines, and entitlement programs are designed to confuse the public and obscure the fact we are in the midst of another Depression. Everyone has seen the pictures of the Great Depression breadlines, farmers forced off their land during the dustbowl, and downtrodden Americans in soup kitchens. The economic conditions today are as bad as or worse than the Great Depression. This Depression is hidden from plain view because there are no unemployment lines, bread lines, or soup lines. We are experiencing an electronic Great Depression, as food stamps, unemployment compensation, Social security payments and welfare benefits are electronically delivered to millions of recipients.

There have been over 12 million foreclosure actions since 2007, with millions of Americans losing their homes. Another 16 million homeowners are underwater on their mortgages as home prices continue to fall and the economy sinks further by the day. The value of household real estate has fallen from $22.7 trillion in 2006 to $16.2 trillion today, a loss of $6.5 trillion concentrated among the middle class. In contrast, mortgage debt has only decreased by $600 billion mostly due to write-offs by the banks that created fraudulent mortgage products to lure Americans into debt.

The unemployment rate in the United States reached 25% during the Great Depression. The government manipulated fictional unemployment rate reported to the public by drones at the BLS is currently 9.0%. They conveniently ignore the millions of people who have given up looking for work and those who have taken jobs as part-time pickle ploppers at McDonalds, when they previously assembled automobiles at GM. The true number of unemployed/underemployed is 23%.

Since 2007, unemployment has officially gone up by 7 million. In reality, the same percentage of the working age population should be employed today as in 2007 (63%). Since only 58.4% of the working age population is employed today (lowest since 1983), another 4 million needs to be added to the official unemployment tally. The fact is there are 240 million working age Americans and only 140 million are employed. This means there are 100 million working age Americans not working, but our government only classifies 14 million of them as unemployed. There is certainly millions of stay at home moms, students, and legitimately disabled among the 86 million people classified as not in the labor force, but you can’t tell me that another 20 to 30 million of these people couldn’t or wouldn’t work if given the opportunity.

The deception in government reported figures is borne out by the most successful government program of the Obama administration, which has been adding participants at an astounding rate. The Food Stamp program has been a smashing success as we’ve added 13.8 million Americans to this fine program since Obama’s inauguration, a mere 43% increase in less than three years. There are now 45.8 million Americans dependent upon food stamps for survival, 14.7% of the U.S. population. This program began in 1969 and enrollment always surges during recessions and declines during recoveries. But a funny thing happened during our current “recovery”. The government reported our recession over in December 2009. It was certainly over for the Wall Street psychopaths as they rewarded themselves with $43 billion of bonuses in 2009/2010. The number of Americans on food stamps has risen by 6.8 million during this government sponsored “recovery”. You’ll be happy to know that Obama’s good buddy – Jamie Dimon – and his well run machine at JP Morgan earns hundreds of millions administering the SNAP program.

Since 2007, Federal government transfer payments have increased from $1.7 trillion annually to $2.3 trillion, a 35% increase in four years. This is surely a sign of a recovering economy. Bernanke’s zero interest rate policy has stolen $400 billion per year from senior citizens and savers and handed it to the very bankers who caused the pain and suffering of millions. Personal interest income has declined from $1.4 trillion to $1.0 trillion, while Wall Street faux profits have soared. The game plan of the oligarchy has been to transfer hundreds of billions from taxpayers to bankers, report profits through accounting entries reducing loan loss reserves, pump up their stock prices and convince clueless lemming investors to buy newly issued shares at inflated valuations. The plan has failed. The zero interest rate policy’s unintended consequences have caused revolutions throughout the Middle East and massive food inflation across the developing world.

The single biggest reason the middle class feel frustrated, angry and like they are falling behind is due to the Federal Reserve and the relentless never ending inflation they produce in order to support their masters on Wall Street and provide cover for the trillions in debt spending by politicians in Washington DC. It is no surprise that beginning in 1980 when government spending began to accelerate much more rapidly than government revenues, the government decided to “tweak” how it measured inflation. The government reports inflation at 3.5% today. The truth is inflation is running in excess of 10% if measured exactly as it was in 1980. That’s right, we have a recession and we have inflation in double digits. No wonder the masses are restless.

The reason middle class Americans are being methodically exterminated and driven into poverty is the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve. Since 1971, when Nixon extinguished the last vestiges of the gold standard and unleashed politicians to spend borrowed money without immediate consequence, the U.S. dollar has lost 82% of its purchasing power using the government manipulated CPI. In reality, it has lost over 90% of its purchasing power. The average American, after decades of being dumbed down by government sanctioned education, is incapable of understanding the impact of inflation on their lives. As their wages rise 2% to 3% per year and inflation rises 5% to 10% per year, they get poorer day by day. The Wall Street banks, who own the Federal Reserve, step in and convince the average American to substitute debt for real wealth in order to keep living the modern techno-lifestyle sold to them by mainstream corporate media.

The oligarchy of moneyed interests have done a spectacular job convincing the working middle class they should be angry at 20 year old OWS protestors, illegal immigrants and the inner city welfare class, rather than the true culprits – the Federal Reserve, Wall Street banks and mega-corporations. This is a testament to the power of propaganda and the intellectual slothfulness of the average American. U.S. based mega-corporations fired 864,000 higher wage American workers between 2000 and 2010, while hiring almost 3 million workers in low wage foreign countries, using their billions in cash to buy back their own stocks, and paying corporate executives shamefully excessive compensation. The corporate mainstream media treats corporate CEO’s like rock stars as if they deserve to be compensated at a level 243 times the average worker. The S&P 500 consists of the 500 biggest companies in America and while the executives of these companies have reaped millions in compensation, the stock index for these companies is at the exact level it was on July 9, 1998. Over the last thirteen years workers were fired by the thousands, shareholders earned 0% (negative 39% on an inflation adjusted basis), and executives got fabulously rich.

Man made inflation has stealthily devastated millions of lives over the last four decades. When the weekly wages of the average worker are adjusted for inflation, they are making 12% less than they did in 1971. Using a real non-manipulated measure of inflation, the average worker is making 30% less than they did in 1971. Sadly, our math challenged populace only comprehend their wages have doubled in the last forty years, without understanding the true impact of inflation. Thankfully, the Wall Street debt dealers with a helping hand from Madison Avenue propaganda peddlers stepped up to the plate and imprisoned the middle class with the shackles of $2.5 trillion in consumer debt. So, while real wages have fallen 30% since 1971, consumer debt has increased by 1,700%.

Americans have been snookered into renouncing their citizenship and converting to being mindless consumers. Citizenship requires a person to be actively engaged in the community with obligations to fellow citizens and future generations. Consumerism requires people to love things, embrace debt, worry about what others have, and become driven by the accumulation of possessions and the appearance of wealth. The disgusting exhibition that Madison Avenue maggots have coined Black Friday is the ultimate display of consumerism. In a nauseating display of senseless spending driven by retail conglomerates, Americans act like Pavlov’s salivating dogs by lining up for hours to stampede over and pepper spray other consumers to get the ultimate deal on that Chinese made toaster oven, Vietnamese made laptop, Korean made HDTV, or Mexican made tortilla maker. They don’t seem to grasp the irony of going deeper into debt buying cheap crap made in foreign countries by the workers who took their jobs. The mainstream media proclaims a hugely successful Black Friday as millions bought crap they didn’t need with money they don’t have, while millions more ate their Thanksgiving meals in food shelters – unreported by the media.This repulsive manifestation of consumerism is applauded and encouraged by our government, as described by George Monbiot:

“Governments are deemed to succeed or fail by how well they make money go round, regardless of whether it serves any useful purpose. They regard it as a sacred duty to encourage the country’s most revolting spectacle: the annual feeding frenzy in which shoppers queue all night, then stampede into the shops, elbow, trample and sometimes fight to be the first to carry off some designer junk which will go into landfill before the sales next year. The madder the orgy, the greater the triumph of economic management.”

The masses have been brainwashed by those in power into thinking consumer spending utilizing debt is essential for a strong economy, when the exact opposite is the truth. Saving and investment are the essential ingredients to a strong economy. Debt based spending only benefits bankers, mega-corporations, and politicians.

Mass Manipulation through Propaganda

“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 

Edward Bernays, the father of propaganda to control the masses, would be so proud of his disciples running our country today. He clearly believed only an elite few were intellectually capable of running the show. Essentially, he hit upon the concept of the 1% telling the 99% what they should think and believe over eighty years ago. The mechanisms for controlling the thoughts, beliefs, and actions of the population are so much more efficient today. The conditioning begins when we are children, as every child will be bombarded with at least 30,000 hours of propaganda broadcast by media corporations by the time they reach adulthood. Their minds are molded and they are instructed what to believe and what to value. Those in control of society want to keep the masses entertained at an infantile level, with instant gratification and satisfying desires as their only considerations. The elite have achieved their Alpha status through intellectual superiority, control of the money system, and control of the political process. Their power emanates from eliminating choices, while giving the illusion of choice to the masses. People think they are free, when in reality they are slaves to a two party political system, a few Wall Street banks, and whatever our TVs tell us to buy.

Our entire system is designed to control the thoughts and actions of the masses. In many ways it is done subtly, while recently it has become more bold and blatant. It is essential for the ruling elite to keep control of our minds through media messages and the educational system. It is not a surprise that our public education system has methodically deteriorated over the last four decades. The government gained control over education and purposely teaches our children selected historical myths, social engineering gibberish and only the bare essentials of math and science. The government creates the standardized tests and approves the textbooks. We are left with millions of functionally illiterate children that grow into non-critical thinking adults. This is the exact result desired by the 1%. If too many of the 99% were able to ignore the media propaganda and think for themselves, revolution would result. This is why the moneyed interests have circled the wagons, invoked police state thug tactics, and used all the powers of their media machine to squash the OWS movement. It threatens their power and control.

“Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

A highly educated engaged citizenry would be a danger to the existing social order. The 1%, educated at our finest universities, does not want average Americans to obtain a great education for a reasonable price. They want them to get a worthless diploma at an excessively high price tag and become debt slaves to the Wall Street 1%. They want uneducated, indebted consumers, not educated productive citizens. Our republic has been slowly perverted since the time of its inception. The insidious process had been slow and methodical until 1913. The establishment of the Federal Reserve by an elite group of bankers and their politician friends and the establishment of a personal income tax created the conditions that have allowed a small cabal of powerful men to dictate the course of our economic, political, social, and military policies for the last 98 years. Anyone that chooses to open their eyes and awake from the propaganda induced stupor can see the result of allowing a small group of corrupt authoritarian men using their power to pervert our government into tyranny. The majority remains oppressed, buried under trillions of debt, while the shysters reap obscene profits, poison the worldwide economic system, and walk away unscathed in the aftermath of their crimes.

The ruling oligarchy has become so brazen in the last few years that it has attracted the attention of the critical thinking minority. The advent of the internet has allowed these critical thinking few to analyze the un-sanitized facts, discuss the issues, and provide truth amidst a blizzard of lies. The proliferation of truth telling websites (Zero Hedge, Mish, Financial Sense, Naked Capitalism) has allowed truth seekers to bypass the government sanctioned corporate media. The pillaging of society by the politically powerful, corrupt 1% is plain to see in the graphs below.

The divergence in household income was not the result of hard work, superior intellectual firepower, or the media touted entrepreneurial spirit of the rich. It was the result of the 1% capturing the economic and political system of the United States and using it to ransack the wealth of the formerly working middle class. The fatal flaw which will ultimately result in a fitting end for the powerful elitists is their egos. They are psychopaths, unable to feel empathy for their fellow man. Enough is never enough. They always want more. Life is a game to them. They truly believe they can pull the right strings and continue to accumulate more riches. But they are wrong. They are blinded by their hubris. There are limits to growth based solely on debt and we’ve reached that limit. The world is crumbling under the weight of crippling debt created by these Wall Street psychopaths, while the corrupted bought off politicians try to shift the losses from the bankers who incurred them to the citizens who have already been fleeced. Nomi Prins captures the essence of our current situation:

“Today, the stock prices of the largest US banks are about as low as they were in the early part of 2009, not because of euro-contagion or Super-committee super-incompetence (a useless distraction anyway) but because of the ongoing transparency void surrounding the biggest banks amidst their central-bank-covered risks, and the political hot potato of how many emergency loans are required to keep them afloat at any given moment.  Because investors don’t know their true exposures, any more than in early 2009. Because US banks catalyzed the global crisis that is currently manifesting itself in Europe. Because there never was a separate US housing crisis and European debt crisis. Instead, there is a worldwide, systemic, unregulated, uncontained, rapacious need for the most powerful banks and financial institutions to leverage whatever could be leveraged in whatever forms it could be leveraged in. So, now we’re just barely in the second quarter of the game of thrones, where the big banks are the kings, the ECB, IMF and the Fed are the money supply, and the populations are the powerless serfs. Yeah, let’s play the ECB inflation game, while the world crumbles.”

Those in power are beginning to lose control. You can sense their desperation. Their propaganda is losing its impact as the pain for millions of Americans has become acute. The outrage and anger flaring across the country on a daily basis, reflected in the OWS movement, is just the beginning of a revolutionary period descending upon this nation. The existing social order will be swept away, but they will not go without a fight. They will use their control of the police, military and media to try and crush the coming rebellion.

 The Dream is Gone

“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” – Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome

In addition to controlling the monetary system and brainwashing the inhabitants with relentless propaganda, the ruling class has used their control of the political process to impose thousands of laws, statutes, rules, and regulations upon the citizens. Again, an apathetic, distracted, trusting populace has been easily convinced that more laws will make them safe and secure. They have willingly sacrificed liberty, freedom and self reliance for the façade of safety, security and protection. The overwhelming number of government rules and regulations are designed to control you and insure your compliance and obedience to those in power. In a non-corrupt society inhabited by citizens willing to honor their obligations, government’s function is to insure property rights and defend the country from foreign invaders. Citizens don’t need to be herded like sheep with threats of imprisonment to do what is right. We don’t need 90,000 pages of regulations telling us the difference between right and wrong.

There were 400 pages of Federal Tax rules when the 1% personal income tax was implemented in 1913. Did the 18,000% increase in tax rules since 1913 benefit the average American or did they benefit the 1% who hires the lobbyists to write the rules which are passed into law by the politicians who receive their campaign contributions from the 1%? Do you ever wonder why you pay more taxes than a billionaire Wall Street hedge fund manager? Do you think our tax system is designed to benefit billionaires and mega-corporations when corporations with billions of income pay little or no taxes? Complexity and confusion benefits those who can create and take advantage of the complexity and confusion. Corporations and special interests have used their wealth to bribe politicians to design loopholes, credits, and exemptions that benefit their interests. The corruption of the system is terminal.

“The mistake you make, don’t you see, is in thinking one can live in a corrupt society without being corrupt oneself. After all, what do you achieve by refusing to make money? You’re trying to behave as though one could stand right outside our economic system. But one can’t. One’s got to change the system, or one changes nothing. One can’t put things right in a hole-and-corner way, if you take my meaning.”George Orwell

The American people are paying the price for allowing a few evil men to gain control of our government. The American people cowered in fear as the 342 page Patriot Act was somehow written in a few weeks after 9/11, introduced in Congress on October 23, passed the House on October 24 with no debate, passed the Senate on October 25 with no debate, and signed into law on October 26 by George Bush. A law passed by the ruling elite that stripped Americans of their freedoms and liberties was passed using fear mongering false patriotism propaganda to squelch dissent and the American people had no say in the matter. The government has used fear to keep the American people under control. We now unquestioningly accept being molested in airports. We shrug as our intelligence agencies eavesdrop on our telephone conversations and emails without the need for a court order. It is now taken for granted that we imprison people without charging them with a crime and assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries with predator drones. Invading countries and going to war no longer requires a declaration of war by Congress as required by the Constitution. The State grows ever more powerful.

Therefore, it is no surprise that Americans sit idly by, watching their 52 inch HDTVs,  as young people across the country are beaten, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets and tear gas, and scorned and ridiculed by corporate media pundits for exercising their free speech rights to peacefully protest our corrupt system. The American tradition of civil disobedience is considered domestic terrorism by those in authority. Our beloved protectors in the Orwellian named Department of Homeland Security write reports classifying Ron Paul supporters and returning Iraq veterans as potential terrorists. If the powers that be get their way, the internet will be locked down and controlled, as it poses a huge threat to their thought control endeavors. Freedom to think, learn, question and organize resistance is unacceptable in the eyes of the elite. The country has reached a tipping point. Will enough right thinking Americans stand up and fight to bring down this corrupt system, or will we be herded silently to slaughter. The truth is there is something terribly wrong in this country. We are facing a myriad of problems that will require courage and common sense to overcome. We need only look in the mirror to find the guilty party. It is time to stop letting fear dictate our actions. Conflict is coming to this country due to the evil sanctioned by our corrupt leaders and the upright men and women who will bear the burden of destroying that evil.

Our civilization has adopted the worst aspects of the two most famous dystopian novels in history – Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World. The question is whether the population of this country is too far gone to recover. The answer to that question will determine whether the country chooses authoritarian dictatorship or a renewal of our founding principles. Aldous Huxley understood the three pillars of Western civilization fifty years ago and that their destruction would result in a collapse of our economic system:

“Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence – those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you’d collapse. And while you people are over-consuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.”

The three pillars sustaining the American empire edifice of never ending war, ever accumulating debt and excessive consumerism are crumbling. The growing corruption and weight of un-payable debt have weakened the very foundation of our grand experiment. The existing structure will surely collapse. My entire adult life has tracked the decline of the American empire. I had become comfortably numb. I came to my senses and began to question all the Federal government/Wall Street/Corporate Media sponsored truths about eight years ago. Many others have also awoken and begun to challenge the false storylines dictated by those in power.

The young people leading the protests across this land are showing tremendous courage and a tenacity of spirit that has been dormant for decades among the lethargic, distracted, over-medicated public. Despite being subjected to government education conditioning, these young people have zeroed in on the enemy. They may not have all the solutions, but they have correctly identified the corrupt banking system as the central nervous system of this vampire squid sucking the life out of our nation. I will support any effort to shine a light on our crooked system. My three young sons deserve a chance at a better life than they will get under the thumb of this oligarchic criminal enterprise. As a child I caught a fleeting glimpse of the American Dream. I turned to look, but it was gone. I choose not to become comfortably numb. I choose to do whatever it will take to renew the opportunity for my sons to achieve the American Dream.

When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

  1. Stan says:

    The only hope for us is a total collapse in this false economic system and some severe pain. Then perhaps we can start over.

    “Peace in our time”


    27th November 2011 at 7:46 am

  2. DavosSherman says:



    27th November 2011 at 8:00 am

  3. flash says:

    Stop it Jim! Do you want to stampede the heard?
    The sheeple can’t handle the truth and desperately need to embrace ignorance and denial as a coping mechanism


    27th November 2011 at 8:21 am

  4. flash says:

    The sheep inevitably choose mentally ill in thugs like the Churchill, Bush, FDR, Stalin, Mao, Johnson, Reagan,Obama et al over men of peace every day of the week.

    As admin so eloquently pointed out in his comparative of the duties of one engaged in community as opposed to a bleating consumer, the sheep prefer absolute control in all affairs of state and will blindly obey any tool the oligarch choose.


    27th November 2011 at 8:32 am

  5. ragman says:

    They will not give up their power. ’12 will see increased civil unrest, violence, beatings and shootings all in the name of “safety and anti-terrorism”. Obongo will attempt to declare and enforce martial law. We must be disarmed for them to exercise total control, and this will initially result in gun registration followed by confiscation. I’m talking house-to-house searches of the no-notice break your fucking door down variety. Every one of us that has filled out a yellow sheet at a dealer is on record somewhere. Pretty simple for F-troop to visit the dealers and demand to see said records. I really don’t need any more guns, but IF the need arises my purchases will be private with no paperwork. This probably will not happen until his second term, but it’s coming. Any ammo and accessories that I have purchased on the ‘net will be relocated. Target shooting will be done with ammo purchased for cash. Admin has put together a post that is simply incredible. I find it hard to believe that a Boomer didn’t write it it is so good. Yes, we have become comfortably numb. That is the easy way to go. Critical thinking requires an investment of time and energy into something besides American Idol, Dancing or some other mindless shit they provide as part of our 2011 “bread and circuses”. A blessed and peaceful Sunday to all. Once again we MUST read and digest what Admin had taken the time to provide for us.


    27th November 2011 at 8:35 am

  6. Diogenes says:

    Outstanding – Thank You

    Bernays was Freud’s nephew: he came to America and used his uncle’s insights to found our most depraved endeavor – mass indoctrination and manipulation. He is the father of all modern propaganda, marketing and public relation techniques. He became rich. He was scum.

    I have long urged everyone to watch the great documentary series “Century of the Self” by Adam Curtis:

    A good supplement is Frontline’s “The Persuaders” by Douglas Rushkoff:

    Then top it off with Bill Hicks on Marketing:


    27th November 2011 at 8:50 am

  7. efarmer says:

    Even those that were ripped off by MF Global are apparently numb. Where is the outrage? Why isn’t Jon C’s head on a stick for all to see?

    The theft goes on and on and on………………………….




    27th November 2011 at 9:16 am

  8. DavosSherman says:

    One day people are going to wake up and realize what the fuck rope was made for—while it will put and end to this happy horeseshit it won’t be a pretty time.


    27th November 2011 at 9:35 am

  9. DaveP says:

    “I can only come to the conclusion the average American has become so apathetic, willfully ignorant of facts and reality, distracted by the techno-gadgets that run their lives, uninterested in anything beyond next week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars or Jersey Shore, and willing to let the corporate media moguls form their opinions for them through relentless propaganda, the only thing that will get their attention is an absolute collapse of our economic scheme.”

    This is undoubtedly true, and is probably the case for the majority of the people in this country. And therein lies the rub. Since the rage seems to be directed toward a more democratic society, if the majority already is, or wants to be as you describe, why isn’t this majority desire respected?

    Not saying it is right, or good, but apparently it’s what the majority wants, or things probably would have collapsed a long time ago. If the majority of the sheep don’t mind sacrificing a few to the wolves so they may live, who’s to say they’re wrong? Animal herds/swarms do this all the time.
    Of course it would suck for you to be one of the sheep being sacrificed. I see this process being extended into every aspect of our lives. Medical care, jobs, pensions, lifestyle. I think it’s been going on for decades.

    The herds didn’t mind a couple of deaths, and assaults on Black Friday. They didn’t seem to be bothered by any world events while hey stampeded into stores. Don’t you think the herds will trample/or demand the trampling the OWS crowd if they become an alarming concern that could jeopardize the herd?


    27th November 2011 at 9:40 am

  10. Old Buck says:



    27th November 2011 at 10:42 am

  11. James O'Meara says:

    Great essay. Not even as depressing as it might have been, since after all collapse may both be coming, and be what’s needed.

    Speaking of propaganda, did anyone else notice something odd about those quotes purporting to be “people’s reaction” ? They read like talking points from a GOP fax. Each one complete sentences, well balanced, grammatical, hitting all the metaphors and images. No one would write dialog like that in a novel or play. It’s like they interviewed Larry Kudlow of CNBS and just took five sentences and attributed them to “the people.”

    Either that story is fake [likely, with our “free media”] or people are even more brainwashed then I imagined. It’s been amazing, over the last 30 years, to see ideas that were “kooky” [“Lower taxes raise more revenue!”] are now automatically mouthed by “the people.”


    27th November 2011 at 10:59 am

  12. brann says:

    its called devolution—-these people are becoming a new species—-not evolving,but devolving—homo consumeri–in need of more stuff to fill his empty soul.


    27th November 2011 at 11:03 am

  13. Josey Wales says:

    Another Great one

    I will see you in Montana.


    27th November 2011 at 11:21 am

  14. Administrator says:


    Your movie was on AMC last night. I watched it as I was finishing this article. It gets better with age.


    27th November 2011 at 11:32 am

  15. Stan says:

    Get 3 coffins ready!!

    I never get tired of that.


    27th November 2011 at 11:30 am

  16. Guest Post: Comfortably Numb » A Taoistmonk's Life says:

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    27th November 2011 at 11:34 am

  17. Administrator says:

    “The devil is no fool. He can get people feeling about heaven the way they ought to feel about hell. He can make them fear the means of grace the way they do not fear sin. And he does so, not by light but by obscurity, not by realities but by shadows; not by clarity and substance, but by dreams and the creatures of psychosis. And men are so poor in intellect that a few cold chills down their spine will be enough to keep them from ever finding out the truth about anything.”

    Thomas Merton


    27th November 2011 at 11:42 am

  18. John Coster says:

    Jesus! I guess this essay about sums it up. A couple of ideas occur to me:

    The only glimmer of hope, albeit very faint, seems to be the Ron Paul campaign, simply because there is no one else with the courage to stand up for the Constitution in the face the onslaught Jim has so forcefully chronicled. Since there seems no way for him to actually “win” the Republican nomination, the presidential contest, absent a 3rd party candidacy, will come down to a media match up between Obomber and whichever buffoon emerges victorious from the touring clown car of the Republican primaries. Of course it is entirely possible that the whole circus will be manipulated to the extent deemed necessary by electronic voting machines anyhow, but, IF Ron Paul were somehow able to mount a 3rd party attempt ((call it the Constitution Party), I would suggest a simple graphic image that might help the cause. Remember the iconic image from Obomber’s campaign, the colorized photo under which was written the word “HOPE”? I’d like to see that image juxtaposed with one of the Republican candidate, colorized exactly in the same manner. The banner across Obomber would read “NOPE”. The one across the other clown would say “DOPE”. We could refer to the candidates as “Nope and Dope”. Beneath this graphic, it could say “Vote Ron Paul”. I know this 3rd party idea is probably far fetched, but one can always dream.

    Now to a less happy thought, the subject that makes us all sick with fear, anger, brain-freeze or downright craziness: 9/11. A subject pertinent to Jim’s essay. I think most can agree that since 9/11, the plundering of our country has gathered a terrifying momentum. Of course many believe the government story of 9/11 simply because from a distance it appears plausible. Hijacked planes crashing into buildings causing them to burn and collapse, a terrorist piloting a plane into the Pentagon in an act of martyrdom. It’s understandable that people would never look beyond this very general description. However, any close scrutiny of the crime scenes, even a look at the most common television footage, demonstrates the absurdity of the scenario. That story would have you believe that relatively small fires caused by airplanes crashing into TWO buildings made THREE buildings, the two towers and Building 7 ( a very different kind of structure from the towers), collapse in the exact manner of a controlled demolition, symmetrically, at free fall speed. This, even though NO such steel framed buildings have EVER collapsed due to fire, even when the fires were much greater than those at the World Trade Center. This point is illustrated by the fire fighters’ lack of concern about such an outcome and their confidence that the fires were under control. There is simply no known way to make buildings collapse in such a rapid and symmetrical manner except through precisely placed explosions, explosions that look just like the the explosions seen in numerous 9/11 videos. In the case of building 7, we even have the public statement by Larry Silverstein , the lease holder, that they “decided to pull” the building, something that could not have happened without weeks of preparation. “Pull” is term for taking down a structure through demolition. I myself heard Gulianni live on TV describing his flight from Building 7. He said that he had been told that the buildings were going to come down and described his escape to safety. Hmmm…that’s interesting. No one told the cops or firemen who were about to die.

    I was working in a recording studio in lower Manhattan during much of that September and will never forget the toxic cloud that rose up in the darkness every night where once the lights of the Towers had stood. That cloud now seems a symbol of the darkness that has shut down critical thinking and intellectual freedom in the USA. Numerous serious investigators have demonstrated the falsehood and impossibility of the government account. They include eminent theologian and philosopher, David Ray Griffin, Lt. Colonel Bob Bowman, a former director of the early star wars program, Richard Gage and hundreds of professional architects and engineers; the list is endless. This past summer, prominent scientists gathered in Toronto to examine physical evidence such as the chemical residue of explosive thermite which was widely present in dust from the Trade Center. The agreed that the three trade center buildings were taken down by explosives.

    Over the years I’ve had a chance to spend time with many of the best known “Truthers”, Col. Bowman, Senator Mike Gravell, Willie Rodrigues, the 9/11 hero feted by Bush who gave up a Republican sponsored political career because his conscience dictated that he tell what he had actually seen on that day. All of these people have risked much and gained nothing from taking up the cause. I don’t know exactly who carried out the 9/11 operation or whether or not real Islamic terrorists were flying any of the planes. I do know, however, that official Washington has gone to great lengths to cover up the crime and that vast amounts of money have changed hands as a result of the events of 9/11, swelling the coffers of the national “security” state while the nation itself becomes increasingly impoverished and indeed less secure. I realize that accepting that 9/11 as an horrific act of teason is almost unthinkable and seems wildly implausible, but when forced to choose between the impossible and the implausible, what choice do we have?

    But why such an ultimately transparent crime? Why not a big bomb in the Mall of America or some other event that really could have been carried out by Osama et al.? Maybe it had to do with destroying the SEC documents supposedly in Building 7, collecting the big insurance check that went to Silverstein? Who knows? Maybe it was classic mind control>Force a whole culture to believe the preposterous, paralyze the thinking of the nation, freeze everyone in a state cognitive dissonance, then distract them with silly consumer fantasies, while you fleece the sheep, all of course for the greater good of preserving order and the flow of oil. I F**KING HATE THIS SUBJECT. SOMEONE PLEASE SHOW ME WHERE I’M WRONG> I’m writing this when I should be firing up the old chainsaw and helping a neighbor clean up the mess from that freak blizzard and turn the mess into firewood. One last thought: Maybe we need another bumper sticker slogan to help clean up our current post 9/11 mess and wake us up before it’s too late: “Bring the 9/11 Traitors to Justice”. OK, one other last thought: Maybe we need to let the traitors off the hook and hope that before they go to hell they will content themselves with counting their money and leave us in peace……. Fat Chance.

    Curious? Check out Col Bowman below or google any of the names I’ve mentioned. The woodpile awaits.


    27th November 2011 at 11:43 am

  19. Barbarossa says:

    Our ruling elites will see to it that Ron Paul (or anyone like him) shall never achieve power – they shall isolate him or kill him if necessary. Violent revolution is now the only solution (Liebermann, mark this post as “terrorist”).


    27th November 2011 at 11:50 am

  20. Stucky says:

    There is a War being waged on the citizens of the United States … by the United States … and we are losing on many fronts.


    Counter-terrorism and national security is the official ideology of the U.S. totalitarian state. All domestic and foreign crimes are justified under the umbrella of security and defense. The State generates fear and insecurity so that the people support the false and permanent war on terror. We are in a permanent psychological state of subservience resulting in the destruction of our free will.

    ALL totalitarian states rely on fear ….. it is the life-blood that keeps the fascist state going. But enemies don’t fall out of the sky. So the State creates external enemies to keep the people submissive and scared. The State painstakingly design a menu of propaganda, lies, and disinformation. Aren’t you afraid of Syria yet?

    But it is not enough to generate fear about an outside enemy. We also need internal enemies. Homemade terrorists. They are EVERYWHERE! You could be one for merely having the wrong bumper sticker. Or, saying you hate cops. Or, literally a thousand other reasons. “Temporary” Patriot Acts are renewed without debate, and even more heinous liberty removing laws are even now on the docket.

    Drama, blood, murder, ….. all this fear shuts down critical thinking and makes people even more stupid than they already are … if that’s even possible … and keeps the real terrorists, the scum in Washington, in power.

    Washington is one party dictatorship with two political factions. All other choices will be mocked, destroyed, or assimilated. The will of the power elite prevails over the will of the people. This false two-party paradigm allows the elite to remain in control and continue to loot America without being discovered as the real enemy of the American people.

    The public space is an urban war zone; para-militarized police SWAT teams, helicopters, infrared sensing, really heavy militarized weaponry, video surveillance systems, geographic mapping systems, and even more recently, drone systems … tactics once reserved for real enemies in foreign lands, now used daily with impunity against Americans.

    We’re living in a prison society where the cop is a guard and the citizen is an inmate who is considered guilty and a potential violent threat to the state. Public space is an urban war zone. The rule of law is dead. Instead, police officers are brainwashed and used to rape the public in the name of security.
    4. DRUGS.

    Have a couple marijuana cigs in your possession and you might spend ten years in jail depending on which state you live in.

    Run a small herbal or natural drug business, or sell raw milk and the Feds will shut you down, fine you, and/or send you to jail.

    But the Feds just LOVE pharmaceutical drugs. Legalized drugs that are pushed nearly non-stop on television. Drugs whose side effects are often worse than the cure. Drugs that are known to maim and cause death. The FDA – populated and run by former drug pushers, errr, drug company lobbyists and executives – approving this shit without hesitation. The US Government – the biggest dope pusher on the planet. Hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars of anti-depressant “happy drugs” sold every year. These drugs that actually alter your brain chemistry … and keep you stupid, sedated, and satisfied.

    The most important element of culture is storytelling. Stories connect us with our past, inform our present actions, and point the way towards the future. Sadly, the overwhelming masses get their Story from mass media – a hijacking and manipulation on a scale unknown in human history.

    The entire edifice of “mainstream” culture is designed to control thought and speech. State propaganda and predictive programming techniques are regularly used in T.V. programming and films to control behavior and thoughts. The manipulation of mass culture by the elite is part of a larger war against the mental integrity of the individual and the free will of the people We have been turned into animals under this psychological prison system.

    Politicians all lie constantly. Corporate Annual Reports are full of lies. Head Coaches lie. Wall Street lies about everything. Teachers and their unions lie. Church leaders lie. Madison Avenue Ad execs lie …. Virtually every one of the million commercials you’ll see in your lifetime is one big lie either of omission or commission. Your financial analyst lies. We are a nation of liars, and all we do is shrug our shoulders.

    It wasn’t always thus. There was a time when social stigma, shame, or ridicule carried power.

    Now, massive liars and cheaters lead in the polls. Scum like Newt. Truth-tellers are treated like outcasts and driven outside of the community while the biggest liars and mass murderers lead the nation. In a just world, unjust men like Bush and Obama would not just be shamed, but hanged, and buried in the sea. But the reverse is happening. Depending on your political bent these creatures are called saviors of the nation and defenders of freedom.

    Meanwhile, Ron Paul is stigmatized as “loony” for advocating freedom in America and peace in the Middle East. And all the other sociopathic madmen who chatter at the Republican debates calling for more endless wars are given the most media attention. America has done an about face. Stigma is no longer career ending … it is life giving. Evil is now good. God help us all.


    27th November 2011 at 11:53 am

  21. Anonymous says:

    “The devil’s no fool.”

    And… “God’s Away, God’s Away,

    God’s Away on Business”

    “Goddamn there’s always such
    A big temptation
    To be good, To be good
    There’s always free cheddar in
    A mousetrap, baby
    It’s a deal, it’s a deal…”


    27th November 2011 at 11:57 am

  22. Diogenes says:

    whoops – sorry – last comment was me


    27th November 2011 at 11:58 am

  23. ZapMan says:

    Nice post, clearly lays it out there for those who don’t want to keep their heads buried in the sand. I will pass this one around and discuss with family and friends; hopefully awaken some from their slumber.


    27th November 2011 at 12:04 pm

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  26. Greg Moon » Excellent Summation of the Current State of Affairs says:

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    27th November 2011 at 12:24 pm

  27. Muck About says:

    @John Coster: You truthers give me a bad case of gas. I was watching when the second aircraft smacked its’ target tower. Later, watched video of the the first plane strike.

    After I watched both towers get hit, I went into the bathroom and threw up. The mental pain was unbelievable. Watching the videos of the firemen huddling in the sub-floor area between the two buildings listening to the thud and crash of bodies smashing into the roof above them as people jumped to their death rather than burn to death literally burned itself into my psyche.

    The only thing that saved the White House was the suicide charge by passengers in the aircraft over PA and the pilot crashed the plane there rather than have it retaken.

    If the conspiracy theory crowd wants to play, then play with the fact that people all up and down the line ignored warning from FBO operators and individual instructors about the middle Eastern people wanting to learn how to fly but no bother taking off or landing the aircraft. The FBI was advised several times and chose to ignore the warnings.

    There were no pre-planted explosives in lower Manhattan that day. Only mad men flying airplanes and dying men and women who were their victims. I will die with those terrible images burned into my brain.

    As terrible as that was, back on 9/11/2001, it does not justify the loss of freedoms that have happened since. It was a “crises that shouldn’t be wasted” as the current Mayor of Chicago once said and since the Federal Government is a cancer on America’s mortal body, the Feds took advantage of it to grow ever bigger and more oppressive in response to it.

    Too bad. We now need to reverse the process and floating bull shit fantasies about conspiracy theory and planted explosives will certainly not help that along.



    27th November 2011 at 12:36 pm

  28. ido'tknow says:

    i have come to realize after observing this blog and the responders, appears that most are what some like to claim as earthers. meaning that they are’nt understanding that a grasshopper turns black after the frost or that leaves change color. it is very gratifying that my dad was right, back in the forties when the govt. got heavily involed in agriculture ,subsidies, land banks, milk pricing controls etc.. his only comment “this won’t last”. wise man my dad. i love it, not to worry, someone said something about geese and golden eggs. “oh well life is hard”. its like i told my sons. we(meaning my sons and me) “we know how to do it, they can only talk about it”. experience is a great teacher if you can afford the schooling. don’t forget the people of walmart have rights too.if you don’t like the grammar or the composition structure, do like the rest do, shoot the messanger



    27th November 2011 at 12:39 pm

  29. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    +1000 Another one hit otta the park. And the Cubs win the World Series!!!

    Too bad the vast majority of American sheeple, and their leaders, have brains of Teflon and this kind of stuff will just slide right off.

    That’s right, brains of Teflon. Teflon as you know is the completely artificial, manufactured substance you coat a substance with if you don’t want anything to stick. In the case of your frying pan, it is burned bits. In the case of your brain, it is truth or reality. All of the consumerism (=faux economic growth), propaganda (=news), leadership (=warmongering) of the past 30 years has been a masterful coating of the brains of the citizenry with a perfect way to numb them, comfortably, to the crimes of the financial and political elites.

    And the real tragedy is that most of the American sheeple have applied the Teflon to their own brains, wilfully, gleefully, financing their own enslavement in a vain pursuit of a Lifestye of the Rich and Famous.

    Good thing we have this thing like the internet and blogs like these to turn some people’s brains to velcro.

    Hopefully something good will stick.


    27th November 2011 at 1:01 pm

  30. The “sad state of affairs” in this “criminal infested” Financial Collapse! « The Big Green Lie says:



    27th November 2011 at 1:04 pm

  31. Bill says:

    Blah, blah, blah,
    nothing new under the sun, you are just waking up to the fact that capitalism requires the exploitation of somebody, be they slaves, serfs, indentured servents, indentured seaman, share croppers, Chinese imigrants who built railroads, foreigners in underdeveloped countries who sell raw materials cheap and buy finished goods at massively crushing prices. How in hell do you think the railroads were built, by corrupt industrialists. The draft riots in the civil war, the pension riots after WW 1. Nothing new here. The only way to change it is by following the words of Mao, “all power comes from the barrel of a gun”. If you are not willing to do that, then stop bellyaching and realize that you are no better then your apathetic neighbors. If you want true fairness, then pay chinese workers $15 per hour and triple the cost of the computer that you typed your blog on.


    27th November 2011 at 1:08 pm

  32. Administrator says:


    Fuck you.



    27th November 2011 at 1:21 pm

  33. cahuitabeachbound says:

    What I noticed from the graphics is how skinny those men were in the soup kitchen. Considering Mississippi and Louisiana have some of the highest obesity rates, it would be interesting to see what body types use their Louisiana Purchase ebt cards.

    Really good post Jim. I haven’t been contributing like I would like to but ever since I bought an iPad I haven’t been tapping out many emails. iPads don’t lend themselves to typing if you know what I mean. They’re truly amazing devices though.


    27th November 2011 at 1:33 pm

  34. efarmer says:


    I have never sworn on this site before, but today is the day. Fuck you.

    We don’t have capitalism. It can be called a lot of things, corporatism, kleptocracy, fascism. But it ain’t capitalism, you marxist asshole.



    27th November 2011 at 1:42 pm

  35. jmarz says:

    Is anyone having any trouble viewing TBP website? Lately, everytime I go to this website, my anti virus software picks up virus threats. I have never had this problem until the past week. I’m just curious if anyone else is dealing with the same virus issues from viewing this website.


    27th November 2011 at 1:45 pm

  36. Administrator says:


    My own computer has been attacked and my anti-virus software has stopped the attack.


    27th November 2011 at 1:47 pm

  37. Muck About says:


    No me and I’m off and on a number of times a day… You must be using a PC – that’s it! Get a Mac..



    27th November 2011 at 1:50 pm

  38. Administrator says:

    If there are any computer experts out there, the IP address of the attacker is:

    Maybe someone can figure out who that is.


    27th November 2011 at 2:07 pm

  39. yardfarmer says:

    BP’s economic and social analysis displays an obvious and considerable intellectual acumen supplemented by the requisite and endlessly proliferating and colorful graphs statistically verifying what is now acknowledged as an unprecedented national catastrophe of epic proportions (of all of this many of us have grown quite “numb” if not altogether “comfortable”)While the author can continue to congratulate himself, as he does, on such an ongoing, detailed, and comprehensive compendium of seemingly irrefutable evidence of our socio-economic cataclysm, his effusively sentimental paean to the “The young people leading the protests across this land” displays a remarkable lack of the rigorous intellectual culture which otherwise typifies his intensive scrutiny of the systemic corruption which infests the our nation down to its very rotting foundations. Perhaps if he took the time to apply his considerable analytical abilities not only to the complex political and intelligence matrices (witness Adbusters Media and George Soros Open Society institute) underlying the various “Occupy” joints but also the significant and uncritical suggestibility of a woefully narcissistic, superficially informed and inherently contradictory generational mobocracy, he might discern more of an emanation of a peculiar psychopathology distinguished by unconscious, subliminal, manipulated, and reflexive reactions characteristic of the neurotically self obsessed. The techniques of hypnotic suggestion and the campaigns of Madison Avenue marketing have more to do with this efflorescence of the marginalized and pathetically suggestible minions of a lost and disenfranchised generation than any hopelessly idealized notion of heroism or courage. If the engineered financial “crisis” is a tragedy than it is being followed hard on by the farce of an overweening exhibitionism masquerading as free speech. As Carl Jung once averred, the hallmark of neurosis is “a sense of inferiority masquerading as offended innocence.”


    27th November 2011 at 1:59 pm

  40. Administrator says:


    You’re a fucking blowhard. Succinct enough for you.

    I bet you jacked off every time Glenn Beck did one of his George Soros org charts. You’re a nutjob.


    27th November 2011 at 2:05 pm

  41. Kill Bill says:

    Reverse lookup says that 26 websites use that address.


    27th November 2011 at 2:41 pm

  42. Game Over says:

    Some of us are doing something about it.
    The Revolution *will* be/is being televised

    let the good times roll…


    27th November 2011 at 2:49 pm

  43. teenspirit says:

    Brilliant article, you have a talent. The statistics are so staggering, the msm won’t touch it with a thousand foot poll. The truth always prevails no matter how long it may take. Eventually things will get so bad, the dire situation will bitch slap all the sheeple right in the face.


    27th November 2011 at 2:49 pm

  44. Administrator says:

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win…Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”

    Mohandas K. Gandhi


    27th November 2011 at 3:17 pm

  45. AgShaman says:

    “Top Notch” treatise…..Thanks Jim Quinn!

    It deserves to be printed to paper….and passed out to any of the Epsilons and sheep in American society interested in their own awakening.


    27th November 2011 at 3:18 pm

  46. IAR says:

    Amazing how many times Waters has nailed it.

    And out in the valley warm and clean
    The little ones sit by their TV screens
    No thoughts to think
    No tears to cry
    All sucked dry
    Down to the very last breath
    Bartender what is wrong with me
    Why am I so out of breath
    The captain said excuse me ma’am
    This species has amused itself to death
    Amused itself to death
    Amused itself to death
    We watched the tragedy unfold
    We did as we were told
    We bought and sold
    It was the greatest show on earth
    But then it was over
    We ohhed and aahed
    We drove our racing cars
    We ate our last few jars of caviar
    And somewhere out there in the stars
    A keen-eyed look-out
    Spied a flickering light
    Our last hurrah
    And when they found our shadows
    Grouped around the TV sets
    They ran down every lead
    They repeated every test
    They checked out all the data on their lists
    And then the alien anthropologists
    Admitted they were still perplexed
    But on eliminating every other reason
    For our sad demise
    They logged the only explanation left
    This species has amused itself to death
    No tears to cry no feelings left
    This species has amused itself to death


    27th November 2011 at 3:25 pm

  47. Terry says:

    Jim Quinn, you are becoming the Thomas Paine of our time – perhaps you now are.

    This piece needs to be sent to EVERYONE. Send it to your family, your friends, and even your enemies. Do it TODAY.

    If the Washington Post has the balls to print Barry Ritholtz’ “The Big Lie” series, perhaps they might even have the balls to publish “Comfortably Numb,” which hits a thousand times harder – and more directly – than the Barry Ritholtz piece.

    I have never read a more succinct expose on our situation than this. To date, this is your pièce de résistance.

    That the site is undergoing cyber attack, that astroturfers now appear in the comments section, is simply proof that this writing has the moral power that our enemies so fear.

    Rock on.


    27th November 2011 at 3:40 pm

  48. Colma Rising says:

    Admin, you nailed it again.

    I too cannot believe the talking points, the same old responses and the utter foolishness.

    Over the TG break, without my even bringing it up, people basically had those paper quotes you found.

    I could only respond, politely for once, and I suppose that means I have talking points of my own:

    “I’m glad someone’s standing up and saying something about the reeming we’re getting, Tea Party or OWS”.

    “All I want is for dinner to cost the same next year”.

    “Why pepper spray kids if they’re so ‘full of it”?

    “Do you really think that the market’s even worth THAT?”

    “Do you really think that banks even loan out deposits? You DO know where credit comes from, right?”

    “I work hard, save money, go to school, get better returns than your broker, and you’re going to tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about?”

    “Protest DC?… Why not both?”

    “What are you going to do about the next bailout, the next print-out or next market-drop?”

    Eventually, though, being polite angers people and they grumble about what an asshole I am and change the subject…

    So that’s when I add “You dumbass”, “Ya fucking genius”, and “You pompous piece of shit” to my talking points.

    I love the holidays…


    27th November 2011 at 3:55 pm

  49. AKAnon says:

    Another great piece by the Admin. Off topic-I was moving my office on Friday and while cleaning the nether reaches of my desk drawers, I found the hard copy of “Boomers-Your Crisis Has Arrived” a co-worker had printed for me from Financial Sense a couple(?) years ago. Looking over my scribbled notes, circled passages & arrows brought me back-a crystallizing moment for me.


    27th November 2011 at 4:44 pm

  50. Cilla Mitchell says:

    This article should be required reading for every American. Excellent, excellent, excellent.


    27th November 2011 at 4:46 pm

  51. Cynical30 says:

    Excellent. I was playing around on the Occupy forum the other day so I could get a little barometric reading of the mood and ideas of whoever may be passing through there. I’m actually pretty hopeful! About to share this article on FB…


    27th November 2011 at 5:06 pm

  52. brann says:

    @bill and@ yardfarmer——–???????????????-trolls ???????????-devolution???????stupid morons————your game plan is apparent.


    27th November 2011 at 5:13 pm

  53. Gary says:

    As usual well done. Having actually studied the song “Comfortably Numb” from different disciplines, economics never occurred to me. A side note: the song was used 2 times in the series The Sopranos. The first scene was Tony singing it (and was happy) and the second scene when his nephew died in the car accident (and Tony was happy again). The band claims it was based on a concert in Philadelphia were one of the artist was really sick.


    27th November 2011 at 5:19 pm

  54. Administrator says:

    Found this comment on the Occupywallst. Site:

    URGENT! US Senate To Vote On Bill That Will Allow The Military To Arrest Americans On American Soil And Hold Them Indefinitely, without charge.
    The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.
    If enacted, sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA would:
    1) Explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States;
    (2) Mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilians picked up within the United States itself; and
    (3) Transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and responsibility now held by the Department of Justice.
    Stop this madness! Sign the petition at:


    27th November 2011 at 5:26 pm

  55. llpoh says:

    Admin – thanks again for the effort.

    Above you say you are dumbfounded by the responses you have heard. I suppose that is one point of difference between us – I am not dumbfounded in the slightest – I know that is the position of a great many Americans, for better (not) or worse (absolutley).

    To a certain extent even those who are beginning to awaken realyl do not understand the problems. To the above comments from the non-OWS folks, I would add these I have heard from OWS supporters: “I do not know what is wrong, but I just want to be able to pay my bills”, “All I want is a good paying job”, “All I want is a free college education”, etc. etc.

    These folks know something is wrong, but they do not know what has caused it, nor can they see beyond their own wants and desires – and if they were not in a bad situation personally, a lot of them would blend back in amongst the sheeple. Not all of them, of course.

    And so I am fairly and squarely entrenched in my position that the people will not wake up until there is a full blown economic collapse. And how that will play out is anyone’s guess.

    And this issue is not unique to the US. Virtually every Western nation, and a great many others, has fallen into the same tarpit. Even the vaunted Germans are running huge government deficits and have banks that are insolvent. This cannot continue. The bead and circuses (welfare states) system is ending in tears, as it must.

    I do not know what will replace it. It seems to me a great many that are awakening to the issue see the solution as even bigger government – they are looking to the government for solutions and for salvation. They have not yet seen that that is doomed to fail. One only has to look at the continued support that Obama – the proponent of big government – continues to have in such dire times to realize the plight we are in. This is truly astonishing stuff – a bulk of the population still believes, or increasingly believes, that the answer lies in a welfare state.

    It is uncertain times in which to live. Thanks again for the magnificent effort.


    27th November 2011 at 5:36 pm

  56. Colma Rising says:

    Bill, Yardfarter…

    You’re specious, unauthenticated garbage was spoon-fed to you by amphetamine-based substance users who jealously reacted to the lack of their own greasy hands in the pot of organic populism and, reacting as such, cast assertions and causality among those who, with the same fervor, scrambled to apply their own mischievious label post-facto… unsuccesfully…

    In my opinion.


    27th November 2011 at 5:37 pm

  57. SSS says:



    I read the comments and lots of unfamiliar screen names and other websites weighed in. Good sign. That alone is worth your effort.

    Some really good statements of fact in the article. One of my favorites:

    “It is not a surprise that our public education system has methodically deteriorated over the last four decades. The government gained control over education and purposely teaches our children selected historical myths, social engineering gibberish and only the bare essentials of math and science.”


    27th November 2011 at 5:38 pm

  58. Reverse Engineer says:

    All in all, it’s just another Brick in the Wall.



    27th November 2011 at 5:52 pm

  59. Colma Rising says:


    It’s like the old frog in the boiling pot…

    The broth’s warming and a bubble surfaces (The Tea Party)… it balloons and pops.

    A little time passes, another disturbance surfaces (OWS) and it too will pop.

    Before we know it, a rolling boil. This, that… bubbling. Movement, convection, heat… time passes without calm.

    You’re right, right, right…. few know why but it’s really starting to suck and few don’t even know what the soup’s going to taste like. Pretty scary.


    27th November 2011 at 6:38 pm

  60. llpoh says:

    Colma – Really scary. We oft complain around here about the fact that so often the principles of the Constitution are not adhered to. In times this troubling, I am fearful that at the end of the turmoil that the Constitution may no longer even exist. People will simply go ballistic when their standard of living disintegrates. What will occur then is anyone’s guess.

    Hopefully, there will be enough good and decent people to ensure that whatever happens doesn’t devolve into something even worse than we have. I am not entirely certain. Too many people have no idea about right and wrong, the rule of law, of what are actual human rights and what are entitllements that have been gussied up as rights, and what are actual freedoms. In a monumental upheaval it is possible that we could lose it all. I hope not – I hope I am just being too much of a doomsayer. But I simply do not know how it will play out.

    We desparately need leaders with vision. But what do we have? Obama and the GOP version of the 3 Stooges. I simply do not think the US people can come to grips with backing a man of integrity like Paul. Smoke and mirrors, and the promise of bread and circuses, will again win the day, I am afraid.


    27th November 2011 at 6:56 pm

  61. marabunta says:

    I am sick and tired of everyone heaping crap on such nice, useful and pretty animals such as the sheeps are.
    If you want truly stupid, wasteful and lacking vision just say humans. We can take it. And leave the poor sheeps alone.


    27th November 2011 at 7:12 pm

  62. Ernest P Icahn says:

    Decent is good =Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street and Ron Paul.


    27th November 2011 at 7:19 pm

  63. amogharabi says:



    27th November 2011 at 7:58 pm

  64. Novista says:

    Ripper, Jim. You know it’s a winner when the trolls come out to play.


    27th November 2011 at 8:39 pm

  65. cv51 says:

    Thanks for such a well laid out literary piece.


    27th November 2011 at 9:59 pm

  66. serf says:

    Bill Cooper saw all of this coming – of course he was silenced for it.


    27th November 2011 at 10:11 pm

  67. 1% fan says:

    Poor little OWS cretins. After four years of goofing off in college and electing the messiah they wanted in 2008, they are now on a temper tantrum withlooting, burning and raping. Maybe when they stp yelling all those four letterwords, they can learn two more. Soap and work


    27th November 2011 at 10:30 pm

  68. Administrator says:

    Stick your bullshit up your ass 1% fan. Your latest Fox News brainwashing session is on.


    28th November 2011 at 8:33 am

  69. llpoh says:

    1% fan – you are about to get flogged something shocking. But you made me laugh so it won’t be by me. Good luck, tho. You are going to need it.


    27th November 2011 at 10:35 pm

  70. Colma Rising says:

    Hey 1% lover:

    After I get off work, get my ass to school and make it home for a cold-one, I’ll get a sloppy hummer from your skank…

    I know, I know…

    I’ll need a paper sack and some imagination, but I’m REALLY REALLY wondering what “dividends” will sound like over the noise of the grocery bag going chicken-head in my lap.


    27th November 2011 at 10:41 pm

  71. Colma Rising says:


    I wrote that while you wrote your response.

    Guess you were right.


    28th November 2011 at 1:25 am

  72. lMoti Nissani says:

    One of the best summaries I’ve ever read of our predicament–thanks. I’d just add that it’s not only our economy, social justice, liberties, and the constitution that these psychopaths are destroying, but the biosphere. In the long run, environmental degradation could turn out to be their worst crime.


    28th November 2011 at 11:35 am

  73. Colma Rising says:


    I do believe a lot of Kiwi friends have read your piece this time around.


    28th November 2011 at 11:45 am

  74. Administrator says:


    We had almost 11,000 visitors on a Sunday. I normally have about 6,300 visitors on a Sunday.

    It got 18,000 reads on ZH.

    I googled the article and it is on some odd websites.


    28th November 2011 at 12:04 pm

  75. Wyoming Mike says:

    Top article on Infowars!


    28th November 2011 at 12:03 pm

  76. Administrator says:

    Wyoming Mike

    That should bring out some interesting commentors.


    28th November 2011 at 12:08 pm

  77. ron says:

    Ron Paul is the cure,everyone else is the same old crap.


    28th November 2011 at 12:10 pm

  78. Concerned says:

    The level of disdain and contempt for ‘the people’ evident in this extremely long rant is somewhat amusing. Whether I read pieces from the hardcore Liberty folks or from the crypto-communalists, it ends up being the same. We’re all deceived; IF only we could see what you do; If only we would do what you believe best for us. I laugh at both groups and the foolishness of the implicit conspiracies. Yes, I’m likely to agree that it will all blow apart into little pieces. But it won’t be the ‘sheeple’ who end up destroying things. It will be the ‘enlightened’ through their hysterical minions.


    28th November 2011 at 12:15 pm

  79. Administrator says:


    I’m concerned that you are capable of getting out of bed without injuring yourself in the morning. I find it amusing that one of the ignorant masses would drop by and provide a glimpse into his ignorance. Thanks.


    28th November 2011 at 12:28 pm

  80. Wyoming Mike says:

    Concerned: Have another, moron. While you’re at it, make sure to vote Gingrich! Send him his money direct please, so he doesn’t have to get it from the taxpayer through Fannie Mae. Thanks for helping. Fox news is calling, you’d better go.


    28th November 2011 at 12:21 pm

  81. ecliptix543 says:

    All in all, it’s just another tick on my balls…


    28th November 2011 at 12:37 pm

  82. RobinH says:

    Well done James,
    The question now is whether the different groups that make up the 99% can come together. That’s what they are really scared shitless of, the failure of the whole divide-and-conquer tactic.
    This glut-fest weekend a family member regurgitated the OWS vitriol. I asked her if she thought it wasn’t their right to do so, under the constitution. She claimed it was a privilege and that they were abusing that privilege by staying overnight. I asked her if she was aware that the Bill of Rights were formed under the assumption that they were self evident, god-given rights and they could not be revoked by anyone. BLANK STARE..
    Sad, very sad.
    We’ll get just the government we deserve.
    Also, please ignore these free-market libertarians, they squeal the virtues of a dog-eat-dog system of winner-takes-all, but you can see where that has gotten us. We’re not animals and if this were truly the law of the jungle the unreal amassed riches of the 1% would have been forcibly taken decades ago.
    The Robber-Barons have overstepped- their destruction has already been sealed by their own devices.
    What forms after the collapse, now that’s something to ponder..


    28th November 2011 at 12:59 pm

  83. Adam101 says:


    When looking at the real economic numbers and the cost effect results of our foreign policy closely, one can only conclude that we have become a welfare/warfare state that has already entered into a Depression, while heading towards ever more endless wars, complete bankruptcy, and the collapse of an America which we have known for more than two centuries.

    There are far more of us than those who represent the special interest group financed establishment which continues to benefit from all of the above at the expense of average Americans. Most of us can at least sense that something is drastically wrong yet we remain on our path to self-destruction if we allow status quo politicians with status quo policies to continue on.

    Whether you are a member of the Tea Party, OWS, any other group, or simply a disenfranchised individual who sees little hope, please look up, learn about, and help Ron Paul become president anyway you can. The only way we lose is if we continue to remain divided.

    Had we voted Ron Paul into office in 2008 we would at this time be well on our way to recovering the American dream. Fortunately it looks like we have one more chance to get it right. It’s probably our last chance, however, because within four years of continued status quo leadership and policies we will find ourselves in the midst of a full scale Depression and all the turmoil that it brings.

    Even if you disagree with Ron Paul on a position or two please don’t let that stop you from supporting him. Even in such a situation consider if Ron Paul won’t get you 80% of what you want while getting the country back on track to recovery. At such time it will be easier to argue about the 20% that is missing than under present status quo leadership. If we were to all wait for a candidate that gives us 100% of what we want then we will remain divided and there will be no hope.

    During this critical time in history let’s come together as a country to show that we as a people can overcome the special interest group financed status quo candidates to support and vote Ron Paul into office in 2012 so that we and our children have a better future. Please pass this on to everyone you know.

    From a concerned citizen


    28th November 2011 at 1:25 pm

  84. Wild Rose says:

    Thought-provoking article. I wish more had been said about the Tea Party, for they saw the other dangerous side of the coin, that is, that the Federal government is a major problem (for it is the Feds who pass the laws in favor of corporatism). If Tea Partiers and OWS protestors came together to protest against corporatism, cronyism, and corruption, we may just get somewhere. But since it seems too many OWS protestors call for more government and many Tea Partiers call for less, gridlock would be inevitable. Alas.

    Perhaps I misinterpreted this line: “Do you think our tax system is designed to benefit billionaires and mega-corporations when corporations with billions of income pay little or no taxes?” Are you indicating that corporations ought to pay more taxes? If so, I must disagree. While the tax system is definitely broken (and primarily broken in favor or corporations), it is my suspicion that corporate taxes are viewed as business expenses and passed on to the consumer.

    While I agree that “A highly educated engaged citizenry would be a danger to the existing social order”, I do not agree that location has anything to do with how highly educated one is–whether it is at our nation’s “finest universities” or a rural public school district. Anyone can go to the public library and get a great education–it depends on the individual’s desire to learn, think, better oneself, and defend their individual sovereignty. Unfortunately, “People will pay more to be entertained than educated” as Johnny Carson once said. That said, it is still true that it is in the favor of the 1% for everyone else to be oblivious and debt-ridden consumers.

    Great article!


    28th November 2011 at 2:22 pm

  85. SSS says:

    RobinH said, “Also, please ignore these free-market libertarians, they squeal the virtues of a dog-eat-dog system of winner-takes-all, but you can see where that has gotten us.”

    No, I don’t see where free-market libertarians have gotten us. We don’t have free markets run on libertarian principles. We have a totally corrupted market system infected and burdened by government regulations from the local to the federal level.

    Tell you what, Robby. Go stake a mining claim anywhere (you pick the location) and try to invoke the Mining Laws of 1872.

    Get back to TBP in five or six years, and let us know what a wonderful experience you had with your “free market libertarians” in the EPA (at both the federal and state levels), the Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service, state-level Fish and Game Department, World Wildlife Fund, The Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, community activists who show up at the town meetings you are required to hold, and a wide variety of other assholes who will take you into court to block your mining activity every single, solitary step along the way.


    28th November 2011 at 2:54 pm

  86. ido'ntknow says:

    you guys still don’t get it .

    you are way out of your depth.

    relax and enjoy.


    28th November 2011 at 3:54 pm

  87. Administrator says:

    I do know where to put an apostrophe.


    28th November 2011 at 3:59 pm

  88. ido'ntknow says:



    28th November 2011 at 4:39 pm

  89. ido'n'tknow says:

    pick one


    28th November 2011 at 4:40 pm

  90. esinar says:

    I liked the article. It falls in line with a lot of what I have read over the last 3 years. One problem is that the Tea Party is mentioned only once, and the OWS are given far more credit for a movement of which they are Johnny Come Late-lies. Tea Partiers have been fighting the battle since at late November or early December of 2008–before Bush left office.

    Now isn’t it amazing that the majority of the press coverage was given to such a minority, when 1.8 to 2 million Tea Partiers who went to the source of the problem–Washington DC on 9/12/09–received scant attention from the press. Additionally, Tea Partiers have been, and continue to be vilified in the lame stream media (including FOX NEWS); the regime has even resorted to name calling. Remember “tea bagger” epithets being hurled about by the libs?

    I am going to re read the article because I like it, and would like to glean more from it. I will forward the article to those on my email list, because it is what I have been talking about for over a year…that people are “comfortably numb”.

    Getting back to the OWS crowd…I believe that they will succeed in their endeavors. Violence always trumps peace. You see, the Tea Partiers are peaceful, law abiding citizens, are trying to intelligently and succinctly define the problem as being caused by the Beltway Gangsters and the Wall Street Banksters (rightly so). We hate the spending and the taxing. This includes the profligate waste that happens in the Pentagon, and the wanton disregard for the Constitution that goes back to at least as far as the Lincoln Administration, the irresponsibility of all of the Congresses since Lincoln, and the foolish notions of Keynesianism, socialism, and crony capitalism. The difference is that the Tea Partiers have lives to live, and will come to DC or a local place to rally (versus protest) for the Constitution and truth for a day only, and then leave. Some Occupiers have been paid to come, and these folk set up a tent city, abuse themselves on local businesses, and are ignored by the powers that be in places like Oakland, CA and NYC. If the Tea Party was to try to pull those kinds of stunt the police would be ordered in to forcibly remove otherwise peaceful protesters. Could it be that the OWS are feared by the civic leaders…that the regime backed press might vilify them and call them ignorant, old fashioned, up-tight, behind the times, and worst of all, conservative (ooh…that one alone will make everyone vote against any city leader).

    We Tea Partiers are concerned not for ourselves, so much as we are for our children and grandchildren (or great-grand children in some cases). We love our children, love the nature that the Almighty created, enjoy fresh drinking water and clean air. Of course GE, a corporation that has not paid one cent in taxes last year, spent 30 years using obfuscation and delay tactics to clean up the Hudson River from the PCP’s it spewed into those waters. Let’s see…GE’s CEO…isn’t he really tight with the White House Occupant? Why not occupy the White House? Yes, I again agree with the author…the government has willingly obliged itself to write legislation to favor these big corporations. Like Chinese windmill manufacturers and we can’t forget Solyndra.

    The very great problem is that the state run press (NY Times, CBS, NBC, et al.) makes conservatives/Tea Partiers look like loons. Over the last two decades a vast chasm has grown between conservative and liberal Americans as the result of a biased press. I agree with the author’s premise that there will be, “[a] fatal flaw which will ultimately result in a fitting end for the powerful elitists is their egos.”

    So brainwashing has occurred and the elite have achieved control of the money system and the political process. Yes, the 1% has given the illusion of choice to the masses and permitted the folk to think they are free. Their power does emanate from the elimination choices.

    The author also says, “[O]ur entire system is designed to control the thoughts and actions of the masses.” What I believe he meant was that the system has devolved to what we now have. It was not meant that way at the start. Thomas Jefferson reminded us that the country that could give bon-bons could also take away far more than what was originally given–our God given rights for starters.
    I also firmly agree with the author that,

    “[I]t is essential for the ruling elite to keep control of our minds through media messages and the educational system. It is not a surprise that our public education system has methodically deteriorated over the last four decades. The government gained control over education and purposely teaches our children selected historical myths, social engineering gibberish and only the bare essentials of math and science. The government creates the standardized tests and approves the textbooks. We are left with millions of functionally illiterate children that grow into non-critical thinking adults.”

    This leads me back to the Occupiers. I have seen them face to face, and I will tell you they are not youth, they are adults. They are, for the greater part, flotsam and jetsam looking for something to belong to. They have no raison d’être. Why? They are taught, as the author so correctly states, from elementary school to college and university not so much as how to think, rather as to what they should think.

    Is it fair that they are inheriting our folly, those jerks that we trusted, and voted for blindly? No, it is not. Nor is it fair that I and my son inherited a potentially fatal genetic disease, and it was not fair that the Jews were slaughtered in Germany, and Russia, and it was not fair that the Chinese slaughtered over 70 million people during the Communist Revolution, and it was not fair that the Americans, English, French, Spanish, Russians, Mayans, Aztecs, and various other indigenous tribes took advantage of Aboriginal Natives. Do I feel sorry for them? Did anyone feel sorry for me when my father died when he was in his prime and I was only four? Not really. We all have our paths to follow, our crosses to carry. Our country does not espouse collectivism. If I choose I can be charitable, but that is my choice, just as it is their choice to be charitable. Especially those of their own who are immensely wealthy and can afford to stay at $700/night hotels.

    Several weeks ago I was in Washington DC attending the Americans for Prosperity “Defend the Dream” Summit. At the end of our evening’s event we were told that the entrances/exits to the building we were in were surrounded by the Occupiers, and that we should leave in peace without saying anything. We were told that once we left the building the doors behind us were automatically locked. Upon our exit we faced a mob of angry, screaming, shouting men and women who were locked arm in arm, and prevented us from leaving stepped porch we were standing on. I was curious what we had done to get 500 men and women so aggravated that they would act so…had we prevented them from leaving any of their meetings? No. Had we gone into their encampments and violated their personal property? No. Had we stood outside of their meetings or encampments shouting, and screaming as they were? No. What had When I asked one of the Occupiers what we did to deserve such ire; we were told that we were part of the 1%. I? One of the one percent? Unemployed six times, currently unemployed…a member of the 1% ! Go figure! Someone who has hospital bills coming out of the wazoo, and I am a member of the 1%! Did anyone listen? No. And when we tried to break through the crush the Occupiers were forcing us into, they suddenly opened up the chain and let several elderly people fall the 5 steps down to the street level. This happened on more than one occasion that evening. I am a witness to their hubris and elitism, their cunning and cruelty. My request is that you not lump in the Occupiers with the Tea Partiers. They are as different as night is from day. We only happen to agree that there is corruption and complicity in DC, and fraud and theft on Wall Street.

    We are all guaranteed the right to free speech, which I will be willing to defend to the death, but not guaranteed the right to cause chaos, destruction, harm, hurt, and mayhem. I saw the police only 80 feet from where my friends were hurt, and when I called for them to come and help, they looked at us and ignored us. You see, these youth who are protesting against the banksters and one per-centers were promised, by the omission of any police action to protect citizens and visitors, immunity from arrest. My understanding is that if you are an American protesting someone in favor of prosperity, you must be in favor of poverty, and against the freedom to gather together peaceably.

    Lastly, the author is correct to say that while, “This is the exact result desired by the 1%..” I also somewhat agree with his observation that, “[I]f too many of the 99% were able to ignore the media propaganda… revolution would result.” I disagree with, ‘[t]hink for themselves” because the 99.9% that do not know that economic catastrophe is coming, and have not prepared themselves will eagerly throw their lot in with the OWS. Riot and revolution will be the result, and the one per-center crowd will be like King George III who trusted that his navies and armies would crush the upstart colonists. Then of course there was Czar Nicholas…could never imagine that his beloved subjects would rise up against him. Their thinking, like all who are drunk on power, fails to take into account the Law of Unintended Consequences. “This is why the moneyed interests have circled the wagons, invoked police state thug tactics, and used all the powers of their media machine to squash the OWS movement. It threatens their power and control.” At least as they view it currently.


    28th November 2011 at 4:40 pm

  91. Alex says:

    Good stuff. Very passionate, very precise. But as for the predictions – I don’t see the possibility of American 99% fighting with any seriousness, much less winning. America is such a heterogenous sosciety – different communities, different cultures. There’s just very little that Americans have in common. In fact, outside of the 1%-ers, there’s no such beast as an “American”. The population is more likely to get up and leave for UK, Ireland, Italy, Liberia, Mexico, China, India, Poland, Russia, etc. – then get into a fight for an obscure American Dream they could barely relate to in the first place. That too would create problems for the 1%ers, but they will relatively easily solve them by importing the next generation of 99%-ers – perhaps from Laos, Zimbabwe, and the island of Nauru. They don’t really care what the servants look like, as long as they serve. This thing is perpetual.


    28th November 2011 at 6:20 pm

  92. Novista says:


    Tribalism is soooo obsolete.


    Contemplate your closing sentence and Black Friday.


    28th November 2011 at 6:26 pm

  93. Wyoming Mike says:

    Esinar – Agree with Novista, get over it.

    Are you part of the Ron Paul Tea Party as I am, or part of the Karl Rove Tea Party that believes we should spend trillions and thousands of lives chasing 100 taliban through the desert and pissing everyone off along the way? Do you pee your pants at the thought of an Iranian Nuke, or do you realize that they are ABSOLUTELY no threat?


    28th November 2011 at 6:57 pm

  94. llpoh says:

    Not exactly the right place to put this info, but here goes anyway:

    Change in proportions of high skilled/middle skilled/low skilled jobs since 1980:


    “In 1980, three quarters of all U.S. workers were employed in middle-skill jobs. By 2009, that figure plunged to two-thirds. Whereas machine operators accounted for 10% of the nation’s jobs more than three decades ago and administrative jobs comprised 18%, their shares spiraled to about 4% and 14%, respectively, by 2009. It’s not just a trend in the U.S., but also in many of the world’s advanced economies.” Time Magazine

    The article lays a lot of the blame for this shift on the doorstep of poor education: “It’s hard not to wonder if America’s inequalities perhaps have more to do with its education system than the big bonuses on Wall Street.”, and stresses that poorly educated males are being hit hardest, while women – 34% college educated white females – are doing well compared to white males where only 24% are college educated.

    I think Admin mentioned recently he is planning an article on education. It is impossible to calculate the impact that poor education will have, and is having, on the US economy, but it is not insignificant.


    28th November 2011 at 9:22 pm

  95. Fred Rabin says:

    In my view we are certainly heading towards totalitarianism. All that is needed is a major crisis – such as the impending and ineluctably certain economic disaster looming before us – and all powers will be ceded by the people to the state. It happened countless times before, as in ancient Rome under Caesar, and in Germany under Hitler, and it will happen (is happening) in America. Unfortunately democracy is, as Churchill said, a bad system, but the best one we have, and in it is planted the seeds of its own destruction, namely the innate greed and eventual corruptability of almost all humans. Our democracy is hundreds of years old but is now in severe decline, corrupted not just by self- seeking politicians but by the people who elect them, seeking only short-term benefits and gratification, and ignorant and unmindful of policies that would benefit the country as a whole, a fact certainly partly due to lack of education. When the system breaks down completely within a few years we can go in two directions: rebuild a new and better one after flushing out the malefactors; or complete capitulation to the state. It will almost certainly be the latter.

    By Tommaso Campanella
    (Italian philosopher, 1568–1639. Translation by John Addington Symonds)

    THE PEOPLE is a beast of muddy brain
    That knows not its own strength, and therefore stands
    Loaded with wood and stone; the powerless hands
    Of a mere child guide it with bit and rein;One kick would be enough to break the chain,
    But the beast fears, and what the child demands
    It does; nor its own terror understands,
    Confused and stupefied by bugbears vain.
    Most wonderful! With its own hand it ties
    And gags itself—gives itself death and war
    For pence doled out by kings from its own store.
    Its own are all things between earth and heaven;
    But this it knows not; and if one arise
    To tell this truth, it kills him unforgiven.





    29th November 2011 at 3:20 am

  96. Dark Angel says:

    One day the globe will wake up and see they have been ruled by a bunch of psychocrats , pedocrats and scum of the earthocrats. There will be a great outpouring of rage and vengeance , a week later it will be back to business as usual with none the wiser. Unless the planet collectively evolves out of being human beings and into being humane beings , that is.


    29th November 2011 at 9:03 am

  97. Petey says:

    Boy, this article enticed a lot of nuts out of the woodwork. I think the problem is rather simple in that credit creation is too centralized, so those (people and companies, Wall Street, MIC) that are most politically connected (which usually means the most wealthy) get to use the money/currency first.

    My question to pose is who is really all to blame for this, for surely some of the blame rests on the man in the mirror…


    29th November 2011 at 10:51 am

  98. Yota says:

    I couldn’t help but notice your entire right gutter is full of ads for massive corporations. Ironic, that.


    29th November 2011 at 12:24 pm

  99. Administrator says:


    I couldn’t help but notice you are a douchebag. Not ironic at all.


    29th November 2011 at 2:52 pm

  100. Wyoming Mike says:

    Yota, here is your educational assignment for today. Go study the difference between capitalism and crony capitalism and report back to us all. What you find may surprise you!


    29th November 2011 at 12:35 pm

  101. Petey says:

    Haha…Yes Yota, because clearly Apple, Amazon, and Everbank are a threat to the general population and are whom Admin writes about.


    29th November 2011 at 12:51 pm

  102. Stucky says:

    An extrremely well written story about OWS, how it got here, where it’s going, what it needs to do to survive.

    “2012=1968? In 2008, Barack Obama lit a fire among young activists. Next year, Occupy Wall Street could consume him. ”


    29th November 2011 at 3:18 pm

  103. Damien Darby says:

    I am so thankful and appreciate of all the time and hard work you put into this. It is incredibly full of powerful incite and informative. I found it so refreshing to read someone who is on the level. Bravo, well done and well said. We must not allow ignorance and apathy to drown out the righteous nature of our revolution. This is our chance to start a new era. Like you, I believe we are brave. Solidarity.


    29th November 2011 at 3:50 pm

  104. Administrator says:


    I can tell you are a brilliant man. I love your avatar.


    29th November 2011 at 3:57 pm

  105. Jeff Block says:

    Should voters have the opportunity to VOTE for a revolution? First design a 21st century system of government and then vote it into place as the platform of a duly elected President (me)?

    We Have Permission to Change the System


    29th November 2011 at 4:12 pm

  106. Comfortably Numb | Thought FTW says:

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  107. flash says:

    Thanks for the h/t Stuck…great read. I took the liberty of C&P’ing a few highlights while I was reading article. From what I can gather this movement is experiencing extreme birth pains of discombobulation. It would not surprise me the least if the CIA showed up with an endless supply of brown acid and turned this into another color revolution a’ la’ Libya in reverse.
    Make no mistake ,there’s always a counter plan cooking incounter-intelligence.

    The people plotting these maneuvers are the leaders of OWS. Now, you may have heard that Occupy is a leaderless ­uprising. Its participants, and even the leaders themselves, are at pains to make this claim. But having spent the past month immersed in their world, I can report that a cadre of prime movers—strategists, tacticians, and logisticians; media gurus, technologists, and grand theorists—has emerged as essential to guiding OWS. For some, Occupy is an extension of years of activism; for others, their first insurrectionist rodeo. But they are now united by a single purpose: turning OWS from a brief shining moment into a bona fide movement.

    Teichberg is a 39-year-old Russian immigrant with stooped shoulders and a mop of brown hair who grew up in Rego Park and is so jacked in to the electronic grid that he comes across like a character out of Neuromancer. But what makes him so interesting is that you could just as easily imagine him making a cameo in The Big Short. A math prodigy who was a Westinghouse Science Talent Search finalist before matriculating at Princeton, he left college (temporarily) after his sophomore year and went to work for Bankers Trust, the first in a string of Wall Street gigs at firms including Deutsche Bank, Swiss Reinsurance Corp., and HSBC. And what did he do in those places? He created, modeled, and traded derivatives, including some of the first synthetic CDOs. As he told the London Times, he was “one of the people [who] built that bomb that blew up the whole economy.”

    Over coffee one day around the corner from his office at the Yippie Museum Café, I ask Teichberg what kinds of changes he hopes to bring to the financial system. “I think you’re assuming that, for me, Occupy Wall Street is about Wall Street,” he replies. “Of course, it was a huge mistake to bail out the banks in 2008. If you did a proper analysis of how much money was lost when the bubble burst, it was north of $50 trillion. So pumping a trillion dollars into that system is giving Band-Aids to a corpse. We could have used that money to create an entirely new financial system, and the ­super-upper class would’ve taken a huge hit.

    Take Amin Husain, who is characterized by a number of the prime movers as one of OWS’s “deep thinkers.” Husain, a 36-year-old Palestinian-American who grew up poor before becoming a corporate lawyer, spent much of the aughts working on complex structured-finance deals. His last job before leaving the law to become an artist was as a contract attorney at Cravath, laboring on behalf of its client Pricewaterhouse­Coopers when PWC was being sued over its auditing (or, arguably, non-auditing) of AIG, reading hundreds of internal e-mails that may expose the perfidy of both.

    There is also a deeper source of suspicion toward the mainline left: the fear of co-­option. “Everyone is jumping in and wants a piece of this,” says Husain. “The largest threat to this movement is at the institutional level, with these traditional, run-of-the-mill organizations getting in. The problem is that you start taking what is potentially a transformative movement and start making it into a corporation that resembles an organization that has been retarded and nonfunctional.”

    “We talk all the time about the danger of being co-opted and who would be co-opting this,” Davison says. “It would be the liberals, and that’s not a bad position to be in … But I don’t feel we should be used in service of anyone else’s agenda. We are not a rent-a-mob.”

    What Obama may not understand so well is the degree of frustration inspired by him specifically among the protesters and their prime movers. Or the extent to which OWS and its energy is, as one liberal strategist puts it, is “the rotten fruit of Obamaism”—an army of young people, many of them inspired and mobilized by his campaign in 2008, who feel betrayed by his performance since he has, er, occupied the Oval Office.

    “He cheated,” says Husain, who volunteered for the campaign on the belief that Obama could be a transformative president. “He ran on a platform he never intended to push. He made promises he never intended to keep. I was just amazed in his inaugural speech how little transformative there was. And then Tim Geithner—what the hell was that? And then the bailouts. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out what was going on. It was a continuation of the same bullshit.”

    The last point is one I heard again and again from OWSers about Team Obama’s talk of channeling the movement. “They don’t have a fucking clue what they are talking about,” says Berger. “These [protesters] aren’t out here because they’re offended that they haven’t been spoken to nicely. They’re out here because they owe shitloads of money in student-loan debt and can’t find a job. Or they can’t afford their mortgage. And if Obama thinks that they’re gonna be able to divert this energy by talking about doing something, he’s got another think coming.”

    One early evening in November, Sandy Nurse and I were sitting on the floor of an OWS storage space, surrounded by backpacks, sleeping bags, piles of rain ponchos, and enough toilet paper, toothpaste, Kleenex, and Q-tips to stock a Wal-Mart. Nurse is a striking half-Panamian, half-Irish-­American who grew up as a military brat, worked on activist causes such as human trafficking, and now is a self-described “ballbuster” logistician for OWS. She was telling me about the time when Charlie Rangel showed up while she was speaking before a march and wanted to address the crowd. “I turned around and said, ‘You can’t speak here, you’re too divisive a figure, you definitely don’t represent what this is about, so you probably need to leave,’ ” she recalled.

    Jackson folded his hands across his belly and declaimed, “Civil Rights Act of 1964—LBJ. The Voting Rights Act of 1965—LBJ. Medicare—LBJ. Medicaid—LBJ. Child Nutrition Act—LBJ. Jobs Corps—LBJ.”

    A few of the OWSers greeted Jackson’s words with skepticism, but most found them powerful, inspirational. “The connection with historical movements is what gives this so much moral credibility,” says Berger. “For someone like him to tell us ‘You have a history, tap into that history’—literally, I have goose bumps.”

    The question is whether OWS will heed the message of Jackson’s riff on LBJ: that the protesters need to ally themselves with semi-simpatico elected officials, and that merely howling about the depradations of the existing economic and political order won’t be sufficient to change either. “At some point, movements must take on some form, some identifiable agenda,” Jackson tells me later. “At some point, water must become ice.

    “Obama didn’t build a movement, he built an electoral machine,” says Marom. “If he had built a movement, he would not be where he is right now. But the fact that he was elected, that so many people came out in the streets for him, that people cried when he won, was an expression of the fact that they wanted what they thought he was, which is an alternative. He wasn’t it. He can’t deliver it. This political system can’t deliver it. This economy can’t deliver it. But there are millions of people who genuinely want it. That’s amazing and inspiring to people like us, who are just, like, ‘Okay. This is for real.’ ”


    29th November 2011 at 5:04 pm

  108. flash says:

    Jeff block says-We Have Permission to Change the System

    LOL…that’s exactly what Southerners thought in 1861.


    29th November 2011 at 5:07 pm

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    29th November 2011 at 6:35 pm

  110. Novista says:


    Obviously, one can be right and still lose.

    It’s just another ‘follow the money’ motive … don’t fuck with the tariff.


    29th November 2011 at 8:14 pm

  111. Anonymous says:

    This is one of the most fact-based, on-target articles I have read in a while … THANK YOU …

    Having said that:

    1). I do not believe that most sheeple will take the time out of their technologically instantaneous world, to read more than the first paragraph or so …

    2). a large % of those that do take the time, will not understand what they are reading … when I finished graduate school, 11 years ago (M.Ed.: Adult Education), the average high school graduate had a 4th grade reading level … reading levels usually do not equal comprehension levels … comprehension levels typically are lower than reading levels … I can only imagine what they are now …

    Perhaps the info needs to be presented in a reading primer “Dick and Jane” ” format …


    30th November 2011 at 12:12 am

  112. howard in nyc says:

    very nice work, jq. i’ll be passing this one around the internets.


    30th November 2011 at 12:58 am

  113. Administrator says:


    Your article is what motivated me to write this article. Thanks for the inspiration.


    30th November 2011 at 7:43 am

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    30th November 2011 at 7:05 am

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    30th November 2011 at 4:01 pm

  116. Mary Malone says:

    JQ: “Citizenship requires a person to be actively engaged in the community with obligations to fellow citizens and future generations”

    So many great points in your post, Admin. Thought this one was worth talking about.



    30th November 2011 at 4:08 pm

  117. Administrator says:


    My thoughts on that statement were:

    1. Electing people who tell you the truth rather than promise you stuff. (ie Ron Paul)
    2. Live your life in the most self reliant manner possible. We should have a social safety net for the truly needy, but the government should not be responsible for your retirement or healthcare at the expense of others in society.
    3. We need to live within our means as citizens and country. Balanced budgets and never obligating future generations to unpaid benefits given out today.
    4. Local charities would do a much better job of helping people down on their luck than a massive Federal Dept.
    5. Term limits and taking money completely out of politics could attract a better quality candidate to Congress.

    Just a few thoughts.


    30th November 2011 at 4:30 pm

  118. Wyoming Mike says:

    Jim, except #5. Average salary, no pension type benefits, and a ZERO tolerance gift taking policy. If you don’t pay them, you won’t attract the folks you want.


    30th November 2011 at 5:07 pm

  119. Wyoming Mike says:

    That was the problem in Arizona, only the scumbags run for the legislature, an honest person can’t live on 24k a year.


    30th November 2011 at 5:09 pm

  120. Administrator says:

    Wyoming Mike

    I meant taking money out of politics meaning PACS, lobbying, corporations contributing. I think we should do it like England. Campaigns last a few months. Many debates on TV. The Congress people should be paid a decent wage. But, it can’t be a career. They are performing a duty to the country.


    30th November 2011 at 8:02 pm

  121. Mary Malone says:

    Admin, like your take on civic responsibility. Takes it waaaay beyond voting or campaigning for a candidate …

    The value of living within your means – thrift – really is a civic duty.

    Can I reproduce this list in some materials we plan to hand out to people – no TP afilliation – encouraging people to THINK about debt, how it will impact their kids, future generations? Will provide credit, and source TBP, of course.


    30th November 2011 at 6:06 pm

  122. Administrator says:


    You don’t have to ask. You can use anything on this site freely.

    I don’t hate the TP. I fully support the positions of what I consider the original Tea Party which was Ron Paul’s Camapaign for Liberty.

    Did you see which Republican Senator fought against the bill yesterday to imprison Americans without charging them with a crime? Rand Paul

    My stinking ultra-liberal Senator Casey voted for it. Disgusting.


    30th November 2011 at 8:09 pm

  123. Wyoming Mike says:

    Agreed, and the time wasted on money raising is unbelievable. Time much better spent campaigning or a series of public debates. I enjoyed my 2 debates, roasted those fascists on a stick. If more people saw them, I’d have done better.


    30th November 2011 at 8:09 pm

  124. llpoh says:

    Admin – far be it for me to disagree with you in any way, but re Congress you said “They are performing a duty to the country.”

    Holy shit, but that needs to be slightly amended, as that is what they are supposed to be doing. What they are actually doing is performing a sexual act on us.


    30th November 2011 at 8:38 pm

  125. Administrator says:


    I was being theoretical. I should have said, “they should be performing a duty for the good of the country.”

    I think they already completed the sexual act and Uncle Ben gave us sloppy seconds today.


    30th November 2011 at 8:44 pm

  126. llpoh says:

    I know, Admin, but I couldn’t resist.

    The fact is they have full abused one orifice and are moving on to the next, and all of their cronies are having a go as well.



    30th November 2011 at 8:51 pm

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    30th November 2011 at 9:00 pm

  130. Anonymous says:


    Just a little pic of the Greatest Generation.

    Look at the slobbery. Ineptitude. Hat backward, pants B saggin…


    1st December 2011 at 3:48 am

  131. BastognePitbull says:


    I would love to get your reaction to the following interview with John Xenakis of Generational Dynamics I just listened to on Youtube:

    Things get very “interesting” at about 12:18 in. I actually was astounded that someone is actually pinning this entire quagmire/mess on Generation X. Dumbfound? More “numbness”?

    Anyways maybe you can reach out to the interviewer Warren Pollock. Xenakis comments seem to fly in the face of your analysis of Strauss & Howe’s work.



    1st December 2011 at 7:34 am

  132. Administrator says:


    It is hard to believe his statement that the Boomers are no longer in control. They dominate Congress. They dominate the corporate board rooms. They are at the point of maximum influence on our society. The Boomer age bracket today is 51 years old to 68 years old. They haven’t gone anywhere. Seems odd coming from someone who runs a website about Generations.


    1st December 2011 at 8:31 am

  133. Muck About says:

    When it is all boiled down and all the BS is distilled out of it, what remains is what Robert Heinlein proposed way back in my wayward youth.

    Politicians should not be elected. They should be _drafted_ at a pay of $1/year plus modest expenses (with a limit) for a very short annual legislative session. By _drafted_, I mean on a local level, the people choose a person they feel best can do the job and she/he gets to do it, like it or not. With so many dolts today, it may have to be that the draftees in turn draft someone to represent on a higher level.

    Next, every young person, after high school, shall complete a minimum of two years service to the USA. Doesn’t matter what – Peace Corp, Marines, WPA program, Meals on Wheels and it doesn’t matter if your handicapped or have two heads, you get a job, 3 hots and a cot and put in your time. When you’re done, you get to vote. No workee, no votee… No exceptions.

    I know, I know… worse than an Aussy abo’s dream time..

    On Boomers and “control”. My generation screwed up big time by not kicking Johnson out of office when he didn’t stop the stupidity in Vietnam on a dime and then screwed up again by not raising so much sand when Nixon slammed the gold window closed that it suffocated him… I regret being so fucking young back then and self-involved in family and career that I paid very slight attention to what was going on politically and, of course, at the time, I didn’t know squat about economics or monetary or fiscal policy. Basically I was a damn good Engineer who was also ignorant as a boot about a lot of things and didn’t know it.

    So we Silents also have our cross to bear due to cupidity and stupidity and do not walk away with clean hands at all.

    Each generation has its’ own ditch to dig, potholes to fall into, flats to fix and crap to carry and the Boomers inherit a credit collapse, likely a burst of hyper-inflation and just when the crash happens, the poor Millennials will eat shit for a decade or so and the new Greatest (my great grandchildren) have to start things anew and dig themselves out of whatever hole the world is in by that time.

    Life’s a bitch and then you die..



    1st December 2011 at 9:38 am

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  135. Michael says:

    Jim, when are you going to call out the Judeo-Bolsheviks -Zionists?


    1st December 2011 at 1:18 pm

  136. Administrator says:


    WTF are you talking about?

    Why don’t you spew some of your hate and we’ll respond?


    1st December 2011 at 1:25 pm

  137. ecliptix543 says:

    Michael – When are you going to call the substance abuse hotline?



    1st December 2011 at 1:34 pm

  138. Colma Rising says:

    Yeah, Michael, that’s pretty vague if not cuckoo…

    “Anonymous” with the young JFK pic was me… compare and contrast with pics of millenial “punks” today. BBES.

    Muck: It would drive Novista batshit, but I’m with you re Heinlein’s future. That’s such an awesome book!


    1st December 2011 at 1:52 pm

  139. Petey says:

    And the award for the most typical knee jerk reactionary response is…



    1st December 2011 at 2:02 pm

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  141. Novista says:

    Colma Rising

    Wrong call on that one — would RAH (started reading him in 1948, continued to collect all his books to the end, and beyond) have championed _conscription_? No, to earn the right to vote was only after having skin in the game. The focus with “Starship Troopers” was military, POV of young Rico. Recall that it was his father who joined up (for the first time) at the end of the book.

    So the service even then was voluntary, if voting didn’t matter, you didn’t put skin in the game.

    The wowsers of the time thought H was glorifying war … must have missed the bit that professional military did not get to vote, until they retired.

    You could even say H was way ahead of his time, that he didn’t trust the sheeple to vote without earning the right.

    My argument about conscription is (a) Constitutional and (b) based on the historical record: three warmongers needed conscription for their agenda vs. the American Revolution.

    If a country is worth fighting for, no one needs to compel you.



    1st December 2011 at 7:30 pm

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  143. Colma Rising says:

    Fuckin A, Novista, you are absolutely correct. Major oversight on my part.

    That book has so many cool little things in it… or big things, really, that I will re-visit it.

    The movie did it no honor depicting Rico and his pals as the quintessential arians as, like you mentioned, many called the book a warmongering work of fascism. NPH in a knock-off SS uniform? WTF? If it wasn’t a great gore-fest of a movie, I’d have to wonder even more. Leave it to a movie to fuck a book up… that’s nothing new.

    Great story. In a way, it goes back to Muck’s post. I saw the machinations for human survival. Rico, the Argentinian Phillipino… The dedication of the book to sergeants… A civic work really.

    Damned dirty bugs.


    2nd December 2011 at 1:38 am

  144. Mikey says:


    ahh – I spot the “Starship Troopers” reference there :) I agree totally

    Add to that though the ability to *voluntairly* choose not to participate. That way only those that care are counted. Voluntary service = citizenship and citizenship = *Manditory* voting.

    Allow the same choices for immigrants after they’ve spent enough time as a permanant resident to ‘fit’ into the local culture as well. Most immigrants have come from somewhere else and actually *want* to be in your country, and as such are harder workers that are more keen to ‘do their duty’ than locals.


    2nd December 2011 at 1:57 am

  145. michaelj007 says:

    @ Administrator: When do we get piece inspired by “The Wall” in its entirety??? I would love to help… maybe relate the theme of each song/act to a present day example. Afterall, the themes of the state v. the individual have yet to change. BTW- did you see Roger Water’s video on OWS??? it’s pretty good.
    I would like to dedicate this one to the psycho-superflous-future-soccer-mom I just dump’d… and the FED of course.

    If you should go skating
    On the thin ice of modern life
    Dragging behind you the silent reproach
    Of a million tear stained eyes
    Don’t be surprised, when a crack in the ice
    Appears under your feet
    You slip out of your depth and out of your mind
    With your fear flowing out behind you
    As you claw the thin ice


    2nd December 2011 at 6:07 pm

  146. ron says:

    Any war should be declared and have a draft.Anyone running for office should have served in the military.
    I want to hear how free trade has benefited our country.People overseas cant afford to buy our products.And our jobs have left us for cheap labor we cant compete with.I hear people saying RP would isolate us more from the world,sounds good,make it here and sell it here.


    2nd December 2011 at 7:48 pm

  147. Colma Rising says:


    You write that?

    Anyway… congrats on the dump. Did she want your babies all of a sudden and shit?


    2nd December 2011 at 7:58 pm

  148. Novista says:

    Colma Rising

    + lots on the additional comments. And ron still doesn’t get it — and other things. Fuck! RP wants to isolate us? Can anyone smell Faux and neocons in that lie?
    Anyways, fuck him and the ground sloth he arrived on.

    Important addition of entertainment, Colma, so obvious that it’s out of sight — one Casio CTK-501 midi keyboard. Bought it in 2002 and coupled it with computer and music notation software — a cheat, play what you can get right and edit the rest, heh. But, for doorsteads, the thing will run on batteries and it has 100 songs built in.

    I reckon my next project is to see how many things I can convert to be powered with a 12V car battery and a couple cheap alternatives of being able to charge it. And there’s always my Goyz guitar. :-)


    2nd December 2011 at 9:25 pm

  149. Colma Rising says:


    I want a keyboard! I have the old acoustic and drums… but a battery powered rythm section would be fucking AWESOME in a storm… until I could teach someone to go, at the very least, Boom-tap, Boom-tap on a bass and snare.


    2nd December 2011 at 9:35 pm

  150. OccupyPennAve says:

    [bell tolls in the distance]

    Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
    There’s a hunger still unsatisfied
    Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
    Though down this road we’ve been so many times

    The grass was greener
    The light was brighter
    The taste was sweeter
    The nights of wonder
    With friends surrounded
    The dawn mist glowing
    The water flowing
    The endless river

    Forever and ever

    The American Dream is dead.


    3rd December 2011 at 1:52 am

  151. Novista says:

    Colma Rising

    This could be a possibility:
    Drum pad indicators light to teach you how to play
    100 RHYTHMS (with auto accompaniment)
    LESSON FUNCTION: Drum pad indicators light to teach you to play.
    RECORDING FUNCTION: 1 song, up to 300 notes
    Batteries: C-size x 6
    AC adaptor: AD-12

    This whole keyboard thingy came about because I tried once again to get in touch with a friend I lost track of in 1984! Past efforts on the web came to naught — this time, more clever search and checking cached copies yielded enough clues over an hour to pin down some relative, based on family name and location. So I wrote this person, snailmail, got email to my included info, and the contact info for my old buddy.

    We worked on four different jobs, two in Cincinnati, to Saudi Arabia, and eventually ended up in Providence, RI at the same station but slightly separated times.

    We’ve been doing a lot of catching up and he asked if I had ever recorded any of my music on a gnarly old spinet piano. No … but the next best thing was Casio, software Noteworthy Composer, and finding the old files. 90 songs, mostly midi and some corrupted files. Was able to regenerate those, and able to turn the midi into MP3 on computer with a 3rd party sound editor/recorder.

    I haven’t even had that Casio out of the box in eight years. Will rectify that when this music project is done (real soon now) and see what capabilities it has itself.

    If I find other possibilities on the web, will let ya know.


    3rd December 2011 at 6:07 am

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  153. Colma Rising says:

    That’s pretty dam nice… the 12v idea is golden, too.

    I’m really starting to get into the recording and editing idea… for the hell of it. The only guy I knew who had the greatest home-setup moved to Vegas a few years back.

    I’m definitely looking into the keyboard. I used to be dead-set against “machines” for music, but I’m over that. (Too much Terminator and Brian Herbert books). The fact that they can be powered with pretty common, stockable batteries hasn’t crossed my mind and that’s almost a game changer for a little tech in a storm!


    4th December 2011 at 10:00 pm

  154. Novista says:

    Colma Rising

    Yeah, battery power of one kind or another, is a go. Whether off a car battery / regulator or rechargebles with suitable charger. I have a solar cell from electronics supply house and bits’n’pieces that I can cobble together as necessary; thinking doomstead adapting a car alternator and old bike for heavier duty operation.

    This the software I’m using — creates a midi music score, even from computer keyboard / mouse, easier with midi keyboard input, of course. But one could write a symphony with this warez, if you spent the time.

    I got interested in the pure electronic sound back when “Forbidden Planet” was released.

    For a while, I was running a Roland monophonic synth to a Teac four-track reel-to-reel recorder, had full record/playback switches so you could layer sounds. Sometimes I’d mix four tracks down to cassette, do another set, same. I think the most I did in one session was 12 tracks on the final r-r tape, all of a minute’s rich density sound for hours of work. LOL, I still have that Roland, too.

    I have one more song to regenerate from scratch for my friend, then I will pull out the Casio and see if it actually still works. If so, I may lash out for the midi-to-USB adaptor cable, to get it into the desktop machine. The old joystick port, D-15 connector is no more.


    5th December 2011 at 4:25 am

  155. Sebastian says:

    Really interesting discussion about the global economy with Chris Martenson and GoldMoney’s James Turk:


    5th December 2011 at 12:21 pm

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  157. Paladex77 says:

    Right on target as usual, Turd.

    It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you (we) are part of the cognoscenti, and that most Americans are asleep at the wheel. This is not only arrogance, it is a defense mechanism, because the truth is much more frightening.

    I meet and speak with a lot of average Americans in my job, and I have found that the vast majority of people are fully aware of the fact that collusion between Washington D.C. and Wall Street is ruining their lives. Truly outrageous crimes against the American people are openly discussed, daily, in the mainstream media. Congress has a 91% disapproval rating. People are angry, and they are afraid.

    But they are not desperate.

    All living things instinctively take the path of least resistance. As long as it is easier to live under tyranny than to oppose it, people will suffer. They will bitch and moan, but they will not take action.

    I suspect that part of the anger expressed by average Americans against OWS is rooted in disappointment. I think, deep down, we all know that no amount of peaceful marching will change anything, and we are waiting for someone to try something different.

    The politicians know it too. That’s why the Patriot Act stripped us of most of our rights, and the new Defense bill will take the rest. They expect us all to become terrorists. Sooner or later, we will.


    6th December 2011 at 9:22 am

  158. Plutori says:

    Been quite a while since I posted here, been following the OSF and Occupy Oakland movements, I might agree with what they’re protesting, but they are not giving themselves very good image, I hear constantly about how they’re trashing plazas, costing police and small businesses a lot of money, and even heard about them taunting police the other day… Plus that, i’m not certain setting up tents in public places qualifies as peaceful protest. So yeah, right protest, wrong methods.

    Sorry if all of this has been posted already, I don’t have the time to read everything here at this very moment.


    8th December 2011 at 9:09 pm

  159. Colma Rising says:

    “Seeing” or “Following”, Plutori?


    8th December 2011 at 9:14 pm

  160. Plutori says:

    Seeing, I wouldn’t ever join them, don’t have the time, nor the want to, like I said, they aren’t giving themselves the greatest image.


    8th December 2011 at 9:54 pm

  161. esinar says:

    Sorry I couldn’t respond in a more timely fashion…mom in law had heart attack, and I was hospitalized due to adhesions from multiple surgeries this year.


    Tribalism is soooo obsolete.


    Contemplate your closing sentence and Black Friday.

    I fail to understand your reference to tribalism. As Americans, we should not be tribalistic. When the grandparents came over from Poland and the great-great-grands from Austria-Hungary, they gladly gave up on the concept of tribalism. Regarding the Tea Parties, well, I suppose if you consider that to tribal, you are entitled to your own opinion. Of course the OWS crowd would have to be lumped in with that concept also.
    Regarding my last paragraph/sentence, I should have omitted OWS and replaced it with the Tea Party.

    Best regards,


    8th December 2011 at 10:41 pm

  162. Novista says:


    Sorry to hear of your (pl) medical issues.

    As far as tribalism, you express it yourself — it could apply to both TP and OWS. Seeing differences rather than common cause from my POV.

    Concerned — well, that was another user I replied to. But he was just a drive-by.

    and now I will reply to other comments

    Colma Rising

    As Red Skelton might have said: “A flock of ’em went over that time.” ref. Plutori, reading words with no idea of context. Droll.


    8th December 2011 at 11:53 pm

  163. esinar says:

    Wyoming Mike,
    My apologies about the time to respond…mom-in-law’s heart attack, my hospitalization, and having to write a Master’s Thesis took up some of my time.

    I fail to understand why it is imperative that I agree with Novista, or anyone else for that matter. If I am in disagree with another, why try to force me to agree with that person? It is for that person and I to meet and converse on the topic. It would be kind of like me saying to you that you should give up on Ron Paul and jump in the water with Rove.

    While I am not completely on board with Mr. Paul, I find that I agree with about 99.9% of his platform. As for Karl Rove, I do not know of many, if any Tea Partiers that can countenance him. For those that do agree with him…I could not speak for them; that is their issue and problem. As a leader of a Tea Party in Michigan, from March of 2009, (and I know most of the Tea Party leaders on a first name basis) we believe in the concept of a constitutionally limited republican style of government. I am a Constitutionalist and a conservative first. I love my country but fear it’s government. I and my fellow Tea Partiers in Macomb and Oakland Counties in Metro Detroit, MI spent the last 2 years fighting against the RINOs, and party hacks who would usurp our progress and call it their own.
    Now sir, if I might ask a question. Why would you even consider that I am a part of the “Karl Rove Tea Party”? Whatever it is they believe in, is of course their business. Making an assumption about my beliefs is regrettable. Neither I nor the organization of which I head have no desire to irritate others…and we certainly do not belong to anything like what you have described. We take no marching orders from anyone any group. Regarding Iranian nukes…I have not wet my pants since I was two or three. I have almost died 6 or 7 times due to my genetic disease, so if the Iranians decided to launch their much vaunted nuke, or dispatch an EMP device, well, so be it. I can not stop them from their actions one iota. I have made peace with my God through Jesus Christ his Son.

    I am really curious though…you asked if I “realized that they are ABSOLUTELY no threat? I do not stop to worry about Mr. Achmadinijad. He will do as he pleases. If you are asking me about it with such conviction, I wonder, do worry that they are an absolute threat? Neither you nor I have access to a red telephone or a briefcase with codes and keys, so why worry and ask if others worry. My hope is to influence the people I know to vote…to encourage them to do their own research and perform their due diligence before going to the polls. To become Precinct Delegates in the party of their choice. To realize that there is a concept of American Exceptionalism.
    The Tea Parties that I am acquainted with all have policies and procedures that prohibit their advocating anyone candidate or party over another. We just can not help it that when we invite Democrats to come to our meetings they won’t. It is not policy to boo and hiss at those we disagree with.
    Heck, I had a tete a tete with Peter Hoekstra (R) who is running to replace Debbie Stabenow (D) in the upcoming US Senatorial race. As the result of several questions I asked him about his own record, and those of a couple of other Tea Partiers, Mr. Hoekstra will no longer visit Tea Party meet & greet events. My question? How can you rationalize voting against the $850B stimulus bill, and then 3 months later vote for a $200B stimulus? His response? I do not recall that vote.

    I was able to google it, and had his entire voting record in only a couple of seconds. Someone behind me jumped up and began to yell, “How the hell do you mean to tell us you do not remember a vote that cost the US Citizens $200B? Is your memory that short?” I then continued to ask how it was that a pork project for his district, $500,000 for the Kalamazaoo Harbor restoration in Saugatauk, MI was in that Stimulus bill. I then asked why the citizens of the county wherein the harbor is could not have floated a bond issue or raised a millage if the harbor was so important. I continued to thank him for saddling my sons and my grandchildren with taxes for which they could not vote on…Taxation without Representation. And sir, was not a revolution fought over a similar concept? Mr. Hoekstra, true to form as a former US Congressman, could not give an answer. Not even an alibi. He could not answer me one iota. This former Congressman, don’t me wrong is a good man. He has a conservative voting record of 94%. All I wanted to know was why he voted the way he did. Because he could not answer my question, I can not vote for him.

    Wyoming Mike, rather then tell someone to “agree or get over it”, is a bit radical…more flies are caught with honey…I think you know that. The Bible says that a soft answer turns away wrath, and hell, you can make friends too.

    Best regards, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Esinar – Agree with Novista, get over it.

    Are you part of the Ron Paul Tea Party as I am, or part of the Karl Rove Tea Party that believes we should spend trillions and thousands of lives chasing 100 taliban through the desert and pissing everyone off along the way? Do you pee your pants at the thought of an Iranian Nuke, or do you realize that they are ABSOLUTELY no threat?


    9th December 2011 at 12:03 am

  164. esinar says:

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    9th December 2011 at 12:48 am

  165. TeresaE says:

    @esinar, nice thoughts, thank you for sharing (no sarcasm in this either).

    It is nice to find ANY other conservative, anti-big-government person in Michigan. Pleased to meet you.

    I have but one question for you, about Hoekstra you state, “..Because he could not answer my question, I can not vote for him…”

    So that means you are voting for Stabenow?

    I know Hoekstra is not the best choice. But we HAVE to get Levin and Stabenow the hell out of office. Yesterday.

    I won’t feel good about it either, but I have to try.

    That being said if the unionists around here vote either Levin/Stabenow back into office AGAIN, I’m out. I won’t vote for Senate again, at all.

    Again, nice to “meet” you.


    9th December 2011 at 11:56 am

  166. esinar says:


    Pleased to meet you also! In which Congressional district do you live? I am in the 10th.

    Regarding Hoekstra, I meant to say that in the primary I could not vote for him. We have at least 6 other highly qualified candidates, 4 of whom I would have no problem whatsoever supporting up until the primary. I especially like Clarke Durant. I am involved in the process also as a District Communications Representative for the MI4CS program now underway.

    About my question to Hoekstra, anyone who obfuscates and prevaricates makes me wonder…that if he or she cannot answer a straight forward question about an event that occurred…how would they fair as fodder for the press and the Democrats. I, as a voter would be guilty for not supporting another candidate. My statement was not meant to indicate that I would vote for Stabenow. Far be it!

    I hope that I have answered your concerns and questions,

    Best Regards,


    9th December 2011 at 12:09 pm

  167. TeresaE says:

    Esinar, I’m in the 11th, McCotter, though “conservative” supports the card-check union bill and I cannot support that in anway. Regretfully, he ran against a liberal that also supported it. There really are not many good choices for me.

    I own a business and know that that bill (card check), especially in combination with health care, is going to bury hundreds of small businesses in this state. Hope everyone likes their property taxes around here, cause with every failed mom & pop they go up. Fear we haven’t even begun to see “expensive” yet, even though we pay out the butt compared to the many parts of the country.

    You have answered my concerns, and I had hoped that that is what you meant. Is that witch Stabenow up next fall? Glad to hear that you think we have better options. For some reason I was thinking she was in the next go ’round, not Nov ’12.

    Warm regards to you too, esinar.


    9th December 2011 at 12:16 pm

  168. esinar says:

    TeresaE ,
    Stabenow is up for re-election in 11/12…this upcoming cycle. Are you a precinct delegate? McCotter is a State Senator…Stabenow is US. McCotter threw his hat out for the Presidency. I think he has completely taken himself out of the race. Our US Senators are Levin and Stabenow.

    Best Regards


    10th December 2011 at 11:06 am

  169. Financial God says:

    Not all of the anger against the protesters was misplaced — at least some of them were calling for more power in the hands of the government to take from “the rich” and give to “the poor”, which really means screwing over the productive middle class while enriching the rentiers, both at the top and at the bottom.

    Sometimes I think the best hope might just be seasteading or escape to new worlds — we need virgin territory on which to try out new, and better ideas. I’m not hopeful that this could be achieved in the U.S. without a violent revolution, and my greatest fear is that we would then end up with something far worse.


    10th December 2011 at 8:51 pm

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  171. Novista says:


    You might want to read this:

    As you say, “some of them were” … misguided, miseducated. One anaylsis suggests 70% of OWS are Millennials, hard to say I reckon. Anyway, if so, consider the generational shift from ignore the X-ers to the “protect the children” attitude that dominated the culturial milieu: from infancy to the Class of 2000, government schools, parents and the media gradually recognized that the Mils weren’t X-ers at all.

    Unfortunately, what passes for education is what we have today, a failure of critical thinking that was never developed due to bad pedagogy, worse economics, false expectations embedded from their earlier years. Rather than blame the victims, consider the nurture …


    11th December 2011 at 6:21 pm

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  175. Kill Bill says:

    As you say, “some of them were” … misguided, miseducated. One anaylsis suggests 70% of OWS are Millennials, hard to say I reckon

    Echo boomers. Yet they are correct in what they say. Old capitalism doesnt work. What, many, here seem to think.


    24th January 2012 at 11:50 pm

  176. Kill Bill says:

    Davos is the OWS reasoning resolved. Go home OWS. You have won the day.


    25th January 2012 at 12:05 am

  177. Kill Bill says:

    Sometimes I think the best hope might just be seasteading or escape to new worlds -FG

    Pray tell, oh God, what part of this above water world has not been discovered?


    25th January 2012 at 12:10 am

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  179. Kill Bill says:

    It is hard to believe his statement that the Boomers are no longer in control. They dominate Congress. They dominate the corporate board rooms. They are at the point of maximum influence on our society. The Boomer age bracket today is 51 years old to 68 years old. -admin

    Meh, I am not so sure, given that many of the aides and lobbyists, and the think tankers hire mainly people fresh from college. Often congressmen dont read the legislation or write it. It is done by aides, some of which work for other offices and parties.

    It is my opinion that the ideological make up of DC has nothing to do with age and things will continue as they have before even as the boomers retire and die out.


    24th November 2012 at 5:23 pm

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